July 7th, 2004 § Comments off § permalink

I don’t really buy clothes with funny logos and stuff printed on them, but if I did, I’d be very excited about Threadless. I particularly like the map for the Metropolitan Cardiac Authority.

Orzo and feta salad

July 5th, 2004 § Two comments § permalink

The orzo and feta salad turned out quite nicely. It turns out that the recipe has migrated from the Dean & DeLuca website, which no longer offers any recipes, to the Dean & DeLuca Cookbook. By looking at the index on Amazon, I was reminded that this salad was supposed to have mint in it. Oh, well; it wasn’t bad without it. Here’s my reconstructed version of the recipe, sans mint.

  • 1 pound orzo
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Zest from 1/2 lemon, minced
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup feta, crumbled (about 1/3 pound)

Cook the orzo according to the package’s instructions. Rinse under cold running water and drain.

In a medium bowl, toss the orzo with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice and zest. Add the cucumber and bell pepper and toss. Add the feta and toss. Serve at room temperature.

A lesser pizzatastrophe

July 3rd, 2004 § One comment § permalink

Armed with a different batch of yeast, I succeeded in tonight’s attempt at caramelized onion pizza. It still turned out badly, though. The recipe for the dough called for far too much water, making the dough rather difficult to shape. Also, the topping had too many competing flavors. A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen may be a damned fine cookbook in most respects, but I wouldn’t recommend its pizza recipes.

Tomorrow I’m attempting to recreate an orzo and feta salad whose recipe I lost long ago. The result will accompany me to a Fourth of July barbecue. I’ll post a recipe if it turns out well (the salad, not the barbecue).

Get your local retail on

July 2nd, 2004 § Four comments § permalink

I’ve added a new feature to this site. Under the list of books I’ve read recently, you can now choose whether each book’s link points to Amazon; Powell’s, a huge independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon; or Book Sense, a service that directs you to your nearest independent bookstore. The default is still Amazon, since that usually has the most information, but I thought I’d help out those of you who would rather not shop there.

I’ve been making some other changes as well, most of which are related to posting comments. The comment preview page is a little whacked right now; let me know if anything else looks broken.

Defeated by a single-celled fungus

July 2nd, 2004 § Two comments § permalink

Dinner plan: Caramelized onion pizza with blue cheese and walnuts. Dinner reality: Yeast that doesn’t work, dough that won’t rise, and pita with hummus as a rather poor replacement. Damn you, Red Star! Damn you and your crummy yeast!

Who knows

July 1st, 2004 § Comments off § permalink

Overheard earlier: “Are you sure she was stoned and not just post-orgasmic?”

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