mollie katzen, good gollie

Liz:

@ Blog of Funny Names–a woman who loves her some veggies

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Question: Is a not particularly funny name funny if it is spelled unusually? I have not yet brought this query to the Blog of Funny Names Board (just kidding–no such thing), but I vote yes because it gives me license to write up a woman I admire.

First, a bit of background on why I care. Though a food science graduate, I knew nothing about cooking until post-college. Only after receiving a Betty Crocker cookbook for Christmas did I realize I wanted to be a food writer. While I’ve yet to publish a cookbook (one day!), I can legitimately claim food writing as part of my profession. (food for fun, anyone?) And I can legitimately say that I’m crazy about cookbooks.

Mollie then (photo credit to)

Mollie then (photo source: Vegetable Heaven )

Mollie now (photo credit: Simple Steps)

Mollie now (photo credit: Simple Steps )

Ms. Mollie Katzen has authored–and illustrated–some of the finest of the genre…

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Nano Poblano Blog Hop Story: Day 13

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Alright then, food for fun readers. Today we are going to do something veeeeeeerrrrrrrry different. You know the chatty and pleasant and upbeat food prose you read at food for fun? Not going to find it here today. Not even … Continue reading

diy saltines à la Chef Chuck

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One of the cost-saving decisions my family made a few years back was to cut the cable cord. We supplement basic channels with streaming and it seems to be enough. I don’t feel I miss much sans the umpteen-zillion channels … Continue reading

boozy baker bourbon brittle cookies

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Imagine this: You find bars of Ghirardelli Dark clearanced out at $2.50 at your local grocer. Do you grab the last bars off the shelf? Does your mind automatically go into must-bake-chocolate-chip-cookie lockdown? If yes to both, we clearly have … Continue reading

tinapang bangus, with or without lumpia

Liz:

learned a few new words when researching this month’s Blog of Funny Names post.

Originally posted on The Blog of Funny Names:

Well, hello Funny Names Fans. It’s me, Liz, here to break the silence that seems to have fallen at Blog of Funny Names. Know that the ragtag collection of BoFN writers are busy folk, so posts may not always go up. In fact, I–your resident funny-names-in-food “expert”–had nothing planned for you this week.

After Fannie’s most excellent post on Mr. Greg Bear last week, I knew I was up next. (Thank you, Fannie, for being my marker.) No funny food names came to mind, but I assumed I’d be inspired at some point during the week. Turns out I assumed wrong. Inspiration did not hit and I had not the go-gettedness (that’s a word, right?) to hunt down a name. [shades of Diddy here]

So imagine my relief when I happened upon a post from a crazy-talented blogger friend entitled How To Make Lumpia with Tinapang Bangus. Wow…

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tale of 3 bourbon brittles

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After a few weeks of dropping bourbon brittle teases, food for fun is ready for its show-and-tell. First, the bourbon brittle I found for a mere $2 at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. I tried to make it last, … Continue reading

distilling bourbon with the angels and mr. wheatley

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A few days after publishing last week’s bourbon slide show, it hit me that I had forgotten to include my favorite “slide” of the trip. While the photo subject was neither food nor drink, it seemed to capture the spirit … Continue reading

the bourbon slide show

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Remember that Bourbon Festival mentioned last post? It’s in the rearview mirror and I now have only memories. More accurately, I have only memories, lots of photos, and oodles of bourboncentric souvenirs. Though I won’t be pulling out the slide … Continue reading

bourbon, baby!

When my cousin married his Kentucky bride, theirs were not the only lives changed. Traveling to Kentucky opened my eyes to the world of bourbon. On that trip, I learned that bourbon is bourbon when it’s produced in the United … Continue reading

Cat Cora, Chic Chef

Liz:

Welcome to a food for fun first! Today, instead of writing original content–always my goal here–I’m reblogging this week’s Blog of Funny Names guest post. The fuunily-named subject has fun with food, so she qualifies here for sure. Meow :-)

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Successful, smart, pretty, AND a good cook: Cat Cora is a quadruple threat.

Successful, smart, gorgeous, AND a good cook: Cat Cora is a quadruple threat.

Food Network junkies already know Cat Cora. For the rest of us (despite my addiction to all things food, I haven’t watched a cooking show since canning cable a few years back), let’s look more closely at Miss Catherine Ann “Cat” Cora.

Cora made history in 2005 as the first female to win the title of Iron Chef America. But her hard work in the culinary field started long before that.

Born in 1967 in Jackson, Mississippi, Cora was introduced to the food world as daughter and granddaughter of restauranteurs. Her father Sprio’s Greek heritage and her own southern roots are reflected in much of what Cora does in the kitchen even today.

A decision to enroll at Culinary Institute of America came only after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Biology…

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Door County, savory-style

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A recent trip to Door County, Wisconsin, has thus far provided fodder for two blog posts. Please indulge me as I eke out just a few more culinary musings from the four days I spent with a good friend in … Continue reading

the drinks of Door County

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Life was sweet last week when food for fun took a quick trip to Door County, Wisconsin. Next on our list are the beverages enjoyed on my recent foodie vacay. Quick recap: A friend invited me to join her for … Continue reading

Door County, the sweets edition

my fairy tale home

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With a tween daughter at home, I’ve given lots of thought to friendships: how they’re made, how fragile they can be, what makes a good one, and so on. While I didn’t especially enjoy those middle school years myself (though … Continue reading

cocktail dreams, mojito moments

love my books

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Why do we blog? I can’t answer for everyone, but I know I’m here–at least in part–to indulge in fantasy. Though I try to (mostly) write about real life, I read your blogs for vicarious reasons. Thanks to your posts, … Continue reading