Archive: Ask Kim

Ask Kim: For Old Times' Sake

As some of you may already know, this is my final week in the AMA ‘hood. But before this blog was born, I had another baby called What’s Cooking, the longest-running cooking chat on the Web until she was put to rest in March. KOD on a very important call. Since I’ve met so many of you the Q&A way, it seems appropriate to have one last dance together in the kitchen, a chance to reminisce, talk to me or to one another. I will entertain both the practical and philosophical, the elementary and the advanced -- and of course, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. Consider the kitchen door open at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT), and we’ll have coffee and crumpets in the comments area. I’ll check in every 30 minutes or so until just before suppertime here on the West Coast (say, around...


By Kim ODonnel | July 9, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (43)

Ask Kim: The (Cook) Doctor is In

You seem to like it when I have office hours, so what the heck, let’s go crazy and do it again as you gear up for the weekend. Is there a cook-top project on your agenda? (Family photo) I’ve got a notion to “bake” a chocolate cake, campfire-style, as part of my latest obsession with cooking over indirect heat on the grill. (Last weekend, it was beer-can chicken,which was a hoot, and if you’re interested in details, tell me so in the comments area. It’s been written about to death over the years, but I’m game if you are.) I also have a new obsession with sunflower sprouts, which are bringing me such gustatory joy I am considering growing my own in the front yard. (any tips?) My mother is en route from Philadelphia for her first visit to Seattle in several years, and I plan to feed her...


By Kim ODonnel | June 5, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (37)

Let’s Play 20 (Kitchen) Questions

I’ve got nothing to show today, but plenty to tell, if you’ll let me. KOD sipping on a date shake just outside of Palm Springs, Calif. (R. Walker) Today -- all day -- I’m all yours. Here’s your chance to get some answers to those nagging cooking/kitchen questions that have been keeping you up late at night. Ask away, and I’ll do my best to fix you up. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT, I’ll be your on-call gal. Fire away....


By Kim ODonnel | May 20, 2009; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (50)

Ask Kim: Veggies for Breakfast, Garlic Scapes

Linda, in Baton Rouge, La.: I planted garlic back in October and I now have nice green tops to my garlic. Is that what you are calling garlic scape? Do I cut off all the green and make pesto out of it? Linda, do they look like curly cues? In the mid-Atlantic, garlic scapes typically don’t make an appearance until early June, but given that you’re in much warmer climes, I’d say you’re probably on the mark. Check out my recipe for garlic scape pesto -- you’ll need about eight scapes for one batch. Enjoy; I’m envious of your harvest, as I’ve been craving the pesto since last June! Kim, I saw your comment about Americans needing to eat more veggies, and I agree. This is something I am trying to do for a number of reasons. Any ideas on incorporating veggies into breakfast? Signed, “Agathist” What a great question....


By Kim ODonnel | April 8, 2009; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (13)


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