Archive for April, 2008

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WND – Spicy Roasted Potatoes

April 24, 2008

My mother asked me an interesting question the other day: Is it cheaper to make pancakes with Bisquick than it is to make them from scratch?

I cook from scratch (a) because I like cooking; (b) because I’m inherently distrustful of the preservatives they use to extend shelf life; and (c) because it honestly doesn’t take any longer to make pancake batter from scratch than it does to use Bisquick. And okay, (d) because there’s a part of me that feels superior for doing it, although I usually manage to not actually say that.

My mother was reading an article about the rising cost of groceries in the US, and the problems that’s causing in conjunction with the failing economy. What struck her was the picture that accompanied the article of a woman with a shopping cart piled full of Bisquick and cake mixes. If you are pinching your pennies and cutting back on meat and other luxuries on your shopping list, are you compounding the problem by relying on mixes rather than making your own? Read the rest of this entry ?

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WND – My Colors are Blush and Bashful

April 17, 2008

“The groom’s cake! It’s awful…it’s in the shape of a giant armadillo. Worse, the cake part is red velvet. People are going to be hacking into this poor animal that looks like it’s bleedin’ to death!” – Steel Magnolias –

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WND – Look Ma, no chicken!

April 10, 2008

When I find myself merrily crafting extended metaphors to the effect that beets are my roommate’s Mr. Tilney while spinach is my Mr. Darcy*, I have to contemplate the idea that there is such a thing as too much Jane Austen.

The Jane Austen whimsy may be explained by the Masterpiece Theater’s current season of all Jane Austen all the time. There is, however, no rational explanation for why the realization that tonight’s dinner contains no chicken should lead me to wonder what kinds of stories poultry tell each other at bedtime. The Tale of the Golden Goose is clearly a trickster tale. But, does Chicken Little feature as a cautionary tale against foolishness, or as a French farce (or perhaps just a farci)? Is the golden goose in Jack & the Beanstalk enslaved to the giant, or is that her happily ever after (in which case Jack is even more of a grubby urchin than the story makes him out to be)?

I sometimes think this blog should be renamed 1001 Things to do with Chicken. Of the 28 main dish recipes we have listed so far, 12 of them are poultry based. I’d protest that we don’t really eat that much chicken, but we really do.

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WND – Chili Take II

April 3, 2008

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I cleaned my fridge this weekend which was a more revolting endeavor than I should probably admit to in public. But, I’m reasonably sure I didn’t break the Prime Directive for first contact with any new life forms, and I don’t think I set back modern medicine by throwing away any useful mold cultures and now I have a pile of clean Tupperware and a disconcertingly empty fridge.

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