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Are you cooking up something good for your sweetheart this weekend? Kim O'Donnel's on tap to lead a discussion of foods for lovers. Join her Thursday, February 11, at 9 a.m. PT, noon ET.

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Kim, a trained chef and longtime food journalist, is writing a cookbook for people trying to eat less meat. Every Thursday, she brings ideas, tips, and recipes to her weekly live chats on Table Talk.


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 </div><div id="mainchat" class="mainchat"><div class="cileventholder"><div id="row56241629" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">8:37</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56241629">Cooking up love. That's what's on the menu today, coming up at the top of the hour. Sweethearts, lonely hearts & lovers of all shapes and sizes, please join us at the table! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">8:37&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56243072" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:03</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56243072">Good afternoon from Miami! I'm here on a wee little break with my co-pilot. It is cooler than usual, but the sun is out & the snow is nowhere to be found.  It's the beginning of a festive weekend, with Lunar New Year, President's Day & Valentine's Day all coinciding.  Lots of reasons to celebrate. What's on your menu? Who's coming for dinner?  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:03&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56243296" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:06</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56243296">hi, kim. i'm not really doing any valentine's day meals but will be using the weekend to work on some preserving projects. trying to make Indian lime pickles. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:06&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56243436" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:07</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56243436">hey jen! sounds like self-love to me, something that we should all  do more of. Have been thinking a lot about how we express love in the kitchen -- be it for a "lover," ourselves, a mother, a brother, a neighbor, a stranger.  Hoping to have an essay done by the end of the day to share.  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:07&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56243449" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:08</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56243449">got rangpur limes from a friend - am now salting them, need to spice today ... not sure how that's going to go! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:08&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56243455" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:08</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Erin </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Erin :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56243455">Hi Kim! I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying a change of scenery and a much-needed recharge. Yes, Valentine's Day is coming and my Mister has just informed me that he'll be absent for most of the weekend (work). Do you have a suggestion for what I can have on the stove to warm him up (wink wink) when he walks in the door? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:08&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Erin </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56243587" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:09</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56243587">Erin, I hope you're keeping warm after the snow nonsense this week.  You thinking culinary aphrodisiacs? We can do that.  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:09&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56243627" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:09</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Erin </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Erin :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56243627">Also, I'll be making brownies. There has been much debate about fudgey vs. cakey and I finally figured out that: I live at an elevated altitude. (I smack my own forehead at this - I've been here for 20 years.) "Fudgey" brownie recipes have turned out like 1/2-inch compacted chocolate smears of oiley ickiness, and I've never understood the appeal... until I tried a recipe with a smidge more water and flour to account for where I live. Deliciousness. (hooray!) </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:09&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Erin </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56243719" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:10</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56243719">Did you ever see this piece I did last year -- how do you take your brownies -- <br/><a href="http://voices.washingtonpost.com/mighty-appetite/2009/01/pollhowdoyoutakeyourbrow.html" target="blank" >http://voices.washingtonpost.com/mighty-appetite/2009/01/pollhowdoyoutakeyourbrow.html</a> </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:10&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56243839" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:12</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56243839">Erin, does your guy like spicy? Chiles reportedly rev up the engine.  Or should this dish for your guy be about an old favorite that just makes him happy? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:12&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56243894" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:12</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Erin </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Erin :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56243894">YES, I have seen that story  - and thanks for the link... I was just looking for it, for your recipe. The last time I made it, the fudge-factor was too much; now that I know I should adapt a bit, I am eager to try it again. Woot!  By the way, we're fine with the snow, receiving half of what MD/DC received (24 inches, total). I did a lot of baking. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:12&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Erin </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56244075" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:14</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56244075">Jen, can't wait to hear about your Indian lime pickles. Thoughts about how you'll use your stash at the table? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:14&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56244172" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:15</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56244172">probably on rice, with chicken, that sort of thing. it's my first foray into this, so i'm not sure how it's going to go. luckily, i have an unlimited supply of rangpur limes to practice with ... </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:15&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56244281" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:16</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56244281">So cool. Have you looked at some Indian books for serving suggestions? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:16&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56244293" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:16</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Erin </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Erin :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56244293">And, my guy isn't so much into spicy, but I am... do you have something hot, noodley, maybe with shrimp that we can adjust (heat-wise) to our own tastes? And... movie recommendation to go with? He'll be home late on Saturday night; I thought that I'd have a "parents-only" dinner ready to go (he'll be out/away most of Sunday). Thanks! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:16&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Erin </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56244421" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:18</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56244421">Erin, did you ever make Chile Shrimp? <br/><a href="http://simplystated.realsimple.com/food/2008/04/shrimp-fixer-up.html" target="blank" >http://simplystated.realsimple.com/food/2008/04/shrimp-fixer-up.html</a><br/><br/>You can absolutely adjust the chile level. It's not noodley but ricey.  My husbands' all-time favorite. In fact, it may be on the menu this Sunday when we visit my brother & his lady in Key West.  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:18&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56244434" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:18</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56244434">i need to do that this weekend -- figure out how i'm going to use them once they're done. :) i have a friend who makes them for me and i end up even eating them on quesadillas (weird, i know). </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:18&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56244650" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:20</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56244650">Look at Madhur Jaffrey, Julie Sahni, for starters. Oh. And Raghavan Iyer. He's got killer recipes for all things curried.  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:20&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56244707" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:21</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56244707">Curious: what's the most loving thing anyone has ever done for you at the table?  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:21&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56244762" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:21</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56244762">Cool, thanks. I've had great luck with the Vij's cookbook too. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:21&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56244976" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:24</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim C.:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56244976">I've got to pipe up and say that I LOVE it when my husband bakes bread. It's something I don't do, and it just feels special. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:24&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim C.</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56245072" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:25</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56245072">That's what I'm talkin' bout, Kim C.  It's the little things.  I love it when someone brings me coffee while I'm still in bed, and visa versa.  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:25&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56245089" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:25</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56245089">Bread has always been a big one for me, especially back in the day when I didn't make my own. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:25&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56245290" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:27</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim C.:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56245290">The other day he baked a beautiful loaf, and after school four kids were here. They devoured it and oooed and awed. I don't think they'd experienced that much!<br/> </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:27&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim C.</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56245301" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:27</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56245301">One of my favorite ways to commemorate Cupid is to host a dinner party, kind of like Thanskgiving.  Mixed couples & singles, no matter. Everyone brings something to contribute. Can be a culinary aphrodisiac or something that calls up notions of love.  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:27&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56245391" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:28</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim C.:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56245391">Kim, what are you serving at dinner parties these days? Meat — or meatless? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:28&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim C.</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56245398" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:28</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56245398">It's a great way to celebrate, and no one feels "left out" which I think is just silly.  We all should celebrate love! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:28&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56245404" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:28</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56245404">That's a great way to do it, Kim. This year a bunch of girlfriends are going for a hike and then out to Burmese food -- so we're not cooking. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:28&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56245558" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:30</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56245558">Nice, Jen! I just read a memoir called "The Late Bloomer's Revolution," and as funny & wry as it was, it made me sad. Not because the writer couldn't find love, but that she couldn't find ways to love herself. Shouldn't that come first? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:30&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56245676" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:31</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56245676">Kim C., I'm overdue to host a dinner party what with all the manuscript stuff, but I'm looking forward to hosting something soon & am considering making it entirely meatless.  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:31&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56245693" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:31</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56245693">ya, i'll admit i was a bit cranky about v-day this year but finally decided to join my friends. ;) gathering around good food helps. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:31&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56245749" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:32</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56245749">Food is an amazing healer and connector. It is the ultimate valentine, methinks.  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:32&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56245904" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:33</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56245904">I haven't seen Like Water for Chocolate in a bunch of years, but I've been having a craving lately.  Food movies tend to be among the most romantic, no?  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:33&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56245927" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:34</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56245927">I've been thinking about the meatless thing a lot, Kim. Can't wait for your book to come out. I would definitely say I eat more meat than I'd like to. But I just CRAVE it. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:34&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56245995" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:35</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim C.:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56245995">Last night I was at an event at a local library talking about Diana Abu-Jaber's novel Crescent (a love story), and someone asked about parallels between creativity and cooking. Of course cooking is creative, but I think there's more too it. We started talking about fear — how the unknown can drive you. It made me think of kitchen experiments … </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:35&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim C.</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56246030" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:35</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim C.:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56246030">Too it? Oops. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:35&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim C.</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56246172" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:36</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56246172">Kim! I just had lunch with Diana and her family yesterday afternoon in the Miami area. What a funny coincidence.  <br/> </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:36&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56246243" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:37</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim C.:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56246243">Loving her novel! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:37&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim C.</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56246282" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:37</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56246282">on the note about cooking & creativity, I agree with you, that it's more than getting creative. It's an expression. It can be a message you'd like to send, it can be letting go, letting in... </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:37&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56246450" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:39</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56246450">Jen, I crave meat too, but ever since I began work on my manuscript, my craving has diminished greatly, to once, maybe twice a week.  I've noticed that when I cook day after day without meat, I get more and more used to the idea. It would be an interesting experiment for you to go meatless for a week, to see how it impacts your appetite, habits, perception... </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:39&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56246492" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:40</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56246492">Considering moving to only eating sustainable meat, but that cuts out meat at all ethnic restaurants which may kill me. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:40&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56246636" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:41</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56246636">That is an issue for me, too.  I love ethnic dining, and it is truly a conundrum. Last night for example, ate at one of my all-time ethnic faves, a Haitian spot here in Miami.  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:41&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56246642" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:41</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56246642">I never realized how true that all is until there was a guy I was dating who I was ambivalent about. I could NOT cook for him. It was the strangest thing -- and a clear sign that he was the wrong person. Had no idea how much cooking and expression were tied till that moment. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:41&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56246852" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:43</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56246852">Many years ago, was dating a guy whom I had doubts about. One day, he got a really bad cold, and I offered to bring him soup. I made everything -- the stock, the noodles, the veg -- and brought everything to his house to heat up. I "cooked" the shrimp in very hot stock & he complained to me that his shrimp were undercooked. He never said thank you. That was it for me.  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:43&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56246923" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:44</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim C.:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56246923">I told the story last night about my grandmother, a FABULOUS cook and gardener. She canned so much food, and of course made everything from scratch. After a long marriage, though, one day my grandfather came home and told her he wanted a divorce. It broke her heart. She stopped cooking, almost entirely. Very sad to see — <br/> </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:44&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim C.</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56247067" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:45</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56247067">And when I first became interested in the man who became my husband, I gave him a piece of fried chicken (we worked in the same office). It was kind of strange, giving a strange man a chicken thigh, but for whatever reason, I was compelled. <br/>Oh Kim -- that is a really sad story. But it would make an amazing short story.  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:45&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56247101" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:45</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56247101">Amazing how food can tell you exactly what you need to know about a person. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:45&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56247116" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:46</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim C.:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56247116">Ha! Love at first bite. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:46&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim C.</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56247206" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:47</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56247206">It was important that he be a good eater -- not eat everything per se -- but be willing to try new things, be open to a variety of culinary experiences.  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:47&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56247221" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:47</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56247221">I said on twitter yesterday that I thought someone should start a blog called "when foodies flirt." kim's entry could be about chicken thighs. ha. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:47&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56247292" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:48</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim C.:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56247292">Jen, back to your meat dilemma — we need more small-scale farmed meat that's affordable for restaurants. This is a big problem, it seems. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:48&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim C.</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56247338" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:48</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56247338">Jen, I love it! If you start it, I'd be happy to contribute.  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:48&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56247432" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:49</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56247432">Right, why should sustainable meat only be a feasible purchase for higher-end chefs?  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:49&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56247477" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:49</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56247477">Yes, and getting the word out to ethnic restaurants is an issue as well. There was an org here in the Bay Area called Thimmakka that was trying to get ethnic restaurants to use good ingredients -- need to see if they're still around. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:49&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56247540" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:50</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim C.:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56247540">There's a new site/program here in Portland called Food Hub, which matches chefs and farmers. Not sure about the pricing though. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:50&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim C.</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56247592" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:50</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim C.:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56247592">Here's the link: <a href="http://food-hub.org/" target="blank" >http://food-hub.org/</a> </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:50&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim C.</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56247676" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:51</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56247676">Oh, I'd love to know more about that, Jen.  I wonder if there's a way to pick the brain of Steve Ells, CEO of Chipotle, to ask these kinds of questions. What kind of partnerships need to be in play for smaller, indie restos to participate and do the right thing? </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:51&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56247700" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:51</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56247700">Cool, thanks Kim. I've been thinking a lot about this. There are some ingredients (ie., duck at Chinese restaurants) that are more sustainable than others, but it's tough. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:51&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56247833" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:52</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56247833">That's a great point Kim O. :) The problem for me right now is that if an ethnic restaurant is using sustainable ingredients, it's usually too mainstream / not authentic enough for me. We need to get the authentic guys using sustainable meats. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:52&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56248025" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:54</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim C.:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56248025">If a small farm partners with a small resto chain (< five places) isn't that good for BOTH of them? These direct partnerships are key. I don't know how hard they are to set up and maintain though. It's probably easier just to order up food from the big guys. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:54&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim C.</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56248060" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:55</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56248060">I keep hearing of more farmers wanting to get into the food truck biz. I  don't know what I want to say exactly, but it seems like this is a good way to rope in smaller entrepreneurs. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:55&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56248077" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:55</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56248077">Here's Thimmakka: <a href="http://www.thimmakka.org/" target="blank" >http://www.thimmakka.org/</a>. A lot of emphasis on energy consumption, but they do have an ingredient component last time I checked. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:55&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56248211" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:56</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56248211">Thank you! I'll check it out. And Kim C, yes, yes, yes. There's got to be a way... </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:56&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56248224" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:56</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56248224">It's a good point, Kim C. It's just a gamble for both sides. If you're dependent on one farmer primarily instead of sysco, then if that farmer flakes you're in trouble. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:56&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56248308" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:57</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56248308">Wonder if it could be set up like a CSA for restaurants. Pay farmer in advance, get a certain yield over time... </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:57&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56248400" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:58</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From jen maiser </span><span class="nocommentfrom">jen maiser :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56248400">Some of the partnerships here are going very well -- we just need to get it to infiltrate to my little corner Chinese restaurants. :) </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:58&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">jen maiser </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56248449" class="chatmsg readercomment "  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:59</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext viewertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="readeravatar readerdefaultavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinecommentname"><span class="commentbracket">[</span><span class="commentfrom">Comment From Erin </span><span class="nocommentfrom">Erin :&nbsp;</span><span class="commentbracket">]</span>&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56248449">THANK YOU for the chile shrimp - it looks like just what Dr. Love has ordered! I'm sure that it'll warm us up (in more ways that one!). Have a fab weekend, everyone! </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:59&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Erin </span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56248537" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:59</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim C.:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56248537">Thanks, all! Nice to be here.  </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:59&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim C.</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56248552" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">9:59</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcastertext "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56248552">Erin, enjoy! It's a real goodie, that one.  No chat next week by the way (I'll be flying back home), but we'll chat again Thursday, 2/25. </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">9:59&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>
<div id="row56248650" class="chatmsg writercomment"  ><table  style="width: 100%;" ><tr valign="top"><td class="chatmsgtime" nowrap><div class="itemtime">10:00</div> </td><td class="chatmsgtext altcaster_text "><table><tr valign=top><td><span class="writeroverrideavatar"><img src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/templates/coveritlive/images/spacer.gif" width=48 height=48 align=left style="margin-right: 5px;" border=0 /></span></td><td><div class="inlinedisplayname">Kim ODonnel:&nbsp;</div><span id="txt56248650">Good threads we got going today. Thanks to all for feeding my noggin. Happy Valentine's Day! Talk in 2 weeks. xoxo </span></td></tr></table><div class="bottomnametime"><span class="bottomdate">Thursday February 11, 2010&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomtime">10:00&nbsp;</span><span class="bottomdisplayname">Kim ODonnel</span></div></td></tr></table></div>

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