Archive for the 'Tip of My Tongue' Category

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 [...]

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. [...]

Of Libraries and Cookbooks

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Portland’s library system has shocked me into having to develop a note taking system. I’m not in the habit of a library having such a great resource of cookbooks available. As such, I’ve had great books leave my hands that I regrettably didn’t take adequate notes from. I’m finding such a range- some books need [...]

Brainstorming: camping meals for crowds

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

100 sweaty hungry bikers out in the woods. This is our captive summer audience. What would you feed them? Two years ago we made a Mediterranean camping dinner for 100. This time, I want to make it a bit simpler (less sides). Hmmmm

Homemade fizzy water: viva la carbonation!

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

This weekend our household took one further step towards reducing our use of our local grocery store with the purchase of a soda siphon. We’ve been frequent purchasers of unsweetened carbonated water in citrus flavors, choosing that as our soda replacement. About a year ago I decided to not buy plastic bottles of water, picking [...]

Homemade popsicles: bbq chocolate flavor

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Oregon’s weather taunts us with quick bursts of hot steamy weather, which lasts all of about two days before returning to the normal conditions of gray and drizzly. I try to make the most of these sunny bursts by declaring popsicles for dinner. A proper popsicle menu consists of an appetizer, main, and dessert course- [...]

How to start your kitchen compost habit

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

How does one get their kitchen compost habit started? By declaring it popsicle weather which promptly provokes one into cleaning out and organizing their freezer to make room. The bonus with cleaning out the freezer is that the cell walls of your frozen collards, freeze burned peaches, and what ever else you’ve unearthed are already [...]

What kitchen appliances do you neeeeed?

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

I just ran across one of those posts on No Impact Man that shakes up what I consider to be essential appliances in the kitchen. Their household has adjusted to not using a freezer in their kitchen! Having the refrigerator component separate from the freezer part makes that shift a bit easier I imagine… but [...]


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