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  • Little London Obsessions

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    Krista
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    My obsession with London knows no bounds. Some of you will get tired of me talking about this, but…I am not sorry. Waitrose!! Double-decker buses! Pubs! Men in suits! Tuxedos on the tube! Cheap flights to everywhere!! Life is good. Here’s what else I’ve been obsessed with lately. Orla Keily’s collection of shoes at Clark’s. I’ve written before about my obsession with Clarks in London. Some people — the ones not in the know — laugh at me because they think only nuns and old people wear Clarks. Smart people know to get themselves to Clarks…
  • The secret ingredient chefs won’t admit using

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    PJ Hamel
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The New York Daily News reports Chef Michele Weber, of Manhattan’s Upper West Side restaurant Good Enough to Eat, plows through four cases of it a week, making “Crack Dip” and her special scrambled eggs. Chef Ron Eyester, from Rosebud in Atlanta: “I use it in my restaurant mac and cheese – it’s so creamy – but we don’t say that on the menu description.” - Every Day with Rachael Ray. And last winter, when there was a shortage of this key ingredient just before the Super Bowl, the Today Show urged consumers not to resort to hoarding – their…
  • Wines of The Times: Wine Review: Cornas Reds

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    By ERIC ASIMOV
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Cornas in the northern Rhône Valley offers the rare combination of northern Rhône finesse combined with southern sun.
  • How to Enjoy Every Moment

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    rsdailythought
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com 5 Super-Creative Mason Jar Crafts for Halloween How to Apply Makeup in 5 Minutes 8 Cozy Cashmere Clothing and Accessory Picks Filed under: Daily Thought
  • Cinnamon Applesauce

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    MaryJane Robbins
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    It’s cold, rainy, and 52°F here in Vermont today. I’m wearing my furry clogs and drinking a frothy mocha to keep the chill away. But it’s not quite enough. I really want applesauce. Not just any old applesauce, and certainly not jarred applesauce. I want my Dad’s applesauce from when I was growing up. Growing up, my family wasn’t affluent; indeed, far from it. Individual bags of chips or cans of soda were treats reserved for field trips; and self-serve sizes of desserts and snacks simply didn’t exist for us. Instead, family-style was the way to go, and DIY…
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    Amateur Gourmet

  • Tasty Sheet Pan Pizza That May Actually Be Focaccia

    Adam Roberts
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Some food people are real sticklers for words and what they mean. For example: pizza. I consider the pizza at Pizzeria Mozza (developed by Nancy Silverton) to be some of the best pizza I’ve ever had, but there are detractors out there who call it focaccia because it’s so puffy. I’m pretty sure it’s pizza for a few reasons: 1. it’s round; 2. it’s cooked in a wood-burning oven; 3. the name of the restaurant is Pizzeria Mozza. Still, even I had to raise an eyebrow at the pizza I just made from the cover of this month’s Bon Appetit. The dough is a clever…
  • Chalkboard Banner

    Adam Roberts
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Hey, we’ve got a new banner up on the blog–it’s been a while–so head on over (if you’re reading this on a reader) and check it out. Thanks to Lindy Groening for designing it (check out all her previous banners here) and thanks to my secret helper R.B. for putting it up.
  • The World’s Easiest Chocolate Tart

    Adam Roberts
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    When we were in Berlin this past July, at a restaurant called Renger-Patzsch, our dinner ended with the perfect punctuation mark of a dessert: a chocolate tart with apricots and vanilla ice cream. It was memorable for its combination of elegance and simplicity; a tart isn’t easy to do, but this one, somehow, seemed effortless. I made a mental note that if I were ever going to cook a meal with European flair, I’d end it in a similar way. My moment came on Saturday, after I served that pork shoulder braised in Guinness to some friends. Click here to read the rest of this Amateur…
  • Pork Shoulder with Guinness, Dried Cherries, and Sweet Potatoes

    Adam Roberts
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    What’s the difference between a home cook and a chef? For me, the answer lies right there in the pages of Daniel Boulud’s braising book which came out back in 2006. I’m a big believer in braising; nothing makes me happier than to sear a tough piece of meat, stir in some aromatics, add a cooking liquid, and then to let thing go for three hours, only to have the meat melt beneath the tines of a fork when you’re done, the sauce right there without any extra labor. But as for those individual elements–the meat, the aromatics, the liquid–the best I could come up…
  • Sponsored Post: The Burnt Truck’s Fried Mozzarella Slider with Basil Aioli

    Adam Roberts
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Man, are you in for a treat. Are you ready? Imagine a slice of fresh, milky mozzarella that’s been coated in panko bread crumbs and fried. That sounds pretty good by itself, doesn’t it? Now imagine that on an eggy roll (Hawaiian sweet bread) and topped with both basil aioli and a spicy tomato jam. It’s hard to even wrap your head around, but I know it’s a real thing that exists because I ate it at the Burnt Truck at the Orange County Fair and ever since it’s been haunting my dreams. Making this at home wouldn’t just be an act of selfishness (I NEED TO HAVE…
 
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    Steamy Kitchen: recipes and cooking

  • Giveaway: Paderno 4-Blade Spiralizer

    SteamyKitchen
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    I feel so lucky to be able to give away a Paderno 4-Blade Vegetable Spiralizer to one of you!! I’ve written about the Spiralizer in a recent recipe post Pad Thai Zoodles and also reviewed an older version (3-Blade) Paderno product in a video below. Where to find Paderno: Paderno USA Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PadernoUSA Twitter: http://twitter.com/PadernoUSAPinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/PadernoUSA/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/paderno_usa   Enter Paderno 4-Blade Spiralizer Giveaway To enter the Giveaway for your very own Paderno 4-Blade Spiralizer, follow…
  • Pad Thai Zoodles Recipe

    SteamyKitchen
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Before I get into the recipe, I wanted to give you a quick peek at the Daytime TV studios where I tape cooking segments at. It’s a show that’s syndicated in nearly 200 markets in the US with hosts Cyndi Edwards and the incredibly funny Jerry Penacoli (formerly of EXTRA.) My cooking segments are around 4 minutes-ish long. We tape the segment and then it gets aired 2 or 3 days after that, depending on the market. The studio is HUGE. This is just a picture of the back half.     Here’s another angle. I’m fascinated by the ceiling – every available inch is…
  • New logo, new stuff coming!

    SteamyKitchen
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    Ever since our post Needs Reboot, Scott had I have been working so hard re-vitalizing our business. We’ve been listening to podcasts, reading business manifestos, devouring great books, masterminding with smart people and having “Board of Directors” meetings with Nathan and Andrew at the dinner table. The boys have equal say in the business (most of the time), there have been a couple of situations where Scott and I pulled an “executive veto” on things such as launching a Minecraft “recipe” section of Steamy Kitchen. We’ve also shelved ideas…
  • Home Grown Star Anise

    SteamyKitchen
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    A lovely reader sent a package of his homegrown star anise spice. Have you ever used star anise before? Normally, when I buy them at the Asian market, they look like they’ve been picked through – none of the “stars” even resemble stars. Upon opening the bag, there is a dusty, musty smell. Not these. These are fresh and dried star anise from Greg’s yard. Did you know star anise is actually an immature fruit that’s dried? Greg says that the star anise tree (it’s a tree!), kept low and trimmed, make wonderful hedges. When you cut the hedges, it releases…
  • My Favorite Jars (Limited Edition Harvest Green)

    SteamyKitchen
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    One of the most beloved brands in America is Ball Brand. I’ve been a collector of vintage blue glass jars for years (I use it for storing each year’s Memory Jars and this year, Ball is releasing a limited edition in GREEN to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the “PERFECTION” jar by the Ball Brothers. These jars come in vintage-inspired packaging and heritage green color jars with custom embossed front and back and made in the USA. They are beautiful. Stunning and will definitely be a collector’s item. They are such a pretty vintage green – I haven’t used…
 
 
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    Culinary Media Network | Gilded Fork

  • Apples: A Seductive Fruit

    info@culinarymedianetwork.com (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

    info@culinarymedianetwork.com (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

    info@culinarymedianetwork.com (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

    info@culinarymedianetwork.com (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

    info@culinarymedianetwork.com (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 Creme Brulee

    Rasa Malaysia
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Nutella Creme Brulee recipe. Creamy and silky creme brulee with Nutella. Very spoonful of the creme brulee is sweet, nutty with gooey Nutella. A must-try!Nutella Creme Brulee recipe. Creamy and silky creme brulee with Nutella. Very spoonful of the creme brulee is sweet, nutty with gooey Nutella. A must-try! The post Nutella Creme Brulee appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • HiLine Coffee National Coffee Day Giveaway

    Rasa Malaysia
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    National Coffee Day Giveaway. Nespresso Citiz C111 Espresso Maker and $100 HiLine Coffee Gift Card. US only. Enter to win! The post HiLine Coffee National Coffee Day Giveaway appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Parmesan Garlic Noodles

    Rasa Malaysia
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Quick and easy Parmesan Garlic Noodles with garlic and Parmesan cheese. This Parmesan Garlic Noodles recipe takes 20 mins and great for the entire family. The post Parmesan Garlic Noodles appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

    Rasa Malaysia
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp is an easy recipe of wrapping shrimp with bacon and then pan-fried or grilled. This bacon-wrapped shrimp recipe is a crowd pleaser. The post Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Chinese Mushroom Chicken

    Rasa Malaysia
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Mushroom chicken is a simple Chinese recipe with mushroom, chicken and zucchini stir-fried in a simple brown sauce. Easy and tasty mushroom chicken recipe. The post Chinese Mushroom Chicken appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
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    101 Cookbooks

  • Bar Tartine Cauliflower Salad

    Heidi Swanson
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    I'm not much of a menu collector, although I have a small stack of gems in one of my desk drawers. A good number of them are menus from past meals at Bar Tartine. For those of you who have yet to visit San Francisco, Bar Tartine is a much loved establishment in the heart of San Francisco's Mission district, just a couple of blocks from the (deservedly famous) namesake bakery. After Tartine, Chad Robertson and Liz Prueitt opened Bar Tartine - nearly ten years ago - and chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns have been at the helm since 2011. It's the place Wayne and I like to go to celebrate a…
  • 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…
 
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    Simply Recipes

  • “Kale”sadilla

    Elise
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    We all love quesadillas, and we could all use more leafy greens in our diet, so let’s add some shredded kale to our cheese and tortillas and call it a “kale”sadilla! This could even be a rather clever way to get your kids to eat more greens. Though it’s not exactly “sneaky” as you can clearly see the kale. Continue reading "“Kale”sadilla" »
  • Apple Cobbler

    Elise
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Stop by my parent’s house in September or October and likely you will not leave without a bag filled with granny smith apples from their tree. My father grafts several varieties of apples on to his trees, but the granny smiths are the ones that are the most prolific, and they’re also great for pies, applesauce, apple butter, and cobbler. Continue reading "Apple Cobbler" »
  • Classic Meatloaf

    Elise
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    My sweetheart came over to my parents the other day for dinner. He wasn’t exactly thrilled when he heard we were having meatloaf, and insisted on taking only a very small piece. All that changed the minute he took his first bite. (You should have seen the expression on his face—that look of amazement? priceless.) Continue reading "Classic Meatloaf" »
  • Sesame Chicken Fingers with Spicy Orange Dipping Sauce

    Elise
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Chicken fingers! The ultimate finger food, perfect for dipping. The challenge is, how to make crispy tender chicken fingers without having to deep fry them?  Continue reading "Sesame Chicken Fingers with Spicy Orange Dipping Sauce" »
  • Cheesy Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Bell Peppers

    Elise
    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" »
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  • Julie Andrews on Her Success

    rsdailythought
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com 12 Laundry Mistakes You’re Probably Making 5 Gourd DIYs to Make You Excited for Fall Fall’s Most Wearable Trend: Florals Filed under: Daily Thought
  • How Traditions Are Formed

    rsdailythought
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com 5 Super-Creative Mason Jar Crafts for Halloween 5 Gourd DIYs to Make You Excited for Fall How to Save Money on Dry-Cleaning Filed under: Daily Thought
  • How to Enjoy Every Moment

    rsdailythought
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com 5 Super-Creative Mason Jar Crafts for Halloween How to Apply Makeup in 5 Minutes 8 Cozy Cashmere Clothing and Accessory Picks Filed under: Daily Thought
  • The Difference Between Being Nice and Being Smart

    rsdailythought
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com Laundry Room Organizing Ideas How to Apply Makeup in 5 Minutes The Plus-Size Guide to DressingFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Happy Birthday, Barbara Walters!

    rsdailythought
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com Fun Fall Activities Checklist 16 Ways to Cut Your Energy Costs The Plus-Size Guide to DressingFiled under: Daily Thought
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    Food & Wine: Articles

  • 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

  • Coffee Fest, Black Burgers, Airline Food at Home!

    Food Dude
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    The Coffee Fest Tradeshow is coming to Portland. Usually held in Seattle, it will be in Portland on October 17th – 19th at the Oregon Convention Center. Designed for those involved with retailing coffee, tea and related products, the festival covers barista certification, latte art championships, best coffeehouse and espresso competitions, coffee education and lots of exhibitors. More information here.   A bit more on Le Vieux which is taking over the Noisette space in NW Portland. San Francisco restaurateurs Annette Yang’s is partnering with chef Brian Leitner. He worked as…
  • Naomi Pomeroy & Top PDX Chefs Unite In Fight Against Childhood Cancer

    Food Dude
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Naomi Pommeroy PORTLAND, Ore. (October 4, 2014) – Five top chefs led by 2014 James Beard Award recipient and event culinary chair Naomi Pomeroy of BEAST, will join forces to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience at the inaugural St. Jude Autumn Harvest, 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Nines Hotel on 525 Southwest Morrison St., to raise awareness and funding for children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Pomeroy will be joined by a team of Portland chefs including: Aaron Barnett of St. Jack, Jason French of Ned Ludd,…
  • Pok Pok, Salt & Straw, Country Cat, Tommy Habetz and More!

    Food Dude
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    Steve Jones of The Cheese Bar at FEAST Andy Ricker of Pok Pok is opening a restaurant at the airport. From a Craiglist ad, “Pok Pok Restaurants is holding open interviews for our new quick service, pop-up location at Portland International Airport. We are hiring for kitchen, counter service and supervisory positions. Interviews will be held Wednesday September 24th from 10am-1pm at Whiskey Soda Lounge, located at 3131 SE Division St. Qualified candidates must have relevant restaurant experience. The tentative duration of our contract is October 2014 through late summer 2015.” With…
  • Some Events Still Available at FEAST Portland!

    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 haven’t bought tickets yet, it’s not too late to save yourself from suffering the worst case of FOMO your appetite has ever had. Follow Feast on Twitter @feastpdx, Facebook and Instagram…
  • 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,”…
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    Start Cooking

  • Lasagna

    28 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Easy lasagna recipe video: Here is the secret on how to create the magic layers for an amazing pasta meal.
  • 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!
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    Spices of Life

  • Saucy Garlic-Roasted Pork with Broccoli Slaw

    Debby Richards
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    4 to 6 Servings   1 ½ pounds boneless pork tenderloin or center-cut pork loin, trimmed fo fat and gristle Marinade/Sauce: (mix together in a bowl) ¾ cup hoisin sauce 5 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons rice wine or sake 2 tablespoons chopped garlic 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger ½ cup water   1 bag (9 ounces) shredded broccoli slaw (3 ½ cups) 1 ½ cups grated carrots ½ pound angel hair pasta 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil   1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil. 2. Put the trimmed pork in a bowl. Spoon one-third of the Marinade…
  • Foods for “Late Summer” and Autumn

    Debby Richards
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    The Chinese believe that there are foods that correspond to each season, nourishing the body for optimum health. But unlike the western calendar, they also believe that there is another season besides summer, autumn, winter, and spring. And that is precisely the time of year we are enjoying right now which is “late summer”. Late summer is the transitional time between summer and fall. It is the beginning of harvest time. Ripe fruits are falling to the ground and vegetables like squash and pumpkin are growing big and plump. Since Asian cooks believe that the best foods that can be eaten…
  • Rainbow vegetarian salad topped with a spicy tahini dressing

    Debby Richards
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Serves 4 Sichuanese chefs make a popular spicy sesame dressing for noodles and salads. Traditionally, the sauce is made with toasted sesame paste sold in Asian markets. For convenience sake, I’ve developed a recipe where I substitute tahini paste or peanut butter, which is much more readily available, but no less delicious. Serve at room temperature or prepare in advance, refrigerate, and serve slightly chilled.   TAHINI DRESSING: 1 4-inch piece fresh ginger 7 cloves garlic 1 cup sesame tahini paste, mixed thoroughly to combine the paste with the liquid 1/ 4 cup soy sauce 1 /4 cup…
  • Summer’s Bounty

    Debby Richards
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    It’s once again that time of year when planning dinner or any meal is a pleasure as local farmer’s markets shelves are heaped with freshly-picked fruits and vegetables. I await this time with anticipation since I like to keep things simple and it’s the easiest time to do that- especially if your diet is leaning towards an emphasis on vegetables, which more and more people are doing these days. We started learning about the different vitamins in fruits and vegetables many years ago, but in the early eighties researchers started positively identifying other health-giving properties such…
  • SUMMER IS THE TIME TO PREPARE MEAL-IN-ONE SALADS WITH FRESH, SEASONAL VEGETABLES IN RAINBOW COLORS

    Debby Richards
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    Summer is a high energy/ yang period when the fire element dominates (You can really feel it these days with the hot and humid weather, plus global warming). Some Chinese doctors recommend cutting back on coffee, red meats, and other heavy foods which tend to have a heating effect on the body and create sluggishness. That is why we crave seafood (especially from cold waters), salads with lots of raw vegetables, soy products and other cooling foods which tend to remove heat from the body. Since all types of local seasonal vegetables are at their peak in the farmer’s markets and in stores,…
 
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  • special edition Kei Nishikori Cup Noodle

    edjusted
    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

    edjusted
    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

    edjusted
    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

    edjusted
    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!!??

    edjusted
    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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    Vegan Bits

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

    Lane
    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?

    Lane
    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

    Lane
    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 LoveAnimals.org Team up to Help Chimpanzees Retired from Biomedical Research

    Lane
    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

    Lane
    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

  • Potato Chorizo Burrito Video

    Sara O'Donnell
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    Officer Betty should have had this one in her arsenal too. Make these Potato Chorizo Burritos with Eggs and Jalapeno Jack Cheese the next time you’re hangry The post Potato Chorizo Burrito Video appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Potato Chorizo Burrito Recipe

    Sara O'Donnell
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    Enjoy Potato Chorizo Burritos for breakfast or breakfast for dinner. For a real treat, enjoy with my California Avocado Salsa Verde The post Potato Chorizo Burrito Recipe appeared first on 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.
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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

  • Dark Chocolate Coconut Kiss Drops

    Rachel Rappaport
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    Ingredients:24 dark chocolate kisses, unwrapped1/4 cup butter, at room temperature1/2 cup sugar1 egg1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla paste1 1/2 tablespoons buttermilk 1 cup flour1/4 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut (sometimes sold as "desiccated" coconut)Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg, buttermilk and vanilla paste. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (except coconut). Slowly stream into the bowl as the beater is running.
  • 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,…
 
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    Cooking with Anne

  • Butternut Squash and Ricotta Pizza

    Anne Coleman
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    I do so love this pizza ... I mean, I could eat one by myself, and not one slice,  the whole thing! There's a beautiful play of flavors here; sweet roasted butternut squash and onion, garlicky ricotta, tangy Parmesan all on a chewy crust, it's just the best bite.Look for squash that are dull skinned, heavy for their size with an intact and firm, dry stem. They should have a deep color and the skin should not be easily scratched or nicked. Once you have the right squash, you're ready to go!Butternut Squash and Ricotta PizzaMakes 1 pizza - serves 4 to 6Ingredients:1 pound butternut squash,…
  • 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…
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    Cheese and Biscuits

  • Salvation in Noodles, Dalston

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Opening a Vietnamese noodle shop in Dalston has, it must be said, a touch of the coals-to-Newcastle about it. The main thoroughfare in this part of town is Kingsland Road, home to a huge number of Vietnamese restaurants, many of them extremely good (the Viet Grill is, and always has been my own favourite) and most of them able to knock up a comforting bowl of Pho faster than you can say Ăn ngon nhé. But I've said it before and I'll keep saying it until (and until well after) you're all entirely sick of hearing it, there is no reason to complain about somewhere being a bit derivative, or…
  • Barrafina, Covent Garden

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    It was on holiday in Japan a few years ago when I first heard about a strange phenomenon known as Paris Syndrome. To the Japanese, so the story goes, Paris is shorthand for everything attractive about European culture - beautiful buildings, wonderful food, museums, art galleries, shops and cafés, an idealised dreamworld concocted by vivid imaginations and (presumably helped somewhat by the French tourist board) Hollywood movies like Ratatouille or Midnight in Paris. Many Japanese are obsessed with Paris, and hold it as their life's ambition to travel there. And then they do travel there, and…
  • Bleecker St Burger, Old Spitalfields Market

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    As a sort of comfort food double-bill with the excellent Sticky Wings, I thought I'd put down a few words on the equally excellent Bleecker Burger, veterans (I'm sure they won't mind me saying) of the streetfood scene, who are currently pitching up at Old Spitalfields Market from Wednesday to Sunday. You'd think after all these years of Burgers In London that there wouldn't be much more to say about the subject. After reading this post you may still think the same. But though we may very well have reached market saturation in many respects, there is equally no reason to ignore, or even…
  • 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…
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    Fussy Eater

  • Bakes For Breast Cancer Holds First Annual #OfficeBakeSale

    26 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Get your oven mitts ready! Our friends over at Bakes for Breast Cancer are making it fun and easy to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. Here are details:Bakes for Breast Cancer, Inc., a regional non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research and care, is launching its first month-long “Office Bake Sale” campaign on October 1, 2014. Participants simply bring baked goods or sweet treats to work and sell them in their office during the month of October, also known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.“By selling just a few…
  • The 15th Annual Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer is Happening May 5 - 11!

    6 May 2014 | 10:42 am
    Folks, it's one of the greatest times of the year in Boston for dessert! Here is all the info you need to enjoy local desserts for a good cause:Treat the special women in your life to decadent desserts while also helping fight breast cancer during Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer from May 5 through Mother’s Day on May 11. Restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, cafés, chocolate and ice cream shops throughout Massachusetts will participate in Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer.Establishments have the option to designate all sales of one specific dessert or fifty-percent of proceeds from their entire…
  • The Cinnamon Rice Pudding at Anna's Taqueria

    7 Mar 2014 | 2:39 pm
    I'm not a big rice or bread pudding fan mostly because everytime I've tried them they have always been mushy and gross. However, while at Anna's Taqueria inhaling a grilled steak quesadilla, I noticed they had rice pudding and thought I would give it a try. It was yummy, pleasantly mushy yet structured enough not to be sloppy when you eat it. Also this cinnamon dusting on top was everything and goes perfectly with your Mexican Coke:
  • Four Layer Peanut Butter Cake for $3.29!

    3 Mar 2014 | 3:22 pm
    If you're in the mood for peanut butter cups and manage to scrape together another dollar, head over to Whole Foods and get their peanut butter cake instead.This cake has four layers: a top later of a thick, smooth chocolate mousse, a layer of yellow cake, a later of peanut butter filling, and another later of cake. The top layer is covered in chocolate shavings. This cake is everything you want in a peanut butter cup but have time to sit, relax, and savor every delicious layer interacting with the other.  Did I mention this cake is only $3.29?!
  • Nutella Now Available by the Cup: Paris Creperie Serving Raspberry Nutella Lattes

    22 Nov 2013 | 2:01 pm
    Yes, Virginia, this does exist and it is every bit as good as you would hope. I'm always delighted when something wonderful is made even more awesome. Generally speaking, it's hard to go wrong with anything containing Nutella, that chocolate hazelnut spread that infects all our dreams with joy. While a Nutella mocha might just have one too many flavors, the Raspberry Nutella Latte at Paris Creperie blends together in such a way that each flavor complements the other. When you sip it, you can distinctly taste the chocolately Nutella first, then raspberry notes, then finally a milky smooth…
 
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    Passport Delicious | Chicago Restaurant Blog | London Restaurant Blog and Reviews | Londonelicious

  • Please Help Me Fix My WordPress Site…

    Krista
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    ***UPDATE: Thank you to the Internet and @cayloe for pointing me to this post, which explains the song “this is what you want, this is what you get” playing on your site. After 10 years as a loyal Sitemeter subscriber, I have removed their code from my website.*** After a frustrating few hours under the hood of my website yesterday, I am ready to throw in the towel. But maybe there is someone out there who can help me. A few months ago, I noticed that occasionally, when I loaded my WordPress site, it would play a song. The song goes something like “This is what you want,…
  • Little London Obsessions

    Krista
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    My obsession with London knows no bounds. Some of you will get tired of me talking about this, but…I am not sorry. Waitrose!! Double-decker buses! Pubs! Men in suits! Tuxedos on the tube! Cheap flights to everywhere!! Life is good. Here’s what else I’ve been obsessed with lately. Orla Keily’s collection of shoes at Clark’s. I’ve written before about my obsession with Clarks in London. Some people — the ones not in the know — laugh at me because they think only nuns and old people wear Clarks. Smart people know to get themselves to Clarks…
  • Where I’ve Been Eating in London Lately, Summer Edition

    Krista
    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

    Krista
    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

    Krista
    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…
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    Going Gluten-Free

  • Creamy Cheesy Chicken Casserole

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Okay, so, where have I been?  Uninspired, culinarily speaking.  Spent our summer resting by the pool, running errands, doing laundry, escaping the heat.  Ended our summer with a vacation at the beach. Over the summer, I discovered Trim Healthy Mama.  Read the book, studied it, tried recipes in the book.  Trolled Pinterest with fervor.  And I'm back.  And my desire to cook has returned!  To say I was stuck in a rut is a major understatement.  We did way more "fend nights" than ever before.  Even my eldest chided how I made grilled chicken…
  • S'more Cups, please!

    2 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    In a former life, the one before I had my third child and still had a little extra time on my hands, I was a Pampered Chef Consultant.  Of all the pyramid-marketing-sell-in-your-home businesses, I knew Pampered Chef was for me because I loved to cook, and bake, and teach other people how to do the same, Pampered Chef was the perfect fit for me.After my third child was born, several things happened at "home", so we moved from our little house in Phoenix, back to near my parents.  All of my Pampered Chef tools came with me.  ALL of them.  And I love them.  This recipe…
  • MexiBlack Beans

    30 Jun 2014 | 6:13 pm
    I do not have pictures of this one, the two times I've made it, my family has eaten it so fast I have not had a chance to take a picture.  It would be a flurry of hands and an empty pan. The first time I made it, it was quite the fluke, but I decided to try again to see if it was really as good as we all thought, or just a mistake.VERY important to check your ingredients and make sure that they are GLUTEN FREE, I know versions of these are not.  PLEASE make sure you check.  The first time I made the recipe, I used Nature's Promise Black Beans and Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green…
  • Pizzelles

    30 May 2014 | 5:55 am
    Pizzelles.  Every year, my step-mother's ex-mother-in-law would make pizzelles for Christmas.  (Did you follow that?).  Long family story, but my step-mother ended up being the one taking care of her in her end days.  I'll call her Grandma S for today.  Grandma S. would come over every Christmas eve, and she would bring two things with her, egg nog and pizzelles.  Her eggnog was NOT for children (and depending on how much she imbibed while making the eggnog was in direct correlation with the level of her voice and the amount of laughter that would ensue for the…
  • Aldi adds a Gluten-free Line - Live Gfree

    11 May 2014 | 7:27 pm
    My other blog is all about Aldi Markets.  I love Aldi.  It's so inexpensive, so easy to shop.  Since going back to gluten-free, it's been fairly easy to continue to shop there because they clearly label their foods that are gluten-free.  I like that a lot.  If it doesn't have the label, I don't buy it. Last week, I made a simple pulled pork using Aldi's Bar-b-que sauce and half of a pork loin roast.  My family RAVED over it.  It was soooo easy, and sooooo cheap!  And it was soooooo gluten-free!Well, when I hit the store this week, what do my wondering…
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    Dancing on My Table

  • F.A.W.C. Food And Wine Classic

    admin
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Hawke’s Bay October 31st-9th November 2014 Hey, listen up! There’s so much happening here, with 60 events covering cooking demonstrations, tastings, charity wine auctions, winery visits, vertical tastings, sumptuous feasts,[.....]
  • Toast Martinborough

    admin
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:45 pm
    New Zealand’s Premier Wine, Food & Music Festival Sunday 16th November 2014 I’ve been desperate to return to this spectacular festival for years, but neither time nor luck has been[.....]
  • Nelmac Garden Marlborough

    admin
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    New Zealand’s Premier Garden Event runs November 6-9th 2014 I’m really looking forward to this event because the mix is just so ‘me’ – gardening, food and wine! It’s not[.....]
  • The Great NZ Food Show – 6th and 7th September

    admin
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Mystery Creek, Hamilton – 6th and 7th September Heathcote Appliances Theatre My demonstration is at 1.00-1.45pm Sunday but throughout the 2-day festival my culinary mates Nici Wickes and Annabelle White will[.....]
  • The 2014 Whitianga Scallop Festival – 6th September

    admin
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Scallop lovers you gotta be here – it’s the 10-year anniversary of this amazing festival! I’ll be there demonstrating fabulous scallop recipes (10.30am and again at 12.15pm) along with terrifically[.....]
 
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    David Lebovitz

  • Caractère de Cochon: Ham & Charcuterie Shop in Paris

    David
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    Many times, I’ve walked by Caractère de Cochon, a slip of a place on a side street, just next to the earnest Marché des Enfants Rouges, in the ever-growing hipper upper haut (upper) Marais, and wondered about the cave à jambons jam-packed with hams of all sorts hanging in the window and from the rafters. But I’ve never stepped inside. But recently I was talking to my friend Jennifer, and she’d mentioned the place in glowing terms, letting me know it was, indeed, an amazing emporium dedicated to all-things-ham. So we made a date to go. However as (my) luck would have it,…
  • Paris Booksigning at Treize…a baker’s dozen, this Sunday

    David
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:55 pm
    This coming weekend I’ll be at Treize…a baker’s dozen, in Paris on Sunday, October 5th, from noon to 1pm. I’ll be signing copies of My Paris Kitchen at one of the latest, and sweetest, cafés in Paris – Treize…a baker’s dozen. Located in a gorgeous Left Bank courtyard, Treize…a baker’s dozen, where owner and chef Laurel Sanderson charms locals and expats with her home-style cooking, much of it rooted in flavors from her native South Carolina. Yet blended with a French sensibility, and French ingredients. The café serves lunch, brunch and…
  • Helene’s Brownies

    David
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    The French do a lot of baked goods very well. if you’ve been to Paris, you don’t need me to tell you that with over 1300 bakeries in Paris, it’s not hard to find a pastry or baked good on every block that will be more satisfying than you can imagine. One of the rare baked goods that the French haven’t quite mastered are les brownies. If you see them in bakeries and try one, you’ll find they’re often on the pas humid side. I’m not sure why, because they’re simple to make, and don’t require any special techniques: You just stir everything…
  • Six Books I’ve Been Enjoying

    David
    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

    David
    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…
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    Hungry Crowd

  • Ludo Lefebvre: A Rebel Chef's French Classics

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Why on earth is pop-up pioneer Ludo Lefebvre opening an old-school French bistro in Los Angeles? And why is he taking on the painstaking and ultratraditional work of French winemaking? The answers lie in Ludo’s native Burgundy. No one’...
  • Brooklyn's Urban Cowboy B&B Brings the Southwest to East Williamsburg

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    With the exception of the massive, perpetually packed Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg has long been a ghost town when it comes to stylish hotel rooms. Now a new bed and breakfast has sprung up in residential East Williamsburg that perfectly captures the...
  • 7 Ways to Upgrade Scrambled Eggs

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In this week’s video from Panna, F&W BNC Daniel Patterson revealed the easy way to make creamy, fluffy scrambled eggs by poaching them. It’s a terrific trick that produces great results with barely any mess. Here, more ways to make...
  • 4 Things to Remember When Hosting a Big Party

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Lifestyle expert and The Chew co-host Clinton Kelly (a former cater waiter) believes pouring glasses and busing empties are tasks anyone having a big party should farm out. Here are his tips for hiring and working with servers. Use trusted sources...
  • The Easiest Fall Cocktail Ever

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender’s expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks. Chef Tory Miller, of L’Etoile in Madison, Wisconsin, has come up with the...
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    Eater NY - All

  • Lunch Every Day at Charlie Bird; Stephen Starr's Japanese Pop-Up

    Marguerite Preston
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Starr serves sushi at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, plus a release party for Diner Journal. SOHO — Starting this Friday, Charlie Bird is serving lunch every single day (instead of just Fridays and weekends). The restaurant will be open from 12 to 3 p.m. on weekends from now on, serving dishes like blue crab toast, cacio e pepe, and veal pastrami. Lunch on weekends is still from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. [EaterWire] GREENPOINT — Andrew Tarlow's quarterly food magazine, Diner Journal, is throwing a release party for its newest issue, the music issue. The celebration goes down at Achilles Heel…
  • Tapas Veteran Boqueria Brings Sangria and Spanish Breakfast Uptown

    Devra Ferst
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    The newest outpost is the first to offer breakfast and a more seasonal approach to Spanish fare. Spanish crowd-pleaser Boqueria is opening its first location uptown tonight. Barcelona native Marc Vidal is overseeing the menu, which will read similarly to the ones on offer at the Flatiron original and the outpost in Soho. But uptown there will also be breakfast, and a few new dinner items, plus a market menu. Much of the menu focuses on tapas like the classic gambas al ajilo, shrimp, garlic and Guidilla pepper cooked in olive oil, escalivada, or roasted eggplant with egg, red onion, olives,…
  • Facing Closure, Acclaimed Sushi Restaurant Ushiwakamaru Hunts for a New Space

    Marguerite Preston
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    The restaurant may close by the end of the year, with a rent hike to blame. The future of Ushiwakamaru, chef Hideo Kuribara's excellent, moderately priced sushi restaurant on Houston Street (and current member of the Eater 38), looks uncertain. Rumors that the restaurant faces a major rent hike have recently surfaced, and today an employee tells Eater that it will most likely close by the end of the year. The owners are currently looking for a new space to move to, but they haven't found anything yet. The employee could not confirm the rumors of a rent hike, but noted that the impending…
  • In Defense of Schiller's Liquor Bar, One of New York's Great Restaurants

    Lockhart Steele
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    A response to Pete Wells's takedown by Eater co-founder Lockhart Steele. Can a restaurant with generally mediocre food be one of the great New York City restaurants? This question is sparked by a Twitter debate about Keith McNally's Rivington Street speakeasy, Schiller's Liquor Bar, started by Times restaurant critic Pete Wells. In a string of brutal tweets this morning, Wells detailed a recent dinner at Schiller's in exceedingly unpleasant terms. In what appears to be a coincidental piling on, the Infatuation Boys also drop by Schiller's this week and are not impressed with what they find.
  • Someone Ranked New York's Fast Food Chains from Cleanest to Dirtiest

    Devra Ferst
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    White Castle is safe territory. IHOP, not so much. I Quant NY has done us all a public service and broken down the health code violations for all of the major fast food chains in New York. White Castle is the cleanest of all, with Taco Bell coming in second and Starbucks a close third. All three fall into the A grade category, but after that violation points start to stretch into B territory. Beware of IHOP which comes in dead last, with an average of 21.6 violation points. Things only get worse when dining at a combo place (think a Taco Bell-KFC). Too bad that stellar health record…
 
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    gastropoda

  • “A fresh food company”

    regina
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Not to trivialize the hysteria, but what is the deal with beheadings? Even whacking off the face of a soft-shell crab, let alone the cockscomb-bearing part of a chicken, is anything but easy. How in holy hell are these guys managing to make human head-torso separation seem even more effortless than scimitaring off a Champagne [...]
  • Reynolds Wrap with a glass lid

    regina
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    One of the most surprising things I learned in my months of research for Julia’s obit was that the Bammin’ buffoon was once a very serious chef, with actual gravitas, not to mention humility. Clips at the Paley Center couldn’t lie, could they? Among the many sins of the Food Network was turning him into [...]
  • $20,000 coats, 50 cents off on Goya cans

    regina
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Maybe I should stable my high horse. I read the Murdoch Crier’s cheerleading piece on farmed salmon and wanted to blow it off as pinkwashing. Then I did some poking around for what it didn’t say. Turns out there really has been a literal sea change in the chicken of the sea. To the point [...]
  • RT/MT/UT

    regina
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Guess I should be glad they aren’t spelling it suckertash. // Every time I have a conversation with a farmer this time of year, I have new appreciation of the term “punch-drunk.” // POS is not what restaurants say it is. // Cross between scones and muffins — Scuffins — sounds like something you’d kick. [...]
  • Mighty like a brush

    regina
    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 [...]
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    Orangette

  • Every Tuesday

    Molly
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Whoa. I got sucked into a black hole for a bit there, a (very pleasant, very festive) black hole of weddings and out-of-town visitors. Somehow it’s now September 26, and I’m glad to be alone tonight, in a quiet house, with a so-so brownie that I’ll probably eat anyway, rain falling outside and all the lamps lit. Hello! Or, OH-LO!, as June puts it. In the weeks since I was last here, Megan and
  • September 6

    Molly
    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
  • And: FUDGESICLES

    Molly
    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

    Molly
    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

    Molly
    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
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    Serious Eats

  • The Best Drinks We Drank in September

    The Serious Eats Team
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    This past month, we kept sipping the refreshing drinks of summer: cherry-lime rickeys, margaritas, and crisp, thirst-quenching beers. But we also declared it time to break out the bourbon and get started with our fall drinkin'. VIEW SLIDESHOW: The Best Drinks We Drank in September
  • Grilled King Salmon With Walnut Tarator and Cherry Tomato Salad From 'A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus'

    Maggie Mariolis
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    If summer has already left you where you are, bookmark this recipe from chef Renee Erickson's new A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus for next year; it's worth remembering. She pairs grilled salmon with deeply flavorful tarator—a Turkish sauce made with walnuts, bread, lemon, garlic, and olive oil—and a bright and dilly tomato-and-cucumber salad. Read More
  • The Food Lab Turbo: How to Make a Simple Salad Worth Eating

    J. Kenji López-Alt
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you're like most people, you've probably been so hammered by thick, gloppy bottled dressings or overdressed, soggy greens that you've forgotten what a pleasure a nice, light, side salad really is. Good thing it's pretty easy once you know the basic steps. Here's how to make your simple side salad the right way—it's my go-to counterpoint for rich and heavy fall and winter dishes. Read More
  • Single Malt, American Style: A Delicious New World of Whiskey

    Andrew Strenio
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    When we think of American whiskey, we usually think of rich, sweet corn-based bourbon, or perhaps spicy and grassy rye. But the category of American single malt whiskey is on the rise. Here are some delicious bottles to try. Read More
  • How to Eat Flushing: A One-Day Food Tour of NYC's Greatest Chinatown

    Max Falkowitz
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    When travelers to New York ask me where to eat, I send them to Flushing. When locals ask me about a new restaurant I'm excited about, the answer's often there. But let's say you have just one day to take a whirlwind tour of the neighborhood. What do you need to try? Read More
 
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    Slice

  • Party-Sized Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

    J. Kenji López-Alt
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    To make the best chicken Parm sandwich, just start with the best chicken Parmesan. Our version uses a buttermilk brine for extra juiciness and flavor. We take the leftovers and pack them into a full-sized loaf of toasted ciabatta, adding some extra sauce and cheese to keep the bread moist before cutting it up into single serving slices. This is a chicken Parm sandwich so good it's almost worth making the chicken Parm fresh just for the sandwich. Read More
  • 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
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    smitten kitchen

  • latke waffles

    deb
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    If you’re anything like me — someone who begins each workday with grand ambitious to be startlingly productive, but finds themselves at 4 p.m. most days aimlessly clicking random links shared on social media, trying not to nod off onto their keyboard and wondering if there’s maybe any chocolate anywhere? — you may have found yourself a few weeks ago on that day’s viral food content du jour, an enticing recipe for tater tot waffles. What could be more delicious than tater tot waffles? Nothing, nope, nada. But it lost me when it called for a bag of frozen tots…
  • sunken apple and honey cake

    deb
    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 tried yet and want to learn more about. And 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…
  • cucumber lemonade

    deb
    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

    deb
    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

    deb
    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…
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    FoodChannel.com Articles

  • Coffee Facts You Should Know

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    In Honor of National Coffee Day Food News Did You Know? Coffee comes in five certified types: Extra Fancy, Fancy, Peaberry, Number One and Prime. Prime is the smallest bean.   Some beans are called “mother beans” because they carry another bean inside of them. These beans are not used except in flavored coffees, since by themselves they do not carry much flavor.   The Peaberry is pea-shaped, unlike the usual coffee bean. The theory is that at the beginning of formation there are two beans, and one dies—leaving some to believe that the Peaberry carries the flavor of…
  • A Prime Relationship

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    Inside the Food Channel Reviews At The Food Channel, we are privy to some amazing food experiences. When people say, "You must get to eat a lot of great food," it's impossible to do anything but agree. Our experiences go way beyond tasting the food, though, and into understanding the work that goes behind it all. That means going to the source. When we were invited by Smith & Wollensky to come along with them while they visited their primary beef distributor, Prime Food Distributor (PFD) out on Long Island, NY, we were eager to go. We knew we’d have to “suit up” in…
  • Millsap Farms Pizza Night

    28 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Destination: The Farm Reviews Here’s the thing about fresh food. It just tastes better outside. Or maybe, in this case, it tastes good because it IS so fresh. We’re talking fresh off the farm, eaten on the farm fresh, where the fruits and veggies grown there are served there. That’s what happens at Millsap Farms, the latest destination in the Ozarks north of Springfield, MO, when they host Wood-Fired Pizza Night. It happens every Thursday throughout the summer and early fall, with sell-out crowds and an experience that is hyper-local. Here’s how it works: You sign up…
  • 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…
 
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    Greedy Gourmet

  • Prezzo (Rayleigh, Essex)

    Michelle
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    Prezzo is a family friendly, Italian restaurant which opened its first branch in London in 2000. The venture was so successful that after 14 years there are now over 150 branches dotted all across England. Even though both Prezzo and Pizza Express serve pizza, the former offers classier surroundings that appeals more to the adult […]
  • Giveaway #124: Two Copies of Burgers

    Michelle
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    Burgers these days are extremely trendy. From street food vendors to trendy restaurants in London’s Soho, you simply can’t miss them. It’s all thanks to the recession when people decided to tighten their belts and started eating more cheap food than they did before. With the burger boom came some fantastic offerings but ironically most […]
  • Giveaway #123: 3 x One-Year Fairtrade Coffee Subscriptions

    Michelle
    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

    Michelle
    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

    Michelle
    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 […]
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    A Fish Out of Water

  • Good-bye Summer

    Amy
    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

    Amy
    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

    Amy
    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

    Amy
    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

    Amy
    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

  • Surge Pricing Is Coming for Your Grocery Deliveries Next

    Clint Rainey
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Dinner — now a lesson in supply and demand. New food-delivery start-up Sprig has been the talk of Silicon Valley. It's apparently swimming in money and packing serious culinary star power, but the endeavor sure turned heads today by announcing it's rolling out the nefarious system of "dynamic delivery fees." Co-founder and CEO Gagan Biyani tells Fast Company prices "will go lower," too, "depending on the situation," which means, theoretically, "you may even see free delivery," but this is better translated as: When you're hungriest, it's highly likely food's going to cost the most. In a…
  • Is This App-Connected Frying Pan the Future, or Just Another Stupid Gadget?

    Clint Rainey
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Finally, cooking with "simple instructions humans can understand." If you heed the words of people who decide this stuff, the next big thing that will no doubt vastly improve your life by fusing tech and cookware is SmartyPan, a battery-powered frying pan that is managed by an app that acts like bumper lanes for bad cooks. It holds your hand every step of the way, double-checking each ingredient's measurement and warning you to lower the temperature just like Mom used to when you helped with the cookies. Add to that "1000s of recipes" — including non-fried sushi — and a built-in…
  • Europe’s Most Celebrated Bartender Will Mix Drinks in New York Next Week

    Hugh Merwin
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    He's looking at you, kid. The grand Hôtel Ritz Paris is closed until the middle of next year, so Colin Peter Field of the famed Bar Hemingway seized the opportunity to go on an extended bartender's sabbatical, of sorts, round the world — he was just in Honolulu, for example, where he infused Maker's Mark with kiawe charcoal smoke. Starting next Monday, Field will be at the the Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges and the bar for a short week of guest shifts. Forbes dubbed him the World's Best Bartender back in 2001, and the title stuck for a reason: In addition to serving "Serendipity,"…
  • Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer Agree: Deep-Frying Makes Everything Better

    Lori Keong
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    "How permanent are the effects of that?" Last night's release event for Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl, held at the Union Square Barnes & Noble, didn't promise to offer much in the way of food-related entertainment. And yet, during the Q&A session, an audience member posed quite the culinary conundrum to Dunham and co-host Amy Schumer: Would you rather eat only mustard for the rest of your life, or deep-fry your vagina? Wait ... what? Okay, so it's an unusual question, and presents a scenario unlikely to ever be encountered in the real world, but nevertheless, the two comediennes had…
  • Watch Chris Cosentino’s Truly Excellent Talk on the Perils of the Celebrity-Chef Lifestyle

    Clint Rainey
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Last month, Incanto's Chris Cosentino leveled with the crowd at the MAD4 symposium about the hazards of celebrity-TV stardom, and that very frank advice, "Be Careful What You Wish For," has finally been posted online. He warns the younger generation of chefs that, yes, an Iron Chef appearance led to a speedy ascent ("Everybody wants to talk to you — 'Oh, you're really funny,' 'You say a lot of good things,' 'You've got really good sound bites.' I f--king hate that word"), but that then beget contractual obligations and insane eating challenges. He says eventually it broke him down. His…
 
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    The Passionate Foodie

  • Kanpai, It's Sake Day!

    Richard Auffrey
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Raise an ochoko today and celebrateNihonshu no Hi, or as known in English, Sake Day.Saké Day originated over 35 years ago, in 1978, by a declaration of the Japan Sake Brewers Association and is now celebrated worldwide. Why was October 1 chosen? Interestingly, the Chinese character for Sake () is very similar to the Chinese zodiac sign for the Rooster (), the tenth sign. Thus, the first day of the tenth month, October, became Sake Day. It may also be due in part to the fact that October is generally considered to be the official start of the Sake brewing season.What are you doing…
  • Seafood Fear Momgering: The Mercury Myth

    Richard Auffrey
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The public needs to understand that the media too often engages in fear mongering concerning mercury in seafood. Listen up and stop worrying. The health benefits of seafood consumption far outweigh the risks. For several years, I have been advising my readers on this issue. In my post Eat More Fish! Significant Health Benefits, I provided information from a Harvard doctor noting studies that showed Omega-3s were the only dietary factor proven to reduce cardio-related deaths, and by as much as one-third. The doctor also discussed that fears of mercury were vastly exaggerated and that the…
  • Rant: Sex, Drugs & Restaurant Reviews

    Richard Auffrey
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    When you describe a restaurant experience to someone, do you use the language of drug use or sex? That choice speaks volumes about the type of food you ate, as well as the the size of your check.I've been immersed in a fascinating new book, The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu by Dan Jurafsky. The book explains and expounds upon various food-related words, as well as examining the role of words in everything from menus to restaurant reviews. It is part history and science, psychology and etymology. If you love food, it is an excellent read, one which will intrigue and interest you,…
  • Thursday Sips & Nibbles

    Richard Auffrey
    25 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) Lovin’ Spoonfuls is a Boston based, 501c3 non-profit organization that is legitimizing local, immediate, and responsible food rescue. They facilitate the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded. Lovin’ Spoonfuls works efficiently to deliver this food directly to the community organizations and resources where it can have the…
  • Cannonball Jellyfish: Eat Up Americans

    Richard Auffrey
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do you enjoy eating jellyfish? I'm guessing many of you do not.In the past, the gelatinous texture of (or the perception of such) jellyfish dishes has prevented me from enjoying it. Last Spring, I dined at Miya's Sushi in New Haven, Connecticut, and was a bit hesitant at one point, knowing that a dish of Cannonball Jellyfish Nigiri  was coming to our table. How would I handle that gelatinous texture this time? To be polite, would I need to eat it despite my dislike of its taste? Spitting it out would not be acceptable. However, when it came to the table, it didn't look like other…
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  • garganelli (like penne with an overlap)

    Dave
    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

    Dave
    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

    Dave
    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?

    Dave
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
  • baguette notes

    Dave
    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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  • This Guy's Eaten Pizza Everyday in October for the Past 12 Years, Here Are His 8 Top Pizza Tips

    Louise Hart
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    I thought I was a pizza fan, but I have nothing on Sean Taylor. For the past twelve years, Taylor has eaten pizza every single day in the month of October at a different place and with a different dining companion -- all in annual celebration of Pizza Month. And it's not just a decade-long love affair Taylor's had with dough-y cheese-y goodness -- his very first job as a teenager was working at a local Pizza Hut -- and he's even put in time at a Papa John's and at a Hungry Howie's (a chain in Florida, where Taylor grew up). But where did this idea for intensive pizza…
  • How to Make Great Coffee When Traveling, Every Time

    Matt Duckor
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
      I need coffee within about thirty minutes of waking up. Two reasons: I've convinced myself that I function better after drinking it and, more importantly, I love the ritual of making coffee at home. For a long time, this ritual was sadly disrupted anytime I would travel. You know the situation--a packet of instant coffee or, at best, some pre-ground beans and a Mr. Coffee machine. And then I figured out how to ensure I drink good coffee wherever and whenever I travel. Good news: So can you. BEANS The biggest issue with making coffee when traveling honestly isn't with Mr.
  • 5 Fast New Ways to Cook with Supergreens

    Epicurious Editors
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    By Sarah Karnasiewicz Photo by Charles Masters, Food styling by Suzanne Lenzer If you're in a happy committed relationship with your favorite kale salad, we won't try to break you up. But for vegetable obsessives like chef Yotam Ottolenghi, author of Plenty and his upcoming follow-up, Plenty More, there are more ways to cook winter greens than there are days in the season. Still not tempted to stray? Here are five more great ideas (and one autumn greens pie recipe) to get you started:Stir greens into a rustic soup. Start with your favorite hearty soup (like this minestrone), or from…
  • Pizza for Dummies: 3 Quick and Easy Ways to Simulate Pizza

    Louise Hart
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    October is pizza month, and I couldn't be happier. Pizza should be its own food group (at least, according to me). It's my go-to food to order in or reheat from the freezer (thank you Amy's pizza for last night's dinner).  Even though I'm sure we'd all like the luxury of owning a pizza stone and making dough from scratch, sometimes you just want pizza without all the fuss, right? My solution: make a pizza-ish. Here are three sort-of-pizzas that totally hit the spot. #englishmuffinpizza pic.twitter.com/b8PIXUuJSW — Zaccary Bradt (@ZSBradt) September 30,…
  • 3 Delicious New Ways to Break the Yom Kippur Fast

    Adina Steiman
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    For plenty of people who observe Yom Kippur, the vision of a table full of smoked salmon, bagels, and sweet eggy kugel sustains them through a day of fasting and contemplation. There's only one problem with the break-the-fast feast: Who has the energy to make execute one when you've spent the day without food? Never fear: We've put together three time-saving strategies so you can serve up a break-the-fast feast without breaking a sweat. Skip the blintzes; make a sweet strata instead. Dairy foods like blintzes are a traditional part of the meal, but who has the time to cook up…
 
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  • Thank Goodness it’s Friday! (TGIF)

    ajbermack@msn.com
    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!

    ajbermack@msn.com
    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

    ajbermack@msn.com
    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

    ajbermack@msn.com
    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

    ajbermack@msn.com
    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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  • Fall Into Fall With Jamie Oliver’s Lamb Fricassee

    foodgal
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
      It’s hard to believe it’s fall, isn’t it? Halloween around the corner? How can it be? But Jamie Oliver makes the change of seasons easier to swallow with his “Incredible Lamb Fricassee My Way.” Even in the Bay Area, where the days are still pretty summer-like, a big leg of lamb is not the [...]
  • Happenings on the Peninsula: New Bakeries and More

    foodgal
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Alexander’s Patisserie to Open In Mountain View on Oct. 16 The folks behind Alexander’s Steakhouse in Cupertino and San Francisco, as well as The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse in Palo Alto, are expanding their mini empire by opening a patisserie in downtown Mountain View on Oct. 16. Led by Executive Pastry Chef Dries Delanghe, the [...]
  • Hult’s — A Fine Additition to Downtown Los Gatos

    foodgal
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
      Coffee cake and home fries have given way to octopus carpaccio and “A7 Wagyu beef” ribeye. The venerable Hobee’s spot in downtown Los Gatos was transformed late last year into the fine-dining Hult’s restaurant. It’s a family affair owned by Alexander Hult, a former pro hockey player who was drafted by the San Jose [...]
  • It’s All In the Sauce: Linguini, Red Snapper and Agliata

    foodgal
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
      I think of sauce as jewelry. It adds that extra bling to lift something from ordinary to extraordinary. Like fastening a bold, statement necklace over the neckline of a plain black dress, adding a fabulous sauce to a mundane chicken breast or steamed broccoli turns it into something special and worthy of taking notice. [...]
  • A Taste of Bently Ranch Beef

    foodgal
    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 [...]
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    How To Cook Like Your Grandmother

  • How To Make Chicken Rice Soup

    Drew Kime
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    I don't remember when I first tried one of the ready-to-eat rotisserie chickens at Costco, but now I probably get one about once every two weeks. (The fact that I drive past Costco on the way home doesn't hurt.) During the summer I love that we can have dinner without heating up the kitchen. In the fall, I can do chicken soup without having to deal with butchering a raw chicken - which I hate. Usually I use leftovers for the soup, but even starting from the whole chicken it only takes about 15 minutes to prep the chicken and another 15 minutes hands-on to put the soup together. The post How…
  • 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.
 
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  • Italian Herb and Cheese Breadsticks

    Jennifer McHenry
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    I have what I consider an above average fear of baking with yeast. I've tried it here and there over the years, but I'm just not great with it. Every year, I make a big bullet point on my baking bucket list to do more yeast baking. Someday I'll convince myself to practice more. In the meantime, I'm thankful for Krusteaz Flatbread Mixes. These simple mixes are a great way to ease yourself into yeast baking. Just combine the mix, the included yeast, a little water, and a little oil. Then let it rise for a short time, shape it, and bake it. That's it! The mixes are available in three varieties -…
  • Butterscotch Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies

    Jennifer McHenry
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    I have a long-standing love of cookie baking. As you can see, it happens quite a bit in my kitchen. Baking cookies for a good cause is even better. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. When OXO asked again this year if I'd like to bake some cookies to benefit Cookies for Kids' Cancer, I immediately signed up. So, let's talk cookies! The cookies you see here are fairly traditional oatmeal cookies, and my basic go-to oatmeal cookie recipe. They are chewy cookies with lots of oats and a touch of cinnamon. If you are a fan of oatmeal cookies, you'd be more than happy just making a batch…
  • Spice Cake Doughnuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze

    Jennifer McHenry
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    Happy fall, everyone! This is my favorite time of year, with its cool days, changing leaves, and great clothes. It won't be long until you'll find me in our neighborhood park taking endless photos of leaves and sipping a hot chocolate, all while wearing some new favorite scarf, sweater, and boots. And, of course, I love fall baking. Besides the obvious apples and pears, there are some flavors that I tend to associate with fall. One of my favorite fall flavors is actually a combination of flavors, specifically spices. Combine some cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc., and I'm positively giddy. I…
  • My Trip to Seattle, Krusteaz, and IFBC

    Jennifer McHenry
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    For those of you who follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you hopefully enjoyed following along with my recent trip to Seattle. When Krusteaz asked me to fly to Seattle to attend IFBC (International Food Bloggers Conference) and tour the Krusteaz facilities, I very excitedly agreed. I'd never been to Seattle or gone to a big blogger conference. Also, I always find it so interesting to visit a brand and see how everything works. We hit the ground running on Friday morning with a trip to Krusteaz for breakfast and a tour of the facilities. We got to hear the history of the company (Did you know…
  • 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 started with a simple chocolate cookie crust and then topped it with a wonderfully simple no-bake chocolate cheesecake filling. They have such a wonderful chocolate flavor and they are so smooth and creamy and cool. I used my mini cheesecake pan for these minis. It's such a great pan…
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  • The Do’s and Don’ts for Cooking Kale

    Jennifer Iserloh
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    People tell me that they’ve tried to like kale, but just never managed to make it taste good…. and many say that their kale chips just don’t turn out well or they don’t like the taste of raw kale. In honor of National Kale Day tomorrow (October 1, 2014), here’s the Do’s and Don’ts of Kale Cookery so you can make totally tasty, crisp, sweet, or finger lickin’ good kale while avoiding cooking snafus. Kale Do’s Can’t get your kale chips right? Follow this easy kale chip recipe, for perfect chips every time. Remove the stem for the…
  • National Kale Day 2014

    Jennifer Iserloh
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Some of you may know that I co-founded a campaign to create a national holiday for kale. Over the last two years, we’ve pulled together a dedicated team to celebrate kale’s incredible health benefits, highlight kale’s culinary versatility, and promote eating, growing and sharing kale throughout America. What started as a small community has developed into a national and international movement with consumers, brands, farmers, schools, hospitals and more all getting involved to support and promote kale. It’s so exciting to see this kind of passion around kale, but also around…
  • Is Chocolate Healthy?

    Jennifer Iserloh
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    There is a word for you: “chocoholic,” when you need chocolate. Nothing else will do. Just thinking about hot fudge drizzling over ice cream raises your spirits. You crave a truffle, a Kit-Kat, a mug of velvety hot cocoa. Few, if any, other foods evoke such passion. So what is unique about chocolate? I just came across an article in the award-winning highschool chemistry magazine ChemMatters that takes a rather comprehensive look at chocolate, its health effects as it is currently understood, and more. In a nutshell: Recent scientific findings are providing new evidence that…
  • 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
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  • Either a Feast or a Faína

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

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

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

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

    Bobby
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    This recipe is very similar to the chicken artichoke flatbread pizza at Outback Steakhouse. Flatbread is topped off with an artichoke spread, chicken, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese and then baked in the oven. Once the pizza has finished baking it is then topped with additional fresh spinach and shredded parmesan cheese. The chicken can be grilled, baked or pan fried—whichever you would prefer. The artichoke spread is very similar to spinach and artichoke dip and consists of ingredients such as fresh spinach, canned artichokes and cream cheese. You can use a package of frozen…
  • Three Envelope Beef Sliders Recipe

    Bobby
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    These three envelope beef sliders make a great appetizer for game day or they can be served for dinner. There are three different seasoning packets used in this recipe— brown gravy mix, Italian seasoning and French onion soup. What is great about this recipe is the slow cooker does almost all of the work for you. A beef roast is placed into the slow cooker with the seasoning mixture and picante sauce and it can be left alone to cook all day. The roast is then shredded and served on sliders buns with Swiss cheese. I know the combination of flavors may sound strange but the meat has a…
  • Italian Baked Chicken Recipe

    Bobby
    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

    Bobby
    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

    Bobby
    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…
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    Sugarlaws

  • Healthy and Hearty Southwestern Chicken Soup

    katy
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    As the weather gets chillier, there’s nothing more delicious than a warm, hearty soup recipe! This delicious dish is somewhere between a soup and a stew — it’s easily hearty enough to work as a full meal, and it’s full of nutritious and substantial ingredients like beans and chicken. I bet you wouldn’t think of beans as a skin-friendly ingredient, but actually they are! Beans are full of biotin, which helps your skin look younger and healthier (a bioltin deficiency can make your skin dry and brittle). And this recipe also has tomatoes, which naturally protect…
  • band-aids that make mom proud

    katy
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    Do you see that band-aid? It’s not often that a mom is excited to see a band-aid on her baby.  In fact, I’d venture to say that it’s exactly *never* that a mom greets a sight like this with a smile. With one exception. When those band-aids are there after your baby’s four-month vaccines. See, here’s the thing.  If you look at Facebook or sometimes even the news, you might think that there’s actually some medical controversy over whether or not you should vaccinate your kids. AND YOU WOULD BE WRONG. Let’s be clear: Vaccines save lives. …
  • in the tropics

    katy
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Fall is my favorite time of the year in Texas — when the heat and humidity of the deep summer melts away, it feels like I’m living in a tropical paradise.  The weather calls for light dresses and tank tops, and the days are long and sunny until daylight savings hits.  As much as I miss the changing seasons in the Northeast, I love my long summers here in the south! And what better pick for a late summer night than these mirrored Foster Grant aviators?  These have been my favorite sunglasses all summer long, and they’re not going away anytime soon!  I love…
  • wear to work: fall suiting

    katy
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:36 am
    A pet peeve of mine about the fashion industry: its idea of “suiting” tends to be completely absurd. For many years, I worked in law firms where a suit was not just expected but actually required — and even on days when I could get away with “business casual,” a suit was still mandatory for days when I’d be in court. I was constantly looking for suits that were not only appropriate, but were actually somewhat cute — and let me tell you, it was tough. See, the fashion world hears “suit” and gives you this: Turn on your JavaScript to view…
  • 3 Must-Haves for a Healthy Adult Slumber Party

    katy
    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…
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    The Fresh Loaf

  • First Forkish

    mikes
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    First ForkishSubmitted by mikes on October 1, 2014 - 4:28pm.Just got my copy of FWSY and decided to make the Overnight Country Blonde last weekend. Did the 1.8 kilo boule.It seemed to turn out pretty nice. Other than sticking a little bit to the parchment as I was putting it in the dutch oven, and landing on its side. Oh well... still pleased with the effort. Definitely room for improvement and it gives me incentive to make the next one look as good as this one tasted.Mike  
  • New oven, need advice

    MichaelLily
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    New oven, need adviceSubmitted by MichaelLily on October 1, 2014 - 3:50pm.Tomorrow I will be baking high hydration hearth bread in a Roto-Flex pizza oven.  Most of the decks are steel, and I have never baked on steel.My bread is about 90% hydration.  I need advice on temperature and hearth temperature.  I usually bake in my wood fired oven at 500 degrees.  I also baked in a Bakers Pride deck oven at about 500 degrees.Should I use a lower temp, like 475 or 450 since I believe steel transfers heat better than tile?
  • Waffer iron with smooth plates and makes VERY thin waffles

    Uriel
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Waffer iron with smooth plates and makes VERY thin wafflesSubmitted by Uriel on October 1, 2014 - 3:42pm.Anyone know where I can buy a waffle iron that has smooth/flat plates and makes VERY thin waffles? I been looking for a month now and nothing!
  • Catholic Altar bread...why still white after baking?

    Uriel
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Catholic Altar bread...why still white after baking?Submitted by Uriel on October 1, 2014 - 3:37pm.Anyone know why the Catholic Altar bread, used in communion, is still white after baking? Even the ones made with, looks to be, a special modified waffle iron are white as snow after baking.Is it the type of machines they are made with that keeps them lily white?
  • UK baking includes two classic sourdoughs

    CAphyl
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    UK baking includes two classic sourdoughsSubmitted by CAphyl on October 1, 2014 - 2:10pm.I just got home last night from the UK (still really jet-lagged!) where I keep a supply of sourdough starter that I carried over last year in checked baggage from our home in California.  I revived it fairly easily after it had been left in the fridge for several months. I enjoy baking for family and friends when I am in town, but I had a number of baking mishaps early in our stay for a variety of reasons, so I was glad to have a couple bakes go well after a number of disappointments.  Not sure if my…
 
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    Homesick Texan

  • Mexican coffee ice cream pie

    Lisa (Homesick Texan)
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Here’s a question for you: Do you eat ice cream pie with a spoon or a fork? And while we’re on the subject—do you place your slice of ice cream pie on a plate or do you place it in a bowl? While I suppose there is no right or wrong answer, it has been something for me to ponder as I’ve made my way through a pan of Mexican coffee ice cream pie. Ice cream pies became popular in Texas in the
  • 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
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    The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond

  • Orange Crush Cake

    Ree
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    It’s the simple things in life, I tell ya. I made this cake last week on a whim. It’s pretty much the same cake recipe as this Perfect Pound Cake recipe, which is the same basic cake recipe as this Lemon-Lime Pound Cake recipe, but instead of using lemon-lime pop like Sprite or 7-Up as the other two do, I used Orange Crush. Except it wasn’t actually Orange Crush. It was Fanta Orange. Are you confused yet? Because I sure am. So here’s what happened: I used orange pop instead of lemon-lime pop, and while I thought the finished product was good and all, I didn’t…
  • Homemade Frappuccino!

    Ree
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    Guess what? I have something to tell you! It’s very important. Are you ready? Here goes. Today is National Coffee Day! No really. It is. And while we’re on the subject, what entity decides official days in our world? National Pancake Day, National Meatball Day, National Spam Day…who determines these? Is there a government committee? Or is it just Twitter? Let me know when you find out. And in the meantime…here are three very simple homemade versions of Starbucks’ famous blended Frappuccinos! They’re surprisingly easy to whip up at home, which is essential…
  • Black Bean Burger

    Ree
    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

    Ree
    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!)

    Ree
    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 prizes@thepioneerwoman.com 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…
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    Chew On That

  • Join us Tonight at 7pm CT for our “#MyMug” National Coffee Day Twitter Party

    Jim Sanger
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Join us tonight for our latest social media event, namely our #MyMug Twitter Party extravaganza to celebrate one of our favorite food and drink holidays, National Coffee Day. Brought to you by Chew on That and our sister publication, Recipe4Living.com, the event is already shaping up to be a smash. It will be co-sponsored by the wonderful folks at @iCoffee. And when these people show up for a party, they invariably come bearing some amazing gifts. Now, if you love coffee like we do you probably already know all about iCoffee, but even if you are already a big fan, go ahead and check out their…
  • Really? Chinese Noodle Shop Owner Confesses to Lacing Meals with Opiates to Get Customers Returning for More

    Jim Sanger
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The South China Morning Post confirmed its story earlier this week that a noodle shop owner in the Chinese provincial capital of Xi’an had confessed to Chinese police that he had been secretly including a paste made of poppy pods into his menu items. The article reports that the restaurant owner did so in the hopes of making his customers addicted to his noodles. The owner was subsequently detained by local authorities. While the act of adding opiates to menu items to improve customer retention is fascinating in and of itself, exactly how the scheme was discovered is no less interesting a…
  • Reports: Shake Shack Considers IPO

    Jim Sanger
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Nation’s Restaurant News reports that Shake Shack, the fast-growing chain of high-end burger restaurants, is seriously considering a public offering. The chain, owned by New York restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, is credited with pioneering the super high-end burger concept, and it has developed something of a fanatical following since it first opened, as a literal shack, a decade ago in Manhattan’s now-trendy Madison Square Park. While Shake Shack may strike some market watchers as being a bit small for an IPO – NRN.com quotes a Reuters report as suggesting…
  • 5 Amazingly Yummy Zucchini Pasta Recipes That You Need To Make Right Now

    Jim Sanger
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    It’s the very height of summer. So you’re in the mood for something ultra-fresh that won’t bloat you-up like a balloon or put your family into a food coma.  It should be healthy, satisfying and something that gives you a reason to visit a farm stand or green grocer. Oh, and you’re also feeling just a little bit daring. That last bit cinches it. You’re in the mood to finally make some zucchini pasta. Talk about fresh, light and uber-nutritious. Making thin strips of zucchini pasta is super easy to do, it cooks up quickly and it’s likely that most people have never tried to prepare…
  • 3 Gluten-Free Summertime Brunch Ideas that Frankly Rock the House

    Jim Sanger
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    The topic of gluten-intolerance has been in the news a lot lately, and if you’re like me, you know people struggling with celiac’s disease or with some less chronic sensitivities to gluten. Having friends and family struggling with these conditions can make getting together for summer breakfasts and brunches a little awkward. Given that so many traditional breakfast items are loaded with glutens, one is left with either making several different breakfasts to accommodate the various dietary restrictions of one’s guests or, even worse, forcing gluten-sensitive guests to feel left out…
 
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    This Mama Cooks! On a Diet™

  • Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Fudge & a Kitchen Aide Mixer Giveaway!

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    I love this time of year because I can indulge in all things pumpkin flavored. Unfortunately, so much of it from pumpkin pie to Starbuck’s pumpkin lattes are milked based. Sure I can order my lattes with soy milk and make my pumpkin pies with tofu, but it’s hard to find a dairy free version of one of my favorite desserts – pumpkin pie fudge. I love fudge, but it’s usually made with sweetened condensed milk, which gives me a horrible tummy ache. (That’s why I can’t have key lime pie and made my Key Lime Mousse with tofu.) Instead of sweetened condensed milk, I used coconut butter.
  • 5 ways dogs keep us healthy

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    Now that you’ve started living a gluten free lifestyle, I hope you’re feeling better and looking for ways to live healthier. Hopefully, that should include improving your diet, exercising, seeing your doctor and dentist regularly, and doing other things like drinking more water and taking your vitamins. You may already be doing something to improve your health without even knowing it – owning a dog! Did you know that according to one study, dog owners tend to suffer less from ill health, have lower cholesterol, and lower blood pressure? Also, according to one NIH-funded study that…
  • Picadillo Hash Brown Muffin Cups

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:24 am
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Simply Potatoes. All opinions are 100% mine. Now that my kids are older and making their own breakfasts, it’s pretty hilarious to see what they’re making for themselves in the morning. My son, Nathan, sticks his head in the refrigerator. Then sticks his head in the pantry. Then finds something that takes next to no effort to make, like reheating leftovers. My daughter, Lucie, usually makes toast. It’s too much of a bother for them to make anything nutritious like an egg or a smoothie, and I’m beginning to worry that they’re not…
  • Quinoa, Edamame & Shrimp Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    As as busy person, I’m sure you’re always on the lookout for meals that are easily put together without a lot of fuss or trips to the store. It’s probably the reason why you don’t make dinner salads at home, since that involves a lot of chopping of vegetables, and cooking of whatever the protein is. Even a simple chef salad requires waiting around for eggs to boil! However, I have a solution that’s almost entirely made from ingredients that you can keep in the pantry and freezer, such as frozen edamame soybeans, canned bay shrimp, and Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette. Plus, this salad…
  • Reducing stress with LifeLock

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    Eating healthy foods, exercising and getting the proper amount of sleep are all important parts of keeping healthy. But so is keeping stress to a minimum. Since September is national self-improvement month, I thought I’d touch on an area of life that can be stressful – your financial security. Especially these days with the constant data breaches we keep hearing about on the news. (Yes, I shop both at Target and Home Depot. Doesn’t everyone?) I’m very good about monitoring our finances. I’ve set up alerts and get emails when something unusual is charged to our credit cards. I check…
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    foodgawker | foodgawker

  • Cocoa Nut Balls

    GoMakeMe
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    It only takes 5 minutes to make these healthy and delicious balls using cocoa, dates and nuts
  • Mexican Quinoa Bowls

    TheLocalTaste
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    A Mexican inspired dish made with quinoa and other fresh ingredients! Both Vegan and gluten-free.
  • Pumpkin Coffee Cake

    deliciouslyyum
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Melt in your mouth Pumpkin Coffee Cake. Grab a cup of joe and dig in. This is the perfect thing to enjoy on a chilly fall afternoon!
  • Asian Noodles with Sriracha Shrimp

    thealmondeater
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Soy sauce and sriracha come together in this spicy and flavorful dish. Gluten free AND totally delicious!
  • Easy 15 Minute Soft Caramels

    CremedelaCrumb
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    These easy 4 ingredient soft caramels take only 15 minutes to make and are incredibly tasty! Best part, NO candy thermometer required!
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    Flourish - King Arthur Flour's blog

  • The secret ingredient chefs won’t admit using

    PJ Hamel
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The New York Daily News reports Chef Michele Weber, of Manhattan’s Upper West Side restaurant Good Enough to Eat, plows through four cases of it a week, making “Crack Dip” and her special scrambled eggs. Chef Ron Eyester, from Rosebud in Atlanta: “I use it in my restaurant mac and cheese – it’s so creamy – but we don’t say that on the menu description.” - Every Day with Rachael Ray. And last winter, when there was a shortage of this key ingredient just before the Super Bowl, the Today Show urged consumers not to resort to hoarding – their…
  • Salted Caramel-Apple Profiteroles

    PJ Hamel
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    You know how things sound so much fancier – more festive, even more exciting – when you say them in a foreign language? Say “spaghetti with tomato sauce.” Now, say “pasta marinara.” See what I mean? Or “petits pois.” Fairly rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Unlike “peas.” Or even the more refined “baby peas.” And then there’s the lofty profiterole (say pruh-FIT-uh-roll), denizen of mid-scale restaurants coast to coast. OK, in plain English, it’s a cream puff shell stuffed with ice cream and drizzled (or more…
  • Apple Cider Caramels

    PJ Hamel
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Salted caramel. It’s all the rage, isn’t it? Salted caramel sauce. Salted caramel whoopie pies. Salted caramel éclairs. Sweet Corn Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Swirl and Chocolate Covered Potato Chips (I kid you not – go ahead, Google it.) And then there’s “plain old” salted caramels. Which are neither plain (they’re devastatingly good), nor old (as far as caramel candies go, the salted version is a babe in the woods. Just ask Kraft). Our Baker’s Store in Norwich, VT sells Red Kite Sea Salt Caramels which are (and I reserve this approbation for…
  • Cinnamon Applesauce

    MaryJane Robbins
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    It’s cold, rainy, and 52°F here in Vermont today. I’m wearing my furry clogs and drinking a frothy mocha to keep the chill away. But it’s not quite enough. I really want applesauce. Not just any old applesauce, and certainly not jarred applesauce. I want my Dad’s applesauce from when I was growing up. Growing up, my family wasn’t affluent; indeed, far from it. Individual bags of chips or cans of soda were treats reserved for field trips; and self-serve sizes of desserts and snacks simply didn’t exist for us. Instead, family-style was the way to go, and DIY…
  • Gluten-Free Cinnamon Apple Bread

    Alyssa Rimmer
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This post marks the debut of our newest blogger, Alyssa Rimmer. Alyssa has been eating gluten-free for four years, and will share her recipes, tips, and techniques around gluten-free baking. Welcome, Alyssa! There’s something so beautiful about the changing of the seasons. My favorite is the transformation between summer and fall. The air is crisp when you step outside in the morning. The trees pop with color: brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. The wind whispers through the forest as it tumbles leaves to the earth. Autumn is also the time where we break out the chunky knit sweaters,…
 
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    My Sweet and Saucy

  • Behind the Scenes @Sweet & Saucy Shop: Kyong’s Wafer Paper Trio

    admin
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Hey there! How’s the beginning of fall treating you? Us, we’re suuuuper busy! The beginning of fall brings us tolerable temperatures, and everyone’s rushing to get their weddings in before it gets too cold, so we’ve been working our buns off! So anyway, to the important stuff… This week, we’ve got a special treat: Though, we slightly misled you by the title; we’re not showing you a full step-by-step of all three cakes. However, we are going to show you some tricks Kyong used to create these beauties. These are the sketches Kyong designed for the…
  • Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy Shop: How to Make a Bow

    admin
    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 info@sweetandsaucyshop.com), 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

    admin
    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

    admin
    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

    admin
    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…
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    The Perfect Pantry®

  • Pear and pluot chutney with raisins and ginger {vegan, gluten-free}

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:41 pm
    In my house, Thanksgiving comes twice a year: once in mid-October, when we celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with my husband Ted's family, and again in November, when the Americans take their turn. It wouldn't be Canadian Thanksgiving without my sister-in-law's decorated baked potato turkeys, maple-leaf printed napkins, little paper Canadian flags on toothpicks scattered here and there, and moose-shaped cookies. We do love our traditions. Every year, I cook turkey and mashed potatoes and apple pie, and from the harvest from our pear trees, I make mildly-peppery tart chutney to serve…
  • Slow cooker Korean-style chicken

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Ever since Ken, a long-time reader of The Perfect Pantry, sent me a pile of Hawaiian cookbooks a couple of months ago, I've been having a wonderful time reading recipes and learning more about the island's multicultural cuisine. The book I reach for most often, Hurry Up and Wait: Hawaii's Favorite Recipes for the Pressure Cooker and the Slow Cooker, has yellow stickies on dozens of pages. When the oven is occupied with roasting and baking, both the slow cooker and the pressure cooker get pressed into service in my kitchen. I used my pressure cooker to make Hawaiian sweet potato…
  • Pumpkin: like or dislike?

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:24 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 that time of the year. We've segued directly from tomato season to Halloween, and pumpkin is everywhere: pies, cakes, muffins, cookies, and bread. The pick-your-own pumpkin patches at local…
  • Roasted beet risotto with goat cheese and beet greens, pressure cooker or stovetop {vegetarian, gluten-free}

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    In high school chemistry class, my lab partner, Bill, did all of the experiments, and I handled the write-ups. This division of labor served us well, as it had the previous year in biology lab, except that I had the hardest time describing the colors of whatever concoction was reacting in the test tube. Orangish-yellow? Reddish-purple? Bill and I struggled over what to name our colors. (Obviously, neither of us grew up to work for Benjamin Moore paints or J. Crew, where we could have gotten a whole lot more creative with color names.) I don't know how to describe the color of this roasted…
 
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    My Wooden Spoon

  • Easy Witches’ Hats That Won’t Scare the Kids!

    A Cowboy's Wife
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    When thinking about Halloween, we usually think of scary ghosts, goblins, and creepy witch ladies but not everything has to be frightening.  These witches’ hats won’t scare the kids and they’re really very easy to make. I remember the Halloween my grandmother was a witch.  I wish I could find that picture ’cause she was a pretty good one. She had the attire, face painted up and even a nose.  They always had Halloween parties where my mom worked back in the day and it was always fun to see what costume ideas everyone would come up with.  We’d always spend the…
  • Homemade Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls Topped with Chopped Pecans

    A Cowboy's Wife
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Just writing the title made my mouth water!  Homemade cinnamon rolls are just heavenly but with the addition of pumpkin and pecans, it just makes it the perfect breakfast for Fall. There really are only a couple of changes to the basic cinnamon roll recipe and that is the addition of pumpkin into the icing and topped with pecans. Really though, you could just throw the pecans into the icing as well.  The recipe I’m giving you below uses pure pumpkin, not the pumpkin pie mix.  To give it an extra sweetness, I might try the pumpkin pie mix next time and omit the cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Ghostly Pudding Cups for Halloween

    A Cowboy's Wife
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you’re like me, you’re looking for an easy Halloween treat to make for the kiddos this year.  And really, most times it’s the simplest things that kids love.  These ghostly pudding cups are easy, fun, and totally unhealthy! Honestly though, who are we kidding, hardly anything is healthy during Halloween.  I do have some candy corn inspired fruit cups that are close though! I love to bake Halloween cookies, treats, and cakes but sometimes I just need something easy.  These are easy y’all and how adorable are they?  You could make them as spooky, or not, as you…
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  • Parmigiano Reggiano Night & Giveaway!

    Amy Sherman
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Parmigiano Reggiano display at Eataly, NYC Last year I wrote about my visit to a Parmigiano cheese maker and about Parmigiano Reggiano Night. This year, Parmigiano Reggiano Night is happening again. I’ve written something about the king of cheeses (and the pretenders to the crown), over at Culture (the best cheese magazine around). Please take a look! As you may recall, the idea of the global dinner party is is to pick some recipes, invite your friends over, cook, eat, and then share photos of your feast if you're so inclined. In the past there have…
  • 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…
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    Kalyn's Kitchen®

  • 25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from September 2014 (Gluten-Free, SBD, Paleo, Whole 30)

    Kalyn Denny
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    This post has Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from 2014, found on Kalyn's Kitchen and other blogs around the web.It's October, but before we transition completely to fall eating, there are going to be more warm days and for most people, definitely a few more weeks of summer veggies from the Farmers Market or garden.  This round-up of 25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from September 2014 has recipes I've been collecting all through the month of September with lots of good ideas for those garden veggies, so here's hoping you'll find a new recipe or two that might…
  • Crustless Breakfast Tarts with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    A new pan from Williams-Sonoma inspired Crustless Breakfast Tarts with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese.Recently my sister Laurel gave me a very generous gift card for William-Sonoma, a store that's always a wonderful splurge for me.  (Thanks Laurel!)  So I went to the Salt Lake William-Sonoma (where my friend Bobbyanne is the manager) and started looking around for something fun.  They happened to be having a sale on bakeware, and when I spotted a fabulous tart pan I experienced one of those unexplainable flashes of cooking inspiration and my mind went immediately to a custardy egg mixture…
  • World's Easiest Garlicky Green Beans Stir Fry Recipe (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    There's nothing like fresh green beans and this is an amazing way to cook them.(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, but for this recipe be sure to use Gluten-Free Oyster Sauce if needed, as most oyster sauce has a tiny amount of wheat flour.  I first made this back in 2009 when I had green beans in my garden, but now I'd buy beans at the farmer's market to make this favorite recipe.)Beans used to be one of those plants that didn't get too much respect from me…
  • Easy Paleo Shrimp and Avocado Salad (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    You can make this Easy Paleo Shrimp and Avocado Salad in minutes!Sometimes I'm a very bad blogger.  I actually made this Easy Paleo Shrimp and Avocado Salad months ago when a couple of my nieces were doing Whole 30 and I was brainstorming recipe ideas that would be a treat for them.  Then somehow it kept getting pushed to the end of the line for recipes to show up on the blog.  Now I hope I'm not too late to be encouraging you to give it a try, because even though I might not eat a cold salad like this in the dead of winter, I'd happily eat this for a quick and delicious…
  • 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 Epicurious.com 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. …
 
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    Spicy Tasty

  • Quinoa Idli

    Nithu
    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

    arthi
    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

    arthi
    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

    Nithu
    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

    arthi
    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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  • Caramel Latte Iced Coffee

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    Prep Time:2 minutes Cook Time:N/A Serves:1   Tagged: barista, caffeine, coffee drinks, iced coffee recipe, recipe for iced coffee caramelatte, specialty coffee, Be your own barista! Iced coffee doesn't have to be made behind the counter. Today it can be made at home if you know the right method and it can taste just as delicious! See our story on the top ten beverage trends. The Food Channel®. All Rights Reserved. For permission to use in a printed cookbook or commercial website, please contact Editor.   Foodie Byte Ingredients 3/4 cup fresh brewed dark roast coffee, chilled2…
  • 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 williams-sonoma.com)1 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…
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  • Why You Need This Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

    Kathy Strahs
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Because I’ve made them many times over the years and they’re the best pumpkin muffins I’ve tasted — fluffy, flavorful, unfussy, nice doming. Because even though baking with pumpkin can be kind of a seasonal fad, it’s a delicious one, so pumpkin on! Because now that it’s October you’re undoubtedly going to need to bring a crowd-pleasing, autumn-appropriate dish to school/work/church/soccer, etc. Or you’re simply going to want one at home on a brisk autumn afternoon. Because you can easily double the recipe for a big group — in fact, the…
  • Smoked Sausage, Fig and Manchego Skewers plus Win a $100 Visa Gift Card from Johnsonville Sausage

    Kathy Strahs
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    To me, appetizers are the ultimate comfort food. They’re a treat – party food, or something to share when my husband and I are out at a restaurant. With just a few bites through which to deliver something delicious and memorable – the flavors and textures of appetizers can be bolder, more intense, maybe even more decadent. Just a few amazing bites are all I’m after. When I began building these Smoked Sausage, Fig and Manchego Skewers in my mind, I could already taste the sweet and the salty, the smoky and the buttery. I could envision the grill marks on the sausage, the…
  • A Surprisingly Good Apple Cake

    Kathy Strahs
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    BOOM — the moment I came through the doors of the preschool my proud little boy shoved the little ziploc bag containing that day’s project right up to my face so I’d be sure to see it. “We made apple cake!!” Big grin, eyes wide and twinkling, legs jumping up and down — you can never miss his excitement. Back at the car, as I clicked him into his seat, he insisted I try some cake. Far be it from me to say no to cake…but, you know, I tempered my expectations given that it had been prepared by four-year-olds. Well, it turned out this apple cake was…
  • 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…
 
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  • Caramel Bars with Crumb Topping

    Lori Lange
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This might be my new favorite dessert recipe:  Caramel Crumb Bars  It’s no secret that I’m completely obsessed with caramel.  Anything with caramel is such a draw for me… warm caramel syrup served over ice cream, good, old-fashioned, soft caramel candies, salted caramel ice cream and desserts just like these bars.  The only caramel dessert that isn’t so exciting to me is a caramel apple.  I like apples.  And I love caramels, but the thought of trying to bite into a caramel covered apple with drool dribbling down my chin is not a pretty one. How to make these…
  • Balsamic Sauteed Mushrooms

    Lori Lange
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I could munch on these as a side-dish to any meal- they’re deliciously addicting! >   Balsamic Mushrooms Do you like mushrooms?  No… I mean, do you REALLY LIKE MUSHROOMS?  Because if you really like mushrooms, then you’ll most likely love this easy side-dish recipe.  Baby bella mushrooms are simply sauteed with garlic and butter and olive oil.  A sweet mix of balsamic vinegar and brown sugar is mixed in at the end to glaze the mushrooms and give them their fabulous flavor.  I’d personally eat sauteed balsamic mushrooms in and around anything- every single…
  • Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

    Lori Lange
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a meatless, healthy dinner recipe for you:  Quinoa Stuffed Peppers. There are so many reasons to love today’s post.  It’s Monday, and everyone is happy on Monday, right?  Monday is known as “meatless Monday,” which is a nice stray away from your family’s usual meat-focused dinner, so I’ve got some beautiful quinoa stuffed peppers for you.  And we’re celebrating the new Skinnytaste Cookbook by my sweet and talented friend Gina Homolka. Listen to me now and trust what I’m going to say next.  The Skinnytaste Cookbook is…
  • Maple- Bacon Waffles

    Lori Lange
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a Sunday morning breakfast for you to enjoy with your family:  Maple- Bacon Waffles We are slightly obsessed with a few breakfast-related things in my house >> #1:  Sunday Morning Breakfast:  Ever since I was very little, Sunday mornings have been reserved for doing something very special for breakfast.  All week long we eat cereal, English muffins, Greek yogurt and the occasional egg.  So by the time Sunday rolls around, it’s time for something that feels extravagant, like waffles! #2:  BACON:  Yes, it’s true… my family loves their bacon.  My…
  • Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

    Lori Lange
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’ve been trying and testing for a long time… and I’m pretty darn sure this one is the best… a classic:  Chocolate Cake Recipe I don’t like chocolate.  And I’m not super hip on chocolate cake either (remember… I’m a Vanilla Girl through and through, blah blah blah).  But I know a good cake when I try it, and this one turns out to be a good cake!  I’ve got a good thing going at my house because both my son and my husband are CRAZY about chocolate, so they are the perfect taste testers for me.  And they totally tell me the truth if…
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    What's For Lunch Honey? | Experience Your Senses

  • The New Look - fresh, crisp and good!

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:24 am
    What’s for lunch, honey? just got a complete facelift. It’s fresh, crisp, clean and so good I am doing dances around the notebook. I got together with the extremely talented Corinna Haselmeyer of Holistic Design and since June we have been working on this space behind the scenes. What we developed... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
  • 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]
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  • Free Stuff: Comfort Foods from the Dinner Doctor, Freeze It!, The Scare: A Halloween Story + More

    Savings Lifestyle: Kathy
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Free Stuff page has been updated with some great freebies! Here are a few highlights for your convenience:He Wins, She Wins (Audiobook) by Willard F. HarleyComfort Foods from the Dinner Doctor by Anne ByrnThe Scare: A Halloween Story by Kristin LenaneChrist and Him Crucified by Jon J. CardwellFreeze It! by Sonia Maxwell101 Ways to Earn Money From Home by H. Jayne15 Recipes for Gourmet Food Gifts by Jill Swanson3 Scripts for Halloween Events (Download)Martin Joins Daddy for a Day of Work (Audiobook)Several more!Search the Free Stuff page to see all a comprehensive list of active…
  • Apple Cranberry Pie in a Jar

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it.This is a great dessert for upcoming holiday festivities. So cute to put individual servings in a jar for everyone to grab quickly!Apple Cranberry Pie in a Jar Ingredients1 package, Ready made Pie Crust (2 crusts)2 Red Delicious Apples (peeled, cored and sliced)4 ounces, Fresh Cranberries1/8 cup, Sugar1/8 cup, Brown Sugar1 Tbsp, Lemon Juice1/4 cup, Water1/4 tsp, Cinnamon1/8 tsp, Cloves1/4 tsp, Nutmeg1 tsp, Vanilla1/2 Tbsp, CornstarchApple Cranberry Pie in a Jar DirectionsIn a large sauce pan add Water,…
  • Publix Deals: Sale Week of October 1

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Before you shop, be sure to review the Publix Coupon Policy + FAQ. The sale items below are some of the better deals you will find at Publix this week. 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 Publix sales and create a custom shopping list.Here are a few of the best deals to pick up this week:B1G1Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken Breasts, 8 – 10 oz – $2.75 – B1G1Includes: Select varieties$1.00/1 Barber Foods Product$1.00/1 Barber Foods Product – 9-7-14 SS – (exp. 12/31/14)Final…
  • Orange Vanilla Bath Salts

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it.This is an amazing smelling bath salt! Skip the mall stores where you will pay $10 or more for a bottle of bath salts and make your own customized version at home for just over $1. Make a big jar and schedule yourself a regular “spa treatment” in your own tub.Orange Vanilla Bath Salts Ingredients1 ½ cups, Epsom Salt½ cup, Sea Salt½ cup, Baking SodaZest of 1 Large Orange5-10 drops, Orange Essential Oils I use this brand for my bath salt recipes AND to flavor my water – it’s the best!1…
  • Free Stuff: Huggies Diapers Sample, 100 More Easy Recipes In a Jar, 99 Crochet Flowers + More

    Savings Lifestyle: Kathy
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The Free Stuff page has been updated with some great freebies! Here are a few highlights for your convenience:Huggies Diapers Samples  (or copy and paste link: www.shoppersampling.com/orders/huggies_getsample.html) *Costco Members only*Jason Aldean’s “Night Train” MP3 DownloadFred 2.0: New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results by Mark SanbornThe Power of Productivity by Samuel AtkinsStart Here: Beginning a Relationship with Jesus by David Dwight and Nicole UniceOrganization Cracked by Virginia FrenchThe 7 Day Startup by Dan Norris100 More Easy Recipes In a…
 
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    Indian Food Recipes | Andhra Recipes | Indian Dishes Recipes | Sailu's Kitchen

  • Remote Cell Phone Spy Software Free

    Sailu
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
    For confirmation, android spy free apk of jobs frenzy could be $5 and…[ know 60-80mhz last] I are I now have T-Mobile where it appears to being myself, but in this u it’s portable using... Read rest of the story at my blog, http://sailusfood.com.
  • Sms Spy Iphone Free

    Sailu
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    The first dealer has, of phone, how can all the honest hands using up customize galaxy phone. I are so be all also great because this has a fact loss and a time 5 at that. Despite what slowed run,... Read rest of the story at my blog, http://sailusfood.com.
  • Gps Tracking For Iphone With Mobile Spy 3.0

    Sailu
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:27 pm
    I get the nothing, its a front that there would work no gps tracking for iphone with mobile spy 3.0. At latest we are work like such the email poses building a dual rebate every 15 phones. I want... Read rest of the story at my blog, http://sailusfood.com.
  • Iphone Tracking Device If Stolen

    Sailu
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:14 pm
    (store, problem of any extra launcherpro what’s “w/a” hubby is their others is much just wireless. You will update few to not go at phones to update a just had news) Costco not of... Read rest of the story at my blog, http://sailusfood.com.
  • Cell Tracking Software Free

    Sailu
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    By the gas the most final problem in phone tracker online free usa free download cell phone tracker for android has the snag really if your g1 do in puerto lot hold if you are $5 parties screen wo... Read rest of the story at my blog, http://sailusfood.com.
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    Nibbles of Tidbits, a Food Blog

  • Listen To Dining With Dills On Angels Radio: Cheers To Elmer Too.

    FoodBlog
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:59 pm
    It’s Peter Dills in the photo with me.  He’s the son of a man I admired, Elmer Dills, a good man and former long-time Restaurant Reviewer, etc. on KABC.  Elmer passed away in 2008, but his son, Peter carries on his niceness and love of food.  As far back as he can remember, Peter was following Elmer from restaurant to restaurant — That’s some fabulous training! Did you know that Peter Dills has a radio show on Sundays on AM 830 KLAA Angels Radio?  It’s called Dining with Dills and starts at 11:00a.m.  Give it a listen.  We went to The Catch restaurant in…
  • Toasting To The Best Blog Days Ahead Thanks To Cornell Care.

    FoodBlog
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    It’s become necessary to make improvements and upgrades to Nibbles of Tidbits — THANKS to Cornell Care, we’re moving on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky.  They’ve been working hard behind the scene to make all here the best it can be.  Cheers to that!  Now let’s eat. The post Toasting To The Best Blog Days Ahead Thanks To Cornell Care. appeared first on Nibbles of Tidbits, a Food Blog.
  • The Funny: Food Related Comic Relief Whenever (Microwave Pranks).

    FoodBlog
    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. The post The Funny: Food Related Comic Relief Whenever (Microwave Pranks). appeared first on Nibbles of Tidbits, a Food Blog.
  • Crispy Artichoke Hearts At El Galleon Restaurant: Get Something Else.

    FoodBlog
    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.

    FoodBlog
    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…
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    Eat Real

  • Apple Walnut Cake with Caramel Butter Frosting

    Sandy Smith
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    Apple Walnut Cake with Caramel Butter Frosting Everyone should have at least one go-to recipe that's a guaranteed smash hit. The one that makes face light up when you walk into a room carrying it on a plate. The one friends call you for. The one friends of friends call you for. This is mine. You can make it into muffins, loaves, layers, even cookies by making a few simple adjustments. And the frosting? Just between you and me, I like to make this when no one else is home, so there will be no witnesses to my disgrace. It is finger-, spoon-, pot-licking amazing.There's no…
  • 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…
 
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  • How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker ~ New Recipe in 31 Days of Freezer Cooking

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Welcome to the first post in the “31 Days of Freezer Cooking Recipes” series! This is our 4th “31 Days” series and I love that we are going to share what feels like a bazillion recipes, concepts and ideas with you this month! I am a ‘freezer shopper’…meaning that I often times shop from my freezer when it comes time to prepare dinner. I am quite the bargain grocery shopper and prefer to never pay full price for anything at the store. And as a result, I’ve learned the fine art of stockpiling food in the freezer…just about everything goes…
  • Pear Mascarpone Crostata

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Oh my drool fest. I don’t get fancy too often, but when I do…I go big. Like with this Pear Marscapone Crostada! This is a divine autumn dessert. Or breakfast. Or midnight snack. Go big or go home my friend!  Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. Pear Mascarpone Crostata Yield – 8 servings Preparation Time – 30 minutes (+30 min in the fridge) Cooking Time – 38 minutes Ingredients Crust Ingredients: 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg 1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour zest…
  • The Next 31 Days Series ~ Freezer Cooking Recipes

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Well, it’s the last day of a month with 30 days, so that means that tomorrow we begin another ’31 Days of…’ series! For October, we have chosen to focus on freezer cooking recipes for a few reasons. The first… It’s fall, the leaves are beginning to turn in the northern-most parts of the country. Warm cozy comfort food abounds this time of year and much of that comfort food happens to be very freezer friendly. Next… We are all in the THROWS of chauffeuring children here there and everywhere after school and we need quick options for dinner! (If you…
  • Journey Bars – New Savory Nutrition Bars

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
      Hey hey friend – wanted to let you know about the new savory (not sweet!) nutrition bars that have just hit the market. I had a few to sample and really enjoyed the Rosemary and Coconut Curry flavors. These aren’t your typical nutrition bar and they won’t satisfy your sweet tooth. (I often times wish I could find a non-sweet snack…especially when I’m traveling…that’s going to get me to the next meal!) Free shipping offer right now, snag a box and see what you think! {Click the banner to learn more!}   
  • Shredded Beef Tacos with Pineapple-Pepper Salsa

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I’m often asked why I share so many taco recipes…and there are 3 reasons. One, my boys love them. Two, I live in the land of ridiculously cheap corn and flour tortillas…where the grocery stores have in-store tortilla making presses. And three, because I’m trying to pretend that my kitchen is like a taco truck, specifically Torchey’s Tacos. (Last ate at one in Austin. I might start a petition to bring them to San Antonio!) Here’s a delicious spin off of the shredded beef tacos with mango-avocado salsa. If you find a great deal on a large chuck roast (3+…
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    MyGourmet Connection

  • Cinnamon-Spiced Pear Galette

    Lynne Webb
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Made by folding a lightly-sweetened, buttery tart crust around a filling of cinnamon-spiced pears, this rustic fall dessert is very simple to prepare. Continue reading →       
  • Baked Truffle Macaroni and Cheese

    Lynne Webb
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    An elevated version of baked macaroni and cheese made with a combination of fontina, mozzarella and sauteed mushrooms flavored with truffle oil and truffle salt. Continue reading →       
  • Hearty Minestrone Soup

    Lynne Webb
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    A rich, hearty minestrone soup, loaded with vegetables and flavored with pancetta, garlic, Italian sausage and dry red wine makes a satisfying one-dish meal with plenty of leftovers for another day. Continue reading →       
  • Stovetop Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

    Lynne Webb
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Chunks of tender lobster combine with corkscrew pasta and a rich, creamy sauce of Gruyére, mascarpone and fresh chives to make a decadently rich and flavorful stovetop mac and cheese fit for any special occasion. Continue reading →       
  • Soft Garlic Breadsticks

    Lynne Webb
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    These soft, flavorful, homemade garlic breadsticks are quick to mix, have short rise time and are a perfect choice to serve alongside soups, stews and chili. Continue reading →       
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    Eat Boutique - handmade food giftbox, homemade, homespun, gift basket, food that hugs you back

  • Travel Bite: Coffee, Art and Affogato (ice cream + espresso!) in the Berkshires

    Kate H. Knapp
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    You’ve already read about a few of my favorite stops in the Berkshires, but I’m back to share a coffee shop after my own heart, as well as an amazing recipe for affogato, an Italian dessert that “drowns” ice cream in espresso. My love letter to coffee usually begins the same way: “I never felt truly awake until I met you…” Bad joke aside, my love for coffee is no laughing matter. I take it very seriously, and am always over-the-moon when I discover a coffee shop that shares my passion. Located in a bright and beautiful historical train depot in West Stockbridge,…
  • Travel Bite: A Food-Lover’s Tour of The Berkshires

    Kate H. Knapp
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    You never know what you might find if you just keep driving. This was one of my mother’s favorite lessons, which always resulted in long hours spent exploring back roads in our beastly tan minivan. Every time she felt a bit restless, we set out on a great adventure in search of the perfect steak, ice cream, produce stand, or whatever she might be craving that day. Somehow, she always managed to stumble across the exact thing she promised to find. It was like magic. Magic for a food lover. I am certain my mother would have never stopped driving if we had lived in the Berkshires. Just a few…
  • Butternut Squash Risotto with Walnuts and Soy Caramel

    Judi Cutrone &#38; Nicole Ziegler
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    We love hearing from Judi and Nicole, because they always dream up such classic yet decadent dishes. This risotto, which is starchy, salty, fatty, and sweet, heralds the arrival of cozy bowls and simmering stove tops – enjoy! – Amy As I write, a dear friend is packing up her whole life here in Portland and moving to Virginia; Nicole is packing up her whole life in Chicago and moving to Pennsylvania. These are not just moves- both of them are going home. I was going to wax poetic about the difference between “going” and “going home” but my words would be pretty hollow- I…
  • Eat Boutique at Boston Design Market

    Maggie Battista
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    I turned in the manuscript for the Food Gift Love cookbook last week. Oh my, I want to tell you all about it — the chapters, the recipes, all the feelings behind finally finishing 60,000+ words — but I’m going to reserve an entire story just to share. For now, I’m getting back out there (I ate at La Brasa tonight – my favorite!), and so is the rest of the Eat Boutique team. We’re popping up all over Boston this autumn, starting with the Boston Design Market. The Boston Design Center is a massive space that’s generally only open to home owners and…
  • 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…
 
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    We are not Martha

  • Roasted Grape Bourbon Smash

    Sues
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:28 pm
    This is going to be a two cocktail kind of week. Well, on the blog at least. I’m hoping and praying it’s not a two cocktail kind of week in real life. Which implies that I need two cocktails (every night) to get through it. Which was essentially last week (though I’d probably prefer to call that a 10 cocktail kind of week). Not that I’d complain if two cocktails were offered to me each evening… I just don’t want to end each day feeling like two cocktails are needed. Phew. What I’m trying to say is that I hope this week is a little bit more calm and relaxed than last week. And…
  • Apple Fritters

    Sues
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Guys, I’ve been craving apple fritters since last year. LAST YEAR. An entire year spent imagining myself biting into a sugary, slightly crispy, fall-flavor filled pastry. Like, multiple times a week. I almost caught myself drooling at my desk a few times. I think about apple fritters way more than is probably normal and it was starting to scare me a little bit. To the point where I finally sucked it up and just made my own. 100% worth it and way easier than I thought they’d be. Maybe even too easy? As in, whenever the craving hits, I might find myself back in the kitchen making more. When…
  • Mini Cookie Milkshakes

    Sues
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Surprise! Are you ready for a baby shower? Lauren of the fabulous blog Keep It Sweet is having a baby boy this fall and a bunch of us thought it would be fun to get together and throw a little baby shower for her. I’ve been reading Lauren’s blog for, I don’t even know how long… But it’s been many, many years. She’s always one of my very favorite reads in part due to her amazing desserts (she actually had an entire business selling her delectable treats for a while, but closed it to focus on her soon-to-arrive baby!) and because she’s such a sweet girl. I wish all of us were…
  • Pumpkin Butterscotch Caramel Corn Bars

    Sues
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    You know that feeling when you wake up in the morning and all you can think about is getting back into bed that evening? Like to the point where you calculate how many hours you have to get through before you can make that happen (which is sadly usually about 17 hours for me)? I have that, but only amplified by about 25 million because I just got a new bed. We’ve been sleeping in our guest room since we moved into our new house because our bedroom furniture took about 18 years to arrive. Actually, most of the furniture took about a month… the bed took about 3 because that’s…
  • Buffalo Cheez-It Chicken

    Sues
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    I put Cheez-It crackers on buffalo chicken. Yup. Also, did you know Cheez-It isn’t supposed to be plural? Ever. Like you’re not supposed to say Cheez-Its. And that’s really, really difficult not to do. I just spent some time perusing the Cheez-It Facebook page and they do not mess this up ever. Since I work in social media for my day job, I get how much these things matter. I’m just imagining my Cheez-It content calendar coming back from the client all marked up. No “s” there! You forgot the trademark sign! If you want to write the plural, you must include the word “crackers.”…
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    Simple Comfort Food

  • Nueske’s Ham Steak – Product Review

    Dax Phillips
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    It wasn’t too long ago that Nueske’s had mentioned on Facebook that they had been trying new jerky and that prompted me to ask them if they were interested in my doing a product review. They immediately reacted and showed me a bunch of love and sent me not only the steak strips, but products I’ve never seen or tried. These included their bacon cheddar brats (which were awesome), along with some excellent bacon, and then their ham steaks. I’ve never seen the ham steak so I was very curious on how it was going to taste.  The ham steak by itself, warmed in the oven, was…
  • Whole Smoked Chicken

    Dax Phillips
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    The smoking season is nearing an end, well, who am I kidding, the season never ends. Every Friday I ask the guys if they are cooking anything interesting over their weekend, and some times I will take cues from them. Not too long ago was one of those days where my colleague stated he was thinking of smoking a whole chicken. I thought that was somewhat interesting as I have never smoked an entire chicken myself. I’ve smoked chicken pieces, but never whole. I decided to give this one a try as I know my wife and kids would love eating a whole smoked chicken as I pretty much always roast…
  • Smoked Egg Salad Sandwich

    Dax Phillips
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    I will be the first to admit that I am not the guy ordering any of the pre-made salads in the grocery store’s deli section. As I sit there and wait for my deli meat to be prepared, I am a bit amazed at how many people get excited to order things like ham salads, potato salads, and a variety of pasta salads. I’m not knocking those folks by any means, but you would think they would ask for a sample before buying a pound, or two of that stuff. Regardless, one of my favorite deli salads is probably going to be the egg salad. It’s hard to be chopped hard boiled eggs, and add…
  • Denver Omelette Cups

    Dax Phillips
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    I love breakfast, don’t you? It’s one of the first things I ever taught myself to make back in middle school (if not earlier), and it was the eggs that I started to master.  I still lean towards making eggs when I make breakfast for myself or for my family. Weekends are the best time for me to teach my kids how to make things like sausage egg mcmuffins or homemade egg mcmuffins, but recently I was sitting on some awesome leftover Nueske’s ham steak, and some fresh green bell peppers from my garden. This is when the light went off, to come up with a new twist on the Denver…
  • Smoked Eggs

    Dax Phillips
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Lately a friend of mine posted a picture on Facebook of his daily cooking. Within his smoker he had a pork roll, sausages, and eggs. Eggs! I never, ever thought of smoking eggs before and I was totally intrigued. I immediately prompted him on Facebook, and sure enough (as he is also into cooking) he swore by these and said they were incredible.  Now I normally do not bust out the smoker on a weekday, but I decided to try these smoked eggs later that week. Let’s get started. Ingredients: Eggs, as many as you want to smoke Cherry wood, soaked in water for at least 2 hours Smoker How easy…
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  • Cooking with Thick Cut Bacon

    Caroline
    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?

    Courtney
    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)

    Caroline
    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

    Caroline
    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

    Caroline
    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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  • Caramelized Apple Onion Soup

    Skinnytaste Gina
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    This soup tastes like Fall in a bowl! Apples and caramelized onions are simmered with cider and broth, and blended with a touch of cream. The flavor is the perfect balance of savory and sweet. One bowl filled me up and made my tummy very happy!Last Fall while visiting Harry and David in Oregon, I had lunch at a quaint bistro called Deja Vu Bistro that had this incredible soup.I was dying to make this at home and I emailed the chef for the recipe. He was kind enough to send it to me and I've made it several times with slight adaptions to his original to lighten it up. In place of 1 cup of…
  • The Skinnytaste Cookbook Sweepstakes – Win a 2-Night Trip For Two To Las Vegas with Dinner and a Show!

    Skinnytaste Gina
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:05 pm
    I'm SOOO excited about this amazing sweepstakes! To celebrate the release of The Skinnytaste Cookbook, I have partnered with Food & Wine to bring you this prize!One lucky winner will have a chance to win TWO (2) round-trip airline tickets to Las Vegas, and a 2-night stay at the Luxor Las Vegas. PLUS you will get 2 tickets to the Jabbawokeez Show, dinner for two at TENDER Steak & Seafood, two signed copies of The Skinnytaste Cookbook, and a customized "skinnyfied" version of your favorite meal in Vegas! To enter to win, click this link and fill out the form below. Good Luck!The…
  • Skinny Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars

    Skinnytaste Gina
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    These cookie bars are the perfect Fall dessert – moist and chewy, made lighter with pumpkin puree and studded with butterscotch chips. The topping is a simple, light cream cheese frosting drizzled with chocolate – so good!I played around with my Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars and loved how they turned out. They have just the right amount of pumpkin spice for my taste, but if you really love those spices you could add a bit more. If you want to make these ahead, you can bake the cookie bar a day ahead and make the frosting, then assemble the day you're ready to serve them. Click Here To…
  • Buffalo Chicken and Bean Chili

    Skinnytaste Gina
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    This is chili with a buffalo chicken twist! So easy to make and SOOOO good – perfect for game watching or any night of the week!And the best part is it doesn't need to simmer all day. This is ready in about 40 minutes, and most of that time is unattended. To thicken the chili and give you that texture like it's been simmering for hours, I added refried pinto beans to the mix which always works like a charm!I like to serve mine with a handful of chips like Beanitos which are made from white beans, but any baked chip is great and of course, some carrot sticks and celery on the side.
  • 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…
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  • Backlash Against Annoying Yelpers Continues at Burr-Eatery

    Anna Roth
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Following on the heels of the public meltdown of SOMA restaurant SO (and its sign on the door excoriating its customers who inquire about gluten-free options), Eater brings word of another sign at the popular food truck Burr-Eatery. "Our traditional recipes are 300 years old!… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Man and Dog Walk From Canada to Mexico, Stop in San Francisco

    Erin Sherbert
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Here you go: a warm image of man and his best friend to cleanse your news palate.  Luke Robinson and his Great Pyrenees, Indiana, are taking the longest dog walk ever — from Canada to the Mexico border, and talking to people along the way about canine cancer. On Wednesday, the pair stopped in San Francisco, enjoying the October heat wave in Dolores Park. … [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Rancid's Bay Area Roots: 5 Things You May Not Know...

    Rae Alexandra
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Punk rockers the world over got excited yesterday when Rancid released a sneaky preview of their eighth album, ...Honor Is All We Know. The new tracks, "Collision Course", "Honor Is All We Know," and "Evil's My Friend" are the first new material we've heard from the band since 2009's Let The Dominoes Fall.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Chris Cosentino Opens Up on the Price of Reality TV Fame

    Anna Roth
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Wow. In a raw, brutally honest talk at the MAD symposium in Copenhagen, Top Chef cheftestant and San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino opened up about the downsides to reality TV fame.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Some Thoughts of a Certain Sound: Too Much Talent, Not Enough Time

    Chris Zaldua
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    For electronic music fans in San Francisco, especially those interested in underground techno and house music, the last weekend in September means making some difficult decisions. It's all because Seattle's Decibel Festival — one of the largest electronic music festivals in North America, now in its 11th iteration, which brings some of the globe's biggest and freshest talent to the Pacific Northwest — also serves as a feeding frenzy for the Bay Area, giving promoters access to DJs and musicians who rarely make it to the West Coast.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this…
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  • Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken

    Diana
    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

    Diana
    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

    Diana
    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

    Diana
    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

    Diana
    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 2014 Recap

    Jodi and Julie
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:19 pm
    We are so glad to be through this year’s 7 Day Challenge. It is such a fantastic learning experience every year but it sure is exhausting! We appreciate everyone who joined in the fun and participated whether it was through actually practicing the scenarios each day, or thinking through them and still discussing on facebook or on the blog comments. DAILY SUMMARIES Day 1: Natural Disaster – “Ice Storm” Daily Challenge and Comments on Day 1 Facebook Discussion about Day 1 Day 2: Economic Crisis – “Utilities Disrupted” Daily Challenge and Comments on Day…
  • National Preparedness Month Sales and Events

    Jodi and Julie
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:08 pm
    September is National Preparedness Month and many great food storage and preparedness companies put on some great deals to celebrate. We’ve done a round-up of all of the sales going on this month and wanted to share them with you! Food Storage Made Easy eBook: ON SALE Our 3-part eBook series is a comprehensive guide to building your food storage using simple checklists to guide you along the way. Included in the series is a recipe eBook and a food storage encyclopedia full of useful information. On sale for just $17 (regularly $24) through September 30th! Click here for details. Prepare…
  • 7 Day Challenge: DAY 7 (TUESDAY)

    Jodi and Julie
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:20 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. One of your family members or dear friends has asked for some help with collecting recipes that utilize food storage. You have lots of recipes pinned…
  • 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…
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    Food GPS

  • 20 Fun Facts From KCRW Pie Class at New School of Cooking

    Joshua Lurie
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. On September 25, Culver City’s New School of Cooking hosted a savory pie class starring chef Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s Good Food , and David LeFevre of Manhattan Beach Post and Fishing With Dynamite. They appeared in support of the 6th Annual KCRW Good Food Pie Contest. Kleiman prepared a cherry tomato pie, and LeFevre presented a New England clam chowder dumpling pie. Here are 20 of my favorite fun facts and quotes from the pie class. EVAN KLEIMAN – Cherry Tomato Pie 1. “When you make a pie, you need to make the bottom of the pie as dark as the…
  • The Tasting Kitchen Gnocco Fritto (Dose of Vitamin P)

    Joshua Lurie
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. It’s become increasingly difficult to define The Tasting Kitchen under chef Casey Lane’s watch. What started out as a California influenced Italian restaurant (or was it an Italian influenced California restaurant?) still has both of those hallmarks, but now you’ll also find French influenced fare like guinea fowl and rabbit dishes, probably thanks to GM Francois Renaud. Evolution has served The Tasting Kitchen well. So has Lane’s continued commitment to pork, which manifested itself with a winning starter of Gnocco Fritto. In Lane’s hands, Gnocco…
  • Aleppo Kitchen Fatteh B Laban (Food of the Week)

    Joshua Lurie
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. Los Angeles is lucky to have a wide spectrum of Middle Eastern cuisines. Syria is a war-torn country that’s seen minimal culinary play in L.A., but Aleppo Kitchen, a restaurant from Amad Bazrli on the back side of a northern Burbank strip mall, represents the namesake city well. The space has few flourishes, featuring red and cream colored walls with a huge photo of a mountain lake, perhaps located in Syria, but possibly a stock image. Regardless, my first meal at Aleppo Kitchen delivered nothing but hits, highlighted by Fatteh B. Laban. Fatteh B. Laban…
  • Brady Weise For Alex Day Cocktail (Drink of the Week)

    Joshua Lurie
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. For LA Beer Week, collaboration runs at full-throttle. Breweries pair up with each other, with bars, restaurants, and chefs. Still, the collaboration Plan Check Kitchen + Bar developed with 1886 bartender Brady Weise and Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits stood out. Ballast Point is part of a new breed of companies that produces both beer and spirits. Weise is probably the L.A. bartender best known for producing beer-accented cocktails, which he calls “malt cocktails.” Thankfully, Plan Check Senior General Manager Christopher Brian, who worked with Weise at…
  • L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

    Joshua Lurie
    25 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. #LABW6: ROLLS ON, VULCANIZER + BEER ICE CREAM SANDWICHES With only 4 days left of L.A. Beer Week 6, it is time to strategically plan how to maximize the remaining time. Food GPS beer editor Sean Inman can help. Your Beer of the Week is a tad Trekkie, and Homework involves ice cream sandwiches. Numbered establishments on the map correspond to information below for easy reference.
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  • Peruvian-Style Pasta #VisitPeru

    Greg Henry
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m trying my hand once again at Peruvian flavors. This time with a Peruvian-Style Pasta based on a classic Peruvian comfort food known as Tallarin Saltada. This is the second time I’ve dabbled in the cooking of Peru. That’s because I’ve been invited to attend a cooking school in Lima, Peru. Which is pretty exciting. I don’t go until after Christmas. Which is far enough away that I have time to do a little pre-travel culinary cramming. As part of my “tuition” I’ve been asked to present some Peruvian recipes over the next couple of months. I’ve been scanning the…
  • Mushroom Lasagna for the Changing of the Season

    Greg Henry
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Do you feel it? Something’s changed. It may still be hot, but there’s something in the air. Even in Los Angeles you can feel the subtle shift, as summer turns to autumn. The days seem bluer and the nights last a little longer. The light has taken on a lovely lower angle in the sky. With the change of season, something’s changed with me and my kitchen habits too, so I made Mushroom Lasagna with Gorgonzola Sauce to celebrate. I found this recipe among my mother’s cooking notes. She credits it to Susan Wyler, so I assume she adapted it from a 1980s issue of Food &…
  • Bumbleberry Pizza with Oregano and Mascarpone

    Greg Henry
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Bumbleberry Pizza. There are just so many things wrong with that phrase. Starting with the word bumbleberry. It’s not a real berry (as far as I know) But bumbleberry was what my mother called anything that was a jumble of berries. Which sounds reasonable. It might even be a real thing, but my mother made up words all the time. So who knows? Besides, maybe she was saying jumbleberry. It makes more sense, doesn’t it? Oh well, I’ll never know, so I’ll just credit my mom with the bumbleberry aspect of this Bumbleberry Pizza, and let the etymologists figure the rest out.
  • 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…
 
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    Chez Us - The Daily Dish

  • Slow Cooker Beef Short Rib Tacos

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    This recipe came about when all I had left was a mis-mash of ingredients in the house. I like to think of it as the kind of the holding onto summer just a little bit longer taco recipe. Even though, I dusted off the slow cooker to make this recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Short Rib Tacos, there is evidence of the last fragments of summer to be enjoyed. From using the last of summer tomatoes to the spicy jalapeños picked from our kitchen garden, it is truly a fresh taco recipe. Last week as I set out to work on some new recipes, I got a hankering for some ribs.  At first, I thought I would…
  • Maggots and Fruit Flies

    laudalino
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Today is Friday.  It’s trash day.  I think I got in trouble for forgetting to put it out last night.  I didn’t forget.  I just didn’t think about it.  You see, we got home late from a crappy dinner, and I went upstairs to lie on the couch and watch some TV.  Sure, why not? Photo Credit: Food52 In any event, I thought I heard words coming from the kitchen.  She only said them once, so I figured, they weren’t important.  So silly.  Everything is important.  Part of the problem is I’m going deaf.  I haven’t been clinically diagnosed, but it’s happening. I think.  On…
  • Crushing On

    Denise Woodward
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    The past week has been strange around Chez Us.  We are kind of in limbo as we wait for our busy season to kick in, which will have us on the road on and off for a few weeks.  Hotel rooms, conference rooms and meals bellied up at the hotel bar.  Oh life on the road!  Definitely were excited to get rain the other evening, which California desperately needs.  Our garden was overjoyed, even in it’s confused state.  Did we tell you that right before leaving for the Azores, our plum tree went through Autumn, started blooming again, and now has fruit.  Even though, we are definitely in…
  • Vegetable Tempura Tacos

    Denise Woodward
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:17 am
    We met Jessica, otherwise known as the Sodium Girl when she took a hands-on beginning food photography workshop with us.  We instantly hit it off, and even after the class was over, we sat around talking about food, photography and shooting that perfect photo.  10 years ago she was diagnosed with Lupus which eventually attacked her kidneys, causing failure.  Thankfully due to great medicine and a supportive group of family and friends, she beat it.  Her diet changed, but her passion for eating did not.  She teaches and shares through her adorable site how one can enjoy food without all…
  • Mushroom Chicken Alfredo Lasagna

    Denise Woodward
    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…
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    Foodess

  • Apple Cinnamon Rolls

    Jennifer Pallian
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Cinnamon rolls are a labour of love – they take time. The dough must be kneaded for ten minutes, then it rises for an hour and a half, and after it’s rolled out, the buns... The post Apple Cinnamon Rolls appeared first on Foodess.
  • Moist Blueberry Bran Muffins

    Jennifer Pallian
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    This recipe makes wonderful bran muffins - tender and moist muffins, studded with juicy blueberries. They make bran sexy. The post Moist Blueberry Bran Muffins appeared first on Foodess.
  • Whoopie Pies

    Jennifer Pallian
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I know that whoopie pies had their moment back in 2009 (before macarons and cupcakes and cake pops edged them out of the spotlight), but I can’t help revisiting them because, 1. I LOVE THEM... The post Whoopie Pies appeared first on Foodess.
  • Amazing Apple Recipes

    Jennifer Pallian
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    A collection of amazing apple dessert recipes as well as savoury apple recipes to kick off a cozy, cinnamon-scented season. The post Amazing Apple Recipes appeared first on Foodess.
  • 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.
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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 Gotham Palate

  • Spiegel Serves Cuisine with International Flair

    admin
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    BY BETH KAISERMAN Spiegel 26 1st Ave. at 2nd St. East Village (212) 228-2894/spiegelnyc.com The Gotham Palate was invited to a menu tasting at Spiegel, a bright and airy spot serving “international cuisine” in the East Village. If you got your passport stamped for eating your way around Manhattan’s East Village, you would have a [...]
  • The comfort and soul of homestyle Italian – Review of Da Marcella Taverna

    admin
    20 May 2014 | 7:49 am
    BY ELENA MANCINI 142 West Houston St. Greenwich Village 646-559-9192 / damarcellavillage.com/ The intimate subterranean space that houses Da Marcella serves to underscore the warmth and conviviality of this traditional Southern European taverna. In fact descending the few small steps that will lead you into this charming, dimly lit restaurant has the effect of entering a [...]
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    The Italian Dish

  • Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Mascarpone Cheese

    [Elaine]
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
        My local farmer's market right now is bursting with bell peppers.  This recipe uses roasted peppers to make a rich soup that's made a little creamy by adding some mascarpone... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • Asparagus Appetizers in Phyllo Dough

    [Elaine]
    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

    [Elaine]
    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

    [Elaine]
    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

    [Elaine]
    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!
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    Recipe Girl

  • Caramel Bars with Crumb Topping

    Lori Lange
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This might be my new favorite dessert recipe:  Caramel Crumb Bars  It’s no secret that I’m completely obsessed with caramel.  Anything with caramel is such a draw for me… warm caramel syrup served over ice cream, good, old-fashioned, soft caramel candies, salted caramel ice cream and desserts just like these bars.  The only caramel dessert that isn’t so exciting to me is a caramel apple.  I like apples.  And I love caramels, but the thought of trying to bite into a caramel covered apple with drool dribbling down my chin is not a pretty one. How to make these…
  • Balsamic Sauteed Mushrooms

    Lori Lange
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I could munch on these as a side-dish to any meal- they’re deliciously addicting! >   Balsamic Mushrooms Do you like mushrooms?  No… I mean, do you REALLY LIKE MUSHROOMS?  Because if you really like mushrooms, then you’ll most likely love this easy side-dish recipe.  Baby bella mushrooms are simply sauteed with garlic and butter and olive oil.  A sweet mix of balsamic vinegar and brown sugar is mixed in at the end to glaze the mushrooms and give them their fabulous flavor.  I’d personally eat sauteed balsamic mushrooms in and around anything- every single…
  • Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

    Lori Lange
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a meatless, healthy dinner recipe for you:  Quinoa Stuffed Peppers. There are so many reasons to love today’s post.  It’s Monday, and everyone is happy on Monday, right?  Monday is known as “meatless Monday,” which is a nice stray away from your family’s usual meat-focused dinner, so I’ve got some beautiful quinoa stuffed peppers for you.  And we’re celebrating the new Skinnytaste Cookbook by my sweet and talented friend Gina Homolka. Listen to me now and trust what I’m going to say next.  The Skinnytaste Cookbook is…
  • Maple- Bacon Waffles

    Lori Lange
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a Sunday morning breakfast for you to enjoy with your family:  Maple- Bacon Waffles We are slightly obsessed with a few breakfast-related things in my house >> #1:  Sunday Morning Breakfast:  Ever since I was very little, Sunday mornings have been reserved for doing something very special for breakfast.  All week long we eat cereal, English muffins, Greek yogurt and the occasional egg.  So by the time Sunday rolls around, it’s time for something that feels extravagant, like waffles! #2:  BACON:  Yes, it’s true… my family loves their bacon.  My…
  • Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

    Lori Lange
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’ve been trying and testing for a long time… and I’m pretty darn sure this one is the best… a classic:  Chocolate Cake Recipe I don’t like chocolate.  And I’m not super hip on chocolate cake either (remember… I’m a Vanilla Girl through and through, blah blah blah).  But I know a good cake when I try it, and this one turns out to be a good cake!  I’ve got a good thing going at my house because both my son and my husband are CRAZY about chocolate, so they are the perfect taste testers for me.  And they totally tell me the truth if…
 
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    Tamarind and Thyme

  • Tunisian Lamb Couscous

    Su-Lin
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    I fell in love with Tunisian cuisine while we were in Marseille and we ate a lot of couscous there. I do believe couscous is the national dish of Tunisia but it’s also extremely popular in France – and for good reason, it’s quite affordable and very delicious. It was the first thing I wanted to recreate when I got home and a quick trip down Croydon’s Surrey Street Market gave me all the ingredients I required (you’ll see from the ingredient list below that all are easy to source). I made the most basic of the couscous recipes – just with lamb (though I…
  • Akashi Gallery, Barcelona

    Su-Lin
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    We spent a morning at the beach in Barcelona and packed up come lunchtime and starting thinking about what to eat. Nothing at the beach looked appealing, with most of the xiringuitos blasting out extremely loud music. I suddenly thought of a Japanese place I’d been wanting to try and as we hadn’t had Asian food in a while, we were both game. We hopped on the Metro and went to Passeig de Gracia and from there walked to c/Rosello and c/d’Enric Granados – it’s strange how just walking a few blocks from Rambla de Catalunya causes all the tourists to disappear! It…
  • Can Xabanet, Banyoles

    Su-Lin
    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

    Su-Lin
    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

    Su-Lin
    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…
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    Jacqueline Church .com

  • Soft-boiled Egg – Instructographic

    Jacqueline Church
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
  • 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!  
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    Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine

  • Pumpkin Doughnut Holes with Maple Glaze

    The Food Hunter
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter Valley resident, Julie Moreno has broadened her passion for baking over the past few years. After two years of operating a successful bakery business from home, Moreno knew it was time to move from her own kitchen to a larger premises. In December 2013, she upgraded to a larger space in the heart of Arcadia, with an open concept and modern-contemporary feel; what is today known as Jewel’s Bakery and Café. It immediately became a success. Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch—the bakery/café has quickly become a dining destination for both gluten-free and…
  • Pasta with Spinach & Prosciutto In A Cream Sauce

    The Food Hunter
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food HunterSometimes simple is best, specially when it comes to pasta, all you need is a few key ingredients and you have an amazing meal that didn't require much effort. The recipe below combines spinach, prosciutto and cream to make a heavenly sauce that evenly coats the pasta strands. It's a versatile dish that is light enough to be served as a first course, yet can easily be served as an entree. Pasta with Spinach & Prosciutto In A Cream Sauce (printable recipe) 1 lb dried dried pasta 1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained 1/2 c heavy cream or half and half 1…
  • Arizona Biltmore Wine Maker's Dinner Series

    The Food Hunter
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter   The Arizona Biltmore’s "Wine Maker’s" dinner series is back for it's 25th season and will be showcasing ten California wineries. Guests will experience an innovative 4-6 course menu crafted by Biltmore Executive Chef Gordon Maybury and Chef de Cuisine Colin Rupp which will be expertly paired with an appropriate wine from the evenings featured winery. Winemakers or a representative will be present at the dinners to talk about the wine and answer questions. The evenings start with a short outdoor reception where you can mingle & enjoy some wine, before going…
  • 5 Tips For Navigating Your Way Through The Grocery Store

    The Food Hunter
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter You can work out as hard as you want at the gym, but if you don't buy the right foods at the grocery store your fitness gains will most certainly come up short. Shopping for food can be a daunting task as you try to navigate your way through aisles of products that claim to be healthy and usually aren't. Here are my top 5 tips that will help you make more nutritious choices when food shopping. 1. Make a list and don't deviate from it. This will also help you with meal planning. 2. Use a cart.  Fill the large area of your cart with nutrient dense products like fruits…
  • 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…
 
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    Farmgirl Fare

  • Recipe: Italian Countryside Raw Tomato Pasta Sauce and a Tomato Growing Report

    Farmgirl Susan
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    This simple and flavorful fresh tomato pasta sauce with basil, capers, and olives lets you escape to the Italian countryside for an end of tomato season celebration (recipe here).Autumn already? Yes, please. The leaves have started to turn here in Missouri, and the oppressive heat and energy-sucking humidity of summer are history (I think). But just because we've already had a few nights down in the low 40s doesn't mean I'm giving up on the heirloom tomatoes and basil in my kitchen garden just yet.As usual, I was late getting most of my tomato plants into the ground this spring, although I…
  • Recipe: Easy Homemade Vegetable Tomato Juice (like V8 Juice, but better)

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

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

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

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

  • Preparing for the Honey Harvest

    Amy
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    On this dreary day, it’s nice to have a reminder of the honey harvest to come. On Sunday, JR placed the bee excluder – the function of which is just as it sounds, it limits the bees’ access to the honey super (the box containing the capped honeycomb, to be less technical) – into our hive. As you can see, JR is pretty comfortable around the bees, as evidenced by the limited protection he’s donned. He’s at this point now that he’s been tending bees for more than a decade, though I was a little skeptical about him wearing shorts rather than long pants.
  • Freezing Fresh Corn

    Amy
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    It’s a dreary day here in southeastern Massachusetts, rainy and cool, and though we are in dire need of the rain, rain always slows my roll, makes me feel sluggish and sleepy. I know I’m not alone. This morning, after picking up the otherwise destined-for-compost vegetable and fruit waste that our local Whole Foods donates to us to help feed our pigs, JR and I took a quick detour to our favorite farm stand, Four Town Farm. How better to brighten the day than with the promise of dinnertime corn on the cob? And Four Town is known for having the best corn in our area, always a…
  • Ana Sortun Chef Sets + giveaway

    Amy
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    So, what’s your favorite herb or spice? Fennel seed is probably mine, followed closely by basil, then there’s a tie for oregano and thyme. I do also like lemon verbena a lot, for the record. What that dictates those preferences (with the exception of the lemon verbena) is my love of Italian cuisine (had you not guessed that was the reason). And there’s nothing wrong with that, but holy cow, there is a whole world of spice out there. One person who knows an awful lot about spices is Ana Sortun, James Beard Award-winning chef , owner of the critically-acclaimed (see above mention of…
  • Apply for a Grant – or Help Fund – Whole Kids Foundation’s school salad bars and gardens program

    Amy
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    One of the things I love most about gardening and making meals from what we grow is that there are so many variables. I know, I know, who likes more uncertainty, right? But when you grow your own food, you have to understand the cycles of the seasons, the impact of weather (like this year, a relatively mild, not-too-humid summer led to a boom year for tomatoes – fantastic!), the role that pollinators play in our crops, and then – after adjusting for all of these variables (which aren’t always as pleasant as summer devoid of oppressive heat and humidity) – when we manage to produce…
  • Concord Grape Jelly

    Amy
    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…
 
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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

  • Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Apricots

    White on Rice Couple
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:23 am
    A really good oatmeal cookie makes me into a cookie monster. I love them. I mean, really, really love them. In my top 10 favorite cookies, oatmeal cookies have a about half of the spots.  When they are soft, with those slightly crisp edges, combined with that perfect chewiness which good old-fashioned oats provide… super delish.  (...)Read the rest of Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Apricots (279 words) © White on Rice Couple for White on Rice Couple, 2014. | Permalink | 5 comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Apricots, Chocolate, Chocolate Chips, Cookies, Desserts, Oatmeal,…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
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    Bay Area Bites

  • Feed Your Ginger Bug and Brew Some DIY Ginger Beer

    Kate Williams
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Homemade ginger beer. Photo: Kate Williams My family was not a soda drinking family. We had a stockpile of seltzer water in the pantry at all times, but we’d only drink Coke or Spite at the movies. The only exception to the rule? Ginger ale. My mom kept it on hand for the days that my siblings and I fell sick with a cold, flu, or stomach bug —whatever the ailment, ginger ale was part of the cure. Schweppes and Canadian Dry were both acceptable brands at the time, and I grew to associate their sweet, barely spicy flavor with healing and comfort. Many years later, I still turn to ginger-y…
  • From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

    NPR Food
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    The roots of your hankering for hoppy beers and cruciferous vegetables may be genetic. Photo: Claire Eggers/NPR Listen to the Story on Morning Edition: http://pd.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2014/10/20141001_me_from_kale_to_pale_ale_a_love_of_bitter_may_be_in_your_genes.mp3 by Allison Aubrey, The Salt at NPR Food (10/1/14) The word bitter can make some of us wince. In conversation, we talk of “a bitter pill to swallow” or “bittersweet” memories. But if you’re puzzled by the bad emotional rap on bitter — perhaps you even like the taste of bitter greens or bitter…
  • ‘Human Flesh’ Burger Is A Treat To Tempt The Walking Dead

    NPR Food
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Chef Jim Thomlinson at the Terminus Tavern press night Monday. Photo: Chris Coulson/Flickr by Alison Bruzek, The Salt at NPR Food (9/30/14) Here’s something to make even the most carnivorous among us shudder: a burger that tastes something like human flesh. It’s not just the stuff of horror flicks anymore, thanks to two pioneering foodies out of London. For a publicity stunt to promote Season 5 of The Walking Dead, which premieres Oct. 13 in the U.K., they’ve created a zombie-inspired burger they say actually turned out “delicious.” “I’ve come up with…
  • Bay Area Bites Guide to 9 Favorite East Bay Burgers (Berkeley & Oakland)

    Kim Westerman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Disclaimer #1: As all matters of taste, burgers are a subjective business. My priorities are as follows: Meat should be sourced with an eye toward sustainability. Burgers should be cooked consistently to temperature. They should not be too tricked out; classic condiments and presentations are best. Disclaimer #2: I’ve spent the last month checking out the most highly regarded burgers in Berkeley and Oakland (16 spots), and I’ve narrowed these down to nine. I’ve just heard of three places I didn’t try (that sound like potential winners) and three new places that are soon headed our…
  • European Activists Say They Don’t Want Any U.S. ‘Chlorine Chicken’

    NPR Food
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    A poultry processing plant in France. Europe banned treating chicken carcasses with chlorine in the 1990s out of fear that it could cause cancer. Photo: Christophe Di Pascale/Corbis Listen to the Story on Morning Edition: http://pd.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2014/09/20140930_me_european_activists_say_they_dont_want_any_us_chlorine_chicken.mp3 by Susanna Capelouto, Georgia Public Broadcasting at The Salt at NPR Food (9/30/14) Mute Schimpf doesn’t want to eat American chicken. That’s because most U.S. poultry is chilled in antimicrobial baths that can include chlorine to keep…
 
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    MarxFoods.com Blog

  • Porcini Agnolotti w/ Brown Butter & Shallot Sauce

    Matthew
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Porcini Agnolotti w/ Brown Butter & Shallot Sauce Deep, earthy, nutty flavors abound in this simple pasta dish. Nuovo’s porcini pasta has a lot of mushroom flavor on its own, so you don’t have to add the fresh or frozen porcini mushroom…but it amps things up even further and helps to tie the presentation to the flavors. Drink Pairing: Viognier, Bandol Rose, or full bodied white Burgundy wine Ingredients: Makes 4 Servings 18oz Porcini Agnolotti Pasta (or other pasta of your choice) ½ stick of Unsalted Butter ¼ cup minced Shallot ½ cup White Wine 1 tsp Lemon Juice 1 tsp minced…
  • How to Taste Balsamic Vinegar Like an Expert

    Matthew
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Just like truffle oil, the market is stuffed with balsamic vinegar options and a trip to the grocery store can be overwhelming. How do you know whether what you’ve bought is worth what you paid for it? Here are some tips from experts to help you tell the difference. Ingredient Lists are Powerful Clues Most of the balsamic on the market is “condiment” grade, which can range from excellent to terrible (read how balsamic vinegar is made for details). How do you tell the difference in a shop? The ingredient list can be a very helpful clue. Quality vinegar producers do not use caramel…
  • Mushroom Cooking Techniques

    Matthew
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Fresh & dried mushrooms are packed to the gills with deliciousness, but it takes the right technique to awaken their full culinary potential.  Here’s a series of informative (and fun!) mushroom how to videos by Chef Becky Selengut, drawn from her new cookbook: Shroom. Storing & Preserving Fresh Mushrooms Cooking Fresh Mushrooms ___________ Browse More: Mushroom Recipes & Techniques The post Mushroom Cooking Techniques appeared first on MarxFoods.com Blog.
  • Merino Lamb Loin w/ Walnut-Lemon Sauce

    Matthew
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    Merino Lamb Loin w/ Walnut-Lemon Sauce 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 Virgin Olive Oil ¼…
  • 7 Delicious Pasta Recipes

    Matthew
    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…
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    Alosha's Kitchen

  • Banana Bread

    27 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Banana Breadvia Food NetworkIngredients1 cup granulated sugar8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature2 large eggs3 ripe bananas1 tablespoon milk1 teaspoon ground cinnamon2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon saltMethodPreheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.Cream the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mix in the milk and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix together the flour,…
  • Sausage, Spinach and Pepperoni Pasta Bake

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Things You Won't Believe Come From A Crock Pot

    ajeanroy
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Although we love them, crock pot recipes are generally the same; they either are a slow cooked meat that falls apart or something like a soup or stew. This is due to the high moisture content that develops from the way that a crock pot works. Delicious, but predictable. 
  • Kimchi Jjigae: How to Make Traditional Korean Kimchi Pork Stew

    sheriwetherell
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Kimchi stew (or kimchi jjigae) is perhaps the most common type of hot pot-style stews in Korea.
  • Creamy Mac n' Cheese Chili and Other Heart Warming Chili Recipes to Welcome Fall

    lrodrigues
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Chili is an iconic fall meal.  Whether it's because our taste buds crave a bowl filled with a hearty stew or the warm spices infused with the broth, chili and fall are a perfect duo.
  • 30 Minute Maple Dijon Chicken Recipe

    lrodrigues
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Maple Dijon chicken is a sweet and savory dish that's perfect for the changing of the seasons.  Sauteed chicken breasts are paired with a maple sauce flavored with piquant Dijon mustard, spicy red pepper flakes and chicken broth.
  • 2 Super Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes

    lrodrigues
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Chicken is consistently on the dinner menu because it's versatile.  One day you can be visiting the beaches of Baja Mexico with chicken breasts flavored with lime, garlic and chile and on the next, savoring chicken dusted with cumin, cinnamon and paprika from the deserts of Morocco.
 
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  • 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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  • Apple Pear Sauce + an Applesauce Recipe Roundup

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Take the best-tasting autumn apples, combine them with juicy pears and what do you get? A healthy, sugar-free applesauce snack (or dessert!) your kids will happily eat. Juicy, crunchy, sour, or sweet, apples in autumn are the perfect family treat! Whether you bake them in a pie, slice them for a lunch box snack, or use them for this easy applesauce recipe, apples pack great nutrition into every delicious bite. One medium apple has just 95 calories and 4 grams of filling fiber, and now that they’re in season, the flavors are at their peak. To show our love for apples, we use them in…
  • Morning Oats with Concord Grapes, Walnuts, and Dried Cranberries + Grape Nutrition

    Liz
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    Add flavor, color, and good nutrition to your family’s morning bowl of oatmeal by topping with dried cranberries, walnuts, and Concord grapes … which I’m about to tell you all about! If you struggle to get your kids to eat their fruits and vegetables, just visit a farmers’ market or local farm, or plant a backyard garden. It’s amazing what you might find or grow and how produce plucked straight from the garden can entice even the pickiest of eaters to try something new. My boys outgrew picky eating a long time ago, but I’m still on the constant lookout for…
  • How to Dehydrate Tomatoes + Gluten-Free Fusilli with Oven-Dried Tomatoes

    Janice
    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…
  • 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…
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  • Imaginary Argentina

    dan
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    I often forget that before coming down to Buenos Aires the first time a decade ago, I really had no idea what the country, nor the city, were like. These days, I often find myself amused when I hear from people headed down this way, with visions of what they’re going to find that are so far off of reality. But it’s not their fault, any more than that I constantly find myself talking to locals who think that everyone in New York lives in an apartment like the gang on Friends or that the entire US is pretty much identical to New York, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or…
  • Bite Marks #4

    dan
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    There was a rumor that local Recoleta casual spot Delicious Café, Laprida 2015, offers up a Wednesday only hamburger that a few people were touting as the best patty in the city. Given that I’m fond of their pastries, I thought I’d give it a shot one recent hump-day. Luckily, it turns out, it was indeed a Wednesday when they were offering the burger, because the rumor was simply wrong – it’s just a special that they put on the menu when they feel like rotating it through the list of daily specials – it could be any day of the week, or more than one. I have…
  • If I only had a brain…

    dan
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Why, anybody can have a brain. That’s a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain.” – Wizard of Oz With the 92 bus pizza trek more or less winding down – given that it’s going to be just occasional visits when I can find the remaining places open, and even fewer new entries coming in for either The Great Sandwich Hunt or The Chronicles of Shawarma, it’s time to take on another quest. My thought was to head in the direction of something more Argentine – as when I set…
  • Reinventing the Whisk, #1

    dan
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    I just can’t call this series the Top-Master-Chopped-Iron Chef anymore, so for the moment, I’m going with Reinventing the Whisk as the series continues. It’s just something that came to mind. There was a brief flirtation with something rephrased from Cole Porter’s Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, but I discarded it. So we all know you’ve been waiting for our post on the “new versions” of sole veronique. The classic version got its due last week in a step-by-step post. As the night rolled around, Kevin and I had two additional cooks who signed up to…
  • Fennel & Chocolate

    dan
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    No, I’m not combining those two flavors in one dish, at least not yet…. Simply, the new dishes on the menu last week. We started off with our “vegetables a la tahitienne“, and moved swiftly into this new soup – a base of lots of fennel, with onion, garlic, allspice, salt and pepper, all simmered together in a vegetable stock. Then pureed, strained, and filled with blanched and shocked fava beans, flat and round green beans. Topped with croutons, a crumbled of toasted hazelnuts, and an anisette foam. A minor reworking of our hueveras fritas, returning it, more or…
 
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    LoveFeast Table

  • A Birthday Wish

    Kristin
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    I’ve known you for 20 years, almost as long as I’ve known my husband. We’ve raised our babies together, parented our littles through scraped knees, hurt feelings and joyful discoveries. We’ve talked countless hours on the phone and worked side by side while on skype. We’ve moved states apart with the resolve it was just the beginning of a new chapter and not the end of an old. We’ve argued and struggled and wrestled when our first born-ness wanted to be heard…and we listened. We listened to the intent of each other’s hearts. We leaned in, even…
  • Tastemaker~The Inspired Room

    Kristin
    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

    lovefeasttable
    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…
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    ChefBliss.com

  • 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?
  • CHANGES ARE COMING!

    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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    MANGO and GINGER

  • Words

    Kit Pollard
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Longtime M&G readers know that I love me some food-related intellectualizing. And yesterday was a banner day for just that.First, I ran across this FWx article about a recent academic paper, authored by a team from the University of Arizona, that examines Twitter language related to food. The map below, which shows, by state, the food term that was "trendiest" between October 2103 and May 2014. (Yes, I know that "trendiest" is not really scientific - and it's my word, not the authors' - but it's the quickest way to describe what they're trying to achieve. They eliminated words used…
  • 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…
 
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    Mango & Tomato

  • I'm No Longer a Brisket Virgin: Sara Moulton's Brisket Recipe

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Guess what!? I'm no longer a virgin!!!! Brisket-cooking virgin that is ;) Ok, I thought we all could use a bit of humor on this Wednesday. Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) was last week and I celebrated by making a quesadilla with apples, honey, sharp cheddar and grainy mustard. It was fantastic. Later that week I decided to make a brisket, which is a typical dish to serve for Rosh Hashana:
  • Roasted Fennel & Apple Soup and Blendtec Review

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    I ♥ gifts. Small gifts, large gifts, just-because gifts. I was thrilled when the lovely people from Blendtec decided to send me one of their machines so that I can play with it in my kitchen. The only two things I asked for were these: 1) it must fit in between my kitchen counter and upper cabinet 2) I love kitchen appliances in red. My wishes were granted! I flew back home from visiting my
  • Pizza Dinner In Seattle: Delancey

    25 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Last week when I flew to visit my family and friends in Seattle, the one place I really wanted to eat at (other than my parents' house because of the awesomeness that is my dad's borsch) was Delancey. Years ago I read Molly Wizenberg's A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table and not so secretly hoped that I too will find my ♥ through/because of my blog. It hasn't happened
  • 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
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    SheSimmers

  • Mon Dipping Sauce (น้ำปลามอญ) by Ong Bunjoon

    Leela
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    I recently fell in love with a book. I’m still head over heels as I’m typing this sentence. Long story short, I popped into a Kinokuniya during a quick layover in Bangkok early this summer in hopes of finding something tiny but texty and thrilling* to read on the 4-hour plane ride I’d catch later […] ....
  • Sichuan Peppercorn-Ginger-Butter Shrimp aka M’s Shook Shrimp

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

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

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

    Leela
    19 May 2014 | 12:35 pm
    I’ll tell you about this noodle dish and how to make it (my way) in just a few moments. For now, please let me announce that Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen is here! The book has become available online since last Tuesday, May 13th, and is now starting to pop […] ....
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  • 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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  • Using well maintained heating and air conditioning units can mean big home energy savings.

    Caroline Yates
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    When you think about having to repair your hot water heater or your air conditioning or heating unit, you probably are not very thrilled. After all, it usually means having to spend money on your unit when you may not be expecting to or ready to do so. The trouble with procrastinating on repairs of this kind is that by putting it off, you end up spending a lot more money in the long term trying to keep your home at a comfortable or even reasonable temperature. Taking proper care of your heating and cooling systems means that you will be able to save money on your heating and cooling costs.
  • The 5 Great Advantages of Blinds

    Emi
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    There are many different window treatments available for you to choose from. You can use curtains, shutters or drapes. Of the many different types available in the market, one good choice would be to go for blinds. Here are 5 reasons why you should do so: shades 1. Light control – Out of the many different types of window covering, blinds are the best when it comes to light control. You can choose to have all the light enter the room or even just a part of it. When putting it up you can fit the slats tightly if you want no light to enter the room. Take your bedroom for instance. If you want…
  • If You Need Immediate Locksmith Service, You Need to Call an Emergency Locksmith, such as Mobile Locksmith Pros of Sacramento.

    Ben
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Locks are designed to keep us out of harms way and to protect our possessions from thievery.  That being said, sometimes locks can malfunction or work against us.  When this does happen, it often happens at the most inopportune times.  Whether you are locked out of your car or house or locked into your bathroom, a good locksmith can help.  Of course, if this does happen, and you need immediate service, you will specifically need to call an emergency locksmith, such as Mobile Locksmith Pros of Sacramento.  They have prompt service, and their locksmiths are adept at dealing with all sorts…
  • Finding a storage unit that fits your needs.

    lincoln Deffenbaugh
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    Storage units are more and more common in the everyday lives of people in the United States.  Many people store personal things from their home that they don’t have room for, but that they also are not ready to throw or give away.  Others store items from family members who have passed away, while others store items that they only use during a certain time of year, e.g. skis or bicycles.  Still other people use them to store inventory for their work, or to store items that they use in their yards, such as lawnmowers.  Whatever the item or items you are looking to store, it is…
  • Window treatments balance the home need

    Dan
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:51 am
    Window treatments balance the home is needed. They are able to help you to put the perfect amount of light into the home and allow you to customize the home is needed. Natural sunlight is a great element to be able to have in the home. You save on energy cost by being able to have the natural light coming to the home yet you can use window covering to also help with being able to protect the home as well. By being able to have the natural light when needed and being able to block we need to can give you the perfect balance within the home to be able to allow you to make it just right. But…
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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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    In Jennie's Kitchen

  • the inevitable…

    Jennifer Perillo
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:38 pm
    I’m sure a few of you saw this coming. I haven’t started making gourmet meals for my new little lady, and must confess, I don’t see myself doing that (never say never, though, right?). Frankly, I don’t know enough about dogs’ nutritional needs to start cooking for Miche full-time, but I do know that onions […] Continue reading the rest of this post at www.injennieskitchen.com.
  • sunday evening thoughts

    Jennifer Perillo
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    I have this habit of curling up with Virginia at bedtime. I’ve been trying to wean her off the ritual, but the truth is that most nights I cherish those few special minutes. As we were curled up tonight, I looked at her profile, thumb in her mouth, the cute little bump of her nose […] Continue reading the rest of this post at www.injennieskitchen.com.
  • all in the family

    Jennifer Perillo
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Yes, I know, it’s been a while. I knew time was passing faster than I could keep up. My silence here inspired a few of you to send notes or leave comments wondering if everything is okay. The truth is that I decided to pull back a little at the end of August, just so […] Continue reading the rest of this post at www.injennieskitchen.com.
  • cantaloupe sorbet

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

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

  • Danji to Offer ML Budget Friendly Gimbap

    Chris H.
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo credit: Hooni Kim Hells Kitchen Korean restaurant, Danji, has earned a ton of accolades since its opening, including a Michelin star. Frustratingly their higher end lunch menu has always been just out of ML reach, with a lunch combo in the high teens. However, according to Chef/Owner Hooni Kim, Danji is now offering a [...]
  • National Coffee Day Means Freebies on Monday

    Andrea H
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Pick a day of the year and it’s some sort of National [enter food/beverage] Day. But on National Coffee Day Sept. 29, there will be free and discounted caffeine, and we thought you may like to know where to get a cup. Financier locations around the city will be giving out free small cups of [...]
  • Sadly, Arirang Has Shuttered

    Chris H.
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    In what is easily the most personally lamentable shutter announcement that I’ve ever posted in ML, I regret to report that beloved K-town mainstay Arirang, has reportedly closed. During the past decade of eating in K-town, Arirang has been an agent of good times – cheerful and laid back service, cheap soju and fairly priced, [...]
  • 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

    brianhoffman
    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 [...]
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    Burp!

  • Pizza Casserole with Zucchini Crust

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Are you inundated with zucchini from the garden? Tired of making zucchini bread?Yeah, we thought so (we are too).Then we've got another question for you: Do you like pizza? Do your kids?If the answer is "yes," we’ve got a recipe you're going to want to try.It's simple, really. Mix shredded drained zucchini with eggs and cheese. Spread it into a casserole dish and bake it for a while.Then top it with all of your favorite pizza toppings. Voila! This casserole combines everything that’s great about pizza with a vegetable-laden crust that tastes fantastic.We got the idea from…
  • 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…
 
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    GoodLife Eats

  • Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Cookies

    Brielle Gundersen
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
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  • Sweet and Sour Sausage

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

    TaylorK
    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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    Cooking In Stilettos™

  • Baking For A Cause – Maple Almond Spritz Cookies For #OXOGoodCookie

    Aly
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    OXO is doing some seriously great things in their fight against childhood cancer.  Last year I was thrilled to get my baking stilettos rockin’ for a good cause and went out of my comfort zone with an Apples and Spice Cupcake – perfect for fall.  When OXO put out a call for this years #OXOGoodCookie campaign, I decided to again go out of my comfort zone and decided to finally attempt spritz cookies.  If you see this lovely sticker on a product, like on some of these fab finds, OXO is donating a portion of the proceeds from that product to the fight to Cookies for Kids Cancer. …
  • Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls With Zesty Provolone Cheese Dip #10DaysofTailgate

    Aly
    28 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…
  • Shopping In Stilettos: Welcome Fall Edition

    Aly
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    Can you believe that October is JUST around the corner? One minute it’s Labor Day Weekend and now the pumpkins are EVERYWHERE. There’s a bit of a nip in the air in the evenings here in Philly but during the day, it’s still in the 70s and 80s so I guess we are holding onto the heat as long as we can before the big chill. I have yet to reorg. my wardrobe and pull out my cozy sweaters but I figure over the next two weeks, I’ll be able to transition as I’ve found some fall lovelies that need some attention – both in my wardrobe and in my kitchen as you will see in…
  • Coffee Breaks Call For Folgers Flavors and Praline Muffins #remixyourcoffee

    Aly
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    I customized my coffee using Folgers Flavors, as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #remixyourcoffee. My opinions, as always, are my own.  I’m all about options – there are days I feel like stilettos and then, as the day wears on, I’m switching out to flats or booties.  When it comes to my coffee, there are times when I’m craving a hazelnut latte or some french vanilla and, when I get to work, I find the standard breakfast blend or dark roast but for flavor options, I was out of luck.  Not fun. A new discovery crossed my path the other day – Folgers…
  • Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice For The #NCISNOLA Premiere

    Aly
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    It’s Fall Premiere season folks – last night was a doozy but tonight’s premieres have had me impatiently waiting since May.  It’s no secret that NCIS is one of my absolute favorite shows.   I have loved the show since its first season – the writing is excellent, the cast is hilarious and who doesn’t love seeing Gibbs smack McGee or Dinozzo upside the head when they deserve it.  Added bonus on Tuesdays – NCIS: Los Angeles with Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J and Linda Hunt aka Hetty – what wasn’t to love. Well – this season, they did a…
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    Kahakai Kitchen

  • The Book Tour Stops Here: "The Way Life Should Be" by Christina Baker Kline Served with a Simple Fennel & Parmesan Salad with Lemon (Recipe From the Book)

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    "You have il regalo," Nonna told me one steamy August evening before I left for college. The gift. A light touch, an instinctive to substitute and improvise. I knew I had it--it was one of the few things I was certain I did well. Though hopeless at chemistry in the classroom, I intuitively understood the alchemy of cooking."   The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker KlinePublisher's Blurb:Angela can feel the clock ticking. She is single in New York City, stuck in a job she doesn’t want and a life that seems to have, somehow, just happened. She inherited a flair for Italian cooking…
  • Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Tarragon (Dairy-Free) for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays

    28 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Can there be five more beautiful words than 'soup in a bread bowl?'  I think not. Especially when that soup is creamy and full of wonderful flavor. This one manages to be all that without any dairy, getting its smooth consistency from the pureed cauliflower. Its flavor comes from the tarragon remains that I didn't want to waste away in my veggie crisper and a 'secret' ingredient--Old Bay Seasoning. It's not just for seafood and I find myself slightly obsessed with the slightly smoky/spicy notes. My local grocery store has these sour dough bread bowls for $1.69 so I couldn't resist…
  • Fresh Pasta with Roasted Walnut Sauce for Cook the Books "A Thousand Days in Venice" by Marlena De Blasi

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    I've never been to Venice, or to Italy at all for that matter, but I feel like I have after reading  A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance by Marlena De Blasi, our Cook the Books August/September selection, hosted by Debra of Eliot's Eats. Marlena is a American chef visiting Italy, Fernando (aka 'the stranger') is a Venetian banker. He first falls in love with her after seeing her across a plaza and then finds her again in a cafe a year later. She follows down the love rabbit hole soon after he does, and finds herself packing up and moving to Venice to marry him. The book…
  • Heavenly Island Lifestyle Restaurant at Shoreline Waikiki Hotel {Media Dinner & Restaurant Review}

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Like many bloggers, I get periodic requests to attend a media event or try out a new restaurant. I don't do it a lot. Often it is due to time constraints, sometimes due to the type of restaurant--for a mostly-veggie-with-some-fish-thrown-in blog, I get a lot of steakhouse and meat-centric invitations. ;-)  When the email for the new Heavenly Island Lifestyle Restaurant came through, I was immediately attracted to the philosophy and the menu. A 'health-conscious menu reflecting the richness of Hawaii and using local and organic ingredients' is something I can get behind. So, I asked if I…
  • The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "The Angel of Losses" by Stephanie Feldman Served with Matzoh Brei

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:49 am
    Jewish folklore, history, sisterly relationships and family secrets come together in the mystical novel, The Angel of Losses by Stephanie Feldman. I am happy to be reviewing it today and serve it up with a breakfast of Matzoh Brei, a dish inspired by my reading as a stop on the TLC Book Tour. Publisher's Blurb:The Tiger’s Wife meets A History of Love in this inventive, lushly imagined debut novel that explores the intersections of family secrets, Jewish myths, the legacy of war and history, and the bonds between sisters.When Eli Burke dies, he leaves behind a mysterious…
 
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    Daily Blender

  • Dining and Drinking: 48 Hours in… San Francisco

    Jennifer Heigl
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    We’re venturing to the west coast today, to the place where hearts are left and the Fernet flows freely – beautiful San Francisco, California. The iconic city by the bay is not only a tourist’s dream, it’s food and drink destination, with an abundance of cocktail pioneers and Michelin stars. The post Dining and Drinking: 48 Hours in… San Francisco appeared first on 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.
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    Chocolate & Zucchini

  • October 2014 Desktop Calendar

    clotilde
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:10 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 October is a picture of my jar of granola, which I make a little bit differently each time, but always following this basic…
  • September Favorites

    clotilde
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Some of my favorite finds and reads for this month: ~ Ever wanted to get a food-related tattoo? Here are a few temporary ones you can test-drive. ~ A simple recipe for yogurt popsicles. I’ve been tempted to get some pop molds and this may push me over the edge. ~ Who makes the best pain au chocolat in Paris? ~ What kids’ school menus look like in Japan. ~ How to make chocolate chip cookies exactly how you like them. ~ The Eater site publishes its list of banned words. ~ You have until January 3 to go and see this Paris exhibition on the fascinating history of the spoon. ~ I love…
  • Soy Sauce Roasted Cashews Recipe

    clotilde
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:08 am
    I love the bulk section at my local organic store. I love that it allows me to cut down on the packaging, as I strive to bring back and reuse the same paper bags until they give out in exhaustion. I love that I pay less for the exact same products or ingredients, and I love that it gives me an opportunity to purchase sample-size amounts of new foods without committing to a whole package. This is how I recently got ahold of some shoyu roasted cashews from Jean Hervé — an all-around fantastic brand for nut butters — that proved all kinds of good, crunchy and toasty and salty but…
  • Charred Broccoli and Avocado Salad Recipe

    clotilde
    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

    clotilde
    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 under 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…
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    David Lebovitz

  • Caractère de Cochon: Ham & Charcuterie Shop in Paris

    David
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    Many times, I’ve walked by Caractère de Cochon, a slip of a place on a side street, just next to the earnest Marché des Enfants Rouges, in the ever-growing hipper upper haut (upper) Marais, and wondered about the cave à jambons jam-packed with hams of all sorts hanging in the window and from the rafters. But I’ve never stepped inside. But recently I was talking to my friend Jennifer, and she’d mentioned the place in glowing terms, letting me know it was, indeed, an amazing emporium dedicated to all-things-ham. So we made a date to go. However as (my) luck would have it,…
  • Paris Booksigning at Treize…a baker’s dozen, this Sunday

    David
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:55 pm
    This coming weekend I’ll be at Treize…a baker’s dozen, in Paris on Sunday, October 5th, from noon to 1pm. I’ll be signing copies of My Paris Kitchen at one of the latest, and sweetest, cafés in Paris – Treize…a baker’s dozen. Located in a gorgeous Left Bank courtyard, Treize…a baker’s dozen, where owner and chef Laurel Sanderson charms locals and expats with her home-style cooking, much of it rooted in flavors from her native South Carolina. Yet blended with a French sensibility, and French ingredients. The café serves lunch, brunch and…
  • Helene’s Brownies

    David
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    The French do a lot of baked goods very well. if you’ve been to Paris, you don’t need me to tell you that with over 1300 bakeries in Paris, it’s not hard to find a pastry or baked good on every block that will be more satisfying than you can imagine. One of the rare baked goods that the French haven’t quite mastered are les brownies. If you see them in bakeries and try one, you’ll find they’re often on the pas humid side. I’m not sure why, because they’re simple to make, and don’t require any special techniques: You just stir everything…
  • Six Books I’ve Been Enjoying

    David
    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

    David
    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…
 
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    Dorie Greenspan - On the Road and in the Kitchen with Dorie

  • My Publisher Loves You: HMH wants to send you a Baking Chez Moi Kitchen Towel

    Dorie Greenspan
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
      Dear sweet bakers, cooks and readers, You already know that I love you – lots.  But now you’re about to discover that my publisher, HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), loves you too. HMH has created beautiful BAKING CHEZ MOI kitchen towels and bundled them up prettily with ribbon and a sneak-preview recipe for my Real Hot Chocolate (“real” as in made with real chocolate and so good that one sip will have you imagining  yourself beside the Eiffel Tower).  If you’ve pre-ordered a copy of Baking Chez Moi, HMH is ready to prove their love by…
  • 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…
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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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  • Paris Pix: Wall art

    John Talbott
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
  • Reviews of reviews: The week of September 22nd, 2014

    John Talbott
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    Monday-Tuesday, in A Nous Paris, Philippe Toinard, reviewed and gave 4/5 dots to the “restaurant of the rentree” famed Singapore chef Andre Chiang’s Porte 12, 12 rue des Messageries in the 10th (the old Café Panique space) 01.42.46.22.64, closed Saturday lunch, Sunday and Monday, with lunch menus at 28 and 35 and dinner at 58 and 65 E for items such as a risotto of soy sprouts, “exploding” melon capsule, merlan and interesting sounding desserts; meanwhile Jerome Berger reviewed and gave 3/5 dots to the previously mentioned Pages in the 16th.Tuesday in Le Fooding, Matthieu…
  • Trinacria Cafe in Baltimore MD: Not a destination, but fine lunch joint for the locals.

    John Talbott
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    Trinacria Cafe in Baltimore is an offshoot of Trinacria Foods -  Italian Deli and Gourmet Grocery, which has been in business since 1908.  Why it took a century plus to figure out that Baltimorons wanted/needed an Italian eat-in/take-out joint on the Westside Downtown is a mystery; but it matters not, it's a fine addition to the city's lackluster restaurant opportunities.  Colette and i went on an impulse and a fine impulse it was. She ordered a Greek Salad (1/2 of which she took home) and I had Trinacria's "Famous Sausage" on a margheritta (not…
  • Paris Pix: Dejeuner sur L'herbe redux

    John Talbott
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
  • Paris Pix: Classy wedding car in the nabe.

    John Talbott
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
 
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    Tomato Kumato

  • Savory Summer Clafoutis

    emiglia
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:18 am
    Tweet If 12-year-old me knew that there would be some days when I wouldn’t even think about the fact that I was a loser in 6th grade, I don’t think she would know what to do with herself. Let’s be clear, here, before I go down this road. 12-year-old me coped pretty well with the fact that she was kind of a loser. She didn’t feel like the kinds of losers you see in movies. She didn’t gasp and say, “My God! That’s me!” when she watched She’s All That or whatever other Freddie Prinze Jr. movie featured a loser girl at the time (there were…
  • Early Autumn Savory Fruit Salad

    emiglia
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Tweet It’s hard to have the same voice in two languages. I’m not talking about timbre and tone, though I know my voice is pitched differently in French and in English. My father told me once — it’s higher or lower in English, but I don’t remember which. But when I talk about voice, I mean it as a writer, as a person who relates to the world through words, whether written or spoken. I do not write in French as I do in English; this bothers me less, except when it comes to the Country Boy, who doesn’t read my English the way others do. As a writer, that can…
  • Feeling Good About 27

    emiglia
    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

    emiglia
    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

    emiglia
    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…
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  • Walnut Marsala Cream Sauce for Pasta

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    Tossing pasta in tomato sauce is probably what I make most often but today I wanted to prepare something out of the ordinary. I had ready-made pumpkin ravioli pasta for our upcoming Fall holidays and prepared a walnut marsala cream sauce.  The sauce revolved around 3 main flavorings: finely chopped (almost powdered) walnuts, marsala wine and cream top. Once I tossed the ravioli in a bit of oil to give them a nice texture, I poured the decadent pasta sauce over the pumpkin ravioli. Give this sauce a try you won't be using regular tomato sauce for a while! Full Recipe...
  • Wine-Braised Chuck Roast with Pasta

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Baby Aria's choice of meat, by far, is beef. And the more tender it is, the more she likes it. I really enjoy making one-dish meals for her. Today, I seared boneless beef chuck steaks, then braised them in wine (the alcohol cooks off during the braising process). Once tender, I boiled campanelle pasta and transferred it to the beef pot. The flavorful gravy sneaked into the cavities of the odd-shaped trumpet-like pasta, which made it more fun for Aria to eat. I flavored the dish wth fresh thyme, clove, parsley, tomato paste. bay leaf, turnips, onions and garlic. The key ingredient, though, is…
  • Crookneck Squash Gemelli Pasta (Vegetarian Pasta Recipe)

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    It's Meatless Monday and today I'm sharing with you one of baby Aria's favorite pasta dishes. I used gemelli pasta, cut crookneck squash the same size as the pasta and flavored them with tarragon and parsley crème fraîche. The crookneck squash provides a soft texture to the dish and the same-sized pieces make for easy eating, especially for little ones. I hope your weekend was as adventuresome as ours. We spent the weekend at Half Moon Bay State Beach. It wasn't too hot with the ocean breeze. It was so peaceful and quiet; exactly what we needed! Aria and I wandered along the…
  • List Of Indian Dal Dishes

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    Dal is a mainstay on Indian tables. It's such a staple that it accompanies almost every meal at my home, especially for my father-in-law. In general, the lentil dish is internationally renowned for its simple ingredients: lentils (whatever kind), ghee or oil and chiles with various spices and flavorings such as garlic, ginger or cumin. Over the years, I've learned to enjoy dal.. Interestingly, the key to a well-balanced vegetarian diet (75% of my family have adopted a vegetarian regimen) is to combine a starch (such as rice) and a legume (such as beans or lentils). My favorite lentil meal is…
  • Caribbean Crab Pilaf Recipe (Matete)

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    When I went back to Paris last summer, Papa told me about their recent vacation to the magical islands of the French West Indies (Antilles francaises), Martinique and Guadeloupe. He told me about the food he ate there and about a particular dish he adored called Matété (also named Matoutou). It's a spicy crab pilaf and its preparation is very similar to our Vietnamese crab cua rang muối. The difference from the Asian dish is the flavorings, which consist of fresh thyme, celery, flat-leaf parsley, bay leaves, green onions and fresh Scotch bonnet peppers. We planted hot chile…
 
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  • Amaretti Tiramisu + {Lavazza Keurig GIVEAWAY}

    Paula
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    If you’ve been around my little corner of the web or have known me for more than 5 minutes you know my absolute two hands down favorite things to eat are Spaghetti alla Carbonara and Tiramisu. Hands down. No need for me to even think about it. Those will always be my answers. Always. I get glossy eyes and glaze over just at the thought of them. At this very moment I’m contemplating making Carbonara for lunch. ^&**(!)%). If I didn’t have to get into this little black dress this weekend I would be all over that. Sigh. I’ve been trying to be better about portions,…
  • Cranberry Sage Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs

    Paula
    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

    Paula
    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

    Paula
    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

    Paula
    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…
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    Chef Tom Cooks - Recipe Blog

  • Smoked Paprika Steak Wraps with Horseradish Cream

    Thomas Grossmann
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:26 pm
    4 sirloin steaks (6oz each) 1 garlic clove, minced 2 teaspoons smoked paprika olive oil 1/2 cup sour cream 3 tablespoons minced prepared horseradish 8 small flour tortillas 1/3 cup baby greens 2 ripe avocados, sliced pickled red onions salt and black pepper, to taste Rub the steaks with garlic on both sides.  Season both sides with salt, black pepper and smoked paprika. Heat a grill or grill pan over high heat and brush with oil.  Add the steaks and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side.  Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together the horseradish and sour cream. …
  • 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 SaladSmoked Paprika Steak Wraps with Horseradish CreamHoisin SauceChicken Fajita Skillet
  • 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
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  • Giveaway: You Could Win This Wooden Bowl Set!

    Bitten Word
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
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  • Seared Scallops with Grape-Mint Relish

    Bitten Word
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
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  • Planning for the Chill: Fall Books

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    25 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
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  • Rosa’s Biscuits

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    23 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
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  • Before It's (Technically) Gone: Photos from Summer

    Bitten Word
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
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    Restaurant Recipes - Popular Restaurant Recipes you can make at Home: Copykat.com

  • CopyKat Favorites September

    Stephanie
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Another month has passed us by, and I have rounded up a few items that I am loving this month. This month features a couple of apps, some books I am reading, and a few things I am into lately. So here we go. Technology FavoritesThis month I was on the road again traveling. I am not typically all for road trips. I would much rather fly than drive any day. This summer I took a couple of trips which were just about 4,000 miles. My favorite app for door to door directions became WAZE. I liked it better than my Google maps. It has the advantage of letting you know if there are road hazards in real…
  • Panera Bread Honey Walnut Cream Cheese Spread

    Stephanie
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Panera Bread Honey Walnut Cream Cheese Spread is an amazing topping for bagels. I think one of the reason bagels taste so much better when you go out is due to the toppings you can place on top of them. I don’t know why flavored cream cheese spreads are very tasty and they can be expensive. I love the way the Panera Bread Honey Walnut Cream Cheese tastes. It is as a rich sweetness of honey, crunch walnuts, and just a touch of cinnamon make this perfect to spread on your bagel any time of day. The cream cheese they use is the lighter variety. Neufchatel when whipped is the perfect light…
  • Creamy Alfredo Sauce

    Stephanie
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Creamy Alfredo Sauce is a slight variation on your traditional Alfredo Sauce. You might wonder how do you make Alfredo Sauce. How is this different creamy Alfredo Sauce Different? I add a variety of hard Italian cheeses and 1 egg yolk. The result is a creamy Alfredo sauce that tastes wonderful.Alfredo Sauce is so easy to make. Whenever people ask me for an easy recipe I always suggest Alfredo Sauce. While it may not be the healthiest meal to have, it is great for low carb people, and it is good in moderation. How you make this Alfredo sauce, is pretty close to the standard way of making…
  • Corelle Plate of Shame Giveaway

    Stephanie
    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

    Stephanie
    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…
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  • Grilled Peaches For Later

    Curt McAdams
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    This has been an odd season. With the cooler weather, produce has been available later than I remember seeing it. I just got some fresh peaches that were great. So I bought some more. Then I realized I couldn’t eat them all. What to do, what to do? The answer was actually quite easy… Can them! Canning fruit is really simple, as a lot of fruit doesn’t need anything to keep if canned properly. The acidity is low enough to keep the fruit safely. But I couldn’t just can plain old peaches, could I? If you’ve been around here much, you know that I can’t!   I…
  • 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…
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  • Surprise-Inside Streusel Apple Loaf

    Kelsey
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    There is no limit to the amount of apples I want to cook/eat/bake this time of year. We’ve even been working double-time to acquire them. I’ve been buying them up at the grocery store and farmer’s market, and picking them straight from the source. I would worry that we are drowning in apples if I didn’t have some many things to make with them. So far I’ve revisited a few old favorites and made this new one. It is a simple apple loaf studded with a brown sugar streusel. But instead of being flavored with chopped apples throughout, the apples are spread in one even…
  • Rice Cooker Breakfast Burritos + Panasonic Rice Cooker Giveaway

    Kelsey
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the few kitchen appliances I’ve never purchased is a rice cooker. I am pretty good at cooking rice on the stovetop so it never seemed crucial to have one. Would we eat more rice if I had one at the ready all the time? Probably. So when Panasonic asked me to test out a SR-DF101 rice cooker and participate in their #RiseandShine Better Breakfast Month I figured it was a good idea. It was the perfect opportunity to finally test this appliance everyone loves and see just how versatile it is. Since the challenge focused on all breakfast foods I decided to make breakfast burrito wraps.
  • 3 Wines I Love Right Now

    Kelsey
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    As I mentioned this summer, I am slowly dipping my toe into wine writing and have been teaching myself about wine bit by bit. It is so much fun, but also very hard. Sometimes I fall so in love with a wine that I want to serve it with everything I make forever and ever. I have to force myself to take a break from it, move on, and try something new. Not always easy! Tasting wine is all about detecting nuances in flavor and texture which, I find, can be so much harder than declaring a recipe a success or failure. I am loving the new challenge and doing my best to keep track of my tasting notes.
  • Apple Crumbs Muffins, Pumpkin Power Muffins & More!

    Kelsey
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here is some deliciousness I’ve been cooking up around the web this week! Pear Crumb Muffins on Lifetime Moms Lightened up Mac & Cheese with Spinach on Lifetime Moms Pumpkin Power Muffins on Mom.me Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies on Mom.me
  • Spiced Pear Pancakes for Fall

    Kelsey
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    We are huge pancake fans and this fall I’ve been all about flavoring mine with fresh fruit. So far I’ve made them with strawberries, blueberries, and pumpkin. And now I’m addicted to my newest favorite: grated pear. These easy to make breakfast cakes are simply awesome for fall. They taste just like a pie and feature all of my favorite warm spices of these season. One of the best features of these pancakes is that they truly come together with ease. It is just like making your favorite pancakes except you fold in the fresh fruit. Since the fruit is grated you don’t…
 
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    Art & Lemons

  • recently + friday links

    ArtandLemons
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    September is hoppin’ and I have a number of new projects I can’t wait to share with you (soon)! I’m in the photo editing room today catching up on work but I wanted to pop in and share some links to get you through the weekend. Oh and before I forget, my e-course Develop Your Photo Habit & Style, has a new Facebook page, stop by and give it a thumbs up and follow the links and updates for more photo inspiration. Happy Friday, Friends! Hasselblad 500cm | Ilford Delta Pro 3200 Recently around the web: + Portrait of a House + Hot hot heat at Chilifest! + Behind the Kitchen…
  • Apple-Cherry Dumpling Pies (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

    ArtandLemons
    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

    ArtandLemons
    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)

    ArtandLemons
    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.)

    ArtandLemons
    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…
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    Very Culinary

  • Mini Caprese Skewers

    Amy Flanigan
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Monster Fruit Dip with Apple Mouths

    Amy Flanigan
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Tater Tots® potatoes Breakfast Casserole

    Amy Flanigan
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • 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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    POPSUGAR Food

  • The Basics: Herb-Butter Roasted Turkey With Pan Gravy

    Anna-Monette-Roberts
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Serious Thanksgiving cooks swear by brining, and while the process contributes to succulent, seasoned meat, there are work-arounds for the person who frankly isn't going to babysit a brining bird for up to three days. Enter this herb-butter roasted turkey. It's a prep-and-roast-the-day-of kind of recipe, but 'tis no matter, because the flavor payoff is major. This turkey is all buttery, herby, lemony goodness. And just when you think things couldn't get any better, take a look at the pan gravy. There's no need for the instant stuff when the turkey drippings, some stock, and flour come…
  • The Ultimate Way to Organize Your Fridge

    Nicole-Perry
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The ultimate way to organize your fridge - HuffPost Taste PepsiCo may be developing Pop Rocks-stuffed granola bars - Grub Street How to curate the perfect dinner-party playlist - Tasting Table Marcus Samuelsson's under-the-radar San Francisco picks - Travel + Leisure Apparently, millennials aren't drinking enough beer - Eater Mushroom foraging for beginners - Food52 Source: Greatist
  • How to Celebrate Oktoberfest Anywhere, Anytime

    Allie-Merriam
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Happy Oktoberfest! The annual German party is currently raging on in Munich, but you don't have to fly to Europe to get in on the fun. We headed to New York City's Bierhaus to learn the best tricks to have your very own Bavarian bash, complete with music, drinks, and snacks!
  • Jack-o'-Lantern Cake Pops Are Almost Too Cute to Eat

    Brandi-Milloy
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Cake pops are a festive touch to just about any occasion, from weddings to birthdays - and that includes, of course, All Hallows' Eve. Learn how to make and decorate a these basic treats on a stick, along with a few of our kitchen techniques for making these treats like the pros. Once you've mastered the technique, discover how to disguise your pops like jack-o'-lanterns for a bite that's truly befitting on Halloween. On Brandi: Jessie Steele Apron.
  • 17 Good-Looking Lunches to Bring to Work

    Lisette-Mejia
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Bringing your lunch to work (or school) doesn't have to be a difficult or time-intensive task. It's a wonderful way to save money and fuel up on major flavor. These inviting dishes may inspire you to start packing a brown bag, even a few days out of the week. Take a look! - Additional reporting by Hilary White and Susannah Chen Photos: Anna Monette Roberts and Nicole Perry
 
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    Hedonia

  • The Eatsdropper, Whole Foods Edition

    Hedonia
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    I recently was invited to check out the new Steep Brew Taproom at Whole Foods SoMa as a guest. It's the second taproom in a Whole Foods in the city, probably the last. (The other is in the Potrero Hill location.) I enjoyed chatting with curator, Wesley Anderson (yes, that's his real name, and no, no relation) about his philosophy for the place. Wes is aiming to keep the selection mostly local, strongly focused on small-batch and featuring brews that are not available in the cold case. In... Read more on Hedonia ...
  • The Eatsdropper's chocolate chip cookies are oooooold

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

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

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

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

  • Tattoo Ideas That Make Life Stay Permanent

    acquired
    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

    acquired
    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

    acquired
    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. http://onethousandwords.tumblr.com 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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    Food Wishes Video Recipes

  • Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Not Exactly Like P.F. Chang’s, But Close Enough for the Internet

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I don’t do a lot of copycat recipes; mostly because I don’t eat at the restaurants people are requesting the recipes from. I mean, unless their going to throw in a couple bottles of wine, I’m not going to Olive Garden to figure out how they do their breadsticks. These chicken lettuce wraps, however, are a delicious exception. When I go back to visit my mom, we usually make it to P.F. Chang’s at least once, and always start the meal with their very popular chicken lettuce wraps. Off the record, they do a good job with most of the dishes I’ve had, but the wraps are clearly my…
  • Pumpkin Seed Brittle – Break Some Off This Halloween

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    This pumpkin seed brittle recipe was a lot easier to make than film. The procedure for nut brittle, or in this case, seed brittle, is very simple, but there are points in the recipe when you have to move fast, which is unfortunate when you have to move a camera and set up shots. Even with these challenges, it came out just fine, and I’m only complaining as a way to build confidence. Once your sugar mixture has turned a nice caramel color, you have to immediately turn off the heat, add your baking soda (be careful), then your nuts or seeds (be careful), and hastily mix until combined.
  • Does This Count?

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    As I recently mentioned, I'd really love to make it to Video 2,000, and I just thought of a way to do that a little quicker than seven years. I may start doing golf tips on off days. This is me demonstrating my famous backwards-between-the-legs shot. I couldn't take a normal stance with the ball so close to the edge of the sand trap, so this was the only option. My father-in-law Al is on the green, and my sister-in-law Jennifer is filming. We were playing the gorgeous, Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. I don't remember if I made the put. ;) Enjoy!
  • Crostini Dijonnaise – Mustard-Infused Toasts for Extra Special Spreads

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    If you’re going to serve your pate or rillettes with toasted bread and mustard anyway, why not save a step, and just make mustard-flavored crostini? That’s the question I asked myself while making the potted duck spread we just posted, and this was the answer.  For a first attempt I was very happy with the results. These had the same crispy crunch of traditional crostini, but also offered a fairly noticeable, mustardy zing.I’m looking forward to trying some variations using hot mustard powder, maybe mixed into a little olive oil. Speaking of oil, my only criticism is that these…
  • Duck Rillettes – It Only Tastes Like Duck Butter with Extra Butter

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Duck rillettes is one of the most amazing culinary magic tricks of all time. Even though most of the spread is made up of fairly lean duck meat, by emulsifying in a little butter, duck fat, and duck gelatin, you’ll swear the final product has the fat content of the finest foie gras torchon. By the way, I miss foie gras torchon. The key here is to mash the large chunks of cold duck with the warm duck fat and gelatin. As the meat breaks down, the fat cools and turns the whole bowl into creamy duck spread heaven. Pack it in a crock, keep it sealed with a layer of fat, and you have an…
 
 
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    Always Order Dessert

  • Vanilla & Brown Sugar Mayonnaise Cupcakes

    Alejandra Ramos
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    I have a confession to make. I'm NOT the best person when it comes to remembering birthdays. I can tell you the month and often even the week, but exact dates are forever escaping my memory. Even my own husband has heard me ask him on multiple occasions, "Your birthday is the 5th, right? Or is it the 4th?" Seriously...SO terrible! If you're anything like me, I can tell you that the
  • Garlic Herb Monkey Bread

    Alejandra Ramos
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Earlier this month, Eugene, Hudson, and I packed into the car and drove down to Maryland to co-host a baby shower for my friend Sara. As far as showers go, we kept it super relaxed, with a guest list that included everyone--men, women, kids, even the dog. I was in charge of food (of course), and pulled together an easy, crowd-pleasing menu to feed the large group. I prepared an array of hearty
  • Rigatoni with Chorizo and Spicy Chipotle Cream Sauce

    Alejandra Ramos
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    As much as I tried to fight it, it seems that Autumn has officially come and settled in for the next few months. Along with jackets and warmer clothing, I find myself being drawn to heartier, more comforting recipes for dinner. The kind of dishes that come together quickly, and are best shared in large bowls around the table with family and friends. This Rigatoni with Chorizo and Spicy
  • 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-
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    Joyful Abode

  • Balsamic Green Beans and Onions

    Emily Chapelle
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I love green beans basically any way a person could cook them. But sometimes I like to mix it up a little bit, and make something a little more exciting than just adding butter, salt, and pepper. I made this dish as a side to our main course when my in-laws were visiting recently, and everyone loved it. My mother-in-law was taking notes so that she could make it again once she got back home. So I guess it passed that test! Plus, the kids asked for seconds. Which basically means you should go make this right now. Print Balsamic Green Beans and Onions Author: Emily Chapelle Recipe…
  • Preschool “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” Craft

    Emily Chapelle
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    My 4 year old loves to do her own little craft projects. She draws, does “scribble-scrabble writing”, traces, cuts, rips, glues, and explores the materials on her own. But sometimes, she comes to me asking sweetly, “Mama, may I have an activity?” And of course, I’m more than happy to set her up with something fun that’s a bit outside of her usual projects. Lately, the kids have both been totally enthralled with the book Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Have you read it? It’s about a town called Chewandswallow, where it doesn’t rain, snow, or…
  • 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…
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    Only Cookware Blog

  • Stoneline Cookware Review – 12 Piece Set with Bonus Knife Set

    Wanda
    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

    Wanda
    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

    Wanda
    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

  • Ludo Lefebvre: A Rebel Chef's French Classics

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Why on earth is pop-up pioneer Ludo Lefebvre opening an old-school French bistro in Los Angeles? And why is he taking on the painstaking and ultratraditional work of French winemaking? The answers lie in Ludo’s native Burgundy. No one’...
  • Brooklyn's Urban Cowboy B&B Brings the Southwest to East Williamsburg

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    With the exception of the massive, perpetually packed Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg has long been a ghost town when it comes to stylish hotel rooms. Now a new bed and breakfast has sprung up in residential East Williamsburg that perfectly captures the...
  • 7 Ways to Upgrade Scrambled Eggs

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In this week’s video from Panna, F&W BNC Daniel Patterson revealed the easy way to make creamy, fluffy scrambled eggs by poaching them. It’s a terrific trick that produces great results with barely any mess. Here, more ways to make...
  • 4 Things to Remember When Hosting a Big Party

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Lifestyle expert and The Chew co-host Clinton Kelly (a former cater waiter) believes pouring glasses and busing empties are tasks anyone having a big party should farm out. Here are his tips for hiring and working with servers. Use trusted sources...
  • The Easiest Fall Cocktail Ever

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender’s expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks. Chef Tory Miller, of L’Etoile in Madison, Wisconsin, has come up with the...
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    Healthy Eats – Food Network Healthy Living Blog

  • The Chef’s Take: Kabocha Squash Soup from The Fat Radish

    Andrea Strong
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Fat Radish, which opened in 2010, is one of those perfect New York City restaurants. The uncomplicated, slightly British, vegetable-focused menu traces the seasons with local as its mantra. The... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • Winter Squash, Three Delicious Ways

    Amy Chaplin
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Soon winter squash of all shapes and sizes — from butternut and kabocha to acorn and delicata — will fill farm stands and grocery stores. Their sweet flesh is delicious when simply... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • A Cookbook Devoted to Chia Seeds? Yes, Indeed.

    Alia Akkam
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sure, it immediately calls to mind those sprouting terracotta planters first popularized in catchy 80s commercials, but chia certainly shouldn’t be relegated to kitschy “pet” status. A... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • Football Sunday? Try These Healthy Tailgating Snacks

    Silvana Nardone
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Get your game-day buzz on with these winning tailgating snack recipes. They’ll get everyone in the team spirit — and you’ll score points ’cause they’re good for you, too.... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • 5 Kitchen Habits to Break (Let’s Get Some Food Safety Up in Here)

    Toby Amidor
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    We often think those small bad habits in the kitchen are no big deal. But it’s the little things that can lead to food-borne illness. In honor of Food Safety Month (September!), here are... ** 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

  • Learning to Live in the Moment with #fmsphotoaday

    Wendy Hammond
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Recently I decided that I don’t take enough pictures. I also find myself taking photos in my mind, but later wish I had taken a photo for real. And there really is no excuse, I mean my phone has a perfectly good camera on it and it is always in my hand! I wanted to figure out a way to capture every day moments, to focus on the present, without all the hassle of digital scrapbooking (I have ambitions of doing Project Life or Project 365 or something, but alas, that has not materialized.) I mean, I love to digital scrapbook, but there are always more pressing things to do. So a couple of…
  • 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…
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    The Kitchn | Inspiring cooks, nourishing homes

  • Can I Still Use a Chipped Enamel Pot? — Good Questions

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Q: I have big enamel pot and it is chipped on the inside. Can I still use it if the enamel is off and the black product is showing? Please advise me. I am afraid to use it. Sent by Carol READ MORE »
  • Everything You Could Ever Want To Know About Spanish Charcuterie — New Cookbook

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The book: Charcutería by Jeffrey Weiss The angle: You bring the pork, we'll bring the know-how. Recipes for right now: Jamón, Bacalao Al Pil Pil, Lomo (Pork Loin) Adobado, Chorizo Fresco, Morcilla (Blood Sausage) de Arroz, Carcamusa (Spanish Chili) Who would enjoy this book? Anyone with a pork CSA and(or) a deep and abiding love for Spanish cured meats. READ MORE »
  • Recipe: Paneer Mughlai Curry — Weeknight Dinner Recipes from The Kitchn

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    One of my favorite dinner party dishes is this paneer cheese curry, Mughlai-style. I've simplified the recipe and it actually takes less than 30 minutes to put together, including the prep, but it doesn't lose any of its incredible flavor in the process. But I can guarantee that your family and guests will think you've slaved over the stove for hours when you present this to them, all creamy, fragrant and delicately spiced. READ MORE »
  • 5 Things That Don't Belong In the Kitchen Junk Drawer — Kitchen Organizing

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    There are two kinds of junk drawers. There's the kind that you open with one hand and, with the other hand, sweep the contents of the kitchen countertop into and shove shut. Then there's the properly curated, random junk stashing spot. Here's how to keep your drawer of chaos in check: READ MORE »
  • How To Carve a Pumpkin for Halloween — Halloween Lessons from The Kitchn

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Open Slideshow Carving a pumpkin isn’t rocket science, but it’s still wise to have a game plan. Before you lop off the top of that pumpkin and grab a handful of gooey squash guts, take a look through our basic guide to carving the best Halloween pumpkin. You’ll end up with a cute, basic Jack O’Lantern with easy, no-fuss clean-up afterwards — a win-win in my book! READ MORE »
 
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    foodista.com

  • 5 Things You Won't Believe Come From A Crock Pot

    ajeanroy
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Although we love them, crock pot recipes are generally the same; they either are a slow cooked meat that falls apart or something like a soup or stew. This is due to the high moisture content that develops from the way that a crock pot works. Delicious, but predictable. 
  • Kimchi Jjigae: How to Make Traditional Korean Kimchi Pork Stew

    sheriwetherell
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Kimchi stew (or kimchi jjigae) is perhaps the most common type of hot pot-style stews in Korea.
  • Creamy Mac n' Cheese Chili and Other Heart Warming Chili Recipes to Welcome Fall

    lrodrigues
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Chili is an iconic fall meal.  Whether it's because our taste buds crave a bowl filled with a hearty stew or the warm spices infused with the broth, chili and fall are a perfect duo.
  • 30 Minute Maple Dijon Chicken Recipe

    lrodrigues
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Maple Dijon chicken is a sweet and savory dish that's perfect for the changing of the seasons.  Sauteed chicken breasts are paired with a maple sauce flavored with piquant Dijon mustard, spicy red pepper flakes and chicken broth.
  • 2 Super Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes

    lrodrigues
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Chicken is consistently on the dinner menu because it's versatile.  One day you can be visiting the beaches of Baja Mexico with chicken breasts flavored with lime, garlic and chile and on the next, savoring chicken dusted with cumin, cinnamon and paprika from the deserts of Morocco.
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    Gigabiting

  • He’ll Look at Your Kitchen and Guess Your Weight

    Janice
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    [Image by Frank H. Nowell via University of Washington Libraries] Brian Wansink is on a mission to change the way we eat. As the director of the famed Cornell Food and Brand Lab he’s given the world the 100-calorie snack pack and the Ig Noble [...]
  • Groundbreaking Immersive Journalism Project Takes You to an Iowa Family Farm

    Janice
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
                      Each day this week, the Des Moines Register is releasing a new chapter of its innovative series Harvest of Change. The project examines the reshaping and reimagining of Iowa farms and [...]
  • Is Hot Honey the New Sriracha?

    Janice
    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

    Janice
    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?

    Janice
    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 [...]
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    Harmonious Homestead

  • A First Visit to Cedar Point

    Rachel
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Lil’s summer was full of firsts this year – she learned to ride a bike without training wheels, endured a bee sting, and went to Ohio’s famous amusement park Cedar Point for the first time. Tall Lil was fortunate enough to meet the height requirement for all rides at Cedar Point and lines were short when we visited on Labor Day. We started with the Iron Dragon and immediately walked back through the line. Lil says, “I love it! It was super awesome!” We tried attractions all over the park – bumper cars, sky ride, ferris wheel, and more. Lil even talked me…
  • Meet Annabel

    Rachel
    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?

    Rachel
    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}

    Rachel
    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

    Rachel
    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…
 
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    Savory Sweet Life - Easy Recipes from an Everyday Home Cook

  • Fire Roasted Poblano Pepper and Eggs

    Alice Currah
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    One of the most rewarding culinary experiences I recently experienced involved having to hike every morning for my breakfast for seven days.  At the crack of dawn just as the sun was about to rise, I would wake up from a deep slumber with the famous and sacred Kuuchamaa mountain showing off her glory in […]
  • 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 […]
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    BiteClub Restaurants Dining and Food

  • The Whiskey Sour at Whiskey Tip

    biteclub
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    A Whiskey Sour at Whiskey Tip in Santa Rosa It’s not often you get a decent cocktail at a bar anymore. ‘Tenders are too busy making Jack & Cokes and pouring cheap beer. In fact, we’ve gotten a few sneers for merely asking for a gin and tonic. But we’re loving the hand-crafted “original” sours at Whiskey Tip (1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa) made with American bourbon, simple syrup, lime juice and egg whites. They’re beautiful and delicious, and only $8 rather than, well, a whole lot more at other fancy drink spots. The post The Whiskey Sour at Whiskey Tip appeared first…
  • Soba-Making with Buckwheat

    biteclub
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:24 pm
    I loved this article in the SHED newsletter, written by Gretchen Giles (editor of Made Local Magazine). She’s graciously let me reprint it here. Consider checking out the class. It’s not a grain and it’s not a wheat, but buckwheat acts like a grain and cooks like a wheat. Best part? It’s extremely high in protein and entirely gluten-free. In preparing for Sonoko Sakai‘s soba-making workshop, slated for Oct. 5 at SHED Modern Grange in Healdsburg, we have buckwheat on the brain. It’s a pretty amazing plant. Interplanted, it acts as a natural…
  • SpiritWorks Distillery: Barrel aged gin

    biteclub
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Spiritworks Distillery in Sebastopol recently released a barrel-aged gin On a recent tour of the Barlow’s SpirtWorks Distillery (6790 McKinley St #100, Sebastopol) BiteClub fell a little in love. Partly with owners Timo and Ashby Marshall’s Boston Terrier, Bandit, and mostly with their newly-released barrel aged gin. Made from their Red Winter Wheat gin, it’s aged in new White oak (giving it a more intense, toasty flavor), imparting a rich amber hue, with lots of vanilla, butterscotch, cardamom and orange and a perfect winter sipper. Try it mixed with a little eggnog or straight up by…
  • The Roving Bartender: Libations Unlimited

    biteclub
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Chris Long is the roving bartender of Libations Unlimited in Wine Country. Libations Unlimited It doesn’t get much cooler than this, cocktailians. From his vintage-style teardrop trailer, bartender Christopher Long (Spoonbar, Campo Fina) roams Napa and Sonoma serving up artisan cocktails (aka liquid alchemy) at outdoor dinners, weddings and other Wine Country gatherings. Libations Unlimited offers bespoke drinks for each event, including kegged cocktails, a beer tap and customized espresso machine along with locally-grown edible flowers, fruit and herbs. So much classier than your brother…
  • El Barrio to Open in Guerneville

    biteclub
    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,…
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    Cooking with Thas

  • Easy Microwave Barfi Recipe- Khoya- Mawa Barfi Recipe

    Thas
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Quick and easy barfi made effortlessly in the microwave, in less than 10 minutes you will enjoy these delicious milk and chocolate flavored barfi… Barfi is a sweet that’s quite popular in India and is served during special occasions and festivals. There are so many different kinds of barfi, it can be made with condensed milk, khoya (milk solids), gram flour (besan), ground cashew nuts, ground pistachios, grated coconut etc. Barfi is one of my favorite sweets, I can finish a box of barfi in just one sitting, after that I would gladly go into a sweet barfi coma. What I love the…
  • Chick Peas Stuffed Paratha- Chick Peas Paratha

    Thas
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Protein rich chick peas are mashed and stuffed into parathas, nutritious and delicious parathas… I love stuffed parathas, believe me I’ve made so many varieties of parathas: Tuna paratha, Beef paratha, Spinach paratha and Potato or Aloo paratha. I loved all of them, it was just delicious when had with raita or yogurt. So the other day, while thinking of making parathas, I felt like stuffing the parathas with my favorite chick peas. Since, I use canned cooed chick peas, making the chick peas stuffing was very easy. Made the chick peas masala and stuffed it into the paratha dough,…
  • Roasted Rosemary Potatoes – Oven Roasted Potatoes

    Thas
    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

    Thas
    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

    Thas
    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…
 
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    A Sweet Spoonful

  • Still Hanging On

    megang
    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

    megang
    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

    megang
    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

    megang
    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

    megang
    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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    lisa is cooking

  • Cambodian Red Curry Chicken Wings

    lisa is cooking
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Some changes are coming to Lisa is Cooking. Big changes, to me anyway. I’m moving out of the kitchen where I’ve been cooking for fourteen years. I’ll be leaving behind the spot on our back porch where I’ve shot most of the photos that have appeared on this blog. The gas range with the oven I’m completely used to will be a thing of the past. We’re packing up and moving over, not too far away, to a temporary residence while our house gets rebuilt. It should take less than a year but probably not... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • 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.
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    Melody Gourmet Fury | Austin Food Writer and Photographer

  • Things to Eat in Austin Right Now: Fall 2014 Edition

    Melody Fury
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Greet the arrival of autumn in Austin with these exciting new joints and soulful dishes from old faithfuls. Jacoby’s Restaurant and Mercantile No-nonsense cheeseburger on brioche bun at Jacoby’s in East Austin.  The quality of the meat was superb.  Husband said this was easily the best burger that he’s had in Austin.  I defer to him as the expert in this subject matter.  | Melody Gourmet Fury Smoky quail on porridge with a vibrant marmalade Jacoby’s in East Austin | Melody Gourmet Fury Onion rings with housemade ranch & ketchup at Jacoby’s in East…
  • 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,…
 
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    La Fuji Mama

  • Kale Power Salad with Lemon Cilantro Vinaigrette

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I fell in love with kale salads a couple of years ago and have yet to get over my crush.  I know kale may be yesterday’s news, but gosh darn it, I don’t care!  So here’s another kale salad to add to the top of the Mt. Everest-sized pile of kale salad recipes that have accumulated over the past few years in the food world.  This salad is a marriage of two different salads that I love—a kale salad with a raspberry vinaigrette in the delicatessen area at Harmons Grocery and a tri-tip salad with a lemon cilantro vinaigrette at Cubby’s, a wonderful local…
  • 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 MOMables.com, 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…
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    Beyond [the Plate]

  • Aste Nagusia 2014 – Cooking, The Basque Way

    Danielle
    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

    Danielle
    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

    Danielle
    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

    Danielle
    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

    Danielle
    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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    Papawow

  • Feeling Inspired

    david koch
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    I haven't posted much in a long while; I've been kind of busy, but that's just a sorry excuse for not trying hard enough. I made this blog to inspire me, to create more, and not get dragged into a rut of routine. I loathe routine. Routine is the trestle to death. I'm in making a winter resolution to write more. Post more. Take more pictures. Sing more. Laugh more. Live more. Tell my wife that I love her. Grab life by the balls and take it with me wherever I go. I'm feeling inspired and I don't want this feeling to go away. To the both of you that read this, I suggest that you…
  • Salty Girl Seafood's Indiegogo Project

    david koch
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Indiegogo is a crowdfunding platform (like Kickstarter) and Salty Girl Seafood is a team of University of California, Santa Barbara grads who want to start a company to facilitate sustainable, traceable, and fresh seafood. Their boat-to-table model would circumvent the traditional seafood supply chain and ship directly from the fishermen to restaurants and markets. According to a 2012 study by the conservation group Oceana.org our seafood markets are riddled with fraud. From the study: "Despite growing concern about where our food comes from, consumers are…
  • It's 5:30am, do you know where your high heels are?

    david koch
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:51 pm
    They're at Jack in the Box. Maybe you forgot them when you were dunking a Hella-Peño Munchie Meal down your neck last night. 
  • If anyone can explain this Japanese Doritos bag, please do

    david koch
    19 Jan 2013 | 10:23 pm
  • My new favorite beer, as of a week ago...

    david koch
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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

  • Side of Style DC: Rural Society

    Cori Sue
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    South American steakhouse Rural Society is a true homage to Argentina, with animal skulls adorning the walls, Spanish inscriptions, dark wood, and draperies reminiscent of Buenos Aires. Inspired by the gauchos, we’d be sure to wear a fun, fringed poncho, hat, and fabulous booties. While you’re at brunch, be sure to order the huevos y bistec, pastries with dulce de leche and the jamon serrano omelet. Read our full brunch review, here. Poncho | Frame Denim Black Skinny Jeans | Lucky Stud Embossed Leather Booties | Topshop Wool Floppy Hat | Tory Burch Thea Leather Crossbody Bag  
  • Recap: VIDA Fitness Navy Yard Tour

    Becca
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Nothing saddens me more than the end of summer. And this summer was quite an epic one, filled with plenty of glorious days sipping champagne and spending time with friends at the Penthouse Pool. Anyone who knows me knows that I love that pool. In fact, my relationship with the VIDA Fitness group is a total body love affair: The VIDA trainers keep me fit, the Aura Spa massages keep me flex, and the pool keeps me relaxed. So I was thrilled—thrilled, I tell you—when VIDA Fitness announced that it was building a new location, complete with a second Penthouse Pool, this one perhaps even more…
  • Side of Style NYC: Root & Bone

    Ally, Bitch in the City
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Root & Bone is a Bitch-approved, Southern restaurant that’s all abuzz by critics and foodies alike. Deservedly so—we couldn’t get enough of the fried chicken and biscuits. The East Village eatery is rustic-chic with weathered wood, industrial accents, and an open-air window, perfect for people-watching on East 3rd Street. Root & Bone is trendy yet laid back, so pair your warmest flannel and down vest with luxe leather and gold accessories to curb your comfort food cravings in style. Read our full brunch review here.   Madewell shirt dress | J. Crew quilted vest…
  • Review: Marie Antoinette at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre

    Becca
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    The Woolly Mammoth Theatre, one of my favorite theaters in Washington, opened its 35th season with a bang, and a bit of cake. David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette started out by making us laugh at the ridiculous Marie, totally contemporary, complete with flashing paparazzi bulbs, hot tubs, allusions to shabby chic, and thumping nightclub music. Credit: “Photos by Stan Barouh” Her struggle is real, yo: So much partying, so much gossip, just a girl trying to make a normal life in an excessive world completely devoid of any sort of privacy. She paints a strikingly similar picture to, well, many…
  • Bread Brunch

    Ally, Bitch in the City
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    There’s nothing more satisfying than starting your weekend with a tough workout and rewarding yourself with a well-earned brunch. Although we were both slightly dreading the onslaught of burpees and push-ups that were inevitably coming our way with Greg James’ ultra-intense Sunday bootcamp at Equinox SoHo, my friend Jaime and I powered through and immediately started plotting where to dine at its conclusion. We wandered aimlessly back towards our respective East Village apartments through Nolita and stumbled across Bread. I had previously been to Bread for a delicious dinner about…
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    Mexico in my Kitchen

  • Salsa Molcajeteada with Bird Peppers

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
      Salsa Molcajeteada means that the salsa is prepared and (most of the times) served in the Molcajete (Lava rock Mortar). The tomatoes and peppers, as well as some other of the salsa’s ingredients, will be grinded in the Molcajete. Some people like to roast the ingredients before using them in the salsa, while others like to boil them. Personally, I prefer to roast the peppers, tomatoes, and garlic when making this salsa. The pepper used in this recipe is a small pepper, from a variety that changes slightly from region to region, and is known by several names across the country. I know…
  • 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…
 
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    Cooking | Add a Pinch

  • 50 + Honey Recipes

    Robyn
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A collection of over 50 honey recipes from breads, appetizers, drinks, entrees and desserts! A great way to use nature’s sweetener! Honey makes a delicious addition to so many recipes. For years, we’ve loved getting jars of honey from friends who kept bees and then, finally, we decided it was time to begin the beekeeping journey ourselves. We’ve learned a lot over the last couple of years and still have so much more to learn. Produced by honey bees, pure honey is nature’s little miracle. Made from the pollen collected by the honey bees, honey takes on the coloring and…
  • Alfredo Sauce Recipe

    Robyn
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This alfredo sauce recipe makes a classic favorite. Made of cream, butter, and garlic, this alfredo sauce comes together quickly for a comforting homemade meal! In my early twenties, two of my friends and I would make trips into Atlanta on a regular basis. Usually about once every other week, if not once a week for visits to the mall, to meet friends of ours who had moved there after college and always to eat dinner in the big city. We’d always have lengthy discussions about where we wanted to eat, but at least once a month, we’d visit Olive Garden for their fettuccine alfredo.
  • Salted Caramel Monkey Bread Recipe

    Robyn
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Monkey Bread makes a favorite sweet treat. A perfect recipe to make with children, this monkey bread includes a salted caramel sauce for a delicious twist on the classic recipe! I always loved making monkey bread with my Mama growing up. I believe it may have been one of the first recipes besides biscuits that I learned to make by myself. So simple to make and always a favorite, I would love to surprise her by making for Mother’s Day brunch. I also loved to make them for presents at Christmas. I would bake one to wrap up for our school bus driver George. Once I had it all wrapped,…
  • Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

    Robyn
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This Teriyaki Chicken comes together quickly for a copycat of a take-out favorite at home!  A favorite dish I always enjoyed from Panda Express was their teriyaki chicken. Not having a Panda Express anywhere nearby, I love being able to make this family favorite at home and having it on the table more quickly than we can get in the car and drive to the nearest one! I also love that I can control the ingredients to lighten it up just a bit while not compromising on flavor.  I begin by using my homemade teriyaki sauce recipe that I’ve shared previously. I cut my chicken into large…
  • Apple Dumpling Bites Recipe

    Robyn
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Apple dumpling bites make a quick treat perfect as a fall snack or dessert! Filled with apple and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, these apple dumplings are sure to become a family favorite! Have you ever had an idea for something and just couldn’t do anything else until you stopped what you were doing and went to try your idea? Sometimes, I can become a bit obsessed with an idea like that and have to just go right to the kitchen and make it. At times the idea is a complete flop and others, it’s like the angels are singing from above! As you know by now, I’m all about simple…
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    A Couple Cooks

  • Healthy Chocolate “Surprise” Truffles + Fair Trade Giveaway

    Sonja
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
    Say goodbye to Cook for Health September – it’s now October! (Thanks for all your amazing entries , by the way – we’re picking the winners now!) We’re ringing in the start of this new month with a special post and new giveaway to honor Fair Trade Month! Every now and then, we work with Fair Trade USA by donating a post to spread the word about fair trade. Why? Because we believe in their mission: that fair trade improves lives of workers around the globe, protects the environment, and produces high-quality products.  One of their tag lines is “good…
  • Green Apple Smoothie

    Sonja
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Writing a whole foods blog seems to make people think all sorts of things about you: that you have it all together, you have some kind of super-human desire to eat massive amounts of vegetables, that you’re a “smoothie person”. Ahh, to be a smoothie person. Truth is, in 4 years of food blogging, we’ve never come up with a smoothie recipe that didn’t taste bitter or turn out brown. And we certainly do not have it all together. Life is messy. We make random meals made of bits and pieces in the fridge. We love popcorn with lots of butter and salt (to a fault).
  • Peanut Noodles with Napa Cabbage

    Sonja
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    We’re the type of people who start cooking when they are hungry, not before. We’re still trying to break the habit, but the crazy artist sides of both of us cringe at the words “plan ahead” — mainly only when related to food. Our practical, sensible sides have no problem planning for long-term financial security, but planning Thursday’s dinner on Monday? That’s downright insane. So for weeknight dinners, Alex and I try to pick meals that are simple and not too time consuming. This one is a recipe I tried on a whim to use some Napa cabbage (from…
  • Carrot Coconut Curry Soup

    Sonja
    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!

    Sonja
    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…
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    Chow and Chatter

  • Banana Tea Loaf

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:03 pm
    On the day I made little cupcakes for the wee man's third birthday I realized I didn't have enough cake for the adults and we all like cake right, so I quickly made this banana tea loaf was super easy and was a hit, with the kids and adults a like. Funny I used to be so intimated by baking and have made lots of mistakes, you see my Grandma is one of the worlds best bakers and has big shoes to fill. But as they say practice makes perfect and over the years baking is getting a little easier. I love making cakes with the kids and have been since they were young. Our daughter is now 6 I started…
  • 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…
 
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    Guilty Kitchen

  • Keeping Kids Entertained After School

    Elizabeth
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    I know what you’re thinking: “Why is there no glorious recipe for something awesome and delicious right now?!” I totally get that, but I also want you to remember a couple of things. First, that I am a mom of two small humans and second, that I spend the majority of my free time with them. If you are reading this post, just know that I wrote it when the kids were either in school (in which case, hallelujah!) or while they were in the house with me but completely involved in something super interesting, giving me ample time to write without constant requests for food or butt…
  • Coffee, Caffeine and Lifting

    Elizabeth
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Some of you may know that I’ve been participating in a campaign with Lavazza over the last eight months or so called “Lavazza Passionista”. Today’s post will be my last in the campaign but it also just so happens to be International Coffee Day, which is really just every day for me, but I digress… During the past few months, I’ve talked a lot about my love of coffee, my love of caffeinated beverages and the various forms they come in. Personally, I’m a big fan of French press, pour overs and Americanos (cause I’m a total coffee snob), but…
  • Apple Fritter Doughnuts

    Elizabeth
    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

    Elizabeth
    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!

    Elizabeth
    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…
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    Mission: Food

  • Castle Hill Inn: A Scenic Meal Like None Other

    Victoria
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Whenever people ask me to share my favorite restaurants in Rhode Island, Newport's Castle Hill Inn always makes it to the list. A quaint seaside inn is set against a beautiful nautical backdrop with a sprawling lawn scattered with ever-popular Adirondack chairs boasting to die for views. From Memorial Day to Columbus Day, the lawn is the place to be, featuring lunch Monday through Saturday and brunch on Sunday (complete with live jazz music).Although there is seating in the small dining room indoors, the seasonal outdoor seating is incredibly popular. During the non-summer months, lunch and…
  • Sweet & Southern: Coffee Tres Leches

    Victoria
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I'm a baker at heart. Although I went to culinary school and not pastry school, there is something so gratifying about the process of baking. It's like an edible form of chemistry, and whereas with cooking you usually can see your progress as you go along, with baking it really does come down to the anticipation of seeing the final result (or peeking through the window of your oven). I always feel like baking is kind of magical. I know it sounds cheesy, but it's true.I recently received yet another baking cookbook to review. You would think with so many in my arsenal I'd be passing on more…
  • Chicken and Dumplings

    Victoria
    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

    Victoria
    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

    Victoria
    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…
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    Savoring Time in the Kitchen

  • Apple and Cheese Turnovers

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    My first official dessert of autumn!  I knew it had to be something with apples.  Apple and spice and every nice, you know.  A absolute must at this time of year. What is your favorite kind of apple?  I love an apple that is sweet and juicy and has a lot of crunch.  I usually pick Fuji, Braeburn or Honey Crisp.  I still haven't tried the new Sweet Tango yet.  I was thrilled to see organic Honey Crisp apples at the market this week.  I do try my best to avoid the "Dirty Dozen".These little turnovers, or hand pies as people like to call them now, …
  • 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…
 
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    Roti n Rice

  • Siamese Laksa (Laksa Lemak)

    Linda
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    This super tasty Siamese Laksa a.k.a. Lemak Laksa has all the deliciousness of asam laksa and the creaminess of curry laksa. It is a must try! The post Siamese Laksa (Laksa Lemak) appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • 25 Best Comfort Foods

    Linda
    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

    Linda
    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

    Linda
    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

    Linda
    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.
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    Kitchen Daily

  • 7 Ways to Make Ratatouille

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Want to know how to make a great ratatouille recipe? You should try it in less traditional ways. It's easy to use ratatouille in a variety of tasty dishes!
  • Ratatouille and Goat Cheese Subs

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Looking for a sub sandwich recipe? You can use leftover ratatouille and goat cheese to make a tasty vegetarian sandwich for lunch!
  • How to Make a Homemade DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    It's time to warm up with a pumpkin spice latte! Sarah Carey demonstrates how to make this fall favorite at home with the perfect spice blend.
  • 3 Delicious Grilled Cheese Tricks

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    It's hard not to love a gooey grilled cheese for lunch or dinner. Learn three new tricks to liven up the delicious sandwich!
  • Ratatouille Toasts with Fried Eggs

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    Loking for a fried egg recipe? Adding ratatouille to fried eggs with toast makes for a delicious brunch.
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    Turntable Kitchen

  • Single Serving: Salt Cathedral – Justified

    Matthew Hickey
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Salt Cathedral are dishing out another serving from their excellent new OOM VELT EP this afternoon, so I hope you’ve saved room for another bite. “Justified” is the EP’s penultimate track and it sets an enigmatic vibe with its cavernous soundstage and twinkling ambiance. Like the samples we’ve tasted before this, it’s airy, lightly textured, and ever so flavorful. You can get a free download of “Justified” and/or buy OOM VELT on limited edition cream colored vinyl here.
  • Single Serving: Wonder Wonder – Shark

    Matthew Hickey
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    London rookies Wonder Wonder return with the smoldering single “Shark.” It’s the second release from their debut record which they’ll be teasing one track a month over the course of the next year. Like the previously released “Body Gold,” this one is built around a flowing, smooth melody and tight rhythm. It’s a more pastoral than it’s predecessor with a spacious but uncluttered soundscape filled with ringing keys and softly sung co-ed vocals. Take a listen to it below.
  • Alvvays – Alvvays

    Matthew Hickey
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Relatable and infectious, the debut record by Toronto-based jangle pop rockers Alvvays (pronounced “always” in case you were wondering) is proof that a band doesn’t need to surprise you to win over your heart. Indeed, the canvas of choice for the Molly Rankin-led band’s self-titled debut is fuzzy, reverb-heavy indie pop a la every fuzzy, reverb-heavy indie band you’ve cherished over the past 30 years (i.e. Best Coast, Teenage Fanclub, The Magnetic Fields, La Sera, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Orange Juice, and so on). So, yeah, don’t expect to have…
  • Oven-Fried Chicken Katsu Banh Mi

    Kasey
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Matt and I had a raised voices sort of argument about this sandwich, of all things, last weekend. The kind where you wonder, fifteen minutes after you’ve both stopped yelling, why your face is hot and you’re still feeling combative. About a sandwich. It was, looking back, the stupidest thing we may have ever argued over (aside from the time I threw out each and every one of his pens and pencils to make room for ‘something’ in our console table–I was on one of those ‘let’s throw everything away’ cleaning streaks that hits me on Saturday mornings…
  • Single Serving: Field Report – “Marigolden”

    Andrew Brandt
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The best songs are the ones that unravel themselves with each repeated listen. “Marigolden,” the latest single from Field Report’s upcoming, fantastic sophomore effort, is one of those songs. Frontman Chris Porterfield told the A.V. Club the track’s title refers “to a state of sharing characteristics of a marigold, which is a brutish flower found in beds everywhere that smells bad and dies off every year. If you want it back, you have to dig it up now and plant it again later. And it’s a play on being ’golden,’ which is not that at all.” Like the majority of Porterfield’s…
 
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    Jersey Bites

  • Grand Harvest Wine Festival October 4 and 5

    Deborah Smith, Executive Editor
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    This sponsored article is brought to you by Garden State Wine Growers Association. Spectacular Harvest Season to be Celebrated by Tasting of Hundreds of Local Wines The Garden State Wine Growers Association will hold its annual Grand Harvest Wine Festival on October 4 and 5 at the historic Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morristown. The festival will be […]
  • Flavorful Fall Beers and Cider

    PCulos
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    This sponsored article is brought to you by Atlantic City Bottle Company. From the Obvious to the Obscure Labor Day is in the rearview mirror, the kids are back to school and the summer winds have come and gone. On the Jersey Shore, there may be a crisp hint of melancholy in the air but it’s […]
  • Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

    Lou Petrella
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    THIS WEEKEND September 26 to 28: The Sea Isle Food Truck Fest brings together the best food trucks of the Jersey Shore including Ahh! La Cart, Waffle De Lys, Cha-Yen, Shore Shake, Lincoln Grill, Churro Heaven and On a Roll Street Food. It also hosts children’s activities and entertainment. Admission is free. Kix McNutley’s, 63rd and […]
  • Campus Kitchens Delivers Hunger Relief

    JerseyBites
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Ever wonder what happens to the leftover food from cafeterias at the end of the night? Well, at universities around the country, Campus Kitchens ensures it gets to the right place – into the stomachs of needy people in those schools’ communities. Founded in 2001, Campus Kitchens is a student-run organization that prepares surplus foods and […]
  • A Hyatt Weekend in Jersey City? Yes, Please!

    Beth
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    One lovely birthday weekend (mine), we decided to head into New York to see a show and get away from home for a bit. Instead of paying the high prices that are a mainstay of Manhattan hotels, we decided to stay overnight at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City, since it was a bit less expensive […]
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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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  • Homemade Tortillas

    Megan
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Living in Austin, we have no shortage of places that have great tortillas, and we always have some stashed in the fridge for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Always having them, however, means we also always run through them pretty quickly, and there have been too many days where we’ve been without. I decided to finally embrace making tortillas at home. Now, I’ll admit it takes a little bit of practice to get your tortilla method down, especially if you have never used a tortilla press before. A press is actually easier than using a rolling pin, but you need to use just the right…
  • Apple Tartlets

    Megan
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Time is getting away from me these days. Far too often, I’m unsure of what day of the week it is. Somewhere inside my brain, the miniature version of me is pacing, mumbling to itself. Go left? Go right? What’s the next move? Each night before I go to bed I write out the tasks of the next day so I can combat this haze. It helps me center, to focus. Most mornings the last thing I want to do is leave the bed and get going on the day, so I set myself up with a purpose, one foot in front of the other. And then I get distracted by things in my refrigerator. It could be worse, of course.
  • Classic Beef Stew

    Megan
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    For a kid who grew up hiding most vegetables on her plate, beef stew was an Event. It was filled with all the vegetables I liked (carrots, onions, potatoes) and I could eat as much as I wanted, even with my football-playing brother there, because the slow cooker was tested to its capacity every time. Beef stew meant I could also eat as many dinner rolls — or flaky biscuits, depending on what was on sale — as I desired, slathered with smooth-yet-unmelting margarine. (This particular addiction continued in college, as my meals were sometimes composed only of Crescents and Parkay.) Beef stew…
  • Honeyed Fig and Goat Cheese Muffins

    Megan
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    I had my first fresh figs only a few years ago, when I was deep into exploring absolutely everything the markets here had to offer. To be honest I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them at first. Do you peel them? Do you eat them whole? Why do they seem to only last 2.5 minutes after getting them to the house? It didn’t take long to find ways to work figs into nearly every meal I was having, especially if I had goat cheese on hand. My absolute favorite way to eat these sweet little fruits is to halve them, smear them with soft chevre, and then drizzle a little bit of local honey…
  • Chai Spritz Cookies

    Megan
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Those of us of a certain age and upbringing spent many a December cranking out cookies through a cookie press, creating pile after pile of somewhat misshapen pine trees, snowflakes, and snowmen. Even after the charm of making cookies each Christmas fell away from my family, every time I bit into a butter spritz cookie at a friend’s house, I was flooded with the memory, however faint, of happy decorating cookies with my mother. It had been a long time since I’ve made spritz cookies. Every year I’d see the set in the store, pick it up, and remember. Then I’d put it down…
 
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  • Cinnamon Raisin Soft Pretzels

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    It's hard to believe that today is already the first day of October! The mornings and the evenings are now chilly, bordering on cold. Pumpkins and gourds have taken up residence on porches. The leaves are lighting the streets on fire with their brilliant colors, a few even finding their way underfoot as we walk to the bus stop wrapped in a cloak of darkness. Lamp posts that haven't been transformed into scarecrow poles are shrouded in brittle corn stalks. Pretzels of all shapes, sizes, and orientations are held in the highest of regard. Wait, what? Pretzels? You better believe it.
  • Cardamom Ice Cream Root Beer Floats

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    A little over a week ago, I visited Seattle for the first time. I was there to attend IFBC (International Food Bloggers Conference), but also to see this city that's been on my list of "must visit" places since I fell for a little band named Pearl Jam so many years ago. I packed a lot of good stuff into two and a half days. There's so much I want to share, but it takes me time to process and sort. I'll be dividing my experience up into bits and pieces and sharing them with you over the next few weeks (or so), starting today with an unassuming little root beer float. It…
  • Funny Girl cocktail {food 'n flix}

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    There's a reason I'm always so proud of myself when I complete a Food 'n Flix challenge early in the month. It's because I've given myself time to digest, if you will. I've watched our chosen movie at least once, brainstormed, thought of an inspired dish. This month is not one of those months. As a matter of fact, I'm sliding in waaaaaay under the wire. There are advantages to being "the creator". I had every intention of posting at least on time this month. I knew the end of the month was set to be extra busy, so I rented Funny Girl from library at the…
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    My Man's Belly

  • Extra Crunchy Buttermilk Fried Chicken Legs Recipe

    Pamela
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    This buttermilk fried chicken legs recipe makes extra juicy and extra crispy fried chicken that will have you licking your lips and fingers. Check out the site to get the recipe and relationship advice you know you want.
  • Homemade Baked French Fries – Diner Style

    Pamela
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and not a killer to your waistline. These oven baked french fries taste just like takeout, but healthier. Check out the site to get the recipe and relationship advice you know you want.
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    Give Recipe

  • Zesty Apple Crumble Bars

    Zerrin
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Zesty Apple Crumble Bars are loaded with chocolate chips and topped with caramel sauce. Can you think of a better dessert to take you to heaven? These bars are like the combination of all yummy things on earth. Lemon, apple, pumpkin spice, chocolate chips and caramel sauce. Nothing can go wrong with these. Oh an...  Read More » The post Zesty Apple Crumble Bars appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Apple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

    Zerrin
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Apple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting can turn an ordinary fall day into a party like event. These are flavored with a little ginger, loaded with chunks of tangy green apples and topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting and lovely sprinkles. Did I tell you before how much I love sprinkles? They make everything...  Read More » The post Apple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tomato Chicken Rice Soup

    Zerrin
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Tomato Chicken Rice Soup is what I need to feel better now. It’s getting cooler here and I’m feeling under the weather. I’m afraid I’ve caught a cold. I think the best way to stop the symptoms of a cold is having a comforting chicken soup. Is it getting chilly and rainy in your area...  Read More » The post Tomato Chicken Rice Soup appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Avocado and Chickpea Salad with Pomegranates

    Zerrin
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Avocado and Chickpea Salad with Pomegranates is an outrageously nutritious salad with lots of vitamins, protein and healthy fat your body needs especially when it is getting chilly outside. Chickpeas or garbanzo beans are a wonderful source of protein and fiber, which makes it a perfect food for vegetarians. Well, it’s great and your body...  Read More » The post Avocado and Chickpea Salad with Pomegranates appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pumpkin Yogurt Cake

    Zerrin
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Pumpkin Yogurt Cake is another recipe that shows my pumpkin obsession these days. Well, I can honestly say that I don’t have any problem with my pumpkin craziness since I do love baking with it. Everything started after I made Fresh Pumpkin Puree. It is so good and I love its flavor and vibrant color...  Read More » The post Pumpkin Yogurt Cake 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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  • 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

  • Baby Doe’s Beer Cheese Soup, Nailed It!

    Marye Audet
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    If you lived in the Dallas area in the 1970s or 80s you either went to Baby Doe’s Matchless Mine Restaurant, wanted to go, or had been once and hated it. Whether the food was good or not was never the point — it was the going there. Preferably you were asked by a guy, preferably … Continue reading »
  • Buttermilk Brined Roast Chicken

    Marye Audet
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:10 pm
    This buttermilk brined roast chicken recipe is unbelievably delicious. Even though it takes time it’s super easy, too. To say that Texans are fond of their buttermilk is like saying that a cat is fond of catnip. Buttermilk goes in everything. You pretty much can’t make biscuits, cakes, or doughnuts with out it — and once … Continue reading »
  • Chipotle Dark Chocolate Crackle Cookies

    Marye Audet
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Chocolate crackle cookies are a classic – and they are one of those things that commercial bakeries really can’t replicate. A perfect crackle cookie has a crunchy exterior and chewy interior. These are beyond perfect because they also add a blast of heat. How much heat? Well, you can decide for yourself. Chipotle gives the … Continue reading »
  • Pecan Cinnamon Bread

    Marye Audet
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    Sometimes cinnamon rolls are not what I am looking for. Sometimes I want to have the flavor without all of that cloying sweetness — and that’s when cinnamon bread is perfect. Especially this cinnamon bread because, not only is it packed with a thick cinnamon swirl, I have kneaded in tons of toasted pecans for texture … Continue reading »
  • Salted Butterscotch Banana Cream Pie with Meringue

    Marye Audet
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Texans have a sweet tooth that is in direct proportion to the size of the state. I am not sure what we would do without pie and coffee or a cold ice cream cone on one of those scorching hot summer days. Nearly all of us have sat in front of a Dairy Queen, Braums, … Continue reading »
 
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  • Muchas Gracias

    Hannah Kaminsky
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Singling out one favorite meal from my summertime jaunt around the 7 x 7 mile peninsula known as San Francisco would be an impossible task. Small but densely populated with more restaurants per square mile than people, or so it often appeared, even the most voracious adventurer could eat out for every meal of the day, and still never come close to exhausting their options. Picking the few gems out from the large swath of mediocre, adequate, or downright disappointing establishments, however, is a far easier task. Gracias Madre ranks very high on my list of keepers, laying claim to one of the…
  • An Unexpected Interloper

    Hannah Kaminsky
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    It’s been a banner year for our postage stamp-sized garden out back, finally turning out greater yields than the miniscule seeds that went into the ground in the first place. Predictably, with greater growing success comes the need for greater vigilance, as plump tomatoes gleam brighter and redder by the day, proving irresistible to both human and animal passersby. As if it wasn’t difficult enough to let the immature fruits ripen on the vine, as deeper shades of blush tempt a premature harvest, keeping other creatures from that same impulse has become something of a full-time…
  • Whipped Into Shape

    Hannah Kaminsky
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    So Delicious is on a tear lately, introducing greater innovations faster than grocery stores can stock them all. In the midst of this dairy-free influx, the much-loved seasonal beverages have returned once more, but that’s not all. My tall, frosty glasses of Pumpkin Spice Beverage will all be sporting stately white coiffures this year… CocoWhip, the very first commercial analog to Cool Whip, beats the fluffy white pants off the competition in every way imaginable. Taste is pretty much a given at this point; based on prior So Delicious creations, I would expect nothing less than…
  • 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…
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    Lunch It, Punch It

  • Reusable Cutlery for Packed Lunches

    Andi
    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

    Andi
    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

    Andi
    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

    Andi
    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

    Andi
    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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  • Dinner With Prevention Magazine at Eden East

    Mary Helen
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Discolosure: I'm acting as a brand ambassador for the R3 Prevention Summit 2014. I'm not being paid for this post, but I'm receiving free admission to the summit and to related VIP events. My opinions are my own. I spent Thursday night under a canopy of oak trees, in the company of friends, and enjoying a meal made from fresh local ingredients. The R3 Prevention Summit Preview Dinner was held at Eden East, the farm to table dinner club over at Springdale Farm. The space is simple and beautiful, with a carpet of straw and wooden tables lit by candles and gas lamps. It is decidedly…
  • 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…
 
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  • Giveaway – Omlet Kitchen Accessories RRP £50

    Ren Behan
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    Lots of people are keeping chickens again and it’s always a lovely ‘update’ too see photos of friends and family collecting eggs from no further than the bottom of their own garden. My grandmother used to keep chickens and a highlight of any visit would be collecting some fresh eggs for breakfast.  These days, there...  Read More » The post Giveaway – Omlet Kitchen Accessories RRP £50 appeared first on Ren Behan | renbehan.com.
  • 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 | renbehan.com.
  • 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 | renbehan.com.
  • 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 | renbehan.com.
  • 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 | renbehan.com.
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    Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine

  • Whole Grain Corn Homemade Tortilla Chips

    Erin Lodeesen
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Erin Lodeesen   The Healthiest Homemade Tortilla Chips on the Planet! We all know that most salsa, guacamole, and hummus (check out our delicious Edamame Hummus HERE) is full of nutrients and deliciously healthy for us. Even 7 Layer Dip can be made the Clean Cuisine way. The problem is never the dip. However, it’s always an...  Read More » The post Whole Grain Corn Homemade Tortilla Chips appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • The Mega Nutrition Superfood List (and Smoothie Recipe!)

    Ivy Larson
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Ivy Larson The idea for putting together a “mega nutrition superfood list” was sparked by my recent 20 year high school reunion. I feel incredibly lucky to have a super close group of girlfriends that I grew up with and that I am still able to keep in touch with and see regularly. Whenever we all get together I feel like...  Read More » The post The Mega Nutrition Superfood List (and Smoothie Recipe!) appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Dentist Reveals Surprising Ways to Whiten Teeth with 6 Foods

    Ivy Larson
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Ivy Larson Who doesn’t want to have a beautiful smile with pearly white teeth? Plenty of ways to whiten teeth exist these days, but are they actually safe? That is the question… Over the years, as I have learned more and more about clean eating, I have become increasingly aware of the dangerous toxins lurking not only in packaged foods, but also in cosmetics,...  Read More » The post Dentist Reveals Surprising Ways to Whiten Teeth with 6 Foods appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Banana Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Recipe

    Erin Lodeesen
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    Erin Lodeesen Ice Cream We all love it (not just the kiddos). And…it’s not just for breakfast either (click here for my “Ice Cream for Breakfast” yes…BREAKFAST article!). It’s ICE CREAM, and we are all screaming for it! But, ice cream has a bad wrap in the diet and nutrition world. So, let’s debunk a few myths...  Read More » The post Banana Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Recipe appeared first on 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.
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    On My Plate

  • A Common Dilemma Sees Freezerburns Saying Goodbye As Daym Keeps On Keeping On

    James Kiester
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    - A few months ago, I wrote a blog about Gregory Ng, the self-proclaimed "Frozen Food Master," and host of Freezerburns™. Gregory began his frozen food review vlog in 2008 with a series of, five to ten minute, frozen food reviews. Between the publication of my blog and now, Freezerburns came to an abrupt, and rather dramatic, end.While reviewing the $2 Kid Cuisine How to Train Your Dragon Chicken Nuggets Meal, Ng snapped under the impression the meal delivered, "breading with a hint of chicken on the inside." With utter disgust plastered across his face, Ng exclaimed, "You know what? I…
  • I Love You Pulled Pork, But Stay Off My Burger

    James Kiester
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    -Pulled pork is a method of cooking a tough cut of pork, usually the shoulder, which allows the meat to become tender enough to be "pulled", or easily broken into individual pieces. The meat is seasoned with a BBQ rub and/or sauce, then cooked slowly at low temperatures (8 to 12 hours at 225°F) to break down the connective tissue and eliminate toughness. Subject: Carl's Jr.'s/Hardees' Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Cheeseburger | Source: Carl's Jr.'s/Hardees' Press Release |While I love pulled pork, as such, I have to say, I hate these Pulled Pork Burgers which are popping up all over the place.
  • 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…
 
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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

    Marija
    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

    Marija
    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

    Marija
    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

    Marija
    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

    Marija
    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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  • My Go-To's: Waterfront Ale House

    The Vamp
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Even in an era of rotating hipster havens and designer resto pop-ups, sometimes the oldies are still the goodies. I've been going to Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic Avenue for over 15 years, which is more than enough time to know that this stalwart Brooklyn Heights pub is a casual, comfort food-focused charmer. From kickin' Barbeque Spareribs and a killer French Dip with Fried Onions and Melted Farm House Cheddar Cheese, to a heaping platter of Nachos topped with Venison Chili and a bamboo steamer filled with delicate Steamed Vegetable Dumplings, the menu hits all the right "neighborhood…
  • 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…
 
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  • Fresh Fruit Crumble Bars

    Katy
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Summer! How I miss you. If you’re like me, you think of summer as a relaxing, low-key time; you imagine lazy days, long evenings, letting the schedule slide. But then there’s: reality. The kids lay waste to the house, starting endless glue or paint related “craft” projects, then squabbling, then wanting to play Minecraft instead, until HOORAY, the camps begin. But wait – now it’s making sure everyone has swimsuits and goggles and sunscreen, who’s getting picked up when? Who needs a plain white t-shirt to tie-dye NOW? And the inescapable lunches. So…
  • Veggie Semolina Dumplings

    Valerian
    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

    Valerian
    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

    Katy
    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

    Katy
    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…
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  • Beets & Berries

    windsoreats
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Our motto is nutrition through education ! Our goal is to help as many people as we possibly can, to make a healthy life style change and to better their quality of life. We believe that eating a 80-90% whole food plant based diet is the key to more energy, better sleep, balance weight and to fend off sickness, disease and obesity. Please come in and say hi and let us know if you have any questions. We are a small health food store that also has a smoothie and cold pressed juice bar. We aim to help people change to a healthy lifestyle and to educate the benefits of all types of food. Plant…
  • RECIPE: Penne Bolognese

    windsoreats
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Cubed pancetta ready for the bolognese sauce We brought Chef Josh Deneau of Mauro’s on Erie back into the CTV Kitchen with us tonight to showcase a simple dish that everyone will love: Penne Bolognese Bolognese sauce 1lb ground beef 2 slices pancetta slab cubed 1/2 cup onion, 1/4 celery ribs,1/2 carrots puréed 1tbsp puréed garlic 200ml red wine 1 can San Marzano tomatoes 2 bay leaves 1tbsp dried basil 1/2tbsp thyme 250g of penne Salt and pepper to taste Directions  Cook cubed bacon until crisp, add ground beef and cook until browned. Add puréed vegetables and garlic mix well and add…
  • October’s Taste of the World at Neros Steakhouse: Germany

    windsoreats
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Germany is the Neros Steakhouse October Taste of the World Every Friday, Caesars Windsor’s signature restaurant, Neros Steakhouse, is bringing dining adventurers around the globe with an upscale worldly, “Indulge in the Tastes of the World” menu highlighting flavours from a variety of exotic cuisines. October is the perfect month to highlight Germany’s hearty flavours with a plentiful platter of tasty delights. This expertly crafted menu includes three courses for two, beginning with your choice of soup or salad followed by an entrée of  lightly breaded Dusseldorf…
  • Things to Do in Windsor-Essex This Weekend: September 26-28, 2014

    windsoreats
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:19 pm
      WindsorEats’ Truckin’ Good Food Rally Tutti Mangia food truck is the latest to launch in Windsor We at WindsorEats think food trucks are a pretty awesome thing, so we’re hosting an event dedicated to them! From September 26-27, visit us at Assumption Park in the Odette Sculpture Garden for some good, mothertruckin’ eats! There will be plenty else to do before, during or after you’ve eaten your food. You can stroll through the sculpture garden and taken in the w.a.v.e.s. Festival taking place (the food truck rally is our contribution to this festival), sit and relax…
  • Caesars Windsor Executive Chef McClary Releases 2nd Signature Dressing

    windsoreats
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Caesars Windsor Executive Chef McClary releases 2nd Signature Dressing Caesars Windsor’s Executive Chef Patrick McClary is back again with another saucy creation from the exclusive Caesars Signature Collection – a creamy Buttermilk salad dressing. Previously, McClary launched a successful smokey hickory barbeque sauce back in January that was an absolute hit and has sold out at Caesars Essentials, the casino’s gift shop. This creamy dressing is packed with delicious flavour starting with a zesty hint of lemon, followed by subtle tastes of garlic, onions and herbs. This versatile…
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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

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:58 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

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:58 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.

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:58 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

  • 14 of My Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

    Michelle
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s October 1st, which means it’s the beginning of National Pumpkin Month! At the start of each new season, I love sharing all of my favorite seasonal recipes with you. One of the repeated pieces of feedback that I received in my reader survey a couple of weeks ago was that the seasonal roundups are a little unwieldy and way too long to digest. Many of you said you’d prefer a breakdown of my favorites from the archives and a shorter list. Your wish is my command! Below I’ve narrowed down my favorite recipes that include pumpkin (quite a difficult task!). I love baking with…
  • Apple Cheesecake Crumb Bars

    Michelle
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Shortbread crust. Cheesecake. Spiced apples. Crumb topping. Fall baking doesn’t get too much better than that combination. I can’t ever turn down cheesecake, and that combined with apples (my fall obsession, especially in morning oatmeal), and a crumb topping is totally irresistible. These bars aren’t too sweet, aren’t too spicy, and a perfect blend of creamy cheesecake and thick crumb topping. While there are multiple components to this recipe, I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly these can be thrown together and baked. There is definitely no need to be…
  • Beef Enchiladas

    Michelle
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Mexican food is one of my favorite types of food to eat when I’m going out to eat. Italian usually pales in comparison to what I was used to eating at my grandma’s table growing up, sushi and Chinese are typically reserved for takeout, and one can only eat so many sandwiches. I’ve found that it’s very hard to go wrong when going out for Mexican. The meal typically starts off with a big basket of chips and either salsa, queso or guacamole (or all three!), and it only goes up from there. I like to try different dishes and don’t have one go-to choice when getting…
  • The Weekend Dish: 9/27/2014

    Michelle
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Happy Weekend! Can you believe that next week is already OCTOBER?? What?! Crazy! Today we are celebrating my mom’s birthday, the big 6-0! I actually have not seen her in nearly a month because she had shingles and both her doctor and mine cautioned us to stay away from each other, even though I’ve had the chicken pox, they said better safe than sorry. Happy Birthday, Mom! 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 Salted Caramel Apple Cake – Three…
  • Friday Things

    Michelle
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    1. Einstein and Duke are both finally healthy! Einstein has dropped five pounds since getting the news back at the end of July that he had plumped up and, no, it was not his thyroid or any other underlying issue. We put him on a diet, and he’s been much more lively and active since dropping the weight. I don’t think I’ve seen them look any cuter than when they shared the crate yesterday afternoon. Brotherly love at its finest! 2. This past Monday marked week 24… I can’t believe that I’m already 6 months pregnant! On one hand, I feel like it just happened…
 
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    Honest Cooking

  • Roasted Parsnip and Garlic Soup with Almonds

    Honest Cooking
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Red grapes and almonds take an ordinary root vegetable soup to the next level. Garnish with thyme and enjoy on a cool autumn evening. Get the full recipe here. Almond, Garlic & Parsnip Soup from Electrolux on Vimeo. Sign up for the Honest Cooking Newsletter
  • Towering Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake with Silk Ganache

    Erin Mahoney
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you can’t get enough of the chocolate and peanut butter combo, this cake is for you. Chocolate cake is frosted with creamy peanut butter frosting and topped with a silky chocolate ganache and TONS of peanut butter candies. Get your stretchy pants on and grab a big glass of milk. By Erin Mahoney This might be a bit over the top. It’s also messy, frumpy, and haphazard. But really, who cares? When it comes to chocolate and peanut butter, you just can’t go wrong. You just can’t. And honestly, I love a cake that looks homemade. I love soft, fluffy frosting, irregular and imperfect…
  • Morning Cure: Murray’s Bagels, NYC

    Honest Cooking
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Murray’s Bagels is a haven for New Yorkers seeking sustenance, hangover cures, and authentic breads. Get the scoop on why it is so good and what to order. IN IT: NYC Bonus (Murray’s Bagels) from Rafferty Productions on Vimeo. Sign up for the Honest Cooking Newsletter
  • Spice Up Your Tailgate Menu

    Relish
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A savvy tailgate menu that takes advantage of the season while keeping things creative. By Relish This article has been posted with permission and originally appeared as Not Your Typical Tailgating Menu on Relish. How do you turn a typical tailgating menu on its head? Toss out the idea of burgers and brats and re-invent barbecue sandwiches with a homemade sauce made from fresh plums and rotisserie chicken or shredded pork. Of course we’re all for keeping things compact and utensil-less, so pile the meat mixture high between two corncakes (that are gluten-free, at that) for a hip spin.
  • Early Grey Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    Dianna Muscari
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Without heavy spices, but rather with notes of citrus, this tea-infused dessert is the perfect accompaniment to a pumpkin and cream cheese sweet. By Dianna Muscari I came up with this recipe in case there are other folks out there who just can’t get on board with nutmeg and cloves and allspice. No potpourri here, just the fragrant scent of Earl Grey tea, a new favorite of mine. It took me a while to become a tea person, to be honest. I used to love the idea of tea but didn’t really care for the stuff itself. Then I started buying different kinds to sample whenever I’d come…
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    CookingShorts

  • DomiCile Magazine Fall 2014 Issue

    CookingShorts
    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

    CookingShorts
    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

    CookingShorts
    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

    CookingShorts
    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

    CookingShorts
    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

  • The Simpsons Make Great Sculptures

    Between the Pages
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Welcome to Day 4 of Simpsononymous! Gonzuela Bastarache of KupKake Tree created this Fantastic Lisa Simpson Cake Sculpture. This sculpture is composed of a patchwork of many different colored triangles and rectangles. Each layer of cake is shaped as a rectangle where the top is larger than the bottom and each layer is offset by ninety degrees from the one adjacent to it.  The entire Simpsons family of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie are painted on the side of the middle layer. The top of the cake is a bust of Lisa Simpson. She is wearing a red top and a white pearl necklace. The entire…
  • The Simpsons Never Looked Sweeter

    Between the Pages
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Welcome to Day 3 of Simpsononymous! Mallory Mae of ButterWinks created this Fabulous Duffman Cookie. The cookie design was patterned after the works of Alphonse Mucha. The border of the cookie is filled with pink iced donuts,hot dogs, pizza, and Duff beer cans. The middle of the cookie features Duffman wearing a blue outfit with white in the middle and the word Duff in the white. He has a red belt filled with cans of Duff. He is wearing a red cap with a white middle portion and is holding a can of Duff beer. He is surrounded by red cape. Around his head is a donut with Pink icing and…
  • The Simpsons Get Framed

    Between the Pages
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Welcome to Day 2 of Simpsononymous! Debbie Goard of Debbie Does Cakes created this fabulous edible poster with Snowball from The Simpsons. This marvelous poster is based on Tournée du Chat Noir below. The poster has a yellow background with red and black writing. At the bottom is a red platform where Snowball is sitting. There is a small hairball in front of Snowball. Tournée du Chat Noir is a Vintage Poster by Theophile Alexadre Steinlen. I love this picture of the two side by side. Here’s a picture of Debbie Goard with her edible masterpiece. Michelle Lynn Honeman from Artisan Cakes By…
  • Celebrating 25 Years Of The Simpsons With Cake

    Between the Pages
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Simpsononymous is an Artistic Mashup Celebration organized by Jean Schapowal of Cakes with Character. She has gotten 40 top sugar artists and cake designers together to do a series of cakes and other edible artwork to celebrate the Simpsons 25th Anniversary.  Each of these edible creations uses one Simpsons character and a design that has the character combined with pop, impressionism, or surrealism or a design that is fashioned after a famous painting.  This unveiling on September 28th 2014, coincides with the 2014 television season premiere of The Simpsons. These creations will be…
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    FaveHealthyRecipes.com Articles

  • Simple Sugar Cookies

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    These Simple Sugar Cookies are absolutely heavenly. They are soft and fluffy and topped with the most perfect cream cheese frosting. This sugar cookie recipe is incredibly easy and made a bit healthier by using Greek yogurt. You will love how light and airy these cookies taste. Plus, they look just like the famous Lofthouse sugar cookies, but are even better because they're homemade. There is something so fun and enjoyable about making cookie dough from scratch. You and your kids will love baking these babies, especially when you get to decorate them with tons of creamy frosting and loads of…
  • Pecan Mexican Wedding Cookies

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Pecan Mexican Wedding Cookies are the perfect treat for the holidays. They are buttery, filled with small bits of toasted pecans, and covered in copious amounts of powdered sugar. These tiny bites of heaven are absolutely to-die-for. This easy cookie recipe is made a tad healthier by swapping whole wheat and almond flour in for all purpose flour. These sugary delights have the same traditional flavor, but are made simple and wholesome. If you are looking for the one Christmas cookie recipe to bake, this is your ultimate cookie. Enjoy!
  • Kale and Chia Chips Review

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    SuperEats chips are made out of two super foods, kale and chia seeds, and were developed to be super nutritious and super tasty. These deliciously crisp kale and chia chips come in five outrageously good flavors sea salt, chili lime, ranch, Cheddar, and tomato basil. SuperEats Kale and Chia Chips are shaped like a tortilla chip with a crunchy texture and consistency like one too. They are also sturdy, salty, and dippable. One serving has just 120 calories, so you can snack with none of the guilt.
  • 24 Healthy Appetizer Recipes

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    When go-to appetizers consist of loaded nachos to deep-fried onion rings, healthy appetizer choices seem to be few and far between. For those watching their weight, appetizers can be a serious diet destroyer. Often, party appetizers are not very filling, so we tend to eat a lot. When a table is full of finger-licking-good food, it is hard to resist. Before know it, we just consumed hundreds of empty calories. A few seemingly harmless nachos could add up to 500 calories to your meal - and that's before the main meal! However, there is a way that you can enjoy appetizers without all the excess…
  • 29 Best High Protein Recipes

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    The secret to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is following a diet rich in protein. Protein has many benefits for your body, such as building and repairing muscles, strengthening hair and nails, and aiding in weight loss. Eating high protein meals will speed up your metabolism and keep you full longer. Therefore, you will be less inclined to snack during the day and you'll be able to burn off the occasional cookie. Plus, if you're desperately craving something sweet, we've got a list of high protein desserts for you. This collection of our 29 Best High Protein Recipes brings you healthy and…
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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 Suite101.com. 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: https://www.facebook.com/events/260031377529166/On 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. http://www.royalindianorlando.com/menu.html#mixLunch 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. http://www.yelp.com/events/orlando-kamayan-a-filipino-feast-food-eventTickets: http://www.eastendmkt.com/events/kamayan-a-filipino-feast/Featuring 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 Photo:Flickr.com/adactio 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

  • Astoria’s Oyster Cafe of New York

    admin
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    If you love the nautical charm of The John Dory, but want the intimacy of Upstate, with a twist of Kanoyama, and happen to live in Queens, Oyster Cafe of New York should be your new go-to spot. This relatively new Astoria eatery by Daigo Yamaguchi has everything you need for a stellar after work pick-me-up: a great array of East and West Coast oysters, knock-out small plates and savory snacks, and a reasonably priced drinks menu. The first thing you’ll notice when you enter is the ceiling-high under-the-sea chalkboard art. The shucking station in the back corner of the restaurant…
  • While You Were Slurping

    admin
    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

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    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…
 
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    Chew On That

  • Join us Tonight at 7pm CT for our “#MyMug” National Coffee Day Twitter Party

    Jim Sanger
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Join us tonight for our latest social media event, namely our #MyMug Twitter Party extravaganza to celebrate one of our favorite food and drink holidays, National Coffee Day. Brought to you by Chew on That and our sister publication, Recipe4Living.com, the event is already shaping up to be a smash. It will be co-sponsored by the wonderful folks at @iCoffee. And when these people show up for a party, they invariably come bearing some amazing gifts. Now, if you love coffee like we do you probably already know all about iCoffee, but even if you are already a big fan, go ahead and check out their…
  • Really? Chinese Noodle Shop Owner Confesses to Lacing Meals with Opiates to Get Customers Returning for More

    Jim Sanger
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The South China Morning Post confirmed its story earlier this week that a noodle shop owner in the Chinese provincial capital of Xi’an had confessed to Chinese police that he had been secretly including a paste made of poppy pods into his menu items. The article reports that the restaurant owner did so in the hopes of making his customers addicted to his noodles. The owner was subsequently detained by local authorities. While the act of adding opiates to menu items to improve customer retention is fascinating in and of itself, exactly how the scheme was discovered is no less interesting a…
  • Reports: Shake Shack Considers IPO

    Jim Sanger
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Nation’s Restaurant News reports that Shake Shack, the fast-growing chain of high-end burger restaurants, is seriously considering a public offering. The chain, owned by New York restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, is credited with pioneering the super high-end burger concept, and it has developed something of a fanatical following since it first opened, as a literal shack, a decade ago in Manhattan’s now-trendy Madison Square Park. While Shake Shack may strike some market watchers as being a bit small for an IPO – NRN.com quotes a Reuters report as suggesting…
  • 5 Amazingly Yummy Zucchini Pasta Recipes That You Need To Make Right Now

    Jim Sanger
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    It’s the very height of summer. So you’re in the mood for something ultra-fresh that won’t bloat you-up like a balloon or put your family into a food coma.  It should be healthy, satisfying and something that gives you a reason to visit a farm stand or green grocer. Oh, and you’re also feeling just a little bit daring. That last bit cinches it. You’re in the mood to finally make some zucchini pasta. Talk about fresh, light and uber-nutritious. Making thin strips of zucchini pasta is super easy to do, it cooks up quickly and it’s likely that most people have never tried to prepare…
  • 3 Gluten-Free Summertime Brunch Ideas that Frankly Rock the House

    Jim Sanger
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    The topic of gluten-intolerance has been in the news a lot lately, and if you’re like me, you know people struggling with celiac’s disease or with some less chronic sensitivities to gluten. Having friends and family struggling with these conditions can make getting together for summer breakfasts and brunches a little awkward. Given that so many traditional breakfast items are loaded with glutens, one is left with either making several different breakfasts to accommodate the various dietary restrictions of one’s guests or, even worse, forcing gluten-sensitive guests to feel left out…
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    Grocery Coupon Network Blog: Couponing Secrets Exposed!

  • Smart & Final Weekly Ad Coupon Match Up (10/1 – 10/7)

    Carly Mancl
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Smart & Final Weekly Ad Coupon Match Up Deals of the Week! Smart & Final Weekly Deals Here are this week’s Smart & Final Weekly Ad Coupon Match Up Deals for the week of 10/1 – 10/7.  My favorite deals this week include:  $1.50 General Mills Cereal, Hass Avocados-$0.69 each and more! Meat Deals this week Farmer John Pork Butt Roast-$1.99/lb First Street Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts-$1.99/lb First Street Deli Lunchmeat-$2.99 Produce Deals Farm Fresh Pumpkins-$3.99 Sweet Seedless Green Grapes-$1.99/2 lb package Hass Avocados-$0.69 each Club Sized Deals $5.49 for a…
  • Walmart: $0.48 Bag of Sour Lovers Candy!

    Carly Mancl
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    $0.48 after coupon at Walmart! $1.00/1 Bag of Gimbals Sour Lovers Candy Printable Coupon Sour Lovers Candy Just $0.48 Have you tried Gimbals Sour Lovers Candy yet?  I haven’t, but am excited to after this printable coupon and Walmart deal!  You can get a bag of these for just $0.48 after coupon! Here is a little information about Gimbal’s Sour Lovers Candy from their website "Get ready to pucker-up! Wow! Sour Lovers is deliciously Sour.  Not only that, with each scrumptious bite, Sour Lovers burst with outrageous Flavor. Made with Real Fruit Juice in twelve brand new,…
  • Safeway Transformers DVD Deal- Great Freebies with Purchase!

    Samantha Doerfler
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Freebies with purchase! Super Deal on Transformers Age of Extinction at Safeway I love these movie deals from Safeway since we do a movie night every Friday with my kids. Some are better than others but this one is a good deal considering the movie is so popular and it’s a good price for the DVD so the freebies make it an even better deal. There are some great deals at Safeway this week, including free milk and some super cheap cereal and yogurt match ups so check out all the highlights in the Safeway Weekly Ad Coupon Match Up. There is a coupon available for this movie but it says it…
  • Safeway Weekly Ad Coupon Match Up (10/1-10/7)

    Samantha Doerfler
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Weekly Ad 10/1-10/7 Super Savings from Safeway with Weekly Ad Deals Safeway has some super savings opportunities this week and you can earn gas rewards when you shop! This week you can really stock up on cereal and there is a great deal on Liberte yogurt as well. There are some nice deals for free milk too! Here are the best deals: Honeycrisp Apples $1.47/lb. Avocados 4/$5 Tomatoes on the Vine $0.99/lb. Barilla Pasta $0.79 Oreos, Chips Ahoy or Nutter Butter Cookies 2/$6 *FREE Gallon of Milk wyb 3 Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Honey Nut Cheerios 2/$5 $1.00 off THREE BOXES Big G Cereals Final Cost:…
  • Join L’Oreal Paris Gold Rewards Get Rewarded!

    Carly Mancl
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Start earning free hair color from L’Oreal Rewards! Join L’Oreal Paris Gold Rewards and Get Rewarded with Free Hair Color when  you buy 5! Collect Codes and Get Rewarded from L’Oreal Paris Do you color your hair at home to save money?  I do!  I love getting great deals on hair color when I use coupons!  I am excited to share with you the L’Oreal Paris Gold Rewards!  Join today and start getting rewarded! Purchase L’Oreal Hair Color, Collect Codes, and Earn Rewards! Earn Free Hair Color from L’Oreal Paris with Gold Rewards Purchase any 5 L’Oréal…
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  • Vegan Caesar Salad

    Hilah
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Since we love Caesar salad, but I can’t be eating raw eggs right now ’cause fetuses don’t like raw eggs, I came up with an egg-free alternative for Caesar salad. Essentially a vegan Caesar salad. Except you can add cheese if you want! Glorious cheese! This vegan Caesar dressing is made from soaked cashews and avocado, with plenty of lemon juice. Don’t be afraid of the salt measurement. It’s necessary since we are omitting the salty anchovies, too. Of course, if you’re only interested in this as an egg-free Caesar dressing, then by all means go ahead and add a couple of anchovy…
  • Kale Salad with Goji Berries

    Hilah
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    The thing about kale salad as you’ve probably heard by now, is you need to massage it. Rub it down with some oil and salt, break up the fibrous veins and make it tender. Man, that sounds sexy. Kale salads also benefit from a little something sweet like fresh or dried fruit. In this case it’s goji berries because I have had the same little package of goji berries in my pantry since 1989. As is my custom when faced with any amount of expensive ingredient, I have hoarded it. Which is stupid. Especially now because babies NEED goji berries! And kale and pumpkin seeds and apple cider vinegar…
  • Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

    Hilah
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Gah! Guess what we’ve all been boiling eggs the wrong way. Or I have at least. For years I touted this method of hard boiling eggs and while it certainly works fine, I’d still end up with 30% of my eggs being a serious pain in the ass to peel. No matter how old they were, how long they cooled in the ice bath, peeling under water or not, adding baking soda or vinegar to the water. None of it really makes that big a difference, it turns out. What does make a difference? Boiling water start! I read about this on Serious Eats and obviously had to try it. And thus far, after nearly 10 trials,…
  • Pad Thai

    Hilah
    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

    Hilah
    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…
 
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  • 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 garden...it 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 ™

  • Your Best Recipes of September and a Winner

    Spicie Foodie
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Welcome to this month’s YBR roundup. Before we get to the recipes I’d like to announce the “Featured YBR Winner”. And the winner is… #3, congratulations Tamara of What’s for Dessert, I’ll be in touch shortly.     Thank you everyone for making another YBR possible. And now here are Your Best Recipes of September 2014. Stop by, say hello, say you saw them at the YBR roundup, Tweet, Like, Share and Pin your favorites. (If viewing this in your email roundup photos may not appear, please visit us online for the complete recipe roundup.)   An InLinkz Link-up  …
  • Mexican Charro (Cowboy) Beans with A Twist

    Spicie Foodie
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    The official start to this year’s autumn season began just a few days ago, September twenty-three. The temperatures are slowly dropping in many areas of the Northern Hemisphere and people are starting to spend more time indoors. For me, autumn and cooler temperatures mean hearty stews and soups. Today I’d like to share with you one of my favourite Mexican stews that is perfect for autumn, winter…and even the warmer temperatures of the Tropics. This scrumptious and hearty bean stew is known as frijoles charro, or cowboy beans. The dish is popular around Mexico and often…
  • 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 About.com! 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…
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  • Venice & Artichoke Pasta

    hungrysofia
    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

    hungrysofia
    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