How to squeeze a lime
(Or a lemon, or an orange, or a tangerine, but limes lend themselves to being squeezed; they have the fewest inhibitions of any citrus fruit.)
Method 1 – Pure brute strength
Wash your hands.
Carefully place the lime on a cutting board in front of Continue reading “Squeeze & punch”
“I’m an attractive person,” you might say. And you’d be right.
“And,” you might add, “I tip well. I don’t ask for anything complicated when we go out — a gin and tonic, or a sea breeze — something fast and easy to make. So why aren’t the drinks I Continue reading “Gin sour”
A hot drink for the holidays
I’ve got a rule of thumb that makes a deceptive amount of sense.
When you’re looking at used copies of cookbooks, buy the one that is in the worst shape. If it’s badly stained and has torn pages, a broken spine and mysterious burn Continue reading “The Bee-Bee”
A lot of us feel a crisis of confidence in December. We like to think of ourselves as imaginative, creative people, but then we find ourselves surrounded by actually creative people bringing their crafting A-games. We are inundated with pine cone wreaths, hand-knitted sweaters of llamas drinking eggnog, and festive Continue reading “An easy way to look extremely creative”
There are two great scenes in 1947’s Miracle on 34th Street:
“Hey, Lou! How many letters do we have to Santy Clause down at the Dead Letter Office?”
“I don’t know — there must be fifty thousand. Bags and bags of them comin’ in every day….”
Charlie — because Continue reading “Staggering toward 34th Street”
OK, this one is going to be fun.
First, you’re going to need about a pound and a half of bee pollen — the Italian stuff, if you can get it, otherwise whatever you can get your hands on. After that, you’re going to need some small-batch bourbon. This particular Continue reading “In a dark and stormy mood”
I’ve got a firm rule for buying old photographs at flea markets; I’ll definitely buy one, if the price is right, but there has to be some sort of identification on it, so I can do some research and find out who the subjects are. I want to know more Continue reading “Negroni”
Long, long ago, when I was a child in the Late Cretaceous, late September was one of the low-key best times of the year. That’s when the new cartoons premiered on Saturday mornings. I’m at the age when strong feelings of joy and anticipation are largely a pale memory, but Continue reading “Give in to pumpkin spice”
I called an Über a couple of months ago. My driver got right back to me and said she would pick me up in just a few minutes.
I was enjoying watching the little cartoon of her car drive along the little map to where I was, when my new Continue reading “Felt hat? Yes, it was very soft”
I remember the first time I drank a gin and tonic.
It was my first week at college. There was some sort of reception with an open bar. (The drinking age in Vermont was 18 at the time — a fact that led to a great many questionable decisions over Continue reading “Gins and tonic”