Category: musings

30
Jan
2015

Time for Tomatoes

It’s about 10 weeks to last frost here in zone 7. So if you live near me, then it’s time to start your tomato and pepper seedlings. This year, I’m trying five  new varieties… two big beefsteak heirlooms called Country…

15
Oct
2013

Even More Recent Food Neologisms

A LOOK AT SOME OF THE NEWER WORDS AND PHRASES RELATED TO FOOD AND EATING. haloodie n. A person who has an ardent interest in halal food. [halal + foodie] bliss point n. The specific concentration of salt, sugar, or fat that makes a…

17
Jul
2012

Recent Food Neologisms

A look at some of the newer words and phrases about food. pink slime n. An industrial meat byproduct consisting of compressed low quality beef trimmings treated with ammonia gas and used as a filler for ground beef. 100-foot diet n. A…

14
Jul
2012

How to pack okra for pickles

After you’ve trimmed off a bit of the stem end, and a bit of the pointy end, pack your one pint sterilized jars with okra, first filling the bottom with the enough okra to fill the bottom of the jar,…

29
Mar
2010

Jamie Gets a Surprise

So, in this clip of Jamie Oliver’s new television show, he demonstrates to the kids how processed foods are supposed to be awful and terrible. He cuts up a chicken, removing all the normal chicken parts, and is left with…

26
Feb
2010

Sorry for the lack of updates…

I’ve been completely distracted with buying a new house. If any of you have had to deal with a short sale, especially with Bank of America, I feel for you. We put our offer in on a house in June…

10
Jan
2010

Recent Food Neologisms

A look at some of the new words and phrases about food. Foodoir n. A memoir that includes recipes or that is focused on food, meals, or cooking. [Blend of food and memoir.] Whole Foods Republicans n. “Independent-minded voters who…

04
Nov
2009

Talk about wretched excess.

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich apparently dropped $47,221 to cover lunch for a party of six at a New York restaurant last week. Most of the cost came from seven bottles of wine, $5k each. Note the automatic 20% gratuity added…

02
Nov
2009

Roasted Turkey — An Old-Fashioned Method

So my tivo likes to record random episodes of Cook’s Illustrated‘s Cook’s Country for me, and one I happened to watch this weekend inspired me to give it a try… larded turkey. Larding is an old fashioned method of cooking…

31
Aug
2009

August Food Related Neologisms

A monthly look at new words and phrases about food. rito n. A clipping of burrito. “I just got out of a noise violation because the cop recognized my roommate as his favorite chipotle burrito roller. just another reason I…

07
Aug
2009

The Price of Seasonal Buying at Trader Joe’s

A crankygram to the people who run Trader Joe’s. I’m kind of annoyed at my local Trader Joe’s. A few weeks back, I walked into the store to find it stocked like some communist era grocery store — most of…

31
Jul
2009

Foodie Jargon for July

A monthly look at new words and phrases about food. eatertain v. Kessler spends a lot of time meeting with (often anonymous) consultants who describe how they are trying to fashion products that offer what’s become known in the food…

01
Jul
2009

June Jargon

A monthly look at new words and phrases about food. chicken on a throne n. We are not made of stone, and we could not resist including a clip of America’s most surreal superstar, humbly demonstrating in his own kitchen…

03
Jun
2009

Portion Control and Plate Size

I’ve never been much on the importance of plate presentation, and I’ve got no scientific proof to back it up, but I can tell you that if you’re looking to lose weight, one of the first things you could do…

31
May
2009

Foodie Lexicon, May ’09

bogo acronym In the retail industry that stands for Buy One Get One. “Unfortunately, the bogo deals tend to favor families with more mouths to feed than ours. What am I going to do with a second ham?” bet dieting…

19
May
2009

Cooking for a Crowd

I don’t often get a chance to cook for more than one or two, so when I go up to Cincinnati to visit my in-laws, I’ve fallen into the pleasurable habit of doing all the cooking. It’s almost a given…

09
May
2009

Holy Crap.

For her third anniversary of blogging, Pioneer Woman gave  away five 14-cup food processors last week. She asked people to post what they were making for dinner last Wednesday. The contest rules specifically insisted on only one entry per person….

04
May
2009

Southern Restaurants

On a recent trip down south, my (other) brother, his son, and I managed to hit a couple of fine and famous eateries on a road trip to Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, ending up in Huntsville, Alabama. Although we only…

01
May
2009

Foodie Lexicon, April ’09

A monthly look at new words and phrases about food. Citrus Fruit Conspiracy n. A theory proposed by an Iranian official to explain how Israeli citrus fruit were (illegally) imported into Iran. “The media showcased the contraband citrus, the warehouses…

31
Mar
2009

Foodie Lexicon, March ’09

A monthly look at new phrases about food.

18
Mar
2009

Why are people afraid of pressure cookers?

Don’t let your grandma’s tale of kitchen terror dissuade you from using this great time-saving device.

17
Mar
2009

What’s Your Cooking Personality?

The New York Times had an interesting article discussing how people are cooking more at home now that the economy is ailing, and that while home cooking is generally more healthy than eating out, it’s not necessarily healthier. It all…

11
Mar
2009

Recent Penzey’s Spice Order

1   11950      Chili 9000 2.1 oz. 1/2 cup jar……………..$5.49 1   22042      Horseradish Dip 4 oz. bag…………………..$5.45 1   22642      Szechuan Pepper Salt 4 oz. bag ……….$4.59 1   31851      Oregano Mexican .4…

11
Mar
2009

Lobel’s : Who are your customers?

I took advantage of a promotional $50 gift certificate from Lobel’s, an upscale New York meat market that also does mail-order, at least 7 or 8 years ago, and I’ve been on their mailing list ever since. I have to…