Miss Ginsu: About/Bio


Food Quote Friday: Virginia "Pepper" Potts


"I'll have a vodka martini... with a lot of olives. Like at least three olives."

Virginia "Pepper" Potts in Iron Man

Thirsting for more? Find 'em in the food quote archive.

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FoodLink Roundup: 06.09.08

Link Roundup
Last week, Cupcake was at the Columbus Circle corner of Central Park, as guessed by Mr. Hazard. Where's that wily cupcake now? This week is anyone's guess. Think you know? Post in the comments.

Real Thought for Food for Long Workouts
"neither researcher regularly uses energy drinks or energy bars. They just drink water, and eat real food." Hallelujah.

Promising Red Wine/Longevity Research
Great news for the hedonists: research indicates you might be able to say "to hell with calorie-restricted diets" and just drink a bottle of wine every day.

How to Butcher a Chicken
Hey... you never know.

NYC Food Film Fest 2008
Harry's Water Taxi Beach + food + films about food. Ahhh. Bliss.

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Food Quote Friday: Benoît Charest

Daim Cake

"J'veux pas finir ma vie à Singapour
Jouer au dico manger des petits fours
Moi j'veux être zidiote
Triplement zidiote
Gondolée comme une Triplette de Belleville

I won’t be an old man in Singapore
Playing scrabble and eating petits-fours
I want to be wicked,
Utterly wicked,
Wicked like a Triplet from Belleville"
Benoît Charest from The Triplets of Belleville

More sweet food quotes can be found within the food quote archive.

Cheers to chlotrudis.org for the translation.

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Foodlink Roundup: 04.14.08

Cupcake's Link Roundup
Last week, Cupcake was, as surmised, in Bryant Park, Manhattan. Where in the world is Cupcake this week? Post a guess in the comments.

Cookie Monster: Is Me Really Monster?
McSweeney's takes a peek inside the mind of an addict.

Pacific Coast Salmon Fishing Shut Down
This year's low fish stocks mean bad news for salmon lovers.

This Is Just To Say
So long, and thanks for all the fish. One of my favorite food poems, re-imagined.

Ever Had a Nice Bottle of Greenpoint?
Garage bands, underground art scenes... and now, warehouse wine. (via WineHazard)

pintprice.com: the price of beer anywhere
A handy tool for comparing the true cost of living.

Carl Warner: Photographer
Click the orange box for the fantasy food photos. (Via MUG)

Who knew there were enough films and docs on food justice to fill up an annual fest?

Aqua Ban at NY Hot Spots
Bottled water, is like, sooo last year...

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On Razor-Sharp Knives and American Endings

As much as I appreciate the so-called "French Ending" in films (i.e. things go bad, then they get worse; there's a brief glimmer of hope... and then the protagonist dies, loses the girl/guy, messes up the heist, gets deported, etc.), I really appreciate the all-American happy ending in my actual life.

So after last weekend's drama, you can imagine how thrilled I was to hear from GINSU® today. Short version: They're not interested in suing Miss Ginsu... this food blog will live on!

You can read the full text below. Hooray for amicable resolutions and level-headed decision-making!

I understand you recently received an email from Ed Valenti regarding use of the GINSU® mark as part of your blog name. Although Mr. Valenti’s email was well-intentioned, I thought it best if you heard directly from the owner of the GINSU® mark.

By way of introduction, I am the Director of Global Operations of Quikut, a company located in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Quikut is a division of The Scott Fetzer Company, which is the registered owner of the GINSU® mark.

GINSU® is a mark that is recognized around the world, and we are proud of the established fame this mark enjoys. To protect our registration, trademark law requires that we assess the circumstances under which and how this mark is used by others. This brings us to your use of the mark in "Miss Ginsu".

To our knowledge, you are not using your blog to associate yourself with Quikut, to promote the sale of knives, or to otherwise engage in an activity that diminishes the image of the GINSU® mark. As such, under the present circumstances, Quikut is not opposed to your continuing to use Miss Ginsu in the name of your blog. We reserve the right to reassess our position should circumstances change.

We appreciate the disclosure statement that you placed on the blog concerning the ownership of the GINSU® mark, and ask that you revise it to accurately reflect the correct name of the owner, The Scott Fetzer Company.

We trust you will find this to be a reasonable resolution, and we wish you continued success and enjoyment with your blog.


Russell Hougham
Director of Global Operations
Douglas Quikut

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There Will Be Milkshakes

The Golden Globes are in the bag, the Oscars are rolling up and all the fashionable awards parties should really be serving spiked milkshakes, shouldn't they?

For your Saturday enjoyment, here's a quick recipe accompanied by a shot of my little friend Dash rocking the "There Will Be Blood" trend wave.

I drink your milkshake baby onesie
White Russian Milkshakes (Makes 4 Servings)
8 oz vodka
4 oz coffee liqueur, (such as Kahlùa)
4 cups pure vanilla ice cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups milk

In a blender whip all ingredients together until smooth. Serve immediately in tall glasses with straws. Drink it up.

An enterprising soul could also substitute frangelico, amaretto or a chocolate liqueur and enjoy tasty results.

Meanwhile, if you know any under-clothed babies (or adults, for that matter), by all means, do make haste to swaddle them in something sassy.


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I Drink Your Milkshake

Have you watched Daniel Day-Lewis gnawing the scenery in There Will Be Blood yet?

Incredible stuff. Amazing sound design. Amazing cinematography... and Daniel Plainview becomes a terrifying, indelible character for the ages.

And though the film is absolutely not for children (or even many adults, I'd wager)... the obligatory "I Drink Your Milkshake" bib really is:

Pick up a bib for your hippest baby friend and a T-shirt for your deranged foster father. Let 'em know you drink it up.

Find the bib, the t-shirt (and so much more...) in Miss Ginsu's T-Shirt Shop

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The Leftover Lovers

The Gleaners
The Gleaners, by Jean François Millet 1814-1875

In my youth, I was a drainpipe spelunker, a dumpster diver and a wild berry forager. "DISCARDED" loomed large in my early memories, stamped across the worn covers of my storybooks in a black serifed font.

I turned over piles of rotting leaves looking for morels, climbed trees to cut down the oyster mushrooms, sorted out asparagus stalks from the field grasses, plucked prairie turnips from the soil. I bought my housecat gently used, found my job on Craig's List and furnished my Brooklyn apartment with castoffs and curb produce.

Maybe that's why gleaning holds such appeal for me. Having recently watched the French film Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (The Gleaners and I), an exploration of those who live off the discard pile, I discovered I'm not alone in loving the leftovers.

Not only is there a rich cultural history woven into the forgotten harvest, there's legal and biblical justification as well.

As Leviticus 19:9-10 instructs its devotees,
"When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all
the way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your
harvest. You shall not pick your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen
fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the

Allowing a harvest of castoffs makes sense morally and logically, but as Agnès Varda reveals in her film, many of the stoppages in modern gleaning come down to a lack of information and distribution.

Taking advantage of their established connections, the folks at America's Second Harvest and New York's CityHarvest effectively work as modern gleaners. Their gleaning armies organize daily gathering expeditions and distribution runs in an attempt to fill up America's empty bellies with the mountains of food that would otherwise rot in dumpsters.

For those of us hungrier in spirit than body, there's something primally satisfying in doing one's own hunting and gleaning. Out on the Left Bank, similar ideas brew: fallenfruit.org is an organization founded by three CalArts professors after they discovered a forgotten Los Angeles city law that designates as public property any fruit that hangs over sidewalks.

Their website promotes access to the city's free produce via Fruit Alerts and Fruit Maps. New Yorkers can check the Department of Sanitation's collection schedules for nights to rummage in the dark or the free section on Craig's List for an array of pickings.

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Introducing: Darth Tater

Darth Tader
Forget Obi-Wan Kohlrabi, Luke. Join Monsanto and together we'll rule the marketplace as father and son!

I'll admit it. I find the Darth Tater figurine totally adorable.

Unfortunately, if Episode 1 and 2 are any indication, Grocery Store Wars is likely to be better than Episode 3.

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