Archive for May, 2010

Custard-filled cornbread – dinner or dessert?

May 30, 2010

When I first read the recipe for custard-filled cornbread in Molly Wizenberg’s book, A Homemade Life, I wondered why it lacked a warning label.  Two cups of whole milk, one cup of heavy cream, corn meal, flour, sugar. The fat warning zoomed straight to red on this one. But oh, is it worth it. Molly […]

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Burgers in a pinch

May 21, 2010

– Posted using I’m a Costco skeptic. When people rave about the bargains, all I can think about is the horror of finding a parking space.  And then there’s the phenomena of entering with four items on the shopping list and leaving with an overflowing basket and a few more digits than desired on […]

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Tempeh stirfry – tofu once removed

May 18, 2010

Son #1 took a look at the steamed tempeh resting in the strainer. “Is that some sort of cheese?”  Nope, tempeh. “What’s that?” he asked.  “Well, it’s made of soybeans. Sort of a substitute for tofu,” I explained. “But worse,” he grimaced. I wasn’t surprised and this time I was prepared. Spicy Thai Tofu with […]

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Smoked out but worth it

May 18, 2010

Recipe for setting off the smoke detector:  Bathe chicken breasts  in olive oil, roast in 500-degree oven. Doh! You too can try this at home.  “New” Chicken Parmesan dipped in Parmesan instead of breadcrumbs, roasted for just 10 minutes and then topped with fresh mozzarella  (just after swinging a towel around the detector and opening […]

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Foodie File: Spotlight on Seattle treats

May 17, 2010

Here’s one for the foodie file: A travel piece in Sunday’s New York Times featuring some of our best treats. Theo Chocolate, Panama Hotel, Columbia City Bakery, Full Tilt Ice Cream, Cafe Besalu, and Bakery Nouveau are featured.  I’ve only frequented two of these spots so I can see we have a bit of homework […]

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Turkey burgers worth repeating

May 16, 2010

Ground turkey is slowing gaining respect in my household. Instead of a guaranteed groan from the guys — all three of them — they’ve become more open-minded when they hear turkey burgers are on the menu.  It took some digging, but I’ve stashed away a few recipes with enough flare to make budget-friendly and bland […]

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What's with the Coke-in-a-crockpot search?

May 13, 2010

It’s amazing how many people want to pour Coca-cola into their slow cookers. At least that’s my takeaway from the statistics on You Ate That??? Keyword searches for “cola,” “slow cooker” and “corned beef” — or any combination thereof — appear to be one of the most common paths for random visitors to find this […]

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Organic switcheroo pays off

May 11, 2010

One must be fickle when it comes to quality. Meal prep started this morning when I pulled chicken thighs from the freezer. But they ended up back in the freezer after a quick stop by PCC Natural Market on the way home from meetings.  Rosie’s organic chicken thighs looked too good to pass up. Sure, […]

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"So, what's for dinner?"

May 11, 2010

It wasn’t my husband asking; this time it was the clerk at the QFC market. “This all looks so healthy!” she said as she checked out the zucchini, scanned the boxes of mesclun and arugula. “Uh, well, I’m thinking about a salad,” I said, remembering a page of salad recipes I clipped from Real Simple. […]

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Friday night flame-out

May 10, 2010

A pattern has been brewing for a while in the schema of meal-planning: Despite the best intentions I lack interest in cooking on most Friday nights. We rarely go out on Fridays, preferring to end a busy workweek with a relaxing evening at home.  But that tempo is reflected in the kitchen as well. The […]

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