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The Healing of America
Until this first week of July 2011, I have been away from my genealogy work for quite awhile. In July 2011, My Aunt Helen had a brickwall coming down. This break through is in most part because of the hard work of our Aunt Helen Roberta Reed---my mother's youngest sister. So with Aunt Helen's research findings, I have been busy validating and verifing her data. This is our usual genealogy study method. She and I verify and validate each other is our normal genealogical course. Then when we think we are very sure of our data. Aunt Helen will present it to TEMPLE.
During this time of verification and validation I am like a genealogy zombie. I become so involved and spend such long genealogical days in a kind of genealogical stupor. I have not spent such long genealogical days ----- not since last summer.
I have been sooooo focused on my genealogical data this last week that I burnt up two sauce pans trying to cook Tony's dinner this week.
My (Hawaiian born) husband is happy with his dinner as long as rice is served. So since I have been working so hard on genealogical work twice while attempting to make rice; I have burnt up a saucepan. I usually scrap the rice off the top and serve with a great sauce. Usually Tony will not realize my mistake immediately. I can serve dinner with little notice of the burnt pan. But the scrubbing the burnt rice off the bottom of the saucepan renders the sauce pan forever with a dark ring around the bottom inside rim of the pan. (sigh) As long as I do all the cooking and pan washing and putting away--I guess I could get away with it --- at least for a little while.
But today I realized I must purchase a rice cooker.I have not had to use a rice cooker since my very early days of marriage. I pride myself in being able to cook a perfect pan of rice. I correctly wash the rice the exact enough times depending on the rice dish to be served. With less rinsing for a milky rinse for sticky rice desired for stuffing nokis and many rice desserts to the crisp clean water rice rinse for steamed rice dishes for beef sauces.
But alas my rice has been suffering all last week --- So I have served potatoes or crunchy undercooked rice indicating the rice cooked too hot and not covered at a lowered heat after that first initial boil.
Or split rice turning into rice mush because the rice cooked too long -----
so until I can better watch my rice and pay attention to my husband's dinner, I am going to use a rice cooker with no excuses---no regrets. The rice cooker will cook rice perfect every time* and keep it warm and ready to serve until my husband wants his evening meal. The problem will be that the Every time* is dependent on remembering to put in the correct amount of rice, water and salt substitute and turn it on!!! ******* So for every genealogist that must and wants to cook -----
The MUST HAVE gift for your genealogist is a rice cooker.I guess the slow cooker would be a close runner up second "must-have" gift. lol