August 2008 Roundup: Finish your veg, or no beer for you.

Have I mentioned to y’all lately that you’re awesome? Because you seriously are.

Modern pharmacology and I are gradually clawing our way toward stability, and most of you correctly surmised that I’d be skipping my own First Thursday for August. Which I did, because it was getting hard to adjust seasoning correctly what with all the tears in the pot fucking up the salt levels. But some of you didn’t skip it, because you are supportive and wonderful and possibly also slightly crazy yourselves, and I couldn’t deprive you of the joys of roundupedness.

Here are your seasonal, colorful veggie dishes:

[eatingclub] vancouver comes late to the joys of radishes, but they’ve embraced these sassy little roots with a vengeance with radishes, three ways from Everyday Food magazine, including one of my all-time favorites, raw radishes with good butter and sea salt.

Also, radishes + halfway decent lighting = teh pretty.


I’ve said it once but I’ll say it again (and again and again): that little Maybelle will eat ANYTHING. Feeding Maybelle explores two things I’ve been wanting to work with more – Turkish cuisine (a la Classical Turkish Cooking by Ayla Algar) and stuffed squash blossoms – with a stunner of a vegetarian mezze platter.

She complains about the lack of color in her dish, but I’ve gotta say that I just don’t see it. Okay, the pepper is maybe a slightly wan shade of peach, but I still say she met the “colorful” guideline. My blog, my rules.


Closet Cooking uses a recipe from Proud Italian Cook and tackles one of the most intimidating (read: involved and tedious) vegetables: the artichoke. It seems like there’s a lot of trimming and cutting and whacking and hammering and possibly bandsawing for a relatively small amount of artichoke, so I think I’ll let Closet Cooking handle them on my behalf.

But, they are grilled! And have aioli! Which equals automatic deliciousness. So despite a blatant disregard of the rules (it’s called Thursday Night Smackdown, people, not Whenever the Hell I Feel Like It Smackdown, and recipes should come from cookbooks or magazine, ‘member?) I would gladly consume these babies. Many of them. And I would drink much wine while doing so, and there would be no small amount of merriment caused by the wine’s interactions with my various medicaments.


Broad Beans in their pods:
So much pod, so little bean.
Delicious ennui.

Greedy Gourmet brings us broad bean (aka fava bean) and lemon risotto, recipe courtesy of Good Housekeeping. Well, she doesn’t actually bring it to us, because I’m pretty sure I’d be much more excited right now if she actually were.

Actually, now I’m kinda let down. The photos sure look damn tasty, though.

Join us all for First Thursday September 2008, won’t you? Theme: The Grill.

And thank you, from me and Brian. Thank you, thank you.

16 thoughts on “August 2008 Roundup: Finish your veg, or no beer for you.

  1. If you can it is good and if you can’t don’t let it worry you. I’ve a dear friend who admitted to a serious mental illness in 91, mostly stable on meds since then. Staying on them is important and finding a balance of life and meds that work is what she tells me.

  2. Michelle! It’s so good to see you posting! Sorry I didn’t participate…been going through a little of my own kuh-raaazzzyy lately. My meds are all effed up at the moment, hopefully to be magically fixed today by Dr.McCrazyFixer. I swear I am NOT going to miss another smackdown, though. I just hafta mark it on da calender so my mushbrain doesn’t forget.

  3. Michelle – It’s great to see you posting again!
    You’re a trooper… and I just wanted you to know that you’ve been missed. Take your time, feel better, and we’ll all be waiting!!

  4. Glad to read your post! Seems the longer I blog, the more I’m shown what an amazing community of people it is. I’m thinking I need to throw my hat into the ring for Septembers 1st Thursday.
    Keep on the mend!

  5. She speaks! We miss our Michelle.

    I sadly missed this one and was going to say I will do the next one, but I am a grill-less girl. Can I use a grill pan and pretend?

    (I made those artichokes from Kevin a few weeks ago. The aioli was really good.)

  6. Hi, i’m a lurker but i’ve been following faithfully and sending all kinds of good blessings. I wont say any of the other stuff that’s already been said, but i will say one thing…

    lest we not forget what ill effect tears can have on our pots full of goodness…thanks to “Like Water for Chocolate,” I cant even cook when i’m angry for fear that i will kill someone with my ire-filled food.

    ; )

  7. Great to see you fighting your way back. I hate that you’re having such a hard time. Just know that I for one, miss your crazy, funny ass. And yes, I’m crazier than bat shit and proud of it, lol.

  8. Hi! I found you from another website. I really like your stuff. I like your taste and humor. I hope you find yourself. xoxo

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