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February 17, 2010

The last Shallow Thought Wednesday

Actually that's our Shallow Thought guru John Lindner's title for this guest post, not mine. I will be very disappointed if he doesn't change his mind and continue. I was looking forward to commenting on his posts below them, not above. And p.s., John, I'm really, really sorry about the centerpiece story that appeared in the Taste section today. I had no idea it was going to include a creamed corn recipe. Here's John.  EL

Things I’ve learned from Dining@Large:

There are a lot of smart foodies in Maryland and at least one in Colorado.

Foie gras is more explosive than dynamite.

We’re running out of things that haven’t been deep fried.

You think cholesterol’s bad, try surviving a 3 1/2-star review.

No topic is so riveting that it cannot be digressed from.

Except maybe tipping.

If bacon ran for President it would get 97 percent of the votes.

De crabcakes non est disputandum.

A lot of people don’t realize how much creamed corn sucks.

It’s not as easy as EL made it look.
Sandbox rating: * * * * *

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 12:47 PM | | Comments (20)


The creamed corn at Oceanaire is quite good, jl. Not as good as my grandmother's (it needs more pepper), but it is the real thing, not some canned abomination.

Awww, including the creamed corn recipe in print was supposed to make you laugh, EL, not make jl sad/upset/disgusted. Sorry, jl! And I, too, hope you will continue with Shallow Thought Wednesday!

That Susan Sauce sounds like what my English grandmother called Hard Tack Sauce.

My new mission: identify the smart foodie from Colorado and invite him/her over for supper.

With all the fuss over deep fried butter at the 2009 State Fair of Texas, I missed out totally on the 2008 winner - deep fried bacon.

Things I've learned from Dining@Large:

I've learned to appreciate people who are quite different from me, who come from all walks of life. As a dark chocolate lover, I used to tolerate partakers of milk chocolate, but thanks to this blog, I have grown to respect and indeed admire their choice, even though to me it appears so obviously deviant. When I think really hard about it, I am filled with gratitude for the milk chocolate people, since I realize their peculiar preference leaves more dark chocolate for me.

In the same way, I have learned to accept all the other strains of humanity who have been drawn to D@L: USDA Prime eaters vs those who will settle for Choice, Blue crab lump aficionados vs Asian crab apologists, oenophiles vs wine drinkers, those who mix their vegetables on the plate vs veggie separatists, liberals, conservatives, commies, radicals, haiku activists vs haiku resisters, gentrifiers vs ghetto preservationists, regulars vs irregulars, cliques vs the cliqued-off, topic drift enthusiasts vs those with topic drift phobia, shillers, spammers, and hardware store ham-ers, loyalists, detractors, and the occasional fallen angel, strawmen, trolls, and the three billy goats gruff.

Another thing I learned from D@L: never use an apostrophe in Finnegans Wake or Fells Point.

Finally, I learned that T.S. Eliot always provides something suitable for the occasion.

what have we given?
My friend, blood shaking my heart
The awful daring of a moment's surrender
Which an age of prudence can never retract
By this, and this only, we have existed
Which is not to be found in our obituaries
Or in memories draped by the beneficent spider
Or under seals broken by the lean solicitor
In our empty rooms

I see crowds of people, walking round in a ring.

Nah, milk chocolate is still wack. :)

Laura Lee, always a pleasure reading your comments.

I love Laura Lee! (And if that makes me a member of a clique, so be it.)

Brilliant as usual LL!

"Mr bared", umm, no thanks.

One of your best pieces of work, LL! Bravo! I don't think you left out a thing!

Dahlink, I think you are the Queen of the clique, being that you are one of the first "regulars" (that is a good thing!).

We are so sorry to see you retire, but we're sure you're plenty tired of trying to think of a new adjective to describe some boring entree.
We have relied on your suggestions and have agreed with them most of the time.
We do wish you well in your life of a
regular diner.

Oh Shallow Thought Wednesday, I think I'm going to miss you most of all. Everything you've written has been enjoyable, jl. btw, how are those tea plants coming along?

And now, I think I'm going to just trundle on back to my accounting firm in New England.

jl, your sweetly cranky posts have been a joy to read. Thank you for being such a bright star on this blog.

Well done, JL and LL. Well done.

JL and LL...sounds like two competing cattle ranches.

And for the captcha exam I've been cramming for all week: "Feedbag Test"

I swear all of you are in a conspiracy to make up significant captchas. Mine are never apropos. For instance, I just looked under my list entry and mine would be "but racquet." Hey, wait a minute. EL

Camille! Mwah! Mwah! Grazie.
Phil, yeah, the ... uh ... tea plants. Might have to do a replanting. Next step is to see how they do inside in huge pots.
And can we sign up LL for Deep Thought Thursdays?

Bravo, jl! please consider staying on to serve the new queen.

jl, rememeber the tea plants like a lot of heat, don't let them get cold! and when you do move them outdoors in July when spring arrives, don't forget the red christmas balls!

I intended to say that the only reason I've continued to post on the D@Large blog is because it's usually so friendly - and for other reasons - but Laura Lee said it best.

I am a big fan of the Ravens, but the sports bloggers are nasty! They make the most obnoxious D@L bloggers look tame.

So, thank you EL, for keeping this blog fun.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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