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Cheap-Ash Meals with Ashley Archer: 1

by in View All Posts, January 12th, 2009

Every so often, I’ll check in with a recipe and shopping list perfect for entertaining on the cheap.

This week’s installation, for 6 very hungry people:

  1. Braised Organic Chicken with Chickpeas and Chard
  2. Sauteed Chard Stems with Garlic and Chile
  3. Carrot and Cilantro Salad with Warm Vinaigrette
  4. Toasted Flatbread
  5. Steamed Rice

= $20.59

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Watch Me Pull These Potato Chips Out of My Hat!

by in View All Posts, January 9th, 2009

So “two is a trend” and all, but are we really heading for a squirrel resurgence?

On the heels of a Times article that stopped just short of calling squirrel the new bacon comes news from the UK that one of the 6 finalists in a name-a-new-chip-flavor contest from Walkers Crisps is “Cajun Squirrel.” (Competing against Fish and Chips, Builder’s Breakfast, Onion Bhaji, Chilli and Chocolate, and Crispy Duck with Hoisin.)

There is no squirrel in the Cajun Squirrel, though (just as there is no fish in the Fish and Chips, and also no builders in the Builder’s Breakfast); the ingredient list is said to include “milk, lactose, salt, sugar, dried onion, dried garlic, dried lemon juice, cardamon, ginger, coriander, chilli, cumin, oregano, thyme, allspice, parsley, paprika extract and flavouring.”

Yum. Though it’d be disingenuous to imply I’d be anything but all over the Crispy Duck with Hoisin variety.

[via new favorite website Coldmud]

[update: James Oliver Cury was totally on this first]

[update II: now Gawker is too]

Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer

The Stealthy Maccabee Gift Exchange

by in View All Posts, January 8th, 2009

I don’t know about other departments, but here in Culinary we have a longstanding tradition of marking the holidays with a Secret Santa ritual. Several weeks in advance, names are drawn blindly from a hat. On a designated day (this year’s was yesterday) we all gather for snacks and trade small tokens of collegial affection. Some make out better than others, to be perfectly frank, but the spirits are always high, the gratitude effusive and, heck, the free meal helps defray the cost of the gift.

However. There is a not insignificant minority here who, growing up, never received one of Santa’s jolly visitations, for whom ‘ornamenting a tree’ was something involving toilet paper and a grudge, who hear the word caroling and reach for their ear muffs. You get the picture.

It is with this tribe in mind, and in the interest of making our Secret Santa ritual somewhat more ecumenical, that I propose the following idea: next year, we should offer the option of an alternative gift exchange. Let’s call it Stealthy Maccabee. You, the participant, pick a name from a hat, then ambush your randomly selected idolator / co-worker with a sufganiyot in the face, which, though not perhaps as comedically rich as a cream pie, strikes me as infinitely preferable to, say, being slapped with a hot latke.

Jonathan Milder, Research Librarian

Newton's 3rd Law of Reality Television

by in View All Posts, January 7th, 2009

Via Eater — so I guess Wife Swap is looking for a food writer for an upcoming show. Don’t get me wrong, I think this is all well and good, and I do plan on surreptitiously nominating several colleagues.

But what I really want to know: what precisely is the opposite of a food writer? Suggestions welcome.

Rupa Bhattacharya, um, Food Writer

Can't Start a Fire Without a Spark, &c.

by in View All Posts, January 7th, 2009

Mr. Strudel moves Downtown

by in View All Posts, January 6th, 2009

When my now-husband was in graduate school, I’d visit him on weekends from college and we’d inevitably end up at a coffee shop I’m not going to name.

At the time, there were two constants there — the first was this guy who called himself “The Inflected Self,” who’d always be hitting on hapless female undergraduates, and the second was “Mr. Strudel,” a cherry strudel with a distinctive dent pattern. We saw both of them almost every weekend, year in and year out, and since we were way fonder of Mr. Strudel, we decided to adopt him as a de facto pet. We’d check in every so often to see what he was up to (being a strudel) and whether he’d been sold yet (no).

Now that we’re on the other side of town, we don’t get to see Mr. Strudel that often, but I hear via seriouseats that said unnamed coffee shop is now a pastry supplier for other cafes, one of which is near where I now live.

I wonder if Mr. Strudel missed me as much as I missed him. I hope so.

Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer

BYOG

by in View All Posts, January 6th, 2009

Not too long ago, I was craving noodles. Since I am fortunate enough to live close to Chinatown, finding fantastic hand-pulled noodles was a no-brainer. My husband and I dashed over to 88 Food Sing Corp, a small noodle shop at 2 East Broadway. It just so happened to be a Friday night after a busy workweek, so we were also hoping for a glass of wine to go along with our noodles. I decided to see if 88 Food Sing was open to a BYOB philosophy.

Knowing that they would likely not have a bottle opener on hand, I packed my bottle of white along with a corkscrew and set off to satisfy my appetite for slippery, chewy noodles and spicy broth.

The waitress was happy to see us when we got there, since she remembered us from previous visits. After we ordered, I politely asked if it would be ok to open our bottle of wine. She looked at me, and contemplated the question, really struggling to give me a response. She told us to wait a minute and went to speak with someone. Moments later, she returned and said, “ ok, but not too much,” with a parental tone. I instantly felt like a child and assured her that we would be responsible.

Then I asked her for some glasses, at which point she said they didn’t have any. I repeated the question, thinking perhaps she misunderstood, because how would we even be able to drink responsibly without glasses? (We were not desperate enough to drink out of the bottle.) On the second request I hand signaled that I needed to pour the wine into something. She smiled and nodded and rushed off, returning with two 1-ounce plastic cups, the kind that you sample food in at Costco.

Well as the old saying goes, beggars can’t be choosers, and we graciously accepted the cups and poured away. With each sip, my smile grew bigger; I had not enjoyed a dining experience quite that much in some time. But the waitress kept looking at us. Now I wondered, did we do something wrong, were we eating our noodles improperly? Not slurping enough or perhaps too much? Not spicing with the appropriate condiments? Why was she staring at us? About two 1-ounce sample cups through my wine, she came over to the table and asked, “How is it?” to which we replied, “Fabulous, delicious, the best noodles ever!” to which she said, “No, not noodle, wine. can I try some?” We felt ashamed we had not offered to share sooner and responded, “Of course, yes, please, sorry and would you please offer some to the noodle maker in the back” she nodded yes, and brought 2 more sample cups which she ran back to kitchen to share.

When she returned, she said, “Thank you, I never had, it’s good, and he liked it too.”

At that point, I figured that it was best to cork the rest and leave it for them to share — since after all, she cautioned us at the beginning not to have too much. My noodles were the best ever and now I know that on my next visit, should I be craving a little wine, it may be best to byob and byog!

Cheers to 88 Food Sing Corp!

Claudia Sidoti, Recipe Developer

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