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Bacon Scented Air Freshener ››:

Forget that new car smell, it's the aroma of bacon that truly makes owning a car pleasurable.

Posted on Nov 10, 2003 @ 08:53 PM [3 Comments on Bacon Scented Air Freshener]

Amazon Gourmet Food Store ››:

In addition to their restaurant experiment, Amazon appears to be beta testing a gourmet food store fronting for retailers such as Dean and Deluca, Lobel's meats, and D'Artagnan. Pretty impressive sources all around, but is it any easier/cheaper to buy through Amazon than direct? My judgement is reserved.

Posted on Oct 29, 2003 @ 10:58 PM [3 Comments on Amazon Gourmet Food Store]

The Mustard Museum ››:

Let's take a trip to the Mustard Museum, shall we? 4,000 jars, bottles, and tubes of mustard from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. They even have their own fight song.

Posted on Aug 03, 2003 @ 12:57 AM [1 Comments on The Mustard Museum]

Garlic Scape ››:

Garlic Scape It looks like something from outer space. It tastes like artichokes sauteéd with garlic. It's called garlic scape, and it's pretty good. I cooked it as I might artichokes: stewed in a bit of water for about 10 minutes and then quickly sauteéd in butter with some salt and pepper. Funny thing was, it was in one of those plastic bins in the produce section at Whole Foods, complete with metal tongs for hygienically grabbing what you want. Now, these scape things are curly and pretty sturdy. They're like a bucket full of green springs. And when you try to grab them with tongs and shove them in the wimpy plastic produce bags they give you at most markets (when you can find a dispenser thing that actually has some bags still left on it), well, lets just say it's a helluva lot easier to grab them with your hands.

Posted on Jul 13, 2003 @ 08:21 PM [6 Comments on Garlic Scape]

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Posted on Jun 18, 2003 @ 08:51 PM [1 Comments on Just one word]

A Russo and Sons Quality Fruits and Vegetables ››:

russo's label For the past couple of months I've been making a nearly weekly pilgrimage to Russo's in Watertown for produce. What began as a fruit stand on the Watertown/Waltham border in Massachusetts has become what is arguably the finest retail market for produce in New England. They also have an incredible selection of high quality cheeses, deli meats, breads and pastries. If you have a green thumb you can also pick up a flat of tomato plants with your green beans and brie. Their produce is both better and actually cheaper than what we get at both of our local supermarkets. Plus, over the past few weeks I've picked up some cool stuff that I've never cooked with before such as pea tendrils (young greens from your basic pea plant, and a wonderful addition to salads or chopped and sautéed as you would chard), shiso leaves and baby thumbelina carrots.

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Posted on May 24, 2003 @ 08:45 PM [6 Comments on A Russo and Sons Quality Fruits and Vegetables]

My Wife Went To New York and All I Got Was This Stinking Cookbook ››:

Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen Cookbook Ahhh, but it's signed by the Lidia herself, so that makes it all Wikked Pissa. As noted earlier, Francie met up in New York for a couple of days with her mom from Denver and her Sister from L.A. to do some Cotton women reunioning. One night, Thursday, I think, they went to Felidia, the main restaurant in the Lidia Matticchio Bastianich empire. Before Mario, Lidia and her PBS show turned me on to Italian cooking, with it's emphasis on good ingredients cooked only so as to make them better. That show taught me all about fresh fava beans, cleaning squid and finishing pasta in it's sauce (rather than just pouring sauce over pasta on the plate). She's definitely an Honest Cuisine level cooking hero, and if you've never seen her show or bought one of her books, I strongly recommed either or both. Of course, my book is autographed, nyah-nanyahnyah-nyah-nyah.

Posted on Apr 12, 2003 @ 09:16 PM [0 Comments on My Wife Went To New York and All I Got Was This Stinking Cookbook]

Cutlery Resources ››:

As promised, here are some good resources for buying and maintaining quality kitchen cutlery. You can get good knives at good prices from just about anywhere these days. These places, however, know their cutlery and offer great service.

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Posted on Feb 02, 2003 @ 03:48 PM [2 Comments on Cutlery Resources]

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