Terrifyingly Tasty Treats for Halloween
Terrifyingly Tasty Treats for Halloween

The “halloweenies” you see here are adorable, but they really don’t even deserve a recipe. They’re just cocktail-size sausages artistically wrapped in thin slices of puff pastry with little black currant or peppercorn eyes… (some people use mustard dabs for eyes after they’re cooked). Bake in a moderately hot oven (375 F/190 C) about 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Halloween really snuck up on me this year, and that never happens.

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Travel Recipes The Delights of Duluth & Quadberry Crumble Pie

The Big View Ah, Duluth… So much easier to say than, say Keegewaquampe (though in truth, the Chippewa kind of had first dibs on naming rights). Mum and I met up in Minneapolis and pushed north to take in the promised delights of the Lake Superior region. And delight there was. We were only there overnight, so I won’t be revealing any state secrets here, but I will say that if only famed Kentucky Representative J.

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Top Ten Tips for Recession-Proof Recipes

The Cooking for the Recession topic recently came up at NPR’s Planet Money blog, so I was compelled to comment, having written on the topic for nearly a year now. As I typed it out, I realized I should probably do a similar top-ten roundup. Top Ten Tips for Recession-Proof Recipes Roasting makes just about anything taste rich and decadent. Full of vitamins, protein, fiber and flavor, beans are your new best friends.

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The 2008 Top-Ten Tastiest

The end of the calendar year is a fine time to cast a glance backward before we press on into the new frontier. What went well? What didn’t go so well? How can we improve? What should be cast away, never to be spoken of again? And so, before we recycle the upsie-downsie pages of 2008, here’s a rundown of what we’ll call: The 2008 Readers’ Choice Top-Ten Tastiest Posts

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Day 13: A Homespun Holiday

*This post marks Day 13 of Miss Ginsu’s 2008 Advent Calendar . I got my holiday tree this week, and I realized it’s one of those annual purchases that never creates buyers’ regret for me. The pine scent, the warm glow of the lights and the homey little ornaments all add up to great joy for the few weeks it comes to visit. Digging through the holiday box, it also struck me that the oldest and most humble ornaments are the best ones in the bunch.

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What to Buy For the Eater

After getting a few nifty gastronomy-centric gifts for my birthday this year, I realized another Miss Ginsu gift guide might be in order. Thus, I give you: What to Buy for the Eater The basic philosophy is this: if you already know your recipient loves food, all you have to do is just select one of the secondary characteristics listed below and voila … they’re gift-ified! (And since most of the stuff here costs less than $30, you shouldn’t have to smash the piggybank to make ‘em smile.

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Seeking Out the Heavenly Slice
Travel Seeking Out the Heavenly Slice

We came, we saw, we ate pizza. That’s how you roll in Rome. Carb-heavy. Pasta with every meal. Pizza on every corner. But if you’re lucky, you’ll find slices that are worth the trip and the caloric load. Not far from The Beehive, where we stayed, we discovered a good neighborhood pizzeria on Via Merulana. (I was a bit tired at the time, but I believe the place in question was Cecchini Vincenzo E C (SNC) , Via Merulana 203.

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Travel Recipes Quick Bites: Rome and Zucchini Di’Lazio

Buongiorno ! Welcome to Molto MissGinsu week. Arriving back in the states after a recent quest to the Italian regions of Lazio and Abruzzo, I realized there was just far too much in the way of tasty sites and flavors to sequester the lot into just one post. So for this week, a special multi-part Italy feature splashes across missginsu.com like a paper sack filled with sun-ripe tomatoes. Tomorrow we visit the goats and sheep in the mountains, but today we’ll check out a few of the varied glories of Rome .

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Zen and the Art of Blog Maintenance

I used to reluctantly admit to food blogging as though I were revealing a shameful secret. “Um, well, yes… I write. Online. It’s, you know, a kind of journal. Yes, I did go to journalism school. I suppose it is kind of like a blog. Okay, fine… It’s a .. (food blog).” I mean, even the word itself has a certain embarrassing mouthfeel to it. Blog. It’s sort of damp and heavy, isn’t it?

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Happy Blogiversary!

Started off under the name “The Hedonista,” this blog began with a silly gush of praise some neighborhood foods and products I liked. But over the years since, it’s come to mean a great deal more to me. These days, I get the biggest thrill from being able to explore all the weird and wonderful things that food brings into a life. And I get to share with and learn from all sorts of people across the web that I’d never meet otherwise.

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About Me

Miss Ginsu is a nom-nom-nom de plume of Leitha Matz, who worked at Tabla and FreshDirect in NYC, wrote about the food scene from 2004 to 2009 in Brooklyn and presently lives in Berlin. Occasionally seen on TV cooking segments, Leitha has also written for FreshDirect, contributed to Cee Cee Berlin, The Food52 Cookbook and has been interviewed/quoted in The Food Keeper as well as The Washington Times and Salon.

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