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  • What Your Sandwich Says About You

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    emilybschroeder
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Ever wondered what your sandwich says about you? Our friends at Huffington Post Taste say it best: “If a cocktail glass is a window into the soul, then the blank slate between two pieces of bread is a screen door to the heart, or in some cases, a dead-bolted artery.” To see the full article, click here. More from RealSimple.com: […]
  • The Best Fried Chicken of Your Life

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

    Rasa Malaysia: Easy Asian Recipes
    Rasa Malaysia
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Le Creuset and Casabella Giveaway. Retail value $1000! US only. Enter to win! The post Le Creuset and Casabella Giveaway appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Arabica, Borough Market

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

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

  • Summertime Vacay

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

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

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

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

    Adam Roberts
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Becoming a good cook is a little bit like becoming a good musician: at a certain point, you can glance at a recipe–the way a pianist might glance at a piece of sheet music–and know what it’s going to taste like, just like the pianist knows what it’s going to sound like. That’s a real skill to have, especially when planning a dinner and searching through cookbooks for something to dazzle. On the morning our story begins, I was flipping through a Food52 Cookbook that I was sent long ago, and this recipe–which is also live on the Food52 site–sang out to…
 
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    Steamy Kitchen: recipes and cooking

  • Goodbye Kitchen!

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Journey of the Senses – Sept 13, 2014 – A Very Special Dinner Event with Jennifer & Chef Mark

    info@culinarymedianetwork.com (Culinary Media Network)
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:28 pm
    The torrent of centuries rolling over the human race, has continually brought new perfections, the cause of which, ever active though unseen, is found in the demands made by our senses, which always in their turns demand to be occupied. Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin When we leave behind our pre-conceived notions of food and drink, and let our senses guide us through the magic, we offer ourselves the opportunity for new insight, new sensations, and even titillation. Let me put it more simply, in the words of someone who attended one of my dinners: My whole life, food has been the enemy. In…
  • Our 10th Anniversary: A Retrospective

    info@culinarymedianetwork.com (Culinary Media Network)
    24 Feb 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Ten years ago today, I sat down with a laptop and a tray table and made a conscious decision to try my hand at food writing. After being laid off from my job as Director of Culinary Programs for Relais & Chateaux, I figured it was my one chance to indulge that dream and see where it would take me. I went to Blogger and created something called “Gastronomic Meditations”. Shortly after, I learned how to build a web site and taught myself how to code; I even sent out a newsletter to everyone in my address book (this was before spam regulations, so hush). Those efforts, and my…
  • My Food “Sabbatical”

    info@culinarymedianetwork.com (Culinary Media Network)
    12 Dec 2013 | 9:42 am
    Sometimes in life, there comes a moment when you are willing to put everything on pause because there is something you MUST do. This past summer, that moment arrived for me. 2013 has been quite a year of metamorphosis; I’ve taken a good look at what I’m creating in the world, and checked in with myself to see if all the pieces fit. I had no idea what huge changes that moment of questioning would bring. For the past 25 years, I’ve lived and breathed the world of food and wine, and have achieved milestones that would blow away a lot of “foodies”. I’ve supped 150-year-old Grand…
  • A Spoonful of Sugar

    info@culinarymedianetwork.com (Culinary Media Network)
    30 May 2013 | 8:32 am
    That’s the best way for me to describe Monica Glass. In 2004 I received an e-mail from a lovely young woman who liked the way I talked about food. She wondered if she could help out as an editorial intern, and I said yes without hesitation. There was something that came through her words — I could tell she was a kindred spirit. When she began to create recipes for us, I nearly fell off my chair. I’ve worked with a lot of chefs in my life, and I’m talking about the very best, from Bocuse to Keller and everyone in between. This girl was special; there was a complexity to…
  • FP7: Chef Thomas Keller

    info@culinarymedianetwork.com (Culinary Media Network)
    25 May 2013 | 6:00 am
    Here’s an oldie but a goodie from the archives. This podcast was originally published on May 15, 2006. Thomas Keller joined me for a chat on food philosophy and what that means in the world of The French Laundry and its siblings. His perspectives on food are some of the most well respected in the industry, and with good reason, as his passion for cooking has helped to elevate American cuisine to a new place in the international landscape. He also shared some interesting thoughts on the world of celebrity chefdom, seasonal vs. local cuisine, and his new life as a jet-setting…
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    Rasa Malaysia: Easy Asian Recipes

  • Le Creuset and Casabella Giveaway

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

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

    Rasa Malaysia
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:51 am
    Easiest Matcha (green tea) ice cream recipe. 2 ingredients, vanilla ice cream & Matcha. Mix together and you've an instant Matcha (Green Tea) ice cream. The post Matcha (Green Tea) Ice Cream appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries

    Rasa Malaysia
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Sweet potato fries with parmesan cheese. This sweet and cheesy sweet potato fries is the perfect side dish for any occasions and so easy to make. The post Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Balance Bar Back to School Survival Kit Giveaway

    Rasa Malaysia
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Back to School Survival Kit Giveaway. US only. Enter to win! The post Balance Bar Back to School Survival Kit Giveaway appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
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    101 Cookbooks

  • Zucchini Agrodolce

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

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

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

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

    Heidi Swanson
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    One thing I've most enjoyed experimenting with over the past year is broth. I suppose the style of broth I'm interested in would technically be considered vegetable broth. That said, this isn't what one tends to think of as a typical vegetable broth - I rarely kick things off with the holy trinity of onion, carrots, and celery. Instead, I might focus one around a favorite chile pepper, or varietal of dried mushroom, or, in this case, lemongrass. It might be more helpful to think of this as thin, flavor-forward soup, where I attempt to build on a short list of intense flavors. I like broths to…
 
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    Alice Q. Foodie

  • Fairweather at Rare Form - Downtown San Diego

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

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

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

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

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

  • Girl Power!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Strawberry Nectarine Fruit Salad

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

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

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

    Elise
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    Here’s one of the best loved recipes on the site—tomato pie! Perfect at the peak of summer tomato season. First posted Aug 2009. ~Elise One of the great things about going on vacation is I get to hang out with my friends, and sometimes meet their friends, who sometimes have OMG-this-is-so-GOOD dishes that they bring over. This tomato pie recipe is a result of one of these encounters. Continue reading "Tomato Pie" »
  • Blueberry Muffins

    Elise
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Did you know that blueberries are good for you? They’re considered a “superfood“. Good for the brain. At least that’s what I tell myself when I’m on my third (fourth, fifth) one of these blueberry muffins. Continue reading "Blueberry Muffins" »
 
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  • Evidence That Flaws Are a Good Thing

    rsdailythought
    27 Aug 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 Here’s How Stressed Americans Really Are (and How to Manage It) 21 Things to Know About Multivitamins 16 Dinners You Can Make in Just 15 MinutesFiled under: Daily Thought
  • What Your Sandwich Says About You

    emilybschroeder
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Ever wondered what your sandwich says about you? Our friends at Huffington Post Taste say it best: “If a cocktail glass is a window into the soul, then the blank slate between two pieces of bread is a screen door to the heart, or in some cases, a dead-bolted artery.” To see the full article, click here. More from RealSimple.com: […]
  • Why You Should Tire Yourself Out

    rsdailythought
    26 Aug 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 What I Learned From Purging Most of My Stuff 7 Castles You Can Sleep In Back-to-School Organizing TricksFiled under: Daily Thought
  • The Secret to Getting What You Want

    rsdailythought
    25 Aug 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 What Too Many Mushy Facebook Posts Really Mean The Scary Truth About How Much Americans Are Saving 6 Back-to-School Apps That’ll Make Your Life EasierFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Why You Shouldn’t Take Critics Too Seriously

    rsdailythought
    22 Aug 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 My Secret Affair With Junk Food 4 Gorgeous Beauty Trends You Need to Try 10 Homemade Popsicle RecipesFiled under: Daily Thought
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    Portland Oregon Food and Drink

  • Interview: Scott Dolich – Park Kitchen

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

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

    Food Dude
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:25 pm
    A worthwhile benefit, so it gets promoted to the home page. Savor the Pearl week-long dining event offers tastes of the neighborhood’s finest dishes WHAT:            An incredible tasting menu featuring twenty-seven of the Pearl District’s best restaurants awaits attendees at Savor the Pearl, a week-long neighborhood tasting event benefitting children and adults suffering from the life-threatening disease, cystic fibrosis.  This is the first year that the Pearl District has presented this event. WHEN:            August 18 – August 24 WHERE:          Enjoy…
  • Local Figs: A Love Letter to a Short Sweet Season

    Lizzy Caston
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    Figs are coming into season early this year, and Lizzy’s post from 2006 is always popular, so I thought I’d run it again. Recipe by Eric Bechard Black Mission & Adriatic Figs Portland Oregon is practically raining figs. There are big brown, black and green blobs on sidewalks, on top of cars, and backyards are slippery mine fields. It won’t last long though, because we are nearing the end of the  season. Fresh figs remind me, somewhat sadly, that summer has now peaked and I need to savor every last bite, for there are only a couple of the good weather months left.
  • Sunday Dinner with Betty

    Food Dude
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    In the 1990′s, I was living in Sonoma County California. This was during the middle of the AIDS crisis, and somehow I had ended up working in a hospice, counseling patients, walking their dogs, cooking, cleaning their houses, arranging memorials… whatever I could do. It was a fulfilling yet exhausting job, sharing last days with patients, many of whom became my friends during their time with me. On a rare day off, I met an actor who had moved to the area for the summer to take care of his daughter, while his ex-wife was working on a movie. He was famous in Canada, and frequently…
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    Start Cooking

  • Microwaving Bacon

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

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

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

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

    22 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    You can make a delicious and tasty chicken stir-fry very quickly! This video will guide you each step of the way, and in no time you'll be cooking your very own chicken stir-fry! Enjoy!
 
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    Average Betty

  • Grilled Chicken Banh Mi with Avocado Cucumber Relish #SummerGathering

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

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

    Sara O'Donnell
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The food and wine extravaganza Los Angeles Times The Taste, turns five this year. And what a precocious youngster yumster she has become The post See You at Los Angeles Times The Taste 2014! appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Super Easy Vanilla Ice Cream Video – No Ice Cream Maker Required!

    Sara O'Donnell
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Super Easy Vanilla Ice Cream. Only four ingredients and no Ice Cream Maker required. You're welcome The post Super Easy Vanilla Ice Cream Video – No Ice Cream Maker Required! appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Super Easy Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

    Sara O'Donnell
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    When I learned you could make ice cream WITHOUT an ice cream maker, and only a few ingredients, I had to investigate The post Super Easy Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe appeared first on Average Betty.
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    Coconut & Lime // Rachel Rappaport

  • Grilled Habanero Peach Sauce

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

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

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

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

    Rachel Rappaport
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:2 cloves garlic, minced1 medium onion, chopped1 lbs lean ground beef16 oz canned tomato sauce* 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar2 tablespoons chili powder2 tablespoons cocoa1 teaspoon allspice1 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika1/2 teaspoon cloves1/2 teaspoon saltto serve:8 cooked hot dogs8 hot dog bunstoppings:chopped raw onionsshredded extra sharp cheddardark red kidney beans (heated through)Directions: In a large skillet saute onion, garlic until the onion is translucent. Add the remaining…
 
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    Cooking with Anne

  • Chicken Cannelloni

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

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

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

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

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

  • Racine Kitchen, Knightsbridge

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

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

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

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

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

  • My Best Non-Food London Discoveries since My Re-re-partriation

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

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

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

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

    Krista
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Too many people asked me “Where are you going to eat before you leave?” before, I, uh, left Chicago. And then they would look at me strangely when I would say “Oh, I don’t know…I’m probably just going to order some curry from Rangoli and maybe some twice-cooked pork and string beans from Chengdu Impression.” What they wanted me to say, I do not know. (Don’t ask the question if you’re not going to like the answer.) I had no desire to hit Alinea again. (Sorry, left hungry and stopped for tacos that one time.) I was a little sad that I never…
 
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    Dancing on My Table

  • The Great NZ Food Show – 6th and 7th September

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

    admin
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Scallop lovers you gotta be here – it’s the 10-year anniversary of this amazing festival! I’ll be there demonstrating fabulous scallop recipes (10.30am and again at 12.15pm) along with terrifically[.....]
  • The Winemakers’ Lunch & Charity Auction – 17th August

    admin
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:17 pm
    A Rotary Club of Otahuhu event to raise funds for the Totara Hospice, South Auckland. The lunch will feature recipes cooked from my book Julie Biuso At Home, served with[.....]
  • The cookbook of the Year!

    admin
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:17 pm
    The Great New Zealand Cookbook just launched. 80 of New Zealand’s greatest chefs, food writers and food producers share their favourite recipes along with insights into their culinary DNA. Read their stories: how and why they got started in food and why they are still so passionate about what they do; how food has held families together through the tough times and drawn them closer in the good times; how everlasting friendships have been forged through food and cooking together; and how all of this has created precious memories of times shared in the kitchen and around the table. A unique…
  • Julie Biuso goes to Beijing

    admin
    18 May 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Yippee I’m off to Beijing. Got the fastest ticket there with Singapore Airlines. My only regret is that I won’t have time to sample the many, and varied, gorgeous dishes in the Singapore Air lounge at Singapore airport – best ever lounge food by a long shot – because I’ve got such a short stopover! I’ll be in China before I know it and hobnobbing with all the Gourmand World Cookbook award people. Fingers crossed, the awards are announced Wednesday evening!!!
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    David Lebovitz

  • Fresh Corn Soup

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

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

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

    David
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    When I was in Sicily, either it slipped my mind, or my mind is slipping, because for one evening, I was supposed to be responsible for making something for dessert. I was offered a number of beautiful things to cook or bake with, and my mind kept wandering back to the heavenly ricotta cheese that we’d seen being made earlier that day. Since we brought home a few big strainers of the just-set ricotta, I couldn’t resist putting one to use in ice cream. I blended up the cheese with some milk, a few spoonfuls of local honey, and made a luxurious pine nut brittle to crumble into the…
  • Corsica

    David
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    I finally got to Corsica. I’d heard so much about it. But somehow, I’d never made it there. Corsica is a large island off the Mediterranean coast of France, which has had a rather back-and-forth relationship with France. But the short story is that it was back under French rule in 1796, where it’s firmly (although to some, precariously) remained. Its most famous resident was – and still is – Napoléon Bonaparte. And the airport in Ajaccio, where we flew into from Paris is named after him. since he was born there. Our friend who we were rendez-vous-ing with was arriving in…
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    Cybele Pascal

  • Allergy Friendly Butterscotch Bars

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

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

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

  • 10 Underrated Tequila Cocktails

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    So, after watching this video from Panna, you’ve mastered the margarita. What’s next for a budding tequilaphile? Turn your attention to these 10 underrated cocktails. 1. Paloma  This fizzy, grapefruity drink might be the most popu...
  • 5 Wines to Pair with Roast Chicken

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Here, we reveal wines we love costing less than $17. Occasionally, other experts weigh in. Roast chicken is one of the most fun dishes to enjoy with wine—it pairs with almost anything. The only rule (in my book) is to drink something that&rs...
  • Why Vinho Verde is the Best Summer Party Wine

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender’s expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks. “I’m a simple dude,” says St. Louis chef Kevin Nashan. “...
  • A Mexican Take on Ratatouille

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    These healthy recipes are all created to pair with wine (which has 120 to 150 calories for a 5-ounce glass)—all for 600 calories or fewer. Ratatouille is one of the first dishes I learned to make. Though there are many debates about the righ...
  • Double Watermelon Cocktails, Perfect Piña Coladas & More Ways to Toast the End of Summer

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Coffee, wine, beer, cocktails—if it’s made well and it’s potable, then F&W editors will drink it. Here's what we tried this past week. [<a href="//storify.com/FoodandWine/story-102" target="_blank"&am...
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    Eater NY

  • Pop-Ups: Central Perk of Friends to Become a Reality in Soho

    Marguerite Preston
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    [Rendering via Warner Brothers] Next month, an exact replica of Central Perk, the fictional coffee shop of Friends, will materialize in Soho. This is not the work of a Friends fanatic, but instead an elaborate pop-up planned by Warner Brothers to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic sitcom's premiere. The pop-up will last for a month, from September 17 to October 18, during which time there will be contests, giveaways, and, according to the press release, "weekly in-store performances akin to Phoebe's improvised songs." Also, James Michael Tyler, the guy who played Gunther the barista…
  • Coming Attractions: Steakhouse to Replace Loi on the Upper West Side

    Marguerite Preston
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    [Loi in finer days via Facebook] Steakhouses are a rare find on the Upper West Side, but a new one is about to be added to the very short list. Bruno Selimaj, who owns Club A Steakhouse on East 58th St. has taken the space that, up until last month, housed the neighborhood favorite Loi, and plans to morph it into Lincoln Square Steak in time for a November opening. "We will serve an a la carte menu as well as a pre and post theater four-course prix fixe,'' says Selimaj, who sources his meat from Master Purveyors, a company that also supplies Peter Luger and Wolfgang's. In addition to the…
  • Crunch Time: The Last-Minute Wednesday Night Reservation Guide

    Devra Ferst
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Eater scanned through all 1,475 NYC restaurants on OpenTable with reservations for two still available for tonight. Here's the best of the bunch. Get 'em while they're hot: · Lafayette (7:30, 8:00) · Blue Hill (8:00) · The Dutch (6:45, 9:15) · Union Square Cafe (9:00, 9:15) · Il Buco (7:00, 8:30) · Claudette (6:45) · The Fat Radish (9:15) · Lupa (6:45, 7:15) · Toro (7:30, 9:30) · Telepan (7:30, 9:00) · Del Posto (9:30) · Bar Bolonat (9:15, 9:30) · All'Onda (7:00, 7:30) · Murray's Cheese Bar (8:45, 9:00) · Laut (7:00,…
  • Campaigns: Subway Inn Escapes Eviction Once Again

    Marguerite Preston
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    [Photo: Subway Inn/Facebook] Today, as planned, the owners of the Subway Inn headed back to court, to fight their impending eviction. Now, owner Steven Salinas sends word to EV Grieve that once again, a judge has ruled in the dive bar's favor and stayed the eviction proceedings. This may only be a brief respite for the Salinas family, since their official lease expires in February. But the family is continuing their campaign to save the 77-year-old bar from the wrecking ball, now with the support of the Landmark Preservation Commission, Councilman Dan Garodnick, and State Senator Liz Krueger.
  • Stunts: Grilled Cheese to Drop From the Sky in September

    Devra Ferst
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    As promised, Australian grilled cheese company Jafflechutes (Aussies call grilled cheese jaffles) will be dropping sandwiches to 30 to 40 New Yorkers next month. Brokelyn reports that the first drop point will be The Diamond bar in Greenpoint, where, on a still unknown date, the Jafflechutes team will throw grilled cheeses off the roof to customers waiting below. Here's how it works: the team posts a date and a menu on Twitter, diners place orders online, pay via Paypal, and wait for patiently at a designated time for their cheese to drop from the heavens and into their arms. While waiting on…
 
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    オクで快適生活方法

  • 最近オークションアプリにハマりっぱなしです!

    admin
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:04 pm
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    Orangette

  • August 18

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

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

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

    Molly
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    We spent half of last week on Lopez Island, staying with friends at the home of friends-of-friends, breaking in our sun hats, making buildings out of driftwood, wearing ourselves out so well that we were in bed before the light was gone, getting reacquainted with summer. Despite the fact that I seem to have filled my life with a lot of work and obligations and businesses and whatnot, I am
  • June 27

    Molly
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Friday! It’s rainy here in Seattle, as it often is in June. I don’t mind, but I also wouldn’t mind being in a car on the road between Rome and who knows where in Italy, as I was on this day three years ago, when I went over for Luisa’s wedding.* Let’s go there for a minute. Maybe to a beach on the Adriatic. Ah. Earlier this week, I drove to Spokane and back, which is absolutely nothing
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    Serious Eats

  • How to Make Chinese Lotus Seed Buns to Rival Any Bakery's

    Shao Z.
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Fluffy and sweet, lotus seed buns are a popular treat at Chinese bakeries. As the name implies, they're flavored with a paste made from lotus flower seeds, which have a light, chestnut-like flavor. This recipe for homemade buns has been perfected to work with either low-gluten flour, or all-purpose. Hot from the steamer, they're a confection not to be missed. The only thing that could make them either better is a cup of bubble tea. Read More
  • Tomato Tart From 'The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook'

    Maggie Mariolis
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Oh, Tomato Tart, how you haunt my dreams! (Divine and wicked, from Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell's The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook.) Couldn't you have been less flaky, less creamy, less juicy-tomatoey? Or couldn't you at least have been more arduous or taken longer to put together? Then I wouldn't have blinked and devoured half a sheet of buttery puff pastry awash in milky ricotta and goat cheese. Read More
  • Solbeso: Chocolate's Boozy Cousin From South America

    Emma Janzen
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Chocolate is made from tiny beans nestled inside cacao pods, whereas Solbeso is distilled from the juicy, pulpy fruit surrounding said beans. When this fruit is transformed into liquor, it yields a citrusy-tasting clear spirit—a bit like tequila, a bit like pisco, a bit like rum—with thick floral flavors laced with nutty undertones. A totally new category of liquor that actually adds something interesting to the conversation instead of re-hashing tired concepts? Consider us on board. Read More
  • Stuffed Chicken Adventures: Chicken Breasts With Chorizo and Queso Sauce

    Jennifer Olvera
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    A simple yet flavorful mixture of chorizo, jalapeño, and onion serves as the filling for these pounded chicken breasts, which cook in an ultra-creamy, beer-based cheese sauce. Read More
  • New York Essentials: 10 Must-Eat Desserts in NYC

    Niko Triantafillou
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    New York has no shortage of good desserts, but how many would you call essential? What are the sweets you need to know to see how we do dessert in this town? A few months ago, we asked ourselves that question. Then we got to tasting. Read More
 
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  • strawberries and cream with graham crumbles

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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
  • Healthy Sides for Thanksgiving

    Beth Bader
    23 Nov 2013 | 2:25 pm
    I know, it's like sacrilege. But something has to temper my love affair with butter fat for this holiday. The kid will pick and choose her healthy bites, however. Brussels sprouts more loaded with bacon and aged Gouda, YES. Brussels sprouts with quinoa and just enough bacon to taste good? Hmmm, more for me at least. It is a tough sell after a couple weeks of Halloween sugar binge have ignited her
  • Hail Ceasar: Avocado Ceasar Salad

    Beth Bader
    17 Nov 2013 | 6:10 pm
    I have a longer-winded post to put here. It has to do with why I've suddenly begun focusing on ingredients that are natural powerhouses of anti-inflammatory goodness. I'll work my way back to that story. I'll get it together, right after I plan a few sides and a dessert for Thanksgiving! Alrighty. This is lighter without the egg, and uses all healthy fats from avocado. Avocado Ceasar
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    FoodChannel.com Articles

  • Behold the Spooner Tomato

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

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

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

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

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

  • You Can Now Get Mission Cantina’s Full Menu Delivered

    Sierra Tishgart
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    More, more, more. If a Mission Cantina burrito alone doesn't fill you up, you should probably visit a doctor, but then you should order the rest of the menu for delivery. Danny Bowien's chicken wings, beef-tongue tacos, and hibiscus-glazed spare ribs are all now available via Caviar — and you can also have beer delivered anywhere below 59th Street. This will surely come in handy once it gets cold outside, and you need all this food for important hibernation purposes. [Caviar] Read more posts by Sierra TishgartFiled Under: kick back, caviar, danny bowien, delivery, mission cantina, new…
  • Subway Inn's Eviction Order Blocked Yet Again

    Hugh Merwin
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio indeed. While its struggle to remain in operation is far from over, things are looking positive for the 77-year-old Subway Inn for the second time in ten days. The famous dive bar is due to be evicted in advance of the demolition and redevelopment of its decades-old home on East 60th Street, but had been given a reprieve of sorts last week when a judge granted the Salinas family a temporary restraining order against real estate developer World-Wide Holdings Corp. Now, following an ambitious crowd-funding effort to spread word of the establishment's plight and…
  • Cool New Restaurant Opens in Lower Manhattan This Weekend

    Clint Rainey
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The wait is over. Finally this Saturday, there's a spot to liven up the relatively uncool, no nonsense neighborhood surrounding City Hall. The talk of the area for a while now, it will feature dangly Edison bulbs that make the bar's garnish-filled mason jars glisten. There will be bourbon-spiked cream soda on tap, and a $300 breakfast special served that comes with a bottle of 2003 Dom Perignon. Eater's sneak peek indicates the dining room is decked out in black-and-white photos of downtown landmarks, that you can order a "Lower Manhattan" that swaps bitters for coffee liqueur, and if you're…
  • Dairy Queen Served a Chemical-Cleaner-Laced Milkshake to a Kid

    Clint Rainey
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    The latest offender. A Colorado Dairy Queen served a 7-year-old a vanilla milkshake that had been accidentally blended with degreasing solution. A similar incident happened in Utah earlier this month. Riley Chase, who is recovering, said that "something was, like, bubbling" on his tongue when he sipped the drink. "It tasted gross," he explained, adding that he quickly handed the milkshake to his mother. Lisa Chase took it to a manager, who determined that a careless employee had goofed by adding vanilla syrup to a lye dispenser in the sink, thinking it was clean. Riley took a precautionary…
  • Corn Dogs and Peach Pie Concretes Return to Shake Shack This Weekend

    Hugh Merwin
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    The Summer of Shack draws to a close. Beginning on Friday and extending through Monday, Shake Shack is bringing back its annual, end-of-summer corn dog extravaganza. With the exception of the hamburger chain's JFK outlets and ballpark concessions, all city Shacks will roll out the corn-battered Vienna beef hot dogs, on sticks of course, with Rick's Picks sweet corn relish on the side. Meanwhile, save for its Dumbo and new Barclays-area Brooklyn locations, the restaurants will also serve peach pie concretes, which consist of frozen vanilla custard blended with a slice of pie. Finally, it's…
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    The Passionate Foodie

  • The Endangered Vaquita: A Cautionary Tale

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

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

    Richard Auffrey
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last week, it was reported that Chef Mario Batali spent $410,000 to purchase a liquor license for Babbo, his new Boston restaurant. Maybe he should have waited a little bit longer and bought one of the new liquor licenses that will soon be available. He could have saved at least a few hundred thousand dollars. As there is a cap on the number of liquor licenses in Boston, if a restaurant wants to purchase a license, they must find someone willing to sell one, and the prices can easily run $200K-$400K, if not higher. This makes it difficult for some restaurant owners who cannot afford to pay so…
  • Thursday Sips & Nibbles

    Richard Auffrey
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting wine and food items that are upcoming. **********************************************************1) From family-run restaurants with well-kept secrets to some of Somerville’s newest and hottest eateries, East Somerville’s restaurant corridor has some of the city’s most authentic flavors and hidden gems. On Tuesday, September 16, from 6pm-9:30pm, a ticket to the East Broadway Foodie Crawl will give diners exclusive access to more than a dozen area restaurants…
  • Blue Ox in Lynn: Excellent Neighborhood Spot

    Richard Auffrey
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I don't have a valid excuse. I should have done it years ago but, for no specific reason, it didn't happen until recently. Friends advised me to do it, and I read very positive comments in the press, but it just didn't motivate me sufficiently. However, after doing it once, I know that I must do it again, and then again. And I am here to urge others to do the same.What did I finally do? I dined at The Blue Ox in Lynn, which describes itself as "an upscale casual neighborhood restaurant" that "offers an approachable American menu."The Blue Ox, which opened in 2009, is owned by Chef Matt…
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  • The health benefits of cheese

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Science Behind Everything You Need to Know About Hangovers

    Matt Duckor
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
      We've all been there--you're sitting on the floor of your living room (or bathroom, bedroom, or kitchen, really) wondering why your head feels like the real-life, physical equivalent of that scene from The Simpsons where Homer gets stuck between a rock and a hard place. Congratulations, you're hungover. "It's horrible and I never want to feel this way again," you think to yourself as you recount the previous evening in your throbbing, sad excuse for a head. Here's the big problem: There's so much contradictory information out there about what causes…
  • 15 Italian Dishes Inspired By Our Newest Print Issue, Epicurious Italy

    Gabriella Vigoreaux
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    Our newest print Issue, Epicurious Italy, dropped yesterday and we are having some serious wanderlust right now. The foods we showcase in the magazine are divided by region -- so pick up a copy on newsstands now and you'll learn how to eat like a local in Veneto, find the best seafood in Sicilia, discover the wines of Piemonte, and more. In addition there are over 100 recipes inspired by the seven regions of Italy, like Roman-Style Pizza andd Olive-Oil Cake with Candied Oranges. Since we can't be whisked away to a Tuscan villa to gorge our faces with pasta and wine, we'll just…
  • 12 Ways to Cook With Tomato Seconds

    Gabriella Vigoreaux
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
      On a recent trip to the farmers' market, I was nearly knocked over by a stampede of people trying to get their hands on a pretty bunch of heirloom tomatoes. You know what I'm talking aobut: those Instagram-worthy ombre ones that make your tomato salads look gorgeous without you even having to do anything. I, however, had my eye on something else entirely. Beneath the table of pretty tomatoes there was a crate that held all the "seconds" -- the bruised and less-photogenic ones that sell for as little as a buck a pound. The sweetness of these overripe tomatoes make…
  • 10 Ideas for What to Do With Your 99-Pack of Beer, Now Available from Austin Beerworks

    Danica Lo
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    Things I may or may not be willing to get on a plane to Austin, TX, for right this minute: Austin Beerworks has just announced that tomorrow it will start selling 99-packs of its Anytime Ale. Yes, a case of 99 beers can be yours! This is what they look like: So what are you going to do with the 99-pack of beer? Drink it? Party with it? Share it with your friends? If you somehow wind up with a surplus of ale, here are 10 great recipes from the Epicurious archives that'll help you get through that epic case. Belgian Ale-Braised Brisket (Texas Ale-Braised Brisket, in this case) Cheddar-Beer…
  • 10 Helpful Links to Kick Off Your Humpday

    Danica Lo
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    · Taste-testing the best caramel ice cream [Guardian] · The 11 highest-calorie items at your local fast-food joint [Buzzfeed] · Don't feel like cooking? Uber now delivers. [Eater] · The ultimate burger blend guide [FWF] · How to skin an eel. Just cuz. [Food Network] · 5 things you may not have previously known about tacos [Grub Street] · Non-traditional wedding cake ideas to consider [PopSugar] · Here's a gluten-free almond cake recipe that looks divine [SE] · How California's earthquakes make its wine better [Daily Meal] · Good reasons to store your fruit and veg in a…
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    Food Gal

  • St. Helena’s Press Welcomes A Most Appropriate New Chef

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

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

    foodgal
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
      In summer, nothing satisfies like something chilled, quenching and palate-awakening. That’s what Jardesca delivers. The fortified wine is made in Sonoma by Roger Morrison and Marshall Dawson, who wanted to create a simple apertif suitable to begin any meal. Recently, I had a chance to try a sample. The beautiful bottle looks right at [...]
  • Join the Food Gal and Chef Philippe Breneman of the Lexington House at Macy’s Valley Fair

    foodgal
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    It’s a little bit of San Francisco in downtown Los Gatos. The Lexington House, which opened in September 2013, boasts a modern speakeasy vibe with plenty of craft cocktails and inspired farm-to-table cooking. Get a taste when Chef Philippe Breneman joins me to create a signature dish at a cooking demo at 6 p.m. Aug. [...]
  • A Celebration of Wild Salmon Plus a Food Gal Giveaway

    foodgal
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
      Every summer, I look forward to heirloom tomatoes, peaches, plums, and one other very special item: Wild local King salmon. Like fruits and vegetables, seafood also has a season. For California wild salmon, it’s summer. And it ends all too soon for my liking. Indeed, get your fill now because the season will soon [...]
 
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    How To Cook Like Your Grandmother

  • How To Make Pineapple & Black Bean Salsa

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

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

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

    Drew Kime
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Ask your parents (or grandparents) about the ice-cream shops they went to when they were teenagers. The toppings didn't all come out of pump cans, they were made right there from the same ingredients you would use: cocoa powder, sugar, milk, vanilla. This recipe will bring them back to their youth, and make you nostalgic for a time you never knew. The post How To Make Chocolate Sauce appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • How To Make No-cook Barbecue Sauce

    Drew Kime
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    I'm getting tired of spending 10 minutes reading labels every time I need barbecue sauce trying to find one that isn't mostly corn syrup. Seriously, check the labels and you'll see about a third of them list corn syrup as the first ingredient, and most of the rest have it as the second. Then there are the ones that list "corn syrup" and "high fructose corn syrup" separately, so that they can push them down to the third and fourth ingredients and you won't think you're buying a bottle of pancake syrup. Well, I needed some this weekend, so I went looking for a recipe to try out. I came across…
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    BoB - Bake or Break

  • Coconut Cream Pie Bars

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

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

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

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

    Jennifer McHenry
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    I’m so thrilled to tell you that I have been chosen by Krusteaz as an ambassador for their brand! In the coming months, I’ll be sharing new products, recipes, and more with you as part of a group of bloggers Krusteaz calls Baker’s Dozen. I am generally a from-scratch baker, but I also embrace the power of a good mix. […]
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    Skinny Chef

  • 20 Delicious & Creative Ways to Use Zucchini

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

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

    Jennifer Iserloh
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:37 am
    Create sweet memories for family and friends with delightful desserts that are tempting yet light. Cookouts aren’t complete for kids without popsicles and sparklers, and now you can stock and prep even a week in advance. The Texas sheet cake is a crowd pleaser and makes 36 squares, enough for a large crowd with left-over. This cake is better the day after, so plan to make it the night before, cover tightly with aluminum and refrigerate. Don’t have enough popsicle molds to treat all tikes? Dixie cups are an easy, disposable solution. Pour your popsicle mixture into each cup then…
  • Broccoli Bonanza

    Jennifer Iserloh
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    Paula from Conneticut wrote in this week asking for multiple ways to cook broccoli, one of my favorite super-charged vitamin-packed veggies! Broccoli has been touted as a superfood, and for good reason. Broccoli is available year round and is a staple in my fridge. I love it because it’s versatile and I know that most of my dinner guests and their kids just love it. 1 Cup of Broccoli Contains: only 30 calories 205% of your daily value of vitamin C 194% of Vitamin K 2.5 grams of fiber Quick and Delicious Ways to Cook Broccoli Saute garlic and red chili flakes in a bit of olive oil. Add…
  • 10 Healthy Summer Habits to Take Back to the Office

    Jennifer Iserloh
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Who doesn’t love the summer months, the sun, fresh fruits and veggies, and best of all, time to play and rest. Eating light is easier in the summer, but what happens when fall weather hits, kids start back to school, and life at the office gets hectic? Here are 10 easy tips to help keep that slender summer figure in check going into the fall months. 1. Drink to your health. Under the hot summer sun, I noticed that people are more conscious of drinking water and iced teas. Continue the habit into fall and remember to make it a low-cal or calorie-free drink. As the weather gets colder,…
 
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    We Are Never Full

  • Yellow Gazpacho with Head-On Shrimp al Ajillo

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fall Television Season 2014 Grid

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

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

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

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

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

  • Pepper Jack Steak Wraps Recipe

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

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

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

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

    Bobby
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    The cheesy grodita crunch is possibly one of the best items offered at Taco Bell. The secret to this amazing gordita is the slightly spicy sauce. The sauce uses ingredients such as red bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, and vinegar to get most of its flavor. This copycat recipe for Taco Bell’s cheesy gordita crunch is very easy to prepare. The gordita shell is topped with Mexican cheese blend, pressed onto a taco shell and then filled with ingredients such as taco meat, a spicy sauce, romaine lettuce, and shredded cheddar cheese. If you want to make this a bit healthier try replacing the ground…
 
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    Sugarlaws

  • a little like mom, a little like dad

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

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

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

    katy
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:26 am
    I’ve written before about how when we bought our house, we had put all of our savings in to the down payment and building the pool, which meant that we had basically no budget to decorate it.  So instead of spending a ton of money on furniture or decor items, we made do with what we could find.  We bought a lot online, we kept a bunch of pieces from the prior owner, and we tried our best not to stress if something wasn’t 100% perfect.  But, two years later, I started to realize that some of the stuff I wasn’t crazy about — the stuff that was fine for six…
  • that moment of panic

    katy
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    It happened this week. I was in our house one morning, feeding the dogs, when suddenly I realized that baby Bear had been quiet for about five minutes.  Not a peep. What did I do?  Obviously, I panicked.  The kid was clearly dead, in some sort of SIDS/parental neglect catastrophe that had occurred the second I turned my back.  (Never mind that he was safely in the Pack-and-Play: in my mind, something terrible had happened.) So I race over, and what do I find? This happy baby.  Just sitting there, playing with his toys.  Not making a peep. File this one under:…
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    The Fresh Loaf

  • Over proofing?

    hamletcat
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Over proofing?Submitted by hamletcat on August 27, 2014 - 1:40pm.What exactly happens if the dough is over proofed?  I understand what it looks like when it happens, but I am curious to what is happening from a scientific point of view.  Does the yeast eat all the starch and leave just the gluten strands?  Is that why it is so open and airy?
  • Can raw honey affect gluten development?

    Chef46
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Can raw honey affect gluten development?Submitted by Chef46 on August 27, 2014 - 12:35pm.I have been making this particular WW loaf for over 4 years now. It has always worked beautifully until the last 2 attempts. Both times, holes started developing during the second rise. Then, as I was shaping to proof, the dough was falling part. The only thing I can think of that I did differently is that I used raw honey both times. The second time I I heated the honey to 170F in an attempt to denature enzymes. Any suggestions? Maybe I just lost my touch! :)
  • Mixing and production log

    kitkatchef
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    Mixing and production logSubmitted by kitkatchef on August 27, 2014 - 9:50am.Hi there!I am looking for a template for a professional mixing log, something with columns for temperatures and times. I could probably make one myself, but if anybody has one already, that would be amazing.THANKS!(Also if anybody has a bread formula template they really like, please make a recommendation.)-Kat
  • when can I start using my starter

    Ubermensch
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    when can I start using my starterSubmitted by Ubermensch on August 27, 2014 - 7:01am.Hello, I just made a culture its been 2 weeks, it is pretty much active and sometimes overflows from the air tight jar. I fed it yesterday noon and am planning to use it tonight for my preferment is it too soon or safe to use?
  • flour from mill in ohio

    Justyna
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    flour from mill in ohioSubmitted by Justyna on August 27, 2014 - 5:34am.I want to start buying flour from mill not shop. I leave in Columbus Oh. I want flour without any addition. Without bleaching etc. Have any one idea where is good mill ony area.? Thank you
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    Homesick Texan

  • Tomato, cheddar, and bacon biscuits

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

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

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

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

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

  • Browned Butter M&M Cookies

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

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

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

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

    Ree
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    I’ve made this simple pasta salad for years and years, and have always loved the heck out of it. It’s zippy, flavorful, and fun, and is as delicious by itself as it is alongside grilled chicken, shrimp, or steaks. I made it recently on one of my Food Network episodes, and realized I’d never shared it on this here website o’ mine! It’s versatile, and you can add whatever other ingredients you want: diced avocado, chopped cilantro, chipotle (to the dressing), lime juice…or all the spices and seasonings you want. I hope you love it as much as I do. We’ve…
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    This Mama Cooks! On a Diet™

  • Getting a better night’s sleep with Food for Sleep

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

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

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    Last month the family and I had a chance to spend the day Portland, Maine. We walked around the town and hit up several spots that will certainly appeal to foodies looking for something unique to experience or purchase to take home. Duck Fat Arriving at bit after lunch time, I wanted to avoid the usual fried seafood joints off Portland’s main drag, and headed over to Duck Fat. I’d read about Duck Fat online and liked their angle. They use clarified duck fat in many of their amazing dishes from milkshakes to duck fat fried French fries. While I was a little worried about the “Ewww, gross…
  • Stocking up on healthy back to school supplies

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
      My kids have been back to school for a couple of weeks, but we’ve already gone back to Walmart a few times for additional school supplies. While I was there, not only did I stock up on bargains like one subject notebooks for 25 cents, but I also made sure to stock up on some healthy back to school supplies, too. Practically before I could get my healthy supplies in the door, my husband came home complaining of body aches – the kind you get when you’re coming down with a cold. Luckily I had bought Tylenol Cold & Flu because I remember last year when he and I were sick, and we…
  • Pressed Chicken with Okra Succotash

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    If you’re a regular reader of Martha Stewart Living, you know about one of my favorite features of the magazine – the recipe cards. It’s a sheet of four recipe cards that you can easily remove from the magazine, tear into index sized cards, and slip into your bag to take to the grocery store. This month I’ll be featuring a few healthy and easy to make recipes from the recipe cards from the September 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Living, like this week’s Pressed Chicken with Okra Succotash. This recipe uses a rather unusual way to “press” the chicken while cooking, using a heavy,…
 
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  • Pie Pops

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

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

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

    PJ Hamel
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. And sometimes a picture simply isn’t worth a plugged nickel (as we old fogies were wont to say, back in the day). This is one of those times. I take all of the blog pictures you see here with my iPhone 5. It does a great job – most of the time. My phone’s very forgiving of operator error, producing uniformly good photos no matter how many times I drop it (buttery fingers); smear icing across its tiny little lens, or tremble like a leaf while holding the phone in one hand and trying to pour maple syrup – artfully, mind you – over…
  • Gluten-Free Sun-Dried Tomato-Cheddar-Chive Biscuits

    Amy Trage
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:27 am
    Biscuits. They’re largely coveted when done correctly, as if sacred to those who eat them. Have you ever heard something similar to the following? “I’d like to make biscuits just like my grandma did, but mine never come out that flaky or rise quite as high!” I’ve heard that frustration time and time again on our baker’s hotline. It’s a common sentiment. Folks want that perfection of the Southern biscuit, a perfect balance of flour, salt, and cold fat combined with just enough liquid to bring everything together. They crave biscuits slathered in gravy,…
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    My Sweet and Saucy

  • Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Beehive Cake

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cinnamon chocolate crinkle cookies

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

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

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Occasionally on our Facebook page, we play a little game called Like or Dislike, with ingredients from the pantry, ingredients I'm thinking about adding to my pantry, other seasonal foods, even favorite cooking gear. Starting today, Like or Dislike comes to The Perfect Pantry on Saturdays. Do you like, dislike, love, crave, despise, wish for, use in your own kitchen? The things you like are sure to find their way to the recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, so do tell! It's no secret that I love hot and spicy food. I've got a stockpile of chili paste with garlic, in case the end of…
  • Favorite eggplant recipes from The Perfect Pantry {vegetarian, gluten-free}

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:41 pm
    My husband Ted doesn't adore eggplant, so it's not often that I manage to incorporate it into dishes we both enjoy. At this time of year, when we're eating as much corn and tomatoes as we can -- and as much zucchini as we can stand -- it's easy to forget about eggplant, which is also at its peak right now. To make sure you don't pass over eggplant at the farm stand, here are a few of my favorite eggplant recipes, perfect for summer.
 
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    My Wooden Spoon

  • Butternut Squash Purée

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

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

    A Cowboy's Wife
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    We love berries of all kind and to keep things less heavy than a cobbler, we devoured this Mixed Berries and Shortbread Crumble.  It’s really not hard to make at all and a nice change from the regular cake and pie desserts.  Another favorite here on at My Wooden Spoon, is the Very Berry Pound Cake, and I have no doubt this will become a favorite too. What are YOUR favorite type of berries?   Mixed Berries with Shortbread Crumble   Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 18 mins Total time 48 mins   Author: Lori Ingredients 10 tablespoons soft butter ¼ cup white sugar 1 and ½…
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    Cooking with Amy: A Food Blog

  • Pack a Lunch! Cookbooks

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

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

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

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

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

  • Back To Butter – Cookbook Review

    Scott
    2 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    I have mixed feelings about the notion of “back to butter”. Part of me acknowledges the fact that butter has around 50% saturated fat, meaning high cholesterol and the associated increased risk of heart disease. The other half of me however dislikes processed food with a passion; margarine fits this description perfectly and is rumoured to contain carcinogenic ingredients. In this age of uncertainty where we are told everything is potentially bad for us, surely natural is the best choice… Back to Butter takes a philosophical view of this topic, dividing people into two…
  • Harrods Maison de la Truffe Hamper

    Scott
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:46 am
    I have a bit of an addiction to truffles. They’re one of the luxuries I can’t afford on a day to day basis, but I can’t get enough of the pungent aroma whether they’re thinly sliced with a pasta dish or simply drizzled as an oil into an autumnal soup. Recently I was lucky enough to receive this Harrods Maison de la Truffe hamper. Worth £100 it contains goodies such as truffle oil, truffle salt, truffle breadsticks and porcini mushrooms. Harrods say that the hamper “contains a truly extravagant selection of truffle treats” and I can’t disagree –…
  • Buckwheat Porridge with Blueberries, Pecans and Maple Syrup

    Scott
    18 May 2014 | 2:21 am
    Buckwheat has found its way into my diet recently as a part of me trying to track down the cause of my acid indigestion. While I still haven’t got to the bottom of that one (cutting out caffeine and reducing lactose seem to have helped though), it does mean I have been introduced to one of the more interesting breakfast cereals. Buckwheat is gluten free and has a low glycemic index meaning it is one of the world’s great super-foods Buckwheat isn’t really a cereal at all, being the seeds of a plant related to rhubarb. Buckwheat is gluten free and has a low glycemic index…
  • Happy 5th Birthday Mia

    Scott
    17 May 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Mia had her 5th birthday party today (where has the time gone?), and to celebrate Gosia decided to try her hand at cake decorating…
  • Decadent Truffle Honey Cake

    Scott
    11 May 2014 | 10:07 am
    The cake sunk! Was it supposed to do that?? I highly doubt it, but even the original version – recipe over at the Jewish Chronicle – appears on the photograph to have done so. Still, life is too short to worry about such things, especially when the finished article is so delicious and with such a heady, intoxicating scent as this… “La Truffe est le diamant de la cuisine” – Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826) I realise that this is the second Honey Cake I’ve made in two weeks (the last one right here), but the two really are very different in both…
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    Kalyn's Kitchen®

  • Slow Cooker Green Chile Shredded Beef Cabbage Bowl with Avocado Salsa (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

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

    Kalyn Denny
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    If you have a surplus of zucchini, use some of them to make this delicious and easy Calabacitas.(Updated with better photos and step-by-step instructions, August 2014.)   Calabacitas is a traditional recipe from the American southwest, and it's a quick and easy way to use up abundant summer squash if you have them in your garden.  Traditional recipes for Calabacitas sometimes include things like corn or tomatoes, but in my version I concentrate on the flavors of the squash, onions, cheese, and green chiles.  This is definitely a recipe that should be made to individual taste, and when…
  • Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash with Herbs, Capers, Kalamata Olives, and Lemon (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash with Herbs, Capers, Kalamata Olives, and Lemon is an easy dinner!(For Phase One Fridays I feature Phase One Recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites.  Phase One Recipes are also Low-Carb and Gluten-Free.  This quick and easy dinner on the grill is perfect for this time of year when gardens are bursting with squash; hope you enjoy!) For years I've been a fan of Fine Cooking Magazine, so when so when they invited me to sign up for their daily e-mail recipe, I did. Normally I'm not a fan of e-mail like this, but since it was Fine…
  • Chicken Pesto Zucchini Noodle Salad (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Can Be Paleo)

    Kalyn Denny
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    A delicious zucchini noodle salad with pesto-marinated chicken and a pesto vinaigrette.I've been making zucchini noodles with the Spiralizer all summer long, and I need to get busy sharing the new recipes I've come up while some of you have a surplus of zucchini.  I created this Chicken Pesto Zucchini Noodle Salad with help from my niece Kara, and we both agreed it was easy to make and really tasty.  What bumped up the flavor here was marinating the chunks of chicken in the pesto vinaigrette for a few hours before we tossed the salad together, along with additional pesto vinaigrette…
  • Summer Means Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, and Things I'm Thinking About on Tuesday (8-19-14)

    Kalyn Denny
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    For years I've loved this Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Fresh Herbs.  It's tomato salad and tomato sandwich season, and even though my new town has a weekly farmers market where I've been stocking up on tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini, I can't get over how much I'm missing my garden.  I love all the summer veggies, but tomatoes are the summer treat I wait for every year, and my favorite way to eat them is this Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Fresh Herbs.  I've probably been making this salad for at least…
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    A Mindful Carnivore

  • 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...]
  • A caretaker and a killer

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

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

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

  • Kothamalli Rasam / Coriander Soup

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Bungalow Chef's - Pasta a la George

    Guest Contributor
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
      Tagged: artichokes, black pepper, butter, garlic, kosher salt, olive oil, onion, parmesan, pasta, ricotta, sauce, tomatoes, white wine, “The Bungalow Chef,” Mike Mech, brings Vintage Culinary from the hearth and home of a Classic Chicago Style Craftsmen Bungalow to life, with tried and true traditional culinary techniques and methods. Explore the Bungalow to see what’s cooking!  This recipe was created one late summer evening when in Blue Island the garden tomatoes were at their ripest and most succulent.  Great as a main dish or perfect for a…
  • Chef Franck Pontais - French Onion Soup

    Guest Contributor
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
      Tagged: brown bread, butter, flour, gruyere cheese, onions, salt, soup, vegetable, white pepper, MEET FRANCK! - When starting his career, Franck was surrounded by the best food “artisans” and chefs in France . Those were also generous mentors who encouraged him to fulfill his potential to become who he is today. Franck needs and want to give something back and share his passion and knowledge with the next generation of chefs...which could be you!  Try this French Onion Soup and your family will rave!  Watch for more of his recipes on The Food Channel.   …
  • Orange Marmalade Cookies

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Prep Time:15 minutes Cook Time:20 minutes Serves:36   Tagged: christmas, citrus, cookies, entertaining, holidays, orange marmalade, recipes, These cookies are a lovely combination of sweet and citrus. They make wonderful Christmas cookies if you are making your list, but why wait! They celebrate the end of summer, too! Why Try? The icing is boosted with the addition of orange zest. Also see our :90 Seconds in the Kitchen video to see how to make these.   Foodie Byte Ice the cookies when they are cooled completely so you can then spread a thick layer of icing that will not smear.
  • The Bungalow Chef's - Rhubarb Pie

    Guest Contributor
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
      Tagged: baking, flour, food channel, nutmeg, orange, pie, recipe, rhubarb, sugar, Stirring up Memories One Recipe at a Time. A Radiant and and Rosy Rhubarb Pie Recipe!“The Pie Plant” as my Great Grandmother would call it—due to its perfect nature for a home baked pie—was my family’s old-time favorite. Served slightly warm with that cold glass of milk.   Foodie Byte Ingredients Rhubarb Pie Filling (for 9 inch pie)2 lb. fresh Rhubarb(about 4 cups) cut into ½-inch dices 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar6 tablespoons flour1 teaspoon ground nutmegJuice and…
  • Rangeena

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
      Tagged: This non refrigerated date and walnut biscuit mix is filled with spices and if you make enough - it will last up to a week in your kitchen.   Foodie Byte Ingredients 1 pound dates (kh'las) or any good quality ripe fresh dates1/2 cup roasted good quality walnuts, toasted3 cups All Purpose Flour3/4 cup unflavored vegetable oil1/2 tablespoon ground cardamom2 teaspoons ground nutmegTiny pinch of salt (optional)Cinnamon to garnish2 tbsp of butter, melted Preparation DATES PREPCut dates in half and remove pitFill with walnuts and continue placing them as you like in the serving…
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    Recipe Girl

  • Strawberry- Caesar Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Salad

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

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

    Lori Lange
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I had the opportunity to travel to Cordova, Alaska back in July.  The folks at CopperRiverSalmon.org invited me and my 13-year old son Brooks to come to Cordova to learn all about Copper River Salmon.  It was simply not a trip that we could pass up.  Alaska??  Yes!  We were definitely excited to visit and learn.  Today, I’m sharing about that trip. Have you been lucky enough to try Copper River Salmon?  It’s the most delicious type of salmon I’ve ever had.  Why is this salmon so special?  Copper River Salmon thrive in their natural wild environment, traveling up to…
  • Fresh Peach Cake

    Lori Lange
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    This recipe I’m sharing here today takes advantage of those fabulous, sweet fresh peaches you’re seeing in the store: Fresh Peach Cake This turns out to be a tender, cinnamony cake topped with fresh peach wedges and drizzled with a simple cream cheese glaze.  It’s the perfect dessert recipe for the end of summer! I’ve been up to my eyeballs in peaches lately.  Washington State Fruit Commission sent me a case of peaches to play with.  A case!!  We ate loads of them, made some peach jam, left a few in the refrigerator and made this peach cake.  I’ve never…
  • Blendtec Blender Giveaway

    Lori Lange
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    **Fun giveaway on RecipeGirl today!  >>  A Blendtec Blender + Twister Jar!** I have had one of these blenders for quite some time now.  I’ve made things like homemade peanut butter, homemeade nutella, milkshakes, salad dressings, and my daily AM green smoothies.  It’s super powerful and easy to clean.  I love it more than any other blender I’ve owned. A bunch of other bloggers and RecipeGirl have teamed up with Blendtec to bring you an awesome giveaway to start your week off right!  One lucky person will win the almighty powerful and amazing Blendtec Blender…
 
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    Freezer Burns: Video Frozen Food Reviews from the Frozen Food Master, Gregory Ng

  • Old Bay Potato Bites Video Review (Ep690)

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

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

    Gregory Ng: The Frozen Food Master
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Buffalo Style Chicken means one thing to me: spicy. I like spicy and I have liked Limited Edition Hot Pockets. Will I like the Hot Pockets Limited Edition Buffalo Style Chicken? The Frozen Food Master reviews the Hot Pockets Limited Edition Buffalo Style Chicken. He will tell you how these frozen products looks, smells, and tastes in this video review episode of Freezerburns. Read the Nutrition Facts and Ingredients of the Hot Pockets Limited Edition Buffalo Style Chicken below: NUTRITION FACTS: Serving Size: 127g Calories: 280 Calories from Fat 80 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat 4g Trans Fat 0g…
  • Digiorno Design A Pizza Kit Video Review: Freezerburns (Ep687)

    Gregory Ng: The Frozen Food Master
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Sometimes you want a frozen pizza that has one slice of one topping and another slice of another topping said no one ever. Yet Digiorno seems to think that designing a pizza where every slice is a different set of flavors is a good idea, The problem with this premise is that the different tastes and variations that a person could want is s varied as the amount of people in this world. There is no possible way Digiorno can create something that will please everyone. Which means we are left with a pizza with toppings that aren’t enough or are too much. The Frozen Food Master reviews the…
  • Farggi Paletti Frozen Pops Video Review (Ep686)

    Gregory Ng: The Frozen Food Master
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    It takes a lot these days to surprise me with a product from the freezer aisle. Especially when it comes to popsicles and other frozen treats. They are mostly all the same: frozen treats with subpar ingredients and super chemically enhanced bright flavors and colors. Then I got an email from someone representing these new Paletti Frozen Pops. These things are being distributed in limited release here in the United States and they come from Barcelona, Spain. The first thing I noticed was the shape of these Paletti pops. They are made of swirling colors that almost look too awesome to eat.
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    Indian Food Recipes | Andhra Recipes | Indian Dishes Recipes | Sailu's Kitchen

  • Bellam Undrallu – Vinayaka Chavithi Prasadam Recipe

    Sailu
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:56 pm
    How to make bellam undrallu recipe with rice flour.Teepi Undrallu, a gem among Vinayaka Chavithi prasadam recipes is a favorite of Ganesha.Ganesh Pooja 2014 The post Bellam Undrallu – Vinayaka... Read rest of the story at my blog, http://sailusfood.com.
  • Rice Flour – How to make Rice flour at home

    Sailu
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    Rice flour is an essential ingredient in an Indian kitchen. Learn how to make rice flour at home. Recipe of rice flour for snacks or biyyam pindi vantalu. The post Rice Flour – How to make Rice... Read rest of the story at my blog, http://sailusfood.com.
  • Corn Pakoda

    Sailu
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Corn Pakoda recipe is an easy to make snack using sweet corn. You can serve corn pakora as a starter too. Learn how to make snacks with sweet corn for kids. The post Corn Pakoda appeared first on... Read rest of the story at my blog, http://sailusfood.com.
  • Coconut Sevai

    Sailu
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Coconut sevai recipe aka thengai sevai is one of the tastiest easy tiffin recipes among the many South Indian breakfast menu items.Coconut Idiyappam recipe. The post Coconut Sevai appeared first on... Read rest of the story at my blog, http://sailusfood.com.
  • Savory Muffins

    Sailu
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Savory muffins are among the most simple, fast and easy breakfast recipes for kids. My kid's favorite flavor combination is healthy spinach, corn & cheese. The post Savory Muffins appeared first... Read rest of the story at my blog, http://sailusfood.com.
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    Nibbles of Tidbits, a Food Blog

  • The ‘Real’ Fresh Brothers Pizza-Salad-Wings Land In The OC.

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

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

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

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

    FoodBlog
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    Have you ever been to The Hobbit?  It’s a restaurant and unique dining experience in Orange that has nothing to do with the novel, movie or Hobbit character, whew – At least I didn’t see any visual cues of it, though didn’t ask the origin of its name.  Regardless, it’s simply a great place to possibly have the best meal of your life, if you have a few hours to spare. After years of hoping to dine at The Hobbit, my husband took me for my birthday, another reason why I married him this year.  Dining here could be an annual occasion, he may be afraid…
 
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    Eat Real

  • Beer Me

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

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

    Sandy Smith
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    CARBSSSSSIn case I haven't already mentioned it, I'm in the process of getting my NASM certification for Fitness Nutrition.There's a lot of crazy, conflicting info out there, and I want to be able to sort through it effectively, not only for myself, but also for others who are equally interested in their health and their performance.I do a lot of independent reading and researching in nutrition because that's the kind of girl I am. Which is to say, skeptical and contentious. I find it almost impossible to take someone's (anyone's) word on something; I need to learn the why and how for myself.
  • Blog Tour

    Sandy Smith
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    I was invited to participate in this tour by one of my favorite and dearest and BFFest friends, Sherri Jo of The Adventures of Kitchen Girl. I met her waaaay back in the early days of food blogging, before Facebook share groups and Pinterest. (Yes, there was a time before Pinterest ~ believe it!) If you have some Sherri Jo in your life, you have a pretty good thing, so I strongly advise you to check out her blog, her Facebook page, and her Twitter feed without further delay.While you're checking out Sherri Jo's sites, be sure to pin a few of her awesome recipes. Two of my faves:…
  • Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

    Sandy Smith
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    Creamy, light, rich, and perfect for summer salads, this version of the '70s fave, Green Goddess, is going into heavy rotation at my house. I didn't add anchovies because I was out of them, but I highly recommend tossing in a filet or two before blending.The lemon juice will help preserve the lovely green of the avocados, but I probably wouldn't make this more than a few hours in advance. I find mine stays pretty overnight, but it does eventually darken as the avocado oxidizes. If this happens, no worries...it's still delicious.Avocado Green Goddess DressingYield: About 1 cup1 ripe avocado,…
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    $5 Dinners

  • 31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas: Day 27

    Jenn K
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    I know how busy and intense the transition from lazy summer days at the pool to adjusting back to the 6:30 am wake up calls can be…so I thought I’d help out by sharing a different lunchbox idea each day this month. What’s In Today′s Lunchbox?! Corndog Muffins – send them heated up in a food thermos to stay warm until lunch Horizon Organic Cheese Shapes Cole Slaw Ketchup or BBQ sauce for dipping Disclaimer: These ideas are just a small part of the total food eaten throughout the day. Some have smaller amounts of protein and/or green veggies than others, but you can balance that…
  • Corndog Muffins

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Want something for your kiddos lunchbox that they’ll (probably) gobble up?!  While we don’t eat that many hot dogs, when we do I prefer to buy the Applegate uncured variety because its a healthier version, but somewhat more expensive! Thankfully my store has a BTS coupon right now, so I’ve been able to get a few extra packages for the freezer…so I can make more of these in the coming months for lunch boxes. (My mantra: Stock up now, so you don’t have to pay full price later!) Simple to include in a baking day lineup, simple to make, simple to freeze…and…
  • 31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas: Day 26

    Jenn K
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    I know how busy and intense the transition from lazy summer days at the pool to adjusting back to the 6:30 am wake up calls can be…so I thought I’d help out by sharing a different lunchbox idea each day this month. What’s In Today′s Lunchbox?! Whole Wheat Pancakes (try my Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Pancakes recipe!) Horizon Cheese Crackers Mandarin Oranges Syrup dipping – (the containers pictured below are perfect for things like syrup!) Disclaimer: These ideas are just a small part of the total food eaten throughout the day. Some have smaller amounts of protein and/or green…
  • How to Roast Hatch Chiles

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    My trip to the grocery store last week almost brought me to tears. An old friend caught my eye as I entered the store. The beautiful, glossy green pepper I look forward to every year was back. I knew that my weekend would revolve around roasting and enjoying these deliciously warm, smoky, and mildly hot Hatch chiles. If you’re new to Hatch green chile peppers then let me introduce you. These beauties pack the most amazing flavor and you basically can’t enjoy Tex-Mex food without tasting them. They’re one of a kind because of the special soil and perfect climate where they grow in New…
  • 31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas: Day 25

    Jenn K
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    I know how busy and intense the transition from lazy summer days at the pool to adjusting back to the 6:30 am wake up calls can be…so I thought I’d help out by sharing a different lunchbox idea each day this month. What’s In Today′s Lunchbox?! Sloppy Joe Sliders made with Horizon Organic Cheese Slices Tortilla Chips Dried Fruit Medley Banana Disclaimer: These ideas are just a small part of the total food eaten throughout the day. Some have smaller amounts of protein and/or green veggies than others, but you can balance that out with serving more protein or green veggies at other…
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    MyGourmet Connection

  • Honey-Peach Fizz

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

    Lynne Webb
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    A flavorful change from sweet quick breads, this savory zucchini bread is flavored with basil pesto and Parmesan cheese. Continue reading →       
  • Fried Ripe Tomatoes

    Lynne Webb
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    Ripe tomatoes coated with seasoned flour and cornmeal and shallow fried until lightly crisped are a fabulous way to use fresh, in-season tomatoes. Continue reading →       
  • Basil Pesto

    Lynne Webb
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Our version of the classic Italian sauce made with fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. Continue reading →       
  • Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Herbs

    Lynne Webb
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Combine this simple, uncooked "sauce" of ripe garden tomatoes, basil, parsley, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and garlic with your favorite cut of pasta to make a deliciously satisfying meatless dinner. Continue reading →       
 
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    Eat Boutique - handmade food giftbox, homemade, homespun, gift basket, food that hugs you back

  • Picnic Tartines

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

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

    Amy Feiereisel
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Ooh, ooh, ooh, it’s magic! Ya know-w-w-wwww…. This is what runs through my mind when I think about Sangria. Wine + fruit + time = Spanish genius, and a beverage that goes down far too easily. The beauty of it is both the simplicity and endless possibility; sangria can be made red, white, or virgin (like our #4 pick). The fruit is only limited to your imagination, running the gamut from citrus to berries to melon to arugula (yes, arugula). Of course, we wouldn’t want to limit this flavor combination to just drinks, which is why you’ll also find some delectable baked…
  • Individual Plum-Frangipane Crostatas

    Molly Shuster
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Sometimes only non-pie will do, and these little crostatas are the perfect non-pie desserts to spread out along a big late summer party buffet, or to wrap individually as tiny good-bye summer food gifts to your dearest. Thanks to Molly, you can also fit them snugly into a lunchbox right about now too, and that would be some lunchbox! -Maggie I can’t believe it’s August already. I don’t know where the summer went! But this time of year boasts the best produce at the farmer’s market, including the arrival of stone fruits. This always fills me with ambivalence. On the one hand, I am…
  • Champagne and Peach Sorbet Float

    Denise Woodward &#38; Laudalino Ferreira
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    It’s so strange to be writing the Food Gift Love cookbook while celebrating Eat Boutique’s 7th birthday. What’s not so strange is this delightful recipe: peach sorbet made without a machine is perfect, as it encourages quiet time in the summer kitchen. And it encourages drinking Champagne floats. Thanks, Denise! -Maggie When I realized it was Eat Boutique’s 7th birthday, I knew I had to make something just as special as this little slice of the internet is to me. I have been writing and photographing for Eat Boutique for a few years now, and am always thrilled (as well…
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    We are not Martha

  • Spicy Brunch Bloody Mary Turkey Burgers

    Sues
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:55 pm
    *This post is sponsored by Butterball and was written for their Turketarian program… but all opinions are my own! It takes a special kind of cocktail to be turned into a burger. After all, strawberry daiquiris, watermelon mojitos, and piña coladas just don’t work in burger form. But a Bloody Mary? A Bloody Mary is just dying to be made into a burger. It’s practically begging for it. Tomatoes, olives, celery, Tabasco, horseradish, and bacon: all ingredients that are heavenly in a glass, but way more nourishing when served in burger form. Since a Bloody Mary is the perfect brunch…
  • Coconut Cupcakes with Fresh Chocolate Mint Buttercream

    Sues
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    This summer, I grew an herb garden on my deck. And it flourished. It flourished like crazy. Maybe even a little too well. As in, my chocolate mint plant is absolutely out of control. And I basically need to incorporate chocolate mint into my every meal until the first frost comes (which will likely be tomorrow judging by how cold these Boston nights/mornings have been… ugh!). I figured I’d better get to it and started by incorporating the herb into these cupcakes that I posted about over at Parade magazine! Coconut has been making me SO happy lately. I’ve probably been…
  • Cantaloupe Lime Margarita

    Sues
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    Oh hey, Monday. It’s you again. Meh. Do you think if I close my eyes and pretend I’m actually sitting at a pool in the sun with a cocktail in my hand, I can make it happen? It’s worth a shot. Though I may look like I’m falling asleep at my desk, which could potentially be grounds for firing. So, maybe I’ll just stare at these photos instead. If I stare long enough, maybe I’ll even be able to taste the tequila. Hmm maybe I should wait until lunchtime. Then again, it is Monday. And I can tell you right now, it’s going to be a really, really long week. I’ve been on a major…
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch Pancakes

    Sues
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:31 pm
    In my dream world, I have time to make pancakes for breakfast every morning. OK, maybe that’s not quite true; I’d probably want eggs some mornings, too. Potentially a huge plate of eggs benedict with extra hollandaise and avocado on the side on occasion. And maybe one day, I’d feast on Belgian waffles. But you’re missing the point here. The point is having time in the morning to do things like make pancakes. I might, you could argue, just wake up a little earlier and make this dream a reality. But I already get up at 5:00 a.m. during the week and I’m not sure…
  • Key Lime Pie Popcorn

    Sues
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but summer is coming close to an end. I honest to goodness don’t even feel like it’s really begun yet, but unfortunately, it’s already ending. I know this because when I was trying to determine when to post this recipe, I realized the the Wilton Key Lime Candy Melts I used in the recipe are listed as “out of season” on many websites. And that makes me want to cry. How on Earth is August out of the summer season? Wah. Also, some kids are already back in school? Some went back at the end of freaking July?? I cannot get over that and I don’t think…
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    Simple Comfort Food

  • Chinese Beef and Broccoli

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

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

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

    Dax Phillips
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    We are up to our ears with fresh tomatoes, and that is never a bad thing. What I love about planting tomatoes, is really the excitement I see when I bring a large bowl into the kitchen and watching my wife’s expression. See, she is really the one who loves tomatoes. I stepped in my grandfather’s shoes where I’m not the biggest fan, but I do eat them. It took me years to actually love eating tomatoes, and when I say that, I mean in my late twenties when my wife and I were together. She is the one who gave me the nudge, and I probably started to really enjoy them when she…
  • Denver Omelette

    Dax Phillips
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Come every spring, I ask my kids what they want to plant in the garden. Two of my kids are pretty pumped with ideas, where one simply is not. That’s perfectly fine in my book. Regardless, my wife defaults to tomatoes and cucumbers, while the kids default to green bell peppers and green beans. I take the liberty of choosing either things, and in this case I decided upon watermelon, hot peppers, sage, rosemary, strawberries, and red onions. We have been picking a ton of tomatoes, green beans, strawberries, and fresh herbs, and as of last week we picked our first green bell pepper. I had…
 
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  • Air Popped Corn in the Microwave (with ONLY a paper bag)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Skinnytaste Gina
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
     Making your own Sazon spice blend is EASY to do – and the best part, no MSG!Sazon is like the magic spice blend in many of my Latin dishes. It's commonly found in the supermarket in small envelopes that you add to stews, beans, rice, etc. It gives yellow rice that yellow color and basically makes anything taste good! Goya is the most popular brand, but I stopped buying it years ago when I realized it had MSG, and started using Badia Sazon, but it's not easy to find so now I make my own which I keep stored in a small spice jar, so instead of using a packet of sazon, I use one and a…
  • Coconut Lime Raspberry Chia Pudding

    Skinnytaste Gina
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    Chia pudding is the ultimate guiltless dessert, you can even have this for breakfast – if you're into that sort of thing!  Me, I'm a huge fan of chia seeds. They have no taste so it basically takes on the flavor of anything you mix up, and those tiny seeds expand to more than triple in size when soaked in any liquid and did I mention they have a satiating quality to them? Win! It's also gluten-free, dairy free and vegetarian.One of my go to chia puddings has always been my Mango Coconut Chia Pudding, but I thought let's put the lime in the coconut and this was born! Enjoy…
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  • Burning Man in the Bay, Idea Five: SF Mime Troupe Take on Tech Boom With "Ripple Effect", Close Season

    Adrian Rodriguez
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    By now you’re probably as burned out on Burning Man as the Burners at la playa. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t stick it out til the end, right?… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Sole & DJ Pain 1 Reinvent Political Rap With "Fuck Google"

    Adrian Rodriguez
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    When Sole & DJ Pain 1 announced the video premiere of their latest collab yesterday, “Fuck Google,” it came as no surprise that the scratch-and-spit duo tactfully released the track on YouTube, ensuring the sting was long-lasting. "Yeah...… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • The Gator Lives: S.F. State Gives its Mascot a Makeover

    Joe Eskenazi
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Earlier this year, we reported that San Francisco State was on the precipice of initiating a good ol' gator hunt. School President Les Wong said he was "90 percent sure" S.F. State would flush its 85-year-old mascot, the Gator.  His complaint: People didn't "get it" (it's a play on the phrase "Golden Gater.).… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Cops Say Woman Found Dead Inside Bernal Heights Home Was a Victim of Homicide

    Erin Sherbert
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Update: Police arrested 48-year-old Jules Sibilio on suspicion of murdering the 42-year-old woman who resided with him. According to the Chron, the woman was Sibilio's girlfriend and the pair lived together in the apartment where she was killed.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Free Coffee, Tartine Cake, Pinball, and a Petting Zoo at Four Barrel Today

    Anna Roth
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    Whatever your lunch plans are, you might want to amend them to include a visit to the Valencia Four Barrel today, which is celebrating its 6th birthday in a spectacular fashion. There is free coffee all day; free Tartine cake at noon; a photo booth from noon to 4; a petting zoo from noon to 3; and games including a Demolition Man-themed vintage pinball machine, whack-a-mole, and Dance Dance Revolution. 4505 Meats will be selling burgers out front too. … [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
 
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  • Kahlua Mudslide Ice Cream w/Chocolate Cookie Chunks + Mocha Fudge Swirl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jodi and Julie
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    One of my favorite kitchen appliances is my Bosch mixer. I talk about it a lot on here because of how AMAZING it is at making bread. Since this is a Food Storage blog and most people store a lot of wheat in their food storage, bread is something that gets brought up a lot. Today however I’m going to tell you something I do with my Bosch that has nothing to do with wheat or bread. Did you know the Bosch has a new slicer shredder that is AMAZING? It fits over the top of your mixing bowl and shreds, slices & grates directly into your large bowl. I have used a food processor in the…
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    Living the Culinary Life, Every Day.

  • Summertime Macaroni Salad with Chèvre and Grilled Peaches

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

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

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

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

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

    Haalo Cooks
    2 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Carla Emilia from Un'Arbanella di Basilico is hosting both the English and Italian editions of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I'm serving up these dainty Lemon Madeleines.Lemon Madeleines[Makes about 60 mini madeleines]90 grams butter, melted and cooled1 lemon, zested2 eggs75 grams caster sugar20 grams soft brown sugar90 grams plain flour, sifted1 teaspoon baking powdericing sugar, to dustAdd the lemon zest to the melted butter and allow to infuse until the butter has cooled.Place the eggs and sugars into a processor and process until combined. Add the sifted flour and baking powder -…
  • Weekend Herb Blogging #444 Hosting

    Haalo Cooks
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    This week Carla Emilia from Un'Arbanella di Basilico will be hosting both the English and Italian editions of Weekend Herb Blogging.If you're new to Weekend Herb Blogging or haven't joined in for a while, here's a quick recap of the rules.You have the week to post about any herb, fruit, vegetable, seed, nut, flower - in fact if it is plant based then we'll love to hear more. Your post can be informative, spotlight a particular ingredient and/or include a recipe where your chosen ingredient is one of the primary ingredients in the recipe. I'm sure you'll easily find a post that will be perfect…
  • Apricot and Pistachio Cake

    Haalo Cooks
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Brii from Briggishome is hosting both the English and Italian versions of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I have another recipe that spans the seasons and will work well whether you use fresh or canned apricots.Apricot and Pistachio Upside Down Cake150 grams brown sugar75 grams buttercanned apricots, drained Cake250 grams plain flour2 teaspoons baking powder180 grams caster sugar200 grams melted butter, cooled40 grams slivered pistachio2 eggs, lightly whisked1-2 teaspoons Orange Blossom Water80mls milk, approxMake the topping:Place the butter and sugar into a small saucepan and cook over…
  • Weekend Herb Blogging #443 Hosting

    Haalo Cooks
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    This week Brii from Briggishome will be hosting both the English and Italian versions of Weekend Herb Blogging.If you haven't taken part or it's been a while since you last joined in, here's a quick summary of the rules.You have the week to post about any herb, fruit, vegetable, nut, seed, flower or plant. Your post can be informative - spotlight a particular ingredient and/or include a recipe where your chosen ingredient is one of the primary ingredients in the recipe.You can post any time during the week but remember to send your email by the following cut-off times:3pm Sunday - Utah…
  • Blue Cornmeal Tortillas

    Haalo Cooks
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    Terry from Crumpets & Co is hosting both versions of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I've put the tortilla press to use to make up a batch of Blue Cornmeal Tortillas.Blue Cornmeal TortillasMakes 81 cup blue corn meal1 cup warm water1 cup plain flour, approxMake the dough:Place the cornmeal and water into the bowl and process until amalgamated. Add in about half the flour and continue to mix - if the dough is too soft, continue adding the plain flour a little at a time until a cohesive dough forms.Remove the dough and knead briefly to form a smooth ball. Let it rest for half an hour…
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  • San Francisco Bay Area Chefs Name Rising Talent

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

    Joshua Lurie
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. For Los Angeles Food & Wine, Republique and the Manzkes (Walter and Margarita) welcomed leading San Francisco chef Michael Tusk into their kitchen to prepare a collaborative four-course lunch. Each dish was very good, but since Dose of Vitamin P is a pork-focused column, I’ll praise the Cook Pigs pork that Walter Manzke prepared five ways. This plate or pork integrated more techniques and ingredients than I could possibly recount, but I’ll try to hit the high points. The biggest cut of meat came from 28-day dry-aged loin that grilled over burning…
  • Sugarbloom Bakery PB&J Croissant Muffin (Food of the Week)

    Joshua Lurie
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. People who grew up in the U.S. are bound to have strong memories of peanut butter and jelly. The sandwich, normally Wonder or wheat bread with grape jelly and either chunky or creamy peanut butter, was a cheap way for parents to feed us for lunch during elementary school, and a fun after-school snack. Really, though, PB&J has never been anything gourmet, until now. Pastry chef Sharon Wang previously worked for Thomas Keller and now runs Sugarbloom Bakery in Los Angeles, making next-level baked goods like the PB&J Croissant Muffin ($4) for area…
  • What Happens When L.A. Chefs Dine in Their Restaurants

    Joshua Lurie
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. At Los Angeles Food & Wine, I asked chefs, “Tell me about the last time you dined in your restaurant. What was the experience like?” 8 chefs had done it. Read about their experiences. Vartan Abgaryan (Cliff’s Edge) It’s probably been over a year. It’s tough. The experience was fun. When they know I’m eating, it’s a different story, but I need to do that again, sometime soon. Scott Conant (Scarpetta) I did it last night. I sat at the bar last night and had some friends join. Freddy [Vargas] sent out a bunch of food from the kitchen, things he…
  • 2014 Food GPS Fried Chicken Festival Recap + Slideshow

    Joshua Lurie
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. On August 17, the third annual Food GPS Fried Chicken Festival took place in L.A.’s Chinatown, featuring some of the city’s best chefs and benefiting Chinatown Service Center, a great neighborhood organization that’s impacted the community since 1971. Thanks to the hard working food and drink pros, volunteers, Bolthouse Farms, Chinatown BID and more who made the latest Fried Chicken Festival a success, and to all the ticket buyers for supporting the event! Click through the captioned slideshow below to see just some of the highlights. SLIDESHOW…
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  • Tomato, Basil, Burrata (TB&B)

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

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

    Greg Henry
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Sometimes I like to post simple things. Cooks that take the time to make something as simple as these Spicy Cumin Pita Chips as well as possible (time after time) are my real kitchen heroes. I say this because I can be the king of the lazy, impetuous cooks sometimes. But I’m also the kind of person that will make a recipe again and again just to get the nuances correct. I’ll keep notes and I’ll do my very best to make sure that I’m presenting a recipe that actually works. I’m sure I sometimes fail, or maybe my recipe writing leaves room for too much…
  • Fresh Blackberry Brioche Tart

    Greg Henry
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Sometimes I carry things around in my head never knowing when they’re going to pop up, or maybe (as you’ll see) I should say boil over. This Brioche Tart is one of those things. Several years ago I came across a hilarious story in the LA Weekly about how Nancy Silverton burned the HELL out of Julia Child’s mouth during a cooking segment of the show Julia Child’s Baking Series. Nancy was making a Crème Fraiche Custard Brioche Tart with warm fruit compote. Well more like a boiling hot fruit compote. I remember the story more than I remember the tart, or even the recipe.
  • How to Cook Tri-Tip in the Oven

    Greg Henry
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    I have a confession. The truth is that the oven is not the best way to cook tri-tip. But keep reading anyway. I have a very good reason for sharing my techniques on how to cook tri-tip in the oven. I think it’s fair to say, and perhaps you agree– the best way to cook tri-tip is to BBQ it over the smoky embers of red oak logs in Santa Maria, California… in an earthen pit dug into the ground… while drinking Santa Barbara Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah or even a rich, oaky SB County Chardonnay… with a group of friends… at sunset. But I can see how these ideals might…
 
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    Chez Us - The Daily Dish

  • Moroccan Chicken Kabobs

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

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

    Denise Woodward
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    One of our favorite sites turned 7 this month, Eat Boutique, and there has been a whole month of celebrating going on. Not only do we adore Maggie the brains behind Eat Boutique but we love everything about her site from the delicious recipes that any home chef can tackle to the great decorating style for entertaining (this lady has style) to the tidbits of everyday life. It is the first must read every morning over coffee, and you should be doing the same.     We have the same philosophy as Maggie does that anything can be made at home with a little patience and love, and the…
  • Crushing On

    Denise Woodward
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:17 am
    Ahhh, home sweet home.  We rolled into town earlier this week after spending two weeks in the Azores.  It was a family vacation with Lenny’s family, and my first time to the motherland.  We had a great time, and it was exactly what we needed to recharge before the start of an insane third quarter.  I was just looking over my list of what I am crushing on this week, and it is a sign that I need to get back into the kitchen.  Heavy on the food folks!  Hope you all have a delicious weekend.     These hand pies This app This dip This breakfast salad This read This salad This…
  • Aperol Limeade Popsicles

    Denise Woodward
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    The weekend is upon us, and all I can think about is hot, sticky end of summer weather.  The kind where you want to lay around, dangling your toes in the grass, sipping lemonade or even better licking these adult popsicles.  I developed this recipe for Eat Boutique, but have been enjoying a little too often around here, and let me say they are FUN to serve as an opening cocktail to a dinner party.   This recipe for Aperol Limeade Popsicles is definitely a summer must, sweetened with homemade limeade and bitter aperol, they will take you away to Capri in no time!     Recipe:…
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    Foodess

  • Coconut Corn Soup + Vitamix Giveaway!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Whole Wheat Brownie Recipe - Atta & Jaggery Brownies, Step by Step

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

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

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

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

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Recipe for mango milkshake with homemade mango ice cream, chilled milk, and some vanilla to enhance the flavour. A perfect and easy summer drink for your family and guests.I started this blog what seems like a lifetime ago and over the years, it's been with me through so many events - being single, being engaged then married, celebrating 5 years of marriage and now 6, two international relocations and a potential third coming up soon, and so much more. During this time, I have felt an intense desire to stop blogging many times, due to many reasons. I've continued mainly because of the notes I…
 
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    The Italian Dish

  • Spiralized Zucchini Noodles with Basil Pesto

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

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

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

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

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

  • Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

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

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

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

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

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

  • Strawberry- Caesar Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Salad

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

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

    Lori Lange
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I had the opportunity to travel to Cordova, Alaska back in July.  The folks at CopperRiverSalmon.org invited me and my 13-year old son Brooks to come to Cordova to learn all about Copper River Salmon.  It was simply not a trip that we could pass up.  Alaska??  Yes!  We were definitely excited to visit and learn.  Today, I’m sharing about that trip. Have you been lucky enough to try Copper River Salmon?  It’s the most delicious type of salmon I’ve ever had.  Why is this salmon so special?  Copper River Salmon thrive in their natural wild environment, traveling up to…
  • Fresh Peach Cake

    Lori Lange
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    This recipe I’m sharing here today takes advantage of those fabulous, sweet fresh peaches you’re seeing in the store: Fresh Peach Cake This turns out to be a tender, cinnamony cake topped with fresh peach wedges and drizzled with a simple cream cheese glaze.  It’s the perfect dessert recipe for the end of summer! I’ve been up to my eyeballs in peaches lately.  Washington State Fruit Commission sent me a case of peaches to play with.  A case!!  We ate loads of them, made some peach jam, left a few in the refrigerator and made this peach cake.  I’ve never…
  • Blendtec Blender Giveaway

    Lori Lange
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    **Fun giveaway on RecipeGirl today!  >>  A Blendtec Blender + Twister Jar!** I have had one of these blenders for quite some time now.  I’ve made things like homemade peanut butter, homemeade nutella, milkshakes, salad dressings, and my daily AM green smoothies.  It’s super powerful and easy to clean.  I love it more than any other blender I’ve owned. A bunch of other bloggers and RecipeGirl have teamed up with Blendtec to bring you an awesome giveaway to start your week off right!  One lucky person will win the almighty powerful and amazing Blendtec Blender…
 
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    Tamarind and Thyme

  • Chez Charlotte in Aix-en-Provence

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

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

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

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

    Su-Lin
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    So it turns out there’s a fantastic Malaysian restaurant in Croydon! Well, it’s in Thornton Heath, which is in the London Borough of Croydon and from what I can see, it’s quite the local favourite. Bunga Raya has been open for over 30 years and while the decor does look a bit aged, the food is still alive and kicking. We visited on a Sunday for lunch, when we discovered that they only served a “hawker style” Sunday lunch buffet. Yes, why not? It was only £11.50 a head. Here’s my first plate. Char kway teow, fried meehoon, fish curry, chicken satay and yong…
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  • What I’m Doing Instead of the Ice Bucket Challenge – Building Access to Water for Women of the Sahel

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

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

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

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

    Jacqueline Church
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    This salad is a fantastic summer meal in itself, a great bring-with dish, and a side for barbecue. To make a quick version, use freekeh (cooks in 20 minutes!) or quinoa or barley. Barley and freekeh are quicker cooking grains, you could also use quinoa (not true grain) or bulgur (wheat) if you like a softer smaller quick-cooking grain . I particularly like the snappy chew of freekeh or wheatberries in this sort of substantial salad. For this rendition, I got some beautiful Rainbow Chard, chopped and blanched the stems, chopped two small onions, half a red bell pepper, one mango. I made…
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    Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine

  • The Italian Sausage Burger

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

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

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

    The Food Hunter
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter I don’t think I’m alone when I say that chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is pure comfort food. There’s something about biting into a thick rich piece of chocolate cake that makes me fell downright cozy and comfortable. Evoking memories of times gone by, it’s one of the few foods that I could eat repeatedly. There are plenty of claims for the best chocolate cake recipe and I’m sure they are all really good, but after only one bite I think I’ve found the best of the best. It’s moist, dense and extremely rich, everything you could possibly want in a piece…
  • Delicious Italian Cuisine, Fine Wine & Attentive Service Are What You Can Expect Dining at Il Terrazzo

    The Food Hunter
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Located on the 1st floor of the magnificent Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale is Il Terrazzo, a contemporary Italian restaurant known for its hand crafted breads and pastas. Guests can dine in the main dining room, or when the weather is welcoming, on the adjacent patio overlooking the resort pools. There is also a working wine cellar, The Praying Monk, which seats up to 16 people for a more intimate private dining experience. Exposed brick walls and low ceilings give this room a rustic old world feel. My husband and I recently had the chance to dine at Il Terrazzo and both agreed that it was…
 
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    Flanboyant Eats™: Latin Fusion Cooking & Tasty Travels Under Pressure!™

  • Basil Lavender Lemonade Spritzer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Early Girl Tomato Tart in Spelt Crust

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

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

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

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

    Shanna Mallon
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:29 pm
    I’ve fallen into the habit this summer of roasting whatever vegetables we have on hand for dinner, usually with just coconut oil, salt and pepper, sometimes with one or two other spices from the cabinet added in, and then arranging them all on a plate like they’re fancy. These potato fritters are a perfect example of that. At first glance, they seem elaborate, but when you get down to it, they’re really just local vegetables arranged and barely adorned in a new way. There have been times in my life where I’ve thought that arranging a plate—or picking out an…
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    White on Rice Couple

  • Diane’s Vietnamese Fried Chicken

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

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

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

    White on Rice Couple
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    I love bread and butter pickles. That sweet tangy crunch layered into burgers, diced in tunafish sandwiches, or just grabbed straight out of the jar and snacked on. As a kid it was the only pickled thing I really liked. Dill pickles, pickled onions, pickled beets, etc… Ick. Or at least that’s what my palate at a minion’s age thought. Since then I’ve come to love and appreciate many other pickles. Especially after spending nearly 2 decades with a Vietnamese woman. It seems like the Vietnamese pickle just about anything and Diane’s mom and, of course Diane, are…
  • Sticky Fig-Blueberry Crisp with Goat Cheese Whipped Cream

    White on Rice Couple
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Sometimes our favorite recipes are inspired from using up leftover ingredients. When expectation is lowest is also when some recipes become a delicious surprise and we’re thrilled that it was way better than expected. This sticky fig and blueberry crisp is one of those recipes that is going to be a repeating Summer treat. Last month we had a group of friends over for Sunday lunch and we completely forgot about what to make for dessert. Our stand-by dessert is normally a berry crisp or crumble because it’s so easy to whip up a batch in a few minutes and then just forget about it…
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    Bay Area Bites

  • California Legislature Passes Bill to Crack Down on Farmers’ Market Fraud

    Rachael Myrow
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Farmers’ markets have never been hotter in California, but what regulation there is happens mostly on the local level: which is to say, it’s spotty. The most established farmers’ markets, like the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco, are very careful about provenance. But other smaller, younger markets?  Not so much. At least, this is what we know from media reports, including those on KQED’s California Report. We take on trust that people selling us organic produce really are selling us ORGANIC produce, and those who have looked into it report there’s a lot of…
  • Summer Italian Potato Salad: Potato and Green Bean Salad with Lemon Pesto Vinaigrette

    Kim Laidlaw
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Baby New Potato and Green Bean Salad with Lemon-Basil Pesto Vinaigrette. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend A barbecue just isn’t a barbecue without a big bowl of potato salad. Or, at least, that’s what my husband thinks. And while I love the classic mayo-mustard based version (to which I always add plenty of vinegar), I’m constantly looking for new and interesting ideas. The following recipe isn’t a new idea at all–it makes use of ingredients that the Italians have known for decades (centuries?) that partner beautifully: pesto, potatoes, and green beans. Based on the classic Genoese pasta…
  • Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

    NPR Food
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    The unique browning patterns on mozzarella come from the way it bubbles, a scientist says. Photo: sierravalleygirl/Flickr by Maanvi Singh, The Salt at NPR Food (8/27/14) Any way you slice it, Americans are obsessed with pizza. One in eight of us are noshing it on any given day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And the average American consumes pizza about 39 times a year, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm. The signature of a great American-style pizza is not the toppings du jour but the cheese: hot, gooey mozzarella, with big, dark splotches of caramelization.
  • Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House: Oysters with a uniquely Oakland view in Jack London Square

    Oakland Local
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Jack’s Oyster Bar and Fish House by chrisoldaker, Oakland Local (8/26/14) Almost once a week, after a particularly long day on the grind, when the stress starts to overwhelm me, I get a serious craving for oysters. It’s become my way of hitting the reset and regrouping. I’ll take ‘em just about anywhere they’re fresh, but if I can manage to have those delectable mollusks on a nice patio overlooking the waterfront at sunset with a strong cocktail in hand, then I’m pretty much in heaven. The Dill-icious cocktail is just that. It just so happens that Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish…
  • Colorado’s Pot Brownies Have A New Ingredient — Warning Labels

    NPR Food
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Edibles available at LoDo Wellness Center in Denver, Colo. LoDo Wellness Center is both a retail marijuana and medical marijuana dispensary and grow facility in downtown Denver. Photo: Matthew Staver/Landov Listen to the Story on All Things Considered: http://pd.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/atc/2014/08/20140826_atc_regulating_edible_pot.mp3 by Luke Runyon, KUNC, The Salt at NPR Food (8/26/14) When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use earlier this year, it also opened the door for food products infused with the psychoactive ingredient, THC, to anyone over the age of 21. That means bakers…
 
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    MarxFoods.com Blog

  • Pistachio-Apricot Cream Pie

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

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

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

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

    Matthew
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    New Meat & Poultry Ground 100% Grass-Fed Wagyu Beef Believe it or not, 100% grass-fed wagyu is extremely rare. Most wagyu beef is raised on a grain diet. We’re super excited to bring you ground beef that we think is the best of both worlds – wagyu flavor & tenderness with grass-fed pasture-raised benefits. Ground Grass-Fed Wagyu Beef Guinea Fowl Boneless Breasts We’ve offered guinea fowl airline breasts for a while (which have the drumette still attached), but we now also offer boneless guinea fowl breasts too. New Edible Flowers New Edible Flowers Apple blossoms, iceplant…
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    Alosha's Kitchen

  • Sausage, Spinach and Pepperoni Pasta Bake

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Make Homemade Krispy Kreme Donuts

    ajeanroy
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Fat, oil and sugar. What's not to love? If you have ever taken a bite of a warm, sugary Krispy Kreme donut, you know how perfectly the flavors taste together. These donuts are a true delicacy, and anyone who has tasted one will agree. 
  • 3 Kombucha Drinks You Won't Believe Are Healthy

    ajeanroy
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Kombucha is a popular health drink full of probiotics with a kick. Known for it's slightly vinegary flavor, it doesn't take long to grow an acquired taste to this one of a kind beverage. If you are not interesting in cultivating a taste for straight up kombucha, never fear.
  • 3 Healthy Breakfast Bites to Jump Start Your Morning

    lrodrigues
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day yet most of us skip it.  Having a good morning meal gives you energy to jump start your day by fueling your brain and your body.
  • Sweet and Spicy: Steamed Dungeness Crab Two Delicious Ways

    sheriwetherell
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
  • Easy Indian Cooking: Butter Chicken

    lrodrigues
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Indian cuisine can be intimidating to a new cook but with recipes like butter chicken, Indian food can be made at home any night of the week.  This chicken dish may be mild put still packs a punch when it comes to flavor.
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    ecomii food & health alternative blog

  • Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Saturated Animal Fat

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Back-to-School Good Nutrition Tips and a Lunchbox Recipe for California Avocado Orzo Salad

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

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

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

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

    Janice
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Any time I have an excuse to visit my two sisters and their families in the Pacific Northwest, I jump at it. The wedding of my niece, Nicole, was the perfect reason to book four cross-country flights to Seattle for a nine-day family vacation. The timing was perfect: Carolyn starts her new job mid August, so this will probably be our last family vacation for a while. And speaking of perfect, the weather was just that. We had sunny skies every day, so I’m not sure what all that rainy Seattle weather talk is all about! Newlyweds, Nicole and Miles! The wedding at Laurel Creek Manor, in…
 
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    SaltShaker

  • It’s the shrooms, man.

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

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

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

    dan
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    As the winter draws to a close here tourism is on the rise and business is picking up. Along with more folk from other lands, we’re also suddenly seeing a resurgence of locals coming for dinner. My first thought was that someone must have published an article in which we were included but asking folk how they heard about it has resulted in pretty random distribution, mostly from older articles in various sources. Perhaps it’s just that more and more the word about puertas cerradas is getting out locally, perhaps it’s that as time marches on and restaurant prices throughout…
  • 92 Bus, Stops 54 – 63

    dan
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Having been gone for a month, it’s been awhile since I’ve headed out on the great pizza trek. We left off having just hit the edge of Caballito. The path from here, at least for a bit, will straddle two zones at once, as we move along Avenida Corrientes, a hotbed of pizzerias – first, on one side Villa Crespo and then Palermo, while on the other, Balvanera and then Recoleta, as the bus line shoots down the frontier. (54) It was inevitable, I suppose, that given that this march across the city is now coming up on the two year mark (I think I can actually finish it before we…
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    LoveFeast Table

  • Metallic Linen Plush Pumpkins

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

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

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

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

    lovefeasttable
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    We love to create community and would love for you to join us! 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! 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 for you tomorrow! Thanks for joining us!
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    MANGO and GINGER

  • Making the Most of August

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

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

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

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

    Kit Pollard
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Isn't August the best? Everything from that picture above came from my yard - and became our dinner last night.I love this month.I also love that this week is National Farmers' Market Week. I might have missed it -but fortunately, I was alerted by Bridget Forney, one of my favorite local food PR ladies.She emailed to let me know that Mark Tracey, the executive chef at Roland Park Place,will be doing a live cooking demo at the Keswick Farmers' Market tomorrow (August 5th),starting at 11 a.m. It sounds like it's going to be a blast!Ahhh...August. These are the times I need to remember next…
 
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    Mango & Tomato

  • Are You A Baller? No Worries: Just Make Curried Cheese Balls!

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

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

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

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

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    On Monday I shared a recipe for Summer Squash, Zucchini & Blue Cheese Tian. If you STILL have summer squash sitting around and want another idea for using it, I present to you Summer Squash & Corn Fritters with Buttermilk Sauce. This recipe uses the summer bounty of summer squash and corn and is great straight out of a skillet, but can also be FROZEN! Trust me! I've tested this out for you :)
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    SheSimmers

  • Sichuan Peppercorn-Ginger-Butter Shrimp aka M’s Shook Shrimp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jason Walker
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    I have wanted to talk with Dan Bolton for some time now. Dan is supportive of all who are tea content producers – people who write, photograph, and otherwise print/publish tea information. He tracks down the people and stories of tea across the world. And when he isn’t digging for stories in the beverage industry, […]
 
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    girlwithaglass.com

  • USA AMBASSADORS LAUNCHES

    Alana
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
      Nov 1, 2014, (just in time for the holidays), my new company is launching USA-Ambassadors.com. Designed for travel, food & wine enthusiasts, ages 30-55, hip families and modern professionals.  Sign up or contact me for more information.  http://usa-Ambassadors.com    
  • International Wine Friends

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

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

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

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

  • What a print design agency can do for you

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

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

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

    Caroline Yates
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    If you live in an area that is accustomed to colder temperatures, then you are prepared every year for all the wonders that is a cold, stormy, and sometimes unpleasant winter. With such a winter comes such joys as frozen pipes and other home damages that must be handled quickly and carefully in order to prevent long term damages and other problems associated with water damage and dropping temperatures. Many people who live in the south or generally warm areas simply do not realize the precautions that they ned to take in order to prevent frozen pipes during the winter, a lack of information…
  • IF YOU ARE TIRED OF BOTOX, CONSIDER A FACELIFT

    Sonny Andrew
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    While getting a good botox treatment can be a great option for many people who are seeking to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, botox has its limits. Botox is considered a fast acting, but short term solution for many of the issues people deal with when trying to get a younger looking face. One of the great things about botox in fact, is that the full effects of botox can be seen within 72 hours of the injection. Another great thing about botox is that it is a super simple operation which is usually done in office and requires no more than one post operational check up. The issue…
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    Project Foodie

  • The Summer Kitchen

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

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

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

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

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

  • cantaloupe sorbet

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

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

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

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

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

  • Baja Fish Tacos Recipe

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

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

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

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

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

  • Week Two of Our Lunch Rush Tours Starts Today and Worships the Sandwich

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

    brianhoffman
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Tacos, pizza, burgers, lobster rolls. Those dishes are pretty much covered when it comes to food truck offerings. I have to admit I’m getting a bit bored by all the new food trucks serving variations of the same thing. Enter the Langos Truck to save the day. This truck debuted at the beginning of the [...]
  • Domo Arigato for Domo Taco’s Take on Asian Tacos

    Yvo
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    I’ve been slowly making my way through the entire Luck Mgmt empire (aka Bian Dang’s fellow trucks), and Domo Taco was long overdue (I know, Fun Buns, I’m coming for you…). When I saw they were parked at 52nd/6th, I headed over and reluctantly waited in line… except there was no line, it was just [...]
  • Getting the Butt End From The Mr Nice Guy Truck

    Yvo
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    If y’all are anything like me, you watched a movie in the late 90s called Half Baked and know exactly to what Mr. Nice Guy refers. If not, consider yourself lucky, because walking up to this truck thinking you might be able to get THAT will only disappoint. Not that I tried!! But you know, [...]
  • Hallo Berlin, Freddy, Calexico & More Return to Vendy Awards as “Masters”

    brianhoffman
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    For the first time ever, the Vendys are bringing back some previous winners to compete in a special category called Masters. Five previous Vendy Cup winners will be present to see who reigns supreme and to celebrate the awards’ tenth anniversary. This is a game-changer if you ask me. The Daily News released the nominees [...]
 
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    MegansCookin

  • Sundae Fundae With Smuckers And A Giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

  • Homemade Mocha Fudge Pie Pops

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fruit Punch Popsicles with Coconut Water

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

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

    Katie Goodman
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
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  • Vegan Basil Pesto

    Allison Ruth
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
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  • Grilled Chicken Greek Pita Pockets

    Katie Goodman
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:46 pm
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    Cooking In Stilettos™

  • Roasted Harvest Fruit Sangria With A Bit Of A Homestyle Twist

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

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

    Aly
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Honeysuckle White® and Shady Brook Farms® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you ever have a dish that conjures up a memory – whether it’s sitting at your grandparents table with a chocolate pie on the sideboard teasing you to finish those green beans before you can have a slice or a butternut squash ravioli tossed in a brown butter sauce that reminds you of dinner with friends that had your sides splitting with laughter?  I have a few of those and when I was challenged with whipping up a turkey dish on the grill that…
  • 9West and InStyle Spotlight Fall Fashion In Philly This Thursday

    Aly
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    When I was in New York last week, I figured I’d make a bit of a day of it – a bite at Bouchon, some sightseeing and, of course, shoe shopping. 9West has been a love of mine for years. My obsession with all things 9West started when they had a gorgeous pair of black wedges that I spotted in the Cherry Hill Mall while shopping with my bff, Meowmix, and I never looked back. The quality, the design and the longevity has had me shopping with them time and time againContinue reading: 9West and InStyle Spotlight Fall Fashion In Philly This ThursdayThanks for reading 9West and InStyle…
  • Toasting Off The Menu with S. Pellegrino Bella Fruta Cocktail #SanPellegrino #LiveOfftheMenu

    Aly
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    Imagine this – gorgeous Italian markets, amazing appetizers, chic Italian cocktails and dining al fresco on the rooftop of New York City but you could swear you are in Italy dining with friends among the stars and lush greenery. Add to that dinner cooked by a Top Chef, Michael Voltaggio, and you have a magical evening. That, my friends, is what I experienced when I attended S. Pellegrino‘s “Off The Menu” event in New York City last week.   The theme of the evening was to “Live In Italian” which is S. Pellegrino’s recipe for appreciating the best life has…
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    Kahakai Kitchen

  • Nigel's Pappa al Pomodoro: Tomato & Bread Soup for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays

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

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:05 am
    "They weren't family, weren't the same age, or in remotely the same circumstances. They weren't colleagues either. But when Holly spent time with Vivian, she felt she was in the presence of a spirit akin to her own. They shared a peculiar mix of sentimentality and cynicism, as well as a mutual love of avocados."  --"The Virtues of Oxygen" by Susan SchoenbergerPublisher's Blurb:From the award-winning author of A Watershed Year comes a heartrending story of unlikely bonds made under dire straits. Holly is a young widow with two kids living in a ramshackle house in the same small…
  • Nigella's Happiness Soup: Yellow Squash, Rice (& Lentils) for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays

    17 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Can you find happiness in a bowl of soup? Nigella Lawson's Happiness Soup is a good place to start looking. A bright sunny hue of yellow squash, basmati rice, turmeric and lemon to which I added some split yellow peas to make it more substantial. It's a happy summer hug in a bowl.  Nigella says, "Forgive the tweeness of the title, but this is a soup of such sunny, mood-enhancing yellowness that it overcomes even the most pervasively innate cynicism. To eat this is to feel cheered; even cooking it gives me a lift. It's incredibly easy to make, but that's not the clincher. This golden…
  • Grilled Opah with Lemon Compound Butter and Lemon & Garlic Zucchini with Mint & Feta

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    My favorite weeknight dinners are a piece of grilled local fish and a side salad or veggie. Something that can be thrown together quickly, is satisfying and tastes great. These two recipes adapted from Nigel Slater meet that criteria. The zucchini dish is uses fresh mint, lemon and garlic for optimum flavor--I added a bit of feta I had in the fridge for even more flavor. Local opah (moonfish) already has a rich buttery texture so the lemon compound butter enhances it and makes it a bit decadent.  Nigel says, "Middle Eastern cooking is flecked with the cool pepperiness of fresh mint.
  • The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "Desire Lines" by Christina Baker Kline and Sesame Bagels with Homemade Blueberry Cream Cheese Spread

    13 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    Desire lines--"Strictly speaking, it's a landscape-architecture term for the paths people create when they cut across the grass instead of taking a prescribed route--people who follow their desires, if you want to be literal."  In Desire Lines, a novel by Christina Baker Kline, they represent the paths we take in life, or the paths we find ourselves on. In Kathryn's case, she finds herself lost and aimless in her failed marriage and unsatisfying career. She heads back to Bangor, Maine, where she grew up and where her life stalled with the disappearance of her best friend Jennifer on…
 
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    Daily Blender

  • Daily Blender Exclusive: Author Christopher Moore

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

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

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

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

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

  • Green Bean and Nectarine Salad with Spicy Gomasio Recipe

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

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

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

    clotilde
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:30 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 August is a picture of this marvelously quenching, easy, no-cook gazpacho that I recommend you make with the ripest and most…
  • July Favorites

    clotilde
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Some of my favorite finds and reads for this month: ~ Food quotes, illustrated. ~ Change your life one password at a time. ~ An artist from Nantes, in the West of France, is stenciling the names of wild plants growing on sidewalks. ~ How Andrew Hyde hosted 138 dinner parties in one year — such an inspiring perspective. ~ My interview on Gourmandize US. ~ About Alain Passard’s Twitter account and how his assistants shoot the gorgeous pictures for it (in French). ~ Planning to eat your way around Paris this month? Check out this list of what’s open and what’s not. ~ The…
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    David Lebovitz

  • Fresh Corn Soup

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

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

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

    David
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    When I was in Sicily, either it slipped my mind, or my mind is slipping, because for one evening, I was supposed to be responsible for making something for dessert. I was offered a number of beautiful things to cook or bake with, and my mind kept wandering back to the heavenly ricotta cheese that we’d seen being made earlier that day. Since we brought home a few big strainers of the just-set ricotta, I couldn’t resist putting one to use in ice cream. I blended up the cheese with some milk, a few spoonfuls of local honey, and made a luxurious pine nut brittle to crumble into the…
  • Corsica

    David
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    I finally got to Corsica. I’d heard so much about it. But somehow, I’d never made it there. Corsica is a large island off the Mediterranean coast of France, which has had a rather back-and-forth relationship with France. But the short story is that it was back under French rule in 1796, where it’s firmly (although to some, precariously) remained. Its most famous resident was – and still is – Napoléon Bonaparte. And the airport in Ajaccio, where we flew into from Paris is named after him. since he was born there. Our friend who we were rendez-vous-ing with was arriving in…
 
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    Dorie Greenspan - On the Road and in the Kitchen with Dorie

  • From Baking Chez Moi: A recipe for now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Asparagus Stuffed Pasta with Fig Hazelnut Sauce

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

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

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:21 am
    This is the vegetarian meal I usually make when there is no fresh produce left in my refrigerator. I had lots of  errands today and grocery shopping was part of my to-do list, but I never had time to reach that one task before my husband Lulu and daughter Aria got back home for lunch. So I went on a scavenger hunt in the pantry to make a quick and easy recipe for lunch to please my husband's vegetarian diet.   I prepared white asparagus tofu because, well, this is what was available in the pantry. I found a can of white asparagus spears, honey, vegetarian hoisin sauce…
  • Mulberry Heaven (6 Delicious Mulberry Dessert Recipes)

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    During my pregnancy, the girls would pick a basketful of the ripest mulberries from the tree in our garden and bring me a bowl filled with the delicious fruit. So I always tell baby Aria that in a way, she's made of mulberries! In fact, you really can never go wrong with mulberries. If you’ve never had them before, they have a wonderfully complex, sweet and tart flavor with hints of pepper when fully ripe. The intense flavor is almost indescribable. When they get really ripe, the juice thickens to a syrup-like consistency so harvesting them can get very messy and stain your hands…
  • Rib-Eye Steaks with Mushroom Coffee Sauce

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    I had prepared this very flavorful sauce for the Polar Production Team last week as a thank you for bearing with me during the long, sleepless hours of filming my first cooking series. On the last day, I packed a meal for each member revolving around my favorite insomniac's ingredient: coffee, of course! I seared beautiful rib-eye steaks and paired them with a mushroom coffee sauce. The beef was such good quality that salt and pepper could have been sufficient but I jazzed it up with espresso coffee and flavored the sauce with the velvety, dark elixir.  Full Recipe...
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Nervy Arsenal win $30M game

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Football clubs spend big money on big players to deliver on the biggest stage.
  • Cop kills 'Cops' TV show tech

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    A crew member working on a taping of "Cops" was inadvertently shot and killed by a police officer during a robbery in Omaha, Nebraska, local officials said Wednesday.
  • Does Britain have a jihadi problem?

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    A number of British extremists believe ISIS' Islamic caliphate will spread across the world -- and one masked man tells CNN he would be honored to kill for ISIS.
  • When Americans leave for jihad

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    With about 100 Americans, and many more Europeans, lured to fight for Islamist groups the key will be tracking them in case they return with plans to carry out atrocities at home.
  • Ebola: 'Even worse than feared'

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    It's the largest ever outbreak of Ebola with the highest number of victims in multiple countries and the director of the world-famous CDC, which helps battle epidemics, says: "It's even worse than I feared."
 
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  • Cherry Mojito

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

    Paula
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    I seem to be on a sweet tooth tare these days. No Bake Nutella Cheesecake. Espresso Ice Cream, Sweet Corn Ice and Blackberry Ice Cream and the like. Which is probably why I’m having to get reacquainted with my treadmill. It’s amazing how much reading and catching up on my shows I can do via my Kindle while I’m logging the miles. I’m a multi tasker what can I say. It’s also where I can dream about all those desserts I want to whip up. I make myself feel a whole better about inhaling eating them when they’re in individual portions. Totally rational right.
  • No Bake Nutella Cheesecake

    Paula
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    I love a good cheesecake as much as the next person. Let’s be honest though, sometimes I just don’t have time to bake one, wait for it to cool and then chill it down. That’s exhausting just to think about. Not that it’s not worth it, it is, but sometimes a girl needs a break. A no bake break that is. Can I get an amen? I’ve been feeling a little disappointed in myself that I haven’t shared a Nutella recipe with y’all since I don’t know when (I know, I know, for shame). I’m rectifying that today. Grab your forks friends, I think…
  • DIY Chalkboard Pails

    Paula
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    It’s back to school month around our neck of the woods !!! Yes I used three exclamation marks. I’m excited. The kids, not so much. They do however get excited about back to school shopping. I must admit I kinda get going myself about calendars, pencils, pens and the like. I’m old school in that way. I love to actually WRITE things in my calendar. As much as I love technology (and I really really do as my iphone is practically attached to my hip) there’s just something about putting pen (ehem or pencils) to paper. (...)Read the rest of DIY Chalkboard Pails (284 words)…
  • Sweet Corn and Blackberry Ice Cream

    Paula
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
      I know what you’re thinking CORN ICE CREAM. Has she lost her ever loving mind? No (well maybe summer is getting to me if we’re going to be completely honest). Sweet Corn Ice Cream it’s a real thing. Of course I didn’t know this was a thing myself until last year when I walked into the newly opened Jeni’s in Nashville TN. I saw it on the massive chalkboard amongst a sea of other delectable flavors and knew I needed to try it. I’m always up for trying somewhat off the wall flavor combinations. How are you ever go to know if you like something if not.
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    Chef Tom Cooks - Recipe Blog

  • Heirloom Tomato Tilapia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

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

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

    Stephanie
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Homemade Coleslaw is very easy to prepare. You don’t need to buy this pre-packaged. Save money by making your own simple homemade coleslaw from scratch. This video is part of my learn to cook series. I recently came across my old home economics cookbook, and I am working my way through the whole cookbook cooking each recipe, and shooting a video for each recipe. This way I can show you how I learned how to cook. Perhaps you need to learn how to cook as well.Why make homemade coleslaw?We are making a very simple homemade coleslaw recipe. I know you can now purchase coleslaw in the…
  • Favorite Olive Garden Recipes

    Stephanie
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    I have to say when asked what is my favorite recipe I have ever recreated what would it be? It would be without a doubt, the Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce. When I was in high school we lived in Coldspring, Texas, it was far from any major city. So for me going to the Olive Garden was amazing. My home town had one restaurant at the time, and while it was quite good, it didn’t have things like any sort of Italian style dishes. They didn’t serve up something more exotic like Alfredo sauce, or that delicious chocolate covered cheesecake they used to sell.I always thought their Alfredo…
  • Mini Hasselback Potatoes

    Stephanie
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    Mini Hassleback Potatoes are an elegant way to serve potatoes. I love how elegant these look. You might even say that potatoes when cooked up like this looked like little roly poly potatoes. My inspiration for these mini Hasselback potatoes recipe came from a good friend of mine. She mentioned when she was a child her mom used to make this style of potatoes with small potatoes. I thought these would be fun dish to make. I have always loved how the mini Hasselback potatoes look like, but I haven’t made them too often. I made these with the Tasteful Selections potatoes. I love these…
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    The Naptime Chef

  • Easy Vanilla Tapioca Pudding

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

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

    Kelsey
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I can hardly believe I am saying this, but it is time to think about easy weeknight dinners for school nights. It doesn’t seem possible that the start of school is barely two weeks away! This is a good time of year to review some of your favorite family dinners and find a bunch of new recipes to try. Adding new recipes to the repertoire keeps everyone at the dinner table interested in trying new foods, while weaving in family favorites lends element of comfort to your routine. To help you get started, here is a great new recipe we love that uses naturally delicious Arla Dofino Gouda…
  • Peach Pie You Can Eat for Breakfast

    Kelsey
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I went a little peach crazy this summer. The harvest in the Northeast seemed particularly good this year. The peaches were exceptionally juicy and full of flavor. Perfect for jam, punch, and pie. I’ve never shared this pie recipe before even though my mother has been making it since before I was born. It is from her friend Sandy and there is a small secret ingredient that sets it apart from all the other peach pies I’ve ever tasted. The ingredient elevates the peach flavor without overshadowing it. Once you add it to your peach pie you’ll never make one without it again. We…
  • Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn + Giveaway

    Kelsey
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I haven’t done as much summer reading this summer as I would’ve liked. Running around after two kids, working on the next book, and keeping up with the house has taken up almost all my time. However, I had the good fortune of getting a copy of my friend Kathleen Flinn’s latest book, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family, and I read the whole thing cover to cover in just a few days. I’ll admit, I pushed aside work in favor of reading and it was so worth it. Food memoirs, or foodoirs as they are sometimes called, are…
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    Art & Lemons

  • still life (plus Moms Who Click)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Italian Chicken Sandwiches (and a Kitchen Gadget Gift Basket Sweepstakes!)

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

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

    Amy Flanigan
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Steak Salad with Grapes, Walnuts, and Blue Cheese

    Amy Flanigan
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Asian Salmon Rolls

    Amy Flanigan
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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    POPSUGAR Food

  • The Ramenritto Combines Two Epic Foods Into One Bite

    Brandi-Milloy
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Did you know that ramen is mentioned more frequently on the Internet than grilled cheese, Cronuts, and sriracha combined? Ramen-mania has spurred the creation of crazy food hybrids like the ramen burger and ramen-crusted chicken wings; it was only a matter of time before these delicious noodles worked their way into a burrito. We've teamed up with our friends at Foodbeast to create our take on this epic mashup; watch the video to see how it's done, including how to roll the perfect burrito. Inspired by PressTea Ramenritto IngredientsFor the ramen: 1 package ramen noodles, such as Top Ramen 2…
  • DIY Pocky Is a Japanophile's Dream

    Nicole-Perry
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    DIY Pocky is a Japanophile's dream - Food52 Tim Horton's did the unthinkable to a doughnut - Grub Street All the cakes you can make with just a can of soda and a box mix - HuffPost Taste Now this is a burger! - Rachael Ray Show Uber's trying to get into the food delivery game - Eater The not-so-great truth behind cookbook recipe testing - Yahoo! Food TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie's go-to eats - Food & Wine Source: Samantha Seneviratne/Food52
  • Win a Trip to Los Angeles to Experience Our Popular Workout, Class FitSugar, in Person!

    POPSUGAR-Fitness
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
  • 12 Ways to Salute the Kernel (Corn, That Is)

    Aemilia-Madden
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Like with tomatoes, out-of-season corn is hardly worth eating, so there's no time like the present to get your fix of this sweet, juicy veggie. Fresh-from-the-farm-stand ears are amazing whether grilled, steamed, boiled, or baked into goodies; keep reading for 12 exceptional ideas. Source: The Adventures of MJ and Hungryman, Cookie + Kate, Cooking Classy, Damn Delicious
  • A Totally Sweet Party Favor Idea

    Aemilia-Madden
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    Sure, nothing is sweeter than a great party, but the right treats can make a fun event even better. Whether you're planning your wedding, a baby shower, or just a simple get-together, wow your guests with a colorful candy display. Color-coordinated goodies help liven up the party and offer a great way for guests to snack and mingle. Here's how to put together this fun table full of treats: Start by collecting an assortment of clear, glass vases in different sizes and shapes. Cheap vases can be found at Michaels and Ikea. Pick out a bunch of candy in the same color or a couple complementary…
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    Hedonia

  • The Eatsdropper's chocolate chip cookies are oooooold

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

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

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

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

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

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

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
  • Lattice Top Peach Pie – How to Weave Dough Like a Dream

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    We are right in the middle of peach season, and what better way to show them off, than in this classic, lattice-top pie? And by classic, I mean the peek-a-boo crust design, not the filling, which has a few ingredients that are definitely not classic. By the way, if you’re peaches are too ripe to peel, then you can remove the skin by cutting an “X” on the bottom and dipping in boiling water. Of course, if they’re really ripe and juicy, you probably shouldn’t be making pie with them anyway. Those are the kind of peaches where you take off your shirt and just eat them over the sink.
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    21 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
  • Easy “Squeezy” Corn on the Cobb

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
    I saw this technique on the Huffington Post a while back, and while it wasn’t the first time I’d seen, or used the micro-method, it was the first time I’d seen it in video form, thanks to the lovely and talented, Carl Blemming. By the way, I’m assuming Huff Po didn’t pay him anything for it, so to make up for that, neither will we. This proves something that I’ve known for years…no matter how great a kitchen technique is, unless you use it regularly, you’ll forget about it. Usually, as soon as I get home from the store, I shuck the corn, and go from there, but as soon as I saw…
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    FBR - News

  • TTK Healthcare to begin production at new Indian unit

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:56 am
    TTK Healthcare has outlined plans to begin production at its upcoming food unit in Jaipur, India, by the end of the current fiscal.
  • ADM unveils new headquarters in Chicago

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), an American global food-processing and commodities-trading company, has unveiled its global headquarters and customer centre in downtown Chicago.
  • Fonterra to acquire 20% stake in Beingmate

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:14 am
    Fonterra plans to acquire 20% stake in one of China's biggest milk processors, Beingmate, to form a global partnership with a total investment of $615m, which would help meet China's growing demand for infant formula.
  • Mahindra Agribusiness to foray into dairy business

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:41 am
    India's Mahindra Agribusiness is planning to foray into the dairy industry by focusing on the production of pouched milk.
  • Polaner All Fruit lauches revamped website

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    To celebrate Polaner All Fruit becoming Non-GMO Project Verified earlier this year, the brand has re-launched its website, www.polanerspreads.com, with a fresh look and enhanced functionality. In addition, Polaner has launched a consumer contest, “Don’t Dare Call it Jelly!®” to involve fans in the festivities.
 
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    Sarah's Musical Kitchen

  • Southwest Chicken & Black Bean Nachos

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

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

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

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

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

  • One-Bowl Cherry Chocolate Cake

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

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

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

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

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

  • Let Them Join You

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Underrated Tequila Cocktails

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    So, after watching this video from Panna, you’ve mastered the margarita. What’s next for a budding tequilaphile? Turn your attention to these 10 underrated cocktails. 1. Paloma  This fizzy, grapefruity drink might be the most popu...
  • 5 Wines to Pair with Roast Chicken

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Here, we reveal wines we love costing less than $17. Occasionally, other experts weigh in. Roast chicken is one of the most fun dishes to enjoy with wine—it pairs with almost anything. The only rule (in my book) is to drink something that&rs...
  • Why Vinho Verde is the Best Summer Party Wine

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender’s expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks. “I’m a simple dude,” says St. Louis chef Kevin Nashan. “...
  • A Mexican Take on Ratatouille

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    These healthy recipes are all created to pair with wine (which has 120 to 150 calories for a 5-ounce glass)—all for 600 calories or fewer. Ratatouille is one of the first dishes I learned to make. Though there are many debates about the righ...
  • Double Watermelon Cocktails, Perfect Piña Coladas & More Ways to Toast the End of Summer

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Coffee, wine, beer, cocktails—if it’s made well and it’s potable, then F&W editors will drink it. Here's what we tried this past week. [&amp;amp;amp;lt;a href="//storify.com/FoodandWine/story-102" target="_blank"&am...
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    Healthy Eats – Food Network Healthy Living Blog

  • The Chef’s Take: Grilled Sirloin Tips with Avocado from Tony Maws

    Andrea Strong
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s 5:30 a.m., and chef Tony Maws is running. Actually, he’s not just running. He’s sprinting up and down the stairs at Harvard Stadium. And he’s not alone. He’s one of... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • Breakfast of the Month: Coconut Pancakes with Cherry Compote

    Amy Chaplin
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Although these whole-grain pancakes are free of gluten and dairy, they are still decadent in the best way and definitely worthy of a special weekend breakfast. The batter is made up of four different... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • In Search of the Healthiest Dish on the Menu? Help Is on the Way.

    Amy Reiter
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    You’re feeling hungry and hankering for some comfort food, so you slip into your local diner and scan the menu, looking for healthy options. You know they’re in there, hidden among the... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • 6 Ways to Celebrate Tomato Time

    Dana Angelo White
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Plump and juicy tomatoes aren’t just a summertime seduction, they’ve got nutrition credentials as well. They’re low and calories and high in vital nutrients, including choline,... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • Sweet Corn, Three Delicious Ways

    Amy Chaplin
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Along with tomatoes, sweet corn is one of the top favorite foods of summer. When it’s good, it’s sweet, juicy and totally irresistible. Here are two easy and flavorful recipes to make... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
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    What's Cooking With Kids

  • Life Has No Reset Button – So Organize the Kitchen

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

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

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

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

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

  • Quest Protein Chips {Review}

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

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

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

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

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

  • How Do I Organize My Pantry? — Good Questions

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Q: I am looking for tips on organizing this pantry. When we moved in it was empty. My dad and I put in a metal shelf thing. Wasn't sure how much so we just did one piece cut to three. Now I have these shelves where I keep dry goods and hide birthday gifts. But they are a mess! READ MORE »
  • Not Quite a Diet, More Than a Cookbook, Diana Henry Gets It Just Right — New Cookbook

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The angle: "Accidentally healthy" dishes that redefine diet food. Recipes for right now: Japanese Ginger and Garlic Chicken, Sweet Saffron Roasted Tomatoes with Labneh, Berry and Hibiscus Sorbet, Whole Roasted Fish with Tahini Dressing, Blackberry and Apple Rye Galette Who would enjoy this book? People tired of dieting, cooks in the habit (or trying to) of eating with the seasons, omnivores with a love for vegetables. READ MORE »
  • This Mexican Cucumber Looks Exactly Like a Tiny Watermelon — Ingredient Intelligence

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Say hello to the Mexican cucumber, the most adorable fruit (or is it a vegetable?)! The other weekend when I was browsing the tables at the farmers market I came across the most interesting looking fruit. I'd never seen anything like it. This little fruit was the size of a large grape, and looked like a miniature watermelon with its oval shape and variegated green coloring. Have you ever tried one? The market attendant must have noticed the bewildered look on my face because the next thing I knew he was standing next to me encouraging me to have a taste, and told me that these were not…
  • DeltaToast Is the Stovetop Toaster You Didn't Know You Needed — Smart Tools

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Some years ago a reader wrote to us looking for a stovetop toaster. Well, too bad DeltaToast wasn't around then, because it's what we would have recommended. This genius little toaster is actually a great solution for any of us who don't want to make room for a bulky plug-in appliance just for toast — it's a fold-flat tool designed to toast bread on the stove instead. Want to see more? READ MORE »
  • How Many Jam Jars Is Too Many? — Liveblogging The Kitchn Cure Fall 2014

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    This is my cupboard before I took everything out Day 13 Task: Declutter Dishes, Glasses, Tools & Gadgets After feeling great about decluttering and organizing my pantry items, I was ready (even excited) to declutter my dishes, glasses, tools and gadgets. As is painfully clear in the above image, the cupboard holding my dishes and glasses reads like a jam and Mason jar crime scene. The jars lurk behind the dishes, waiting to attack. I'm ready to take charge of the situation. READ MORE »
 
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    foodista.com

  • How to Make Homemade Krispy Kreme Donuts

    ajeanroy
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Fat, oil and sugar. What's not to love? If you have ever taken a bite of a warm, sugary Krispy Kreme donut, you know how perfectly the flavors taste together. These donuts are a true delicacy, and anyone who has tasted one will agree. 
  • 3 Kombucha Drinks You Won't Believe Are Healthy

    ajeanroy
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Kombucha is a popular health drink full of probiotics with a kick. Known for it's slightly vinegary flavor, it doesn't take long to grow an acquired taste to this one of a kind beverage. If you are not interesting in cultivating a taste for straight up kombucha, never fear.
  • 3 Healthy Breakfast Bites to Jump Start Your Morning

    lrodrigues
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day yet most of us skip it.  Having a good morning meal gives you energy to jump start your day by fueling your brain and your body.
  • Sweet and Spicy: Steamed Dungeness Crab Two Delicious Ways

    sheriwetherell
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
  • Easy Indian Cooking: Butter Chicken

    lrodrigues
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Indian cuisine can be intimidating to a new cook but with recipes like butter chicken, Indian food can be made at home any night of the week.  This chicken dish may be mild put still packs a punch when it comes to flavor.
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    Gigabiting

  • From Food Blogger to Cookbook Author

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

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

    Janice
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
        The tech elite meet to eat at power supper clubs.Last week’s inaugural gathering of the Silicon Alley Supper Club drew tech influencers from the New York offices of Google, CNN, Studio Industries, Facebook, Buzzfeed, Mashable, Kottke.org, It’s On Me, Krux, Food [...]
  • Am I Getting Old or is Supermarket Music Getting Better?

    Janice
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
      The standard easy listening mix of Kenny Rogers and vintage Doobie Brothers always felt like I was being held hostage in a dentist’s waiting room. But not lately. While no one’s going to mistake the deli counter for a DJ booth, the [...]
  • Dining on Mars: The Reviews are In

    Janice
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    A NASA crew of simulated Mars-dwellers returned to Earth last week and they were pretty sick of the food. This was the second of four planned HI-SEAS missions, an acronym for Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation. The space agency [...]
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    Harmonious Homestead

  • Homemade Dry Cured Ham {Silent Sunday}

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

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

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

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

    Rachel
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
      1) Bouldering in an Estes Park City Park  2) Face painting at Highland Farmers Market in Denver 3) Market sign at Highland Farmers Market 4) Lil collecting hail in one of three hail storms 5) Wildflowers in Estes Park (We later learned that the pink thistle is invasive.) 6) Alex throwing a snowball in Rocky Mountain National Park  7) Kite flying 8) Scene from our miniature movie inspired by the tiny wild succulent and cactus garden. 9) Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park 10) Stunning view walking into Estes Park Farmers Market 11) Spirit Hound Distillers menu 12) Lyon’s…
 
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    Savory Sweet Life - Easy Recipes from an Everyday Home Cook

  • Zucchini Fennel Soup

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

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

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

  • Wine Country Weekend 2014

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

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

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

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

    biteclub
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:06 pm
    The 9th annual Taste of Petaluma kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 23 with more than 50 restaurants, chefs, food purveyors, wineries and breweries taking part. Every year, BiteClub gets a taste of something new happening in southern Sonoma County at this event, and this year is no exception. We’re especially excited about newcomers Free Range Provisions & Eats, Red Boy Pizza, Secret Kitchen (a Biteclub fave!), Native Kitchen, Jezebel Donuterie, Roast and Vine, Thistle Meats and Zodiac. Sheesh, where was I when all these new spots opened? Get your taste of Petaluma from 11:30a.m. to 4p.m.,…
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    Cooking with Thas

  • How to Make Easy Chicken Biryani- Easy Biryani Recipe

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

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

    Thas
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Marble cake is made by layering vanilla cake batter and chocolate cake batter, one cake and you get to enjoy both vanilla and chocolate flavor… It was my Man’s birthday yesterday. As always I’d made a cake to celebrate the special day. On this birthday, I surprised him with Marble cake, to make it more delicious I topped the cake with swirled frosting. One of the best cakes I’ve ever made, tasted delicious and it was quite a treat for the eyes too. While searching online for a good and different cake recipe, I came across an awesome website solely dedicated to baking:…
  • Spicy, Sweet and Sour Chicken Curry- Chicken Pulikari

    Thas
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:32 pm
    It’s spicy, it’s sweet, it’s sour; you get to taste all these flavors in this chicken curry… Last weekend, I harvested a lot of tomatoes and banana peppers from my veg garden. It’s been raining a lot this Summer, I really thought that the crops would be damaged by the heavy rains. Luckily, not much damages. I love growing tomatoes as it’s easy to grow and they don’t disappoint me much. So, I’d planted more tomato plants. Also, I’d planted banana peppers, cucumber and eggplant. I got a couple of cucumbers, eggplants are still on its way.
  • Chicken Kothu Chapathi Recipe – Chicken and Roti Stir Fry

    Thas
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Chapathi and chicken stir fried together, delicious one pot meal and a great way to use up leftover chapathi… Chapathi is flattened wheat bread that is quite popular in India and is served for dinner or even breakfast along with veg or non-veg curries. The dough for making chapathi is made by kneading wheat flour and water, it doesn’t require the addition of yeast or no need of fermentation or anything of that sort. It’s very simple- Knead the dough, make small balls out of it, flatten it using a rolling pin and cook it on a tawa or skillet. Puffed up and soft chapathi…
 
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    A Sweet Spoonful

  • Cookies and Vows

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

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

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

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

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

  • Shrimp on Lemongrass Skewers with Yellow Rice

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

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

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

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

    lisa is cooking
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Sometimes recipe ideas get stuck in my head. I see something that I know I want to try, and I carry the idea around in my thoughts for weeks or months until it happens. So it was with this bread. This idea came from the very first recipe in the book The Elements of Dessert that I read last year. It’s a book about desserts, but there’s also a section about bread baking at the beginning. Here, mini loaves were shaped into pain d’epi resembling stalks of wheat. And, not only were they made into... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
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    Melody Gourmet Fury | Austin Food Writer and Photographer

  • Simple Pandan Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

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

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

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

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

    Melody Fury
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    I’m always keen to explore new-to-me spots in Austin.  I rarely head up to The Domain because I usually only shop when I’m traveling, or I pick up my essentials from the outlets.  This explains why you’ll never catch me Instagramming my outfits ;) So while I’m not a fashionista, I do enjoy The Domain’s airy plazas and the easygoing, yet stylish ambiance.  But to be completely honest, as much as I’ve tried to like the restaurants that dot the retail park, my general impression about the majority of them is they’re generic, dated and overpriced.
 
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    momofukufor2

  • Guess what? I wrote a cookbook!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Baked Salmon with Mango Ceviche

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

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

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

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

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    With it being Bastille Day today (the day that commemorates the beginning of the French revolution on the 14th of July in 1789 with the storming of the Bastille), I am utterly nostalgic, thinking of my time spent living in Paris as a college student.  Last week I read The Belly of Paris, written in 1873 by Emile Zola, which takes place in Paris during the Second French Empire (period from 1852 to 1870), in Les Halles, the newly rebuilt central marketplace which was known at that time as le ventre de Paris, or the belly of Paris (thus the name of Zola’s book).  While living in Paris,…
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    foodpr0n

  • Suculent

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

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

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

    Jen C
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Though I’ve been most active documenting my passion for food these last years, I was – am still – also a nerd. I’ve reviewed video games, I’ve coloured comics, and there was the one summer where I attended five (six?)... Continue Reading →
  • Hudson Kitchen

    Jen C
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Pretty much ate the whole menu a few weeks back at Hudson Kitchen. While there are those obvious Filipino influences that were already on the menu, I see a lot of Spanish strokes that Chef Robbie Hollija has applied since we came back... Continue Reading →
 
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    Bitches Who Brunch

  • The Lust List: Floral Pants

    Ally, Bitch in the City
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    Ah, Labor Day. We’re in that weird transitional period where the last weekend of summer is upon us and we’re gearing up for fall, but it’s still 75 degrees outside. My mind and my closet are utterly confused. I’ll start to unpack my light sweaters and then be hit with a day of 67 percent humidity. What’s a girl to do? Luckily, you likely have some summery pieces in your closet that can help bridge this seasonal gap and look stylish while doing so. Enter, floral pants. I love a bold, punchy print so I’ve naturally been drawn to the floral pants trend.
  • New Orleans Spicy Cajun Shrimp

    Emily, Bitch in the City
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    My new job gives me the glorious flexibility to work from home at least one day a week. Words can’t express how much happier of a person it makes me to be able to wake up an hour later, still fit in a long run and a latte, and squeeze in my grocery shopping all before 6. Now that my schedule is becoming more normal, working from home also means it’s much easier to meal plan for a homemade dinner that evening, taking advantage of the time not spent sweating in a subway car. This week I was feeling extra inspired, so I selected a recipe from the Nordstrom Friends & Family cookbook. If…
  • America Eats Tavern Tyson’s Brunch

    Becca and Cori Sue
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Our summers had gotten away from us. Becca had been traveling about the country, Cori Sue had just returned from a jaunt to Paris. We had barely spent any time in Washington—never mind any real time together. It was decided a Saturday of girl time was in order. And so, with the lovely Aba of TAA PR to the rescue, we were booked for a morning of pampering at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, followed by a decadent brunch at the new America Eats Tavern. We just had to get to Tyson’s. We had grand plans to experience the new Silver Line, cameras and appetites in tow. But alas, our spa appointments…
  • Market Table Brunch

    Emily, Bitch in the City
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    What a weekend! I had the pleasure of hosting my family for a two-day eating extravaganza (or should I say foodie bender) in celebration of my birthday, which meant in the 24 hours they were in the city, we ate and drank almost all of my favorite things. After a multi-course dinner at Babbo that stretched into the late hours of the night, I swore that I’d never be hungry again, but I was pleasantly mistaken when I woke up craving brunch. I was surprised when I was able to secure a reservation at Market Table for five people last minute. Its sister restaurant, Little Owl, is one of my…
  • Side of Style DC: Iron Gate

    Cori Sue
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    A great brunch can be an all-day affair, so start your morning in style over croissants and champagne. We’re excited to unveil our newest fashion column, Side of Style, where we will pair on-trend outfits with our favorite local brunch spots. Our fashion picks are inspired by the ambiance and neighborhood of the eateries giving you no excuse to brunch in sweatpants. Unless they’re harem-style and sold at Bloomies. Side of Style assembles the perfect ensemble for our favorite local brunch spots, leaving you armed and ready to walk out the door. With its stunning,…
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    Mexico in my Kitchen

  • Mexican Candied Sweet Potato & Yucatan Style Sweet Potato and Coconut Candy

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

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

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

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

    8 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
      I am one of those people that has mixed feelings about Summer. The one side of Summer that I love are the farmer’s markets with all the fruits and vegetables you can enjoy during this season. But there is that other side that I am not very fond of, and that is the heat. You know, those days when the thermometer reaches above 90 degrees with lots of humidity. When we have those hot days here in the East Coast, I keep myself indoors, or as my mom will say, “inside the fridge”, as if I were a ham that will spoil outside in the hot weather. But, I can’t complain; this year has been…
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    Cooking | Add a Pinch

  • Ratatouille Recipe

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

    Robyn
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Peanut Butter Cake makes a perfect cake for the peanut butter lover. This makes a great sheet cake topped with chocolate frosting or peanut butter icing. Remember that peanut butter icing recipe I shared the other day? While it is fabulous on brownies or a chocolate cake, if you love peanut butter as much as I do, then you will adore it on that icing on this peanut butter cake. It took years of trial and error for me to get the recipe close enough to the one served in my school cafeteria growing up. The final peanut butter cake recipe is rich, decadent, and one that you’ll definitely…
  • Pimento Cheese Chicken Recipe

    Robyn
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This Pimento Cheese Chicken recipe combines two of my all-time favorite dishes – pimento cheese and baked chicken. One of the easiest chicken recipes. Pimento cheese is one of those things that typically shows up at nearly every family event that we have. It has always been that way. Growing up, I could always depend on my grandmother having a big bowl of pimento cheese that would be quickly devoured at reunions, showers and church get togethers. Then, when I married, it was actually a relief to learn that my mother-in-law was famous for doing the same thing! So, naturally, I knew that…
  • Peanut Butter Icing Recipe

    Robyn
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This peanut butter icing recipe is perfect on top of so many desserts! Full of flavor, it is an icing recipe sure to be a peanut butter lover’s favorite! There’s just something about peanut butter icing that immediately takes me back to third grade at my small elementary school. Always a peanut butter lover, I couldn’t wait until I saw that we were having peanut butter cake with peanut butter icing on the lunch menu that would come out for the next week. You see, we had a small, weekly newspaper that was released each Thursday and in it would be the lunch menu for all of the…
  • Cheesy Cauliflower Recipe

    Robyn
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This cheesy cauliflower recipe makes a one dish, skillet side dish. Made of cauliflower, bacon, onions and more, it is a favorite of cauliflower recipes. Have you ever noticed that there are some vegetables that just take on the flavors of whatever you prepare them with more than others? Cauliflower recipes tend to do that and it may be one of the great vegetables that I discovered when Little Buddy was just a wee one. Of course he loved sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, and green beans, but cauliflower was a favorite when he started eating table food. You see, although I went a bit light on…
 
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    A Couple Cooks

  • Summer Salad with Sesame Buttermilk Dressing

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

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

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

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

    Sonja
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Michigan is a nostalgic place for Alex and me. Alex grew up vacationing on the shores of southwest Michigan, where his dad’s family hails. He brought me to South Haven when we first started dating in college and I fell in love: the sandy beaches, cherry and pear trees full with fruit, sailboats, fudge, blueberry picking, hiking the dunes — it was all so different than any other place I’d been in the Midwest. I was smitten. We’d been dying for a summer trip to Michigan for the past few years, specifically Traverse City to visit some friends and experience the…
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    Chow and Chatter

  • Market Brunch

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

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

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

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    I thought I would share a few gardening tip blog posts, I am a newly certified master gardener and a very newbie gardener. I am about to embark on a fun learning and volunteer journey in local gardens.   I really want to help in school and community gardens as I adore the link between health and vegetable gardening and inspiring kids to know how food is grown and to experience the joy of tasting food they have grown. My gardening journey was inspired by my wonderful Granddad my hero one of the best people I have ever meet. He passed away last year and I miss him dearly but this keeps his…
  • Coffee Milk

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    When I was in Boston my friend Jennifer who I meet on vine :-) mentioned a drink they have there called coffee milk. Its a syrup they add to milk and drink it like chocolate milk. In fact did you know that this is Rhode Island's state drink it goes back to the 1930's and it can be found ready made in grocery stores next to milk. I asked around on my last day in Boston and no one had heard of it. I then added on the blogs facebook page and had a lovely discussion with folks, Amy shared a recipe. So I figured rather than buy it why not make a little to try. I actually boiled the sugar and milk…
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    Grabbing the Gusto

  • Pork Chops Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spinach

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

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

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

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

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

  • Blendtec Blender Giveaway!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sichuan Crescent Dumplings

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

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

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

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

    Victoria
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Although I do enjoy a good beer or a glass of wine, I can be partial to cocktails if the mood strikes. They're usually pricier than their alcoholic friends, and they can hit you like a tons of bricks if they are strong enough (they best ones are), but when they are crafted with love, there's nothing like a nice cocktail to take the edge off. Especially at the end of a really bad day.The flavors of summer are some of my favorites to incorporate into any recipe, but namely cocktails. Summery fruits are perfect vehicles for concocting sweet and delicious libations for any occasion, whether…
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    Savoring Time in the Kitchen

  • Kale Slaw - A Delicious Combination of Flavors!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nasi Biryani

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

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

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

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

    Linda
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Beef Rendang, is an aromatic caramelized beef curry traditionally served during festive occasions. Make it at home with detailed instructions in this video. The post Beef Rendang appeared first on Roti n Rice.
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    Rouxbe Online Cooking School Blog

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

    Ken, Vice President Culinary Training
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Rouxbe Cooking school has been endorsed for quality education by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation – marking a giant step forward for Rouxbe by acknowledging the important role that a quality online program has in today’s culinary training and educational markets. In addition to offering culinary instruction for home cooks and cooks training for...
  • Rouxbe Hosts Award Winning Chef Matt Haley

    Barb Thomas, RHN
    16 Jun 2014 | 3:11 pm
      The James Beard Foundation’s 2014 Humanitarian of the Year, The National Humanitarian from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the 2014 Cornerstone Humanitarian from the National Restaurant Association — no chef in history has ever been awarded these three high honors — especially in one year. But with Matt Haley’s focus on using...
  • Learn to Grow Your Own Food w/ Rouxbe Cooking School

    Joe, Co-founder of Rouxbe
    24 May 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Learn to Grow Your Own Food Given that our roots are in teaching people how to cook better, we thought it made sense to start the process of teaching people how to grow their own food. Learn how to grow your own food with us as our team takes on this new and exciting challenge...
  • Waldorf Astoria Shows Commitment to Training Success with Rouxbe Program

    Ken, Vice President Culinary Training
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
      Ken Rubin, Vice President Culinary Training at Rouxbe  We are pleased to announce that another cook has successfully completed the Waldorf Astoria New York culinary training program powered by Rouxbe. This online training program complements on-ground training efforts at this iconic hotel and reinforces their commitment to innovation and excellence. Rouxbe uses interactive assessment...
  • The BEST Biscuits | Dairy & Egg-Free

    Dawn, Co-founder of Rouxbe
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Shut the door on this one — the testing is over, we have a winner folks!! And the fact that these biscuits are completely vegan-friendly is TOTALLY irrelevant—these biscuits are simply delicious. They are light, flaky and even ‘buttery’. I am just going to let the images speak for themselves! Okay, I’ll just add this one...
 
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    Turntable Kitchen

  • Single Serving: Cass McCombs – Night Of The World

    Matthew Hickey
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Enigmatic songwriter Cass McCombs and iconic 90′s rockers Meat Puppets just announced a co-headlining tour through the good ole’ United States. To commemorate the occasion they’re releasing a split 7″ single which features a pair of brand new songs by McCombs, “Night Of The World” and “Evangeline,” alongside a pair of covers by the Meat Puppets, “(Hey Baby), Que Paso” (originally by Texas Tornados) and “Cathy’s Clown” (by The Everly Brothers). The single will be available starting October 28th on Domino…
  • Zammuto – Anchor

    Matthew Hickey
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you ever took an advanced art class, you probably had one person in your class who was lightyears ahead of everyone else in terms of both innate talent and creativity. This was the person who had the most insane/ambitious ideas for projects and somehow always – always – executed them flawlessly. I have a suspicion that Nick Zammuto, the frontman for the band Zammuto and formerly of The Books, was that insanely talented kid in any art class he ever took. After all, everything about Zammuto’s new record Anchor is a demonstration of restless creativity and talent.
  • Balsamic Eggs with Peaches and Prosciutto

    Kasey
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    When I first moved to San Francisco in 2005, I hadn’t made up my mind about it. I wasn’t coming home, specifically, nor was I moving to a city I had long dreamed of living in. In fact, I wanted to stay in San Diego after college but it didn’t feel like the place to grow into my career. I knew I didn’t want to move back to the Northern California suburbs where I had gone to high school, and New York felt a little too far from home. So I landed in San Francisco because it felt like the ‘right’ decision. I spent about a month living in my parents’ house and riding the train to work…
  • Single Serving: VÉRITÉ – Weekend

    Bastien Rayno
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    Following her impressive debut single “Strange Enough,” New York-based indie pop and sensitive starlet VÉRITÉ returns with her new second-ever sparkling effort titled “Weekend” produced by Elliot Jacobson. VÉRITÉ explains the track by noting: “Weekend winds up sitting in a weird place for me, caught between the exhilaration of ‘you could bring me to life’ and the reality that we were only fooling ourselves into thinking we were alive while we distract ourselves from reality.” She is currently working on her first EP. Take a listen to…
  • Single Serving: Lauryn Hill – Black Rage

    Matthew Hickey
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:39 pm
    At first, I was tempted to leave this here without comment, and, to some extent, I’m still going to do just that. I think the message speaks for itself given recent events. Besides, if that’s not enough, the lyrics themselves provide all of the additional context you could possibly need. Still, I can’t resist simply noting what an incredible song this is on so many levels. Quality music as a relevant statement always deserves an audience.
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    Jersey Bites

  • 3 Cocktails to Celebrate Great Summer Produce

    PCulos
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    This sponsored article is brought to you by Atlantic City Bottle Company. Summer has many charms: long warm days, backyard barbeques, walks on the boardwalk—to name a few. It’s all punctuated by the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables hitting their peak as Labor Day approaches. While they most certainly liven up your dinner plate, they […]
  • The Habit Burger Grill in Fair Lawn

    TKron321
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    The word “habit” conjures up visions of bad and sometimes expensive obsessions. As in “…gotta kick this _______ habit,” or “I’m just working to feed my habit.” So let me introduce you to what could become a good habit, and a reasonable one at that. It recently landed in Fair Lawn, but The Habit Burger Grill was […]
  • Opening: DeNovo in Montclair

    Veronique @ Food &#38; Wine Chickie
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Demetri Malki’s DeNovo opened yesterday in what was once the train station waiting area at the Upper Montclair stop. I joined fellow food writers as well as friends and family of Malki on Friday evening for a pre-opening event where some of the restaurant’s small plates, tapas, were available for sampling. The new restaurant follows other […]
  • Chef Spotlight: Craig Polignano of The Ryland Inn

    Veronique @ Food &#38; Wine Chickie
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Craig Polignano, executive chef at The Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, gave Veronique Deblois an inside look at his career and perspectives on being a chef. JERSEY BITES: What is your earliest food memory? Chef Polignano: My earliest food memory was at my grandmother’s house in Maplewood. I remember watching her make cavatelli on her kitchen table, with the […]
  • Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

    JerseyBites
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:43 pm
    THIS WEEKEND August 23 and 24: The Laurita Winery in New Egypt hosts the Gourmet Food Trucks Weekend. Visitors can indulge in food from 30 different food trucks from ice cream to lobster. There will also be a line dance pavilion, a wine tasting tent and fireworks on Saturday night. Tickets for adults 12 and […]
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    A Culinary Journey With Chef Dennis

  • Ginger-Garlic Pan Roasted Swordfish – Around the Kitchen Table

    Chef Dennis Littley
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    I always have friends ask me, what’s the best way to cook fish?  While my favorite way is the simplicity of Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper, there are times that I add additional flavors to spice things up a bit!  After all Variety is the Spice of Life. One of my latest requests was what to do with swordfish?  Swordfish can be a disaster if overcooked and is really a fairly bland fish (if its fresh), so you can have fun adding in very flavorful ingredients.  Marinating is always an option, but quite frankly I forget to do it, so I always end up looking for other ways to add in…
  • Buffalo Chicken Tacos with a Bleu Cheese Slaw – Around the Kitchen Table

    Chef Dennis Littley
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    One of my favorite meals growing up was tacos,  not only did tacos remind me of  Texas but they were a lot of fun to eat  and I have to admit  they still are fun to eat!   Over the years the lowly taco has gone through many culinary changes with the hard shell crunch taco giving way to the soft flour tortilla version that you find on most restaurant menus. But the changes didn’t stop with the outside of the taco, no that was just the beginning.  Culinarians around the world began experimenting and adding non traditional fillings to these little bundles of delicioiusness creating…
  • How to Make Pan Seared Scallops with a Summer Corn Medley – Around the Kitchen Table

    Chef Dennis Littley
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    It’s officially summertime and that means eating lighter.  But that doesn’t have to mean eating less delicious meals, on the contrary with all the fresh produce in the markets there’s an abundance of flavors availble for you to share with your family and friends. So’ don’t be afraid to experiment and blend ingredients together. It’s no secret that we love seafood, especially shellfish and although we don’t have it as often we do love scallops.   Grilled or Seared they’re always a welcome addition to my table. What I like most about pan searing…
  • 2014 Second Annual Virtual Bloggers Conference on Google+

    Chef Dennis Littley
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:04 pm
    The Second Annual Virtual Bloggers Conference is just days away and I hope to see many of you there, please join us this Friday June 27th at 8 pm EDT as we kick off the festivities with a Virtual Cocktail Party and Meet and Greet.   Then its down to business Saturday Morning at 10 am as the sessions begin running every two hours until  8 pm.    Sunday Morning starts off the second day at 10 am and ends with the final session at 6 pm EDT. If you can’t watch it live, don’t worry you can always catch it on replay on my Youtube channel   This years conference has 12 sessions…
  • How to Make Caponata – Around the Kitchen Table

    Chef Dennis Littley
    21 Jun 2014 | 5:32 am
    One of the best things about summer are all the fresh local vegetables available in the markets, and finding delicious ways to use them is always high on my list.  And one of my favorite summertime or for that matter anytime dish is a very simple Italian Classic, Caponata. You can find as many different Caponata recipes as you can find Italian Grandmothers, and for this episode of Around the Kitchen Table I will be sharing one of my favorites.    Caponata is very versatile and can be used as a delicious spread on an Italian meat and cheese Sandwich. As an accompaniment to grilled…
 
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  • Pimiento Cheese Jalapeño Poppers

    Megan
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of our friends always makes jalapeño poppers whenever we get together. It’s not that they’re a showy dish — in fact, I think their simplicity is part of their addictive charm. I admit that at first I was wondering why they were always on the table, but now I seek them out eagerly. After all, there’s a reason why they’re called poppers. I might have to switch it up a little on the popper front, though, because these pimiento cheese jalapeño poppers are basically the best way to kick off your end-of-summer party. Why use cream cheese when you can use pimiento…
  • Monster Cookies

    Megan
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    First grade starts tomorrow. Last week, my son was conflicted, torn between being excited to be back in school and being nervous about meeting a classroom full of people again. His nerves were calmed when we went to “Meet the Teacher” night and he found out many of his classmates from last year are in his class. He grinned like a fool when one of the school workers remembered him and gave him a big hug. For kids that are a little quieter, a little more anxious, these small things are a big deal. He’ll need every small win to help him get through the days, weeks, months. My own first…
  • Pressed Italian Sandwiches

    Megan
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    When I was a kid, I never got very excited about the prospect of sandwiches, with one exception. Every year for the Superbowl we’d order subs from our favorite place near my dad’s work, big bready things that put national sandwich chains to shame. Maybe it was the idea of being able to choose whatever I wanted on the sandwich or just the ritual of the event, but even now I think about those sandwiches 1,500 miles away. My go-to? An Italian sandwich, with plenty of creamy Italian dressing. When I started thinking about sandwiches for fall, the season of the sandwich, I inevitably fell back…
  • Declutter & Deep Clean for Fall (Recipe: All-Purpose Orange Cleaner)

    Megan
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Get cleaned up for fall with a giveaway from Casabella. My son’s new backpack sits in his closet, loaded up with brand-new supplies, each one marked with his name. I learned my lesson with giving in to a character backpack last year, and upgraded to a JanSport that should last for more than one year of toting homework folders and lunch boxes. The old backpack sits among the pile of stuff we need to haul away, part of my ongoing project to reduce the amount of things we have in the house. Back-to-school time is the ideal time to do a bout of heavy cleaning and decluttering. For those of…
  • Blackberry Basil Crumble

    Megan
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The first time I visited a farmers market was in 2007. Our family had gone through big changes in the six months prior, having bought a house and then had our first child. I remember toting the baby in my Beco, squinting against the Texas December sun, and being disappointed that there was pretty much only greens on the farmers’ tables. Greens that, aside from lettuce, I was completely unfamiliar with. I think we went home with a head of broccoli and some eggs, but I vowed to return in a better month. I had been prompted on this trip by reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, in which…
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  • Boozy Bananas Foster Milkshakes for #BananaLoversDay + Blue Chair Bay Rum Giveaway!

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Happy Banana Lover's Day! No, really, it is. And I can think of no better way to celebrate this self-packaging, potassium-rich fruit (botanically considered a berry, but I'm not even going to go there today) than with rum. Why celebrate Banana Lover's Day with rum, you ask? Because it's not just any old rum, it's Blue Chair Bay's Banana Rum! It all makes sense now, wouldn't you say. When Blue Chair Bay asked if I'd like to try a bottle of their newest rum, I didn't hesitate. Mainly because I'd already been eyeing it, imagining the possibilities. If…
  • Secret Ingredient Sliders #WeekdaySupper

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I'm excited to joining The Beef Checkoff again today, this time to help showcase how easy it can be to enjoy beef on a busy weeknight! While you'll never hear me complain about a simple, delicious steak thrown on the grill or in a sizzling hot skillet, there are so many other speedy solutions. Case-in-point, these sliders. The majority of the time it takes to make them is in the oven; aside from that, it's only a matter of mixing up a few ingredients. Now, you may notice that they contain a secret ingredient - so please, go into this meal-making venture with an open mind. And…
  • Giant Evil Gummy Bears inspired by Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs {food 'n flix}

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    But they don't look evil! Looks can be deceiving, especially when you're in the middle of a giant food-storm that is threatening to wipe away the world as you know it! If you've seen Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, you know what I'm talking about. In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Flint Lockwood is an inventor living on the small island of Swallow Falls; an island that survives on its sardine industry. Since he knows that there has to be more to life than just sardines, he invents the FLDSMDFR (short for the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food…
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    My Man's Belly

  • The Best Damn Vanilla Ice Cream Ever

    Pamela
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    Vanilla ice cream isn't boring when it tastes fantastic. This vanilla ice cream recipe is rich and creamy and you'd never guess it's vegan too! Check out the site to get the recipe and relationship advice you know you want.
  • Baked Chicken Recipe: South of the Border Beer Can Chicken

    Pamela
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    This south of the border beer can chicken is an easy baked chicken recipe that doesn't need a grill. Mexican spices, beer, & chicken is all you need. Check out the site to get the recipe and relationship advice you know you want.
 
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    Give Recipe

  • Simple Oven Roasted Figs

    Zerrin
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Here is a surprisingly easy way to celebrate fresh fig season. Did I tell you how I feel excited when fig season finally comes? I love to experiment on new recipes based on figs as in Honeyed Figs with Cheese, which I shared with you the other day. This time, I want to keep things...  Read More » The post Simple Oven Roasted Figs appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tangy Tomato and Corn Salsa

    Zerrin
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    We are almost at the end of summer and I can’t believe how I haven’t shared this Tangy Tomato and Corn Salsa yet. This salsa is one of the best summer recipes and we make it a few times in a week. We love to have this salsa in two ways. We sometimes have it...  Read More » The post Tangy Tomato and Corn Salsa appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Honeyed Figs with Cheese

    Zerrin
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    These are the first figs I’ve bought this summer and I’m really excited to make this very easy dessert, Honeyed Figs with Cheese with them. Figs are one of my favorite fruit, maybe the most favorite and I start to count down for the fig season just as the summer begins. We can see figs...  Read More » The post Honeyed Figs with Cheese appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Creamy Caprese Pasta

    Zerrin
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Don’t you think the word ‘creamy’ is tempting on its own? It may not be the healthiest thing in the world, but I’m sure everyone agrees on that if something is creamy, there is no doubt it is super tasty. This Creamy Caprese Pasta is no exception. This is one of the best pasta dishes...  Read More » The post Creamy Caprese Pasta appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sticky Chicken Wings

    Zerrin
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    If you love eating chicken off the bone, licking your fingers ignoring table etiquette, you will LOVE these sweet-savory Sticky Chicken Wings. Some people find it disgusting and they prefer their chicken boneless, sorry but I’m not that kind. When it comes to meat of any kind, I don’t think fork and knife are required....  Read More » The post Sticky Chicken Wings appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Restless Chipotle

  • Baked Chicken in Cream with Hatch Chiles

    Marye Audet
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Baked chicken in a cream reduction sauce is a pretty classic, albeit boring, dish. I like classic but I do not like boring so I added guijillo and hatch chiles for flavor. The chicken is tender and slighly smoky and then the cream sauce is smooth, velvety, and just a touch spicy — just enough to … Continue reading » Source: Restless Chipotle
  • Old- Fashioned Molasses Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

    Marye Audet
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    This 100 percent molasses whole wheat bread recipe has all the flavor and nutrition of whole wheat but the texture is more like a classic white sandwich bread. If it is kneaded properly the crumb is light and velvety and you can cut the slices almost paper thin — not that you’d want to. This is … Continue reading » Source: Restless Chipotle
  • Make Back to School Lunches Special

    Marye Audet
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Office Depot, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Back to school time already? I hate back to school more than my kids do, I think. I homeschooled from 1989 to January 2012 and my oldest four … Continue reading » Source: Restless Chipotle
  • Bonefish Grill Menu Is New and Updated

    Marye Audet
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    The folks at Bonefish Grill invited me to try their updated menu and sent me a gift certificate to make it easy. It would have been even better if they’d sent a limo because the closest one is in Southlake, about 45 minutes away. Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, the bill was partially covered … Continue reading » Source: Restless Chipotle
  • Homemade Cornmeal and Buttermilk Waffles Recipe

    Marye Audet
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    Looking for a homemade buttermilk waffles recipe that stays crisp, freezes easily, and is delish? Cornmeal breakfast waffles with a little honey for sweetness are perfectly crispy and tender at the same time. The buttermilk does its magic while the cornmeal gives them that comforting country breakfast vibe and helps them stay as crisp under … Continue reading » Source: Restless Chipotle
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    The Dutchess Cooks

  • Creamy and spicy pasta with homemade pesto

    Dutchess
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    Summer is slowly coming to an end here.  And because I still had a lot of fresh basil, I decided to make pesto. And with some of this pesto I made this pasta dish: The ingredients: 4 tablespoons butter ¼ cup pesto homemade (see my recipe for homemade pesto) 1 teaspoon (or more, or less…as much as you can handle) dried red chile flakes ¼ cup vin santo ¼ cup heavy cream ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese 6 large basil leaves Pepper/salt ¼ cup pasta water Extra: tagliatelle, grated Parmesan cheese   Start with adding the pasta to salted boiling water, and procede according the package…
  • Beef salad with dukkah

    Dutchess
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:39 am
    Today’s recipe is another salad. But not just ‘a’ salad, I can say this one was one of the best ever! The beef was perfect, the tomatoes delicious, the avocado creamy, the blue cheese soft and spicy, the dukkah mixture sprinkled on top gave it the perfect finish, and the dressing was a killer. Ingredients for an awesome meal! This recipe I will definitely make over and over again, and also I will try to grill/smoke the meat on the bbq. I think that will make it even tastier (if that’s possible at all!). Oh and then there was wine too, a Cote du Rhone this time. The mentioned dukkah…
  • Whiskey Cream Sauce

    Dutchess
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:31 am
    Since today’s International Whiskey Day, it seems like a perfect timing for this Whiskey Cream recipe! The sauce is easy to make, and it is delicious with a juicy steak. Serve it with green beans and twice baked potatoes for example and you’ll have a winner for dinner! The “trick” to this sauce is to use the same pan for the meat as for the sauce. More flavor! Ingredients for 2: 2 steaks (I used beef tenderloins) Black pepper 3 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon butter (yes, that’s correct) 1 shallot, minced ¼ cup whiskey (I used Tullamore Dew) ½ cup beef stock A few drops of…
  • Pizza heaven with wild salmon

    Dutchess
    7 Mar 2014 | 2:06 am
    In this post called easy homemade pizza I already gave you the recipe for a delicious and easy way to make the best pizza at home. But wait, there’s more….the topping! Recently I found out that it can get better when it comes to that! Way better! But this topping is different from what you’re used to, but for one time, think outside the (pizza) box! The dough (makes 2 pizzas): 2 ¾ cup all purpose flour Pinch of salt 2 ¼ teaspoon instant yeast (that’s the amount of one small package) 1 cup lukewarm water The first thing to do is get a large bowl, add flour, yeast and salt and then…
  • Pasta with Salmon and Spinach

    Dutchess
    14 Feb 2014 | 1:43 am
    Another recipe for you today and because we have to eat more “good” fish, I decided I wanted salmon. You can’t eat meat every day… at least, that’s what “they” say.. Fast and easy as usual, and here’s what you need if you make it for 2 people: Fresh pasta, tagliatelle or pappardelle. Or buy fresh lasagna sheets and cut them yourself! 2 salmon fillets 1 tablespoon Cajun Seasoning, I used the one from Chef of the Future 1 large bag spinach leaves, washed and dried 10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half ½ cup dry white wine 1 garlic clove, mashed Dried chili flakes, depends on how…
 
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    BitterSweet

  • The Sun Also Rises

    Hannah Kaminsky
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    To anyone who still maintains that vegans are missing out on the greatest pleasure in life, commonly referred to as cheese, I challenge you to open you eyes- and mouth- to the latest wave of dairy-free innovations. Just take a gander at the luxurious spread above, and try telling me about the lack of options with a straight face. We’ve got the mainstream, meltable cheeses covered and now gourmet, artisan options seem to be the final frontier. Consider that great unknown territory officially conquered, claimed in the name of SunRAWise. An upstart based in Florida, these cashew-based…
  • All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes

    Hannah Kaminsky
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    When it comes to the divide between sweet and savory, the line that separates the two is becoming thinner and more difficult to distinguish with every passing year. Palates are opening up, eaters from all walks of life are growing more adventurous, and chefs are gleefully pursuing their wildest culinary dreams. Such reckless innovation inevitably comes at a price, paid in disappointing or sometimes downright repulsive new tastes (I’m looking at you, cappuccino potato chips) but it’s a gamble well worth taking. In a world with such a vast array of flavors, there must still be…
  • Home Grown Tomatoes

    Hannah Kaminsky
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    “A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.” Laurie Colwin, Home Cooking “It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” Lewis Grizzard “A cooked tomato is like a cooked oyster: ruined.” Andre Simon, The Concise Encyclopedia of Gastronomy “Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes What would life be like without homegrown tomatoes Only two things that money can’t buy That’s true love and home grown tomatoes.” John Denver, Home Grown Tomatoes (Photos taken at the first annual…
  • Summer’s Sweet Bounty

    Hannah Kaminsky
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Much has been said of California cuisine, and as it remains a nebulous and often contentious concept at best, I won’t even begin to add my two cents to that short-changed conversation. Rather, I can’t help but marvel at the availability and variety of raw ingredients that make it all happen. It’s easy to see how a chef could be inspired to try anything once, maybe twice, when the basic components are all so accessible, to say nothing of their inherent flavor or beauty. Each trip to one of the many farmers markets is guaranteed to yield a cornucopia of edible inspiration.
  • City of Sandwiches

    Hannah Kaminsky
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    World-renowned for its legendary sourdough, San Francisco is indisputably a city built upon bread. Even in times of carb ambivalence and widespread gluten awareness, it’s reassuring to see that this yeasted tradition is still alive and well, thriving in the hands of myriad skilled, dedicated bakers found across the bay area. With so many loaves both big and small being born every day in those perpetually burning ovens, it should come as no surprise that sandwiches get receive considerable attention here, no matter the cuisine nor restaurant ranking. Far be it from the only choice,…
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    Lunch It, Punch It

  • 21 Day Fix Portion Control Snack Bags

    Andi
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    When I go to Target I scan through the container section, which is in the same aisle as plastic bags. I try not to buy too many plastic bags, but sometimes they’re handy for portioning out freezer foods. Thanks to social media, I am aware of the 21 Day Fix diet from BeachBody. Until I actually looked at it, I didn’t realize it is very similar to what a couple of dietician have shared with me. The appealing thing is you eat protein, carbs, vegetables, fruit, healthy fats and oils. What you get with 21 Day Fix is using color-coded containers for each of those categories. If…
  • Chili’s® at Home: big, bold and tasty flavors

    Andi
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:53 pm
    This article is sponsored by Chili’s At Home There are weeks when whatever I’ve made for lunches just isn’t cutting it flavor-wise. I trip through the frozen food aisle always makes me eye light up looking for something that seems fancier than my usual lunches, but can be packed. Enter bold frozen meals at home, like Chili’s at Home Chicken Fiesta Rice Bowl. It’s like eating out, but in a packed lunch. Some of the entrees are single serve and since there is always a lunchtime rush on the microwaves, I like to prep my meal at home first and transfer it to a dish…
  • Cincinnati Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market Giveaway

    Andi
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market I’m so excited for the opening of Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market in Cincinnati, not only because it is conveniently located near my gym, they believe you shouldn’t have to give away the farm to feed your body nutritious food. Their mission is to improve the way communities eat by offering fresh and healthy food at amazing values. In anticipation of this opening, I’ve been getting their weekly flyers in my email. Wednesdays are the day that pays because the previous week and upcoming week ads overlap on…
  • Review: Solvetta Flat Box Lunch Box

    Andi
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    I’m always on the lookout for new lunch bags, lunch boxes, snack bags and containers that will make lunch packing easier or better for anyone. I recently found the Solvetta Flat Box Lunch Box. Have you see this? Solvetta Flat Box Lunch Box is the winner of the Innovation Award from the International Housewares Association and I can see why, it is a lunch bag that becomes a place mat! I immediately thought of a former coworker who bought a place mat to lunch. It is 100% machine washable, which I appreciate as someone who does clean her lunch bags, but basing on what I see in the work…
  • Reading List: Back to School Packed Lunches

    Andi
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Since school seems to start anywhere from early August to mid-September, I thought it was time to compile some back to school reading for packing lunches. Some people love websites where they can bookmark and pin ideas, while others want a book they can keep in the kitchen. In the last few years, several books have been written geared toward packing kid lunches, whether it’s paleo or just a balanced meal. Start this back to school season with a few books to make successful packed lunches! Amazon.com Widgets I can’t promise all libraries have these books, but I make an effort to…
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  • Kale & Avocado Salad from Mason Jar Salads by Julia Mirabella - Plus a Giveaway!

    Mary Helen
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Last week the folks over at Ulysses Press hooked me up with a copy of Mason Jar Salads and More: 50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go. At first glance, I thought the concept was a little silly. I mean, do we really need to put EVERYTHING in mason jars? But when I read the introduction it made me stop for a moment and consider Juliana's reasoning.  It actually makes perfect sense to pack salads ahead of time in glass jars. First off, salads in jars are visually appealing - which really helps boost morale when you are looking at a whole week of salads for lunch. (We all know that…
  • Join Me For the Fit Foodie 5k!

    Mary Helen
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    I've been invited to participate in the Fit Foodie 5k Race Weekend this September here in Austin. Of course, for me it will be a bit more like the Slightly Chubby Foodie 5k Walk. While I did my best to keep fit during my pregnancy with loads of walking and swimming, it's been well over a year since the last time I attempted to jog. But even as a imperfectly fit foodie, this race is pretty appealing. First of all, it's short! I can walk the whole thing, and if the temperature is right, I'll push a stroller to legitimize my slothful pace. There's also a cocktail party the…
  • More More More: Dairy vs. Gluten, New Recipe Books, and a Vegan Ice Cream Showdown

    Mary Helen
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    During the past few weeks of being on a gluten and dairy free diet I've been asked several times which is harder to give up. Considering that I can't eat a proper pizza either way, I have a hard time answering with any enthusiasm. When pressed, I'll admit that I do have a preference. If dairy and gluten were both dangling over a cliff and I could only save one... The thing is I'm not really that big of a cheese eater. Apart from pizza and ice cream, I could definitely live without dairy. It would be really nice to eat a sandwich though, or some spaghetti, or a plate full of…
 
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  • Simple and in Season Summer Round Up (June Entries)

    Ren Behan
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Hello! Yes, this post comes with the biggest apology. My summertime blogging-with-a-newborn-and-two-children-on-school-holidays plan ground completely to a halt. I had totally forgotten how all-consuming new motherhood is – even the third time round. Luckily, the lovely Sally at My Custard Pie stepped in to help me out, hosting Simple and in Season July with 50...  Read More » The post Simple and in Season Summer Round Up (June Entries) appeared first on Ren Behan | renbehan.com.
  • Breville Blend-Active – Review & Giveaway

    Ren Behan
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    Our kitchen at home has seen a variety of full-sized blenders over the years, and as the number of blender attachments and features increases, so does the counter space required. I was keen to buy a smaller blender, ideally one that would be perfect for the children’s increased consumption of blended fruit smoothies over the...  Read More » The post Breville Blend-Active – Review & Giveaway appeared first on Ren Behan | renbehan.com.
  • Healthy Packed Lunch Ideas

    Ren Behan
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    I recently reviewed a Robbie the Robot lunch box, made by the British company Pink Lining, who also offer other beautifully designed children’s lunch boxes, satchels, bags and holdall bags, as well as baby changing bags and accessories. With the summer holidays approaching, there will be plenty of trips to the park and opportunities for...  Read More » The post Healthy Packed Lunch Ideas appeared first on Ren Behan | renbehan.com.
  • Review: Pink Lining Children’s Lunch Box

    Ren Behan
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    So, in my dream life, whilst on maternity leave, I’d be running a gorgeous and useful website, offering pretty baby changing bags with matching bottle holders, children’s satchels and lunch boxes and handy holdall bags for chic weekends away. As I said, in my dream life…instead, I’m lusting over such websites, whilst trying to keep up...  Read More » The post Review: Pink Lining Children’s Lunch Box appeared first on Ren Behan | renbehan.com.
  • News & Simple and in Season July at My Custard Pie

    Ren Behan
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Hello – I’m dipping my toe back into blogging after an almost month-long break, which has felt very strange. We welcomed a beautiful new baby boy into the world (the day after posting my last post!) Following a safe delivery and currently being blessed with glorious sunshine – we couldn’t be happier. I’m remembering (rapidly)...  Read More » The post News & Simple and in Season July at My Custard Pie appeared first on Ren Behan | renbehan.com.
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  • Thank You for Subscribing to our Newsletter and Xtrema Ceramic Cookware by Ceramcor Giveaway!

    Erin Lodeesen
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Erin Lodeesen ***Make sure that you check your email and CONFIRM your subscription with us, so that you can receive and read the newsletter to claim your prize!*** Please also add us to your contacts so that the newsletter with recipes, fitness tips, and giveaways doesn’t go to your spam mailbox! But, you still have three more...  Read More » The post Thank You for Subscribing to our Newsletter and Xtrema Ceramic Cookware by Ceramcor Giveaway! appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Flax Seed Nutrition: Is Cold-Milling Necessary? And Other Flax Facts

    Erin Lodeesen
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    Erin Lodeesen Flax Seed Nutrition Erin, My husband and I have been following the “Clean Cuisine way” shortly after my diagnosis of MS two years ago; with him being a type 1 diabetic and with my MS, we have been so cognizant of our diets thanks to Ivy:) This question is random. It’s actually been a topic...  Read More » The post Flax Seed Nutrition: Is Cold-Milling Necessary? And Other Flax Facts appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Xtrema Cookware Giveaway!

    Erin Lodeesen
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Erin Lodeesen Xtrema Cookware by Ceramcor: An Esssential Clean Cuisine Appliance Good news! Clean Cuisine and Ceramcor are offering one lucky person the chance to win a “Clean Cuisine Kitchen Essential” 14-piece set of Xtrema Colors Ceramic Cookware by Ceramcor in our exciting giveaway contest. Our friends at Ceramcor are giving you the option to choose between a...  Read More » The post Xtrema Cookware Giveaway! appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • 30 Eat Clean Dinners Cookbook

    Ivy Larson
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Ivy Larson Who doesn’t want to sit down to a great dinner at the end of a long day? But anyone who cooks can tell you that a lot more than just the cooking  goes into a great dinner…. Making a delicious dinner night after night takes planning, creativity, organization and shopping too. If healthy, clean eating is important to...  Read More » The post 30 Eat Clean Dinners Cookbook appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Ice Bucket Challenge Clean Cuisine Chug

    Ivy Larson
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Ivy Larson I was challenged by my dear friend Susan Malt Josephson to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Thank you Susan. I accept the Challenge. The awareness the Ice Bucket Challenge has brought to ALS is spectacular. The participation in this challenge is extraordinary, and we at Clean Cuisine support it wholeheartedly. We hope that you donate...  Read More » The post Ice Bucket Challenge Clean Cuisine Chug appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
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  • The Scooby Snack Cocktail versus The Piña Colada

    James Kiester
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    -My friend, and right hand, Dani was at a bar recently, when she heard someone order a "Scooby Snack."  Certain the patron wasn't ordering a dog treat, she asked the bartender what was in the Subject: Piña Colada with key ingredients | Date: 09/18/2012 | Photographer: Achim Schleuning | This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany license. cartoon inspired cocktail.  The drink apparently consists of Melon Liqueur, Coconut Rum, Pineapple Juice, and Half & Half.When she told me about the drink I thought it sounded vaguely like, the cruise ship drink,…
  • Red Lobster Will Be Going Up Scale

    James Kiester
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:03 pm
    -The popular seafood chain, Red Lobster, has recently been purchased by Golden Gate Capital, which plans to "elevate" the chain into a series of upscale restaurants.  CEO Kim Lopdrup told the press, the overhaul will begin with the rectangular plates their food has traditionally been served upon.  "Entrees used to come with portions spread out in separate corners in a sort of balkanized TV-dinner effect," said Lopdrup.  The new presentation style will be designed to mimic fine-dining, with fish fillets stacked vertically atop the pilaf, with a charred lemon on the…
  • Butlers Blacksticks Blue Cheese - Micro Blog

    James Kiester
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    - Subject: Butlers Blacksticks Blue | Source: Picture kindly provided by courtesy of the Butlers Specialty Cheeses.Having a sister-in-law who sells wholesale gourmet goodies to Portland's finer restaurants allows me to sample the occasional treat.  Most recently, she brought a wedge of Butlers Blacksticks Blue to a weekend get together, and I fell in love.Located in the pasture lands of Lancashire, England, Butlers Farmhouse makes this soft, blue-veined cheese from the pasteurized milk of the family's own cows.  The cheese is matured for eight weeks, allowing it to develop a bright…
  • I Am Simply Done With Some Foods

    James Kiester
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:53 pm
    -I'm known as an avid eater.  I'm all for trying new things and eating outside of the box.  I have no trouble eating pickled pig's feet, goose liver pate, calamari, fried alligator, sprats, smoked oysters, or anchovies.  Yet, some foods, which seem to have become popular, simply leave me flat. Subject: A Krispy Kreme Burger | Date: 09/25/2008 | Photographer: Jellorama| This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. Popularized by Paula Deen, the Luther Burger, named for singer-songwriter and record producer Luther Vandross, is a hamburger or…
  • Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

    James Kiester
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    -Subject: Ice Cream | Date: 06/15/2013 | Photographer: palnatoka|This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. Recently, a friend of mine, Shane, noticed that the "ice cream" in his freezer was labeled as a "frozen dairy dessert" instead of ice cream. Confused, he sent an email to the manufacturer asking for an explanation. The answer actually lies with the legal definition of "ice cream." According to 7 CFR 58.2825 - United States Standard for ice cream, "Ice cream shall contain at least 1.6 pounds of total solids to the gallon, weigh not less than 4.5…
 
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    Our Tasty Travels

  • Cantillon Zwanze Day 2014 – September 20, 2014

    Brett Domue +
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    If you are a beer lover visiting Brussels, the a visit to the Cantillon is likely at the top of your to-do list.  As the last operating lambic brewery in Brussels, this is not just a visit to a brewery, but a piece of history as well. Lambic Masters – Jean van Roy of Cantillon and Armand Debelder of 3 Fonteinen I visited the Cantillon brewery in Brussels a number of times throughout 2013, including a visit in September for their Zwanze Day event both at the brewery and at the Moeder Lambic pub in Brussels. One of the best benefits of visiting the brewery in person is that you can often…
  • Shark Related Kitchen, Wine and Bar Products To Get You Ready For Shark Week

    Erin De Santiago
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Hard to believe it’s already time for another Shark Week on Discovery Channel! Not familiar with Shark Week? Shark Week first premiered in 1988, and was originally developed to raise awareness and educate people about sharks. Over the years, the programming has continued to expand in both quantity and style. Today, Discovery Channel even has a nighttime talk show called Shark After Dark LIVE, hosted by comedian Josh Wolf. Shark Week is now broadcast in over 70 countries and typically takes place in July or August. It’s the longest running cable television programming event. If…
  • Belizean Brown Sugar Mini-Donuts Recipe

    Erin De Santiago
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:05 am
    Not sure what came over me, but I woke up early Saturday morning with loads of energy, inspired, and ready to bake. I haven’t had a working oven down here in Belize in well over a year, but I recently moved into a new condo that has a beautiful American style stove and oven. Figured it was time to try it out, and I baked a lot in Taiwan with horrid humidity, how bad could it possibly be here, right? Wrong!  Belizean Brown Sugar and Cocoa Donuts   I attempted two recipes, and while my mini-donuts were quite good, I had an epic fail with my cookie butter cardamom cookies. What was…
  • Dining in Belize: Casa Picasso Offers Caye Coffee Experience

    Erin De Santiago
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Spending most of my time in Belize doesn’t afford me as many opportunities to attend the fancy wine pairing dinners I was so fond of in Taiwan; however, every once in a while something interesting pops up that I just can’t resist. Casa Picasso in San Pedro, Belize, has become one of my favorite restaurants for a nice night out. Each week, the creative culinary minds come up with a new theme for “Tasting Thursday,” a multi-course Chef’s Tasting Menu dinner, usually available with a paired wine flight. This month they came up with a tasting menu that instantly…
  • Irish Craft Beer – Ireland’s Emerging Craft Beer Industry

    Brett Domue +
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    So what countries do you think of when you think of good beer scenes? The US? Sure. Belgium? Germany? Of course. Ireland?  No way! What does Ireland have? Guinness and a few Guinness clones?  Actually, Irish craft beer has been growing quite rapidly over the past few years. This past weekend, I attended the 2014 European Beer Bloggers Conference in Dublin, Ireland, and experienced a full immersion in this up and coming craft beer scene. From Thursday, June 26 through Sunday, June 29, I left caution to the wind, and threw my taste buds upon the mercy of Zephyr Adventures, the organizers of…
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  • Cuba Libre

    Marija
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:18 am
    All inclusive, a hammock and a palm. Muscle bound Caribbean guy bringing a cocktail with a smile. There is a slice of lime and an umbrella hanging from the rim of my glass… Story of one of the world’s most… Continue Reading →
  • Raspberry Palmiers

    Marija
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Ah, palmier! Probably the world’s easiest dessert, considering the concept and the preparation. The only thing that is easier than making this is going to the store and buying something already made. But please don’t. No mater how simple they… Continue Reading →
  • Cold Smoked Trout Pizza Tart

    Marija
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:17 am
    When it comes to smoked fish, the most will agree that salmon is the king. A little less known fact is that there is an equally tasty, but a bit cheaper alternative – the trout. Hot smoked trout will make… Continue Reading →
  • Strawberry Salad with Hazelnuts and Lemon Balm

    Marija
    3 Jun 2014 | 2:58 pm
    This year the strawberries that we grow in our countryhouse garden are huge. Beautifully shaped, red in the middle and sweet. I almost felt it would be to bad to use them for jam or baking. So they went into… Continue Reading →
  • Dulce de Leche Brownies

    Marija
    15 May 2014 | 12:51 pm
    To be honest, I am not a great fan of desserts. This might come as a surprise to the readers of this blog as there are so many sweet recipes here, but the thing is, I enjoy making them, but… Continue Reading →
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  • We Ate It This Week – Menu Planning

    Katy
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    We skipped a week last week, sadly not because we were living it up in the last days of summer vacation, but because we all got the stomach flu, one after another. Our poor boy barfed on his birthday, not exactly the best way to celebrate turning NINE! We made up for it this week, he chose to cook his own birthday dinner this year. With our stomachs still on the mend, we weren’t quite up to photographing things, but here’s a list with ideas for the week. Monday: Frittata with leftover broccoli Tuesday: Sliders, zucchini “pasta” with pesto, oven-roasted potatoes and…
  • Plum Chicken with Pistachios

    Valerian
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Today it was my turn to make dinner. Originally I planned to make Jamie Oliver’s incredible “tray bake”, but I had some ripe plums peeking at me so I decided to try something different. A friend of mine makes this amazing Moroccan chicken, and that inspired me to use these plums as a base for this recipe. It turned out pretty well, even the kids liked it. Feel free to play with the recipe and let us know what you think and how you improved it. Plum Chicken with Pistachio 2014-06-25 21:59:41 Serves 4 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 30 min Cook Time 1 hr 20 min Prep…
  • We Ate It This Week – Menu planning

    Katy
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Most days I get home around 5:30 in the afternoon, which gives me about an hour to get dinner on the table. Of course Valerian does a lot of the cooking, and he works at home so he can get things started earlier. Even so, we have a pretty good rotation of dinners that come together really fast, and part of my planning process for the week is to look at our schedules to balance when we have one of those super-fast dinners when I might need to make a stop on the way home, or getting a round of tag-team cooking underway so that Valerian can get something in the oven earlier and I make the rest…
  • Tangy ice cream with a chocolate wafer ripple

    Katy
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    When I was a kid approximately one million years ago, my parents gave me Donvier ice cream maker. When we moved back to California four years ago, my mom revealed that she had been hanging on to it all this time, and gave it back to us; I promptly put it in the bottom of the freezer and forgot about it. You’ve probably seen this type of ice cream maker, which has a bowl that you freeze for 24 hours and then use to chill and churn your mixture. I remember being super disappointed as a kid, because despite cranking the handle furiously, I didn’t immediately get perfect scoopable ice…
  • We Ate It This Week – Menu Planning Update

    Katy
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Some weekends I take on big cooking projects, to try out recipes that are more time or labor intensive. This… was not one of those weeks. It’s summer after all, and we ate giant lunches both Saturday and Sunday, so dinner was more of a formality. Lots of salady things to suit the hot weather, too. Monday: Lighter Chinese chicken salad. This has a great ginger-and-sesame dressing, although it does sink to the bottom of the salad bowl (so I always go for a second serving, to get at the bits that are extra-well-dressed). We didn’t put chicken in the salad, but instead the kids…
 
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    WindsorEats.com FoodBlog

  • RECIPE: Panzanella

    windsoreats
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    A traditional Tuscan dish: the panzanella Years ago, while in Sicily, my mother’s family invited us over for lunch. While there were many dishes on that table that caught my eye, it was the panzanella that intrigued me the most. Teresa, my mom’s cousin, cut up a loaf of stale bread, soaked it in water and added it to a salad of tomatoes and onions. So simple, yet it ended up being one of the best salads I’ve ever had. Vine ripened tomatoes that had soaked in the Sicilian sun, fresh basil that she tore up with her hands, sweet onions and rich Sicilian olive oil. It was a classic,…
  • Friday Night Lights Free Bike Ride

    windsoreats
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    Our free Friday Night Lights rides are scheduled for the last Friday of each month from April to October with riders meeting up at 8:30pm. Each starting location is determined and promoted prior to each ride on WindsorEats. We will take guests out on the town to explore the night life in Windsor. The catch: since it’s a night ride you’ll need lights on your bike. The more lights the better! All you’ll need is a simple bike light to make yourself seen at night. If you don’t have any lights for your bike, we’ll also have bikes available for rent with special lighting to light up the…
  • WindsorEats Presents the Truckin’ Good Food Rally

    windsoreats
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:07 pm
    We at WindsorEats think food trucks are a pretty awesome thing, so we’re hosting an event dedicated to them! From September 26-27, visit us at Assumption Park in the Odette Sculpture Garden for some good, mothertruckin’ eats! There will be plenty else to do before, during or after you’ve eaten your food. You can stroll through the sculpture garden and taken in the w.a.v.e.s. Festival taking place (the food truck rally is our contribution to this festival), sit and relax while enjoying the beautiful skyline along the riverfront, or you can even join us for our free Friday…
  • RECIPE: Greek Steak Tacos

    windsoreats
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Greek Steak Tacos from The Leaf Grill You may have tried them during the 2014 Eat Your City Restaurant Week, but, now you can make them at home. Mona Kobrosli of The Leaf Grill joined our very own Pina Ciotoli on CTV Windsor with Arms Bumanlag showing us all how to make Greek Steak Tacos, a dish created specifically for the restaurant week. Ingredients: 6 x 6” soft tortilla shells 1⁄2 red onions sliced thin 1 small tomato diced small 1 small can of sliced black olives 6 oz feta cheese grated 1⁄2 head of leaf lettuce sliced thin 6-10 oz sliced steak cooked medium (sirloin) Replace beef…
  • Cooking Classes at Mauro’s Becoming A Popular Monday Outing

    windsoreats
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Chef Joshua Deneau prepares a dish during a cooking class at Mauro’s on Erie In July, Mauro’s on Erie introduced cooking classes, starting with a Canada themed dinner. They’ve been an immediate success. “I’ve always had cooking classes in every restaurant I’ve owned,” says owner Mauro Pippo. “It’s just a night out for everybody. I’m just trying to provide something special to Windsor.” Last night, Chef Joshua Deneau guided guests through French cuisine with a 4-course meal paired with wine. Nicoise Salad was the first course…
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    Eat in OC

  • Take a Tour of the Chili Peppers Used Around the World

    OC Restaurants
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    Despite all the drawbacks of living in an increasingly globalized community, at least when it comes to food, globalization has brought with it only opportunity. Now, regardless of whether... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Looking for a Great Dining Experience? An American Diner May Be Just the Thing

    OC Restaurants
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    In America alone, there are more than 400,000 different restaurants in business. And among them, diners seem to hold a special place both culturally and practically. Part of the reason for this is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Guide for Getting Great Custom Birthday Cakes

    OC Restaurants
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Want cake more quickly and easily than ever before? Thanks to a new invention by Harvard juniors Brook Nowakowski and John McCallum, you can have it. Their product, called Spray Cake, is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 6 Famous Salsa Dips

    OC Restaurants
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Okay, so you’re throwing a get together with friends an hour after you get home from work tonight. You will only have enough time to rush to the nearest grocery store for about five minutes... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • London Food And Drink

    OC Restaurants
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Good meals and good beverages come from good restaurants. Not all restaurants are the same, in that they all offer distinctive qualities, styles, blends, and cultures of nourishment. London is the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    New Products from Main Store

  • Magic Flight Launch Box

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Take Flight! MFLB Features -5 Second Heat Up -Fits in the Palm of Your Hand -Exceptionally Efficient -Trough Holds Enough for Two -Unique Hardwoods -Rechargeable AA NiMH Batteries available everywhere -Accessories Available.   -Handcrafted by Skilled Artisans in California The Magic Flight is one shocking little vape.  At first glance, it may not look like much - but after one use you will quickly realize what a powerful punch it packs. The Magic Flight uses a unique resistance heater that glows with heat instants after being activated. The MFLB is one of the fastest vapes around,…
  • Micro Vaped Glass Globe Attachment

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Our glass globe brings you the biggest most flavorful vapor available for your Vaped vaporizer. Includes 4 nails with ceramic heads and one Vaped exclusive glass globe. Compatible with both LUXURY and MICRO Vaped models. * Battery not included Includes 3 nails with ceramic heads 1 Glass Globe Regular Price: $69.99 Special Price: $49.99
  • Vapir NO2 Screen Pack - 20 pcs.

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    20 pack of replacement screens for the NO2 Vaporizer are not compatible with any other Vapir vaporizers. The NO2 Portable Vaporizer is the newest version of portable Vapir vaporizers with a rechargeable battery pack. The screens fit into the top filling chamber and will help keep your unit clean during normal usage. $14.99
 
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    Brown Eyed Baker

  • My 62 Pieces of Essential Kitchen Equipment: How to Stock Your Baking Cabinets

    Michelle
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to the second part of my little mini-series on kitchen equipment and ingredients! One of the things that many of you mentioned in the BEB reader feedback survey is that you’d like to see some information about my favorite ingredients, kitchen tools and equipment. While I have some specific recommendations on my Tools of the Trade page, I haven’t done an in-depth look at everything I use on an (almost) daily basis and some of the things are out-of-date. I loved the idea and started with my essential ingredients last week; today I’m tackling all of the equipment and tools…
  • Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

    Michelle
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I have woefully neglected my bread-making over the last couple of years. Even though I’ve always to be that person that baked fresh bread every single week, it just didn’t happen. We’ve been keeping a steady stream of grocery store bakery bread in the house, and a couple of weeks ago I decided to revisit my attempt to keep our kitchen stocked with homemade bread. Around the same time, one of my best friends texted me and asked if I had a good whole wheat bread recipe that she could use for making her daughter’s sandwiches for school lunches. She had made the…
  • Oatmeal-Dark Chocolate Chip & Coconut Cookies

    Michelle
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    For as long as I can remember, coconut never really did much for me when it came to dessert. Sure, coconut included in something like carrot cake was great, but just coconut… as a primary flavor? Meh. Then, last summer, something happened. I made toasted coconut and dark chocolate chunk ice cream, and it was like the heavens opened and angels sang. I fell in love with the flavor combination and, more importantly, coconut itself. My infatuation was heightened this past spring when I made coconut cupcakes for Easter; I could have eaten that frosting with a spoon! Last week, I found myself…
  • The Weekend Dish: 8/23/2014

    Michelle
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    It’s the weekend! Do you have anything fun planned? I am looking forward to tackling some new kitchen projects and otherwise enjoying a relaxing couple of days. I am totally stunned that next weekend is already Labor Day weekend. Where did the summer go?! It feels like just yesterday that it was the first week of May and we were splashing around in the ocean. Time sure did fly the last few months! I hope you enjoy this last full week of summer! As always, you’ll find a recap of what was posted to the site this week as well as some bookmarked recipes from other blogs. Enjoy! On…
  • Friday Things

    Michelle
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    1. This little guy came back from the kennel last week under the weather. He was coughing and sneezing, and it started to get worse, so I finally took him to the vet on Tuesday. He even had a fever when she took his temperature! He was diagnosed with what is essentially a bronchial infection, and put on 14 days of antibiotics. Poor little guy! By last night, he seemed to be totally on the mend and back to his fairly annoying puppy self Ironically enough, my husband also got sick the day after we got home with a nasty chest cold/bronchitis thing. So, Einy and I have been holding down the fort…
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    Honest Cooking

  • Buttermilk Peach Pancakes with Cornmeal

    Kimberly Killebrew
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Sweet fresh peaches, refreshingly tangy buttermilk and quality cornmeal combine to make one seriously delicious pancake. Plenty of fruity fresh peach puree and cornmeal make up these light a fluffy delights. By Kimberly Killebrew Sweet fresh peaches, refreshingly tangy buttermilk and quality cornmeal combine to make one seriously delicious pancake! Now does that sound like a match made in heaven or what? Just enough fresh peach puree to add a delicious fruity undertone of flavor while keeping the pancakes nice and fluffy. Most recipes for cornmeal pancakes use mostly flour with a token amount…
  • Peaches Two Ways — Pickled and Smoked Jam

    Annelise McAuliffe
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Peaches are delicious savory and pickled and sweetly smoked and jarred as jam. Watch the video and then try both. Peaches Two Ways from Underground Food Collective on Vimeo. Sign up for the Honest Cooking Newsletter
  • Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

    Lizzy Swartz
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    A bowl of triple chocolate ice cream a day keeps the doctor away. So does an ice cream cake. Use a spring form pan for a simple summer dessert. By Lizzy Swartz A bowl of ice cream a day keeps the doctor away. This is a super easy ice cream cake that anyone with a spring form pan can make. If given a choice, I always opt for chocolate on chocolate on chocolate, which is exactly what I’ve done here. Here’s how I made it. Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Cake   Print A bowl of triple chocolate ice cream a day keeps the doctor away. So does an ice cream cake. Use a spring form pan for…
  • Balsamic Glazed Portobello Mushroom Tacos

    Dianna Muscari
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Untraditional comfort food, but comforting all the same. These tacos are quick and easy to make and there’s the one-two punch of flavor from syrupy balsamic glaze and fiery adobo sauce doesn’t hurt things, either. By Dianna Muscari Comfort food can come in so many forms — rich, satisfying stews; sweet, decadent desserts; classics that take all day to make. And then there’s these: Spicy portobello tacos. You know why these are comforting? Because they’re so quick and easy to make. And because they’re filling without being bad for you. {Hello, meatless…
  • Risotto al Tarassaco – Risotto with Dandelion Greens

    Kathy Bechtel
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here is a recipe for a simple Risotto al Tarassaco, flavored with some fresh spring onions. Add yellow dandelion flowers and bitter greens to round out the creamy dish. By Kathy Bechtel With the arrival of spring, and disappearance of snow, mountain meadows in the Altopiano d’Asiago to Trentino abound with many varieties of herbs and wildflowers. The dandelion, Taraxacum, or tarassaco in Italian, is a flowering plant in the Asteraceae family. The entire plant is edible, from the yellow flower that is used to flavor frittatas and risottos, to the taproot which can be roasted and ground into…
 
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    CookingShorts

  • Leesburg’s Melt Reviewed

    CookingShorts
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. Burgers, burgers, burgers. They’re everywhere. These days you find some rendition of a gourmet burger joint in every town. We’ve been to our fair share of these burger bars and each one has its own unique take on the American classic sandwich. Some are definitely better than others, so let’s talk about one we truly enjoyed. Leesburg, Virginia’s Melt offers an assortment of gourmet burgers including options to create your own perfect burger. Whether you choose their regular sour…
  • It’s a boy!

    CookingShorts
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Hello everyone; sorry it’s been awhile. As you may recall in our big accouncement post, we’re expecting our first child! We recently found out that we’re having a boy and felt like sharing: We’re totally stoked about everything and we’re looking forward to the next chapter of our lives being filled with baseball, trucks and all things little boy! Jason is a huge baseball fan and we’re Washington Nationals season ticket holders. As soon as we found out the gender of our baby, he was grabbing the baseball gear and heading to the park for pictures –…
  • Homemade Strawberry Pie

    CookingShorts
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. Holiday’s aren’t complete without pie, but how many of you crave the flakey crust and sweet filling throughout the year? Us too! I mean, let’s face it, there is nothing better in life than a perfect pie. How about a pie that is full of summer time flavors? Oh, hello there, we saw you drool a little, and yes, we’re talking about fruity, sweet, homemade strawberry pie. Our friend Phillip shares Tinsley’s love for the kitchen and after his recent trip to the strawberry fields, he bragged about…
  • Summer Market Salad with Honey Coriander Chicken

    CookingShorts
    29 Jun 2014 | 7:35 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. Tinsley recently was selected to attend a tasting event at Chick-Fil-A. She was part of an exclusive panel to help select their new summer salads (and was even interviewed to be in a commercial). One Tinsley’s favorite salads from the tasting was their Market Fresh Salad – filled with the flavors of summer. That inspired us to make a salad filled with our favorite farmer’s market flavors. We include fresh strawberries, blueberries, peas and corn, and then topped it with juicy, organic chicken. If…
  • Strawberry Tartlets

    CookingShorts
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:22 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. We love these cute little tartlets and they literally take no effort to make. These are the perfect bite-sized snack and our easy peasy recipe will have you popping these adorable tarts in your mouth quicker than it takes to bake cookies. Ingredients: 1 box refrigerated pie dough, 2 rounds 1/2 cup of fresh strawberry jam whipped cream Directions: Preheat oven to 325. Roll out each pie dough round onto a clean dry surface. Using a 2 1/4-inch biscuit cutter cut 12 rounds from each dough. Gently press the…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Nervy Arsenal win $30M game

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Football clubs spend big money on big players to deliver on the biggest stage.
  • Cop kills 'Cops' TV show tech

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    A crew member working on a taping of "Cops" was inadvertently shot and killed by a police officer during a robbery in Omaha, Nebraska, local officials said Wednesday.
  • Does Britain have a jihadi problem?

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    A number of British extremists believe ISIS' Islamic caliphate will spread across the world -- and one masked man tells CNN he would be honored to kill for ISIS.
  • When Americans leave for jihad

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    With about 100 Americans, and many more Europeans, lured to fight for Islamist groups the key will be tracking them in case they return with plans to carry out atrocities at home.
  • Ebola: 'Even worse than feared'

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    It's the largest ever outbreak of Ebola with the highest number of victims in multiple countries and the director of the world-famous CDC, which helps battle epidemics, says: "It's even worse than I feared."
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    Between the Pages

  • Baby Groot Steals the Show For This 25th Birthday

    Between the Pages
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Baby Groot steals the show for this 25th birthday. Rainbow Bakehouse, located in the United Kingdom, made this amazing Guardians of the Galaxy cake.  The flower pot has a base of peanut butter and chocolate fudge cake covered in white fondant. The dirt on top is composed of chocolate cake crumbs.  Light brown modeling clay was used to make Baby Groot. Groot has green leaves sprouting from his arms and on the top of his head. His arms look like twisted vines with two points on the ends that look like fingers. He has round black eyes and a big smile on his face. Close-up of Groot
  • Merida With Bow In Hand

    Between the Pages
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Kids Party Cake Design was the creator of this wonderful Merida (from Disney’s Brave movie) presented as a 3D cake. She is dressed in a blue dress with gold trim on the bottom and gold trim around the neck. This edible dress has folds just like its fabric counterpart. She is wearing a belt with a golden buckle. You can see the individual strands of her red hair. She is holding her bow up next to her. This cake could double as a doll. Close-up of Merida’s face Side view of Merida 
  • These Star Wars Cookies Are Awesome

    Between the Pages
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Compassionate Cake made these awesome Star Wars Cookies.   An X-Wing fighter is set against a starry outer space background as a cookie. The Princess Leia cookie shows her in her traditional white robe and her hair bun. Yoda is wearing a tan Jedi robe. Padme’ Amidala is wearing her ceremonial gold and red headdress. Jango Fett with his blue and silver armor is featured on a cookie with a blue background and silver trim. Darth Maul’s face is set in a grey background with red trim. An Ewok is set on a cookie with a green background and brown trim. Yoda and Darth Vader are holding their…
  • EXTERMINATE! This Dalek Cake

    Between the Pages
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    By eating this Dalek cake, one can EXTERMINATE! this particular long time enemy of The Doctor. Happy Occasion Cakes, in the United Kingdom, created this marvelous Doctor Who cake. This edible golden Dalek has luminosity dischargers and eyestalk at the top that actually light up. The midsection has its manipulator arm and gunstick that is ready to EXTERMINATE! all party go-ers the Dalek comes in contact with. The base is made of golden plates with globes attached. This Dalek has a black rim around the bottom of its base. There are also lights around the black rim at the bottom in the lit up…
 
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    Real Home Living

  • Europe!

    Laura
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:07 pm
    When we got back from our trip up north, it dawned on us that we only had a month left to plan out our trip to Europe in September. That's right, we're going to England and Ireland in just a few weeks! We had been wanting to do a trip to Europe this year, and the fact that my friend moved to a town right outside London just sealed the deal. I cannot wait to see London and walk some cobblestone streets in the Cotswolds. I'm also dying to explore the gorgeous green Irish countryside that I've heard about so much about! We have our flights and hotels booked, but all of our activities are…
  • Summer vacation: 1000 Islands

    Laura
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Oh Mudlunta, how I love you.A couple weeks ago we took a long road trip up to the family cottage in the 1000 Islands. It was an incredible week! We had a bit of rain, but that didn't stop us from enjoying our vacation. The best part of the 1000 islands is just being there. Soaking in the peaceful quiet of the river, spending time with family, reading until your heart's content, taking a ride in the kayak whenever you want to (even in when it's raining!), sailing in the open water. There's so much to do all the time, but somehow it's a slow pace too. I don't think I realized how much I…
  • To the Island we go

    Laura
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Tomorrow (!!) we are headed up north to Canada to stay in Michael's family cabin in the Thousand Islands.I cannot tell you how excited I am to be up there for a whole week - boating around the St. Lawrence River, enjoying the crisp clear weather, and just simply taking a break from life for a bit. It's been at least 2 years since I've had a full week's vacation from work, and to say I've needed it recently is an understatement.It's kind of hard to describe how amazing it is up there, but it really is some kind of dreamland. The cabin is super old and rickety (occasionally we see bugs and…
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    Cuisine Diva

  • What To Look For In Good Measuring Cups

    Lynn Smythe
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:38 am
    Today's guest post is written by Victoria Stotts. Good measuring cups have three things in common. They allow for accurate dry or liquid measurements, are made of durable, long-lasting, high-quality materials and include markings for various units of measure like ounces, milliliters and cups. Trendy, angled designs, colorful, stackable and enjoyable measuring cups of all sorts should always include these important features so that they effectively measure up. A recipe can only be as good as the culinary tools used to prepare it. Utilizing good measuring cups allows cooks to…
  • Why the Label on Wine is So Important

    Lynn Smythe
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    Above: wine labels for Dunlor Wine Although the popular adage ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ seems to apply to most things, the same cannot be said about wines. Wines are not just described by their notes, but also by their label. In fact, bottle labels on a wine are what catch customers’ attention. An article of Practical Winery and Vineyard Journal explains the message that the label on the wine sends across to people. Fine Dining Lovers’ Domaine Dorléan has also investigated how the wine label impacts people’s decisions when they decide to buy a bottle.The label matters…
  • Cuisine Diva Likes KitchenMade Measuring Cups

    Lynn Smythe
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    KitchenMade™  was kind enough to send the Cuisine Diva a set of their stainless steel measuring cups so I could test and review them for the blog. I am a bit of a kitchen gadget nut so I'm always looking for the latest and greatest products to test. What I really like about this set of measuring cups is that they come as a set of 6. Most measuring cups come as a set of 4. The KitchenMade™ measuring cups come in the following sizes: 1/4 cup 1/3 cup 1/2 cup 2/3 cup 3/4 cup 1 cup You don't normally find the 2/3 or 3/4 cup sizes in a set of measuring cups. That was a nice addition…
  • Is Cardamom One of Your Favorite Spices?

    Lynn Smythe
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    The Cuisine Diva recently got to try out some organic, green cardamom. Jiva Organics was kind enough to send me an 3.5 ounce (100 gram) bag of their cardamom pods. Visit the Jiva Organics Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jivaorganicfoods How to Use Whole Cardamom Pods This is how I use whole cardamom pods. I open a few of the green pods and extract the seeds, which range in color from brown to black. The black seeds are the most aromatic/flavorful. Discard the outer green pod and place the seeds in a coffee grinder and grind to the desired consistency. I like to grind cardamom seeds in my…
  • Homemade Cheddar Chive Biscuits

    Lynn Smythe
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    This recipe makes a light and flaky buttermilk biscuit loaded with loads of cheddar cheese and savory chives. The secret to making light and flaky biscuits is to leave the butter in the refrigerator until ready to use. DO NOT let the butter warm up to room temperature.  If you don't want to use buttermilk you can substitute regular milk, soy milk or even water. You can use parchment paper to line the baking pan, instead of greasing it, to prevent the biscuits from sticking to the bottom. Above: a pastry knife is used to cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients. If you don't…
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    Eat Local Orlando

  • O-town MacDown Mac & Cheese event

    Chris Roberts
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    http://www.cravelocal.com/all-events/mac-attack-give-back-yummy-event-supports-give-kids-world/"A delicious “food fight” cooking competition featuring professional chefs and restaurants as well as home cooks and non-profit organizations who will duke it out to the very end to be named Orlando’s Mac-n-Cheese Champion. Prizes will be awarded in various categories, and the event will include live entertainment, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, live performances, a kids’ fun zone including face painting, bounce houses and macaroni art station, theme park character meet-and-greets…
  • Orlando Artisan Marketplace

    Chris Roberts
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    Orlando Artisan Marketplace, a weekly, on Friday, Farmer's market at Fashion Square Mall to have it's Grand Opening Event Friday Aug 1st @ 3 pm. Here is the press release: The Orlando Artisan Marketplace:  Locally Grown, Crafted, & Enjoyed A Community Market at the Fashion Square Mall Central Florida has become a hub for all things local, cultural and sustainable, with an increasing shift towards small business and craft, farming, and community. The desire for locally produced food and goods continues to grow, along with burgeoning support for local commerce. In the spirit of this growing…
  • New Restaurants Opened in Orlando May/June 2014

    Chris Roberts
    17 Jun 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Recent restaurant openings in the Orlando area:Cafe 906 opened in Baldwin Park https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-906/253770161327543?sk=infoBistro CloClo(french) in old Press 101 Dr. Philips http://www.scottjosephorlando.com/index.php/reviews/recent-reviews/56-french/2547-bistro-clocloBeer & Burger Joint UCF http://tastychomps.com/2014/05/burger-and-beer-joint-opens-may-15-in-orlando-near-ucf-first-look.htmlP is for Pie http://tastychomps.com/2014/05/p-is-for-pie-bake-shop-by-tara-gould.htmlCappadocia Turkish…
  • Southern Moon BBQ Orlando

    Chris Roberts
    17 Jun 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Southern Moon BBQ just opened This Past Sunday so I stopped off today to give them a try. They are located on Curry Ford and Crystal Lake next to Winn Dixie and Rogue Pub.Kicked things off with a drink, Lemonade Tea with Moonshine and Peach Schnapps.  Here is the Menu which is on a couple walls, no paper menu yet.Started off with the buffalo wings, the ranch was buttermilk and unique, Wings were good but nothing I haven't had before. Still good wings are hard to come by.Ordered a variety of the BBQ'ed meats which you can order by the 1/4 pound or more. wanted to try all the red meats, so…
  • Sushi Pop

    Mike Zucks
    1 May 2014 | 5:41 am
    On April 2, I visited Sushi Pop for a complimentary sampling of some of its existing and potentially new menu items. I'm glad that I went as I previously had not been to the restaurant, although I always have wanted to try it out. The food I tried here definitely invigorated my interest!I sat at the counter, with the kitchen and its workers directly in front of me. Throughout the evening, I interacted with several very friendly employees. Chau, Sufian and their fellow employees were attentive, genuine and polite.I the first menu item I tried was the So Fresh & So Clean (Hawaiian…
 
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    Barbecue Tricks

  • PolyScience The Smoking Gun Product Review

    Bill West
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    BBQ purists don’t get mad… we won’t argue that traditional low and slow smoking is the BEST way to go when looking for succulent – championship – style ribs, brisket, and chicken.   But hey this is http://barbecuetricks.com and we love a cool kitchen or grilling gadget.  So we couldn’t resist giving PolyScience The Smoking Gun Handheld Food Smoker a quick trial run. I actually received the gun as a Christmas gift and have been dreaming up all sorts of ways to use it.  The compact battery operated (four AA) squirt gun sized piston works as promised.
  • Freeze Your Rub – BBQ Spice Tips

    Bill West
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    How do you store your spices?    With a little care you can make your spices pop just a bit more according to Cheyenne Ledyard from Etsy’s The BBQ Pantry. The tips and tricks – paraphrased below-  are basic but worth noting: Get Toasty.  Toast Your Spices and maximize the potency.  This releases oils and flavor. Stay cool.   Never store the spices above a stove.    Heat degrades flavor. Don’t store spices too long. Keep it fresh. Use your freezer.  Dark and sealed dry. Keep them in the dark.  Sunlight degrades flavor too.  See tip 2. My favorite spice trick is…
  • 4th Of July Red White and Blue Sauce Recipes

    Bill West
    5 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Here’s a fun way to celebrate the All American BBQ on a patriotic holiday.. a fun trio of BBQ sauces done up in flag wavin’ Red – White – and Blue.  We have a great red sauce (Almost Award Winning) here – but there wasn’t a VIDEO RECIPE FOR THE WHITE OR THE BLUE BBQ SAUCE – so we put one together HERE on YouTube. First the WHITE SAUCE: Big Bob Gibson’s is a big name in BBQ especially when it comes to this white sauce…. An Alabama Barbecue traditional ce uses Mayonnaise at it’s core and Bob Gibson of Decatur, Alabama is the guy who launched it…
  • Oil-Less Fried Pork Chop With Big Boss How To

    Bill West
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:53 am
    Watch This Cool Trick for Oil-Less Frying BIG BOSS 1300-Watt Oil-Less Fryer, 16-Quart Cooking with The Big Boss Oil-Less Fryer is quick and easy, and my special Pork Skin Pork Chops come out crispy and delicious every time.  First you will need to have this fryer…  (get it here and support the site) Amazon has it and you will be amazed. The Big Boss 1300-watt oil-less fryer cooks with low energy and offers triple cooking power with halogen, convection and infrared heat. You can cook from fresh or frozen with no thawing time, and has 2 trays, and holds 16 quarts so you can cook…
  • MAKE A GRILL HOTSPOT MAP WITH BISCUITS

    Bill West
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:59 am
    If you find yourself shuffling your food around the grill haphazardly hoping to find the cool or hot spot this may be of service.  At least you’ll end up with brunch. Here’s a fun and fast way to pinpoint the hot spots on your grill.   We use a few tubes of refrigerated “poppin” biscuit dough.    A few tips:  get your gas flowing freely first… start with all your dough the same temperature… and make sure the dough slices are of identical thickness.   Take a biscuit selfy and save if for future reference.  Carolina Pitmaster Jack Waiboer suggests this…
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    In A Half Shell

  • What You Should Know About Oysters and Sustainability

    Julie Qiu
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:45 pm
    I’m excited to announce my new partnership with The Sustainable Seafood Blog Project to help promote the awareness of, and participation in sustainable seafood. For consumers, the world of seafood can be pretty complicated and conflicting. A lot of confusion swirls around what’s sustainable, what’s healthy, and what it actually is (traceability is a serious problem). Fortunately, I’m happy to report that oysters are a model representative of what sustainable seafood should be. Here’s why: Oysters are an ocean-friendly seafood choice because they…
  • While You Were Slurping

    admin
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:35 am
    #INAHALFSHELL Instagrams of the Week: This past Tuesday was National Oyster Day! To celebrate, PBCatch posted this great shot of oysters on ice (left) while W&T Seafood shared one of my favorite stylized shots (right). Want your pic to be featured? Tag your IG’s with #INAHALFSHELL and follow @inahalfshellblog!   - I find old books about oysters so charming… - Congrats to Logan Oyster Socials on launching the new website! - Saltine, a modern oyster bar just opened in Jackson, Mississippi. - I think the NY Times should publish more oyster articles like this one from…
  • Greenport Oyster Adventure: Five Fantastic Ways to Enjoy the Day

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
    As many of you know, I’m a big fan of oyster getaways. Especially those that are easy to take from NYC. A couple weeks ago, my friend Ryan and I decided to take the Hampton Jitney out to the North Fork of Long Island for an oyster-filled day trip, not too unlike the one I did with NY Oyster Lovers in 2011. So in celebration of National Oyster Day, here’s a photo recap of our little jaunt! #1 The Bait & Tackle “Go Shuck Yourself” Oyster Shop When ownership of this Bait & Tackle shop was up for grabs, Ian Wilde from Little Creek Oyster Farm saw a unique…
  • Virginia Oyster Road Trip: The Eastern Shore & Hog Island Bay

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:42 pm
    After spending several days around Lynnhaven River and Virginia Beach, we headed up to The Eastern Shore for the remainder of the week. With Hurricane Arthur right on our tails, we weren’t really sure what was going to happen. Fortunately, the storm passed by with little commotion and we were able to enjoy plenty of sunshine and seafood with new and old friends. Part 2: The Eastern Shore & Hog Island Bay The Eastern Shore of Virginia has to be one of the Atlantic Coast’s best kept secrets. Separated from the rest of Virginia by the Chesapeake Bay, this 70-mile stretch of…
  • While You Were Slurping

    admin
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    #INAHALFSHELL Instagrams of the Week: Two stylish oyster photos by Wesley Verhoeve via @WTSeafood. Want your pic to be featured? Tag your IG’s with #INAHALFSHELL and follow @inahalfshellblog!   - This oyster destination looks so dreamy! Need to make a UK trip… - A great collection of vintage oyster adverts. - 10th Annual Oysterfest on July 20th in Mattinuck, NY. - Do you know what you’re really slurping? - A sweet set of six serving shells that every oyster-minded chef would like. - Where has Mark Mavrantonis’ Oyster Manifesto been all my life? - Hawaii…
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    Grocery Coupon Network Blog: Couponing Secrets Exposed!

  • 8/31/2014 Sunday Coupon Insert Preview

    Olga Mueller
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    New Coupons! New P&G Coupons this Weekend! This Labor Day weekend we’re expecting one Sunday coupon insert from Procter & Gamble, with new coupons from Gillette, Bounty, Old Spice, Pampers, Tide and more. Coupons (and coupon values) can vary by region, so keep that in mind as you’re looking through the preview. And be sure to take a look at all the great new printable coupons available right now – including a Scope coupon that will get you FREE Scope (+ a moneymaker!) starting 8/31 at Walgreens! Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!  Procter and Gamble (P&G)…
  • Publix Weekly Ad Coupon Match Up (8/27 – 9/2)

    Olga Mueller
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    Deals Valid 8/27 – 9/2 New Publix Deals & Match Ups! Shop at Publix this week for great savings on BBQ fixings like Heinz ketchup, French’s mustard, Nathan’s hot dogs and much more. Coupons up to $0.50 in value double automatically at Publix (except in Florida stores), and that savings is reflected in the final prices listed below. Lipton Tea Bags, 100 ct, $4.69 - Buy One Get One Free Use $1/2 Select Lipton Items (Target Store Coupon) Final Price: $1.85 each, when you buy 2 Capri Sun Pouches, 10 ct, $1.89 Use $1/2 Capri Sun Product, exp. 9/28/14 (RP 08/03/14 R) Final…
  • New Coupons: Classico Pasta Sauce, Minute Maid Lemonade and Fruit Drink!

    Abigail Worthington
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    New Coupons Available 8/27/2014 Two HOT New Printables for Pasta Sauce and Juice Today’s new coupons are must prints. Both the Classico and Minute Maid printables are likely to make great deals at the store soon. It’s extremely rare to see Classico offer up a deal, so get this printed and plan a few pasta nights for the family! I’m a huge fan of their Alfredo sauces when I want to indulge a bit. Printable Grocery Coupons: $1.00 off (2) Classico Pasta Sauces Printable Beverage Coupons: $1.00 off 4 Minute Maid Fruit Drink or Lemonade August 27, 2014The post New Coupons:…
  • Whole Foods Weekly Ad Coupon Match Ups (8/27-9/2)

    Samantha Doerfler
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Weekly Ad (8/27-9/2) Organic and Natural Savings at Whole Foods Whole Foods has some super deals this week and you can save even more when you stack coupons. Don’t forget to pick up the old Whole Deal Booklet (July/August) before it is gone at the end of the month for extra store coupons to stack when you shop in September. Organic and Natural food coupons can help you save on your grocery bill! Here are the best deals: Organic Heirloom Tomatoes $3.99/lb. Broccoli Crunch Salad $6.99/lb. C2O Pure Coconut Water 2/$3 Ready to Cook Wild Salmon Burgers $4 each C.H. Cretors Popcorn 2/$5 Happy…
  • New Whole Deal Booklet Available Soon at Whole Foods- Grab Old Book Now!

    Samantha Doerfler
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    Extra savings for September Extra Savings at Whole Foods One of my favorite things about the Whole Deal Coupon Booklet (and there are a lot) is that they overlap for one month. So, when a new booklet comes out, you can still use the old booklet for a whole month and the new booklet too. This gives you double store coupons to work from. Since the July/August book will be gone from stores in a few days, make sure to grab extra copies so you can have this benefit. There are some great coupons in the last edition and I am sure there will be some super new coupons in the upcoming September/October…
 
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    Hilah Cooking

  • Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches

    Hilah
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    I did it! (I think) I finally made a belieber out of Chris! (Mostly) Chris finally ate some eggplant and didn’t think it was (very) terrible and gross! Yay for Chris! Yay for me! Yay for you! Yay for eggplant! These eggplant parmesan sandwiches are a great way to use eggplants while they’re in season. Adapted from my Learn to Cook book, I added a breadcrumb coating here to make sure the sandwich has plenty of crunchy texture. If you don’t want a big ol’ slab of bread involved in your eggplant parm, just place the fried eggplant slices on top of some marinara sauce in a 9×13″ pan,…
  • Crispy Onion Rings

    Hilah
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Sweet onions are in season now and I can think of no better way to enjoy their wholesome goodness than by battering and deep frying them. Extra crispy onions rings are what the doctor ordered! (Not my doctor, but surely some doctor at some point in history? Even a dentist?) This recipe is adapted from my pal Larry’s recipe for “Really, really, really crispy onion rings. Really”. The only change I made (really) was to omit 2 tablespoons of instant mashed potatoes from the batter, for no reason other than that I don’t usually have them on hand. The result is still really, really crispy…
  • San Diego Vacation

    Hilah
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    San Diego skyline, viewed from the harbor Recap of our recent San Diego vacation – our first real vacation in three years! Highlights of the trip: Watch the video for footage of sea lions, harbor tour, and some animals in the Aquarium of the Pacific! Read on for more details and San Diego restaurant recommendations. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LpadYp1j0I Balboa Park – This is the crowning jewel of San Diego if you ask me. Balboa Park began in 1868 when 1400 acres of scrubby desert were set aside as “City Park”. In 1892, Kate Sessions, a botanist and…
  • Super Spirulina Smoothie

    Hilah
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Spirulina is a blue-green algae (though that is a misnomer for cyanobacteria — a photosynthesizing bacteria) that can be found in healthy places like the ocean and Whole Foods. In dry, powdered form, it’s a deep, rich forest green and reminds me of a high-quality dry tempera paint. Once blended into a green smoothie, it delivers a grassy, slightly bitter flavor that is best matched by some yogurt and honey. Spirulina is high in iron and may help reduce your allergies. One tablespoon has about 2 milligrams of iron and 4 grams of protein. This ultra-green spirulina smoothie recipe combines…
  • Spicy Chicken Skewers

    Hilah
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Chicken skewers or chicken kebabs have been one of our go-to meals lately. They are super fast to prep and to cook, there’s very little cleanup, and you can mix up the flavors really easily so you don’t get bored. This spicy chicken rub has Indian inspirations and I think you’ll dig it. Serve these with a simple salad and some of this marvelous Creamy Hatch chile sauce or some store-bought mango chutney. Chicken Skewers Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENAtvxBH_Bo Chicken Skewers Recipe Spicy Chicken Skewers Prep time 10 mins Cook time 12 mins Total time 22 mins   Chicken skewers…
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  • Feel Great Turmeric + Ginger Drink

    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    This has been my latest favorite enjoyment! I've been making this drink many times during the week and now I can't get enough of it. It is tremendously delicious as a lemonade or tea and incredibly fragrant and full of flavor, the kind of aroma and flavor that only turmeric powder can produce. The combination of flavors may sound a little bit odd but once these flavors are blend together it become simply irresistible!  I promise you will love it too!I love to drink a cup of this in the afternoon, often accompanied by a short walk to our little garden...it just become the perfect pick me…
  • // A Glance of Summer on Winter Days

    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    As I told you before I miss those summer days deeply! I miss the blue sky and the vibrancy of colorful flowers and summery fruit. I love the abundance of summer fruits! Strawberries are my favorite! They are so good for those delightful and refreshing desserts on hot summer days. I just can't get enough of those strawberries, really! And I even have frozen strawberries from last summer! I use them in smoothies and ultimately in mychololate panna cotta with macerated strawberries, so simple and amazingly delicious.// Here some shoots from last summer. ENJOY THE WEEKEND!
  • Southern Baking // Chilean Bread // Hallullas

    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Probably one of my favorite foods would be Bread - is something that I deeply enjoy! Growing up we often made bread in our home. My father was a great baker and he would make the most heartwarming bread. We planted ourselves next to the oven anxiously waiting for the bread to bake!  Thankfully I am married to someone that loves bread as much as I do! And he makes the most delightful homemade Chilean Bread. That said, I think, after this confession he should reward me and may be make some more this weekend too, no? Well last weekend was so cool that we decided to advantage of it and…
  • // Broccoli Pesto Boost {Broccoli Pesto with Sunflowers Seeds}

    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:49 pm
    I hope everyone has been enjoying the week! We have been spending time cooking a lot of warm-cozy meals. It's very cool around here. I love eating a nice warm bowl of pasta with lots of pesto in winter- somehow it seems to have a more intense flavor than any other season of the year.  I made a nice big batch of broccoli pesto this week but for this particular pesto I like using sunflowers seeds instead of pine nuts, they give the broccoli a wonderful delicate flavor and they also add a nice crunchy texture to the pesto. So today I want to share my broccoli pesto recipe- something…
  • On The Road {My 5 Road Trip Essentials }

    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet
    4 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    We love road trips. Whatever the weather is like outside we tried to never miss the opportunity to road trip! And every time we go on the road feels like a new adventure. I'm never tired of revisiting places here in New Zealand. Watching the marvelous scenery from the car window makes me feel tremendously free, yes, on the road there's no worries, no pressure. Every worried thought that arises simply gets wash away by the simplicity and beauty of nature. I don't really spend much time planning,I always make sure to bring just what I will need. That way, life gets less complicated and…
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  • Sautéed and Salted Gernika Peppers

    Spicie Foodie
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    A Spanish pepper named after the Guernica town in Spain’s Basque region, similar looking to padrón chiles, with origins in the New World. That’s what these pretty little chiles are: Pimientos de Gernika. But I din’t travel to Spain to purchase them, I found them in my local grocery store. These were grown in Mexico. So I guess you can say they are the original peppers…before they got their name from the Spanish conquistadors. Gernika peppers are new to me. Have you ever tasted them? When I grabbed the package I thought they were padrón and I was so excited that I did…
  • La Isla Bonita: A Tour of San Pedro Town

    Spicie Foodie
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
      Last night I dreamt of San Pedro …Tropical the island breeze All of nature wild and free This is where I long to be La isla bonita… …The beautiful island I fell in love with San Pedro… …I want to be where the sun warms the sky When it’s time for siesta you can watch them go by Beautiful faces, no cares in this world Where a girl loves a boy, and a boy loves a girl Last night I dreamt of San Pedro It all seems like yesterday, not far away…   This morning I awoke with the melody of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” playing in my…
  • Earth Eats: Algerian Tuna Bourek (my way) and Carrot Raisin Salad

    Spicie Foodie
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Algeria is a North African country bordered by Tunisia and Libya to the East, Niger and Mali to the South, Mauritania to the South-West and Morocco to the West. The Mediterranean Sea creates a border between Algeria and it’s northern neighbours Spain and France. Algeria has a long history of invasions that have contributed to the rich culture that it has today. It comes as no surprise that the cuisine of Algeria is a deep and interesting mix of North African (Berber), Turkish, Arab, Roman, Spanish and French. “Flag of Algeria (1958-1962)” by User:Escondites – Own work.
  • Lemon Ice Cubes + More Flavoured Ice Cube Ideas

    Spicie Foodie
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    The preferred drink in this household is water — ice cold! But because water can be a bit plain, adding a little zing can make it interesting again. Usually we add a slice of lemon or lime, some mint leaves or slices of fruit. This always gives the water a fresh and light taste that can really compliment a meal and/or leave you feeling energised. Of course during the summer we all need the help of ice cubes to keep ourselves (and water) cool longer. When I’m really hot I love to combine the fresh lemon slices with ice cubes, and today I’d like to show you how I do it plus a…
  • Sunday Snapshots: A Fisherman at Sunset

    Spicie Foodie
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    For me, this weekend is about getting organised and catching up with work. It’s not much fun but that’s what happens when you’ve been ill. One great thing that’s come out of this weekend work session has been coming across photos I had forgotten about. Today I’d like to share these lost and found pictures from several months ago. I snapped them while my husband and I were on an evening stroll on the beach. Sunset is a beautiful time to enjoy the cooling sea breezes and (if you’re lucky) catch a fisherman reeling in some fish or crab. I wonder if the señor…
 
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  • 10 Back-to-School Dinner Recipes

    yummy
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:19 am
    Excuse me while I scream a little bit….  AAAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!! School ‘s back…  Can you believe that?  Where has the summer gone?  I think I actually saw summer hop on a plane and FLY by. Yesterday marked the day I have a 7th grader and a 4th grader… That’s crazy, along with that a 7 month old.  That means that dinner has got to be easy and stress free.  Here are a few of my favorite back to school recipes that I think will make dinner a little easier for you. Happy back to school time all! Fettuccine Alfredo Creamy deliciousness that will make anyone…
  • Enjoying Summer with Coffee-mate #TakeBackVanilla

    yummy
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Summer is almost over already… Can you believe it??? Two more weeks to go and its back to the grind for the kiddies…                                 Now for those who think that summer means just lounging around not in this house apparently… LOL!   You see Juju plays soccer and its pretty much year round. Now I can admit he definitely has had a few weeks off at the beginning of the summer to just veg out but now he’s back in the swing of things with practices through out the week and…
  • Cool Down with STARBURST™ Brand Sorbet Bars {plus giveaway}

    yummy
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN.  CONGRATS TO This summer has been H.O.T… HOT!!! I mean I understand I live in Florida and this weather has been a little cooky, I mean its so hot during the day you you could probably boil an egg outside and then in the afternoon early evening it rains… I know, cooky. During the summer we take so much advantage of going to the pool or the beach, and just lounging by the water.  Especially in this heat we have been cooling off in every possible.  We always invite our neighbors and friends to join us, I mean we all have kids the same age and plus us…
  • Red Velvet Pizookie

    yummy
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    Have you ever wondered who was the first person to think of combining the makings of a pie + a cookie???  I know this crazy combo created the delicious and sinful dessert we all know as the PIZZOKIE. Now you know around these parts we are serious fans of cookies, and pies, and desserts, and pretty much anything sweet.  And we can’t forget my obsession with all things red velvet… I’ve shared with you all my delicious creations of a Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake, Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie (which is just like a pizookie), but now I stepped it up a notch… RED VELVET…
  • Support the Great American Milk Drive

    yummy
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:59 pm
                            I don’t know about you all but in this house we drink a whole lot of milk. Did you know that 1 out of every six families in the US struggle with keeping food on the table for their families and that 1 in 5 Central Floridians struggle with hunger each day.  I know for many of us we get so per-occupied with our own lives that we forget about others who are truly struggling out there… even in our own backyard. Food banks nationwide are trying to help.  Second Harvest Food Bank is one of these local…
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  • Dulce de Grosellas

    hungrysofia
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    I don’t remember having currants – red, black, or otherwise – growing up, so I was surprised to find them in one of the older Cuban cookbooks I’d been using, Delicias de las Mesa by Maria Antonieta Reyes Gavalán.   Written in the 1920s, I came across it at the University of Miami’s Cuban Heritage Collection.  While most other Cuban cookbooks date from the mid-fifties when everyone was only too happy to embrace cans and convenience, Gavalán’s book captures an earlier time, referencing ingredients and techniques that had fallen out of use but worth…
  • Verdolagas con Costillas de Puerco

    hungrysofia
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    I think my relationship with New York is steady enough that I can admit we’d recently hit a rough patch.  I’d spent so much time away last year that it felt like I was living consecutive winters. It wore me down and I took it out on the city that had become all work. Now that we’re having this beautiful summer, every day comes closer to New York’s song-and-dance ideal and I’m in love again. I even gave in and bought a new bicycle -albeit one that is technically older than I am – a copper colored Schwinn Suburban step-through with an honeywood basket.
  • Valdirose, Lastra a Signa, Tuscany

    hungrysofia
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    It’s hard to believe now, but I still remember going to friends and family’s homes to see “the vacation pictures”. Magnified on what to me was the big screen, it was one of those things people moaned about (when it wasn’t their own slides in the carousel) but I always loved it – both the scale and the ritual. I hadn’t thought about how obsolete that had become until I came back from a family trip to Italy. Betweeninstagram and facebook, everyone comments on what you’re doing and seeing in real time so there’s not much left to tell and…
  • The Cuban Table

    hungrysofia
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I always had a hard time dropping my pencil and turning in my work as a little girl and it’s not much different now. It has been almost two years since I first posted about The Cuban Table, my collaboration with food photographer Ellen Silverman, but I could have happily kept tweaking and polishing it forever. Luckily it wasn’t up to me which is why I have this lovely cover to share, an actual ink and paper bound book on its way, and an official release date from St. Martin’s Press to look forward to this October! Time plays games with you when you’re writing and…
  • Chimichurri

    hungrysofia
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:16 am
    I’ve never been one for meat and potatoes. I rarely go for the steak frites on frenchified Smith Street and I’m as interested in the sides as the slabs of beef served at steakhouses. While I believe hamburger cravings should always be heeded because absolutely nothing else will satisfy, my own burger attacks are few and far between. Still there are exceptions when I really do love red meat: 1) when my mother who is a genius with a Costco steak and open flame grills for us at home (post to come later) and 2) Argentinian-style churrasco drizzled with chimichurri sauce. The version…
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  • Turmeric and Peppercorn Rice

    DK
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble We all need quick and simple recipes in our lives. Lack of time, energy, budget or all of them together warrant such recipes that provide incentive to cook and make your own warming meal. I tend to fall back on my stash of easy recipes more during weekdays when I am juggling lot of chores and have less energy to concentrate on cooking. To avoid monotony I jazz up few ingredients to make a “fancy looking” meal that is in fact extremely simple to make. Like this recipe for example. It looks like something on a restaurant table but in fact, the effort…
  • Indian Keema Sloppy Joes (w/ Seitan)

    DK
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble In my quest for protein from Vegetarian sources, I try loads of experiments. Some on my own and few others thanks to online sources and cookbooks. There are some recipes that are born out of the amalgamation of them all, this being one such recipe. The idea for such a burger is not new. While I do make variations to my Indian sloppy joes with loads of vegetables, soya chunks etc;  when it comes to protein, this one beats them all. This is extremely filling without dragging you down. The protein to calorie ratio is pretty good keeping your fat budget to…
  • Eggless Chocolate Icecream

    DK
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble Time changes, preferences change and what I ignored all this while, finally gets attention in my kitchen! Chocolate has been extremely unappreciated ingredient in my house given that both my husband and I aren’t its fan. So what are the chances that our little one in fact adores it? 100%, if you are curious! – Who knew? So when I made Eggless Vanilla Icecream the last time around, the very first question that my little one posed was when was I making Chocolate Icecream? So much for all that icecream enthusiasm the preceding weeks. I proposed to make…
  • Cherry Coconut Lemonade

    DK
    12 Jun 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble We recently came back from our farm picking session with  6 -lb cherries. These were so deliciously sweet and to pop them into our mouth as and when we passed our kitchen counter seemed to the norm last couple of weeks. But being a foodie that I am, I could not help cooking with them. Seesh! I know! With a half baked reasoning of “cherries-possibly-going-wasted” to my suspicious husband who looked like he could eat them all, I used a bunch of them to make us some fresh cherry Jam. Its a “no-recipe” recipe of cooking down the pitted…
  • Eggless Vanilla Icecream

    DK
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble Ice cream. Do I even need to say anything more? Oh yes, Homemade Ice cream. Doesn’t it sound even better? It does, isn’t it. Wait, there’s more. How about Eggless Homemade Icecream?  Did I just send some of you into ecstasy? I knew it OK then how about – Raw, Eggless, Homemade Vanilla Icecream? OK, OK – before you throw up your hands in agony, let me move on My family consumes eggs of course, but I tend to make this one more often than not. You might raise your eyebrows at my reason but well – ahem, this is so much easier to…
 
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  • Brighton The Corner, Petersham

    jeroxie
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
    I find myself gravitating towards Petersham in the recent weekends to scour new cafes. And this weekend, we land ourselves in Brighton The Corner which has been on my hit list for a while but just been distracted with others that have been popping up in this area. Now I am kicking myself for not visiting sooner! Perhaps I was influenced by what has been said about their slow service on Foursquare. It seems teething issues are settled and this place is running in a much faster pace.
  • John Smith Cafe, Waterloo

    jeroxie
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    John Smith Cafe has certainly opened in an odd spot in Waterloo. There isn't anything much around this area and this stretch is pretty unexciting. But I am sure the owners have done their research. On weekdays, it will probably cater the locals and because it serves amazing food and good coffee, punters will travel and queue for a weekend spot.
  • One pot chicken meatballs, eggs and spicy tomatoes

    jeroxie
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    I was really excited to receive Anjum Anand's Quick and Easy Indian cookbook. She has a cooking series on Foxtel's Lifestyle Channel called Indian Food Made Easy and that is how I know of her. Her recipes has always been easy to follow, ingredients easy to find and not as fatty as a lot of Indian recipes that makes one feel totally heavy and bloaty after. If you are looking for authentic Indian recipes, then this cookbook is not the one for you. However, if you are looking for a cookbook that has influences of the Indian cuisine, then get this book.
  • Porch and Parlour, North Bondi

    jeroxie
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
    We spent most of Easter this year in Melbourne. It was really good to catch up with old friends and celebrating my birthday and time with them. The trip was too short as usual and there was no time to catch up with more people and to visit new yummy places. Still lots of good(...)
  • Ippudo, Sydney Westfield

    jeroxie
    14 Jun 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Fast track to 2012 and we have moved to Sydney. The ramen Gods must be listening to my prayers and Ippudo opens its first shop in Sydney. CEO, Shigemi Kawahara flew to Sydney for the opening ceremony. We were entertained by a group of drummers and treated to check out different types of ramen. It tasted as good as the ones that I've had in Singapore. I was a very happy girl that evening.