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Chicken soup

I start cooking by asking, “What do I need to use up?” A few nights ago, the answer was “A lonely potato and the remainder of a head of lettuce.” Aldi’s, the budget grocery store, offers thigh-drumstick chicken pieces individually frozen in a large bag. Can’t beat the price, so I always have some in the freezer. I pulled one Read More

Officially nominated

I have been Nominated, yes, Recommended, by a coworker, to audition for: The reality TV show “Beauty and the Geek.”

I got my knives

When I decided to move to an apartment, one of my agonizing decisions was what sort of cutlery to get. My mother had always remarked that sharp knives were crucial for a pleasantly functioning kitchen. For just about the entire time I worked in her kitchen she did not have particularly good knives, so I got to experience some of Read More

That garlic-peeling trick

I figured out that cooking tip I’ve seen a million places that says “Smack the garlic cloves with the flat of your knife to easily peel them.” My previous attempts were oriented toward the idea that the garlic itself would come shooting out of the skin, or that it would pop out whole, or maybe that the skin would vaporize Read More