Category Archive: Cooking

Remembering David Bowie

Good articles have been written about why it’s okay to grieve for someone you’ve never met, a favorite actor or singer, for example. It’s natural when music, or art of any kind, profoundly affects us, speaks to our souls, and it’s okay to grieve the artist who sparked those feelings. This week we’ve listened to David Bowie’s music online and on vinyl. Our son played “Moonage Daydream” at an open mic. Our youngest daughter posted a photo of herself from her graduation shoot.

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Dinner and a DVD: Ant-Man

Ant-Man was a hugely popular entry in Marvel’s “Phase 2” series, adding more comedy to the mix, primarily in the brilliant casting of Paul Rudd as the hero and the hilarious Michael Pena as his buddy Luis. There’s a scene fairly early on where Luis shows his concern for his little band of criminal friends by preparing a meal for them.

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Dinner and a DVD: Animated Holiday Edition

We’re starting a new feature here at BCBT: Dinner and a DVD. Every so often, we’ll pick a movie and pair it with an appropriate meal, appetizer, snack or dessert. To kick things off, we decided to start with some Christmas classics.

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Take the Cannoli Dip

There were two cannolis in the fridge. Every time I opened the refrigerator, I saw them in the clear plastic takeout package that our tenants brought home two weeks ago. Taunting me. And for two weeks I have craved cannolis.

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Meatloaf with Bacon and Barbecue Sauce

I think a good meatloaf is not too dry, not too soft and most importantly, does not have bell peppers. I tried to make this in my slow cooker a while back, but the results were too soft, I couldn’t make a decent cold meatloaf sandwich with the leftovers. And cold meatloaf sandwich is surely one of life’s small pleasures.

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Cherry Chocolate Granola

Our local community center gives away food donated by local supermarkets and I picked up a 3 pound bag of oats when I was there recently. The bag was faded, battered, and taped, but I was intrigued by the challenge, so when I got home, I searched for ways to use up 3 pounds of oats before they were truly unusable. I used those oats for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even as a facial product! First, I made Cherry Chocolate Granola.

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Maple Bacon Oatmeal

This one is really more of a serving suggestion. You don’t really need a recipe for oatmeal – just follow the directions on your oatmeal container, then add bacon.

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E.S.T. in the Slow Cooker

While both of my sisters are wonderful cooks, I think I just didn’t get that gene. I mean, I’m OK, I can read a recipe (following it is whole ‘nother thing), but mostly I just can’t be bothered. I do like my rice cooker but I admit, I love my slow cooker. I can just throw stuff in there, and at the end of the day, voilà! perfectly cooked food! Easy peasy. Most of my recipes are simple. VERY simple. That often means that they are also relatively inexpensive to make as well. I think they are tasty too. Easy, Simple, Tasty – how can you beat that?

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Food is Memory: The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren, is an engaging new film from Dreamworks, which opens on August 8. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom and based on the novel by Richard C. Morais, the story concerns a family from India that moves to France and opens up a restaurant directly across the street from Mirren’s upscale establishment, and the conflicts that result.

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The Bite That Takes You Home

What food memory takes you home? What flavor or smell transports you to a long-ago time or place?
Baked custard is forever linked with my grandmother. Whether she came to our house, or we visited hers, there was always baked custard with nutmeg on top. She baked it in white milk glass custard cups. Custard and any food filled with custard remain my absolute favorite foods. My ultimate comfort food.
In honor of DreamWorks’ new film, The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren, we’ll be sharing recipes inspired by the film this week.

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