March 12, 2014
Raw brussels sprouts are definitely trendy right now. I’ve seen raw brussels sprout dishes on TV cooking shows and online, and food companies are getting onboard. I’ve only seen brussels sprouts packaged whole before, but in the past couple months, I’ve seen them shaved or sliced – perfect for raw applications – in a bunch of stores, including Trader Joe’s and Target, where I picked up this Green Giant bag:
Brussels sprouts are in the cabbage family, so when Read the rest of this entry »
February 11, 2014
A few weekends ago, while flipping through the channels, I settled on a PBS cooking show called “Pati’s Mexican Table,” and for a few minutes I watched host Pati Jinich make a tuna casserole that I wanted to eat right then. It stuck in my head for two weeks. A couple friends came over for dinner the other night, providing me the perfect opportunity to try it out. I modified the recipe somewhat (like I always do, with mixed results), but it still turned out pretty tasty. It starts, like a lot of good recipes do, with onion and garlic.
The recipe from “Pati’s Mexican Table” is called Read the rest of this entry »
January 14, 2014
Remember all those veggies I brought home from the store last week? I used a lot of them over the weekend, and I’m going to show you what I did!
I got invited to a small little get-together to watch the Golden Globes on Sunday. I gladly agreed to contribute a vegetable, side or salad, and I came up with something that serves all those purposes. And it started with roasting a ton of vegetables.
Pictured above are Read the rest of this entry »
January 9, 2014
…Hot sausage and mustard. While we’re in the mood, Cold jelly and custard!
I’m not even a fan of Oliver! and yet that song has been stuck in my head, because I’m just wrapping up a monstrous grocery shopping excursion. I can’t remember the last time I spent so much money on groceries.
And boy, did I need it. My cupboards were bare. My fruit bowl was nearly empty, except for Read the rest of this entry »
December 19, 2013
I got a new toy that I’ve been using lately, and it’s totally awesome. I’m now the owner of a…
Perhaps you’ve seen these in stores, or 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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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!
Turns out jujubes Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
August 27, 2013
I was driving home the other day, and it occurred to me that my kitchen inventory was running low. I need to go to the store, I told myself, and minutes later, an answer presented itself. I was getting my mail, when a single sheet of paper somehow managed to break free from the bundle of Pennysaver circular ads that had been unceremoniously shoved into my mailbox. It was for a grocery store I had never heard of, and man, it was advertising killer prices!
Three pounds of apples for $1? Seven pounds of onions for $1? Holy crap, that’s awesome! (It also promoted flap meat for $4 a pound, and if you know what flap meat is, would you pretty please enlighten me in the comments section?)
The store is called Sunland Produce, and it’s Read the rest of this entry »