Archive for January, 2010

Foreign Food in Florence, Italy

I interviewed a hotel clerk in Florence and asked him what his favorite foods were. He said that he loved pasta and pizza. When I asked him what his favorite non-Italian dish was he said goulash. I was very excited to find his tastes were so diverse! I asked him where he got goulash and he replied that he had tried it in Hungary. There was nowhere in Florence to eat goulash. It was very simple for him; he ate Italian food at home and when he travelled, he would sample the foreign cuisine.

Kebab restaurant in downtown Florence

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Welcome: What can Homemade Month do for You?

Welcome to the second week of Homemade Month. Thanks to those of you who have been reading along.

Now that you have read about some of the issues on my mind, I want to know what is on your mind. I have some expertise in recipe creation, agriculture, and food policy. Do you have questions? Input?

Please comment here and let me know what you would like to see next, here at Homemade Month.


Hot Mulled Wine, or Glogg

Glogg, or a Scandinavian style hot mulled wine, is a great drink for winter gatherings. It lends itself to large quantities, and caramelizing the sugar with the flaming alcohol is an entertaining show. It is easy to adjust the recipe below to your tastes by adding or removing spices as you please.

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Squash Soup

Squash soup is a winter staple for me. I make a big batch, and freeze the leftovers in single servings- portable and perfect for lunch at work. If you prefer a creamier soup, replace the water with milk.

Making vegetable stock. My stove is a bit dirty- that just means it see a lot of action!

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Venison Stew

This dish is made on the stove or in the slow cooker, but is best left for a time when you will be home most of the day. The result is a rich, complex stew that is pretty healthy for you. I served mine with polenta and collard greens.

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The Flat Belly Diet: A Review

The authors of The Flat Belly Diet claim that by eating monounsaturated fat (MUFAs) at every meal and eating a reduced calorie diet, participants can lose weight and in particular, belly fat, at a high rate and without exercise. Liz Vaccariello, the editor of Prevention magazine, and Cynthia Sass, a nutritionist and MPH authored the book and ascribe many beneficial properties to MUFAs. While the diet is low is calories and likely to help people who follow it lose weight, the claims in the book are misleading and some of the advice is downright dangerous.

Insider Trading: The Secrets of Fairway

“Next Customer!” the cashier shouted. Behind me, a herd of shoppers laden with baskets impatiently surged forward. I looked around frantically for the cashier who was available. I couldn’t find her, although I could hear her bellowing voice. An employee politely shoved me in the right direction. Twenty cashiers were crammed into a few square feet and the line seemed to have no discernible organization. Nevertheless, I was checked out in two minutes and as I put away my wallet, my cashier started in on the next customer.