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Ivey-   I'm really glad to hear that.  The picture of an Ivy grad who didn't know how to spell it was pretty disturbing.   Koko' -   Sounds good, but I'm put off because I've read most truffle oils (if not all ) are synthetic. All the ones I could check at Whole Foods, were, anyhow.   Mike
Matter of fact, I've done that: I designed a large "planned community" near Santa Barbara. I had a good deal of park and open space, and I set up three Homeowners Associations to take care of them back when these were pretty rare.  And did a two-year stint as President of the Board of Directors of our condo association here in Burr Ridge, so I'm quite familiar with it all... except collecting fees, which I've never encountered..  Not saying it's a bad thing (except to the...
IveyLeaguer -   How about trying James Beard's recipe for Steak Mirabeau, using a neutral oil instead of butter. It's a porterhouse or strip steak broiled, then topped with anchovies mashed and lightly sauteed in (butter) and sliced green olives.   By the way, which Ivey League are you associated with?   Mike
"I could never ever mention the beans part as that particular spin on the dish has been hotly disputed for decades."   Well, that's what Freedom in America is all about, FFgirl  but...   I'm sure you realize that you will never win the International Chili Cookoff in Terlingua.  Actually, you will never be allowed even to enter, since beans are banned from the ingredient list;  they are simply not part of Texas chili.  Just ask Frank X.   Such is the life of the...
I'm still a little confused.   You are talking about a group of the residents, and not some level of local government, aren't you? I've had experience with paying building permit fees and inspection fees to the local government, but I have never heard of a residents'  board charging a fee.   Guess I won't be retiring to Canada, after all.    Mike
Foodpump -   Would never have guessed -   You are describing the functions of the Board of Directors... of a Homeowners Association.  Having been Pres of my condo association Board for two years, I have a good idea what you're talking about, but I've never heard that term in any way associated with a condo association. For geology and clouds and omelets, yes.  Boards of Directors, no.   Any idea how the term "strata" came to be applied to this?   Mike  
Garlic isn't good-  garlic is transcendental.  It is the stuff of life;  it is the music of the spheres, it is the icing on the ca... well, maybe not on the cake, but the icing on the staff of life...   Um... This metaphor is getting out hand, but garlic must be respected and play a prominent role in our holiday productions!   WELL, to sum up, I apply garlic wherever I can. With the exception of a few desserts.   Try it, you'll like it!   Agree,or my wife who shares...
Interesting list... didn't spend time to review all.  Notice they had oysters, but not Mountain Oysters. Should be added.   I lived in west Africa for a year when I was a kid.  My father, in the State Department, was the head of an economic development mission in Liberia; once we were invited to dinner at a village chief's home.  We had a nice meal of stew.  As we left, my father asked the chief what was in the stew and the chief replied "tree antelope."   Later my...
When we lived in southern California, we once had a big lamb dinner and fed our dog the leftovers, including a lot of fat.  It gave her gas that smelled like the end of the world, and we had to lock her out of the house for three days and nights. It was good we were in SoCal, if we had been back in Chicago she might have frozen to death.   She was heartbroken and couldn't understand- what did she do?? We felt terrible but there was no way we were going to live with what...
ChefEd-   Speaking as a cat person, I think what you do is wonderful.  You have my deepest respect.   Mike
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