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TND – July 15th . . . . Summer Birthday Dinner or How to Work a Theme

September 16, 2014

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Dinner – July 15th . . . . Summer Birthday Dinner or How to Work a Theme
Basil Scented Sangria

Barbacoa Beef Tacos
– Tomatillo Salsa Verde
– Spicy Barbacoa Sauce
– Smashed Avocados
– Quick Pickled Onions
– Cojita

Mango Slaw
Chopped Salad with Mexican Green Goddess Dressing

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots
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TND – July 8th . . . . In Which I Complain About Blenders

September 16, 2014

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Dinner – July 8th . . . . In Which I Complain About Blenders
Strawberry Gazpacho
Onion Ricotta Frittata
Cornmeal Scones
Spicy Tomato Jam
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TND – – July 1st . . . . In Which I Pretend Dinner is a Fancy Picnic

September 16, 2014

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Dinner – July 1st . . . . In Which I Pretend Dinner is a Fancy Picnic
Apple Stuffed Pork Loin
Potatoes with Arugula Pistachio Pesto
Spring Salad with Basil-Mint-Orange Vinaigrette
Watermelon Read the rest of this entry ?


TND – Ontbijt

June 19, 2014


My father is from the Netherlands, and my mother is from the (US) South. The closest we ever lived to either place was France and the (US) Northeast respectively, although we visited relatives in both home milieus with varying degrees of frequency. This means that the majority of my understanding of both Dutch and Southern culture has been filtered through my parents and what they consciously or inadvertently passed on to me about their heritage.

The practical upshot of this is that on the one hand, I occasionally find myself delivering an impromptu lecture on the tangled history of the Netherlands and Spain to the bemusement of my coworkers. This is to say, I made an offhand remark about historical antecedents of the Dutch-Spanish rivalry in the wake of the Netherlands crushing defeat of Spain in last week’s World Cup match, then had to explain what I meant when I was met with a panoply of blank looks from the people around me.

On the other hand, I cannot bring myself to wear white shoes before Easter or after Labor Day (actually in Massachusetts it’s unlikely to be warm enough to tempt anyone into wearing white shoes before Memorial Day, but the principal is the same), and would never put dark meat in my chicken salad. Read the rest of this entry ?


TND – Easter 2014

April 17, 2014


I fly South (culinarily speaking) for Easter.  Specifically, I (re)visit New Orleans every year for my Easter Dinner.  This link bears only a tangential relationship to logic, and has more to do with a sequence of free association that drifts from Mardi Gras to New Orleans to Lent to the joyous celebrations that accompany the end of Lenten fasting (assuming you were being abstemious during Lent, which I can’t claim I/we were) and back to New Orleans because those are folks who know how to throw a good party. Read the rest of this entry ?


TND – In the Kingdom of Leftovers . . .

March 31, 2014


The Kingdom of Leftovers is always problematic.  How do you define leftovers, and having defined them what do you do with them?  In my personal Taxonomy of Cooking the Kingdom of Leftovers is divided into two Phyla, and then further categorized into more and more specific Classes and Orders*. Read the rest of this entry ?


MND – It’s Not Me; It’s You

March 17, 2014


Did you know that potatoes contain a healthy dose of Vitamin C? No, nor did I. When I think of great sources for Vitamin C my list generally begins and ends with citrus – oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit. However, it turns out there are lots of fruits and vegetables that rank higher on the Vitamin C scale than your average orange. These include, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, dark greens (kale, spinach, etc), kiwi fruit, strawberries, and pineapple. Apparently oranges just have a really good PR campaign. Given how much of all of these foods I eat during the winter it’s a miracle a cold ever manages to penetrate my Vitamin C shield, but somehow I managed to succumb to the common cold twice in under two months. Yet another reason that I want to break up with winter (Dear Winter – It’s not me; It’s you). Read the rest of this entry ?