Category Archives: Savory Stuff

Food on Singapore Airlines

A few years ago, there was a website called Airline Meals where users could upload photos of the various foodstuffs they were served on flights. It listed all different airlines, and had both domestic and international flights in all seating classes. It was fun to look at, even if you weren’t traveling! The site gradually faded away as airlines phased out included meals and replaced ... Read More »

What is mascarpone?

Mascarpone cheese

Mascarpone cheese is a rich, creamy cow’s milk cheese that is somewhere between butter and cream cheese in terms of both texture and flavor. It is smoother than cream cheese, but thicker and much less “melty” than butter. It has a very delicate, subtle flavor, more like butter than cream cheese. The cheese originally comes from Italy and is popular in many Italian dishes, including ... Read More »

Want to see a free screening of Julie & Julia?

Thanks to the lovely people at Sony who set up the screening of Julie & Julia that I saw about a week ago, I have a bunch of tickets to give away to a private screening of the movie before it comes out! The screening is in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009, so this giveaway is only for readers in the Los Angeles ... Read More »

What is buttermilk?

I often get asked questions about what buttermilk is and how to substitute for it because people don’t keep it “on hand.” The best answer to this is to say that buttermilk is a wonderful dairy product that makes for some delicious baked goods, and it should always be kept on hand if you like to bake more than just the occasional batch of chocolate ... Read More »

Ideas for Easter Brunch

Brunch will probably always be one of my favorite meals because you can serve just about anything and it will be absolutely appropriate for the occasion. Breakfast food, lunch dishes, muffins, pastries, desserts and boozy drinks all fit nicely into the category. Easter has always been one of my favorite brunching occasions because, most years, it is warm enough to sit outside and it really ... Read More »

Fresh pizza, from a vending machine

Pizza is not a difficult food to find. There are tons of places that will deliver a hot pie to your door in less than 30 minutes, what seems like hundreds of different brands in the freezer case of the supermarket, and too many pizzerias – good and bad – to count. Most people would say that the best pizza is one made from fresh ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Biscuits, reviewed

Trader Joe's Buttermilk Biscuits, unbaked and baked

I don’t normally mention foods that I either don’t like or have major problems with. I’m going to make a little bit of an exception in the case of Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Biscuits because I have heard that lots of people have had problems with these and I have some tips that definitely improve them. They’re worth saving because they have a good buttermilk flavor ... Read More »

Natural peanut butter vs Regular peanut butter in baking

Natural peanut butter

Your most basic peanut butter contains just peanuts and some oil to help the peanuts blend together into a smooth paste. There are two distinct types of peanut butter: “regular”  and “natural”. “Regular” is the term I’ll use to define your standard peanut butter and jelly sandwich peanut butter, and a category that includes most easy to find national brands. It’s creamy and thick, even ... Read More »

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