Monday, October 27, 2008

Shove it in Your Face!

For the last few weeks we've been focusing on themes, choosing one ethnic genre to cook in for a full week. The idea is to limit cost by purchasing a focused suite of pantry staples and force creativity by learning how to use them in inventive new ways. Mexican week and Italian week were both resounding successes, and this coming week is French. I love a bit of French cooking. Here's what's up's: Monday: Onion soup gratinee. Salad verte. Red Chuck. Tuesday: Pork heart, mashed potatoes, blue lake beans. Red Chuck. Wednesday: Soupe au Pistou. White Chuck. Thursday: Foie de Bouef Lyonnaise. Sauteed greens. Mixed mash. Friday: Seasonal quiche. Salade verte. Red Chuck. Saturday: Quelque chose. Je n'sais pas...

Monday, October 20, 2008

Shove it in Your Face!

First, a brief recap of last week: Mole Poblano, red chile enchiladas with frijoles charros, bean soup, calabacitas con pollo, In-N-Out, and pizza! It was a good week, with kind of a Mexican theme. The idea was to save money by buying a limited number of bulk pantry staples in a particular "genre" of cooking. That meant buying dry beans, chiles, and masa harina. This coming week is Italian, so you'll see arborio rice, fresh pasta, and cannellini beans. Also, the campaign for Proposition Two here in California has reminded me of my commitment to save money by eating less meat, of higher quality. In fact, apart from some eggs, and a few unlucky anchovies, I think the coming week is completely vegetarian... Monday: Salerno-style pasta with fried eggs and bread crumbs. White Chuck. Tuesday: Wild mushroom risotto. Red Chuck. Wednesday: Arancini. Red Chuck. Thursday: Tuscan-style white bean and bread soup. White Chuck. Friday: Pizza! Red Chuck.

Saturday, October 4, 2008


There is no sight on earth more appealing than the sight of a woman making dinner for someone she loves. ~Thomas Wolfe
Happy birthday to my beloved co-blogger, Eric Schaefer, my favorite flavor of revolutionary. Here's to yet another year of great food and strong economic foundations.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Writing on the Wall

Meet Ribbity. He's all over the city. Hiding on the roof. On the stairs. And in the trash. He even drives, and an enterprising photographer found him stowing away to China. I don't usually do the links list, but Tiffany is cooking an excellent dinner of a half-rack of lamb, gratin dauphinois, roast carrots, and an amazing-looking pain-au-chocolat pudding, so she's a little busy. Here we go! Haiku Review of Papalote: You could say a lot about Papalote, but this about sums it up. Dinner with Sarah. Palin, that is: Ever wonder what a vice-presidential candidate cooks for her family? I love Miss Ginsu's wine pairing...
A new book release, spicy middle-eastern snacks, and rather a naughty video after the jump!
The Amateur Gourmet, out in paperback: I love the blog and I love the book. Get one from your local independent bookstore. Daring Baking from the Leftover Queen: I just love saying Za'atar. Rachel Ray Corn Porn: Dirty jokes about Rachel Ray are a dime-a-dozen, but I'd chip in a least a quarter for this one.
Photo Courtesy of justjk