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Repost: What's cookin'? Cranberry-orange bread

Dec 24 2014 Published by under Food

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I'm reposting an old DM family recipe which, as it happens, I just prepped today. [No more than half a loaf was damaged hot out of the oven.]

This originally went up Dec 1, 2010.


Another quick and easy recipe for those of us who don't have a whole lot of time in the kitchen anymore. If you put it in mini-loaf pans you can even use it as a holiday gift for your neighbors, kids' teachers, lab staff or local Tenured Deadwood F***s.

Combine:

1 1/2 C white or brown sugar
1/2 C melted butter
1 3/4 C orange juice
2 eggs, beaten

Sift (although in fact I never sift):
5 C flour
1 tsp salt
1 Tblsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda

Stir dry and liquid mixtures together until blended.

Fold in:
3-4 C chopped cranberries (this amounts to ~one of the usual packages, picked over. I just slice them in half, I don't really chop 'em)
2 Tbsp orange zest (grated rind in case this doesn't translate to non-USiAns)

Pour into 2 buttered loaf pans* and let stand for 20 minutes (hmm, think I forgot that part last time)

Bake in 350 deg F oven until browned and a knife in the center comes out clean, ~60 minutes

*or mini loaves for neighbors/teachers/TDFs, or probably would work as muffins but I haven't ever tried that, oddly enough.

Cooking conversion calculator for non-US readers. Which seems to suck. Maybe this Conversion Table for Cooking is better.


p.s.: Last time I posted this, Doc Becca supplied a cocktail recommendation.

Agreed, this is cake. However, it's clearly breakfast cake, and so I'm making my cocktail recommendation accordingly. I don't usually mix with cranberry juice because it's in general too tart for my taste. That said, what I think could be totally delicious here is the following:

Into a champagne flute, add:

3/4 oz St Germain (Elderberry liqueur, very tasty)
1/2 oz cranberry juice

Fill with champagne (or prosecco or whatever sparkly you've got laying around), and garnish with a dainty lemon twist that you run around the rim of the glass and then drop in.

A little girly, maybe, but I think you can handle it.

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Repost: Tribal Celebrations

Mar 17 2014 Published by under Day in the life of DrugMonkey, Food

Beer companies were pulling their sponsorships of St Patrick's Day Parades this year. Because of the long-running battle between Parade organizers and LBGT folks that wish to join the celebration.

Man, we've come a long way, haven't we?

This post was live-blogged on Mar 15, 2009.


Step One: Make sure at least one of the Spawn is napping, visiting a friend or otherwise out of your hair.

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Why, whatever do you think we are celebrating today, Dear Reader?

Step Two: Make final check on materials and reagents. Run to store to get the remaining critical items. Sing loudly to your favorite ethnic folksongs to get in the mood.

stay tuned, Dear Reader, stay tuned...

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Questions for cooks

Jan 02 2013 Published by under Day in the life of DrugMonkey, Food

Is there a wok in your kitchen?

Is it a proper wok or one of those flattened-bottom monstrosities?

What's it made of?

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More recipes for the busy scientist

Mar 13 2012 Published by under Food

Recipe:

Swing by Trader Joes, pick up

-Prepared herb pizza dough

-mushrooms

-pesto

-mozzarella prosciutto log thingy

-arugula

Slice a couple of mozzarella thingies whilst lightly cooking the mushrooms. Wilt arugula.

Quarter the dough, spray some oil on a flat sheet. Smooch out the dough, getting it oily on both sides.

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Aliquot arugula, mushroom and mozzarella / prosciutto on the dough, splash on some pesto. Wrap it over and pinch the edges together. (I didn't use anywhere near enough arugula on this one. And a little garlic would have been nice.)

Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes.

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As FizzyPoof says.....

Eatte itte!!!!

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More Slow Cooker Cookin'

Dec 17 2011 Published by under Food, Uncategorized

Why whatever are we making today, folks?

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Onion, garlic...could be anything....is that puréed tomatillo? Why yes it is....

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Open the bag...ah, yes, the roasted chiles are ready for peeling...

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...and chopping. Add garlic and cumin, plus some salt. (real salt, not that pretentious black salt crap favored by RisottoProffe)

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Cubed pork? But of course...
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Sauté the onions a bit, add the pork and brown with a couple of tablespoons of flour.

Put the pork in the slow cooker with the chiles, tomatillo, etc. Add 1 1/2 cups stock and set on Low for 5-6 hours.
Chop some cilantro, add in the last hour...reserve a bit for garnish...dollop of sour cream.

....and then, as the greatest of chefs recommend....

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Eatte thatte shitte!!!!!

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What's cookin'? Cranberry-orange bread.

Dec 01 2010 Published by under Food

Another quick and easy recipe for those of us who don't have a whole lot of time in the kitchen anymore. If you put it in mini-loaf pans you can even use it as a holiday gift for your neighbors, kids' teachers, lab staff or local Tenured Deadwood F***s.

Combine:

1 1/2 C white or brown sugar
1/2 C melted butter
1 3/4 C orange juice
2 eggs, beaten

Sift (although in fact I never sift):
5 C flour
1 tsp salt
1 Tblsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda

Stir dry and liquid mixtures together until blended.

Fold in:
3-4 C chopped cranberries (this amounts to ~one of the usual packages, picked over. I just slice them in half, I don't really chop 'em)
2 Tbsp orange zest (grated rind in case this doesn't translate to non-USiAns)

Pour into 2 buttered loaf pans* and let stand for 20 minutes (hmm, think I forgot that part last time)

Bake in 350 deg F oven until browned and a knife in the center comes out clean, ~60 minutes

*or mini loaves for neighbors/teachers/TDFs, or probably would work as muffins but I haven't ever tried that, oddly enough.

Cooking conversion calculator for non-US readers. Which seems to suck. Maybe this Conversion Table for Cooking is better.

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What's cookin? Slow-cooker split pea soup.

Nov 27 2010 Published by under Food, Parenthood

Every since the infamous recipe war between Dr. Isis and PhysioProf, I kept meaning to get into RecipesForTheRestOfUs. Those of us who can't find the time to actually cook gourmet multi-course extravaganzas anymore. Yesterday, I made this, which is simplicity itself in the CrockPot / slow cooker.

16 oz of split peas, pick em over a little in a strainer and toss 'em in the pot

~5 cloves of garlic (slightly smooshed, naturally)
-1 cup of chopped onion
-1 large carrot halved lengthwise and sliced
I browned these items lightly in a frying pan and tossed them in

1/2 c cubed ham

fresh sage and fresh oregano- I didn't put enough in I think- ~6 sage leaves torn up & similar volume of oregano.

1/2 tsp salt (and then I leave the black pepper to personal taste)

add quart of chicken stock, half quart of water

5.5-6 hrs on high did the trick

I like it smooshed up a bit so give it a vigorous stirring if that's your preference.

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Repost: Noncaloric sweeteners might not be the solution either

Jul 07 2010 Published by under Food, Public Health

It seems like an opportune moment to revisit this post, for some reason or other.


The American Heart Associations recommendation to cut down on dietary sugar is all over the news. Discussion of this by Isis the Scientist triggered a comment from Callinectes :

Someone reading this may therefore assume diet drinks with Aspartame, Splenda, etc. may be okay because it's 0 calories and added "sugar". Can anyone comment authoritatively on this? The way I see it, it's still just empty calories and not very good for you when consumed regularly on a weekly or (heaven forbid) daily basis.

To which Isis responded:

One might argue that diet drinks still activate the "Hedonistic food pathways" in the brain (centers in the ventral tegmental area and nucleus accumbens) that lead us to associate reward with food intake, causing us to take in more energy-dense food... That said, I don't know of any multi-variate studies comparing risk between sugar drinks, diet drinks,... let's be clear that Aspartame and Splenda are zero calorie sweeteners, meaning they would technically not contribute to the AHA's recommended daily intake.

I am reminded of what I think of as a reasonably provocative series of observation from Susan Swithers and Terry Davidson at Purdue.

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Noncaloric sweeteners might not be the solution either

Aug 25 2009 Published by under Food, Public Health

The American Heart Associations recommendation to cut down on dietary sugar is all over the news. Discussion of this by Isis the Scientist triggered a comment from Callinectes :

Someone reading this may therefore assume diet drinks with Aspartame, Splenda, etc. may be okay because it's 0 calories and added "sugar". Can anyone comment authoritatively on this? The way I see it, it's still just empty calories and not very good for you when consumed regularly on a weekly or (heaven forbid) daily basis.

To which Isis responded:

One might argue that diet drinks still activate the "Hedonistic food pathways" in the brain (centers in the ventral tegmental area and nucleus accumbens) that lead us to associate reward with food intake, causing us to take in more energy-dense food... That said, I don't know of any multi-variate studies comparing risk between sugar drinks, diet drinks,... let's be clear that Aspartame and Splenda are zero calorie sweeteners, meaning they would technically not contribute to the AHA's recommended daily intake.

I am reminded of what I think of as a reasonably provocative series of observation from Susan Swithers and Terry Davidson at Purdue.

Continue Reading »

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Tribal Celebrations

Mar 15 2009 Published by under Day in the life of DrugMonkey, Food

Step One: Make sure at least one of the Spawn is napping, visiting a friend or otherwise out of your hair.
Spd1-300.jpg
Why, whatever do you think we are celebrating today, Dear Reader?
Step Two: Make final check on materials and reagents. Run to store to get the remaining critical items. Sing loudly to your favorite ethnic folksongs to get in the mood.

stay tuned, Dear Reader, stay tuned...

Continue Reading »

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