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Ethicureans abroad: or, our visit to Baltimore

Update: We've added photos after a slight delay.--MolM. This last weekend, Man of La Muncha and I traveled to Baltimore for a friend's wedding. The wedding was wonderful, and we met (and in some cases, re-met) a lot of very fun and interesting people. But, of course, any trip involving Ethicureans involves...

Salsa with Tomatillos busts the Burrito Rule

My willingness to cook something used to follow what I called the Burrito Rule. Basically, I wasn't going to make anything that would take a lot of time, cost twice as much, and taste half as good as what I could easily buy in a restaurant or store. And burritos, delicious versions of which are all over the...

Not the last word on donuts

Seattle cartoonist Dan Piraro has provided his opinion on the topic of best Seattle donuts in his daily strip. If you aren't familliar with Pirarro's works, then you may have dangerously low levels of Vitamins S (for surrealism) and H (for...

Frozen Delights: Huckleberry ice cream, raspberry mint sorbet, honey basil ice cream

The Butter Bitch and I received an ice cream maker last year as a wedding gift, and we put the gift to good use during the warm summer of 2005. This prompts a belated shout out to Erik and Holly in Oakland, the givers of our much-used ice cream maker. For some reason, I did not start to use the ice cream...

Dog day

It was a slow day here at Chez Beef. Sir Loin was up late last night trying to attach my old laptop to his stereo set-up (this was unsuccessful, and apparently will require large capital expenditures to remedy). I went to bed early but slept in anyway, still tired from some minor surgery a few days ago....

Zuke alors!

Late July is the beginning of squash season in Seattle and as our weekend began I realized that we had two pounds of squash from our CSA box, with a good chance of receiving more squash on Tuesday. I had planned to grill squash on the weekend, but work and the reappearance of rain interfered with those...

Everybody must get doned!

"Getting doned" is how a friend in Portland referred to the consumption of milk and donuts. He rhymed "doned" with stoned because "getting doned" has a satisfyingly stupefying effect. Apparently, being from Nevada isn't just about guns, gambling, and the mob, but also about how to alter one's consciousness...

Foraging at home

I've read the foraging exploits of the other Ethicureans with some jealousy, but our CSA box has kept us too busy to roam the neighborhood for ripening fruit. There are cherry trees 4 blocks west of us, but we haven't walked past them since the cherry blossoms started decorating the sidewalks and streets...

Independence from GMOs, why fire works

Washington Post: Anti-GMO activist Jeremey Rifkin's editorial cautiously welcomes the rise of a new genomic technology -- marker-assisted selection (MAS) -- that will increase crop yields and pest resistance without relying on splicing in genes from other species. Except GMO crops may have already...

Month of Berries

We are nearing the end of our month of berries, and I admit to some relief. The berries have come from our CSA box, our current yard, and (thanks to freezing) the yard of our previous house. Our last house, a rental, had a very tidy raspberry patch. The patch was contained in a neat 2'x8' area from which...

Blended love

I've fallen in love! I have fallen in love again ... with smoothies. Organic, homemade ones, to boot. It wasn't love at first sight. No, it actually took a lot of time. Days. Months. OK, maybe years ... to get me to see that making a commitment wasn't really all that hard, in the end. Let me start at the...

Drinking (and eating) locally in Arizona

Last week, I had to spend a week in Tucson, Arizona to attend a conference for work. Since MolM and I have good friends in Tucson, I opted to extend my visit, spend the weekend with R. and P., and check out Tucson in the company of locals rather than from the lofty environs of the resort where the...

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