Monday, July 28, 2014

Mixed Plate: Vacation!! (I think...)

It's Summer Vacation Time!! At least, that's the plan. Just for a few days, don't panic, I'll be back to the bloggosphere in no time. I'm supposed to meet up with family and friends for a few days in the Hotzone that is Nevada, but there's also a fair chance I'll cancel my trip to be with Indy, if her health is wavering. Ah, the joys of a terminally ill dog. Anyways, with the Vacation Gods in my favor, I hope to be somewhere else very soon, seeing people I haven't seen in a long while.

Let's Go-Go on Vacation! (photo from Go Go's album, if you're a child of the 80s)
In celebration of vacations as a whole, I of course think of the great anthem for taking some time off by Belinda Carlisle and her Grrl army of Go-Gos. If you feel like chair-dancing to this 1980s classic, here's a video from YouTube -- pardon the long pause before it starts, it's in place so the copyright police doesn't take it down (unless it's already taken down). If so, boo.

Monday, July 21, 2014

UnRecipe: Salt of the Earth Eats

We're definitely in the months where the notion of cooking over a hot stove is just not an option. But there's no reason not to celebrate ingredients while trying to beat the heat! This week's post is all about the magic of salt. It's a wonderful preservative and is a one-step miracle ingredient if you don't want to fuss with making a brine for a jar full of fresh vegetables. I'm parading the miracles of salt, but I'm also giving a head's up to a site I've been using as a great reference guide: The Japanese Food Report, which has been helpful for a lot of simple, everyday techniques.

The simplicity of salted radishes -- and not wasting any of the parts! - Photo by Wasabi Prime

Monday, July 14, 2014

UnRecipe: You're My Hero, DIY Gyro! (and the Interwebs, too)

Sometimes I think, I should try and write down more of my recipes and actually make this a real recipe blog. And then I ignore that voice and keep reading through cookbooks, browsing recipes sites, and other cooking blogs, which basically all inform how this blog winds up. In the evenings, I multitask while re-watching that Downton Abbey episode for the fourth time to figure out what the hell is going on, and dinking around on my smartphone, reading recipes and looking up what other people do with specific ingredients. This is exactly what happened not long ago, when a wicked craving for gyros came about, and the solution was (as always) The Interwebs.

Make-at-home-gyros on lavash; a near-perfect restaurant-style reproduction - Photo by Wasabi Prime

Monday, July 7, 2014

OMG a Recipe: O-M-Greens - Lost in the Antioxidant Jungle

You look in the fridge and realize you have a ton of produce, specifically leafy greens, and it's like a ticking time bomb. Except that instead of a terrible explosion, you're simply left with a sludgy pile of green goo and wasted food. NEVER AGAIN. The final installment of Oxbow Box Project: Part Deux, focuses on all those random veggies and greens you wind up with, whether you've gotten behind on eating your CSA goods or you went overboard at the farmers market and are in need of a Kale Intervention. However you got to this place, I feel your pain. Come and have a hug, and let's have a grown-up talk about Eating Your Greens

O..M...Greens - what to do with this antioxidant land of plenty? - Photo by Wasabi Prime