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2020-03-22 08:50

Actually had a good day yesterday. Milk Street is offering some of their online classess free through the end of April, so I did one on basic knife skills (I do okay with that stuff, but have never really learned anything). I enjoyed it, kind of like a cooking show but with more detail and explanation and accompanying text and recipes. Also started one on "Kitchen Improv" which seems like it would be useful just for learning some new techniques and thinking about how to combine different foods, flavors, and textures. I'm very much a follow the recipe cook, even for dishes I've made dozens of times, I still always have a recipe up on my phone to refer to.

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2019-10-25 08:04

Totally forgot to write yesterday, started working early and then never got around to it. Was over at ███ ███ ███████ last night for dinner, since Lianne had a work event to go to. Tried this recipe she and I saw on the Milk Street show on PBS: pasta with arugula, chevre, and walnuts. The idea was sound, but I think the ratios were off. Maybe we made too much pasta, but it definitely needed more cheese. Might try it again and see if I can get it a little creamier, as otherwise the mix of flavors was nice.

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2019-10-23 07:58

Had my new favorite dish at Deterra last night. It's fresh spaghetti with this amazing simple, fresh tomato sauce on it with some al dente broccoli rabe on top. The pasta is delicious and always cooked just right, and the sauce has just a hint on spiciness. It's such a simple seeming dish, but when it's all done just right that's really all you need.

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2019-10-05 14:05

It's "Octoberfest" in town so we took a walk around. My primary interest is hoping the food truck that sells falafel is there. It was, and I had one, but then I always remember it's just not that good falafel. It's not bad, but a disappointment compared to many I've had in the past. Unfortunately a regular falafel source is just not something we seem to have in the nearby vicinity.

I used to get falafel a lot in West Philly when we went to punk shows at Stalag 13. There was a place a few blocks away, nothing fancy, but you could get a big, cheap falafel wrap that was worth the trip. Fill up on that before heading into the cramped garage like atmosphere of the show. There was also a place in nearby Doylestown I used to go to all the time with an old friend. They sold this delicious mushroom barley soup and then you could get great falafel hummus wraps. For awhile we'd meet up almost every weekend to go there and then browse Siren Records, back when I still bought music in physical form.

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2019-09-26 08:32

Made the tvp mushroom stroganoff for dinner last night at ███ ███ ███████. It was pretty easy and pretty good. Made it with a side of kale (garlic, salt, small tomatoes, and some sherry vinegar) that was a great accompanient (especially to add some color to the plate). We decided it might be even better with caramelized onions and mushrooms getting a little more roasted, so I'll try that and see how it goes next time. Since the cool weather is finally returning, I'm returning to some more hearty/warm dishes. Tonight a lentil potato spinach stew we really like that has a wonderful lemoniness to it (from lemon juice and zest) and is topped with crumbled feta when served.

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2019-09-24 13:25

I'm experimenting with TVP (texture vegetable protein) for cooking this week. Made sloppy joes with them based on this recipe that turned out decent enough. The tvp seems as effective as buying the fake meat "crumble" that is considerably more expensive. Just got ingredients to try a mushroom tvp stroganoff too. The recipe asks for "vegan worcestershire" and lo and behold they had some at the food co-op. I don't know what really to do in general with worcesterhire as I've mostly avoided it because of the anchovies. I remember as a kid we would have some in the house and I guess the only brand available at the time was one where the glass bottle was wrapped in paper. That always made it seem special and a little odd.

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2019-08-11 11:25

Slow Sunday morning with a pancake breakfast at ███ ███ ███████, followed by a trip to the Co-Op for a few nights' dinner ingredients. This time of year that mostly means supplementing whatever we bought at the farmer's market Saturday morning. Already used some of those things up last night making an attempt at capellini pomodoro, which ended up tasting ok, but not as good as I had hoped. I think the ratio of pasta to other ingredients (hard to call it a sauce in this case) was off. Too much pasta means too little tasting the fresh tomatoes and basil.

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2019-08-07 08:29

Had a really delicious summer squash entree at Dettera last night. I believe it was cooked in their wood fire oven, with some nice small eggplants (Ola at Taproot calls them "fairy tale eggplants"), a few roasted cherry tomatoes, some kind of yellow sauce/puree, and this really thinly sliced and cooked fennel. I'd not normally say I'm a fan of summer squash or fennel (I hate licorice flavor) but both were excellent in this dish: the fennel was not prominently licorice and was a bit sweet and oniony. Chef there often seems to make dishes with food I don't particularly like that I end up enjoying (beets is another one that comes to mind). Sometimes it's just all about how something is cooked and what accompanies it.

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2019-07-10 08:12

Last night, was our regular Tuesday night date night out for dinner, which pretty much always means walking down to Dettera in town and sitting at the bar for dinner and drinks. It's "Restaurant Week" in town, so it got pretty busy (we originally started going out on Tuesdays because of how quiet it is generally speaking), but they had a special prix fixe menu. The tomato mozzarella salad I had was delicious and included pureed kalamata olive that was really interesting. All the powerful flavor of the olive but in a creamy texture.

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