Category: trivia

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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”…

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…

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…

28
Apr
2008

Waldorf Pudding on the Titanic

Research turns up two ancient recipes for this Titanic dessert — but which one is the one they served? You may remember my entry from a few weeks ago where I described all of the food served in the elaborate…

20
Apr
2008

Decoding PLU Numbers

Here’s a very interesting bit of information from our friends at Serious Eats about the numbers they put on those little stickers on items from the produce department… Conventional produce gets a four-digit number. Organic produce gets a five-digit number…

16
Apr
2008

The Last Meal on the Titanic – The Other Classes

What the second and third class passengers on the Titanic ate. As an aside and an update to the last entry about the Titanic, some people who saw it were wondering what the other people on the ship were eating….

11
Apr
2008

Mass Consumption

I wrote the entry on braising this morning because I made braised lamb shanks the other night. Looking over this weblog, you’d think we eat lamb every night. I guess I’m just on a kick. According to the US Department…