A recent conversation with a friend examined what we decided is the outright coolness of being alive in this time and space. (HI, CHRIS!)
He described having a moment of realization as he simultaneously ordered coffee from Africa, ate a banana from South America and talked, delay free, with a friend thousands of miles away on a device smaller than his hand. He said that moment struck him as amazing and thinking about how effortless it is now, what the founding fathers would think.
I’d have to concur.
I just had a moment of my own.
Sitting in my recliner, I was struck with a craving for apple crumble. Never having made something like this, it used to be I’d spend at least an hour combing through my recipe book collection before following a reasonable candidate word-for-word.
The web has changed that, though.
I can’t remember the last time I cracked open a book for cooking advice.
Now, I visit P'Dub's Tasty Kitchen and All Recipes online, search for their two or three highest-rated offerings, scan the reviews and tweaks readers have submitted, and in ten minutes I’m in the kitchen—creating an amalgamation of ideas from around the world right here in Fargo, ND.
The apple crumble turned into an apple-blueberry crumble, and next time we’ll use more flour and less butter.
Despite these needed adjustments, though, I think even Martha Washington would have asked for seconds.