Archive for November 2013

Sundays with Sparky: Sour Cherry Relish

Sundays with Sparky: Sour Cherry Relish
This Thanksgiving, we had to get a bit creative: one of our guests was on anticoagulant therapy, which is not necessarily compatible with holiday dishes.  We played around with the menu, removing my beloved leafy greens in favor of root vegetables and beans, but the problem that stuck was what to do about cranberry sauce?... Read more »

Thanksgiving Special: A Better Way with the Big Bird

Thanksgiving Special: A Better Way with the Big Bird
Thanksgiving has got to be my favorite holiday of all: not only is it focused on gratitude, family, and a big meal – but the foods of Thanksgiving are some of my personal favorites – in particular, turkey. Now, turkey and I have not always been on speaking terms.  My Argentine mother, who could turn... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Stuffed Pumpkin (vegan)

The Wayback Machine: Stuffed Pumpkin (vegan)
Having people with different food needs over for Thanksgiving?  This particular recipe is one we have every year, and it just so happens to be easily made vegan.  Jack-O-Lantern size pumpkins can be hard to come by after Halloween, so keep in mind that any large-size squash with a large seed chamber will work.  Larger... Read more »
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The Food Desert Project - Pecan-Date Tassies

The Food Desert Project - Pecan-Date Tassies
It’s pie season again!  Sadly, I am a bit under the weather, so my usual plethora of pies won’t be happening this year – so I decided I would make up in quantity what I can’t do in variety.  Tassies (possibly an Anglicization of the French word for cup, “tasse”) are little one-bite pies, and I adapted... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Oggies (Cornish Steak and Rutabaga Pasty) and Oggy Pie

Sundays with Sparky: Oggies (Cornish Steak and Rutabaga Pasty) and Oggy Pie
It’s a blustery autumn day, and Sparky and Dr. Lasergonapus agreed, possibly reluctantly, to take a break from decimating aliens on the Xbox and cook with me. I had previously told them we’d be making Cornish Pasties, also known as Oggies; savory pastries with a charming history. The song “Oggy, oggy, oggy, oi, oi, oi”... Read more »

Policy Point Wednesday: Labels and the Food Desert

Policy Point Wednesday: Labels and the Food Desert
In a recent Op-Ed for CNN, John Bare – VP of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation wrote that the biggest problem in the food desert is the label itself: he asserts that a diagnosis of food desert status “too easily turns into a club used to beat families most in need.” An  article he links by... Read more »
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The Wayback Machine: Spiced Applesauce

The Wayback Machine: Spiced Applesauce
Keeping ahead of your produce can be a full-time job. It’s often cheaper to buy food in bulk, but since Sparky is one of those kids who refuses to eat apples that aren’t perfect…a week or so after I’ve bought them, they wind up abandoned in the fruit bowl looking like this: Fortunately for us,... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Lightning-Fast Tomato Soup and Toasted Cheese Soldiers

The Food Desert Project: Lightning-Fast Tomato Soup and Toasted Cheese Soldiers
This is a week where, like most of you, I’m behind, frazzled, can’t think straight and really, really need dinner on the table ten minutes ago. Once upon a time, on a day such as this one, I sent my husband to make dinner, fully expecting to find cold bowls of cereal and glasses of... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Crudmuffins

Sundays with Sparky: Crudmuffins
Sparky’s friends enjoy wordplay – and, being the age that they are, their favorite way to play with words is coming up with creative substitutes for  inappropriate words.  Dr. Lasergonapus (frequent collaborator here in the Hays kitchen) in particular celebrates the epithet “Crudmuffins!” One day he asked me if we could come up with a... Read more »
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