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June 14, 2007



So, when did you first realize that the soul of Andy Rooney had taken over your body?


Graaaa! Eff you, Sammy! Phumpft. Meh.

Cousin Mary

Well, I was about to congratulate Kate for once again nailing it; identifying a wrong, stating the case, defining the issue, alerting the lot of us to something we may have only been unconsciously aware of. (I just ended that with a preposition. To avoid that, I should have written "...something of which we may have been...") (Stop interrupting!)

Then SAM nailed it!


Kate, try buying your capers in salt instead of vinegar. You can then "pour" them out on to your hand and return the ones you don't need. No spoon necessary. Just remember to rinse them off before using because they are really salty.


No surprise, I have a solution to this... When I cook with capers I get them out of the jar with a tiny seafood fork. I have extras and would be happy to give you one.


Or you could join the evil empire a.k.a. Cosco. The bulk buggers come in a jelly-shaped jar. As long as you remember to toss them out every six or seven years, you should be just fine.


The only sensible solution, of course, is for one to plant and cultivate one's own acre of caper bushes on the spare seaside land at one's Mediterranean villa. The bushes are quite hardy, and require little attention to begin producing capers. Once the buds are ripe, simply have your houseboy, Enrique, harvest a batch and ship them by private jet to your estate in Connecticut. A simple 4-week pickling process employing Napa-style gray salt naturally harvested in Brittany will give your home-cured capers just the right briny flavor, and you can store them in any airtight glass container of your choosing! It's a good thing.


Would a small measuring spoon work? A 1/2 teaspoon perhaps? I am back on the interwebs now (praise baby jesus) after a painful 36 hour seperation. Glad that's over.


Phrumpt! I KNEW this would happen! All of my readers offering me "helpful" suggestions! I don't WANT helpful suggestions; I want capers to come in short, squat jars with wide mouths! Damn you helpful readers! Phlubbbt.

Martha, your suggestion (unlike the others) seems like something I might be interested in implementing. I'll call you for the details.


I cannot believe this; I am also looking for a spoon narrow enough for a capers bottle...I KNOW I've seen such a thing somewhere...just can't remember the place. And as for a measuring spoon, it seems that they would mash the capers. Plus the handle is way too short...at least on mine. If I find anything I'll let you know.

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