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ANECDOTE 003: March 28, 2006 [listen]
All the Rage

-----Original Message-----

From: Ed Brown II []
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 7:01 AM
To: PB & J
Subject: All the Rage

PB and J:

Colleen has stated over and over again for me not to worry myself about the garden stake (lawn ornament) that Eddie and I broke during our Christmas visit.

I did take a look to replace the ornament at the store and online, but in December, the pickings were slim and not of the same style as the one I wanted to replace. Even still, as the Season is "Spring," the store in this Philly urban demographic does not carry an abundance of lawn ornaments.

So, I am at a loss as to what to do. I'm stuck with the dilemma of guest/host etiquette and familial recompense. Perhaps I'm obsessing.

My cause for concern is embellished by the hospitality with which you have ingratiated Colleen and I (and Eddie).

I recall our first visit to the A state--in your previous home. Colleen and I had brought along with us a phlavour of Philly, in particular the carrot cake.

I remember that we also brought along some pizza shells for which we topped one with spinach mushroom, and mozzarella cheese--and another with a ricotta cheese, sun-dried tomato and garlic spread. In the gatherings that followed, I was able to prepare the cassoulet for everyone, and during our last visit I was able to recreate the Three Wise Cheeses and Macaroni as well as introduce a new version of meat and potatoes. Colleen's turkey chili was a heartwarming sensation.

The best was when we all met in the Chicago suburb for the Fourth of July. I made the pollo guisada. However, the birthday cakes were all the rage!!!

Each gathering has been a treat. Perhaps that is why I'm still concerned about this broken ornament thing.

All the rage...

Eating and making up (guest/host etiquette) is easier than kissing and making up (familial recompense). Especially with eating, the polite thing to do is to use a napkin when one is inadvertently sloppy, whereas with a sloppy kiss???

Let me know what, if anything, there is to do.



Meat and Potatoes Salad

Iceberg Lettuce (shredded)
Potatoes (cubed rectangle, deep fried)
London Broil (rare)
Cheddar Cheese (melted)
Tomato (sliced round)
Horseradish (garnish)


Feel free to exercise thought by sending me an email regarding preparation nuances. Be sure to experiment with flavor--and remember, eat your mistakes, uh, ingredients. (Disclaimer)
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