Complaint by Numbers


August 24, 2007
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The green cupcakes are lemon; the green are lime. My mother needed a four dozen mini cupcakes for a company picnic she was attending, and so I came over to help out a little. The large cupcakes are for a special someone, and he has already eaten one of them.
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Vegetarian Pad Thai

August 24, 2007
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While watching Good Eats the other night in an insomniac binge of food-related television, I observed as Alton Brown whipped up some pad thai. Maybe it was the late hour, or maybe it was the fact that I was in the middle of a giant salt-craving, but I decided that I needed to recreate this recipe for myself. The only problem was that Alton’s recipe (we’re on a first-name basis; we’re that close) contained fish sauce, something decidedly unvegetarian, and dried shrimp.

Now why Alton wouldn’t go over vegetarian alternatives, given that the main protein in the dish was tofu is beyond me, but with a little thought, I’ve come up with what should produce a delicious pad thai, with all of the elements of the Good Eats version. (more…)

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Cookie Time

August 24, 2007
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Fall Cookie CuttersWho wouldn’t want to make sugar cookies (or any other rolled cookie) shaped like leaves and acorns? Kaiser came up with this great set of fall cookie cutters, complete with a ring to store them all together (which I personally find to be ridiculously convenient).

In addition to the leaves and acorn, the set also includes Halloween shapes (pumpkin, cat, moon, etc.). Who doesn’t like Halloween cookies? I can’t lie, I’m just excited to be able to make cookies and have a legitimate excuse…one that I didn’t make up.

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A packed lunch: one of life’s simpler pleasures

August 23, 2007
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There are so many reasons to pack your lunch for work each day, the most obvious being that bringing your own lunch saves money. Ingredients for a packed lunch can be purchased with regular groceries, saving gas (which is important as gas prices rise ever higher), not to mention saving a sizable amount on the actual food each week (usually around $40!). As if the savings weren’t enough motivation, packing lunches carries the added benefit of being able to control the quality and portion size of meals, as well as conforming to any dietary restrictions you or your family may have. Dairy-free or vegetarian meals may be difficult to find at fast-food restaurants, but are easily created in the kitchen and preserved in a cooler. Ideas after the jump. (more…)

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