||[Sep. 6th, 2007|09:03 am]
Note to self: Please remember that next time you get a repairman in to fix something that you should just sell the house and move because a simple repair will begin a cascade of trouble -- fixing the leaky pipe on the shower will then make the diverter valve on the tub go and fixing that will make the tub downstairs clog like there is a small furry semi-aquatic mammal stuffed down the drain. I'm tempted to leave said mammal in the drain for fear of what's next in the chain. Perhaps it's the attention -- now everything in the house in clamoring for love. He WAS really cute, the plumber, I'll admit that.
Please, will someone remind me to add this to my list of home repairs: Remove the brain wipe portal that's on the stairs. It's so damn effective that I can make a simple project last for hours going up and down the stairs losing track of why I made the journey. This will come in handy when I'm retired and have all DAY to do things, so let's just keep it in the attic until then.
Next Generation Dishwasher Powder actually works. Burned by the early days of environmentally safe cleaning products -- like spitting in the dishwasher might be more effective, I've eschewed them ever since. But I've grown increasingly skeeved out by the residue left by conventional dishwasher liquids, gels and powders. Rinse Aid, schminse aid, just keeps the leftover soap from dotting and instead makes a fine film that I can taste. And various kinds of colonial goo growing in nooks and crannies, filters and strainers. So, I thought, you know, they've had time to work on it, let's give it another try. Well, they've figured it out and my dishes are clean, residue free and the goo colonies have moved on.
I've had an intense craving for chicken legs lately. It's all Penzey's fault -- one of their catalogs had a picture of baked chicken legs and suddenly, I couldn't get enough of them. Plus they're cheap. Although you gotta get the good kind. Bell & Evans. Otherwise they're all fatty and fluid-filled and nasty-ass. (Perdue sucks. Tysons sucks almost as much as Perdue, but at least they're not Perdue. But that's the only saving grace.)
Ziplock bag. One tablespoon brown sugar to one teaspoon spice/herb mixture. For a family pack of legs, I'll do 4 TB/tsp. Mix the sugar/spices well, then toss in legs, shake around, put on baking tray, bake until done. They'll freeze just fine. Sure, you can come up with your own spice blend -- but the good folks at Penzey's have done so, without adding any of that artificial crap that the lame folks at McCormick and Durkee's have. And really, now that there's a store in Rockville, where you can sniff EVERYTHING (Spices and herbs, you dorks!) there's no excuse not to have some of these handy blends. BBQ of the Americas, Galena Street Rub, Cajun and Jerk are my favorites so far for chicken drumsticks. Note: once they hit the spice/sugar mixture, shake 'em, coat 'em and get them the hell out of there before the sugar starts to melt onto the chicken leg. It won't be nearly as good, trust me.