25 November 2012

Real Chefs Grind It With A Mortar And Pestle : The Salt : NPR

"Everything old is new again." Except the mortar and pestle never really went away for people seriously engaged in food preparation:

Image: Jessical Spengler/Flickr

"The mortar and pestle is one of the most primitive kitchen tools. You place ingredients in a bowl — usually made of stone or ceramic — and pound them with a tiny club. They're used throughout the world, from a rough Mexican molcajete to tall Thai krok."  From NPR:

Real Chefs Grind It With A Mortar And Pestle : The Salt : NPR

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18 November 2012

Diner Hotline Weblog

Do you suffer from diner nostalgia? Want news on existing diners, diners of the past? Diner trivia?

The blog, by Larry Cultrera, is the place for all this and more:

"My name is Larry Cultrera and I have been conducting a personal research project on documenting the American Diner. Since November of 1980 I have photographed 807 diners throughout the northeast including all the New England states, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland & Ohio, as well as parts of Florida, Tennessee, Michigan and Virginia. I have also photographed other selected businesses/buildings along the roadside and have a fairly large collection of postcards and memorabilia."

Diner Hotline Weblog

Another site worth visiting featuring paintings, watercolors and prints of diners, by John Baeder, go to: