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freshman 15

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french fry 'hana'

my friend getting creative in our cafeteria. photo credit to her.

This is about the time of year that some college freshmen start noticing their pants are a little tighter and hiding miserably behind their coats. and some sophomores, seniors and out-in-the-real-world people too. Since this is a blog about food, I wanted to share my thoughts and tips on the subject: Read the rest of this entry


Forging new traditions: Saltine brittle

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Project of the day: Simple dessert

Trado, tradere, tradidi, traditum. Our derivative from the latin for ‘to hand down’ is one of the most frequently used words this time of year. Everyone has their favorite traditions: gift giving, decorating, candle lighting, that special holiday dish, gathering, service, or sweater.

But sometimes that old sweater gets torn, or people move away, and the old tradition just doesn’t work. Its hard to adjust to our new conditions, sad to let go of the old traditions.

The traditional christmas eve of my childhood was to gather at my mother’s parents house with her brother’s family for a big dinner and gift giving. We would have tons of delicious food, some of Grammy’s specialties like pearl onions or waldorf salad, and sparkling cider or orange juice with seltzer in it. After dinner we’d lie in front of their fireplace as Grammy read The Night Before Christmas aloud. After we worked through our presents, always organized in piles according to recipient, we’d turn to the impressive spread of dessert. There was usually rumpie, sometimes trifle, and other varying treats, but always tea served with lots of milk and sugar in teeny little teacups.

But Grammy died last september, my uncle moved to Kansas this summer, and Poppop’s getting older. Since it’s just Poppop and my family, we had him over to our house for christmas eve this year. With such a smaller gathering, it seemed silly to have as large a meal. So for dessert after our dinner of salad, carrots, rolls, and a roast, I wanted somthing light and simple. Read the rest of this entry

caramel (frozen) pudding

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Project of the day: making the most of sticky situations

On nothing more than a whim, I decided to make carmel pudding at about quarter of ten last night.

I almost always cook with my computer open next to me, simply because that’s where my recipes are. Caramel takes a longish time to make, but you can’t walk away from it, which makes for a relatively boring time of watching sugar boil. As the ninja was playing video games in the other room and my computer was next to me, I naturally turned to it for entertainment.

Isn’t it odd how random insignificant choices can suddenly change everything? Read the rest of this entry

The Cooking Shows of the Internet

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Project of the day: Create a Food Blog

Like tons of other kids, I loved Saturdays. But not for the cartoons. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing quite like a bowl of cinnamon toast crunch and the Ninja Turtles : ) . But my parents are big on PBS, so as soon as Daddy got up we’d switch to This Old House. That was fun too, but my favorite part was always the afternoon cooking shows. Jacques Pepin, Julia Child, America’s Test Kitchen–I admired their techniques, drooled over their food, and occasionally wrote down a simple recipe to mess up the kitchen with later. I still do, whenever I can.

In college I have no TV, nor much time to watch anyway. But I still love cooking, and last summer, living on campus with the cafeteria closed, lead to many a googled recipe. And that is when I discovered food blogs–the perfect substitute for cooking shows! Better even–they fit my crazy schedule, there’s no half-hour limitation, no need to scramble to write down a recipe, and anyone can do it! Not only does this provide a rich variety of recipes, it means my silly dreams of hosting a cooking show can happen without a producer or a nice big kitchen.

And that, friends, is why I am here.

Special thanks to the ninja for convincing me to give it a try.