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Food and Fiction!

08 Mar 2009 02:22
ClaireMereClaireMere

Ladies!

Twiddling around today, I found this fun blog meme on, interestingly, a reading blog. The original poster notes that many good children's books feature good meals, so dredge your memories in addition to all of our extensive grown-up reading!

I'll answer separately to this post - have fun!

Food from fiction that you'd like to sample:
A fictional meal you would like to have attended:
A memorable work of fiction set in a restaurant or a café:
Food you've tried that didn't live up to the expectations raised by a fictional account:
Food from fiction that you couldn't help but want to try even though you knew you would hate it:
An unappetizing food description from fiction:
A recipe you've tried or a meal you've recreated from fiction:
Food you associate with reading:
Your favourite food-focussed book/writer:

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Tags: fiction meme

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Crying Over Onions

06 Mar 2009 17:47
stacitastacita

I've heard all the supposed remedies for avoiding the weepy sting of the onion. For some reason, though, I am particularly prone to excessive crying. This is especially true at my parents' house—which either means they consistently purchase stronger onions or I have some psychological issues to work out.

Here are some anti-crying strategies I've encountered:

  • Avoid cutting the bottom off until the bitter end.
  • Dispose of the peel as soon as possible.
  • But a piece of bread in your mouth while you cut (this gets really icky as the bread begins to get soggy).
  • Elaborate cutting techniques that are so intricate you'd rather just weep.

Many Internet articles have been written: Why do onions make you cry?

There are even Youtube videos!

Basically, it's a case of vegetable flatulence. When you cut the onion, it releases various gases that sting your eyes.

But here's my original contribution to this always evolving research area. I've noticed that once I start crying, things get worse and worse UNTIL I remove my glasses. It is as if the gases get trapped behind the frames and continue to torment me! It is only after I take my glasses off that things improve.

Some may point out the danger of handling sharp knives with poor eyesight. True. But how much can you see when you are crying uncontrollably??

So. If you are going to cut an onion, take your glasses off first!

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Tags: folklore onions tips

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When the baby's in bed, Pour a big glass of red

05 Mar 2009 01:04
ClaireMereClaireMere

Cooking is very different with a baby in the house! I didn't cook a thing for the first three weeks after Isaac came. Instead, all kinds of folk brought wonderful things - lots of comfort food, and I was intensely grateful.

Now I'm totally on my feet and in the kitchen, but my time is limited on weekdays so I make much more simple things. Last night, I made a giant batch of "sauce" (as Stacy would say), for which I needed a splash of red wine.

Reader, I went out and got that bitch of a bottle, used about 2 ounces to cook with and drank the rest. I've hardly had anything to drink since Isaac joined us, but the EARLY TEETHING has driven me to drink! It was mighty nice to cook a good meal while my husband played with the baby, and then to eat the meal while the baby watched on in bemused horror and then to have a second glass of wine while my husband put the baby to bed. Word.

FYI: we start Isaac on solid food in two months, so stay tuned for what are sure to be hilarious adventures as I make baby food. (Frankly, it's called roast that sweet potatoes and mash that avocado. The end.)

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Tags: children wine

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Cooking Videos

03 Mar 2009 16:37
stacitastacita

Epicurious now has short videos in which they show you basic cooking techniques. Neat!
http://www.epicurious.com/video

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Tags: epicurious tips videos

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Northern Italy

03 Mar 2009 16:36
stacitastacita

It's a snowy day here. To comfort myself, I strung up some white lights and settled down with Bon Appetit. I was surprised to find in their travel section a feature article on the string of Northern Italian provinces where my family comes from.

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http://www.bonappetit.com/magazine/2009/03/italy_at_its_peak

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Tags: italy

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Science and Folklore

03 Mar 2009 16:36
stacitastacita

A fun article about the endlessly fascinating science of cooking.
At the Stove, a Dash of Science, a Pinch of Folklore

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Tags: folklore nytimes tips

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Whole Wheat Tortillas

03 Mar 2009 16:35
stacitastacita

As you know, I typically go for the white over the whole wheat option. Whole wheat pasta? Are you kidding? Get that brown rice away from me!

That said, there are some exceptions. White sliced bread grosses me out, for instance. And I just uncovered a new one: whole wheat tortillas. The tortillas you buy at the grocery store are icky anyway: they're not stretchy and they taste so doughy. It's adequate, but there's nothing special about them. Well, I have found that the whole wheat tortilla is just as good, if not better because it eliminates that doughy quality altogether. Word!

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Tags: food healthy

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Bittman's Tiny Kitchen

03 Mar 2009 16:34
stacitastacita

Mark Bittman, a pretty well-known foodie, cooks in a teeny tiny kitchen that frankly rivals my own. That frankly rivals my old North Village kitchen! Mutha!! Check out the link…

Mark Bittman's Bad Kitchen

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