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TND – First of the Local Asparagus

June 11, 2014

asparagus

Dinner May 20th – First of the Local Asparagus

Buttermilk Roasted Chicken
Chimichurri Sauce
Asparagus Tart
Strawberry-Rhurbarb Salad
Orange Wedges

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TND – Irregular Verbs

May 22, 2014

table scape

I am a self-confessed list maker.  I’d say that the first step is admitting you have a problem, but I don’t actually think that my list-making habits are problematic.  Possibly this makes me a functional list maker?  I have lists of books I want to read – cross referenced by whether I’ve managed to put a reserve on it in the library system.  I have lists of future Dinner menus (which should not be confused with my pinboard account which is essentially a list of all recipes I have made or recipes I want to make).  I have lists of places I want to eat in cities I plan to visit sometime in the next year (currently indexing for Austin and Portland if anyone has suggestions they want to send me).  Suffice it to say, I’m a girl who likes a list. Read the rest of this entry »

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TND – You Say Cheese, I Say Fromage

May 22, 2014

potatoes

It’s time to talk cheese people – both metaphorical, and literal.

Yet another year of Eurovision has come and gone, and I remain disappointed that no network in the US airs it live.  I have, however, noticed more and more references to it, so I am cautiously optimistic that someone somewhere will understand the genius of Eurovision and air it so that I can have a viewing party some year.

Now, you have to understand, my criteria for who/what I think should win Eurovision essentially boils down to who gives the most balls-to-the-wall crazy-cakes performance.  None of the songs are even in the vicinity of good, so that is never a deciding factor.  And, if I wanted tasteful, well I probably wouldn’t be watching Eurovision.  So what I look for is a group who really commits to the insanity.  I want vampires who turn into boats, and dancing gumbies, and twins in futuristic pompadours (all of which have featured in performances in the last three years alone). Read the rest of this entry »

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TND – Breakfast of Champions

May 22, 2014

iced cake

I asked my aunt about my mother’s strange aversion to grits.  I wanted to know if it was something that my mother had inherited from my grandmother, or whether it was her very own personal (baffling) quirk.  My aunt confirmed that it’s an idiosyncrasy entirely personal to my mother; and that in fact my aunt makes a mean shrimp and grits.  She did add that despite living in Virginia that it wasn’t something they grew up eating much because in the South it’s traditionally a breakfast food and breakfast wasn’t something my grandmother typically spent much time preparing.  Read the rest of this entry »

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TND – Taking a Break

May 22, 2014

oranges

Bits and Pieces of recent food-related news

The next season of Top Chef is filming in Boston. Apparently Padma Lakshmi has already been spotted at the Copley Square farmer’s market, and is as tall and gorgeous in person as she appears on TV. I predict that there will be some adventure on a lobster boat, and something involving food carts on the Greenway. Guest judges will definitely include Barbara Lynch (#9 Park, Sportello, Menton, etc.) and Tony Maws (Craigie on Main), with possible appearances by Tim Maslow (Ribelle), Ana Sortun (Oleana), Jody Adams (Rialto), and Barry Maiden (Hungry Mother) Read the rest of this entry »

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TND – Easter 2014

April 17, 2014

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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 »

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TND – Emmissaries of Spring

April 17, 2014

spring flowers

Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by the sun of York
(William Shakespeare – Richard III – Act I/Scene I)

Currently we’re about halfway in between those two lines – it’s no longer the winter of our discontent, but it’s not quite glorious summer yet*.  We’re just glimpsing the onset of Spring, and I had the realization the other day that all my favorite flowers are Spring flowers – crocuses (croci?) hyacinths, daffodils, snow drops, lilies of the valley, forsythia, lilacs . . .

I’m not sure if this is because they are all things that come and go quickly; their pleasures are fleeting and like asparagus and cherries must be enjoyed to the fullest in the moment.   Read the rest of this entry »

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TND – Winning at Birthdays

April 7, 2014

cake

Some people have Birthday Weeks in which they celebrate their birthday on the day of their actual birth + some celebration on a more convenient day of the week like a Friday or Saturday. Some people have Birthday Months in which there are multiple birthday celebrations (friends, family, Dinner . . .) spread out over the course of a month – and sometimes in different cities – to accommodate the vagaries of everyone’s schedule. I appear to have basically won at Birthdays by achieving the Birthday Year. Read the rest of this entry »

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TND – In the Kingdom of Leftovers . . .

March 31, 2014

veggies

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 »

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TND – Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered

March 24, 2014

 

caramelized onions

Bewitched . . .

I am completely entranced by these copper cooking vessels and covet them. I also covet a full kitchen staff who would polish said copper cooking vessels, because I am fully cognizant of the fact that I never would.

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