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 […]


Coma Inducing Southern Style Skillet Gnocchi

For people or kids new to a language, idioms can be a bitch. These tiny phrases are rooted with figurative meanings that must be learned just like any other piece of vocabulary. Ask someone who is new to the language to draw a picture of a “a chip on your shoulder” and you will undoubtedly get some interesting output. As a pretty famous American poet, […]


Artist’s Cookbook-Coffee Cake Muffins by Rah Rah

With live shows that feature confetti cannons, pinatas and candy, Canadian indie rock outfit Rah Rah is no stranger to the world of sacchariferous craftmanship. They are a group of six friends that perform hauntingly poetic indie pop layered behind stories of stockbrokers, sea monsters and impressionist painters. The result is a dramatic expression that is as absurd as it is sincere in its attempts […]


Happy Birthday J-Fur

As my co-worker JL pointed out, we all have a good side. This cake is no exception. My first try at a double-decker and you are looking at the “good side.” But in food, it is all about the taste and J-Fur loved the chocolatey richness. In the end, that is all that matters. Happy birthday J-Fur. Here’s to many more double-decker cakes. Do it […]


2 For 1: Barbecue Cole Slaw and Hundred Days

Twice in my life I have been invited to large celebrations with free food only to arrive and find out that the sole vegetarian options were sesame seed buns and creamy, mayonnaise slathered, cole slaw. I hate mayonnaise. Both times, being the trooper I am, I forced the black sheep of cabbage cuisine past my gag reflexes while smiling at the hosts and complimenting them […]