links - elsewhere
Can't We All Just Cook And Get Along?
rebecca leckman - l'amuse bouche

Shared by Miss Heidi, a nice little opinion piece about the backlash against Julie Powell in the wake of the movie release of Julie & Julia: Stop Hating Julie Powell, Please.

I thought this audience might enjoy it!

Posted by rebecca on December 15, 2009 at 12:39 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

NYF 2007 - inspire/d
meriko borogove - bon vivant of bernal heights
dueling soups

crikey. it's back again: the time of year where NYF menu planning starts anew. and no menu posted from last year! (the travesty, the horror.) apropos that i am staring at a copy of it now, as i seek ideas. the theme was inspire/d - every dish was prompted by something that caught my fancy or encouraged someone else to cook. with each dish of the evening, we shared the attendant origin stories. here's hoping telling them again will germinate the seed for this year's menu!

(what is new years feast? read the origin story here.)

Posted by shock on December 26, 2008 at 07:03 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

vote, please.
meriko borogove - bon vivant of bernal heights

we've been idle, as a group. me? i've been more than a little frozen. i miss my friend. i feel like i can't post here until i've written something that does his place in my heart justice. i talk about him, but i want my writing to be pristine, pure. perfect. (it's not there, yet.)

last night i arranged my photos and candles and treats and beverages in my kitchen. and then i made dilly bread. i haven't written that piece that does him justice - but it's time to break my silence. for something important. for something we talked about. for something that i'm missing talking with him about.

please. get out and vote tomorrow. i'd very much prefer it if you voted for obama/biden. if you're in california, i implore you to vote no on 8. very, very personally. it's both a simple matter of civil rights - and a matter of MY civil rights. (when you say "the gays" - please know - i am "the gays".) it's a matter of your neighbors' civil rights; your friends'. there's something about civil rights that makes them OURS. yours, mine. ours.

my dear friend khris posted a thought, photo and quote a few hours ago that i want to share with you all.

Little_Rock_Desegregation_1957.jpg"I must confess, my friends, the road ahead will not always be smooth. There will be still rocky places of frustration and meandering points of bewilderment. There will be inevitable setbacks here and there. There will be those moments when the buoyancy of hope will be transformed into the fatigue of despair. Our dreams will sometimes be shattered and our ethereal hopes blasted. We may again with tear-drenched eyes have to stand before the bier of some courageous civil rights worker whose life will be snuffed out by the dastardly acts of bloodthirsty mobs. Difficult and painful as it is, we must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future. ... When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice." -Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967 Address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

as she says:
"I believe more than anything that we will eventually win. No matter what happens tomorrow, I'm standing with you, holding your hand. I'll be splitting time between the No on 8 & Obama offices. Keep your head up."

i'll be focused on the no on 8 offices, myself. but i'll keep my head up. i'll stand with dignity. and all the grace i can muster. you will too. i believe in you. (thank you for standing up. thank you for thinking. thank you for talking to me. thank you for inspiring me. thank you.)

Posted by shock on November 03, 2008 at 11:00 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

tips & tricks
New Favorite Tool: Rice Cooker With Steaming Tray
rebecca leckman - l'amuse bouche

One of my biggest regrets during our last move was packing my beloved fuzzy logic rice cooker away into storage, so it was only fitting that upon moving into our new rental my first kitchen purchase was a new family rice cooker. This one came with a small steaming tray - for veggies or steamed bao buns - which could be inserted over the rice during the cooking process.

I picked up a piece of red snapper at the store a few days ago and modified a recipe from "The Asian Kitchen" - for a whole steamed snapper - to accommodate my little fillet. Basically, I set some white rice for a regular cooking cycle and while the rice started cooking I grated a small pile of fresh ginger, then sliced spring onions into 1-2 inch lengths and shredded them long-ways. About 12 minutes before the rice was due to finish I popped the seasoned fillet into the rice cooker's steaming tray and piled the ginger and green onions on top of it. When the rice was finished, I fished (ha ha) the snapper out and pan-fried it with a splash of soy sauce for a few minutes to ensure done-ness and put a little color on it. Fini! Couldn't be easier.

Posted by rebecca on April 16, 2008 at 11:50 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

culinary accomplishments
First Time For Everything
rebecca leckman - l'amuse bouche

This morning I made pancakes from scratch. No Bisquick or pre-packaged griddle mix was used; just basic ingredients and the simplest recipe from the Joy of Cooking.

I'd never not used a mix. You know what? They tasted great.

Posted by rebecca on November 23, 2007 at 06:54 AM | TrackBack

recipes - entrees
broccoli mac and cheese gratin
heidi de vries - occasional kitchen goddess

Sorry, I got busy again, since the last time I posted. And I became a vegetarian! So I've been eating a lot more healthfully just by default, and yesterday I decided to whip up this cheesy-casserole-type-thing from the July 2007 Cooking Light so that I could have leftovers to last me all week. There's some nonsense about the broccoli in it being all good for me with its fiber, folate, and vitamin C. But really I just like it because it adds color. Also, I omitted the onion from my version.

Posted by astraea on July 15, 2007 at 08:15 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Exotic Feast Menu
rebecca leckman - l'amuse bouche

Using Nigella's Exotic Evening as a springboard I whipped up this menu for dinner tonight:

Mini spiced Meatballs: lamb and veggie versions
Green Fattoosh (heavily herbed salad with pita chips and lime dressing)
Flat-bread with Zatar
Cucumber Raita
Almond Rice
Mixed Olive Salad
Artichoke Salad

The meatball and fattoosh recipes were both from Nigella. The meatball one is going in the permanent archive it was so good!

Posted by rebecca on May 31, 2007 at 06:56 PM | TrackBack

recipes - desserts
chocolate shortcakes with bananas and caramel
heidi de vries - occasional kitchen goddess

I appear to be on something of a dessert kick. Cupcakes last weekend, shortcake this. Yes, shortcake in the middle of winter, maybe because today's gorgeous weather didn't feel like winter at all. I don't think I've ever had chocolate shortcake before, and the cocoa and butter made these guys super-rich and yummy. I did my best not to overwork the dough, and they did come out pretty tender. From the Jan/Feb 2007 Cooking Light.

Posted by astraea on February 18, 2007 at 12:20 AM | TrackBack