Sticky Notes of Thoughts

…because some thoughts are worth remembering

On Breaking Bread (or Eggs): Swedish Savory Pancake Recipe

I like the expression “to break bread” which means to share your belongings with another person, because the literal act of breaking bread is more than simply sharing a meal … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

On Sauce Combinatorics (recipe): Ginger Scallion Sauce

The Danes don’t prioritize food like the Japanese do, but don’t mistake that for a lack of food traditions. The Danes, like the Japanese, are knee deep with what particular … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

On Flavors Beyond Spices (recipe): Étouffée

Flavors not only please the palate but can transport you to a different place or time by evoking memories (as with (Proust’s) madeleine). I made an étouffée to thank my … Continue reading

December 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

On One Pan Recipes: Shakshuka

One pot meals are great. It’s among the categories I use to sort my recipes. I find these functional categories useful because sometimes you care less about it being a … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

On Recipes Requiring Minimum Effort With Maximum Rewards (Dutch Baby “quick wow” recipe)

Extending the conversation on our tendencies to sort by what more than the how to recipes, I have categorized recipes by  pantry-friendly, requiring an oven (nice to consider on a … Continue reading

November 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

On the Value of Curating (Recipes & Food Sites)

A talented friend of mine was the main programmer for building The History of Jazz for the iPad. What he learned from that experience was that there didn’t have to … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

On Gratins

Some techniques improve a dish. Others “kick it up a notch”. When you create a browned crust on a casserole dish, it’s no longer a casserole (which tends to have … Continue reading

October 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

On Taste Tests (Brownie Recipes)

My hubby likes brownies. He isn’t much of a cook but he wanted to learn how to bake so he can create all these sweet recipes he sees. He read … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

On Vegetarian Recipes That Aren’t A No-Meat Compromise (Sweet Pepper Chickpea Curry Recipe)

Dishes should be well-balanced. In a formal Japanese meal (kaiseki), the dishes are not sorted by starch, vegetables, fish, red meat, and desserts, or by their dominant chemical profile: carbohydrates, … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

On Changing Palates: Yuka’s Black Beans (Recipe)

When I was younger, I didn’t like black beans, or legumes of any kind. But when I gave up eating land animals for a while (or became a “pescatarian” as … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 · Leave a comment
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