Retro Sundays

I created the Retro Sundays series to help newer readers easily navigate the very best of this blog's enormous back catalog of content. Each Retro Sundays column serves up a selection of the best articles from this week in history here at Casual Kitchen.

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This Week in History at Casual Kitchen:

A Can of Bud (February 2007)
A guest post from my wife Laura, in which she teases me for both my taste in beer and my sub-clinical OCD. Also, take a moment to enjoy the flames from commenters on beer snobbery.

How to Rewrite a Recipe (February 2008)
Some recipes are born bad, but nearly all recipes can be rehabilitated. Read this post for a concrete example of how to turn a bad recipe into a truly good one.

The Favorite Cookbooks of My Favorite Bloggers (February 2008)
An extremely popular post from the early years of CK (and a post readers can use to--hint, hint--support Casual Kitchen using!). I asked three of my favorite bloggers to share their top favorite cookbooks, and the result was a fascinating and happily idiosyncratic list of great cooking resources. How many of these cookbooks are in your collection?

11 Really Easy Rice Side Dishes (February 2009)
Another popular post that gets a ton of search traffic. You can find all sorts of easy rice side dishes here to complement any meal. Hey, rice is a laughably cheap staple food--use it to your advantage when cooking at home!

A Few Thoughts on McDonald's and the McItaly Burger (February 2010)
Lots of people criticized McDonald's--and the Italian government--when this local food sourcing deal was struck. Nonsense. This is an important step forward for the global food industry.

North African Lemon Chicken (February 2010)
This exotic and ridiculously healthy recipe, a Casual Kitchen original, can be made in under thirty minutes at a laughably cheap cost of just $7.00. I still cannot understand how anyone can hold the ludicrous notion that healthy food has to be expensive.

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Stuart Carter said...

Agreeing with some of the comments on the "can of Bud" post. I will not buy Bud, Miller, Coors, or any of their ilk.

Why? Because they are the Velveeta of the beer world. They are manufactured with the cheapest ingredients to meet a price point, then advertised with billion dollar budgets.

Apply the same logic to beer as you do to food, and you will understand why I buy local and craft beer instead of mass swill.

The added bonus of using craft beer instead of cheap swill? Craft beer TASTES GOOD so you don't mind buying a 6 pack!

Daniel said...

Stuart, you make a seres of great points--and I have to say I agree with you. My initial issue was sticking to my rule of making recipes "by the book" first.

PS: Your point about advertising is an exceptional one. Well said.


Melissa said...

"I still cannot understand how anyone can hold the ludicrous notion that healthy food has to be expensive."

Mm hm.

Also, the repost of the rice dishes is timely - I've been getting bored with mine lately!

Sally said...

My current favorite rice side dish is Pioneer Woman's Basic Mexican Rice. Since I cook for one, I cut the recipe in half and use only the Rotel tomatoes:

I sometimes add meat to the leftovers and make it a main dish, or I reheat the rice and top it with a fried egg.