Recently I was dining at a restaurant, enjoying the food and the atmosphere, when I realized that every time my companions and I got into a conversation, our server would appear next to the table and inquire if we needed anything. Overall I was having a good time with friends, and my drink was never low, but I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed about the amount of times our server asked us what we needed. I don’t exaggerate by saying it happened every five minutes before, during and after we had our food. Afterward, it seemed like I didn’t have a right to complain about a server who was really attentive. They were nice and the food was good, so what harm did it really do? Except, one of the reasons I enjoy eating out is getting to spend time and have conversations with friends. And … [Read more...] about When does good service become bad?
I was in Ovid, Idaho, the first time baking intrigued me. My grandma was the kind of woman who knew the ins and outs of both cooking and baking and had innumerable recipes piled in her kitchen. It was there in her home that she put a carrot cake in front of me, ignoring my grimace while my own mom ignored my pleading look to save me from having to eat it. Since no one thought to remember I didn’t like carrot cake, even though I had never tried it, I had to eat it for fear of being rude. To my utter surprise, carrot cake was pretty good and it was then that I decided I needed to figure this baking thing out. Back in Texas, I went through a bake-anything-and-everything phase. This included buying random baking cookbooks and baking page by page starting from the first. Now, you … [Read more...] about Love for baking spans generations
Last Saturday at Eleanora’s Market, I learned that plenty of booths provided the perfect excuse to indulge my sweet tooth. As soon as I arrived I made my way to Sweet Granny Bea’s because I saw that her banana pudding was in stock. I don’t like a lot of banana puddings because they tend to taste fake and from a box, but whatever Granny uses makes the pudding perfect. Next, I stopped by Underwater Oven to buy my nieces and nephews cookies, and of course I slipped an extra in the bag for myself. RELATED: Asian markets offer novelty, variety After resisting the urge to buy even more sweets I found myself in front of the fresh, organic produce of Fine Art Farms. Despite a table full of produce I focused on the seasonings. I decided to purchase the Tuscan Herb Seasoning, which has … [Read more...] about From farm to market to my table
It’s not unusual for kids to be picky eaters, but most of the time they grow out of it. I wasn’t one of those people. In fact, up until a couple of years ago I was just as picky then as I was as a kid. That natural growth into eating more diverse foods just didn’t happen for me. I’ve realized that I got my pickiness from my mom, who refuses any steak with a hint of pink, asks for no seasoning on anything she gets and pretty much will never try something new. But my dad isn’t to be left out. He’s a visual person, so if something doesn’t look good he’s not likely to eat it either. Really, I never had the chance to not be picky. One of my brothers likes to say my food groups are cereal, ice cream, and fried chicken. Since I think he’s actually half-serious, it’s a bit ironic … [Read more...] about Trying new foods doesn’t necessarily equate to liking them
Einkorn wheat is what our ancestors thousands of years ago used to make bread. It’s the first and oldest wheat there is, and after almost going extinct it’s making a comeback. A few days ago I had never even heard of the stuff, but since I have a friend who likes to delve into nutrition and eating what’s best for the body, I occasionally get to hear about what I should and shouldn’t be eating. When she mentioned einkorn (rhymes with “fine corn”) I was intrigued. According to einkorn.com, einkorn wheat is recognized among the forms of wheat that were first cultivated by humans and believed to originate from the fertile areas of the Tigris-Euphrates river system. Today, it’s the only wheat that isn’t hybridized and is considered a more nutritious grain. It has a high content of … [Read more...] about Take tasty trip back in time with einkorn wheat