Archive for Product review

Joyce Chen 10″ bamboo steamer set

Cheap and easy to use, I bought a bamboo steamer set off for $18. I will use them for dim sum, tamales, fish, sticky rice desserts, etc. Can’t wait to experiment with different dishes! I do need to figure out if the steamers should be touching the wok…they burned a little tonight while cooking.

Oh the possibilities...


Escali Primo Digital Scale

Used this digital scale for the first time today. It was a basic scale that measures in both grams and ounces. It is useful for gross measurements but only goes to the ‘ones’ digit so a finer scale it needed for smaller amounts. Can’t say anything bad about it thus far!

Good enough!

Seed Savers Exchange

For the past two years, I have stocked my garden with seeds and starter plants from Seed Savers Exchange. I have always been pleased with the quality and taste of the resulting produce!

San Francisco arrives in Chicago

San Francisco is incredibly innovative when it comes to marrying technology and food. Commonly used are mobile food trucks, like a curry cart, that can only be located by twitter feeds. Finally, that invention has made its way to Chicago. Now there is a cupcake truck that one can follow on Twitter to learn of its whereabouts. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Pick Boxes

Thanks to Groupon, I bought a discounted box of fresh produce from Irv and Shelly’s community supported agriculture (CSA). Typically, for $31, a produce starved urbanite can have farm fresh ingredients delivered to home.

I patiently waited to use my coupon until mid-January when grocery store produce came only from Southeast Asia and Latin America. Irv and Shelly’s occasionally has to order from CA, but otherwise they are sourced by local greenhouses and indoor hydroponic farms.

On the advent of my box arrival, several friends and I had a cooking party. Here are the collaborative results:

Irv and Shelly's produce doublebox

Aravinda's blood orange carrot salad

Carmelized onion, goat cheese and arugula pizza, Sauteed crimini mushrooms!

New kitchen tool! Mandoline Slicer

V-Slicer for all my super cutting needs!

These mandoline slicers take practice!! My first run through of sweet potato and beets weren’t without muscle and mess, but ooohhhh the results are so thin! The possibilities are endless…