• Quick Bites

    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 YOUR MICROWAVE.” Loosely translated, this means, “You’re on your own, Bernice.” – Erma Bombeck

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    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 seed, found on the west coast of Africa. It is a member of the ginger and cardamom family, sometimes called Melegueta pepper, Guinea pepper, or alligator pepper. It packs some heat but also tastes of ginger, cardamom, coriander, citrus and nutmeg. This spice was popular in Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries, but faded…

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    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 eat to make you strong?  Steak Have you ever grown any of your own food?  If yes, what?   Squash, tomatoes, green peppers, lettuce, corn, and lemons. What’s your favorite desert?  Ice cream Do you cook? If yes, what? If no, why not?   I make quesadillas, nachos, pizza, cookies, scones, and cake. What’s your favorite restaurant?  What…

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    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.”

  • How to,  Quick Bites

    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; sweet, sour, bitter, savory and salty. Look at you now! You’re a chemist. Put it on you resume.

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    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 it is made from grains or potatoes, it must be good for you.  (Please note: I am not o doctor or a nutritionist, just a drinker looking for excuses).  My favorite herb is Sage, and since many of us use it around the winter holidays I though you would like to know that this Mediterranean herb…

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