Monday, March 9, 2009

Food in brief

Good Monday morning!

This week is already shaping up to be exciting and notable:

~ Remember my rave about Hickory Nut Gap Farm? Here's an article about locally-produced meat from Sunday's Citizen-Times.

~ This week marks the beginning of my participation in the Eating Down The Fridge Challenge, hosted by Kim O'Donnel at The Washington Post. The goal is to eat for an entire week without succumbing to the urge to go grocery shopping. As I have a nasty habit of hoarding food in bulk, this should be an interesting experiment. The brown rice that's been lurking in the back of my fridge will finally have its day!

A confession: brown rice intimidates me. I always burn it, or don't cook it long enough, or it ends up tasting like soggy cardboard. This is the week to change my attitude. Especially since I snagged some tips from Saveur on making the "perfect" brown rice.

What about you? Any foods you struggle with making or that intimidate you?

~ Speaking of rice, I tried my hand at rice pudding last night using this recipe from The Pink Peppercorn. Perfect as is, though I might sprinkle in some ground cardamom next time in addition to the whole pods. Delicious and creamy without being heavy. I packed some for lunch today.

~ I've also been conducting some casual research into the prices of bulk items around town. I'll share my results at some point. Nothing too surprising, but still interesting.


  1. I think the EDtF Challenge sounds wonderful. I missed the boat on it this time but I may try my own version of it soon. I'm looking forward to reading about your experience.

  2. if I kept more than exotic condiments and soda in the fridge I might be able to pull that off...I tend to grocery shop on a whim for one meal and then live off cereal and wonder why I don't have any *real* food, but I do have heavy cream and a block of parmigianno reggiano aging in the cheese drawer...

  3. Glad to see someone else made the recipe!!! Not sure why, but there was quite a bit of cardamom in it when I made it. Guess that's just what happens sometimes. FANTASTIC BLOG!!!

  4. @jules - Maybe we could do long distance pantry parties? Pick a date, peek in the fridge and go to town...

    @Cherry - You *are* a bit busy, it is understandable. Law school takes a lot out of you. Cream + Parmesan = alfredo.

    @gail - Thanks for reading, and thanks for being inspiration. I love your blog too! I'm sure this won't be the last recipe of yours that I try. Saw the awesome shout out to the chocolate lounge. Now you have to come visit Asheville!