Friday, October 19, 2018

The Best Use for a Very Sharp Kitchen Knife

Cut a maple bar horizontally as if it were a sandwich roll. Heat it briefly in a microwave. Fill it with bacon jerky heated briefly as well -30-
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Residual Heat

I had a couple of eggs to scramble the other day. After baking cornbread from a mix, I turned it out of a small skillet, wiped the thing clean, and poured the eggs into the 400 degree piece of cast iron. The eggs cooked just enough to be edible, and I didn't have to fuss with another set-up -30-
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Quality Control

A recent story about an aircraft mishap with a happy ending brought to mind a fundamental aspect of Seattle culture. In the Fifties, the automatic response to a story about a plane crash was to ask who had manufactured the air frame. I thought nothing of it until I tried to explain it to an immigrant from the East Coast. It seemed like a callous reaction. Further consideration reminds me that there are more lives at stake than those of the souls on board -30-
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Stationer's Dots

It's hard to imagine a more powerful housekeeping aid, after a washing machine, than these inexpensive circles of colored paper. They eliminate all the heavy lifting, as long as one has willing volunteers. Simply stick a color-coded dot on something you want moved from one place to another. The dots give confidence to helpers and eliminate the need to supervise a job -30-
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Urning Their Keep

Recent modifications in the landscape led me to on-line offerings of galvanized steel containers-stock tanks and the like. The tanks are used in the neighborhood as planting containers. I noodled around garden sites as well, checking out the large planting urns on the market. Nothing contemporary appealed, but I realized that a pair of twenty-five gallon trash cans would make an elegant set of cache-pots for five-gallon landscape plants. In this neighborhood of expedient contemporary multi-family architecture, a rose at either side of an entrance would poke welcome fun at pretentious ornamental plantings -30-
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