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“You Don’t Win Friends With Salad.”

So says Homer Simpson. Nevertheless, Mark Bittman, writing for the New York Times has come up with 101 ways to make a meal out of salad, ranging from vegan, to vegetarian, to omnivorous.

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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. Still, she got 18,710 entries!

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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 went to each place once, we tried to go for…

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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 admit that their products do look appealing, and am occasionally…

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High Pressure Chili

So I ended up making chili con carne tonight using my new pressure cooker, pretty much just as described by Jacques in the last post. I used a course grind of buffalo meat instead of beef, and I saved the green onions for the end instead of putting them in…

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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 to my Amazon shopping cart; I turned down the corner…

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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 honey and lemon, and so on. belly wadding n. In…

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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 NZ Cascade hops to one of his taps- apparently this…

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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 the Chrysler Building, in New York, and Betty Boop. Here…

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Welsh Rabbit

This was one of my granddad’s favorites. It’s very economical. You can probably make it for less than $5 total provided you have all the seasonings on hand. (Especially if you grab your cheddar from the dairy aisle of the grocery store, instead of the specialty cheese or deli section.)…

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Sixty Years of Christmas Cookies

(image courtesy Gourmet Magazine) Gourmet Magazine offers up a great site detailing 60 years worth of recipes for cookies. The recipes are presented just as they appeared on the pages of the magazine, so the recipes for the cookies from the 40’s don’t presume you’ll be using modern conveniences like…

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Shells and Coins

6 italian sausage links (hot or sweet) 2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil) 1 small onion, chopped fine 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, plus a little more for garnish 2 fresh tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1 pound small shell pasta (conchiglie, maruzze, or lumache) grated Parmesan Prick…

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Lamb and Wild Rice with Roasted Autumn Vegetables

A good project for a lazy Sunday. It will fill your place up with some great aromas. This recipe is a mixture of rich, tender roasted pumpkin, flavorful root vegetables, and earthy lamb and wild grains, and is based on something I saw in the October ’08 Everyday Food magazine.…

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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 to tick off 71 items, and only indicated 4½ items…

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Fish Market : What to Buy, What to Avoid

Monterey Bay Aquarium provides an excellent list of which fish and seafood to buy and which to skip. It’s fully hyperlinked, so you’ll find out why you should avoid a particular fish. Orange Roughy, for example, is a fish I’ve bought and wrote here about in the last few months,…

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DC Area Best Restaurants, 2008

An important resource for locals and DC tourists alike. Reminiscent of my own Google Maps project, someone took the time to enter all 100 of the best restaurants in the greater DC area, as listed by Washingtonian Magazine, into Google Maps.

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Salmon Fritters

If you’re feeling rich and extravagant, replace the canned salmon with fresh chopped salmon, or lump crab meat. 5 green onions, finely chopped ½ sweet red pepper, finely chopped 1t garlic powder ¼c mayonnaise 1 egg, beaten 6 oz. flaked salmon (canned or in those foil packages) 1/3rd c corn…

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Pick Your Own Produce VA/MD/DC

Last year, I used Google Maps to locate all of the “pick your own produce” farms in the greater Washington DC area. Berries dominate the list (black-, straw-, blue-), but also apples, cherries, and some let you pick your own vegetables, too. If you’re not a DC local, I encourage…

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Bring Your Own Bag

I’m seeing more and more people get into the spirit of environmentalism by bringing their own durable grocery bags into the store with them. My local Trader Joe’s has a contest where they’ll give away a $25 gift card for to one lucky customer who brings their own tote. And…

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Hamburgers

I made hamburgers for dinner last night. A pound of 85/15 ground beef, a small diced onion, some finely diced herbs like rosemary and parsley, some of my favorite smoky paprika mix, salt, pepper, maybe a little steak sauce … and here’s where I may lose you. Trader Joes sells…

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How to Braise

Braising is just cooking a tough bit of meat, partially submerged in a moist, flavorful liquid, for a long time, at a relatively low temperature. You wouldn’t want to try it on a tender New York strip steak, or a chicken breast. They’d just end up falling apart into nothing.…

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Cooks Illustrated Almost No-Knead Bread

Although you need a login to see their video about the process (or go to iTunes), you can now see the recipe for their modified No-Knead bread recipe (2.0) for free.

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Classic Bugs Bunny

French Rarebit (1951) (Keeping this page up-to-date is pretty tricky. Sorry if the videos don’t work for you.) Rabbit Fire (1950) Bugs: “Filet of Duck Bordelaise Maitre d’Butter. Yum-yum… Duck Polonaise Under Glass. Mmm-mm.” Daffy: “Rabbit au Gratin de Gelatin under tooled leather. Oh, drool-drool.” Bugs: “Barbecued Duck Meat with…

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Cooks Illustrated, No-Knead Bread 2.0, Revisited

If you have iTunes, you can view a video by Cook’s Illustrated about the making of, and the science behind, their No-Knead Bread 2.0 technique for free. And someone over on the R.U. Serious? blog seems to be less concerned with copyrights than I am, and they’ve published the full…

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