3/22/2003

red wine-braised oxtails, dirty dancing, and maida heatter's book of great desserts. what could be better on a saturday night? hungry eyes, indeed. no more tears: and speaking of eyes, i'm perusing my copy of cook's illustrated's the best recipe, and they suggest the best way to avoid a teary mess when chopping up onions is to either wear goggles or contacts or to keep a flame lit nearby the chopping area. back in the saveur test kitchen, julia lee let me in on her no-fail method: keeping your mouth full of water. i guess this keeps you from intaking all of those sulfuric compounds into your mucus membranes. sometimes i'm lazy though and pretend that prepping my mirepoix is a tragedy.

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