Archive for April 2013

The Wayback Machine: Onion-braised Oxtail Pitcha

The Wayback Machine: Onion-braised Oxtail Pitcha
Sparky said to an ox,            ”Employing some Knox, garlic, onions and wine you’ll transform to refined.” He began the Pitcha             with 3 onions and 2 cloves of garlic which, uh at 400 roasted in their skins ’til  wilted. For the eponymous recipe of this blog, I felt like we really needed to... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Sardine and Dandelion Crepes

The Food Desert Project: Sardine and Dandelion Crepes
Sometimes we forget what it means to be a wealthy nation. Our grandparents weren’t so lucky; neither are many people in the countries our ancestors left behind. Even in the urban food desert, we still have the option of going to the grocery or to a quick-serve restaurant to get food, and I think part... Read more »

Rare Blueberry Cheesecake for Watertown, Massachusetts

Rare Blueberry Cheesecake for Watertown, Massachusetts
When I was a little girl, we spent summers with my father’s family in Watertown, Massachusetts – which was brutally jerked into the national news this week. I didn’t often get freedom at home…but on vacation with my cousins and grandparents in sleepy New England, things were different. I was allowed outside on my own, and... Read more »
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Policy Point Wednesday - Behind the Brands

I’ve written before about  about how food corporations spin statistics to their advantage, using advertising and marketing to drive sales of cheap, processed goods and how food workers in America frequently are underpaid and rural communities aren’t supported. Now, a new initiative rates the top 10 international food companies on their level of corporate responsibility. “Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign evaluates... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Fried Elvis Oatmeal

The Wayback Machine: Fried Elvis Oatmeal
What do Vegans and The King have in common? Well, I know Elvis wasn’t exactly known for healthy eating, but you have to admit the combination of pan-fried peanut butter and bananas is brilliant – replace the fried bread with whole grains, and you’ve got yourself a healthy breakfast! We buy a lot of bananas,... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Chilled Carrot Soup with Pistachios

The Food Desert Project: Chilled Carrot Soup with Pistachios
Originally posted here; this soup is perfect for the changeable weather of spring as it is delicious both hot and cold. Just because you live in a food desert doesn’t mean you can’t offer your family haute cuisine.  I had been making this recipe for a delicious chilled carrot soup all summer.  One afternoon I realized... Read more »
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Sundays with Sparky: Cheesy Red Panda Crackers

Sundays with Sparky: Cheesy Red Panda Crackers
Sometimes, keeping kids cooking means finding ways to keep them interested – fortunately, the world of food frequently intersects with the worlds of engineering and crafting. Kids are natural engineers, especially on things where they have to use their hands. We’ve previously made Cheez Fish crackers with the help of some of Sparky’s buddies, but... Read more »

Policy Point Wednesday: More Research on In-school Fitness and Nutrition Programs

Eating Disorders, The Journal of Treatment and Prevention just released two new studies regarding school programs and their possible relationship to disordered eating. Unfortunately, the one that interests me most is behind a paywall, so I am only able to report what is stated in the abstract: “ differences across schools in percent of students engaging in DWCB (disordered weight-control... Read more »
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    I believe any dish, even one that’s strange to you, communicates the care of the farmer, forager, market and cook who brought it to your plate. At my blog, Quips, Travails and Braised Oxtails I put on my explorer hat, roll up my sleeves (and sometimes the sleeves of innocent bystanders) and share my adventures in cooking, eating, and understanding our relationship to food. I also offer in-home cooking classes and parties for the culinarily challenged in the Chicago North Shore area.

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