In November, not long before Thanksgiving, I got the following e-mail from a dear friend, someone I went to college and have been friends with ever since (and she let me be the Maid of Honor in her wedding):
I took a package for you to the post office today. I enjoy the people who staff the counter. This was my conversation with the postal worker:
Me: "I'd like to send this media mail, please. It's a book."
Postal worker [deadpan]: "Is it a fragile, hazardous, liquid ,or perishable book?"
Postal worker: "Some of 'em can be hazardous, y'know."
There's no risk with this one; it's a dependable classic. I hope you like it.
The book arrived a few days later and in time for me to pick something from it to make for Thanksgiving. The book is full of wonderful recipes for desserts. I picked a recipe for an apple and cranberry pie--which I chose to pair with a from-scratch, all butter double crust (recipe from another cookbook) Yum!
Now that my conference is over and Christmas will be here soon, it's time for me to dive back into the book and see what else appeals.
Come to think of it, maybe my dear friend did send me a dangerous book after all!