Archive for June 2013

Sundays with Sparky: Char Siu Chicken Buns

Sundays with Sparky: Char Siu Chicken Buns
Near where we live, there are many extremely good Chinese restaurants, one of which serves a full-course Bejing Duck feast. In one course, the beautifully laquered duck meat is served on these clamshell-style steamed buns with a simple garnish of julienned spring onions, and it is heaven. We stuffed ourselves. Then we did it again.... Read more »

Policy Point Wednesday: Talking to Your Kids About Their Health

H/T to Science of Mom: The Journal of the American Medical Association’s Pediatrics  just published a study by the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.  As part of long-term project EAT (Eating Among Teens), a study “to identify the socio-environmental, personal, and behavioral determinants of nutritional intake and weight  status among a large and ethnically... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Pie in the Sky for the Fourth of July

The Wayback Machine: Pie in the Sky for the Fourth of July
Remember when I said we had an obsession with all things hand-pie?  Well, this project, which honestly I’m posting from last year, was what ignited that passion into an obsession, and was the grandfather of our peaches-and-lavender-cream pie.  It’s a terrific seasonal pie – both in theme and ingredients. So, the Fourth was kind of... Read more »
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The Food Desert Project: Apple Butter Almond Tart

The Food Desert Project: Apple Butter Almond Tart
When I first saw this post on Smitten Kitchen (via David Lebovitz, another blogger I follow, who got his inspiration from the Wednesday Chef, who got it…you get the idea) I immediately thought of my Food Desert project.  After all, any food desert is going to have jam or jelly, and I really liked the easy,... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Oxtail Poutine

Sundays with Sparky: Oxtail Poutine
Many of you have found me via Google or another search engine; I find it endlessly amusing to read the search terms that bring you to Quips, Travails and Braised Oxtails. Some of my favorite inexplicable googles have included ”income generating potential of pies and pastry,” (thus far, zero!) “shredded kevlar” (no, don’t have a recipe... Read more »

Policy Point Wednesday: Discrimination and Weight Bias

You may have seen my name in this article originally posted in the Chicago Tribune, discussing our school district’s use of Fitnessgram, “a fitness assessment and reporting program for youth.” This program requires that students have their BMI calculated in school, and each student is privately shown the result; a report is also sent home to parents.... Read more »
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The Wayback Machine: Ginger Milk Curd

The Wayback Machine: Ginger Milk Curd
You never know where inspiration will strike you: on a recent car trip, we cruised through a part of the country endowed with excellent Public Radio.  Flipping the radio dial, I was fortunate to happen upon Francis Lam discussing Cantonese Ginger Milk Curd, jiāng zhī zhuàng nǎi, for the culinary radio show Splendid Table. Since we’d just... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Thomas Jefferson's Perloo

The Food Desert Project: Thomas Jefferson's Perloo
Pilau, or Perloo (for those of you who love Pogo like we do,) is an American Lowcountry rice dish based loosely on the rice pilafs and biryanis of the middle east and India. I don’t know if you are aware of the adventurous kitchen of founding father Thomas Jefferson, but he was about as experimental a... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Arugula, Mango and Avocado Salad with Passion fruit Vinaigrette

Sundays with Sparky: Arugula, Mango and Avocado Salad with Passion fruit Vinaigrette
Like many people, Friday nights are pizza nights.  We usually make our own (not that I’m averse to take-out, mind you – but since we don’t make crusts from scratch, it really isn’t that much more difficult.)  This past Friday, however, summer suddenly jumped on our roof with both feet and we were sweltering in the... Read more »
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