Month: December 2013

Bread Whore – Bread, Cakes, and Knuckle Sammiches

Arguably, not my finest hour. But in my defense – I didn’t throw the first punch, and any damage I caused was in the name of self-defense… even when Eileen W. menaced the crowd with her unsettlingly heavy carpet bag purse (I kinda think she liberated J&J’s of all their fruitcakes.) To be fair, quick breads like Date- Nut Bread, Banana Bread, and even the fateful Butternut Squash Bread, are in fact – cake. The embattled discussions abound on the interwebbynetoverse concerning it. Some say they’re called bread because they use chemical leavening. Some say it’s because they’re less sweet. Some say it’s the proportions of fat to flour to sugar…. or wet to dry… or fruit to nuts… or… or… or… Hogwash. Plain and simple – it’s because they are cooked in loaf pans… like a loaf of bread. I can, at this very moment, close my eyes and lay my hands on a half a dozen recipes of cakes that meet the very same identifiers. So, put down your fight’n spatulas, and let’s …

The Long, Slow Train to Crazytown

It begins not with a bang…     but a whisper Clara began to deteriorate shortly before her 80th birthday.  Living on her own was no longer possible and she went to live with her youngest daughter. When she attacked my uncle with a telephone.. well, that was that, and decisions had to be made for more consistent care capable in dealing with dementia. Evelyn was diabetic, and Evelyn loved sugar. There was never a time that I visited that there wasn’t a freshly baked cake.. or a fridge full of Dr. Pepper’s.  Throughout her later years, Jane constantly worked on her diet, delivered healthy meals, removed the stashed Ho Ho’s and Little Debbies, and replaced the sugar laden soft drinks with diet versions. The dementia set in anyway and worsened throughout her journey into more specialized care facilities. Her life ended in an Alzheimer’s ward at a nursing home even though her diagnosis was diabetic dementia. At 70, Charles developed a toxic reaction to corn. Corn, corn starch, corn by-products and additives, corn sugars and …