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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Word of What?

Cooking with wine is a controversial topic, religiously. Some say that no alcohol is good alcohol, some contest that it cooks out. I've heard an apochryphal story (with no apparent source) of one prophet who, when asked about rum cake, remarked that the Word of Wisdom said nothing about eating alcohol, just drinking.

My own personal philosophy is best espoused by my sister Laura's response on the topic. When discussing the matter with some sisters in her BYU married ward, one sister contended that the alcohol didn't entirely cook out. To which Laura replied 'Really? Well I don't care.'

In preparation for an upcoming dinner (beef braised in red wine), I purchased a bottle of red wine during a recent trip to the Commissary. I hand-carried the bag not wanting for the bottle to get broken or to have my boab refuse to carry it, as he had done when he thought that root beer was the real stuff.

In the bustle of unloading groceries and getting everyone ready for a walk to the library, I left the plastic bag containing the wine bottle on our front entry table. Later that evening while cooking dinner, I heard a suspicious thump and asked Sophia, but she didn't reply, and the thump was more thump than crash so I didn't take the time to investigate.

Brandon called soon after, and we talked on his walk home. After we hung up, I told Kathleen that Daddy was in the elevator and she ran to the door to greet him. She quickly ran back, however, to tell me that there was a big mess in the front entryway. I ran after to discover a large red pool on the floor and the room smelling like a public house.

Luckily the red (mostly) came out of the floor and the smell has all but dissipated so that future visitors are not set to wondering about those Mormons and that 'no drinking' thing. I suppose that all of that trouble serves me right, in the end. But I'm still going to buy another bottle.


UnkaDave said...

So, Sophie wasn't talking, eh? Check her blood alcohol level - quick! The stuff metabolizes rapidly.

PaulaJean said...

Bags, small children and glass bottles are never a good mix!

If you can get some oxyclean at the commissary, it should get out the rest of the stain.

Lindsay Edward said...

What kind of drunk is Sophia? Does she start hitting on everyone or does she get really emotional? haha I discovered yesterday that Ethan is a very happy drunk (we did a test run on Benadryl to make sure it would knock him out for our flight home).

I too love any meat cooked in wine. I call it "nothing meat."
Guest: Lindsay, this meat is delicious! What did you cook it in?
Me: Nothing...

Nancy said...

What about cooking wine? I know it's not as fine...but I have some if you want it. Lydia gave it to me but I don't think I've ever used it.

Jen said...

i love cooking with wine. I just don't do it that much. beef stroganoff with sherry is my fav but I have a killer beef stew recipe with red wine. I did research it a bit and alcohol does not cook out hardly at all. So you just have to decide to go for the gusto.