Archive for November, 2006

Wooden Sushi for Grown Ups

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

A thought on buying the cute wooden sushi kit for yourself: gluing magnets to the sushi pieces and putting them up on the fridge would be a great way to play with this kit, and yet not have to deal with having toys stashed somewhere out of sight. I don’t suggest gluing magnets on if [...]

Raising a Little Foodie

Monday, November 27th, 2006

I’ve been on an informal quest to pick up cool baby products for my expecting friends Judah and Danica. It started with creating an “I ♥ boobs” bib, and continued in Japan with the purchase of cute squeaky baby shoe souvenirs (heh- those are going to be great at toddler stage!). Adding to their baby [...]

Strawberry Balsamic Truffles

Friday, November 24th, 2006

In honor of Sugar High Friday, I got back into truffle making. In a twist of great timing, the Dec Bon Appetit issue has an inspiring article on truffle making featuring Katrina Markoff of Vosges Chocolates. Not only does she have some fun flavor combinations, but she is pictured coating her truffles in tempered chocolate, [...]

Repeal Day

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Local Eugene alcohol expert, Jeffrey Morganthaler, has a very good idea for a new drinking holiday. It’s even based in the constitution: “Repeal Day (December 5th) is not celebrated by anyone in this country, yet it is the only day which truly has any connection with alcohol. December 5th is the anniversary of the day [...]

Time for Vanilla Beans, Again

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Over one year later… It’s time for another vanilla bean purchase! I just bought one pound of organic Tahitians from eBay for $18, shipping included. This eBay shopping is jolly good stuff! I plan on giving these out for Christmas this year, mostly stuffed in bottles of bourbon: that magic ju-ju to add to eggnog.

Fortune Cookie: 9

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

Potato Soup Tricks

Friday, November 17th, 2006

I love potato pancakes topped with sour cream and applesauce. The combination of sweet with savory is just spectacular to my taste buds. Adding a touch of creamy sour cream smoothness helps all the flavors play nice together- acting like a recess monitor. So it makes complete sense to stir in a spoonful of applesauce [...]

No-Knead Bread Revolution

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Mark Bittman’s New York Times article The Secret of Great Bread: Let Time Do the Work (use bug me not for a site password) is inspiring an uprising in the culinary world. Scores of happy bread munchers have chimed into a discussion thread at eGullet reporting great results from this recipe and technique. Many have [...]

Sour Death Balls

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Film maker Jessic Yu has a beautiful poignant film up at Lumen Eclipse called Sour Death Balls. It has me tears every time I watch it… apparently I have a kid-torturing sadistic streak I haven’t been in touch with? It’s a project I wish I had made.

Alternative Cooling Racks

Monday, November 13th, 2006

I’ve been without a cooling rack in the kitchen. Sweets has co-opted it to help keep his laptop from overheating! Which works splendidly btw. While making a loaf of Tiger Bread from Alice Medrich’s cookbook Bittersweet I remembered a technique I saw in Japan at Chiiori. They would place a row of chopsticks under freshly [...]


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