Intermarkets' Privacy Policy

Donate to Ace of Spades HQ!

Recent Entries
Absent Friends
Bandersnatch 2024
GnuBreed 2024
Captain Hate 2023
moon_over_vermont 2023
westminsterdogshow 2023
Ann Wilson(Empire1) 2022
Dave In Texas 2022
Jesse in D.C. 2022
OregonMuse 2022
redc1c4 2021
Tami 2021
Chavez the Hugo 2020
Ibguy 2020
Rickl 2019
Joffen 2014
AoSHQ Writers Group
A site for members of the Horde to post their stories seeking beta readers, editing help, brainstorming, and story ideas. Also to share links to potential publishing outlets, writing help sites, and videos posting tips to get published. Contact OrangeEnt for info:
maildrop62 at proton dot me
Cutting The Cord And Email Security
Moron Meet-Ups

I have no pretence of calling this a Gaming Thread but I heard you like lists | Main | Gun Thread (12-28-2014)
December 28, 2014

Food Thread: Healthy, Economical, and (hopefully) Tasty [CBD]

I'm not into New Years resolutions, but it just so happens, starting now, I'm gonna start eating better.

But I need to know what foods to buy...and how to prepare them. Plus, my inner-joo wants my improved diet to be economical. So let's trade tips.

For instance, beans. Great food but gassy and time-consuming to prepare. What else?

-- Slippery When Soothsayer

Ignoring the silliness of "...but gassy," which is a feature not a bug, here is everything you need to know about diet:

AOSHQ Food Pyramid2.png we have a golden opportunity to crowd-source Soothsayer's new diet.

A few restrictions:

1. Eating better probably means avoiding processed foods, especially those that are loaded with simple carbohydrates (sugars), eating more vegetables, and maybe cutting a few calories. It (hopefully) doesn't mean losing 80 lbs. and quitting smoking at the same time.

2. Nobody will stay on a diet that is boring and tasteless. It's tough enough without having to eat stuff that tastes of cardboard, chalk and grass clippings.

3. Assume basic cooking skills and access to mainstream products. For all I know he can find Paraguayan bee pollen extract at his corner store, but stick to American foodstuffs.

4. Balut, Casu Marzu, and all insects are banned. Fried tarantulas are restricted because they are fattening.


Here's my suggestion: Rice and Beans. Yes, beans in dried form take time, but canned beans are available everywhere, are inexpensive, and combined with rice provide all the amino acids necessary for the human diet. And a big pot of rice and eans will last several days and can be flavored with all sorts of garnishes and flavorings. For instance, I will saute some baby Bok Choi in a bit of vegetable oil, add a few drops of sesame oil at the end, and toss them in rice and beans. Good tasting, nice and healthy, cheap, and easy. If you can't find baby Bok Choi, try it with fried guinea pig.

Fried Guinea Pig.jpg

And because you haven't seen enough "Best Of" lists this is my mini list of the best cook book, best food book, and best dish of 2014.

Balaboosta actually came out at the end of last year, but I didn't see it until this year. It's a great ride through a transplanted Israeli chef's kitchen, with lots of interesting and delicious recipes.

Meat, by Pat LaFrieda is a book that I was looking forward to hating with a burning hot intensity. He is a celebrity butcher here in the NY metro area, and seemingly every new restaurant proudly proclaims that they are using only LaFrieda beef. It is irritating and pompous. Unfortunately this book is gorgeous, with great photos, clear explanations of the various cuts, and some very nice recipes. LaFrieda's love of the high-end meat industry is obvious, and the dude knows of what he speaks. And....his recipe for the perfect steak is strange, and fabulous.

The best dish is obviously intensely personal. But on Christmas Eve I had a pretzel-crusted halibut that may have been the best piece of fish I have ever eaten. It was cooked perfectly (that means in butter...and lots of it), has a marvelous crust, at once crunchy and delicate, and the fish itself was incredible. The restaurant was an unassuming bistro on the Upper West Side of Manhattan called Cafe Tallulah. The rest of the meal was fine. Nothing great, but nothing bad either. it was this one dish that made the meal.

Gang of Gaming Morons already nailed the best food movie of the year, so check out his's better than this one!

This is a fun and simple appetizer that is infinitely variable. Swap bacon for the prosciutto, use cooked potato instead of the artichoke hearts, etc.

Artichoke and Bean Crostini

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis


Vegetable cooking spray
4 very thin slices prosciutto
12 (1/4-inch thick) slices rustic country bread
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
1 (12-ounce) package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup grated Pecorino Romano
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Spray a baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray.

Lay the prosciutto in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until crispy. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

On another baking sheet, arrange the bread slices in a single layer. Using a pastry brush, brush the bread with 1/4 cup of the oil. Bake until golden, about 12 to 15 minutes.

In a food processor, combine the artichoke hearts, beans, cheese, basil, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pulse until the mixture is chunky. With the machine running, slowly add the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil.

Spoon the artichoke mixture onto the crostini.

Crumble the prosciutto and sprinkle on top. Drizzle with oil and serve.

digg this
posted by Open Blogger at 04:00 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
Pudinhead: "They were total freaks. It was never easier to mee ..."

t-bird at the Democrat Central Bank: "Hi, I'm George Soros and I'd like to make a withdr ..."

tankdemon : "Called the corgis. And sugar gliders. ..."

Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden: "Treason. Pure, unadulterated treason. ..."

Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden: "FIRST!!!!! ..."

Blonde Morticia's office: " Here early. Posted by: tankdemon ========== ..."

Dr. Fausti - I AM The Science: "503 @461 isn't the new LDS male thing to tell wome ..."

Blonde Morticia's office: "g65y3b4u7564b6u ..."

tankdemon : "Nood ..."

Blonde Morticia's office: " He claims that people will rally to Middle Class ..."

bonhomme[/i][/i][/i][/b][/b][/b][/s][/s][/s][/u][/u][/u]: "> Very smooth. Super romantic. Bet this works 99% ..."

tankdemon : "Here early. ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64