Friday, April 26, 2013


My husband, John Cullum, and I promised ourselves a new NEW set of pots and pans.

(John in that picture, taken umpteen years ago, is holding the cover of a pan we'll be using tonight when we're cooking dinner.) 

We didn't get the the new NEW pans for Xmas -- stores were too crowded. The media, warning about the flu epidemic, said, "avoid crowds."

Today's a good time, though my twitter writer friend Peg Bechko, (she keeps me up-to-date on book publishing), said "Beware of silicon."

I Googled "pots and pans" and read: Beware of What you  Buy.  Also, checked Scientific American, Benefits/Hazards in the new rubberized cookware.

Yowie! Lotta warnings like pill warnings -- sure, go ahead and buy what you need, but beware of the symptoms. (the usual list).

Gee, I like no-stick pans. I've been using them for years, ever since I mentioned them in my one of my novels, "Somebody, Woman of the Century."
The heroine, Cordelia, broadcasting news back in 1938, was censored when she said breasts. On the break, an assistant suggested she talk about Bette Davis's new movie, "You fans will love it, and then, talk about new magic pans, Teflon."
       Cordelia said, "Anything new on the Teletype I can use?"
       "The Teletype mentioning an overseas fracas!, Miss Drew. Windows were broken last night in Berlin.  I'll get you more facts on Teflon."
        The red Go light on the mike lit up. Cordelia grabbed the Teletype bulletin and told her audience, "Ladies and gentlemen, while we in Chicago were finishing dinner yesterday, the streets of Berlin were being littered with broken glass -- thousands fled for their lives, twenty-five thousand Jews were carried off to concentration camps."

... Seventy-five years ago -- "breasts," concentration camps, Teflon...

,,, Today, we've got unmentionable words mentioned constantly, and if you're chatting with other humans, you use acronyms like LOL.

...Today -- OMG -- atomic warhead tested in N. Korea, melting polar caps, pollution in the air we breathe, we're running out water and food, and, OMG -- poison gas in Syria --  that endless list of things too scary to contemplate, with kooks in Boston, in Canada, kooks all over the world, who might be thinking of pressing the button -- that red button that could set off a bomb that would destroy the world.

Hey! Gee! I'm tacking my worry list on the kitchen cabinet door, the cabinet where I used to keep canned food that I never buy anymore because ...? I don't remember why, but canned goods aren't as good for you, as nutritious as ... whatever.

Remember Don't Eat Eggs -- Do eat eggs -- eggs are OK -- beware of eggs?

I'm heading for the cookware store right now.

Is there anything one can cook, eat, do, or think nowadays, that isn't attached to a beware? 

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