Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Dazzling and Dramatic Food of Thailand

CLICK ABOVE TO PLAY Music – Long Mae Ping (Big Sound) Pin Piah – Lanna Thai Instrumental In 1986, I had the opportunity to spend some time in Thailand, on a trip, which also included visits to Singapore and Hong … Continue reading

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Killing Your Chicken and Eating it Too

Music – “Chicken Dance (Fastest)” from Chicken Dance Kids Party by Chicken Dance Kids Party. Released: 2012. CLICK ABOVE TO PLAY In this harried, rush-rush-rush Western existence, for the most part, we have lost touch with our food in the … Continue reading

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Got Gadgets?

As a cookbook enthusiast (note that I didn’t say ‘addict’, which is probably a better adjective), I just keep collecting. I should have become interested in another hobby, say, for example, stamps. It takes a whole heck of a lot … Continue reading

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What is Comfort Food ?

Music – “Comfort Food” from “Coming Home”, Stephanie Jackson CLICK ABOVE TO PLAY Some people define ‘Comfort Food’ as foods that remind them of home, of their childhood, of good, warm, fuzzy feelings. Do people who had a rotten home … Continue reading

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Menu Planning in 1910…How Times Have Changed !

Part of the fun in reading older cookbooks is to see what dishes were fashionable or appropriate for the time. And how times have changed! In “A Year’s Dinners” by May Little, published in London around 1910, she features “365 … Continue reading

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When is a Duck not a Duck ?

We’ve all heard the expression, “If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it must be a duck”. So, when is a duck not a duck? When it’s a lamb! In “Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book”, published … Continue reading

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Green Chile, Georgia O’Keeffe and The Land of Enchantment

“New Mexico”, from the album “New Mexico”, Bob Forbes, 2010 click above to play If you have never had the privilege of smelling fresh green chile roasting, you have been deprived. When I moved to New Mexico in 1994, I … Continue reading

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