• Posted by Califia Suntree on June 12th, 2013, 5:11 AM

    Up until this past weekend, my sole culinary experience of Seattle came in the form of an overnight on my book tour, during which I ate only Serious Pie pizza. This time around, I had an excellent guide (high school friend Lauren, definitely in-the-know) and two whole days to fill with carbohydrates. I cleansed the I-5 from my system on the rooftop patio at Terra Plata with a grown-up grapefruit-fennel soda alongside blistered shisito peppers and aioli. It was all feeling very un-Portland and sophisticated, until a bored and completely shitfaced host decided to join us, Read on… »

  • Posted by Califia Suntree on March 21st, 2013, 10:35 AM

    It’s not very fashionable to admit, but I like Jell-O, tomato aspic, panna cotta, and marshmallows. That is, I like food made with gelatin. (I even once jelled gazpacho; it looked like rubies.) I bought the Jellymongers book by Bompas & Parr, the British duo who make what can only be called jelly art, and really want to make their black cherry and prosecco jelly come June. And homemade minted marshmallows are one of my favorite things in hot chocolate (follow the lovely recipe from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream cookbook, and add mint extract).

    However, gelatin, as you must know, comes from boiled pig bones. It’s a terrific source of collagen if you want to improve your hair, skin and nails or if you have joint problems. But, again, pig bones. So, since I only buy organic meat these days, it’s been no more jellies for me, alas.

    UNTIL NOW! (Cue infomercial graphics.)

    The Canadians are no longer just your source for affordable prescription drugs, they now also offer us suffering Americans 100% organic gelatin. The Canadian company GoBIO! offers 100% organic gelatin in powder and sheets, and it doesn’t cost a fortune (about $2 for six gelatin sheets). They also sell marshmallows, which you might as well throw in your cart too.

    Limoncello Jell-O shot anyone?

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  • Posted by Califia Suntree on March 11th, 2013, 10:08 AM

    Here’s an easy way to do good today: Buy a cookbook and support the very worthy Open Doors Literacy Project, which educates rural Pakistanis in basic reading and math. The $12 buys you not only an ebook chock full of healthy recipes from dozens of contributors, but beauty and health tips as well. Best of all, your money goes directly to the ODLP, and its sole traveling teacher, Hassan Saeed, who teaches a 100-day course to rural Urdu boys, girls, and women. A noble cause, and my recipes for green bean salad and pickled carrots (among dozens more by contributors around the world) to boot!

    The book, which comes as a PDF ebook or spiral-bound, is $12 and can be purchased here.

  • Posted by Califia Suntree on February 20th, 2013, 11:40 AM

    I’m undertaking an in-depth study of brownbagging, dear readers, and I’d love your input. (By “brownbagging” I mean bringing your lunch to work, not whatever dirty thing first came to mind.) What are your favorite DIY lunches? What is your go-to, beyond PB&J and leftover Thai food? Do you have a system? Favorite equipment? Please share any and all thoughts about LUNCH in the comments.

    In gratitude, here is one of my favorite lunch salads, which actually improves by sitting in the fridge. Make the full amount; the next day, it’s softened enough to be a tasty sandwich or wrap filling. Read on… »

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