Umami = Love

I’m still not sure if the turkeys marinated in MSG were enough to make up for the lack of turducken. MSG is a superlatively delicious taste enhancement, but in comparing deep-fried MSG turkeys and oven-roasted turducken, one is led down this seductive path of MSG-enhanced turducken stuffed into a pig and pit roasted for three days as the next step in ultimate gratitude. There are obvious logistical obstacles.

Acquiring a kitchen with multiple ovens and a pit roast is the most compelling argument yet for a) working to become wealthy or b) going to chef school. But this is not about unfulfilled aspirations, it is about belatedly listing some trivial items that make me happy, as per tradition:

  • Hanging pots
  • Mugs with handles large enough to put all four fingers through to the knuckle
  • Socks that are technically dirty, but not too dirty to wear again if you don’t need to feel respectable on a Sunday afternoon
  • All-purpose sewing machine needles
  • Clouds


  1. Steph wrote:

    I’ve never had turducken, and until now, had only heard of it on the Food Network. How does one prepare a turducken? Do they come already assembled, or do you put them together yourself?

  2. Steph wrote:

    Nevermind, I found the turducken link. Interesting…

  3. Rana wrote:

    More nifty little things:
    paper clips
    Aladdin thermos mugs
    (Can you tell I’m about to leave work?)

  4. des wrote:

    Like turducken? Like monkeys? Why not try Goroonkey – the bushmeat bonanza that America’s going ape for!
    (Disclaimer: Goroonkey is against many applicable laws. No primates were harmed in the making of this comment.)

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