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    • jennalouiser

      Stroganoff 1.5 lbs Top Sirloin, cut into bite-size pieces
      8oz white mushrooms, sliced
      1 sweet onion, diced finely
      3 tbsp flour
      2 bay leaves
      1 can cream of mushroom soup
      8 oz sour cream (Daisy is the best, by far)
      Kitchen Bouquet Put a little oil in the bottom of a dutch oven. Heat it up until it’s shimmery. Put in the meat and the onions, season liberally with salt and pepper, and stir it around. Let it cook, stirring occasionally, until everything is a little brown and toasty-looking. Sprinkle the flour over the meat/onions, then pour in water until it’s not quite covered. Scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pot, toss in the bay leaves and the mushrooms, and let it hang out for an hour or two, stirring occasionally. Then put in the cream of mushroom soup and taste it - it may need more seasoning. When you’re ready to eat, take out the bay leaves and stir in the sour cream. My secret ingredient is a dash of Kitchen Bouquet at the end. I like to eat this over rice, but it’s traditionally served over egg noodles. However, eating it over mashed potatoes would be the best comfort food EVER.

    • jennalouiser

      I worked for a summer at the printing factory in my hometown. We made phone books, and the production line was dark, dirty, and gross. I had to throw away my work clothes and the bag I used when I worked there because I could not get the smell of ink, paper, and machine grease out of it. Oh, and the shift work… 1st shift wasn’t too bad (6:30am-2:30pm), but 2nd (2:30-10:30) and 3rd (10:30-6:30)shift were terrible, especially if you had to work overtime!

    • jennalouiser

      Climax isn’t completely correct… According to the Freytag pyramid, and what I’ve been taught in all my English and Theater courses, the climax ofaplot is the turning point in the story, when things could no longer continue as they were, as stated in the article. Certainly, this often IS the most exciting part of the story, but not always. The “and/or the highest point of interest or excitement” is what gets me, because that’s not entirely true. What is most exciting for some is not the most exciting for others, making this qualification much too subjective. WhenIteach this concept to my students,Iuse Finding Nemo. Some of them think the most exciting part is going through the jellyfish. Sure, but Marlin and Dory are still trying to Find Nemo after that, continuing with the rising action, so it can’t be the climax. In Nemo,Ithink it’s when Marlin trusts Nemo to guide the fish in the net to swim down together-Marlin’s entire point of view has changed. Things can no longer continue as they were. In Pinocchio, then, the climax might be when he decides to save Geppetto-he has gone from being easily swayed and choosing “bad” things to choosing something honorable and good.

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