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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Buttermilk Week 2008: Closing Remarks

Ladies and gentlemen, as Buttermilk Week 2008 comes to a close, I look back on it fondly, as I hope you all do! There were ups and downs, but overall I think we shared a lot of successes! Many new things were tried! Many friendships were made! Much buttermilk was consumed! I consider each and every one of you a friend and I look forward to seeing you all at next year's "Office Escape 2009!" Plenty of funtivities will be planned and a good time will be had by all! Whether they like it or not! Your end of the year bonuses depend on it! Those of you who were unable to have a good time this week need to learn more about about being part of a team! May I remind you that there is no "I" in "team"! !!! !!!

. I'm so glad I don't have to work in an office and participate in group activities and listen to boring, poorly written speeches by my boss. And, by the way, there may not be an "I" in "team," but the letters can be rearranged to form two important words. Those words are "at" and "me," as in "Everyone is looking AT ME, because I am so special!" So there. I hate catchphrases. They're so lame.

Seriously, though, the buttermilk is almost gone. I used some of it in a broccoli, spinach, Cheddar and Parmesan quiche that's in the oven right now. It was great in the
cauliflower and Gruyère quiche we had a few days ago and I have high hopes for the one in the oven. I also made a vinegar pie (I swear they're good!) with buttermilk a few days ago, but I didn't love it enough to give out the recipe. I did, however, love it enough to eat most of it. I promise to tinker with it and come up with a better version.

I have about a cup left of the buttermilk, which happens to be cultured. Cultured buttermilk is made by adding lactic acid to milk. Lactic acid is also known as...drumroll...ALPHA HYDROXY ACID! Yup, ladies, the stuff that can cost a fortune and makes your dry, winter skin soft and smooth for summer. Cleopatra was supposed to have bathed in sour milk to keep her skin soft. Sour milk, you say? Otherwise known as...buttermilk! I plan to take the rest of the buttermilk and dump it in my bath. All I need is a Star Magazine to read while I soak. I think I'll light an orange scented candle, because according to aromatherapists, citrus scents can alleviate depression and stress, as common as dry skin in the winter*. Plus, the combination of orange and milk will smell like one of those orange creamsicles, and those are awesome. Yeah!

Namasté, y'all!

* That is not a fact. I made it up.


Anonymous said...

An idea for the last cup...
Spicy Buttermilk Dressing

1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup no-salt-added canned garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup canned tomatoes with green chiles
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Process or blend all the ingredients for 1 minute, or until smooth. Transfer to a jar with an airtight lid and refrigerate until ready to use.

Tracee said...

Actually, the orange oil is supposed to be "inspiring" for creativity. So, that could be construed to be an antidepressant...