Monthly Archives: February 2012

Shame and Scorn Vol. 2

We have failed spectacularly with this months cookbook. At the beginning of the month, we select a book and pledge to make ten of the recipes by months end. This month, despite twelve hundred pages with over two thousand recipes … Continue reading

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Some Things of Interest

I take you to a midtown bistro anywhere in America, provided the bistro has an alley behind it: “Why is my salad taking so long? What is so hard about a salad? You put lettuce and vegetables in a bowl … Continue reading

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Living on the edge: potatoes

With the exception of her morbid description of death by bad oyster with the accompanying symptoms/agonies in Consider The Oyster, her argument for restrained use of potato sides in “Let The Sky Rain Potatoes” in Serve It Forth is my … Continue reading

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Recipe: Red Wine Braised Pork Shoulder Ribs

One of the best things about winter is the turn toward heartier and richer foods. Heavy stews and braises are great for keeping you warm but an often overlooked advantage to winter fare is the low cost. Nobody braises filet … Continue reading

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Lenten Friday Recipe: Spaghetti alla Putanesca

What better for the first Friday of Lent than a sauce whose name translates to the “harlot’s pasta.” So go the stories that ladies of the evening made this fragrant sauce in the kitchens of their brothels to attract passers … Continue reading

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Oregon wine show at Vulcan: a tasting so big it gets to be called an event

Every year, winemakers from Oregon descend on Birmingham with folding tables to stand behind so that the city’s wine buyers can badger them about soil content, weather, and farming conditions. You have to be impressed by the patience they display … Continue reading

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The Ford Fiesta: The best car review I’ve ever seen

I was watching Top Gear reruns tonight. If you are looking for a new car, please consider the Ford Fiesta. If you are looking for a new beach assault vehicle, please consider the Ford Fiesta.    

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Some Things of Interest

I can see in my mind the anchormen and women of America gleefully reporting the irony. “A man in Las Vegas suffered a heart attack today in a restaurant called,” pause, smirk, tilt head ” The Heart Attack Grill.” After … Continue reading

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Things That Polish Woman Made Me Do: Mberry pills

For those unfamiliar with mberry, it is an extract of an African berry that temporarily changes the way you perceive taste. More to the point, it makes sour and bitter come across as sweet. The practical uses of such a … Continue reading

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Some Things of Interest

So babyccinos? Where are all the apoplectic people that banned candy cigarettes? Better yet, where are all the entrepreneurs with the next obvious step: The babytini, stirred, not shaken. Aside: I will personally lead the charge to ban the grandiose … Continue reading

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