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Thursday, June 08, 2006
Alton Brown Will Get This Dissertation Done
I just put the finishing touches on a section of revisions I've been battling with for most of the day, and I really needed a break from staring at my computer. So, I headed downstairs to find something non-dissertation related to watch for half an hour before getting back to the dissertation -- trading one screen for another.
I flipped on the TV and went straight for the Food Network and there, amidst the trash that is on television these days, was my single beacon of good taste and science, the only person worth watching on television: Alton Brown.
What's more: Alton Brown making galettes, my absolute favorite dessert to make. He chills the butter with the flour for flakiness! He incorporates a little room temperature butter for tenderness! He has a tiny tailor's ruler to measure dough thickness! Anjou pears! Blueberries! Honestly, the man can do no wrong. I can practically taste the galette in my mouth right now, and if I had blueberries in the house I would be very tempted to roll out some dough and throw a galette in the oven. (I have nectarines, but I've tried a nectarine galette before and it wasn't very thrilling.)
For some people, a shopping trip is motivation to finish working. For others, it's a vacation. For me, getting back into my kitchen and baking is motivation enough for me to get this dissertation off of my desk. Out with the dissertation, in with the dough. I just can't wait. Alton, I'm coming.
(And Alton, if you're reading this -- one of your perfect little salt cellars would make an awesome graduation present. I'm totally worth it.)