Aug 12 2013

Tip: Deal With The Farm Share Right Away (Chef Dad)

The farm share. I’ve mentioned it before, and every year I say I’ll be better about dealing with the vegetables right away. Because if I don’t, they go bad.

And I do. Do better, that is. But I need to do better better.

Admittedly, it’s kind of a pain. I know. Call the wahhhbulance.

Which is why I’m saying I need to do better than I am, even though I’m doing better than I was before. You don’t want rotting vegetables. It’s wasteful. Besides, I need to eat my vegetables.

In case you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, here’s the deal: a box of vegetables shows up at my door once a week. Also fruit. You never know what you’re going to get. (Sorry, Forrest, it’s not chocolate.) So far this season I only had to look up one item, kohlrabi. That said, it can be daunting to look at a big box of farm-fresh stuff that needs to be washed, cooked, and stored.

All together now — wahhhh.

Here’s another wahhhhbulance clip. (The Internet seems to spell it “wambulance”, but I prefer the extra h’s.)

I do better with the winter farm shares, which tend to be mostly root vegetables. Carrots? Easy. Even the kids will eat those. Brussel sprouts? I’m the only one who will eat them but they’re easy to cook (roast ’em with some olive oil, a little salt and pepper), healthy, and whatever I don’t eat right away I can freeze.

Gooseberries? Not my thing. I don’t bake. I suppose I could learn, but it’s not high on my list. I could probably put the berries in a salad. Or eat them plain. If I ever get them again. Because sadly, I waited too long, and the gooseberries gave up the ghost.

Again, to be clear — wasting food is a bad thing.  I’m a little embarrassed to be talking about this. I don’t waste it all. Just… some of it.

Next time I get gooseberries, I’ll wash ’em right away.


Jul 19 2013

Blueberries For Dinner Poem

I’m drinking my dinner
(it’s not what you think)
I washed off some blueberries
Right in my sink
Made ’em into a smoothie
That did the trick
Cuz the idea of cooking
It just makes me sick.

Because it’s really hot. Have I mentioned that?


Jun 12 2013

Man Crate Giveaway Keeps The Stereotypes Alive

For Father’s Day, we found a Man Crate Giveaway. You can’t make this stuff up. Check it:

This manly box comes with hickory wood chips, four steak thermometers, cast-iron smoke-box, and a brass-knuckle meat tenderizer (don’t ask). Just think, he’ll want to try out his new toy which means no cooking for you! 

Oy to the vey.

Man Crate Giveaway! | Sweepstakes & Contests | Parents Connect.

May 26 2011

What Dad Did Today 5-26-11

Baby Boom Mr. Mom combo DVD

Once again proving that I do not sit around all day eating bon bons, here is What Dad Did Today. Read more »

Aug 05 2010

Use The Crusts As Bread Crumbs [Cooking Tip]

Mortar and Pestle

For some mysterious reason, most children will not eat a sandwich unless the crusts have been cut off. Today’s tip: use the crusts as bread crumbs when you are cooking.

This morning, like most mornings, I made lunch for my son. Currently, he will eat a bologna sandwich, on wheat, with the crusts removed. I was about to toss the crusts in the trash when I realized that they would make good homemade bread crumbs.

Here’s what you do:

– Break the crusts apart into smaller pieces.

– Put into a mortar and pestle. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, use a bowl. Then go buy a mortar and pestle because they are inexpensive, useful and, in their own way, awesome.

– Add spices. I used herbs du provence, truffle salt, and pepper.

– Smoosh it up until it looks like the bread crumbs you get from the can, only without the additives (or the can).

Bingo! You have homemade bread crumbs. I put mine on some roasted carrots that were in this week’s farm share box. What do you put bread crumbs on?

Mortar and Pestle image from

Jul 25 2009

Show and Tell – Hanoi Jane’s Hot Mug Shot

Jane Fonda Mug Shot

Say what you will about Jane Fonda, but she was a nice looking woman in her day. Even after being arrested. There’s something very sexy about this mug shot from 1970. To see Jane in her prime, though, pick up “Barbarella“; click here for a video clip. (Stylelist)

Evolution, graffiti style. (ChickenCrap via StumbleUpon)

Want to know how to make Kentucky Fried Chicken at home? How about Benihana’s Ginger Sauce? Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies? All this and more for the cooking inclined. (Copycat Recipes)