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Not long ago, I met a friend for dinner at The Publican, a fine Chicago restaurant known for pork, oysters and an extensive Belgian heavy beer list.  It’s really very wonderful.  After some deliberation, we decided to order some oysters though I hesitated for a moment.  You see, two years ago in Southwestern France, I became extremely ill eating raw oysters.  TWICE.  Horribly, violently, miserably ill.  The second time, to my horror, was in an Arcachon restaurant famous for it’s raw seafood platters.  Not being one to pass up an opportunity, I reasoned that it had been a week since the original bout and ordered up.  My stomach choose to disagree with the decision.  Apparently, it was too soon and boy, did it let me know.  I barely made it out the door and across the street (to hide really) before I lost it in the flowerpots outside the town hall.  It was a proud moment for me.  Even puking into the Hotel de Ville daisies doesn’t make it any easier.

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Sometimes I take on ridiculous projects.  I make things that many people wonder, why bother?  For example, why would you make your own crackers?  Aren’t they perfectly good at the store?  Well, yes.  But.  And it’s that but that always gets to the crux of the issue.  I make things because I can, because I want to challenge my skills and myself.  I make things because I’m curious.  Will it work? Will it be delicious?  Can I do it better, without all the crap?  I make things because grocery prices piss me off.  And sometimes, I just need to laugh.  Well, most times actually.  I crack myself up a lot.

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