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Welcome to the Ladies Recipes Cooking Blog! Post those things you want everyone to know about here. It's as easy as typing in your post title in the box on the right and telling us what's going on! Enjoy.

Updating the Chocolate Chip Cookie

23 Mar 2009 02:06
ClaireMereClaireMere

This is not heresy! I have posted my current recipe for the Chocolate Chip Cookie in my Kitchen since I seek only to bring new horizons to other devotees of the art. I thought I'd mention it here since it's worth your time to look at the Times article that really got me to codify the thing. I got this down to a science in the last weeks of my pregnancy and want to share the wealth.

I feel like the new recipe I have reflects how much my tastes have changed as an adult: bittersweet chocolate, organic sugar, two kinds of flour (both unbleached!) and so forth. The resulting cookie is much more complex, darker in flavor than the original. My mom brought us some original recipe cookies a few months ago and I found them wanting! (But then again, her baking is a haphazard thing!)

Does anyone else do variations on this cookie? Suggestions? Comments? Imprecations? Threats? Paeans?

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Tags: baking cookies

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In payment for the McD's commercial

23 Mar 2009 02:00
ClaireMereClaireMere

Please go to this site and glory in the revulsion. It's a guy who considers an ad for fast food, then goes and purchases the item and shows you the actual product side by side with the original art. Haw! Enjoy.

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Tags: popculture

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Setting Up an RSS Reader

23 Mar 2009 00:28
stacitastacita

I love my Google RSS Reader so much I feel it is my duty to spread the word. Some of you methinks already have an RSS reader set up, but if you don't, here's a quick guide. By using it, you can get live updates from all of your favorite sites at the same time. An RSS reader works just like email—whenever a website you are tracking (i.e., Ladies Recipes, NYTimes Most Emailed Stories, your friend's blog, etc.) posts something new, a linked message will be delivered to your reader. Instead of visiting multiple websites to check for new content, the content comes to you! And it's all in one place.

The Ladies Recipe site has 3 important feeds: new recipes, new blog posts, and comments (both on recipes and in the blog). I subscribe to all three, so I'm always updated whenever someone posts something new. I also use it to subscribe to a bunch of other news websites and blogs. I love it!

I use the Google Reader, but it is only one of many options. I'm recommending it because it's free, easy to use, and you don't have to download anything. If you already have gmail, all you need to do is activate your Reader and you're good to go. If you do not have a Google account, you get an email account, a Picassa photo account, a Reader account, and more just by signing up once.

First, visit the Google Reader website to set up an account or sign in with your gmail account.

Once you have an account, you need to start adding "subscriptions" to websites you like. There are two ways to do this. You can click on the "Add a Subscription" box in Google Reader and enter in the URL. Presto! Or…

feed-icon-14x14.png The Ubiquitous Orange RSS Button

By clicking on a website's orange RSS button, you can subscribe directly from websites you like. For instance, let's say you'd like your Reader to notify you whenever someone posts a new item in the Ladies Recipes blog. If you visit the Blog home page, you'll see a little orange button that looks like this: feed-icon-14x14.png

If you click on it, you'll see an option to subscribe to the website's feed using Google Reader at the top of the page.

That's it! Your life will be transformed. No, really!

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Tags: rss technology tips

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Arugula salad with Blue Cheese,pears,and Apricot Vinaigrette

21 Mar 2009 15:04
Paula JeannePaula Jeanne

Stacy if you are interested I have a Rachel Ray's recipe for this salad.

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Cooking with Olive Oil

21 Mar 2009 14:47
Paula JeannePaula Jeanne

After reading Claire's new recipe for cooking tomatoes with olive oil at 400 degrees, I felt I had to get you guys some info on cooking with olive oil. Hope it is helpful to you and makes us all a bit healthier and happier !!!! The good part of Claire's recipe is that tomatoes health benefits come from cooking them !!! Cooking tomatoes increases lycopene content which is an antioxidant.

Cooking with Olive Oil

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Salad Predicament

19 Mar 2009 23:33
stacitastacita

Ladies: I have a problem. I long for delicious, supereasy everyday leafy salads! But I don't want a lot of labor. And I want to love it. I know, I know. I want it all. But I feel like I do get it all with the Gorgonzola Cheese and Dried Cranberry Salad. I love that thing and all I have to do is dump in ingredients from various bags. I am currently eating a salad of mixed baby greens, shredded Parmesan cheese, and Newman's Own Italian dressing. It's delicious. Any other ideas on this level of simplicity? Oh, and it MUST have cheese, of course!

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Tags: salads

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Talking fish commercial

18 Mar 2009 22:09
Paula JeannePaula Jeanne

I so love that commercial. The room and it's fish look just like Bob's garage, it is scary. I go in there and expect something to start talking back at me. I also heard them talking about it in the news. But being over 50 I couldn't remember what it was !! The jingle makes you want to just get up and jam.

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Evil McDonald's Commercial

14 Mar 2009 03:45
stacitastacita

Is anybody else obsessed with this McDonald's commercial?

I weirdly love it. At first I rejected it utterly, but it has grown on me. I told my dad about it, and this morning he called me at 8:20am from work to tell me, in great excitement, that he had just heard it discussed on the morning radio programs. Apparently people sing "gimme back that filet-o-fish" when they order it at McDonald's. And I admit it, I want the ring tone.

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Tags: commercial mcdonalds popculture

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Summer food and drink

14 Mar 2009 01:55
ClaireMereClaireMere

So I'm starting to post my favorite summery food and drink. I know that the Northern folk are going into the ever-ironically named Spring Break but down here my Bradford pear tree is foamy with white blossoms and I am once again confident that summer will come! So I'm sending some summer karma to you all. Maybe you can take heart and post a few of your summer favorites?

Yes, we have a guest room!!!

Missing you fools.

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Vampires

11 Mar 2009 02:58
stacitastacita

Is a cooking blog the proper forum to discuss vampires? I am thinking yes. After all, if vampirism is about nothing else, it is about an oral fetish. And a sinful delight in good drink, of course.

I have just finished reading the third installment of the Twilight series. Twilight emphasizes abstention from bodily desires rather than their gratification—Edward and his clan are "vegetarians." They don't drink human blood. They survive on the blood of other animals, leaving them more or less appeased but never really satisfied. Ladies Night, on the other hand, indicates that we have a different philosophy…(the illness the next day! the cheese! the olives! the filthy molten chocolate cakes!!) Is Edward's clan appealing? Would we join it if we suddenly entered into their world?

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Spoiler Alert
So Eclipse. I can't say I loved it. I think book 2 is my favorite (I hear the movie is in the works), primarily because Edward disappears for awhile, there is a lot of suffering, and Jacob emerges as the real love, and I say real because he is Bella's best friend, the person with whom she is most comfortable. Edward is as interesting as a rock. Their relationship is more about adulation. And adulation is not love.

In book 3, Jacob starts strong until Meyers turns him into a deranged, obsessive, cocky leech. My loyalty did not sway, however. I just felt him to have been misrepresented. Also, Bella's self-involvement was nauseating, and even her 'realizations' that she was being egomaniacal did little to change my overall impression of her. A shorter (by at least 300 pgs), tighter narrative with less of a panting Jacob and more of a strong-willed Bella may have made this into an acceptable book. May have!
Spoiler Over

Reading the Twilight series has made me crave more vampire narrative. And what a happy accident that Fugu posted this link to a New Yorker article on the unending appeal of vampires (you can read it here). It fondly recalls the days when vampires were purple, bloated, stinky corpses and traces their evolution into the dashing, romantic villains of contemporary literature. I think you shall enjoy it. And here's the story "The Vampyre," which the article credits with being the first real romanticized version of the vampire.

I feel we just might see more posts here about food and fiction…

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Tags: decadence fiction popculture vampires

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