On the one hand, it's nice to get a full night's sleep. On the other hand, I think I can safely nominate "Witness Protection Program" as one of the Least Relaxing Dreams Ever. Someone poured a fifth of bourbon into my laptop keyboard through my broken windshield while riding on the hood of my car during a high-speed chase. And of course, while wrestling the assassin's rifle barrel away from my face, all I'm thinking is, "when was my last backup?".


That you? Yeah, that me. Hopefully exiting a bit of a silent period, not just in these esteemed pages, but in general. Maybe when it got real cold a few weeks ago, my bear-like personal dimensions thrust me into a sort of automatic hibernation. If you look at it that way (which makes perfect sense, no?), then it wasn't really such a long time, was it.

Here's what I wanted to make for lunch today. Below is the compromise.


vegetarian garbure (i'm kidding! it's just cabbage soup).

3 onions, chopped into bite-size pieces
3 carrots, diced
1 sprig of thyme or 1/2 tsp dried
1 clove
1/2 tsp celery salt
freshly cracked black pepper

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 head of green cabbage, core removed and chopped into bite-size pieces
4 cups vegetable broth
3 or 4 drops liquid smoke

salt to taste

Gouda, Emmenthaler, or Gruyere, for grating


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