Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Save a marmot: send blankets to Colorado!

My Huffington Post blog on the effects of a limited snowpack on hibernating marmots was just published.  I must note that it's snowed a bit more since I wrote this but it's also bitter cold.

Why not discuss some animal welfare issues that arise from a changing climate at dinner tonite.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Pomegranate enhanced caramelized onions with fried braided string cheese

I love cooking with other people because I learn so much.  At Friday night wine and apps get together, a friend made the most delicious recipe.  I made it for the first time last night for a dinner party and just have to share it.  It's easy and absolutely delicious!

Slice up 2 white or yellow onions and caramelize in about 2-4 Tbs of olive oil.  After about 10 min, add 2-4 Tbs of pomegranate molasses. Pomegranate molasses is available in Middle Eastern or Persian specialty stores (I live in Tehrangeles so it's easy to get!).  The more you add, the sweeter the onions.  After the onions are nicely browned and fully infused with the pomegranate flavor, remove from heat, strain out the excess oil and put on a serving plate.  Add more oil to the pan (about 1/2 cup or so) and fry 1/8th" slices of braided string cheese.  Flip when they start to melt (they should be lightly browned) and cook up the other side.  Remove, strain off some of the oil and arrange on the plate of flavored onions.  WOW!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Google recipes!

I just discovered last night (for the first time!) google recipes!  Wow:  are cookbooks obsolete now?  It seems to aggregate all the apps and a lot of cookbooks as well. I wish I discovered it before I made a fennel pasta last night (would have had other ideas).

How important is long term ecological research

I wrote this blog for the Huffington Post the other day.  It's a discussion worth having; how do we value long-term research? How do we value research that won't be supported by the private industry?