Archive for February 2013

The Food Desert Project: Sausage Pozole Stew

The Food Desert Project: Sausage Pozole Stew
Pozole is an example of the ingenuity of our ancestors: first of all, it contains hominy – an ancient method of turning hard, indigestible feed corn into an edible starch by a process known as nixtamalization, where the corn was softened by cooking in lye or limewater. It’s a stew of somewhat storied Pre-Colombian origin, well-known... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Céleri Rémoulade (Celeriac Salad)

Sundays with Sparky: Céleri Rémoulade (Celeriac Salad)
Meet Celeriac. No, it’s not an escaped Ood. Nor is it Admiral Ackbar. It is not going to win a beauty contest (this particular root is comparatively attractive – normally the bottom looks like a gangrenous beard. Srsly.) Celeriac is the root of a certain type of celery (if you grow it yourself you can... Read more »

Policy Point Wednesday: ProduceMobile and Volunteering for Food Security

There are many, many programs to help families deal with food insecurity – but 68 percent of pantries, 42 percent of soup kitchens, and 15 percent of emergency shelters rely solely on volunteers and have no paid staff. That means these programs have an urgent need for people to step up and help. Recently, I was privileged to be... Read more »
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The Wayback Machine: Platonic Solid Hardboiled Eggs

The Wayback Machine: Platonic Solid Hardboiled Eggs
Well, I suppose really they’re Platonic Solid Eggs of Geometry, or possibly of Engineering, but I have a theme going, you know! This post has its roots in my love of bento, especially Japanese egg molds.  I love them, but can’t justify the kitchen space…well, at least not until they make a Tardis egg mold. Then... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Chilaquiles Quiche

The Food Desert Project: Chilaquiles Quiche
Chilaquiles is an age-old Mexican dish, mostly invented to use up stale corn tortillas. Typically, the tortillas are fried and then dipped in salsa and garnished with eggs, cheese and Mexican-style sour cream among other things…and as I thought about it, I realized I could reinvent this recipe as a little, individual quiche with basically... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Flaming Hearts Endive with Apples

Sundays with Sparky: Flaming Hearts Endive with Apples
I keep trying to teach Sparky to cook vegetables, but since he’s learned to scrape, trim, steam, roast, chip and saute – he can pretty much deal with any vegetable that comes his way. Finding a way to keep him engaged means scanning the internets for recipes with a little, well, panache. When the Wednesday... Read more »
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Policy Point Wednesday: Measuring BMI at School

BMI can be an accurate predictor of health over a large population, but as I’ve previously written, it may not be a good indicator of individual health. Unfortunately, that’s not stopping many school districts from using it as part of their PE curriculum, sparking a cost vs benefit debate that has yet to be adequately... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: BKT (Bacon, Kale Chip and Tomato Sandwiches)

The Wayback Machine: BKT (Bacon, Kale Chip and Tomato Sandwiches)
Did you see Sparky’s sandwich mentioned this week in the Chicago Sun-Times?!! I’m a proud Mama, especially since this recipe is all his own! Here’s a copy of the original post we wrote last fall: Sometimes, what we eat is all about Sparky.  He invented this sandwich with his Dad one afternoon, while I was out... Read more »