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uh... - Karen's Musings
Random Rambling
So an hour ago I opened up this "update journal" page to update my journal (go figure), but did nothing with it and now I can't remember why I wanted to update. So here are some random bits:

First, I did speak with the 8 year old boy's foster mother in New York and she was very sweet. She checked with the agency and it is their preference to continue trying to find a New York family to adopt him because he has siblings in NY that he is in touch with. And that makes sense. Before you jump in to offer sympathy, it's not necessary. This wasn't about me, or us. It was about a boy who needed a home and if he gets a home, then THAT is what matters.

Second... shabbos. We are having ribs. Yum. We're having psujedi, caryabend, slitterst, rlitterst, jeannegrrl (and possibly Hillel), and beaniekins. Should be a good time. I don't make ribs very often, but I try to do them (or brisket) when I know Jeanne will be joining us. Lauren asked what else I was serving and I have no idea. Why would I know the answer to that?? Isn't it just the ribs that matter? I got boneless, first-cut top ribs. Not because I really wanted to spend the money for them, but because the butcher didn't have any short ribs. And hey, this saved me the step of pulling the bones out of the sauce. And they are really, really lean, so it should save some trouble skimming off fat (which I try to do whenever I make ribs or something similarly fatty). So I think they shouldn't even be so bad for us. They weren't really fatty and the sauce is ketchup, vinegar, a little sugar, a little dry mustard, horseradish, worcestershire sauce, and, um, salt & pepper. Nothing so bad in there right? Two tablespoons of sugar for sauce for that many ribs isn't so bad. Anyway, what else will I serve with it? Rice, salad, maybe tomato salad, challah (of course), and um, maybe something potatoey. Oh, and soup probably. I'm not doing fish tonight. It's too late as it is. And I bought dessert. I know it doesn't sound like my normal spread of food, but it should be plenty. Oh and corn, I think. I think I have some corn cobs at home that I need to cook. Lauren even told me how to cook them. I don't care for corn, so I didn't know. I mean, I knew they needed to be boiled, but I didn't know for how long, because, well, yuck. But other people like them. I used to like corn on the cob, but I don't anymore, I think I'm weird. Oh wait, I know I'm weird.

On Tuesday psujedi and I went to the Improv for an amateur contest. We were supposed to see basilwhite but he had to cancel his appearance. Some of the comedians were fantastic. At least one of them seriously sucked. Badly. I was embarrassed for him. And, of course, he didn't win, which upset him, but whatever, he was really bad! The host, of course, picked up on Jo's laugh immediately and started calling her the drunk lady. Tee hee. She wasn't drunk, by the way, she's just naturally boisterous. ;) After the show another comedian told her he had a show on Thursday and if she came he'd give her 5% and a cut of the CD sales. I think he was actually serious. Heh heh.

My head hurts. I've had a nasty headache on and off (mostly on) for a week now. I am not enjoying it. I didn't help matters by eating canteloupe today.

My hero is coming to the house today. Yes, that would be the cleaning lady. I love her. hooray.

Anwyay, back to work for now.

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magid From: magid Date: June 24th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmmmm.... ribs. I don't think I've had ribs since college. :-(

Worcestershire sauce? What's it like? I've never used it, because the only ones I find around here have fish in them, and it seems like it's designed to be used with meat.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 24th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
yes, sorry I didn't realize how badly I butchered spelling that. I know how to spell it, but I got distracted in the middle of typing it and must have just skipped a bit when I picked it back up.

Worcestershire sauce is available without fish in it. Look in kosher markets, or in markets geared toward vegetarians (or places like Whole Foods) for it. I don't know what brand I've got, but I've seen more than one. It's, um, I don't know what it's like. I've never tasted it except as an ingredient. It is only 2T in about 5 cups of sauce, so it's not a lot. It's kind of strong and, um, tangy maybe? Or salty or something. Wow. Pathetic. I use it in a fair number of things but I have no idea what it tastes like. A lot of people put it in their hamburgers. I don't, but it's pretty common. It's also common in marinades and barbecue sauces.
magid From: magid Date: June 24th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I grew up next to Worcester, so I have no excuse not to spell it right :-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 24th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
my father would be horrified to know that any daughter of his didn'tspell Worcester correctly. I think I won't tell him.
From: spirit_o_fire Date: June 24th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)


If you could let him know, I'd love a chance to see slitterest again. I've missed him everytime for the last year or so.

Is he planning to see more folks?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 24th, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmmm...

I'll let him know. Doubtful he's seeing other folks... I think they're just blowing back through on their way back up to Ithaca. Don't know if they're here for the whole weekend or leaving tomorrow.
torahumaddachic From: torahumaddachic Date: June 24th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
hey, that sounds yummy-- btw i ended up taking halla w/o a bracha from the finished bread.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 24th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
FYI, for future reference, I was taught that you've got to take it from the dough. Taking it from the finished bread doesn't work.

I am glad you found a solution though.
torahumaddachic From: torahumaddachic Date: June 26th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bdieved, when you've already baked/shaped the dough, that is the official way to take halla. even if you;re eating bread and youre not sure halla was taken u can pinch off a bit and declare it halla, then wrap it up in your napkin before throwing it out.
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