Thursday, December 30, 2010

Culinary Literacy, It's Soul Stirring

I discovered M.F.K. Fisher when I was young prep cook. Her take on the significance of cuisine, her sense of beauty and meaning seemed profound then. I just rediscovered that her prose is just as meaningful today, a time when the media is clotted with boobs, culinary illiterates, and "Iron Chefs" that are less virtuosos than media monkeys.

The lil lady snatched this book from the shop in the Italian market for a few bucks. It's among the tastiest and most satisfyingly soulful purchases ever!

My scam

What the heck????? This is the most bogus scam ever. This site purports to give you info on anyone  who searches your name or profile online!

I found all these local folks looking for whatever name i put into their system. I mean ANY name. A painfully idiotic scheme to fleece the vain and witless.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Social Scam

What the heck????? This is the most bogus scam ever. This site purports to give you info on anyone  who searches your name or profile online! 

I found all these local folks looking for whatever name i put into their system. I mean ANY name. The recurring fee is $50.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

Weekend Feast Fare

Starting with Christmas Eve supper at Pumpkin we enjoyed superb grub over the holiday weekend!

At Pumpkin we sampled the selections on their 3 course $35 menu. All were very tasty, the cauliflower soup was especially lovely. Sorry no photo's.

For Christmas Morning breakfast we had Cappucio's Chevelatta, fresh eggs from Sunnyside Farm, fingerlings from Fair Food and a pot of Kona that was buy-one get-one from WFM.

My sister went epic on Christmas Dinner with a perfectly cooked and prepared Beef Wellington. What a beauty! She filled it with duxelles and prosciutto and wrapped in Dufours dough. I made an app of smoked salmon and poached egg.

Sunday afternoon we popped over to Ladder 15. The ox tail cheese steak is spectacular and the shrinp, 'crab cake' bisque tasted so richly old school!! We were the only customers in the place as the snow fell, delicious and delightful.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

HeadHouse Market Ends for 2010

It's been a spectacular market year at HeadHouse. Just outrageously great stuff, wonderful vendors and market staff along with the best customers anywhere. Thanks to everyone for a wonderful 2010 market year.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Another Great Trade

At last Saturday's Rittenhouse Farmers Market my next door vendor, to the north, was Otolith Sustainable Seafood. How fortunate was I to be situated between Linden Dale and  Otolith! Both vendors traded me items that were fantastic on our table.

Linden Dale is back here.

This slab of salmon was a jewel. It had been handled/frozen very carefully. Slacked out it felt and smelled like a section of prime salmon filet. We simply salted, peppered and seared it. We plated it with chanterelles (Iovine) and fingerlings & quail eggs (FairFood Stand). This dish was eaten in blissful silence.

We also had a plate of fried chicken with grits and romanesco. This was the best spatchcock yet! Lil lady spatch'd a WholeFoods (basic) chicken. The romanesco came from Tom Colton.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Linden Delancay

At last Saturday's Rittenhouse Farmers Market I was sited next to Linden Dale Farms. Andy Mellinger, the cheese maker/farmer told me about how he learned cheese making. His self taught, trial and error process sounded very familiar.

At the end of market we traded canele for cheese and a rack of goat. I was super pleased with this trade. Andy's "Linden Dalencay" is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate. This cheese has remarkably distinctive textures. The flavor was mildly sharp and tangy with a little buttery, grassy earthiness. We thought it was superb.

The goat rack was just as delicious. I sliced the chops into pairs, spiced it up with garlic, cumin and oregano and seared it off. The lil lady thought to pair it with chile rellenos. Whoa, it might not sound right but it was outrageously delicious.

Friday, December 3, 2010


While secrets from WikiLeaks were splashed all over the American newspapers, I couldn’t help but wonder: What if China had a WikiLeaker and we could see what its embassy in Washington was reporting about America? I suspect the cable would read like this:
Washington Embassy, People’s Republic of China, to Ministry of Foreign Affairs Beijing, TOP SECRET/Subject: America today.

Things are going well here for China. America remains a deeply politically polarized country, which is certainly helpful for our goal of overtaking the U.S. as the world’s most powerful economy and nation. But we’re particularly optimistic because the Americans are polarized over all the wrong things.

There is a willful self-destructiveness in the air here as if America has all the time and money in the world for petty politics. They fight over things like — we are not making this up — how and where an airport security officer can touch them. They are fighting — we are happy to report — over the latest nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia.

It seems as if the Republicans are so interested in weakening President Barack Obama that they are going to scuttle a treaty that would have fostered closer U.S.-Russian cooperation on issues like Iran. And since anything that brings Russia and America closer could end up isolating us, we are grateful to Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona for putting our interests ahead of America’s and blocking Senate ratification of the treaty. The ambassador has invited Kyl and his wife for dinner at Mr. Kao’s Chinese restaurant to praise him for his steadfastness in protecting America’s (read: our) interests.

Americans just had what they call an “election.” Best we could tell it involved one congressman trying to raise more money than the other (all from businesses they are supposed to be regulating) so he could tell bigger lies on TV more often about the other guy before the other guy could do it to him. This leaves us relieved. It means America will do nothing serious to fix its structural problems: a ballooning deficit, declining educational performance, crumbling infrastructure and diminished immigration of new talent.

The ambassador recently took what the Americans call a fast train — the Acela — from Washington to New York City. Our bullet train from Beijing to Tianjin would have made the trip in 90 minutes. His took three hours — and it was on time! Along the way the ambassador used his cell phone to call his embassy office, and in one hour he experienced 12 dropped calls — again, we are not making this up.

We have a joke in the embassy: “When someone calls you from China today it sounds like they are next door. And when someone calls you from next door in America, it sounds like they are calling from China!” Those of us who worked in China’s embassy in Zambia often note that Africa’s cell phone service was better than America’s.