Archive for the 'Foods' Category

Pizza Vending Machine

October 27th, 2006

One of the few things I’ve been craving regularly since being on the South Beach Diet is pizza. Not just any pizza, of course: genuine New York-style, foldable, greasy pepperoni pizza is my personal favorite. Still, in an emergency, something is better than nothing. If only a local business cared enough about my cravings to […]

Celebrating the staff of life

October 15th, 2006

Bake it or buy it, but blog about it. Monday Oct. 16 has been declared World Bread Day by the International Union of Bakers and Bakers-Confectioners. The idea here is to appreciate this “universal product, found in every civilisation.” Over at the kochtopf blog they’re urging people to photograph and blog about their favorite bread […]

The Cream Puff Wedding Gown

October 13th, 2006

I can hardly think of a more attention-grabbing headline than the following, from SFGate yesterday: Chef Makes Wedding Gown With Cream Puffs. I am deeply fond of cream puffs in any form (the two Beard Papa’s franchises near me, about which more in a future post, are more tempting than I can begin to tell […]

Custom Printed M&M’s

October 4th, 2006

I’ve always loved the idea of being able to buy M&M’s in nonstandard colors, such as purple. And you can do so at any of the M&Ms retail stores or online at M&M’ At some point within the past couple of years, they started offering Custom Printed M&M’s—also, clearly, a brilliant idea for which I […]

Chinese Five Spice

September 29th, 2006

You’d think it was a trick question, right up there with “When did the war of 1812 start?” but it’s not: How many ingredients are there in Chinese Five Spice? I’ve got a jar of the stuff in my spice rack with six ingredients: Fennel Seed Anise Seed Ginger Licorice Root Cinnamon Cloves It turns […]

Turkey Giblets

September 19th, 2006

In the process of working on Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner, I mentioned the items you’ll have to remove from the inside of your fresh or frozen turkey: the neck and the giblets (heart, gizzard, and liver). These parts aren’t usually eaten, but they can be used to make an excellent gravy. I wanted to […]

Hard-Boiling Eggs

September 18th, 2006

Morgen and I have been (mostly) on the South Beach Diet for a couple of months, and for those who know anything about it, it involves eating a lot of eggs. As a result, I’ve been thinking more than usual about different ways of cooking them, just to have some variety. Still, I was a […]

Torchbearer Hot Sauces

September 11th, 2006

Ordinarily, I’m very good with deadlines. I’ll stay up night after night, consume endless amounts of coffee, and push anything and everything out of the way to meet a deadline for a book or article. Sure, there are occasionally circumstances beyond my control, but I’m generally on time—and in fact I typically do my best […]