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Entries from July 2004

Food blogs from around the world

July 17th, 2004 · Comments Off

Some food blogs I need to add to the list:

Culinary Epiphanies from Bangor Maine

da Xiang stef & mike eat singapore! Lots of good pictures of exoctic stuff.

delish Wellington, NZ

FatMan Seoul “Seoul searching … food for the seoul.”

Feeding Dexygus from San Francisco

Kitsch n’ Zinc from Cape Town South Africa

lenndevours from Long Island

nosh from Germany

ono kine grindz from Hawaii

Spiceblog from Western Australia

the scent of green bananas “how many asian girls have blogs about food? i don’t know, but this is another one.” from Guam

she who eats from Hawaii

Sweet Little Chef from a Culinary student in Connecticut

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Food news

July 13th, 2004 · Comments Off

In the Ukraine, you can get pork fat covered in chocolate. via auftn

After seeing that, we all need to read two articles on more healthful articles pointed out to us by rebeccaIs There an Organic Advantage and You Are How You Eat.

Two more articles on organics and carbs, respectively:

Crowding the market “When the US government said it was relaxing organic standards, small farmers and green consumers fought back. Their suspicion, Dan Glaister reports, is that big corporations want to hijack a growing sector”

Science al Dente “Opinions on the importance of the glycemic index, low-fat diets and the staying power of low-carb diets vary widely. However, doctors, dieticians and scientists attending one recent conference say that eating pasta can be part of a healthy lifestyle. “

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Cardamom and apricot glazed chicken, with sauteed Brussel sprouts and squash

July 12th, 2004 · Comments Off

Cardamom pairs perfectly with apricots, and with a little Maderia and a bit of ginger, the sweet, bright flavor really shines.

2 cups orange juice
1 cup Maderia (the cheap california stuff will do just fine)
2 T apple cider vinegar
4 T apricot preserves (the ‘Simply Fruit‘ brand works best’)
4 apricots (2-3 for cooking, 1 or 2 for garnish)
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 T green cardamom seeds, shelled
1 chicken
1-2 T heavy cream

apricotchicken.jpgI shelled some green cardamom seeds, (you can also use the smokier black ones) and put them in a small food processor with a bit of orange juice to help grind them and after the were ground coarsely, added two of the pitted apricots. I cut up a chicken, put it in a bowl and covered with orange juice, vinegar, Maderia and the ground up cardamom. The bowl sat in the fridge for an hour.

I pulled the chicken out of the marinade, reserving it, and browned the pieces in a very hot, big iron skillet. The marinade went into a 4-quart pot to boil. As the chicken browned, I added a few more ground up cardamom seeds and some ginger.

When the chicken was nicely browned, and the kitchen smelled fragrant enough, I dumped the chicken into to pot of juice with a couple more pitted, cut-up apricots and a bit more orange juice and Maderia to cover the pieces. I let it simmer for about a half hour, covered for about half that time.

The squash was just browned in a pan, and the Brussel sprouts were sauteed with some good diced-up bacon. This is my favorite way to do Brussel sprouts, browning the outside, but leaving the inside crunchy. The best way to do this is with pancetta, but all I had was some Kolozsvari, the intensely smoky, salty Hungarian bacon available in many of the local independent markets like Devon Market or Lincolnwood Produce that have eastern European products.

For the finished sauce I poured about 1/2 cup of the simmering juices into a saute pan, added a couple of tablespoons of cream and reduced it to a nice sauce. There was plenty of leftover juice/sauce I can use for another meal.

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Tags: Meat Recipes

Food blogs

July 7th, 2004 · Comments Off

Some more food blogs to add to the list:

Andrea Strong

Adventures in Cocktails Cocktails as art, as inspiration, as a reflection of who we are and who we encounter.

Food is worse than crack

Food museum blog

Noodlepie from Saigon. Lots of great pictures.

Skip’s Italian Food Blog Italian recipes, and musings about Italian food.

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Adirondack food and drink

July 5th, 2004 · Comments Off

lakeSaranac.jpgI spent the week on Lake George, in the Adirondacks, so I got the chance to sample some local stuff. I always enjoy the beers from Saranac, including their aggressively hopped Pale Ale, and malty Adirondack Amber.

blackbeary.jpgAnother excellent local brew I found was Vermont’s Long Trail Blackbeary Wheat. This light wheat beer is one of the berry beers that have grown up in relation to the overly sweet and tart summer offerings that were very common years ago. Blackbeary is nicely balanced and fruity, without that harsh sweetness that accompanies many summer fruit fermented beers. I love their humorous labels.

gm_coffee.jpgI also had some very good coffee from Vermont – Green Mountain Coffee Roaster’s Harvard Blend. “A sophisticated blend of light and dark roasts.” Awesome stuff to wake up to, along with some clean mountain air.

I bought a bottle of Rich’s Game Sauce at Two Brothers Meat Market in Ticonderoga, and used it on a bbq’ed chicken and then for two different meals of pork loin ribs. This spicy sauce, made in Vermont is full of molasses and made a great marinade. The second rib meal was for around 13 adults, so I supplemented what was left of the sauce with some orange juice, lots of rosemary, and some ginger to marinate the ribs, which slow cooked on the grill for about an hour and a half. They achieved the proper ‘fall-off-the-bone’ tenderness that way.

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