Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Recipe Card Holder?

I saw this on See Jane Work and thought it might work well as a recipe organizer. They suggest organizing contacts, but I think it would be a nice alternative to sticking recipe cards into a box. I love how it could sit on your countertop for easy access.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Songs About Food CD Swap

Swap-bot swap: CD Swap: Songs About Food
So, since people seem interested, I started the CD swap. It's hosted by me, through Swap-Bot, so you will have to sign up (it's easy!) for an account there. Swap-bot handles matching people to each other, so on the last day of sign ups for the swap (Feb. 7, 2008) you will be automatically emailed the address of the person you are sending the CD to. Sign up and get the details here. The swap is open to readers of Food Maven and Coconut & Lime and not everyone who is on Swap-Bot, so you will need the password "foodmaven" to join.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Supermarket Coup

The sign said that 2 lb bags of wild caught mussels were on sale for $2.49. Mussels are somewhat rare in our stores and generally sell for about $6 for 2 lbs of mussels. The seafood guy rang them up as $5 apiece. I pointed at the sign and he fixed the price. Then he called over to the seafood manager to tell her that the price was wrong in the machine, but apparently it was the sign that was incorrect. So just by luck, I got the mussels at the cheaper price and I had a two dollar coupon so I ended up with 4 lbs of mussels for only $3. Yay $3 dinner!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Songs about Food Swap

We've been on a music downloading kick lately and I got to thinking about all of the songs I have that involve food. Would anyone be interested in doing a food music swap? Leave a comment.

It's on-join in the fun.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Meal Planning

How many of you plan what you are going to eat each day ahead of time?

I know we don't do it too far in advance. A perhaps little known fact about us is that we (beyond the basics*) plan everything we eat around what is on sale. For example: whole chicken was on sale for 79 cents a pound? We roasted a chicken. How much in the way of leftovers we get effects what we eat the rest of the week.

So, for those of you who are better planners, does it work? Do you stick to it?

*Like flour, cocoa, milk, sugar, yeast, chocolate chips, butter, eggs all of which we stock up on as much as we can when they are on sale.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Averna Sambuca

One of my favorite drinks is Averna and I was excited to learn that they expanded their line to include sambuca and limoni di sicilia. I haven't been able to try the limoni di sicilia just yet but the sambuca is great. Made with star anise it has a licorice flavor that is slightly sweet but not overpowering.

The lemon liquor is made with real Sicilian lemons (like the homemade limoncello we made a while back) instead of lemon flavoring like a lot of mass produced lemon liqueurs.

Saturday, January 19, 2008


If you've been a reader of my blog for a while, you know of my deep and abiding loathing for plain water. I am always on the look out for water alternatives. I don't like drinks like Gatorade or Vitamin water and Fuze has those weird fake sugars. Then I found Owater. It cames in extrememly realistic fruit flavors (I swear you can taste the skin of the blueberry) and some more unusual flavors like coconut. Each 17 oz bottle of infused owater is only 70 calories, and it is made with real cane sugar, natural flavorings and no preservatives. Plus the infused waters boasts added nutrients and even caffine in one of the flavors. Regular Owater has zero calories, no sweeteners and real fruit flavor.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Was your resolution to eat more fiber?

I like to get my fiber in cookie form but I hear there are better ways... is giving away free samples of Fiber One cereal. To get a sample, all you have to do is sign up for the Eat Better America newsletter, here. The Eat Better America newsletter is sent out once per month. It provides recipes and tips for people to start living healthier lives.

Fiber One provides 57% of the average adults daily fiber requirement, has 0 grams of sugar and 60 calories per serving. Which is probably less than those cookies I've been eating.

Monday, January 14, 2008

New Colors in Tupperware

How come everytime I buy something for the kitchen, the next month it comes out in even better colors? I got a serious amount of Tupperware for Christmas/Hannukah and now it is all out in aqua, which of course, matches my kitchen.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Local Help Needed: Rhubarb Emergency!

I really need some rhubarb. My supplier is out and I need some for an article I am writing. Has anyone seen any locally? Probably frozen? I've gone to and called several stores (Whole Foods, Wegmans, the Health Concern, Super Fresh) and can't find any. Does anyone have any they don't mind parting with?

Monday, January 07, 2008

Cleaning Pantry

We're trying to avoid grocery shopping for the week and instead use up what we have on hand. It is sort of a challenge and we already cheated (bought bread, rice, canned tuna and saltines) but it is nice to use up some of the food we've accumulated.

Last night's mac & cheese used up some leftover evaporated milk, the last bits of three kinds of cheese and some rapini I wasn't sure what to do with and was really tasty. Tonight I think I am making some sort of chili-we have all the ingredients for that too.

I have a can (we bought it by mistake) of crushed pineapple in syrup. Any suggestions on how to use it up?

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Skinny Latte, Anyone?

Today, Starbucks rolls out their "skinny" line of drinks. Many of them have a fraction of the calories of their normal drinks: a skinny latte has only 90 calories vs. a 12-ounce white chocolate mocha latte made with whole milk and whipped cream, which has nearly 400 calories. Oy.

I always think ordering at Starbucks is fairly daunting. I think the standardizing of the "skinny" moniker will making ordering easier-it will be mean the same thing no matter what store you are in. It might cause some confusion in the meantime ("skinny" means nonfat milk and sugar-free) but I think once people get used to it, it will be easier.