Saturday, September 8, 2012


John Cullum enjoys his role as cook, similarly to the way he enjoys being the family shoemaker, shopper, patcher-mender, and "Agnes the Maid."

Bragging about the three dinners he has learned to prepare, he describes "Pork Chops" ala John -- the precise ways he's evolved, for seasoning the meat, fluffing potatoes, bouillon-flavoring the green-beans.

His second dinner is "Ham Steak," ala John. The third is "Spaghetti." What makes this dinner a hit, a favorite, is their collaboration -- Em's sauce. Her super-spicy red sauce is exceptionally delicious, with John Cullum's perfectly cooked, precisely prepared spaghetti.

"Yes," John says, "I'm great at boiling water."

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