Archive for November, 2007

Consumer choice and product labeling

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

[note that Sweets is guest-authoring this entry] Chews Wise alerts us to a product labeling clash in Pennsylvania. Late last month, the state Department of Agriculture told 19 dairies that they cannot use language such as “Our farmers’ pledge: no artificial growth hormones,” or “From cows not treated with the growth hormone rBST,” starting January [...]

A kindred kitchen spirit: Ninkasi

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

I stumbled across this wonderful descriptor of the Sumerian goddess Ninkasi while listening to a Splendid Table podcast: “you who fill my mouth so full.” While she is notably embraced by the brewing community, I can’t help but feel she’s a spirit who speaks to my kitchen realm too.

Who You Calling Jerky? Homemade Buffalo Jerky

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

After an organic beef jerky binge last week, I found myself peering into an empty bag, not quite believing I was sold 3 oz as a supposed three servings. That gobble session cemented my motivation to make Alton Brown’s box fan jerky with buffalo from our Farmers’ Market. Strips of marinated meat are arranged in [...]

Thanksgiving Again

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

After having unspeakably good thanksgiving meals (venison to die for, smoked salmon, roasted casseroles…) with our Salem families, we’re being total gluttons and doing it again tomorrow! What can I say… we didn’t have any leftovers from the first time. What we’re eating for our thanksgiving meal redo: Alton’s holding my hand and leading me [...]

Easy Thanksgiving Health Tip: Use Agave Nectar

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

This sweetener is very suitable for your Thanksgiving table. Even if you aren’t actively pursuing healthier actions, you can sneak it in. Agave nectar doesn’t taste funny, is a nice sweetness, and comes in syrups of varying degrees of darkness. Using agave nectar as your primary sweetener, rather than sugar, will be easier on your [...]

The Thanksgiving Dilemma: New vs Classic

Monday, November 19th, 2007

With the approaching Thanksgiving holiday, I’m better recognizing the form of my recipe addiction. The thrill of the undiscovered is what draws me in, the more technique laden the better. Sticking to a repertoire of classics and not trying a new recipe seems unfathomable! Though I’ve had perfectly delicious mashed sweet potatoes, I sit here [...]

Happiness is Shared Donuts

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

There is a quote on the wall of VooDoo Doughnuts. It states that Americans consume more doughnuts during times of war than any other time. Being in a gloomy frame of mind, and feeling as though we’ve never not been at war, this was just the excuse I needed to pick up a sugary feel [...]

Food Sustainability Quiz

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Splendid Table is hosting a national food sustainability survey that delves into your choices regarding purchasing food and sustainability as a choice value. Go take it today (it takes about 5 minutes) and help bolster their data points.

Dulce de Leche: the Better to Eat You My Dear…

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

My recent adventures with dulce de leche have convinced me this is what everyone is getting for Christmas! I’ve seen people raving about the flavors before, but I never understood till kitchen curiosity made me stick a couple of unopened cans of sweetened condensed milk, submerged under water, in my pressure cooker for 2 hours. [...]

Author Michael Ruhlman in Portland

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

… on Saturday November 10th at the Wordstock Festival. He’ll be participating on in a panel on food writing: Oregon Convention Center at 12:30 at the Borders Book Stage (Exhibit Hall A1) Looks to be a full weekend! Wordstock Event Details: Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A, A1, & B 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM [...]


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