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Posted by Jake DiMare at 8:00 pm

This past Sunday, while cooking a delicious brunch of fresh berries, pancakes, and bacon, Jackie became frustrated.

“I’ve toasted it and fried it in the pan…But it won’t  get crispy.” She remarked, with considerable dismay. Jackie is her own toughest critic when it comes to cooking. I honestly can’t recall a meal she’s presented without some preamble on quality, though they’ve continuously improved well past average and even begun bordering on foodie.

When we met, her relationship with food was, in a word, dysfunctional. Much like the way I was raised, she was often left to fend for herself at mealtime as a child and teenager. As a result, a diet of warm Pepsi and Cheez-Its didn’t seem at all unusual, well into adulthood.

BaconI took a break from working to investigate and quickly noticed the cause of her lament.

“Darling, that’s high-quality, thick cut bacon. The lack of crispiness isn’t a problem, it’s a feature.” I remarked, in my best consultant voice. “That’s how it cooks when it’s sliced as thick as a Scrabble tile. It’s good that way.”

And it was delicious. To be honest, I was impressed she bought the stuff. Not only was each slab cooking up with mouth-watering tenderness, it remained perfectly flat.

Sundays are good days for experimenting with different grades of bacon. Although I often have work to do, I try to keep the pressure to accomplish things as low as possible. It doesn’t always work out the way I would like, but it’s at least a goal not to be so busy there’s no time to relax.

Posted by Jake DiMare at 12:27 am

Emma (Left) and Ella checking out their new home...

…Yeah right. That’s exactly what a crazy cat person (CCP) would say.

Jackie and I rescued a pair of kittens from the MSPCA last weekend. Adding Ella and Emma to our family brings the total number of cats up to four. If I am not mistaken, situations where there are two humans and four cats in cohabitation officially indicates ‘borderline CCP personality disorder’. However, once you factor in all the mitigating circumstances in our specific case (average age of humans, lack of children, size of living quarters), we are well into the CCP spectrum.

All kidding aside though, I’m grateful one of the ways I can step up and give some of what I have is by rescuing and caring for animals. I genuinely get way more out of the experience than I put into it.

Ella and Emma are settling into life at home nicely. Emma, the larger and more outgoing of the two is the most affectionate cat I’ve met in a long, long time. Although she also enjoys exploring, running and playing…When it’s time to cuddle she’s all in. Ella, who we postulate is the runt of her litter, is quite shy with people but loves playing with toys and the other cats.