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December 2, 2009

Reader Q&A Day

message: Hi Miss Laurie,
Would you be so kind as to share your dad's enchilada recipe that you made a couple
years ago?
Thank you,

Aha! It is very sneaky isn't it, the insidious question of how the heck to Americans boil water???

Most people have a kettle on the stove and heat it using the stovetop. OR, and this really freaked out my French friend, many people just put a cup of water in the microwave to heat it! He thought this was barbaric. Which matched his assessment of us in general LOL.

So there you have it, the weird and odd water habits of native North Americans!! Loved your email. Thanks!

> Below is the result of your feedback form.
> It was submitted by lynley.ducker@ombudsman.gov.au (Lynley Ducker) on:
> Tuesday, December, 1, 2009 at 21:18:28
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> funny: person who likes french fries

Reader Lynley in Australia writes:

message: So how do Americans boil their water? Because I watch thirty
> hours of US television a week (and I assume it's all a documentary)I think
> I know north american domestic habits. But, on reflection, I have never
> seen anyone make a cup of tea. How do you do it without an electric
> kettle? Saucepan on the stove? I love a lot of things about your blog, but
> most of all these little snippets of the unknown.

Hey Laurie,
Just thought I'd let you know (again with the Canadian stuff) that I don't know
anyone who DOESN'T have an electric kettle! Sometimes here you'll find people with
gas stoves that have kettles that sit over the gas flame, but that's considered kind
of old-fashioned. But EVERYONE has one, and when I've visited out west, Alberta or
B.C., they all did too. In fact I had no idea that Americans don't all have them

Posted by laurie at December 2, 2009 3:57 PM