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1. Grilled Fruit 2 - Melon
Grilled Fruit 2 - Melon
All types: Honeydew, Crenshaw, Casaba -- you name it. Even watermelon, four thousand years old, first cultivated in Africa, now grown throughout the world. Melon is firm of flesh, so it is easy to deal with: using tongs to pick the pieces up and plop them on the preheated grill and to turn them o...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:23:27
2. Spaghetti - Korean! (a la Kim)
Spaghetti - Korean!  (a la Kim)
Asians invented noodles; Marco Polo brought them back. The rest is history -- at least after the tomato was introduced to Europe from the New World. But here is an absolutely delicious version that is new to New World/European tastes. The rest of the world will find some new things in it also. A...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:33:56
3. Books - 5 American Memoirs
Books - 5 American Memoirs
The books here will tell you a lot about American history as well as a lot about the individuals who wrote them. They cover an enormous stretch of time, in a country that people think of as too new to have much of a history. More than three centuries. The books are by as diverse a group of indiv...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:40:34
4. Grilled Fruit 10 - Blueberries (Yes!)
Grilled Fruit 10 - Blueberries (Yes!)
Blueberries are great on the grill, though few people know this. Blueberries will make you young, and everybody seems to know that. Well, it's not quite true that they will make you young. But they do have astounding health benefits. Take blood pressure. Blueberries increase production of vascu...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:41:34
5. Salad - Grilled Blueberries, Endive, Mushrooms, Gouda
Salad - Grilled Blueberries, Endive, Mushrooms, Gouda
But start with the blueberries. They of course are the unusual ingredient here, but in this case unusual is good -- more than good, great. They provide a sharp contrast to the other tastes in this composition (just about any salad is a composition of various ingredients, in differing proportions...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:33:53
6. Travel - China Quartet (Cities) #1
Travel - China Quartet (Cities) #1
These are almost like separate countries, rather than mere cities, within the nation known as the People's Republic of China. Each has a certain self-contained presence, but this impression is mainly due to their size, comparable to some countries in Europe. They are all large not only in popula...
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:40:36
7. Burgers - Beef
Burgers - Beef
So much better than any burger we can buy from a chain. Better, even, than most burgers we can buy in a good restaurant, one that knows how to make them. Here the burger goes straight from grill to our plate. No middleman, no waiting. Of course there are many, many places on the web that show ho...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:25:00
8. Wine - Taste Test CG v. 3W
Wine - Taste Test CG v. 3W
Let's face it: Whole Foods just could not stand it that Trader Joe's draws so many customers in by offering Fred Franzia's wines, sold under the "Charles Gray" label, at $1.99 a bottle.* The famous "Two-Buck Chuck". So, now, despite the fact that this might do some damage to its pricey wine sec...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:35:28
9. Grilled Lamb Chops (Sauced)
Grilled Lamb Chops (Sauced)
Actually, not Tipperary, which is in Ireland, but New Zealand. New Zealand seems to be where most of the lamb chops available in supermarkets today come from. New Zealand is 4,000 miles (6,500 km) from Hawaii and 6,000 miles (9,700 km) from the US mainland -- and a further 3,000 miles (4,850 km)...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:23:27
10. Books - China Trio 2: Shambaugh, Waley, Fairbank
Reading about China and going there: two great things about that country. The books start with the ones produced by the Chinese themselves, an immense number, even in translation. Then there are the ones by foreigners beginning with Marco Polo and Odoric of Pordenone in the 14th Century, continu...
books-poetry-writing - Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:34:13
11. Salmon - Smoked Salmon New World
EVOO, lemon juice, capers, coarse ground black pepper. Not a bagel in sight. Hold the cream cheese. Not that we have anything against the traditional bagel and lox. It is delicious. But here is a new way, symbolized by the use of olive oil -- here is a new way, step by step, to approach the won...
food-and-cooking - Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:18:11
12. Grilled Veg 4 - Mushrooms
With the possible exception of the Portabello, mushrooms are not generally thought of as grilled. Fried --yes! Raw and in salads -- yes! Cooked in stews -- yes! As part of pasta sauce -- yes! But grilled? -- no. Yet mushrooms are one of the best things on the grill. The somewhat bland flavor of ...
food-and-cooking - Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:15:22
13. Pizza Quick
This "Pizza Quick" presumes we have tomato sauce handy, as well of course as the other ingredients. Tomato sauce, but not from a bottle! Never buy that! The preservatives ruin the taste. If we can't use leftover sauce from the batch we made a few days ago for pasta, we can use the refrigerated ki...
food-and-cooking - Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:11:45
14. Grilled Flank Steak 1
There's the grilling of the flank steak itself. And there's the marinade, which together with the juices of the meat when carved, combine to make an absolutely delicious sauce to spoon over the slices of meat you serve on the plate. The grilling is simple and produces a fantastic flank steak. T...
food-and-cooking - Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:06:56
15. Dutch Oven or Casserole
Julia Child -- the immortal Julia * -- says right at the very beginning of her "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," in the chapter entitled "Kitchen Equipment - Batterie de Cuisine", the following: "With the exception of heavy copper, the best all-purpose material, in our opinion, is heavy, ena...
food-and-cooking - Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:03:35
16. Kimchi - An Intro
This side dish is to Korea what dill pickles are to the West -- only more so. Except with kimchi chopsticks are used instead of fingers! In both cases "pickling" (fermentation) is the key to transmogrifying a vegetable which would otherwise spoil from being under attack by bacteria into an endur...
food-and-cooking - Sat, 27 Oct 2012 07:42:46
17. Salad - Aged Gouda, Teeny Potatoes
This is also a hearty salad. The potatoes -- though teeny individuals (and sold under the name "teeny") -- give this salad heft enough to make it a satisfying lunch, or even a satisfying dinner. It all starts with grilling the potatoes. This of course can be done days in advance. All we need to ...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:37:36
18. Books - China Trio (Biz) 1
It is no secret, and this has been so for a long time, that capitalism is alive and well in the largest Communist country on earth. But it is also no secret that figuring out how to take advantage of this fact, particularly if you are a foreigner, is not an easy job. It is a strange sort of capi...
books-poetry-writing - Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:36:17
19. Grilled Fruit 11 - Papaya (Tropico)
The papaya stands first among the fruits in at least one respect -- it was the first to have its genome sequenced. Perhaps that is a tribute, however backhanded, to its delicious taste. It was, after all,one of the glories awaiting Europeans when they finally discovered what they called the New ...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:33:47
20. The Potato - Its Story, Its Glory
Those of us who are not Incas owe the potato, the delicious potato, to this man, Monsieur Pamentier, more than to any other. To Parmentier and, perhaps, his jailers. A 19-yr-old pharmacist serving in the French army in the Seven Years War (1756-63), a global conflict known as the French-and-Indi...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:32:04
21. Pasta - Meat Sauce
The recipe here is a little unusual, in that the meat is traditionally cooked in with the tomato sauce. Here they are cooked separately. (For the tomato sauce see the column on the right, under Related Lenses). The recipe here assumes that we have already made the tomato sauce we are going to pai...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:30:18
22. Grilled Veg 2 - Eggplant (Sandwich)
Here are two of the cousins together. After a little grilling on separate racks, the two will be reunited in a knock-us-over-and-jump-up-and-down-on-us sandwich. We will get a little help from sourdough bread and mustard and mayo. But the star, right up there on the marquee, is the eggplant out...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:28:27
23. Grilled Chicken Breasts
Total grill, all meat. Perhaps the easiest meat to grill, and the whole thing is there to eat. The grill makes the meat not only more flavorful than any other means of cooking (discounting sauces and considering only the meat itself), but makes it look more attractive, too. Here the grilled chi...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:11:08
24. Salad - Feta, Grilled Grapes
For lunch or dinner. This is not a salad we are likely ever to have seen on our table before, whether it be lunch or dinner. That alone makes it interesting. But really it is the interesting combination of ingredients here that recommends it to our taste buds. Of course, feta is no surprise in...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:08:41
25. Sausage, Tomato, Pasta
Sausages can be slow cooked for an hour or two in a tomato sauce and then served over pasta. The sausages impart a wonderful flavor to the sauce, so that the end result is special. However, this much quicker approach is just as delicious and has the advantage that the sausages retain their unique...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:05:46
26. Grilled NY Steak
The standard texts say that though the New York steak is tender, it is a little less tender than the ribeye or the tenderloin. In fact, not so as you would notice. At any rate, this is a classic steak, something to be relished by those in search of a hearty meal. The challenge is to grill it pr...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:03:08
27. Grilled Heirlooms
The basic idea behind heirloom tomatoes is that older varieties of tomatoes got pushed to the side or lost as tomato production became increasingly commercialized. Lingering on in the gardens of people who harvested seed year after year and replanted in the spring, these varieties were kept in e...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:59:03
28. Burgers - Mahi Mahi
Just as good as a beef burger, and even easier (a little) to make. There's something satisfying about the burger format, particularly when the burger we have created is a substantial one. We get to hold something of weight in our hands, chomp into it, and get a great mix of flavors. This applie...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:56:31
29. Burgers - Salmon
Just as good as a beef burger, and even easier (a little) to make -- we said that before, about the Mahi-Mahi burger, but it applies here with the salmon burger as well. Again, as previously noted, there's something satisfying about the burger format, particularly when the burger we have created...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:53:35
30. Grilled Flank Steak 2
In Flank Steak #1 we promised that there is a second marinade that also lights up a flank steak on the grill and makes for an absolutely delicious main course. Here we are making good on that promise. #1 was based primarily on olive oil and fresh lemon juice, a Mediterranean treatment. Here the ...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:48:29
31. Salmon - Grilled Salmon Sandwich
You have some leftover grilled salmon.* You have a desire to have an absolutely delicious lunch. You are in luck! There are other things there in that picture, too, lthat grilled tomato, and that steady companion of excellence in taste when eating fish, the lemon. But most importantly there is t...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:46:27
32. Books - China Trio 3: Shapiro, Mitter, Hucker
Not only do we want to go to China, but also we want to read about China. There's plenty to read. There are the books produced by the Chinese themselves, an immense number, even in translation. Then there are the ones by foreigners beginning with Marco Polo and Odoric of Pordenone in the 14th Ce...
books-poetry-writing - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:44:52
33. Sandwich - Grilled sausage
Hot off the grill, sausages like these make a great dinner. There's something satisfying about the simple perfection of a well-cooked sausage, a tubular container just waiting for us to bite into. This helps explain why every nation on earth, it seems, has their own sausages and why the diversity...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:38:49
34. Beef Stew
Beef stew. Nothing more delicious, particularly on a winter evening. The rich aroma of that combination of ingredients cooked together is irresistible. There are lots of ways to make it. Here is one. (And further on we address how to serve it). We need a Dutch oven. Yes, we could just use a reg...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:33:24
35. Books - China Trio 5 (Hessler, Sledge, Salzman)
All three of these are memoirs of living in China -- rather than just traveling there on vacation. They share that at least. But in other respects they are very different, and the writers experienced very different Chinas. All three are fascinating reads -- that, too, they share. But the oldest...
books-poetry-writing - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 11:34:52
36. Travel - China Quartet (Provinces) 3
Guangdong, Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangxi. These four provinces, three of which are coastal provinces, are connected to each other not only physically, but in a more interesting sense. Many, possibly most, of the Chinese who poured out of China in search of gold in California in the mid 19th century...
travel-and-places - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:13:51
37. Sausages - Grilled. With Garlic Broccoli
As the pic says, these are garlic sausages. Many different types could be used here, of course -- Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Cajun, mushroom, etc. All delicious and all easy to obtain. In fact, it is this ,b>universal love for sausages in some form (the Chinese, for example, have plenty of their...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:08:55
38. Grilled Veg 6 - Peppers Zucchini
Both of these vegetables are great on the grill -- as so many of us are already aware. Peppers are firm enough that they stand up well to the heat, evening retaining the texture or bite we like, providing the grilling does not go overboard. Zucchini are a bit less firm, but still hold up well. ...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:02:41
39. Grilled Ribeye Steak 1 - Teriyaki
Ribeye is one of the most tender of steak cuts. There are, of course, many treatments on the web of how to cook this delicious cut of meat. We here, however, are attempting something out of the ordinary. We have here two pieces of "thin cut" ribeye, marinating in teriyaki sauce. The thin cut me...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:49:56
40. Books - China Trio 4: Perkowski, Smedley, Li
Here we have an American businessman who jumped a few years ago with both feet into the new communist swimming pool that is capitalist China today. And a revolutionary woman, so revolutionary that despite being a foreigner she joined up with Mao's army when it was sequestered in the mountains. W...
books-poetry-writing - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:38:08
41. Salmon - Grilled wiith Soy Sauce, EVOO & Ginger
We have already grilled salmon with EVOO and lemon, and it was mouthwatering. The olive oil and the lemon enhanced the already delicious salmon perfectly. Maybe the best name for that would be Mediterranean Grilled Salmon. Here we are taking a trip further East. We are taking a trip to another ...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:32:09
42. Grilled Fruit 15 - Apples
Apples, Apples, Apples -- Great on the grill. People should do this more often. Grilling apples enhances their flavor in a remarkable way. The cool crispness is replaced by a subtle, enticing new flavor centered around the warmth of the apple as it comes off of the grill. Cheese has always been...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:23:56
43. Salad - Grilled Peach, Endive, Feta
Family or guests will be surprised when this salad is placed before them -- as the main course! But all it takes is a little looking at the delicious ingredients here to overcome that surprise and to want to dig in. Here we have peaches, endive and a few mushrooms -- all grilled. Who wouldn't l...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:17:53
44. Travel - China Quartet (Provinces) 1
Intended as a brief introduction to travel in China. Host to one of the world's poorest populations, take away the big cities, the country is so rich is history and geography that it helps to have a brief introduction in order to get started and not be overwhelmed. Focus on a group of adjacent p...
travel-and-places - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:12:34
45. Sauteed Scallops
Whatever you call it, that's what we are going to do to these scallops. And are they going to be delicious! Scallops are those things that live inside the shells which are the logo of Shell Oil Corporation. They are closely related to oysters. There are two basic types: Bay scallops and Sea scal...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:06:38
46. Soft drink - DIY & Cool
Not clear how this delicious beverage got named after the famous golfer of the 50s and 60s, but the name is memorable. Here's the basic idea. Actually, two ideas and a conclusion -- just like the drink itself. Idea # 1: plain iced tea needs help, but cutting a piece of lemon and squeezing it in...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:00:37
47. Crab Cakes (Chesapeake)
About 7 billion people live on this planet, but only a tiny fraction of them, are fortunate enough to live in Maryland and Virginia, the two states which surround the Chesapeake Bay. Fortunate because the Bay means crabs, eaten in one of three ways: a) boiled in delectable spices, spices that co...
food-and-cooking - Sat, 20 Oct 2012 11:30:19
48. Grilled Meat on Skewers (Kebabs)
So delicious. And when you think about it, these go way, way back -- back almost further than you can imagine! Hunter-gatherers squatted around an open fire cooking chunks of meat on wooden skewers. Scouts or those who have hiked into the mountains are the direct descendants of this primitive wa...
food-and-cooking - Sat, 20 Oct 2012 11:25:00
49. Questions - Odd but Unanswered
This is a participatory site. We will launch this with some initial questions, and you can pose the answers. You, dear reader, can help us all out by providing the answer, or maybe by refining the question or analyzing what is involved. Brainpower. That's how you can participate. Another thing ...
culture-and-society - Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:48:36
50. Grilled Fruit 4 - Grapefruit (Surprise!)
The biologists have the concept of "hybrid vigor." Essentially it is the idea that hybrid offspring, which combine the genes of two or more parent species, are superior in some way or ways to either parent. From the simple viewpoint of food and cooking, the concept can be expressed in another way...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:42:41
51. Korean Style Grilled Beef - Bulkogi
Korea could not be further from the backyards of North America, South America or Europe -- but somehow, as if by magic, it has created the ideal dish for the back yard grill in these distant continents. This is doubly remarkable in that it is beef rather than the pork which predominates in its gr...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:33:48
52. Grilled Fruit 5 - Apricots (Perfection)
It's the taste that accounts for the perfection. Tastes are of course notoriously hard to describe. "A matter of taste" refers to something that is not quantifiable and not amenable to objective standards, the way weight is, for example. But some things can be said, starting with the balance bet...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:27:43
53. Grilled Veg 6 - Leeks (Nero!)
Grilling subdues, ever so slightly,the sharp taste of a raw leek. Admittedly, leeks are a mild thing compared to a full-blown onion, but we want to take advantage here of the effect of grilling, and as we will see leeks were made for the grill. Ancient they are, too, going back to Egyptian times...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:18:15
54. Sandwich - Lamb Sandwich
We have some leftover grilled lamb. Not very likely, you say. True, but the circumstances here are exceptional, and the end result is that we have a left over lamb chop. Let's face it: this is an opportunity for a rare and delicious sandwich! If we treat it right. What a great lunch a sandwi...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:12:11
55. Salmon - Grilled with Lemon & EVOO & . . .
Gather together a few simple ingredients, follow these steps, emerge with something stupendous! The salmon here is not only boneless but skinless. Skin is ok, and some may prefer having it: if you do, when you grill it, put the non skin side down first. Then when you turn it, and finish the gril...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:05:01
56. Grilled Swordfish
They call these steaks. For good reason. Well-grilled, well-sauced pieces of swordfish stand toe-to-toe with any piece of meat on earth. The ocean provides magnificent food, and swordfish demonstrates that fact convincingly. For many diners, a night out at a restaurant is mainly an opportunity t...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:47:58
57. Artichokes - Grill 'em!
Artichokes are fabulous, one of the world's great and most sophisticated tastes, available fresh, canned, frozen, marinated.* Fresh ones are traditionally boiled or steamed, but grilling them produces an enhanced flavor. Actually, we are not going to grill them ab initio, though it is certainly ...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:42:18
58. Grilled Veg 3 - Endive (Belgian)
This lunch is as much about the cheese as it is about the endive. But it is really the great idea of combining the two for a supeb lunch that has center stage here. And let me proudly say and safely say, that this combination, at least with this particular cheese,is entirely my own, despite the f...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:32:18
59. Grilled Fruit 7 - Pears (Lunch)
Two different pears, actually. Here we have a regular ol' Bartlett, bought when under-ripe (hard to do otherwise), then kept in a bag for a week. The ripeness is now just about perfect. The second looks like an apple, but is actually a Red Pear. Ripened in the same fashion. This pear has a dist...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:25:50
60. Books - China Trio (Biz) 2
"One Billion Customers, but Not for Thee" was how The Economist not many years ago headed a section of a long study of doing business in China. The point of course was that China is not an open society when it comes to establishing commercial enterprises. If you are looking to increase your custo...
travel-and-places - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:17:21
61. Grilled Fruit 8 - Peaches (Gelato Gouda)
And simple to grill. Admittedly, a fresh peach is a wonder unto itself. Juicy. Sweet. Delicious to eat when ripe. Botanically, peaches are in the rose family, and when you bite into a peach its flavor shines like a rose. But grilling adds a certain something. The Beat poet, Allen Ginsberg, wrot...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:14:58
62. Sandwich - Grilled Swordfish
Hard to imagine that there would be any leftover swordfish steak from a meal like this. But let's pretend. Or let's assume that we have grilled a nice piece of swordfish steak just to make a sandwich out of it. It could happen. The first thing we want to do is slice it into strips that will fi...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:08:38
63. Spaghetti - Step by Step to Greatness in Pasta - Pictured!
"Spaghetti" is used here in the generic American sense as a stand-in for any type of pasta. And here also the word generally refers to the meal itself which is set before the hungry diner, not just to the particular type of noodle. But if you would rather call this "Italian tomato sauce - step-b...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:01:52
64. Salad - Avocado - Grilled Tuna
Salad plays a secondary role in this, well, salad.That is to say -- this salad requires only a few leaves of various kinds of baby lettuces (adult lettuces would do fine as well). The stars of the show are two ingredients not often thought of as a pair. Avocado and grilled tuna steak. Here we se...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:54:20
65. Grilled Fruit 3 - Nectarines (Dessert)
So simple to prepare, plus these are healthy and help you avoid unnecessary sugar and calories. But really it is the taste. It is the taste which demands the grilling. Few people indulge, despite the simplicity of doing so, but they are missing a great taste. The grill concentrates the delicious...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:49:20
66. Grilled Fruit 14 - Mango (Seriously?)
No one -- absolutely no one -- thinks of grilling a mango! But we are thinking of it right now, and the results will be pretty good. A few simple steps to follow, and -- whammo! -- a delicious novelty we can enjoy as a dessert by itself, as a dessert with some of many possible additions, or even...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:41:32
67. Grilled Fruit 12 - Kiwi (Yes!)
Technically, the name is kiwifuit, all as one word. But people nowadays generally drop the "fruit" and just say "kiwi." Originally, it was Chinese Gooseberry, and the name has been through a number of other variations in its history. This uncertainty and variation is somewhat like the fruit itse...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:28:04
68. Grilled Veg 5 - Cucumbers
Yes, cucumbers. You would be a pioneer if you grilled them and ate them then just as is. Actually, that might not be bad if you added a rich and delicious salad dressing. But the true role of the grilled cucumber is as a star ingredient in a salad made up of other improbables. Here is a glimps...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:20:07
69. Sausages - Sin in a Skin
Here are the facts: Simple hot dogs have 280 calories and 15 grams of fat, plus they are loaded with 1,250 mg of sodium, (i.e., salt). Three-quarters of the calories from a bratwurst comes from fat. Six ounces of something like kielbasa (Polish sausage) has 330 calories, 24 grams of fat, and 1,59...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:12:58
70. Grilled Fruit 1 - Figs (Plato)
Fresh figs are uncommon enough. They appear only in certain markets, and then only for limited weeks of the year. Usually they are the Black Mission fig. Harder to come by are the green Kadotas shown here. Other varieties even harder to find (but no less delicious) include: Adriatic, Brown Turkey...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:02:21
71. Travel - China Quartet (Cities) 2
Hong Kong and Macau: very special cases, both both outside of China and inside China at one and the same time. Shazam! It's magic! These two cities, former colonies of European former powers, are so interesting, and so appealing to tourists, that they deserve a quartet of their own. There's no...
travel-and-places - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:18:36
72. Travel - China Quartet (Provinces) 2
Xinjiang, Qinghai, Gansu, Inner Mongolia (Nei Mongol). Only the most intrepid and adventuresome foreigners travel to these remote places (even fewer Chinese do so?), but this of course is one of the things that make them attractive. It has been said that the function of these provinces is to ma...
travel-and-places - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:13:50
73. Travel - China Quartet (Provinces) 5
Heilongjiang, so far northeast that it is practically in Russia. Jilin, the unknown. Liaoning, the unknown Inner Mongolia (Nei Mongol) has appeared in this series before, but bears repeating. These four make an interesting group because although they are adjacent to each other in one corner o...
travel-and-places - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:08:29
74. Grilled Veg 1 - Tomatoes & Corn (Classics)
Simple grilled vegetables are perfect all by themselves. They can be the main course for dinner, but are also great for lunch or as a side dish. Two of the best are tomatoes and corn. It is surprising how well they go together. The time involved is minimal, which only adds to the attraction of ...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:43:16
75. Salad - With Prosciutto, Artichoke
We are looking to compose a salad in no time at all, but a salad that is, at the same time, something special. This is how. In pictures. We are doing this partly just because a salad tastes so good, this one in particular. We are doing this partly because a salad is such a healthy meal. Nutritio...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:34:37
76. Fried Rice - Easy Version
You have leftover cooked rice in your rice cooker. You do have a rice cooker, don't you? You can get them everywhere, even Target. They cost almost nothing. Your pour in the rice, then the water. You click the button. That's it! What to do with the leftover rice? Start with some vegetables. Cel...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:57:50
77. Grilled Steak (Petit Fillet)
Petit Fillet is a pricey cut of meat, but a tender and delicious one, particularly on the grill. This is a single fillet cut in half so that it will fit into the pan with the marinade. This amount of meat can serve six, maybe eight, people, depending on how many vegetables are served with the m...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:32:31
78. Grilled Tuna
These were frozen, but now are thawed and ready to be prepared for the grill. They can be eaten just like this -- sliced thin and served with wasabi, soy sauce, and preserved ginger. Tuna sashimi. And that is delicious. They can also be grilled, quickly -- quickly! -- so that just the surface i...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:14:31
79. Grilled Veg 10 - Peppers (Bell)
Previously we showed how grilled peppers can be combined with grilled zucchini to make something delicious. Here we are going to focus on the peppers themselves and end up with something unique and delicious. First a little about bell peppers, aka (sometimes) as sweet peppers. They were original...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:04:42
80. Greek salad
A Greek salad makes a superb dinner.It contains a variety of tastes and textures and fully succeeds in reminding us of the sunny Mediterranean. One of the books recommended below calls it "Dionysian." This perhaps is stretching it a bit, since Dionysus (known as Bacchus to the Romans) is not onl...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 10 Oct 2012 06:13:32
81. Grilled Fruit 9 - Plums (Obscene)
When you think of grilling something in the back yard, admittedly plums do not come to mind. Even if your thoughts have turned to that rarefied but highly rewarding subsection of the grilling arts that deal with fruit, plums are not front and center. They should be, however, and we will show why...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 10 Oct 2012 06:06:08
82. Grilled Veal Stew
The idea here is that grilling the chunks of veal enhances their flavor a bit and adds to the overall magnificence of a veal stew. We are going to combine these chunks of veal with a bunch of ingredients which absolutely shout: Mediterranean! Mediterranean! Mediterranean! In general, when we he...
food-and-cooking - Mon, 08 Oct 2012 09:58:54
83. Leftovers - Roast Chicken & Fettuccine
You couldn't resist, the roast chicken was on sale. It was good three nights ago, but what now to do with the leftovers? Tear off the remaining meat,* add some interesting but easy-to-come-by items to it, a little sauce, and serve it over fettuccine. A true transformation! Leftover roast chicke...
food-and-cooking - Mon, 08 Oct 2012 08:54:32
84. French Fries - DIY and Easy
Yes, you can grill a burger. Yes, you can grill a sausage. You even know how to grill flank steak, pork chops, and chicken breasts -- not to mention salmon fillets and swordfish. But the side dish that is great with all of the above? French fries -- and here is how to make your own. We are goi...
food-and-cooking - Mon, 08 Oct 2012 04:04:01
85. Espresso - Make Mine a Double
This is a good one, a very good one now for almost ten years. It has a pump; you want a pump. Not expensive*. Simple to use. There are plenty of others on the market, most more expensive, very few less expensive (that work well). But, you need a machine. Note that the portafilter is kept in wa...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 07 Oct 2012 09:41:39
86. EVOO
First the olive. Then the EVOO. More than just green and black -- way more! In fact the world's catalogue of olive varieties has over 2,000 entries. The basic olive tree is the species Olea europeaa. It is from this one species that come the 2,000 varieties recognized by agriculturists. Much of...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 05 Oct 2012 09:08:57
87. Books - 2 Detective Novels
The idea here: Compare two interesting, readable, enjoyable murder mysteries, one by a brand spanking new author, the other by one of the venerable deans of crime fiction. Here's the kicker: The book by the better known Parker is a book from when he was just starting out, like Winter is now. The...
books-poetry-writing - Tue, 02 Oct 2012 06:49:19
88. Books - China Trio 1: Chang, Bell, Spence
Those with any interest in China agree on its wonders, even if they have never been there. The Great Wall. The Forbidden City. The Giant Panda. The Grand Canal. The wonders only increase when you have traveled there. But there is another even longer series of wonders in reading about China. You ...
books-poetry-writing - Sun, 30 Sep 2012 06:19:35
89. Sandwich - Italian Cold Cut Sub
Each of the Italian deli meats in this sandwich is fabulous by itself. You can choose just one and make a most delicious lunch. But there's something uniquely satisfying about combining all three into one sandwich. The ingredients accompanying the meats are pretty tasty also. Most important, re...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 16 Sep 2012 05:22:05
90. Salad - Grilled Salmon Salad
If you have some leftover grilled salmon, then you have the starting ingredient for a magnificent salad. Now if you don't have any left over, but you are willing and eager to grill some especially for this dish, then all praise to you -- and your reward awaits. Here the salmon is shown with some...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 02 Sep 2012 21:00:31

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