Thursday, May 6, 2010

How to cook corn on the cob

I deliberately keep my clocks on the wrong time, which causes my Rebbetzin some frustration. There's no real reason for it; I just do things that way.

[I also never changed the dead battery in the clock in my shul office, but that was for a specific purpose: to avoid the temptation to look at it during a meeting. That same goal was the reason I never wore a watch; I didn't want to fall into the trap that took George H. W. Bush in 1992.]

So once my long-suffering wife asked me, "How can you tell what time it is?" To which I replied, "Just go to!" She called me on it, so I typed it in - and sure enough, there it was, a site to inform the poor, achronistic websurfer of the time of day.

That came to mind this evening, when I was preparing corn on the cob for the kids' dinner [the last of my Rebbetzinless week]. I wanted to do something unusual with it, rather than simply boil it. So I went to - and lo, there was a page offering instruction on steaming, boiling, microwaving and grilling becobbed corn.

This, of course, led me to contemplate some other potential How-To websites addressing life's challenges: (I like the clumps, for the record)

And life's particularly Jewish challenges:

For the record, I found a recipe I thought would be different enough to be interesting, without being so interesting that the kids wouldn't go for it; you can find it here. It wasn't bad!


  1. For the Jewish questions, you could always come to the one-stop shop for all your questions and answers about Jewish life and learning, :)

  2. In fact, I took your first Jewish question and made it into an experiment. Let's see how long it takes to get a quality answer.

  3. Is this the meatier material?

    Joel Rich

  4. One more self-promotional comment, and I'm done: 8 minutes.

  5. Isaac-
    Thanks; I like the answers over there.

    We'll get to that eventually; for now, there are always the audio shiurim...

  6. Rabbi T, when you make the leap from grilled corn recipes to Jewish philosophical questions, might I respectfully suggest you may have been inhaling too many bleach fumes when doing the laundry? A quiet, darkened room usually helps, and with the Rebbetzin now home your recovery should go faster. Shabbat Shalom

  7. nu? was the roasted corn with red peppers good?

  8. ProfK-
    Along the way to recovery, yes, thanks.

    Rafi G-
    The pepper was a little strong, but I'm good with that. Had to rinse it off for one of the kids.

  9. I'm surprised. I was sure that you'd be blogging about how to bug check the corn.