Wilted endive salad by Weezie

Posted on 06-21-10 · Tags: , , ,

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Anjuli’s grandmother, my mom, was born in 1910. She did not cook much until she married in 1940, as far as I know. She went through WWII as a wartime bride, exposed to rationing and culinary marvels like Scrapple and Spam. I was a baby boomer, born in ’47, so for me her cooking style was a product of the 50s. She delighted in post-war conveniences: plastic bags, frozen vegetables, cold soda, Tastykakes and Entenmann’s, en masse condiments like mayonnaise and ketchup, and keeping leftovers in the fridge (sometimes too long in my opinion). And she loved iceberg. Salads at home were invariably iceberg, tomatoes, carrots, onions and one of ten kinds of bottled dressing. The only exception to this rule was her wilted endive salad. She’d even make her own dressing. We always ate it as a main course because of the ample bacon and hard boiled eggs. I loved this salad for its heartiness, the texture of the curly, wilted endive, the sweet and sour tones of the dressing, and the lovely, crispy bacon. It satisfied all the tastes. It stood alone beautifully.

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I like meat by Anjuli

Posted on 08-05-09 · Tags: , , , , ,

Chard w/ Niman Ranch sausage and sweet onion

I have been eating meat. Yes, it’s true, when I’m away from this blog I am probably eating meat. Away from home I have eaten it here, and here, and here, and here, though definitely not here, but I loved this place as well.

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My bread speaks in cheese and tomatoes by Anjuli

Posted on 04-26-09 · Tags: , , , , ,

Grilled cheese w/ caramelized onions, whole grain mustard, and tomatoes on homemade anadama bread

Being a perceptive cook really means doing the bidding of your food. It’s a good day when you just happen to have a molasses sweet and cornmeal gritty anadama bread (from the Bread Baker’s Apprentice) that is crying out for some grilled cheese and tomatoes. If on that day it happens to be 80 degrees (seriously?) and both your cheese and brow are sweating, you just pair it with a little acidic salad to refresh your palate.

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Bacon Takedown by Anjuli

Posted on 03-29-09 · Tags: , , , , , ,

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Bacon, bacon, where’s the bacon? I smell bacon. Bacon bacon gotta be bacon. Only one thing smells like bacon and that’s bacon! Bacon bacon bacon bacon there. In that bag. What’s it’s say?! I can’t read! Please, please give me what’s in the bag. Chewy, yummy, smokey, bacon! Oh boy oh boy num num num num num it’s bacon!Beggin’ Strips

Matthew Timms’ Bacon Takedown at Radegast Hall in Williamsburg was a greasy, delectable tasting of 30 bite-sized bacon noshes stuffed on a foam plate and eaten with some serious beer goggles. The winners didn’t exactly lumber up and body slam their 27 losing opponents onto the Hall floor in true takedown fashion, and the dysfunctional line of 300 meant up to a two hour wait for the $10 grub, but it was generally a friendly and delicious pork-filled affair.

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lil’ Kumquats and lots o’ bacon by Anjuli

Posted on 03-17-09 · Tags: , , ,

Kumquat mini cupcakes

Cupcakes have long needed a makeover. In October of 2007, recent Parsons grad Keavy Landreth turned her procrastination of baking into a decadent little moneymaker called Kumquat Cupcakery. The catch? You may think you can eat 12 of these bite-sized cupcakes, but they are surprisingly rich and delicious. So let’s say it would be like stuffing 12 bonbons in your mouth.

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