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January 14, 2007



I like that chair food/dinner. There are foods that must be eaten the same way or in the same place to get the essences of them!
Well, written. Great looking soup.


Sitting down to eat at a set table is actually one of my resolutions this year! I eat far too many meals in front of the computer, but sitting in a chair sounds nice. I have an afghan too!


Looks like a Brooklyn dish from that area where the Italian community intersects the Jewish community. And looks a bit like my favourite Chinese won ton soup without the soy.


tanna, kayln: I really do like the feeling of eating supper at a set table, even when alone. It is kind of a nice, calming , ceremonial end to a working day, or any other sort of busy day.
And when my husband was alive, and my daughter young, we seldom skipped a family meal at table. It was the best time for talking/arguing/fooling around with my favorite people. We even kept a shelf of reference books in the dining room, and would refer to them to back up some of our loonier discussions.(In my husband's family, it was traditional to move the condiments around, to demonstrate various points visually..sometimes it was hard to get the peppermill for its intended purpose.)
When you have a rountine of that sort, occasionally messing with the rules-like eating in a chair, or reading at the table, is kind of a treat, too.
trig- somewhere here (I think under "Wokabilly" in the index) is another "yunzer" fusion item I enjoy- I call it "Thailuski", it's kind of "pad tai meets haluski."


LIndy, at our house, the bowl-in-a-chair thing is more than a once-in-a-while indulgence. We actually plan meals around it sometimes, especially after a long and late day. This sounds like a soup that would satisfy and provide comfort without the too-full feeling. Again, a thoughtful and lovely post.

Baking Soda

I like the way your great recipe turns into a "hurray for the chair/food dinner" which is enjoyed in this family too, some meals are just fit for eating in a chair, but please don't tell my mom! And never, ever tell her that we all love to read while having lunch!


I like the Yunzer fusion cooking results so far. This looks delicious as does the Thailuski. By the way, Thailuski would be worth cooking just for the name.


I spent most of my life thinking I had no yunzer in me, until I moved out of Pittsburgh and got strange looks over "pop" (I had never said "soda"!) and "swohl." ("Swohl" is next-generation Pittsburghese, and it means upset/sad/angry. I thought all the kids were saying it! I thought wrong. And I'm swohl.)

The soup looks delicious!


Mimi, Karen-I think that reading while eating is one of the greatest indulgences imaginable. I guess sometimes the food doesn't get the attention it deserves, but the multiplicity of pleasure is really worth it sometimes. I think there may be an element of the excitement of the forbidden involved, Karen, for those of us whose parents considered a book at the table to be the height of rudeness. I feel like the kid curled up in the corner with an apple and a novel, when I was really supposed to be doing something else.
Julie-I make the thailuski pretty frequently too-it's another nice one bowl meal.
Ah, Leland- the "pop" thing. It really identified me as a "midwesterner" in NYC when I was at NYU as a college freshman. The idea of a Pittsburgher as "midwestern" was, of course, laughable in Madison, Wisconsin, where I spent most of the rest of my college years. I'm pretty sure they said "pop" there, too.

the chocolate lady

Maybe there should be a Wikipedia in Pittsburghese--I just learned that there is one in Scots. Not Scots Gaelic, just Scots. The entry on Haggis has this:

It is amang the maist muckle kinds o sassenger. The'r recipes athoot maet an aa, speceifically for vegetarians, that tastes gey seimilar tae the maet-based receipts.

Note the "an aa"

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