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  • Kung Pao Shrimp

    Rasa Malaysia: Easy Asian Recipes
    Rasa Malaysia
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Kung Pao Shrimp recipe that is super easy to make at home, less than 30 minutes but much better and healthier than Kung Pao Shrimp takeout from restaurants. The post Kung Pao Shrimp appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • 5 Awesome Reasons We Could Have a Vegan America by 2050

    Vegan Bits
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    After undergoing quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 and a later stent surgery, Bill Clinton adopted a vegan diet in 2010. Since then, he’s lost 20 pounds, and is now an advocate for vegan and meatless diets. “I like the vegetables, the fruits, the beans, the stuff I eat now,” Clinton told a CNN reporter. “All my […]
  • 10 Everyday Superfoods

    Skinny Chef
    Jennifer Iserloh
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    Superfoods are nutrient-dense, whole foods that have high amounts of micronutrients and other unique compounds that have incredibly healing potential. Superfoods (like these exotic ones) might sound like they are impossible to find, or extremely costly, but many of these superfoods live in your local groceries and can be added to your shopping list for around $3 to $5. Note: All percentages quoted below are recommended daily values based on a 2000 calorie/day diet. Broccoli I consider some vegetables personal friends of mine, and broccoli and I go WAY back! It’s one of my favorite…
  • Weekly Meal Planner Latest Features
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    This week's menu is...5 healthy recipes to from The Chia Cookbook.
  • ramen secrets on Conan O’Brien

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    5 Sep 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Learn all the secrets behind the Ramen Burger…or not……and pick up some tips on the proper way to eat ramen… No tag for this post.
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    Amateur Gourmet

  • Sponsored Post: The Dos Chinos Truck’s Garlic Shrimp Rice Bowl with Lime Crema

    Adam Roberts
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Sometimes you eat a dish that’s so good you have to have the exact recipe, to recreate it at home in such away that it’s indistinguishable from the original. Other times, you try a dish and love it so much that it inspires you to riff in a similar way; not to make that exact same thing, but to make something similar in your own style. The latter is pretty much what happened to me when I visited the Dos Chinos truck in Orange County. There, one of the owners, Viet demonstrated how to make their signature shrimp and rice bowl. It was a positive playground of textures and flavors and…
  • Just So You Know, Food Arrives When It’s Ready

    Adam Roberts
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    There’s a new restaurant trend afoot, one that takes the form of a casual, shoulder-shrug of a sentence, usually uttered by a server after he or she takes your order. It’s the sentence in the title of this post: “Just so you know, food arrives when it’s ready.” It’s a sentence I heard last night at Alimento, a terrific new restaurant in Silverlake where I had some of the best pasta dishes of my life (more on those in a moment). It’s a sentence I heard last week at Republique with my parents, when they were here for Craig’s premiere. It’s a…
  • Skillet Cornbread

    Adam Roberts
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Sometimes I wake up with a specific craving that has no obvious root. For example, on Saturday morning I woke up with a craving for cornbread. Where did that come from? Was it the fact that I’d been watching the Sean Brock episodes of “Mind of a Chef” at the gym? Actually, that was probably it–strike that first sentence–because in the episode I just watched, he harvested his own corn, shocked the kernels in liquid nitrogen, and made the most incredible-looking corn grits I’d ever seen. I didn’t have grits in my cupboard on Saturday morning, but I did…
  • Sponsored Post: The Dogzilla Dog At Home

    Adam Roberts
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    Many a chef will tell you that “less is more” when it comes to creating a dish. Not so the food truck chef. Take, for example, Martin Tse of the Dogzilla Truck which I recently visited at the Orange County Fair. His signature dish, the Dogzilla Dog, makes a solid case that “more is more,” especially when it comes to recreating an all-American classic like the hot dog. Tse’s take involves everything under the sun including grilled onions, avocado, Jayo (Japanese mayo), homemade Teriyaki sauce, bacon bits, and a Japanese spice mix sprinkled liberally on top. The…
  • Scenes From The Skeleton Twins Premiere

    Adam Roberts
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Well, it happened, and you guys made it happen. The Skeleton Twins “won” the weekend according to IndieWire; it was the #1 film in 12 out of the 15 theaters where it played. Now it’s expanding to more cities–Seattle, Minneapolis, Dallas, Boston, San Diego, Palo Alto and San Jose next week–and will continue to grow if you all keep going out and supporting it. On Wednesday, our families and friends and people who worked on the movie all gathered here at our apartment for a champagne toast before we all headed off to the premiere at the ArcLight Hollywood.
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    Steamy Kitchen: recipes and cooking

  • Best Re-useable Grocery Bag

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    I go grocery shopping And I love it. It’s my favorite type of shopping to do and when I’m brainstorming recipes, it’s usually in the grocery store or farmer’s market. So you can imagine my collection of re-useable grocery bags. I’ve got bags in every shade of color, every size. From tiny mesh bags that hold 2 apples….to a clunky, roll-y thing that never rolls straight (I *almost* brought down a farmer’s market tent when my roll-y cart went rogue.) Of all my bags, this one is my absolute favorite. Here’s why: Cabaggage Bottom…
  • Mohawks and Tombstone in the Kitchen

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Our new “mail-order” baby chicks are now about 1 month old. For the first couple of weeks, the baby chicks are so adorable and teeny that you just want to keep them in your house and pet them all day! Well, the bigger they get, the more they eat. The more they eat, the more they crap. Chicken poop STINKS. We finally had to move them from our back covered porch to the second coop that Scott built for the ducks way out in the yard (The ducks never liked the coop anyways). The babies will live there for another couple of months, until they are big enough to be in the Palace…
  • Giveaway: GelPro Elite Cardinal Mat

    6 Sep 2014 | 1:22 pm
    I have chronic back pain – slight scoliosis and lots of rear-end accidents <- wow, that sounded odd, but you know what I mean! Since I’m on my feet so much in the kitchen, good shoes and a GelPro floor mat is not just nice-to-have, but essential. The Elite line is 50% THICKER than what you’d find anywhere else. I use one at the sink and one at the stove. If I could, I’d pave my entire house with this GelPro material! What I love about GelPro Elite is the range of colors and fabric textures – the Linen Weave is gorgeous. -Jaden     GelPro Elite…
  • Giveaway: T-Fal Optigrill

    6 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
      So now that we don’t have a kitchen for another 3 weeks, we’ve been using the outdoor grill, toaster oven and this T-Fal Optigrill. It’s unlike any other indoor grill, with digital timers, food sensors and temperature settings. The end result? Never an overcooked meat. It’s small, compact and I love the silicon rubber grease drip tray that you just pull out and throw into your dishwasher. The grill plates inside the Optigrill are removeable, so those are super-easy to clean as well. We’ve used this baby to cook chicken breasts (make sure they are even…
  • Food Blog Forum, Asheville NC

    6 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Four and a half years ago, Diane crossed the Mexican border with “contraband” that I had requested via text from Tecate, Mexico. She arrived at my door late at night with a small rolling luggage piece in one hand and a single, red backpack in the other that I immediately tore into. Beef jerky, 2 bottles of wine, Doritos, chocolate bars. Oh, you were thinking of another type of contraband, were you?! We were spending a week at the legendary Rancho La Puerta, otherwise known as the “#1 World’s Best Destination Spa” (Condé Nast Traveler 2014). It’s a…
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    Culinary Media Network | Gilded Fork

  • Apples: A Seductive Fruit (Culinary Media Network)
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter’s evening, and I know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream… I know how the nuts taken in conjunction with winter apples, cider, and doughnuts, make old people’s tales and old jokes sound fresh and crisp and enchanting — The Autobiography of Mark Twain Foodstuff: Apples Area of Origin: The Tien Shan Mountains bordering China and Kazakhstan Etymology: From the Old English æppel. Linguists believe that the word for apple is one of the oldest…
  • Roasted Garlic & Red Pepper Hummus (Culinary Media Network)
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Tantalize your taste buds with this richly spiced hummus spread.  Roasting large amounts of garlic helps to impart a sweet smooth flavor (and it keeps well for other uses, make extra so you can always have some on hand).  A perfect complement for any summer party or to take along to your favorite picnic spot! 12 Servings 2 15-oz. cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 large red pepper 3 heads fresh garlic 1 cup Italian parsley (large flat leaves) 2 medium green onions, finely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped 6 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste) Juice of 3 fresh lemons ½…
  • Stone Fruit: Drupey Drawers of Goodness (Culinary Media Network)
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:09 pm
    What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree? - Logan Pearsall Smith Etymology Most stone fruits are members of the Prunus genus from the Latin prunus for plum. Stone describes the pit that is found in the center of the fruit. Origin Originating in China, stone fruits date back to 1000 BCE. We would like to thank the Silk Road not only for spreading wonderful Chinese spices and silks, but also for sharing stone fruits with Western neighbors in Persia. After making their way to Europe, stone fruits arrived in the Americas via Spanish…
  • Summer in the Woods Cocktail (Culinary Media Network)
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Imagine buttered pan-seared pineapple, warm as a garnish, and chilled as juice in a sensuous champagne coupe. Then let us look back at some of the legacies of the American cocktail — rum and bitters — which are further expressed through the addition of star ruby grapefruits and maraschino liqueur (which was, incidentally, Ernest Hemingway’s preference for his daiquiri). 1 serving Ingredients 1 ounce of cachaca (agricultural rum) 1/2 tablespoon of maraschino liqueur 1 1/2 ounces of juice from pan-seared pineapple brushed with butter 2/3 ounces of grapefruit juice (recommended…
  • 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…
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    Rasa Malaysia: Easy Asian Recipes

  • Nutella Meringues

    Rasa Malaysia
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Lightly and sweet Nutella Meringue. Every bite is filled with thick gooey Nutella. Easy Nutella Meringue recipe that everyone can make at home. The post Nutella Meringues appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Kung Pao Shrimp

    Rasa Malaysia
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Kung Pao Shrimp recipe that is super easy to make at home, less than 30 minutes but much better and healthier than Kung Pao Shrimp takeout from restaurants. The post Kung Pao Shrimp appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Pull Apart Garlic Bread

    Rasa Malaysia
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    Buttery pull apart garlic bread. This homemade pull apart garlic bread recipe is easy, fool proof and yields the softest and best garlic bread ever. The post Pull Apart Garlic Bread appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo)

    Rasa Malaysia
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Yummy Brazilian cheese bread (Pão de Queijo) recipe. Easy 20 mins recipe and yields the best homemade brazilian cheese bread (Pão de Queijo). The post Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo) appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Green Beans with Peanut Sauce

    Rasa Malaysia
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Green beans with peanut sauce. Saute green beans with garlic and top them with spicy and savory Thai peanut sauce. Easy, healthy and delicious recipe. The post Green Beans with Peanut Sauce appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
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    101 Cookbooks

  • Green Juice

    Heidi Swanson
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Everyone should have a green juice recipe in their repertoire, and this one is a ringer. Its heart and soul is straight green, not at all sweet, with a good amount of lemon-lime tang, and invigorating ginger lift. Like many green juices, it makes you sing from the inside, and is reason enough to invest in a juicer, or dust one off. When I traveled to Paris last year, I spent a beautiful first day and night there, then came down with a (particularly miserable) cold - throat on fire, raspy cough. Being sick away from home is hard, begin sick in a city like Paris, when you're there for just a…
  • Momo Dumplings

    Heidi Swanson
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    I'm in France right now, for a relatively quick trip. Or, another way to think of it, a quick trip flanked by two long flights. I took it as an opportunity to up my dumpling game, making and freezing an assortment of them in the weeks leading up to my trip. It made it easy to leave some for Wayne to enjoy while I was gone, and to pack a box, bento-style, for my flight. Dumplings at 30,000 feet are a treat, and worth the effort - filling, nutritious, plane-friendly finger food. Here's the wildcard. This time I made my own dumpling wrappers. It's only about half as crazy as it sounds. In…
  • A Good Shredded Salad

    Heidi Swanson
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    One of the things I love about having a work studio is our location. It means most days, at one point or another, I find myself standing in the middle of San Francisco's Chinatown. It's a neighborhood in transition spanning a handful of steeply sloping blocks east to west, from the dragon gate at Bush Street north to Broadway. There's a new subway stop scheduled to open in the coming years, and a good number of cranes reaching skyward to facilitate the construction of new buildings. My hope was that we'd have a Chinatown dispatch ready to follow our summer one, but here it is, summer gone,…
  • 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…
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    Alice Q. Foodie

  • Club Tengo Hambre Tour Part I - Verde y Crema, Tijuana

    Alice Q. Foodie
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    I have another post about London in the works, but judging by the number of questions I've been getting about this trip, I'm thinking you'd probably rather hear about this first.  I'd been wanting to do one of the Club Tengo Hambre tours for a while, and this time the stars finally aligned.  Their tours to the Guadalupe Valley look like a lot of fun, as do the tacos and beer tours of Tijuana - but this one was an introduction to three of Tijuana's newest prominent dining destinations  - Verde y Crema, La Querencia and Mision 19.  We met on this side of the border and…
  • 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…
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    Simply Recipes

  • Cheesy Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Bell Peppers

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    One of my favorite recipes from childhood is one for stuffed bell peppers. (We love them so much both my mom and dad have their own versions!) I’ve been experimenting with a quinoa stuffed version and have settled on this one as a great meatless approach to stuffed peppers.  Continue reading "Cheesy Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Bell Peppers" »
  • Classic Baked Chicken

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    If there is one recipe that every home cook should know, it’s this baked chicken recipe. All you need is chicken, olive oil, salt, and pepper (and maybe some stock or white wine for gravy). Continue reading "Classic Baked Chicken" »
  • Apple Pie

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    When the nights start getting cooler after a long hot summer, and the leaves show glimpses of turning color, that’s when apple season starts around here. We grow Granny Smith, Gravenstein, Pink Lady, and Fuji apples, all great for making apple pie! Continue reading "Apple Pie" »
  • Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:42 pm
    September is a great time of year for fresh green beans here in Sacramento. I was too busy to plant them this year, but have been finding beauties at our local market. Usually we just boil them until tender, place a dab of butter on them, sprinkle with salt and pepper and call it a day. Here’s a quick and easy way to take them up a notch, Continue reading "Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans" »
  • Chicken Parmesan

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Oh how we love chicken parmesan—chicken cutlets, breaded and fried, smothered with tomato sauce, covered with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, and baked until the cheese is bubbly and melts into every nook and cranny. Like its sister recipe, my mother’s parmesan chicken (chicken nuggets dipped in melted butter, breaded and baked), this dish is pure comfort food. Continue reading "Chicken Parmesan" »
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  • How to Overcome Fears

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 6 Signs Your Child Is Too Competitive How to Apply Makeup in 5 Minutes The Plus-Size Guide to DressingFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Why Normal is Overrated

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 2 Quick Fixes for Bad Breath 3 Ways to Navigate Finances as a Couple 53 Simple 3-Ingredient RecipesFiled under: Daily Thought
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    18 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 6 Signs Your Child Is Too Competitive How to Apply Makeup in 5 Minutes The Plus-Size Guide to DressingFiled under: Daily Thought
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    17 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 5 Easy Ways to Give Your Brain a Boost 15 Minutes to Party Desserts and More 7 Burning Questions About Laundry, AnsweredFiled under: Daily Thought
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    16 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on A Month of (20-Minute) Meals How to Apply Makeup in 5 Minutes 7 Cute Summer-to-Fall SkirtsFiled under: Daily Thought
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  • The People's Best New Bars 2014: Press Materials

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Press Release—For distribution beginning September 17, 2014 at 10 am EDT Download Press Release --> Style Guide & FAQ Style and Usage Guide Download Guide (PDF) Frequently Asked Questions Download FAQ (PDF) Graphics Logos Download Color Logo (PDF) Download Black & White Logo (PDF) Postcards Download Postcard (PDF) Download Sheet of 4 Postcards (PDF) Button Download Button (PDF)
  • The Case of the Vanishing Noodle

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean Now you see it, now you don't. One of the more innovative dishes at this year's FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen came from an unexpected source – a cruise line. Royal Caribbean's "vanishing noodles," by all appearances, is a luscious twist of udon noodles, ready to wrap around your fork. The surprise comes when a savory hot chicken broth is poured over them. The noodles dissolve among an array of delicacies including Neuske bacon, sous vid...
  • Drink of Summer: Wondercumber

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean It may not be the first ingredient you think of at the bar (maybe the salad bar). But cucumber is good – really good – in a cold drink during a scorching August. Alongside lime and gin, cucumber may just become your new warm weather go-to. It's unexpected, crisp, and even rejuvenating (cucumber is packed with all sorts of "good for you" stuff that sort of makes up for all the gin). The hit cocktail of this year's FOOD & WINE Classic in...
  • Host a Backyard BBQ With Gnarly Head

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Photo Courtesy of the Gnarly Head In the dog days of summer, something is cooking from coast to coast. Backyard barbecuing is an annual tradition that some might say is as American as apple pie and Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel. Across the country, from big-city parks to small communities, like Lodi, California, the hometown of Gnarly Head, grilling outdoors is all about savoring the warm weather, bringing friends and family together, and enjoying seasonal goodness. After all...
  • The Gastropub Trend Hits the High Seas

    17 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean "Fresh, simple, pure." That's the philosophy behind the food and drink at Michael's Genuine® Pub, the first American gastropub at sea, brought to you by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz. According to the chef, the key to making delicious food is simply starting with the highest-quality ingredients. "We take a lot of time and care to source the best product, building relationships with suppliers." From thick-cut potato chips se...
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    Portland Oregon Food and Drink

  • Some Events Still Available at FEAST!

    Food Dude
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Heading to FEAST? Here is some information for ticket holders, and a list of events that are still available: Prepare To Stuff Your Face Bon Appetit presents Feast Portland: A Celebration Of Oregon Bounty is finally here, and it’s time again to watch chefs, brewers, winemakers, distillers, and artisans shine (and party!) during Portland’s best food weekend of the year! If you’ve already purchased your ticket, click here for some very important event information that will help you have the best time at Feast Portland 2014. If you haven’t bought tickets yet, it’s…
  • Boxer Sushi to Close

    Food Dude
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    No commentary from me for once. Just going to post the PR. BOXER SUSHI ANNOUNCES CLOSURE WITH THE DEPARTURE OF CHEF IAN SKOMSKI Restaurant to close September 21 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Co-owners and founders Katie Poppe and Micah Camden will shutter the doors of Boxer Sushi on Sunday, September 21. The decision was made following the announcement of the departure of Chef Ian Skomski who is relocating to Bend to spend more time with his family. “We are sad to announce the closure of Boxer Sushi, designed as an artistic platform for our dear friend and master sushi chef, Ian Skomski,”…
  • Book Review: Food Lover’s Guide to Portland 2nd Edition

    Food Dude
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    With the first edition of the Food Lover’s Guide to Portland, writer Liz Crain filled a need, pulling together a list of the best food purveyors in Portland, and giving gentle reminders to the bounty that is our amazing food scene. This new, second edition expands on it, with over thirty new full listings, 150 new businesses, a food cart chapter by Brett Burnmeister of Food Carts Portland, and a Hispanic Market section from all around foodie Nick Zukin. This is more than a listing of foods and sources. Most of the businesses are accompanied by a bit of a story about the people behind them…
  • News: Old Salt, Ned Ludd, Salt and Straw and more

    Food Dude
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Just because. Park Kitchen Classic flank steak salad, blue cheese, sherry roasted onions Old Salt Marketplace chef Timothy Wastell has been replaced by sous chef Ben Schade. According to co-owner Ben Meyer, the restaurant will “move away from Tim’s Italian influence. Plans are to focus more on American food. We are an American restaurant, and I think that will be more obvious over the next weeks and months. It’s a big country with such a broad, rich tapestry of food to borrow from.” The menu has already turned that direction, with items such as pork chops, smoked…
  • The Backlot Dims: Remembering Joan Rivers

    Food Dude
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    The most memorable person I have ever met, was Joan Rivers, and it was all because of a last minute bartending job. In the late 1970’s, I was working at a “fern bar”; the hot new thing, known for featuring lots of greenery and Boston ferns in macrame hangers, fake antiques, and a clientele wearing mostly polyester clothes. I had only been bartending there for three months, but had quickly learned the basics of the Hollywood crowd, slinging suggestively named drinks like “sex on the beach” and the “screaming orgasm”. I was the owners go to guy,…
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    Start Cooking

  • English Muffin Pizzas

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    English Muffin Pizzas are a great snack or a meal, and they're perfect for a party. They take no time to prepare and they cook up in just 10 minutes.
  • 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!
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  • special edition Kei Nishikori Cup Noodle

    20 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    What does it take to get your face on a Cup Noodle? Sign a sponsorship deal with Nissin and be the first Asian man to make it to the U.S. Open!via USA Today Tags: ramen news
  • a special bowl of ramen

    6 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    There’s ramen, and there’s…ramen?!? Check out how Youtube artist betibettin makes his version of our favorite food. Absolutely amazing!via RocketNews24 Tags: ramen tidbits
  • ramen secrets on Conan O’Brien

    5 Sep 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Learn all the secrets behind the Ramen Burger…or not……and pick up some tips on the proper way to eat ramen… No tag for this post.
  • ramen chef Keizo Shimamoto on Conan tonight

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Tune in to Conan O’brien tonight to see ramen chef and Ramen Burger creator Keizo Shimamoto as he makes Ramen Burgers with Conan and teaches everyone proper ramen-eating techniques!On TBS at 11pm, or 10 Central. Check your TV guide! No tag for this post.
  • web of…ramen!!??

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Choosing the best ramen can be difficult without having the best database to search. Watch as two researchers, Roijiro and Endo, discover the “Web of Ramen” — the highest quality database covering all varieties of ramens over the past 100 years.There’ll be 3 episodes of this skit to bring attention to the Web Of Science service. Sigh…From Web of Science. Tags: ramen tidbits
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    NPR: Food

  • Giving Chickens Bacteria ... To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

    Dan Charles
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    What does it take to get chickens off antibiotics? According to Perdue Farms, an added dose of the "good bacteria" known as probiotics can help crowd out the harmful microbes that make a chicken sick.» E-Mail This
  • Sandwich Monday: The Abe Lincoln

    Ian Chillag
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    For this week's Sandwich Monday, we eat a mashed-potato-and-sausage-log tribute to our beloved 16th president. After this meal, the better angels of our nature may need CPR.» E-Mail This
  • Got Dessert? Slather On The Salted Caramel, Or Just Nibble Some

    Alison McConnell
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    Once a high-end fad, the salted caramel dessert has made inroads into the most mainstream of American food chains, TGI Fridays. Maybe it was inevitable, given our historic cravings for salt and sweet.» E-Mail This
  • Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.» E-Mail This
  • Beyond Charity: Turning The Soup Kitchen Upside Down

    Allison Aubrey
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    For 25 years, DC Central Kitchen has been a place for the hungry to feed themselves and learn new skills. Now a bustling social enterprise, it's inspired similar programs across the nation.» E-Mail This
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    Vegan Bits

  • 5 Awesome Reasons We Could Have a Vegan America by 2050

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    After undergoing quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 and a later stent surgery, Bill Clinton adopted a vegan diet in 2010. Since then, he’s lost 20 pounds, and is now an advocate for vegan and meatless diets. “I like the vegetables, the fruits, the beans, the stuff I eat now,” Clinton told a CNN reporter. “All my […]
  • Vegan America by 2050?

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    I'm making a prediction: America will be vegan by 2050. Sound preposterous? Not if we work together to make it happen. Consider that until the 1900s millions of young children worked in our factories... and how untenable that would be today. Consider that a country built on the backs of slaves elected Barack Obama in […]
  • Sorry Portland, PETA Names NYC Most Vegan Friendly City

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:24 pm
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has declared New York the nation’s most vegan-friendly city. To mark the occasion, PETA presented City Council members with a Manhattan skyline replica carved from vegetables, complete with a Chrysler Building made of radishes. “New York has really gone for the green,” Dan […]
  • Alison Eastwood and Team up to Help Chimpanzees Retired from Biomedical Research

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    LOS ANGELES, Calif. - September 4, 2014 - Actress and director Alison Eastwood is lending her star power to help 110 chimpanzees from a biomedical research laboratory get a new start. The chimpanzees have a new home at Keithville, LA-based Chimp Haven, following their retirement from the New Iberia Research Center. Eastwood and nonprofit crowdfunding […]
  • How To Be Vegan by Elizabeth Castoria

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
      Jane and I just had the opportunity to read How To Be Vegan by Elizabeth Castoria.  This is a great book for people considering a vegan lifestyle. It touches on what to eat, what to wear, things to consider when furnishing your home, and travel. But perhaps, my favorite chapter is the section on […]
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    Average Betty

  • The BOMBLETTE Video f/ California Avocados

    Sara O'Donnell
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Get ready to see jaws drop when you you serve up the BOMBLETTE and easy-to-make California Avocado Salsa Verde The post The BOMBLETTE Video f/ California Avocados appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Aftertaste: Savoring Flavors of LA Times The Taste 2014

    Sara O'Donnell
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    If you go to LA Times The Taste, it is like going to dozens of LA's best restaurants all in one night. Or two days and two nights if you know how to party The post Aftertaste: Savoring Flavors of LA Times The Taste 2014 appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Creamy Parmesan Potatoes w/ Spicy Shrimp Video

    Sara O'Donnell
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    It's been a long, hard week. Let's stay home and make Creamy Parmesan Potatoes with Spicy Shrimp and pretend we are out at a fancy restaurant The post Creamy Parmesan Potatoes w/ Spicy Shrimp Video appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Creamy Parmesan Potatoes w/ Spicy Shrimp Recipe

    Sara O'Donnell
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Enjoy a restaurant quality meal like Creamy Parmesan Potatoes with Spicy Shrimp in the comfort of your own home! It's easier than you might think and there's no waiting for a table The post Creamy Parmesan Potatoes w/ Spicy Shrimp Recipe appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Sunday Brunch at LA Times The Taste is Family Fun!

    Sara O'Donnell
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    It's hard to find an activity that the whole family can really enjoy. Smack dab in the center of the Venn Diagram of Family Fun, is Sunday Brunch at LA Times The Taste. The post Sunday Brunch at LA Times The Taste is Family Fun! appeared first on Average Betty.
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    Washington DC: Restaurants and Food

  • Planes, Trains and Cars at the Dulles Day Plane Pull 2014 at the Washington Dulles Airport

    Shashi Bellamkonda
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    The WMATA and sponsors organize an annual #PlanePull event that is open to the public and benefits the Virginia Special Olympics. We went to the 2014 event held on Saturday 20th September 2014. The event was excellently organized and was easy to reach from the specially designated Purple parking lot with ample signs and people guiding you to buses to the event area. 25 person teams of local companies and organizations who raise at least $1,500 compete to see who can pull an 82-ton FedEx cargo jet 12 feet in the shortest time. The Commomerative Air Force volunteers flew several aircraft to the…
  • Crystal City's Sip and Salsa Event was fantastic

    Shashi Bellamkonda
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    Crystal City : #SipAndSalsa Photo: Shashi Bellamkonda.Sometimes good times are coincidental. I got pulled in to volunteer at the talklocal / Disruption Corp tent at the #SipAndSalsa event in Crystal City becuase my daughter had volunteered as well. I am so glad I did it. Crystal City has a very good vibe and is amazingly walkable. I love the fact that there are several below ground walkways with shops and restaurants. I have eaten at the Jaleo and the Neramitra Thai restaurant. Attended tech startup events at the Crystal Tech Fund/ Disruption Corp offices. Of course Bozzuto manages the…
  • Achari Chicken Tacos at the Bombay Bistro Rockville

    Shashi Bellamkonda
    11 Jun 2014 | 7:55 pm
    It's been a busy day and the traffic on the beltway has not been easy. As I headed towards Rockville I yearned to relax over a nice Indian meal and a Kingfisher beer.Luckily I had an errand to run at the Rockville Town Center and Bombay Bistro was right on my way. I have eaten here before and am delighted by the new stuff that Chef Vinod keeps trying here and at the sister restaurant Indique Heights. Bombay Bistro is a block away from the Rockville Town Center and an easy walk for residents of the near by Fenestra Apartments and the upcoming Bozzuto Upton ApartmentsIndian food can also be…
  • Inchin's Bamboo Garden Opens in The World Gate Center Herndon`

    Shashi Bellamkonda
    2 Jun 2014 | 5:45 pm
    A new restaurant called the Inchin Bamboo Garden has opened at the World Gate Center in Herndon. The World Gate Center has a lot of choice in restaurants and when I worked in Herndon, had an opportunity to have lunch at restaurants at the World GateCenter like Tara Thai, Matsutake Japanese Restaurant, Tur Turkish Cuisine, Kalpasi Indian Cuisine and of course TGI Fridays. Inchin has dishes like Battle Curry Fried Rice and Vegetable Tulips !! and they are offering a free lunch on Wednesday 06/4 as a opening deal Address :World Gate Center13059 World Gate DriveHerndon, VA…
  • May 21 is Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee Day in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire

    Shashi Bellamkonda
    17 May 2014 | 5:10 pm
    On Wednesday, May 21,participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants,is offering  one dollar  cup of Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee sold and the proceeds will benefit Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD)More details 
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    Coconut & Lime // Rachel Rappaport

  • Carrot Top Frittata with Spinach, Ham and Asiago

    Rachel Rappaport
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    Ingredients:9 eggs, beaten1/2 cup buttermilk1 carrot, finely diced1 cup cooked white rice2 portobello caps, diced1 bunch carrot tops, finely chopped1 bunch spinach, finely chopped1 bunch Italian parsley, finely chopped8 oz ham, cubed1 small onion, diced3 cloves garlic, minced1/3 cup coarsely grated Asiago olive oilbuttersea saltfreshly ground black pepperDirections:Preheat oven to 350. Brown the ham on all sides in In a 12 inch cast iron skillet, heat oil and butter. Whisk together the eggs, spices, cheese and buttermilk, put aside. Add the garlic, onions, ham, mushrooms and carrot and sauté…
  • Eggs Benedict
 with Hot Hollandaise

    Rachel Rappaport
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:For hollandaise sauce:3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon cold water3 tablespoons Frank’s® RedHot® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce1⁄2 cup hot melted butter For serving:8 eggs, poached
4 English muffins, toasted8 slices Canadian baconTo make the hollandaise, place the egg yolks, water, and Frank’s® RedHot® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce in a blender and cover. Blend until the mixture is frothy, about 30 seconds. Remove the center insert of the blender cover, and, while the machine is running, stream in the butter very slowly. Continue to blend until a thick sauce forms, about 3…
  • Beet & Blue Salad

    Rachel Rappaport
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:for the salad:3 large beets1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese*1/4 cup toasted pecansdressing:1 shallot, grated3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar3 tablespoon olive oil1 teaspoon Dijon mustard1/2 teaspoon honey1/2 teaspoon orange zestDirections:Peel, quarter and roast the beets for 60 minutes at 350 or until easily pierced with a fork. Place in a small bowl. Add cheese and pecans. Set aside.Whisk together the dressing ingredients. Drizzle with dressing when ready to serve.Yield: about 4 side servings*I actually used Ädelost, a Swedish blue cheese but Stilon or Gorgonzola would work as well.
  • Cookie Studded Buttermilk Chocolate Bundt Cake

    Rachel Rappaport
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:2 cups buttermilk1 cup sugar3 eggs1 cup canola oil1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla paste2 1/2 cups flour1/4 teaspoon salt2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1 cup Dutch process cocoa1 3.5-oz package Bahlsen Waffeletten Dark Chocolate cookiesfor the glaze1/4 cup buttermilk*1/2 cup confectioners sugarDirections:Preheat oven to 350. Spray with baking spray or grease and flour one Bundt pan. Set aside.Place the cookies in a resealable bag. Use your hands to crunch them into coarse crumbs (as pictured above). Set asideIn a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the buttermilk, sugar, eggs,…
  • Mississippi Comeback Sauce

    Rachel Rappaport
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:3/4 cup cup mayonnaise1/4 cup chili sauce (like Heinz)2 tablespoons tomato paste1 1/2 tablespoons minced shallot1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard powder1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/4 teaspoon smoked paprikajuice of 1 lemonfreshly ground black peppersea saltDirections:Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours prior to serving. My thoughts:This sauce is a classic from, you guessed it, Mississippi. It is said to have been the invention of a Greek restaurant in Jackson called The Rotisserie but I've found versions of…
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    Cooking with Anne

  • Emeril's Italian Table at Sands Bethlehem Review and Giveaway

    Anne Coleman
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is the entrance from the hotel side of the restaurant. It's quite stunning!Saturday night I had the pleasure of dining at yet another of Emeril Lagasse's restaurants here in Bethlehem, Pa and once again it was a wonderful experience. Dave and I seem to only be getting out together when I get these opportunities and I jump at each one. I think we're getting a little spoiled, but I know neither of us minds.Emeril's Italian Table is decidedly less "fancy" than Emeril's Chop House, and I'm certain it's meant to be that way. The decor is more rustic and the wait staff is more laid back…
  • 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…
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    Cheese and Biscuits

  • Sticky Wings, Brick Lane

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    With chicken wings, as with many life experiences, you generally only remember the very worst or the very best. My personal worst is a tie between some sad little pucks of broiler poultry I had at Giraffe offshoot Chooks, which would have been bad enough even if I didn't have to travel all the way to Muswell Hill to find that out, and a box of flabby microwaved greaseballs that came free with my housemate's Domino's pizza one time. Both were not just poor but memorably inept, Chooks being a particularly lazy leap onto the chicken bandwagon, and the Domino's wings came with a vegetarian pizza.
  • Picture, Fitzrovia

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    What lucky, lucky people we are, us Londoners. We have our pick of bright, friendly restaurants, handy for the tube, where we can enjoy exciting food and interesting drinks and for it to cost less than a new pair of jeans. My only worry is that we're in danger of being a bit spoiled. Picture is, objectively, a fantastic place to spend your dinner money, comfortable and easy to enjoy, and serving the kind of acutely seasonally-aware dishes that make you proud to be British. I just hope that all this effort and skill isn't ignored amist the tidal wave of astonishing new places opening across…
  • The Dysart, Petersham

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    Richmond is a very posh part of London. It is for this reason I was worried about accepting an invitation to eat there, because as you may have noticed, posh parts of the country and good restaurants do not often mix. When was the last time you had a decent meal in Hampstead, for example, or Chelsea? Or further afield in Beaconsfield or Weybridge? Henley or Harpenden? With very few exceptions (there is Bray, I suppose, though that's largely the work of one man), high property prices and good dinners out don't go together, whilst conversely the parts of town that show up blue on the house…
  • The Clove Hitch, Liverpool

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    Liverpool's restaurant scene continues to improve, taking its own sweet time and in no particular hurry to get anywhere quickly, but even so (and seemingly occasionally only by accident) producing more decent places to eat. Just a couple of doors down from the lovely Side Door (which itself now boasts a more mature, elaborate menu than when I first visited a few years ago) and in a similarly impressive Georgian townhouse on Hope Street, is the brand new(*) Clove Hitch. Nods to modern dining trends are very much in evidence here, like they are almost everywhere at the moment; there's a bourbon…
  • 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…
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    Passport Delicious | Chicago Restaurant Blog | London Restaurant Blog and Reviews | Londonelicious

  • Where I’ve Been Eating in London Lately, Summer Edition

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    Yeah, bitches! (See picture.) Time goes too quickly. How long have I  been here already? Almost three months. Give me my time back, please, someone. I grow old, I grow old. (Not into the trousers rolled.) Where have I been eating lately, while the clock has been a-ticking? Here, in no particular order. Lyle’s, 56 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch. I like the feel of Lyle’s. The older I get, the more clarity I want. I want clean, I want simple. And Lyle’s decor delivers on that. It is an oasis of calm, albeit with terrible acoustics. (There’s something to be said for…
  • 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…
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    David Lebovitz

  • Six Books I’ve Been Enjoying

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    Stacks and stack of books are piled up here and there, in every possible space around my apartment. I can’t help it — I love books! I’ve got books on my nightstand, there are three stacks on my coffee table (and two precariously high stacks next to the sofa), and, of course, several on my kitchen counter with recipes that I’ve bookmarked. It’s not possible to write about all of them – that post would be as long as a whole book – but here are a few that I found especially interesting. 50 Foods: The Essentials of Good Taste by Ed Behr I haven’t read 50…
  • New York City and Brooklyn Dining

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Just got back from a covert trip to New York. It was so top-secret that even I didn’t know about it. The trip happened in a flash and I barely got to see anyone. It was work, work, work. But a guy has to eat, right? And I think it says somewhere in the constitution of the United States that we all have the right to have abundant access to corn on the cob in the summer. And I dove into as many ears of it as I could, as well as heirloom tomatoes, that I picked up at the resplendent New York City greenmarkets. After my memory card failure from my last trip, I decided to go camera-less, and go…
  • Bob’s Bake Shop

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Although people don’t hug in France, and to be honest, it kinda gives me the willies now, too – there are some people who I just can’t resist giving the ol’ wrap around to. (Which probably explains why a number of people back away when they see me coming.) One is a baker in San Francisco, who always seems to have a big smile on his face. I’m not sure what it is that makes me want to hug him, but perhaps I am hoping some of his good cheer will rub off on me — along with a touch of flour. Or else I’m still, hopelessly, Californian, and will never shake the…
  • Tarama

    8 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
    The first time I saw tarama, I hated it. It was a brilliant pink color, one not generally found in nature. And when I heard the paste was fish egg-based, I said, “Non, merci.” Since then, I’ve become a bit accro (hooked) on the Greek spread, and decided it was time to spread the word. And I’m not the only one who’s become a convert. Tarama is a very popular appetizer in Paris, and doesn’t need much introduction here as it’s widely available – even in supermarkets, next to other spreads like hummus and tapenade. (So take that, people who think…
  • Introducing the All-New Paris Pastry App

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:35 pm
    I’m very excited to announce the release and relaunch of my Paris Pastry App. There are over 370 bakeries and pastry shops listed, with descriptions of what to get where you are there, opening hours, a glossary to common terms and pastries, links to websites and contact information, as well as multiple pictures from each delectable address, and maps to get you there. That’s over 700 photos of Paris pastries — so even if you don’t have a trip to Paris planned right now, you can savor the pastries until you come visit and sample them in person! The new app features a…
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    Hungry Crowd

  • 7 Ways to Use Honey for Rosh Hashanah

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and the first of the High Holidays, begins Wednesday evening. Dipping apples in honey isn’t the only way to infuse the new year with sweetness. Here, seven delicious dishes to make for Rosh Hashanah that in...
  • Eat Fries for the Environment

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The next time you’re debating between a side of french fries or green salad with your burger, you can choose the fries with a clean conscience, in the name of the environment. Today, Finnair will operate an Airbus A330 flight from Helsinki t...
  • Cryosicles Will Blow Your Mind, Come in Root Beer Flavor

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    We've partnered with the mad food scientists at ChefSteps to bring their hyper-inventive cooking videos to F&W readers. Here, the team that worked with Nathan Myrhvold to create the magnum opus Modernist Cuisine shares an incredible food exper...
  • How to Achieve Grill-Mark Perfection

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    It’s fall. Fall means football. And football means tailgate grilling is in full swing. If you want to really wow your fellow fans at the next big tailgate, watch the video above from Panna. Chef Rick Bayless reveals how to get professional- ...
  • 9 Ways to Make Apple Cake

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Apple pie gets all the love, but apple cakes are homier and (often) less fussy. Here are nine takes on an apple cake to try this weekend. 1. Classic upside-down. Keep it classic: Sweet buttery apples on the bottom? Check. Moist yellow cake on top?...
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    Eater NY - All

  • The Fantastic Food Carts of Wall Street’s Hanover Square

    Robert Sietsema
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Eater's critic discovers great inexpensive eats in the FiDi served from trucks and carts. Everyone agrees that, where food trucks are concerned, nothing’s better than having a whole flock of them at one location. Competition not only improves the quality of the food, it prompts these rolling lunch wagons to lower prices and offer specials, too. One of the city’s best collections is found just south of Wall Street at Hanover Square. In the two blocks running east from the 1870 New York Cotton Exchange (now called India House) lurk over a dozen vans and carts, the success of which owes much…
  • Do Or Dine Wants a Year-Round Backyard; The Cannibal Celebrates Oktoberfest

    Devra Ferst
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Cannibal is celebrating Oktoberfest, Momofuku is selling bento boxes at WeWork Fulton Center BED-STUY — Do or Dine is seeking $15,000 to on Kickstarter to winterize its backyard. "Basically, we’re battling nature and so far we’re losing," says co-owner Luke Jackson. The team has already raised $8,790 and still has 26 days left. [Kickstarter] FIDI — Momofuku is now selling Momo bento boxes to workers at co-working space WeWork Fulton Center. Options include kimchi, pork belly, chicken katsu, rice, noodles, and a whole bunch of other items. There will be three boxes available…
  • Luke's Lobster Is Bringing Lobster Rolls and Pie to Park Slope on Friday

    Devra Ferst
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Luke's Lobster is finally opening its Park Slope outpost this Friday. There will be beer, pies from Four and Twenty Blackbirds, and lobster rolls. Luke's Lobster (237 5th Avenue) took a bit longer to open than expected to open its Park Slope location — what with the opening of a big new location in Midtown and all — but the lobster spot is finally opening its doors and its backyard this Friday at noon. The menu includes the team's popular lobster rolls and New England clam chowder, plus for dessert there's salted caramel apple and classic blueberry pies from Four and Twenty Blackbirds…
  • Aldo Sohm Wine Bar Still Has Some Kinks, But Excellent Charcuterie

    Devra Ferst
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Early impressions from Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, from Nom Nom NYC: wait until it gets its footing, then, try the charcuterie. An early visit to Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, Le Bernardin's shiny new little sister, leaves blogger NYC Nom Nom a bit sad. "I wanted it to be great. This has all the makings of a great place," but it isn't, at least not yet. A whole baked cauliflower with "roasted chicken salt" was flavorful but lacking in any and all bite. A $12 skewer of "just kind of ehhh" short rib was outshined by its pillow of mashed potatoes. A plate of speck and fireplace smoked pork loin helped redeem…
  • Michelin-Starred French Chef Anne-Sophie Pic Plans Two New York City Restaurants

    Marguerite Preston
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    France's only female chef to earn three Michelin stars plans to open outposts of two of her European restaurants. Will she bring her frangrance-inspired tasting menus with her? Anne-Sophie Pic, one of the few female chefs in the world to earn three Michelin stars (and the only female chef in France to do so) now has plans to open two restaurants in New York City next year. Both will be located in a new office tower at 510 Madison Avenue, and both are offshoots of restaurants she already operates overseas. On the ground floor will be Metcafé, the more casual of the two. On the second floor is…
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  • Mighty like a brush

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:19 pm
    When my Panchito Beat updater e-informed me that the guy who sold a dry drunk as a harmless good ol’ boy had been among the pundits invited to meet with the Big O before a big speech, I instantly flashed on Al Roker’s confession after his trip to the White House. And, given the Twit-boasting [...]
  • “Fig down! Fig down!”

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Plus I went to a media event the other week where you could almost hear the ka-ching, with so much splashy investment in promoting supermarket products. A certain someone would ride shotgun all over the grilled cheese in the video. But at least someone else probably got a full week at the George V.
  • Neo-Tuscan farmhouse by the neon light

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    I’m late to the Olive Garden brouhaha, but I have the answer to why the water is unsalted, a question that had been bothering me because I went to an all-day “science of flavor” conference over the summer. One speaker there noted that food processors use so much sodium because the only thing cheaper is [...]
  • Monster Water: Paper, not plastic

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    When a great friend in Philadelphia said he and his consort were planning to come north for the climate march, I hopped right up on my high horse and gave him an e-lecture on the futility of taking it to the streets — hadn’t we learned from the 2003 debacle, when hundreds of thousands froze [...]
  • RT/MT

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Corn maze always sounds redundant. // I passed a place called “Papa Kebab.” Dad on a stick? // Somebody puked in the Sunday magazine. // Dog “manure”? The streets of Paris must be very well-fertilized. // 2nd-grader in me had to laugh at Photoville: figures someone would cut the cheese in the Leiden exhibit. // [...]
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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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  • September 6

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    From the summer of 2006 until the early spring of 2011, we lived in a nondescript duplex on 8th Avenue that shared the block with some other nondescript duplexes and one notably terrifying exception that we referred to as Boo Radley’s house. I didn’t love the neighborhood, but it was mostly fine, and after we adopted Jack, I got to know it well, because Jack, being a terrier, needed a lot of

    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
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    Serious Eats

  • Win a Copy of 'Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food'

    Maggie Mariolis
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    British food phenomenon Jamie Oliver's 16th (count 'em) cookbook, Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook is a cookbook to turn to when you're looking to make some new memories. By and large, the recipes take time, forethought, and a toll on your waistband. They're extravagant, yes, but that's okay, because they're also special. Read More
  • A One-Pot Fish and Cheese Recipe (That Really Works!): Snapper With Brown Rice, Avocado, and Cheese

    Yasmin Fahr
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Yes. You read it right. Fish AND cheese. Cuz's, a fish shack I recently visited in Barbados, was the inspiration for this week's recipes. There, it was easy to enjoy a just-caught red snapper with a side of rice and beans and a healthy dose of local hot sauce. Back home, I decided to make my own twist on this local dish as a one-pot meal. Read More
  • 22 Desserts for Your Rosh Hashanah Table

    Marj Berman
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    From apple cider doughnuts to a challah bread pudding, we've got 22 Rosh Hashanah desserts to ring in a sweet New Year. VIEW SLIDESHOW: 22 Desserts for Your Rosh Hashanah Table
  • Sweet or Savory, Martabak is the King of Indonesian Street Food

    J. Kenji López-Alt
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    Most Javanese food can attribute its relative simplicity to the fact that it's an indigenous cuisine that has remained largely unaffected by outside forces, save for a bit of Chinese influence in certain dishes. Martabak, a roti-like stuffed fried flatbread, is a notable exception. Even on Java, folks I talked to said "this isn't Javanese food, it's Indian." Others trace its origins to the Middle East. Either way, it's one of the best street foods around. Read More
  • How to Make Rich and Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo That Won't Weigh You Down

    J. Kenji López-Alt
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Don't get me wrong—I'm not a health nut or calorie counter. But let's face it: the feeling you get after downing a bowl of creamy, cheesy Fettuccine Alfredo ain't the best. Wouldn't it be great to have a quick and easy version that has all the flavor of the cream-packed original, but with a cleaner flavor that doesn't leave you in a food coma? Read More
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  • Cast Iron Cooking: The Easy Pull-Apart Pepperoni Garlic Knots That Will Forever Change How You Entertain

    J. Kenji López-Alt
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Who doesn't like knotted bites of tender, chewy, golden-brown pizza dough that are tossed in butter with flecks of garlic and herbs clinging to the nooks and crannies? Now imagine those same garlic knots, but with flecks of crisp, spicy pepperoni worked in, along with the kind of golden brown, crusty bottom that only a cast iron skillet can impart. And let's throw in the wafting steam and moist, tender center that pull-apart breads come with, and oh, how about two different cheeses? Sound good to you? Read More
  • Spacca Napoli's Jonathan Goldsmith on Italian Culture and the Power of Pizza

    Lance Roberts
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Over the last year, we've spent a whole lot of time speaking to Jonathan Goldsmith, of Chicago's Spacca Napoli, about his amazing journey from clinical social worker to world-class pie man. Among other things, we discussed the chance encounter on a plane that changed the course of his life, the legendary pizzaioli he's studied and befriended in Naples, and the power of food to connect people. But mostly? We just talked about pie. Read More
  • The 10 Best Pizzerias in Atlanta

    Todd Brock
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Damn if Atlanta didn't go and turn itself into a bona fide pizza town when no one was looking. Pie fanatics could do a lot worse than booking a flight to Hartsfield-Jackson International and immersing themselves in our city's pizzascape for a few days. Read More
  • Crisp, Flaky, Pepperoni Pizza Puff Pastry Waffles (Are Awesome)

    J. Kenji López-Alt
    12 May 2014 | 4:30 am
    A few months back, we discovered that the waffle iron is the best way to reheat pizza. Today, we're gonna show you that it's equally good at producing ready-in-15-minute pepperoni pizza-flavored treats as well, and all it takes is four ingredients: frozen puff pastry, pizza sauce, pepperoni, and shredded mozzarella cheese. Read More
  • An Open Letter to Serious Eaters

    Ed Levine
    5 May 2014 | 3:30 am
    Serious Eats is now more than seven years old, and like most seven year-olds we grow and change in spurts. Over the next few weeks and months, we're going to be making some changes at Serious Eats to focus on what we do best: helping you discover and create great food experiences. Here's what to expect. Read More
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    smitten kitchen

  • sunken apple and honey cake

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    There are recipes on my Cook This list that I’ve been plotting for years but take forever to jump from that place where they’re a rough idea of how I think something might taste good and how I’ll make that happen. There are items on the list which are just the names of dishes I haven’t heard of and want to learn more about. There are recipes that make me kick myself every time I see them because how have we not made a good hearty tortilla soup here yet? And where is that Russian napoleon I’ve been promising you? But this here is none of the above. Exactly one…
  • cucumber lemonade

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    I began this summer by expressing, in no uncertain terms, just how terrible New York City summers really are — sticky airlessness occasionally broken up by eerily refreshing droplets of cool water on your head that turn out to be filthy window a/c run-off, and you know, given that NYC lets people with absolutely no relevant skills install their own window a/c units, you might not want to walk underneath them at all, is all I’m saying. Right, I’ve digressed again. I think I hoped that if I aired my grievances about summer early and unflinchingly, I could get through the…
  • cauliflower slaw

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Given my druthers, a word I’ve been looking for an excuse to type in a sentence for at least eight years, I would never choose a salad with lettuce in it over one that’s mostly shaved or shredded raw vegetables. I mean, lettuce — the dewy, freshly-plucked-from-the-earth stuff that spends a couple months a year gracing local farmer’s markets — can be absolutely delicious, but nine times out of ten, the same word is used to refer to that packaged stuff that doesn’t taste like a whole lot. And can we talk for just a second about that prematurely rotten red…
  • herbed tomato and roasted garlic tart

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    I had a friend in town this week and just when we were at the point in the conversation when we’d usually pick a place to meet for lunch, something terrible happened. Caught up in a moment where I forgot that I am me and not, say, Ina Garten, I suggested he come over and I’d make lunch for us instead. I realized I’d lost my ever-loving mind. Sure, I’d like to be the kind of person who makes “just lunch, nothing fancy!” for friends on a whim but I am not. I don’t really do “whim” cooking, as a website with nearly 918 intricately detailed…
  • chocolate and toasted hazelnut milk

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    Like most people with at least a passing interest in foods made from recognizable ingredients, I’ve heard a lot about almond milk in the last decade. But my love of all things milk, cream, crème fraîche, sour cream, double-cream, triple-creme, dulce de leche, sweetened condensed milk and milk fudge (you know, just to get started) was such that I had little interest in making it a regular part of my life. Plus, there was so much that I didn’t understand. First, most recipes call for raw almonds. Have you ever tasted a raw almond before? They taste, to me, terrible, like…
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  • Killer Ribs

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Mouthwatering Recipes from North America's Best Rib Joints Reviews Fall is a great time for outdoor BBQ, particularly when tailgating. Though burgers and hot dogs are sure to please at these cookouts, barbeque ribs are always a crowd favorite and will set your get together apart from the rest. With Nancy Davidson’s Killer Ribs; Mouthwatering Recipes from North America’s Best Rib Joints, you can take those ordinary ribs to a whole new level. Nancy has compiled recipes from popular barbeque joints all over the continent that will, without doubt, convince your guests to crown you…
  • Rawmio Chocolate

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    A Food Channel Favorite Reviews Ever since we learned that eating dark chocolate had some potential health benefits, we’ve been on the look out for more justification. We found it in Rawmio, an organic chocolate that fits the bill for even the choosiest of eaters. It’s billed as organic, stone ground, raw, vegan, and gourmet. It’s also dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free. We stumbled on the Hazelnut & Fig Raw Chocolate Bark, and were instantly reminded that cacao is supposed to have been the food of the Gods. They also make chocolate butters, cake, and other varieties…
  • Ask the Chef: How to Choose a Pineapple

    13 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    Ask the Chef The following question came into The Food Channel. Question: The food markets where I live in Florida are filled with pineapples right now at a great price. How and what is the best way to pick a pineapple for immediate eating? Some of them are green, some are golden and some are a combination of both . . . some have a little mildew outside at the core on the bottom. How do I tell which is best? Can you advise? --Thank you. Answer:Our chefs suggest that you look for a pineapple that looks fresh, with green leaves and a firm, plump body. The size of the pineapple is no indication…
  • 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…
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    Greedy Gourmet

  • Giveaway #123: 3 x One-Year Fairtrade Coffee Subscriptions

    14 Sep 2014 | 1:42 am
    Do you love really good coffee? Do you try to source your groceries in the most ethical way possible? Would you rather those things be free? If so, we’ve got a deal for you! Honest Coffees is giving away three (three!) one-year subscriptions to their specialty Fairtrade coffee subscription service. The lucky winners will get […]
  • Pensthorpe Natural Park

    7 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    Almost 40 minute’s drive from Cromer, Pensthorpe Natural Park is situated in the heart of Norfolk. It has plenty to offer from nature trails to endangered British species. As we walked towards the entrance from the parking area, my 4-year old ogled the WildRootz play structures peeking over the fence and that was pretty much […]
  • Pomegranate & Mint Smoothie

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    How do you reward yourself after the gym? After the school run my first stop in the morning is the gym. Having barely eaten anything beforehand, by the time I’m finished I’m absolutely starving and rush home in desperate need of food. Here’s where my Froothie Optimum 9400 is a big time saver. If you […]
  • Cookie’s Crab Shop

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Cookie’s Crab Shop is a tiny establishment on the north coast of Norfolk between Cromer and Wells-Next-The-Sea, just north of Holt. It’s far removed from civilisation and takes a little drive on country lanes the width of a car. The interior is very basic, small, cheap and practical, which reminds me of British cafes with […]
  • Old Manor Hotel

    24 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    Little more than a year ago new owners, Tudor and Lucy Hopkins, took over Old Manor Hotel and transformed it into a foodie hotspot in the Wiltshire countryside. The actual Manor House, based near Bradford-upon-Avon and Bath Spa, is written about in the Domesday Book and formed part of the Abbess of Glastonbury’s estate. It […]
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    A Fish Out of Water

  • Good-bye Summer

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:48 pm
    We had an extra-long summer this year, starting in Canada and finishing in Japan. Where I'm from it's considered summer if you can comfortably wear a t-shirt, whereas in Japan summer doesn't really start until the rainy season ends in mid-July. Right when we got back to Japan! Still, it feels like it's gone by too fast and we didn't get to do enough. We spent a lot of time at the splash pool across the street and I ended up getting him some water guns, after vowing to never buy him any kind of gun-like toy. He was chasing around all the other kids though and trying to take…
  • Fifteen Years

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:46 pm
    So as of September 3rd we've been married for 15 years. FIFTEEN YEARS! I just cannot look at these pictures and believe it's been that long. It doesn't even seem possible. I've never done a post about our wedding, partly because the pictures are all packed away (yes, they are actual pictures printed on paper, this was 1999 remember). And also because every time I dig them out I end up crying. Back on our 11th anniversary, just a few weeks before Shuma was born, I wanted to post about our wedding so I photographed a bunch of the pictures (we didn't have a scanner at the time) and put them in…
  • Mom

    6 Sep 2014 | 1:57 am
    I mentioned in the Canada post back in April that I was feeling sad from an attack of nostalgia, and if you happened to have read that you probably thought as little of it as I did. I often feel sad thinking about the life I left behind to come to Japan, and homesick for my home and family in Canada. On the morning of April 12 it was about as bad as it gets, but after more than 16 years in Japan I am pretty much used to it and didn't place much importance on it. The only reason I managed to write a post at all that morning (I never have both the time and the patience to blog these days)…
  • 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…
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    Grub Street New York

  • This French Chef’s NYC Arrival Is Great News for Fine Dining

    Hugh Merwin
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Anne-Sophie Pic's mini empire of restaurants in Europe will soon be fortified by two NYC openings. Today, you may have seen the news that Anne-Sophie Pic — the third generation, three-Michelin-starred chef who already has a mini-empire of restaurants bearing her name in Europe — will open two restaurants in New York. There will be the "relaxed yet elegant" dining room La Dame de Pic, along with the more casual Metcafé, appearing on the scene sometime next year at 510 Madison Avenue at 53rd Street. And while Pic doesn't have the same international name recognition of some other…
  • Taco Truck Busted for Serving Food With ‘a Side of Meth’

    Clint Rainey
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Two dime bags to go, please. Authorities in Colorado say they've shut down an aspiring Gus Fring whose 17-person meth operation made at least some of its sales via a Denver taco truck. The Colorado attorney general's office alleges that a member of the group, Oscar Ruvalcaba, would run as many as 55 pounds of drugs at a time from Mexico to Denver, whereupon he'd distribute it Juan Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzales would then distribute them to other group, including Maria Arellano, who allegedly sold the meth out of El Paisa Taco Truck alongside tortas and burritos on handmade tortillas. "The…
  • Japan Now Has Pitch-Black Hot Dogs, Too

    Clint Rainey
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    All black everything, then? All-black cheeseburgers don't even sound good in theory, and they definitely don't seem to translate to anything even remotely edible-looking, but that didn't stop Japan's Burger Kings from rolling them out. And now there's a black hot dog to match. Officially, what you see is "the 'black' version of the Gyoza Sausage Bun" at Disney World's Tokyo DisneySea Yucatan Base Camp Grill, a Halloween special that might be delicious for all we know. But it mostly looks like what would happen if Tim Burton and Ed Hardy co-hosted a cookout. The black sausage doesn't actually…
  • Take a Look at America’s First Matcha Bar

    Sierra Tishgart
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Here's the matcha latte, usually prepared with non-dairy milk. Matcha — fine-ground, powdered green tea — has all the nutritional benefits of green tea (and then some), with an intense energy boost that rivals coffee. It's a traditional drink that's offered in a few Japanese coffee shops around the city (Bosie Tea Parlor, in particular), but now single-concept MatchaBar is open in Williamsburg. The owners, brothers Max and Graham Fortgang, are importing their matcha directly from farms in Nishio, Japan, and they'll serve tea, milk-based matcha lattes, as well as desserts and a…
  • Will You Pay $10 a Month to Watch Paula Deen Reruns?

    Clint Rainey
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    You cannot put a price on this. Paula Deen's new 24/7 "digital network" is one step closer to launching on Wednesday. And people interested in the celebrity chef's complete oeuvre will want to know that her company, Paula Deen Ventures, has purchased the rights to Deen's full catalogue of Food Network shows, including a season of Home Cooking that was pulled from the channel in 2013 when things weren't looking so good for the Southern personality. That means 440 episodes of material are ready to go for people willing to pay the $9.99 monthly subscriber fee (or $7.99 for people who sign up for…
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    The Passionate Foodie

  • The Wines Of Uruguay (Part 3)

    Richard Auffrey
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    The Wines of Uruguay 2nd Annual U.S. Trade Tour was an excellent opportunity to sample and learn about a wide range of Uruguayan wines which are currently being exported to the U.S., though all are not yet available in Massachusetts. At this event, there were 16 wineries, pouring a total of over 80 wines, including Sparkling, Rosé, White, Red and Dessert wines. Though I didn't taste everything, I was able to sample about 50 wines, enough to form some preliminary thoughts about the wines of Uruguay.In general, the white wines, mainly Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, were dry, clean and…
  • Sake News

    Richard Auffrey
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Kanpai! Here is another short list of some of the interesting Sake articles that have been published lately. It is great to see more and more coverage for Sake, though I recommend that anyone seeking to publish a Sake article check it at least a few times for accuracy. A few basic errors continue showing up in introductory Sake articles, and those errors would be easy to eliminate if you had a knowledgeable Sake person check your facts. Let us also hope that we see more than just introductory Sake articles in the future. Sake has many depths and all those varied facets make great material for…
  • The Wines Of Uruguay (Part 2)

    Richard Auffrey
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you examine the location and climate of Uruguay, there is little question why it is an excellent location for vineyards. It is located on the same latitude as South Africa and Adelaide, Australia. The Uruguayan climate is very conducive, with a predominantly maritime climate and about 1000mm of rain annually. The high amount of rainfall is possibly the greatest climatic obstacle to the vineyards, but Uruguayans have learned how to adapt.Their vineyards are planted with about 72% red varietals with Tannat, at 43%, leading the group. In a land where beef is king, it is easy to see why red…
  • The Wines Of Uruguay (Part 1)

    Richard Auffrey
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    It's a South American country which imported a French grape in the 19th century and since then has made it its own, becoming the signature varietal of that country. It is also a country which possesses a strong wine culture, and consumes most of the wine it produces. It is a country where beef is king, so red wines dominate. It is a country to which many Italian and Spanish immigrants came, bringing their wine making knowledge and traditions with them. It is a country where terroir is becoming more and more important as research, study and experimentation expand. It is a country where the…
  • Thursday Sips & Nibbles

    Richard Auffrey
    18 Sep 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) Get hungry for's 11th annual Flavors of Fall at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Ballroom on Monday, November 17 in support of Youth on Fire. You can attend the VIP Hour from 5:30-6:30pm to indulge in savory snacks, briny bivalves and a glass or two of bubbly. Then, from 6:30 to 8:30pm, chefs from in and around Cambridge will be plating their favorite seasonal…
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  • garganelli (like penne with an overlap)

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    The other night, I was into my 47th viewing of Big Night.  I love the movie.  At one point they begin making a timpano, a drum-shaped, pasta-encrusted, baked macaroni type of casserole The first step is making the macaroni for it.  The screenshot below is Primo and Secondo making the individual pasta.From what I've been able to determine, it's garganelli, a type of pasta that looks like penne embossed with a heavy ridged pattern and done individually (unlike the smooth, extruded tube that is penne).  It's made on a wooden jig with a pattern engraved in it and a tiny…
  • Firedome: Pizza on a Weber Kettle, a 5 year retrospective

    7 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    5 Years ago, I burst out of my 9to5 gig at about 11:00 am.  With a strange idea, a pocketful of index card notes and a vacation day, I made this.  Then I modified it a million times and made the same thing, but kept the flange of the lid intact, it's a much more stable build.  I've tweaked this thing many times and always returned to a similar design. Cooking on this is not like a normal wood fired pizza oven that uses burning embers as the heat source.  This uses burning wood - not just embers - to do the job.  Study a bunch of ovens and you'll appreciate this…
  • chicken and chickpeas, 25 minutes to a great meal

    4 Sep 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Some time back, triggered by @TestKitchen's work with pressure cookers, I began and continued my love affair with my Faygor 8 qt pressure cooker.  Last night I winged it and came up with something pretty special.  A hearty and flavorful Indian meal of chickpeas and chicken (thighs).  The key to this dish's success is the chickpeas and chicken thighs cook in about the same time in a pressure cooker.I happened to make it the night before because I knew I was going to be busy, but it would've been good the night I made it. Also, no pics, we ate it all!  I don't usually post…
  • 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.
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  • Spice Up Your Life: 14 Face-Numbing Recipes to Try

    Gabriella Vigoreaux
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    Check back all week as Epicurious brings you stories, guides, recipes, and how-tos -- about all our favorite spicy and rich foods.   As the weather cools down, consider turning up the heat in your kitchen. Chile peppers, gochujang, sriracha, kochugaru, harissa -- the gang's all here! From Nashville-style hot chicken to spicy Korean pork chops, these dishes are so mouth tingling they'll make you cry (in the best way).  So go ahead and grab some milk (it tempers the burn) and dive right into the pit of fire with one of these mouth-watering, sinus-clearing, face-numbing…
  • Idea Starters: Peach Salad at Brooklyn's Reynard Proves You Need to Be Making Panzanella Right Now

    Matt Duckor
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Welcome to Idea Starters, where we take an intriguing restaurant dish and figure out how it can boost a home cook's weeknight game. The peach panzanella salad at Reynard in Brooklyn [Photo: Matt Duckor] It's a scene familiar to anyone who eats food during the summer months (aka everyone). So, imagine my surprise when I found myself seated at Reynard, Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow's woodfire grill-driven spot in Williamsburg's trendy Wythe Hotel, and saw panzanella salad on the menu mere days before fall was to arrive. No, this wasn't a case of an irresponsible east…
  • How Do You Get Rid of Cooking Smells? Tell Us Your Favorite Tips and Tricks!

    Danica Lo
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    Late last night I roasted some shallots and potatoes (coated in a liberal dousing of of garlic, turmeric, cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne, olive oil, and sea salt) and tossed it all together with some wilted greens, cilantro, and a good dollop of cool yogurt. I was feeling peckish and wanted something comforting, flavorful, and warm to eat out of a bowl in front of the TV -- and this recipe from Nigel Slater's Eat (available in hardcover beginning next week) seemed easy enough to throw together. The spicy potatoes hit the spot -- but hours after the fact, my studio…
  • Chile Busters: Facts and Myths About Spicy Food

    Louise Hart
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Check back all week as Epicurious brings you stories, guides, recipes, and how-tos -- about all our favorite spicy and rich foods. We all know that feeling. You take a bite of something spicy and a heat slowly spreads within your mouth. Your tongue is burning. What to do? And why exactly does spicy food make your mouth feel like it's on fire? Our tongue contains thousands of pain receptors, called VR1 receptors. Capsaicin, the active ingredient that gives spicy food its heat, binds to these pain receptors, causing a burning sensation that's similar to the one…
  • Some Like It Hot: Rating the Best Tex-Mex Salsas

    Andy Wang
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Check back all week as Epicurious brings you stories, guides, recipes, and how-tos -- about all our favorite spicy and rich foods.   The four salsa showdown contenders are hot stuff. I grew up in Texas where salsa was a food group. After-school snacks were often nachos I made by melting down Kraft Singles and mixing the yellow puddles with Pace Picante Sauce. When I was really lucky, my parents would take me to Sam's Club and buy me jugs of salsa and gallon-sized tins of "cheez" and jalapenos so I could simulate ballpark nachos. I would also just…
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    Cooking with Friends Blog

  • Thank Goodness it’s Friday! (TGIF)
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    With two back to school nights in a row, it’s back to school for sure in my house! Battling the early morning hours and exhausted evenings, it was a busy week as we all did our best to adjust to the first full week of school.
  • Back to School Cooking with Friends!
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Back to school and back to heavy duty cooking. And waking up early to make lunches, after school snacks, homemade cookies and a variety of dinners!
  • Sweet and Simple Morsels of Friendship
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    This is a simple story about how making ravioli refueled a friendship. My 15 year relationship with Debbie began in her kitchen as we cooked and created our way through young motherhood. With our children just in diapers, Debbie and I shared many of the same concerns and issues like what kinds of solid foods to introduce to our babies and what sleep strategies to try in order to get a full night’s sleep.
  • Humble yet Hearty
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    I’m just back from another spectacular visit to the Algarve region of Portugal where simple food shines and descriptive words like “farm fresh” and “local” are most at home. I’ll confess that I didn’t cook a lot, though I did prepare humble lunches using basic yet fresh produce.
  • Memorial Day Marinades
    19 May 2014 | 3:38 am
    The school year is swiftly coming to a close as each week ticks by toward summer. Though it’s been a slow start to spring and we’ve been able to keep our cooking indoors, with Memorial Day weekend about here, we’ll soon be moving most of our cooking outside as we light up our grills.
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    Food Gal

  • A Taste of Bently Ranch Beef

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
      Bently Ranch of Minden, NV aims to do things the right way. It started out in 1997, raising cattle for the commodity market. But two years ago, family member and San Francisco local Christopher Bently started raising the cows on pasture to create premium grass-fed, dry-aged beef. Today, the farm also produces hay for [...]
  • A Most Excellent Chicken Dish from the Wife of Andrew Zimmern

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am Have you ever endured the frustration of cooking a recipe with a mile-long ingredients list, only to wonder at the end why flavor is thoroughly missing in action? This is not that recipe. Not at all. Instead, “Rishia Zimmern’s Chicken with Shallots” boasts a quite modest number of ingredients. But the payoff is [...]
  • Join the Food Gal and Chef Brendy Monsada For A Demo at Macy’s Valley Fair

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    You’re invited to enjoy a cooking demo with yours truly and Chef Brendy Monsada at 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at Macy’s Valley Fair in Santa Clara. Monsada is the head chef of Left Bank Brasserie in Menlo Park, where he dazzles with Provencal dishes crafted with the Bay Area’s finest ingredients. The former chef de [...]
  • Choctal — A New Way to Taste Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Creams

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
      The same concept of single-origin that’s been applied to coffees and chocolate bars now comes to premium ice cream. Los Angeles-based Choctal has done just that with its chocolate and vanilla ice creams. Think four different kinds of vanilla ice cream plus four different kinds of chocolate ice cream. How’s that for a surprising [...]
  • Six Chefs, Six Dishes of Foie Gras — Yes, In California

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
      It was a veritable swoon fest when 50 hand-picked guests came together to salivate over course after course of foie gras. Yes, in California — the only state in the nation that bans that specialty product made from the fattened liver of a goose or duck. That was the scene on July 5 at [...]
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    How To Cook Like Your Grandmother

  • How To Make Spaghetti Sauce

    Drew Kime
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    I won't lie, there are some pretty good pre-made sauces you can get for about what it will cost you to make this. But if you've ever come home to the smell of sauce that's been simmering all day, you know that a jar just can't capture that. Lately I've been doing my sauce the same way every time: saute some onion, add pesto, add tomatoes, etc. For this version, I wanted to go really simple. Everything in it can come out of your pantry, and it takes about 5 minutes total hands-on time. (Not counting making the meatballs.) The post How To Make Spaghetti Sauce appeared first on How To Cook Like…
  • How To Make Meatballs

    Drew Kime
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    You can really put a lot of time and effort into making meatballs. I like when a restaurant does something special with them, but if it's my work we're talking about, "easy to make" seems to make them taste a whole lot better. The post How To Make Meatballs appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • Cooking Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

    Drew Kime
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    I was just reading a tip about adding the sauce to your meatballs when you bake them in the oven. I of course started craving meatballs and was just about to try that method when I remembered, "Didn't all the moms when I was growing up cook their meatballs in the sauce?" Why yes, I believe they did. And I remember the sauce had this distinctive taste that you just don't find anywhere today. So I figured I'd give it a shot. How did it turn out? Let's just say I won't be pre-cooking my meatballs any more. The post Cooking Meatballs in Tomato Sauce appeared first on How To Cook Like Your…
  • 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.
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    BoB - Bake or Break

  • Mini No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecakes

    Jennifer McHenry
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I never need much of an excuse to make mini desserts, but today’s tiny sweets are for a very special occasion. My friend Lauren of Keep it Sweet Desserts is having a baby boy, and a bunch of us are surprising her with a virtual shower featuring all things mini! I went all out chocolate with these little guys. I […]
  • Caramel Crumb Coffee Cake

    Jennifer McHenry
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every time I bake a coffee cake, I envision myself sitting on our serene rooftop wearing a big, thick cardigan and sipping hot coffee while I eat a dainty slice of said coffee cake. In reality, there are some issues with that image. First of all, who has time to sit around? Secondly, the construction on our block makes our […]
  • Savory Cream Cheese Biscuits

    Jennifer McHenry
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    We’re still a few days away from the official beginning of fall, but football season is already in full swing. Having graduated from Ole Miss, one of the best tailgating schools there is, I feel like I know a little about tailgating food. Granted, most of Ole Miss’ tailgating involves food served on fine linens and silver and eaten by […]
  • Brown Sugar Apple Cobbler

    Jennifer McHenry
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    During my school years, I always associated the beginning of a new school year with fall, despite the fact that late August in Mississippi feels nothing even remotely close to fall. In fact, summer can last well into October. But, back-to-school clothes are notoriously far more appropriate for fall than summer. I tended to pick out lots of new fall […]
  • Ricotta Almond Pancakes with Cinnamon Pear Topping

    Jennifer McHenry
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    I do a lot of breakfast and brunch baking. We’re talking muffins, biscuits, etc. But somehow in all the years of BoB, I’ve never shared pancakes with you. I have no idea how that has happened. But, we are going to remedy that in a big way with these beauties. A few weeks ago, I went to brunch with some […]
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    Skinny Chef

  • Salads for Fall and Winter

    Jennifer Iserloh
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    Just because the weather is getting cooler doesn’t mean that you have to stop eating salads! It’s easy and fun to “winter over” your salads — so that you can include amazingly colorful fall and winter produce that’s also healing for your body in the colder months. Try these tips to add a warm component to your greens and hit your salad up with some serious gourmet flair. Next week I’ll be touring what I call the “salad capitol” of the US, Earthbound Farm in San Juan Bautista, California to see where heartier salad greens (ideal for colder…
  • Scrambled Eggs, 5 Deliciously Healthy Ways

    Jennifer Iserloh
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I was just reading an interesting
  • Healthy Cooking (and Shopping) For One

    Jennifer Iserloh
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Healthy cooking at home is one of the best things you can do for your body and your budget. People find it hard to cook and shop for one even if they are a healthy eaters, but there are plenty of ways to be neater, smarter, and more efficient when you have a plan & recipes for one in place. Follow these easy, no-fuss tips to make a week’s worth of delicious meals for one, without the waste. Cooking for One Stick to easy recipes that have a short list of ingredients to begin with. Also look for recipes that repeat ingredients, like my fish sticks and chicken parm. Choose recipes…
  • Kitchen Fire: How To Put Out A Grease Fire [video]

    Jennifer Iserloh
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Over the last three weeks, two of my neighbors experienced kitchen fires… and as a professional cook, it has happened to me many times as well, so they are not alone! If you’re cooking a lot like many of my foodie friends, it’s really a matter of when — not if — you’ll experience your first fire. But because it happens so rarely for most people, that’s exactly the reason why they are so scared and startled — and less mentally prepared. So invest 3 minutes to learn the proper techniques for dealing with kitchen fires! Because my neighbors…
  • 10 Everyday Superfoods

    Jennifer Iserloh
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    Superfoods are nutrient-dense, whole foods that have high amounts of micronutrients and other unique compounds that have incredibly healing potential. Superfoods (like these exotic ones) might sound like they are impossible to find, or extremely costly, but many of these superfoods live in your local groceries and can be added to your shopping list for around $3 to $5. Note: All percentages quoted below are recommended daily values based on a 2000 calorie/day diet. Broccoli I consider some vegetables personal friends of mine, and broccoli and I go WAY back! It’s one of my favorite…
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    We Are Never Full

  • Either a Feast or a Faína

    Jonny &#38; Amy
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    “There are more pizzerias in Buenos Aires than in Naples and Rome combined.” - Ernesto Sabato, Heroés y Tumbas In his book “I’m a Stranger Here Myself” travel-writer Bill Bryson, in an attempt to defeat insomnia, describes making a lonely evening among the anodyne IKEA fittings of a Stockholm hotel even more excruciating by tallying the variety of surnames in the local telephone directory. In an exercise that was clearly not soporific enough, he counted more than 2,000 each of Eriksson, Svensson, Nilsson and Larsson — Swedish inventiveness evidently lying in…
  • Yellow Gazpacho with Head-On Shrimp al Ajillo

    Jonny &#38; 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 &#38; 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 &#38; 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 &#38; 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…
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  • Italian Baked Chicken Recipe

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    During the colder months an excellent recipe to prepare in the oven is Italian baked chicken. This recipe consists of chicken coated with breadcrumbs and topped with marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese. You can use your favorite brand of marinara sauce or even make your own if you want. This dish is very similar to chicken parmesan with the addition of ricotta cheese. The ingredients can easily be doubled if you want to make enough to serve 4 people. I like to serve this recipe with extra heated marinara and linguini noodles. Enjoy. Italian Baked Chicken Yield: 2 Servings…
  • TGI Fridays Grill Glaze Recipe

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    This is a copycat recipe for the Jack Daniel’s grill glaze at T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant. It is not too late to fire up the grill for this amazing recipe. This grill glaze can be used on several different types of meat including steak, chicken and pork. You will want to brush this sauce onto whatever type of meat you prefer while it is on the grill. There is only 1 tablespoon of Jack Daniels in this recipe but it gets other amazing flavors from roasted garlic, pineapple and teriyaki sauce. To prepare this glaze, a bulb of garlic is roasted in the oven and then the pulp is mixed with…
  • Chinese Beef Ball Recipe

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    I first saw this dish at the Chinese buffet and it was labeled “Chinese Beef Ball.” This dish consists of beef meatballs that are in a salty and slightly sweet sauce. Vegetables such as carrot, onion and green pepper are added to give this dish even more flavor. The meatballs in this recipe are coated with cornstarch and then fried in hot oil until fully cooked. This recipe does require some work preparing and frying the meatballs and making the sauce. The meatballs get a lot of their flavor from red chili flakes, green onion and garlic. You can eat these meatballs as a soup with the…
  • Cincinnati Chili Recipe

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    This recipe isn’t your average chili, it’s Cincinnati Chili. This chili is perfect to prepare for football season game day parties. If you are looking for a chili recipe that has a different flavor from your normal chili, this recipe is perfect for you. What makes this chili so unique is the combination of flavors. Spices such as cinnamon and allspice help to create the great flavor of this chili. If you want you can prepare this recipe in large batches, you can by doubling the ingredients. The hamburger is this recipe is added right into the sauce mixture and not browned first—this…
  • Chicken Strip Grilled Cheese Recipe

    7 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    I came up with the idea for this chicken strip grilled cheese recipe from the menu at Perkins restaurant. I have not actually tried this grilled cheese at Perkins but the idea sounded delicious. This sandwich is loaded with two crispy chicken strips, bacon, pepper jack cheese, ranch dressing and sour dough bread. The grilled cheese gets a nice kick from the pepper jack and the flavors of chicken, bacon and ranch go perfectly together. The type of bread that is used in this recipe is sourdough but you can experiment with other types of bread if you choose. For the chicken strips you can either…
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  • 3 Must-Haves for a Healthy Adult Slumber Party

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    With the dogs and the baby, some days it feels like every night is a slumber party at our house!  Evenings are the best time to de-stress after our busy days, but sometimes it’s hard to remember to take time to relax at the end of a long day or week. But a few small tweaks to your evening routine can bring terrific benefits for your mind, body, and skin!  Setting aside an hour every night for a peaceful, slumber-party ritual will leave you refreshed, calm, and ready to sleep like a baby. When you’re having a particularly stressful week, take a little time to indulge in one…
  • Fashion Week Beauty Must-Haves!

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    So, after eight straight Fashion Week seasons — I am a certified expert in packing for Fashion Week.  Which is no small feat: let’s face it, it’s easy to over pack.  For many seasons, I’d cram every beauty product I could possibly want into a giant case, and then I’d get to the hotel and unpack them, and four or five days later, as I was packing them up again, I’d realize: I only used a handful of all those products. Because, you know what?  Fashion Week isn’t the time to try the random sparkly glitter eyeshadow that you’ve never…
  • baby bear: four months

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Baby Bear, I say this every month, but I think we are finally getting life under control! See, here’s the thing. You take your sweet new baby home from the hospital, and for a few weeks, insanity ensues. You don’t have enough time to shower, brush your teeth, or check your email before it’s time for another diaper change, feeding, nap attempt, cuddle, whatever. Around the clock. Without a break. And then a few weeks go by and it gets a little easier, and you think, “ok, we’re in the clear. From now on, things are going to be smooth sailing.” But the real…
  • Skin Benefits for the Yoga Skeptic

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    One thing I love about yoga is that it’s not just exercise — it’s great for your mind, body and your skin. Yoga requires a lot of deep breaths that deliver more oxygen to your skin, and is known to help increase circulation to help flush out toxins Doing yoga also improves flexibility, energy and posture, and builds core strength in a low-impact, relaxing way. It even helps with stress and immune system function, and has been linked to lower cholesterol. Best of all?  You can do it in a studio or right at home!  There are great videos, websites, and apps to teach you the positions,…
  • on being a working mom

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    You may have noticed, in the six or so years since I started this blog, that I write very little about my job. In fact, for many years, I didn’t write about it at all.  I worked for a big, very prestigious, very conservative, white-shoe law firm in Manhattan, and I decided early on that the best policy for balancing my work life with my blog was to keep them completely separate.  If you met me in person during those years, I would happily have told you that I was a lawyer — but on the internet, I barely mentioned it at all. But, as you guys know, about a year ago I quit…
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    The Fresh Loaf

  • CookingWithWhiskers says hello.

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    CookingWithWhiskers says hello.Submitted by CookingWithWhiskers on September 22, 2014 - 7:46pm.Just a short introduction....I have been cooking with sourdough for forty years now (mostly in Nevada).  Currently I happen to live south of San Francisco but good long fermented natural SD is not as easy to find as one might think.  Thus I try to bake a good loaf on occasion...   I am not a professional baker.... not at all.I am also a little lazy so I make a lot of SD pancakes.    SD Pancakes are an easy way and tasty excuse to keep a SD starter happy and well fed.  Some days I wonder if I…
  • new to sourdough, anyone direct me to a good recipe?

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:37 pm
    new to sourdough, anyone direct me to a good recipe?Submitted by tigg on September 22, 2014 - 4:37pm.Just recently became disabled, I'm a certified chef, but left the cooking scene years ago, got so burnt out. I recently rediscovered my passion . Now having all the time in the world, I recalled my mother having that nasty looking jar of starter  in the fridge all my life, but remember how oh so good the bread it made tasted. SO I made me a starter, and recently made a couple loaves that my family goobled up.. but I personally didn't care for.Any recipes that have been tested and approved I…
  • 100% Whole Wheat Tartine Bread, Baked in Loaf Pans

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    100% Whole Wheat Tartine Bread, Baked in Loaf PansSubmitted by blackhatbaker on September 22, 2014 - 2:06pm.While I love rustic free-form loaves with a bold, crackling crust, complex flavor, and a crumb riddled with holes, my family does like whole wheat bread with a denser crumb, softer crust, and low acidity, in a shape good for sandwiches and toast. I hope that I was able to deliver something to satisfy that need, providing a healthful loaf with the previously mentioned qualities.Here are some pictures of the loaves, including some crumb shots.A couple notes-The loaves were brushed with…
  • Ken's Artisan Bakery, Portland, OR

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Ken's Artisan Bakery, Portland, ORSubmitted by dmsnyder on September 22, 2014 - 1:31pm.I visited Ken's Artisan Bakery for the fist time yesterday. I am reporting on my visit and posting some photos in my TFL Blog. Here's a link: Last weekend's baking, or "Let Ken do it."Enjoy!David
  • Last weekend's baking, or "Let Ken do it."

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Last weekend's baking, or "Let Ken do it."Submitted by dmsnyder on September 22, 2014 - 1:22pm.This past weekend, I attended a conference in Portland, Oregon, so I wasn't home to bake. I want to assure you my suffering was not intolerable. Susan and managed a long-deferred visit to Ken's Artisan Bakery. After checking the hours and offerings online, we went to Ken's for lunch on Sunday, before heading to PDX for our flight home. The bakery was in active production, and new batches of breads and pastries were being brought out for sale and consumption more or less continuously.
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    Homesick Texan

  • September events

    Lisa (Homesick Texan)
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Howdy! I just wanted to let you know that I’m going to be in Texas the next couple of weeks doing some events for my new book, The Homesick Texan's Family Table. This trip, I'll be zig-zagging across the state and will be eating and taking photos every step of the way. My aim is to post some of my adventures here on the blog, but you can also follow along on Instagram. Here’s the list of
  • Squash and green chile casserole

    Lisa (Homesick Texan)
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    If you’re a Texan of a certain age, then you probably remember Liz Carpenter. Mrs. Carpenter was most famously Lady Bird Johnson’s press secretary, but she was also a longtime journalist and public relations specialist, as well. When I lived in Austin many years ago, you’d see her out and about at various functions, and Mrs. Carpenter’s puff of white hair and abundant wit always stood out in
  • 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 a brag, just a statement of fact. Trust
  • 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
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    The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond

  • Black Bean Burger

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary yesterday, and I’d say as marriages go, ours is pretty darn good. We have four kids, work pretty hard, and spend most of our time together, which is just fine with us since we really like each other and all that. Now, I will confess that there has been one steady source of marital conflict through the years, and that is the fact that I gosh darn love a good meatless burger. I can’t really explain it. It must be a throwback to my vegetarian days. I don’t know…I just love them. And I’ll never, ever forget the…
  • My Favorite Chicken Recipes

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    Happy Friday, friends! Today, in true round-up form, I wanted to share a handful of my very favorite chicken dishes! Hope you find a few that make your skirt fly up. Unless you don’t wear skirts. And then…well, use your imagination.   Chicken Spaghetti. What can I say? It’s one of the most luscious comfort food casseroles on earth, and while it takes a little while to make, I often double up and make two (or even four if I’m feeling ornery!) and put the extras in the freezer. Marlboro Man loves it, the kids love it…and I more than love it. It says…
  • My Favorite Blender (Winners!)

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    The winners of the blender are: #1104 April: “Atlanta Braves!” #4253 T.Ella: “NY Yankees!” #43175 Trica A: “San Francisco 49ers.” Congratulations, winners! Contact to claim your prizes.   Today, because I’m back from my trip, because I slept until 6:30 am and it felt really nice, because the weather is getting cooler, and because I love ya, I’m giving away three (3) Blentec blenders, each with an extra blender pitcher to make life worth living on busy cooking days! I love this blender. It’s the one I use. It…
  • Shells & Cheese (with Bacon & Peas)

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:37 am
    Sometimes you feel like making macaroni and cheese that involves whipping up a roux, then making a white sauce, then adding cheese to make it a cheese sauce. And sometimes you don’t. This ultra-simple, kid-friendly recipe for pasta shells and cheese is absolutely scrumptious and so darn easy to make. The secret’s in the (artisan cheese) sauce. Just you wait, ‘enry ‘iggins. Just you wait…       First, boil up some pasta! These are just good ol’ medium pasta shells, but you can use the small shells if you want.       Next, make…
  • Chicken Quesadillas

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Chicken Quesadillas are absolutely a go-to recipe in our household, but while I’ve made them on my show (and have posted different variations of quesadillas here through the years), I just realized yesterday that I’ve never posted the recipe! I’m organized and on top of things like that. Here it is! Such a simple recipe, but always delicious results. And always very, very family friendly.       Start with three boneless, skinless chicken breasts.       Sprinkle them generously with whatever you’d like: taco seasoning, Cajun seasoning, or…
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    This Mama Cooks! On a Diet™

  • Ginger & Spice Fig Jam

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Monk Fruit In The Raw. I received product samples to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation I’m always on the lookout for ways to reduce the amount of sugar my family and I consume. One way I do that is by using sugar substitutes like Monk Fruit in the Raw. I’m a big fan of In The Raw’s other products, especially Stevia In The Raw, which is a zero-calorie sweetener made from the leaves of the stevia plant. So I was excited to try their latest no-calorie, sugar…
  • Hillshire Farm introduces Hillshire Farm Natural Lunchmeat

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    My kids take a sandwich to school just about every day. Last year, I bought cold cuts from a natural food line because I wanted my kids to have something that was as healthy as possible. However, the kids weren’t particularly fond of the product. So when this school year started, they asked to go back to their favorite Hillshire Farm cold cuts. I think it’s because they not only like the taste better, but they prefer the thinner deli style cuts of meat. At first I was hesitant to do this. I prefer deli meats with no artificial ingredients, preservatives or colors. However, I remembered…
  • Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bites

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    When my kids come home from school, they’re starving. So I always try to keep the pantry and refrigerator stocked with healthy snack choices like yogurt, popcorn, salsa and chips, and fruit. But there are days when they’d like a special treat. I’m happy to do a little baking from time to time, but I don’t want to have to run out to the store to buy ingredients I wouldn’t normally have on hand. That’s why came up with this recipe for Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bites. It features California Raisins, something we always have in the pantry to use in dishes as wide ranging as…
  • Enjoying the scents of fall with the Febreze Fall Home Harvest Collection

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Fall is here (well, nearly officially so) and that means the Febreze Fall Hall Home Harvest Collection is now available at Walmart. And judging by the folks on Febreze’s Facebook page, people are EXCITED! They are cutting coupons and driving over to Walmart to stock up on their favorites from the Fall Home Harvest so they can use them year round. (Some of the products are available online at, while others are only available in the stores.) Well, I must have been living under a rock, because I didn’t know that Febreze had special holiday scents. And I’m a regular Febreze…
  • Spicy Watermelon Rind Pickles

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    When we first moved to Georgia, we did the normal touristy thing by going into Atlanta and spending the day visiting the World of Coke and Centennial Olympic Park. We wandered around looking for somewhere to eat, and ended up at Pitty Pat’s Porch, a touristy place that I was a little doubtful about when we first walked in. Luckily, it wasn’t too busy, our waitress was super sweet, and the food was classic Southern fair – greens, black eyed peas, grits, and fried green tomatoes. (Here are the Yelp reviews.) Instead, if you’re visiting the World of Coke, the Georgia Aquarium, or…
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    Flourish - King Arthur Flour's blog

  • No-Fuss Pumpkin Pie Bites

    MaryJane Robbins
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The following is a short list of things that are impossible, based upon my 46 years on Planet Earth. •I will remember my tote bag, keys, jacket, and coffee cup all in one trip to the car. •The cat won’t head for the litter box as I’m leaving the room after cleaning it. •Someone else will find that lost pin, needle, or Lego with their bare foot. •Benedict Cumberbatch (a.k.a. Sherlock from the BBC) will show up to read me a bedtime story. Some things in life will just have to be accepted as impossible. But some things, luckily, will always be possible: •I’ll  always…
  • Bakers’ Harvest

    Natasha Wood
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The air is getting crisper, the days are getting shorter, and to most people that means autumn is upon us. Here at King Arthur Flour, it means baking season is upon us! And our new favorite way to kick off the baking season is with our Bakers’ Harvest Conference, Supper, and Festival. This year’s Bakers’ Harvest took place September 4-6 – three days of food-filled fun. Let’s start with the conference. Once again, the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center put together a two-day conference with hands-on classes, seminars, bakery crawls, and more. Classes and…
  • Chia Energy Bars

    Gwen Adams
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Fighting the dreaded 3 o’clock slump. We’ve all been there. You can feel it coming. It happens so regularly that it even has a designated time on the clock. Motivation goes out the window, to be replaced with a sluggishness that’s hard to shake. When this happens to me, and I glance at the clock early enough, preventative measures can usually be taken – i.e., I walk into the test kitchen and scavenge for yummies. There are those off days, though. The dreaded ones where there are NO TREATS IN THE KITCHEN. It’s enough to have a mild panic attack over. (Yes, I realize we’re…
  • Blue Ribbons, Ferris Wheels, and Fried Dough

    Natasha Wood
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I love fairs. And I have a feeling that I’m not alone. There’s just something about the sun setting on flashing rides, the sweet aroma of fair food, and smiling families that’s… magical. The Ferris wheel, fried dough, and adorable cows – these are just a few of my favorite fair things, discovered this summer at the Washington County Fair in Greenwich, NY. Julia Reed, our multimedia producer (and photographer for this blog post) and I had a great time in Greenwich – join us on this photo tour. The folks in Greenwich offered plenty of fried dough, a county fair staple.
  • An “ah-ha!” moment

    PJ Hamel
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The other day I experienced one of those “Oh DUH” moments that got me so excited, I could hardly wait to share it with you here. Now, before you get all worked up, I have to warn you: this may very well be something you figured out years ago, and have been automatically applying to your baking ever since. If this is the case – bear with me, and with the rest of us who weren’t bright enough to discover it earlier. Without further ado, today’s earth-shattering baking news is… When you’re dividing your pastry for a double-crust pie, the bottom crust should…
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    My Sweet and Saucy

  • Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy Shop: How to Make a Bow

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    Hey there! This post in inspired by Kasey’s students. Kasey, one of our decorators, is teaching fondant classes (if you’re interested in attending, please email, and her students expressed great interest in how she made bows out of fondant. We make bows with such frequency, that it’s often easy to forget that at one point, we didn’t know how to make them either! So here we go, and Kasey has taken pictures to show you the step-by-step. First, we take a little blob of fondant.   You then roll the fondant out with a rolling pin. We use a…
  • Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Ronald Reagan Head Cake

    3 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Hello! How are you folks doing on this fine summer afternoon? Over here, we’re fantastic! We’ve had a bevy of super fun cakes this season – bring em on! This week’s installment of Behind the Scenes is going to show you the insanely awesome Ronald Reagan head cake that Kyong made this week. Kyong is our head decorator, and we are all blessed to have someone so talented from whom we can learn, and believe me, we do. So much. Every day. Anyway, so you know, the order was a birthday cake for a lady obsessed with Ronald Reagan, requesting his head on a platter, with various…
  • 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″…
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    The Perfect Pantry®

  • 40 fabulous recipes with coconut milk

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    QUESTION: What's convenient to stash in the pantry, white and creamy and dairy-free, and as thick as house paint? Of course, it's coconut milk. Every cuisine incorporates coconut milk; think of curries, soups, sauces, smoothies, and even ice cream. For vegans and folks on a dairy-free food plan, coconut milk stands in perfectly for heavy cream in many recipes, including baked goods like brownies. If you have a few cans of coconut milk in your pantry -- and you should, always -- try some of these ideas for new ways to cook with it, from some of my favorite food blogs. Most of these…
  • Peanut butter: like or dislike?

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Welcome to Like or Dislike, where you get to share how you really feel about ingredients from the pantry, ingredients I'm thinking about adding to my pantry, other seasonal foods, even favorite cooking gear. 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 been decades since I've eaten a peanutbutterandjelly sandwich. Even as a kid, I never liked peanut butter (and I'm not crazy about grape jelly, either). When my friends brought PB&J…
  • Italian vegetable soup {vegetarian}

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:10 pm
    With summer nearly at an end, I decided to celebrate the change in season by stirring up a giant pot of Italian vegetable soup, full of the bits and pieces left in my friends' gardens and passed along to me: zucchini, green beans, a couple of potatoes, fennel, kale, a few heads of garlic. This soup welcomes most stragglers, in any amount, so if your garden didn't give you fennel, but did leave you with more than a few zucchini, simply use what you've got. I added canned tomatoes, which are always on my pantry shelf, but if you have fresh tomatoes, or your own home-canned stewed…
  • Slow cooker Caribbean pepper pot {gluten-free}

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    A few weeks ago, I awoke in the middle of the night, craving Caribbean pepper pot. Can you imagine what I was dreaming about? Adventures on the high seas? Salsa dancing on the beach? Bright colored head scarves and flowing tunics? Johnny Depp? I wish I could remember. Not to worry, though: I remembered the important part: spicy stew, filled with the goodness of the islands, and I absolutely had to make it. In my dream there was shrimp and rice and callaloo, a typical dark leafy green grown throughout the Caribbean. It's not impossible to find callaloo at specialty supermarkets, but I…
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    My Wooden Spoon

  • Banana Nut Oatmeal Cookies

    A Cowboy's Wife
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    I’m almost thinking these banana nut oatmeal cookies could be eaten for breakfast!?   When I cooked for Fulton Ranch back in the day, cookies were one of my favorite things to make.  I could make up huge batches and the cowboys could just grab a handful and head outside.  Even the cowboys who didn’t normally eat dessert, would grab themselves a cookie.  A lot of times they had to go back and finish workin’ cattle so they didn’t always want to eat a heavy dessert after a big ol’ lunch.   These days though, I just make cookies for us and gatherings. These…
  • Over Coffee, with A Cowboy’s Wife

    A Cowboy's Wife
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Hey guys! I have revamped the newsletter and would love for you to subscribe! I have some fun things in store for y’all and special giveaways (one coming October 1st) JUST for subscribers. It just takes a second to sub and confirm! Don’t miss a thing y’all, including special subscriber perks! indicates required Email Address The post Over Coffee, with A Cowboy’s Wife appeared first on My Wooden Spoon.
  • Pineapple Thumbprint Cookies with Coconut

    A Cowboy's Wife
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    On days that I’m lucky, I score some jars of homemade jelly and jam from a sweet gal down the road a few miles.  When I’m not, I buy it at the store.  Either way, we go love jam so incorporating into these Pineapple Thumbprint Cookies with Coconut, was not out of the norm. These cookies would even be great, this Fall or at Christmas, to add some different color to the table and they’re the perfect size for kiddos!  Plus, it’s not change from the same ol’ sugar cookie or chocolate chip cookies. They’re called thumbprint cookies because when you’ve…
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    Cooking with Amy: A Food Blog

  • Zucchini Noodles Recipe

    Amy Sherman
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    My love of pasta is no secret, but I’m cutting back. An article in the New York Times covering the latest research about the benefit of low carbohydrate diets has me rethinking my noodle consumption. I won’t give them up completely but now and again I can see trying something different. Something like zucchini noodles. For a long time I’ve wanted one of those spiralizer type tools. But they are rather expensive and I just wasn’t sure how much use I’d get out of them. There is actually an easy way to make “noodles” out of zucchini or other vegetables using a box…
  • Peameal Bacon of Toronto

    Amy Sherman
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    On my first trip to a city I always try to experience the things that the place is famous for, especially the food. Recently I was in Toronto which is a very diverse city with all kinds of food, but the peameal bacon sandwich is one of its most iconic specialties. Toronto was once known as Hogtown, thanks in part to the vast stockyards where in the mid to late 1800’s cured pork products like bacon were sent to the United Kingdom, where there was a shortage at the time. In 1900 over half a million pigs were processed for export in Toronto. So what is peameal bacon exactly? It’s…
  • 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…
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    Kalyn's Kitchen®

  • Recipe for Zucchini and Yellow Squash Soup with Rosemary and Parmesan (Pressure Cooker or Stovetop)

    Kalyn Denny
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    This favorite soup is perfect to welcome the arrival of fall!(Updated with better photos and step-by-step instructions, September 2014.)  This delicious Zucchini and Yellow Squash Soup with Rosemary and Parmesan is a recipe that has a lot of sentimental value for me.  I first made it in 2008 when Lisa of Homesick Texan sent me the link to this recipe on and told me how delicious it was.  And I was making soup back then because I had just gotten braces on my teeth!  Now flash forward six years and I'm still enjoying this Zucchini Soup with my nice straight teeth. …
  • Grilled Zucchini Low-Carb Lasagna with Italian Sausage, Tomato, and Basil Sauce (Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    Grilled Zucchin Slices made into Lasagna for a low-carb and gluten-free treat!(For Phase One Fridays I feature Phase One Recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites.  Phase One Recipes are also Low-Carb and Gluten-Free.  I love this method of making lasagna with thick slices of barely-grilled zucchini replacing the noodles, and this is a favorite zucchini dish I look forward to every fall.  This post was updated with better photos and instructions in September 2014.) This recipe is for vegetable gardeners in the northern hemisphere who might be wondering how to use those…
  • Low-Carb Cauliflower Rice Southwestern Stuffed Peppers with Turkey and Poblanos (Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Delicious Low-Carb Stuffed Peppers with Southwestern Flavors! It's been more than four years since I first tried Cauliflower Rice, but I'm barely starting to explore the possibilities with this idea of substituting low-carb grated cauliflower for rice.  (So many recipes; so little time!)  I'm a huge cauliflower fan so I love the cauliflower rice on its own.  But I know some people don't love cauliflower like I do; however even for people who aren't big of fans of caulflower I think many of you might enjoy these Low-Carb Cauliflower Rice Southwestern Stuffed Peppers with…
  • September Means Stuffed Zucchini, and Things I'm Thinking About on Tuesday (9-16-2014)

    Kalyn Denny
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Low-Carb Meat, Tomato and Mozzarella Stuffed Zucchini Cups are perfect for September!In mid-September gardens are still flourishing in most parts of North America, but you may be thinking it's time use those garden veggies in fall-focused dishes.  This is the time of year when stuffed zucchini seems like a perfect choice, don't you agree?  There are as many recipes for stuffed zucchini as there are gardeners who grow zucchini, but the Low-Carb Meat, Tomato, and Mozzarella Stuffed Zucchini Cups shown above have been one of my favorites since September 2009 when I first posted the…
  • Garbanzo and Tuna Salad Recipe with Parsley and Red Pepper

    Kalyn Denny
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    For all the parsley fans, this is a perfect No-Heat Lunch salad!(Updated with better photos and step-by-step instructions, September 2014.)  All summer I've been making old favorites from the blog and re-shooting the photos to show off the recipes a little better, and now fall is coming and I want to share those updated favorites like this Garbanzo and Tuna Salad with Parsley and Red Pepper while fresh garden herbs and veggies are still available.  So this week I'm going to have to give the Meatless Monday people a raincheck, but you can always click that link and scroll through all…
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    Spicy Tasty

  • Quinoa Idli

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
      Quinoa is a healthy grain rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. It is essential to incorporate whole grains and seeds in your daily diet. There are lot of Indian dishes you can make using quinoa. Idli is one of the staple Indian breakfast dish. It will be a great start for your day after having these super healthy Quinoa Idlis.   Preparation time: 12 hours Cooking time: 15 minutes Yield: 25 to 30 idlis Ingredients: Quinoa – 1 cup Par boiled rice – 1 cup Whole urad dal – 1/2 cup Fenugreek seeds (methi) – 1 tsp Salt to taste Method of…
  • 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…
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  • Chicken and White Bean Chili

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Prep Time:20 minutes Cook Time:30 minutes Serves:8   Tagged: chicken, chili, march madness, parties, tailgating, white meat, Here’s a crowd-pleasing, white-meat alternative to chili made with beef. Ideal for basketball or football watch parties, tailgating and casual gatherings. Why Try? This makes for a nice alternative to a beef chili, featuring generous chunks of tender chicken and a kick of spice.   Foodie Byte For a spicier chili add more red pepper. To garnish you can top with crispy bacon, cilantro and cheese. Yield: 2 quarts Ingredients 1 pound boneless skinless…
  • Craveable Cornbread

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Prep Time:10 minutes Cook Time:25 minutes Serves:8   Tagged: cheese, corn, cornbread, Cornbread goes great with chili of all types, and you'll find yourself going back to this as a staple for cold weather. Watch the video for how to make a great White Chicken Chili to go along!   Foodie Byte Ingredients 2 boxes cornbread mix, prepare according to package directions1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese1 cup whole kernel corn, thawed Preparation Preheat oven to 400°FPreheat skillet and roast corn for 3 to 5 minutes or until browned. Add roasted corn and pepperjack cheese to the already…
  • Fig Crostata

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Prep Time:30 minutes Cook Time:35 minutes Serves:8   Tagged: When figs reach the height of their season in late summer and early autumn, take advantage of their sweet flavor and luxurious texture by showcasing them in this rustic fig crostata. Recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen   Foodie Byte Ingredients 1 batch flaky pie dough, chilled (see related recipe on lb. (500 g) fresh figs, quartered1/4 cup (2 oz./60 g) firmly packed brown sugar2 tablespoons cornstarch1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest5 teaspoons fresh lemon juice2 teaspoons…
  • Roasted Beets, Carrots and Turnips with Balsamic Vinegar

    13 Sep 2014 | 2:02 am
    Prep Time:15 minutes Cook Time:1 hour Serves:4   Tagged: beets, carrots, garden, greens, turnips, vegetarian, vegetarian recipes, What do you do with turnips? Roasting can bring out a unique flavor when combined with carrots and beets. It's great as a side dish for any dinner. Copyright 2011. The Food Channel®. All Rights Reserved. For permission to use in a printed cookbook or commercial website, please contact Editor.   Foodie Byte Ingredients 1 pound beets, peeled, halved or quartered1/2 pound carrots, peeled, cut in half1 pound turnips, peeled, halved or quartered3…
  • Cheddar Corn Chowder

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Prep Time:20 minutes Cook Time:20 minutes Serves:10   Tagged: cheddar corn chowder, chowder, comfort food, corn, crowd, entertaining, soup, This comforting corn chowder recipe is prepared in one pot for quick and easy dinner time prep. Delicious served with a simple green salad and warm crusty rolls.Why try? This is the soup that draws a crowd in the Food Channel kitchens—it’s that good. We love to have a pot simmering on snowy days.Foodie Byte: For New England crab and corn chowder; add flaked crab meat and a shake of Old Bay seasoning to prepared corn chowder and serve with…
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  • Well, hello!

    Kathy Strahs
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    That’s me, smile-screaming on the kiddie coaster at Happy Hollow this summer. My little girl insisted we sit in the front row, for maximum thrills. I am so not a roller coaster person! But my kids got me on them at least four times over the past few months. And I have to admit, I kind of loved it. That’s kind of where things are at right now — letting go a bit, enjoying the moment, seeing where things take me. After a loooong summer, we’re all settled into our new house in the Bay Area now (well, the garage is still full of unpacked boxes, but let’s not be…
  • Moving House

    Kathy Strahs
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:21 pm
    An intermittent little eyebrow twitch reminds me that our departure from San Diego and move back to the Bay Area is a little more than two weeks away. I’ve been a giant ball of stress for the past few months and I have a feeling that’s not likely to change anytime soon. Selling our house has been a roller coaster — in escrow, out of escrow, back in escrow. Finding a new place to live has proven to be a lot more complicated now that we have little kids — and schools — to consider. San Diego isn’t a cheap place to live, but the Bay Area is out-of-its-mind…
  • Mac ‘n Cheese Grilled Cheese

    Kathy Strahs
    30 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    It’s the last day of April, which means that National Grilled Cheese Month is drawing to a close. We’ve got one last guest blogger today, Stefani Pollack from Cupcake Project, and she’s sharing just about the cheesiest grilled cheese sandwich possible: Mac ‘n Cheese Grilled Cheese. The mac ‘n cheese isn’t on the inside, like with the Grilled Mac & Cheese with BBQ Pulled Pork I shared several years ago. Nope — the mac ‘n cheese is on the outside of this sandwich, serving as the “bread”. What? I’ll let Stef tell you all about…
  • Texas Toast Asparagus Crab Melt

    Kathy Strahs
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    Hello everyone! While my world continues to be overtaken by THE MOVE (there’s a gentleman shampooing the rugs at this very moment), my friend Amy Flanigan from Very Culinary is stopping by Panini Happy today to share her amazing grilled cheese — the Texas Toast Asparagus Crab Melt. She had me at Texas Toast…and asparagus…and crab…and melt. I absolutely love dressed-up toasts like this! Amy and I have known each other through our blogs for many years. Beyond her treasure trove of delicious recipes, Very Culinary is also known for the extraordinarily creative and…
  • Pickled Asparagus Grilled Cheese

    Kathy Strahs
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Happy National Grilled Cheese Month! I know it’s been a little quiet around here lately — my family is getting ready to bid a bittersweet farewell to San Diego and move back up to the Bay Area, so my time has been completely zapped by decluttering, packing, househunting and other relocation joys. Meanwhile, the cheesiest month of the year has been underway! While I spackle and swiffer, a few friends of mine would love to share their best grilled cheese recipes with you. Today, we have Becky from Project Domestication with her Pickled Asparagus Grilled Cheese Sandwich. I happen to…
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    Recipe Girl

  • Santa Fe Chicken

    Lori Lange
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a chicken recipe your whole family will enjoy: Santa Fe Chicken My family asked me what was for dinner the other night, and I responded by telling them that yes, indeed we were having chicken (again). I got grunts and groans and things like that. I know I need to branch out a little bit more once in a while, but I promised them that they would ABSOLUTELY enjoy the chicken I was preparing them. They were skeptical, as usual. But no need for that because this chicken rocked it out of the park. They loved it! The chicken is lightly browned in a hot skillet, then it’s baked in…
  • Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

    Lori Lange
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Here’s another one of my Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See posts- lots to share with you today! On Parade magazine‘s blog this week, I shared the most amazing Brown Butter Banana Bread from Jessica Merchant’s cookbook, Seriously Delish.  If you love banana bread, you must check out this recipe. It’s really, really good! I also shared Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies from Lisa Leake’s book: 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love. These cookies are sweetened (only) with…
  • Yellow Cake

    Lori Lange
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’ve been searching for a good Yellow Cake recipe for some time now.  I’ve finally found a keeper! I’m one of those crazy people who is in love with every flavor of cake EXCEPT chocolate.  Give me vanilla or white any day, I’ll seriously jump up and down for spice cake, lemon is luscious and red velvet is a major favorite.  I feel the same way about yellow cake.  It’s just simply flavored and buttery.  Chocolate = not so exciting to me. I’m sort of okay with chocolate frosting though.  It’s kind of like topping vanilla ice cream with hot…
  • Chocolate Frosting Recipe

    Lori Lange
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Truly the most perfect Chocolate Frosting Recipe I’ve ever made! See how glossy and perfect it is???  It’s the best, and you must try it! Turns out I’ve been messing around with cake and frosting recipes this week. I have SO many delicious results to share with you, and I’m super excited about that!! Cake is awesome… especially on Tuesdays. You see, Tuesday is my Weigh-In Day for my weight loss challenge. So basically I get to weigh myself in the morning and then bake to my heart’s content (aka cheat big-time) in the afternoon. Then all is back to normal…
  • Classic Zucchini Bread

    Lori Lange
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hurry, before the summer zucchini is gone forever!  (Or at least until it’s gone until next summer) >> Make some Classic Zucchini Bread. True story:  When I was little, my Mom made zucchini bread and zucchini cake ALL THE TIME.  And I hated it… with a passion.  There was something about it… like it wasn’t sweet enough or it didn’t have great flavor- or perhaps she just didn’t have good recipes (sorry Mom).  Everyone else seemed to like it though, so maybe it was just me.  Maybe I was frightened by the prospect of including a green vegetable in a…
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    What's For Lunch Honey? | Experience Your Senses

  • Tomato Basil Tart with a Polenta Crust

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’m spoiling you with tomatoes again. You see, I’ve had a good crop and the harvest has been plentiful. After eating them mostly naked and then preserving them in various sauces, it was time to tart them up a little. Don’t tire of my tomato mania – not just yet. This tart deserves all your... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
  • Tomato Sauces: Spicy Ketchup, Fruity Marinara and Passata di Pomodoro

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
    If Eve had used a tomato instead of an apple, maybe the story of Adam and Eve would have been different. After all tomatoes are often called “love apples” and were thought to have aphrodisiac powers.The French therefore named it quite appropriately, pomme d’amour.  The Italians called them... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
  • Gooseberry Nectarine Galette

    3 Sep 2014 | 2:27 am
    It feels good to be back home! After over 3000 kilometers through the Normandy from Étretat to Mont Saint Michel then over to the Pays D’Auge and ending in Versailles and Paris, we are quite contended to be back home. After a little over two and half weeks of living in a RV the luxury of space is... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
  • Summertime: Thai inspired Zucchini Mango Salad

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:31 am
    It’s officially here! Summer vacation is just around the corner and all three of us are looking forward to two and half weeks of lazy days, without routine, sun soaking, refreshing hikes, stylish city tours, good food and just quality time for each other. On Monday we are setting off with our... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
  • Roasted Chicken with Jasmine Petal Garam Masala, Saffron, Hazelnuts and Honey and a Quinoa Tabouleh

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    Summer time usually means a lot of spontaneous entertaining and I love having friends over on the spur of the moment. Then often a time it will be something quick, easy and put together with simple ingredients not requiring too much fussing over. A tapas or mezzeh menu, barbecued meats and fish or... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
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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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    Savings Lifestyle

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it.This pumpkin cheesecake recipe is a favorite because it has a mix of sweet and savory flavors. It is simple to make and looks just as yummy as it tastes.Pumpkin Cheesecake IngredientsCrust:1 ¾ cups, Graham Cracker Crumbs (about 24 squares)2 Tbsp, Sugar½ cup, Butter (melted)Filling:¼ cup, All-Purpose Flour2 tsp, Pumpkin Pie Spice2 tbs, Brandy (optional)1 15-ounce can, Pumpkin4 8-ounce package, Cream Cheese (softened)1 cup, Brown Sugar2/3 cup, Sugar5 EggsCrushed WalnutsButtercream FrostingPumpkin…
  • Free Kindle: Mug Cakes, Canning and Preserving, Travel Resolutions + More

    Savings Lifestyle: Kathy
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Here are a few FREE downloads currently available, download them before prices change:Improve Your Social Skills by Daniel WendlerThe Perfect Gift by Darlene ShortridgeMug Cakes: And Other Delicious Desserts to Make in the Microwave by Margaret LoweIncredibly Delicious Desserts from the Mediterranean Region by Vesela TabakovaDIY Household Hacks by Dr. Carrie HarringtonCanning and Preserving by Michael WilliamsTravel Resolutions:52 New Ways to Explore the Planet Earth by Lonely PlanetThe Ultimate Gardening Guide Top Tips by Gazella D.S. PistoriousRemember, with these downloads, you don’t…
  • Free Stuff: Gucci Premiere Fragrance Sample, Systane Ultra Eye Drops Sample + More

    Savings Lifestyle: Kathy
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
     The Free Stuff page has been updated with some great freebies! Here are a few highlights for your convenience:Gucci Premiere Fragrance SampleNoisy Planet Bookmark and PosterAbercrombie and Fitch Fierce Confidence SampleSystane Ultra Lubricant Eye Drops SampleSeveral more!Search the Free Stuff page to see a comprehensive list of active Freebies!Disclaimer: This post contains a link to an affiliate. By using the links above, you are supporting the site at no cost to you. See my Disclaimer Policy for additional information.
  • Walmart Deals: Sale Week of September 22

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    The sale items below are some of the better deals you will find at Walmart this week. Walmart prices vary by region so keep that in mind as you are reviewing the list. Please leave a comment in this post if you find any other deals that are noteworthy and not on the list.View the full list of Walmart sales and create a custom shopping list.Here are a few of the best deals to pick up this week:Walmart Prices Vary By RegionCondiments, Spice & BakingTruvia, 40 ct – $2.98$0.75/1 Truvia Natural Sweetener or Truvia Baking Blend with Sugar $0.55/1 Truvia Natural Sweetener Or Truvia…
  • Meijer Deals: Sale Week of September 21

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Before you shop, take a look at the active Meijer Catalina and Promotional Offers. There are a few new offers, as well as a few that expire this shopping week. Also be sure to refer to the Meijer Coupon Policy + FAQ.View the full list of Meijer sales and create a custom shopping list.Here are a few of the best deals to pick up this week:Multi-Item DealsBuy 6 participating General Mills products, Get $3 OFF instantly; Mix or Match; All items must be purchased in a single transaction; Limit two offers per transaction; No cash backBetty Crocker Premium Frosting, 16 oz – $1.99Includes:…
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    Indian Food Recipes | Andhra Recipes | Indian Dishes Recipes | Sailu's Kitchen

  • Dry fruits milkshake

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    dry fruits milkshake, a healthy, nutritious drink for kids & fasting food for adults during vrat. learn how to make dry fruit milkshake with nuts and milk. The post Dry fruits milkshake appeared... Read rest of the story at my blog,
  • Rajma Sundal

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Rajma sundal, made for Dasara festival, is an easy to make & tasty prasadam among Navarathri sundal recipes. Sundal varieties make for good Upwas recipes. The post Rajma Sundal appeared first on... Read rest of the story at my blog,
  • Beetroot Halwa Recipe

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:48 am
    Beetroot halwa recipe, a gem among halwa recipes is made for Indian festivals - Navratri (Dusshera), Diwali.How to make beetroot halwa or chukandar ka halwa The post Beetroot Halwa Recipe appeared... Read rest of the story at my blog,
  • 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,
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    Nibbles of Tidbits, a Food Blog

  • The Funny: Food Related Comic Relief Whenever (Microwave Pranks).

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    It’s been too hot to blog, though it’s never too hot to eat.  I have a lot to report on — Food in Michigan, most specifically the Pasty, the best restaurant and bar in Puerto Rico, the Anaheim Packing District and its speakeasy, The Blind Rabbit, and more.  Check back if interested. Credit: Someecards.
  • Crispy Artichoke Hearts At El Galleon Restaurant: Get Something Else.

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Do you see the pool of Garlic Butter under the Crispy Artichoke Hearts (above)?  We had the same Hot Appetizer at El Galleon Restaurant in Avalon on Catalina Island, except our pool of Garlic Butter was twice as deep.  Our formerly Crispy Artichoke Hearts could high dive into it.  We were surprised to see them served that way.  Why would El Galleon fry them to a crispy, golden brown only to place them essentially in Oil again?  It’s simply a bad idea.  The Garlic Butter should be served on the side to preserve crispiness.  Don’t you think so?  And…
  • Tortilla Republic In Laguna Beach: It Really Is A Feast For All Our Senses.

    5 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    First, we LOVE Tortilla Republic’s location, location, location.  It’s in Laguna Beach off PCH with an outdoor patio view of the ocean.  We recently sampled a few items from its Brunch Menu. Though it’s often hard to park in the heart of Laguna Beach, there’s a small parking structure directly behind Tortilla Republic.  It’s best to park there, as there were spaces available. Tortilla Republic’s Brunch Menu is impressive — Several items are pictured here. I highly recommend the Salsa Trio and Guacamole sides (above).  All three Salsas were…
  • 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…
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  • Not Worth the Buck's

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Buck's Restaurant in Brooksville, Maine was once a very pleasant restaurant. Alas, an ill-mannered hostess, a minimally trained waitress, misspelled menu items, and a food-flecked wall constituted an unsavory recipe that left a bad taste in our mouths. What a pity the management has become so uncaring and apathetic. Unless it undergoes a drastic reorganization, Buck's will not see my bucks again.
  • Rarely Expressed Well: Meat Temperature

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Cloaking simple meaning in pompous diction can be both confusing and exasperating. One such intrusion into restaurant argot is the incipient use of the word "temperature" to express a degree of cooking. Merriam-Webster has yet to include doneness within its full definition of temperature. Nevertheless, the familiar question, "How would you like that cooked?" is being smoked out in favor of "What...
  • Queens Taste 2014

    14 Jun 2014 | 11:53 am
    Queens Taste 2014, hosted by QEDC (Queens Economic Development Corporation), took place at Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing, N.Y. on 29 April. A record-setting 49 vendors served the world's fare to the more than 700 eager participants who braved the elements to take part in the twelfth annual gastronomic extravaganza.
  • World's Fare at Queens Taste 2014

    25 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The Queens Economic Development Corporation, the Queens Tourism Council, and lead sponsor Fairway Market are proud to invite you to attend Queens Taste 2014 at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel from 6:00 P.M. till 9:00 P.M. on Tuesday, 29 April.
  • "Seasoned" Greetings 2013

    25 Dec 2013 | 10:26 am
    Wishing you all the pleasures of a splendid holiday table with the ones you love. Merry Christmas!
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    Eat Real

  • Pumpkin Waffles with Buttery Spiced Cider Reduction

    Sandy Smith
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    It's pumpkin season, and I'm terribly excited about it. It may be 100 degrees here in Las Vegas, but back in my home state of New York, it's getting chilly in the morning and at night, the leaves are just starting to turn, and apple picking is in full swing.Joshua trees don't change color (they don't even have "leaves," really), but fall just fills me up with an intense nostalgia that can only be soothed by pumpkin...lots and lots of pumpkin. I hope that works for you.This recipe combines two autumn classics--pumpkin and apple--with fragrant fall spices. I love to serve these with chunky…
  • Date Walnut Bread

    Sandy Smith
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    When I say “date walnut bread,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For lots of people ~ especially in the Chock Full o’ Nuts generation (I refer to the cafe, not the mental state) ~ this conjurs images of dark, dense nut bread studded with tender pieces of sweet dates. For others ~ many, many others ~ it conjurs the following response: blech.I stand here today a little embarrassed to confess that just a few hours ago, I was in the latter camp. In all the years I’ve been baking both recreationally and professionally, I can’t recall ever having produced a single loaf of…
  • Carrot Cake Granola Bars

    Sandy Smith
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    a midnight snack . . .I love granola bars for post- (or mid-) run snacks. My kids love them for quick, grabby breakfasts. It's such a simple item to prepare yourself, and they're infinitely customizable. I make big batches, wrap the bars individually, and store them in the freezer. The bars take less than 10 minutes to thaw (but I've gnawed on many a still-frozen bar with no ill-effects).I came up with this recipe because I wanted something nice and fall-ish that didn't involve going all the way to the store to buy pumpkin. Maybe it's lazy, or maybe it's serendipity.So, do they actually taste…
  • Cookie Butter Ice Cream

    Sandy Smith
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The first time I heard of cookie butter, I thought it was a joke. Who on earth would eat it, when there were peanut butter and Nutella to be had? Cookie mush from a jar? Not bloody likely. I was clearly laboring under the ignorance of the uninitiated. Fortunately/unfortunately, that would change. Shopping with my daughter in Trader Joe's one day, she announced that she was going to pick up a jar of cookie butter. I would see, she said. I just had to try it.We searched high and low, but there was no cookie butter anywhere. She insisted. We asked at the front desk, in case we missed it on…
  • 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…
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    $5 Dinners

  • Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or Less

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    I am so excited to share with you my good friend Jessica’s latest cookbook entitled, Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or Less!  Jessica has spent the last 5 years working on her recipe blog that is filled with delicious recipes that are budget friendly.  That topic is near and dear to my heart, as you know, so I’m thrilled to see her latest accomplishments in print! From Jessica: Good Cheap Eats (the book) is inspired by Good Cheap Eats (the blog), which I’ve published for five years to help families and busy parents find better ways to get…
  • New Horizon, Frigo, Odwalla, & Kellogg’s Printable Coupons

    Jenn K
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    A couple of great coupons for Horizon, Frigo, Odwalla, & Kellogg’s products: Be sure to check out all the printable coupons available at Red Plum, Smart Source, Coupon Network and! Looking for a coupon for an item on your shopping list? Or a coupon for your favorite product? Be sure to check for it in my coupon database! Never miss a coupon! Get the latest and greatest coupons delivered straight to your inbox, just moments after they are posted! A   
  • Updated! Grocery Coupon Match-Ups – Week of September 21

    Jenn K
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    {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 –…
  • Drugstore Coupon Matchups & Best Deals – Week of September 21

    Jenn K
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Every week I’ll be posting the best deals and coupon match-ups for all products at the different national drug stores. Here are a few highlights, and links to the complete list of deals. CVS ExtraBucks Get $1 ECB wyb 1 Irish Spring Bar or Wash, Limit 1 Irish Spring Gear Body Wash, 15 – 18 oz or Bar, 6 pk – $3.99 $0.50/1 Irish Spring GEAR BodyWash; Excludes 2.5 oz Trial Size $0.50/1 Irish Spring or GEAR Bar Soap, 6 ct or Larger – 9-14-14 SS – (exp. 10/04/14) $0.50/1 Irish Spring or GEAR Body Wash; Excludes 2.5 oz – 9-14-14 SS – (exp. 10/04/14) $1.00/1…
  • Slow Cooker Carne Asada

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    One afternoon every week, my husband and I do a kid swap in the late afternoon for one of my son’s weekly eye therapy appointments. Because I’d rather not sit in the waiting room with 3 squirrely little boys, he swings by after he leaves work and picks them up and takes them home. On those afternoons, I generally leave the slow cooker running so that when I get home from the appointment, it doesn’t take much thought or energy to get dinner onto the table. Last week, during the swap I said that dinner was in the slow cooker and to please try not to eat it until we get home.
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    MyGourmet Connection

  • Three-Bean Slow Cooker Chili

    Lynne Webb
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Sweet potatoes, carrots, tomatoes and sweet bell pepper combine with three types of beans to make this hearty, meatless, slow-cooker chili. Continue reading →       
  • Cheddar-Garlic Biscuits

    Lynne Webb
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Flavored with sharp cheddar cheese and basted with warm garlic butter, these fluffy buttermilk biscuits are the perfect accompaniment for soups and chili. Continue reading →       
  • Apple Brown Betty

    Lynne Webb
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Apple Brown Betty is an easy dessert of sliced apples layered with cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and buttered panko crumbs. Continue reading →       
  • Coq au Vin

    Lynne Webb
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    A traditional country French dish of chicken, mushrooms, carrots and pearl onions braised in a red wine sauce flavored with bacon, garlic, thyme and brandy. Continue reading →       
  • Pasta with Meat Sauce

    Lynne Webb
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    This flavorful and versatile meat sauce can be made with ground beef, pork, turkey or chicken and is ready in just about 30 minutes. Continue reading →       
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    Eat Boutique - handmade food giftbox, homemade, homespun, gift basket, food that hugs you back

  • What We’re Loving: Pancakes

    Amy Feiereisel
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Pancakes are magic. They mean home and comfort and lazy mornings and mickey-mouse shaped stacks, ready for gobbling. My favorite Sundays were those my father declared as Breakfast-for-Dinner days; which, of course, meant pancakes. So when I heard September 26 was National Pancake Day? Well, that warrants some celebration, and some of the most funky, fun, and creative pancake recipes we could find from around the web. From coffee to cornmeal to quinoa, here are your new favorite pancake recipes – and just in time for next Friday! Start the day with a shot of caffeine, with Cappuccino…
  • Grilled Peach, Corn and Prosecco Mussels

    Matthew Petrelis
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    Crossover dishes have my heart this week and this one is just so special. Mussels cuddle up to late summer produce in a sparkling broth that says, “sure, it’s almost soup season but let’s keep the prosecco thing going a little while longer.” Grill up plenty of bread to sop up the pleasing stock – and then invite me over, please.  -Maggie Having recently returned from a farewell-to-summer week on Cape Cod, I couldn’t have been more in the mood to cook up a mussel dish. Inspiration wasn’t far; meandering around the neighborhood reminiscing about the beach,…
  • Miso Beef with Soba Noodles & Crispy Kale Chips

    Sean St. John
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    Let’s not jump into pumpkins and butternuts just yet. Let’s ease into this autumn thing. September is about crossover dishes – a little bit summer with a hint or two of fall. This dish is the perfect balance of both seasons. And wrapped up on their own, the kale chips would make a great lunchtime snack or gift to a friend. -Maggie As autumn loiters in the shadows of September, turning leaves to brown and day to night, my cooking becomes a touch more substantial. The salads and zesty fruits of summer start to fade from the plate, but it’s hard to abandon them completely.
  • Earl Grey & Gin Cured Salmon Appetizer Toasts

    Sean St. John
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    I first found smoked fish when living in Manhattan; every Jewish-style deli worth its weight offered a great option. Smoked mussels were popular at my Maine wedding. And now, I generally only eat smoked salmon during layovers at London’s Heathrow Airport when I treat myself to a little fish and a lot of wine during those long layovers. No need any more. Now, I’ll eat smoked salmon toasts all season long with Sean’s no-fuss recipe. -Maggie Before the invention of refrigeration, we relied on alternative methods of preservation: curing, salting, pickling, drying and smoking…
  • Interview: Two Hands Cafe in New York City

    Josephine Rozman
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    There’s been some buzz about a little Australian cafe in New York City, sandwiched right between Little Italy and Chinatown – talk about international! The talk stems from excellent coffee, munch-able snacks, a gorgeous location, and the love and dedication of the two Sydney-born owners, Giles Russell and Henry Roberts. Luckily Josephine, a recent NYC transplant, made a visit to provide us with some mouthwatering photos, and the story behind them. -Amy What inspired you to open your Cafe? What makes you get up early or stay up late to do what is generally considered to be some of…
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    Simple Comfort Food

  • Chicken Pot Pie Soup

    Dax Phillips
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    My wife came home from work the other day, and I always pose the question, ‘what did you eat for lunch today?’. Often times she brings in my leftovers from the previous day, however I know that she is not one that favors the whole idea of leftovers, unlike myself who can manage to eat leftovers the following day for lunch, and heck for dinner for that matter, and repeat.  When she had mentioned she had chicken pot pie soup, I was a bit intrigued. For one, I have never thought of combining those ingredients into a soup, but I sure do love chicken pot pie, and turkey pot pie for…
  • Chimichanga Suiza

    Dax Phillips
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    One of my wife’s favorite dishes is probably the chimichanga. I could be wrong about that, but she has never turned one down, and any Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurant we have ever been to, she almost always orders the chimichanga. I used to deep fry the chimichangas, but now I have recently started baking them. It’s a lot easier, and a lot less of a mess, and that it right up my alley. My kids have also been turned onto the chimichanga, and as they can be picky eaters (yes, still), these still make a great dinner because I can make a variety including just plain chicken, or chicken…
  • Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pizza

    Dax Phillips
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Lately I have been tinkering with mastering my pizza dough. I’m sure you have all seen my postings, with all sorts of pizza creations. I think I am getting pretty darn close not only with the pizza dough, which is probably the most important, but also with the temperature, cook time, and well, the toppings. A recent gift from Nueske’s yielded a package of peppered bacon. I was stoked to say the least, and as I quickly thought of making BLT’s, I decided to do something a bit different, and that was to make a chicken and bacon ranch pizza. I had some leftover chicken that I…
  • Fire Roasted Habanero Salsa

    Dax Phillips
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    I was asked some time ago what was my favorite chile pepper to use when cooking. At first I was thinking it was the jalapeno as it is more on the mild side and can be tolerated by many, however as I continued to think about it, I thought it was the serrano, or heck even the habanero. There are so many that I do love, including the smoked jalapenos, and as importantly the Thai bird chile pepper. But the habanero is one of those awesome chile peppers that is just loaded with awesome flavor, and heat for that matter. In the past I have only used the habanero in making Jamaican jerk rubs, and…
  • Renaissance Faire Style Mushrooms

    Dax Phillips
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Not too far from Milwaukee, there is a annual summer-time event called the Bristol Renaissance Faire. It’s a good time to be had by all. It’s been years since I have last went, but I recall it rather clearly. I remember the people dressed in costume, the shops, the activities, and their food. So my coworkers and I got to talking as the faire recently ended, and one coworker kept describing their mushrooms and how awesome they were. I was set out to make those, as I knew I would be putting them on pretty much anything, and that was the truth. These mushrooms are perfect in texture,…
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  • Cooking with Thick Cut Bacon

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    A little slab of bacon on hand = a whole lot of flavor waiting to be unleashed in new places. I bought this little piece of uncut bacon the other day. I had no plans for it but it seemed like a good thing to have in my refrigerator as the weather cools and comfort foods start calling. We all tend to fall into food and cooking habits. As someone who loves cooking and experimenting, the daily grind requires some no-brainers. Many of us probably buy over half of the same groceries ever week. I try new recipes and buy the required ingredients but rarely do pantry staples and my go-to weekly…
  • Come Meet Martha Stewart With Me?

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Watch a cooking demonstration, get an autographed sneak preview copy of Martha’s book and hang out together! Who’s in? I have been impressed with Martha Stewart’s ability to transform living spaces, create delicious meals, and even craft useful items out of everyday things lying around, like a female MacGyver with a perfect bouffant. But I am most impressed and in awe of Martha Stewart’s business savvy. There are a lot of talented women who can garden, craft and cook but there are very few who can build and oversee an empire for decades. When I was recently offered a…
  • 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…
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  • Crock Pot Sazon Pork Chops with Peppers, Olives and Potato

    Skinnytaste Gina
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    These pork chops are seasoned with Latin spices and slow cooked in a flavorful sauce with tomatoes, olives, peppers and potatoes. They literally fall of the bone when they come out of the slow cooker!I love to serve them with just a little brown rice on the side, but totally optional!My house was a little divided on this recipe. My husband thought it was good but not great, but my oldest daughter Karina thought it was AMAZING as she put it. I really liked this a lot too, and it was my first time making pork chops in the slow cooker believe it or not but won't be my last.I weighed the pork…
  • Maple Pecan Banana Muffins

    Skinnytaste Gina
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Moist and delicious banana muffins sweetened with pure maple syrup and topped with crushed pecans – so good you won't believe they are light!This week has been a crazy week, for those of you who missed it I was on QVC Wednesday selling The Skinnytaste Cookbook!Here's a link to the video if you want to see it. (I never realized I talked so much with my hands until playing this back!) I was a little nervous, but honestly David is such a great host, he made it so easy. After that I flew to Pittsburgh to visit the Delallo family (I will share more about that later this week) but it…
  • Turkey Picadillo Stuffed Sweet Plantains

    Skinnytaste Gina
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    These sweet plantains are baked in the oven and then stuffed with a savory turkey picadillo filling and topped with cheese – pretty hard to resist! Similar to a Puerto Rican Pastelón which is really more of a plantain lasagna, instead these are made as individual boats which are easy to make, filling and perfect as a main dish.If you're not very familiar with plantains, they are similar to bananas only they need to be cooked. Green plantains are usually meant for salty chips or tostones, but when the plantains are very ripe, almost black, that's when they are at their sweetest!
  • Applesauce Nut Bread

    Skinnytaste Gina
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Moist cinnamon apple bread made with homemade applesauce, small chunks of fresh apples and walnuts in every bite. It's so moist and delicious, you won't believe it's low fat!I'm going apple picking tomorrow upstate New York and I am totally planning on making my crock pot applesauce and this awesome applesauce bread so I thought I would revive this from the archives for anyone else out there who might also be apple picking. The scent of cinnamon and apples baking in the oven all morning makes my kitchen smell like Fall.You can also make this with store bought apple sauce, but…
  • Skinny Garlic Parmesan Fries

    Skinnytaste Gina
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    These delicious fries are baked in the oven with garlic, a little olive oil, kosher salt and black pepper, then sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan and parsley – to die for!Inspired by a night out with friends, my girlfriend ordered something very similar although fully fried and I couldn't stop eating them – I knew I had to make them at home!Yesterday I set out to see if I can recreate them, and luckily I had a houseful of people who helped me taste test them. BIG HIT with everyone in my house!! You don't miss the fact that they are not fried at all, and the garlic smells…
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    San Francisco News and Events | SF Weekly, SF Weekly

  • SOMA Chef Takes Aim At Obnoxious Diners

    David L. Garcia
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Chef James Chu is dealing with controversy created after he closed his SOMA eatery, SO Restaurant, late last week. The restaurant posted a handwritten window sign, boasting of the restaurant's disdain for organic food and gluten-free dishes, and asserting its love of MSG, EaterSF reported. … [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Driver Films Cyclist Riding Through Bay Bridge Traffic

    Erin Sherbert
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    In the never-ending battle of who's worse on the roadways, drivers or cyclists, we finally came to a conclusion: Both are equally bad. And this video proves it. Stanley Roberts, aka the manners police, posted this truly amazing video on his Facebook page today, showing a cyclist pedaling amid traffic on the Bay Bridge, which by the way is illegal.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • San Francisco Is Crowdsourcing Ideas for a New Market Street

    Rachel Swan
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Theater hot spot. Redlight district.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Best Bites From Last Week's All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken Extravaganza

    Omar Mamoon
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Are all-you-can-eat fried chicken events a thing now? Just last month was La Cocina’s Friday Night Fried Chicken Family Meal, and last Thursday night was an event held by Tasting Table in Oakland called Bubbly + Crunch that featured unlimited pours of champagne in addition to the endless bounty of fried chicken provided by 10 restaurants around the bay.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • After Dropping Their Best-reviewed Album in a Decade, Interpol Test New Material at the Fox – 9/20/14

    Michael Anderson
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Interpol Rey Pila Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 The Fox Theater Better than: Dancing to depressing music alone in you room. Interpol’s debut and sophomore albums are two of the most beloved discs of the last decade.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Red Gold Tomatoes sent me some of their tomatoes to try out, and also to ask me to promote a fantastic giveaway they are holding. I try to make my own sauces, but sometimes I resort to canned. As a full-time drive to the office worker (and chauffer to school events but they’re grown now), I love slow cooker meals for quick dinner prep and serving. Southwest chicken dinner can be served over rice, or if you like, put it into a taco and add cheese, salsa and sour cream.  This served us for more than one meal, the second day I put into a casserole dish with salsa and cheese over top and…
  • Tomato Cucumber Salad

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Tomatoes and cucumbers are the staple of just about every summer kitchen. I had plans to do an elaborate salad for the holiday weekend, but when it came down to it, I went quick and easy with my tomato cucumber salad. As a non-mayo, vinegar based salad, it travels well and doesn’t go bad quickly on a hot summer day. If you don’t want to mess with a dressing, store bought will work just fine and save even more time. Tomato Cucumber Salad Tomato Cucumber Salad   Save Print Prep time 15 mins Total time 15 mins   A very fast salad to put together and it's very light and…
  • Tomato Caprese – Delicious and Beautiful

    6 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’ve been making Tomato Caprese for years, and I see it served almost everywhere.  I’ve made it and seen versions of it done so different ways.  I placed it on a platter for a gathering, but we’ve had it chunky with mozzarella balls or small tomato pieces with small mozzarella pieces in a bowl or even mozzarella and basil stuffed cherry tomatoes.  No matter how you slice it or stack it, it’s just a perfect side dish to a meal.  It’s fast and easy and delicious.  It goes very quickly and no leftovers.  Not only that, but it’s such an easy recipe, that…
  • Slow Cooker Smoked Turkey Red Beans and Rice

    20 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today as part of the summer series round robin, Sheena from Hot Eats and Cool Reads is guest posting today – I like her idea of Slow Cooker Smoked Turkey Red Beans and Rice to keep the kitchen cool on a hot summer day. Hi everyone! I’m Sheena and I blog at Hot Eats and Cool Reads! I am so excited to share with you today here at Cookerati! I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years and absolutely love coming up with new recipes. I’m a single Mom to a 7 year old daughter and we live in Central, Minnesota! Besides recipes, you can find book reviews, restaurant reviews and…
  • Nonni’s THINaddictives

    30 May 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Nonni’s is a brand I know. They make biscotti – hard crunchy thick biscotti that you can dip into your coffee. When you dip it in, the biscotti gets really soft and mushy and melt into the coffee if you dunk too long. Actually, I love the meltiness, but not drinking it but that’s a different story. We’re going to talk about their THINaddictives today because I was sent a couple of boxes to try out. The THINaddictives are 100 calorie packs of thin sliced cookies or biscuits. They aren’t biscotti though. These cookies don’t dissolve in your coffee like…
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    Food Storage Made Easy

  • 7 Day Challenge: DAY 6 (MONDAY)

    Jodi and Julie
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation. A few months ago you experienced a job loss and have been eating through your food storage. You have used up your regular three month supply foods and…
  • 7 Day Challenge: DAY 5 (SUNDAY)

    Jodi and Julie
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation. There have been several case of the ebola virus in your city. Everyone has been placed on a mandatory quarantine in their homes until the disease is…
  • 7 Day Challenge: DAY 4 (SATURDAY)

    Jodi and Julie
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation. There are severe weather conditions in your area. A huge storm is expected to hit tomorrow and you have 24 hours to prepare for it. It is expected you…
  • 7 Day Challenge: DAY 3 (FRIDAY)

    Jodi and Julie
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation. There is a terrorist group that is striking cities across the nation. Your city is at high risk. They are releasing bombs as well as deadly diseases so…
  • 7 Day Challenge: DAY 2 (THURSDAY)

    Jodi and Julie
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation. Your state has undergone a complete financial meltdown. For now, electricity is still running but public water services have been shut down temporarily…
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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

  • Bluefin Melon Float (Drink of the Week)

    Joshua Lurie
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. Malls rarely get ritzier than Crystal Cove Shopping Center on Newport Coast, which is where fashionable Orange County residents descend to consume on a grand scale, whether it’s clothes or culinary delights. At Bluefin, a modern sushi bar from Chef Takashi Abe, where skilled knife wielders are backed by a cascading water wall, of course the seafood is pristine. However, Chef Abe really took me by surprise with his drinkable dessert. To celebrate the end of summer, Chef Abe featured honeydew melon in myriad ways to deliver a refreshing float. He started by…
  • L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

    Joshua Lurie
    18 Sep 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. L.A. BEER WEEK + A UNIFYING BEER This week the Brew & You column is devoted to one thing: L.A. Beer Week, aka #LABW6. Use this guide to make your Beer Week one to remember. In honor of six years, we’ve included 6 event suggestions. Numbered establishments on the map correspond to information below for easy reference. Please note that craft beers rotate frequently at these…
  • #LABW6

    Sean Inman
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. It’s coming, and soon, your Twitter (if you are a true blue, L.A. craft beer fan) will be blowing up with the hashtag #LABW6. L.A. Beer Week is on the way, there are beers a plenty to choose from and it will tax your scheduling ability to choose which event you want to attend. In honor of six years, here are 6 event suggestions which should get a little more consideration when you plan: MacLeod Ale Brewing will be hosting special one-off beer nights throughout the week. If you haven’t visited this new Van Nuys brewery, this would be a great time to…
  • Hong Galbi (Dose of Vitamin P)

    Joshua Lurie
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. When a restaurant includes a dish in the name, it’s probably a good idea to focus on that dish. Hong Galbi, a two-year-old, family-run spot fronted by Aiden Hong in Koreatown, specializes in galbi, and they feature in many forms. However, instead of the grilled, steamed or braised beef short ribs people often associate with galbi, Hong features sizzling pork short ribs. Your best bet is to invest in Combo D ($91) a six-dish feast that comes with panchan, kimchi pancakes, salad and more. This way, you’ll receive Hong Galbi (Pork Ribs) broiled pork…
  • Shunji Tomato Agedashi Tofu (Food of the Week)

    Joshua Lurie
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. The servers are cagey at Shunji, chef Shunji Nakao’s round restaurant in a former West LA rib joint by the I-10 on-ramp. During a recent dinner, whenever I asked questions about how certain dishes were made, my server would quickly rattle off a couple of the most obvious ingredients and end her sentence with “some other things.” This got to be a running joke. Still, it’s hard to begrudge Chef Shunji and his staff for maintaining a veil of secrecy surrounding some of his most impressive dishes. However, his signature Tomato Agedashi Tofu ($9)…
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  • Potato Leek Soup Becomes Heat Wave Vichyssoise

    Greg Henry
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    We’ve been beaten down by some brutal heat here in Hollywood this past week. So when our final night of the Hollywood Bowl season tickets rolled around, I needed something cool to eat. I chose Chilled Potato Leek Soup and served it alongside freshly shucked oysters. Vichyssoise for vicious weather, you might say. After 6 solid days of nearly 100 degree weather, I couldn’t stomach anything that might raise my body temperature. I know I sound like a wimp, but when I signed on to the whole ‘LA lifestyle’ thing it was the 70-something and sunny part that really sold me.
  • Catfish Sloppy Joe Sliders with Cole Slaw

    Greg Henry
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Catfish Sloppy Joe Sliders. I saw a version of this sandwich in Esquire magazine several years ago. Esquire rated Rick Moonen’s recipe one of the best sandwiches in America. That sandwich was a full-sized Catfish Sloppy Joe served on a super soft potato bun. What’s so amazing about this sandwich (his version or mine) is the familiarity of it. Yes, I realize the Sloppy Joe Sandwiches of your youth were not made from catfish (necessarily??). But it’s not the choice of protein that makes a Sloppy Joe so familiar. It’s something more basic than that. Some foods are memory…
  • Tomato Sandwich with Egg Salad and Bacon (and Bread)

    Greg Henry
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    I have plenty of friends who have given up on bread in varying degrees. Some permanently, and some give it up every time they want to lose a little weight. I try to be supportive, so sometimes I sit with them in a restaurant or at the dinner table and watch them struggle through a bunless-burger using a knife and fork. I try to be a good friend and forgo bread myself (temporarily), but I always end up picking at the crust of the baguette when they aren’t looking, or making toast after they’ve left the room. So I made a Tomato Sandwich with Egg Salad and Bacon to remind myself why…
  • Pine Nut Tart (Tarte aux Pignons)

    Greg Henry
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Another dessert, sorry. I hadn’t planned to make another dessert right on the heels of several other desserts. Especially not a pie or tart. But I got my pastry dough schedule out of whack. Most of my pastry recipes make enough dough for a double crust pie. My schedule got out of whack when I made a Raspberry and Fig Pie last week that I’ll blushingly refer to as– topless. My initial remedy for the leftover disc of dough was the Butterscotch Peach Pie that soon followed. However after I started, that peach pie told it me it wanted to be an all-American lattice-topped pie. Which…
  • Butterscotch Peach Pie with Old-Fashioned Appeal

    Greg Henry
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    I’m giving peach pie the grown-up treatment with cozy, old-fashioned butterscotch. Butterscotch is burnt sugar with a splash of bourbon for bite. It’s the glue that transforms this pie into something unexpected. Butterscotch Peach Pie. Butterscotch, toffee and most any other version of burnt sugar is the one sweet treat I simply cannot pass by. So while I wasn’t passing it by, I added some to this peach pie, making it a Butterscotch Peach Pie that’s made with (shhh) bourbon . I’ve given my Butterscotch Peach Pie a bed of all-butter crust. I make lots of other…
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    Chez Us - The Daily Dish

  • Mushroom Chicken Alfredo Lasagna

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Comfort food at it’s best, is exactly what this recipe for Mushroom Chicken Alfredo Lasagna is.  Inspired over a dinner in the Azores with our 18 year old nephew Matthew, who happens to enjoy cooking, he wondered out loud about a lasagna made with Alfredo sauce.  I tucked away that thought, as I knew it had to be made.  Let me say this dish is outstanding, and Lenny said one of the best lasagnas I have ever made;  but, the Alfredo sauce mixed with mushrooms is addicting!     I developed this recipe for the Mushroom Channel, and I used the blendability approach when doing…
  • Crushing On

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    It has been a week;  boy, oh boy, what a week.  Kind of a reminder, not so gentle either, that we cannot take life for granted.  A week ago we were chugging along the mountains of Oregon and Washington, making our way to the Seattle for what was one of the most beautiful weddings.  Ever.  Rejoicing with friends, and celebrating love, life and adventure.  Bluebird Seattle weather, and lots of love.  It was perfect. Then on the way home we got word that one of our dearest friends, whom we spend a considerable amount of time with, passed.  Exactly a week before that, I found out my great…
  • Taco Tuesday

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    We love, love, love Taco Tuesday, and are hoping y’all are as well.  We are in the middle of working on some new Chez Us taco recipes, and cannot wait to share them with you.  That being said our last guest post was scheduled for this week, but decided to save that deliciousness for next Tuesday.  Completely selfish right?  Actually, it as been so much fun inviting fellow foodie friends to our table, that we are thinking of extending it through the year.  If anyone is interested in bringing some tacos to the table, please let us know. Instead, of a new recipe this week, we are…
  • Crushing On

    Denise Woodward
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    Happy Friday!  Last week felt a bit like fall was dangling over us.  The days were warm, and the afternoons/evenings became crisp.  Not to mention, it was definitely a little darker in the morning when I hit the gym.  A big part of me is not ready for fall and winter, and am still craving hot summer days and nights.  The small part of me is looking forward to chunky sweaters and comfort food.  Are you ready yet?  How about the weekend?  What do y’all have cooking?  We have been road-tripping it up to Seattle for a weekend wedding of our good friends Megan and Sam.  Instead…
  • Slaw Topped Pulled Pork Tacos

    Denise Woodward
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:17 am
    Whenever I see “Nutmeg Nanny” pop up in my feed, I sing this little song called NUTMEG NANNY!!  I wish I could record it, to share with y’all, as it is spunky just as I imagine she is in real life.  We  adore Brandy’s site Nutmeg Nanny, and you should too.  Brandy is a breath of fresh air when it comes to food blogging, as she is real when sharing her life with her husband and cats with her readers.  I really enjoy her recipes as they are approachable, and easy to make for any home cook.  Nothing fussy, just good ole home cooking, which in our opinion is the…
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  • Best Butter Chicken

    Jennifer Pallian
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Butter Chicken is one of the recipes most frequently requested of me. It’s one I make fairly often, so I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to post it! This restaurant favourite is creamy, flavourful... The post Best Butter Chicken appeared first on Foodess.
  • Grilled Salmon with Avocado-Melon-Cucumber Salsa

    Jennifer Pallian
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this recipe for grilled salmon with avocado-melon-cucumber salsa, juicy, sweet melon and creamy avocado top perfect, flaky fish. The post Grilled Salmon with Avocado-Melon-Cucumber Salsa appeared first on Foodess.
  • Chai Spiced Apple Cake with Mascarpone Frosting

    Jennifer Pallian
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    As soon as September arrives, I’m eager to segue into autumn baking – is there anything better in life than the smell of apples and warm spices wafting from the oven? This is one of... The post Chai Spiced Apple Cake with Mascarpone Frosting appeared first on Foodess.
  • Buttermilk Waffles

    Jennifer Pallian
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I woke up at 6 am on Saturday, to a very endearing “Hi! Hi! Hi! Hi!” being chirped in a little voice from a crib. You can’t really be unhappy about an early morning wake-up... The post Buttermilk Waffles appeared first on Foodess.
  • ABC (Apple, Beet, Carrot) juice

    Jennifer Pallian
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I got a juicer! It’s an appliance I’ve been eyeballing since I did a collection of juice recipes for a Canadian magazine, using one borrowed from a friend. Would you judge me if I told... The post ABC (Apple, Beet, Carrot) juice appeared first on Foodess.
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    Edible Garden

  • Instant Oats Idli Recipe with Rava, Step by Step

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Easy oats idli recipe with rava, yogurt, eno salt, and spices. This instant Indian breakfast recipe, much like the popular rava idli recipe, is fast gaining popularity as we try to use oats more in our daily diets. Learn how to make rava oats idli at home - they come out super spongy and delicious. Indian breakfast recipes with oats (Quaker oats in particular) have been gaining a lot of popularity over the last couple of years. I have been constantly getting requests to post ideas but honestly, I hadn't gotten into the bandwagon during its early days. Until, I tried making this oats idli.
  • Easy Mushroom Pulao Recipe in 20 Minutes, Step by Step

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    Learn how to make vegetarian mushroom pulao at home using fresh mushrooms, some basic spices from your pantry, and cooked (or even leftover) rice. Pulao is a no-brainer for lunch boxes and entertaining. I mean, let's be honest here. It's not very often that you have dishes what look well rounded, colourful (mostly), and like you put in way more effort than you actually did but a well-made pulao is definitely one of them. While I like to play it safe and add a simple vegetable pulao to my menu when I have guests, it's fun to play around and make something different once in a while which is how…
  • Frangipane cake recipe - How to make frangipane cake, step by step

    9 Sep 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Learn how to make frangipane cake, the cake version of the popular frangipane tart, which is made with almond flour, eggs, butter, sugar, and pretty much any other ingredients you want to add on to customise it. I used fresh strawberries to make this strawberry frangipane cake adaptation. On my last day in Google, a good friend at work, Kate, made this delicious almond cake with fresh raspberries as a good-bye gift (Incidentally, this same friend baked the best banana cake recipe for me a couple years ago too, one of my favourites!). I loved it so much that I got the recipe from her…
  • How to Make Tomato Paneer Pulao - Paneer Pulao Recipe Step by Step

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Learn how to make tomato paneer pulao, a tangy paneer pulao recipe with simple spices and ingredients. Paneer pulao is a great lunchbox recipe and stores well.  Paneer and tomatoes go really well together and form the base of many popular dishes we know and love (like paneer butter masala and paneer jalfrezi) so why not marry the two to make a tomato paneer pulao, I thought one day. Most similar thoughts tend to just remain in my head while I go about doing more lazy things but on this particular Saturday, the pulao got made and both TH and I loved it. The moment he saw the finished…
  • 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…
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    The Italian Dish

  • Asparagus Appetizers in Phyllo Dough

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    I made these for my son's graduation open house this past spring and they were such a big hit. So many people wanted the recipe that I thought I would go ahead and share it here.  These are... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • 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!
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    Recipe Girl

  • Santa Fe Chicken

    Lori Lange
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a chicken recipe your whole family will enjoy: Santa Fe Chicken My family asked me what was for dinner the other night, and I responded by telling them that yes, indeed we were having chicken (again). I got grunts and groans and things like that. I know I need to branch out a little bit more once in a while, but I promised them that they would ABSOLUTELY enjoy the chicken I was preparing them. They were skeptical, as usual. But no need for that because this chicken rocked it out of the park. They loved it! The chicken is lightly browned in a hot skillet, then it’s baked in…
  • Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

    Lori Lange
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Here’s another one of my Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See posts- lots to share with you today! On Parade magazine‘s blog this week, I shared the most amazing Brown Butter Banana Bread from Jessica Merchant’s cookbook, Seriously Delish.  If you love banana bread, you must check out this recipe. It’s really, really good! I also shared Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies from Lisa Leake’s book: 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love. These cookies are sweetened (only) with…
  • Yellow Cake

    Lori Lange
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’ve been searching for a good Yellow Cake recipe for some time now.  I’ve finally found a keeper! I’m one of those crazy people who is in love with every flavor of cake EXCEPT chocolate.  Give me vanilla or white any day, I’ll seriously jump up and down for spice cake, lemon is luscious and red velvet is a major favorite.  I feel the same way about yellow cake.  It’s just simply flavored and buttery.  Chocolate = not so exciting to me. I’m sort of okay with chocolate frosting though.  It’s kind of like topping vanilla ice cream with hot…
  • Chocolate Frosting Recipe

    Lori Lange
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Truly the most perfect Chocolate Frosting Recipe I’ve ever made! See how glossy and perfect it is???  It’s the best, and you must try it! Turns out I’ve been messing around with cake and frosting recipes this week. I have SO many delicious results to share with you, and I’m super excited about that!! Cake is awesome… especially on Tuesdays. You see, Tuesday is my Weigh-In Day for my weight loss challenge. So basically I get to weigh myself in the morning and then bake to my heart’s content (aka cheat big-time) in the afternoon. Then all is back to normal…
  • Classic Zucchini Bread

    Lori Lange
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hurry, before the summer zucchini is gone forever!  (Or at least until it’s gone until next summer) >> Make some Classic Zucchini Bread. True story:  When I was little, my Mom made zucchini bread and zucchini cake ALL THE TIME.  And I hated it… with a passion.  There was something about it… like it wasn’t sweet enough or it didn’t have great flavor- or perhaps she just didn’t have good recipes (sorry Mom).  Everyone else seemed to like it though, so maybe it was just me.  Maybe I was frightened by the prospect of including a green vegetable in a…
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    Tamarind and Thyme

  • Can Xabanet, Banyoles

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    We travelled onwards to Barcelona from Marseille, stopping by in Montpellier on the way there. After a whole week of eating out, it felt great to dine on home cooking again, all thanks to my fabulous mother-in-law! And this continued untl a few days into our visit, when we all took a day trip to Banyoles, a beautiful little inland town in northern Catalonia with a huge lake that, legend has it, has a dragon (we didn’t see any – Blai, you owe me a dragon). There’s plenty of history in the town and that lake – that lake! It’s all quite beautiful. It’s a…
  • Le Resto Provençal, Marseille

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    I happened to be browsing on my phone in Marseille when I came across an article that stated that the Cours Julien was where the young people go in the evenings. I immediately Google mapped it and to my surprise, it was not far at all from our flat, just in the opposite direction to that we’d normally instinctively go. And it turned out that the Cours Julien is a fabulous area – there are boutique shops and lots of restaurants and a big communal square and a playground. It’s a lovely place to be. We wandered around for a bit but immediately knew when we stopped in front of…
  • Tunisian Food in Marseille

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    We arrived quite late on our first evening in Marseille and after dumping our stuff in our flat, we walked straight to the port, hoping that our noses would lead us to something good to eat. Unfortunately, most of the places we could see were chains or very expensive or blasting music (read: looking like a disco); later we would encounter the south side of the port and its plethora of tourist traps. It’s not easy to eat well by the port. There was one place on my list though – La Kahena, a Tunisian restaurant that was well rated. It was brightly lit and open (relatively) late and…
  • 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…
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    Jacqueline Church .com

  • Crafty Bastards and Oyster Lore at Harpoon Brewery

    Jacqueline Church
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    Many people do not know just how intertwined the history of oysters and beer are with this country’s early days. It’s fascinating how our beloved beer and bivalves played such prominent roles in Colonial taverns, diets, commerce. 70 lucky guests got the inside scoop on Tuesday – or should I say inside shuck? Those who scored a ticket to this event before it sold out in under an hour, were honoray Crafty Bastards. A big Welcome to all our new Oyster Century Club members, too. I know you’ll enjoy the reading and I hope you’ll start shucking at home.    …
  • An Evening of Beer, History, and a Boatload of Oysters

    Jacqueline Church
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
      Well I’m on my way shortly here to a terrific event at Harpoon Brewery. Imagine a giant Venn Diagram with Oysters, Beer, History, Culinary Geekdom all intersecting. THAT is where we’ll be tonight!   An Evening of Beer, History, and a Boatload of Oysters… Tickets, Boston – Eventbrite.
  • Anything is Possible – Oysters and Out of the Shell Pairings at Urban Grape

    Jacqueline Church
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    Kicking off the news season of pop-ups at The Urban Grape, The Oyster Century Club co-hosted an evening of inventive pairings with five oystsers expertly shucked by The Boston Raw Bar Company. Shucking and Slurping TJ Douglas knocked it out of the park with the pairings: Wellfleets (Crassostrea Virginicas) welcomed our guests paired with a sparkling Gruner Veltliner. Urban Hops’ Ben Bouton chose a Leipziger Gose to pair with Sunken Meadows (Crassostrea Virginicas) from Eastham. Kiapara (Crassostrea Gigas) from New Zealand were paired with Bride of the Fox Saké. Kumamotos…
  • An Urban Affair: Out of the Shell. The Oyster Century Club @ The Urban Grape

    Jacqueline Church
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    I wish I could say “come join us” but this event sold out before I could even post about it! Will post photos soon. For now, you can follow along using the #oyster100 hashtag on Twitter or FB or IG. Stop by The Urban Grape and ask what to pair with your next dozen oysters at home. An Urban Affair: Out of the Shell Tickets, Boston – Eventbrite.     Isn’t she a beauty? We’re including Oyster Century Club membership for all attendess and the first 20 get a free Oyster Century Club shucking knife!  
  • 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…
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    Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine

  • Eating Whole Foods: Penne With Fresh Tomatoes & Artichoke Hearts

    The Food Hunter
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter There's no excuse for not eating healthy and homemade when there's recipes like this one around. Penne with Fresh Tomatoes & Artichoke Hearts is big on flavor and short on time, taking less than 30 minutes to put together. Your weeknight dinner options will never be the same! ***Scroll down to enter the Whole Foods Giveaway***  Penne With Fresh Tomatoes & Artichoke Hearts (printable recipe) 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 2 cans artichoke hearts, quartered 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 1 pound penne pasta…
  • Prep For The Holidays With Appliances From Best Buy

    The Food Hunter
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    The holiday season is fast approaching; that time of year that should be spent enjoying family and friends but more often than not is filled with stress about cooking & entertaining. Hosting large holiday meals or even intimate dinner parties can be hectic but a little forward thinking and the latest appliance technology can make it much easier. What impressed me about the appliances available at Best Buy was how much more efficient they make the home cook. The Frigidaire FGIF3061NF range has induction cooking which allows you to boil water in less than two minutes and reduces your clean…
  • Living The Standard A Scottsdale Restaurant Review

    The Food Hunter
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    By: Davinia Perrin I recently had the opportunity to check out The Standard, a new restaurant in Scottsdale described as “a friendly place with a focus on healthy, simple food in a comfy lounge atmosphere.” A unique concept that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and also has a market side for folks who need to grab a quick bite to eat. A great place to meet for drinks; they have an inviting spacious outside patio with a full bar in addition to the bar inside. They also have a private dining space and offer full off-site service catering services (they pretty much do it all!). We started…
  • Peach Salad with Strawberry Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

    The Food Hunter
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter Last month I had a chance to spend some time in Baton Rouge with my "Foodie Fam." and one of our many food adventures led us to the Red Stick Spice Company. Being a family owned specialty shop Red Stick captures the delicious and unique flavors of the region by sourcing only the best local ingredients they can find. The store's collection includes everything from: spices, rubs, olive oils, various flavored balsamic vinegars and high quality loose tea. During our visit we were able to sample a lovely salad which used a local pepper jelly as the base of its refreshing…
  • T.Cooks Boasts A Fresh New Look & Menu

    The Food Hunter
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter After being closed last summer for renovations, T.Cooks at the Royal Palms Hotel is back, this time boasting a Mediterranean inspired look designed by Bar Napkin Productions and a fresh new menu created by Chef Paul McCabe. The interior of the main dining room has been updated to include: high back chairs, vaulted ceilings and iron chandeliers. There are two private dining rooms available for executive dining or parties of 12 or less and an outdoor patio perfect for creating a memorable event. Not to be over-looked is the new Mix Up Bar, a spacious & inviting lounge…
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    Tiny Farmhouse

  • Concord Grape Jelly

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Every day, I walk a loop around my neighborhood, starting on our road, which is dotted with antique homes, raised ranches, and hay fields. I walk this for about five minutes, then follow a long, occasionally narrow road called Fairfield, which is also dotted with hay fields (lovely ones, as the name suggests), Capes, ranches, and the occasional raised ranch. Next, I leave Fairfield behind and walk a little over a mile on what I consider the woodland portion of my walk. On this road, there are horse farms, hay fields, and fields in which local hunters hunt deer, then a stretch of road lined…
  • Grilled Eggplant Baked with Tomato Confit, Pesto, and Cheese

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    While pumpkin season may be upon us – I have seen them, they are ripe, and people are buying them – as is also the case for all of the delightful winter squashes that I do, indeed, love, I’m not ready for them just yet. At least not while our garden is still producing tomatoes and eggplant. No, no. This denial-prone lady is going to clutch onto summer for as long as possible. We have all winter for pumpkin. All freaking winter. However, it is getting colder out at night. Cocktail hour in the garden or on the back deck is more like a cocktail fifteen minutes, if it happens at…
  • Whole Grains Month + a contest

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Not just any contest. Oh no. This is a contest that involves healthful eating, and cash and whole grain goodies for the winner, plus voting for a new favorite whole grain recipe (that’s how you enter to win the cash and goodies), which, I’ll be perfectly honest, I hope is this Wild Rice and Fall Fruit Salad of mine. Many, many years ago, though still a while after my school days were over, a friend of mine said, “Don’t you just feel like September is the time to make a change? It’s the perfect time to start something new.” At the time, this felt like a revelation – he…
  • 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…
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    Food Loves Writing

  • our first house.

    Shanna Mallon
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    Friday afternoon, a few hours after that last post published, Tim and I sat in a real estate office south of Nashville with our agent, a closing agent and a stack of paperwork, doing something we’ve never done together or apart: we closed on our first house. We first found it exactly a month ago today, just two days after that post about our house hunt published last month. Tim and I were rushing around that morning, about to leave for Ohio for the weekend to see family, but we’d emailed our agent (shout-out to Josh! we love him!) about a few new places we wanted to see, and bless…
  • Tim’s Indian Dinner in a Tiffin Box (MightyNest Giveaway)

    Shanna Mallon
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Sometime this summer, Tim and I watched the movie “The Lunchbox,” an Indian flick in which a man receives the wrong lunchbox—or really, the wrong tiffin box, a tall, stainless steel contraption with multiple containers stacked in a tower that clips together and keeps different foods apart—over and over again. Instead of the boring restaurant food he’d been ordering to come for him every day in the sea of tiffin boxes that delivery guys on bicycles take to offices at lunchtime, he starts getting a housewife’s meals. That housewife is lonely and trying to…
  • 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…
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    White on Rice Couple

  • Zucchini Pad Thai Noodles “Zoodles”

    White on Rice Couple
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    The sound of zucchini pasta didn’t exactly entice our appetites. We’ve heard of zoodles, or zucchini noodles but had never tasted them. Zucchini pasta recipes? Ok….how….interesting. Yes, we judged the humble zucchini. The thought of making zucchini noodles didn’t exactly have us running to the kitchen to whip up a batch. Maybe we thought zucchini pasta would be tasteless and we’d rather eat the real stuff and run 5 miles to burn it off. Well, we’re here to humbly apologize to the zucchini noodles because we were totally wrong. So, so sorry zucchini,…
  • Sea Salt Cream Iced Coffee

    White on Rice Couple
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    Curiosity. That is what best describes what I was thinking after initially seeing a Sea Salt Coffee on a menu board. We were in an  85°C Bakery locally here in SoCal and with so many items different from what I’m used to seeing I took a little more time to scope out  the menu.After coming across the Sea Salt coffee I knew I had to try it.  Crazy for coffee, love “salted” sweets, like Salted Caramels, or Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt. Not to mention the Vietnamese Salted Limeades. We brine our own limes just to make sure we have them readily available. (...)Read the rest…
  • Our Curated Boutique at Great.Ly & New blog features

    White on Rice Couple
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    We’re so glad it’s Friday. Happy to have all the dishes at the studio washed, put away and props in somewhat proper order. Do you ever feel like this by the time Friday arrives? At the end of each photo shoot, it feels like a Friday. Whew. But that also means frequent wrap parties, and time for a round of cocktails for everyone. So with the incentive of having a few rounds of Fridays within a week, it’s a nice perk to keep us going. Because of some hectic travel and work schedules, we’ve been holding some new news aside. At the same time, working out some kinks on…
  • 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…
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    Bay Area Bites

  • Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite South Bay Mexican Restaurants

    Jeff Cianci
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    While San Francisco’s La Taqueria has been crowned America’s best burrito, there are still plenty of great eats from south of the border around the Bay Area. This guide to ten South Bay Mexican restaurants runs the spectrum from corner taquerias to neighborhood favorite restaurants, serving time-tested family recipes. Whether you crave a simple shrimp ceviche over a tostada, chicken enchiladas with a sweet mole poblano sauce or slow roasted pork in a spicy chile sauce, (don’t forget the margaritas!) here are ten South Bay restaurants serving crowd-pleasing flavors of Mexico. If we…
  • Trek On Over to Scarlet City Espresso Bar for Stellar Coffee and Sci-Fi Goodness

    Jenny Oh
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Jen St. Hilaire and Susanna Handow, co-founders of Scarlet City Espresso Once an empty storage unit that sat vacant for several years, Scarlet City Espresso Bar has transformed the dormant lot into a wonderful, whimsical new cafe now open in Emeryville at the corner of Adeline and Yerba Buena Avenue. Step into its doors and you’ll walk into a sleek, spacious establishment with stunning Art Deco-meets-Asimov decor. The careful attention to its sci-fi themed design details is apparent in its futuristic furnishings that range from slick black leather tables, gleaming acrylic stools,…
  • Sweet: Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme Pump Up Pledge On Palm Oil

    NPR Food
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts have pledged to source palm oil from suppliers who are not clear-cutting rain forests. Photo: Meredith Rizzo/NPR by Allison Aubrey, The Salt at NPR Food (9/18/14) Environmentalists say two major doughnut chains got a little sweeter this week. Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Brands have both made new commitments to source palm oil for frying their goodies from suppliers who are not clear-cutting forests. As we reported back in June, leading doughnut retailers have been sourcing some of their palm oil from suppliers who have a history of clear-cutting rain…
  • Five Oakland Restaurants with Outdoor Patios to Dine with Your Dog

    Oakland Local
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Outdoor dining at Barlago. Photo: Justin Greer by loakavore, Oakland Local (9/16/14) While many local restaurateurs have long allowed pooches on their patios, they’ll soon be able to do so without fear of being cited, thanks to a bill recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown. Beginning in January, it will be perfectly legal to dine with your dog–providing your well-mannered Fido is appropriately leashed with you in an outdoor-seating area. Just because a restaurant can legally allow dogs, however, doesn’t mean that every outdoor venue welcomes your four-legged friend. Here are five…
  • From Coffee To Chicory To Beer, ‘Bitter’ Flavor Can Be Addictive

    NPR Food
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The cardoon is like “celery on steroids,” says McLaglan. Photo: Aya Brackett/Ten Speed Press Listen to the Story on Morning Edition: by NPR Staff, The Salt at NPR Food (9/18/14) Food writer Jennifer McLagan has spent the past few years trying to win home cooks over to the ingredients they fear. She’s written a cookbook on fat, one on bones and one titled Odd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal. Now, at a time when “arugula eater” is…
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  • Merino Lamb Loin w/ Walnut-Lemon Sauce

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    Roast Beef w/ Truffle Parsnip Puree & Baby Romanesco The walnuts and braised onions in this recipe bring richness and roundness of flavor, while the lemon and cherry tomatoes add the perfect pop of bright acidity. The combination is delightfully unusual, yet still allows the Merino lamb to be the star of the show. Ingredients: Makes 2 Servings Marinade: ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 tbsp Whole Coriander 1 Garlic Clove, peeled and crushed 5 Whole Black Peppercorns 1 Merino Lamb Loin Fillet, trimmed of fat cap and silver skin Walnut Sauce: 1 ½ cups English Walnuts, toasted ¼ cup Extra…
  • 7 Delicious Pasta Recipes

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    It’s never a bad time for pasta. Whether it’s the middle of summer or the middle of winter, it seems like there’s a pasta dish for every taste and every situation. Here are some of our favorite recipes. Give them a try! Simple Pleasures Get a lot of deliciousness without too much work with these easy-to-cook favorites. Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Pasta Sauce Whether you want a light, bright shrimp pasta dish to compliment the summer, or a light, bright shrimp pasta dish to pretend it’s still summer, this recipe’s got you covered. Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta Recipe…
  • Caponata

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Caponata Bright, deep, tangy & very savory, caponata’s a delicious vegetarian topping for bruschetta. Serve it as an appetizer or a light meal. It would probably also be good as a pasta sauce. Ingredients:                      Makes 6-8 Servings (8-10 Appetizer Servings) 2 small Eggplants, large diced 1 Fennel Bulb, large diced ¼ cup + ¼ cup Olive Oil 1 cup Castelvetrano Olives, cut from around the pit 1 cup drained & chopped Canned Tomatoes ½ cup Pine Nuts, toasted 1 Onion, small diced 3 stalks Celery, cut ¼” thick on the bias 1 tbsp minced Fresh Rosemary…
  • New to the Store in September

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    New Mushroom Cookbook! Shroom: Mind-Bendingly Good Recipes for Cultivated & Wild Mushrooms New Nuts: Candied Pecans Chai Spice Butter Savory Nut Mix Nut Butter Sampler Sweet & Salty Hazelnuts   New Artisan Chocolates: Mayan Dark Chocolate Snack’R Candy Bars Cherry, Almond & Black Pepper Chocolate Dorie Candy Bars Stone Ground 75% Dark Chocolate Reims Spiced Hot Chocolate New Jams & Preserves: Blackberry Prune Lemon Basil Jam   Pear, Lime & Vanilla Marmalade   Apricots & Cumin Delice   Other New Flavors: Scorpion & Ghost Chile Hot Sauce…
  • Wild Boar Bolognese w/ Penne

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Wild Boar Bolognese with Wild Mushrooms & Penne Bolognese sauce is one of the classic Italian applications for this flavorful wild meat.  So much so that we already have several different takes on it, all of which are delicious. This recipe makes twice as much sauce as you’ll need for 4-6 servings, so you can either double the pasta to feed a crowd or freeze the rest. Ingredients:                                                       Makes 4-6 Servings 2lbs Ground Wild Boar 0.6oz of Dried Porcini Mushrooms 1 medium Carrot, finely…
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  • 5 More Satisfying Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Last week, Foodista shared some delicious slow cooker chicken recipes and now we are back with five more!
  • 5 Comforting Vegetarian Meals for Fall

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Fall brings cooler weather, pumpkins, and comfort food.  These delicious vegetarian recipes are made from scratch, soul feeding recipes that will warm the body and your heart.  Whether your craving a bowl of chili, a buttery pot pie or a hearty pasta bake - we've got you covered.
  • How To Make Homemade Chocolate Pudding

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    If you have read this blog over the years, you know that I absolutely love m
  • Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Cinnamon rolls are a classic treat for many of us.
  • 4 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches That Will Rock Your World

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Fall is officially here, and we know what you want. You want easy dinners that satisfy your need for comfort and flavor. These 4 grilled cheese sandwiches will rock your world! They are  oozing with luscious cheese and all sorts of extras.
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    Behind The Burner

  • Why Is Roof Restoration So Important?

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Roof restoration refers to the use of highly-engineered coating products so that a roof deck is restored to an almost brand new condition. It can be performed on nearly any type of roofing system. When a new roof is needed, typically two options are available, either the existing roof can just be covered with a new one, or the existing roof can be torn off and then a new one can be installed. In any case, not is roof restoration important and necessary, but it can also prove to be beneficial too. The types of work carried out can be repointing, fixing fascias, guttering and resealing. If you…
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    ecomii food & health alternative blog

  • Vegan Teen Promotes Compassion

    Jaden Elkins
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I have been vegetarian all my life and vegan for the last seven years. In fact, my entire family, my mom and dad and my two brothers and sister are all vegan, too. I love animals and it makes me very sad when I think about what happens to them when they are used for [...]
  • Your Daily Bread

    Sherry Brooks
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
      You believe you make a decent annual salary.  So, when tempted to make a purchase you think, “I can afford this.  Compared to the money I make a month, this costs almost nothing.” Yet, each month when the whopping credit card statements arrive, you are deeper underwater on your payments and other bills. What’s [...]
  • British Journal Study Confirms Organic Produce Significantly Higher in Antioxidants

    Marie Oser, Managing Editor
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Consumers are becoming concerned about food, health and safety issues and the social and ecological implications of their purchases. There is a growing distrust of conventional agro-industrial foods and consumers perceive organic products to be a more sustainable system delivering better-tasting, healthier and safer food. A ten-year study by scientists at U.C. Davis in California [...]
  • 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 [...]
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    Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen

  • How to Dehydrate Tomatoes + Gluten-Free Fusilli with Oven-Dried Tomatoes

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Preserve your bounty of summer tomatoes with this easy oven-dried technique, and toss them into this healthy family dinner made with gluten-free pasta and a low-fat cheese sauce. Right now, my garden is bursting with late-summer tomatoes, so this month’s Recipe Redux challenge was right up my alley … sort of. The Challenge: “Whether it’s extra garden bounty or a sale at the supermarket – dehydrating food is a budget-friendly way to stock up for later. You can use a food dehydrator, a low slow oven, or natural sunshine to preserve natural healthfulness. Show us how you…
  • Pumpkin Chia Pudding + Blog Brûlée Highlights

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Autumn is in the air, and after an action-packed weekend at the first annual Blog Brûlée healthy blogger retreat at Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont, we created this healthy and delicious, fall-inspired Pumpkin Chia Pudding recipe for you and your family. (As invited speakers, our travel and lodging was paid for, and we received an honorarium.) We’ll tell you more about this easy dessert recipe further down in the post. But for now, indulge us a bit as we share highlights from Blog Brûlée … The theme of the weekend was “Setting Fire to Better Blogs,” and our small…
  • Easy Chicken & Rice Meatball Soup

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    This Chicken & Rice Meatball Soup was created for the Boston kickoff of the Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest sponsored by Uncle Ben’s. It’s an easy recipe that your kids can cook with you, and it’s healthy and delicious too!  This week, we helped Uncle Ben’s kick off the third annual Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest at Sportello restaurant in Boston.   Chef Barbara Lynch showed a group of kids and their parents how to make this easy Chicken & Rice Meatball Soup, and we were on hand to answer nutrition and mealtime questions. Read on for…
  • Asian Pork Tenderloin and My Adventures in Oregon (Podcast #252)

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:41 pm
    This recipe for Asian Pork Tenderloin is rich in protein and flavor, and you’ll definitely want to include it in your family’s weekly meal planning! On this week’s Cooking with the Moms podcast, Liz and I dish about our summer food and fitness adventures and share recipes for Asian Pork Tenderloin and Wild Blueberry & Chia Seed Smoothies. On the show, we take you traveling to the wild blueberry barrens of Maine, the beautiful island of Nantucket, and my two favorite states in the Union: Washington and Oregon. Read on for highlights from my family’s vacation in…
  • Wild Blueberry & Chia Seed Smoothie: The Wild Blueberry Barrens of Maine

    4 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    This healthy smoothie recipe is made with frozen wild blueberries, frozen mango, chia seeds, Greek yogurt, and orange juice, and it’s an easy snack for kids and families. I’ve been on a bit of a wild blueberry binge since returning from a three-day trip to the wild blueberry barrens of Maine last month. Surrounded by thousands of acres of low-lying wild blueberry bushes and stunning views from our home base of Bar Harbor, I was joined by fellow food and nutrition bloggers and top-notch growers, harvesters, processors, and researchers. Read on for some behind-the-scenes images…
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  • 92 Bus, Stops 64 – 66

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    The great pizza trek continues, bit by bit at this point as I fill in the missed spots one at a time… these fall into one of three categories, for the most part: only open at night, only sell full pizzas, only sell for takeout or delivery. As such they may not all be in the same ‘hood – it’s going to be a bit of a scatter-shot approach, I think. (64) La Pipa, Billinghurst 1393 in Barrio Norte primarily just sells pizzas and empanadas to go, they do have one small table for two for people who want to munch there. The only by the slice option is plain mozzarella and only…
  • Veronica’s Soul Sole

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    If you haven’t been keeping up with us on social media, you may not have seen the announcements earlier this week for our next online cooking challenge. We decided on a couple of changes this time around. First off, we announced it a week ahead of time, so people who found it difficult to get everything ready in less than 24 hours would have a chance to participate (I’ve also been thinking, we’ve kind of timed things around a the time zones here in BA and in Florida, where the two of us who started things off are located – if there are people in other time zones…
  • Cabbage Flower Dumplings

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
    In the scheme of things in the dumpling world, potato gnocchi are a relatively recent entry. If you stop to think about it, the potato is a new world crop, brought back to Europe by explorers sometime during the 16th century, and they didn’t catch on right away. Gnocchi, traditionally, were made from flour, eggs, water, and cheese – probably the most classic being the Roman style semolina gnocchi, made from thickened, cooked semolina that’s then mixed with cheese and egg yolk, spread out to cool, cut into rounds, and then baked, most classically in little beehive stacks:…
  • Cooking the Books #1

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Like my new little series of “Bite Marks” for mini-restaurant reviews, I’m trying to be a bit more organized, and I thought I’d start with doing much the same with book (and other media) reviews. Let them be gathered together and all that…. So I have this vague recollection that a few years ago someone told me about a new food novel about some Indian chef in France. It sounded kind of interesting, but I forgot completely about it. Then, of course, last month, everyone started going gaga over this new film about some Indian chef in France. It sounded kind of…
  • Bite Marks #3

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    First up, a couple of additions to The Chronicles of Shawarma, both downtown. I’ve heard about El Pato, Florida 23, for awhile now. It was touted by several different people as “specializing in chicken shawarma, but only on Fridays”. Misunderstanding on my part, I assumed that meant that was the only day they served shawarma (the place is a to-go hot dog spot). So, given that I’m rarely available on Fridays to run downtown for a shawarma, it remained backburnered on my list. Finally, with a Friday free at last minute when a private party cancelled, I decided to give it…
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    LoveFeast Table

  • Tastemaker~The Inspired Room

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    Today we are excited to introduce our Tastemaker Series! We have invited friends all over the country to join us at our table and tell us a bit about themselves. These are women who embody what we call a LoveFeast Lifestyle. They like to linger at the table with their friends and family, they value the moment more than perfection, they love to create a beautiful and welcoming space and we just like them. Will you join us in welcoming our first Tastemaker, Melissa Michaels from The Inspired Room. We asked Melissa a few questions about memorable gatherings.
  • Velvet Acorns & Nests

    Chris Ann
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    There is something magical about this time of year.  While the bright beams of summer sun are still warming the grass, the breeze begins to blow a little cooler and the leaves start to softly rattle…before they fall. Presenting Velvet Acorns from LoveFeast Shop! Already in my garden I have found plenty of empty acorn stems let loose from the nut by squirrels. This year plenty of LoveFeast friends are gathering up their fall decor and getting ready to nest their homes with colorful and whimsical velvet acorns. Gathered a few in a nest for table settings or in a nook. Pile a bounty of…
  • 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…
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  • How we eat now...

    5 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    We eat a very clean diet – as clean as we can, most of the time.  Our food plan revolves around whole foods, as whole as we can get.  Processed foods are something we save for those times when we are out somewhere and we don’t have a choice – you don’t go to Grandma’s and say no– or when we go out to dinner.  We don’t take in anything that contains HFCS, carrageenan, and a few others things.  We keep canned foods to a very bare minimum [and we are trying to eliminate them completely], and we don’t drink pop.  Well, I do, about once or twice a year.Is…
  • A little background music...

    5 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    I was, in all honesty, a very fortunate bad eater!  I had a career that involved TONS of walking.  So having a hamburger for lunch [yes, most days] didn’t seem so bad, and it did not take a lot of effort for me to generally maintain a certain weight and size – not a great weight and size, but I wasn’t growing!  Then in 2008 I had a hysterectomy – by necessity – and it changed my life.  Not only did I quit that job that had me walking for ten hours a day [leading me to a more sedentary lifestyle], but my hormones went through a huge change as well. The weight…
  • New life, new posts!

    8 May 2014 | 5:53 pm
    I am doing a bit of revamping, to retool, and refresh.  I am going back to the drawing board, and we will be fresh as a daisy before you know it!  By the way, you can get the recipe for this cake at Recipe52, although I did use a different frosting. A few weeks ago I found out that Congress is working to undo so much good work.  GMO labeling is essential to our healthy lives, and as long as we continue to let the big money run rampant while we stand by and pay the price with our health it will only continue.  Find what makes you happy and pursue it.  It that means…
  • Make your own sunscreen!

    6 May 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Might make a great experiment, although I am a little finicky about how things feel on my skin.  Have you tried this?

    29 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    It's been a while.  Life has been busy, crazy, and still fun.  I have been working on a new blog idea/development and since it's in a similar vein to this one I decided to launch it here rather that starting elsewhere.  New name, new topics, new fun stuff.  I hope you join me!Stay tuned!
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  • What I Read and Write

    Kit Pollard
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    The big news around here is that our internet connection has worked for more than 24 straight hours. It's been a trying couple of weeks with fading signals and new modems, but last weekend, I made fast friends with a Verizon tech named Phil who worked his tail off to figure out the root of the problem that has plagued our lines since...oh, pretty much since we moved in. Nine years ago.Anyway, moving on. I will be happy to put all of that behind me. Because I've spent so much time researching articles on my cell phone, shuttling back and forth between Atwater's (where the wireless is free and…
  • Pretty Boozy

    Kit Pollard
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    Minimalism + Deep Color + Information + Cocktails?Oh, Nick Barclay. You had me at hello.
  • Last Night's Dinner: Woodberry Kitchen at the CFF Passion for Food & Wine Event

    Kit Pollard
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Warning: I do a lot of gushing in this post. I couldn't help it. I had a really special dinner last night.Last month, I wrote an article that I loved writing, from start to finish. It was about a Baltimore event, called Passion for Food and Wine, that raises money for the Maryland chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.As I explained in the article, the event, which is held at the Four Seasons, is a special one. Seventeen awesome chefs from around the city participate, each cooking an incredible meal for a table of twelve guests. But first, there's a cocktail reception with killer drinks…
  • 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…
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    Mango & Tomato

  • Za'atar Roasted Cauliflower With Tahini Sauce

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    Right before I flew to Seattle for a week of family time, I tried to clean my refrigerator and not have too much food to toss. There was a lonely head of cauliflower that was showing its age: brown spots! Instead of tossing it in the garbage, I decided to trim away the brown spots and make Za'atar Roasted Cauliflower With Tahini Sauce. Have you seen people's photos of roasting the entire
  • What To Do With Kimchi? Kimchi Fried Rice With Chorizo & Pineapple

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last week I shared a recipe for Kimchi Pancakes. Today I bring you another idea for what to do with kimchi: Kimchi Fried Rice With Chorizo & Pineapple. This is not really a recipe, because I'm not specifying the amounts for each ingredient, but I have faith you can figure out how much of each to use! What To Do With Kimchi? Kimchi Fried Rice With Chorizo & Pineapple Ingredients hard
  • Best Way To Clean The Refrigerator Before Vacation: Make Soup!

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Let's say you are going on vacation and have a bunch of random ingredients in your refrigerator you don't feel like throwing in the garbage. What should you do? MAKE SOUP!!! That, in fact, is exactly what I did. I had a carcass from a rotisserie chicken, a few random vegetables, and tortillas from making enchiladas earlier that week. I put everything together and made Kale & Tomato Soup with
  • Italian Sausage, Peppers & Onion Breakfast Casserole: Perfect Dish To Share With Friends

    12 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    TGIF!!!! Are you excited about the weekend? I am! Yesterday I had a moment of panic when I could not remember if I made any fun plans, and then it occurred to me that I'm going to Seattle to visit my family: fun indeed! :) Whether you are visiting friends and family this weekend, hosting a brunch, or just need to use up leftover bread, you've got to make my Italian Sausage, Peppers & Onion
  • Kimchi 2.0 + Kimchi Pancakes Recipe

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    It has been almost a year since the first time I've made kimchi! It was time to make it again! I had a large Napa cabbage at home that needed to be used, so why not make kimchi? Once again, I used  Joe Yonan's recipe from Eat Your Vegetables. You can see the recipe here. I did make two little changes to the recipe inspired by Fabiola from Not Just Baked: I added 5 radishes and 6 scallions.
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    Walker Tea Review

  • Tea Review 539: Tea Journeyman’s Bvumbwe Peony

    Jason Walker
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
      Origin: Satemwa Tea Estate, Thyolo, Malawi Score: 84 Price (as of post): 1 oz = $7.75  to Walker Tea Review. Get complete access to Member Content.   Sign Up For The Newsletter. Sample provided by Tea Journeyman. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. Want to see a tea reviewed? […]
  • Tea As Meditation

    Jason Walker
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Tea and meditation have associated themselves for centuries. One legend puts the birth of tea plants alongside the creation of a new form of meditation. The story goes that Bodhidharma tore off his eyelids after falling asleep seven years into a nine year wall-gazing meditation. His discarded peeper-covers fell in the dirt and became tea […]
  • Tea Review 538: Teavivre’s Nonpareil Te Gong Huang Shan Mao Feng

    Jason Walker
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
      Origin: Shexian County, Huang Shan, Anhui Harvest: 28 March 2014 Score: 86 Price (as of post): 5 g sample = $3.00  to Walker Tea Review. Get complete access to Member Content.   Sign Up For The Newsletter. Sample provided by Teavivre. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. Want to […]
  • Tea & Food Pairings

    Jason Walker
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Ambivalence is the pull of multiple forces tugging you in different directions. Good tea deserves to be appreciated for its own sake. On the other hand, is there a meal that could not be enhanced with a fine tea? In the spirit of Louis Jordan reconciling beans and cornbread, I guess tea and good food can […]
  • 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 […]
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    Unbreaded Site

  • Obtaining Australian Labradoodle puppies may be your best decision ever

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    Obtaining Australian Labradoodle puppies may be your best decision ever. These animals have been rated specifically for their temperament and there will build these to be able to make the perfect animal for any home. These animals are quickly becoming the man because many people are realizing the great benefit that they offer any home and any owner. Whether you are a single person or a family and a home you’ll be able to greatly benefit from this specific breed. Little puppies can be a great animal to be able to have to start off your family with. They make great pets to be able to have…
  • LED signs to make your company pop

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:52 am
    Any business needs some sort of sign to tell the public who they are and what they do. Signs can be a little bit of the expensive side sometimes though and once you have one made you are pretty much stuck with it unless you want to invest in another one. This binds your company to the information that you choose to put on that one sign. If you have a solid business and do not expect any changes in information it can work but there is another way around it. It is easy now a days to buy a digital sign instead that allows you to advertise or put out different information all of the time…
  • Custom match boxes for your restaurant

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    Custom matchboxes can be a great way for you to spread the word about your business. If you were a new restaurant in town they’re even in established business in town you still can always use extra customers. By being able to spread the word is always important part of being able to continue to advertise to ensure your business growth stays busy for years to come. You’ll be able to benefit greatly from your business being able to always have customers you’re able to advertise in different ways. The great thing about using personalized matchboxes if you are able to send…
  • Become a “flipper” with the help of private money lending

    20 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    Like so many other hopeful “flippers” or bargain shopping renovators, you might be seeking a property that is a bit out of your personal price range but you simply can’t pass up on such a great opportunity.  The real estate scene in Denver and many other surrounding areas is going through some significant changes.  Brand new commercial residential complexes are popping up all over the place that offer the same cookie-cutter spaces and amenities.  These are popular, for sure, because of what they have to offer but they are also increasingly expensive for tenants.  There…
  • Landscaping with custom metal design has never been easier.

    Caroline Yates
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Many people take great pride in the way that their lawn looks and is decorated. After all, this is your backyard! This is the place that you spend summer evenings with your family and friends, where you throw the ball around for your favorite pets, where you kick back and get in touch with nature in your own little corner of the world. Your backyard is an important place for you to relax and spend time, and setting it up with the perfect custom welded landscaping accessories is a great way to make your lawn really stand out as something special. In particular, the experts at Denver Welding…
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    Project Foodie

  • Heading for Fall

    7 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    Lest we become too comfortable with Indian summer, there is an unmistakable nip in the early morning air to signal...
  • 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...
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    Marinate Me Baby

  • Downtown BBQ Short Ribs

    Brian Child
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Beef Short Ribs… they are some of the most tough pieces of beef, and the most flavorful. I find that a great way to have these meat treats is to utilize low and slow cooking method via a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Episode 0 | Pilot Episode of Eat & Drink it Podcast

    Brian Child
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    Episode 0 and this is the Pilot of Marinate Me Baby’s own podcast titled “Eat & Drink It”. We are very excited about our ability to talk with you now and share our thoughts and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Beef Bourguignon

    Brian Child
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:21 pm
    I have to admit that I am a lot like you.  I turn on the TV on Saturday mornings and watch cooking shows.  I do it to get inspired – as like you I have a normal 9-5 job that pays the bills and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    Midtown Lunch

  • Melt Shop is Coming to Midtown West

    Chris H.
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    If you’re a worker that lunches in Hells Kitchen or a fan of Melt Shop, you’re in luck. The rapidly expanding grilled cheese chain has touched down in a relatively lunch option sparse block of 52nd & 8th. Although the reception of Melt Shop has a mix of lukewarm to fairly positive across all of [...]
  • Simits are Taking Over Midtown with the Opening of Simit + Smith

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    It seems that lower Midtown west is turning into simit central. Mmm… Enfes has been selling the Turkish bagels at their storefront on 39th Street for over a year. Earlier this month, we told you about a new simit company opening soon a few blocks away on Fifth Avenue and 38th Street. Well, yesterday marked the [...]
  • A Clarke’s Standard Lunch Option Well Under $10

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    All you people do is complain about the $10 lunch “limit” that ML self-imposed 8 years ago that has never been adjusted for inflation. Here’s a lunch option at Clarke’s Standard that stays well under $10, and should satisfy everyone. The crispy buttermilk chicken strips – a box of FIVE – runs $5.25. Make it [...]
  • B-Side Pizzeria May Eventually B a Midtown lunch

    Chris H.
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Chef Jason Neroni hopes to have a hit on his hands, with the recent opening of B-Side Pizzera at 756 Ninth Avenue (51st between 8th & 9th). The critically acclaimed Chef who served well reviewed pizza and pastas in LA, will be serving similar fair in Hells Kitchen, such as a carbonara pizza cooked in [...]
  • Urban Space, Another Trendy Food Market, Starts Today in the Garment District

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Just like Broadway Bites and Madison Square Eats, the Garment District is getting its very own pop-up food market for a month. Beginning today and running through October 17, Urban Space will be presenting food vendors between 41ts and 39th Street along Broadway. Some vendors are familiar from previous markets, like Mmm… enfes and Roberta’s, [...]
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  • End of Summer Tomato Pie

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
     Gosh, I love September.Wanna know why?Because my garden is literally bursting with produce, and whatever I don't have already at home, I can easily procure from the farmer's market.  It's a cook's dream!Of course, if you know me, you'll also know that I'm a big fan of the cooler weather that comes in September and October. So, that's just an added bonus.The fact is, when the dog days of summer give way to a bountiful harvest that includes succulent, garden-fresh tomatoes, it’s time for BLT’s, caprese salads and panzanella. And we've eaten our fill of all of those things this…
  • 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…
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    GoodLife Eats

  • Sweet and Sour Sausage

    Katie Goodman
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
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  • Tex-Mex Stuffed Zucchini with Avocado Salsa

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • Sun-Dried Tomato Spinach Rice Pilaf

    Katie Goodman
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
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  • Gluten Free Brownie Trifle

    Carla Walker
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
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  • Visiting New Orleans

    Katie Goodman
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:05 pm
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    Cooking In Stilettos™

  • Sliding Into Monday with Kalua Pork Sliders With Spicy Pineapple Relish #10DaysofTailgate

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Welcome to ‪#‎10DaysofTailgate‬ hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla! There are nearly two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. From Wings to Chili, From Salads to Sangria with some sweet treats in between, your tailgating recipe needs are covered. #10daysofTailgate kicked off on September 20th and runs through September 30th. A huge thank you goes to our event sponsors who have graciously donated prizes for our readers. There are 14 different prize packages so make sure you enter the rafflecopter HERE. Don’t forget…
  • Kicking Off #10DaysofTailgate With A Deliciously Spicy Deviled Egg Potato Salad

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Welcome to ‪#‎10DaysofTailgate‬ hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla! There are nearly two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. From Wings to Chili, From Salads to Sangria with some sweet treats in between, your tailgating recipe needs are covered.  #10daysofTailgate kicks off on September 20th through September 30th. A huge thank you goes to our event sponsors who have graciously donated prizes for our readers. There are 14 different prize packages so make sure you enter the rafflecopter HERE.. Don’t forget to…
  • Bring On The Tailgate Fun With #10DaysofTailgate

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Welcome to #10DaysofTailgate! Picture this – almost two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes scheduled to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. We’re talking chicken wings, skewers, sweet treats, and cocktails.  Kickoff starts today, September 20th and runs through September 30th.  Just promise me this – your fork and your monitor are non-mixy thinsg.  Fork does NOT go into the monitor .. no matter how droolworthy these dishes are, okay?  Great.  Now that we’ve got that clear –   Get ready…get set… Go! Let’s start with a…
  • A Fresh Take On Delicious Meatless Meals

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    This is a sponsored post. My opinions are my own. Lately, I have been trying to insert a bit more “variety” into the meal planning at the Stiletto homestead. Balance has been at the forefront because, after a long day at the 9to9, the last thing I want to do is dial for dinner.  I want something fresh, light and full of flavor. I’ve been trying to have some meatless meals swapped into regular rotation and thankfully I have found some tried and true recipes that brought the flavor and you don’t even miss the meat. One of my favorite freezer staples is MorningStar Farms…
  • Tailgating Must Haves And A Herbalicious Ranch Dip Recipe #WingsandWipes #PMedia #Ad

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® Tyson and WetNap®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #wingsandwipes Tailgating season is in full swing and whether it’s at the game or a casual football soiree at home, you can guarantee there will be wings on the menu. Buffalo, fire blazin’ hot wings, honey barbeque or even plain – wings are something that people just love. I didn’t really appreciate a really good wing until I moved to Chicopee, MA way back when. There was a wing place on the…
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    Kahakai Kitchen

  • Nigel Slater's Quick Fish & Corn Chowder: A Gorgeous Bowl of Comfort for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays

    21 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    This Quick Fish and Corn Chowder is subtitled as "a soup to warm the cockles of your heart." With the seemingly endless hot and humid weather we have been having, the cockles of my heart, or any other part of me are not in any need of warming. Still, there is something oh-so-comforting about a fish chowder, studded with new potatoes and fresh corn, regardless of the weather outside. Nigel Slater has quite a few chowder-ish recipes, but I liked this one for its simplicity. Nigel's recipes are always easy to adapt and a good starting place to jump off from. My additions / changes to his recipe…
  • The Book Tour Stops Here: Review of "A Brief Moment of Weightlessness"--Stories by Victoria Fish Served with Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs with Capers and Dill

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:56 am
    I used to shy away from short story collections, finding more satisfaction in digging deep into characters and their lives in the pages of novels. But lately, as I have been reading and reviewing more short stories and novellas, I have come to appreciate the beauty in a finely-crafted story and the brief glimpses of lives that they reveal. A Brief Moment of Weightlessness, Stories by Victoria Fish is a well-written collection of these slices of life and I am happy to be today's stop on the TLC Book Tour, reviewing the book and making a recipe inspired by it. Publisher's Blurb:A Brief…
  • Chilled Red Pepper Soup with Yogurt and Herbs by Ottolenghi for Souper (Soup, Salad and Sammie) Sundays

    14 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Yotam Ottolenghi's recipes always intrigue me with their combination of ingredients. I love sage and I love cumin but I wouldn't think to partner them in a red pepper soup, add some heat with chilli flakes, then top it with a mix of chopped basil and parsley. It all works together though and it is especially nice to eat slightly chilled in the unending humid weather we have been having.  Chilled Red Pepper SoupAdapted from (Serves 4)1 large onion3 Tbsp olive oil, plus extra to finish (I used 2 Tbsp)8 sage leaves, finely chopped4 large red peppers2 bay leaves2 tsp…
  • Hot Green Lentils with Mint Vinaigrette

    13 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    A simple little Nigel Slater from-the-pantry dish that pairs nutty lentils with a minty, slightly tangy dressing. Good for a crazy week when you don't want to put a lot of time and effort into dinner but still want something that satisfies. Hot Brown Green Lentils with Mint Vinaigrette Adapted from Real Fast Food by Nigel Slater(For 2)1 heaped cup brown lentils (I used French green lentils)1 bay leafa sprig of fresh mint(I added 2 1/2 cups veggie broth) leaves from 2 sprigs fresh mint, choppedsaltfreshly ground black pepper1 shallot, minced2 Tbsp white wine vinegar6 Tbsp extra virgin…
  • The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "I Shall Be Near To You" by Erin Lindsay McCabe--Served with Johnnycakes with Maple Syrup

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    "And then I see the map, still on the bedside stand. I sit on the edge of the bed and unfold it carefully. Jeremiah has made a heart at Flat Creek and a star at Herkimer. But in the Nebraska Territory he has written, I shall always be near to you."  It's those words scrawled by her husband on the map he left when he went to fight with the Union army, a feeling of never quite belonging in her family and community, and her deep love for her husband, that moves Rosetta Wakefield to join the army herself, disguised as a man. I Shall Be Near To You" by Erin Lindsay McCabe is an amazing and…
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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

  • Charred Broccoli and Avocado Salad Recipe

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    Charred broccoli is fast becoming one of my go-to vegetable options, especially at lunchtime when I need something quick and low-effort. My enthusiasm for it started as an offshoot from my beloved Roasted Cauliflower à la Mary Celeste, in which broccoli can be used with good results. But in truth, roasted broccoli isn’t an exact substitute for cauliflower: the tops of the florets become a bit drier and quite a bit crunchier when submitted to high heat, so roasted broccoli seems to call for a creamier treatment. And what creamier companions than an herbed tahini dressing and a cubed…
  • Green Romesco Sauce Recipe

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    I recently tweeted about my recipe for muhammara, this sumptuous Middle-Eastern dip of roasted bell peppers and walnuts that I wish more cooks knew about. This prompted Pami Hoggatt, of A Crust Eaten, to remark that it looked similar to Spanish romesco sauce. I was very pleased that she did, for romesco sauce had somehow flown below my radar all this time and I was delighted to make its acquaintance: a Spanish specialty from Catalonia, salsa romesco can take on various guises, textures and flavorings, but it is most commonly a sauce of roasted peppers mixed together with nuts, olive oil, and…
  • Crème Caramel Recipe

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    Caramel custard was a mainstay of my mother’s dessert repertoire when I was growing up. We referred to it by its common French name crème renversée — flipped custard — because of the way you serve it, upside down: this way the layer of caramel that was spread across the bottom of the pan finds itself on top, and the delicious sauce can run down the sides and pool onto the serving plate. I am so partial to my mother’s recipe that I never ever order crème caramel when dining out, because I know it will fall short. Her version isn’t overly sweet, and it has the…
  • 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…
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    David Lebovitz

  • Six Books I’ve Been Enjoying

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    Stacks and stack of books are piled up here and there, in every possible space around my apartment. I can’t help it — I love books! I’ve got books on my nightstand, there are three stacks on my coffee table (and two precariously high stacks next to the sofa), and, of course, several on my kitchen counter with recipes that I’ve bookmarked. It’s not possible to write about all of them – that post would be as long as a whole book – but here are a few that I found especially interesting. 50 Foods: The Essentials of Good Taste by Ed Behr I haven’t read 50…
  • New York City and Brooklyn Dining

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Just got back from a covert trip to New York. It was so top-secret that even I didn’t know about it. The trip happened in a flash and I barely got to see anyone. It was work, work, work. But a guy has to eat, right? And I think it says somewhere in the constitution of the United States that we all have the right to have abundant access to corn on the cob in the summer. And I dove into as many ears of it as I could, as well as heirloom tomatoes, that I picked up at the resplendent New York City greenmarkets. After my memory card failure from my last trip, I decided to go camera-less, and go…
  • Bob’s Bake Shop

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Although people don’t hug in France, and to be honest, it kinda gives me the willies now, too – there are some people who I just can’t resist giving the ol’ wrap around to. (Which probably explains why a number of people back away when they see me coming.) One is a baker in San Francisco, who always seems to have a big smile on his face. I’m not sure what it is that makes me want to hug him, but perhaps I am hoping some of his good cheer will rub off on me — along with a touch of flour. Or else I’m still, hopelessly, Californian, and will never shake the…
  • Tarama

    8 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
    The first time I saw tarama, I hated it. It was a brilliant pink color, one not generally found in nature. And when I heard the paste was fish egg-based, I said, “Non, merci.” Since then, I’ve become a bit accro (hooked) on the Greek spread, and decided it was time to spread the word. And I’m not the only one who’s become a convert. Tarama is a very popular appetizer in Paris, and doesn’t need much introduction here as it’s widely available – even in supermarkets, next to other spreads like hummus and tapenade. (So take that, people who think…
  • Introducing the All-New Paris Pastry App

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:35 pm
    I’m very excited to announce the release and relaunch of my Paris Pastry App. There are over 370 bakeries and pastry shops listed, with descriptions of what to get where you are there, opening hours, a glossary to common terms and pastries, links to websites and contact information, as well as multiple pictures from each delectable address, and maps to get you there. That’s over 700 photos of Paris pastries — so even if you don’t have a trip to Paris planned right now, you can savor the pastries until you come visit and sample them in person! The new app features a…
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    Dorie Greenspan - On the Road and in the Kitchen with Dorie

  • Hibiscus: A current fave in Paris + a recipe for using it in dessert at home

    Dorie Greenspan
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
     For so many years it seemed that hibiscus was more food coloring than flavor, found more often in herbal tea than tempting dishes either sweet or savory.  But those days are gone.  At least they're gone in Paris, where hibiscus seems to be the flavor of the moment.This afternoon, my friend, Meg Zimbeck, the powerhouse behind Paris By Mouth, and I had a terrific lunch at Bruno Verjus's Table (put it on your list).  It started with the dish in the picture:  A slice of maigre (a thick white fish) cured gravlax style, a wedge of beet, a yogurt sauce with dill and…
  • Paris: It's éclair week at Fauchon

    Dorie Greenspan
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
     I know this looks like an oceanliner setting sail in fushia seas, but it's an éclair, and a luscious one at that (more about it below). As I write, Paris's crazy-for-éclairs moment is in full bloom.  There are shops devoted to nothing but the slender cream-filled pastry and the assortment of éclairs, both sweet and savory, is astonishing.  And, in some ways, not surprising.  Pâte à choux, the dough used to make éclairs (as well as cream puffs, profiterole and gougères, among so many other pastries), is an old dough - some…
  • Be A Good Cookie: Baking for Cookies For Kids' Cancer

    Dorie Greenspan
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    Whenever I bake cookies, I feel good, but when I can bake cookies and do good I feel fabulous.  And fabulous was how I felt last week when I was joined by a group of food bloggers and editors for a night of baking at OXO Headquarters.  The occasion (not that you need one to bake): To kick off Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, to learn more about how to “be a good cookie” and to support Cookies For Kids Cancer, an organization that many of you already know is very important to me.Gretchen Holt-Witt began the evening talking about the work that Cookies for Kids’…
  • Baking Chez Moi: 3 recipes you can download

    Dorie Greenspan
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    I was poking around Amazon yesterday and when I clicked on BAKING CHEZ MOI I had a surprise:  There are three terrific recipes available for download.  (BAKING CHEZ MOI will be published on October 28 and is available to pre-order now.)  I hope you like the trio of sneak-peek recipes - there are 170+ more in the book!  I can't wait until you can see it "in the real" - sooooon!  For now, here's what you can download.  When you land on the page, scroll down and then click on 'download'.  (all photographs by Alan Richardson)Here are the Palets des…
  • 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…
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    Alexander Lobrano

  • “So What is French Food?” Benoit and Gaby Offer a Delicious Answer to That Question in New York City

    Alexander Lobrano
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    The Sofitel, New York City   “So what is French food?” she asked me. I very much doubt that she’ll ever read these words, but before all else, I want to thank Betty Russo for both her question and her kindness. Several months later, I still cringe when I remember the way our conversation began. On a warm Spring night, a New Haven bound Metro North train jolted when the transformers were turned on, and then gently rocked its way out of New York City’s Grand Central Station and under Park Avenue to come above ground a few minutes later just before a stop at 125th…
  • 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…
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  • Reviews of reviews: The week of September 15th, 2014

    John Talbott
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Monday-Tuesday, in A Nous Paris, Jerome Berger reviewed and gave 3/5 dots to the previously mentioned Indian MG Road and the previously mentioned Italian Caffe Stern; while Philippe Toinard, reviewed and gave 3/5 to the previously mentioned Le Gaigne, now in the 8th. Tuesday in Le Fooding, there was a review of the Percherons in Ceret. Wednesday in Figaroscope, Emmanuel Rubin, now doing the Hache Menu, led off with a review of the rather pricy (90-120 E) 16th restaurant – Victoria 1836, 12, rue de Presbourg,  Then he followed with his usual five reviews : giving 5/5…
  • Le Gaigne in the 8th: Not like the old place in many ways.

    John Talbott
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    4.0 Le Gaigne, 2, rue de Vienne in the 8th, (Metro: Europe), closed Saturday lunch and Sundays, is a restaurant with the same name and same chef (Mickaël Gaignon) as his former gem in the 4th which I loved beyond measure.  But oh what a difference;- a cool, discrete outside- designer inside- 40 rather than 16 covers- Madame (Aurélie) nowhere to be seen, replaced by two jolly, friendly male professionals- a huge wine list and- prices many times that at the old haunt. We were served amusing dainty amuses just as one would expect in an 8th joint, then my fellow-blogger…
  • Comptoir Tempero in the 13th: This guy is exciting; the food, the feeling, the friendly prices, wow!

    John Talbott
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    7.8 Le Comptoir Tempero, 124, Blvd Vincent Auriol (you remember him, the first president of the Fourth Republic from 1947 to 1954, well I do) right off the Square Pinel (he who took the chains off mental patients),, no reservations at least at lunch, (Metro: Nationale), closed weekends and Monday, is the off-shoot of Tempero, also in the 13th, where the Brazilian-Franco-Viet Namian couple set up their first place.  Confession: I never went because "Brazilian-Franco-Viet Namian food" sounded confused, how wrong I was.  The outside is the now-standard…
  • Bobby & Bobette in the 18th: A Montmartre place without visitors? Impossible,....

    John Talbott
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    5.8 Bobby & Bobette, 14, Rue Houdon in the 18th, (Metro: Absesses) is a place whose truck I passed a while back and thought its mothership deserved a look. The day I went a crew was laying cable in front of it and provided great street theater during my meal. I had just spent the night sleeping on a bench (no kidding) in the Brussels airport in my crazy escape route from Madrid to Paris with Air France's strike and was really dizzed out.  But I tried to make the meal as good as I could and started off with a ceviche of cod, moved on to a veal kidney in cream sauce…
  • El Greco & El Senator in Madrid

    John Talbott
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    I went to the Prado this morning and the lines were horrible; luckily a Press Pass opens them up and in a few minutes I was at the temporary show on El Greco and his influence on everyone from Manet to Francis Bacon; very impressive; a quick tour of the Goya black/dark/noir paintings in Room 67 and I was off to lunch. El Senador is a place I'd read about on Chowhound as having good suckling pig and I sure needed that today after wrestling all day yesterday with Air France & Expedia to get me back home to Paris.  It's across from the Senate, has been here for either 60 or 16…
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    Tomato Kumato

  • Feeling Good About 27

    20 Sep 2014 | 12:57 am
    Tweet I am feeling really good about 27. I’m not too good at figuring out what my feelings are. I don’t have a lot of them — I mostly just have moods. Moods are not necessarily excellent when you’re being raised by my mother — of German extraction and not a huge fan of moods — but I have them all the same, even now, maybe more so now, than I did when I was a moody teenager. Maybe it’s because I don’t feel like a stereotype anymore. It’s just the way I am. But ever since I turned 27 a bit over three months ago, I’ve been feeling…
  • tomato, roasted onion, corn, tuna salad

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Tweet I have a tendency to assume that every trouble I encounter — no matter how big or how small — has something to do with the fact that I live in a foreign country. I know that it’s my own decision, that the troubles I encounter here are my own doing. My dad used to make fun of me for making my own life difficult. But as much as I find little things that are irksome, it’s really not all that difficult to live in France, now. I love it, but that’s not all. I’m used to it. I’ve been here for almost 8 years. Of course, there are some things here that…
  • Cobb-ish Salad

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Tweet I am fully aware of how odd this post will seem, coming right after the last one which was, for all intents and purposes, a long-winded whine about feeling homesick for a place that no longer exists. But please, hear me out: there is a thing that has happened, and I didn’t notice it happening. Or if I did, I played it off as a one-time thing, one good moment in an expanse of grey, for while Toulouse is the pink city and Cannes has always felt blue to me, Paris, for years, was grey. I have found my people. After eight years, I am a regular. There’s the Peruvian man downstairs…
  • Barbecue Pork Roast, Corn, Avocado, Tomato

    26 Jun 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Tweet What is home? I know that I’m not alone in not knowing. While the same question used to cause me an unbelievable amount of anxiety, I feel as though it doesn’t trouble me quite so much anymore. But that doesn’t stop me from thinking about it. I started out with what felt like so many homes, spread across continents: the life of an expat, I thought. But expat life, sometime between 22 and 27, stopped feeling like an adventure and started feeling like normal. I never wanted to live out of a backpack. I wanted to live in a different country. Pay my taxes, rent an…
  • Pasta, Gorgonzola, Asparagus, Tomato

    24 May 2014 | 1:10 am
    Tweet Watching a movie where the main character is an American falling for a European is always an extremely bizarre experience for me. It may seem like a strange thing to generalize, but if you really think about it, there are a lot of movies that fit this definition. French Kiss. Under the Tuscan Sun. What a Girl Wants. Roman Holiday. Midnight in Paris. Only You. My Life in Ruins. P.S. I Love You. At least six of the later Mary-Kate and Ashley movies. (I never promised high-quality cinema on this list. By definition, the genre I’m describing is escapist at best and Mary-Sue-esque…
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    Pham Fatale Recipe Feed

  • Coconut Tofu Recipe

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    Eating vegan foods doesn't necessarily mean they have to be bland. My goal to jazz up a Japanese eggplant and broccoli tofu dish was to add extra richness to the taste with coconut cream. The vegetables cooked fairly quickly, so I focused more on seasoning the sauce, using soy sauce, chile black bean sauce, palm sugar and coconut. This coconut tofu is a great way for our family (baby Aria and I are the only ones not on a vegetarian diet) to share the same meal without missing meat. The tofu was flavorful with crispy texture and the added spiciness. With a dish like this one, you won't have…
  • Rum Raisin Ice Cream with Almond Chocolate Croquant

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    After dropping Aria at preschool the other morning, I had plenty of time once I got home. The ice cream maker had been sitting on out kitchen counter for the entire summer and I decided to use it one last time before it goes back to hibernation, just like a bear.  I made a simple custard using whole milk and chilled it overnight. I churned the ice cream and finished it with rum soaked raisins. The result was silky and delicious but not too rich.  I used a chocolate almond croquant as the "delivery device" and garnished the fancy dessert with golden kiwis and red currants.
  • Lobster Tails in Spicy Broth

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    As I mentioned yesterday, we had a dinner guest the other evening. He lived in Japan for 20 years  and now he's back to the US. We've met several times in the past and I remembered his love for seafood, so I promised him a special feast the next time he came to visit. I wanted to prepare a special dish with luxurious flavors. so I served out-of-this-world lobster tails in spicy broth. Lobster tails were pan-fried first, then sautéed in Chinese chives, Thai basil leaves and garlic and then dipped in a spicy lobster broth.  Full Recipe...
  • Give Me Seafood Please!

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    If you follow the blog, you probably know that even though we have many family members in our household, baby Aria and I are the only non-vegetarians and the two of us love seafood! Shrimp, fish, crab, lobster -- you name it, we crave them all! We recently had a dinner guest and since I knew of his love for crustaceans, I prepared a special meal for him. I'll post the recipe and photo tomorrow. My first hint is that in my opinion this seafood dish is probably the most luxurious meal, and our guest wiped the dish clean. I left a bowl filled with lemon water on the side for him to…
  • Asian-Inspired Bison Meatball Appetizer Recipe

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    I love bison meat. It's leaner than beef. You could always substitute ground beef for the bison, but this gave the dish a gourmet feel and it tasted fantastic with the flavors I selected for the meatball appetizers I prepared. I flavored the bison meatball appetizers with fermented beans, five-spice powder, wasabi paste and paired them with a spicy peanut, cilantro pesto with coconut, ginger and cilantro honey. I used the meatballs as a part of the dish I used for an audition I participated in last weekend. I'm happy to say I passed the first selection for a competitive TV cooking…
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  • Cranberry Sage Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    We eat a lot of chicken. So it goes without saying that I have a REALLY large repertoire of chicken recipes. We have our favorites of course, everyone does but if I served the same ones week in and week out I’d probably end up with a mutiny on my hands (ain’t nobody got time for that). This was one of my “clean out the refrigerator” ideas for chicken. Sometimes they work out. Sometimes they don’t. Obviously if its making it to our corner of the web here Mikey (aka the family) liked it. Woot. Glazes are a great way to go with chicken. Making a glaze is super easy.
  • Honey Bourbon Grilled Chicken

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    I have a confession to make. I’m kind of obsessed with chicken wings. The saucier the better. If you’re not getting sauce on your face while you eat wings then you’re not doing it right. It’s not a first date kind of food. Best eaten amongst friends. Just saying. I also recommend not wearing a white shirt. It’s just a bad idea. Sauce stains and those just don’t come out. I also prefer the legs over the wings so it’s good to pair up with someone who likes the opposite so you can scarf down all the legs (or wings) that you like. Or is that just me? I…
  • 30 Minute Chicken with White Wine and Mushroom Sauce

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    I’m a big fan of chicken thighs, bone in (flavor baby) it’s the cut that I gravitate to first. Sometimes I need a cut that’s going to cook up much much faster. Say when I have a herd of hungry people in my kitchen screaming what’s for dinner, MOM I’m hungry, and the other dozen or so statements that I block out after the first two. Am I the only one? Surely I can’t be. That’s where chicken breast tenderloins come in. They cook up in lickety split and help keep the peace and my headaches at bay. (...)Read the rest of 30 Minute Chicken with White Wine…
  • DIY Chalkboard Door

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
      I like organization. I wish my family had the same like of organization as I do but unless I break out the drill sergeant voice sigh they do not. I try to keep our main living area in order (not necessarily spotless mind you because who has time for that – just tidy and picked up, everything in their places) and I simply avoid the basement and upstairs as much as possible. It helps keep me sane. You can call it avoidance if you want. Lets not split hairs. A small thing I’ve done in my kitchen to keep my grocery list organized (no more notes laying around) is to paint a…
  • Plum Frangipane Tart

    3 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Tarts sound so fancy but in actuality they’re super simple to make. Especially if you start out with a prepared pie crust. It’s not that I don’t know how to make my own, because I do, but sometimes a girl needs a shortcut. Well unless you’re Wonder Woman and then you probably don’t need any. I however do, thank you. I found gorgeous black plums at the market and knew I wanted to turn them into a deliciously decadent dessert. If you can’t get your hands on plums, peaches would be loverly as well. (...)Read the rest of Plum Frangipane Tart (178 words) ©…
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    Chef Tom Cooks - Recipe Blog

  • Pickled Red Onions

    Thomas Grossmann
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    These pickled red onions can be made quickly and taste great on wraps and sandwiches. 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 red onion, thinly sliced Whisk first 3 ingredients and 1 cup water in a small bowl until sugar and salt dissolve. Place onion in a container; pour vinegar mixture over. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Related Posts:Spicy ColeslawGerman Potato SaladHoisin SauceChicken Fajita SkilletHot & Spicy Green Bean, Pepper & Mushroom Saute
  • Citrus Honey-Soy Glazed Chicken

    Thomas Grossmann
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    4 chicken breasts 1/4 cup honey 1/3 cup light soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped juice of 1 lime In a bowl, mix together honey, soy sauce, pepper, garlic, ginger and lime juice. Place chicken breasts in a large ziplock bag with marinade. Set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to marinate. On a heated grill or broiler, cook chicken breasts until done. Serves 4 Related Posts:Chipotle-Glazed Roast ChickenHoney Glazed ChickenChicken Avocado Salad with Sriracha DrizzleBarbecue Broiled Chicken BreastsChicken Thighs…
  • Sausage & Squash Risotto

    Thomas Grossmann
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    11 oz. Arborio rice 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 oz. butter 2 oz. extra virgin olive oil 1/2 lb. ground sausage meat (or 3-4 sausage links, casing removed) 1/2 cup white wine 1 medium yellow squash, diced salt & black pepper, to taste 1 quart chicken stock 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated chopped parsley, for garnish Saute the sausage meat in a pan until cooked through, set aside. In another large saute pan, saute the onion in butter and oil until transparent. Add the rice, stir over medium heat for 2-3 minutes then add the wine and diced squash. Let the wine evaporate and then…
  • Spicy Corn & Zucchini

    Thomas Grossmann
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    2 ears corn, kernels cut off 1 medium zucchini, diced 1 tablespoon butter 1/8 teaspoon Ancho chile powder dash cayenne pepper dash smoked paprika salt and black pepper, to taste In a saute pan over medium-low heat add the butter.  Then add the corn and zucchini and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the seasoning and cook another 2-3 minutes then serve. Serves 2-3 Related Posts:Spicy Southwest CornRed Pepper, Onion and Zucchini FrittataHearty Vegetable SoupBeef Tacos !Simple Spicy Pasta
  • 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…
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  • Corelle Plate of Shame Giveaway

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    Do you have plates that cause you shame when you have people coming over?   I have the perfect giveaway for you.  I am giving away six sets of Corelle’s Splendor place settings. We have all been there, we have guests coming over, and we feel stressed due to our dinnerware. Thanks to Corelle you can have shiny new and matching dinnerware. I am giving away 6 sets of these dishes, 3 in the round style, and 3 in the square style to my lucky entries. Corelle has been in my family for a long time. I love how sturdy these dishes are. I was recently at my Aunt’s farmhouse, and she is…
  • Texas Roadhouse Rolls

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    Texas Roadhouse Rolls is one of my favorite rolls to get when you go out to this restaurant. These rolls are sweet, hot, and you can slather them with the cinnamon honey butter. You can make these at home, and they are pretty easy to do. I don’t know why it is, but hot bread served just about anywhere makes going out to eat a real treat. I think the Texas Roadhouse menu has many tasty items on it. They are known for their yeast rolls they are some of the best rolls around. These are light, fluffy, and they just have the right amount of sweet to make them nothing short of amazing. I…
  • Easy Lemon Bar Recipe

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    I love this easy lemon bar recipe. Around the office where I work we all love when someone brings in lemon bars. They are gone shortly after they are set out. I promise these are easy to make from scratch.If you have never tried lemon bars before they are a creamy, sweet, and tart dessert. I love these. While they may seem mysterious they are not difficult to make at all. In fact, I think that if people knew how easy they were to make, you would see many more served up everywhere.Lemon bars have a few simple ingredients in them. You will need white granulated sugar, lemon juice, flour,…
  • Homemade Macaroni Salad

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Homemade macaroni salad is a simple salad to make.  Did you know you don’t need to buy macaroni salad?  You can make homemade macaroni salad from scratch. Sometimes I love to bring a good old-fashioned homemade Macaroni Salad to a pot luck dinner. I think these are so simple to make, and they are very tasty. I think a macaroni salad is a great change from potato salad or even cole slaw. I personally think homemade is best whenever you can do this over store bought.When you make your own macaroni salad from scratch you can customize is any way you like. Sometimes I like to add olives,…
  • Homemade Big Mac

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    McDonald’s is known for their Big Mac sandwich all the world around. Now you can create your own homemade Big Mac recipe. The Big Mac sandwich is known for its two hamburger patties American cheese, “special sauce” (a variant of Thousand Island dressing), iceberg lettuce, pickles, and onions, served in a three-part sesame seed bun. Now you can make this classic recipe at home. This famous hamburger was created by Jim Delligatti, an early Ray Kroc franchisee, who was operating several restaurants in the Pittsburgh area. This hamburger is sold all the world around, although…
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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

  • Chocolate Peppermint Birthday Cake

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a short post today because I am still all blissed on my birthday week high. (As I’ve said before, I am not one to shy away from getting older!) Over the weekend I enjoyed my yearly tradition of baking my own birthday cake. My daughter served as my trusty sous chef while I baked up this delicious treat. It is rich chocolate cake frosted with chocolate peppermint glaze. In short, it is like an inside out peppermint patty, or like a soft thin mint cookie. Take your pick. In short, it is chocolate mint heaven. If you have a birthday coming up soon I highly recommend baking this up…
  • Homemade Fig Newton Bars, Cheesecake Stuffed Apples & More

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am trying to get better about sharing a lot of my work from around the web. Here are a few things I’ve worked on this month! Baked Cheesecake-Stuffed Apples with Caramel + More Cheesecake Desserts on Copycat Recipe: Homemade Fig Newton Bars on Babble Baked Apple Chips on Lifetime Moms
  • A Havarti Party with Lunchbox Ideas

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last weekend I invited friends over for a super fun house party to talk about Arla Dofino cheese and how it can be incorporated into healthy, everyday lunchbox food. I loved the opportunity to chat with my friends about this company I’m enjoying working with so much. I’ve developed a lot of great recipes with a variety of creamy, delicious Arla Dofino cheese, and this was the perfect chance to showcase how you can add Arla Dofino as an easy option to your lunchbox repertoire. The cool part is that I’m not the only one getting in on the Havarti Party movement – there…
  • Win Naturally Delicious Arla Dofino Cheese for a Semester!

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
     This year, I started a fantastic partnership with Arla Dofino because I love the variety of Havarti, Gouda, Fontina and Edam cheese. The cheeses are naturally delicious and align perfectly with my mission of incorporating good food into my family’s life every single day. Back-to-school is one of the busiest times of year and Arla Dofino totally gets that. To make naturally delicious meal planning part of your new routine, add any wholesome Arla Dofino cheese to your shopping list and cook up some great food. Better yet, enter this sweepstakes for the chance to take home a semester’s…
  • Green Bean & Radish Quinoa Salad

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am still getting used to quinoa. It is a not a food I grew up eating. In fact, I didn’t really try it until maybe five years ago. It wasn’t because I was purposely trying to avoid it, it was just so off the beaten path. And, to be honest, I didn’t think I’d have time to master it given that I was still on baby #1 and trying to get quick meals on table. Fast forward a few years and now I am braver and more intrigued. I like quinoa. It serves a great backdrop to lots of flavorful healthy foods and can be used in so many dishes. I still, however, look for recipes using…
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    Art & Lemons

  • Apple-Cherry Dumpling Pies (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    I’m 15 pages into Larry McMurtry’s epic masterpiece “Lonesome Dove”. So far so good, except for the little time I have to read. At this rate, I may finish all 843 pages in 6 months, maybe longer. I may need to hold off on this one until winter when I have no choice but to hunker down on the weekends and read. I may have to go with the audio book here. I’m also 3 pages into Thomas McGuane’s short story “Motherlode” (published in The New Yorker, September 8, 2014) which echoes Cormac McCarthy and the Coen Brothers. The speed is swift and the…
  • september 10

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    We just returned from a birthday celebration weekend in Boston. It was a surprise party for David’s birthday that had been in the works since July. He knew about the Red Sox game on Friday and The Replacements show on Sunday. What he didn’t expect was the party on Saturday night at Mei Mei with friends he hasn’t seen in over a decade from his old neighborhood growing up all the way up to graduate school days. Dinner from Mei Mei was supposed to be dropped off at the Harbor for a surprise boat trip out to the Islands at sunset. Dark clouds stretched overhead. Lightning flashed. Tornado…
  • 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!
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    Very Culinary

  • Italian Provolone Pull-Apart Bread (or Brain Bread for Halloween!)

    Amy Flanigan
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Halloween Poke Cake

    Amy Flanigan
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Cheesy Potato Casserole (a.k.a. Funeral Potatoes)

    Amy Flanigan
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Shrimp and Zucchini Tostadas

    Amy Flanigan
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Apricot Almond Thumbprints #OXOGoodCookies

    Amy Flanigan
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Everything Pumpkin Spice, Ranked From Worst to Best

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Last year we tried everything peppermint that we could get our hands on to separate the naughty from the nice, so you wouldn't have to waste your time (or money) on the merely so-so. This year, we're doing the same with everything pumpkin spice. From crackers to Pop-Tarts to ice cream to cider, we present all the pumpkin spice edibles we've tracked down, ranked from low to high. (Don't forget to check back throughout the season as we try new treats!) - Additional reporting by Nicole Perry Photos: Brinton Parker, Nicole Perry
  • 10 Must-Know Food Hacks in Under 2 Minutes

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Even if you're ultrabusy, you have enough time (a mere two minutes!) for this speed round of kitchen hacks from our always innovative friends at Foodbeast. Watch the video to learn everything from the most efficient way to stem a strawberry to the secret to eating a cupcake like a boss.
  • Look Forward to Lunch! Chicken Caesar Kale Salad in a Jar

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:24 pm
    While a simple caesar salad is deliciously traditional, sometimes our favorite recipes could use a little makeover. Don't worry, we wouldn't dare change the robust flavor of the dressing - it's the base of this salad that's getting an upgrade. Bye-bye romaine and hello kale, cucumber, and avocado. The kale marinates overnight, yielding tender, hearty greens and that delicious caesar flavor you love. Topped with parmesan and grilled chicken, this salad will leave you satisfied and smiling. And because it's served in a mason jar, it's easy to take along to work without the worry of it leaking…
  • The Amount of Caffeine in Every Drink on Starbucks's Menu

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The amount of caffeine in every drink on Starbucks's menu - Thrillist 12 ways to save big at the Whole Foods salad bar - HuffPost Taste How to get clean, dry greens without a salad spinner - Tasting Table Burger King Japan's black burgers are a big flop - Grub Street 72 ways food can change the world - Eater Home fries perfected - PureWow 10 surprising items you didn't know Trader Joe's sold - The Daily Meal What we really taste when we drink wine - The New Yorker
  • A Robust Roasted Tomato Soup You Can Cozy Up With

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    The following post was originally featured on Alexandra's Kitchen and written by Alexandra Stafford, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Food. In April of last year, Vince Vaughn hosted SNL, and delivered a hilarious, wise, and insightful monologue. After acknowledging the importance of the audience's role in the success of an SNL show, he ventured off stage, engaged a few of the audience members, and confiscated a cell phone, noting he "believe[s] sometimes it's better to take the memories with our hearts and minds." He then turned to the camera to say: "That's for all you kids out there tonight.
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    Acquired Life

  • Tattoo Ideas That Make Life Stay Permanent

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Acquired Life wants to keep you healthy, period. We are all about sharing ideas that help you live a permanent and fulfilling lifestyle. But in a world such as ours, that sometimes can be very difficult. Especially when the market for tattoos seems to be booming and the popularity of tattoos keeps skyrocketing. We bring this up because of all of the factors that could affect your health when you get a tattoo. Let’s take a look at some of these tattoos ideas you should keep in mind. 1. Never get a tattoo at a shop if you don’t feel comfortable. If the atmosphere feels strange, or there are…
  • Getting Healthy Creates Internal Peace

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    We are always talking about the various aspects of how to create peace in your lifestyle and it goes without saying or mentioning, but being healthy is a integral element to creating happiness in your life. In today’s piece of advice, we want to focus on all of those who are interested in losing weight to feel better and look great. There is a lot of information on the internet about raw food, green juices and the like. We want to discuss how weight loss through vegetable juicing can become a healthy and vital aspect of your every day life. For all of our Spanish and es español readers…
  • Mommy Blogging: Blog Critiquing

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Look, I don’t claim to be a blogging expert, but I do think its fun to peep other mommy blogs – or just other blogs in general – and give them constructive criticism and analysis. As someone who is starting to take blogging clients, I needed the practice…so I reviewed a few blogs out there for you to see. Enjoy. Mission Statement: The statement demonstrates their desire is to prove not only the power behind a photograph, but to show the need for acknowledging photojournalists in the industry. Title: (1,000 Words). Possibly going off…
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    Frugal Luxuries™: Food

  • BOOKS: "How Frugal is the Chariot that Carries the Human Soul"

    Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries®
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    "It is an ancient art.  Its practice has been recorded as far back as the time of the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates (about 399 B.C.).  Its nurture or neglect has influenced the rise and fall of nations and civilizations.  Abandoning it has been the ruin of fortunes.  Embracing it amplifies wealth and can dispel the state of poverty.""What is this mysterious seemingly elusive art of which I speak?  Frugality.  A humble word, it is derived from two ancient Latin words,frugalis and frux, both meaning... "success".You may also call it by…

    Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries®
    2 Oct 2013 | 10:40 am
    A garden is a grand teacher.  It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.~Gertrude JekyllChris associate for the Home Depot writing our guest-post today.  Chris very generously created the planter pictured below.  He wrote this post in response to my interest in learning more about Sub Irrigated Planters a.k.a. SIP's.  Mike and I currently are in the process of building our own raised bed planters...thanks to Chris's influence...and will post photos when they're planted and…
  • Simple Sowing: Herbs and Greens ~ The Garden in Winter

    Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries®
    7 Feb 2013 | 7:44 pm
    "A garden is a lovesome thing...The veriest school of Peace."--Thomas Edward Brown~~~I've been busy planning and working on the herb garden this past month... inspired by the image of a simple yet fascinating circular herb garden I saw onPinterest (above center left)... the viewing thereof prompted cravings for fresh mint and tangy thyme in our daily salads... not to mention that elusive lemon-y/yet not lemon-y flavor of French sorrel in our soups in lieu of spinach.  If the truth be told I began in late December after a visit to the 99-Cent store where I literally stumbled upon a…
  • The Art of Frugality... Recent Practices

    Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries®
    21 Jan 2013 | 6:47 am
    "How simple and frugal a thing is happiness."~Nikos Kazantzakis As with most people, the advent of the new year has us combing the budget to patch the leaks... reassessing our spending habits... and battening down our spending in order to accommodate a tighter budget.  Because of this I've been especially inspired by all of the frugal ideas found throughout this wonderland of Bloglandia.  Sending gratitude and thanks to all who so generously share their life~enhancing frugal strategies... you are very appreciated.Here are a few simple ways we've been practicing the art of…
  • Sorting and Appreciating Life's Most Precious Gifts

    Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries®
    14 Jan 2013 | 10:37 am
    ".... such golden gifts!"~ShakespeareEver since the holiday season officially ended a few weeks ago, I've found myself sorting (dare I say wrestling with?) those  tangled threads of earthly phenomenon that were so graciously gifted to me (us) this past season.  Please don't misunderstand. I am a life~long lover and appreciator of receiving gifts.  I am ever so grateful for them in all forms!  In fact, I pondered on this fact the other day as I happily removed the contents of a very raggedy billfold and placed them into a brand new, lovely, Michael Kors wallet (thank…
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    Food Wishes Video Recipes

  • Next Up: Duck Rillettes

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
  • Remoulade Sauce 2.0

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    I believe there’s a very old remoulade video floating around the channel somewhere, but after making some to go with our salmon cakes, I figured it was high time to share an updated version. Better known as tartar sauce, this easy and adaptable condiment isn't just for fish sticks anymore. As I mentioned in the video, it was originally invented to go alongside meat, so it comes as no surprise that it’s excellent on everything from grilled pork chops to double cheeseburgers. And when it comes to sandwiches, as long as you have some of this sitting around (should last at least a week), no…
  • Fresh Salmon Cakes – Uncanny

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Salmon cakes are one of my go-to, emergency meals. We keep a few cans of salmon in the pantry, and when faced with that dreaded “there’s nothing in the house to eat” situation, we pop one open, and are soon enjoying a batch of these easy, affordable, and pretty delicious patties. That’s the typical scenario, but every once in a while I like to use fresh salmon. Salmon is one of those products, like chicken, that’s very easy to get into a rut with. People generally find a few recipes that work for them, and just stay with those, but this fairly simple preparation should be easy to…
  • Video 1,000! Your Most Frequently Asked Questions

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:57 pm
    As I joke in the video, this little Q & A should serve as irrefutable proof that I’ve made the right decision to stay off camera. Talking while being filmed isn’t that hard; it’s the part about making sense that’s the real challenge. And if you’re thinking I took the easy way out here, just sitting around, talking to the camera, think again. These things are like a hundred times harder than a regular recipe video, so you’ll have to pardon all the questionable editing techniques. Despite the challenges, I really did enjoy finally getting to solve some of these mysteries for…
  • Next Up: Video 1,000!

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    It wasn't for a lack of great ideas, but I'm here to confess, I wasn't able to decide on which recipe to film for the big milestone. It was just too much pressure. So, instead I'm going to finally answer the most commonly asked questions I've received over the last seven years. Do you have a restaurant? Why no written recipes? What's with the cayenne? I'll also make a rare appearance on camera, which will help answer the one about "why don't you appear on camera?" Stay tuned!
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    FBR - News

  • TA Associates announces partnership with SkinnyPop founders

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm, today announced a partnership with SkinnyPop Popcorn LLC founders Pam Netzky and Andy Friedman and food entrepreneur Jason Cohen to further build the brand and support continued innovation.
  • Online Grocer door to door organics expands Chicago operations

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Door to Door Organics, a leading natural and organic online grocer, today announced expanded service from a new warehouse in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood.
  • Associated Food Stores names new president

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    Associated Food Stores, LLC is proud to announce today the appointment of Robert A. Sigel to the position of President. Mr. Sigel, who started his career at a family-owned business, has over 35 years of experience in the food industry including a long and successful tenure as the CEO of Millbrook Distribution Services.
  • Hurricane Grill & Wings debuts redesigned website

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    Hurricane Grill & Wings, a casual-dining franchise known for its never-frozen, jumbo wings and more than 35 signature sauces and rubs, announced today a new and modernized website.
  • Honolulu Cookie launches Aloha Quilt Collection

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    Honolulu Cookie Company launches their new Aloha Quilt Collection in time for the Annual Aloha Festivals.
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    Mark Bittman

  • Nicest note I got re: my dad

    By Mark Bittman
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    A reader responds to "A Complicated Optimist"
  • Pre-Labor Day Food News

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

    By Mark Bittman
    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

    By Kristin Wartman
    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

    By Mark Bittman
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    Rep. Tony Cárdenas of California has urged the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus to observe Meatless Mondays.
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    Always Order Dessert

  • 5 Tips for Cooking Perfect Pasta

    Alejandra Ramos
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Let's talk pasta! Last month, I visited Chicago for the first time. It was a quick trip--actually quicker than I initially anticipated (thanks, stormy weather!)--but it was still an awesome trip because I got to visit the headquarters of Barilla, with whom I'm partnering this fall to create easy pasta recipes with a Latin twist. [I'm also super excited to be sharing spokesperson duties
  • Arroz con Leche Marshmallow Treats

    Alejandra Ramos
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Growing up in a Puerto Rican family, Latin desserts were a BIG part of my childhood. Buttery pastries filled with guava paste, coconut tembleque (a delicious creamy, jiggly, jello-like treat), red sesame lollipops, and arroz con leche. Arroz con leche is basically a Latin American version of rice pudding, scented with vanilla, citrus zest, and plenty of canela--also known as Ceylon cinnamon-
  • Crock-pot Country Style Ribs with Grapes

    Alejandra Ramos
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    The first time I made this sweet and savory rib recipe, I accidentally set off the fire alarm with the smoke from the browning meat. I was in a country house in upstate NY that instantly notified the local fire department, and so it wasn't long before a big red truck full of burly firefighters arrived at our door. They were very nice about the whole thing, and spent perhaps a few too many
  • Turkish Molasses Tahini Dip

    Alejandra Ramos
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    A couple days ago, my friend Olga shared a link on Facebook to a post about everyday life in Istanbul. The article was part of a series from the blog A Cup of Jo, where she interviews mothers who are raising their children outside of the US. In it, the mother described a typical Turkish breakfast, which consists of a variety of items including warm breads, cheeses, clotted cream with honey,
  • 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
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    Joyful Abode

  • No-Mess Deviled Eggs – Use a Freezer Bag!

    Emily Chapelle
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
      Deviled eggs aren’t hard to make. So what’s the big deal about an “easiest” method? It’s just the fact that there’s no mess at all. And if you’re preparing for a big party or cook-out, you could probably use all the help you can get! No-Mess Deviled Eggs Recipe For this deviled egg method, boil and cut the eggs as you usually would. Then, pop out the yolks and put them into a ziplock freezer bag. The sandwich bags aren’t as durable at the seams, so I wouldn’t recommend using them. Add your other ingredients, squeeze out as much air…
  • What Bedtime Really Looks Like With a 2 Year Old

    Emily Chapelle
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huggies® Little Movers. All opinions are 100% mine. Winding down with classical music, a story from the original Winnie the Pooh, snuggly pajama-clad children with soft clean hair, quiet cuddles in a dark room, and a kiss goodnight before tucking the blankets around the kids and closing the door… That’s like a movie bedtime. That isn’t real life. (At least not MY real life.) Usually in our house, the kids want to tackle me and my husband until the last possible moment. “Could I please knock you over?” is asked…
  • Easy Chilled Cucumber Salad Recipe

    Emily Chapelle
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This easy chilled cucumber salad recipe is another of my family’s favorite super-simple recipes, and since the cucumbers at the Amish market have been absolutely beautiful, we’ve been happily munching this for months now. It comes together in just a few minutes, and it’s a great addition to dinner, but the leftovers are even better after marinating overnight in the fridge. My husband’s eyes lit up when he saw me pack some of the leftovers in his lunchbox, and my daughter ate a huge pile of this after coming home from school the other day. It’s a big hit in our…
  • Evolving Education – What do my kids’ futures look like?

    Emily Chapelle
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:55 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Provost Academy. All opinions are 100% mine. From the first days of my kids’ lives, I was their teacher. I taught them that their little movements and sounds had meaning. I taught them that their needs would be met, no matter what. I taught them to recognize their bodies’ signals about hunger, thirst, and potty needs. I taught them that this world is their world. I taught them that they have unique strengths and talents, and gave them the tools and encouragement to develop them. But I’m not their only teacher, by far.
  • Montessori Toddler Paper Punching Activity

    Emily Chapelle
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    In our house, the playroom is for imagination, for open-ended toys, for free exploration. We have dress up clothes (mainly play silks and scarves), building materials (wooden blocks or legos), musical instruments, and other pretending toys. In the rest of the house, the kids tend to gravitate toward helping with real-life chores, like cleaning surfaces or windows (check out my nontoxic homemade cleaner recipes), helping with the laundry, and assisting with a bit of food preparation. They can get themselves snacks and water, and do more physical activities that require more space, like dancing…
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  • Stoneline Cookware Review – 12 Piece Set with Bonus Knife Set

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:41 pm
    We’ve reviewed a lot of cookware over the years, including most of the top brands but never have we had the chance to review an As Seen on TV product. To be honest, I don’t think we would have even thought to do so, because As Seen On TV products often have a tendency to […]
  • Family Dinners: Tips for a Fun and Flawless Outdoor Eating Experience

    Guest Author
    17 Jan 2014 | 8:27 pm
      There’s nothing better on a summer day than sitting at a table in the backyard, watching the kids play and relaxing with a cold drink — except maybe having a fantastic family dinner at that same table first. All it takes to create these fabulous family memories is a little bit of preparation followed […]
  • Fresh Cherry Ice Cream Recipe

    16 Dec 2013 | 8:16 pm
    At the moment it is cherry season in Canberra and the cherries are plump and ever so juicy.  So because there is an abundance of cherries I needed to come up with a way of using up some of the excess. Well I have found one way to use them that is absolutely yummy – […]
  • How to Make Marinated Feta Cheese

    12 Dec 2013 | 2:44 pm
    We recently purchased a Mad Millie’s home cheese making kit and finally got around to making some Marinated Feta. The kit comes complete with the following items:- a ceramic cheese pot with ceramic pressing plate and lid cheese mould plastic colander a piece of cheesecloth, thermometer vegetarian rennet tablets citric acid cheese salt recipe card. […]
  • 7 Gadget Gifts for the High-Tech Chef

    Guest Author
    21 Nov 2013 | 1:59 pm
    Since the first wooden spoon allowed a cave man to stir his stew without burning his arm, humans have been on a quest to make shinier, faster and better kitchen gadgets. If you have a high-tech chef on your list this holiday season, take a look at these seven gadgets that are perfectly priced to […]
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    Hungry Crowd

  • 7 Ways to Use Honey for Rosh Hashanah

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and the first of the High Holidays, begins Wednesday evening. Dipping apples in honey isn’t the only way to infuse the new year with sweetness. Here, seven delicious dishes to make for Rosh Hashanah that in...
  • Eat Fries for the Environment

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The next time you’re debating between a side of french fries or green salad with your burger, you can choose the fries with a clean conscience, in the name of the environment. Today, Finnair will operate an Airbus A330 flight from Helsinki t...
  • Cryosicles Will Blow Your Mind, Come in Root Beer Flavor

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    We've partnered with the mad food scientists at ChefSteps to bring their hyper-inventive cooking videos to F&W readers. Here, the team that worked with Nathan Myrhvold to create the magnum opus Modernist Cuisine shares an incredible food exper...
  • How to Achieve Grill-Mark Perfection

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    It’s fall. Fall means football. And football means tailgate grilling is in full swing. If you want to really wow your fellow fans at the next big tailgate, watch the video above from Panna. Chef Rick Bayless reveals how to get professional- ...
  • 9 Ways to Make Apple Cake

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Apple pie gets all the love, but apple cakes are homier and (often) less fussy. Here are nine takes on an apple cake to try this weekend. 1. Classic upside-down. Keep it classic: Sweet buttery apples on the bottom? Check. Moist yellow cake on top?...
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  • 5 Rosh Hashanah Dishes with a Healthy Side

    Toby Amidor
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Much of the celebration surrounding the Jewish New Year, which begins Wednesday night, revolves around foods like the traditional apple dipped in honey, to signify a sweet new year. But there’s... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • 7 Side Dishes Starring Fall Produce

    Abigail Libers
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yeah, you could be sad that summer is on it way out. But you could also be happy that fall is on its way — and brimming with tasty options. Braised Collard Greens and Butternut Squash Take a... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • A Creamy Broccoli Dip That’s a Healthy Winner

    Jessica Goldman Foung
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Fall not only means the start of football season — it also means the start of many Sunday meals getting replaced by chips and dip, salty bar snacks and microwave finger foods. But filling up... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

    Amy Reiter
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this week’s news: Comfort foods are found to be not so soothing; diet soda gets a gut check; and addiction programs quit with the sweets. Cold Comfort for Comfort Food Fans What’s your... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • 8 Cleverly Bread-Free Sandwiches

    Silvana Nardone
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whether you’re dialing down refined carbs, giving up gluten or watching your sodium intake (bread adds up on that front), these loaf-free sandwiches — most of which sub in vegetables in... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
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    What's Cooking With Kids

  • Who’s Your Daddy?

    Michelle Stern
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    I believe that one of my greatest contributions to the classroom was that I was maternal.  I was filled with passion for what was right and would act like an agitated Mama Bear if I felt like someone was doing wrong by my students.  Maybe I’d get upset because there was disrespect in a relationship between two students; sometimes students were treated as if they didn’t matter; and often, their health was ignored by others who should have been making it a priority. Now that I am no longer in the classroom, I am especially grateful to people like Miguel, the food service director…
  • Lesson Plans Aren’t Just for the Classroom

    Michelle Stern
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    It has finally come and gone – the start of the new school year. And for the first time in several years, I didn’t return to the classroom with my children and former students.  After losing my job, I wasn’t sure how I would handle the transition.  But I am handling it.  Because I have to. Of course, I couldn’t resist thinking about what I would have done on the first day of school with my students.  How would I have inspired them or lit the spark to encourage them to try harder than ever before?  While I didn’t get the chance to implement a lesson plan in…
  • 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…
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    Wholistic Woman

  • Celebrate National Organic Harvest Month with an Appletini!

    Wendy Hammond
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    Prairie Natural Appletini. Photo courtesy of Prairie Organic Spirits Farm to glass is a huge trend, but I am never quite sure what to do with spirits. So when Prairie Organic Spirits sent me some recipes and invited me to share them with my readers, I was more than happy to oblige. My pick for the season is the Appletini. It’s cider, doughnuts, and hayride time here in Michigan and this seems to be the perfect complement. I love that Prairie Organic Spirits are made with organic corn that is grown at three family-owned and operated Midwest farms. After harvesting, the crop is brought…
  • Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead {Movie Review}

    Wendy Hammond
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    So, back in 2011, a movie came out called Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. I vaguely remember  hearing about it. What I DO remember is juicing became a thing. I was skeptical. I’d much rather eat my vegetables! Juicing is for vegans! So I didn’t pay it much attention. The other day, the PR company for Joe Cross sent me information about a sequel that is coming out in November. This time, I was interested. I know more about micronutrients and realize that juicing is not just for vegans. I decided to sit down and actually watch the original movie. From the synopsis: 100 pounds overweight,…
  • Build Your Running Body {Book Review + Free 12 Minute Workout!}

    Wendy Hammond
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    I have started and stopped Couch to 5K about a bajillion times. What happens is, I start but then I think “this is too easy” and so I decide to “run” the whole way, except I slow way down so that I can be sure to make it, because I want to be able to say I ran for two miles without stopping. Then I get frustrated that my legs give out way before I get any good cardio in, and I never quite get into running the way I’d like to. So when the publisher of Build Your Running Body offered me a review copy, I thought I’d take them up on it and figure out this…
  • 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…
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  • 5 Comforting Vegetarian Meals for Fall

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Fall brings cooler weather, pumpkins, and comfort food.  These delicious vegetarian recipes are made from scratch, soul feeding recipes that will warm the body and your heart.  Whether your craving a bowl of chili, a buttery pot pie or a hearty pasta bake - we've got you covered.
  • How To Make Homemade Chocolate Pudding

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    If you have read this blog over the years, you know that I absolutely love m
  • Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Cinnamon rolls are a classic treat for many of us.
  • 4 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches That Will Rock Your World

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Fall is officially here, and we know what you want. You want easy dinners that satisfy your need for comfort and flavor. These 4 grilled cheese sandwiches will rock your world! They are  oozing with luscious cheese and all sorts of extras.
  • How to Make No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The number one advantage of the no-bake cookie is that you don't have to worry about preheating your oven, let alone turning it on.  No-bake cookies come in many forms.
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  • Is Hot Honey the New Sriracha?

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
      Can you remember your first Sriracha? Remember the way a tiny hit of heat and sweet perked up whatever it was that you were eating? You started slow—a squirt in the stir fry, a dab added to marinades. Then you branched [...]
  • Whole Foods Has Seen its Future and it Looks Like Every Other Supermarket

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
      Back in July, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey waxed nostalgic in an interview with a Washington Post reporter. Published under the title When We Were Small, Mackey shared memories of the early days of his first market: It was this old, three-story Victorian [...]
  • Is It PawPaw Time Already?

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
                                This is a pawpaw →   It’s a delicious fruit with a flavor best described as mango-meets-banana. It’s native to North America, a tropical fruit that grows in a temperate [...]
  • Slow Money: It’s Like Slow Food for your Wallet

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
      The Wall Street Journal says of Slow Money: ‘Forget conventional 401(k)s; think goat cheese and fennel.’ Bloomberg Businessweek calls it one of the ‘big ideas that will change small business and entrepreneurship,’ and Time Magazine says it has the potential to ‘remake America’s food industry.’.’ Investments [...]
  • Cafés Go From Free WiFi to WiFi-free

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
      Coffee and conversation. What a concept. Cafés were among the first to flip the switch on free wifi. Now some pioneering coffeehouses are pulling the plug. Blame the coffee shop squatters. For the price of a small coffee they monopolize [...]
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    Harmonious Homestead

  • Meet Annabel

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Since Devie the coonhound died in December we’ve been missing a big dog. Our spring and summer were so busy with the kitchen, guests, travel, and farming that we knew we had to wait so that we’d have the time to devote to training a new dog. We said that after Labor Day weekend, we would start looking. But when I searched through the adoptable pet listings after Labor Day, something didn’t feel right. I didn’t want pick a dog, I wanted a dog to pick me. So we told our family we were waiting for a good – a smart, low-allergenic, farm-dog-trainable – dog to…
  • If Canning Jars Leaked But Sealed, Are They OK?

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    When I’m asked the same question by three different people in three days, I know it must be a hot topic worthy of discussion. Here’s the scenario: You’ve made stock, applesauce, or peaches in syrup. You carefully ladle it into hot jars with the recommended headspace and dutifully can the recommended length of time in a water bath or pressure canner. But when you pull the jars out, the headspace is different and it looks like the canning jars leaked! Or liquid is still flowing out of the jars as they are cooling! The jars do seal and you wonder – what happened? Are they…
  • Homegrown Home-canned Salsa {Recipe}

    3 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    Home-canned salsa. It sounds so simple and yet many people struggle to make something that’s “just right”. The first recipe I tried was too watery. The next was too bland and the third had a too-cooked texture.  These were all a disappointing use of homegrown tomatoes and peppers! Then finally last year my friend Jenn (who also shared celery powder with me) passed along this recipe. It is thick, richly-flavored, and has a pleasing chunky texture. There are several tricks that make this recipe work. First is the preparation of the produce. I carefully remove the seeds and…
  • 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…
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    Savory Sweet Life - Easy Recipes from an Everyday Home Cook

  • Ginger Apple Cream Scones

    Alice Currah
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Waking up on the weekends is always a struggle between wanting to sleep in and my body waking up on its own sleep cycle.  Yesterday I lay in bed motionless with eyes closed hoping if I waited long enough I would fall back into a deep slumber. Ten minutes go by… then twenty.  With every […]
  • Autumn Carrot Basil Soup

    Alice Currah
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    I’m in day 3 of the kids back at school and it is amazing how much more I can get done when I have hours of time to be creative in silence and just cook the way I want to without someone asking me to do anything for them or take them somewhere. Up until […]
  • Summer Tomato Basil Salad

    Alice Currah
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I love this time of year when the last of the summer tomatoes hang on their vines. Where there were many only a few remain.  Easily picked with very little resistance, these tomatoes are perfectly ripe, beautiful in color, and naturally sweet from long days of being left uninterrupted basking in the warmth of the […]
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  • El Barrio to Open in Guerneville

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    El Barrio Mexican Modern Cocktail Bar will open in Guerneville in September Guerneville’s food and drink renaissance continues with the soon-to-open El Barrio cocktail lounge on September 27, 2014.  It’s the next in a series of food and drink projects by Crista Luedtke, who also owns big bottom market, boon eat+drink and boon hotel+spa. The “Mexican modern cocktail lounge” will focus on spirits–bourbon, tequila and mezcal–rather than food, with a robust drink program developed by SF bartender and consultant Christina Cabrera (Novela, Range, Marlow,…
  • Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Fest 2014

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    A salmon and roe dish featuring heirloom tomatoes at the 2013 Chef Challenge. Kendall-Jackson Wine Center will host its 18th annual Heirloom Tomato Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27 2014 from 11a.m. to 4p.m. It’s one of my favorite events all year (and not just because I get to be a Chef Challenge Judge), but because of the nearly 200 varieties of heirloom tomatoes available for tasting, 50 restaurants serving tasty bites of everything from pizza to fried green tomatoes, and of course the wine. $95, Kendall Jackson Wine Center, Fulton Road, Fulton. Proceeds benefit the Ceres Community Project.
  • KSRO adds Wolf and Smothers to Saturday lineup

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Steve Garner, John Ash, Marcy Smothers and Clark Wolf of KSRO’s Saturday food lineup. Saturdays get even tastier on local news station, KSRO (1350AM, 103.5FM) with the debut of “At the Table with Wolf & Smothers” on Oct. 4, 2014. Wine Country food fanatics Clark Wolf and Marcy Smothers will dish each week on food news and personalities with guests including Ruth Reichl, Emeril Lagasse, Bruce Aidells, Martin Yan and Top Chef Master’s Douglas Keane. The dynamic duo’s first show airs live from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds during the Harvest Fair, and will on KSRO each Saturday…
  • Viola Pastry Boutique Closing

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Chilaquiles breakfast at Viola Pastry Cafe in Santa Rosa, California ©heather irwin Sad news in Montgomery Village. Chef Jennifer McMurray has announced that her popular cafe, Viola Pastry Boutique and Cafe (709 Village Court, Santa Rosa) will shutter on Sept. 27. The good news, however, is that her homey cooking (and her hostess/mom, Vickie) are continuing their culinary journey. McMurray will continue catering private parties and events and is looking for a new location for her restaurant. Stay tuned. The post Viola Pastry Boutique Closing appeared first on BiteClub Restaurants Dining and…
  • Fork Catering Expands

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Sarah Piccolo of Fork Catering will take over the Bodega Hwy roadhouse this fal. The adorable little roadhouse at 9890 Bodega Highway that’s seen a number of restaurants come and go in the last several years is being taken over once again, this time by the highly successful Fork Catering. Owner Sarah Piccolo says she’ll use the spot for a variety of uses, including her catering kitchen, offering a breakfast and lunch eatery, food truck parking by the side patio for a “quick casual bite” and offering special event space. Piccolo hopes to be open by November and plans to expand to…
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    Cooking with Thas

  • Roasted Rosemary Potatoes – Oven Roasted Potatoes

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Aromatic oven roasted potatoes… One of my favorite root vegetables is potato and on days when I don’t cook any meat I make sure to prepare a potato dish. Btw, who doesn’t like potatoes??? Can we possibly say No to French fries and Potato chips??? There are a million ways of cooking potatoes, such a friendly and versatile vegetable: bake ‘em, stir fry ‘em, roast ‘em, fry ‘em, add ‘em to any curries/stews/soups etc etc… One of my favorite healthy ways of making potatoes is by roasting them in the oven. And I love to make it aromatic, for…
  • Cornmeal Blueberry Cake- Eggless Cornmeal Cake

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Cornmeal cake topped with blackberry… I’ve been always a lazy morning cook, I literally cannot cook in the morning. So, I always go with either cereal or instant oats or microwaved eggs for breakfast. Sometimes, during weekends I surprise my Man with pancakes or waffles for brunch. At times, I do get tired of the usual instant breakfast dishes, that’s when I make something different the previous night and enjoy it the next morning. A couple of days ago, I made this eggless cornmeal blueberry cake in the evening with the intention of saving it for breakfast the next day.
  • Chicken 65 Recipe – Delicious Chicken 65

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Delicious chicken 65, spicy and deep fried chicken appetizer…. I am still not sure how this dish got the name chicken 65, what does 65 represent? There are several interesting stories about the name; some say the marinade was made with 65 ingredients, others say it has 65 chilli peppers and yet others say it was first introduced in 1965. I am pretty sure about one thing though, this is one of the tastiest chicken appetizers. Once tasted, it’s not that easy to forget about this dish. I had this as an appetizer at an Indo Chinese restaurant in Chicago, that kind of made me feel that…
  • Easy Chicken Curry with Fried Onion

    13 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Aromatic and delicious chicken curry with fried onion… Last month, I’d posted the recipe for making Easy chicken biryani, in that recipe fried onion and other spices are added to the chicken and allowed to marinate for a few hours, the marinated chicken was slow cooked in a large pan and then combined with Basmati rice. It was such an easy yet yummy Biryani recipe. The other day, when I’d made chicken curry, I used the same recipe that I’d used for making the chicken masala for the biryani. The chicken pieces were marinated with all the ingredients, allowed to…
  • Tomato Eggplant Coconut Curry – Thakkali Thenga Curry

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Tomato and eggplant cooked in roasted coconut gravy, delicious vegetarian curry… Lately, I’ve been making a lot of vegetarian curries (Yes, using homegrown veggies) and having them with homemade chapati or rotis. I don’t seem to get bored of South Indian style vegetarian dishes. But my Man tend to always go behind non-vegetarian dishes and for that reason I’ve to make non-vegetarian dishes pretty much everyday. On days when I crave for a good vegetarian dish, I just ignore what my Man loves and will make a couple of vegetarian dishes and I will be seen enjoying them to…
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    A Sweet Spoonful

  • Still Hanging On

    5 Sep 2014 | 10:34 pm
    I call this time of the year, this month of September, the “bridge month.” When I made pies for a living, I called them “bridge desserts,” those slices of jammy sweets that’d have one foot definitively in fall and the other stubbornly in summer. That’s always how I feel come September: eagerly anticipating the changing light of the new season, but also so very hesitant for the long days to creep away. And so, today, a warm weather recipe we can all nurse for a good month more: a silky, simple gazpacho that we had for lunch (and dinner) many times last…
  • 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…
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  • Three-Cheese Rye Biscuits

    lisa is cooking
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    The new book Huckleberry, from the Bakery and Cafe in Santa Monica of the same name, by Zoe Nathan is easy for me to like. As I read my review copy, page after page held something I wanted to try baking, flavors I wanted to taste, and breakfasts I knew would be delicious. I’m easily entertained by the thought of baking lots of different types of breakfast treats, but seriously, I wanted to grab the mixing bowls and bake every single muffin recipe in the first chapter. It starts with Cooca Nib... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Vietnamese-Style Portobello Mushrooms

    lisa is cooking
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    This was our conversation: Me- “I cooked from a new book for dinner tonight. The book is The Essential New York Times Grilling Cookbook (review copy), and it includes recipes and writing related to grilling from the entire history of The Times.” Kurt- “A grilling book! What did you grill?” Me- “Vietnamese-Style Portobello Mushrooms.” Kurt- “You have a new grilling book…and, you made mushrooms?” Me- “Of course!” His hopes for a steak off the grill were dashed, but he did enjoy the portobellos.... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and…
  • 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.
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    Melody Gourmet Fury | Austin Food Writer and Photographer

  • Super Simple Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe & Cookbook Review

    Melody Fury
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    I do Crossfit.  I also love ice cream.  And the two never conflict with one another.  There’s a common misconception that all Crossfitters eat paleo.  While I have friends that are on paleo diet, and I enjoy entertaining the idea of it, sugar, dairy, and wheat make up the foundation of my dietary pleasures.  I’m the OTHER kind of Crossfitter that does the torturous workouts for the sole purpose of being able to eat whatever I want.  If I ate “clean”, I’m pretty sure I’d be a billion times stronger but I’m not willing to make that sacrifice at…
  • Snapshots of Olamaie, New Modern Southern Kitchen in Austin with the BEST Biscuits

    Melody Fury
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:40 pm
    It’s been a little while since I’ve felt excited about a restaurant opening in Austin.  LaV was probably the last debut that perked my interest.  But when I was invited to Olamaie’s soft opening, my heart leaped a little. Olamaie took over an 83-year-old heritage home and embraced its laid-back charm.  The dining room felt cool and collected, while the lounge and patio were ideal for socializing.  That evening, we snagged a table right next to the bustling open kitchen, which we always consider the best seats in the house. Chefs Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas designed…
  • 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 |…
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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

  • Japanese Mini Hamburgers

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    When you say hamburger here in the US, the image conjured to mind is a meat patty, usually cooked on a grill, served inside a bun, sometimes with a variety of condiments or toppings.  When you say hamburger in Japan (ハンバーグ–”hambagu”), the image conjuired to mind is much different—a meat patty that is like a cross between a hamburger and a slice of meatloaf, served simply glazed or topped with a spoonful of a steak-sauce like mixture alongside plain steamed white rice and glazed carrots.  I love both, but today we’re talking about the…
  • Multiply Goodness With Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Granola

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    I am super excited to share a new project I’m working on.  I am on a team of writers behind a new endeavor, Multiply Goodness.  Multiply Goodness is a website dedicated to celebrating and sharing the good in the world and helping to lift each other up.  The stated mission is “to unite like-minded believers in an effort to multiply goodness throughout the world.”  The blog portion of the website, Daily Good, features a new post every weekday that shares something on one of five different topics: courage, faith, hope, laughter, and love.  I am honored to be one of the…
  • Cookie Dough Dip from The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches On the Planet

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    We are coming to the end of our fourth week of school here in Utah.  This is about the point where I start to run out of steam on lunchbox ideas and it’s time to re-motivate myself and make a plan for the four weeks to come.  Who else is running out of steam?  Raise your hand, come on, don’t be shy!  The fact of the matter is, unless you want to pack the same thing in your kids’ lunch boxes day in and day out, lunch box packing requires some brainstorming, planning, and even a bit of strategy now and then!  Enter Laura Fuentes, founder and CEO of, a…
  • Spicy Cucumber Guacamole Sushi Roll—Getting back into a school routine

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    You’d think that it would be harder for my girls to get back into their school routines, especially considering this is Bug’s first year of formal schooling as a kindergartner. I certainly thought so.  I was looking forward to all of my free time, thinking about how easy it would be to get things done.  Well that’s what I get for thinking!  Both of the girls have slipped calmly into their respective routines, making school look like a walk in the park, and I can’t seem to get my head on straight.  I am totally discombobulated. One of the routines I am getting back…
  • 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…
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    Beyond [the Plate]

  • Aste Nagusia 2014 – Cooking, The Basque Way

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    After a vigorous Tortilla competition, the subsequent cook-offs for Txipirones en su Tinta (Squid cooked in its Ink) and Bacalao a la Vizcaina (Basque-style Salted Cod) were quieter affairs, receiving over 50 entries each, largely due to the higher costs of ingredients. For a large cazuela that serves 18 people, it averages about 200 euros (US$259) for the Txipirones and 400 euros (US$518) for the Bacalao. I was invited to guest judge the Txipirones cooking contest and, for the Bacalao cook-off, got to spend a morning documenting two teams cooking side-by-side. As Basque classics, these…
  • Aste Nagusia 2014 – Celebrating, The Basque Way

    3 Sep 2014 | 5:19 pm
    In a serendipitous turn of events, I got to end my summer with two weeks in Europe at the end of August. This included a short stint in Bilbao, Spain, for one of the Basque Country’s biggest annual fiestas: Aste Nagusia (literally, “The Principal Week”). I was there at the invitation of my friends Margaret and Javi, the power couple behind Travel Basque Country, an online resource for information and custom tours to the Basque region in Northern Spain. A 9-day celebration of all things Basque, this event is the perfect introduction to the various facets of Basque culture,…
  • Miami Through The Lens

    25 Jun 2014 | 1:41 pm
    I was in Miami last month to photograph this year’s BlogHer Food and arrived ahead of the conference to get a feel for this city. Over two days, I spent an afternoon in Little Cuba with this Walking Tour as my guide. I found the neighborhood underwhelming overall, with little to offer in terms of street life. However there are delicious cafecitos and refreshing coconut juice to be had on Calle Ocho, and if you’re lucky, the friendly locals at Maximo Gomez Park may offer you a share of their Colada while they wait their turn at dominoes. I spent another afternoon on a food tour of…
  • Celebrating With A Pig Roast

    15 May 2014 | 10:03 am
    We learnt, around this time a year ago, that our third offer on a house was accepted. If all went well, we would be homeowners in a matter of weeks. What began as a preliminary exploration into the possibility of home ownership had, after two unsuccessful bids, countless open houses and even more Negronis, become a very real and serious prospect. We were about to own OUR FIRST HOME. An actual spot of land on this massive earth. It all felt very GROWN UP and momentous, due in large part to how quickly everything came together. Between our first conversations with the mortgage broker and the…
  • Silk Road Teas

    18 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    To the inexperienced palate, tea is a complicated business. Or not, depending on your preferences. Up until a few years ago, I was perfectly content with heapfuls of Mariage Freres’ Earl Grey Imperial for an afternoon brew. Sure, I’d drink any tea if you put it in front of me, but if I had to brew it myself? That stout black tin would be the one I’d reach for. I’m a simple girl with simple tastes, after all. Things changed after I did a piece for Etsy about a two-generation, family-owned artisan tea shop in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Over a leisurely tasting of…
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  • Lunch at Edulis

    Jen C
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    It’s a warm Sunday afternoon – one of the few we’ve had this summer. Sunlight is streaking through the windows and bounces off the white walls of a simply decorated room. Chairs are filled with relaxed bodies and animated faces. The hum of convivial... Continue Reading →
  • 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 →
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    Bitches Who Brunch

  • This Week in DC: Sept. 22-28

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    I just spent a fabulous, whirlwind weekend in Chicago interviewing tons of lovely ladies in the hunt for our two Chicago Bitches. Have a friend in the Windy City? Let us know if they’re interested in joining the team. Now that I’m back in the District, I’m gearing up for a fun week—and summer’s wind-down. Don’t miss our giveaway for two tickets to a great yoga brunch on Sunday, see below. And, sign up for the giveaway for two tickets for Chef’s Behind Bars, here. Monday September is Turkish Cultural Heritage Month and this week, in particular, is Turkish restaurant week. Agora…
  • This Week in NYC: Sept. 22-28

    Ally, Bitch in the City
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Happy Monday! I just returned from a fabulous European getaway last night and will need lots of espresso, green juice, and fun social activities to help get my through my jet lag and post-vacay depression. I traveled to London, Rome, and Florence so stay tuned for my Bitch-approved picks in our newly launched travel section. Once my internal body-clock is back on schedule, here’s what I’m looking forward to this week in New York City: Monday As a Friends fan (like most of us), I was ecstatic to hear that a fully functional pop-up cafe is now open in honor of the iconic…
  • Alphonse Brunch

    Amanda, DC Baby Bitch
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A Note from the Bitches: We’re excited to introduce the newest member of our Washington, D.C., team, Amanda! Amanda, our D.C. Baby Bitch, is a native Washingtonian who prides herself on staying in the know on her hometown’s rapidly growing restaurant scene. If you don’t spot her at brunch, you can find her shopping as her primary means of cardio, binge-watching reality tv, or stalking the National Zoo Panda Cam. We absolutely love her wit and charm and we can’t wait for her to partake in more Bitching!  Finally the big day had arrived! On Saturday morning, I met Becca and…
  • Bustan Brunch

    Emily, Bitch in the City
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    Recently, Ally and I concluded fashion week with a work day brunch at Bustan in the Upper West Side. We jumped at the opportunity to take a lunch-brunch during the day, as our weekend was too jam packed with fashion happenings to squeeze in a sit-down Benny. Meditteranean brunch on a warm summer day seemed like a great excuse to travel uptown and we were excited to give this new spot a try. We were ushered into the back patio upon arrival, a delightful and spacious area decorated with greenery, butterflies and colorful umbrellas. We both felt like we’d stepped out of the city and into our…
  • Three-Pepper Linguine

    Emily, Bitch in the City
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    There are so many things about living in the suburbs that I took for granted growing up, and now that I face the potential of a lifetime of city dwelling, visiting my childhood home in Maryland this weekend rustled up a whole host of nostalgic emotions (and recipes!). The sheer weight that’s lifted from my shoulders when I escape to greener pastures is an enabler, and I was inspired to cook for my family as a thank you for hosting me and handing over the rights to their car for the weekend, despite my city rustiness. I chose a family favorite and one full of carbs to fuel my 16 mile run the…
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    Mexico in my Kitchen

  • Pastel de Tres Leches-Hispanic Heritage Month

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
      Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser have compensated this shop. All opinions are my own.This month we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th to October 15th. During this month, America celebrates the cultural and historical contributions of the people who came to this country from Mexico, Central and South America, and Spain. September 15 is a day of celebration in many Latin-American countries, since they declared their independence between the 15th and 18thof September. Some of these countries include Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, and…
  • How to make Sopes & a Giveaway!

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:16 pm
    From the many meals prepared with corn masa dough, sopes are one of the most popular in my country. There are many other ways to prepare meals using corn masa in Mexico; these are all called “antojitos” (little cravings).Sopes are  medium-sized thick tortillas with a ridge around the edge, made by pinching the edges of the tortilla. This keeps the salsa and beans from falling down. It’s round or oval in shape. Some of the regular toppings include refried beans, salsa, lettuce, fresh cheese, shredded beef or chicken, or crumbled chorizo. Some extra toppings include steak, Mexican…
  • How drunk is your salsa?

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Yes, I know, you must be thinking… “drunk” what? Yes, salsa borracha or drunken salsa is a very famous salsa in Mexico City and the central states, usually served with a good portion of Lamb or goat barbacoa (steamed). The peppers used to make this salsa are called “Pasilla” peppers, they have dark colored skin  and wrinkles resembling those of dried plum-prunes, and, in Spanish, dried prunes are called “ciruelas pasas” hence the name pasilla. These peppers are not spicy, they are more like the mild  type of peppers. The Pasilla peppers are also used in Moles and…
  • Polvorones, one cookie with many faces

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
        This month is Child Cancer Awareness Month, and when I found out that OXO was inviting bloggers to participate in their Cookies for Kids Cancer Campaign, I sent them an email requesting to let me be a contributor to this worthy cause. Everyone knows how devastating this illness could be for  anyone, particularly for children. And I know this I have a nephew who was diagnosed with stomach cancer when he was 4-years old. Thanks to the care of doctors and family he is doing fine now, but it was a difficult time for the whole family. You too can participate looking for the OXO…
  • How to make Red Pickled Onions

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A while back, I received an email from a reader requesting pickled onions. “How come you don’t have them on your blog?” I know, right!? It’s something that we eat very often here at home and is also really easy to make. At first he didn’t specify if he wanted the recipe with white or red onions, so I asked him and he said he was referring to the red onions, like the ones that are served at taco stands.Pickled onions are prepared in several ways in Mexico. For example, in the Yucatan area, it is made with pickled white onions and habanero or Xcatic peppers. Garlic and other herbs and…
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    Cooking | Add a Pinch

  • Apple Cake Recipe

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    An apple cake recipe filled with apples, apple pie spice and so much more. This apple cake recipe is easy to make and a year-round favorite! I love a fresh, homemade apple cake this time of year. But, in all reality, I love them anytime of year. They are simply hard to beat in my book. My apple cake recipe uses apples that I’ve grated on the largest hole of the box grater. I find that the grated apple mixes well in the cake batter to give you that fresh apple taste throughout. If you don’t have a box grater, you can simply dice your apple pieces really well and use those instead.
  • Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Homemade teriyaki sauce recipe that full of flavor. This teriyaki sauce recipe is great to use with chicken, fish, beef, and vegetables. There’s just something about this homemade teriyaki sauce recipe that makes me love it even more than anything I can buy in the store or get in a restaurant. Maybe it is that I know everything that is in it, right down to choosing if I want begin with low-sodium or regular soy sauce or if I want to switch it up and use coconut aminos instead, especially if I’m making a Paleo-friendly meal for guests who prefer it. The amount of flexibility that I…
  • Chicken Marsala Recipe

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Chicken marsala makes a favorite, comforting recipe. Made with chicken, mushrooms, marsala and chicken stock, this classic chicken marsala recipe is full of flavor! I just learned recently that chicken marsala is one of my brother-in-law’s favorite meals. And since we’ve missed the home football games that his high school football team have had this year for one reason or another, I knew just what to make for him to help celebrate their big win and as a way of letting him know that we were cheering him on even if we hadn’t been there. I always start by slicing my chicken…
  • Classic Pound Cake Recipe

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A classic pound cake recipe makes one of the most versatile cakes for all occasions. This pound cake recipe is an heirloom cake recipe handed down from my grandmother. The thing I hold most dear that I inherited from my grandmother is her love of time in the kitchen. It seemed that there was nowhere else in the world she’d rather be than in her small kitchen cooking and baking for her family and friends. Her counters were scuffed from years of use and there was always a hint of the smell of lemon Pine Sol from where she scrubbed her floors each evening before she went to bed. I…
  • Mustard BBQ Roasted Chicken Recipe

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Simple mustard BBQ roasted chicken makes for an easy meal the whole family will love. Roasted in the oven, no one would ever guess how easy it is to make this chicken recipe. A while back, I shared my spicy mustard BBQ sauce recipe. It is perfect for adding to your BBQ sauce collection if you are having a party where BBQ sauce makes a perfect condiment or if you and your family just like to try additional sauces. Let me just tell you, it works wonderfully with chicken! On a night when I definitely didn’t want to fire up the grill or smoker (uh, meaning the mister had late meetings!), I…
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    A Couple Cooks

  • Carrot Coconut Curry Soup

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    You know those recipes where you’re in love from the first bite? This was one of them for us. We received a copy of Easy Gourmet from our friend Stephanie Le last weekend, and we were immediately drawn to this curried carrot soup. I dutifully followed the instructions, whipped out my immersion blender and promptly spewed orange carrot spray around our white kitchen. But with one taste of  the velvety orange puree, I was sold. It’s creamy, with just the right amount of spice. It didn’t even need the garnish (though it sure does look pretty). Stephanie’s book is…
  • Cook for Health: 32 Healthy Recipe Ideas from Your Entries!

    21 Sep 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Thank you so much to everyone for your support of our Cook for Health initiative to inspire healthy cooking in Indiana! There are now over 200 entries and counting on Instagram, and we are overwhelmed by the creativity we’ve seen. There’s still 2 more weeks in September, so get cooking, Indiana! We want to see the healthy food you’ve cooked in your kitchen; each photo shared on Instagram (or emailed to us) is an entry in a giveaway for some fabulous Indiana-based prizes!  (If you’re not in Indiana, stay tuned for a possible national competition.) We wanted to…
  • Southwestern Black Bean Quinoa

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Two tips Alex and I have discovered for making healthy, home-cooked eating part of your lifestyle are 1. Plan ahead (hard when you are spontaneous by nature) and 2. Keep things interesting. I don’t know about you, but it’s easiest for me to want to eat unhealthy foods when I don’t have something on hand that is healthy and delicious. I quickly get bored, thus the need for new recipes and different takes on old ideas. This quinoa is something I whipped up quickly before a road trip, trying to use up the last of assorted vegetables in our fridge. It was a very tasty…
  • Healthy Bowl: Fresh Chopped Salad

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    Last month we took a summer trip to Traverse City, Michigan. Everything about it was magical: the dunes, that aquamarine water, the company, and the food: especially this salad. We came across it at a venue called The Little Fleet, a rotating gathering of food trucks stationed in a permanent location with picnic tables and a bar. A fabulous idea, really. The salad came from a truck called EZ Cheesy, known for its gourmet grilled cheese. Since I had ordered a grilled cheese with ramen and kimchi (yes, a sandwich filled with noodles!), I felt compelled to balance it out with some veg and…
  • Cook for Health September: New Prizes!

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s Week 2 of our Cook for Health September challenge! In short, Cook for Health is an initiative to encourage people in our state of Indiana to cook healthy food. We believe eating healthy should come from a place of fun and positivity, not something you feel you “have” to do. So, our challenge is to cook a healthy meal in your home, snap a photo and share it on Instagram or by email. Each photo is an entry in a drawing for the grand prize: 3 months of free groceries from Green BEAN Delivery and a fancy chef’s knife from us! And, some news: since we started Cook for Health, several…
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    Chow and Chatter

  • Falkland, Scotland Photo Series

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
     Falkland is a gorgeous little village nestled at the foot of East Lomond in Fife, it was built in the 1500's by the Stuarts where they enjoyed hunting in the forests of Fife. Mary Queen of Scots lived here.  It also has one of two tennis courts built in the 1600's the other being in Hampton Court. Over the years the Palace fell into disrepair but was restored by the 3rd Marquess of Bute in fact the family still live in the village, it is managed by The National Trust and is well worth a visit. Falkland is home to many artists and has a great selection of coffee shops, art galleries…
  • Spiced Sole with Seasonal Vegetables

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    As summer produce from your local farmers market or garden starts to wind down, be sure to enjoy this beautifully simple dish. I lightly pan fried sole with some Turkish spice mix or any desired spice blend would work, grilled some zucchini and squash and had a salad. Every season has its gifts as we look towards fall in our part of the world with wonderful pumpkins and winter citrus. Its fun to embrace seasonal eating as often produce is cheaper and more flavorful in season. Ingredients:a few pieces of sole I used 6 1/2 teaspoon of a desired spice blend one - two large…
  • How to set up a square foot garden

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:36 pm
    I used to think gardening would be hard and tricky  to grow vegetables, I grew up seeing my wonderful Granddad carefully tend to his garden and enjoyed eating the tasty produce. After he passed away I really wanted to learn gardening as a way to keep his memory alive. Also as a dietitian and lover of food, I really wanted the kids to grow up with a garden and have a connection to how their food is grown.  I recently completed the Master Gardeners course and am now volunteering in local community gardens, school gardens and scenic gardens. I am learning lots  especially as you…
  • Ickworth Hall

    6 Sep 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Ickworth hall is a National trust property in Suffolk England not far from where my sister in law lives. I simply adore visiting places like this they have amazing gardens, history, great architecture, walking trails and often tea and cake. What more could you ask for on a day out. Ickworth hall has a long history over 200 years it was built by the Earl of Bristol, the Hervey family built the Italianate Rotunda to house their treasures and the wonderful Italian style gardens, the property was a work of love. As a visitor you can enjoy the grounds, and the house my favorite part was the…
  • 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…
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    Guilty Kitchen

  • Apple Fritter Doughnuts

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been around this blog for a few years, that I love doughnuts. But more than just doughnuts, I have a special place in my heart (and stomach) for apple fritters. It could be that my mom used to make us fritters on very rare and very special occasions when I was little, cooking them in a shallow fry in the cast iron skillet in the early morning. The scent of apples or peaches and hot oil filling the air, and the inevitable catastrophic mess that ensued after covering the finished little dumplings in icing sugar.(...)Read the rest of…
  • Best Shoes for Weightlifting, MetCons and Life

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    This post has been in the making for quite some time. Why would I want to talk about shoes, you may ask? Mostly because I often get asked what kind of shoes I use for lifting, running, walking, looking hot and otherwise living my life. Now, some of you may be thinking, “well, this is an odd shoe post…where are the fancy shoes?” but I’ma tell you right now, that I rarely wear “normal” heels or fancy shoes. Two reasons: they hurt my delicate little feetsies and they are fucking hard to walk in. Am I right?!(...)Read the rest of Best Shoes for Weightlifting,…
  • 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…
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    Mission: Food

  • Chicken and Dumplings

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I love America's Text Kitchen. I enjoy watching the Cook's Country shows on PBS and I love their recipes. The recipe testers really do an incredible job developing and perfecting recipes that are perfect for the home kitchen.I prefer and trust their recipes significantly more than I do recipes developed at the Food Network. I think America's Test Kitchen does a more thorough job really focusing on every detail and variable before coming up with their final result. You can really see this when they demo recipes on the TV show because they explain everything so well.One of their cookbooks I…
  • Afternoon Tea at Alice's Tea Cup

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tea is my thing. I love it hot or iced year round, whether I brew a pot in my kitchen on a cold winter's day, or meet a close friend for afternoon tea in the girliest of girly tea shops. The ultimate girly tea shop is undoubtedly Alice's Tea Cup in New York City. There are three different locations throughout the city, each with slight differences in their menus.The location I frequent is located on the Upper East Side on 64th Street. I've actually reviewed it once before, but visited again recently and decided to offer another look. It's a truly popular brunch destination, and thus does not…
  • Candy-Wrapped Tortelli with Rainbow Chard and Ricotta

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Although I am a fan of quick and easy cooking on most occasions, there is something truly special about creating a dish entirely from scratch. When I have the time and energy, I like to take that "from scratch" cooking to a whole other level.Making pasta from scratch is easier than you'd think, especially if you have the right tools. I highly recommend if you have a Kitchenaid mixer to invest in the pasta roller attachment. It is exponentially easier than using a hand-cranked pasta roller, and even more so than rolling with a rolling pin. Investing in this kitchen accessory has made it much…
  • Turkey and Corn Tortilla Casserole with Lime-Scented Sour Cream

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Betty Rosbottom recently released the fourth in her Sunday series of cookbooks, entitled Sunday Casseroles (published by Chronicle Books). A couple years ago, I reviewed the second in the series, Sunday Roasts, and was very impressed by the variety of recipes, the gorgeous photographs, and the wonderful breakdown of roast recipes for all occasions. I'm happy to report, that her most recent cookbook fits the same mold that I previously enjoyed.There is a great variety of casserole recipes ranging from Chicken and Turkey Favorites, All Manner of Meats, Seafood Specials, Market Vegetables,…
  • 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…
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    Savoring Time in the Kitchen

  • Tomato Jam with Honey and Spice

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    Here you see that last of my garden tomatoes, sniff-sniff.  I had almost five pounds of the red, luscious beauties that needed to be used while before they went bad.  Tomato Jam to my tomatoes rescue!  Seriously, folks, this stuff is so delicious.  Sweet and spicy at the same time.  This is a really upscale and fabulous alternative to that condiment in a squeeze bottle called ketchup.  Thick, jammy and wonderful. Think Christmas gifting!I used some beautiful, local honey for this project since I wanted to bring the best out of my summer labor growing those…
  • Grilled Chicken Pasta with Tomato and Eggplant Sauce

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    As I mentioned in my last post, I have an overabundance of homegrown ripe tomatoes. I have two large baking pans on my kitchen counter filled with them. Not a bad position to be in because we dearly love homegrown tomatoes but scary when it comes to using them all before they become overripe.  This year, I added San Marzano tomatoes to my garden just so I could make tomato sauce.  I am also growing eggplant in a container on the patio for the first time. It's a small variety called "Little Fingers".  I just started harvesting them this past week. They are so cute!  Since I…
  • Cherry Tomato, Herb and Smoked Gouda Bruschetta

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Here is such a delicious and interesting twist on the well-loved appetizer, bruschetta.  Browsing through Food and Wine recently, I came upon this 'salsa' recipe which I decided would make delicious version of bruschetta.  The recipe incorporates smoked Gouda cheese. Since Gouda is a mild cheese, you'll hardly know it's there as it doesn't overpower the tomatoes, it just gives the recipe a rich, full flavor!  The first time I ever used smoked gouda in a recipe was this eggplant parmigiana and the results were delicious!I know fresh tomato season is over for some of you, but I…
  • 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…
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    Roti n Rice

  • 25 Best Comfort Foods

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    25 Best Comfort Foods to prepare as the weather cools down. Choose from warm and delicious appetizers, soups, side dishes, main dishes, and noodles. The post 25 Best Comfort Foods appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Thai Green Curry Chicken

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Make your own fragrant green curry spice paste from scratch for this Thai Green Curry Chicken with pea eggplants. So delicious with steamed Jasmine rice. The post Thai Green Curry Chicken appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Sugar Cookies

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    These fun Sugar Cookies are buttery, eggless, and easy to handle. Only 5 ingredients and your choice of shapes and sprinkles. The post Sugar Cookies appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Asam Laksa

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Asam Laksa is a flavorful, tangy, and spicy Malaysian fish based rice noodle soup. It is a dish not to be missed when visiting Malaysia. The post Asam Laksa appeared first on 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.
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    Turntable Kitchen

  • Single Serving: Restorations – Misprint

    Josh Henderson
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Philadelphia is a city with a great musical heritage and continues to produce plenty of great bands. Enter Restorations, a Philly band who wears influences like The Replacements, Bruce Springsteen and especially, in my opinion, Constantines, on their sleeve. But instead of coming across as a mere copycat, Restorations exist in their own musical realm. “Misprint” offers a glimpse at their uncanny ability to create punk rock anthems that are simultaneously meant to be heard in a stadium setting and a small club. LP3 is out October 28th on SideOneDummy.
  • Single Serving: Ibeyi – Mama Says

    Riley Beggin
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Twin sisters Ibeyi have just released a beautifully emotive track entitled “Mama Says.” Austere and heartbreaking, the tune tells the story of a woman who has lost her husband and is trapped in despair. Daughters of the famed Cuban percussionist Anga Díaz, the sisters don’t fall far from the tree: The song is sung in both English and Yoruba, and accented by elegant piano and Cajon, a Peruvian percussive instrument. They’ve got an aesthetic like Billie Holiday and the vocal chops to back it up. Take a listen below, and keep an eye out for the debut full-length to be released via XL…
  • Single Serving: Little Big League – Tropical Jinx

    Josh Henderson
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    With links to bands like Strand Of Oaks and Titus Andronicus, it’s no surprise Little Big League sound like a band inspired by indie rock and punk. Their 2012 LP These Are Good People remains an underrated gem, and their latest single (also the name of their upcoming full-length) ‘Tropical Jinx’ is more evidence that singer Michelle Zauner’s vibrant vocal style the star of the show. And although the track doesn’t ever hit the 2-minute mark, it feels fully formed. It’s a lesson in succinct songwriting. Tropical Jinx drops October 14th on Run For Cover Records.
  • Single Serving: Mr Twin Sister – In The House

    Matthew Hickey
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Funky and sparkling, Mr Twin Sister‘s “In the House” is a perfect track to kick off the weekend. It breaks open with a tentative rhythm and occasional ivory flourishes before the bouncing dance groove gets fully lit with neon-bright disco lights and a lively, pulsating beat. I could say more, but I’d rather let your feet do the talking. In other words, this one’ll make you want to dance. You can pick up the album from their website.
  • Single Serving: Milosh – Right Never Comes

    Matthew Hickey
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Rhye frontman Mike Milosh (who performs simply under the name Milosh) just revealed a soft and pillowy new tune titled “Right Never Comes.” The steamy and seductive tune floats along a clicking rhythm and Milosh’s gorgeous croon. Rhye has announced that the tune will be debuted live on their upcoming tour (dates listed below). Rhye tour dates: 10-03 Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre 10-23 Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre 10-24 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater 10-25 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre 11-06 San Diego, CA – North Park Theatre 11-07 Los…
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    Jersey Bites

  • Jersey Farms Meet Jersey Schools

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Schools are increasingly relying on local farms for their cafeteria meals in the search for fresh produce for children. The New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher hopes to encourage this partnership with Farm to School Week, which starts this Monday, September 22. The week will feature events across the state celebrating partnerships between farms […]
  • Morristown’s Vail Mansion Reborn as Jockey Hollow

    Deborah Smith, Executive Editor
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    HAVING A BALL: Chris Cannon exudes conviviality at his new Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin Somewhere, Theodore Vail had to be smiling. The late AT&T president never lived in the Morristown palazzo he built during World War I. But it was brimming with life on Thursday. Hundreds of guests […]
  • Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    THIS WEEKEND September 19-21: The Que by the Sea BBQ Festival and Competition comes to Seaside Heights. The sixth annual competition in the town, it is also recognized as a Mid-Atlantic Barbeque Association State Championship. Contestants from three states will compete in four categories: chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. Admission is free. Grant Avenue, Seaside […]
  • EARTH Center Master Gardener Class

    Lou Petrella
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Middlesex has found a way to introduce the joys of gardening to the public through a hands-on class that covers a variety of horticulture topics. The EARTH Center Master Gardener Class trains community volunteers in earth-friendly gardening and environment-friendly principles. Held at the center’s headquarters at Davidson Mill Pond Park (42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick), […]
  • Jersey’s Best Bartenders Battle it Out

    Deborah Smith, Executive Editor
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    The Iron Shaker returns for its second season and Jersey Bites will be serving on three of the judges’ panels. Tomorrow night (Thursday, September 18) kicks off the first of the competitions. The North Bartender Playoffs start at 7 p.m. at Lulu’s at the W Hotel in Hoboken. Tickets are $25 and that includes a sampling of cocktails […]
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    A Culinary Journey With Chef Dennis

  • Steak Diane Recipe – An American Classic Revisted Around the Kitchen Table

    Chef Dennis Littley
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    While I admit that I no longer eat beef and haven’t for quite a long time now, I do still enjoy preparing it and serving it to Lisa and my guests.   I’ve spent many an hour working on whole strips , whole filets, steamship rounds, prime ribs and just about any cut of beef you can imagine, so even though I don’t consume it personally I have no problem with others eating beef.     After all, its what’s for dinner.    Robert Mitchum was one of the first spokes person for the What for dinner campaign, followed by my personal favorite Sam Elliot ( he just had that…
  • Culinary Tour – Delicious Bloggers to Follow

    Chef Dennis Littley
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    When I began blogging five years ago I had no idea where the journey would take me or how it would affect my life.    I often joke that if I had known when I started how much work being a Food Blogger would be, I would have run off screaming and found and other hobby to occupy my time. But the truth is that blogging not only rekindled my love for food, but reminded me why I had become a chef so many years ago and breathed new life into my tired existence.    Blogging has opened doors for me and taken me places I never would have imagined possible and introduced me to people from around…
  • Soup Tips and Tricks – Corn Chowder Recipe

    Chef Dennis Littley
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    With Fall just a few short weeks away and school back in session, its time to start thinking about adding soups to our home menu’s.  Whether you serve them up as a main course or a starter, making delicious soups for your family and friends is easier than you think with soup tips and tricks that I’ve learned through out my culinary career. Part of the problem is always the time it takes to prep your ingredients and a lot of that has to do with y our knife skills.  In this weeks show I gave some pointers on how to use  your knife more effectively when cutting vegetables as well…
  • 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…
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  • Weekly Meal Plan, September 22

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Tonight is the official start of autumn, which means everyone can stop whining about pumpkin and pumpkin-spiced things being out. I’m only slightly joking. I absolutely adore autumn, and sometimes go a little overboard to make up for the lack of a traditional, picture-postcard autumn here in Texas. Butternut squash is probably my very favorite vegetable, and I go a little nuts making everything with it, from soups to tacos to desserts. I tend to dice and roast up big ones so I have squash to last me the whole week — I’m not kidding when I say I sometimes just snack right off the…
  • DIY Mascarpone

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Homemade mascarpone is only a few steps away. Cheese-making might be my new obsession. I’m loading up on cheesecloth. Errands have been scheduled around trips to the store that sells the best rennet selection. I might be trying to convince my husband that we need to move to an acreage so I can have goats for milking. This is all normal, right? It’s not like I’m going to drop everything to have my own cheese business. But maybe I could. I first got hooked on making cheese at home with this simple ricotta-style cheese, getting totally mesmerized watching the curds form after…
  • Fit Foodie 5k Recap

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    On Saturday I ran my first-ever 5k. It wasn’t pretty (in fact, I checked out the official race photos and I look like an ugly boy) but I finished feeling pretty great. It had been hard to leave my bed that morning. It was cold and wet outside, and I had an extremely snuggly baby, but what would have been the point of the weeks prior if I didn’t show up? The night before we had been treated to some savory bites from Seersucker, plus cocktails, beer, and wine. I love the idea of a pre-event cocktail party, but it was pretty hard to get to thanks to traffic created by the rain,…
  • Saving Time with Instacart (Weekly Meal Plan, September 15)

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    Is it October yet? I’ve had so many things going on lately that I’m surprised I remembering to sleep and eat. It feels like I am doing nonstop from the moment I wake up, whether it’s cooking or writing or going for a run or helping with homework. It’s gotten to the point that I almost feel guilty taking a real lunch break, and I’ve been trying to time all my errands to the most-efficient zone, which means after rush hour but before lunch hour — a very slim window in Austin. Friday morning came and I was groaning, knowing that I needed to get to the grocery…
  • It’s Here: Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    A few months ago, I was asked to participate in a slow cooker cookbook project. I’m pleased to announce that the cookbook is ready for purchase, and it’s full of great recipes and beautiful photos. Called Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet, this cookbook was created with busy families without a lot of resources in mind. The book release coincides with Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. All proceeds from the sale of this book go toward the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, which will be able to…
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  • Spiced Fig and Garlic Chicken Wings #10DaysofTailgate

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whether you're enjoying them outside the stadium, plucking them one by one from a huge foil pan, or getting messy inside during the game, wings are one of those ubiquitous game day foods. Some like them spicy (hand raised), some like them sweet (okay, I'll raise a hand here, too), some like them bathed in garlic (both hands and both feet raised), but you're hard-pressed to find somebody who doesn't enjoy a good chicken wing. Vegetarians—sssshhhhh. You can have cauliflower "wings" instead; I won't deny you. So, since today is the official start of the…
  • The #10DaysofTailgate Kick-off (aka "The Program")

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    How fun is it to have a kick-off to reference during a tailgating event! Just me? That's okay, I'll take it. Arm raised, cutting a tornado in the air, chant growing ever-louder, and then BOOM - let the game begin! Today I'm joining a group of amazing bloggers and awesome sponsors to bring you a ten day tailgating event, hosted by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla. Each day we'll be featuring recipes fit for game day, from drinks and appetizers to meats and side dishes to desserts—and everything in between. But not only do we have good food and drink to share, we…
  • Crockpot Chicken Tinga Tostadas + @redgoldtomatoes giveaway!

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    It's that time of year again. The time when days grow shorter, and activities stretch out longer. School really throws a wrench in things, doesn't it? By the time you've picked up the kids from their various practices, meets, games, and clubs it feels too late...or you feel too start thinking about dinner. Don't you love it when you actually planned ahead a wee bit? Just enough that, even as the kids are strong-arming each other to see who can get in the house first, a glorious scent fills the air in pushes back in greeting. Yes, I'm talking about the beauty of…
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    My Man's Belly

  • The King of Bacon Recipes – Grilled Bacon

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    You can fry bacon in a pan or cook bacon in the oven, but did you know you can grill bacon? This might be the king of bacon recipes - grilled bacon. Check out the site to get the recipe and relationship advice you know you want.
  • Homemade Pretzels Made the Right Way

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    Homemade pretzels made the right way...with just a little bit of poison. This is how to make pretzels that are crisp browned outside and chewy inside. Check out the site to get the recipe and relationship advice you know you want.
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    Give Recipe

  • Chocolate Chili Banana Cookies

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Chocolate Chili Banana Cookies are very easy to make and they will amaze everyone at the very first bite. When you see the title, you might think that I’ve made a mistake. No I didn’t mean chocolate chip cookies; these cookies really contain chili on their top and this makes my cookies unique. The sweet...  Read More » The post Chocolate Chili Banana Cookies appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Chocolate Drizzled Pistachio Cookies

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Chocolate Drizzled Pistachio Cookies are a good start for cookie baking in fall. Each season has its own beauties, but fall has a different place in my life. I love it in all aspects! The weather is just how I like it; neither too hot nor too cold. The combination of brown, yellow and red...  Read More » The post Chocolate Drizzled Pistachio Cookies appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Zucchini Cinnamon Apple Muffins

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Zucchini Cinnamon Apple Muffins are most probably the last recipe with fresh zucchini on GiveRecipe this year. Zucchini is such a wonderful veggie that it’s really hard for me to leave it. That’s why I’m still cooking and baking with late-summer zucchini even in fall. Have you seen my Creamy Zucchini Soup yet? It matches...  Read More » The post Zucchini Cinnamon Apple Muffins appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuna Pasta Bake with Tomatoes

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Tuna Pasta Bake with Tomatoes is a perfect meal the whole family can enjoy! This is a simple and budget-friendly pasta recipe full of amazing flavors. Pasta is always a hit and it is never refused by kids. How to make it more nutritious is up to your imagination. With that purpose in my mind,...  Read More » The post Tuna Pasta Bake with Tomatoes appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pumpkin Pancakes with Caramel

    13 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Pumpkin Pancakes with Caramel make you feel in heaven in the morning! I don’t make pancakes very often, with no special reason. Crepes are more commonly known here in Turkey, that’s why we have them more. Well, this will probably change after these pumpkin pancakes as I can definitely say that these are way tastier...  Read More » The post Pumpkin Pancakes with Caramel 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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    Elizabeth Kelly's feed

  • Savory vegetable and cheddar corn muffins recipe

    Elizabeth Kelly, Knoxville Healthy Food Examiner
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Looking to add more veggies to your meals? You probably never considered adding them to the bread basket. These easy-to-make corn muffins are bursting with flavor in the form of zesty peppers and onions, mushrooms, and spinach. A...
  • Summer vegetable-stuffed mushrooms on the grill

    Elizabeth Kelly, Knoxville Healthy Food Examiner
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    If you think of stuffed mushrooms as a fall and winter party appetizer, you’re stuck in the box. Get outside of the box and into the outdoors with a summer-friendly version of stuffed mushrooms that makes use...
  • Maine potato salad with horseradish cheddar recipe: Cookout magic

    Elizabeth Kelly, Knoxville Healthy Food Examiner
    27 May 2014 | 11:35 am
    This potato salad must be magic. How else could it involve cheese (a genius addition to potato salad if there ever were one), and yet still be light and healthful? Okay, maybe it’s not magic—it&rsquo...
  • Product review: Lean Cuisine Spring Rolls

    Elizabeth Kelly, Knoxville Healthy Food Examiner
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    A few years ago, the Lean Cuisine Vegetable Egg Roll was part of my regular work lunch repertoire. While it’s a good product, and Lean Cuisine still offers it, the new Spring Rolls line blows it out of...
  • Avocado and green tea smoothie for a morning power boost

    Elizabeth Kelly, Knoxville Healthy Food Examiner
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Tired of the same old smoothie combos? It’s time to look beyond bananas and berries. Start your morning with an avocado-based smoothie. Avocados contain more potassium per gram than a banana, not to mention a host of...
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    Restless Chipotle

  • Slow Cooker Swiss Steak Texas Style

    Marye Audet
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    This, my friends, is a hostile take over of one of the most iconic foods of mid-century America — swiss steak. Swiss steak allowed the thrifty homemaker to take a relatively inexpensive cut of meat and magically transform it into a flavorful and exquisitely tender meal. It still does, by the way, but it has been … Continue reading »
  • Corn Dog Recipe That Is Texas State Fair Worthy

    Marye Audet
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    It’s almost time for the State Fair — and if you have to ask me which one you must be visiting for the first time. The Texas State fair is an experience that is hard to explain. I wish Yankee Candle made a Texas State Fair scent. It would be a mixture of popcorn, funnel … Continue reading »
  • Crispy Chewy Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

    Marye Audet
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    If you asked me what my very favorite cookie was I am not sure I could answer right away. Partly because I really like cookies of all kinds and partly because I have trouble making simple decisions. For example, this afternoon I had to take my son to the doctor for x-rays. He had twisted … Continue reading »
  • Honey Hatch Chile Chicken Sliders

    Marye Audet
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Disclaimer: Sue Bee Honey sent me products to use in the development of this recipe. Autumn. There are so many things I like about it that I can’t list all of them. Chilly nights Soft sweaters Crackling fires Comfort food Oh, and so many more! I love slow cookers this time of year because they … Continue reading »
  • Slow Cooker Spicy Mac-n- Cheese, Red Gold Tomatoes, and Good Morning Texas

    Marye Audet
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:36 pm
    There’s so much to tell you today! The recipe is for a really easy slow cooker macaroni and cheese that has a little kick to it. It is so quick to throw together that you can get it started while you are waiting for the coffee to finish brewing — in the Keurig! Seriously. I can … Continue reading »
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  • Silent Saturday: A Blossoming Brunch

    Hannah Kaminsky
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Caesar Salad (romaine hearts, rosemary croutons, sesame parmesan) Sautéed Brussels Sprouts (garlic and shallots) Barbeque Tempeh (horseradish crème fraiche, roasted russet potatoes, summer corn/pico salad, sliced avocados) French Toast (vanilla cream, maple syrup, seasonal berries) Peach and Strawberry Crumble (vanilla ice cream) Blossom on Carmine West Village 41 Carmine Street New York, NY 10014
  • A Novel Approach

    Hannah Kaminsky
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    If there’s anything better than ice cream, it could only be ice cream on a stick or in a sandwich. Classic novelties have taken advantage of this fool-proof path to frozen dessert perfection, but few truly make the most of the unique, single serving presentation. Finally daring to innovate beyond two chocolate wafers filled with vanilla ice cream, some very exciting developments are turning the marketplace into a very sweet scene, indeed. So Delicious has certainly been busy in recent days, and my backlog of photos provides ample evidence. This is only the tip of the iceberg when it…
  • Pump[kin] It Up!

    Hannah Kaminsky
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    Burgers are one of the most reliable staples to be found in any cook’s arsenal. Infinitely adjustable, easily prepared, and universally enjoyed, many satisfying meals both past and present can be attributed to the humble patty. Watching Labor Day pass right before my eyes, I groaned as I looked back through my archives and spotted this bun-clad beauty just waiting in the wings. A perfect recipe for the backyard barbeques and grilling extravaganzas synonymous with the date, familiar pangs of guilt gripped me as it seemed like a prime opportunity wasted. Created, photographed, and…
  • A Top Picnic Pick

    Hannah Kaminsky
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    “Summer is over, summer is over!” the masses cry, pointing to the calendar as the days advance past Labor Day, deeper into the heart of September. Sure, school is back in session and thoughts do naturally turn to the future, preparing for the changing of the seasons sure to come, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a done deal already. I don’t know about you, but for us east coasters back here in New England, the weather has turned more hot and humid than ever, finally feeling like the summer we’ve been anticipating for months. The thick, moist air, dense…
  • Photo Friday: Sights from San Francisco

    Hannah Kaminsky
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
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    Lunch It, Punch It

  • Reusable Cutlery for Packed Lunches

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:50 pm
    I had a friend ask for advice on finding reusable utensils silverware or flatware for her kids’ packed lunches. She wanted something affordable because she was going to buy two sets per child and didn’t want to use silverware that might be confused with utensils offered by the school’s lunchroom. Sistema is a brand of plastic containers I like because they’re sensible in design, are clear so contents are easily seen and have colorful accents. They also make plastic utensils. A friend of mine introduced me to IKEA’s KALAS children cutlery years ago. This colorful…
  • What ‘Clean Eating’ Really Means

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    This guest post, sponsored by GoVibrant, provides the low down on clean eating and how to get the most out of the food we use to fuel our bodies. What ‘Clean Eating’ Really Means By Jennifer Kelly Geddes for Discover and Play You want to eat healthfully, so cutting back on salt, sugar and fat seems to make sense. But lately all of the talk seems to be about “clean eating” — an older trend that’s making a comeback — and it has a few people scratching their heads (as in, the food I ate before wasn’t “clean”?). “Clean eating means consuming whole foods that are…
  • 10 Ways to Make Flavored Water

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    This guest post, sponsored by GoVibrant, gives us ideas how to flavor water so we’re drinking more! 10 Ways to Make Flavored Water By Jessica Remitz for Discover and Play H2O is far from the most exciting drink in the world, but it is the healthiest. Just a few of water’s many benefits are helping flush toxins out of your body, helping to balance blood sugar, aiding in digestion and regulating body temperature. Now that we’re facing summer’s heat, getting plenty of water every day is crucial to keeping cool and staying hydrated. While drinking plain ol’ H2O can certainly be a…
  • Fresh Thyme Cincinnati

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Fresh Thyme Cincinnati opened in August 2014 and I’m really excited to have new grocery store option especially one so close to my gym! People who haven’t been or don’t have a store in their area have asked what it is like. It is a smaller grocery store, which doesn’t mean it offers less so much as it focuses on produce and then has bulk items, bakery, butcher, sandwich making deli, frozen foods, diary, vitamins, wine and beer. This isn’t the place you’ll go to buy clothes and greeting cards in addition to your groceries. I was really excited to see they…
  • Cold Brew Iced Coffee at Home

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    All my life, my parents have been coffee drinkers. I never liked hot coffee, but a couple years ago I started drinking iced coffees because I needed a new way to waste money and a source of ridiculous calories. No, really it was the result of wanting an afternoon work break outside of my cube and building. Then, I won a gift card from Dunkin Donuts (they’re always having contests on Twitter) and summer 99 cent iced coffees became my drink of choice. Yes, each job I develop a habit. This site was started after my coworkers and I felt like we were eating out too much and our desire to eat…
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    Mary Makes Dinner

  • Ginger & Lemongrass Pot Roast

    Mary Helen
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Scott Bobleo and I are still working on getting back into a rhythm when it comes to food. Baby Charlie tries to take it easy on us, but his needs and patterns can be pretty unpredictable. I've found that I can't really count on having time right before dinner to cook, so meals that are started way ahead, or can be prepared in several different chunks of time work out really well. Pot roast, for example, is pretty much a set it and forget it sort of thing. A quick sear, a splash of broth, a handful of herbs and spices, then it's into the oven for a few hours, giving me a huge…
  • Byte of Texas Food Blog Conference 09/27-09/28

    Mary Helen
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    Have you ever wondered how to get yourself a freelance writing gig? Perhaps you are dreaming about turning your blog into a book but you aren't sure how to make it happen. Maybe you just bought a shiny new camera and need some help figuring out how to use it. These kinds of questions (and many more) are about to be answered by fellow food bloggers at The Byte of Texas Conference later this month. The two-day conference is featuring panels on everything from SEO and monetization to finding your voice and Texas food culture. The schedule is pretty dang impressive, but what's even more exciting…
  • Fit Foodie 5k Giveaway!

    Mary Helen
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    It's more than just a race! There are several events going on during the Fit Foodie Weekend, and I have tickets to give away for three of this weekend's most popular events. Fit Foodie 5k - Saturday Morning The big race is happening Saturday morning at Mueller Lake Park. The best part of this race (if you ask me) is the finish line. Here's the scoop on the mini food fest that will be waiting for us there: Delicious bites from award-winning Chef David Bull of Congress Austin, beer samples from Stella Artois and Stella Cidre, refreshments from Bhakti Chai and Cuvee Coffee, tasty hummus from…
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  • Easy Stove Top Chicken Casserole

    Ren Behan
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    As we ease ourselves into autumn, there is plenty to encourage us into the kitchen. Perhaps we might be inspired to preserve some of those late summer gluts, or try a recipe from an ‘up and coming’ cuisine, or to simply dig out those slow-cookers and cast-iron pans to get a nice, warming stew or...  Read More » The post Easy Stove Top Chicken Casserole appeared first on Ren Behan |
  • Crowd-Pleasing Pasta Recipes

    Ren Behan
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    Things may have admittedly been a bit quiet over here on the blog owing to a certain little person’s arrival, but that doesn’t mean to say that I haven’t been squirreling away in the background on some other projects over the summer. I managed (just about) to keep up with my regular feature and recipe...  Read More » The post Crowd-Pleasing Pasta Recipes appeared first on Ren Behan |
  • Utterly Scrummy’s Fruit Bowl Cake

    Ren Behan
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    The summer holidays with a newborn and two primary-aged children were always going to be busy. In fact, I completely underestimated just how busy we would all be and suddenly, somehow, we are now in September. We enjoyed some time away; a short trip to Cheshire, a couple of weeks in North Wales and a...  Read More » The post Utterly Scrummy’s Fruit Bowl Cake appeared first on 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 |
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    Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine

  • Ask Erin’s $90 Challenge: Grocery Shopping on a budget

    Erin Lodeesen
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Erin Lodeesen Grocery Shopping on a Budget For those of you who follow Clean Cuisine on Facebook, you know about the $90 Grocery Challenge that I have been posting about all week. While I know that eating clean can sometimes be a pricey lifestyle, it doesn’t have to be.  I was so surprised by your excitement about...  Read More » The post Ask Erin’s $90 Challenge: Grocery Shopping on a budget appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • The 4 Day Cure to Overcome Stress and Lack of Sleep

    Ivy Larson
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Ivy Larson Are you a model for healthy living? Are you conscientious about eating clean, drinking green smoothies, exercising regularly and living an overall healthful lifestyle? If you are living the “perfect” healthy lifestyle then you should feel and look amazing, right? But what if you don’t? What if you are doing absolutely everything “perfectly” from a healthy lifestyle...  Read More » The post The 4 Day Cure to Overcome Stress and Lack of Sleep appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • You’re Invited! Educational Event Promotes “Food as Medicine”

    Andy Larson
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Andy Larson I am truly honored to say that I am on the host committee for the upcoming Future of Medicine Summit VIII and I would love to invite our Clean Cuisine community to attend! It really will be such a great opportunity to meet many of you (and for you to meet each other!) and I know you will walk away with...  Read More » The post You’re Invited! Educational Event Promotes “Food as Medicine” appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • 100 Days of Real Food Recipes and Book Review

    Ivy Larson
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Ivy Larson Have you heard of Lisa Leake, her 100 Days of Real Food recipes, her wildly successful blog, and her new book 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love ? If you have not yet heard of Lisa, I am sure you will! Along...  Read More » The post 100 Days of Real Food Recipes and Book Review appeared first on 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.
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    On My Plate

  • The Salted Caramel Band Wagon

    James Kiester
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    - Sometimes food trends sneak up on eaters, wiggling their way into the cracks and crevices of culinary pop culture, before we even realize they're upon us.  The early to mid 20th century saw sweetened bowls of milk drenched cereal slowly, but surely, replace eggs, bacon, and pancakes as typical breakfast fare.  The 80s saw the rise of micro brews, which would eventually horn in on Budweiser's & Miller's virtual monopoly on the American beer market.  Today eaters find themselves surrounded by foods flavored to taste like salted caramel.Photo courtesy of Amazon's Affiliate…
  • 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…
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    Our Tasty Travels

  • Belgian Sour Beers – The Sessions #91

    Brett Domue +
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    When I first started traveling to the Netherlands in 2002, one of the first things I fell in love with was the large number of beer options.  In any shop or bar, there were so many choices of wonderful Belgian beers made in styles I hadn’t encountered much at my watering holes in Connecticut. Every night would offer up new samples of Belgian Blond Ales, Dubbels, and Tripels. Many of these were a bit sweet, and most were quite strong. At the time, this was what I was looking for in a beer. Then came the Kulminator. After my fateful visit in May, 2005, I had a new Belgian love –…
  • My Big Announcement on TBEX North America – Cancun 2014

    Erin De Santiago
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    It’s an exciting, yet nerve wracking, day for me as I finally get to formally announce some news I’ve been sitting on for a couple weeks. I am headed to Cancun next week for the big TBEX (Travel Bloggers Conference); however, I’m no longer going as just an attendee as I have for the last five or so conferences in North America and Europe. Say hello to the moderator for a new session and panel discussion at TBEX Cancun! I am honored to have been asked by Mary Jo, the head of TBEX, to represent Belize and head up a panel discussion on “Blogging in Latin…
  • 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…
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  • Caponata and Radicchio Bruschetta

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Smells of autumn. Of tomatoes and roasted peppers. Here and there, the smell of pork chops frying in a pan lingers around open windows… Love this time of the year. Because we are together. Sitting around a big table.
  • 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 →
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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

  • Veggie Semolina Dumplings

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    My kids love dumplings. Every time I make soup it is expected that I will make dumplings. For me it is a random thing, experimenting with different proportions, different flours, an add this, add that kind of thing. They always turn out different, but they are always a success. I think my personal favorite is when they are made with semolina flour and when I incorporate cooked vegetables. What kind of vegetables? It depends on what kind of soup I am making. This time I was making my favorite Summer Pea Soup, so the candidates were cooked carrots, parsnips, celery root and peas. If you are…
  • 5 ways to improve grilled corn

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    One day Katy suggested we make grilled corn as an end of summer treat. For me as a Central European used to actual cold winters, the concept of “end of summer” in California is slightly weird. But so be it; it’s a great reason to celebrate and everybody likes corn. We’re always trying to teach our kids about food: not only to eat it but also to make it, and to think about what they like and to try new things. There are flavors we all like more or less, which of those flavors taste great together? What works, what doesn’t? Can we make something EVEN MORE…
  • We Ate It This Week – Menu Planning

    5 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    It was the last week of summer in our house, more or less: school started on Thursday, so we crammed in three days of fun and intensive idleness before returning to our schedules and routines. It was properly warm, too.  Around here, it’s not as though the seasons change on cue, we’re likely to have another couple of months of shorts-and-sandals weather. Just as well; for whatever reason this year, I was not quite ready to say goodbye to summer. I burn easily, sweat unattractively, and like to sleep under a nice pile of covers, so hot weather usually isn’t my thing, yet…
  • 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…
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  • Craft Heads Brewery Announces Location in Downtown Windsor

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    Craft Heads is ready to open in Downtown Windsor Back in February, WindsorEats broke the news that Craft Heads Brewing Company was one of many new start-ups looking to launch this year in Windsor’s craft beer scene. Well, they are now announcing their location. To be located at 89 University Avenue West, at the intersection with Pelissier, it was a long, tough process for owners Steven Fabischek and Bryan Datoc. Craft Heads location at the intersection of University Ave. W. and Pelissier. “The process could be described as both exciting and taxing,” Steve says.
  • Billy’s Pub & Grill Is Hiring

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Billy’s Pub & Grill is hiring! Billy’s Pub & Grill is looking for a full time cook to join their culinary team. Experience in a food service environment and/or culinary training is essential. Cook from scratch with locally sourced food in a positive environment with room to advance. Billy’s offers competitive wages, excellent tip outs, accommodating time off and 12 hour shifts with rotating blocks of 3 days off while still maintaining over 40 hours per week. Bring your resume in person to Chef Andrew for a quick interview Tuesday through Saturday from 2:00pm to…
  • Mamo Burger to Open Second Location

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Photobomb? Making burgers is good business for Mamo Burger. Ryan Odette, owner of the popular Ottawa Street restaurant, spoke with Adriano Ciotoli of WindsorEats to let the secret out about the new Mamo location. “It’s going to be on Manning Road near Tecumseh Road in the town of Tecumseh,” Ryan said. “We’ve been quietly looking and we found this spot which was perfect for our concept.” The menu at the new location will be a carbon copy of the original, but the design will be different. “Here on Ottawa street we have a unique older builder,”…
  • Recipe: Pumpkin Spiced Baked Donuts

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Eating donuts has never been part of my regular routine but for whatever reasons lately, I can’t stop thinking about them.  My favourite has always been a simple, glazed donut. No filling, no sprinkles, just good ol’ fashioned cakey dough deep fried to perfection and dunked in an icing sugar glaze. There is no shortage of bakeries around town that can cater to your need for fresh made donuts. We, in Windsor and Essex County, love our donuts.  Love them in all flavours, shapes and sizes. Over the years, donuts have taken on a life of their own, popping up on the front cover of food…
  • Klassen Blueberries is Closing For Good

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    Klassen Blueberries will be missed We are absolutely saddened to tell you that Klassen Blueberries will be no more. Husband and wife team, Ted, Celia, along with their son Tyler Klassen have informed their customers that they are retiring from the blueberry business. The blueberry bushes are being removed and the store is now officially closed for good. We recently showcased Tyler and Klassen Blueberries and it was easy to see the passion and pride he and his family had in operating Klassen, so we know how hard of a decision this must have been to make. We, along with many others, will miss…
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    Eat in OC

  • Five Delicious Dishes That Are Practically Made for Salsa

    OC Restaurants
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    What is salsa without the perfect tortilla chip to accompany it? Actually, salsa can be a key ingredient in some of the best southwestern-inspired dishes that you can make. And when you learn how to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    New Products from Main Store

  • Magic Flight Launch Box

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:52 pm
    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

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:52 pm
    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.

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:52 pm
    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

  • DIY: Homemade Velveeta Cheese

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    When it comes to making things from scratch in the kitchen, I tend to tow a line that falls somewhere between making everything from scratch and picking up the occasional packaged/processed food for a special recipe. Since I don’t make it a habit, I don’t have much of an issue using those types of things on rare instances. Take Velveeta cheese, for instance. I don’t keep it in the house and I don’t make many things with it, but there’s no denying that any other type of cheese substitution just isn’t the same in recipes like chipped ham bbq sandwiches, slow…
  • Salted Caramel Apple Cake

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This cake. Oh. My. Gosh. I have had the page doggy-eared in Baked Explorations ever since I bought the book, which was something like four or five years ago. One of the downfalls of having a huge stash of cookbooks is that a lot of really great recipes can fall between the cracks. This was one of those unfortunate incidents, and am I ever glad that I dragged that book back out a couple of weeks ago. My fall cake eating will never be the same again. This is a very good thing. Even though I adore baking, I don’t make layer cakes all that often just due to the time factor. They’re…
  • The Weekend Dish: 9/20/2014

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Happy Saturday to you! I hope you have a great weekend in store; we’ve had a busy, busy week here, and I’m relishing the fact that we have zero commitments for the weekend. I’m looking forward to a lot of couch time, doing some crocheting (the rainbow baby blanket I started months ago is coming along!), and playing around in the kitchen a bit. What do you have planned? As always, you’ll find a recap of what was posted to the site this week as well as some bookmarked recipes from other blogs. Enjoy! On Brown Eyed Baker This Week Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookie…
  • Friday Things

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    1. Einstein had his follow-up appointment for his eye this week and while it’s still not quite 100%, it has dramatically improved and looks nearly the normal. The vet said it could have been caused by any number of things, including allergies, a cold, etc. He did have a little bit of a cough last week, so we’re thinking they were related. He’s back to his old self again! 2. Well, I did it. I ordered the new iPhone. It’s not expected to be delivered until mid-October, so no instant gratification for me. I went back and forth between the 6 and 6 Plus, and ended up…
  • Creamy Caramelized Onion & Roasted Garlic Dip

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    On a scale from 1 to 10, how in love are you with caramelized onions? My affections ranks way up there, and I love when I’m out to eat and a burger comes with caramelized onions on top. Sadly, I hardly ever make them at home. Why?! They are incredibly easy and pretty much make themselves, but I’ve never gotten in the habit of having them on hand. When I came across this dip, there was no doubt that it was going to be utterly fantastic. Caramelized onions that have been deglazed with beer (I used non-alcoholic Labatt Blue), then stirred into a mixture with roasted garlic, cream…
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    Honest Cooking

  • The Life of a Chocolatier with Florence

    Annelise McAuliffe
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Chocolate and candy making is a dying art in the United States. Florence has been doing what she loves and operating her chocolate business for 33 years. Explore a day in the life of a chocolatier. Life of a Chocolatier from Danno Ard on Vimeo. Sign up for the Honest Cooking Newsletter
  • Green Apple Cheesecake Bars

    Ann Low
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Apple cheesecake is simple to make ahead and can be served warm or chilled. Try your favorite apple and spice combination or stick with tart green apples and lemon zest. By Ann Low I quickly made this easy and delicious Apple Cheesecake Bars as our tea time treat over the weekend. This can be served warm with a cup of coffee or chilled cold and serve with some vanilla ice cream. Green Apple Cheesecake Bars   Print Apple cheesecake is simple to make ahead and serve warm or chilled. Try a favorite apple and spice combo or stick with tart green apples and lemon zest. Author: Ann Low Recipe…
  • A True Crowd Pleaser: Paneer Makhni

    Anamika Arun
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Simply translated – “paneer” is “cottage cheese” and “makhni” is “made of butter or buttery”.  So it’s as sinful and delicious, as the name. Cottage cheese in rich tomato gravy, with indulgent amount of butter, traditionally. By Anamika Arun The beautiful garden of the resort was glistening with the golden lighting. The drinks were getting mixed flamboyantly, the pretty ladies were elegantly showing off their solitaires and the music was trying to find its audience. As the party was getting warmed up, the sublime quietness couldn’t be mistaken. At that…
  • Shake Things Up with The Best Named Cocktails

    Maya Dangerfield
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Delicious, hilarious and sometimes blush-worthy, these cocktails and mixed drinks add an extra dose of fun (and bewilderment for eavesdropping bar patrons) to your next drink order. Click through for a recipe to try them at home, too.  By Maya Dangerfield Shutterstock: Nurse aum 1. Juicy Lucy After tasting this drink we’re sure the term ‘Juicy Lucy’ is a compliment. A combination of vodka, gin, Blue Curacao liquor, orange juice, and Sprite this booze-heavy drink will be your next summer favorite. 2. Drunken Sailor Pirates of the Caribbean take heed! This rum and gin…
  • Spiced Dill and Potato Oat Crackers

    Sanjeeta Kk
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    These crackers are a play on a version of dill and potato rotis. Serve with tea or a cold salad for a perfect pair. By Sanjeeta Kk Dill or Suva is an annual aromatic herb used commonly in many North Indian dishes such as flat breads (roti), cold salads (with boiled aloo) and lentil (daal) recipes. Due to the sweet after-taste of Dill, it is used as mouth freshener or Mukhwas in West India. Dill has good digestive properties and imparts a distinct flavor to any dish. I often use Dill seeds in baking savory dishes. These crackers are a twisted version of dill and potato rotis we make at home.
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  • DomiCile Magazine Fall 2014 Issue

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. We’re delighted to once again be featured in DomiCile Magazine’s fall 2014 issue. Starting on page 68, we present our Halloween themed “Spooky Snacks”. These spooky snacks are the perfect ghoulish treats to serve before heading out for an evening of tricks and treats. They also make for a super-fun kid activity. Have your little goblins invite over a few friends and let the kiddos help make (and eat!) the snacks. Cick the image to read
  • Ginger Honey Cinnamon Pork Chops

    7 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. It’s back to school time, which for most families means the start of a super busy schedule. Jason and I discovered that when our schedules get hectic, our dinners tend to get a little boring – spaghetti, herb chicken or kielbasa. Not that there is anything wrong with those options, we love all three, but sometimes we feel the need to come up with a twist on the standard weekday meal. This flavor-packed pork dish is the perfect twist on a weeknight meal, giving your family just the right amount of…
  • Autumn Apple Recipes

    7 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. It’s Autumn Apple time! Every fall, my husband and I head out to several apple orchards in the Shenandoah Valley. We spend an afternoon filling our baskets full of nature’s fruit and taking in the breathtaking mountain views. It’s refreshing to reach into the fragrant branches and tug the apples free. Could there be a more perfect autumn ritual? The first nip of crisp fall air and the hint of color in the trees seem to awaken some primal urge to harvest. And so we head to the fields and…
  • Apple and Goat Cheese Crostinis

    6 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. Yep, summer is almost over and fall is on the way. Before you know it, the holiday season will be knocking on our door. For us, this means squeezing into last year’s holiday party apparel. Is there ever a time when we aren’t trying to diet? This recipe is the ideal mix-up to your salad routine. Since you have been so good about sticking to your diet, we have decided that you deserve a little treat with a slice of bread and a little sweet honey. Indulge yourself, with a glass of wine, on a Friday…
  • Sticky Caramel Apples

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. September marks the beginning of autumn, one of our favorite seasons. Each autumn, we head out to orchards on the weekends and fill our baskets full of nature’s fruit. It’s refreshing to be out in the crisp, fall mountain air. Could there be a more perfect autumn ritual? We decided to do something fun with some of our apples and created these Sticky Caramel Apples. They’re not difficult to make and they’re a big hit with the kids! Ingredients: 9 assorted apples, room temperature 9…
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    Between the Pages

  • Minnie Mouse Takes The Cupcake

    Between the Pages
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Buttercups By Bezmerelda made this giant Minnie Mouse cupcake. The cake sized cupcake has a brown bottom. The top is white and red with alternating polka dots. A single candle is lit at the top to celebrate a Happy Birthday.  A black Minnie Mouse head silhouette is in the middle of the cupcake. There are pearls around it and a large 3 in the middle for the birthday age. The birthday girl’s name is written just about the Minnie head.  Minnie Mouse sits in front of this giant Disney themed cupcake.  She is wearing a red polkadot dress and a red polkadot boy and yellow shoes.   Minnie…
  • Awesome Guardians of the Galaxy Cake Starring Baby Groot

    Between the Pages
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Vintage Cake Fairy made this amazing Baby Groot Cake. Groot is rooted in this edible pot.  The pot is made of cake covered in white fondant.  “I AM GROOT” is written in green on the side of the pot. The pot has edible dirt on top of the cake. Groot has the wooden texture of multiple vines twined together. A green vine goes along the body and arms of Groot. Groot has black eyes and an slightly open mouth with a smile on his face.  Above view of Groot Close-up of Groot’s face Close-up of white flower pot with “I AM GROOT” written on the side
  • Cinderella's Castle and Carriage Arrive For A Darling 4th Birthday Celebration

    Between the Pages
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Samanthas Cake Design made this wonderful Disney Princess Cinderella Cake. Cinderella’s castle is the focal point and rests on top of this cake. The castle has a wonderful fairy tale look to it. The castle spires are light blue with gold and white pearls on top. The main spire has a golden bow on top. The castle has 2 white doors with a heart in the middle. The golden bow on top has a golden bow just above it. White pearls are just below the castle lattice work and around the doors. The bottom of the castle has a blue ribbon with white pearls. A white scallop is just above the blue ribbon…
  • The Black Pearl Sails Again For This Birthday Celebration

    Between the Pages
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    BellaCakes & Confections created this magnificent LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Cake.  The cake includes edible recreations of LEGO’s Black Pearl, Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa, Davy Jones, and Will Turner. Captain Jack Sparrow, Davy Jones, and Captain Barbossa stand atop the deck of this edible sailing vessel. Captain Barbossa stands at the stern of the ship beside 3 lanterns and 2 torches. Davy Jones is standing amidships where there are gray edible LEGO bricks on top of the rail of the deck. Captain Jack Sparrow is at the bow of the ship. There are 2 gray cannons sticking…
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    Cuisine Diva

  • Digital Restaurant Menu Board Pros and Cons

    Lynn Smythe
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    GUEST POST Digital menu boards for restaurants are deemed to be the next wave in customer interaction at eating establishments of many different types. Indeed, an increasing number of dining establishments have begun to integrate digital menu boards into their overall operational schemes. As is the case with any new technological innovation, including those associated with signage, there exist pros and cons with digital menu boards for dining establishments.Enhanced Customer EngagementOne of the benefits being extolled by companies that manufacture restaurant digital menu boards is that…
  • Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta

    Lynn Smythe
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    This is an old, but favorite recipe I originally posted online when I was the Herbs & Spices Feature Writer for That site has pretty much disappeared although you might find the original recipe online.   Recipe Summary - Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta Learn how-to make a simple appetizer out of peppers, tomatoes, black olives, green onions, garlic, parsley, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Bruschetta is a topping for bread, which can be made from a variety of ingredients. Bruschetta is typically served on top of toasted Italian or French bread, and is offered as an appetizer…
  • 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…
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    Eat Local Orlando

  • Southern Moon Smokehouse now serving Brunch Saturdays & Sundays

    Chris Roberts
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Southern Moon BBQ is now serving brunch every weekend starting Saturday the 27th and will be every Saturday and Sunday from 10-4 ‪They are located on Curry Ford near Crystal Lake next to Winn Dixie & Rogue Pub. They have some really great creative dishes that are a great mixture of breakfast/brunch and BBQ. One of the best things about Southern Moon is they make almost everything in house even most of the bread. Tropical Mimosa: lychee, mango, guyaba juices, sparkling wine I'm not a Mimosa person but this was really good, alcohol was mild, juices were sweetPulled Pork Pancakes -…
  • Redlight Red Light Chili Cook-Off.

    Chris Roberts
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    On October 26th 5-10pm Redlight Red Light will be hosting an epic Chili Cook-Off.Details: October 26th Redlight Red Light will be hosting an epic chili competition featuring chilies crafted by AT LEAST 12 different chili masters! A onetime suggested donation of $10 (or whatever you choose, folks) gets you a bowl of each chili! That's 12 bowls of chili! The proceeds for this event are going to Orlando's own, Armando y Jorge's Orlandoñan Hot Sauce, to help them raise money for a new steam kettle cooker! Support local! Do you have a great chili…
  • Royal Indian Cuisine

    Chris Roberts
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    New Indian Restaurant opening today September 18th, 2014 in Casselberry in the old Brick & Fire location next to Smokey BonesRoyal Indian Cuisine. Buffet Daily $9.95Closed from 3-5 daily then open for dinner, no buffet at dinner time. Closed Mondays.Decor is very nice and clean, staff is friendly, food is tasty.
  • Kamayan: A Filipino Feast

    Chris Roberts
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Kamayan: A Filipino Feast event @EastEndMkt on September 22nd from 7PM-9PM. Francis Biondi from MasterChefMasterChef Top 15 contestant Francis Biondi and Kappo at East End Market present: KAMAYAN, a hand-to-mouth Filipino feast! No plates, no silverware. Just a lot of great food and cocktails. Chef Jonjie Sibayan from PAO Cafe Filipino Restaurant in Tampa will also be joining in for this event, bringing the Filipino food movement across I-4.A…
  • Pig Floyd's more pics

    Chris Roberts
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    I already did a full post about Pig Floyd's Here but I had some more pics to share from a second visit.They are now open from 4 pm daily. Soon they will be open for lunch as well.
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    Barbecue Tricks

  • Bic FlameDisk Disposable Fire Source Review

    Bill West
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Ever need a fast source of heat or fire in a portable and disposable form?    The Bic Flame Disk may be for you.  This giant sterno in a pie pan is perfect for fast fire for tailgating or camping as a charcoal alternative. I know we have a lot of charcoal purists out there.  But BBQ Tricks has always been about making things a bit easier.   Sometimes that MAY mean taking a short cut to really be able to enjoy the moment.   Remember grilling – especially during tailgate season –  can be hot and fast as well as low and slow. The Bic FlameDisk is pretty affordable too –…
  • Hot Dogs – A BBQ Go To

    Bill West
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Hot Dogs – From Slur To Delicassy! By Jay Bateman Everybody has had a hot dog at one point in their lives. It’s unthinkable to live out your life without ever having had one. Same goes for cheeseburgers, by the way. But let’s face it. The hot dog was here a lot earlier. It’s got decades of history behind it and it’s hard to dethrone ‘the dog’. We all know they are the best thing since slice bread. But you know what makes them even better? If you put them on sliced bread! There are many different kinds of names for the hot dog. Some people call them…
  • 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…
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    In A Half Shell

  • While You Were Slurping

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    #INAHALFSHELL Instagrams of the Week: Ready to be shucked by PDXOysterSocial (left) and a snap of some great appetizers by cakebook (right). Want your pic to be featured? Tag your IG’s with #INAHALFSHELL and follow @inahalfshellblog!   – A mysterious new oyster bar is coming to Boston… – Tried my very first Tio Point Oyster aka “Bluff Oyster” this week, making it the 9th oyster species in my book. – Love these dreamy oyster paintings by Kim Hovell. – Martha’s Vineyard approves a new oyster farm! – At a young age, I…
  • AHOYSTERS, Matey: I’m On a Boat At Oyster Week!

    Julie Qiu
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The 3rd Annual AHOYSTERS during Oyster Week 2014 was held this year on everybody’s favorite NYC oyster bar on a boat: Grand Banks. The stormy clouds decided to play nice for this special occasion, which resulted in stunning sunset slurps. Here are some of my favorite shots from the evening. The Sherman Zwicker felt a little more wobbly than usual today, but that didn’t stop this 40-some-strong crowd from having a ball at the bow. Billion Oyster Project director Pete Malinowski opens up a box of freshly harvested Fishers Island Oysters from Fishers Island, NY, which are…
  • Kicking Off New York Oyster Week at BK Oyster Riot

    Julie Qiu
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The third annual New York Oyster Week kicked off yesterday with BK Oyster Riot, a spectacular 10-variety oyster tasting and grower meet-and-greet hosted by W&T Seafood and Charles Sally Charles Catering at the ever-elegant Palm House in Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Although all of the oysters were outstanding, what I really loved about this event was getting to talk to the growers and chefs. Here’s a quick photo-filled recap of the event. I arrived promptly at 6:30PM to catch the “golden hour” of sunlight. The balmy weather and grapefruit-tinted sunset created an…
  • While You Were Slurping

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    #INAHALFSHELL #SHELLFIES of the Week: A darling little shuck by Riptide Oyster (left) and a beautiful composition by Logan Oyster Socials (right). Want your pic to be featured? Tag your IG’s with #INAHALFSHELL and #SHELLFIE and follow @inahalfshellblog!   – Former President Bill Clinton tours The Harbor School and praises Billion Oyster Project. Best story ever. – A couple other NYC oyster events this month to know: New York Harbor Regatta at Govenors Island (9/19), Stone Street Oyster Festival (9/20). – The neighborhood oyster bar resurfaces in the Bay…
  • How to Best Dress A Naked Oyster

    4 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Basic Do’s & Don’ts DO try your first oyster with nothing at all. Just appreciate what nature has created all on its own! Plus, this is to give you a baseline to work from, so you know how much you need to add. DO use any accoutrement sparingly… especially take care with freshly made mignonettes that shriek with high acidity — too much at once and you’ll be crying/choking. Believe me, I’ve been there. It’s not pretty. DON’T use all toppings all at once: like combining lemon, cocktail sauce, AND mignonette is overkill. Try one, maybe a…
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    Grocery Coupon Network Blog: Couponing Secrets Exposed!

  • October Unprocessed- Sign Up for Four Bob’s Red Mill Coupons

    Samantha Doerfler
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Eat better and save! Four Bob’s Red Mill Printable Coupon Eat Foods That Aren’t Processed and Save! There is a fun challenge called the October Unprocessed Challenge- it’s asks that you try and remove processed foods from your diet for the month of October. It’s a great way to eat more whole foods and eat seasonally, both of which can help you be healthier and save money. The coupons require you to sign up for the challenge. If it’s something you are up to and choose to sign up, you’ll have access to four high-value (and rare!) Bob’s Red Mill coupons.
  • New Coupons: Horizon, High-Value Pantene, Newman’s Own, Scrubbing Bubbles + More!

    Abigail Worthington
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    New Coupons Available 9/22/2014 High-Value Coupons Available The much loved $4/2 Pantene coupon has returned. This coupon will likely provide many opportunities for nearly free shampoo and conditioner in the next few weeks when paired with store sales, so be sure to print it quickly and keep it around. If you’re like me and like to give your house a deep cleaning more than once a year, today we have some fantastic cleaning product coupons to give your motivation a jump start. Save on brands like Windex, Scrubbing Bubbles, and Pledge, while keeping your wallet happy. Printable Grocery…
  • Be Green to Save Green: Non-GMO vs. Organic Labels

    Samantha Doerfler
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Organic vs. Non-GMO There are so many new labels on food that it is sometimes hard to keep it all straight. Right now, the two big labels that I see are the Non-GMO label and Organic labels on natural and organic food items. These both seem like labels I would like my food to have but I think it’s important to know what they mean and understand the difference. Food Label Clarification- Non-GMO vs. Organic I try and buy mostly natural and organic foods so I’ve been seeing a huge increase in accreditation labels on the packaged food that I’ve been purchasing. The two big ones…
  • Free Sample at Target Sample Spot- Systane Eye Drops

    Samantha Doerfler
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    FREE! Free Systane Sample from Target Great FREEBIE from Target Sample Spot Hurry over to the Target Sample Spot and claim your free sample of Systane Ultra Lubricant Eye Drops. This is a great product to try out or keep in the medicine cabinet in case you get dry eyes. I have very sensitive eyes so I am interested in trying this one. If it is not something you would use, you could always donate it to a shelter- they appreciate any personal care items for their patrons! Follow GCN for the best freebies, deals and free samples. We’ll keep you informed as they come along! Samples can go…
  • New Crest Mouth Rinse Coupon- Only $1 at Walgreens

    Samantha Doerfler
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Super Cheap Mouth Rinse at Walgreens In addition to the super Crest Toothpaste deal I posted last week, you can pick up the mouth rinse for a great price with new coupons that just came out! You can find all the best deals for this favorite store in the Walgreens Weekly Ad Coupon Match Up- there are some super deals on cereal, deodorant and more. Mouthwash and toothpaste are great items to keep in your stockpile, especially if you have a favorite brand or type. I don’t usually care which brand we use, as long as it’s a great deal so this is an item where I am not very brand loyal.
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    Hilah Cooking

  • Pad Thai

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    The first time I had pad Thai was in Boston. I’ve mentioned before that I wasn’t a terribly cosmopolitan eater before moving to Boston, so many of my firsts happened there: bialys, mooshoo pancakes, mango lassi, and pad Thai. My boyfriend attended Berklee College and we’d often eat at a place right across from the school after class. We were both vegetarian at the time (he probably is still) so we’d order the pad Thai with vegetables. God, it was good. Loaded with still-crisp steamed broccoli florets, carrots and cauliflower, with soft straw mushrooms and velvety bites of Japanese…
  • Seafood Paella

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Our friends from Spain came to visit for my brother’s wedding last year and taught me how to make paella. Carlos and María José live in Málaga, but she is from Valencia (where some of the most famous paella is from) and Carlos’s dad is an excellent paellero (I think that’s what he called him, a person who makes paella, basically). The wide, shallow pan used to make paella is also called a paella; the food gets its name from the cooking vessel (like a Moroccan tagine is used to cook tagine). In the US, typically people talk about paella and the paella pan, though.  It’s not…
  • Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    This slow cooker pulled pork recipe is straight outta my Slow Cooker Recipes book! It’s been tested and retested and eaten and re-eaten … err, that doesn’t sound right. The point is, this is a damn near impossible to screw up pulled pork recipe. I know — I know — the best pulled pork is really that which has been slow smoked, but what is a regular ol’ person like me supposed to do if they want some pulled pork but they really don’t want to mess around with a smoker? And it is a mess, I tell you. Slow cooker to the rescue! Slow cooker, plus some tasty spices of course. This is a…
  • 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…
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    Al Dente Gourmet

  • A Walk on The Seaside + Fresh Mussels + Vegetables Soup ////

    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:17 pm
    The days are still cool and rainy but didn't stop us from enjoying a walk along the seaside! The best part was seeing other people enjoying the sea too, even though it was pretty windy and cool. {yes, that's how much people from new zealand love the sea} And that's something that I find  really inspiring.I felt the need to head to my kitchen and make some soup with the mussels that we brought with us from our last trip from Coromandel. {I shared the first picture at my Instagram here} It always feel good having a hot bowl of soup on the coolest days. Simply love in a bowl! This soup is…
  • Brownies with Coconut Flour / Weekend Baking / Hello September!

    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    Happy September!!! It's here! September is finally here!!! That means {for us} that spring is coming our way! You know, I'm a spring/summer lover, no?! And I'm pretty excited about it! I've been singing this song all day long! Weather is looking more inviting now, this is definitely the right time to start some gardening work. Which we have been doing today! We have been cleaning our garden the entire morning, because we are planning to grow onions, cucumbers and beetroots other than radishes and tomatoes this year. So exciting! Hopefully they will turn out well. The hard part is finished,…
  • 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!
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    Spicie Foodie ™

  • All About(.com) my recent quietness…

    Spicie Foodie
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Spicie Foodie has always been mainly a labour of love; a place to share my recipes, and passion for food, spices, and international cuisine culture. If things seem quiet around here the last few weeks, it’s because of an exciting new opportunity this little blog has brought my way. I am excited to announce that I have recently accepted an invitation to become the new “Spicy Food Expert” for! During the past few weeks I have been working with them to create my new site there, which is now up and running, and I am happy to invite you to visit! This means only good things for the…
  • Millet, Hemp, and Chickpea Flour Crackers with Goat Cheese

    Spicie Foodie
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    I think I’ve mentioned before about me not being such a great baker. For the most part, this still holds true. But when it comes to baking savoury cookies and crackers I’m quite good at it. Today I’d like to share a new cracker recipe that I developed and one that is my current favourite. The ingredients list may seem a bit odd at first look, but I promise that there is nothing odd tasting about these crisp crackers. You’ll first notice that the flours used in the recipe are all gluten-free ones. They are also all low-glycemic index foods, which means that they…
  • What is Millet, How To Cook Millet Seeds, and How To Use Millet Flour

    Spicie Foodie
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:29 pm
    If you’ve ever purchased bird seed mixes then you’ve certainly noticed a tiny yellow seed mixed in. This is millet, and it isn’t just bird food, it’s a delicious seed humans can also enjoy. Technically speaking millet is “…a group of highly variable small-seeded grasses, widely grown around the world as cereal crops or grains for both human food and fodder…Millets are important crops in the semi-arid tropics of Asia and Africa (especially in India, Nigeria, and Niger), with 97% of millet production in developing countries.” I am personally a big fan of millet. It is so…
  • (Mole Style) Chicken In Poblano-Serrano Pepper Sauce + 95 Mexican Independence Day Fiesta Recipes

    Spicie Foodie
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    Learning to make a good authentic mole sauce is on my bucket list. Many people don’t realise that there is a huge amount of variations to authentic mole sauces in Mexico. There are dark brown and red ones, yellow and green; as well as spicy, chocolately and sweet variations too. If you’ve even heard of this dish then you are probably picturing the popular version from Puebla. That one is a dark sauce made with an enormous list of ingredients including peppers, spices, chocolate and turkey — or chicken may be used instead. Though I didn’t grow up eating mole Poblano it…
  • Brocóli A La Mexicana or Mexican Style Broccoli

    Spicie Foodie
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    In Mexican cuisine when you see a dish that has “a la mexicana” in it’s title it simply means Mexican style. More specifically it denotes that green chilies, white onions and red tomatoes were used in it’s preparation. These three colours are the Mexican flag, and hence the term “a la mexicana”. Additionally the tree vegetables are very important to and almost always present in the dishes of Mexico. The other day I had such a strong craving for broccoli. Normally I just steam it but this day I wanted something different, I wanted to include Mexican flavours with the broccoli. I…
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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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    hungry sofia

  • Venice & Artichoke Pasta

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    With the days getting crisp, it seemed like a good time to pick up my much delayed Italian travelogue where I left off – Venice.  I’d been once before on a rushed trip that I would describe as a 36-hours of disorientation broken up by moments of heart-stopping beauty – mostly gilded.  It’s all very romantic until you realize just how lost you are and panic sets in.  A dense concentration of  sites that you have to see at least once surrounded by an even denser network of tourists traps hotels, restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops, it was impossible to visit one…
  • 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…
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    Chef In You

  • Arisi Murukku ( Rice Flour Butter Chakli)

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble If you have boys in the house, you know the importance of having munchies in your pantry. Actually coming to think of it, my mom had only girls but still needed to have snacks at all times. So, let me rephrase it this way. If you have foodies/active people in the house,  it becomes necessary to either have a busy kitchen or a big grocery budget or both! My little one is at a stage when snacks appeal more than the real food itself.  I am a careful shopper (the husband would say “paranoid”) who reads through the ingredients that go into such snacks.
  • 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…
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    A Sydney blog in Australia that writes about her food and drinking experiences, travels, things that she loves and hate.

  • Easy peanut butter cookies dipped in chocolate

    7 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    Time poor means that cooking and baking needs to be quick, easy but delicious. These super easy peanut butter cookies only had 4 ingredients and took no time to bake and wash up.
  • 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(...)
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    Authentic Greek Recipes

  • 9 Greek Bread Recipes

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    There are several types of bread traditionally made in Greece - some of them at particular times of the year. We've put together a list of 9 breads for you. Just click on the links to go to the recipes.Cheese Bread (Tiropsomo) A lovely bread with Greek feta cheese. It's a wonderful accompaniment for any dish, but especially for Greek Bean Soup (Fasolada) along with olives.  Christmas Bread (Christopsomo) This is a traditional bread eaten at Christmas and right up to New Year. The name Christopsomo means Christ's Bread.  LaganaA bread traditionally eaten on Clean Monday at…
  • Greek Sesame Cookies

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    This recipe for sesame cookies (Koolooria me Soosami) is very simple and you'll find them really lovely to accompany your coffee or tea!Ingredients500g soft flour300g butter200g icing sugar1 egg50ml brandy/cognac2 tsp baking powder300g sesame seedsPreparationBeat the butter and icing sugar well in the mixer.Add the egg and continue mixing for another 1-2 minutes.Add the brandy and continue mixing for another 1-2 minutes.Sprinkle the baking powder over the flour and add to the mixture in the mixer.Using the kneading attachment in the mixer, beat lightly until it has become a dough.Cover the…
  • Authentic Greek Recipes - Get Our Updated Kindle Book!

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    We're happy to announce that we've just updated our Kindle Book - Authentic Greek Recipes! Lots of delicious recipes plus How to Make Your Own Filo Pastry!Click on the photo above to check it
  • 20 Delicious Greek Pies You'll Just Love!

    7 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    Greeks love making pies! There are hundreds of different recipes, depending on the part of Greece and the ingredients. Most people outside Greece just know of Spinach Pie (Spanakopita) and Cheese Pie (Tiropita) but there are countless varieties of those two as well as many other different types. So we've put together a small list of 20 savoury Greek pies for you to try for yourselves - just click on the links to go to the recipes. If you want to make your own Filo pastry, then just go here. Artichoke Pie6 Cheese Pies 6 Ways to make Cheese Pie (Tiropita) Cheese Pie with…
  • Greek Eggplants with Tomato Sauce and Feta Cheese in the Oven

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:01 am
    This is another Greek recipe with eggplants and is very easily prepared. Ingredients6 medium eggplants1kg very ripe fresh tomatoes grated300g feta cheese crumbled8 cloves garlic finely chopped3 tbsp fresh basil roughly cut200ml sunflower oil 2 tbsp olive oilSalt to tastePreparationCut the eggplants in half lengthwise.Leave them in a bowl of salty water for 1 hour, making sure they are all covered by the water.When you remove them from the water, squeeze them to drain off the water.Put the sunflower oil in a shallow oven dish and place the eggplant halves in the dish with the flat white…
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  • Snack Girl’s Ham and Cheese Zucchiniwich

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    There are quite a few bloggers I admire from afar but only a handful I subscribe to. Snack Girl is one of them. Her site is full of fun simple food advice for those looking to eat a little healthier and a lot less processed. Lisa reached out to me when… Read the rest of this post »»
  • Turkey and Baby Kale Salad With Avocado Sage Dressing

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    The other night it was just me and the kids for dinner and I decided to get a little creative with the turkey cutlets I had defrosted. I have been trying to keep avocados on hand for taco nights and because the 3-Year-Old can’t get enough… Read the rest of this post »»
  • The Simplest Mayo-Free Coleslaw Ever!

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    I’ve been feverishly loading up on fresh veggies from the farm stand like they are going out of style because, well, they are! I’ve already gotten the itch to experiment with pumpkin but I’m just not ready yet. Fall may be … Read the rest of this post »»
  • Coconut-Crusted Flounder Over Pineapple Fried Rice

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Monday night I defrosted flounder fillets with no real dinner plans besides “Hey, let’s have fish!” At first I was considering breading them in pistachios like I do tilapia but then I remembered it was just going to be the… Read the rest of this post »»
  • Citrus-Thyme Chicken on a Stick with Optional Brussels Sprouts

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    Last year I discovered something magical in the realm of home cooking and feeding little people: Sticks. Well, skewers, but whatever. They’re sticks. One day I made Maple-Ginger Chicken on a Stick and both kids loved it! So I decided … Read the rest of this post »»
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    Sreelus Tasty Travels

  • Good Bye Summer- Ode To The Fruit Of Summer - Tomatoes- Easy and Delicious Sandwiches

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Good Bye Summer- Ode To The King Of Summer - Tomatoes- Easy and Delicious SandwichesHeirloom Tomatoes from the neighborhood farmers marketThe crisp air and cool winds in the evening, the change of colors on the trees, short days and longer nights sure are an indication on an end of summer and natures way of slowing down and prepping for winter. If I have to pick a favorite season I probably would choose fall, everything seems so balanced, so colorful and not to mention the weather.This year has been quite hectic, if I have  to give a theme for the year gone by I would call it "CHANGE".
  • Masala Oats Upma ~ Curried Oats ~ Protein Packed

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Masala Oats Upma ~ Curried Oats ~ Protein Packed Oats is definitely an acquired taste, not something that I was used to growing up. During my routine visit to Doctor she did reinforce asking me to eat more Oats, especially steel cut. I have tried eating Oats with fruit, yogurt, just plain. I could not get used to the taste and the glutton after taste. So I had to Indianize Oats and was inspired by an Indian cooking show. Today's recipe is customized to be protein rich, you can create your own version with many of your pantry staples.Ingredients1 cup Steel cut Oats ~ Soaked for about  a…
  • Grilled Nectarines - With Honey, Vanilla &Berries - Must Try On Your Next Camping Trip - Has Summer Written All Over It

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Grilled Nectarines - With Honey, Vanilla & Berries It is a long weekend for me this week, have our company shutting down couple of days and I took few days off making it the perfect 4th of July week. It's really been a while since I took a day off and had a "staycation". Spending the day at home with no agenda seems like such a luxury. Kids and I have enjoyed our outings, lunches and a movie. Hoping this week goes a little slower and last a little longer.Stone fruit are abundant in the market, picked at their prime these stone fruit taste like sugar sweet, fleshy and delicious.Made…
  • Spicy Hara Bhara Paneer Kababs - Spicy Paneer Kababs - Perfect for Summer Barbecues

    19 Jun 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Spicy Hara Bhara Paneer Kababs The wait is over and summer vacations are officially on. When I dreamt of summer vacations I envisioned  schedule free days, no mad rush in the morning, no carpools and picks up to worry about kind of summer,was I in for a surprise or what ? summer vacations are turning out to be more stressful than imagined for the lack of routine. My childhood summers were spent carefree, the day school ended was the last time we looked at our books, off we were to grandparents home for close to two months. What followed was sheer fun, playing with cousins, sleeping…
  • Protein Rich Super Healthy - Spinach, Mint, Cilantro, Avocado & Paneer Parata

    3 Jun 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Spinach, Mint, Cilantro, Avocado & Paneer Parata Tried out this new recipe today and I had to post it on the blog. It's been quite hectic at home and work, I cannot wait for summer vacations to start.Farmers market are abundant with fresh produce. Picked up Avocado's, baby spinach and fresh cilantro last week.Ingredients makes for about 10 parata's2 cups of washed spinach1 cup cilantro/coriander1 ripe Avocado cut into cubes1/2 cup fresh mint1 green chili2 cups grated paneer2~3 cups of whole wheat flour2 tbsp of garam masala2 tbsp of flax seed (optional)pinch of chaat masalatbsp of…
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  • Food In Focus: Dry-Farmed Tomatoes

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:56 pm
    We were visiting outside San Diego County a couple of weeks ago and stopped at a Jimbo’s Market. I was in awe of a good size bin of the most beautiful, deep red tomatoes. At first I thought I was looking at the healthiest looking big, plump cherry tomatoes. The gardener in me was already envious that my own beautiful garden produce didn’t look like these, ruby red cherry tomatoes. A kind gentlemen came up beside me with a plastic bag in hand and started sharing about what he knew about these gorgeous fruits (scientifically speaking, tomatoes are fruits!). “Dry-Farmed Tomatoes”…
  • Mini Chocolate Zucchini Carrot Cakes w/Cream Cheese Cinnamon, Ginger Topping

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:41 pm
    chocolate zucchini carrot cakes with whipped cinnamon, ginger cream cheese topping These little decadent chocolate cakes are full of healthy secrets. Whether you bake up my recipe for small cakes or make a larger cake, your picky eaters will never guess that you’ve cleverly used some summer zucchini and a carrot for good measure! Besides its chocolaty and moist goodness, the distraction will be the light and whipped cream cheese cinnamon, ginger topping – and its hint of orange… Continue reading: Mini Chocolate Zucchini Carrot Cakes w/Cream Cheese Cinnamon, Ginger Topping.
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