Archive for April, 2007

How Many Calories in a Marathon?

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Eugene is hosting its first ever marathon this Sunday- which is no small feat considering we’re Track Town USA. Where are spectators clamoring to be? I’m betting that McMennamins’ NorthBank is going to be in high demand. It’s outdoor seating is right around the 15.5 mile mark for the marathoner route. With a start time [...]

Beefing Down Your Sperm Count

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

This was an amusing food / life linkage read today… (via the journal New Scientist) “The sons of US women who ate a lot of beef* while pregnant between 1949 and 1983 have grown into men with low sperm counts. Anabolic steroids used as growth promoters in beef cattle in the US, though not in [...]

Food Stamp Diet

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski and his wife, Mary Oberst begin their one week adventure today of living on $3 a day, the infamous Food Stamp Diet. Will this diet include fresh fruits and vegetables? Will they rely on staples like beans and rice? Will this be an opportunity for more homecooked meals fit into a [...]

Homemade Spiced Ketchup

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

I cringe to think of the first time I made ketchup. It burped and spew like hot lava as I cooked it, sputtering out to paint the walls and even bless the ceiling. This culinary Jackson Pollack moment also marked my discovery and purchase of a splatter guard. Why should you make your own ketchup? [...]

Ethiopian Cooking: Niter Kebbeh and Berberé

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

These two lovely jars have been sitting happily in my refrigerator since I got the bug to learn some Ethiopian dishes. Inspired by an amazing meal at an Ethiopian restaurant in Portland, and furthered by my Mom’s gift to me of her Time-Life Foods of the World Collection the creation of these two foundation ingredients [...]

Hawaiian Salt

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Immediately after buying our overpriced box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts, I regretted not sharing a more unique Hawaiian souvenir with my friends and coworkers. I had fanciful images of bringing home clusters of apple bananas, branches of rambutans, wedges of sugar cane, and bundles of lychee to pop in our mouths. The chocolates were [...]

Champagne Float Hawaii Style

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

Our vacation studio in Kailua was near perfect- just steps away from the beach, included wi fi, a near by restaurant and deli, fresh brewed coffee at our finger tips, and yet… the proximity of island fruits was making me miss my blender dearly. I love fresh fruit, don’t get me wrong, but succulent pineapples, [...]

a Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Tips Go Up

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Ever been to a restaurant and received a couple pieces of candy on the server tray with the bill? Surely these are just to sweeten your breath right? Thick again and behold the power of gift receiving. A study at Cornell has found that giving candy to bill payers increases tips from 15.1% to 17.8%. [...]

Culinary Tour of Honolulu’s Chinatown

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

Ahhh… wedding accomplished! Now Sweets and I have some touristy wandering time to ourselves that doesn’t involve wedding errands. Fortunately for us, we have time with our favorite local, Lance, who also was our fixer for our culinary tour through Osaka this summer. Not only is Lance a regional expert in Japan, but Kaneohe on [...]


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