What I'm reading, downloading, watching, or thinking about this week:
The Quote Investigator
When I took the risk of opening CityCraft in 2009, my grandmother sent me the following quote:
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it;
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
She attributed it to Goethe. This isn't entirely wrong, but apparently there exists an entire website dedicated to investigating the true sources and histories of famous quotes. Whaaaa? I love this kind of stuff. I love that someone woke up one day and said, "Screw this. I'm tired of people attributing quotes incorrectly. I happen to love deep and obscure research so I'm going to start a website that gives insanely detailed histories of famous quotes." His name is Garson O'Toole (damn great name). He didn't really say that (see this is where the problem starts). And according to his website, The Quote Investigator, (give this guy a Netflix series already!) "Garson O’Toole has a doctorate from Yale University, and exploring quotations is one of his avocations." I already love this person, and he is officially on my list of dream dinner party guests.
Francis and the Lights
The summer after graduating college I lived with Rick, Andrew, and Gill in a Saratoga Springs house/four-walled structure with an indoor hot tub. Andrew reminded me today that "there was originally one in every room, but that wasn't up to code. You'd pay for a hot tub, a bottle of cheap champagne, and maybe some company if you didn't bring your own. An aquatic brothel, if you will. We got a couple walkups that summer even." It was one of the most interesting summers of my life. I sort of knew Rick through friends. I sort of had a prior romantic history with Andrew. I didn't know Gill at all, but we instantly bonded over our love of Old White Male Pop Stars. It's an official genre according to us. The pillars of our genre are Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel. Is there such thing as a voice doppelgänger? Is that a thing? Let's pretend it's a thing because Francis and the Lights is Peter Gabriel's voice doppelgänger. And I love his stuff right now. Good stuff. (Especially loving "Comeback".) I hope he has a long and successful career so that one day he can be added to our genre.
The ONE Thing by Gary Keller
This book deserves every star rating that it has. No shocker this guy built one of the biggest real estate companies in the world. He gets it. Love me a "how to be successful" book. And this one is right up there with the best of em. Check it out.
"Anyone who dreams of an uncommon life eventually discovers there is no choice but to seek an uncommon approach to living it."
CONDIMENT OF THE WEEK
Is this a cop-out? Please tell me if this is a cop-out. Because I kind of like that when I think of condiments I think of something that comes in a bottle or a packet. Some sort of convenient delivery vehicle. Ideally one that can sit indefinitely on your kitchen counter.
BUT, to be truthful to the idea of Nightstand (ADD moment: what if one day, a couple is sitting in bed, and he says, "What should we watch tonight, honey? Nightline or Nightstand?" Can you imagine an entire show dedicated to books, music, websites, apps, and condiments??? A damn DREAM)... ahem, to be truthful to the idea of Nightstand, the highest rated late-night television show, it's about what's actually on my nightstand this week. And this week, I made my own condiment. Yep, turns out that when you combine several condiments, you end up with another condiment.
This condiment combo (catchy, eh?) comes from one of my all-time favorite media sources: Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen/Cook's Country/the company that stupidly got rid of Chris Kimball and now it's awkward watching Julia Collin Davison and Bridget Lancaster pretend that they like each other. Yep, that one.
A logical person might say that you need to make the Turkey Meatloaf first in order to make the Glaze for the Glazed Turkey Meatloaf. But I say FOOEY! So, the condiment of the week is:
KETCHUP BROWN SUGAR GLAZE
Make the meatloaf. Don't make the meatloaf. Whatevs. But do resist drinking this. I mean, do whatever you want. But, really, don't drink it. Come on. By the way the meatloaf is outstanding. So, really, make the meatloaf*.
Whisk all ingredients in saucepan until sugar dissolves. Bring mixture to simmer over medium heat and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. After the meatloaf has been cooking for 30 minutes, apply glaze and let cook for 10 more minutes. Resist urge to drink the glaze.
Ta ta for now. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think, let me know what's on your mind, ask more about the sketchy aquatic brothel I lived in for a summer.
*I recommend replacing the quick oats with 1/4 cup of Panko.
LOVE. PEACE. SPIRITUALITY. CONDIMENTS.
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