I love hash browns, but had never made them successfully. Until this week! They were even easy.

My biggest skillet wasn't quite big enough to get the potatoes thin enough to brown into the middle layer and stick together, so they fell apart a bit when I flipped them and weren't quite as good as I suspect they could be. When I try again this weekend, I will cook them half a batch at a time.


I'm using the leftover stubs of the grated potatoes for mashed potatoes.

I have been working too much. I didn't check the garden for I don't know how long, and there were 3 zucchini the size of my forearm.

In related news, I started a recipe for making frozen potstickers, to write down my "successful experiments" in which I eliminated yet another hypothesis for how to get them to brown properly.

My body may be too broken to cook, but I can pay for frozen potstickers! :/

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Hi everyone! You can call me ess or orbit! I love to cook and have been enjoying my homemade creations for over 10 years now! I love trying new foods and foods from different cultures 🤩 I'm also a pescatarian who leans vegan sometimes lol
Im excited to get to know the community here at too many cooks!

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So as far as I can tell, the name of the fruit mango became synonymous with the mango pickle/chutney that was imported. This is further complicated by British chutneys being very unlike Indian chutneys

Indian chutneys vary by region and can be thick or thin, cooked or raw, sweet or sharp

British chutneys are cooked sweet and sour fruit compotes with strong flavors of mustard, horseradish and garlic

Cooking suffers from the same language problems as animal and plant taxonomy: if it's sort of the same shape and color, it might end up with the same name

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I had no clue Native families paid so much into the residential school system!


(The residential school system here in America, specifically St. Joseph's, is the mechanism that tore apart my maternal family.)

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87% of US primary schools don't include any history of Native Americans after 1900.

27 US states don't require learning the name of a single Native American


Invisibility is of the crucial mechanisms of racism against Native Americans.

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probably unnecessary meat 

I'm not sure why I had *this* green onion pancake recipe in my database instead of one that was (a) written by someone from Taiwan or China (b) less fiddly and/or (c) vegetarian, but I finally tried it tonight and it was absolutely delicious. I think I'll try several more recipes & have a bit of a green onion pancake cookoff. Plus experiment with different fats.

This time, I used lard from nitrate-free bacon and reduced it from 1 Tbsp/pancake to 2 scant tsp, mostly because I couldn't get a full 1/2 Tbsp to stay in the pancake on the first rolling.


sweet tooth vs. vegetables 

Today I consumed a mug of coffee with milk in it, 2 snicker doodles, and 2 slices of cheesecake. I have no idea why I only want sweets the past few days, but I really need to eat more vegetables.

I have some cauliflower in the fridge right now. I'm thinking either cauliflower curry (based on Vegetarian Epicure II) or baked cauliflower tots (based on Just a Taste). Probably curry, because I think the last time I made tots, the rest of my household ate 2 enormous heads of cauliflower in < 24 hours, and I was hoping to freeze some.

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Covid related, griping about unsafe working conditions. 

Today I find some dark irony in the fact that I, a professional clown, am acting as the voice of sanity and scientific reason to a potential client.

Signs you may be in #Texas include the possibility of clowns stepping up to serve as the voice of reason in absence of otherwise sound thinking.


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Follow up poll:
Black and/or Indigenous person, what does BIPOC mean to you?
(White ppl/nonBlack, nonIndigenous people boost, don’t vote!)

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When I was very small, my Mom & I would write books. She would ask me to tell her a story, which she would write down on some stapled-together typewriter paper (yeah, yeah, I'm old), and then illustrate for me to color. Later I graduated to doing the writing and illustrating myself. These things would make Mom laugh until she cried. MUCH later, she gave me a box of mementos from my childhood, including some of these books.

Every. single. one. of the stories was about food. Even the ones that started out about hiking, or playing with friends, or architecture, or anything else you can imagine.

So, lifelong interest. I'm super psyched to be here! Thanks for having me.

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