When did this happen? My last tooth fell out sometime around 1979 or 1980; I got a dollar. That's 2000% inflation in less than 30 years. The only other thing I can thing of that's experienced comparable price inflation over the same period of time is housing and we all know how that turned out. Although now at least I know that, if I have trouble making my mortgage, I can start pulling out my teeth.
I certainly wouldn't have needed them to eat last night's turkey meatloaf at the Manhattan Diner. Isn't there something so comforting about a meal like meatloaf and mashed potatoes that you can eat practically without chewing? I mean, as long as it's not a steak.
And on Wednesday's Top Chef, loudmouth Mike Isabella finally got himself sent home in the Natalie Portman-I-was-a-vegetarian-now-I'm-a-vegan-so-isn't-it-hilarious-that-you're-cooking-in-a-steakhouse-challenge with some slimy leeks that were overcooked on the outside, raw on the inside. Meanwhile, Robin squeaked out a stay despite a vegetable medley that was more of a cacophony, and Jen, who seems to have lost her confidence (but not her annoying habit of talking only out of the right half of her mouth), rounded out the bottom three. Despite an inventive dish from Dirty-Hot Voltaggio that combined banana and polenta (talk about a dish you don't need teeth for) and an eggplant entree from Eli Kirschensteinengoldenbergenbaum, the win went to Kevin the Chefrechaun. (Hee. Chefrechaun.)
I don't have much in the way of recipes for you this week. Monday we had those Turkey Burjicos again, and Wednesday we had that Ginger-Garlic Flank Steak (which not only required teeth, but jaws. I'm still chewing it.) What about Tuesday you ask? Well, on Tuesday Neil ate leftovers and I had the first night of a new class I'm taking. I'm excited to tell you about it:
Yes, Halloween is coming. We have a masquerade birthday party downtown tonight, and a Halloween party tomorrow. I'm throwing off the shackles and eating a bunch of crap (I'm currently contemplating some Grape Now & Laters and it isn't even 9:30am.)
I'll get that $20 yet.
THE LAST WORD:
DO THIS, New York:
Take a kid trick-or-treating, or use the occasion to teach kids about the importance of charity. Numerous programs such as Trick or Treat for Unicef, Trick or Treat for our Troops, and Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat are taking place around the country. Google the phrase "trick or treat volunteering" or go here
Make my sister give me that dang Sloppy Joe Recipe.
I'm voting in favor of those frosted Yodel graves. Death was never so delicious.
DON'T DO THIS, New York:
I really don't know any other way to say this but - vaccinations are simply not going to hurt your children. Think about it - odds are that you had your shots, and you turned out OK. For the most part.