Thursday, December 01, 2005


One of my favorite web sites is

They have a feature--the top ten recipes that people have comment on. This is number two.


Blogger Autumn said...

people are strange. Especially the comment about ice brought to room temp... what the?

Also, I'm happy your posting regular like. :)

December 01, 2005 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally, a recipe I can handle!

December 01, 2005 4:57 PM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

Well, Autumn, I can finally post and admit that I wasn't posting for forever because I was working on Last Call Poker. Which is nice. I hate keeping secrets.

One of the things that people always do in the comments section of a recipe site is list all the ways they changed the recipe. Sometimes, the result is really not the recipe they are endorsing. So the comments about how they changed or refined the recipe are my favorite part.

steve, I dunno, some people had trouble with it...

December 01, 2005 8:36 PM  
Blogger Erin O'Brien said...

My most esteemed Ms. McHugh,

How ecstatic you must be at having finally discovered easy-to-understand instructions for salted boiled water. I can almost hear your relieved exhalations over here in my corner of suburbia (which is, you will remember, nearly identical to yours).

Since you seem to be broadcasting from an unusually loose portal of the epicurean universe, permit me to offer the following, which I authored myself:

Cold Boiled Potato


Cold boiled potato, peeled if desired
Salt shaker

-Stand in front of kitchen sink.
-Assume the expression of a cow watching a passing train. With it, stare absently out the window.
-Grip potato in one hand
-Grip salt shaker in the other.
-Sprinkle salt on potato.

-Eat salted potato.

December 01, 2005 10:01 PM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

Wow, Erin, I made this and it was great! I made a few substitutions--I used a sweet potato and instead of boiling it I baked it, and in addition to salt I mashed in half a stick of butter. But you're right! It was fabulous! Especially the part about 'Assume the expression of a cow watching a passing train. With it, stare absently out the window.'

As they say on Epicurious, this one's a keeper.

December 02, 2005 9:04 AM  
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December 02, 2005 10:00 AM  
Blogger SquidgePa said...

We don't have many cows around where I live, so I substituted lamb instead.

I think it may have lost something. Could someone else try this to see if they get better results?

December 02, 2005 10:03 AM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

Do you think they have a version of that recipe that is suitable for people on a low-sodium diet?

December 02, 2005 11:52 PM  
Blogger Autumn said...

Yes, it's rough keeping secrets, especially when everyone already knows it. When you vanished, I made the mistake of saying to CJ - oh, Maureen's working on this new project. Ha! But I do understand. I would LOVE to hear more about the backside of that project.

I'm a big fan of boiling salted water, with a tad of oil. I chose the oil addition because if you go all wild and add something to the water, it tends not to stick to itself when you take it out of the water.

December 04, 2005 2:05 PM  

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