Based on an ad for Star Balsamic Vinegar
Place squash in a large bowl. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Add balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons oil and toss. Let stand 30 minutes, tossing occasionally. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line large shallow pan with foil. Coat generously with oil. With slotted spoon, transfer squash in 1 layer to prepared pan. Baste with some marinade. Roast until golden, about 25 minutes, turn and baste several times. Keep warm, covered with foil. For dressing, whisk red wine, vinegar, mustard and honey to blend. Gradually whisk in remaining 1/2 cup oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. In large bowl, toss endive and dressing. Add warm squash, pecans and cranberries and toss to combine.
We were young and our happiness dazzled us with its strength. But there was
also a terrible betrayal that lay within me like a Merle Haggard song at a
French restaurant. [...]
I could not tell the girl about the woman of the tollway, of her milk
white BMW and her Jordache smile. There had been a fight. I had punched her
boyfriend, who fought the mechanical bulls. Everyone told him, "You ride the
bull, senor. You do not fight it." But he was lean and tough like a bad
rib-eye and he fought the bull. And then he fought me. And when we finished
there were no winners, just men doing what men must do. [...]
"Stop the car," the girl said.
There was a look of terrible sadness in her eyes. She knew about the
woman of the tollway. I knew not how. I started to speak, but she raised an
arm and spoke with a quiet and peace I will never forget.
"I do not ask for whom's the tollway belle," she said, "the tollway
belle's for thee."
The next morning our youth was a memory, and our happiness was a lie.
Life is like a bad margarita with good tequila, I thought as I poured whiskey
onto my granola and faced a new day.
-- Peter Applebome, International Imitation Hemingway Competition
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