Dizzy Swallows

In Praise of the Taco

July 14th, 2010 1 Comment

When you’re living on a budget, there is a certain food that will never fail you. I’m talking of course about the taco. The taco has seemingly infinite variations, incarnations and iterations. Just about anything can be a taco, which roughly means “sandwich”. There are hard-shelled tacos, soft tacos, flour tacos, corn tacos – and that’s just the delivery method! Stuff just about anything into a tortilla and you can call it a taco (as long as you don’t roll it into a burrito). No matter what form they come in, we love them for the same reasons we hated our high school nemesis: they’re cheap and fast.

Not all tacos are created equal, however. If you have never had the pleasure of living either on the West Coast or in the Southwest (or better yet in Mexico!) you may not understand what all the fuss is about. Personally, my … Continue reading

Escapes and Chili

June 20th, 2010 2 Comments

Jacob and I have been settling in nicely, if not altogether gracefully. I have so many mosquito bites, my legs look like a couple of measles victims. If I had any calamine lotion I would take a bath in its glorious pink syrup. And no more outside for kitty until she’s fixed. We don’t need any teenage pregnancies up in hurr. On her last daily romp in the backyard, Sita managed to squirm through a hole in the fence and spent the next 15 minutes taunting me from behind our neighbor’s cabbages. Eventually Jacob took pity on my hand-wringing misery and walked around the block to retrieve her. Our neighbor, an adorable wisp of a white-haired grandmother, offered us a standing invitation for pickled beets.

For the past few weeks, when I’m not nesting down in our new home, I’ve spent the majority of my time finishing out my studio. … Continue reading