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Saturday, September 25, 2004  
Fortune is much more particular about flours and ratios and kneading times when she makes her weekly pizza. This I cannot deny and I have no doubt that her pizza is a joy to behold and to eat.

Myself, I am besotted by my new cuisinart and not having made very extensive plans on what to eat tonight I decided I'd make the recipe that came with it. I started early enough that I didn't care how long a rising time was required so I didn't worry about thawing some sauce etc. Ooops. That's not like me, not to read through an unfamiliar recipe. Guess what - NO rise time. 30 sec, 45 sec of processor time and turn out on a surface for a minimum of kneading and shape. Top and bake. Oooops. Oh and ooops again because this was for FAST pizza so they want you to pre-bake the crust, top and bake a bit more.

I went with shaping, topping and baking in a very hot oven and had to guess, I mean guage the time based on my experience.

Well, don't you know, it came out mighty fine. There has to be not much better in the world than pizza that is put directly from the oven to your plate. And kept warm in the oven while you're eating each bit. Mmmmmm. Smelled great, tasted great and was SO easy. I'm sure I'll try other recipes but for near-instant gratification, this was it.

I made enough salad for the army of co-workers the other night and it was fun trying the slicing and grating blades. I have to relearn how long to cut things for the new feed tube but oh the joy of cutting and cutting.

Having good knives is important. I can slice, dice and chop quickly and efficiently. Having a workhorse processor is great though for many many things. And apparently pizza is one of them.

Written at: 10:22:27 PM

Monday, September 20, 2004  
times when words fail, the brain keeps working, but the mouth wisely remains shut

Someone told me today he would only buy a Kodak camera. OK, this puzzled me for a moment and in that split second, he provided the answer, "because they're not made by a country that bombed us."

There was a big quiet space in my head filled by the thought, "and that thing we dropped on Japan not long afterwards, that would have been a ...?"

Written at: 9:38:43 PM

Sunday, September 19, 2004  
Remember the Sun?

The sun made a brief appearance yesterday afternoon. Good thing because people around here had just started paging Noah. Holy moly. It started raining - hard - Friday afternoon and continued raining - hard - until Saturday noonish. Needless to say anything that could be wet, was. The Kinderhook Creek was at a level I'd only seen once or twice before. One of those times was after a 6" August rainy spurt.

The good news in all this? Racing was cancelled at New Lebanon Valley Speedway because of water on the track. The 11 o'clock news told the tale -- 7 FEET of water on the track. hehehehe. Build a bowl and it will fill.

Thankfully the power did not go out, the pump and dehumidifier kept running and there was only a minimum of water seepage.

It was a good day for some homemade soup. The Soup Lady will be glad to hear that I made your basic beef soup - beef, onions, garlic, carrots, celery, a few potatoes and some barley. Turned out nice and tasty if I do say so myself. And since the store had very nice beef hunks at a very low price -- it was especially tasty. Always something to look for, if you're willing to cube the meat yourself.

From today's Berkshire Eagle:
The Friday-Saturday rainfall nearly equaled the average rainfall for the month of September, 3.52 inches.

Heavy rainfall earlier this month has brought the grand total to 5.74 inches, with 12 days still to be recorded.

Total rainfall measured since July 1, nearly 17.5 inches, has smashed a 65-year summer season record at the Pittsfield airport

And from the "Times-Useless":
Flash flooding forced the evacuation Saturday of more than two dozen mobile homes in Ravena as the remnants of Hurricane Ivan deluged the Northeast.

Three to 5 inches of rain pounded parts of the Albany area and south of it, according to the National Weather Service. Throughout the Capital Region, emergency workers helped people with water-logged basements and properties. No injuries had been reported Saturday evening.

Written at: 10:33:54 AM

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