“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Kitchen Secrets #563H and #4P2
Monday, August 11, 2008

As the cook in my family I have spent nearly 20 years serving up meals. In that time I have acquired secrets and knowledge that I feel compelled to share with you.

Did you know, for example, that PICKLES ARE ACTUALLY CUCUMBERS?!? Now, I'm not oblivious, and I'd suspected for quite some time that they were kin of some kind. I would look at them and think, "Hmmm, they're smaller, but they certainly share some common characteristics." BUT IN FACT: As a kindly grocery-store cashier revealed to me one day ... pickles are NOTHING MORE THAN CUCUMBERS STORED IN VINEGAR AND SPICES! So ... the next time you're at a summer picnic you can say with confidence, "Hmm, these pickles are delicious. 'Must have been a good year for cucumbers." And people will know that you're nobody's fool.

Also: The next time that recipe says to de-vein the shrimp ... DO IT! I didn't for years. I thought, "Oh, hell, what's a vein? I eat veins in my chicken and cartilage in my steak. I eat chicken embryos, for God's sake." WHAT YOUR FISHMONGER DIDN'T TELL YOU IS THAT THE VEIN IS ACTUALLY THE SHRIMP'S POOP SHOOT! Yes, that is correct, that black, sandy stuff is the residue of that little shrimp's final meal.

Your observant servant in the kitchen,


Blogger Kevin Pierce said...

To devein? Or not to devein? That is the crustacean...

August 12, 2008 at 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ate shrimp at your house last summer...I'm feeling nauseous.

August 14, 2008 at 2:13 PM  

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