Soup of the Fortnight: Mushroom

Posted by Anita on 10.29.05 3:44 PM

crab bisque (c)2006 AECTonight we made Crab & Crimini Bisque — What a disappointment! Expensive, time-consuming, and ultimately blah. There were too many mushrooms and way too much crab for the amount of soup… the garnish was overwhelming.

Also, they didn’t have you season as you went — only asked for salt & pepper at the very end — so the whole thing was flat and bleh. Too fishy and stringy from the crab, too.

It looks better than it tasted, and frankly it didn’t look very good. If I’m in the mood for a creamy mushroom soup, I’m fairly sure I will stick to Bourdain’s version in the future.

cooking, recipes, Soup o' the Fortnight
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Open House menu

Posted by Anita on 10.23.05 5:59 PM

From our housewarming open house — alas, no photos, as we were busy entertaining.

  • antipasto platter: marinated peppers, artichoke hearts, bocconcini, cured meats, olives
  • sesame crackers with fromage d’affinois and blood-orange marmalade
  • manchego-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon
  • Vietnamese summer rolls
  • Mini ‘BLTs’: pain de mie, avocado, bacon, tomato-bourbon jam
  • Coronation chicken-salad tea sandwiches with whipped cream cheese on walnut bread (open-face)
  • tomato/fontina/roasted garlic tartlets
  • camembert with walnut-pear filling and basalmic syrup
  • phyllo triangles: mushroom and feta, and rosemary ham with halloumi cheese
  • red curry chicken wings
  • croustade cups filled with honey-cirtus ricotta and a raspberry
  • French-style apple tart



The definition of foodie

Posted by Anita on 10.03.05 1:58 PM

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary has added nearly 100 new words. Food-related terms for this update include:

  • Amuse-bouche (noun): A small complimentary appetizer offered at some restaurants.
  • Brain freeze (noun): A sudden shooting pain in the head caused by ingesting very cold food (as ice cream) or drink

Sampling of new words

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