Back to food (and food blogging) with BEEF

Well, as you may or may not have gleaned from various Tweets and status updates or from real-life knowledge, the hubby and I had a busy first quarter. We went to Rio de Janeiro in late February, where hubby served as the wedding officiant for two great pals. Then we came back, almost immediately closed…

Fancypants salt

I’ve been idly wondering what the deal was with Himalayan Pink Salt for a while… we even made these Himalayan Salt Slabs our default wedding gift for certain friends for a while. But I’d never actually tried the stuff, largely because I only saw it sold in a coarse grain that seemed like it’d be…

Tales of cocktails

Every once in a while, a strange invention will come out of needing to use up a certain ingredient. Two odd cocktails were born out of such circumstances over the winter holiday break, and I figured I might as well describe them since both turned out surprisingly tasty. First was the scary greenish concoction pictured…

One night, two very different foods

#1: Red Velvet Cupcakes. Only old-school, cocoa-heavy, extra-tangy ones. #2: Kale chips. (Told ya they were different!) For item #1, I sought out a recipe that was a bit chocolatier than most store- or bakery-bought red velvets and, well, apparently I was also seeking out tangy without meaning to. I heard from our wedding cake…

Achievment unlocked — coconut H2O

I’ve been hearing everyone discuss the many health benefits of coconut water for ages, but I haven’t yet tried it. Why? Because on The Parenting Experiment, I heard John Salley claim that it was suuuper easy to just pop a straw in there and drink down that healthy goodness. Not being big on processed and…

Gadgets galore

Every year for Christmas, one side of Grant’s family tends to shower me with culinary-related gizmos and gadgets. (His other side showers me with beauty gifts! All in all, I’m a lucky girl.) This year’s haul included a few notably different items, so it seemed an injustice to fail to mention them here. The most…

Merry Deathmas!

My dear husband is sometimes bashful about the discrepancy between his normal, everyday, hipster-geek-gamer-developer closet, and his going home, visiting family wardrobe. (For example, he’ll take out his signature brushed steel and orange enamel hoop earrings when we dine with my father.) But his moms are used to his vast array of different skull shirts…

Further bread success

After our Thanksgiving extravaganza, in which Grant made an adorable but short & heavy little loaf of whole wheat bread, we’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with our Zojirushi. After our slightly imperfect Turkey Day attempt, I started doing some research as to what makes for good bread. We learned that bread flour (or…

Shroom Envy

The other day, Smitten Kitchen posted a delish post on steakhouse-style garlic butter roasted mushrooms, and my mouth had been watering ever since. We tried to make reservations at The Met for New Year’s Eve and were told they were fully booked, so I decided to cook us a steakhouse-style meal at home, complete with…

Whipping cream mystery

So I’d really like to get to the bottom of my whipping cream woes! I’ve briefly mentioned it before, but not in detail. Here goes: When I buy whipping cream from ANY OTHER natural happy hippie farm, it whips up just fine. But when I buy whipping cream from Sea Breeze at the farmer’s market,…