A friend and I are going to NYC July 1rst-5th (I'm strict veg, she's vegan). We've already decided we're doing Red Bamboo and those two vegan ice cream places. Possibly Teany? And dim sum (any recs?)?
So what places do we absolutely have to visit? I am hoping to see some sites as well as eat, so I don't want to waste a meal. :-)
I attempted homemade kahlua last weekend. When I went to the ABC store, I couldn't remember how much vodka I needed, so I bought the biggest bottle of cheap vodka I could find – and I only needed 2 cups.
I don't drink hard alcohol, so I was thinking about making different liqueurs. Tips? Recipes? Has anyone made homemade amaretto or hazelnut liqueur, or something citrus-y? Help me use up this yucky vodka!
Dear Serious Eats,
So in the Tofu Way or No Way thread, several posters mentioned that they would be interested in nondairy ice creams/ whipped creams/ cheesecakes, but that they had never heard that there were tasty alternatives to dairy products.
I really think Serious Eats should consider creating a Vegan Liaison. The Liaison would blog about vegetarian/vegan food culture (there are large veg foodie communities in D.C., NYC, and Portland, for example), dining out and grocery shopping, recipes, and product and cookbook reviews. For example, why hasn't speculaas butter (yes, a nutella-like paste made from cookies!) taken off like wildfire?
For one thing, this would answer the occasional complaint that SE isn't veg-friendly. Two, this would help health-minded or intolerant individuals (or those with veg relatives) learn about the wide range of products/ restaurants that can accomodate their needs. Three, it would create a neutral place to celebrate vegan food - many vegans and vegetarians *are* foodies who love cooking, baking, trying new recipes and exploring local restaurant scenes, and it would be nice to see proof on the SE forum.
I would of course throw my hat into the ring if you would like to see some samples of what I have in mind (I write for a living and do freelance recipe testing for fun, and I live in DC, a great place for veg-lovers). But if not, it would be wonderful to see SE tackle this subject matter.
Just a suggestion ... and one that I do hope you will consider.
I made some homemade gifts for some family members (hand painted tote and reuseable grocery bags), and have had people tell me that I should open an etsy shop. Does anyone here make food related crafts? What has your experience been? Anything I should know before seriously considering this?
Here are some images from the foodie tote I made:
So last year, a bunch of vegan food bloggers decided to celebrate vegan food by posting every day through the month of November (to coincide with NaNoWriMo). The event has been moved to October this year, and I have decided to participate. But I am already panicking about trying to write a full month of posts!
Anyway, I had one idea, and I think it's a decent one - I can field questions about vegetarianism/veganism from SeriousEaters! So if anyone is curious about, I dunno, what to cook for their newly-vegetarian niece or what vegan brownies are actually tasty, or where to eat in D.C. or whatever else, I would love to hear from you! Either e-mail me or reply in this post, and I'll answer on my blog through the month of October. I might also get some of the stricter vegans I know to answer some of the questions ...
And if anyone else wants to participate in VeganMoFo, go here: http://www.theppk.com/blog/. It could be a nice excuse to fiddle a bit with vegan cooking and baking!
Out of curiosity, I'm wondering if people here have noticed their favorite bloggers going for cheaper ingredients - making more spaghetti and vegetables, for example, and less pastured spring lamb in truffled butter? Is food porn looking cheaper?
Likewise, if you cook from foodblogs, have you found yourself unable to make an interesting recipe because the ingredients were beyond your price range?
The conversation went something like this.
Me: It would be really funny to veganize Anthony Bourdain's recipes.
Another person: We should make and sell a zine, then donate the proceeds to a vegan charity.
Then, this: http://hezbollahtofu.blogspot.com/
(I had nothing to do with the site, except that I'm posting the link here because it's hilarious and contains delicious-looking French vegan food. I will just be bragging about it being "my" idea forever).
My sister and I were talking about the recent tuna-mercury scare. Her question?
"Can't you just cook the tuna to get rid of the mercury?"
Last time I checked, heat can do many wonderful things. Evaporating heavy metal from fish isn't one of them.
I also saw a forum where a poster asked if it was possible to leave the bananas out of a "recipe" for oatmeal, and at work a woman wanted a latte made with half and half but without whipped cream (because of the calories) - whipped heavy whipping cream has less calories per tablespoon than half and half!
What other strange things do you people think about food?
I'm exploring the world of pies for one of my blogs. I'm going with the idea that every culture has a pie (pie= base or top + filling). So far, I've considered pastry pies, tarts, pizza, calzones, pasties, turnovers, knish, and empanadas - can anyone suggest other types of pie (or dishes similar to pie)? Asian, African, Latin American, Eastern Europe, Indian, etc.?
I'll appreciate any help remembering those pies that I'm clearly forgetting!
If one new food could incorporate every food trend, what would it be (the trends can be anything related to food (agriculture, cooking, packaging, presentation, ingredients, etc.)
I vote for a miniature organic pomegranate and bacon cupcake baked in a hollowed meyer lemon stuffed into a free-range duck baked into a heirloom turkey topped with truffled matcha foam divided into 100 calorie packets banned by schools and sold under Rachel Ray's name.
I was wasting time surfing food blogs, and I found mention that some people who fill uncomfortable with the in-and-outs of bovine dairy farming (separating calves from their mothers, keeping cows continually pregnant) prefer goat dairy products.
How is goat farming different? Does anybody know? I imagine that goat farmers are more likely to be independent, organic, etc., and that they probably operate on a much smaller scale, resulting in less pollution, etc.
I'm very curious. I'll eat my local chevre and crottin regardless, but it would be nice to know the practices behind my delicious salad toppings, pasta mix-ins, and lasagna fillings .
Along the lines of the mixed nuts question . . . .
You are at Trader Joe's. You are surrounded by gourmet items at bargain bin prices. And you can only buy one thing. What would it be?
For me? Probably the goat yogurt (I can get affordable Greek yogurt closer to home, if need be. No way on the goat yogurt.)
How about you?
If persimmons are cheaper at Whole Foods, you no longer get to claim "everyday low prices."
I have leftover mochi (still!) from New Years. I have adzuki beans simmering on the stove. Can I put them together in a traditional way without added sugar?
Can anyone point me to a traditional recipe for a soup with mochi dumplings?
I can "wing this" if needed, but I'd like to hear about some traditional soups/ meals/ recipes.
I'm young, and I look younger than I am (when I tell people I just graduated, they ask me from which high school). Still, I stand straight, I make good eye contact, I don't usually dress like a homeless person, and I happen to like cheese, wine, and loose-leaf tea.
Yet, cheese, wine, and loose-leaf tea sellers tend to treat me with disdain. The last time I went to buy loose-leaf tea, the woman at the counter rolled her eyes - rolled her eyes - when I asked for her recommendation in tisanes.
At artisan cheese shops, I'm often made to feel like I'm wasting the cheesemongers time (especially when I start throwing around phrases like "vegetarian rennet").
Is this considered the right customer service? Am I doing something wrong? Do I just not "fit in" - should I go back to Coke and American Singles?
Anybody else made to feel like crap when all you want is a nice, sheep's milk blue?
I found an Asian Market! It's small, but packed with reasonably-priced noodles, spices, dried fish, teas, syrups, sauces . . . .
fermented black beans
So what do I buy next? Suggestions ? Recipes? I am beyond thrilled about this new development . . . .
I'm trying to satisfy my curiousity (and maybe plan a menu). What foods are traditionally used to celebrate the New Year in India, Africa, East Asia, Europe, etc. Recipes?
I know Italians eat lentil soup . . . .
In addition to a very ugly necklace handmade by Indian women, I received some food related gifts:
A bento box (so cute! I'm in love with it)
A Mr. Bento (nice, but I'll never, ever use it. It's too large for me to want to carry it, and I already own a hot-cold thermos)
A loose-leaf tea brewing teapot
Pastry bags and decorating tips
A dessert cookbook (which I will exchange for something I'll use)
A cookbook from my aunt's church (which should be burned. I don't know why Southern Methodists think that Jesus blessed Velvetta)
What did you get for Christmas? (If you say a KitchenAid Mixer, I will track you down, hurt you, and maybe take it).
So I want to make gnocci for Christmas Dinner - can I make them ahead of time, or do I have to cook the dough immediately?
I bought gifts, of course, but after realizing that everything there is cheaper than at my local grocery stores, I also bought:
goat yogurt (two pounds for four dollars! my local co-op sells 6 oz. cups for $2.00!)
0% Greek yogurt
white balsamic vinegar
I would've done more damage, but I simply couldn't carry anymore (I was shopping in Georgetown, D.C. - I live three hours away).
Word on the street is that Starbucks plans to introduce sugar-free Mocha. Some stores now have bottles for partner sampling. The syrup looks like flat rootbeer. I peeked at the ingredient list. Not only is the sugar-free Mocha, well, sugar-free: it also contains no chocolate.
So who wants a sugar-free, chocolate-free triple grande skim Mocha?
Anne of redactedrecipes.com and myself are jumpstarting The Mini Pie Revolution with a blog event (and there will be a baking-related *prize* for the winner). To find out more, visit:
I'll repost the rules here:
Bake a mini pie from scratch. Mini pies should be baked in a cupcake or muffin tins, but we'll let you get away with other pans (ie. tart pans) if the resulting pies remain miniature. Just how small are mini pies? Aim for mini cupcake or cupcake-sized pies. No mini pie should serve more than one person. Still, we're no size-ests here at The Mini Pie Revolution HQ. We're not going to pull out tape measures.
Create your mini pies. Photograph your mini pies. Write about your mini pies on your blog. Then:
E-mail Ann (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Karyn (at Kosmicfish27ATaolDOTcom) the following:
1) A 100 X 100 mini pie portrait
2) A brief description of your mini pie (just the name of the recipe is fine)
3) The title of your blog and a link to your blog
4) A link to your mini pie entry
5) Make sure your e-mail's subject head is "The Mini Pie Revolution"
Please send us your entry by Midnight EST on December 25, and we will post the results by January 1, 2008. Let's make 2008 the year of mini pies! The winning mini pie baker will be chosen by Ann and Karyn and will receive a fabulous prize. So get baking!
Who watches Pushing Daisies? Well, in last night’s episode, the show’s heroine decided to create “cup pies” – mini pies baked in cupcake tins. Which means that
some striking writer in Hollywood can read my mind, because I have been talking about baking mini-pies for weeks.
Here’s the genius reasoning behind mini–pies:
1) Sometimes, you don’t want an entire pie slice. Mini–pies provide the perfect mid-day nibble.
2) Mini–pies have a higher crust-to-filling ration than normal pie. If you love pie crust, min-pies are the way to go.
3) Cupcakes might be taking over the world, but not everyone likes cupcakes. Some people prefer pies to cakes. Mini–pies provide the same cute, one-serving appeal as cupcakes, but they’re *pies.*
Don’t confuse mini–pies with tarts. Tarts are made in tart pans. Mini–pies go in cupcake tins.
I made apple-honey-thyme and heart-shaped pumpkin mini–pies today. I'll put pictures up on my blog soon :
Let's make mini-pies the new cupcake!
My recipes says roast, my mother says dire things happen when you do anything but steam your pumpkin (or cushaw).
What say you SEs? Which method do you use? (Don't say "from a can," unless you want said can chucked at you). :)
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