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Adopting in Ashburn

What began in France moved to Washington, DC and then the suburbs. Let the adventures in Ashburn continue.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

La Soupe Oignon

Tonight I made french onion soup, Mastering the Art of French Cooking-style. It didn't turn out exactly as I predicted for a few reasons, but it was certainly delicious. Here are my suggested tweaks:
  • Use sweet yellow onions. Vidalia's are good but after all that cooking, were not super sweet.
  • Don't cover the onions during the 40 minute simmer. They'll brown faster.
  • Lamb stock is not ideal, as it has too much of its own flavor.
  • If you make your own stock, simmer the herbs and spices into it independently, not as the soup simmers.
  • Croutons should be baked to golden brown, not cinnamon brown.
All that being said, it was a lovely soup. So lovely, in fact, that I have approximately 4-6 servings leftover. Anybody want some? :)

Always, ~Heather


Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Living Social Cynicism

I signed up for these online LivingSocial deal emails everyday, wherein I get an email about a local place that has a coupon for sale. Yes, for sale. Basically, you pay $10 or $25 or some amount for a coupon worth usually twice to three times that value. If you forward it around and three of your friends purchase it using the link originally sent to you, you get the coupon for free.

So today I was looking at one for miniature golf (which I love despite my occasional lack of aim) and talking to a friend about it since he'd already been to this place, and he said he'd go with me if I wasn't otherwise able to use the coupon with a date or other friend. Which is incredibly nice. Except my first thought was: "Will I still be friends with this person by the time I'm ready to use this coupon?"

Between friends who have fallen off the map (if I ever stop socializing because I magically conjure up a boyfriend, please beat me with a stick or something) or re-located , I've built up an incredible cynicism about the availability of my friends and acquaintances.

I have to wonder if it is:
  1. just a product of my generation; people feel like the occasional Facebook message is enough to maintain a friendship
  2. a geographic phenomenon (DC is notorious for being a 2-year layover place for careers)
  3. or an age thing (marriage and children make single friends useless).
I'm going to buy the coupon, because I'm sure I'll be able to get someone to come with me, I just wonder if it'll be any of the people I'm hanging out with this week.

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