Archive for December, 2008

Leavening in recipes: baking soda vs baking powder

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

The Nov 8, 2008 Splendid Table podcast featuring Shirley Corriher has a wonderful summation of how leavening works in baking. Chemical leavening in baking (baking soda and baking powder) don’t make the bubbles in your batter: they make them bigger. (Says Corriher. Having played with vinegar and baking soda I disagree… ideas?) So where do [...]

Recipe: Saffron Vodka Mango Snow Cone

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

For the first time in my life I’m a bit off put about the color of mango and saffron. However, for the sake of a tasty snow cone, I remind myself that I am confident of my snow’s origin. Good thing it rewards me for such meditations. Alcoholic snow cones? You bet. Can’t let kids [...]

Value your sex life? Burger King doesn’t

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

I’m sure the flack who came up with the Burger King scent spray meant well… then again, maybe not. from Dr. Alan Hirsch’s research on scents and sexuality: “Now, although no odor diminished male arousal, certain odors did diminish female arousal. The scent of cherry decreased women’s arousal an average of 18 percent and charcoal [...]

Christmas breakfast fantasies

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Miniature Waffle Party Flickr photo by PetitPlat by sk_ Thumbing through the Williams- Sonoma catalog brought my taste buds to caveman status this morning: Me want waffles benedict! On second thought, that sounds more like Animal from the muppets. The catalog has a glistening, drool-inducing, food porn spread of Thomas Keller waffles cozied up with [...]

A bundle of inspirations- good food fireworks

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Some stored up links from my rss pantry. They got my taste buds revved- hopefully yours too: Recipes you need Crab-Jalapeno Mac & Cheese recipe from Seattle restaurant Austin Cantina. The lightest fluffiest crab cakes ever- made with an isi whipper. Yet more marshmallow flavor inspiration- BBQ’ed marshmallows. Crispy rice crackers from a microwave. Caramel [...]


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