Archive for August 2013

The Food Desert Project: Soft-Boiled Eggs with Pimento Cheese Soldiers

The Food Desert Project: Soft-Boiled Eggs with Pimento Cheese Soldiers
Sometimes, it’s simple pleasures, right? Back in the 1970s, everybody had egg-cups expressly for enjoying soft-boiled eggs and toast “soldiers” to dip in them, but somehow this dish fell out of favor. People think, somewhat unfairly, that soft-boiling an egg and cutting toast into strips is too much trouble. (Don’t have an egg cup these... Read more »

Sundays With Sparky: Cake-Palooza! (Lime In The Coconut Cake, Minecraft Cake, Xbox Cupcakes)

Lime in the Coconut Cake - 
Fresh Lime Chiffon Cake with Key Lime and Blackberry Filling and Coconut Cream Frosting
For our family, August is filled with cake.  Nearly every family celebration happens in August for us, and since I love baking and crafting, we pull out all the stops and try to make each cake special.  Since we have so many and they are mostly about process, I’m not going to detail the recipes,... Read more »

Policy Point Wednesday: Did Changes in WIC Drive Change in the Food Desert?

H/T to The Lunch Tray, who linked a discussion in the New Yorker about the connection between reduced rates of obesity and 2009 changes to the WIC  (Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants, and Children) program.  The Rudd Center director suggested that one factor in this change might be that “fringe food” purveyors may be... Read more »
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The Wayback Machine: Red, White & Bleu Coleslaw

The Wayback Machine: Red, White & Bleu Coleslaw
Coleslaw is frustrating – at least, to me it is. You take some of the healthiest raw ingredients we’ve got in our lexicon, shred them up, toss them together – and then drown them in a sauce that’s mostly saturated fat and sugar. Not only does the sauce frequently negate the salad (depending on how... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Tuna and Sweetcorn Popovers

The Food Desert Project: Tuna and Sweetcorn Popovers
Yes, the Hays family are anglophiles -so, I’ve created this amalgom of traditional British recipes. The UK has more than its share of odd contributions to world cuisine: Stargazy Pie (which Sparky refuses to allow me to make!) Jellied Eels, Oggies and Kedgeree to name a few.  Yorkshire pudding or popovers seem positively ordinary in comparison…and, indeed,... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Blueberries and Cream Pie

Sundays with Sparky: Blueberries and Cream Pie
For me, and I think for Sparky, too, very few things speak to summer like a fruit pie. I had frozen an abundance of blueberries, and one afternoon, Sparky, Zuko and I decided their time had come. Pie it was. Sparky specifically asked for blueberries-and-cream pie like our Red, White and Blueberry Hand-Pies, so that’s... Read more »
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Policy Point Wednesday: Advertising vs Education Spending

Last week, Marion Nestle of the blog Food Politics had some fun with numbers: she created a chart to compare profits and advertising expenditures for the top 10 bestselling brands of cereal, which include popular cereals from Kellogg, General Mills and one from Post.  These 10 foods alone, most of which are high in added... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: The S'more Warriers, Part II

The Wayback Machine: The S'more Warriers, Part II
If you recall, we started this post with pre-camping-trip homemade marshmallows. We are avid campers…well, at least we adults are avid campers – Sparky can take camping or leave it, and so of late we have brought along his buddy Zuko to ease the sting of the fresh air and nature and all that. This year,... Read more »