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Blueberry Blunder [Jan. 5th, 2009|08:26 am]

Last summer I discovered a type of blueberry called "Ivanhoe". So delicious! They are sweet like a blueberry should be, with a hint of underlying tartness and spiciness. I bought more than my family could eat fresh in anticipation of the blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes and blueberry pies I knew we would want during these long, cold winter months.

On New Year's Day, I made a pie. O! The anticipation! We'd been waiting for this pie since summer, after all.

It was the worst pie, ever. The sugar didn't cook, the pie interior didn't thicken, and after a short time, the crust sogged itself back down into the filling. The filling was a runny, sugar-gritty mess that was nowhere near what a pie filling should be.

Like Clark in that scene in Christmas Vacation when the lights should have lit up, but didn't, I stood there and stared at my pie in extravagant puzzlement. All the bulbs were screwed into the strands, all the light strands were connected to one another. All the ingredients were there and accounted for and in the correct measure, the pie was cooked at the proper temperature and for the right length of time. So where did it all go wrong?

Of course, that pie used up nearly all of my store of those frozen berries, so now there's just enough of them left for maybe one more set of pancakes. Thus, I feel the loss of the pie doubly: not only did we fail to get the pie we've been so looking for, but in addition the berries that have worked so well in other contexts are no longer there.

I'm waiting for that Eureka! moment where someone will realize the lights weren't plugged into the socket, and eagerly await the solving of this mystery. Any ideas on where it all went wrong? Could it be the beloved berries?
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Put on our little glovey [Aug. 23rd, 2008|07:58 pm]

In the months following the death of Linda McCartney, Paul tried many things to keep his mind occupied. One of these temporary plans included producing an internet TV show with his daughter Mary. So he fills it with music and mirth, right? Well no, he makes mashed potatoes:

He is in good spirits, considering. It's a healthy routine like this that will probably allow him to be the last remaining Beatle (after Ringo keels over from too much Stuffed Crust):

Wrong lads indeed, sir.
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Natures little walking blackberries [Aug. 22nd, 2008|08:52 pm]

[Current Location |In my living room, watching scrubs]
[mood |hungry]
[music |Music from Payless Shoes commercial]

I once went to a wilderness camp, and they taught us that if you had no food, you could eat carpenter ants, and that they are full of protein.

I ate a few, and I think they are pretty tasty. They taste kinda like little, tart, blackberries.
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Supposedly dee-lish chocolate cake that can be made in five minutes, in a mug, and in the microwave. [Jul. 21st, 2008|10:37 am]

Due to being paranoid and thinking my oven has a gas leak I have been using the microwave more than usual. I am not so happy about that but I am happy about this recipe posted on the Dizzy Dee site:

[NOTE: These are NOT my hands nor is that my piggy cup, sadly.]


Finished product:

Ingredients & Instructions
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We Can All Do Our Part... [Jul. 10th, 2008|03:43 pm]


(MODS, if this post is inappropriate, feel free to delete!)

There is a gentleman by the name of Michael Touhy who is the chef/owner of Woodfire Grill.  I've only been there once, but the food was divine.  I lovet that he insists upon using local ingredients, organic whenever possible.  He also has a blog where he enlightens many with educational, food-focused stories.  His blog is also a great resource for information about what's in season, links to local/global blogs/websites, as well as links to information about sustainability, wineries, and food artisans.  I check here frequently for great info, and if you love food or love to cook, I urge you to do the same.  

OK!  That being said... I stole this piece below from his blog.  I've been hearing whispers about the decline of the bees, which is alarming when you consider the far-reaching implications of what these critters do for us.  

Read on...  

The Hardworking Honey Bees Have Spoken…
...I found it serendipitous that the front page story in the SF Chronicle (06/29) was entitled Un-Busy Bees A Disaster For Almost Everyone. It covered the hearings last week in Washington discussing Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), mentioned in a previous Newsflash. The disappearance of honeybees, first noticed in 2006, continues unabated with over 35% of all hives being impacted this winter. 

Although scientists have yet to discover the root cause, the following are posited:
♦ Loss of Habitat
♦ Pesticides That Disrupt Insect Patterns
♦ Viruses and Parasites
♦ Continued Expansion Of Farm Monoculture, 

Particularly The 66,000 Acres Of Almonds Planted In CA It will probably turn out to be a combination of the above, although I believe it has more to do with the last point than the others. Over a million hives are now being trucked and flown in from all over the world each winter to service the pollinating needs of the almond industry and I believe the honeybees are quite literally being worked to death. 

EDUCATE YOUR CUSTOMERS ABOUT BEE DECLINE WHILE LETTING THEM KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THEY ARE TO OUR FOOD SOURCE. Remember, no honeybees…no apples, peaches, peppers, melons, blueberries, squash, pears and on and on…! 

♦ Visit the website www.vanishingbees.com to see what two young documentary
filmmakers are up to and consider supporting their good efforts (we are sponsors)
♦ Visit the website sponsored by Haagen-Dazs who is very active in publicizing the
plight of the honeybee www.helpthehoneybees.com
♦ Encourage customers to plant habitat in their backyards to attract more bees!
♦ Hold a honey tasting and donate a portion to saving the bees. 

A recent study cited in the Chronicle article discovered half the public is still unaware of CCD. This is a real opportunity for all of us to inform the other half! Please let me know if we can be of any help in this endeavor.
I hope your summer is “buzzing”

…Albert & Kim Katz

(x-posted to my LJ and the various foodie blogs i'm in)

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Reminiscing: Odd recipe results [Jul. 6th, 2008|12:02 am]

[mood |embarrassed]

I think that most people have some sort of major flub if they do any kind of expermintal cooking. In my case I learned that while fried pickles may be good, fried pickles in tomato sauce and cheese.. not so much. (this definitely deserves the title 'food-ish'Collapse )
So I've gotta ask. What was your most unusual accidental result?
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(no subject) [Jun. 2nd, 2008|10:15 am]

what is the most grotesque thing you have ever eaten?
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Vegan.. What? [May. 31st, 2008|09:06 pm]

[mood |dorky]

I write a vegan cooking column for a hardcore music magazine. I've been a vegetarian for over 14 years, but I've been drawing a blank for what to write about. I developed a fantabulous chocolate cupcake recipe, but I want to be a little more creative this next issue.
Any suggestions?
PS: To all the strict vegans, major props. I don't know how you do it.
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(no subject) [May. 31st, 2008|11:53 am]

in response to the previous I give you:

although I gotta say the lollipop is MUCH funnier.
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Marshmallows [May. 31st, 2008|04:41 am]

While regular people toasted marshmallows, myself, the lonely vegan, resorted to toasting a dildo-esque lollipop with graham cracker stopper. =o( EVERYONE YELLED AT ME BECAUSE THE BOILING SUGAR WAS DRIPPING ON MY ARM!


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