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Frugal Jumei
Needing a little more spice....
I love food. I love the colors, textures, aromas, the base necessity, the heavenly artistry and surprising contradictions that it supplies.
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I've been getting quite a few people suggesting that I move my blog over to So, after some trouble, I have moved all of my entries over to my new blog address: There seems to be more traffic from readers there and it is much easier to change and edit the appearance of the blog. So, go check it out and don't forget to forward the address to anyone that might be interested! Thanks for all of your support friends! Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2010 at The Frugal Jumei
A couple of weeks ago I got a call from my sister (of Chinese Bear fame) and after a few moments the underlying motivation for the call was revealed, "I really want cookies." She wanted to bake a fresh batch of cookies from scratch and was looking for a recipe. I could totally sympathize with this notion. With all of the scariness of trans fats and the strange, un-pronounceable additions to the baked goods found in stores these days, the only way to go is to make the delectable treats yourself. But what recipe to use? As a regular peruser... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2010 at The Frugal Jumei
That sounds delicious!
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2010 on The Last Supper.... of 2009. at The Frugal Jumei
I'll have to check that out. I always tend to err on the heavy side when garlic is concerned. All that can come of it is good!
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2010 on The Last Supper.... of 2009. at The Frugal Jumei
I have been psyching myself out for this entry. I have been trying to prepare myself for all of the stuff I want to include on this entry. It's going to be recipe heavy and light on the photos. Fewer photos because I am such a bad photographer and heavy on the recipes because this is a whole MEAL we are talking about folks! I've been entertaining a new companion currently and as a special event, such as New Years was quickly approaching, I felt that some meager flexing of my cooking skills was in order. Okay, so I am... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2010 at The Frugal Jumei
I figured that I should post something about the past holiday before another holiday presents itself. Earlier on Christmas day, my dad gave my sister and I little figurines of teddy bears dressed in Chinese garb. He said " So that you don't forget where you come from." My sister (who is actually pretty brilliant) stared down at the little bear with a puzzled look on her face. After a few seconds she said "OH! It's wearing Chinese clothes!" To which I responded " Well, we didn't come from bears..." Had to share that, I'm sure I'm going to catch... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2009 at The Frugal Jumei
Continuing on the Mexico City journey, I bring you the vat of lovely things: You might not think the lovely things come in vat-like containers but I offer proof. Right next door to the site of the mouth-watering tortas is a little cafe that offers "Argentine style meats". The restaurant was open and airy and right next the sidewalk was a huge vat of golden brothy goodness, boiling away happily, taunting me with its alluring aromas. We walked up to the side of the vat and marveled in silence. One of the cooks came up to offer an explanation to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2009 at The Frugal Jumei
Maureen: soon, my love...very soon we will be there eating our own tortas! Enrique: I forgot about that, I think the 1st few pictures must have been of your torta because i had already eaten part of mine! Could you blame me though?
Toggle Commented Dec 22, 2009 on My tasty Mexico, how I miss you at The Frugal Jumei
I recently had the opportunity to travel to the gigantic metropolis of Mexico City for a beautiful wedding. The couple getting married are beautiful as well and I wish them the best on their new adventure together. But this trip also afforded me a unique opportunity to have some of the most amazing food I have ever experienced - ever. This trip was taken some months ago and because I was so apathetic about starting this blog, the pictures sat on my hard drive for months. So, for the next few entries I will show you what I shoved in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2009 at The Frugal Jumei
Thanks for everyone for all of your kind words. You are the best friends any girl could have!
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2009 on Distractions.... at The Frugal Jumei
To be totally honest and fair, this is a post with a different motive than usual. I am posting right now in an effort to take my mind off the events of the past week. And believe me, it has been an eventful week. The range of emotions has really run the gamut this week. My heart hurts and sits and waits for a friend to feel better. I am hoping that when she emerges, she realizes what an amazing, beautiful woman she is and she is emboldened by her war wounds. She only deserves the best and I want... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2009 at The Frugal Jumei
The rumble from my tummy that is. Fore-warning: my camera konked out after the 3 pictures and thus the majority of these photos were taken on a cell phone. Stupid camera!!! So, I promised a conclusion in the last entry about my journey to the heart of south Philly. A magical shangra-la of narrow, twisting streets, dark alleys and smart talkin' folk. Out of the darkness on a frigidly cold night you come upon the grande maisons of Cheesesteak: Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks. The rivalry is long and legendary and my collegue and I ventured forth in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2009 at The Frugal Jumei
It WAS so good! This was obviously before you were a veg, right?
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2009 on The Phi Che at The Frugal Jumei
I was in Philadelphia this past weekend and so, of course, one of my goals was to have a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. And not just any sandwich - a sandwich from one of the oldest rivalries in the city of brotherly love. I was going to go to Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks and see who was better. Let the battle begin... There are 2 Cheesesteak stands that are right across the street from each other and even though they serve similar faire, they couldn't be more different from each other. Pat's King of Steaks was founded in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2009 at The Frugal Jumei
I am shocked by how many people don't know who the Frugal Gourmet is! Jeff Smith? Thin man with white hair, a beard and a pinstripe apron? Didn't anyone else watch PBS when they were a kid?! That was one of my after school rituals. Come home, kick my shoes off, watch the early afternoon cartoons and Punky Brewster and then settle in for another episode of the Frugal Gourmet. He had a really jolly voice that tended to crack when he got excited about something he was cooking. He had so much knowledge about food, its origins, who ate... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2009 at The Frugal Jumei
Now that I have shown you the wonders of the Food Co-op, lets get cookin' with it!! Broccoli was one of the items in this month's order as well as red bell peppers. So in addition to the best broccoli of your life (see previous post), I had some red bell peppers for dinner too! I love the smell of red bell peppers, before you even slice them open you can already taste them. Red bell peppers are just green bell peppers that have been allowed to fully ripen. They have a much sweeter taste and are easier to digest... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2009 at The Frugal Jumei
Have you ever had one of those dreams where you are standing in the middle of the room, shouting and no one pays any mind? Or maybe when you are talking to someone and you have a sneaking suspicion that they are not listening because there is a slight glaze to their eyes? This is exactly how I feel about the subject of Food Co-ops. Everyone, everywhere, is talking about how they need to save money, how they need to budget better. Fascinatingly, these are the same folks that need to eat better, lose weight and eat out less. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2009 at The Frugal Jumei
Thanksgiving is always an interesting holiday for our family. This year, for instance, we didn't get together. My sister hung out with me and we had roast chicken while my mother made her rounds at friends houses. See, for our family, holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas were more of an obligation rather than a tradition. My parents grew up in a very different culture with very different holidays. They came to America and were now faced with new, flashier, more expensive and less logical holidays. A lot of the time it was due to all of the stuff their American... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2009 at The Frugal Jumei
It's not a secret among my friends that I love my oven. But, I don't bake well or that often. Strange? Not at all. I love, love, LOVE to roast things. Particularly vegetables. Potatoes, carrots, parsnips, even broccoli. I have already mentioned a certain food blogger called the The Amateur Gourmet and he is definitely worth checking out. He supplied me with a an amazing recipe titled "The Best Broccoli of you life", of course this perked my attention. This recipe was unlike anything I had ever seen done to broccoli before, but it sounded delicious and I had just... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2009 at The Frugal Jumei
I have been playing around with this venture for some time now. I have wanted to enter the colorful and mouth-watering world of food blogging for at least 6 months. I've been reading other blogs, admiring the photos and witty quips that seem to be in every entry. Do the other bloggers fret over their entries? Worry that their photos are sub par? Feel sheepish or pretentious about the anecdotes and stories that accompany their amazing recipes? Probably not, right? Some of my favorite blogs offer some inspiring material. The Amateur Gourmet even offers a page on how to start... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2009 at The Frugal Jumei
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