This Is Just To Say…

This is Just to Say I have eaten the tomato that was on the fire escape and which you were probably saving for your return Forgive me it was delicious so rich and so ripe Apologies to William Carlos Willaims

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What’s Purple and Lies at the Bottom of the Ocean?

The first joke I remember hearing was one my dad told me when I was roughly four years old, and yes, it was a food joke. I didn’t think it was terribly funny at the time. Actually, I didn’t think it was funny at all. Over the years, I’ve grown to appreciate it slightly more for its dry, surreal humor. I’ll lay it on ya: Q. What’s purple and lies at the bottom of the ocean?

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Food Quote Friday: David Budbill

Sometimes when day after day we have cloudless blue skies, warm temperatures, colorful trees and brilliant sun, when it seems like all this will go on forever, when I harvest vegetables from the garden all day, then drink tea and doze in the late afternoon sun, and in the evening one night make pickled beets and green tomato chutney, the next red tomato chutney, and the day after that pick the fruits of my arbor

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Food Quote Friday: Christine Rhein

“Imagine if we could hear bread rising, dew forming, the budding of raspberries, the tear of a cocoon, a minnow’s pulse, our own cells growing, dying.” Christine Rhein from “Tuning”

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Food Quote Friday: Linus Van Pelt

“I’ve learned there are three things you don’t discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.” — Linus Van Pelt (Charles M. Schultz) from “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

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Food Quote Friday: David Shumate

“In the early spring I get together with all the people I’ve been in my past lives. We sit around the table at my grandfather’s farmhouse — mashed potatoes, creamed peas, cornbread.” — David Shumate in “Welcome Home, Children”

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Food Quote Friday: Palme Vidar

On Iceland: “‘This is a small country,’ he says. ‘We have always swung, between feast and famine. There have been terrible times before, too, when the sheep bubble burst and the herring fleet failed. We always hang on. And you know, we were not going in a good direction. When I was a boy, if you went to the harbour to fish and you got wet, you could not fish again until the next day, because you had only one pair of trousers.

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Food Quote Friday: The Guardian

“Anticipating the long and tense night ahead for him and his team, Darling had taken matters in hand at 8.30pm, personally ringing one of his favourite restaurants, Gandhi’s in Kennington, south London, to order £245 worth of rice, karahi lamb, tandoori chicken, vegetable curry and aloo gobi.” — Patrick Wintour, Jill Treanor & David Teather for The Guardian in “How an era in banking was brought to an end — over a curry”

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Food Quote Friday: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“The Pennycandystore beyond the El is where I first fell in love with unreality Jellybeans glowed in the semi-gloom of that september afternoon A cat upon the counter moved among the licorice sticks and tootsie rolls and Oh Boy Gum” — Lawrence Ferlinghetti from “The Pennycandystore Beyond the El”

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About Me

Miss Ginsu is a nom-nom-nom de plume of Leitha Matz, who worked at Tabla and FreshDirect in NYC, wrote about the food scene from 2004 to 2009 in Brooklyn and presently lives in Berlin. Occasionally seen on TV cooking segments, Leitha has also written for FreshDirect, contributed to Cee Cee Berlin, The Food52 Cookbook and has been interviewed/quoted in The Food Keeper as well as The Washington Times and Salon.

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