Browsing all articles from July, 2009
is it in roux

Is it in roux mix: The Mae Shi, Major Lazer, the argument, Times New Viking, Bluejuice, Rah Rah, Hoodlum Shouts, Skrapz, Summer Cats, Boat Beam,

In the 19th Century Chef Antonin Careme took hundreds of sauces in the classical French culinary repertoire and grouped them into four families. Each family had a mother sauce: Bechamel, Veloute, Allemande, or Espagnole. Each mother sauce was made up of a thickening agent composed of equal parts fat and flour (by weight). This agent is commonly referred to as roux. So using my degree […]


Why don’t you just start a car blog? Smashed Potato Enchiladas, Shill, and Wussy

J-Fur and I planned on going to Tampa’s premiere of Food Inc.this past weekend but the uninsured motorist from Daytona Beach who thought he could run through us instead of going around us foiled that one. Thankfully, no one was in the backseat or things could’ve been much worse. Back View: Side View: As it was, too sore to run, too car less to drive, […]


Doug’s Nut Brown Ale Unveiling Dinner: Asparagus Risotto, The Very Best, Mammut, The Temper Trap, and The Blakes

Doug over at …la cocina de dooglas… has masterminded the production of a homemade nut brown ale. With help from Fede, CC, SS, BTreotch, Karen, and HF, the month long process culminated last night with the unveiling. Dubbed Bust a Nut Brown Ale and decorated with pull away labels that may start appearing throughout the greater Tampa Area, the beer was met with pleasantries such […]


Not Sure if it Works in Reverse but Blueberry Tarts Love the Avett Brothers

Normally when you give a new recipe creation to someone and their response is “Well…it looks good” I go back to the drawing board and start again. Not in this case. J-Fur wasn’t very excited for my Avett Brothers Tart, named that because I made it right before their concert, but she doesn’t do fruit desserts. If it doesn’t have chocolate in it, there is […]


Tomato Soup in Cutlass Supremes: An exploration of TV OFF and Calling All Cars

Fuzzy, Mello, and I had squeezed into Fuzzy’s father’s Cutlass Supreme to go egging, something we did a lot in those days. This time, however, we weren’t using eggs but tomatoes. Seems Fuzzy’s father had recently procured a large quantity of beefsteaks and hadn’t thought of removing them before the three of us borrowed the car. For most of the night I sat in the […]


Momotaro, Polvo, Peaches, and Crisp

One of the literary heroes that I like to introduce my second graders to is a boy named Momotaro (the card to the right features a likeness of him and was designed by Kimiko Shiga). Momotaro is a Japanese hero whose name is usually translated to mean Peach Boy. He is called this because legend has it that he floated down from heaven in a […]


Baker’s Dozen: Interview with Firetop Mountain

This is the second installment of A Baker’s Dozen, a series on Write.Click.Cook.Listen, in which I interview a Write.Click.Cook.Listen certified artist asking them thirteen questions. Recently I interviewed (via email) a mother approved Norwegian band called Firetop Mountain. Their song How Can You Dance at a Time Like This began our Something Missing Mix. TB: Who are the current members of Firetop Mountain? FM: Michael […]


Portobello Sliders: Bringing out the Haunting and Quiet Little Voices in All of Us

As a follow up to Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, which strongly influenced my June playlist,I decided to take a step back and read his earlier work The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Pollan wrote this book to shed some light on three different food chains (industrial, organic, foraged) that sustain the American population. During his examination of foraging, Pollan wrote in detail about mushroom hunting and […]

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Four for the Fourth: Berry Tarts and Major Lazers, Art Brut, Future of the Left, and Black Moth Super Rainbow

Sometimes when I wake up in the morning I make a list of things I want to accomplish that day. This helps me to focus on an arbitrary goal and complete tasks that I would otherwise avoid. My list for yesterday, the Fourth of July, was as follows: Buy a grill top accessory for my stove Get into a low speed chase with a stranger […]