fundraising researcher for a children's hospital, Forensic Psych doctoral student

  • Location: Pasadena, CA
  • Favorite foods: seafood, salty things, cold Stella, and coconut cake
  • Last bite on earth: a slice of coconut cake from Sweet Lady Jane's.

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Cook the Book: 'Asian Tofu'

I'm trying to branch out and experiment with new uses for tofu (just found a carrot ginger soup recipe with it), but my trusty standby is rubbing cubes of it with miso paste and crushed ginger, then baking it in the oven.

Where should I eat in Edinburgh Scotland?

Ah, Edinburgh - a lovely town! I was only there briefly a few years ago, but I recall having a most pleasant meal at Clarinda's Tea Room. It involved a delightful thin-pressed sandwich called a "toastie." The version I had reminded me of a reuben with meat, cheese, whole grain mustard and a pickled vegetable (onion? cabbage?) - in any event, it was very tasty at the time. Have a great trip!

Overused food descriptions.

i really dislike the term mouthfeel

Play on words: hot sauce wedding favor labels

Love these ideas. Thanks, everyone! Yes, we will be purchasing bottles pre-filled with sauce - brand tbd.

Cook the Book: 'The Occasional Vegetarian'

burrata cheese, tomato and basil on toasted sourdough with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic reduction!

The Food Lab: How to Roast a Whole Suckling Pig

Crispy Piglet in the fetal position is affirming my recent flirtation w/ vegetarianism

Candied Yam Rice Krispies Treats

My batch was a big disappointment. The krispies didn't retain their crunch and the bars were too chewy and moist. I had to toss em' :( Love the idea though!

No wedding cake -- a new trend???

I'm planning a wedding (thank you engagement chicken!) and will likely not serve cake. I don't particularly care for it and a professionally decorated one can cost an arm and a leg. We're thinking abotu peach cobbler and a cheese passing.

Have You Ever Tried Drinking Vinegar?

I add a splash of white peach vinegar to seltzer water - love it!

Cook the Book: 'The Sriracha Cookbook'

I've never used it in a recipe, just always as a condiment - my favorite usage being in a bowl of steamy pho! How exciting - a whole new world awaits!

Searching for the Perfect Hangover Cure

Wow - I'm pretty sure that a plate of pickled herring would trigger some serious ralphing if I were to consume it while hungover. I like a good ol' McDonald's cheeseburger and fries.

Gift Guide: Kitchen Equipment

I purchased those cut resistant gloves shortly after lacerating my finger tip on a newly purchased mandoline (YEOUCH!!!). I think they're true function is that they serve as a visual reminder to slow down and be careful! Additionally, I now always the plastic food gripper that came with my mandoline. It's not, in my opinion, worth the possible injury to get whatever it is you're slicing down to the very end.

how do you bleu?

I love Cambozola (aka blue brie) spread on Melba toast with a bit of rind heavy marmalade on top. Yum!

The curious minds of children.

When my dear nephew was about 4 yrs old, he proclaimed to his mother that he could not eat the tater tots she had made him because the ER doctor (where he had recently been seen for aftermath of some crazy stunt or another) advised him he was allergic to them. My sister was so amused with his response, she took them away.

Chain Gang -- Do you secretly love a chain restaurant??

Ha, ha. It does feel like shameful secret sometimes, doesn't it?

I quite like Yard House for the fact that I can get a wedge salad, buffalo wings and a Stella - an ensemble that consistently pleases my taste buds.

Restaurant Pet Peeves....anyone?

Kitchener, that is a frequent gripe of mine too! I want my Stella in it's proper glass.

Last night at Yard House we had 3 waiter changes throughout the course of our 45 minute meal; I find that a little ridiculous. Who, exactly, are we tipping?

Also not a fan of waiters sliding into the booth with you or starting off with an up-selling spiel ("Shall we start off with some hot artichoke dip or an ahi tuna tower?"). I'll ask for recommendations when I want them, thank you, and when I do - please remain standing!

Coconut milk

Just curious - do you like the taste of coconut water (VitaCoco, Zico, etc.)? It doesn't taste much like coconut milk or flesh to me.

Hey SE'ers-What do you do for a living?

Forensic Psychology Doctoral student

Fava beans anyone?

What to do with defrosted scallops?

I've really been enjoying defrosted scallops from Trader Joe's this summer. One easy way to enjoy them is to rinse, pat dry, sprinkle with s&p, and pan sear. Then I place them on top of a salad made of white corn (also defrosted from Tjs), arugula, red onion all lightly tossed with TJ's orange champagne vinegar and olive oil. Best served on a chilled plate.

Or - for a no cook option (is it as hot where you are as it is here in Pasadena, CA?!), you could make a ceviche with them.

Iced Coffee Roundup: McDonald's, Starbucks, and Dunkin' Donuts

Ordering an iced coffee at McDonald's proved to be terribly difficult for me. I simply wanted black coffee over ice (as the name states). The operator could not understand this (you don't want a flavor? you don't want milk?) and the first was presented with dairy in it, then the second - that appeared correct - had syrup in it, which I discovered after driving away from the window.

Poll: How Do You Eat Your Watermelon?

Just bought a Himalayan salt slab on sale at Sur La Table this weekend. First thing I tried was sliced watermelon set on top of it. It gets the slices pretty salty, but I love salt - and I think it compliments many sweet flavors well.