Archive for September, 2012

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TND – Birthday Season 2012 (part 1)

September 21, 2012

I have to preface this post by saying that custard is very much my culinary bête noir – everyone’s got one (or more), and nobody should be discouraged from making this ice cream based on how much I’m about to whine.

Or, let me put it another way, there’s a catch phrase in our house that nothing is serious until James Earl Jones says, ‘mother-of-god’*.  When I tasted the ice cream base on Saturday afternoon I paused, stared down at the pot in awe, and did my very best James Earl Jones impression (which since I’m a 5’ nothing WASP is distinctly underwhelming, but the sentiment was heartfelt).  This is seriously good ice cream, y’all. The Effort here is entirely commensurate with the payoff, my issues with custard notwithstanding. Read the rest of this entry ?

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TND – Farm to Fork 2012

September 14, 2012

This is the annual Farm-to-Table Dinner.  Someone at Dinner foolishly asked if I could name all the farms that the produce came from, and not only can I tell you that, I can tell you when the corn was picked (5:30am the day I bought it – which, granted, I only know because that’s what the sign on the enormous pile of corn said, not because I actually asked).

If you’re curious, yes there was entirely too much food. Read the rest of this entry ?

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TND Extra – Shiny, y’all

September 14, 2012

Remember when I said, “Hush, now – spoilers!”?  This is the grand reveal.

Firstly, I have the world’s most awesome friends.

Secondly, in wildly non-revelatory news, when presented with too many choices I dither in an epic manner.

Thirdly, I inadvertently managed to carry on a family tradition by celebrating my half-birthday. Read the rest of this entry ?

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TND – Latest Salvo

September 11, 2012

If you’ve been paying any kind of attention to the world of food news this week you’ll probably have seen the study from Stanford which suggests organic food isn’t any more nutritious or better for you than what you can buy at your average supermarket.

Little evidence of health benefits from organic foods, Stanford study finds

Reactions to this have ranged from shock, to horror, to disavowal, to quiet schadenfreude.  Read the rest of this entry ?

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TND – Misanthropic in Massachusetts

September 10, 2012

It’s time for another set of food related pet peeves for no particular reason other than that I’ve spent quality time recently trying to work my way around the issues that they present (albeit none of them for this particular dinner).

1 – Restaurants that don’t have websites.  Or, restaurants that only have place holder websites.
This is mostly because I like looking at menus, and even if the menu that you have up isn’t the menu that I’m going to be ordering from when I show up I like to have an idea of the prices and kinds of dishes that you serve. Read the rest of this entry ?