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1. 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...
2. Spaghetti - Korean! (a la Kim)
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:23:27
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...
3. Books - 5 American Memoirs
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:33:56
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...
4. Grilled Fruit 10 - Blueberries (Yes!)
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:40:34
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...
5. Salad - Grilled Blueberries, Endive, Mushrooms, Gouda
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:41:34
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...
6. Travel - China Quartet (Cities) #1
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:33:53
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...
7. Burgers - Beef
Travel & Places - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:40:36
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...
8. Wine - Taste Test CG v. 3W
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:25:00
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...
9. Grilled Lamb Chops (Sauced)
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:35:28
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)...
10. Books - China Trio 2: Shambaugh, Waley, Fairbank
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:23:27
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...
11. Salmon - Smoked Salmon New World
books-poetry-writing - Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:34:13
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...
12. Grilled Veg 4 - Mushrooms
food-and-cooking - Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:18:11
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 ...
13. Pizza Quick
food-and-cooking - Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:15:22
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...
14. Grilled Flank Steak 1
food-and-cooking - Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:11:45
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.
15. Dutch Oven or Casserole
food-and-cooking - Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:06:56
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...
16. Kimchi - An Intro
food-and-cooking - Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:03:35
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...
17. Salad - Aged Gouda, Teeny Potatoes
food-and-cooking - Sat, 27 Oct 2012 07:42:46
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 ...
18. Books - China Trio (Biz) 1
food-and-cooking - Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:37:36
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...
19. Grilled Fruit 11 - Papaya (Tropico)
books-poetry-writing - Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:36:17
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 ...
20. The Potato - Its Story, Its Glory
food-and-cooking - Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:33:47
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...
21. Pasta - Meat Sauce
food-and-cooking - Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:32:04
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...
22. Grilled Veg 2 - Eggplant (Sandwich)
food-and-cooking - Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:30:18
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...
23. Grilled Chicken Breasts
food-and-cooking - Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:28:27
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...
24. Salad - Feta, Grilled Grapes
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:11:08
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...
25. Sausage, Tomato, Pasta
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:08:41
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...
26. Grilled NY Steak
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:05:46
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...
27. Grilled Heirlooms
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:03:08
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...
28. Burgers - Mahi Mahi
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:59:03
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.
29. Burgers - Salmon
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:56:31
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...
30. Grilled Flank Steak 2
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:53:35
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 ...
31. Salmon - Grilled Salmon Sandwich
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:48:29
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...
32. Books - China Trio 3: Shapiro, Mitter, Hucker
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:46:27
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...
33. Sandwich - Grilled sausage
books-poetry-writing - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:44:52
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...
34. Beef Stew
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:38:49
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...
35. Books - China Trio 5 (Hessler, Sledge, Salzman)
food-and-cooking - Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:33:24
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...
36. Travel - China Quartet (Provinces) 3
books-poetry-writing - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 11:34:52
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...
37. Sausages - Grilled. With Garlic Broccoli
travel-and-places - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:13:51
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...
38. Grilled Veg 6 - Peppers Zucchini
food-and-cooking - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:08:55
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.
39. Grilled Ribeye Steak 1 - Teriyaki
food-and-cooking - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:02:41
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...
40. Books - China Trio 4: Perkowski, Smedley, Li
food-and-cooking - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:49:56
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...
41. Salmon - Grilled wiith Soy Sauce, EVOO & Ginger
books-poetry-writing - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:38:08
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 ...
42. Grilled Fruit 15 - Apples
food-and-cooking - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:32:09
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...
43. Salad - Grilled Peach, Endive, Feta
food-and-cooking - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:23:56
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...
44. Travel - China Quartet (Provinces) 1
food-and-cooking - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:17:53
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...
45. Sauteed Scallops
travel-and-places - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:12:34
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...
46. Soft drink - DIY & Cool
food-and-cooking - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:06:38
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...
47. Crab Cakes (Chesapeake)
food-and-cooking - Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:00:37
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...
48. Grilled Meat on Skewers (Kebabs)
food-and-cooking - Sat, 20 Oct 2012 11:30:19
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...
49. Questions - Odd but Unanswered
food-and-cooking - Sat, 20 Oct 2012 11:25:00
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 ...
50. Grilled Fruit 4 - Grapefruit (Surprise!)
culture-and-society - Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:48:36
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...
51. Korean Style Grilled Beef - Bulkogi
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:42:41
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...
52. Grilled Fruit 5 - Apricots (Perfection)
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:33:48
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...
53. Grilled Veg 6 - Leeks (Nero!)
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:27:43
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...
54. Sandwich - Lamb Sandwich
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:18:15
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...
55. Salmon - Grilled with Lemon & EVOO & . . .
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:12:11
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...
56. Grilled Swordfish
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:05:01
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...
57. Artichokes - Grill 'em!
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:47:58
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 ...
58. Grilled Veg 3 - Endive (Belgian)
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:42:18
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...
59. Grilled Fruit 7 - Pears (Lunch)
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:32:18
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...
60. Books - China Trio (Biz) 2
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:25:50
"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...
61. Grilled Fruit 8 - Peaches (Gelato Gouda)
travel-and-places - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:17:21
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...
62. Sandwich - Grilled Swordfish
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:14:58
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...
63. Spaghetti - Step by Step to Greatness in Pasta - Pictured!
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:08:38
"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...
64. Salad - Avocado - Grilled Tuna
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:01:52
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...
65. Grilled Fruit 3 - Nectarines (Dessert)
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:54:20
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...
66. Grilled Fruit 14 - Mango (Seriously?)
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:49:20
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...
67. Grilled Fruit 12 - Kiwi (Yes!)
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:41:32
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...
68. Grilled Veg 5 - Cucumbers
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:28:04
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...
69. Sausages - Sin in a Skin
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:20:07
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...
70. Grilled Fruit 1 - Figs (Plato)
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:12:58
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...
71. Travel - China Quartet (Cities) 2
food-and-cooking - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:02:21
Hong Kong and Macau: very special cases, both both outside of China and inside China at one and the same time.
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...
72. Travel - China Quartet (Provinces) 2
travel-and-places - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:18:36
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...
73. Travel - China Quartet (Provinces) 5
travel-and-places - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:13:50
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...
74. Grilled Veg 1 - Tomatoes & Corn (Classics)
travel-and-places - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:08:29
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 ...
75. Salad - With Prosciutto, Artichoke
food-and-cooking - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:43:16
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...
76. Fried Rice - Easy Version
food-and-cooking - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:34:37
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...
77. Grilled Steak (Petit Fillet)
food-and-cooking - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:57:50
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...
78. Grilled Tuna
food-and-cooking - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:32:31
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...
79. Grilled Veg 10 - Peppers (Bell)
food-and-cooking - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:14:31
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...
80. Greek salad
food-and-cooking - Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:04:42
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...
81. Grilled Fruit 9 - Plums (Obscene)
food-and-cooking - Wed, 10 Oct 2012 06:13:32
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...
82. Grilled Veal Stew
food-and-cooking - Wed, 10 Oct 2012 06:06:08
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...
83. Leftovers - Roast Chicken & Fettuccine
food-and-cooking - Mon, 08 Oct 2012 09:58:54
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...
84. French Fries - DIY and Easy
food-and-cooking - Mon, 08 Oct 2012 08:54:32
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...
85. Espresso - Make Mine a Double
food-and-cooking - Mon, 08 Oct 2012 04:04:01
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
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...
87. Books - 2 Detective Novels
food-and-cooking - Fri, 05 Oct 2012 09:08:57
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.
88. Books - China Trio 1: Chang, Bell, Spence
books-poetry-writing - Tue, 02 Oct 2012 06:49:19
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 ...
89. Sandwich - Italian Cold Cut Sub
books-poetry-writing - Sun, 30 Sep 2012 06:19:35
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...
90. Salad - Grilled Salmon Salad
food-and-cooking - Sun, 16 Sep 2012 05:22:05
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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