Archive for the 'Tip of My Tongue' Category

On coffee and tips on reusing your coffee cup

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Part II of On Coffee and Uselessness
Thanks for providing all the different coffee shop response scenarios, they really did help and will continue to help.
It turns out the shop experience of tossing a paper cup to make my drink in my cup was a fluke- a result of a holiday temporary employee who had a [...]

New Years Resolutions

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

I mentioned to my coworker that I was resolving to eat something green everyday, and she declared that I was silly. Oh well, to each our own!
Additional goals for this year:
- learn to preserve the summer bounty of local produce so I can better use it in the winter.
- try to waste less food.
- [...]

On Coffee and Uselessness

Monday, December 31st, 2007

I just traipsed downstairs to get a coffee from my non-normal vendor (our building coffee bar is on break).
I handed the barista my mug (standard issue 16 oz travelers mug- not handmade) and request a 16 oz skinny mocha.
The milk is frothing and espresso steaming, and my barista is stirring… into a paper cup? [...]

Word of the Day: Menutainment?

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

As seen in the cafeteria at my workplace, on a sign hanging above one of the stations:
Menutainment
Not written as foodtainment, perhaps this word is in regards to entertaining the fantasy of the written food word?
Example:
In a frenzy of menutainment, she was distracted from ordering the salad she had so dutifully maintained was her dinner. [...]

Soy Salt

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

by way of Trends in Japan… one of those products that makes you think of course! Dehydrated soy crystals- soy salt!
It’s offered in different grades, and different textures too. Suggested uses are on grilled veggies, pasta, sushi (duh). I’m thinking of its use in desserts- on ice cream, caramel, or popcorn.
For more [...]

Splendid Table sustainability findings: we want it local!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Here are the results from Splendid Table’s Sustainability Survey.
More than 15,000 people responded to the quiz, likely a predominantly pre-selected population of people already concerned about such issues (like you and I). As such the answers are fairly expected.

We are a population concerned about local sourcing, storing our foods through the winter,
we actively shop [...]

Consumer choice and product labeling

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

[note that Sweets is guest-authoring this entry]
Chews Wise alerts us to a product labeling clash in Pennsylvania.
Late last month, the state Department of Agriculture told 19 dairies that they cannot use language such as “Our farmers’ pledge: no artificial growth hormones,” or “From cows not treated with the growth hormone rBST,” starting January 1, 2008.
Ohio, [...]

A kindred kitchen spirit: Ninkasi

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

I stumbled across this wonderful descriptor of the Sumerian goddess Ninkasi while listening to a Splendid Table podcast: “you who fill my mouth so full.”
While she is notably embraced by the brewing community, I can’t help but feel she’s a spirit who speaks to my kitchen realm too.

Thanksgiving Again

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

After having unspeakably good thanksgiving meals (venison to die for, smoked salmon, roasted casseroles…) with our Salem families, we’re being total gluttons and doing it again tomorrow!
What can I say… we didn’t have any leftovers from the first time.
What we’re eating for our thanksgiving meal redo:

Alton’s holding my hand and leading me through [...]

Easy Thanksgiving Health Tip: Use Agave Nectar

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

This sweetener is very suitable for your Thanksgiving table. Even if you aren’t actively pursuing healthier actions, you can sneak it in. Agave nectar doesn’t taste funny, is a nice sweetness, and comes in syrups of varying degrees of darkness.
Using agave nectar as your primary sweetener, rather than sugar, will be easier [...]