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What have I been cooking, eating, and drinking recently?

First of all, I must apologize for not updating the site more often. My “grown-up job” has kept me very busy recently, but fret not, I’ve still been cooking and coming up with new ways to wreck my kitchen and/or cover it entirely with flour. Here are the just a few of the things I’ve […]

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Dinner Tonight – Vegetarian Sloppy Joe’s

I whipped up a quick healthy dinner recently – vegetarian sloppy joe’s with mashed bourbon sweet potatoes. It couldn’t have been simpler and it took only one cookbook, Joy of Cooking. I just used the sloppy joe recipe, substituting lightlife ground crumble for beef or turkey. For the side, I used Joy’s recipe for mashed sweet potatoes […]

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Dinner Recently: Vegetarian Clams Casino

First off, don’t worry, the clams are real. The bacon, however, is not. A few weeks ago Janna was explaining to me that one of the things she used to really enjoy before she became a vegetarian was the old fashioned classic, clams casino. I replied, “isn’t that just clams filled with a bit of […]

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Exploring Michael Ruhlman’s new cookbook

“Ruhlman’s Twenty: 20 Techniques, 100 Recipes, A Cook’s Manifesto,” the new cookbook by author, blogger, and Anthony Bourdain buddy Michael Ruhlman arrived on my doorstep on Saturday and I’m really looking forward to trying out some of its recipes. I’ll give it a proper a review in a few weeks, but I really like the […]

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Alton Brown refuses to use the “n-word” when referring to his fans

Serious Eats has a nice interview with Alton Brown promoting his new book, Good Eats 3: The Later Years. In it he says this:

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My Top Ten Breakfasts

My top ten sandwich list elicited some good conversation so let’s follow it up with another conversation about another divisive subject – breakfast. While it is called the most important meal of the day, some people ignore it. Some people even drink it. But, more importantly, what is your ideal breakfast? While you think about that, here are my top ten […]

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If all charts were about Girl Scout Cookies, I’d have done better in college statistics

From Andrew Sullivan:   It’s Girl Scout Cookie season, organized by percentage of total sales:  The only thing here that really surprises me is that Thin Mints are only 25% of sales. I would guessed around 40% just based on comments I’ve heard in those inevitable “which kind of Girl Scout Cookie is your favorite” conversation we’ve all had. Also, I guess I’m […]

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Ben and Jerry’s “Schweddy Balls” ice cream is some clever marketing

I  have to admit that I love every part of this: To celebrate the talented writers, crew and actors behind arguably television’s funniest television program, today, Ben & Jerry’s launched its newest limited-batch flavor, Schweddy Balls. The flavor is an ode to the classic “Saturday Night Live” sketch [viewable here] starring Ana Gasteyer and Molly […]

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An amazing anecdote from Grant Achatz’s new restaurant

Eater interviewed Achatz’s business partner, Nick Kokonas who revealed this unbelievable story from their newest Chicago restaurant, Next. There are a lot of people that come into our restaurants and have a really good time and think it’s a good value. If you’re not, why would you want to subject yourself to it? We had […]

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The (Hot Dog) Guns of August

It should be needless to say, but anytime I see a story that involves hot dogs, lawsuits, AND puns – I’m going to love it. This piece from NotionsCapital has all three.  In 2009, Oscar Mayer ran an ad campaign claiming its Jumbo Beef Franks beat out Ball Park Franks in a national taste test. […]

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Some great blogs you should try…

I have to thank Amy of A Little Nosh for organizing a nice little DC-area food blogger get together at Bazin’s on Church in Vienna. Along with Amy, I got to meet and chat with Johnna of Johnna Knows Good Food as well as Kim from My Cup of Creativi-Tea. They’re all great folks and […]

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Why David Chang’s Lucky Peach might just be the future of magazine publishing

Who, in these times of massive financial uncertainty and contraction across the entire publishing business, tries to start a magazine? Who then would be crazy enough to make the publication virtually free of advertising while also investing in talented writers, photographers and designers? Let me tell you as an exile from the journalism business, that  […]

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Product Review: Trader Joe’s Spiced Soybeans

Digging around the pantry last week in search of a simple dinner that didn’t require running to the store, I found this pouch of Trader Joe’s Spiced Soybeans that Janna had bought a few weeks back. I must admit, I was skeptical. I’d tried TJ’s curry in a jar and thought it was quite gross, […]

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What advice or recommendations do you have about the Big Green Egg?

As a Father’s Day gift this year, my brother, mother, and myself purchased my father a Big Green Egg. For those not in the know, it’s a large ceramic smoker that has a truly astounding cult following. While it is primarily a smoker, it also is hugely versatile. You can grill on it. You can […]

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What foods are most closely associated with specific sporting events?

Wimbledon started this week and while it’s not an event I typically follow closely, even I know that the item that everyone eats at Wimbledon is a cup of strawberries with fresh cream drizzled over the top. That got me thinking. What are the foods that are most closely associated with specific sporting events. I […]

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Where have I been eating recently?

Yama Restaurant, Vienna. Janna and I have really enjoyed this local sushi spot in downtown Vienna recently. It’s nothing too different, but I’ve yet to have any sushi there that I haven’t liked. Some of my favorite nigiri there have included the yellowtail, unagi (eel), and the  octopus. Prices seem about right and the service is quite good as long as […]

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