Category Archives: Food


Pickled Refrigerator Beets

More from the Community Garden Recipe Challenge. Get ready for a bunch of recipes inspired by what I literally dig up at the community garden.  This very tasty light way of making beets was inspired by one found on Simply Recipes, but customized (as all recipes are, to a degree) for what I had on hand. The proportion is more important than the ingredients – it doesn’t really matter if you use white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar or malt vinegar. Same thing with the…

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Heil Seitan!

If watching someone sacrifice garlic on a pentagram “altar” (it’s a granite cutting board, but go with the fantasy), use casual profanity, or periodically yell “Heil Seitan!” offends you, then this is definitely not the show (or the post) for you. If it makes you laugh or want to make Pad Thai, then the Vegan Black Metal Chef [VBMC] is your guy.

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Gwyneth Paltrow vs SNAP Challenge

America knows too much about Gwyneth Paltrow. The actress has divulged that she no longer maintains her pubic hair, recommends vaginal steaming for everyone who has one, suggests “conscious uncoupling” (because “divorce” is such an ugly word), and, through her online lifestyle magazine Goop, a $6,500 pink trench coat. Goop ostensibly promotes “food, shopping, and mindfulness,” and for someone who makes an estimated $19 million annually, it’s a matter of scale. Through her oversharing, she says and does a lot that incurs public wrath.  Last…

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Guava Jam (Goiabada)

{{unknown}}This is the first installment of what I’m calling “The Community Garden Recipe Challenge.” It works like Iron Chef. I’ll take a randomly assigned food (because that’s what they had this week at the community garden) and make something out of it that won’t kill you. Something tasty. Lots of articles point out the growing disparity between the diets of wealthy people and lower-income folk. Back in the olden days before the advent of fast food, rich people were fat because they could afford to sit around…

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What’s for Dinner, Po’ Folks?

What’s for dinner, Po’ Folks? Last summer Leanne Brown, a grad student in food science at New York University, released a cookbook. A lavishly illustrated cookbook with healthy, delicious recipes that anyone with computer access could download for free. Best part? This is a cookbook designed for Po’ Folks – specifically people who have only $4 per person per day to spend on food. Brown created “Good and Cheap” for families on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program formerly known as “food stamps.”…

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Larry and Laban created a cooking show like no other - for Po' Folks.

“Cookin’ Cheap” Revisited

In 1981, an entirely new kind of cooking show burst onto the scene. Hosted by Larry Bly and Earl “Laban” Johnson, Jr., “Cookin’ Cheap” destroyed the elitist paradigm of all cooking shows that preceded it and most that came after it. Po’ Folks, remember that this was 1981. There was no Food Network with 24-7 coverage of cupcake wars and food truck makeovers and people eating insects. Larry and Laban are a couple of unlikely Southern boys from Roanoke, Virginia who take cooking to unprecedented…

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