Cut costs without cutting quality

The price of olive oil keeps going up as consumer demand rises. How to benefit from olive oil on a tight budget? Canola oil has many of the same beneficial qualities at a much lower cost, so blend 1 part olive oil to 3 parts canola oil – the taste is much the same as […]

Pickled Cucumber for Summer Evenings


Super easy to make! Take an English Cucumber and slice into thin wafers. For visual appeal, you might peel in a pattern like the pieces in the photo. Dump into a tall container and add sweet rice vinegar,  diluting with water to taste. I find that one part vinegar to 3 parts water works well […]

My Grandfather Sprinkled Sugar on Sliced Tomatoes!


But he was never overweight – partially because he was a chain smoker, but mostly he spent a lot of time outdoors supervising the digging of ditches for water mains. Smoking isn’t the best way to control your appetite – it’s probably one of the worst… Human beings evolved outdoors – some say the average […]

The Trouble With Chicken

That’s the title of a new Frontline documentary focusing on the recent Salmonella outbreaks. For the homemaker there is some real eyeopening information on the different standards for whole chicken or cut-up parts. Also : how to safely handle raw chicken. Among other unpleasant facts uncovered in the film, the USDA is applying health standards from […]

Evil Auntie and the Secret Recipe


Ingredients: 6 eggs 1/4 cup diced scallions 1/4 cup diced bamboo shoots 1/4 cup diced water chestnuts 1/4 cup celery 1/2 cup cooked diced chicken 1 teaspoon soy sauce cooking oil Preparation: Crack eggs, discard shells and beat lightly Mix all ingredients in a bowl and stir Heat cooking oil in pan until it sizzles […]

Evil Auntie Salutes the Beans


Ingredients: mixture of green, purple and yellow beans red and green chopped peppers sliced almonds Sea Salt ground black pepper olive oil toasted sesame oil Preparation: Rinse the beans thoroughly, cut off the ends, then cut the beans into bite size pieces. Steam the beans in a double boiler for 6 minutes Heat some olive […]

What is a “Commercial Kitchen”?

Amongst foodies you may occasionally hear references to a “commercial kitchen“. What does this mean and how does it differ from an ordinary kitchen? (hint: it isn’t the number of burners on the stove!) The most important difference (other than the fact that the local Board of Health comes by and inspects the premises from […]

Substitution of Ingredients

Often you will find that you are missing some ingredient that is called for in a recipe. This is usually not a problem, as most ingredients have acceptable substitutes! The most common missing ingredient in our kitchen is milk. At various times we’ve used soymilk, water, a bit of butter, diluted sweetened condensed milk, diluted […]

The Technology of Food – Part 4

Oh, no – not C rations again! Around the time the Apple ][ computer was put into production, I spent a few weeks at Fort Benning courtesy of the U.S Army waiting around for something to happen. (Everything in the Army is hurry up and wait.) In the Airborne School kitchen I was offered the […]

The Technology of Food – Part 3

80 years ago, juke boxes were being introduced into cafes and burger joints as a way of passing the time until the food was served. Today: restaurants are installing tablet computers as a means of ordering and paying for meals – as well as provide entertainment while waiting for the chow. 60 years ago, science […]

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