FOOD

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.”

Virginia Woolfe

Be Your Own Barista Series: Introduction to Good Coffee

Be Your Own Barista Series: Introduction to Good Coffee

Schools don't have baristas. I made this abundantly clear in Don't Sniff the Glue, A Teacher's Misadventures in Education Reform. Since the writing of that book, we got things like Postmates, Uber Eats, and other companies that'll specifically bring you coffee. They...

Be Your Own Barista Series: The French Press

Be Your Own Barista Series: The French Press

Need a simple, fast, high-quality cup of coffee or tea? Get a French Press. The French press is easy. Unlike its regional cousins the Vietnamese coffee and the Japanese-style pour over coffee you can get a great cup of coffee in six minutes or less. [recipe...

Be Your Own Barista Series: Pour Over Coffee

Be Your Own Barista Series: Pour Over Coffee

Working on enlightenment? Try pour-over style coffee. If you want to reach enlightenment and drink coffee at the same time, Japanese pour over coffee is the way get there. You could spend a lifetime trying to master the perfect cup of coffee and it'd bring you here....

Be Your Own Barista Series: Vietnamese Coffee

Be Your Own Barista Series: Vietnamese Coffee

Ready for a new go-to coffee drink? Try this... Vietnamese coffee is an amazing, strong and sweet drink with a healthy dose of cinnamon. Vietnam is a major coffee exporter today. It was brought by the French in 1857 during colonization. Coffee became a major product...

Why You Need a Fish Tank In Your Class

Why You Need a Fish Tank In Your Class

"You need a fish." Tim the freshman plopped a Nalgene bottle with a goldfish on my desk.   I did not need a fish. I thought they were stupid. If you want to give me something, give me a dog, a cat, a snake, or some coffee.   But the creature was alive and looking at...

Stir Fried Rice for Pennies (without the MSG)

Stir Fried Rice for Pennies (without the MSG)

Stir fried rice is Chinese takeout for pennies. Take out is expensive and takes time to pick up.  You don't need it. You can have this stir fried rice instantly.  Rice is freezer friendly, so you can freeze any leftovers for this quick meal. I call this "recycled...

Low Carb & Lazy: One-Pot “Egg Rolls”

Low Carb & Lazy: One-Pot “Egg Rolls”

Who doesn't love an egg roll? Home cooks, that's who. I started making this recipe when I went keto for a year to test for health reasons. I had to be strict about it because it wasn't a weight loss diet (though that's a side benefit!) it was medical. So, I started...

Beef and Barley Soup

Beef and Barley Soup

Beef, Barley, and Mushroom soup is a very simple soup for a cold day. I love to make beef and barley soup in the Instant Pot. This is an "I forgot to make dinner" meal or for one of those days when I've been doing my thing (I'm the vegetarian) and I really don't care...

Tasty Tomato Soup

Tasty Tomato Soup

WARNING: MY TOMATO SOUP IS NOT HEALTH FOOD But you can make the "wimpy version" if you want. It's healthy. This is a featured recipe on Fall Menu Week 2 INGREDIENTS A jar or two of crushed...

Grilled Cheese Even a Chef Will Eat

Grilled Cheese Even a Chef Will Eat

Grilled cheese should not be boring! Do this–open your cheese drawer, shred up whatever’s left, and match it to some add-ins, and you’ve got an amazing dinner. Add a bowl of soup to the side–especially soups you make and freeze ahead–and you’ve got a full-on gourmet...

How to Coupon The RIGHT Way

How to Coupon The RIGHT Way

A coupon can make you insane… Done wrong, a coupon will turn anyone into an extreme raving lunatic, with shelves full of nonsense they wouldn’t buy in a million years. You’ll know every price in town and travel far and wide to get a sale. That was me. I had shelves...

Meal Planning 101

Meal Planning 101

Meal planning will save you from this: It’s 5PM. I’m hungry. I don’t know what I want to eat so I go to the store. Or worse yet, I get “a little” takeout that turns into everyone piling on something until the bill comes to $50. Not that there’s anything wrong with...