But, one of my first thoughts, natch, was: I really, really wish NASA would stop obsessing about “Earthlike” planets. Have we no ambition? This place is great and all. I like dirt and the ocean and fish and everything. But things could be better. For example: earthquakes. Wouldn’t the ideal planetary surface have much less in the way of tectonic plates and much more in the way of plush rising bread dough? Think about it. That would be worth a 600-lightyear-long trip, perhaps. Although I suggest that we disinvite this one.
This is a lot of outer space talk for a food blog. I sorry. So let me awkwardly segue: Perhaps my ideal planet would also sprout forth butternut squash premixed with onion, walnuts, thyme and goat cheese?