Undoubtedly, at some point in your life, a recipe has told you to brown or caramelize some onions for 5-10 minutes. As many frustrated cooks have found through experience, this step of the recipe is a damned lie
. In fact, the now-ubiquitous suggestion of 5-10 minutes isn't even a remote approximation of the amount of time it takes to brown an onion; Alton Brown
and Julia Child
weigh in on the matter, suggesting that the task can take anywhere from 45 minute to an hour. [more inside]
posted by schmod
on May 7, 2012 -
This is the perfect recipe for those of you who like to enjoy a big bowl of macaroni and cheese for dinner and absolutely nothing else. It’s beautifully flavored, creamy, cheesy, and with the smokey bite of crisp salty bacon on top?? Oh man, you guys are in for a treat — I’m not even kidding. It’s amazing. (previously)
posted by Trurl
on Feb 3, 2012 -
: "When you have kids, supper has to be on the table every night. And when you are a vegan, the drive-thru, the deli
counter, and TV dinners/frozen convenience foods are not an option. So, you do the best you can. This blog is a record of what my family eats. It's not always a totally complete meal, not always photogenic, and sometimes it's leftovers. But, it is a realistic look at a vegan family in a northern Ontario city that is not always vegan-friendly." [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte
on Oct 14, 2010 -
Chris Kimball prepares a 12-course meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 cookbook.
Using only a coal stove and other authentic Victorian-era kitchen staples, the chef, who lives in Fannie Farmer's former home
, recreated a classic holiday Victorian meal from her iconic 1896 cookbook.
The twelve courses included: "rissoles (filled and fried puff pastry), mock turtle soup with fried brain balls, lobster à l’Américaine, roast goose with chestnut stuffing and jus, wood-grilled salmon, roast saddle of venison, Canton punch, three molded Victorian jellies and a spectacular French-inspired Mandarin cake."
Chris Kimball is the creator of public television's America's Test Kitchen
) and Cook's Illustrated
. Naturally, he chronicled the experience in a book, aptly titled, Fannie's Last Supper
. In it, he offers some moden adaptations of Fannie Farmer's recipes. A film depicting the difficulties of authentically re-creating the meal airs this Fall.
posted by misha
on Oct 6, 2010 -
Nanotech researchers have developed
, quite by accident, the first all-natural metal organic framework (MOF) made from renewable sources. And it turns out, you can eat them too.
“They taste kind of bitter, like a Saltine cracker, starchy and bland”
Doesn't sound very promising as a snack food, but it is very interesting to those looking to use MOF to store gases
, say hydrogen, in a more renwable manner.
You can actually make these for yourself
, you just y-cyclodextrin, potassium benzoate, water, and, well, Everclear. Yum?
posted by cross_impact
on Sep 2, 2010 -
The Jónsi and Alex (Recipe) Show
: join Jónsi Birgisson
(frontman of Sigur Rós
), Alex Somers
and their very loud blender to make raw food
recipes. They made three videos from their Good Heart recipe book
, for Macadamia Monster Mash
, Raw Strawberry Pie
, and Nammi Nammi
. If coconut, almonds, dates and agave (heavily featured in their three recipes) aren't your thing, enjoy a couple dreamy videos from the couple's album Riceboy Sleeps
: All the Big Trees
and Daníell in the Sea
. See also: Sometimes I Get Scared
(a distortion-heavy non-album track), and Jónsi and Alex talk about their album
, with parts of the tracks in the background. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 12, 2010 -
Winter holiday traditions change with time and location, with their current forms retaining little of their old forms, wassailing
(rhymes with fossil-ing) possibly more than most. The modern interpretation of wassailing has been simplified to singing carols, though it was born of much more diverse traditions
, from a cheer of good health before battle to scaring evil spirits from apple orchards. From these origins come wassail the drink
, and that's just one of the many foods of the winter season
(Food Timeline prev.
). A few more are covered below the break. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 25, 2009 -
is a freely available homebrewing recipe generator, which allows you to easily create, save and share your own beer recipe(s). The calculator includes hundreds of malt, hop and yeast varieties, adjuncts and other ingredients, different mash processes, and fermentation and storage variables, and can toggle between US and metric units. Also, if you associate your recipe with a BJCP
-recognized style, the calculator will give you guidance regarding your recipe's adherence to the style's guidelines
. Homebrewers, have at it!
posted by cog_nate
on Dec 4, 2009 -