So much that I'm putting tonight's recipe on hold.
I love to read. Reading a good book transports you and -- if it's really good -- expands you. Although for all my hopes of being good and noble, I seem to shrink back to reality rather quickly. But those hours after you finish a good book, anything seems possible.
So Glenda's e-mail was a funny piece on how she reads this book and it tells her about this food she'd forgotten and another book tells her about another one. So her main point was that she just read Nora Ephron's Heartburn and her issue has to do with that.
Nora Ephron is a very funny writer. I laughed out loud at her last book of essays and should probably put that on the bookcase in the bedroom with winter coming on for those gloomy overcast and cold days. She is also a screenwriter (best in When Harry Met Sally) and a director (she usually co-writes the films she directs -- best with Sleepless In Seattle). Heartburn was her first novel. It was turned into a film starring Meryl Streep and, of course, had a song on the soundtrack that returned Carly Simon to hit making. "Coming Around Again" was recorded for that film -- and written for that film as well. (Written by Carly.)
I did not like anything about Heartburn except for Carly's song. (In fairness, the novel is based upon Nora's life to a degree and one of her ex-husbands, Carl Bernstein, threw a fit at the thought of being up on the big screen -- not so worried about how he was portrayed to book readers. As a result of his objections, the material was repeatedly watered down. And I believe it began filming with someone -- Kevin Kline? -- in the role that Jack Nicholson would play when it went to the big screen.)
But as much as I hate the movie, I love the book. It's very funny. It's told in first person and the woman is a food writer. She's not actually a cook but she loves writing about food. There are at least ten recipes in the book.
At some point in the book, Nora recommends a salad. It's just iceberg lettuce (I believe shredded lettuce) and Roquefort Dressing. So Glenda reads the book last week and looks all over her city for a bottle of Roquerfort. She can't find it any store.
As far as I can tell, tarrifs and other issues priced Roquerfort out of the dressing business. (Roquerfort is an expensive cheese made more expensive in the last ten years in our government's trade war with the French.)
But you can make the dressing. This recipe is from All Recipes which is an amazing online collection that has everything.
1 pint sour cream
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 ounces Roquefort cheese
1.In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, vinegar, mayonnaise, salt, garlic powder and celery salt. Crumble cheese to desired fineness and whisk into dressing.
If you're old enough, you may remember it on salad bars. It looked like ranch dressing but it had crumbled cheese in it. (It does not taste like ranch.) It was very, very popular for decades. Some people preferred Blue Cheese, some Roquerfort. French dressing and Catalina? It was like that. (And the battle between those last two has been going on since at least the early seventies.) Some would argue Blue Cheese won out. But I really do believe the trade wars hurt Roquerfort more than anything else.
This is a good discussion thread on the topic.
And a topic always being discussed throughout the country at kitchen tables is the economy.
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Have you heard any of the spin on this?
On NPR, Chris Arnold was not reporting for All Things Considered. Stating that in fairness, it needs to be noted that some of the job losses were those temporary census jobs is b.s. Those jobs were counted as hires to bump up the number of employed back in July. Now you don't want to count them? It doesn't work that way.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday: