Recipe Resources on the Web
I think about food quite often. (If you haven't noticed this on your own.) I also love to try out new recipes, but found that recipes in magazines generally aren't interesting to me as a collection -- perhaps one per issue sounded like something I wanted to try. I have favorite cookbooks, but still want to try styles and ingredients that they don't cover. And so I turn to the web.
The best way to search for a recipe is through the all-around fabulous search engine, Google. For example, a search for "'potato soup' vegan recipe" will turn up results all over the web, many of which are what I'm after (though there are a few pages that have references to vegan or vegetarian recipes on an omivorous recipe site). Refining the results and following links invariably turns up something that sounds good. Likewise, if you have an ingredient you want to use (which is often my situation), do a search for it and 'recipe' and see what you get.
If you're more in the mood for browsing, here are some resources I rely on.
These are vegetarian, because I am.
-Allrecipes.com, including vegetarian.allrecipes.com and its many sub pages (such as the vegetarian listing within souprecipe.com)
-Recipecottage - vegetarian index
-Veggieheadonline, which provides links to other vegetarian pages
-Vegsource Recipes (frame-heavy)
-Vegweb, the site I'm mostly likely to find a great recipe on.
Recipes in non-food publications
These are omnivorous, though they often have features on produce in season which are promising, veg-friendly, or can be modified.
-BBC Food is likely the best news service collection of food information I've seen. (This may be because the BBC has been known to publish entire print magazines devoted to cooking, including BBC Good Food Vegetarian!) There is a special index devoted to vegetarianism, which is excellent, and includes general information. The recipe index is searchable.
-New York Times Dining and Wine, which includes articles on the politics and health of food. The Times also carries a Food and Wine Interest Guide featuring free food articles back to 1996.
-SF Gate Food & Dining, which emphasizes restaurant listings. The recipe archives are searchable.
-Washington Post Food
posted by Arlene (Beth)10:43 AM
Something I should revisit when I'm feeling better: hot cucumber soups and sautes (Washington Post).
posted by Arlene (Beth)10:43 AM
Sunday, September 28, 2003
Back in July, the US' Organic Trade Association created a nonprofit Center for Organic Education and Promotion to organize studies demonstrating that organic foods, those grown without pesticides or chemical fertlizers, are nutritionally healither than pesticide/chemical produce (New York Times, $).
The debate is interesting, because it doesn't go in the direction I would expect -- suggesting that pesticide free foods, having no carcinogenic pesticides, are better for you OR suggesting that a world with fewer carcinogens in it is better for all of us. I suppose that's a bit too obvious. Instead, there have been studies showing that there are more actual nutrients (vitamins and minerals) in organic foods than in pesticide/chemically grown produce (now called "conventional" or "conventionally grown," kind of like "conventional weapons"), and this new organization wants to sponsor similar research to prove such claims.
Back in the 1980s, some simple studies demonstrated that used-up soils had fewer nutrients in them, so how the soil is treated is obviously relevant. If you just take nutrients out of the soil, you'll have fewer in your subsequent crops. If you add nutrients, by planting and then turning under crops that fix nitrogen and gather/produce nutrients during their lives makes the soil higher in nutrients. Chemical fertilizers vary in their intent, but some appear to be intended to put some nutrients back into the soil, while ignoring others.
I think the best part about the article is the defense by the chemical/pesticide industry of its products by trying to knock down the way food has been grown since people invented agriculture.Mr. Avery said Mr. Heaton's study was tainted because of the Soil Association's [a British organic group's] interests.(emphasis mine). Extra amusing: the idea that it's the millenia-old way of growing food that should come under scrutiny, rather than the new way that doesn't guarantee greater yields, has resulted in increased pest attacks and super-pests, and which relies on petrochemicals. Ah, the glories of a market-based economy!
"A number of research trials time and time again have not found any significant differences," he said. "You need very large, carefully designed and carefully controlled studies to prove that there is a difference because of large natural variability."
Pressed to be more specific, Mr. Avery whose organization has received financing from Monsanto, DowElanco and the Ag-Chem Equipment Company, which are involved in conventional agriculture and biotechnology, did not offer further criticism.
posted by Arlene (Beth)11:22 AM
Entertaining food trivia: for a brief moment this summer, the British were trying to take credit for the invention of lasagna (BBC). No, really. There's a witty video report: "the Medieveal gauntlet has been thrown down" (BBC) insisting that a 13th century recipe for a cheese and pasta dish called "laysan" may have preceeded Italian lasagna.
I think the British are hard up for gourmet cred. A cute caption for a photo accompanying the article says, "As British as chicken tikka masala." :-)
posted by Arlene (Beth)11:04 AM
Saturday, September 27, 2003
I'm not feeling very well, a result of a night of poor sleep after a stressful work week. My only major accomplishments today are:
-dirtying lots of dishes
-making a poor approximation of a focaccia, relying inappropriately on a recipe which gave me two good pizzas, but which has failed me repeatedly ever since
-publishing photos from last weekend's trip to Calaveras Big Trees State Park here in California
-dirtying more dishes
-consuming generic Tylenol
-listening to today's edition of Wait Wait! Don't tell me
-spreading issues of Carbusters Magazine all over the floor of the living room.
What I could have been doing was finding a truly good new potato soup recipe. And a replacement focaccia recipe (perhaps like this potato based one minus the flax seed and bran, or this one from the California Tomato Commission, who hopefully have great stationery), since I have to accept that the one I'm using isn't working for me.
posted by Arlene (Beth)11:27 PM
Thursday, September 25, 2003
I have been back from my long weekend of car camping and hiking at Calaveras Big Trees State Park for a few days now, but have been too tired from work to write about it. But it's worth writing about: a park about 6,500 acres in size with two groves of giant sequoias, some 2,000 to 3,000 years old, trees which, as individuals, are some of the most massive living individual organisms on earth.
It's really a wonderful experience to walk through a forest whose individual trees predate so much of modern history, looking up at these huge, cylindrical trunks toward branches which are larger than most of the other conifers in the forest.
To thrive, the trees need a reliable supply of water for the duration of their lifetimes. Which are routinely 2,000 years. It gave me pause: how is much of anything aside from the seasons reliable for 2,000 years?
It's hard to imagine hoping to stay in one place for 2,000 years in a culture that can't see beyond one quarter of a year's economic reports.
There are two groves in the park. The North Grove, which has a large campground near it, has a paved/boardwalked path, numerical interpretive signs in front of key trees, and trees named after various people. Its proximity to the visitor center and main campground means it is often crowded. Also, you can hear Highway 4 from the grove.
The South Grove is miles into the park, past the quieter campground (Oak Hollow), down a long, well-maintained road. The grove loop begins a mile from its parking lot. In the early hours of the weekend, it's possible to be the only person there with the trees. And get a sore neck marveling at them and walking amid their huge bases, laughing at how tiny the other trees of the forest appear in relation.
Unlike Coast Redwoods, which create an all-redwood forest and reproduce through sprouting from downed trees, creating tree circles and their own favorite environment, the sequoias reproduce only through their cones, which take 20 years to mature, and which they only make after about 100 years of growing. Sequioas live in forests that are a mix of conifers. We walked among incense cedar, grand fir, and pine, with pacific (western) dogwood growing in the filtered light. Our Nature Study Guild Pacific Tree Finder came in very handy. [You can't really apply their needle-examination techniques to sequoias, since their branches are a hundred or more feet above the ground. But we figured those out on our own. :-)]
Car camping is a very different food experience than backpacking, since weight is of no consequence to the car just feet away from your tent. We took half a sack of oranges, ripe green apples, hot cocoa, soy milk, orange juice, canned chili, instant split pea soup, pumpkin bread, bananas, lemon poppy seed cake, a small jar of olive oil, and spinach & herb pasta.
We also took a stack of small, round, store-bought focaccia, but I don't like mentioning it, because it was WRETCHED. It was flavored with oregano and some other herb, through the unfortunate device of making a paste of dried oregano and oil and piling that on top of the bread for baking. It initially tasted okay, but the mass of dried herbs were as dry as sawdust. So we referred to it as sawdust focaccia. All of my focaccia fantasies were ruined right there. So henceforth we will stick to the great, moist, fresh focaccia from the farmer's market, and avoid this locally baked, icky bread.
We also ate out two of our three nights. Yes, decadence, I know. But the people in our neighboring campsites were so annoying - unable to control their dogs, constantly making their cars honk with their auto lock devices, shouting at each other across a few feet of campsite over trivial things - that escaping at dinner time to the town of Arnold just 4 miles away seemed wise. We ate at the Blue Frog, a tasty Mexican food place with a huge outdoor patio, and the Weather Station, a familial Italian restaurant in a woodsy building (think logs and plaid carpets). Both restaurants provided satisfying meals, and kept us from yelling at our camping neighbors.
So hiking in the groves and to the frosty Stanislaus River was great. There aren't many trails in the park: if you apply yourself, you can hike all of them in two days. So we did.
When I post a link to this in my Great Places to Hike near the SF Bay Area section, I'll try to provide the excellent directions which were given to me by a colleague, which avoid some of the more traffic prone areas of the hell-hot Central Valley.
posted by Arlene (Beth)6:21 AM
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
I had a fanatical desire for a multi-course Indian meal last night, and so I made one. First I modified Madhur Jaffrey's mustard greens recipe to include all mustard greens (no spinach), and to use more fresh, green chilies. This time I seeded them, however, which resulted in a much mellower but still wonderful flavor. I then prepared two recipes from 50 Great Curries of India: fried potatoes with mixed spices (potatoes simmered in water with turmeric, then fried in oil with coriander and cayenne, with a touch of garam masala and amchur sprinkled over them when they're done) and cabbage with spices and tomato (onions, garlic, fresh green chilies, cabbage, turmeric, and coriander), all over plain (I was lazy) rice.
It was WONDERFUL, and unlike many dinners, I prepared enough to guarantee a few days worth of leftovers, which I enjoyed today at lunch.
posted by Arlene (Beth)8:05 PM
Sunday was the best day I've had in a long time. I dragged myself from bed very reluctantly at 6 a.m.; biked down to the Embarcardero with S by just after 7; had my bike valet parked; and spent the next two hours hanging posters promoting the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition at the T Mobile International Bicycle Race (formerly the SF Grand Prix).
The fog, still blanketing the bay and Treasure Island, kept us cool, sweet relief after Saturday's relentless heat. The air was very fresh, and the sunlight very clean and bright. After about 2 hours of postering and walking the course, cheering wildly as the women's race went on, we enjoyed delicious pastries and a creamy latte at Cafe la Piazza, one of the tiny, triangular cafes on Columbus.
The women's race was awesome -- youngster Nicole Cooke won rather spectacularly, with the announcer sounding like he would faint from screaming about how well Nicole's final lap attack went. By the time that race ended and we finished our walk, we were ready to sit in the window at the Steps of Rome over bruschetta, chianti, and fettuccini primavera to watch the men's race. There's something very luxurious about sitting in the window, cheering the riders on from behind the enthusiastic sidewalk diners on a sunny day, with so much festive energy in the air. And NO CARS ON COLUMBUS! No parked cars, and no traffic except for the fleet of support vehicles chasing the peloton.
After cruising through the exhibit area and being horrified that the winner of the bike race would be rewarded with a car, we biked back home, showered, and napped the heavy, satisfying nap of people who biked for half an hour, walked for more than 4 hours, dined, and biked for 45 more minutes against the wind.
posted by Arlene (Beth)7:59 PM
Saturday, September 13, 2003
Speaking of food, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has held its ministerial meeting in Cancun, Mexico.
The WTO has become a force for injustice in the world. There are many reasons to oppose the undemocratic WTO and its policies (Global Exchange). This organization's goal of eliminating trade barriers seems dedicated to only eliminating good protections: preventing people from knowing whether or not the tuna they want to buy is 'dolphin safe,' since that designation may give some products an advantage over others; allowing products made through child labor or prison labor to compete without the stigma of their true source; hiding the quality of products and their ingredients by making importers lower their standards to include genetically modified organisms or hormones and other chemicals countries currently forbid, and preventing labels from revealing their undesirable ingredients...
For people who care about food and fairness, the WTO is a bad group.
Kofi Annan doesn't think too highly of the WTO either."We are told that free trade brings opportunity for all people, not just a fortunate few. Sadly, the reality of the international trading system today doesn't match the rhetoric. Instead of open markets there are too many barriers that stunt, stifle and starve. Instead of fair competition, there are subsidies by rich countries that tilt the playing field against the poor."(Washington Post article). At issue are the $1 BILLION DOLLAR DAILY FARM SUBSIDIES that rich nations give their farmers, which results in price slumps on world markets everywhere.
Poor developing countries, with inexpensive land and labor, should have a huge agricultural advantage in the world food supply market. I've heard conservative, free-market proponents say that it doesn't even make sense for countries like the US to grow food anymore, because it's so cheaply and plentifully available elsewhere. (I believe in locally grown food for environmental and cultural reasons, but this is still an interesting opinion.) To overcome this huge natural advantage, wealthy governments create vast subsidies which make it appear cheaper for a highly paid US farmer in a new truck using heavy machines and expensive chemicals to fly their products to other nations and dump them onto the market where only hand labor and natural materials are used! It appears cheaper because taxpayers like myself are paying for the plane fare, the chemicals, the subsidized water systems, the subsidized land systems, subsized pumping systems, and the new truck (if it weighs more than 6 tons). It's not cheaper to me, the taxpayer, and it's certainly not cheaper to the environment. It's grotesque, polluting, inefficient, and allows places that should never sensibly produce export crops to be artificially forced into production through a huge influx of money that could better be spent elsewhere.
(Gee, Arlene, how do you really feel? Don't hold back!)
Oh, and there's also the fact that the wealthy nations promised, but failed to deliver, life saving medicines to the countries they want to dump their subsized foods onto.
I was pleased to see that this WTO meeting and its issues are being more openly discussed than the WTO meetings in the past, where US corporate news agencies stupidly said that protesters were "against trade." It helps that big countries like Australia are making their case and their objections known in international media.
Starving poor countries and forcing GMOs on them is not fair trade! And it's certainly not free. It's time the WTO got the honest and bad press it deserves.
posted by Arlene (Beth)8:18 PM
A heavy but cold gourmet lunch when it's too hot to cook: one sliced ball of whole milk mozzarella per person, arranged on a plate in an alternating pattern with fresh tomato slices, drizzled with a puree of fresh cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil, with peeled cucumber slices lumped in the center with a bit of salt and freshly ground pepper.
posted by Arlene (Beth)8:01 PM
My excuse was that my wonderful crate of veggies from my community supported agriculture project didn't supply any sweet fruit or cereal. And so, without even eating breakfast, I went grocery shopping at Rainbow. And spent more than $100.
NEVER SHOP HUNGRY!!!
The cart was full. Very full. With all sorts of gourmet things. Those artichoke/sundried tomato/cheese ravioli they sell fresh. Fresh pastries. Sharffenberger chocolate products that S just had to have. Huge bags of four types of granola. Two containers of fresh, whole milk mozzarella. Raw and rennetless cheeses; three kinds of curry paste; organic lemon grass; orange juice; a huge sack of onions; 10 pounds of oranges; a huge jar of honey... All sorts of things that weren't just fresh produce, or that were many, many pounds of fresh produce.
This is one of the bad things about grocery shopping with a car: you buy as much as you can haul, rather than just what you can carry. I've never owned a car, and lived alone for years, always eating well, but never buying more than 2 bags of groceries at a time. On my really ambitious days, that would mean making more than one trip out of the house for ingredients, but all the groceries I shopped at were generally in my neighborhood, and I went there on foot, got some fresh air and exercise, and wasn't too put out.
But this car shopping thing is almost dangerous. A car can hold a lot of bags of groceries when you're hungry!
posted by Arlene (Beth)8:00 PM
Friday, September 12, 2003
All of those tiny, roma-shaped, red cherry tomatoes from my CSA made a wonderfully sweet and delicious pasta sauce. I pureed about 3 cups of them (not packed or sliced, so it's really less than 3) in a blender with a couple cloves of crushed garlic and a handful of fresh basil. I didn't cook it, but I did add some salt and freshly ground pepper.
It was very tasty with angel hair pasta.
Photographs from the 2003 Burning Man festival are abundant, and I'm continually impressed at how good some of the images are. webbery.com may have some of the best. Before I search for images, I usually review Morford's report and photo gallery (SF Gate) (I especially this image), and our local paper's SF Gate Photo Special (SF Gate), though there's much more to be had. It's one of those events that always makes me feel lame at Halloween, when I think of all the creativity the folks who attend BM are bursting with before I wimp out and don't get into costume.
Perhaps it's wrong of me to think that way. But...
posted by Arlene (Beth)11:24 PM
Thursday, September 11, 2003
The only really food-related item today: I had a burrito for lunch. After 1:30 in the afternoon, so I was the only one sitting around and eating in my office. Two people came in while I was eating the burrito. Their eyes immediately focused on it, they stopped midsentence, and each burst out with "where did you get that?" and a comment about how good the burrito smelled.
Of course it smells good: it's from Los Socios, an excellent little restaurant on Sacramento at Kearney in downtown SF. Their hot salsa is very, very tasty. And you can actually get a burrito that's XXXX hot their, if you ask nicely. Though I don't recommend that unless you like to cry when you eat. Which I sometimes do.
posted by Arlene (Beth)11:01 PM
I have so many links in my 'to read' file, it's not funny. There's one about how the movie Amelie has inspired a craze for places in the film, (New York Times), which is cute, but has some odd food references. All I can say is, the less I read about pig's brains with lentils, the better.
I saved links to many photos. fires in Montana (08/27/03 SF Gate); a man pulling a cart in front of an art display in Haiti (09/08/03 SF Gate); and more proof that nudity is one of the few ways to get any publicity for a protest just about anywhere (CNN).
posted by Arlene (Beth)10:56 PM
Did I ever mentioned that Turkey (the country, not the bird) has an orchid flavored ice cream? Demand is so high that the orchids, which only grow in the wild, are threatened with extinction.
It doesn't make much sense to allow a tasty flavoring or rare orchid to go extinct, does it? No. Of course not. They need to work on this.
posted by Arlene (Beth)10:45 PM
Sunday, September 07, 2003
Yesterday's tasty highlight was a trip to Arizmendi Bakery for one of their delicious, sour crust, tomato-pesto-onion-pine nut-some yummy cheese pizzas. Mmmmm.
Lately, I've been consuming some great stuff in the eye candy and food for thought departments. My library had a copy of Genghis Blues, a brilliant documentary about how blues musician Paul Pena's habit of listening to a short wave radio led him to discover Tuvan throat singing, to teach himself basic Tuvan (using Tuvan to Russian, then Russian to English references, even though he doesn't speak Russian) and wind up going to Tuva to participate in a national throat singing competition.
Did I mention that Mr. Pena is blind? And terribly motivated? It's just amazing, a wonderful story that actually happened.
I just finished reading Journey on the Crest: Walking 2600 miles from Mexico to Canada by Cindy Ross. She broke her hike northward into two pieces, and manages to capture something I haven't been able to explain adequately: how something as satisfying and fun as backpacking manages to be so challenging in its moment to moment details that it doesn't actually sound fun.
Any accurate description of one of my backpacking trips would contain many gripes, especially my trip to Yellowstone where nearly everything that could go wrong did. But it was a great trip! It's hard to convey both aspects -- but she does. And does it better than just saying "it was really hard and painful, but ultimately very satisfying," which isn't detailed enough.
I've received my first subscription issue of Carbusters, which is so much fun I'm going to have to order the back issues. It's full of great ideas, motivated people, enthusiasm, and importantly GREAT cartoons. (Some of which are CAR-toons.) On the same topic, I've persuaded S to read the excellent book Carfree Cities, which S complains is a bit technical, but which is also a visionary look at how great American cities COULD be. This ties in with some great discussions I've been having with colleagues about how we're responsible for the state of our communities and our world, and if we're living someplace where we don't feel safe walking at night or we have made our streets unsafe for children to play, that's OUR fault, and we need to fix it. As Americans, a group that doesn't travel much, we don't know that many of the problems we have have been solved in other American cities and abroad, and just assume that we MUST suffer through strip malls and highway-like streets. If we'd get out more, we'd know better. Books like C.C. are the equivalent of a really great, educational field trip out of our little reality and into the bigger world, where our problems aren't new and solutions abound.
Finally, I've had some great discussions with co-workers about how to go from armchair activism to something more involved. I'm trying to form a group to engage in some collaborative planning for projects that will get us out of the house and into peace work, political meetings, and print publications. I'm excited, but I'm also alarmed in that I've learned a colleague really believes that all the anti-war protesters were violent, and that no one actually did anything peaceful on Day X. Which means she was on another planet from me, or she was reading and believing Pox News. I'm not sure which, but I've been obssessed with bringing her to the facts, or vice versa. Which, once someone sets their mind, is difficult.
So I've had lots to think about, and most of it has been good! We'll see if all these great conversations can be sustained a while longer, and what good I can have come out of them.
posted by Arlene (Beth)8:17 AM
Thursday, September 04, 2003
Today I hauled more than 25 pounds of produce and flowers home on the back of my bike.
It's not the first time I've done this, but it's the first time I've had a kitchen scale handy.
Fresh veggies are heavy, so full of moisture, so plump. My CSA program's crate startled me when I picked it up, but I shouldn't have been surprised. 6 pounds of squash (patty pan, green zucchini, yellow zucchini); 4 pounds of corn; 2.5 pounds of little while potatoes; 2.3 pounds of white cabbage; 2.2 pounds of cucumbers; 1.25 pounds of mustard greens; 1.2 pounds of broccoli; and smaller amounts of rainbow chard, red lettuce, green onions, fresh basil, and tomatoes. 24.4 pounds of pesticide free, locally grown produce, plus a huge bouquet of flowers (with heavy sunflowers!) and the box it all came in. I had to focus on keeping my bike from tipping when I stopped! And I was liberal in my use of the easier gears on the hills coming home.
Looking at all these gorgeous veggies by weight, and realizing that I paid $25 for the box, that means I was paying about a dollar a pound for organic produce that generally sells for much more than that. Much more. And I'm supporting a great organization helping people improve their lives dramatically at the same time. What a deal!
The box is intended to provide veggies for four people for a week, but since I'm a vegetarian and have a partner with a healthy appetite, we consume the box quite well. Except for those items that I don't make tantalizing enough, like the purple cabbage (only popular with ginger, garlic, and soy sauce; the other ways I prepare it, the leftovers just sit) and the carrots (which aren't quite enough for carrot cake, but which I realize I just don't use regularly for much of anything). I'll work on that.
The rainbow chard was cooked up with garlic, tofu, and black bean sauce for dinner (over rice stick); eggplant I'd already purchased is stewing with zucchini in a lovely ratatouille; Indian-style stewed mustard greens and sweet zucchini bread figure into my weekend plans.
Not that all of my weekend plans revolve around food. Only MANY of my weekend plans revolve around food.
posted by Arlene (Beth)10:03 PM
This evening we had an earthquake (USGS). Apparently it was near Orinda, a 3.9, with a 3.0 aftershock.
I was cooking.
posted by Arlene (Beth)9:53 PM
Wednesday, September 03, 2003
Good eating: there's a tasty Thai restaurant on the outer edge of my neighborhood called Jitra Thai. It's at 2545 Ocean Avenue, just off Junipero Serra in the littel commercial area with the old-timey buildings. It has a good vegetarian menu section, a tasty sour coconut soup that makes me think I should use more lime juice in my cooking like they do, and delicious eggplant and tofu dishes.
posted by Arlene (Beth)10:19 PM
Monday, September 01, 2003
I'm thinking about dried chili and instant soup.
Well, actually, I'm thinking about a lot of things, but because I'm reading Journey on the Crest by Cindy Ross, a book about hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, I'm thinking a lot about backpacking foods.
Ever since I returned from backpacking in Lassen Volcanic National Park, almost every night has been filled with dreams of backpacking. Backpacking is WONDERFUL. It requires a huge amount of physical effort, but in exchange for all the work and sore feet and insect bites, I am rewarded with tranquil lakes, frosty streams, gorgeous sunsets, fresh air, and both solitude (being away from noisy society) and companionship (with S). Backpacking is an intense experience, so trivial worries can't really dominate my thoughts. In that way, it's very meditative, because it's so easy to focus on my immediate, gorgeous surroundings.
I could use more of that.
But first, I want to plan out how to get more calories packed into my bear can. My bear can was filled for our Lassen trip, yet it didn't contain enough calories to keep us energized. My zeal to avoid heavy breakfasts and lunch (which only seem to bog down our hiking, since we need to rest a while to digest) went too far. Meanwhile, this PCT book reveals that some serious backpackers buy dehydrators and dehydrate sack after sack of veggies. Hmm.
Something tells me the instant section of my natural food store's bulk bins will be receiving visits from me shortly. Especially those with dried bean soups. And perhaps those otherwise sketchy no-refrigeration cheese tortellini deserve new consideration. Hmmm.
posted by Arlene (Beth)9:51 PM