Yesterday I thought I’d try something: If nothing interesting happens today, don’t write anything on your stupid website at the end of the day. Nothing happened, soooo…..
Then I thought, does that stop Jimmy Lileks? No! Also, I have a recipe to share. You can stay or you can go. That’s the beauty of the web; I feel no responsibility toward you whatsoever.
This was the most interesting thing about yesterday: I walked the dog. Twice. The first time was at 4:30 a.m., the morning was unseasonably warm, and even Sprig seemed baffled at being invited on walkies at such a ridiculous hour. By necessity, it was a short one. But it was the best part of the day, strolling through the silent world, in balmy air, alone with the streetlights and sidewalks, the only noise the muted jingle of collar and leash. I tried to appreciate what it must be like to be a dog, where most of your information comes through your sense of smell. How interesting to perceive the very air on a plane so rich with data. People say animals are dumb and lack souls. I know better.
Here’s a recipe for sweet potato pie, from the venerable Fannie Farmer, which if you don’t own, you should. Enjoy. P.S. It smells good.
Sweet potato pie
Basic pastry dough for a 9-inch pie shell
2 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes
2 eggs, well beaten
1-1/4 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
2 T. rum
4 T. melted butter
Preheat the oven to 425 F. Line a 9-inch pie pan with the pastry dough. Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and beat until smooth and well-blended. Pour into the lined pan. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 300 F and bake for about 50 minutes more or until the filling is firm.