Welcome Home Week


My husband just returned from a two-month trip for his job.  I didn’t mention it until now because of a little policy we call EnFamSec (Encyclopedia Family Security).  As I’ve mentioned before, my husband is a hard-bound encyclopedia set salesman and often has to travel increasingly longer distances to find a customer not ruined by the internet.  If you’re reading this, you’re obviously NOT the ideal customer, but I hope you can appreciate that he and other “Warriors of the Hard Copy, Static Information Age” are trying to harken us back to a simpler time.

Imagine your young children, happily “paraphrasing” a static, immediately outdated synopsis of the Titanic, or the history of the waffle cone at the kitchen table, prattling on about their hopes and dreams and the interpersonal dynamics of their social circle instead of cloistering themselves in their room to do their homework on a computer, far from your gaze and reach.  Think about all the time we could return to middle school teachers by giving them essays and reports that were all mined from the same, limited resources.  We could give teachers their evenings and weekends back and restore the family unit!  And, let’s face it, Chinese hackers target the Wall Street Journal, not the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Just some food for thought.  Now, some thoughts about food:


To welcome him home on Monday, we had a family favorite, Chinese Five Spice Braised Pork, which I’ve written about here and here.  And, because the food provided for the Encyclopedia Corps is not heavy on fresh fruits and vegetables, last night I honored a request for a “Big Salad”, by making a semi-custom Cobb Salad.


I say semi-custom, because we deviated a little from the classic Cobb salad components by adding hearts of palm and replacing the traditional blue cheese with Feta, which my girls prefer and we don’t mind the difference.


The rest of the week will be filled with more welcome home favorites.  Come back!  Unless of course I’ve convinced you to get your information exclusively from encyclopedias from now on…

– Catherine


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