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Random Wed Feb 04 2009

Cooking with the Other Mother

othermother.jpgLast night I read a few pages of the book Coraline with my daughter, who along with her brother, is counting the days to Friday, when the film will open. It was a part of the story where the Other Mother sits on the sofa, eating a bag of black beetles and talking to Coraline about manners, or really, the fact that Coraline won't show the scary woman any love. The Other Mother locks Coraline behind a mirror, and the chapter ends with this creepy description of the Other Mother: "A fragment of beetle was sticking to her lower lip, and there was no expression in her black button eyes."

If you happen to be an Other person, with button eyes and a hankering for beetles, today is a lucky day. In the Tribune's Good Eating section, there's a recipe* on the bottom of page 3 for the Other Mother's Extra Crispy Chocolate Beetles, complete with tips for finding the tastiest beetles (check for shiny and developed thoraxes, as beetles still in larval stage will be chewy and bland).

Most of us don't, however, have hankerings for beetles, even dipped in dark chocolate. On the blog Margo's Musings there's a post about a Coraline junket (prompted by Neil Gaiman's talk of a press junket), a puddinglike dessert that Margo topped with dried apple buttons. Just to prove how un-Other I am, I might try to whip up some junket for my family. Assuming I can get hold of some rennet, that is.

*(it's actually an ad, which I can't find online)

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R / February 6, 2009 11:58 PM

This movie sounds darling...

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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