Mom, Wife, Doctoral Student. i love food. and cooking. but mainly the food part.

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  • Favorite foods: do not have fish or seafood or pork or soy (unless it is soy sauce).
  • Last bite on earth: will be delicious.

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Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: High Road Ice Cream 6-Pack

goat milk with mint... or a ginger green tea. or cashew.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Trader Joe's has a cheddar gruyere blend cheese that pairs fantastically with mushrooms on Pizza.

What's Your Favorite International Soda?

Orangina Rouge, Melon Soda, and Espresso Soda.

also.. omg there's a Passion fruit fanta!?

Blueberry Marble Coffee Cake

@MeganG11 I hope yours came out okay. I decided to try it with another fruit (strawberries) as I was out of blueberries as my family liked the cake well enough. I think the key is to reduce the fruit to a paste. It takes a lot longer than 10 minutes, clearly, but the end product mixed with the batter was able to be dolloped on and didn't spread over the entire cake, so I was able to actually swirl it. The last one was so liquidy that it didn't get a good swirl at all.

Good luck!!

Blueberry Marble Coffee Cake

Okay, I have this in the oven right now, but I'm pretty sure my swirl remained too watery. Once mixed with the batter, it wasn't really able to be dolloped and instead poured. Even when I spooned it, it spread all over the top of the plain batter. Could you give a bit more clarification on what the consistency of the swirl should be when it is done cooking? Thanks!

Wake and Bake: Blueberry Marble Coffee Cake

I'm going to try this today! I am out of plain greek yogurt so I'll be seeing how it works with strained goat milk yogurt.

Why 'Chopped' Is Such an Addictive Show

The Madison Cowan episodes might have just about changed my life. Those are my favorite chopped moments. I still watch it, in the event someone else amazes me, but after him, the show is not the same...

Sugar Rush: Japanese Cheesecake at Cafe Zaiya

Cafe Zaiya!! I miss it so much. I try to go anytime I make it back to the city. So much yummy, cheap stuff. Their egg salad sandwiches are perfect too ;)

Bake the Book: 'Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts'

Strained yogurt with passion fruit butter and chocolate chips... if only passion fruit butter were easy to come by!

Son-in-Law Eggs: Thai Fried Hard-Boiled Eggs in Tamarind Sauce

Hmm... I have been browsing at online suggestions @smsingram, that might work. The recipes people are saying are successful for vege fish sauce are made with seaweed :) Might try to make a batch in the near future.

So You Miss Deep Fried McDonald's Apple Pies?

Happy Someone else pointed out that they never stopped frying them in HI! When my family would come and visit me when I was there for undergrad, they'd storm McD for the pies! LOL

Son-in-Law Eggs: Thai Fried Hard-Boiled Eggs in Tamarind Sauce

Is there a vegetarian substitute for fish sauce for those of us who can't eat it due to allergies or dietary restrictions?

Son-in-Law Eggs: Thai Fried Hard-Boiled Eggs in Tamarind Sauce

Is there a vegetarian substitute for fish sauce for those of us who can't eat it due to allergies or dietary restrictions?

Son-in-Law Eggs: Thai Fried Hard-Boiled Eggs in Tamarind Sauce

Is there a vegetarian substitute for fish sauce for those of us who can't eat it due to allergies or dietary restrictions?

Giveaway: Enter to Win This Panasonic Breadmaker

Fresh baked baguette! Any thing fresh baked really. Alternately, anything extra crusty with lots of butter is good too.

Dinner tonight!

@BananaMonkey CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! You totally earned the meal! When do you submit/defend?

Dinner tonight!


This recipe really was cleaning out the cupboard lol.

2 jalapenos
3 inches worth of ginger root
2-3 cloves garlic
1 bunch green onions
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter (separated in half)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 tsp maramite (I'm allergic to fish sauce)
1 packet low sodium vegetable broth concentrate
1/2 cup water
1-2 tables spoons curry powder
3 tbs apple cider vinegar
1-2 tbs agave nectar

Put everything but half the peanut butter in a powerful blender or food processor until smooth. Put in a sauce pan over low heat and add the rest of the penut butter. Cook until it doesn't taste raw anymore

& Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

How do you boil your eggs?

I now have many new methods to try. Very awesome.

How do you boil your eggs?

@Bunnee I searched for one and didn't find it before so thank you for sharing! Interesting that no one is using Kenji's technique though.

How do you boil your eggs?

@pthome I usually can hear the timer. However, the method I was using required me to hear it 3 times. So, I am asking how people boil their eggs out of curiosity brought on by a mishap. I don't think I asked for a timer free method?

Last question about water..Do you drink from the tap or bottled?

Due to a few days where the tap water was smelling quite bad and tasting the same, we buy reverse osmosis tap water from the store and keep it in 3 and 5 gallon water jugs and that is are drinking water (I use it for tea and coffee too). We use tap for everything else though, unless it is smelly. Then we use bottled for everything and avoid things that need to be boiled.

Talk: Comment pending

Yes. Guidelines would be awesome, or a list of forbidden pages.

Teresa Lewis, 4-26-69 to 9-23-2010 Death Row Last Meal

I was actually just reading an article on this and it went in to last meal requests as a way to study the social class of those who appear on death row. And yes, there is a massive class/racial etc disparities to those who are on death row. And massive difference in the chance of a death sentence (something like 8:1) if the perpetrator is of color and the victim is white. You will see all of this reflected in the food choices. What we eat says a lot about where we come from.

And for those who don't know if they'd be able to eat. There are prisoners who don't request last meals.

(and it is more expensive to go through the death row proceedings than to prison someone for life nationally, not just in CA).