White Kidney: The Bean with the Answers

Rarely is there truth in spam mail. But then I got an intriguing email from “White Kidney” with the subject line, “The Bean With The Answers.” I gave this a bit of thought and realized that yes, White Kidney, you ARE the bean with the answers. You are the bean with the answers to what I am going to cook for dinner.

You are also the bean that I have stashed in my freezer.

It’s going to be cold, grey and generally the way it’s supposed to be in the Northeast in February. And I want to cuddle up with a White Kidney.

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Don’t Be a Jerk (Soup)

I’m going to get serious here for a moment. But just a moment because I have some wings to sauce and Katy Perry to mute.

There are a lot of Super Bowl parties going on right now. After the game is over, when the guests have gone home, and the last burp belched, it will be time to clean up. Undoubtedly there will be leftovers.

Please, don’t throw them away!

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Parsnip: Carrot’s Elegant Cousin

Parsnips. I do love them. I suppose my inaugural post should have been dedicated to parsnips, but that would have been a bit too predictable.

Parsnips are what I call an outsider vegetable. Though they are closely related to the carrot, and can be used in similar ways, they don’t seem to get the same amount of love. I just don’t know many people who have parsnips on heavy rotation in their vegetable line up. It’s odd because though their absence of color suggests blandness, they are just the opposite.

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Cabbage: Neglected Crucifer

Let’s reacquaint ourselves with that sadly neglected cruciferous vegetable, cabbage.

Once a kitchen stalwart, it’s been overshadowed recently by kale, its frillier and more fashionable cousin. Sure, it’s nutritious as hell, but the kale fad is now bordering on madness. It reminds me of the oat bran craze of the late 80s and early 90s. People were going berserk for the stuff because it supposedly lowered blood cholesterol levels. Remember that?

No? Exactly.

Here’s evidence of kale’s star dimming: kale in pill form. I’m not sure how a highly processed green powder stuffed into a teeny tiny gelatin capsule could possibly replace the real thing, but hey, capitalism is a wondrous beast. Also, a website called Blender Babes where you can watch bikini-clad women preparing Dr. Oz’s kale smoothie recipe. So, so hot.

After this kale hysteria dies down, what will be left? Yes, more kale, but also cabbage!

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Welcome!

The Parsnip’s PIMG_0605roclamation

I love parsnips. Some have called this ardor irrational, hence the name of this blog. Here I will share what I’m cooking, with a dash of commentary on America’s bewildering relationship with food.

My main goal?

To increase culinary literacy and debunk a few food and cooking myths along the way.

Food is integral to life, and like many things we cannot do without, it is often a source of anxiety. Much of life is complicated, but feeding yourself does not have to be.

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