Archive for the ‘American Cookery’ Category
Posted by infinitygoods on February 4, 2008
I was visiting some of my commenters’ blogs and I came across this lovely heart-shaped Valentine dessert recipe posted by Melanie at Monday Through Sunday.
The picture looks good enough to eat and Melanie says it’s real simple to make, so if you’re in need of just that this Valentine’s Day, go take a look at the recipe.
Do you have any simple but special recipes fit for your Valentine?
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Posted by infinitygoods on December 29, 2007
The United States Department of Agriculture agent approved the eggs I bought just moments before I picked them up. You see pictured here the USDA tag. It was a hot topic of conversation at my husband’s work, and in the decades we’ve been alive, neither of us has ever come across one of these before, nor have any of the people we spoke with. It was so unusual, in fact, that the customers at the store were all looking at the tag suspiciously and refusing to take these eggs. My husband and I grabbed them all the faster. I have no idea what it is the USDA inspects when the agents are looking at eggs, but obviously these passed the test and have the initialed tag and the #5 scribble on the carton itself to prove it. Besides, I thought it would be an interesting tidbit to share with all of my blog readers. Have you ever bought anything sampled by a USDA agent? The USDA knows eggs, because these eggs were very good indeed!
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Posted by infinitygoods on December 4, 2007
If you came here looking for household tips or Christmas tips, ideas or resources, just click on those pages, and for more of this week’s WFMW go see Shannon.
Well Shannon, at Rocks in My Dryer has given us a theme this week and she wants recipes for Works For Me Wednesday. Here’s the setup: It’s 5:30 p.m., we’re tired, we have a headache from having barely survived the worst day of our life and of course our cook is Missing In Action and we’re too poor for takeout. We don’t have any leftovers in the fridge or anything in the freezer that we can just zap because, you know, it’s the worst day from hell and we didn’t even think ahead to use our Crockpot, so what is going to work for me? And you?
Here’s four ideas:
1. Refer to my own blog for my Tomato Chicken Salad Recipe which I make in 10 minutes flat! Round it out with a cheese platter and fruit (no cooking there either, just pull it out of the fridge and slap it on a tray) and you still have a gourmet French meal! Now that works for me!
2. Grab my very best cookbook and look up the section “Dinners in half an hour”. What cookbook would that be, you ask? Dinners in half an hour is in The French Chef Cookbook. Well any cookbook by Julia Child will work too. Julia has the very best cookbooks because she not only tells us how to cook the recipes, but also tells us what NOT to do. With Julia by my side it wouldn’t matter if my brain were turned off, I know I don’t have to be concerned about anything because she will have tested every step right down to the last grain of salt. I could cook a recipe for the very first time and even serve it to a stereotypical mother-in-law from hell and not have one iota of concern. Now that works for me too;
3. Grab a Rachel Ray cookbook, because she too makes a complete meal in half an hour;
4. Grab one of Chef Emeril Lagasse’s children’s cookbooks because everything in there is super easy, super fast and super tasty. You can see my complete review of his series of children’s cookbooks right here on my Cooking For Children post.
Feel free to leave a comment even if it’s just to say “hi”.
Happy Wednesday, Everybody!!
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Posted by infinitygoods on November 30, 2007
As my regular readers know, healthy and quality foods are important to our family. One of my readers has asked if I know of quality food sources online, and yes, I do know a few, but I wonder if the rest of my readers know of any others.
So please help us out by commenting. Here is Leo’s complete question posted in response to yesterday’s Wow! Every Cookie Imaginable!:
wow…thats all I can say…wow! I love this blog!!!!
Do you by chance, know of any quality online food services? I am starting to order all my food online because of various reasons. (Health being one of them) So far I have found 2 services, Fresh Dining (an LA company) and Celebrity Foods, but you have to call them so they can talk to you about your need. I would really like any suggestions that you may have, so I can widen my list of quality places online where I can order healthy food from.
Thank you and have a great night or day…depending on when you read this. LOL!!!!
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Leo, here’s the sources I can personally vouch for. (Click on the links.)
1. Whole Foods Market — They are headquartered in Texas and have regular stores throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. While they do deliver, their delivery policy however varies by store so you need to check with your local stores. Whole Foods carries a wide variety of foods, cleaners and body products.
2. Country Sun Natural Foods is a small, very friendly store in Palo Alto, Calif. Their online store carries groceries, organic wine, vitamins, herbs and body care products. They have monthly sales and they provide senior discounts. If you don’t see what you want, but they carry that item in the brick and mortar store, they will usually add it online just for you. If they don’t carry it, they will often special order it or at least point you in the right direction. Yes, they really are that friendly. You can see what I said about them in the post Flavor and Flowers at Farmer’s Market. Your previous shopping carts will be remembered for 60 days for faster reordering too. They also publish Taste For Life Magazine which is available instore and shipped with every order.
3. Infinity Goods — Yes, that’s us! We are an online Amazon Affiliate store. Amazon now has a grocery store. We have requested more health foods and quality foods for our affiliate store at infinitygoods.com. For now we carry products in our gourmet foods section like Alaska wild salmon, Omaha Steaks (and other Omaha foods), maple syrup, stevia and even whole black winter truffles direct from France, and much more. We will start carrying more foods as Amazon makes it available. If you want a specific food which Amazon carries, but we do not have listed, we will add it to our products for you, just let us know. When you shop at Infinity Goods, you use the same Amazon shopping cart, products come to you directly from Amazon and we have the same Amazon return policy. So be sure to shop with us whenever a product attracts your eye. You’ll be helping me and my small family.
4. Fabrique Delices — It is a French charcuterie or delicatessen. It’s not a one-stop shopping since they only provide deli products, but they are excellent. They serve the Pope and the White House, but remain a good value for the quality. I also mentioned them in my Farmer’s Market post, along with a couple of small family businesses with online stores, Prevedelli Farms and Bolani and Sauce.
Dear Readers, if you can, please don’t forget to post your own suggestions for Leo and all of us. It will be greatly useful to all who visit here. In advance, I thank all of you.
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Posted by infinitygoods on October 17, 2007
Follow up on Blog Action Day post from Oct. 15. To make more sense of this post please click Blog Action Day — Environment and Organic Foods.
Organic meat tastes better. The verdict is in. Our family votes thumbs up for the taste of organic meat. The woman we met at the store who recommended organic meat was absolutely right. Though we vote thumbs down for the inflated price tag. Yet, I must say that just as with organic fruits and vegetables, I noticed that my family felt satisfied far quicker than with non-organic foods.
While I was concerned that we wouldn’t have enough to eat with this special birthday meal, as portions were smaller than we are used to, we ended up with left overs. I have noticed this before with fruits and vegetables. While the organics taste far better and some might think we would eat more, we in fact eat less. I am guessing because the nutrition value is higher.
So this interesting finding makes me wonder if it would follow that as we eat less yet have better and more nutrition, we would also lose weight?
We have seen our country as a whole gain more and more weight since the ’70s. At the same time our quality of food has degraded more and more with each passing decade.
Not only have our foods been pumped full with more and more chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics, but also many additives like artificial and engineered flavorings and corn syrup. Actually, corn syrup is known to make us gain weight, eat more and crave additional corn syrup, but I will leave the side effects and evils of corn syrup for another post (stay tuned).
In the meantime, eat healthy and be well!
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Posted by infinitygoods on October 16, 2007
If your family refuses to eat the ends of bread loaves or you get some hard leftovers, don’t throw them out. I have a tip just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Just start saving them for your stuffing.
Accumulate them in a freezer bag and either tear up in small pieces or use your food processor. Add your favorite spices and butter and you’re ready to stuff your bird (even chicken). For better taste, I also add any of the following: ground sausage meat, celery, apples, raisins, broth, and/or sherry.
You’ve used bread your family would normally throw out, you get better stuffing than what you get in those boxes, you save money, and it’s always at the ready in the freezer. It’s great, so start saving now for your Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys and your any day chickens.
I have two tips today, so be sure to read my other post about a child’s first haircut.
If you missed my other WFMW tips, here they are:
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reuse plastic grocery bags in the car
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16 Web site tips
And don’t forget to stop by Shannon’s Rocks in My Dryer for lots more tips from all the participants.
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Posted by infinitygoods on October 16, 2007
The environment is at the forefront of the news these days, but today the issue was right in front of me at my local grocery store, and the opportunity for an instant consumer poll arose.
As I was looking at my choices in the meat and fish cases, I noticed a woman reaching into the new organic meat section. Having wondered about it myself, I asked her if she had tried it already.
Well, her face lit up and a giant smile emerged. “Yes, it is soooo good,” she said closing her eyes to savor the memory. She told me she was surprised at how much of a difference “organic” made. She had bought organic meat originally as more of a whim than anything else. She now uses it for all her special dishes and said even just a spaghetti dinner is brought to a whole new level. It is well worth the extra money, she advised, especially when considering the health benefits.
Double the money to be exact. The beef had a much more intense color, much darker. I thought it was just like the difference between farmed salmon that is pale despite the artificially added coloring, and wild salmon that is a dark reddish orange.
The label stated, “raised without antibiotics or added growth hormones, in pastures free of chemical fertilizers and fed only certified organic feed.”
And as I thought, “Shouldn’t it always be like that?” I recalled the cattle we see for miles as we go up the state on Highway 5. Those poor beasts do not have a pasture. They are sitting — sardine style — in mud, and the stench is sickeningly powerful even when the cattle have long gone out of sight.
We can’t tell what they are fed when we drive by at highway speeds, but if these cattlemen “care” enough to make their cattle sit in mud and breathe in highway pollution, I can imagine they also care enough to feed them all sorts of hormones, chemicals and perhaps even the best recipe for mad cows.
I’ll be cooking the organic beef tonight for a special birthday dinner and I’ll let you know what we all thought tomorrow.
In the meantime, please let me know what you think of organic meats and foods in general and if you’ve tried organic, how do you think it compared.
Personally, I can’t wait for the prices to get lower as more people start using organic meat and it stops being some exotic product. Good, natural, organic foods should be the norm, not the exception. Where has the pride of our cowboys and cowgirls gone? Isn’t that what America was made of? Our cowboys and our farmers made our country what it is. So why the negative, greedy trend of late?
We need to be conscious of the total disregard for healthy foods by growers and manufacturers across the board unless they think they can “make a buck.” We need to stand up and demand that we not be fed hormones, chemicals, pesticides, cloned meats, engineered flavorings, engineered trouts to turn them into salmons, etc., etc., etc.; the list of Frankenstein science experiments that turn up on our table without our direct approval is too long and much too frightening.
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Blog Action Day is October 15, when bloggers around the web unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind – the environment. All bloggers post about the environment in their own way and relating to their own topics. The aim is to get everyone talking toward a better future.
For more information about Blog Action Day or to participate next year, please go to their website at blogactionday.com. And beside their acronim, B.A.D., it is a good thing.
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Posted by infinitygoods on September 13, 2007
I’ve been doing a lot of research about American history lately, particularly the overland journey to the Wild West. In looking for information, I found a fantastic book. It is the first American cookbook, written and published in the United States of America using American ingredients and methods in 1796!
It is chock full of information and tidbits about life in a new country. Of course it has recipes. Some are strange for the 21st century, but most are mouth watering just reading them. But most interesting are the author’s views and opinions, not about food, but about life in general. She reminds me of the millions of bloggers today who write about their lives. Some naysayers think it’s nothing but a silly fad, but I believe it has the potential to teach future generations, hundreds of years from now, what and how our society thinks and behaves.
In reading “American Cookery by Amelia Simmons, an American Orphan” (yes, that is part of the title), I am finding how very much alike our society today is to our ancestors’ at a time when our country was new.
Simmons writes, “The world and the fashion thereof, is so variable, that old people cannot accommodate themselves to the various changes and fashions which daily occur.” Daily occur — did you read that? Just like today we have new developments like iPhones and blogs, in 1796 they too had daily changes. Just like today the younger and older generations are set in their own ways, so were they in 1796. Even 200 plus years ago, people were lamenting the good old days Simmons tells us, “They will adhere to the fashion of their day, and will not surrender their attachment to the good old way — while the young and gay (happy), bend and conform readily to the taste of the times, and fancy of the hour.”
These very comments could have been made today.
And just like today, there were plenty of backstabbing, jealous people too. In an advertisement for the book, Amelia Simmons had to place a notice that while the book was prepared for publication someone changed some of the ingredients “with a design to impose on her (the author), and injure the fate of the book.” She adds the corrections to the advertisement and future editions.
She also has opinions on orphans and female character. All this in a cookbook using plenty of ingredients which at the time were not familiar in England and Europe, such as corn cobs, turkey and cranberry sauce.
Historians say she was also the first to use the new words “cooky” and “slaw,” and that her book was so popular she had to write expanded second and third editions in 1800 and 1831. Future cookbooks even copied her ways of “American Mode of Cooking” and borrowed her recipes.
Mary Tolford Wilson, in an essay for the Institute of Early American History and Culture, writes, “Amelia Simmons still holds her place as the mother of American cookery books. And no later work, however completely it may reflect the mores of this country, has quite the freshness of this first glimpse caught in the small mirror held up by an American Orphan.”
Now that’s true American innovation!
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