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The Starving Student

I'm a student, blogger and culinary drop-out.

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  • Location: Canada
  • Favorite foods: Apples (especially Honey Crisp and Ambrosia), chanterelles, mac n' cheese (with lots of creamy gorgonzola).

Your menu ordering style?

Man reading menus is basically a hobby for me. More often than not I've picked what I am going to have before I even get to the restaurant. I also look at them when I am bored and try to come up with ideas for dinner. I would definitely classify myself as an analyst. That being said, I try to go for things that I never would have thought of myself, made with ingredients that are local to the area.

Do you Dress it up? Or Leave it Alone?

I don't really eat cereal now but as a kid I either ate them plain/dry or with milk and a bit of sugar. Never fruit though.

Where to eat in Seattle (specifically pizza)

Decisions, decisions. There's too many places to try in the short time I'm there, but I am going to fit in as many as I can!

Hot Dogs or Legs Blog Will Alter Your Perception of Reality

Woah that is freaky stuff right there!

Where to eat in Seattle (specifically pizza)

Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Boxed Mix Trick?

Oh and there's always "sex in a pan". Layers of cake, cool whip and both chocolate and vanilla instant pudding. Personally I find it too sweet but it always seems to be a crowd pleaser. Perhaps it's just the name that gets peoples' attention.

Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Boxed Mix Trick?

I use sprinkle cake mix in chocolate chip cookies. Well half cake mix, half flour. Cake batter cookies - the best of both worlds! Oh and be sure to add extra rainbow sprinkles to the dough, there's never enough in the cake mix alone.

Alexandra Guarnaschelli's Indian Pudding

And might I point out that Indian Pudding is an American dessert, native to New England. So it's really not that much of a stretch.

Grilled Cheese with Guacamole

Considering how delicious simple mashed avocado on toast is, I can only imagine how amazing it would be bringing cheese into the picture!

Bake the Book: TKO Cookies

The only part I disliked about the recipe was in the wording regarding the preparation of the filling prior to assembly. The book says "place the filling in the bowl of the mixer and beat until smooth". However the chilled white chocolate ganache essentially has to be whipped, otherwise it is much too runny to pipe. Without this included in the description, "beating until smooth" does not suggest that the mixture is actually going to thicken. It's easy to think that you made a mistake.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Brown Butter and Thyme

I love how thick and inviting that looks, almost like a big bowl of melted cheddar cheese.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Brown Butter and Thyme

I love how thick and inviting that looks, almost like a big bowl of melted cheddar cheese.

Serious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Wild mushrooms and gorgonzola!

How to Find the Best Food in a Foreign City, According to Anthony Bourdain

I love the "nerd fury" idea...highly amusing too!

Dry, Spiced Ladyfingers (Okra)

I have never seen okra cooked this way before but it looks delicous!
Although I do agree, there is no mention of lemon juice in the recipe...

5 Songs About Drinking Beer

God is great, beer is good and people are crazy! Some of the greatest lyrics of all time.

Favorite sauce for pasta besides tomato or cheese?

You could make a sauce using coconut milk. Or how about a carbonara type sauce with eggs? Just make sure you don't scramble them. Veggies and truffle oil are also delicious.

11 Food and Drink Trends of 2011

I second the bacon trend. It's in everything nowadays.

Winter Fruit Salad with Pomegranates

So true about the pomegranates. They are like the beets of the fruit world. But they are just so good!

A bunch of ripe bananas - what can I make?

I've never tried these but I really want to. They are healthful cookies with banana, coconut, oats and dark chocolate. Yum!
http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/nikkis-healthy-cookies-recipe.html

Hometown food cravings while home for the holidays

I came back to Calgary a few days ago and I definitely have a long list of foods that I need eat such as:

- Purdy's Dark Chocolate Himalayan Pink Salt Caramels (I've had other salted caramels but nothing compares to these)
- Crave Cupcakes - the Just Chocolate with chocolate cake and chocolate icing
- Harvest Cinnamon Buns - they have little chunks of apple inside and come fresh out of the oven every Sunday morning
- cinnamon bun french toast (I'm starting to notice a theme here)

Not sure if I will actually get to all of them but one can hope!

It is unlawful to eat...

@Mr. Nick
I am with you all the way when it comes to mushrooms. I even eat them raw. Also can truffle oil be added to the fungus category? Because I am a sucker for that too.

Oy! Gluten-Free and Vegetarian for 10 Days. Help!

If you want to try a variation on hummus, blend up some edamame beans, frozen beans, tofu, vegetable stock and whatever fresh herbs you like in the food processor. It's also vegan.
I made some crepe lasagna the other night that was pretty good and would definitely feed a crowd. http://nomorestarvingstudents.blogspot.com/2011/12/crepe-lasagna.html
Anything with quinoa also works. Sprouted quinoa, quinoa patties, quinoa pilaf, etc. are all options.

Oy! Gluten-Free and Vegetarian for 10 Days. Help!

If you want to try a variation on hummus, blend up some edamame beans, frozen beans, tofu, vegetable stock and whatever fresh herbs you like in the food processor. It's also vegan.
I made some crepe lasagna the other night that was pretty good and would definitely feed a crowd. http://nomorestarvingstudents.blogspot.com/2011/12/crepe-lasagna.html
Anything with quinoa also works. Sprouted quinoa, quinoa patties, quinoa pilaf, etc. are all options.

Oy! Gluten-Free and Vegetarian for 10 Days. Help!

If you want to try a variation on hummus, blend up some edamame beans, frozen beans, tofu, vegetable stock and whatever fresh herbs you like in the food processor. It's also vegan.
I made some crepe lasagna the other night that was pretty good and would definitely feed a crowd. http://nomorestarvingstudents.blogspot.com/2011/12/crepe-lasagna.html
Anything with quinoa also works. Sprouted quinoa, quinoa patties, quinoa pilaf, etc. are all options.

Where to eat in Seattle (specifically pizza)

We are going on a short trip to Seattle next week and I want to make the most of all of our meals while we are there. I was thinking Dahlia Bakery for breakfast, Il Corvo for lunch and Serious Pie or Delancey for dinner. Any other suggestions? Specifically who makes the best pizza in Seattle? Thanks!

Crazy for Condiments

I was reading a blog today and the author was talking about a chutney that they made, so good that they were spooning it straight out of the jar, into their mouth. According to dictionary.com a condiment is defined as "something used to give a special flavor to food, as mustard, ketchup, salt, or spices". But what about sauces, dips or spreads that are so delicious, you want to eat them all by themselves? Call me crazy, but I will occasionally indulge in a spoonful of some mayonnaise-based product (not straight mayo, it has to be enhanced with some sort of flavor(s)). Don't judge me, I said a "spoonful" not an entire cup! Or sometimes if I make an especially tasty caesar salad dressing, I will "check for seasoning" more times than necessary, just because it tastes so good. My sister is even crazier, she drinks the salad dressing remaining in the bottom of her bowl! Only at home though, not in public, thankfully! Anyways, the point is, sometimes a condiment deserves to be more than just an accompaniment. Don't you agree?

Recipes using Sourdough Starter...other than bread

I created a sourdough starter almost a month ago now and it is doing great. I have made numerous batches of no-knead bread but I want to try something different. Maybe muffins (sourdough bran muffins?) or cookies....anything out of the norm. What are some good recipes using sourdough starter that don't involve actually making a loaf of bread? Thanks for the tips!

Sourdough from scratch

I just made a sourdough starter this morning, something I have been meaning to try for a while. What's better than homemade bread right? My recipe consists of 1/4 cup water and 3/8 cup flour. After 12 hours of waiting, I have to check the progress and hopefully there will be some bubbles (meaning that it is alive, the fermentation process has begun). Then the instructions say to continue feeding it, discarding half of the original each time. Obviously they are in more detail than that, but you get my drift. Just wondering if anyone has any advice as to how long the process takes, what to look for, or any other general tidbits you would be willing to share. Right now, it's my little science experiment, so we will see how things turn out!

The link to the full recipe is:
http://100mile.foodtv.ca/recipe/sourdough-starter

For all the Chocoholics!

I adore chocolate. For me, it's basically a separate food group. I'm even chowing down on homemade chocolate pudding as I type this. Whenever I go to a restaurant, I always choose the most chocolately dessert. The richer and denser it is, the better. The quality definitely plays a large role too. I eat it by itself, fold it into mousse and even melt it into mole. What is your favorite way to eat chocolate?

Crazy Eats

After starting quite a controversial debate yesterday, I would like to pose a lighter question, a topic that is less inclined to arouse such strong opinions. What is the craziest thing you have ever eaten/want to try eventually? From foods that are insanely dangerous, to just plain "out there", what is on your culinary bucket list? Personally, I would love to try pufferfish. If improperly prepared, the toxins can kill you, but in Japan it is a delicacy. In terms of things I have eaten, I've tried frog legs, alligator, blood sausage, and other things that are the norm for some people, yet completely foreign to others. And I am curious to try many more, so keep the suggestions coming!

Food Sins

Kraft Dinner, Lean Cuisine, Uncle Ben's. These are all words that have the potential to reduce me to tears. I hear them and it takes all my power to stop me from running away, screaming "bloody murder!". I know this sounds extremely dramatic but I would rather die than eat these foods. They go against everything I believe in. Are they actually food, or are they alien mutations of ingredients that used to be food? So feel free to chime in. What other products would you add to this list (I can already think of at least 10 more)? And do you agree with me, or am I just psychotic? I just cannot accept that people are allowed to eat that "stuff". It's not real, it's not healthy, it's not safe. What type of message do we want to be sending to our children? Yes, I am ranting, but is it that much to ask for everyone to have access to fresh, real ingredients? Don't bother feeding me the "convenience" excuse, it's a cop-out. Now that I have had half the debate, all by myself, I want to hear from you!

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