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I have a terrible hunger for Irish lamb stew today. Anyone out there holding a secret recipe they care to share? My dear mother, (RIP), made a dynamite version she inherited from her own mother, but took her secrets to the big kitchen in the sky-- Its the Angles now enjoying her cooking. I bring this up because food has been in our news almost daily recently. We have just completed a week of 'Fiesta' in Santa Barbara were we honor our Spanish heritage by dressing up like Zorro, drinking Dos XXX beer and pretending our decent Mexicans are Kings for the week, after which they are expected to disappear. Thankfully, they have left us a wonderful cuisine. In fact, without the ubiquitous Taco and Burrito, we Westerns might succumb to a fierce hunger. Imagine Philly without the steak sandwich.
Another occasion keeping food in the news: celebrating what would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday--the woman that weaned America off T.V. Dinners. She lived down the street from us here in retirement, and I would occasionally encounter her and another neighbor, Jonathan Winters, shopping for-- what else?-- food! I couldn't imagine how funny talk about food could get until I listened in on these two. LMAO! My Dawn was in the restaurant business and took some of Julia's classes and purchased most of her books. Consequently, I have been blessed as a recipient of many of her dishes. Ooh La La! But today my thoughts are on Dolly, the lamb, especially one of her legs. Help, please.