Food Blog

KIPlog cooks, eats (and drinks)

Entries from March 2004

My friends call me Cornbread

March 28th, 2004 · Comments Off

cornbread.jpgI found a great cast iron pan cornbread recipe on a food blog a while back but I’ve lost it. I worked it out though, and I’m jotting it down so I won’t lose it. But because it’s so easy and cheap, I’ll probably have it memorized soon.

1 cup all-pupose flour
1 cup yellow corn meal
1/2 cup of sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 stick of butter

I added some spices like nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon to the above ingredients, or working with that above base, you can experiment with other things like fruit or even jalapenos.

Pre-heat the oven to 400F Melt the 1/2 stick of butter in a 9 inch cast iron pan. Be sure to just melt the butter, not boil the water out of it.

Mix the dry ingredients. Whip the egg and milk until frothy and add to the dry ingredients, mixing just until incorporated. Pour the batter over the melted butter in the iron pan, swirling it around a bit. (This is the part I learned from the elusive recipe). It may seem like a lot of butter, but don’t worry, the cornbread will absorb it all, making it nice and moist.

Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Stick a toothpick in it to see if it’s done. The butter may still be foaming around the edges when you take it out, but if you let it cool for a minute it will all be absorbed.

[

Tags: Dessert

Repairs in Progress

March 27th, 2004 · Comments Off

We’ll be back to normal shortly. Trying to fix a database problem.

[

Tags: Uncategorized

More food news

March 20th, 2004 · Comments Off

The Bible According to cheese

God hates shrimp

Alton’s OK after being rushed to the hospital from the set of Iron Chef America where he’s a commentator for the new Shatner-less production.

Not too many locals in the James Beard Nominees this year. Steve Dolinsky from Good Eating on CLTV is in again this year.

Chicago Magazine reports that Pili Pili’s chef has left to “walk the Appalachian Trail.”

Low-carb diets have a high impact on the planet

[

Tags: Food News and Links

Food News

March 19th, 2004 · Comments Off

Thoroughly Modern Mr. Peanut

FDA advice on eating fish “women might wish to modify the amount and type of fish they consume if they are planning to become pregnant, pregnant, nursing, or feeding a young child.” They advise these women should not eat Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, or Tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury.

Beers and the Foods that love them Scroll down a bit for a good list of beer types and the foods they pair well with.

Coke recalls controversial water in Britain. “Coca-Cola is to recall all bottles of its Dasani water in the UK, after levels of bromate were found to exceed legal levels. The recall is an embarrassment for the drinks giant, which has faced criticism for selling what is treated and purified tap water.”

[

Tags: Food News and Links

Some links

March 17th, 2004 · Comments Off

Science proves beer bubbles sink

Irish Sushi “Tender rare beef with a hint of corned beef spices held on to a boiled potato by a light layer of wasabi.” Cute, and I like the shamrock made out of wasabi (which sound like a good match with the corned beef and potatoes) but it might be executed and presented better by pressing the cooked potatoes through a ricer, cutting the extruded string short for the ‘rice’ appearance. Plate the way the recipe shows, as nigiri, or roll it in some cabbage (of course) and cut it into maki rolls. The cabbage may not roll well, so it may work better as a cone shaped temaki. See this sushi photo gallery for styles.

Nutballz! Low-sugar, gluten-free, carb conscious energy snacks. They also sell something called Pseudo Psweet, a Xylitol based sweetner for a pretty good price.

“Food Blog was the subject of much speculation when analysts at several firms were heard to be very positive about it’s recent performance. It’s share price rose from B$594.61 to B$909.75.” *sigh* If it only were real.

[

Tags: Food News and Links

St. Patrick’s day stuff

March 15th, 2004 · Comments Off

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day (but late for the parades and most people’s plans for a pub crawl) is my updated Lincoln Park Irish Pub map.

It takes much more than an Irish name and a neon Budweiser shamrock in the window to be an Irish Pub. By my definition a real Irish pub must have real Irish people in it – on either side of the bar. And by their definition that means real Irish – not Americans with Irish names. Some other requirements are: a two pour Guinness, Harp, John Power’s and Tullamore Dew, Tayto’s or Crunchies for sale behind the bar and a minimal amount or absence of TV’s. Extra points for a fireplace, live Irish music and Irish food.

It’s a minor update but I added two new places Mystic Celt and Galway Arms. Also I added 2 bars to the list of pubs outside the boundary of my map – The Pepper Canister and Poag Mahone’s. The Pepper Canister, one of my new favorite places has decent food, and a church like setting complete with votive candles and a ‘confessional’ in back. The name is taken from the nickname of Dublin’s St. Stephen’s church. Perfect for the pub-goer who drinks religiously. Poag Mahone’s is a cute pun on the irish “kiss my ass”. I haven’t been able to do any ‘research’ in it yet.

Here’s a review of Poag’s and Galway Arms. As usual Metromix has a slew of articles on St. Patty’s day stuff.

[

Tags: Drink

Strange food links

March 13th, 2004 · Comments Off

Meat Shake Meat. Lots of Meat.

It would be cool to see the Spammobile and the Giant rolling goldfish (click on Miles of Smiles) in a drag race.

One of the most frequently asked questions is “How many bison can I run on my acreage?” Status of the Bison Industry is also interesting.

Cheesecake Kit Kats? “Sales of Kit Kat, Britain’s most popular chocolate bar, have plummeted so far that the manufacturer is contemplating lemon cheesecake, liquorice and even curry flavoured versions. “

[

Tags: Food News and Links

National Corn Dog Day

March 12th, 2004 · Comments Off

corndoglove.jpgMarch 20th is National Corn Dog Day!! Get together with love ones and eat corn-dogs, tater tots and beer. “The definition of a Triple-double is having consumed, over the course of National Corndog Day, at an official NCD party, 10 corndogs, 10 beers, and 10 “units” of tater tots (100 tots total). It is a feat that has been seldom accomplished.” The posters from previous years are awesome! I took the shot to the left at the Illinois State Fair a few years ago, while I was with the famous Mr. Huff from Me3dia, who let me know of this important news.

[

Tags: Food News and Links

Food News

March 7th, 2004 · Comments Off

Some food news, this time with credit links.

Atkins ‘can put you in bad mood’ “A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has found carbohydrates help to stimulate production of a key brain chemical called serotonin. ” However, even a small amount of protein will prevent serotonin from being made. thanks to il forno.

Melee breaks out at retirement home salad bar “A dispute at the salad bar turned into a food fracas at an upscale retirement home, with a man taking a bite out of another’s arm and other residents suffering minor injuries. ” via kjo’s catch-alls.

Molecular gastronomy “In his book “Une Thorie du Go�t” (”A Theory of Taste,” 1999), This described a set of basic cooking rules, based on his scientific research, to help the chef and everyday cook. The rule of juxtaposition, for example, explains that one ingredient will seem tasteless if it is served with another, more tasty ingredient. Conversely, the flavorful ingredient’s taste will be sharpened. ” thanks to suburb of grace.

Whence the Beef? The gruesome trip from pasture to platter (and how to ensure that it’s not so bad). “Fast-food giant McDonald’s announced in 2000 that all producers who supply its eggs must give hens 72 square inches each (more than three times what they typically get), cannot use forced-molting, and should move toward stopping de-beaking chicks altogether. ” thanks to frost street.

[

Tags: Food News and Links

Food blogs

March 6th, 2004 · Comments Off

I’m way behind around here, so here’s some really good food blogs I don’t have on the list.

Chocolate Alchemy The Art & Science of Homemade Chocolate “The transformation of base materials into something more than they were. The transformation of cocoa beans to chocolate, the work of Chocolate Alchemy.”

Food. France. Now.

Too Many Chefs

Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down “the premier web site for tea drinkers who are keen on sitting down and biscuits”

Pastry School

Let’s Cook with Meg and Ted

elise’s Simply Recipes “Most of these recipes use only whole food ingredients and only occassionally a few things from cans or prepared foods. We believe in a varied, healthy diet, using real butter, real cream, eggs, and protein from meat and fish. Many of the recipes are low carb (though not necessarily low cal) ”

put down the donut “This is not a coddling, diet, never get off the couch, pampering, it’s ok to be fat, society should just accept it, eat a whole pizza and expect us to say “good for you” kind of site.”

my latest supper “modern italian home cooking – and more – from the south east of england”

a girl’s gotta eat

[

Tags: Food News and Links