Author Archives: Renate Valencia

Best banana bread recipe really is

I never, and I mean never, post recipes here that I find on the Web. I am going to make an exception for this banana bread recipe, which claims to be “Best Banana Bread.” It is. By far. It calls … Continue reading

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Yo Sushi is Good, but Yo Nacho is a Problem

After the demise of Zaki Kabob House in Albany — the first restaurant in that location to confound its formerly cursed status — came small local chainer Yo Sushi, a casual, order-at-the-front-and-pick-up-your-food-when-it’s ready, brightly-colored and youthful Japanese place focusing on … Continue reading

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New York Cult Recipes: Cookbook Review

If you grew up in NYC back in the day you will have problems with Marc Grossman’s New York Cult Recipes (2013). I am being generous in my opening gambit, if nothing more than for the use of “flapjacks.” No … Continue reading

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Downsizing, or Why I Buy Ben & Jerry’s, Where a Pint is a Pint is a Pint

Downsizing always makes me mad. Why don’t manufacturers take a little hit to their own bottom lines in order to benefit the consumer? I guess in today’s world greed reigns supreme. Downsizing is why I now rarely buy Hellmann’s/Best Foods … Continue reading

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Do Most Plug-in Grilled Cheese Makers Stink?

Short and sweet: The Snoopy Grilled Cheese Maker is a piece of junk. Unless you want grilled cheese sandwiches that are as thin as dimes and hard as them, too. Even using cruddy, soft white bread and one slice of … Continue reading

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Caramel in a Pinch

If you find you’re in need of caramel and don’t want to go through the full spiel, read on. Caramel elevates most everything it’s added to, and to have a decent caramel sauce available with little notice and a reduced chance … Continue reading

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The CSA Experience: Part 6

Remember when I made the leek and feta scramble in installment 2 of this series?  I was then left with tough leek ends. I used those ends today to make a soup with potatoes and ham. Not so sexy, I … Continue reading

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The CSA Experience: Part 5

Albert & Eve included two beautiful bunches of red bohr kale in my first CSA box. Normally I would braise the kale with kimchi and extra garlic, but I was out of luck in the kimchi department so I had … Continue reading

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The CSA Experience: Part 4

In an effort to use everything that arrived in my CSA box while in its prime, today I made the rainbow carrots.  There wasn’t much to them, and I didn’t want them to get soft. The look large in the … Continue reading

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The CSA Experience: Part 3

Try these roasted whole fava beans in the style of edamame. Continue reading

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