November 29, 2013
Thanksgiving 2013 is over. It was a great day: lots of laughs, good times with family, and a 5-hour game of Risk, during which I managed to lose twice (I lost, then I took over my sister’s armies, and lost again). And, of course, there was a delicious, fantastic meal.
The day started early. My brother-in-law Justin always takes the lead on dinner, but we all help out. I chopped a ton of veggies, peeled a ton of potatoes, and steamed some broccoli for a side dish.
And, drum roll please…. I kept my pledge to not overeat! Read the rest of this entry »
November 26, 2013
I’ve been in fridge-clean-out mode for the past few days. This happens before I travel – I make an effort to consume all my fresh produce, so nothing goes bad while I’m gone. I’m headed to Colorado for Thanksgiving tomorrow (Have you taken my Thanksgiving Pledge yet? Click here), and want to come home to an empty crisper drawer so I can fill it with fresh new things.
The other night, I found these in the back of my fridge:
Pigeon Peas! I bought these at the farmers market, and they got pushed behind a taller item in my fridge. Thankfully, they were in a container designed to extend the life of produce, so they were still good! But I’ve never eaten pigeon peas before, so one question remained: What was I going to do with them?
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November 25, 2013
Thanksgiving is a few days away. Are you ready? I love Thanksgiving, because I get to see my family, whom I very rarely get to see. But it is a holiday built around a feast, and I know I can undo weeks of hard work with a day or two of uncontrolled eating.
My Thanksgiving plate from last year.
For the past few years, I’ve given myself a couple rules to help guide me through Turkey Day. I’ve blogged about them during the past three years: they worked like a charm last year, and I broke both of them in minor ways in both 2011 and 2010. Even though I wasn’t perfect those years, the rules were still helpful, and I’m certain that on Thursday I can repeat last year’s success. In fact, I’m expanding my rules this year, and I’m going to make a pledge to myself that I will abide by them.
You should take the Keep It Up, David Thanksgiving Pledge too! Here are my rules: Read the rest of this entry »
November 21, 2013
I love trying new things, especially when those things are produce items. I recently picked up a couple new-to-me items at the farmers market, and one of them was a Chinese gourd.
The farmer that sold it to me gave me a little information about it: Read the rest of this entry »
November 13, 2013
Has it really been a year since I’ve been to a farmers market? Unfortunately, I think that’s true… and that’s sad, especially since I live in Los Angeles, where there are fantastic farmers markets all over the place, all year long.
Although I’ve been to farmers markets countless times, I’ve never been to a farmers market at night, until last week. Have you? My cousins live in a nearby neighborhood called Eagle Rock, and their local farmers market is held on Friday evening. It’s a weird time to have a farmers market, but I’m not complaining! And while this farmers market is smaller than others I’ve been to, I found some items I’d never seen before… and that makes this farmers market a winner!
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October 23, 2013
Need an easy, healthy salad recipe? I got one for ya! I made this over the weekend to take to a BBQ, and it was a hit. It was the first time I’ve bought black-eyed peas, and quite possibly the first time I’ve eaten them, and you know how I love trying new things!
Before we get to the black-eyed peas, though, let’s address the other titular ingredient: bacon! Read the rest of this entry »
October 7, 2013
All of you that are counting the days at home know that it’s been six long months since we’ve played a riveting, edge-of-your-seat game of What’s in the Crockpot? If you missed Part Eight, have no fear – just click right here. That’s right, I rhymed. And if you’d like to peruse my entire collection of crockpot recipes (and you know you do), then just hold your horses, because I’m in the process of creating a brand-spankin’-new Recipes page, and hopefully I should have that up this week.
In the meantime, turn off your Playstation, because this game is all you need for hours of fun game action. Are you ready? You’ll learn the rules quick enough, trust me.
WHAT’S IN THE CROCKPOT?
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September 19, 2013
Last week, a big package arrived at my door. I love big packages! What could it be?
FREE FOOD! I love food, but free food is even better. It was a gift, arranged by my friends Heather and Adam in New Jersey. They’ve become rabid fans of Blue Apron, and when they were given the opportunity to send food to someone, they chose me. How kind!
Blue Apron is a company that Read the rest of this entry »
September 4, 2013
Were you hoping to read a blog post all about jujubes today? You’re in luck! And I’m not talking about the gummy-esque movie theater candy, or the hilarious and wonderful former contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, either – I’m talking about fruit! Last week, I mentioned that I bought a fruit I had never heard of before at the store, called a jujube. Here’s the follow up report!
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August 28, 2013
I make a lot of hard-boiled eggs. Sometimes I get on kicks where I’m boiling a dozen eggs a week. Hard-boiling eggs isn’t a difficult task, but here’s a way to make them that’s even easier. Did you know you can bake whole eggs in the oven?
About a year ago (or maybe longer), a high school friend posted a link to my Facebook page about baking eggs. I wanted to try it at the time, but one thing led to another and it never happened, and then I forgot about it. In recent weeks, I’ve stumbled upon a couple more articles and posts about this method, and decided to give it a try. I consulted a few websites, but they all basically say the same thing. It’s so freakin’ simple.
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2: Put your eggs in the oven. I did a dozen of them:
One website suggested using Read the rest of this entry »