- Date: Thursday, December 21, 2006 -- 8:00pm
- Location: Madison, WI
- Kitchen: My Mother's Apartment
- Dining Companions: Mel, Teri, Spencer, and Terry
- Recipe Rating: B
I am really sending away my laptop today -- I think I have already said that twice, but I am having some trouble parting with it. I scheduled the DHL pick-up though, so today it is really leaving. Hopefully I will still post, if Spencer is generous enough to lend his laptop to the cause!
When I was ten years old I got salmonella on Christmas Day. It was by far the sickest I have ever been, and I was totally traumatized. I don't know what I got it from -- stuffing probably. That is usually the Thanksgiving/Christmas culprit. The odd thing was that my mother told me I was sick because I ate too much. She knew I had salmonella (and she didn't make the food that made me sick), so I'm not sure why she said that, but nonetheless I became convinced that eating too much had terrible, terrible consequences. I didn't eat anything but one scoop of mashed potatoes at Christmas dinner for the following 7 years after that. Now I am a little more flexible. At the very least, realizing that I had salmonella shifted my focus from avoiding food to avoiding stuffing. Although I eat pretty much anything, I very rarely eat stuffing that I didn't make myself for just this reason... I am always a little relieved when Christmas passes and I haven't been poisoned.