To Know Tim Ryan is to Love Tim Ryan
Plus: No-name pasta, eye rolling sell-by dates, and my NBA wrap-up
Today’s guest on Food, former Ohio congressman and Senatorial candidate Tim Ryan, is sorta like how you’d picture the popular kid in high school, but the popular kid who wasn’t the bully. He’s had an interesting life, and is still quite young, so I’m excited to see what happens. He grew up Catholic (and has very thoughtful things to say about that) and played high school football as quarterback — again, the popular kid! He was meant to keep playing in college, but was derailed — by a knee injury, of course. Basically went into politics instead; the youngest Congressman of his generation.
I’m sort of heartbroken that Tim’s not in the Senate, because he would have been terrific — but we can hope that will happen someday. My feeling is that if you know Tim, you love him, and I’m excited for you to hear this conversation. And: Marksisms below.
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This Week’s Marksisms
I have not cooked in almost two weeks, and it’s difficult. Not only because I miss my food, but I miss the act. My friend Andrea cooked for us again yesterday (we arrived back in Rome from Ravena two days ago), a brilliant no-name pasta with tiny vongole (clams) and a few gamberi (shrimp) and the first of the season’s super-sweet pomodorini (cherry tomatoes). Not bad, as he would say.
A Rant: Sell-By Dates
Sorry, but I have to rant for a second about pieces like this one, featuring the new trend criticizing “sell-by” dates. Sell-by dates are useful for things like meat and dairy (especially milk), which don’t readily reveal their spoilage when carefully wrapped. You’re not allowed to smell a “bottle” of milk (as you could in the old days) to know if it’s off or, if you have a special talent (as my daughter Kate does), to know that it will be off tomorrow.