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Kim McGalliard
Brooklyn, NY
Kim is a User Experience Consultant living in Brooklyn, NY.
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I know it’s the dead of winter, but I’m already thinking about gardening. I just sent away for more seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds than I will be able to plant unless I expand my garden again this year. This means I’m also thinking about canning. This is kind of a long story, but last spring, my generous neighbor, owner of two very old and prolific rhubarb plants, told me I could go over and take as much rhubarb as I wanted. So I started doing some research about rhubarb treats besides pie, crumble and my usual rhubarb jam.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at Edible/Usable
I’ve always loved summer, but now that I have a garden, this time of year is my favorite. Right now, I can go out to the garden and get enough vegetables and herbs to actually make a full dinner (sans meat, of course – I don’t have a sausage tree yet). After the work and cost (hopefully, most of it a one-time cost now that we’ve built the beds and installed the irrigation system the) it’s finally producing things! The plants that have been most productive so far (despite a groundhog invasion) are cucumbers. I’m getting about five or six... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2012 at Edible/Usable
I've always liked making bread. But I never had the focus or time to develop a practice or method to making bread that would assure some level of consistency. There always seemed like there was an element of chance and risk. Will it rise? Will it taste good? Will the crust be crispy and crunchy or will it be blah and chewy? I figured it was just a matter of time (that I didn't have) and practice, as well as finding a method that was easy enough that multiple variables wouldn't make a huge difference. Most bread baking doesn't generally... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2012 at Edible/Usable
Wow. It's actually been more than a year since I posted anything here. Shocking. I do have good reasons, but really, do you need to hear them. Let's just say I have had other goings on that have kept me from writing. I have been cooking though! The main reason I haven't been writing is because we got a house (!) upstate in the spring, and we've been spending lots of time doing homeowner type fixes and work. One of the many, many great things about the house, is that there are many mature plantings on the property, including lilacs,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at Edible/Usable
Zucchini is another one of those much maligned vegetables (along with beets and brussel sprouts), often hated even by people who live in the country and grow or have grown them in their gardens. I might feel this way when I have the luxury of a bumper crop of zucchini, but for now, when my only source is the local farmers market, I covet all I can get. I'm a regular subscriber to several cooking blog mailing lists. Some of them I've found annoying enough to unsubscribe from, some I glance at briefly and maybe save for later, others I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2010 at Edible/Usable
I love beets. I know many people hate them, but really, I love them in pretty much any incarnation. They are good sweet as in my favorite Beet Pie (or Ruby Tart as it is otherwise known) sour as in my favorite pickled beets. Roasted, baked, boiled or steamed, or raw as juice or in salads, beets are good pretty much any way. And they are also really good for you - raw beets are full of antioxidants including vitamin C and are great source of fiber, folates and vitamin A (especially if eaten raw). And the color of beets... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2010 at Edible/Usable
I have 3 favorite early summer foods that I always try to stock up on before they are gone for the season, mainly because they are difficult or impossible to find except from local farmers markets when they are in season. The three are rhubarb, sour cherries and sugar snap peas. Rhubarb I generally get a bunch of and either make in to a compote and/or make rhubarb syrup for use in the few weeks after I make it. I also get some to chop up and freeze for later use in a pie or crisp. Sour cherries I usually... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2010 at Edible/Usable
I've been a bad blogger: It's been months since I last posted a food related post, and I sadly neglected Edible/Usable's one year anniversary that happened on January 30, 2009. I've been busy at my new job, and haven't been inspired by winter cooking. But now that spring has sprung, I've got no more excuses! I'll get back into the action with something I've been meaning to do since I started this blog more than a year ago: a kitchen tool usability review. I've been meaning to do a kitchen usability review for some time, but just haven't had the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2010 at Edible/Usable
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Mar 15, 2010
This post isn't about food. It's about my favorite music site and what happens when a business doesn't get feedback from their users before they do a massive redesign. Last year a did a brief stint at AOL. I worked mainly on their music site, AOL music. While I was working there, I looked at a lot of other sites in the online music playing, collecting, and discovering spheres. A lot of my focus was figuring out the best way to do two things: create playlists of songs, and how to have a good seamless playback experience. Both are somehow... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2010 at Edible/Usable
Just a short post about some of the great food I had this Thanksgiving. We went to a friend's for dinner where they made their famous turkey on the BBQ which is a fast and delicious way to make a turkey that I'd never seen done before. There were also some delicious parsnips roasted with Parmesan, fantastic roasted potatoes and carrots with ginger. I made brussel sprouts roasted with pancetta, one of the few ways I like brussel sprouts, and I spent literally 2 hours peeling pear onions for balsamic roasted pearl onions from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary blog... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2009 at Edible/Usable
@Gus - Thanks for the tip. Ill have to check it out.
I am actually working on blog posts about UX and usability (really, I've got two in the works...) but this is an emergency recipe posting! A few weeks ago, we went to visit some friends in Pennsylvania. They live in the northern part, past the Poconos - a really nice part of the state that I'd never been to before. They have a beautiful hill-top apple orchard that they are in the process of reviving. It's all organic, so I picked some apples and planned to go home and make an apple pie (which I did last weekend). I forget... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2009 at Edible/Usable
I think it's the weather changing. Thanks for the comment. I actually just bought a 'real' camera because even though I liked the composition of many of my photos, the quality wasn't what I really wanted. I'll let you know if it's worth it or not.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2009 on Sweet Tomato Chutney at Edible/Usable
I'm having a blog identity crisis. I've been ignoring my other half. I'm not married, so no, I don't mean my husband. I mean the other half of what this blog is supposed to be about. I've been having a nice summer creating lots of salads, canning stuff when I can (and freezing it when I can't can) and doing a bit of baking here and there. But I haven't been writing at all about usability and user experience. Definitely part of is has been that I've been taking advantage of all of the social media, promotion and blog marketing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2009 at Edible/Usable
Thanks for the tip about the Early Bird recipe. I even buy wine at the Greene Grape in Ft. Greene, but didn't know they had a blog. I find that if I don't use fruit juice with the rolled oats, they don't cook enough and it gives me a stomach ache! But maybe that's just me. I'll definitely add the coconut before cooking with the next batch I do. Thanks for reading!
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2009 on Homemade Granola at Edible/Usable
As promised, at long last, the granola recipe. Granola is one of those things that can seem really difficult and intimidating, but really, it's very simple to make, and is almost limitless in the way you can customize it. I've been making this granola off and on for the past 3 years or so, experimenting with different levels of liquid, sweets and oats, and I feel like I've finally found a good base recipe to which I (or you) can add your own personal favorites. I've actually been seeing a lot of 'homemade' granola for sale around Brooklyn lately (Early... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2009 at Edible/Usable
Part of my menu preparation for our camping trip required some deep thinking about what foods were "camping friendly" and convenient to have on a 8 day trip. This meant food that didn't require more than the three days of the refrigeration we would get from our collapsible cooler, food that was relatively lightweight and compact, had minimal but sturdy packaging, and food that could be prepared before-hand so it was fairly easy to prepare in camp. And it also had to taste good. On our fourth day camping, we decided to take a longer day trip from the Middle... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2009 at Edible/Usable
I love Deborah Madison's book (so much so that I wrote a review on my blog here I think part of it is that she treats vegetarian cooking like it isn't "vegetarian" cooking. It's just cooking. When I read about how many cookbooks people have, I feel like I need to go buy more! I don't have that many, not because I don't cook, but more because I really only use books for baking or more complicated recipes. Some of the ones you kept are ones that I'll look for to add to my small collection
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I've been back from my camping trip for over a week now, but because I've been busy at work and a few social obligations, I haven't been able to blog about it until now. As I was writing this post, I realized that I actually had a lot to say, so I think I'm going to break this up into several posts that I'll put up in the next few days. This first post will be specifically about the best food we ate on our camping trip. The second post will be a sort of follow-up to the "Tools for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2009 at Edible/Usable
This week's Summer Fest is all about tomatoes. I thought long and hard about what tomato recipe I could share - I have so many favorite ways of eating tomatoes, but very few actually written down or codified. One of my favorite events of each summer is the first tomato sandwich: some sort of nice white bread toasted, mayonaise, heirloom tomato, salt, pepper. Super simple and super delicous. Or, there is my favorite sweet tomato chutney - but that is actually long, hot and complicated, so I'll save that one for later. It's finally been hot here in NYC -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2009 at Edible/Usable
I love country fairs. They are one of the few things left from the 'olden days' when a huge percentage of the American population lived in rural areas and fairs were the way that people came together from far-flung places to show their talents, do business, learn the latest agricultural techniques, and socialize. I used to show my horse in my local county fair, and for me it was all about winning ribbons and meeting boys. This weekend, I went out to Kutztown, Pennsylvania to the Kutztown Fair. I've been going out to this part of Pennsylvania for a few... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2009 at Edible/Usable
I think it would be really great with spring or egg rolls. I think it would go pretty well with anything savory that you wanted a little sweet (but not overly sweet) taste with. I've been eating it with multigrain toast, spread with goat cheese and topped with some chutney.
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2009 on Plum Chutney at Edible/Usable
I agree that there is too much emphasis on the profile. I have 3 blogs, but I really only update one on a regular basis, and I'm most interested in what is going on with that one. Also, I think the old stats were much better than the new ones. The bar graph is easier to read than the line one, and I can't mouse over a day and see how many page views I had for that day like I can on the old version.
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Hi Jackie. Thanks for the comment. I love your idea of a cilantro vinaigrette, and I really like your blog. I'm going to try your homemade butter recipe. I can't believe I've never thought of that before!
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2009 on Fava Bean Salad at Edible/Usable