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Monthly Archives: October 2010
Pasta Puttanesca is an easy, classic Italian dish. The Puttanesca sauce can also be used on anything from chicken to vegetables to fish. View recipe
This is a potato-based soup that was a combination of a recipe from a newspaper article and the flavors I remember from a now-defunct restaurant. The dish can feed 6 to 8 as a soup course or 4 to 6 as a main course. View recipe
Whole apples, coated with caramel. These have been a common, seasonal treat starting in late summer through autumn and the festivities that are associated with Halloween.
This recipe is so simple and straight forward there is no excuse not to prepare them from scratch. The most challenging part of this recipe is unwrapping the caramels without sampling too many of them. View recipe
Originally posted March 14th, 2007 by Tim Adamec
As we get ready to record and launch the first Podcast, I’m noticing food-related articles around the Web more often. The Economist recently ran an article about Pepsi and Starbucks trying to revitalize their brands. This response highlights my biggest problems with Starbucks:
In Starbucks’ case, it’s not the ambiance that puts off consumers, it’s the coffee. If only they roasted it a bit less. My colleagues agree that if they had another option they wouldn’t buy Starbucks but, since there is a Starbucks on nearly every block around our office in the District, our options are limited.
I’ve had several questions from people I know asking why Starbucks torches their coffee, and the answer is “Consistency”. Starbucks wants a consistent cup of coffee, just like McDonalds wants the Big Mac to taste the same wherever you go, so they over-roast it to remove any minor flavor variations in the beans. I prefer Seattle’s Best Coffee over Starbucks, as they roast for flavor rather than consistency.
With Starbucks locations on every block, as the commenter points out, it’s a bit difficult not to grab a cup from them. Even though the coffee has some problems, it’s still better than Foldgers.