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Posts from ‘June, 2010’

Taking an Incomplete, Getting an Extension

Today was supposed to be the final day of the 107 Cookbooks effort. By the end of the day I had intended to cook at least one thing from each of the 107 cookbooks in my collection. I didn’t do it. With my writeup of Saturday’s whiskey experiment, I have reached 82 — still a [...]

Bull Cook and Authentic Historical Recipes and Practices: Nobody Knows How to Do Anything These Days

how to make Canadian type whiskey
I’m at a loss how to classify Bull Cook and Authentic Historical Recipes and Practices. Grizzled loner? Disgruntled former employee? The book, by George Leonard Herter and Berthe E. Herter, was published by the Herters in Waseca, Minnesota, in the 1960s and features recipes, photos and opinions galore. There are [...]

The Cake Mix Doctor: Baking Outside the Box

birthday cake cones
If you’ve been reading this blog you’ve probably noticed that I’m kind of a snob about scratch cooking. I don’t think that every kind of processed food out there is an abomination, but I think a lot of them are, and their chief failing is that they provide a lower-quality, less tasty result, [...]

A Man, a Can, a Plan: A Laugh

chunky kernel spread

I picked up A Man, a Can, a Plan from the discount tables at the Strand Bookstore a couple of years ago. It has so much to make fun of: thick cardboard pages of the kind usually found in babies’ picture books; “recipes” that involve mixing together the contents of cans and passing [...]

The Twinkies Cookbook: Twinkiehenge

Twinkiehenge
Twinkies are the epitome of processed food: spongy, resilient, wrapped in plastic, with only slightly more flavor than the wrapping, they are globally recognizable and endlessly the same. They couldn’t not be Recipes of the Damned. So when I saw The Twinkies Cookbook in the discount section at Barnes & Noble a couple of years [...]

The New Joys of Jell-O: Joy Is Not the Word I Would Use

ring around the fruit mold
I have never been a fan of Jell-O. I find the texture off-putting, the taste chemical-y and harsh, and the very principle simply wrong. This is probably one reason that I own three Jell-O cookbooks; in fact, it was a Jell-O cookbook that started me down the path to Recipes of [...]

Today’s Country Cooking: Rhubarb Rhubarb Rhubarb

strawberry-rhubarb pie
Last Saturday I finally made it to the neighborhood Greenmarket, its third week of operation. I had good but annoying reasons for missing the first two and I was determined not to miss this one. I knew it was too early for tomatoes, but I was delighted to see there are still plenty of [...]

Totally Garlic Cookbook: Savory Taste of the Stinking Rose

garlic goat cheese spread
When I signed up to bring appetizers to the office picnic, I promised one vegetable-based dish and one “more indulgent” dish. The eggplant dip met the “vegetable-based” goal. For “more indulgent,” I decided that meant it had to have cheese. I also knew it had to be something that could be served [...]

Eat More, Weigh Less: The Joy of Eggplant

pita chips with roasted eggplant dip
Lately it seems to be taking an act of God to get me to cook much. I’m cooking dinner most evenings, but I’ve been doing easy lazy things. Pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, basil and chickpeas. Stir-fry. Hot dogs. Things that don’t require measuring or even really counting. I feel like [...]

A Blog Near-Death Experience

No recipe this time. I had a scary day and half or so; it began yesterday afternoon when I tried to upgrade my version of WordPress. Between inherent tech issues and mistaken choices on my part things went rapidly downhill, and for a while I was afraid I had well and truly killed the blog [...]