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^^ Wow, seriously? I'd never heard of salting a salad before dressing, but I thought salting pasta water was just...how you make pasta. My mom eats a low sodium diet and she still salts her pasta water - though not "like the mother****ing ocean," lol!
Originally Posted by wild_sasparilla
Yeah, not just at work, but at home, greens, drizzle in some dressing, a sprinkle of salt, toss. Salads are usually never seasoned just right with just the dressing. The greens themselves need a little. A beet salad has the beets get seasoned and dressed separately then arranged with the greens. It makes a big difference on how the beets taste. They need acidity to balance and bring out their sweetness and cut through the earthiness, and salt balances acidity as well as bringing out the natural sweet flavor. Underseasoned beets are kind of grossly earthy.
I think it surprises a lot of people because many use commercial dressings, which are saltier than homemade (although the biggest problem with them is how sweet they are).

Salt water for blanching and pasta like the ocean. Blanching more so, because there's no comparison in flavor and the salt preserves the beautiful green color. Pasta, to a lesser extent, but it still needs to be salty, just like water for rice should taste salty. Mario Batali repeats salting pasta water like the ocean quite a bit.

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I learn so much about food from you, Saria! And my brain is able to absorb it today, because my mom came and got me early and I got to retain the bits that hadn't been turned to mush already. I'm pretty tired, but not so tired I can't see straight. Plus I just ate half a marmalade jar full of homemade rice pudding. [The jar had a fun bulb-y shape and I think I kept going when I otherwise would've stopped eating just due to the novelty. Oops.] Day successfully salvaged! Amusingly enough, I actually partially have Buffy to thank for that: I listened to Youtube videos of the songs from Once More With Feeling while I relabeled file after file, until my phone ran out of juice. It's funny - when I watched that episode, the only song that I really took much notice of for the actual music (besides when Sweet sang, MAN that voice) was "Walk Through the Fire," specifically the opening line, "I touch the fire and it freezes me." But today I couldn't stop listening to "Under Your Spell" and its reprise, "Walk Through the Fire" and "Something to Sing About." Especially those first two.

So now that I'm not too tired to do stuff, I know exactly what I want to do.
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Every time I see the Breaking Dawn trailer, I get the giggles. It's truly going to be the comedy event of the fall.
Originally Posted by nynaeve77
Oh mercy, I can't wait to rent that one and see how they pull that storyline off. Hilarious indeed.




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Every time I see the Breaking Dawn trailer, I get the giggles. It's truly going to be the comedy event of the fall.
Originally Posted by nynaeve77
Oh mercy, I can't wait to rent that one and see how they pull that storyline off. Hilarious indeed.
Originally Posted by spring1onu
It seriously looks like comedy gold.
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There is a big outside roach hiding somewhere in my ac vents! I am friggin terrified of them! No way I will sleep.
Entropy, eh? Interesting. Let's see where the heat is going to come from in this episode. UGH, Warren just did some sort of half-assed warrior screech and it was so lame. I don't like that Buffy just inadvertently helped the trio get the disc they wanted. Oh Anya, honey, you don't need to stalk Xander in the bushes. Leave the skulking around love interests to Angel. Wow, Willow's more awkward than Tara is right now. Is she trying to ask her out or steal her title? Heh. Buffy takes Dawn shopping "to make up for trying to kill" her. XD Also, everyone else. This could make for a really great "Remember that time...?"

Ugh, Xander, now would also be a good time to mention your fear of aging into an abusive drunkard, but - ANYA HOLY CRAP NO. YOU LET YOUR DEMON PIMP RE-DEMONIZE YOU. Yeesh, I don't recall the demon makeup doing that do your face shape before. Glad to see you're still hilarious, though you still haven't been funny in demon makeup: "Those are metaphor intestines, you aren't in any real pain! What is wrong with me?!" And Xander continues his dense streak by completely missing the fact that she's just professed annoyance with the fact that his real intestines aren't floating around in his torso in knotted fragments. Ah, so Anya needs someone to wish Xander harm for her. Is this episode going to end in her deciding she loves him too much to hurt him and relinquishing her demonhood? It seems like the only two options are that or losing Anya to the monster of the week count.

Dawn just called Buffy's psychotic break "the basement thing." Approved. Dawn: "Why don't I come patrolling with you tonight?" Buffy: "Oh! And then maybe we could invite some strangers over and ask them to feed you candy!" Zing! I wish I had Willow's necklace. That's all I have to say about this montage of Anya trying to get Xander's friends to wish for terrible things to happen to him. Spike, your actor is very genuine in saying "I don't hurt you" to Buffy, but where does all the mutual punching and trying to make her think her friends would hate the "real" her fit into that sentiment? Your current dialogue points to such a different relationship than the one you two had. I do, however, think it was dumb for even Xander to think of you before the idiot trio when he saw the camera in the lawn gnome.

Uh oh, Anya and Spike have gone from drowning their sorrows together to possibly causing the Scoobies to walk in on them together. This would be very awkward. Oh, right, the cameras - Willow's tapped into the idiots' feed. So they're watching in on them. As is the trio. Ew. I don't want to think about their nasty libidos. Oh wow. Xander comes after Spike with an axe, tells Anya she makes him sick now, and then Spike tells on Buffy, too. First off: okay, not gonna lie, any time someone goes axe crazy on this show, it's a wee bit fun for me. But the second thing? Harsh, Xander. Unduly harsh, though granted you are in a murderous rage. Hey, Spike - Spike, whatever happened to "I don't hurt you"? You see Buffy's reaction to seeing Xander's face when he (finally, after having the proof literally in front of his face) learns you've slept together? That is hurt.

Anya did shut down Spike's "I wish" that was clearly an unpleasant one about Xander. A small prediction neatly met in the middle of a mess. [ETA: No relinquishing of demonhood, though. She doesn't seem to need to, what with Halfrek hanging out and chatting with her in non-veiny form.] Aw, Tara. I accept your skipping the "long, important process" of making up with Willow as genre savvy: it's pretty clear you're being written back into her life, and frankly it never seemed like a permanent split was in the cards when you broke up. Not from any lack of strength on your part, but from the fact that the show never stopped dwelling on it.
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Okay, heating & air guy! You have about 10 minutes to show up. I signed up for an 8 - 12noon window and you're cutting it awful close....
Okay, heating & air guy! You have about 10 minutes to show up. I signed up for an 8 - 12noon window and you're cutting it awful close....
Originally Posted by misspam
I always wonder why workers get so over scheduled with appts. One complicated case, and you're late for six people.


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She ordered lunch and she just gave me a ton of grief that I was short $2 to pay for my share if the takeout.

I made up the difference in change.

This is after hundreds of hours of free babysitting.
Okay, heating & air guy! You have about 10 minutes to show up. I signed up for an 8 - 12noon window and you're cutting it awful close....
Originally Posted by misspam
I always wonder why workers get so over scheduled with appts. One complicated case, and you're late for six people.


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Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
High noon has come and gone - no hvac guy! <----not really

I'm sure that's what happened today. Still, I'm a little ticked! I've got things to do today. Part of me says to just leave and to he!! with them. But I know I won't because I don't want to have to reschedule and possibly waste another day sitting around waiting...
Okay, heating & air guy! You have about 10 minutes to show up. I signed up for an 8 - 12noon window and you're cutting it awful close....
Originally Posted by misspam
I always wonder why workers get so over scheduled with appts. One complicated case, and you're late for six people.


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Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
High noon has come and gone - no hvac guy! <----not really

I'm sure that's what happened today. Still, I'm a little ticked! I've got things to do today. Part of me says to just leave and to he!! with them. But I know I won't because I don't want to have to reschedule and possibly waste another day sitting around waiting...
Originally Posted by misspam

It is annoying.

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