Archive | August, 2006

BlogDay 2006

http://www.blogday.org/buttons/New_150x150.swf?contry=USA Today is BlogDay, which is all about bloggers finding new blogs and sharing them with their readers (presumably, other bloggers). The site’s been crashing, so if you’d like to participate, here’s a Google cache of the instructions. Without further ado: 1) Language Log Language Log — well-known but new to me — is all […]

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Nectarine Coffee Cake

I have a problem with this recipe. It’s a shame too, because there are so many great things going for it. The flavor is great. There’s a lovely tang from the lemon juice and zest, providing a nice contrast to the cinnamon sugar-dusted, in-season nectarines. It’s dead easy to whip up and the recipe seems […]

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Summer Corn Chowder With Bacon

It’s the end of August, and corn is cheap (well, not according to Michael Pollan). I picked up 10 ears for $2; enough to use and alter for this recipe. Shane and the kids -– especially the kids –- really enjoyed it. Sweet and creamy with a subtle cayenne kick, it really is the summer […]

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Orange Beef Stir-Fry

[Note: if you’re just interested in the recipe, skip down a several paragraphs. This one’s got quite the preamble.] Here’s a dirty little secret: I’m obsessed with P.F. Chang’s Orange Peel Shrimp. Love, love, looove it. I love it so much that I can almost forget that: The only P.F. Chang’s around is attached to […]

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The Political and The Culinary

I wrote a post for Fruits of our Labour inspired by Stewart Lee Allen’s book, In the Devil’s Garden: Sinful History of Forbidden Food. The post references Allen’s examination of cuisine to control a populace, but his book isn’t just limited to politics; it examines the role of food in culture throughout history. It’s a […]

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A Semi-Homemade Tribute

Yes, the presentation is lacking. But at that point in the move, so was my ability to care. I am not a fan of Sandra Lee (aka Snadra, Puddin’ Cups, or my personal favorite, Semi-Ho). I like her 70/30 concept, where 70-percent is store-bought and 30-percent is fresh ingredients, but her execution — eccch. (Read […]

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La Festa al Fresco Submission: Shrimp with Tomato and Basil over Polenta

About a week ago, I got a note from the lovely Lis from La Mia Cucina inviting me to participate in La Festa al Fresco. Lis and the equally lovely Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice have created this foodie event featuring fresh summer food. Lis writes on her blog: Ivonne and I would like […]

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MOVING!

Galley kitchen, I’m leaving you for another. Another with wide, open spaces and custom built cabinetry. It’s not me; it’s you. We’re closing on the sale of our house tomorrow (yay!) and the purchase of our new house … uh… this week (I hope). It could even be as early as tomorrow. I should know […]

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Insalata Caprese

It doesn’t get much easier than this, nor more delicious. The colors are gorgeous and flavors are perfect. As there isn’t much to this recipe, use the best ingredients available, especially when it comes to the fresh mozzarella. It should be very white, usually shaped like a ball, and packed in water. If there isn’t […]

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Italian Fried Peppers

These are something I remember vividly from my grandmother’s kitchen. We’d place them in a sandwich of fresh deli turkey and semolina bread with a touch of mayo, salt, and pepper – delicious. (Though the lack of good semolina bread around here makes me want to cry.) Italian Fried Peppers 1 pound Italian peppers, cut […]

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