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A Favorite Quote

Here’s a quote from the very, very funny writer Erma Bombeck, who made so many of us laugh everday back in the 1970’s (the olden days!). She was brilliant. “It is ludicrous to read the microwave direction on the boxes of food you buy, as each one will have a disclaimer: “THIS WILL VARY WITH […]

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  March 18, 2009   No comments

Grains of Paradise ??

I learned something new today! I was watching the Food Network (my addiction) this morning, and a guest chef on Bobby Flay’s show brought some Grains of paradise spice for his jerk marinade. I had never heard if it before, and here is what I found out. Grains of paradise is a small reddish-brown, round […]

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  February 15, 2009   2 comments

An interview with my 8-year-old friend Aubrey

I am always interested in what other people think or like about food. So, I asked my good friend, Aubrey, one of the coolest dudes I know, a few questions.   Here are his answers. What’s your favorite food?  Pizza What’s your favorite special treat?  Brownies I know you are a martial artist, so what do you […]

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  February 7, 2009   1 comment

Al Dente…cooking pasta “just right”

Al dente is an Italian term which describes the consistency of pasta cooked to a tender firmness. It literally means “to the tooth.” Pasta al dente is considered to be pasta cooked “just right,” when it is slightly resistant as you bite into it, but not soft or overdone. Hence, “just right.”

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  January 29, 2009   No comments

Make Your Own Spice Mix

For those spice mixes that you know you will only use once in a great while, try making your own with spices you probably already have in your pantry. For example: Chinese Style Five Spice Mix equal parts (powdered): fennel, anise, ginger, cinnamon, cloves. Now you have incorporated the five basic flavors of Chinese cooking; […]

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  January 18, 2009   2 comments

Quick Bites

Did you know that peanuts are actually legumes, not nuts?  So it is of the plant species, therefore not junk food but good for you!  But they are high in fat, so not so good by the handfuls.  ‘Tis the season for Schnapps!  The word “Schnapps” is of German origin, meaning “mouthful”.  My interpretation of that is “SHOOTERS”!  And since […]

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  December 3, 2008   No comments