1-24  The First Twenty-Four
25-48  The Second Twenty-Four
49-72  The Third Twenty-Four
73-96  The Fourth Twenty-Four
97-120  The Fifth Twenty-Four
121-144  The Sixth Twenty-Four
145-168  The Seventh Twenty-Four
169-on  The Eighth Twenty-Four

One Sunday In Perry
What the Army Taught Me
Not My Mother's Shopping List
Brain Calisthenics
The Pono Nano Diet
Oatmeal Jim-Jams
A Walk in the Park
Escape to California
10  Printer's Devil
11  Pono - The Addict
12  Monkeypodarrhea
13  Love in the Woods
14  It's a Small World
15  Culinary Crutches
16  We Want Sandin
17  Better With Age
18  Parallel Universes
19  MŚrten Nilsson Finne
20  Hawaii Is A State
21  Shake-em-up Flashlight
22  The Use of E-mail
23  Normal American Schoolboy
24  Lake Gogebic Early Days




The truths of life are revealed to us, if at all, in strange ways.

When Mom and Dad moved out of their home in Bessemer and into Hautamakiís, I took some of their personal effects.  One of the things that I took, and treasure immensely, is Momís recipe files.  I have studied them all.  Once in a while I attempt to resurrect the past by application of my culinary skills to a selection from her files that I remember.

For about three weeks Iíve been researching and assembling brown sugar, dates, oatmeal (real stuff, not 1 minute), a new cookie tin, a rolling pin, etc.  I couldnít find a round cookie cutter anywhere on the island so I decided to use a beer glass.  I had a grinder that I bought on the mainland last October in order to make potato sausage.  (It was too big to pack, so I carried it on the plane with me - donít you know that got me stopped at carry-on check).  Eventually I had everything on the recipe and everything needed to perform the operation.

I made Oatmeal Jim-Jams!  For those not acquainted with this delight, they are comprised of two flat round oatmeal cookies made into a sandwich with date filling.

I ground the oatmeal (real stuff, not 1 minute), mixed dough until my arm hurt, struggled to make the dough separate from the cutting board and the rolling pin while trying to make it thin, and finally baked 45 semi round, semi thin, semi brown cookies.  Did you ever try to grind oatmeal (real stuff, not 1 minute)?  Too little in the grinder and it never gets to the blades.  Too much and it sets up like concrete.

I chopped dates (why canít we buy chopped dates?), cooked and stirred them forever, cooled them, and spread them on 23 cookies, ate the odd one open-faced, and ended up with 22 date sandwiches Ė Oatmeal Jim-Jams (real stuff, not 1 minute)!

They actually turned out pretty good, although the cookies were a little thicker than I remember, the filling a little coarser than I remember, and my right arm a little sorer than I remember.

Truths?  When I think back at how casually I requested Oatmeal Jim-Jams or other labor-intensive culinary treats, I can't help but be a little ashamed of myself.

Oatmeal Jim-Jams

Oatmeal Jim-Jams



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