"I’ll affect you slowly
as if you were having 
a picnic in a dream.
There will be no ants.
It won’t rain" Not just flavor...color, fragrance & presentation are as vital for one's enjoyment of a meal. Good music & conversation make it sublimely memorable

  • Location: West Coast
  • Favorite foods: See Last Bite below, plus: Vine ripened tomatoe Caprese. Risotto. Tom Yum & summer rolls with plenty of mint & basil. Freshly prepared guacamole & spicy salsa w/ plenty of cilantro & homemade chips. Hummus, pita, tabouli, saffron rice & lentils. 
  • Last bite on earth: A kiss...& a springtime picnic on a blanket in a lush garden with good bread, cheese, fruit, olives & nuts, salad, a decadent dessert & of course, several bottles of great wine to share...and kisses...

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Humpty Dumpty Omelet Question

Off subject, bit can someone please please PLEASE tell me how to get rid of the symbol  in my postings? It doesn't show up in the preview

Humpty Dumpty Omelet Question

@Ancient Acolyte:
Cauliflower  is something I'd never expect as an omelet secret ingredient. How does the he prepare it? Raw, steamed, mashed? 

Good call on the ratatouille. With a well seasoned ratatouille one could easily forgo the cheese.

Humpty Dumpty Omelet Question

Intriguing. What do you recommend cheese-wise to compliment the kimchi?

LOVE the mushroom risotto idea. Sounds incredible! I absolutely concur with regard to proper omelet skills.

I suck at making...

Lobster and crab. I keep thinking of "Sebastian" from the Little Mermaid. Kidding aside, without being graphic, I've tried and I cannot bear the prep involved. I don't just suck...I'm literally incapable.

Humpty Dumpty Omelet Question

@ Wandererfound:
Look at the bright side...extra fiber!

Really? Doesn't sound that bad.

Mmmmm! The juxtaposition of the sharp cheddar is interesting.

@Mr. Nick:
Brilliant and colorful! You can be my houseguest any time. 
Now that I think of it, we WERE following proper Sunday brunch protocol & drinking champagne (happily!)...perhaps  that explains the pasta

Your Mom's really something. I'd have paid to see the expression on your Dad's face! 

Buying a Cast Iron Skillet On a Budget


Thanks for the heads up! Good thing my pan's pretty new. Guess I'll be re-seasoning this weekend. But that's okay...I kinda enjoyed the process.

Burger Mash-ups: Del Taco

Sheesh, people... despite the moniker of this site everything doesn't always have to be so serious. 

While gastronomically lacking, these MacGyveresque ideas impart levity to a bad dining situation. 

I give Ms. Jackson kudos for creativity on a budget!

Photo of the Day: RAMPS!!!

Hmmm...while I relish the taste of tender spring ramps, it seems that a doggie may have left a lil extra seasoning on those park-grown ramps. 

As a  park-going dog owner, I have super secret inside knowledge on the subject. However, my conscience is clear as wild ramps don't grow in my area.

As with all produce, I suppose a thorough washing will suffice to remove the possibility of extra ingredients!

Buying a Cast Iron Skillet On a Budget

I considered purchasing a Lodge pre-seasoned pan. Before doing so, I checked their site to determine what type of oil Lodge uses to season their products as I'd noticed a review that mentioned a "rancid taste" associated with their pre-seasoned pans.

According to the Lodge site: "We use a proprietary soy-based vegetable oil to season our cookware."

I avoid GMO's in my food and I certainly didn't want a cooking device seasoned with GMO soy oil, hence I purchased their unseasoned 10" pan & seasoned it myself with organic flaxseed oil.

That pan makes the best scrambled eggs!

Lodge makes a solid product at a reasonable price. I recommend going  the healthier route and purchasing one of their unseasoned pans.


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