Cannot live on bread alone — but with butter…

August 25, 2009 at 7:43 pm 1 comment

There are but a few things in life of which I am quite certain. The first is that almost nothing is certain. The second is that nearly everything is better with ice cream.

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The third is that anything that can’t be improved with ice cream can be made whole with a slice of fresh bread.

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Baking bread was one of my first culinary endeavors outside the security of Mom’s kitchen, and in the modest one of my first off-campus rental. I had no idea what I was doing, but I knew how to follow a recipe. So I opened up my Betty Crocker Cookbook and made the Traditional White Bread. And I’ve never been the same.

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I find the process cathartic. The feel of the freshly risen dough is one of my favorite things in the world.

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It’s warm and smooth, soft but not sticky, resilient, but gracefully gives way to all your pushing and punching and prodding, transforming from a lumpy mass into a beautifully smooth ball of wonderfulness.

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In fact, I rarely make any other bread recipe. And Keith would say I don’t make this one nearly often enough. I know. I know! Where’s the adventure?! Where’s the excitement?!

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All that lies elsewhere for now. Because every so often I like to take a mental step back and cozy up with something ordinary, something reliable.

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Something I can get lost in, letting my hands wander through familiar territory, while my mind meanders through past and present, the two — mind and hands — rarely making a conscious connection. They both know what to do.

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Sometimes I simply need something certain.

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And I need it with butter.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. onewandering  |  August 25, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    BANANA NUT BUTTER!

    I think that was a very satisfying collaboration, don’t you?! :)

    Reply

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