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Orange Juice

I've been buying an awful lot of orange juice recently. It's a fairly healthy beverage to drink when you want something more interesting than water, and since I've been home for these past six weeks, I need something that will keep me away from soft drinks.

I used to think it was strange when OJ companies started putting chalk in their product, but I never thought I'd see the day when they start making their product out of Soylent Green.

Mussels are your friend

I used to be allergic to shellfish. Or, at least I think I was. The first time I tried shellfish was when my father and I were on a trip to Texas and I had some fried scallops. Maybe I should have been old enough to realize that eating seafood in the desert was a bad idea, but I was only 8 at the time and wasn't yet thinking about the source of the food I was eating.


You know how often, if you're me, you'll be on the precipice of a Life Changing Event and you'll tell yourself that when that L.C.E. happens you'll never start doing some particular thing that those who have gone through that L.C.E. do.

The thing is, usually there's a reason that the L.C.E.-ers do the things they do, and just because you're self-aware doesn't mean you're immune from the pressures of the L.C.E.

In this case, I'm talking about poop.

Newman Wins

I love me some figs.

This is a pretty recent phenomena, though. I used to be scared of figs in the raw. The chewy skin and the flesh-like texture repulsed me. I'd eat liverwurst before I'd eat a plain fig, which, maybe isn't really that remarkable since I've loved liverwurst and it's more attractively described cousin braunschweiger for most of my life.

But, right, figs.

Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

I originally posted this in a Metafilter thread, but I figured it probably belonged here as well.

I've been on a macaroni and cheese kick for the past few months, and I've tried out a variety of recipes in my quest for the perfect concoction.

Here's the recipe I use:

1.5 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 lb. macaroni
1 lb. grated cheese (cheddar, colby, jack, etc.)