Sharp things, shiny things

September 8, 2017

Sharp thing: A new, fancy paring knife.

I didn’t NEED either one of them. But I’ll use them regularly, and they make me smile.

Reason enough to buy new knives, and new wineglasses.

I got to jonesing, for some reason, for a good quality paring knife. I have three or four el cheapo paring knives, but when I need to peel or slice something, I generally reach for my faithful 5-inch Misono utility knife. I love that knife and use it every day.

Decided I wanted something just a bit smaller. I was breezing about Amazon, and found a hammered steel, not carbon, Kaizef, four-inch. I knew I didn’t want carbon, knew I wanted hammered. It was on sale. So I bought it.

It’s a nice, nice knife, that came in a nice sheath and box. Haven’t used it yet. Will try to touch up the edge just a bit before I do.

Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

Food shopping online

July 10, 2017

Spicing up my life, I am. Peppers R Us.

I am continually amazed at what the Interwebs can bring me in the form of good eats.

There is not only what I can order online and get delivered to my door from the local Chinese takeout joint, without ever talking to a live person until the guy shows up at my door. There are the clicklists I can call up and for a mere five bucks, get my grocery shopping list picked off the shelves, bagged up, and have it waiting for me when I pull up at Kroger (and while that’s not as big a deal as it was when I was working at a not-at-home office, with kids that had to be strapped in and unstrapped and corralled in a basket, it’s still quite attractive from time to time). And there are the plethora of specialty/gourmet food websites out there, up to and including the incomparable DiBruno Brothers salumeria on Ninth Street in Philadelphia, wherein resides the best damn sausages and cheese I ever put in my mouth. God help me, I love them.

Read the rest of this entry »

Hello?

May 14, 2017

Market haul. Lots of good stuff this early in the season!

Yes, I am still alive. I’ve just been…busy.

Between Friday, May 5, and this past Friday, May 12, I was home for exactly 12 hours, during which I neither cooked nor ate. Between those dates, I went to a conference, at which I contracted a stomach bug; I went shopping at an outlet mall, saw a bear (not at the outlet mall), and lost only $45 at a casino. Then I came home (after approximately 1,000 miles), slept, unpacked, repacked, and went to Little Rock for the announcement of an 800-job, $410-million project on which I’ve been working for a year and a half. Then I came back on Friday, after spending two days at the factory site with the architect.

Then I slept. A lot.

Read the rest of this entry »

The start of the garden! Can't wait.

The start of the garden! Can’t wait.

Complain about the US Postal Service all you want. I love ’em. And UPS, and FedEx.

The proportion of my shopping that’s being done online is growing steadily, a trend that reflects the national move away from brick-and-mortar stores. I still do my grocery shopping in person (though I expect I’ll be using the Kroger ClickList function sooner rather than later, just for the convenience of it), but increasingly, everything else comes online.

Except shoes. I want to try shoes on before I buy ’em.

Anyway, one of the great things about online shopping is when you reach into the mailbox, or look out in the carport, and get that little frisson of excitement before you remember what you ordered. “Oooohh! Packages!” It’s like Christmas.

Today, my mailperson (he actually is a mailman, at least most days) brought me two food-related packages: the first of my garden seeds, and a collection of produce bags for storing the yield from said garden in the fridge.

Read the rest of this entry »

Odds and ends

January 22, 2017

Beeswrap. This may be a cool thing; I have not made up my mind.

Beeswrap. This may be a cool thing; I have not made up my mind.

There’s been some cooking going on, but it hasn’t been anything particularly unusual. But looking at my photos for the past week, there have been a few things here and there that haven’t made it into posts, so we’ll just corral them here.

First, the above. This stuff interests me. It is beeswax-impregnated cotton cloth, designed to serve as a substitute for plastic wrap in your kitchen when it comes to covering containers, etc. It’s from a place called Mighty Nest, to which one can procure a $10 a month subscription that nets you a kitchen or home-related goodie aimed at making your life and home more sustainable and cutting your landfill footprint.

Read the rest of this entry »

The weekend cometh!

August 26, 2016

Chicken gumbo over rice, with yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant. OK, hybrid gumbo-ratatouille.

Chicken gumbo over rice, with yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant. OK, hybrid gumbo-ratatouille.

As a matter of fact, in about 18 minutes, here, I’m about to declare my home in the Eastern Time Zone and pour myself a glass of wine, because it has been a WEEK, can I just tell you? Following close upon the heels of the WEEK before that.

And I still have a powerpoint presentation I need to finish this evening because it’s due by close of business Wednesday, and I am going to be gone Monday and Tuesday. I hate to wait until Wednesday to finish it, but I may wind up doing so.

Because I would rather write about food and such.

Read the rest of this entry »

From the cosmetic drawer to the kitchen. Good stuff.

From the cosmetic drawer to the kitchen. Good stuff.

It’s kinda weird to head into the bathroom and scoop up a spoonful of your moisturizer to saute something in, but I’ve done it.

That’s because I’ve become a devotee of coconut oil. Admittedly, I use it much more for exterior purposes than for cooking, but it’s handy to have when you’re out of vegetable oil, olive oil, shortening, and don’t want to saute in butter, as happened to me recently. (No, I NEVER run out of butter. I grab a bunch when it’s on sale and keep it in the freezer, and when I open the last pound, I buy some more. There are things of which one must just Not Run Out, and butter, coffee and vodka are three of those things.)

Anyway, coconut oil has 117 calories in a tablespoon (canola is 134, and butter is 102, while olive oil is 119), which is not out of line for other fats, but all that fat is saturated, if that’s an issue for you. Its smoke point is 350 degrees, same as butter or canola or olive oil, but unlike butter, it doesn’t brown as it heats in the pan, and like canola oil, it’s a neutral taste.

But it’s as a moisturizer and similar uses it gets the most use at my house.

Read the rest of this entry »