Courtesy of the local Fred Meyer produce department, here’s the world’s most hilarious “serving suggestion”: a serving suggestion for bananas. There you have it. In case you weren’t aware of it before, you can use bananas in a fruit salad. Or — believe it or not — you can “simply eat fresh for a natural… Continue reading Serving Suggestion
I’ve struggled with my diet over the past six weeks. Part of this is because I’ve intentionally tried to move from “weight-loss” mode to “stasis” mode. Finding balance has been more difficult than I anticipated. But most of the problem has come from the constant temptations around the house. First, there was the holiday season,… Continue reading Temptation and Permission
I have no self-control. This is the fundamental reason that for so long I was fat, in debt, and unable to do anything productive. Instead of doing what I ought to do, I always chose what I wanted to do. These rarely overlapped. When I decided it was time for me to get out of… Continue reading Junk Food: A Character Flaw
Kris and I had lunch with my cousin Nick today. He wanted to take us to Sushi Kata, a Japanese place in a strip mall not far from our house. But Sushi Kata isn’t open on Sunday, so we scrambled for a replacement. “Let’s go to Ohana,” I said. “I eat there all the time.”… Continue reading These Are a Few of My Favorite Meals
This post is from Kris. It’s part of the Christmas package we’re giving to friends this year. Tahitian Vanilla Beans are prized for their traditional vanilla flavor and are perfect for pastries and other sweet treats. These beans that Santa has brought you are from Papua New Guinea, and the resulting extract is smooth and… Continue reading Vanilla Extract Recipes
Black Rock Lodge from along the Macal River Alas, Friday saw the end of our time in Belize. We spent a quiet morning reading and watching birds. We wrote in our journals. We ate breakfast and lunch, savoring our last meals from the lodge’s excellent kitchen. The food at Black Rock Lodge deserves a special… Continue reading Winter Vacation 2010, Day Seven: Homeward Bound
Tonight I read Michael Pollan’s latest book, Food Rules which is a short list of 64 guidelines for eating right. These are based on the findings in his last book, In Defense of Food, the thesis of which was: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Pollan’s food rules build on these three main points… Continue reading Food Rules
Autumn here, and that means clam chowder weather. I made my first batch of the season tonight. It seems especially good, so I’m setting down the modifications I made to my base recipe. If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to replicate this batch again in the future.
As with all of these old insructional films (I’ve watched dozens over the past couple of months), I love Buying Food in oh so many ways. I love the cheesiness and the earnestness. But I love it for non-ironic reasons, too. I love the glimpse into the past, I love the writing (it does a great job of distilling ideas into a short segment), and I love a lot of the individual frames. Here are some of my favorites.
I do a lot of writing — and a lot of reading — for Get Rich Slowly. During the process, I’m exposed to all sorts of ideas: some old, some new. One new idea (to me) that Kris and I have adopted is once-a-month shopping. Last night, Kris and I spent ten minutes drawing up a tentative meal plan.