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Thursday, August 30, 2007

perhaps an unfortunate food package photo?



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Bikes, Food Geekery, and Deep-Fried Vittles

Those of us blessed with the miracle of basic cable should be on the look-out for the second incarnation of Alton Brown's poetic travelogue, Feasting on Asphalt. This time around, the Food Network uber-geek (and Digital Vittles patron saint) takes his crew on a motorcycle excursion around the Mighty Mississippi to sample the regional (and usually deep-fried) cuisine and culture. Several episodes have already aired, but hey--it's basic cable, so you know there will be reruns galore.

Friday, August 24, 2007

the second meeting of the oxoh diners' club*.



Last night Jason came over for dinner at my place.
The menu: thai mojitos, green curry, homemade peanut sauce, jasmine rice, thai-style coleslaw.
The music: Elvis, Andrew Bird, and the Flaming Lips.
The company and conversation: outstanding, as ever.

Stay tuned for next week, when Jerms and I are going to introduce Jason to Richard's Pizza in Hamilton and he's going to teach us a thing or two about the Indian section of Jungle Jim's.

*Any suggestions on a name? Small-town Ohio Vegetarian Foodies?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Lemon ginger cupcakes

With lemon cream cheese frosting. These are going with me to my poker girls' annual camping trip this weekend. We do a lot of eating and drinking on these trips ... mostly drinking. I'm (happily) always in charge of desserts. And booze.

Farewell, cruel world. See you on Monday.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Scenes of a Dinner Party

As Abby mentioned in her last post, I have now thrown my first official Oxford Dinner Party, featuring produce from the Oxford Farmers Market and spices, sauces, chutneys, beers, and chapatis from the Jungle Jims. Celebrating the abudant produce of August, I made a trio of curries: Bhindi Masala (Okra and Heirloom Tomatoes); Tamarind Curry with Chickpeas and Heirloom Eggplant; Massaman Curry with new potatoes, onions, and cauliflower. The three curries were accompanied by chutneys (coriander; mint; coconut) and chapatis. We also had some lovely Beer, including Bells Oberon and Brasserie de Rocs (a woman-brewed, belgian ale on tap at the surly girl saloon in c-bus). Abby contributed a rockin mango lassi

Below are a few pictures Abby took of the meal; soon, I'll be getting my own digital camera so you can expect much more farmer's market and cooking blogging ahead.







Ice Cream in Misery

R's new colleague made some great chocolate ice cream the other day...and he blogs.

In other Misery news...

I hope you all appreciate the fried-food-on-a-stick-heaven that is the Ohio State Fair. The Misery Fair had very little to offer. It was so disappointing that we opted to eat dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Sedalia(!) instead.

R is on her way to Detroit, and I will join her soon, hopefully with something to report back to you all.

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

extra! extra!

As many of you know, our dear friend and Vittles co-founder Jason recently moved to the town where I live, in order to begin a job at the university I attend, which happens to be in my very own department. Anticipating the culinary delights that would accompany his arrival (as well as the plethora of other benefits to me in having a dear friend move here), I have been anxiously awaiting the calendar turn to August, the first day of which he arrived. Tonight, my friends, my first meal at Jason's house will take place. You can be sure I am taking my camera and a notebook in order to report back to you what magnificence he prepared and I ingested. I only ask one thing in return: try not to be too jealous.

Are Farmers' Markets expensive?

When I got home from the Worthington Farmers' Market this morning I laid out all my goodies and started thinking about how much everything cost, and not in the "Wow, this stuff is expensive" way, but in the "Hey, I think I did pretty good today" way.

So I started browsing around online for some Farmers' Market vs. grocery store comparisons, and I found this great post, which confirmed my suspicions: that the Farmers' Market can actually be a great value, not the overpriced, elitist, yuppie paradise that many (including my own family and most of my coworkers) think it is. As is turns out, the 100% organic, locally grown food below was a bargain at $15.


















1 lb. broccoli
2 lb. heirloom tomatoes
1 lb. boneless pork
8 oz. garlic & herb cheese
4 (huge!) ears sweet corn

The meat and cheese were the big ticket items, and they comprised about 2/3 of the total cost. Still pretty good, I think...thoughts?

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Try this: Chocolate Zucchini Cake


















So, right about now is the time when I start seeing baskets of zucchini show up en masse in my office break room, with desperate sounding little sticky notes attached, containing pleas for help in consuming the squash windfall that is early August.

I myself have been in this situation. Too much of a good thing is still too much, and you can only eat so many fritters, bread, casseroles, etc. This recipe is the richest, moistest, chocolatey-ist solution to this problem, and I can't believe I didn't try it sooner. It is truly delicious. Plus it gave me an opportunity to use this adorable sunflower cake pan, a recent gift from my lil' bro.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake, via Simply Recipes (the version above), or the version from the blog with the same name (and one of our favorites).

The version we made has lots of orange zest, which tasted so summery and perfect. This one is going into heavy rotation for sure.

Happy baking!!

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