Archive for February, 2006

Chewy Brownie Bites

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

My recent delivery of Lovescool’s Valentine’s Day Champagne Brownies gave me the inspiration to make little bite sized brownies. Her chocolate delivery was so charming and tasty and bite sized. A week after finishing them off, I’m still thinking of them and realizing that they addressed a fundamental rule that I have forgotten to apply [...]

Golden Beets with Blood Orange

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Little bites are such a rewarding way to cook and eat. There is more variety and a great excuse for playing with presentation, much how sushi operates. Sweets and I had a nice dinner at Marche this last week. He had a dinner of Wood Oven Roasted Oregon Wild Chinook Salmon with Horseradish Crème Fraîche, [...]

Eugene’s Kitchen Witch

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

I’ll forever be in debt to Michelle for giving me a heads up about Kitchen Witch. First encountered at Eugene’s Holiday Market, she has found a number of local retailers to carry her chocolates during non-Market seasons. Passion Flower started carrying Kitchen Witch chocolates a little bit before Valentine’s Day. Sundance Natural Foods also carries [...]

Cheeseburger Bird

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

or downloads for your cat’s iPod? Late one star-lit night, a friend told us a tale. We were gathered around a roaring fire, in the company of consumed beers, under a clear sky, and clutching our sides from laughing too much. “Tell us again!” we begged, “what kind of bird?” “It’s a cheeseburger bird!” he [...]

Tomatoes Are Evil

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Hate is a strong word. I don’t hate tomatoes… I just hate how they feel in my mouth. And I hate the green acidic twang they add when accidentily left in my burrito. And I hate how silly I feel ordering Mexican food minus tomatoes and then having my order arrive with tomatoes. But wait, [...]

White Bean Purée with Polenta Crackers

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

28 cooks has a great recipe up for Polenta Crackers. I just made a batch yesterday and today made accompanying White Bean Purée to go with them. This first batch I added green onion and garlic, and now can’t wait to make a rosemary parmesan batch.These crackers are light, snappy, and have a slightly sweet [...]

Apple Spice Pancakes with Pomegranate Syrup

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

Last night I went to bed hungry and dreaming of apple spice pancakes. I loved how well my apple spice muffins turned out and wondered about using a similar apple technique of grating the fruit into pancake batter. Waking up this morning to windows streaming in cold winter sun, I set about to looking up [...]

Strawberry Facial Mask

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Our weather has turned into a bit of a tease lately. We’ve been blessed with clear blue skies, blooming daffodils, and outspoken birds. Just when we think it might be spring, along comes a cold front to frost our lawns and ice our walkways. I’ve been watching our grocery stores play similar tease games with [...]

Spicy Aphrodite Truffles

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Our mouths operate as a limbic estuary, a tidal zone where molecules and emotions mesh in our food. There is no holiday better than Valentine’s Day to demonstrate this, as newscasts report on chocolate’s love-like chemicals, and seafood shops tout the levels of zinc in oysters. Do the high levels of zinc register with our [...]

Customized Conversation Hearts

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

Sweets and I recently worked ourselves into a frenzy with a great anti-valentine idea. Inspired by released transcripts of public figures saying naughty and explicit things to the objects of their affection, we agreed that some of these catch phrases would be perfect on Conversation Hearts.

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