This morning on the New York Times's "Well" blog, Tara Parker-Pope and Mark Bittman posted a list for a 10-Ingredient Shopping Trip that included
1. Chicken breasts (4 boneless)
2. Bacon (1/2 pound)
3. Shrimp (1 pound)
4. Spinach (1 pound)
5. Tomatoes (6)
8. Asparagus (2 pounds)
9. Button mushrooms (1 pound)
10. Loaf of good country bread
and a week's worth of recipes. The comments are, as one might expect, nitpicky and sanctimonious. I, however, was surprised by how few of these items I would buy, had I to limit my list to ten.
It's too early for tomatoes, but I agree with the spinach, onions, and asparagus. For the rest I would substitute eggs, tofu, yogurt, quinoa (if it's not among the pantry staples Bittman assumes we all have on hand), edamame, Granny Smith apples, and a lime. That leaves one free item, which might as well be chocolate. It would be a very verdant cart.
What would your ten items be?
In a fit of craziness and frugality, I've booked a 27-hour (each way!?) trip on a Greyhound bus next month. There will probably be stops for food, but I'd really rather not eat stuff from a bus station cafeteria or fast food from rest stops. I was looking forward to packing healthy, tasty vegetarian food that keeps well, but now I find I'm not as creative as I thought I was. Sure, peanut butter and honey sandwiches are delicious, as are baby carrots and hummus, but they are kind of boring. What about bean or grain or pasta salads? I'd be grateful for y'all's ideas, which must be more inspired than mine.
Hi! I'm a new member, but I've been a serious eater for a long time—long enough to have amassed hundreds of cookbooks and a desultory collection of magazines about cooking and gastronomy. The latter threatens to take over the "library" area of my kitchen. I still subscribe to a frightening number of titles, and whenever I travel I collect the local food porn. I just wedge in the new arrivals wherever there's room, and it's all looking pretty sloppy. I keep them in wire magazine holders on a wall covered by these shelves, but mine are old and groaning from the clutter. I cannot bear to clip from the magazines and throw them out, because you never know when you're going to be suddenly engrossed in adverts from that Bon Appetit from 1986. If you have a lot of magazines, how do you keep them organized, presentable, and accessible?
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