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  • Sam Kass, the Obamas’ Foodmaster General

    NYT > Dining & Wine
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Mr. Kass, the first family’s personal chef, has one of the highest public profiles of anyone in the East Wing and a window into the zealously guarded space and tastes of the Obama White House.
  • 20 Delicious & Creative Ways to Use Zucchini

    Skinny Chef
    Jennifer Iserloh
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Gardens are bursting with zucchini towards the end of summer, and it’s always fun to find new ways to use it up in delicious zucchini recipes. Sadly, zucchini isn’t a top superfood, it’s relatively low in vitamins and minerals — however, it does happen to be low in calories and high in water content which makes it a great vegetable for weight loss. If you’re looking to trim fat and sugar from your favorite comfort food meals, adding zucchini is the ideal way to increase portion size without doubling or tripling calories. Here are 20 versatile ways to enjoy juicy…
  • 10 Exotic Superfoods

    Skinny Chef
    Jennifer Iserloh
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    Are you the guru of gojis or a flax fanatic? Then you might be intimately familiar with some of these superfoods, while others might seems incredibly foreign and even downright bizarre. In their countries of origin, these berries, nuts, plants, and seeds have been used for thousands of years to holistically medicate the body or just add yumminess to everyday, wholesome meals. Experimenting with new ingredients makes life interesting and if the foods are especially nutrient-dense — even better. They are so high in vitamins, minerals, and other healing compounds that health experts call…
  • 5 Ways to Kick Off Oyster Season

    Hungry Crowd
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Even though oyster farming means oysters are good to eat year-round—not just in months ending in “r”—today is the traditional start of oyster season. Here, the best ways to celebrate the our favorite mollusk of all time.&nb...
  • 10 Superfast Grilling Recipes

    Hungry Crowd
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    From juicy burgers to garlicky shrimp, here are 10 fast grilling recipes to make now. 1. Farmbar Pork Burgers with Bread-and-Butter Zucchini PicklesBlending chorizo, capers and fresh ricotta into the ground meat makes these fast burgers super flav...
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    Amateur Gourmet

  • A Summer Feast for Todd and Jim

    Adam Roberts
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    So remember that time that Jim Parsons and his partner Todd Spiewak made my rainbow cookie cake for Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his partner Justin Mikita? Well, since then, Jim and I have been e-mailing and trying to figure out a time for him and Todd to come over for dinner. We finally picked a date–Saturday, August 30th–and we each spent the time leading up to it in different ways: I went to the Pacific Northwest and ate Dungeness crab on a beach; Jim went to the Emmy Awards and picked up his fourth trophy for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. At last, the dinner was upon us and it…
  • Summertime Vacay

    Adam Roberts
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Hey folks, taking a little time off for summer vacation, but I’ll be back after Labor Day to entertain you with more stories, recipes, and amateur gourmet antics. In the meantime, here’s my take on Gershwin’s “Summertime” on piano and harmonica. Enjoy the rest of your August!
  • End-of-Summer Plum Cobbler

    Adam Roberts
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    It’s time to face facts: summer’s almost over. At least summer in the sense of kids not being in school (most of them have already gone back) and summer blockbusters (I didn’t want to see “Guardians of the Galaxy” but someone told me there’s a talking tree in it so now I do) and summer clothing adorning the mannequins at your local mall (now it’s all stuff for fall). Still, if you live in L.A., summer’s not going anywhere. There’s very little weather-wise here that distinguishes June from July from August from September from October and so…
  • The Best Fried Chicken of Your Life

    Adam Roberts
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    Give me credit. It’s been a while since I’ve declared something “the best ___ of your life.” There is, of course, the broccoli, which brought all of you to my blog in the first place. Then there’s the chili which, as far as I’m concerned, has never been topped. The brownies remain unrivaled and the curry is definitely the best I’ve ever made. Now, into the pantheon, comes this fried chicken which–as you’ll soon discover–has nothing to do with a specific recipe and everything to do with a piece of equipment that costs a minimal amount…
  • Food That Makes You Happy, Food That Makes You Healthy, Food That Makes You Hot

    Adam Roberts
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The original plan was for me to take my shirt off. I know, you’re all drooling on to your keyboards at the thought, but settle down! I needed a goal, something to motivate me to get into shape. This was in February. I rejoined my old L.A. gym, Crunch, which makes absolutely no sense because it’s really far from where I live in Atwater Village; only, I really like that gym and when I was a member, I went regularly. I had friends there. So I rejoined and ever since February, I’ve been going four days a week. That’s almost six months of regular gym-going and if I had to…
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    Steamy Kitchen: recipes and cooking

  • Goodbye Kitchen!

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    After 3 years of planning, designing, re-designing and procrastinating, we’ve finally started our kitchen remodel. I’ve been both looking forward to and dreading the start date – three weeks without a kitchen is traumatic. Well, I should say estimated three weeks. Which probably means closer to 3 months in home remodel timeline. I spent all weekend cleaning out the cabinets and boxing/trashing the contents. Those sneaky cabinets and pantry can certainly hold a lot of secrets. Like 6 year old jar of plum sauce. A can of Spam that has no expiration date (7 years ago, I had a…
  • Giveaway: Cura Coffee Company Organic Coffee

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    Did you know that nearly 70% of Nicaraguans live on less than $2 per day and have limited or no access to dental care? The founder of Cura Coffee, Thomas Fitzpatrick, is a San Diego dentist who started the company to help those in Nicaragua with free dental care.  This is a man with a mission! Cura Coffee sources their beans from organic, direct-trade bean farmers.  I always say that you vote with your dollar. If you’re a coffee lover, why not give Cura Coffee a try and make a difference in the lives (and smiles!) of Nicaraguans!  Since 2008, they’ve treated almost 4,500…
  • Review: iDevices Bluetooth Kitchen Thermometer

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    I love this thing! No more having to wonder if my timer went off (while I’m in a different room). My phone syncs with the iDevices Kitchen Thermometer and will zap me when the food is done (just kidding – it just beeps). Or how about when the grill is outside and you’re inside the house?!   Review of the iDevices Bluetooth Kitchen Thermometer Links: iDevices Kitchen Thermometers on Amazon  iDevices homepage ©Steamy Kitchen Recipes, 2014. | Permalink | 8 comments
  • Giveaway: Pampered Chef Summer Surprise

    7 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
      I love Pampered Chef! 10 years ago, one of my best friends sold Pampered Chef products and to this day, some of my very favorite kitchen doo-dads are from PC. The quality is excellent – a lot of thought went into the design and development of each and every one of their products. Earlier, Pampered Chef sent several items for us to review and give away. The Collapsible Serving bowl is used daily in our kitchen. We use it as our giant salad bowl that we bring out to the dinner table. Because it collapses, it takes up very little room in my dishwasher and cabinets. Love it so…
  • Giveaway: South Beach Miami Food Tour

    5 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    South Beach Miami Food Tour Win two tickets for the South Beach Food Tour to savor tasty treasures inside the beating heart of Miami Beach during a fun and engaging architectural, historical and walking tour of the Art Deco Historic District, with a culinary twist. Enjoy delicious tastings at hole-in-the-wall and mom & pop type of restaurants. Taste the best of Miami Beach’s global cuisine (“melting-pot”) with its predominate Latin, European, and American comfort food, uncovering the hidden hotspots for crunchy patacones, authentic empanadas, home made Cuban dishes, Refajo drink and…
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    Culinary Media Network | Gilded Fork

  • A Journey of the Senses – Sept 13, 2014 – A Very Special Dinner Event with Jennifer & Chef Mark (Culinary Media Network)
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:28 pm
    The torrent of centuries rolling over the human race, has continually brought new perfections, the cause of which, ever active though unseen, is found in the demands made by our senses, which always in their turns demand to be occupied. Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin When we leave behind our pre-conceived notions of food and drink, and let our senses guide us through the magic, we offer ourselves the opportunity for new insight, new sensations, and even titillation. Let me put it more simply, in the words of someone who attended one of my dinners: My whole life, food has been the enemy. In…
  • Our 10th Anniversary: A Retrospective (Culinary Media Network)
    24 Feb 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Ten years ago today, I sat down with a laptop and a tray table and made a conscious decision to try my hand at food writing. After being laid off from my job as Director of Culinary Programs for Relais & Chateaux, I figured it was my one chance to indulge that dream and see where it would take me. I went to Blogger and created something called “Gastronomic Meditations”. Shortly after, I learned how to build a web site and taught myself how to code; I even sent out a newsletter to everyone in my address book (this was before spam regulations, so hush). Those efforts, and my…
  • My Food “Sabbatical” (Culinary Media Network)
    12 Dec 2013 | 9:42 am
    Sometimes in life, there comes a moment when you are willing to put everything on pause because there is something you MUST do. This past summer, that moment arrived for me. 2013 has been quite a year of metamorphosis; I’ve taken a good look at what I’m creating in the world, and checked in with myself to see if all the pieces fit. I had no idea what huge changes that moment of questioning would bring. For the past 25 years, I’ve lived and breathed the world of food and wine, and have achieved milestones that would blow away a lot of “foodies”. I’ve supped 150-year-old Grand…
  • A Spoonful of Sugar (Culinary Media Network)
    30 May 2013 | 8:32 am
    That’s the best way for me to describe Monica Glass. In 2004 I received an e-mail from a lovely young woman who liked the way I talked about food. She wondered if she could help out as an editorial intern, and I said yes without hesitation. There was something that came through her words — I could tell she was a kindred spirit. When she began to create recipes for us, I nearly fell off my chair. I’ve worked with a lot of chefs in my life, and I’m talking about the very best, from Bocuse to Keller and everyone in between. This girl was special; there was a complexity to…
  • FP7: Chef Thomas Keller (Culinary Media Network)
    25 May 2013 | 6:00 am
    Here’s an oldie but a goodie from the archives. This podcast was originally published on May 15, 2006. Thomas Keller joined me for a chat on food philosophy and what that means in the world of The French Laundry and its siblings. His perspectives on food are some of the most well respected in the industry, and with good reason, as his passion for cooking has helped to elevate American cuisine to a new place in the international landscape. He also shared some interesting thoughts on the world of celebrity chefdom, seasonal vs. local cuisine, and his new life as a jet-setting…
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    Rasa Malaysia: Easy Asian Recipes

  • Glazed Doughnut Muffins

    Rasa Malaysia
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Glazed Doughnut Muffins recipe by combining two favorites into one treat: doughnut, muffins, and glazed with sugar. Sinfully good and you will want more. The post Glazed Doughnut Muffins appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Capresso On-the-Go Personal Coffee Maker Giveaway

    Rasa Malaysia
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Capresso On-the-Go Personal Coffee Maker Giveaway. US only. Enter to win! The post Capresso On-the-Go Personal Coffee Maker Giveaway appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake

    Rasa Malaysia
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Cookie dough ice cream cake recipe using chocolate chip cookie dough and ice cream with cool whip topping. Decadent and delicious ice cream cake. The post Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Le Creuset and Casabella Giveaway

    Rasa Malaysia
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Le Creuset and Casabella Giveaway. Retail value $1000! US only. Enter to win! The post Le Creuset and Casabella Giveaway appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Cheese-Mayo Baked Mussels (Mussels Dynamite)

    Rasa Malaysia
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Cheese-mayo mussels or baked mussels dynamite is so delicious. Easy recipe with cheese, mayo, mussels and you have the most amazing appetizer ever. The post Cheese-Mayo Baked Mussels (Mussels Dynamite) appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
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    101 Cookbooks

  • Muhammara

    Heidi Swanson
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Muhammara (or mouhamara) is something I love to turn people on to. It's a traditional red pepper spread originating from Syria made with a beguiling blend of red peppers, walnuts, olive oil, pomegranate molasses, and a handful of other ingredients - depending on the cook. I included a recipe for it years ago in Super Natural Cooking, and make it when something reminds me of how much I love it. Which is exactly why you're seeing it today. I was having dinner the other night at Aziza, here in San Francisco, and always order Mourad's beautiful spreads - one of which reminds me of muhammara…
  • Zucchini Agrodolce

    Heidi Swanson
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:43 pm
    I suspect we've talked about this before. I fight a losing battle to keep my kitchen under control. Looking at the counter tops this morning I see - Corsican honey, clary sage-blackberry honey, also olive blossom honey. There are voatsiperifery peppercorns I picked up in Paris months ago, preserved kumquats from the Saturday farmers' market here in San Francisco, dried candy cap mushrooms, dried celery blossoms in a small bowl, camu and wheat grass powders, midnight beans, and a lavender thyme za'atar blend I made over the weekend with dried rose petals and black sesame. The sprawl extends to…
  • How to Make Ghee

    Heidi Swanson
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    I make homemade ghee from good butter every few weeks. It's a process I enjoy, and it yields one of my favorite cooking mediums. For those of you who might be unfamiliar, ghee is an unsalted butter that has had the milk solids removed after separating from the butterfat, resulting in beautiful, golden, pure fat with an unusually high smoking point. This means ghee (and its cousin, clarified butter) is remarkably stable, even at higher temperatures. The process for making clarified butter is similar to that of making ghee, ghee is simply cooked longer and has more contact with the browning…
  • Favorites List (8.06.14)

    Heidi Swanson
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Friends - we finally have shelving in the QUITOKEETO studio. It's a small miracle. There's still a centimeter of dust on the floor, and an 1800s bathroom to deal with - in short, a few more things need addressing if we think we're going to open the doors to anyone aside from our UPS guy. My not-so-secret hope is we'll have some open studio days/evenings/weekends in the near future, where people can stop by, chat, handle knives, and smell perfume - in person. I'll let you know when I have a better sense related to timing. I tend not to post most updates related to QK here, so if you think…
  • Pluot Summer Salad

    Heidi Swanson
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    A lot of the fruit salads this time of year are sweet. Juicy, ripe fragrant fruit with a sweet dressing - summer bliss bite after bite. These compositions live in the dessert category of my brain. That said, there are often times I feel compelled to snap fruit salads out of dessert-land and lead them over to the savory side of the spectrum. One of the more popular examples of this is watermelon, feta, and mint. You probably know the combination well. Sweetness from the melon, salty from the feta, tingly herbaceous from the mint. That's one example, but there are other realms to explore, and…
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    Alice Q. Foodie

  • Fairweather at Rare Form - Downtown San Diego

    Alice Q. Foodie
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Hey now!  Look who's got the scoop! Sorry, but I can't resist - I'm just so excited to be writing about something that happened less than two months ago.  This past weekend I was lucky enough to see a Facebook post from the chef at Ironside, indicating that Consortium Holdings was opening an open-air bar called Fairweather over their new sandwich shop/delicatessen Rare Form this weekend.  It was sweet serendipity for me, because I was staying right around the corner from there with a friend this weekend at the Omni next to the ballpark.  She needed a little mini getaway so…
  • Lunch at St. John - London

    Alice Q. Foodie
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:02 pm
    The problem with being a food lover in a great city full of fun stuff to do, is that at the end of the day - after doing all that stuff - it's hard to muster the energy for an evening of fine dining.   We solved that dilemma by keeping our eating in London pretty casual for the most part, with the exception of two pre-planned meals:  lunch at St. John and dinner at the Clove Club.  (Other places I strongly considered:  The River Cafe, Wild Honey, Arbutus, the Ledbury (which was booked solid for the week) and Upstairs at Ten Bells.)   I had heard about St. John from…
  • Notting Hill - London

    Alice Q. Foodie
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Our neighborhood for our week in London was Notting Hill.  I chose it because it was a place I had always wanted to visit but never had the chance, and it seemed like a likely place to find a good Air BnB rental. Our flat was a small studio with a fold out couch, but there was a stand of Barclay's Bikes within spitting distance, a bus stop right out front, and a tube stop a block away, and the $140. per night price would have made up for any shortcomings in any case.  (I really wanted this one, but someone booked it before I could get to it.)We were within walking distance of…
  • Borough Market & Tally Ho Bike Tour - London

    Alice Q. Foodie
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Before we went to the Glastonbury Festival last month, we spent a few days in London.  I hadn't been in a very long time, and I have to say, it's come a looong way since my first visit in 1984. For starters - the food is edible, they put ice in drinks, and the beer is cold. I was pretty much all set - except for the unfortunate fact that everything costs about twice as much there as anywhere else.  If anything, I was actually a little disappointed that it doesn't feel very different from the U.S. anymore. Even their sirens make the same wailing sound as ours now. It just…
  • Glastonbury 2014, Part III - Wild Meadow Village

    Alice Q. Foodie
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I would never get tired of talking about Glastonbury though you might get tired of hearing about it - but I can't let the experience go by without talking about the camp where we stayed, Wild Meadow Village. As I mentioned before, most people camp onsite for Glastonbury in tents and gear they bring themselves. Coming from the U.S. though, we weren't inclined to go to all that trouble, and as much as we like camping - pitching up in a field surrounded by thousands of other tents in a place we had never been before just sounded like asking for trouble.  So once we secured our tickets,…
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    Dona Lupe's Kitchen

  • Girl Power!

    Gina Ruiz
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Growing up, I was definitely NOT empowered. I was shy and retiring (don’t laugh, it’s true!).  I was afraid to meet people or talk, so much so that my kindergarten teacher in the early ’60s told my mother she thought I was “retarded.” I overheard and was mortified and began talking in class so no one would think that again. I remain garrulous to this day. STOP laughing. I am half Mexican-American and half Gringa (Anglo-Saxon descent with some Irish thrown in as well as Scandinavian, according to my family tree and DNA). My Mexican grandparents instilled a great pride in me for all…
  • Experimenting with El Yucateco Habanero Sauces in Traditional Recipes

    Gina Ruiz
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Pasta e fagioli In this house a lot of cooking happens. Sometimes it’s me making jam and the family recipes I love to create or experiment with and sometimes it is Gianfranco Minuz, a Michelin-starred chef that graces my kitchen with his beautiful cooking. We learn from each other. I delight in showing him the Mexican food that is obscure, different or just spicy like habanero and he loves showing me his Italian recipes from the Tre Venezia area he hails from. The sauce was easy to find…
  • Who Wants to Win Gladys Knight Tickets?

    Gina Ruiz
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Gladys Knight (photo courtesy of the L.A. Phil) Are you in the L.A. area and free Friday night? Love the Hollywood Bowl? How about a little soul? I’m giving away tickets in a quick turnaround giveaway. Entries close at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Drumroll…… tickets are to Gladys Knight & Cool and The Gang! The Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight, has been R&B, soul, and jazz royalty for decades, garnering seven Grammys with hits such as “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Plus, the famously funky Kool & the Gang “Get Down On It” with a “Celebration” in a double…
  • Mel’s Mini Mart

    Gina Ruiz
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    Brought to us by the creative minds at OREO, “Mel’s Mini Mini Mart” tells the story of a sad little mini mart that no one ever wants to visit. Until one day, a family of four stops by and discovers a well-kept secret inside Mel’s.  The day this family discovered the shop, something that others had not; they filled up their van with boxes and boxes of the tiny treat and the news of Mel’s started to spread worldwide, now everyone knows how much good is inside. The moral remains it’s not how you’re built, it’s what’s inside that makes you wonder-filled.
  • New Summer Shows at the Hollywood Bowl

    Gina Ruiz
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    This summer is hot, sticky and filled with music.  The Hollywood Bowl has a great line-up for August/September and I’m looking forward to beautiful nights under the stars to listen and forget for a time, just how hot and humid it is.   August/September Shows Smooth Summer Jazz  The Hollywood Bowl proudly presents its summer super-concert featuring the finest smooth jazz artists.   Artists to be Featured: BWB – Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown, Boney James, Keiko Matsui, Eric Benét and The Ohio Players Sunday, August 17th at 6pm…
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    Simply Recipes

  • Blackberry Shortcake

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Who says strawberries have a monopoly on shortcake desserts? In serious denial regarding the end of August and the daylight hours that get shorter and shorter, I bought a huge basket of blackberries at the market today. I tossed them with a little lemon juice and sugar and let them macerate while I made a batch of butter and cream biscuits. Continue reading "Blackberry Shortcake" »
  • Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:09 pm
    It’s Labor Day weekend and the unofficial end of the summer holidays (though for some kids, school started a couple weeks ago!) We’ve been experimenting with grilled shrimp lately and I thought I’d share this festive shrimp taco for those of you still looking for ideas of what to grill this weekend. Continue reading "Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa" »
  • Strawberry Nectarine Fruit Salad

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Every summer gathering should include a fruit salad, don’t you think? Nectarines and peaches are in season right now and when I saw some beautiful white nectarines at the market I couldn’t resist. Continue reading "Strawberry Nectarine Fruit Salad" »
  • Spanish Rice

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:49 am
    My mother’s Spanish rice (aka Mexican rice) is a mandatory accompaniment to any Mexican dish we serve at our house, whether it’s with enchiladas or tostadas, or with steak and black beans. This rice is our family’s comfort food. My mom always makes a big batch when she makes it, because we can’t get enough! Continue reading "Spanish Rice" »
  • Honey Apple Cider Glazed Salmon

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:07 am
    A lovely way to prepare salmon is with a simple glaze made with honey and apple cider. You might think that this combination would make the dish too sweet, but it just adds a delicious caramelized flavor to the fish. Continue reading "Honey Apple Cider Glazed Salmon" »
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    Simply Stated Blogs

  • How Your Home Can Cheer You Up

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    Can your home cheer you up after a bad day? According to our friends at Apartment Therapy, you can easily make spirit-lifting adjustments ranging from lighting and color to mood-inspiring scents. They say, “You may not be able to control the grumps at your job, or all that traffic during your commute, but you absolutely can tweak your home so it’s […]
  • When You Find The One

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on Clutter-Busting Secrets of the Pros How to Do the Glam Ponytail Personal Money Management Tips in 15 Minutes  Filed under: Daily Thought
  • The Best Prize You Can Win

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on My Secret Affair With Junk Food 22 No-Bake Desserts All-Natural Homemade Beauty ProductsFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Simple Tricks for Healing Damaged Nails

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Weak, cracked, or stained fingernails? You’ve come to the right place. Our friends at PureWow have four tips to keeping those nails strong and healthy. To see all four simple tricks for healing damaged nails, click here. More from  6 Great Nail-Care Products Choosing the Best Nail Polish At-Home Manicure Must-Haves  Filed under: Where We're Clicking
  • The 2 T’s for Surviving Anything

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
      Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 8 Insanely Delicious Rum-Infused Desserts How to Apply Makeup in 5 Minutes 6 Outdoor DIY Projects for Your HomeFiled under: Daily Thought
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    Portland Oregon Food and Drink

  • Finishing up on News for August 2014

    Food Dude
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Oy. This bit of news makes me cringe: “It’s electricity à la mode. Diners are now offered a portable cell phone charger as part of the 15-course tasting menu served by Philadelphia restaurant Volvér, which is owned by chef Jose Garces. The charger is delivered on a small silver platter by wait staff between the sardine and live scallop course. The restaurant calls their tasting menu a “performance” and guests need to buy tickets in advance. Volvér’s website says that guests are welcome to take pictures of their meal and post to social media, but warns that using flash…
  • Catching Up – Bits of Portland Restaurant News

    Food Dude
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Charcuterie – Olympic Provisions On the recent fig story, a commenter asks, “I am looking to find a place I can go and u pick some figs? I work in a Alzheimer’s facility and my residents loved the figs we got last year. They brought back so many memories for them when they where children. Last year we had a nursery donate a couple of boxes to us… Except this year they had to cut down their trees so they could expand the nursery. If you can think of any place I could pick up some figs please let me know” This sounds like a great idea to me. If anyone has an idea,…
  • Mise-en-Place Makes for a Better Life

    Food Dude
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    A few weeks ago, NPR’s The Salt, ran a story titled “For A More Ordered Life, Organize Like A Chef“. Mis-en-place is a technique used by good chefs to keep their stations organized. Before the restaurant opens, everything is prepped, everything in its place. The same organization is true for bartenders – notice how they can pour many drinks without having to look for things? It’s the same way – every bottle, every mixer in the same place every time, so that they don’t need to think about it. Reading the story, I realized that I organize my life the…
  • Interview: Scott Dolich – Park Kitchen

    Chris Angelus
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Scott Dolich This is another in a series of interviews which first appeared in About Face Magazine by Chris Angelus of Portland Food Adventures. My thanks to Chris and About Face.  Chef/owner of Bent Brick & Park Kitchen - Humbly at the Center of it All I met with Scott Dolich for this interview on the patio of the Bent Brick. Scott was inside making a fresh pot of Caffè Umbria coffee to enjoy with the Nuvrei fleur de sel bagels I brought for both of us. I was outside on a picnic bench among maturing tomato plants in the crisp, fresh, Portland summer morning air. Scott squeezed…
  • Book Review: Breakfast in Bridgetown 3rd Edition

    Food Dude
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    In 2006, Paul Gerald contacted me, asking if I would like to run some reviews he had written about places to eat breakfast in Portland. I was dubious, as I frequently get approached by folks with great ideas that they never follow up on, people with personal agendas, and quite a few who have a sense of taste that varies greatly from mine. However, I took a look, enjoyed the writing, and immediately started posting everything he sent to me. In 2008, Paul published the first edition of Breakfast in Bridgetown, “The Definitive Guide to Portland’s Favorite Meal”. Since then,…
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    Start Cooking

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies! This step-by-step video on how to make chocolate chip cookies will give you all the tips and techniques you need to bake your own fantastic cookies. Enjoy!
  • Microwaving Bacon

    17 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Cooking bacon does not need to be difficult. Watch this startcooking video to learn a simple and easy way to microwave bacon. Enjoy!
  • Shrimp Scampi

    3 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Shrimp scampi are delicious and can be cooked in minutes! They are perfect when you have no time to cook. You just have to follow a few simple steps and you'll be ready to eat a tasty, zesty meal!
  • Cooking White Rice

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Before making any of your favorite rice dishes, you'll need the basics of cooking white rice. This is what this video provides. It prepares you for any recipe that includes white rice. Enjoy!
  • Guy Kawasaki’s Famous Teriyaki Sauce

    6 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Guy Kawasaki and team up to bring you this amazing BBQ marinade. Guy Kawasaki's famous teriyaki sauce is perfect for beef or chicken. You will be sure to impress your guests. Enjoy!
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    NPR: Food

  • There's Much More To Apples Than Meets The Eye

    Beth Novey
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    Growing up, I knew two kinds of apples: red and green. Then I started dating an apple enthusiast and discovered we are in the midst of a rare apple renaissance.» E-Mail This
  • These 5 Crops Are Still Hand-Harvested, And It's Hard Work

    Eliza Barclay
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Saffron, vanilla, palm oil, cacao and cottonseed oil are still picked by hand in some parts of the world. Sometimes that manual labor shows up in the price of the food; sometimes it doesn't.» E-Mail This
  • Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss

    Allison Aubrey
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    A new diet study concludes that a low-carbohydrate diet leads to almost three times more weight loss than a traditional low-fat diet where carbs made up 40 to 45 percent of calories.» E-Mail This
  • Mugs Aren't Just For Liquids, Make A Microwave Meal In Them

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:58 am
    David Greene swaps recipes for cooking in a mug with Joe Yonan, author of the "Cooking for One" column for The Washington Post. (This piece initially aired on Feb. 25, 2013 on Morning Edition.)» E-Mail This
  • Oklahoma Joe's Restaurant Comes Home

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    Oklahoma Joe's, in Kansas City, is changing its name after 17 years in business. It's time to claim the name of the city they are famous for.» E-Mail This
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    Average Betty

  • Potato Corn Fritters Video

    Sara O'Donnell
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    Potato Corn Fritters with Chipotle Cream know how to party! These spicy two-bite appetizers can be made in advance and reheated The post Potato Corn Fritters Video appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Potato Corn Fritters Recipe

    Sara O'Donnell
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Enjoy Potato Corn Fritters as an appetizer topped with chipotle cream, or devour as a side, served with grilled shrimp and mashed avocado The post Potato Corn Fritters Recipe appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Grilled Chicken Banh Mi with Avocado Cucumber Relish #SummerGathering

    Sara O'Donnell
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Do you know about the magic hour? In photo and videoland it is a period before and after sunrise and sunset when the lighting is ideal for photography. The lighting is so good it’s magical The post Grilled Chicken Banh Mi with Avocado Cucumber Relish #SummerGathering appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Fried Ravioli with Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe #FallKickoff

    Sara O'Donnell
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Ahhhh… Football season. Any excuse for a party. Yeah, like we need an excuse. If we did, Fried Ravioli with Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce are reason enough The post Fried Ravioli with Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe #FallKickoff appeared first on Average Betty.
  • See You at Los Angeles Times The Taste 2014!

    Sara O'Donnell
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The food and wine extravaganza Los Angeles Times The Taste, turns five this year. And what a precocious youngster yumster she has become The post See You at Los Angeles Times The Taste 2014! appeared first on Average Betty.
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    Coconut & Lime // Rachel Rappaport

  • Watermelonade (now on

    Rachel Rappaport
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Just in case you missed it, I posted a new recipe for Watermelonade over on Check it out here!All recipes, text and photographs on Coconut & Lime are the original creations and property of Rachel Rappaport ( and are for personal, nonprofit use only. Do not post or publish anything from this site without written permission from the author. If you see this message and recipe on any site other than the work is being used illegally. Please contact Rachel Rappaport at so action can be taken.
  • Grilled Habanero Peach Sauce

    Rachel Rappaport
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:2 cups halved fresh habaneros2 fresh anaheim or poblano peppers, halved2 1/2 lb peaches, peeled and quartered8 cloves garlic1 medium onion1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce1 1/2 cups vinegar 1/2 cup lime juice1/2 teaspoon powdered roasted gingersalt and pepperDirections:Toss the peppers with a bit of olive oil. Prepare grill. Grill until blackened. Simmer the remaining ingredients in a large pot for 10 minutes. Add the peppers and cook an additional 10 minutes. Pour into a blender and puree until very smooth. Pour into jars. Refrigerate and use within 6 weeks. Yield: about 4…
  • Dill Pickled Mexican Sour Gherkins

    Rachel Rappaport
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:1 lb Mexican Sour Gherkins 1/2 Anaheim chile, sliced1 tablespoon black peppercorns1 1/2 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds1 tablespoon dill seed2 tablespoons minced fresh dill3/4 cup water3/4 apple cider vinegar1 1/2 tablespoons pickling salt or sea saltDirections:Whisk together the water, vinegar and salt until the salt is dissolved. (If you simmer the mixture as you whisk, the salt may dissolve more quickly but this isn't necessary) Allow to cool to room temperature. Evenly divide all of the dill, spices, gherkins and peppers between 2 pint jars.Pour in the vinegar mixture. Close…
  • Roasted Zucchini and Eggplant Farro Salad

    Rachel Rappaport
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:2 yellow zucchini, sliced into 1/2 inch half moons3 Japanese eggplant, sliced into 1/2 inch half moons1 cup semi-pearled (semi-perlato) farro2 cloves garlic, minced1/4 small red onion, sliced very thinly 3/4 (loose) cup roughly chopped parsley3 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar1 1/2 tablespoons capote capersolive oilkosher saltfreshly ground black pepperDirections:Preheat oven to 400. Arrange the zucchini and eggplant on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 15-20 minutes or until fork tender. Set aside.Bring 2 cups water to boil. Add…
  • Lemon-Jalapeño Steamed Shrimp

    Rachel Rappaport
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:2 jalapenos, sliced into rings1 small onion, diced1 clove garlic, minced1 lemon, thinly sliced1 cup water1 1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard seeds1 1/2 tablespoons black peppercorns2 lb fresh shrimpsea saltDirections:Add everything but the shrimp to a large pot. Bring to a boil. Add shrimp. Cover and boil until fully cooked. My thoughts:Quick and easy recipe for you today! I love steamed shrimp and normally have it Baltimore-style with lots of Old Bay but occasionally I mix it up. This one used up ingredients I just had around and of course, shrimp. If serving this as…
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    Cooking with Anne

  • Chicken Cannelloni

    Anne Coleman
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    Chicken Cannelloni Cannelloni is a lovely stuffed pasta dish very popular in Italian cuisine. Usually pasta sheets, cannelloni shells or manicotti shells are used. I improvised and used egg roll wrappers instead. Egg roll wrappers are a pasta, but a very thin and delicate one, which just adds to the appeal of this dish. Egg roll wrappers are also far easier to stuff and roll than cooked pasta shells, which can be slippery and messy and often split or fall apart when stuffing. The whole process goes far smoother when time is of the essence - which is always around here.I love a…
  • Chocolate Cheesecake

    Anne Coleman
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Chocolate CheesecakeI'm not too good at posting about foods I make very often. I guess I feel like it's nothing new here so nobody else needs the recipe. For this recipe, I know that's very wrong. I've been making cheesecake and chocolate cheesecake for years and years. I've used the same recipe without fail and everyone loves it. I've even been asked to make them for special parties and functions and each time it's nothing but rave reviews.I've had a lot of cheesecake in my life -- it's one of my favorites. There are different textures and flavors and I'm a big fan of dense cheesecake that…
  • Carnegie Deli at Sands Bethlehem Review and Giveaway

    Anne Coleman
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    I'm writing up this review the morning after my visit to Carnegie Deli at Sands Bethlehem -   and while finishing up the second half of my hot pastrami sandwich from last night. Yes ...  for breakfast. I don't often take home a full half of a sandwich including a bit of the other half, but the food at Carnegie Deli is just that big. I'm starting to think a Carnegie Deli in Texas, where everything is over-sized, would make sense.I have wanted for years to stop in at Carnegie Deli in New York City, but was always rushing  here and there and never had the chance. How awesome…
  • Veggie Wednesday: Bean and Roasted Pepper Burgers

    Anne Coleman
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    Bean and Roasted Pepper BurgersIt's been about a year since I did a Veggie Wednesday; shame on me. I've been very busy with veggies, mostly growing my own as usual. If you follow my Instagram feed you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.Today I want to share a recipe for a veggie burger that I absolutely love. Bean burgers can be dry, but this one uses richly flavored and textured roasted red peppers (my favorite) to add body and moisture. Garlic and green onion boost flavor, as well so these burgers are a real hit with more than just the vegetarians in your life.Bean and Roasted Pepper…
  • Patient for Pumpkins

    Anne Coleman
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    Patient for PumpkinsI love to grow things. Anyone who knows me or follows me on any of my social networks (especially Instagram) knows this. I started growing flowers when I was about 20 and had my first vegetable gardening experience a few years later. For anyone counting, that's about 26 years of gardening for me. I've posted over the years here about my various gardens, as well.I'm not a very patient gardener, though. I know things take time, but I get so excited about growing things that I check daily, sometimes twice a day, for any small signs of growth. When I first plant seeds indoors…
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    Cheese and Biscuits

  • Racine Kitchen, Knightsbridge

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    The way things normally work on this blog, more through neccessity than anthing else, is that I visit a restaurant once, then write it up. I'd love to be able to exhaustively work through a menu before making up my mind, or visit at different times of the week to assess the different service shifts, but as you can hopefully appreciate, I have neither the time nor the money to report on anything other than a single, initial visit. If you want expert analysis, try the New York Times. Now you may think that's unfair, but I can honestly count on one hand the times, in over 8 years and 500 blog…
  • Dalila, Battersea

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    After Arabica reminded me just how good food from the Levant could be, even if it was at the expense of that month's salary, I was in the mood for a nice big Lebanese lunch where portions weren't measured by the teaspoon and where I might feel I'd got my money's worth. Most Lebanese (I realise there's a bit of crossover with various different countries' cuisines - Syrian, Israeli, Palestinian, but I'm going to stick with calling it Lebanese because I don't know any better) food I've tried has all been of a solid minimum standard; maybe Middle Eastern chefs are all trained very well, or maybe…
  • Ham Holy Burger, John Lewis Oxford Street

    15 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    So, you're a restaurateur and you want to open a burger bar. Well, of course you do - everyone does; even the really useless ones are making a fortune, and the good ones have them queueing down the street. You could just pick a name off the shelf like "burger bones" or "dirty patty", put together a selection of craft beer and salads for the non-meat-eaters, sit back and watch the money roll in. But where's the fun in that? No, what you need is a USP, a reason for people to talk about your burger bar over any other. You could try and make the best burger in London, but let's face it, you're…
  • The Old Spot, Wells

    8 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Surely, I thought, surely I couldn't score the full set with my meals in Dorset/Somerset. I was due at least one dud, one hapless gastropub serving frozen fishcakes and Argentinian steak; at least one sweet vodka cocktail served on the rocks in a martini glass; a cheeseboard boasting Port Salut, Edam and a cheddar studded with dried apricots. I mean I'd travelled all this way to have my prejudices about provincial restaurants confirmed so I could write the usual sighing, smug, faintly patronising London-centric post about how this part of the West Country was "well on its way" to being a…
  • Arabica, Borough Market

    6 Aug 2014 | 3:34 am
    Running a restaurant, I imagine (and I'm not exactly talking from a position of much authority) involves mastering a difficult and delicate equilibrium in a number of competing factors. Cost/quality of ingredients, number/experience of staff, markups, number of dishes offered, reservations policy, décor, even opening hours - get anything too far wrong and you'll lose money no matter how noble your intentions and no matter how good the food is coming out of your kitchens. Even thinking about how difficult it must be getting the balance right makes me shudder. I could never be a restuarateur;…
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    Passport Delicious | Chicago Restaurant Blog | London Restaurant Blog and Reviews | Londonelicious

  • Things I Miss about Chicago

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Some Vitners chips/crisps at the entrance to Oak Street beach, Chicago. Vitners are a Chicago institution. It’s been two months and a few days since I decided to hop on a plane in Chicago and relocate myself to London. The time has gone quickly — way too quickly — to say the least. (Tip: Next time you quit your job, take three months off before you start your new job.) And while Chicago was never really my kind of town (sorry, Chicagoans), after living there for a grand total of 12 years (!!!) between my two stays, there are some things I still pine for occasionally.
  • My Best Non-Food London Discoveries since My Re-re-partriation

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    London is amazing. My friends Gerry & Ben say it’s the best of the best of the best and I AGREE. London is amazing. Sure, the toilets are poorly ventilated and sure, sometimes the customer service is the absolute PITS (see my epic tweet about my most recent experience), but otherwise, London, you are the best and the most beautiful. Here are my favorite finds while I haven’t been eating… The Great British Bake-off. (TV show.) Love it. I love the colors. (Greens, whites, pinks.) I love the characters. I love the cakes. I love Mary Berry. (Bet she wishes now she never…
  • The “London, I Came Back for You” Update Part II

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Guys, I have a problem. I have an addiction to the Internet. And do you know what’s been going on since July 10th? I have been living without a home Internet connection. That’s right. New London flat and a TWO WEEK wait for Internet connectivity. (VIRGIN MEDIA, you slay me.) I die a little more every day. I wither. I crumple. I am nothing. I know nothing. I am lost. (Literally, lost. We are no longer in the A to Z world.  If you don’t have a hard-copy A to Z and you don’t have an Internet connection…you are lost. You will always be lost.) So I do everything on…
  • I Want to See All The Restaurant Analytics

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Long-term readers will know that I love math. I have always loved math. If I could do anything all over again, I would have been a math major. BUT…when I went into math in university (sorry, maths for my UK readers), I was the ONLY GIRL. And forgive me but I wasn’t ready for tthat. (I would like to slap my 18 year old self around sometimes.) And I just wanted to do math. I didn’t want to do Chemical Engineering or anything like that so the purity of my inclination made me a bit of an outlier. Even worse…all I really wanted to do was statistics and probability. Not…
  • Things I’ve Learned in Moving to London the Second Time

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Tower Bridge Logistics and operations continue. I am busy placing orders with JohnLewis, Ocado, VirginMedia, setting up standing orders, organizing parking permits…seriously, I can keep someone busy all day long. Who wants to be my personal assistant? Here’s what I’ve learned so far upon my return. Bank Accounts It was a lot easier (but still hard) to get a bank account this time. In 2004, I recall being in tears on many an occasion. You had to call banks back then and they would send you their application packs in the mail. And they would rarely if ever arrive. I remember…
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    David Lebovitz

  • Tricotin (Dim sum in Paris)

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:32 am
    One thing you probably don’t know about me is that I’m half-Chinese. Actually, I’m not officially half-Chinese, but I was unofficially adopted by two Chinese-American sisters, who have told me that I’m Chinese. Being Chinese has a host of advantages, which include learning how to open a métro door without actually touching the knob. And generally assuming that if you’re going out for Chinese food, that you order three or four times what you’re actually planning (or able) to eat, and taking the rest of it home. In San Francisco, I’ve seen people bring their own…
  • Our Tour de France, Part 2

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    I, myself, have recovered better than my camera’s memory card, which is en route back to Sony, who said they would try to recover the rest of my trip photos. (Yes, I tried recovering software, none of which worked. And I passed on local outfit in Paris, who said they could give it a try…for €400 to €1000.) So in lieu of me shelling out the big bucks to get the photos back, I’m going to wait. And we’ll all have to be content with some photos I pulled from my iPhone because as much as I like you all, for a thousand euros, I could spend a week on a beach in Greece…
  • Fresh Corn Soup

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:17 am
    When I was on book tour last spring, a charming woman brought me a personally signed cookbook that she thought might have once been mine. As some might know, I am still waiting for the two cases of cookbooks that were signed to me, that I sent from the states to Paris when I moved over a decade ago. Yes, I’ve been patient. Every time there’s a knock on my door, I think that – yes – this is finally the moment when me and my precious, irreplaceable cookbooks, will be reunited. Yet I have to tell you, I was starting to lose faith. I know, I know. I should keep my optimism aloft.
  • Our Tour de France

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The French often say, “There’s no need to leave France – we have everything here!” While it’s easy to brush it off as chauvinism, it’s true — for a country that could fit inside of Texas, there is a huge diversity of climates and terrains in one, single country. You can find everything in l’hexagone, from the windy shores of Brittany (where we’ve huddled around the fireplace, wearing sweaters in Augusts of yore), to the sunny south, where beaches are clogged with tourists and the few locals that choose to stay in town, to bask in the abundant sun of the Mediterranean.
  • Chermoula

    7 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am
    The editor for My Paris Kitchen came to Paris last week. Since we’d spent two years working together on a book about my kitchen, I figured – at long last – we’d be able to dine tête-a-tête, in my actual Paris kitchen. So I invited her for dinner. We were in touch nearly every day for the last few months as I raced toward the finish line, and went had plenty of back-and-forths about every little detail. And since the dinner was somewhat of a celebration of finally leaning back after all that work and relaxing together, I wanted to make her something from the book.
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    Cybele Pascal

  • Allergy Friendly Butterscotch Bars

    16 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Allergy-Friendly Butterscotch Bars   With a lack of allergy-friendly butterscotch chips on the market, I decided to create a homemade butterscotch base that would fulfill our sweet cravings. If you can use butter, feel free to substitute, but Earth Balance Buttery Spread makes darn good butterscotch for these moist and chewy bars. Please note that shortening isn’t a suitable replacement, since it doesn’t emulsify when heated. Make these gluten-free, top 8 allergen-free, vegan bars of heaven for your end of summer picnics, or to send along to school for parties for a treat that will…
  • Crunchy Cucumber Salad

    6 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    Crunchy Cucumber Salad   Serves 4 to 6 Free of: gluten and all top allergens   Cucumber salad is a perfect crisp and refreshing picnic side, but it can often get soggy fast. The following recipe employs several chef secrets to keep your cucumbers crunchy and delish.   2 English cucumbers, peel on ¾ tsp salt 2 tbsp sherry vinegar 1 tsp sugar ½ tsp Dijon mustard ¼ tsp lemon zest 3 tbsp olive oil ¼ cup finely minced red onion 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint Freshly ground pepper   1. Cut cucumbers into halves lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Cut into…
  • Allergy Friendly Creamy Macaroni Salad

    23 Jun 2014 | 7:35 am
    Classic Creamy Macaroni Salad Serves 4 to 6 Free of: gluten and all top allergens   Pasta salad may seem like a no-brainer, but gluten-free pasta can get tough after a few hours, and allergy-friendly mayo isn’t always easy to locate. Luckily, I’ve got a few recipe tricks up my sleeve to tackle both issues.   8 oz gluten-free elbow macaroni pasta (I use Tinkyada brown rice with rice bran) ½ cup + 2 tbsp soy-free vegan mayonnaise (store-bought or my Rice Milk Mayonnaise) 1 large garlic clove, minced or crushed 1 tsp sugar 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tsp Dijon mustard 2 tbsp…
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    Hungry Crowd

  • The Secret to Better Garlic Flavor

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    In this week’s video from Panna, chef Jonathan Waxman reveals the right way to mash garlic, and a chef’s secret to improving its flavor: He removes the inner white or green sliver, which can be responsible for a bitter note. This super...
  • 3 Ways to Make Vegan Dishes Feel Like a Meal

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Here, the blogs you should be reading right now with recipes and tips from their creators. The blogJeanine Donofrio and Jack Mathews of Love and Lemons create and photograph healthful vegetarian (and often vegan recipes) in their beautiful white k...
  • 5 Things You Didn't Know About Oklahoma City

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
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  • 5 Ways to Kick Off Oyster Season

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Even though oyster farming means oysters are good to eat year-round—not just in months ending in “r”—today is the traditional start of oyster season. Here, the best ways to celebrate the our favorite mollusk of all time.&nb...
  • 10 Superfast Grilling Recipes

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    From juicy burgers to garlicky shrimp, here are 10 fast grilling recipes to make now. 1. Farmbar Pork Burgers with Bread-and-Butter Zucchini PicklesBlending chorizo, capers and fresh ricotta into the ground meat makes these fast burgers super flav...
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    Eater NY

  • Relocations: Chin Chin's Heading Downtown, Red Stix Eyeing Space

    Beth Landman
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    [Jimmy Chin at Chin Chin Krieger] After 29 years in Midtown, Chinese restaurant Chin Chin will soon pack up its woks and move downtown. "The landlord wants more and more and the demographics are changing in this area,'' says owner Jimmy Chin, whose restaurant has hosted a range of celebrities including Jay Z, Mariah Carey, and Ben Affleck. "It's time to turn a new page,'' he added. He plans to close in a month or two and open a less extensive and more gently priced version of the restaurant. He's currently considering two spaces near the Rivington Hotel. The Midtown space may not be empty for…
  • SPONSORED POST: How to Never Take the Trash Out Again

    Bill Clark
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Inspired by BP gasoline with Invigorate®, The Next Mile explores the stories of trends, products and people who go a little farther than the norm. The series is a collaboration between BP Fuels and Vox Creative. Please enable Javascript to watch this video Taking out the trash is one of the worst chores. But it doesn't have to be that way. Justin Vranny at Chicago's Sandwich Me In has taken out one bag of trash in two years. If you follow the few tips and tricks he implements at his restaurant, you could save yourself a whole lot of (smelly) time. Head this way for more from The Next Mile.
  • Sietsema: New York Denny's and Its Discontents, an Early Review

    Robert Sietsema
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    [Photos by Robert Sietsema] Advance notice has suggested there's something luxurious about the build-out of the city's first Denny's, located a stone's throw from City Hall on the ground floor of a luxury condo. But it's a false lavishness. With the barroom squeezed right inside the front door, there's not nearly enough space to wait for your table, and the place feels cramped at the outset as employees — clad head-to-toe in East Village black — hurry in every direction. But once deeper inside, you'll find there's plenty of room in the two brick-clad dining rooms. The only…
  • Week in Reviews: Platt Gives Two Stars to the Noisy NoMad Bar, Bar Primi

    Devra Ferst
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Adam Platt files a double review on two of the summer's biggest openings, The NoMad Bar and Bar Primi. He's not much of a fan of the vibe at either locale, but finds drinks and dishes to like at both. There are "plenty of reasons to dislike Daniel Humm and Will Guidara's loud, gilded, insanely crowded NoMad Bar," explains Platt: There's the vaulted, mostly windowless double-height space, which can feel faintly claustrophobic…There's the sepulchral lighting, which makes the room look, even on the brightest of summer evenings, like a basement nightclub in Vegas or the inside of a pharaoh's…
  • DOH Chronicles: DOH Shutters a Chipotle, Pearl Street Diner, Both Reopen

    Nick Solares
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    The NYC Department of Health didn't take the last week of August off shuttering both the Pearl Street Diner downtown and a Chipotle uptown. Both establishments have reopened under grade pending status, which means they got a letter grade less than an A upon re-inspection. Pearl Street Diner was closed for accruing 77 violation points including holding cold food at the wrong temperature and for inadequate hand washing facilities. Chipotle got 72 point for holding both hot and cold food at the wrong temperatures amongst other violations. It is a rare misstep for the popular chain - 42 out of 45…
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  • どれも本物かどうかはわからないオークション

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
    最近オークションにも芸能人のサイン色紙とか、グッズとか私物品とか、 いっぱい出されててすごい\(^o^)/ まぁどれも本物かどうかはわからないけど。笑 なんか前までは本当個人の出品が多いかったと思うんだけど、 最近業者?っぽいのばっかりで、『新品・美品!』とか書いてあるのに1円とかでスタートしてるとめちゃくちゃ怪しいよね笑 あれって今まで避けてきたんだけど、本当に商品届くのかな~?…
  • 最近オークションアプリにハマりっぱなしです!

    24 Aug 2014 | 7:04 pm
    こんにちわ(^-^) 最近オークションアプリにハマりっぱなしの管理人です! 最近のスマホアプリは超優秀で、アプリでオクの入札も出品もらくらくだし、 ネット払いが出来るので結構通販感覚で落札しちゃってます♪ たまに出費がやばいことになることもw クレカだとどうしても使っちゃう~~!やめようと思っても、ストレス発散になってるのか、 なかなかやめられなくて;; 特にブランド服o(`ω´*)o…
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    28 Aug 2014 | 9:16 pm
    I have a child who is about to be two years old. I have a lot of thoughts on the subject, but one thing I do not have a lot of thoughts about is a second birthday party. I could take it or leave it. For one thing, June doesn’t understand birthdays yet, so it doesn’t matter to her either way. Also, I am lazier than I let on. When your kid turns one, a party feels mandatory, because you kept a
  • August 18

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    A couple of weekends ago, we packed up the better part of the restaurant kitchen, crammed it in the back of a pick-up, and drove two and a half hours east to cook an all-day anniversary party for a pair of longtime Delancey regulars. We rented a big house along the Wenatchee River, about ten minutes from the property where the party was held, and we brought as many people as we could fit
  • July 22

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    A month of summer gone already! I don’t want to think about it. I rediscovered my Fuji Instax over the weekend and have been firing off shots like I were made of money. That’s another thing I’ve decided not to think about. I want June to have photo albums from her childhood - proper, three-dimensional albums! With the requisite wonky Polaroids! Like the olden days! Next up: suspenders and a
  • I promised

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    It hit 85 degrees in Seattle today, and here in our city of no air conditioning, that counts as a heat wave. I know: talking about the weather is boring, blah blah blah, but on a cloudless day in mid-July, the best one can hope for, I think, is to have nothing but the weather to talk about. I come this evening, however, to talk about sour cherry milkshakes. I promised. Most of us know sour
  • July 6

    6 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    We spent half of last week on Lopez Island, staying with friends at the home of friends-of-friends, breaking in our sun hats, making buildings out of driftwood, wearing ourselves out so well that we were in bed before the light was gone, getting reacquainted with summer. Despite the fact that I seem to have filled my life with a lot of work and obligations and businesses and whatnot, I am
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    Serious Eats

  • An Introduction to Sri Lankan Cuisine

    Naomi Tomky
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Sri Lankan food is not for the timid eater: the fiery curries, sweet caramelized onion in seeni sambal (onion relish), and sour lime pickle are all powerful flavors that startle awake senses dulled by the thick, hot island air. Read More
  • Dim Sum Classics: How to Make The Silkiest, Most Comforting Congee With Ground Pork and Corn

    Shao Z.
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    A staple for breakfast and lunch in many Asian countries, and a mainstay at the dim sum hall, congee is rice and water (or broth) cooked down into a thick porridge. After much trial and error, I've arrived at the ideal recipe for a congee that's silky and comforting while not being sludgy or overly heavy. Read More
  • Headed to Chiang Mai? Don't Miss the Stellar Khao Soi at Lamduon Fahrm

    J. Kenji López-Alt
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Chiang Mai easily makes the list of my top five favorite cities in the world. Culinarily, it's one of the least familiar regions of Thailand. The local dishes, influenced by Burma to the Northwest, and China's Yunnan province and Laos to the north, don't really make it far beyond Northern Thai borders. With the exception of a few dishes at Pok Pok, Andy Ricker's ode to Chiang Mai in Portland and New York, I'd never seen half the dishes I tasted while we were there. The big exception is Khao Soi, the area's most popular export. I was eager to taste this fantastic dish at the source. Read More
  • The Lazy Cook's Way to Great Black Beans

    Max Falkowitz
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Sometimes the happiest cooking is also the easiest, and in the case of beans, taking the easy route can produce something damn delicious. Read More
  • Win a Copy of 'Seriously Delish'

    Emma Kobolakis
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    As the author of highly popular food blog How Sweet Eats, Merchant chronicles her kitchen mess-ups and successes to a large, and deservedly adoring, audience. Now, she brings her infectious zest for all things edible to an honest-to-goodness book. It's called Seriously Delish, and that's exactly what's inside. Read More
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    smitten kitchen

  • strawberries and cream with graham crumbles

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    To unforgivably botch something great, if all of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone, I’m starting to believe that all of Smitten Kitchen’s problems stem from my inability to leave exquisitely simple things like berries and cream alone. Or maybe it’s about me being unable to sit in a room alone with strawberries and cream and not eat them? One thing is clear; I think we know better than to entrust me with the work of great philosophers ever again. I’m sorry, Pascal. Let me rewind. Because my son has been going to a…
  • smoky eggplant dip

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    The first weeks in a new apartment are always about comparisons: The living room is smaller; the kid’s room is a little bigger. Our room is narrower and contains only one closet that we must share (uh-oh) but also maybe six inches longer, and in those inches, we no longer routinely stub our toes on our dressers while fumbling around in the morning like the old people we’ve unfairly become. The living room gets less natural light, but for the strangest reason: a massive leafy oak tree outside, something I’ve walked by at the sidewalk level for over five years and never…
  • raspberry swirl cheesecake

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    It’s been a little quiet around here this week and I bet you already know why: moving out is the easy part! Moving in, hoo boy. You walk into an empty new home with freshly painted walls and there’s nothing but possibility. You run from room to room, whee! Then your stuff arrives and the pristine landscape is forever compromised. The first boxes aren’t so bad: you prioritize bedding, toilet paper, toothbrushes and whiskey (um, just play along here.) The next few boxes are pretty doable too: glasses go where they always have, books go in bookcases and lamps go on tables. But…
  • apricot pistachio squares

    7 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    Let me just get the obvious out of the way because I know what you’re thinking: what am I doing here? Shouldn’t I be packing for our move, which is less than 24 hours from now? These are all valid questions, but you see, there is history here, a long history of kitchen-related procrastination. Two days before our last move, I sheeted pasta and peeled favas. I spent the last week of my pregnancy stocking the freezer with foods to bribe charm labor and delivery nurses with. When I was done with that, I made a cake for people coming to visit the new baby. When my induction was…
  • cold noodles with miso, lime and ginger

    4 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    Because we did not move this past weekend after all, we ended up with a bit of free time which we used to do some overdue purging. I’m sorry if this shatters your misplaced image of me as some sort of domestic goddess, but my signature move is shoving something into a closet and slamming the door before anything falls out and then willfully ignoring its pleas for mercy — come on, you do it too, right? anyone? Sigh. And so we dug out, removing three giant trash bags of stuff we should have gotten rid of a while ago, two of clothes and one of (shh, please don’t tell on us)…
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  • Behold the Spooner Tomato

    8 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    End of summer gardening tip! Food News There's nothing like a surprise from the garden, and that's what we got from this local home garden--something they call the "Spooner." It's a tiny tomato, smaller and different in texture and flavor than the cherry tomato or the grape tomato. The ones we received were grown from the ground, not a pot, and reportedly are a cross between a Spoon and a Piccolo tomato. As we investigated further, we found that our local gardener got the seeds through an Etsy purchase. You might want to check out the link and see if there are any left. It's a nice burst of…
  • Confessions of a Junk Foodie

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Chefs & Experts Ok, they say getting something out in the open is better than keeping it bottled up. So here goes. I have refined taste when it comes to food—the only thing is, I don’t use it. You could put me in a fine dining establishment and the first thing I’m going to look for is the dessert wine section. The second thing I’m going to look for is the desserts. If they aren’t on the main menu and the appetizer list sucks, then it’s time to curl up on the floor and come to the realization that all I have to talk about are vinaigrettes, oils, spice blends…
  • Insect Ingredients: A Question of Texture

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Hot & Cool You may not have noticed, but there has been a steady increase in the number of ways you can now eat insects. You can now find "pesteraunts," such as the pop-up restaurant hosted by Washington’s Occidental Grill & Seafood (anyone want some deep fried crickets sprinkled with lemongrass slivers and chiles, or turkey burgers mixed with grasshopper pieces?). Or you can buy protein and nutritionally rich cricket flour that can be used in all of your baked goods. Apparently, we are realizing that bugs could be not just the next super food, but the super food. At least one…
  • A Prime Beef Story

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    Food News The last few years have seen a huge surge in how people look at food. After the recession, there has been a return to fine dining, as people seek an experience outside of the day-to-day norm—a little treat. Americans, in particular, have been eager to gain a higher level of education about our food . . . and that, in turn, leads to an interest in where food originates. It goes beyond the catch phrase “farm-to-table” and into a real experience of food traceability, food sourcing, and the partnerships that take place along the way among the growers and producers, the…
  • Announcement of International Expansion into London

    10 Jul 2014 | 4:26 pm
    from Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group Food News Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group (SWRG), a collection of boutique American steakhouses, has announced the expansion of its iconic brand internationally. According to press information, Smith & Wollensky is taking the classic steakhouse brand into London, opening early spring 2015, just off The Strand.   “We’ve always recognized the opportunities for expansion with the Smith & Wollensky brand. The iconic restaurants have a tremendous global following and rich heritage,” stated Michael Feighery, CEO and…
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    A Fish Out of Water

  • First Day of School

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Here's Shuma this morning, before his first day of school! Well not really his first day, but it kind of feels like it. He had his first real day way back in April, and attended one week of half days, but then we went to Canada for three months so he missed the rest of the first term. Why we went back to Canada (and why I've been absent for months) is the post I should be writing, but I'm not quite ready for it yet so I'll do a kindergarten post instead. So a little background: the Japanese school year starts in April and runs until March, with vacations during the summer, new…
  • Canada

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:58 pm
    So here are the rest of the pictures from our trip to Canada this winter. The biggest event (besides Christmas, which I covered here) was the ice storm, which left everything encased in ice for well over a week. Not to mention thousands of people left without elecricity for several days over Christmas. We were lucky and kept our power, but two of our trees were damaged. This is the elm in our front yard, and what looks like bushes beneath it is a pile of branches that snapped off. This tree will be fine, but it produced a surprising about of debris. The corkscrew willow in our backyard…
  • Christmas in Canada

    9 Jan 2014 | 6:56 pm
    We celebrated Christmas with my family in Canada last year, a first for Shuma and the first in 15 years for me. Christmas Eve began with our traditional lasagne dinner, then Shuma checked out the tree and all the Christmas loot (we'd been home for almost a week and it had been a daily battle to stop him from opening them all, but he showed restraint on Christmas Eve). Then Baboo, my dad, started a fire. And Shuma and I opened our Christmas Eve boxes and changed into our new Christmas jammies, then after a reading of A Visit From St Nicholas we hung up our stockings. One stocking for each…
  • Happy New Year!

    1 Jan 2014 | 6:05 am
    Here is this year's nengajo (new year postcard). For the first time ever it doesn't feature this year's zodiac animal (which is the horse), because Shuma doesn't pose well (I did buy a stuffed horse but he wouldn't sit still with it for pictures) and there is a law in Japan that says once you have children you must include a picture of them on your nengajo. So it's just him. He's looking at an airplane by the way, a tiny one way up high that nobody but a little kid would notice. Anyway, wishing a very Happy New Year to all of my readers!
  • Jamaica

    17 Dec 2013 | 3:53 am
    Way back in February, while Shuma and I were visiting my family in Canada, we took a trip to Jamaica. We went with my parents, who go to Negril every year year, and were joined by various family members and friends, but mostly in these pictures you'll see Shuma. And it's mostly just pictures, I have to hurry up and finally get this posted because in a few days I'll be back in Canada. "You're going back again? You just went!" is what almost every Japanese person says when I tell them. Well, 9 months is actually not that recent but yes, I'm very luck to be going…
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    Grub Street New York

  • Fast-Food Protests Will Continue This Week With Biggest Strikes Yet

    Clint Rainey
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    They'd like a raise with that. Though protests and demonstrations have been subdued in recent months, the ongoing fight for fast-food workers seeking $15 an hour ramps back up this week, with protests planned for more than 100 cities. This time, plans include sit-ins and other forms of civil disobedience, tactics some 1,300 workers unanimously agreed to at their first Fight for 15 convention in July, although so far, they're saying little about what these protests will entail beyond that. Any arrests would represent a significant escalation. Organizers are also calling on a totally unrelated…
  • Fusilligate: Who Really Created Marea’s Famous Octopus-and-Bone-Marrow Pasta?

    Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    Is one Kevin Sippel actually the man behind this masterpiece? Ask any pastavore and he will tell you: Michael White’s fusilli with red-wine-braised octopus and bone marrow is one of the greatest pasta dishes of the century, if not all time. Everyone who has ever tried it loves it. Well, that’s not entirely true. We do know one person, a certain critic, who claims to hate it. But he is a gloomy, disputatious old curmudgeon who, as a baby, would have given his own mother’s milk a bad review had his fat little fingers been able to work the Smith-Corona. Anyway, as we were…
  • A Coffee Stand Made Millions Selling Sex on the Side

    Clint Rainey
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Always money in the bikini stand. According to prosecutors, a handful of Washington's bikini coffee stands — an infamous roadside feature there — actually were doubling as drive-through brothels. Owner Carmela Panico is charged with promoting prostitution as well as laundering more than $2 million from the off-the-books earnings at tiny huts with names like Java Juggs, Twin Peaks, and the Hot Spot staffed by workers in bikinis or lingerie. "Droves of men" would queue up, pay $20 for a $6 coffee, then get more than coffee. Prosecutors allege Panico was an iron-fisted madam, fining…
  • What to Eat at Birds & Bubbles, Opening September 9

    Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    There's more than just chicken. Most people do not consider fried chicken and Champagne in the same wine-and-food-pairing class as, say, Muscadet and oysters, Sauternes and foie gras, or even steak and Cabernet Sauvignon. Perhaps that will change with the opening of City Grit honcho Sarah Simmons’s southern-style restaurant, Birds & Bubbles, on September 9. Simmons hails from Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she says the average fried-chicken eater typically washes down his supper with either cold beer, sweet tea, or bourbon. Nothing wrong with that. But as an inducement of sorts to…
  • What You Need to Eat and Drink Before Summer Is Really Over

    Sierra Tishgart
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Quick! Before it all melts! Labor Day has come and gone, but, technically, the first day of autumn isn't until September 23. That means you have exactly 21 days to end your summer on a high note and make the most of late-season corn, stone fruit, and tomatoes — as well as lobster rolls, rosé, and tacos, of course. To make things easy for you, Grub has compiled a checklist of some must-hit New York summer 2014 experiences. Drink what little rosé is left in New York City. Perhaps at Bar Sardine, or Barbuto, both of which keep their doors open this time of year. Grub's visiting wine…
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    The Passionate Foodie

  • Lucky Peach: The Seashore Issue

    Richard Auffrey
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    My favorite food magazine is Lucky Peach, always a fascinating collection of well-written and intriguing articles about all things food. Each issue generally has a special theme, and if you love seafood, then you need to check out their latest issue, which is all about the Seashore. They state that the issue is "all about food from littoral realms—the spaces where land meets sea" and you'll find over 24 articles about seafood-related topics. This is a must read.The diversity of the subject matter in this issue is compelling, and generally beyond what you'll find in most other food…
  • Food & Family: In Memory of Frenchie

    Richard Auffrey
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last Monday, Camille "Frenchie" Babine, my father-in-law, passed away. and would have turned 96 years old in October. However, no matter how old you are when you pass, life is still too short.For the last twelve years, Frenchie and Marjorie, his wife, have lived in my home and I've never once regretted opening my doors to them. Born in Nova Scotia, Frenchie was always quick with a smile, a man who enjoyed simple pleasures, from old time country music to puttering outside in the yard. He placed dozens (though it seemed like over 100) of bird houses in the back yard, and enjoyed sitting…
  • Thursday Sips & Nibbles

    Richard Auffrey
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting wine and food items that are upcoming. **********************************************************1) From September 17 to October 14, Legal Sea Foods’ sixth annual Oyster Festival will offer a sequence of in-restaurant menu features and special events to celebrate everything oysters.In-restaurant rotating features will be available for the duration of the Oyster Festival and include the following culinary treats: Oyster Stew (freshly shucked oysters simmered with…
  • The Endangered Vaquita: A Cautionary Tale

    Richard Auffrey
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Although the endangered nature of numerous fish species often take front and center in the news, they are not the only aquatic creatures which are in peril. Consider the vaquita (Spanish for "little cow"), a rare species of porpoise, which is in dire danger of becoming extinct. Immediate action is necessary to protect this unique, aquatic mammal and I bet most people have never even heard of the vaquita.Vaquita are the smallest of all porpoises, and are also known as Gulf of California porpoise, Desert porpoise and cochito. It wasn't until 1958, when a few of their skulls were found,…
  • AKA Bistro & Restaurant Week

    Richard Auffrey
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    The second week of Dine Out Boston has started, and it seems that less restaurants are participating this year. BostInno recently noted that about 172 restaurants are participating, down from 194 last year. During this time, some of the restaurants which are not participating are running their own dining specials, such as AKA Bistro in Lincoln.AKA Bistro has a special Lunch Menu ($20.14 for 3 courses) and Dinner Menu ($34 for 3 courses), and I stopped by the restaurant last Friday to check out their Lunch menu. I'm a huge fan of AKA Bistro and my lunch was as delicious as usual. Their…
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    OUPblog » Food & Drink

  • The health benefits of cheese

    Julie Fergus
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Lipids (fats and oils) have historically been thought to elevate weight and blood cholesterol and have therefore been considered to have a negative influence on the body. Foods such as full-fat milk and cheese have been avoided by many consumers for this reason. This attitude has been changing in recent years. Some authors are now claiming that consumption of unnecessary carbohydrates rather than fat is responsible for the epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Most people who do consume milk, cheese, and yogurt know that the calcium helps with bones and teeth, but studies…
  • Apples and carrots count as well

    6 Jun 2014 | 12:30 am
    By David A. Bender The food pyramid shows fruits and vegetables as the second most important group of foods in terms of the amount to be eaten each day: 3-5 servings of vegetables and 2-4 servings of fruit. This, and the associated public health message to consume at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day, is based on many years of nutritional research. Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as many other potentially protective compounds, and low in fat (and especially saturated fat). There is excellent evidence from a great many epidemiological studies that…
  • Tinderbox drenched in vodka: alcohol and revolution in Ukraine

    9 May 2014 | 2:30 am
    By Mark Lawrence Schrad If Ukraine is a volatile tinderbox of political instability, the situation in its Russian-speaking east is even more dangerous: a tinderbox drenched in vodka. Aspirations and allegiances aside, the most striking contrast between the pro-European protests on Kyiv’s Maidan square and the pro-Russian, anti-Maidan protests in the east is not simply that the latter tend to be armed and forcibly occupying government buildings (rather than protesting outside of them), but also that they have a higher likelihood of being drunk and disorderly, making the situation…
  • 18 facts you never knew about cheese

    26 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Have you often lain awake at night, wishing that you knew more about cheese? Fear not! Your prayers have been answered; below you will find 18 of the most delicious cheese facts, all taken from Michael Tunick’s recent book The Science of Cheese. Prepare to be the envy of everyone at your next dinner party – just try not to be too “cheesy”. Bon Appétit! The world’s most expensive cheese comes from a Swedish moose farm and the cheese sells for £300 a pound. You can’t make cheese entirely from human milk since it won’t coagulate properly. The largest…
  • Is small farm led development still a relevant strategy?

    19 Feb 2014 | 1:30 am
    By Peter Hazell and Atiqur Rahman The case for smallholder development as a win-win strategy for achieving agricultural growth, poverty reduction, and food insecurity is less clear than it was during the green revolution era. The gathering forces of rapid urbanization, a reverse farm size transition towards ever smaller and more diversified farms, and an emerging corporate-driven business agenda in response to higher agricultural and energy prices, is creating a situation where policy makers need to differentiate more sharply between the needs of different types of small farms, and between…
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  • When will the humidity cease?

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
  • baguette notes

    3 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Having recently sampled the village baker's traditional baguette in La Borne, Menetou-Salon, Bourges, Henrichemont and a few others, I'm back on the trail with the biggest challenge being I'm making a couple in a home oven vs big batch in a commercial oven.  My thinking lately has still been with covered baking in order to get a crackly crust, but instead of an inverted pan, I'm switching to keeping the bread in the pan similar to the dutch oven variant.  However, a baguette is a little trickier since there aren't many 20"+ cast iron pans.  I can't even find a 20" pullman.
  • carbonation, stat! (carbonation of my barley/corn ale)

    7 Jun 2014 | 12:41 pm
    I made the first beer in years that I liked, just sampled it the other day.  It was a small 1.5 gal batch of malted barley and malted corn (4:1), infusion, fuggles hops early addition and nottingham yeast.  I went nuts trying to keep clean and it paid off!  I sugar primed a small sample, let it bottle condition and it was great.  I then wanted to carbonate the rest in PET bottles with a carbonator cap and realized my tank was empty and no one fills them on Saturdays - bastards!Here's my rapid carbonation method.  I popped 5 grams of dry ice into each liter of brew and…
  • sous vide in the oven?

    5 Jun 2014 | 6:18 am
    I placed 3 qts of water and a thermocouple datalogger in the oven over the past couple days to see if an oven could hold a stable temperature.  The water's heat capacity certainly helps to smooth out the fluctuations, but I didn't realize how much.  This is just an excerpt of many hours of evaluation, but wow, it's pretty darn stable.  I was also surprised how much lower the temp of the water was compared to the atmosphere inside, must be the inefficiency in heat transfer?  Whatever, looks good enough to plan a big slab o steak!In all 3 temp ranges, I didn't wait long…
  • an Arzak egg

    3 Jun 2014 | 6:37 am
    I've been watching The Mind of a Chef series on Netflix, this popped up on season 1, episode 4, a cool way to poach an egg.  Here's how it played out during my morning. A 1 gal food storage bag was lightly oiled on the inside corner, an egg cracked into it and the bag was tied off leaving an air gap (oops).It was tossed in water that was boiling and then left to simmer, ca. 190-200F.  Then I realized I lost my credit card for the second time in a month last night at Crest and ran around the house checking clothes pockets looking for it.  So, I'm not sure how long it…
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  • How to Freeze and Save Your Wedding Cake So You Can Sell it at Auction Like Princess Di's

    Louise Hart
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    Collector buys 33yo slice of cake for $1500, from wedding of Prince Charles & Princess Diana. Advised NOT to eat it! — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) August 30, 2014 Last Thursday, a slice of Princess, Diana of Wales' and Prince Charles' 33-year-old wedding cake was sold in auction for $1,375. The slice was wrapped in its original wax paper and doily in the original white and silver presentation box with the royal wedding date and information: "Buckingham Palace 29 July 1981," and a "CD" monogram. The piece was accompanied by the…
  • 12 Back-to-School Bake Sale Recipes

    Gabriella Vigoreaux
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    For all of you with kids on sports teams or Girl Scouts, back to school means to back to bake sales. Is it just us or do they tend to pop up when you least expect it and have zero time to whip something up? Add to that all the competitive super-moms out there who treat bake sales like real-life Cupcake Wars or something. Don't let them intimidate you! Put down the boxed mix and slice and bake cookies and try inorporating one of these impressive, yet easy and kid-friendly, treats into your bake sale repertoire. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fun Cake Pint-Size Lemon-Poppy Seed Muffins Beurre and…
  • High School Student Robert Gaurneri Interns at Betony, Loves Pepperoni Pizza

    Louise Hart
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In Europe, chefs begin stages at an early age to gain experience in professional kitchens. This summer, 85 public school students from around the city scored paid internships in some of Manhattan's top kitchens thanks to Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). The nonprofit group works with public schools across the country to prepare disadvantaged high school students for college and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry through scholarships and job training programs. We followed six students into the kitchens of Betony, Red Rooster Harlem, Bodega Negra, The Cecil and…
  • 8 Helpful Links to Kick Off This Tuesday That's Really a Monday

    Danica Lo
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    · 7 back-to-school snack ideas [Food 52] · How to eat an all-Emoji diet, because Internet [Eater IDK] · 23 easy and delicious pita bread recipes [Buzzfeed] · What to do with cookout leftovers [Bon Appetit] · How to make black beans even if you're lazy [Serious Eats] · How to drink cow's milk if you're lactose-intolerant [Independent] · 17 recipe ideas for leftover lemons [Guardian] · What you need to eat and drink before summer's over [Grub Street]
  • How To De-Clutter Your Kitchen: Tips from a Professional Organizer

    Joanne Camas
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Spring cleaning gets all the PR, but anytime the seasons change it's a good excuse to take stock of things on the home front. We get lazy over the summer and schedules are out of whack, which often lets clutter gain a foothold. Now's a good time to make a clean sweep and start fresh. But where to start? It can seem daunting. Let's face it: Most of us don't have a showroom-clean kitchen like the one pictured here.  "First, clear out the clutter," advises professional organizer Lisa Zaslow of Gotham Organizers. "Then it's easier to find what you…
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  • Build A Better Banh Mi

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
      Banh Mi has been a touchstone in my life. It all started years ago when I was part of a team of reporters at the San Jose Mercury News covering race and demographics. As part of our — ahem — research of various cultures and communities, we naturally tried to hit up as many [...]
  • The Man You Should Thank For Your Love of Sugar Snap Peas

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
      TWIN FALLS, IDAHO — You may not be familiar with Calvin Lamborn’s name. But you know his delicious life’s work. He is the plant breeder responsible for creating the first commercially viable sugar snap pea in 1979. It’s hard to imagine a time without those sweet, crunchy pea pods. But before Lamborn worked his [...]
  • St. Helena’s Press Welcomes A Most Appropriate New Chef

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
      Earlier this summer, Press in St. Helena welcomed a new executive chef — Trevor Kunk, who was the chef de cuisine at Blue Hill New York for seven years. It’s a most apropos choice, given that Blue Hill is renowned for its almost painstaking use of locally grown ingredients, including those from its own [...]
  • A Sauce for Salmon That’s a Pure Taste of Sunshine

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
      What do you get when you cook down fresh orange juice with lime juice? The makings for a simple, sublime sauce that’s perfect for most anything. The recipe for this easy “Citrus Sauce” first appeared in Everyday Food in September 2004. After cooking down the citrus juices, whisk in a little sugar, olive oil [...]
  • A Summery Taste of Jardesca

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
      In summer, nothing satisfies like something chilled, quenching and palate-awakening. That’s what Jardesca delivers. The fortified wine is made in Sonoma by Roger Morrison and Marshall Dawson, who wanted to create a simple apertif suitable to begin any meal. Recently, I had a chance to try a sample. The beautiful bottle looks right at [...]
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    How To Cook Like Your Grandmother

  • It’s hummus, it’s guacamole, it’s … hummamole

    Drew Kime
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    The smooth texture and earthy vegetable flavor makes this mash-up great as a dip or spread, and versatile as an ingredient in other dishes. The oldest daughter likes guac but not hummus. The mother-in-law likes hummus but not guac. I put a bowl of this between the two of them, turned around to get a drink, and when I turned back it was gone. I guess that's a success. The post It’s hummus, it’s guacamole, it’s … hummamole appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • How To Make Pineapple & Black Bean Salsa

    Drew Kime
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    It might surprise you to learn that the salsa most North Americans are familiar with is nothing like what most Latin Americans eat. (If that actually surprises you, you probably think General Tso's Chicken is an authentic Chinese recipe.) Once you get past the idea that salsa has to be in any way "authentic" you're free to try some really interesting variations on the theme. This one was inspired by a request from DaisyDee after I made the pineapple fried in coconut oil. The post How To Make Pineapple & Black Bean Salsa appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • How To Make Fried Pineapple Ice-cream Topping

    Drew Kime
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Sure, you can open a can of crushed pineapple. Better, you can chop up a fresh one. But to really go over the top, fry it in coconut oil. The post How To Make Fried Pineapple Ice-cream Topping appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • How To Make Cream Cheese Pumkin Roll

    Drew Kime
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    People usually only think about pumpkin in the fall, but it's available in cans year-round and makes for an interesting change of pace. This jelly roll-style recipe with cream cheese filling goes great for brunch. The post How To Make Cream Cheese Pumkin Roll appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • How To Make Chocolate Sauce

    Drew Kime
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Ask your parents (or grandparents) about the ice-cream shops they went to when they were teenagers. The toppings didn't all come out of pump cans, they were made right there from the same ingredients you would use: cocoa powder, sugar, milk, vanilla. This recipe will bring them back to their youth, and make you nostalgic for a time you never knew. The post How To Make Chocolate Sauce appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
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    BoB - Bake or Break

  • Frosted Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

    Jennifer McHenry
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Yesterday was my birthday. I’m long past the age of big birthday celebrations, but there has to be cake. It’s a requirement. Usually, Quinn very sweetly makes me a cake. But with the way both of our schedules were going, I took the reins and made my own cake this year. I opted for my favorite kind of dessert – […]
  • Coconut Cream Pie Bars

    Jennifer McHenry
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    As August is winding down and Labor Day weekend is on the very near horizon, I feel it’s only appropriate to share one more awesome no-bake recipe with you. These Coconut Cream Pie Bars are a wonderfully delicious dessert just made for devouring on a beautiful summer day. These bars are made up of layer after layer of good stuff. […]
  • Summer Fruit Crisp

    Jennifer McHenry
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    For the first time I can remember, I haven’t hated the summer weather this year. Sure, I’ve been counting down the days to fall because, well, fall is the best. But, this summer has been just lovely. There’s been a lot less hibernating on my part. Instead, I’ve been happily enjoying mild days and beautiful sunshine. Of course, regardless of […]
  • Blueberry Bread Pudding

    Jennifer McHenry
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    As the days of summer are dwindling, I’m trying to squeeze in as many summer fruit recipes as I can. I found myself with an abundance of blueberries after a grocery ordering blunder. I ended up with twice as many as I meant to get. But hey, if that’s an occasional consequence of ordering groceries for delivery, I’m okay with […]
  • Vanilla Pudding

    Jennifer McHenry
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    It seems I have developed a bit of a pudding obsession. It started a while back with chocolate pudding. Then, that led to my recent addiction to butterscotch pudding. I’ve made both of those so very many times. Obsessed, I tell you. Somewhere in between those two puddings was this vanilla pudding, quietly going about its business and not making […]
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    Skinny Chef

  • 10 Exotic Superfoods

    Jennifer Iserloh
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    Are you the guru of gojis or a flax fanatic? Then you might be intimately familiar with some of these superfoods, while others might seems incredibly foreign and even downright bizarre. In their countries of origin, these berries, nuts, plants, and seeds have been used for thousands of years to holistically medicate the body or just add yumminess to everyday, wholesome meals. Experimenting with new ingredients makes life interesting and if the foods are especially nutrient-dense — even better. They are so high in vitamins, minerals, and other healing compounds that health experts call…
  • Fresh Ideas For School Lunch

    Jennifer Iserloh
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Do you have the “end of summer blues”, worrying about what you’ll pack in the kids’ lunches, how busy work will be, and how you’re going to juggle it all while maintaining your sanity? This guide will not only help you pack and prepare but get you excited for the fall season and out of that same-old sandwich rut. Make the sandwich fillings in your food processor the night before and use them for kids and parents alike! Rethink School Lunch Sandwiches, Go Beyond PB &J Kids love cute little finger sandwiches, that you can fill a million and one ways. Start with a good quality…
  • 20 Delicious & Creative Ways to Use Zucchini

    Jennifer Iserloh
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Gardens are bursting with zucchini towards the end of summer, and it’s always fun to find new ways to use it up in delicious zucchini recipes. Sadly, zucchini isn’t a top superfood, it’s relatively low in vitamins and minerals — however, it does happen to be low in calories and high in water content which makes it a great vegetable for weight loss. If you’re looking to trim fat and sugar from your favorite comfort food meals, adding zucchini is the ideal way to increase portion size without doubling or tripling calories. Here are 20 versatile ways to enjoy juicy…
  • Meal Planner for Summer Veggie Surplus

    Jennifer Iserloh
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Summer produce is fresh, plentiful and healthy! Late summer to fall is the sweet spot of the year’s harvest, so jump on the “farm” band wagon and grab your tote bags. Support your local farmer and pick up a wide array of tasty fruits and vegetables that you can enjoy throughout the week using this handy guide with plenty of healthy, fresh recipe ideas. Summer Produce Stars Corn You’ll find several varieties of corn at your end of summer market, my favorite is “Silver Queen” that has a paler yellow kernel and a light and less starchy texture compared to your standard…
  • Delightful Summer Desserts – Tempting Yet Light

    Jennifer Iserloh
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:37 am
    Create sweet memories for family and friends with delightful desserts that are tempting yet light. Cookouts aren’t complete for kids without popsicles and sparklers, and now you can stock and prep even a week in advance. The Texas sheet cake is a crowd pleaser and makes 36 squares, enough for a large crowd with left-over. This cake is better the day after, so plan to make it the night before, cover tightly with aluminum and refrigerate. Don’t have enough popsicle molds to treat all tikes? Dixie cups are an easy, disposable solution. Pour your popsicle mixture into each cup then…
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    We Are Never Full

  • Yellow Gazpacho with Head-On Shrimp al Ajillo

    Jonny & Amy
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    The longer we live, the more we understand that our lives, especially now that we have two children, are about compromises. These are often in the form of compromising what we want to do, more or less completely, because our children are either unwilling or unable to do it. Recently though, a new kind of compromise hoved into view after 10 days of excessive eating and drinking while we hosted family from the west coast: namely, that we needed to compromise our caloric intake in order to fit into our clothes. So, after making a pact to foreswear wine, beer and meat for as long as it takes…
  • Kitchen of Lard: Foie Gras with Bacon-Flavored Cabbage

    Jonny & Amy
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    The cuisines, if you call them that, of Northern Europe have been maligned, and fairly, in many cases, for years. The food having been considered by some commentators to be so bad that it was posited as a contributing factor to the higher rates of suicide in those areas. Indeed, anyone who grew up on the same sad, grey school lunches as I might be forgiven for contemplating throwing in the towel rather than facing another plate of limp, farty cabbage and gristly stewed mutton. That we were also forced to wear shorts year-round except when there was snow on the ground, a memory that brings a…
  • Enfrijoladas! Where Have You Bean All My Life?

    Jonny & Amy
    28 Jun 2014 | 3:55 am
    “Waiter! What is this?” “Um, it’s bean soup, sir.” “I don’t care what it’s been. What is it now?” - bad English joke Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, has the highest proportion of native peoples in the country, and traditional culture is alive to such an extent that an estimated 50% of indigenous people are unable to speak Spanish. The state’s unique geography and multiple climatic zones have allowed pre-Columbian practices to persist largely undisturbed into the modern day making it a veritable living ark both for biodiversity and for…
  • Aneletti alla Palermitana: Uniquely Sicilian

    Jonny & Amy
    29 May 2014 | 11:47 am
    “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all,for Sicily is the clue to everything.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Sicily sits apart from mainland Italy, like a rock ready to receive a swift kick from the instep of the Italian boot. Indeed, many Italians would tell you that this is precisely what the unruly, volcanic island needs. Throughout its diverse and textured history, Sicily has always been set apart somehow, having been in turn either at the very center of things or at their very periphery. Perhaps this wild oscillation of stature has had…
  • Hyping Thymus: Warm Grilled Lamb Sweetbread Salad

    Jonny & Amy
    15 May 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Talk to someone about thymus glands and they will either tell you about their brutal exercise regimen designed to tackle the effects of an under-active one*, or if you’re mentioning them in a culinary context, they’ll usually make an appalled face, purse their lips, fan their hands and look away, indicating you’ve just gone one step too far towards the frightful foods classed under “I couldn’t possibly eat that, it’s gross!” Even the marketing man’s brave attempt to rebrand the humble thymus as sweetbreads hasn’t exactly seen them leaping…
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    Orthogonal Thought

  • Fall Television Season 2014 Grid

    Michael Chu
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    For the last four years, I've published the schedules to the fall television season and which shows I plan on watching. The previous years I've been late at preparing the TV show grid so this year I'm trying to get the grid out before the season begins. Some of the schedule hasn't been finalized by the networks yet, but this should be the current info. I haven't marked the grid for what I'm going to be watching or recording yet because I don't know yet. I'll be doing another post with that update. Like the last couple grids, the new shows are in italics…
  • Restaurant Review: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar of Austin

    Michael Chu
    11 Jan 2014 | 11:43 pm
    At the beginning of October 2013, I received an invitation to attend a dinner at Fleming's to preview their new menu. With a new baby and my work schedule, I wasn't able to make it, so I didn't participate. At the end of October, the menu revamp was launched nationwide at all Fleming's locations. A couple weeks later, Fleming's reached out again to see if I was interested in tasting some of the new menu items. I wasn't able to get the time to work until the first week of January, but we managed to get the dinner arranged and set up at the Fleming's in…
  • What I Plan on Watching During Fall Television Season 2013

    Michael Chu
    15 Sep 2013 | 9:27 pm
    For the last three years, I've published the schedules to the fall television season and which shows I plan on watching. This year, I'm a tad late. And it's probably closer to the shows that I plan on recording (as opposed to watching). I also had a slow start learning about the shows, so I have more shows selected than ever because it's hard for me to tell what's going to be good or bad due to lack of information. Like last year's grid, the new shows are in italics and shows to be recorded are in color (with green and blue for my two different DVRs). All times…
  • HOWTO: Redeeming American Airlines AAdvantage Miles or Chase Ultimate Rewards for Los Angeles to Alaska

    Michael Chu
    19 Dec 2012 | 12:40 pm
    A couple of my relatives posed an interesting question to me the other day and I realized it had a complex answer that wasn't easy for me to explain over the phone. I thought a blog post might be just the thing since I could easily provide pictures and tables without worrying about what their email client does. They live in the LA area and have some American Airlines miles accumulated and, more recently, Chase Ultimate Rewards points which they can transfer to airlines because they have a Chase Sapphire Preferred card. Since I was the one who convinced them to get the Sapphire Preferred…
  • What I Ate: Fu Fu Cafe (Houston, Texas)

    Michael Chu
    4 Nov 2012 | 3:17 am
    Like Confucious, we've eaten at Fu Fu Cafe more than once this year. The first time was actually on the same night that we ate at Confucious the first time (two lobsters with ginger and scallions, jade tofu with king mushroom, and water spinach). After Confucious we stopped in at Cafe Kubo to taste their ramen (no good). Then we went over to Fu Fu Cafe (not to be confused with Fu Fu Restaurant in the same shopping complex) for the third dinner of the night when I ordered their Pork and Chive Dumplings. Pork Chive Dumplings ($5.99). These were as close to homemade as I've ever had in…
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  • Brown Sugar Pork Chops Recipe

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    If you are looking for a delicious baked pork chops recipe this might be perfect for you. What is great about these brown sugar pork chops is how easy they are to prepare. The pork chops are rubbed with garlic and brown sugar, drizzled with butter, sprinkled with paprika and then are baked. Once the pork chops are almost finished in the oven, they are topped off with shredded Colby-jack cheese. The baking time only takes about 20-25 minutes so these pork chops can be ready in no time at all! I like to serve this dish with wild rice and/or a salad. Enjoy. Brown Sugar Pork Chops Yield: 4…
  • Pepper Jack Steak Wraps Recipe

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Pepper jack steak wraps are loaded with sliced steak, pepper jack cheese, ice berg lettuce, pico de gallo, and a southwest sauce. These slightly spicy wraps are similar to the ones that can be found at Buffalo Wild Wings. Although this is not a copycat recipe for the pepper jack steak wraps at BWW, they are very good. The taste is similar but the southwest sauce has a different flavor than the sauce at BBW.I like to use whole wheat wraps for this recipe but you can use flour tortillas as well. Try and slice the steak as thinly as possible for the best results. The steak can be sliced first…
  • Spicy Chicken Strips Recipe

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    These spicy chicken strips are a perfect appetizer to serve on game day. For this recipe, we are using the breading from the Spicy Chicken Sandwich recipe and turning it into chicken strips. Most of the heat in these chicken strips comes from hot pepper sauce and cayenne pepper. If you want more spice, you can up the amount of cayenne pepper in the flour mixture. This recipe is fairly easy to make—the most work that is required is in breading the chicken pieces. I like to serve these chicken strips with ranch dressing for dipping. Enjoy. Spicy Chicken Strips Yield: 4 Servings Ingredients:…
  • Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Recipe

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Making pork tenderloin in the slow cooker is so easy and delicious you will want to prepare it this way all of the time. The pork is rubbed with a spice mixture of ingredients such a sage, garlic, salt and pepper and then placed into the slow cooker with a little bit of water. While the pork is cooked it is brushed with a balsamic vinegar glaze. The glaze gets most of its flavor from balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Once the pork has finished cooking in the crockpot you can brush it with the glaze again and put it under a broiler if you want a crust to be formed. The crust is totally…
  • Dijon Chicken Grilled Cheese Recipe

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    This grilled cheese is a great tasting combination of honey Dijon mustard chicken, bacon, and mozzarella cheese. This grilled cheese uses whole wheat bread but you can really use whatever type of bread that you would prefer such as French bread or white bread. The chicken is first marinated in a honey mustard mixture and then grilled. If you do not want to grill the chicken, it can be fried in the pan or baked in the oven as well. This recipe will make two sandwiches but the ingredients can easily be doubled to make more. If you wish to make additional sandwiches you will not need to increase…
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  • our calvin

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    I’m sitting here trying to write the words, and I just can’t make them come.  As many of you know, our beloved dog Calvin has been sick for quite some time.  Last fall, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, a condition that we knew would eventually be fatal.  We kept him alive for almost a year with medication and very careful care, but ultimately, his sweet little body just couldn’t go on.  He’s been with us since he was a puppy, for almost nine years.  Through law school, jobs, three apartments in Manhattan and two homes in…
  • friday’s five: newborn essentials

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    I’ve been thinking about this post for a while, but I wanted to wait until Bear was solidly out of the newborn arena before putting pen to paper (er… fingers to keys?) on this one.  I read a lot of “What stuff do you need to buy before the baby arrives?” lists while I was pregnant, and here’s the thing about those lists… They tend to be written by stores.  Stores that want you to buy a whole lot of baby stuff. When really… a newborn doesn’t need very much.  Fancy bedding?  Not really.  Toys?  Nope.  A…
  • a little like mom, a little like dad

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    For my baby shower, my mom and Chad’s mom pulled out a dozen pictures of us at various stages of our childhoods — but from minute one, I was captivated by our three-month shots.  Now that Bear is that same age, I couldn’t resist grabbing those photos and seeing who he resembles more. And the answer is… neither.  Am I right? I’m on the left at three months old, Chad is on the right.  Our little guy is clearly way more beautiful than either of us were as babies — but truthfully, I’m not sure he looks much like either one of us!  What…
  • dreamy denim

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:46 am
    If there’s one thing I update in my wardrobe every season, it’s my favorite pair of jeans.  I know, I know.  Shouldn’t I pick out a new trend?  Crop tops or leather or something novelty-ish and cool? Nope.  The pieces I reach for, day after day, aren’t those novelty trends.  They’re denim. This season, I’ve fallen completely in love with this par of Low Rise Slim Jeans from Land’s End.  (Yes, Land’s End.) They’re the perfect fit and come in multiple different lenghts, so even petite girls like me can find the…
  • Looks That Rock!

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    It’s that time of year again: this weekend is the MTV VMAs!  As you guys know, music is a huge part of my life — I love everything from sixties classics to the freshest new songs on the radio each month.  When I fall in love with a song, I can listen to it nonstop for days — so I get extra excited for that part of awards season that recognizes the incredible array of current musicians!  I know you guys are all going to tune in this Sunday, but to get in the spirit a little early, I threw a small VMA viewing party for a few of my girlfriends!  The fashion…
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    The Fresh Loaf

  • sourdough success using atta flour!

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    sourdough success using atta flour!Submitted by I_Bakery on September 2, 2014 - 9:37am.This was my first  sourdough bake using  atta flour. I am elated.
  • king arthur vs. gold medal - what I am doing wrong?

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    king arthur vs. gold medal - what I am doing wrong?Submitted by ourdailybread4 on September 2, 2014 - 9:30am.     Hi everyone!  I am new to this site, so I am sorry if this question has been posted before.  I am not a professional baker but love to bake for my family.  I bake at least 1 loaf of bread a week.  I prefer to use the white whole wheat flour.  I began baking with Gold Medal white whole wheat flour.  I love its results!  The bread is soft, stays together, and holds up well when used to make sandwiches.  Recently, I switched to King Arthur white whole wheat flour because…
  • The paneotrad

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    The paneotradSubmitted by Gourmand on September 2, 2014 - 4:12am.Hi! I'm interested in starting up a bakery in my home town. I've done extensive research on the bread making process and I lean towards the traditional bread making process, what many refer to as artisan bread making. My interests lie in selling sourdough and a variety of southern European breads as well as some hardy Nordic and Germanic rye breads. The trick with running a profitable bakery is that it can't be all old school as it needs to be efficient enough to keep up with a market demand, and thus I find myself seeking out…
  • Spelt & Corn Bread. A dry affair, to say the least.

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:14 am
    Spelt & Corn Bread. A dry affair, to say the least. Submitted by grdresme on September 2, 2014 - 1:14am.The idea seemed a good one, in my mind at least. The nuttiness of spelt, combined with the sweetness of corn. Never tried anything like it before, so it was a complete shot in the dark. I missed spectacularly, and yet, I have hit the mark at the same time. Weird ey? Since I have never baked a corn bread before, I used a recipe from FloyM, and altered it to my liking/ingredients available. Here's what I did.300 grams corn flour700 grams whole wheat spelt flour18 gr salt40 gr sugar15 gr…
  • Not your typical mooncakes

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:16 am
    Not your typical mooncakesSubmitted by emkay on September 2, 2014 - 12:16am.Every year my parents receive many gifts of mooncakes in the days leading up to the Mid-Autumn Festival. Most of the time they are the traditional mooncakes filled with lotus seed paste and salted egg yolks. I thought I would try baking a different sort of mooncake to bring to my family's gathering. I call them American-style mooncakes. I made a trail mix inspired one and a coconut one. Mooncakes need to be baked at least a day (and preferably 2 days) before serving. Freshly baked ones do not have the correct texture…
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    Homesick Texan

  • Tomato, cheddar, and bacon biscuits

    Lisa (Homesick Texan)
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    The other morning I was waiting for the cable guy to arrive. I’m sure you know the drill—the cable company gives you a window of time and if you’re not home within that slot then you miss your appointment. And this you don’t want to do as it might take another week for them to send someone to fix your problem. Not to mention, despite everyone’s good intentions the repair guy usually doesn’t
  • Peaches and ginger-lime whipped cream

    Lisa (Homesick Texan)
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Sometimes the simplest dishes are the best. Take peaches and cream, for instance. When a peach is ripe and in season, it doesn’t need much to taste good, though a dollop of fluffy, chilled cream brightened with a hint of lime and ginger certainly doesn’t hurt. Now, Texans love peaches and rightfully so, as Texas peaches are indeed the best. This isn’t brag, just a statement of fact. Trust me—
  • Spicy zucchini pickles

    Lisa (Homesick Texan)
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Texans love pickles. For instance, it’s the rare gathering in Texas that doesn’t have a pickle plate on display. This platter of tangy vegetables and fruits is not only a satisfying way to get the party started, but also an excellent way to share the bounty of what you’ve put up in the past year. Though it’s not just on social occasions that Texans enjoy pickles. Nope, Texans eat pickles all
  • Pinto bean and hominy salad

    Lisa (Homesick Texan)
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    Since I don’t have a backyard in New York, I’ve always had to rely on the kindness of others when it comes to outdoor dining. Fortunately, however, I have friends with yards who enjoy inviting people to their homes for smoked briskets, sausage, and ribs. Since you can’t arrive empty handed I have long learned that a good side dish is always welcome, and this time of year I’m making them often.
  • Blueberry buttermilk pie ice cream

    Lisa (Homesick Texan)
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    First, let me say that it’s not my usual style to eat a whole pint of ice cream in one sitting, let alone contemplate how long it would take to make another batch of this particular flavor so I could have more of it that same evening. Yet the other night I did just that with this refreshing new flavor I’d made—blueberry buttermilk pie ice cream. Now, before I explain how I found myself on the
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    The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond

  • Chicken Avocado Pizza

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    I just got home from a soccer tournament all weekend and was making plans for what I’m cooking all week when I remembered a recipe I photographed a few months ago that I plum forgot to share! And the recipe doesn’t even have plums in it! Yes, I’m a little loopy today. This is a really delicious pizza, with warm avocado, bubbly cheese, and other delicious toppings that go on the pizza after it comes out of the oven. You can use a homemade pizza crust (I’m including my recipe below) or you can use a storebought, ready made crust if time is of the essence. Here’s…
  • Browned Butter M&M Cookies

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Browned butter is one of life’s pure pleasures, whether it’s spooned over fish, tossed with popcorn, or sipped with a straw. Just kidding on the straw thing. I think. Browned butter cookies, as you can imagine, are one of the most miraculous uses of browned butter there is. Whether it’s oatmeal cookies, sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, or chocolate chip cookies, subbing browned butter for all or some of the butter in whatever recipe you use will catapult your cookie into another dimension. Try it sometime! You’ll be hooked for life. I made M&M cookies…
  • Green Chile Chicken

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    I made this for dinner last night and it was heaven on a plate. Green chiles are one of my favorite ingredients on earth, and since I had a pile of fresh ones, I decided to roast ‘em and highlight ‘em in a simple grilled chicken dish. This recipe is ultra versatile! I whipped up my own marinade for the chicken, but you can use storebought…or you could skip the marinade and just season the heck out of the chicken before you grill it. And speaking of grilling…you don’t even have to grill the chicken at all; you can just cook it in a skillet. I served my chicken…
  • Tomato Tart

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    My sister Betsy just left yesterday after a nice, long visit and while she was here, we did our share of cooking and eating. And cooking. And eating. And eating. The evening before she left, we were trying to figure out how to use a bunch of yellow cherry tomatoes Bets has picked from my garden. They were lusciously ripe and begging to be featured in something special, and after we hemmed and hawed over pasta, frittata, and bruschetta possibilities…we wound up deciding to make a tart. It would be one of the best decisions either of us has ever made.     Ahh…the bounty!
  • Hamburger Hamlet’s Zucchini Zircles

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    Years and years ago, when my mom and kid sister (who was just twelve at the time; she’ll turn forty next month!) drove me out to Los Angeles to drop me off at college, one of the first restaurants we went to was a place called Hamburger Hamlet. It was delicious and while the restaurant offered a lot of different dishes, I actually did order a burger on that first trip there. Then my mom and sister left me at college and I decided to become a vegetarian for several years. Then I married a cattle rancher and that was all over. The end. There you have it, folks. A Brief History of My…
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    This Mama Cooks! On a Diet™

  • Ham & Cheese Sliders

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    Are you ready for some football? Well, I know I am, especially now that I have Holly Clegg’s wonderful recipe for Ham & Cheese Sliders! This would be perfect to serve at home football watching party or to take tailgating. If I were you, I’d make some extra and stash them in the back of the refrigerator for the kids to take in their lunch Monday morning. My grocery store has special slider buns, both in white bread and whole wheat. For your gluten free guests, you can use Udi’s Gluten Free hamburger buns, cut in half. You can find more of Holly’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at…
  • Harley riders take to the road with Best Western Ride Rewards

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    It’s been a long time since my husband and I have taken a motorcycle trip together. It’s a little hard since we became parents over 14 years ago, as it’s not very practical to put the baby in a saddle bag. I’ve always been envious of those moms I’d see on their way to Sturgis with a child on the back of their bike or a couple with a youngster in the sidecar.  Instead, Paul and I just take day trips and look forward to when we can hit the open road again in a few years when the kids are in college. That’s why I was excited to learn how Best Western is partnering with bikers,…
  • 5 myths about gluten free diets and how to respond to critics

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    A few weeks ago I was in line at my grocery store checkout, and had several packages of the store’s gluten free pasta waiting to be rung up. The man in front of me noticed my gluten free foods, and asked if I’d been tested for gluten issues or if I was just eating gluten free foods to lose weight? (Geez, thanks.) I told him that I had an ALCAT blood test, had tested positive for gluten sensitivity, and got vicious headaches when I ate gluten. In addition, I’d been cooking gluten free foods for my mother-in-law who has celiacs for 13 over years now. “Well,” he said, “You know, most…
  • Getting a better night’s sleep with Food for Sleep

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    According to the National Institutes of Health, around 30 percent of Americans complain of sleep disruption. People have trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep, or waking up earlier than they wish. There are all sort of causes for this such as stress, chronic pain, or medical conditions like allergies or fibromyalgia. Some causes may be temporary, like pregnancy. Others may be permanent, like Parkinson’s disease. It may be an internal issue like worrying about a big presentation at work. Or maybe it’s external, like noisy street traffic outside a bedroom window. Whatever the case may…
  • Healthy classic desserts

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    Check out This Mama Cooks! Health Ups Some Classic Desserts by Anne-Marie Barnett Nichols at I don’t know about you, but I always have to end a meal with something sweet. I try to keep it healthy, like enjoying a piece of fruit. But there are times I must have dessert! The challenge is making desserts that are not only healthy, but are gluten free, dairy free and something my whole family would enjoy. I’ve created a roundup of some of my favorite classic desserts at that are healthy and/or meet a special dietary need. You can view the Healthing Up Some Classic…
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    foodgawker | foodgawker

  • Patatas Bravas

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Patatas Bravas - Crunchy potatoes, crispy chorizo and a rich sauce packed with veggies. All I can say is YUM!
  • Plum Balls

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Romanian inspired Plum Balls.
  • Cheddar Corn Fritters

    taste and tell
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Cheddar Corn Fritters
  • PB & Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:34 pm
    The perfect blend of salty and sweet come together in these chewy, chocolate topped, peanut butter, and pretzel Rice Krispies treats!
  • Zucchini Pesto Pasta

    a pinch of thyme
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:34 pm
    The only Zucchini Pesto Pasta you'll ever need! Once you try it, you'll be hooked!
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    Flourish - King Arthur Flour's blog

  • Turning 50

    Catherine Clark
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Catherine Clark, a long-time King Arthur Flour aficionado and pie baker, shares her experience of baking hundreds and hundreds of pies on the way to crafting a perfect replica of her mother’s apple pie. Our special thanks to Elaine Marten, many of whose photos illustrate this story. The older I get, the more I become like my mother. During my 40s, I had no problem in becoming more like my mother with every passing year. My mom is a remarkable person, a wonderful woman with dozens of good qualities, any number of which I would be glad – nay, honored – to incorporate into my own…
  • Gluten-Free Pumpkin-Spice Coconut Flour Pancakes

    Amy Trage
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    I remember the first time I made pumpkin pancakes. It was while I was working at Shelburne Farms – an historic Vermont destination inn in the heart of the beautiful Lake Champlain Valley. And that occasion was the first time I really appreciated the harmonious medley of maple and pumpkin. A warm, maple syrup-soaked, tender, pumpkin-y breakfast cake touched with cinnamon is pure autumn morning heaven, and a small piece of quintessential Vermont. The pancake. An ideal place for pumpkin. And maple. And gluten-freedom! Yes, pancakes are one of the easiest ways to use gluten-free flours. Today,…
  • Pie Pops

    MaryJane Robbins
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:45 am
    I’ve said it before: I’m more of a cake girl than a pie girl – that’s just me. BUT I also love bite-sized goodies, and pretty much any food on a stick (barring corndogs. Blech.) So I was thrilled when the opportunity came along to make pies that fit both bills. That’s right, bite-sized pies, and on a stick to boot! Welcome to the wonderful world of Pie Pops. Pie Pops’ origin is credited to Andrea Smetona, owner of Cakewalk Desserts in Laguna Niguel, CA.  The buzz generated during our giveaway of her book, Easy As Pie Pops, was incentive enough for us to make…
  • Don’t Abuse it – Use it

    PJ Hamel
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Why does anyone grow zucchini? I mean, it’s not the tastiest vegetable in the world. (Actually, it’s a fruit – though it sure doesn’t act like one.) Enjoy a wonderfully sweet carrot. Pop a handful of sun-warmed cherry tomatoes into your mouth. Or roll your eyes blissfully as you enjoy those first new peas of the season. Now bite into a zucchini. Get the picture? Zucchini is a paradox: not only is it relatively taste-free, it grows like crazy. And then hides from you under its enormous leaves. So you end up with a you-know-what-load of over-sized, spongy fleshed, basically…
  • Biscuit Bliss

    PJ Hamel
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    So, you get out your favorite biscuit recipe, make the dough… and then what? Why, you make biscuits, of course. High-rising, light and tender biscuits, perfect with a pat of melting butter, served alongside ham and eggs and grits, or stew or chili. Or not. Just as yeast dough can morph from sandwich bread to pizza to sticky buns, biscuit dough is simply a starting point, primed to go in any creative direction you care to take it. With its chameleon-like ability to become a snack, appetizer, main dish, side dish, or dessert, suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, biscuit dough is…
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    My Sweet and Saucy

  • Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Beehive Cake

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Hey there! Hope you’ve been enjoying this series. We all have, on our side. It’s so great to be able to share our knowledge with you folks. This post is a wee bit less complicated than last time’s In-N-Out Burger cake. It’s an adorable, pretty simple, two-tiered buttercream cake, resembling a beehive; this is a perfect infant birthday cake, or even for the kid in you who thinks faces on little things never get old (they don’t for us, either). It is a collaboration with Kaytee in fondant, and Frances in buttercream. Here’s the finished product: So…
  • Sweet & Saucy Shop + Sweet Lucies

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    I am beyond excited to announce our new partnership with Sweet Lucies Ice Cream! If you haven’t tried their ice cream before then you are definitely missing out!  I have had it for years at different wedding industry events and parties and each time I found myself going back for seconds and wishing for thirds  So of course I thought it would be a great idea to partner with them on a new line of ice cream products for our bakery when they brought it up!  We have been working hard at recipe testing and are so excited to be launching this Saturday the 23rd from 1-3pm at our bakery in…
  • Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: In-N-Out Burger Cake

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Hello there! Hope your summer’s been going as well as ours has! We’ve been having so many cute cakes this season that we’re so excited to share with you! You might have seen on our Instagrams that we had an In-N-Out Burger carved cake, and you bet your booties that you’re gonna learn how to do it today! Kaytee‘s here to go through the steps with you! Here’s the final product: Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. First, I cut out the letters for the logo out of fondant, then wrap them up and place them in the fridge. Then, I take the 10″…
  • New Fondant Classes Available!

    8 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    We always get lots of requests for classes her at Sweet & Saucy Shop, but sadly over the years I have had to start teaching less and less since having my sweet Blake and now being pregnant with my little man, BUT lucky for you my talented cake team are ready to step up to the plate and teach you their skills! Kasey is going to be heading up this new series of fondant classes we will be offering and if you follow us on instagram you know what amazing skills she has in the cake world! We are offering three different fondant classes: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.  We are grouping…
  • Celebrating our 5th Year Anniversary

    8 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    A Letter From Eileen   It’s hard to believe that it’s been 5 years since we first opened our doors at Sweet and Saucy Shop. This has definitely been an amazing journey and quite the wild ride. The direction of your life can certainly change in a short period of time, and my life has done a complete 180 degree turn since my daughter Melody first approached me to partner with her to open a dessert shop! The first question I was asked when people learned of my new adventure was “You’re starting a business in this economy?” The recession had hit California, and stores were closing…
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    The Perfect Pantry®

  • Sliced carrot and almond salad with roasted lemon, basil and mint dressing {vegan, gluten-free}

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Sometimes, you have to test the theory that a great salad dressing can make anything -- car upholstery, old shoes, vegetables you don't love -- taste wonderful. It's not uncommon to find a bag of carrots languishing in the vegetable drawer of my refrigerator, because, to be honest, I don't love carrots. I use them in soups as part of the mire poix of aromatic vegetables but I seldom cook them on their own, or even add them to garden greens and tomatoes. This little salad provided the ultimate test of the roasted lemon dressing I first used on cucumbers. Could the dressing make me…
  • Cauliflower: like or dislike?

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Occasionally on our Facebook page, we play a little game called Like or Dislike, with ingredients from the pantry, ingredients I'm thinking about adding to my pantry, other seasonal foods, even favorite cooking gear. Now, Like or Dislike comes to The Perfect Pantry on Saturdays. Do you like, dislike, love, crave, despise, wish for, use in your own kitchen? The things you like are sure to find their way to the recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, so do tell! It's no secret to readers of The Perfect Pantry that I do not like cauliflower. I've tried. Goodness knows, I've tried,…
  • Cinnamon chocolate crinkle cookies

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    RIDDLE: How many cooks does it take to make cinnamon chocolate crinkle cookies? Answer: three. You definitely want to have two granddaughters with you in the kitchen, because the cookies just come out better that way. The one who can read organizes the dry ingredients, while the other measures the sugar and cracks the eggs into a bowl. You get to do the hard stuff, like turning on the stand mixer. And when it's time to form the cookies, one girl wields the ice cream scoop to portion out the cookies, one rolls the balls of dough in cinnamon sugar, and you do the hot oven maneuvers. These…
  • Salad Nicoise-style, with tuna, green beans, olives and potatoes {gluten-free}

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Before seeing Julia Child make it on an episode of The French Chef, way back when, I'd never heard of salade Nicoise. Julia dressed each element of the classic composed salad individually, arranged everything artfully on a platter, and presented it (to her television audience) with great fanfare. I took a few shortcuts in preparing my version, which was precipitated by the gift of some beautiful crispy green beans from my friend Donna's garden. I had fingerling potatoes left from another recipe, plus local tomatoes and some pitted kalamata olives. A hard-boiled farm egg with a golden…
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    My Wooden Spoon

  • Breakfast Casserole with Strawberries, Bananas, and Oatmeal

    A Cowboy's Wife
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Breakfast casseroles are usually not on the healthy side.  With, my son, Toby constantly stressing healthier eating habits to us over the years, I felt like I should continue that with his little brother, now that he’s away at college.  I think he’d be proud of this breakfast casserole with strawberries, bananas, and oatmeal! Fruit has become a staple in our home, even as expensive as some of it can get.  With this recipe, you’ll be able to stay under budget thanks to the bananas and oatmeal and most times, you can find the strawberries on sale.   Also, the chocolate…
  • Butternut Squash Purée

    A Cowboy's Wife
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Butternut Squash is a Fall/Winter vegetable that is quite delicious so I wanted to share this purée before we all start that Fall cooking so you’ll have a tasty dish to serve up at your gatherings. Butternut squash has a sweet, nutty flavor and will be great at Thanksgiving and really, it’s just great all the time.  It’s sooo good for you too!  Don’t ask me how either ’cause I’m not exactly sure but I know it is!  Take my word for it! Butternut squash can be served as a side, appetizer, but also incorporated into soups, pastas, and pies!  While there…
  • Chicken Mushroom Lasagna

    A Cowboy's Wife
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    There is a nice perk to having your mom live close by, and that’s all the food she cooks and sends home with you.  Recently, she made this Chicken Mushroom Lasagna for us and while nothing like a traditional lasagna (as far as taste), it was delicious!  Our whole family loved it, especially Truett.  He loves anything with mushrooms! This recipe is actually Emeril’s and she didn’t really change anything up.   It was good as is and will be great dish to serve up during the cooler season!   Hope y’all enjoy as much as we did! Chicken Mushroom Lasagna   Print…
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    Cooking with Amy: A Food Blog

  • Pack a Lunch! Cookbooks

    Amy Sherman
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    It’s back to school and that means bag lunches. Or maybe like me, you don’t have school age kids, but still want to start packing lunch to take to work. It’s easy to get in a rut, but these three cookbooks offer many ways to jazz up your lunchbox. The Banh Mi Handbook is the latest book from Andrea Nguyen. In the past she has written about Vietnamese food, dumplings and tofu, perhaps convincing you to make your own. But I had to wonder, when I can get a terrific banh mi sandwich for just a couple bucks, would I want to make my own? The answer is YES because Nguyen goes well beyond…
  • Peach Ketchup Recipe & Ball Brand Giveaway!

    Amy Sherman
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    I can, can you? Sure you can! Canning is not hard to do at all, especially if you pick a really easy project like canning fruit. This year I received a box of luscious peaches from Washington state. They were perfectly ripe, but a bit crushed in spots due to poor handling in transit. Instead of canning slices or halves, I used the fruit—some perfect and some not so perfect—to make peach ketchup! Peach ketchup is a lovely peachy color, but it tastes very much like tomato ketchup. Taste it before you can it, and adjust the spices and sugar to suit yourself. Use really great tasting…
  • Highlights from the American Craft Council San Francisco Show

    Amy Sherman
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:57 pm
    I went to the American Craft Council San Francisco Show to check out the craft food and beer, but I was blown away by the quality of the exhibition this year. There are very inspiring and beautiful things for your kitchen or dining room. This is a great place to look for a gift, a centerpiece, kitchen design element or functional kitchen tool. It runs all weekend, August 9 and 10, 2014 at Fort Mason, San Francisco. Here are some highlights:I have two terrific  pepper grinders but I would trade them both for one of these stunning ones from Kermode Woodturnings. Jerry Kermode…
  • Interview with Suvir Saran, Eat Drink SF

    Amy Sherman
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Suvir Saran and Azalina Eusope at the San Francisco Street Food Festival, 2012 Eat Drink SF is a showcase for local chefs of San Francisco with events throughout the weekend of August 1-3, 2014. One chef giving a demo this Sunday is Suvir Saran, who is moving downtown and opening a restaurant in all likelihood before the end of the year. Experiencing Saran’s passion and enthusiasm for food, cooking, and life in San Francisco is reason enough to attend. What will you be serving at the event? I will be doing a demo, corn and shrimp curry, not a tasting but a sneak preview of…
  • Sockeye or King Salmon?

    Amy Sherman
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    Both wild Sockeye and wild King salmon are in the market now, and available fresh and will be until late September or early October. Both types of wild Pacific salmon are a true delicacy, and very healthy. They are high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D and low in omega-6 and saturated fats. But King salmon is sometimes as much as twice the price of Sockeye. So which variety should you choose? In Northern California most of the King salmon comes from California, Oregon and Alaska. The local King salmon is exceptionally rich and has a creamy texture. It has a mild flavor, and is almost…
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    Kalyn's Kitchen®

  • 25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from August 2014 (Gluten-Free, South Beach, Paleo, Whole 30)

    Kalyn Denny
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Twenty-Five Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from August 2014, from Kalyn's Kitchen and my favorite blogs.When I announced the plan to change my monthly round-up so it was not strictly South Beach and more inclusive of other types of low-carb eating plans, I wasn't sure how people would like it.  But now I'm excited and encouraged about the change because last month's low-carb round-up has been seen by nearly four times as many people as usual, and people are still using it every day.  And expanding the low-carb options and sharing 25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes…
  • Easy Roasted Baby Summer Squash with Feta and Thyme (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    If kids help cut up the zucchini, they might eat this Easy Roasted Baby Summer Squash with Feta and Thyme!(Updated with better photos and step-by-step instructions, August 2014)  One of the wonderful things about having summer squash in your vegetable garden is that soon you'll have so much of it you feel perfectly justified in picking them when they're tiny, similar to the baby squash you get in the fanciest of restaurants. I first posted this wonderful recipe for Easy Roasted Baby Summer Squash with Feta and Thyme back on 2007 when I had an abundance of baby squash from my garden,…
  • Favorite Healthy Grilling Recipes for the Last Weeks of Summer (Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Can Be Paleo)

    Kalyn Denny
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    There's still nearly a month before the official end of summer, so here are some favorite healthy grilling recipes.I know in the U.S. most people consider Labor Day weekend to be the unofficial end of summer, but I'm sharing these Favorite Healthy Grilling Recipes to remind you that there is still nearly a month left before the official end of summer, and there'll still be quite a few warm evenings and weekend days for you to enjoy cooking on the grill.  To entice  you not to put the grill away too soon I picked out ten of my all-time favorite recipes for this grilling public…
  • Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Red Boat Fish Sauce (and Ten Favorite Recipes Using Fish Sauce)

    Kalyn Denny
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Red Boat Fish Sauce is amazingly smooth and flavorful!In 2012 I recommended Three Crabs Fish Sauce as one of the products I buy over and over, so let me start out here by saying I'm still a fan of Three Crabs and I'd happily use it in a recipe.  But about a year ago I started hearing a lot of talk about Red Boat Fish Sauce, and when I saw it in a new Real Foods Market in Salt Lake, I had to try it.  Some of the buzz surrounding this product comes from the fact that it contains only fresh caught wild black anchovies and sea salt, making it Paleo and Whole 30 approved.  But if you…
  • Slow Cooker Green Chile Shredded Beef Cabbage Bowl with Avocado Salsa (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I love all the flavors in this Slow Cooker Green Chile Shredded Beef Cabbage Bowl with Avocado Salsa. When I look back in the monthly archives on Kalyn's Kitchen, it's interesting to see that the things I'm cooking at certain times of the year have a definite pattern.  For example, I obviously like to hold on to summer as long as I can, so every September I have Zucchini Recipes and Tomato Salads posted long after many bloggers have moved on to soups and pumpkin.  I'm sure there will still be more zucchini and tomato recipes coming this year, but I hope I can get a little…
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    A Mindful Carnivore

  • Participatory ecology: Greens must embrace hunting

    7 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    When you get an enthusiastically appreciative email from a fellow vegan-turned-hunter on the opposite side of planet, you smile. When he sends you a thought-provoking article that echoes many of your own thoughts and feelings, you sit up and pay attention. [Click on the post title to read more...]
  • Postcard from a hiatus

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    I haven’t fallen off the planet. I hope you find some tasty morsels in the mixed bag to come. [Click on the post title to read more...]
  • A caretaker and a killer

    14 Mar 2014 | 7:31 am
    For the future of wildlife conservation, it is crucial that we bridge the gaps between hunters and non-hunters. Online at The Atlantic: “A Caretaker and a Killer.” [Click on the post title to read more...]
  • Sex, kills, and videotape*

    4 Mar 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Years ago, I would have found it utterly repulsive to watch video footage of a hunter killing an animal. Over the past decade, as a hunter, I have occasionally watched such scenes. I still don’t enjoy seeing them. The analogies I use to explain my discomfort are both imperfect. [Click on the post title to read more...]
  • Deer music, land music, sky music: A first drum

    6 Jul 2013 | 6:12 am
    Stories take time to unfold. Months ago, I was going to write about making my first drum. I was going to start by telling how I nearly left the deer hide for the coyotes in November. Living in the modern world, I find eating venison more practical than wearing buckskin. Then I was going to […] [Click on the post title to read more...]
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    Spicy Tasty

  • Kothamalli Rasam / Coriander Soup

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:28 pm
    I love to have different kinds of rasam rather than usual garlic or tomato rasam. I made slight changes in my friend’s (Thilaga) rasam recipe and tried this coriander rasam. It came out so good and I just loved it :). Ingredients: Tamarind – Small lemon size Oil – 1 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Asafoetida – a pinch Curry leaves – a few Red Chillies – 1 Tomatoes – 2 (medium size finely chopped) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Sambar powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – 1 1/2 tsp (adjust according to taste) Coriander leaves – to garnish To…
  • Mushroom Pepper Masala

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    I like to cook mushrooms often because they have very high nutritional value. I got this recipe from my aunt and it is very simple to cook. It goes well with Chapati as well as rice. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Spice level : 3 out of 5</strong> Ingredients: Mushroom – 2 cups (chopped to cubes) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1/3 cup (chopped) Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 1 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp Bay leaf – 1 Oil – 1 tbsp…
  • Milagu Rasam – Pepper Rasam

    4 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    Milagu Rasam or Pepper Rasam is a delicious and healthy dish which is generally served for cold or sore throat. It gives an immediate relief for body pain, cold and cough. It is served with steamed rice and papad or you can also drink it as a soup. Ghee is used to temper this rasam which enhances the flavor. Preparation time: 20 mins No. of servings: 4 Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients:  Coriander seeds – 1 tsp Toor dal – 3/4 tsp Pepper – 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Dried chili – 1 or 2 (adjust to spice level) Curry leaves – one small sprig Tamarind…
  • Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Tomato Pasta

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I love making pasta using different sauce. I wanted to try pasta using roasted red bell pepper for a long time. The addition of tomato Paste gives some tangy flavor to it which I love. Here is a simple and tasty Pasta recipe.. Ingredients: Pasta – 2 cups (I have used Penne Pasta) Oil – 2 1/2 tbsp (I have used olive oil) Onions – 1/2 cup (chopped) Roasted Bell pepper – 3/4 cup (I have used bottled bell peppers) Garlic – 2 cloves (chopped) Tomato paste – 3 tbsp (Ihave used canned tomato paste) Heavy Cream – 1/4 cup (optional) Dried herbs – 1/2 tsp…
  • Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu (version 2)

    3 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu is an authentic South Indian dish made with fried eggplant cooked in a spicy curry. You can serve it with rice and roti, also with dosa or idli. It is a comfort food and my family’s favorite. Try to use small eggplants for this dish. This dish requires a lot of oil and I generally don’t want to compromise on the taste when it comes to authentic dishes. But I try to make it not very often. You can also reduce the amount of oil accordingly. Preparation time: 90 minutes No. of servings: 7 Spice level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Indian brinjal or small…
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  • Hash Brown Casserole

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:27 am
      Tagged: basic, breakfast, cheese, hash brown, homemade, potato, Here's an easy, tasty dish for a brunch or any meal where you want some potatoes to go along. This is easily done ahead, can be frozen, and feeds a decent sized crowd! It's one of those everyday recipes you'll find yourself going for time and time again when you have a potluck or want to dress up breakfast.   Foodie Byte This recipe isn't picky about which hash browns you use. Choose shredded or southern style diced, with green peppers and onions or plain. Our favorite is shredded, and we add our own onions, but go…
  • Chef Franck Pontais - Poached Oyster and Cauliflower Mousseline

    Guest Contributor
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Serves:6   Tagged: appetizer, brunch, butter, cauliflower, cracked black pepper, foodchannel, milk, nutmeg, recipe, rock oysters, rock salt, samphire cress, scarlett cress, thyme, white pepper,   Huitre pochee et mousseline de choux fleur - translated means - Poached Oyster and Cauliflower Mousseline!  Add a little French flair to your next party, bunch or special occasion with this tasty oyster recipe from Chef Franck Pontais.    Foodie Byte Ingredients Ingredients for poached oysters Full fat milk 200mlFresh thyme 3 sprigSalted butter 30 gRock Oysters 12…
  • Pete's Kitchen - Mackerel Tuna Thai Style

    Guest Contributor
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Serves:4   Tagged: dinner, fish, foodchannel, garlic clove, honey, lime, mackerel, olive oil, recipe, red chilli, root ginger, seafood, sesame oil, Pete Hilcke,CEO of The Pop-Up Kitchen School is an Australian Chef and TV/Radio presenter. Pete is passionate about food and cooking techniques and his passion for Seafood is second to none. He loves to explore and experiment with new flavor combinations that will enhance and bring out the true taste of fresh produce. Peter has created an exciting range of three marinades and five dry rubs.   Foodie Byte Ingredients 3 tbsp.
  • Chilirooni

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
      Tagged: Here's a twist - Chili without Chili - if you prefer.  Prepared with beef or lamb and pasta this tasty, spicy dish can be served with thin potato crisps.   Foodie Byte Ingredients 1 pound minced lamb or beef4-3/4 cups Macaroni pasta4 tablespoons vegetable ghee1 pound small onions diced2 tablespoons ground fresh ginger1 teaspoon ground fresh garlicChili powder (optional)Few curry leaves1 tbsp. tomato paste2 cups fresh tomato puree1 teaspoon turmeric2 teaspoons allspice2 teaspoons ground coriander2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon cardamom2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/4…
  • Allergy-Free Macaroni and Cheese

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Cook Time:20 Serves:6   Tagged: Kids LOVE Macaroni and Cheese and we have discovered that kids prefer this recipe to be bright yellow and without the breadcrumbs, like the ones found in boxes of your local grocery stores!    Foodie Byte This recipe is free of: Milk, Peanut, Egg, Soy, Tree nut, Gluten, Wheat, Fish, Shellfish, Sesame Ingredients 1 pound/450g gluten free pasta 8 ounce/225g casein free vegan cream cheese 1 teaspoon/5ml lemon juice (to loosen cream cheese) 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon/15ml olive oil 1 tablespoon/15ml gluten free flour 2 cups/450ml…
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    Recipe Girl

  • Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad

    Lori Lange
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Summer must not end because I want to make this salad all year long >> Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad I had quite the indulgent summer.  I ate chips and deli sandwiches, I consumed a lot of ice cream and wine, and I gobbled up cheese like it was soon-to-be-rationed.  All of that, of course, means I’m paying for it now.  Unfortunately, I’m currently avoiding all of the aforementioned stuff like the plague in order to get some of those indulgent pounds off.  Fall is looming ahead, and since jeans and boots are my everyday wear in chilly weather, it’s time I fit…
  • Pearl Harbor Cocktails

    Lori Lange
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I have a delicious, tropical-type cocktail recipe for you:  Pearl Harbor Cocktails Here’s the thing >> I’m not at all ready to let go of summer.  So I’m going to continue feeding you some summery recipes until the Big Chill (otherwise known as “fall”) arrives.  It’s still quite warm around my part of the country, and I’m hoping it stays that way for a few more weeks, at least! These summery cocktails will keep you in the mood for summer.  They’re so simple to assemble with just 3 ingredients.  I served them at a summer party and they…
  • Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders with Bourbon- Peach Barbecue Sauce

    Lori Lange
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    These little sandwiches are crazy good:  Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders with Bourbon- Peach Barbecue Sauce I spotted this recipe in July’s Cooking Light magazine while on vacation this summer.  My husband was looking over my shoulder and said, “Oh man, you’ve gotta make those!”  I was sort of thinking the same thing.  So we invited some friends over, and I popped a pork roast into the slow cooker for the day (I really love it when my slow cooker makes dinner for me).  And then we ended up with these delicious little guys.  I have three letters for you >…
  • Strawberry- Caesar Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Salad

    Lori Lange
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s an end-of-summer salad recipe that you must try! > Strawberry- Caesar Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Salad I know what you’re thinking.  You’re saying, “Oh my gosh, did she just mix strawberries with greens and pasta?!”  The answer is yes.  Yes, I did!  I added grilled chicken and veggies, and Parmesan cheese too.  And then there’s a secret sort of salad dressing mixed in, which I’ll reveal as you continue reading. Today, I’m sharing about the Greens for Good recipe contest- sponsored by the Newman’s Own® brand.
  • Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

    Lori Lange
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Here’s another one of my posts >> Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See! On Parade Magazine‘s blog this week, I shared this fabulous recipe > > GREEK BAKED ZITI.  The recipe comes from David Joachim’s book, Cooking Light Global Kitchen- The World’s Most Delicious Food Made Easy.  There are SO many recipes that I want to make from this book.  I have a several pages bookmarked.  My family enjoyed this recipe, and they’re going to be in for a treat when I make them some really different international dishes! Here’s another fun…
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    Freezer Burns: Video Frozen Food Reviews from the Frozen Food Master, Gregory Ng

  • Kid Cuisine Limited Edition How to Train Your Dragon Chicken Nuggets Video Review (Ep692)

    Gregory Ng: The Frozen Food Master
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    I know this is a tie-in with the How to Train Your Dragon 2 Movie which came out a couple of months ago but this Kid Cuisine Limited Edition How to Train Your Dragon Chicken Nuggets meal is still being sold in stores. So what is it? Well, it’s basically the same product that I reviewed a couple of months ago: the Kid Cuisine Rio 2 Chicken Nuggets meal. The Frozen Food Master reviews the Kid Cuisine Limited Edition How to Train Your Dragon Chicken Nuggets. He will tell you how these frozen products looks, smells, and tastes in this video review episode of Freezerburns. Read the Nutrition…
  • Seven Spoons Moroccan Chickpea Tagine Video Review: Freezerburns (Ep691)

    Gregory Ng: The Frozen Food Master
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    When I saw this Seven Spoons Moroccan Chickpea Tagine meal in a bag I was shocked by how large the bag was. It’s bigger than my head! I’ve never seen a frozen meal come in a package so large! Ok. Enough with the packaging. This meal comes in 2 parts: a microwaveable bag of rice, and the rest of the meal including chickpeas, zucchini, eggplant, carrots, and authentic tagine sauce. Is it good? The Frozen Food Master reviews the Seven Spoons Moroccan Chickpea Tagine. He will tell you how these frozen products looks, smells, and tastes in this video review episode of Freezerburns.
  • Old Bay Potato Bites Video Review (Ep690)

    Gregory Ng: The Frozen Food Master
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    I love me an old fashioned crab boil with Old Bay seasoning. In fact, I love me some Old Bay on pretty much everything. It’s like the Tabasco of seafood! So when I saw this Old Bay Potato Bites in the freezer aisle I knew I had to try them! The Frozen Food Master reviews the Old Bay Potato Bites. He will tell you how these frozen products looks, smells, and tastes in this video review episode of Freezerburns. Read the Nutrition Facts and Ingredients of the Old Bay Potato Bites below: NUTRITION FACTS: Serving Size: 10 pieces 85g Calories: 150 Calories from Fat 70 Total Fat: 8g Saturated…
  • Phin & Phebes Ginger Snap Cookie Ice Cream Video Review (Ep689)

    Gregory Ng: The Frozen Food Master
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    One of the things I love about hosting Freezerburns is I get free ice cream all the time. Today’s dose of fortune comes in the form of Phin & Phebes Ginger Snap Cookie Ice Cream. The Frozen Food Master reviews the Phin & Phebes Ginger Snap Cookie Ice Cream. He will tell you how these frozen products looks, smells, and tastes in this video review episode of Freezerburns.
  • Hot Pockets Limited Edition Buffalo Style Chicken Video Review (Ep688)

    Gregory Ng: The Frozen Food Master
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Buffalo Style Chicken means one thing to me: spicy. I like spicy and I have liked Limited Edition Hot Pockets. Will I like the Hot Pockets Limited Edition Buffalo Style Chicken? The Frozen Food Master reviews the Hot Pockets Limited Edition Buffalo Style Chicken. He will tell you how these frozen products looks, smells, and tastes in this video review episode of Freezerburns. Read the Nutrition Facts and Ingredients of the Hot Pockets Limited Edition Buffalo Style Chicken below: NUTRITION FACTS: Serving Size: 127g Calories: 280 Calories from Fat 80 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat 4g Trans Fat 0g…
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    Indian Food Recipes | Andhra Recipes | Indian Dishes Recipes | Sailu's Kitchen

  • Eggless Marble Bundt Cake

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Eggless marble bundt cake is a gem among easy bakes. A light, moist cake with a tender crumb. Learn the recipe of eggless marble cake baked in a bundt pan. The post Eggless Marble Bundt Cake appeared... Read rest of the story at my blog,
  • Bellam Thalikalu – Vinayaka Chavithi Recipe

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    Bellam Thalikalu is a sweet dish made with whole wheat flour, jaggery and cardamom. Vinayaka Chavithi recipe, Andhra style dish. Ganesh Chaturthi special! The post Bellam Thalikalu – Vinayaka... Read rest of the story at my blog,
  • Pappulo Undrallu Recipe – Ganesh Chaturthi Special

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Pappulo Undrallu recipe is a classic Ganesh Chaturthi special dish made with rice flour, moong dal and jaggery. Vinayaka Chavithi Andhra style vantakam. The post Pappulo Undrallu Recipe –... Read rest of the story at my blog,
  • Bellam Kudumulu – Vinayaka Chavithi Recipes

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Bellam Kudumulu or Teepi Kudumulu is a steamed sweet made with rice flour, jaggery and coconut. A gem among Vinayaka Chavithi recipes Andhra special dish. The post Bellam Kudumulu – Vinayaka... Read rest of the story at my blog,
  • Bellam Undrallu – Vinayaka Chavithi Prasadam Recipe

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:56 pm
    How to make bellam undrallu recipe with rice flour.Teepi Undrallu, a gem among Vinayaka Chavithi prasadam recipes is a favorite of Ganesha.Ganesh Pooja 2014 The post Bellam Undrallu – Vinayaka... Read rest of the story at my blog,
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    Nibbles of Tidbits, a Food Blog

  • Bistango Gardens: A Hidden Al Fresco Dining Area At Bistango.

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:51 pm
    I’ve loved Bistango Restaurant for years, its Bar, and paintings throughout its walls, and now there’s Bistango Gardens, a relaxing oasis in the heart of the Irvine business district. We recently enjoyed a sampling of Bistango Gardens‘ Terrace Menu designed for sharing. CHEERS to outdoor patio dining near a fountain with great Wine — We seek that out. The Souvlaki Greek Marinated Beef Kabobs (above) were nicely tender and flavorful. They offer several tasty Small Plates, a few are pictured.  Some photos are from Bistango. See linked MENU for plate specifics. We…
  • The ‘Real’ Fresh Brothers Pizza-Salad-Wings Land In The OC.

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:21 pm
    The real brothers of Fresh Brothers Pizza-Salad-Wings are pictured above at the opening of a new Fresh Brothers in Newport Beach.  It’s their first in Orange County.  I’m not saying they’re fresh, but their Pizza is.  And they really are brothers, but their last name isn’t actually Fresh. Their Pizza is good, but I fell for the Fresh Knots aka Garlic Bread tied in a knot and dusted with Parmesan Cheese, served with Pizza Sauce on the side.  I’d make a meal of it. Their Pizza liked me too — Thumbs up to much success. Samples of most items…
  • 5-Hour Energy Yummification Contest: Introducing The 5 N’ Thrive.

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:26 pm
    It’s likely we won’t win the 5-Hour Energy Yummification Contest, but we learned a lot trying.  The contest closes today, and then it’s our video amongst 400+ other video entries (I think) vying to win $50K, $30K, $10K or $1K.  All sound good to me.  We each created a Drink Recipe using (1) 5-Hour Energy Drink and a one-minute video preparing it.  Our drink, the 5′ N Thrive is simple to make and good tasting, but our video ended up compressed by time and size limits.  Overall, it was fun to do and we still hope for the best — Recipe is on the…
  • Lay’s Do Us A Flavor Chip Contest Take Two: We Pick Only One.

    14 Aug 2014 | 11:42 pm
    I submitted a Potato Chip flavor idea in Lay’s latest Do Us A Flavor – Choose Your Chip Contest, but never heard back.  It appears they didn’t choose my flavor idea… Steakhouse Bloody Mary Kettle Cooked Chips, which would have to be better than Cappuccino, don’t you think?  I was surprised to see and taste that option, but do appreciate its uniqueness. With respect to Lay’s actual picks (above), I was most excited about the Wasabi Ginger and Mango Salsa, thought the Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese to be basic, and the Cappuccino to be odd.  After…
  • OC Fair Report: Second Place Equates To Three Wins For Shelly’s Jellies.

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:45 pm
    What, no Blue Ribbon?  It’s Second Place for my Watermelon Jellies (above) – Orange, Grapefruit and Lemon/Lime Jellies previously won First Place Ribbons, a division win in Confections, and were close to Best in Show.  Last year my Strawberry Stars Jellies earned a Blue Ribbon too.  Each flavor is carefully made with 100% real fruit.  Collectively all have been dubbed Shelly’s Jellies.  I make them because they’re one of my favorite Candies.  I’ve always liked Jelly Candies and can’t believe I can actually make them, and better than any…
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    Eat Real

  • Blue Cheese Cocktail Crackers

    Sandy Smith
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    If you like cheese crackers, I have something for you. But first, let me apologize in advance for ruining you for commercial cheese crackers forever. I had a longstanding relationship with Cheez-Its too, and I ruined myself for them. Let's just say that these savory, buttery, flaky little crackers are to Cheez-Its what your grandmother's chewymeltydeliciousstraightoutoftheoven chocolate chip cookies are to Chips Ahoy.Serve these with a glass of wine or your favorite craft beer. And however many you think you'll need, make more.Blue Cheese Cocktail CrackersThe second best thing about these…
  • Crabbies Spiced Orange Alcoholic Ginger Beer (Review)

    Sandy Smith
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland, Crabbie's Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer has appeared in the US by way of St. Killian Importing. Popular in the UK (where it is available in flavors such as strawberry and lime and Scottish raspberry), Crabbie's is the official sponsor of the Grand National Festival, an annual handicap steeplechase held in Liverpool, England. St. Killian's has been importing Crabbie's into the US for the past couple of years, and it's currently available available in 18 US states.Crabbies Spiced Orange Alcoholic Ginger BeerCategory: Flavored malt and…
  • Avocado Pound Cake with Lime Browned Butter Icing

    Sandy Smith
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Once upon a time, a nice girl (or boy) could not go to the market and purchase an avocado without risk of ruining her (his) reputation. Avocados, it seems, were the culinary equivalent of items more typically purchased in drugstores, with much brow-beating and little eye contact. Back in the day, if you were after avocados, you were planning on making whoopee ~ not guacamole.Simply put, Avocados were a forbidden fruit because way, way back when, the Aztecs thought they were nature’s answer to Viagra. On what did they base this? Let’s just say that the Aztec name for avocado…
  • Beer Me

    Sandy Smith
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:18 pm
    In the interest of not going insane trying to keep track of four different blogs, I've decided to integrate posts from my craft beer on Eat Real. Makes sense, right? Real food pairs beautifully with real beer.Here's to good meals, good company, and good beer!
  • Chocolate-Dipped Almond Thins (LCHF)

    Sandy Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    I'll cut right to the chase: there's Splenda in this recipe. I already know what you're going to say, so don't bother...yes, I have used a food analog. And you know what? I don't even feel guilty.Up until last week, I would sooner have pulled off a toenail than created a recipe that used an artificial sweetener. But that was last week. This week, I'm a little less judgy, a little more antsy to play around with the sweeteners available to people who--for one reason or another--prefer/have to limit carbohydrate intake.Now, don't think for one minute that I condone simply swapping out sugar for…
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    $5 Dinners

  • Natural and Organic Deals: Stretch Island, Gerber Organic, Organic Candy and more!

    Dana S
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Check out the latest natural and organic deals….. Deals on Amazon Save 20% off on Stretch Island All-Natural Fruit Strips when you clip an Amazon coupon. Great for school lunches and these are non-GMO Verified. With the discount, these are around $0.31/each. Clip a 20% Amazon coupon on Gerber Organic Baby Food to score Brown Rice Cereal, Yogurt Melts, Baby Food Pouches and Tubs. Score Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour for only $4.15/pound when you clip an Amazon coupon!  Daily Deal Sites Over at Zulily, save on Reusable Lunch Items in the Lunchtime Pals Collection. This collection…
  • 31 Days Series – An Update! (You’re gonna wanna read this!)

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Happy Labor Day Friend!  Our family had a wonderful weekend in the DFW area, attending my alma mater’s football game, going to our 4th Lego KidsFest and of course, visiting with lots of friends and family! I don’t have a recipe for you today…because I’ve been on the road all weekend…so I thought I’d give you a bit of a summary and an update! In May, I started the 31 Days of Series and have been blown away by how popular they are and how well you like them…so I’m going to keep going with them. September has only 30 days, of course, so…
  • New Coupons: Campbell’s, Classico Pasta Sauce, Frigo Cheese Heads, Prego Italian Sauce

    Jenn K
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    It’s another new month, which means coupons have been reset and new printable coupons have been released!  Check out the latest ones (with lots more to come this week!): One more for everyone’s favorite job…dishes! Although the work is mostly done for us in the dishwasher, so I’m thankful! And many more!!! Other Valuable Online Coupon Resources Cool Savings: Check A Full Cup: Join and Start Saving $$$! Mambo Sprouts: Print Organic Coupons at Looking for a coupon for an item on your shopping list? Or a coupon for…
  • Updated! Grocery Coupon Match-Ups – Week of August 31

    Jenn K
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    {Pin by clicking the Pinterest Button below!} This is your weekly (and friendly) reminder to check out the latest coupon matchups for the following grocery stores, drugstores, and big box & warehouse stores like Target and Costco…click on each link to find the current deals, coupon matchups and extra savings offers! Grocery Stores Aldi Dollar General Dollar Tree Earth Fare Family Dollar Giant Eagle Kroger – Atlanta Marketing Area Store Deals Kroger – Central Marketing Area Store Deals Kroger – Cincinnati Region Store Deals Kroger – Great Lakes Region Store Deals Kroger –…
  • 31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas: Day 31

    Jenn K
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    I can’t believe it’s the last day in our series for school lunchbox ideas! I hope that you’ve gotten some helpful ideas to inspire you this school year. Make sure you check out ALL of our lunchbox ideas below! What’s In Today′s Lunchbox?! Whole Wheat Muffins (Try my recipes for Whole Wheat Banana Strawberry Crumb Muffins with no sugar added or my new Whole Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins!) Horizon Organic Cheese Slices Peanut Butter & Celery Honeydew Melon **For those of you who have peanut free schools, make sure you try Wowbutter!  It’s a safe alternative…
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    MyGourmet Connection

  • Avocado-Shrimp Tostadas

    Lynne Webb
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    Crispy corn tortillas topped with a fresh-made guacamole, lettuce and flavorful sautéed shrimp make a quick, easy lunch or light dinner. Continue reading →       
  • Grilled Reuben Dogs

    Lynne Webb
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    An easy-to-make mock sauerkraut and Thousand Island spread make a great topping combination for grilled hot dogs. Continue reading →       
  • Speedy Stovetop Baked Beans

    Lynne Webb
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    A quick-to-fix recipe for homemade baked beans flavored with bacon, barbecue sauce and caramelized onions. Continue reading →       
  • Honey-Peach Fizz

    Lynne Webb
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Muddled peaches and mint blended with Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey and topped with lemon-lime soda. Continue reading →       
  • Savory Pesto-Zucchini Bread

    Lynne Webb
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    A flavorful change from sweet quick breads, this savory zucchini bread is flavored with basil pesto and Parmesan cheese. Continue reading →       
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    Eat Boutique - handmade food giftbox, homemade, homespun, gift basket, food that hugs you back

  • Sweet Loren Cookies: Interview and Giveaway

    Maggie Battista
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    Sometimes, you need a cookie asap. If I can’t be bothered to mix up a batch, I break a few Sweet Loren‘s Chocolate Chunk cookies onto a baking sheet and bake. I know that sounds crazy but, oh my goodness, these cookies are perfect for an instant fix. They’re all natural with no refined sugars and bake up in minutes. The best part? You’re going to get your own batch if you win this giveaway. Loren will ship a box of cookie love to one winner chosen at random. So tell us about your favorite cookie in the comments and, you know, let’s win some cookie gift love.
  • What We’re Loving: Fresh Fruit Tarts

    Kate H. Knapp
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Do you believe in magic? I do. I’ve seen (and tasted) it first-hand—and not only because I live a stone’s throw from Salem, Ma. Something truly magical happens when plump, ripe fruit meets flaky, pastry crust. It’s like watching two kindred souls unite, and you’re suddenly entranced by the beautifully crafted fresh fruit tart. And since the delicate fruit is only at its sweet peak for a fleeting moment, a true sorceress (or sorcerer) in the kitchen must know exactly when to create the magnificent treat. Et voila! Magic. Several of our favorite bloggers have cast a similar spell on…
  • Grilled Peach and Pistachio Dukkah Tartine

    Josephine Rozman
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    Yesterday, Josephine shared four Picnic Tartines for this weekend’s picnic or a back-to-school lunch. Today, we’re sharing a fancier recipe using juicy grilled peaches, an easy Middle Eastern yogurt dip, and homemade Pistachio Dukkah. This tartine needs a grill, a bottle of wine, and good company. Get to it, quick, before summer ends! – Amy Grilled Peach and Pistachio Dukkah Tartine Ingredients: 1 pound peaches Olive oil, for brushing the peaches 1 loaf rye bread, cut into slices Labneh-Style Spread (recipe below) Pistachio Dukkah (recipe below) Honey (optional) Directions:…
  • Picnic Tartines

    Josephine Rozman
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    We love tartines. Even more so, we love tartines made with homemade bread and gorgeous ingredients. Josephine’s petite sandwiches have us ready to whip out the picnic-ware and hit the road. These are perfect for sophisticated alfresco dining or an exceptional lunch, and could easily be a star appetizer. The bread was made by and recipes tested under the skillful eye of NYC based micro-baker Jeremy Shapiro. -Amy  We wanted to make tartines with seasonal ingredients, so we purchased everything at the Union Square Market in Manhattan on the very morning of our photo-shoot. Micro-baker…
  • Glittered Peach Nectar Mimosas

    Mary Swenson
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    This summer has been filled with an embarrassment of (delicious) riches. From the Plum-Frangipane Crostatas to the Streusel Topped Blueberry Pie, the Smitten Kitchen Ice Cream Cake to these Boozy Aperol Limemade Popcicles, and then this Champagne and Peach Sorbet Float. And to be clear, we’re not going out without a bang, or a little more sparkle. Thank you, Mary. Grilled Peach Nectar Mimosas for all! -Maggie It’s been The Summer of Portable Cocktails around these parts — cucumber vodka and soda inside stainless steel water bottles; hard ciders out of Solo cups; Moscato sipped…
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    Simple Comfort Food

  • Habanero Cheddar Brat Pizza

    Dax Phillips
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    If you have never been to Wisconsin, you should. I know that sounds selfish and everything, but Wisconsin is so awesome for about 5 months out of the year. I say that from an outsiders viewpoint, but being from Wisconsin, it is fairly OK, the remaining 7 months if you can survive the cold and often times harsh winter months. But during the summer months, grilling brats are a big deal. I’ve known people to say ‘I ate so many brats this past weekend that I can’t even think of eating another brat’. Brats as we know them, or bratwurst are a big deal when it comes to…
  • Jalapeno Popper Egg Rolls

    Dax Phillips
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    Do you ever get that craving for something but don’t have the urge to make them, or heck even purchase any store bought brands? I recently had that craving, and it was for jalapeño poppers. I have never found a frozen, store bought jalapeño popper that I even came close to liking, and that is why I have made my own in the past.  But I will admit, they take a bit of time to make and that’s when I decided to take a different approach and come up with a new idea around the whole thought of jalapeño poppers.  I decided to take all that I loved in that appetizer, and turn it…
  • Chinese Beef and Broccoli

    Dax Phillips
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    Our vegetable garden is really starting to take off and as I have mentioned in the past, we are picking bowls of a variety of tomatoes on a daily basis, along with fresh herbs, and recently we harvested our broccoli. My wife and I did not plant broccoli last year, but a few years ago we did, and to this day we admit that was probably the best broccoli we had ever tasted. That was no joke. So when I saw the heads of broccoli, I got pretty darn excited, I’ll admit that. As I wanted to simply lightly steam the heads of broccoli, I decided to go a different route and bust out a classic…
  • Crispy Oven Fried Chicken

    Dax Phillips
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    One of my favorite meals of all time has to be fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and corn. Hands down. Typically this type of meal is only served in the cooler months of the year as it is my true comfort food, but lately I COULD NOT RESIST MAKING IT. I’ll admit, I broke down and could no longer tolerate my craving for this meal. However instead of frying it in a cast iron skillet, I decided to take a spin on it and go for an crispy oven fried chicken. The name itself doesn’t really make much sense as there is no frying involved, however, the result is everything you would expect in…
  • Pickled Thai Chilies

    Dax Phillips
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I’ve been in a pickling mood for some time now. No clue why, but I have been. It’s most likely because I have had an abundance of chili peppers growing in the garden, and as I normally freeze them and use later, I also love doing a quick pickle and use the chilies on pizza, rice bowls, and omelets. I wouldn’t say that I am a true chili head, but I do love the spice, and the vitamin content that normally goes with them.  One of my favorite peppers has got to be the Thai bird chili pepper.  They have a great punch of hit along with some really nice citrus notes, and when…
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  • Air Popped Corn in the Microwave (with ONLY a paper bag)

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:43 pm
    This past spring I visited Green City Market in Chicago where a farmer introduced me to dry cobs of corn. He explained how I could put them in a paper bag and pop the corn in the microwave, no oil needed. I bought them mostly out of disbelief and as a fun experiment to try with the kids. Sure enough, he wasn’t lying. I placed the cob of dried corn inside a brown paper bag, folded the top down and pressed the “Popcorn” button on my microwave. Beautiful air-popped corn emerged from the bag. The cobs looked a little funky with a few remaining unpopped kernels and others that…
  • Book Giveaway: Charcuteria, The Soul of Spain

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Read on to learn how you can win this beautiful book, which includes recipes but also reads as a cultural culinary adventure. Though I dream of a life where I have the time to gather obscure ingredients, purchase new equipment and design a space in my basement to cure freshly crafted sausages, this book is most likely to live on my coffee table. And, it is worthy of such placement. Jeffrey Weiss has written a notably unique book for the American readership; Charcutería is a detailed exploration of the traditional meat-curing and butchering techniques from the Iberian peninsula. Though Spain…
  • Culinary Discoveries of the Summer

    12 Aug 2014 | 7:39 pm
    A few things that I’m excited about this summer. Once again, I have been a delinquent blogger. Well, I have been too busy enjoying summer. And, dealing with my daughters broken arm, a sewage flood in the basement and a change of employees at my office. But, I don’t mean to complain because none of the hardships this summer have been of a critical nature and I’ve been enjoying many wonderful discoveries along the way. Some of which, I would like to share with you…. 1. Steigl Radler This grapefruit-scented beer is taking the summer of 2014 by storm. I discovered this…
  • Quick BBQ Chicken Tortilla “Pizza”

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Simply, easy, and one I want to remember. This goes in the “quick and easy” category. I won’t oversell this recipe as anything overly special or interesting. But, I want to remember this simple dinner idea when I am trolling my own blog looking for inspiration in my repertoire. Lately, I hesitate so often before taking a photo or sharing things on this blog that don’t seem worthy. There are SO many amazing food blogs these days, gorgeous visual search engines, Pinterest… seemingly endless places to find fantastic ideas or just surf food porn. We are living in an…
  • Apricots with Greek Yogurt, Granola and Honey

    19 Jun 2014 | 1:56 pm
    During our visit to Greece, I am stuffing myself daily with as many fresh apricots plucked from the trees as I can. It has been 3 years since we have been to Corfu, Greece where my father-in-law was born and raised. My in-laws have retired to their island home. With our kids now 3 and 6 years old,  the long voyage seemed manageable again so we traveled to Greece for a family vacation. The sights, flavors and smells are so different and such a welcome reprieve from our everyday. Our girls have quickly become accustomed to village life, running around in their tank tops, playing with their…
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  • BBQ Chicken Chili

    Skinnytaste Gina
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    A delicious twist on traditional chili – shredded chicken, beans and BBQ sauce are simmered in one big pot which has just a touch of sweetness that makes this meal Seriously Delish!I'm sharing this wonderful chili recipe from my friend Jessica of How Sweet It Is, who just came out with her first cookbook – Seriously Delish.  I've always loved reading Jessica's blog, she's adorable and her book is just as fun to read, filled with beautiful photos and tons of great recipe ideas.I really wanted to make everything in her book, but I figured since it's September, and the…
  • Asian Farro Medley with Salmon

    Skinnytaste Gina
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Farro, shiitake mushrooms, and snap peas are sauteed with ginger, garlic and spices and served with wild salmon marinated with honey, lemon and soy sauce. Not only is this dish absolutely delicious, it's also high in protein, omega-3's and is ready in about 30 minutes.I've been getting requests for more farro recipes. If you haven't tried farro, it's a wonderful ancient grain with a nutty texture that is usually found in health food stores. I buy the pearled variety which takes only about 20 minutes to make, and I actually prefer it over brown rice, especially since…
  • Grilled Veggie Towers with Mozzarella

    Skinnytaste Gina
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, red onion and bell peppers are marinated in a white balsamic vinaigrette then grilled, stacked and topped with fresh mozzarella. These are DELICIOUS and such a great use of the end of summer's bounty! If you prefer to make them indoors, you can also grill the vegetables on a grill pan, then preheat to oven to 350°F, make your vegetable stacks on a baking sheet and melt the cheese in the oven. The vegetables can also be grilled a day ahead and reheated in the oven as well. Click Here To See The Full Recipe...
  • Raw Spiralized Zucchini Noodles with Tomatoes and Pesto

    Skinnytaste Gina
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    I combined all of my favorite end-of-summer garden vegetables and created this simple, raw, vegetarian spiralized zucchini and pesto dish.As much as I look forward to the Fall, I'm not quite ready for summer to be over. Having fresh herbs at my fingertips is what I'll miss the most, so I'm taking all my basil and making skinny pesto with it to freeze and use throughout the year.I'm also going to miss eating zucchini 4 days a week, especially in a zoodle form... although I'm not putting my spiralizer away just yet!! I have lots of fun Fall recipes planned for it, so if you…
  • Weeknight Skillet Sazon Chicken Tenders

    Skinnytaste Gina
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    This simple, kid-friendly chicken dish is quick and easy to make for any night of the week – ready in under 15 minutes!When Karina, my oldest daughter (and the pickier of the two) was younger, and I was making something spicy I knew she wouldn't eat, I used to quickly whip up this dish. Nothing fancy, it was simple and easy with ingredients I always had on hand.Funny because once she went off to college I never made it again. Recently I ask her which of my recipes she likes most, this one is in her list of top 10. Considering how much she likes it and how quick and easy it is to make, I…
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    San Francisco News and Events | SF Weekly, SF Weekly

  • SF Cabbie Runs 5 Apps at Once

    Rachel Swan
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    "Signs we have reached peak-app?" product designer and tech pundit Thomas Purves asks, tweeting an ominous photo of an SF cabbie with 5 smartphones — and a meter — affixed to his dashboard. Evidently, this is the unsettling new normal for cabbies. While Uber has quietly discontinued its UberTaxi app, which allowed cab drivers to pick up Uber fares during their shifts, cab drivers can still take advantage of similar services like Flywheel and Curb (formerly TaxiMagic). … [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • City Shuts Down "Last" Internet Gambling Casino in San Francisco

    Joe Eskenazi
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    As of the first of the month, the electronic slot machines have ceased rolling at City Business Center on the 4800 block of Mission Street.  The last of a phalanx of internet casinos that recently graced this stretch of the Mission, City Business Center was the lone holdout following a January settlement that took down neighboring gambling center Net Stop. That much-maligned internet casino has since been replaced by a dollar store, and its neighboring casinos withered following the City Attorney's suit and settlement with the gambling house's owners, the landlords of its building, and the…
  • The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story: Full of Lies and Shoulder-Pad Free

    Katy St. Clair
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    Four words that should strike fear into the heart of any SBTB enthusiast, “Executive Producer Dustin Diamond.” Yes, the dude who played Screech was behind Lifetime’s so-called expose, The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story. Diamond was shunned by his castmates after he published a total bullshit tell-all; even he admitted it was all made up. There was of course no mention of this in the biopic, because that would be too interesting.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • More BART Delays This Morning

    Erin Sherbert
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Just as BART was starting to recover from tardy trains over in San Francisco, more delays arrived. BART officials are now saying commuters over in Oakland can expect up to 20 minute delays at the Rockridge station.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Jules Sibilio: Man Charged With Killing Girlfriend in Bernal Heights Headed to Court Today

    Erin Sherbert
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    Jules Sibilio will appear in court later this afternoon where he's expected to answer to charges of murdering his 42-year-old live-in girlfriend who was found dead in their apartment last week.  Police arrested 48-year-old Sibilio last Tuesday after firefighters were called to the couple's home on the 500 block of Peralta Avenue where they found Mary Atchison unresponsive. Firefighters determined the scene to be suspicious and called the cops.  … [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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    Lick My Spoon

  • Kahlua Mudslide Ice Cream w/Chocolate Cookie Chunks + Mocha Fudge Swirl

    14 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    If you’ve been following along, I’ve been shaking up my summer entertaining with Kahlua over the past few months, first with this Kahlua-spiked Vietnamese Iced Coffee followed right up by these finger-lickin Kahlua Coffee Baby Back Ribs. For my final installment, I wanted to go all out decadence because that’s just what August calls for – one last hurrah for summer fun! I turned to the classic Kahlua Frozen Mudslide for inspiration. Typically, a mudslide is simply 1 part Kahlúa, 1 part vodka, 1/2 part Irish cream liqueur, and 1 part vanilla ice cream, blended up and garnished with…
  • High Five Fridays: Oh Baby I Like It Raw

    1 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Shimmy Shimmy Ya. We’re giving the oven a break this week and going raw, fresh, and healthy. Raw doesn’t have to mean boring, oh no no it doesn’t. Play with texture, add some bright citrus, or unexpected spicing to heat things up. What are some of your favorite craveable summer salad go tos? Easy, no bake apps for entertaining? Or cool desserts? Here’s some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing... [READ FULL POST]
  • Kahlúa Coffee Baby Back Ribs + Giveaway

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    You know what your summer cookout is begging for? Some juicy, tender, sweet and savory, stick-to-your-ribs ribs. There is something so satisfying about sitting on a deck, balancing a paper plate on your lap, and getting elbow deep in a sticky mess of ribs. Big ribs, little ribs, dry ribs, wet ribs, I love them all! My mom’s Chinese-Style BBQ Spare Ribs hold a special place in my heart, but in the spirit of shaking it up this summer with Kahlua, I wanted to create a new recipe. Now what type of rib to make, that’s the question! Should it be saucy or dry-rubbed? Smoky or spicy? Sweet or…
  • Eton Mess: Berries, Whipped Coconut Cream, and Meringue Magic

    4 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    A lovely mess of marinated berries, softly whipped cream, and crunchy airy vanilla meringues, Eton Mess is my go-to summer dessert. I’ve been making Eton Mess long before I knew it was called Eton Mess! Apparently this is a traditional English dessert named after Eton College, where the dessert is always served at this big annual cricket game against their rivals. The story goes that the Eton Mess was first created when a meringue dessert was accidentally crushed by a dog while travelling to a picnic at Eton College, and all that could be salvaged was a crushed meringue with strawberries…
  • High Five Fridays: Easy Livin’

    20 Jun 2014 | 8:32 pm
    It’s summertime and the livin is easy. This week’s recipes are all about big flavors with little effort so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time playing outside! Low effort, high reward, that’s what I’m talking about. Have a great weekend, friends! Skirt Steak Recipe with All-Purpose Steak Rub and Chimichurri Sauce. Skirt steak is one of my favorite cuts for this kind of quick and easy preparation. And that chimichurri sauce is just a blast of fresh herbs and flavor! Make extra and treat yourself to a bomb steak sandwich for lunch the next day. Grilled Chipotle Lime…
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    Food Storage Made Easy

  • 30 Days of Preparedness Day 13: Practice Living Without Electricity

    Jodi and Julie
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    September is National Preparedness Month and is something we celebrate every year with our 7 Day Challenge (have you signed up yet???) This year we are also participating in a little blog hop called the 30 Days of Preparedness. You can check out each day’s post over at the Prepared Bloggers Network site and get a crash course in emergency preparedness this month. We will be featured on September 13th but you get to have a sneak peek of our day today! Our post is DAY 13 which is an ACTION DAY! You get to practice living without power on this day. It will be a good warm-up if you plan to…
  • 7 Day Challenge 2014 is COMING SOON!

    Jodi and Julie
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Have you ever wanted to test how truly prepared for an emergency you really are? Do you want to find the gaps in your food storage plan? Would you like a way to connect with others who are prepping at the same time? ARE YOU READY to join the Seven Day Challenge? The Seven Day Challenge is our way of celebrating National Preparedness Month in September. The Challenge is a week long series of mock emergencies with daily limitations and tasks to help assess your level of preparedness. On a surprise day in September, all participants are notified that the Challenge has begun. Sign up at the link…
  • Wheat Grinder FAQs

    Jodi and Julie
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Wheat grinders are a critical part of your food storage plan if you follow traditional food storage calculators and store large amounts of wheat. Without a way to grind the wheat you will have very limited options on the foods you can make with your wheat. It can also be a large investment to get a grinder and you want to make sure you get one that will meet your family’s needs. Today we are going to go over all of the questions that beginners tend to have when first researching this and hopefully it can help you make the decision for you and your family! What’s the difference…
  • Thrive Life Anniversary Sale

    Jodi and Julie
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Did you know Thrive is celebrating 5 years of parties with an extra big August specials sale! August items are founders’ favorites, so you can grab great THRIVE items from Budge’s faves and Palmer’s picks. To make your life a little easier we’ve compiled the sale items by % of savings. Here is a breakdown of the sale: 30-40% savings Blackberries (FD) Sale price $12.60 – You save $12.60 per #10 can 40% discount Pineapple Chunks (FD) Sale price $20.99 – You save 13.40 per #10 can 40% discount Granny Smith Green Apples (FD) Sale price $15.59 – You save…
  • FREE Shelf Stable Recipe Book

    Jodi and Julie
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Have you heard the term “Shelf Stable” and wondered exactly what it means? Different people have different opinions on that, but today we are going to give you OUR definition and then we have a great free gift for you to download too! What does shelf stable mean? We consider a shelf stable recipe to be one that can be made completely with items that can be found in your pantry (not refrigerated). The purpose is to have meals that you can make should your power go out and you lose the foods that you have in your fridge and freezer. Traditional shelf stable recipes Most people thing…
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    Living the Culinary Life, Every Day.

  • Summertime Macaroni Salad with Chèvre and Grilled Peaches

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    - ‘Tis the season for grilled peaches, fresh goat cheese, and incredible macaroni salad. - When I was writing Melt: the Art of Macaroni and Cheese, I had to relearn almost everything I thought I knew about flavor. Cooking with cheese is a unique experience, and when you’re working with artisan cheese, it’s important to take the cheese’s personality into consideration when picking herbs, spices, or other additional flavors for a dish. You certainly don’t want to drown out the flavor of the cheese, given it’s probably your intended star of the show! There…
  • Buttermilk Tomato Pie Recipe + Easy Pie Crust

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    - How about a buttermilk tomato pie recipe with homemade cottage cheese? - Last week I posted a recipe for how to make homemade cottage cheese out of leftover buttermilk, and I have to admit I had an ulterior motive for posting that recipe. Sure I wanted to share a super simple recipe to kick off the Super Simple Series, but the underlying reason was I wanted to make sure you had that technique in your repertoire before I gave you this week’s recipe for my favorite thing ever, buttermilk tomato pie. And now, here we are! Because, really, buttermilk pie – or any variation…
  • Super Simple Series: 5-minute Homemade Cottage Cheese Recipe

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    - After making blueberry pecan buttermilk pancakes, try this homemade cottage cheese recipe with the leftovers. - This post kicks off an ongoing series I’m starting to highlight amazingly easy recipes that maximize your time in the kitchen. Because I’m overly fond of alliteration, I’m dubbing it the Super Simple Series. I’ll be sharing a bunch of things – from DIY projects to whole dishes – and every last one of them will take almost no work. Amen to that! To start the series, I’ve got something really interesting that will come in handy when…
  • A Miraculously Simple Cherry Coconut Vegan Scones Recipe and My Jiffy Lube Assault

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    - A superlative cherry vegan scones recipe can fix even the most f—ed up day - I consider myself a very fortunate person. As lives go, mine is pretty damn good. I’m very lucky to have an abundance of blessings that outweigh any drama that may come my way, though I occasionally have a day where I keep pressing CTRL-Z in my head, praying for an existential UNDO feature. Despite how senselessly random life can be, there are a few things I’m pretty sure will not happen during any given day. I expect a safe will not fall out of the sky and smash me into the sidewalk; I am…
  • Chicken Pasta Salad with Feta, Kalamata Olives, and Balsamic Vinaigrette (semi-sponsored post)

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:57 am
    - My olive-averse boyfriend LOVES this chicken pasta salad. Yay. - It’s time for my yearly cold picnic salad recipe. I don’t post these kinds of dishes very often because I’m not generally a fan, but when I develop a good one, I sing it far and wide. This chicken pasta salad with feta cheese and Kalamata olives is one such winner. Not only do I love it, but so does my boyfriend – and he’s about as anti-olive as they come. So that’s a winning endorsement if I Someday I would like to visit Greece. I’m captivated by all I’ve read about its culture, its…
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    Food GPS

  • Interview: Richard Blais (Juniper & Ivy, The Spence, FLIP Burger)

    Joshua Lurie
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. Richard Blais grew up on Long Island and found culinary direction in Manhattan, where he worked for chefs like Charlie Palmer and Daniel Boulud. He now runs several locations of FLIP Burger throughout The South, The Spence in Atlanta, and Juniper & Ivy in San Diego, which is where Blais and his family live. He’s also found considerable success on “Top Chef,” taking second place on Season 4 before winning “Top Chef: All-Stars.” On August 23, I met Blais at LA Food & Wine, where he shared insights into his background and approach. Josh Lurie:…
  • 10 Fun Facts from Richard Blais Cooking Demo at LAFW

    Joshua Lurie
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. Richard Blais, who runs several locations of FLIP Burger throughout The South, The Spence in Atlanta, and Juniper & Ivy in San Diego, participated in the 2014 Los Angeles Food & Wine culinary festival. For his cooking demo on August 23, he prepared a reimagined play on vitello tonnato, complete with veal bone marrow, fried veal sweetbreads, and tuna tartare. Here are 10 of my favorite fun facts and quotes from Richard Blais. 1. If Blais played baseball, his walk-up music during at-bats would be The Beastie Boys’ Intergalactic: “It’s…
  • L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

    Joshua Lurie
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. The L.A. Beer Blast lets Food GPS readers know what’s new at select L.A. bars and restaurants with great beer selections. You’ll also discover beer-related events in the area. SAN DIEGO CRAFT BEER UPDATE, ROUGH DRAFT + TWO BEER WEBSITES The 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference inspired Sean Inman to explore new San Diego craft beer destinations. Learn about four prime stops, plus Rough Draft and two websites. Numbered establishments on the map correspond to information below for easy reference. Please note that craft beers rotate frequently at these…
  • San Diego Craft Beer Update

    Sean Inman
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. It has been awhile since I have been to San Diego, but with the 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference taking over the super-charged craft beer scene for a weekend, I had the opportunity to visit some new locales. First stop though was Carlsbad / Bressi Ranch to see where Pizza Port cans Ponto, Swami’s and Chronic. To clarify, that would be their session IPA, regular IPA and amber. However, I had none of those beers when I visited their east Carlsbad spot, down the hill from Palomar Road and near the airport.  Sharknado Red IPA was on cask and you could try a…
  • San Francisco Bay Area Chefs Name Rising Talent

    Joshua Lurie
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. What’s next for the San Francisco Bay Area? We asked five successful Bay Area chefs, Who’s the chef who’s worked for you either now or in the past who you believe is destined for greatness, and why? Learn about rising chefs to watch in upcoming years. Matthew Accarrino (SPQR) There are any number of people who work for you who go on to do great things. One of my previous sous chefs is standing right behind me here. Miss Sheree Cheng. She used to be a cook for me in L.A. and came with me to San Francisco and worked for me for a number of years…
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  • Raspberry Fig Pie (oh, the possibilities)

    Greg Henry
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Once again this summer I’m faced with more figs than I know what to do with. So I made a messy, but delicious Raspberry Fig Pie. I’m kind of embarrassed to say this, but I had to buy the raspberries. I’m not saying that there’s a thing wrong with buying fruit. With the exception of figs and lemons, I buy all my fruit. What’s embarrassing is this: I bought the raspberries to disguise the fact that I’m presenting yet another fig recipe this summer. I think this makes five (and I have one more idea in the works). Think of the raspberries as subterfuge.
  • Toffee Cookies (Amazing!)

    Greg Henry
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:14 pm
    I made amazing Milk Chocolate Toffee Cookies. I could stop this post right there because that is a nearly perfect sentence. It’s got a subject and a predicate. As a bonus it contains the word toffee, and of course the word amazing. What else does good writing require? Like awesome before it, amazing has become a silly word. However, I use it here because I don’t have much of a sweet tooth and toffee is probably the only sugary thing I simply cannot pass by. Every other sweet treat you can think of I could either eat or not eat. Even chocolate. See how amazed you are? What makes…
  • Charred Shishito or Padrón Peppers

    Greg Henry
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you know the difference between shishito and Padrón peppers? You’ve probably had charred shishito peppers at a sushi or ramen restaurant. They’re pretty popular and usually arrive hot and sizzling on a cast iron plate. They’re dusted in bonita flakes which wiggle and curl as if alive while you dig into this aromatic treat. The show these tasty little poppers provides is nearly as exciting as the deliciously addictive little peppers themselves. However, today I’m offering you tickets to a different show. It’s a show where the star speaks with a Spanish accent,…
  • Tomato, Basil, Burrata (TB&B)

    Greg Henry
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    I made TB&B (Tomato, Basil, Burrata) because we’re at the peak of tomato season. My kitchen is literally rolling in tomatoes after a trip to the Hollywood Farmers Market. Whenever I’m rolling in tomatoes, my mind turns to another perfect orb– burrata. Which fuels a craving for Tomato, Basil, Burrata salad. Tomato, Basil, Burrata Tomato, Basil, Burrata (what I call TB&B) is as beautiful as it is delicious. It’s an artistic endeavor that will have you thinking like a painter as you arrange different types of tomato shapes, sizes and colors– juxtaposing or…
  • Spicy Noodle Cake in a Box with a Fox

    Greg Henry
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A Spicy Noodle Cake. I will eat it on a plate. I will eat it on a date. I will eat it out of hand. And I will eat it made with sand. I will eat it in a box. And I will eat it with a fox. And I will eat it in a house. And I will eat it with a mouse. I could eat it here and there. Say! I could eat it ANYWHERE. I’ve reverted to Dr. Seuss (almost) to make a point. A point I don’t want you to miss. May I have a drum-roll please… This is the closest I’ll probably EVER come on this blog to making kid food. Still, I’m not quite sure it counts as a “healthy snack…
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    Chez Us - The Daily Dish

  • Shrimp and Elotes Tacos

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    We have not met Maria in person but feel we know her well, from reading her lovely site Pink Patisserie.  Her love of France aligned perfectly with ours, and her warm and personal stories drew us in.  Not to mention her stellar photography, and drool worthy sweets (savories too, but check out these cakes!).   We were thrilled when she accepted our invitation around our table, as we weren’t sure savory tacos would be up her alley, but look at what she surprised us with.  We love Mexican street food, and cannot wait to give this recipe a whirl while summer corn is still at the…
  • Tabasco Smoked Chipotle Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Every so often, when I am working with a client on a new recipe I completely WOW myself.  Don’t get me wrong, I do not develop just average recipes for clients, they are all great but sometimes it is like OMG.  OMG.  OMG.  This recipe that I developed for Tabasco is exactly that.  I am so in love with this, and I believe it is because I used one of my favorite Tabasco products the Smoked Chipotle sauce.  I am beyond pleased how it came out.  This recipe for Tabasco Smoked Chipotle Dark Chocolate Ice Cream is outstanding, if I say so myself.     Avery Island, and my time…
  • Crushing On

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    Long weekend in the US;  do you have plans?  It usually is a time of BBQs, dog-days of summer, and relaxing.  We were hoping to go camping but will be setting up for a client event starting next week.  No immediate plans other than finally finding a sushi place we like in the East Bay, and to attempt to go camping for a night.  With the end of summer coming up, I have been crushing on posts that involve delicious food!  I need to get in the kitchen more … Hey!  We are building out a new site.  What are some features you would like to see??  Let us know …. we want your…
  • Moroccan Chicken Kabobs

    Denise Woodward
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    We have been digging or should I say grubbing on these Moroccan chicken kabobs since we first made them during a camping trip we took in May.  They are a party in your mouth, and a crowd pleaser!     I started working on this recipe when the folks at Tillamook surprised us with a delivery of their Farmstyle Greek Yogurt.  We are big Greek yogurt fans for eating as well as to cook with;  but, I have to say they have really outdone themselves with this yogurt.  It is ultra creamy, and not overly tangy.  That just drives me crazy when a Greek yogurt is too tangy or tart.  The…
  • Mushroom- Spinach Breakfast Tacos with Salsa Fresca

    Denise Woodward
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    I was always aware of the thirst quenching margarita filled site Sweet Life Bake, but had never had the pleasure of meeting the gal behind it, the lovely Vianney.  During a press trip to Tabasco, I had the honor of enjoying her company and instantly hit it off.  I have a feeling if we were closer to each other we would be sharing many margaritas together.  Not only is Sweet Life my go-to margarita site, but it is loaded with outstanding recipes inspired by her childhood and growing up with Mexican parents.  The hard question when visiting her site is, which recipe to make first.  You can…
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  • Coconut Corn Soup + Vitamix Giveaway!

    Jennifer Pallian
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The new Bon Appétit hit the stands yesterday, and I couldn’t wait another minute to post the recipe I created for it. It’s part of the Vitamix-Bon Appétit collaboration I told you about. This Coconut... The post Coconut Corn Soup + Vitamix Giveaway! appeared first on Foodess.
  • Grilled Jerk Pork Chops

    Jennifer Pallian
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    How are y’all doing this week? Friday at last? We’ve had a bit of a long week… little peanut has a bug and we’ve been cuddling away a fever on the sofa for the past... The post Grilled Jerk Pork Chops appeared first on Foodess.
  • Cherry-Merlot Winesicles + Orchard Sangria

    Jennifer Pallian
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Mid-to-late August is hands-down my favourite time of year for cooking – the Farmers’ Market puts me into a practical frenzy – zucchinis are flying; tomatoes are being hoarded like it’s nobody’s business; yep, that’s... The post Cherry-Merlot Winesicles + Orchard Sangria appeared first on Foodess.
  • Mexic-Indian Corn

    Jennifer Pallian
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Fresh, juicy corn on the cob is one of my favourite summertime treasures. For the entire month of August, we feast on those golden ears at least three times a week. As much as I... The post Mexic-Indian Corn appeared first on Foodess.
  • Grapefruit Sunset + Cucumber-Melon Cooler AND Hang on to Summer Giveaway!

    Jennifer Pallian
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Without fail, summer peaks and starts to wind down before I know what happened. So to squeeze as much joy as possible out of my favourite months, I try to make every day memorable or... The post Grapefruit Sunset + Cucumber-Melon Cooler AND Hang on to Summer Giveaway! appeared first on Foodess.
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    Edible Garden

  • Uppu Kozhukattai, Ulundu Kozhukattai Recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi, Step by Step

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Kozhukattai (Modak, Modakam) and Lord Ganesh go hand in hand quite literally, we know that. When Ganesh Chaturthi rolls around every year, I try to make some modak the week before and get it as perfect as possible because, and I won't lie you guys, making the perfect kozhukattai is not easy. Or maybe it's me just needing more practice because my mom and grandmom seem to need no effort, measurements, or recipes on the internet to churn out gorgeous vella kozhukattai by the dozens, Ganesh Chaturthi or not. Uppu or Ulundu Kozhukattai is the salty, savoury counterpart to the sticky sweet modaks…
  • Whole Wheat Brownie Recipe - Atta & Jaggery Brownies, Step by Step

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    Learn how to make healthier brownies with whole wheat flour (Indian wheat flour or atta) and jaggery (gur or unrefined cane sugar) through step by step photos.To be honest, I don't go out of my way to make cake and brownies healthier. I bake them the way they are meant to be made traditionally (like using this simple brownie recipe) and eat them in moderation. It's exciting to experiment now and then though and I had been meaning to try baking brownies with atta for a long time now. The usual issue with using heavier flour in baking is the texture. We want our cakes and bakes healthy but…
  • Tomato Capsicum Dal Recipe - Tomato Dal (no Onion no Garlic)

    16 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Tomato dal or tomato pappu is one of my favourite ways to cook dal. Although there are thousands of ways to make dal in India, the simple dal recipe with tomatoes has my heart, closely followed by any type of kootu recipe since it includes coconut. I recently tried this version with tomatoes and capsicum (with no onion or garlic) because I love it when Amma adds capsicum to her sambar recipe. Capsicum does add a lovely flavour to dishes.You can use any variety of dal or lentil you want in this recipe. I mostly use moong dal or toor dal or a mix of them. Masoor dal is also a good addition or…
  • Tomato Chutney Recipe (no coconut no onion no garlic) - Step by Step

    5 Aug 2014 | 4:18 am
    Recipe to prepare South Indian tomato chutney (thakkali chutney) without onion, garlic, or coconut. This easy tomato chutney can be served with dosa, idli, pongal, chapati and most other breakfast dishes. Recipes from grandmothers are always special. So when a friend of mine offered to send a coffee table cookbook based on a grandmom's recipes from Palakkad, I didn't have to think too much to accept it. I say we can never have old recipes to cherish and pass on, right? This recipe is from this gorgeously simple cookbook called Pankajam's Cooking from the Heart, a compilation of her…
  • Quinoa Vegetable Pulao Recipe - Easy Indian Recipes with Quinoa (Step by Step)

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Quinoa is a gluten-free super grain that has been gaining a lot of popularity over the last few years. While it looks very similar to the pearl millet easily available in India, I don't believe there's an Indian name for quinoa or that it's locally produced. You can definitely buy quinoa online in India though. Since it's very easily available in Sydney (even more so than Singapore), I've been trying to cook up Indian quinoa recipes that suit our palates. Quinoa pulao also makes a great lunchbox recipe since it doesn't dry out as much as rice pulao tends to.Quinoa pulao with vegetables is one…
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    The Italian Dish

  • Spiralized Zucchini Noodles with Basil Pesto

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
      It looks like a serving bowl full of pasta noodles, doesn't it?  But it's not - it's "spiralized zucchini noodles" and so many people are making these right now, I wanted to make sure... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • Coffee Granita

    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
        If it's hot where you are, Italian granitas are a refreshing and delicious way to enjoy something frosty.  They are super simple to make, require only two or three ingredients... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Glaze

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
      Do I need another bundt cake pan?  No.  But I couldn't resist this swirl cake pan from Nordic Ware.  I was picturing all kinds of cakes in it.  Lemon pound cake, Coffee... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • Casarecce Pasta with Pesto, Eggplant and Slow Roasted Tomatoes (and a Barilla Pasta Giveaway!)

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Did you know there are hundreds of different pasta shapes in Italy?  Each region seems to have a special shape or two which is popular in that area.  Thanks to the good folks at Barilla,... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • Five Inexpensive Kitchen Essentials

    1 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    I have a lot of tools and gadgets in the kitchen that I use a lot and feel like I can't do without.  I couldn't give up my KitchenAid mixer or my MagiMix food processor. You need good quality... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
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  • Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:09 am
    Fall is fast approaching but we can enjoy a few more simple salads while it’s still a million degrees outside!  This easy quinoa salad is bright and fresh and interesting and makes a great side or even main course while sweating on a patio.  If you haven’t experimented with quinoa yet, this is a great way to get your toes wet.  Add chopped pecans or crumbled goat cheese, diced avocado, mandarin orange segments,  diced chicken breast or some grilled shrimp.  Its easy and forgiving and impressive at a party if you don’t save it all for yourself! (...)Click here for the…
  • Tomato and Cucumber Summer Salad with Feta

    10 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    This is my perfect summer food.  You will see variations of this salad everywhere during the summer because it is truly best with the most amazing of garden or farmer’s market tomatoes.  My mom makes it with mozzarella pearls and adds diced avocado.  We also add chiffonaded basil when the garden is full of it or a bit of diced, sweet red onion.  I love it with roughly chopped garden tomatoes, like brandy wines.  Actually, I love it any way you make it but it’s especially delicious with an excellent creamy, aged feta.  You can use any flavorful Italian or Greek vinaigrette…
  • Nespresso VertuoLine: for the big cup lovers

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Around here, we wake up with Nespresso every morning. Some mornings we wake up to a couple of Nespressos. each.  So I am delighted to share the newest in the line of Nespresso coffee makers-the VertuoLine!  The VertuoLine makes big American-style cups of coffee-perfect for entertaining, baking, and on mornings when even a double-shot won’t do the job.  This machine has the advantage of making both the big cups you need on early mornings and perfect espresso drinks for late nights and dessert pairings.  The best part is every cup-big or small-is topped with Nespresso’s…
  • Fish Tacos, Two Ways

    14 May 2014 | 9:54 pm
    So, the cardiologist says to eat five servings of non-shell fish a week.  I have never been a big fish eater so I am doing my best to comply.  Luckily, I am finding that the more fish I eat, the more I like it.  Firm white fish has a wonderfully filling texture and meatiness that doesn’t make you feel overfed.  Likewise, fattier fish, like salmon, taste rich and indulgent.  The extra bonus is how quickly it cooks-always a plus when looking for fast weeknight meals.  Tacos are one of our go-to weeknight dishes so fish tacos are an easy transition.  Below are two versions…
  • Not-Libby’s Homemade Pumpkin Pie

    20 Nov 2013 | 2:31 am
    I’ve wanted to share this pie with you for years.  Years!  But since no one cares about pumpkin pie after Jan 1st and my prior mentioned problem with, er, planning, I’ve never had a post ready to go at a relevant time.  But this is the year-although the photos are dated (seriously I cant possibly make pumpkin pie before the actual holiday, can I?), this is absolutely my favorite pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie is such a must-have tradition at our Thanksgiving table, yet it has always been my least favorite pie.  Don’t get me wrong, I always have a couple slices-it is still…
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  • Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad

    Lori Lange
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Summer must not end because I want to make this salad all year long >> Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad I had quite the indulgent summer.  I ate chips and deli sandwiches, I consumed a lot of ice cream and wine, and I gobbled up cheese like it was soon-to-be-rationed.  All of that, of course, means I’m paying for it now.  Unfortunately, I’m currently avoiding all of the aforementioned stuff like the plague in order to get some of those indulgent pounds off.  Fall is looming ahead, and since jeans and boots are my everyday wear in chilly weather, it’s time I fit…
  • Pearl Harbor Cocktails

    Lori Lange
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I have a delicious, tropical-type cocktail recipe for you:  Pearl Harbor Cocktails Here’s the thing >> I’m not at all ready to let go of summer.  So I’m going to continue feeding you some summery recipes until the Big Chill (otherwise known as “fall”) arrives.  It’s still quite warm around my part of the country, and I’m hoping it stays that way for a few more weeks, at least! These summery cocktails will keep you in the mood for summer.  They’re so simple to assemble with just 3 ingredients.  I served them at a summer party and they…
  • Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders with Bourbon- Peach Barbecue Sauce

    Lori Lange
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    These little sandwiches are crazy good:  Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders with Bourbon- Peach Barbecue Sauce I spotted this recipe in July’s Cooking Light magazine while on vacation this summer.  My husband was looking over my shoulder and said, “Oh man, you’ve gotta make those!”  I was sort of thinking the same thing.  So we invited some friends over, and I popped a pork roast into the slow cooker for the day (I really love it when my slow cooker makes dinner for me).  And then we ended up with these delicious little guys.  I have three letters for you >…
  • Strawberry- Caesar Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Salad

    Lori Lange
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s an end-of-summer salad recipe that you must try! > Strawberry- Caesar Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Salad I know what you’re thinking.  You’re saying, “Oh my gosh, did she just mix strawberries with greens and pasta?!”  The answer is yes.  Yes, I did!  I added grilled chicken and veggies, and Parmesan cheese too.  And then there’s a secret sort of salad dressing mixed in, which I’ll reveal as you continue reading. Today, I’m sharing about the Greens for Good recipe contest- sponsored by the Newman’s Own® brand.
  • Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

    Lori Lange
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Here’s another one of my posts >> Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See! On Parade Magazine‘s blog this week, I shared this fabulous recipe > > GREEK BAKED ZITI.  The recipe comes from David Joachim’s book, Cooking Light Global Kitchen- The World’s Most Delicious Food Made Easy.  There are SO many recipes that I want to make from this book.  I have a several pages bookmarked.  My family enjoyed this recipe, and they’re going to be in for a treat when I make them some really different international dishes! Here’s another fun…
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  • Chez Etienne, Marseille

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:59 pm
    It had been a lazy day in Marseille. We had missed the bus to Cassis and instead took another couple of buses to Marseille’s beaches south of the main city. A very lazy day by the beach. And what was for dinner that night? Pizza. Pizza in Marseille? Yes, and I was really looking forward to it, especially after my great pizza experiences in Nice a couple years ago and also another cheap pizza we scoffed earlier on this trip. My French colleague had sent me off with only one recommendation for Marseille – Chez Etienne – which specialises in, you guessed it, pizza. The…
  • Chez Charlotte in Aix-en-Provence

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    It was absolutely boiling in Aix-en-Provence. We were here in this former capital of Provence on a day trip from Marseille, having travelled very easily and smoothly along the highway by bus, a bus not dissimilar to the Oxford tube from London to Oxford. When we arrived, it was just about lunchtime and after seeing a couple of the very pretty buildings in the city, we then headed to Chez Charlotte on Rue des Bernardines for our midday meal. The restaurant was one recommended online but I had no idea what to expect, especially since the entrance didn’t seem particularly promising, all…
  • Bouillabaisse at Chez Fonfon, Marseille

    16 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    We started our holiday with a bang. We were going to be spending two weeks by the Mediterranean, the first in Marseille and the second in Barcelona. The timing also coincided with our wedding anniversary and we were going to celebrate it by eating Marseille’s most famous dish – bouillabaisse. After scouring the internet and getting a few recommendations from friends, we settled for Chez Fonfon for lunch on our first full day in the city. The walk to the Vallon des Auffes, where the restaurant is located, was longer than we expected from the port but we got there in the end…
  • Around the Web

    5 Aug 2014 | 2:43 am
    It’s been a very long time since I put together one of these posts but the vacation season does feel like a good time for another one! This Czech fried cheese recipe on Umami Mart is insane. Fried cheese? Served with tartar sauce? Yeah, alright, you’ve twisted my arm. Recently, they also visited Nagoya – ah, this brings back memories of my trip last year! The Homesick Texan’s Chipotle lime Texas trash snack mix sounds amazing! Now all I need is an oven again… Should I ever find myself in Shanghai, it seems that I should eat scallion noodles. House of Hao’s…
  • Vanilla Salt, A Review

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    When an invitation to review a lighthearted novel about a Catalan chef who gets together with a mysterious Canadian, I first laughed – I’m Canadian and my husband is Catalan and ha, what are the chances of that. So yup, I thought I’d give my first book review a go. Unfortunately the Catalan chef was a right wanker while the Canadian struck me as a bit of a hippie so there’s really no real resemblance to us whatsoever (I hope!). The novel is the first by Ada Parellada, a Catalan chef who’s based in Barcelona. She has opened a few restaurants and written a few…
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  • Aprons inspire – Kitchenwares, Chef Scelfo & Yours Truly in the Boston Globe

    Jacqueline Church
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:40 pm
    How excited was I when none other than @SchmattaHari herself asked me if I’d like to share my opinion on aprons? Pretty darned excited. First of all it’s Jill Radsken, smart, funny journalist and owner of the best twitter handle ever. Second, “share my opinion” are probably my three favorite words, maybe even as exciting as “dinner is served.” Seriously, though. I’m now on the same page of the    with one of the best chefs in town, Chef Michael Scelfo, AND my favorite and most loyal sponsor, KitchenWares — on the same page!    Aprons…
  • What I’m Doing Instead of the Ice Bucket Challenge – Building Access to Water for Women of the Sahel

    Jacqueline Church
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:58 pm
    If you’re doing or thinking of doing the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, or if you’ve already done it. I appreciate your enthusiastic support of efforts to end that terrible disease. I have been asked a number of times why I haven’t done the ice bucket challenge. This is why. I had the life-changing experience (thank you Catherine, Eva) of seeing the beautiful Sahel – the lower Sahara where people, women often with children, must walk MILES to get water. Water that we get to take for granted many times a day. One day I was awoken by a beautiful sweet singing outside my…
  • CIS Chix, A Step in the Right Direction, Towards Dinner. My Chat with National Geographic’s The Plate

    Jacqueline Church
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    I was delighted to speak with Charlotte McGuinn Freeman and Maryn McKenna of National Geographic column, The Plate. Bring Back Home Economics: Three Food Writers on Teaching People to Cook – The Plate: Maryn McKenna. The three of us were inspired by the success of Leanne Brown’s Good and Cheap, a cookbook designed to address the needs of people receiving public assistance, showing them how to cook on an extremely limited budget. See Could You Eat Well on $4 a Day? Many of us manage to feed ourselves and our families  well, while many more struggle with the basics. Some lacking…
  • The Wrong Kind of Surprise – Epi-Pen? Check. Clear tote? Check? Potential Disaster? Check.

    Jacqueline Church
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    I was packing for my quick trip to Maryland, having been invited to a pre-season Redskins-Patriots game by my brother. Thanks Mike! It was great fun and my first time Tailgating. My first time – I wasn’t enjoying it at all. Mike knows more about the game than most people, and also about the cheerleaders. If you get an invite, go. If you’re lucky, like me, your team might spend their whole first half trying to get out of their own end zone, allowing you ample time to preview the team. It was the third quarter before New England earned their second first down and I think a…
  • My eye on the sparrows

    Jacqueline Church
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    I’m not a religious person but that old song about ‘his eye on the sparrow’ came to me watching these delightful birds this morning. In the original (and the Barretta theme song version) I think the tune is meant to encourage us to leave our cares behind because Jesus is watching over us, keeping his eye on us (the sparrow). I prefer to think of each of us as each others’ keepers. Watching out for our loved ones, for those in need, and even for the animals that pass through our lives. I found some hominy in the pantry that had gone stale due to a hole in the bag (no…
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    Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine

  • Indio Beer Review & Cocktail Recipe

    The Food Hunter
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Guest Blogger: Paul Morgan I'm a routine beer drinker; it's normal for me to try at least one new one, if not more, every week. There are so many bars in my area of Philadelphia with unique beer selections it’s hard to resist. Thanks to The Food Hunter, who of course noticed my impeccable taste in fine beer, I was recently sent a sample of the Mexican beer Indio, to review. Oddly enough, despite living and spending a great deal of time in Arizona where Mexican beer is readily available, I had never tried Indio. My first impression was that it's an easy to drink Mexican beer. In fact, it's…
  • The Italian Sausage Burger

    The Food Hunter
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter With summer just about over, everyone is in the mood for a BBQ. This year, rather than serve the usual burgers and dogs at your next backyard event, make these Italian Sausage Burgers. A version of my favorite sandwich, the Grilled Sausage with Peppers & Onions, this burger is bursting with flavor. Just one savory bite and you’ll wonder why you’ve ever made anything else. Don’t get me wrong I love the traditional all beef patty topped with lettuce & tomato as much as the next person, but there’s something about the combination of ground sausage with…
  • Grilling Recipe Round Up

    The Food Hunter
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter In anticipation of Labor Day and the perfect end of summer feast I've gathered up some grilling recipes from around the web to share with you. Happy Grilling! Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone from The Organic Kitchen Garlic & Herb Greek Grilled Lamb Kabobs from And Here We Are Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Butter Sauce from Montana Homesteader Grilled Lemon Oregano Chicken from The Happy Health Nut Grilled Corn on the Cob from The Happy Homesteader Grilled Pears from It's a Love Love Thing Green Tomato Bacon Jam Burgers from Farm Fresh Feasts Grilled Pineapple From It's…
  • Cheddar Cheese Ice Cream

    The Food Hunter
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter The summer season isn’t over yet and Pastry Chef Audrey Enriquez, from Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, has concocted a sweet and savory treat to help you beat the heat. The classic combination of apples and cheese is the inspiration behind this dessert found on the menu at The Sanctuary. When it comes to serving this pair, Enriquez says she’s seen everything from cheddar in the pie crust, to serving the pie with a slice of sharp cheddar melted on top. She’s created her own take on this with her apple pie tart and homemade cheddar ice cream. Enriquez’s passion for…
  • Eating Whole Foods: The Best of the Best Chocolate Cake

    The Food Hunter
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter I don’t think I’m alone when I say that chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is pure comfort food. There’s something about biting into a thick rich piece of chocolate cake that makes me fell downright cozy and comfortable. Evoking memories of times gone by, it’s one of the few foods that I could eat repeatedly. There are plenty of claims for the best chocolate cake recipe and I’m sure they are all really good, but after only one bite I think I’ve found the best of the best. It’s moist, dense and extremely rich, everything you could possibly want in a piece…
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    Flanboyant Eats™: Latin Fusion Cooking & Tasty Travels Under Pressure!™

  • Basil Lavender Lemonade Spritzer

    Chef B
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I have the perfect recipe for those unwelcome gifts. This one I conjured up this morning, will make anyone feel better. Its beauty alone will make you smile, no?!  It’s hot, humid, sticky, and pouring as if we were living in …
  • #FlanFriday: Mango Chipotle Flan Cake & a KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway

    Chef B
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    This right here deserves every gasp you’re about to give it. I woke up this morning extremely anxious to get this post up. It’s been weeks, maybe months,  since I’ve shared a new POW flavored custard with you but I have been in the lab creating old and new ones …
  • Citrus Mojo-Infused Latin Grilled Chicken With Mango-Jalapeño Relish

    Chef B
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    (Taken in iPhone post test grilling and plating) When I got the call inviting me on to cook on the Today Show Plaza, I had no idea what I was going to cook. They told me the series was going to be on summer grilling. If you read this …
  • Dinner and House Fiestas Made Easily Delicious with Buen Sabor

    Chef B
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    How often do you realistically cook each week? What do you do when you don’t have time to think about a cooking let alone conjure up a proper meal for yourself or family?  It’s such an odd concept to admit we live in a modern world where making the time …
  • Some Good, Good, Real Good Steaks at Bern’s

    Chef B
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:27 pm
    ‘An usual spot for the best steak house in all of America‘ is what I thought as I stared out my hotel room across the street unto the bleak parking lot at Bern’s Steakhouse. It was suspicious and just odd-looking. But I was staying at a new hotel, …
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    Farmgirl Fare

  • Recipe: Easy Homemade Vegetable Tomato Juice (like V8 Juice, but better)

    Farmgirl Susan
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Bye bye, V8 juice! This healthy, homemade V4 version will blow you away (recipe here).Wow, it's hot out there. Two weeks in the 90s, blazing sun, and not a drop of rain. I think today it's supposed to hit 99 degrees (Joe won't let me look at the forecast) and stay there into next week. Despite twice daily watering, pretty much everything in my kitchen garden is looking haggard and unhappy. I'm drenched in sweat, and the fields are crunchy and parched. How can it be so dry and humid at the same time?The sheep spend their days camped out in the shade, and the chickens are laying around…
  • Summer Recipe: Savory Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Pesto Pie with an Easy Cheesy Biscuit Crust

    Farmgirl Susan
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    Scared of pie dough? This easy biscuit crust is perfect for beginners (recipe here).It's become an annual tradition to give this longtime favorite recipe from the Farmgirl Fare recipe archives a little summer shout out. My San Marzano tomatoes are finally starting to ripen and the basil plants are growing like mad; I can't wait to make one of these scrumptious pies. Enjoy!Do tomatoes and basil say summer to you? Do you love pesto and savory pies and melted mozzarella cheese? Then you'll want to celebrate the bounty of summer with this Savory Tomato and Basil Pesto Pie.This is one…
  • Recipe: Make Ahead Antipasto Baguette Sandwiches

    Farmgirl Susan
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    These scrumptious sandwiches, piled high with salami, mozzarella, marinated artichoke hearts, and an easy homemade green olivada, combine the flavors of an Italian antipasto platter in a handy, portable form (recipe here).As we head toward the 4th of July weekend, I thought I'd highlight a few favorites from the Farmgirl Fare recipe archives that are perfect for summer picnics, parties, and backyard get togethers. Enjoy!The only thing better than a big homemade sandwich? One that actually improves in flavor if allowed to sit for a while. Convenient and better tasting? That's my kind of…
  • Recipe: Easy & Refreshing Confetti Crunch Coleslaw with Creamy Lemon Caper Dressing

    Farmgirl Susan
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:02 pm
    A healthy, crunchy slaw that's made with cabbage, scallions, carrots, and sweet peppers and tossed with a tangy lemon caper dressing (recipe here).As we head toward the 4th of July weekend, I thought I'd highlight a few favorites from the Farmgirl Fare recipe archives that are perfect for summer picnics, parties, and backyard get togethers. Enjoy!We had out of town family visiting the farm last week, and this Confetti Coleslaw with Creamy Lemon Caper Dressing was a big hit at the dinner table.If you love coleslaw but are tired of the same old mayo-heavy recipes, liven and lighten things up…
  • Friday Farm Photo: Have a Freshly Picked Weekend.

    Farmgirl Susan
    23 May 2014 | 9:51 am
    Heirloom lettuce direct seeded in the kitchen garden the first part of April. Want to grow your own gourmet lettuce from seed? In this popular post I show you that it's easier than you think!Do you have any plans this weekend? We usually hunker down at home for the holidays, though I do wish I'd thought to buy some potato chips the last time we were out.In between munching on homemade sourdough rye French bread (a new experiment—so good toasted and topped with melty cheese and freshly laid fried eggs) and as much of this gorgeous lettuce as possible (we're racing the heat clock…
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    Tiny Farmhouse

  • This week in the garden – end of August: tomatoes and sunflowers

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    We wait all year for this moment in the garden, and finally, it’s here. The blackberries are still – still! – producing, if only barely. Between our neighbors next door and us, we’ve picked them pretty clean, though there will barely be a moment to be sad when their season has gone by because now, it is very officially tomato season. Sure, we’ve been eating cherry tomatoes for weeks now. I’ve had more than my fair share, as they comprise much of my workday lunch, but the full-sized tomatoes have been a long time ripening. The cherries, Juliet, a plum…
  • Tips for Harvesting Blackberries

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:49 pm
    It’s still blackberry season at our house. Just yesterday afternoon, as our neighbors very kindly handed JR a half-dozen ears of (very sweet and delicious) corn from their garden, the three of them waxed on about how many freaking berries there are this year. The canes around our garden abut their hay field, and so each of we two couples spend about fifteen minutes per day (separately. We don’t make a coordinated couples excursion of it), walking the perimeter, quickly harvesting a pint of shiny, plump berries. It’s just so easy. If not for the thorns and pests. But not to worry, thorns…
  • Blackberry Crumble

    13 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    You know how you don’t arrive at someone’s house without a gift – food or otherwise? Yes, well, my dear friend, who I’ve known since she was four and I was five, has been visiting her mother in New Hampshire from her home in Ireland this summer. Obviously, as she lives in Ireland, and we live in New England, our get-togethers are less frequent than we’d like, so on this visit, JR and I arrived at her mother’s with toys for the children, a giant potted zinnia – an absolute riot of zinnia, in fact – for her mom, and a bit of wine and a blueberry crumble for she and her…
  • Roasted Salmon with Peanut Sauce + a Cookbooks and Calphalon giveaway

    7 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    My friend, Colleen from Souffle Bombay, was recently thinking about which cookbook first made her fall in love with cooking, which led her to ask the same question of a number of her foodie friends – myself included – and #CookbooksandCalphalon was born. We have 17 food bloggers’ stories to share, recipes included (but of course), to help us celebrate our love of cooking and the fab pairing of Cookbooks & Calphalon. Of course, all this gathering up of stories wouldn’t be complete without a giveaway for you to enter. You gotta have some cookware in order to cook,…
  • Blackberry Simple Syrup

    2 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    The first recipe made with our glut of blackberries was blackberry vinegar, which happens to still be steeping away in the basement on a shelf that also houses our multi pack stash of toilet paper. I know, I know, not very aspirational, is it? I’d love to be able to tell you that the vinegar is steeping away in a heirloom fieldstone vinegar cave, but alas, it is not. Unless we count the entire stone foundation of our house as an heirloom (or heritage – take your pick) fieldstone vinegar cave. Hey, let’s do that, shall we? With the next pint of berries, I decided to counter…
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    Food Loves Writing

  • Week in Austin, Texas

    Shanna Mallon
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    We went to Austin because of a crazy Southwest deal a few months ago. At this point in our summer, taking a vacation seems like the greatest extravagance, and my penny-pinching heart would have canceled but for the fact that our flights and AirBNB accommodations were already paid for—great birthday gift we unintentionally gave to me. And while most people go to Austin for the creativity, the food, the music, the shock value (“Keep Austin Weird”), we went to get away to someplace new where it would also, conveniently, be ridiculously easy to eat well. Austin is where Whole…
  • Early Girl Tomato Tart in Spelt Crust

    Shanna Mallon
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Hey guys, this is a quick dispatch from Austin, Texas, where Tim and I are holed up for the week. We flew here on my birthday Monday and picked up groceries from one of the five Whole Foods Markets in town (we are in the WF motherland here) before checking into our rental. These Early Girl tomatoes won me over from the first moment I spotted them in the produce section. Known for being some of the first to ripen each season (hence their name), Early Girls are also some of the last tomato plants to stop ripening at the end of summer. Perfectly round, red and meaty inside, I felt like they were…
  • Blueberry Whole-Grain Kamut Scones

    Shanna Mallon
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:55 pm
    I’m a rusher. I do things quickly. Case in point, sometime years ago, I read about a cool cookbook, emailed it to Tim as a part joke, part serious suggestion of something he buy me for an upcoming gift, and as soon as the note left my draft screen, I forgot about it. On to the next thing. Good thing he didn’t though because that’s how Breakfast Lunch Tea joined my cookbook hoard last August, when he gave it to me as a birthday gift. It’s such a fun cookbook. Written by a bakery owner, it’s super spare and minimal in style but filled with highly tried and tested recipes and the kind…
  • Simple Summer Tomato Cucumber Salad

    Shanna Mallon
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Summer 2014 will go down in my mental history books as the summer when: Tim and I drove a friend’s beat-up truck to East Nashville so we could load my old roommate’s queen-sized mattress and box spring, strap it in as best we could with ropes and gravity, then truck it back down the highway like those crazy people you never want to wind up stuck behind, praying it wouldn’t fly off. It will be the summer both my old roommates moved away. The summer of days so hot, sweat layers on sweat. The summer I did things like look up the owner of a property on public records,…
  • this is how I like my French Fries (+ some links)

    Shanna Mallon
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Up next in Things That Are Better Roasted with Coconut Oil: French fries. I’m such a sucker for matchstick potatoes, roasted with coconut oil, salt and pepper, little else. Greek potatoes are nice and I can get down with a good breakfast hash, but tall and skinny French fries are my fave. I’m talking about the kind that are 90% about the cutting and 10% about everything else. It’s a similar method to what we do with sweet potatoes, and it’s so simple I’ve almost talked myself out of posting it, especially after watching a screening of the fancy-food-centric…
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    White on Rice Couple

  • Todd’s Bacon and Shrimp Ramen Stir Fry

    White on Rice Couple
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    The long lost teenage years. It seems like we are either hoping for them (before), trying to escape them (during), or wanting to relive them (after). As we pine and hope for our teenage years to come, with its greatness of driving, and dating, and other mysterious adult-like stuff, we have no choice but to wait. Not an easy thing to do when each day seems like a year. Then the mystical era arrives and everything begins changing around us so fast. Our likes and dislikes, what we want to do, where we want to go. Just as soon as we were starting to catch on to the game of life, someone…
  • For the Grilling Weekend: Jalapeño Cheddar Stuffed Burgers and More

    White on Rice Couple
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    Are you ready for the weekend? We are so ready, you guys have no idea. Well at least until you’ve read this post. We worked really hard this week to get our assignments, due dates and file deliveries all finished and sent off. It feels like since we returned from vacation a few weeks ago from Oregon, we’ve been good at getting all our duties completed like good girls and boys. Santa would be so proud. Our friend asked us what our plans are for the weekend. He’s the type of person who works through the weekend and barely gives himself time to breathe. So to rub it in, we…
  • Diane’s Vietnamese Fried Chicken

    White on Rice Couple
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:04 am
    When my 5 younger siblings and I were growing up, we were addicted to American food in the craziest of ways. Mom and Dad always had their garden fresh soups, healthy fish and vegetable dishes. But we wanted to eat what the Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles ate, which was pizza and more pizza. We always felt so deprived when we couldn’t eat mutant ninja turtle-style. Another evening of fresh homemade dinner was like six kids being force-fed mashed greens (or insert your most terrifying food as a kid).Second on our most favorite American-food dishes were hamburgers, and in third place was fried…
  • When Friends Meet, Learn & Eat at Food Blog Forum, Asheville, NC

    White on Rice Couple
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    Once a year it’s like a reunion of old friends and a gathering of new. We’ve come to realize it’s more than just a gathering of food bloggers for a conference. Sure, Food Blog Forum is an annual conference where food bloggers gather from far and wide to learn, encourage and eat together. But its grown to so much more than just a typical conference. What really happens at a Food Blog Forum goes beyond a stale conference room filled with panels on food photography, monetizing and finding success. As co-founders of Food Blog Forum with Jaden and Scott, we’re super proud…
  • Stovetop Fresh Corn and Cheese Dip

    White on Rice Couple
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    In 1996 when we first started cooking together many of our meals were vegetarian based. Diane was a vegetarian and Todd worked in a vegetarian restaurant, so it was totally natural for our daily menu to have a variety of vegetable dishes. Besides, we were young kids starting out our new lives together and we had a budget. It wasn’t a sparse budget, but we kept it pretty lean so we can pay our rent. It helped to have a place to live, ya know? And eating vegetables was purely enjoyable, so not only did we eat well, we had a roof over our heads. Simple vegetarian cookbooks were always a…
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    Bay Area Bites

  • Longitude: Downtown Oakland’s New Tiki Bar

    Kim Westerman
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    The bar at Longitude. Suzanne Long, former cocktail maestra at Forbidden Island, has opened Longitude, which feels like your very own Polynesian living room, with fabulous drinks. As a daily wine drinker, I don’t often foray into the world of rum. But when I see a list that runs several pages, and encompasses imports from Antigua to Guyana, and on to India, I don’t need much convincing. Longitude has opened in downtown Oakland to throngs of thirsty urbanites, longing for a tropical escape and a cool, refreshing beverage to transition from day to evening. They’ve found the ideal spot.
  • Café Underwood: North Oakland’s New Work-At-Home Café

    Kim Westerman
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    While working in cafés is not a new concept, it’s not all that common to find a space specifically designed for this purpose. Café Underwood is pitched to folks who work from home, but want to collaborate with others, have a meal or drink, or just get away from piles of laundry and other chores. When Dominick Scala, an east-coast transplant who had been bartending at Dogwood, decided to pursue the venture, he had in mind a kind of New Orleans-style writers’ grotto, an escape from the world, complete with absinthe. Café Underwood owner, Dominick Scala. Photo: Kim Westerman As a longtime…
  • Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss

    NPR Food
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    There’s new evidence reaffirming that eating foods with fat — everything from avocados and salmon to dairy fat — doesn’t make us fat. Photo: eyecrave LLC/iStock by Allison Aubrey, The Salt at NPR Food (9/1/14) We’ve reported a lot this year about how there’s a major rethinking of fat happening in the U.S. Turns out, eating foods with fat — everything from avocados and nuts to dairy fat — doesn’t make us fat. But eating too many carbohydrates — particularly the heavily refined starches found in bagels, white pasta and crackers — does our collective…
  • Real Vanilla Isn’t Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir

    NPR Food
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    The vanilla bean, along with cacao, originated in the Americas and is now cultivated in several countries around the world. Here, the seeds inside the pod are shown. Photo: hcabral/Flickr by April Fulton and Eliza Barclay, The Salt at NPR Food (8/28/14) Banish the phrase “plain vanilla” from your lexicon. Why? Because vanilla is one of the most complex spices around, boasting at least 250 different flavor and aroma compounds, only one of which is vanillin, the stuff that can be made artificially in a lab (and is used in a lot of processed foods). And as we discovered in a…
  • When Zero Doesn’t Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

    NPR Food
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:09 pm
    About 84 percent of food products that contain trans fats still carry a “zero gram” label, which may mislead consumers, researchers say. Photo: Tony Dejak/AP by Eliza Barclay, The Salt at NPR Food (8/28/14) Last we heard, the once ubiquitous trans fats had mostly disappeared from packaged cookies, muffins and french fries. That’s what we reported back in November 2013, when the Food and Drug Administration announced it was intending to ban partially hydrogenated vegetable oils from all food products. The proposed ban seemed prudent, since eating foods with trans fats has…
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  • Elk Katsu Bites Appetizer

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    Twice-Cooked Elk Katsu Rich elk stew meat braised until super tender, breaded & fried, then served with a tangy-sweet dipping sauce.  The bold flavors of a braised dish in a dip-able finger food appetizer! Ingredients:                                        Makes 4 Appetizer Servings ½ cup Porter Beer 1 cup Water 5 Allspice Berries 1 Bay Leaf 1lb Elk Stew Meat All Purpose Flour Panko or bread crumbs, chopped to fine crumbs Eggs Sauce: ½ cup Sir Kensington’s Ketchup 1 tbsp Pickled Ginger, mostly drained 1 tbsp Tamari Soy Sauce 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce…
  • Pistachio-Apricot Cream Pie

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    Pistachio-Apricot Cream Pie with Basil Crystals Mild, creamy pistachio pastry cream in a graham cracker crust, topped with tart, tangy, fruity artisan apricot jam & garnished with basil crystals. Ingredients:                                             Makes 8 Servings Crust: 2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs 1 stick (4oz) Unsalted Butter, melted 1 pinch Salt Filling: 2 cups Whole Milk (could substitute soy or almond milk) 4 Egg Yolks ½ cup Sugar 1 pinch Salt ½ cup All Purpose Flour 1 jar Pistachio Cream 1 tsp Vanilla Extract or seeds of ½ a…
  • Kurobuta Pork Chops w/ Apple-Cream Sauce

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Brined Kurobuta Pork Chops with Lentils & an Apple-Cream Sauce These massive, decadent pork chops are drizzled with lightly sweet, creamy cider sauce with a slight crunch from rehydrated dried apples and a savory touch of Dijon mustard.  Add to that the bourbon-honey brine we used and the all-around-awesomeness of Kurobuta pork, and you’ve got a real winner. Ingredients:                                                    Makes 4 Servings 4 Kurobuta Pork Chops Brine: ¼ cup Bourbon (we used Maker’s Mark, but cheaper would be fine) ¼…
  • Our Favorite Edible Flower Recipes

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Want to use our edible flowers for more than just adding color and beauty to your plates?  Here are some of our favorite recipes using their natural flavors: Chive Blossoms Chive blossoms excel in savory dishes.  You can use them anywhere you would chive stalks with prettier results.  Our favorite ways to use them are in scrambled eggs and chive blossom butter (try it on toast, melted & tossed with just-cooked gnocchi, or on a baked potato!). Hibiscus Blossoms Tart with a red-wine-esque depth and a vibrant red-purple color, hibiscus blossoms work well in beverages and desserts. …
  • Smoked Trout Salad w/ Pine Nut Paprika Vinaigrette

    17 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    Smoked Trout Salad with Pine Nut Paprika Vinaigrette Smoky, tangy, sweet and herby, this salad offers a range of exotic textures and flavors with little work.  It’s a perfect choice for a picnic, summer party or potluck. Wine Pairings: Verdelho or Sancerre Ingredients: 4 oz Smoked Trout, torn into bite-sized pieces ¼ cup Fresh Parsley Leaves 2 tbsp Green Olives, pitted & slivered 1 tbsp Carrot, julienned ¼ cup Microgreens of choice (we used a blend) 2 oz Goat Cheese (Chevre), torn into small pieces ¼ Cup Chopped Tomato Pine Nut Paprika Vinaigrette: Juice of ¼ Lemon Pinch of Fennel…
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    Alosha's Kitchen

  • Sausage, Spinach and Pepperoni Pasta Bake

    24 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Sausage, Spinach, and Pepperoni Pasta BakeIngredients8 ounces penne rigate8 ounces Italian sausage1 ounce pepperoni rounds, quartered1/2 large sweet onion, finely chopped2 cloves garlic, minced1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce1 tablespoon dried basil1 tablespoon dried oregano1 teaspoon kosher salt8 ounces spinach, steamed and finely chopped4 ounces shredded mozzarellaMethodPreheat oven to 350 F.Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Add penne and cook 10 minutes, until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water. Set aside.In the meantime, heat large deep skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and…
  • Thai Green Curry Chicken

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Thai Green Curry ChickenIngredients1 tablespoon grapeseed oil, divided3 large cloves garlic, minced3-4 Thai bird’s eye chiles, seeded and minced2 ounces (1/2 jar) Thai Kitchen green curry paste 1 14-ounce can light coconut milk1 cup water1/4 cup fish sauce1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, sliced thin or cut into bite-sized pieces1 small sweet onion, sliced1 bell pepper (I use half red, half green), cored and sliced1 medium green zucchini, chopped8 oz broccoli, stems and florets, chopped4 scallions, chopped1 bunch Thai basil, choppedMethodHeat 1/2 tablespoon oil in a large…
  • Pasta alla Norcina

    19 May 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Pasta alla NorcinaIngredients12 ounces small shaped pasta (e.g., medium shells, penne, orecchiette)16 ounces ground porkKosher saltBlack pepper4 garlic cloves, minced2 teaspoons dried rosemary1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg1 teaspoon olive oil16 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced or finely chopped1/2 cup half and half1 cup water1 ounce fresh grated parmesan1/4 cup minced fresh parsley2 tablespoons lemon juiceMethodBring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt and add pasta. Cook until al dente (about 10 minutes). Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. Place the pork in a medium bowl. Add 1…
  • Chicken and Vegetable Coconut Curry

    6 May 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Chicken and Vegetable Coconut Curryadapted from Very CulinaryIngredients1-1/4 lb boneless, skinless, chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces1 tablespoon grapeseed or other neutral oil1 medium sweet onion, chopped1 small bell pepper, chopped1 cup julienned or chopped carrots8 ounces snow peas, ends trimmed, large ones cut in half1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger2 garlic cloves, minced1 tablespoon mild curry powder1/2 tablespoon kosher salt1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes1 can (8 ounce) pineapple chunks, drained, juice reserved1 teaspoon cornstarch1 15-ounce can light coconut…
  • Beef and Black Bean Chili

    5 May 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Beef and Black Bean ChiliIngredients4 slices bacon, chopped1.5 pounds lean ground beef1 large yellow onion, finely chopped1 green bell pepper, finely chopped1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped4 cloves garlic, minced2 tablespoons ground cumin1 tablespoon Ancho chile powder1 tablespoon Mexican oregano1/2 tablespoon New Mexican chile powder1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt1 (15-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained1 quart stock or water1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, choppedSuggested for serving: shredded cheese, scallions, avocado, corn chips, hot…
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  • How to Make Disney's Frozen Bento: Olaf

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    With schools back in session, the lunchbox dilemma has started again. It's daunting to think of new lunch ideas that your kids will actually eat. Ditch the traditional sandwich and chips, for the new lunchbox craze; bento! 
  • Food Recall: 4C Parmesan Cheese

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:35 pm
  • Meatless Country Biscuits and Gravy

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Meatless country biscuits and gravy from The Egg Farm is a genius recipe that every vegetarian should make.
  • Easy Chicken Dinner: Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    On the days I know my schedule is jam packed, I pull out my favorite slow cooker recipes to help me get through the week.  The beauty of the slow cooker is that you can dump all the ingredient in a pot and forget about it while you occupy yourself with work and family.  
  • The Best Labor Day Grilled Honey Lime Chicken

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    If you love sweet and sticky grilled chicken, these honey lime grilled chicken thighs and legs are an amazing dish to serve at your Labor Day barbecue. Chicken legs and thighs are seasoned with a homemade dry rub made with chili powder, cumin, and coriander.
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    ecomii food & health alternative blog

  • Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Saturated Animal Fat

    Michael Greger M.D.
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, degenerative autoimmune disease of the central nervous system in which the body attacks its own nerves. MS often strikes in the prime of life and can cause cognitive impairment and painful loss of vision, as well as tremors, weakness, loss of bladder control, muscle pain, and fatigue. The most [...]
  • Rule of Three – Strategy for Success

    Sherry Brooks
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Your house is perfect but your body is a wreck.  Sound familiar?  Or how about this one? Your house and health are perfect, but your finances are a wreck. Have you noticed that when you focus on making some areas of your life their very best other areas oftentimes suffer?  Perhaps it’s just me, but [...]
  • Should Mammograms Go The Way of The Dinosaurs?

    Christine Horner M.D.
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    For over forty years, women have been told that the best way to lower their risk of dying of breast cancer is by getting a yearly mammogram. However, several recent, well-designed studies have found that may not be true. Researchers say the value of mammograms has been overrated and their harms severely underrated. Last year, [...]
  • Bagel Mom

    Deborah Elkins
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    No act of kindness however small is ever wasted. ~Aesop The Bagel Mom Movement all started with a donation of bagels from a mom who knew that unsold bagels go to waste and who approached local shop owners, Ted and Patra Cichowski  of New York Bagel in Brentwood. That one container of bagels fed hundreds of [...]
  • Farmers Market – Bountiful Local Harvest

    Marilyn Peterson
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    There are lots of reasons to look forward to summer, but none more satisfying than the bounty of lush seasonal produce; and nowhere is the colorful display of delectable fruits and vegetables more fresh or bountiful than at Farmer’s Markets. Farmers markets are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by small farmers and [...]
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    Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen

  • A Giveaway for California Avocados and a Recipe for Avocado & Banana Frosty {Back-to-School Nutrition: Podcast #251}

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    The blogosphere has been buzzing with fun and healthy recipes for back-to-school lunchboxes. Our recipe for California Avocado Orzo Salad was part of the buzz, but now we’re shifting our culinary attention to after-school snacks. Our avocado and banana frosty features our favorite super fruit—California avocados—and it’s guaranteed to hit the spot when your kids get off the school bus. Read on for the recipe, and be sure to tune into this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio show for more avocado recipes as well as back-to-school nutrition tips. Disclosure: We…
  • 10 Back-to-School Good Nutrition Tips and a Lunchbox Recipe for California Avocado Orzo Salad

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    It’s hard to believe that between us, we have two kids in high school, one in college, and one paving her way out in the real world! Our kids may be getting older, but we’re still busy at work cooking up new lunchbox recipes for our kids … and yours. Our latest, greatest creation is this avocado orzo salad featuring naturally nutritious California Avocados. Read on for the recipe along with our top 10 back-to-school nutrition tips. Disclosure: We created this recipe for the California Avocado Commission and were compensated for the recipe and social media outreach. All…
  • Bite-Size, Back-to-School Lunch Ideas from The Recipe Redux {August Challenge} … And Our Recipe for Peachy Peanut Butter Pancake Bites

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:46 am
    Our kids go back to school next week, which may seem pretty late compared to our friends who live down south, but no matter when the school bus starts to wind its way through your neighborhood, chances are you’re thinking about school lunches … and what to pack for your kiddos. To the rescue is this month’s Recipe Redux cooking challenge filled with bite-size nibbles perfect for lunch boxes and pint-size appetites. For our contribution, we created these adorable Peachy Peanut Butter Pancake Bites, which kids are more than welcome to eat without a spork! Adding jazz-appeal to…
  • New Proposed Seafood Guidelines for Pregnant Women and a Recipe for Tilapia Wraps with Corn Salsa {Podcast Episode #250}

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    Pregnant women and women of child-bearing age should eat more seafood. That’s the latest proposed recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration. To explain why seafood is critical for a healthy pregnancy, dispel concerns about mercury, and share ideas for adding more fish to the diet, we invited fellow dietitian and mom-to-be, Jennifer McGuire, MS, RD to join us on this week’s radio podcast. Tune in for Jennifer’s tips and tricks and for Tilapia Wraps with Corn Salsa.   Jennifer works for the National Fisheries Institute, which offers an array of helpful tools…
  • My Family Vacation on Nantucket and Recipes for Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes and Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    Our UK family came to visit last week, and we all spent a magical week at our new home on Nantucket playing at the beach, cooking summer-inspired dishes, fishing, golfing, and just hanging out. The island is famous for a lot of things including Nantucket Reds, which my husband, brother-in-law, and son all wore as they strolled down Main Street one day. Talk about preppy! Murray’s Toggery Shop sells a variety of clothing including these Nantucket Reds shorts, which my brother-in-law, Dick, bought to get into the island spirit! Knowing how much I love to cook, Dick brought along this…
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  • Focus On… Dinner Prep

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    Recently I’ve gotten a bunch of suggestions to create some videos around what we do at Casa SaltShaker. It’s a bit of a logistical nightmare – during the day, while prepping, I’m solo, which means I also need to do whatever camera or video work is going to happen. During the dinners themselves, we’re just a bit busy being hospitable and putting plates of food together to do much more. But I thought I’d give a try at a basic video – down the line there might be something else – we’ve been talking about capturing the online…
  • Bite Marks #2

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    Hamburgers, hot dogs, sushi, and homestyle Peruvian cooking. A trio of mini-reviews and one with a bit more to it. Come along for the ride! I was at the Abasto and just felt like grabbing something quick to eat, without resorting to spending an hour or more at one of the neighborhood’s surrounding restaurants. So I thought I’d pop up to the food court and have a go at another shawarma from Arabian’s King, only I couldn’t find it. I don’t know if it’s gone, if I just missed it looking around, or what – according to their website it’s still open.
  • It’s the shrooms, man.

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    Seriously, it was all about the ‘shrooms. Except for the one person who wouldn’t try them because the smell of mushrooms makes her nauseous. Not to be cliche, but I think she’s just never tried them the way I make them. And we’ve had some hits on the mushroom front here at Casa S – the mushroom cocas, stuffed mushrooms, mushroom galettes, king oyster mushrooms with polenta, raw mushroom salad, mushroom terrine (which has come back as an accompaniment several times), in wheat “risotto”, in strudel, and, of course, in our every popular, “textures…
  • New Friends on the Street

    24 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    Started off last week on another walkabout with the intent to snap a photo every 100 paces or so. Almost immediately decided it would be more interesting to snap photos of people on the streets – it was a beautiful day, everyone was out. But, I’d not brought along my zoom lens, so at that point, it becomes difficult to shoot photos of people passing you by without being annoying. I went with the shoot from the hip method, fired off hundreds of shots as I walked, and then, in review, knocked those down to about 50 for the day. Too many shots are blurry, the people aren’t…
  • Top-Master-Chopped-Iron-Chef #4

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    Dan: Dark Meat Chicken and Celery Kevin: Potatoes and Cilantro Dan: It was time for round four of our online cooking competition, and we’d just simultaneously tossed off our picks for the challenge ingredients. This one was hard. It doesn’t look like it should be – no weird ingredients, nothing out of the ordinary. But, hmmm, does cilantro go with celery? (It does, and there are plenty of recipes out there, particularly in Middle Eastern cooking that use both, once I thought about it.) I think, though, that it was the very ordinary nature of the ingredients that made this,…
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    LoveFeast Table

  • French Nouveau Glitter Tipped Nails

    Chris Ann
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:21 pm
    The other day, I was flipping through the new InStyle Fall 2014 magazine and came across this current trend for nails, called the French Nouveau manicure.  It’s basically a sheer natural fresh coat of polish with a swipe of metallic glitter across the tips. A French Nouveau manicure is fun way to polish your nails.  It shows a little nod to a traditional french manicure, but with a hip-bump of irreverence. While french manicures are known for their precision, the idea with the French Nouveau manicure is to bit of carefree attitude to the polished finish. While I can’t say for…
  • Metallic Linen Plush Pumpkins

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Just when you thought only velvet was swoon worthy ~ luxurious linen pumpkins came along. They take your breath away. (Metallic Pumpkins pictures in the home Joni Webb ~ from the Cote de Texas blog)   OK – you can start breathing again. Our Metallic Linen Plush Pumpkins come in 8 different color choices and sizes. Each gold or silver linen pumpkins, has it’s own subtle textural personality and unique curly stem. The metallic linen shimmers in the most glamorous and sophisticated way. The chevron linen is our personal favorite!  NEW to LoveFeast Shop.   Special gifts and…
  • Spanish Soda Splash Recipe

    Chris Ann
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    All summer we’ve enjoyed a sparkling drink that is refreshing, light and lemony.  We enjoyed it first at a quaint Spanish restaurant in Brooklyn.  Our New York friends re-created it and now we’re  sharing it with you to enjoy ~ before the summer’s over!  Quick summer tablescape tip ~ Lemons piled in an ironstone terrain scent a room with fresh goodness. This Spanish soda, Kas is REALLY the best to use, but it is hard to find.  This one looks interesting HERE , but we’ve never tried it.  We’ve used San Pellegrino in a pinch. Peel your lemon, add a splash of…
  • Textures, Lace & Denim

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:54 pm
    A LoveFeast Style is one that has layers of exquisite detail and texture but it may be just slightly wrinkled and paired with faded, denim jeans. The key is to make sure one of your pieces of clothing, like this shirt above, is detailed, delicious, embellished and finished. That way when you pair it with a tattered pair of jeans, the juxtaposition of the outfit is balanced and beautiful. We are also big fans of adding a bit of organic to the mix, something with a little earth tone to warm up the outfit. This over-sized bag is perfect for taking an outfit into fall. Don’t forget the…
  • NEW Metallic Linen Pumpkins

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    We can’t help ourselves! We loved our Velvet Plush Pumpkins so much, when we feasted our eyes upon their sister, the Metallic Linen Pumpkin…well, it was love at first sight! Each linen is ever so slightly textured, gently gilded or flecked with silver and they capture light (especially candlelight) with such elegance. There are 8 linens to choose from. You can order them in 8 different sizes. They look gorgeous in piles and can easily be mixed with the Velvet Plush Pumpkins. AND Meet another NEW addition… The Heart of Gold~HeartGram™. This is the perfect beauty to send to…
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  • This Week: Summer's Not Over Yet

    Kit Pollard
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Dixon went back to school this week...but summer's not completely over just yet! Here's a quick report on this week's exploits, starting from the top left and moving clockwise:Blog Candy: Last week, Cail texted me about these Chimes mango and ginger chews. For obvious reasons. I ordered some right away and am happy to say that I think they are delicious - all chewy and spicy with just a little sweet mango. However, all my friends think they're gross. Which is fine. More for me.Spice & Smoke: On Sunday, we had some friends over and Cooper smoked a batch of bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed…
  • Making the Most of August

    Kit Pollard
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    The end of summer means amazing food...and a mad rush to do everything everything everything before school starts again. Here's a smattering of what we've done and eaten recently, starting middle top and working clockwise:1. We're sailing! Last weekend, for the first time all summer, I had a chance to go out on the boat with my dad and brother and sister - plus Cooper and Clark (Cail was on her way home from vacation, so she didn't make it). There was absolutely no wind but it was a beautiful day, so a good time was had by all.2. Early August cupcakes at the pool. We've been all over the…
  • Caftans and Dreams

    Kit Pollard
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:50 pm
    I would wear this every single day.Caftans and Dreams is, by the way, one of my favorite blog names/themes I've come up with after it was too late, since I went all in on Mango and Ginger. (Others include the chef gossip blog Creme Melee - everyone knifes each other - and the monogrammed gun blog The Preppy Prepper.)Alternate blog histories aside, I still love caftans. Which means I really love this slideshow of fabulous ladies in caftans. And by "fabulous" I mean everyone from Queen Elizabeth to J. Lo. It's good.
  • #ertternation

    Kit Pollard
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Earlier this month, we went to the 35th annual Ertter Family Reunion, otherwise known around these parts as "Mary's family reunion." Mary grew up in a small town about an hour outside Pittsburgh; her parents still live there, as do a whole bunch of other relatives.The reunion, which we've been lucky enough to go to three times, is held on a big piece of Ertter land just across the street from Mary's parents' house. There's a pool and an old tennis court (which becomes beer pong central at night) and a pavilion next to a giant fire pit. There are grapevines and blueberry bushes and apple…
  • Gluten-Free and Glorious

    Kit Pollard
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    Gluten-free eating is kind of a big deal these days, huh? According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, about 1% of the population has celiac disease - a condition for which a completely gluten-free diet is the only treatment. But on top of that, a 2012 Mayo Clinic survey found that about 6% of the population has some sort of gluten sensitivity. And on top of that, there are a whole lot of other people who like trendy diets - and being gluten-free is definitely on trend.Fortunately, I do not fall in that 1% or the 6% or the trendy diet category, either. I love gluten and will…
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    Mango & Tomato

  • What To Do With Ground Chicken: Antipasti Chicken Balls In Spicy Tomato Sauce

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    It's back to normal after a relaxing 3 day weekend of seeing friends, eating out, attempting to take naps (2 out of 3 failed) and cleaning my kitchen for the #kitchncure project. You can check out my progress here. I haven't edited photos for the two recipes I made over the weekend, but luckily I have a great recipe to share with you that I made a few weeks ago: Antipasti Chicken Balls In
  • Are You A Baller? No Worries: Just Make Curried Cheese Balls!

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    Sometimes cookbooks unexpectedly show up at my front door. There are worse things in the world! Most of the time I look through the books and right away decide whether I'll keep them or donate them. When I received a preview copy of Michelle Buffardi's Great Balls of Cheese cookbook, I knew I'd keep it. First of all, it is an adorable size. Second of all, it has cute photos. Thirdly, it has
  • My New Kitchen Toy Splurge & Ina Garten's Chocolate Chunk Blondies

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    After years of thinking about a KitchenAid stand mixer and hoping that KitchenAid will just send me one (I'm a blogger y'all....kidding...not totally), I finally did it. I SPLURGED and bought one for myself. Because if I don't treat myself, who would? This was sort of an impulsive purchase...even though I've looked at several models over the years and posted several links on my FB page getting
  • Play With Your Food: Watermelon, Tomato & Cucumber Skewers

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    There are so many serious, heartbreaking, disappointing and just sad things happening in the world. Sometimes, the smallest things can brighten your mood, so go ahead and buy yourself flowers, or put on your favorite perfume, or eat a piece of dark chocolate, or have a mini dancing party, or play with your food! These Watermelon, Tomato & Cucumber Skewers are not going to solve all of life's
  • What To Do With Eggplant: Eggplant Caponata

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    There are those who hate eggplant. I don't understand those people. After all, there's so much that you can do with it: Grilled Eggplant with Buttermilk Sauce, Cherries & Pine Nuts Chinese Eggplant & Kimchi Fried Rice Burnt Eggplant with Tahini: Recipe from Plenty Cookbook Spicy Eggplant Tofu from Banh Mi ... Recipe for Marinated Eggplant Salad Eggplant and Tomato
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  • Sichuan Peppercorn-Ginger-Butter Shrimp aka M’s Shook Shrimp

    23 Aug 2014 | 3:21 pm
    A long trip of traveling to different parts of Thailand and East Asia was responsible for my absence of late from the blog. But then it’s also the guilty party who has given me many recipes, ideas, and stories to share with you in the weeks and months to come. So I hope you’ll forgive […] ....
  • Sweet Potato Fritters from Simple Thai Food Book

    18 Jun 2014 | 11:47 am
    © Erin Kunkel/Ten Speed Press/Penguin Random House I have recently written another article about GFB, the woman behind these sweet potato fritters as well as many other fried things I have yet to introduce you to. The article also includes instructions on how to make them. Halloween would have been a more appropriate time to […] ....
  • Chilled Tapioca-Cantaloupe-Coconut Milk Dessert Soup (สาคูแคนตาลูป)

    31 May 2014 | 10:27 am
    Many types of dessert soup, featuring various main ingredients, are routinely consumed in Thailand as well as other places in Asia, especially the East and Southeast. Some of these dessert soups are served warm; some are served chilled or topped with crushed or shaved ice; some are great at any temperature. I have covered some […] ....
  • Drunkard’s Noodles (Pad Kee Mao) – What to Expect from Simple Thai Food Book and, oh, a Giveaway of 5 Copies

    19 May 2014 | 12:35 pm
    I’ll tell you about this noodle dish and how to make it (my way) in just a few moments. For now, please let me announce that Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen is here! The book has become available online since last Tuesday, May 13th, and is now starting to pop […] ....
  • A Little Tour of Israel

    4 May 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Those who have paid any attention to me on Twitter probably remember that I had recently returned from Israel where I spent several days exploring, eating, frolicking in museums as well as libraries, and just plain having fun. It was such a great trip, and I’m glad that I chose to go in the spring […] ....
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    Walker Tea Review

  • Tea Review 537: Lochan’s Doke Rolling Thunder 2013 2F

    Jason Walker
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
      Origin: Doke Estate, Bihar, India Harvest: 2013 2nd flush Score: 88 Price (as of post): 50 g = $6.00  to Walker Tea Review. Get complete access to Member Content.   Sign Up For The Newsletter. Sample provided by Lochan Tea. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. Want to see […]
  • Tea Review 536: PT Harendong’s Organic Green

    Jason Walker
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
      Origin: Indonesia Organic Status: USDA, JAS, IMO, Canada Organic Score: 86  to Walker Tea Review. Get complete access to Member Content.   Sign Up For The Newsletter. Sample provided by PT Harendong. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. Want to see a tea reviewed? Contact me:
  • Using Aroma Cups

    Jason Walker
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    If we hurry through the day, it is easy for our sensory experiences to get combined into a mishmash. In fact, a part of our brains seems dedicated to making sure multiple sensations get combined into a single memory. But the tastes, textures, and aromas we experience in tea are separate sensations, and aroma cups help distinguish […]
  • How to Choose a Tea Infuser/Teapot

    Jason Walker
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    There will likely be a never-ending cycle of new concepts and devices for steeping tea at home. Walker Tea Review covered a few of these in a 2012 comparison. Now it is time to look at the realm of 2-stage tea infuser pots. Sometimes they are called gongfu pots or tea infuser pots. Here is […]
  • Tea Talks: Dan Bolton

    Jason Walker
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    I have wanted to talk with Dan Bolton for some time now. Dan is supportive of all who are tea content producers – people who write, photograph, and otherwise print/publish tea information. He tracks down the people and stories of tea across the world. And when he isn’t digging for stories in the beverage industry, […]
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    25 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
      Nov 1, 2014, (just in time for the holidays), my new company is launching Designed for travel, food & wine enthusiasts, ages 30-55, hip families and modern professionals.  Sign up or contact me for more information.    
  • International Wine Friends

    3 Nov 2013 | 2:57 pm
    I enjoy collecting pictures of famous folks in the wine business (and chefs, too). This is Beyers Truter, a delightful, down-to-earth, and extremely famous winemaker in South Africa.  He was relatively young when he was awarded the Robert Mondavi Trophy as the International Winemaker of the Year at the 1991 International Wine and Spirit Competition […]
  • Catalan Spain in Sonoma CA

    9 Oct 2013 | 11:46 am
      Why do I advocate drinking global wine? It satisfies my desire to dream about other places, cultures and people, and it’s a favorite game, quite entertaining. Food and wine is an easy way to explore the world. Chianti with Italian Foccacia sandwiches at San Francisco’s Mario’s Bohemian Cafe was my first introduction to pairing, at age […]
  • Where I Want To Be, A Novel by Cortney Roudebush

    26 Sep 2013 | 10:38 am
    In my line of work, I meet a lot of fun, attractive, smart wine lovers and Cortney Roudebush is one of them.  On our first date, she was my guest at a media event. She reciprocated by introducing me to one of her favorite intimate (and insider) food and wine haunts in San Francisco. I […]
  • Ernesto Catena, Uco Valley, Argentina

    13 Sep 2013 | 4:51 am
    Ernesto is one of my top ten favorite wine personalities. When you visit Argentina, do not miss meeting Ernesto at his place, Alma Negra (which means “dark soul“). A free spirit with advanced degrees from Argentina, Milan and London, Ernesto is a fan of beauty and balance.  At Alma Negra, one can feel the terroir […]
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    Unbreaded Site

  • Call on an HVAC marketing company to help you use Google Analytics information.

    Beth Cantrell
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    We all want to make informed decisions especially if there is a lot at stake like money. The best thing that we can do to stay informed is read the newspaper or stocks, or just tracking data in general surrounding your finances. Not everyone thinks with that side of their brain however. There are those that don’t know how to track or research anything to save their life. So what do you do if you have a business that holds your life savings. What do you do then to protect your investment? You make sure people know you exist. And once you make sure they know you exist, you do whatever…
  • What a print design agency can do for you

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Graphic design is an important part of any business today. To be able to make your company or even a project unique to depends on being able to have good graphic design agency. A pre-design agency can help you all the way with being able to make your design come to life. By being able to come up with unique graphic design they can be associated with your business or with a project that you maybe have going on you can make it a successful one. But being able to do so you are able to branding things that people recognize. By making a combination of art to associate a name with help people…

    Sonny Andrew
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    No wonder roofing is one of this country’s fastest growing business fields since the late 80’s, with all the construction that is going on every day. People tend to forget that roofing is not just a service that people need when they already have a home and the home needs to be maintained, roofing is also a huge part of the construction industry. In fact, there are more roofing companies right now in the United States than there are high schools. Every time you see a construction going up in your community, just think about how many roofers are needed to construct that roof, not to…
  • Moving Around Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult

    Carol Vitagliano
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    When you begin to think about moving your possessions into a storage unit, you are usually faced with any number of very personal questions floating around in your mind. ‘How can I get rid of this?’ ‘Oh look! My old homecoming crown.’ ‘I could never part with my old stuffed Winnie the Pooh bear!’ Usually, we can get away with holding onto these special items for a while. They are left in boxes in our parents’s basements, they are hidden away in nooks and crannies of a big old house, forgotten to a degree but also very present in our reality. With…
  • An accounting firm can help you with valuation and corporate finance.

    Beth Cantrell
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    When you are dealing with money be it individually or when you are running a business you need the advice of professional certified public accountants to help you get through everything. There are complex tax laws and auditing processes that require insight that unfortunately the common person doesn’t necessarily have. That is where professional accounting firms like GHP Horwath come in. GHP Horwath is a separate entity but still a part of the larger resource of Crowe and Horwath international. They are a company that has the benefit of being small business with the resources of an…
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    Project Foodie

  • The Summer Kitchen

    8 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    No self-respecting foodie lets a little warm weather dampen their enthusiasm for cooking. Some of us simply “take it outside”—by...
  • The Literary Foodie

    14 May 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Even the most avid foodie needs some time away from the kitchen. So what better way to unwind than to...
  • Zoom-In on the Perfect Recipe

    25 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Those of us who frequently use the Search feature on Project Foodie may have already noticed one tiny change. And...
  • Gifts of Good Taste

    15 Dec 2013 | 8:09 am
    The countdown for holiday shopping is well underway. In fact, some might say that train has already left the station.Caught...
  • Foodie Gift Guide 2013

    30 Nov 2013 | 12:16 am
    Finding great gifts for fellow foodies is a tradition here at Project Foodie. We keep our eyes peeled throughout the...
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    In Jennie's Kitchen

  • cantaloupe sorbet

    Jennifer Perillo
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:24 pm
    As I walked up the stairs from the basement today, I decided to do something I haven’t done the last three summers. I piled beach towels on the bed, found our raincoats in the attic, and began gathering my kitchen essentials to start packing for our Cape trip. We leave in three days. This was […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
  • mini minty s’mores milkshakes

    Jennifer Perillo
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    I’m not even going to pretend I have a long love affair with s’mores. It wasn’t until last summer that I even developed a taste for them, as Gina can attest. In fact, before she introduced me to swapping white chocolate for milk or dark, and adding fresh raspberries, I often passed on this summertime […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
  • crispy buttermilk fried chicken

    Jennifer Perillo
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:34 pm
    There are moments when I still can’t wrap my mind around it all. I’ve traveled miles I never imagined. Seen and done things, I never thought possible. And yet, today as I drove over the bridge to Rhinebeck, all I could think about is what I was doing at this time three years ago. He […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
  • a clean slate

    Jennifer Perillo
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:04 pm
    I don’t know what to say, really. I pressed the publish button on my last post with much hesitation. I’ve shared some tough moments here, but talking about my perceived faults as a mother was not easy. Regardless of how much I struggle with it, though, being a mom is the single most important thing […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
  • I lost it

    Jennifer Perillo
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    There’s simply no sweet way to sugar coat my behavior a few nights ago. I take my life into my hands every night I tuck my girls in. Maybe my drama is in overdrive, but have you ever stepped on a tiny Lego? If so, then you understand the pain it induces when it burrows […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
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    Marinate Me Baby

  • Baja Fish Tacos Recipe

    Brian Child
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    The first time I had a fish taco was when I was living in Las Vegas, NV in 2000.  The establishment was Rubio’s and it just opened next to my office and we walked over to the place and we were... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Green Chile Cheeseburgers

    Brian Child
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Pull up a chair, and let’s have a conversation about good simple food.  Food that is so classic, that you only have to add a couple of ingredients and you instantly have something that your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Braised Red Potatoes with Lemon and Chives

    Brian Child
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    I love the America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country series on PBS!  You too?  I really like how they take recipes that our parents had and re-invent them to today’s kitchens and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Apple Limeade

    Brian Child
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:54 am
    In the depths of Summer, I am looking for anything that will help me beat the heat.  One of my favorite flavors is lime and apple juice.  This recipe fits both of those very well.  You can add... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Atlanta Beef Brisket

    Brian Child
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
    It’s confession time here in the Child Family house.  I love beef brisket!  You too? There is something about it that is so satisfying, and meaty – it is probably one of the best cuts off... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Midtown Lunch

  • Mysttik Masaala Offers Indian, Tibetan and Nepali From a Cart

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    On my walk to Clarke Standard, I’d noticed a line that snaked out the door and curved around the building… and when I peeked inside, there was even more line to go! What was this amazing place that so many Midtown workers were spending precious lunch minutes waiting to consume? … It was Dishes. Yes, [...]
  • Wake Up Your Tastebuds with Week Three of our Lunch Rush Tours

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Week three of our special food cart tours gets under way today with some spicy food. After Eat Street Meat and Sandwich Days, this week we will focus on high scoville levels from three different mobile food vehicles each day. Today, we’re going to Bring the Heat along Park Avenue (high 40′s/low 50′s), tomorrow focuses on [...]
  • Want to Be A Vendy Awards Judge? Here’s How…

    The ML Team
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Our favorite event of the year is only two weeks away, and to celebrate their 10th Anniversary the Vendy Awards are choosing their “Citizen Judge” a little differently this year. Want it to be you? All you have to do is submit a photo of your favorite street food tagged with #VendyCitizenJudge and @VendyAwards on [...]
  • Week Two of Our Lunch Rush Tours Starts Today and Worships the Sandwich

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Thanks to all those who celebrated street meat with us on our inaugural week of hour-long Lunch Rush Tours around Midtown and the Financial District. The feasts continue this week as we turn our attention to the humble little sandwich. On each tour, expect lots of meat and cheese between bread as we visit three [...]
  • Langos Truck Brings Hungarian Fried Dough to Midtown

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Tacos, pizza, burgers, lobster rolls. Those dishes are pretty much covered when it comes to food truck offerings. I have to admit I’m getting a bit bored by all the new food trucks serving variations of the same thing. Enter the Langos Truck to save the day. This truck debuted at the beginning of the [...]
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  • Sundae Fundae With Smuckers And A Giveaway

    9 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Summer means hot lazy days, trips to the lake, and ice cream! During National Ice Cream Month, Smucker’s  introduced 7 new topping flavors to their family of products!  To celebrate, they invited me to host a #SundaeFundae party and have a fun giveaway! To get started, I received a “Top It Your Way” Smucker’s kit […]
  • Crockpot Chicken and Potato Dumplings

    22 Sep 2013 | 8:12 pm
    Back in the late 1970′s  I went to an unexpected dinner with a dear friend.  We went to his Italian grandmother”s house, where I was served the best Chicken and Dumplings I had ever eaten. I never forgot that meal, nor have I ever had Chicken and Dumplings like that  again. Her dumplings were little […]
  • Peaches and Cream Popsicles

    19 Aug 2013 | 5:00 pm
    One of my greatest Summer pleasures is a  fresh, juicy peach. This Summer I went through flats and flats of  delicious peaches. I have made  jars of Jalapeno Peach , and Lemony Peach Jam,  a beautiful Peach Pie, and my favorite Peach  salsa.  I even had a dinner party were the whole menu revolved around […]
  • Chocolate Zucchini Cake Made Healthier!

    9 Aug 2013 | 11:23 am
    It might almost be time to go back to school,  but that doesn’t mean Summer is almost over. There is still plenty of squash in the garden to be harvested. As much as I love to make  my favorite Cinnamon Chocolate Zucchini cake,  or Zucchini Fritters, I wanted to make something a little healthier this […]
  • Easy, No-Bake, Chocolate S’more Squares

    25 Jul 2013 | 8:00 am
    Anytime is a good time to have a S’more! Now. with this easy, no-bake, chocolate S’more Bar recipe, you can have your S’more anytime,  anywhere.  And with these bars, you don’t need a campfire, or even an oven. I know, right? Genius!!! This sweet treat reminds me of a cross between rocky road candy, and […]
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  • Homemade Mocha Fudge Pie Pops

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Today I found out that the popsicle was invented by an eleven-year-old boy. It was 1905. And, as the story goes, young Frank Epperson accidentally left a container of powdered soda mix out on the porch with its stir stick. It just so happened that -- on that fateful night in San Francisco -- temperatures reached record lows. So, when he awoke the next morning, he discovered that the mixture had frozen to the stir stick, creating an icy fruit-flavored treat. He called it the Epsicle.Epsicle. Popsicle. It's brilliant -- whatever you want to call it.Personally, I've always had an affection…
  • Summer Lifesaver: Grilled Tamale Pie

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    I guess we've been kind of spoiled this year. The weather in Wisconsin has been pretty temperate this summer. So, we've had very few hot muggy days.That makes me pretty happy, as I'm simply not a fan of hot, humid weather -- which tends to render me limp, listless and headachey.Yes -- I'm afraid I'm a wimp when it comes to the dog days of summer.However, I'll confess that I don't believe summer has TRULY happened unless we have a few of those scorching hot days when the idea of cooking makes my stomach turn.This week -- and into the weekend -- looks like it's going to bring some of that…
  • Feeding a Crowd: Cherries and Cream Slab Pie

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Got a crowd to feed?Or maybe you just LOVE pie?Either way, slab pie is where it's at.I read somewhere that Martha Stewart invented the concept of slab pie. I'm not sure that's true -- but she definitely made the concept popular. And for that, I'm grateful.Baked on a half-sheet/jelly-roll pan, slab pies can serve 20 or more people and require a little more effort than making one single pie. In fact, for the effort, I'd say slab pie is the way to go every single time... though having that much pie around would definitely be bad for my waistline.Better yet, if you're a fan of pie crust -- really…
  • Grilled Cauliflower with Capers and Preserved Lemon

    4 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    If you read my last post, you've already heard me waxing poetic about the virtues of preserved lemons. I'm a huge fan, and I love the way their salty sour flavor perks up all kinds of dishes.But, one of my favorite ways to use preserved lemons during the summer months is in a simple dressing made with olive oil and capers. It's salty and tangy and bright. And it's perfect for any time of the year.It's he perfect addition to a number of dishes -- but it's really perfect stirred into a big bowl of buttery grilled cauliflower.If you've never grilled cauliflower, you're in for a treat. Like…
  • Preserved Lemons and Six Great Ways to Use Them

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Do you love preserved lemons like we do?I can't quite pinpoint when our love affair with these deliciously sour and briney lemons came to be. But, I can tell you that it probably began with my love for the Meyer Lemon -- that sweet, tart, floral fruit that seems to come along right around the perfect time in winter when I need a pick-me-up.Every year, I look forward to seeing the first batch of lemons in the store. And I always buy a bunch of them, knowing that they'll perk me up.This past February, I ordered 10 pounds of fresh Meyer lemons from the awesome women over at The Lemon Ladies…
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    GoodLife Eats

  • Visiting New Orleans

    Katie Goodman
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:05 pm
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  • Gluten Free Chocolate Coconut Zucchini Cake

    Brielle Gundersen
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
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  • Fruit Punch Popsicles with Coconut Water

    Katie Goodman
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
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  • Bacon Blue Cheese Grilled Flatbread with Arugula

    Katie Goodman
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
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  • Broccoli Cheese Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes

    Katie Goodman
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
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    Cooking In Stilettos™

  • A Bit of Pasta for Dinner Inspiration with 12 Perfect Pasta Dishes

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. When I’m not sure what to make for dinner, I always have pasta in the pantry to whip up a quick and scrumptious dinner. Whether it’s a light orzo or tuna Tuscan vegetable salad salad, tortellini soup, spaghetti ala carbonara, stuffed shells or, one of my tried and true faves, lasagna rolls, my pantry is ready! Foodie asked us to whip up some of our favorite pasta recipes so here are 12 Perfect Pasta Dishes that will have your friends and family asking for seconds! Check out 12 Perfect Pasta Dishes by Cooking In Stilettos at…
  • Celebrating All Things #BoozeWeek With A Bourbon Pecan Pie Milkshake at Cravings of a Lunatic

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Boy do I have a sweet treat for y’all today…  just think – flavors of the holiday season, a touch of bourbon action and all in milkshake form. Intrigued yet? Recently, my gal Kim at Cravings of a Lunatic asked if anyone wanted to guest post for her while she was taking a “staycation”.  However – the caveat was it had to be booze related.  Can I say my hand went up quicker than that a certain know-it-all smarty pants in my third grade class.  What can I say – she had me “Booze”.   Those that know Kim know she doesn’t really…
  • Roasted Harvest Fruit Sangria With A Bit Of A Homestyle Twist

    23 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    I saw something the other day that shook me a bit …  the leaves on the trees are starting to turn.  Last I checked it was August – not October.  Now – y’all know Fall is my favorite season – the apples, the pumpkins, the boots and the wardrobe – just a few of my favorite fall things.  However, it’s August – would it be wrong to break out some early harvest festivity? Williams-Sonoma, one of my homes away from home, challenged me to whip up a sangria recipe that had a bit of a juicer twist and, after marinating on the idea for a while, I…
  • The Chicken of the Sea Great American Gratitude Tour To Visit Philly and a Homemade Tuna Casserole Recipe

    11 Aug 2014 | 10:58 pm
    This is a sponsored post.  My opinions are my own. I always love a company that gives back.  Chicken of the Sea is celebrating their 100th anniversary by paying it forward.  They are awarding 100 Great American Gratitude awards of $10,000 to community champions across the country (that’s $1 million dollars in total) and need your help.  They are looking for individuals and various organizations who would benefit from a Great American Gratitude Award and will be going on The Great American Gratitude Tour. The Great American Gratitude Tour will be visiting Philly August 16th and 17th…
  • Turkey Burger Patty Melts with Caramelized Onions and Comeback Sauce – Perfect for The Grill

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Honeysuckle White® and Shady Brook Farms® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you ever have a dish that conjures up a memory – whether it’s sitting at your grandparents table with a chocolate pie on the sideboard teasing you to finish those green beans before you can have a slice or a butternut squash ravioli tossed in a brown butter sauce that reminds you of dinner with friends that had your sides splitting with laughter?  I have a few of those and when I was challenged with whipping up a turkey dish on the grill that…
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    Kahakai Kitchen

  • Farmers' Market Minestrone with White Beans for Souper (Soup, Salad, & Sammie) Sundays

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:12 pm
    In case you are one of those 'no soup in the summer people'-- The August/September issue of Fine Cooking Magazine emphatically backs up my own 'soup for all seasons' philosophy saying, "In Italy, they eat soup in summer (and so should you)." Pointing out that summer is the time when prime soup vegetables are abundant and that summer soups, served the Italian way--just warmed or at room temperature rather than piping hot, fit in with summer weather. I fully support this and their tempting recipe for a Farmers' Market Minestrone to which I switched up some veggies and added beans for an extra…
  • (Meat Free) Bánh Mì Sandwich (aka Nigel Slater's 'Sour, Hot, Crisp, Soft. A Sandwich for the Senses')

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    There are sandwiches and then there are SANDWICHES--bread that is packed so full of ingredients, flavors, and textures that they transcend ordinary sandwiches. I find a good Bánh Mì to be a SANDWICH, hearty, satisfying, and full of flavor. If you aren't familiar, Bánh Mì sandwiches are a Vietnamese dish that combine French ingredients like the baguette, mayonnaise or butter, pâté in a classic version, with Vietnamese flavors like cilantro, mint, pickled veggies and spices. Nigel Slater's version listed in Notes From the Larder as 'Sour, Hot, Crisp, Soft. A Sandwich for the Senses'--a…
  • The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "Season of the Dragonflies" by Sarah Creech with an Iron Chef's Summery Caprese Salad

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are books that seem made for a cold winter's night, those that are fitting for a rainy Sunday, or perhaps a breezy evening on the lanai. "Season of the Dragonflies" by Sarah Creech is a book that is made for a summer weekend. Summer is dragonfly season after all and this novel, full of family drama and magical realism, is a perfect escape for a sultry summer day, enjoyed with a big glass of icy-cold sweet tea and the scent of gardenias lingering in the air.Hardcover: 336 pagesPublisher: William Morrow (August 12, 2014)Publisher's Blurb:For generations, the Lenore women have…
  • 'StrawBarry' Marshmallow Mousse for Food 'N Flix August: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This month's Food 'N Flix is a double feature of the animated movies Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and/or Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Selected by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, there is plenty of food in both of these films--if you don't mind it falling from the sky or running around chasing you. Having seen the first film when it came out, I was going to view it again and then watch the second film, but time got away from me as usual and I was just able to squeeze in CWACOM Part 2. In this one, Flint Lockwood and his friends are back to Swallow Falls, where…
  • Nigel's Pappa al Pomodoro: Tomato & Bread Soup for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays

    24 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In terms of looks, Pappa al Pomodoro is a bit of a hot mess in a bowl. Definitely more peasant, than elegant. Flavor and satisfaction are where its beauty lies. The chunks of thick bread sopping up all of the lovely ripe tomatoes and their juices. This is Nigel Slater's Classic Pappa al Pomodoro, with a bit of a twist that he mentions--adding roasted red pepper for a more Mediterranean feel. Using a combination of canned plum tomatoes plus perfectly ripe local Romas and fresh basil, it's a bit of summer in a bowl. Nigel says, "The deeply satisfying classic soup pappa al pomodoro is an…
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    Daily Blender

  • Daily Blender Exclusive: Author Christopher Moore

    Jennifer Heigl
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    As a Midwest kid who grew up in a faith-heavy community, it almost felt a little sacrilege to read Christopher Moore’s Lamb. The story of Jesus’s teen years as told by his best friend, Biff, Lamb spins the story of the Messiah’s early life, before the healing and the leading and the fishes and the whatnot. The post Daily Blender Exclusive: Author Christopher Moore appeared first on Daily Blender.
  • Dining and Drinking: 48 Hours In… Indianapolis

    Jennifer Heigl
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    This round of '48 Hours in...' was penned by my dear friend, Erin Edds. A fellow entrepreneur, Erin and her husband, Stephen, are the operators of the wildly popular Hoosier Momma Bloody Mary mixer line – a favorite at Colts games, the Indianapolis 500, and Kentucky Derby. The post Dining and Drinking: 48 Hours In… Indianapolis appeared first on Daily Blender.
  • Dining and Drinking: 48 Hours in… Los Angeles

    Jennifer Heigl
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:32 am
    First, you head north past Los Angeles' Hasidic Jewish neighborhood and onto the posh boutique-lined Beverly Boulevard for a bite at Petty Cash, an upscale taqueria. The walls look like an enormous Digital Retna mural, and the bar is stocked with scores of agave spirits, many of which you've never seen before. You see the trompo and decide to order tacos al pastor to go with your Paloma. The post Dining and Drinking: 48 Hours in… Los Angeles appeared first on Daily Blender.
  • Quick Spin: Author Bret Anthony Johnston

    Kat Vetrano
    4 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Bret Anthony Johnston’s outward appearance oozes fiction writer. You see his thick-rimmed glasses and often solemn photos and you think, Yup, this is what they’re all like. But Johnston (whose name sounds a little like a member of a boy band, doesn’t it?) is so much more than the scarf-wearing stereotype you might associate with the typical writer. The post Quick Spin: Author Bret Anthony Johnston appeared first on Daily Blender.
  • Barrel Age This! An Interview with Portland’s Jeffrey Morgenthaler

    Jennifer Heigl
    22 May 2014 | 6:22 am
    Jeffrey Morgenthaler, bartender extraordinaire. More like Jeffrey the Grouch when I first met him in the Denver airport years ago. The name rang a bell as the shuttle driver rattled off the list of us weary travelers waiting for a ride to Vail. “I think I follow you on Twitter,” I mumbled to the tall, graying mixer as we walked to the van. “Where are you based?” I asked like a common cocktail newbie. The post Barrel Age This! An Interview with Portland’s Jeffrey Morgenthaler appeared first on Daily Blender.
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    Chocolate & Zucchini

  • September 2014 Desktop Calendar

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    At the beginning of every month in 2014, I am offering a new wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month. As a new feature this year, the desktop calendar is available in two versions: a US-friendly version that features Sunday as the first day of the week, and a French version (shown above) that complies with international standards, featuring Monday as the first day of the week. Our calendar for September is a picture of zucchini, and I probably don’t need to tell you how I feel about those. You can check out some…
  • August Favorites

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    Some of my favorite finds and reads for this month: ~ What’s new on the Paris restaurant scene this fall, as told by Le Figaroscope, Le Fooding via Les Echos, and A Tabula (in French). ~ Ever wondered what a poaching egg might look like from underwater? ~ I discussed food blogging with Food & Wine editor Kristin Donnelly. ~ I am very tempted to make this peanut sauce for my late-summer noodle needs. ~ My friend Adam says you should never serve these ten foods at a dinner party. Which ones to you agree or disagree with? ~ Yes, it matters what kind of onion you use! ~ Party-leaving…
  • Green Bean and Nectarine Salad with Spicy Gomasio Recipe

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    I grew up eating haricots verts steamed to army green softness and served warm, with a bit of butter and freshly chopped parsley, usually as a side to roast chicken for Sunday lunch. After coming home from the greenmarket — with or without me tagging along — my mother would call across the apartment, “Il y a des haricots verts à éplucher !” (There are green beans to trim!) My father, my sister and I would then pop out of our respective bedrooms and office to gather on the floor around the coffee table where a tray awaited, with a big pile of untrimmed beans and a…
  • How To Open a Walnut Without a Nutcraker

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    This summer, Maxence and I took a little more time off than we usually do, and the three and a half weeks (three! and a half! weeks!) we afforded ourselves allowed us to embark on a mini-Tour de France to visit with friends and family: from Franche-Comté to the Vosges in the East of the country, then all sails South toward the Périgord, the Pyrenees, Toulouse, and finally Provence. We ate like kings, as can be expected, and our luggage got heavier and heavier at every stop as we loaded up with various local treats. The Périgord walnut wasn’t the least of them: about halfway through…
  • Minimalist Kit for the Traveling Cook

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am going to be traveling this month, doing some simple cooking in a couple of rented kitchens, and I’ve had enough hair-pulling experiences with crappy, dull knives and flimsy plastic spatulas to be stashing a few key utensils in my luggage this time. Because I am also traveling with a toddler who needs his own minimalist traveling kit — including such essentials as a firetruck and a stuffed donkey — I really need to make my kit as trim as possible, and have elected to bring along: ~ My paring knife, freshly sharpened: rented kitchens are notoriously lacking in this…
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    David Lebovitz

  • Tricotin (Dim sum in Paris)

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:32 am
    One thing you probably don’t know about me is that I’m half-Chinese. Actually, I’m not officially half-Chinese, but I was unofficially adopted by two Chinese-American sisters, who have told me that I’m Chinese. Being Chinese has a host of advantages, which include learning how to open a métro door without actually touching the knob. And generally assuming that if you’re going out for Chinese food, that you order three or four times what you’re actually planning (or able) to eat, and taking the rest of it home. In San Francisco, I’ve seen people bring their own…
  • Our Tour de France, Part 2

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    I, myself, have recovered better than my camera’s memory card, which is en route back to Sony, who said they would try to recover the rest of my trip photos. (Yes, I tried recovering software, none of which worked. And I passed on local outfit in Paris, who said they could give it a try…for €400 to €1000.) So in lieu of me shelling out the big bucks to get the photos back, I’m going to wait. And we’ll all have to be content with some photos I pulled from my iPhone because as much as I like you all, for a thousand euros, I could spend a week on a beach in Greece…
  • Fresh Corn Soup

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:17 am
    When I was on book tour last spring, a charming woman brought me a personally signed cookbook that she thought might have once been mine. As some might know, I am still waiting for the two cases of cookbooks that were signed to me, that I sent from the states to Paris when I moved over a decade ago. Yes, I’ve been patient. Every time there’s a knock on my door, I think that – yes – this is finally the moment when me and my precious, irreplaceable cookbooks, will be reunited. Yet I have to tell you, I was starting to lose faith. I know, I know. I should keep my optimism aloft.
  • Our Tour de France

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The French often say, “There’s no need to leave France – we have everything here!” While it’s easy to brush it off as chauvinism, it’s true — for a country that could fit inside of Texas, there is a huge diversity of climates and terrains in one, single country. You can find everything in l’hexagone, from the windy shores of Brittany (where we’ve huddled around the fireplace, wearing sweaters in Augusts of yore), to the sunny south, where beaches are clogged with tourists and the few locals that choose to stay in town, to bask in the abundant sun of the Mediterranean.
  • Chermoula

    7 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am
    The editor for My Paris Kitchen came to Paris last week. Since we’d spent two years working together on a book about my kitchen, I figured – at long last – we’d be able to dine tête-a-tête, in my actual Paris kitchen. So I invited her for dinner. We were in touch nearly every day for the last few months as I raced toward the finish line, and went had plenty of back-and-forths about every little detail. And since the dinner was somewhat of a celebration of finally leaning back after all that work and relaxing together, I wanted to make her something from the book.
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    Dorie Greenspan - On the Road and in the Kitchen with Dorie

  • From Baking Chez Moi: A recipe for now

    Dorie Greenspan
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
     In case you haven’t heard me screaming this from the rooftops: Baking Chez Moi, my new book, launches October 28.  (You can preorder the book now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indie Bound.) There are so many great recipes for you to make as soon as you get the book, autumn desserts like the quick and wonderful Custardy Apple Bars, the Fall Market Galette (I can’t wait for you to see the picture and try the recipe), a bunch of chocolate sweets and then even more chocolate sweets, the beautiful Gateau Basque Fantasie, the Pear-Cranberry Roll-Up Tart, which uses…
  • Brown Butter-Peach Tourte from Baking Chez Moi: A recipe for right now!

    Dorie Greenspan
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
     Last week, while I was baking a tart for a friend’s visit, I snapped and posted a picture of the in-process and finished dessert on Instagram and Facebook.  The recipe was a variation on the Brown Butter-Peach Tourte, a great summer recipe that’s in my latest cookbook, Baking Chez Moi, which will come out October 28 (and which can be pre-ordered now).  The pix got a bunch of likes and loves and more than a bunch of requests for the recipe.  As one commenter said: I want this now when peaches are at their peak! It will be hard to wait till next…
  • Raspberry-Lemon Squares: a sneak-taste from Baking Chez Moi

    Dorie Greenspan
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:02 am
     Here's a recipe that you can start making now with Persian (aka regular, everyday) lemons and keep making through the holidays with Meyer lemons, when they turn up.  It's a play on lemon squares but it's got French flair and plenty of raspberries - inside and out.  And it's an adaptation of Lemon Squares, French Style, a recipe that is in my new book, Baking Chez Moi, Recipes From My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere.The recipe is a cross between traditional lemon squares and a très French lemon-streusel tart.  The lemon filling is a quickly made curd, one so good…
  • National Strawberry Shortcake Cake Day: Make this!

    Dorie Greenspan
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    For all of us who love food and cooking, every new season is exciting, every season brings something fresh to set our culinary imaginations racing.  For me, right now it’s strawberries, the fruit that announces the start of summer and sends me into the kitchen over and over again to make shortcakes.  It’s a dessert I adore as much for its deliciousness and beauty as for the way it connects me to my family.My mother famously (and quite stubbornly) neither cooked nor baked, but she made strawberry shortcake.  Not from scratch, of course (I’m not even sure that I…
  • Baking Chez Moi: Behind the scenes at the cover shoot

    Dorie Greenspan
    22 May 2014 | 9:44 am
     Baking Chez Moi will be my 11 th cookbook and it marks the eleventh time I’ve worked with a publishing team to decide what will be on the book’s cover.  And yes, it takes a team – a big team. It starts simply enough.  My long-time editor, Rux Martin, calls and asks what I think would make a good cover.  And that’s the last time it’s simple.  I, who can’t decide whether to wear a blue scarf or a red one, have never just shouted out one recipe and had it be the one.  In part because all I do is think of my faves and list…
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    Alexander Lobrano

  • CHARDENOUX, Paris-An Eternally Charming Bistro, B+

    Alexander Lobrano
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Chardenoux has always been a very good bistro. This is saying a lot, too, since it’s also one of the very rare restaurants with which I’ve had a long and consistently happy relationship during the more than twenty-five years I’ve lived in Paris. Oh, to be sure, as is true of most relationships, we’ve had our moments. But the longevity of this connection is precious to me less for its durability than because it’s proven to be so reliably delicious. When I first began going to Chardenoux, the neighborhood where it’s located deep in the 11th Arrondissement was…
  • LiLi Restaurant, Hotel Peninsula Paris–Elegant Cantonese Cooking Comes to Paris, B+

    Alexander Lobrano
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The LiLi Restaurant at the just-opened Hotel Peninsula Paris is an important restaurant beyond the fact it serves some seriously good Cantonese cooking. It’s not much discussed but consider that food is potentially a major instrument of any country’s economic, cultural or diplomatic power. In these terms French cuisine continues to have a glorious international radiance beyond the economic punching weight of France, and one of the most fascinating things to observe at the dawn of this still new century is the accelerating ascendency of Asian cooking. Oh, to be sure, many…
  • MIRAZUR, Menton-The Riviera’s Best Restaurant, A-

    Alexander Lobrano
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    The best restaurant on the Cote d’Azur, the storied Mediterranean stalking ground of the world’s rich and famous that’s known as the Riviera in English, is Mirazur. It makes me happy to be this blunt, too, since the Riviera–I’ll opt for the English parlance, is encrusted with fussy over-priced restaurants where eager gastronomic novices flock every summer only to be fleeced and disappointed. Oh, to be sure, they’re many wonderful restaurants along the coast, but they’re usually the simple ones not the fancy places with waiters in tuxedos and food…
  • CAILLEBOTTE–Artful Modern French Bistro Cooking in the Heart of Paris, B

    Alexander Lobrano
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Fennel cream soup with shaved fennel, crabmeat and hazelnuts   It was good news last winter when I heard chef Franck Baranger had opened Caillebotte, his second restaurant in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris where I live. Why? I love Le Pantruche, Baranger’s first bistro, and as a Parisian for almost 30 years, I find the work of the 19th century painter Gustave Gaillebotte, who’s well-known in the U.S. for canvases like “Paris Street, Rainy Weather” (1877) in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, more astutely and sentiently summarizes the city I live in…
  • Le Bon Georges, Paris–My Pretty Much Perfect Neighborhood Bistro in the 9th Arrondissement, B+

    Alexander Lobrano
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Le Bon Georges, a recently opened bistro just five minutes from my front door in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, offers a delicious lesson in how to judge the city’s food right now. Let me explain. As someone who travels often, I’ve long since learned that the best way to evaluate the quality of the food in any given city isn’t by going to the trendy new openings crowed about in style supplements, much less any place that has been anointed with a Michelin  star or one that’s popular with business diners, who have the luxury of an expense account. No, the better way…
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    John Talbott's Paris

  • A Noste in the 2nd: Wow, wow, wow, this place is hot, hot, hot.

    John Talbott
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    8.0 A Noste, 6 bis rue du 4 Septembre (short history lesson - the 4th of September 1870 followed the capture of Napoleon the 3rd and was the start of the 3rd Republic) in the 2nd,, (Metro: Bourse), is Julien Debou's third great place following Afaria and Dans Les Landes.  You come up the street and the awning is like a hundred other red ones, but the barrel has an ardoise featuring Taloa - Whoa - Taloa - those corn tortilla things made 100 ways? - Goodness Gracious - there's an actual Taloa Truck inside the place - and a chalkboard over the bar with numerous…
  • Les Triplettes (de Belleville): Not a destination but definitely fun if you live nearby.

    John Talbott
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    5.1 Les Triplettes, 102 blvd de Belleville in the 20th,, open 7/7, (Metro: Belleville or Couronnes).  Sofiane Saadi Haddad, ex of Quedubon, much loved by its neighbors, has arrived on this Street of Dreams, Chinese vegetables and electronics.  The place is totally spiffed up, with an enormous number of tables that were fully occupied (and noisy - 88.5 dB) by the time we got to our main courses.  The prices for this fresh food, are astounding: 12.50 E for lunch with coffee, a la carte 20 E or so and wines 22 E+. The menu lists many things "of the day"…
  • Reviews of reviews: The remainder of July and August 2014 (under construction)

    John Talbott
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:45 am
    In A Nous Paris, Philippe Toinard reviewed and awarded 4/5 dots to the previously mentioned Jeremie and Jerome Berger gave 4/5 to the second such restaurant by a Brazilian/French couple, Tempero Le Comptoir, 124, blvd Vincent Auriol in the 13th, no reservationsclosed weekends and Monday lunch with 15 and 20 E formulas at lunch (a la carte at dinner about 30 E) serving ingredients such as tuna & sweet potato soup, duck breast and clafoutis & sorbet.
  • Le Petit Celestin in the 4th: "A really good bistro" per Wendy Lyn and that pretty much sums it up.

    John Talbott
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    5.7 Le Petit Celestin, 12, Quai des Celestins in the 4th,, open 7/7 (Metro: Sully-Morland) is all one could hope for in a crusty old bistro in the Marais: red red red awnings, paint and tableclothes, cool modern decor touches and attentive staff.  I entered on a great sunny day to see my friends ensconsed in front of the bar on which sat a huge tarte tatin which looked mighty tempting, but wait.... My old friends were already working on some white wine and a Ricard but I caught up with some Sauvignon (they are very proud of their unfiltered wine selection and justly so)…
  • Le Molitor in the 16th: Great stunning setting, food quite good, service excorable.

    John Talbott
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    6.5 The Hotel-Restaurant Molitor, 13 Rue Nungesser or 3 rue Molitor in the 16th, (Metro: Porte d'Auteuil) open 7/7,, "was closed in 1989 and listed as a Historical Monument. It then became the haunt of artists and the dilapidated building became the temple of the Paris underground" and reopened after 25 years on 19 May, 2014 with Yannick Alleno designing its menu.  Everyone says the Rooftop Resto is the place to go this summer, so hey, it's sunny, Saturday, I'm on my way.  The fascade is a dashing Mustard yellow, the ground floor…
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    Adrian Moore

  • Two great New England restaurants mix it up ( Myers + Chang , Central Provisions)

    24 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Being from one side of the Atlantic and living on the other, I'm often wary what to expect when dining out in the US. As a person who has to be up to date on the food world, I'm pretty well informed on what's going on in New York, Los Angeles and to a lesser degree other cities where I have friends or where there might be some new trend going on, or a hot new chef appeared on some list. Often, the best restaurants are French inspired, pale imitations of great bistros in my hometown of Paris, so I tend to shy away from Gallic grub of any sort. This time around, two places caught my eye. The…
  • Bob's Bake Shop

    29 Jun 2014 | 4:57 am
    I think my new HQ might just well be the latest and greatest project from Bob's Juice Bar head honcho Marc Grossman. His new place, Bob's Bake Shop is a spacious, well designed eatery (eat in or take out) located in the new Espace Pajol just across from the train tracks in a pretty barren (but surely up and coming) part of the 18th. Aside from his great cold press juices, this open daily spot has  light organic fare such as salads, fresh American style cakes, coffee from the Belleville Brulerie, small production beers, and get this, the ONLY hand rolled bagels (sesame, poppyseed, onion)…
  • Blue Valentine

    6 Apr 2014 | 3:53 am
    The neighbourhood where I've lived for the past few years has gotten its fair share of press and has a plethora of restaurants to choose from, but these addresses are surprisingly bereft of interest (with a few and growing exceptions). Canal-side I find myself going back to tried and true favorites: Holybelly for great coffee and Frenchified Anglo breakfasty comfort foods, Philou, for quintessentially great and simple bistro food with eminently quaffable natural wines, The Cork and the Cavan for the occasional pint (they have the best Guinness in Paris, FYI) and selection of local characters…
  • Coretta, Paris

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    I'm often drawn to unlikely restaurants in out of the way areas, eclectic locations with chefs still trying to prove their mettle, in hastily decorated dining rooms, before the world gastro-press jumps in and with the press of the enter button, make it all but impossible to get it. I like these places pre-buzz. The exciting tables before the excitement.Coretta is one of these interesting little places. Located on the edge of the trendy Batignolles quarter, overlooking the Martin Luther King parc that would have been the location of the last Olympics game if Paris hadn't failed on their bid,…
  • Moving forward

    19 Mar 2014 | 3:05 am
    Cher followers, forgive me for having neglected you, I haven't been updating much lately because of a personal project that has come to fruition and which is taking up most of my (limited) free time with frequent travel to the far corners of the earth. That being said, I will try to keep you all up to date on the Paris restaurant zeitgeist with a bit more regularity (that won't be hard given my recent meagre efforts!), and I promise you that ze project, a beautiful book with a very well known publisher will be worth the wait.
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  • Yuba Stuffed Mushroom Appetizers

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    Whenever I'm at the Asian grocery store, I buy large quantities of fresh yuba (tofu skin) whenever it's available. If you've wanted to try a vegetarian meat substitute but were suspicious it would taste bland, I urge you to try these yuba stuffed mushroom appetizers.  If you're not familiar with yuba (tàu hũ ky in Vietnamese), this food product is the film that's formed on the surface after boiling the soy beans in water. I bought ready-to-use fresh yuba, so all I needed to do was season it. I made a mixture of rice vinegar, brown sugar, cornstarch, garlic, ginger,…
  • Vegan Panna Cotta Recipe

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    Panna cotta is a dessert we often ate during our Italian vacation last month. It consists of a combination of cream, milk, sugar and gelatin, which is the key ingredient for binding and thickening the dessert. My husband Lulu, who's a vegetarian, is still on a diet and has been working hard to shed the last few pounds, so I prepared my own version to suit his dietary needs. Agar agar (made from seaweed) is a great vegan substitute for gelatin. I used hazelnut milk to replace the cream and milk and Manuka honey as the sweetener.  To give an appealing look to the dessert, I served it with…
  • Back To School Lunch Menu Ideas

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
     We call our daughter baby Aria but she's already a "big girl". It's hard to believe she's starting preschool today. It's something my husband Lulu and I have been discussing for a while. We were unsure whether we wait another year for her to go to school and start socializing with children her age on a daily basis. So we finally made the move and Aria is ready and seems excited about school.  I've been proactive about getting her mutiple classes such as gymnastics, toddler reading club and swimming lessons, but I've always been there by her side. And even though I'm…
  • Asparagus Stuffed Pasta with Fig Hazelnut Sauce

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    I don't know if you've noticed but I tend to prepare healthy meals fairly often. This is my husband Lulu's request and it was his New Year's resolution to change his eating habits. He's lost 25 pounds so far and he's trying to get back to his pre-marriage weight. Yesterday, I boiled manicotti-like pasta (big pennoni rigati) and stuffed them with a mixture of yuba (tofu skin), green asparagus spears, yellow onions and curly parsley. After completing the vegan filling, I realized I needed a binder to be able to stuff the mixture into the cylinder-shaped pasta .  While…
  • 20 Playful Ways to Use Puff Pastry

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    Today, I gathered my favorite recipes to show how you can utilize puff pastry (or savory pastry dough) in a playful way. Savory tarts, puff pastry logs turned into fancy appetizers, fruit wrappers, you name it! Puff pastry is decadent comfort food, but with an elegant touch. Below are the photos and links to the recipes of my 20 favorite puff pastry dishes. It's fun to look back at what I've fed my family and see the wide variety of cuisines, ingredients and techniques. I hope this inspires you to be a little adventurous in the kitchen and come up with your own dishes using one of my…
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  • Grilled Fruit and Mascarpone Bruschetta

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Summer is winding down. I’m not sure I’m ready to let it go yet though. I love the warm weather, riding around with the top down music blaring (yes I’m that girl. I do however turn it down at stoplights because otherwise it’s just obnoxious), long sunny days, flip flops, sun kissed skin, and the smell of food cooking on the grill. Pretty soon I’ll have to default to my grill pan but until then we’re going to keep the cover off our grill and the charcoal stocked. In fact (for those of us living in the states) I’m betting that a lot of you (us included)…
  • Salted Caramel Panna Cotta with Candied Bacon

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
        I think from now on I might actually put candied bacon on everything.  It’s so good it’s should probably be illegal. So good I’m pretty much willing to put up with the inevitable sticky fingers that come with. A word to the wise, you’ll want to wait until your newly candied bacon is cooled before you go diving into a slice. Let’s just say I learned the hard way and I may or may not be speaking with a lisp today because my tongue is burned. Silver lining the cool panna cotta helped. (...)Read the rest of Salted Caramel Panna Cotta with Candied Bacon…
  • Butternut Squash Carbonara with Fried Sage Leaves

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
      Spaghetti alla Carbonara is my FAVORITE dish on the planet. Hands down. It’s not even close. Every single time you ask, that’s the answer you’re going to get.  I do love food (hello food blogger) so naturally there are MANY MANY foods that I love. Dishes that make me swoon practically lose my balance fall off my chair and even roll my eyes back into my head but there’s only one that’s always twisted around the top of my trophy fork and that’s Carbonara. It’s not a complicated dish to make but it does take a little finesse. It’s about the…
  • Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    Next to pasta the most consumed food in our house is probably rice. We keep a variety on hand because you know how much we like options around bell’alimento land. White, Basamati, Jasmine, Yellow. You get the picture. We like to be prepared. That’s the girl scout in me. We didn’t even cover the fact that rice is incredibly versatile and can be used in a plethora of cuisines. Extra points for that (and for using the word plethora – too bad we’re not playing scrabble). It’s also kid friendly.  (...)Read the rest of Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers (335 words) ©…
  • Cherry Mojito

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:33 pm
    We’re celebrating today. It’s not any particular milestone or event we just felt like celebrating. Happy Monday. Happy End of Summer. Happy almost Labor Day. Happy Un-Birthday. Happy Happy Happy.  Do you have that song in your head now. It’s kind of addictive. Know what other song is addictive? Kenny Chesney’s new one “American Kids”.  That my friends might be my new favorite KC song. It’s snappy, and sassy. Kind of like me. Yes, since I’ve been developing recipes for Kenny Chesney’s Rum Company – Blue Chair Bay Rum, over the past…
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    Chef Tom Cooks - Recipe Blog

  • Heirloom Tomato Tilapia

    Thomas Grossmann
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:55 pm
    2 tilapia filets 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 4 thin slices heirloom tomatoes 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning salt & black pepper, to taste 2 lemon wedges for serving Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking pan with some olive oil.  Place the tilapia filets in the pan.  Drizzle with fresh lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place 2 tomato slices on top of the filet.  Drizzle with some olive oil, then season both filets with Italian seasoning. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through. Serve with lemon wedges,   Related…
  • Cheesy Zucchini Quiche

    Thomas Grossmann
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    2 zucchini, thinly sliced 2 yellow squash, thinly sliced 1 large onion, thinly sliced 3 tablespoons butter 3 Eggs 3/4 cup heavy cream 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder, dried basil and oregano 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 cups (8 ounces) Cheddar cheese 2 teaspoons prepared mustard 2 pastry shells (9 inches) In a large skillet, saute the zucchini and onion in butter until tender; drain. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, heavy cream, parsley, salt, garlic powder, basil, oregano and pepper. Stir in cheese and zucchini mixture. Spread mustard over pastry…
  • Sweet & Spicy Beer Nuts

    Thomas Grossmann
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:18 pm
    These sweet and spicy IPA beer nuts are super easy to make and are so addicting.  You can adjust the heat on these by adding more or less Sriracha and Cayenne. 1/3 cup IPA beer (I used Great Divide Brewing Titan IPA) 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 1/2 cups mixed nuts (I used a mixture of peanuts, cashews and almonds) Add the beer and brown sugar to a large saucepan over medium heat.  Stir until sugar has melted.  Bring to a boil. Allow to boil untouched for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in butter, Sriracha and…
  • Chicken Fajita Skillet

    Thomas Grossmann
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts (1/2 inch thick) Salt 2 Tbsp canola oil 1 medium onion, sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips 2 bell peppers, sliced into 1/4-inch strips 1/2 jalapeno pepper, sliced Marinade: 2 Tbsp lime juice 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 pinch cayenne pepper 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and minced 1/4 cup chopped cilantro For Serving: 4-6 flour tortillas – or serve over rice Salsa Sliced avocado Sour cream shredded cheese Combine all the marinade ingredients together in a bowl. Add…
  • American Flag Ice Cream Cake

    Thomas Grossmann
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Here is the perfect cake to make for this July 4th weekend!  It takes a bit of time to put this together but it tastes (and looks) amazing! 16oz box white cake mix (plus required ingredients) 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1 (.3 oz) bottle blue food coloring 5 drops red food coloring non-stick cooking spray 3 pints raspberry sorbet 2 1/2 pints vanilla ice cream 2 pints heavy cream 1/4 cup confectioners sugar Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Coat a 9-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray. Prepare the cake mix as directed on the package.  Add the cocoa powder and food…
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    Sugar & Spice by Celeste

  • Giada's Lemon Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze and Candied Lemon

    23 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    Ahh, the joys of baking.  It's my therapy.  :)Today, I'm bringing you a gorgeous, mouth-watering concoction that you will love.  This beautiful, lemon-flavored bundt cake is smothered in a delectable chocolate glaze that falls over the edges and wraps the entire cake in an oozy, goozy hug.  The cake itself is studded with little bits of candied lemons that give it both a satisfying and surprising twist with each bite.This cake is so unexpected, thanks to the lemon.  Yet, somehow, the flavors are perfect together.  The addition of buttermilk in the cake batter…
  • Kale, Mushroom & Tomato Saute with Polenta

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Simple weeknight meals are something that I'm always on the lookout for.  After all, it's way too easy to get in a routine of making the same old things every week (I'm totally guilty of this!).  This meal from Whole Foods Market is a great example...It's one of their highest rated recipes on their website, plus it looked super easy.  So, I decided to give it a try.I'm a big fan of kale lately, so it's no surprise I was drawn to this recipe.  I jokingly say that I'm going to turn green one day from eating it so much.  I mean, it IS healthy!  :)  I love it,…
  • Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    I just love it when my little nieces spend the night.  We always have such a fun time.  The last time they both spent the night with us, we drug the telescope out of retirement and gazed up at space, while the cicadas hummed and sang from the trees all around us.  They learned all about the craters on the moon, Saturn's rings, constellations and Mars.  Talk about a picture perfect summer evening!We have a tradition of waking up on Sunday morning and baking something fun together.  I've written about the Buttermilk Biscuits and Chocolate Chip Muffins we've made before…
  • Seattle's Best So Simple Iced Coffee

    22 Jun 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Have I ever told you the story of how Brad and I met?  Well, our little love story started out like this...One fateful summer day, I stumbled into a little coffee shop right down the street from my new college apartment.  It was smack in the middle of an ideallyic little area called English Village and was called Joe Muggs Newsstand.  I had just moved to Birmingham, AL with one of my best friends, Mary Katherine, to go to college.  We wanted part-time jobs, and low and behold, Joe Muggs was hiring!We filled out our applications and both got hired.  What a massively…
  • An Exciting Giveaway - $50 Southern Bite Cookbook Prize Package!

    6 Jun 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Okay, friends...How about another awesome cookbook giveaway?  This one is a new favorite and is authored by my food blogging friend, Stacey Little, from The Southern Bite.  The Southern Bite prize package features a signed copy of the cookbook in a Southern Bite bag, along with an assortment of fun kitchen utensils/gadgets. The prize package is valued at over $50!I had the pleasure of meeting Stacey at the 2013 Southern Baking Retreat in Nashville, TN.  I'm a big fan of his blog, and I'm thrilled to offer a copy of his long-awaited cookbook, The Southern Bite Cookbook, to…
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  • August Favorites

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    CopyKat August Favorites is a list of products, computer apps, and other things that I am currently very enthused about. We all have favorite products that we love, and I am going to share some with you.For Food Bloggers I have a very talented co-worker. She likes to do some crafting. We had this conversation about what food bloggers would like to use, I told her background boards would be the best thing ever. If you look at all of my photos, you have pretty much seen all of my dishes, all of my tableware, and all of my furniture. She made some very crafty boards that have been very helpful…
  • Baked Chicken Noodle Casserole

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Baked Chicken Noodle Casserole is perfect dish for when you want a delicious comfort dinner that everyone will love. Best of all you can prepare this in under an hour, and have the whole family at your dinner table. This simply baked chicken noodle casserole is the perfect dish for the weeknight or even a pot luck dinner. Easy to make, and you can put this dish together ahead of time if you like and reheat it when you are ready to serve. This is a great way to stretch your cooking budget too. Chicken, noodles, a couple of cans of soup, and some frozen vegetables can go a long way.For a recipe…
  • Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole is an easy casserole to make that is so comforting, and brings the familiar taste of home. One of the first casseroles I ever learned how to cook was Tuna Noodle Casserole. This was the perfect recipe for Lent, when we didn’t eat meat on Fridays. This casserole can be quickly put together in under 30 minutes. This casserole can be made with whatever noodles or pasta you have on hand. You will then make a creamy sauce for the casserole made of a simple white sauce and a can of cream of mushroom soup. To this you can add a variety of fresh vegetables to give…
  • Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Homemade Chicken and Dumplings is a favorite comfort food of so many people. Savory chicken soup combined with fluffy dumplings is a dish that so few can resist. Chicken and Dumplings is a favorite dish in the South and in the Midwest. This dish may have its origins in the Great Depression. Chicken is often boiled in a seasoned broth, and then the chicken is removed from the broth and picked clean from the bones. Dumplings are cooked in the broth and while the dumplings are cooking chicken is added back to the soup. The result is a wonderfully almost creamy soup with fluffy perfectly cooked…
  • Chuys Creamy Jalapeno Dip

    24 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Chuys Creamy Jalapeno Dip is known all around. This is the perfect dip it is creamy with just a hint of spice. I personally love Chuy’s they do a wonderful job on Tex Mex food. They have some of the best chips, they are thin and crispy. They make delicious margaritas, and they also do an amazing job on their enchiladas. For me, their creamy jalapeno dip is one of their best menu items that they have. This sauce goes well with chips, on top of tacos, on top of a taco salad, or really just about any Tex Mex dish you want to prepare.Ingredients for Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno DipThis…
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  • Buffalo Trace Distillery Tour

    Curt McAdams
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    I want to be clear that I still believe that Scotch whisky is the greatest things on the planet. However, Scotland is far away, and bourbon isn’t! At the same time, there’s some pretty good bourbon, too. While Scotch has a really wide band of possible flavors, the corn requirement in bourbon means that the band of flavor potential is narrower than that for Scotch. I would like to try some peat-influenced bourbon sometime, though! Being in southwestern Ohio means I’m just an hour or so from the closest bourbon distilleries in Kentucky. There are some in Ohio, too, and a rye…
  • Pickle Tasting

    Curt McAdams
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    It’s been a week since I made pickles for the first time, and time to try them out! We opened up some of the plain dill pickles to try. They’re good, and vinegary. A bit sharp, but they should mellow over time. For plain dill pickles, I think I would add a bit more spices to it to add something to the vinegar, or use a bit more apple cider vinegar. Definitely good, though. The other jar I opened had the old-fashioned in it, meaning rye whiskey with a couple dashes of bitters, along with a bit of Maguey Sweet Sap. It’s really a whiskey cocktail, as an old-fashioned would have…
  • The BBQ Sandwich, Rethunk

    Curt McAdams
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    The sandwich, whether pulled pork or brisket or rib-ends or pulled chicken, is at the heart of the barbecue world. Chicken and ribs don’t need bread, but it’s often served with it anyway. Traditionally, it’s been the same thing for years, though a great way to have bbq: a bun or bread, stuffed with meat and topped with bbq sauce. There’s a Columbus, Ohio, based chain called City BBQ. Their claim to fame is that the founders won the brisket category years ago at the American Royal. And, even though it’s in Ohio, they do really good bbq. Now they’ve added a…
  • Whiskey Pickles

    Curt McAdams
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    No grilling today, but I have wanted to try my hand at something new – pickling! If you’ve read much here, though, you might guess that I’m not just doing regular old pickles. I have had some Brooklyn Brining Company’s whiskey-related pickles, and found a recipe trying to duplicate that on Cupcake Rehab. I had to make some changes, though. The recipe calls for a bit of maple bourbon, but I used Maguey Sweet Sap and Larceny bourbon for some, with Jefferson rye and Woodford bitters instead of the bourbon in some of the pickles. I also swapped chipotle flakes for red…
  • Perfect Manhattan Milkshake

    Curt McAdams
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    The other day I grilled some bourbon-soaked bing cherries… and I was glad I did! I still have some, and I think I’ll be preserving some soon, but I thought they’d go well with cocktails in the meantime. What first came to mind was a Perfect Manhattan, which is rye or bourbon, with both sweet and dry vermouth, and a dash or two of bitters, often garnished with a cherry. But, instead of just a Perfect Manhattan, I thought it might be interesting to mix that with a summery milkshake! In a blender went a couple scoops of ice cream, then 2 ounces of bourbon. I went with sweet…
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    The Naptime Chef

  • A September Catch-Up

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Happy September! I am drawing inspiration from the new season with a little housekeeping today. This summer has been super busy and fun. We took some fun trips, I hustled on the manuscript, and worked hard on my regular writing gigs. In fact, along the way I was hired for a true dream job: writing the food column for I can’t wait to start this month and will surely share it with all of you. In the mean time, I continue to write for Momtastic, Babble, and Lifetime Moms. Going forward I plan to share little snips from those columns every Wednesday. I hate for you to miss all of…
  • 4 Ways to Make a Bloody Mary

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    A bloody Mary needs no introduction. Any adult, and most kids, have seen it a hundred times before. While we love the classic cocktail we enjoy putting new twists on it now and then. It isn’t about reinventing the wheel, it is more about a little tweak here and there. Sometimes we are inspired by a fresh vegetable from the garden or an amazing slab of bacon we recently tasted, other times it is all about a craving for spice or a certain texture. When I have the time I love to freshly juice my tomatoes. But, since I don’t own a juicer — how I would love one of these! —…
  • 3 Naturally Delicious Cheesy Recipes for Labor Day Entertaining

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This weekend marks the end of summer entertaining for us. Next week, we’ll be back in full school mode and our simple get-togethers with friends will be less frequent than they have been for the past few months. To send summer out with a bang, I want to have a few friends over and serve some easy dishes that won’t take long to make. I am going to take the opportunity to showcase a lot of my favorite Arla Dofino cheeses since they are a great alternative to processed cheeses and are made with few ingredients, plus, I know everyone will love them! Here is what I’m planning…
  • Easy Vanilla Tapioca Pudding

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am busy stocking up the fridge with goodies for the lunchbox and yesterday I made one of my daughter’s new favorite things: tapioca pudding. It is a dessert we stumbled on by accident. She tried it at a friends house and adored it. She instantly feel for the rich vanilla flavor and interesting texture. In fact, initially she thought it was some kind of warmish ice cream until I explained it was pudding. Perfect for the lunchbox and easy to make I was eager to recreate it at home. It is ideal for tucking into a lunchbox for a sweet and hearty snack. This easy recipe has instantly…
  • Fall Refresher: Kitchen Safety

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Every fall I spent a little time freshening up my kitchen. I get rid bits and pieces of food left over from summer, dump out the last bites of jam from jars, refill the maple syrup pitcher, and give my pots and pans a good scrubbing. I also pull out a fresh roster of recipes to make with my daughter since she loves to help me in the kitchen these days. She is learning her way around a recipe slowly and surely and I want to encourage her as much as I can. However, before we dive into a new round of food I like to review a few kitchen first aid with her to make sure we are on the right track.
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    Art & Lemons

  • still life (plus Moms Who Click)

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    It’s Thursday… At the writing desk today, but I wanted to pop in and say hello and to share this feature Moms Who Click (Thanks, Ladies!) did with me. It’s a great site for the creative/photo minded. Read more, here.
  • Conversation with Lisa Congdon (Art Inc.)

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I recently had the pleasure of talking to artist Lisa Congdon about her new book, Art Inc. It’s an essential guide for creative types who dream of making a living as an artist. Lisa debunks the starving artist myth and offers practical steps to create, build, and sustain a profitable business. She details a variety of ways to make a living from their art: illustrations, licensing, fine art sales, print sales, teaching, and more.   Lisa also shares experience from her own career as well as advice from successful art world pros, including Nikki McClure, Mark Hearld, Paula Scher, among…
  • yesterday

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    Hi, just a quick note to say I’m sharing a story about marbles, authenticity, and advice from strangers (oh and photography too, of course) over at Mortal Muses today. p.s. Jump over to Life in Black & White for to enter a spot in my new photo e-course or a Polaroid camera with film!
  • color field + ground

    15 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    A quick glimpse of a new film series: color field + ground. Read this short story earlier, Last Meal at Whole Foods. A young man’s mother is dying. He’s practical in his storytelling and is unable to show physical tenderness. What is left out is the heart-wrenching part.
  • intact

    7 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    over at Mortal Muses today with thoughts on embracing change.
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    Very Culinary

  • Shrimp Po’ Boy Sandwiches

    Amy Flanigan
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Raspberry Chia Seed Jam

    Amy Flanigan
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Italian Chicken Sandwiches (and a Kitchen Gadget Gift Basket Sweepstakes!)

    Amy Flanigan
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
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  • Cookies and Cream Pops

    Amy Flanigan
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Video: Inception Oreos – a parody of Weird Al’s Word Crimes

    Amy Flanigan
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Stop Holding Out For a Lunchtime Hero, Quinoa Salads Are It

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    While lunchtime has much potential, in reality it's far too often a rotation of soggy sandwiches, flat-tasting soups, and wilted salads. Avoid midday meal disappointment by preparing a sturdy quinoa salad - many taste nearly as good on the second, or even third, day - to bring with you to work, to school, or on a picnic. Here are a few tasty options. Source: Damn Delicious, Anna Monette Roberts, Little Ferraro Kitchen, Cooking Classy
  • A Tailgate Menu That Will Score Big Points

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
    Since a tailgate is as much about the delicious food as it is about the game, make sure to pack dishes that will have the crowd going wild. If you're planning a party to root for your favorite team or just need a drool-worthy dish to share, this menu has you covered. Appetizers with a twist, a crisp cider, and a bit of bacon will leave you plenty satisfied come kickoff! Wandering Aengus Ciderworks Wanderlust An ice-cold beer and tailgating go hand in hand; you can't have one without the other. But if you're looking to think out of the brew box, tote along a bottle of Wandering Aengus…
  • Since We're All on Team Sriracha, 3 Game-Day Eats Starring the Sauce

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    It's no secret that we (and pretty much the whole world) are on team sriracha, so it only seemed fitting to incorporate it into three game-day nibbles. Watch the video to see how to add its fiery flavor to nacho cheese dip, wings, and a drink to wash it all down: a Bloody Mary. On Brandi: Ann Taylor Loft From Brandi Milloy, POPSUGAR Food Sriracha Nacho Dip Ingredients1 pound Velveeta cheese 1 12-ounce can tomatoes and green chilies 1/4 cup sriracha chili sauce Directions Melt cheese with tomatoes and green chilies until smooth. Stir in sriracha chili sauce. Serve warm with tortilla chips.
  • POPSUGAR Shout Out: What's New on Netflix

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:50 pm
    What's new on Netflix: Our picks for September - Entertainment Dive into our Summer reads on Instagram - Love & Sex The best time to resell your iPhone is now - Tech You don't even have to leave the house for these sales - Fashion How to salvage broken blush, fret free! - Beauty Three evening habits to boost your weight-loss efforts - Fitness These DIY bleeding Halloween candles are spooky - Smart Living The bar cart staples you really should be refrigerating - Food The 29 not-so-little white lies we tell our kids - Moms 11 ways to incorporate barn doors into your home - Home Go inside…
  • 50 States of Ice Cream

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    We live in an age in which there is more dreamy ice cream available than ever, and every state in the US has reason to be proud of its frozen perfection. We pulled together these 50, which we think are the top spots in the country, so you'll know where to pick up a cone no matter where you are. However, if you care to disagree, we want to know your favorite ice creameries and parlors in the comments below. Source: POPSUGAR Photography
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  • The Eatsdropper's chocolate chip cookies are oooooold

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    Happy Friday, kittens! I'm just back from a few days in Sacramento for a fun and informational trip with Muir Glen. I lived there for a relatively brief stint 24 years ago, and was really blown away by how the city has changed. With a maturing food scene and non-crippling housing costs, I almost wanted to move there. Almost. Anyway, enjoy today's installment of auditory morsels from the City by the Bay and beyond. (And be sure to click through on the eatsdroppers' names to see who some of these... Read more on Hedonia ...
  • A photo session with Erin Scott of Yummy Supper

    3 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    I'm a member of the San Francisco Professional Food Society, a local networking group for folks engaged in all aspects of food, be they chefs, producers, writers and whatnot. Within the organization we have various Special Interest Groups, or SIGs, where we can meet up to socialize and learn. These SIGs really are worth the price of membership. Today the food photography SIG met at the beautiful Berkeley home of Erin Scott of the blog Yummy Supper, and the soon-to-be-released book of the same... Read more on Hedonia ...
  • Scenes from the Ghetto Pig Roast 2014

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    My friend Tabitha, proprietor of Friend in Cheeses Jam Co., lives on a charming property up in the Santa Cruz mountains, about an hour south of us. Surrounded by redwoods, she lives in a quaint cottage on a one-acre clearing on a winding road in a hollar, filled with grapevines and a decrepit barn dating from 1860. It also has several massive black walnut trees, from which I've harvested the nuts in green state to make nocino and pickled walnuts. It's a charming spot, and begs to be entertained... Read more on Hedonia ...
  • The Eatsdropper has so much ... everything in it

    4 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    Yes, friends, it's the triumphant return of the Eastdropper, wherein I will be collecting delicious morsels of overheard conversation about food or in a food setting. I'm just beginning to collect these again, so this installation is a mere amuse-bouche, though it does have the added luster (or is that Sheen?) of a celebrity sighting, er, hearing. Got a tidbit for me? Shoot it over to eatsdropper at seantimberlake dot com. Bon appétit! Woman 1: "Are you dairy free?" Woman 2: "I try to avoid it,... Read more on Hedonia ...
  • Ah, to Be Young and Hungry

    12 Jun 2014 | 9:48 am
    One of the funny and marvelous things about blogging is the way you develop relationships with people well before you meet them in the flesh. Case in point is Gabi Moskowitz of BrokeAss Gourmet, who was a line item in my blogroll for years before we actually attended the same event a few years ago. We became fast friends. Gabi is affable, with a bubbly personality and an endless stream of fun stories. (It's worth noting that there is no relation to the other Broke-Ass, Stuart, though they are... Read more on Hedonia ...
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    Food Wishes Video Recipes

  • Chef John is on Vacation!

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Just wanted to let everyone know that I’ll be on vacation this week, visiting family in New York (my last one this year, I promise). Of course, we’ll continue to publish your comments and questions while I’m away, but I won’t be around to answer them. That means you’ll have to rely on your fellow foodwishers, which I’m sure will work out just fine. By the way, many of you have been contacting me with suggestions for my 1,000th video, which is only a few uploads away. If you have an idea, please pass it along. Thanks, and we’ll see you next week!
  • National Toasted Marshmallow Day Eve

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    As everyone knows, tomorrow is National Toasted Marshmallow Day, and while I’ve never done an actual toasted marshmallow video (because that would be ridiculous), I do have something even better to celebrate with...this s’more ice cream pie! Not only is this very easy to make, and a proven crowd-pleaser, but just think of all the money you’ll save on sticks. Follow this link to read the original post. Enjoy!
  • Coq Au Vin – Rock Out with Your Coq Out

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Some recipes just shouldn’t be translated to English. It’s not that telling your guests they’re having “Cock with Wine,” sounds so bad, it’s just that after dinner I want them tweeting about how great the dish tasted, not how funny/inappropriate the name was.  The other issue would be one of false advertising, since I have no idea where you get an old rooster these days. I like to use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs instead, which I think work perfectly here. Like all braised dishes, tougher cuts with lots of connective tissue work best, and on a chicken that would be the…
  • Bread & Butter Pickles – One of the Great Depression’s Greatest Hits

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    During the Great Depression, sandwiches weren’t quite what they are today. Forget about choice of aioli, or did you want roast tri tip or smoked turkey; back then it was more like, “Did you want cucumbers in your sandwich, or nothing in your sandwich?” Okay, cucumbers it is. At the end of summer, the excess "cuc" crop was sliced, salted, pickled, and put up in jars for the cold, lean months ahead. If you thought summer Depression-era sandwiches sucked, it was much worse in winter, when you couldn’t even find a bland vegetable to slap between your slices of buttered bread. I can just…
  • Next Up: Bread & Butter Pickles

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
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    Mark Bittman

  • Pre-Labor Day Food News

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Some good reads for the holiday weekend.
  • The SWEET Act

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The text of the bill to tax sugar-sweetened beverages proposed by Rep. Rosa DeLauro.
  • A Not-So-Subtle Meditation on Sugar

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Kara Walker's giant sculpture evokes the health risks of consuming sugar and the ethical problems surrounding its production.
  • A Congressional Plea for Meatless Mondays

    26 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    Rep. Tony Cárdenas of California has urged the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus to observe Meatless Mondays.
  • What We’re Reading Now

    23 Jun 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Food news from Kentucky to Asia.
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    Sarah's Musical Kitchen

  • Southwest Chicken & Black Bean Nachos

    Sarah Sellers
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Yesterday was pretty glorious…and by glorious, I mean lazy! I’m usually gigging on Sunday afternoons and after a late night gig on Saturday it can be pretty exhausting. Since I had the day off yesterday I figured I would do absolutely nothing and get some rest. So for dinner I opened up some wine and the refrigerator and threw some ingredients together for this delicious plate of nachos. I’m notorious for buying too many groceries so this was a perfect recipe to use up some leftover chicken, beans and veggies. I spent a little more time adding ingredients to each chip…
  • Red Wine Caramelized Onions & Goat Cheese Tartlets

    Sarah Sellers
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    I’ve been out of the kitchen for quite a while and I have seriously missed it. This lovely little recipe landed in my inbox from my favorite blog, The Simply Luxurious Life, and I was instantly inspired. I didn’t change a thing and it turned out absolutely delicious. I’m obsessed with caramelized onions and the flavor of the wine soaked onions and thyme paired so beautifully with the tangy goat cheese and flaky puff pastry. It’s the perfect appetizer or mid day snack. I ate one cold the day after and the flavors were so bold and scrumptious! So add this to your list…
  • Lana Del Rey Brought the Fandom to Grand Prairie, Texas [Review]

    Sarah Sellers
    26 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Disclaimer 1: I am a Lana Del Rey fan Disclaimer 2: I am a singer When I first heard Lana Del Rey’s breakout single “Video Games” I have to admit…I wasn’t completely sold, but I was definitely intrigued. Her seductive tone and alto range was different and refreshing next to the powerhouse vocal stylings we’ve seemingly come to expect from female pop vocalists. She’s no Beyonce or Ariana Grande, she’s Lana. And the throng of screeching teenage girls at Wednesday night’s show proved that Lana doesn’t need to prove herself to anyone.
  • Little Girl of Mine

    Sarah Sellers
    16 Mar 2014 | 9:57 am
    Originally posted on Saturday Soul: Life happens and sometimes it happens rough.  It’s like being out on the sea when a storm blows up and there is no where you can go or hide.  You simply have to batten down the hatches and ride out the storm.  Life is like that.  Many years ago I went through a terrible divorce that tore my family apart.  And like any divorce where children are involved, my beautiful babies suffered for the mistakes of their grownup parents.  My daughter was only 10 at the time and my son was a young 13 year old.  We were ripped apart.  The pain was nearly…
  • New video! The Way You Love Me – Acoustic Performance!

    Sarah Sellers
    23 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am
    I am soooo excited to share my new single with you guys on Valentine’s Day. I am absolutely in love with this track and since the origins of the song started with an acoustic guitar and vocals, I thought I’d put together an acoustic version for you guys. I had a blast shooting this at the beautiful Majestic Theater in Dallas with the amazing Justin Goode, Steven Reeves and of course, Josh Goode on guitar. Check it out, let me know what you think in the comments below and don’t forget to download the single on Valentine’s Day!
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    Always Order Dessert

  • One-Bowl Cherry Chocolate Cake

    Alejandra Ramos
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    I think I was shocked the first time I learned that not everyone loves chocolate-covered cherries as much as I do. To me, they just are the ultimate flavor--the tart burst of cherry, almond-like liqueur, and rich dark chocolate all around it. Seriously, what's not to love?! But for some reason there are people who are just not fans. And you know what I say to that? More for me! (And for
  • Blueberry Chocolate Espresso Sorbet

    Alejandra Ramos
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Berries and chocolate have long been an amazing combination (hello chocolate-covered strawberries!), and the combo is no less awesome when turned into a smooth and cool sorbet. This Blueberry Chocolate Espresso Sorbet is the ultimate summer treat, with a killer combination of bright berries, rich cocoa, and just a hint of jolt from espresso. I know you might think espresso seems like a weird
  • English Pea, Strawberry & Feta Salad with Minty Lime Vinaigrette

    Alejandra Ramos
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    During the summer, all I want to do is eat color. The brighter and fresher, the better. I stock my fridge with as much produce as it can hold, and then stand back to admire it. (Seriously. My phone and instagram are full of snapshots of the inside of my refrigerator on grocery day.) This gorgeous Pea, Strawberry & Feta Salad is one of the dishes I served while up in Vermont this past
  • Roasted Strawberries with Balsamic Glaze

    Alejandra Ramos
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    One of my favorite things about cooking for large groups is that it forces me to be creative. The groups that I serve generally have varied dietary restrictions and preferences, so I do my best to create recipes that will work for a maximum number of people. That's how this simple dish of Roasted Strawberries with Balsamic Glaze came about. I needed to figure out a dessert that would work for
  • Giveaway: Win a $100 from Shari's Berries!

    Alejandra Ramos
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    I've got a sweet treat for you today! I'm working with Shari's Berries to spread the news about their amazing cake pops (seriously...SO good!), and will be giving away $100 worth of Shari's Berries gift credit to one lucky reader. Shari's Berries has long been one of my go-to's for last-minute gifts for family and friends. (And...I'll just be honest...a LOT of my gifts are last-minute.)
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    Joyful Abode

  • Let Them Join You

    Emily Chapelle
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    My grandmother texted me, asking if I would be able to help her with a crocheting conundrum. She found a flower she had crocheted about 50 years ago, and wanted to make more, but wasn’t sure what the pattern was. She knows I’m into crocheting and used to write patterns, so thought maybe I could help decipher it for her. Of course I told her it would be no problem. I was happy to be able to help! So a couple of days later, I received the octagon in the mail for decoding. I set to work immediately. Yesterday, I was working on it a bit more, finishing up the pattern-writing, and my…
  • Tropical Traditions Coupon Codes & Reviews

    Emily Chapelle
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:35 am
      Since I order TONS of groceries from Tropical Traditions, and I use their coconut oil daily for cooking and body applications, I absolutely have to tell you about it when they have free shipping or other great coupons. Right now, Tropical Traditions is GIVING AWAY A QUART of their  Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil with any purchase (minimum purchase is about $12 I think). Regular price for this oil is $40, so this is an amazing deal!      I use their gold label coconut oil for: Baking Coconut oil fudge Lotion Massage oil for after baths for the kids (with lavender essential…
  • Dear Mother Being Pampered on Mother’s Day

    Emily Chapelle
    11 May 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Dear Mother Being Pampered on Mother’s Day, To all of the moms out there who are being celebrated, I hope it’s everything you’ve been hoping for! I hope when the alarm clock (aka the waking toddler) goes off, your husband jumps up and allows you to sleep in. I hope you enjoy the breakfast in bed your kiddos helped your husband make. I hope you enjoy your personal time with no distractions. I hope your husband intervenes in all of the children’s arguments, takes you to all your favorite places, makes you your favorite meal, writes you a special card and helps your kids to make…
  • I grow self-esteem

    Emily Chapelle
    28 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    This post brought to you by Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. When the overnight temperatures warm up just a little bit more, my kids' Montessori school is going to plant their community garden. Students, teachers, parents, and siblings will all participate. I'm hoping I can attend (the date was moved indefinitely, so I'm not sure when it will be) so that I can watch my little ones' proud shining faces as they dig in the dirt, plant their seeds, water the soil, all while their skin is warmed by the spring sunshine. And so that I can work the soil beside them.  All…
  • “Value Valley” at Dollar General

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine. I was all excited about finidng some sort of fun activity for my kids to do at Dollar General in their Value Valley this month, but sadly, that didn't happen. Apparently not every Dollar General has a Value Valley , and mine is one of the ones that doens't. Still, there ARE items that are $1 every single day, even if they're spread throughout the store. For example, the little birdies we bought a bit ago were all $1 each, and I got some awesome new colorful spray bottles for my homemade cleaning…
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  • The Secret to Better Garlic Flavor

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    In this week’s video from Panna, chef Jonathan Waxman reveals the right way to mash garlic, and a chef’s secret to improving its flavor: He removes the inner white or green sliver, which can be responsible for a bitter note. This super...
  • 3 Ways to Make Vegan Dishes Feel Like a Meal

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Here, the blogs you should be reading right now with recipes and tips from their creators. The blogJeanine Donofrio and Jack Mathews of Love and Lemons create and photograph healthful vegetarian (and often vegan recipes) in their beautiful white k...
  • 5 Things You Didn't Know About Oklahoma City

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
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  • 5 Ways to Kick Off Oyster Season

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Even though oyster farming means oysters are good to eat year-round—not just in months ending in “r”—today is the traditional start of oyster season. Here, the best ways to celebrate the our favorite mollusk of all time.&nb...
  • 10 Superfast Grilling Recipes

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    From juicy burgers to garlicky shrimp, here are 10 fast grilling recipes to make now. 1. Farmbar Pork Burgers with Bread-and-Butter Zucchini PicklesBlending chorizo, capers and fresh ricotta into the ground meat makes these fast burgers super flav...
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    Healthy Eats – Food Network Healthy Living Blog

  • Smoothie of the Month: Blueberry and Chia Seed

    Amy Chaplin
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here is a simple nutritious smoothie for getting back into a post-vacation routine. Although it tastes like summer and is delicious when made with fresh blueberries, the smoothie can be prepared well... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • Summer Squash Pizza (What Can’t This Pie Do?)

    Jessica Goldman Foung
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    What’s the best way to use up an abundance of summer vegetables? Pizza, obviously. And in as much time as it takes to order delivery, you can make a summer pie that’s bursting with flavor... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • 5 Alternative Burgers Worth Flipping For

    Alia Akkam
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Even if you hold the beef and spring for an alternative protein, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor. Just in time for Labor Day grilling, these five unconventional patties are ready to step up... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • Healthy Dinners, No Cooking Required

    Dana Angelo White
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    You can’t close out summer without going on a no-cook dinner spree. Here are five ways to not turn on the oven. Veggie Lover’s Club Sandwich (above) Nothing boring about this veggie... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

    Amy Reiter
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this week’s news: The produce aisle takes a page from the junk food playbook; breakfast proponents get a wake-up call; and new thinking on salt shakes things up. Hey, Kids: Do Try This At... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
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    What's Cooking With Kids

  • Life Has No Reset Button – So Organize the Kitchen

    Michelle Stern
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    When life feels out of control, I like to purge.  It somehow gives me the sensation that I am in charge.  Of something.  But usually not the things that matter.  It makes no difference, though – it still leaves me feeling somewhat more satisfied. Lately, I can’t escape the feeling that I am caught in a cyclone.  Our son’s transition back home started smoothly, but is rapidly leading back to where we began.  My daughter’s riding instructor asked her how I was coping, and she replied that I am on such an organizing kick that pretty soon there will be…
  • Plant-Based Diet Myths Debunked: Protein

    Michelle Stern
    2 Aug 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Just ask any vegetarian what they hear the most after telling somebody that they don’t eat meat.  I am not a betting gal, but I’d put money on this:  “How do you get enough protein?” All joking aside, you do not have to eat meat in order for your body to get enough protein.  I thought it might be helpful to share the basics of how proteins are built and what they are used for in your body. Some basic biology vocabulary: Mono = one; Poly = many Monomers are single units (like train cars) that can be combined into Polymers (combinations of units like a whole train). A…
  • 5 Reasons Real Life Should Be Like a Dude Ranch

    Michelle Stern
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:07 pm
    This has been a time of great transition for our family.  We have gone from the hectic schedule of a busy school year to the relative ease of summer, jobs are in transition, and our son has returned home.  We were sorely in need of a family vacation…and while most people consider a trip to the lake or beach to be an ideal destination, we had something else in mind.  We yearned for something adventurous, but also easy.  I didn’t want to worry about making meals (or even a week’s worth of dinner reservations!) or  researching local activities or destinations.  Our…
  • Summer Quinoa Salad – a Simple “Go-To” Dish

    Michelle Stern
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    My first Rouxbe assignment was to make my “go-to” plant-based dish.  I know it sounds odd, but I don’t really have a specialty.  I usually do a little-of-this and a little-of-that (although I do make a mean coconut macaroon…)  So, I decided to keep it simple and make a summer quinoa salad.  This dish represents how I like to cook – with fresh ingredients that I already have on hand.  Quinoa, filled with protein, serves as an ideal canvas to combine with cucumbers, bell peppers, kalamata olives, chick peas and carrots.  The dressing was simple – a bit…
  • Rouxbe – Starting My Online Culinary Education

    Michelle Stern
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    It’s hard to believe that I ran a successful mobile cooking school for children without having attended culinary school.  Of course, you have to remember that the number 1 priority of working with children is, in fact, liking  children. And it doesn’t hurt to be an experienced educator, who’s goal is to make learning feel like playtime.  But I digress… After my involuntary hiatus from the classroom this coming school year, I was given the opportunity to participate in the Professional Plant-Based Certification course from Rouxbe, an online culinary school.  The…
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    Wholistic Woman

  • Quest Protein Chips {Review}

    Wendy Hammond
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    Image courtesy of Quest Nutrition Recently I was sent a sample pack of Quest Protein Chips to review: Cheddar & Sour Cream, BBQ, and Sea Salt. Now I know what you’re thinking. Um, Wendy, aren’t you trying to lose weight? And you are eating chips? Well, yes. It’s not an everyday occurrence, but sometimes I am totally in the mood for something salty and crunchy. And rather than give in to temptation by heading to the snack drawer at work, having these in my desk drawer are at least a healthier alternative. From their press release: Two years in development, each personal…
  • On Being Fat

    Wendy Hammond
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    In preparation for my weight loss surgery (WLS), I’ve been hanging out on WLS forums. Sometimes I have a hard time relating. People who started out at 400 pounds get to the weight I am now and are super excited, wearing bikinis and talking about all their NSVs (Non Scale Victories). Some of this is because I’m considered a “lightweight,” which is kind of funny to me, but it’s what I’m considered in WLS circles. I can fly on an airplane without using an extender. I can paint my own toenails. I can go shopping without using a scooter. (I have run and done…
  • Learning to Love the Movies Again

    Wendy Hammond
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    DH’s Transformers sleeve, in progress I’m not sure how long it’s been since I was a regular movie-goer. Over the years, as things like On Demand and NetFlix came along and the prices at the movie theaters became crazy expensive, DH and I simply stopped going. Once every other year or so he would drag me to Transformers, and I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t worth the money to me. However, I have been two movies recently. Crazy! And you know what? I think I’m starting to like them. The first one I saw recently was Transformers. For some reason, maybe because you aren’t allowed to…
  • What Color Is Your Pee?

    Wendy Hammond
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Infographic courtesy of NATHAN I travel a lot for work, and I am always trying to figure out the balance of drinking enough to stay hydrated but not so much that I am in the middle of the bush (or mid flight when the airplane restroom is nasty) and needing to go urgently. I actually do judge by the color of my pee! I used to think I was kind of crazy but when NATHAN sent me this infographic I knew I wasn’t the only one! As I’m trying to add in exercise, I know I need to drink more water as exercising is even more dehydrating than airplanes. The good folks at NATHAN suggest the…
  • Taking Time to Do Errands with Others

    Wendy Hammond
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    Photo courtesy On Saturday I was invited to go to the farmers market with my friend and Naturopath, Asher. Normally I go the farmers market by myself, with a general idea of what I want, and I slip in and out between the crowd. I hate crowds. And parking. Which is why I don’t go the market all that often. It’s so . . . inefficient. But, DH was going to be out of town, so I figured I could spend a leisurely morning at the market. I didn’t really need anything, so I could just enjoy being with friends. I say friends because I always run…
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  • How to Make Disney's Frozen Bento: Olaf

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    With schools back in session, the lunchbox dilemma has started again. It's daunting to think of new lunch ideas that your kids will actually eat. Ditch the traditional sandwich and chips, for the new lunchbox craze; bento! 
  • Food Recall: 4C Parmesan Cheese

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:35 pm
  • Meatless Country Biscuits and Gravy

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Meatless country biscuits and gravy from The Egg Farm is a genius recipe that every vegetarian should make.
  • Easy Chicken Dinner: Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    On the days I know my schedule is jam packed, I pull out my favorite slow cooker recipes to help me get through the week.  The beauty of the slow cooker is that you can dump all the ingredient in a pot and forget about it while you occupy yourself with work and family.  
  • The Best Labor Day Grilled Honey Lime Chicken

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    If you love sweet and sticky grilled chicken, these honey lime grilled chicken thighs and legs are an amazing dish to serve at your Labor Day barbecue. Chicken legs and thighs are seasoned with a homemade dry rub made with chili powder, cumin, and coriander.
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  • Is There Really Always Room for Jell-O?

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
        Maybe not so much.With five straight years of sharply declining sales, the media are having a field day with punny headlines: Jello-O Sales Just Can’t Seem to Solidify (San Jose Mercury News); Jell-O Can’t Stop Slippery Sales Slide (ABC [...]
  • It’s Official—PBR is Over. Here’s Proof.

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
      If you were born much before 1980, Pabst Blue Ribbon is–an unremarkable, 170-year old beer; a blue collar favorite that all but disappeared in the 1980′s flood of status imports like Heineken, Molson, and Beck’s. If you were born any later– you know it affectionately as PBR; a no-frills [...]
  • From Food Blogger to Cookbook Author

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    It’s the brass ring, the golden ticket, and the winning lottery numbers all rolled into one.    Not every food blogger wants a cookbook deal, but it’s always a win when a publisher comes calling. It’s been a long and lonely slog.Sometimes blogging [...]
  • Top 10 Food Scenes: not just the usual suspects.

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    What defines a great food scene?Is it a cluster of big name chefs and world-class restaurateurs? A distinct regional cuisine? The diverse offerings of authentic ethnic enclaves? The definition is changing. We still have our celebrated food meccas like New York, Chicago, and San [...]
  • Plenty of Giga-Bites at Supper Clubs for Tech Luminaries

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
        The tech elite meet to eat at power supper clubs.Last week’s inaugural gathering of the Silicon Alley Supper Club drew tech influencers from the New York offices of Google, CNN, Studio Industries, Facebook, Buzzfeed, Mashable,, It’s On Me, Krux, Food [...]
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    Harmonious Homestead

  • Produce Your Own Produce Mural #projectfreelove

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    A few weeks ago, we were given the most amazing gift. Sarah Hout, a professional muralist, chose our garage for her Project Free Love, a three free murals endeavor. She came over for a short interview during which I showed her the gardens and told her how much I love the victory garden propaganda style and the color purple. She turned those tiny bits of information into something incredible. Mural Painting In Progress Before we’d even seen Sarah’s final design, we power washed the garage as she requested. Have you ever used a power washer? It was so fun that everyone in the…
  • Homemade Dry Cured Ham {Silent Sunday}

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:33 am
            1. Alex, thrilled by the finished dry cured ham. This ham was pressed and salted for two weeks and hung to dry until it lost 30% of its weight, about six months. 2. Wishing he had a wooden ham vice. 3. Trying to achieve the perfect thin slice. 4. Pile of prosciutto-like ham. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Homemade Dry Cured Ham {Silent Sunday} is a post from Harmonious Homestead. If you like what you read, please consider supporting us with a donation or visit the Harmonious Homestead shop for ebooks and favorite tools. Thanks! The post Homemade Dry Cured Ham…
  • No-Till Garden Beds By Hand With A Broadfork

    7 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    You’ve pulled out your summer crops. Now what? It’s time to prepare the beds for a fall crop, cover, or mulch before winter. I use a broadfork and Garden Claw to gently aerate and cultivate the soil. No-till methods like this are found to enhance the productivity of the soil, and besides, tillers are jerky, smoky, heavy pieces of equipment to wield. If needed, I start by pulling large weeds by hand. I try to not let beds get too weedy but sometimes it happens, as you can see in the sunny early-morning garlic bed pictured above. I begin working the soil with a broadfork borrowed…
  • 2014 Garlic Harvest, Curing and Storage

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    What’s the big mess? Just the 2014 garlic harvest in action. We harvested over 100 heads of garlic for ourselves, gifts, and sharing. Here’s how to cure and store garlic: Harvesting Garlic First, we waited until the bottom sets of leaves of the garlic turned brown. Harvest too early and the bulbs will not have reached their biggest size. Harvest too late (when all the greens are brown) and some cloves may start to sprout. We harvest by hand by teasing away the soil around the head with a trowel and hand cultivator. Then we gently lifted the head out and knocked off any dirt. We…
  • Seed Garlic Vs. Farmers’ Market – Garlic Harvest 2014

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    In October 2013, my friend Kate and I decided to undertake a little research project. We wanted to know how organic seed garlic purchased through City Folk’s Farm Shop from Seeds of Change compared to large, fully developed cloves from reputable farmers’ market growers. Many garlic growers keep back their own seed stock and it stood to reason that maybe those of us who don’t have seed stock could save a little cash and perpetuate locally adapted strains by buying from a farmers’ market vendor. So we planted four varieties of garlic in two different locations in the…
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    Savory Sweet Life - Easy Recipes from an Everyday Home Cook

  • Zucchini Fennel Soup

    Alice Currah
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:32 am
    I love discovering new dishes and ingredients combined together in ways I have not experienced before, especially when the dish is good and memorable.  Today I’m sharing with you an adapted recipe I learned from Chef Romney Steele of the famous Nepenthe restaurant in Big Sur, Ca. I recently participated in a cooking class with […]
  • Sweet Zucchini Bread Loaf

    Alice Currah
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    Next week school starts for my kids and in the famous words of late night comedian Jimmy Fallon, this is when the expressions on kids and parents faces switch places.  We’ve had a good run of summer finding refuge on 90 degree plus heat at the beach under the shade of trees while the kids […]
  • Ready Set Go – Rancho La Puerta Guacamole

    Alice Currah
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    In my teenage years I lived on a steady diet of regular Coke, chips, ice cream, and whatever else I wanted to eat… without much thought about the consequences.  Keep in mind I had been a year round competitive athlete since I was a young kid and my metabolism probably neutralized the negative impact of […]
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    BiteClub Restaurants Dining and Food

  • Gaijin, Part 2

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:56 pm
    I mentioned the new ramen pop-up, Ramen Gaijin, recently but hadn’t actually experienced it first-hand yet. However..last Monday, I got access to the kitchen, where Chefs Moishe Hahn-Schuman and Matthew Williams were prepping for that evening’s sold-out dinner. It’s a whirlwind, with trays of buckwheat noodles, pork belly and miso in the hours leading up to the first seating at 5:30p.m. Suffice to say, I was totally wowed at the results. We absolutely loved the donburi ($11, chicken thigh with a 6-minute egg, burnt kale, salmon roe), heirloom tomato salad with creamy tofu and shiso ($9)…
  • Wine Country Weekend 2014

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Wine Country Weekend brings out the party in everyone Sonoma County is no slouch when it comes to putting on world-class events. But the one that’s on everyone’s annual to-do: Wine Country Weekend. The three-day event starts with winemaker dinners and barbecues throughout the county and a gala dinner at Francis Ford Coppola Winery on Friday, August 29 from 6:30 to 10p.m. Locals know that the poolside stage and million-dollar vineyard views make this Geyserville destination worth the drive, but with Chef John Toulze of the girl & the fig in the kitchen and more than 25 wineries…
  • Ramen Gaijin Pop Up

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Donburi at Ramen Gaijin, a new pop-up ramen bar. Photo stolen from the Ramen Gaijin Faceboook Page. Okay, so I almost don’t want to tell anyone about the ramen pop-up, Ramen Gaijin, happening on selected Mondays at Woodfour Brewing (6780 Depot St, Sebastopol, at the Barlow). Almost. But we’re so starved for good ramen in the North Bay, that word-of-mouth is traveling fast and BiteClubbers just gotta be in on it. In July, Chefs Moishe Hahn-Schuman and Matthew Williams quietly started a every-other-week slurp-n-burp shindig featuring incredible bowls of handmade ramen with pork belly,…
  • BBQ Spot Coming to Downtown Santa Rosa

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    The BBQ Spot will move to Downtown Santa Rosa later this year Lots of folks buzzing about the news that BBQ Spot, the hugely popular barbecue restaurant on Santa Rosa Ave., will be moving its operations to The Brickyard Center in downtown Santa Rosa. The ‘cue joint will take up residence at the long-empty Mister Hof-Brau (which closed in 2012) by late fall. Owners say they’ve outgrown their tiny—and we mean tiny—storefront they’ve occupied since 2011. Fans line up for their brisket and ribs, which some days sells out by late afternoon. Want to get your fix before the move? Head to…
  • Park 121 After Hours at Cornerstone

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Park 121 After Hours Kitchen opens at Cornerstone gardens in Sonoma  I’ve never quite known what to make of Sonoma Valley’s Cornerstone gardens. Part art installation, part wine tasting room hub, part garden and part restaurant, it’s an amazing Wine Country destination that’s finally finding its groove. T his week, Chef Bruce Riezenman of Santa Rosa’s Park Avenue Catering opens Park 121 After-Hours Pizza and Empanada Kitchen at the gardens. The walk-up eatery will be open from 4p.m. to 7p.m.(ish) Thursday through Sundays through October. And if you’re wondering how 7p.m. is…
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    Cooking with Thas

  • Cracked Wheat Salad Recipe

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Cracked wheat mixed with veggies and perfectly seasoned, a truly delicious Summer salad… Looking at the cracked wheat that was sitting comfortably in my pantry, I had to ask myself this question: how can I turn cracked wheat into something delicious??? I’d tried making cracked wheat chicken pilaf before and loved it. I wasn’t up for making it again as I wanted to make something different. That’s when the thought of turning cracked wheat into a salad hit me real hard. It was a hot day, so salad sounded great. Also, I wanted to use up the cucumber and tomatoes that…
  • Baked Bitter Gourd Kichadi – Pavakka Kichadi

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    Baked bitter gourd is combined in coconut and yogurt gravy, it’s bitter but tastes delicious… One of the most bitter tasting vegetables is Bitter gourd or bitter melon, for that reason it’s packed with all kinds of nutrients. It has been used for the treatment of Diabetes. Despite being bitter, I enjoy this particular veggie when it’s cooked. Well, I certainly don’t enjoy when it’s juiced- No no, don’t challenge me to drink it, I would hide in my pantry Bitter gourd (pavakka or karela) is a common vegetable in India, enjoyed by people in the North…
  • Easy Vegetable Upma Recipe

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    SouthIndian Breakfast dish-Vegetable Upma or Semolina… One of the common breakfast dishes in South India is Upma, which is made with roasted semolina. Semolina is made by coarsely grinding the endosperm of durum wheat kernel. Hence, it’s not gluten free. In India, semolina is widely used for making a lot of savory and sweet dishes. My favorite desserts are semolina halwa and semolina laddu. When I get a sudden sweet craving, I tend to make the 1 minute microwaved semolina cake in the mug. For that reason, semolina will be always found in my pantry. Last night, while thinking of…
  • How to Make Easy Chicken Biryani- Easy Biryani Recipe

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Chicken biryani made effortlessly, tasted extremely delicious and flavorful… For me, any celebration will be incomplete without biryani. In my family, Biryani has been one of the main attractions during special occasions. And my mom made the best biryani. Not just my mom, even my sister makes it so deliciously. Last year, when I’d visited India, I had a chance to taste my sister’s biryani, I was truly blown away. I’d already shared the recipes for making so many kinds of biryani. Even though most of the ingredients and the cooking process are similar, addition of…
  • Beans Poriyal or Beans Stir fry with Coconut

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Fresh green beans picked from my garden, turned them into poriyal by stir frying with coconut; simple yet comforting veggie side dish… Cooking with the freshly picked veggies is beyond amazing and the food tastes even more delicious. This year, I sowed some dried beans in my veggie bed, I got excited seeing the seedlings sprout out of the seeds. Then the flowers appeared which then turned into beans. It was amazing to see all the transformation and to harvest the beans. Sharing some pictures After I harvested the beans, I wanted to make something out of it right away. One of my favorite…
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    A Sweet Spoonful

  • Cookies and Vows

    23 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    I’ve been dreading writing my vows for months now — much in the same way I dreaded writing term papers or tackling really big, looming projects. To cope with the fact that I wasn’t yet actually writing anything down on paper, I bought different journals, thinking the problem was that I didn’t have the right note-taking vehicle. I bought a little black Moleskine. Still wasn’t feeling inspired. I picked up an Indian-print handmade paper journal at the student bookstore in the University District. It collected dust. I pulled out an old notebook covered in a print…
  • Homemade Ricotta: The Food of Summer

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    In late May I made a list of summery things that I was excited to cook — even new kitchen skills I couldn’t wait to tackle and share with you. I remember thinking, ‘this is the year I will become a grill master!’ It was probably right around that time that I talked with our friend Brandon about how I should pitch an article to a major magazine on wedding planning and how it’s really just like running a business: What’s all the fuss about, people? Just make yourself a checklist. Well, this summer has humbled me on both counts. There hasn’t been much…
  • Our Summer Dinners

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    In the introduction to the Summer chapter of my cookbook Whole Grain Mornings, I talked about my approach to summer cooking — how it should be easy and effortless. How ironic it is that with all of the beautiful produce and fruit in the markets, summer meals are usually the ones that feel the most haphazard and thrown together. I used to get down on myself about this, wondering why I never took advantage of all the beautiful squashes and tomatoes and fresh herbs, making more complex meals or interesting new recipes. Instead I often rely on simple dinners of sliced tomatoes, cheese and…
  • Brownie Thins, For Summer Nights

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    It was almost 90 in Seattle earlier this week. Now it’s 10:15 p.m. and I’m nursing a little thimble of bourbon and a very dark chocolatey walnut brownie, thankful for these long, light nights. Already thankful for July and hopeful that it’ll feel like a spacious and slow season of tomatoes, late nights, early mornings, picnic table dinners and learning to grill (finally). Over the past few years I’ve done a sort of summer bucket list on the blog, listing a few things I’d like to tackle or accomplish that season. But this year that feels all off for so many…
  • Before It’s Over

    19 Jun 2014 | 6:04 pm
    For such a light, bright, colorful few months — summer is the season that makes the biggest statement, but also the season that blasts on through the quickest. But with the blasting comes the overgrown lawns, neighborhood walks at 9:45 p.m. when it’s still light out (!) and dinners consisting of heaping servings of strawberry crisp. Or how about the impromptu sidewalk picnics at lunchtime or the beautiful, blooming Dogwood trees lining the block? Seattle, maybe a little more than some sunnier cities, waits hard for this time of year. I’d like for you all to know that…
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    lisa is cooking

  • Saffron Roasted Tomatoes with Labneh

    lisa is cooking
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    A book focused on eating less meat, more vegetables, and a variety of whole grains and legumes was of course right up my alley. Diana Henry set out to learn more about what is truly healthy eating, and that’s how her new book, A Change of Appetite, came about of which I received a review copy. Not to worry though; this book isn’t about following strict rules or depriving yourself in any way. It’s about eating more fresh food and saving sweet treats for the weekend or special occasions. And the... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Shrimp on Lemongrass Skewers with Yellow Rice

    lisa is cooking
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    If you’re familiar with the Yummy Supper blog, then you already know about the beautiful photos and the fresh, lovely food. And now, more recipes have been collected for the brand new Yummy Supper book by Erin Scott. I was delighted to receive a copy. The book doesn’t read at all like a specific-diet cookbook. It’s not about sacrificing certain ingredients or making difficult compromises. Instead, it’s about what foods work naturally and deliciously for gluten-free eating. The book is full of... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

    lisa is cooking
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    I wasn’t kidding when I said that I want ice cream for every meal during the summer. And, this Milk Chocolate Ice Cream is simple enough to make that I really could have it for every meal. It’s from The Real Food Cookbook by Nina Planck, and I received a review copy. This is a book of uncomplicated, traditional dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Plank writes: “The ingredients are timeless, not trendy; the methods are classic rather than rule-breaking.” The recipes are personal. For... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Okra Cornmeal Cakes with Pimento Cheese

    lisa is cooking
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Okra season is in full swing, and I’ve been trying some different ways of cooking it thanks to the new book Okra: A Savor the South Cookbook by Virginia Willis. Back in April, I attended a class taught by Virginia Willis at Central Market Cooking School  with a media pass and posted photos on my Facebook page. I’ve been holding onto the book, waiting for the weeks when bags of okra appear in our CSA boxes. The book, of course, shows off several Southern okra dishes, and then there are... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Grilled Peaches with Pecans and Maple Meringue

    lisa is cooking
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    I have to admit, I’d never thought about how versatile meringues are. When I received a review copy of the book Meringue Girls, I wondered: how many different recipes could there really be? It turns out, there are several. And, all of them are irresistibly pretty. The Meringue Girls, Alex Hoffler and Stacey O’Gorman, created a London-based shop that supplies these lovely treats for special events. Their meringues come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors. It’s such a fun book with... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
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    Melody Gourmet Fury | Austin Food Writer and Photographer

  • Simple Pandan Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

    Melody Fury
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    A week ago, I posted a video on Instagram of pandan ice cream churning in our ice cream maker.  I received a few recipe requests, so here it is! Pandan leaves are commonly used in Southeast Asian cooking.  It is primarily used as an aromatic and it adds a distinct flavour that’s a cross between vanilla and coconut.  It’s often used in desserts (e.g. cake, pudding, jelly) but it also has savory applications.  For example, it is a vital ingredient in making Hainanese chicken rice to add the je ne sais quoi.  Pandan leaf wrapped grilled chicken is a popular Thai specialty.
  • Innovative Farm-to-Table Dining – Snapshots from Trace’s Summer Menu at the W Hotel in Austin

    Melody Fury
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Hotel food. What goes through your mind when you hear those words?  Ask me 5 years ago and I’d answer: generic, uninspired, homogeneous.  Today, I would say that it depends on who’s in the kitchen.  Sure, there are still hotel restaurants that bank on catering to undiscerning travelers that would likely never return.  (I’ll pass on the continental breakfast and prime rib night when I’m traveling.)  I’m loving the movement, or more accurately, the revival, of hotel bars and restaurants that are taking their menus by the horns once more.   When done well,…
  • Pizzas, Pastas & Plates: Snapshots from aRoma Italian Kitchen and Bar in Austin, Texas

    Melody Fury
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    A few months ago, I had a sneak peek of the then about-to-open aRoma when they offered some small bites at Mockingbird Domestics.  Since that mellow soirée, I’ve been anticipating their arrival. This modern Italian eatery and wine bar on S. Lamar officially opened a few weeks ago.  I had the opportunity to dine there with fellow writers and bloggers.  At the media tasting, they showcased an array of reimagined offerings.  Here’s a snapshot of what we sampled. Salad with a playful twist – roasted beets, goat cheese, pine nuts, farro, crispy onions, red wine vinaigrette |…
  • Behind the Scenes of the Dinuguan Dish at Qui in Austin

    Melody Fury
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    It’s been some time since I’ve wielded my camera but dang did it feel good to whip it out. Click to see a photo series that I shot of Paul Qui in Austin for Eater’s Five Days of Meat event. My article features a step-by-step breakdown of how Qui reinterprets Dinuguan, a classic Filipino pork stew made with blood. Dinuguan | Qui Restaurant in Austin, Texas | Melody Gourmet Fury Grad school has been cramping my style as of late.  I love what I’m studying.  But between my intensive schedule, work, and Coffer (which is going AWESOME, by the way), it leaves limited time…
  • Snapshots from Jasper’s Gourmet Backyard Cuisine in Austin

    Melody Fury
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    I’m always keen to explore new-to-me spots in Austin.  I rarely head up to The Domain because I usually only shop when I’m traveling, or I pick up my essentials from the outlets.  This explains why you’ll never catch me Instagramming my outfits ;) So while I’m not a fashionista, I do enjoy The Domain’s airy plazas and the easygoing, yet stylish ambiance.  But to be completely honest, as much as I’ve tried to like the restaurants that dot the retail park, my general impression about the majority of them is they’re generic, dated and overpriced.
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  • Guess what? I wrote a cookbook!

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Hi y’all! It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this space – mostly I’m over at I am a Food Blog now, but I wanted to share some exciting news…I wrote a cookbook! And it’s available now for preorder! You can preorder it here: Amazon Barnes and Noble Books-A-Million Indie Bound It’s been just over a year since I conceptualized, cooked, tested, styled, and shot all the recipes in Easy Gourmet. I’ve been skirting around it for a while now, but THE DAY IS COMING (September 2nd!!) and I want to tell you all about it! It’s called Easy Gourmet and…
  • Pierogi Recipe

    2 Oct 2010 | 10:17 am
    My mom is obsessed with keeping a stocked freezer, but I guess I don’t really take after her, because my freezer tends to be relatively empty, aside from random containers of stock/ramen broth, frozen dumplings and pierogi. I admit, I store buy frozen chinese dumplings and pierogi for those times that I just don’t feel like cooking. I tell myself it’s because of ease and convenience, but really, I just love the taste of frozen pockets filled with deliciousness. Pierogi are fast, tasty, and ideal for when I let myself get too hungry and become a crazy unthinking monster.
  • Green Onion Oil Devilled Egg Recipe

    28 Sep 2010 | 10:11 am
    In Momofuku, Chang mentions that his Scallion Oil is one of Momofuku’s mother sauces. He basically says you can’t live without it and I tend to agree. Scallion oil, or green onion oil, as I like to call it, is a delicious, delicious sauce. While I tend to like my recipe better than his, I’ll definitely back up his claim about never going hungry with green onion oil in your fridge. Mixed with noodles, fried with rice or even drizzled over meat, green onion oil is one of the most versatile things you can keep in your fridge. It tends to loose it’s vibrant green colour…
  • Ginger Fried Rice Recipe

    23 Sep 2010 | 12:06 pm
    Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ginger fried rice as interpreted by Mark Bittman has been floating around the internet for a while, but it took me a while to finally work up the courage to give it a try. You see, Jean-George is a well respected world renowned chef and I didn’t want to make his his fried rice and not like it. Fried rice, much like how you cook your instant noodles, is a very personal thing. Give a bunch of people the same fried rice ingredients and I guarantee you, there will be a variety of cooking styles. Some people like to fry up each ingredient separately, some…
  • Confession

    22 Sep 2010 | 9:31 pm
    I confess: I eat Chicken McNuggets with smiling faces and I love doing it! The real question is: do the faces make you want to eat Chicken McNuggets anymore than you normally do?
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    La Fuji Mama

  • BLT Salad with Avocado Dressing

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    This post is brought to you by the California Avocado Commission. Last week we had an avocado-centric summer backyard BBQ party with some friends to celebrate the last day before school began for our kiddos. The get-together was enabled by my friends at the California Avocado Commission who sent us a California Avocado BBQ Party Package.  I set up an outside buffet that included a stone-fruit salad, a green salad, hamburger fixings, including a huge bowl of guacamole (guac burgers all the way baby!), and tortilla chips and salsa. Mr. Fuji grilled up some juicy burgers and hot dogs, and we…
  • Baked Salmon with Mango Ceviche

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    This post is brought to you by Harmons Grocery. A week and a half ago I attended a special dinner at the City Creek Harmons Grocery in downtown Salt Lake City.  The dinner was to celebrate the introduction of Verlasso salmon to Harmons seafood cases.  Why the big deal?  In 2013, for the first time ever, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program listed an ocean-farmed salmon on its “yellow list” as a good alternative—Verlasso salmon farmed in the Patagonian waters of Chile.  Prior to this happening, farmed salmons had always been on the Seafood Watch’s…
  • Summer Strawberry Pie with Harmons (+ A Giveaway!)

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    This post is brought to you by Harmons Grocery. Summer is the best time for pie making because of the bounty nature offers: cherries, peaches . . . Oh who am I kidding? In my book there are 4 pie seasons: summer, fall, winter, and spring!  So to rephrase, summer pie season is fantastic because stone fruits and berries are bedazzling our markets and just begging to be made into pies. I was at Harmons (my favorite grocery store) recently buying stone fruit to make my summer stone fruit salad and I happened to glance over at the strawberries, which promptly beckoned me to buy them.  So I…
  • Cherry Pico de Gallo

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    In my post last week about Cacao Chili-Rubbed Flat Iron Steak, I briefly mentioned the cherry pico de gallo that I made as an accompaniment.  But, it wouldn’t be doing it justice to gloss over it, as it was maybe my favorite part of the whole meal, notwithstanding the sweet potato oven fries that were also a part of that meal!  I recently went on a cherry buying binge, due to a dip in prices, and have spent some time getting creative in what to do with them (although the large majority of them have found their way into our tummies as is).  Since I’ve already shared my recipe…
  • Simple Sweet Potato Oven Fries

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Four ingredients, and one of them is sweet potatoes . . . need I say more?  (Plus, it’s never too early to start planning your celebrations for National Sweet Potato Day next February, right?)  I love sweet potato fries, but don’t love the clean up, nor the added calories, that come with deep frying my own.  So I bake them.  I know this isn’t a new idea, but I posted a picture of the fries I made to go with the cacao chili-rubbed flat iron steak that I posted earlier this week, so I figured I would share them.  Super simple, and just plain good.  I use a combination of…
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  • Wayfare Tavern

    Jen C
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Dear Tyler Florence, Though my visit was almost a year ago, the memory of your popovers lingers in my mind. They are fantastic; light, but so flavourful. I was very sad that I wasn’t able to fit another bite of anything in.... Continue Reading →
  • Rush Lane & Co

    Jen C
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Stopped by for drinks after work last week. And while I had only a drink and a snack, there were some really good things happening here. The space is great. Comfortable with clean lines, and I especially loved that library nook. The... Continue Reading →
  • Suculent

    Jen C
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Barcelona, Spain. It’s Sunday and most places are closed. Luckily, it doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. Suculent, not far from La Rambla, is a fantastic tapas place. Simple dishes so rich in flavour. Highly recommended, Sunday or not!
  • Cake Day 2014

    Jen C
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Cake Day has been going on for a few years now, and it’s a fun thing friends and I do to both challenge ourselves and to just hang out for the day. The most hilarious thing about Cake Day is... Continue Reading →
  • Roasted Tomato Sauce

    Jen C
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    One of the great pleasures of summer is all the great produce that comes from nearby Ontario farms. We’re right in tomato season, and it seems everyone is knee-deep in this bountiful fruit. Here’s a quick and easy way to... Continue Reading →
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    Bitches Who Brunch

  • This Week in NYC: September 1-7

    Ally, Bitch in the City
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Happy Labor Day, Bitches! We hardly have time to dwell on the sad fact that summer has officially ended now that our social calendars are filled to the brim with events and parties for Fashion Week. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram as we document the fun fêtes and upcoming styles.    Monday If you’re anything like us, our day off work was spent on planes, trains, and automobiles coming home from long weekend adventures. However, if you luckily missed the Labor Day traffic, head over to Williamsburg for Maison Premiere’s epic Labor Day Party, which begins at noon. The…
  • This Week in DC: September 1-7

    Cori Sue
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Good morning, my darlings! We hope you’re enjoying the day off work by resting and brunching this Labor Day. From brunch to jazz fests to Sunday sushi school, your social calendar for the week provides plenty of activities. P.S. If you’re a Bitch who likes Bloody Marys, be sure to snag a ticket to the U.S. Bartender’s Guild D.C. Chapter’s Bloody Mary event on Sunday at the St. Regis. Monday Happy Labor Day! If you’re in Washington, there are plenty of restaurants serving brunch. Check out our 2014 Labor Day brunch guide, here. After brunch, there’s plenty of fun to be had in the…
  • DC National Bacon Day Brunch Guide

    Charlotte, Baby Bitch
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Bacon has become somewhat of a culinary treasure in today’s foodscape. While tasty enough to stand alone, bacon also has a knack for making everything it comes in contact with better. Adding a distinct smokiness and salty undertone, the fatty protein has been added and infused into desserts, spirits, and brunch entrees galore. And with National Bacon Day on August 30th, why not take advantage of the holiday and dine — or rather, “pig” out — on our favorite bacon bites, below: The Atlas Room What’s better than bacon? More bacon. Like the bacon cheddar waffles that you can…
  • NYC National Bacon Day Brunch Guide

    Charlotte, Baby Bitch
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    Bacon seems to have taken the world by storm, in both the culinary arena and beyond. A trend that started with small mash-ups like bacon cupcakes has grown to the point where you can now drink bacon, wash with bacon, and even smell like bacon. Ok, so perhaps we are taking this whole trend a little too far, but when it comes to brunch, bacon still has a place at the table. Personally, I’m a traditionalist when it comes to the cured meat product and prefer it as a side, but with National Bacon Day quickly approaching on August 30th, one really can’t go wrong spending an afternoon indulging…
  • Coming Soon!

    Cori Sue
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:05 pm
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    Mexico in my Kitchen

  • Are any of these 6 Mexican cooking utensils in your kitchen ?

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Sometime ago, I wrote about a few Mexican Cooking utensils, and I guess it was about time to write a second part to that article. Some of the items you will see here are common in many Mexican homes, where the traditional home cook still treasures our roots, and might even attach some sentimental value to these items. But, why do I say that? Well, times change, and change is good: the new electronic kitchen appliances make our hectic and busy lives easier. Younger generations are learning to live in apartment homes that are small with tiny spaces where they may fit a mini fridge rather than a…
  • Mexican Candied Sweet Potato & Yucatan Style Sweet Potato and Coconut Candy

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a compensated post in collaboration with California Sweetpotatoes and Latina Bloggers. All recipes and opinions are my own.Yes, I know that it’s August and many of you don’t even think about cooking sweet potatoes until mid-October, but sweet potatoes are good for you any time of the year, so here you have two new recipes to enjoy sweet potatoes with! Surprisingly, it’s almost the end of August and we haven’t had a day over 90 degrees in weeks here in the DC metro. In fact, there are some days that I need a light sweater to go out in the morning! This cooler weather has made…
  • Pork with Zucchini and Corn Stew/Calabacitas Con Puerco y Elote

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Right now during the summertime, I’m taking as much advantage as I can of the seasonal vegetables available, like corn, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, and many herbs. This recipe can be slightly different from the version you’ve tried at tex-mex restaurants. What follows is just a basic recipe that I adjust depending on my mood or what ingredients I have on hand. For example, I might substitute serranos for jalapeños, or fresh corn for frozen corn (when not in season). Also, instead of stewing the meat, I might decide to brown it first and then slowly simmer it with the rest of the…
  • Shrimp Cocktail with Habanero Sauce/Coctel de Camarones

    15 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. When you grow up in a seaport city, you know that seafood it going to be a big part of your life, and more so if you happen to live between the Navy Yard and a seafood packing warehouse. Believe it or not, I actually didn’t like eating fish and seafood as a child! I thought we ate it a little too often, especially that summer that my older brother took a job next door at the seafood warehouse. Almost every other day he would come home from work carrying a big bucket of shrimp. Fried…
  • Fruit Gazpacho with Homemade Chamoy Sauce +Giveaway!

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
     This is a Sponsored Campaign by McCormick; the photos and opinions here are my own.Celebrations are a big part of Mexican culture, from baptisms, quinceañeras, birthdays, graduations, or our soccer’s team last win, we use anything as an excuse to get together with friends and family. Food is obviously a big part of these celebrations, and the customs of the local region play a big part in what will be served at the table. Growing up in the northeastern part of Mexico, the food at children’s birthday parties were ham and cheese sandwiches, cake, and candy bags for the kids to…
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    Cooking | Add a Pinch

  • The Best Classic Yellow Cake Recipe

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A classic yellow cake recipe makes an essential cake recipe for any kitchen. Made of simple ingredients, this makes the best yellow cake for every occasion. There’s just something about a freshly baked cake topped with swirls of chocolate frosting that brings a smile to my face. Usually, it signals a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, a party of some sort, a celebration. But then, there are times that I think that by the end of a hectic week of my son’s classes and long hours studying, my husband working, and all that goes in and out of a week for any family, the…
  • 50+ Ground Beef Recipes

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A collection of over 50 ground beef recipes for all occasions! How many of you are like me and keep ground beef stocked in your refrigerator or freezer? That is one of my “go-to” meats for all kinds of meals, whether just for my family or for a dinner with friends or for those party and game day dishes. On those busy days when I need to make a meal in a hurry or need to have a meal cooking in the slow cooker, I can always find a recipe with ground beef that my family and friends will love. These 50 ground beef recipes include everything from dips to soups, salads to casseroles,…
  • Skinny No-Bake Chocolate Cookies Recipe

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    These Skinny No-Bake Chocolate Cookies come together in minutes and then chill for a delicious, chocolate cookie recipe that we love. Made with cocoa, peanut butter, coconut, and oats, these cookies are a definite treat. I grew up loving the chocolate no-bake cookies that my Mama would make for us for the first day of school and other special occasions. Rich, fudgy, and oh so decadent. I still make them for my family, especially to mark those special events just like Mama did when I was a little girl. For an everyday cookie though, I love this lighter, skinny version. It begins with many of…
  • French Onion Dip Recipe

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This French onion dip recipe makes a perfect dip to go along with chips or vegetables! Homemade with sour cream, onions, and garlic, this will be a recipe you turn to time and again. Mother always made homemade meals, dips, sauces, and other dishes as much as possible. She’d be in the kitchen stirring something together for what seemed like seconds and then, voila, she’d have the most delicious dishes on the table for breakfast, lunch and supper. She has always been known for her dips and appetizers for parties and showers, one of which was her French onion dip. I’ll never…
  • Ratatouille Recipe

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Ratatouille combines the freshest of summer vegetables into one delish dish. This ratatouille recipe is artfully arranged and roasted with a light dressing. As soon as we watched the movie with the cutest little rat, Remy, directing the making of ratatouille in the movie by the same name, my sweet little boy began asking for me to make ratatouille for him. Seriously. He was just a little squirt when the movie was released and we watched it, as we did with most movies he loved, over and over and over and over and over again. And each time it was over, he asked if we could have ratatouille for…
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    A Couple Cooks

  • Roasted Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    The only thing that stands between a person and what they want in life is the will to try it and the faith to believe it is possible. Belief fuels enthusiasm. Enthusiasm explodes into passion. Passion fires our souls and lifts our spirits. Having a simple, clearly-defined goal can capture the imagination and inspire passion. -Michael D. Krause For Alex and me, that goal was to learn to cook. We started with little more than the will to try. I couldn’t even boil a pot of water for pasta. (Seriously, I was a lost cause.) But over the years we learned, little by little, to have the faith to…
  • Summer Salad with Sesame Buttermilk Dressing

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:20 am
    The other day, a restaurant near our house hosted a special “summer vegetable” dinner menu, of the 4-course + wine pairings variety. We jumped at the chance because 1. it’s one of the best restaurants in town 2.we’re all about celebrating veg, which aren’t typically in the spotlight here in meat-loving Indiana. It was fabulous. We’re still talking about the ramen with smoked onion dashi (so flavorful). The other highlight was unexpected: a simple salad of local summer vegetables and this intensely flavorful sesame buttermilk dressing. We love trying to…
  • Simple Summer Pasta with Tomatoes and Zucchini

    24 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    This pasta was the second recipe we ever posted on this blog back in August 2010. We had picked up the tomatoes from a local farm stand and they were perfectly ripe. The flavor was summer in a bowl. I wrote a post about how it was “the best pasta ever” and we snapped this photo. A few weeks ago, I came across the photo by chance on Pinterest and remembered how much we liked the recipe. It’s simple: the only cooking involved is the pasta, and the zucchini, tomatoes and garlic become warmed as they’re stirred into the cooked noodles. We decided to revive this one…
  • Q & A: Why Urban Farming? {South Circle Farm}

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:18 pm
    As part of our Healthy + Whole series, we are thrilled to bring you this interview with farmer Amy Matthews and Program Coordinator Sarah Mullin of South Circle Farm. They are both dear friends and South Circle Farm is one of the preeminent farms here in Indianapolis. We’re impressed both by their devotion to the work and dedication to bringing local whole foods to our city. Check out the interviews below for Amy and Sarah’s unique perspectives on why they do what they do and why eating healthy, whole foods is so important. The first time Alex and I set foot on South Circle Farm, we knew…
  • Grilled Eggplant with Herbed Quinoa and Cherry Tomatoes

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:34 am
    The other day, Alex and I visited our friend’s urban farm on the south side of Indianapolis. It was quite a sight: an oasis of green a midst junkyards and concrete. We snapped up bright yellow and red cherry tomatoes and purple eggplants at the farm stand, and chatted with farmer Amy as she diligently harvested onions. If you would have told me 10 years ago that I’d be visiting urban farms and buying vegetables and making them into something palatable, I would have said “You’re crazy.” I had little interest in food: my dinners consisted of cereal and hot…
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    Chow and Chatter

  • Blackcurrant Jam

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    While we were in Scotland we visited a couple of berry picking farms, Scotland has some wonderful fruits and in the summer it shines. You can find gooseberries a tart fruit that aren't allowed in North Carolina as it apparently carries a disease that infects the white pine. You can also find black currants, tart little berries that go into making Ribena a favorite British drink. In 1938 Ribena was invented taking its name from the Latin word for blackcurrants: Ribes Nigrum, it was given as a vitamin C supplement after world war two and still has the label rich in vitamin C.The kids also…
  • Isle of Arran Photo Series

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:29 pm
    We recently visited the beautiful Isle of Arran off the West Coast of Scotland despite growing up in Scotland I had not yet managed to visit an Island. So we planned a wee two day visit to Arran, we choose Arran as its easy to get to and known to be great for food and scenery. It was fun taking the car ferry over from Ardrossan with the kids and exploring the little Island, it really is like Scotland in miniature with mountains, great beaches, cute little towns and villages, and a historic castle. Arran has a long history dating back as far as 7000 BC and has influences from many…
  • Market Brunch

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    On a recent trip to the North Carolina mountains we ate at The Fork and Spoon a fab restaurant in Spruce pine. I ate the first evening with my friends and the second day I took hubby and the kids there for brunch, hubby still mentions how good the food was. I had an open sandwich with pulled pork seasonal vegetables and an egg. Fun modern Southern this was a brunch I made inspired by that. I used lovely bacon from the farmers market but it would be just as good without it.Ingredients:for 24 slices of bacon2 handfuls of fresh sugar snap peas a bunch of Swiss charda slice of toast 2 eggs a…
  • Lemon Rice

    1 Aug 2014 | 7:55 pm
    I made this lovely rice dish recently its popular in South India and my hubby loves it, such a fun way to add some pizazz to rice. Its great eaten with dal, spicy fried potatoes and yogurt.Diggs Latham School GardenIngredients:1 lemondash of sesame oil 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds1 teaspoon urad dal10 curry leaves3 -4 tablespoon of cashew nuts pinch of aestofida1/4 tablespoon of turmeric2 cups cooked rice2 green chilies Method: cook the rice and keep to one side squeeze and get the juice of one lemonheat oil and pop mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, turmeric and…
  • Cape Cod Photo Series

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:27 pm
    We recently returned from a trip to Cape Cod, its a lovely part of America rich in history and a great summer destination. It almost feels like you are stepping back in time, you will find pretty towns to stroll around with art galleries and good seafood, lovely gardens and beaches. We stayed in Brewster in the Middle of the Cape and drove to Wellfleet a delightful little town, then returned via Eastham and saw the National seashore the beaches in this National park are stunning they go on for miles and wilder than the other side of the cape. There have been a few sightings of great white…
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    Grabbing the Gusto

  • Pork Chops Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spinach

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    The first time I made this dish – a Giada recipe – the stuffing was fabulous, but the pork, although nicely browned, was a bit tough. Grrr. Pork can be like that if you cook it just a bit too long. I’m often a bad judge of doneness. Even when I follow a recipe and test the meat with a thermometer on the early side of the cooking time, sometimes it’s already gone past the ideal temperature. However, there’s a way to get tender, not tough, pork even if you screw up a bit – brine it first! Yes, it does require some planning ahead, but the second time I made this recipe, the pork was…
  • Zucchini Scallion Pancakes with Soy Dipping Sauce

    6 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    In my continuing quest to use up all the zucchini that comes my way, here’s a recipe I first made during last year’s zucchini season: zucchini scallion pancakes with a spicy and sweet soy dipping sauce. Like zucchini tots, these pancakes are a great way to disguise zucchini. I served them alongside hoisin chicken with Napa cabbage (based on this hoisin pork recipe) and sweet and spicy sautéed kale stems. That’s right, stems. I hate wasting food. It’s fun to find ways to use up every part of everything in the refrigerator. I about freaked out when Jim once cut off turnip greens and…
  • Zucchini Tots

    1 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    You know it’s zucchini season when you go to the farm to pick up your CSA share and instead of saying, “Take 2 pounds,” the sign on the box of zucchini says, “Take as much as you want.” And then, a bag of zucchini from your step-daughter’s vegetable garden magically shows up on your kitchen table. That’s okay. I’m not tired of zucchini. Yet. If we had it only in its purest form – sautéed in some fashion – then, yeah, it would get old after a while. But I’m enjoying this culinary challenge to get through all our zucchini (and summer squash and pattypan squash) before it…
  • Beet and Greens Gratin

    28 Jun 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Beets are so stunning. I’ve never really appreciated them until I started getting a CSA. Now, I wish the season wasn’t so short. I especially love beet greens – so much flavor. If you’re not sure about beets, try slicing them thinly, tossing them with olive oil, spreading them out on a sheet pan, sprinkling them with salt (and maybe rosemary too) and roasting them at 350 for about 15-25 minutes. Voila, beet chips! I saw this beet gratin recipe long ago on Pinterest but made it for the first time last night. It’s now going to be difficult preparing beets any other way. To save time,…
  • Kohlrabi Parmesan

    13 Jun 2014 | 7:05 am
    Last year when I first encountered kohlrabi in my CSA share, I was perplexed. I hadn’t recalled ever seeing kohlrabi recipes in the dozens of food and cooking blogs and websites I regularly read. So I went a-hunting. Of all places, I found this recipe on the Better Homes & Gardens website. Kohlrabi(photo by Cliff/Flickr CC license) Since then, this has become my go-to recipe for kohlrabi. I play around with it. I added scallions to the original recipe. You could definitely add garlic. Use whatever herbs you like – I’ve used basil in the past. Don’t throw out the kohlrabi greens.
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    Guilty Kitchen

  • Blendtec Blender Giveaway!

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    So, because I love you guys, and I’m always happy to give back to the people who have given me so much, today I am giving away one of THE BEST blenders on the planet! I’ve been using the Blendtec 725 Designer series since the spring and let me tell you…I luuuuuuurve it. Like, I don’t usually love appliances, because they often suck a lot of balls, but this bad boy is the REAL DEAL. When it says it will blend your smoothie perfectly every time, it ain’t lying….you literally put everything in the jar, push the smoothie button and walk away. When you come back…
  • Whole Barbecued Salmon

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Living in the Pacific Northwest has it’s ups and downs. Mostly the ups have to do with the beautiful terrain and the amazing food available to us from spring through fall. Some of the very best of our sustainable food comes from the waters that surround my Island, Vancouver Island. Growing up the daughter of a salmon fishing guide (my amazing mother), I got to sample every, single available species of salmon in our waters, and there are many: Chinook (aka spring or king)chumsockeyecoho and pink and the ever elusive Tyee (a chinook weighing 30lbs or more). I’ve tried them every…
  • Breaking Up with Paleo

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    This post has been coming for a long time. If you’ve been reading Guilty Kitchen for more than a couple days, you’d know I’ve gone through just about every “lifestyle” diet there is, from Atkins to Vegan, to Paleo and back again. You’d also know I’ve been anorexic, overweight and everything in between. But if you follow my social media, you may have noticed lately, that I’ve been breaking up with paleo. About two years ago, I started the Paleo Diet, which fuelled my rise into the world of being a multi-published cookbook author, but it also…
  • Peanut Butter Apple Oat Bars

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Hello my very favourite readers. Last week I held a very informal poll on my Facebook Page asking my readers what kind of recipe they’d like to see next. The overwhelming answers were “healthy snacks” and “fitness and health informational posts”. So today I give you Peanut Butter Apple Oat Bars, a perfect little transportable snack that is very easy to make, inexpensive and perfect for before or after the gym, or even if you just can’t make it one more minute without sustenance. These bars are moderate carb/high protein and very low fat. Now, I’d like…
  • Nutrient Timing

    8 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Timing your nutrition is the holy grail of keeping your body composition in check (IE: How much fat you have on your body versus how much muscle), but a lot of people are confused (rightly so) when it comes to putting this knowledge to work. So how do you eat to optimize body composition? Well, if really depends on who you ask, but taking a page from my own personal experience and those of the people I look up to (Layne Norton, Lyle McDonald, Krissy Mae Cagney, etc.) there is really only one way to do it properly. (...)Read the rest of Nutrient Timing (662 words) © Elizabeth for Guilty…
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    Mission: Food

  • Almond Joy Scones

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Although I love cooking and baking all kinds of dishes, there are a handful of creations that I consider to be my specialties. Scones are definitely on that list. I have been making scones for years in many different varieties, from classic to inventive.One of the things I love most about scones are that they are quick and easy to make, and as long as you follow some basic steps, and don't overwork the dough, they are pretty much foolproof. They are also simplest to make by hand without requiring special tools, although you can certainly use a mixer if you'd like.Most people don't realize how…
  • Sichuan Crescent Dumplings

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    As a dumpling lover and fan of Andrea Nguyen's books and websites, I have a growing list of dumplings to try making at home, whether traditional or untraditional (Buffalo chicken dumplings, anyone?). I while back, I bookmarked a recipe on Viet World Kitchen called Sichuan Crescent Dumplings. I was intrigued not only by the filling, which is composed of ground pork, scallions, and ginger-infused water, but the spicy sauce served over these boiled dumplings.Since these dumplings are made with a basic flour-based dumpling dough, they are easily frozen, and since they are meant to be boiled, they…
  • Los Andes: A Diamond in the Rough

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes the most fabulous meals are found in the most unexpected places. Right next to Roger Williams Hospital in a sketchy unassuming neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island is one of my favorite restaurants in the entire state, Los Andes, featuring Peruvian and Bolivian cuisine. I have never heard a single negative word uttered about Los Andes. In fact, quite the opposite. Whenever I speak its name, it is met by fanfare from anyone who has dined there before. It also happens to be ranked as the #1 restaurant in Providence on Yelp, even higher than Gracie's which I absolutely adore.So…
  • Tomato Bulgur Pilaf

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The end of summer is the height of tomato season, and rightfully so, this month's challenge from the Creative Cooking Crew is to create a dish featuring this beloved seasonal ingredient. There are so many ways to utilize tomatoes in cooking, from making it the star of the show to giving it a memorable cameo. The recipe I actually planned to feature for this month's challenge is on hold until my local farm has yellow heirloom tomatoes ripe enough for sale, but I'm still hoping to share that recipe later this month.In the meantime, I'm sharing one of my favorite recipes featuring fresh…
  • Great White Cupcakes with Strawberry "Chum" Filling

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    HAPPY SHARK WEEK!! I have been OBSESSED with sharks ever since I was around age 8 and saw Jaws for the first time (yup, my parents let me stay up late and watch it). Since then, I have collected and studied shark books and watched Shark Week religiously before it was ever trendy. I hosted "shark parties" to watch Jaws while noshing on festive dishes before it was ever a fad.And right by my side since childhood, sharing a love/obsession for sharks is one of my very best friends, Allen. He and his wife have hosted a couple Sharkapalooza parties to date in honor of Shark Week, and this year's…
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    Savoring Time in the Kitchen

  • Kale Slaw - A Delicious Combination of Flavors!

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Have you joined the kale bandwagon yet?  If you don't already know, kale is amazing for your health.  One cup of chopped kale contains a whopping 684% of a daily dose of vitamin K, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C and 9% of calcium. On top of that, you also get some minerals like copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. And, it only has 33 calories!Here is a delicious recipe for kale slaw - a great way to eat raw kale.  My initial inspiration to make this salad was the fact that I'm growing kale in a large container on my patio. I tried growing it in the…
  • Refrigerator Dill Pickles

    17 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    It's cucumber time in my little Wisconsin Garden. I love them in freshly sliced in simple salads with my own garden tomatoes but when you have far too many to eat fresh, you need to make pickles! This year, I decided to branch out from my usual Refrigerator Pickle recipe which is sweet and similar to a Bread and Butter pickle.  I love them but my husband prefers dill pickles so here you are, Honey :)  When I first offered him a taste he said "These are really good!".  I mixed my own herbs and spices, added some fresh dill flower heads and lots of garlic. Since I had so many…
  • Cheesy Puff Pastry Pinwheels with Power Greens

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    I can't believe it's already August and two weeks from my last post!  We have gone from a cool, rainy spring and early summer, and are still stuck in a cooler-than-normal weather pattern here in the Midwest, but we are trying to enjoy as many mid to late summer activities as we can possibly can with friends and family.  These tasty little morsels were created just after making the roasted tomato tarts from my last post.  I had a good sized portion of puff pastry dough left and hated to throw it away so I looked on the puff pastry box for inspiration and saw a recipe for spinach…
  • Roasted Tomato and Caramelized Onion Tart

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Here is a delicious recipe from our recent gourmet group dinner that we hosted last month and one that I really want to share with you as garden-fresh tomato season is upon us. It had been assigned to another couple to bring to our dinner in June and was served as the starter course. I have since made it twice for my husband and myself - once in individual 4-inch pyrex dishes and the second time I made it in a 10-inch pie plate.At first glance, the recipe looks long and complicated but please don't be intimidated - it really isn't.  The great thing about this recipe is that most of it…
  • Chocolate Chip-Pudding Cookies - Moist and Delicious!

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside.  To me, that is the perfect chocolate chip cookie! The idea of using pudding mix in chocolate chip cookie dough has been around for some time and I even have a recipe saved that was a state fair winner in 1992 but I never got around to trying the method until recently when I saw a more current adaptation. I seldom use boxed mixes anymore and try to make most everything from scratch but I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised with the results! Normally, an all-butter chocolate chip cookie can sometimes turn out flat and and become…
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    Roti n Rice

  • Ube Ice Cream

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    This delicious Ube Ice Cream is smooth and creamy with an almost floral hint. Make it at home using frozen grated purple yam. You will totally love it! The post Ube Ice Cream appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Nasi Biryani

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Fragrant and tasty Nasi Biryani flavored with spices and rose or kewra water. This aromatic rice is the base for all your meat biryanis. Includes video. The post Nasi Biryani appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Coconut Pecan Cookies

    14 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    The fragrance and combination of flavors in these Coconut Pecan Cookies are sure to please. Perfect for tea time or the holidays. The post Coconut Pecan Cookies appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Wild Rice Soup

    7 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    Few things are more comforting than coming home to this deliciously creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Wild Rice Soup. You'll want to make this over and over again. The post Slow Cooker Chicken Wild Rice Soup appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Soft Chewy M&M Cookies

    4 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    These Soft Chewy M&M Cookies are always a favorite with the kids and adults. So satisfying and delicious with a glass of cold milk. The post Soft Chewy M&M Cookies appeared first on Roti n Rice.
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    Rouxbe Online Cooking School Blog

  • American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Endorses Rouxbe Online Cooking School!

    Ken, Vice President Culinary Training
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Rouxbe Cooking school has been endorsed for quality education by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation – marking a giant step forward for Rouxbe by acknowledging the important role that a quality online program has in today’s culinary training and educational markets. In addition to offering culinary instruction for home cooks and cooks training for...
  • Rouxbe Hosts Award Winning Chef Matt Haley

    Barb Thomas, RHN
    16 Jun 2014 | 3:11 pm
      The James Beard Foundation’s 2014 Humanitarian of the Year, The National Humanitarian from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the 2014 Cornerstone Humanitarian from the National Restaurant Association — no chef in history has ever been awarded these three high honors — especially in one year. But with Matt Haley’s focus on using...
  • Learn to Grow Your Own Food w/ Rouxbe Cooking School

    Joe, Co-founder of Rouxbe
    24 May 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Learn to Grow Your Own Food Given that our roots are in teaching people how to cook better, we thought it made sense to start the process of teaching people how to grow their own food. Learn how to grow your own food with us as our team takes on this new and exciting challenge...
  • Waldorf Astoria Shows Commitment to Training Success with Rouxbe Program

    Ken, Vice President Culinary Training
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
      Ken Rubin, Vice President Culinary Training at Rouxbe  We are pleased to announce that another cook has successfully completed the Waldorf Astoria New York culinary training program powered by Rouxbe. This online training program complements on-ground training efforts at this iconic hotel and reinforces their commitment to innovation and excellence. Rouxbe uses interactive assessment...
  • The BEST Biscuits | Dairy & Egg-Free

    Dawn, Co-founder of Rouxbe
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Shut the door on this one — the testing is over, we have a winner folks!! And the fact that these biscuits are completely vegan-friendly is TOTALLY irrelevant—these biscuits are simply delicious. They are light, flaky and even ‘buttery’. I am just going to let the images speak for themselves! Okay, I’ll just add this one...
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    Turntable Kitchen

  • Single Serving: Dads – Fake Knees

    Josh Henderson
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    Although it wasn’t the first song of theirs I’d heard, the first Dads song I really took note of was “No, We’re Not Actually.” The song closes out last year’s breakout Pretty Good EP – and lyrically it details a refusal to accept the mortality of a loved one. Its release also coincided with my own father’s hospitalization and subsequent passing and became somewhat of a healing mechanism because, well, in a situation like that it’s so easily relatable. Fast forward a year to the New Jersey band’s latest single “Fake Knees”…
  • New Tees in the TK Market!

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    Hello, Indian Summer! Here in SF, summer doesn’t really start until September so Labor Day weekend has historically been an epic weekend — boats out on the Bay, bikes everywhere, and beach weather out by Ocean Beach. I’ve been meaning to post about some new products in the TK Market and only now getting around to it, so without further ado. We’ve got some really fun new tees in the TK Market, in some transitional (summer – fall) colors. Both tees are unisex, and super comfy. Our classic Watermelon Tee is printed on Ash Grey Seafoam (a little ode to our city by…
  • What Is A Record Label?

    Shelly West
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This may sound like a silly questions – we all know what a record label is and does, right? Or wait – we think we do? I’m sure this is going to sound like common sense to a lot of you but you’d be surprised at how many people walk into our work building asking where the recording studio is. To many people’s disappointment, we have to explain that a record label is not the same thing as a recording studio. Or I’ll constantly get interns saying they want to work in the label department and when I ask them what they want to do, they look at me with a blank…
  • Single Serving: Hey Rosetta! – Kintsukuroi

    Josh Henderson
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    St. John’s, Newfoundland seven-piece Hey Rosetta! are set to release Second Sight, their follow-up to 2011′s fantastic Seeds – and the first single is another dazzling bit of indie pop. “Kintsukuroi” – which is named after the Japanese art form of fixing broken pottery with adhesives such as gold, platinum and silver – features a strong vocal performance from frontman Tim Baker and is an exciting first taste of what to expect from the upcoming LP. Second Sight is out October 21st on Sonic Records/Warner Music Canada.
  • Single Serving: King Tuff – Black Moon Spell

    Matthew Hickey
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Raucous garage rocker King Tuff (a.k.a. Kyle Thomas) just dropped the title track from his forthcoming third full length Black Moon Spell. He also has an incredibly awesome publicity photo (see above). It (the song – not the publicity shot) is a grinding monster of a rock n’ roll jam constructed with a sludgy, grooving, reverb-drenched guitar riff and Ty Segall on drums. If you’re not enjoying this tune as much as the girl in the song’s video, you’re probably doing something wrong. You can preorder the album from Sub Pop and receive a special limited-edition…
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    Jersey Bites

  • Jeffrey Orel of the Denville Meat Shop

    Veronique @ Food &#38; Wine Chickie
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    I recently had the chance to speak with Jeffrey Orel, the owner of the new Denville Meat Shop, where I pick up my Bracco Farms CSA box every two weeks. Denville Meat Shop is a store off the main street in Denville offering quality all-natural meats, fine cheese, imported condiments, GMO- and gluten-free breads and […]
  • Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

    Lou Petrella
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
      THIS WEEKEND August 30: Ribs, pulled pork, and brisket are some of the options at the annual BBQ & Craft Beer Festival, in Monmouth Park, Oceanport. Guests can choose from 18 food vendors while listening to the music of NJ country band After The Reign. General admission is $3. Monmouth Park, Oceanport, 732-222-5100. August 30 and 31: Jazz It […]
  • 3 Cocktails to Celebrate Great Summer Produce

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    This sponsored article is brought to you by Atlantic City Bottle Company. Summer has many charms: long warm days, backyard barbeques, walks on the boardwalk—to name a few. It’s all punctuated by the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables hitting their peak as Labor Day approaches. While they most certainly liven up your dinner plate, they […]
  • The Habit Burger Grill in Fair Lawn

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    The word “habit” conjures up visions of bad and sometimes expensive obsessions. As in “…gotta kick this _______ habit,” or “I’m just working to feed my habit.” So let me introduce you to what could become a good habit, and a reasonable one at that. It recently landed in Fair Lawn, but The Habit Burger Grill was […]
  • Opening: DeNovo in Montclair

    Veronique @ Food &#38; Wine Chickie
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Demetri Malki’s DeNovo opened yesterday in what was once the train station waiting area at the Upper Montclair stop. I joined fellow food writers as well as friends and family of Malki on Friday evening for a pre-opening event where some of the restaurant’s small plates, tapas, were available for sampling. The new restaurant follows other […]
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    A Culinary Journey With Chef Dennis

  • Give Kids The World Blogger Bash 2014

    Chef Dennis Littley
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    As the crow flys I’m about a mile from Give Kids The World Village but because nothing in life is easy it’s about a 15 minute drive.   The first time I saw GKTWV was by accident, The community we lived in didn’t recycle (at the time) and  I needed to drop off about a months worth of  recyclables.  As luck would have it there was one close by on Bass Road, and as I would through a development and finally found the right road I noticed a strange set of buildings on my right, there were amusement type looking spires a gated entrance and who knew what else was inside.  …
  • New England Lobster Roll Recipe

    Chef Dennis Littley
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    We may not be in the northeast anymore but that hasn’t lessened our desire for shellfish.  Lisa and I do love shellfish with lobster being high on the list and with that being said you can be sure that  my New England Lobster Roll Recipe is always in great demand!  In terms of lobster use not much has changed since my move to Florida except for the quantity I buy at one time since I’ve been shopping more at Restaurant Depot.    Now you may not have access to a Reastaurt Depot but don’t that let that stop you, just look in the frozen seafood department of your local…
  • Ginger-Garlic Pan Roasted Swordfish – Around the Kitchen Table

    Chef Dennis Littley
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    I always have friends ask me, what’s the best way to cook fish?  While my favorite way is the simplicity of Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper, there are times that I add additional flavors to spice things up a bit!  After all Variety is the Spice of Life. One of my latest requests was what to do with swordfish?  Swordfish can be a disaster if overcooked and is really a fairly bland fish (if its fresh), so you can have fun adding in very flavorful ingredients.  Marinating is always an option, but quite frankly I forget to do it, so I always end up looking for other ways to add in…
  • Buffalo Chicken Tacos with a Bleu Cheese Slaw – Around the Kitchen Table

    Chef Dennis Littley
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    One of my favorite meals growing up was tacos,  not only did tacos remind me of  Texas but they were a lot of fun to eat  and I have to admit  they still are fun to eat!   Over the years the lowly taco has gone through many culinary changes with the hard shell crunch taco giving way to the soft flour tortilla version that you find on most restaurant menus. But the changes didn’t stop with the outside of the taco, no that was just the beginning.  Culinarians around the world began experimenting and adding non traditional fillings to these little bundles of delicioiusness creating…
  • How to Make Pan Seared Scallops with a Summer Corn Medley – Around the Kitchen Table

    Chef Dennis Littley
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    It’s officially summertime and that means eating lighter.  But that doesn’t have to mean eating less delicious meals, on the contrary with all the fresh produce in the markets there’s an abundance of flavors availble for you to share with your family and friends. So’ don’t be afraid to experiment and blend ingredients together. It’s no secret that we love seafood, especially shellfish and although we don’t have it as often we do love scallops.   Grilled or Seared they’re always a welcome addition to my table. What I like most about pan searing…
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  • Weekly Meal Plan, September 1

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ahhh, September. The crisp air, the colorful leaves, the chilly nights… or not, since I live in Texas. Still, I can’t keep those seasonal memories from my bones, and I automatically crave hard squash and soups once school starts. Last week I hit Costco and of course couldn’t resist picking up a few cookbooks, A Forest Feast and Against All Grain. I’m looking forward to cooking from both. I can never ignore the cookbook section at Costco; they have a ton of grain-free books right now if you’re needing some fresh inspiration to take you into the typically heavy…
  • Snickerdoodle Muffins

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Now that school is back in session, I’m back to all the muffins, all the time mode. By which I mean, making all sorts of different muffins to have on hand for breakfasts, lunches, and snacking. The main issue with muffins in my house is that they’re hard to keep in stock. Whenever I make a batch, I (and whoever else is home at the time) can’t resist eating one or two right out of the oven. I made blueberry muffins with fresh berries from the market when we were in Minnesota a few weeks ago, and I ate three in a flash. I  just can’t help myself. It’s hard for me…
  • Join Me – Fit Foodie 5k

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Whatcha doin’ in two weeks? Wanna go for a run? Wait, come back! Just hear me out on this one. If you know me well, you know that while I always have grand designs about being super active, I spend most of my time sitting on my bum. Part of this is because I do so much work on the computer, but part of this is that I really am just lazy. I’ve never considered myself athletic. When I was in high school I thought about joining the soccer team, and then in college the crew team, but the running requirements made me stay in my cozy realm of choir and theater. I’m one of those…
  • Classic Zucchini Bread

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I know it’s already back to school time. There’s only a few more days left in August. But let’s make the most of it, and bake up some extra loaves of zucchini bread, OK? Zucchini bread has been one of my favorite things for as long as I can remember. When I was a child, the idea of eating zucchini on its own was one that filled me with dread. But zucchini bread? Load me up! I don’t quite agree with sneaking veggies into foods for picky eaters, but dang it, zucchini bread is just good stuff. Now, there’s a lot of recipes for zucchini bread out there — probably…
  • Pimiento Cheese Jalapeño Poppers

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of our friends always makes jalapeño poppers whenever we get together. It’s not that they’re a showy dish — in fact, I think their simplicity is part of their addictive charm. I admit that at first I was wondering why they were always on the table, but now I seek them out eagerly. After all, there’s a reason why they’re called poppers. I might have to switch it up a little on the popper front, though, because these pimiento cheese jalapeño poppers are basically the best way to kick off your end-of-summer party. Why use cream cheese when you can use pimiento…
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  • Spiced Buttermilk Poached Pear Bread #twelveloaves

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The tender poached whole pears peeking out of this spiced buttermilk quick bread make it a real show-stopper, and I'm using it to conjure up autumn—crisp air, sweatshirts, apple cider, football, and bonfires. This month's #TwelveLoaves theme of pears gives fall a nod, as well. As soon as I knew our theme, I knew what type of bread I'd be making. I have a similar version bookmarked in several places. Basically, it's a quick bread with poached pears taking center stage. It's pretty simple to switch up. It really just depends on what type of quick bread you want to pair…
  • Spicy Bacon Bloody Mary and Bacon-Infused Vodka #BaconMonth

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    So, do you remember a few days ago when I was all excited to wrap #BaconMonth up with a neat little bow? I told you that the 31st was International Bacon Day, making it the perfect close to a month-long bacon fest? Turns out, I lied. Not purposefully—it was due to a mistake on a website that lists food holidays (it was actually the 30th, and the Saturday before Labor Day). Consider my bubble burst. Ultimately, though, even if my bow is a little crooked and wonky (believe me, that's nothing new), it was still an amazing month. I also mentioned a raising of glasses, and that is still on!
  • Dijon Mushrooms - Easy Gourmet Cookbook blog tour + giveaway

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    Piled atop crusty toast, these oven-roasted mushrooms with garlic, lemon, and dijon pack a major flavor-punch and they couldn't be simpler to make. These Dijon Mushrooms are just one of the numerous dishes I have dog-eared to try in the new cookbook by Stephanie Le of I am a Food Blog. Today the blog tour stops here for a tasty sneak peek at this cookbook that is set to be released this upcoming Tuesday, September 2nd! I will start off by saying that I'd never visited I am a Food Blog before receiving my copy of this book. And now, I'm a wee bit hooked. Stephanie has amazing style…
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    My Man's Belly

  • An Easy Parsley Pesto Sauce Recipe

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    Pesto sauce isn't only made with basil. This easy parsley pesto is inexpensive and just as delicious. Make and easy pasta recipe for dinner tonight. Check out the site to get the recipe and relationship advice you know you want.
  • Mint and Lime Vodka Cooler Cocktail

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    This refreshing vodka cocktail combines mint and lime with vodka and just a touch of sweet for the perfect cocktail on a hot summer day. Check out the site to get the recipe and relationship advice you know you want.
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    Give Recipe

  • Roasted Red Pepper Baba Ghanoush

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    Baba ghanoush is one of the dishes made quite often in my hometown in summer since eggplants are tastier in this season and it makes a great lunch that is not heavy. Who craves for a comforting meal when it is the hottest time of the year? You’ve heard it right, we Turkish people love...  Read More » The post Roasted Red Pepper Baba Ghanoush appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Creamy Avocado Tuna Sandwich

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Creamy Avocado Tuna Sandwich is the healthiest and quickest meal you can make! I don’t prefer buying canned foods as a principle, but when it comes to tuna, I don’t have any other choice. We almost always have cans of tuna in the refrigerator and we prepare a quick salad or sandwich using it when...  Read More » The post Creamy Avocado Tuna Sandwich appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cheesy Zucchini Quinoa Casserole

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    This is the second quinoa recipe I’ve tried and I’m quite pleased with the result after each trial. I decided to make this Cheesy Zucchini Quinoa Casserole when we really loved my first quinoa recipe, Feta Quinoa Zucchini Fritters. Quinoa is a super seed as it makes everything lighter and more nutritious. I’m so glad...  Read More » The post Cheesy Zucchini Quinoa Casserole appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Simple Oven Roasted Figs

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Here is a surprisingly easy way to celebrate fresh fig season. Did I tell you how I feel excited when fig season finally comes? I love to experiment on new recipes based on figs as in Honeyed Figs with Cheese, which I shared with you the other day. This time, I want to keep things...  Read More » The post Simple Oven Roasted Figs appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tangy Tomato and Corn Salsa

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    We are almost at the end of summer and I can’t believe how I haven’t shared this Tangy Tomato and Corn Salsa yet. This salsa is one of the best summer recipes and we make it a few times in a week. We love to have this salsa in two ways. We sometimes have it...  Read More » The post Tangy Tomato and Corn Salsa appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Restless Chipotle

  • Humongous Pecan Cinnamon Rolls with Kicked-Up Cinnabon Icing

    Marye Audet
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    What is it about cinnamon rolls? In fact, what is it about pecan cinnamon rolls in particular? They are classic comfort food when done right but so much of the time we eat them half stale, purchased from a market. They do take a couple of hours to make but they are so delicious they … Continue reading »
  • Ground Meat Mix for the Best Burgers (and Other Stuff) Ever

    Marye Audet
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    If you’ve been reading Restless Chipotle very long you know that I prefer grinding beef for ground beef dishes myself. I  know what’s in it, there is almost no chance of eColi, and I can control the fat. Well, you may know that but I have been holding out on you. I have a couple … Continue reading »
  • Damntastic Texas Barbecue Sauce

    Marye Audet
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    When you think of Texas food the first thing that has to come to mind is BBQ. Really awesome-good-damntastic barbecue. I want to make one thing perfectly clear. You people in Alabama are doing it all wrong, bless your hearts. When I was there for the conference I had barbecue 3 times in two days – … Continue reading »
  • Country Style Whole Wheat Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

    Marye Audet
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    These whole wheat buttermilk dinner rolls are tender, light, and buttery. One of the standard items on the table, no matter which meal it is, has got to be bread in most parts of Texas. It might be a slice of fresh, fragrant bread, a flaky, light biscuit, or hot dinner rolls with butter melting … Continue reading »
  • Double Fudge Coca Cola Chocolate Cake with Salted Peanut Brittle

    Marye Audet
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    Double fudge Coca Cola cake? Yes please! Putting salted peanuts in your coke is a southern thing. No one really know how the practice started but it is brilliant – that perfect salty sweet taste with the added blast of fizz. Anyway, back in the 1970s it was a pretty cool thing to do, and … Continue reading »
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    The Dutchess Cooks

  • Creamy and spicy pasta with homemade pesto

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    Summer is slowly coming to an end here.  And because I still had a lot of fresh basil, I decided to make pesto. And with some of this pesto I made this pasta dish: The ingredients: 4 tablespoons butter ¼ cup pesto homemade (see my recipe for homemade pesto) 1 teaspoon (or more, or less…as much as you can handle) dried red chile flakes ¼ cup vin santo ¼ cup heavy cream ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese 6 large basil leaves Pepper/salt ¼ cup pasta water Extra: tagliatelle, grated Parmesan cheese   Start with adding the pasta to salted boiling water, and procede according the package…
  • Beef salad with dukkah

    28 Mar 2014 | 3:39 am
    Today’s recipe is another salad. But not just ‘a’ salad, I can say this one was one of the best ever! The beef was perfect, the tomatoes delicious, the avocado creamy, the blue cheese soft and spicy, the dukkah mixture sprinkled on top gave it the perfect finish, and the dressing was a killer. Ingredients for an awesome meal! This recipe I will definitely make over and over again, and also I will try to grill/smoke the meat on the bbq. I think that will make it even tastier (if that’s possible at all!). Oh and then there was wine too, a Cote du Rhone this time. The mentioned dukkah…
  • Whiskey Cream Sauce

    27 Mar 2014 | 2:31 am
    Since today’s International Whiskey Day, it seems like a perfect timing for this Whiskey Cream recipe! The sauce is easy to make, and it is delicious with a juicy steak. Serve it with green beans and twice baked potatoes for example and you’ll have a winner for dinner! The “trick” to this sauce is to use the same pan for the meat as for the sauce. More flavor! Ingredients for 2: 2 steaks (I used beef tenderloins) Black pepper 3 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon butter (yes, that’s correct) 1 shallot, minced ¼ cup whiskey (I used Tullamore Dew) ½ cup beef stock A few drops of…
  • Pizza heaven with wild salmon

    7 Mar 2014 | 2:06 am
    In this post called easy homemade pizza I already gave you the recipe for a delicious and easy way to make the best pizza at home. But wait, there’s more….the topping! Recently I found out that it can get better when it comes to that! Way better! But this topping is different from what you’re used to, but for one time, think outside the (pizza) box! The dough (makes 2 pizzas): 2 ¾ cup all purpose flour Pinch of salt 2 ¼ teaspoon instant yeast (that’s the amount of one small package) 1 cup lukewarm water The first thing to do is get a large bowl, add flour, yeast and salt and then…
  • Pasta with Salmon and Spinach

    14 Feb 2014 | 1:43 am
    Another recipe for you today and because we have to eat more “good” fish, I decided I wanted salmon. You can’t eat meat every day… at least, that’s what “they” say.. Fast and easy as usual, and here’s what you need if you make it for 2 people: Fresh pasta, tagliatelle or pappardelle. Or buy fresh lasagna sheets and cut them yourself! 2 salmon fillets 1 tablespoon Cajun Seasoning, I used the one from Chef of the Future 1 large bag spinach leaves, washed and dried 10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half ½ cup dry white wine 1 garlic clove, mashed Dried chili flakes, depends on how…
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  • By Bread (and Chocolate) Alone

    Hannah Kaminsky
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    As far as dietary sacrifices go, I can imagine far worse conditions than living by bread alone. Anyone who says otherwise must not know of the wonders of flour, water, and yeast, and the incredible range of flavors such a humble combination can produce. Of course, a smidgen of chocolate would turn the whole affair into a genuine treat rather than a trial, but the same could probably be said for any sort of cocoa-infused pairing. Let’s keep this one short and to the point: If you like bread and/or chocolate, together or separately, this is a recipe you should take for a spin. Crunchy…
  • An Easy Choice

    Hannah Kaminsky
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    Catching sight of the plain, perfectly ordinary manila envelope that arrived in the mail, I immediately grabbed the parcel out from under the stack of letters and magazines, and headed straight downtown. This one would take a big matcha latte and plenty of uninterrupted alone time to properly digest. That’s because it’s nearly impossible to believe that I truly had a hand in creating this beautiful new cookbook, Choosing Raw by Gena Hamshaw. Of course I remember playing in the kitchen, creating these bright and cheerful compositions, and enjoying every single dish on deck, but…
  • The Sun Also Rises

    Hannah Kaminsky
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    To anyone who still maintains that vegans are missing out on the greatest pleasure in life, commonly referred to as cheese, I challenge you to open you eyes- and mouth- to the latest wave of dairy-free innovations. Just take a gander at the luxurious spread above, and try telling me about the lack of options with a straight face. We’ve got the mainstream, meltable cheeses covered and now gourmet, artisan options seem to be the final frontier. Consider that great unknown territory officially conquered, claimed in the name of SunRAWise. An upstart based in Florida, these cashew-based…
  • All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes

    Hannah Kaminsky
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    When it comes to the divide between sweet and savory, the line that separates the two is becoming thinner and more difficult to distinguish with every passing year. Palates are opening up, eaters from all walks of life are growing more adventurous, and chefs are gleefully pursuing their wildest culinary dreams. Such reckless innovation inevitably comes at a price, paid in disappointing or sometimes downright repulsive new tastes (I’m looking at you, cappuccino potato chips) but it’s a gamble well worth taking. In a world with such a vast array of flavors, there must still be…
  • Home Grown Tomatoes

    Hannah Kaminsky
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    “A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.” Laurie Colwin, Home Cooking “It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” Lewis Grizzard “A cooked tomato is like a cooked oyster: ruined.” Andre Simon, The Concise Encyclopedia of Gastronomy “Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes What would life be like without homegrown tomatoes Only two things that money can’t buy That’s true love and home grown tomatoes.” John Denver, Home Grown Tomatoes (Photos taken at the first annual…
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    Lunch It, Punch It

  • Giveaway: Solvetta Flat Box Lunch Box

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Remember that review of the Solvetta Flatbox Lunchbox? The lunch bag that unzips flat into a place mat? It is time to give it away to a lucky reader! Solvetta website | Solvetta Facebook | Solvetta Twitter You’re not going to get it stuffed with Pyrex dishes, but I will add my favorite snack bar. Do you know what kind of snack I love?! I hope so, because to enter you have to answer that question in the comments and then get social for more entries! a Rafflecopter giveaway You just finished reading Giveaway: Solvetta Flat Box Lunch Box! Consider leaving a comment!When shopping for lunch…
  • 21 Day Fix Portion Control Snack Bags

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    When I go to Target I scan through the container section, which is in the same aisle as plastic bags. I try not to buy too many plastic bags, but sometimes they’re handy for portioning out freezer foods. Thanks to social media, I am aware of the 21 Day Fix diet from BeachBody. Until I actually looked at it, I didn’t realize it is very similar to what a couple of dietician have shared with me. The appealing thing is you eat protein, carbs, vegetables, fruit, healthy fats and oils. What you get with 21 Day Fix is using color-coded containers for each of those categories. If…
  • Chili’s® at Home: big, bold and tasty flavors

    24 Aug 2014 | 3:53 pm
    This article is sponsored by Chili’s At Home There are weeks when whatever I’ve made for lunches just isn’t cutting it flavor-wise. I trip through the frozen food aisle always makes me eye light up looking for something that seems fancier than my usual lunches, but can be packed. Enter bold frozen meals at home, like Chili’s at Home Chicken Fiesta Rice Bowl. It’s like eating out, but in a packed lunch. Some of the entrees are single serve and since there is always a lunchtime rush on the microwaves, I like to prep my meal at home first and transfer it to a dish…
  • Cincinnati Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market Giveaway

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market I’m so excited for the opening of Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market in Cincinnati, not only because it is conveniently located near my gym, they believe you shouldn’t have to give away the farm to feed your body nutritious food. Their mission is to improve the way communities eat by offering fresh and healthy food at amazing values. In anticipation of this opening, I’ve been getting their weekly flyers in my email. Wednesdays are the day that pays because the previous week and upcoming week ads overlap on…
  • Review: Solvetta Flat Box Lunch Box

    17 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    I’m always on the lookout for new lunch bags, lunch boxes, snack bags and containers that will make lunch packing easier or better for anyone. I recently found the Solvetta Flat Box Lunch Box. Have you see this? Solvetta Flat Box Lunch Box is the winner of the Innovation Award from the International Housewares Association and I can see why, it is a lunch bag that becomes a place mat! I immediately thought of a former coworker who bought a place mat to lunch. It is 100% machine washable, which I appreciate as someone who does clean her lunch bags, but basing on what I see in the work…
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    Mary Makes Dinner

  • Kale & Avocado Salad from Mason Jar Salads by Julia Mirabella - Plus a Giveaway!

    Mary Helen
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Last week the folks over at Ulysses Press hooked me up with a copy of Mason Jar Salads and More: 50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go. At first glance, I thought the concept was a little silly. I mean, do we really need to put EVERYTHING in mason jars? But when I read the introduction it made me stop for a moment and consider Juliana's reasoning.  It actually makes perfect sense to pack salads ahead of time in glass jars. First off, salads in jars are visually appealing - which really helps boost morale when you are looking at a whole week of salads for lunch. (We all know that…
  • Join Me For the Fit Foodie 5k!

    Mary Helen
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    I've been invited to participate in the Fit Foodie 5k Race Weekend this September here in Austin. Of course, for me it will be a bit more like the Slightly Chubby Foodie 5k Walk. While I did my best to keep fit during my pregnancy with loads of walking and swimming, it's been well over a year since the last time I attempted to jog. But even as a imperfectly fit foodie, this race is pretty appealing. First of all, it's short! I can walk the whole thing, and if the temperature is right, I'll push a stroller to legitimize my slothful pace. There's also a cocktail party the…
  • More More More: Dairy vs. Gluten, New Recipe Books, and a Vegan Ice Cream Showdown

    Mary Helen
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    During the past few weeks of being on a gluten and dairy free diet I've been asked several times which is harder to give up. Considering that I can't eat a proper pizza either way, I have a hard time answering with any enthusiasm. When pressed, I'll admit that I do have a preference. If dairy and gluten were both dangling over a cliff and I could only save one... The thing is I'm not really that big of a cheese eater. Apart from pizza and ice cream, I could definitely live without dairy. It would be really nice to eat a sandwich though, or some spaghetti, or a plate full of…
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    Ren Behan |

  • Simple and in Season Summer Round Up (June Entries)

    Ren Behan
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Hello! Yes, this post comes with the biggest apology. My summertime blogging-with-a-newborn-and-two-children-on-school-holidays plan ground completely to a halt. I had totally forgotten how all-consuming new motherhood is – even the third time round. Luckily, the lovely Sally at My Custard Pie stepped in to help me out, hosting Simple and in Season July with 50...  Read More » The post Simple and in Season Summer Round Up (June Entries) appeared first on Ren Behan |
  • Breville Blend-Active – Review & Giveaway

    Ren Behan
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    Our kitchen at home has seen a variety of full-sized blenders over the years, and as the number of blender attachments and features increases, so does the counter space required. I was keen to buy a smaller blender, ideally one that would be perfect for the children’s increased consumption of blended fruit smoothies over the...  Read More » The post Breville Blend-Active – Review & Giveaway appeared first on Ren Behan |
  • Healthy Packed Lunch Ideas

    Ren Behan
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    I recently reviewed a Robbie the Robot lunch box, made by the British company Pink Lining, who also offer other beautifully designed children’s lunch boxes, satchels, bags and holdall bags, as well as baby changing bags and accessories. With the summer holidays approaching, there will be plenty of trips to the park and opportunities for...  Read More » The post Healthy Packed Lunch Ideas appeared first on Ren Behan |
  • Review: Pink Lining Children’s Lunch Box

    Ren Behan
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    So, in my dream life, whilst on maternity leave, I’d be running a gorgeous and useful website, offering pretty baby changing bags with matching bottle holders, children’s satchels and lunch boxes and handy holdall bags for chic weekends away. As I said, in my dream life…instead, I’m lusting over such websites, whilst trying to keep up...  Read More » The post Review: Pink Lining Children’s Lunch Box appeared first on Ren Behan |
  • News & Simple and in Season July at My Custard Pie

    Ren Behan
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Hello – I’m dipping my toe back into blogging after an almost month-long break, which has felt very strange. We welcomed a beautiful new baby boy into the world (the day after posting my last post!) Following a safe delivery and currently being blessed with glorious sunshine – we couldn’t be happier. I’m remembering (rapidly)...  Read More » The post News & Simple and in Season July at My Custard Pie appeared first on Ren Behan |
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    Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine

  • Make Healthy Condiments: Ketchup Recipe, Mayo and More

    Erin Lodeesen
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Erin Lodeesen Our healthy ketchup recipe and other new homemade “clean” condiments will help you say goodbye to summer with a BANG! Labor Day is upon us, which means that the summer is coming to a close yet again. It also means that we all probably have one more summer barbeque to attend. Cue the Value-Pack* Ketchup, Mustard, and Mayonnaise!...  Read More » The post Make Healthy Condiments: Ketchup Recipe, Mayo and More appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Thank You for Subscribing to our Newsletter and Xtrema Ceramic Cookware by Ceramcor Giveaway!

    Erin Lodeesen
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Erin Lodeesen ***Make sure that you check your email and CONFIRM your subscription with us, so that you can receive and read the newsletter to claim your prize!*** Please also add us to your contacts so that the newsletter with recipes, fitness tips, and giveaways doesn’t go to your spam mailbox! But, you still have three more...  Read More » The post Thank You for Subscribing to our Newsletter and Xtrema Ceramic Cookware by Ceramcor Giveaway! appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Flax Seed Nutrition: Is Cold-Milling Necessary? And Other Flax Facts

    Erin Lodeesen
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    Erin Lodeesen Flax Seed Nutrition Erin, My husband and I have been following the “Clean Cuisine way” shortly after my diagnosis of MS two years ago; with him being a type 1 diabetic and with my MS, we have been so cognizant of our diets thanks to Ivy:) This question is random. It’s actually been a topic...  Read More » The post Flax Seed Nutrition: Is Cold-Milling Necessary? And Other Flax Facts appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Xtrema Cookware Giveaway!

    Erin Lodeesen
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Erin Lodeesen Xtrema Cookware by Ceramcor: An Esssential Clean Cuisine Appliance Good news! Clean Cuisine and Ceramcor are offering one lucky person the chance to win a “Clean Cuisine Kitchen Essential” 14-piece set of Xtrema Colors Ceramic Cookware by Ceramcor in our exciting giveaway contest. Our friends at Ceramcor are giving you the option to choose between a...  Read More » The post Xtrema Cookware Giveaway! appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • 30 Eat Clean Dinners Cookbook

    Ivy Larson
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Ivy Larson Who doesn’t want to sit down to a great dinner at the end of a long day? But anyone who cooks can tell you that a lot more than just the cooking  goes into a great dinner…. Making a delicious dinner night after night takes planning, creativity, organization and shopping too. If healthy, clean eating is important to...  Read More » The post 30 Eat Clean Dinners Cookbook appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
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    On My Plate

  • The Scooby Snack Cocktail versus The Piña Colada

    James Kiester
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    -My friend, and right hand, Dani was at a bar recently, when she heard someone order a "Scooby Snack."  Certain the patron wasn't ordering a dog treat, she asked the bartender what was in the Subject: Piña Colada with key ingredients | Date: 09/18/2012 | Photographer: Achim Schleuning | This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany license. cartoon inspired cocktail.  The drink apparently consists of Melon Liqueur, Coconut Rum, Pineapple Juice, and Half & Half.When she told me about the drink I thought it sounded vaguely like, the cruise ship drink,…
  • Red Lobster Will Be Going Up Scale

    James Kiester
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:03 pm
    -The popular seafood chain, Red Lobster, has recently been purchased by Golden Gate Capital, which plans to "elevate" the chain into a series of upscale restaurants.  CEO Kim Lopdrup told the press, the overhaul will begin with the rectangular plates their food has traditionally been served upon.  "Entrees used to come with portions spread out in separate corners in a sort of balkanized TV-dinner effect," said Lopdrup.  The new presentation style will be designed to mimic fine-dining, with fish fillets stacked vertically atop the pilaf, with a charred lemon on the…
  • Butlers Blacksticks Blue Cheese - Micro Blog

    James Kiester
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    - Subject: Butlers Blacksticks Blue | Source: Picture kindly provided by courtesy of the Butlers Specialty Cheeses.Having a sister-in-law who sells wholesale gourmet goodies to Portland's finer restaurants allows me to sample the occasional treat.  Most recently, she brought a wedge of Butlers Blacksticks Blue to a weekend get together, and I fell in love.Located in the pasture lands of Lancashire, England, Butlers Farmhouse makes this soft, blue-veined cheese from the pasteurized milk of the family's own cows.  The cheese is matured for eight weeks, allowing it to develop a bright…
  • I Am Simply Done With Some Foods

    James Kiester
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:53 pm
    -I'm known as an avid eater.  I'm all for trying new things and eating outside of the box.  I have no trouble eating pickled pig's feet, goose liver pate, calamari, fried alligator, sprats, smoked oysters, or anchovies.  Yet, some foods, which seem to have become popular, simply leave me flat. Subject: A Krispy Kreme Burger | Date: 09/25/2008 | Photographer: Jellorama| This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. Popularized by Paula Deen, the Luther Burger, named for singer-songwriter and record producer Luther Vandross, is a hamburger or…
  • Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

    James Kiester
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    -Subject: Ice Cream | Date: 06/15/2013 | Photographer: palnatoka|This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. Recently, a friend of mine, Shane, noticed that the "ice cream" in his freezer was labeled as a "frozen dairy dessert" instead of ice cream. Confused, he sent an email to the manufacturer asking for an explanation. The answer actually lies with the legal definition of "ice cream." According to 7 CFR 58.2825 - United States Standard for ice cream, "Ice cream shall contain at least 1.6 pounds of total solids to the gallon, weigh not less than 4.5…
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    Our Tasty Travels

  • Cantillon Zwanze Day 2014 – September 20, 2014

    Brett Domue +
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    If you are a beer lover visiting Brussels, the a visit to the Cantillon is likely at the top of your to-do list.  As the last operating lambic brewery in Brussels, this is not just a visit to a brewery, but a piece of history as well. Lambic Masters – Jean van Roy of Cantillon and Armand Debelder of 3 Fonteinen I visited the Cantillon brewery in Brussels a number of times throughout 2013, including a visit in September for their Zwanze Day event both at the brewery and at the Moeder Lambic pub in Brussels. One of the best benefits of visiting the brewery in person is that you can often…
  • Shark Related Kitchen, Wine and Bar Products To Get You Ready For Shark Week

    Erin De Santiago
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Hard to believe it’s already time for another Shark Week on Discovery Channel! Not familiar with Shark Week? Shark Week first premiered in 1988, and was originally developed to raise awareness and educate people about sharks. Over the years, the programming has continued to expand in both quantity and style. Today, Discovery Channel even has a nighttime talk show called Shark After Dark LIVE, hosted by comedian Josh Wolf. Shark Week is now broadcast in over 70 countries and typically takes place in July or August. It’s the longest running cable television programming event. If…
  • Belizean Brown Sugar Mini-Donuts Recipe

    Erin De Santiago
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:05 am
    Not sure what came over me, but I woke up early Saturday morning with loads of energy, inspired, and ready to bake. I haven’t had a working oven down here in Belize in well over a year, but I recently moved into a new condo that has a beautiful American style stove and oven. Figured it was time to try it out, and I baked a lot in Taiwan with horrid humidity, how bad could it possibly be here, right? Wrong!  Belizean Brown Sugar and Cocoa Donuts   I attempted two recipes, and while my mini-donuts were quite good, I had an epic fail with my cookie butter cardamom cookies. What was…
  • Dining in Belize: Casa Picasso Offers Caye Coffee Experience

    Erin De Santiago
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Spending most of my time in Belize doesn’t afford me as many opportunities to attend the fancy wine pairing dinners I was so fond of in Taiwan; however, every once in a while something interesting pops up that I just can’t resist. Casa Picasso in San Pedro, Belize, has become one of my favorite restaurants for a nice night out. Each week, the creative culinary minds come up with a new theme for “Tasting Thursday,” a multi-course Chef’s Tasting Menu dinner, usually available with a paired wine flight. This month they came up with a tasting menu that instantly…
  • Irish Craft Beer – Ireland’s Emerging Craft Beer Industry

    Brett Domue +
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    So what countries do you think of when you think of good beer scenes? The US? Sure. Belgium? Germany? Of course. Ireland?  No way! What does Ireland have? Guinness and a few Guinness clones?  Actually, Irish craft beer has been growing quite rapidly over the past few years. This past weekend, I attended the 2014 European Beer Bloggers Conference in Dublin, Ireland, and experienced a full immersion in this up and coming craft beer scene. From Thursday, June 26 through Sunday, June 29, I left caution to the wind, and threw my taste buds upon the mercy of Zephyr Adventures, the organizers of…
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  • Spinach and Pear Salad

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I didn’t post much this summer. You have to forgive me, as it’s been a wonderful summer in the Baltics. And this year it was particularly beautiful in Estonia. We had an unusually hot days, and the Baltic sea was… Continue Reading →
  • Cuba Libre

    5 Aug 2014 | 12:18 am
    All inclusive, a hammock and a palm. Muscle bound Caribbean guy bringing a cocktail with a smile. There is a slice of lime and an umbrella hanging from the rim of my glass… Story of one of the world’s most… Continue Reading →
  • Raspberry Palmiers

    5 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Ah, palmier! Probably the world’s easiest dessert, considering the concept and the preparation. The only thing that is easier than making this is going to the store and buying something already made. But please don’t. No mater how simple they… Continue Reading →
  • Cold Smoked Trout Pizza Tart

    23 Jun 2014 | 3:17 am
    When it comes to smoked fish, the most will agree that salmon is the king. A little less known fact is that there is an equally tasty, but a bit cheaper alternative – the trout. Hot smoked trout will make… Continue Reading →
  • Strawberry Salad with Hazelnuts and Lemon Balm

    3 Jun 2014 | 2:58 pm
    This year the strawberries that we grow in our countryhouse garden are huge. Beautifully shaped, red in the middle and sweet. I almost felt it would be to bad to use them for jam or baking. So they went into… Continue Reading →
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  • Portlandia - The Coffee

    The Vamp
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    I know. It seems like I've fallen and can't get up. Blame it on a crazy work schedule and some major dental issues that have hit me hard as of late. Just don't blame it on the caffeine supply in Portland, Oregon. To finish off the recap on my trip to the Northwest, I do have to give it up to Portland when it comes to the city's coffee scene. I didn't have a bad cup while I was there. From Heart Coffee Roasters to Stumptown to Courier Coffee to Ristretto Roasters, this was the stuff. But, what about the rest of the city? Well, um, it kinda felt a lot like Williamsburg with a lot of woodsy,…
  • Portlandia - The Farmers Market

    The Vamp
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    A recent West Coast business trip afforded me the privilege of a quick weekend getaway to Portland to see friends and discover whether or not the city is truly "Brooklyn lite," or if Brooklyn is actually "Portland heavy." More on that soon. Today's post is simply focused on snapshots of one of the city's most impressive features. Love or hate the city's laid-back, tribal-tattooed and organic-obsessive sensibilities, there is no question that Portland knows how to put together one hell of a gorgeous farmer's market. And, these pictures speak for themselves... And, then there was this... Yeah.
  • Get Your Fine Self Over to Shelsky's of Brooklyn

    The Vamp
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:03 pm
    I'm so not kidding. See that photo up there? It's a photo of a New Catch Holland Herring from Shelsky's with all of the classic accoutrement, namely finely diced sweet onion and minced pickle. This stuff isn't just good: it is fish butter. Strike that. It is fish butt-aaah. (Emphasis on the "butt" if you throw in too many bagels schmeared with Ben's Cream Cheese on the side, along with a dozen house-baked Chocolate Babka Muffins.) And, if Shelsky's is out of the New Catch Holland Herring (it has a ridiculously small season), they have plenty of other herring to offer. I'm a bit leery of the…
  • A Strawberry That Tastes Like A Strawberry

    The Vamp
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:52 pm
    It's amazing how easily I forget what a real strawberry tastes like. As Brooklyn's streets are piled high with slush and snow, I am completely satisfied with my supermarket berries from Chile. Red, uniform and slightly sweet, they are what pass as delicious when the wind chill is below 25 degrees. Fast forward to spring and a visit to my neighborhood greenmarket, where local berries, bursting with juicy sweetness are lined up in basket after basket, waiting to be downed in various forms -- chopped and tossed into the buttery batter of a Honey Pound Cake, or cut into slivers for a sunny…
  • My Go-To's: The Bar at Otto

    The Vamp
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:20 pm
    I know a lot of people who are nuts for Mario Batali's celebrated NYC hot spot Babbo. Needless to say, it is a lovely restaurant. Yet, I'm much more enamored with its casual cousin a few short blocks away -- Otto. For years now, Otto -- or I should say "the bar at Otto" -- has been a regular go-to destination for many a lunch or dinner. In fact, I have a standing birthday lunch and Christmas Eve tradition at the restaurant's long marble counter, where I usually tuck into a number of the kitchen's glorious takes on veggies of the season, or "Verdure" as they are called on the menu. Whether I…
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    Emperors Crumbs

  • Secret Center Pumpkin Muffins

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Our daughter was probably the last kindergarten girl alive to see Frozen. She was belting out the songs with the rest of her classmates for months before we finally got around to seeing the actual movie, when it had been showing at the second-string multiplex for ages. It was no surprise she knew all the characters and major plot points going in; hopefully these were no surprises to the other people in the theater with us, either, because my darling girl blurted out all the twists well in advance. Sorry, fellow movie-goers! Keeping secrets is clearly not our strong point here, so I’ll…
  • We Ate It This Week – Menu Planning

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    We skipped a week last week, sadly not because we were living it up in the last days of summer vacation, but because we all got the stomach flu, one after another. Our poor boy barfed on his birthday, not exactly the best way to celebrate turning NINE! We made up for it this week, he chose to cook his own birthday dinner this year. With our stomachs still on the mend, we weren’t quite up to photographing things, but here’s a list with ideas for the week. Monday: Frittata with leftover broccoli Tuesday: Sliders, zucchini “pasta” with pesto, oven-roasted potatoes and…
  • Plum Chicken with Pistachios

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Today it was my turn to make dinner. Originally I planned to make Jamie Oliver’s incredible “tray bake”, but I had some ripe plums peeking at me so I decided to try something different. A friend of mine makes this amazing Moroccan chicken, and that inspired me to use these plums as a base for this recipe. It turned out pretty well, even the kids liked it. Feel free to play with the recipe and let us know what you think and how you improved it. Plum Chicken with Pistachio 2014-06-25 21:59:41 Serves 4 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 30 min Cook Time 1 hr 20 min Prep…
  • We Ate It This Week – Menu planning

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Most days I get home around 5:30 in the afternoon, which gives me about an hour to get dinner on the table. Of course Valerian does a lot of the cooking, and he works at home so he can get things started earlier. Even so, we have a pretty good rotation of dinners that come together really fast, and part of my planning process for the week is to look at our schedules to balance when we have one of those super-fast dinners when I might need to make a stop on the way home, or getting a round of tag-team cooking underway so that Valerian can get something in the oven earlier and I make the rest…
  • Tangy ice cream with a chocolate wafer ripple

    5 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    When I was a kid approximately one million years ago, my parents gave me Donvier ice cream maker. When we moved back to California four years ago, my mom revealed that she had been hanging on to it all this time, and gave it back to us; I promptly put it in the bottom of the freezer and forgot about it. You’ve probably seen this type of ice cream maker, which has a bowl that you freeze for 24 hours and then use to chill and churn your mixture. I remember being super disappointed as a kid, because despite cranking the handle furiously, I didn’t immediately get perfect scoopable ice…
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  • Volunteers Needed: 2014 Windsor Craft Beer Festival

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    We’re looking for volunteers for the 2014 Windsor Craft Beer Festival! You’ve had a great summer. You’re in a giving mood. Here’s the perfect way to cap off your summer with some volunteer work that also gives back to the most important person in your life: YOU! The second annual Windsor Craft Beer Festival is taking place on October 17-18 in Old Walkerville, Windsor, Ontario. Here’s your chance to help us out and be around beer all day. Putting on a festival is a lot of hard work. Last year, our many volunteers helped us create a platform in Windsor for craft beer.
  • WindsorEats Survival Guide to Beer Festivals

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Everybody loves a good beer festival! WindsorEats can’t think of a better way to spend a day then enjoying some tasty brews at a beer festival. But to enjoy a festival to its fullest potential it’s good to do a little planning. Here are our tips for not only surviving but getting the most out of a beer festival. Logistics Before the festival even starts, make sure your plans are all in order. Review the website for all the festivals rules, regulations and/or guidelines. Is there reentry privileges? Are pets allowed? Is the festival indoors or outdoors? Is there an app for the…
  • RECIPE: Panzanella

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    A traditional Tuscan dish: the panzanella Years ago, while in Sicily, my mother’s family invited us over for lunch. While there were many dishes on that table that caught my eye, it was the panzanella that intrigued me the most. Teresa, my mom’s cousin, cut up a loaf of stale bread, soaked it in water and added it to a salad of tomatoes and onions. So simple, yet it ended up being one of the best salads I’ve ever had. Vine ripened tomatoes that had soaked in the Sicilian sun, fresh basil that she tore up with her hands, sweet onions and rich Sicilian olive oil. It was a classic,…
  • Friday Night Lights Free Bike Ride

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    Our free Friday Night Lights rides are scheduled for the last Friday of each month from April to October with riders meeting up at 8:30pm. Each starting location is determined and promoted prior to each ride on WindsorEats. We will take guests out on the town to explore the night life in Windsor. The catch: since it’s a night ride you’ll need lights on your bike. The more lights the better! All you’ll need is a simple bike light to make yourself seen at night. If you don’t have any lights for your bike, we’ll also have bikes available for rent with special lighting to light up the…
  • WindsorEats Presents the Truckin’ Good Food Rally

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:07 pm
    We at WindsorEats think food trucks are a pretty awesome thing, so we’re hosting an event dedicated to them! From September 26-27, visit us at Assumption Park in the Odette Sculpture Garden for some good, mothertruckin’ eats! There will be plenty else to do before, during or after you’ve eaten your food. You can stroll through the sculpture garden and taken in the w.a.v.e.s. Festival taking place (the food truck rally is our contribution to this festival), sit and relax while enjoying the beautiful skyline along the riverfront, or you can even join us for our free Friday…
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    Eat in OC

  • Take a Tour of the Chili Peppers Used Around the World

    OC Restaurants
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    Despite all the drawbacks of living in an increasingly globalized community, at least when it comes to food, globalization has brought with it only opportunity. Now, regardless of whether... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Looking for a Great Dining Experience? An American Diner May Be Just the Thing

    OC Restaurants
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    In America alone, there are more than 400,000 different restaurants in business. And among them, diners seem to hold a special place both culturally and practically. Part of the reason for this is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Guide for Getting Great Custom Birthday Cakes

    OC Restaurants
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Want cake more quickly and easily than ever before? Thanks to a new invention by Harvard juniors Brook Nowakowski and John McCallum, you can have it. Their product, called Spray Cake, is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 6 Famous Salsa Dips

    OC Restaurants
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Okay, so you’re throwing a get together with friends an hour after you get home from work tonight. You will only have enough time to rush to the nearest grocery store for about five minutes... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • London Food And Drink

    OC Restaurants
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Good meals and good beverages come from good restaurants. Not all restaurants are the same, in that they all offer distinctive qualities, styles, blends, and cultures of nourishment. London is the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    New Products from Main Store

  • Magic Flight Launch Box

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Take Flight! MFLB Features -5 Second Heat Up -Fits in the Palm of Your Hand -Exceptionally Efficient -Trough Holds Enough for Two -Unique Hardwoods -Rechargeable AA NiMH Batteries available everywhere -Accessories Available.   -Handcrafted by Skilled Artisans in California The Magic Flight is one shocking little vape.  At first glance, it may not look like much - but after one use you will quickly realize what a powerful punch it packs. The Magic Flight uses a unique resistance heater that glows with heat instants after being activated. The MFLB is one of the fastest vapes around,…
  • Micro Vaped Glass Globe Attachment

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Our glass globe brings you the biggest most flavorful vapor available for your Vaped vaporizer. Includes 4 nails with ceramic heads and one Vaped exclusive glass globe. Compatible with both LUXURY and MICRO Vaped models. * Battery not included Includes 3 nails with ceramic heads 1 Glass Globe Regular Price: $69.99 Special Price: $49.99
  • Vapir NO2 Screen Pack - 20 pcs.

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    20 pack of replacement screens for the NO2 Vaporizer are not compatible with any other Vapir vaporizers. The NO2 Portable Vaporizer is the newest version of portable Vapir vaporizers with a rechargeable battery pack. The screens fit into the top filling chamber and will help keep your unit clean during normal usage. $14.99
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    Brown Eyed Baker

  • Spiced Zucchini Bread with Walnuts and Dried Cranberries

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you a serious zucchini bread fail, which was a major disappointment. I had high hopes for the bread, so it didn’t take me long to give it another shot, and luckily the second time was a charm. The calendar has turned to September and cooler weather is right around the corner, but the grocery store is still brimming with locally-grown zucchini, so I’m guessing that your grocery store or garden is still overrun with an abundance of fresh zucchini. If that’s the case, then take advantage of the last of summer’s bounty and give your…
  • 21 of My Favorite Fall Recipes

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Happy Labor Day and Happy September to you! Who’s ready to celebrate the (un)official start of fall with me?! At the start of each new season, I love sharing all of my favorite seasonal recipes with you. One of the repeated pieces of feedback that I received in my reader survey a couple of weeks ago was that the seasonal roundups are a little unwieldy and way too long to digest. Many of you said you’d prefer a breakdown of my favorites from the archives and a shorter list. Your wish is my command! Below I’ve narrowed down my personal favorites (quite a difficult task!) in…
  • The Weekend Dish: 8/30/2014

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Happy official/unofficial last weekend of summer to you! I absolutely, positively cannot believe that Monday is September 1st. It feels like our week at the beach at the beginning of May was just yesterday. What a whirlwind summer it’s been! The week after we got back from that vacation, I found out I was pregnant, and then, boom! All of a sudden it’s Labor Day weekend. I’m so thankful for the fabulous weather we’ve enjoyed this summer – it didn’t hit 90 once here! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the summer, and now I’m ready for my favorite time of…
  • Friday Things

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    1. This past Saturday marked the 1 year anniversary of bringing Duke home to live with us. I can’t believe it’s been a year already! He’s currently in the bratty teenager phase of puppyhood, but he’s also one of the sweetest dogs ever. He loves his people 2. On Monday, I hit the halfway point of my pregnancy – 20 weeks! I’ve been feeling really well and continuing to grow, grow, grow. We had our anatomy ultrasound last week – the baby is growing right on schedule and so far looks to be perfectly healthy. And yes, we did find out the sex… 3.
  • DIY: Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I grew up in the 80′s, which means that I grew up eating A LOT of stuff that included a packet of ranch seasoning mix. The most common one was the basic veggie dip, which was simply a packet of the seasoning mix stirred into a 16-ounce container of sour cream. This was (and a lot of times, still is) the de facto veggie dip to go along with a platter of cut-up veggies for a party or get-together. My personal favorite has always been the veggie pizza appetizer, which is crescent rolls from a can pressed into a sheet pan and baked, then topped with the sour cream/seasoning mixture and…
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    Honest Cooking

  • Mini Chipotle Cheddar Sausage Frittatas

    Taylor Mathis and Sally James
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Great for tailgating and beyond these frittatas are delicious at any temperature all morning long. Enjoy with chipotle hot sauce or any other favorite mix ins. By Taylor Mathis and Sally James In spite of the heat and humidity, I love August in the Carolinas. High School football preseason practices are in full swing. NFL preseason games are happening as I speak (or at least the rebroadcast of last evening’s match-ups). Opening weekend of College football is at the end of the month. Most importantly, the arrival of August means that it is time to tailgate! That said, Taylor and I have been…
  • The Top Iconic Finnish Foods of All Time

    NORTH Festival
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Traveling in Finland or cooking an authentic Finnish meal can be a real treat. Check out these iconic foods that must be tried or join us at NORTH Festival for a taste of Finnish cuisine. By Visit Finland Finns are passionate about their food and they know how to celebrate it. Finns are also fiercely loyal to their culinary roots. Although you can buy just about anything your heart desires in Finland these days, go native when you are traveling and you will be in for a treat. In Finland, market stalls everywhere overflow with seasonal produce and local delicacies. Festivals mark the arrival…
  • Get Your Fish On: The Bustling French Market of Marseille

    Pepper Passport
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Welcome to Marseille. Home of bouillabaisse, striped breton shirt and one of the most involved fish markets you’ll ever come across. How so? Seafood, and a life tied to the sea in this area is king. As is quality. By Pepper Passport Three hundred days of sun, France’s second largest city and the home of the breton and bouillabaisse… Welcome to Marseille, a true nautical city. Where it’s none more apparent than at their morning fish market – one of the most interesting and eclectic ones you’ll ever come across. Because in this region, seafood and a life tied to the sea is king.
  • Coconut and Beer Cake with Pepitas

    Tania Cusack
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This cream cheese topped beer cake is moist and flavorful. Perhaps the most convincing part is that it only needs one cup of beer. Sip the rest of the bottle while it bakes. By Tania Cusack When it comes to incorporating beer into baking there really ] are no limits. What does matter is that this rather interesting recipe produces a moist soft cake that goes ever so well with a cream cheese icing. If you are anything like me then that alone could sway you into making beer cake. The other more obvious encouragement is that it only requires a cup of beer, thats 250ml and if I am correct an…
  • Baked Oatmeal: Zucchini Bread Style

    Taylor Kadlec
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Never has eating vegetables for breakfast tasted so good. With sweet honey and plenty of cinnamon, this baked oatmeal is the perfect way to enjoy your morning oats. By Taylor Kadlec Never has eating your vegetables for breakfast ever tasted so good. Bonus: there’s no refined sugar in it! Nada. Zilch. None. I mean, don’t you hate those breakfast foods like muffins and scones that make you think for two seconds that they’re ‘healthy’ because “the bakery says they’re for breakfast!” but you know in the back of your head that you’re really just eating a glorified cupcake and…
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  • Leesburg’s Melt Reviewed

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. Burgers, burgers, burgers. They’re everywhere. These days you find some rendition of a gourmet burger joint in every town. We’ve been to our fair share of these burger bars and each one has its own unique take on the American classic sandwich. Some are definitely better than others, so let’s talk about one we truly enjoyed. Leesburg, Virginia’s Melt offers an assortment of gourmet burgers including options to create your own perfect burger. Whether you choose their regular sour…
  • It’s a boy!

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Hello everyone; sorry it’s been awhile. As you may recall in our big accouncement post, we’re expecting our first child! We recently found out that we’re having a boy and felt like sharing: We’re totally stoked about everything and we’re looking forward to the next chapter of our lives being filled with baseball, trucks and all things little boy! Jason is a huge baseball fan and we’re Washington Nationals season ticket holders. As soon as we found out the gender of our baby, he was grabbing the baseball gear and heading to the park for pictures –…
  • Homemade Strawberry Pie

    1 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. Holiday’s aren’t complete without pie, but how many of you crave the flakey crust and sweet filling throughout the year? Us too! I mean, let’s face it, there is nothing better in life than a perfect pie. How about a pie that is full of summer time flavors? Oh, hello there, we saw you drool a little, and yes, we’re talking about fruity, sweet, homemade strawberry pie. Our friend Phillip shares Tinsley’s love for the kitchen and after his recent trip to the strawberry fields, he bragged about…
  • Summer Market Salad with Honey Coriander Chicken

    29 Jun 2014 | 7:35 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. Tinsley recently was selected to attend a tasting event at Chick-Fil-A. She was part of an exclusive panel to help select their new summer salads (and was even interviewed to be in a commercial). One Tinsley’s favorite salads from the tasting was their Market Fresh Salad – filled with the flavors of summer. That inspired us to make a salad filled with our favorite farmer’s market flavors. We include fresh strawberries, blueberries, peas and corn, and then topped it with juicy, organic chicken. If…
  • Strawberry Tartlets

    25 Jun 2014 | 7:22 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. We love these cute little tartlets and they literally take no effort to make. These are the perfect bite-sized snack and our easy peasy recipe will have you popping these adorable tarts in your mouth quicker than it takes to bake cookies. Ingredients: 1 box refrigerated pie dough, 2 rounds 1/2 cup of fresh strawberry jam whipped cream Directions: Preheat oven to 325. Roll out each pie dough round onto a clean dry surface. Using a 2 1/4-inch biscuit cutter cut 12 rounds from each dough. Gently press the…
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  • Countering jihadi threat

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    UK Prime Minister David Cameron has laid out his battle plan to counter the threat posed by Islamist extremists returning to Britain after fighting with terror groups overseas.
  • ISIS and the power of terror

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    From Hitler to Stalin to Vlad the Impaler, ISIS is taking pages from history to harness the power of terror.
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    2 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    ISIS has released a video in which it claims to behead a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff.
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    2 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    The ISIS terror group publishes a video titled "A second message to America," showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff. British captive David Haines also threatened.
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    2 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi dismissed the government Tuesday, seeking to end weeks of tense protests in the capital, Sanaa.
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    Between the Pages

  • Beware! The Empire Is Taking Over This Birthday

    Between the Pages
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
     Beware! The Empire is Taking Over This Birthday with an edible AT-AT invasion. Happy Occasion Cakes, in the United Kingdomn, made this wonderful Star Wars AT-AT cake. The cake board is decorated to look like the icy landscape of Hoth, the location of the Rebel base in STAR Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. The Star Wars logo is at the front of the cake board. There are chunks of blue and white ice formations on the board. This AT-AT can operate in the dark with working LED lights in the cockpit and the turrets. The cake looks like it is composed of individual edible metal plates.
  • Superheroes Unite On This 6th Birthday Cake

    Between the Pages
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    This cool 6th Birthday Cake was made by The Sugarplum Bakehouse.  It is a three tier cake with 4, 6 and 8 inch round cakes.  The cakes are vanilla and chocolate.  All tiers were airbrushed.  They were covered with fondant and then handcut decorations were added. The birthday banner is handpainted in comic style font. I love the cake topper.  Instead of just showing Batman, it implies Batman.  The cake topper features Gotham City with the Bat Signal shining above it.  That’s a great idea.  The three layers feature Superman, The Hulk, and Spider-Man.  The Superman layer is blue and…
  • Splendid LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7th Birthday Cake

    Between the Pages
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    This Splendid LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon Birthday Cake was made by annimemanga.  She made this cake for her nephew’s birthday.  The cake has panels of fondant on the top that look like thin lego bricks. The blocks are light gray with darker gray circles for different circular dishes on the outer hull of the ship. The cake has a stand so that it looks like it is flying. The cake board is covered in black glittery paper to make it look like outer space with stars. There is a placard in Star Wars font that wishes a Happy 7th Birthday to Max, the birthday boy. 
  • Green Lantern's Light Shines On This Birthday Cake

    Between the Pages
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Green Lantern’s light shines on this splendid birthday cake made by Jo Takes The Cake. On top of this cake are Green Lantern’s Mask and his power ring.  The birthday name is positioned beside them.  The side of the cake is black and green just like the front of Green Lantern’s costume.  In the center of the textured green background is a white circle with the Green Lantern Core Symbol. Inside it is the birthday girl’s age. The cake board is covered in green cloth and a black bow surrounds the cake. Chloe, the birthday girl, wore a Green Lantern dress that matched the cake.
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    Real Home Living

  • Europe!

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:07 pm
    photo creditWhen we got back from our trip up north, it dawned on us that we only had a month left to plan out our trip to Europe in September. That's right, we're going to England and Ireland in just a few weeks! We had been wanting to do a trip to Europe this year, and the fact that my friend moved to a town right outside London just sealed the deal. I cannot wait to see London and walk some cobblestone streets in the Cotswolds. I'm also dying to explore the gorgeous green Irish countryside that I've heard about so much about! We have our flights and hotels booked, but all of our…
  • Summer vacation: 1000 Islands

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Oh Mudlunta, how I love you.A couple weeks ago we took a long road trip up to the family cottage in the 1000 Islands. It was an incredible week! We had a bit of rain, but that didn't stop us from enjoying our vacation. The best part of the 1000 islands is just being there. Soaking in the peaceful quiet of the river, spending time with family, reading until your heart's content, taking a ride in the kayak whenever you want to (even in when it's raining!), sailing in the open water. There's so much to do all the time, but somehow it's a slow pace too. I don't think I realized how much I…
  • To the Island we go

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Tomorrow (!!) we are headed up north to Canada to stay in Michael's family cabin in the Thousand Islands.I cannot tell you how excited I am to be up there for a whole week - boating around the St. Lawrence River, enjoying the crisp clear weather, and just simply taking a break from life for a bit. It's been at least 2 years since I've had a full week's vacation from work, and to say I've needed it recently is an understatement.It's kind of hard to describe how amazing it is up there, but it really is some kind of dreamland. The cabin is super old and rickety (occasionally we see bugs and…
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    Cuisine Diva

  • What To Look For In Good Measuring Cups

    Lynn Smythe
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:38 am
    Today's guest post is written by Victoria Stotts. Good measuring cups have three things in common. They allow for accurate dry or liquid measurements, are made of durable, long-lasting, high-quality materials and include markings for various units of measure like ounces, milliliters and cups. Trendy, angled designs, colorful, stackable and enjoyable measuring cups of all sorts should always include these important features so that they effectively measure up. A recipe can only be as good as the culinary tools used to prepare it. Utilizing good measuring cups allows cooks to…
  • Why the Label on Wine is So Important

    Lynn Smythe
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    Above: wine labels for Dunlor Wine Although the popular adage ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ seems to apply to most things, the same cannot be said about wines. Wines are not just described by their notes, but also by their label. In fact, bottle labels on a wine are what catch customers’ attention. An article of Practical Winery and Vineyard Journal explains the message that the label on the wine sends across to people. Fine Dining Lovers’ Domaine Dorléan has also investigated how the wine label impacts people’s decisions when they decide to buy a bottle.The label matters…
  • Cuisine Diva Likes KitchenMade Measuring Cups

    Lynn Smythe
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    KitchenMade™  was kind enough to send the Cuisine Diva a set of their stainless steel measuring cups so I could test and review them for the blog. I am a bit of a kitchen gadget nut so I'm always looking for the latest and greatest products to test. What I really like about this set of measuring cups is that they come as a set of 6. Most measuring cups come as a set of 4. The KitchenMade™ measuring cups come in the following sizes: 1/4 cup 1/3 cup 1/2 cup 2/3 cup 3/4 cup 1 cup You don't normally find the 2/3 or 3/4 cup sizes in a set of measuring cups. That was a nice addition…
  • Is Cardamom One of Your Favorite Spices?

    Lynn Smythe
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    The Cuisine Diva recently got to try out some organic, green cardamom. Jiva Organics was kind enough to send me an 3.5 ounce (100 gram) bag of their cardamom pods. Visit the Jiva Organics Facebook page: How to Use Whole Cardamom Pods This is how I use whole cardamom pods. I open a few of the green pods and extract the seeds, which range in color from brown to black. The black seeds are the most aromatic/flavorful. Discard the outer green pod and place the seeds in a coffee grinder and grind to the desired consistency. I like to grind cardamom seeds in my…
  • Homemade Cheddar Chive Biscuits

    Lynn Smythe
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    This recipe makes a light and flaky buttermilk biscuit loaded with loads of cheddar cheese and savory chives. The secret to making light and flaky biscuits is to leave the butter in the refrigerator until ready to use. DO NOT let the butter warm up to room temperature.  If you don't want to use buttermilk you can substitute regular milk, soy milk or even water. You can use parchment paper to line the baking pan, instead of greasing it, to prevent the biscuits from sticking to the bottom. Above: a pastry knife is used to cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients. If you don't…
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    Eat Local Orlando

  • Pig Floyds International Barbakoa Restaurant Coming Soon to Mills Virginia

    Chris Roberts
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Pig Floyd's is a new restaurant coming very soon to the Mills/Virginia area.According to their website Pig Floyd's is described as: "Introducing a fresh interpretation of the barbecue experience. Pig Floyd's integrates cultural influences with traditional fire, smoke and pit methods to craft vibrant, delicious fare." Thomas Ward the owner and founder of Pig Floyd's described the restaurant's concept to me as: "traditional inspired Barbakoa with international influence. Barbakoa is the latin term for barbecue"Pig Floyd's is in the former location of Friends restaurant and more recently…
  • Mingo's Restaurant Downtown Orlando

    Chris Roberts
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Despite being open since late 2013, I have never been to Mingo's. Since they are participating in Magical Dining month I thought I'd give them a try.Mingo's is located downtown just a couple blocks south of Lake Eola. It's in the space where Lotus Flower used to be, across from Mucho Tacos. The space is very clean and nice and the decor is modern, lots of white and some wood, many large windows.The host, server and bartender were all especially helpful and friendly.Magical Dining is a month-long promotion done by Visit Orlando where participating restaurants feature three-course, fixed price…
  • O-town MacDown Mac & Cheese event

    Chris Roberts
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am"A delicious “food fight” cooking competition featuring professional chefs and restaurants as well as home cooks and non-profit organizations who will duke it out to the very end to be named Orlando’s Mac-n-Cheese Champion. Prizes will be awarded in various categories, and the event will include live entertainment, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, live performances, a kids’ fun zone including face painting, bounce houses and macaroni art station, theme park character meet-and-greets…
  • Orlando Artisan Marketplace

    Chris Roberts
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    Orlando Artisan Marketplace, a weekly, on Friday, Farmer's market at Fashion Square Mall to have it's Grand Opening Event Friday Aug 1st @ 3 pm. Here is the press release: The Orlando Artisan Marketplace:  Locally Grown, Crafted, & Enjoyed A Community Market at the Fashion Square Mall Central Florida has become a hub for all things local, cultural and sustainable, with an increasing shift towards small business and craft, farming, and community. The desire for locally produced food and goods continues to grow, along with burgeoning support for local commerce. In the spirit of this growing…
  • New Restaurants Opened in Orlando May/June 2014

    Chris Roberts
    17 Jun 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Recent restaurant openings in the Orlando area:Cafe 906 opened in Baldwin Park CloClo(french) in old Press 101 Dr. Philips & Burger Joint UCF is for Pie Turkish…
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    Barbecue Tricks

  • How To Roast Chicken Breast In Your La Caja China Roasting Box

    Bill West
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    How To Roast Chicken Breast In Your La Caja China Roasting Box By Diane Louise Villanueva We don’t eat chicken solely because it is delicious but also it provides a lot of health benefits. First of all, it is rich in protein which makes it excellent in aiding weight loss. Chicken meat is also a natural anti-depressant; bone loss preventer and metabolism booster when taken in the right amounts. Most of all, chicken is among our children’s favorite food items! There’s just no telling why but kids are just so into them. And do you know what the most nutritious part of a chicken…
  • SlotDog Gator Skin Wieners with Oscar Mayer

    Bill West
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    Check out what you can do with this nifty BBQ Grillin’ Gadget called the SLOTDOG. Kinda like this Outset Spiral Cutter for Hot Dogs and Weiners – 4 Pc on Amazon – a gadget custom made for customizing your hot dog.   It’s a BBQtrick we used a while back on GrateTV called Hot Dog Dogs — > HERE The SlotDog Worked for me right away and gave my Oscar Mayer wiener a Gator-like tire tread look.   I figured Oscar Mayer would be a “typical” hot dog for testing purposes. Dont have a slot dog cutter and you’re in a hurry?  Well – try to do a…
  • Why Marinate Meat Before You Grill

    Bill West
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Why You Should Marinate Your Meat Before You Grill By Bonnie R Giller The summer is in full swing which means you are likely putting your outdoor grills to work as you cook up some of your favorite grilled meats. We all know that when grilling meat, fish or poultry, it’s all about the marinade. You may think that the sole purpose of marinating your meat prior to cooking is to enhance the flavor, but there are actually health benefits associated with marinating your meat that go beyond satisfying your taste buds. So here is what you do know. A marinade acts as a…
  • PolyScience The Smoking Gun Product Review

    Bill West
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    BBQ purists don’t get mad… we won’t argue that traditional low and slow smoking is the BEST way to go when looking for succulent – championship – style ribs, brisket, and chicken.   But hey this is and we love a cool kitchen or grilling gadget.  So we couldn’t resist giving PolyScience The Smoking Gun Handheld Food Smoker a quick trial run. I actually received the gun as a Christmas gift and have been dreaming up all sorts of ways to use it.  The compact battery operated (four AA) squirt gun sized piston works as promised.
  • Freeze Your Rub – BBQ Spice Tips

    Bill West
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    How do you store your spices?    With a little care you can make your spices pop just a bit more according to Cheyenne Ledyard from Etsy’s The BBQ Pantry. The tips and tricks – paraphrased below-  are basic but worth noting: Get Toasty.  Toast Your Spices and maximize the potency.  This releases oils and flavor. Stay cool.   Never store the spices above a stove.    Heat degrades flavor. Don’t store spices too long. Keep it fresh. Use your freezer.  Dark and sealed dry. Keep them in the dark.  Sunlight degrades flavor too.  See tip 2. My favorite spice trick is…
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    In A Half Shell

  • A Year In Shellfies

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Happy Labor Day everyone! Exactly one year and one day ago, I posted my first official @inahalfshellblog Instagram. Since then, I’ve accumulated a pretty unique collection of oyster photos and an equally awesome set of IG fans. To celebrate the start of prime oyster season (yay September!), I wanted to revisit some of my favorite shellfies over the last year and start a new contest: The Shellfie Awards. More about that at the end of the post. Umm, what is a shellfie? I think a shellfie can be defined as two kinds of photos. The first is any respectable-looking oyster-slurping selfie.
  • While You Were Slurping

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:59 pm
    #INAHALFSHELL Instagrams of the Week: Who can resist this perfectly shucked platter of oysters at The Chase Fish & Oyster (left)? Or on the flipside, we’re loving this gorgeously composed oyster bite from Oyster Bash NYC (right). Want your pic to be featured? Tag your IG’s with #INAHALFSHELL and follow @inahalfshellblog!   - NYC’ers: kick off New York Oyster Week at the BK Oyster Riot on Sept 11th with W&T Seafood! - Get your shucking game on by joining NY Oyster Lovers on this Greenport oyster trip. - Thirsty? Here’s six drinks to pair with oysters. -…
  • What You Should Know About Oysters and Sustainability

    Julie Qiu
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:45 pm
    I’m excited to announce my new partnership with The Sustainable Seafood Blog Project to help promote the awareness of, and participation in sustainable seafood. For consumers, the world of seafood can be pretty complicated and conflicting. A lot of confusion swirls around what’s sustainable, what’s healthy, and what it actually is (traceability is a serious problem). Fortunately, I’m happy to report that oysters are a model representative of what sustainable seafood should be. Here’s why: Oysters are an ocean-friendly seafood choice because they…
  • While You Were Slurping

    8 Aug 2014 | 1:35 am
    #INAHALFSHELL Instagrams of the Week: This past Tuesday was National Oyster Day! To celebrate, PBCatch posted this great shot of oysters on ice (left) while W&T Seafood shared one of my favorite stylized shots (right). Want your pic to be featured? Tag your IG’s with #INAHALFSHELL and follow @inahalfshellblog!   - I find old books about oysters so charming… - Congrats to Logan Oyster Socials on launching the new website! - Saltine, a modern oyster bar just opened in Jackson, Mississippi. - I think the NY Times should publish more oyster articles like this one from…
  • Greenport Oyster Adventure: Five Fantastic Ways to Enjoy the Day

    5 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
    As many of you know, I’m a big fan of oyster getaways. Especially those that are easy to take from NYC. A couple weeks ago, my friend Ryan and I decided to take the Hampton Jitney out to the North Fork of Long Island for an oyster-filled day trip, not too unlike the one I did with NY Oyster Lovers in 2011. So in celebration of National Oyster Day, here’s a photo recap of our little jaunt! #1 The Bait & Tackle “Go Shuck Yourself” Oyster Shop When ownership of this Bait & Tackle shop was up for grabs, Ian Wilde from Little Creek Oyster Farm saw a unique…
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    Grocery Coupon Network Blog: Couponing Secrets Exposed!

  • 120+ New September Coupons: Tide, Prego, Chex Mix, Gain, Crest + Tons More!

    Abigail Worthington
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    September’s Coupons are HOT! Take a look at the amazing coupons we have available today. With over 120 great coupons for everything from pantry staples to toys and games, we have your savings covered. Printable Grocery Coupons: $0.75 off any TWO (2) Prego Italian Sauces $2.00 off Soda and two Mars Candy $1.00 off (1) CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN Pizza $1.00 off any 2 Reddi Wip 13 oz whipped toppings $0.75 off ONE (1) Jimmy Dean Pancake and Sausage $0.40 off THREE Campbell’s Spaghetti0s pastas $1.00 off THREE Campbell’s Healthy Request soups $0.50 off 3 Campbell’s Chunky™…
  • Last Minute School Supplies Back to School Deal Round Up

    Carly Mancl
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Save on School Supplies this week! Are you still needing a few last second school supplies?  Last week, we had some nice deals, hopefully you were able to grab a few of them!  Check out this week’s deals! School Supplies Round up for the week Target Crayola SuperTips Washable Markers, 24 ct, $3.50 Use $3.00 off $15+ Crayola Products Purchase And use $2.00 off $10+ Crayola School Supplies Purchase (Target Store Coupon) Final Price: $2.50 each when you buy 5 Mead Five Star Poly Prong Folder $1.75 Use $1/2 Five Star Product, exp. 9/30/14 (SS 08/03/14) Final Price: $1.25 each when you…
  • Kroger: FREE Cookie on Friday & Saturday!

    Heather Leade
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:31 pm
    FREE at Kroger! Bakery Happy Hour at Kroger! Fridays and Saturdays through September 13, Kroger will be offering FREE, fresh baked mini Chocolate Chip Cookies! Just stop by the Dairy Department for a free, fresh baked mini chocolate chip cookie Fridays from 4pm to 7pm or Saturdays from 11am to 2pm. This is a great treat for the kids or even yourself! Who doesn’t enjoy a FREE mini chocolate chip cookies while savings big money on groceries using GCN’s printable coupons! Check out how you can save at Kroger every week by visiting our Kroger home page. Make sure you click on…
  • Free Medium Pizza From Domino’s is Back 09/02 at 3 PM ET

    Carly Mancl
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Free Medium Pizza at Domino’s with a "No Hitter" Possible Free Medium Pizza from Domino’s How does Free Domino’s Pizza Sound? Get ready!  Tomorrow, 9/2/2014 at 3:00 PM ET Domino’s and MLB are again giving away FREE Pizza!  Cole Hamels from the Philadelphia pitched a no hitter!  This means it’s time for Free Pizza! You will need an MLB accout to get started. Register on the MLB Website Here’s How to Score a Chance for a FREE Medium Pizza at Domino’s When you see or hear about a MLB No Hitter-Login to your MLB account After the first two no hitters are…
  • Meijer: FREE Yoplait Yogurt mPerk!

    Heather Leade
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    ‘Clip’ Your Meijer FREE Yoplait Yogurt mPerk! FREE Yoplait Yogurt mPerk Meijer has released a new mPerk for a FREE Yoplait Yogurt. To load your mPerk just click on the link above to sign into your mPerk account. You will need to enter code: FREEYOPLAIT14 in the code box in order for the mPerk to show up. Your FREE Yoplait Yogurt mPerk is good through September 13th. Yoplait Original is proof that classic is always a good choice. Each cup bursts with the delicious, flavorful creaminess that isn’t just good, it is so good! With 20 flavors at 90 calories, Yoplait Light has…
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    Hilah Cooking

  • How to Cook Rice

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Don’t laugh. Don’t laugh like it’s funny. Lots of people struggle with how to cook rice. I know, because I hear about it every week. So to appease the masses and throngs of youngsters and oldsters who’ve requested help with rice, here is another video in the Learn to Cook series: How to cook rice on the stove, without a rice cooker. How to Cook Rice Video How to Cook Rice Instructions These instructions are specifically for cooking long or medium-grain rice on the stove. The amount of water required to cook one cup of rice is different for…
  • Butternut Squash Puree with Caramelized Onions

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    I’m already starting to think about Thanksgiving, even though it’s only August, but that’s not completely my fault since butternut squash has been popping up at the farmers’ markets and butternut squash reminds me of fall and Thanksgiving. This will also be our first Thanksgiving with our very own baby, so forgive me if I’m just a tiny bit extra-super-fuckin-excited about the holidays this year in general. It was images of baby that inspired the butternut squash puree you see before you. This is quite a savory puree, with some Parmesan and thyme and lotsabutta. You could reduce the…
  • Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    I did it! (I think) I finally made a belieber out of Chris! (Mostly) Chris finally ate some eggplant and didn’t think it was (very) terrible and gross! Yay for Chris! Yay for me! Yay for you! Yay for eggplant! These eggplant parmesan sandwiches are a great way to use eggplants while they’re in season. Adapted from my Learn to Cook book, I added a breadcrumb coating here to make sure the sandwich has plenty of crunchy texture. If you don’t want a big ol’ slab of bread involved in your eggplant parm, just place the fried eggplant slices on top of some marinara sauce in a 9×13″ pan,…
  • Crispy Onion Rings

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Sweet onions are in season now and I can think of no better way to enjoy their wholesome goodness than by battering and deep frying them. Extra crispy onions rings are what the doctor ordered! (Not my doctor, but surely some doctor at some point in history? Even a dentist?) This recipe is adapted from my pal Larry’s recipe for “Really, really, really crispy onion rings. Really”. The only change I made (really) was to omit 2 tablespoons of instant mashed potatoes from the batter, for no reason other than that I don’t usually have them on hand. The result is still really, really crispy…
  • San Diego Vacation

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    San Diego skyline, viewed from the harbor Recap of our recent San Diego vacation – our first real vacation in three years! Highlights of the trip: Watch the video for footage of sea lions, harbor tour, and some animals in the Aquarium of the Pacific! Read on for more details and San Diego restaurant recommendations. Balboa Park – This is the crowning jewel of San Diego if you ask me. Balboa Park began in 1868 when 1400 acres of scrubby desert were set aside as “City Park”. In 1892, Kate Sessions, a botanist and…
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    Al Dente Gourmet

  • Rosemary + Lemon Wholemeal Cookies /// Homemade Indulgences

    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Cookies! Cookies! Cookies! Who doesn't love fresh baked cookies?! That fragrant aroma coming from the oven... amazingly irresistible! I made a big batch of rosemary + lemon cookies last week and they were very lucky to last the whole week! I simply love the delicate aroma of fresh rosemary and lemon together!!!Love having these cookies with tea! And also I have to confess they are the most perfect little bite after a light lunch with a spread of mascarpone cheese on top. Oh yes, I've been indulging myself lately!I'll have to make another batch this weekend!  Rosemary + Lemon Wholemeal…
  • Feel Great Turmeric + Ginger Drink

    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    This has been my latest favorite enjoyment! I've been making this drink many times during the week and now I can't get enough of it. It is tremendously delicious as a lemonade or tea and incredibly fragrant and full of flavor, the kind of aroma and flavor that only turmeric powder can produce. The combination of flavors may sound a little bit odd but once these flavors are blend together it become simply irresistible!  I promise you will love it too!I love to drink a cup of this in the afternoon, often accompanied by a short walk to our little just become the perfect pick me…
  • // A Glance of Summer on Winter Days

    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    As I told you before I miss those summer days deeply! I miss the blue sky and the vibrancy of colorful flowers and summery fruit. I love the abundance of summer fruits! Strawberries are my favorite! They are so good for those delightful and refreshing desserts on hot summer days. I just can't get enough of those strawberries, really! And I even have frozen strawberries from last summer! I use them in smoothies and ultimately in mychololate panna cotta with macerated strawberries, so simple and amazingly delicious.// Here some shoots from last summer. ENJOY THE WEEKEND!
  • Southern Baking // Chilean Bread // Hallullas

    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Probably one of my favorite foods would be Bread - is something that I deeply enjoy! Growing up we often made bread in our home. My father was a great baker and he would make the most heartwarming bread. We planted ourselves next to the oven anxiously waiting for the bread to bake!  Thankfully I am married to someone that loves bread as much as I do! And he makes the most delightful homemade Chilean Bread. That said, I think, after this confession he should reward me and may be make some more this weekend too, no? Well last weekend was so cool that we decided to advantage of it and…
  • // Broccoli Pesto Boost {Broccoli Pesto with Sunflowers Seeds}

    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:49 pm
    I hope everyone has been enjoying the week! We have been spending time cooking a lot of warm-cozy meals. It's very cool around here. I love eating a nice warm bowl of pasta with lots of pesto in winter- somehow it seems to have a more intense flavor than any other season of the year.  I made a nice big batch of broccoli pesto this week but for this particular pesto I like using sunflowers seeds instead of pine nuts, they give the broccoli a wonderful delicate flavor and they also add a nice crunchy texture to the pesto. So today I want to share my broccoli pesto recipe- something…
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    Spicie Foodie ™

  • Pineapple-Shrimp Spiced with Belizean Hot Sauce and Served Over Coconut Rice

    Spicie Foodie
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    When we travel I like to bring home small souvenirs with me — who doesn’t, right?! I try to find unique items that I can imagine complimenting my home for years to come…Okay, I’ll admit there have been those purchases (while a bit tipsy) that left me wondering what I was thinking. I’m not perfect. Ever since this virtual space of mine entered my life, I’ve (mostly) made better souvenir choices. Now I look for non-perishable foods that will travel well and/or items that will make beautiful photo props. It’s a win-win solution that still supports the…
  • Your Best Recipes of August and A Winner

    Spicie Foodie
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Welcome to this month’s YBR roundup. Before we get to the recipes I’d like to announce the “Featured YBR Winner”. And the winner is… #8, congratulations Tania of My Kitchen Stories, I’ll be in touch shortly.     Join the YBR Pinterest Board I would also like to extend and invitation to join the dedicated YBR Pinterest board. Unfortunately I have not been able to keep up with all the pinning of your recipes, and would love to have you pin your own best recipes to this board. All you have to do is go here and follow at least one of my boards (like the YBR one) and…
  • 18 Oyster Mushrooms Facts and 18 Ways To Cook Them

    Spicie Foodie
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    Mushroom season is upon us and today I’d like to highlight one of my favourites, oyster mushrooms. Enjoy the facts and all of the delicious ways to cook them! • First cultivated in Germany to help feed people during World War I • Are also known as Oyster Shelf, Straw Mushroom, Tree Oyster, Hiratake and Tamogitake in Japanese, píng gū in China and Sadafi in Iran • The taste is often described as nutty or having an anise flavour • They grow mostly on trees • Because they are saprotroph, this means that they feed off of decaying matter — dying wood/trees. • Researchers…
  • Sautéed and Salted Gernika Peppers

    Spicie Foodie
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    A Spanish pepper named after the Guernica town in Spain’s Basque region, similar looking to padrón chiles, with origins in the New World. That’s what these pretty little chiles are: Pimientos de Gernika. But I din’t travel to Spain to purchase them, I found them in my local grocery store. These were grown in Mexico. So I guess you can say they are the original peppers…before they got their name from the Spanish conquistadors. Gernika peppers are new to me. Have you ever tasted them? When I grabbed the package I thought they were padrón and I was so excited that I did…
  • La Isla Bonita: A Tour of San Pedro Town

    Spicie Foodie
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
      Last night I dreamt of San Pedro …Tropical the island breeze All of nature wild and free This is where I long to be La isla bonita… …The beautiful island I fell in love with San Pedro… …I want to be where the sun warms the sky When it’s time for siesta you can watch them go by Beautiful faces, no cares in this world Where a girl loves a boy, and a boy loves a girl Last night I dreamt of San Pedro It all seems like yesterday, not far away…   This morning I awoke with the melody of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” playing in my…
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  • Egg-in-the-hole

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    It’s a three day weekend and in this house that is HUGE! I know school only started two weeks ago but still a long weekend is exactly what this doctor ordered… I mean if I was a doctor I would order it… I mean… Sheesh… You know what I mean!  and for this long weekend I have the perfect easy breakfast recipe for you… Egg-in-the-hole!   Have you ever had egg-in-the-hole?  It’s pretty much a fried egg cooked in the center of toasted bread all made in a skillet.  A one-pan dish that can be made in just a few minutes. I don’t think anything…
  • 10 Back-to-School Dinner Recipes

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:19 am
    Excuse me while I scream a little bit….  AAAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!! School ‘s back…  Can you believe that?  Where has the summer gone?  I think I actually saw summer hop on a plane and FLY by. Yesterday marked the day I have a 7th grader and a 4th grader… That’s crazy, along with that a 7 month old.  That means that dinner has got to be easy and stress free.  Here are a few of my favorite back to school recipes that I think will make dinner a little easier for you. Happy back to school time all! Fettuccine Alfredo Creamy deliciousness that will make anyone…
  • Enjoying Summer with Coffee-mate #TakeBackVanilla

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Summer is almost over already… Can you believe it??? Two more weeks to go and its back to the grind for the kiddies…                                 Now for those who think that summer means just lounging around not in this house apparently… LOL!   You see Juju plays soccer and its pretty much year round. Now I can admit he definitely has had a few weeks off at the beginning of the summer to just veg out but now he’s back in the swing of things with practices through out the week and…
  • Cool Down with STARBURST™ Brand Sorbet Bars {plus giveaway}

    1 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN.  CONGRATS TO This summer has been H.O.T… HOT!!! I mean I understand I live in Florida and this weather has been a little cooky, I mean its so hot during the day you you could probably boil an egg outside and then in the afternoon early evening it rains… I know, cooky. During the summer we take so much advantage of going to the pool or the beach, and just lounging by the water.  Especially in this heat we have been cooling off in every possible.  We always invite our neighbors and friends to join us, I mean we all have kids the same age and plus us…
  • Red Velvet Pizookie

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    Have you ever wondered who was the first person to think of combining the makings of a pie + a cookie???  I know this crazy combo created the delicious and sinful dessert we all know as the PIZZOKIE. Now you know around these parts we are serious fans of cookies, and pies, and desserts, and pretty much anything sweet.  And we can’t forget my obsession with all things red velvet… I’ve shared with you all my delicious creations of a Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake, Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie (which is just like a pizookie), but now I stepped it up a notch… RED VELVET…
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  • Dulce de Grosellas

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    I don’t remember having currants – red, black, or otherwise – growing up, so I was surprised to find them in one of the older Cuban cookbooks I’d been using, Delicias de las Mesa by Maria Antonieta Reyes Gavalán.   Written in the 1920s, I came across it at the University of Miami’s Cuban Heritage Collection.  While most other Cuban cookbooks date from the mid-fifties when everyone was only too happy to embrace cans and convenience, Gavalán’s book captures an earlier time, referencing ingredients and techniques that had fallen out of use but worth…
  • Verdolagas con Costillas de Puerco

    6 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    I think my relationship with New York is steady enough that I can admit we’d recently hit a rough patch.  I’d spent so much time away last year that it felt like I was living consecutive winters. It wore me down and I took it out on the city that had become all work. Now that we’re having this beautiful summer, every day comes closer to New York’s song-and-dance ideal and I’m in love again. I even gave in and bought a new bicycle -albeit one that is technically older than I am – a copper colored Schwinn Suburban step-through with an honeywood basket.
  • Valdirose, Lastra a Signa, Tuscany

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    It’s hard to believe now, but I still remember going to friends and family’s homes to see “the vacation pictures”. Magnified on what to me was the big screen, it was one of those things people moaned about (when it wasn’t their own slides in the carousel) but I always loved it – both the scale and the ritual. I hadn’t thought about how obsolete that had become until I came back from a family trip to Italy. Betweeninstagram and facebook, everyone comments on what you’re doing and seeing in real time so there’s not much left to tell and…
  • The Cuban Table

    1 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I always had a hard time dropping my pencil and turning in my work as a little girl and it’s not much different now. It has been almost two years since I first posted about The Cuban Table, my collaboration with food photographer Ellen Silverman, but I could have happily kept tweaking and polishing it forever. Luckily it wasn’t up to me which is why I have this lovely cover to share, an actual ink and paper bound book on its way, and an official release date from St. Martin’s Press to look forward to this October! Time plays games with you when you’re writing and…
  • Chimichurri

    26 Jun 2014 | 7:16 am
    I’ve never been one for meat and potatoes. I rarely go for the steak frites on frenchified Smith Street and I’m as interested in the sides as the slabs of beef served at steakhouses. While I believe hamburger cravings should always be heeded because absolutely nothing else will satisfy, my own burger attacks are few and far between. Still there are exceptions when I really do love red meat: 1) when my mother who is a genius with a Costco steak and open flame grills for us at home (post to come later) and 2) Argentinian-style churrasco drizzled with chimichurri sauce. The version…
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  • Turmeric and Peppercorn Rice

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble We all need quick and simple recipes in our lives. Lack of time, energy, budget or all of them together warrant such recipes that provide incentive to cook and make your own warming meal. I tend to fall back on my stash of easy recipes more during weekdays when I am juggling lot of chores and have less energy to concentrate on cooking. To avoid monotony I jazz up few ingredients to make a “fancy looking” meal that is in fact extremely simple to make. Like this recipe for example. It looks like something on a restaurant table but in fact, the effort…
  • Indian Keema Sloppy Joes (w/ Seitan)

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble In my quest for protein from Vegetarian sources, I try loads of experiments. Some on my own and few others thanks to online sources and cookbooks. There are some recipes that are born out of the amalgamation of them all, this being one such recipe. The idea for such a burger is not new. While I do make variations to my Indian sloppy joes with loads of vegetables, soya chunks etc;  when it comes to protein, this one beats them all. This is extremely filling without dragging you down. The protein to calorie ratio is pretty good keeping your fat budget to…
  • Eggless Chocolate Icecream

    28 Jun 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble Time changes, preferences change and what I ignored all this while, finally gets attention in my kitchen! Chocolate has been extremely unappreciated ingredient in my house given that both my husband and I aren’t its fan. So what are the chances that our little one in fact adores it? 100%, if you are curious! – Who knew? So when I made Eggless Vanilla Icecream the last time around, the very first question that my little one posed was when was I making Chocolate Icecream? So much for all that icecream enthusiasm the preceding weeks. I proposed to make…
  • Cherry Coconut Lemonade

    12 Jun 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble We recently came back from our farm picking session with  6 -lb cherries. These were so deliciously sweet and to pop them into our mouth as and when we passed our kitchen counter seemed to the norm last couple of weeks. But being a foodie that I am, I could not help cooking with them. Seesh! I know! With a half baked reasoning of “cherries-possibly-going-wasted” to my suspicious husband who looked like he could eat them all, I used a bunch of them to make us some fresh cherry Jam. Its a “no-recipe” recipe of cooking down the pitted…
  • Eggless Vanilla Icecream

    10 Jun 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble Ice cream. Do I even need to say anything more? Oh yes, Homemade Ice cream. Doesn’t it sound even better? It does, isn’t it. Wait, there’s more. How about Eggless Homemade Icecream?  Did I just send some of you into ecstasy? I knew it OK then how about – Raw, Eggless, Homemade Vanilla Icecream? OK, OK – before you throw up your hands in agony, let me move on My family consumes eggs of course, but I tend to make this one more often than not. You might raise your eyebrows at my reason but well – ahem, this is so much easier to…
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  • Brighton The Corner, Petersham

    16 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
    I find myself gravitating towards Petersham in the recent weekends to scour new cafes. And this weekend, we land ourselves in Brighton The Corner which has been on my hit list for a while but just been distracted with others that have been popping up in this area. Now I am kicking myself for not visiting sooner! Perhaps I was influenced by what has been said about their slow service on Foursquare. It seems teething issues are settled and this place is running in a much faster pace.
  • John Smith Cafe, Waterloo

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    John Smith Cafe has certainly opened in an odd spot in Waterloo. There isn't anything much around this area and this stretch is pretty unexciting. But I am sure the owners have done their research. On weekdays, it will probably cater the locals and because it serves amazing food and good coffee, punters will travel and queue for a weekend spot.
  • One pot chicken meatballs, eggs and spicy tomatoes

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    I was really excited to receive Anjum Anand's Quick and Easy Indian cookbook. She has a cooking series on Foxtel's Lifestyle Channel called Indian Food Made Easy and that is how I know of her. Her recipes has always been easy to follow, ingredients easy to find and not as fatty as a lot of Indian recipes that makes one feel totally heavy and bloaty after. If you are looking for authentic Indian recipes, then this cookbook is not the one for you. However, if you are looking for a cookbook that has influences of the Indian cuisine, then get this book.
  • Porch and Parlour, North Bondi

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
    We spent most of Easter this year in Melbourne. It was really good to catch up with old friends and celebrating my birthday and time with them. The trip was too short as usual and there was no time to catch up with more people and to visit new yummy places. Still lots of good(...)