Archive for December, 2007

On Coffee and Uselessness

Monday, December 31st, 2007

I just traipsed downstairs to get a coffee from my non-normal vendor (our building coffee bar is on break). I handed the barista my mug (standard issue 16 oz travelers mug- not handmade) and request a 16 oz skinny mocha. The milk is frothing and espresso steaming, and my barista is stirring… into a paper [...]

Gift from a Foodie: Pretzel Pralines

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

This recipe from the chef blog Ideas in Food is the perfect combination of salty, sweet, crunchy, chocolaty goodness. It’s the sort of snack that you want to curl up with on a rainy day, take home to meet the parents, hold in your hands on a long walk down the beach… yeah, it’s pretty [...]

Gift from a Foodie: Candied Orange Peel Variations

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

The process of making candied citrus peels reveals several steps in the process with which we can play around with the recipe to introduce some fun variations. We can easily tweak the shapes, flavors, tang and texture of this treat with a slight of hand that will make our gift recipients think we are magic. [...]

Word of the Day: Menutainment?

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

As seen in the cafeteria at my workplace, on a sign hanging above one of the stations: Menutainment Not written as foodtainment, perhaps this word is in regards to entertaining the fantasy of the written food word? Example: In a frenzy of menutainment, she was distracted from ordering the salad she had so dutifully maintained [...]

Soy Salt

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

by way of Trends in Japan… one of those products that makes you think of course! Dehydrated soy crystals- soy salt! It’s offered in different grades, and different textures too. Suggested uses are on grilled veggies, pasta, sushi (duh). I’m thinking of its use in desserts- on ice cream, caramel, or popcorn. For more on [...]

Splendid Table sustainability findings: we want it local!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Here are the results from Splendid Table’s Sustainability Survey. More than 15,000 people responded to the quiz, likely a predominantly pre-selected population of people already concerned about such issues (like you and I). As such the answers are fairly expected. We are a population concerned about local sourcing, storing our foods through the winter, we [...]

LA Times 2006 cookie of the year challenge, still perfect in 2007

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Are you looking to start a new holiday cookie tradition? Want a foil to your tried and true sweet treasures? This list of cookies I saved from last year is sure to yield some taste bud wonders of a new kind. In a wonderful move to keep their Food Editors well fed, the LA Times [...]

Recipe question: corn syrup in rum balls

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

I was just looking over rum ball recipes. What do you suppose the purpose of corn syrup in a rum ball recipe is? It’s not like any more sweetness is needed. Is it just to add stickiness? Like glue? Is it to act as a humectant? To keep those morsels from turning into hard dry [...]


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