Thanks for the chance to do this!
What does your MDC user name mean? How did you choose it?
My name plus the first initials of my hyphenated last name. Simple enough for my tiny mind to recall.
Tell us a little about where you live. (Be as vague or as specific as you like.) What do you like about it? What brought and/or kept you there?
I live in America's oldest fishing port, and the town in which the Massachusetts Bay Colony was established, and yes, where "A Perfect Storm" was filmed and actually happened. I love my town, and I don't think I'd want to really live anywhere else. Yesterday at our annual St. Peter's Fiesta (Peter is the patron saint of fishermen) I got to watch drunken Italian-American men in drag run the Greasy Pole contest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYhPm4oeKbM, frequently wishboning themselves on said pole. Awesome.
There is a lot of natural beauty here, and the middle of the city is undeveloped trail for hiking/biking, and site of old 19th century granite quarries. Our granite built NYC!
I went to college nearby, though spent relatively little time here until landing an apartment here in the summer before I went to Italy to study. I worked in a little cafe and met a lot of locals. This place is settled by Italian and Portuguese fishermen, primarily, though it is also an historic site for artists, as we have some very interesting light. After I got married, my DH and I bought a house here in 2003 because we loved the town. Now all our friends, almost literally all, have bought houses within a mile of each other.
What's the last thing you ate?
Watermelon. Or maybe the chilled zucchini soup I am making for clients (just a taste.)
If you had to choose, would you rather have a two week camping vacation or a weekend in a luxury hotel?
Oh crud. I've done the camping thing plenty, so I'd go for a lux hotel to see what that is like. I've heard it's not bad.
Can you give us a rough recipe for your cucumber soup?
Is this a self-serving question? Ha, ha!
--one cucumber per person serving (hereafter abbreviated pps)
--2 T. chopped parsley pps
--one chopped scallion pps
--1 t chopped dill pps
--2 T lemon juice pps
--3/4 c plain yogurt pps
--1/4 t salt pps (start with 1/8 t and taste to adjust)
--little water or broth to thin to your taste
puree this all in a food processor, or with a hand blender. I personally have a really weak blender that I don't trust to puree things for me, but if you have a decent one, go with it.