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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."


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November 12, 2008


So wish I could enter since I have lots of free time, but I'm not sure how the cookies would fare in a trans-Atlantic shipment. I will definitely try to make your Orangette winners, though!

By the way, I got the Fleet Foxes cd today and its cover is a painting by Pieter the Elder Bruegel, which reminded me of some of that Hieronymus Bosch stuff we saw in the Boijmans (but not as creepy). Good times.

Sigh. Why is it that when you move and we no longer share a kitchen that you start to get baking prizes? You should not live far away from a friend who can bake good cookies.

And also, one would not think that it is possible to employe "technique" when making boxed mac 'n' cheese, but Claire taught me and can I say, it is GOOD.

Be fair but just, oh tasty arbiter.

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