I am at home. I get a call. "You're going to be in a cooking contest."
Then I'm at a loading dock, with a crew of people unloading boxes of cooking supplies.
I walk in, and there are two identical kitchens set up. I think it was on a sound stage, so this may have been a TV event.
The other cook is already at work, and we have like an hour to put together the meal. How did he get a head start? Annoyed.
The meal is Italian. But wait, that other cook looks like the maitre d' from the Chinese restaurant in that famous "Seinfeld" episode. He's cooking Italian? But wait, what am I saying, I can hardly cook anything at all.
OK, I start looking through the cabinets. What, no pasta! I have to get to a grocery store.
That's it. Either the dream ended, or I just don't remember the rest.
Explanation: After some thought, I realized that I had left the radio on overnight. At 6 a.m., Minnesota Public Radio switched from the BBC to.... "The Splendid Table." I looked on the program Web site, and there was some talk of Italian food on this week's show.
But the maitre d'? That remains a mystery for now.