Archive for the 'Tip of My Tongue' Category

Portland Calendar: Michael Pollan Appearance

Friday, January 25th, 2008

What: Speaking event at which author Michael Pollan promotes his latest book In Defense of Food.
When: Tuesday February 12th, 7pm
Where: Bagdad Theater, 1520 SE 37th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Cost: $21.95 includes a copy of In Defense of Food, to be distributed at the theater.
Buyer Beware: the online vendor, Ticketmaster, is being its usual bastard [...]

Choosing the cleanest non-organic produce

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Have you ever played the money game of only choosing some organic produce because you just couldn’t hand over the money needed to buy all organic foods?
I admit- grocery store organic red bell peppers cause me to pause (when oh when will my farmers market be back?).
Edible Portland has pointed to a printable [...]

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:
Not written as foodtainment, perhaps this word is in regards to entertaining the fantasy of the written food word?
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.