Bookmark FAIL

So, I realized that I have been giving out my MooMiniCards with the wordpress address instead of the blogger address. So if you’ve met me in the last little while and are wondering when the heck I’m going to update my blog, I’ve been doing it–just not here!

Anyway, I’ll be backing up my posts on this blog from now on, so bookmark me wherever you like.


Trying out this new layout. Hmm!

Trying out this new layout. Hmm!

Oh yeah!

Just a quick note to say this blog will be moving to sometime this week. You can enter the Fallen contest on that blog.

Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys

Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys

Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys by Lucinda Scala Quinn

This is what I got my godson for Christmas. He’s 13 and getting interested in cooking–I’m glad! I’m also hoping the end result will taste good and end up in my belly.

Husband, for the record, was intimidated by cooking to the point where he didn’t attempt making anything from scratch until after watching 9 years’ worth of Alton Brown’s Good Eats. He can now make pot roast, burgers (with freezer fries), chocolate chip cookies (really good ones!) and he can finally run the rice cooker without screwing it up.

Other good cookbooks that don’t look too girly and are not written in scary specialized culinary language:

How to Cook  Revised Edition: An Easy and Imaginative Guide for the Beginner

How to Cook by Raymond Sokolov

Seriously, a great book for someone who’s never even mashed a potato before.

Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin

Eat Me: The Food & Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin

Be prepared for swearing. There’s lots of swearing. Don’t miss the great intro by Calvin Trillin, who explains the institution and culture of Shopsin’s.

Nigella Express

Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson

Ok, this last one is a bit girly-looking and pink. But the recipes are really easy, fast, written in simple language, and let’s face it, Nigella’s voluptuous figure provides a bit of extra eye-candy in addition to the mouthwatering food. I don’t think the guys will mind.

For those who are already expert in the kitchen:


Momofuku by David Chang & Peter Meehan

This one scares even me. But I really really want to make my own ramen someday.

Amuse-Bouche: Little Bites That Delight Before the Meal Begins

I’m in love with hors d’oeuvres. I think that’s all I’ll eat next year.

Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeuvres Handbook

Sorry, I forgot to schedule the last day’s posts. Making up for lost time.

This is going to be my Mastering the Art of French Cooking 365 project for 2010 (Julie & Julia style, and in case you haven’t heard of the book or the movie, here you go):

Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook

Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeuvres Handbook

I have decided that better than dessert, I love hors d’oeuvres best out of the meal courses and would like to become more proficient at making them. Husband has a pretty damn good stuffed mushroom thing he makes; and for my last knitting party I made cucumber sandwiches, smoked salmon on toast, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, chicken salad sandwiches, tiny ham sandwiches, and cut the crusts off everything! (And a special sneaky treat for the husband: anchovy toasts. He ate 3 big slices!)

It was marvelous.

So I’ll be getting a little sort of running start with the two family Christmas parties we’re attending (one on the 20th and the other on the 25th), photos will be taken, and I’m sure a blog of some sort will be written. I’m already planning ahead for January and what I’m going to make every day.

Mmm! Where to begin? molasses-glazes ribs? pizza with wild mushrooms and fontina? shrimp shumai? I smell happiness around the corner.

That’s what’s In My Mailbox (part 9 of 48)… What’s in yours?

The Broken Teaglass

I was going to walk out of there without perusing every single shelf in the damn store, but…

The Broken Teaglass: A Novel

The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault


The dusty files of a venerable dictionary publisher . . . a hidden cache of coded clues . . . a story written by a phantom author . . . an unsolved murder in a gritty urban park–all collide memorably in Emily Arsenault’s magnificent debut, at once a teasing literary puzzle, an ingenious suspense novel, and an exploration of definitions: of words, of who we are, and of the stories we choose to define us.

Charged with wit and intelligence, set against a sweetly cautious love story, The Broken Teaglass is a tale that will delight lovers of words, lovers of mysteries, and fans of smart, funny, brilliantly inventive fiction.

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Mystery + wordplay + tea = sold!

That’s what’s In My Mailbox (part 8 of 48)… What, did you think I was kidding about posting a new one every 6 hours? What’s in yours?

Ad Hoc at Home

Look, I don’t think I really need to explain this one. Read it and drool.

Ad Hoc at Home

I managed to limit myself to only 3 cookbooks in my massive, last-gasp final purchase–one for me, one for hubby, and one for a gift. This one is hubby’s.

That’s what’s In My Mailbox (part 7 of 48)… What’s in yours?