Beeten

   August 10, 2010 10:15 pm

OK. OK. OK, already. Nobody likes beets. Fine. When I cook for my column, I cook and home and take the stuff to the office to have it photographed. Then my coworkers and I eat it. We critique it and then polish it off. Sometimes, I come in with a clunker. Roasted Beet Salad with…

Pick of peppers

   August 9, 2010 3:25 pm

I planted 9 pepper plants, thinking I had 4 bell peppers, a poblano and 2 jalapenos. (I lost 2 plants, the runts of the litter.) Back in June, I gave my mom 4 plants to put in her community garden plot. My peppers are now growing like crazy — all 6 green bell peppers and…

Where’s my confetti?

   August 8, 2010 3:53 am

My son’s cousin (his best friend), is six weeks older than he is. Her birthday party is Sunday (8/8). He can’t have milk, and the craft of the party is having the kids decorate cupcakes. This was a disaster waiting to happen. But the Internet saved me. It took about 3 seconds to find a…

Cukes a-comin’

   August 5, 2010 3:54 pm

I didn’t grow any cucumbers. I didn’t think I had room for any vining plants. That turns out to be a big mistake, because fellow gardeners are raving about it being a great year for overgrown pickles. My mother-in-law tried to get me to make room for cukes, but I didn’t want to get in…

Whole story

   August 4, 2010 4:51 pm

You can’t walk through the supermarket without seeing 300 gazillion products touting their whole-grain ingredients. I guess this is a good thing. It reminds me a little of the anti-fat craze in the 1980s and the anti-carb craze of the 1990s. But whatever. I buy the whole-grain stuff too. Sometimes I wondering just how they…

Free stuff

   August 3, 2010 2:38 pm

Blog readers: I’m giving away free stuff. Now that I have your attention: Publishers of new cookbooks and diet books frequently send me free copies of their books to review. I can’t possibly read them all, and they tend to pile up on my desk. I want them off my desk and into the hands…

Pittsburgh writer likes taste of Erie

   August 2, 2010 9:27 pm

This is really cool. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sent a food writer to Erie, and she wrote a long, complimentary story about the variety of dining options we have. They mention Bertrand’s Bistro, 1201 Kitchen, Brewerie, Khao Thai, Erie Brewing Co., Three B Saloon and Pulakos 926 Chocolates. She even included a lengthy list of other…

   August 2, 2010 4:29 pm

I’m terrible at planning my workday lunches. I give it about 5 seconds of thought, before blowing it off because I can just get a McDonald’s salad across the street from the ETN building. Tragically, that McDonald’s has been razed. We’ve been assured it will be reconstructed and open this fall. Until then, we’re all…