Posts Tagged ‘Side Dish’


TND – Not Like 10,000 Spoons When All You Need Is A Knife

June 27, 2013

baked chicken & sauce

In a stunning example of either unfortunate coincidence or blackest irony, in the same week the Supreme Court ruled that a key provision of the 1965 Civil Rights Voting Act was unconstitutional the reigning doyenne of Southern Cooking, Paula Deen, was dropped like a hot potato by just about everyone after a deposition revealed that she had used ‘the n-word’. Read the rest of this entry ?


TND – Pre & Post Anniversary Dinner

June 20, 2013

sliced chicken & jam

I’m a little behind on my posts – mostly because I’m struggling to figure out what I want to say about the unfolding Paula Deen debacle.  However, at the beginning of June we celebrated the 15th Anniversary of Dinner.  You can read all about it here.  This is what we had pre- and post- that Very Special Dinner. Read the rest of this entry ?


TND – Habemus Regem

May 1, 2013


On Tuesday, April 30, 2013 an era ended. After 33 years on the throne, her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands stepped down in favor of her son, Crown Prince Willem Alexander. It was the end of her reign, and it also marked the end of 123 years of women at the helm of the Netherlands. Read the rest of this entry ?


TND – Cooking the Book, or Not

April 25, 2013

barley & leeks

In my experience, Celebrity/Name Chef cookbooks tend to come in three varieties.

The first is what I call the ‘It’s more about the lifestyle than the recipes’ variety. Much as I love Ina Garten, this is where I put most of her cook books. I basically want to be Ina Garten – I want her house, her garden, and especially her pantry – but I find her cook books are more about an aesthetic than they are about new and/or interesting recipes. I don’t know that anyone needs another recipe for butternut squash soup, or for chicken salad, or strawberry shortcake. The genius in her books is providing inspirational aspirational pretty pretty pictures of food and friends. I’d also class Nigella Lawson (who I also love) in this phylum of the cookbook world. Read the rest of this entry ?


TND – Not! Mardi Gras

April 10, 2013

Last Monday Google announced the beta release of GoogleNose*. I wish that it was live so that I could have shared with y’all how good my kitchen smelled last week. I kept walking back into the kitchen on Monday night to stand over the pot of simmering beans and just inhale deeply (okay, also to warm my hands up in front of the gas flame, because this is the winter that will not end, and it was cold). Read the rest of this entry ?


TND – Dinner February 12th = At least I taught her full Indian dinner

March 8, 2013

Dinner - February 12

Chana Masala – alternate version (i.e. kind of, but not really)
Saag with Roasted Butternut Squash
Roasted Cauliflower
Whole Wheat Naan – plain & peshwari
Pomegranate Raita
Sweet & Spicy Pickled Kumquats

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TND – Dinner February 5th = Minor Recipe Fail

March 8, 2013

Dinner - February 5

Baked Barley Risotto
Whole Roasted Onions
Green Beans

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TND – Dinner January 29th = Messy, but Yummy

March 8, 2013

Dinner - Janaury 29

Indonesian Chicken
Spiced Basmati Rice
Spiced Broccoli with Coconut
Fresh Pineapple Wedges

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TND – 2012 Food Resolution Recap (= 55% success)

January 25, 2013

sliced cabbage

Last year I made New Year’s Food Resolutions. So, how did I do? Read the rest of this entry ?


TND – Christmas in January

January 11, 2013

London 2

There’s a comment that Helene Hanff makes in one of her letters in 84 Charing Cross Road about visitors to England that has always stuck with me.

A newspaper man I know, who was stationed in London during the war, says tourists go to England with preconceived notions, so they always find exactly what they go looking for.  I told him I’d go looking for the England of English literature, and he said:
“Then it’s there.”
(Helene Hanff – 84 Charing Cross Road – letter April 10, 1950)

My parents lived in London for nearly seven years when they were first married, and their London is a combination of half-forgotten trivia like what color the Bakerloo Line is on the London Tube Map, memories of places they used to go when they were young and fancy-free (as opposed to now when they are more mature and fancy-free), and surprise at how much London has changed in the last forty something years.

My London is an amalgamation of landscapes read about in Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, regency romance novels, Victorian murder mysteries, and urban fantasy novels, jumbled up with images gleaned from BBC police procedurals, Doctor Who (which admittedly is mostly actually Cardiff dressed up as London), and sweeping BBC historical dramas. Read the rest of this entry ?