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One Final Word on Fruitcake

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Unusual story about a Senator who loves the "zen" of making fruitcake.

My kind of guy.

http://earlblumenauer.com/2013/12/03/...

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  1. I think this story can translate into any kind of food making going even beyond the fruitcake. Sometimes you just get into the zone when you are making so much of 1 thing. Like the first time I made 15 dozen cookies. It had a calming effect by the time the 5th dozen was in the oven.

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    1. re: vttp926

      I totally agree. It could be sausage making or cookie baking--whatever you enjoy should immerse you into the process.

      1. re: sandiasingh

        Also agree. This zen of baking was one reason I held off so long on buying a stand mixer for doing bread. I LIKE the hand kneading and timing it by touch. Loving the stand mixer, but I'm still doing bread by hand.

      2. re: vttp926

        I like to get into the rhythm of cooking even if it's only half an hour getting dinner together. I worked in commercial kitchens during high school and college. There we were dealing with 10 or 20 or 30 meals at a time and every reach, every knife-stroke had to count. I try to achieve the same thing in my little kitchen.

        Grab 5 ingredients from the fridge
        Turn on the oven as you turn towards the counter
        Leave 3 ingredients there and 2 in the sink
        Turn on the water to wash the vegetables
        Grab a pot and fill it.
        Reach for some spices.
        Season the meat.
        Chop, simmer, stir, repeat.