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Ode to Ramen

Just to share T.M.I. with you, I am laid up in bed this week with an unidentified illness- strep throat, or mono, or the flu or something.  And, as swallowing is excruciatingly painful, I have been ingesting mostly liquids (water, tea, jello mix). And Doritos. But mostly, my savior in this febrile time of aches has been…ta-da! Ramen Noodles!  Glorious, salty, preservative-full Ramen Noodles.

Ramen Noodles have also saved me a few times when I was on the brink of starvation, unable to afford anything more substantial on my paltry student’s income. So, with that thought in mind, I proceeded to write a small Ode to Ramen:
Ramen, oh Ramen- I cannot just sip
I gobble you up by the pound, just oodles
Your sodium-rich broth is just the thing ere the snot from my nose doth drip
Never was there a better soup of noodles

Chicken, Shrimp, or Beef
It is all quite tasty
No matter the flavor
Spruce it up with a bok choy leaf
Five minutes makes the preparation quite hasty
And when it’s all made, one can share with one’s neighbor

And because I love them so much, I wanted to share with you some recipes that let you take the Ramen experience to a whole other level:

Pepper Curry Ramen
Spam Doodles (a great compliment to my SPAM recipes in a previous article)
Batter Fried Ramen

You can find these recipes and more at The Official Ramen Homepage and


Pastrami on rye

(17:40:02) Comrade Ogilvy: omg i’m so hungry
(17:40:07) Carlotta Chintz: awww
(17:40:11) Carlotta Chintz: is there any food in the house?
(17:40:16) Comrade Ogilvy: i’m craving pastrami on rye
(17:40:40) Comrade Ogilvy: there’s no meats left 😦
(17:43:53) Carlotta Chintz: haha
(17:43:56) Carlotta Chintz: i know the feeling
(17:44:03) Comrade Ogilvy: i want pastrami dammit
(17:44:04) Carlotta Chintz: our fridge, although full, is surprisingly empty
(17:44:13) Carlotta Chintz: what am I supposed to do with a head of bok choy?
(17:44:13) Comrade Ogilvy: and there’s only a couple delis in town
(17:44:15) Comrade Ogilvy: LOL
(17:44:18) Comrade Ogilvy: chop it up
(17:44:20) Comrade Ogilvy: and steam it
(17:44:22) Carlotta Chintz: blech
(17:44:27) Comrade Ogilvy: season it with some bonito flakes
(17:44:29) Comrade Ogilvy: and salt
(17:44:32) Comrade Ogilvy: and a bit of pepper
(17:44:51) Comrade Ogilvy: the only veggies we have are potatos and carrots
(17:44:58) Comrade Ogilvy: and i dont’ feel like peeling either
(17:45:04) Comrade Ogilvy: i just want some pastrami on rye damnit
(17:45:10) Comrade Ogilvy: with spicy mustard on both pieces of bread

I’ve had an insatiable craving for pastrami on rye since last evening. Not just any crappy pastrami sold at a grocer either. I’m talkin’ ’bout the real deal: primo pastrami. I’m craving those big navel cuts of beef brisket that are pickled, seasoned, smoked, and hand cut. You know, a real pastrami sandwich.

After speaking with a couple local connoisseurs, it seems Macri’s Deli in Mishawaka is the place to go for good cuts and tasty sandwiches. However, with lake effect snow currently in effect, there’ll be quite a risk driving all the way over there in the ZZW30 (that’s an MR2 Spyder, for you non-petrolheads out there), especially with the tires in their current dubious condition (read: bald).

Would the quick jaunt over to Macri’s be worth the risk? Maybe so, maybe not. Just as long as I stop typing and actually get my ass out there before dry pavement succumbs to snow and ice… I need my f’n fix!


SPAM in your mouth, not in your inbox

Whatever happened to SPAM? Not the kind that you delete from your inbox, but the kind that you fry in a pan and eat?spam

Its high sodium and fat content should not stop us from enjoying a delectable, easily prepared snack.  It goes well with macaroni and cheese, bread, and my favorite- my fork.  There’s a whole litany of things you can do with SPAM.  In fact, here are 359 SPAM recipes to start you off.  And of course there is no better reference than the official website (because that is the final authority on any subject).  So eat up, and enjoy your heart attack.


Food for thought…or vomiting


Not me.
But here I am in my bed on a Friday night with a 103 degree fever and cramps in my stomach like, whoa.

This is actually kind of traumatizing.  I am a go-anywhere, eat-anything kind of girl.  I am a strong adherent to the five-second rule.   I have not had more than a cold for over a year.

Now, staying in bed and sleeping away the day is usually ideal, but not when I’m forced to do it by some stupid bacteria in my digestive tract.

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