Free Rice Feeds Body and Mind

Free RiceAccording to the UN, about 25,000 people die each day from hunger or hunger-related causes. www.freerice.com donates ten grains for each correct answer on this get-smart website. Learn a little; give a lot. I admit to loving school as a child, so maybe I’m not a good judge of “fun,” but I played this for an hour, donated 1630 grains of rice, and learned Continue reading

A Very Fine Faucet

Steam Valve Trio

Since she doesn’t have the option of hiding in the pantry on bad hair days, the Perfect Kitchen Faucet is decorative as well as functional. I’ve been looking for the impossible, naturally — a European antique-style one-holer with a pull-down spray. While this one doesn’t fit my image of “antique,” it’s retro enough to look old and certainly un-American. Made in England by Steam Valve Original, it features a Very Cool Spray, in my opinion. If you go to the site, you can see a little video of some lettuce spraying. Continue reading

Kitchen Obsessed

Green GoddessBusy, busy, busy day, but I know everyone wants to see my eagerly-awaited Green Goddess, now scheduled to arrive right off the boat from France the week of November 26. Will she be here in time for the Thanksgiving Feast? And what will she cook???? 🙂

Today I met with Karen, my Kitchen Guru, and finalized all the fun details for the cabinet order (which gets smaller with each successive meeting as the cost of each cabinet continues to rise). But hey, they’ll be beautiful, won’t they? We’ve been meeting for about six weeks now during “slow season,” but today the place was positively redundant with kitchen sluts slewn across every stool and horizontal surface, Continue reading

Does the World Need Another Blogger?

It’s a sad, sad day here in Whoville for those of us (me) who’ve just finished reading Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia, a remarkable book based solely on the unlikely topics of 1) a so-so cook blogging her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking as she attempts each of the 524 recipes within the span of 365 days, and 2) a so-so college-educated secretary temp who blogs her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking as she attempts each of 524 recipes within the span of 365 days and gets a book deal out of it. Continue reading