In the News: Cooking Secrets

(soundtrack to this post: “The Key The Secret” by Urban Cookie Collective)

10 techniques every cook should know (SF Chronicle)

Making the perfect chocolate chip cookie (NY Times, may require registration)

More news: I heard on Science Friday today that vegetable and herb seed sales at Burpee have doubled this year. Apparently people are trying to save money on produce by growing their own.


Psssst…..wanna buy a pram?

In true San Francisco fashion, one of my neighbors got rid of this vintage British pram by leaving it out on the street. It’s a Wilson Silver Shadow, at least 40 years old. These were common in the UK and Europe, but relatively few were sold in the US. A similar model is available brand-new for $2,995.00. Ouch.

Anyway, I’ve started restoring it, but you are free to buy it from me at any time. Just contact me and make me an offer! Photos below — it’s not fully assembled because the leather suspension straps have rotted away.

Here’s what a fully restored Silver Shadow looks like.

Weird Gadget of the Week: Egg Tools

I don’t eat eggs much, but these little gadgets from MSC International of Montreal are too cute to pass up. The mini-whisk pictured above scrambles eggs much more efficiently and is easier to clean than my regular-sized whisk. See the entire product line here. Available locally at Cole Hardware and Bed Bath & Beyond.

The Vespa and I

Two guys in their seventies are riding across the country on Piaggio MP3s. I rode with them on the first leg of their journey on June 13. You can follow their progress here. That’s me pictured above in the pink helmet.

Scooter blogger Crystal Waters wrote about me yesterday.

If you’re going to the San Francisco Pride Parade this Sunday, I’ll be riding with Dykes on Bikes again this year. Watch for the pack of Scooter Girls near the beginning of the group! (For those of you who are confused, Dykes on Bikes is open to all women regardless of orientation.)

Weird Gadget of the Week: Food Lover Temporary Tattoos

$7.95 from those geniuses at Archie McPhee.

Weird Gadget of the Week: Voodoo Doll Toothpick Holder

I spotted this item at Sur La Table over the weekend, but it’s not listed on their website. It’s made by Fred, available in black or white (one for the bride, one for the groom?) from many online retailers. Suggested retail is $9.

Poached Salmon in the Dishwasher


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