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…

01
Oct
2008

Sausage & Peppers

This is the way my mom used to make it. And this is pretty much the best food at any street fair, ever. 1-2 lbs fresh italian sausage (hot or mild) about 6 links 1 small onion 1 bell pepper…

26
Sep
2008

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…

24
Sep
2008

Great Food Processor, only $100

I’m not sure how long this deal will last, but if you need a new food processor, or don’t have one yet, Amazon is selling this Cuisinart food processor for $80 off its list price, a savings of 44%. This…

17
Sep
2008

Truth or Consequences : Egg Labels

The New York Times has a pretty good article about the information you’ll find on an egg carton … what’s required, what the government allows them to claim, and what’s just creative story-telling. “For eggs from chickens that live in…

17
Sep
2008

Spaghetti Carbonara(esque)

If you’re a strict conventionalist when it comes to your italian pasta recipes, this recipe will probably offend you. It’s based on a recipe by Nigella Lawson. She uses pancetta, but I went with uncured, applewood smoked bacon. She adds…

17
Sep
2008

Have You Been Short-Sized?

They have a gallery up over on The Consumerist showing 34 examples of what they call the “grocery shrink-ray…”  Manufacturers hope you won’t notice, but even the New York Times noticed : “In industry lingo, it’s called short-sizing. Aiming to…

16
Sep
2008

Smothered Pork Chops

Serves 4 4 thick, center cut pork chops 1 cup salt ½ cup brown sugar 1 gallon water 3 slices country bacon, diced 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 cups chicken stock 1 tablespoon oil salt & pepper 2 medium onions,…

11
Sep
2008

Poor Man’s Paella

I know it’s lowbrow, but I’d forgotten how much I like Rice-a-roni. My mom made it a lot when I was a kid, and I found a box in my cupboard the other night, and needed to come up with…

10
Sep
2008

Better Beer Batter

Slight update to the recipe I posted here a few months ago. This is straight out of the Joy of Cooking. It called for some milk in with the recipe, but I was all out, so I just increased the…

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

Making Marinara

Well, I’ve spent the afternoon making marinara sauce with whats left of the huge batch of tomatoes I bought the other day. Some of the tomatoes have gotten a little tender in spots, but I’ve only had to throw away…

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…

28
Aug
2008

Pickling in the News

“[P]ickles are kind of show-offy, even more so than bread. If you make your own, for some reason, it really knocks people out.” The Washington Post has a longish article on a local woman who is starting a small business…

27
Aug
2008

A Tale of Two Recipes : Homemade Ketchup

Lesson learned : When you see a recipe that looks good on a cooking show, write it down, because the corresponding recipe on the program’s website may be very different. Yesterday, I tried making a batch of Jamie Oliver’s homemade…

26
Aug
2008

Way too many tomatoes.

He made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Uh-oh. I just went to the local farmer’s market, intending to buy some cherry tomatoes to make the homemade ketchup described on Jamie Oliver’s cooking show. I had originally picked up 2…

23
Aug
2008

Stuffed Zucchini

Still a work in progress… I tried a recipe a few months back from Ellie Krieger, that involved zucchini, sliced very thin, and grilled on a grill pan, and then a dollop of goat cheese and a basil leaf was…

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…

21
Aug
2008

Compound Butters

I had a huge bunch of organic dill sitting on my counter, waiting to shrivel and dry up, so I decided to make a compound butter — I tossed the dill, a shallot, some salt, and some softened butter into…

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…

14
Aug
2008

The Minimalist does it again

I’m late to this, since he posted it in early July, but Mark Bittman gives 101 fast recipes geared towards picnicking that’s well worth checking out. Be sure to also check out his excellent ideas for 101 Simple Appetizers, 101…

14
Aug
2008

Different Ways to Coat a Cutlet

Flour, egg, and then what? You’re confronted with it every time you want to cook up a cutlet, whether it is a chicken breast, a turkey cutlet, or a fillet of fish. A batter dip is an option, but I…

11
Aug
2008

In Season Now : Plum Tomatoes

Roasted Balsamic Tomato Sauce will reward you with a delicious aroma while it cooks in the oven. Every August, I end up making a couple of batches of this sauce, when the prices for plum tomatoes hits the floor, but…