Browsing all articles from November, 2011

Baker’s Dozen Interview: Scout

13 years ago Scout (here) dropped their debut EP on Chrysalis (the same company the housed the Proclaimers). Two short years later their breakthrough album, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, created a stir that had everyone clamoring for their attention. There were appearances on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” editor’s choice picks by, tracks on films and television shows and a […]


The Airplane Boys, Horrible Crowes and Duchesse Potatoes

Thanksgiving not only means lots of food at the dinner table but a gazillion pounds of leftovers too. For us, most of those pounds came courtesy of mashed potatoes. Unless we wanted to eat mashed potatoes for the next two years, I needed something to lower the supply a little. I wasn’t feeling particularly gnocchish so that was ruled out. My answer appeared, golden and browned, […]


Vegetarian Beans and Greens with Bacon Slow Broiled by Stairs and Beans on Toast

One of the many dishes that Pilgrims learned from their Native American counterparts was Baked Navy Beans. These beans were originally made by being wrapped in deer skins along with venison, bear fat and maple syrup and then placed in a pit lined with hot stones and cooked through. Today’s version remains pretty close to the original although most recipes have traded the venison for […]


Where We Eat: Grillsmith Left Behind by Slothbear

In the same moments that I was hard at work baking a cake for J-Fur’s birthday, Tampa Restaurant Company, Grillsmith, was readying for the launch of a re-branding of their menu. Since the restaurant’s doors opened in 2004, the company’s identity, concept and menu had remained largely the same. It was time for a change and they invited a few bloggers (That Girl Allie, Dive […]


Some Days Are > Others (Part 3)

The new We Were Promised Jetpacks record arrived in my mail today. I shall listen as I polish off the rest of this Caramelized Cauliflower Soup with Vegan Croutons. We Were Promised Jetpacks – “Human Error” from stereogum on Vimeo.


Peppered Seitan Sandwiches with Creamy Mustard Sauce, the 65’s, the Jungle Giants and Silverclub

I roll my eyes at food geeks all the time. I know, I’m sort of one, but would an actual food geek forget to tell someone that nutritional yeast is in the mix? Didn’t think so. When I ask someone about a dish and they start to describe it down to the smallest detail, for instance the bread, my eyes glaze over spittle forms at […]


The Whalers and No Sleep Eviscerate Hominy and Pumpkin Shells and Cheese

During my college years, before cooking shows were uber trendy, I approached a number of television stations in the greater Chicago area and asked them if they would be interested in my idea for a show. A typical conversation went like this: Station Dude: Let’s hear the pitch. TB: I want to cook and play music at the same time. Station Dude: Not a bad […]


Artist’s Cookbook: New Hands’ Quinoa Soya Oatmeal Cookies

It is a beautiful Sunday, the cell phone is on rice and the seitan has been polished off. Time to lay back in the hammock and turn on the tunes of up and coming Christian rock band New Hands. In reality New Hands, who hail from Hamilton, Canada, are as Christian of a rock band as Gwar (which means they aren’t). But for some reason, […]


Where We Eat: Lee’s Grocery

“And suddenly, like light in darkness, the real truth broke upon me; the simple fact of Man, which I had forgotten, which had lain deep buried and out of sight; the idea of community, of unity.” -Ernst Toller Stumbling out of the shadows of the dollhouses and M & M porches that litter Frances Avenue is a brand new food establishment called Lee’s Grocery. Located […]