Category — ODDS + ENDS

{old cooks’ tales} Allow Me to Debunk 10 Common Food and Cooking Myths Using Science, Facts, & Common Sense

There are so many nonsensical myths about food and cooking that people trot out, and I’m not going to lie: they make me a little grumpy. They are awful and they are persistent and they need to stop.  I reached my limit this week when I saw a viral Pinterest post about how to tell whether a bell pepper was male or female.

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Once I was done shaking my head at the sheer inanity of it all, I decided to arm myself with (some) science and facts and a liberal dose of common sense to explain why some of these common food tropes are as mythological as unicorns, leprechauns, or free parking in San Francisco. I cover a bunch of different foods you would consider bad, that turn out to be good – and I’ll even show you how to avoid these 6 worst foods for your heart health, if you’re a person concerned about heart disease.

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April 25, 2013   7 Comments

{happening in my head} Top Five Food Words and Phrases I’d Like to Ban from the Internet

I’m sure I’m not alone in being irked by the overuse of certain food words and phrases on the web. I am probably (definitely) guilty of using these at some point or another, but I would totally ban them if I were the mayor of the Internet. (Is that a job? It should be. I’m voting for Nate Silver.) Here are the top five words and phrases I would be happy never to read or hear again.


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January 30, 2013   7 Comments

{exciting} A New Look for!

After months of work, procrastination, more work, more procrastination, and so on and so forth, I’m excited to share a shiny new design for this site! The site was designed by the magnificent Arin Fishkin, and the custom suitcase-filled-with-meat illustration is the handiwork of the incredible Xenos Mesa. Hopefully it’s easier to read and navigate, and prettier to look at. If you notice any bugs or glaring flaws, please let me know – just like having green things in your teeth or toilet paper on your shoe, these are the things you really really do want someone to tell you about.

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October 28, 2011   3 Comments

{the unkitchen} Kitchen Remodel Phase 5 – Done Enough to Call It Done!

It’s not 100% done. But it’s close enough! Last night it was christened with a Thomas Keller short ribs recipe. Mmmmm. I’ve already boiled something over and splashed red wine on everything–it can’t be perfect and pristine forever, or apparently in my case, even for a day. In other words, we are loving it!

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October 11, 2010   8 Comments

{the unkitchen} Kitchen Remodel Phase 4 – So Close I Can Taste It

The past two weeks, renovations have seemed slow, due to the fact of the insanely irritating process of sanding and varnishing of the hardwood floors throughout the entire house, completed in a total of three phases. Sure, they look great, NOW (except the GIANT scratches incurred when they moved the Galaga arcade game) but we had to move furniture around what seemed like every day, and move out for about a week.

The SHOCK! The HORROR! …of staying with my parents and their insanely comfortable and well-stocked in-law apartment, their freshly brewed coffee, their breakfasts of Swedish pancakes and crispy bacon each morning! It was, as you can probably tell, absolutely terrible. Oh wait. I meant, WONDERFUL. But all great things must come to an end so we are back at home inhaling toxic fumes from all the paint and varnish, waiting for something new to happen.

OK So there are appliances hanging out everywhere, but very few of them are actually installed. Small victory: a new fridge.(FINALLY a deli drawer large enough for all my salamis!)

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September 30, 2010   5 Comments

{the unkitchen} Kitchen Remodel Phase 3 – Kind of Almost Maybe a Kitchen?

Exciting things are afoot in the world of kitchen remodeling. Cabinets are in… it’s kind of almost maybe a kitchen!

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September 17, 2010   No Comments

{the unkitchen} Kitchen Remodel Phase 2 – Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Last time we checked in the kitchen looked like this. Now here we are, just two weeks later, and I am pretty impressed with how much has happened since then.

First there was the electrical work, plumbing, insulation, and inspections…

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September 6, 2010   1 Comment

{video+wtf} You Are Sad. Your Dog Wears Glasses. Now Eat Potato Chips!

What the hell is going on in this Japanese commercial and why should it make me want to eat chips?!?!

September 3, 2010   No Comments

{the unkitchen} Kitchen Remodel Phase 1 – In The Beginning

This is what the kitchen formerly known as my kitchen currently looks like.

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August 19, 2010   6 Comments

{easter} Lots O’ Peeps For My Peeps

Apparently, marshmallow peeps have become their very own art medium. Here is an exhaustive list of peeps-related weblinks, which includes things like porno peeps, how to make your own peeps (why?!), the best way to use peeps as fishing bait, peeps performing scenes from Shakespeare, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings (er, Lord of the Peeps), and much, much more.

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April 1, 2010   No Comments