I like reading and cooking. Hanging out with my friends and drinking good beer is top of the list too.

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"it puts the oatmeal on its skin or else it gets the hose again"
lol!!! Sloppy, you are bad!

What are you cooking for Rosh Hashanah?

i finally figured out my Rosh Hashanah menu:

Challah w/raisins
matzah ball soup
Turkey breast stuffed with onions, figs and apricots
Honey glazed sweet potatoes and carrots with pineapple
some kinda green bean side dish
apple cake for dessert

Gadgets: Fire Wire Flexible Grilling Skewers

i just realized you could use a sterilized coat hanger with the same effect.

Standing Room Only: Bari Foods

arrghh, i wish i'd read about this before my trip to Chicago last week!! and I was right off Grand st too.

I eat ______ out of the tin/jar/bottle...

peanut butter and kalamata olives. but not together, that would be nasty.

'What We Eat When We Eat Alone'

i work late two nights a week, so i'm on my own for dinner when i get home around 8:30 and the family has already eaten something "normal".

dinner on those nights is usually eggs fried up with whatever veggies are in the fridge that need to be eaten, ramen, tuna melts, pasta with some butter & cheese, dry cereal, or whatever leftovers are in the fridge.

my solo meals are usually comfort food that anyone else would find really boring. you know, your guilty pleasures that you don't want to admit to the person you're dining with.

Video: The Ross Sisters Sing About Solid Potato Salad

yes, a bit freakish to watch.

i looked up Ross Sisters on Wiki, and they had about 3 sentences about them. anyone know where i can learn more about them? contortionism is one of those train wreck things for me - major ick factor, but i can't turn away and i want to learn more!

Cookout Etiquette

i'm with smallblondmom too, and sounds like i had a similar experience. when i was in college, all parties/bbq/ cookouts were pot lucks, all the time. the host provided the house, the grill, some booze, some meats, some snacks, and everyone brought something, because we were all poor college kids. not enough chairs? we sat on the floor. we were in college, it was cool. it was all about hanging with friends, not about who provided what for the grill.

now that i'm a grown up, i know how much work going into planning and hosting a party, so i always offer to bring something, or if no additional food is wanted, i'll offer to come by the day before to help clean, prepare, whatever.

in defense of people who do make specific requests of their guests, i am guilty of asking people to bring chairs. we have a very small apartment and only 3 chairs. when we hae dinner parties, we move all the furniture, and can seat 8. so i have asked that friends bring a chair.

French in a Flash: Pistoued Lamb Brochettes with Bay Leaves and Seared Olives

oh Kerry, i just love your posts! how your passion for food is intimately intertwined with your passion for life and the wonderful tidbits of your childhood. i don't know a lick a french, and i'm average cook, but you make me want to drop everything and go to France and sign up for any cooking school that will have me.

you should be coaching those lame Next Food Network Star people on how to tell a story about what they are making.

Mmmm...Non-Breakfast Food Breakfast

the first meal of the day for me is nearly always leftovers that are in the fridge from last night's dinner. if i'm on my own for dinner (no point in cooking up a ton of food for the house), i'll make bacon, fried eggs, and toast.

Cute, Morbid Sushi Figures

i just saved that photo as my background image.

dolmas (stuffed grape leaves) recipe?

the recipe i've used is pretty similar to Yankeesgals, but i add a few tablespoons of dried currents or dried cranberries to the rice mixture. it gives the stuffed leaves a nice shot of sweetness. a little spritz of lemon juice right before eating them makes them ever tastier!

i made stuffed grape leaves once for a party, and everyeone else thought they were too weird to eat, so over the course of a few days i ate about 60 stuffed grape leaves. OMG were they good!! but my tummy thought it was too much.

greek / turkish coffee

turkish coffee is the best. i mail order it and make it at home.

Now i gotta find me a southern michigan/chicago turkish coffee place. ann arbor? chicago? dearborn?

Restaurant Naming Problems

sounds like your going to be spending more energy than the typical restaurant owner on greening/locavoring your place. that is something you really, really, really need to brag about, or you will just be another neighborhood joint. i suggest a name that reflects your green/locavore/local sourcing/small carbon footprints, that way customers ask about the name and employees have an easy opening to talk up the social green-ness of the place.

the local
farmers market
enter-your-name-here farmer's market restaurant

Threadless T-Shirt Giveaway: Baron VonFunburger's Haunted Castle Cavalcade

omg gimme some french fries!! hot and greasy and crispy and heavenly french fry-ee!

Not Worth the Trouble?

i buy canned pumpkin and frozen spinach. it's just not worth it for me to process a stupid pumpkin.

Ugly Organic

i need that happy medium between scary Stepford perfect Walmart produce and organic crunchy granola produce.

I recently visited a locavore organic farmers market, there were about 8 vendors. most of the vegetables/greens i didn't recognize, and when i vendor convinced me to buy some weedy looking greens they were absolutely filthy.

don't get me wrong, i don't mind washing my stuff at home. i'm going to do that anyways, regardless of how clean the veggies/greens are. but it doesn't hurt your marketing to leave some of the dirt at the farm.

Nutrition Info for recipes

HeartofGlass - i like that caloriecount about site, and i put a bunch of recipes on there from my blog and it gave them all failing grades. :(

Cook the Book: 'L.A.'s Original Farmers Market Cookbook'

I love the one armed man's booth in the corner at the Bank Street Market in Kalamazoo. Him and his wife look to be in their mid 70's, and they have more energy than vendors a third their age. The one armed man isn't going to let a prosthetic arm get his way of doing anything, including running out of eggs before i get there.

Dinner Tonight: Pork Schnitzel




those are the two most beautiful words in the english language.

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

yes, what's with the weird photoshoppy hand and oddly lumpy elbow?

other than that, super cute!


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