Archive for July, 2014

Episode: 103

A Collective Identity Crisis is no excuse for Foodiness™ Crimes Against Nature


On this episode of “Let’s Get Real”…You are what you eat, right? So lately I’m thinking about identity, and identity crises. Who are we, as American individuals and as a nation? Who gets in, who gets to stay? Do you have to drink a Big Gulp as part of the US Citizen swearing in ceremony now? Because along with the written test, I’d definitely fail both parts then.

Yeah, all kinds of deep stuff has been going through my head..I have a lot of time on my hands lately, and I’ve been stretching my weekends out to 3 or 4 days up in the bungalow, to get in as much hiking and swimming and grilling and berry picking and gardening as I possibly can, before the cold winds of winter start to blow and we’re watching A Charlie Brown Xmas yet again.

Now, you all know about my friend Ida, who’s somewhere upwards of 70 but will never tell her true age because she’s an ol’ skool real lady. Ida doesn’t drive, so I take her grocery shopping and thrift store shopping and Big Lots shopping on the weekend. She never buys much, but she likes to look around, and browse, much like me. I call it research. So Ida and I head to our local ShopRite, which she likes better than Stop and Shop, which I prefer, although frankly, compared to the food and produce shopping in Brooklyn, they are both a joke.

So we walk into Shop Rite and Ida accidentally steals some other old lady’s cart, and then is yelled at by said old lady, which I find hilarious for some reason, and then I notice a display of Chips Ahoy! cookies and get distracted.

Not because I want them. They’re Chips Ahoy!, which I’ve never really loved because chocolate chip cookies are supposed to be chewy and soft with a crisp edge, not hard and crumbly and crunchy. If I WERE to buy chocolate chip cookies, they’d probably be Entennmans, which back in the venn diagram days of High School stonerhood were a staple on our metaphorical cafeteria table in my social circle. No, my foodiness-seeking eye was drawn to these particular Chips Ahoy!, because they were flavored. You know how bent I get about flavorings, and not just flavorings, but total identity transplantation flavorings, like birthday-cake flavored vodka and girlscout cookie flavored coffee creamer in jelly-donut flavored coffee. You know, that stuff. it goes beyond flavors, its trans-species identity disordering! its like taking the personality of a squirrel and placing it in the body of a jellyfish. its messing with the natural order of things! Like mock duck made of wheat gluten!! You can’t mess with nature, and the way it is meant to be, right? These particular Chips Ahoy! were flavored with…well, you’ll just have to listen to find out, but it’s really, truly horrifying and I tell some good stories and its funny and everything so tune in…And oh yeah, don’t eat sh*t! Especially if it’s pretending to be a cookie.

Episode: 102

Berries and the Bullsh*t


On this episode of Let’s Get Real, The Berries and the Bullsh*t…I’m doing a little happy dance/aqua zumba routine today, to celebrate the closing of not one, but two IHOPS in New York City. IHOP never belonged here in the first place. We never asked for it, it wasn’t on our collective wish-list or our gift registry! Sp take it back! Of course, the empty spaces will probably now be a juice emporia or a bank branch, but whattaya gonna do? At least I don’t have to look at that poster anymore in their window of the jelly donut pancakes, with that little red-poop-like squiggle on the top of the stack…ick. And what actual flavor is jelly donut jelly? Red flavor? What is it, cherry, raspberry, strawberry? Marion Barry? Tee hee… Does anyone even remember Marion Barry?
And hey, while we’re talking red stuff, it’s berry season around here in the northeastern US, so you know what that means….what, you don’t? How long have you all known me now? It BLUEBERRY picking time, as in WILD blueberries, so if you’ll excuse me, I need to get to the studio, do this episode, then head back up to the mountains before the deer eat ’em all. All this and oh yeah, berry-flavored FOODINESS™ on this episode of Let’s Get Real.

Episode: 101

Big Brother is Watching…From Sleep-away Camp in New Hampshire


On this episode of “Let’s Get Real”…Uh oh..We’re in trouble. Lil’ Baby LGR, after celebrating her/our 100th birthday show, got a very angry letter in the mail. No, not an angry letter from someone who challenges my use of olive oil for sautéing in some dumb old video, or someone who calls me an “angry smirking lesbian” (as if there were something wrong with being THAT!) for my performance on Chopped, no, not one of those letters. Then who from, you ask? And then you say, “wait a minute, before you tell us who, did you say a “letter”, in the “mail”? Yes, a letter. On paper. From Lil Baby LGR’s older brother, “Why We Cook”, do you not remember him? Oh, come on! He had (approx) 100 episodes on Heritage Radio Network too, but now he’s off the air, and off at camp, and he’s mad at us. For what, you ask?…Well, you’ll just have to tune in and listen, because it’s all in the show. So put down the diet iced tea and fat-free frozen muffin tops, cut off a big slice of watermelon and crack open an IPA instead, and pull up a lawn chair. You have 28 minutes to spare for me and my little family, dont’cha?

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