Category Archives: Food

Riddle on a Plate: What Am I?

Vitellus stares out from its wreath of albumen; cured and smoked belly strips dare. Fermented endosperm thanks magical fungus; lycopene flaunts from its sphere. Tuberous nightshade’s with musical fruit; spore-bearing wonders are near. Sliced pudding’s sincerely iron-ic. Clearly, there’s plenty … Continue reading

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Ode to the Gargleblaster

“For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy From deep in the swamp of a months-long writer’s block, one little thing has kept me afloat, 42 words … Continue reading

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When winter gives you lemons…

When winter gives you lemons … make limoncello! Tart and sweet, crisp and cold, limoncello is a delightful after-dinner drink, and it turns out it’s easy to make at home. I just finished my second batch; my first try was … Continue reading

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Home cooking challenge: You have 30 minutes. Begin.

Ready? Open your basket. You take out a fish you’ve never cooked before, a breakfast food, a curry paste, and a couple of small turnips. You have 30 minutes to cook dinner. Begin… Since I’m hooked on the cooking show … Continue reading

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What I Ate on Christmas

For the last few years, we’ve been having extra special meals on Christmas day. My sons are now teenagers, and as we’ve let go of some traditions that we had when they were little boys, we’ve also grown to appreciate … Continue reading

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Dijon that Passes Muster: Guess The Mystery Meal (Part 4)

{Previous “Guess the Mystery Meal” posts: Introduction | Homemade Ketchup | Homemade Worcestershire Sauce} Continuing with my project to make a mystery meal from 47 ingredients, I made another component: homemade Dijon mustard.  Like the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce, the … Continue reading

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The Everything But the Kitchen Sink Condiment: Guess the Mystery Meal (Part 3)

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce {Previous “Guess the Mystery Meal” posts: Introduction | Homemade Ketchup} Compared to what I can get in a bottle, my homemade Worcestershire sauce was spicier, tarter, and thicker. Yum, yum, and yum. There are a lot of … Continue reading

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Ketchup with Me: Guess the Mystery Meal (Part 2)

Previous post: Guess the Mystery Meal: A Ten-Part Series (Part 1) I made the first component of my mystery meal: homemade ketchup. As Chef John explains: “This takes a long time to make, it’s not that much cheaper, but at … Continue reading

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Guess the Mystery Meal: A Ten Part Series (Part 1)

#DPSBUGSVIEW Today I am launching a new project: Guess the Mystery Meal. I am going to make a meal from scratch using 47 ingredients. The meal will have five basic components, but one of the components will have six homemade … Continue reading

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Homemade ricotta

I had heard that it’s easy to make homemade ricotta cheese, so when I ended up stuck with two extra gallons of milk due to a grocery delivery mishap, the time to try it had arrived. It was easy. I … Continue reading

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