Waiter, There’s a Bug in My Arugula

The other night, I made this mac and cheese out of Zingerman’s Guide to Good Eating:


It’s a fine mac and cheese, if not the best I’ve ever had. I used aged American Cheddar, as the book’s author recommends, but the application of onions, garlic and wine didn’t really have a big payoff. The first bite was blah, though it got better as we ate it (we being Craig, myself and a visiting Diana). Knowing I was serving such a heavy, gloppy dinner I wanted to serve a little salad on the side. So I bought a carton of arugula and a lemon: I’d dress the arugula with lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper–that’d be it.

Only, when I went to open the arugula a little something caught my eye. See if it catches your eye too…


There was a very lively bug in there fluttering around. I showed the bug to Craig and Diana and we all agreed that the salad belonged to the bug, not to us. So we ate double portions of mac and cheese, gained an extra ten pounds, and vowed never to eat salad again.

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