Chickpea and cilantro stew with cumin croutes

December 10, 2010 at 4:18 pm (AMA, Beans, B_minus (2 stars, okay))

This is another bean recipe from the AMA cookbook.  It’s interesting in that there are no thickeners.  The chickpeas themselves are pureed to turn the dish into a thick stew. The flavors are supposed to be Mediterranean–Spanish maybe. I tried the recipe once a long time ago and found it a bit watery and bland, but Derek liked it.  I decided to give it another try. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trip report: New York City September 2010

December 10, 2010 at 1:35 pm (Trip report)

I spent almost three weeks in New York this past September.  Normally when I visit New York I just stay in the Village with Derek’s parents, but this time I moved around quite a bit.  My trip started out in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where I caught up with my friend Spoons.   Then when Derek arrived I moved to his parents place in the Village.  After he left for his conference in Baltimore I went to Ithaca for the weekend to visit my friend Katrina.  Finally, I spent a night in Columbia grad housing with my friend Jenny.  I was also at Columbia for quite a few lunches, as I was observing two courses at the University.  The three weeks passed by in a whirlwind.  I was kept busy digesting all sorts of new ideas from the courses I was observing, as well as lots of food, as always. Read the rest of this entry »

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Finally: a cookbook recipe review database

December 10, 2010 at 12:48 pm (Cookbook reviews)

For a long time I’ve thought that it would be great if there was some centralized location on the internet where you could see all the reviews of a particular cookbook, or even better, of each recipe in a cookbook.   That way you could see if there are errors in a recipe, or if a recipe has simply bombed over and over. It seems that the idea has finally caught on.  Heidi Swanson has created a 101cookbooks library where you can add reviews of a cookbook or a particular recipe in a cookbook.  I also recently came across http://www.cookbookrecipedatabase.com/.  Although it doesn’t have very many cookbooks added so far, and the search function is impressively broken, the site seems to be going in the right direction. Read the rest of this entry »

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Black bean and yam stew with sofrito

December 10, 2010 at 10:51 am (AMA, Beans, B_minus (2 stars, okay), Caribbean, Root vegetables, Starches, Winter recipes)

Derek liked the Jamaican bean dish from AMA so much I decided to try another bean recipe from the same cookbook.  This one looked somewhat similar to my black bean and sweet potato burritos, but much easier to put together. Read the rest of this entry »

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