Category: musings

04
Mar
2009

Hook, Line and Sinker

Ok. So I fell for it. I watched Jacques Pepin make chili con carne in an electric pressure cooker. I didn’t even know these things existed. I’d been contemplating purchasing a regular pressure cooker for awhile now. I added one…

28
Feb
2009

Foodie Jargon, Feb. ’09

meatza n. My friends once ate a pizza that was known in legend as “the meatza.” This pizza had no sauce, just 7 or 8 different meats piled quite high (estimated at about 4-5 inches). They then used the crust…

13
Feb
2009

Doing Without : Refrigerator?

Recently, the New York Times reported a new phenomenon … in an effort to save energy, some people are choosing to live without a refrigerator. The article cites that 99.5% of all households have one, and each one uses enough…

31
Jan
2009

Foodie Jargon, Jan ’09

bilingual adj. Out of the types of celestial seasoning tea, the bilingual teas seem to appeal mostly to Hispanic communities. These teas are called bilingual because they mix two different flavor like banana and apple, or cinnamon and apple, or…

21
Jan
2009

The Deadly Bhut Jolokia

This video, which made the rounds on the internet a week or so ago, depicts the effects of eating a really hot pepper. the bhut jolokia, which has a Scoville rating of 1,000,000. (In comparison, the habenero has a rating…

30
Dec
2008

Food Neologisms for December, ’08

“Bowl of red,” “Randall,” and “Sikparazzi.” bowl of red n. The fact that a Texas “bowl of red,” as chili is commonly called, has no original relationship with past didn’t matter. Randall n. Wayne decided to attach a bag of…

24
Dec
2008

Happy Birthday, Cooking Monster!

It was one year ago today that this blog was born. In that time, there have been 165 posts, or one post every 2 days, on average. The site has received 77 legitimate comments, and 743 spam comments, all of…

21
Dec
2008

Roast Beast

I just tried a new technique for taking a relatively inexpensive cut of beef (the eye round roast) and turning it into a juicy and flavorful roast beef dinner. As usual for the meals I post about here, it’s not…

10
Dec
2008

Mysterious Food on the Internets

Daily Lunch is a japanese site detailing one obsessive artist’s lunch box, and their artistic creative presentations. How frozen pizzas are made. What’s in a twinkie? (Amazing. Twinkies have been around for 78 years! They’ve been around as long as…

08
Dec
2008

More Food-related Neologisms

post-off pricing n. Washington state requires producers and distributors to post their pricing to a central database maintained by the state’s liquor control board. When these producers and distributors post discounts, that is called “post-off pricing.” bliss point n. Faced…

16
Nov
2008

What’s a “Heritage” Turkey?

You’ve probably seen this phrase tossed about a lot lately, what with the holidays approaching. Your choices of what kind of turkey to put on the table seems to be widening, and the confusion mounts. Heritage turkeys are heirloom varieties,…

10
Nov
2008

Recent Food Words

biscuit belt n. “Well the area of the country that I practice in Gastonia North Carolina is what some physicians refer to euphemistically is the biscuit belt. We have a problem with patients being overweight.” strolling supper n. I “get”…

02
Oct
2008

Recent Batch of New Food Words

doughing in n. Recently, Whyte brewed a batch of American pale ale in her kitchen using hops she grew in her backyard. First, she heated five gallons of water on her stove to about 150 to 160 degrees. She poured…

09
Sep
2008

How to Write a Recipe

Advice on how to write better, more legible recipes and make them more accessible to cooks of all skill levels. I recently received a book called The Recipe Writer’s Handbook, by Barbara Gibbs Ostmann and Janet Baker, as a gift,…

28
Aug
2008

The Omnivore’s Hundred

A foodie blogger in the UK has manufactured a meme and came up with a list of 100 items for people to repost on their blogs to say what they’ve eaten, what they haven’t, and what they won’t. I managed…

23
Aug
2008

“California Cold Process” – Real or Swindle?

This is an actual advertisement in the May 1904 issue of Women’s Home Journal, recently published on the Get Rich Slowly blog. I was intrigued by the “California Cold Process” for canning, so I did a google search. I came…

17
Aug
2008

Smoked Eel

“Out in the wild, they are slippery slimy creatures… On the plate, though, it’s a different story.” On my recent trip to visit family, we had lunch at a german restaurant called the Hofbrauhaus — as close to an authentic…

15
Aug
2008

More New Food Words

distavore n. To prove how wrong the farm-to-table movement is, I cooked a dinner purely of farm-to-airplane food. Nothing I made was grown within 3,000 miles of where I live in Los Angeles.…My distavore meal was more a smorgasbord than…

06
Aug
2008

More from the Road

When you’re the only one who can cook, and you’re used to cooking for two and have to feed a crowd. Well, it looks like I’m the chief cook on this visit to my in-laws. Not that I mind much,…

04
Aug
2008

On the Road

Sorry for the lack of posts these last few weeks. I’ve been on vacation. The first leg, last week, I spent camping with my brothers and nephews in the Berkshires in nw Massachusetts, and this week I’m in Ohio visiting…

10
Jul
2008

More Recent Food Neologisms

“Family Meal,” “Haji Stove,” “Sad” Dumplings, & “Bathtub Cheese” family meal n.“I had arrived at 4 p.m. to experience a daily ritual that takes place in hundreds of restaurants across the city, and in thousands more across the country: family…

26
Jun
2008

Pecan Crusted Turkey Cutlets

A low-fat, inexpensive alternative to breaded chicken cutlets. I was originally going to make this with chicken breast cutlets, but the turkey cutlets were half the price in my grocery store, so I went with them instead. The recipe is…

20
Jun
2008

The Night My Chicken Dinner Danced

A chicken dance of another sort. I’ve been having a bunch of fun with the Spore Creature Creator this past week. It’s a game that lets you create all sorts of weird creatures — like an electronic Mr. Potato-head. And…

20
May
2008

More Food Neologisms

More jargon and recently coined food words and phrases from The Double Tongued Dictionary. God shot n.“The [espresso] machine is for people who like to fiddle—and not everyone wants to grind beans, pre-heat demitasses, tamp at just the right pressure,…