Monthly Archives: April 2011

Welcome to the New Site!

Welcome to the revamped website for The Experimental Gourmand!  After more than 5 years on Blogger, I decided to move to WordPress and to my own domain name.  It’s been a lot of work over the last month or so, but I think that the new location will be worth it.  Hopefully, you’ll see the results in greater functionality and a sharper look to the site.  I also made the post font size bigger for easier reading about all the Food Events, Market Trips, and Recipes that are the features of this site.

Buon appetito!

“Rolling in Dough or No” at The Brooklyn Brewery

On Wednesday night, I crossed the river again to head to the Brooklyn Brewery for an event organized by Brooklyn Based, a website and newsletter about the borough and its activities, called “Rolling in the Dough or No?”.  Featuring several favorite and well-known local food entrepreneurs, the setting for the evening was a panel about what it is like to start a food business in the city and what might be some of the pitfalls, hurdles, and aspects that anyone who is interested in pursuing this should consider.  There were also some tasty treats to try as well.

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A Royal Wedding Tea Party

I’ve always loved tea parties.  When I was little, my aunt gave me a miniature tea set in porcelain, and I played with it for hours.  I had to hide it from my younger siblings to keep it from being destroyed.  My mom and I used to make a slot in our travels to have tea and for my parents’ 25th wedding anniversary, we kids surprised them with a formal tea to welcome them home from their trip to Paris.

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Easter Brunch 2011

Ah, the gentle hum of the dishwasher.  What a great sound.  I had a few friends over for Easter Brunch today.  I really enjoy entertaining, but what I also like is that satisfying feeling after putting my home back in order when it is all done.  Thankfully, too, I have friends who are willing to trek all the way to the Upper East Side on a weekend when the MTA has decided that the one subway line to my neighborhood has to be completely re-configured for repairs.  I hope that the food I served was worth it.
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How to Tell A Good Egg vs. A Bad Egg

Eggs. Eaten at this time of year, they symbolize rebirth, the Resurrection, spring, fertility, and one of the most basic human foods. We use terms like, “Last one in is a rotten egg” and “He/she is a ‘Good Egg'” to describe people. Eggs, in many forms, are a fundamental part our life and vocabulary. When I looked at my Recipes, I have more posts about Brunch than I do about almost any other single food category aside from Desserts and Vegetable Dishes, and most of those are egg dishes like the ones that will be on my table this Sunday afternoon.

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We Have a Royal Wedding Giveaway Winner!!!

Congratulations to Turboterpwhom the Randomizer selected as the winner for this prize!!!!

No, Hogwarts was not the answer to where Prince William and Catherine Middleton first met, no matter how many of you wanted it to be that way.  They met at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, founded in 1413.  It is the third oldest university in the English-speaking world, according to their website.  It is also the alma mater of some of my friends, so I was glad to give the school a chance to make an appearance on this website.

It was great to see the enthusiasm for this prize pack.  Thank you so much to Schoolhouse Kitchen, Lush Candy, Sugar Flower Cake Shop, and MitchMallows for their generosity in providing these items.  You can reach their websites by clicking on the links above to find out how to order these great products for yourself or to see where you can buy them at your local markets, where available.

The Royal Wedding Week will continue next week after Easter with some new recipes and some more ideas for hosting your own viewing party.

Buon appetito!