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  • You Won't Believe These Brilliant Christmas Cookies Are Gluten Free

    Epicurious.com: Latest Features
    epicurious.com
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    From crunchy to chewy, citrusy to chocolate-filled, these amazing holiday cookies can win any holiday bake-off.
  • Turkey Preparations

    Culinary Media Network | Gilded Fork
    info@culinarymedianetwork.com (Culinary Media Network)
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are as many ways to roast a turkey as there are grandmothers to teach us their cooking secrets. Everyone seems to have their favorite method for turkey, and while we do not zealously advocate one over another, we are partial to the high-heat roasting method, which produces a crisp and brown exterior without cooking the bird so long it dries out. To ensure a moist bird, buy a kosher turkey, which has been salted to draw out the blood. Otherwise, use a brining technique to ensure a moist bird. Below is one of our favorite brine mixes, which you can use for any kind of meat. Fruit and…
  • Sweet Potato and Quinoa Cakes with Chipotle Aioli and Micro Greens

    The (ex)Expatriate's Kitchen
    Beth Bader
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    I pretty much hate "veggie burgers." It's not for a lack of trying. My taste buds have endured one too many "chikn" patties that taste worse than the box they come in. My heart goes out to vegetarians and vegans everywhere. You people have had to endure a lot of lousy stuff for the sake of your choices. These kind of mock versions of meat-type dishes may be the reason why more people
  • Gifts 'n' stuff, yo ho ho

    Orangette
    Molly
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Hello again, approximately four days later than intended. Thank you for your well wishes and general kindness. I am happy to report that June, at least, is back to health, even if Brandon and I both still look and feel as though someone has crammed our sinuses full of cotton balls. Or no, scratchy wool blankets? Wet down comforters? Wet down comforters! Anyway, we’re tired of it. Of course,
  • Tourtière

    Coconut & Lime // Rachel Rappaport
    Rachel Rappaport
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:2/3 lb ground pork2/3 lb ground lean beef2/3 lb ground veal1 big carrot, finely chopped1 large onion, finely chopped3 cloves garlic, minced1 stalk celery, diced1 1/2 cup cider1 1/4 cups mashed Russet potatoes*1/4 teaspoon celery seed1/4 teaspoon allspice1/4 teaspoon ground cloves1/4 teaspoon crushed rosemary1/4 teaspoon chervil or savory1/4 teaspoon dry mustard1/4 teaspoon marjoram1/8 teaspoon nutmegsea saltfreshly ground black pepper1 bay leafpastry for a 2 crust pie1 egg, beatenDirections:Preheat oven to 375. In a large skillet, sauté meat until no longer pink, breaking up any…
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    Amateur Gourmet

  • Sponsored Post: Secret Spicy Pumpkin Bread

    Adam Roberts
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Pumpkin Bread is one of the very first things I learned how to make. The idea of it is so simple: mix a can of pumpkin with some sugar and some eggs, add some flour, lots of spices (I went heavy on the nutmeg, the cinnamon, the cloves), and pour into a greased loaf pan. An hour later your apartment smells like the greatest seasonal candle ever invented, only better than a candle because you can eat it. No wonder I made pumpkin bread so often. Now that I’m a mature statesman of gastronomy (ahem) I thought I would elevate my pumpkin bread game by changing one of the components in a major…
  • How To Make 300 Latkes

    Adam Roberts
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:38 pm
    If you’ve given me a hug over the past few weeks, there’s a good chance you got a whiff of onion and potato and secretly said to yourself: “He smells like a Jewish grandma.” That’s because, since early December, I’ve become a one-man latke factory. It started when I read this post by Kim Severson all about making latkes ahead. Apparently, they freeze very well. Then I read a similar piece on Bon Appetit about making 400 latkes for a latke party. The strategy was the same: make them ahead, freeze them, then bake them for 20 minutes right before serving.
  • A Menu for December (Parsnip Soup, Beef and Mushroom Stew, Ginger Cake)

    Adam Roberts
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    We got a tree, a Christmas tree, and it’s my first one–Rabbi Schlomo, plug your ears–and it’s making our apartment seem so festive. Somehow I thought getting a tree would be a big ordeal: with the lights and the stand and the balls and the baubles. But, actually, it was a totally easy process. On the advice of my friend John, we went to the Target in Eagle Rock where we stocked up on all the tree necessities (a tree skirt, to attract male trees; lights, balls, etc.) and then we bought a tree right outside at a pop-up tree farm. The tree came on a stand so we just…
  • The 10 Best Things That I’ve Eaten Recently That I Forgot To Tell You About

    Adam Roberts
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Loyal Amateur Gourmet readers, it’s time to come clean: I’ve been a bad blogger lately. It’s been a busy time for me here in L.A. but the hard part is that I really can’t get into why it’s so busy, just trust me that I haven’t really had time to devote to the blog. Can you forgive me? What if I share a bunch of really good things that I’ve cooked/eaten recently, will that make things better? OK, let’s try that. In random order…. Click here to read the rest of this Amateur Gourmet post »
  • My Thanksgiving Plate 2014

    Adam Roberts
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    Maybe this is a weird thing to be proud of, but I didn’t write any lead-up to Thanksgiving post this year and it felt really nice. So much of the writing about Thanksgiving is unnecessary: seriously, anything you need to know about turkey or cranberry sauce or stuffing has already been written. The fact that it’s a “new spin” on whatever is really just an opportunity to get you to click, buy, forward, ReTweet, etc. So I avoided all that and then went to Boca Raton, Florida where my family lives and where I promptly fell ill with a mini-flu—chills, sweats, the…
 
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    Steamy Kitchen: recipes and cooking

  • Giveaway: Tiger JAJ-A55U Rice Cooker

    steamykitchen
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    Are giveaways running or loading slowly for you? Some users have reported success with clearing their browser cache and reloading the pages. I do love a great rice meal! And if you’re anything like me, I’m pretty sure you’re going to just love our next giveaway! Yes, you guessed it right! …Or not because it does not look like a rice cooker at all (because no rice cooker has ever looked that cute!) but there, I said it, one lucky winner would win the cutest rice cooker ever by joining our next online giveaway! Click here to buy Tiger JAJ-A55U Rice Cooker and Warmer with…
  • Giveaway: ChicWrap Plastic Wrap

    steamykitchen
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Are giveaways running or loading slowly for you? Some users have reported success with clearing their browser cache and reloading the pages. If you spend as much time as me in the kitchen, then I’m pretty certain that you’ve felt the urge to hurl a box of plastic wrap across the room for not doing it’s job properly, at least once in your life. Whether it’s because the plastic has stuck together, or the fact that I’m pretty sure they had our hands and fingers in mind when they designed the blade that’s supposed to cut through the plastic… Let’s…
  • Giveaway: CitriStar Juicer

    steamykitchen
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:33 am
    Are giveaways running or loading slowly for you? Some users have reported success with clearing their browser cache and reloading the pages. Quiet powerful juicer This compact juicer is hands down, the best that I have ever used. It does everything that you’d expect a juicer to do without the added noise that most juicers produce and the extra effort that is usually put into the cleaning part that comes after the juicing. Unlike most other juicers that I have used in the past, the CitriStar literally (and I mean LITERALLY!) gets every last drop of juice since the motor doesn’t…
  • Giveaway: Lobel’s USDA Prime Dry-Aged Rib Roast

    steamykitchen
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    Are giveaways running or loading slowly for you? Some users have reported success with clearing their browser cache and reloading the pages.  USDA Dry Aged Prime Rib Roast The most desirable of all beef roasts happens to be Lobel´s signature roast. A traditional choice for festive occasions, these well-aged roasts are impressive in presentation and a delight on the palate—exquisitely flavorful and tender. Can’t decide between the convenience of a boneless rib roast and the added flavor of a bone-in roast? Now you can have the best of both worlds by ordering our boned and tied rib…
  • 1-Step, Fail Proof Prime Rib Roast Recipe on the Rotisserie

    Jaden
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    Have you ever tried to make a Prime Rib Roast at home? The normal process involves multiple steps and kitchen acrobatics: I would fire up my large cast-iron pan, heat it up to near-smoking, and then wrangle the prime rib roast onto the pan, searing each side. If the roast is extra large and heavy, I’d have to use 2 tongs to lift, rotate and hold the roast. Then transfer the burning-hot seared hunk into a roasting pan (without dropping it) to slow-roast in the oven. While the recipe produces my perfect, steakhouse-quality Prime Rib Roast, it is a multi-step process. But I now rely on…
 
 
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    Culinary Media Network | Gilded Fork

  • Turkey Preparations

    info@culinarymedianetwork.com (Culinary Media Network)
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are as many ways to roast a turkey as there are grandmothers to teach us their cooking secrets. Everyone seems to have their favorite method for turkey, and while we do not zealously advocate one over another, we are partial to the high-heat roasting method, which produces a crisp and brown exterior without cooking the bird so long it dries out. To ensure a moist bird, buy a kosher turkey, which has been salted to draw out the blood. Otherwise, use a brining technique to ensure a moist bird. Below is one of our favorite brine mixes, which you can use for any kind of meat. Fruit and…
  • Pumpkin Streusel Cake

    info@culinarymedianetwork.com (Culinary Media Network)
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
    A wonderful friend shared a melt-in-your-mouth recipe for pumpkin bread, and it was just too delicious and moist to allow it only bread status. We felt compelled to do a Gilded Fork variation on the recipe, which adds even more decadence with a rich streusel topping and rum-infused glaze. Enjoy it on a chilly day with your favorite cup of tea or coffee. 12 servings Ingredients For the cake: 2 whole eggs ¾ cup sugar ½ cup canola oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 8 ounces canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) 1 ¼ cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice ¼ teaspoon salt To…
  • Upside-Down Cranberry Cornbread

    info@culinarymedianetwork.com (Culinary Media Network)
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Cranberries are a sweet but assertive fruity complement to this moist, yet crumbly golden cornbread. This recipe is a tasty twist to traditional cornbread, combining the best qualities of cranberry sauce and cornbread. It will surely make for an attractive addition to your holiday table! Serves 8-10 Ingredients For the topping: 12 ounces (1 bag) fresh cranberries 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla For the cornbread: 1 1/4 cups flour 3/4 cup cornmeal 1/3 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup unsalted…
  • Spiced Cranberry & Orange Relish

    info@culinarymedianetwork.com (Culinary Media Network)
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Autumn rarely goes by without at least one meal that contains a freshly prepared cranberry relish. Chicken, turkey, or chops adore being dressed with this relish, and the spices will add a wonderful scent to your home as the cranberries simmer. 4 servings Ingredients 1 pound fresh cranberries 1 1/2 cups water 5 whole cloves 5 whole allspice berries 2 cinnamon sticks 2 large navel oranges, peeled and chopped 3 cups sugar Preparation Place the cleaned cranberries into a 3-quart saucepan. Add the water and bring to a boil. Place the spices in a small cheesecloth bag tied with string.
  • Southwestern Thanksgiving Menu

    info@culinarymedianetwork.com (Culinary Media Network)
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you are hosting the Thanksgiving festivities this year, perhaps you’re feeling the need for a little twist on tradition. (Let’s face it: the same old menu gets boring after a few decades.) Chef Mark has featured Southwestern flavors for our version, imparting the tastes and aromas he savored as a young lad. (P.S. If you have a smaller gathering than, say, Jennifer’s twenty-five-ish guests, this is an ideal alternative to cooking a full turkey.) A dash of chipotle, a touch of Hatch chile, and a whole lot of flavor accent Chef Mark’s twist on Thanksgiving dinner.
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    Rasa Malaysia: Easy Asian Recipes

  • No Bake Chilled Cheesecake

    Rasa Malaysia
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    No bake chilled cheesecake - super easy chilled cheesecake made with cream cheese and whipping cream. Super creamy and sinfully delicious. The post No Bake Chilled Cheesecake appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Red Velvet Cake

    Rasa Malaysia
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    Delicious cake loaded with cream cheese frosting, perfect for anytime of the year but especially festive for the holidays season. Get the easy recipe. Delicious cake loaded with cream cheese frosting, perfect for anytime of the year but especially festive for the holidays season. Get the easy recipe. The post Red Velvet Cake appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Bambeco Olive Wood Cheese Lover Gift Set Giveaway

    Rasa Malaysia
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Bambeco Olive Wood Cheese Lover Gift Set Giveaway. MSRP US$90. US Only. Enter to win! The post Bambeco Olive Wood Cheese Lover Gift Set Giveaway appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Shrimp

    Rasa Malaysia
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:23 am
    paghetti Aglio e Olio with Shrimp - super easy and delicious spaghetti with garlic, olive oil, shrimp and red pepper flakes. Amazing dinner for the family. The post Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Shrimp appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Mini Chocolate Bundt Cake with Peppermint Frosting

    Rasa Malaysia
    6 Dec 2014 | 5:05 pm
    'Tis the season for rich chocolate bundt cake topped with sweet peppermint frosting. Easy recipe that you can try this holiday season for your family. The post Mini Chocolate Bundt Cake with Peppermint Frosting appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
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    101 Cookbooks

  • Winter Shandy Punch

    Heidi Swanson
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:45 pm
    This time last year I made a winter punch, it was prosecco and gin-based with seasonal citrus, ginger and rosemary. It was crowd-pleaser, and a looker, and I ended up making it numerous times. More than anything, it was a recipe that bolstered my punch-making confidence. Part of me thought I should simply ride that punch for another year or two, as my go-to punch recipe. While the other part of me thought I should try to up my game with something new this winter, take things in an entirely different direction. So that's what I did. I started thinking about making something easy-drinking and…
  • Rosewater Shortbread

    Heidi Swanson
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Looks like there is a big storm headed our way, so I'm going to sneak these in here, and then do a few fun things like check all the batteries in the flashlights. Also, I know this is holiday cookie season, and perhaps these beauties aren't altogether appropriate - but I can't help but share them with you. They're buttery whole wheat shortbreads fragrant with rosewater, flecked with toasted nuts, and dried rose petals. They have a crunchy dusting of sugar on top that provides a satisfying, sweet tongue scratch, and are punctuated with black sesame. I'm not even going to lie - it took a few…
  • Mashed Potatoes & Clouds

    Heidi Swanson
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:05 pm
    There are a disproportionate number of sky photos in my iPhone. As in, photos of the sky. I noticed it the other day when scrolling back, back, back looking for a picture I took in Fez. I saw lots of clouds, sky scapes, shots out a plane window, and (hands covering face) sunsets. The cloud shots are my favorite, and a lot of them have been taken recently - it has been a good cloud season here in San Francisco. Before the rain settled in. Anyway, I wanted to share a few of them with you. And that got me thinking about figuring out a recipe tie-in. Meringues, right? Giant billowy ones - we make…
  • Favorites List (11.28.14)

    Heidi Swanson
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:04 pm
    A few favorites for the holiday weekend...heavy on the reading. I'm in between books, please let me know if any of you are reading anything (books, articles, anything!) you'd recommend. xo -h - Driving with Yohji Yamamoto (video) - Salvage Beast - Can't remember if we've talked about how much I love these. After churning through earbuds over the years, they were well worth the splurge. - When Ofili Met Sidibé - Loomer & Weavers - Hopes & Dreams - Lisa Eldridge Facial Massage technique (video) - Extreme Wealth & Fruit Loops - Salt of Kanawha (video) - The Julia Child of Weed - Claudia Dey &…
  • Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

    Heidi Swanson
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:49 pm
    This is the week each year I get asked for vegetarian thanksgiving recipe ideas, so I thought I'd update my list of favorite recipes and ideas from the archives. I've also added a few recipes I've come across on other sites that looked exciting. It's also the time of year I like to re-read this. I hope those of you celebrating Thanksgiving this week have a wonderful time with friends, and loved ones. xo -h Roasted Vegetable Orzo - Roasted delicata squash and kale tossed w/ orzo pasta & salted yogurt dressing. A Favorite Pie - You could do apple-huckleberry, straight berries, pear-cranberry,…
 
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    Dona Lupe's Kitchen

  • The Writing Life Made Easier with Droid Turbo

    Gina Ruiz
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Disclosure: I am a member of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Program which gives me free access to mobile technology and other benefits.  The opinions expressed here are my own, as is the cursing and the Spanglish.  I am, as always myself. #VZWBuzz   When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen. But if you have not a pen, I suppose you must scratch any way you can. ~Samuel Lover, Handy Andy, 1842 I don’t remember when I first knew that I would be a writer, but it seems I was born with a pencil in my hand. My father once told me…
  • Sugar Cookie Ornaments & the Scents of Christmas Past

    Gina Ruiz
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:47 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Easy to find these great scents It’s the holiday season and we’re excited in my home. Southern California won’t have a white Christmas, but the spirit of the holidays is here. To get in the mood, we light Glade® Winter Collection scented candles. I was lucky enough to find the Glade® Winter Collection at our local Ralph’s Grocery in Glendale. The display was set up just as we walked in, making it hard to miss amidst the madness of holiday shopping. You can save on Glade® …
  • Pasta, Animated via Droid

    Gina Ruiz
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Disclosure: I am a member of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Program which gives me free access to mobile technology and other benefits.  The opinions expressed here are my own, as is the cursing and the Spanglish. I am, as always myself. #VZWBuzz I am amazed at the functionality of phones now. Seriously. Tomorrow I turn 53 years old (holy crap!) and I grew up with rotary phones, graduated to push buttons, walked around with a BIG ASS mobile phone looking like a complete dork, stumbled into those original heavy-duty Blackberry’s and Palm Pilots. The changes, strides and advances in our now…
  • Bordeaux Wines for the Holidays

    Gina Ruiz
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    I’m working on my holiday menus and checking out some wine from Bordeaux What are you drinking for the holidays?
  • Dinner & a Show with Get Your Phil

    Gina Ruiz
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Interested in a great night out at an economical price? Love the Disney Concert Hall and delicious food? One of the things I love about living so close to Downtown L.A. is the Friday night Get Your Phil packages. I can have an excellent three course meal at some of the best restaurants in town for a low price, then head over to the concert hall for amazing music.   Dinner & Show Details: Get Your Phil: Dinner & Concert Package Fri OCT 24  8pm “Salonen, Saariaho & Sibelius”   Don’t miss world-renowned conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen as he leads the Los Angeles…
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    SimplyRecipes.com

  • Cream of Mushroom Soup

    Elise
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    Cream of mushroom soup has been a favorite of mine as long as I can remember. Of course when we were growing up it was Campbell’s and it came in a can. But even as an 8 year old I took great pride in heating my own soup, and discovered for myself how much better it was if you added milk instead of water, and how important it was to slowly add the milk while stirring so it wouldn’t form clumps. Continue reading "Cream of Mushroom Soup" »
  • Confetti Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta

    Elise
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Now here’s a fun way to prepare shrimp that’s also quick and easy. The shrimp are sautéed in olive oil with finely diced red and green bell pepper, along with garlic and grated ginger, and then tossed with angel hair pasta. So festive! Continue reading "Confetti Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta" »
  • Prime Rib

    Elise
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Prime rib claims center stage during holiday season for a very good reason. It is the king of beef cuts. It’s called a standing rib roast because to cook it, you position the roast majestically on its rib bones in the roasting pan. Beautifully marbled with fat, this roast is rich, juicy, and tender—a feast for the eyes and the belly. Continue reading "Prime Rib" »
  • Chocolate Crinkles

    Garrett McCord
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    Please welcome guest author Garrett McCord as he shares some of his best-loved holiday chocolate crinkle cookies. From the recipe archive, first posted 2011. One of the best parts about any holiday—be it Christmas, Thanksgiving, a birthday, Diwali, Columbus Day, whatever—is that you get an excuse to eat some of your favorite foods. For me, that means chocolate. Now, I’m generally not a big chocolate eater during the year, but when December rolls around it’s totally game on. The chilly weather and holiday spirit just make me crave it for some reason. That craving means…
  • How to Chop an Onion

    Elise
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:45 pm
    So, do you like chopping onions? Most people I know don’t, because not only can it be a hassle, cutting onions can also make you cry. But here’s the thing, if you know how to properly cut an onion, it’s easy, safe, and relatively tear-free. Of all the cooking skills I’ve learned over the years, this is the one skill that has made the most difference in terms of making cooking enjoyable. Continue reading "How to Chop an Onion" »
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  • The Easiest Way to Come to Terms with the Past

    rsdailythought
    18 Dec 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 How to Make Ornaments With Stuff You Have in Your House 11 Insanely Pretty Christmas Cupcakes 7 Ingenious Hacks to Make Hot Chocolate Even BetterFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Don’t Let This Hold You Back

    rsdailythought
    17 Dec 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 How to Make Ornaments With Stuff You Have in Your House 11 Insanely Pretty Christmas Cupcakes 7 Ingenious Hacks to Make Hot Chocolate Even BetterFiled under: Daily Thought
  • An Author’s Thoughts on Happiness

    rsdailythought
    16 Dec 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 How to Make Ornaments With Stuff You Have in Your House 11 Insanely Pretty Christmas Cupcakes 7 Ingenious Hacks to Make Hot Chocolate Even BetterFiled under: Daily Thought
  • 1 Reason You’ve Missed Opportunities

    rsdailythought
    15 Dec 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 How to Make Ornaments With Stuff You Have in Your House 11 Insanely Pretty Christmas Cupcakes 7 Habits of Thoughtful Gift Givers Filed under: Daily Thought
  • Why Kristen Bell Loves to Cook

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    12 Dec 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 How to Make Ornaments With Stuff You Have in Your House 11 Insanely Pretty Christmas Cupcakes 7 Ingenious Hacks to Make Hot Chocolate Even BetterFiled under: Daily Thought
 
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    Food & Wine: Articles

  • Find the Right Wine for the Holidays With Gnarly Head

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Photo Courtesy of the Gnarly Head The Office Party Show your boss you have finesse, strength, and the ability to multitask with a bottle of Gnarly Head Authentic Red. The juicy core of lush blackberry, plum, and black cherry flavors layered with spice and chocolate make it complex, yet delicious. A blend based on Zinfandel grown on some of the oldest vines in California, Syrah, and Merlot with a splash of Malbec, this wine is the result of creativity and experience The Cookie...
  • Kate Krader's Year of Awesome Eating

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    In this Article Bergen Hill Edible Schoolyard NYC Questlove Salon WD-50 Fête Blackberry Farm Southern Picnic in Aspen Petit Trois Modern Chinese at Next Ivan Ramen Epiphany Photo © Peter Bagi January: A New Brooklyn Hangout A small seafood bar with a great playlist becomes my go-to spot When I lived in Brooklyn, I spent most of my time eating in Manhattan. Then a little place called...
  • The Art of Crafting Authentic Jamaican Rum

    7 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Photo Courtesy of Appleton THE HISTORY Rum is the pride of Jamaica, and an integral part of the Jamaican economy —Jamaica was the first country to produce the spirit commercially. The Appleton Estate is Jamaica's oldest continuously operating sugar estate and distillery, dating back at least to 1749. But the Estate's history may date back as far as 1655, when England took power of Jamaica from Spain. It's believed that Frances Dickinson — whose descendants are the earliest kn...
  • City Guide: Rouen, France

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Photo Courtesy of Christiane Lemieux The City Rouen is one of my favorite destinations in France. It is the capital of Normandy and has been claimed by some to be the birthplace of Impressionism. As a student of Art History, I can't resist a stop at Monet's gorgeous home in Giverny, which is on the road between Rouen and Paris. Impressionist painters from Monet to Gaugin and Pisarro flocked to Rouen from Paris for the gorgeous light and change of scenery. To this day, Monet’s ...
  • Top Chef 12: Boston

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    In this Article Top Chef: Boston Video Top Chef: Boston Contestants Top Chef Season 12 Overview "Top Chef: Boston," the twelth season of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series, premieres Wednesday, October 15 at 10 pm ET/PT. Returning to the judges table for the new season in New England are head judge Tom Colicchio, judges Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and host Padma Lakshmi. For the first time ever, a “Top Chef” winner is joining the judgin...
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    Portland Oregon Food and Drink

  • New Year’s Eve 2014 – Where to go in Portland

    PDX Food Dude
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    (This post will stick to the top row of the home page) [Updates/additions – Cocotte, Suzette Creperie, Smallwares, Gustav’s, Der Rheinlander] Looking for a restaurant in Portland for a New Year’s Eve 2014 celebration? You’ll find an overview of many of Portland’s most popular dining spots here. With almost 100 listings, this post is too long for feed readers, so I broke my normal policy for this one time. You’ll have to visit the website to view the entire list. Restaurants marked with a red asterisk* are open New Year’s Day. I’ll be updating this…
  • Hunan Restaurant to Close After 35 Years in Downtown Portland

    PDX Food Dude
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Family-run landmark to close doors December 28, 2014. PORTLAND, Ore. — December 16, 2014 —  One of Portland’s oldest family-run Chinese restaurants, Hunan Restaurant, will close after 35 years in downtown Portland. Located in the historic Morgan’s Alley, Hunan Restaurant – with it’s traditional red and gold decor, live fish tanks and specialties like General Tso’s chicken – first introduced Portlanders to the experience of Chinese food in the late 70‘s and has served as both a special occasion destination for Portland families and a lunchtime staple for downtown…
  • Coppia Keeps Concept, Focus, Changes Ownership

    PDX Food Dude
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Coppia Interesting news today from Timothy Nishimoto of Coppia Restaurant. Former Owner to Remain as Consultant, New Owner to Carry Torch Portland, Oregon; December 16, 2014: After almost ten years as owners of Coppia Restaurant & Wine Bar (opened in the Pearl District as Vino Paradiso, in 2005, and re-branded as Coppia in 2011 to focus on the cuisine of Piedmont, Italy), Timothy Nishimoto and Todd O’Connor, will hand the keys over to a new owner, Bill Ludwig, in hopes of keeping the dream alive in Portland!  The change will occur January 1, 2015. Nishimoto, a Certified Sommelier (CMS)…
  • New Multnomah County Courthouse may Jeopardize Landmark Restaurant

    PDX Food Dude
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Veritable Quandary The owner of Portland institution Veritable Quandary is upset about the proposed Multnomah County courthouse which would be located on SW Naito Parkway. The owner is concerned that because the new building would take over the land that he leases the the patio and adjacent green space, he would lose the most valuable parts of his business – not to mention the chaos that would be caused by construction. Here is the press release: Portland, Ore. – On Tuesday, December 16th at 10:00am, Multnomah County Commissioners will discuss the preliminary planning proposal for a…
  • Two Tarts Closes Retail Bakery

    PDX Food Dude
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Two Tarts Bakery Sad news – Two Tarts Bakery announced today that they are closing their retail store on NW Kearney at 23rd. Good news – they will still be offering their delicious cookies at Portland Farmers Market. You may not be familiar with them, but have probably seen jars of the little treats at various coffeehouses around town. You may have read my review here. Here is the press release – I’ve been contemplating what to write for months. For weeks now, I thought I had it down – what to say, how to say it, the spit and polish I’d put on this letter.
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    Start Cooking

  • Rudolf’s Christmas Cookies

    7 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The holiday season is here - time for Christmas cookies. This recipe video shows you how to make these special treats. They remind me of Rudolf and so I thought I would call them Rudolf's Christmas Cookies. I hope you like them. Enjoy!
  • Roasted Chicken

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It may seem daunting, but with this simple recipe, you CAN roast a chicken!
  • How to Cook Pasta

    9 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Are you still cooking pasta in the microwave? Learn the 6 important rules for any pasta recipe with this quick Tips and Techniques video - you'll have everything you need for your pasta dish in no time. Enjoy!
  • Beef Stew

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Beef stew makes for a hearty and tasty meal. There's no need to be a chef with these tips and techniques on how to make beef stew - just follow my easy step-by-step video instructions and you'll be cooking like a pro!
  • 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.
 
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  • gyoza gyoza gyoza!

    edjusted
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:15 pm
    We all love ramen, but how much do you love gyoza? Do you love it enough to plop your cell phone in your gyoza dish?Do you love gyoza enough to put them all over your iPhone?Thanks to Hamee, you can do *both*, with their new gyoza cell phone stand and iPhone case (for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus).Too bad it’s only available in Japan…at least for now…via Akihabara News. Tags: ramen news
  • 3-second fried shrimp

    edjusted
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Yes, I would love to try this on my ramen, please. I wonder if this would work with chashu?via Tags: ramen tidbits
  • ready for ramen…pizza?

    edjusted
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Post by Redneck Repairs.Thanks “Hoof”! Tags: ramen tidbits
  • oh noes! nissin raises instant ramen prices!

    edjusted
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Nissin Japan has announced their first price increase in 7 years. This will start on Jan 1 2015 and applies to their instant noodle products in Japan.Ok…honestly, I’m more surprised that Nissin hasn’t raised their prices for so long. Tags: ramen news
  • 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
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    NPR: Food

  • What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

    Eliza Barclay
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.» E-Mail This
  • Tourtiere: A French-Canadian Twist On Christmas Pie

    Lynn Neary
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    On Christmas Eve, many French-Canadians will gather after midnight Mass for reveillon, a lavish dinner party that lasts into the wee hours. The traditional centerpiece is a savory, spiced meat pie.» E-Mail This
  • Japan's Butter Shortage Whips Its Cake Makers Into A Frenzy

    NPR Staff
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    For the Japanese, Christmastime means sponge cake. But a nationwide butter shortage has led to mandatory butter rationing, forcing cake bakers to seek out substitutes.» E-Mail This
  • Weekly Innovation: Nonstick Coating Helps Ketchup Slide Out

    Samantha Raphelson
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:22 pm
    LiquiGlide is a coating that helps that last bit of ketchup or mustard slide out easily without shaking or squeezing the bottle. Now, the company is expanding to other kinds of uses and industries.» E-Mail This
  • A Holy Land Christmas Porridge Honors A Damsel In Distress

    Daniella Cheslow
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    Some Christians in Israel and the West Bank celebrate Eid el-Burbara on Dec. 17. The feast honors St. Barbara, an early convert to Christianity whose story is echoed in the Rapunzel tale.» E-Mail This
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    Vegan Bits

  • O Olive Oil

    Lane
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
    Jane and I have always enjoyed dipping good bread in olive oil and balsamic. A few years ago we were introduced to Dukkah: a mix of ground roast nuts and spices, originating in Egypt, and used as a dip. You add a bit of olive oil and balsamic to your plate and then a small spoonful of dukkah (you […]
  • Non Vegan Beer

    Lane
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    MANY years ago, I wrote that many beers are not vegan because of a very old process, called isinglass where fish innards are used to process beer. Just surfing the net, I stumbled upon an article from last year in Smithsonian discussing this. So just as a reminder:   Guinness sells about 10 million pints […]
  • Thanksgiving

    Lane
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Thanksgiving has always been a special day in our house. Once we became vegan, our menu was mostly the same, simply veganized and minus the turkey. Over the years we've tried a wide variety of turkey substitutes, but our absolute favorite is the Gardein Holiday Roast. It is supposed to serve 8, but even though […]
  • Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder

    Lane
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    A few years ago I developed an intolerance to the caffeine in iced tea. I would become jittery and edgy after lunch. Finally, it occurred to me that I could no longer tolerate the iced tea I always drank. So I switched to green tea iced tea, when it was available and water or lemonade […]
  • Vegetarian Thanksgiving: A Squash Main Course

    Lane
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:47 pm
    When Maria Marlowe, a New York resident, switched to a vegan diet eight years ago for health reasons, she tried to persuade her family to do the same. “When someone converts to vegan eating they preach a lot, and I preached,” she said. “I was like the food police. I made people feel uncomfortable. It […]
 
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    Average Betty

  • Irish Mexican Egg Nog Recipe – Dozen Days of Nog

    Sara O'Donnell
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    This crazy good Irish Mexican Egg Nog is my contribution to Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs Dozen Days of Nog! Won’t you join me The post Irish Mexican Egg Nog Recipe – Dozen Days of Nog appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Super Easy Vegan Meatballs Video

    Sara O'Donnell
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    WATCH THE VIDEO! These are the vegan meatballs that Mother Nature intended. And they are so super easy you’d have to be an oxymoron to mess them up. Get the recipe for Super Easy Vegan Meatballs. Don’t miss a video… SUBSCRIBE TO MY CHANNEL ON YOUTUBE! The Average Betty Test Kitchen developed this recipe and […] The post Super Easy Vegan Meatballs Video appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Super Easy Vegan Meatballs Recipe

    Sara O'Donnell
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:31 am
    This holiday season, why not take the super easy way out? How easy is super easy? Of course, you know. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 The post Super Easy Vegan Meatballs Recipe appeared first on Average Betty.
  • How to Make The Perfect Shrimp

    Sara O'Donnell
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The Perfect Shrimp??? Video made its debut on YouTube in January of 2007 but the video and recipe have been right here since September 29, 2006 The post How to Make The Perfect Shrimp appeared first on Average Betty.
  • The Perfect Shrimp 2014 Recipe

    Sara O'Donnell
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
    The Perfect Shrimp is one perfect bite of crunchy cucumber and spicy grilled shrimp topped with Sriracha hot sauce, creamy avocado and toasted sesame seeds The post The Perfect Shrimp 2014 Recipe appeared first on Average Betty.
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    waiterrant.net

  • A Man’s Got to Know His Limitations

    waiter
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    I’m at the Laundromat with my daughter washing her clothes. As Natalie sits in her car seat playing with her doll, I think for the hundredth time how I have to buy a house. My own washer and dryer would be nice. “Hey lady,” a loud voice booms out of sight. “I want a refund!” “No,” I hear the old woman who manages the Laundromat, say. “But my clothes are still wet!” “You used the big dryer,” the manager says. “They cost a quarter for five minutes. You didn’t put in enough.” “The other dryers are twenty-five cents for eight minutes.” “That’s because…
  • Tightrope

    waiter
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I’m driving to work when my wife calls me on my cellphone. Answering using the hands free gizmo my car is immediately filled with the wails of a crying baby. “Natalie burned herself,” my wife says, choking back tears. “How?” “I was in the kitchen,” Annie says,” I turned my head for a second…” “What happened?” “She touched the radiator.” “Which one?” “The small one in the dining room.” We don’t have a “dining room.” A tiny table for four sits in the hallway connecting the kitchen with the rest of our two-bedroom apartment. “Where’s the burn?” I…
  • Burn and Rave

    waiter
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:24 pm
    I’ve been floated up to the geriatric psych ward and I’m not happy. When I was younger I didn’t sweat working with old people. Back then old age and death seemed impossibly far away. Now, with my fiftieth birthday in sight, the demented elderly chattering around me are a reminder that the clock is ticking. “I’m looking for my keys,” a woman says to me, her voice quavering. “If I can’t find them I can’t go home.” “Okay, Gertrude,” I say, taking the woman by the arm. “Let’s go look for them.” There are no keys. Gertrude is sun downing – the agitation many people…
  • Mean Little Spaces

    waiter
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:04 pm
    It’s five-thirty and I’ve just finished the lovely sandwich my wife made for me when Hakim sticks his head in the break room. “Can you do me a favor?” the young nurse asks. “Sure.” “You know that new patient in 308?” “He’s been in bed all day.” “He came in at three in the morning and the night shift didn’t check his belongings. Could you do it?” Checking a patient’s belongings is the shittiest job on a psych ward. You have to count every stitch of their clothing, log it on a belongings sheet and then place anything remotely valuable into a special…
  • Zombies and Tacos

    waiter
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:08 pm
    If you’ve ever waited tables, at some point in your nocturnal life, you’ve had a “waiter dream.” These nightmares usually share common thematic elements; you’ve got a hundred customers who all hate you, the restaurant’s layout is bizarrely different, the menu’s a hundred pages, written in Cyrillic and you’re perpetually in the weeds. Often it’s just your brain clearing out the myriad of details ricocheting in your brain after a bad shift. (“Man, I forgot to bring that soda to table twelve!”) Sometimes its your subconscious telling you to get out of the biz. Six years…
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    Coconut & Lime // Rachel Rappaport

  • Tourtière

    Rachel Rappaport
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:2/3 lb ground pork2/3 lb ground lean beef2/3 lb ground veal1 big carrot, finely chopped1 large onion, finely chopped3 cloves garlic, minced1 stalk celery, diced1 1/2 cup cider1 1/4 cups mashed Russet potatoes*1/4 teaspoon celery seed1/4 teaspoon allspice1/4 teaspoon ground cloves1/4 teaspoon crushed rosemary1/4 teaspoon chervil or savory1/4 teaspoon dry mustard1/4 teaspoon marjoram1/8 teaspoon nutmegsea saltfreshly ground black pepper1 bay leafpastry for a 2 crust pie1 egg, beatenDirections:Preheat oven to 375. In a large skillet, sauté meat until no longer pink, breaking up any…
  • Broiled Oysters with Bacon and Leeks

    Rachel Rappaport
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:12 oysters (unshucked)2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled2 leeks, minced (white parts only!)3 cloves garlic, minced1/2 cup bread crumbs or matzo mealDirections:Saute the leeks and garlic in 1 1/2 tablespoons bacon grease until soft. Remove from heat. Add the bread crumbs and bacon bits and stir to combine. Shuck the oysters. Discard top shell. Place oysters in their shells on large baking sheet or broiling pan. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over each oyster. Broil until crumbs are golden, about 3 minutes. My thoughts:Oysters are my favorite food if I have to pick just one. Maybe it…
  • Stripetti Squash with Sage and Romano Cheese

    Rachel Rappaport
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:1 2 1/2-lb Stripetti*, halved lengthwise1 tablespoon olive oil1 tablespoon butter1 small onion, small dice5 leaves sage, chiffonade1/3 cup grated romano cheesesea saltfreshly ground black pepperDirections:Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Place the squash cut side down on the parchment. Bake for 30 minutes or until the skin is easily pierced with a fork. Scoop out the insides. Set aside.Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet. Cook the onion until the onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the sage,…
  • Bacon-Apple Kalette Salad

    Rachel Rappaport
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:2 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled8 oz halved kalettes, lightly steamed and cooled3 oz crumbled feta1 large crisp apple (I used Gold Rush) cubed2 tablespoons aged apple cider vinegar1 tablespoon olive oilsaltfreshly ground black pepperDirections:Toss together the bacon, kalettes, feta and apple in a medium bowl. Drizzle with vinegar, oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.My thoughts:My mom called me all excited about a new vegetable she had read about in a magazine called kalettes. It is a cross between kale and Brussels sprouts. I'm a little eh about kale but I…
  • Cranberry-Ricotta Cake

    Rachel Rappaport
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    Ingredients:2 cups flour1 teaspoon baking powder1 cup sugar1 egg, at room temperature2/3 cup half and half, at room temperature1 cup whole milk ricotta1/2 cup canola oil1 teaspoon vanilla pastepinch salt1 cup fresh cranberriesDirections:Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a standard loaf pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Set aside. In a medium bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the egg, ricotta, half and half, oil and vanilla paste. Slowly stream in the dry ingredients (while the mixer is running!) and mix to combine. Fold in cranberries. Pour into…
 
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    Cooking with Anne

  • Butternut Squash, Potato and Cheddar Mash

    Anne Coleman
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    In my family we have mashed potato lovers and butternut squash lovers, and those who love both. This dual mash with sharp cheddar is so good you'll want to make it for more than just holidays. It's savory-sweet with a tang from sour cream and cheddar that just puts it over the top on flavor. Serve with your favorite protein and a heaping serving of green veggies.Butternut Squash, Potato and Cheddar MashServes 82 pounds potatoes - peeled, cubed and cooked until tender2 pounds butternut squash - peeled, seeded and roasted until soft1/2 cup milk1/2 cup sour cream1/2 stick butter1 Tablespoon…
  • Kids Quest at Sands Bethlehem Review and Giveaway

    Anne Coleman
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    We have a winner! With each comment given a number in the order in which they were received, the random number generator gave me #2, which is Bobbie Butz! Congratulations to our winner and thanks to all who entered.*Please note: This Giveaway is lightning fast! It will end on Thursday, December 4th at 11:59 PM EST so the winner will have time to use the Kids Quest Certificate. See instructions below.All Smiles at Kids Quest!I don't know about the rest of the parenting world, but for me the biggest obstacle in going out on dates has been childcare. There are many qualified sitters out there,…
  • Candy Acorns

    Anne Coleman
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    Candy AcornsTwo favorite flavors, peanut butter and chocolate, combine in these adorable little acorn-shaped candies. They are a perfect complement to any autumn holiday table and fun for everyone when paired with real or artificial oak tree leaves.The amount of powdered sugar you need will depend on the humidity in the room and the texture of the peanut butter you use.Candy AcornsPrep Time 10 minutesCook Time 1 hour 15 minutesYields 48 candiesIngredients:3 to 4 cups powdered sugar2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips1 cup creamy peanut butter1 stick unsalted butter, softened1/2 teaspoon vanilla…
  • Cooking with Kids

    Anne Coleman
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Check out this awesome infographic from Cabot Cheese with all sorts of tips about cooking with kids. This is something I do often, and with Thanksgiving just around the corner you can garner help from the littles in your house and they will surely appreciate the meal more than they would if they didn't pitch in. It's an excellent way to teach them so many things at one time. Give this a look! (Click to View Larger)Presented By Cabot Cheese © 2013 cookingwithanne.com. This RSS Feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this material in your news aggregator, the site…
  • Mini Cheese Balls

    Anne Coleman
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    Mini Cheese BallsIf cheese balls are the hit of the party, mini cheese balls are an even bigger hit. Do you know why they're better? Coatings. Yep, when it comes to cheese balls, I like equal parts coating and cheese, but with a big cheese ball, you can't get that. Once that outer crunchiness and extra pop of flavor is gone, it's all cheese. These minis solve that problem and they're cute to boot!Oh, yes you can. Bacon coated mini cheese balls.These are perfect for a holiday cheese and cracker plate and my kids also like these for after school snacks. They each like different coatings, so I…
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    Cheese and Biscuits

  • Cheese and Biscuits Restaurant of the Year 2014 - The Dairy

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    Whether I found a home in this city because I'm naturally a reckless idiot, or whether my adopted home made me one, London is a city of risk takers, and this is why it's always been such a fantastically exciting place to eat out. Street food, burgers, hot dogs, ramen, foraged Modern British, whatever trend you may have leapt upon, enthusiatically devoured for as long as it was a novelty then haughtily dismissed as soon as soon as it reached the pages of the Observer Food Magazine, the fact is, this pace of change would hardly be tolerated anywhere else. And whilst innovation still very often…
  • The Five Fields, Chelsea

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    This was actually the second time I'd sat down in the dining room at Five Fields. Unfortunately on our first visit a power cut meant no sooner had we got settled than a very apologetic front of house had to find us a short notice table elsewhere; a very minor inconvenience for us (particularly considering the alternative was the wonderful Medlar) but a disaster for them, losing an evening's full house of bookings and god knows how much food spoilage. This isn't actually the first time I've had a booking cancelled because of a power cut - it seems to happen in Soho a hell of a lot; maybe it's…
  • Bibendum, South Kensington

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    I sometimes get the feeling that the more the pace of restaurant openings in London quickens, the more of a creature of habit I am in deciding where to eat out. This is, for a food blogger, clearly a bit of a worry - I generally don't re-review places (and certainly not anywhere whose score hasn't changed), and as last month proved, it only takes a couple of unfortunate illness/power cut events combined with a dearth of new experiences elsewhere to make these pages look, well, a bit sparse. So although the gravitational pull of Bob Bob Ricard, The Dairy, Tayyabs, MeatLiquor and the other Top…
  • Smack Lobster, Mayfair

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    Yes, it's true, there's yet another new lobster restaurant in town. I've never been a believer in "too much of a good thing", so I don't really care how many there are as long as they're half decent but of course that's the problem - most of them aren't. If your business plan is simply to make money off a trend forged more bravely and more successfully by others, then experience shows your end product will be as bland, cynical and depressing as your motiviations for doing it. And despite its enviable number of trailblazers and risk takers, London has never been short of its bandwagon-chasers…
  • Lyle's, Shoreditch

    3 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    You'll notice it's been a little while since my last blog post. At first I had no better excuse than plain old laziness; I hadn't been anywhere particularly interesting, and so rather than write up some 6/10 set lunch at a South London gastropub that would be immediately forgotten seconds after I posted it, I thought I'd wait until something better came along. Then, just before something better did come along, I got very sick - "man flu" seems to be the fashionable way such things are dismissed these days except this wasn't just a sniffle; I was bedridden for the best part of a week and had…
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    Passport Delicious | Chicago Restaurant Blog | London Restaurant Blog and Reviews | Londonelicious

  • DF/Mexico, Shoreditch

    Krista
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    Looks better than it tasted. A photo posted by Krista (@kristainlondon) on Dec 12, 2014 at 4:54am PST The cool kids call Mexico City “The DF.” I guess it’s like when I was a kid growing up on Long Island…there was no Manhattan or New York City. It was just “the city.” I like Mexico City. The DF. The Distrito Federal. Some people are scared of Mexico City. They think they will get kidnapped if they go there. “IF ONLY,” I tell them, “your life was that exciting.” They look at me funny. There is real fear here. More than one person has…
  • Beyrouths

    Krista
    29 Nov 2014 | 3:27 am
    Just a small little snack… A photo posted by Krista (@kristainlondon) on Nov 11, 2014 at 5:39am PST This blog has brought me many good things, including many good friends who share a common interest in good food. One of those friends is Alice from American in London, and while she hasn’t blogged in a long long time, I still hit her up for advice and pay attention to where she is going and what she is eating thanks to the magic of Facebook. She has added Tonkatsu East to my list, and she is the one who first flagged the opening of Beyrouths on Upper Street to me. In my dreams, I…
  • Kanada-ya

    Krista
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    Hello dinner A photo posted by Krista (@kristainlondon) on Nov 11, 2014 at 10:17am PST Let me get this out of the way. Generally, I don’t believe in queuing (or running) for anything. I have other things to do with my time. But…having shown up at Kanada-ya once before and having been denied…I was on a mission. A mission to see if their ramen was really all that. Excuse to visit? Elisa was in town from Chicago and when she saw my post about why I had lunched at Ippudo instead of Kanada-ya, she offered to join me at Kanada-ya. THE PRESSURE. Nothing worse than being denied a…
  • An Unexpected Return to Chicago, Part Deux

    Krista
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:47 am
    The old Tokyo Hotel, home of Ginza, one of the most traditional Japanese restaurants in Chicago before it went out of business. I am just back in London after my work visit to Chicago…where it was friggin cold. Too cold. I wanted to leave, it was so cold. My nose, my nose…it is so dry. Everything is dry. My face has aged ten years overnight, in the course of two weeks. No problem then, I just stuffed my aged face at (the oddly empty) Le Colonial for lunch and  contemplated botox. (Probably wouldn’t help with the dryness though, huh?) Everything at Le Colonial was nice…
  • An Unexpected Return to Chicago…

    Krista
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Working working working A photo posted by Krista (@kristainlondon) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:58pm PST When I left Chicago this past summer, I really never expected to be back anytime soon. But voila! Late last Friday, it was confirmed. I was heading to Chicago — of all places — for two weeks for work. I’ve been this person before — the Chicago business traveler — but it’s been awhile. Four years? Five? So it’s been weird to be back and in a hotel for so long. And it’s been funny to have my new colleagues doubt my directions to dinner and to their…
 
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    Going Gluten-Free

  • Baked Ziti With Homemade Ricotta

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    I was feeling rather domestic this morning.  I always find when I'm short on time, the only thing I really WANT to do is cooking.  I know, that sounds counterintuitive, but cooking and baking relax me.  Help me focus on something other than my worries.  I've always loved it.Anyway, last week I bought just a little too much milk, combined with the fact that my kids did not like the choices of cereals in the cabinet meant that there was WAY too much milk in my fridge this morning - all of it about to go bad!  I was able to salvage a half gallon to make ricotta cheese.
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Custard Cups

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    Happy National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day!  Seriously, folks, I can't even MAKE this stuff up to justify my baking bug.  I used to HATE pumpkin, but as I've aged, I've grown to love it, even crave it.  I'm still pretty picky about the things I eat with pumpkin.  I don't do pumpkin spice lattes (mostly because I don't do coffee...blech!), I don't do pumpkin flavored chocolate (icky!)...but I do do pumpkin cake.  Pumpkin cheesecake seemed like the perfect dessert.Since following THM, I've been trying to figure out a good pumpkin recipe that I can crave.  As my usual, I…
  • GF Sweet & Saltines

    9 Oct 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Last weekend we went to a pot-luck at a friend's house.  It was a lovely autumn evening, and we ate chili, salad, and lots of goodies there that I could not eat.  Sigh.  Such is the plague and curse of going to a pot-luck and being the only person who's gluten-free.  I had stopped at my favorite, local, gluten-free bakery and picked up a batch of cupcakes to take with me so I could have dessert.  I'm still allowing myself a weekly indulgence, even though I'm working on being a Trim Healthy Mama. Dinner was great, my friend assured me she made her chili with her own…
  • White Chicken Chili

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Autumn is here.  Leaves are falling (much to my husband's chagrin).  Evenings are getting colder.  People are getting sicknesses.  In fact, hubby's in the throes of an awful cold right now, poor guy!  Was sitting here, thinking, what can I feed him for dinner that is yummy, warm, comforting.  He's at work, had to trudge downtown today for an important meeting.  He'll be coming home later, tired, most likely frustrated at either traffic or train ride, wanting something that will be ready the instant he walks in the door. He's always talking about an amazing…
  • Crock Pot Beef & Mushrooms

    6 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Somehow, starting THM (you sick of Trim Healthy Mama, yet?  I'm not!!!!)...anyway....Coming up with on-plan recipes and dinners have rekindled my love for experimentation.  It's quickly dropped temperatures here in the northeast, and life has gotten a lot busier.  When it's cold, and we're busy, I rely heavily on my crockpot.  Tonight is no different.  My oldest had classes at her co-op, we have bowling and Chik-fil-A with our friends this afternoon, and dinner needed to be ready when we got home so that hubby can go off and enjoy the football game with his cigar shop…
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    David Lebovitz

  • Pistachio Aillade

    David
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:57 am
    When I lived in San Francisco, we used to joke (lovingly) that whenever we went to Zuni Café, that there would be at least three things on the menu that you had to ask the server what they were. On the other hand, I think if you asked ten people in Paris what aillade is, ten out of ten wouldn’t know either. Unless they were from the Languedoc, where aillade is from. I had made plans to cook up a simple pot of beans when I noticed a few knobby jarrets de porc demi-sel, salted-cured pork knuckles, at the charcuterie stand at the market, so I picked up a trio to make pork and beans.
  • Cornbread with Harissa Butter

    David
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    One of my friends who also has a food blog told me that she likes the posts where I cobble together ingredients in Paris to make something American. After spending countless hours roaming the city in search of this and that, it’s something that is actually fun for me to do, too. I like nothing better than prowling around and discovering ethnic épiceries (often around Belleville and the Marché d’Aligre), where I always come home with a variety of curiosities, in addition to what I was originally looking for. Some are still in the back of my cabinets, like still-sealed coconut…
  • Les Sources de Caudalie

    David
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:46 am
    I went to les Sources de Caudalie over a decade ago with the intention of bringing a group of guests there. While it was, indeed, a lovely place, it wasn’t really near anything, so folks wouldn’t be able to go out explore on their own unless they had a car. However, it is smack-dab in the middle of Bordeaux wine country, on the Château Smith Haut Lafitte estate, which is an 143 second walk from the hotel and spa. So maybe I didn’t make the right decision after all. I mean – a winery, a spa, and three very good restaurants? — why go anywhere else? Continue…
  • Cranberry Raisin Pie

    David
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:54 am
    At first, I thought that I was a little late to the party, posting a cranberry recipe after Thanksgiving had passed. Then I realized that now may be the actual best time to post a cranberry recipe since after Thanksgiving there is usually a glut of cranberries on the market, and prices drop after the Thanksgiving. Well, at least in America. I was fortunate because although you can find fresh cranberries in Paris around Thanksgiving (for les Américains, and with a little searching), they’re very costly. And even after the fête, they don’t discount them since the sellers…
  • Salty, Deep-Dark Chocolate Brownies

    David
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    When I was in Brooklyn a few months back doing a booksigning with the lovely folks from The Brooklyn Kitchen, a friendly woman came up to me bearing a box of treats from her bakery. I don’t like to eat in front of people, because, frankly, no one wants to meet up with an author while he is shoving pastries in his mouth. And in this day and age of people wanting pictures, I’ve learned that absolutely no one looks good when they’ve got a mouth full of food. And I have a hunch that there are a bunch of photos tagged with my name on them, around the internet, that will prove…
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    Cybele Pascal

  • Allergy Friendly Gingerbread Trees with Lemon Icing

    cybele
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Allergy-Friendly Gingerbread Trees with Lemon Icing   Fill your home with a delicious aroma and let the family join in as you roll, cut and bake these delectable cookies. A simple icing tops these pretty little trees, but don’t hesitate to add sparkling sugar for a snow-kissed look.   Makes 40 2½-inch cookies Free From: gluten and all top allergens   Cookies 2½ cups my Basic Gluten-Free Flour Mix or Authentic Foods GF Classical Blend 1 tsp ground ginger ¾ tsp baking soda ¾ tsp salt ⅝ tsp xanthan gum ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground cloves ½ cup packed light brown…
  • Allergy Friendly Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

    cybele
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
        Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies   It’s December, folks, which means it’s time to really get baking!  These tender “buttery” cookies are sure to be a favorite at your holiday parties, or left out for Santa.  Nobody will ever know they are gluten-free, vegan, and free from the Top 8 Allergens. Thumbprint is really a misnomer for these little gems, as you actually use your index finger to make the little jam pools in the center. Either way, they’re oh-so-pretty with festive red centers and a snowy dusting of powdered sugar.   Makes 24 2-inch…
  • Japanese Style Chicken Curry

    cybele
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
      Japanese-Style Chicken Curry (Wafuu Chicken Curry) Serves 4 Free of: gluten and all top allergens Wafuu Chicken Curry is a very popular weeknight meal in Japan. It’s mild, and richly comforting. The combo of potatoes and apples makes it a great fall recipe, and the mild slightly sweet flavor is a big hit with kids. Traditional ingredients used in this recipe often contain soy, gluten/wheat, peanut, and sometimes bonito flakes (fish). I’ve replaced these allergens with delicious allergen-free substitutions, without the slightest sacrifice to flavor. Feel free to double this recipe…
 
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    Hungry Crowd

  • What the Heck Do Hobbits Drink, Anyway?

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    With the opening of the final chapter in the Hobbit trilogy of films, it seems natural to wonder what hobbits drink—I mean, when they aren’t haring off on adventures with roving troops of dwarves, crawling atop mounds of treasure guard...
  • 8 Festive Red and Green Foods for the Ultimate Christmas Party

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Don’t just decorate in red and green; cater your party in those iconic festive Christmas colors. Here, eight red and green party dishes for the ultimate Christmas bash. Red Negroni  The bittersweet drink is the perfect red cocktail. Plu...
  • The Searzall Team Wishes You Searzons Greetings

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This year, the must-have Christmas gift on every little chef’s list is the Searzall. Mad genius food scientist Dave Arnold’s blowtorch attachment, which sears pretty much anything to a perfect crisp, is finally available on Amazon for ...
  • 5 Mouth-Watering Reasons to Make Garlic Bread Now

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    The wintry cold weather outside begs for something warm and fresh right out of the oven, like toasty fragrant garlic bread. While there's nothing wrong with the classic, there are countless ways to reimagine it. Here, 5 great ways to turn your gar...
  • 5 Clever Ways Mixologists Are Reinventing Eggnog

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you in an eggnog rut? Want to shake things up this season? So do bartenders across the country. Here, five fun new ways the experts are reinventing eggnog. Aged in Whiskey Barrels At Madrona Manor in Healdsburg, California, bartender Pamela Bu...
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    Eater NY - All

  • Humboldt & Jackson Is Having an Ugly Sweater Karaoke Bash; Pie and Whiskey at Char No. 4

    Devra Ferst
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Plus, Goa-Taco launches a pop-up. WILLIAMSBURG — Humboldt & Jackson is hosting an ugly sweater karaoke party this Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 before and $15 at the door. Expect a "Santa sighting." [EaterWire] COBBLE HILL — Char No. 4 is hosting a whiskey and pie pairing class with Four & Twenty Blackbirds on December 23 at 8:30 p.m. Evan Williams Black Label will be served with salted caramel apple pie, High West Double Rye with bittersweet chocolate pecan, and Mellow Corn Bottled in Bond comes with bourbon custard eggnog pie. Tickets cost $35 and can be reserved by calling…
  • Already Over It, Angelo Romano Leaves Concord Hill One Month In

    Devra Ferst
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Sous chef Daniel Navarro is taking over the kitchen. After just a month, Angelo Romano, the often free-wheeling chef who put The Pines on the map, is out of the kitchen at Williamsburg newcomer Concord Hill. It's not quite clear what went down, but co-owner Kate Grossheim tells Eater that she and the rest of the team are "are very excited about a fresh start with Daniel Navarro running the kitchen. We are continuing with our plan of serving seasonal American food with an approachable wine list and friendly service." Navarro, who came from the Cleveland and was Romano's sous for the…
  • Japanese Cake Boutique Harbs Is Painting Chelsea in Coffee and Whipped Cream

    Kat Odell
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Welcome to Eating Japanese, a series in which Eater Editorial Producer Kat Odell explores the city's collection of unsung Japanese restaurants and bars. When Lady M Confections hit the scene back in 2004, word slowly spread of the haute Japanese cake boutique's Mille Crêpes cake: a gâteau made from 20 carefully stacked crêpes layered with pastry cream. Since then, the crpe cake novelty has worn off, but Lady M has sustained its business, even adding a cafe in Los Angeles last year. And in the world of high-end Japanese cakes, Lady M hasn't had much competition. Not, at least, until…
  • The Last-Minute Thursday Night Reservation Guide

    Nick Solares
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The week end is so close, why not start it off a little early? Eater scanned through all 1,447 NYC restaurants on OpenTable with reservations for two still available for tonight. Here's the best of the bunch: · Kajitsu (6:30, 7:15, 8:15)· Daniel (7:45)· Shuko (10:00)· Jean Georges (9:45)· Blue Hill (10:00)· Carbone (6:00)· Narcissa (6:00, 9:30, 10:00)· Batard (6:30, 8:45)· Telepan (8:00, 8:30, 9:00)· Smith & Wollensky (8:30, 9:00)· Marea (7:45, 9:15, 10:00)· The Musket Room (6:00, 9:30)· Balthazar (10:00)· Raoul's (6:45, 7:15)· Khe-Yo (7:30, 8:00,…
  • Maharlika Reopens After a Brief Shutter With a New Menu and a Fresh Coat of Paint

    Devra Ferst
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    It's still unclear what closed the restaurant, but it's back up and running. After a week-long shutter, East Village Filipino favorite Maharlika reopened recently. It's still unclear whether the hiatus was brought on by the department of health (as one sign on the door said) or "building complications" (as another sign on the door said). During the break, the team painted and changed up the menu quite a bit, but all of the favorites are still there, says one host. New additions include a Filipino goat stew and a chicken and coconut milk dish.   We are #bukas or open for dinner! Try out…
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    gastropoda

  • Don’t drink the Aqua Buddha

    regina
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:50 pm
    If Panchito were still restaurant critic, he’d apparently be recommending you avoid the joint he awarded four stars that went on to give you hepatitis. Fool him once . . . And I do hope soup kitchens handed out his smug ode to excess on turkey day. With, what?, one in four kids hungry in [...]
  • Tears of a mountaintop removal

    regina
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Speaking of suckers born every minute, WC Fields would probably drink but undoubtedly laugh at the new bourbon “aged at sea,” since a boat ride is, apparently, just like what laundry experiences in the dryer as it bumps up against the cylinder. And it’s hard not to suspect most of the bottle price goes for [...]
  • Cognac trend, aged two years & unHatched

    regina
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Glad to know I wasn’t the only one who thought she got up the other Wednesday a.m. to find herself back in another century. My early emails included two from the other coast marveling that the town crier for most advanced food city in the country would choose to regress to the good ol’ days, [...]
  • Like a candle in the Dom Perignon bottle

    regina
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:43 pm
    All this Bill Cosby unscabbing is depressing enough. But, as always, there’s amusement. When someone “reported” that the father of Fat Albert made young women working on a show not exactly known for enlightenment watch him eat, I could only WTF — Big Chicken makes big-time journalists watch him eat nachos. With three scoops of [...]
  • RT/MT/UT

    regina
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Big week: You can finally throw out the barely touched fresh cranberry sauce from last Thanksgiving. // Wonder if the people at the high-minded farm-reformation forum who are arguing for eating insects pitch their King Arthur flour when it hatches. . .  // Pro-tip: Always use 1900 as your birthdate on entering liquor sites. Makes [...]
 
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    Orangette

  • Gifts 'n' stuff, yo ho ho

    Molly
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Hello again, approximately four days later than intended. Thank you for your well wishes and general kindness. I am happy to report that June, at least, is back to health, even if Brandon and I both still look and feel as though someone has crammed our sinuses full of cotton balls. Or no, scratchy wool blankets? Wet down comforters? Wet down comforters! Anyway, we’re tired of it. Of course,
  • December 5

    Molly
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    Greetings from here, where the three of us are still sick.  Brandon told me that he counted it up in the bathtub this morning, and he’s now been sick for 27 days. I keep wanting to sit down and write a new post, but all that comes out is blah blah blah mug of hot broth, blah blah blah homemade vap-o-rub that smells nice and feels good and maybe helps or maybe it’s just the placebo effect, blah
  • Like he did

    Molly
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:24 pm
    The three of us have that hanger-onner of a virus that’s going around. The past two nights, I’ve coughed myself to sleep in the basement guest room, and as anyone who’s ever coughed herself to sleep can tell you, it’s slow going. I use the time to think about pressing issues like how much I like the taste of original Ricola, or how it could be that Alice’s feet smell so exactly like buttered
  • I got to go back

    Molly
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    The first time I went to the Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain was in the summer of 1995, a few months after a fire destroyed the lodge, its rooms and dining hall and library. I was sixteen, one of about a dozen high school students from across the state who’d been accepted to the summer program in poetry.  Quartz Mountain is beautiful, an isolated chain of red crags along a lake in the
  • Even on a good day

    Molly
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    My mother has been in town since early this month. We don’t often get this kind of extended time in the same place, and I’d forgotten what a good cooking collaborator she is. She makes sure our wine glasses are never empty. She cleans up as she goes. She doesn’t mind deveining shrimp! I could go on and on. I bow down. At my reading in Madison last week, someone asked me to talk about a few of
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    Serious Eats

  • Enter to Win Our Favorite Chef's Knife, a KettlePizza Kit, Le Creuset Dutch Oven, and More!

    The Serious Eats Team
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The lucky winner (seriously, we're getting jealous here) also gets a $250 gift certificate to Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors to score some beautiful dry-aged ribeye steaks, and a superfast Splashproof Thermapen Kitchen Thermometer to help cook 'em right. Read More
  • The Food Lab: My 11 Favorite Recipes of the Year, 2014

    J. Kenji López-Alt
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    I spend so much time cooking and thinking about what I'm going to cook next that I don't often get to look back at what I've actually done. This has been a pretty big year for me recipe-wise, with some fun breakthroughs, some delicious staples that have made their way into my everyday life, and other recipes that, while they may not be the simplest, are worth every second of the time and effort that go into them. Here are my favorites of they year. They aren't necessarily the most popular, but they were the ones I had the most fun developing and eating. Read More
  • 41 Holiday Cookies We Love

    Lisa Starikov
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    It's that most wonderful time of the year again. Between cookie-swaps, dinner parties, and the plate you're leaving out for Saint Nick, I think it's fair to dub Christmastime the unofficial celebration of Cookie. From chocolate peppermint snowflakes to cranberry linzers to gingerbread men, plus a not-so-small assortment of brownies, blondies, and brittles, we've got you covered. VIEW SLIDESHOW: 41 Holiday Cookies We Love
  • Point/Counterpoint: What's the Queen of Christmas Breads?

    The Serious Eats Team
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Fruitcake. Panettone. Stollen. You have many choices of Christmas breads to buy or make for your holiday table. But there can only be one Queen of Christmas. Our Christmas bread partisans (and as inveterate Jews, impartial judges) Daniel Gritzer and Max Falkowitz make their cases for which loaf deserves a place in your home. Read More
  • 17 Hot Cocktails to Keep You Toasty

    Lily Mirabelle Freedman
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Whatever cocktail you drink will help warm you up from the inside, but this time of year, we like the speed the process with a festive mug of something hot and boozy. Here are our favorite recipes for hot toddies, spiked cider, and cocoa with all the trimmings. VIEW SLIDESHOW: 17 Hot Cocktails to Keep You Toasty
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    smitten kitchen

  • deep dark gingerbread waffles

    deb
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:54 am
    I know, I know, we just talked about gingerbread two weeks ago, in a biscotti, hot chocolate-dipping format. It’s too soon! I completely agree with you. But this was a request; a commenter asked if there was a way to transplant the intensity of everyone’s favorite gingerbread cake into a waffle format. Asking me this is like asking a Muppet if they like to count. I live for this; I thought you’d never ask. True enough, the so-called gingerbread waffles I browsed on the web seemed to be in name only; pale beige specimens, softly spiced, more gingersnap than gingerthud. Proper…
  • endives with oranges and almonds

    deb
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    I realize this might not look like much. It probably looks suspiciously like a salad, which means it’s probably going to be the last kid picked for your holiday cooking olympics. It doesn’t taste like ginger, linzer or crushed candy canes. It smacks of January Food, the stuff of resolutions and repentance, and there’s no time for that now. But I need to tell you about it anyway, urgently, because the preoccupation with this salad has hit me so intensely, so wholly, it’s basically the only thing I want to eat, and since I’m ostensibly the grownup here, this is…
  • jelly doughnuts

    deb
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    I have been promising you a recipe for homemade jelly doughnuts for as many Hanukahs as this site has been in existence, which is to say 9, including the one that begins next week. This might lead you to conclude that I like neither fried food, doughnuts or even jelly, or all over the above showered in unholy amounts of powdered sugar, but this couldn’t be further from the truth, which is that I like them so much that if they want a chance to live out their short shelf-life destiny, they should stay far from my home. These round jelly doughnuts are sometimes called sufganiyot, or at…
  • gingerbread biscotti

    deb
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    It’s scientific fact that the most decadent hot chocolate needs the perfect dunking cookie. Last week, the hunt for this led me to assault family and friends with bold, high-stakes queries such as “would you rather dunk graham cracker flavored, snickerdoodle or gingerbread biscotti in your hot chocolate?” Don’t let it ever be said that the Smitten Kitchen shies away from the hard questions! Gingerbread was the clear winner, and while I aim to please, I couldn’t quite shake the feeling that a little snickerdoodle-style roll in cinnamon-sugar is never unwelcome in…
  • decadent hot chocolate mix

    deb
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    Here is how I’ve made hot chocolate for most of my life: heat some milk in a saucepan, add a bit of unsweetened cocoa and sugar and whisk. Form lumps. Be unable to break up lumps. Get frustrated, try again, this time slowly slowly slowly whisking milk into cocoa and sugar, hoping to form something of a cocoa roux. Heat mixture until steamy and drink merrily, trying to ignore faint background of chalkiness. Hooray for cocoa? Until this week, that is. This week, I saw a recipe for a homemade hot chocolate mix in this month’s Cook’s Illustrated that had my undivided attention…
 
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    The (ex)Expatriate's Kitchen

  • How do you like your apples?

    Beth Bader
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    Apples, not cooler days or back-to-school time, are my first sign that I know fall is coming. Even while there are tomatoes and peppers and summer bounty at the farmers' market, when I see the first of the apples I know the season is changing. At the end of October and last two markets in early November, I buy all the apples for our Thanksgiving meals, because it's not just apple pie on our
  • Sweet Potato and Quinoa Cakes with Chipotle Aioli and Micro Greens

    Beth Bader
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    I pretty much hate "veggie burgers." It's not for a lack of trying. My taste buds have endured one too many "chikn" patties that taste worse than the box they come in. My heart goes out to vegetarians and vegans everywhere. You people have had to endure a lot of lousy stuff for the sake of your choices. These kind of mock versions of meat-type dishes may be the reason why more people
  • Chilled Spinach with Carrot Ginger Dressing

    Beth Bader
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    I'm a bit behind. Over on The Cleaner Plate Club and Edible KC, the resolution series is still going. But, I've not posted much for recipes or updates here. Life's busy, I do this for free. Even the book has cost more to promote and create than it has in sales. I do believe in getting kids to eat real food still. My real life is just getting in the way of posting! Here is a recipe from
  • January Get Real Resolution Questions

    Beth Bader
    3 Jan 2014 | 12:51 pm
    If you are joining us for the Get Real Resolution, great! If not, you can join the fun any time, even next December! But, you may not want to miss the activities and information during the resolution year. It's designed to be low-stress and family fun time. You can even pick and choose the activities you like and just do those. No judgments here. January's activity is an easy one. It's
  • Get Real Resolution

    Beth Bader
    1 Jan 2014 | 10:27 am
    Happy New Year, everyone! This year, today in fact, marks a 12-month project I am working on with Edible Kansas City and all of you. It's called the "Get Real Resolution." I hope you'll join us in this no-fight, no-diet New Year journey to understand the why behind healthy food. Face it, we nag and our kids shut down. I had to implement a whole point and job card system to establish
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    FoodChannel.com Articles

  • Permission to Buy, Not Bake

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:43 am
    Food News Not all cookies have to be homemade. Heresy to a baker, perhaps, but for much of the world, those cookies you find at the store can be a lifesaver. I remember when my children participated in bake sales, or needed snacks for an after school event, and I wore myself out trying to not be the working mom who took the easy way out. I’d stay up all night if necessary in order to deliver fresh-from-the-oven cookies. And, I remember passing a steady succession of moms who handed over packaged products, where their only contact with the ingredients was reading them on the side of the…
  • The Wine Condom

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Mother-Son Invention Food News One night a woman named Laura Bartlett walked home from a neighborhood dinner party with half-empty bottle of wine in hand. With the cork lost, she resorted to plastic wrap and a rubber band to keep the wine secure. Her son, Mitchell Strahan, saw his mom's "redneck" wine bottle closure as a business opportunity waiting to happen, and the Wine Condom was born. The mother and son invention has since gone from Kickstarter to worldwide demand among wine lovers everywhere! The Food Channel's Joy Robertson Skyped the mother-son Texas duo about the idea, the…
  • Belly Up to the Cookie Bars, Santa!

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:23 pm
    The 12 Days of BAR Cookies! Food News When we talked about doing a “12 Days of Christmas” series of “Bar Cookies” our staff had varying reactions—but many were similar to the one who said, “You mean brownies? Because brownies aren’t cookies.” And thus began the debate. It’s the same kind of debate we have around whether gummy-style treats are candy, versus REAL candy that includes some version of chocolate filling or coating! This one was enhanced as the puns began, of course. It was “Katie, BAR the door,” and “these will…
  • Wollensky's Grill Launches in Chicago

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:16 pm
    New Concept is As Approachable As It Is Delicious! Food News Watch video or see photos, above. When it comes to restaurants, it’s hard to break out of the box and experiment with your brand. That’s why the opening of the new Wollensky’s Grill in Chicago caught our attention. It’s the first time we’ve seen a parallel concept come alongside a successful brand and really build on it. Smith & Wollensky steakhouses are found across the country in major cities, including Chicago. They are known for their attention to detail, elegance, commitment to beef, and…
  • Do You Want to Bake a Snowman?

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:05 pm
    We'll show you how easy it can be! Food News Nothing gets you in the Christmas spirit more completely than acting like a kid. And nothing is more like a kid than making a snowman! That’s why our eyes lit up when we saw the Williams Sonoma baking plan that produces a perfect snowman cake. It was even better when one of our culinary artists changed the words to the popular song from the Disney movie, Frozen, and  started singing, “Do You Want to Bake a Snowman?” (Note for the uninitiated: the correct words are “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”). We just…
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    Greedy Gourmet

  • Pumpkin Cupcakes

    Michelle
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:15 am
    Pumpkin cupcakes have become synonymous with Halloween but it doesn’t always have to be the case. If you look at my calendar, which resembles a colourful mosaic of entries, you’ll notice that I like to plan things. Lots of things. Things like my children’s schedules and when they need what for school or extracurricular activities. […]
  • Giveaway #128: One Copy of Greens 24/7

    Michelle
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:38 am
    By now guilt has set in as we indulge at each Christmas do we attend. And the big day is yet to arrive! Fret not, Greens 24/7 is a jewel of a book. It will help you ease your conscience through this party period, knowing that you will most likely start The Diet on the […]
  • Cream Cheese Frosting

    Michelle
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:31 am
    This cream cheese frosting is highly addictive. Make more than you think that’s needed just to err on the safe side. This versatile cream cheese icing can be used on a variety of different cupcakes such as: Caramel Banana Red Velvet Sweet potato Beet Carrot Cupcake Cases Used In This Recipe Kids and adults alike […]
  • Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

    Michelle
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    Now you don’t just have to eat Britain’s beloved chocolate orange in its plain form, you can now enjoy it as a cupcake! When I arrived in UK, in my early twenties, I was a straight chocolate kind of a girl. You know, no dried fruit or nuts in my chocolate, thank you very much. […]
  • SPONSORED VIDEO: Heinz Chilli Sauces

    Michelle
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    Ditch the old-fashioned ketchup and try out Heinz’s new range of chili sauces, which can be used for dipping, marinating ingredients and glazing meats on the barbecue. There are four products in the range, each with its unique flavour, to choose from along with a few ideas: 1) Sweet Chili: – A few squirts of […]
 
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    delicious:days

  • Coconut macaroons - Undercover stars on the cookie plate

    Nicky
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:58 pm
    What do you typically look out for on a Christmas cookie plate, that is offered to you? Is it the fancy sugar cookie coated in brightly coloured icing with glittering pearls? Or something rather plain, like jam-filles sablés, spritz cookies or Vanillekipferl? I probably gave it away already, but I almost always opt for the later, and there is a good reason for it.Read the rest of Coconut macaroons - Undercover stars on the cookie plateCopyright © 2014 delicious:days. Please contact blog@deliciousdays.com.
  • My Fourth Cookbook - A Parallel Universe

    Nicky
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    Hey there! I missed you! You may have guessed it already, I am most definitely not a multi-tasker. Certainly when it comes to shooting a cookbook and blogging at the same time. It just doesn’t work for me, I tried, I really did, several times. Approaching the last few cycles, I finally managed to escape my parallel universe consisting of my kitchen, pantry and props storage. Food shopping, styling, cooking or baking, food styling, shooting, doing the dishes, post-processing – and again. And again. Close to 100 times.Read the rest of My Fourth Cookbook - A Parallel UniverseCopyright…
  • Woodruff ice cream - Wait for it!

    Nicky
    30 May 2014 | 8:49 am
    Tell me, what is the very first thing you think of, when you see or hear the word “woodruff”? Probably the same I connect it with, a pretty nasty green color. For sure if you grew up in the 70s and 80s.Read the rest of Woodruff ice cream - Wait for it!Copyright © 2014 delicious:days. Please contact blog@deliciousdays.com.
  • How to do magic to stale bread rolls

    Nicky
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:21 pm
    A simple sentence with an unimaginable impact. A couple of years ago I inconsiderately suggested something along the lines of “What do you think, should we try to bake our own sourdough bread?”Read the rest of How to do magic to stale bread rollsCopyright © 2014 delicious:days. Please contact blog@deliciousdays.com.
  • As long as the season lasts - Blood orange & grapefruit sorbet

    Nicky
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:28 am
    Why do people perceive a recipe as too simple, too plain, too few ingredients? Why does everything have to be complicated or multi-layered? Sometimes beauty lies in simplicity. A clean and pure flavor – based on excellent ingredients – is all it takes to make your taste-buds happy buds.Read the rest of As long as the season lasts - Blood orange & grapefruit sorbetCopyright © 2014 delicious:days. Please contact blog@deliciousdays.com.
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    Grub Street New York

  • Bodega Owners Say a Distributor Merger Will Be Awful for the City’s Good Beer

    Clint Rainey
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    You may soon have fewer choices. A merger of unprecedented size and scope is under way between two of the city's three biggest distributors, Manhattan Beer Distributors and Phoenix Beehive Beverages, and now trade groups representing 100 smaller distributors and 13,000 bodegas are petitioning the Justice Department to intervene before it "threatens small retailers and the beer drinking public." Are things really that dire, though? Because New Yorkers buy 65 percent of their beer at bodegas, the merger of these titans could definitely change the way we drink. Here's how. You might have to pay…
  • What to Eat at the West Village Outpost of Jack’s Wife Freda, Opening Tomorrow

    Sierra Tishgart
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Grain bowl: red quinoa, seasonal vegetables, boiled egg, and sweet-soy vinaigrette. The second location of Jack's Wife Freda opens at 50 Carmine Street tomorrow, and while the design and the menu stay true to the popular Lafayette Street original, the West Village menus are slightly different. There are few new items, like an anchovy baguette with salsa verde, orange-blossom pancakes with yogurt and honey syrup, and mussels with coriander curry. Take a look at a few of the other exciting additions:   Eggs Benny: two poached eggs over potato latkes with smoked salmon and beet hollandaise.
  • World’s Most Adorable Couple Celebrates 64th Wedding Anniversary With Taco Bell Nacho Party

    Hugh Merwin
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Apache Junction, Arizona, couple Charles and Ann Lanter are regulars at their local Taco Bell, so when the franchise's owner found out they were about to celebrate their wedding anniversary, he offered to host a party that involved cake, balloons, and a platter containing 64 inches of nachos. They even received a $64 gift card. "We're just happy, my only regret we can't live them again," Charles Lanter said, reflecting on the decades of marriage. The couple were joined by family and friends, and the news report makes it look like a real party. While diamonds are used to mark 60th…
  • Morgenstern’s Unveils New Pies and Holiday Desserts

    Sierra Tishgart
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    The brand-new pine-nut pie. Did you miss out on Morgenstern's spectacular Thanksgiving pies? Were you stuck eating a sad fruit crumble? This Christmas, don't let the same mistake happen: The ice-cream parlor is once again selling limited-edition baked goods, which are available via preorder through Monday, December 22. The pie list includes apple-cinnamon, salted-caramel-custard, and a pine-nut flavor that's a riff on the popular El Rey cookie. Plus: There are new holiday breads like date-caramel, parsnip-cinnamon-raisin, and chocolate-gingerbread. All should be paired with a pint of ice…
  • Genuine Havana Club Is One Step Closer to a U.S. Rollout

    Hugh Merwin
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    Yo-ho-ho. Just in time for the ten-year-anniversary Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Blu-ray, assuming someone has the guts to release such a thing, comes some pretty broad but nonetheless promising industry speculation that Pernod Ricard's Havana Club rum may soon be available for daiquiris everywhere from Brooklyn to the Bay Area. The Cuban rum would have to be sold under the name Havanista in the U.S., because Bacardi trademarked its own "Havana Club" in 2012, but the newly reestablished diplomatic relations and moves toward loosening 53-year-old trade embargoes could also signal a key change…
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  • 2014: Favorite Sake Items

    Richard Auffrey
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    What were some of my favorite Sake items of the past year?Let me continue the lists of my best recommendations and favorites of the past year, 2014. I have already posted seven other lists of my Favorites of the past year, from wine to food, and this is my final list, my Favorite Sake Items of 2014. This is certainly not a complete list but it is more a sampling of memorable matters I have experienced and posted about over the past year.This is also a purely subjective list, based on my own preferences, and makes no claims about being the "best" of anything. But all of the items here have…
  • Thursday Sips &Nibbles

    Richard Auffrey
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    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)  Pier 6, on Charlestown’s waterfront, is holding a “Winter White” dinner in its private dining room which features a 360° panoramic view of the Boston skyline on Sunday, January 18, 2015 beginning at 6pm. Beckoning its guests to celebrate the season, rather than hide from it, Pier 6’s Executive Chef Adriano Silva has prepared a special multi-course prix fixe…
  • 2014: Favorite Food-Related Items

    Richard Auffrey
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    What were some of my favorite food-related items of the past year?Let me continue my collection of lists of my best recommendations and favorites of the past year, 2014. Yesterday, I provided a list of my Favorite Restaurants of 2014 and now I want to address my favorites for other Food-Related Items, from markets to books, from donuts to candy. This is certainly not a complete list but it is more a sampling of memorable matters I have experienced and posted about over the past year.This is also a purely subjective list, based on my own preferences, and makes no claims about being the…
  • 2014: Favorite Restaurants & My Top 50

    Richard Auffrey
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    What were some of my favorite restaurants of the past year?Let me continue the lists of my best recommendations and favorites of 2014. I have already posted my Top Ten Wine lists, my Favorite Wine Related Items & Favorite Spirits and Drink Related Items. Now, I want to concentrate on my Favorite Restaurants of the past year.This is certainly not a complete list but it is more a sampling of memorable restaurants I have experienced and/or posted about over the past year. You will even find a few Favorites from outside Massachusetts as I traveled a little…
  • Shinkame Brewery: From Holy Turtle to Aged Sake (Part 2)

    Richard Auffrey
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    An important objective for Ogawahara in his visit to Boston was to promote the idea of consuming warm Sake. He states that Sake is the only alcohol in the world where the taste varies according to a wide variety of temperatures, both hot and cold. In many respects this is correct as it is much rarer to warm many other alcohols, except in limited situations. You might enjoy some warm mulled wine, with numerous spices added to it, but you aren't concerned with picking out different nuances in the heated wine. Various spirits might be used in hot cocktails, from a Hot Toddy to an Irish Coffee,…
 
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  • The food we eat: A Q&A on agricultural and food controversies

    PennyF
    6 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    The world is more interested in issues surrounding agriculture and food than ever before. Questions swirl around the safety of our food, how it’s made, and what we can do to ensure we eat the best food. We asked F. Bailey Norwood, one of the authors of Agricultural and Food Controversies: What Everyone Needs to Know, to answer some of today’s most pressing queries. Why has agriculture become so controversial? There are many reasons, but a major one is the fact that agriculture today involves both big corporations and big government. Individuals with left-leaning political beliefs…
  • A look at Thanksgiving favorites

    Connie Ngo
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    What started as a simple festival celebrating the year’s bountiful harvest has turned into an archetypal American holiday, with grand dinners featuring savory and sweet dishes alike. Thanksgiving foods have changed over the years, but there are still some iconic favorites that have withstood time. Hover over each food below in this interactive image and find out more about their role in this day of feasting: What are your favorite Thanksgiving dishes? Let us know in the comments below! Headline image credit: Image by Nemo. Public domain via Pixabay. The post A look at Thanksgiving…
  • Peanut butter: the vegetarian conspiracy

    Connor Spencer
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    There is something quintessentially American about peanut butter. While people in other parts of the world eat it, nowhere is it devoured with the same gusto as in the United States, where peanut butter is ensconced in an estimated 85% of home kitchens. Who exactly invented peanut butter is unknown; the only person to make that claim was Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the chief medical officer at the Sanatarium, the fashionable health retreat in Battle Creek, Michigan. Kellogg, a vegetarian who invented Corn Flakes, was seeking an alternative for “cows’ butter.” He thought puréed nutmeats…
  • On World Diabetes Day, a guide to managing diabetes during the holidays

    Joe Hitchcock
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    The International Diabetes Foundation has marked 14 November as World Diabetes Day, commemorating the date that Frederick Banting and his team first discovered insulin, and the link between it and diabetic symptoms. As we approach the festive season, a time of year when indulgence and comfort are positively encouraged, keeping track of, or even thinking about blood glucose levels can become a difficult and annoying task. If good diabetic practice relies on building routines suited to the way your blood sugar levels change throughout the day, then the holidays can prove a big disruption to the…
  • A map of the world’s cuisine

    Connie Ngo
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    With nearly 200 countries in the world, the vast number and variety of dishes is staggering, which goes to show just how diverse your food can get. Which countries’ foods do you enjoy the most? Is there a particular characteristic of your favorite food that can’t be found anywhere else in the world? Do you know how national dishes vary by region? Explore (just some) of the world’s different cuisines discussed in The Oxford Companion to Food, from Afghanistan to Yemen, with our interactive map below: Feeling hungry for more facts about food? Why not discover some less common…
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  • mac n cheese

    Dave
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Dishes like mac n cheese are exciting to me.  A few ingredients and a million ways to put them together.  And, even though it's just a few ingredients, the results can be sublime or disasterous. Most common, a cheese sauce is made from a roux and cheese.  It's always been touchy for me.  Sometimes smooth, sometimes grainy, just not reliable.  Cheese and condensed milk is pretty good, better than a roux, definitely more reliable.Then a year ago I saw this Modernist Cuisine variation that uses just water or milk and cheese *plus* a few grams of sodium citrate.
  • roasted roots

    Dave
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    In the zillion years we've been using heat to cook food, how is uncertainty possible when it comes to roasting vegetables?Listening to a recent @atkradio podcast, Chris Kimball asks Mario Batali for his favorite goto fast dish.  Batali describes a bunch of 1-2" square chopped vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper roasted at 425F for 30 minutes.  In my hands, using mostly root vegetables, this yielded an inconsistently cooked bunch of veggies.Slowing things down a bit, I used an enamel-coated steel pan filled with root vegetables (yellow beats, russets, carrots, green onions),…
  • multiple poached eggs

    Dave
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    Ease of cooking influences my food choices at home.  I love poached eggs, but at my skill level, I can cook a single one per pot of water.  Serving up a single poached egg at a time when 2 people want 2 each makes for a pretty crappy breakfast. I  spent some time thinking about getting an egg to vortex itself in place so I could get a bunch cooked in one pot of water.  After 3 pages of doodles and  many trips to the thrift store trying to imagine a solution, I ended up with a simple tomato paste can - top and bottom removed - to keep the egg in place while it starts…
  • panko and butter: crispy topping for your casserole du jour

    Dave
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The weekday casserole: tuna/mac/veggies, mac n cheese, etc. They all need a final touch to make the mundane special.  Only a few decades late to the scene, I finally realized the beauty of panko and often use that for a final topping.  But, it still needs some fat to get the top coat good and crispy, but how to get a smattering of fat uniformly distributed over the crumbs before going to the broiler?  Frozen butter on the big holes of the box grater! Click for a larger image.  This is frozen butter put through the big holes of a box grater uniformly spread over the…
  • pizza notes

    Dave
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    Inspired by some thin crust favorites like California Pizza Kitchen (no comment @feedmybeast) and Rubino's, I've been looking for a super thin crust for sometime.  Tonight's came up short, but an interesting run.Key to any pizza cooking method: top and bottom must cook at the same rate.  When the bottom starts to get some ashy spots, the top should start bubbling.  I thought the cornerstone of this crackly and tender super thin crust would be a cast iron pan.  I used a 15" round cast iron pan one notch below center of the oven and preheated at 450F w convection.
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  • Here's How to Finish Up That Box of Clementines

    Sheela Prakash
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    As far as we're concerned, the holiday season doesn't start until we catch our first glipse of clementines at the grocery store. And once those wooden crates of seedless citrus do appear at the store, we can't help but pick up a box or two each time we go grocery shopping.  Clementines are so perfectly snackable -- in fact, we stash them in our lunch bags, Christmas stockings, even our coat pockets for emergency infusions. Munching on their sweet segments by the handful, we could easily eat our weight in them. But after doing that for over a month straight, we are…
  • 6 Reasons Why Having Leftover Buttermilk Is a Good Thing

    Sheela Prakash
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    Here's one of life's biggest mysteries: why is it often impossible to find buttermilk in anything smaller than quart containers? That seems to be the standard size at most grocery stores, which leaves you in a bit of a predicament when you purchase it. After using a cup or so for your favorite pancakes or biscuits, you're left with a still-quite-full carton. Too often than not, it gets pushed to the back of your fridge until you uncover it months later, well past the expiration date. This shouldn't be the case. Buttermilk is a culinary powerhouse -- it adds tenderness to baked…
  • 12 Days of Cookies: All-in-One Sugar Cookie Dough

    Gabriella Vigoreaux
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    Today's pick for 12 Days of Cookies may very well be the ONLY sugar cookies recipe you will ever need. How can we make such a bold claim? Well, for starters it's simple to prepare, with only 6 ingredients. The plain sugar cookies taste pretty much perfect in our eyes, but they also happen to be endlessly customizable. We went ahead and made 5 different cookies from the base recipe, but the possibilities are endless. That means you could dream up a different cookie for everyone on your list, all with same base dough. It's a Christmas Cookie Miracle.  Flour, salt, butter,…
  • Yes, There are Other Holiday Desserts Besides Fruitcake

    Leah Koenig
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Let's face it, fruitcake--that dense, boozy quick bread filled with nuts and candied fruit and typically served on Christmas--is kind of a bummer. As the former Tonight Show host Johnny Carson famously put it, "The worst gift is fruitcake--there is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other." Fruited cakes date back to the Middle Ages, when cooks realized that fruit preserved in copious amounts of sugar could last longer than fresh. So the dessert has tradition on its side, but not much else. Today, even if you don't personally bake or…
  • These Are the Best Onion Rings You'll Ever Make at Home

    Matt Duckor
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    Photo by Tara Donne, food and prop styling by Diana Yen Most of the foods we loved in our youth are forgettable when you really think about it. Eating Bagel Bites is like struggling to chew off damp pieces of cardboard. Lunchables were clearly dreamed up by a branding genius that made kids think it was cool to assemble meals from depressing processed ingredients.  But then there are onion rings. Even the slightly soggy ones fried in oil that should have been changed long ago aren't that bad. But what about a truly a great onion ring? Can one even achieve greatness when the dish is…
 
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  • Holiday Cookies Galore

    ajbermack@msn.com
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I’m not sure how time has flown quite the way it has, but it’s already holiday cookie time and another year will soon come to a sweet end. An end-of-year tradition continued for me, as my friends and I gathered this past Sunday at my house to ice and decorate cut out sugar cookies.
  • Celebrate National Oatmeal Day with my Breakfast Cookies!

    ajbermack@msn.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    In honor of national oatmeal day, I’m going to share my breakfast cookie recipe with you since it’s loaded with oatmeal—the best kind—Quaker Old Fashioned Oats!
  • Applelicious

    ajbermack@msn.com
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    We finally went apple picking, the last possible weekend in our area to do so.
  • This Soup’s for You!

    ajbermack@msn.com
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    With the recent transformation of my daughter from carnivore to vegetarian, my cooking challenges have suddenly become a whole lot more interesting. My skirt steak loving and lovely daughter Sofia is now a vegetarian and there’s no stopping her.
  • 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.
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    No Fear Entertaining

  • 'Tis the Season for Cookies: Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti

    1 Dec 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Ok.  So I've been away for a while.  A real long while.  Life just completely got in the way of my little blog.  But one of the favorite things I have ever done on here was always the Christmas cookie challenges that we as groups would take on at Christmas!  A bunch of us decided to get together and do it again this year and I AM SO EXCITED!!!This week's theme was fruit and/or nuts and I new that biscotti would be the perfect cookie for me to tackle!This recipe came from one of our group member's book The Everything Cookies & Brownies Cookbook by Marye…
  • Guest Post from Amanda Carr!

    13 Feb 2014 | 9:05 am
    I’m busy right now…really, really busy so when Amanda told me she had a recipe and pictures I jumped at the chance to have her do a guest post for me.Most of you know that my oldest races BMX right?  Well Amanda races BMX too.  Only really, really well and travels all over the world doing it.  She is currently racing for Thailand but is still based out of her home town of Punta Gorda, FL.This girl is a true athlete and follows an athletes diet to keep in the incredible shape she is in.  To learn more and to get updates from this amazing girl be sure to follow her on…
  • #ElleAPalooza

    8 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    I miss you Elle.  It's not even that we talked all the time or were BFF's but I could always count on a nice comment, commiseration or a funny post.  I miss that.  I mean I REALLY miss that...In the weeks since Elle's passing I feel that maybe I have taken too many online friendships for granted.  The support.  The love.  The friendship.  For this I am sorry and really am trying to fix.  :)The recipe that I choose for #ElleAPalooza is cheating.  I am so time crunched that I went back in my archives and hunted down a muffin recipe that I made of…
  • 2014...Happy New Year!

    1 Jan 2014 | 9:27 am
  • Day 28 of a Month of Giving Thanks

    28 Nov 2013 | 4:05 pm
    Happy Thanksgiving!!Today I am thankful for good friends, family and team mates to enjoy a turkey dinner with...Judy
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  • A Passion for Pickled Persimmons

    foodgal
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
      This is one of those home-made treats that makes people take notice. It adds just a little something special to a charcuterie or cheese platter. And it makes for an eye-opening host/hostess gift. Now’s the time to get acquainted with “Pickled Persimmons.” I shamelessly admit I got the idea for making these from Chef […]
  • Anderson Seafoods French Sturgeon Caviar and A Food Gal Giveaway

    foodgal
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
      If any food has celebration written all over it, it’s caviar, isn’t it? First, it’s the anticipation that comes with the opening of the tiny jar or tin. Second, the delicate handling of it with a mother of pearl spoon so as not to impart any unwanted metallic taste. Third, the arranging of the […]
  • Yigit Pura’s Spiced Hazelnut-Almond Mirliton Cake

    foodgal
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
      There’s no shame in going simple. Not even during the holidays. Take this lovely cake, for instance. “Spiced Hazelnut-Almond Mirliton Cake” is the easiest cake recipe in San Francisco Pastry Chef Yigit Pura’s repertoire. But that doesn’t mean it’s not special. On the contrary, it’s everything you want in a cake — moist, airy […]
  • Four Locally Made Host/Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

    foodgal
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    Clair De Lune Cookies Crumbly, crisp and utterly melt-in-your-mouth, Chateau Bakery’s Clair de Lune cookies are the perfect holiday treat to share with co-workers or to thank your holiday dinner host. The sugary butter cookies, which were first made in a small European bakery in 1898, are now made in Burlingame by Esther Buss, a […]
  • Snake River Farms Kobe Ribeye Roast and a Food Gal Giveaway

    foodgal
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
      Consider this the Maserati of meat. Luxurious, extravagant and a work of art in its own right. This is the Snake River Farms American Kobe Gold Grade Eye of Ribeye Roast. At nearly $400 for a 6 1/2- to 7-pounder, it’s meat that makes an entrance. Especially on an important holiday. I actually had […]
 
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    How To Cook Like Your Grandmother

  • How To Make Fried Green Beans with Bacon

    Drew Kime
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    When green beans mostly came out of a can they got a reputation as something kids won't eat. But today you can find fresh green beans nearly year-round in most grocery stores. Fry some up with bacon and I'll bet your kids love them as much as you do. The post How To Make Fried Green Beans with Bacon appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • How To Make Potato Banana Pancakes

    Drew Kime
    6 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    Pancakes are not supposed to be this easy. Three ingredients? Seriously? And two of them are leftovers? Yup, seriously. The post How To Make Potato Banana Pancakes appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • How To Make (Gluten-free) Pumpkin Chocolate Cake

    Drew Kime
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    You probably know that the week after Thanksgiving you can get some great deals on frozen turkey. Did you know you can also usually get canned pumpkin cheap? They're not quite giving it away like they do with the turkey but it's a great chance to experiment with some new recipes, like this awesome gluten-free pumpkin chocolate cake. The post How To Make (Gluten-free) Pumpkin Chocolate Cake appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • How To Make Roasted Root Vegetables with Kielbasa

    Drew Kime
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    Eating seasonally is a great way to get the healthiest vegetables at the best prices. But even if you don't care about either of those, it's still a good way to get a little variety. I don't think I could ever get bored with garden-fresh tomatoes. But after a couple of months of salads and crisp garden veggie sides, some savory roasted root vegetables make for a great change of pace. Besides, they work much better than salad with kielbasa and other smoked sausage. The post How To Make Roasted Root Vegetables with Kielbasa appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • How To Make Loaded Sweet Potato Chips

    Drew Kime
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    Loaded potato skins are great, but bigger ones can be a little much for an appetizer. These are bite-sized, easy to share, and oh by the way they're crazy delicious. The post How To Make Loaded Sweet Potato Chips appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
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  • How IRA Tax Deductions Work

    Chris Opfer
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Did you know you can save money by spending? The trick is to spend money on your retirement plan. Learn about IRA tax deductions at HowStuffWorks.
  • How Discretionary Income Works

    Chris Opfer
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Discretionary income is extra money don't need to spend, but it's used to monitor the economy. Learn more about discretionary income at HowStuffWorks.
  • How Green Tax Credits Work

    Chris Opfer
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Saving the environment can also help you save a little green come tax time. Learn more about green tax credits at HowStuffWorks.
  • How Food Tasters Work

    Melanie Radzicki McManus
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you would love to eat ice cream all day, maybe you can put that desire to work as a food taster. Learn more about food tasters at HowStuffWorks.
  • How the Self-employment Tax Works

    Dave Roos
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Owning your own business might be a dream come true, but what does the IRS expect from you? Learn more about self-employment taxes at HowStuffWorks.
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  • Caramelized plantains

    Layla Pujol
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Easy recipe for ripe plantains caramelized in a spiced syrup of panela/piloncillo brown sugar, sweet wine, cinnamon, and spices. The post Caramelized plantains appeared first on Laylita's Recipes.
  • Hard apple cider sangria

    Layla Pujol
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Hard apple cider sangria recipe made with hard apple cider, assorted fall/winter fruits (apples, pears, persimmon, figs, grapes, plums, oranges, pomegranate, and more), spiced ginger simple syrup, apple liqueur, sparkling wine and dry apple soda. The post Hard apple cider sangria appeared first on Laylita's Recipes.
 
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  • Winter Kitchen Cures

    Jennifer Iserloh
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Winter is filled with wonderful holiday foods and fun, but it can also hit you hard with allergies and a host of minor aches and pains that colder weather brings on. If you’re looking for a quick home remedy, don’t head to the medicine cabinet — look no further than your pantry and fridge. Try these fun and easy remedies using items you most likely have in your kitchen. As always, if you have any specific medical conditions and/or dietary concerns or allergies, please consult your physician. Salt Salt can work as a potent antibacterial and an ideal way to keep colds at bay…
  • Wine 101

    Jennifer Iserloh
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    Learning about wine can take some time – there is so much out there and the wine industry keeps growing and changing every year. I’ve broken it down by most of the grape types used in wine production, and that is typically the way Americans recognize a bottle of wine instead of looking for a region. For example, you shop for a “Chardonnay” that could be from anywhere in the world, instead of a Rioja or a Châteauneuf de Pape that tells you the region where the wine was produced. The simple explanations below cover most of the wines – based on the grape varietals…
  • Simple Roast Chicken in 4 Steps

    Jennifer Iserloh
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    Learning to comfort yourself in healthy ways is one of my key philosophies to living well. Home-made food is the best way to do that, take a simple roast chicken for example. What is the key to pulling off a flavorful, moist roast chicken? It’s as easy as 1-2-3 or rather 1-2-3-4. Follow this easy guide to get it right, each and every time. Step 1 | Pickin’ Chicken Look for a 3 1/2 pound bird if you plan on feeding four – preferably an organic bird if it’s in your budget. The fat should be white and even around the bird, without bruising or yellow fat. Step 2 | Chicken Prep…
  • Christmas Eggnog and Gingerbread Cookies

    Jennifer Iserloh
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    Join me for a date to learn about everyday healthy cooking. We’re taking those fast food or food court favorites, and turning them into delicious, healthful meals, that are friendly to your waistline, and your time. In this sixth episode of “Food Courting”, we’re going to prepare two tasty Christmas treats: Gingerbread cookies, and velvety egg nog. Not only do they taste better than the store bought version, but they’ll be a whole lot healthier. It’s two delicious healthy holiday treats that are great for Santa, and for the whole family… More than…
  • Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

    Jennifer Iserloh
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Shopping for the health buff or foodie in your life gets easier every year since there are so many healthy new products on the market. From skin care to yoga gear to books, you’ll have plenty to choose from! Naturally Beautiful When it comes to skincare, go pure! Check out this raw coconut cream that’s natural and a great make-up remover and moisturizer. Super creamy in texture with a clean ingredient list (certified organic coconut oil), it will be a welcome addition to any girl’s medicine cabinet. Looking for a small treat for the active girl who’s always on the run?
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  • How to Deliver on Duck Liver

    Jonny & Amy
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Since we defected to the suburbs, started going to bed at 9.30 and became generally boring and matronly, one aspect of the luxury of space afforded by our new location that we have enjoyed particularly is having two fridge-freezers. The second appliance has not only allowed us to give free-reign to our kleptomaniacal tendencies — with leftovers and other scraps of barely edible, semi-discarded flotsam now littering our principal fridge like turds on a cat hoarder’s parlor floor — it has also meant that our collection of frozen comestibles keeps growing and growing. A…
  • Book Review: The Vietnamese Market Cookbook

    Jonny & Amy
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    If the path from high finance executive to cookbook author isn’t a well-beaten one, then the path from stock-broker to market stall-holder is even more poorly trod. But, for Oxford-educated former bankers turned Banh Mi vendors-cum-restaurateurs, Van Tran and Anh Vu, that was their peregrination. They certainly don’t say so in the book, but it’s the kind of riches to rags to riches (kind of) story that I’m sure fills the day-dreams of many of us who feel trapped in the limits of our corporate lives, straining at the virtual leash as we break rocks for the man. And,…
  • Papas a la Huancaina: The Humble Potato Bids for Immortality

    Jonny & Amy
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Of all the miracles of modern science that we have witnessed over recent years, few have received as little attention as the 2009 announcement by the International Potato Center in Lima, Peru, that it had successfully sequenced the potato genome. It is a sad reflection on the state of our priorities as a species that this seminal discovery was overshadowed by other, flashier technological breakthroughs that year – including Apple’s launch of Siri, the utterly humorless, and mostly useless, personal assistant on the iPhone 3GS – because after rice, potatoes are the most…
  • 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…
  • 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…
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  • Pot Roast Grilled Cheese Recipe

    Bobby
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    Pot roast grilled cheese is a great option if you are looking to use up leftoever meat from a pot roast. I must confess that I actually prepared a pot roast just for this grilled cheese sandwich! The juice from the dutch oven or slow cooker can be used as an au jus for dipping the grilled cheese sandwich in, it is truly amazing. This grilled cheese is topped with leftover pot roast meat, white cheddar cheese, and sautéed onion. I like to prepare my grilled cheese on a griddle because I can easily cook several of them at once. For the bread, I used French bread but a good whole grain bread…
  • Daddy Wu’s Chicken Recipe

    Bobby
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    Daddy Wu’s Chicken is an Asian flavored dish which consists of fried chicken tossed with a sweet sauce. This dish is very similar to sweet and sour chicken. The chicken is first marinated and then breaded and deep fried until golden brown and crispy, and then it is tossed with a sauce. The sauce gets a good amount of its flavor from ingredients such as ketchup, sugar, and lemon juice. The lemon juice and lemon zest help to give the sauce an amazing flavor. The marinade really helps to add a good amount of flavor to this dish by using ingredients like sesame oil, soy sauce and oyster sauce.
  • In-N-Out Burger Recipe

    Bobby
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    Here is a copycat recipe for the burger from In-N-Out Burger. We do not have In-N-Out Burger here so unfortunately I have never tried the real thing but this burger is delicious. The burger is topped with caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and a sauce. The best part about this recipe of course is the sauce. The sauce is a combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, pickle relish, and white vinegar. These few ingredients come together to make a delicious sauce that gives the burgers a unique flavor. The caramelized onions are a nice touch as well and are sautéed in vegetable oil for about…
  • Jack Daniel’s Meatballs Recipe

    Bobby
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    I like to use Jack Daniel’s whiskey in all different types of recipes, including meatballs. These meatballs are flavored with Chinese ingredients such as soy sauce and green onion. For the meat I used ground pork but you could use ground beef as well. The meatballs consist of typical ingredients such as breadcrumbs, egg, and parmesan cheese. I like to add fresh garlic and green onion right into the meat mixture for even more flavor. Once the meatballs are rolled they are placed into the oven and baked. The sauce is boiled on the stove top and gets a lot of its flavor from Jack Daniels and…
  • Beijing Noodles Recipe

    Bobby
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    If you are looking for a simple Asian pasta dish to prepare, these Beijing noodles are great. This recipe consists of only a few different ingredients. Most of the flavor comes from black bean sauce. Ground pork is stir-fried in the wok with some black bean sauce and then the potatoes are added into the mix. I like to use pre-cooked stir-fry noodles for this recipe, as no boiling is required. I just add them right into the sauce for a few minutes and stir. Of course, pre-cooked noodles can be hard to find, and you can use pretty much whatever type of pasta you want—rice noodles, chow mein…
 
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  • Clear Skin After Hot Yoga

    katy
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    Hot yoga is a great workout that can help you work up a sweat but unfortunately, sensitive skin can suffer when you’re putting in time in the studio. Hot yoga (also known as Bikram Yoga) is performed in a studio that is heated to approximately 105 degrees Fahrenheit, which helps to raise your heart rate and tire your muscles as you move through the yoga poses. Between the heat and humidity, it’s a pretty vigorous workout.  I like to keep Simple Skincare Radiance Cleansing Wipes in my yoga bag, so I can wipe my face and hands as soon as the workout is over. After you cleanse, make…
  • introducing the silky hair dare!

    katy
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    I’m so excited to share this video I made of my experience with the new Dove Pure Care Dry Oil line!  I’m always on the lookout for great beauty bargains, and these products are so nourishing for your hair and incredibly budget-friendly.  The whole line is available at Walmart, and offers a ton of bang for your beauty buck. And Dove is so certain that you’ll love these products that they’re letting you try them risk-free with the Silky Hair Dare!  If you don’t love this line after one wash, they’ll give you your money back on…
  • the most gorgeous holiday tablescape

    katy
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:29 am
    As you guys know, I love to entertain.  Give me a free weekend with nothing on our agenda and I’ll figure out some excuse to have people over — sometimes with an hour or two of notice, sometimes with a month.  When I have the time, energy, and resources, there’s nothing I like more. And I’ve learned something really important from many years of obsessive hostessing: your guests want to see you.  They’re not showing up to evaluate your home cooking or crafting as compared to Pinterest.  They want to hang out; they want to catch up.  They…
  • bear and his dog

    katy
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    A year ago (yes, seriously, and I can’t believe it’s been that long either), when I was about four months pregnant and we knew that our beloved dog Calvin was facing serious health issues, my husband somehow convinced me to do something completely nuts. Months before bringing a newborn human child into this world… … we got a puppy. Now, would I recommend that *you* go out and get a puppy midway through your first pregnancy? Well, no.  Probably not.  We joke that Chad snuck in a puppy at the buzzer, because the moment that our son entered this world, I…
  • pop of holiday red!

    katy
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Winter comes pretty late in Texas.  Most years, we’re still in shorts on Thanksgiving, and sometimes even on New Year’s. But oh my gosh…. this New England-born girl loves her coats.  The fact is, coats are a huge part of any outfit.  They’re an instant statement piece, and they go with everything!  I love how a bold coat can dress up a simple outfit and make you look extra-chic.  And the best part about this one?  It’s under $100 from Lands’ End.  Yes, you heard me right.  (Another great part?  It comes in navy…
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    The Fresh Loaf

  • Wheat grain and flour

    South Dakota Farmer
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Wheat grain and flourSubmitted by South Dakota Farmer on December 18, 2014 - 10:31pm.I am a 5th generation family farmer from north eastern South Dakota.  I have a question about wheat flour quality and availability.  I raise hard red spring wheat, oats, corn and soybeans.  I have been thinking about starting my own stone ground flour mill and sell sacked whole grain and sacked flour direct to the consumer.  I would utilize a identity preserve program were the consumer could track the grain from the table to the field.  All products will be Non-GMO and high quality. I can raise the…
  • Wheat grain and flour

    South Dakota Farmer
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Wheat grain and flourSubmitted by South Dakota Farmer on December 18, 2014 - 10:29pm.I am a 5th generation family farmer from north eastern South Dakota.  I have a question about wheat flour quality and availability.  I raise hard red spring wheat, oats, corn and soybeans.  I have been thinking about starting my own stone ground flour mill and sell sacked whole grain and sacked flour direct to the consumer.  I would utilize a identity preserve program were the consumer could track the grain from the table to the field.  All products will be Non-GMO and high quality. I can raise the…
  • Tough Yeast Rolls

    kaylamoilanen
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Tough Yeast RollsSubmitted by kaylamoilanen on December 18, 2014 - 2:02pm.Using the Pioneer Woman's recipe of "No Knead Rolls" I ended up with a flavorful but flat, tough and crumby texture roll. What am I doing wrong?Recipe found here: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/11/pw_dinner_rolls_-_no_kneading_required/
  • With taste and texture conquered, how I need help with flavor.

    Emerogork
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    With taste and texture conquered, how I need help with flavor.Submitted by Emerogork on December 18, 2014 - 1:28pm.Although this is the Pizza, Focaccia and flat bread forum, I believe I have the link that warrants this post here.I make croissants and loaves of bread that look and chew exactly as I want them.  However, they taste like Styrofoam as the store bought Kaiser rolls do.  Rye and other flavors added help but don't quite cut it.  It is not a matter of salt either.  I have tried many concoctions.I am told it is all in fermentation. I have tried many techniques but that all come out…
  • What sizes are your loaf pans?

    Janet Yang
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    What sizes are your loaf pans?Submitted by Janet Yang on December 18, 2014 - 1:00pm.I've got a recipe that calls for a 9"×5" loaf pan, which is what I always thought of as "standard" size. Our local cookware store carries Chicago Metallic and USA Pan, not in 9"×5". In fact, Chicago Metallic does not even make that size; they have 8.5"×4.5", and 10"×5". USA Pan does make 9"×5", but I'll have to mail-order it.What do you think is the most useful size?
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  • Spicy pecan brittle

    Lisa Fain (Homesick Texan)
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    This is the season of giving, and one of my favorite things to give is candy. Texans have a long tradition of making and sharing candy at the holidays, and my family is no different. When I was young, a Christmas visit wasn’t complete until a tin of homemade candy had been passed around, and we’d enjoy everything from pralines to divinity. One of my favorite candies, however, is nut brittle.
  • Texas turkey chili

    Lisa Fain (Homesick Texan)
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    The other day someone asked me what I always keep in my refrigerator. After going through the usual list of things such as salsa, cilantro, and jalapeños, I added that you will usually find a jar of chili gravy in my refrigerator, as well. “What do you do with it?” he asked. I then explained that I use it for impromptu batches of enchiladas, drizzle it on eggs, or pair it with leftover meat to
  • Jalapeño creamed corn

    Lisa Fain (Homesick Texan)
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    “It’s all good, but whatever you do, you must get the creamed corn,” said the woman waiting in line behind me at Killen’s Barbecue. It was my first time to visit this new Pearland, Texas smoked-meat hot spot, and she and I had been discussing the menu. I’d heard good things about owner Ronnie Killen’s brisket, beef ribs, sausages—heck, all of the smoked meats had been lauded as some of the best
  • Scenes from my fall tour of Texas

    Lisa Fain (Homesick Texan)
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    This year I’ve had the pleasure of spending almost two months in Texas, which may be the most time I’ve been there since I moved to New York. I’ve had a marvelous time during these visits, not only getting to meet so many of y’all at book events but also simply driving around our beautiful state and eating very, very well. When you’re eating (at least) three meals a day over this amount of
  • Sour cream chicken nachos with poblano salsa verde

    Lisa Fain (Homesick Texan)
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Let’s talk about nachos, shall we? Now, I’ve gone on record stating my preference, which is for the traditional type of nacho where all the ingredients are on one chip. While this is how all nachos were served when I was young, I find this style more and more a rarity. I also realize that sometimes I am in the minority. Take another Texan friend of mine in New York, for instance. He’s a
 
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  • Le Creuset Giveaway

    Ree
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:52 am
    Today, because Christmas is a week away, I’m giving away 2 sets of this Le Creuset cookware in this lovely “Palm” color, which I’m madly in love with. Included in the set are a 3 1/2 quart French oven, a 1 3/4 quart saucepan, and a 9-inch skillet. Good stuff, Maynard! TO ENTER To enter the giveaway, just answer the following question in the Comments section of this post: “What percentage ‘finished’ is your Christmas shopping?” That question is probably not grammatically correct, but you get the idea: Where are you in the saga of your Christmas…
  • My White Casserole Dishes (Winners!)

    Ree
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    The winners of the casserole dishes are… #6612 Mary Beth F: “My mom’s Chicken Tetrazinni is my favorite casserole dish. But your spaghetti chicken is running a close second!” #43253 Carol P: “Jalapeno Cornbread.” #77981 Jean-Marie: “No contest; it’s lasagna!” Congratulations, winners! Contact prizes@thepioneerwoman.com to claim your baking dishes! ***Another Christmas giveaway will post shortly!   I use these white casserole dishes all, all, all, all, all, all the time. Have I mentioned all the time? I do. All the time!     I love…
  • Sweet Roll Central

    Ree
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:35 am
    It’s that time of year again: Time to have an excuse to eat bread rolled up with all kinds of sweet, gooey stuff, baked, and topped with some kind of glaze or icing. It’s time for SWEET ROLLS! I’ve made a lot of sweet rolls through the years, and I mean a lot. And I’ve made a lot of variations of sweet rolls. I mean a lot. And I’ve taken a lot of steps on the treadmill to compensate for it all. And okay, probably not enough steps to compensate. But I’ve tried! I wanted to bring all my favorite sweet rolls together in one place today, just so you’ll…
  • Gingerbread Cookies

    Ree
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:44 am
    This is one of my favorite recipes from my holiday cookbook…     And I also made them (albeit in different shapes) on my recent Food Network Christmas special. It’s just a good, basic, rich, flavorful gingerbread cookie recipe cut into any shape and decorated with gorgeous, bright white royal icing and adorned with all sorts of fun candies, sprinkles, and decorations. It just doesn’t get more ‘Christmas’ than this. Here’s how to make the gingerbread cookies!   First, mix up the dry ingredients, which consists of flour, salt, and a whole…
  • Positively Peppermint!

    Ree
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    Christmas is coming and peppermint is everywhere, so I wanted to share a small handful of my favorite peppermint recipes here on The Pioneer Woman Cooks! There are some good ones here, friends.   Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting. These are a delicious treat!       Easy Peppermint Fudge. Just posted this recently, but didn’t want you to miss it. Quick, easy, and so unbelievably tasty.       Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies. The photos in the post may be old, but the cookies never get old. I love them!       Peppermint Ice Cream.
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    This Mama Cooks! On a Diet™

  • Celebrate International Sangria Day with Eppa Sangria!

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    This is a sponsored post written by my dear friend, Eileen Calandro on behalf of Eppa Sangria. If you want to see more of what Eileen has to say you can follow her on twitter at @calandro5 or on Instagram at @calandroclan. Pouring a refreshing glass of sangria can require a lot of work. Some recipes for this fruity wine concoction can take over an hour to prepare! Sure, other recipes are easier, but still require multiple ingredients and a bit of preparation. What if that taste of sangria was only a sliced orange and an opened bottle away? Eppa Sangria makes this possibility a reality. Once…
  • 10 Minute Mexican Rice

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:27 am
    During the busy holiday season, I find myself having little time to cook because I’m rushing to one holiday activity to another. Normally I’d be fine taking my family out to eat, but we have a refrigerator full of holiday leftovers going to waste! Instead, we warm little bits of leftover turkey, roast beef, or ham, combine it with some Mexican style cheese, avocado slices, and salsa, wrap it in a tortilla or burrito and make tacos for dinner. You can make taco night even more special by making a side dish of restaurant style Mexican rice. Now I’m sure you’re thinking the whole point…
  • 5 ways to make the holidays easier for gluten free children

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
      The holidays can be a tough time for children who are gluten free. They’re constantly told they can’t have this or that treat at parties or special events at school. They may feel left out or embarrassed enough that they’ll eat a gluten laded snack and make themselves sick just so they don’t feel different from the other children! If your child is struggling with their food sensitivities or allergies, here are five ways to make the holidays easier: Keep the holiday traditions Just because they’re gluten free doesn’t mean your children have to forgo their favorite holiday…
  • Have Buca di Beppo make you the office holiday party hero!

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:09 pm
    This post brought to you by Buca di Beppo. The content and opinions expressed below are that of This Mama Cooks. I’m a big fan of Buca di Beppo from way back when my company had a customer dinner at their restaurant in San Francisco. Even though it was many years ago, I remember how delicious the food was. Our company’s event planner told me she always booked dinners at Buco di Beppo since everyone enjoyed the atmosphere and could always find something on their menu that they would want to eat. That’s why if you’re planning the holiday party at your company, you should consider Buca…
  • Holiday Oatmeal Recipes: The Best Oatmeal Cookie Recipe for cookie and gift exchanges

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:27 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Quaker. All opinions are mine alone. #QuakerUp #MyOatsCreation #CollectiveBias Tis the season sugary desserts and yummy treats! So I’m always on the lookout for recipes that make events like cookie exchanges a little less indulgent. One way to do that is with using the goodness of whole grain oats. I always have a container both Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Oats for baking oatmeal recipes and Quaker Oats Quick Oats for quick breakfasts. During the winter, my kids love heating up a bowl of hot cereal for breakfast or a quick snack. So…
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    Cooking For Engineers

  • Off Topic: Thermoworks Thermapen 2014 Giveaway!

    Michael Chu
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Sorry, I dropped the ball this week and only just realized a couple hours ago that Thermoworks offered to give away a Thermapen if I ran a giveaway contest that ended this Saturday (tomorrow)! I think this will be the third year in a row that I'll be able to give away the best thermometer I've ever used for cooking. This post will be short so I can get it up quickly, but read on to see how to enter the drawing which will take place on the evening of December 13, 2014.
  • Off Topic: Thermoworks DOT Thanksgiving 2014 Giveaway!

    Michael Chu
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:25 pm
    This year flew past so fast that I didn't even realize that next week is Thanksgiving. I've been offered a new product from Thermoworks to giveaway, and we're going to have to rush this giveaway to have it in time to be received by a lucky winner in time for Thanksgiving. The product is their brand new DOT probe alarm thermometer. If you're familiar with the ChefAlarm which I reviewed and gave away earlier this year, then this new product is similar - except it does only one thing and it does it well: monitor the temperature of the probe and sounds an alarm when the…
  • Off Topic: Thermoworks Father's Day 2014 Giveaway!

    Michael Chu
    29 May 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The nice guys over at Thermoworks have put together a great giveaway for Father's Day 2014 for Cooking For Engineers readers. This time around I'll be raffling off three items together as a bundle worth over $100 - Thermowork's ChefAlarm, Thermopop, and TimeStick.
  • Off Topic: Food Fete 2014

    Eleanor Lee
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    After the sensory overload I encountered at the Winter Fancy Food Show, it was nice to visit the much more intimate Food Fête. However, compared to last year there seemed to be fewer exhibitors on display. I tried everything and there were still a few things worth mentioning, either because they were tasty or just weird.
  • Off Topic: Fancy Food Show Winter 2014

    Eleanor Lee
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    I had the opportunity to visit the Winter Fancy Food Show on behalf of Cooking for Engineers this January. It was my first time attending this specialty food and beverage trade show and it is absolutely overwhelming in terms of the number of vendors exhibiting at the show. According to Specialty Foods Association, the sponsor of the show, there were 1300 exhibitors at this past show, representing not only North America but also many foreign countries.
 
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  • Peppermint Hot Chocolate

    bakedbyrachel
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Homemade peppermint hot chocolate with fresh peppermint whipped cream.
  • Garlic Mashed Twice Baked Potatoes

    the budding table
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Twice baked potatoes are lightened with Greek yogurt and bursting with roasted garlic flavor in this easy and endlessly adaptable side dish.
  • Candy Cane Crunch Brownie Cookies

    Yammie
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Candy Cane Crunch Brownie Cookies. Big, fat, chewy, gooey perfection.
  • Enchilada Skillet Lasagna

    KitchenSanctuary
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Enchilada skillet lasagna - A Mexican twist on the classic favourite. Ready in less than 30 mins! Gluten Free too.
  • Brown Sugar Cinnamon Shortbread Cup

    foodfaithfitness
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Brown Sugar Cinnamon Filled Shortbread Cookie Cups - Like a Pop Tart and a cookie in one. You need to try these!
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  • Chocolate Bark

    PJ Hamel
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Believe it or not, Christmas is now just 1 week away. Panicking about not having your homemade gifts finished yet? Then you don’t have time to read any lengthy paeans to The World’s Fastest, Easiest, Most Welcome Gift of All – Candy. Specifically, chocolate bark, which consists of nothing more than melted chocolate stirred together (or topped) with the tasty complementary ingredient of your choice. Nuts. Dried fruit. Crushed cookies or pretzels. Or candy: think Reese’s mini cups, M&Ms, or Heath Bar Crunch. Making homemade holiday food gifts doesn’t have to be a…
  • The Best Nut Brittle You’ll Ever Make

    Julia Reed
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Let’s talk about candy. Specifically, nut brittle. In my house, homemade candy is considered both a luxury and an enormous pain in the butt. For this reason, I tend to stick with baked goods around the holidays, leaving candy making to my more adventurous friends… with one exception. I’m apprehensive to share this recipe, knowing full well that once I do, the jig is up, and my best holiday candy trick is out of the bag. But this is hands down the best nut brittle recipe you’ll ever find, and it seems wrong to keep it a secret any longer. Before we go any further,…
  • Gluten-Free Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies

    Alyssa Rimmer
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Cookies during the holidays… is there anything more perfect? Baking has always been a stress reliever for me. When I’m feeling overwhelmed with life, there’s nothing that calms me down more, or brings positive vibes back into my day, than whipping up a delicious gluten-free treat. Whether it’s mixing up some gluten-free muffins, or watching a loaf of gluten-free bread rise, or throwing together a quick batch of cookies, anytime I bake I’m in my happy place. It’s that welcomed moment in time where I can just let go. Truthfully, there’s probably no better time of year to…
  • Five holiday breads

    PJ Hamel
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I love data. Is that a strange thing to read here in this baking blog? Sure, you might expect me to say I love chocolate. Or butter. And, most certainly, I love King Arthur Flour. But… data? Here’s the deal: with so many recipes on our website (over 2,500, at last count), we need to carefully think through which ones we feature, and why. By feature, I mean which recipes to showcase in this blog. Or on the recipe home page. Or in the hundreds of thousands of emails we send out, or on Facebook, or Instagram. Or pinned to a Pinterest board. All of our recipes don’t enjoy equal…
  • Mom’s Caramels

    Barbara Alpern
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    With this post we welcome first-time King Arthur Flour blogger Barb Alpern, a dedicated bread-baker, caramel-maker, and member of our bakers’ support team. My mom wasn’t a great cook or baker. She grew up on a farm in Ohio during the Depression, and as an adult her heart was never indoors long enough to want to dwell in the kitchen, except when the bounty of her garden demanded canned tomatoes and pickles, abundant salads, and fried zucchini and green tomatoes. She told us stories of growing up on the farm, how little money they had when she was a young child, and how an orange in…
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  • Sweet and sour slow cooker red cabbage with apples and onions {vegan, gluten-free}

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Nothing revolutionary here, just a reliably delicious traditional side dish that you can serve hot or cold. In fact, my husband Ted's first reaction after taste testing was, "This would be great on a hot dog!" And so you see it, served at room temperature, piled on an organic beef hot dog. Ted was absolutely right; it's a great pairing. I'd love to see this sweet and sour cabbage on the holiday table, slightly warm and oh-so-holiday-red. The stunning color and tangy flavor, which comes from a mix of vinegars, compliment a range of menus, from Christmas goose to roast…
  • Shredded Brussels sprouts salad with dried blueberries, pecans, and maple-miso dressing {vegan}

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:15 pm
    A huge stalk of Brussels sprouts, on sale at the local market for $4.99, caught my eye last week. Too large for the grocery bags I'd brought, the stalk nestled under my arm as I left the store. By the time I arrived home, I had lost the will to cook, but not the will to eat. This salad requires no cooking, save a brief toasting of the pecans while you're throwing everything else together. You can make the maple-miso dressing ahead of time, and store it in the refrigerator for a week or more. Trim the sprouts and toss them into a food processor fitted with a slicing blade, to save…
  • Cinnamon: like or dislike?

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:28 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. The things you like are sure to find their way to the recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, so do tell. Ah, the aroma of cinnamon. Can there be winter holidays without it? In everything from mulled wine, to spice cakes, to beef stew (yes, really!), the scent of cinnamon evokes snowy days, nights in front of the fireplace, and gatherings of family and friends. Cinnamon is considered a…
  • Pressure cooker split pea soup with (or without) sausage

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:14 pm
    In my dinged-up, bright red, cast-iron Dutch oven, I make a pretty mean pot of split pea soup, which just happens to be my very favorite comfort food on days when there's snow to be shoveled. Or when I have the sniffles. Or when I'm craving soup, which really does happen. I've been making split pea soup the same way forever, until this year, when I first tried it in my electric pressure cooker. Oh my oh my. The pressure cooker traps all of the flavor, and softens the split peas so the immersion blender simply has to nudge them into silkiness. Compared to my stove top version, and…
 
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  • Easy Peanut Butter Balls

    A Cowboy's Wife
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:23 am
    Okay, so you don’t have time to make Reindeer Cookies or Snowman Cookies but surely you have time for Peanut Butter Balls!  You can’t get any easier than this y’all and it’s festive and fun for kids to help! I’ve seen a friend of mine make these types of balls for silent auctions. She’ll buy a super cute bowl and fill it with them.  They were a huge hit so don’t think something so simple won’t be well received. It will be loved by all, especially the kiddos! Enjoy y’all and may your Christmas be filled with the abundance of joy and…
  • Christmas Peppermint Spoon

    A Cowboy's Wife
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Yesssss, the spoons are a trend y’all and just because I’m ol’ cowboy’s wife who isn’t trendy, doesn’t mean I can’t share trendy things, right?  I see this as a great entertaining idea at the Christmas party.  Beverages of all sorts are usually served and these peppermint spoons are bound to pair with one of them! If spoons aren’t your thing, check out these Reindeer Cookie Pops, Snowman Cookies, or maybe you’re feeling crafty??  Try making your own Christmas gift party favors. I am SO into Christmas this year. Ironically, it’s…
  • Christmas Snowman Cookies

    A Cowboy's Wife
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    Christmas is almost here y’all!  You have got to make these adorable Christmas snowman cookies! What fun the kids will have decorating these too….probably as much fun as they’d have decorating the Reindeer Cookie Pops I shared with you the other day, huh?! If you’re like the majority of my readers, you work full time outside of the home and don’t always have time to bake up fancy goods but y’all, these are super duper easy to decorate!   I love to make things from scratch. In fact, it’s how I learned how to cook when we lived on the Fulton Quien…
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  • Culinary Reference & Resource Books

    Amy Sherman
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from The Flavour Principle  but I've decided it's a keeper. Each chapter has a different flavor profile—bitter, herbal, smokey, eatery, sweet, spicy etc. The first page of each chapter has a list of ingredients that typify the flavor so for example next to earthy you get potatoes, beets, mushrooms, eggplant, black beans, truffles, leeks, bison, etc giving you a preview of the recipes. There are drink recipes and full menus that emphasize the flavor. The menus each have a theme like Sophisticated Vegetarian Dinner, An Argentinian Odyssey or…
  • English & Italian Candy for the Holidays

    Amy Sherman
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I think of Halloween as the official beginning of the candy season. We are in the midst of it now, and it goes through Valentine’s Day and Easter. Because I’m a sweetie, I shared my most recent candy samples with my sugar tooth sister and her candy crazed clan.English Candy Fiona’s Sweetshoppe started out as an actual candy shop. It was a tiny spot in downtown San Francisco where my husband always held out hope there might be an orange cream bar waiting for him. Now Fiona’s is selling speciality candies from England and while the shop is closed, the candy is much easier to…
  • The BIG Cookbooks of 2014

    Amy Sherman
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Cookbooks come in all sizes, but the big ones are often on the top books of the year lists. They are also expensive and take up a lot of room. So, should you or shouldn't you? Here's my take on some of this year's big cookbooks. The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook was a groundbreaking although sometimes complicated book of recipes from a super creative jam maker and founder of The Blue Chair Fruit Company, Rachel Saunders. Now Saunders has followed up with Blue Chair Cooks with Jam & Marmalade a book that not only has preserve recipes, but tons of recipes for how to use them, some…
  • Must Have Cookbooks 2014

    Amy Sherman
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have reviewed a lot of cookbooks this year, but these are some that I feel really strongly about. Let me tell you why...Vibrant Food is one of the most beautiful cookbooks this year, written by the talented The Year in Food blogger and photographer, Kimberley Hasselbrink. She has an eye for color and texture and that means her mostly vegetarian recipes are as pretty to look at they are delicious to eat. Her flavor combinations are often unique but make perfect sense. She pairs risotto with edamame and sautéed radishes. She tops grilled halloumi with fresh strawberries, mint…
  • Holiday Foodie Gift Guide for 2014

    Amy Sherman
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Chocolates, cookies, bottles of wine or liquor are all just dandy for holiday gift giving, but this year I thought I’d share some more unusual picks. These are things that are completely out of the ordinary!Umami is that savory flavor that comes from things like aged cheese, tomatoes, fish sauce and soy products. Laura Santini has created a whole line called Taste #5 Umami that are all fantastic flavor enhancers, think of them as modern day, completely natural msg.One of my favorite products is Bomba! XXX, a brilliant combination in a tube of tomato paste, wine and soffito (carrot, onion…
 
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  • Easy Broccoli and Radish Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    This Broccoli and Radish Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola is a healthy red-and-green salad for your holiday buffet!(Easy Broccoli and Radish Salad with Gorgonzola was updated with better photos, December 2014.)Everywhere you look on Pinterest and on the blogs there are Christmas cookies, and even though I do have a few ideas for low-sugar and sugar-free cookies, truthfully I'm tired of the sweets and ready for something green and crunchy!  This Easy Broccoli and Radish Salad with Gorgonzola is the kind of simple salad I'd make for myself for a quick lunch, but don't you think the…
  • Santa's Milk Drive, and Other Things I'm Thinking About on Tuesday (12-16-2014)

    Kalyn Denny
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Milk is a much-needed donation at your local food bank!I confess I don't like everything about the holidays (The sweets!  The overspending!)  But one thing I do love about this time of year is the way many of us are inspired to do things to help others.  Yes, I know some people donate for tax purposes.  But whatever motivates it, when people give to help those who are less fortunate, it's all good. Sadly, one in seven people in America face hunger, and many Americans rely on food banks to have enough food for their families.  And milk is one of the least donated items to food…
  • Sweet Potato Appetizer Bites with Feta and Green Onion (Gluten-Free, Meatless)

    Kalyn Denny
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    These Sweet Potato Appetizer Bites with Feta and Green Onion are a healthier nibble for holiday parties or the Superbowl!I've been a little distracted by the new design for Slow Cooker from Scratch, and now it feels like I went to bed in November and when I woke up there were less than two weeks until Christmas!  And I do have a few new holiday recipe ideas I want to share before things get too crazy, starting with these Sweet Potato Appetizer Bites with Feta and Green Onions.  Yum! I love this combination of flavors, and if I went to a holiday gathering or Superbowl party and found a…
  • Two Recipes for Sugar-Free (or Low-Sugar) and Flourless Chocolate and Oatmeal Cluster Cookies (Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    Two different Sugar-Free and Flourless Chocolate and Oatmeal Cluster Cookies, made with the sweetener of your choice.(Both versions of these Sugar-Free and Flourless Chocolate and Oatmeal Cluster Cookies have only qualify for my new Five Ingredient Fridays, keeping in mind that I don't include common ingredients like salt, pepper, olive oil, water, etc.  I made two versions of this cookie and both were good!)  This cookie experiment started when I spotted Choco Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies on Mochocholata-Rita which reminded me of something my mother used to make, and I thought it would be…
  • Announcing A New Look and Better Mobile Usability for Slow Cooker from Scratch!

    Kalyn Denny
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:49 am
    Slow Cooker from Scratch has a shiny new look!Most people who are regular readers of this blog probably know that I also have a site called Slow Cooker from Scratch, where I feature healthier slow cooker recipes from food bloggers.  Yesterday I announced a new-and-improved version of that site, designed to be more mobile-friendly for the nearly 45% of readers who visit the site on a phone.The feature I'm most excited about for the slow cooker site is the new Recipes by Photo feature where readers can sort recipes by categories and load a page of thumbnail photos for that category.  In…
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    A Mindful Carnivore

  • Kaia: A eulogy for you, our sweet girl

    Tovar
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Whoever we are--vegetarian or not, hunter or not--individual animals often become part of our families. For us, dear Kaia, losing you has been hard. [Click on the post title to read more...]
  • Adult-onset hunting: Had to make the T-shirts

    Tovar
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    The joke, like the syndrome itself, turned out to be contagious. I decided I had to have the T-shirt made—"Adult-Onset Hunting: It's Never Too Late to Go Wild." [Click on the post title to read more...]
  • “Does hunting make us human?”: A collection to savor

    Tovar
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Over the past eight months, the Center for Humans and Nature has assembled an essay collection worth chewing on. [Click on the post title to read more...]
  • Participatory ecology: Greens must embrace hunting

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

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

  • Sathu Maavu Kanji – Health Mix Powder

    Nithu
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    Ingredients: Ragi flour – 200 grams Wheat flour – 200 grams Bhajra flour (pearl millet or kambu flour) – 200 grams Par boiled rice (pulungal arisi) – 100 grams Barley – 50 gram Tapiaco pearls (javvarisi or sago) – 50 grams Whole green moong bean – 200 grams Peanuts – 2 tbsp (with or without skin) Almonds – 1/4 cup Cashew nut – 5 to 6 Dried ginger (sukku) – 1″ piece Cardamom – 15 Chickpea or dry garbanzo beans – 2 tbsp Roasted chickpea (pottukadalai) – 2 tbsp Method of Preparation: Dry roast peanuts, pottukadalai and chickpeas, cardamom…
  • Easy Wheat Halwa

    Nithu
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Wish you all a Happy Diwali!!!! Wheat Halwa is a popular Asian dessert made with wheat milk or wheat flour. Traditionally it is made using wheat milk obtained from wheat grains. Today I have made this halwa using wheat flour which is an easy version. I will soon be posting the recipe for the traditional Halwa. Ingredients: Wheat flour – 3 cup Javvarisi (tapioca pearls) – 1/2 cup Corn flour – 1/4 cup Sugar – 4.5 cups Ghee – 1 cup Powdered cardamom – 3/4 tbsp Nutmeg powder – 2 pinches Broken cashew nut – 1/4 cup (roasted in ghee) Slivered almonds…
  • Kai Murukku

    Nithu
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Kai Murukku is a traditional South Indian snack made for festivals and special occasions.  It is made with freshly ground wet rice flour and deep fried in oil. Kai means hand in Tamil. It is a tradition in Hindu Brahmin weddings to make this murukku in jumbo sizes and various shapes. For snacking we generally make murukku with two circles. For special occasions like wedding bigger murukku is made with 7 or 9 circles and we call it “Seer Murukku”. My mom is a pro in making these Seer Muruku and she always takes care of these in our family weddings. I will be posting a video of…
  • Suryakala / Chandrakala (Step by Step Instructions)

    arthi
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    I love milk sweets and sweets using Khoya. This is yet another easy sweet we can make for Diwali. The process look little big but it is real easy to make. Here I used homemade khoya but we can use store bought khoya too which will make things more easier :). Ingredients: For Outer Covering: All purpose flour / Maida – 2 cups Ghee – 2 tbsp Baking soda – a big pinch Salt – a big pinch Water – as needed For Stuffing: Sweetened Khoya – 1 cup (I have used homemade palkova) Cardamom powder – 1 tsp Fried cashews and raisins – 2 tbsp Oil – For…
  • 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…
 
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  • Mango Cream Pie Recipe

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Prep Time:45 min Cook Time:15 min   Tagged: cream cheese, crisco butter flavored shortening, flour, lemon jello, mangos, national pie day, pretzels, Mango Cream Pie Recipe. In celebration of National Pie Day on January 23, 2011,  the American Pie Council presents the 2010 Best of Show/Junior Chef category. This recipe was created by Devin Davis from Plant City, FL. Recipe courtesy of American Pie Council The American Pie Council suggests that you honor a community hero on National Pie Day with the gift of a freshly-baked pie. Read our story about National Pie Day.   Foodie Byte…
  • Lemon Cookie Bars

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:44 am
    Prep Time:15 minutes Cook Time:30 minutes   Tagged: bar, christmas, cookie, holiday, lemon, Just seven ingredients and loads of lemon flavor!   Foodie Byte You can also make these cookies in the microwave. Mix the first three ingredients and place in a microwave safe pan and cook for three minutes. Combine the remainder of ingredients and pour over baked crust, and microwave another 5-6 minutes. Ingredients 1/2 cup melted butter1 cup flour1/4 cup confectioner's sugar1 cup granulated sugar2 eggs3-4 T. lemon juice3 heaping T. flour Preparation Mix butter, flour and confectioner's…
  • Mango Black Bean Salsa

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
      Tagged: black beans, christmas, cilantro, habanero chile, holiday, mango, olive oil, party, red onion, tequila cazadores reposado, tomato, This light and lively seasonal salsa is fabulous with crisp tortilla chips and a tequila cocktail.. Recipe by Jonathan Lindenauer, Bon Appétit Chef de Cuisine, courtesy of BACARDI U.S.A. This recipe pairs well with Tequila CAZADORES® Mistletoe Margarita   Foodie Byte Ingredients 1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and diced in 1/3-inch pieces 2 tablespoons Tequila CAZADORES® Reposado 2 teaspoons sugar, to taste 1 cup black beans, cooked…
  • A Cookie Bar Like You've Never Seen!

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
      Tagged: christmas, cookie, cookie bar, holiday, sugar cookie, Set up a cookie bar for the holidays--it's a unique take on your next cocktail hour! Just form a line at the Cookie Bar! Prepare your favorite sugar cookie recipe (or use ours), add frostings and your choice of decorative elements, then pull up a seat and enjoy! It's your personal hand crafted, small batch, sit-down-at-the-bar event for the holidays.     Foodie Byte This is a basic recipe that can be modified through your choice of sugars and flavorings. For a Cookie Bar, make your basic cookie recipe several…
  • Molasses Turtle Bars

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Prep Time:15 minutes Cook Time:30 minutes   Tagged: bar, chocolate, christmas, cookie, dessert, holiday, molasses, pecan, This adaptation of turtle bars uses molasses instead of caramel with the great flavors of pecan and chocolate still there! This recipe is inspired by one from the cookbook Cookies by Catherine Atkinson, Joanne Farrow, and Valerie Barrett and published by Fall River Press.   Foodie Byte Any kind of chocolate chips will work, but why not go for the highest percentage of cacao possible? Ingredients 1/4 c. sugar1/2 c. dark molasses1/2 c. dark chocolate chips3 T.
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    Appetite for China

  • Chinese Barbecue Spareribs

    Diana Kuan
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Happy Thanksgiving week!It's been a while since I've posted, I know. Growing a design business and teaching on the side have both consumed most of my time this year, and unfortunately lately blogging has fallen by the wayside. My resolution for 2015 will be to blog more regularly again, but until then, I will try my best to update at least once in a while with more recipes and other content. Today I want to share with you an oldie but goodie, a recipe from my cookbook that has also been one of the most popular at The Brooklyn Kitchen, one of the cooking schools in NY where I…
  • Mango Pudding

    Diana Kuan
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Cold food. That's pretty much all that has been on my mind this past week. While July is a great time of the year in the Northeast for buying and eating fresh fruit, trying to turn those fruits into any sort of baked goods is another story. Really, just the mere thought of turning on the stove or oven makes me break out into a sweat.(Like many New Yorkers, I don't have central AC and my one wonky unit is only able to cool down the apartment after sundown, i.e. after 8:30pm.) So for my meals lately, I've had to been creative with cooking things that don't actually involve cooking, if you…
  • Kung Pao Sweet Potatoes

    Diana Kuan
    6 Jun 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Hi again!I know, I know. It's been a while since I've posted a new recipe. Between running Plate & Pencil, teaching, and putting on Tangra Spring, I've been a little short on time, to put it mildly. Sadly, things like creating new recipes can sometimes go on the back burner.Also, this winter sure was long, wasn't it? I think the lack of sunshine, the frigid April that felt like March, and rainy May that felt like April made most of us feel a little less than inspired in the kitchen. Sometimes all I wanted was soup, spaghetti, pizza, soup, spaghetti, pizza, rinse, repeat. Anything that…
  • Tangra Spring! Chinese-Indian Pop-Up Dinner Returns May 22nd

    Diana Kuan
    13 May 2014 | 7:29 pm
    If you've been following this blog for a while you may have heard about Tangra, the seasonal Indian-Chinese supper club I formed with Chitra Agrawal of The ABCDs of Cooking. Well, after a long winter, we're finally doing a spring dinner on Thursday, May 22nd.Tangra was started last summer as a celebration of Indian-Chinese cooking. The names comes from a neighborhood in Calcutta where a Indian-Chinese hybrid cuisine first originated, but for this seasonal dinner series we've pulled out all the creative punches to create a spectacular, unique multi-course menu using…
  • On Food & Wine!

    Diana Kuan
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Thanks so much to Food & Wine for featuring Appetite for China today as their Blog of the Week and also for giving a shout out to Plate & Pencil! I had fun discussing various things close to my heart, including Chinese food around the world, dumplings, and of course, interesting cheese discoveries. Head over to Food & Wine for the full interview!
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  • Linzer Pinwheel Cookies

    Lori Lange
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Always a favorite:  Linzer Pinwheel Cookies This recipe may very well be my favorite cookie recipe of the season.  The cookie part has a lovely (light) lemon flavor, and the raspberry swirl is ever-present. The cookie turns out to be a crispy sort of cookie. The recipe is another one from the book I’m currently obsessed with:  The Ultimate Cookie Book by Better Homes and Gardens.  There are so many classic, new and all-around delicious cookie recipes in this book (more than 500!) that I can hardly stand it!  I have so many recipes bookmarked to make.  The temptation to bake is…
  • Bacon and Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

    Lori Lange
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a recipe that will be a big hit with your family for dinner:  Bacon and Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese The best thing about deciding that comfort food is going to be the star of your dinner table is that anything goes  My usual choice for comfort food is PASTA.  Pasta is a once-in-a-while treat for us.  For the most part we avoid eating it a lot at home, saving the carb-loving splurge for dinners out instead.  I almost never order mac and cheese at a restaurant for fear of coming home a couple pounds heavier, but for some reason it feels okay to make it at home. Last weekend…
  • Coffee Toffee

    Lori Lange
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a recipe for toffee (and coffee) lovers! : Coffee Toffee I love the old-time candy shops… you know, the ones where you can see them making the candy right in front of you… like taffy, caramel apples, fudge and toffee.  I’d like to own an old-time candy shop one of these days because it might finally, once-and-for-all cure my obsessive addiction with homemade toffee (assuming I’d have a tendency to get sick of the stuff).  Toffee is the best of all worlds for me.  The crispy caramel base holds a thin layer of chocolate, and there is usually a good dose…
  • Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

    Lori Lange
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s another one of my favorite posts to share:  Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See: On Parade Magazine‘s blog this week, I shared this major chocolate-lover’s recipe: Triple Chocolate Cookies. They’re a big-time YUM for people who are way into chocolate. I also shared a recipe from the new Red Velvet Lover’s Cookbook by Deborah Harroun:  Red Velvet Muffins.  These are such a delicious choice for holiday mornings! I’m absolutely dying over this recipe (meaning:  I must make it!!):  Jalapeno- Bacon Cheese Ball by The Recipe…
  • Holiday Dinner Party Menu

    Sandy Coughlin
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Plan a Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve gathering with these tablescape ideas and this delicious Holiday Dinner Party Menu! The most important part of cooking a holiday dinner is organizing the menu, being prepared, and then of course for me—I love to set a pretty table! This table setting and menu is perfect for Christmas or New Year’s Eve or Day! A tip I learned a long time ago was to set the table early, because it not only helps me get into a festive mood, but it gets me excited for our guests. Who doesn’t love to glance over a gorgeous holiday table while you’re…
 
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  • Target Deals: Sale Week of December 21

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Before you shop, check out the Target printable coupons. Also be sure to take advantage of the Target Price Matching Policy as you shop.View the full list of Target sales and create a custom shopping list.Here are a few of the best deals to pick up this week:BeveragesMott’s Apple Juice, 64 oz – $2.49FREE Mott’s Strawberry Boom WYB 1 Apple Juice ListedNestle Coffee Mate Coffee Creamer, 16 oz – $1.50$1.00/2 Coffee-Mate Creamer; Includes Seasonal Flavors – Facebook Coupon$1.00/3 Coffee-Mate Liquid Coffee Creamers, 16 oz or Larger (Target Coupon) – (exp.
  • Meijer Deals: Two Day Sale December 19 and 20

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Before you shop, take a look at the active Meijer Catalina and Promotional Offers. There are a few new offers, as well as a few that expire this shopping week. Also be sure to refer to the Meijer Coupon Policy + FAQ.View the full list of Meijer sales and create a custom shopping list.Here are a few of the best deals to pick up this week:Meijer Two Day Sale – Begins at 6:00 amPrices may vary by store. Participation May Vary By LocationFrozen FoodsMorningStar Farms Products, 5.25 – 12 oz – B1G1; Equal or lesser valueIncludes: Select varietiesHome SuppliesB1G1 Select Chinet…
  • Giant Eagle Deals: Sale Week of December 18

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Before you shop, be sure to review the Giant Eagle Coupon Policy + FAQ. The sale items below are some of the better deals you will find at Giant Eagle 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 Giant Eagle sales and create a custom shopping list.Here are a few of the best deals to pick up this week:Coupons up to $0.99 doubleMulti-Item DealsBonus $0.10 Fuelperks wyb 2 participating Ziploc products (up to additional $3.00 savings wyb 30 gallons)Ziploc Containers, 2 – 8 ct – $2.50$1.00/2…
  • Walgreens Deals: Mid-Week Sale December 17

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you are new to Walgreens Shopping, please read the Top 5 Tips to Play Walgreens where we explain how to shop and save the most at Walgreens! Most of this information may seem a little confusing until you know how the play the Walgreens game.View the full list of Walgreens sales and create a custom shopping list.Here are a few of our recommended hot items to pick up this week:Walgreens Balance RewardsBuy 1 participating Energizer product, Get 1000 Points (=$1.00)Energizer Max Batteries, 24 pk AA, or Lithium, 8 pk AA – $14.99$1.50/1 Energizer Max brand Batteries$1.50/1 Energizer Max…
  • Remke Biggs Deals: Sale Week of December 15

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Remke and Bigg’s stores double coupons up to $0.50 every day, plus coupons $0.51 – $0.99 are adjusted up to $1! Remember to use your Pump Perks card so that you can save on gas while you shop! Review the full Remke Bigg’s Coupon Policy + FAQ for more information.View the full list of Remke Bigg’s sales and create a custom shopping list.Here are a few of the best deals to pick up this week:Beverages7Up, 2 L – $1.00$1.00/3 7up, A&W, Canada Dry, Sun Drop, Squirt, or Sunkist Soda, 2 L; Includes Regular, TEN, or Diet (Zip Code 12345)Final Price: $0.67Starbucks K-Cups,…
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  • Longings

    1 Dec 2014 | 7:57 pm
    I'm longing for this:  Where the sound of the ocean is all you can hear.  Where the heat of the sun is all you can feel.  Where the sand is soft on your feet.  Where cares and worries don't exist....temporarily at least.  Trident Port Antonio in Jamaica On the menu recently at my house: Chicken with Coconut Curry Sauce Whisk: a food blog This is just a summary. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more!
  • Rainy-Day, Comforting (Best) Ratatouille

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    I was craving vegetables. It was a rainy summer day during my visit home to see my family in Saskatchewan. After being pummeled by rain and cleaning up puddled basements, I wanted to be in the kitchen, to cook and soothe souls. So I ended up in the grocery store. I love shopping for groceries. We all need to eat, and I rarely feel guilty spending money at the grocery store. It is always justified in my head. A tasty tomato is worth the price. (At least that’s how I think.) While wandering the aisles, I waited for inspiration. I saw the eggplant first. Though I’m not a fan of this bitter…
  • Cheers to Life with a Jamaican Sorrel Cocktail

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; ... This is just a summary. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more!
  • Ottawa and Taffy on the Snow

    6 Feb 2012 | 3:44 am
    Taffy on the Snow is nature's best candy. Though I usually associate it as a sugar shack tradition, I was excited to see it offered at Ottawa's Winterlude. As part of our skate on the Rideau Canal Skateway, which is the world's largest skating rink, we stopped to indulge in this sweet treat. While talking to the taffy maker, I learned that in one week he has gone through 300 kg (over 600 pounds) of maple syrup! For the "snow", he grinds up bags of ice cubes. And each taffy pop costs $3. The pure maple syrup is boiled to the soft ball stage (about 235˚F). boiling the maple syrup Then, it's…
  • Ottawa and BeaverTails

    23 Jan 2012 | 4:06 am
    The best part of Ottawa is the Rideau Canal Skateway, which is the world's largest skating rink. When all sections are open, it stretches 7.8 km (4.8 miles). The season seems short as the ice tends to last for four to six weeks, if we're lucky. And a skate on the canal for me always ends with a BeaverTail. Freshly made bread dough is dipped in hot oil and then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. The line ups are always long, but worth the wait for this bite of sweetness. BeaverTail shacks have been around since 1978 and started in Ottawa. Now franchises can be found in other parts of Canada,…
 
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  • Coconut macaroons - Undercover stars on the cookie plate

    Nicky
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:58 pm
    What do you typically look out for on a Christmas cookie plate, that is offered to you? Is it the fancy sugar cookie coated in brightly coloured icing with glittering pearls? Or something rather plain, like jam-filles sablés, spritz cookies or Vanillekipferl? I probably gave it away already, but I almost always opt for the later, and there is a good reason for it.Read the rest of Coconut macaroons - Undercover stars on the cookie plateCopyright © 2014 delicious:days. Please contact blog@deliciousdays.com.
  • My Fourth Cookbook - A Parallel Universe

    Nicky
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    Hey there! I missed you! You may have guessed it already, I am most definitely not a multi-tasker. Certainly when it comes to shooting a cookbook and blogging at the same time. It just doesn’t work for me, I tried, I really did, several times. Approaching the last few cycles, I finally managed to escape my parallel universe consisting of my kitchen, pantry and props storage. Food shopping, styling, cooking or baking, food styling, shooting, doing the dishes, post-processing – and again. And again. Close to 100 times.Read the rest of My Fourth Cookbook - A Parallel UniverseCopyright…
  • Woodruff ice cream - Wait for it!

    Nicky
    30 May 2014 | 8:49 am
    Tell me, what is the very first thing you think of, when you see or hear the word “woodruff”? Probably the same I connect it with, a pretty nasty green color. For sure if you grew up in the 70s and 80s.Read the rest of Woodruff ice cream - Wait for it!Copyright © 2014 delicious:days. Please contact blog@deliciousdays.com.
  • How to do magic to stale bread rolls

    Nicky
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:21 pm
    A simple sentence with an unimaginable impact. A couple of years ago I inconsiderately suggested something along the lines of “What do you think, should we try to bake our own sourdough bread?”Read the rest of How to do magic to stale bread rollsCopyright © 2014 delicious:days. Please contact blog@deliciousdays.com.
  • As long as the season lasts - Blood orange & grapefruit sorbet

    Nicky
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:28 am
    Why do people perceive a recipe as too simple, too plain, too few ingredients? Why does everything have to be complicated or multi-layered? Sometimes beauty lies in simplicity. A clean and pure flavor – based on excellent ingredients – is all it takes to make your taste-buds happy buds.Read the rest of As long as the season lasts - Blood orange & grapefruit sorbetCopyright © 2014 delicious:days. Please contact blog@deliciousdays.com.
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  • Holiday Shortbread Bites

    Sandy Smith
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    This is one of my favorite cookie recipes--I make it for every cookie-appropriate holiday, switching up the colors of the sprinkles to be festive. They store and travel well, which makes them a great choice for holiday sharing. Kids go nuts for these tiny bite-size cookies, so consider making these for classroom and kid-centric holiday parties.Holiday Shortbread BitesMakes about 100 cookie bites1 cup butter, room temp1 teaspoon vanilla extract3/4 cup confectioner's sugar1/2 cup cornstarchPinch salt2 cups all-purpose flour11/2 tablespoons Christmas nonpareil sprinkles1. In the bowl of a stand…
  • 'Tis the Season for Snowy Lemon Meltaways

    Sandy Smith
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    'Tis the season for cookies, and for week 1, Fruit and Nuts, I'm sharing my Snowy Lemon Meltaways with you. Tiny, delicate shortbreads, these pretty little cookies have a big, bright citrus flavor, perfect for lemon lovers. These keep very well at room temperature, which makes them ideal for gifts. Enjoy!Snowy Lemon MeltawaysYield: 3 to 4 dozen 6 ounces butter, room temp3/4 cup confectioner's sugarZest of 2 lemons2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour2 tablespoons cornstarch1/4 teaspoon saltConfectioner's…
  • 'Tis the Season...for Cookies!

    Sandy Smith
    30 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Hi Everyone,Finish off the last of your Thanksgiving pies and dust off your holiday cookie jars because tomorrow kicks off Cookie Season! I've invited some of my favorite food bloggers to join me in a month-long celebration of cookie baking.Each week from here till Christmas, we'll be sharing some of our favorite, tried-and-true cookie recipes with you. The themes for our collective cookie posts are:Week 1: Fruit and Nuts—cookies and/or bars featuring fruit and/or nuts, citrus, nut flours, etc.Week 2: Formed and Decorated—shortbread, spritz, sandwich cookies, rolls, etc.Week 3:…
  • Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with Pumpkin Spice Chips

    Sandy Smith
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    Recently, as I was strolling through Target, filling my cart with items I hadn't planned on purchasing, a display of these Nestle Pumpkin Spice chips caught my wandering eye. Into the cart they went with the rest of my impulse buys, and the rest is history. Tip: These make really yummy ice cream sandwiches. Freeze the cookies so they're easier to work with. Place one cookie top-side-down on work surface; cover with a scoop of vanilla, cinnamon, or pumpkin ice cream; and sandwich with another cookie, pressing gently to spread ice cream to edge of cookies. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze…
  • Best Burger Buns

    Sandy Smith
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:18 pm
    There are lots of burger bun recipes out there. What makes this one the "best"? Not only are these buns beautiful and tasty, but they're wonderfully unfussy: all the ingredients go in one bowl. They freeze well, make lovely sandwich rolls, and are largely foolproof. And that, to me, shoots them right up the chart to "best" status. I hope you'll try them; I bet you'll like them as much as I do.Best Burger BunsSoft, buttery burger buns with a beautiful crumb.Yield: 9 buns6 to 8 ounces warm water1 ounce (2 tablespoons) butter, room temperature1 large egg, room temperature31/2 cups all-purpose…
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  • Holiday Peanut Butter Monster Cookies with The Coupon Book Coupons

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Ok. I’ve got some great news. I’ve teamed up with a new coupon site, The Coupon Book, to let you know about a new way to save money on your favorite grocery brands. It didn’t take me long to figure out how I was going to take advantage of this month’s coupons. I found one for Skippy peanut butter, and also one for Ziploc bags or containers and decided that I’d whip up some peanut butter goodies for friends and family…to bake and then deliver in some holiday bags or containers from Ziploc this next week. Boom and boom! Plus, there are coupons for a holiday…
  • Vegetarian Slow Cooker Split Peas and Brown Rice ~ Freezer Friendly

    Amanda Martin
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Could this possibly be easier or more yummy? Three ingredients in your slow cooker means a hearty, warm, freezer-friendly dinner can be ready with only 5 minutes of effort. My family boycotts the kitchen when we run out of a few items. Bananas are one. And split peas are another. I’m glad something so popular is easy to make and freezes well. Unlike other legumes and beans, split peas become creamy when cooked. Bring up the fancy-factor for adults with sliced grape tomatoes, fresh herbs, or, our current favorite, caramelized onions. Note: There is a print link embedded within this…
  • Checkout 51: Save on Bananas, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Green Beans & Potatoes

    Jane Martin
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:38 am
    New coupons have been added to the free coupon app, Checkout 51, including savings on the following items: Bananas, any brand, frozen excluded = cash back 25¢ Brussels sprouts,  any variety = cash back 25¢ Carrots, any pre-packaged, vegetable mixes excluded = cash back 25¢ Green beans, any variety = cash back 25¢ Potatoes,  any variety = cash back 25¢ Each of these is included in Checkout 51’s continuing “Pick your Own Offer.” As you’re looking at the offer list, you’ll see one called “Pick your own offer.” Tap it to reveal a bunch of offers you can choose from.
  • Naan Pizza with Olives & Feta

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Can we talk for a minute about naan? I kinda love naan. And I don’t cook with it nearly enough. Maybe that’s because it’s like the Thin Mint cookies of bread, or something. Like, I take one bite and I can’t stop eating it. Just like I eat one Thin Mint and next thing I know, the entire sleeve is missing and I’m debating whether or not to run a half marathon to burn off the calories. Or just go sit on the couch and ‘ooze’ mint for a few hours. But naan…it’s so soft and smooth and delicious. And so soft. Oooh, it’s so soft and just…
  • New Holiday Baking Recipe ~ Chocolate Cherry Chiperoons

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    Chiperoon??? Yes. Chiperoon. If a Macaroon and a Chocolate Chip Cookie got married and had a kid…it would be a chip-eroon. Which is exactly what you find here! You’re planning a cookie exchange, attending one, or just baking up a storm and wanna try a new cookie recipe, look no further! These are all about the fruity burst from the cherries, combined with the smooth and sweet chocolate…with the texture and punch from the coconut…makes for fantastical holiday cookies! Move over (French) Macaroons…there’s a new trend brewing in the baking world! Here come…
 
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  • Standing Rib Roast (Prime Rib)

    Lynne Webb
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    A prime, or standing rib roast makes an easy, no-fuss entree for a beautiful holiday meal and a good meat thermometer is all you need to ensure success. Continue reading →       
  • Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

    Lynne Webb
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Brussels sprouts glazed with maple syrup and tossed with together with sauteed onion and chunks of bacon are a great side dish to serve with roast duck, chicken, turkey or pork. Continue reading →       
  • Chocolate Dipped Orange Biscotti

    Lynne Webb
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    These easy-to-make biscotti are lightly flavored with orange liqueur, dipped in melted semisweet chocolate and sprinkled with crushed pine nuts. Continue reading →       
  • Crispy Potato Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

    Lynne Webb
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Part of a classic Hanukkah meal, these potato latkes (potato pancakes) are crispy, delicious and easy to make. Continue reading →       
  • A Guide To Fresh Herbs

    Lynne Webb
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:23 am
    A guide to 26 varieties of fresh herbs with information on flavors, how-to-use and more. Continue reading →       
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    Eat Boutique - handmade food giftbox, homemade, homespun, gift basket, food that hugs you back

  • The Simplest Hostess Gift: Sinful Garlic Bread

    Denise Woodward & Laudalino Ferreira
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    With just a week leading up to Christmas and New Years, I believe you’re the sort who has at least one dinner party to attend. Forget the wine, table the flowers, and let someone else handle dessert. You bring this and bake it at the party — make sure to ask the hostess for a bit of room in the oven for your sinfully delicious contribution that, let’s be real, most everyone will prefer above the wine, flowers and dessert! -Maggie Every holiday season, I have a few unique food gifts in mind to present as hostess gifts; I think nothing says love more than a homemade gift…
  • Baking Chez Moi and Vous with Dorie Greenspan

    Kate H. Knapp
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:54 am
    It’s really quite impossible not to adore Dorie Greenspan. With several incredible cookbooks under her belt–Baking: From My Home to Yours, Around My French Table, and Baking With Julia (yes, the Julia Child)–a lovely blog, and a very popular baking club, Tuesdays With Dorie, as well as the sweetest smile and an ever-so-friendly disposition, she is the woman you want to be, the friend you hope to grow old with, and the baker you try so hard to emulate. I have loved her books for years, and was beyond excited for the release of her newest, Baking Chez Moi, because it…
  • Maggie’s Kitchen Memo: My Ultimate Holiday Food Gift (Love) and Wrapping Guide and a Shop Update

    Maggie Battista
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Hello, hello everyone! Let’s take a full breath before I type this… breathe… There are only 9 days until Christmas and 16 days until we ring in 2015. Not panicked yet? Good, there’s no need to stress. Between the Eat Boutique Holiday Pop-Up Shop, the gift box collection in the online shop, and this mega Food Gift (Love) Guide, you got this. Before we dig deep into the guide, let’s talk: Special Pop-Up Surprise: Amy and I have so enjoyed the last 2 weeks, chatting food gifts with you. The Pop-Up is open for 4 more days from Thursday, December 18 – Sunday,…
  • Chestnut Pear Tatin

    Sean St. John
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    Ever since Paris, chestnuts have been that dreamy food that instantly evokes wintertime. Like hot dogs or pretzels are to New York City, chestnuts are to Paris, dotting every corner when you begin to see your breath. Sean shared this celebratory recipe to get us in the holiday spirit. Go roast some chestnuts, okay? xo-Maggie Chestnuts are a bit of a culinary mystery. There’s plenty of talk  about them near Christmas, but they are rarely seen as an actual ingredient. Yes, roasting them over an open fire is one of the simple pleasures of winter, but that is not all they’re good for. A…
  • What We’re Loving: Homemade Hostess Gifts

    Rachel Wilson
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
      The holiday season has arrived, and chances are that you will be a guest in someone else’s home for at least one, if not many, holiday soirees. No guest likes to arrive empty handed, but it can be difficult to think of a unique and meaningful gift for your hostess (holiday madness!). Maggie’s upcoming book, Food Gift Love, has many solutions to this problem – but as it won’t be released until Fall 2015, we’ve collected gorgeous ideas for gifts that are guaranteed to let your hostess know how much she means to you, today and every day. Herbed Mozzarella makes a great…
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  • Cranberry Hummus with Sage Pita Chips

    Sues
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:33 pm
    One week until Christmas! And you know what that means… The reindeer and elves are arriving! Seriously, though. When I was in second grade, my friend told me that during the week leading up to Christmas, if you left a carrot in your shoe and put it outside your bedroom door, elves would come, take the carrot for the reindeer, and leave you gifts. Obviously this was pretty much the best news in life. I no longer had to wait for December 25 to get presents?? Game on. My mom looked kind of skeptical when I described this new revelation to her, but that didn’t stop me. I put a carrot in my…
  • Toasted Oatmeal Dark Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

    The Girls
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    There are some holiday traditions I find completely ridiculous. The Yankee Swap, for instance. Once, I bought a gift for a work party Yankee Swap that I was certain everyone I worked with would love (sports-related stuff) and then… I somehow ended up with my own gift at the end of the evening. Which made me realize I had totally wasted $20. And I was stuck with some Patriots swag that I had zero use for. After that experience years ago, I now know to only buy gifts that I myself would want to go home with. Which means alcohol. I also consider the night a massive failure if I don’t leave…
  • Coconut Candy Cane Truffles

    Sues
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Last night, I had a dream I was running a marathon. I woke up seriously stressed out. It was actually only a half marathon and I think I only ran two miles of it before quitting (I got lost… obviously), but it kind of threw off my whole day. Is my subconscious trying to tell me something?? Should I start training for a race?? Or should I avoid working out at all costs? Maybe it’s some kind of metaphor and I’m feeling lost and am struggling with making it through this marathon called life?? Yikes. I should probably just get into bed and eat bonbons. It’s really not cool that the…
  • 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Food Lovers

    Sues
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:28 pm
    It’s that time of year again! Yup, that one. The time when I get to write one of my very favorite posts… My holiday gift guide for food lovers! It basically makes me feel like I’m going on one giant shopping spree even though I’m not buying a thing (for myself at least). While I typically only write about products on We are not Martha if I have personally tried them and love them, my holiday gift guide is a little bit different. While I do personally own some of the items on the list, others are simply things I think would make fabulous gifts for food lovers (and, I…
  • Thanksgiving 2014

    Sues
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:55 pm
    I probably say every year that I have the best Thanksgiving. And every year it’s true. This year was most definitely the best. In part because I spent it with my very favorite people. And in part because as everyone said, this Butterball turkey was the BEST yet. Oh, and huge part because this was my first Thanksgiving with my perfect little twin nephews. It’s crazy how much I have to be thankful for this year. As usual, we spent Thanksgiving at my parents’ house with my sister, her husband, and my lifelong neighbors Joan and Jim. I was put on cocktail duty and made a fun pomegranate…
 
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  • Spatchcock Smoked Turkey

    Dax Phillips
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    This past Thanksgiving, I debated whether or not to smoke a turkey, and well, the debate led me to go ahead and go through with it. It wasn’t much of a debate to be quiet honest with you as I love smoking all sorts of food. But time around instead of smoking a whole bird, I decided to spatchcock it. Spatchcock you ask? Well don’t say that word around high school students in your house because they will get a good laugh out of it. If you have never spatchcocked a chicken or turkey, I say it is a real must. The great thing about spatchcocking (removing the backbone) is a much…
  • Green Enchilada Soup

    Dax Phillips
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    Are you a fan of enchiladas? I know I am, and whether they be red enchiladas (enchilada rojas), or green enchiladas (enchilada verdes), they are just down right comforting. Typically enchiladas are made by lightly cooking corn tortillas in some oil, then stuffed with chicken, some cheese, and smothered in enchilada sauce, only to be baked until everything is bubbly and cooked through. With that said, I really wanted some enchiladas this past weekend, but did not want to go through the fuss of the oil, folding, etc, and that’s when I decided to turn that whole idea into a soup. Yep, a…
  • Pineapple Cream Popsicles

    Dax Phillips
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    It wasn’t too long ago when an old colleague of mine, and friend had sent me a message on Facebook. Being from Philadelphia, but living in Hawaii now, and I being from Wisconsin, he decided to prompt a friendly bet for an upcoming football game. The Philadelphia Eagles were playing the Green Bay Packers, and the wager was if the Packers won, I would send him some Johnsonville brats, otherwise, he would be sending us fresh pineapples from Hawaii. I typically do not bet all that much, but this was a friendly one, so I agreed.  Needless to say, the Packers crushed the Eagles 53-20, and I…
  • Vietnamese Spring Rolls

    Dax Phillips
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:39 am
    One of my wife’s favorite Asian appetizers, besides Filipino lumpia is probably shrimp spring rolls. They are always a big hit at family gatherings, and they are pretty awesome as they are essentially a salad roll. What is also great about these, is that you can pretty much make them however you want, and I love that about them. Vietnamese spring rolls are typically served with a dipping sauce, either a peanut based sauce or nuoc cham which is the sauce that I prefer to eat with the spring rolls. The spring rolls do take a bit of preparation as you have to slice carrots, and rinse and…
  • The Best Sausage Stuffing Recipe

    Dax Phillips
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    I’m always curious why sausage stuffing is typically only served maybe once or twice a year, typically around the holidays. In all honesty, sausage stuffing, or sausage dressing if you will, is probably my favorite part of the Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday. No lie. I could probably just live off of that during those couple of days, with a ladle of gravy, I’m set. I’ve been making this recipe for years now, and I might add a slight twist or two depending on my mood, but this is the one, and one that many people love. This recipe uses fresh herbs, a couple of different…
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  • Whipped Picks – Cookbook Gifts (and Give Away!)

    Courtney
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:44 pm
    If you haven’t finished your shopping, consider these foodie gift picks.  There is something special about leafing through the pages of a book in your lap. No browsing on the Internet, or pressing a button, or swiping your finger across glass to progress to the next page. Everything today seems to be electronic, it has almost become decadent to slow down, crack open a book, and enjoy the feeling of pages in your fingers. With the holidays in full swing there are only a handful of moments that can come anywhere close to resembling “easy and slow,” but this year I have decided to…
  • Southern France Patisserie

    Courtney
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:19 pm
    So thankful for this delectable drop off from one of the best kept secrets in Chicago! It’s one of my greatest pleasures to have the fortune to work with food companies. Connecting my passion with my job — What could be better? Through my adventures with food over the years I have stumbled across some amazing talent in the kitchen. One of my newer comrades is Amanda Trombley. I met her in the kitchen of Vosges Haut-Chocolat where she used to treat us to her own tarts and cakes for co-workers birthdays. She has since gone out on her own, putting her French pastries skills to use. A…
  • The Excitement of “Firsts”

    Caroline
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Mini Whipped and I trekked to Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook to review the musical Camelot. It was an afternoon we will likely both remember forever. One of the great joys of raising children is the ability to rediscover the world through their fresh eyes. There is only one “first” for everything and a child’s world is filled with them. The wonder and excitement of new things are contagious. Watching my daughters’ eyes light up and their breath quicken as they try new foods and enjoy new experiences conjures memories that carry me on their wave of discovery. Some…
  • BOOK GIVEAWAY: OATrageous Oatmeals

    Courtney
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Anyone else love oatmeal as much as I do? Steal cut, old-fashioned, Scottish-style, quick cooking…. give me an oat in any form and I’ll be happy. In the cooler months of the year, oatmeal is my blank breakfast canvas and plays well with nuts, seeds, chocolate, coconut, spices and syrup. I’ve also taken to blending old-fashioned oats into flour and adding them to baked goods for that nutty taste they bring. When I saw the email offering a copy of OATrageous Oatmeals for review, I didn’t think twice. I wondered just how much further I could expand my oatmeal repertoire.
  • Oatmeal Banana Bread Pancakes

    Caroline
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    I’ve got your Saturday morning all figured out for you. There are recipes to keep on hand for when you notice brown specs on your bananas and don’t want to waste them. And, there is a different category of recipes for which you plan ahead, buy bananas, and put them in a paper bag to ripen in order to satisfy your ingredient requirements. These pancakes were invented for the first category and have graduated immediately to the second. BUY BANANAS now so you can eat these banana bread pancakes on Saturday morning. Almost always, my over ripe bananas are used to make this banana…
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  • Pressure Cooker Pozole (Pork and Hominy Stew)

    Skinnytaste Gina
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    This stew made with pork, hominy and spices is so comforting, especially on a cold winter night. And leftovers taste even better the next day. Topped with avocado and a squeeze of lime, it's the perfect balance of flavors and textures.This recipe is ever so slightly adapted from Martha Stewart's new cookbook, One Pot. When I say ever so slightly, all I did what reduce the amount of oil used. We all loved how it turned out, excellent dish for a chilly night. Her book has everything from slow cooker, pressure cooker, stock pot and skillet recipes that only require one pot – brilliant…
  • EASY 5-Ingredient Nutella Almond Butter Cookies

    Skinnytaste Gina
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:14 am
    These cookies are amazing!!! And so easy to make,  you don't even need a mixer!  I recently discovered that Nutella has just about the same amount of fat as almond butter, which gave me the idea to add them to my nut butter cookies. I played around and found using half Nutella and half almond butter is the perfect combination which created the perfect texture and flavor. Enjoy! Click Here To See The Full Recipe...
  • 3-Ingredient Almond Butter Cookies

    Skinnytaste Gina
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    These flour-less almond butter cookies are SO good, and made with only 3 ingredients (almond butter, raw sugar and an egg)! They are so easy to make you don't even need a mixer, so these are perfect for any beginner baker.I participated in The 4th Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap to raise money for Cookies For Kids Cancer, a wonderful non-profit organization that raises money to help kids with Cancer. I swapped cookies with three bloggers, all of which requested a cookie made with no white flours or white sugar and that could handle shipping without the need for refrigeration. These…
  • Loaded Cauliflower "Mash" Bake

    Skinnytaste Gina
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    Creamy mashed cauliflower made with a touch of whipped butter, buttermilk, garlic and herbs and topped with cheese and bacon – you'll swear it's loaded with fat!A few weeks ago I stopped to eat lunch with the family at Pizzeria Uno. I ordered a burger and somehow the waiter talked me into getting the loaded mashed potatoes – OMG! Yes, it was a moment of weakness but some of my best ideas come from those moments. This version is so so good, lower in carbs and makes the perfect side dish to any meal. Enjoy! Click Here To See The Full Recipe...
  • Mini Greek Spinach Pies

    Skinnytaste Gina
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    These bite-sized spinach pies are a fun twist on one of my favorite Greek dishes, Spanakopita. These are great appetizers for the Holidays, football games, or anytime you get together with friends and family.Delicious and simple to make. You can make the filling a day ahead then assemble and bake right before serving. The shells can be found in the freezer section, and now they make them already baked. Click Here To See The Full Recipe...
 
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  • Celebrate the Birth of Bartending with a Toast to the "Professor," Jerry Thomas

    The Dapper Diner
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    This week, 129 years ago, Jerry Thomas died. Why does this matter?… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Here Are Photos Of That Dude in a Santa Suit Robbing S.F. Bank

    Erin Sherbert
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:20 pm
    A Christmas wish comes true for readers: San Francisco police have released images of the Bad Santa who robbed a bank in downtown San Francisco during SantaCon last weekend.  As we previously reported, the unidentified Santa walked into the bank on the 400 block of Sutter Street at 1 p.m. amid the city's annual SantaCon event, which brought thousands of other Santas to the streets of San Francisco. Once inside the bank, the Naughty St. Nick slipped the teller a demand note, claiming he had a gun.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Freak Show: Institutionalization

    Katy St. Clair
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Every time something good or sweet happens on Freak Show I brace myself. That is, coincidently, not unlike a child who grew up in a dysfunctional home, and that about describes everyone on this show.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Andy P on the Pressures of an Opening DJ and His Most Taboo Request

    Christina Li
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Bay Area DJ Andy Ponce, aka Andy P, can recall the exact the moment he knew he wanted to pursue a musical career. “I remember being 12 years old and walking into the living room … a commercial was airing with a quick cut-away scene of a DJ performing a routine at a DMC championship. I was blown away at what I was seeing," he says.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Betty Ann Bustamante: Woman Convicted of Abusing Dogs Named After San Francisco Giants

    Erin Sherbert
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Back in October, we told you about the 14 adorable dogs that were found ditched in filthy crates in the back of a car in Monterey — and later named after the SF Giants. Now we have some (good) news about their owner.  A jury convicted 56-year-old Betty Ann Bustamante of three counts of animal cruelty and sentenced to 75 days in jail, three years probation and and is prohibited from owning or possessing animals for the next three years.  … [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • The Best Berry Muffins You’ll Ever Eat

    Deb Ng
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    This is another re-post of a recipe from March 2008, this time by THE Deborah Ng – my sister, partner (for a while), friend and mentor for Cookerati all of these years. She, like Buff also has moved on to various opportunities, and is a very busy person in the social media world. There wouldn’t be a Cookerati all of these years if she wasn’t around to answer my questions. I miss her here, but still… These are The Best Berry Muffins You’ll Ever Eat.  It’s hard to believe that 7 years of blogging has gone by. The Best Berry Muffins You Will Ever Eat My son…
  • Split Pea Soup With Ham

    Buff
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    This is a reprint from our very first recipe posted in 2007 by Buff (aka Thomas Tilert).  All of the other contributers including Buff have moved on to other ventures but we still value their recipes. No photo with this, but split pea soup is one of my absolute favorites, and if my mom has ham bones, I stick it in a zippered bag and freeze it to take it home with me. An interesting note – when we were kids, my dad used to open cans of pea soup for us to have – before he started making his own. The only way he could get us to eat it was to add hotdogs to the split pea soup which…
  • Food News – Truvia Baking Star Video Contest

    Diana
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    I wanted to share this quickly. I’m trying out the Truvia Brown Sugar Blend. It’s a blend of brown sugar and truvia – reducing the number of calories in your baking without losing the sweetness. The important part of this post is that you have today to post a video using Truvia Brown Sugar Blend (and/or Truvia Baking Blend)  in your baking for their contest.  It’s not much time and to help you out – here is a link to the where to find page - I had difficulty finding the Truvia Brown Sugar Blend, but the Baking Blend was a little easier to find.  The finalists…
  • 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…
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  • Brown Butter Pecan Ice Cream

    Stephanie
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    It’s a known fact that brown butter is the key to all things delicious. That is especially true in the case of this Brown Butter Pecan Ice Cream. Think about any butter pecan ice cream you’ve had in the past, and then banish those plebeian thoughts. Browning the butter in this butter pecan elevates it into something that’s beautifully rich, with a deep, golden nuttiness, and an intoxicating fragrance that makes you want to breathe deep. The problem with a lot of brown butter ice cream (if I can say such a thing) is that tricky part of balancing the butterfat content in the ice cream.
  • Brown Butter Hack: Get More Out Of Your Brown Butter

    Stephanie
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
    It is butter season, and my mind has been wrapped up in brown butter lately. There are few things as intoxicating and pleasurable as the smell of butter browning. If we could bottle up that smell and disperse it over warring nations there would be more peace and love in the world. If you’re new to browning butter, here’s a helpful post I wrote for SF Cooking School on How to Brown Butter. Once you know how to brown butter, your life will never be the same. You'll be ruined. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. As I dove down a rabbit hole of brown butter research one evening, I came across…
  • SF Mission Food Tour with Negra Modelo and Rick Bayless

    Stephanie
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:41 pm
    It’s easy for me to get stuck in my comfortable rut of favorite neighborhood spots, so when Negra Modelo invited me to join them on a food tour of the Mission district with Top Chef Master, James Beard award-winning, killer mustache brandishing, Mexican cuisine aficionado, Chef Rick Bayless I was game! The Mission is home to a vibrant Mexican community, and is therefore also home to a host of authentic culinary gems. We hit up three hometown favorites on our little food tour – learned a lot of food history, ate some killer carne asada, satisfied our sweet tooth, and of course, washed it…
  • Sous Vide Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary

    Stephanie
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    Brace yourselves.  These mashed potatoes may forever change the way you judge another bowl of mashed potatoes.  What makes them so special?  Well to start, they get a fancy, high-tech upgrade with this sous vide treatment. Rather than boiling potatoes in water, they get cooked in butter and milk so the flavor you get is rich and intense, rather than watered down. A few cloves of smashed garlic and sprigs of rosemary infuse the potatoes as they’re cooking. At about 25% butter, these mashed potatoes are not an everyday kind of recipe, but perfect for special occasions, like Thanksgiving…
  • Zucchini Carpaccio Salad

    Stephanie
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    It has been a hot minute since I've been able to post. Did you miss me? I missed you! Well let's not waste another second. Let’s dive into this Zucchini Carpaccio -- one of my favorite things to make when I have guests over for dinner because it's light and fresh, and it's just so darn pretty, people always go crazy over it (little do they know, it doesn't take much to pull it together). I also love how versatile this carpaccio salad is. Adorn it with whatever you have on hand. Don't have dill? Sub mint or parsley. No almonds? Use hazelnuts instead. Want to add cherry tomatoes or wedges of…
 
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    Food Storage Made Easy

  • “Budget-Friendly” 12 Days of Food Storage Christmas

    Jodi and Julie
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Last year someone did a 12 Days of Christmas for our family for the 12 days leading up to Christmas Eve. We would find a surprise gift on our porch that was something fun for the kids or an inexpensive gift with a nice message. It’s always fun to see what the surprise will be the next day! If you have family, friends, or neighbors who you have been wanting to introduce to the world of preparedness, this could be a fun way to do it. We’ve put together 12 days of free or inexpensive (under $1) gifts that follow along our 10 babysteps to help someone get started and hopefully peak…
  • Preparedness Gift Ideas for Any Budget

    Jodi and Julie
    28 Nov 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Tired of all the Black Friday emails?  We understand!  But we also know that this is an amazing time to stock up on great preparedness gifts for your loved ones (or yourself!).  We wanted to share with you a list of preparedness gift ideas for all budgets since this is literally the cheapest you will be able to find these items all year.  Get the most bang for you buck on your preparedness gifts! Gifts $20 and Under - $7.99 Crank Hand Can Opener:  Our favorite can opener for opening lots of #10 cans - $10.99 Thrive Potato Dices:  50% off regular retail…
  • BLACK FRIDAY SALES 2014

    Jodi and Julie
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    We are so excited to let you know about all of the AMAZING deals going on over Black Friday weekend. This is the BEST time of year to stock up on your food storage and emergency preparedness supplies. We have been working with all of these companies for weeks to make sure that we can get you the best prices possible on all of these great items. The post BLACK FRIDAY SALES 2014 appeared first on Food Storage Made Easy.
  • THRIVE LIFE BLACK FRIDAY PRE-ORDERS!

    Jodi and Julie
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    We are excited to share with you some AMAZING deals coming up next week from Thrive Life and how we can help you take advantage of them to their fullest. PRE-ORDERS! Last year we started taking pre-orders for the sale and it worked great for our customers. This year we will be doing it again! We will take orders in advance and process them in the order we received them starting at midnight when the sales go live. This will help make sure you get the items you are wanting and you don’t have to worry about shopping over the weekend to catch the deals. To take advantage of this service…
  • Food Storage Friendly Thanksgiving

    Jodi and Julie
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Today we are sharing some ways you can make your Thanksgiving a little more Food Storage friendly. It’s always a great idea to rotate your food storage. Enjoy! Green Bean Casserole Use freeze-dried beans to save time and rotate your beans, use bean flour cream of chicken soup to make a healthier version with less fat and preservatives. Click here for Julie’s green bean casserole recipe experiment. Sweet Potato Casserole Some people like whole baked sweet potatoes, others love the sugary sweet potato casserole. You can use dehydrated or freeze-dried sweet potatoes to save time in…
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    Living the Culinary Life, Every Day.

  • Ricciarelli, Italian Almond Cookies, and Tips for Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    - Ricciarelli are the perfect gluten-free Italian almond cookies. - In kitchens across the world, holiday revelers are digging out worn cookbooks and faded recipe cards, clipping recipes from the newspaper, and scouring the Internet for tips. Ovens are being preheated, and houses are filling with the warm scent of caramelizing sugar and browning butter. Everyone, get ready! It’s time! It’s cookie season. When I was little, I swore that I could gauge how many days were left till Christmas by how intensely my neighborhood smelled of baking cookies, or by how many hours my grandmother…
  • My First Free E-book – Sad to Fab: Five Foods to Get You Feeling Great

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
      I’ve got an exciting announcement to make. I’ve completed my very first PDF e-book, Sad to Fab: Five Foods to Get You Feeling Great. And I want you to be the very first to check it out. It’s all yours, for free. I wrote this e-book to highlight five deliciously simple foods that, when eaten regularly, work wonders on the human body — five everyday ingredients so potent, they’ve been used for centuries to improve the health and wellbeing of our ancestors. It just so happens they’re equally effective for us, right now. The recipes in Sad to Fab are also incredibly easy…
  • Christmas Candy Cane Cream Puffs Recipe

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you had your fill of colorful, sprinkle-covered Christmas cookies yet? I’m beginning to long for something a little different, something that curls my toes like a decent pair of elf shoes (bells included). Something I can face plant into from a standing position, a mega-pillow of cream and sugar that will captivate my every waking thought until I get a second bite. Cookies are a great sugar-delivery device, but their generally diminutive nature makes it hard to get your fix quickly and efficiently. (Ok, clearly I’ve fallen off the wagon in my crusade to avoid holiday sugar…
  • Melt: the Art of Macaroni and Cheese – The Best Gift for Mac & Cheese Lovers!

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
      Macaroni and cheese lovers, or friends and family members of macaroni and cheese lovers, listen up! You probably know that I wrote a cookbook last year about making my favorite dish in the whole wide world: Melt: the Art of Macaroni and Cheese. Well, the price for Melt has just been lowered on Amazon.com, to $20 from the original cover price of $30. That’s 33% off the cover price! If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your that cheese and pasta lover in your life, this is a great time to pick up a copy of the cookbook for a reduced rate. Now, Melt isn’t your…
  • Tequila Sunrise Clementine Orange Marmalade Recipe with Cranberries

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    - This orange marmalade recipe packs a bunch with Clementines, cranberries, and… tequila. WOOT!! - When I first thought of adding booze to my canned fruit, I pretty much stuck with sweet liquors such as spiced rum. They gave the jam a boost, much like vanilla does in my strawberry-cranberry jam, but didn’t really stand on their own. (Which was fine – I was looking for subtlety more than anything else.) I made a variety of boozy jams and marmalades, which were all incredibly good; the alcohol flavor cooks off, leaving only an interesting—and often…
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  • Your (Phantom) Carriage Awaits

    Sean Inman
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. Phantom Carriage will soon be opening their doors! And you will be pleased by what Martin Svab and Simon Ford have barrel-aged in Carson. The mood is set instantly upon entering. The city and the industrial exterior fades away to a darkened bar. Warm and cozy with a hint of danger, or maybe that was seeing the skeleton-driven carriage artfully drawn on the wall. There are barrels framing the seating area with two private rooms off to the sides of the large space. The decor and design put me into an “L.A. Confidential” state of mind. The bar is…
  • L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

    Joshua Lurie
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    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. YOUR (PHANTOM) CARRIAGE AWAITS More new breweries are opening their doors in the greater Los Angeles area. Add Phantom Carriage and Rev Brewing Co. to the mix and enjoy Anchor Christmas. CRAFT BEER CHRISTMAS GIFTS Each year, there are craft beer products aplenty. Food GPS beer editor Sean Inman shares nine great Christmas gifts for the craft beer fans on Kris Kringle’s Nice…
  • Privacy Policy

    Joshua Lurie
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. This privacy policy sets out how Food GPS, Inc. uses and protects any information that you submit while using www.foodgps.com. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. This policy is effective from December 13, 2014. Personal Information: To receive your Food GPS e-mails, including the L.A. Beer Blast and event alerts, we require your e-mail address. So that we may provide you with additional services, we…
  • Dry Martini Dry Martini (Drink of the Week)

    Joshua Lurie
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. It was clear what to order at Dry Martini, which Don Pere Carbonell debuted in Barcelona over 30 years ago, serving nothing but…you guessed it…dry martinis. Now Javier de las Muelas is at the helm, and he’s printed folded menus devoted to Fresh Fruit Martinis and the Mojito, but really, it’s still all about the dry martini. The space remains old school plush, with wood everywhere, green and red leather lounge chairs, glassed-in shelves of vintage barware, dapper bartenders in powder grey coats, a SPEAKEASY RESTAURANT in back, and blues…
  • Interview: chef José Andrés

    Joshua Lurie
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. Chef José Andrés is from Barcelona and worked for prestigious chefs, most famously Ferran Adrià, before launching a culinary empire in the U.S. His ThinkFoodGroup operates lauded restaurants like minibar, SAAM, é, Jaleo and Oyamel. He’s also partnered with SBE in Los Angeles, Miami and Las Vegas. His mission to feed people also extends to Haiti, a country that he developed a deep connection with after a devastating 2010 earthquake. World Central Kitchen, which is focused on “Smart Solutions to Hunger and Poverty,” recently funded a cafe.
 
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  • Pear and Cranberry Christmas Spice Pie: A Holiday Dessert

    Greg Henry
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Throw another log on the fire and grab yourself a slice of pie. ‘Tis the season to satisfy your sweet tooth. From sugar plums to figgy pudding, Christmastime is a dessert-filled winter wonderland. This Pear and Cranberry Christmas Spice Pie is something I think you’ll enjoy sinking your teeth into. When it comes to Christmas desserts I like them to be fairly traditional. From the fanciful bûche de noël, to gingerbread cookies or spicy plum pudding I like desserts that seem to be reserved for this special time of year and this special time of year only. In fact this Pear and…
  • Flattened Crispy Chicken with Bread Salad and Alamos Malbec

    Greg Henry
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Some food memories just stick with you. This Flattened Crispy Chicken Bread Salad– paired with a 2013 Alamos Malbec– was inspired by 1990s San Francisco. I remember the first time I visited Zuni Caf. It seems ridiculous now, but I had trouble finding the place, though it’s right there in plain sight on Market Street. When I finally walked through the glass door and into the lively yet tiny space, I found myself nose to embers with an enormous wood burning oven. Needless to say, the aromas and the warmth of the place could make the notoriously gray city shine in any weather. I knew…
  • Spaghetti Squash Salad and Lula Cellars Pinot Noir

    Greg Henry
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The holidays are here. Oh yes they are. I made this Spaghetti Squash Salad just so that I could take a moment and breath. If your holidays are anything like mine the dwindling days between now and the new year are filled with shopping lists and parking lots. The nights are packed just as tight with loud, laughing parties for work or with friends, friends, more friends, and friends of friends. Breathe, Greg. Breathe. Some of these events probably include a celebratory dinner or two. The kind that will keep you out of breath and in the kitchen for hours and hours (if not days and days). These…
  • Anderson Valley Wine

    Ken Eskenazi
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Ken and I were recently invited on a tour of Mendocino. What would a culinary peek at Mendocino be without a trip to the Anderson Valley? I’ve asked Ken to give us a few impressions of the impressive Anderson Valley Wine scene. GREG Anderson Valley Wine Being off the beaten path is a good thing. These days I find myself in an always-on, gotta have it now, whatever’s closest, anxious mindset. Not so in the Anderson Valley. Though only two hours north of the high tech, high brow San Francisco scene, and a lovely 9-hour coastal drive from the megalopolis that we call Los Angeles, the…
  • Anderson Valley- California Wine Country

    Greg Henry
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:57 am
    This is the third in a series of sponsored posts about our trip to Mendocino county. Ken and I recently spent 4 days exploring as much of Mendocino County, CA as we could. When you’re in Mendocino the lure of the ocean is strong. There are miles of ocean vistas and empty beaches. It’s a place where glistening river beds create oceanfront lagoons and marshes, and where the waves famously crash onto ragged bluffs. The best way to experience this landscape is to spend much of your time twisting and turning along coastal Highway 1. It’s a gorgeous drive, but it can leave your…
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  • Apple Hot Toddy

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Baby it is cold outside, which means it is time to enjoy an Apple Hot Toddy!  Now that winter has finally hit the Bay Area, we have been enjoying cozy cocktails in the evenings.  This is one that has always been a favorite, and is one that I developed for Eat Boutique last year.  You will definitely want to use a dark alcohol such as a bourbon or rye, since they mingle well with apple cider simple syrup.  The orange wedge adds a bit of brightness as well as holiday glamour;  don’t you agree? Cheers!   Recipe:  Apple Hot Toddy The post Apple Hot Toddy appeared first on Chez…
  • Truffled Brioche

    admin
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:05 pm
    As our friend Betsy says, “you have to make this”.  A few of you have emailed me asking for a post on the truffle inspired brioche I used for that killer grilled cheese last week.  Your emails provoked me to make another batch this weekend;  after all, I have to make sure the recipe for Truffled Brioche was perfect of you.  Let me start off by saying that Dorie Greenspan’s brioche recipe is an absolute dream to work with, both this version, as well as the traditional one.  I am always complaining about the price of bread at the market, and after making twice in two…
  • Crushing On

    admin
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Northern California friends, have you weathered the storm?  We have been on business in Watsonville at Driscolls, and the rain has been steady but uneventful from what we have seen.  Hoping everyone is safe.  Can you believe Christmas is two weeks away?  Yikes!  I started doing my shopping, all online, and am hoping to hit a few stores next week to get a few last minute things.  Have to be honest we are being a bit lean this year.  I really put a lot of thought into the gifts we gift, and have a hard time buying for the sake of buying, which can be a curse last minute.  How about you?
  • Truffle Honey Grilled Cheese

    Denise Woodward
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I have another delicious recipe for you using truffles.  This time, I am using fresh Black Winter Truffles, to make this insanely delicious grilled cheese sandwich.  As I mentioned before, my goal with sharing truffles with you, is to show you that there are many options for using fresh truffles as well as truffle products, and that they are not just meant for “fancy food”.  Every day meals can be “made extra special and delicious” by using some fresh truffles as with this recipe for Truffle Honey Grilled Cheese.   I was inspired to make this grilled cheese…
  • Lamb Loin Chops with Pomegranate Gremolata

    Denise Woodward
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:04 pm
    I have written about my love affair with Lava Lake Lamb many times, so I will not go into it again.  That being said; I will say, that I love their lamb as well as everything about the company and their best practices for raising their animals.  It is some of the best lamb I have ever eaten, and I always welcome the opportunity to work with them.  I am in the middle of lamb heaven right now working on some recipes, and wanted to share this one right away.  It is a very approachable recipe for Lamb Loin Chops with Pomegranate Gremolata and is elegant enough for a dinner party as well as…
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  • Merry Christmas

    Jennifer Pallian
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:14 am
    We are flying from Dubai (pictured above, with a view of the Burj Al Arab) to Kerala, India today, and I may be offline for a while due to sketchy internet conditions – but please... The post Merry Christmas appeared first on Foodess.
  • Sour Cherry Lemon Muffins

    Jennifer Pallian
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tender, moist lemon muffins studded with juicy sour cherries. I love the sweet-tart combination, and their crimson-marbled appearance. The post Sour Cherry Lemon Muffins appeared first on Foodess.
  • Mini Mozzarella Sticks with Jalapeno Ranch Dip

    Jennifer Pallian
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    These bite-sized mozzarella sticks are perfect party food, especially when paired with this spicy-creamy ranch dip. A secret shortcut makes them super easy! The post Mini Mozzarella Sticks with Jalapeno Ranch Dip appeared first on Foodess.
  • Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Brownies

    Jennifer Pallian
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Fudgy meringue brownies with creamy peppermint buttercream and crushed candy canes. An ultimate Christmas brownie treat! The post Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Brownies appeared first on Foodess.
  • Sweet Potato Smoothie

    Jennifer Pallian
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    This creamy Sweet Potato Smoothie recipe tastes like a pumpkin pie milkshake - hard to believe it's sweetened only by dates and banana. So yummy! The post Sweet Potato Smoothie appeared first on Foodess.
 
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    Wandering Chopsticks: Vietnamese Food, Recipes, and More

  • General Tso's Chicken

    1 Dec 2014 | 11:36 pm
    In May, while waiting for an oil change, I offered my seat to the little old Asian lady coming towards me with a walker. She opted to sit next to me instead. She remarked about the weather (98 degrees that day, 100+ for the next three days) and mentioned that she'd take the heat over the tornadoes she had growing up in the Midwest. Which led to fascinating stories about her father opening a
  • Wynotts Wands - Salem - Massachusetts

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:27 pm
    While on our loop around Salem, second-oldest nephew pointed out Wynotts Wands, makers of fine wands since 1692 (not really). After all, if Salem is capitalizing on its notoriety for witchcraft, stands to reason that someone would cash in on wizardry and Harry Potter. Butter beer anyone? Actually, it's Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer, neither it, nor Wynotts Wands, is affiliated with Harry
  • Ye Olde Pepper Companie (America's Oldest Candy Company) - Salem - Massachusetts

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:57 pm
    After grabbing a quick breakfast at Red Line Cafe - Salem - Massachusetts, second-oldest nephew and his friend and I headed to the waterfront. After a spin around the House of the Seven Gables and the house in which Nathaniel Hawthorne was born, we headed across the street to Ye Olde Pepper Companie, which opened in 1806 and is America's oldest candy company. A chance to get some edible
  • Red Line Cafe - Salem - Massachusetts

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Why are you waking me up at 6 a.m.? I groaned to second-oldest nephew when he asked what time I wanted to get up. Still operating on West Coast time, he had plugged the meter for the car when I had promptly turned off my alarm and continued sleeping. By the time I finally got up, the breakfast restaurants that I had bookmarked had lines out the door. It's high season in Salem! Tons of people
  • "Bewitched" Statue - Salem - Massachusetts

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:52 pm
    As second-oldest nephew and I walked back from Lobster Shanty - Salem - Massachusetts, we passed by the "Bewitched" statue of Elizabeth Montgomery. There had been a steady line of people all evening, waiting to take pictures with the TV witch, but at this bewitching hour, no one was around. A statue of a fictional witch in a town known for executing real-life "witches"? Tacky and insensitive
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  • No-Bake Dessert Recipes - easy desserts that need no baking

    12 Dec 2014 | 9:29 pm
    No-bake desserts are a bit of a specialty of mine. Yes, I love baking cakes and cookies but when it comes to making desserts, especially for a crowd for a party or potluck, I generally default to no-bake recipes that need no baking, no oven, and in some cases, no cooking or heat at all. Mind you, no baking does not necessarily mean it takes lesser time. Some of these recipes do need to set in the fridge or be cooked in a particular way for them to be ready but yet, if your oven is not working or it's a particularly hot time of year and you just don't want to bake anything, these recipes are…
  • Vegetable Jalfrezi Recipe, Easy Veg Jalfrezi Recipe, Step by Step

    4 Dec 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Vegetable jalfrezi - Learn how to make vegetable jalfrezi,  a semi-dry Indian recipe with a mix of vegetables cooked in a tomato-based gravy. I love paneer jalfrezi and make it often mainly based on Sanjeev Kapoor's vegetable jalfrezi recipe but last weekend, I was out of paneer and opted for this vegetable version with my own adaptations. Can I just say it was delicious? A healthy mix of vegetables cooked with minimum spices to bring out the flavour of the individual vegetables, that's really my favourite style of cooking. Restaurants tend to make vegetable jalfrezi and paneer…
  • Easy Gobi Mushroom Masala Recipe, Step by Step

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:21 am
    Gobi Mushroom Masala recipe with gobi (cauliflower), and button mushrooms cooked in an onion-tomato spiced gravy. This gobi mushroom masala goes best with pulao or jeera rice but will also serve as a good side dish for roti or chapati. My everyday recipes are often the same, following the same method using similar ingredients and cooking method. I often share these recipes with you all in the hope that it helps your menu planning and getting some food quickly on the table. This particular gobi mushroom masala recipe has a tomato onion base and I have used some whole spices (garam masala) for…
  • Easy Chicken Broccoli Stir-Fry Recipe with Bell Pepper

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Stir-fried chicken with broccoli and bell pepper, one of those easy chicken recipes I cooked during the last few days in Sydney when I was home alone and cooking just for myself. The recipe is inspired by a chicken stir fry I used to buy often at a Chinese food stall that would be so simple but so delicious with steamed rice. If you like broccoli and bell pepper, then you'd love this easy stir-fry of the vegetables with chicken. I love the combination of broccoli and bell pepper, especially when stir-fried with just chilli flakes and salt. In this recipe, I added some corn flour and soya…
  • Vegetarian Thai Green Curry Recipe, Step by Step

    7 Nov 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Thai green curry is possibly the most popular among all the curries available in the cuisine. The blend of Thai basil, lemon grass, lime leaves, and spices gives a unique and delicious twist to the curry. This green curry recipe uses a vegetarian green curry paste and uses no fish sauce so it's probably not the most 'authentic' recipe but hey, vegetarians need to enjoy a good Thai green curry too, right? This recipe is adapted from a cooking class I took in Bangkok at May Kaidee cooking school. They specialise in Thai vegetarian recipes and teach only those and I learnt a few amazing and…
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    The Gotham Palate

  • UES’s New Thai-Inspired Gastropub – Review of Flight

    admin
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:06 pm
    BY BETH KAISERMAN 1479 York Avenue at E. 78th Street Upper East Side 212-988-5123/flightnewyorkcity.com Flight is a new gastropub featuring 16 rotating craft beers, happy hour food, and soon, live jazz. The chef is inspired by the flavors of Thailand, which he features in dishes like PEI mussels with a wonderfully spicy coconut curry sauce. [...]
  • 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 [...]
 
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    The Italian Dish

  • Homemade Layered Peppermint Bark

    [Elaine]
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    This homemade candy not only looks so pretty but it's absolutely delicious, and I'm not even a big peppermint fan. Making it yourself is quite a fun project and you can make it quite a bit ahead as... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • Cranberry Orange Braided Bread

    [Elaine]
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
      I love making these kinds of breakfast breads, leaving them on the kitchen counter and letting everyone nibble on them for a couple of days.  These breads really are not hard to make -... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • Make Ahead Buffet Mashed Potatoes

    [Elaine]
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Are you one of those people who find it stressful at Thanksgiving to get the bird and the mashed potatoes and the gravy and everything else on the table at the same time?  Well, there are tricks... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • Mom's Pasta Sauce with Pork Chops

    [Elaine]
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
      When I was growing up, this was often how we ate pork chops - simmered in tomato sauce and served with pasta. When I introduced this dish to my husband, he loved it right from the start. It's... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • Apple Rosette Pie

    [Elaine]
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
        I'ts hard to see the enormous amount of apples in the farmer's markets right now and not think of apple pie. I was going to make a straight up apple pie for you with a cheddar cheese... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
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    RecipeGirl

  • Linzer Pinwheel Cookies

    Lori Lange
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Always a favorite:  Linzer Pinwheel Cookies This recipe may very well be my favorite cookie recipe of the season.  The cookie part has a lovely (light) lemon flavor, and the raspberry swirl is ever-present. The cookie turns out to be a crispy sort of cookie. The recipe is another one from the book I’m currently obsessed with:  The Ultimate Cookie Book by Better Homes and Gardens.  There are so many classic, new and all-around delicious cookie recipes in this book (more than 500!) that I can hardly stand it!  I have so many recipes bookmarked to make.  The temptation to bake is…
  • Bacon and Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

    Lori Lange
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a recipe that will be a big hit with your family for dinner:  Bacon and Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese The best thing about deciding that comfort food is going to be the star of your dinner table is that anything goes  My usual choice for comfort food is PASTA.  Pasta is a once-in-a-while treat for us.  For the most part we avoid eating it a lot at home, saving the carb-loving splurge for dinners out instead.  I almost never order mac and cheese at a restaurant for fear of coming home a couple pounds heavier, but for some reason it feels okay to make it at home. Last weekend…
  • Coffee Toffee

    Lori Lange
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a recipe for toffee (and coffee) lovers! : Coffee Toffee I love the old-time candy shops… you know, the ones where you can see them making the candy right in front of you… like taffy, caramel apples, fudge and toffee.  I’d like to own an old-time candy shop one of these days because it might finally, once-and-for-all cure my obsessive addiction with homemade toffee (assuming I’d have a tendency to get sick of the stuff).  Toffee is the best of all worlds for me.  The crispy caramel base holds a thin layer of chocolate, and there is usually a good dose…
  • Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

    Lori Lange
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s another one of my favorite posts to share:  Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See: On Parade Magazine‘s blog this week, I shared this major chocolate-lover’s recipe: Triple Chocolate Cookies. They’re a big-time YUM for people who are way into chocolate. I also shared a recipe from the new Red Velvet Lover’s Cookbook by Deborah Harroun:  Red Velvet Muffins.  These are such a delicious choice for holiday mornings! I’m absolutely dying over this recipe (meaning:  I must make it!!):  Jalapeno- Bacon Cheese Ball by The Recipe…
  • Holiday Dinner Party Menu

    Sandy Coughlin
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Plan a Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve gathering with these tablescape ideas and this delicious Holiday Dinner Party Menu! The most important part of cooking a holiday dinner is organizing the menu, being prepared, and then of course for me—I love to set a pretty table! This table setting and menu is perfect for Christmas or New Year’s Eve or Day! A tip I learned a long time ago was to set the table early, because it not only helps me get into a festive mood, but it gets me excited for our guests. Who doesn’t love to glance over a gorgeous holiday table while you’re…
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    Tamarind and Thyme

  • Hans Sloane Drinking Chocolate

    Su-Lin
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Someone at home was hooked on making hot chocolate but wasn’t happy with what mixes were available at the shops. Most of the hot chocolate mixes at the supermarket were too sweet or too powdery. I ended up buying Blai a bar of Lindt dark chocolate for him to make it himself but he couldn’t be fussed to actually prep it and ate the entire bar instead. Huh. When the opportunity arose to try Hans Sloane drinking chocolate, I jumped at it. This would make our nightly hot chocolate ritual actually happen! Yes, the company is named for the eminent physician and botanist who, in addition…
  • Mas Q Menos in London

    Su-Lin
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    I only recently heard that the Barcelonan chain Mas Q Menos had opened in London but it wasn’t until they opened their second restaurant on Wardour Street (the first is in Holborn) that I finally made my way there. On first impressions, the place is very promising. There’s an open, welcoming space and the ingredients were all on display in the front and all clearly were of high quality. It took an absolute age for anything to happen while we were there though. Despite it being quite empty (there were only three tables full that afternoon), orders took forever, drinks arrived at a…
  • Agostinho’s in Leigh-on-Sea

    Su-Lin
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    I went to visit my brother in Leigh-on-Sea a couple weekends ago and was utterly charmed by the little town, yes, by the sea. I loved the old fishing village of Old Leigh and I loved the independent shops and restaurants along the Broadway. And I loved all the food I ate while there. Dinner was at Agostinho’s, a Portuguese restaurant I’d identified as promising and we made a booking for the Saturday night. Agostinho is the head chef in the kitchen and his very chatty and friendly wife leads the front of house team. Agostinho is from Madeira, which as a fact by itself isn’t…
  • Dosa n Chutny, Croydon

    Su-Lin
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Yes, another local to Croydon review! This time it’s the West Croydon branch of Dosa n Chutny, the much beloved restaurant in Tooting. I was keen to see how the Croydon branch compared. I’ll just be upfront and say that service was an utter shambles the Sunday afternoon we visited but luckily the food was excellent. Hopefully the service does improve once the front of house and the cooks all communicate with each other. Anyway, to drink, we ordered Fresh Lemon Juice (£2.25) and Orange + Ginger + Apple Juice (£2.95). Both were excellent but it was the latter that stood out,…
  • Little Georgia, Hackney

    Su-Lin
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:47 pm
    It’s not often I’m in Hackney but I had a tip off from Shu Han that there was a florist there (Grace and Thorn) that sold a particular succulent that I had been searching for online for a while. We headed to the area late one Saturday afternoon, peeped at the animals at Hackney City Farm and then made our way to Little Georgia, a cafe I’d earmarked for lunch. This was my first time having Georgian food and while I’d read a lot about it (especially about their cheese breads), I had no idea what to really expect nor what it would taste like. Anyway, at the cafe, being…
 
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    Jacqueline Church .com

  • 30 Days of Vitamix – Say hello to Red!

    Jacqueline Church
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:20 pm
    I like red for so many reasons. It’s lucky. It’s life. It can pull me out of blue. It’s the color of World AIDS Day, the color of Women’s Heart Health. And it’s just plain sexeh. Meet Red There’s my early Xmas/Birthday present: a Pro Series Vitamix in Candy Apple Red. I’m calling her “Red.” She’s strong. Powerful. Occasionally loud. Gets the job done. I think we’re going to be good friends. I hope she’ll last half as long as my old handmixer did. (see Ode to a Handmixer.) That little Black & Decker handmixer, bought…
  • Foodservice East | Guest Column: Ten Points of Liability & Ten Best Practices

    Jacqueline Church
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    15 Million Americans have food allergies and we crave a great dining experience just as much as our non-allergic friends and families do. Restaurants that “get it” and offer us a relaxing and safe dining experience will be rewarded with repeat business. Restaurant staff in all positions – front of the house, back of the house, bar – each member of the staff need to know how to avoid making guests with food allergies sick, or worse. Where can allergens hide? What are the differences between intolerance and allergies? What is the difference between cross-contaminiation…
  • Mescal and Apple – a Match Made in Heaven

    Jacqueline Church
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    With gratitude to Misty Kalkofen (goddess of mescal) for the inspiration. Mansana de Mañana 1  oz Basque Apple Cider simple syrup 1 1/4 oz Mescal 1/2 oz lime juice (half a lime) 1 cardamom pod, pinch of cinnamon Muddled cardamom in shaker. Add ice, remaining ingredients. Shake well. Strain into ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with pinch of cinnamon and apple slice. Smokey, slightly sweet and appley. If you don’t have hard apple cider of some sort on hand, use apple liqueur or even fresh apple cider might work.
  • No Soggy Bottoms! One Perfect Pumpkin Pie with Meringue Topping for Thanksgiving

    Jacqueline Church
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Who doesn’t love pie? I do, and I have had to learn to make them at home since the advent of my dairy allergy. Impossible to eat one out. Pie without butter? Is it any good? Yes. Yes it is. This recipe represents the best of three different recipes and many years of hosting, preparing, feasting. I culled two techniques from the venerable Rose Levy Berenbaum, a crust I love from Amy Traverso and a meringue topping from David Leite. I’ll share the full recipe below along with some other terrific tips I’ve picked up along the way. Won’t you join me? Pull up a fork!  …
  • GivingThanks Daily – Today’s tips and recipes for a stress-free Thanksgiving

    Jacqueline Church
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    I’ve just put my pie dough in the fridge. Made crackers for pre dinner nibbles. (Pretzel crisps from Ivy Manning’s great Cracker’s and Dips book, a gift for anyone with food allergies who cannot find salty, crunchy snacks in the grocery store.) I’ll do some other things tonight and work on tomorrow’s post and last shopping list. Picking up the turkey tomrrow! How y’all doing?  Today’s To Do: 1. Create a List of Notes for Thanksgiving 2015 (done) 2. Make ginger snaps (done) 3. Make and freeze or can some cranberry something (done) (okay, this post…
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    Provecho Peru

  • Collection of Christmas Recipes

    Gretchen Noelle
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    How do you plan for your Christmas recipes each year? Seems like I begin after Thanksgiving to collect new ideas and think about how people might enjoy them compared to the ones I prepared the year before. Because of the way Christmas is celebrated in Latin America, I honestly have a few meals to think through to be honest.  We start with an evening of appetizers for Christmas Eve, or Nochebuena. This typically starts around 6pm and the table is set for guests to serve themselves. I clean this up and set the Christmas table. The meal is supposed to happen at midnight, but the amount…
  • Peruvian Hot Chocolate

    Gretchen Noelle
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Peruvian Hot Chocolate is made rich by the blend of three different types of milk, made chocolatey with Latin chocolate and cocoa powder. Versión en Español One thing I adore about the holidays are the traditional foods that come out in the stores and the dishes that are prepared at home. If you go out to the stores at the start of November, you will begin to see the Christmas displays: an entire aisle of panetone bread, shelves full of canned peaches, bars and bars of chocolate to make hot chocolate, and refrigerators full of sweet potato puree and applesauce. Most of those things, I leave…
  • Peruvian Soltero de Quinoa Salad

    Gretchen Noelle
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Peruvian Soltero de Quinoa Salad is a delicious, nutritious make-ahead salad with Christmas colors which makes it perfect for the holidays. Although I don’t make it often, the Soltero de Queso salad is one of my favorites. I enjoy how it is made from such a complex combination of vegetables. It is much more a vegetable cheese medley than a salad as we know it. Nevertheless, it is a salad that comes from Arequipa and is well loved throughout Peru. Salads like the Solterito are common at Christmas in Peru because meals in the summer tend to be fresh and light. Additionally, eating the…
  • Roasted Chicken with Quinoa Stuffing

    Gretchen Noelle
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Roasted Chicken with Quinoa Stuffing is an undeniably delicious combination of flavors that would be perfect on your holiday table. One of the main reasons the Quinoa Christmas Dinner idea came to me was because of an idea Gaston Acurio threw out on a Facebook post a couple years ago. You see, I collected those ideas and tucked them away for later. They were simple posts without clear ingredients, amounts, times and so forth. But, that doesn’t stop me! He had suggested a roasted chicken flavored with a Pisco pineapple marinade and stuffed with a mixture of quinoa and dried fruits and…
  • Mistura Aucayaquina Food Expo

    Gretchen Noelle
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Mistura Aucayaquina was presented in Aucayacu last weekend to showcase and offer a variety of foods and products of the area. It is based on Mistura, an annual food expo held in Lima. Stands had a variety of foods including foods from the various regions of Peru. The rocoto relleno is something you would find in Arequipa, the soups were from the Andes region. While papa rellena is a typical food from Lima, this was definitely a jungle version since the filling was chicken instead of beef. Grilled food seems to be on every street corner in the jungle and the food adorning these grills was no…
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    Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine

  • Eating Whole Foods: Grilled Flank Steak with Corn Tomato & Asparagus Salad

    The Food Hunter
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter Awhile back, Food & Wine featured a recipe from Mark Fuller; grilled flank steak accompanied by a corn, tomato & asparagus salad. Although the recipe screams summer I knew the minute I saw it that there would be no waiting for summer. I needed to recreate this one right away. The meat is marinated in Dijon, red wine, brown sugar and herbs, which makes it extra juicy and tender. The vegetables, which are seasoned with cider vinegar and honey, are delicious on their own and really shine when paired with the meat. Though it takes a bit of planning, and may seem time…
  • Quiessence Delivers Farm Focused & Uncomplicated Cuisine to Phoenix Residents

    The Food Hunter
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Located on a 10 acre working farm just minutes from downtown Phoenix, Quiessence is a charming fine dining restaurant featuring locally sourced produce, meats and wines. Guests can enjoy a romantic dinner by the hearth in the main dining area of the rustic farm house, or dine al fresco surrounded by pecan trees on one of two restaurant patios. Along with the many event spaces throughout the Farm, Quiessence also offers a private dining room that seats parties of 10-12. There is also a private outdoor table with its own brick-oven, for a truly unique farm to table experience. The menu at…
  • Eataly Chicago: A Must If You Are In The Windy City

    The Food Hunter
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter “Eat, Shop, Learn” is the philosophy behind Chicago’s Eataly, the mega Italian marketplace located in the River North section of Chicago. The 6,300 sq ft, two story, market is comprised of a variety of restaurants, fresh departments and retail areas. The first floor is where you will find grocery items, housewares and quick foods options like a Nutella Bar and Panini station. On the 2nd floor the Piazza, a standing area for eating and drinking, is surrounded by fresh food counters; including one for meat, cheese, vegetables and seafood, where professionals are…
  • How I Spent My Thanksgiving Vacation

    The Food Hunter
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter This year after all of the food was cleared from the table and all of the holiday décor was safely secured away hubby and I left for a long busy food weekend in Chicago. We arrived late on Friday and had just enough time to check into our hotel and change clothes before heading out to Bar Toma for dinner. In an area flooded with restaurants Bar Toma brings to the scene a casual Italian meeting place serving pizza, salad, and gelato in a relaxed atmosphere. We started our meal with the charred carrots, served with goat cheese, toasted almonds and a balsamic drizzle and…
  • Carrot Coffee Cake & A Cookbook Giveaway

    The Food Hunter
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    By: Brandi O'Neil I was recently introduced to a new super-delicious way to enjoy desserts, Dessert MashUps! It’s a new full-color, hardcover cookbook that has 52 inspiring 2 in 1 treats. You may have heard of a brookie, a brownie and cookie combo, but that is just the beginning. This book will take you from breakfast to dinner with its clever and mouthwatering recipes such as Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast, Strawberry Pie Cupcakes, Turtle Pudding Pie and so many more. Dorothy Kern is the writer, photographer and baker behind these recipes and she really does a great job. Her blog, Crazy…
 
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    Flanboyant Eats™: Latin Fusion Cooking & Tasty Travels Under Pressure!™

  • ABC Action News “Positively Tampa Bay” Holiday Gift Suite Segment & the Annual B! Inspired Holiday Gift Guide 12.18.14

    Chef B
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:40 pm
    ‘Tis the season to be merry and bright! My latest TV spot happened today with my sweet friend — who seems to know me so well — talking up all things fabulous gift ideas for Christmas. I had fun sharing with Lissette a few of my favorite items for …
  • Fig & Sundried Tomato Hummus Flatbread

    Chef B
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    As Christmas nears and we continue planning our family and friendly get-togethers, the food options around the web seem to be getting wider and more delicious. But even a bit more complicated. The wonderful desserts. The luscious drinks. The warm pies. It’s all so magnificent! Meeting everyone’s needs is also …
  • Simple Pecan Pie

    Chef B
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    It’s a gloomy, gloomy day. What is really going on with this weather? It’s so depressing. I’d rather enjoy some bitter cold snow than this in between wet mush. The one good thing about this kind of climate — arguably bad, actually —  is the perfect opportunity it creates to …
  • Salmon Tacos with Spicy Coconut Milk Slaw

    Chef B
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    It’s hardly believable the holidays are up on us and that Christmas is only 24 days away. The weather is not suggestive of a festive season. At least not here on the East coast. It’s 70F today in DC — a stellar Spring day — and no signs of brisk …
  • A Fabulously Friendly #FlanFriday: 9 Amazing Flans to Make This Christmas!

    Chef B
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    What a Thanksgiving that was! I ate more food than I could stand, but I felt I needed to compensate for the amazing food I missed eating in Europe during the 3 past weeks. Getting sick with a stomach virus is the last thing I’d wish on anyone travelling for …
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    Farmgirl Fare

  • Recipe: Quick and Easy (and Healthy!) Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Parmesan

    Farmgirl Susan
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Need a last-minute vegetable dish for your holiday table? These popular Quick & Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Parmesan are a scrumptious solution (recipe here).Do you have any plans for Thanksgiving? Joe's brother is arriving from out of town tonight in time for a dinner of freshly ground venison burgers on homemade Farmhouse White buns, and on Thursday we're all going to our friends' house down the road for a big feast, an all-day homemade candy buffet (peanut brittle! fudge! divinity!), lots of laughs, and possibly a team Scrabble tournament. Last year we got there…
  • Green Tomato Salsa Relish Recipe: No Sugar, Super Simple, Totally Delicious!

    Farmgirl Susan
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Wondering what to do with green tomatoes? Try my no sugar, super simple, salsa-like green tomato relish. No blanching, peeling, or canning (unless you want to) required.We've already had a couple of light frosts this year, but from the hot and humid weather we've been having lately you'd never guess it was the end of October in Missouri. By the end of the week they're saying it'll dip back down to 30 degrees F, though, and I think I'm ready to focus on the kale and other cool weather greens and finally call an end to tomato season in my kitchen garden.It's become…
  • 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…
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    Tiny Farmhouse

  • Easy Orange-Cranberry Sauce

    Amy
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:48 am
    The weekend before Thanksgiving is always a bit hectic – for all of us – and this one was no different, though between the food preparation and tidying of the house (or, in our case, the studio in the barn, as we’re hosting our family for barbecue in the barn the night before the feast), we were spoiled with one last warm(ish) day, a glimmer of spring, almost, if not for the piles of leaves on the ground, and the occasional whiff of rotting leaves and warming soil – the certain inspiration for patchouli, so indistinguishable from one another as they are – and, then, this cranberry…
  • Green Salad with Roasted Squash, Apple, and Grapes

    Amy
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:47 pm
    My friend Aimee from Small Eats recently posed a question about food phases. She was talking specifically about her Thai food phase, having posted a photo on Instagram of Meatless Kabocha Curry (the recipe for which is on her site, btw). This whole mention of food phases started me thinking. Aside from a year or so during college when I was vegetarian, I haven’t had too many food-world sanctioned food phases, or so I thought. No vegan, no paleo, no Atkins. Not even a Thai food phase. Though the short-lived Thai food restaurant in my hometown did know my order before I’d say it when I’d…
  • Thank You + Fun News

    Amy
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    There’s been an awful lot going on here the last few weeks: travel to LA for my father’s birthday, harvesting the last of the tender crops from our garden, drying herbs, pregnancy-watching one of our sows, curing and smoking bacon (interconnected, yes. Apologies to those of you who don’t love the connection). While we were doing those tasks and that travel, you all totally hooked me up. Thanks to your support, voting, and general niceness, my Wild Rice and Fall Fruits Salad won third place in the Whole Grains Council’s Make the Switch contest. Thank you so much for…
  • The Honey Harvest

    Amy
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    We had just one hive this year, but the bees did pretty well, and we’re up to our ears in honey. Yet I’m pretty sure it’s still not enough. One can never have too much honey. JR pulled the frames containing the honey from the hive and hightailed it to the barn, where we harvested the honey in his workshop. It didn’t take long for the bees to catch on that there was honey – a lot of honey – in the barn and JR had to tape the window (yep. tape it.) shut. The window in his workshop swings out on a hinge and blows in the breeze if not latched, but even…
  • Linguine with Fennel and Kale + a Dreamfields giveaway

    Amy
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Janet Faye who won the selection of seven Dreamfields pasta cuts and a $25 gift card! Thank you to everyone who entered – it was fun to read all of your favorite pasta dishes! Coming from a family whose nearly every meal felt the very strong influence of my Italian-American nana’s cuisine (made by her at her restaurant – the best restaurant in the world – at that time, in my opinion – totally unbiased, of course.), it should be expected that pasta figures rather prominently in our diet, even now that I’ve…
 
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    Food Loves Writing

  • Einkorn Spelt Homemade Graham Crackers + Little Gems USA (Giveaway)

    Shanna Mallon
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:02 pm
    My friend Leslie runs a Chicago-based jewelry business called LittleGemsUSA, from which 50 percent of all proceeds go straight to charity. Today it is our pure honor to feature that business here, alongside a recipe for the homemade graham crackers I am obsessed with, and accompanied by a giveaway for the sweet little bracelet I’m wearing in the pictures. I love Leslie and I love... The post Einkorn Spelt Homemade Graham Crackers + Little Gems USA (Giveaway) appeared first on Food Loves Writing / Real Food Recipes.
  • a few things worth noting (and some ideas for Christmas stocking stuffers or gifts)

    Shanna Mallon
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:49 pm
    I read an article recently that said people in my generation have been trained from the age of two to tune out all useless information. We’ve been advertised to our entire lives, it said, and so we’ve learned how to sift between noise and value. Most stuff is noise. Little is value. We’re good at ignoring. Of all the articles I’ve read in the last... The post a few things worth noting (and some ideas for Christmas stocking stuffers or gifts) appeared first on Food Loves Writing / Real Food Recipes.
  • Meaty Lasagna

    Shanna Mallon
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    Lasagna is something of a Christmas tradition in Tim’s family, and meaty tomato sauce is one in mine, so last weekend we combined the two for a meaty, cheesy lasagna good enough for a festive family gathering on Christmas Day. We spent most of the afternoon making it—first the sauce and then assembling the lasagna layers—and probably only 20 to 30 minutes sitting down to... The post Meaty Lasagna appeared first on Food Loves Writing / Real Food Recipes.
  • Homemade Hot Chocolate

    Shanna Mallon
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Special thanks to Yahoo! for sponsoring this post! Happy December! Today is the day The Einkorn Cookbook officially releases, so if you haven’t ordered your copy yet, now would be a great time to do so—go ahead, I’ll wait—and once you’ve got a copy in your hands this winter season, why not cuddle up with it alongside a glass of homemade hot chocolate? It’s a... The post Homemade Hot Chocolate appeared first on Food Loves Writing / Real Food Recipes.
  • Salted Rosemary Einkorn Breadsticks + JQ Dickinson Salt Giveaway

    Shanna Mallon
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    “As long as thanks is possible, then joy is always possible.” Ann Voskamp My body is tired but my heart is full as we step into this Thanksgiving week, which around here is the week my friend Jackie got married (yesterday!), the week of my dad’s birthday (tomorrow!), the week before The Einkorn Cookbook comes out and, also notably in blog terms, the week we’re... The post Salted Rosemary Einkorn Breadsticks + JQ Dickinson Salt Giveaway appeared first on Food Loves Writing / Real Food Recipes.
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    White on Rice Couple

  • Friday Favorites for “Winter”

    Todd & Diane
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:04 am
    We really don’t have a “Winter” down here in the Orange County basin of Southern California. In fact, we might have 2.5 seasons, most of which is mild to warm weather. The other .5 season is pretty much what we’re getting right now, cool dipping down to 48 degrees F this week. Brrrrr. When we get down to 48 degrees, we’re pretty much wearing sweaters and will occasionally adorn a scarf and gloves in the morning. We’re spoiled to be able to go to the beach and romp with the pups in December, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t yearn for snow and…
  • Favorite Pot of New England Clam Chowder in 30 minutes

    Todd & Diane
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:02 am
    It’s been about two years since we’ve been to Boston, but the memories of our last visit was filled with rain, cold and more rain. And it was awesome. Being starved of rain down in Southern California for so long, we always hoped to have rain like those visits to Boston. We love the rain and with that cold weather comes the craving for creamy New England clam chowder.  Over the last week we finally received a few days of good rain in the Los Angeles basin, but it’s not enough to make up for all the years of parched weather. We’re grateful for the rain as of late and…
  • Favorite Gifts for Cooks and Eaters

    Todd & Diane
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Happy Holidays friends, hope you’re staying warm and enjoying every moment in the kitchen. Our holidays are simple and we stopped giving gifts because we wanted to simplify our lives and free up time to enjoy more quality holiday moments with family and friends. But you know what that means? A little extra budget to spoil and treat ourselves to all the awesome gadgets that we’ve always wanted to have! Not a bad trade-off, right? We work hard and should indulge occasionally and since we have all this free time from not shopping for other folks, we can use up some of it to stock our…
  • Salted Butter Caramel Chocolate Mousse from David Lebovitz “My Paris Kitchen”

    Todd & Diane
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    Our neighbor just came over and talked about getting together for the Holidays then the conversation immediately diverted to “Can’t believe we’re in December. Where does time go?” So true. Gosh, we’re suddenly feeling a sense of panic, not for any shopping or holiday reason, but more because we’re trying to enjoy December as much as we can. Holidays are such a special time for us and we only have three weeks left? We’re going to make the most out of our last days of 2014. You can count on that. So we started with sitting down and finally perusing…
  • Baked Butternut Squash Crumble-Casserole Recipe

    Todd & Diane
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Back by reader request, here’s our classic butternut squash crumble recipe with new images and updated technique. It’s a holiday reader favorite since 2010 and also shared in our Bountiful Cookbook. Great as a side dish or vegetarian entree, you can adapt it with sausage or ground meat for a meat-lovers version. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!  Sweet, nutty and tender butternut squash  When Fall and Winter arrives, we get giggly excited about  butternut squash . It’s one of our favorite vegetables that we rarely ever get exhausted of.  This sexy, curvaceous shaped looking…
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    Bay Area Bites

  • What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

    NPR Food
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Sugar, coffee, fruit juice for babies, oil and salt inside a market subsidized by the government in Havana on July 11, 2013. Photo: Enrique De La Osa/Reuters/Landov by Eliza Barclay, The Salt at NPR Food (12/18/14) It took a few hours for Cubans to realize the magnitude of President Obama’s announcement on Wednesday about changes in the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, according to Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez. Why? Because a lot of people were at the market, buying fish. “It is important to also say that the news had fierce competition, like the arrival of fish to the…
  • Happy 79th Birthday, Jacques Pépin!

    Wendy Goodfriend
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    Happy 79th Birthday Jacques Pépin! Today is the legendary chef Jacques Pépin’s 79th birthday. He just finished taping his final series Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul in October and here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the taping to add to the celebration. But first a bit of visual history… Click to view slideshow. Here is a sneak peak of the production process on set and in the back kitchen of Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul at KQED studios. Jacques’ final series will be airing in autumn of 2015 to coincide with his upcoming 80th birthday. Click to view…
  • Tender, Buttery Pull-Apart Rolls for Christmas Dinner

    Kim Laidlaw
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend Who doesn’t love a bowl of warm, light-as-a-feather, buttery rolls on any holiday table? And you might be surprised to know that these are not only incredibly easy to make, but take little hands on time. The result is well worth forgoing any pre-packaged dinner rolls that you can find at the supermarket. If that’s not enough to sway you, here’s another great reason to have this recipe in your list of go-tos: this is a great, versatile dough. While pull-apart rolls are one of the simpler options (the rolls are proofed and baked in cake…
  • Way Beyond Brownies: Vice Launches A Marijuana Cooking Show

    NPR Food
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    by Eliza Barclay, The Salt at NPR Food (12/17/14) On Sunday, my mother sent me an email: “OMG! Watch this unbelievable cooking show!” It wasn’t spam, and my mother, who’s 65, does not use OMG lightly. The fuss was over a 20-minute video about a 91-year-old grandmother who cooks Italian classics in marijuana-infused butter. It’s the first episode in a new series called Bong Appetit from Munchies, Vice Media’s food channel. Vice is the media company that aspires to be “the largest network for young people in the world.” But the appeal of a…
  • A Holiday Feast: Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Port, Shallot, and Mushroom Sauce

    Kim Laidlaw
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Port, Shallot, and Mushroom sauce. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend Succulent, melt-in-your-mouth beef tenderloin is truly something to behold. I’m not a big steak person, but this is really special, and just thinking about it makes my mouth water. Cut from the short loin section, this large boneless roast is one of the most tender pieces of beef you can buy. Which also makes it an expensive cut of meat (and one that I reserve exclusively for very special occasions, such as the holidays). Because of that, the pressure is on: you don’t want to screw it up! Be sure to…
 
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    MarxFoods.com Blog

  • Recently Added Products

    Matthew
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    New Pasture Raised Veal! Victoria Veal is a new pasture raised, grass milk fed veal program from Australia with amazing flavor and texture.  No growth promotants are used, and the veal comes from breeds bred for meat, like Angus and Hereford, rather than (as is common in the veal industry) milk. We’re incredibly excited about this program and proud to have it on the store.  Try it for yourself!     New Jacobson Salt Samplers These new salt samplers make beautiful gifts.  The cocktail salts sampler comes in a beautiful gift box filled with soft wood shavings, while the flavored…
  • “Orchard 75” Cocktail

    Matthew
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    Orchard 75 Cocktail This twist on a classic French 75 cocktail incorporates the bold fruity/tangy flavor of apple cider molasses. Ingredients:                                       Makes 1 Cocktail Prosecco 2oz Gin (we used Oola Gin) 2oz Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed) 1 tbsp Apple Cider Molasses Garnish: Twist of Lemon Zest Directions: 1. Shake together the gin, lemon juice & apple cider molasses with ice. 2. Strain into a cocktail glass. 3. Top off with an equal quantity of Prosecco. _________ Browse More: Cocktail & Beverage Recipes Apple Cider…
  • Buzz Button Salt Prawns

    Matthew
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    Poached Prawns w/ Buzz Button Salt Tender gulf prawns poached in a spiced white wine mixture served with a unique lemon-buzz button dipping salt that’ll make your mouth tingle.  This dish isn’t just an appetizer, it’s an experience! Wine Pairing: Sparkling White Ingredients:                                   Makes 4-6 Servings    1lb Gulf Prawns, unpeeled Melted Butter Poaching Liquid: 2 cups Dry White Wine 1 Celery Stalk, sliced 3 cups Water 2 Bay Leaves 1 tsp Black Peppercorns 1 Lemon ½ Onion 1 tsp Szechuan Peppercorns 1 tbsp Salt 1…
  • Cucumber Vinegar Ice Mignonette

    Matthew
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    Cucumber Vinegar Mignonette Granita A mignonette sauce is a classic accompaniment to a raw oyster platter, (basic mignonette sauce recipe).  This mignonette granita is a more upscale version that enhances raw oysters’ natural cool crispness while adding an interesting textural element.  It’s gorgeous too! If the ice melts before people can enjoy it, don’t worry…it’ll still taste delicious! Wine Pairing: Sparkling White Ingredients: Makes enough for 4-5 dozen oysters 1 Stalk Celery ½ cup Parsley Leaves ¼ cup Cucumber Vinegar 1 tbsp Sugar ¼ tsp Salt 1 cup Ice…
  • Duck Breast & Cherry Preserve Crostini

    Matthew
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Smoked Duck Breast Crostini with Cherry Rose Hip Hibiscus Jam Simple, delicious and incredibly easy to prepare, this crostini will turn heads, and all you did was toast bread! Ingredients: Nice Crusty Baguette Smoked Duck Breast Cherry Rose Hip Hibiscus Jam Wasabi Microgreens Unsalted Butter Directions: 1. Thinly slice the duck breast. 2. Thinly slice the baguette and toast the slices until crispy. 3. Spread some unsalted butter over the toast. 4. Top the butter with some wasabi microgreens. 5. Top the microgreens with a slice of duck breast. 6. Top the duck breast with a dollop of jam. 7.
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    Alosha's Kitchen

  • Peanut Butter Honey Banana Bread

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Peanut Butter Honey Banana Breadfrom ChowIngredients2 cups all-purpose flour1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda1/2 teaspoon fine salt8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), melted, plus more for coating the pan1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar1/2 cup granulated sugar2 large eggs, at room temperature1 cup mashed very ripe banana (from about 3 medium bananas)2/3 cup unsalted chunky natural peanut butter (or substitute 2/3 cup unsalted creamy peanut butter + 1 ounce chopped peanuts)1/3 cup honey1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/3 cup whole milkMethodHeat the oven to 325°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
  • Chicken, Broccoli, and Cheddar Risotto

    5 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Chicken, Broccoli, and Cheddar RisottoIngredients1 1/4 lb boneless, skinless, chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized piecesSalt and pepper1 small onion, finely chopped1 teaspoon Kosher salt1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper1-1/2 lb broccoli crowns, chopped into stems and florets1/4 cup white wine1 1/2 cups arborio rice4 cups chicken stock, heated1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheeseMethodBring 1 inch of water to a boil in a saucepan with a steamer. Add the broccoli to the steamer and cover; reduce heat to medium and let cook for 5 minutes, or until a broccoli floret can just be pierced by…
  • Cranberry-Orange Pecan Bread

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Cranberry-Orange Pecan Breadadapted from ChowIngredientsBread2 cups all-purpose flour1 cup granulated sugarFinely grated zest of 1 medium orange (optional)1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon fine salt1/2 teaspoon baking soda3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 2 medium oranges)2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick), melted and cooled slightly, plus more for coating the pan1 large egg, lightly beaten1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 1/2 cups whole cranberries, thawed if frozen, sliced in half1/2 cup (2 oz) pecan chipsGlaze1/3 cup granulated sugar1/4 cup orange juiceMethodHeat the…
  • 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…
 
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    Behind The Burner

  • IMPORTANCE OF CHORE CHARTS IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT

    Hillary
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:24 am
    The use of chore charts helps in child development. Reward charts are most useful in measuring the actual results of how busy your child has been all day. Adults suffer from poor time management skills due to their failure to keep To-Do lists. However, these To-Do lists are the chore charts for kids. For those looking to develop their kids, these charts consist of a list tasks that the kids should complete daily. The most common tasks include, taking care of their hygiene, completing homework, making their bed, performing well in school and other tasks of that nature. Incorporating these…
  • Removals Companies In Melbourne

    Hillary
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:07 pm
    A removalist company is one that helps people and businesses in the relocation of their goods from one place to another. There are many reasons why you may want to move, this includes a new job, when on transfer to another company or you may relocate once you buy your own home. This relocation process involves packing and moving furniture and other household goods, and is one that requires most time and effort. This is the reason it may be important to involve furniture movers Melbourne. There are so many removals companies in Melbourne and knowing the right company to use maybe difficult.
  • Why Is Roof Restoration So Important?

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

  • Joyous Hanukkah ~Healthful, Planet-Friendly and Compassionate

    Marie Oser, Managing Editor
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Hanukkah, the winter festival of lights is celebrated by Jews around the world and begins this year when the first candle is lit at sunset on Tuesday, December Sixteenth. An eight-day festival marked by the lighting of brightly colored candles commemorates the rededication of the Temple in ancient Jerusalem. The menorah is a candelabrum with [...]
  • Cody Elkins throws “Cool” Birthday Party at Veggie Grill in Westwood

    Marie Oser, Managing Editor
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Cody Elkins is vegan and has been for just about his entire life. According to Cody, being vegan is cool, because you are being kind to the planet, the animals and yourself all at the same time! Some of his favorite foods are Quesadillas made with Daiya cheese and guacamole and Amy’s Kitchen Vegan Bean and Rice [...]
  • How Fatty Foods May Affect Your Love Life

    Michael Greger M.D.
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    The food industry, like tobacco companies and other drug lords, has come up with products that tap into the same dopamine reward system that keeps people smoking cigarettes, using marijuana, and eating candy bars. Are Sugary Foods Addictive?. Recent research highlighted in the video, Are Fatty Foods Addictive? suggests that fat may have similar effects [...]
  • Make Fresh Delicious Soymilk for Pennies a Gallon in Just 20 Minutes!

    Marie Oser, Managing Editor
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Drinking soymilk is the quick and easy way to get the goodness of soy into your body by replacing unhealthy cow’s milk in coffee, cereal, smoothies and protein drinks! Why Soymilk? Humans have taken up the dubious habit of drinking the milk of another species. Cow’s milk is an excellent source of nutrition for calves [...]
  • Vegan Thanksgiving

    Marie Oser, Managing Editor
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:42 pm
    In America, Thanksgiving is the annual harvest festival that brings family and friends together to celebrate abundance and give thanks for life’s blessings. Eco-conscious consumers can show gratitude to Mother Earth by hosting a meatless meal this Thanksgiving and save money while saving the planet. Factory Farming, Unnatural, Unhealthy and Unsustainable This Thanksgiving, be kind [...]
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    The Meal Makeover Moms' KITCHEN

  • Potato Kale Latkes + KALE, GLORIOUS KALE Cookbook Giveaway {Podcast #258}

    Meal Makeover Moms
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:33 pm
    These Potato Kale Latkes will hit the spot at Hanukkah, or any time of the year, and they’re more nutritious than traditional latkes thanks to the addition of chopped kale.  (Recipe below.)When cooking instructor and author, Catherine Walthers, sent us a copy of KALE, GLORIOUS KALE for review, we proceeded to add a sticky note to just about every recipe in this gorgeous cookbook. We love kale for its versatility, flavor, and nutrition, and now we have 90 new recipes to make for our families … all featuring KALE.Yes, dear readers: This book is a dietitian’s dream come…
  • Honey-Roasted Rainbow Carrots + Why I’m Obsessed with Yotam Ottolenghi

    Liz
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    These colorful, flavorful, gluten-free Honey-Roasted Rainbow Carrots turn plain ol’ baby carrots from so-so to sensational. Your kids will eat them happily! If your family is bored with raw carrots and dip or steamed carrots with a drizzle of melted butter, shake things up by tossing baby carrots—use the new rainbow variety if you can find them—with honey, extra virgin olive oil, coriander, cumin, and kosher salt and then pop ‘em in the oven to roast.I’ll be dishing all about this recipe later this week on our Cooking with the Moms radio podcast!I first started…
  • A Roundup of Healthier Cookie Swap Recipes + No Whine with Dinner Cookbook Giveaway

    Meal Makeover Moms
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:42 am
    Holiday parties and cookie swaps are in full swing, so we rounded up over a dozen healthier holiday treats you can feel good about serving to your family and friends.We gathered these better-for-you recipes from some of our fabulous fellow registered dietitians from across the web (plus, we tossed in a few of our own), so eat and enjoy!  Liz & Janice from Meal Makeover Moms (that’s us!) Lightened-Up 7 Layer BarsWatch Liz Cook ‘em up on YouTube!Celebrate your next cookie swap or holiday party with this amazing roundup of healthier treats.Click To TweetLindsay from The…
  • Peanut Butter Raisin Bars for the Holidays

    Meal Makeover Moms
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    Add a dash of good health and cheer to your next cookie swap or holiday party with our better-for-you Peanut Butter Raisin Bars. They’re easy to make, delicious, and they’ll have your kids smiling from ear to ear.We created this recipe for a blogger cooking competition sponsored by the Recipe Redux and the California Raisin Marketing Board. We were not compensated for the post, but prizes will be awarded to the winners. Now that the holiday season is in full swing, give our better-for-you PB raisin bars a try. You can feel great about treating your kids and your friends to these…
  • Sweet Potato & Chicken Soup + Healthy Soups to Keep You Warm This Winter {Podcast #257}

    Meal Makeover Moms
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Warm up this winter with our fast weeknight Sweet Potato & Chicken Soup. It’s gluten free, bursting with kid-friendly flavors, and it’s packed with  vitamin A, an immune booster.Tune into episode #257 of COOKING WITH THE MOMS radio as we dish about this Sweet Potato & Chicken Soup as well as recipes for Last-Minute Black Bean Soup and Potato Leek Soup.Listen here!And read on for links to even more healthy and hearty brews from The Meal Makeover Moms …They’re MMM good!It’s hard to avoid stuffy noses and colds in the winter, but eating foods rich in vitamin A…
 
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    SaltShaker

  • Bite Marks #8

    dan
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Time for another round of casual eats! I don’t know what possessed me to order a Suprema Maryland as a delivery – fried things are rarely a good move – they tend to steam and get soggy by the time they arrive. Maybe it’s because La Barra, Juncal 2383 is only a few blocks away here in Recoleta that I thought it would survive the trip. It didn’t. The crust on both chicken and banana were falling apart wet and the french fries weren’t far behind. But, that still doesn’t explain the canned peas, lunchmeat ham slice, cold bell pepper, and weirdly textured…
  • Another Round of Spicy

    dan
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:22 am
    We went for it again, another dinner with plenty of chili and other spices, and once again, nothing but raves. I’m not sure that two weeks can be considered “on a roll”, but it seems to be eliciting a lot of pleasure amongst our diners. A new version of a causa I’ve been playing around with, a little more Mediterranean fusion coming into play, and ready to share with our guests. Instead of the usual lemon, ají amarillo and olive oil infused potato base, this one is with orange, rocotos and olive oil. The salad atop is a fresh mussel salad, just quickly steamed…
  • A First Look at a Reboot

    dan
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    One of the worst social situations that you can find yourself in is having to take sides in a divorce. Now, luckily, no one has asked me to take sides, but at the same time, after a split-up between friends, there’s at least a twinge of awkwardness here and there. I don’t know what led to Hernan Gipponi and his HG restaurant departing from the Fierro Hotel, which is owned by a couple of friends, and I haven’t asked either party to the split what happened, nor do I really want to know. Hernan has a project in the works that I’m looking forward to, while the Rosberg clan…
  • Fun with Chilies

    dan
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    It wasn’t until after we were serving our menu this last week that I realized that I’d ended up with four savory courses in a row that featured chili in one form or another. The good thing, it was a hit, and we got nothing but compliments for providing a good dose of spice for four evenings straight! We’ve been leaning more and more that direction, and I think we’re probably at the point where we’re going to pretty much just do that as our core – it doesn’t mean unrelenting heat, but the truth is, that’s the kind of food we like, and for the…
  • Ode to a Decent Sandwich

    dan
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    Actually, I’m not a poet, so no ode. But, I do love a good sandwich, and as many of you know, I’ve spent quite a bit of time out searching for the best of the best here in Buenos Aires. And I’ve found some delicious sandwiches. But. Even the best of them have been, let’s say, a bit short in the creativity department. What I’d really love to find is someone taking much more unusual ingredients and making them into a sandwich, something, well, “different”. Something more elaborate. The most elaborate sandwiches here tend to simply be chivitos uruguayos,…
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    LoveFeast Table

  • Holiday Cookie Exchange

    lovefeasttable
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    This is the perfect time of year to share a holiday story or two, share traditions and also make cookies.  For several years we hosted a LoveFeast Table Holiday Cookie Exchange here at our table. Grab yourself a cup of tea and follow the link to the LoveFeast Holiday Cookie Page to peruse the stories and recipes swapped over the years. We’re sure you’ll find some good ones and be inspired to bake some favorites as well. Still shopping for holiday gifts?  Visit our online boutique ~ LoveFeast Shop ~ for artful, unique, and inspiring hostess, party and holiday gifts!
  • We Have A Gift For You!

    lovefeasttable
    6 Dec 2014 | 11:05 pm
    We love to create community and would love for you to know more about what is happening in and around our table! If you sign up for our newsletter, we are constantly sending out special sales, events and tips. Plus, you will be the first to find out about NEW products from LoveFeast Shop! It’s super easy….just click HERE. Fill out the fields and sign up! Here’s a little hint, there just might be, a special something via email for you tomorrow! Thanks for joining us!
  • Holiday Hostess Gifts

    Chris Ann
    6 Dec 2014 | 10:21 pm
    LoveFeast Shop is stalked with all sorts of beautiful Holiday Party & Hostess Gifts! We have great items to host a great party with and great gifts to give to your favorite host or hostess!   Gather up a few golden hearts ready to gift your golden hearted friends.  Our Heart Of Gold HeartGram spreads a bit of holiday love and cheer to those you hold dear! Perfect for friends, family, college students, teachers and coaches! See more at LoveFeast Shop!
  • Black Friday – Cyber Monday Shopping

    lovefeasttable
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    It’s that once a year time where we are celebrating and thinking about decorating our homes, gift giving and gathering together. This year we have the whole of LoveFeast Shop on SALE today, Black Friday through Cyber Monday. It’s the best time to stock up on gifts, add to your velvet pumpkin collection or get ready for the holidays. SINGLE PUMPKINS SIZES 2 INCHES ALL THE WAY UP TO 10 INCHES IN EVERY VELVET AND LINEN COLOR AVAILABLE ARE AVAILABLE IN LOVEFEAST SHOP !! This year we added a NEW Metallic Linen line to our already popular plush pumpkins.  They mix in lovely with the…
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    lovefeasttable
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    As you gather around your tables today, our hope is that you savor each and every moment with your loved ones, that you are present in each conversation and that your day is filled with laughter and memory building moments. May your homes be filled with delicious aromas and tasty food and may your feast be wonderful. We are thankful for you! Happy Thanksgiving!  ~ from the LoveFeast Girls  
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    MANGO and GINGER

  • Tabling It

    Kit Pollard
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    Sotheby's Paris is hosting an auction that I can surely get behind. The auction is built around a series of table settings, designed by people who really know how to do that sort of thing, and include wine pairings that would match each setting. Table setting is, truly, one of my favorite things. I'm sure I've mentioned it here before. Not necessarily the creation of elaborate tabletops - though that's fun, it's not something I can do all that often. No, what I really enjoy is just setting the table for dinner on a random Tuesday night. Especially when I'm busy with work and have been feeling…
  • Recap: Mock Thanksgiving 2014

    Kit Pollard
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:43 am
    It's been nearly two weeks, so I've mostly recovered. This year, the weekend before Thanksgiving, we hosted our 12th annual Mock Thanksgiving party. It's come a long way from its humble beginnings, in the kitchen at Cooper's old house, back when we first started dating and Cooper's roommates still lived there (or in Maryland, for that matter).The first year was filled with laughter...and a burned turkey and also a lot of Beaujolais Nouveau. So much Beaujolais.This year, the laughter carried on but - for the first time ever - there was no turkey. The party has evolved quite a bit, from a…
  • On the "Nice" List

    Kit Pollard
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    No posts for two weeks?!? Not intended, I can assure you. I've had a crazy couple of weeks and posting kept slipping farther down the list.(I realize that's a common excuse around here - so common that I decided to make an early New Year's resolution to stop complaining about my schedule/stress, since a) no one cares and b) everyone is busy. It is...challenging. I'm way better at complaining than at not complaining.)Anyway, I'm working on a large-ish post but in the meantime, here are a couple things I've been into lately:1. Becket Hitch. Visiting this Greenspring Station shop,…
  • Want: Bulls Bay OYRO

    Kit Pollard
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Garden and Gun just announced the winners of their 5th annual Made in the South Awards and, as usual, I am drooling. Especially over this:It's the Bulls Bay OYRO, a wood-fired oyster cooker designed and built by a man named Oliver Thames who lives in McClellanville, South Carolina. And it is amazing.As soon as I saw it, I emailed my family. Oysters are, after all, the food that connects us most.From the time we were little kids, stealing my dad's smoked oysters wrapped in bacon, my brother and sister and I have thought of oysters as the best kind of family treat.We have them at nearly every…
  • The Parties of Yesteryear

    Kit Pollard
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    Adorable illustration of glasses for different bevvies. I'm working on something - a short article - that has me pulling out all the vintage cookbooks I've collected over the past few years.I keep them stacked upstairs in my office. They're out of my usual line of sight, so sometimes I even forget they're there. Until I need some historical perspective on something...then I go digging. And that's when I remember, all over again, how totally entertaining and awesome old cookbooks can be.For this project, I'm looking at recipes for winter cocktails (I know - some days it's hard to be me).
 
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    Mango & Tomato

  • What To Make With Spaghetti Squash: Spaghetti Squash Latkes For Hanukkah

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    Last night was the first night of Hanukkah. To everyone celebrating, Happy Hanukkah! I wish small and large miracles to every one of you (and to my friends and family and to myself of course;)) Last night I went grocery shopping after work and made latkes using a Russet potato, eggs, onion, salt and pepper. They were crispy and delicious topped them with sour cream and horseradish. For
  • Where To Eat In Salt Lake City: Taste of Red Iguana

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    As I'm getting ready for a four day weekend trip to New York City to visit my good friend Jenny and her boyfriend Chris, I am reminiscing about an amazing meal I had at Red Iguana with Rachael during my trip to Utah for Thanksgiving. I loved how bright and inviting both the outside and the inside of the restaurant were. Plus, we had the most patient and kind waitress...let's just say it took
  • Roasted Parsnip Salad with Apples & Kale Chips For Meatless Monday

    9 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    Happy Tuesday! I'm a day late in posting this Roasted Parsnip Salad with Apples & Kale Chips For Meatless Monday, but I can guarantee you'll like this salad any day of the week! I had some random ingredients in my refrigerator that needed to be either cooked or tossed and decided to cook them. The main ingredient in question: parsnips. You can roast them and turn them into a soup or boil
  • Dorie Greenspan's Rugelach With My Raspberry Ginger Jam & Dark Chocolate

    3 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Last month I shared with you a recipe for Raspberry & Ginger Jam With Orange Zest & Bourbon. As a little reminder, I was challenged by Driscoll's Berries to incorporate their raspberries into a rugelach recipe from Dorie Greenspan's Baking Chez Moi cookbook. I was provided with a free copy of the book, a few coupons for raspberries and a gift card to use for the ingredients. I was otherwise
  • If Hash Browns & Fried Rice Had A Baby...

    1 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    A few weekends ago I was going to make breakfast, but wasn't sure what I wanted exactly. I had a few random potatoes, some eggs and a few other ingredients. At first I thought I'd make an omelet. But then I decided to do something a bit more exciting. You see, I LOVE fried rice. I also love potatoes. Potatoes, in fact, may be my favorite starch. What I ended up creating is a mix between hash
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    SheSimmers

  • My Holiday Gift Recommendations for Cooks and Bakers

    Leela
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:37 pm
    I’ll keep my intro short, because I want to direct your attention to the books on this list as quickly as possible. This is a list of books released in 2014 that I’ve bought for myself and felt compelled to buy them for my friends and family as holiday gifts as well. Anyway, for what […] ....
  • Roasted Turkey with Thai Aromatic Paste

    Leela
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    From time to time, I get emails asking if I’ve ever tried to incorporate Thai flavors into my Thanksgiving turkey. I have indeed — though, I must say, only reluctantly and mostly to satisfy people’s curiosity. I guess the lack of enthusiasm on my part is due to this: while I eat Thai food all […] ....
  • Northern Thailand and Northeastern Thailand (Isan) Are Two Different Regions

    Leela
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:22 pm
    There’s the north of Thailand. Then there’s the northeast of Thailand.* The northeast is also known as isan, the term that never applies to the north. The two regions are separate and distinct in terms of food, dialect, culture, and geography. This is old news to most people. However, based on what I’ve seen in […] ....
  • African Chicken (Galinha à Africana) in the style of Henri’s Galley

    Leela
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    I had a chance to visit Macau for the first time as an adult this past summer. After the first few hours there, I realized I should have planned a longer stay. I ate as well and variedly as I could, but even so I barely scratched the surface in terms of what this place […] ....
  • Hot Soppressata Macaroni & Cheese with Crispy Leeks

    Leela
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Let’s take a little break from our regular schedule of Thai recipes. Earlier this year, the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has hired me, like they have every year for the past 4 years, to develop another macaroni and cheese recipe for their website, All Things Mac & Cheese. And I came up with this creamy, […] ....
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    Walker Tea Review

  • Tea Review 548: Lochan’s Doke Green Diamond 2014 2F

    Jason Walker
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Origin: Pothia, Kishanganj, Bihar, India Harvest: 2nd flush Score: 86 Price (as of post): 50 g = $8.00  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 a tea […]
  • Tea Review 547: PT Harendong’s Organic Black Tea

    Jason Walker
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:57 pm
      Origin: Harendong Green Farm, Indonesia Score: 90  to Walker Tea Review. Get complete access to Member Content.   Sign Up For The Newsletter. Sample provided by PT Harendong. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. Want to see a tea reviewed? Contact me: jason@walkerteareview.com
  • Tea Review 546: Republic of Tea’s Wuyi Oolong

    Jason Walker
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
      Origin: Taiwan Score: 88 Price (as of post): 1.75 oz = $20.00  to Walker Tea Review. Get complete access to Member Content.   Sign Up For The Newsletter. Sample provided by Republic of Tea. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. Want to see a tea reviewed? Contact me: jason@walkerteareview.com
  • Tea Review 545: Teavivre’s Premium Tai Ping Hou Kui

    Jason Walker
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
      Origin: Taiping Houkeng, Xinming Village, Anhui Province Harvest: 25 April 2014 Score: 89 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 […]
  • Tea Review 544: Lochan’s Doke Silver Needle 2F

    Jason Walker
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
      Origin: Pothia, Kishanganj, Bihar, India Harvest: 2nd Flush Score: 90 Price (as of post): 50 g = $10.oo  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 a […]
 
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    Unbreaded Site

  • Getting the Best Health Club Advertising

    Carol
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:22 am
    Hire a call center to get in touch with individuals who were members of your gym in the past. In the world of health club advertising you have to be aggressive, any chance of gaining new clients has to be taken advantage of at all times. One of the biggest untapped markets of gym clients is the member who has stopped coming to gym. Thousands of people are likely to join your gym and then stop attending a short time later because of their busy schedules and the lack of motivations. Many times a simple phone call can serve as the spark they need to get them motivated again. If you are not…
  • THREE REASONS A ROOFING CONTRACTOR WILL TURN DOWN A JOB

    Sonny Andrew
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:33 am
    The previous roofers have done damage to the roof while doing repairs. If a roofing contractor goes to look at a job and it becomes evident that the problem is not from nature or from the passage of time but rather from incompetent work done by other roofers, the contractor will turn down the job. In the first place, there might be issues with warranties on the work which was done and another roofer beginning work on top of older work would certainly cause the contract to go void. Besides the possible warranty, the roofer might put himself in a situation where he will become liable for the…
  • THREE THINGS TO STEER CLEAR OF WHEN SEARCHING FOR AN ORTHODONTIST

    Sonny Andrew
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:42 am
    Stay away from huge clinics that look more like malls than dental office. There is a lot of competition in the dental and orthodontics world and that has had both positive and negative effects for patients. On the one hand, you can find cheaper, better quality orthodontist in your town and you can find a place which will work around your schedule to make teeth correction easy for you. On the other hand, there is a trend of huge orthodontics offices where up to 30 different orthodontist work on a vast body of patients. This is not ideal for the patient or the doctor because it creates an…
  • Here are the best foods to serve at your sex toy party

    Joy Nalywalko
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:42 am
    Hosting a sex toy party with a company such as Tasteful Treasures is a fun way to gather all of your friends into one room for an evening of enlightenment and laughter. This is also a fun way to learn about all of the new and various sex toys that are out on the market today in a safe and comfortable environment. It is also a way to learn about many more items including adult novelty gifts, various types of lingerie, lotions and creams as well as edible lotions and creams.  Hosting a sex toy party can be very fun and can be even more fun when choosing to serve some fun and flirty foods at…
  • From the Perspective of a Corporation, It is Often Best to Hire Travel Planners.

    Ben
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:40 am
    It is no secret that long-distance travel is easier than ever before.  That being said, it is far from being cheaper than ever before.  It is, in actuality, quite expensive.  Still, if you are smart about how you arrange your travel plans, you can end up saving a lot of money.  From the perspective of a corporation, in particular, it is often best to hire travel planners.  They can end up greatly reducing inefficiencies, which, as you could guess, saves you a lot of money.  For Colorado companies, Dynamic Corporate Travel Solutions, which you can access at www.be-dynamic.net, is the…
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    In Jennie's Kitchen

  • gingerbread crispy treats

    Jennifer Perillo
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Last week when I told Isabella I wondered what gingerbread rice crispy treats would taste like, she rolled her eyes and said “oh here we go…gingerbread this, and gingerbread that”. It was a page right out of the Michael Perillo playbook. He would’ve teased me incessantly about the tear I’ve been on the last two […] Continue reading the rest of this post at www.injennieskitchen.com.
  • no-bake gingerbread cream pie

    Jennifer Perillo
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:47 pm
    The way I see it, we’ve only two more weeks of peak gingerbread season. I was a little sad about the reality of this since gingerbread is one of my favorite spice combinations. Then I was talking to one of my best friends about panettone, a brioche-like cake studded with dried citrus fruits and raisins, […] Continue reading the rest of this post at www.injennieskitchen.com.
  • gingerbread chess pie

    Jennifer Perillo
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:46 pm
    You know those days, the ones where you do seemingly nothing, and yet you walk away feeling so fulfilled? That was today. It was a snow day, sans the snow. I’m sure any of you watching the weather saw news of a Nor’easter. There was talk of snow, a lot of it, too. There was […] Continue reading the rest of this post at www.injennieskitchen.com.
  • and so, the countdown begins

    Jennifer Perillo
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    It’s been a while. I wonder how many times I’ve started a post with that sentence. It feels like quite a few in my mind. The last few weeks feel clear, and a blur, all at the same time. The thing about grief is that it catches up with you at the most inconvenient moments. […] Continue reading the rest of this post at www.injennieskitchen.com.
  • pumpkin slab pie

    Jennifer Perillo
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:43 pm
    I know, it doesn’t look like much, but believe me that this pie will change your life. At least when it comes to making pie for a crowd. The weather changed rather abruptly last week. Between that and the sudden realization that Thanksgiving was around the corner, my cravings for pumpkin pie, both eating and […] Continue reading the rest of this post at www.injennieskitchen.com.
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    Marinate Me Baby

  • Kamikaze

    Danielle Edwards
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
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  • Episode 7 | Baby It’s Cold Outside

    MarinateMeBaby
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Baby It’s Cold Outside http://marinatemebaby.com/Podcast/Episode%207%20-%20Baby%20Its%20Cold%20Outside.mp3 Brian and Dani return to talk on the topic of breakfast foods.  Brian’s wife... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bloody Mary

    Danielle Edwards
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:28 pm
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  • Cider Wassail Recipe

    Brian Child
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Thanksgiving and Christmas are magical times for families.  It’s a chance for us all to sit down, enjoy our families, talk about the hopes and dreams for the upcoming year.  The warm smell of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Reaper

    Danielle Edwards
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:56 pm
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    Midtown Lunch

  • Get Free Nutelasagna Today at 4pm

    brianhoffman
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    The incredible Robicelli’s have created a new dessert mash-up that puts that over-hyped cronut to shame. Normally, their Nutelasagna (a baked lasagna made with Nutella, cannoli cream, chopped chocolate, and marshmallows) is only available at their Bay Ridge bakery, which is a bit far for most of us in Midtown. But the amazing news is [...]
  • There Are a Few Potential Midtown Lunches at Sachi Asian Bistro

    brianhoffman
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    It’s a litte out of bounds, but I wandered over to the newly opened Sachi to see if I could get a decent meal without spending too much money. The sleek, modern restaurant is owned by Pichet Ong (the chef behind Qi Thai) and Andy Yang (the owner of the Rhong-Tiam food truck). We also [...]
  • The Hummus & Pita Co Heads Up From Downtown

    KarenL
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    Ready for another shawarma falafel joint? Can’t say Midtown really lacks in this area, but The Hummus and Pita Co just added a shiny new fourth location, right next to Port Authority. Our Downtown counterparts have covered this mini-chain quite a bit, so this place ought to be a safe bet. I spied a flight [...]
  • Grand Central Shake Shack Now Serves Breakfast

    brianhoffman
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you came through Grand Central today, you may have noticed Shake Shack was open well before lunch time. Eater reports that they are now serving breakfast starting from 7am-10:30am. Burgers and concretes will be swapped out for egg sandwiches and coffee. The sandwiches range from $3.75 to $4.75. Not bad at all. Early adopters, [...]
  • Teriyaki Boy Returns, Just Slightly Out of Bounds

    brianhoffman
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    For those of us who have been ML’ers for years, we definitely remember Teriyaki Boy and their $3.99 special. It was a loss when all their locations shuttered. DNAInfo now brings word that the company is coming back to Midtown. Their first new location will open slightly out of bounds on Second Avenue and 45th [...]
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    Burp!

  • Hassle-Free Pull-Apart Garlic Loaf

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    It's the little things that get lost in the shuffle.In the midst of holiday crazy, short-cuts are often where it's at.We know. We've been there. And we confess, we've fallen prey to less-than-domestic-goddess options on numerous occasions. We order carryout for dinner instead of cooking. We opt for goods we picked up at the bakery instead of the dessert we planned to make for company. We buy those frozen dinner rolls at the supermarket...YES!  We've done it too.But, thanks to quick, easy recipes like this, I'm not sure we'll have to -- at least not around the holidays.First -…
  • Ties That Bind: Holiday Food Traditions of the Italian Diaspora

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    I recently had the distinct honor of writing an article for the winter issue of Edible Milwaukee magazine about traditions brought to America by Italian immigrants.The article, Food Traditions of the Italian Diaspora, has been percolating for over a year now, and began when I met a woman named Silvana Bastianutti Kukuljan at the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books. I was hosting the cookbook stage, and she was making a presentation about the cookbook that the students of her Italian Language and Culture class had created.The cookbook contains a wide variety of recipes from members of the…
  • Polenta and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

    2 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    I'm not sure what it says about me, but lately I'm all about stuffing things into vegetables.A few simple questions guide my actions:Are you a vegetable?Can you be hollowed out and stuffed?If the answers to both questions are a resounding YES, then we're off and running. From there, it's just a matter of exercising a bit of creativity in deciding what kinds of things might be delicious when stuffed inside.For a while, I was stuck on making Quinoa & Chorizo Stuffed Peppers (so good).  But, for the fall and winter, I wanted something a little bit different.
  • Cheesy Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Show of hands -- how many of you have eaten hasselback potatoes? Another show of hands -- how many of you have actually made them? Am I alone in saying that I almost never do? I feel like hasselbacks are one of those dishes (at least for me) that I love, but that I never bother to make myself. But all of that changed when I discovered hasselback sweet potatoes.Now, in their original and simplest form, hasselback potatoes are usually drizzled with melted butter, seasoned with salt and pepper and topped with bread crumbs. The rich butter absorbs into the potato during roasting, resulting in a…
  • An Homage to Milwaukee's Honey Pie Cafe: Salted Honey Pie

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Ever since we made that Cherries & Cream Slab Pie this summer for the Go Bold with Butter blog, I've been a little obsessed with pie making.One of the things I've been obsessed about is the crust. I've never been good at crust... in fact, one failed attempt where the dough got so tough it was useless made me think I'd never tackle it again.But, then I heard Julia Child's words ringing in my ear. “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”  And I thought about the Julie/Julia Challenge we did back in 2009…
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    GoodLife Eats

  • ‘Tis the Season to Think Green

    Katie Goodman
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:18 pm
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  • Cinnamon Vanilla Glazed Walnuts

    Katie Goodman
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
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  • Butternut Squash Sauce with Sausage Meatballs

    EmilyD
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
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  • Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins

    Katie Goodman
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:12 pm
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  • Planning a Dinner Party When You Have Picky Eaters

    Katie Goodman
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
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    Cooking In Stilettos™

  • Rocky Road Chocolate Bark – A Sweet Gift To Give For #ChristmasWeek

    Aly
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to Day Four of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on! Recently, I was in one of my favorite stores and saw the prices for that chocolate bark that they have in the fancy tin.  Well – after what I learned with my Hawaiian Crunch White Chocolate Bark, I decided that I’d make my own chocolate bark to give this year (and a little bit extra for under the tree, of course).  One of my favorite childhood ice cream…
  • Holiday Cookie Swap – Make These Chocolate Caramel Studded Toffee Bars #TollHouseTime

    Aly
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    The holiday cookie swaps are approaching and you know that you have to make a recipe that will make the receiver swoon over the treat that you have made. However, have you ever had that panic of looking at recipe after recipe and nothing seems good enough? I have the perfect cookie recipe for you – Toffee Bars. However, these are not just any toffee bar – they are studded with chocolate and caramel goodness. I recently discovered a must make recipe for Toffee Bars that had me intrigued and thinking about them to the point of obsession. However, one of the steps it called for stopped me in…
  • Day 2 of #ChristmasWeek Calls For Bourbon Brownies

    Aly
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    Welcome to Day Two of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on! Y’all know I love my bourbon.  I have to say, I used to be a rum gal but these past few years, I’ve found myself baking and cooking more with bourbon.  I love that smoky flavor it imparts and when I was thinking of recipes that I wanted to make for #ChristmasWeek, well, I had to do something a bit boozy, right?  These Bourbon Brownies pack a bourbon punch…
  • Orange Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies For #FBCookieSwap

    Aly
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:11 pm
    When I first started on my culinary journey with the determination that I can and will learn to bake (other than my infamous Rum Soaked Chocolate Chip Cookies), I once decided that I would channel my inner Martha and go on a baking spree that made my friends happy and gave me some new recipes to play with. During that inner Martha moment is when I discovered these Orange Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I make this recipe  every year and it is the first to go from the cookie plate.  Friends and family ask for this more than Bacon Bark and that amazes me because Bacon Bark is the bomb. …
  • Kicking Off #ChristmasWeek With Millionaire’s Shortbread Cookies

    Aly
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
    Welcome to Day One of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on! It’s the first day of #ChristmasWeek and we’ve got some delicious sweet treats that will have you forgetting about calories until January hits.  Added bonus, we’re celebrating Susan of Little Red Kitchen‘s birthday so I brought a sweetly salted treat to the party – these rich and buttery Millionaire’s Shortbread Cookies.  What’s a…
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    Kahakai Kitchen

  • Anchoïade: Garlicky Anchovy Spread for a Perfect Party Pleasing Appetizer

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Ever since Sue from Couscous and Consciousness made this anchoïade (garlicky anchovy spread) from Diana Henry's Salt Sugar Smoke, I have been wanting to try it. I will say that although I truly love the flavor that anchovies bring to a dish, I really don't like looking at the little hairy beasties--so any chance I can get to mash them up into something unrecognizable like this dip/spread--it works for me. ;-) I made a few small changes to the recipe--mainly using caramelized garlic (I "roasted' up a bunch using the slow cooker and had some leftover from this fabulous soup, and I used…
  • Potato, Leek, and Kale Soup with Smoky Paprika and Roasted Garlic: Flavorful, Comforting and Satisfying for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:25 pm
    I have been wanting to try caramelizing garlic in the slow cooker after seeing them do it on The Kitchen on Food Network so I put eight bulbs into two packets of foil in the crockpot on low and headed to bed. What to do with all those resulting lovely brown cloves the next morning? I knew I wanted a garlic soup this week--thick, with potato and smoky with the garlic and smoked paprika. This is a vegan soup, somewhat caldo verde-like with the kale, that I put together. With the caramelized garlic, the smoky paprika, and the herbs, it has several layers of flavor and pureeing some of the soup…
  • Chermoula-Marinated Tuna with Pomegranate (Pearled) Couscous: A Moroccan-Inspired Meal

    13 Dec 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Pretty, festive, easy enough for a weekday dinner, but special enough to serve to company--this Chermoula-Marinated Tuna with Pomegranate Couscous from Diana Henry is full of wonderful and exotic flavors. It's our monthly Mystery Box Madness challenge this week at I Heart Cooking Clubs, where our selected recipe needs to contain at least three out of ten ingredients:Chocolate, Cherries, Cinnamon, Rolled Oats, Couscous, Pomegranate, Curry, Coconut Milk, Lentils, and Hot Peppers/Chilis. This dish contains four of the ten--cinnamon, red chili, couscous and pomegranate.  Henry says,…
  • The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "Woman With A Gun" by Phillip Margolin, Served with a Healthier Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Phillip Margolin's Gone But Not Forgotten was one of the first legal thrillers that I picked up many moons ago, and his early slew of novels helped shape my love for the genre. I lost track of his books for several years so when I saw his latest novel, Woman With A Gun, on a list of upcoming TLC Book Tours, I quickly jumped to be a spot on the winter tour. Today I bring you my review of the novel along with a healthier Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad inspired by the book, and a recipe for Alton Brown's 'No Guilt Caesar Dressing.'Publisher's Blurb:This compelling thriller, from New York Times…
  • Cream of Brussels Sprouts Soup (Vegan) for Souper (Soup, Salad, & Sammie) Sundays

    7 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    A quick and easy soup post today as I am in Portland this week for my niece's wedding. I had some leftover Brussels sprouts and this Cream of Brussels Sprouts Soup was a great way to use them up. Also after two weeks of heavier, bean-based soups, it's nice to have something a little lighter. I chose to make a vegan version of the recipe but kept the creaminess by stirring in coconut milk. My changes to the recipe are in red below.    AboutFood.com says, Much their cruciferous cousin, cauliflower, brussels sprouts turn into a wonderfully rich and creamy soup just by cooking them…
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    Chocolate & Zucchini

  • Raspberry Bûche de Noël Recipe

    clotilde
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:08 am
    Holiday meals are just around the corner, and if you’re still unsure what to make for dessert, I’m just one step ahead of you: we will be having Christmas lunch at Maxence’s mother’s, I’ve offered to bring dessert, and I’ve only made up my mind yesterday, when I did a trial run to make sure the recipe would work as I imagined it would. The classic French dessert to serve at Christmas is the bûche de Noël (yule log), which people typically buy ready-made. Depending on the fanciness of the pastry shop, it is either A- loaded with buttercream, pretty…
  • Warming Pink Lentil Soup Recipe

    clotilde
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    The days are getting shorter, the air is getting chillier, and our collective noses are getting snifflier. It’s time for a warming bowl of wholesome, immune-boosting ingredients, and this pink lentil soup is precisely that. It is drawn from an early review copy of Sarah Britton’s upcoming book My New Roots, which won’t come out until spring, but this particular recipe is one that’s actually available on her beautiful blog of the same name. The entire book is a treasure trove of inspiration and I’ve tagged many recipes to try, but this one was first in line: it is…
  • Cinnamon Granola Chocolate Bars Recipe

    clotilde
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I have been dreaming about something like this for a long time, inspired both by the nut-studded chocolate bars one finds at good chocolate shops in Paris — such as the one that’s on our desktop calendar for this month — and by the tradition of chocolat au couteau, or knife-cut chocolate, a generous slab of chocolate that is broken into smaller chunks for sale by the weight. I find the concept of rough-cut chocolate curiously enticing, and have often snacked on a handful of granola with a side square of dark chocolate. Somehow the two ideas merged into this chocolate bar,…
  • December 2014 Desktop Calendar

    clotilde
    30 Nov 2014 | 3:05 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 December is a picture of a candied pistachio chocolate bar from Alain Ducasse’s bean-to-bar chocolate factory in Paris.
  • November Favorites

    clotilde
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    First of all, a reminder: if you’re in Paris this Saturday, November 29, I’ll be signing books at WHSmith from 4 till 5:30pm with my friend and illustrator Mélina Josserand and a platter of chocolate fleur de sel cookies. Please come and say hi! A few reads and finds from the past month: ~ I was a guest on Radio Canada to talk (in French) about Edible French. ~ Have you ever wondered whether you could continue to cook if you ever went blind? Here’s how my friend Dave does it. ~ Bored with the pairing of beets and goat cheese? Here are five inspired ideas to break out of…
 
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    David Lebovitz

  • Pistachio Aillade

    David
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:57 am
    When I lived in San Francisco, we used to joke (lovingly) that whenever we went to Zuni Café, that there would be at least three things on the menu that you had to ask the server what they were. On the other hand, I think if you asked ten people in Paris what aillade is, ten out of ten wouldn’t know either. Unless they were from the Languedoc, where aillade is from. I had made plans to cook up a simple pot of beans when I noticed a few knobby jarrets de porc demi-sel, salted-cured pork knuckles, at the charcuterie stand at the market, so I picked up a trio to make pork and beans.
  • Cornbread with Harissa Butter

    David
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    One of my friends who also has a food blog told me that she likes the posts where I cobble together ingredients in Paris to make something American. After spending countless hours roaming the city in search of this and that, it’s something that is actually fun for me to do, too. I like nothing better than prowling around and discovering ethnic épiceries (often around Belleville and the Marché d’Aligre), where I always come home with a variety of curiosities, in addition to what I was originally looking for. Some are still in the back of my cabinets, like still-sealed coconut…
  • Les Sources de Caudalie

    David
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:46 am
    I went to les Sources de Caudalie over a decade ago with the intention of bringing a group of guests there. While it was, indeed, a lovely place, it wasn’t really near anything, so folks wouldn’t be able to go out explore on their own unless they had a car. However, it is smack-dab in the middle of Bordeaux wine country, on the Château Smith Haut Lafitte estate, which is an 143 second walk from the hotel and spa. So maybe I didn’t make the right decision after all. I mean – a winery, a spa, and three very good restaurants? — why go anywhere else? Continue…
  • Cranberry Raisin Pie

    David
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:54 am
    At first, I thought that I was a little late to the party, posting a cranberry recipe after Thanksgiving had passed. Then I realized that now may be the actual best time to post a cranberry recipe since after Thanksgiving there is usually a glut of cranberries on the market, and prices drop after the Thanksgiving. Well, at least in America. I was fortunate because although you can find fresh cranberries in Paris around Thanksgiving (for les Américains, and with a little searching), they’re very costly. And even after the fête, they don’t discount them since the sellers…
  • Salty, Deep-Dark Chocolate Brownies

    David
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    When I was in Brooklyn a few months back doing a booksigning with the lovely folks from The Brooklyn Kitchen, a friendly woman came up to me bearing a box of treats from her bakery. I don’t like to eat in front of people, because, frankly, no one wants to meet up with an author while he is shoving pastries in his mouth. And in this day and age of people wanting pictures, I’ve learned that absolutely no one looks good when they’ve got a mouth full of food. And I have a hunch that there are a bunch of photos tagged with my name on them, around the internet, that will prove…
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    Dorie Greenspan - On the Road and in the Kitchen with Dorie

  • Merveilles: A Miracle for Hanukkah and a Recipe from Baking Chez Moi

    Dorie Greenspan
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
     Where is it written that every fried treat for Hanukkah must be a donut?  Given that Hanukkah lasts for eight nights, you've got plenty of time to try something new, which is why I'm suggesting a French specialty, Merveilles, whose name translates to the perfect sweet for the holiday: Miracles.  The recipe comes from my new book, Baking Chez Moi, and while the introduction explains that they're usually served with just a dusting of sugar, there's nothing that says that you can't dip them in jelly.  Or honey.  Or maple syrup. Or even a little brandy or rum.  'Tis…
  • Cookbooks by Friends: The 2014 Edition

    Dorie Greenspan
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
     Finally, I'm managing to post my list of Cookbooks-by-Friends early enough so that it might actually be a help when you're ready to buy holiday gifts for family, friends or yourself.  As always, I've included only books by friends.  And, as always, since my friends are so amazingly talented, the list is pretty swell. If I've forgotten anyone of my friends, forgive me.  Also, please write and tell me. And if you, dear readers, have holiday favorites, please write and tell.  Since organizing my cookbooks, I now have room for a few more. Let's start with…
  • Raspberry-Cranberry Cheesecake: For Now and For Thanksgiving Too

    Dorie Greenspan
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
      Some of my favorite recipes are the ones that invite what I call Playing Around or, in Baking Chez Moi and Around My French Table, a Bonne Idée, a good idea, or a way to change them a bit and make them more your own.  Few recipes are as tweakable as the formerly all-American cheesecake.  I say 'formerly', because once I started making cheesecake in Paris, my second home, my French friends happily adopted it as a Gallic delight.  And when I added fresh raspberries and a quickly-made raspberry-cranberry jam, the cake became a citizen of the world and my go-to…
  • Baking Chez Moi Hits The New York Times Bestseller List and I Hit The Road

    Dorie Greenspan
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    Baking Chez Moi was born October 28, 2014 and got the best birthday present on November 9 – a place on The New York Times Bestseller List! I got the news when I was in a car going from one event to the next and feeling sooooo tired. You'd be surprised at how energizing a spot on that coveted list can be! If I hadn't been in a seatbelt, I might have hit the roof. Thank you to everyone at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, my publishers, especially Rux Martin, my fabulous editor, and to everyone who bought a copy of the book. As the French would say, “Merci mille fois” which is a…
  • Custardy Apple Squares from Baking Chez Moi: The Video + Recipe

    doriegreenspan
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
     I'm predicting that this is going to be one of the most popular recipes from Baking Chez Moi.  It's wonderfully delicious, super-easy to make and uses ingredients you probably already have.  Plus it comes together quickly and can be eaten shortly after it comes out of the oven.  Perfection!Special thanks to OXO for letting us use their kitchen.  And many thanks to PotLuck Video and Ali Rosen for inviting me to bake with them. 
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    Alexander Lobrano

  • Gare au Gorille, Paris–A Great New Beast of a Bistro in Les Batignolles, B+

    Alexander Lobrano
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    Though Gare au Gorille is both a bad pun** and the title of a 1952 song by French musician Georges Brassens, what you really need to know is that it’s also the name of a charming and very good new bistro in the Batignolles district of the 17th Arrondissement in Paris. And that this engaging address comes with an impressive pedigree  which really delivers, since chef Marc Cordonnier was formerly Bertrand Grébaut’s sous-chef at Septime, where his business partner and good-natured maitre d’hotel Louis Langevin was sommelier and picked up the relaxed but gracious serving style…
  • Les Poulettes Batignolles, Paris–A Great French Bistro with a Catalan Accent, B+

    Alexander Lobrano
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:12 pm
    After working for twelve years in Barcelona, Parisian-born chef Ludovic Dubois, son of the distinguished fromagere Martine Dubois, has returned to Paris and opened Les Poulettes Batignolles. It’s a good-looking modern bistro in a quiet side street with a very appealing Catalan inflected contemporary menu. “I really like the way the Catalans marry seafood and meat,” says Dubois, who runs the kitchen while his Catalan wife Judith Cercos, former sommelier at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Barcelona, supervises the dining room and excellent wine list. “I also developed an…
  • Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris – Chef Yannick Alléno’s Comeback is a Quiet Triumph, and That’s a Good Thing, A-

    Alexander Lobrano
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Yannick Alléno @ Geoffroy de Boismenu   When chef Yannick Alléno  turned on the gas at the Pavillon Ledoyen on July 1, 2014, it was poignantly apparent to all early visitors to his new restaurant that he was exultantly relieved to be cooking again. After all, he’d been without a Paris kitchen of his own for over a year and a half since January 2013 when he left Le Meurice, the opulent dining room at the Hotel Le Meurice where he’d won three Michelin stars. And for anyone who’s known him as long as long as I have–we first met after the excellent dinner at the…
  • Le Frank, The New Restaurant at La Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, B+

    Alexander Lobrano
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    On my way to dinner at Le Frank, chef Jean-Louis Nomicos’s very good new restaurant at La Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, I found myself musing on museum dining. I’ve always had a soft spot for museum restaurants, even if many of them have never previously been very good, because they were such a relief from the long studious hours I was required to spend gazing at saints with arrows sticking out of their sides or fleshy ladies being chased by a satyr or other paintings in the museums I was taken to in various East Coast cities as a boy by my well-meaning mother and grandmother.
  • Restaurant 52 Faubourg Saint Denis, Paris – Good Casual Dining in the Trendy 10th Arrondissement, B-

    Alexander Lobrano
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    With the opening of Restaurant 52 Faubourg Saint Denis, a studiously hip bistro with non-stop service, shrewd restauranteur Charles Compagnon continues to define the emerging culinary style of Paris’s rapidly gentrifying 10th Arrondissement. This new place, which occupies a former butcher shop on the Faubourg Saint Denis neighborhood’s busiest shopping street, expands on the style he originally launched when he took over L’Office, the still very good modern French bistro that brought an initial gust of hip into a quiet faded residential corner of the quarter then dominated…
 
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    John Talbott's Paris

  • Paris Pix: Fontaine du Fellah

    John Talbott
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
  • Paris Pix: 104 between events.

    John Talbott
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
  • Paris Pix: Wall art.

    John Talbott
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:52 am
  • Reviews of reviews: The week of December 8th, 2014

    John Talbott
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Monday-Tuesday, in A Nous Paris, Jerome Berger reviewed and gave 3/5 dots to the cantine Scarlett & le cochon volant, 5, rue de Romainville in Les Lilas (93), (closed Sunday lunch and Mon-Weds dinner)  09.67.39.56.88, where on lunch formulas of 12 and 14 E and about 25 E a la carte dinner one can have items such as a sausage-apple tart, cod brandade and pineapple-coco-rum cake; while Philippe Toinard reviewed and gave 3/5 to trendy Saperlipopette, 9, place du Theatre, Puteaux (92) 01.41.37.00.00, open 7/7 where for 42 E (menu) and 55-65 E a la carte, one can have salmon with cream,…
  • Paris Pix: And....

    John Talbott
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:16 am
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    Tomato Kumato

  • Cucumber, Seaweed, Avocado, Chicken and Ikura Bowl

    emiglia
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:20 am
    Tweet The other day, The Country Boy looked at me with relative shock as I burst out laughing. I’m not without humor; it’s what made me laugh that made him so confused. Le Grand Journal is Canal+’s “news” program in the evening, but the weather girl speaks with a strong Québécois accent and spends her entire segment making plays on words that I don’t understand, much of the weekly world news is presented by marionnette puppets — with a Sylvester Stallone puppet playing every American–, and the “on location” segments involve the…
  • 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…
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    Pham Fatale Recipe Feed

  • Indian-Inspired Vegetarian Wonton Appetizer Recipe

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    Christmas celebrations are a few days away and I've been experimenting in the kitchen with new, fun appetizers that could be served on the day. Whenever I host a dinner, I try to serve dishes that reflect the multi-cultural aspect of our household. The idea behind these fusion appetizers was to use Asian wonton wrappers and fill them with flavorful Indian-inspired navratan korm, which consists of a creamy curry made of nuts and vegetables.  Korma is usually served with naans (flat Indian bread) and can be messy if served buffet-style. So making little bite-sized pockets is a neat way to…
  • Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    My friend Hadas is pregnant with her second child and is about to give birth in a few days. Unfortunately, she became sick because of the cold weather. Since some medications can be dangerous during pregnancy, I offered to prepare chicken noodle soup with healing spices used in traditional Chinese medicine, such as turmeric, ginger, onion and red chiles. My way of making the broth flavorful is to first sauté small pieces of chicken with garlic and red chiles, then deglaze the bits fromt he bottom of the pot with liquid to capture as much flavor as possible. I also added common…
  • Vegetarian Yam Pie Recipe

    9 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    I was inspired by the holiday season to make this savory pie. I made my own yam-flavored pie crust and filled it with French green lentils, red onions, crème fraîche and yams and topped it with smoked Cheddar cheese. To ensure the yams were fully cooked, I twice-baked them. This all-the-way yam pie could be a great highlight to your holiday table.     Full Recipe...
  • 5 Delicious Party Food Ideas for the Holidays

    4 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    We've been entertaining a lot these days. I wanted to share a few of my go-to party food recipes when we host dinner parties.  If you entertain as much as we do, I hope you find plenty of inspiration in these 5 appetizer recipes.  Full Recipe...
  • How To Make Homemade Pie Crust in 3 Minutes (Video)

    3 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    This is a quick and easy recipe to make your own pie crust. I usually have homemade dough stored in either my refrigerator or freezer for last-minute dinner items. You can use the dough for savory tarts, fruit pies or the crust for pecan squares just like those I prepared yesterday (I added 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar to the dough to sweeten the dessert a bit).  The proportions are great for a (9-inch) tart mold (I made an artichoke tart). If you don't have one, no worries; you can improvise a free-form galette without requiring any specific kitchen equipment. For easier…
 
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    العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل

  • العاب تلبيس فتكات

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل - كما تعرفين فكريسماس قريب جدا ففتاتنا الجميلة ستأخد عطلة لرأيت أقاربها قريبا و الآن هي جد محتارة أي ملابس ستختار في المحلات فهناك الكثير من الأحدية الرائعة و الأثواب الجميلة و الهدايا الممتعة. فطبعا هدي هي عطلة التسوق. فهيا ساعدي الفتاة على شراء أحسن الملابس في المتاجر وأفخم…
  • العاب تلبيس اميرات

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل - مرحبا بكم في  حيث الأمير الشاب يأخد دروسا حول الرسم فالأميرة الجميلة تساعد أخاها على تعلم الرسم و الابداع. لكن هي أيضا تحتاج الى مساعدة من نوع آخر فهي تعرف كيفية الرسم لكن لا تعرف كيفية أن تكون جميلة بالملابس رغم أن لها خزانة مليئة بالملابس الجاهزة والرائعة فهنا يأتي دورك على الباس…
  • العاب تلبيس الجاسوسات

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل - أعتقد أنك تعرفين الانمي المشهور الجاسوسات معنا ستتاح لك الفرصة على التعرف عليهم. سام و كلوفر و أليكس بل و ستلعبين دورا مهما في مهمتهم التالية فهم يحتاجون الى التنكر للدهاب الى المهمة القادمة. فجيري قد تم القبض عليه من طرف الأشرار وهم يريدون انقاده. لكن المشكلة جيري كان الشخص الوحيد…
  • العاب تلبيس سندريلا

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل - هل أنت من محبي؟ نعم؟ ادا أنت في المكان المناسب فهنا يمكنك أن تصبحي جنية سندريلا الجميلة و عليك مساعدتها على اقتناء أجمل الملابس لأنها تريد مقابلة الأميرالوسيم. وهنا يأتي دورك في جعلها جد جميلة باستخدام عصاك السحرية عليها و تحويلها من فتاة عادية الى فتاة العارضات أو المودلات. لكن…
  • العاب تلبيس محجبات

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل - مرحبا بكم في ستايل جديد للتلبيس هناك دائما الفتاة العصرية و الفتاة التقليدية فاليوم ستلعبين مع الفتاة التقليدية في . حيث ستكون لديك كل الصلحيا ت في تلبيسها و اظهارها بشكل جميل و رائع فهي الآن في مزرعتها بانتظارك اختاري لها ملابس جد أنيقة وزوج من  الأحذية الجميلة و في نفس الوقت أن…
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    bell'alimento

  • Mushroom and Leek Quiche with Spaghetti Squash Crust

    Paula
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    I wish I could properly explain to you how ridiculously good this quiche is. I have made it no less than a dozen times in the past two months and the entire family is coo coo for Coco Puffs over it. I know you might be thinking spaghetti squash crust, say what? Say YES. Just say yes. If you’re looking for a lightened up ish (I’m always hesitant to say words like lighter, lightened or skinny because my definition might be different from my neighbors but anywho in the bell’alimento dictionary this qualifies under that umbrella) quiche without the pastry/pie crust you’ve…
  • Carnival Sunshine: Western Caribbean

    Paula
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
      I have to tell you cruising is one of our favorite family vacations! This is our second year taking a cruise as a family and it won’t be our last. Why do we all love it? It might be easier to tell you what we don’t like (which is simply that it took a long time to drive to Florida.) There are five people in our family and our kids range from 8 – 17 (how did that happen gah) read they have VERY different ideas of fun. On a Carnival cruise there is literally something for EVERYONE in our family to do to keep us entertained as well as more choices to eat and drink than…
  • Baked Ziti with Cauliflower

    Paula
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    I think cauliflower falls under that category of (somewhat) shunned vegetables in the produce section. You know the ones like eggplant, brussels sprouts, parsnips. They just sit there all sad looking while they get passed by for the broccoli or carrots. Tsk Tsk. It’s really a shame. I think if everyone who thought they didn’t like cauliflower had a taste of this they’d change their tune and become a new found cauliflower advocate cheerleader like me. Maybe next time I’m in the market (which is pretty much Every. Single. Day.) I’ll stand in the produce section…
  • Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

    Paula
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    My Mom makes some of the best homemade salsa I’ve ever tasted. I think a lot of that has to do with just about every ingredient that goes into her recipe comes from her garden. She of course changes this recipe every single time she makes it so It’s never the same. I think she does this so she doesn’t have to give me the recipe. Luckily she does share the salsa. When I’m home for visits I swap out my empty mason jars for full jars of homegrown tomatoes and salsa. Lots and lots of salsa.(...)Read the rest of Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken (487 words) © Paula for…
  • Boozy Raisin Apple Turnovers

    Paula
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    I absolutely adore turnovers. Apple turnovers to be specific. The way that the puff pastry dough crunches and goes everywhere (I’ve learned to lean over my plate to save myself from getting out the broom afterwards or the sink – what you don’t eat over the sink?) giving way to the sweet, thick apple pie like filling. Yep swoon. Now that I think about it I don’t make them much during the year, usually just around the holidays. I’m not sure exactly why I don’t make them more often being that I love them so much. What am I thinking? I should really rectify…
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    Chef Tom Cooks - Recipe Blog

  • Provolone & Salami Stuffed Mushrooms

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    3/4 lb. fresh mushrooms 3 tsp. olive oil 1 small onion, minced 1/4 c. finely chopped salami 1/4 c. finely grated Provolone cheese 2 tbsp. bread crumbs 1 tsp. butter Rinse mushrooms – pat dry – remove stems. Chop the stems, then brush caps with olive oil. In a large skillet heat 1 teaspoon olive oil, add chopped mushroom stems and onions – cook until golden. Stir in salami, and cheese. Melt butter, mix in bread crumbs. Stuff mushroom caps with filling.  Top with some more cheese. Bake in 425 degree oven 6-8 minutes. Serves 6-8 Related Posts:Easy Spinach & Mushroom TartletsRoasted…
  • Quick Potato & Corn Chowder

    admin
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:05 pm
    This delicious soup is hearty and perfect for the Fall and Winter.  Easily prepared in about 30 minutes. 1 medium onion, chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth 1 clove garlic, minced 3 large Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained 1 cup 2% milk, divided 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon herbs de provence cayenne pepper, to taste 1/3 cup all-purpose flour In a large saucepan, cook onion in oil over medium heat until tender. Add garlic, broth and potatoes; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15…
  • B-B-B Chili

    admin
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    Hearty and spicy chili that’s loaded with BEEF, BEER and BEANS! 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cups onions, chopped salt, to taste Cayenne pepper, to taste 1 1/2 lbs. stew meat, cut into cubes 1 lbs lean chop meat 1 large green bell pepper, chopped 1 large yellow bell pepper, chopped 1 small hot pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon chili powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin crushed red pepper, to taste 2 teaspoons dried oregano 4 cloves garlic, chopped 3 cups crushed tomato 1/4 cup tomato paste 4 cups beef or vegetable stock 1 cup beer (stout works well) 1 (15-oz.) can red kidney beans 1 (15-oz.) can dark…
  • Purple Haze Smoothie

    admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:41 pm
    I recently had the opportunity to sample Cocozia’s new 16.9 ounce package of coconut water.  I often use coconut water in my breakfast smoothies and the larger size is perfect for making two portions.  Coconut water is always great for hydration, helps digestion, lowers blood pressure and is rich with nutrients.  This purple haze smoothie is sweet and full of wonderful goodness to start your day off right. 1 cup mixed berries 2 cups pineapple 11 oz Cocozia coconut water 1 cup rice milk 2 tablespoons protein powder 1 tablespoon flax seed oil Put all ingredients in a blender and mix until…
  • Crock Pot Chicken Stew

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    This easy to prepare crockpot dish is full of flavor and perfect for a mid-week meal. 3 skinless boneless chicken breast – about 2 pounds – trimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes 1 large onion – diced 4 carrots, pealed and diced 2 celery stalks diced 4-5 potatoes, pealed and cut into 3/4 to 1 inch cubes 8 oz. mushrooms, cleaned and halved 2 – 14 oz cans chicken broth 1 – 14 oz can diced tomatoes, drained 1 tsp celery salt 1 tsp dry thyme 1 bay leaf 1/2 tsp black pepper salt, to taste 16 oz package frozen mixed vegetables Prepare vegetables. Clean, trim and then cube chicken. Place all…
 
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    The Bitten Word

  • Cover-to-Cover Holiday Cookies: Day 4

    Bitten Word
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
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  • Cover-to-Cover Holiday Cookies: Day 3

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    17 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
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  • Cover-to-Cover Holiday Cookies: Day 2

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    16 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
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  • Cover-to-Cover Holiday Cookies: Day 1

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    15 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
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  • Roasted Sunchokes with Brown Butter-Cider Vinaigrette

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    11 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
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    Sugar & Spice by Celeste

  • Christmas Giveaway - Christmas All Through the South - Southern Living

    Celeste
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
      Photos courtesy of Southern LivingFirst of all, Merry Christmas everybody!  It's that time of year again...my absolutely favorite.  A time that was so magical as a child, and yet still finds a way to be magical as an adult.  All of the twinkling lights, hot cocoa, holiday movies and music makes my heart happy.  And let's not forget the true meaning of Christmas!Today, I bring you a truly magnificent Christmas book by the awesome editors at Southern Living - Christmas All Through the South.  When I first received this book to review, I was delighted with…
  • Mom's Chicken & Dressing

    Celeste
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Hand-written recipes are the best.Who's ready for some Thanksgiving dressing??  Dressing is serious business around here.  Brad excitedly waits ALL year for the wonderful day that dressing graces his dinner plate.  In fact, I have to make 2 separate pans of it at the holidays.  One classic recipe, plus one with sausage added.  That way, there's sure to be plenty for leftovers after the hubbub of the big day is over.This year, we had an extra special treat when my Mom visited us.  She was in the mood for her famous Chicken & Dressing for dinner, and Brad and I…
  • Apple Cinnamon Bread

    Celeste
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
     You won't find any tricks here today...only treats!  Hopefully your costumes are ready and bowls of candy wait by the front door in preparation for tonight's festivities.I've seriously been craving something baked with apples and cinnamon lately, thanks to the arrival of my very favorite season.  Fall, I heart you.This bread was fabulous.  It was perfectly sweet, packed with fresh apples and delightfully cinnamon-y.  It's easy to make and will infuse your entire home with delicious wafts of goodness.I repeat, delicious wafts of goodness, people.  :)It was hard…
  • Creole Shrimp & Sweet Potato Grits

    Celeste
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Well, my food photography studio is finally back up and running after a short hiatus following our move...I'm so excited to get the blog posts flowing again.  I've even got a window in the studio that has gorgeous natural light, so I'm looking forward to experimenting with that.This delicious seafood dinner graced our table last night.  Shrimp & Grits has long been a favorite of ours, but I love recipes that put a new twist on stand-by favorites.  The sweet potato grits are what originally caught my attention.  I used an apple-smoked gouda cheese in the grits,…
  • Purple (Blackberry Buttermilk) Pancakes, Cutie Pies & Pink Roses

    Celeste
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    I promise I haven't completely fallen off the blogosphere!  This year has been insanely crazy on so many levels.  In July, we moved into a new home, so we've been busy setting up house and decorating.  I'll have to share some photos of my new kitchen with you in my next post.  Because of all the packing, moving and disarray, my food photo studio has yet to be re-assembled in the new house.  It's coming VERY soon, though!  Then, I'll be back up and running in full force.  Because you know what?  I've missed you guys! :)Throughout all the moving…
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    Restaurant Recipes - Popular Restaurant Recipes you can make at Home: Copykat.com

  • Apple Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

    Stephanie
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Caramel Apple Bread Pudding is a dish that is perfect for when you want to serve a dessert that will impress. I love making a good old fashioned bread pudding. They are easy to make, and they taste, oh so good. If you haven’t had a chance to try Opal Apples, this is a good opportunity to try this special apple.Caramel Apple Bread Pudding is a dish that is perfect for when you want to serve a dessert that will impress. I love making a good old fashioned bread pudding. They are easy to make, and they taste, oh so good. If you haven’t had a chance to try Opal Apples, this is a good…
  • Roasted Potatoes and Leeks

    Stephanie
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    Roasted Potatoes and Leeks is a wonderful easy side dish to make. You can make these easily with very little preparation. This simple side dish is the perfect accomplinament to a steak or even grilled chicken.These roasted potatoes are made with Tasteful Selections Potatoes. Really like these potatoes they come in a size that you can quickly use. Best of all all of these potatoes are small and uniform in size. This helps because the potatoes will cook evenly. Did I mention these potatoes come pre-washed so all you need to do is use them straight out of the bag. You can find these potatoes at…
  • Chocolate Melting Cake

    Stephanie
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:47 am
    Chocolate melting cake soon became a favorite of mine on a recent carnival cruise. I hope you enjoy this version of the Carnival Cruise Chocolate Melting Cake.I recently took a cruise, and personally, I loved it. For me it was a great way to get away and relax. Every night for dinner I had this most amazing dessert. I had the dessert that many people enjoy when they go on a Carnival Cruise, I had their chocolate melting cake. You may know this as chocolate lava cake, and honestly it is amazing. It didn’t matter what else they were serving for dinner, this is the dessert I wanted.Did you…
  • November Favorites

    Stephanie
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:37 pm
    We are in the thick of the holiday season. I have been baking and cooking up a storm here. I have been coming across a lot of new items in the store that I have been using in my cooking.This is a month where I get to do a lot of cooking for others. For once in blue moon I picked up a couple of cookbooks that I really have liked.Book RecommendationsThe Slanted Door If you live in San Francisco you may have heard of the restaurant called the Slanted Door. This restaurant serves up some delicious modern Vietnamese cooking. The last two times I have been in San Francisco I have had the pleasure…
  • Turkey Delight Pasta

    Stephanie
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:09 am
    During the holidays, you may be looking for an easy meal to prepare. This pasta dish is simple to prepare, and you can use what you have on hand. We are using turkey Italian sausage and some fresh vegetables you may have in your refrigerator. If you happen to have some leftover chicken on hand, that will also work very well in this dish. Honestly, I think this would work well with pork Italian sausage too!This blog post is sponsored by Swanson®.The post Turkey Delight Pasta appeared first on Restaurant Recipes - Popular Restaurant Recipes you can make at Home: Copykat.com.
 
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  • Livefire Thanksgiving Blitz Day 5

    Curt McAdams
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    Day 5 of the Thanksgiving Blitz is here, and it’s all about gravy! First of all, if you’re reading this on Wednesday, stop. Get in your car and drive to the closest Williams Sonoma. You might want to call first to make sure they still have it, I guess, but call, then get in the car if they have any more Turkey Gravy Base. Don’t question me; just get some of this stuff! However you’re cooking your bird for Thanksgiving, catch the juices. You’re going to want them for gravy. After you have the drippings, put the jar of Turkey Gravy base in a pan with the same…
  • Livefire Thanksgiving Blitz Day 4

    Curt McAdams
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    I don’t have a lot of photos for today, but I want to talk about a controversial part of Thanksgiving: green bean casserole. Alton Brown has a recipe for the best green bean casserole I’ve had. It takes a bit of work, but it’s really worth it. It doesn’t include any canned soup or onions fried and dried in a container. It’s fresh, it’s great, and you should make it sometime. My wife, however, prefers the old Campbell’s soup, French’s onion, frozen green bean casserole that many of us have known for years. Objectively, it’s not as good as…
  • Livefire Thanksgiving Blitz Day 3

    Curt McAdams
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Day 3 = Dessert! Or, more specifically, bourbon pecan pie! Yes, you heard me right. Bourbon. Pecans. Pie. All in one bite. This is a great pie, and I encourage you to try it. I get accused of using bourbon too much, but, honestly, the flavor goes so well with so many things. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, so it goes with savory or sweet. Bourbon has vanilla and toffee and such that add layers of flavor and a bit of depth to otherwise good flavors, just moving everything up the scale from good to great. Bourbon just works. And as we move into Thanksgiving, what liquor is more…
  • Livefire Thanksgiving Blitz Day 2

    Curt McAdams
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Day 2 of the Thanksgiving Blitz is about side dishes! The turkey takes center stage, but it won’t stand up without great side dishes, right? Later, I’ll show you how to dress up the regular old Campbell’s soup green bean casserole and give you my secret for the best turkey gravy. Today, however, is all about potatoes. Mashed potatoes are the main potato to have with turkey, and I love great mashed potatoes. An alternative, though, is a great potato casserole; we have this Thanksgiving morning for breakfast, but it goes well with turkey, too, especially fried turkey.
  • Livefire Thanksgiving Blitz Day 1

    Curt McAdams
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    It’s almost here! Thanksgiving is an outdoor cook’s dream holiday. Instead of dealing with presents or trees or leprechauns or fireworks, Thanksgiving has a huge focus on food! So, in honor of the day where every dish matters, I’m doing a build up to the day itself. In the next few days, I’ll dig into the bird, the sides, the desserts and even libations to go along with the day. And,with that, I’ll even be cooking a whole bird on Living Dayton on Tuesday, November 25, during the 12-1 show! After the holiday, I’ll post my favorite leftovers. I’ve done…
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    The Naptime Chef

  • Holidays Around the Web

    Kelsey
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Gingerbread Frozen Coffee Grandma’s Ham & Corn Chowder Homemade Cinnamon Almonds Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate  
  • Fish House Punch for a Party

    Kelsey
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today I am here to talk punch. Punch is always a welcome addition to any party. It is a nice break from regular bar drinks and a pretty punch bowl always adds to any festive atmosphere. At our party earlier this month I served huge batches of Fish House Punch from my grandmother’s punch bowl which was on loan from my parents. It is an old-school punch recipe from Philadelphia that my parents served at their own Christmas soirees. Let me tell you, there are some stories from those events that are still being told three decades later! As you might guess, a lot of those stories stared with…
  • Peppermint French Silk Pie

    Kelsey
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    This month, more than any other, I find myself carrying desserts all around town. Whether it is homemade dessert sauces for friends, or a gorgeous pie for a mid-December luncheon, there is always a reason to serve up something sweet. One of the treats I’ve been revisiting this season is French Silk Pie. It is so easy to make – no baking! – and always tastes amazing. Some people get concerned about it since the eggs aren’t baked, but I have a special trick for dealing with that. I always make sure I use super fresh eggs. And, whenever possible, I use Davidson’s Safest…
  • Ho! Ho! Ho! Magimix Red Vision Toaster Giveaway!

    Kelsey
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am so excited to give you another chance at one of my favorite giveaways from last year: a Magimix Vision Toaster in red!! Last year I was given a toaster to try and I absolutely love it. It toasts bread beautifully on the outside and keeps the inside of the bread warm and soft. I seriously have never used a toaster like it and still use mine daily. This week my friends at Magimix are pleased to be giving away a fresh new toaster in cherry red to one lucky winner. Is there anything better for the holiday season? I think not! To enter to win: 1) Leave a comment sharing your favorite way to…
  • Hot Tip: Whole Foods for the Holidays

    Kelsey
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Since we just wrapped homemade gift week I wanted to share a few tips for things you can pick up just in case you don’t have time to get in the kitchen. There are days when even the most organized of us are busy and need an ace-in-the-hole to fall back on. When this happens to me I pick up a few sweets at Whole Foods. All of these delicious items can be found at Whole Foods Markets and they won’t break the budget. Here are some of my favorites: Pear & Orange Crisps: Perfect for nibbling on with wine, or pairing with your perfect cheese plate. Baked Cookie Thins: These are…
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    Art & Lemons

  • a year of us | day 37

    ArtandLemons
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    day 37 It worked. He fell asleep in the car coming home from the doctor’s office then store. I cranked up the heat and classical music, popped open a yogurt, and wrote. Brittle leaves soared wildly in the wind. Sun slipped by. I remembered a diner scene I wanted to write: wood paneling, white Formica tables, black coffee in white cups, berry pies on the counter, the logger who walked through the door at 11 am. My phone rang. We made evening plans then I asked him what he looked for in a wallet. The simpler the better, he said. Hmm, good to know. That after eleven years. I’m giving this…
  • a year of us | day 36

    ArtandLemons
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:48 pm
    day 36 I boiled a pot of eggs for salad and rinsed them in cold water when it seemed like twelve minutes had passed. I didn’t bother to set the timer while they cooked and I nursed the little one in the other room. I relied on gut instinct and smell. It seemed impossible to be in two places at once anyway and the nerve-racking echo of the oven timer couldn’t be reckoned with. When he finished, we went back to the kitchen. He was hungry and refused the oatmeal I made earlier. I offered cheese, which he readily ate so made a cheese quesadilla for him. As the eggs cooled, I diced carrots and…
  • a year of us | day 35

    ArtandLemons
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:55 pm
    day 35 After chasing the little around the house for most of the day, I decided a car ride was in order. Chances were good he would fall asleep and I would write. Neither happened. Instead, we drove to a coffee shop before picking L up from school. I stood in line. I held him around my hip and as he tried to wriggle down my leg, I tried to find my wallet, pick up our snacks, and balance a hot cup of tea. Forget traditional superheroes, in that moment, I wanted to turn into Hindu Goddess Durga, a motherly figure who destroys evils, has eight arms, and rides around on a lion. I could have used…
  • a year of us | day 34

    ArtandLemons
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:23 pm
    day 34 I tried to write early before breakfast and again later in the afternoon. The little one climbed on top of the stool then down again. Up and down and back up with a book. We read about cars. Lunch came early. Eggs, potatoes, avocado. I cleaned up and he went back to the stool. Then the book and me reading to him. He didn’t sleep much, I didn’t write much. So it went. I’m giving this yearlong project a spin. Undoubtedly, I will fall and pick up again. Knowing this makes it easier. Still, I plan to show up to record a short photo and story of my day. You’re welcome to join me.
  • a year of us | day 33

    ArtandLemons
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:35 pm
    day 33 He gathered blankets from the bedroom and living room then piled them on the floor. “I can sleep next to the tree tonight.” That would be nice, maybe next weekend. I read our favorite story from last year, A Place Called Home. Then he told the secret to candy cane science. I liked that he still had secrets to share. I’m giving this yearlong project a spin. Undoubtedly, I will fall and pick up again. Knowing this makes it easier. Still, I plan to show up to record a short photo and story of my day. You’re welcome to join me. I’d love it really. We can give each other high…
 
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    Very Culinary

  • Cannoli Dip

    Amy Flanigan
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
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  • Peppermint Snowcap Meringues

    Amy Flanigan
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
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  • Chocolate Chip Coffee Muffins

    Amy Flanigan
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Beginner’s Focaccia with Pesto

    Amy Flanigan
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
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  • French Fries and Dipping Sauces – 5 ways!

    Amy Flanigan
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
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    POPSUGAR Food

  • Give Scandal Fans the Gift of "Dining" Like Olivia Pope

    Brandi-Milloy
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:47 pm
    If they're all out obsessed with Scandal, we've got the perfect last-minute gift idea. Bundle together homemade truffle popcorn, a nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, and a pair of Olivia Pope's favorite long-stemmed wine glasses (they're the exact ones used in the show!). That way they can unwind like a gladiator while rewatching their favorite moments.
  • 2014 Gift Guides: Perfect Presents For Everyone on Your List!

    Ryan-Roschke
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Quick, you're running out of time! The holiday season will be over before you know it, and we've got you covered with our collection of 2014 gift guides. We're tackling everyone on your list, including best friends, significant others, siblings, and whoever else you might be shopping for. We'll help you cross off the names for the next month or so with our curated picks in tech, beauty, fashion, fitness, and more. Keep reading for a massive amount of gift guides (just click the pink link below each image for more!), and if you just can't get enough, don't forget to check out the rest of our…
  • Martha Stewart's Gingerbread Downton Abbey Will Blow Your Mind

    Aemilia-Madden
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Leave it to craft and culinary goddess Martha Stewart to make our ultimate holiday dreams come true. Martha has taken our favorite seasonal treat - gingerbread - and elevated it by re-creating the hallowed halls of Downton Abbey to celebrate the show's return for a fifth season in January. Even the cooks of Downton couldn't master such a grand creation (sorry, Mrs. Patmore)! Keep reading to see how Martha went about creating this truly epic edible structure. Source: Mike Krautter / Martha Stewart
  • 17 Classic (and Fresh) Hanukkah Recipes

    Lisette-Mejia
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    Hanukkah is full of history and tradition, and its dishes are no different. To celebrate that spirit, we've rounded up recipes fit for the holiday. Some are classics that you'll instantly recognize, whereas others are traditional plates with a twist. Take a look, and let us know if you have any of your own! Source: Nicole Perry, Anna Monette Roberts, and Flickr user skippy
  • How to Keep Everything From Leafy Greens to Cheese Fresh Longer

    Nicole-Perry
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    How to keep everything from greens to cheese fresh longer - HuffPost Taste The most thoughtful 1-size-fits-all last-minute gift - Tasting Table Martha Stewart's gingerbread Downton Abbey is spot-on - YouTube user PBS 5 clever holiday food hacks - Yahoo Food For the most tender poached chicken, bust out your slow cooker - Food52 You need to see this supercut of Colbert Report food moments - Eater
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    Hedonia

  • Making Mole Verde at La Cocina

    Hedonia
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:58 am
    Are you familiar with mole verde? I've always loved mole poblano, the chocolate-based mole, and knew that there are many other types of mole -- red rojo, pumpkin seed-based pipián from the Yucatan, even a white mole made with pine nuts -- but had never tasted green mole verde from the Guanajuato region until last week. I was invited to La Cocina, the non-profit kitchen incubator, to learn how to make this regional dish at the hands of Lupe Guerrero of El Pipila, one of their charter businesses.... Read more on Hedonia ...
  • Things I learned from Rick Bayless

    Hedonia
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:16 am
    Disclosure: I was compensated by Negra Modelo to attend this event, post about it on social channels, and write this blog post. I'm not going to mince words about it: Sometimes being a food blogger has pretty awesome perks. Like when your go-to Mexican beer approaches you with an opportunity to take a culinary tour of the Mission District with Rick Bayless, and pay you for the privilege. Twist my arm. We kicked our tour off at a well-known "Mexicatessen" on 24th street, a place I know well... Read more on Hedonia ...
  • The Eatsdropper is too old to bartend

    Hedonia
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:34 am
    So I turned 45 last week. The salt has nearly overtaken my pepper. I'm fatter than I'd like, for reasons that are not even remotely mysterious. I make less money than I'd like at this stage, but as a result of deliberate decisions I've made over the past few years that I wouldn't change on a bet. I skidded into my 46th year on the tails of an inspiring trip to New York to bond with my colleagues at About.com, a fabulous week-plus of sun and relaxation with friends in Playa del Carmen, and a... Read more on Hedonia ...
  • Booze, Sweetie

    Hedonia
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Apparently, the good folks over at Anchor Distilling (by way of Wagstaff Worldwide) know I like booze. Good booze, specifically. And lately they've been gracious enough to invite me to a few events to sample some of their wares. Back in August we went to Wingtip, the très swank private club in the Financial District, to meet a cocktailian legend, Alessandro Palazzi of the DUKES Hotel in London. The DUKES garnered a fair bit of fame by being the regular haunt of none other than Sir Ian Fleming... Read more on 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 ...
 
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    Food Wishes Video Recipes

  • Truffled Cauliflower Gratin – Now 100% Truffle Oil Free

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:12 am
    This cauliflower gratin would typically be “truffled” with truffle oil, but I’ve never been a big fan. Truffle oils are almost always synthetically produced, one-dimensional, and way too overpowering. So, in this otherwise humble gratin, we’re going to use another, much more delicious delivery system…truffle pecorino. For less than $10 worth of cheese, I think you can get a much nicer, truer truffle flavor – plus, it’s cheese. By the way, if you know they actually make this cheese with synthetic truffle oil, please keep it to yourself, and don't spoil it for me.  This…
  • Culinary School in a Box, and Too-Good-to-Eat Christmas Cookies

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    My friends at Allrecipes.com have put together a series of online cooking classes, which could make a great gift for the foodies on your list. Whether they admit it or not, we all know your friends and family are envious of your culinary abilities, and secretly wish you’d teach them some of your skills. Since that’s not going to happen anytime soon (hey, you’re busy, and they can’t afford your rates anyway), why not do the next best thing, and make them learn themselves? With any luck, they’ll practice their “homework” on you. Plus, think of all the time you’ll save wrapping a…
  • The Cornish Pasty – Going to Fall Down a Mineshaft? This is the Meat Pie For You!

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:42 pm
    This Cornish pasty is one of those rare recipes that novice cooks will find easier to make than experienced bakers. That’s because to make this to its original, and very sturdy specifications, you’re forced to over-mix the dough…a cardinal sin that literally gives pie makers nightmares. Like any pastry dough, we’re just adding just enough ice water to bring everything together, but unlike classic pie dough, we’re going to knead the mixture for a couple minutes past that point.  Thanks to a little thing called muscle memory, this is not going to be easy for some of you. Get over…
  • Next Up: Cornish Meat Pies

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:18 am
  • Pine Cone Cheese Ball – So Good, You’ll Want to Hug a Tree

    13 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    Any cheese ball is a welcome addition to a holiday party spread, but when you bring one that looks like a pine cone, you’re talking about a real showstopper. The only danger, as I joked about in the intro, would be hurting the feelings of other guests who also decided to bring a cheese ball, sans camouflage. Hey, they’ll just have to raise their game next year. Obviously, this seasonally appropriate appetizer can be made using any cheese spread, or cheese ball recipe, but if you’re going to use this one, which comes highly recommended, we should talk about the garlic. I love raw…
 
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    Sarah's Musical Kitchen

  • Delicious Commentary with Nashville Based Americana/Folk Duo, The Harmaleighs [Interview]

    Sarah Sellers
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    1. How did the Harmaleighs come to fruition? We met through a mutual friend at school. We first started playing music together in the winter of 2012 with a six-piece group. We ended up stripping it down to just a few of us, which turned into The Harmaleighs. 2. Tell me about the name. Haley+Kaylee+Harmony= Harmaleighs 3. Tell me about your writing process. Where do you get your inspiration? Haley: I get my inspiration through my own experiences. And when those aren’t exciting enough (ha!) I listen to music and get inspired. Some artists that inspire me on the daily are Brandi Carlile,…
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffs

    Sarah Sellers
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s happening…the cravings for anything sweet dipped in chocolate, peanut butter or caramel. Well, pretty much anything sweet at all. And no, I am not pregnant…it’s the Holiday Season! I’m not much of a baker and I usually crave a giant bowl of queso over anything sweet. But this time of year brings out my sweet tooth and the urge to experiment in the kitchen. I’m obsessed with Reese’s. It’s my favorite candy combo and what could be more delicious than chocolate and peanut butter wrapped in buttery flakey dough, dipped in more chocolate and…
  • Loaded Baked Potato Wedges

    Sarah Sellers
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The holiday season always gets me in the mood to cook. I saw an ad in my Cooking Light magazine featuring the cutest potato wedges with assorted toppings and I had to give them a try. I used my mandolin to get exact sizes so that the potatoes cooked evenly. It was super easy and fun to think of different toppings…the skies the limit! When I think of potato appetizers I  automatically think of traditional potato skins with cheddar cheese and bacon bits. These felt a lot lighter and packed way more flavor than the traditional recipe. So get creative and make this tasty recipe for your…
  • Southwest Chicken & Black Bean Nachos

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

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

  • The Best Gift Ever

    Alejandra Ramos
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    My best friend Ilana lives in Edinburgh, which is a gorgeous and absolutely wonderful place to live and visit, but really inconvenient for us when it comes to typical best friend activities like grabbing coffee or shopping or laying about watching movies in pajamas, or really just about anything that requires that we both be on the same continent. We do make a point of meeting up about once or
  • Banana Bread Cookie Sandwiches with Honey Cream Cheese

    Alejandra Ramos
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:57 pm
      This past weekend, I was straightening out a few things on the kitchen counter when I realized I had a giant pile of ripe bananas that absolutely-positively-definitely needed to be used up THAT VERY DAY. It's a common thing around here. We buy the bananas for Eugene's post-gym protein shakes, but he can only go through them so quickly. I don't really like to eat bananas in
  • Thin & Chewy Smoked Brown Sugar Cookies

    Alejandra Ramos
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    I don't usually try to urge you to buy specific specialty ingredients, but today I'm going to make an exception. This incredible Thin and Chewy Smoked Brown Sugar Cookies are made with smoked brown sugar, which is a thing that I didn't even know existed until a couple weeks ago. Golden brown and moist like regular brown sugar, this sugar is smoked, giving it a woodsy, smoky richness
  • Spicy Mexican Mole Baked Ziti

    Alejandra Ramos
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    Well, it’s officially freezing here in NYC! I’ve been spending my days layered up in leggings, sweaters, fuzzy socks and booties, even the occasional blanket-worn-as-a-shawl! Very stylish, I can assure you. The other thing I do to stay warm is look for any and every excuse to turn on the oven. Cake? Let’s do it! Reheat leftovers? Into the oven! Toast? Why not! I’ve been baking
  • My ebook: The Puerto Rican Christmas Table

    Alejandra Ramos
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    I'm so thrilled to share my brand new (and very first!) eCookbook with you. It's called The Puerto Rican Christmas Table, and it features 40+ classic Puerto Rican holiday recipes, restyled for modern kitchens all in a beautiful, full-color digital format perfect for your laptop, iPad, tablet, or mobile phone!  You can click here to purchase and download the book (only $9!), or scroll down to
 
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    Hungry Crowd

  • What the Heck Do Hobbits Drink, Anyway?

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    With the opening of the final chapter in the Hobbit trilogy of films, it seems natural to wonder what hobbits drink—I mean, when they aren’t haring off on adventures with roving troops of dwarves, crawling atop mounds of treasure guard...
  • 8 Festive Red and Green Foods for the Ultimate Christmas Party

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Don’t just decorate in red and green; cater your party in those iconic festive Christmas colors. Here, eight red and green party dishes for the ultimate Christmas bash. Red Negroni  The bittersweet drink is the perfect red cocktail. Plu...
  • The Searzall Team Wishes You Searzons Greetings

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This year, the must-have Christmas gift on every little chef’s list is the Searzall. Mad genius food scientist Dave Arnold’s blowtorch attachment, which sears pretty much anything to a perfect crisp, is finally available on Amazon for ...
  • 5 Mouth-Watering Reasons to Make Garlic Bread Now

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    The wintry cold weather outside begs for something warm and fresh right out of the oven, like toasty fragrant garlic bread. While there's nothing wrong with the classic, there are countless ways to reimagine it. Here, 5 great ways to turn your gar...
  • 5 Clever Ways Mixologists Are Reinventing Eggnog

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you in an eggnog rut? Want to shake things up this season? So do bartenders across the country. Here, five fun new ways the experts are reinventing eggnog. Aged in Whiskey Barrels At Madrona Manor in Healdsburg, California, bartender Pamela Bu...
 
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    Wholistic Woman

  • The Divine Hours {Book Review}

    Wendy Hammond
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    I came to discover The Divine Hours, Volume II: Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime (Divine Hours) (v. 2) through another book, actually: The Book of Not So Common Prayer: A New Way to Pray, A New Way to Live. The book was only so-so, but it did recommend a lot of great resources including The Divine Hours. So I ordered a copy from Amazon and have been using it for about a month now. What I love about this book is that it provides four prayers for each day: Morning, noon, evening, and just before bed. The official “offices” are called morning, noon, vespers, and complin. I must…
  • No more blood pressure meds! And other NSVs

    Wendy Hammond
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    Last week we had our 2 week follow up appointment with our weight loss surgeon. We were cleared to have pureed stage foods (yay! I was seriously going to puke if I had one more protein shake). Almost as exciting was the fact that my blood pressure was actually really, really good. So good that they told me I didn’t need to continue my blood pressure pill. Woo hoo! In the weight loss world we refer to non-scale victories as NSVs. That was a HUGE one for me. I’ve had high blood pressure for awhile now. That, along with my sleep apnea and borderline cholesterol and glucose levels…
  • Lily Cup Compact {Review}

    Wendy Hammond
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    You’d be surprised by the number of products I’m asked to review. I’m not even that big of a blogger. Usually it’s for crazy things (like cannabis chewing gum . . . um, OK). But when I saw this press release for Lily Cup Compact, I was all like, “Yes please!” I have been a user of the “other” cup for years. It took me awhile to get used to the idea. I started hearing about menstrual cups on the “crunchy” forums and was initially grossed out. But, I also hated tampons and pads. Especially when traveling. Especially especially when…
  • A Liquid Thanksgiving

    Wendy Hammond
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:33 am
    It’s been just over a week since my vertical sleeve gastrectomy. DH and I are at the point where we have very little pain but have to be careful not to overdo it. Our diet consists of flavored broth, protein shakes, and protein water. I’m not complaining–I have had a lifetime of eating way too much of whatever I wanted. Still, I find myself really wanting to chew something. Oh well, only one more week! It’s a bit strange seeing all the Thanksgiving posts on Facebook, the ads on TV for food, cooking shows–there’s really no way to avoid thinking about food…
  • Last Day of “Normal.” The Weight Loss Surgery Journey Begins.

    Wendy Hammond
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, DH and I will be having weight loss surgery today. We’ve been on a liquid diet since Monday. On Sunday evening, we had our last supper at Bombay Cuisine. It was where we had our first date, our first meal together, so we thought it was appropriate. I know I’m being melodramatic. After healing, we can technically eat whatever we want – albeit in much smaller portions as 80% of our stomachs will have been removed. But I know that what we want will change. How do I know this? It already has. A couple of weeks ago when we received our…
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    The Kitchn | Inspiring cooks, nourishing homes

  • What's a Good Meal to Make for a Neighbor? — Good Questions

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Q: We met a lovely couple via a mutual friend around a month ago, and they just moved into our neighborhood this week. READ MORE »
  • Game On, Community Cookbooks — Southern Living Has Set the New Standard — New Cookbook First Look

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The book: The Southern Living Community Cookbook by Sheri Castle The angle: The best stories and recipes from over 50 years of Southern Living reader submissions — a true community cookbook. Recipes for right now: Crispy Cheese Wafers, Muffuletta Dip, Skillet Fried Chicken with Gravy, Spoonbread, Grandma's Ambrosia, Baked Barbecue Beans, Garbanzo Beans and Spinach Stew, Banana Pudding, Bourbon Balls Who would enjoy this book? Southerners and Southerners-at-heart. READ MORE »
  • Recipe: Nutella Hot Chocolate — The 10-Minute Happy Hour

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Coming in from the cold, nothing beats a nice cup of hot cocoa — unless it's a nice steamy mug of Nutella hot chocolate. No, you needn't be a rosy-cheeked child to indulge. In fact, join us this happy hour for a mug of spiked (or not!) hot cocoa that everyone will love. READ MORE »
  • The Amazing Victorian Kitchen Makeover — Apartment Therapy

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    From Apartment Therapy → The "Va Va Voom Victorian" Kitchen Makeover This 1880s townhouse underwent a major renovation, and the kitchen and dining room were torn down and rebuilt completely. The results? Charming and all dressed in pink! READ MORE »
  • Learn How To Say "Cheers" Around the World

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    How do you toast to good booze and great company? Typically in the United States you say "cheers," but that phrase and its meaning changes as you travel around the globe. In National Geographic's new show Chug, Zane Lamprey travels around the world and tries local drinks and learns how to say "cheers." READ MORE »
 
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    Gigabiting

  • Read It and You’ll Never Buy a Mexican Tomato Again

    Janice
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
      This weekend the Los Angles Times wrapped up an explosive 4-part investigative series exposing the horrific conditions at Mexican farm labor camps. Product of Mexico pulls no punches as it takes readers into the worker camps attached to industrial mega-farms that send millions of [...]
  • Holiday Weight Gain: The Unwanted, Un-returnable Gift of the Season

    Janice
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
      The holidays are fattening. That’s true. We pack on the pounds. That’s a myth. The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper shares his 7 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain with the cast of the Today Show. WebMD gives us 10 [...]
  • Top Food Inventions of 2014

    Janice
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    It wasn’t just cronut-inspired pastry hybrids. 2014 brought the doughssant, the doughscuit, and the crookie. You could even call the Taco Bell waffle taco a direct descendent of the trendy pastry mashups. But it’s good to know that the year’s food [...]
  • Nothing Says Merry Christmas Like Custom, Edible, and Anatomically Correct

    Janice
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    Your name on a Christmas stocking is so old school. Custom gifts that use digital imaging and 3D printing will put a contemporary spin on personalized holiday gift-giving.    Choc-Edge will render your face (or Santa’s) in dark, milk, or white chocolate. Just [...]
  • There Really is an ISIS Jihadi Cookbook- because even a Mujahideen marches on its stomach

    Janice
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:07 am
      ISIS is actively recruiting women to help with the domestic side of holy war.  The jihadists are on social media outlets scouting for western women willing to travel to Syria to cook and clean for “Allah’s soldiers.” And not just any western women; they seek [...]
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    Harmonious Homestead

  • Kindling {Homestead Haiku}

    Rachel
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    There are so many big plans in the works that I’m finding it hard to write here. Instead, I’m spending a lot of time at the chopping block. Making kindling is my winter weeding, a meditative, productive exercise. Do you know the joy of splitting kindling? ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Kindling {Homestead Haiku} is a post from Harmonious Homestead. If you like what you read, please consider supporting us with a donation or visit the Harmonious Homestead shop for ebooks and favorite tools. Thanks! The post Kindling {Homestead Haiku} appeared first on Harmonious Homestead.
  • Mushroom Gravy {Video Recipe}

    Rachel
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:28 pm
    This one time, on my birthday, at 8 in the morning, I made my mushroom gravy recipe in front of a video camera with Adrienne from XOXO Cooks. Here’s the result, featuring a cameo by Nightshade the cat: Gravy is serious business this time of year, though we make gravy year round. My method is the same for sausage, mushroom, or poultry gravy. Brown aromatics and additions, melt in butter, cook an equal amount of flour with the butter, pour in the liquid, whisk until thickened, and voila – smooth and tasty gravy. What’s your favorite kind of gravy?
  • Scenes from Pre-Thanksgiving

    Rachel
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
        1. live turkey from a local farmer, the only way I could source a heritage breed a week before the normal turkey day 2. brining the turkey 3. jiggly gelatinous turkey foot stock 4. rolling homemade yeast rolls 5. Lil calculating dough ball weight 6. baked rolls 7. knife sharpening observed by a springer spaniel 8. making cocktails 9. Lil and her Thanksgiving menus 10. the roasted bird We’re traveling to Saint Louis later this week to meet a new nephew so we had an early Thanksgiving meal with other family this weekend. Everything was made from scratch, many ingredients…
  • Announcing the little farms

    Rachel
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    I’ve long been inspired by the permaculture movement. It just makes sense to invest time in longer-growing, diverse groups of plants because work in the present can benefit for years to come. When I read Mark Shepard’s Restoration Agriculture, I began to see perennial design as a potential humanity-saving system of agriculture and potential income stream. I was puzzled about how to achieve restoration agriculture on an urban scale. Only when Mark Shepard came to my house this fall for a workshop did the last piece to fall into place. Restoration agriculture can’t be a…
  • Care & Feeding of Sourdough Culture

    Rachel
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Winter is a great time to add a new pet to the family. No, this isn’t another post about Annabel. And I’m not referring to the bee checking out this jar either. I’m talking a pet of the culinary variety – sourdough. Sourdough is a grain-based, aerobic, yeast and bacteria culture. The most vibrant sourdoughs are made over years of using and feeding, but there’s nothing particularly complicated about keeping sourdough. The easiest method is to start with a strong starter shared by a friend. If you need to start one yourself, here’s what to do: 1) Set aside…
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    Easy Recipes, Tips, Life, Travel, DIY - Savorysweetlife.com

  • Chocolate Chocolate Chip Mint Crinkle Cookies

    Alice Currah
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Christmas and cookies go hand in hand like Valentine’s Day and hearts. This year I’ve been intentional about not baking too many holiday cookies and only making the ones I really really love. And boy, do I love these chocolate minty bites of bliss, also known as Christmas Chocolate Mint Crinkle Cookies. Known as chocolate […]
  • Save Your Favorite Savory Sweet Life Recipes on Yummly

    Alice Currah
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    So many people spend so much time searching the internet for recipes forget about them later because they store them in the browser’s bookmarking system.  There is an easier way to store all those recipes you find in a visually organized way.  I am happy to let you know you can now save Savory Sweet […]
  • Homemade Sour Cream Gingerbread Pancakes

    Alice Currah
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    The holidays is always bittersweet for me.  Coming from a large family, Thanksgiving to New Years has become a time of remembrance of family who have passed away.  This time of year doesn’t have the same warm fuzzy feelings as it once did.  It’s been almost three years since my dad passed away abruptly just […]
 
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    BiteClub Restaurants Dining and Food

  • Holiday Meals on a Budget: Dinner for 8 under $75

    biteclub
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    TwitterGoogle+The post Holiday Meals on a Budget: Dinner for 8 under $75 appeared first on BiteClub Restaurants Dining and Food.
  • Bay Area Chef Cookbooks 2014

    biteclub
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    TwitterGoogle+The post Bay Area Chef Cookbooks 2014 appeared first on BiteClub Restaurants Dining and Food.
  • The French Laundry Lottery?

    biteclub
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Lotto tickets + French Laundry = A magical friendship? So okay, let’s just come right out and say it. When did “foodies” become a new lotto demographic? (Okay, there was this guy with the “sweet tooth”.) Not to say that I’m not giving an Emerald Scratcher some serious consideration. Because I mean…it is the French Laundry and that’s some serious cheddar. But…oh man. Thomas must be cringing. If you can’t handle all the exclamation points, the gist is that you buy an Emerald 10 scratcher lotto ticket and take a picture of yourself with…
  • Help Victorian Farmstead Meats

    biteclub
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    TwitterGoogle+The post Help Victorian Farmstead Meats appeared first on BiteClub Restaurants Dining and Food.
  • Madrona Manor’s Jesse Mallgren: Food Porn

    biteclub
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Recently, Madrona Manor chef Jesse Mallgren (@madronachef on Twitter) hosted a dinner with Chef Scott Anderson of Elements Restaurant in New Jersey. It’s not often that you get two amazing chefs cooking at the height of Dungeness season, pairing 9-plus courses with incredible wines, sake and a pear cider than nearly made me weep. If you haven’t been to the Manor, you’re missing out. Mallgren is one of my very favorite chefs in Wine Country, and has quietly been turning out some of the most creative, forward-thinking food for several years. Just to torture you, the following…
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    Cooking with Thas

  • Egg curry in Roasted Coconut Gravy- Egg Curry Recipe

    Thas
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Poached egg in roasted coconut gravy, one of my favorite egg curries… In Kerala cuisine, there are many dishes that can be made with eggs. One of the evening snacks loved by most people is Egg puffs, in which hard boiled egg roast is used to stuff the puff pastry. Egg curries can be made many ways, most delicious egg curries are made by adding coconut milk or ground coconut. I’d already posted the recipe for making a few egg curries, here are the recipes. My most favorite egg curry is this one obviously made by my mom, in which eggs are poached in roasted coconut gravy.
  • Chicken Soba Noodle Stir Fry – Soba Noodles Recipe

    Thas
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour, have a nutty flavor and tastes incredible when stir fried with chicken and veggies… Recently, I came across soba noodles at the Asian isle in the grocery store. I became curious and soon got into the investigation mode. The noodle has brown color and on the ingredients list it said: buckwheat flour and enriched wheat flour. Buckwheat flour, huh? I kind of liked that as I had tried buckwheat before and loved it. A couple of packs of buckwheat soba noodles literally hopped into my shopping cart. I am a huge stir fry fan as it gives me the…
  • Dragon Chicken Pizza

    Thas
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Homemade pizza base topped with dragon chicken… I have to agree that homemade pizzas are healthy and less greasy. It can be made just like restaurant style and can be topped with any kinds of ingredients. Every time, I make pizza I try different kinds of topping. So far, my favorites are ground beef pizza, pesto chicken pizza and butter chicken pizza. I took a couple of days off from work and enjoying some relaxed time at home. Of late. I’ve not been trying different dishes in my kitchen. Hence, I don’t have much to blog as well. On week days, after I get back from work, I…
  • Easy Broccoli Pesto Soup

    Thas
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Broccoli pesto soup; Pesto made this soup taste delish… Those who follow my blog might know by now that I’m a true pesto freak. I can literally have it everyday, the aroma and the flavor of basil pesto is such a delight. I spread my pizza dough with pesto, combine pasta with it, stir fry chicken in pesto, I’ve done so many things with it. However, this was the first time I’d added pesto to my soup. I should have done this long before, pesto made this broccoli soup taste so much better. For more Broccoli Recipes, click here. Recipe for making Basil Pesto Broccoli Pesto…
  • Chicken Couscous Soup- Couscous soup

    Thas
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Hearty ground chicken and couscous soup, it’s more like chilli soup, perfect on a cold winter day… As winter arrives, I make more soups and a bowl of any warm soup would make me feel cozy. Every time I make soup, I tend to add different ingredients, spices, veggies etc. I just can’t resist that temptation. The other day, I started making chicken chilli soup, as the cooking progressed I deviated from the original chilli recipe and ended up adding couscous to the soup. Now, that turned into a different kind of soup. I loved the addition of couscous to this soup, it was perfect…
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    A Sweet Spoonful

  • Nibby Chocolate Buckwheat Shortbread

    megang
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    I had every intention of starting a new tradition this year and hosting a cookie swap with some of our local friends, but somehow the season really got the best of me and it just hasn’t happened. But! That hasn’t stopped me from getting a head start on holiday baking; I posted a photo on Instagram the other day of some of my very favorite holiday cookbooks, and asked if there was a way we could all just take the whole week off to bake instead of work. Judging from the responses, it seems I’m not the only one who thinks this would be a really great idea. But back here in…
  • Winter Morning Porridge

    megang
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    I intended on baking holiday cookies to share with you today, but when I sat down to brainstorm all I could think about, truly, was the morning porridge I’ve been making and how that’s really what I wanted to send you away with. The holiday season always seems to zoom on by at its own clip with little regard for how most of us wish it would just slow down, and this year feels like no exception. We got our tree last week and I’ve been making a point to sit in the living room and admire the twinkle as much as possible. I have lofty goals of snowflakes and gingerbread men and…
  • Butternut Squash Lasagna with Sage Tofu Ricotta

    megang
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    We recently had our favorite day of married life yet. When I tell you what it consisted of, you may worry or chuckle. Sundays used to be sacred in our house in the sense that it was our one day off together. We’d often read the paper, get a slice of quiche at Cafe Besalu, or take walks around Greenlake or Discovery Park. But now Sundays are generally when I work the farmers market for Marge Granola, and Sam helps me set up and take down each week, so they’ve taken on a very different feel, one more of work than leisure. So a few months ago, after mildly panicking that we no longer…
  • Dark and Spicy Pumpkin Loaf

    megang
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    It turns out that returning from a sunny honeymoon to a rather rainy, dark stretch of Seattle fall hasn’t been the easiest transition. Sam and I have been struggling a little to find our groove with work projects and even simple routines like cooking meals for one another and getting out of the easy daily ruts that can happen to us all. When we were traveling, we made some new vows to each other — ways we can keep the fall and winter from feeling a bit gloomy, as tends to happen at a certain point living in the Pacific Northwest (for me, at least): from weekly wine tastings at our…
  • Morocco: Travel Notes

    megang
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    I’ve written briefly about our recent honeymoon, and today I wanted to post some highlights from Morocco for those of you interested in visiting someday. We were in Morocco for one week, and really should’ve planned to be there ten days (or more). We spent our time in two of the major cities, Marrakech and Fez, and then joined a very small tour heading out to the Sahara for a camel trek. During our brief time there, I feel like we saw a great deal of the contrasts the country has to offer — from bustling souks and markets to quiet, star-studded desert skies. Here’s a…
 
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    lisa is cooking

  • Lentil Croquettes with Yogurt Sauce

    lisa is cooking
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    I knew all about the pastries and breads made at Tartine Bakery and have read and baked from the books by Elisabeth Pruett and Chad Robertson. But, I didn’t know what kinds of culinary creations were happening at the restaurant Bar Tartine with co-chefs Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns. I received a review copy of the new book, Bar Tartine, and learned about their approach to crafting every part of a dish in-house. They source the ingredients to dry and grind their own powders like yogurt... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Coffee Walnut Shortbread Cookies

    lisa is cooking
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    I started off cookie baking season with a few completely new and different varieties. I wanted to bring some treats to a meeting, and I knew several of the people attending avoid eating gluten. Luckily, I had a review copy of Alice Medrich’s latest book, Flavor Flours, to use for inspiration. Medrich set out to experiment with flours like rice, oat, corn, sorghum, teff, buchwheat, coconut, and nut flours to discover new flavor combinations, and all of the recipes in the book are gluten-free.... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Cranberry Pie with Pecan Crumble

    lisa is cooking
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    I always have a hard time choosing what to make for Thanksgiving dessert. It was especially difficult this year since I’d just read a couple of new baking books and had even more delicious ideas than usual. There were two different sweet potato pies that were very strong contenders, and I’m already planning to choose one of them for the top of next year’s list of dessert considerations. After some serious reflection and dessert-focused meditation, I decided to go in a fruity direction with the... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Citrusy Quinoa Salad with Avocado, Cucumber, and Almonds

    lisa is cooking
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    This is Thanksgiving week. I’m getting ready to bake bagels and start on a buttery pie crust. I’m double-checking my shopping list for how many total cups of cream I need before I rush out to gather the rest of the ingredients for the big day. Our menus for breakfast and the main meal are planned, and they’re full of rich and decadent things suited to a holiday that’s all about food. And, now I’m showing you a not-so-Thanksgiving-y light and lovely quinoa salad. Maybe think of this as the... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Benne-Buttermilk Rolls

    lisa is cooking
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    “I believe that both professional chefs and home cooks can move their cuisine forward by understanding the past and knowing where their food comes from. I hope that my experiences will move more people to research their heritage and find inspiration from the food and traditions they grew up with.” In a nutshell, that’s what Sean Brock’s new book Heritage is about, and I received a review copy. He finds inspiration in the foods from southwest Virginia where he was born as well as those from the... 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

  • Where to Stay, Eat and Play in San Diego: Part 2

    Melody Fury
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    This is a 3-part series on my best restaurant experiences, activities, and hotel stays during my vacation in balmy San Diego. La Pensione Hotel Good morning indeed!  We woke up in the heart of Little Italy, a charming neighbourhood studded with a variety of independent cafes and eateries.  We were hosted by La Pensione, a modern boutique hotel that has a fine balance of comfort and style.  This hotel was in a prime location that’s conveniently midway between the airport and downtown. La Pensione Hotel in Little Italy in San Diego California | Melody Gourmet Fury Light-filled lounge…
  • Update! 21 Days for Good Challenge with Snap Kitchen

    Melody Fury
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    I have one week remaining in Snap Kitchen‘s 21 Days for Good Challenge and so far, I’ve been feeling pretty dang fabulous.  Looking back at my goals, I see that my energy level is remaining high, I’ve been staying focused on my work, and not having to shop and cook frees up more time for me to spend with loved ones.  I even managed to sneak in an extra hour or two of sleep here and there. I’ve also learned many healthy alternatives to incorporate into my cooking after this challenge is over (e.g. using dates as a thickener/ sweetener, adding steel-cut oats to my…
  • Where to Stay, Eat and Play in San Diego: Part 1

    Melody Fury
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    I was in a desperate need of a break.  The last time that we went on vacation was to Chicago in the smack middle of winter in 2013.  This year, I needed some sun on my skin and sand between my toes.  We haven’t seen my good friend Beau Charles from Vancouver since he married SoCalWineDiva so we thought it’s a just the excuse we needed to check out San Diego. This is a 3-part series on my best restaurant experiences, activities, and hotel stays during my vacation in balmy San Diego.   The Lafayette Hotel Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows in San Diego California |…
  • Brussels Sprout Kimchi Recipe from The Everyday Fermentation Handbook

    Melody Fury
    2 Nov 2014 | 3:10 pm
    I can eat kimchi on pretty much everything. On eggs, sandwiches, in soups, pizza, pasta, you name it. One of my favourite ways to eat kimchi is in stir-fried udon with butter,  tobiko (flying fish roe), and a sprinkling of seaweed – a Guu Izakaya classic. Finished product: Brussels Sprout Kimchi Recipe from The Everyday Fermentation Handbook | Melody Gourmet Fury Cookbook publishers often offer me free review copies, which I’m flattered by.  However, I usually turn them down because most are simply not that interesting.  For our cookbook collection, we focus on quality, not…
  • Eating Clean: 21 Days for Good Challenge with Snap Kitchen

    Melody Fury
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I just picked up the first 3 days of food for Snap Kitchen’s #21DaysForGood challenge.  Starting tomorrow, I’ll be eating clean and healthy meals for 21 days, according to their Snap Commit plan.  I’ll also continue my training and pushing myself physically and mentally everyday. I’m excited that they picked me as a participant, alongside 20 others from Austin, Dallas, and Houston.  This is perfect timing because it counts down to my birthday on Nov. 21st.  We are not paid to participate but if we win the challenge, Snap Kitchen will donate $3000 towards a charity…
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    La Fuji Mama

  • Holiday Thermapen Giveaway!

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:12 pm
    I am just starting my holiday shopping, so please don’t tell me if you’re already done with yours!  We’ve had so much going on in our family, that I feel like I’ve been running at a full sprint just to keep up.  So I’ve spent this week brainstorming what to give to who.  If any of you are in the same boat, I hope that today’s giveaway will help someone out!  I mentioned my love of the ThermoWorks Thermapen in a previous post and today I’m giving one away! If you are trying to think of a gift for a cook in your life, you should definitely consider…
  • Drop Treats On Someone’s Porch — 24 Days of Giving

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    Just in case you missed it, this month I’ve been working on a fun project from Multiply Goodness called 24 Days of Giving.  From December 1st through the 24th, there is an invitation posted to complete a specific act of giving.  My family has loved the experience so far, and the first thing that Squirrel does when she wakes up in the morning is to rush upstairs and open the envelope of the next challenge.  In preparation for the project I was asked to complete one of the challenges and then write about it.  I got thrown a challenge that was completely in my wheelhouse, to drop…
  • Leftover Turkey Ramen

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    *I hope you’ll join me in participating in 24 Days of Giving—one simple way each day, from December 1st through the 24th, to do an act of service for someone else. You can get all the details you need here. ——————————————————————————– I hope you had the most amazing Thanksgiving!  I know we did!  Now that you’ve eaten your turkey dinner, and then leftovers (maybe turkey sandwiches?), are you sick of turkey yet?
  • Turkey Bone Broth — Don’t throw away those bones after dinner tomorrow!

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Tomorrow, after you’ve eaten your Thanksgiving feast, the leftovers have been put away, and you’re cleaning everything up, DO NOT throw away those turkey bones!! If you do, you will be missing out on a turkey that can keep on giving. Instead, pull out your slow cooker, and throw the turkey carcass into it, along with some vegetables and water, and let it all simmer for a day, until you’ve got a rich golden broth. Then strain that broth through several layers of cheesecloth, or a fine mesh sieve, and pour the broth into jars. You can either freeze the broth, or use it up…
  • Last-Minute Thanksgiving Planning

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Do you have your Thanksgiving menu planned yet?  Or are you mostly ready, but have a few things left to figure out?  Or maybe you’re one of those people who had it all planned out a month ago, down to what table linens you’re going to use, what foods will go into what dishes, and who will be sitting where?  If you’re one of those people, I’m jealous!  I’m in the camp of people who plans for a month and then changes everything at the last minute.  I’m a nightmare.  Seriously.  So if you find yourself still needing to make menu decisions, I’m…
 
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    True Food Movement

  • All About Avocado Oil with Two Easy Recipes

    admin
    30 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    credit: Lisa Johnson Avocados in my salad, yes please!  Avocado oil?  I had never used it before when a care package landed on my doorstep, and I quickly surveyed some facts. One of the highest smoke points out there, between 480°F and 520°F High in monounsaturated fats and Vitamin E Enhances the absorption of other nutrients like Vitamin K Used as cooking oil and as a beauty product to improve skin appearance and fight wrinkles The flavor will vary depending on processing, the lighter the color, the lighter the flavor In fact, when I asked people on Facebook if they’d heard of it,…
  • Teaching Kids To Bake

    admin
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:09 pm
    My son burst excitedly through the door … “Mom! We have to cook two loaves of bread! One for us and one to sell for charity.” I looked at him a bit puzzled. “Um, okay, but why?” Turns out King Arthur Flour has a program called Bake for Good and my son’s seventh grade class was one of the participating schools. I had a good excuse to “teach kids to bake.” King Arthur provided the kids with all the necessary ingredients and directions to bake two loaves of bread. One stayed with the family and the other was sold at school with the proceeds going…
  • Too Much Pumpkin?

    admin
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    credit: Flickr “For pottage and puddings and custards and pies Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon If it were not for pumpkins we should be undoon.”  ~ Pilgrim verse, circa 1633 Do we really need pumpkin pie soda? For decades, we’ve cooked with canned pumpkin and created all sorts of dishes with grow-on-the-vine pumpkins, but the last few years has seen an explosion of everything pumpkin. Pumpkin beef jerky? Sure! Why are we suddenly so crazy for pumpkin? I’m completely blaming Starbucks for this one. They introduced…
  • Farm Fresh Zucchini Bread Recipe

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    I love local cookbooks, I’m always on the hunt for them.  I found a great one recently, Morning Glory Farm, and the family that feeds an island by Tom Dunlop.  Morning Glory Farm is located on one of the most special places on earth, Martha’s Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts. The book compiles stories about island living, managing a thriving farm in a difficult environment, and 70 recipes.  The first baked good the farm ever sold was zucchini bread and this recipe produces two delicious loaves. Some Recipe Notes The recipe calls for two cups of sugar, one per loaf!
  • Presenting This Year’s Clean Fifteen!

    Greg Wymer
    5 May 2014 | 12:01 pm
    image courtesy of NutritionalAnarchy.com Last week, we wrote about the 2014 Dirty Dozen, the fruits and vegetables determined by the Environmental Working Group to have the most pesticide residue present when making it to the produce section at your local store. These are the items that are best served or you to purchase from the organic section to keep you and your family from potentially digesting some harmful toxins. The flipside to this annual list is the Clean Fifteen … the fruits and veggies that had the least pesticide residue and are the safest to eat in terms of conventionally…
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    Living Trader Joe's

  • On Location The New Trader Joes in Washington DC

    Delaina & Kris
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Recently we visited a Trader Joe’s in Washington DC! Fun right? I love to check out Trader Joe’s stores whenever we are traveling for two reasons: They will have consistently good stuff that I love They will have new stuff that I have not seen before On a previous trip to Washington DC, we noticed […] The post On Location The New Trader Joes in Washington DC appeared first on Living Trader Joe's.
  • Trader Joe’s Gingerbread House Kit

    Delaina & Kris
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    This year we finally tried the Trader Joe’s Gingerbread House Kit! I have seen these kits for years and thought … FUN! but never got around to trying them out. There was always some reason or another holding me back- But not this year…. 2014 was the year. What makes this story even more odd, […] The post Trader Joe’s Gingerbread House Kit appeared first on Living Trader Joe's.
  • Trader Joe’s Haul

    Delaina & Kris
    6 Dec 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Check out all the goodies that we got at Trader Joe’s today!   So I did not want to show you everything (Like the sliced mushrooms or HOW many of those awesome soups we got)  but instead just wanted to show off some of the more interesting items that we found today. Bath Salt Trio- […] The post Trader Joe’s Haul appeared first on Living Trader Joe's.
  • How To Make Outrageously Delicious Fudge- Ebook now Available !

    Delaina & Kris
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    * * *Hello Fellow Fudge Lovers * * * Are you searching for an EASY way to make Outrageously Delicious Fudge at home? Then you will want to check out my latest Ebook- How To Make Outrageously Delicious Fudge   In this short ebook you will find: A Quick & Easy Fudge Recipe A Step-by- […] The post How To Make Outrageously Delicious Fudge- Ebook now Available ! appeared first on Living Trader Joe's.
  • How to Cook Fish in the Oven

    Delaina & Kris
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Here is a super simple recipe for cooking fish in the oven. This recipe will work for any thin white fish- such as Tilapia. Check at your Trader Joe’s store in the frozen fish section and choose a fish that looks good to you. Make sure to thaw the fish overnight in your refrigerator before […] The post How to Cook Fish in the Oven appeared first on Living Trader Joe's.
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    Bitches Who Brunch

  • Second State Brunch

    The Bitches
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Second State opened late this fall in the former Mighty Pint location, and the renovation is startling. The Americana restaurant is inspired by whiskey and the state of Pennsylvania, and serves more than 30 different rye whiskeys, artisan ice, hand-crafted cocktails, and farm-to-table fare. The restaurant is run by Reese Gardner, Pennsylvania native and the DC restauranteur behind Copperwood Tavern, Irish Whiskey Public House, and the forthcoming Union Social (in Noma) and Orange Anchor (on the Georgetown Waterfront). The small, 62-seat space was designed by female designer and entrepreneur…
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sour Cream and Crispy Shallots

    Emily, Bitch in the City
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Sweet potatoes are their own food group in my house. I’d be completely content including them in every dinner I cook, from sides of sweet wedges to mains of creamy pureed soup. I love them for the delicious flavor, but it doesn’t hurt that they are a nutritional powerhouse and have so many health benefits. People tend to incorrectly associate the sweet potato with the regular potato, immediately dismissing it as an unhealthy starch. It’s so much more than that!! Do yourself a favor and make these super easy baked sweet potatoes with crispy shallots for your next meal. These…
  • The Lust List: Rustic Winter Accessories

    Ally, Bitch in the City
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    It’s no secret that we are Bitches on the go. Between all holding full-time, high pressure jobs, managing the website, brunching, balancing brunch carbs with boutique fitness, and squeezing in some time with loved ones, we’re rarely in one place for too long. Especially for the New York Bitches, it’s impractical to have a car, so we brave the wind chill and load on the layers to stay toasty from point A to point B. One of our favorite winter looks is rustic winter accessories. Thick cableknits, cozy faux fur, and oversized buffalo plaid are classic and timeless, and can be…
  • Bitch at Us: George Pagonis of Kapnos

    Cori Sue
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Chef George Pagonis of Kapnos is driven by one thing: his family. Raised by two Greek parents who operated a Greek diner in Northern Virginia, he is committed to cooking the kind of food that would make them proud. Beyond this culinary foundation, he was trained by DC master chefs José Andrés and Mike Isabella. Chef George is now living his dream by operating Kapnos, a Greek restaurant that cooks food from his family’s home country with an innovative twist. Inspired and encouraged by his good friend and business partner Mike Isabella, George packed up his knives to join Top Chef Season 12…
  • Recap: ABC’s The Taste Season 3 Cocktail Party

    Nikkia, Business Bitch
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    What happens when you mix delectable, unique dishes with a nice matchup of competitive, talented chefs? The Bitches were ecstatic to find out how something as such could unfold when we were invited to attend a cocktail party to celebrate the premiere of ABC’s hit culinary reality series, The Taste. We were there for a specific reason: to cheer on our favorite Bitch: Chef Lindsey Becker. Chef Lindsey is a personal chef in Manhattan and the founder of the Date Dish. A close friend of the Bitches, we turn to her for healthy cooking advice and the best recipes to meet every need: date night,…
 
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    Mexico in my Kitchen

  • Mexican Christmas Dishes

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    The meals eaten in Mexico for Christmas Eve vary from region to region, and as mentioned before, every cook adds his/her personal touch to the recipes. Here is a list of some of the traditional recipes you can find here on the blog to celebrate this Christmas with a Mexican theme.On Christmas Eve, or “Noche Buena”, families will often have for the their main dish the Stuffed Turkey (filled with ground meat), the Roasted Adobada Pork Leg, or the Roasted Pork Leg in wine marinade.Other families will have tamales, which will also vary with family traditions or the regional customs. Here you…
  • Cheese and Chorizo Turnovers – Volovanes de Chori-Queso Estilo Veracruz

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    This post is part of a compensated campaign, sponsored by Latina Bloggers Connect and Cacique. The opinions expressed are mine. Keeping up with the fun and easy snacks I posted last week, today I’m sharing a recipe for “Volovanes”. They’re a really quick way to fix dinner, and you can even have the little ones help out. They also make perfect appetizers and finger food for your holiday parties, and are great for making a fun movie night with the kids.Volovanes, named after the French “Vol-au-vent”, are a typical snack for a mid-morning or late afternoon pick-me-up for the…
  • Spicy Peanuts Snack to watch “Guardians of the Galaxy”, a post by my son

    12 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OwnTheGalaxy #CollectiveBiasOne of the things we love to do as a family is go to the movies, which of course, leads to us having a lot of movies at home.  This summer, our favorite movie was Guardians of the Galaxy, and now it’s finally available on home video. To watch the release of this fantastic movie, we prepared these Spicy peanuts as a snack. It’s a snack loved by many in my country, and is usually sold in small packages, but is also really quick and easy to make at home.
  • Rompope Mexican Eggnog Recipe

    11 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    I read somewhere that when you move to another country, one of the things that you miss the most is the food from your homeland. You can adapt to the new climate, culture, and customs, but your taste for the food back home can never be replaced. Sadly, it can sometimes be hard to recreate those meals, since not all of the ingredients are available to you. For us, one of the things we missed from Mexico was Rompope, a drink very similar to Eggnog. In Mexico, it is readily available at most supermarkets and liquor stores, but it is not sold here in the States. It didn’t seem to hard to…
  • Healthy Honey Recipes, Honey for the Holidays

    8 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HoneyForHolidays #DonVictor #CollectiveBiasFor some time now, I’ve been wanting to write about the many home remedies we make at home using Honey, and my favorite Honeycomb, made in USA Honey.  Moms and Grandmas in Latin America believe in the benefits of this sweet nectar, and never forget to use it when taking care of their loved ones. These are traditions that many generations of Mexicans believe in, and some of them have been passed down to me by my mother and…
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    Cooking | Add a Pinch

  • Perfect Prime Rib Recipe

    Robyn
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This prime rib recipe results in the perfect prime rib every time. Perfect for the holidays or special occasions. With step by step tips! Prime rib is one of those dishes that takes center stage no matter when you serve it. Rightfully so, too. Also referred to as standing rib roast, it is beautiful served throughout the holiday season, at parties, or for special occasions. Luckily, it couldn’t be much easier to prepare! I have a few tips for making your prime rib absolutely perfect every single time. Tips for Perfect Prime Rib Prep Purchase. I prefer to buy a bone-in prime rib as I…
  • Mocha Punch Recipe

    Robyn
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    This mocha punch recipe is delicious served hot or cold! The perfect punch for all sorts of special occasions or when entertaining. This past summer, I helped host a bridal shower for a friend of our family where mocha punch was served. I sort of embarrassed myself when I had my first sip. I’m not normally one to carry on dramatically about things. I’m more conservative in that regard. But let me tell you, this was the one time that anyone within the vicinity of me knew exactly how much I loved this punch. And, if by chance they didn’t hear me, they could easily see how…
  • Southern Breakfast Casserole Recipe

    Robyn
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This Southern Breakfast Casserole recipe is a delicious make ahead breakfast idea! So light and luscious, this breakfast casserole makes a family favorite meal! My mother has always been a wonderful hostess. She has the gift of welcoming guests and immediately making them feel right at home. Growing up, I was always amazed at how she could make every dinner party she hosted seem as if it was an everyday occurrence for her and having drop in guests was never an issue. She actually thrived on it. I also learned from her that by being prepared for such events in advance, she was calm, cool, and…
  • Coconut Macaroons Bars Recipe

    Robyn
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Coconut macaroons bars are like crisp, crunchy, and chewy coconut macaroons on a buttery shortbread crust. I made these bars to take to my mother-in-law’s this past weekend for lunch. Since that side of the family has grown with three weddings over the last three years and half of the grandchildren being college-aged or older, it can be a bit more difficult for everyone to be able to come back to his parents’ house on Christmas Eve so she began planning for a time when everyone could get together before Christmas. It can be a chore to arrange a time for 37 people who live in…
  • Heritage Frosting Recipe

    Robyn
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This Heritage Frosting Recipe has been one that has topped Red Velvet Cake in my family for as long as I remember. Heritage frosting includes ingredients and is made a bit differently from how you might think of a frosting, but definitely don’t let that scare you away from making this wonderful frosting recipe. Heritage frosting is made by cooking flour and milk over low heat until it is thick, then allowing it to cool completely. As it cools, you whip together butter, sugar and vanilla until they are light and fluffy before adding the butter mixture to the cooled flour mixture and…
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    A Couple Cooks

  • Homemade Hot Cocoa + A Life Update

    Sonja
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Hi, it’s me (Sonja). I struggled about what to write in the post. I don’t want it to seem sensationalized, or to share too much. But I just couldn’t write the normal “post” pretending I’m all cozy for Christmas because I’m actually wrapped in blankets, shivering, with my face the. Here are the Cliff’s notes: I have a rare form of leukemia called CML (I wrote about it here in March), diagnosed in April 2009. I had no pain but my spleen was enlarged because my white blood cell count was very high. I immediately went on Gleevec, a miracle drug.
  • Herb Butter Popcorn

    Sonja
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Any popcorn addicts out there? I’ve admitted a few times that popcorn is a huge weakness for both Alex and me. Luckily, we’ve broken our daily habit (though popcorn + Netflix is so darn comforting after a long day at work, am I right?), and started using it for special occasions. This recipe counts as a “special occasion” kind of popcorn, and it’s a perfect easy entertaining recipe and healthy snack for Christmas parties and holiday gatherings. Alex whipped this up a few weeks ago for a party, and it accidentally turned out so delicious that we wanted to…
  • Last Minute Gifts: fashionABLE + Handmade Apron Giveaway

    Sonja
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    With Christmas quickly approaching, here are a few last gift ideas for you that we’re so excited to share! You can also enter to win a homemade apron from my friend Ulrike – see below for details. fashionABLE Mamuye Tote or Scarf Want to buy a Christmas present and support sustainable business in Africa? Our friend Lindsey turned us on to fashionABLE, a business that works on long-term solutions to fighting poverty, with a focus of creating opportunities for vulnerable women. fashionABLE works with partner org Women At Risk to help rehabilitate former sex trade workers in…
  • Homemade Biscuits & Cranberry Orange Chia Jam

    Sonja
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Here’s a Christmas brunch idea from the two of us. Alex made these biscuits for a biscuit and gravy cook-off we had with his family a few weeks ago. First let me say, I had never heard of biscuits and gravy until I moved to Indiana. They are not a “thing” in Minnesota, and I was very confused by the concept (you eat that for breakfast?). Alex’s stepfather Joe is a tried and true biscuits and gravy aficionado, so Alex had idea of battling him with a vegetarian gravy. Against Joe’s biscuits from a tube and white gravy with sausage, Alex came to the plate with…
  • Soft Gingerbread Cookies + A Healthier Christmas Cookie

    Sonja
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:10 am
    Here it is: a recipe that’s been years in the making. Each holiday season, Alex and I try to create “healthier” takes on our favorite cookies, and gingerbread men have been on our list for at least 4 years, mainly because of nostalgia. Growing up outside of Minneapolis, my family used to take my sister and me to a Dayton’s holiday display at Christmas, a life-sized department store window display filled with animated characters from stories like Pinocchio or the Velveteen Rabbit. We would wait for hours to walk through, my sister and I waiting in expectation for…
 
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    Chow and Chatter

  • Turkey Vegetable and Barley Soup

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:53 am
    I made this soup with the leftovers from the Thanksgiving Turkey including the broth made from the bones and some herbs and vegetables. It was easy to make nourishing and tasty. With Christmas coming up I thought it was the perfect time to share. So save those bones and make a tasty soup with them, you could even make a big batch and freeze some. My sister in law really enjoyed this we all have such lovely memories of their visit from Scotland and they really enjoyed an American Thanksgiving.Ingredients:for the broth:a few big Turkey or chicken bones 1/2 an onion sliced3 cloves of…
  • Christmas Wreaths

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    When I was walking the other day I saw some parts of a christmas tree by the roadside it must have fallen off a car. I have never made wreaths before but couldn't resist taking it home to try. I found some old wire coat hangers, bent them in the shape of a circle and piece by piece wrapped the fir branches around it holding together with twine. There is a video below, the wreaths were surprisingly easy to make and I made 4 from my find :-) a couple for friends one for our living room and one for our sweet girls bedroom.  a wee demo of how I made the wreaths  The best part…
  • Scottish Oatcakes

    6 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    Oatcakes are a traditional cracker in Scotland often eaten with a good cheese. They are made with simple ingredients and healthy I had some wonderful ones on the Isle of Arran in the summer. Anne shared her recipe with me a few months ago its super simple to follow and as we go into the holiday season these would make a great addition to a cheese plate. They are wonderful with the British Branston Pickle. I meet Anne on Vine a wonderful 6 second video sharing app. Anne makes wonderful and artistic vines from Scotland I have included a couple below. If your on vine be sure to follow her…
  • Mendenhall Plantation Jamestown NC

    30 Nov 2014 | 2:44 pm
    I recently meet a friend at city lake park in High point North Carolina its a wonderful park with a play area and a lake and in the summer it has a vintage steam train and a carousel for the kids. Across the street there's a wonderful old house and museum. I noticed it was open so the wee man and I popped over it was great and we were the only folks there so got a private tour with the man who runs it. The house dates back to 1811 and was built by a British quaker family. The home, another house that was a doctors surgery and medical school, barn, tannery and a store across the street was a…
  • Acorn Squash Risotto

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:49 pm
    I made an acorn squash risotto recently although personally not my favorite risotto, I have now made a few.I feel using seasonal squash and pumpkin is fun this time of year. I just adore risotto its a wonderful one pot meal and really a blank canvass to add new ingredients to.Ingredients:one acorn squashtwo cups of vegetable stock4 cloves of garlic chopped1/2 red onion chopped1/4 cup of white wine2 cups of waterone cup of Arborio Ricea little freshly grated parmesan cheese Method:cut the acorn squash in half, remove the seeds and bake in a little water at 400 F for 30 minutes until soft,…
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    Grabbing the Gusto

  • Green Bean Casserole

    deirdrereid
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Green Bean Casserole | Grabbing the Gusto Everybody thinks of green bean casserole as a Thanksgiving dish, and it is, but we love it anytime during the chilly season. It’s just that kind of cozy, comforting dish, the kind of dish you’d bring to a Christmas or holiday potluck, or serve as part of a special weekend dinner. Making green bean casserole from scratch is easy. There’s no need to rely on canned soup. Instead, make a béchamel sauce – that’s just fat (in this case, butter), flour and milk – nothing fancy. You may know it as a white sauce. Simple stuff. This béchamel is…
  • Roasted Spiced Butternut Squash with Maple and Bacon

    deirdrereid
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:47 am
    Roasted winter squash goes so well with leafy greens – kale, collards, spinach, or any of the other greens you can find in the farmers market right now. I don’t really have a recipe, I tend to wing it. Sometimes I want heat, sometimes I want sweet, and sometimes, like a few nights ago, I wanted both. And bacon, I really wanted bacon in there. Here is just one of the many ways I prepare squash. The exact amounts will depend on the size of your squash and your personal taste. You could also use this basic recipe for other winter squash and sweet potatoes. I forgot to do one thing the…
  • Maple Walnut Salmon

    deirdrereid
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    When in doubt, add maple and walnuts. What a scrumptious combination. Maple and pecans are a pretty nice pair too. But, today, as I write this, I’m remembering how good this maple walnut salmon was and thinking it will be on the menu again soon. I found this recipe on The Healthy Foodie and said to myself, “Why have I never thought of this?” I’ve crusted both fish and chicken with almonds, pistachios and walnuts. And a jug of maple syrup is always hanging out inside my refrigerator door. But I never took that extra step. I’m glad The Healthy Foodie thought of it first. Like I would…
  • Small Space Gusto – Holiday Dinner Parties: 12.15.14

    deirdrereid
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:35 am
    A small kitchen (or home) shouldn’t hold you back from your dreams of hosting a Christmas or holiday feast. Good friends and family don’t mind being cozy. And you’d be amazed at what you can do in a small kitchen. When I lived in an apartment with a small galley kitchen in Arlington VA, I used to invite 12-14 people over every year for my annual Christmas party. I made a few appetizers, a few entrees and some sides, plus dessert. And my eggnog and Irish coffees. Once you get used to cooking in a small kitchen, you can make it work. Sure you can ask guests to bring a dish, but if…
  • On the Menu: 12.14.14

    deirdrereid
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:42 am
    There’s not much on the menu this week because I’m heading to a conference tomorrow and won’t be back until Thursday. Tonight we’re having leftover slow cooker chicken Marsala, a recipe from Simple Nourished Living that I tweaked a bit. I used thighs, instead of breasts, which melted in the cooker – so flavorful. I added pancetta and oregano to the ingredients because why not. This is serious comfort food. We’re also having leftover polenta and collards casserole. I made some easy microwave polenta, added some parmesan cheese and butter, and spread half of it on the bottom of a…
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    Guilty Kitchen

  • Speculaas Cookie Butter and More!

    Elizabeth
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    There’s something I don’t really talk much about around here that is somewhat of a contentious issue in the blogging world: freebies. When I first started this blog way back in 2009 it was purely out of boredom and wanting to have an outlet where I could display all my talents and hobbies, namely cooking, writing and photography. Fast forward five years and I’ve made a bit of a name for myself in the oversaturated world of food blogging (what some deem to be a dying trend). In those five years, I’ve been approached by countless companies, brands, PR firms and…
  • No-Bake Spiced Cheesecake Bars

    Elizabeth
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    Have I got a good post for you today friends! In the spirit of the season, and because I LOVE giving stuff away (like, it’s weird how much I like to give…), I’m giving away this amazing prize pack from our good friends at Nature’s Path Organics! Oh my goodness! If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen me post this picture last week: (...)Read the rest of No-Bake Spiced Cheesecake Bars (149 words) © Elizabeth for Guilty Kitchen, 2014. | Permalink | 22 comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh
  • Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Elizabeth
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:16 pm
     Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins This week was a whirlwind of craziness and I loved every minute of it! I had photoshoots all week for my “other” job at EAT Magazine, here in Victoria BC. Check out my work, if you feel so inclined. My Dad turned an amazing 60 years old and being a child of the internet age, I plastered his Facebook News Feed in hilarious memes. It’s a great way to show you are thinking about someone who is far away, on a beach, with no postal address. I also attended Canada’s version of the SuperBowl, the Grey Cup which was held in…
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014

    Elizabeth
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    It’s that time of year again my friends…really, the BEST time of year. I like to start celebrating the holidays as soon as Halloween is over. I know a lot of people don’t get that, and that’s fine (to each their own), but for me, getting into a holiday kind of mood helps me get through the bleak winter months to come. I don’t necessarily focus directly on Christmas either, just being with friends and family, snuggling, warm and cozy nights at home, good food and lots of celebrations. Pretty much from now until the end of January is “the…
  • Pumpkin Muffins

    Elizabeth
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    Are we right in the middle of fall? I know a lot of my readers are from all over the US and weather can vary, but here in Canada, at least this week, it’s beginning to take that turn…you know…the polar vortex. One day it’s beautiful and sunny out, pleasant, balmy temperatures (still in a t-shirt even!), and then the next day, BLAMMO! It’s below zero and you are wearing two pairs of pants to drop off the kids for school in the morning. It’s not just me right? Being that I can’t fit my butt into most jeans, and I’m too lazy to wear much more than…
 
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    Mission: Food

  • Almond Phyllo Swirl

    Victoria
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I love Moroccan food. Although I've had limited experience (mainly dining at Cafe Mogador in NYC), what I've tasted of Moroccan flavors is right up my alley, and really reflects many ingredients from my own Middle Eastern/Armenian heritage. Therefore I was intrigued when I received a review copy of Sharing Morocco by Ruth Barnes, and couldn't wait to try some recipes.The book has a huge range of authentic Moroccan recipes (with beautiful photographs), including fresh vegetable based dishes and tagines of all kinds. The Marrakech Fish Tagine with Olives and Chickpeas is high on my list to try,…
  • Cranberry Sage Pie

    Victoria
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you want to make the ultimate pie for Christmas, look no further than this Cranberry Sage Pie from The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book. Not only is the filling vibrant red, but the tart and sweet cranberries and mild herbaceous sage really highlight holiday flavors in this gorgeous seasonal pie.The pie crust is perfection, super flaky with the delicious flavor of real butter. Arrange a pretty lattice or keep it simple with a standard top crust, cut with ventilation slits. A sprinkling of demerara sugar, or in my case raw sugar, adds a bit of sweetness and crunch to the golden brown…
  • Chicken Braised in Saffron, Almond, and Egg Yolk Sauce (Pollo en Pepitoria)

    Victoria
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I absolutely love Spanish flavors, whether they are found in traditional tapas dishes, such as Patatas Bravas, or in more homey, comfort food dishes, like Soupy Rice with Chicken. Spaniards definitely have it going on regardless of what they're cooking, and I love experimenting in my kitchen testing out both familiar and unusual Spanish recipes.As the days are getting shorter, and the weather getting colder and colder, I can't help but crave comfort foods, namely those that are slow-cooked and slathered with delicious sauce. Braising is perhaps the ultimate cooking technique for winter, and…
  • Maple Buttermilk Custard Pie

    Victoria
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a lovely seasonal pie featuring a tangy, creamy filling sweetened with maple, and a toothsome crust speckled with crunchy cornmeal.It's unusual compared to most holiday pies (think pumpkin, pecan, apple, etc) but it still truly reflects the flavors of the season. Although it can be a little sweet and a little rich, the essence of the buttermilk and sour cream really offset the sweetness.The crust is fantastic, mirroring a traditional pie crust but with some cornmeal in the mix to add some much needed texture to compliment the silky smooth filling. One thing I really love about making…
  • Homemade Sauerkraut

    Victoria
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I'm a big fan of creating things from scratch in my kitchen as often as possible. My experiments have ranged from homemade cheeses, crackers and beyond. When I recently received a review copy of Fermented Vegetables by Kristen and Christopher Shockey, I realized the recipes in this book would be a novelty in my kitchen. Although I'd pickled things before, I had never fermented anything. Not really.The book includes step-by-step guides (with photos!) for mastering everything from Sauerkraut to Brine Pickling and Kimchi. I never realized that fermenting vegetables really only requires a couple…
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    Savoring Time in the Kitchen

  • Snowflake Cookie Tree Stack

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    Oh, Christmas Tree; Oh, Christmas Tree!I've had this cookie stack idea in my 'to do' file for a loooooong time, and finally got around to trying them this past weekend.  You may have seen them before but made with star cookie cutters.  There are even kits to make them. I had been looking for a set of 6 graduated stars for these but I when I looked through my Christmas cookie cutters, I found I had a set of 4 four graduated sizes of snowflakes cutters and realized I could try making 3-4 cookies of each size snowflake for the stack, starting with the largest and working up to the…
  • Fairy Food Candy

    9 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    This candy is known by many names as I've discovered while researching recipes.  Here, in the Milwaukee area, we call it Fairy Food.  Other parts of the country call it Sponge Candy, Puff Candy, Hokey Pokey, Cinder Toffee, Molasses Puffs and Sea Foam.  Wow! That's a lot of names for the same candy! Basically, Fairy Food tastes like puffed and crispy sweet molasses wrapped up in good chocolate.  If you knew how expensive it is to buy good Fairy Food, you would know why I was on a mission to try and make it myself.The making of Fairy Food is really a miracle of…
  • Duck Confit Parmentier

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    I can cross one thing off of my Foodie Bucket List.  I made duck confit this week!  I love roasted duck and duck confit. Whenever I'm in a restaurant that serves duck, I will order it but I've rarely made duck myself and never have I made duck confit.Don't run away if you don't like duck.  I think this recipe would be perfectly adaptable to roasted chicken thighs or even the dark meat from your Thanksgiving turkey. Parmentier is a French version of Cottage or Shepherd's Pie.  Comforting and oh, so delicious.  The driving force behind this recipe was the cookbook that…
  • Apple Cake with Toffee and Caramelized Apples

    9 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    If you are more of a cake person than a pie person, this could be the perfect Thanksgiving dessert for you.  I tested this recipe on my family this past weekend and there was already talk of messing with tradition this year.  Heresy, I know, but understandable after you taste this cake. The apple cake is first baked then drizzled with a toffee glaze while still warm.  Toothpick holes poked in the cake help the glaze sink deep into the cake and flavor it with warm, toffee-flavored goodness creating a toffee 'crust' on the bottom when it cools. If that doesn't sound…
  • Skillet Brownie Pie ~ Treat! No Trick.

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Need a quick and easy treat? This one comes together fast! This is my favorite brownie recipe.  I decided to make it in a skillet to take to a friend's home recently so it could be cut into wedges and served with raspberries and vanilla ice cream.  This time, I decided to add some caramel bits to the batter. Sound good?Right after baking, the brownies are very moist and the caramel bits were melted and soft.   After a night in the refrigerator, these babies can be cut neatly and served like a candy bar.  They will last for several days refrigerated if you don't eat them…
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    Roti n Rice

  • Cucumber Mint Sandwiches

    Linda
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    These light and delicate Cucumber Mint Sandwiches can be enjoyed as a mid morning snack or savored later in the day with your favorite cup of tea. The post Cucumber Mint Sandwiches appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Creamy Sausage Vegetable Soup

    Linda
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    This Creamy Sausage Vegetable Soup is especially warm and comforting on chilly days. It is delicious served with crusty bread. The post Creamy Sausage Vegetable Soup appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Raspberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake

    Linda
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    This fine textured Raspberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake is perfect for tea time or the holidays. It is wonderfully fragrant, moist, and delicious. The post Raspberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Cranberry Sauce Skillet Scones

    Linda
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    Use your leftover cranberry sauce to make these soft, tender Cranberry Sauce Skillet Scones. They are delicious served with whipped cream and a cup of tea. The post Cranberry Sauce Skillet Scones appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Apple Pie with Crumb Topping

    Linda
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    Deliciously spiced apple filling in a fragrant gluten free almond crust make this Apple Pie with Crumb Topping a winner. Step-by-step instructions included. The post Apple Pie with Crumb Topping appeared first on Roti n Rice.
 
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    Rouxbe Online Cooking School Blog

  • Cooking School in the Sky with Rouxbe & JetBlue Airways

    Joe, Co-founder of Rouxbe
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    JetBlue partners with Rouxbe as part of their Fly-Fi Hub launch. Cooking enthusiasts can now learn to become better cooks whenever they travel with JetBlue.   NEW YORK (November 24, 2014) – JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), New York’s Hometown AirlineTM, is partnering with content providers Coursera, FOX, HarperCollins Publishers, National Geographic, Rouxbe and Time Inc....
  • Gardein™ Sends Customers to Cooking School at Rouxbe

    Barb, Dir Student Services
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    The Fastest Growing, Plant-Based Protein Brand Is Sending Customers To Cooking School Vancouver, B.C. (November 17, 2014) – Garden Protein International, Inc.— the makers of gardein™, the delicious plant protein brand currently sold in over 22,000 stores across North America—today announced a partnership with the acclaimed Rouxbe Online Cooking School, the leading educator for culinary...
  • American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Recognizes Rouxbe Online Cooking School!

    Ken, Vice President Culinary Training
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
      Rouxbe Cooking school has been recognized for quality education by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation – marking a giant step forward for Rouxbe by acknowledging the important role that a quality online program has in today’s culinary training and educational markets. In addition to offering culinary instruction for home cooks and cooks training...
  • Rouxbe Hosts Award Winning Chef Matt Haley

    Barb, Dir Student Services
    16 Jun 2014 | 3:11 pm
      The James Beard Foundation’s 2014 Humanitarian of the Year, The National Humanitarian from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the 2014 Cornerstone Humanitarian from the National Restaurant Association — no chef in history has ever been awarded these three high honors — especially in one year. But with Matt Haley’s focus on using...
  • Learn to Grow Your Own Food w/ Rouxbe Cooking School

    Joe, Co-founder of Rouxbe
    24 May 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Learn to Grow Your Own Food Given that our roots are in teaching people how to cook better, we thought it made sense to start the process of teaching people how to grow their own food. Learn how to grow your own food with us as our team takes on this new and exciting challenge...
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    Turntable Kitchen

  • Single Serving: Oceaán – Veritas (Young & Sick’s Mixed Feelings)

    Matthew Hickey
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Los Angeles’ Young & Sick (the project of Nick van Hofwegen) tackles Oceaán‘s “Veritas” and holy shit does he ever nail it. He completely reframes the original with a brand new arrangement that maintains the original’s ivory-framed melody and vocals while constructing a brand new, bewitching composition. On repeat.
  • Single Serving: Oxford Drama – Limbo

    Matthew Hickey
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    We became a little obsessed with Polish duo Oxford Drama after discovering their debut EP earlier this year. Their latest single “Limbo” is set with a highly textured, slowly percolating ambiance that builds along a bright, bouncing bass riff and deep, gradually unfurling percussion. It’s lush and thoughtfully arranged; a warm and simmering treat for a cold Winter day. We found a handful of extra copies of our previously sold out Pairings Box debut single for their track “Asleep/Awake.” We’ve made them available with our Curated Coffee & Vinyl…
  • Top 10 Albums of 2014 (by Shelly West)

    Shelly West
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    *photo by Wyatt Worcel This year brought a lot of changes to Turntable Kitchen. In addition to the launch of the new website and the release of new products in the shop, 2014 also marked the first year we’ve had regular contributors on the site. Those contributors are a huge part of why this year’s also been the best year yet for Turntable Kitchen. For that reason, it only made sense that we ask them to contribute some of their favorites from the year. Below you’ll find contributor Shelly West’s “Top 10 Albums of 2014.” You can see Shelly’s Author Page here and read many…
  • The 10 Best Shows of 2014 (by Andrew Brandt)

    Andrew Brandt
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    This year brought a lot of changes to Turntable Kitchen. In addition to the launch of the new website and the release of new products in the shop, 2014 also marked the first year we’ve had regular contributors on the site. Those contributors are a huge part of why this year’s also been the best year yet for Turntable Kitchen. For that reason, it only made sense that we ask them to contribute some of their favorites from the year. Below you’ll find contributor Andrew Brandt’s “Top 10 Best Shows of 2014.” You can see Andrew’s Author Page here. Let us know what he missed in…
  • Top 10 Live Performances of 2014 (by Jeffrey Silverstein)

    Matthew Hickey
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    This year brought a lot of changes to Turntable Kitchen. In addition to the launch of the new website and the release of new products in the shop, 2014 also marked the first year we’ve had regular contributors on the site. Those contributors are a huge part of why this year’s also been the best year yet for Turntable Kitchen. For that reason, it only made sense that we ask them to contribute some of their favorites from the year.  Below you’ll find contributor Jeffrey Silverstein’s “Top 10 Live Performances of 2014.” You can see Jeffrey’s Author…
 
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    Jersey Bites

  • Give the Gift of a Great Meal

    JerseyBites
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Want to give the gift of a great night out with friends or family? Consider supporting a Garden State restaurant and pick up a gift card or two to one of your favorite eateries. If you need a bit of inspiration, check out the list below, with links to coverage by the Jersey Bites writing team. Mangia! ATLANTIC […] The post Give the Gift of a Great Meal appeared first on Jersey Bites.
  • A Night Out: New Year’s Eve 2014

    JerseyBites
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    “What are we doing for New Year’s Eve?” “Where should we go?” The answers to these questions—and more—may very well be listed below. And if you know of another great New Year’s Eve celebration happening in the Garden State, let us know and we’ll add it! Bloomfield The Orange Squirrel will offer three prix-fixe menus for […] The post A Night Out: New Year’s Eve 2014 appeared first on Jersey Bites.
  • Keeping It Simple with Kings

    Karin K. Nastawa
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:34 am
    Usually I’m relegated to last-minute appetizer prep and wine-opening duty on Thanksgiving, but I spent this past holiday with my future in-laws, and my help in the kitchen was more than welcomed. Wednesday, as the snow fell outside, my future mother-in-law and I spent the entire afternoon in the kitchen preparing casseroles and cookies. Around […] The post Keeping It Simple with Kings appeared first on Jersey Bites.
  • Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

    JerseyBites
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    UPCOMING EVENTS! December 17: Westfield Memorial Library presents “Eating Healthy During the Holidays,” hosted by writer Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta. The program will discuss the best nutritional holidays recipes and helpful hints on healthy eating. It is open to any Westfield Memorial Cardholders or members of MURAL, the Middlesex County library exchange program. Westfield Memorial Library, 550 […] The post Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond appeared first on Jersey Bites.
  • Last-Minute Foodie Gift Ideas

    Rachel
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
      Still looking for gift ideas for the foodie(s) in your life? Look no further than this handy list of delicious and, in some cases, educational, possibilities. A gift certificate to one of these businesses is a great way to support small, local businesses while giving big! Bongiovi Brand Pasta Sauce — Luxury tomato sauce. Read […] The post Last-Minute Foodie Gift Ideas appeared first on Jersey Bites.
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    A Culinary Journey With Chef Dennis

  • Stuffed Lobster, Stuffed Shrimp and Stuffed Mushrooms for the Holidays!

    Chef Dennis Littley
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:27 am
    With the winter holidays just a few weeks away, its time to kick the menu up a few notches to give your holiday guests something to talk about!  And what could be better than Stuffed Lobster, Stuffed Shrimp or Mushrooms all stuffed with a delicious crabmeat stuffing!   Now thats something to celebrate! The crab imperial I use for those delicious creations is really easy to make and will go alot farther than you think.   It is a little more expensive, but definitely a meal everyone will remember. Most supermarkets carry 4 oz lobster tails and thats the a perfect size for stuffing, look for…
  • Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas and Recipes – Around the Kitchen Table

    Chef Dennis Littley
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Thanksgiving and any of the winter holiday celebrations that follow always means there’s going to be turkey on the table.   And that means leftovers and whats better than Thanksgiving Leftovers! But after a few days of turkey sandwiches and platters, you start thinking of other ways of transforming those leftovers into something not quite as recognizable….sigh. Two of my favorite ways to use up leftover turkey or chicken are pot pies, because I love Pot Pies!  It’s a comfort food that I remember from my childhood and the perfect meal for a fall or winter night. This year I…
  • Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

    Chef Dennis Littley
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    It’s almost Thanksgiving and what would the holiday be without a few traditional Thanksgiving pies to help celebrate the season!   Our table wouldn’t be complete with at least two of our favorites one of which has to always be Pumpkin Pie! Through the years I’ve tried different recipes but I always go back to the recipe on the back of the Libby’s can, with just minor adjustments.  You really can’t go wrong with that version of the holiday standard. This years desserts will also feature a Gluten Free Apple Crumble Pie since I’ve been eating GF these days.
  • Thanksgiving Recipes – Sweet Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce & Cole Slaw

    Chef Dennis Littley
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays…..well except for the ones I’ve worked.   It’s a day to see family and friends, a time to come together and give thanks for all the blessings  you have in your life.   This year we’ll be celebrating at home in Florida and it will be the first Thanksgiving in a long time that we didn’t have one of our furbabies around to help us celebrate.   They  were truly a blessing that we will both miss this year. Fortunately for us our extended Orlando Family , Greg, Carolyn and Jenn will bringing over their…
  • On the Road with Chef Dennis – TuckAway Shores Resort

    Chef Dennis Littley
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:40 am
    Lisa and I celebrated the Anniversary of our first year in Florida last Tuesday and I began thinking about all the wonderful places we’ve been to since our arrival in Florida and how I’d love to share them with my friends. I didn’t have to think very long about it, because I knew that Google+hangouts would be the perfect way to share my adventures, and since most of these adventures would be road trips,  it only seemed natural to call the series “On the Road with Chef Dennis” I quickly cobbled together a banner to promote the premiere edition of my new show,…
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  • Turkey Chilaquiles

    Megan
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Turkey chilaquiles are a quick and flavorful dinner option using precooked turkey breast. I work from home, and a lot of people think that means I’m free to do whatever I want all day and have no trouble whipping together dinner on a daily basis. Ha. Working from home means juggling three part-time jobs with varying deadlines, two of which involve recipe testing and photography. It means picking up the kids at different times, making sure the first does his homework and getting snacks for both. It means doing all the laundry all the time (seriously, I know it’s a mom cliche, but…
  • Brussels Sprouts Crostini

    Megan
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Brussels Sprouts Crostini is a great appetizer for Christmas or New Year’s Eve. Oftentimes, I care more about the appetizers and snacks more than the main course of a meal. In many restaurants, the appetizers and small bites are just so much more interesting, with a wider variety of ingredients featured or the promise of being able to try quite a few things at once. I don’t think there’s any shame in building a meal out of multiple appetizers, especially if you’re sharing with friends. And when you think about it, apps-only parties are often the best ones, because you…
  • Creamy Dill Potatoes

    Megan
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Creamy dill potatoes are a simple side dish for your holiday buffet table. Growing up in the Midwest, potatoes were something we ate often. To me they optimize the comforting food you crave when anything goes wrong. Perhaps this is because they so ultimately remind me of family, of the times before my brother and I reached high school and we still had dinners around the table. I also have a memory of falling asleep in a chair before dinner, and answering questions about potatoes while I slept. How many other foods can you dream-request? While we almost exclusively had mashed potatoes when I…
  • Saffron Buns

    Megan
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Saffron buns are the traditional way to celebrate December 13, St. Lucia Day. They’re also great with coffee or as part of a buffet. While my grandfather is Swedish, we didn’t celebrate too many holidays in the Swedish fashion. Once I was an adult and decided to learn more about the culture, I found out I had missed out on years of being St. Lucy, wearing a white gown and a candle crown on my head. Granted, I’m not sure how well I would have done with a bunch of fire on my head, but as the youngest cousin I probably wouldn’t have minded a little extra attention.
  • Pan de Higo

    Megan
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Pan de higo, Spanish fig cake, is a wonderful addition to your cocktail party cheese plate. Plus, enter to win a food processor thanks to sponsor Hamilton Beach! Whenever my friends and I get together, we make sure to stock up items for the cheese plate. A day of working? Cheese plate. A day of baking? Cheese plate. Heading to a restaurant? Yep, we’ll probably order the cheese plate. Of course, since I come from Wisconsin, this sort of behavior should be expected. And really, can you blame me? There’s so many different kinds of cheeses, and so many things to pair them with, that…
 
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  • The cast of The Wanderer's Children talks FOOD! (plus Chocolate Soufflés and a fun giveaway)

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:36 am
    Heads-up—this is a lengthy feature, but it includes a review, an interview, a sinfully delicious chocolate soufflé recipe, a 50% book discount code, and a ridiculously cool giveaway. If you could carve 10-15 minutes out of your day for a little escape, I'd love it if you'd take that escape with me here today. I love finding a good book series.  Sometimes I "discover" them late in the game and come home from the library with a stack of them—because I have to start from the beginning (I'm the same way with tv series). Other times I'm lucky and discover them from book one. That's what…
  • Pickled Cranberries and a Dirty Cranberry Gibson

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    The cranberry-madness still has a hold on me. I seriously can't enough. Anytime time I make something, I stop to wonder if cranberries would go well in it. Over the years, I've always had at least two or three bags of cranberries in my freezer at any given time. Right now I have zero, and it's making me a little uneasy. I'm worried that next time I go to the market, they'll be all gone—that I'll have missed my chance for the season. Since that hasn't happened yet, I'm just gonna go with the flow. So,  you know how Food Network Magazine has those awesome little inserts every month? They…
  • Pomegranate Salad - Sharing Morocco blog tour + giveaway

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:33 am
    Are you knee-deep in holiday sweets yet? Since it's already two weeks into December, that scenario is almost impossible to avoid. It can be easy to forget that life is not all about the butter...the sugar...the chocolate...the glacé fruit (okay, maybe nobody ever thinks it's about the glacé fruit). That is why I'm sharing this salad with you today. Okay, that and the fact that I'm today's stop for the Sharing Morocco blog tour! The thing is, looking at this salad, you don't necessarily think healthy. You think beautiful—or at least I do. The deep, rich reds and greens that come straight…
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    Escaping the Rat Race

  • Cast Iron Skillet Roast Chicken

    14 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    I probably make a roast chicken once a week: its easy, provides versatile leftovers, and is a lean healthy alternative (especially how I eat the rest of the week).  I'm always looking up new recipes to keep it "fresh and exciting".  I came across this recipe and may have found my preferred vehicle for roasting: a cast iron skillet.  The chicken sits on a bed of vegetables (so air circulates under it), it crisps up the vegetables, and lets them bathe in chicken dripping goodness.  I also like that the chicken is rubbed all over in butter....oh well, so much for a lean…
  • Buttermilk Rosemary Cheddar Biscuits

    1 Jun 2014 | 5:46 pm
    What goes perfectly with sausage gravy?  What is the ideal base for an Eggs Benedict?   What is the scariest / traumatic Pillsbury product to open because it explodes when you open it? The correct answer to each is the ever versatile biscuit.  For years I have wanted to make biscuits from scratch, but never had buttermilk on hand.  It was so easy that I may never take the Pillsbury shortcut again.Ingredients 2 cups - All-Purpose Flour, plus more as needed1 tbsp - Baking powder1 1/2 tsp - Kosher salt12 tbsps - Cold unsalted butter (diced)1/2 cup - Cold buttermilk 1 -…
  • Carolina Wings

    3 Feb 2014 | 5:59 pm
    My absolute "go-to" dish when entertaining large groups of people (or a Super Bowl party) are these wings. The wings are made in the oven which makes them crispy, easy to make, easy to clean up, and healthier. My preference are wingettes over chicken wings (you can fit more on your baking sheet pan and they are easier to eat with one hand).  My typical rule of thumb is one pound (6 wingettes) per person. Ingredients2 lbs - Chicken Wingettes 1/4 cup - KetchupHealthy Splash - Red Wine Vinegar1/4 tsp - Red Chili Flakes1 tbsp - Adobo Sauce (canned Chipotle Peppers are kept in Adobo…
  • Fettuccine with Cauliflower and Spicy Bread Crumbs

    1 Feb 2014 | 4:03 pm
    I have a confession: 10 years ago, my idea of pasta for dinner consisted of boiling dry pasta from a box and adding Prego.  My world opened up when I discovered a myriad of different sauces (brown butter sage, aglio e olio, etc) that are simple to make and well worth the effort.  I found this recipe in Food & Wine by my favorite Philadelphia chef, Marc Vetri (Osteria and Vetri). This recipe has layers of complex flavors (anchovies, garlic, onion), umami overload (anchovies and parmesan), and has nice added texture (toasted spicy bread crumbs).  Ingredients 12 oz -…
  • Almond Meal Flour Pancakes

    25 Jan 2014 | 10:14 am
    I'm constantly tinkering with my Pancakes from Scratch recipe. A "Good Day" for me starts out with pancakes, crispy bacon, and a sunny side up egg (sorry Ice Cube, but I need some hog in the morning). I had some almond meal flour lying around (I've been planning to make macarons for years) and I played with the flour ratio of my recipe.  Enjoy the fruits of my experimenting....   Ingredients1 - Egg3/4 cup - All Purpose Flour 1/4 cup - Almond Meal Flour6oz - Carnation Evaporated Milk1 tbsp -Sugar2 tbsp - Canola Oil1 tbsp - Baking Powder1/2 tsp - Kosher Salt1 Tsp - Vanilla Extract…
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    My Man's Belly

  • Jam Shortcrust Christmas Cookies

    Pamela
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    These jam shortcrust Christmas cookies are so simple and delicious you'll make lots of them. All your Christmas cookie recipes should be this easy. Check out the site to get the recipe and relationship advice you know you want.
  • Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe and Chocolate Fudge Recipe

    Pamela
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    Peanut butter fudge or chocolate fudge? Doesn't matter because this easy fudge recipe will let you make whichever one you like - or make both. Check out the site to get the recipe and relationship advice you know you want.
 
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  • Creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin

    Zerrin
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    Creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin is creamy without heavy cream. You don’t need to buy cream when you have butter, flour and milk in hand.You can easily prepare a creamy sauce with these ingredients and use it in various dishes. A creamy sauce makes any vegetable more edible for the veggie haters. So if there is someone picky in your family, this is a must try recipe for you. I’d agree if someone says that brussels sprouts are such bland vegetables. They might not have a strong taste when raw, but you can end up with a fantastic taste with these miniature cabbages if you follow the right…
  • Avocado and Chickpea Sandwich

    Zerrin
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Avocado and Chickpea Sandwich has become my favorite sandwich these days. I’m not a quick lunch or dinner person, especially on chilly days. I always have time for a heart warming soup or a comforting stew. So I hardly have sandwiches as a meal, but they make perfect snack for me. Sandwich for snack. Isn’t that your type of thing? Do you think it causes gaining extra calories? What if the sandwich is so darn good and healthy at the same time?  You can definitely have this Avocado and Chickpea Sandwich for lunch because it’s satisfying too. Unlike high-calorie sandwiches with a lot of…
  • Honey Carrot Cake Bars

    Zerrin
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Honey Carrot Cake Bars will definitely be one of your favorite cake bars. I’m quite sure you will love these even if you want frosting on your cake. These bars are super moist and they taste so good that you don’t even need any frosting when eating them. The good news: The recipe calls for a little olive oil, no butter and no sugar. I used Greek yogurt and honey instead. So these carrot cake bars can take their place in the healthy desserts category. There are some other reasons why I call these healthy. Continue reading if you are in search for healthy yet yummy cakes. Greek yogurt is…
  • Meltaway Christmas Cookies

    Zerrin
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    Meltaway Christmas Cookies make the best holiday gift ever. It s very easy to make these. Even easier than going to a shopping mall and looking for the perfect gift for your beloved ones. These are ready in less than 30 minutes. Pack them in jars or fancy looking mini boxes and give whoever you like. You don’t need to worry about the Christmas gifts any longer, just make these fantastic edible gifts and make your friends and family smile. The best thing about these Meltaway Christmas Cookies is that the ingredients make about 12 dozens. So you can give them to as many people as you like.
  • Mashed Potato Pancakes

    Zerrin
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Mashed Potato Pancakes are the perfect way to use up any leftover mashed potato. Potato based things are always welcomed in our home and these pancakes are one of our favorites. What I love about these guys is that they magically transform one yummy thing to another in a matter of minutes. Well, we are fan of all latke or fritter kind of things. Who wouldn’t die for such Carrot Feta Zucchini Fritters? Don’t you think they make perfect appetizers any time? I think all vegetables that are considered boring especially by kids and husband easily become edible when they are made in this form.
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  • Peppermint Blossom Cookies

    Marye Audet
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    Peppermint Blossom Cookies are buttery vanilla cookies with a white chocolate peppermint kiss in the center. They are slightly crumbly, very buttery, and I have it on good authority that they are one of Santa’s favorites! I had plans to make about four different kinds of cookies this week but I think I overextended myself … Continue reading »
  • Cap’n Crunch French Toast

    Marye Audet
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Cap’n Crunch French toast with a Southern twist? What’s not to like? I have to confess that as a kid I was somewhat of a Cap’n Crunch addict. Long before Crunch Berries, Peanut Butter Crunch, or anything else the Cap’n and I had a standing date on Saturday mornings. Of course I got older and … Continue reading »
  • Chocolate Cherry Bon Bons

    Marye Audet
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Chocolate cherry bon bons are always some of the most popular cookies on the cookie tray. A dark chocolate cookie dough is spiced up with a little chipotle then a Maraschino cherry is pressed in the dough. A thick layer of ganache is spooned over the entire thing and it’s baked. Just incredible, I promise. … Continue reading »
  • Sweet Potato Hash

    Marye Audet
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
    Sweet Potato Hash is an awesome twist on traditional hash. Cubed sweet potatoes, bacon, onion, and peppers are sauteed and mixed with just a little maple syrup to sweeten it. Ancho peppers add a little spicy kick. [pullquote]It is important to always eat some fat with sweet potatoes. It helps your body to absorb the … Continue reading »
  • Cranberry Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies

    Marye Audet
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:33 am
    Cranberry oatmeal white chocolate cookies are as much a mouthful to say as they are to eat. You might also know them as Hooty Creeks. Chewy oatmeal cookies with a crispy edge are filled with tangy dried cranberries, buttery toasted pecans, rich white chocolate chips, and a burst of citrus flavor from a combination of … Continue reading »
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  • The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:10 am
    Who hasn’t landed on a lavishly curated new blog, garnished with extravagant photos tucked between every mouthwatering paragraph, and cursed the fact that the potential for smell-o-vision technology has not been fully realized yet? Better yet, where are those edible 3-D printer inks when you need them? It’s the best and worst aspects of the blogosphere that are inseparable: Inspiring recipes from all corners of the globe can be instantly beamed into your home, but the ferocious hunger that they incite cannot be be satisfied by mere visuals alone. Although this far-flung community…
  • Tools of the Trade

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    From the whimsical to the downright frivolous, no matter how well-intentioned, holiday gifts all too often stray into the realm of triviality. Rounding out my unplanned posting week of festive shopping suggestions, I’d like to remedy that dilemma with a battery of truly useful toys, all crafted for the avid cook, baker, and gadget geek at heart. Thermoworks has long been serving professionals in the culinary industry with better methods of temperature measurement, and that very same attention to detail, quality, and durability has been applied to all of their consumer offerings. The…
  • Mastering the Art of Curry

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    Ever the skeptic, expectations remained firmly at ground-level right up until the sturdy packing tape was sliced open, revealing a true gem of a holiday gift, securely wrapped in that unassuming cardboard box. Sure, I knew more or less what I was getting when I agreed to investigate the lavish assortment of spices included in the Kitchen Master Curry Kit, but that’s all I had pictured: Loose, uninspiring ingredients, assembled for convenience. Never have I been more pleased to admit being wrong. Complete with a full compliment of pungent, piquant, and bold seasonings, the inclusion of a…
  • Uncommon Excellence

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    ‘Tis the season of giving, although in this modern age it may be more accurate to say that it’s the season of shopping. Judging by the influx of gift guides already lining the pages of blogs both big and small, I’d have to assume that everyone already has more ideas for their holiday handouts than they know what to do with. If you’re anything like me though, these lists serve not to inspire better offerings to share with loved ones, but to capture my own desires. No matter if I’m looking at suggestions geared towards photographers or lumberjacks, I promise you…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Lolitas Who Luncheon

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
 
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  • Don’t Even Act Like I Don’t Cook Wild Mushroom Crepes. I Got the Recipe Right Here.

    KelsEats
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    The post Don’t Even Act Like I Don’t Cook Wild Mushroom Crepes. I Got the Recipe Right Here. appeared first on KelsEats. Wild Mushroom Crepes with Bechamel Sauce Who thinks, “Hmmm, what to have for dinner tomorrow?” and randomly has an intense craving for wild mushroom crepes with Bechamel sauce? I feel like this can’t be normal. Nevertheless, a few weeks back this inexplicable vision and deep gut feeling led me to cooking up this meal on a Wednesday night, and let me tell you, the feeling was right! I ended up creating a Wild Mushroom Crepes recipe that was so…
  • Ahooooooooooooo! Craftsman and Wolves is Legit

    KelsEats
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The post Ahooooooooooooo! Craftsman and Wolves is Legit appeared first on KelsEats. Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Whoa now, Craftsman and Wolves, you’re comin’ in hot. Here’s what I like about you – you’re a little arrogant. How so? I mean c’mon, the dapper baker at the helm, William Werner, sells fancy-shmancy lookin’, bougie-sounding sweets and savories (i.e. a haute dog, with beet chips), displayed with enough space between each item to make you think you’re shopping for designer goods. Well, I guess in the world of pastry, the fare that’s…
  • The Oysters that Stole My Heart and Got Away

    KelsEats
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    The post The Oysters that Stole My Heart and Got Away appeared first on KelsEats. If someone had told me a week ago that I’d spend 4+ hours on a Saturday night researching one very specific, rather unknown oyster – a Canadian oyster at that! – I would’ve been amused by the thought, but also slightly concerned that I’m not reaching out to friends enough. But what can I say, last night I was consumed by the thought of a Chef’s Creek oyster, a variety that, to be fair, I plan on having in my life like a new best friend. Why did inspiration strike last night, you ask? Well, for…
  • The Industry All-Stars: Craig Lane

    KelsEats
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    The post The Industry All-Stars: Craig Lane appeared first on KelsEats. If the mustache is the measure of a bartender in San Francisco, then the mustache on Craig Lane is the one that every old-hand and newcomer has looked up to since he graced Bar Agricole with his dapper presence in 2010. Ok, maybe it’s not so much the mustache, but rather, his near 20 years of cocktailing experience that’s the real reason behind his behind-the-bar prowess…but we all know the mustache certainly doesn’t hurt. In all sincerity, it’s not the mustache or the experience that really…
  • Anthony’s Cookies: So Good, Even Santa is a Regular

    KelsEats
    2 May 2013 | 5:00 pm
    The post Anthony’s Cookies: So Good, Even Santa is a Regular appeared first on KelsEats. Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Think fast: who is the person that makes the best cookie you’ve ever had? I’d bet cold hard cash that you’re about to throw down for your mom…although your grandma may also be a contender. Hell, maybe you’d even say yourself! But guess what? You’re wrong. It turns out that your mom doesn’t make the best cookies. Anthony does. Well, that may not be entirely fair to say considering Anthony (Lucas) only makes about 15 different flavors, all of which fall into…
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  • Texas on the Table and Jack Gilmore's Shrimp and Cheesy Grits

    Mary Helen
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Disclosure: I was given a free copy of Texas on the Table to review from University Press, but I wasn't paid for this post or obligated to share it with you. My opinions are all my own. I read a lot of cookbooks. It's one of my favorite things to do, and recently a few publishers started sending me copies of books to check out - which for a book-nerd like myself is really pretty thrilling. I've probably received about a dozen books this year, but only a few really stood out. Texas on the Table is one of those few.  It's a massive book, and packed with gorgeous photos.
  • Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Raisins and Bacon

    Mary Helen
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:08 pm
    I've been missing my blog lately. So often I get a thought in my head and instead of letting it worm itself out through a quick post it lingers - trapped in my brain like a cat stuck inside a bedroom. I go about my daily work, taking care of the baby, working on edits for the book, testing recipes, writing for The Natural Beauty Workshop, and all the while I can feel it - a pair of furry little paws thumping away at the door. Let me out. Let me out! LET ME OUT! So I decided to take a little break from my break and write a blog post (or three). Today's subject? Gratitude. Turkey Day is…
  • Taking a Break

    Mary Helen
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Well, folks. It's time to throw in the towel - at least for a few weeks - as I work on finishing up the manuscript for my book. (In case you haven't heard, I'm writing a freaking book!) Life is just a touch TOO busy between work, book-writing, and baby, so I'm taking a little break. I'll be back with new recipes and updates on the state of my culinary world just as soon as I'm able to get my head above water. In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram where I share (or maybe overshare) bits of my daily life. I have a pretty serious crush on Instagram, by the way.
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  • Comfort Food Book Launch and Christmas features for JamieOliver.com

    Ren Behan
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    It’s rare for me to venture out these days, juggling three children is proving to be, hmmn, quite a challenge. However, I did manage to jump on a train and head into the big smoke for a night out in London, getting home just before my carriage turned into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight! The event that lured me into town Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food book launch at his cookery school, Recipease in Notting Hill. As you may imagine, this was a party and a half, with a lavish display of Comfort Food-style celebration cakes, as well as a selection of savoury recipes from the book,…
  • Review: Winter Dining at Pizza Express, Westfield London

    Ren Behan
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    The mention of a new Carbonara Pizza on the Autumn/Winter menu at Pizza Express caught my attention in an email recently. The merging of two of my favourte things – Carbonara and pizza on one plate. Why was this not something I’d tasted before? A marriage made in heaven in my books and one that didn’t disappoint on flavour when I tried it at Pizza Express in Westfield, London. Of course, there is always more on the menu to tempt you at Pizza Express than pizza, not least their signature Dough balls – available in a sweet form (Snowball dough balls) this Christmas.
  • Review: The Samsung Food Showcase Fridge Freezer – Our favourite features

    Ren Behan
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    So, after taking off the doors to fit it into the house and then re-fitting them, I’m pleased to say that our Samsung Food Showcase Fridge Freezer has settled in well and is behaving itself very nicely. My intended ‘first impressions’ post ended up being a lengthy look at all the various features that the Food Showcase offers. In this post, I just wanted to highlight a couple of our favourite features from a family perspective. Of course, for me, a decent-sized fridge freezer has proven to be a real asset. I’m getting into the habit of freezing more and seem to be…
  • Make-Ahead Leek and Poppy Seed Sausage Rolls

    Ren Behan
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    We’ve only recently started making our own sausage rolls at home, but now that we’ve tried them, there’s no going back to the shop-bought variety. The homemade version is altogether a different thing – flaky pastry, good quality sausage meat of your choice (I get mine from Hedges Farm in St Albans) and a few optional extras, like some softly cooked leeks (there was a lone leek in my veg box), or caramelised onions, and a sparkling of poppy seeds, or even sesame seeds. We look forward to having these as an after-school snack (they are super-quick to whisk out of the freezer) or as…
  • Simple and in Season – December

    Ren Behan
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:36 am
    How is it December already?! Seriously, I don’t know where the time goes. I’ve just been reading through the round up for November’s Simple and in Season, hosted beautifully by Katie over at Feeding Boys and a Firefighter. Thank you Katie. 34 stunning seasonal recipes – honestly, it’s like a cook book! Soups, starters, sharing plates, winter salads, cakes, crumbles, home made liqueurs…I can’t wait for December’s entries now. The link up is below. I’ll be rounding up as early in January as I can. What’s in Season during December?
 
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    Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine

  • What is the Best Non Toxic Baking Pan?

    Ivy Larson
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Ivy Larson If you’ve been keeping up with me on our various Clean Cuisine social media channels this week, then you know I have been busy baking batches and batches of holiday cookies (they have all been made without refined sugar, no dairy and no refined grains). After posting all of my cookie recipes I received a...  Read More » The post What is the Best Non Toxic Baking Pan? appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Thumbprint Chocolate Cookie Recipe (with Chia Seeds)

    Ivy Larson
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    Ivy Larson Ah, the sweetness of sweets. With the holidays in full swing, there is no better excuse for making something sweet to eat than right now. If you only have time to bake one batch this season, my special dairy-free / wheat-free thumbprint chocolate cookie recipe featured below is guaranteed not to disappoint. Is There Anyone...  Read More » The post Thumbprint Chocolate Cookie Recipe (with Chia Seeds) appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Savory Superfood Whole Grain Bread Recipe

    Ivy Larson
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Ivy Larson Love to bake during the holidays? Me too! This year, why not bake something savory with a little added nutritional oomph? My Superfood Whole Grain Bread Recipe with Olives and Thyme is just the thing. And no fancy bread machine required. Is there anyone out there who could resist a warm, crusty loaf of bread with a soft, chewy inside?  Especially one that...  Read More » The post Savory Superfood Whole Grain Bread Recipe appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Trendy Vegetable Side Dishes with Cauliflower

    Ivy Larson
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Ivy Larson Have you started to slowly lose your enthusiasm for kale smoothies, kale salads and kale chips? Apparently you are not the only one. It seems like the time to start experimenting with new vegetable side dishes has arrived. Finally. Cauliflower is the New Kale Now is the perfect time to learn a few cool new recipes featuring the super trendy “white...  Read More » The post Trendy Vegetable Side Dishes with Cauliflower appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Turmeric Tea Recipe Helps Fight Pain

    Ivy Larson
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Ivy Larson Next time you have a pain (or if you suffer from chronic pain), you might want to try my turmeric tea recipe instead of taking an anti-inflammatory or over-the-counter pain medication. Trust me, I am someone who very much understands how difficult it is to live with pain and I totally understand that sometimes it...  Read More » The post Turmeric Tea Recipe Helps Fight Pain appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
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    On My Plate

  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Cheese Ball

    James Kiester
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:11 pm
    -Wiktionary defines a cheeseball, or cheese ball, as, "a spherical mass of cheese or cream cheese, often including nuts or other additions and served as an hors d'oeuvre or finger food, usually with bread or crackers."Some claim the cheese ball originated with the 1,235 pound mammoth cheese structure Elisha Brown Jr. presented to Thomas Jefferson in 1801.  However, the spherical spread disappeared from cuisiniers' culinary repertoire until 1944 when the first known cheese ball recipe appeared within the pages of Virginia Safford's cookbook, "Food of My Friends."Since the cheese ball's…
  • Atlas Hard Blackberry Cider Review - Micro Blog

    James Kiester
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    - Subject: Atlas Hard Blackberry Cider | Date: 11/25/2014 | Photographers:James Kiester & Dani Cogswell This picture was taken by the author of this blog.Today I'm enjoying an Atlas Hard Blackberry Cider from North West Hard Ciders in Bend Oregon.  Atlas Hard Blackberry Cider has a deep hue of purple and rich berry aroma produced by  blend of blackberries and elderberries.When consumed cold, it has a nice berry flavor with a clean dry vinegar rich finish.  It's a complex and tasty alternative to hoppy beers. Gluten free. No sorbate preservatives. Fruit grown by…
  • Feed Someone This Thanksgiving

    James Kiester
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:12 pm
    -The period leading up to Thanksgiving is a food blogger's favorite time of year.  We dig out recipes for; turkey, stuffings, gravy, potatoes, and pies; post basting tips, recommend wine pairings, and generally get pumped for the big feast.  In fact, I recently came across a recipe for Peking-Style Roast Turkey with Molasses-Soy Glaze and Orange-Ginger Gravy, and I'm flirting with the idea of talking my family into going such a route this holiday.  I'm a foodie, it's what I do. Subject:Child of miner eating lunch on schoolhouse grounds. | Date: 09/04/1946 | Photographer:…
  • Little Caesars Pretzel Crust Pizza - A Review

    James Kiester
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    -I don't generally buy ready made take out pizza, simply because I like to choose my toppings.  However, being hungrier than normal a few nights ago, I shelled out $6.00 for Little Caesars' Pretzel Crust Pizza.Subject: Little Caesars' Pretzel Crust Pizza | Source: Little Caesars' Press Release |Divided into eight large slices, the pizza consists of a soft salted pretzel crust topped with a Cheddar cheese sauce, cheese, and pepperoni, all sprinkled with an additional blend of Asiago, Fontina, Parmesan, and White Cheddar cheeses.With the understanding that ready made take out pizzas sit…
  • 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…
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    Our Tasty Travels

  • 2014 Beer Advent Calendar – 12/7 – 12/13

    Brett Domue +
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    To prepare for the end of 2014 and in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, I’ve decided to take part in an idea from Andy Higgs of Grown-up Travel Guide and complete a Beer Advent Calendar of sorts. Beginning with the fourth Sunday before Christmas (November 30) all the way through Christmas, I will try to drink a different beer each day and share it here. Day 8: Sunday, December 7, 2014 – Gouden Carolus Christmas 2014 Started off the second week of the season with a visit to my first winter beer festival, located in nearby Haaren, the Netherlands. Fifteen breweries…
  • Alsace Wines: Thierry-Martin Winery in Wangen, France

    Erin De Santiago
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:16 pm
    My first visit to a winery in Europe was only as recent as 2008, during a multi-country road trip through Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. We were on a tight schedule, but we managed to make a quick stop in the Alsace region to sample some local wines. It was quite a departure from what I was used to in Napa Valley where you will find loads of tasting rooms. The Alsace is a small region and not everyone who produces wine has facilities set up for public tasting.  Thierry-Martin Winery in Wangen, France Founded in 1998, Thierry-Martin is the creation of fourth…
  • Christmas Tree Ornaments for Food Travelers

    Erin De Santiago
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    It’s hard to believe that the Christmas season is here — it feels like just yesterday I was buying Halloween decorations. During the years I’m actually home long enough to set up a Christmas tree, I love to do a themed one. Admittedly, most of my Christmas trees have been Disney themed, but I have often thought about doing a food and/or wine themed one. This year I’m in Belize, so a foodie Christmas tree is unfortunately out of the question. However, I’ve loved researching some of the quirky and fun ornaments that are out there. If you’re looking for…
  • 2014 Beer Advent Calendar – 11/30 – 12/6

    Brett Domue +
    7 Dec 2014 | 2:13 am
    To prepare for the end of 2014 and in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, I’ve decided to take part in an idea from Andy Higgs of Grown-up Travel Guide and complete a Beer Advent Calendar of sorts. Beginning with the fourth Sunday before Christmas (November 30) all the way through Christmas, I will try to drink a different beer each day and share it here. Day 1: Sunday, November 30, 2014 – BrewDog 5 A.M. Saint For the first beer of the season, I decided to go with a fitting beer that was available at the Citizen M hotel at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where I was…
  • My Role in the Beer ‘Scene’ – Session #94

    Brett Domue +
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    I Like Beer! Whew! I’m glad I have that off my chest. For the past ten years, I have been extremely lucky to be given the opportunity to spend a lot of time, and even live, in the Netherlands, right in the middle of some of the best beer brewing countries in the world. And of course, I’ve been making good use of my time here. What initially started off as just trying some great new beers in the restaurant or pub quickly turned into weekend visits to breweries and monasteries to see where the beers were made.  Eventually, this expanded into visits to local, and even major…
 
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  • Young Sorrel Soup

    Marija
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    My great grandfather used to be one of the well-known guys in a very small town Grocka, in a Kingdom of Yugoslavia, near Belgrade. In the lack of proper terminology, I’d say he was one of the elders. And he… Continue Reading →
  • Chicken Burgers and Tomato & Ginger Chutney

    Marija
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:06 pm
    In Tallinn we live in an awesome apartment, in Lai street, in Old Town. That Old Town, one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is the most beautiful place on Earth. So, in that apartment, in that Old Town walls are… Continue Reading →
  • Fast Cherry Puff Pastry Chocolate Pie

    Marija
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Lately I’ve been making a lot of fast and easy recipes. Partly because I’ve gotten a bit lazy, but mostly because a lot has been going on… So when you crave something sweet, and you want it to be a… Continue Reading →
  • 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 →
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    VittlesVamp

  • Wien, Wine & Swine

    VittlesVamp
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:44 pm
    There are many things I expect when visiting a major metropolitan capital. A vineyard within the city limits is not one of them. So, when I learned that notable wineries exist within Vienna's borders, a "must-do" was added to my list. Thankfully, a friend at the Austrian Wine Commission, knew just the winery I should visit -- Mayer am Pfarrplatz. Operating since 1683, boasting a wine tavern that was once home to Beethoven, as well as one of the most elegant and venerated restaurants in the city, I was nothing if not ecstatic when the winery's sales director said the harvest had just been…
  • Viennoiserie

    VittlesVamp
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Vienna is a city rich in history, brimming with baroque grandeur and spirited Secessionist influences. It's also a European capital celebrated for its sweet tooth. So, how could I resist the opportunity to get together with a noted pastry chef when I hit town? My Brooklyn pal Peter had worked with French-born pastry chef Pierre Reboul a while back, when they both were in the kitchen at New York's Wallsé. A Facebook note, a few phone calls, a trip across the ocean, and a train ride from Budapest later, and I was all set. I arrived late afternoon at the new upscale cafe from the Austrian…
  • My Bartender in Budapest

    VittlesVamp
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    I'm a picky eater. I'm an even a pickier drinker, so when I hit a barstool: game on. And, if you are a bartender who can bring it, you got me. So it was for me at the Blue Fox Bar when I was introduced to the mad skills of Attila Felhő Felhősi. This man isn't just talented with a muddler and a shaker, he is creative and enthusiastic to such a degree that I wanted to put him in my luggage and take him back to Brooklyn, so I don't have to live without his brilliant - and potent - concoctions. Just take a look at this stunning rendition of a Ramos Gin Fizz... It put the Ramos Gin Fizz I had at…
  • A Taste of Budapest

    VittlesVamp
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    No one prepared me for a typical late October morning in Budapest -- bright skies, but blustery and cold. That, my friends, is a glass of Unicum, Hungary's traditional herbal amaro liquer. My first morning in Budapest was an especially frigid one and I was quickly informed by natives that I would be remiss if I didn't partake in a shot before I started my day. Start my day it did, packing a wallop and warming the body, while it scorched my throat. Needless to say, I didn't start scouring stores for little gift bottles for friends back home. (You can thank me later!) Other tastes of Hungary…
  • My Go-To's: French Louie

    VittlesVamp
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    You may have expected my next blog post to focus on my recent European adventures. Promise that you'll get your fill of Budapest and Vienna soon, but I have to admit that being away always makes me appreciate home and New York City all the more. So, I thought it only right to start this month with a look at another one of my NYC go-to's: French Louie, the Atlantic Avenue bistro sister to the down-home Carroll Gardens fave Buttermilk Channel. The restaurant's entryway bar is welcoming and, if the weather mild, French Louie's expansive backyard patio is an irresistible spot to share a bottle of…
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    WindsorEats.com FoodBlog

  • A Sneak Peek at the Snack Bar-B-Q Menu [PHOTOS]

    windsoreats
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    Snackbar-B-Q is obscene. Snackbar-B-Q is obscene. I say this because after sampling some of their menu items last night I may have shouted a few expletives at chef Jim Renaud. I’m not proud of it but my taste buds were happy and I couldn’t control my emotions. Owner Mark Boscariol is excited to open the doors. WindsorEats was fortunate enough to be in the kitchen as Mark Boscariol and Jim hosted friends for a test run of the menu. The new barbeque spot is ready to open their doors to the public Saturday night. Fried Green Tomatoes isn’t just a movie… Two of our…
  • Snack Bar-B-Q

    windsoreats
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    Welcome to Snack Bar-B-Q. Chef Jim Renaud puts a delicious spin on BBQ. Small and share plates, amazing snacks, sides and a killer jukebox to boot. View Full Menu Here  The post Snack Bar-B-Q appeared first on WindsorEats.
  • Holiday Baking: Walnut Balls

    pina
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Balls…that taste like walnuts Tis the season to get your baking on. Over the last few weeks in December we’ve been sharing recipes from local bakers to help spur your holiday baking both here on WindsorEats and each week on CTV Windsor on Arms Eats with Windsor Eats. This is definitely my favourite time of the year. Growing up, my mom always had a list of cookies to make for the season. As kids, we would gather around the table and watch her roll out dough. Walnut Balls, pre roll. A Christmas season would not pass without having traditional baked goods like Sicilian cuccidata or…
  • Windsor Club Opening To Public During 2015 Winter Bites Restaurant Week

    windsoreats
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    Get your fancy on! Back by popular demand, the private Windsor Club will be opening their doors to the public once again during the 2015 Winter Bites Restaurant Week. The Windsor Club will be offering a 3-course, $35 menu featuring items to choose from such as escargot, steak frites and spiced pumpkin cheesecake. Winter Bites Restaurant Week takes place January 12-18, 2015. Participating restaurants offer 3-course meals starting at $10. Other confirmed restaurants include Rino’s Kitchen, Lorelei’s Bistro, Oxley Estate Winery and many more.   The post Windsor Club Opening To…
  • Butcher Demo Dinner at Rino’s Kitchen

    windsoreats
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Head over heals in love with Rino’s Kitchen’s Butcher Demo Dinners! Understanding where our meat comes from has never been so important. Rino’s Kitchen will be hosting a Butcher Demo Dinner on Sunday, February 22. 2014 at 4:00pm to help you get to know where your food comes from. A talented butcher will be on hand to show you how to break down the beautiful Berkshire Pork the restaurant gets from Wagner Farms. The menu will not only be a showcase of what Essex County has to offer but will also highlight the skills and talents of local artisans who have revived the lost art…
 
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    Eat in OC

  • Easy Recipes with Hummus That the Whole Family Will Love

    OC Restaurants
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Eating healthy can be difficult for those who are on the go. For those who have families to feed, it can also be a challenge to keep everyone eating nutritious yet convenient foods. When it comes to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Hummus May Not Be So Good For You After All

    OC Restaurants
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hummus dip, consumed in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and North African countries for thousands of years, however, hummus dips are just now gaining popularity in mainstream America. This tasty,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Three Health Facts That Will Have You Feeling Good About Being a Guacamole Fiend

    OC Restaurants
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Would you be surprised to know that, according to Fox News, guacamole has become the second most popular condiment in the United States? It’s second only to salsa! If you’ve ever had... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Think Training to Become a Sushi Chef is Easy? Think Again

    OC Restaurants
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    There is a misconception in the United States about sushi: because passable sushi can be made at home, many believe that making sushi is as simple as tossing vinegar and sugar on rice, throwing some... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Want the Convenience of Cake Mix with the Flavor of a Homemade Cake?

    OC Restaurants
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    We use cake to celebrate just about every happy occasion. Celebrating your mom’s birthday? You eat cake. Throwing a party for el Cinco de Mayo? You use classic recetas de postres to make a... [[ 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

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:48 am
    Take Flight! MFLB Features -5 Second Heat Up -Fits in the Palm of Your Hand -Exceptionally Efficient -Trough Holds Enough for Two -Unique Hardwoods -Rechargeable AA NiMH Batteries available everywhere -Accessories Available.   -Handcrafted by Skilled Artisans in California The Magic Flight is one shocking little vape.  At first glance, it may not look like much - but after one use you will quickly realize what a powerful punch it packs. The Magic Flight uses a unique resistance heater that glows with heat instants after being activated. The MFLB is one of the fastest vapes around,…
  • Micro Vaped Glass Globe Attachment

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:48 am
    Our glass globe brings you the biggest most flavorful vapor available for your Vaped vaporizer. Includes 4 nails with ceramic heads and one Vaped exclusive glass globe. Compatible with both LUXURY and MICRO Vaped models. * Battery not included Includes 3 nails with ceramic heads 1 Glass Globe Regular Price: $69.99 Special Price: $49.99
  • Vapir NO2 Screen Pack - 20 pcs.

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:48 am
    20 pack of replacement screens for the NO2 Vaporizer are not compatible with any other Vapir vaporizers. The NO2 Portable Vaporizer is the newest version of portable Vapir vaporizers with a rechargeable battery pack. The screens fit into the top filling chamber and will help keep your unit clean during normal usage. $14.99
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    Brown Eyed Baker

  • Friday Things

    Michelle
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    1. Last week, my husband and I went on a little pre-Christmas, pre-baby date to see the Christmas lights at Oglebay in Wheeling, WV. It’s a little over an hour drive from our house, and we had gone two years ago when the light display at Hartwood Acres here in Pittsburgh ceased operations (I am still so, SO sad about this!). It was such a nice little half-day getaway, complete with dinner at the lodge, some Christmas shopping at their glass museum shop, and driving through the light display. 2. I am now 36 weeks + 4 days, which is to say, I am now NINE MONTHS PREGNANT. Where did the…
  • Peanut Butter Buckeyes

    Michelle
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I absolutely love Christmas baking, and it will probably come as no surprise to you that my very favorite Christmas recipes involve the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, namely peanut butter blossoms and these peanut butter buckeye candies. I’ve adored them ever since I was a kid; how could you not love something that is basically a homemade version of Reese’s peanut butter cups? These buttery, sweet peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate are so easy to make and the recipe yields a TON, the combination of which makes them absolutely perfect for holiday baking. This…
  • Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

    Michelle
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Since I’m not a big coffee or tea drinker, I’ve always gravitated toward hot chocolate as my warm drink of choice, especially during the winter months. I first made a homemade hot chocolate mix four years ago, and I really, truly loved it. However, when I got my new Cook’s Illustrated magazine in the mail and saw that they had developed a version of hot cocoa mix, it didn’t take me long to throw everything in the food processor. (That’s the best part of making a homemade hot chocolate mix – it takes less than 5 minutes to throw it together – you…
  • My Favorite Things: Christmas GIVEAWAY Extravaganza!

    Michelle
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    In years past, I’ve given away something different for the first 12 days of December. This year, I’m changing it up and doing one MASSIVE giveaway that includes 10 of my very favorite things. Some are kitchen-related, some are not, but I absolutely, positively love each and every one and use all of them on a nearly daily basis. One very lucky person will win EVERYTHING! Read below for a description of what I’m giving away and then get your entries in! My Favorite Things! 1. Tervis Tumbler – I am giving away one 24-ounce Tervis tumbler with a lid, in the design of your…
  • 2014 Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

    Michelle
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This is the second installment of my gift guides for the holiday season. Last week I shared with you tons of bestselling cookbooks and kitchen toys, and this week I am sharing some “off the beaten path” foodie gift ideas. They aren’t bestsellers on Amazon, and they aren’t your typical go-to gifts like stand mixers, spatulas or flavored dipping oils. They’re unique, a little quirky and definitely fun. I hope you enjoy browsing them as much as I enjoyed putting the list together for you! 1. DavidsTea Do you know someone who always asks for tea after dinner instead of coffee? If so,…
 
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    Honest Cooking

  • Mascarpone Cream with Liqueur for Italian Panettone

    Paola Lovisetti
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Panettone was first made in Milan but now is eaten all over Italy to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. By Paola Lovisetti Panettone is Italy’s cake for the Holidays, a delicious dessert somewhere between a cake and a loaf of sweet bread. It’s this cake’s dome shape that makes it uniquely identifiable. The dough is very soft and the ingredients very simple: flour, eggs, yeast, butter, sugar, candied orange and lime, raisins … but the taste is mouth-watering. Panettone was first made in Milan but now is eaten all over Italy to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. Some legends say…
  • Homemade Eggnog Cocktail with Spiced Syrup

    Honest Cooking
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There is nothing that can compare to freshly made eggnog. Create a delicious cocktail with a spiced syrup and brandy for the holiday season. Get the full written recipe here. The post Homemade Eggnog Cocktail with Spiced Syrup appeared first on Honest Cooking.
  • Sweet or Savory: The Best of Cranberries

    Relish
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    In the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, cranberries are one of the most popular fruits around. Put the superfruit to good use with our sweet and savory recipe roundup featuring the best cranberry-laden dines. By Lauren Ellis This article has been posted with permission and originally appeared as Cranberry Recipes: Sweet and Savory on Relish Kyle Dreier Sweet Recipes Cornmeal Pancakes with Cranberry-Maple Syrup Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn Cranberry-maple syrup and cornmeal keep these pancakes from being overly sweet. Steamed Cranberry Pudding Mark Boughton…
  • Roast Pork with Crackling and Licorice

    Julie Karla
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Crispy, roast pork is a Danish holiday favorite. Rather than the traditional bay leaves and cloves, try this rendition with licorice powder. By Julie Karla Roast pork with crispy crackling is a favorite among Danish families and a must during christmas time. We celebrate christmas on the 24th and most families serve this roast pork for dinner. Some families eat duck, others eat both duck and pork, but in my family it is only the roast pork. Normally, we put bay leaves and cloves in between the thin strips but this time I’ve replaced the traditional christmas spices with another Danish…
  • Baked Apple and Quince Oatmeal with Honey Nut Butter Drizzle

    Blandine Wilcox
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Start a cold morning with a warm bowl of baked oats, sweet enough to brighten your day, but nutritious enough to get you through until lunch. By Blandine Wilcox All I’ve wanted in the mornings recently have been warm breakfasts. When it’s dark and cold outside, this seems to be the only way to start the day. A bowl of something warm and comforting. I love tuning in with the seasons and adapting the way I eat accordingly. Oats slowly release their energy throughout the morning, easily keeping you going until lunchtime. I also used a fruit that I had kind of forgotten about: quince. I…
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    CookingShorts

  • Cider and Cinnamon Glazed Ham

    CookingShorts
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. The glorious, beloved holiday ham. It’s the centerpiece to a feast surrounded by comfort foods, classic drinks and, most importantly, family and friends. Every year, we work hard to re-invent the holiday ham to make it new and exciting. We have sort of become the “Piggy King and Queen” among our group of loved ones. There hasn’t been one ham dish that we have served that hasn’t been loved. In our process of making over the piggy, Jason has become an expert carver, just look at the beautiful…
  • Christmas Recipe Guide

    CookingShorts
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
    Christmas comes with a variety of family traditions, which includes the Christmas dinner. Some go with turkey or ham or duck, and some go for Chinese. Whatever your holiday tradition, here are some recipes that’ll get you started or add to your traditional meal. A Devilish Egg Who can resist a good deviled egg? Cheese and Herb Crackers Skip the store bought crackers and make your own! Who’s In A Blanket We’ve all heard of pigs in the blanket, but I wanted to do something a little different. Strawberry Glazed Spiral Ham There are a number of glazes one can use for a ham.
  • Chocolate and Caramel Pretzel Sticks

    CookingShorts
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. Looking to get some extra presents under your tree? Treat Santa with something besides those boring milk and cookies. My Chocolate and Caramel Pretzels will do the trick. Place them out with a glass of sparkling champaign and he might leave even more gifts. Santa will love with these sweet and salty treats so much that you might find him snuggled up on your couch Christmas morning. Ingredients: Chocolate and Caramel Pretzel Sticks Ganache: 12 oz milk, dark or white chocolate chips 8 oz heavy cream pinch…
  • Snowman Hats

    CookingShorts
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. Whether it’s the anticipation of Santa coming, the arrival of extended family, or the smell of your Christmas ham or turkey roasting in the oven, Christmas Eve brings much excitement and joy to families, especially to young children. While many traditions are upheld over the years and all families are different, we encourage you to try this easy marshmallow making activity with your children this year. You’ll have a blast making them for your kids. Perhaps it’ll turn into a new family tradition…
  • Santa’s Trail Mix

    CookingShorts
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. HO HO HO, Santa is on his way. Crossing the globe in one night to deliver presents to all the girls and boys of the world is exhausting. My “Santa” needs a snack to help keep him on task. This is a perfect sweet and salty mix to set out for Santa. You can serve this at your Christmas Eve party. You could also find cute treat bags and hand them out as homemade gifts for your co-workers, boss or friends. Ingredients:  2 cup raw almonds 2 cup baby pumpkin seeds – pepitas 3/4 cup raw sunflower…
 
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    العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل

  • العاب تلبيس فتكات

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل - كما تعرفين فكريسماس قريب جدا ففتاتنا الجميلة ستأخد عطلة لرأيت أقاربها قريبا و الآن هي جد محتارة أي ملابس ستختار في المحلات فهناك الكثير من الأحدية الرائعة و الأثواب الجميلة و الهدايا الممتعة. فطبعا هدي هي عطلة التسوق. فهيا ساعدي الفتاة على شراء أحسن الملابس في المتاجر وأفخم…
  • العاب تلبيس اميرات

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل - مرحبا بكم في  حيث الأمير الشاب يأخد دروسا حول الرسم فالأميرة الجميلة تساعد أخاها على تعلم الرسم و الابداع. لكن هي أيضا تحتاج الى مساعدة من نوع آخر فهي تعرف كيفية الرسم لكن لا تعرف كيفية أن تكون جميلة بالملابس رغم أن لها خزانة مليئة بالملابس الجاهزة والرائعة فهنا يأتي دورك على الباس…
  • العاب تلبيس الجاسوسات

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل - أعتقد أنك تعرفين الانمي المشهور الجاسوسات معنا ستتاح لك الفرصة على التعرف عليهم. سام و كلوفر و أليكس بل و ستلعبين دورا مهما في مهمتهم التالية فهم يحتاجون الى التنكر للدهاب الى المهمة القادمة. فجيري قد تم القبض عليه من طرف الأشرار وهم يريدون انقاده. لكن المشكلة جيري كان الشخص الوحيد…
  • العاب تلبيس سندريلا

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل - هل أنت من محبي؟ نعم؟ ادا أنت في المكان المناسب فهنا يمكنك أن تصبحي جنية سندريلا الجميلة و عليك مساعدتها على اقتناء أجمل الملابس لأنها تريد مقابلة الأميرالوسيم. وهنا يأتي دورك في جعلها جد جميلة باستخدام عصاك السحرية عليها و تحويلها من فتاة عادية الى فتاة العارضات أو المودلات. لكن…
  • العاب تلبيس محجبات

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل العاب تلبيس بنات ستايل - مرحبا بكم في ستايل جديد للتلبيس هناك دائما الفتاة العصرية و الفتاة التقليدية فاليوم ستلعبين مع الفتاة التقليدية في . حيث ستكون لديك كل الصلحيا ت في تلبيسها و اظهارها بشكل جميل و رائع فهي الآن في مزرعتها بانتظارك اختاري لها ملابس جد أنيقة وزوج من  الأحذية الجميلة و في نفس الوقت أن…
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    Between the Pages

  • Beastly Lord of the Rings Cakes

    Between the Pages
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    This Fabulous Shelob Cake was made by Zarlene Kane of Arbitrary Cakes for theCakes From Middle Earth Cake Collaboration.  Shelob was made using Rice Krispies Treats, modeling chocolate, and fondant. Rice Krispies Treats were used so that it would last a long time. This Marvelous Lord of the Rings Cake took thirty hours to complete. This amazing spider is supported by only three of its tiny legs.  Side view of Shelob  Shelob’s mouth close-up   This Terrific Fell Beast vs. Eagle Cake was made by Kerry Morris of Eat Cake for theCakes From Middle Earth Cake Collaboration. Kerry chose…
  • These Cakes Are Precious To Gollum

    Between the Pages
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    This Fabulous Three Dimensional Gollum Cake was made by Karin Klenner of Sweet Little Treat for theCakes From Middle Earth Cake Collaboration.  Karin began making cakes about three and one half years ago as a hobby and loves it as a way to express her creativity. For this collaboration, she wanted to create a cake that was a realistic replica, instead of something that just resembled Gollum.  She said that the hardest part was getting all the little details correct. The basis for her design was a Weta Workshop bust of Gollum.She did a great job making her edible Gollum look realistic.
  • Gorgeous Arwen and Galadriel Cakes

    Between the Pages
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    This stunning Arwen Cake was made by Raewyn Read from Cakes by Raewyn.  Raewyn made Arwen for the Cakes From Middle Earth Cake Collaboration. Raewyn chose Arwen because she has always been mesmerized by Arwen’s grace and ethereal beauty equally as much as her strength and resilience. Arwen is made of a 50/50 mix of gumpaste and modeling chocolate.  She is completely hand painted.  Her Butterfly Crown is made of gumpaste and florists wire with royal icing piping. One thing I love about this cake is how lifelike Arwen looks.  Her eye brows, eyes, nose, and lips are terrific. Last month, I…
  • Watch Out! Saruman and Sauron Are Here

    Between the Pages
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    This Magnificent Saruman Cake was made by Sondra Vicelich of Sweet Bites Cakes for theCakes From Middle Earth Cake Collaboration.  She really liked the deep voice of this Lord of the Rings character and decided to take on the challenge of making an edible three dimensional sculpture of him. She did a great job crafting the details of this sculpture: his facial features and his beard and hair. Saruman the White has his hand resting on a crystal ball that shows the Eye of Sauron. Fondant, royal icing, and wafer paper were used to make this Awesome edible artwork. The hair and beard were…
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    Eat Local Orlando

  • Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi - Oviedo, FL

    Chris Roberts
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi is located on Aloma at the Intersection of Tuskawilla very close to the 417.They opened about 2 years ago.  Chef Eddie has over 15 years experience as a Sushi chef and trained with several Japanese Master Chefs at a fine Japanese restaurant in Long Island, New York.Not just a traditional Sushi restaurant, Yuki Hana has all kinds of different dishes from various Asian locales. Some unique standouts from the menu are the Wagyu Beef,  Korean Seafood Pancake, Scallops with Uni cream risotto and the Oxtail tacos.A special for the holidays, which is offered from now…
  • Obliv-o-Brunch PJ Party Sunday, December 21 at 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Chris Roberts
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    https://www.facebook.com/events/373059422859768/Sunday, December 21at 11:00am - 2:00pmRSVP on Facebook and invite your friends https://www.facebook.com/events/373059422859768/from their Facebook:"We will be having a Pajama Party for our Holiday Themed Brunch! So roll out of bed and head on over for some holiday cheer and of course beer! Drink Specials- *Spiked Eggnog *Warm Mulled Wine *Warm Spiced Mead *Founders Breakfast Stout *Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Non-Alcoholic- *Eggnog (house made) *Hot Cocoa w/ Marshmallows (house made) *Coffee (holiday blend or regular)here are some pics from past…
  • Southern Meets Asian Fusion At SOCO

    Sunshine J. Baker
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Set on a busy corner in Thornton Park, SOCO is an exciting new addition to the neighborhood.  Texas-born Executive Chef Greg Richie trained with Emeril Lagasse and Roy Yamaguchi, picking up some Asian fusion inspiration.  Soco brings together his Southern roots with the exotic influences that he mastered while working in Hawaii. I had the pleasure of tasting several cocktails and small bites at a recent media mixer.The Slow-Roasted Barbecue-Glazed Pork Belly Biscuits with Jalapeño Jelly are delicious, though I find the pork belly too fatty.  The flaky, buttery biscuit is…
  • Chef Andy Bates having a pop up dinner at Redlight Redlight

    Chris Roberts
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:11 pm
    A popup dinner will be hosted by Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour next Thursday, November 6th. Celebrity Food Network UK Chef Andy Bates is gonna be in town and will be preparing an English Dinner. I will be cooking with him as well. The Redlight Redlight brewers are crafting a traditional english style ale to pair with Andy's fare. Ticket are on sale now at Redlight Redlight.https://www.facebook.com/events/872111226145812/883952854961649/ 
  • American Q Restaurant at B Resort And Spa in Lake Buena Vista

    Sunshine J. Baker
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    I spent a delightful Monday evening this week at a tasting for Orlando’s newest BBQ concept, American Q.  This unique restaurant combines the fun and excitement of a Brazilian-style carving and buffet experience with the traditional American flavors of barbecue.  It’s a relaxed, rustic setting with a restored 1951 red Ford truck as the centerpiece, holding the salad bar. Executive Chef Justin Leo created an inspired menu that gives guests a true tour of the best of BBQ.I started with a Dragonfruit Smash cocktail. This unusual drink combines muddled dragon fruit, tequila, basil…
 
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    Barbecue Tricks

  • BBQ Tool Hacks

    Bill West
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Shopping for new BBQ gear?  Here are a few “Tool hacks” that you can use when visiting your local Home Improvement store. Watch HERE Ready for Thanksgiving? Try Rolling YOUR BIRD:                
  • Rotisserie Chicken and Rotisserie Turkey

    Bill West
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:28 am
    CLICK FOR VIDEO There’s something about a rotisserie chicken. They’re everywhere these days in supermarkets – slow roasting by the dozen on display in industrial cookers the size of your guest bedroom. But the truth is if you have a rotisserie kit (it may have come with that fancy new grill and is now in a box in the attic somewhere) it’s actually pretty easy. Every attempt we made with our gas powered Sam’s Club spit and electric motor set up ended with incredibly succulent and golden brown bird. There’s only about four ingredients. Here’s an updated…
  • Oyster Months – Oyster Roast Months

    Bill West
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    Planning an oyster roast? If you need to remember the peak months for oysters and oyster roasts just keep this in mind… Talk like a pirate!!! It used to be said that you shouldn’t consume oysters in months without the letter R but due to commercial harvesting and modern refrigeration and other factors it’s just not as big an issue these days unless you’re actually harvesting yourself. Still it’s good to remember that the summer months – that is for most of us watching this episode – are the spawning months for oysters & the meat just isn’t…
  • BBQ Pumpkin for Halloween? Watch This!

    Bill West
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    Enjoy the Fall harvest on the grill with a fun way to grill a pumpkin for Halloween.   It’s a tasty stuffed pumpkin (or acorn squash) that’s tailor made to warm up a chilly Autumn eve. Happy Halloween and may you get more treats than tricks!
  • How To Grill Lettuce for a Grilled Salad

    Bill West
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Yes you can actually grill a salad… not just the chicken for the salad or a meat on top!  Take a look and lettuce know how we did! Some grilled salad tips: Start with cold lettuce. Use a halved whole head (we use iceberg in the video but romaine is also popular see radicchio below) Grill the cold wedge on a clean searing hot grill grate Baste with a oil based dressing first to encourage charring… There are lots of different veggies to cook on a grill.  Below some others…. The Best Vegetables to Cook on the Grill By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Terry_Retter]Terry…
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    In A Half Shell

  • Cape Cod Oyster Tour: Debut of Monks Cove Oysters

    Julie
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Last month, I took you guys for a ride around the Eastern Shore of VA. Today, I want to return back to my summer jaunt across Cape Cod (while it’s nice and frigid outside) and give you a quick  tour of Monks Cove Oyster Farm, a wonderful new oyster venture by Pat and Jenny Ross. Monks Cove Oyster Farm is currently the “side hustle” of Pat and Jenny Ross, a sweet couple who dreamt up an unprecedented idea: to revitalize oyster culture in Bourne. Oyster farming was alive and well there about a century ago, but all of that went kaput as soon as dredging the Cape Cod…
  • While You Were Slurping

    Julie
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    #INAHALFSHELL Instagrams of the Week: Oysters, oysters everywhere! Wild Chincoteague Island oysters captured by @kenmarin757 (left) a lovely shuck from Carrigaholt Bay, Ireland via Sealyons Seafood (right). Want your pic to be featured? Tag your IG’s with #INAHALFSHELL and follow @inahalfshellblog!   – Congrats to Tommy & Adam from The Oyster Bed on the successful funding of their Kickstarter campaign! – Check out OysterBreak: an innovative (and pretty cool looking) semi-artificial oyster reef. – Will Pier A become the most historically-significant…
  • Holiday Gift Guide for Oyster Lovers

    Julie
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    ‘Tis the season to be giving, and while no one is going to pout about getting a box of oysters for the holidays, here are some other gift ideas for that special bivalve lover in your life. #1 Gold Leaf Oyster Ornaments by Oysters and Pearls – Set of 6 ($40 via Etsy) #2 Nell & Mary Oyster Tea Towels ($20 via Nell & Mary) #3 Freret & Napoleon The Signature Oyster Necklace ($82 via Freret & Napoleon) #4 Hand-Painted Oyster Watercolor Archival Print by The Oyster Emporium ($29 via Etsy) #5 Sir | Madam Oyster Placemats – Set of 4 ($76 via Step. and Lizzie) #6…
  • Virginia Wine & Brine Retreat

    Julie
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Oh, sweet Virginia, I just can’t seem to get enough! I recently made a second trip to Virginia’s Eastern Shore to partake in a series of Wine & Brine Month festivities with a diverse group of writers from around the country. For an oyster loving-wanderluster like myself, this was like a dream come true. It seems like every state along the East Coast has been touting their oyster offerings lately, but one in particular has really stepped up their bivalve game. About a month after my inaugural trip down to Virginia (Lynnhaven and Eastern Shore), Governor Terry McAuliffe…
  • Cape Cod Oyster Tour: A Look Into the WiAnno Way

    Julie
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    The 14th Annual Wellfleet Oyster Festival, Massachusetts’ largest and most cherished oyster event was in full swing this past weekend on the Outer Cape. To commemorate the occasion, I have a handful of oyster stories from Cape Cod that I’d like to share. This past August, I embarked on my most ambitious bivalve-inspired road trip yet: a week-long oyster farm expedition from Duxbury to Wellfleet. Thanks to the generous support and hospitality of many individuals, my food blogger friend Michelle and I were able to get an extraordinary insider’s look at the business of…
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    Grocery Coupon Network Blog: Couponing Secrets Exposed!

  • Kmart: Free Kellogg’s Cereal Collector Bowl with purchase!

    Carly Mancl
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:17 pm
      Get a free cereal bowl when you purchase 2 boxes of Kellogg’s Cereals! Stock up price on Kellogg’s Cereal and Get a FREE Cereal Bowl Kmart has a nice deal on Kellogg’s Cereal this week!  Plus, I spotted a big display of cereal bowls!  You can get a *FREE (with the purchase of 2 boxes of Kellogg’s Cereal) Collector Cereal Bowl! Kmart Deal Kellogg’s Cereal-2/$5 Buy two=$5 Use $1.00 off 2 Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Cereal Final Cost:  $4 for both, or $2 each There are also more coupons to print from Kellogg’s Family Rewards Website as well. Be sure…
  • The Body Shop 40% All Gift Sets and Free Shipping!

    Carly Mancl
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:02 pm
      Save 40% on Gift Sets when you shop Online at The Body Shop! Plus Free Shipping too! Tonight only!  Free Shipping and Gift Sets 40% off at The Body Shop When You Order Online Last Minute Stocking Stuffer and Gift Ideas from The Body Shop Hurry over to The Body Shop!  For a limited time, gift sets are 40% off! Plus enjoy FREE SHIPPING with any purchase and guaranteed Christmas delivery!  This deal ends tonight!  Hurry over and see what kinds of deals you can find!  Some deals might not last!  Grab these while you can! My favorite Deals Just $5.40! These were $9! Cube Gift…
  • Traditional Popcorn Balls Recipe with Coupons!

    Carly Mancl
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
      Homemade Popcorn Balls made easy and save with coupons! Make a Sweet and Salty Treat with a Holiday Theme Popcorn Balls are a great Holiday Treat! We make these every year and the kids love them!  You can view the recipe and ingredients from Taste of Home.  We have also included coupons to help you save on ingredients! Coupons to use for Ingredients 55¢ off any ONE (1) 4lb or larger Granulated or 2lb poly bag Light, Dark Brown or Powdered $1.00 off ONE (1) KETTLE BRAND popcorn Printable Coupons for Pop Secret Popcorn Save $2.00on any ONE (1) Orville Redenbacher’s® Gourmet®…
  • 20% off at Goldie Blox- Top Gift Item!

    Samantha Doerfler
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:25 pm
      Save 20%! Goldie Blox Gifts 20% off TODAY only! 20% OFF site wide at Goldie Box! If you order by midnight they ensure delivery by Santa on the 25th! This brand has been named a top gift item on so many lists, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser for kids on your list. They have some great toys that teach engineering and other great skills. The site is also offering free shipping when you spend $65.   December 18, 2014This article 20% off at Goldie Blox- Top Gift Item! first appeared on Grocery Coupon Network Blog: Couponing Secrets Exposed!. Related Posts Couponers Also Love: Check…
  • Homemade Holidays: Make Homemade Crayon Shapes (Super Easy & So Fun!)

    Samantha Doerfler
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
      Star crayons! I’ve been wanting to try this super easy gift idea for awhile but had never gotten around to it so this series gave me the push I needed! Molded crayons are all the rage- I see them at the little playspaces we go to and there are tons of options on Etsy but they are SO easy and cheap to make. It makes for a great party favor, stocking stuffer or birthday gift for kids. There are so many shapes out there and this is a really, really inexpensive way to do it. Click on the green arrows above to learn how to make them! The basic idea is to melt crayons in a mold, let…
 
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    Hilah Cooking

  • Biscuits and Gravy

    Hilah
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Last year when Chris and I were at “YouTube Camp“, we stumbled upon Pann’s Restaurant. From the outside, it looked exactly marvelous and once we were inside, we knew we were destined to find it. Besides a giant plate of cheese eggs and chicken and waffles, we also shared an order of biscuits and gravy. Holy Mother of God. They were the best biscuits and gravy I’d ever eaten. And I’ve eaten a lot of biscuits and gravy. Buttermilk biscuits and cream gravy were two of the first recipes I ever learned to make and two of the earliest videos made on this site, in fact.
  • Deluxe Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Hilah
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    I love cookies with lots of stuff in them. These deluxe chocolate chip cookies have lots and lots of stuff in them: chocolate chips, oatmeal, coconut, pecans, almonds, walnuts. If you’re more of a mind to make simple chocolate chip cookies, you can omit the coconut and nuts and just use more chocolate chips. If you’re also of a mind to make even your cookies a little more wholesome, use whole wheat pastry flour in place of all-purpose flour. The best thing about these cookies is they are a perfect freezer cookie recipe. To freeze, place your cookie dough balls on a baking sheet or…
  • Expecting Hilah on Ulive!

    Hilah
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    //www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4mMWJRfCUk My new series on ulive is out! Follow my “maternal journey” (#majourney!) from the last trimester through the first three months of parent-hood. Subscribe to ulive on YouTube to get notified when new videos release (Wednesdays and Saturdays). There are also several other parenting series on the ulive YouTube channel that you may like. I’ll still be posting weekly cooking videos to the HilahCooking YouTube channel (and to this site). The post Expecting Hilah on Ulive! appeared first on Hilah Cooking.
  • Mac and Cheese

    Hilah
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Mac and cheese with three cheeses! That’s thrice the cheesy flavor for thrice the mac and cheese goodness. For this recipe, I’ve used sharp Cheddar, Gouda and Parmesan. Cheddar for the bite (and the classic color) with Gouda for extra creaminess and some Parmesan for extra saltiness. Swap out Parmesan for blue cheese if you like blue cheese, and swap out Gouda for mozzarella or queso quesadilla or another good melting cheese. The end goal here is mac and cheese with an unsurpassed cheesiness, creaminess, and also one that makes dramatic cheese strings when you serve it and eat it.
  • Carne Guisada – Slow Cooker

    Hilah
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The first time I had carne guisada I was in third grade. A classmate’s mom brought a big pot of homemade carne guisada along with a stack of flour tortillas. I have no idea why — this was not a regular occurrence — but we ate it, in class, on flimsy paper plates and I was crazy about it. At that moment, it was the best thing I’d ever eaten in my entire life. Her guisada was thick and beige, made with flour, chunks of beef that fell apart when you stabbed them with your fork, and big squares of green bell pepper, cooked until olive green and practically melting into the…
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    al dente gourmet

  • Rhubarb + Chocolate Holiday Cake ///

    Aldy
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    I'm so excited about the Holidays! And I'm sure you're too! Lots of things have happened around here, for starters the blog has a new look!!! So I've been re-organizing the categories section, and all recipes, so it's easier for you to find them! I finally added the ‘refined sugar-free section and also updated my ‘about me.' If you haven't seen it yet, have a look and tell me what you think! I hope you like it! I’m also happy to share with you that I finally quit eating refined sugar!!! I don’t use any refined sugar anymore, and my body never felt so good! Shortly after Lia was…
  • The Soothing Process of Soup + Pumpkin Soup with a Thai Twist ///

    Aldy
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Soup is something that I enjoy a lot! I found the process (almost) therapeutic- There's something in the process of making soup that makes me feel instantly relaxed. Is the kind of process that can take my mind away and make me ponder about life and family as soon as I start gathering, slicing and chopping the vegetables. I can't never help myself but think about 'Abuela Lucia' my grandmother Lucia while making soup, she was an absolute inspiration in the kitchen and besides how much I loved seeing her cooking she would make the most heartwarming soup. In fact, it was one of her favorite…
  • Crunchy Green Smoothie Bowl /////

    Aldy
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Ultimately I found that I've been making all sorts of smoothiecombinations! Berries and bananas, kale, berries and bananas, bananas coconut and berries... and lately this apple and kale combination with the apples that a friend kindly brought me from a farm. And that I have been using not only in smoothies and juices but also in salads and breakfasts! I love apples, particularly green apples. I developed a more 'profound' taste for them while I was expecting Lia! I was obsessed with green apples! I would eat green apples almost the entire day! And since I'm always experimenting with new…
  • A Walk on The Seaside + Fresh Mussels + Vegetables Soup ////

    Aldy
    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
    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,…
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    Spicie Foodie ™

  • Chocolate and Date Truffles: A Fantastic Homemade Christmas Gift

    Spicie Foodie
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
      Everyone loves chocolate and a sweet treat. These little homemade truffles are sweet, have chocolate, and a touch of spice. They are super easy to prepare and would make a fantastic homemade gift for a special someone — specially if they like complex sweets with a range of flavours. You could package them up in a pretty tin container and take them along as a hostess gift or as a last minute gift. Or if you want to be a little bit selfish (like me) and just make them for yourself, then that’s great too. The taste is amazing, and if you serve or eat them with a glass of red…
  • Mexican Christmas Punch or Ponche Navideño

    Spicie Foodie
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
      For many years now, when Christmas time arrives I get this memory of a sweet and fruity punch. The memory isn’t very clear but I remember that it was red, had fruit pieces in it, and that it smelled just like Christmas. People here (like everywhere else) have been gearing up for navidad. The grocery stores, markets, restaurants, and all sorts of business have got decorations and special meals to represent the season. If you walk into a grocery store you’ll see the poinsettias displayed alongside the traditional Christmas meal ingredients. There are dried corn husks and banana…
  • Baked Panela Cheese That Will Knock Your Socks Off

    Spicie Foodie
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
      Have you ever cooked something that just surprised you with how utterly scrumptious it was? This was the case when I prepared this cheese. I love cheese so much, and as pleasant as it is to sit down to eat a serving French style (as in un plateau de fromages) I love eating it all sorts of ways. Baked cheese can be such a fun and delicious experience, wouldn’t you agree?   Panela cheese is a Mexican firm, fresh cheese that is fantastic for baking, grilling, and frying. You can find it in the Latin food section of most grocery stores. If not you can look for queso blanco,…
  • Chicken Tostadas with Charred Tomatillo and Serrano Salsa

    Spicie Foodie
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Tostadas are one of the best vessels for using up leftovers. (If you don’t know what Mexican tostadas are please read this.) They are fantastic with vegetarian and meaty toppings, the fun part about tostadas is experimenting with what you’re going to add on top. Sometimes I like to go all out and make elaborate tostadas, like tinga, other times a simple smearing of Mexican sour cream and salsa or even just beans and crumbly cheese are the only topping I want on my tostada. But when I have small scraps of leftovers I know immediately how to use them. The tosadas you see here were…
 
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    hungry sofia

  • Persimmon Hand Pies

    hungrysofia
    30 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The first time I had these persimmon pies I’d just hit send on a major deadline while on a press trip to Tabasco country in Lafayette, Louisiana.  After a sleepless night, I followed the smell of bacon to the Marsh House kitchen where chef and food writer Stanley Dry was making breakfast -chicory coffee, eggs, boudin sausage, fig spiced with fennel and bay leaves, and fried pies filled with persimmon jam.  It was all good, but I’ve always associated the pies with the heady sense of relief I felt that morning. Stanley generously shared his recipe and I tried to make them the…
  • The Cuban Table is here!

    hungrysofia
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    I am beyond thrilled to announce that The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History is hitting both real and virtual shelves today.  Since our wonderful editor BJ Berti let us know that the finished copies were in the warehouse and on their way a few weeks ago, I imagined receiving them – usually in over-saturated, Doris Day technicolor.  The books would run straight off an assembly line, into a box, and onto a truck that would drop them at my door.  I’d coolly but swiftly rip it open, hand out the books, and and it would be champagne all around.  So many…
  • First Look Inside The Cuban Table

    hungrysofia
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The Cuban Table  will be here next week but I couldn’t wait until then to share a recipe from the book.  I’d been planning on this post for awhile but it was hard to choose just one.  Not only are they all attached to a memory or favorite moment during this long process, they’re also attached to some of my favorite people.  They were great company as I wrote and I’m so excited to introduce them to you.  Even now, I feel like when I open the cover they all start talking once – a familiar feeling if you’ve ever walked into a Cuban gathering.  It’s…
  • Crema de Quinoa

    hungrysofia
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    When I’m asked how I decided what to post, I always say that one recipe leads to another.  But that’s only half a truth.  More specifically, it comes down to what was left and what I can make of it.  This chowder, for one, started with a recipe for quinoa croquettes.  With the croquettes done and quinoa to spare, I started looking for more ways to use it and came across this recipe in Jose Garces’ Latin Road HomeI was most drawn to the ingredient list featuring staples I always have but never seem to use completely – heavy cream, parsley, the odd potato.  This…
  • 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…
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    Chef In You

  • Spinach and Cheese Lasagna Rolls

    DK
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble Who doesn’t love Lasagna? Especially the one filled with glorious cheese? I knew it – lots of raised hands! Idea of adding spinach to the lasagna is as old as sliced bread, but its not one to get outdated any time soon. At least not in my home. Its one of those meals that make you feel good about eating cheese A friend of mine got me an awesome gift basket filled with artisan pasta and the works. Boy, did those look good! The cook in me got all wolf eyed at such beauty . These mini lasagna rolls are a sight for the hungry. Protein rich and very…
  • Roasted Pumpkin Pie with Chocolate Crust

    DK
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble Pumpkins are EVERYWHERE. I naturally bought a couple with a gazillion recipe ideas in mind, last of which being the one that my little one shouted (literally) at the store; so much so that at least 10 people looked up to see the commotion. His repeated “I want Pumpkin Pie, I want Pumpkin Pie” though got a solid approval from them with a broad smile. I have made only two pumpkin pies in my whole life – Healthy Pumpkin Pie with Wholegrain Crust  and Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust and Honey Pecan Filling.  And that was AGES ago! But  like…
  • Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

    DK
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble Diets are not my thing. I love food and more importantly diets don’t work for me. But there are recipes made specifically for such diets that appeal to me. It doesn’t make me feel like I have sacrificed or compromised something. Like this popular Paleo Diet friendly Cauliflower “Rice”. Since the diet abstains use of grains, this recipe uses cauliflower as its rice substitute. Being vegetarians, my daily job as a cook (and nutritionist!) in my house is to make sure we get the required servings of everything in the Food pyramid. If you…
  • Paneer Moong Kathi Roll (Falka Roti)

    DK
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble One of the toughest task I face as a cook in my family, is making sure I prepare balanced meals every day. If you have ever tried to make sure you follow the Vegetarian Pyramid to calculate the servings of different foods, you will know what I am talking about.  Though nowhere close to perfection that I strive for, I try my best to do justice with the means available to me on a day to day basis. My collection of recipes from all resources are those that satisfy this need.  Among them is this gem of a meal. Wholegrain, Legumes, Vegetables, Dairy and other…
  • Ribbon (Pakoda) Murukku

    DK
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble [Update: This post was originally published on November 2007. I have updated it to include clear pictures and better instructions. The recipe remains the same.] I have never really liked sweets all that much, right since childhood. My palate has always been extremely biased towards savories.  My husband shares my taste as well. We eat sweets in my house more as novelty/tradition/culture rather than love for it.  My little one is still in his transition phase and hence keeps switching on and off! But our love for munching on crispy treats remains constant. My…