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  1. fairffaxx

    What Did We Eat Today?

    If Trader Joe's still sells lemon pepper pappardelle (wide ribbon pasta), all you have to do is boil it, drain, and toss with butter. Excellent side dish for any kind of fish, or break the noodles into thirds and stir shellfish into the cooked pasta.
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    I really, really, REALLY want to see him stop smiling! No wonder I'm never asked to participate in focus groups...
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    You mean like Alton Brown's "food police", who show up in black helicopters hovering over his kitchen whenever he commits sins like frying? Scary stuff....
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    30 Minute Meals

    I found myself thinking less of a co-worker who gushed that she "just loves!" Rachel Raye back when the "30 Minute Meals" show first started. I try not to judge people, but couldn't help cringing at that. I retired long ago and haven't seen that person for years -- can't help wondering what she thinks now?
  5. Anela, I forgive you pretty much anything because you rescued an abandoned animal -- the sins of grammar misuse (and much else) pale mightily against that. Many thanks for helping!
  6. The example of this that I see most often is "cliché" -- "It's so cliché to think that all dogs chase cats". Makes me grit my teeth.
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    I didn't realize that Link Plus isn't nationwide -- when my city's library first subscribed to it long ago, the librarian told me it covered the whole country (maybe he just meant that it aspired to do so). I've just looked it up and find that it includes only Calif, Nevada, and Ohio (according to Wikipedia -- I did once receive a rare book from a Nevada library through Link Plus, so it must be true). Wherever it is, it's very helpful to those of us who can't afford to buy books and I've been grateful for it. On topic: This morning, TCM has been showing the British anthology movies based on Somerset Maugham stories -- "Quartet" (1948), "Trio" (1950), "Encore" (1951) -- followed by the American film "O'Henry's Full House" (1952). Nice to see such good authors so well presented.
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    Trader Joe's

    There are at least 2 Middle Eastern markets in my area and I must have seen it there, just never tried it. The Trader Joe's product may well be a tame "gringo" version of the real thing, but I'm glad to be introduced to it -- good stuff, I look forward to branching out.
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    Trader Joe's

    Having just discovered harissa, it's sounding good to me on practically anything. I hadn't thought of tuna, but of course! Also egg salad, scrambled eggs, devilled eggs, eggplant -- you get the idea....
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    Trader Joe's

    I ran into TJ's Tunisian Harissa at the sample counter last week and loved it. I'd never had harissa before so can't compare this to other versions -- spicier than I expected, a pleasant surprise.
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    TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    Your library might have the book (maybe even in the e-book form) so you could read it for free. If your library doesn't own the book but subscribes to the Link Plus service, it could order the book for you from a participating library that does carry it. None of the 3 libraries that I use has this book, but 7 libraries in the San Francisco Bay area offer it via Link Plus.
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    Small Talk: We'll Be Right Back

    ams1001, I learned long ago that the secret to success lies in being able to fool ourselves effectively. I'm too smart to be easily fooled, but sometimes I'm smart enough to figure out how to put one over on myself.
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    All Episodes Talk: TRMS 2019 Season

    Well, you all won't have Rachel Maddow to kick around tonight -- Ali Velshi has announced that he'll be doing today's show for her.
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    All Episodes Talk: TRMS 2019 Season

    He said that generations of men in his family have been named "Francis", so that's his middle name and his son is named Ulysses Francis O'Roarke, which means that the boy's initials are UFO! I've always appreciated candidates who are funny, starting with Adlai Stevenson (and Abe Lincoln, who was a few years before my time) -- but that's not enough reason to vote for someone (Mike Huckabee?), so I'm waiting to see what else he's got (in addition to being a better looking version of Bobby Kennedy, whose middle name was Francis). I wish he'd beaten Cruz, and I wish he'd stayed in Congress where he's badly needed.
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    What Did We Eat Today?

    I didn't know what chana masala was (canned or otherwise), so I looked it up and found that it's also known as chickpea curry and can be made with canned chickpeas and canned tomatoes, so it follows that a canned version might be "pretty good". No Wegman's here in Calif but plenty of Indian recipe ingredients, so I might try to make it. I have really liked the few Indian dishes I've tried -- the only non-bland hospital food I've ever had was when I requested a meatless menu and received a multi-course Indian dinner that looked beautiful, smelled enticing, and tasted magnificent.
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