Category Archives: Food thoughts

Niman Ranch Raises the Battle Cry for Locally Sourced, Small Scale Meat Production

A truly thought-provoking Op-Ed in the New York Times by Nicollete Hahn Niman (of California's famous Niman Ranch) that makes the case for eating meat responsibly as a way to counter climate change. – Matthew

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Expensive seafood tastes in two-year olds

We’ve just returned from the South of France – la couer of fine seafood eating no less. The adults thrived on great oysters and mussels from the Languedoc’s Bassin du Thau. Our youngest, Zelda, developed a penchant for large crevettes … Continue reading

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Fish Tales – Teaching Your Five Year-Old to Look Out for Bones

We had mackerel this evening for dinner – three fish scored and braised in a soy, mirin, rice vinegar, garlic and ginger sauce. Rather than fillet the fish before cooking (a finicky process in the case of mackerel) I decided … Continue reading

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Crock Pot Confidential – Adventures in Slow Food (Sort Of)

Let’s get this disclaimer out of the way straight away: I was not wholly convinced when Jowa said she wanted a slow cooker/Crock Pot. Perhaps it was the suspicion that I faced a future of flavourless stews that put me … Continue reading

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Candy Nation: the aftermath

Hurrah. We have successfully passed out the last of the peanut butter cups and m and ms. We’ve snuffed the jack o lanterns and extinguished the compact flourescent porch light. The kids are asleep. We’ve drained the last glass of … Continue reading

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Hello Again, Halloween

Candy is good. I love the unlikely caramel flavor of candy corn, the salty savory chewiness of real caramel, the capsacin burn of an old fashioned Red Hot, the flaky wafer crunch of a Kit Kat, the crystalline snap of … Continue reading

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Messy Meals (in this case Cous Cous)

Cous cous is a big hit in our house with kids and adults alike, but boy is it messy. Tonight we served it with a really fun Moroccan chicken, apricot, capers, olives and date recipe we like (will post that … Continue reading

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What’s in Your Pesto?

I’ve been following a fun little strand of conversation over on the Guardian’s new food blog. It concerns the joys of fresh basil and how you can enjoy it. Obviously one of the main topics is pesto – the pasta … Continue reading

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Bean Counting

Fava beans, that is. We bought a bunch at our neighborhood farmer’s market this weekend for $1.50 a pound. It was comparison shopping of sorts, my wife having bought a some frozen favas at Whole Foods the week prior. She’d … Continue reading

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Painting with Purple Sprouting

We had an accidental revelation tonight at dinner. We (well my wife actually….I was still trying to get home from work) had put together a 20-minute family meal of shrimp fajitas with sauteed purple sprouting on the side. Here’s the … Continue reading

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