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Entries from October 2005

Pumpkin stuff

October 31st, 2005 · Comments Off

Happy Halloween!

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Some late Pumpkin links:

Grumpkins This guy takes pumpkins to another level – “from mere carving to sculpting”. Check out his “Meatmas” links too.

Pumpkin Gutter another amazing pumpkin carver.

I want to try this pumpkin nog.

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Food links

October 29th, 2005 · Comments Off

Chefsblogs A worthwhile attempt make a categorized directory of the food blogs. While there’s quite a few I don’t have, there are some duplicates and dormant blogs in their list. But it’s new, and this sort of effort takes time. Found via The Girl Who Ate Everything.

Is It OK To Fetishize Cookware? “All-Clad and Calphalon make Mark Morford blush like a schoolgirl. You know you want it” “…you hold the LTD stockpot in your hands and you immediately want to buy it flowers and seduce it with wine and try to convince it to let you pour butter into its gleaming orifice, just for a second, hey I’ll only stick in the asparagus just for a minute, OK, baby? Just to see how it feels, I swear, and then I’ll pull it right out again, no really I promise, yeah baby that’s it c’mon …”

Japanese fruit shaped bus stops

The food of the week over at World’s Healthiest Foods is pumpkin seeds.

Ten Foods you should never eat “Number 2: McDonald’s Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips, made of “premium-quality, 100 percent white chicken breast meat, seasoned and lightly breaded” sounds healthy. In fact, ounce for ounce, the Selects are no healthier than the chain’s Chicken McNuggets. A standard, five-strip order has 630 calories and 11 grams of artery-clogging fat. That’s about the same as a Big Mac, except the burger has 1,010 mg of sodium, while the Selects hit 1,550 mg, without the salty sauce.”

No mention in that list of the famous Pork Brains with Milk Gravy, Complete with 12 days worth of the daily allowance of cholestrol.

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Food Links

October 21st, 2005 · Comments Off

NYC’s Vendy Awards are excepting nominations. “Although some guides to eating out in New York have included street vendors, most food criticism hasn’t focused on or even included street food in its scope. The Street Vendor Project wants to remedy that. As a grassroots organization of vendors dedicated to raising the public’s awareness of our daily struggles, we know that hardworking food vendors deserve to be recognized for the excellence of their craft.”

Most Expensive U.S. Restaurants 2005 Arranged regionally by top dollar – Masa in NY is first, Alinea in Chicago is second, etc.

The Company Cookbook: A Journey Through the Center of the Middle of the Shredded Cheddar Cheese Universe Not quite as funny as those Weight Watcher cards, but still worth the chuckle.

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Food Blogs

October 21st, 2005 · Comments Off

Beyond Salmon “Everything you ever wanted to know about buying and cooking fish.” With lots of bacon, burrito and pizza blogs, it’s about time there’s a fish one.Chez Christine “Diaries of a Le Cordon Bleu Paris Student. Join me on my adventures!” It looks like she’s slowly moving her content from a Xanga site. Give her time, she’s got class to attend.A curious mix SingaporeThe food pornographer “Food at its porniest.”haverchuk “a little bit kosher, mostly treyf”Japanese Food 101Modern Girls Kitchen “Bake Your Cake and Eat It Too…Tasteful Tips for the High-Heeled” Chattanooga, Tennessee.The Savory NotebookStalking the Waiter “Riffing on foods, flavors and methods since…no, that would be telling.” California Wine Country north of San Francisco.ToastPoint “A hymn of praise to foie gras…and Cheetos.” Washington, DC

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Food Blogs

October 17th, 2005 · Comments Off

I’m falling behind trying to keep up with the food blogs. Don’t fret if you’ve asked and aren’t on yet.Cookie Madness! Austin TXEating Asia Kuala Lumpur. Vital information says “The writer of this blog has a special place in the annals of Chicago Chowhounds. Once upon a time, our palates were shaded, shaded by our menu limitations. We knew a place as simple as Yum Thai in Forest Park seemed to offer treats beyond its stated choices. In fact, there was a secret menu, but a menu no one could actually read. Awfully hungry, we posted the menu on the Internet, seeking the kindness of a stranger who would tell us what to eat. e.e. cumming’s like foodfirst came to our rescue. From the across the sea, she translated our Yum Thai menu and then later Spoon Thai’s. It’s been fun eatin’ every since.”A Few of My Favourite Things! Melbourne, Australia.Get CookingGreen Goddesses Share their Eco-Wisdom “I share my experiences and the experiences of my friends as we try to develop a practical but environmentally friendly lifestyle.”Hooked on Heat “Lots of spice, and everything nice…that’s what Indian food is made of!”Love in the Time of Coriander Berkeley, CALucullian delights “- an Italian experience”MaverickEats “records some of the culinary adventures of the farmers at Maverick Farms. Devoted to the pleasures of the table, MaverickEats believes a revolution against industrial food will gain force when people reclaim the habit of eating well.”My French Cuisine “As a proud member of the “food-centric” community, I couldn’t resist: I had to share some of my favorite recipes, a few tips that will make the difference, menu ideas, etc…” Sunnyvale, California.Plate Of The Day “A Blog On The Daily Encounters With Food And The Memorable Experiences Eating It.Super FoodTummy Treasure “I love my kids and I love to cook. And although sometimes I may be tempted to cook my kids…I promise to never combine the two.” Wisconsin.

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Some numbered lists

October 17th, 2005 · Comments Off

The 29 Healthiest Foods on the Planet “The following is a “healthy food hot list” consisting of the 29 food that will give you the biggest nutritional bang for you caloric buck, as well as decrease your risk for deadly illnesses like cancer, diabetes and heart disease.”

Chicago’s top 5 Restuarants picked by Bon Appetit. The NY picks have something that struck me as strange – the alt tags for the images (text alternatives hidden in the page’s code for browsers without that can’t see images, sometimes weighted importantly by search engines) are all wrong, including such places as Cafe Gray, Masa, Per Se and V Steakhouse. I thought it might be some conspiracy by some web guy disatisfied with the magazines picks, or some hacker from the Time Warner Center PR office, but then I noticed that the alt tags were wrong in many cases throughout the site.

10 reasons beer is better than wine “6. Beer doesn’t need a movie about two losers (”Sideways”) to increase its popularity.”

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Drink Links

October 14th, 2005 · Comments Off

Droogle Drink Search Engine.

The 110 Best Distilled Spirits Currently Available in 2005! I had to go pretty far down the list before I found one I’ve tried.

The World in a Glass: Six Drinks That Changed History

Speaking of beer drinking, please people, let’s do everything in our power to make sure this abomination does not become popular.

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More food news and links

October 14th, 2005 · Comments Off

I’d rather not turn into the kind of food blog that reports on stories like “Oprah developing Rachael Ray talk show” so I won’t talk about it. I also shouldn’t mention that she might be in The Closet.

Instead here’s a more important and intellectual subject – Food and class “Historically, people of limited means have tended to scrape by on what’s locally available, while the wealthy have used their resources to draw in fancy food from far away. Now, that situation has turned upside down.” By Tom Philpott of Bitter Greens Journal and MaverickEats.

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Food news and links

October 13th, 2005 · Comments Off

Chinese take away the credit for inventing noodles “Scientists have found the remnants of a 4,000-year-old bowl of the stretched-dough culinary staple at an archaeological site on the banks of the Yellow River in north-western China.”

A PEZ MP3 player What good is it if it can’t dispense candy too?

A storm brewing in the coffee “Why does a spinning tunnel appear in my coffee when I stir milk in?… Because cold milk is denser than hot coffee water, it sinks. “Vortex tubes” of spinning coffee catch in the descending milk and are stretched out. As they lengthen, their rotational speed increases, forming a tunnel leading down from the surface.”

The French table: Theater of the absurd? A sociologist writes on French mealtimes. In “Casseroles, amour et crises” Jean-Claude Kaufmann “explains that the crises are existential and adds that in our secular society the sacrificial altar has become the kitchen stove. “Cuisine is sacrifice. There may be joy but there is also pain,” Kaufmann said by telephone from Brittany, where he was planning his family’s Saturday night dinner. “Cooking is not simple. There are contradictions: Why have I spent two hours on a dish when it’s quite likely that no one will have a good word to say about it at the table?” ”

For another take on modern French home-cooking read Roundtable: The French Paradox “The French diet is back in the news—how do French women manage to enjoy chocolate, wine, cheese and bread without gaining weight? Food writer Josh Friedland enlists several top French food bloggers for a rollicking conversation on the phenomenon.”

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Carmelized apple and ricotta crepes

October 11th, 2005 · Comments Off

applecrepe1.jpgHere’s a fairly simple recipe that doesn’t take much more effort than making pancakes, but appears much fancier. I used this recipe for basic crepes which uses an egg and an egg yolk. I’m not sure what the difference would be between this and a whole egg crepe recipe, but these turned out soft and fluffy. Two cored apples were cut in chunks and sauteed in about 3 tablespoons of butter, a tablespoon of sugar, a shake of ginger and cinnamon, a teaspoon of molasses and a teaspoon of apple brandy. Fill the crepes with a couple of spoons of ricotta and apples and roll up.

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