Monday, January 10, 2011

Culinary Crimes

I have subscriptions to a small handful of magazines.  Among them is Everyday Food which is one of many of Martha Stewart's conglomerate of media outlets.  I was casually leafing through a recent copy one night while I was fixing dinner.  Something was in the oven and rice was cooking; I had a few minutes to spare on a mindless task.

Ha!  Seems most of my tasks these days are mindless.  I digress.

Anyway, so I'm looking through the magazine and, you and I both know, Martha's known for most things "high brow."  Come on.  Admit it.  You know, she's a bit of a snob.  I turn the page and read a recipe that really surprised me.  It was something I just wouldn't expect from her.  Something that was really low budget and a bit too "blue collar" for Martha.

Talking out loud, to myself (as I am known to do), I say something along the lines of, "Boy, I can't believe this recipe is in here."  Dead-panning, again, to no one in particular, I add, "Maybe she came up with this one while she was in prison." 

Chuckle.  I crack myself up sometimes.

Not realizing that Jenna is nearby and heard what I said, she gasps.  Eyes the size of silver dollars and her hand covering her mouth, words finally emerge from my daughter's mouth. 

"Martha Stewart was in prison?"

It would be like if someone told me Jerry Seinfeld didn't write his own jokes.

Brushing it off, I casually tell Jenna it was no big deal and explain that it was just a white collar crime.  (As though that makes it okay.)

Quick.  Not missing a beat.  My 8 year old innocently asks me...

Wait for it...

Wait for it...

Wait for it...

"Did she steal a recipe?"

Because, after all, it would be a crime to steal someone's recipe.

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