Archive for June, 2007

Kitty Litter Cake

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

How do I say good bye to my work place? By resurrecting a pre-blog culinary April Fool’s joke: kitty litter cake! As I made this latest batch I couldn’t help but wonder if I was putting lipstick on a pig… or strike that and reverse: smearing mud on a Mona Lisa? For my version to [...]

Grocery Store Cheaters

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

from the quirkology files reported in New Scientist. A nine year long sociology study concludes that 80% of express aisle grocery store cheaters (those who have more than 10 items in the express aisle) are female van drivers. This coincides with studies showing that female van drivers are more likely to frequently drive over the [...]

Replate your Leftovers

Monday, June 25th, 2007

I love this concept- Replate. The Replate website takes that gut feeling you have- wanting to give away your leftovers to someone who needs them- and gives it a graphic identity. Hopefully this will make the concept solid enough to flow into action. I was introduced to the related concept of Scrounging from a former [...]

Everpopular Envirosax -Too Girly?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

I wish I had seen all the available patterns of Envirosax before I had purchased my Flora Collection. But that’s beside my point for this post. While these bags are very handy: compact, easy to fold up, hold a large volume of groceries, fit over the shoulder and don’t drag on the ground when straight [...]

Homemade Tandoor Oven

Monday, June 18th, 2007

There’s a great project blog up at Oil Drum Tandoor. This is a site dedicated to making a tandoor oven for home use. Now there’s a project! From the very initial dreams and plans, to prepping the oil drum, modeling the clay, coating it with a jaggery seasoning layer, and finally cooking in it! This [...]

Fun Tidbits from the Science of Ice Cream

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Gleaned from reading The Science of Ice Cream, which was available through the science library at the University of Oregon. Margaret Thatcher was an ice cream scientist in the 1950′s. 9% of all milk produced in the USA is used to make ice cream. New Zealanders consume the most ice cream per capita at 26 [...]

How do you store your glassware?

Friday, June 8th, 2007

I prodded the great folks at Apartment Therapy to post a poll in their kitchen section. Do you store your glassware bottoms up? Just one of those things I’ve always wondered about. I was raised with ‘right side up’ yet curious when friends’ kitchens had their glasses upside down. The comment field is bringing up [...]

Kitchen Tip: Reused Water / Soda Bottle Pot Scrubber

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

A moment of sink desperation brought this kitchen tip to my full attention. The plastic caps found on most water bottles and soda bottles make great pot scrubbers. I use this blue mineral water cap to scrub my cast iron skillet. Press it right side up on your pan surface and use it to scrap [...]

The Foods in Abu-Jaber’s Crescent

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Living without a television has increased my hunger for books. I seem to be cradling two categories: those from which I am seeking knowledge and those I want to entertain me. I received Crescent for Christmas and have recently finished devouring it. It’s setting and plot of an Iraqi-American chef’s love story nicely fit Crescent [...]


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