Brick: Muse on News by Ben S. Pollock

  • Just Enough Bagels
    Sourdough, Whole-Wheat, No-Knead Recipe One goal in my first trip to New York City, organized by My Beloved, this past April, was a breakfast with fresh, real bagels. In Ess-a-Bagel, we believed we had merely picked a well-ranked shop in Yelp walkable from our hotel, but a couple of weeks later The New York Times […]
  • Slaw Down
    This recipe for coleslaw took decades to nail down. Not full time, had other things to do. It starts with Porta’s barbecue on Jenny Lind near my junior high school, Ramsey, in central Fort Smith, Arkansas. There were several Porta brothers, Art’s only served BBQ and sides, intended for take-out though there were a couple […]
  • Vegan Cornbread with Niblets and Scallions
    I love cornbread but not enough, usually, to eat a whole pan. My Beloved will have a bite and remind me she doesn’t like cornbread, so there’s the rest of it sitting there, New Year’s after New Year’s. She likes this one. This recipe is historically a Southern cornbread in that it’s not sweet. Northern […]
  • Appropriation: It’s What’s for Dinner
    Haitian Joumou Soup — non-fat vegan recipe I haven’t cooked on a gas stovetop since early 1999, when we bought the current house. Top of my want list for a new home should we move has been a gas stove. Alas, in recent months media stories claim that cooking electric — no matter the source […]
  • Brownies Approaching Mom’s
    Brownies have been the first treat I hunt for at any party’s food table. I’ll eat the chips and hors d’oeuvres first but will grab a brownie or two early to make sure I get mine. Butterscotch blondies are a fine alternate, and I can take or leave the nuts add-in, but my mom’s chocolate […]
  • Just Enough Waffles
    Though My Beloved and I love waffles, until this recipe I dreaded making them. The reason was quantity. Easily warmed in the toaster straight from the freezer, they’re the perfect leftover. But you’re still making one waffle at a time then keeping the ready ones warm in the oven till all are done. Planning to […]
  • The Best Bean Burger, Well So Far
    The first rule for vegans ought to be, “Forget about trying to fool carnos with meatless analogs.” A “realistic” homemade meatless hamburger has too much prep and unexpected ingredients (beets for bloodiness), while the new generation of store-bought patties is highly processed and unexpectedly expensive. But happy childhood memories of frankfurters spring from the mouthfeel […]
  • Reopening Birdberg Blotter
    © 2006 Ben S. Pollock If Twitter had been up in February 2006, these listings from a mirthological police blotter log would have been tweets. But that social medium came about weeks later. The ivory-billed woodpecker, unofficially considered extinct, had been spotted the previous two years in rural Arkansas. Ivory-billed woodpeckers wouldn’t tweet, those peckers […]

Food Columns

Candidly, the recipes are posted for my convenience, from which to refer via iPad in the kitchen. All are vegetarian, nearly all vegan, aka plant-based whole-food PBWF and, especially the recent ones, low to no oil. I’m sure you’d like them, too.

  • Just Enough Bagels
    Sourdough, Whole-Wheat, No-Knead Recipe One goal in my first trip to New York City, organized by My Beloved, this past April, was a breakfast with fresh, real bagels. In Ess-a-Bagel, we believed we had merely picked a well-ranked shop in […]
  • Slaw Down
    This recipe for coleslaw took decades to nail down. Not full time, had other things to do. It starts with Porta’s barbecue on Jenny Lind near my junior high school, Ramsey, in central Fort Smith, Arkansas. There were several Porta […]
  • Vegan Cornbread with Niblets and Scallions
    I love cornbread but not enough, usually, to eat a whole pan. My Beloved will have a bite and remind me she doesn’t like cornbread, so there’s the rest of it sitting there, New Year’s after New Year’s. She likes […]
  • Appropriation: It’s What’s for Dinner
    Haitian Joumou Soup — non-fat vegan recipe I haven’t cooked on a gas stovetop since early 1999, when we bought the current house. Top of my want list for a new home should we move has been a gas stove. […]
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