Archive | December, 2012

Song Sweets: Ginger Browns {Velvet Underground: Oh! Sweet Nuthin}

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I realize to a lot of people, finding food inspiration from music might not be the first thing they think of. To me, it makes perfect sense, and really, I’m not alone in the general idea.  Megan of Feasting on Art does it with great paintings, Dinah Fried did a photo series of dishes from famous literature, and lots of people take inspiration from films.  Each time I see it, I always think “I thought of that, too!”… with the exasperation of a child sitting on the sidelines of the game because she forgot her uniform at home.  But I wasn’t doing anything about it, and they were, so I sat sideline and enjoyed reading others’ inspiration.  Until now… I’ve had this particular recipe in mind for a long time, and it’s great to finally see it on “paper”.

I’m in love with this song: Velvet Underground’s Oh! Sweet Nuthin.  It’s husky, unctuous, a touch of sweet sadness in a slow shuffling tempo.  So I tried to evoke that… in a cookie.  I hope you’ll hear me out on this.  It’s a really great song, and I think it’s a damn fine cookie, too, actually.  I hope you will try it, and play some Velvet Underground while you eat them…

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Soup Days, Day Five: Better-For-You Ramen Noodle Soup with Vietnamese Flavors

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I really don’t know a lot of people who don’t have ramen stories.  Usually it’s during college, or bachelorhood (or bachelorette!), and centered around those little instant-fried squares at $3 for a dozen. I don’t mess with nostalgia, but I leave those versions of ramen on the shelf and in fond memories.

Others roll their eyes at those stories and then go into lengthy, dreamy detail about the “best ever” ramen shops in Tokyo, or Chicago or L.A where they had “the real deal” ramen.  And that’s great, too.  Authenticity, though, that’s another thing I don’t touch if I’ve never been to a place.  I’ll leave that version in Tokyo, where you can go find it and have your own story (and maybe me, too, someday).

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Soup Days, Day Four: Creamy Fennel Hazelnut Soup {Vegan!}

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I’ve never been great with labels.  There have been occasions when I have watched two friends of mine meet each other for the first time, and it’s odd to watch them putting all the pegs into the appropriate holes about each other.  Occupation, education, hobbies, diet… and depending on the availability of wine, politics.  And sometimes I’ll realize that sitting in on this getting-to-know-you small talk brings out something I didn’t know about a friend.  Like that they’re Hobby Paragliders, or Vegans, Ivy-League grads, Republicans.  Suddenly I see my friend as a new set of eyes would.

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