Friday, March 22, 2019

Pure and Simple

A recent newsletter from the national magazine devoted to matters digital discussed computer programmers' love of efficiency. The depths of the article included a reference to Lillian Gilbreth, one of the early advocates of efficiency in home food production. According to the article, her 1931 kitchen design reduced the number of steps to make strawberry shortcake from 281 to 45.


That's a splendid improvement. Nutrition 2019 takes it farther. The medical and cognitive wisdom of ingesting white sugar, white flour, baking powder, and full cream is questionable. Simply sanitizing fresh berries with successive sprays of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar, then rinsing and serving them in an attractive vessel might be the most efficient strawberry treat of all. Easy to store sides of sour cream, turbinado sugar, an exquisite liqueur, dark roast coffee, and a bite of first quality commercial shortbread would make a feast -30-

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Pit

Every place I have lived has had one room that was the least appealing. It's helpful to use a space like that as a central storage area. There's one on each floor of this house. Epoxy-coated adjustable wire storage racks on wheels make it simple to manage all the small furnishings that drive housekeepers crazy. They live in flap lid bins on the racks. The wheels on the racks make it easy to store things chock a block, should that be necessary. 

I happened to discuss the concept with a customer service person at the big box Store Everything chain when I ordered some additional rack amenities the other day. She lit up at the idea, but mentioned sadly that the only pit room in her current quarters is her young kids' bathroom. She said, not surprisingly, that she dreads going into the space. An acquaintance some years ago dealt with the same problem by closing the room. Genevieve was raising her kids on her own and found that maintaining one bathroom was quite enough. It would not be unreasonable to use a bathroom as a storage area. Shutting off the water supply would prevent mishaps -30-
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Pure and Simple

A recent newsletter from the national magazine devoted to matters digital discussed computer programmers' love of efficiency. The depths of the article included a reference to Lillian Gilbreth, one of the early advocates of efficiency in home food production. According to the article, her 1931 kitchen design reduced the number of steps to make strawberry shortcake from 281 to 45.

That's a splendid improvement. Nutrition 2019 takes it farther. The medical and cognitive wisdom of ingesting white sugar, white flour, baking powder, and full cream is questionable. Simply sanitizing fresh berries with successive sprays of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar, then rinsing and serving them in an attractive vessel might be the most efficient strawberry treat of all. Sides of an exquisite liqueur, dark roast coffee, and a bite of first quality commercial shortbread would make a feast -30-


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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Hiatus

Deft is temporarily slammed, but the archive is deep. See you soon -30- More after the jump.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Stocking Stuffers

 It's not too early to order an extra of a small useful item. At the moment, lead testing swabs for dishes and adhesive residue removal pens top my list of favorites. Fresh toothbrushes are welcome, especially foolish ones -30-
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