Monthly Archives: November 2009

I Need a FREAKING WHISK!!!

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Here I stand over the stove with a bubbling concoction of milk, chocolate, vanilla extract and cinnamon, stirring away with a wooden spoon.   I’m making hot chocolate because it’s freezing  balls outside.  The damn chocolate, of course, is not properly dispersing in the hot milk.  Rage ensues.  “I NEED A FREAKING WHIIIIISK!!!!!!!!” suddenly starts spewing out of my mouth in a loud, high-pitched, full-out scream.  Yes, I know this is unreasonable and completely unnecessary.  But I just discovered, right when I needed it, that I DON’T EVEN OWN A WHISK.  Who the hell doesn’t own a whisk?

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Leftovers | Comments: 0

A Great Day for Washington Wines

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KPLU News Room reports:

RICHLAND, WA (N3) — A Washington State winery has earned an honor that could translate into big sales for the Northwest wine industry. Out of 17-thousand wines, it landed the number-one spot on Wine Spectator magazine’s top 100 list. KPLU’s Anna King reports.
The Columbia Crest 2005 Reserve Cabernet took Wine Spectator’s top prize. The bottle retails for about 27 dollars. It’s the first time that a Washington wine has reached the top of the list of wines from around the world. It’s a prestigious honor, and one that usually guarantees swift sales. Ted Baseler is the CEO of Ste. [Sant] Michelle Wine Estates. He says Pacific Northwest grape growers and wine makers have been working for recognition of this kind for decades.

Source:  www.kplu.org

Congratulations Columbia Crest!  This is a great development and recognition for Washington wines.

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Leftovers | Comments: 0

Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet by Padma Lakshmi

I found myself at the bookstore perusing the cooking section, wondering how I was going to ever decide on one cookbook to bring home.

It was hard to resist picking up and flipping through Padma Lakshmi’s cookbook, Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet:  A World of Recipes for Every Day.  With such an inviting cover of the beautiful Lakshmi smiling up at you with an enticing bowl of noodles, I can guarantee you’ll be drawn in just as I was.  As quickly as I saw it, I scooped it up and made a beeline for the cash register.

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 1

Perk up your mashed potatoes

I love Tyler Florence’s recipe for mashed potatoes…with grainy mustard added!  It may sound odd, but it produces a really flavorful result.  Try this recipe this Thanksgiving instead of your normal ho-hum mashed potatoes.  They don’t even need gravy!

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 0

Getting Mentally Prepared for Thanksgiving.

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I have officially just butchered my first turkey.   Actually, first animal in general.  Since my knife skills are horrible at best, I generally avoid buying cuts of meat that need to have the bones removed.  I usually leave that to the professionals.  But apparently there is no such thing as a boneless, skinless, natural turkey breast in Tacoma.   I know, the fact that I removed the turkey breasts from a turkey may not be a notable event to you, but I am pretty excited.  It even looked right.  Can’t wait to butcher my next whole animal.  Next time, maybe a chicken.  Oooohhhh…Ahhhhh…

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 1
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