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Objects in Mirror: December 13, 2007 Archive

The Splendid Table's Stump the Cook: Can you be stumped?

Posted at 11:09 AM on December 13, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

What would you make with a proposed list of five ingredients?

The Splendid Table's Lynne Rossetto Kasper occasionally challenges us to Stump the Cook by offering her a limited list of ingredients and seeing if she can fashion a recipe out of them. This week's show has the segment, and I got my hands on the ingredient list early:

1. Heirloom tomatoes
2. Italian frying peppers
3. Thai rice noodles (dried)
4. Fresh Shitake mushrooms
5. Four Lamb’s tongues (uncooked)

As the cook you also get to use water, salt & pepper, oil, and up to three other ingredients the individual might have in their kitchen.

What would you make with these ingredients?

Baseball braces itself for George Mitchell's report

Posted at 12:09 PM on December 13, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Bleacher Bum Chris Dall notes the baseball world is braced for the release of George Mitchell's report on the use of substance-enhancing drugs.

Read and comment at will.

File under fun and informative

Posted at 2:33 PM on December 13, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Potentially fun, potentially informative. These three links are of the floor-wax-and-a-dessert-topping variety:

* Greta Cunningham's gotcha covered for holiday gift giving: Fake products make for real holiday fun
* Grammar Grater helps you avoid potentially embarrassing situations with their 24th episode: Temptations of the Flush
* Sanden Totten volunteers: I'll name your baby at a discount rate

Getting the dope on baseball

Posted at 4:04 PM on December 13, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

More news, more takes on the Mitchell report:

* Drug report won't break baseball (Marketplace)
* Report Exposes Extent of Steroid Use in Baseball (NPR)
* Timeline: Key Moments in Baseball's Doping Probe (NPR)

Does it matter to fans? Sure there are comments - cracks, really - about how it didn't actually improve performance on sites like MNspeak and TwinCities.com, but I'm not seeing any disappointment. Maybe that's the real story. Bleacher Bum Chris Dall wrote,

"I think most people know the deal by now: performance enhancement has been part of the game for several years, and may continue to be."

Would you rather see a bunch of drug-enhanced players actually hit the ball and play amazing games, or watch seven innings of purity?

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