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Brief intermission

Astute observers may have noticed that I haven’t done all the September recipes yet. I ran short of time and organizational skills, and so am planning to finish them up during October. This is not as foolish as it may sound; the October list is very short, because I knew already in June that October would be an exceptionally busy month for me, including some travel. As it happens I will not be traveling over one of the weekends I thought I might be, so I do have some wiggle room.

Assuming, that is, that our gas gets reconnected soon. Yesterday morning people from ConEd came to replace the meters, which we knew about ahead of time. Quite reasonably, one of the things they do when replacing meters is test the system to determine if there are any leaks, and unfortunately there were leaks in our building. Tiny leaks; they have found and repaired three and are hunting down one more. Until they have finished this, we have no gas, which means no stove and no hot water. So our cooking ability is limited, and even if we take advantage of our gadgetry (microwave, rice cooker, etc.), our ability to wash dishes is also a bit constrained, since we’ll have to microwave water to have any warm water in the process. This is making us a tad selective about how we’re planning to cook until the repair work is all done and the gas is reconnected. Which we hope will be tomorrow, but it’s not up to us.

Also, I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that one can have multiple gas leaks in a building, even tiny ones, and not manage to blow oneself up before they are discovered. Maybe I don’t want to think about it too hard. I don’t want to make gas sound scary; I love cooking with gas, which offers you much better control and range than electric, but one must respect that which is potentially explosive.

Anyway, I’ll be back in the cooking rotation again as soon as is feasible.

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