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6.16.2005

She cooks, she tells yet again

Over at Saucy, the June installment of Cook and Tell is ready and waiting, titled Larb at First Sight.”* This month I revisit a not-so-spectacular summer date that happened to involve a more-than-spectacular summer dish. And yes, I continue to work the puns.

*Special thanks to Amy for enthusiasm in editing, eating, and dishing; and to Keaton for skilful larb-to-mouth shoveling and good, gritty girly nights.

16 Comments:

Blogger Lex Culinaria said...

Molly,

I'm dying to hear your responses to the 5 cookbook meme, which is why I tagged you!

http://gorgeoustown.typepad.com/lex_culinaria/2005/06/cookbooks_memeo.html

9:14 AM, June 16, 2005  
Blogger TanTian said...

Molly, you were a bold 21 year old to be first-dating a man in his mid-thirties! Now that I've finally had the pleasure of meeting you in person, though, I am fully convinced that you could charm yourself into a date with anyone. Larbed the tale.

10:31 AM, June 16, 2005  
Anonymous Lauren Keller said...

Molly! I am very much trying to get in touch with you. Email an old Okie friend for goodness sake! (laurenkel@gmail.com)

12:05 PM, June 16, 2005  
Anonymous arc said...

such a lovely read....you rock!

12:52 PM, June 16, 2005  
Blogger Molly said...

Lex Culinaria, have no fear: you'll have my responses soon! You're the third(!) person to tag me, so there's no way I can escape...

TanTian, thank you! It's funny--A. told me later that he really didn't even see me at the cheese counter that day, so I think it's more accurate to say that *he* was the bold one to accept my number from my coworker and ask me on a date. Pretty strange, in retrospect. At any rate, m'dear, it was a true pleasure to meet you too! I'm sorry we didn't get more time for one-on-one chatting, but there's always next time, yes? I hope so.

And Lauren! So good to hear from you, my long-lost Okie! I did get your e-mail, don't worry, but I've been whirlwinding my way around NY for the past week (a report on that to come!) and haven't had time to reply. I will rectify that soon, I promise...

And arc, thank you!

3:49 PM, June 16, 2005  
Blogger Susan said...

Ooh - I've never had Larb before - but after looking at that recipe, it's going in my "To try" list!

10:22 AM, June 17, 2005  
Blogger Kathy said...

Haven't you ever talked too much on a date out of nervousness? Poor A.

I love larb too and am glad to have a recipe to try.

11:08 AM, June 17, 2005  
Blogger amylou said...

The pleasure was mine, Molly, in proofreading, chit-chatting, and pizza-eating. I've been thinking a lot about that fennel and pecorino combo, actually. yum.

8:18 PM, June 20, 2005  
Blogger Molly said...

Susan, larb is one of my favorite simple meals, hands down. And it's perfect for summer heat. Mmm.

And Kathy, I hope you aren't too worried about A. I have definitely been in situations in which nervousness led me to run at the mouth, but in my experience, an attack of nerves doesn't forcibly lead to braggadocio. Plus, when larb is nearby, mouths should only be moving to chew!

And Amy, speaking of pizza, we trekked out to DiFara's (have you been there?) in Brooklyn on Saturday night and had some of the best slices I've ever tasted. Put Otto to shame, even though that fennel-pecorino number was delicious...

11:36 AM, June 21, 2005  
Blogger Tisane For One said...

Great piece - Mt Tamalpais is one romantic location...it was the first place I took my now-husband on our first date...however back then I was not sophisticated enough to think of bringing along Sauv Blanc or going to Thai later...instead we ended up at 'Nations'..hahaha

4:48 PM, June 22, 2005  
Blogger Molly said...

Tisane for One, that sounds like a much more successful first date than mine! Mt. Tam is magical indeed. I have to admit, though, that I don't know what Nations is. Do tell!

10:19 AM, June 23, 2005  
Blogger Michèle said...

Molly,
love the story! For some reason I picture A. as the character Ben Stiller played in Dodgeball. All coiffed and spandexed and icky.. (Wont I be embarrassed if Im the only one who's seen that movie..)
The larb sounds great, cant wait to try it. The fish sauce didn't go unnoticed :)

11:54 AM, June 23, 2005  
Blogger Tisane For One said...

Molly,
Well 'Nations' is this Dennys-like joint - you know, monster-sized everything :-) Actually, when I was back in US last year I went to Dennys for breakfast and nearly lost my appetite at seeing the portion sizes - OMG can ONE person really eat all that?

4:25 PM, June 23, 2005  
Blogger Molly said...

Well, Michele, I haven't seen Dodgeball, but I've seen posters for it, and thankfully, A. looked nothing like Ben Stiller. Ooof! The mental image is a good one, though. [Shudder.]

And Tisane for One, thank you for enlightening me on Nations. To think that I've lived 26 years without eating an enormous breakfast there! As for Denny's, I used to go there in high school for (too salty) biscuits (sans gravy) late at night. The portion size was reasonable in that case, but they were just a side order. I think the usual "Grand Slam" breakfast (or whatever it's called) would make me lose my appetite too.

10:10 PM, June 23, 2005  
Blogger Chocopie said...

I like buying cook book. Whenever I go to book store, I don't miss stopping by cook corner. Reading different recepies and special tips, I can learn various foods indirectly. It's very nice time. So book is our another mental food

8:48 AM, June 26, 2005  
Blogger Molly said...

Chocopie, you put it perfectly: cookbooks are a sort of mental food. I couldn't agree more.

10:28 AM, June 26, 2005  

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