I’m back! You look different. Have you had some work done? Eating more fruits and veggies, maybe?
Well, something’s changed.
I swear you’re even more good-looking than you were back in July. Tell me, tell me — how is that even possible?
When last we spoke, 6lueberries were taking over the Alphabet Soup kitchen. Well, you’ll be pleased to know we polished off every last one of those indigo beauties and haven’t had any other grocery shopping mishaps — unless you count the time I asked Len to bring home a spaghetti squash.
Me: That’s not a spaghetti squash. It has a pointy end.
Len: Of course it’s a squash.
Me: It looks too small.
Len: Well, I found it next to all the other squashes and there was even a big sign.
Len: Don’t be silly. This. is. a. squash.
Me: Hokay, if you insist . . .
Marinara sauce simmering, smells good.
Two hours later, a scream from the kitchen.
Len: OH NO!!
Frantic, disheveled writer comes running, expecting to see a gaping knife wound and lots of blood.
What?!! What’s wrong?!!
Len: Look! It’s a . . . MELON!
Writer displays admirable restraint.
Me: Is it a muskmelon?
Len: I don’t know.
Me: Well, I tried to tell you. This is just like Aunty Ella and her Chinese soup fiasco. Instead of winter melon, she got watermelon. So much for our low cal alternative. I’ll cook some penne . . .
Turns out the object in question is a canary melon, and it was delicious! I like it better than cantaloupe but not as much as honeydew. Canary melons are also called winter melons, but they’re not the same “winter melons” my aunt wanted for her soup, which are actually winter gourds. These guys are actually fruits eaten as vegetables. I swear it’s all a conspiracy. Squash espionage abounds. Henceforth, my code name is Melon Head.
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♥ SIX YEARS, SIX CUPCAKES ♥
Can you believe it? Alphabet Soup turned 6 this month!
That makes 1400+ posts, a million photos, 346 pies, 5,789 cupcakes, 12,409 cookies, 289 bowls of tomato soup, 4 cameras, 3 computers, 300+ bears, and one moose.
Maybe we should have 6 quarts of blueberries to celebrate. Not.
Six recent obsessions:
- Sheldon on “Big Bang Theory” — knockknockknock Penny, knockknockknock Penny, knockknockknock, Penny. Would you like a hot beverage?
- Author/illustrator Cece Bell — her work makes me so happy and look at her kitchen! I love love love Crankee Doodle — her macaroni is perfection.
- Moomins — “50 Lessons That Moomins Can Teach You About Life”
- Maine — I will find the best lobster roll!
- 365 Honey Flakes and Oat Clusters cereal
- One hen, two ducks, three squawking geese, four corpulent porpoises, five starfish that lie on the ground screaming, six pairs of Don Alviro tweezers
Slap me with a wet noodle. I swore up and down I would never get a Pinterest account. But as I do a fair amount of photo and recipe research, it was only a matter of time before the all-powerful-mega-mmwwahahaha-vortex sucked me in with its purty pictures.
So, in the name of official research (cough, cough) and also because I am by nature a collector of many things serious and sundry, I put up a few boards.
Six Sweet and Savory Pinterest Boards:
- My Favorite Food-Related Books for Kids
- Multicultural Picture Books About Food
- Children’s Literary Cookbooks
- Crazy About Illustrated Cookbooks
- Vintage Menus and Restaurant History
- Vintage Food Posters and Advertisements
Mr. Cornelius is working on this board:
If you know of any other food-related titles for children ages 4-12, please let me know so I can add them!
Meanwhile, there are some crazy talented people warming up in the green room, sipping hot beverages and nibbling on goodies. They’ll be stepping into the kitchen in coming weeks to tell us all about their books. At least four of them are crazy for chocolate and one has even eaten kangaroo.
Six Seven Awesome Guests Coming Soon to Alphabet Soup (in no particular order):
Ben Clanton, author/illustrator of The Table Sets Itself (Walker Books, 2013):
Susan Fillion, author/illustrator of Pizza in Pienza (David Godine, 2013):
Mara Price, author of Grandma’s Chocolate/El Chocolate De Abuelita (Pinata Books, 2010):
Ginger Park and Frances Park, authors of Allergies Away!: Creative Eats and Mouthwatering Treats for Kids Allergic to Nuts, Dairy, and Eggs (St. Martin’s, 2013):
Natalie S. Bober, author of Papa is a Poet: A Story About Robert Frost (Henry Holt, 2013):
Aaron Reynolds, author of Carnivores (Chronicle Books, 2013):
We’ll also continue our Indie Artist Spotlight Series, celebrating the handmade and heartmade.
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So here we go, tumbling into year seven. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you — your reading, your delightful comments, your unwaivering support, your slurping and burping.
And your good looks.
A big thanks to longtime readers, a big welcome to new subscribers.
You’re all GORGEOUS!
Happy Almost Fall.
*EATS CAKE AND LEAVES! side plate by Jimbobart.
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