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Picnic Planning

Posted by kathleenerindavis on July 24, 2008

Earlier this month The New York Times ran this article, called 101 20-Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics. First of all I think 20-minutes is a bit too long if you are making several different things for a picnic, and second a lot of them are probably gross. But it’s still a good idea.

So here’s a list of the things that I normally include in a picnic (notice the lack of prep time):

  • My totally awesome picnic basket that I found on the street, it has a deep main section and two wine bottle holders
  • Cups, plates, cutlery, etc.
  • The pretty round table cloth my mom gave me that I have no other use for (good because it’s lightweight and you don’t have to dirty your blankets.
  • White or Rose wine (summer is usually too hot for Red)
  • Strawberries and Chocolate Dipping Sauce
  • Hummus and Pita
  • Wheat Thins and Garlic Laughing Cow Cheese (in those super convienent individual triangles)
  • Various other types of cheeses and crackers
  • Macoroni and/or potato salad (usually store bought)
  • Egg Salad Sandwiches (the egg salad I make uses pickles and sometimes cucumbers)
  • Seedless Grapes
  • Chips and a dip of sorts
  • Other fruits or brownies

And here’s some of the NYT suggestions I might consider for future picnics:

  • Beet Salad with hazelnuts and goat cheese (I didn’t think I liked beets until just a month or so ago, now I think I should try to see what they can do)
  • Interesting sounding celery filler: Process a cup or two of cashews, a chili or two, some garlic, a splash of soy sauce and enough water to get the food processor going; fold in chopped cilantro or chives. Fill celery sticks and chill.
  • This sound good, but I don’t know if I’d for to this much trouble for a picnic: Cook whole unpeeled eggplant in a dry, hot skillet, turning occasionally, until collapsed and soft. While it’s cooling, whisk together tahini, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic and parsley in a bowl. Chop the eggplant flesh (leave the peel behind) and roughly mash in the bowl. Add red pepper flakes if you like. Serve with pita.
  • Soak a tablespoon or two of black beans in sherry or wine; toss with cooked rice, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and cilantro

(there were more, but the article seems to have locked me out, hmph!)



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Brunch-tastic Quiche

Posted by kathleenerindavis on July 24, 2008

I’m thinking of making this to eat for Sunday Brunch, it’s also great to make on the weekend if you are a single lady because then you have some for lunch during the week.

Vegetable Quiche with a Tot-Crust

* About a cup and a half of chopped veggies of your choice (favorite combos of mine include: mushroom and asparagus or broccoli and onion)
* About a cup of shredded cheese of your choice (I usually use colby jack)
* About a cup of cream cheese or sour cream (for best results do half a cup of each)
* Four cage-free eggs
* Around 20 or so frozen tater tots

Thaw out the tots and press into the bottom of a greased baking dish to form a crust.

Put the veggies in first, then beat the eggs, sour cream/cream cheese together, and mix in the cheese. Pour all of that over the veggies.

Bake at 350 for about a half hour.

Really good with Morningstar veggie breakfast sausages (some of the other ones taste like dog treats), and french toast (recipe for that with a strawberry glaze coming soon) OR eat for lunch with a salad.



The role of French toast was played this morning by English Muffins

The role of French toast was played this morning by English Muffins

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Ginger Cookies

Posted by Hilary on July 23, 2008

Ginger cookies are fabuloso! They are perfect autumn cookies. They are also good cookies for summer, winter, and spring. I just made some for my cat’s friend, Nicole. This recipe is one I found online last year and modified to suit my taste.



2 3/4 to 3 cups flour

2 teaspoons powdered ginger

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2-1 teaspoon cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup earth balance (or butter, if you’re in for that kind of thing)

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg or the equivalent amount of egg replacer

1 tablespoon orange juice, apple juice or water

1/4 cup molasses (this stuff is foul)

Crystalized ginger (as much as you want!)



1. Set oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix flour, baking soda, spices, and salt.

3. In a separate, large bowl cream butter/earth balance together with sugar. Beat in egg/egg replacer, OJ, and molasses.

4. Gradually mix ingredients from step 2 into the wet mixture.

5. Cut up the crystalized ginger into whatever size pieces you please. Incorporate into batter.

5. Use heaping tablespoon to form big cookies. Roll cookie balls in a sugar and powdered ginger mixture. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and flatten a bit.

6. Bake for 10-ish minutes. Let cool. Eat.


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Food Baby Quote of the Day

Posted by kathleenerindavis on July 23, 2008

“We don’t want a piece of the pie, we want control of the kitchen!”

-Dead Prez

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Puppy Chow: A Food Babies Classic Dish

Posted by kathleenerindavis on July 23, 2008

Eating parties are all-night cooking and eating fests that are held semi-annually. The menu changes each time to include new favorite recipes, but there are some staples. Puppy chow (or p.chow for those in the know) is a standby dessert staple. It’s fun and easy to make and can serve as either a main dessert, a dessert side dish, or a snack to eat while cooking.

Here’s how it’s done:

– One box of chex or chex-like cereal
– Peanut butter (smooth not crunchy; about a half cup)
– One bag of chocolate chips
– Powdered sugar (to coat)
– A really big pot with a lid (You can get creative with this if you don’t have big pot)

Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave (about one min., longer if needed)

Put a lot of the cereal (but not all) in the pot and pour the melted mix over it and mix like hell until thoroughly coated.

Pour lots of powdered sugar on top, put the lid on and shake like hell, repeat as necessary.


Warning: don’t try to get creative with this one; we once thought it would be a good idea to add coconut. It wasn’t. Don’t mess with perfection.


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Ginger Kitty

Posted by Hilary on July 22, 2008

I want to surprise Kelly and adopt this ginger kitty. KK concurs. What, if not a picture of a kitty, is fodder for amateur blogging? The main thrust of our blog is supposed to be foodstuffs, but we will throw in kitties from time to time, along with other KK & HilHil- esque goodness (e.g., stellar dance moves, extreme makeover tips, quotable quotations). In the meantime, I’m waiting for this little guy’s foster mom to call me. He can’t be adopted until he weighs 2 pounds. Get fatter, kitty! I want you!


Ginger Kitty

Ginger Kitty

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