Archive for July, 2008

Handling raw and cooked meat around a grill

Monday, July 28th, 2008

My planning for my big camping trip meal is underway. The shopping list has been created for our Saturday night meal of fajitas for 85 people (less than a 100 people this year!). Now I’m thinking of my prep directions for my different crews- in particular my food safety monitoring of my crew who will [...]

Kefir and Buttermilk

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

I just got a good question in my comments: What is the difference between buttermilk and kefir? I have heard that both are good for you (talking health here) and just wondering what the differences are or similarities? Thank you They have different flavors and consistencies. I too am exploring the health aspects to them. [...]

Grocery store inventory quirks

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

This weekend I was making a quick ingredient run to get pastry making ingredients together for a crazy afternoon of cake making. My smudged list included the standards- cream, chocolate, eggs, sugar and gelatin (for making the easy egg white free style of gelatin stabilized whipped cream mousse). Much to my surprise I discovered that [...]

Oregon summer salad: warmed cherries with Oregonzola and hazelnuts

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Sometimes salads just compose themselves. No need to struggle over what flavors go together or which textures accentuate your lettuces the best- seasonality often takes care of those questions for you. Paying attention to the selections of your farmer’s markets will usually reveal flavor pairings right alongside each other. Learning to recognize these opportunities takes [...]

Steal this recipe: Alton Brown’s finger sucking ribs

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

I now realize how delinquent I’ve been regarding introductions. What I should have said months ago: “Alton Brown’s ribs, meet my smoker”. Alton Brown’s Baby Back Ribs recipe has been rocking my world lately and ushered our household into a meat phase. These baby back ribs come out meltingly tender, with a touch of sweet [...]

Liar liar Starbucks tarts on fire

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Blogger Ms Bitchcakes does some simple nutrition math to realize that Starbucks can’t possibly be telling the truth on their peach tart nutrition information. Do you think the chain’s peach tarts are only 120 calories? (hint, one gram of fat is 9 calories) Follow her adventures to find out what the real caloric count is. [...]

Fancy Looking Baked Potato Dish

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

I’ve hit on a formula for making my favorite potluck dishes. It’s based on the classic gratin preparation- though is shockingly at times devoid of cheese, as seen in this current example. Layers of vegetables often dressed and then baked together can add up to great large dishes suitable for large gatherings of hungry friends. [...]

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