April 2010

Five Friday Favorites- 04/30/2010

April 30, 2010
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Five Friday Favorites posts feature news articles from the food world, recipes which look amazing, or anything I find interesting, want to share, or think readers might like too.
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1. Japanese Food:  Almost like a food glossary for Tokyo, this cnngo article, “40 Tokyo Foods We Can’t Live Without” really intrigued me. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been obsessively looking at summer airfare to Tokyo (not gonna happen this year I’m afraid), but this article seemed really useful in describing all the different dishes available ranging from the recognizable (sushi and tempura) to the obscure (raw horsemeat anyone?) to the downright odd versions of “foreign” food (Naporitan spaghetti). There are also photos and descriptions of things I’d really like to try such as oden, okonomiyaki, and kabayaki. This is definitely something I’d print out and take with me if …

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Cooking Your Own Fast Food; Pizza with Fresh Sausage, Mushrooms and Olives

April 26, 2010
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In his book Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, Michael Pollan says “Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.” His theory is if you have to make the french fries yourself, you are less likely to eat them as often as you would if you got them from the drive-thru window.

This rule resonates with me on many levels. People tend to say they “don’t have time to cook.” I think that may be true sometimes, but nowhere near as often as people use it as an excuse to eat poorly. With a little preparation and planning, so many healthy meals can be cooked and on the table in less than a half an hour. For example, this pizza can be made in the time it takes to have one delivered. Pizza dough can be made in advance and stored in the …

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Garden Update; Breaking Even with the Monsters

April 24, 2010
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In my previous post about the expense of gardening I know I said I hoped not to have too much more non-plant related expense, but alas, I spoke too soon. 

The digging of the raccoons got to be detrimental to the garden. They were taking out so much soil from the bottom, the beds were sinking! Something had to be done. In the end we decided to add another layer of protection to the base of the beds which also acts as a support since the ground is not exactly level. 

Keeping out the Monsters; Before and After

The new wood seemed to stop the digging for a while, but after a little rain, the ground is softer so they are still digging, though not able to actually get into the beds. Score one for us.  Since they could no longer get in from below, they crawled up inside, to …

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Five Friday Favorites-04/16/2010

April 16, 2010
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Five Friday Favorites posts feature news articles from the food world, recipes which look amazing, or anything I find interesting, want to share, or think readers might like too.
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1. National Food Blogger’s Bake Sale:
A bunch of fantastic food bloggers nationwide are getting together all across the US on Saturday to partake in the Great American Bake Sale to support Share our Strength, a charity with the goal of ending childhood hunger in the US.
“Funds raised through Great American Bake Sale support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America.  Nearly 17 million— almost one in four—children in America face hunger.”
If you are interested in buying some wonderful baked goodies, and supporting this excellent cause, please check out the website of the organizer, Gaby Dalkin of  What’s Gaby Cooking to see when and where in …

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Grilled Asparagus with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

April 13, 2010
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This fast and easy recipe exemplifies “spring” to me. There’s no story behind it, just a classic combination of fresh spring asparagus and sweet blood oranges. The flavors compliment each other and the colors are beautiful together on the plate.

If you’re not familiar with blood oranges they have a dark red color and taste almost like berries mixed with oranges. Sweeter than the typical orange, they are commonly found in the Southern Mediterranean, but it’s not uncommon to find them in the markets here in California. If you want, you can steam the asparagus but grilling it gives a slightly charred taste which balances well with the acidity of the vinaigrette and the sweetness in the blood oranges.

Before you start, get your grill ready or use a grill pan like this one; All-Clad 11-Inch Square Grill Pan. I don’t want to debate the merits of charcoal vs …

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Five Friday Favorites-04/09/10

April 9, 2010
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Five Friday Favorites posts feature news articles from the food world, recipes which look amazing, or anything I find interesting, want to share, or think readers might like too.
Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

Can you be Vegan and still eat oysters?
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This is an interesting article about being “vegan” and eating oysters. The author thinks one can do both. It’s certainly a unique perspective which I’ve never considered. But the comments on the post…wow are people opinionated, or what? Why must we label ourselves? Sometimes I eat vegan, sometime I eat pork, do I have to give myself a label?

A “Nano-Batch” for a Cause:
2. The wonderful people who make Askinosie Chocolate are having an ebay auction to raise money for their Cocoa Honors program. Cocoa Honors is a local outreach program of Askinosie Chocolate in which a small group of students …

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