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grocerytrekker Feb 11, 2011 06:18 PM

I have been creating food haiku from Japanese original versions (mostly ancient). Here are a few samples, and I need your help in deciding which ones you like best, to get a better idea of the direction this project should take. I started out with fish. Lots and lots of fish. Did fruit. Did a LOT of beans. I am doing vegetables at the moment. I really like the results. Hope you do, too, and any helpful advice will be appreciated.


Libidinous gods / Multitudinous seed pods / Pistachio nuts

Angry sea urchin / Jet black spine needles erect / Stands from where it sat

"I'll see you later" / I say to my ramen pork / Let it sink for now

Five-ray yellowtail / I was watching them rise up / There hangs a rainbow

Wife primps our dinner / As if it is haute cuisine / A whiff of yuzu

Poor shiitake / Tofu takes the credit for / The mushroom flavor

His arms cradling / Honey mushroom bushelful / Father returns home

Smell of dengaku / Unshaven komuso monk / Slips off to the side

Kenchinjiru soup / Konnyaku jelly pieces / Cooking of my mom

An arctic surf clam / Color of a young lady / After it is grilled
 
Thinning of ice fish / Surely can't be construed as / Dewdrops of the moon

Kuruma ebi / When you brush off wood shavings / They do spring to life

Is the spring fountain / Sadness of navy blue crab / I am wondering

For a jellyfish / That cannot ride the ebb tide / Dizziness galore

***
Oh, and there are pictures that accompany the poetry:
http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/

  1. Kholvaitar Mar 19, 2013 09:33 AM

    Red clam sauce so nice
    lonely for pasta noodles
    I can taste both now

    1. b
      BuildingMyBento Dec 2, 2012 11:42 AM

      Four a.m. sushi
      Yet, persona non grata
      Tsukiji market

      1. FoodFuser Aug 28, 2012 09:47 AM

        So soft snipped the sage
        scattered to beautiful pork
        begging for oven.

        Onions and garlic
        Coarse pepper, fractured cumin
        And pinch of good salt.

        A separate pot
        for baking the pinto beans
        All yield ascendance.

        1. FoodFuser Feb 28, 2012 04:34 PM

          Sheen glistens from Wok.
          Memories, good charred moments.
          Oil has curl, nascent smoke.

          All things assembled,
          As the vegetables go first
          resounds as chorus.

          High heat is building
          Curved spatula is dancing,
          also is ringing.

          Veggies to vessel
          in accord to their needing
          Done browned, but yet crisp.

          Naked Wok smolders,
          Awaiting moment of Meat
          Hot steel surrenders.

          Meat by the handfull
          Cascades past clasp of firm fingers
          Wok now full symphony.

          In seek of both char,
          and interior rawness
          Flame, paddle, do dances.

          The meat now to plate,
          a short rest, before return.
          Now to the saucing.

          Arrowroot powder
          In a slurry with water,
          Congeals, firm power.

          Now all reassembled
          to ingest, as we gestate,
          Wok's work on our plate.

          1. FoodFuser Feb 23, 2012 02:55 AM

            An ode to the crusted onion burger,
            a great magnum opus of central Oklahoma:

            Strong man at the grill
            Grip to heavy spatula
            Works onions and meat.

            He moves left to right
            with each incoming order
            Pacing his spacing.

            The grill must stay hot
            to give crust to the onions,
            which dance song their own.

            Now time for the meat
            A third pound of beef, as ball,
            slammed hard to onions.

            Spatula flattens
            sphere to flat patty, forcefully,
            embeds to onions.

            Bed of more onions
            Scattered with skill on the top
            Steam rising meets them.

            He preps up the bun
            with a quick schmear of butter
            gauging the timing.

            Time to flip burger
            to give crust to the top side...
            The spatula pings.

            The patty is placed
            in fresh lane on his flat-top,
            hot sound of sizzle.

            Buns now to browning
            Both face down in the old lane...
            Might render good scrapes.

            Cook's moment of rest
            yet still hard calibration
            to the best browning.

            Top bun is scooped up
            and centered atop the patty...
            browned bread now meets steam.

            Bottom bun plated
            waiting for placement of patty
            soon wet from drippings.

            Now spatula gentle
            in the patty removal
            as joins bottom bun.

            Diner astounded
            to such beauty made for him...
            peels the top bun....

            Revealing layers
            of crusted browned excellence...
            Hail, Onion Burger.

            Cook gives a moment
            to rest spatula to shoulder
            and gives his perusal,

            Eyes meet 'tween the two
            As the diner hefts burger...
            quick nods and quick smiles.

            That might be the way
            all food encounters could be,
            with some type of smile?

            1. FoodFuser Feb 18, 2012 08:27 PM

              Hefting fresh catfish.
              Dawns tomorrow Ceviche
              with soft sublime Lime.

              1. FoodFuser Feb 10, 2012 08:52 AM

                Tree buds awaken
                as do the dandelions
                Season harbingers.

                1. FoodFuser Feb 3, 2012 11:46 AM

                  Soft rain to prairie drought.
                  Falls gently from clouded sky
                  Soil weeped does now seep.

                  Fissures, faced to rain,
                  seek now the good moisture
                  'Pon wheat growing Plain.

                  Our bread comes from wheat
                  rooted deep in the soil
                  Doth rain provide grain.

                  Gentle the moment
                  Filled with bushels of portent
                  goodness of rain.

                  I move my chair
                  to take those droplets above
                  to body and face

                  Sweet dampened the soil
                  for Springtime harvest of wheat
                  Thus rain and the bread.

                  1. FoodFuser Feb 1, 2012 11:40 PM

                    First month of year
                    Night sky so beautiful
                    January has vanished

                    Yet scroll of the skies
                    Be bit incremental
                    Night folds to night.

                    Is there good rhyme
                    In cascade these good evenings
                    suckled from sky?

                    Teats twinkle in stars.
                    Such firm grandeur to choose from...
                    Which star to nuzzle...

                    Night sky brought so forth
                    In hand, my suckle of broth,
                    panoply of skies.

                    1. FoodFuser Jan 11, 2012 09:59 AM

                      Some soft boiled eggs
                      make so supple a breakfast.
                      White contrasts with Yolk.

                      Not just their colors,
                      Their colloidal suspension,
                      Different textures.

                      Travels through Ovums
                      are delightful in deed...
                      So many spectrums.

                      1. FoodFuser Jan 9, 2012 08:47 AM

                        Mid-winter morning
                        requires soup of good warming...
                        broth miso and beans.

                        1. FoodFuser Dec 20, 2011 05:01 PM

                          Good can of peaches
                          Offer the great benefits
                          fruit in December.

                          1. FoodFuser Dec 18, 2011 04:23 PM

                            Crispness of peppers
                            Depth taste of tomatoes
                            Grown upon summer.

                            Good we seek seasons
                            of the bounty provided
                            both crispness and taste.

                            1. FoodFuser Dec 17, 2011 04:58 AM

                              Upon coffee.

                              Such glisten of beans
                              Traveled afar from the pickers
                              Now just rest in bag.

                              Of coffee and all
                              Celebrate growers and pickers
                              They be providers.

                              Now move those good beans
                              to the blade of the grinder
                              whirl to the morning.

                              Then to so simple
                              of the heating of water
                              that trickles through them.

                              Beverage of morning
                              affords us good warming
                              sups to our cups.

                              Yet linger question
                              of there be other trickles
                              give such of warming?

                              Growers, Pickers?
                              Or perchance of the simple
                              just being Givers?

                              My face full to mug
                              on such wonderful morning
                              yet ponder questions.

                              1. FoodFuser Dec 16, 2011 05:00 PM

                                Movement of evening
                                Downing of Sun from day's sky
                                Augments our rhythm

                                Of spoon to the pot
                                Of the meter of stirring
                                Sun to horizon.

                                Such be the cadence
                                all of rhythms diurnal
                                as even to beans.

                                1. FoodFuser Dec 15, 2011 05:03 AM

                                  Some mornings need soft.
                                  Simmer of tofu and broth.
                                  Such silk to the throat.

                                  1. FoodFuser Dec 14, 2011 08:49 PM

                                    Cold clouds many days
                                    Yet now shaft of some moonlight
                                    Time for chocolate.

                                    1. FoodFuser Dec 14, 2011 02:35 PM

                                      Peeler, cucumber,
                                      Soft the sound of their meeting
                                      upon scraping.

                                      Glistens the peeled log
                                      also a glisten to skins
                                      and glisten to day.

                                      1. FoodFuser Dec 14, 2011 03:54 AM

                                        The breaking of fast
                                        of no eating since evening
                                        gives name to Breakfast.

                                        Time to fill belly
                                        and attune to the morning
                                        that be the Break Fast.

                                        1. FoodFuser Dec 13, 2011 10:08 AM

                                          Grey skies December
                                          so cold, even bones shiver,
                                          but yet there be soup.

                                          1. FoodFuser Dec 12, 2011 03:35 PM

                                            Green be the scallions
                                            surrender of knife
                                            to their circles.

                                            There be gentle of hints
                                            of aromas of onions
                                            had from their slices.

                                            But only in ice
                                            Do they give full their unfurl
                                            aromas and curls.

                                            Such be the scallions
                                            with the balance of brushes
                                            Just knife slid to stem.

                                            And ice.

                                            1. FoodFuser Dec 11, 2011 08:50 AM

                                              Special the nestle
                                              Warm burrito in hand
                                              Joy of ingestion.

                                              1. FoodFuser Dec 10, 2011 08:16 PM

                                                Deep into evening
                                                comes there a need of good snack.
                                                Now sated, soon sleeping.

                                                1. FoodFuser Dec 10, 2011 10:39 AM

                                                  Burrito, High Noon.
                                                  Simplicity of travel
                                                  to Taco truck.

                                                  There be dispenser
                                                  of both beef and the beans
                                                  good fold burrito.

                                                  1. FoodFuser Dec 9, 2011 08:23 PM

                                                    Seated at counter
                                                    where both wife and the husband
                                                    offer their ramen.

                                                    So simple a shop
                                                    On simple an avenue
                                                    Good place of ramen.

                                                    As often Japan
                                                    They live on the second floor
                                                    with business below.

                                                    She was the maker
                                                    of such exquisite noodles
                                                    carving with skill.

                                                    He was the keeper
                                                    of simmer of such good broth
                                                    made daily from bones.

                                                    There was harmony
                                                    As they labored together
                                                    to give good ramen.

                                                    Most gentle of place
                                                    where have ever I eaten...
                                                    slurp upon noodles.

                                                    1. FoodFuser Dec 8, 2011 10:35 AM

                                                      Answer of question
                                                      of dinner this evening
                                                      simple as burger.

                                                      Will visit the place
                                                      where man astrides to his fryer
                                                      as chef earned his pride.

                                                      Bemixes with beef
                                                      best our local pork sausage
                                                      hunks of six ounces

                                                      Grilled upon flat-top
                                                      Seared crust, soft of middle
                                                      Perfect a burger.

                                                      Then hand to fryer
                                                      gives dip of the basket
                                                      freshly shorn taters.

                                                      Such burgers and fries
                                                      have accord to the heavens
                                                      So well earned his pride.

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                                                      1. re: FoodFuser
                                                        FoodFuser Dec 8, 2011 09:26 PM

                                                        Man astride burger
                                                        Did so surely deliver
                                                        that of my order.

                                                        Bun of such softness
                                                        Gave wrap to treat of good meat
                                                        and the condiments.

                                                        And also the fries
                                                        in their crispness of glisten
                                                        to both mouth and eyes.

                                                        Is good to know man
                                                        with such goodness of burger
                                                        both sausage and beef.

                                                        Keeper of kindle
                                                        of good fries and good burgers
                                                        Good know such a man.

                                                      2. FoodFuser Dec 7, 2011 10:12 AM

                                                        So cold blow the winds
                                                        Deep here in depth of December
                                                        It simply be cold.

                                                        But what of a dish
                                                        that would give a good prancement
                                                        give balance cold winds?

                                                        As often, the answer,
                                                        comes of the goodness of soup
                                                        built strong these cold days.

                                                        With spoon and with sip,
                                                        Winds give of cold and of howl
                                                        Still suckle my soup.

                                                        Be there a beauty
                                                        of such of the contrasts behad
                                                        of winds early winter

                                                        While stoutness of house
                                                        has the warmth and the freedom
                                                        allows me suck soup.

                                                        1. FoodFuser Dec 6, 2011 10:18 PM

                                                          Single slice of good Ham
                                                          gives foundation to sandwich
                                                          not yet assembled,

                                                          Considering first
                                                          just its beauty as glistens
                                                          as gift from the hog.

                                                          Travel of femur
                                                          journey of thigh of the Pig
                                                          shimmers presented.

                                                          Buns are well chosen
                                                          for purpose of encasement
                                                          of shimmer of Ham.

                                                          Be it arrangement
                                                          or be more an arraignment
                                                          in sandwich of Ham?

                                                          1. FoodFuser Dec 6, 2011 01:12 AM

                                                            Man scratches his back,
                                                            Gives good adjustment to spine
                                                            Now stands relaxed,

                                                            To wave and to waft
                                                            of aromas and paintment
                                                            beheld by the fridge.

                                                            There in the glowness
                                                            of such lowness of wattage
                                                            as claims the fridge bulb

                                                            Stands styro container
                                                            of simply a gift of dozen,
                                                            laid well, by chickens.

                                                            Moment decision.
                                                            Pan is perched in the left hand
                                                            Vision fixed to the fridge,

                                                            Yes, it be morning
                                                            Salutation of chickens,
                                                            In fry of their eggs.

                                                            1. FoodFuser Dec 5, 2011 07:08 AM

                                                              Rich the aroma
                                                              of leaves, that fell from the trees,
                                                              now grounded and wetted.

                                                              The chill and the moist
                                                              of this wonderful morning,
                                                              leads mind to warm.

                                                              In match the simple
                                                              of arrival such morning,
                                                              soup will be Miso.

                                                              A spoonful to bowl,
                                                              then water, then sent to the bathe
                                                              of warm microwave.

                                                              To sup upon soup,
                                                              these most gentle of mornings,
                                                              has own kind of warming.

                                                              So simple the broth,
                                                              Miso matches this morning,
                                                              Day welcomes our sup.

                                                              1. FoodFuser Dec 5, 2011 12:29 AM

                                                                Soft tread in the night
                                                                to the pleasures of kitchen,
                                                                munchies a mission.

                                                                Such a soft silence
                                                                of my hunger in balance
                                                                as crept to the fridge.

                                                                Stalk to that Mammoth
                                                                with such whir of its wattage
                                                                always entrances.

                                                                1. FoodFuser Dec 4, 2011 08:44 AM

                                                                  Deep felt the drumbeats
                                                                  lead us to food fed from hearth
                                                                  constance of rhythm.

                                                                  Deep strike of stick
                                                                  upon hollow of drumlog
                                                                  that drives us to supper.

                                                                  Sweet be the tenor
                                                                  of good call to our dinner
                                                                  when issued by log.

                                                                  1. FoodFuser Dec 4, 2011 12:28 AM

                                                                    Tis time of the Daikons
                                                                    pulled afresh from the fields
                                                                    to dangle from rafters.

                                                                    Drape well the landscape
                                                                    picture of rural Japan
                                                                    Concert of season.

                                                                    So slowly they dry
                                                                    while hang in coolness of wind
                                                                    with chime so sublime.

                                                                    Destined for pickles
                                                                    these kings of the radishes
                                                                    now swing in sunshine.

                                                                    Will give a good crunch
                                                                    to every bite of the rice
                                                                    and somehow entickle.

                                                                    Thus hang the daikons
                                                                    from rafters, upon ages...
                                                                    gift be the pickle.

                                                                    1. FoodFuser Dec 3, 2011 12:23 PM

                                                                      Good grate of cabbage
                                                                      and the hint of good onion
                                                                      makes for good slaw.

                                                                      Standing and sniffing
                                                                      in very waft of them both
                                                                      gives a good hanker.

                                                                      So simple the grate
                                                                      of enfolded the cabbage
                                                                      requires just our strokes.

                                                                      Onion needs peeling.
                                                                      Laying of sharp knife to skin
                                                                      Layers revealing.

                                                                      In search for our slaw
                                                                      Might we always keep good mind
                                                                      of simplicity

                                                                      It is of cabbage.
                                                                      It has hints of the onion.
                                                                      But be it just slaw.

                                                                      Accord to the simple
                                                                      of cabbage and onions
                                                                      Good pause for the slaw.

                                                                      1. FoodFuser Dec 3, 2011 10:20 AM

                                                                        So great the pleasure
                                                                        of a slice of good cheddar
                                                                        and also of apple.

                                                                        One for its aging,
                                                                        other for youth, for crispness.
                                                                        So good a menage.

                                                                        Glad that we dapple
                                                                        with such fruit as the apple
                                                                        and pieces of cheese.

                                                                        1. FoodFuser Dec 3, 2011 02:27 AM

                                                                          Morning so quiet
                                                                          Seeking the coolness of breeze.
                                                                          Thus door be ajar.

                                                                          The heating of pan
                                                                          for the make of the bacon
                                                                          gives welcome to Fall.

                                                                          Bliss of the breakfast
                                                                          that is shorn from the Autumn
                                                                          as do dance with leaves.

                                                                          1. FoodFuser Dec 2, 2011 09:46 PM

                                                                            These evenings of Fall
                                                                            bring clarity of crispness
                                                                            to love of the gourds.

                                                                            Rotund the Pumpkin
                                                                            baked to the sweetness of pies
                                                                            that we so relish.

                                                                            Slender the Butternut
                                                                            with its chunks so well broiled
                                                                            or softened as soup.

                                                                            It's season of praise
                                                                            for the goodness of squashes
                                                                            the goodness of gourds.

                                                                            My mind travels back
                                                                            through the line of the growers
                                                                            who gave us the gourds.

                                                                            See them besquatted
                                                                            On their muscular haunches
                                                                            while tending of gourd.

                                                                            There's role to be had
                                                                            In the keeping of squashes
                                                                            and growing of gourds.

                                                                            And pictures of men
                                                                            squatted hard on their haunches
                                                                            Gentle keepers of gourds.

                                                                            1. FoodFuser Dec 1, 2011 09:42 PM

                                                                              Wakened by thunder
                                                                              from that somewhere down under
                                                                              such Wind and such Roar.

                                                                              Just a reflection
                                                                              of good work of intestines
                                                                              to di-gest those beans.

                                                                              We seek not the flatulence
                                                                              but we sure love our legumes
                                                                              Such staple, such goodness.

                                                                              This wind of the night
                                                                              doth seldom awaken us,
                                                                              but on times when it does...

                                                                              We re-adjust blankets
                                                                              and give a slumbering smile
                                                                              to benefits of beans.

                                                                              1. AreBe Dec 1, 2011 11:27 AM

                                                                                Thanksgiving oysters / marked down at Kroger today / fried deliciousness

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                                                                                1. re: AreBe
                                                                                  FoodFuser Dec 1, 2011 12:15 PM

                                                                                  Arsters been fried
                                                                                  at a markdown of price
                                                                                  such a wannabe.

                                                                                  1. re: AreBe
                                                                                    FoodFuser Dec 1, 2011 09:25 PM

                                                                                    Giving the breading
                                                                                    to those seasonal bivalves
                                                                                    indeed be blessing.

                                                                                    Now shimmer hot oil
                                                                                    in the bathe of them oysters
                                                                                    intended for dressing.

                                                                                    Such silk on the inside
                                                                                    Such crunch on the outside
                                                                                    Them be good oysters.

                                                                                  2. FoodFuser Dec 1, 2011 04:06 AM

                                                                                    Gives good dangle of morning
                                                                                    Just a strip of peeled bacon
                                                                                    belly glistening.

                                                                                    Await good awarming
                                                                                    Possible be some frying
                                                                                    Warmth to my morning.

                                                                                    1. FoodFuser Nov 30, 2011 11:56 AM

                                                                                      "ZZZZiiPPP" goes the metal,
                                                                                      lid of the can of sardines.
                                                                                      lingers on finger.

                                                                                      "CRUNCH" go the saltines
                                                                                      well meant to accompany
                                                                                      good can of fishies.

                                                                                      Left holding the lid,
                                                                                      Even left holding the bag.
                                                                                      Good crunch good fishies.

                                                                                      Twas talk in the past
                                                                                      of the matter of good loaves
                                                                                      and meaning of fish.

                                                                                      Centered on sharing,
                                                                                      not just loaves and our fishes
                                                                                      but also our selves.

                                                                                      Words spoke in good peace
                                                                                      to those gathered on hillside.
                                                                                      so hungry of mind.

                                                                                      The Zip of sardines
                                                                                      and the Crunch of the crackers
                                                                                      all from a hillside.

                                                                                      Was powerful talk
                                                                                      of the fishes, of sharing
                                                                                      of loaves, and of being.

                                                                                      1. FoodFuser Nov 30, 2011 03:41 AM

                                                                                        Such sizzle of bacon
                                                                                        Does deliver good aromas
                                                                                        here upon morning.

                                                                                        Just slice of cured belly
                                                                                        Neverless romances me
                                                                                        Curls in the skillet.

                                                                                        Float to aromas.
                                                                                        Let nose waft upon bacon
                                                                                        fried upon morning.

                                                                                        1. FoodFuser Nov 29, 2011 03:22 PM

                                                                                          Such beautiful day.
                                                                                          Sunlight filters to back porch
                                                                                          Exposing both me

                                                                                          And my munch of the Snickers.
                                                                                          I revel in the sunshine
                                                                                          and the fact being busted.

                                                                                          Felony candy bar
                                                                                          of peanut and chocolate
                                                                                          worth time spent in jail.

                                                                                          Might be, all of we,
                                                                                          Have want of an evening
                                                                                          where sun gently flickers

                                                                                          Wherein its dapple and dance
                                                                                          Gives so strong its exposure
                                                                                          to our innermost Snickers.

                                                                                          1. FoodFuser Nov 29, 2011 12:15 AM

                                                                                            Upon bread:

                                                                                            Listen to leavening
                                                                                            as dough gives its arousal
                                                                                            such staple as bread.

                                                                                            Listen to leavening
                                                                                            from we bakers with fingers
                                                                                            beknuckled the bread

                                                                                            Listen to leavening
                                                                                            in all tasks that attract us,
                                                                                            be bread, just be be-ing.

                                                                                            The loft of the loaf
                                                                                            is internal determined
                                                                                            by our hear of the beast of our yeast.

                                                                                            1. FoodFuser Nov 28, 2011 08:54 AM

                                                                                              Pork loin in oven
                                                                                              such succulent of slices
                                                                                              Loving slow roasted.

                                                                                              Knife gives its own peal
                                                                                              as the slices dance downward
                                                                                              Praise juice of the pork.

                                                                                              1. FoodFuser Nov 28, 2011 02:10 AM

                                                                                                Sound of the drumming
                                                                                                of fingers on side of the fridge.
                                                                                                Door fully open.

                                                                                                Fingers keep rhythm
                                                                                                to my lack of decision
                                                                                                of contents within.

                                                                                                Is just late night snack.
                                                                                                It calls not for crescendo
                                                                                                Here sought is diminuendo.

                                                                                                Fingers still rapping
                                                                                                Comes arrived the decision:
                                                                                                I reach for the olives.

                                                                                                1. FoodFuser Nov 27, 2011 08:21 PM

                                                                                                  Four days after Thanksgiving.

                                                                                                  The Turkey all gone
                                                                                                  the cranberries waning.
                                                                                                  Time for new sandwich.

                                                                                                  But first one last munch
                                                                                                  upon, ummm, them cranberries
                                                                                                  give tartness to soul.

                                                                                                  1. FoodFuser Nov 27, 2011 10:12 AM

                                                                                                    Three days after Thanksgiving:

                                                                                                    Vestige of turkey
                                                                                                    sweet remnants of cranberry.
                                                                                                    Time make last sandwich.

                                                                                                    1. FoodFuser Nov 25, 2011 10:27 PM

                                                                                                      The Feasting is done.
                                                                                                      Grunts of contentment abound.
                                                                                                      Surely, Thanksgiving.

                                                                                                      Some four hundred years now
                                                                                                      we gather to celebrate
                                                                                                      Bounty of harvest.

                                                                                                      Good times to the feast.
                                                                                                      of the turkey and pumpkins
                                                                                                      of links to the past.

                                                                                                      1. DoobieWah Nov 17, 2011 07:42 AM

                                                                                                        Lovely kanpachi.
                                                                                                        A tiny slab atop rice -
                                                                                                        Firm, rich and briny.

                                                                                                        1. FoodFuser Nov 11, 2011 10:39 PM

                                                                                                          Snacks of the midnight
                                                                                                          are as simple as pickles
                                                                                                          crunched sweet with delight.

                                                                                                          1. FoodFuser Nov 9, 2011 03:33 PM

                                                                                                            Praise to kabocha
                                                                                                            small green cousin of pumpkin
                                                                                                            harvested in Fall.

                                                                                                            Knife circles stemmed top
                                                                                                            exposing with lifting: the seeds.
                                                                                                            Stands firm but exposed.

                                                                                                            Spoon cleans thick middle
                                                                                                            giving place for good stuffing
                                                                                                            to which I accede.

                                                                                                            Stuffed, steamed, then roasted
                                                                                                            Quintessence of squash.
                                                                                                            With spoons we embrace.

                                                                                                            1. FoodFuser Nov 7, 2011 09:34 AM

                                                                                                              There's good act in washing
                                                                                                              Five pounds of pertaters
                                                                                                              brought home in a bag.

                                                                                                              Brush swept along skin
                                                                                                              the dirt doth descend
                                                                                                              and settle in sink.

                                                                                                              Anticipation,
                                                                                                              in this act of their cleansing
                                                                                                              soil dispensing

                                                                                                              Soon boiled they'll be
                                                                                                              then buttered, and well salted
                                                                                                              Good taters they'll be.

                                                                                                              1. FoodFuser Nov 6, 2011 10:09 PM

                                                                                                                Midnight needs warming.
                                                                                                                Is there chance of becording
                                                                                                                their needs of this night?

                                                                                                                My own brings deliver
                                                                                                                Of the goodness of cheese
                                                                                                                and gratis of beans.

                                                                                                                1. FoodFuser Nov 6, 2011 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                  Could one remember
                                                                                                                  or applause to the platter
                                                                                                                  beef that's been braised right?

                                                                                                                  1. FoodFuser Nov 6, 2011 03:45 AM

                                                                                                                    Arising with eggs
                                                                                                                    is a good way greet morning.
                                                                                                                    So gentle they fry.

                                                                                                                    Sun softly rises.
                                                                                                                    With clarity of yellow
                                                                                                                    Bematching of ovum.

                                                                                                                    Were all just so simple
                                                                                                                    as surety diurnal
                                                                                                                    as raising of Sun.

                                                                                                                    Is cause give to praise
                                                                                                                    of orbits of orb
                                                                                                                    and softly fried ovum.

                                                                                                                    1. FoodFuser Nov 5, 2011 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                      'clined to November
                                                                                                                      it brings up, just moniker
                                                                                                                      the Dear Robert Frost.

                                                                                                                      His talk upon forests
                                                                                                                      do send me this night
                                                                                                                      of his talk upon fences,

                                                                                                                      His speak of the trail
                                                                                                                      and forks not yet taken
                                                                                                                      Give rise to good road.

                                                                                                                      It's well to commune
                                                                                                                      With such great poet as him.
                                                                                                                      While eating my beans.

                                                                                                                      And chance of good bacon
                                                                                                                      As my thoughts give their lean to
                                                                                                                      communion with Frost.

                                                                                                                      1. FoodFuser Nov 5, 2011 04:47 AM

                                                                                                                        We dance with the wolves
                                                                                                                        as we dance with aged cheese
                                                                                                                        firmaments groaning

                                                                                                                        It calls for good eggs,
                                                                                                                        the supple power of which
                                                                                                                        will distribute it.

                                                                                                                        1. FoodFuser Nov 4, 2011 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                          Day that awaits me
                                                                                                                          Give stare cubic contents
                                                                                                                          With-held by the fridge.

                                                                                                                          Such sweet appliance
                                                                                                                          So gentle its storage
                                                                                                                          Somehow speaks to me.

                                                                                                                          "What shall it be for thee
                                                                                                                          on this cusp of good morning
                                                                                                                          I'm here just to please."

                                                                                                                          Ignoring euphonia
                                                                                                                          of such subtle of statement
                                                                                                                          I reached for the cheese.

                                                                                                                          It turns out this day
                                                                                                                          is one which to calibrate
                                                                                                                          our borrow of cheese.

                                                                                                                          1. FoodFuser Nov 3, 2011 10:08 PM

                                                                                                                            Standing at frigde door
                                                                                                                            so open, so lightening
                                                                                                                            begs us to explore.

                                                                                                                            We be so lucky
                                                                                                                            just having refrigerator
                                                                                                                            and contents within.

                                                                                                                            I stare in the darkness
                                                                                                                            Lighted by bulb in the fridge
                                                                                                                            and reach for a yogurt.

                                                                                                                            Such gifts at this midnight
                                                                                                                            accorded by fridge.

                                                                                                                            1. FoodFuser Nov 3, 2011 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                              First freeze approaches
                                                                                                                              It is Advent for oaties
                                                                                                                              for the breakfast meal.

                                                                                                                              1. FoodFuser Nov 2, 2011 07:31 PM

                                                                                                                                Layers of muscle
                                                                                                                                to be found in the fried thigh
                                                                                                                                Good part of chicken.

                                                                                                                                Peals for the drumsticks
                                                                                                                                or requests for plump fried breasts
                                                                                                                                Not diminute me.

                                                                                                                                Chewing on layers
                                                                                                                                Of those strong muscled thighs
                                                                                                                                Be-bests call for breasts.

                                                                                                                                1. FoodFuser Nov 2, 2011 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                  Consider the beauty...
                                                                                                                                  Plate full of mashed re-fried beans
                                                                                                                                  Each Pinto own ecstasy.

                                                                                                                                  Brought to the cast iron
                                                                                                                                  Amidst hot lard and onion
                                                                                                                                  With cracked seeds of Cumin.

                                                                                                                                  "Tis gauntlet, this dish
                                                                                                                                  of the consequent fartlets.
                                                                                                                                  But still I chow down.

                                                                                                                                  Beans now ingested
                                                                                                                                  I feel need to be rested
                                                                                                                                  It's time to recline.

                                                                                                                                  Tune Weather Channel
                                                                                                                                  to see which other places
                                                                                                                                  match upcoming wind.

                                                                                                                                  Gauntlet of fartlets
                                                                                                                                  So well tossed, now ingested
                                                                                                                                  I snooze in bean breeze.

                                                                                                                                  1. FoodFuser Nov 1, 2011 11:00 PM

                                                                                                                                    Slicing of prime rib
                                                                                                                                    whiff of the sharp knife
                                                                                                                                    good platelets descend.

                                                                                                                                    1. FoodFuser Oct 29, 2011 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                      Rough wooden chopstcks
                                                                                                                                      slide through fresh tofu with grace.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                        buttertart Oct 30, 2011 08:11 AM

                                                                                                                                        Soft slickness in mouth.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                          FoodFuser Nov 1, 2011 10:41 PM

                                                                                                                                          Thank you, dear Buttertart.

                                                                                                                                          I was so caught in the ecstasy of fresh tofu
                                                                                                                                          that chopsticks gave loss
                                                                                                                                          to completion of verse.

                                                                                                                                          May I here reconsider?

                                                                                                                                          Here a new haiku:

                                                                                                                                          Half hour warm tofu
                                                                                                                                          Yields to rough chopsticks
                                                                                                                                          Glissade to fresh curds.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                            buttertart Nov 2, 2011 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                            Love it.

                                                                                                                                      2. FoodFuser Oct 29, 2011 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                        Snacking on Snickers
                                                                                                                                        Such good peanuts and caramel
                                                                                                                                        Good chocolate as well.

                                                                                                                                        1. FoodFuser Oct 28, 2011 05:37 AM

                                                                                                                                          With yawn and with stretch
                                                                                                                                          I give seek daybreak haiku
                                                                                                                                          to give form to morning.

                                                                                                                                          Mind hits upon grits
                                                                                                                                          slow coddled kernels of corn
                                                                                                                                          Well paddled with cheese.

                                                                                                                                          To go with good grits
                                                                                                                                          there must be an egg in that.
                                                                                                                                          Two over easy, please.

                                                                                                                                          1. FoodFuser Oct 27, 2011 01:16 AM

                                                                                                                                            Ridgetop views valley.
                                                                                                                                            Banks of rice paddies descend
                                                                                                                                            I tread so softly

                                                                                                                                            Downhike so tenuous
                                                                                                                                            Valley views so glorious
                                                                                                                                            Soil dikes so old.

                                                                                                                                            Descent with the rice.
                                                                                                                                            Down with time took build paddies.
                                                                                                                                            Stroke ancestral rice.

                                                                                                                                            At base, looking back
                                                                                                                                            water, mud, rice, all trickles.
                                                                                                                                            Touch base with real old,

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                              buttertart Oct 27, 2011 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                              Very evocative. I dare you to work the word "polder" into these musings.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                BobB Oct 27, 2011 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                Polder. Once, twas land
                                                                                                                                                kept by dikes from ocean's dark.
                                                                                                                                                Now, thermometers.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: BobB
                                                                                                                                                  FoodFuser Oct 27, 2011 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Bob has opened the dikes to a poetry of puns upon brands, with a good one.
                                                                                                                                                  Do I hear a howl from my Wolf stove?

                                                                                                                                                2. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                  FoodFuser Oct 27, 2011 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Buttertart:

                                                                                                                                                  Ponder upon polders
                                                                                                                                                  and relation to paddies
                                                                                                                                                  comes down to terraces.

                                                                                                                                                  The polder claims land
                                                                                                                                                  from the lakes or the oceans.
                                                                                                                                                  Dikes keep out the water.

                                                                                                                                                  Terraces halt gravity
                                                                                                                                                  slowing flow of the water
                                                                                                                                                  allowing the rice.

                                                                                                                                                  Both are communal,
                                                                                                                                                  and requiring our sculpting
                                                                                                                                                  whether slopes or wet flatland.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                    buttertart Oct 28, 2011 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Bravo both!!!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                      FoodFuser Oct 28, 2011 09:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                      The best I can tell is of trickle from paddies
                                                                                                                                                      as water went downhill.

                                                                                                                                                      Such softening quiet.
                                                                                                                                                      Such perch on the ridge.
                                                                                                                                                      Such crouch to give calibrate
                                                                                                                                                      to all human hands
                                                                                                                                                      who had patted, developed, these walls.

                                                                                                                                                      It was not just a canter downhill.
                                                                                                                                                      It was passage through mists
                                                                                                                                                      of slow gentle history
                                                                                                                                                      of mud and of water and rice.

                                                                                                                                              2. FoodFuser Oct 24, 2011 05:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                A single oat flake
                                                                                                                                                tasted dry with wet finger...
                                                                                                                                                good way meet the day.

                                                                                                                                                Sun is arising
                                                                                                                                                It is now time for breakfast...
                                                                                                                                                time meet with the oats.

                                                                                                                                                And as the eggs boil
                                                                                                                                                firming first their albumen
                                                                                                                                                then setting of yolk

                                                                                                                                                They lead us on journey
                                                                                                                                                of how best set our center
                                                                                                                                                this beautiful day.

                                                                                                                                                1. FoodFuser Oct 13, 2011 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Such softness of eggs
                                                                                                                                                  Cradled in pan and in butter
                                                                                                                                                  turned over-easy.

                                                                                                                                                  Approach with a spoon
                                                                                                                                                  to take gentle sips to yolks
                                                                                                                                                  followed by napkins.

                                                                                                                                                  Then to albumen.
                                                                                                                                                  Yolk sack depleted, consumed.
                                                                                                                                                  But still have the spoon.

                                                                                                                                                  Clank of the tool steel
                                                                                                                                                  to porcelain breakfast plate
                                                                                                                                                  as whites are encircled

                                                                                                                                                  All now devoured
                                                                                                                                                  Napkin wipes this experience
                                                                                                                                                  yolks, whites, from my face.

                                                                                                                                                  But yet there remains
                                                                                                                                                  an egg-eatin' grin of it.
                                                                                                                                                  Sheen is internal

                                                                                                                                                  1. FoodFuser Oct 12, 2011 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Seared burgers on coals
                                                                                                                                                    Cook quick to sear outside
                                                                                                                                                    Pink in the middle.

                                                                                                                                                    Hot flames attending
                                                                                                                                                    when the patty hits hot coals
                                                                                                                                                    then it's attending.

                                                                                                                                                    This is a matter
                                                                                                                                                    of good judged moderating
                                                                                                                                                    of meat and the heat

                                                                                                                                                    The buns on the side
                                                                                                                                                    are charred for mayo slide
                                                                                                                                                    meat buns come to fruition.

                                                                                                                                                    1. FoodFuser Oct 12, 2011 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Smell the fresh Masa
                                                                                                                                                      as you press your tortilla
                                                                                                                                                      Hear hit to hot pan.

                                                                                                                                                      Heat adds to aroma
                                                                                                                                                      as it stiffens but stays soft.
                                                                                                                                                      Flip, again sizzles.

                                                                                                                                                      If all was so simple
                                                                                                                                                      as the freshness of Masa
                                                                                                                                                      grilled at mid-morning.

                                                                                                                                                      1. FoodFuser Oct 10, 2011 05:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Praise to pork belly
                                                                                                                                                        manifested as bacon
                                                                                                                                                        Crispness of soft strips.

                                                                                                                                                        Greeting this morning
                                                                                                                                                        there are strips in the oven
                                                                                                                                                        slowly rendering.

                                                                                                                                                        They shall be supple
                                                                                                                                                        They shall bend with a crispness
                                                                                                                                                        They shall satisfy.

                                                                                                                                                        Belly gives good grub
                                                                                                                                                        Stacked, turned, in the oven.
                                                                                                                                                        Soft slices rendered.

                                                                                                                                                        Hard to describe them
                                                                                                                                                        But Good God I chew them
                                                                                                                                                        Oven baked bacon.

                                                                                                                                                        1. FoodFuser Oct 9, 2011 01:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                          A good friend in night:
                                                                                                                                                          the refrigerator light....
                                                                                                                                                          shows content within.

                                                                                                                                                          Softly we dawdle
                                                                                                                                                          And lovingly we fondle
                                                                                                                                                          our special treasures.

                                                                                                                                                          Choices, past midnight,
                                                                                                                                                          are based more upon Munchies
                                                                                                                                                          than our best interests.

                                                                                                                                                          Yet somehow we find
                                                                                                                                                          that most perfect item
                                                                                                                                                          and proceed with the feed.

                                                                                                                                                          Illumined by bulb
                                                                                                                                                          that betrays all our secrets
                                                                                                                                                          in 20 watt glow.

                                                                                                                                                          But door in the night
                                                                                                                                                          Impels us to fulfillment
                                                                                                                                                          Not closed 'till we're done.

                                                                                                                                                          Our secret treasures.
                                                                                                                                                          Door of the box keeps them cold.
                                                                                                                                                          Such friend of low wattage.

                                                                                                                                                          3 Replies
                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                            DoobieWah Oct 9, 2011 04:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                            This sounds like Part Two
                                                                                                                                                            Is found on another board -
                                                                                                                                                            (Like Penthouse Dot Com?)!

                                                                                                                                                            ;-)

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: DoobieWah
                                                                                                                                                              FoodFuser Oct 9, 2011 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                              No double entendre.
                                                                                                                                                              It is all in the passion
                                                                                                                                                              of power of Fridge light.

                                                                                                                                                              Door clicks the switch,
                                                                                                                                                              lights the refrigerator...
                                                                                                                                                              Such treasures within.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                                buttertart Oct 9, 2011 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Ti amo, FF.

                                                                                                                                                          2. FoodFuser Aug 10, 2011 11:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Morning Fritatta
                                                                                                                                                            Eggs, bacon, onion, Mac 'Cheese
                                                                                                                                                            Leftovers made good.

                                                                                                                                                            1. DoobieWah Jul 20, 2011 05:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                              It rained yesterday,
                                                                                                                                                              and maybe again today;
                                                                                                                                                              can't say that I mind.

                                                                                                                                                              Still hot as hell though,
                                                                                                                                                              So I think I'll have a Pop-
                                                                                                                                                              Sickle for breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                              3 Replies
                                                                                                                                                              1. re: DoobieWah
                                                                                                                                                                FoodFuser Aug 7, 2011 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Please, Eugene O'Neil
                                                                                                                                                                In this hellish heat tell us
                                                                                                                                                                That Iceman doth cometh.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                                  DoobieWah Aug 11, 2011 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  This I swear to thee,
                                                                                                                                                                  From B'Gosh to Begorrah
                                                                                                                                                                  The Iceman cometh.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: DoobieWah
                                                                                                                                                                    FoodFuser Aug 12, 2011 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for "Begorrah".
                                                                                                                                                                    It was a new phrase for me.
                                                                                                                                                                    Guarantees Iceman.

                                                                                                                                                                    A sixty pound block
                                                                                                                                                                    hefted on apron clad shoulder
                                                                                                                                                                    Sufficient for me.

                                                                                                                                                                    For one day.

                                                                                                                                                              2. buttertart Jul 18, 2011 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Here's one for you, FF, as a palliative to the heat -

                                                                                                                                                                popsicles ice cream
                                                                                                                                                                ice cubes sorbet granitas
                                                                                                                                                                vanquish summer heat

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                  FoodFuser Jul 18, 2011 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Chest freezer, block ice
                                                                                                                                                                  Fits in the bathtub real nice.
                                                                                                                                                                  Blissful immersion.

                                                                                                                                                                  Cantilevered shelf
                                                                                                                                                                  attached to side of the tub
                                                                                                                                                                  holds frozen ice cream

                                                                                                                                                                  Chest freezer gives ice
                                                                                                                                                                  Cold bergs in the bathtub
                                                                                                                                                                  Crisp frozen chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart Jul 18, 2011 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Brr! :)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                      BobB Aug 5, 2011 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      The ice cubes await
                                                                                                                                                                      Shimmering in the darkness.
                                                                                                                                                                      Martini time, soon.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BobB
                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart Aug 6, 2011 08:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Niiice. Your tomato one is hot.

                                                                                                                                                                2. mamachef Jul 10, 2011 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I do not think this is my last haiku, but FWIW:
                                                                                                                                                                  You gave me such love
                                                                                                                                                                  When I needed food, and life
                                                                                                                                                                  you knew the difference.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. DoobieWah Jul 4, 2011 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Happy July Fourth
                                                                                                                                                                    To each and every Chowhound.
                                                                                                                                                                    May your steaks be rare.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. FoodFuser Jul 4, 2011 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Watermelon, ice.
                                                                                                                                                                      Spent two days in iced cooler.
                                                                                                                                                                      Crisp. Seed spittin' good.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. FoodFuser Jul 4, 2011 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Soft rain came through last night
                                                                                                                                                                        and it cooled down the landscape
                                                                                                                                                                        Lightening too was soft.

                                                                                                                                                                        Called for ice bucket
                                                                                                                                                                        and some bottles of tonic
                                                                                                                                                                        some crackers and cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                        Cicadas confused.
                                                                                                                                                                        What song should they sing
                                                                                                                                                                        with this drastic change?

                                                                                                                                                                        Deck surely beckoned
                                                                                                                                                                        Cooled by this soothing soft rain
                                                                                                                                                                        Said "plant your butt down."

                                                                                                                                                                        Iced bottles rattled
                                                                                                                                                                        Snap hiss when I opened one
                                                                                                                                                                        Cicadas chorused.

                                                                                                                                                                        Beautiful balance
                                                                                                                                                                        this soft misted evening
                                                                                                                                                                        begged more observing.

                                                                                                                                                                        Downpour had passed by
                                                                                                                                                                        Lightning seven seconds away.
                                                                                                                                                                        I sat under eaves

                                                                                                                                                                        but scooched out my chair
                                                                                                                                                                        to let the drizzle hit my knees.
                                                                                                                                                                        cheese crackers protected.

                                                                                                                                                                        Cold fronts follow storms
                                                                                                                                                                        I let it envelop me
                                                                                                                                                                        with mild winds it brought.

                                                                                                                                                                        Cicadas silent
                                                                                                                                                                        at these shifts in the balance
                                                                                                                                                                        in their simple world.

                                                                                                                                                                        I reach for crackers
                                                                                                                                                                        smeared thick with pimento cheese
                                                                                                                                                                        Perfect for this night.

                                                                                                                                                                        Tried to crunch silent
                                                                                                                                                                        so not disturb choirmaster
                                                                                                                                                                        engender chorus.

                                                                                                                                                                        Wind from the cold front
                                                                                                                                                                        whispered its gentle moving
                                                                                                                                                                        soft gusts, not sustained.

                                                                                                                                                                        Each pulse sure bathed me
                                                                                                                                                                        and choirmaster chirped indecisively
                                                                                                                                                                        a few followed lead.

                                                                                                                                                                        Next tonic water
                                                                                                                                                                        I opened more quietly.
                                                                                                                                                                        Closed mouth upon cracker.

                                                                                                                                                                        Unusual storm.
                                                                                                                                                                        Epicenter at distance
                                                                                                                                                                        yet scattered drizzle.

                                                                                                                                                                        I sat for an hour
                                                                                                                                                                        admiring the choirmaster,
                                                                                                                                                                        the sky, rain, and wind.

                                                                                                                                                                        Ran out out tonic
                                                                                                                                                                        and pimento cheese crackers
                                                                                                                                                                        Arose, and went in.

                                                                                                                                                                        But that evening is still with me..

                                                                                                                                                                        1. FoodFuser Jul 3, 2011 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Bacon microwaved
                                                                                                                                                                          to dictates of this heat wave.
                                                                                                                                                                          Bread, 'mater, mayo.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. buttertart Jul 3, 2011 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Imari bowl holds
                                                                                                                                                                            six golden peaches fragrant
                                                                                                                                                                            promising sweet juice

                                                                                                                                                                            1. mariacarmen Jul 3, 2011 12:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              flavorless truffle
                                                                                                                                                                              why do you even exist?
                                                                                                                                                                              black hole of sorrow

                                                                                                                                                                              6 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen
                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart Jul 3, 2011 07:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                summer truffle not
                                                                                                                                                                                anywhere near as fragrant
                                                                                                                                                                                as fall or winter

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Jul 3, 2011 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  damn. maybe that was the problem. dammit.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen
                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart Jul 3, 2011 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    $10 is nothing compared to what a real one would have cost - they're two distinct fungi.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Jul 3, 2011 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      they had different sizes, up to $20. what do you mean "real" tho - fall/winter as opposed to summer? or region it came from? (i don't actually know where ours was from."

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen
                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart Jul 4, 2011 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Real as in winter truffles from the Périgord or somewhere of the sort. Those puppies are eyewateringly expensive.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Jul 4, 2011 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          it's true. it probably would've been a $50 hunk if it was from the Périgord or Piemonte or something. and it would've been divine!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. FoodFuser Jul 2, 2011 08:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Cold leg of chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                Skinned then marinated
                                                                                                                                                                                Brushed with marinade

                                                                                                                                                                                With heat indirect
                                                                                                                                                                                Hot half drives the smoking
                                                                                                                                                                                with pan of pecan.

                                                                                                                                                                                Loving good basting
                                                                                                                                                                                And lots of good attention
                                                                                                                                                                                Legs, indirect heat.

                                                                                                                                                                                Then loaded to fridge
                                                                                                                                                                                Just one day before serving
                                                                                                                                                                                Cold bowl, good cold chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. FoodFuser Jun 29, 2011 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Sun's down and moon rises
                                                                                                                                                                                  Such a cloudless horizon
                                                                                                                                                                                  makes want to pick dill.

                                                                                                                                                                                  What soft wind there is
                                                                                                                                                                                  flows with its passage through fronds
                                                                                                                                                                                  as thumbnail pinches.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Cucumber shredded
                                                                                                                                                                                  awaits really cold yogurt
                                                                                                                                                                                  and garlic, chopped dill.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Yogurt, cucumber, dill
                                                                                                                                                                                  There must be a name for this
                                                                                                                                                                                  Don't care what it is.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Nameless is timeless
                                                                                                                                                                                  and deserves its own status
                                                                                                                                                                                  as just in my bowl.

                                                                                                                                                                                  With gaze to the North
                                                                                                                                                                                  I seek out star Polaris.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Been guide for many.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Spoon dips deep to bowl.
                                                                                                                                                                                  as I raise my eyes upward
                                                                                                                                                                                  this balmy evening.

                                                                                                                                                                                  They were Mariners
                                                                                                                                                                                  those who gave name to this dish.
                                                                                                                                                                                  as plied inland seas.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Were Greeks, I believe
                                                                                                                                                                                  sailed Mediterranean
                                                                                                                                                                                  often in warfare.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight with coolness
                                                                                                                                                                                  One spoonful bathes my hot tongue
                                                                                                                                                                                  Now name comes to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Tzatziki. Old Greek.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Whether was hoisting of sail
                                                                                                                                                                                  deep in the Aegean

                                                                                                                                                                                  Or me on my swing
                                                                                                                                                                                  with no sail except moonlight
                                                                                                                                                                                  this dish really sings.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. FoodFuser Jun 24, 2011 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Pork steak close to charcoal
                                                                                                                                                                                    Sizzles and sears and crusts fat
                                                                                                                                                                                    Meat remains tender.

                                                                                                                                                                                    One inch from the coals
                                                                                                                                                                                    Red hot from pump of bellows
                                                                                                                                                                                    Makes beautiful meat.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. FoodFuser Jun 24, 2011 05:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dawn signals Miso.
                                                                                                                                                                                      One dollop stirred into broth.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Soft cubes of Tofu.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. FoodFuser Jun 23, 2011 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Aperched to the fryer
                                                                                                                                                                                        Fresh Catfish came into my life.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Gift from a Noodler

                                                                                                                                                                                        Noodlers ply banks
                                                                                                                                                                                        of recesses in rivers
                                                                                                                                                                                        and fish with their hands.

                                                                                                                                                                                        A strange sort of sport
                                                                                                                                                                                        Where forced forearm meets catfish
                                                                                                                                                                                        Pulled from the river.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I heat the oil
                                                                                                                                                                                        And make up the breading
                                                                                                                                                                                        when fish headed here.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. FoodFuser Jun 22, 2011 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          All praise to young taters
                                                                                                                                                                                          Just forked from my prairie earth
                                                                                                                                                                                          so rotund you be.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Praise also to nozzle
                                                                                                                                                                                          of garden hose rinses them
                                                                                                                                                                                          spins water in bin.

                                                                                                                                                                                          These tates will be steamed
                                                                                                                                                                                          then brought down to al fresco
                                                                                                                                                                                          and once they are chilled

                                                                                                                                                                                          They'll get handfulls of Dill
                                                                                                                                                                                          some dabs freshly made mayo
                                                                                                                                                                                          and chopped garden onion.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds like the makin's
                                                                                                                                                                                          Of a good tater salad
                                                                                                                                                                                          Verdict to eaters
                                                                                                                                                                                          .

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart Jun 23, 2011 05:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            One of the happiest food memories of my life is of eating just dug potatoes at a dear cousin who was a wonderful gardener's house. So utterly delicious. Thanks for bringing that back (the green bean ones resonate too, my dad grew those).
                                                                                                                                                                                            FoodFuser, the Gerard Manley Hopkins of the 21st century haiku.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                              FoodFuser Jun 23, 2011 07:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              New dug pertaters.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Skin slips yet has awesome grip
                                                                                                                                                                                              to soft starches inside.

                                                                                                                                                                                              No way describe them
                                                                                                                                                                                              so supple, so fresh from soil
                                                                                                                                                                                              One has to imbibe them.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Have scent of good dirt
                                                                                                                                                                                              Spade and I prefer call Earth
                                                                                                                                                                                              as turned forth the tubers.

                                                                                                                                                                                              More than just eating
                                                                                                                                                                                              Matches heart with ground beating
                                                                                                                                                                                              So simple taters.

                                                                                                                                                                                              So simple soil
                                                                                                                                                                                              What joy in the toil
                                                                                                                                                                                              To bring food from Earth.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Accent, excitement
                                                                                                                                                                                              come from Mayo and Dill
                                                                                                                                                                                              and fresh chop of onions.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart Jun 23, 2011 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Freshly dug taters
                                                                                                                                                                                                Ontario aummer day
                                                                                                                                                                                                Butter salt crown them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                                  FoodFuser Jun 23, 2011 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spuds really do rule.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Brought to food stream by Incans
                                                                                                                                                                                                  and now feast Canadians.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tuber much traveled
                                                                                                                                                                                                  First from cool dirt in the Andes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chants from those hillsides.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. FoodFuser Jun 22, 2011 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Soft crunch of Green Beans
                                                                                                                                                                                            Were dangling in garden
                                                                                                                                                                                            Picked, steamed, and ate them.

                                                                                                                                                                                            They dance through the days
                                                                                                                                                                                            of the heat of young summer
                                                                                                                                                                                            building seed, building pod.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Good crunch comes from each
                                                                                                                                                                                            both soft seed and the crisp pod.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Such gift of green bean.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. FoodFuser Jun 21, 2011 05:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Gosh let's get out there
                                                                                                                                                                                              sipping coffee on porch.
                                                                                                                                                                                              gift of the morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. FoodFuser Jun 20, 2011 10:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Here around midnight
                                                                                                                                                                                                merge with sounds of the night.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Chair's steel cools my back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Rarefied silence
                                                                                                                                                                                                where two pork ribs await me
                                                                                                                                                                                                glisten in moonlight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                These ribs are leftover
                                                                                                                                                                                                from cooking debauchery
                                                                                                                                                                                                comes with Father's Day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                So me and two ribs
                                                                                                                                                                                                Somehow thoughts go to Adam
                                                                                                                                                                                                in this sweet silence.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Naw, won't go Biblical
                                                                                                                                                                                                When I can go Riblical
                                                                                                                                                                                                Hoist bone and I chew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Last of the relics
                                                                                                                                                                                                of a good weekend party
                                                                                                                                                                                                I now devour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Deference to Adam
                                                                                                                                                                                                It just don't get much better
                                                                                                                                                                                                than leftover ribs

                                                                                                                                                                                                Porch and its silence
                                                                                                                                                                                                but the soft sounds of night dance
                                                                                                                                                                                                add joy to my chew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Was a good weekend.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Is a really good sparerib
                                                                                                                                                                                                Joy in both swallowed..

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. FoodFuser Jun 18, 2011 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Still daggum records of heat:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Birds singing slower now.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Apollo flips bird quite early
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Notice of day's sun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  So me and my hose
                                                                                                                                                                                                  placing water, save garden
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bird flipped back to Apollo

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I water my garden
                                                                                                                                                                                                  hose sprays to all islands
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Apollo debunked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. FoodFuser Jun 17, 2011 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Heat Wave.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Refrigeration.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    From cool air to dense ice cubes
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cools both glass and ass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. FoodFuser Jun 16, 2011 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Heat wave:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Neighbor made Jello
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cut cubes to glisten with cold.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Down glad gullet goes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. FoodFuser Jun 15, 2011 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Summer evening:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nighttime has now come.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sun chariot horizoned
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Break from Apollo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Listen to earth cool.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Embrace song of Cicada.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good end of good day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mint steeped as a tea
                                                                                                                                                                                                        In a jar in the sunlight
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Now gives me delight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Honey and lemon
                                                                                                                                                                                                        mixed into the ambrosia
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Allow drink just right..

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ice clinks, counterpoints
                                                                                                                                                                                                        the melody of evening
                                                                                                                                                                                                        with which earth does sing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just me and my tea
                                                                                                                                                                                                        on my piece the planet
                                                                                                                                                                                                        All gently comes cool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. FoodFuser Jun 13, 2011 09:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Softness of seltzer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Singing bubbles hit palate
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Excitement to nose.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. DoobieWah Jun 12, 2011 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            "All you can eat ribs."
                                                                                                                                                                                                            The most vile and most evil
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Five words known to Man.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. FoodFuser Jun 12, 2011 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Extra sharp cheddar
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Such a heavy block hefted
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brought to the grater.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tower of sharp steel
                                                                                                                                                                                                              with edged pockets protruded
                                                                                                                                                                                                              cuts cheese so smoothly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Soft cheese now rendered
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Strands are placed upon omelet
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Where slowly dissolve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. FoodFuser Jun 11, 2011 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Joy of the smoker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oak, Pecan, and Hickory.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                with pork ribs inside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Meat rubbed lovingly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Coals tended to soft degree
                                                                                                                                                                                                                From bone, meat will slide.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart Jun 12, 2011 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hickory smoke scent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  From childhood summer corn roasts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Taking me back home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FoodFuser Jun 12, 2011 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The char upon Maize
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fire, friends, teeth crunching kernels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Butter drips from face.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. FoodFuser Jun 10, 2011 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thunderstorms moved through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In normal path west to east.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good ground soaking rain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now garden glistens.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It is time to give listen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to driplets droplets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Focus on those sounds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of water just seeking ground
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gift of gravity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Glides down along stems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and releases from leaflets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Some remains, glistens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harken to those days
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  when survival was centered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  on very same rains.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Close eyes and just feel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  joy of their celebration...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  early gardeners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Steam still arises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  from my own little garden.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Skies clear, and wind blows.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Plants carry on dance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of just sun, soil, and water.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Continue to grow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I raise smile to skies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Try to merge with the Old Guys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In praise of the storm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. FoodFuser Jun 9, 2011 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ode to haiku-burger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Grilled burger drips well
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    splatters the plate with droplets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    but just meat and bun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Condiments extra
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and only as requested
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's part of the fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Onion for pungence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lettuce for crunchy crispness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sliced 'maters that slide.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mustard for good bite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    then comes the piano-forte
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dollops of Mayo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This burger best at home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    restaurants just don't make it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    except In and Out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. FoodFuser Jun 6, 2011 02:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hot sun has hit early
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Giving droop to my basil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Soft limp wimpy leaves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wanted to use you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to mate with tomatoes...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Formless you dangle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Perhaps tonight's Dew
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      will bring back your erectness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Draped over 'maters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. FoodFuser Jun 2, 2011 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Warm Hot winds greet me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Portender of Summer blazing skies?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just want Cukes and Onions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chilled to defray them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        with soft vinegar soft sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        from summer's strong heat...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank God for the fridge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        as it rattles and rambles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        allows dish served cold

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gifts from the garden
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gifts from deep cold running frige
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        right to the gullet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. FoodFuser May 31, 2011 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ode to flatulence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          from ingesting those legumes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Haiku to good beans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Source of good fiber
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and incredible flavor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          good farts to savor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          While all know the bliss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          we so rarely discuss this.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Manners. Etiquette.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Proud to be species
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          with such workings of colon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          digesting my food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          All of such systems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          require Pressure Relief Valves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It takes form of Fart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Relish ingestion.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Relish work of the Colon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Give grin at good Fart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. FoodFuser May 30, 2011 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Meat from grill today.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It is Memorial Day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Best day to eat meat?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Celebrate soldiers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            With grunts they protected us.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Memorial Day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Might MD say peace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. FoodFuser May 29, 2011 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What lunch from satchel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Crusted bread cut to sandwich
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bring only cut cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. FoodFuser May 28, 2011 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Buttered pan sizzles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                things seem just right to add eggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Senses buttery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Crack two from their shell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Revel in buttery splatter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hot butter meets eggs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cook them now coddled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just the way that I want them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Beauty, Butter, Eggs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. FoodFuser May 27, 2011 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Knock mud from boot soles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It is Tornado cleanup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sit for a minute.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Flip bird to debris
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and tragedy surrounds me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just need to sit, breathe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Am handed canned beans.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Metal lid has been opened
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spoon is deep standing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I eat down cold meal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  as if each bean were treasure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spoon clanks to cold steel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Back to the debris
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scrape more mud off my boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cleanup sure beckons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart May 29, 2011 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've been worried about you, FoodFuser - is everybody safe, I dearly hope?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FoodFuser May 30, 2011 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We are tornadoed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pick up the pieces
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Move on and do well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. FoodFuser May 24, 2011 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dark, balmy night.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll eat just a light sandwich.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Breeze gives good delight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. FoodFuser May 24, 2011 12:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sweep of the zip top
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Revealing good canned sardines.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Multiple layers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good fishies arrayed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      either firstlings or brislings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      soft layered in can.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Once so bescorned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      they are back as the lunch snack
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All good Omegas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Their partner Saltines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      hath too made re-emergence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      paired perfect with fish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Blue Collars chuckle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In knowing held long and strong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      strength of a meal in can held

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Glistening sardines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Corner-hugging Saltines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We told you guys all along

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lo Merc, Hi Omegas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lunchbox snaps with a good burp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and fish-eaters smile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. DoobieWah May 23, 2011 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wrapped in fine paper,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        little pearls of sweet and sharp,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        God's gift - the onion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: DoobieWah
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FoodFuser May 23, 2011 11:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          God's gift indeed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Been a good Spring for onions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Smunching them fresh green.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. FoodFuser May 21, 2011 10:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Eye to good breakfast.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gotta be eggs and oaties,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Making the prep now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. FoodFuser May 21, 2011 09:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Midnight is speaking.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Moon shines and illuminates.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Soft breezes sweeping.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So silent tonight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            on the waves of the soft wind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pulsing and blowing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nary an insect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            singing in hopes of mating.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight we are quiet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pulse of a breeze
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            leaves shimmer, tingle, and breathe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            then fall to quiet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Soundless evening.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In heart, boundless evening.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The gift of soft breeze.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. FoodFuser May 21, 2011 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Plants in the garden
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Finding their succor from rain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              becoming erect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Seek to the rootlet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              grabbing soil eternal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mix mind with the dirt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Growth upon photons.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stream forth rich from our Sun.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harvest. Energy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Love days gentle Spring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Before Summer Sun blazes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That sure lies ahead

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For now be of herbs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              lettuce radishes onions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Soft Sun soft soil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. FoodFuser May 21, 2011 03:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Up with the the Onions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sol's chariot not here yet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                thus simple morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Birds bleat a soft note
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Redbird serves as bugler
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Time roust and awake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Soon will be chorus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of bird guided euphony
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pleasures but scattered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I seek to hear growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                from rootstocks were planted.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Soft gentle onions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mornings and onions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Listening for their green growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Birds give good chorus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. FoodFuser May 20, 2011 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rain. Breaking our drought.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  All night thundering pouring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good for our gardens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. FoodFuser May 18, 2011 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cold block of tofu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yields slabs to a butterknife
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sliced and quivering.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So many uses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    but the first is the naked
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dip into shoyu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Flakes of bonito
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and sprouted radishes await
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to dress this blessed tofu.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FoodFuser May 19, 2011 01:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Crisp green kaiware
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      open leaflets, gift pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dress my tofu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Are just daikon sprouts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      but leaflets are opening
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mustardly crisp good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stance of kaiware
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      is clamshell opening
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      leaflets to heaven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. FoodFuser May 16, 2011 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Softness of butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      left on counter to soften
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gives gift of glossen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Knife spreads it smoothly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      upon rough face of the bread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ahhhhh... bread and butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      See Granny at churn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      with such calm separating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fat that is butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now she kneads flour dough
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      her stout forearms are churning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      loaves ready, hot oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All hail to Granny.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Her fresh butter, her hot bread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Knife spreading sings smoothly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. FoodFuser May 15, 2011 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Coffee of morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Birds compete in their songing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        All's well on deck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sunrise aroma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The wind chimes are tinkling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        from base of my mug.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cup runneth over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        with the joys sought from this day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dawn, birds, coffee beans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just the beginning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As Apollo moves sun higher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Songs yet to be sung today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart May 16, 2011 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This inevitably brings "Sunday Morning" to mind: http://www.bartleby.com/265/355.html

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FoodFuser May 16, 2011 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for Wallace Stevens. He was a beautiful poet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart May 17, 2011 07:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Another WS you're sure to love - the last canto of "L'Esthétique du Mal".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the green corn gleaming
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tomatoes red ripening
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              hot summer pleasures

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FoodFuser May 18, 2011 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you, bt, for steering me softly to these awesome poets.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart May 18, 2011 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My pleasure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mamachef Jul 10, 2011 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Blackbird. I do not know which I prefer. That man could shatter a mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. FoodFuser May 13, 2011 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lo... the Bread Maker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            arises before the dawn.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Time to get baking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So many cultures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            with just flour and water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            thank baker at dawn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ovens now heating.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ready for whatever dough.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ready for good bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Man of the morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            this is flour-splayed baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Central to all lives.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Today we find it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cut, sliced, bagged and delivered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            was it always so?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bakers with hot stones
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            before we had hot ovens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bread baked in the past.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mamachef May 13, 2011 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is great. And for reference, the first sliced bread debuted on 7 July, 1928, courtesy of Otto Frederick Rohwedder, inventor of the machine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. FoodFuser May 13, 2011 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hear man rub the rice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              under fresh flowing water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              He rinses it thrice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The split bamboo broom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              a tool most traditional.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Whisk, rinse, whisk again..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Soft rhythm in rice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cascade flow of the water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to each gentle grain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds atavistic.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They've hurled through the centuries.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Still today: Whisk, swoosh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Could be as simple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              as rice grains, bamboo, water?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The answer awaits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For now will focus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              on his forearm and elbow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              as daily brings rice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart May 13, 2011 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love your suites of haiku.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FoodFuser May 13, 2011 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Haiku be good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mamachef May 13, 2011 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A good dose of creativity is a great and fine thing. : ) Have a good day, FF.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Best,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Marci

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart May 13, 2011 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's the Tao of Ku!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Memo to self: ask husband whether haiku was a Japanese borrowing from China. Think not but one never knows, there are so many things that are.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart May 13, 2011 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Memo to self part 2: Maybe there's a Chinese poetic form we can goe going on. It can be counted syllable too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          grocerytrekker May 27, 2011 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Buttertart,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No, Japanese grammar is completely different from Chinese. Vocabulary is borrowed, yes, but the answer is no :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FoodFuser May 27, 2011 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But richness of Kanji,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chinese characters borrowed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            each has deep depth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Carry more meaning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            than paltry syllabary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Give haiku its breadth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Grocerytrekker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            please rejoin us in chorus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            in search of Haiku.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart May 29, 2011 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Preaching to the choir, here - I know, I speak and read Chinese and my husband reads Japanese as well as being more conversant in Chinese including literary than I'll ever be (had to learn it for dissertation research, is a historian, late imperial urban history). Not 5-7-5 but counted syllable forms do exist in Chinese poetry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FoodFuser May 29, 2011 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Seems good point of discussion of making thread better.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sense such force of subdued power here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Scent of good folks want release power of poetry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. FoodFuser May 13, 2011 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here smoked pork spareribs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    One flick the meat falls from bone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bone shines, meat beckons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Made by a Master
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    in his restaurant kitchen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pecan, Hickory.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The logs piled outside
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bespeak authenticity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ribs revolve through smoker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beans are too in there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to be stirred on occasion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to take in the smoke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Master attends
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to his making of cole slaw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chopped with loving strokes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    He has apprentice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    but he is for sure Master.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This kitchen is his.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    He's been smoking ribs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for almost forty years now.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good sweat to his brow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Folks queue at the door
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for his ribs, beans, and cole slaw.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That is his menu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    His restaurant is set
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    on a deep country road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    far from the highway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The sense that one gets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    is much more than just good meat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's dedication.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Would that we all could
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    find such deep avocation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Maker of good ribs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. FoodFuser May 12, 2011 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Green pea shoots curling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Radishes flavor bursting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dress with vinegar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. FoodFuser May 12, 2011 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Toward more plebeian food memories:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1989.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Along Interstate 40.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Year of Big Mac wars.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just 49 cents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Will supply you with Big Mac.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Or Quarter with cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Long distance driving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        with Moon over my shoulder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        making the miles count.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Talk radio good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thermos of coffee still hot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        recharged at McD's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Big Mac in hand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Quarter pounder beside me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chew, sip, and listen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Next time to get gas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Is in about two more hours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and more of McD's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Engine hums smoothly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Moon follows me down the road.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hurtle through darkness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hark... on horizon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My best brand of gasoline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        adjacent gold arches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. FoodFuser Apr 30, 2011 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cooking pork and beans,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good dish when rendered out right
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Porcine and legumes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. FoodFuser Apr 30, 2011 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Consider the cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Caseins compacted to loaves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Beauty milk gives us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. FoodFuser Apr 30, 2011 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Okay fellow posters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There is a lot of good talent on this thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Let us keep this thing going
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Let us keep just enjoying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5-7-5 poetry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Do it by posting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Such good talent here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. FoodFuser Apr 29, 2011 02:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Olives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Neighbor shared olives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They are called Kalamatas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                deep good meaty fruit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks to that friendship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It has more than just olives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Of living joyous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. FoodFuser Apr 27, 2011 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Upon oats, Upon groats,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just now this morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As my oaties were warming
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I gave praise to groats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Journeys to feedbags
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sound of the strong jaws of horses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As chomp on their oats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As we feed our steeds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For the max of nutrition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Why not feed ourselves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Soft chomp in groaties
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Skilled rendered from oaties
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good take on breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. DoobieWah Apr 27, 2011 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Five, Seven, Five huh?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And it must be about food?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    An apple a day...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. FoodFuser Apr 26, 2011 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Becone the pecan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Grows down here in our valleys.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Better than walnut.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What would be good life
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in it's struggle and hard strife
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Without some good nuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not about crazy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I be just a FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      feasting on pecans.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart Apr 27, 2011 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And the happy genius of your household, to paraphrase another poet of renown.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FoodFuser Apr 27, 2011 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That phrase is new to me. Who spoke it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart Apr 27, 2011 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Danse Russe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If when my wife is sleeping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and the baby and Kathleen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            are sleeping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and the sun is a flame-white disc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            in silken mists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            above shining trees,--
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            if I in my north room
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dance naked, grotesquely
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            before my mirror
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            waving my shirt round my head
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and singing softly to myself:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "I am lonely, lonely.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was born to be lonely,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am best so!"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If I admire my arms, my face,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            my shoulders, flanks, buttocks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            against the yellow drawn shades,--

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Who shall say I am not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the happy genius of my household?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            William Carlos Williams

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FoodFuser Apr 27, 2011 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thank you BT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have read some some WCW
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              just not enough.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And how give him
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              more of an accolade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Than a name so mellifluous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WCW flows to William Carlos Williams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Even name has a rhyme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I shall read more of him.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart Apr 27, 2011 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                One of my favorites, and I now live in his home town!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FoodFuser Apr 30, 2011 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have googled him. Man most magnificent, thank you. Please email me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. FoodFuser Apr 21, 2011 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gosh darn, it is Spring.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Let us let forth with laughter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in foods that we're after.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Today?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Joy in Cheeseburger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dispensed by a Meister.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good burger, Good man.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. FoodFuser Apr 20, 2011 06:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Coffee from tropics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tastes and aromas in nose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cup back to saucer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thoughts to the first ones
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          who sensed such beauty in beans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hand-picked from the plant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Roasted, delivered,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          as whole beans, I just grind them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Beauty of Coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Beauty of Drip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. FoodFuser Apr 19, 2011 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Soft breath fells petal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sending such sweetness to ground.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Four of the five now remain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Watched blown one soar down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            in gentlest of circles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            then flesh met with ground.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bring blossom to me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            as I study the ovary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            plump, it is ready.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Soon will be good fruit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            in the hands of caretakers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            well plucked to baskets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But Blossom, one petal,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            it seeks not to the basket.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Seeks freedom instead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Petal in freefall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            speaks deep of an energy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            we have not yet heard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. FoodFuser Apr 19, 2011 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Elm seeds bespatter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              driven in drift of the wind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Small football flat discs,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Elm in the saddle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              means time to check calender
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for planting maters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Curious they're tied
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              those Elms and those Tomaters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Strong sign of good Spring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. FoodFuser Apr 19, 2011 05:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Slicer meets cabbage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Such joy in that whisking sound
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                food for us masses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Leaves taking in Sun.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Minimal toil to the soil.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cabbage is food for the planet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FoodFuser Apr 19, 2011 10:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dill. Best herb of Spring.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aroma oils flowing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Leans toward the taters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But glances to Fish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cooked, yet accepting chopped leaves.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Beauty of fresh Dill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But then come the eggs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Butter and ovum and herb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dill give full blossom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. DoobieWah Apr 18, 2011 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Like all fingerfood/ Nagirizushi always/ Makes me young again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Apr 21, 2011 10:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ooh, like.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FoodFuser Apr 22, 2011 02:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Energy always
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      does flow forth from Wasabi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Best of the mustards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It grows in best places...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Where water and rocks do their dance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Streambed Wasabi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Falling of waters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Combined with a good hit to nose.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ahhh Life... Ahhh Wasabi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. FoodFuser Apr 17, 2011 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My taxes are done
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      my loot rendered to Caesar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      as Bible prescribes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (And as does IRS).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Let us celebrate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      with a salad of lettuce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fit for Das Caesar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It starts with wood bowl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and a fresh clove of garlic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rubbed in the wood grain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Egg and anchovy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      are stirred as they are added
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      then oil, then all whisked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Such a sweet dressing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Smell arises to greet me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Still needs some lettuce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I sneak in a few
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of those extra anchovies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      before I proceed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Crisp head of Romaine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      is now stripped, disemboweled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      best leaves at its heart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Joy as it mixes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In fresh bowl with fresh dressing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      salad of April.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I hand out a bowl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to IRS auditer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      represents Caesar,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mid April is his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      which is why I've renamed it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to "IRS salad".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I take much more joy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in whipping up same salad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      when rendered to God
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (not to Caesar)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Because God allows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that it goes down My gullet...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      not to dang taxes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart Apr 17, 2011 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You slay me utterly, FoodFuser. I now have a new hobby because of this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FoodFuser Apr 17, 2011 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just use your fingers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to count out five and seven,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          then follow your heart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart Apr 17, 2011 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Every thought I have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Can be made into haiku
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And is all the time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FoodFuser Apr 17, 2011 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I find the haiku device with its meter restraints, quite useful, almost like a sieve when we clarify sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart Apr 18, 2011 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Very much so. It seems (like iambic pentameter) to be a pattern that thought and speech fal linto fairly naturally.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FoodFuser Apr 18, 2011 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Iambic, indeed, does fit to our meter.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  haiku more tightly so.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gifts in the cadence.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. FoodFuser Apr 15, 2011 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Were Fast winds this day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fifty-five miles per hour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just Prairie in Spring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        All the young tree leaves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bent strongly to this hard wind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        seemed well to survive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bent fiercest were onions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Laid low with the hard winds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hope they survive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In each of us want
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to foster cultivation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        even in deep wind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Metaphor there is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        when we plant others than onions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Whatever that is.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FoodFuser Apr 16, 2011 06:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Weather becalmed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Deck beckons to coffee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Birds sing morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Eyes to the onions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          still bent from the weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          not yet walked out there

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Most bent of stems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          will be chopped for my oaties
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          savory goodness

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oaties and onions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Makes for savory meals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And good breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. FoodFuser Apr 11, 2011 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Certain we celebrate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The crunch of the celery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          such gift to colon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It even excites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          each pass of good sharp knife.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blade and explosion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Such simple of tasks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          as is chopping the celery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Center of Life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Its crispness affords
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          such a platform for knife
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and marvel of crunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Such gift of crisp stalk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Such gift of this humblest task
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Such gift is the celery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. FoodFuser Apr 10, 2011 08:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My neighbors Magnoila
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gives praise to the spring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            with scent of her blossoms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and evergreen leaves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thickness of petals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hefting weight, heavy waxy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They celebrate all that is Spring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wish I could eat it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gift deep from past they be,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            these herald Magnolias.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart Apr 11, 2011 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lovely. As are the redbud ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FoodFuser Apr 11, 2011 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rejuvenation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gift of all blooming blossoms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Message of Spring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. jubilant cerise Apr 10, 2011 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I really like the one about the sea urchin and one about the blue crab.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Why are you looking for opinions/critiques, grocerytrekker? Will you be publishing some of these? :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm inspired by everyone else's postings so far! Here's my offering:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Three years my backyard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              has been neglected and yet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ev'ry spring there's rhubarb.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                grocerytrekker Nov 22, 2012 07:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you. Publishers are interested in my flower haiku, although I like the idea of not publishing them at all. You know, we are talking about ephemerality after all... we'll see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rain on the meadow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alighting with sound muted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Summer plume thistles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://languagegallery.blogspot.com/2012/07/rain-on-meadow-alighting-with-sound.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On the straw bedding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (A) bona fide novelty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Strawberry flower
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://languagegallery.blogspot.com/2012/10/on-bedding-straw-bona-fide-novelty.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A distressing sight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Flowerets have missed the mark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lacecap hydrangeas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://languagegallery.blogspot.com/2...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Ah, hydrangeas are not edible, I guess...? Good for them!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                )
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm admiring everyone's input here. Cheers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: grocerytrekker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FoodFuser Nov 24, 2012 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good to see you, grocerytrekker.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    grocerytrekker Dec 5, 2012 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you! Now *you* should publish a selection of your haiku.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here are a few more fun ones:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wintry willow tree
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    She's skewering small snappers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wife of the angler
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://languagegallery.blogspot.com/2012/03/wintry-willow-tree-shes-skewering-small.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A snowy morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    All I've got is dried salmon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To chew all alone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://languagegallery.blogspot.com/2012/03/snowy-morning-all-ive-got-is-dried.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Does she mean to share
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The crane does not finish her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Watercress dinner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://languagegallery.blogspot.com/2012/03/does-she-mean-to-share-crane-does-not.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cracking a walnut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In the middle of this nut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There's an unused room
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://languagegallery.blogspot.com/2012/08/cracking-walnut-in-middle-of-this-nut.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They used to be green
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That was fine the way they were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ripening peppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://languagegallery.blogspot.com/2...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: grocerytrekker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart Jan 4, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love these. Especially the walnut one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sad to report that haiku master and poet FoodFuser has departed this realm...http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/883140

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. mamachef Apr 10, 2011 04:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Brought as courtesy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sterile, bland, not unctuous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hospital food tray.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With a thank you to the nurses on 11 - and no, it wasn't that bad and I am so appreciative to you all for thinking of me.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart Apr 10, 2011 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you can make a haiku of that, you've really got it going on. On so many levels.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FoodFuser Apr 10, 2011 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Praise to the tray
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and praise all behind it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gift of Hospital,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: mamachef
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AreBe May 13, 2011 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dear God that tray of broth, jell-o and tea was delicious after several days of TPN flowing into my arm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: AreBe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mamachef May 13, 2011 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Uff Da, Oy, AreBe. I just bet it was!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. FoodFuser Apr 9, 2011 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good gusts of good wind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What more could one hope for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Garden and spade/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. FoodFuser Apr 9, 2011 12:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Toast. Browned bread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Passed with a knife full of butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What else to udder.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Such gift of the wheat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Such gift of the curds of the cream.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      butter benevolent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Singing to butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Accorded to crust, softly melting,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contrapunt in the gentle admixture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of toast and of butter..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. mariacarmen Apr 8, 2011 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        thoroughly intimidated by FF but also inspired.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bacon wrapped hot dog
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The spice of jalapenos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The smoke in my hair

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FoodFuser Apr 8, 2011 10:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Encurl of bacon gives crunch and good crust,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hope skin of the wiener browned exploded with flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FoodFuser Apr 9, 2011 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Let us all just enmeld
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In the gentle of Haiku
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            five on the jive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There's something about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            struggled search for a consonan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            constrainments? constraints?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There is fun in the deft of the five seven five
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There is fun just Gol durned dang it of being alive

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is it shelter , or smelter, this haiku?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It requires or regard of the 5 7 5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Emplacing our thoughts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            within such tight boundaries.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Somehow, there is joy of the 5 7 5.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. FoodFuser Apr 8, 2011 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is there haiku of bacon?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Iron cast broadly pork laid longly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sizzles slowly,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Beauty of bacon,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Slabbbed pork in the makin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            curls in the pan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Match of the iron
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            with the seal of the pork
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            makes bacon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. FoodFuser Apr 8, 2011 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hot dang to raw onions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pulled fresh from the earth soil clinging.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Call me rapscallion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Be Spring. Be April.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Be time to pluck earliest onions,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bulbous in soil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In no other form
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              completes such a rhapsody
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              as spring onions.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart Apr 8, 2011 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In fine fettle, Food Fuser. Rebravo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FoodFuser Apr 8, 2011 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Forgot the last line
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In praise of the Allium:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Onions. Good After-Burp."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. FoodFuser Apr 6, 2011 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Redbuds are blooming
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pink petals of labia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Five parted blossoms.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mandoline singing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                with hiss of the cabbage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                shaved gossamer thin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After some dressing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Redbud flowers are sprinkled.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Glory. Spring salad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mamachef Apr 10, 2011 04:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My Gawd, FF: this is probably the sexiest haiku I've ever read. Reminds me of Anais Nin. : )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FoodFuser Apr 10, 2011 05:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Joined not to Anais
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I softly remain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    simply Foodfuser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    with full warts and boils.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gift of gossamer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    is girt of the blossom.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    that be labial redbud.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mamachef Apr 10, 2011 05:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "I softly remain" and "Gift of gossamer" are very beautiful lines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. FoodFuser Mar 27, 2011 11:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Roasted drumstick.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cut from the body of chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Magnificent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tendons and muscle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Teeth peel from it's supple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Magnificent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Consider the Hen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and the gift of her drumstick.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Magnificent.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mamachef Mar 28, 2011 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Magnificent.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FoodFuser Mar 28, 2011 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      God bless the chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and good meat that it gives us.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Magnificent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bird clucking heard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      plus gift of their ovum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a really good bird.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. FoodFuser Mar 23, 2011 09:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Joy, Spring Equinox
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Balance of night and of day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Soil feels it and stirs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Perennials rouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There is rouser in root bases
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    old proven timing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Annuals scattered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    with hope as new planted seed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    seek rise to the sun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gardeners know this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As too ancestors knew this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And timed with this day

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bracketing timing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    around annual event
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chanting as planting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Attuned to the cycles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for their sowing and harvest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    in pulse with the Sun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. FoodFuser Mar 17, 2011 09:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can of tinned tuna
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Soon freed with canopener
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      water drained, pressed lid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Talk could stop right here
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      with just opened fish gleaming
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      can...tuna... lid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Then stir of mayo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Aligning with canned fish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hint of black pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good to be stirred up,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and ate straight from the can.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      scented with mayo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spoon cleanses down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and seeks clean aluminum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Leaving cleaned can.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. goodhealthgourmet Mar 17, 2011 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        for all you haiku writers, i just saw this in the latest Zagat Buzz e-newsletter...a contest to write a Haiku about the Top Chef contestant we all love to hate, a.k.a. the one who shall remain nameless :) strange that the prize kit isn't more geared toward molecular gastronomy, but it's still a prize...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.zagat.com/buzz/write-a-hai...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FoodFuser Mar 17, 2011 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks Hope no offense. I will check it, but probably opt out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          only because this dip of the toe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          into pool of the haiku
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          has shown that its strictures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          are calming, focusing,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and quite the antithesis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of hyped up TV.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. FoodFuser Mar 16, 2011 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Perfect round onion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rests heaves on the cutting board
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          waits cleave with steel knife.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sharp blade freshly honed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          on GrandDad's hundred year stone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in heavy iron case

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Then blade edge de-burred
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          with some ring singing passes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          across honing steel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The knife is a given
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          but this beautiful onion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          specimen of gift.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rootlets at one pole
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Trimmed tufted leaves at the other.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Unblemished dried skin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Picture most perfect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          as I seek place of first cut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to merge with the Allium.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Base end first to go
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          then the dried leaves at the top
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The hefty work done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lifting the trimmed globe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to my palm to peruse it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in seek of best keel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hand gripping knifepoint
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I finally penetrate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Scent, soft sounds abound.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fingers slide right down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dried exterior skin but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fresh onion springs below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Flip of the knife blade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          first layer pops free and peels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          revealing good onion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Depending on dish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          you are going to prepare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          need decide slicing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I try to preserve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the beauty and marvel of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          those concentric rings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sound of one hand clapping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          can occur when we're cutting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          good lowly onion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart Mar 16, 2011 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bravo! Gorgeous.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FoodFuser Mar 16, 2011 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gift from good onion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              just lending sweet spherical.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rings to dried skin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart Mar 17, 2011 06:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What I particularly love about your onion ode was the description of the process. That would be fun to do with other cooking processes...hmm...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FoodFuser Mar 17, 2011 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The metered approach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  set soft deep in appreciation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Goes way past one onion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Each encounter had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  whether it calls for sharp blade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Deserves heft in hand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And also perusal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  along with will to proceed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  with dance of the slice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Theme universal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ranging farther than just food.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Love of encounter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With all senses honed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  allows us the full broad range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of goodness of life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart Mar 17, 2011 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Indeed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FoodFuser Mar 17, 2011 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To all, call to In Deed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. FoodFuser Mar 15, 2011 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Spring. Warm Earth. Dandelions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Clipped, and tossed with vinegar.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Greens of the season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But some left to flower
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We descend, pluck the seedhead.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One puff, back to childhood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Seeds floating as dreams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            thumbnails crimping hollow stems.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            More than just greens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To see world again
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            from level of dandelion.....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            just greens, seed, and wind.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TheHuntress Mar 15, 2011 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Food Fuser, I know you've heard it before, but I have to say it too. You have one hell of a talent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TheHuntress
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mamachef Mar 15, 2011 08:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Isn't he just amazing?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FoodFuser Mar 16, 2011 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I post up my poetry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  because it relaxes me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Find joy in the verse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of the universe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But this here thread on haiku has really been good for me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to confine to restraints on the count of the syllabary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  when my normal style is just redneck rhyme.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. mamachef Mar 15, 2011 05:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Crisp chocolate cookie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nothing like the taste of it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oreos are love.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              : )
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ok, so not a vegetable, but fun anyway.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mamachef
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart Mar 15, 2011 06:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oreos aren't fruit? Now you tell me?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mamachef Mar 15, 2011 06:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Here's my rationale, honey. Chocolate is a bean, correct? And beans are legumes, correct?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Therefore, a box of oreos is equivalent to several servings of beans, and you can know for sure that your're doing something good for yourself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mamachef
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart Mar 15, 2011 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Works for me, dearie! Anything that increases the sum of human happiness is OK with me under any circumstances.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. mamachef Mar 13, 2011 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hey, I LIKE this thread. I can't believe how much talent I'm seeing here. Haiku's not an easy poetry form!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Disgusting bitter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kerala, if you buy it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Will make your brain bleed : )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ok, now for reals:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Comes the time for corn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Is the sight I am seeing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Golden moon-faces?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mamachef
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FoodFuser Mar 13, 2011 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mamachef takes me on journey of segue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to deal in haiku with damned alphabet soup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Soup sculpted in letters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  helped us learn our a,b,c''s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  but bad textured pasta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It spent too many months
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  with it goodness exuding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to cheap broth in can.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Folks Montessori
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  would have never allowed it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  those vowels and pasta becanned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Instead they'd insist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the pasta be crisp and stiff,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  canned consonants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But hey, what the hell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kids and joy sweep in that swell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  give giggles as well

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Accord it full status
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  as instructional pasta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  never minding the nature of gummed consonants and vowels.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Note Bene that counters of precise haiku'd syllables
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  will find themselves beached in a wee disappointment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FoodFuser is not one to hijack a thread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and respects the constraints of the haiku.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's just all those alphabets mixed up in my soup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  seemed give a full freedom from canter to gallop..
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of consonants, vowels, that we love and begroup..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mamachef
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart Mar 13, 2011 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great. Both.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FoodFuser Mar 13, 2011 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For sure it's refreshing and cleansing to compress thoughts to haiku.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Even with gummied letters of alphabet soup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      haiku:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a,b,c d,e,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pasta imprints float before me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      letters, broth, and bowl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yearning and learning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that there might be f and g
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      transfixes the soul.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stupor gone super
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      quest for what letters are next.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All this from Campbell's bowl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Imagine indeed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the vocab of bounty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      might be had in DelMonte.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      or even the steps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to those heights literatti
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      found in bowl of Progresso.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FoodFuser Mar 14, 2011 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Alphabet apogee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Zen in this full lettered bowl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        absolute ecstasy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spoon has encountered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        amongst these gummy noodles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ultimate letter "Z".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Shudders of pleasure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        precede pasta's imbibement....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Devoured now "Z".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Refreshment of soul
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        can be had from the bowl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Alpha to Zeta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. FoodFuser Mar 13, 2011 06:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hiss of the cabbage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sings in descent to deep bowl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    passed across sharp blade.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Leaves open flowered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wait for some kind of dressing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Then loving devoured..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great conversation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to talk with the cabbage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Meld with pass over blade.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      beevod Mar 1, 2011 06:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I eat, therefore I yam.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. mariacarmen Feb 25, 2011 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        crispy-skinned chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        so common, so exotic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        excruciating

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FoodFuser Feb 26, 2011 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ....but yields well to gnaw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and delivers good fibers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of a good lean protein.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The trick is the broil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          that yields tender meat but also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a well crisp'ed skin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            grocerytrekker Feb 28, 2011 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wonderful, MC & FF.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ah, there's this gem, not exactly chicken, but worth mentioning, by the master, Basho. (Are water rails edible??)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/2011/01/boxed-lunch-series-11-wrinkled-chicken_07.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ...and some fun with chicken:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/20...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: mariacarmen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart Feb 28, 2011 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            V nice, mc and FF.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mamachef Mar 15, 2011 05:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This one kills it, mc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. buttertart Feb 25, 2011 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Becalmed in an airline seat recently and for once not thinking of my default topic when detained against my will (sex, try it in the dentist's chair), I came up with the following -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              red bumpy outside
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              white juicy smoothness within
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rose-scented litchi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              blue-black rubbery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              skin encloses sweet gel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kyoho grape treat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              lovely lilikoi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              hundred flavor fruit passion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sour and beguiling

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              dragon fruit diva
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              lipstick pink skin, boring flesh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pretty face no taste

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mango betrayer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              reel me in with your sweet scent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              make me itch all over

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tooth pierces thin suede
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mouth welcomes succulent flesh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              perfection of peach

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              biting hard juice runs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              crunchy fragrant flesh revealed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              autumn's first apple

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              diminutive red
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              or black gold white raspberry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              perfumed happiness

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              make up your mind which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              apricot or plum pluot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              misbegotten fruit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cheery red plumpness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              daintily attached in pairs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sour cherry earrings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              hard red-black beauties
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              two bites' worth around the pit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              black cherry madness

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Feb 25, 2011 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                time well spent BT!! love it. especially fond of:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the peach, for beauty;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the dragon fruit, for truth; and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the apricot/pluot, for humor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                well done! better get back to it... since you've just upped the ante!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FoodFuser Feb 26, 2011 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BT has offered a fun hefty string
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of the 5-7-5 thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Such gift from the tubular
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  well riveted aluminar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fuselage of a plane,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart Feb 28, 2011 05:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks, esteemed companions! I like the mango best because it's so unfortunately true for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      grocerytrekker Feb 28, 2011 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Truly impressive, everyone. I do find myself thinking in haiku these days. Yes, the dentist's chair...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My favorite fruit offerings: banana and golden peach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/2011/01/banana.html
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/20...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: grocerytrekker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart Mar 1, 2011 05:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Glorious pic of the sliced peach - and kawaii city on the banana pics...was uninspired by the banana myself. Pineapple might be fun. And this 5-7-5 is seriously addicting, have even come up with some on my other favorite topic! ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Mar 1, 2011 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          armadillo fruit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ardent tang of yellow flesh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          perfume of tropics

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    r
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ricepad Feb 27, 2011 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In a dentist's chair?? With or without the spitbowl?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ricepad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart Feb 28, 2011 05:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Take it as it comes, baby. Gets your mind off what's being done to you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        c oliver Apr 21, 2011 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think you're way overdue for a teeth cleaning. Haven't seen a spitbowl in years and years :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ricepad Oct 13, 2011 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Actually, my rather recently retired dentist had spitbowls all the way up to the end...'course, he practiced in the same location for nearly 50 years...was my dentist for better than 40 of those years, too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mamachef Mar 13, 2011 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dayam, bt. Nice work. Let me try one:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tomato bursting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        From the vine it grew up on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Juicy is the heart.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart Mar 13, 2011 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          V nice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do one on the tomato vine dirty nice smell.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BobB Mar 14, 2011 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tomato leaf torn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stings the nose, teases the tongue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Transmutated sun.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart Mar 14, 2011 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love this. You made my day. Thank you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mamachef Mar 15, 2011 05:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Beeeyoootiful, BobB. It just evokes that sharp green smell.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Apr 8, 2011 07:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ah wow just saw this. really nice!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart Apr 10, 2011 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is super.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CapreseStacy Jul 9, 2011 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sun-warmed, now fresh-sliced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The flesh I tickle with salt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Glorious red prize

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CapreseStacy Jul 9, 2011 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sun, soil, bees, water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I honor their fine result
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With mozzarella

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mamachef Jul 10, 2011 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Suddenly, she feels warm..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ricepad Feb 17, 2011 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Smoke spirals upward
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pork fat intoxicates me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My tongues is smiling

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FoodFuser Feb 17, 2011 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Even in oven
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Where pork fat is crisping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  we twirl tongue await.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  First cut of the knife
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  is to charred fat and gristle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  beauty of pork steak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The slab is but butt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of greasy pork shoulder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  but fat gets real crisp.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. mariacarmen Feb 16, 2011 10:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  plump cherimoya
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sweet crocodile velvet skin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  custard elation

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart Feb 17, 2011 04:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That is absolutely delicious, mc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Feb 18, 2011 11:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      thx!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ricepad Feb 15, 2011 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I wait by the fire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The smoke wafts around my face
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    These are some fine butts

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FoodFuser Feb 15, 2011 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For slow smoldered pork
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pavlov himself salivates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Time to ring dinnerbell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No meat for the dogs,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      this is serious business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of meat and paper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As napkins are used
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for both saliva and grease
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lard runs down our face

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pavlovian drool
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yields to really great chewing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To hell with clean chins.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        grocerytrekker Feb 15, 2011 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You are a poet!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        On my list: more meat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here's one on sukiyaki:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/20...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FoodFuser Feb 15, 2011 10:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          S'kiyaki has swish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          twirled in the simmering broth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          with each diner's hashi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Then the enoki
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          with firm cubes of good tofu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a dish most delish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If meat was done right
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tongues give a dance of delight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          home cooking at best.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        grocerytrekker Feb 15, 2011 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Speaking of butts, here's one:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/20...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ricepad Feb 14, 2011 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here's a somewhat meatier haiku:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Faint wispy blue smoke
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Succulent meat in the pit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pavlov's bell has rung.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          grocerytrekker Feb 14, 2011 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mouthwatering!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here's one about chashu pork:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/20...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WNYamateur Feb 14, 2011 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gourmet magazine published this from a mourning reader:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Julia Child is dead,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I cried tears of real butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          into the souffle

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            grocerytrekker Feb 14, 2011 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think more people should try food haiku. It is so much fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. buttertart Feb 14, 2011 04:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Honey mushroom bushelful" and the jelly fish one are particularly wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              grocerytrekker Feb 14, 2011 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Honey mushroom:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/2011/01/honey-mushroom-armillaria-mellea.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jellyfish:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/20...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart Feb 14, 2011 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I especially liked the mushroom one because it reminded me of my father once getting 2 paper grocery bags full of morels in the woods near our cottage.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  grocerytrekker Feb 14, 2011 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Morel is definitely my favorite mushroom. Also, impossible to mistake for something else :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't know if there are any haiku for morels, I doubt it, but I'll look.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Check out this wondrous red mushroom, "egg mushroom":
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/2011/01/egg-mushroom-half-dyed-slender-caesar.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Here's another favorite of mine. Pine mushroom:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/20...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart Feb 15, 2011 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gorgeous, both.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Forest fire one spring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Forest full of morels next
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Man happy with haul

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      grocerytrekker Feb 15, 2011 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I see. Morels thrive where forests are scorched.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No morel haiku yet... but I will do more mushrooms, for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here's enoki:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/2011/01/enoki-mushroom-enokitake.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tree ears:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/2011/01/tree-ear-mushroom-kikurage.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and something I've never tried, bracket fungus:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/20...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart Feb 16, 2011 06:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've eaten fresh tree ears (from Taiwan Nat'l U ag station) but never seen them in situ. V interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. FoodFuser Feb 13, 2011 12:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bunched hanging Daikon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dangled strands of Persimmons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Joyous Fall Harvest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ..........................

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Your blog is just wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                grocerytrekker Feb 13, 2011 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Daikon WITH persimmons!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you. Here are mine:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Daikon radishes / Pulling hands imparted with / Evening sun's red glow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Setting sun lingers / In the vicinity of / Drying persimmons

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/2011/02/large-white-radish-daikon.html
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/20...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. mariacarmen Feb 12, 2011 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                yes, these are fantastic! i love the arctic surf clam one.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                second fave is the poor shitaki.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                my first attempt:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ankimo so plump / only uni is as feared / misunderstood flesh

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Feb 12, 2011 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  but i have a question: what is the rule about "be faithful to the poet's intent as much as possible" mean? you're the poet when composing these, aren't you?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  what i love about haiku's is what appears to me (with my complete lack of sophistication and knowledge of poetry) the turn the third stanza takes - the sort of surprise veering to a related but yet new realm. am i completely wrong about that? (and i know i didn't follow that myself in my first lame attempt at food haiku!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    grocerytrekker Feb 13, 2011 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Maria,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you for the ankimo addition :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My uni haiku with pictures: http://grocerytrekker.blogspot.com/20...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When I discovered these precious gems, I searched the internet for translations. NONE! So I decided to attempt it myself. Yes, these are my poems, but they are based on original Japanese texts, which are wonderfully witty and clever. Now, with the word orders being different, and with my 5.7.5. syllables structural constraint, sometimes I do have to do a bit of rearranging to convey the essence of the poet's moment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do another one! You are good at it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Feb 13, 2011 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      oh yes, i did read that you were doing translations, so i should have understood what you meant about the poet's intent. great pics - made me hungry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      thanks! i will try my hand at some more and if i like any i'll post them. thanks for sharing this!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. DonShirer Feb 12, 2011 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like the jellyfish. I'm impressed...I can't write Haiku since your'e not suppose to include subjective arguments and they somehow sneak in when I'm not looking, i.e.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Beans or lack of beans / Never ending argument / Chili con Carne.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    grocerytrekker Feb 12, 2011 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've decided to forego any traditional rules. BUT I do adhere to these rules: 1) Be faithful to the poet's intent as much as possible 2) No exceptions to 5.7.5. syllable structure (unless I count wrong!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've discovered that these constraints actually make the results satisfying indeed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And yes, the jellyfish one makes me chuckle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Thank for for the bean addition!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. TheHuntress Feb 11, 2011 08:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is a seriously awesome project! I love it! A friend and I construct haiku, but ours have not featured food (his idea of a good meal is a pie over a bin to catch the crumbs). So for my favourite I will vote for the first one, I love the association of pistachios with libidinous gods - how sensual!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      grocerytrekker Feb 12, 2011 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The first one is my current favorite, too :)

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