"Touch Me" by Stanley Kunitz The great old master reads one of his last love poems. The simple fact that he could show such passion so late in life makes me feel all buttery and soft. "Desire, desire, desire..."
The most consistently easy and trouble-free way to peel a banana is to pinch THE END OPPOSITE THE STEM between the thumb and forefinger of both hands, and pull apart. No more stubborn, aggravating, resistant stems thumbing their woody little noses at you while the banana meat gets smooshed into pulp! (Thanks, Richard F.)
I began using this technique when I was about 6 years old. All my life I thought I was the only one... the lonely keeper of a divine secret that might one day, when the time was right, be released to bring peace and happiness to the world. Today, on Google, I discovered another practitioner. I don't feel so special any more, but I believe discovering I'm not alone is a sign that the world is ready and it's time to start spreading the gospel...
Start with a quality cookie. Grasp it with your thumb and forefinger.
Bite a tiny piece off one corner.
Blow decisively into the cookie to locate any small airholes that may be present in the chocolate. If you find any, cover them with strategically placed fingers. It is important for the cookie to be air-tight.
Bite the opposite corner off.
Dip one opened corner into a glass of cold milk -- the colder the better.
Sucking on the other opened corner, use the cookie as a straw and draw the milk up into your yearning mouth.
The cold milk will soften and moisten the graham to the perfect consistency throughout. The chocolate will feel firm and exuberant in contrast.
Always run the garbage disposal before you run the dishwasher, or little shreds of lettuce will be glued to your plates.
Homemaking miracle! The "Cool Down" cycle on your dryer really does help keep your permanent press wrinkle free!
Breakfast delight! A nice shot of Stumptown Hairbender Espresso stirred vigorously into your cup o' regular joe makes for a stimulating pick-me-up each morning! (Thanks to K.A. for the great recipe...)
"Kitchen wicked..." Replace premium with generic by putting the generic in the premium's box... and don't tell anyone!
If you nick your dog's toenails in the course of trying to cut them (and they bleed a lot - let me tell 'ya) dip those toenails into cornstarch to stop the bleeding.