Archive for February, 2011

Salty and sweet, Florida-style

February 28, 2011

One goes to Florida for Sunshine. Disney. Beach. Dolphins. Not food, I’ve decided. Somehow every meal on our recent vacation was either too salty or too sweet.  Or both, in the case of the grilled fish and sweet potato fries pictured here.  Those fries were actually dusted with powdered sugar. On the flip side, I’d […]

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Menu mantra: color, temperature, texture

February 22, 2011

A young man in his last semester of high school recently told me about his plans to attend culinary school this fall.  What inspires him? “My Mom’s a great cook,” he said. “She rarely follows the recipe; adapts everything to what we like. She likes to explores new tastes.” Mom as role model in the […]

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Away we go…

February 17, 2011

Taking a break for a few days to snag some sunshine with Mickey, Marmaduke and family.  Random pix of our eats may appear. You also can follow us on Facebook and Twitter too!

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Pre-vacation mash-up

February 16, 2011

Packing up for vacation is a great motivation to clean out the fridge. I hit 6pm last night with a random plan to use up baked ham, potatoes and brussel sprouts.  Then I found a yellow bell pepper. And half a carton of buttermilk. Suddenly dinner didn’t seem so desperate. Son #2 was thrilled to […]

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Making whoopie … pies

February 14, 2011

Husband away on business trip, on Valentine’s Day no less. One less man to feed. Motivation wanes for meal planning. So I made whoopie … pies, instead! Here’s a close version of the recipe. Add food coloring at your own risk.

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Craving a cleaver

February 11, 2011

The recipe said  “cut straight through the bone.”  What a bold move for a tame Thursday night. I found myself fantasizing about a return trip to Tokyo where I could purchase one of those dramatic cleavers demonstrated so openly at the fish market.  At the time of my trip so many years ago I couldn’t […]

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Easy posole for hump day

February 7, 2011

In my college days Wednesday was routinely observed as Hump Day — as if life was so challenging that we had to celebrate the week’s mid-point. Most weeks Hump Day was a reason to leave campus for an all-u-can-eat spaghetti feed at a local tavern.  Just the change of scenery made the trip to town […]

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