Archive for January 17th, 2012

Paolo’s ‘Taste Hall of Fame’

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Baconwrapped Mozzarella Sticks

Today I’d like to nominate a new member to Paolo’s ‘Taste Hall of Fame’: bacon.

For those unfamiliar with this esteemed institution, the “Hall” is a collection of specific tongue-flavors which contain a certain element that makes food taste great.

Salt and butter were among the original inductees into the “Hall” – and you can taste why.  If you took a bowl of cotton balls and dumped massive amounts of butter and salt on them – I’d eat it.  So would just about everyone else.  No one would think to eat escargot without a heavy butter and garlic sauce.  Why would they? Plain mushrooms?  Bleccch…….

And now I believe bacon deserves it’s place in taste history.

Let’s be honest for a minute:  basically bacon is a slab of pig fat with an apologetic little strip of pink meat running down its center so you won’t remember you’re just eating a slab of pig fat.  No one ever orders “A Big Slab of Bacon (‘medium rare, please’) and a baked potato.”

When I was in college I used to love waking up to the smell of bacon and eggs.  It reassured me that once again,  I had passed out in my favorite diner – and no one called the cops.

Get Yours Today?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Spring's coming!

You should have gotten almost a minute more of sunshine today than you did yesterday (even though it might have just warmed the tops of the clouds over you.)  Since the shortest day of the year, December 21st, we’ve gained a few more seconds on our way to the longest day, June 21st.

We started with just a few seconds more around Christmas and we’ll get more until we’re receiving about 4-minutes more daily during June.  It all depends on which latitude line you live.

If you didn’t get your share today, e-mail me at the address below. I’ll see what I can do.

Don’t bother though if you come from Nome, Alaska.  On January 5th, Nome got less than 5-hours of daylight and the temperature plunged to 40-degrees-below zero – BOTH Fahrenheit and Celsius! I have no idea why but 40-degrees below zero is where those two measuring scales cross.  It must be true because I read it.