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  • World Ventures Review: Research & Warnings

    Acquired Life
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    World Ventures has been going strong for awhile now. “You should be here” signs all over the world subliminally telling people to quit their 9 to 5’s. I dig it, actually. The MLM travel membership company seems to be carrying some momentum into 2015, and with good reason. The travel deals actually don’t suck. How about that? Based in Plano, Texas, World Ventures makes planning vacations at a discount easier for its members. They sell their travel related products through representatives that are located in all 50 states of the United States as well as internationally.
  • A Super Fast, Super Fresh Middle Eastern Hot Sauce

    Hungry Crowd
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Like many chefs, Eli Sussman of New York City’s Mile End Deli enjoys making his own hot sauce. This jalapeño-cilantro version can run from mild to spicy depending on how hot the chiles are. Yemeni Hot Sauce In a food processor, mince ...
  • Honey Mustard Chicken
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    This is one of those lazy days, couldn’t be easier, don’t have to think about it and it still turns out great, dishes. You just mix honey, Dijon mustard, and olive oil together and pour it over chicken thighs in a casserole dish and bake until done. Continue reading "Honey Mustard Chicken" »
  • Tips for Taking Beautiful Food Photos with Your Smart Phone (Part 1)

    The Meal Makeover Moms' KITCHEN
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    As a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), I’ve always believed that if you want consumers to eat a healthy diet, you have to give them easy and affordable recipes that work, taste great, and look amazing and appetizing. This is a gorgeous image of our Homemade Healthy Beefaroni made with lean ground beef, mushrooms and red bell pepper, and whole wheat pasta … and served with fresh asparagus and basil. Don’t you want to take a bite? I took this photo with my iPhone 5s and edited using Snapseed. {Keep reading for my top food photography secrets.} But before I learned how…
  • Sponsored Post: Decadent Butternut Squash Soup For One (PLUS A Vitamix Giveaway)

    Amateur Gourmet
    Adam Roberts
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Ina Garten is one smart cookie. On a recent episode of her show, I watched her amp up the flavor of a potato leek soup by roasting the potatoes and leeks on a cookie sheet–getting them nice and golden brown–before pureeing them with chicken stock and topping the soup with crispy shallots. So when Vitamix asked me to make an autumnal soup recipe using their S30 model–a model ideal for making an individual portion–I knew what I had to do. Off to the store I went to pick up a butternut squash, an apple, an onion, some ginger, and some chicken stock, and then I went full…
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    Amateur Gourmet

  • Sponsored Post: Decadent Butternut Squash Soup For One (PLUS A Vitamix Giveaway)

    Adam Roberts
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Ina Garten is one smart cookie. On a recent episode of her show, I watched her amp up the flavor of a potato leek soup by roasting the potatoes and leeks on a cookie sheet–getting them nice and golden brown–before pureeing them with chicken stock and topping the soup with crispy shallots. So when Vitamix asked me to make an autumnal soup recipe using their S30 model–a model ideal for making an individual portion–I knew what I had to do. Off to the store I went to pick up a butternut squash, an apple, an onion, some ginger, and some chicken stock, and then I went full…
  • Happy Birthday, Grandma

    Adam Roberts
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    Today’s my grandma Ronnie’s 85th birthday. And though she doesn’t have a computer, my grandfather gets my blog on his Kindle; so hopefully he’ll read this to her tomorrow morning when she wakes up. For most of my life, my grandmother has been a major presence. Legend goes that just as I started speaking, she sang “You Are My Sunshine” to me from the front seat of her car and from the back seat I started singing back. We spent a lot of time together, when I was growing up. Her second husband (she’s been widowed twice), my grandpa Joe, owned a pickle…
  • Lunch at Petit Trois

    Adam Roberts
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Is it possible to go to Paris with your friend Diana, eat yourself silly, then come back from Paris to L.A. only to have a French meal just as good as, if not better than, anything you ate 6,000 miles away? The answer is yes and it happened at Petit Trois where Diana and I went for lunch last week. This place is a marvel, one of the best restaurants I’ve been to anywhere in a long time. Don’t believe me? Prepare to be wowed. Click here to read the rest of this Amateur Gourmet post »
  • The Best Apple Pie I’ve Ever Made

    Adam Roberts
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Memorize this fact about apple pie making, and you’ll be set for life: it’s not about the recipe, it’s about your state of mind. That nugget comes from Craig’s dad, the master of apple pie (see here), who’s said to me, in the past: “I think you’re overthinking it.” And in the past I had overthought it over and over again. But the truth is once you understand the WHY of everything, the rest takes care of itself. And that’s what helped me produce the best apple pie I’ve ever made, the one you see above. Click here to read the rest of…
  • Brenda The Waitress

    Adam Roberts
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    So sad to hear about Jan Hooks, one of the funniest and most original women to ever grace the stage of Saturday Night Live. I knew her best, actually, as Martin Short’s co-star on an NBC special with Phil Hartman that I recorded on a VHS tape and watched over and over again in high school (I still have a lot of it memorized). But nothing comes close to the sketch you see above, considered one of the best SNL sketches of all time. Calling it a sketch, in fact, feels like something of an insult; it’s more of a mini-play and Jan Hooks is wonderful in it. May she rest in peace.
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    Steamy Kitchen: recipes and cooking

  • R.I.P. Crazy Mops

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
      We found what was left of Crazy Mops late this afternoon. Not sure what happened, the boys and I found the feathers and what what left of her body on the grass. Life on the homestead….not always pretty, but you get to experience appreciation of new life and the respect of passing. I can’t leave you with just the bad news, one of our 8 month old hens started laying. This is Fuzzy, a silkie hen.   Her egg is half the size of regular eggs. The big brown one on the upper left is probably a supermarket “large” size. This hen is unnamed – but she’s…
  • Giveaway: Original Rabbit Corkscrew

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    I used to work in the wine industry for 4 years when we lived in San Francisco. The funny thing is, all the wine snobs used their fancy wine “key” to open the wine in public when they had their friends over; but if you looked in their drawers, you’d find The Rabbit. uh, did I just confess to opening my friends’ kitchen drawers?! So many of my friends had The Rabbit, I’ve had several as well. It’s simply THE EASIEST way to open a bottle of wine. Metrokane, the company that produces The Original Rabbit (there are many copycats), created a special edition to…
  • Salmon with Magical Butter Sauce

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    With the kitchen still (still….sigh) under construction, I’ve been cooking on a camping stove outside on our patio. We’ve been super good, still eating mostly JERF (just eat real food), with the occasional not-JERF treat (ahem….entire bag of Oreos snarfed down by 2 boys.) When out grocery shopping, the only question we ask ourselves is, “is this something you can grow, hunt or gather….or can we make this from home from scratch with simple ingredients?” That’s not to say we never buy not-JERF – but at least we know and are acknowledging…
  • Giveaway: Vanilla Extract, Spices from Rodelle

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    I am absolutely addicted to the Rodelle Sriracha Seasoning!!! We used in our Pad Thai Zoodles recipe – and WOW – such intense flavor. Their vanilla extract is amazing too. Top quality, 100% pure vanilla extract. ~jaden   Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract is America’s fastest growing brand of vanilla extracts. Found in grocery stores throughout North America, they offer the highest quality baking products favored by chefs at home and in professional kitchens. Since 1936, theRodelle family recipe has been strictly followed: combining premium vanilla beans and an advanced…
  • Thai Grilled Shrimp with Black Pepper Sauce

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Patience is what we’ve been practicing for the last two months in our house. Going into a major kitchen remodel is never a “fun” thing (well, except picking out wall colors, flooring options and kitchen bling), but I never expected a 2-week stall. So close, yet so far away. We’re currently hung up on the granite cutter. Counters need to be cut and installed before anything else happens. So, I’m being extra patient and resisting the urge to drive to the granite cutter’s shop and doing my Asian mother nagging magic on his team to hurry up! In the meantime,…
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    Rasa Malaysia: Easy Asian Recipes

  • Magimix 16-Cup Food Processor Giveaway

    Rasa Malaysia
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Magimix 16-Cup Food Processor Giveaway. MSRP $499.95. US Only. Enter to win! The post Magimix 16-Cup Food Processor Giveaway appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Nutella Croissants

    Rasa Malaysia
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Nutella Croissants - 3-ingredients recipe loaded with rich, creamy Nutella in flaky and buttery croissants. Easiest and BEST Nutella croissants ever. The post Nutella Croissants appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Parmesan Baked Chicken Nuggets

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Parmesan Baked Chicken Nuggets - Crispy chicken nuggets with real chicken with no frying. Easy and yummy, plus adults & kids love the amazing nuggets. The post Parmesan Baked Chicken Nuggets appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Honey Roasted Butternut Squash

    Rasa Malaysia
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Honey roasted butternut squash - the most delicious roasted butternut squash recipe with butter and honey. Easy recipe and everyone loves this side dish. The post Honey Roasted Butternut Squash appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Blendtec Giveaway (2 Winners!)

    Rasa Malaysia
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Blendtec Giveaway (2 Winners). MSRP $769.90. US Only. Enter to win! The post Blendtec Giveaway (2 Winners!) appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
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    101 Cookbooks

  • Beet Caviar

    Heidi Swanson
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:33 pm
    I'm lucky to be the occasional recipient of Josey Baker experimentations. The other day Josey handed me a still-hot loaf of 100% einkorn bread - substantial, fragrant, a dark brown crumb with a craggy top-crust. It smelled like a great brewery - all malt, and grain, and warmth. And it begged to be treated right. The first question to come to mind was slicing strategy...the consensus was: 1) Allow the bread to cool completely. 2) With this loaf - not too thick, not too thin. Not to digress too much, but when it comes to toast, the thickness or thinness of the slice is key. Some breads lend…
  • Favorites List (10.17.14)

    Heidi Swanson
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    I've been waking up on the early side lately, and tend to do a bit of reading before the sun rises. Which means(!), I have a few things to share with you. Also, if any of you have any podcasts you're particularly excited about, give a shout in the comments. I'd love to add a few to my list... - Reading this, and reading this. - Watching this, and this. - Honey hunters - Armchair traveling: here, here, here, and here - The Interpreter - Find Your Beach - Lotta + Oaxaca - Rise & Shine - The magic. - To cook: Sprouted Rye Berries & Roasted Cauliflower & Vegetarian Pho - The Head Scarf Tie (via…
  • Spicy Chickpea and Bulgur Soup

    Heidi Swanson
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    I'm deep in the middle of a streak where I cook primarily from other people's cookbooks. Every now and then it's a groove I fall into, sometimes lasting a few weeks, other times a month or two. There's something creatively energizing, and at the same time, relaxing about following a recipe written by another cook or writer I admire. I like to mix it up a bit by alternating between recipes from new volumes (like the one today), and recipes from older titles (the Sopa Verde from last week). It's a practice that tends to shake out the creative cobwebs for me. So, that's where my head was at when…
  • Sopa Verde de Elote

    Heidi Swanson
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Not that I need much encouraging, but I've been compiling a good number of older cookbooks - early titles by authors I love, first editions, and such. The intent is to make them available at some point related to Quitokeeto - perhaps not on the site, more likely at the studio so people can pick and choose and browse in person. An example would be a book like this one - Diana Kennedy's Recipes from the Regional Cooks of Mexico published in 1978. It's the sort of title I like to revisit, for inspiration in my own kitchen, but also to understand what was inspiring Diana Kennedy in the 1970s. One…
  • Bar Tartine Cauliflower Salad

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

  • Dinner & a Show with Get Your Phil

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

    Gina Ruiz
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    Anyone that knows me knows I’m a bookaholic/book addict/book obsessed nerd. In fact, that’s what my grown children call me affectionally, but nonetheless “Nerd” more often than “Mom.” I started writing about books over ten years ago, have been to multiple book conventions and have purged my collection more times than I can count. Let’s not get into how many boxes of books I’ve packed and moved from house to house or state to state. Two years or so ago, I found this fantastic (except for the neighbors) old converted barn that was built in 1903. I have the whole top floor and…
  • Drought in California

    Gina Ruiz
    11 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Disclosure: The California Farm Water Coalition invited me on the tour at their expense with the exception of our rental car (our choice). That tour inspired but did not influence me in this series of posts. Thoughts and opinions are my own. I’ve lived in California most of my life. I was born here and no matter how far I roam, I always come back home to Cali. It is the place my soul is replenished. In the 1970s we had a really bad drought. I remember saving every bit of water we had in the house. If we took a shower, we had buckets in the shower with us to catch the water. We used that…
  • Crea Futuro

    Gina Ruiz
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    One of the things I love about Latinos is that entrepreneurial spirit. Whether it be selling oranges or flowers on the roadside, opening up a restaurant, designing an app or working out of their backyard restoring old cars someone is always doing something to build a life for themselves without limits. I’m kinda sorta one of those entrepreneurs and I started early. My sisters and I would sell tortas we made at home. We’d make a ton, wrap them in foil and take them over to the park where the guys were playing soccer. We sold everything we made. We were only in our teens. That time in my…
  • Albondigas with La Morena Chipotle Sauce

    Gina Ruiz
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. When I was growing up there weren’t all the Latin food stores there are now. In each Latino neighborhood you might find a small store that carried specialty products, but not much. If you really wanted great ingredients, you headed into Downtown L.A. to the Grand Central Market. Living in Atwater Village, DTLA was not far, but not so close either. We made do most of the time with the corner store and I’d ride over on my bike a lot to pick up chiles, tortillas and whatnot for my…
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  • Caramel Apples

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Caramel apples are one of those things that are as much fun to make as they are to eat. I made this batch with my goddaughter Piper with apples she had picked apple picking at a nearby orchard. The last time I made caramel apples with young Piper she was barely 4 years old, and she covered her apple with pink sprinkles. Continue reading "Caramel Apples" »
  • Classic Baked Acorn Squash

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Always a favorite at our Thanksgiving table is baked acorn squash. They’re so easy! The hardest part is cutting the squash in half—you need a sharp knife and a strong, steady hand. But then all you have to do is scoop out the seeds, score the inside, dot with butter and brown sugar or maple syrup and bake. To eat you can cut them in wedges, or keep them in halves and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Continue reading "Classic Baked Acorn Squash" »
  • Farro with Swiss Chard and Radicchio

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Do you ever eat farro? It’s an ancient grain related to wheat. It has a wonderfully nutty, rich flavor and works beautifully as a side dish to chicken and pork. You cook it much like you would prepare a rice pilaf—sautéing garlic and onions first, adding the farro and water and simmering until done. Continue reading "Farro with Swiss Chard and Radicchio" »
  • Honey Mustard Chicken

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    This is one of those lazy days, couldn’t be easier, don’t have to think about it and it still turns out great, dishes. You just mix honey, Dijon mustard, and olive oil together and pour it over chicken thighs in a casserole dish and bake until done. Continue reading "Honey Mustard Chicken" »
  • French Toast

    11 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Is there nothing better than French toast for Sunday breakfast? Thick slices of bread, soaked in a mixture of beaten eggs with milk and cinnamon, toasted in a frying pan, and served with butter and maple syrup, this has to be one of our favorite, and most indulgent, breakfast dishes. Continue reading "French Toast" »
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    Simply Stated Blogs

  • How To Approach the Unknown

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Cooking, and Eating Whole Grains 11 Apple Pie-Inspired Recipes That Almost Beat The Real Thing 5 Cute Trick-or-Treat Bags You Can Make YourselfFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Shonda Rhimes’ Secret to Success

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Cooking, and Eating Whole Grains Why Your Sibling is Good for Your Health (According to Science) 5 Cute Trick-or-Treat Bags You Can Make YourselfFiled under: Daily Thought
  • 1 Great Reason to Laugh Today

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 10 Secrets of Home Cooks (And How You Can Become One, Too!) 8 Surprising Health Benefits of Red Wine 5 Cute Trick-or-Treat Bags You Can Make YourselfFiled under: Daily Thought
  • A Poetic Way to Think About Friendship

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 10 Secrets of Home Cooks (And How You Can Become One, Too!) 8 Surprising Health Benefits of Red Wine 5 Cute Trick-or-Treat Bags You Can Make YourselfFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Your Monday Morning To-Do List

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 10 Secrets of Home Cooks (And How You Can Become One, Too!) 8 Surprising Health Benefits of Red Wine 5 Cute Trick-or-Treat Bags You Can Make YourselfFiled under: Daily Thought
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    Food & Wine: Articles

  • City Guide: Rouen, France

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

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

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Photo Courtesy of the Gnarly Head BE A LOCAL LEGEND Halloween is one of the most popular holidays of the year—and not just for kids anymore. It turns out adults also want to make costumes, carve pumpkins, and turn their abodes into terrifying haunted houses. For this spookiest of celebrations, plan a ghoulish bash for friends and family complete with seasonal appetizers and great wines, like Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel. Over the years, locals in Lodi, California, have noti...
  • Pair Fall Favorites With The Darker Side of Gnarly

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Photo Courtesy of the Gnarly Head WARM UP WITH WINTER SQUASH Produced from grapes from select vineyards throughout Lodi, California, Gnarly Head’s Authentic Black was aged on oak for 12 months to craft a smooth and opulent red wine. In this region, where long summer days and cool nights provide the ideal climate for growing full-flavored grapes in well-draining sandy soil, you’ll also find local farms harvesting some of the autumn’s most cherished winter squashes; California a...
  • The People's Best New Bars 2014: Press Materials

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

  • A Brief Guide to Whole Muscle Cured Meats

    Food Dude
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    [Sponsored post] As the interest in cured meats (broadly lumped under the heading of “charcuterie”) has grown and local butchers make more products it can be daunting to stand in front of a meat case. Tails & Trotters wants to educate our customers about the wide array of whole muscle cured products Tails & Trotters makes from its hazelnut-finished pigs (as opposed to the much broader world of salami & cured sausages).  We created the following brief guide for the main two categories based on the portions of the pig they are made from: bacon and salumi:   BACONS –…
  • I’m So Over Pumpkin Spice

    Food Dude
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Pumpkin-spice – it’s everywhere this year. What is all the fuss about? On a recent walk, I broke down and stopped at a Starbucks to try this mystical beverage that seems to appear at least once in every 20 something’s Facebook stream. It’s been ten years since Starbucks invented the pumpkin-spice latte, and it seems the buzz has grown every year. It’s even got it’s own #PSL hashtag on Twitter. That it’s been widely reported this year that the syrup used in the drink doesn’t even contain pumpkin hasn’t seemed to dampen enthusiasm. Can I…
  • Bluehour Fire Victim Sues for Injuries

    Food Dude
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Back in April of 2013, Bluehour bartender Steven Grimm was seriously burned and hospitalized after a fire. At the time, owner Bruce Carey said, “Last evening at around 9:00 pm there was an accidental fire at Bluehour.  Our bartender Steve Grimm has been treated at a local hospital and he is expected to return home today. The fire was the result of a high proof alcohol that inadvertently ignited while preparing a cocktail. We are grateful to our amazing staff for acting so quickly and efficiently. We are working diligently to put the bar back in full operation. We will be closed for…
  • Ruth Reichl Weighs in on Paris Restaurant “Jules Vern”

    Food Dude
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Ouch! In my last news roundup, I mentioned Ruth Reichl‘s blog, and writings about a recent trip to Portland. She has followed her original piece with two more, the latest covering Feast Portland, Salt & Straw, Portland Farmers Market, and Longbaan. Most recently she traveled to the French Restaurant Jules Vern by famed restaurateur Alain Ducasse, which is halfway up the Eiffel Tower. Ruth posted about them in a piece titled, “Paris – One Sad Night“. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to her Portland experiences. Of the interior, she says, “I felt as if I…
  • Is MSG Set for a Comeback?

    Food Dude
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, is a type of sodium salt, a naturally-occurring non-essential amino acid. For years it has been used as a food enhancer, which gives a umami taste that intensifies meaty, savory flavors. For years it was commonly used in restaurants, but most stopped after the salt reports that large doses can cause headaches and other types of discomfort – though in controlled studies scientists haven’t been able to find a link. Because of these rumors, usage has fallen over the years, even in Chinese and Japanese restaurants where it used to be a mainstay in the…
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    Start Cooking

  • Lasagna

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

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    English Muffin Pizzas are a great snack or a meal, and they're perfect for a party. They take no time to prepare and they cook up in just 10 minutes.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies

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

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

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

  • Native Foods Expansion

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Downstairs in the kitchen of the new Native Foods Cafe, Jackie Perez preps the meat and sauerkraut for a Reuben sandwich. It's 11:45 a.m., 30 minutes before the two-hour lunch rush will start, bringing in hundreds of hungry businessmen and women from around Dupont Circle. Perez, the restaurant's national kitchen trainer, is surrounded by a […]
  • Let Them Eat Vegan Wedding Cake

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Her family wasn’t vegetarian – let alone vegan – but they never used butter, milk or eggs in their baking. “That’s just the way they baked,” said Kristi Touchette, 40. She’s not sure why, but recalls a relative mentioning a connection to the Depression, when eggs and milk were in short supply so cake recipes […]
  • The Secret of These New Veggie Burgers: Plant Blood

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Patrick Brown, a 60-year-old Stanford University professor turned first-time entrepreneur, says he has found the secret to replicating the taste of red meat: plant “blood.” On a recent afternoon in his company’s expansive laboratory, Mr. Brown poured a deep-red liquid into a plastic cup. The thin concoction looks like blood, has the same distinct metallic […]
  • 5 Awesome Reasons We Could Have a Vegan America by 2050

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

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

  • Surf N’ Turf Egg Rolls Video

    Sara O'Donnell
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    We have a saying amongst our friends, “I’m keeping the dream alive.” It is usually said more during holidays… when we are feeling nostalgic The post Surf N’ Turf Egg Rolls Video appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Surf N’ Turf Egg Rolls Recipe

    Sara O'Donnell
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    This is an ideal use of leftovers from the crown jewel of celebration meals, Surf N' Turf. If you happen to have leftovers that is The post Surf N’ Turf Egg Rolls Recipe appeared first on Average Betty.
  • WeMo Enabled Crock-Pot 6 Qt. Smart Slow Cooker

    Sara O'Donnell
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    We have officially become The Jetson’s and it isn’t the Apple Watch that pushed us out of the grey area. It’s the WeMo Enabled Crock-Pot 6 Qt. Smart Slow Cooker The post WeMo Enabled Crock-Pot 6 Qt. Smart Slow Cooker appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Cake Video

    Sara O'Donnell
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    There are a number of reasons to make cake in the crock pot. Mine being that it's still hotter than all get out in Southern California and I don't feel like turning on the oven The post Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Cake Video appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe

    Sara O'Donnell
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Cake is surprisingly moist. Serve warm with ice cream or cool and frost with Vanilla Buttercream The post Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe appeared first on Average Betty.
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    24 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    I’ve got the baby all to myself and a Nor’Easter is blowing outside. If I don’t take Natalie outside for a walk she won’t take a nap. That means Daddy won’t get a nap. Not good. When there’s a lull in the storm I load my daughter into the car and head over to the mall. Protected from the elements I can wheel Natalie around until she gets overstimulated and knocks out. I can also do some shopping, grab a snack and, if there’s a fecal emergency, utilize the changing stations the mall thoughtfully provides. Retailers don’t want diaper meltdowns putting a dent in their profits.
  • Brunch Is for Jerks?

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    A couple of days ago a friend of mine, an avowed foodie, texted the above picture to my cell phone. “I disagree,” I wrote back. “As do I,” he replied. “Sometimes that’s my only meal!” I like brunch, but brunch done right. Post-waiter-stress trauma makes me leery of places that crank out fusion cuisine or Tex-Mex six days a week and then offer overpriced eggs on Sunday. Cooks making stuff outside their usual routine produce results ranging from bleh to disastrous. Did we forget Anthony Bourdain’s warning about chefs unloading the week’s leftovers by masking them with…
  • Clouds of Unknowing

    27 Apr 2014 | 11:13 pm
    I’m in the break room writing my notes while my coworker Jorge fiddles with his iPhone. “Check this shit out,” he says. I look up from my paperwork. My younger colleagues are very enamored with their smartphones. “What?” I say. “Siri,” Jorge says. “What planes are flying overhead?” “You’re kidding me.” Jorge’s phone beeps and he hands it to me. “Take a look.” Sure enough, the screen displays the flight numbers of all the planes soaring above our heads. “Ahmed!” I say. “Hand me the Stinger…
  • Decade

    26 Apr 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Waiter Rant is ten years old today. If you told me when I wrote that first post that it would lead to book deals, the NYT Bestseller List, Oprah, The Today Show and hundreds of radio and print interviews I would have said you were suffering from cocaine induced psychosis. But that’s indeed what happened. Life is wondrous and strange. So much has happened to me in those ten years. I owe the faithful readers of this blog more thanks than mere words can express. Of course, my agent Farley Chase has to be singled out for his perseverance and optimism as well as the good folks at Harper…
  • Nice Guy

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    It’s a cold December night and I’m taking my co-worker Tamisha home. She missed her bus and I don’t want her waiting at a bus stop freezing and alone. What can I say? I’m a nice guy. “You sure you know the way?” I say, guiding my car through the streets of Newark. “Sorry,” Tamisha says. I always take the bus and don’t drive. My sense of direction is rusty.” To my the right glass sheathed apartment buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe tower over us, their windows winking like a binary code of light and dark squares. Ahead of us the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart sits on a…
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    Coconut & Lime // Rachel Rappaport

  • Meyer Lemon Ginger Beer Rock Shandy

    Rachel Rappaport
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:1 cup Meyer lemon juice (from about 7 lemons)4 cups very cold water3 tablespoons liquid turbinado sugar, simple syrup or agave nectar3 cups ginger beer1/2 teaspoon bittersDirections:In a medium pitcher, stir together the lemon juice, water, syrup until fully incorporated. Carefully stir in the ginger beer. Sprinkle with bitters. Serve immediately.  My thoughts:A rock shandy is a non-alcoholic version of a shandy (which is beer mixed with lemonade or soda) frequently made with citrus fruit. I've been on a big ginger beer kick lately so I thought I'd try it with sweet-tart…
  • Tuna Dandelion Green Pasta Salad

    Rachel Rappaport
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:10 oz rotini2 cups finely chopped dandelion greens10 oz canned solid white albacore in water, drained1 small onion, diced1 stalks celery, diced2 tablespoons capote capers2 green onions, diceddressing:1/4 cup mayonnaise1 1/2 teaspoon Dijon1/2 teaspoon juice from the caper jar1/2 teaspoon ground peri perifreshly ground black pepperDirections:Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook the pasta until al dente. In the last minute of cooking, toss in the dandelion greens. Drain and cool completely.In a large bowl, toss together the tuna, pasta mixture, capers, onion, green onion, celery…
  • Butternut Squash Pork Tacos

    Rachel Rappaport
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:2 1/2 lb boneless pork roast 1 1/2 lb (peeled, seeded) butternut squash, cut into 2 inch half moons*2 jalapenos, sliced1 onion, sliced 1/4 cup red wine vinegar1 teaspoon granulated garlicto serve:taco sized tortillasshredded Mexican cheesessour creamhot saucelettuceDirections:Place the butternut squash in the bottom of a 4 qt slow cooker. Place the pork on top the squash and then scatter the remaining ingredients on top. Cook on low 8-10 hours. Remove the pork and shred. Use a slotted spoon or spider to scoop out the solid ingredients from the slow cooker insert. Place in a medium…
  • Chorizo Autumn Vegetable Soup

    Rachel Rappaport
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:group #11 acorn squash, cubed2 carrots, cut into coins2 very large parsnips, diced2 stalks celery, diced1 Walla Walla onion, diced2 cloves garlic, minced1 teaspoon ground peri peri8 cups Swanson chicken broth*sea saltfreshly ground black peppergroup #21 bunch lacinato kale12 oz Portuguese-style chorizo, cut into coins and lightly brownedDirections:Add the ingredients from group #1 to a 6 quart slow cooker. Cook on low 8-10 hrs. Stir in group #2. Cover and cook on low 20 additional minutes. *Depending on the size of your vegetables, you might need slightly more stock. It should…
  • Cheddar Broccoli Mashed Potatoes

    Rachel Rappaport
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Ingredients:2 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes, cubed1 large broccoli crown, cut into florets (about 1 1/2 cups florets)2 cloves garlic1/3 cup extra sharp cheddar1/4 cup milk1 tablespoon butterDirections:Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the broccoli, garlic and potatoes. Boil until the potatoes are fork-tender. Drain, mash in remaining ingredients. Serve immediately. My thoughts:It is mashed potato season again! I love them any time of the year but in the summer it is just too hot to boil water sometimes! This is one of my favorite ways to make mashed potatoes; there is no need for a…
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    Cooking with Anne

  • Apple Cakey Pie Thing Gooey Goodness

    Anne Coleman
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    A couple weeks ago I came across a cake on a site (thanks to Mark Boxshus, A.K.A. Boscoe the Cookie Doctor) and thought it looked awesome, but there was no way it would work. I also thought it would be awesome with a topping like the one we use for Nana's Apple Cake.I had no idea how this monster of a thing would turn out so I tried it. I tweaked it here and there and made it several times before I was happy with it. Just the photos alone on Facebook and Instagram stirred people.When I posted to Instagram I called it: "Apple cakey pie thing gooey goodness" and SoVeryDomestic remarked, "That…
  • Apple Season

    Anne Coleman
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Apples from friends are the best!It's no surprise to anyone I know that fall is my favorite time of year. There are so many reasons why, but one of the biggest is that it's prime time for apples. I have my favorites there, as well; Granny Smith or Pink Lady for eating, and a mix of Granny Smith and Macintosh for baking and cooking. Just this month I was introduced to SweeTango apples and fell in love with those, too.I also get into the kitchen more in autumn, with apples ripe for the picking, pumpkins abound and meats being smoked for preserving ... it just makes me want to cook - and eat!
  • Butternut Squash and Ricotta Pizza

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

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

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

  • Tredwell's, Covent Garden

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    The last few years have not been kind on high-end French dining. Thanks partly to an explosion in demand for budget American comfort food (MeatLiquor, Patty & Bun, Chicken Shop) and a determined democratisation of the mid-range elsewhere (Zédel Brasserie, Zucca, Bone Daddies, you name a cuisine, you can eat it in this city for about £20/head), all of a sudden places like Petrus, Alain Ducasse, Gordon Ramsay and (yes) Marcus at the Berkeley hotel seem part of an older, fussier, elitist tranche of expense-account sinkholes, not irrelevant as such but not exactly London 2014. So not to take…
  • Ippudo, St Giles

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    There's always a risk in expanding a restaurant abroad that there will be some aspects of your style or facility, happily accepted as normal in your home country, that will not sit well with your new audience. TGI Friday's, for example, has become notorious for the kind of gurning over-familiarity of service that British people dismiss as "typically American" but which presumably great swathes of the US consider perfectly satisfactory. And at the other end of the scale, the typical level of "service" encountered in a huge number of high-end Parisian cafés would be considered nothing short of…
  • Kanada-Ya, Covent Garden

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    "I don't care how warm it is outside," said my friend as the mercury topped 20 degrees Celsius at the start of October, and the sun cracked the pavements on the streets of Battersea, "I'm wearing my winter coat. I've waited long enough." I know how she feels, although not about clothes, which as anyone who's ever met me will not be surprised ranks just between reality TV and cross-country skiing on my list of interests. My problem with the Indian summer is that I have been waiting far too long to snuggle up to a bowl of ramen or a portion of spicy tom yam soup and it's got to the stage when…
  • Salvation in Noodles, Dalston

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

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

  • What a Munchkin Aspires to: Sweet Potato Doughnuts at Bostonia Public House

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    You should definitely read Lisa Johnson's fabulous post on our lunch at Bostonia Public House. Here's a sneak peak of our sweet potato doughnuts:The doughnuts were served warm with vanilla glaze laced with cinnamon. Lisa described them as tasting like French toast. The natural sweetness from the sweet potato base made inside taste naturally sweet not just cakey like other doughnuts. We were served about 9 doughnuts so they were great for sharing. Read more about the rest of our experience here! Lunch at Bostonia Public House
  • Comfort Food with Stephen Colbert and Jamie Oliver

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    I need this book. Watching Stephen Colbert and Jamie Oliver dish over comfort food is kind of like watching carb prozac. Enjoy!The Colbert ReportGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Colbert Report on Facebook
  • Bakes For Breast Cancer Holds First Annual #OfficeBakeSale

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

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

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

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

    18 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    Click to view slideshow. September is gone! October is upon us. My bank account dwindles…London is just too exciting! There is too much to do! Too much to see! Too much to EAT. Yet, my London restaunt blog sits ignored. Let me try to do something about that. Here’s where I’ve been eating lately. If you can’t tell, I’m on a bit of a Chinese and Spanish kick at the moment. Gourmet San, Bethnal Green. My friend JP and I did a little Szechuan crawl one night, inspired by our mutual love of Sichuan Folk off Brick Lane. We had high hopes, but Gourmet San let us down.
  • Bob Bob Ricard, I Love You

    12 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    When people would ask me what I missed most about London, I would tell them honestly, “Waitrose. And Bob Bob Ricard.” American supermarkets were fluorescent nightmares, and American restaurants were full of cheap chairs and limited sparkling wine choices. I ran away from the Jewel’s and Dominick’s of the world, and started doing most of my shopping at the very tiny Green Grocer, which had everything I needed, really. (But still, no Waitrose.) And I found myself spending more and more time in the velvet and brass lobby bars of the grand hotels — The Four Seasons,…
  • Please Help Me Fix My WordPress Site…

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

    27 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    My obsession with London knows no bounds. Some of you will get tired of me talking about this, but…I am not sorry. Waitrose!! Double-decker buses! Pubs! Men in suits! Tuxedos on the tube! Cheap flights to everywhere!! Life is good. It’s nice to be back, and in a way, to be reunited with my London restaurant blog, which I am stretching and changing. Here’s what else I’ve been obsessed with lately. Orla Keily’s collection of shoes at Clark’s. I’ve written before about my obsession with Clarks in London. Some people — the ones not in the know…
  • Where I’ve Been Eating in London Lately, Summer Edition

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

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Custard Cups

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

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

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

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

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Since going on THM (Trim Healthy Mama), and losing a little bit of weight, I am greatly encouraged.  One of the staple drinks is GGMS or Good Girl Moonshine.  Unlike it's namesake, it is NOT alcoholic!  I haven't yet acquired the taste for this, but in my efforts to reduce my soda intake (well, eliminate it as much as possible), I've come up with a tea I like to drink.  I make this caffeine free so that I can enjoy any time of day.Fruit Punch Tea2 Black Cherry Berry Celestial Seasonings Tea Bags2 Raspberry Zinger Celestial Seasonings Tea Bags2 Country Peach Passion…
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    David Lebovitz

  • Pottoka

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    Sometimes I feel like a nitwit, especially when people start talking about all the new restaurants in Paris. I am a creature of habit (and I don’t like disappointment), so I generally go to the same places. I also tend to stay on the Right Bank, where I live, as the restaurants tend to be more exciting and less-fussy, with a more casual ambiance. But I’d heard good things about Pottoka, over in the 7th arrondissement, helmed by chef Sébastien Gravé, who likes to improvise on his native Basque cuisine, known for lots of colors and contrasts, as well as a hint of spice. The…
  • At the Market: Bitter Turnips and Smoked Garlic

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    I regularly visit the outdoors markets in Paris to do my shopping. It’s a lot nicer than the supermarket and I’ve gotten to know many of the vendors personally. Last Friday I took a lovely journalist from Poland through the market, who was writing a story about me and my new book. And I thought I’d be fun to take her shopping with me. She asked me a lot of questions as I blazed through the market, where I dialed in on the fresh figs immediately. Worried that the fragile beauties would get smushed in my bag, I made a mental note to go back and get some. The best market tip I…
  • Peppermint Stick Ice Cream with Hot Fudge Sauce

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:33 am
    One of my favorite bakeries anywhere is Baked, located way over yonder, in Red Hook, Brooklyn. It’s a ways to go, since that part of Brooklyn lacks subway stops. (And it’s about 3000 miles from Paris, and no métro goes there either.) So I’m happy to hear they’re opening in Tribeca, so when I’m in New York, I can make it over there more frequently. But what’s just as good as visiting their bakery in person, is their latest book, Baked Occasions, featuring Matt Lewis and Renato Polifito’s favorite cakes, cookies, and candies, for entertaining,…
  • Pickled Jalapenos

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:37 am
    Yes, I know I’ve been presenting a lot of chile pepper recipes lately. But, well, ’tis the season. And when nature speaks, ya gotta listen. So I promise a chocolate recipe up shortly — fortunately, chocolate is an all-year round kind of thing — but I wanted to preserve a nice bag of jalapeños that happily made their way into my Paris kitchen. And since they’re something you don’t see at Parisian markets, I wanted to make my bounty last as long as possible. So I decided to preserve them for my next Mexi-fest, and pickle them in the style of those you find…
  • La Trésorerie and Café Smorgås

    9 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The word trésorerie in French means “treasury.” But in spite of its vaguely unpleasant connotation with the place that receives your taxes, it can also mean “treasure trove,” such as in this case, to describe La Trésorerie. One of the nice things about living in an international city like Paris, is that you can visit “another country” by just taking a métro, bike, or a short walk, and find yourself in the middle of another culture. Behind the Gare du Nord are streets lined with Indian and Sri Lankan restaurants and épiceries (food shops), and the Goutte d’Or has…
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    Cybele Pascal

  • Chicken, Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Vindaloo with Quinoa

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Along with the bounty of the fall harvest comes cooler days and longer nights, and a craving for hearty dishes that bring you back to the warmth of the stove. We turn to comforting inexpensive staples like potatoes, carrots, apples, and grains, for rich autumnal inspiration. The desire for comfort is universal, and a simmering pot is the marker of fall. Instead of armchair traveling, I suggest you travel via your kitchen, and explore global cuisine. Take a trip from Tokyo, to Goa, to Naples to Budapest, all in the course of a week. Following on my last post for Pasta e Fagioli with…
  • Allergy Friendly Pasta e Fagioli with “Cheesy” Garlic Croutons

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
      PASTA E FAGIOLI WITH “CHEESY” GARLIC CROUTONS Serves 8 Free of: gluten and all top allergens Pasta e Fagioli is about as comforting as a bowl of soup can get. The hearty combo of vegetables, beans, and pasta make a complete meal, perfect for any chilly fall night, or wonderful for lunch the next day. The “Cheesy” Garlic Croutons are an added bonus. Store them tightly covered at room temp… but don’t expect them to last, as kids devour them like candy. This recipe makes enough for a hearty meal for 4, plus leftovers. I’ve swapped out the traditional allergens of…
  • Allergy Friendly Butterscotch Bars

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

  • A Super Fast, Super Fresh Middle Eastern Hot Sauce

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Like many chefs, Eli Sussman of New York City’s Mile End Deli enjoys making his own hot sauce. This jalapeño-cilantro version can run from mild to spicy depending on how hot the chiles are. Yemeni Hot Sauce In a food processor, mince ...
  • 7 Cakes and Their Cupcake Counterparts

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In this week’s Chefs in Conversation video, Top Chef champion Kristen Kish tackled a big question: cakes or cupcakes? We are of the opinion that both are equally delicious and appropriate for different occasions. Here, seven cakes for big ce...
  • This Week in Food Holidays: Seafood Bisque, Chocolate Cupcakes and Pumpkin Cheesecake

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    F&W doesn't expect you to see every tweet we send out (just almost every one). Catch up each week with this top 5 list. [<a href="//" target="_blank">View the story " " on Storify&a...
  • 12 Beaujolais Even a Bond Girl Would Love

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Leave it up to Liz Vilardi. When we asked the sommelier from Belly in Cambridge, Massachussets to pick a definitive mixed case of wine, she came back with a dozen bottles all from the same region. The woman is a theme master. In fact themes are a ...
  • Sleep Inside a Priceless Sculpture at The Beaumont

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Plenty of hotels are home to stunning, world-class art collections, but the new Beaumont in London is the one of the only places in the world where you can actually sleep inside a modern masterpiece. The majority of the hotel’s 73 rooms are ...
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    Eater NY - All

  • wd~50's Going Out with Themed Ticketed Dinners; Empellon Al Pastor to Start Delivery on Monday

    Devra Ferst
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Pork Slope's hosting a candy brunch for Halloween and Contrada's roasting a whole hog on Monday. LOWER EAST SIDE — Before closing wd~50 on November 30, Wylie Dufresne will host two weeks of special dinners including a wd~50 Now and Then, Turkey Day, and Last Call. Prices range from $85 to $275 before drink pairings. Tickets will be released on October 30 on the restaurant's website. [EaterWire] DELIVERY — Empellon al Pastor is starting delivery at 12:30 p.m. on Monday via Caviar. The menu includes guac, tacos de guisados, sides and, of course, the tacos al pastor. For now, delivery is…
  • Five Points Trades Its Brunch Credentials for Vic's Italian Farmhouse Vibe and Lardo Tortellini

    Devra Ferst
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
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  • The Last-Minute Friday Night Reservation Guide

    Nick Solares
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The weekend is finally here, reserve a great table to start it off right. Eater scanned through all 1,401 NYC restaurants on OpenTable with reservations for two still available for tonight. Here's the best of the bunch: · Delmonico's (7:30, 8:00, 8:30)· Elan (6:45, 10:00)· All'Onda (7:15, 10:00)· Bar Bolonat (6:15)· Daruma-ya (7:30, 8:00, 8:30)· Gramercy Tavern (10:00)· Brushstroke (6:45, 9:00)· Tocqueville (7:30, 8:30, 10:00)· Dirty French (6:00)· John Dory (6:15, 9:45)· Betony (10:00)· Indochine (7:00, 7:45)· Telepan (8:30, 9:30)· Momofuku Ma Peche (7:30, 8:00,…
  • A Guide to Finding the Best Dark 'N' Stormy: A Swirling Tempest of a Cocktail

    Nick Solares
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
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  • The Dead Rabbit's Pam Wiznitzer Drove 13,824 Miles All in the Name of Some Damn Fine Cocktails

    Devra Ferst
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Master mixer Pam Wiznitzer explains how to pick the right cocktail from a list of 74 and where to spend a great afternoon downing a beer and a hotdog. Master bar-mistress Pam Wiznitzer got into bartending as a way to pre-game on the cheap in college. A couple of years later, when her start-up job went bust during the recession, she started pouring drinks at a Murray Hill sports bar — the kind of place where screens glow with ESPN and the only sound track is 40’s jams. The manager left her to her own devices and she started picking up dusty bottles and bringing in fruit from the corner…
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  • Rich soil, tilled

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Not going to hold my breath waiting for the exposé of how, without a “ghostwriter,” you can come up with 2,000 recipes while bloviating and Hoovering on different continents. Fast, he said, and not like Friday fish.
  • Bar code, greened

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    File this under “what’s good for Big Pharma is good for America:” The best way to get coverage of Piglet Ebola is to send out a release touting better factory farming through chemistry. Leave it to the reader to see “1.3 million pigs died in January alone” and “the need to bury carcasses has even [...]
  • Take your toddler to Daniel

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    I went off to college freshman year with a grant, a scholarship and a loan, and still the only way I figured I could get by would be if I lived on Del Monte green beans, which I loved and which cost 17 cents a can. (This was way back in the last century, when [...]
  • Diving derp

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Call me ready to be roped out of the culled herd, but I just can’t freak out about Ebola. Not when the bigger story is consistently buried far inside the newspapers, dead-tree and digital both: Antibiotic overuse in animals bred for fud is flat-out out of control. Just imagine if the only cure for the [...]
  • Sole butter

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    I do, however, wonder if any of the diapered xenophobes calling for bans on flights from West Africa have any idea where a lot of chocolate comes from. Or how it’s made . . .
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  • Even on a good day

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

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    I picked up a roll of film that I shot at Sam and Megan’s wedding last month, and maybe my friend at the lab did some wizardry with the negative scanner, but the whole roll has this glowy, ethereal light shining through it. It’s a decidedly end-of-summer light. I like the way it makes me feel. The past few mornings, our neighborhood has been white with fog, this dense fog that blows up the
  • The satisfaction

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    In early September, a kind reader in north-central Idaho left me a comment. Her name was Michele, and her Italian prune plum tree was promising a bumper crop: did I want some? This kind of thing does not happen all the time, or ever, so I said (yelled) yes. That is how it came to pass that last week, a box showed up on our stoop, containing almost ten pounds of plums cushioned in bubble wrap. I
  • Every Tuesday

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

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

  • This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

    The Serious Eats Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    This week, we made loads of Halloween-themed food, gazed jealously at Vicky's travel pics from Rome, and welcomed a new pooch to the office. See it all in the slideshow! VIEW SLIDESHOW: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters
  • Win at Halloween With These Vampire Mouth Sandwich Cookies

    Niki Achitoff-Gray
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    These fun and easy vampire mouth cookie sandwiches take their inspiration from s'mores, with a chocolate-graham-cracker mouth, red-dyed frosting gums, mini-marshmallow teeth, and almond-sliver fangs. Read More
  • Fried Chicken Skin With Hot Sauce and Honey From 'Heritage'

    Maggie Mariolis
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Most would agree, the best part of fried chicken is the skin. Evil-genius chef Sean Brock decided to skip the middle man—er, chicken—and go right for the good stuff. He serves these deep-fried strips of chicken skin as a bar snack at Husk, and was benevolent enough to share the recipe for them in his new cookbook, Heritage. Read More
  • How to Make my Mother-in-Law's Ultra-Crispy Fillipino Fried Spareribs

    Joshua Bousel
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    What's better than spareribs? How about Filipino deep-fried spareribs. First marinated with garlic and vinegar, then deep fried until browned and crisp, they're an addictive plate of pork. Read More
  • 5 Must-Drink Oatmeal Stouts

    Maggie Hoffman
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    Halloween candy is just fine, but come fall, I crave creamy, chocolatey oatmeal stout. I asked our crew of beer experts—all Certified Cicerones—about the best of the bunch. Read More
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  • The Food Lab: How to Make the Best Pumpkin Pizza

    J. Kenji López-Alt
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Pumpkin and pizza are not the most common bandmates, but I'm gonna try and convince you that they should get together and jam out a bit more often. My proof: this sweet-yet-savory pumpkin pizza with gentle warm spices, three cheeses, and a little sage. Read More
  • The Pizzadilla: This is What Happens When a Quesadilla and a Pizza Make Sweet Love

    J. Kenji López-Alt
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Last week, after publishing a recipe for a cast iron-baked, tortilla pizza, it was suggested that I just fold it in half and make it into a quesadilla pizza. What if I took that concept, and tweaked it just a bit? It gives birth to the pizzadilla (or is it a quesadizza?), that's what. This is what happens when a pizza and a quesadilla make sweet, sweet love: Cheesy, greasy, crisp-edged glory. Read More
  • Use Your Cast Iron Pan and a Tortilla to Make World Class Bar-Style Pizza in Under 12 Minutes

    J. Kenji López-Alt
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    In the catalog of easy, cheat-y pizza recipes that start with some form of pre-baked bread base, flour-tortilla pizzas ranked pretty low on my list. But after this week, all that has changed and I'm now going to take the position that given the proper technique, a couple of tricks, and the aid of a cast iron skillet, flour tortillas are actually the best way to make quick thin-and-crisp, bar-style pizza at home. Read More
  • Party-Sized Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

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

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

  • cauliflower cheese

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    What, you’ve never had cauliflower cheese before? Why, it’s right up there on the American Heart Association’s recommended diet, above the kale and below the oat bran. Okay, well, maybe just the cauliflower is. I realize this dish may sound strange if you’ve never heard of it. The first time I saw it on a menu in the UK last fall, I thought a word was missing, perhaps “with” or “and.” I mean, you cannot make cheese out of cauliflower or vice-versa, or at least I hope not.* And then I tried it, bubbling and brown in a small ramekin aside my…
  • homemade harissa

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    One of my secret food shames is that I don’t love spicy foods as much as would probably make me cool these days. I’ve got no Thai chile-eating bravado, no Sichuan peppercorn count to throw around, and I never even once in college went to one of those Buffalo wings places where they make you sign a waiver (such as the delightfully named, late Cluck U Chicken near Rutgers University) and lived to brag about it, the way others might boast about how much they bench press or how fast they run a mile (nope, nothing to swagger about there either). My ideal hot sauce can’t be found…
  • carrot cake with cider and olive oil

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Not 10 seconds after I hit “publish” on Tuesday’s fall-toush salad, pretty much out of the clear blue sky, wherever it might be hiding, I simultaneously began craving carrot cake, feeling vaguely annoyed that we didn’t have any around (because I haven’t made it in six years, maybe?) and more pressingly for the breadth of this site, why I didn’t have what I’d consider a go-to recipe for the kind of hearty, craggy thud of a carrot cake loaf I want more of in my life. Sure, there’s a carrot cake cupcake/layer cake in the archives, but it’s a…
  • fall-toush salad

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    This probably makes no sense. The classic Levantine fattoush salad that I’ve mercilessly punned upon is the epitome of summer: tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, mint, parsley, garlic and lemon with pita chips that both do and do not soak up the dressing, in the best of ways. It’s bright, crunchy and the absolutely ideal thing to eat on a hot day. But at least on this coast, we’re done with beach days for a while. We’re done (or were supposed to be before today’s confusion) with open-toed shoes, permanently open windows, and going out without a jacket and not…
  • better chocolate babka

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Inadvertently, this has become Festivus week on Smitten Kitchen, wherein I air my grievances at past recipes and exhibit what I hope can be passed off as “feats of strength” in reformulating them for modern times. Still, nobody could more surprised than I am that of all the recipes in the archives, it’s Martha Stewart’s decadent chocolate babkas from seven years ago that have ended up in this queue, because at the time we found them beyond reproach: rich, buttery, crumbly and intensely chocolaty. They were precisely what we’d remembered getting from the store…
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    The (ex)Expatriate's Kitchen

  • Sweet Potato and Quinoa Cakes with Chipotle Aioli and Micro Greens

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

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

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

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    Eleven-Year Old Inspires Change to Improve Lives of Children Nationwide Food News More than 16 million children in the U.S. live in households that struggle to put food on the table. Devon Hirsch, an 11-year old boy from Atlanta, Ga., is stepping up in a big way to make this a thing of the past. Founder of Giving Grub, his own fundraising website, Devon has inspired many to learn more about, and donate to, Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign ending childhood hunger in America. Share Our Strength has been connecting children to healthy foods since its inception in 1984. CEO Billy…
  • Monster Cereals Meet DC Comics

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    General Mills and DC Comics partner on limited-edition Monsters Cereals Reviews What do you get when you play off BOTH the nostalgia and the interest in high end comics of the Millennial? General Mills figured it out when they rebranded a set of Monsters Cereals just in time for Halloween. This year—in fact, on shelves now—Count Chocula™, Franken Berry™ and Boo Berry™ have a brand new look thanks to a partnership with DC Entertainment, home to DC Comics, and four of its artists. DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee redesigned Boo Berry, Dave Johnson gave Franken…
  • Pumpkin: The Flavor of the Season

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Food News It’s obvious that one of the flavors of the season is pumpkin (along with gingerbread and anything caramel). What used to be a decoration for the front porch, subject to neighborhood hooligans ready to smash and run, is now a food—and we are learning the varietals in the same way we figured out the difference between Roma and Heirloom tomatoes. The recipes, of course, are part of the discussion. We now know how to make homemade pumpkin puree, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, pumpkin custard, pumpkin lattes and pumpkin bread. We know it’s a fruit, not a vegetable, and…
  • The New Wollensky's Grill

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Destination: Chicago Reviews How do you take an iconic brand and update it while retaining its heart and soul? Ask Smith & Wollensky.  They've successfully done it with the grand reopening of the all new Wollensky’s Grill in Chicago. The new Wollensky’s Grill concept stays true to the heart of best-in-class dining while exploring culinary avenues influenced by shareable dining and social interaction. We experienced it ourselves . . . see how this sounds. We started with several appetizers--more than enough for the three at our table, and completely delivering on their…
  • Coffee Facts You Should Know

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

  • Bourgee

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    Bourgee – a welcome addition to Southend-on-Sea’s dreary restaurant scene. I have been living in Essex for 10 years and when I heard the news that a posh restaurant will be opening close by I couldn’t believe my ears. Someone had a lot of balls. Keen to check out Bourgee, I visited within a week […]
  • Giveaway #125: One Copy of Bread

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:54 am
    Bread. The daily staple for millions around the globe. There’s so much more to bread than the stacks and stacks of standard loaves in the shop though. I have often heard people say how therapeutic bread baking is, so if you need cheering up why not get into baking? Bread, published by Jacqui Small, is […]
  • Losing a Father

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    If you still have a father, give him a hug and kiss and tell him you love him. Mine died today. It all happened so fast. He fell and broke his arm, started recovering, and the next thing I knew his heart and other organs were failing. To see a proud, six footer of a […]
  • Prezzo (Rayleigh, Essex)

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

    24 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    Burgers these days are extremely trendy. From street food vendors to trendy restaurants in London’s Soho, you simply can’t miss them. It’s all thanks to the recession when people decided to tighten their belts and started eating more cheap food than they did before. With the burger boom came some fantastic offerings but ironically most […]
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    Grub Street New York

  • Wylie Dufresne Commemorating Final Two Weeks of wd~50 With Ticketed Blowout Feasts

    Hugh Merwin
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    This man wants to serve you turkey dinner. We're coming upon the last days of wd~50 as we round out October. Because an incoming condo construction project is set to take over the Clinton Street site that's been its home for the last eleven years, Wylie Dufresne's pioneering restaurant will shutter in just five weeks. Alder remains open in the East Village, of course, and while Dufresne has hinted he may reopen wd~50 elsewhere, it's probably time for everyone to stop by and pay respects, especially because the chef is promising to make it super awesome. Here's a little bit more about your…
  • Girl Who Was Burned by Hot Denny's Coffee Will Get $500K

    Clint Rainey
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    A grand legal slam. A Buffalo Federal Court judge approved a hefty settlement to a girl who pulled a scalding hot Denny's coffee right into her lap from the table's edge at 14 months old. The parents of Tatyana Adames, now 5, said the waitress was negligent for putting it there, and that her inattention resulted in first- and second-degree burns over their daughter's chest, neck, and abdomen. The incident left Adames in a Pennsylvania hospital for several weeks, far from home in Puerto Rico. She's recovered, but her family says that heat still causes an itchy rash. The hard figure was sealed,…
  • Entire Family Gets Paralyzed After Feasting on Deadly Pufferfish by Mistake

    Clint Rainey
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Not worth it. This is some ghastly news: A big family meal in Brazil got really bad quickly when the fish in their soup turned out to be pufferfish, a creature in the running for Earth's most poisonous animal. Japan requires sushi chefs to train intensively for two years before slicing it into fugu sashimi, we've all heard, and the Souzas, from Rio, hurried it into the pot straight from their friend's boat like they probably would any fresh catch. They also "invited the whole family" to partake, and now a total of 11 people are hospitalized and in critical condition, reports Brazil's G1. This…
  • Grub Street’s Restaurant Power Rankings: Tacos, Tarte Tatin, and More

    Alan Sytsma
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Each week, Grub Street surveys the entire restaurant landscape of New York City, crunches the numbers, and comes up with this: the most-talked-about, must-visit places in the city. They might be new, or they could be older places that have gotten a recent jolt of buzz. No matter what, these are the restaurants where you should make a point to eat sooner rather than later. 1. Empellón al Pastor (New this week) Was there any doubt that Alex Stupak's brand-new taco shop would take the top spot this week? From the instant it opened this week, the crowds have jammed in to check it out. In…
  • 5 Awesome Outtakes From Alan Cumming’s Grub Street Diet Shoot

    Sierra Tishgart
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    We're not even counting this one. As you surely saw this morning, today's Grub Street Diet subject is the wonderful Alan Cumming, who let photographer Noah Fecks into Club Cumming (a.k.a., his dressing room) to capture the nonstop scene. The subsequent photos are pretty spectacular and it seems like a shame not to share them, so, as we do from time to time, here are the best outtakes from the shoot. The "Danny Zuko."Photo: Noah Fecks The "English heartthrob."Photo: Noah Fecks Surprise!Photo: Noah Fecks So serious.Photo: Noah Fecks The host, in prime form.Photo: Noah Fecks Earlier: Alan…
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    The Passionate Foodie

  • José Maria da Fonseca: Portuguese Pride

    Richard Auffrey
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Extending back 180 years, to its founding in 1834, José Maria da Fonseca is a family-owned Portuguese winery with one foot firmly planted in its rich history and traditions, and the other foot stepping forward into the future. My own experience with their wines extends back as well. About eight to nine years ago, in the wine blog I wrote before I began The Passionate Foodie, I positively reviewed their 2004 Periquita ($10). stating it was a great value wine. Recently, I tasted the 2012 Periquita, and it is still only $10, remaining an excellent value. It is amazing…
  • Kavalan: Taiwan Whiskey

    Richard Auffrey
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    During the last approximately hundred years, Japanese whiskey has taken the world by storm, winning plenty of international awards and thrilling the palates of whiskey lovers everywhere. It is not the only Asian country which is involved in whiskey, and you will likely soon hear more and more about an island in Asia which is producing world quality whiskey.The island of Taiwan.   Probably the oldest alcohol produced on the island of Taiwan is millet wine, which was made by the aboriginal peoples and was an element of many of their rituals and festivals. Eventually, they started producing…
  • Red Heat Tavern: The Food & Drinks (Part 2)

    Richard Auffrey
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    How does food taste cooked in the Josper Charcoal Broiler Oven?Red Heat Tavern, located in Wilmington, opened in March 2014 and is owned and operated by the Burtons Grill restaurant group. It is easily accessed from Route 93, or you can get there via Route 129. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, and on both times when I visited, the restaurant was very busy, and obviously is a popular dining destination for many.The restaurant is moderately sized, with a large, thirty-two seat bar with six televisions, numerous booths, tables and high-tops. There is also an…
  • Thursday Sips & Nibbles

    Richard Auffrey
    23 Oct 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) On Saturday, November 1, the Olé Restaurant Group is celebrating the Day of the Dead holiday with traditional fare and customs. In Spanish, this holiday is called Día de los Muertos. Men, women and children of all ages honor and celebrate their loved ones who have passed away, participating joyously in a festival that has roots nearly 4000 years old. Ole will have a…
  • Red Heat Tavern: Josper Charcoal Broiler Oven (Part 1)

    Richard Auffrey
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    It is the only one of its kind in Massachusetts, and one of only three in New England. It is an intriguing piece of equipment, and it perked my interest enough to learn much more, delving deeper into its origins and capabilities. All this excitement over an oven, An oven?This fascinating oven is the Josper Charcoal Broiler Oven and is part of the kitchen at the Red Heat Tavern, a relatively new restaurant in Wilmington, easily accessible from Route 93. I've spoken to two chefs at the Tavern, dined there on two occasions, and got a chance to view the oven in operation. And I remain…
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    OUPblog » Food & Drink

  • Nine types of meat you may have never tried

    Connie Ngo
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Sometimes what is considered edible is subject to a given culture or region of the world; what someone from Nicaragua would consider “local grub” could be entirely different than what someone in Paris would eat. How many different types of meat have you experienced? Are there some types of meat you would never eat? Below are nine different types of meat, listed in The Oxford Companion to Food, that you may not have considered trying: Camel: Still eaten in some regions, a camel’s hump is generally considered the best part of the body to eat. Its milk, a staple for desert nomads, contains…
  • What’s your gut feeling?

    Michael Smith
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    There is an unquantifiable amount of different types of food across the world, ranging from lesser known edibles like elephant garlic and ship’s biscuit to more familiar foods like chocolate and oranges. In the newly updated Oxford Companion to Food, readers will discover more than 3,000 comprehensive entries on every type of food imaginable, and a richly descriptive account of food culture around the world. The Oxford Companion to Food contains facts sure to delight foodies of all ages. Welcome to Oxford University Press’s restaurant. We’ll take your coat. It’s time…
  • Keeping caffeinated for International Coffee Day

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Of all the beverages favored by Oxford University Press staff, coffee may be the lifeblood of our organization. From the coffee bar in the Fairway of our Oxford office to the coffee pots on every floor of the New York office, we’re wired for work. Here’s a brief gallery of employees with their preferred roast — grabbed from a street cart, made to order, or part of an elaborate weekly routine. Oxford staff are ready for their next meeting! “My cappuccino from the OUP coffee bar in my Shakespeare insults mug – so I can fire creative insults and keep caffeinated at the…
  • The health benefits of cheese

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

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

    Matt Duckor
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    [Instagram/thejudylab] Last week, we put a call out for people to share photos of home cooked foods on Instagram using the hashtag #ICookedIt. Turns out, you guys not only make delicious-looking food, but also take equally gorgeous pictures of the stuff. [Instagram/@martinecooks] [Instagram/mamapakskitchen] [Instagram/@shanmulc] [Instgram/@localhaven] [Instagram/@jenkhari] Instagram/kellie.schaefer] Want to see your photos in this space? Make sure to tag whatever you make at home with the hashtag #ICookedIt and mention @epicurious. Making one of our recipes? Let us know which one!
  • Why Every Seafood Chowder Needs Bacon

    Adina Steiman
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Photos: Diana Yen, Food Styling: Diana Yen Forget about a squeeze of lemon: Bacon is the unsung hero in tons of seafood recipes. There's nothing that enhances fish and shellfish more than the smoky, savory taste of cured pork. Take the super-comforting, creamy chowder recipe from our new easy seafood feast menu, for example. The silky, aromatic base of cream, thyme, and celery gets instant depth of flavor from just a few slices of bacon. We got the idea from the Portuguese, who tend to add bacon or sausage to pretty much any recipe that has shellfish in it. And the trick works for pretty…
  • Follow Friday: Insane Veggie Burgers, Updated Mozarella Sticks, and More

    Gabriella Vigoreaux
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
      Welcome to this week's Follow Friday, where we feature our favorite recipes from food blogs this week. This time, we've got the MOST insane veggie burger known to man, a boozy butternut squash soup, and the only ice cream you should eat this fall (amongst other things). We hope you're hungry. Get the recipes and more after the jump.  Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Brandy Soup from Local Milk We've all had a good puréed squash soup in our day, but it's hard to make one that really stands out. Each spoonful tastes exactly like the one before,…
  • This Is the Best Garlic Bread You'll Ever Have.

    Matt Duckor
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    [Photos by Gieves Anderson; food styling by Anna Hampton] Garlic bread is almost a cliche at this point, but that doesn't make it any less delicious. It's hard to mess up carbs dressed in garlic, butter, and some mix of hacked-up green herbs. It's also hard to make a truly remarkable version of it. At least that's what we thought until we had the garlic bread that Ludo Lefebvre serves at his tasting-menu-only spot Trois Mec in Los Angeles. "It's delicious, people know what it is--they love it," says the Burgundy-born Lefebvre. "We're doing a better one…
  • 7 Things You Need to Know to Make Perfect Key Lime Pie

    Adina Steiman
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    You want to make great Key Lime pie at home. Sure, you'll want to start with our insanely popular recipe for Key Lime Pie. But then what? Where do you find the best key limes? How do you make a perfectly shaped crust? We're here to answer all of your most pressing questions about this tart and tangy treat. How do I make those graham cracker crumbs? There are a few ways to pulverize graham crackers. The low-tech route: Working over a large resealable plastic bag, break the crackers into big chunks. Then press out the air, mostly seal the bag, and lay it flat on a work surface. Run it…
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    Cooking with Friends Blog

  • This Soup’s for You!
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    With the recent transformation of my daughter from carnivore to vegetarian, my cooking challenges have suddenly become a whole lot more interesting. My skirt steak loving and lovely daughter Sofia is now a vegetarian and there’s no stopping her.
  • Thank Goodness it’s Friday! (TGIF)
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    With two back to school nights in a row, it’s back to school for sure in my house! Battling the early morning hours and exhausted evenings, it was a busy week as we all did our best to adjust to the first full week of school.
  • Back to School Cooking with Friends!
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Back to school and back to heavy duty cooking. And waking up early to make lunches, after school snacks, homemade cookies and a variety of dinners!
  • Sweet and Simple Morsels of Friendship
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    This is a simple story about how making ravioli refueled a friendship. My 15 year relationship with Debbie began in her kitchen as we cooked and created our way through young motherhood. With our children just in diapers, Debbie and I shared many of the same concerns and issues like what kinds of solid foods to introduce to our babies and what sleep strategies to try in order to get a full night’s sleep.
  • Humble yet Hearty
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    I’m just back from another spectacular visit to the Algarve region of Portugal where simple food shines and descriptive words like “farm fresh” and “local” are most at home. I’ll confess that I didn’t cook a lot, though I did prepare humble lunches using basic yet fresh produce.
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    Food Gal

  • Oak & Rye and Oh, Those Pies!

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
      It’s taken me nearly a year to finally make it to Oak & Rye, the much lauded pizza joint in downtown Los Gatos. But it was well worth the wait. You see, the restaurant does not take reservations unless you come with an army of 10 people. That means you have to play the [...]
  • Join the Food Gal and the Chef of Plaza Garibaldi for a Macy’s Cooking Demo

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    On the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, Macy’s Valley Fair in Santa Clara is proud to present a cooking demo with Plaza Garibaldi in San Jose. Join me at 6 p.m. Oct. 30, when I’ll be hosting Kenneth Payne, executive chef of this popular, family-owned Mexican restaurant known for its home-made tortillas, mole poblano, fish [...]
  • A Spook-A-Licious Halloween with Woodhouse Chocolate

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
      Woodhouse Chocolate in St. Helena has long been one of my favorite chocolatiers. First off, its chocolates are incomparably smooth and creamy. Second, its shop on Main Street is like the Tiffany’s of chocolates. They are displayed like precious jewels, making enjoying even one bonbon feel like such a special indulgence. When samples of [...]
  • LV Mar — A Latin Party in Downtown Redwood City

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
      Most nights, LV Mar in downtown Redwood City, offers up a taste of modern pan-Latin cuisine in small and large plates. But once a month, Chef Manuel Martinez throws a veritable party — offering a prix fixe dinner themed to a different Latin cuisine, complete with a band, dancers and singers. A couple weeks [...]
  • Baked Therapy

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
      I can be swamped with work… I can be sleep-deprived… It can be 100 degrees that day… But when I feel the urge to bake, I can’t be stopped. What can I say? It’s my therapy. It’s my relaxation. It’s my treat to myself and others. So when a review copy of the new [...]
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    How To Cook Like Your Grandmother

  • How To Make Apple Pie Dip with Cinnamon Sugar Chips

    Drew Kime
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    I love apple pie, but sometimes I don't want a huge piece. Don't tell me to just cut a small piece, have you ever tried to do that? All the filling falls out and you end up with a sad looking piece of crust sitting next to a pile of cooked apples. Sure, it tastes the same, but it looks bad. But ... what if you could get that same taste without starting with a whole pie? Now we're talkin'. The post How To Make Apple Pie Dip with Cinnamon Sugar Chips appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • How To Make Malt Shop Cinnamon Whipped Cream

    Drew Kime
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    I'm going to have to take my in-laws' word for it that this was what was served at malt shops in the 50s. I'm old, I'm not that old. What I can say is that it's freakin' delicious. The post How To Make Malt Shop Cinnamon Whipped Cream appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • How To Make Waffles

    Drew Kime
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Real waffles aren't cooked in a toaster. I know, crazy right? There's this thing called a "waffle iron" that is made just for waffles. And you might have all the ingredients already. No, you don't need to buy a special mix. You'll pay three times as much for just what you see here. The post How To Make Waffles appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • How To Make Chicken Rice Soup

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

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

  • Maple Nut Muffins

    Jennifer McHenry
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    I just recently told you about my discovered love of maple syrup, and here I am again with more maple treats. If you adore all things maple, I'm sure you'll forgive my quick return to some maple goodness. These muffins are so deliciously fall! All that maple syrup, cinnamon, and nuts make them a perfect choice for a cool morning treat. Just imagine grabbing one of these warm from the oven and enjoying it along with your coffee or tea. (Granted, I don't really drink either one, but I'm sure I am in the minority here.) So, this is the part where I tell you that when I say maple syrup, I mean…
  • Praline Cream Pie

    Jennifer McHenry
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Recently as I was baking in my kitchen, I opened my refrigerator to get something or other and spotted the multiple pie crusts I had made earlier that day. I wondered briefly if anyone else gets in a pie-baking mode and can make nothing else. Anyone? Whether I'm alone or not, I've had pie on my brain lately. This is the time of year for pie, after all. There will be more pie love coming soon on BoB, but today I'm so very excited to introduce you to this glorious pie. It all starts with a pie crust, followed by a praline filling, and then a whole lot of vanilla pudding on top of that. It's…
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake Brownies

    Jennifer McHenry
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Several years ago when I discovered Nutella, it was love at first bite. Now, countless bites later, I'm still completely enamored. I think there has been only one time since then when I didn't have a jar in my pantry. And that was a complete oversight on my part. I think there are at least two jars in there right now. You just never know when you're going to require it in a big way. I know surely some of you understand. With my love of that chocolate-hazelnut spread, I've made all sorts of things with it, including brownies and cheesecake. But now, these Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake Brownies…
  • Win a Weber Grill with Krusteaz

    Jennifer McHenry
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Recently, I shared with you the new Krusteaz Flatbreads and a simple breadsticks recipe. These flatbread mixes are great for everything from a simple bread to go with a meal to pizzas, tacos, and more. When thinking of ideas for using those flatbreads, don't forget your grill! I may be a city girl now, but I'm so happy to have easy access to grills on our rooftop. We use them almost year-round! For a little grilled flatbread inspiration, watch my friend Jenn of Hostess with the Mostess show us how to make some really great Grilled BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizzas on the grill. Krusteaz has some…
  • Peanut Butter Bundt Cake with Milk Chocolate Ganache

    Jennifer McHenry
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Oh, the magic of peanut butter and chocolate. I've been a big fan since I was old enough to hold a peanut butter cup. And if you hang around BoB long enough, you'll see that fabulous combination show up pretty often. My latest installment in my continuing chocolate/peanut butter love affair is this gorgeous Bundt cake. As I'm also a huge fan of Bundt cakes, this one is even more exciting for me. Simple and delicious? You can always sign me up for that! The cake itself is a subtly sweet beauty flavored with peanut butter and brown sugar. It's a surprisingly delicate cake, as many Bundt cakes…
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    Skinny Chef

  • Healthy Mini Halloween Cupcakes

    Jennifer Iserloh
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    Piles of candy, cool breezes and cookies galore, everyone wants to enjoy a sweet treat on Halloween. Now that I’m not a kid anymore, I don’t crave a pillow case or huge stack of candy — but these mini cupcakes are ideal for a smaller sweet treat that only clocks in at 46 calories. The Base I like to use my grapefruit cupcakes as the base for these easy halloween treats and simply switch up the icing. Prepare 1 batch which makes 4 dozen mini cupcakes. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room…
  • Oktoberfest Time

    Jennifer Iserloh
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    When I think of Oktoberfest, I remember my trip to Munich where my husband and I drank from heavy glass liter mugs of beer, ones that I could barely lift while the Oom-pah band played merrily in the background. Plates of rich grilled sausages sailed through the air, shouldered on waitresses trays. Since I’m a huge fan of spicy, I opted for the spicy mustard with my tender veal sausage — just as my husband pointed out that traditionally it’s served with a sweet mustard. Moments later, I heard “Miss, miss!” from a lederhosen-clad German patron across the table from…
  • Healthy Jalapeño Poppers

    Jennifer Iserloh
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Eating with your fingers is fun — I’m not embarrassed to do it, even in public. That’s one of the reasons why bar food, along with the spicy, crunchy salt coating, is so darn satisfying. I don’t believe in giving up anything when it comes to food, but I don’t want my nibbles to take up my whole allotment of fat for the day. I created this version of jalapeño poppers a while back that are baked but still have the yummy contrast of creamy filling with crunchy breadcrumb coating. While it’s fun to meet friends out for munchies and a glass of wine at the bar,…
  • Cheap Ways To Go Gluten-Free

    Jennifer Iserloh
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Have you recently learned that gluten is off the menu for you and you’re worried about your food budget sky-rocketing? When you cook with plenty of fresh veggies, fish, chicken, lean cuts of beef, nuts, seeds, and fresh herbs and spices, eating gluten-free the economical way is easier than you think! Start with simple fresh meals that you can make at home in minutes to take the “gluten-guesswork” and save cash in the process… Salads Salads are an easy way to eat healthier, maintain or lose weight, and use naturally gluten-free ingredients that taste great and…
  • Tasty Ways to Cook Eggplant

    Jennifer Iserloh
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Eggplant, like zucchini, is part of the late summer farmer’s market bounty. It’s high in fiber and rich in several antioxidants that reside in the peel (include nasunin, a purple anthocyanin high in Vitamin B1), plus high in copper. So what are some tasty ways to cook with it? Steps for a Light Non-greasy Eggplant
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    We Are Never Full

  • Papas a la Huancaina: The Humble Potato Bids for Immortality

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

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

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

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Quick and easy meals like this chicken and broccoli casserole are my go to dishes for busy nights. This casserole combines chicken, broccoli, rice, cheese, mayonnaise, cream of chicken soup and cornflakes. To save time you can use the meat from a cooked rotisserie chicken. The combination of flavors is great in this recipe and the cornflakes add a really nice crunch to the top of the casserole. I like to add cheese to the mixture and then add an additional layer of cheese under the cornflakes. You can use either white or brown rice for this recipe—I prefer the brown rice personally. Enjoy.
  • Crispy Chicken Poppers Recipe

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    These crispy chicken poppers are a delicious snack or dinner that is easy to prepare. What is great about these chicken poppers is that they are baked in the oven and not fried. The poppers are crispy because they are rolled in cornflakes. A lot of the flavor in this recipe comes from the parmesan cheese and seasonings such as garlic, paprika and ground black pepper. This recipe gets even better with the parmesan-ranch dipping sauce. The sauce is prepared in a blender and combines ingredients such as sour cream, parmesan cheese, lemon, and chives. Enjoy. Crispy Chicken Poppers Yield: 4…
  • Beef a La Sichuan Recipe

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Here is a copycat recipe for the Beef a La Sichuan at PF Chang’s restaurant. For those unfamiliar with this dish—fried strips of beef are tossed with a spicy sauce and vegetables. The beef can either be deep-fried or cooked in the pan. There are 3 different types of vegetables in this recipe—carrots, green onions, and celery. The sauce is both spicy and sweet—it gets most of its heat from ingredients such as Chinese hot mustard, red chili paste, chili oil, and red pepper flakes. If you are not a fan of spicy dishes you could add less of the spicy ingredients. I like to serve this dish…
  • Olive Garden Bolognese Sauce Recipe

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    If you enjoy the meat sauce at the Olive Garden Restaurant you will love this dish. This recipe is for the Bolognese sauce from Olive Garden. What is great about this sauce is that not only is it very delicious but it is also easy to prepare. The sauce uses a few simple ingredients to create an amazing meat sauce that can be served on top of pasta. Two different types of meats help to create this great sauce—ground beef and Italian sausage. Vegetables such as onion, carrot and celery are added into the mixture as well. The sauce then gets even more flavor from red wine and crushed tomatoes…
  • Western Sliders Recipe

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    These western burger sliders are topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, homemade onions rings, and BBQ sauce. The burger patties can either be fried in the pan, on a griddle or grilled on an outdoor grill. The best part about this recipe is the homemade onion strings. The onion strings require a little bit of work but it is well worth the extra effort. Thinly sliced onions are dipped first into butter milk and then rolled in a seasoned flour mixture. The breaded onions are then fried in hot oil until crispy. You can use your favorite BBQ sauce for this recipe. These little burgers make another…
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  • Classic Cocktail Spotlight: the White Russian

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    I’m a bit of a cocktail purist.  Sure, I love new flavors and variations on the classics, but sometimes, when you really love a drink, you just want that drink.  No bells or whistles.  Just that pure, delicious flavor.  And that’s especially true with classic cocktails.  Most classic cocktail recipes are easy to make and only a few ingredients, and they’re so deliciously satisfying when you get them right.  Take this drink: the White Russian.  It’s three ingredients, and it tastes sort of like a boozy milkshake (as in:…
  • a cute idea for halloween

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:34 am
    A few days before Halloween, I wanted to put a really great product on your radar.  This trick-or-treating bag from FEED supports UNICEF by donating $1 from every purchase to UNICEF’s nutrition programs.  If you want to buy it, it’s here.  It’s $18, which is only slightly more than those plastic pumpkin trick-or-treat bags you can buy at drugstores.  And what a great way to teach your kid about nutrition and giving back than to work it into one of their favorite holidays.  I love my FEED bag — in the past six months, I’ve worn it in…
  • Three Steps to the Most Luxurious Lashes Ever

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    With natural beauty all over the runways, one of the best ways to look natural yet put together is to rock luxe eyelashes. Lashes are one of the most important pieces of your look. Taking care of your eyelashes so that they’re long, lush and healthy will save you a ton of time and effort when you’re getting ready. Here are step-by-step instructions to ensure you’re making the most of your gorgeous lashes! 1. Start with a good base. If lashes are the focus of your look, skin has to look perfect. The best way to achieve this isn’t by adding a ton of foundation. It’s starting with…
  • booties and breast cancer awareness

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    So, I bought these shorts literally one day before finding out that I was pregnant — and not surprisingly, pretty shortly afterwards I tried to button them up and the answer was a resounding ‘not a chance, lady.’ In fact, big shock, I wore them exactly one time before tucking them away into a post-baby drawer, where they stayed for almost exactly a year, until this weekend. And here they are: and oh my gosh, I sure do love them.  And they paired perfectly with these boots from Nine West, who very kindly let me pick them out from the Galleria store as part of their…
  • baby bear: at five months

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    Baby Bear, The strangest thing happened this month.  No, life didn’t calm down.  You went straight from your four-month sleep regression into back-to-back colds, ear infections, and then a stomach bug.  In the last few weeks, you have been sick more days than you have been healthy.  Which meant: less sleep, more tears, and lots of hand-wringing for mom.  When something is bothering you, nothing is more important to me than to fix it, any way I can. But, you know what?  Sometimes I can’t. Sometimes you have to do it on your own.  Obviously,…
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    The Fresh Loaf

  • Cadco XAF 183, Slightly used

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:31 am
    Cadco XAF 183, Slightly usedSubmitted by d0rifto on October 25, 2014 - 1:31am.Hello,i posted this on craigslist also but havent sold it yet.  Im out of the country but I have the oven at my parents house.  Either one or my friends could be there to help anyone take a look at itIm looking to get $1100.  there are numerous reviews on the Cadco oven for bread usage, im just looking geared more towards professional bread usage.  this works great for baked goods, for bread it is pretty good.  the humidity function is not steam injection, so dont expect a $50k oven steam injection.  but…
  • Storing sprouted grains and fresh flour

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Storing sprouted grains and fresh flourSubmitted by whizkid on October 24, 2014 - 3:18pm.I just got the new Reinhart cookbook, Bread Revolution, and right now I'm experimenting with some of the sprouted flour recipes. I'm sprouting, drying, and grinding my own wheat flour but only as much as I need.Since the sprouting process takes so much time, I would like to either sprout and dry a few lbs of wheat berries at a time, or grind large amounts into flour to save for later. However, I don't know if the rules of storing the grain or "aging" the flour are different for sprouted grains. Does…
  • Forkish Pizza with Levain

    David Esq.
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Forkish Pizza with LevainSubmitted by David Esq. on October 24, 2014 - 12:30pm.This pizza took so long to make that I can't really remember with certainty whether I used a 50/50 blend of Caputo 00 flour and White Whole Wheat flour. I blogged about it here and said it was done with All Purpose flour.  I think that is probably accurate because I was writing about it several days ago when my memory was fresher.
  • Getting flours and grains organized

    108 breads
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    Getting flours and grains organizedSubmitted by 108 breads on October 24, 2014 - 8:54am.Put together a spreadsheet-type table of possible flours, grains, etc. as I want to go beyond wheat, spelt and rye. Right now, I am just looking at recipes.Suggestions would be most welcome.Also fantasizing about buying a mill and going off the deep end with grinding my own flours. The descriptions here and elsewhere of the taste make that a tempting way to go.
  • hand vs machine

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    hand vs machineSubmitted by freshweaver on October 24, 2014 - 6:21am.I'm new to the site and found Pierre Nury's Rustic Light Rye recipe-want to make this bread!  I don't have a machine/mixer and would be mixing/kneading by hand.  How will this affect the final product?  I want the holes and am worried my hands-on will over handle the bread, making it less hole-y.
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    Homesick Texan

  • Sour cream chicken nachos with poblano salsa verde

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

    Lisa (Homesick Texan)
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    When I was growing up, you could count on several suppers happening that week—our weekly visit to the cafeteria, a trip to our favorite Tex-Mex restaurant, a concoction my mom made called bean salad, and a skillet dish made up of fried sausage, potatoes, and cabbage. Eating out at both the cafeteria and for Tex-Mex were always good fun—you’ll get no complaints from me here. The bean salad,
  • Mexican coffee ice cream pie

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

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

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

  • Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    Yesterday I made a cheesy version of my mom’s cauliflower soup because the weather outside, while still beautiful, has been just barely chilly enough to trigger the I NEED SOUP NOW mechanism in my central nervous system, and a creamy, comforting soup just sounded good to me. It’s simple, flavorful, slightly rich but not crazily so… And it has cauliflower in it. And that’s reason enough for me. Cauliflower is my boyfriend right now.   Start by cutting several slices of thin bacon into small bits…       And throwing them into a pot.  …
  • Self-Rising Biscuits

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    This is a very old, very easy biscuit recipe for those times you don’t have a second to waste. They’re sometimes called Southern Biscuits, sometimes called Southern Buttermilk Biscuits, sometimes called 3-Ingredient Biscuits (even though, if you add salt, there are four!)…but I know them as Self-Rising Biscuits, because self-rising flour is, of course, the star of the show.   Now, the original recipe calls for buttermilk, but of course, I never have any buttermilk in my fridge. So I made my own by measuring close to the amount of milk I needed…    …
  • Knife + Cutting Board Giveaway (Winners!)

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    The winners of the knives and cutting boards are… #6414 Tammy L. “Family time!” #36763 Marylu: “I went to the Kansas City Renaissance Faire last weekend…what a great time!” #50002 Jill: “Went to a wedding and saw lots of old friends.” Congratulations, winners! Contact to claim your prizes. Today, because it’s Monday, because it’s pouring down rain on the ranch, and because I love ya…       I’m giving away three (3) of these Wusthof Nakiri knives (my favorite knife in the world)……
  • Chocolate Pie

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    Whenever my husband, the strapping stallion I call Marlboro Man, imagines chocolate pie—and I imagine that he imagines it frequently, because it’s one of his favorite desserts—he doesn’t think of French Silk Pie or Chocolate Chiffon Pie or Chocolate Chess Pie or any other variation. He thinks of this one. This is just good ol’ basic, can’t-go-wrong, everyone-loves-it, super-easy-to-make, been-around-forever chocolate pie with a pudding filling, and my beloved could seriously eat a slice every day of his life and never get bored. I could too, I might add.
  • Beautiful Roasted Vegetables

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    I was in the big city last week, and I decided about an hour into my errands that I was hungry. So I stopped at a lovely grocery store that’s been in Tulsa forever, because they have a little section of to-go foods that I love, and I can usually find something delicious that isn’t a burger. I love burgers and all, but when I go to civilization and need to grab something quick to eat, a burger isn’t at the top on my list. I can always get one in our small town! Or, of course…I can make one at home. We live on a ranch, man. One of the 700 things I chose at the market was…
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    Chew On That

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Soup-er Healthy Soup Roundup!

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    Check out Soup-er Healthy Gluten Free Soups at This Mama Cooks! by Anne-Marie Barnett Nichols at When the folks at Foodie asked me to do a recipe roundup of soups and chowders, I thought I’d have enough to meet the required amount. Well, I went a little nuts and went over it by 10! Yes, 22 soups are in this roundup, which you can also view here at There are several variations on pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potato, yam soups – perfect for fall and Thanksgiving. And when summer comes around again, you’ll love the gazpacho recipes! (Though gazpacho’s great for…
  • Win a family trip and making traveling easier with Atlantic Luggage

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    This post brought to you by Atlantic Luggage. The content and opinions expressed below are that of This Mama Cooks. If you love to travel, you know how pricey it can be to bring the whole family along. That’s why I wanted to tell you about Atlantic Luggage’s sweepstakes. Enter to win a family trip to New York or San Diego courtesy of Atlantic Luggage and Delta Vacations! Here are the details: The sweepstakes runs October 15 through November 15 . THE GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE INCLUDES: Round trip airfare for four courtesy of Delta Vacations Choice of Delta Vacations hotel accommodations Choice…
  • Get more vegetables into your meals!

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    At my house, it’s a struggle to get the kids to eat their veggies. Occasionally, the kids will be introduced to a new vegetable at a friend’s home, like mini sweet peppers, and I’ll serve them stuffed with hummus. Other times, I’ll find that as long as they’re in something like curry or Slow Cooker Pumpkin and Bean Chili, the kids will eat them up! Another quick and easy dish I like to make is sautéing some frozen Birds Eye Recipe Ready vegetables with leftover rice, a little broth, and some sliced chicken sausage in a quick and easy dinner skillet. Including cleanup time, the dish…
  • Swiffer makes cleaning up after dogs easy!

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
      When we were discussing getting a dog for the kids, I was mostly worried about taking her for walks and picking up poop outside, knowing that the responsibility would mostly fall to me. Since we weren’t getting a puppy, I didn’t think too much about doggy accidents or even dog hair, since we were getting a beagle mix and they don’t shed all that much. Well, I didn’t know what I was getting into. Nellie, our now four-year-old dog, has had her share of accidents in the house. However, I blame the kids and my husband for this. Nellie, being an abandoned doggy, came with her share…
  • Feast: a movie for dog lovers, foodies, and Disney animation fans

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    If you love movies about food or dogs, be on the lookout for Feast, a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Feast is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. The short opens on November 7th as an opening for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Big Hero 6. Check out the preview below. It’s A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E. Winston will surely be my dog Nellie’s hero, because she loves people food as much as dog food. Nellie’s quite the beggar, in…
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    foodgawker | foodgawker

  • Smoked Salmon Chowder

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Smoked Salmon Chowder
  • Hot Cocoa Ghosts

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Celebrate Halloween by making these cute and yummy marshmallow hot cocoa ghosts. A super fun and easy treat for parties! Boo!
  • Stuffed Acorn Squash

    The Mediterranean Dish
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Stuffed acorn squash with spinach, feta, goat cheese, pancetta and pine nuts. Heavenly!
  • Hairy Spider Cookies

    Baking a Moment
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Cute & Spooky Hairy Spider Cookies for Halloween: So fun for Kids & they taste just like a fudgy Oreo.
  • Perfect Lasagna

    She Wears Many Hats
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:54 pm
    A classic and perfect lasagna.
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    Flourish - King Arthur Flour's blog

  • Whole-Grain Pumpkin Yeast Bread

    MaryJane Robbins
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    A large turkey, a small group of friends, and The Big Game makes for the best of Thanksgiving holidays to me. And I’ll bet that many of you have the same thought as I do when the turkey comes out of the oven. Sure, you’re excited about the first round of turkey and gravy on your plate, but aren’t you already thinking about the cold turkey sandwiches that come later in the day? I know I am. In fact, I think about those sandwiches often enough that my hubby and I will make them even in the height of summer. While I do skip the actual roasting of the turkey, we pick up a…
  • Haunted Halloween Houses

    MaryJane Robbins
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Good morning, fellow bakers, and welcome to downtown Horrorwich, VT. Home to the world- renowned King Arthur Fear Company and the Boooo-kers Catalogue, our little town is full of thrills and chills, all in good taste. Really, really good taste. From our candy-covered rooftops down to our sugar-sprinkled sidewalks, there isn’t another town as sweet and spooky as ours. October breezes carry the spicy scent of gingerbread down Mean Street and past the General Store as children scamper onto the ghoul bus in the early-morning fog. Over at the bakery, workers are turning out dozens of…
  • Gluten-Free Chocolate Coconut Cake

    Alyssa Rimmer
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Chocolate has always been somewhat mysterious to me. Granted, it could pretty much be its own food group in my diet, but it is still an ingredient that surprises me and piques my curiosity. There is a depth in its flavor. There is a richness about it that is hard to put into words. It is dark. It awakens the taste buds. It is full of temptation. And it makes me smile. What I admire about chocolate is the spectrum of its taste. It can go from being extremely bitter and almost inedible, then can quickly be transformed into a sweet, decadent, indulgent treat with the simple addition of sugar…
  • Shipping news

    PJ Hamel
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I live 1,066.87 miles from my mom. So, much as I’d love to, I can’t just drop by with a just-baked batch of homemade cookies. I love to bake. Mom does, too; but these days, she finds it increasingly difficult. Heading towards 90, her hands don’t work like they used to. Scooping cookie dough is a long process. Pie crust doesn’t roll out smoothly. Thank God for her bread machine, which kneads the dough for her famous pizza. Mom is getting older, but thankfully she still has her appetite. And one of our greatest joys is the regular back-and-forth we have around cookies.
  • The Grain Gathering

    Jeff Yankellow
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    With this post we welcome first-time King Arthur Flour blogger Jeff Yankellow, a talented and visionary baker who coached Team USA at the 2012 Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie (“bread-baking Olympics”) in Paris; and who’s currently our West Coast bakery flour sales representative. Welcome, Jeff! How do farmers, bakers, millers, the locavore movement, and cereal scientists work together to put food on our tables? The Grain Gathering (formerly Kneading Conference West) is an annual event dedicated to the rebuilding of local and regional grain networks, networks that can supply…
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    My Sweet and Saucy

  • Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Basketball Cake

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Well hello! This post, we’re talking about a carved basketball cake that Kaytee made the other week. This was a 25 serving basketball for a University of Kentucky Wildcats fan. Kaytee’s here to show you how she got to this result. First – and a few days in advance of working on the cake –  I cover the cake drum with shortening to adhere the fondant wood strips. I place beige fondant down and measure out even, wide strips and lightly cut into them with my boning tool. To paint the wood grain, I use gel color diluted with vodka and a wide round brush. As we’ve…
  • Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Diagonal Ruffle Cake

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hey there! How are you guys doing? We’re just having the first semi-not-insane week in months, and let me tell you, we are reveling in it! Not to say that we don’t enjoy working on all sorts of beautiful cakes you bring us, but when the end of wedding season is in sight, cake decorators everywhere rejoice, as do our blood pressures. Anyway, here’s a little gem I forgot about from a few weeks ago. It’s a totally simple guy, but when we were first shown a picture of it, all of us cocked our heads to the side and went, “huh.” We’ somehow managed to avoid…
  • Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Oldsmobile Carved Cake

    4 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Well hello there! Every few months, we get requests for carved car cakes – usually for grooms’ cakes. They often are classic cars, such as Monte Carlo’s or Chevy’s. This post, we’re talking about a carved caked that Kasey made a few weeks back, which was a 1960′s Oldsmobile. She did such a great job with it, that we wanted to share with you how she did, step by step! Here’s the final result:  Now let’s get to it! First thing, there is some math involved in our car cakes. Luckily, car specs are easily found on the internet, so it’s simply…
  • Behind the Scenes @Sweet & Saucy Shop: Kyong’s Wafer Paper Trio

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

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

  • Bacon: like or dislike?

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Welcome to Like or Dislike, where you get to share how you really feel about ingredients from the pantry, ingredients I'm thinking about adding to my pantry, other seasonal foods, even favorite cooking gear. Do you like, dislike, love, crave, despise, wish for, use in your own kitchen? The things you like are sure to find their way to the recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, so do tell! Bacon. In my non-pork-eating world, it's the one salty, fatty, forbidden exception. I can't imagine a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich without it. Or bacon guacamole. Or bacon jam. My husband Ted…
  • Traditional turkey meatloaf

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:54 pm
    In the house where I grew up, my mother was a big-time name dropper when it came to what we ate. Our tuna was Bumble Bee, our bread was Wonder (yes, really), and our ketchup was Heinz. Always. And, though Wonder Bread is long gone from my pantry and I don't eat much canned tuna, I'm still a Heinz girl. When my husband Ted requested a turkey meatloaf, I considered many of the same flavor combinations I love in turkey meatballs, but in the end, I went traditional (almost) all the way, with ketchup as one of the primary seasonings. Any brand of ketchup will work; just make sure the one…
  • 40 fabulous recipes with Sriracha sauce

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    When you peek inside my refrigerator, you'll always find, lined up in the door, Fresca and fizzy water, ketchup, mustards, mayonnaise, soy sauce, chili paste with garlic (spicy), Thai curry pastes (spicy), and a very large squeeze bottle of Sriracha (spicy). Do you detect a theme? Yes, I love spicy food, but sometimes adding just a drop or two of hot sauce can bring a so-so dish to life without also numbing your tongue. Like salt, a little bit of heat enhances the flavors around it. A lot of heat is just, well, hot. How much Sriracha you add is always up to you. Though it sounds…
  • Nutmeg: like or dislike?

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Welcome to 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. 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! Nutmeg finds its way into cookies and cakes, eggnog and mulled wine, lasagne and sausages and haggis (which I am sure you make all the time). Too much, and you really notice the taste way at the back of your mouth; too little,…
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    My Wooden Spoon

  • Fruity Halloween Eyeballs

    A Cowboy's Wife
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    OMYCOW! Halloween is almost here and Truett is giddy about wearing his costume! He’s been on a fruit kick lately so when we were discussing what Halloween treat to make, he immediately said eyeballs but wanted fruit in it. I’m far from a baking and decorating pro but we decided to attempt some not so scary, somewhat fruity Halloween eyeballs. Because I wanted to try out Sugar In the Raw®, I opted to make pound cake.  In hindsight, I would have just used a sheet pan to bake the pound cake and a biscuit cutter to cut out the ‘eyes’.  I didn’t do that though, we…
  • $250 Visa Gift Card {Giveaway}

    A Cowboy's Wife
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Isn’t Fall the best? The weather is cooling off, the leaves are changing, kids are back in school, and we are nearing the busiest shopping season of the year! I don’t know why we wait until this time of year to do more giving but we do. With that in mind, we thought it would be a fantastic time to have a $250 Visa Gift Card giveaway. This gift card giveaway is a great opportunity to possibly win some Christmas money, help with holiday meals, or maybe even to donate and give to someone else in need! Whatever your need or want, everyone can enjoy the benefits of a $250 Visa gift…
  • Halloween Monster Fingers

    A Cowboy's Wife
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    These monster fingers will be a HUGE hit with the kids.  Truett didn’t think they were scary at all, and instead, thought they were super cool. He’s a boy and 8….of course he did. He just loves Halloween but not so much because he likes to ‘trick or treat’ but because he loves the get-togethers and Fall festival.  Monster fingers are perfect for a party where you need to bring finger food.  BWAHAHAHHAHA You can’t get much easier than this either.  They look like more work than they really are so don’t let them scare you away because they are…
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    Cooking with Amy: A Food Blog

  • Pucker up! Pickling and Fermentation Cookbooks

    Amy Sherman
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Sour flavors are growing in popularity in the US and there’s a whole bunch of great cookbooks to help satisfy this flavor fixation.Asian PicklesKaren Solomon has done it again. She has written yet another very informative and useful book in her inimitable personable and upbeat style. She balances solid information with a down-to-earth sometimes playful approach. Her books are always fun. In this book she offers up recipes for Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian and Southeast Asian pickles. There are very traditional recipes for things like Miso Pickles or Green Mango Pickle as well as her own…
  • Tofu Feta Tomato Bake Recipe

    Amy Sherman
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    Recipes for tofu fall into two camps, those that highlight it versus those that hide it. While I do sometimes add tofu to recipes to increase moisture and tenderness, I don’t need it to be camouflaged to enjoy it. I like both the soft and firm textures and I appreciate how it plays well with others. While we are used to it in Asian dishes, the truth is it gets along with lots of other flavors too. I’ve been playing around with some products from Pulmuone, a company that makes quite a few soy products and this is one of my favorite creations. I used Wildwood sprouted tofu, which…
  • Spirit Works Barrel Aged Gin: Drinks on Friday

    Amy Sherman
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Barrel aged gin has been gaining popularity the past couple of years. It started perhaps with Seagram’s Distillers’s Reserve and then a handful of craft distillers got in on the act and more recently Beefeater began producing one. Some distillers use charred new American or French oak barrels, others use barrels that once held red wine, whisky or bourbon, and even Lillet, but I have to admit, on the surface barrel aging gin seems like an odd move. I like gin, especially London dry gin, and the reason I do is because of the botanicals. I like a touch of clean bracing juniper, the…
  • Taste of Toronto

    Amy Sherman
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    This Summer I got a chance to visit Toronto and to attend the Taste of Toronto food festival. Lucky me! Quite a few years ago I attended Taste of London so I had a sense of what it would be like. The Taste food festivals are not your typical free for all food event, because the restaurants are really consistently high quality and included by invitation only.This event is a particularly good one if you want to familiarize yourself with the Toronto restaurant scene. Here were some of my favorite dishes and the restaurants I would surely like to visit, on my next trip.One of the first things I…
  • Parmigiano Reggiano Night & Giveaway!

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

  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Avocados and Pecans (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

    Kalyn Denny
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    Roasted Brussels sprouts are already amazing, and they get kicked up a notch with avocado and pecans!(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 would be a great option if you're looking for Thanksgiving ideas, or just serve as a nice side dish for dinner.) For years I wasn't much of a brussels sprouts fan, and then I tried roasted brussels sprouts.   Roasting them gave the brussels sprouts an amazing nutty flavor (and the fact that the recipe had balsamic vinegar,…
  • Slow Cooker Cauliflower Rice Greek Chicken Bowl (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Can Be Paleo)

    Kalyn Denny
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Shredded Slow Cooker Greek Lemon Chicken is served over Cauliflower Rice and topped with Greek Salsa.Have you tried Cauliflower Rice yet? I've been having fun experimenting with it as a carb-conscious substitute for rice or other grains, and I'm especially liking it in dishes like this Slow Cooker Cauliflower Rice Greek Chicken Bowl where the cauliflower rice gets a flavor boost from slow-cooked lemony Greek chicken and a Greek salsa mixture that's layered over the chicken.  This is a perfect crock pot dish to start in the afternoon on a busy day.  The chicken cooks in about 3…
  • Fruity Lentil Salad with Persimmon, Apple, and Avocado (and Ten More Meatless Salad Ideas with Persimmons)

    Kalyn Denny
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The combination of lentils + fruit really worked in this Fruity Lentil Salad with Persimmon, Apple, and Avocado!I'm a huge fan of lentil salads (like this Vegetarian Lentil Taco Salad or this Lentil and Barley Greek-Style Salad), but I have to admit combining lentils, fruit, and avocados into this Fruity Lentil Salad with Persimmon, Apple, and Avocado was thinking outside the box, even for a lentil-lover like myself.  But please believe me when I say that this slighty-sweet salad with lentils and fruit was just delicious!  I learned to really like persimmons when a blogging friend sent…
  • Recipe for Sausage and Kale Mock Lasagna Casserole (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    This Sausage and Kale Mock Lasagna is so delicious, you won't even miss the noodles!(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 delicious mock lasagna that I first posted in 2012 has all the flavors that make lasagna good without the pasta, enjoy!) I love creating Phase One recipe ideas beyond the usual grilled-meat-and-salad meals that many people rely on when they're watching their weight.  Not that I don't enjoy a delicious piece of meat or fish and a tasty…
  • Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Stir-Fry with Basil and Peppers (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    So many good flavors in this Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Stir-Fry with Basil and Peppers.I've mentioned how I'm working to embrace ground turkey, after years of thinking it was rather bland in the flavor department.  And lately I'm really loving it, especially when it's in a highly-seasoned recipe like this Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Stir-Fry with Basil and Peppers.   In this dish the oil is seasoned with onion onion and garlic, and then the cooked turkey is flavored with a stir-fry sauce that has fresh-frozen lime juice, Red Boat Fish Sauce, Sriracha Sauce, Tamari Gluten…
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  • Easy Wheat Halwa

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

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

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

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

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

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
      Tagged: boo berry, count chocula, franken berry, general mills, halloween, marshmallow, When Halloween rolls around, count on these cereals hitting the shelves. Read more about these seasonal classics here.   Foodie Byte Ingredients 3 tablespoons butter1 bag (10 oz) miniature marshmallows (6 cups)5 cups desired monster cereal (such as Boo Berry™, Franken Berry™ and/or Count Chocula™) Preparation Spray bottom and sides of 8- or 9-inch square pan with cooking spray.In large microwavable bowl, microwave butter and marshmallows uncovered on High about 2 minutes, stirring after…
  • Boo Berry Bark

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
      Tagged: bark, boo berry, cereal, easy, general mills, halloween, quick, Remember Boo Berry and Saturday morning cartoons? It's time to check out the cereal again and have some new fun in the kitchen at the same time. These are fun cookies to make to introduce your Halloween cereal of choice to your own children!     Foodie Byte This recipe was supplied by General Mills, makers of the Boo Berry cereal. Ingredients 16 oz white chocolate baking bars or vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark)2 cups desired monster cereal (such as Boo Berry™, Franken Berry™ and/or Count…
  • Monster Mash Cookies

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
      Tagged: boo berry, cookies, count chocula, dessert, franken berry, general mills, halloween, monster, Love the iconic Halloween cereals and want to have a little more fun during the season? Try this recipe! And read more about these seasonal classics here.   Foodie Byte Ingredients 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix1/2 cup butter, softened1 egg2 cups desired monster cereal (such as Boo Berry™, Franken Berry™ and/or Count Chocula™)1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts1/2 cup candy-coated chocolate candies1/2 cup chocolate chips Preparation Heat oven to…
  • Apple Cake

    11 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Prep Time:15 minutes Cook Time:45 minutes   Tagged: apple, cake, dessert, recipe, walnuts, Apples, walnuts, what’s not to like about this warm winter dessert? Sure to be a family favorite. Try it with whipped cream!   Foodie Byte Go ahead and throw in an overflow of apples and nuts--it can't hurt! Ingredients 2/3 cup flour1 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt2 eggs, beaten1 1/3 cup brown sugar1 teaspoon vanilla2 cups apples, chopped1 cup walnuts, chopped Preparation Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Combine rest of ingredients. Bake in 9 x 9-inch square pan at 350 degrees…
  • Caramel Latte Iced Coffee

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

    Kathy Strahs
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    There’s a memorable scene in Chef — if you saw the movie this summer, you know the one — where John Leguizamo sways to Cuban music, massaging mojo marinade into a pork shoulder in a manner that probably deserves some privacy. When it’s falling-off-the-bone roasted, Jon Favreau, like a surgeon, shaves off a few test pieces…and determines it’s pretty perfect. It can’t be possible to watch that movie without desperately wanting to get into that roast pork and the Cubanos they assemble from it (well, unless you don’t eat pork). So I was excited to…
  • Why You Need This Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

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

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

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

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

    Lori Lange
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a recipe for Apple Streusel Muffins that is made a little healthier with the addition of whole wheat flour and a lesser amount of sugar. For as many years as I can remember, I’ve always gone apple-picking… but this year I didn’t make it to any orchards.  It’s a bummer because it’s truly a great family-activity, and there is usually fresh apple pie involved somewhere along the way. So instead, I’ve been testing the waters on apple varieties lately that I’ve spotted at the store.  I find them hard to resist when they all look so darn…
  • Couscous Recipe with Parsley and Shallots

    Lori Lange
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Here’s a side dish recipe that is perfect for serving with chicken, pork, beef or seafood:  Couscous with Parsley and Shallots There is something to be said for having a good arsenal of carb-loving side dish recipes at hand.  Whether it is rice, potatoes, quinoa, pasta or couscous… it is nice to have quite a few options to choose from when you’re serving up dinner.  And if you’re anything like me, you’re usually looking for the magic three:  main dish, side dish and vegetable.  My sister called me a couple weeks ago and said, “You need more couscous…
  • Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin Recipe

    Lori Lange
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of my favorite things to make for dinner:  Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin Recipe I’ll never be a vegetarian.  I’m a big time carnivore.  I love eating meat for dinner, so you’ll rarely see a vegetarian dish on my family’s dinner table.  Beef is my favorite, but a nice and juicy pork tenderloin runs a close second.  This recipe has been running around in my family for a zillion years.  It’s super simple- just a quick and flavorful marinade in which the pork spends a few hours hanging out, then baked until cooked through but still tender. I like to…
  • Newman’s Own “Greens for Good” Recipe Contest: Top 5 Finalists

    Lori Lange
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Fun news to share today!  Newman’s Own® announced the five finalists in their “Greens for Good” Recipe Contest. A quick recap of what this contest is all about:  Salad lovers were asked to create a green salad recipe that utilized one of Newman’s Own® Salad Dressing flavors as an ingredient in the recipe.  All recipes created were inspired by favorite charities.  The Grand Prize winner will have the opportunity for a charity of their choice to receive a $35,000 donation from Newman’s Own®.  A $1,000 donation will be awarded to charities chosen by the four first…
  • Egg Muffins

    Lori Lange
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s an easy-to-make breakfast treat that is delicious too:  Egg Muffins Hey, it’s weekend breakfast time!  By now, I’ve explained extensively how I feel about weekend breakfasts.  Shove the cereal aside and make something special!  Saturday and Sunday are your two days not to be stressed-out and tired.  Sleep in, put together some sort of tasty breakfast, and get on with your relaxing day, right?!  These little egg muffins aren’t any kind of chore to make at all.  They’re just eggs scrambled with a little milk and adding in your desired fixings.  I…
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  • Giveaway: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Taste of the World

    Julie Niesen Gosdin
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Taste of the World is coming up on Saturday.  You’re going, right? used under Creative Commons license; photo by photoantenna on Flickr.   You should: it benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Cincinnati, which helps find cures for blood cancers.  To date, the LLS has provided more than $1 billion dollars for research, and the survival rates for blood cancers are going up each year. Taste of the World is at the Newport Aquarium (who doesn’t like drinking Champagne with jellyfish?) and features wines, beers and spirits from The Party…
  • eat play give provides brunch (and a whole lot more).

    Julie Niesen Gosdin
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    It’s that time of year: my favorite time of year, where I spend all week looking forward to eat play give and their brunch, which benefits the de Cavel Family SIDS fund.  It’s this Sunday, from 11:30-2:30 and will feature a wide array of dishes from some of your favorite chefs from across the area. It’s really one of those events that is just plain fun.  I know — I go to a lot of them — that this is the one that is really special in every chef’s heart, simply because one of their own, Jean-Robert de Cavel, lost a child to SIDs.  Many of these folks have…
  • The Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic Winner Is…

    Julie Niesen Gosdin
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The winner of the Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic & wine me, dine me Best Bite contest is….   Ameet Chimote, with his delicious Indian “Madras Thali”.  Congratulations, Ameet, you win a Saturday Savor pass for you and a guest!   However, we have one more winner.  We had so many great entries that Chef Dan Wright from Senate & Abigail Street couldn’t pick just one.  Our other winner — who wins a Saturday Showcase pass for one, to sample all of the great stuff going on during the day at the Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic is… Daniele…
  • The Roundup of Entries for the #wmdmbestbite and Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic contest!

    Julie Niesen Gosdin
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    Here’s the roundup of entries for the Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic + wine me, dine me Best Bite contest! Take a look– there are some GREAT entries, I’m so excited to take a look, along with Chef Dan Wright, and pick our winner!   [View the story "wmdm's Best Bite 2014" on Storify] The post The Roundup of Entries for the #wmdmbestbite and Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic contest! appeared first on wine me, dine me.        Related StoriesThe Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic Winner Is…Read This: Senate Street and SavoryFor…
  • Sunday Funday at Market Wines with McCabe’s Granola

    Julie Niesen Gosdin
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Do you remember McCabe’s Granola?  They’re launching some new granola bars to compliment their existing granola, and they’re doing it in coordination with Market Wines and Findlay Market. On Sunday, August 24 from 12:30-3:30, McCabe’s will be sponsoring a Sunday Funday with McCabe’s snacks (and a few others), Market Wines tasting flights, and a chance to have a little fun before or after you shop at Findlay Market. Want to go? Simply RSVP to Susan Muth at     The post Sunday Funday at Market Wines with McCabe’s…
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  • Pumpkin love! Chef Peter Oleyer’s pumpkin seed granola recipe

    Savory Tv
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Well hello and happy October! Here’s a quick and easy nutritious use of remnant pumpkin seeds you may have, via Chef/Owner Peter Oleyer of Brooklyn’s food truck turned restaurant Calexico Red Hook. Enjoy! ♥ Pumpkin Seed Granola Ingredients: 2 cups rolled oats 1 cup slivered almonds ½ cup pumpkin seeds ¼ cup vegetable oil ¼ […]
  • Culinary Tip: How To Rinse Quinoa

    Savory Tv
    11 Oct 2013 | 12:16 am
    Quinoa has an outer seed coat of saponins which need to be thoroughly rinsed off, otherwise the grain will have a bitter unpleasant flavor. There are several ways to do this. 1) Rinse the grain under running water several times using a fine mesh strainer. This is the preferred and simplest method. A typical colander […]
  • A Free Online Harvard Class Demystifying Science and Cooking

    Savory Tv
    2 Oct 2013 | 7:18 am
    This is the coolest online concept we’ve seen in a long time!  Harvard University and MIT have created edX, and are offering free online classes for everyone. And look at this course beginning October 8th!  Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science.  We’re in!  Our instructors are Chefs Ferran Adrià, José Andres, […]
  • Chef Lance Seeto’s Turmeric Tea

    Savory Tv
    23 Sep 2013 | 1:08 am
    Chef Lance Seeto, star of the Fiji TV show “Taste of Paradise”, is the Executive Chef for the award winning exotic Castaway Island resort in Fiji. Culinary school was just the beginning of Chef Seeto’s higher education, he continued on to receive training in nutritional medicine,  and he is a proud member of the Australasian […]
  • Chef Meredith Kurtzman’s Coconut Gelato Recipe

    Savory Tv
    20 Sep 2013 | 1:40 am
    Summer is almost over! We have one day left before the Autumnal Equinox on September 22. As we embrace the season’s end, we present to you a deliciously simple coconut gelato recipe from Pastry Chef Meredith Kurtzman of Mario Batali’s Otto Restaurant in NYC. “Since it’s less fatty, we add stronger fresher flavors” says Chef […]
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    What's For Lunch Honey? | Experience Your Senses

  • Fennel Seed and Cardamom Spiced Carrot Rice Pudding

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    „Stay till Diwali!“ Last week my dad wished a few times. I wished we could … A list of tasks to complete, must dos, deadlines to meet and unfinished projects to complete ran down like a matrix in my brain. Now as I sit here back in Weimar listening to the wind howl outside as the rain batters... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
  • Whole-wheat Flammkuchen with Bratwurst on Caramelized Cabbage and Pear

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Well bratwurst, obviously! What comes to mind when you think of food in Thüringen? I presume most of you answered that question with that answer. As part of the Kulinarik project with my clients the Thüringer Tourismus GmbH I have the incredible of opportunity of traveling around Thüringen on an... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
  • The New Look - fresh, crisp and good!

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:24 am
    What’s for lunch, honey? just got a complete facelift. It’s fresh, crisp, clean and so good I am doing dances around the notebook. I got together with the extremely talented Corinna Haselmeyer of Holistic Design and since June we have been working on this space behind the scenes. What we developed... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
  • Tomato Basil Tart with a Polenta Crust

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

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
    If Eve had used a tomato instead of an apple, maybe the story of Adam and Eve would have been different. After all tomatoes are often called “love apples” and were thought to have aphrodisiac powers.The French therefore named it quite appropriately, pomme d’amour.  The Italians called them... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
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  • Coupon Preview: October 26, 2014

    Savings Lifestyle: Amber
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    There are a few good coupons in the weekly newspaper coupon inserts this weekend. There will be (1) SmartSource, (1) RedPlum and (1) P&G. Be sure to check your paper at the news stand to make sure all inserts are included. Or, check out Discounted Newspapers to see what the best deal for a weekly subscription (remember, you get the best coupons when you subscribe!).Be sure to visit this evening as the majority of the store deals will be posted!My fave coupons this weekend are:10/26/2014 Red Plum Insert$1.50/1 Eucerin, Hand, or Body Lotion; Excludes Trial and Travel Size – 10-26-14…
  • Target Deals: Sale Week of October 26

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Before you shop, check out the Target printable coupons. Also be sure to take advantage of the Target Price Matching Policy as you shop.View the full list of Target sales and create a custom shopping list.Here are a few of the best deals to pick up this week:Breakfast & CerealGeneral Mills Cereal, 10.7 – 13 oz – $1.99Includes: Select varieties Pictured: Honey Nut Cheerios and Cinnamon Toast Crunch$1.00/3 General Mills Big G Cereals: Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch$1.00/1 General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, or Honey Nut Cheerios Cereal – 9-21-14 SS…
  • Meijer Two Day Sale: October 24 and 25

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Before you shop, take a look at the active Meijer Catalina and Promotional Offers. There are a few new offers, as well as a few that expire this shopping week. Also be sure to refer to the Meijer Coupon Policy + FAQ.View the full list of Meijer sales and create a custom shopping list.Here are a few of the best deals to pick up this week:Meijer Two Day Sale – Begins at 6:00 amPrices may vary by store. Participation May Vary By LocationMulti-Item DealsB1G1 Select Stacy’s Pita Chips or Sabra Hummus; Equal or Lesser Value FreeSabra Hummus, 10 ozIncludes: Select varieties$1.00/1…
  • Earth Fare Deals: Sale Week of October 23

    Savings Lifestyle: Bridgett
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Here are the complete sale list this week for Earth Fare. Be sure to scan your ad for complete sale/ad information in case there are other deals you may need!You can also find additional Earth Fare Coupons for this month, too. If you have not already, sign up for their Newsletter to get your weekly coupon. Trust me, these are the best coupons and you do not want to miss out on them.View the full list of Earth Fare sales and create a custom shopping list.Here are a few of our recommended hot items to pick up this week:Baby Food & CareHappy Baby Food Pouches, 3.5 oz –…
  • Cents of Style: Fashion Friday – $5.95 Clearance Sale + 10% off Additional Savings!

    Savings Lifestyle: Kathy
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    For today only,  Cents of Style is offering a ton of great items in their Clearance Sale for $5.95!   Additionally, for today only you can take an additional 10% off your items with coupon code FALLSALE when you check out.Make sure to stack up on these great savings!  This offer is available today only, 10/24.Disclaimer: This post contains a link to an affiliate. See my Disclaimer Policy for additional information.
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  • What Are The Best Things To Eat At Disneyland, I Asked My Phone.

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    What are the best foods to eat at Disneyland, I asked my semi-smart phone.  We were going to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure and wanted something different than an average Burger and Fries.  I hadn’t been to either park in 10 years.  After reviewing the search results, I chose two food dishes that were included on several lists — One at Disneyland and the other at Disney California Adventure, two places I’ve never known and probably wouldn’t have found.  Each sounded appealing.  We started with the Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits with Apricot…
  • Calivino Wine Pub In Anaheim: More Spinach Wontons Please.

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Have you been to Calivino Wine Pub?  It’s in Anaheim, near the Honda Center, Angel Stadium of Anaheim and other happenings, off Katella Avenue. We just learned about it and gladly so, since the food is terrific. We’ve been to other Wine Bar/Pubs that serve great food, like Sealegs and The Twisted Wine, so the test-bar is high, but Calivino unexpectedly stood out. Calivino Wine Pub is a bit hard to see off Katella.  Its cross-street is Howell — Just turn into the business park area, keep heading left and you’ll see it slivered-in, amongst other businesses…
  • Totally 80’s Bar & Grille In Fullerton: Oh Good, It’s In The Hood.

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    We can walk or bike to Totally 80’s Bar & Grille in Fullerton — It’s a relatively new Bar, Restaurant, Dance Club & Karaoke Bar in the neighborhood.  It occupies the space of a former Mexican Restaurant, Bar & Event spot.  There’s little change to its exterior other than the somewhat cheesy sign (sorry).  Its theme caught our attention and made it a must stop. I love 80’s music and inside it’s a whole new retro world — We’re impressed! It’s well decorated and fun throughout.  We’re unsure about the…
  • Listen To Dining With Dills On Angels Radio: Cheers To Elmer Too.

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

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    It’s become necessary to make improvements and upgrades to Nibbles of Tidbits — THANKS to Cornell Care, we’re moving on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky.  They’ve been working hard behind the scene to make all here the best it can be.  Cheers to that!  Now let’s eat. The post Toasting To The Best Blog Days Ahead Thanks To Cornell Care. appeared first on Nibbles of Tidbits, a Food Blog.
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  • A Late Taste of the Season at Johnny's Reef

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Johnny's Reef on City Island in the Bronx is gritty, simple, unpretentious—and a relic. Most of all, however, it's good. With sweeping views across the Sound to Long Island and a distant Manhattan skyline, this seaside cafeteria continues to draw hungry seafarers and landlubbers alike.
  • Red Barn Farm Goat Cheese

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Red Barn Goat Cheese in Stonington, Maine sells some of the finest fresh chèvre it has been our pleasure to sample. Made with milk from Anglo-Nubian goats, it hits all the marks: a tangy sweetness embodied in a texture that is neither too dry nor too moist. And it's available with a wide variety of harmonious seasonings.
  • Not Worth the Buck's

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

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

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

  • Holiday Baking Live with Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss ~ and a Giveaway!

    Sandy Smith
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Buddy Valastro, star of TLC’s hit TV series, Cake Boss, will be teaming up with his 11-year-old daughter, Sofia, and Gabrielle Parisi, lead decorator at Carlo's Bakery, to host an exciting interactive demonstration on October 22, at 8:00 pm EST. Holiday Baking Live with Cake Boss™ will be broadcast LIVE from Buddy's New Jersey baking facility. Buddy, Sofia, and Gabrielle will be demonstrating decorating tips and tricks that you can use to make your own Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas sweets extra impressive this year. The best part? You can tune in to the broadcast and have a…
  • Gluten-Free Amaranth Crackers with Herbs de Provence

    Sandy Smith
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    What, exactly, is amaranth and why should we eat it? Amaranth has been around for a long, long time, domesticated some 6,000 to 8,000 years ago. The Aztecs relied on it as major food crop, and it has long been an important food source in India and Africa, among other places, where it thrives in low-water conditions.Amaranth is a complete (lysine-packing) grain that's loaded with protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium, and--bonus!--it's gluten-free. Check out this page for more info on this powerhouse grain, including amaranth recipes.The nutty, earthy flavor of amaranth…
  • Apple Walnut Cake with Caramel Butter Frosting

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

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

    Sandy Smith
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    When I say “date walnut bread,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For lots of people ~ especially in the Chock Full o’ Nuts generation (I refer to the cafe, not the mental state) ~ this conjurs images of dark, dense nut bread studded with tender pieces of sweet dates. For others ~ many, many others ~ it conjurs the following response: blech.I stand here today a little embarrassed to confess that just a few hours ago, I was in the latter camp. In all the years I’ve been baking both recreationally and professionally, I can’t recall ever having produced a single loaf of…
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    $5 Dinners

  • Tater Tot Shepherd’s Pie ~ NEW 31 Days of Freezer Cooking Recipe!

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    It’s often joked in the mom circles that you lose brain cells with each kid you have. So I wonder if that means that I’ve have 4x less than I had before the little dudes showed up. And I wonder if I get an ‘all-boy-handicap’ of sorts. Because oh-my-holy-guacamole…they make me crazy sometimes. For the most part I’m used to their level of busy-ness and movement, but sometimes I just want to push the pause button. Or scream at the top of my lungs FREEEEEEEEEEZE. Because oh-my-holy-guacamole. Just be still for one minute. Please. It’s this meal that makes…
  • Sunday Coupon Preview – October 26

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    Want a sneak peak at what coupons are in this Sunday’s paper? There is scheduled to be 1 Red Plum, 1 Smart S and 1 P&G  in this weekend’s paper. $0.50/1 Better Than Bouillon Product – 10-26-14 SS (exp 12/31/14) $0.50/2 Betty Crocker Box, or Pouch Potatoes; Excludes Potato Buds – 10-26-14 SS (exp 12/20/14) $0.25/1 Cascade Product; Excludes Trial and Travel Size, Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 10-26-14 PG (exp 11/30/14) $1.00/1 Chock Full o’Nuts Ground Coffee – 10-26-14 SS (exp 12/15/14) $1.00/1 Dole Garden Soup – 10-26-14…
  • Bulgur and Pesto Stuffed Bell Peppers

    Amanda Martin
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Have you ever noticed that certain genres of meals lend themselves perfectly to using up just about any leftovers? Here’s an example. Oatmeal will accept any random leftover fruit to be stirred into the cooking process.  I once found one loan pear slice stashed in the bottom of the freezer. It got chopped and added in with the rest of the dried fruit on hand. Then there’s soup. A few extra peas leftover from dinner a few nights ago add color to a soup and texture to even a blended soup. Any random vegetable can be tossed in. Erin has even blogged about a Shipwreck Casserole meant as a…
  • 31 Days of Freezer Cooking Recipes: Freezer Smoothies – Make Ahead

    Jenn K
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    If you’re like me, you don’t have a moment to spare on weekday mornings. I love to have smoothies for breakfast…so having them prepped ahead of time and all the ingredients I need for each batch of smoothie really makes my busy mornings go smoother. (Pun intended.) Set aside a few minutes on the weekend or when you have the energy on a weekday evening and package up what you would normally add to the blender in a quart size freezer baggie. Pour some milk or yogurt into an ice cube tray, then freeze and add 2-3 cubes to each of the baggies. Fill in with your favorite fruits…
  • Checkout 51: Save on Bananas, Pineapple Juice, and Salad Mix

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    New coupons have been added to the free coupon app, Checkout 51, including savings on the following items: Bananas, excludes frozen = cash back 25¢ DOLE Pineapple Juice, any canned, excludes chilled and frozen  = cash back 75¢ Salad mix, any variety pre-packaged, excludes loose produce = cash back 25¢ Check out the free grocery app, Favado, to see where Bananas, Pineapple Juice, and Salad Mix are on sale for you to save this week! Sign up and save with Checkout 51 today! Remember that some offers are regional, but the more you use Checkout 51, the more offers will be available to you.
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    MyGourmet Connection

  • Spaghetti Squash with Sautéed Onion and Garlic

    Lynne Webb
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    A simple side dish made with roasted spaghetti squash, sautéed onions, garlic, parsley and Parmesan cheese. Continue reading →       
  • Shrimp Pad Thai

    Lynne Webb
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    This simple, homemade version of traditional Pad Thai can be made using common supermarket ingredients. Continue reading →       
  • Herb and Butter Poached Chicken w/Vegetables

    Lynne Webb
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Boneless chicken breasts are oven-poached in butter with herbes de Provence and white wine, then combined with zucchini and tomatoes to make delicately flavored one-dish meal. Continue reading →       
  • Strip Steak Sandwich with Bacon-Horseradish Spread

    Lynne Webb
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    A zesty spread made with bacon, onion and horseradish adds a hearty dose of flavor to these New York strip steak sandwiches. Continue reading →       
  • Rum-Spiced Apple Pudding Cake

    Lynne Webb
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    This deliciously-moist cake is the perfect fall dessert. Made with apples, rum-soaked golden raisins and cinnamon it's great served plain or topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Continue reading →       
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    Eat Boutique - handmade food giftbox, homemade, homespun, gift basket, food that hugs you back

  • Roasted Pumpkin Soup in Baby Squash Bowls

    Sean St. John
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Let’s just say I’ve fallen for pumpkin this season — not the canned stuff or the latte syrup (though they have their place, no doubt), but instead, I’m cooking every style of gourd and shape of squash imaginable. And now my friend Sean has raised the bar in such an elegant way. I know what you’re making this weekend. -Maggie Pumpkins are a glimmer of hope in the grey days of autumn. They are the color of a July sunset over the ocean; a rust orange sky long gone. I become a bit fanatical about winter squashes, buying all that I see until the kitchen is fully…
  • Oyster Shell Salt Cellars

    Melissa Massello
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    I’m in gift-giving mode at every moment of the year — not just during the winter holidays — and these DIY oyster shell salt cellars are the perfect hostess gift (we stock gorgeous Jacobsen Salt Co. shells in the Shop – great minds think alike!). Just tuck a pair into a box, add sea salt and gift with a tiny tag. Before you do, however, let’s take a moment to remember summers by the beach with Melissa! -Maggie When I was in college I was lucky enough to spend my summers on Martha’s Vineyard, managing a raw bar restaurant overlooking the Nantucket Sound. My days…
  • Holiday Gifts for VIPs: Join My Client List

    Maggie Battista
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    I’m up late watching the movie Chef and it reminds me of that pure joy you feel when you get to do something that both touches people and makes you exceedingly happy. It’s a feeling you sort of wear everywhere you go. I’ve been wrapping food gifts steadily since Labor Day, and though Halloween is only moments away, my brain is squarely focused on winter holiday gifts which, naturally, makes me exceedingly happy. If you’d like to get on Eat Boutique’s holiday client list–where we make custom food gifts and send them for you–I’m designing them…
  • Hello Monday

    Maggie Battista
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Hello Monday, I’m starting a new week feeling a little disconnected. Does that happen to you sometimes? It happens to me when I don’t spend enough time in the kitchen, my place to rest up and regroup and, if I’m being honest, to feel whole again. I’m gonna fix this asap because when you work as much as I do (as we all do), you need that kitchen time. In only a half day in the kitchen, I can clean out the fridge, prep meals for a few days and try to make something brand new (experiment). With those three simple acts, I can feel right as rain and ready for more food-gift-love. Here…
  • What We’re Loving: Homemade Breakfast Bars

    Kate H. Knapp
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    For me, breakfast-on-the-go once meant nothing more than coffee in a travel mug. Thankfully, I have since learned the importance of the first meal of the day. And though I still rely on my trusty travel cup o’ joe to start my morning off right, I now accompany it with something a bit more substantial. The fancy-schmancy store-bought granola/energy/health bars became my quick fix to breakfast in a rush. That is, however, until I realized how easy and cost-effective it was to make my very own bars. I also get the bonus of choosing my own flavors and who doesn’t love that kind of power?
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    We are not Martha

  • Baked Kale Parmesan Popcorn

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Sometimes I get fooled and I don’t even hate it. Take House Hunters, for example. I know it’s fake. Like the fakest fakedy fake ever. I’ve heard countless stories and read a ridiculous amount of blog posts that contain first person accounts of how fake it is. As in, these people have all already pretty much purchased houses by the time they can sign on for the show. And sometimes they actually tour the houses of friends because the show’s producers can’t find enough for sale houses that would fit the criteria. It’s so, so fake. And yet, I still watch. A lot. And I totally ignore…
  • Spooky Citrus Margarita

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    I’m pretty much the Halloween Scrooge. Don’t get me wrong, if the Ghost of Halloween Past came to visit me, it would be perfectly fine. There’d be lots of visions of me dressed up as a farmer, a ghost, and a creepy magician (okayyy, so maybe it wouldn’t be fine) and I’d be happy and carefree trick-or-treating for hours. The Ghost of Halloween Yet to Come would probably be OK, too, considering when I have kids some day, I’ll probably enjoy the holiday again (my nephews have the cutesssst Halloween costumes). But the Ghost of Halloween Present would be like really, really rude to…
  • Apple Pomegranate Caramel Parfaits with Cinnamon Greek Yogurt

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Do you ever feel like you’re maybe going just a little bit crazy? Like, not full-blown I can’t function on a daily basis crazy, but just a liiiitle bit crazy. I made these glorious Apple Pomegranate Caramel Parfaits to post over at Parade magazine’s website today. They involved a healthy helping of cinnamon Greek yogurt and cinnamon sugar pecans for crunch… And thank goodness they did. Because while I was browsing WAMN looking for a totally different recipe, I realized that I made apple, pomegranate, caramel parfaits back in 2011. Um, OK? Why do I have absolutely zero recollection of…
  • Autumn French Toast Egg Sandwich

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    When trying to decide what to have for breakfast, my inner monologue goes a little something like this, “I want eggs. No, I want french toast. Nope, pancakes. OMG eggs Benedict sounds heavenly right now. But… I want/need bacon.” Really, though, If I’m being honest with myself, all I actually want every single morning is maple syrup. And a lot of it. But I also still want eggs. And bacon. Ugh why is life so difficult? I decided a long time ago that some condiments are really meant for any food. Ketchup, for example, goes with everything (just try to prove me wrong!!). The same goes…
  • Pumpkin Kahlúa Toasted Marshmallow Brownie Bars

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    When I was 8 years old, I sat on the floor of my bedroom and wrote a story about best friends who swapped identities and tricked all of their friends and family. At the time, it was a masterpiece and set to be published (hardcover, obvi). Re-reading it now, I’m pretty sure I was morphing the Parent Trap and Freaky Friday together in a really bad re-telling. In 2nd grade, I wrote my first book report and my teacher commented on it that a summary is not an entire re-telling of the book (Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by the way). I figured a “report” meant I was supposed to report on every…
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    Simple Comfort Food

  • Spicy Thai Dipping Sauce – Nam Jim Jaew

    Dax Phillips
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    I am a huge fan of Thai dipping sauces. Not only Thai but also Vietnamese. There is something about the perfect balance of sweet, sour, and spice that when served with sticky rice or grilled meat, well, let’s just say it is a game changer. I’ve made some pretty darn good sauces in the past such as the Thai shallot sauce, the Thai Three Sauce, or the classic Thai dipping sauce, but this sauce in particular really stands out. It’s known as nam jim jaew and what separates it is the additions of toasted rice and spring onions. Let’s get started. Ingredients: 3 tbsp fish…
  • Cilantro and Basil Pesto with Gnocchi

    Dax Phillips
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    I just wrapped up my garden not too long ago as we have been hit with cold weather in Wisconsin. It’s sad in a way because all of us that live here know what that means. Winter is on its way. We had a really successful harvest this year, which was awesome. In the last few years I found myself heading to the farmers market every Saturday morning, but not this year. We had an abundance of tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, broccoli, beans, watermelon, strawberries, and fresh herbs. It was excellent to say the least.  This year I had a huge plant of basil, and as I was looking…
  • Sweet Potato Fruit Juice

    Dax Phillips
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Fall in Wisconsin could probably be one of my favorite seasons. It’s a time where comfort food shines, you can get into warmer clothes on gloomy days, the colors on all of the trees is remarkable, and a variety of fruits and vegetables are finally in harvest. So recently I picked up an assortment of fruits and vegetables as I wanted to come up with some sort of juice with a reminder of that great fall weather. Pomegranates, carrots, apples, and a variety of citrus was in order for my juice plan, with a focus on the pomegranates, and then I looked over and saw this great sweet potato…
  • Smoked Pulled Chicken Sliders

    Dax Phillips
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    I must have been on a slider kick recently as I posted on my cheeseburger sliders. Maybe it was the awesome, sweet Hawaiian buns I had purchased, or maybe it was the killer whole smoked chicken that my kids devoured. It was probably both of those reasons, and hence why I decided to use the remaining smoked chicken and turn it into a slider. I think my oldest son has really got me in the mood for making sliders. His new thing is searing up thinly sliced ham and using small dinner rolls, or the sweet King’s Hawaiian rolls, searing those up as well, and devouring those for his brunch.
  • Cheeseburger Sliders

    Dax Phillips
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    My family is a huge fan of burgers, and burgers of any type. Everyone has their ‘go to’ burger and as I typically go the most extreme in terms of condiments and toppings, everyone else takes it pretty easy. One will do just cheese, the other just bacon, and the other, well, let’s just say she refuses to eat them. I’m fine with that. I really am. One of my favorites however is the simple cheeseburger slider. Maybe it was when I fell in love with them when my parents would travel to Indiana and stop by White Castles and grab a bag of sliders. Who knows. The cheeseburger…
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  • BOOK GIVEAWAY: OATrageous Oatmeals

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

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

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Two cans, a little chop, a touch of zest, a drizzle and a sprinkle. That’s all it takes to create a healthy, easy lunch. For those of us with kids, we are well into the school routine, which for us includes packing two kid-friendlly lunches each morning. It took us awhile to get that juggling act down and to even consider packing healthy adult lunches too. I’m constantly on a mission to eat healthier foods (mostly as a counterbalance to my passion for baked goods.) Years ago, I remember that one of the most surprisingly popular posts on the blog Orangette was a simple doctoring up…
  • Cooking with Thick Cut Bacon

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

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

    Skinnytaste Gina
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Roasted stuffed chicken breast is the perfect Fall dish, filled with a savory-sweet stuffing of prosciutto, pears, sage, brie and arugula. It's delicious with a salad on the side, but also can be served with roasted butternut squash or brussels sprouts to make it a meal. It also happens to be naturally gluten-free and low-carb.I've teamed up with Harry & David with the launch of The Skinnytaste Cookbook, and have some fabulous things planned, so stay tuned! This recipe was created with their Royal Riviera pears exclusively for their blog Field Notes. Please head on over to their blog to…
  • Fig Balsamic Roasted Pork Tenderloin

    Skinnytaste Gina
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    This is a great, quick and easy pork tenderloin recipe topped with a sweet & tangy glaze. It's super simple to make with just a few ingredients which is perfect for weeknight cooking.I'm pretty obsessed with Trader Joe's Fig Butter and combined it with some balsamic vinegar to create this glaze. Then I roasted it in the oven for about 25 minutes and served it with these awesome brussels sprouts. If you can't find fig butter, any fruit butter such as apple butter would work great. Click Here To See The Full Recipe...
  • Gluten-Free Lightened Up Banana Nut Bread

    Skinnytaste Gina
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Low-fat, gluten-free banana nut bread made two-ways! My family went bananas for this!!My aunt recently started following a gluten-free diet, and my close friend has Celiac, so lately I've been dabbling more with gluten-free baking. I had a large bunch of over-ripe bananas sitting on my counter and decided to experiment taking my favorite Low-fat Banana Nut Bread Recipe and making it gluten-free. Since the recipe makes two loafs (yes you can halve it if you wish) I thought why not use two different gluten-free flours to see which yields the best results. Not having a ton of experience baking…
  • Spicy Whole Wheat Linguini with Sausage and Roasted Peppers

    Skinnytaste Gina
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    If only you could taste how good this dish is! But since you can't, you're going to have to take my word for it. It's everything I love in a meal and it's all ready in about 30 minutes.  I love using spicy chicken sausage to give it a little kick, but if you want to make this mild for your family, simply swap it for sweet Italian.I don't know about you, but for years I tried to like whole wheat pasta and never found a brand that my family would eat. Then last year I discovered DeLallo organic whole wheat pasta and it changed my life. My Italian husband who is pretty picky…
  • Baked Pears with Walnuts and Honey

    Skinnytaste Gina
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Baked pears with cinnamon, honey and walnuts – it doesn't get simpler that this!I had some beautiful ripe Royal Riviera pears on my counter from Harry & David and didn't want to waste them, so I cut them in half, cored them and baked them in the oven this morning. While they baked my kitchen smelled heavenly! They turned out even better than I hoped – I had one for breakfast with a little yogurt, but this would also make a wonderful dessert. Click Here To See The Full Recipe...
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    San Francisco News and Events | SF Weekly, SF Weekly

  • It's Supposed to Rain on the Giants Game Tomorrow

    Michael Barba
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    If there are two things San Francisco needs right about now, it's rain and a Giants win. Hopefully, we'll see both tomorrow — simultaneously.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • The Golden Gate Bridge Board Talks Pedestrian Tolls, But Still Hasn't Made Up Its Mind

    Leif Haven
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Today, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District’s Board of Directors voted in favor of at least considering tolls for cyclists and pedestrians along the city's most iconic landmark. That's one way of not saying yes while not saying no.  So really the action today isn't a win or a loss for bike and pedestrian advocates yet —  it just means that the Board will study the tolls as one possibility to help offset the $33 million deficit projected over the next five years.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Ellen Kernaghan: Elderly Woman Missing in San Francisco

    Erin Sherbert
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    San Francisco police need your help finding  86-year-old Ellen Kernaghan who has been missing for a week.  Police say Kernaghan suffers from possible dementia and lives alone, as she has no immediate family in the area. She is known to frequent the Potrero Hill neighborhood.  … [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • San Francisco Clenches Top Spot for Trick-or-Treating for the Fourth Year in a Row

    Mollie McWilliams
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    If you're chaperoning a bunch of trick-or-treaters this year, tell them to grab the extra-large pillowcase — San Francisco is officially the best place to score a sugar high on Halloween. The annual Zillow list of the best places for children to trick-or-treat has once again crowned San Francisco the City of Sugar based on factors such as walkability, safety, and (of course) amount of candy swag each trick-or-treater has in his or her bag. Not only did Zillow break down which cities are best for trick-or-treating, the site shared which San Francisco neighborhoods kids should visit if…
  • In Defense of Asking if a Restaurant Can Make Gluten-Free Food

    Beth Winegarner
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    A few weeks ago, a pair of San Francisco restaurants posted window signs that have stirred up a hornet’s nest of anti-gluten sentiment. The first to make news was SO’s “We don’t give a shit about gluten-free” tirade; the second was Burr-Eatery’s sign claiming nobody was gluten-free in Colonial Mexico.  Both signs were championed by locals, which further marginalizes those who have medical reasons for avoiding gluten, carbohydrates, or other foods.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • Food News – Truvia Baking Star Video Contest

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

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

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

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

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

  • Zucchini Carpaccio Salad

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

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

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

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

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

  • Homemade Fruit Leather (Fruit Roll-Ups) + a GIVEAWAY

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:32 pm
    So I had a fun adventure in dehydrating a couple weeks ago I wanted to share with you. While Jodi has dehydrated before and I’ve seen/helped my mom dehydrate before I had never taken on a dehydrating project of my own. And while this wasn’t 100% on my own because I went to my friends house to use her dehydrator… it was my plan and I’m pretty proud of it. TIP: A great way to try new things is to get together with friends who have the appliances and know how. You learn things, you find out if it’s something you’d like to invest more time and resources in, and…

    Jodi and Julie
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Fall… the weather is cooling and it’s the perfect time for SOUPS. Soups are one of my go-to meals in the fall. They are often times nutritious, hearty, and filling. The best is when you can use your food storage items in soups. I use freeze-dried vegetables a LOT in my soups because it takes out the washing, peeling, cutting steps. Here are some of our favorite soup recipes on the blog and from around the web. ENJOY! Favorites from our blog Here are some soups we have shared on the blog over the past few years. These all use food storage and are soups our families eat regularly.
  • BREAD: No Grinding, No Kneading, No Electricity, No Problem!

    Jodi and Julie
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:04 am
    During our annual 7 Day Challenge last month one of the days we were practicing living without electricity and had to make bread. I knew I had a busy day ahead of me but I still wanted to accomplish the task, so I decided to try an experiment. I researched some no knead bread recipes and found that most of them depended on cooking at a high temperature in order to achieve a thick, crunchy “artisan” crust. I decided to tweak a few of these and make them my own and cook it in the Sun Oven. So here is how it went! No Knead Bread Recipe Ingredients: 3 cups of all-purpose flour 1/2…
  • 7 Day Challenge 2014 Recap

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

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

    Haalo Cooks
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Two weeks ago I sat in front of a blank page and wondered what to write - do I go over the reason for my absence or not? I eventually decided to concentrate on the positive and the future.30 minutes is all it took to change everything.The time elapsed between two phone calls. One misheard word - a sigh of relief and then a clarification. My mother has passed away. Within hours we are booked on a flight that leaves the next day - half a world away, we must wait.I cannot talk, it is too difficult. I am so thankful to have my husband - he is my voice. He is doing the things that I cannot, even…
  • World Culinary ABC - ABC Mondiale

    Haalo Cooks
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    "Viral" is a fashionable word these days. Something goes "viral" because everybody knows it, talks about it, wants it. Well, the European Community ABC didn't go viral, but in reading again its announcement post from December 2012, I see that it talked about 16 blogs that were announcing together a virtual culinary tour of the European Community countries.This year, however, we are ready to go: the calendar has been finalised and 29 bloggers (some of them ambassadors for a country, others travelers) plus the one and only Aiuolik make up a happy caravan.Ladies and gentlemen, we…
  • Fegato alla Veneziana

    Haalo Cooks
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    You know you've been away from blogging for a while when you are stumped on how to actually begin the post. I have officially lost count of the various attempts, so maybe I should keep it simple and sayHello, I'm back!Crostini con Fegato alla Veneziana200 grams veal liver, cut into thin slivers200 grams white onion, finely slicedbutterolive oilwhite winefreshly ground salt and white pepperfresh parsley leaves, finely choppedBaguette, sliced thickly on the diagonalMake the crostini:You could just toast the bread but I like to make it a little more special by pan toasting in a little butter and…
  • 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…
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  • Weaving a New Taproom in Inglewood

    Sean Inman
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. The time between deciding to open a brewery to actually throwing open the taps is maddeningly long. For both the brewers and the customers. Just ask the recently opened MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. and the coming Phantom Carriage. Or you can visit Inglewood and the brand spanking new taproom of Three Weavers Brewing and congratulate founder, Lynne Weaver, and her team for reaching the goal of having customers ordering their beers at their bowling alley lane bar. Which at times may have seemed too far off in the distance. The facility just off the 405 on Manchester…
  • L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

    Joshua Lurie
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. The L.A. Beer Blast lets Food GPS readers know what’s new at select L.A. bars and restaurants with great beer selections. You’ll also discover beer-related events in the area. THREE WEAVERS, THROWING STRIKES + PHANTOM CARRIAGE Another new brewery is open in L.A. Welcome Three Weav3rs to the craft community and to the City of Inglewood. Also, score a Strike with a Double IPA and learn about the next new brew that’s been known to travel by Carriage. Numbered establishments on the map correspond to information below for easy reference. Please note that…
  • 2014 L.A. Sriracha Festival Recap + Slideshow

    Joshua Lurie
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. The Sriracha Cookbook and Food GPS produced the second annual L.A. Sriracha Festival at Chinatown’s Central Plaza on October 19, featuring top chefs and benefiting Food Forward, a local charity whose mission is to rescue and donate fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste. Over 5 million pounds of food has been gleaned since 2009, and given to local food pantries, helping feed over 100,000 hungry Southern Californians each month. Thanks to the hard working food and drink pros, volunteers, multi-talented co-producer Randy Clemens, Chinatown…
  • Seoul Sausage Pork on Pork Crime (Dose of Vitamin P)

    Joshua Lurie
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. To celebrate the second anniversary of their Little Osaka storefront, Seoul Sausage owners Chris Oh, Ted Kim and Yong Kim committed a Pork on Pork Crime. I would hardly classify the sausage special as criminal, but for $10, some people might call it a steal. Seoul Sausage’s kitchen crew grilled spicy pork sausages, imbued with chile paste, sugar and Korean spices, and topped the coarse link with a strip of crispy bacon, which Oh pulled from a cured pork belly bouquet. Tart, crunchy apple slaw, creamy avocado and punchy kimchi pickled onions and scallions…
  • Plan Check K-BBQ Burger (Food of the Week)

    Joshua Lurie
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar executive chef Ernesto Uchimura creates site-specific signature dishes for each location. At the Little Osaka original, look for Rare Grilled Albacore Tuna with tempura rock shrimp, flaked wasabi, citron tartar sauce, grilled cucumber, and shaved cured bonito. On Fairfax, long a bastion for Jewish culture, he opted for Salmon Pastrami with green peppercorns, everything bagel chip, inky cream cheese, brined celery, and borage. At the industrial chic downtown location he opened with Terry Heller, which resides down Wilshire Boulevard…
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  • Jarlsberg Cheese Fondue: Recipes That Work

    Greg Henry
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Cheese Fondue is Swiss, but I like to make it with Norwegian and Italian cheeses. Specifically Jarlsberg and fontina. I’ve made a lot of fondue in my life. That’s probably because I did a lot of peeking in on my parent’s 1970s dinner parties. Fondue was rather exotic to me then. I guess the grown ups liked it too, because my mom got several fondue sets during this time. There was the little metal pot with a wire handle. It was for meat fondue. However, it was nearly impossible to get the oil hot enough to properly cook the meat, so I rarely had anything to do with that pot.
  • Apple Gateau

    Greg Henry
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    I’ve got a lot to cover in 300 words today. So let me start with the five most important words: Apple Gateau from Anne Willan. There are at least three good reasons you’re seeing those five words today (Apple Gateau from Anne Willan). The first is. I did a bastardized version of this recipe recently, and it turned out to be rather popular. It may be pumpkin season, but people seem to have apple on the brain. In the post for that confection I mentioned Anne’s Apple Gateau as the genesis for the Apple-Pie Cake that you all seemed to love so much. I was first introduced to it…
  • October Unprocessed: Day 21

    Greg Henry
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Today is Day 21 of Andrew Wilder’s Eating Rules October Unprocessed Challenge. I’ve decided to join the party by writing a guest post about my year-round frustration with “enriched pasta”. If you know October Unprocessed, then you probably understand that participants are challenged to go a whole month without eating processed foods. The definition of just what constitutes “processed” is personal and I’m not here to define it for you. But I will say, I like Andrew’s explanation of just what defines processed food. He says processed food is any…
  • Garlicky Lentil Soup with Carrots, Kale and Other Staples

    Greg Henry
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    I love recipes that have an ingredient list full of things I always have on hand in my pantry, refrigerator or garden. I figure any ingredient that is always in stock is probably something I like quite a lot. So it just makes sense that a recipe made up entirely of things I always have in the house is a recipe that will make me happy. Domenica Marchetti’s (mom’s) Garlicky Lentil Soup is just such a recipe. It starts with a mirepoix that is “fortified” with fennel and garlic. These are all staples in my house. As are lentils and potatoes. The only ingredient that might…
  • Ballard Canyon: Santa Barbara’s Newest AVA

    Ken Eskenazi
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    If you’ve read any of my posts here on Sippity Sup, you know that I love to learn. For the last year or so I’ve been focused on exploring the thousands of variables that go into the production of wine. Trying to understand the nuances that different grape varietals, regions and winemaking strategies bring, and trying to absorb it all. I’ve recently heard that a new California Central Coast AVA (American Viticulture Area– an appellation system similar to France’s AOC or Appelation d’origine controlée), Ballard Canyon, is producing some world-class Rhône varietal wines, Syrah…
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    Chez Us - The Daily Dish

  • Pork Tortilla Soup

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    We are big soup eaters, and especially during the colder months of the year.  One of our favorite cold month soups is a spicy chicken tortilla soup.  I decided to give chicken the night off, and developed this new and utterly delicious soup using pork.  This recipe for Pork Tortilla Soup is outstanding, and full of flavor.  And it happens to be our newest crush!     This recipe is one that I also created for Mi Rancho.  I wrote about our partnership a few months back, and have been excited about sharing the recipes that were developed.  This soup recipe is amazing, and I have…
  • Mushroom Breakfast Burritos

    Denise Woodward
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:16 am
    I do not have a taco for you this week.  Instead, I have breakfast burritos, which is kind of like a taco or least falls into the same category in my recipe book!     Now that I am working out a few days a week, I am on the lookout of easy breakfast meals I can enjoy at my desk.  This recipe for Mushroom Breakfast Burritos, which I developed for the Mushroom Channel, has become a favorite around our house.  It is quick to make, and delicious to eat.  Not to mention it gives me a burst of energy to make me hustle through my morning routine. This recipe is made using the…
  • National Chili Month 2014

    Denise Woodward
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    I love; I say that sarcastically, all these foods that have their day or even months. National Twinkie Day. Sweet Chili Pepper Day. Hot dang dog week. You name it; there is a day or month for pretty much every food you may put in your body. For instance, did you know this month is National Chili Month? But, of course, you did. To be honest with you, I don’t have time to scour the world wide calendars, looking for these special days, nor do I want to tribute all our meals or the foods I use to cook with, to that one particular day. This probably makes me a bad “food blogger”.
  • Bad Food and Bullets

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    One of these is going to kill you. Which one, no one knows.   Last Saturday, we were driving home from a friend’s house and decided to take a different route. Changing it up, if you will. It was around 8:30 in the PM. I turned to The Lovely and Talented Denise Woodward and said “Isn’t it amazing how adjusted we have become to living in this rat hole neighborhood? It’s kinda’ funny.” She agreed. For the most part, it has been sketchy, but uneventful. Sure enough, we turned the corner, and there was tons-o-commotion in front of our complex. There were…
  • Crushing On

    Denise Woodward
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:15 am
    October is pretty much whizzing by in our house.  How about at yours?  I cannot believe it is half over, and soon we will be talking holidays.  I am completely not ready.  Walking through Target this morning, I noticed Christmas decorations up already.  Really?  We haven’t even said good-bye to the pumpkin or hello to the turkey.  As my god-daughter use to say, “the turkey gets no attention”.  Speaking of, that cutie is coming to spend the weekend or part of it with us.  Cannot wait for her unconditional love, hugs and kisses. She is simple, which I love, all she…
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  • How to cook a turkey – an easy roast turkey recipe

    Jennifer Pallian
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    How to cook a turkey: here is the easiest roast turkey recipe - it speeds up and takes the stress out of making a delicious holiday dinner. The post How to cook a turkey – an easy roast turkey recipe appeared first on Foodess.
  • Peanut Butter Halloween Candy Cookies

    Jennifer Pallian
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    These Peanut Butter Halloween Candy Cookies are loaded with chopped halloween candy - make them before Halloween, or after to use up mini chocolate bars. The post Peanut Butter Halloween Candy Cookies appeared first on Foodess.
  • Healthy Breakfast Sandwich with Egg & Avocado

    Jennifer Pallian
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Healthy breakfast sandwich with egg & avocado - featuring a 60 second egg-cooking method that will change your mornings forever! The post Healthy Breakfast Sandwich with Egg & Avocado appeared first on Foodess.
  • Caramel Sauce

    Jennifer Pallian
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m a dessert everyday person. Most nights of the week, dessert is an apple sprinkled with cinnamon, or some partially-thawed cherries or berries topped with a dollop of plan yogurt and a swirl of maple... The post Caramel Sauce appeared first on Foodess.
  • Chocolate Chunk Almond Cookies

    Jennifer Pallian
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    These Chocolate Chunk Almond Cookies have shards of toasted sliced almonds nestled with coarsely chopped dark chocolate chunks in a perfect chewy cookie. The post Chocolate Chunk Almond Cookies appeared first on Foodess.
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    Wandering Chopsticks: Vietnamese Food, Recipes, and More

  • The Lobster Shanty - Salem - Massachusetts

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:41 pm
    I had a bunch of miles that were expiring soon and with an open invitation from Gourmet Pigs to come out for a visit, decided to do just that for my birthday since I hadn't gone on a big trip in a while. Five days after I booked my flight, she received a media invite to Sacramento to tour a cattle ranch. Could I change my ticket? Not without incurring a hefty change fee. Plus, I wanted to
  • Chinese Spare Ribs with Coca Cola and Soy Sauce

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Photos updated from the archives, October 2, 2014: "Honey, I'm home!" I quipped as I walked in the door. The best sight for a woman to come home to after work? Not one, but TWO men in her kitchen cooking dinner. Ooh, yeah! :P Shortly after my Crock Pot Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup) dinner, lil' sis's best friend asked if he could make dinner for both of us. Someone wanting to cook
  • Nabeyaki Udon (Japanese Hot Pot Thick Noodle Soup in a Metal Pot)

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    I have a soft spot for Nabeyaki Udon (Japanese Hot Pot Thick Noodle Soup) since it's the first udon I ever tried long ago. Who can resist thick slurpy udon noodles in a warm savory broth with crispy tempura shrimp? I picked up this 1-quart Dutch metal pot at the thrift store several years ago and knew it was perfect to keep the nabeyaki udon hot. After all nabe means metal pot. The
  • Japon Bistro - Pasadena

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:58 pm
    A week after making my own Hawaiian Salmon Poke and Spicy Tuna Poke, I was still craving poke. It was the tail-end of DineLA and while perusing the list of restaurants, I saw that Japon Bistro in Pasadena offered a three-course lunch set for $15 that included poke. Score! Or so I thought. But, let's backtrack to my first visit in June 2010 with Gourmet Pigs. I know people say not to
  • Hawaiian Spicy Tuna Poke

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:58 pm
    I wanted to stick to a pretty typical Hawaiian poke for the sashimi-grade tuna that I picked up from Yama Seafood - San Gabriel. So it was the usual seasonings of soy sauce and sesame oil, with the addition of chili sambal and Sriracha to kick it up a notch. I looove spicy tuna, and while cheaper cuts are often used in the rolls, I can't stress enough that you should really splurge on
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    Edible Garden

  • Rasgulla Recipe - How to Make Bengali Rasgulla Step by Step

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Rasgulla. Say that word a few times and you will actually get a feel of how the spongy Bengali sweet rasgulla can taste like. You can buy pretty decent rasgullas in cans but nothing beats the taste of making rasgulla at home, especially during Diwali. TH is not a fan of sweets in general but give him rasgulla or rasmalai and that'll make his day. So this Diwali, I chose to make a fresh batch of homemade rasgulla and here's the step by step recipe for you. The first step in making rasgulla is to making chenna. The process is similar to how paneer is made - curdling milk and separating the…
  • South Indian Mixture Recipe, Step by Step - Easy Diwali Snacks

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Mixture is possibly one of the most popular evening snack recipe in India. There are many variations to the classic mixture recipe with different ingredients that can be added. This recipe is how we make Mixture at home and it has all the usual ingredients and a couple of our own additions. I hope homemade mixture makes an appearance in your Diwali snack list this year! Also check out my list of Diwali sweets recipes for a superb list of easy-to-make sweets this year.My periamma (or bedhamma), amma's sister, is quite a wiz in the kitchen. Her cooking is very similar to my maternal…
  • Coconut Sesame Ladoo Recipe - Easy-to-make Diwali Sweet Recipes

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Sesame or til ladoos are probably one of the easiest sweets you can make for Diwali or any festival. Traditionally, sesame ladoos are made with just two ingredients - sesame seeds and jaggery. However, in this sesame coconut ladoo recipe, I have added some desiccated coconut to make things a bit more interesting and also cooked the jaggery a bit to make the ladoos taste more candy-like. These ladoos are still very easy to make and take less than 30 minutes from start to finish. So here's wishing you a very sweet Diwali 2014 in advance with my list of 12 Diwali Sweet Recipes under 20 Minutes.
  • Chow Chow Capsicum Curry Recipe - Easy Chow Chow Recipes

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:18 pm
    This chow chow capsicum curry is more of a dry curry recipe with some coconut and minimum spices. The sweetness of chow chow lends itself well to the flavours of capsicum and red chillies. Serve with rice and tomato rasam for a simple and tasty meal.Chow chow tends to be a bit of a pain to peel due to its irregular surface. On top of that, it has some slime as you peel, which can stain your clothes and make your fingers stick long after. A tip when peeling chow chow - rub some oil on your palms and use the peeler as best you can. After that, chop it up and remove the remaining skin using your…
  • Instant Oats Idli Recipe with Rava, Step by Step

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

  • Apple Rosette Pie

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

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Pizza Making Class Sunday, October 26th, 2014 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  at my Okemos, Michigan home  Come join the fun and learn how to make homemade pizza! You will learn how to make easy... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • Orecchiette Pasta with Mushrooms and Pancetta

    7 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    My favorite short pasta shape is orecchiette, which means "little ears".  They are like little pasta cups that are perfect for holding the sauce - in this case, little bits of crispy pancetta... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Mascarpone Cheese

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

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

    Lori Lange
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a recipe for Apple Streusel Muffins that is made a little healthier with the addition of whole wheat flour and a lesser amount of sugar. For as many years as I can remember, I’ve always gone apple-picking… but this year I didn’t make it to any orchards.  It’s a bummer because it’s truly a great family-activity, and there is usually fresh apple pie involved somewhere along the way. So instead, I’ve been testing the waters on apple varieties lately that I’ve spotted at the store.  I find them hard to resist when they all look so darn…
  • Couscous Recipe with Parsley and Shallots

    Lori Lange
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Here’s a side dish recipe that is perfect for serving with chicken, pork, beef or seafood:  Couscous with Parsley and Shallots There is something to be said for having a good arsenal of carb-loving side dish recipes at hand.  Whether it is rice, potatoes, quinoa, pasta or couscous… it is nice to have quite a few options to choose from when you’re serving up dinner.  And if you’re anything like me, you’re usually looking for the magic three:  main dish, side dish and vegetable.  My sister called me a couple weeks ago and said, “You need more couscous…
  • Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin Recipe

    Lori Lange
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of my favorite things to make for dinner:  Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin Recipe I’ll never be a vegetarian.  I’m a big time carnivore.  I love eating meat for dinner, so you’ll rarely see a vegetarian dish on my family’s dinner table.  Beef is my favorite, but a nice and juicy pork tenderloin runs a close second.  This recipe has been running around in my family for a zillion years.  It’s super simple- just a quick and flavorful marinade in which the pork spends a few hours hanging out, then baked until cooked through but still tender. I like to…
  • Newman’s Own “Greens for Good” Recipe Contest: Top 5 Finalists

    Lori Lange
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Fun news to share today!  Newman’s Own® announced the five finalists in their “Greens for Good” Recipe Contest. A quick recap of what this contest is all about:  Salad lovers were asked to create a green salad recipe that utilized one of Newman’s Own® Salad Dressing flavors as an ingredient in the recipe.  All recipes created were inspired by favorite charities.  The Grand Prize winner will have the opportunity for a charity of their choice to receive a $35,000 donation from Newman’s Own®.  A $1,000 donation will be awarded to charities chosen by the four first…
  • Egg Muffins

    Lori Lange
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s an easy-to-make breakfast treat that is delicious too:  Egg Muffins Hey, it’s weekend breakfast time!  By now, I’ve explained extensively how I feel about weekend breakfasts.  Shove the cereal aside and make something special!  Saturday and Sunday are your two days not to be stressed-out and tired.  Sleep in, put together some sort of tasty breakfast, and get on with your relaxing day, right?!  These little egg muffins aren’t any kind of chore to make at all.  They’re just eggs scrambled with a little milk and adding in your desired fixings.  I…
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    Tamarind and Thyme

  • The Rest of the Good Stuff in Boston

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Like I said previously, Boston was full of good eating and I wanted to put together a post of the bits and pieces I had throughout the week and they’re listed here in no particular order. One afternoon, I skipped the conference lunch and headed off looking for my own, better one. I came across a series of food trucks near Kendall Square in Cambridge and the name of one caught my eye – I’d heard good things about the Clover Food Truck. They have a few trucks and even a few proper restaurants now. It’s only at this truck though that you can get the Brussels Sprout…
  • Craigie on Main, Cambridge, MA

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    I wanted to treat myself on my last night in Boston and, from what I could see online, Craigie on Main in Cambridge was exactly what I was looking for – serving modern cuisine made from local ingredients. With a James Beard Award winning chef (Tony Maws) at the helm and with other numerous awards, it was certainly going to be good; I booked myself in for a solo dinner on a Friday night. When I arrived that evening, the place was packed, again a consequence of that ridiculously busy weekend, but the hostess, seeing that I was by myself, did her best to seat me as soon as possible (and at…
  • Island Creek Oyster Bar, Boston

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    You can’t go to Boston and not have seafood and one of the hottest places in the city to dine on seafood is the highly lauded Island Creek Oyster Bar and I managed to get a table for 5 of us at 9:30pm one night. Island Creek Oysters is still a working oyster farm today and we even had some of their oysters at Myers+Chang – this restaurant, Island Creek Oyster Bar, brought the farmer even closer to the diner. Despite our making a booking though, we had to wait for almost an hour for our table as the restaurant ended up with more people than it could handle. (Actually, this seemed…
  • Myers+Chang, Boston

    4 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    I had been Googling for places to eat in Boston and I gotta say, Boston is one major foodie city. I was there with colleagues for work and in just one week, I managed to eat very very well and very very easily (I made bookings for almost everything only 1-2 days prior). High on my list was Myers+Chang, a restaurant owned by Christopher Myers and Joanne Chang (the latter is also the pastry chef and owner of the very popular Flour Bakery) featuring an Asian fusion menu. I was intrigued. And on Mondays and Tuesdays, they have a Cheap Date Night offer – set menus for two for $45. Budget…
  • Tunisian Lamb Couscous

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

    Jacqueline Church
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    I was thrilled to add PASCHA Chocolates to my roster of clients and delighted to work with them. I learned about their fine chocolates at the Food Allergy Research and Education conference where I was a speaker last June in Chicago. I enjoyed meeting Courtenay Vuchnich and her chocolates so much, I had to tell EVERYONE to try them! Now you can make these delicious cookies at home. Because they’re free of the top 8 allergens (tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, soy, dairy, fish, shellfish, wheat) they’re also safe for lunchbox or classroom treats that might get shared. Take a batch to your…
  • Soft-boiled Egg – Instructographic

    Jacqueline Church
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
  • Crafty Bastards and Oyster Lore at Harpoon Brewery

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

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

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

  • Angel Hair With Corn, Feta & Fresh Tomato

    The Food Hunter
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter While pasta is a weekly staple at our house; what we make with it constantly changes. We have our favorites of course, but I am always trying to find something a little different to keep dinner interesting.Michael Symon's Angel Hair with Corn, Feta & Tomato pasta fits the bill for being different; as it was certainly a combination I had never tried. I made this recipe a few weeks ago for my family and it has quickly become a new favorite in our house. Even though we are well into fall you can't help but notice how fresh and summery this dish tastes. We will definitely…
  • Hens with Artichokes

    The Food Hunter
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter Even though I have tons of cookbooks I will often search online for recipes from my favorite chefs; which is how I found the Mario Batali recipe below. His recipe originally called for quail but I used game hens instead, since they were easier to find at my local supermarket. I imagine chicken would work equally as well. This savory one pot meal takes a little bit of advance planning to marinate the fowl, but the results are so worth it. Hens with Artichokes (adapted from Mario Batali) 8 quails, cleaned and boned(I used game hens) 1 cup balsamic-honey marinade, recipe…
  • Eating Whole Foods: Roasted Marinated Veggies

    The Food Hunter
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter If you haven't tried roasted marinated veggies yet you are missing out on one of my favorite healthy condiments. This versatile mixture is a quick way to add flavor to your meals. Serve them as an appetizer with crusty bread, tossed in salads, on top of pasta or eat them straight from the jar. They will keep refrigerated for several weeks in a mason jar; but trust me they won't last that long. The recipe below is a great base recipe but I encourage you to get creative. Change up the vegetables you use or the herbs. ****Scroll down to enter the Whole Foods Market…
  • Chicken With Snow Peas & Red Pepper Flakes & A Cookbook Giveaway

    The Food Hunter
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter I constantly hear from friends, family and followers how they don't have time to cook, especially on weeknights. So I was happy when I received a review copy of award winning chef, restaurateur and TV personality, Chef Michael Symon's 5 in 5 cookbook. The premise behind this collection of recipes is they all use 5 ingredients and can be ready in 5 minutes. I'll admit the 5 minute part may not be totally accurate but the recipes are very quick none the less. Geared to the busy person that wants quality, fresh food, fast the book offers 120 solid recipes in the…
  • District American Kitchen & Wine Bar An Urban Culinary Destination in Downtown Phoenix

    The Food Hunter
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter Downtown Phoenix has undergone a major revitalization in the 12+ years that I’ve been here. Starting in 2008 with the building of the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, the first new hotel built in the area since 1976, it’s continued to expand every year with new restaurants, hotels, and chic living options. The Sheraton’s main restaurant, District American Kitchen and Wine Bar is one of many urban culinary destinations in the sprawling downtown Phoenix area. District specializes in American comfort food showcasing local products and herbs grown in their rooftop garden.
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    Flanboyant Eats™: Latin Fusion Cooking & Tasty Travels Under Pressure!™

  • #FlanFridays: Roasted Hazelnut Kahlúa Flan

    Chef B
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    I’m so disloyal sometimes. So incredibly dismissive and unaffectionate. To flan that is, folks. Just to the flan.  I struggle with the lack of I love I extend to the very thing that’s helped me come this far. A single dessert concept. A decadent pie, fully enriched in glorious sweets. …
  • CBS ‘Atlanta Plugged In’ Simple Fall Cooking 10.15.14

    Chef B
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    CBS46 News My cooking as you know it — publicly, this blog, on TV, etc… started in Atlanta back in 2007. I never thought I’d credit that Southern city with anything other than making great friends. But I do have to give credit where it’s due. Most my “fan” base …
  • National Mezcal Day: Dia de los Muertos Mezcal Margarita

    Chef B
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Hey readers! Happy Tuesday. I had something super fun ready to share with you today, but instead, my brother Jonathan, an equal food and travel enthusiast, asked if he could blog for me today. Oh, why, yes! I’ve mentioned him before and even formally introduced him in this post (coincendentally …
  • Fall & Love

    Chef B
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Let’s be a bit cliché for a moment. Autumn is here. It’s the best, most romantic, most beautiful time of the year. In my world, anyway. It brings me joy. Sheer joy. Not only because the most attractive elements of my wardrobe come out to play, but also because newness …
  • {All Around Latin America} Venezuelan Chicha Rice Milk Beverage in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

    Chef B
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Happy Monday! We’re back today with another featured recipe for the {All Around Latin America} food and culture series, this time from Venezuela. I’ve talked about Venezuela in passing and have really only shared one or so of their delicious recipes via some RD I did for Publix magazine last …
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    Tiny Farmhouse

  • The Honey Harvest

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

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Coming from a family whose nearly every meal felt the very strong influence of my Italian-American nana’s cuisine (made by her at her restaurant – the best restaurant in the world – at that time, in my opinion – totally unbiased, of course.), it should be expected that pasta figures rather prominently in our diet, even now that I’ve learned that there are other sauce options beyond marinara, and not all chicken needs to be pounded thin, breaded, and topped with cheese. Not that chicken parm is a bad thing, and chicken parm alla Nana is still my favorite comfort…
  • This Week in the Garden: early October

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Or, as I call it, the sad time. I get it, I get it. People love autumn. It’s pretty, there’s no humidity (or at least less frequent bouts), and the sky is always a brilliant blue, the grass – whether watered or not – returns to a lush, emerald green. But the garden is coughing and wheezing, trying its best to stave off the death rattle, but we know it’s almost here. Every year, it’s the same. Every year it seems like we didn’t have enough – enough time, enough tomatoes, enough eggplant – though, with the exception of time, this is clearly…
  • Preparing for the Honey Harvest

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

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

  • What Living in a Renovation Is Like

    Shanna Mallon
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    It’s last Thursday morning. I wake up and reach for my iPhone to see what time it is. I put on my glasses, pull back my sheets, say to Tim, “It’s 7:15,” and step onto the light oak wood floors we spent at least three days of our life sanding and vacuuming and sanding and vacuuming and sealing and waiting and sealing and waiting and sealing again. Every time I look at these floors, I will think of the night I crouched, hand and knees to the ground, pushing a hand sander in circles around the edges of the office/guest bedroom, trying to rough up the sections that the floor sander…
  • Chocolate Souffles

    Shanna Mallon
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Earlier this week, TNT asked us to create a post inspired by the new food reality show “On the Menu,” led by EmerilLagasse and Host Ty Pennington and launching tonight. We almost said no because we moved on Saturday, and our new kitchen is currently under construction; despite much progress, we’re still without a working sink. But, because we like Emeril and because this new show sounds interesting and, mostly, because I was at my parents’ place (and kitchen!) in Chicagoland Monday morning (and, then, thanks to my second (!) missed (!) flight in one weekend, Tuesday…
  • our first house.

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

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

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

  • Favorite Tools: Love of Ceramic Cookware

    White on Rice Couple
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    We never thought we’d be writing a post about ceramic pans. Honestly, we’ve always told everyone that if we had one pan to have in our kitchen it would be a cast iron skillet. There’s something so incredibly useful and fantastic about cooking in cast iron. The crust, the char, the quick pop in a hot oven for frittatas and roasts is un-deniably versatile and the food comes out delicious. Sure, it takes a little more finesse to clean and maintain, but a great cast iron can last forever in the family. And best of all, cast iron skillets are affordable. Heavy on the kitchen…
  • Fudgy Chewy Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

    White on Rice Couple
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:04 am
    It’s been at least three years since we decorated for Halloween. Back-in-the-day we used to drive up to Los Olivos and go apple picking. We never failed to pick way more apples than two people and two dogs could consume.  When it comes to wandering in a grove of apple trees, armed with huge picking bags, we’re helpless. All we could ever do was to fill our bags to the brim and then figure out what we were going to do with the apples later. Pumpkins were always second on our harvest list during our day-long apple picking excursions. The back of the truck would be filled with every…
  • Drink a Polar Bear (Creamy Vanilla Coke)

    White on Rice Couple
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    Man are we ever ready for the warm weather to end. Longing for the days beyond t-shirt and shorts attire, it seems like every day we are biding our time and trying to find ways to stay cool and refreshed. Worst of all, we’re in for another big heat wave in Southern California before the weather even attempts to cool down a bit. Now you know why we’re posting a cold drink recipe in the beginning of October. It’s drought-dry and blistering hot over here. (...)Read the rest of Drink a Polar Bear (Creamy Vanilla Coke) (257 words) © White on Rice Couple for White on Rice Couple,…
  • Butternut Squash Soup with Truffle Oil

    White on Rice Couple
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
     There isn’t a squash  I love more than the beautiful butternut squash. Like most winter squashes, it shares similar flavors with it’s brethren the pumpkin, yet it seems to marry even better than most with the earthy flavors of mushrooms. Butternut has that perfect silky texture after being cooked. Its flesh is a gorgeous shade of orange, and it has one of the sexiest shapes of the squashes. It’s like the Raquel Welch of squashes. Even with our latest heat wave hitting us this fall, we are still craving fall dishes. Despite the hot daytime temperatures, the air still has…
  • Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Apricots

    White on Rice Couple
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:23 am
    A really good oatmeal cookie makes me into a cookie monster. I love them. I mean, really, really love them. In my top 10 favorite cookies, oatmeal cookies have a about half of the spots.  When they are soft, with those slightly crisp edges, combined with that perfect chewiness which good old-fashioned oats provide… super delish.  (...)Read the rest of Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Apricots (279 words) © White on Rice Couple for White on Rice Couple, 2014. | Permalink | 7 comments | Add to Post tags: Apricots, Chocolate, Chocolate Chips, Cookies, Desserts, Oatmeal,…
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    Bay Area Bites

  • Bay Area Bites Halloween Menu: Sweet & Savory Devilishly Ghoulish Treats

    Kim Laidlaw
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Step up your game for Halloween this year with an array of eerie, menacing treats! Ghastly (but adorable) meringue ghosts and rich chocolate cupcakes slathered with “dirt” and “slimy” (chewy, sweet) worms will appease everyones sweet-tooth. And savory, devilish delights like butternut mummy tarts, cheesy breadstick “bones,” deviled egg eyeballs and black spiders, and a vat of ghoulish guacamole will keep the party going long after the sun goes down. Bwah hahaha! Photos by Wendy Goodfriend Halloween Savory Treat: Guacamole Graveyard with Tortilla Gravestones…
  • ‘Test Kitchen’: How To Buy The Safest Meat And Make The Juiciest Steaks

    NPR Food
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    America’s Test Kitchen recommends cooking meat, like this pan-seared steak, at a moderate temperature to seal in the juices. Photo: Carl Tremblay/Courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen Listen to Fresh Air (10/23/14) When shopping for meat, sometimes the options can be dizzying — what’s the difference between an organic, free-range or air-chilled chicken? The Cook’s Illustrated Meat Book offers insights. It’s about how to shop for, store, season and cook meat and poultry — and how to prevent…
  • Check, Please! Bay Area Revisits 3 San Francisco Southern-Style Restaurants

    Wendy Goodfriend
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Memphis Minnie’s is featured on Check, Please! Bay Area Southern Food restaurants in San Francisco from previous series hit the spot this time! First, it’s a neighborhood place that looks like a converted garage with a relaxing waiting area outside, serving up Southern soul food with a Caribbean twist, and it’s called The Front Porch. Next, we’re featuring ‘down-home-dinette’ barbeque with slow cooked meats to eat with or without the sauce at Memphis Minnie’s Barbeque Joint. Finally, we visit Auntie April’s Chicken, Waffles & Soul Food, an unpretentious,…
  • More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

    NPR Food
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The homeless and others in need enjoy lunch at the Los Angeles Mission on Nov. 23, 2011, in celebration of Thanksgiving. Legislation to ban organizations from serving food to homeless people in public places has been proposed in Los Angeles. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images by Eliza Barclay, The Salt at NPR Food (10/22/14) If you don’t have a place to live, getting enough to eat clearly may be a struggle. And since homelessness in the U.S. isn’t going away and is even rising in some cities, more charitable groups and individuals have been stepping up the past few years to…
  • Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss Supplements

    NPR Food
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Even versions of Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen labeled “genuine” and “anti-counterfeit” have been found to contain the drug sibutramine, which was supposed to come off the U.S. market in 2010 for safety reasons. Photo: Food and Drug Administration Listen to the Story on Morning Edition: by Allison Aubrey, Shots at NPR Health (10/22/14) Americans spend about $4 billion a year on weight-loss supplements. And the Food and Drug Administration spends a lot of…
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    Umami Girl

  • A Visit to Amsterdam

    3 Oct 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Well hello again. It’s been a little longer than I’d planned since the last time I checked in. We’ve been busy settling back into our life in New Jersey — reconnecting with old friends in that day-to-day way that you miss when great distances are involved, reminding ourselves of the ways we do things in […]
  • Spontaneity in Spain + Fried Eggs with Creamy Spinach and Toast Soldiers

    6 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    A great brunch or dinner recipe for Fried Eggs with Creamy Spinach and Toast Soldiers, and a tale of uncharacteristic spontaneity in Spain.
  • Tropical Paradise Green Smoothie on Serious Eats

    20 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    A friendly green smoothie with tropical flavors.
  • A Beautiful Wedding Weekend in Central Switzerland

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:03 am
    Scenes from a wedding weekend in Engelberg, Switzerland, plus a stop at Hiltl, the world's oldest consistently operating vegetarian restaurant. Who'd have guessed it's in Zurich?
  • Creamy Vegan Oatmeal with The Works

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:46 am
    Recipe for a quick and easy creamy vegan oatmeal with peanut butter, berries, flax, dessicated coconut.
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  • Sea Scallop Crudo

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Sea Scallop Crudo Delicate, creamy raw scallop balanced with briny caviar & the bite of pickled onions held in check with a tarragon sour cream. Ingredients:                                             Makes 6 Small Appetizer Servings 6 Sea Scallops Marinade: 1 tbsp Cucumber Vinegar 1 tsp Sugar 1 tsp Kosher Salt 1 tsp Cold Water Tarragon Sour Cream: ¼ cup Sour Cream 1 tsp chopped Tarragon 1 pinch of salt 4 tsp Whitefish Caviar Additional Cucumber Vinegar Spruce Tip Salt Basil Crystals Brioche Loaf Unsalted Butter Plus: Vanilla Pickled Onions…
  • Merino Racks w/ Baba Sauce & Fennel Salad

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Merino Lamb Racks w/ Baba Sauce & Fennel Salad Tender, milder merino lamb racks pared with a baba ghanoush-inspired sauce and a creamy, fresh fennel salad. Ingredients:                                       Makes 4 Servings 2 Merino Lamb Racks Marinade: 1/2 cup Shallot, sliced into thin rounds 1 large sprig Fresh Rosemary Fresh Cracked Black Pepper 1 tsp Smoked Alaska Flake Sea Salt Two 2” strips of Orange Zest 4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (we used Le Terroirs de Marrakesh) 2 cloves Black Garlic Baba Sauce: Part 1: 1 large Eggplant 1 tsp Colatura…
  • Maple Syrup Old Fashioned

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Maple Syrup Old Fashioned Cocktail This twist on the traditional Old Fashioned cocktail adds cherry & maple notes. Ingredients:                                       Makes 1 Cocktail 2oz Bourbon (we recommend Buffalo Trace) ½ oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur 1 Luxardo Cherry 1 ½” wedge of Orange ½ oz Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup Garnish: Orange Zest Twist 1 Luxardo Cherry Directions: 1. In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle the orange wedge and a Luxardo cherry with the Luxardo maraschino and bourbon maple syrup.  Muddle until the cherry…
  • Orange-Infused Cherry Tart

    12 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Orange-Infused Cherry Tart This beautiful tart-cherry tart is infused with orange, fortified with cherry seed oil & sweetened with less processed Mexican piloncillo sugar. Ingredients:                                       Filling:                                  Makes Enough for One 11” Tart 5 cups Frozen Tart Cherries (unsweetened), thawed 1 cup of the Cherry Juice that collected when cherries thawed 1 tbsp Cointreau Liqueur ½ cup + 1 tbsp Granulated Piloncillo 1 tsp Cherry Seed Oil 1 tbsp Orange Zest 1 pinch of…
  • How to Enjoy Artisanal Oils

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    We sell some of the most delicious and unusual oils you’ll find, from exquisite extra virgin olive oils to exotic choices like squash seed oils and all natural truffle oils. But what do you do with them once you have them?  Here are some ideas: As a Finishing Oil: Using an oil to finish a dish is as simple as drizzling some on food right before you serve it.  Finishing with oil adds flavor, richness, and moisture to dishes like meats, seafood and vegetables. As a Healthier, Yet Delicious Butter Substitute: Try drizzling extra virgin olive oil over a baked potato instead of butter. …
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    Alosha's Kitchen

  • Banana Bread

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

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

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

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

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

  • Removals Companies In Melbourne

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

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

  • So Your Child Wants to Go Vegan…

    Marie Oser, Managing Editor
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    The protein myth is a public relations gimmick perpetrated by the Dairy Council and various Meat and Beef Council organizations, which are actually PR machines for the animal agriculture industry and not government agencies. They are also the source of the incorrect assumption that vegan diets are somehow lacking, and if you don’t drink milk[1] [...]
  • Eat Soynuts To Reverse The Metabolic Syndrome

    Marie Oser, Managing Editor
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Metabolic (met-ah-BOL-ik) syndrome refers to a group of risk factors that raises the risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. The metabolic syndrome is a condition characterized by obesity, high triglyceride levels, hypertension, low HDL cholesterol level and high fasting blood sugar. The risk for cardiovascular heart disease (CVD), diabetes and stroke will increase with [...]
  • Eat Beans to Live Longer

    Michael Greger M.D.
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart; the more you eat, the…longer you live? Legumes may be the most important predictor of survival in older people from around the globe. Researchers from different institutions looked at five different cohorts in Japan, Sweden, Greece, and Australia. Of all the food factors they looked at, only one [...]
  • Vegan Teen Promotes Compassion

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

    Sherry Brooks
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
      You believe you make a decent annual salary.  So, when tempted to make a purchase you think, “I can afford this.  Compared to the money I make a month, this costs almost nothing.” Yet, each month when the whopping credit card statements arrive, you are deeper underwater on your payments and other bills. What’s [...]
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    The Meal Makeover Moms' KITCHEN

  • Tips for Editing Beautiful Food Photos on Your Smart Phone (Part 2)

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    I have a lot of apps on my iPhone 5s, but the one I turn to the most is Snapseed, a fun photo editing app that I use to improve my food photos. This app crops, straightens, brightens, saturates, adjusts the white balance, and a whole lot more. It turns my food photos from drab to delicious in minutes. I took this image of our Garden Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti with my smart phone. It’s OK … But with a few Snapseed edits, it pops. For the past four years at FNCE, the annual meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, I’ve worked with Regan Jones, RDN and Janet…
  • Tips for Taking Beautiful Food Photos with Your Smart Phone (Part 1)

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    As a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), I’ve always believed that if you want consumers to eat a healthy diet, you have to give them easy and affordable recipes that work, taste great, and look amazing and appetizing. This is a gorgeous image of our Homemade Healthy Beefaroni made with lean ground beef, mushrooms and red bell pepper, and whole wheat pasta … and served with fresh asparagus and basil. Don’t you want to take a bite? I took this photo with my iPhone 5s and edited using Snapseed. {Keep reading for my top food photography secrets.} But before I learned how…
  • Cabot Virtual Road Race to Benefit Feeding America + a Cheese Giveaway

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    On Columbus Day, I ran the Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women road race with my friend, Mary. Besides the fact that I like to run (sometimes), I was eager to join the Cabot Virtual Race to benefit Feeding America, an organization dedicated to feeding America’s hungry through a nationwide network of food banks. If you’re interested in joining the virtual race, you can still sign up Here we are sampling Cabot cheeses before the race. We usually don’t eat right before running, but I think we actually did better with some food in our tummies! Disclosure: As a Cabot Team Leader…
  • How to Make Homemade Focaccia Bread with Fun Spiced Toppings

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Learn how to make an easy homemade focaccia bread for your family using store-bought pizza dough!  Starting with store-bought pizza dough makes creating your own focaccia bread simple as pie.This month, I joined fellow healthy food bloggers for the following Recipe Redux cooking challenge on Spooky Spices: You know they are lurking there: Way in the back of your spice drawer. There lie the herbs, spices, or rubs that are getting dusty because you’re afraid to use them… you simply don’t know what to do with them! Well, pull them out and show us a recipe you created to deliciously…
  • Local Farms Make Me Happy: My Visit to Hornstra Dairy Farm

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Farms are magical places. They remind us to think about where our food comes from, the hard work involved in producing it, and the importance of maintaining open space where nature and beauty can thrive. Welcome to Hornstra Farms in Norwell, MA. I had the privilege of touring this 100-year-old dairy farm last week with a group of fellow food and nutrition bloggers and writers and a group from the New England Dairy & Food Council. It was a happy day. The farm was established in 1915 by the Hornstra family, who moved to New England from Holland. A century later, John Hornstra, a…
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  • Federally Mandated Tasting

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    I know, that sounds like something you can blame Obama for and Sean and all his cohorts can carry on about with hysteria and vitriol for at least a week. But no, I was simply headed back for one of my occasional visits to El Federal, San Martín 1015 in Retiro for lunch with my friend Judithe. I first came to this place in my early, formative Buenos Aires years when my friend Victor suggested we meet there and introduced me to chef Paula Comparatore. It’s one of my favorite places to lunch in the downtown area and I’ve been there many a time, even re-reviewing it with a lot…
  • Lines to Nazca

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows us or reads these pages that we’re always checking out Peruvian restaurants in town. It’s Henry’s natal, and favorite, cuisine, and I’m quite fond of the stuff as well. Plus it gives me ideas for new directions to take our own. It is surprising to me, however, when we’ve tried out a place, liked it quite a bit, and then forgotten about it completely. Back in November 2012, we tried out Buenos Aires Delivery for the first time (hard to believe it’s been less than two years), ordering up a quite delicious…
  • Lime Jello Salad

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    When Kevin and I first started talking about the idea of our online cooking challenges, one of the things we spent a fair amount of time discussing was the re-creation of classic dishes. Now, we were thinking, for the most part, of things like the challenges we’ve already done, classics like Sole Veronique and Pad Thai; but, and I don’t recall how it came up, I remember joking about reinventing the classic Midwest dish of the 60s, the Lime Jello Salad. Jello salad, a.k.a. Jell-O salad, gelatin salad, jelly salad, congealed salad, or molded salad was a staple of social functions at…
  • Simple Simon met a pieman…

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    …going to the fair, Says Simple Simon to the pieman, Let me taste your ware. The last few days, for the third year, the Feria Masticar has come to town (not that it goes to other towns, at least as far as I know). In 2012, I, along with roughly 50,000 other people, checked out the first edition of this gastronomic soiree. Last year, I made a brave attempt at attending, but the lines to purchase tickets and enter were just too long (78,000 attended), and I hadn’t planned it in advance to have one already in my pocket. This year, I was offered a ticket for one of the days, so was…
  • Random Acts of Training #1

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    As regular readers know, I’ve been casting about for a new project of some sort, what with the 92 Bus Pizza Trek, The Chronicles of Shawarma, and all winding down. I happen to love trains. And, though the train system here is a shadow of its former self, it still heads off in various directions from three different central stations (Retiro, Constitucion, and Once). I decided to give a shot at some random train riding – simple procedure. Show up at one of the stations, whichever one I happen to be closest to, hop on the next train leaving, having quickly looked at how many stops…
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    LoveFeast Table

  • A Birthday Wish

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

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

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

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

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

    Kit Pollard
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    I always get a little thrill when I read something about the Chesapeake Bay - or someplace Bay-adjacent - in the national press. This month has been a good one for that.First, in the November issue of Food and Wine, there's a solid article about Bay oysters and the Croxton family's work, through their family business, Rappahannock Oyster Company, to revitalize the local oyster industry. The article's not online yet, which is a shame - it's good, though I had a couple quibbles.The article does makes it sound like the Croxtons are solely responsible for the resurgence; while they are…
  • Trendy: Sidewinder Fries (with a side of Fieri sauce)

    Kit Pollard
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    In Canton, Silks is doing it.Downtown, Guy Fieri also does it.What more could you want?As a side note, I think it's great that Richard Gorelick avoided the urge to lay down the snark - any snark, really - in his review of Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen + Bar. He defends his choice to be sincere, saying"you'd have to have a heart of stone not to respond, on some level, to its good cheer and basic American enthusiasm."I think this is the right approach. From a restaurant perspective, Fieri is such low-hanging fruit. I'll admit, I laughed when I read Pete Wells' NYT takedown of the Fieri's Times…
  • Vegetables Are So Fetch

    Kit Pollard
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    And by "so fetch," I mean that somebody is really trying to make them happen.Exhibit A: This article in today's WaPo, in which the author talks to Jose Andres about his new vegetable-oriented restaurants. It also dishes up a side (ha ha) of other recent veggie victories and openings.Exhibits B and C: This post and this post, which I wrote way back in 2013. In the food world, veg-love is not exactly new.So that's why I chuckled when I saw this morning's Post article. It's title? "Vegetables: Are they the new bacon? Jose Andres and other chefs think so." I don't doubt Andres' commitment to the…
  • Breakfast

    Kit Pollard
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    My sister just sent me a link to this NYT article about what kids around the world eat for breakfast. That it's different everywhere is not really a surprise, of course. It's also not a surprise that breakfast looks gorgeous when it's in little bowls and shot from above.You know what is a surprise, though? That kids in Amsterdam are hoodwinking their parents into serving them chocolate-topped bread every morning:Good job, kids in Amsterdam. Good job.
  • Birthday Babies

    Kit Pollard
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    I am so behind in posts. Trust me, I'm feeling the anxiety, as I look at the photos I haven't shared and the recipes I haven't written about.But it's been a busy few weeks - not least because we had back to back birthday weekends. First, my mom turned 65 and we celebrated by throwing a small party for her, at her house. My brother and sister and I collaborated (with help, of course, from Cooper, Clark and Cail), making way, way too much food and having a lot of fun.Then, this past Monday, Dixon turned eight. Over the weekend, we had two parties - a boys-only get-together featuring a video…
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    Mango & Tomato

  • How To Decorate A Pumpkin Without Carving: Use Nail Polish!

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Pumpkins. Pumpkins. Pumpkins!!! Good lord, pumpkins are everywhere. A few weeks ago I saw a gorgeous idea for decorating a small pumpkin using nail polish on Say Yes blog. I loved it. No need to carve. No fear of the pumpkin rotting. You can use whichever colors you like or match your décor AND the entire project takes about 10 minutes (including drying time!). As luck would have it, the
  • My First Smoothie In My New Blendtec: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Last month I wrote about a lovely gift the people from Blendtec sent me in the mail. So far I've used my brand new Blendtec to make soup, salsa verde and hummus. Then last weekend I decided to make a smoothie. If you know me well, you know that I'm not a fan of bananas. Alas, it seems like most smoothies use bananas as the base. I decided to take my chances and not use bananas. So what
  • What To Do With Cauliflower? Warm Cauliflower Salad With Radishes & Olives

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetables. You can roast it, boil it, eat it raw, turn it into a soup, or pan fry it. I will share some of the recipes at the bottom of the post, but first, here's a no recipe "recipe" for a warm salad with cauliflower and a few other fun ingredients. What To Do With Cauliflower? Warm Cauliflower Salad With Radishes & Olives Ingredients cauliflower,
  • Menu MBK: Chef's Table. Russian Menu.

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Earlier this week I had a chance to dine at Menu MBK and try this month's chef's table menu that was inspired by Russian cuisine. The meal was graciously covered by the restaurant, but as always all opinions are my own. I spent the first 13 years of my life in Moscow, Russia where I was born and where both my parents and grandparents cooked food. Russian food. Ukrainian food. Jewish food.
  • DIY Refrigerator Magnets: Easy Gift Idea For The Cook

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Today instead of a recipe I want to share with you a super duper easy and fun diy project that you can make to spruce up your refrigerator or to give as gifts to your friends. DIY Refrigerator Magnets: Easy Gift Idea For The Cook When I was in Seattle last month, I found an adorable pin/button at a museum store and bought it immediately. After all, it said More Mayo and you know how much I ♥
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  • Hot Soppressata Macaroni & Cheese with Crispy Leeks

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

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

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

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

    31 May 2014 | 10:27 am
    Many types of dessert soup, featuring various main ingredients, are routinely consumed in Thailand as well as other places in Asia, especially the East and Southeast. Some of these dessert soups are served warm; some are served chilled or topped with crushed or shaved ice; some are great at any temperature. I have covered some […] ....
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    Walker Tea Review

  • Tea Drinker: Souheki Mori

    Jason Walker
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
     I was sorely tempted to prod Souheki for longer, fuller answers to my questions about the value of the Japanese tea ceremony. Upon reflection, however, I thought it better to leave her responses as they were – simple, straightforward, but full of meaning. There was something about the brevity of the answers that reflected the […]
  • Tea Review 540: Happy Earth’s Singbulli 1F

    Jason Walker
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
      Origin: Singbulli Estate Harvest: 1st Flush, 2014 Score: 92 Price (as of post): 2.6 oz = $19.70  to Walker Tea Review. Get complete access to Member Content.   Sign Up For The Newsletter. Sample provided by Happy Earth Tea. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. Want to see a […]
  • Tea Review 539: Tea Journeyman’s Bvumbwe Peony

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

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

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

  • Advertise Your Roofing Company On the WWW While Using Search Engine Optimization

    Linda Wilhemsen
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    Roofing Marketing Gurus are the company that you will want to hire to be your website design builders. They are a top notch company that can take care of your website for you by building a great web page for you to make sure that you get the business that you desire. These marketing gurus are the best in the business. They can get you where you want to be with the business that you desire to have by getting your website up and going. They are not just a regular website designer. They are the best as they are very familiar with how the WWW works and how to make sure that you have the right…
  • The various types of homes on the market

    Joy Nalywalko
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    The housing market is looking up. In 2006, the prices of housing in the United States reached an all-time high. The bubble burst shortly after that and the housing market was in decline. The bubble burst causing a credit crisis in the United States followed by a recession. Many homes went into foreclosure and the prices of homes reached a new low. For many people who bought their homes prior to the tank of the housing market, they saw a drastic decrease in the value of their homes.  The situation became so dire that a temporary bailout was issued in order to help those who could no longer…
  • Style of roof replacement

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    When a home owner decides that it is time to replace their roof, they often don’t realize that they have options for the replacement roof that go beyond using what is already on their home. Many people just replace their roof with a newer version of the same thing by default, and don’t take the time to look into what other options and products are on the market and can be used in a better way on their roof. As the climate changes, and as technology has pushed us into new territory with building materials and supplies there are more long term and durable options than ever before. It is…
  • Tips for Renovating Your Kitchen More Successfully

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:18 am
    Customization is only a good thing if you have the budget for it. There are many facades to think about as you begin renovating your kitchen. You have to worry about your budget, which is most important. The budget will keep you on queue with what you can and cannot purchase for your kitchen. However, as you look at your budget and begin to plan the dimensions and look of your kitchen, you begin to realize that space is another problematic thing. With a few helpful tips on your kitchen, you can get it to look immaculate without much effort on your part. However, it will take a little hard…
  • Rug cleaning is unique and should be treated as such.

    lincoln Deffenbaugh
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Most people understand that, when cleaning their home, certain parts of the home require different types of cleaning.  For example, no one would use the same products and equipment they use on their carpet for their tile floors.  Using bleach on your carpet would certainly be a bad idea, unless your carpet is completely white, which, as it turns out, is also a terrible idea.  You don’t clean your bed in the same way that you clean your kitchen.  All of this seems rather obvious.  However, although people understand that cleaning certain parts of their home requires specific…
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    In Jennie's Kitchen

  • when life imitates art

    Jennifer Perillo
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    There’s so much I’ve been wanting to share since last week. I got through another anniversary—a big one. Last Thursday, just a week ago, I celebrated my 10th wedding anniversary. I feel like I should get a coin or chip to commemorate the milestone. I don’t mean to be glib, or gloss over it. On […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
  • ricotta & mascarpone cannoli

    Jennifer Perillo
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    When I got back to New York last week, I had a few hours to get things done in Brooklyn. My trips to the city these days usually don’t take me beyond midtown. The kids stayed with my mom while I was away, and one of my best friends watched Miche, so before collecting the […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
  • sweet & savory candied walnuts

    Jennifer Perillo
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:53 pm
    As my plane touched down at JFK on Friday morning, I wasn’t sure if I’d really just spent 27 hours in Sacramento, or dreamed it. That’s what happens when you get on a plane to the west coast at 11:30am on a Wednesday, and find yourself back at your starting point less than two full […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
  • black & white cookies

    Jennifer Perillo
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Do you ever have those moments where a memory comes flooding back so vividly you feel like you’re in the moment? It happened today as I was driving to pick the girls up from school. Way back when Virginia was a wee one, I made up a bedtime song to the tune of Love Train. […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
  • a leap of faith

    Jennifer Perillo
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    It is said that we’re our own worst critics. I’ve always grappled with that thought. A healthy sense of self can only come with proper introspection. Seeking out our imperfections can be a fine line, though, and for me Mikey was always the one who helped balance the extreme standards to which I held myself. […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
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    Marinate Me Baby

  • Episode 1 Eat & Drink It | El otoño mata el festival

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    El Otoño mata el Festival Dani and Brian discuss this fall festival of killing otherwise known as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Downtown BBQ Short Ribs

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

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

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

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

  • Papaya King Launches Hot Dog Cart in Herald Square

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    After rolling out their truck earlier this year, Papaya King now also has a food cart. And it will park every day in Herald Square on Broadway and 35th Street. Right now that area is not suffering for food options (thanks to Broadway Bites), but it will be nice to get a good old fashioned [...]
  • Chimi Chicken at Picnic Basket Worth Heading Underground

    Andrea H
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    We recently got a tip from Lunch’er joer that there was an addition to the lunch options at the Crystal Pavilion. “What is the Crystal Pavilion?” this recently transplanted Midtown Lunch’er asked herself. Well, it is the subterranean food court within 805 3rd Ave. Go down the escalator, and then behind it, and you’ll find [...]
  • Bye, Bye Pie Face

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last week DNA Info reported that just about every Pie Face location has shut down in the entire city, including the four in Midtown. They sprouted up like hotcakes over the two years and have now shuttered just as fast with no explanation. There’s no clue on their website as to why they closed (or [...]
  • Bryant Park Holiday Market Returns Starting Today

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. The Bryant Park Holiday Market starts again today, earlier than it ever has before. The identical kiosks have been set up and some familiar food vendors, like Mmm…Enfes, Strudels & Pies by Hans, and TopArepa, will be selling dishes alongside all the merchandise stalls with [...]
  • Hibachi Dumpling Express Starts Frying on 6th Avenue

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    A brand new location of a brand new chain opened on Sixth Avenue and West 38th recently (the 3rd of a planned 15 around the city.)  It’s called Hibachi Dumpling Express and it’s sleek and clean with Asian platters like teriyaki, tempura, fried rice and noodles, and of course, dumplings. Here, four pieces of fried [...]
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  • An Homage to Milwaukee's Honey Pie Cafe: Salted Honey Pie

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

    12 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Susan Fish, hanging out in Ithaca, NY.So -- how many of you bought the Kindle edition of Ithaca after reading our last post?If you did, and you've started reading, you'll probably enjoy this interview we did with the author, Susan Fish.But, even if you didn't, you'll want to keep reading. Not only is Ms. Fish pretty interesting, but she was also generous enough to share one of her favorite fall recipes!And hey - if you're still looking for a copy of her book, we're doing a giveaway for one at the end of this post.What inspired the storyline in the book?I visited the town of Ithaca, New York…
  • Ithaca: A Book About Soup and Fracking

    9 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    You know we've got a thing about soup, right?After all, we host our annual Soup Nights. And we've even been featured in a BOOK about Soup Nights.Well, I've also got a thing about novels. And writers.I respect them so much. After all, it takes a great deal of imagination and talent to create characters that seem real to the reader and a storyline that makes someone want to keep reading.So, it's kind of interesting that -- few weeks ago -- we happened to connect with an author who wrote a novel that revolves around soup.Well, kind of.The name of the book is Ithaca -- and each of the chapters in…
  • Pizza Casserole with Zucchini Crust

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

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

  • Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

    Allison Ruth
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
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  • Slow Cooker Steel Cut Chai Apple Oatmeal

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
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  • Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and Caramel Pecan Glaze

    Katie Goodman
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
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  • Salmon en Papillote with Asparagus

    Katie Goodman
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
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  • Taco Pizza

    Carla Walker
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
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  • What next for St Kilda and the Dog’s Bar?

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Has St Kilda lost its mojo as a destination or has the rest of Melbourne caught up? As I write this the Dog’s Bar is ten minutes from re-opening (at 4pm October 2 2014) under a new manager and what was Slow Down at Harley Court is now The Nelson, a cool looking rum bar, that opens on October 17 at 4pm I see the story of St Kilda’s decline and potential for rejuvenation as the story of the Dogs Bar, where the former owner operator of 12 years was kicked out for reasons you can read about here. Once St Kilda was the place to be. Circa The Prince with its white leather banquettes was the…
  • The rules to order a Lune Croissant

    25 Jun 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Queues who needs them? I’ve learnt to accept the queues for restaurants on Flinders Lane. I’ll pick an unpopular night and/or time for a visit. Or I’ll plan a Negroni or two around the corner for the hour or so I have to wait. Lune Croissant is a different story. People are rising before dawn to queue for croissants (see pics). Not only that they are queueing in the dark and the cold but are leaving empty handed, myself included. It’s utter madness. And I have several problems with what is going on. First, of all there is a lot of guesswork as the website doesn’t…
  • The Lobster Cave and the confusions of confusions

    7 Jun 2014 | 11:05 pm
    by Pam and Ed Imagine you were going to spend $330 on a meal for two. You could go for a four course a la carté at Vue de Monde for $150 a head (subject to the day and time of the week). You may bust your budget when you order a glass of wine each. Still, you get the full Vue De Monde experience. And the view. Or you could visit the Tuesday night Chef’s Table at Attica for $125 a head for five course meal and find plenty of options for the remaining $89 wine budget. Or you could leggit down to Beaumaris to the bizarro world of the Lobster Cave and for $329 a three course meal complete…
  • Melbourne’s top 200+ blogs April 2014

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:58 pm
    It’s been a long time since anybody has updated any listing of blogs in Melbourne publicly and I’ve collaborated with Thang Ngo at Noodlies in Sydney to create a list based on Alexa ranking. Thang has incorporated the Melbourne listings with his Sydney listing to create a ranking of 595 Australian blogs. Inevitably as this is the first time for Melbourne we have accidentally left out a few people and perhaps included a few shouldn’t be here. If you think we’ve got something wrong just let me know in comments and we’ll get it fixed for the next version to be…
  • The great food blogger witch hunt

    10 Mar 2014 | 4:55 pm
    I’ve updated this post as more information came in from Sharky. If anyone else wishes me to update anything, please let me know. I am attempting to be as accurate as possible here.You’ll see the updates appear underlined like this. There’s this group of people who are so passionate about food that they spend a fortune and invest hundreds of hours of time engaging with the culture surrounding it. Not only are they eating out, buying ingredients, gadgets, renovating kitchens and travelling to food destinations, buying tickets to food festivals and producer dinners but also…
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    Cooking In Stilettos™

  • 12 Favorite Fall Recipes

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Fall is my absolute favorite season. Some like summer, some like spring – heck, I know peeps who adore the winter. Me – I’m a fall gal. The boots, the cozy sweaters, the leaves changing, tailgating and comfort food favorites, pumpkin and apple recipes everywhere – it’s something I look forward to every year. Granted my birthday is in the fall as well – that might play a role in my adoration of the season but I tend to look at it as a new beginning. Things change, spring/summer wardrobes get stored away while the…
  • Waffle Cravings Call For Roasted Pear And Apple Syrup and Aunt Jemima Waffles #4MoreWaffles #Shop #CBias

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. #4MoreWaffles #CollectiveBias All opinions are mine alone. Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffles are drizzled with the flavors of fall – Roasted Pear and Apple Syrup.  This easy to whip up breakfast is good for those busy mornings – added bonus – the fruit compote syrup can be made the night before! There is nothing like a waffle, hot, toasty and drizzled with syrup to start the day.  However, what about those days that you don’t want to rifle through the back of the cupboards to drag out the waffle…
  • Shopping In Stilettos – Steals and Deals Edition

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    There are some amazing sales going on at some of my favorite stores, including the much anticipated Friends and Family Sale at both Kate Spade AND Saks so I think some shopping might be on the agenda this weekend. Added bonus, Sur La Table is having an Anniversary Sale so I’ll have to spend some quality time at the King of Prussia location to see what I can find for holiday entertaining. Plus – who knows, they might have a good cooking class or two that I might need to sign up for. Yes, my wallet will be weeping a bit come Monday but, in my opinion, a little retail therapy (even…
  • French Onion Burgers with Gruyere Cheese Sauce – Perfect for Tailgating #CookdRightTailgating

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    This is a sponsored post.  My opinions are my own.  I’m of the opinion that sometimes you just need an epic burger to watch the game with and these French Onion Burgers with Gruyere Cheese Sauce are the ultimate “must make” tailgate recipe for the next game. Here’s the problem I have when making burgers for a crowd – personally, I tend to like my burger medium rare as do some of my friends.  Others like it medium to well done and a couple like it “charred like a hockey puck” and, when you are using an indoor grill pan, I’ve found that…
  • Spiced Cherry Cranberry Chutney – Not Just For The Holidays

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    One of my favorite parts of the holiday meals are the leftovers.  To me, there is nothing like a fab turkey or ham sandwich with a bit of cranberry relish to accent it.  I have a fave store-bought Cranberry Orange Apple relish that I keep stocked in the pantry for those sandwich “emergencies” but, in my opinion, there is nothing like making your own.  I love the savory note that chutney has and this Spiced Cherry Cranberry Chutney is a first pick contender for the holiday table. This Spiced Cherry Cranberry Chutney melds sweet cherries and tart cranberries with a touch of…
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    Kahakai Kitchen

  • Orange & Fennel Salad with Pomegranate & Feta (Served with a Simple Grilled Salmon)

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:55 pm
    I have had fennel and orange on the brain lately and pomegranates have been popping up in the grocery store for the past few weeks, so when I saw a salad of those three ingredients combined with feta in Crazy Water Pickled Lemons by Diana Henry, I knew it was destined for my dinner plate. The online recipe I found differed slightly from the book (using mint instead of parsley and cilantro, omitting the cucumber and using runny honey instead of sugar in the dressing) and that is the one I used. Served with a salmon grilled with a little olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper, it was a quick…
  • The Book Tour Stops Here: Review of "The Unforgivable Fix" by T.E. Woods Served with Chickpea 'Tuna' Salad Sandwiches

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:09 pm
    I am a fan of a good series--especially one in the mystery/thriller genre. I like getting to know the characters at a deeper level as each story unfolds. The Unforgivable Fix: by T. E. Woods is the third book in the Justice series which gets better and better with each novel. I am excited to be a stop on the TLC Book Tour for The Unforgivable Fix today, and to offer up and review and a dish inspired by the book. Publisher's BlurbThe killer won’t come for you, you fool. He’ll come for me.Detective Mort Grant of the Seattle PD has finally decided to sell. The home where he and his late…
  • Mark Bittman's Spanish-Style Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta & Bean Soup) for Souper (Soup, Salad, & Sammie) Sundays

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Although I frequently make an oath not to buy any more cookbooks, there are times that I just can't help myself. Like when Mark Bittman comes out with a new one. Plus, since I already have How to Cook Everything and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, I felt like I needed to have How to Cook Everything Fast--Bittman's collection of 2000-ish quick cooking recipes, processes and tips too. I have been craving Pasta e Fagioli but I liked Bittman's Spanish-style variation because of the chickpeas and smoked paprika and wanted to try it. He didn't mention the cheese in his version but it seemed…
  • Chilled Rice Pudding with Orange, Honey, & Cardamom Syrup: Cool and Creamy Comfort

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
      Not everyone loves rice pudding. It's one of those things that I disliked growing up but blogging and trying recipes had made me a fan. It's comforting. And, served chilled topped with a scrumptious syrup of orange, honey, and cardamom, this recipe from Diana Henry makes a wonderful breakfast, snack or dessert for humid weather. We are gearing up for a tropical storm/hurricane hitting (now) passing south of the islands this weekend so the weather is particularly sultry today. Having this pudding and its syrup simmering away this morning and chilling throughout the day to be enjoyed…
  • The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "The Lost Tribe of Coney Island" by Claire Prentice with (a Vegan Version of) Arroz Caldo (Filipino Rice Stew)

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Much of America has an obsession with people and things that are different or that we don't understand. We have a strong carnival and circus history, hitting its peak in the 19th century. Even today, FX's American Horror Story: Freak Show premiered last week with the highest ratings on that network's history--proving that we still like to gawk. In the summer of 1905, it was a tribe of Philippine aborigines that had America lining up in record numbers, and their story is told in today's TLC Book Tour Stop of "The Lost Tribe on Coney Island: Headhunters, Luna Park, and the Man Who Pulled Off…
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    Daily Blender

  • All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival Hits Portland For A Second Round

    Kat Vetrano
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Between Ian Karmel and Ron Funches appearing on WTF with Marc Maron’s podcast, and Shane Torres’ Farewell Show before he heads off to NY... The post All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival Hits Portland For A Second Round appeared first on Daily Blender.
  • Dining and Drinking: 48 Hours in… San Francisco

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

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

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

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

  • The C&Z Shop is Open!

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    I have just added a new shop section to Chocolate & Zucchini featuring a careful selection of ingredients, tools, and books I use and adore. For each I explain why I love them and what role they play in my cooking life, so you can decide if they’re a good fit for yours. I am not selling those products directly, but rather pointing you to the sites of their respective vendors. I am launching the C&Z shop with a very small selection to which I will add over time, so please check back whenever you like (it’s easily accessible from the top menu) and feel free to suggest the…
  • Lemon Ginger Tartlets

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    It’s been almost ten years since I was first in touch with Claire, the talented author of the pioneering natural foods blog Clea Cuisine, and over time we’ve built a simple and sincere friendship that means a lot to me. Clea is one of those rare persons who radiate with confidence and serenity, as if the turmoil of the outside world and its latest trends left them unfazed, so busy they are following their own path, guided by their own taste. These qualities have earned her a crowd of loyal and engaged readers whose food lives she has often changed, as one of the very first in…
  • Edible French Comes Out Today! (+ A Giveaway)

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    EDIBLE FRENCH, my new book of food-related French idioms, is released today. EDIBLE FRENCH explores fifty of the most evocative French expressions related to food with cultural notes, recipes, and whimsical watercolors by my talented friend Mélina Josserand. It’s a project that has been brewing in my mind for years and years, and as a lover of both food and language, I am thrilled to be able to share it with you now. I am also incredibly pleased with how the physical object turned out; the production team has done a wonderful job of it. It’s a book that feels very loveable, and…
  • October 2014 Desktop Calendar

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    At the beginning of every month in 2014, I am offering a new wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month. As a new feature this year, the desktop calendar is available in two versions: a US-friendly version that features Sunday as the first day of the week, and a French version (shown above) that complies with international standards, featuring Monday as the first day of the week. Our calendar for October is a picture of my jar of granola, which I make a little bit differently each time, but always following this basic…
  • September Favorites

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

  • Pottoka

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    Sometimes I feel like a nitwit, especially when people start talking about all the new restaurants in Paris. I am a creature of habit (and I don’t like disappointment), so I generally go to the same places. I also tend to stay on the Right Bank, where I live, as the restaurants tend to be more exciting and less-fussy, with a more casual ambiance. But I’d heard good things about Pottoka, over in the 7th arrondissement, helmed by chef Sébastien Gravé, who likes to improvise on his native Basque cuisine, known for lots of colors and contrasts, as well as a hint of spice. The…
  • At the Market: Bitter Turnips and Smoked Garlic

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    I regularly visit the outdoors markets in Paris to do my shopping. It’s a lot nicer than the supermarket and I’ve gotten to know many of the vendors personally. Last Friday I took a lovely journalist from Poland through the market, who was writing a story about me and my new book. And I thought I’d be fun to take her shopping with me. She asked me a lot of questions as I blazed through the market, where I dialed in on the fresh figs immediately. Worried that the fragile beauties would get smushed in my bag, I made a mental note to go back and get some. The best market tip I…
  • Peppermint Stick Ice Cream with Hot Fudge Sauce

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:33 am
    One of my favorite bakeries anywhere is Baked, located way over yonder, in Red Hook, Brooklyn. It’s a ways to go, since that part of Brooklyn lacks subway stops. (And it’s about 3000 miles from Paris, and no métro goes there either.) So I’m happy to hear they’re opening in Tribeca, so when I’m in New York, I can make it over there more frequently. But what’s just as good as visiting their bakery in person, is their latest book, Baked Occasions, featuring Matt Lewis and Renato Polifito’s favorite cakes, cookies, and candies, for entertaining,…
  • Pickled Jalapenos

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:37 am
    Yes, I know I’ve been presenting a lot of chile pepper recipes lately. But, well, ’tis the season. And when nature speaks, ya gotta listen. So I promise a chocolate recipe up shortly — fortunately, chocolate is an all-year round kind of thing — but I wanted to preserve a nice bag of jalapeños that happily made their way into my Paris kitchen. And since they’re something you don’t see at Parisian markets, I wanted to make my bounty last as long as possible. So I decided to preserve them for my next Mexi-fest, and pickle them in the style of those you find…
  • La Trésorerie and Café Smorgås

    9 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The word trésorerie in French means “treasury.” But in spite of its vaguely unpleasant connotation with the place that receives your taxes, it can also mean “treasure trove,” such as in this case, to describe La Trésorerie. One of the nice things about living in an international city like Paris, is that you can visit “another country” by just taking a métro, bike, or a short walk, and find yourself in the middle of another culture. Behind the Gare du Nord are streets lined with Indian and Sri Lankan restaurants and épiceries (food shops), and the Goutte d’Or has…
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    Dorie Greenspan - On the Road and in the Kitchen with Dorie

  • Baking Chez Moi: Behind the Scenes at The Cover Shoot

    Dorie Greenspan
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Now that Baking Chez Moi is 7 days from publication, it's fun (and not as fraught) to look back on the day we photographed the book's cover.The cover shoot for a cookbook can only be described as 'a big deal'.  It's a cosmic big deal in that if the recipe chosen for the cover isn't 'the right one,' there's the risk that the book will languish on the shelves, a wallflower in the cookbook section.  If the shot of the 'right one' isn't good, the effects are pretty much the same.  It's a practical big deal too.  While you might get three to five recipes shot in a single day,…
  • Baking Chez Moi: The Tour

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
      So here's where we're at:  Baking Chez Moi will be published in 19 days (not that I have a calendar that I'm crossing off days on or anything).  And when that happens, I'll tuck a book under my arm and start traveling the country.  I'm posting my tour dates and venues HERE, so it will always be easily available.  (I'll update it as I get more information on the places I'll be.) I love going on book tour because I love meeting YOU!  Please, if we're going to be near one another, come say hello -- it'll be great to have a chance to chat. As you'll see on the…
  • My Publisher Loves You: HMH wants to send you a Baking Chez Moi Kitchen Towel

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

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

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

  • Restaurant 52 Faubourg Saint Denis, Paris – Good Casual Dining in the Trendy 10th Arrondissement, B-

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

    Alexander Lobrano
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    On the eve of my California book tour, I’ve been thinking about all the good news from Paris I’ll have to share, since this year’s rentrée (Fall season) has seen so many superb openings, with the best new restaurant among them being Restaurant Pages, a handsome new bistro near the Arc de Triomphe by Japanese chef Ryuji Teshima. I had already been to Porte 12 and Neige d’Ete, the two other stand out newcomers, before I went to dinner at Pages. To be perfectly honest, I arrived for this meal feeling a little weary of the trope of new restaurants in Paris these days: a…
  • “So What is French Food?” Benoit and Gaby Offer a Delicious Answer to That Question in New York City

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

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

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

  • Porte 12 in the 10th: Another superb meal by a non-French chef.

    John Talbott
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    7.2 Porte 12, 12 , rue des Messageries in the 10th (don't be put off that it's the old Café Panique space) closed Saturday lunch, Sundays and Mondays (Metro: Poissonniere) opened several weeks ago to rave reviews (especially about its mastermind, famed Taiwanese chef Andre Chiang, whose Restaurant Andre in Singapore was rated among the 50 top in the world if you believe in those things and his actual guy in the kitchen - Vincent Crepel - who spend two years with him in Singapore).  The exterior breaks with the current minimalist gunmetal fascade fade in Paris…
  • Jeremie in the 16th: Was it a bit off today?

    John Talbott
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Jeremie in the 16th is a place I ate at last month and deemed "perfect, almost too perfect."  At the time, I'm sure I knew what I meant but in retrospect, not so.  Then we'd had a degustation menu of 6 courses; today a la carte with uneven results. For starters, Mr. P. had the ceviche of daurade, Mr. B the Caesar Salad with bacon strips, and the other three of us had 2 portions of foie gras sauteed with just right sweet sauce (albeit teeny tiny portions for 22 E). For mains, Mr. B. had the squid with pasta and parmesan - quite nice; I had the sweetbreads with…
  • Pirouette in the 1st: Always pushing the envelope, Tomy he.

    John Talbott
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Pirouette, an old favorite of ours since it opened, is not only one of the friendliest places in Paris, largely because of its hosts' enthusiasm, not only one of the best price-quality ones, but one where the chef, Tomy/Tommy Gousset constantly invents and pushes the envelope. I took one look at the carte and honed in on the foie gras with peanuts and cilantro; Wow, my stuff!  But before that, the chef sent out an amuse for us of another starter - gnocchis with burrata and chanterelles - double Wow! For mains, Colette had the merlu (wild hake) with shimesi and bulots (which she…
  • Reviews of reviews: The week of October 13th, 2014

    John Talbott
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Monday-Tuesday, in A Nous Paris, Philippe Toinard, reviewed and gave 3/5 dots to La Belle-mere qui fume, 13, rue des Cloys in the 18th,, closed Sundays and Mondays with a 16 E lunch menu and 30 E carte at dinner serving items such as lentils with sausage, fish & chips and chocolate mousse; and Jerome Berger reviewed and gave 3/5 to the Italian Bocca Rossa.Tuesday in Le Fooding, there was a review of the Korean Ibaji in the 3rd, the first on the new “food street.”And Wednesday in Figaroscope, Emmanuel Rubin’s Hache Menu reviewed the well-known Ledoyen in the 8th, now…
  • Le Casse Noix in the 15th: A dear old friend.

    John Talbott
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Le Casse Noix in the 15th is a place we used to go to after it opened, but fell off the radar screen not because of any fault(s) but just because the rush of new places shoved it aside.  So last week, Colette, having heard several current reports, said "Hey John, why not?"  Well, why not?  The menu is as interesting as ever and if you can't read it, you need new glasses. For firsts Colette liked her salmon Tartare and fennel salad with a very nice dressing.  two others, habituees of the joint, loved their mackerel and leeks; and I was not displeased with…
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    Adrian Moore

  • On the road again

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:40 am
    Bonjour to my small band of intrepid readers.I haven't been updating much lately largely because of my first book project for a great (and hitherto unnamed) publishing company on chefs around Europe. This has meant much planning, travelling and writing, alongside my very demanding day job, which makes my life a bit hectic and tiring at the moment. But it's all for a good cause and soon I'll be able to reveal more details on this project which I think will surprise more than a few people and will most certainly point my life in a new direction. Everything has been possible thanks to those who…
  • Two great New England restaurants mix it up ( Myers + Chang , Central Provisions)

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

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

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

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

  • Savory Summer Clafoutis

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

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

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

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

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

  • Colorful Dessert for Diwali Celebration

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    Today Aria's preschool teachers planned a small Diwali celebration in school. Diwali is a Hindu festival and it's India's biggest holiday of the year. It's also known as the "festival of lights." The day began with a non-religious story of Diwali, then there was a beautiful Rangoli demonstration (an art and craft session), followed by a potluck lunch for the boys and girls. I volunteered to bring a nut-free dessert for the children and since I knew other mothers would bring typical, popular Indian desserts, Aria and I prepared a colorful, playful dessert instead for the…
  • Feeling Zen by Kneading Dough (Making your Own Bread)

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test ourselves. I try to stay positive and see those challenges as blessing. Well, this weekend I've dealt with a fair share of difficult situations. And when that's the case, I motivate myself by finding a de-stressing activity. My solution this time was kneading dough; I think it's the best way to be energized in my quest to break free from life's inevitable anxieties! I've listed some of the paratha (Indian bread), baked goods and pizza dough I prepared over the weekend as well as other dishes I'm about to bake for the upcoming holiday.
  • Coconut and Pineapple: The Perfect Flavor Combination

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    When I run out of fresh fruit for desserts, I usually raid my pantry and either use chocolate or go for a flavor combination that gives me the most pleasure: pineapple and coconut. This particular flavor pairing works well together; I think it's because the subtle acidity from the pineapple helps to cut the richness of the coconut. This afternoon, I prepared pineapple coconut oatmeal cookies with similarly flavored mousse cups. I barely had the time to let the mousse rest in the refrigerator, but little Aria had time to advertise the product of our labor to the family. By the time I wanted to…
  • Delicious Drinks to Enjoy This Fall

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Several times a week, I take little Aria to "Toddler Story Time" classes, which she enjoys tremendously. The theme these days is about the fall season. Miss Rose, the teacher, explained that leaves begin to change color and Aria seemed mesmerized by all the changes this season suggests. When we went home, she made a drawing with trees and leaves. While she was busy, I made a pumpkin smoothie for a tasty seasonal treat. Then I told her we'd start cooking more fall-flavored dishes to satisfy her daddy's seasonal holiday cravings. For now, I'm sharing with you delicious drinks to enjoy…
  • Beef Prime Brisket Recipe

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    My daughter Aria and I are huge fans of fork-tender beef brisket. My secret tenderizer is a combination of baking powder, dried spices and coarsely-ground black pepper for the dry rub. I kept the flavorings pretty simple, using garlic, onion, sugar, dry mustard, dried oregano and bay leaf. For a nice contrast of texture, I served the slices of brisket on a bed of red cabbage slaw.  Full Recipe...
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  • The Florida Keys: Islamorada

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Marker 88 Over the summer I was invited by the Keys Tourism Board to tour the beautiful and oh so sunny Florida Keys. I know, it’s a tough job but someone has to do it. You can imagine that when the invitation arrived, it took me all of two seconds to say yes and thank you. Thank you very much. I had actually never visited the Florida Keys prior to this visit and I can honestly say that it was better and more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. I’m actually thinking that now would be a VERY good time to pack up and go for another visit. The people, the food, the…
  • Pork Tenderloin Sliders with Cranberry Sauce and Caramelized Onions

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Are you ready for some tailgating? You all know that I’m not actually a big football fan. I don’t keep that a secret but I do enjoy tailgating. What’s not to love about sitting on the back of a tailgate with your boot (cowboy of course) covered feet swinging away with your favorite cold beverage in your hand and a slider or two in the other. Right? Right. I’m already thinking about recipes for this season. Wings and SLIDERS are some of my favorites. This Pork Tenderloin Slider with Cranberry Sauce and Caramelized Onions might be my new all time favorite slider and…
  • Sauteed Mushroom and Asparagus Puff Pastry Appetizer

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Puff pastry is something I ALWAYS keep in my freezer. It’s like a bag of frozen peas, we just need them (most of the time those are to actually eat but with 3 kids in the house they’re more than often used as ice packs, ehem).  Puff pastry is so versatile and has saved my patutie on more than one occasion. It can go sweet OR savory, meaning we can whip up an appetizer and/or dessert on the fly. Now I COULD make homemade puff pastry but on most days I certainly don’t have all day (and have you seen the price of butter lately. I’m seriously considering buying a cow,…
  • Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Carnitas

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
      I’m all for low and slow cooking. Set it and forget it if you will. Now that it’s finally fall (happy dance) I’m doing a lot more of that type of cooking. I’m excited to share with y’all that I’ve partnered with Crock-Pot® Slow Cookers to bring you a few recipes using their new Crock-Pot® Smart Slow Cooker WeMo Enabled. What does that mean? It means that it works with your smart device (Android and Apple) to let you easily adjust cook settings … from virtually anywhere. Pretty smart, right? Right! (...)Read the rest of Crock-Pot Slow Cooker…
  • Mixed Food Conference 2014 Ticket GIVEAWAY!

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
      In case you haven’t heard, my friend Susan and I organize a food conference called Mixed. It’s a small boutique conference for approximately 100 food lovers bloggers that is held at Mountain Lake Lodge in Virginia. You might recognize it from the movie Dirty Dancing. If you haven’t seen the movie, stop reading right now and look it up on Netflix, or Amazon Prime (what would I do without that) and then come back when you’re done because you don’t want to miss out on this GIVEAWAY! Not to be pushy or anything (because I would never ever do that would I) but it is one of the…
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    Chef Tom Cooks - Recipe Blog

  • Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

    Thomas Grossmann
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
      These chicken Parmesan meatballs is a wonderful dish that is full of flavor.  Serve them over pasta, with bread, or you can make chicken parm meatball sliders. For the meatballs: 1 lb ground chicken ¼ cup dried Italian seasoned breadcrumbs 3 tbsp grated onion 1 tbsp dried parsley 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese ¾ tsp salt ¼ tsp black pepper 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 large egg, beaten pinch of red pepper flakes 2 tbsp olive oil For baking: 12 oz marinara sauce 8 oz mozzarella cheese 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese To make the meatballs: Preheat oven to 400° F. Add…
  • Mozzarella & Tomato Salad

    Thomas Grossmann
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    12oz assorted small tomatoes, cut into quarters 10oz mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 tablespoon oregano salt & black pepper, to taste Place the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese in a bowl. In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour over the tomato and mozzarella mixture and toss to combine. Serves 4 Related Posts:Easy Beef Empanadas with Chimichurri – Served with…Tomato-Cucumber SaladSauteed Chicken Breast with Quick Tomato & Artichoke…Prosciutto &…
  • Smoked Paprika Steak Wraps with Horseradish Cream

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

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

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

  • Maple Flan

    Bitten Word
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
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  • Pork Roast with Garlic-Parmesan Cream

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    21 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
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  • Spinach and Spaghetti Squash Fritters

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  • Grilled Fig Salad with Spiced Cashews

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  • Roasted Acorn Squash with Dates and Thyme

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    7 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
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    Sugar & Spice by Celeste

  • Creole Shrimp & Sweet Potato Grits

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to make Deep Fried Turkey

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Deep Fried Turkey, if you haven’t had it, I promise you are missing out on a juicy and well flavored turkey. It isn’t only people in Texas, home of the fried food exhibit in their State Fair, that enjoy this, you can make these at home.I used my Masterbuilt 23011114 Butterball Indoor Gen III Electric Fryer Cooker Extra Large Capacity what I really like about this is you can really fry a turkey indoors without an issue.  A few years back I tried this at a Blogging convention.   I asked the lady doesn’t it make a mess, isn’t it difficult to do while I munched on some…
  • McDonald’s Egg White Delight

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    We all know the McDonald’s Egg McMuffin. Did you know they have a lighter version? They do. Guess what, you can make this lower calorie cousin right now with this copycat recipe.What do I like about the McDonald’s Egg White Delight? Would it be that you can get a pretty filling breakfast because it has just 250 calories in this breakfast delight. Egg Whites are low in calories and they can be very filling. The wheat English muffin has a little more fiber in it to also help make this more filling. When you make this at home, you can recreate this copycat recipe too, and save…
  • Copycat Pantry Favorites

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    One of my favorite things about copycat recipes is the ability to save money. I mean who doesn’t love to save money? Here is a collection of some of my favorite copycat recipes to help you save money, and to make more food favorites from scratch. Spice Cabinet ReplacementsThese recipes are perfect to make some replacements in your spice cabinets. Homemade Baking Powder – Are you ever in a pinch for just a bit of baking powder?Brown Sugar – Are you ever looking for just a bit of brown sugar? This recipe is a great way to make just a bit of brown sugar for when you need…
  • Corelle Tablescape Giveaway

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Are you ever concerned about how to best decorate your holiday table?  We have so many wonderful holidays coming up this fall and winter.   So often we find it is the perfect time of the year to invite friends and family together to enjoy a meal together. I have to say I have fallen in love with my Corelle dishes, they are light, colorful, and they resist breaking. I used the set called Splendor, they are perfect for the holidays because they are white dishes with a beautiful accent colors of red and grey. I placed red flowers on my table, and I used red and grey napkins to my table for a…
  • Turn the Tables on Childhood Hunger

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Did you know that in America there are over 16 million children struggling with hunger, that is the population of Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago combined.Hunger’s youngest victims are often the invisible and those least able to help themselves. Hunger has no boundary. Hunger impacts those in rural, urban, and suburban areas. Childhood hunger translates to 1 in 5 children that may not know where their next meal is. Childhood hunger means there are some children in your community go hungry every day. Did you know that 93% of the children that go hungry live in…
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  • Grilled Peaches For Later

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fall Spritzer Cookies + OXO Cookie Press Giveaway!

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am so happy that I finally have a reason to make spritzer cookies year-round. I am not sure why, but to me they’ve always been exclusively for my Christmas cookie platter. All the disks I have are in Christmas shapes so that is the only time I’ve ever made them. However, now OXO has gone and improved upon the everyday cookie press, as only they can, and they’ve made a whole suite of disks with fall shapes. Triumph! Spritzer cookies for every season! Happily, today I’m giving away a cookie press with a set of all shapes. Check out all the fun ones we made! I even used…
  • Spiced Roasted Carrots

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sometimes I need a break from salad. I know that is not a popular thing to say. Somehow salads have become the ubiquitous side dish that it seems we all should be serving nightly. The more creatively flavored, the better. I always like to serve a good Harvest Salad each fall. But I also love to take my vegetables in different forms. For example, basic carrots roasted to sweet, soft perfection. They are almost easier to make than a salad and come together in a snap. Plus, my kids are more inclined to eat carrots than a salad, so why not take advantage? This easy bake can be assembled and even…
  • Dana Cowin on Mastering Mistakes & Perfect Carrot Soup {Giveaway}

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am no stranger to mistakes in the kitchen. The stories are almost too numerous to count. Dried out roast chicken? Check. Burnt cookies? Done. Forgotten ingredients in soup? Yup, been there. Obviously, I don’t write about all of the mistakes I make in this space. Instead I learn from them and try again before I consider a recipe completed and ready for publication. Sure, I know you’ll all make your own mistakes, too. And that is okay. Even the best chefs and food writers make them! Don’t believe me, you need to read Dana Cowin’s new book, Mastering my Mistakes in the…
  • Garlic Parmesan Fries with Ease

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Looking for new ways to enjoy old favorites is an ongoing challenge for me. Sometimes it really isn’t about the food, but the way it is presented. This is true for my family for everything from vegetables to pasta to even your basic French fry. I rarely fry at home so when I make them I often turn to a simple bag of frozen ones. With minimal ingredients they are just as good as fresh ones I’d make at home, plus, they can be served so many different ways. The other day I was running on empty and way behind on my meal planning so I decided to grab a bag of Ore-Ida® crinkle cut…
  • Chocolate Almond Scones

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’ve been on a scone kick lately. They are the easiest special treat I know how to make. The dough easily comes together in one bowl during naptime and I chill it until I am ready to bake. This usually happens on Saturday or Sunday morning when the aroma of them baking up fresh puts us all in the mood for a happy, lazy Sunday. Having the dough already set in the freezer makes it so easy to do! I’ve made lots of scone recipes before and this newer one came from the recent goop newsletter that highlighted Huckleberry. I’ve never been to L.A. to try the bakery, but I have the…
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    Art & Lemons

  • coconut milk kefir (vegan)

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Snap, just like that, we’re in autumn. Gray film lines the sky as soup and bread becomes the dinner norm. We venture out to art and craft festivals, first to Ashfield, Massachusetts then to High Falls, New York. I capture a few photos but for the most part, I leave my cameras in their respective pockets and bags, happy to experience the changes of scenery unrecorded. The highlights: cups of apple cider sloshing in the stroller; the yellow wooded trail where Luke and I ran, him racing ahead of me breathless, determined, joyful; holding Cody while Luke played matchbox cars outside…
  • Create Explore Discover

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    October is here! The past few months have been a whirlwind of creative/work projects and I’d like nothing more than a weekend getaway at the Create Explore Discover art retreat in Truckee, California. It sounds like a terrific time. In its 4th year, the retreat runs from October 24th – 26th and draws a diverse group of women: from working artists to weekend explorers to moms looking to uncover their creative spark. Located at the eco-modern Cedar House Sport Hotel in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the retreat features art classes in instant photography (with Andrea Corrona Jenkins),…
  • Two for Wednesday

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Two more Portraits of a House Hasselblad 500cm | Ilford Delta Pro 3200   Hasselblad 500cm | Ilford Delta Pro 3200
  • October 3 (plus a photo ebook just for you)

    3 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Whew. It’s only 3 pm but the little one and I have already finished a good afternoon’s work. We went to his doctor’s appointment, dropped off film, popped into a photo booth, and picked up veggies at the farm stand in town. Back at home, he walked from the living room to the kitchen and back a zillion times. He sneaked into the bathroom and deciphered the mechanics of the toilet. I fed the brown rice sourdough starter, peeked at the first stages of coconut milk (!!) kefir, negotiated nap time (and lost), then finished last minute project edits. Fast forward to dinner.
  • recently + friday links

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

  • {One Pot} Baked Rice with Sausage and Broccoli

    Amy Flanigan
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Quick and Easy Meatloaf (and a Veggie Challenge! #V8VegOut)

    Amy Flanigan
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Slow Cooker Beef Stew (and a Veggie Challenge! #V8VegOut)

    Amy Flanigan
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Tiramisu Dip (and a Dessert Mash-Ups Cookbook Giveaway!)

    Amy Flanigan
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
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  • Shrimp Scampi with Lemon Cream

    Amy Flanigan
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Classic Thanksgiving Dishes, Done in 7 Ingredients or Fewer

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Thanksgiving should be about cozying up to the scent of Fall wafting throughout a warm house, surrounding yourself with loved ones, and gorging on the best feast of the year. But too often, relaxation is the last item on the agenda. Instead of a complicated Thanksgiving, consider this menu, complete with all the classic dishes, made with seven ingredients or fewer. Here's what's not on this menu: stress, fussy techniques, and complicated directions. Now go open that bottle of Champagne and actually enjoy this day of thanks. Don't forget to download our Thanksgiving organizer too!
  • Taylor Swift Is Not Impressed by Jamie Oliver's "Bake It Off" Parody

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    It's no secret that Taylor Swift is an enthusiastic baker, but apparently she's not the only singer-baker hyphenate, as Jamie Oliver shows in his parody video "Bake It Off." The premise: Taylor Swift reluctantly participates in a bake-off with Jamie Oliver. The singer's attitude toward the chef's shamelessly goofy parody of her song? Ice cold. Watch the video for such zingers such as Swift's reaction to Oliver's Naked Chef moniker ("I'm not doing this if you're going to do this naked. . . . I don't want you to be naked ever") and Oliver's snarky lyrics: "All the stars can't bake, bake, bake,…
  • These Bloody Torture Shots Will Send a Chill Down Your Spine

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    This is an excerpt from a post written by Heather Christo who blogs at and is part of POPSUGAR Select Food. One of the things I made on a recent Halloween TV segment are these bloody torture shots. (My daughter Coco named them by the way - and no she did not sample them first!) I thought it was a funny and appropriate name, because you could have far too many of them and then you would have bloody torture the next day . . . So anyways, they make these really cool specialty ice cube/shot glasses that become solid ice and keep your shots ICY cold and perfect. I found them in…
  • 24 Sensational Halloween Recipes For Your Spooky Soiree

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Halloween is creeping up on us, and we want the food to send shivers down your spine. Whether you're throwing a party or attending someone else's soiree, we've got all sorts of recipes that will impress your friends. Here are 25 drinks and dishes that are guaranteed to be a hit on All Souls' Day.
  • Pumpkin Spice Has a Theme Song, and You'll Either Love It or Hate It

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    If you've stepped foot anywhere near a coffee shop, grocery store, or even a farmers market during the past month, you are well aware that the world has gone pumpkin spice crazy. From lattes to chewing gum, nothing can escape the reach of this autumnal flavor! Whether you're all aboard the pumpkin spice train or can't stand the Fall staple, you're definitely going to have an opinion about this new pumpkin-spice-inspired song. No matter how you feel about it, there's no denying that this music video perfectly captures the nationwide craze! So hang on to your pumpkin spice latte and take it all…
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  • Booze, Sweetie

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

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

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

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

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

  • World Ventures Review: Research & Warnings

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    World Ventures has been going strong for awhile now. “You should be here” signs all over the world subliminally telling people to quit their 9 to 5’s. I dig it, actually. The MLM travel membership company seems to be carrying some momentum into 2015, and with good reason. The travel deals actually don’t suck. How about that? Based in Plano, Texas, World Ventures makes planning vacations at a discount easier for its members. They sell their travel related products through representatives that are located in all 50 states of the United States as well as internationally.
  • Tattoo Ideas That Make Life Stay Permanent

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

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

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

  • Beef on Weck, Part 2: The Meat Within

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    As promised, this is how I do roast beef for "beef on weck." In episode one, we made the weck rolls, which are awesome, but become significantly more so when filled with freshly roasted beef and horseradish. And, don't even get me started on the au jus.There are many cuts of beef used for this, including top round, rump roast, and brisket, but I like to use a nice thick top-sirloin roast. Instead of cooking it in the oven, I like to pan-roast this on the stovetop. There are many advantages to this approach. Since top sirloin roasts are only a couple inches thick, they cook relatively fast.
  • Happy National Nut Day!

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Yes, October 22nd is National Nut Day (thank you, Twitter), and while no one knows exactly why, it does give us an excuse to repost this deliciously addictive, spiced nut mix.With party season rapidly approaching, the timing is perfect for this easy to make snack. Follow this link for the full post and ingredients. Enjoy!
  • Beef on Weck, Part 1: The Kummelweck Roll – You’ll Be Thirsty for More

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Welcome to the first of a two-part series on one of this country’s most delicious unknown sandwiches, the "Beef on Weck." This simple, but brilliant creation features thinly sliced, horseradish covered, roast beef, piled high on a freshly baked kummelweck. The roll's fragrant caraway seeds and coarse salt are a perfect accent, and when you add a steaming ramekin of fresh beef jus for dunking, you’ll understand why this is the pride of Western New York. Sorry, chicken wings. As legend has it, a pub owner in Buffalo, New York created the sandwich, hoping the salty rolls made by a local…
  • Next Up: Beef on a Weck Week!

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
  • Bay Scallop Chowder – Looks Good?

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Every once in a while I make a dish that no matter how great it tastes, I just can’t get past how it looks, and that was the case with this very easy, incredibly delicious scallop chowder. The main culprit was the caramelization from the bacon and onions, which provided great flavor, but the hue they imparted, along with the pale green celery, and yellow potatoes, made things kind of dingy. I could have browned the scallops first, and gone even further to the dark side, but scallops this small and sweet need to be eaten as soon as they’re cooked, and by the time we reheated them in…
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    Always Order Dessert

  • Chimichurri Pasta Salad

    Alejandra Ramos
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Chimichurri--the savory, spicy herb sauce from Argentina--is one of my absolute favorite condiments. Typically served with churrasco or other grilled steaks, it's also fantastic used in other dishes as a spread or sauce. In this pasta salad recipe, easy homemade chimichurri takes the place of pesto for a light dish that's perfect on its own or as a side with your favorite protein. This is the
  • Flourless Cashew Oatmeal Cake (Gluten-Free)

    Alejandra Ramos
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    A few weeks ago, I went on a bit of a nut buying binge. I'm not sure what prompted it, but at the height of craziness I looked around and realized I had pounds and pounds of nuts in my kitchen. I was like a squirrel saving up for winter. I've slowly worked my way through most of them, except for a lonely bag of raw cashews that was just sitting in my refrigerator door. At first I was going to
  • Grilled Thai Red Curry Shrimp

    Alejandra Ramos
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    While doing groceries last week, I saw that those amazing giant whole shrimp that I love were on sale again, so I snatched up a bunch to play around with. The last time I got them, I made more of a Spanish-inspired dish with chorizo and smoked paprika, but this time I decided to play around with Asian flavors. I whisked together a quick marinade using red curry paste, fish sauce, and lime
  • Baked Argentinian Chorizo Empanadas

    Alejandra Ramos
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Empanadas have long been one of my favorite savory snacks. A delicious dough-y package filled with goodness? Yeah, it's tough to go wrong. I grew up eating the Puerto Rican kind, which are called pastelillos, and typically made from a fried chewy crust stuffed with a variety of fillings (everything from ground meat to sweet guava paste). Cheese was usually my favorite, and when my mom made them
  • Cranberry Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake

    Alejandra Ramos
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    When it comes to Fall produce, I find cranberries significantly more exciting than pumpkin. I love pumpkins for the color and decorative quality, but I'm not a huge fan of eating them or even cooking with them. But cranberries? Cranberries I absolutely love! I was shopping a few weeks ago, when I spotted the first cranberries of the season at the market, and made sure to snatch up a couple
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    Joyful Abode

  • Easy Paleo Sandwich Rounds

    Emily Chapelle
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Lettuce wraps are awesome, and you’ll never see me turning down big-ass salads, but sometimes the convenience of a sandwich just can’t be beat. Whether my husband needs to eat one-handed while he works on a report, I want to send something a bit more substantial with my kids to school, or I just don’t feel like “grazing” on various separate items for lunch (my usual), sandwiches come in handy. These sandwich rounds are my easiest solution. They’re sturdy, hearty, they taste great, and it’s easy to make a large batch of them at once, and use throughout…
  • 10 Ways to Prepare for a Winter Road Trip

    Emily Chapelle
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cooper Tire. All opinions are 100% mine. My family is gearing up for another winter road trip. Last winter, we made our way to Maryland from Pensacola, Florida (after traveling from California to Texas and then to Florida in the fall), and we’re excited to make our way back west. Really. Even our 4-year-old keeps asking me when we get to move, because she’s excited for the adventure. It’s still a few months out, but we’ve already started the beginning stages of preparation. 10 Ways to Prepare for a Winter Road Trip Look at your route…
  • 5 Ways to Make a Rental Feel Like Home

    Emily Chapelle
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kalaty Rug for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Every time we move (6 military moves so far), we’re presented with a blank slate. A totally empty house. Neutral walls, usually ugly beige or off-white fuzzy carpet, economy fixtures, and … well… nothing. But before long, we’ve always got things feeling like home. And there are a few simple things we do to make sure that happens as quickly as possible. We unpack everything as soon as we can. Really. If we can’t find something a home or don’t feel like it, we…
  • Gluten-Free Coconut Flour Paleo Pancakes

    Emily Chapelle
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This coconut flour pancakes recipe was first published in June of 2010, and since then we’ve made these pancakes probably hundreds of times (I’m not exaggerating). Almost every Saturday morning, we make a big batch, usually double the recipe, and have pancakes together. Then, the kids like to have the leftovers with sun butter or peanut butter and fruit spread – favorites are bilberry, strawberry, and apricot – throughout the week (links are to the ones we buy). So I figured it was time for an update! Prettier (and pinnable) photos, and an easy-to-print recipe. If…
  • 3 No-Carve Pumpkins for Halloween

    Emily Chapelle
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This year for Halloween, I wasn’t quite ready to let the kids go at their pumpkins with knives, even those kid-safe tiny pumpkin carving ones. And besides, if you keep your pumpkins whole, they won’t begin to rot like they do when you cut them, so you can enjoy them for a longer time! The kids absolutely loved decorating their little no-carve Halloween pumpkins. Joseph glued googly eyes all over his. That ended up being my favorite one! It reminds me of those bumpy winter squashes… except… it’s watching us. Anneliese’s is covered with pretend gems. She…
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    Hungry Crowd

  • A Super Fast, Super Fresh Middle Eastern Hot Sauce

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Like many chefs, Eli Sussman of New York City’s Mile End Deli enjoys making his own hot sauce. This jalapeño-cilantro version can run from mild to spicy depending on how hot the chiles are. Yemeni Hot Sauce In a food processor, mince ...
  • 7 Cakes and Their Cupcake Counterparts

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In this week’s Chefs in Conversation video, Top Chef champion Kristen Kish tackled a big question: cakes or cupcakes? We are of the opinion that both are equally delicious and appropriate for different occasions. Here, seven cakes for big ce...
  • This Week in Food Holidays: Seafood Bisque, Chocolate Cupcakes and Pumpkin Cheesecake

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    F&W doesn't expect you to see every tweet we send out (just almost every one). Catch up each week with this top 5 list. [<a href="//" target="_blank">View the story " " on Storify&a...
  • 12 Beaujolais Even a Bond Girl Would Love

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Leave it up to Liz Vilardi. When we asked the sommelier from Belly in Cambridge, Massachussets to pick a definitive mixed case of wine, she came back with a dozen bottles all from the same region. The woman is a theme master. In fact themes are a ...
  • Sleep Inside a Priceless Sculpture at The Beaumont

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Plenty of hotels are home to stunning, world-class art collections, but the new Beaumont in London is the one of the only places in the world where you can actually sleep inside a modern masterpiece. The majority of the hotel’s 73 rooms are ...
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    Healthy Eats – Food Network Healthy Living Blog

  • This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

    Amy Reiter
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this week’s news: Gluten-free diets spark a grain of concern; slow and steady may not win the weight-loss race; and that regrettably fattening lunch may have been your brain’s fault.... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • Chatting with Amy Chaplin: At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen

    Alia Akkam
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ever since her childhood in rural Australia, Amy Chaplin’s diet has revolved around whole foods. After 20 years of cooking around the globe, the New York-based private chef, teacher, recipe... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • Umami Noodles with Five Spice Sauce

    Jessica Goldman Foung
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Of all the five tastes, umami is the most mysterious. Technically speaking, the savory flavor comes from glutamic acid. Less technically speaking, when added to recipes, umami makes a dish taste... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • The Chef’s Take: Yotam Ottolenghi’s Honey-Roasted Carrots with Tahini

    Andrea Strong
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you’ve cooked from Plenty, Israeli chef and London restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi’s bestselling and award-winning cookbook, it’s probably dog-eared and food-stained from loving overuse.... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • Another Reason to Pass on Artificial Sweeteners

    Toby Amidor
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    New research is giving us another reason to question the safety of artificial sweeteners. Researchers concluded that artificial sweeteners may be contributing to diseases like obesity and diabetes.... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
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    What's Cooking With Kids

  • Make Your Own: Cup of Noodles

    Michelle Stern
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    When I saw this version of homemade cup of noodles, I knew that I was going to have to give it a try.  I have become obsessed with using glass jars in the house – to store, to freeze, and to reuse all over again.  And the jars for this recipe were too cute to pass up.  Plus, I love how they look when they are packed and ready to grab from the refrigerator. I am trying to use as few unprocessed ingredients as possible, and am not thrilled with these little packages of concentrated vegetable broth, but they do the trick for this recipe.  I tried making my own vegetable bouillon last…
  • Planning Ahead – and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    Michelle Stern
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Since I am not at work all day, I am spending a good portion of my time trying to be efficient so that I can be more “emotionally available” to my family.  One strategy that seems to be working well is to spend some time early in the week prepping a ton of veggies so that most of the heavy lifting is done prior to the dinner time crunch. This week, I got a lot of knife skills practice (which is GREAT for my Rouxbe cooking class!). I diced a butternut squash, cut kale leaves into ribbons, halved two pounds of brussels sprouts, sliced 4 bell peppers, used the Cuisinart to chop…
  • Who’s Your Daddy?

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

    Michelle Stern
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    It has finally come and gone – the start of the new school year. And for the first time in several years, I didn’t return to the classroom with my children and former students.  After losing my job, I wasn’t sure how I would handle the transition.  But I am handling it.  Because I have to. Of course, I couldn’t resist thinking about what I would have done on the first day of school with my students.  How would I have inspired them or lit the spark to encourage them to try harder than ever before?  While I didn’t get the chance to implement a lesson plan in…
  • Life Has No Reset Button – So Organize the Kitchen

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

  • Weight Loss Update: That 20 Pound Boomerang

    Wendy Hammond
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    © sherrie smith | Dreamstime Stock Photos After spending a week in Raleigh eating southern food, I was a little worried when I stepped on the scale this morning. Which is why I gave myself awhile to catch up. Surprisingly, I was down! I hit a milestone: 20 pounds lost since I started on this (most recent) weight loss journey. While that might seem like a big amount, I have a lot to go. And the annoying thing is, I have lost and regained that same 20 pounds countless times over the past eight years. Which is why even though it’s a success, I am really looking forward to weight loss…
  • Beyond Butternut: A Guide to Squash!

    Wendy Hammond
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    I’ll be the first to admit that when I first joined a CSA, beyond butternut and acorn squash, I was terrible when it came to identifying the gorgeous winter squash that are found in farmers markets and even grocery stores (although they are often labeled as decorative, I know they are tasty!) If you are squash-identification challenged, you may want to check out the following links: This pictorial guide from Provident Organic Farm provides visual identification, as well as storage and usage tips. If that doesn’t have what you need, check out What’s Cooking America –…
  • The Truth About Where Your Flowers Come From

    Guest Post
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Debra Prinzing (c) Mary Grace Long GUEST POST Every woman loves it when her sweetheart brings home a surprise bouquet of flowers, right? That is, unless you’re me. My husband is terrified of presenting me with a bunch of blooms because the first thing I’ll say (after ‘thank you’) is: Where were these grown? I wasn’t always obsessed with knowing the origins of the flowers I put in my vases. For one thing, I’m a lifelong gardener who enjoys clipping backyard blooms and bringing them indoors. Those flower-filled mason jars on my windowsill are pretty sweet,…
  • Learning to Live in the Moment with #fmsphotoaday

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

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

  • A Wine Companion To A Summer Feast! — Gatherings

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    My friend Jenny is a wine consultant and together we threw an outdoor dinner highlighting the wines of Napa Valley (over on AT), along with hearty, easy, grilled food and bonfires on either side of the dinner table. I wrote about our joint Summer Bonfire Feast last month, and today Jenny's back to share more about the wines she paired with the meal. These are GOOD recommendations. READ MORE »
  • What's Cooking This Weekend? — Weekend of October 25-26, 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Carrot Halwa for Diwali Happy weekend everyone! What's cooking? I was so happy to see Michelle's recipe for carrot halwa this week (it's one of my favorite Indian desserts). Are you cooking a sweet treat, or maybe some comfort food? We'd love to hear all about it, and don't miss these five fun posts from the past week. Smart tips for small kitchens. School lunches — you're doing them right. The best way to store salad greens. These are so much better than pumpkins. Caramel corn spiced-up for fall. READ MORE »
  • What Are Good Recipes That Use Lemon or Orange Extracts? — Good Questions

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Q: As favors for my upcoming nuptials, my fiancé and I are making vanilla, orange, and lemon extracts for the guests to take home. We wanted to pair each bottle with an accompanying recipe, but are struggling to find recipes for the orange and lemon extracts... READ MORE »
  • Your Nordic Culinary Adventure Starts Right Here — New Cookbook First Look

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    The book: North by Gunnar Karl Gislason & Jody Eddy The angle: The cuisine of Iceland as conceptualized and shared by the chefs at Restaurant Dill in Reykjavik. Recipes for right now: Bacalao Potatoes with Fennel Ribbons and Sorrel Ash, Kale and Buttermilk Spiced with Smoked Arctic Char, Rye Beer Chips, Smoked Lamb with Skyr and Nutmeg, Hay-Smoked Beets with Pine and Roses Who would enjoy this book? Cooks with an adventurous spirit. READ MORE »
  • A 1960s Kitchen Gets a Makeover — Apartment Therapy

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    From Apartment Therapy → The "Stuck in the 60s Kitchen" Makeover This 1960s-style house went from a cramped floor plan with small spaces to one with breathable space and modern touches! READ MORE »
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  • Just in Time for Halloween: More Good News About Chocolate

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
      Forget the fruit rollups and goldfish crackers. Chocolate is the healthy Halloween treat. The list of health benefits from chocolate keeps getting longer. Ounce for ounce, dark chocolate and cocoa contain more antioxidants than such good-for-you foods as green [...]
  • A City Guide to Affordable Gastronomy

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    The Wallet Hub Map of Food Affordability in 150 Metro Markets    A roof over your head and food on your plate. Those are the big ones in everyone’s budget. Housing and food add up to nearly half of most Americans’ [...]
  • Ebola: Can You Get it from Food?

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
                            The internet is churning with misinformation and fear-mongering about the Ebola virus. One theory making the rounds is that the food supply could be an entry point for the spread of the [...]
  • Wake Up and Smell the Rat Meat: Stop Buying Chinese Food Imports!

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
        It wasn’t easy choosing a headline.  I could have gone with the noodles infested with maggots or the baby food with more lead than a gallon of old gasoline. Then there’s the used cooking oil reclaimed from sewers and the shrimp that are raised [...]
  • Restaurant Slang — Learn to Speak Their Language

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
            Restaurant people are truly a different breed. They look different, with their own clothes and tattoos. They keep their own hours, heading to work when most of us are heading home, and going out when we’re going [...]
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    Harmonious Homestead

  • Pet Lovin’ Messes – An Update on Annabel #SwifferEffect #ASPCA #Sponsored

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Oh, Annabel. Our busy, monochromatic (i.e. hard to photograph!) puppy is the focus of our life right now. Weekly puppy classes, daily training and treats sessions, cuddles, walks, and messes. Messes, everywhere messes. Our homestead normally cleans with rags, reusable towels, and washable mop heads. In fact, it’s a regular goal to eliminate disposable products. But there are exceptions to our earth-friendly, budget-lowering habits. Puppy training is one of them. At first, Annabel needed to be taken out to potty every hour or so – and sometimes pup and trainer didn’t make it…
  • A New Woodshed

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    After hobbling through one winter with a tarp-covered pile of not-quite-aged-enough wood, we’re doing it right this year. In a couple afternoons, Alex built a small woodshed. We’re filling it with logs that were taken down over a year ago on the left and standing-dead ash on the right. Alex designed the woodshed as a lean-to with a reclaimed pallet floor and wall sections and a corrugated steel roof. We’ll add pallets to the back if needed but for now want to allow the greatest air flow possible. We chose steel for the roof because it is more durable and reusable than…
  • A First Visit to Cedar Point

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

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

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

  • Crispy Chicken Thighs with Lemon, Artichokes, and Beans

    Alice Currah
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Ever have one of those days you feel like crud and all you want is a satisfying home-cooked meal to enjoy in a therapeutic kind of way?  Sometimes my mind starts thinking about certain types of comfort food that may feel good eating at the time but the next day has me feeling all sorts […]
  • Bourbon Bacon Jam Recipe

    Alice Currah
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Imagine being a successful independent banker until the eve of the Civil War, only to find your fortune gone the day after the South was defeated.  Edmund Mcllhenny had no idea how his new future would unfold after leaving New Orleans and fleeing to Avery Island, Louisiana with his in-laws, or that the best was […]
  • Fire Roasted Poblano Pepper and Eggs

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

  • Michelin Stars 2015 Announced for Bay Area Restaurants

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    The nail-biting is over for Bay Area chefs who’ve spent the last several weeks waiting for the call from the reviewers at Michelin. This afternoon, the 2015 Michelin Guide San Francisco, bay Area & Wine Country announced this year’s “starred” restaurants for the Bay Area. The biggest surprise leaked even before the results were officially released: SF’s Benu and Saison both received a coveted three stars, moving up from their two-star positions last year. The restaurants join The French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadowood in the three-star category, making for an…
  • Trendy Restaurant Menu Generator

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Trendy Restaurant Menu Generator? Yup. We’ve finally reached the tipping point on trendy menus that have rehashed the same 20 hipster buzzwords in a comical variety of ways. Shark. Jumped. Take a gander at a few of our randomized trendy restaurant dishes that probably could exist, but really shouldn’t. Or maybe they should. TwitterGoogle+The post Trendy Restaurant Menu Generator appeared first on BiteClub Restaurants Dining and Food.
  • Michelin Bib Gourmands SF Bay 2015 Announced

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    TwitterGoogle+The post Michelin Bib Gourmands SF Bay 2015 Announced appeared first on BiteClub Restaurants Dining and Food.
  • Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen and Bar Top Grossing Restaurant

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    TwitterGoogle+The post Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen and Bar Top Grossing Restaurant appeared first on BiteClub Restaurants Dining and Food.
  • Simply Vietnam Express opening

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    TwitterGoogle+The post Simply Vietnam Express opening appeared first on BiteClub Restaurants Dining and Food.
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    Cooking with Thas

  • Pan Fried Chicken in Coconut Tamarind Sauce

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Chicken seasoned with aromatic spices, pan fried and cooked in a rich and delicious coconut tamarind sauce, absolutely divine… I’ve been obsessed with someone lately, guess who??? If you guessed-my Man then you got it wrong. What I’ve towards my Man is beyond obsession, and I lack words to explain that feeling so let’s leave that topic for now. It’s the chef with the most infectious smile, yes it’s none other than Vikas Khanna. I’ve been hooked on to his cooking videos and I instantly developed an admiration towards him. Who wouldn’t fall…
  • Beetroot Murukku – South Indian Crunchy Snack

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Murukku is a South Indian crunchy snack, by adding beetroot puree it got colorful and tasted great… Diwali is around the corner and my FB news feed has been bombarded with pictures of Diwali snacks posted by my fellow food bloggers, celebrity Indian chefs and other food enthusiasts. I love all kinds of Indian sweets and snacks, especially burfis, pedas and murukku. During Diwali, sweets and snacks are made from scratch in most houses and are shared with family, friends and neighbours. My neighbours in India used to celebrate Diwali to the fullest and we used to be a part of their…
  • Easy Homemade Strawberry Sauce- Strawberry Sauce

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Homemade strawberry sauce, it’s easy to make and tastes yummy… I cannot resist strawberries, they are very dear to me. I fall for anything with a hint of strawberries in it. And, I always have strawberries stored in my refrigerator. A bowl of strawberries when placed as a centrepiece enhances the whole dining table setting. Who can possibly resist strawberries dipped in chocolate??? There are a million ways of incorporating strawberries into cooking and baking. One of my favorite toppings for pancakes and waffles is strawberry sauce. I seldom use store bought syrups as…
  • Chicken Red Lentil Curry

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Protein rich chicken and red lentil curry… While making a healthy chicken curry, I like to add either veggies or lentils which will also make it a nutritious dish. I always have a soft corner for chick peas and red lentils, I tend to add them to most of my non-veg and veg dishes. One of my favorite chicken curries is this one, red lentils are added along with the chicken. A healthy and nutritious chicken curry, goes really well with chapati, rice rotis or rice. For veggie version: Spinach and red lentil curry recipe, click here. Chicken Red Lentil Curry   Save Print Prep time 5…
  • Chicken Stuffed Rava Puttu- Steamed Chicken Semolina

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Chicken stuffed semolina (rava) puttu or steamed semolina… Puttu or steamed rice cake is a South Indian delicacy served for breakfast along with either sweet or savoury curries. Traditionally, puttu is made with wetted rice flour, but these days I’m seeing puttu being made with other ingredients like oats, semolina, wheat flour, ragi or millet flour, brown rice flour etc etc. The other day, I tried making puttu with semolina and I layered it with chicken masala and it tasted delicious. If using semolina, the puttu has to be served right away when it’s still warm else…
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    A Sweet Spoonful

  • We Did It

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Friends, it has been a long time. But I’m back to report that on a sunny mid-September day just over a month ago, Sam and I made it official. We got married on a farm on Whidbey Island, just off the coast of Seattle with friends and family beside us from near and far. There are so many details I want to share with you, but the one thing I’m most proud of when I think back to that Saturday is that we both managed to stay present and really experience the day together. It was my one request of Sam, of each other: that we not let any concerns about family, friends, seating charts or…
  • Still Hanging On

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

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

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

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

  • Spinach and Chard Empanadas

    lisa is cooking
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    I always think of Nick Malgieri as a great baking teacher. Back when the Food Network aired only shows about how to cook, rather than so many cooking competitions, I used to love seeing Nick Malgieri appear on shows like Cooking Live with Sara Moulton. I always learned new things. Years ago, I also attended a fantastic class he taught here in Austin at Central Market Cooking School. His latest book, Nick Malgieri's Pastry, is an excellent guide for all sorts of pastries, and I received a review... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

    lisa is cooking
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:21 pm
    We’re all moved into our temporary home, and I’m slowly but surely getting acquainted with the kitchen. I’m not at all happy about the small, shallow sink that makes it difficult to wash large pots and pans. And, I’m still trying to figure out the best way to use the limited amount of countertop space. Despite these little inconveniences and my ongoing complaints, I have managed to do some cooking since we’ve been here. I’ve just been tentative about taking on baking projects that require space... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Sour-and-Hot Mushroom Soup

    lisa is cooking
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Hot-and-sour soup is one of my favorites. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to find versions of it with no pork when ordering at restaurants. There are plenty of recipes for vegetarian versions of the soup to make at home, but I was particularly drawn to this mushroom-forward take. This is from Every Grain of Rice by Fuchsia Dunlop, and since I usually mention when I’ve received copies of books I want to point out that this is one I purchased. I was browsing the cookbook section at the bookstore... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Sweet Potato Scones with Brown Sugar Icing

    lisa is cooking
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    Since 2008, West Oakland has had the good fortune to have a soul food restaurant feeding the community in more ways than one. Tanya Holland opened Brown Sugar Kitchen to serve breakfast and lunch, to purchase most of what the restaurant uses from local producers, to hire local cooks, and to become a venue that supports local organizations. The food is traditional in concept and contemporary in execution. It’s real soul food made fresh with just a few updates. The recipes are in the new book... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Cambodian Red Curry Chicken Wings

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

  • How to Make the Easiest Kettle Corn Recipe At Home

    Melody Fury
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    As much as we like to dine out, we actually enjoy cooking at home a lot.  Typically, I like to make as much of our meals and snacks from scratch as possible, including pastas, pickles (and even kimchi, coming soon), yogurt, and more.  (I post many of my cooking photos on Instagram - lets connect there!) Weekend cooking – lobster tail cooked sous vide with yuzu miso butter on top of a grilled corn salsa with hatch chilies, cotton candy grapes & garden basil | Melody Gourmet Fury Umé shiso pasta with ground Japanese sesame and lamb breast cooked sous vide at 135°F | Melody Gourmet…
  • Things to Eat in Austin Right Now: Fall 2014 Edition

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

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

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

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

  • Pumpkin Spice Cakelettes on KSL Studio 5

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    7 more days until Halloween!  My kids are counting down the days.  Our yearly family Halloween party is tomorrow, and they can hardly wait to don their new Halloween costumes for the first time this year.  Their excitement is infectious, so our house has a bit of Halloween fever.  To share the fun, I did a segment on KSL’s Studio 5 that aired yesterday, demoing my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cakelettes with a chocolate glaze, a recipe from my archives that is one of my favorites.  These cute little mini cakes can be decorated for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or just autumn in general.
  • Vegetable Yaki Udon for a Moon Viewing Bento

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Squirrel’s second grade class has been studying the moon for the past couple of weeks, and she’s been charting the moon’s changes each evening at home as an assignment for her Chinese class. With this in mind I wanted to make her a moon-themed bento to add to all the fun.  Around this time of year in Japan, people throw tsukimi (moon viewing) parties, to celebrate the beauty of the moon, so the timing of this bento is even more appropriate, dontcha think?  I recently got a box of Jarlsberg’s new Jarlsberg Minis in the mail to try, and immediately thought of using…
  • Gluten Free Slow Cooker Pot Roast

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    This post is brought to you by Harmons Grocery. I know, I know,  you’re thinking “Gluten free slow cooker pot roast?  Rachael, isn’t a pot roast naturally gluten free?”  Well yes, and no.  It depends on how you make it!  If you make your own homemade beef stock without any added thickeners and you don’t thicken your gravy at the end with a roux…then yes, probably.  This past weekend I went to the National Gluten Free Expo here in Utah, as a Harmons Grocery blogger, to explore all of the new things that are happening in the world of gluten free.
  • Japanese Mini Hamburgers on KSL Studio 5

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Remember those mini Japanese hamburgers I shared a couple of weeks ago?  Well if I haven’t convinced you to make them yet, then maybe I can today!  I recently made them on KSL’s Studio 5 and the full segment is now available online to watch.  They are oh-so-easy to make and delicious to boot!  Here is the link to the segment, if you are interested in watching!  Just click the play button on the picture once the page has finished loading.  The segment is in two parts, and the second part is the little black screen below the main screen.  Let me know if you make them!  …
  • Pork and Parsnip Hash for Cutco Fall Harvest + A Giveaway!

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I love dishes that combine lots of little bits of everything.  I get this love from my dad, whose style of cooking is to go into the kitchen and grab whatever he can find to create something to eat, whether it’s a sandwich, a salad, or what he calls “potage.”  I recently received a “Fall Harvest Prep Kit” in the mail from Cutco, so that I could participate in their Fall Harvest food blogger event, just about the same time that I was craving a hash, another dish that combines lots of little bits of everything (usually chopped meat, potatoes, seasonings, and…
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    Yoli Ouiya

  • Hello world!

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    True Food Movement

  • Farm Fresh Zucchini Bread Recipe

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

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

    Greg Wymer
    30 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    photo by pulaw It’s that time of year again … time for the Environmental Working Group’s reveal of the 2014 Dirty Dozen, the 12 types of produce most likely to contain pesticide residues. Now don’t worry — you need not cross these items off of your grocery list. The fruits and vegetables listed are the ones that you should always purchase from the organic side of the produce section to ensure no nasty chemicals enter you or your family’s system. Sadly, 65 percent of the thousands of items that get tested by the Department of Agriculture contain some trace of…
  • Julia Child’s Bruschetta

    30 Mar 2014 | 5:07 pm
    credit: Lisa Johnson I recently had the pleasure of taking a cooking class called “Bon Appetit: Following in Julia’s Footsteps.” It was a great learning experience taught by Dustin Rennells who is best known for his “cupcakes and cocktails” class. (Doesn’t that sound totally fun?!) While bruschetta is decidedly Italian, it was one of Julia Child’s favorite dishes and she prepared it often. Dustin has kindly given me permission to reprint his recipe, and only asks that I say it was inspired by Julia. I changed the portion sizes, but otherwise…
  • The Whole Foods Banned Ingredients List

    Greg Wymer
    19 Feb 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Slate posted an article earlier today that compared the food sold at Whole Foods Market vs. what you would find on the shelves at your average Walmart. Specifically, they examined the products available at a Supercenter that wouldn’t be allowed at a Whole Foods due to the inclusion of one (or more) of their banned ingredients list. The numbers and images included in the story were a bit striking. More than 54% of the Walmart food products would not pass muster for Whole Foods. The article included photos where an entire soda aisle was blacked out with the exception of a 2-liter bottle…
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    Living Trader Joe's

  • Trader Joe’s Seville Orange Marmalade

    Delaina & Kris
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Have you tried Trader Joe’s Seville Orange Marmalade yet? What did you think? Maybe I am just strange, but I LOVE a good orange marmalade. I enjoy it on bread with a little bit of butter or almond butter or… Read more → The post Trader Joe’s Seville Orange Marmalade appeared first on Living Trader Joe's.
  • Trader Joe’s Chicago Style Popcorn Mix- A Review

    Delaina & Kris
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Have you tried Trader Joe’s Chicago Style Popcorn Mix yet? Yes, it is as good as you think! Trader Joe’s Chicago Style Popcorn mix is a snack mashup that is so good in our opinion, that you will be in… Read more → The post Trader Joe’s Chicago Style Popcorn Mix- A Review appeared first on Living Trader Joe's.
  • Wonton Soup: Fast and Easy

    Delaina & Kris
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Do you LOVE a steamy bowl of Wonton soup? With the tasty ingredients at Trader Joe’s you can have a delicious bowl of Wonton style soup anytime without even leaving your house! Here is my bowl of soup- I added… Read more → The post Wonton Soup: Fast and Easy appeared first on Living Trader Joe's.
  • How To Make Garlic Aioli

    Delaina & Kris
    5 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Add Garlic Aioli to your meal tonight! Garlic Aioli is a wonderful garlicky mayonnaise that add a wonderful “something extra” to a wide variety of vegetables and meats. I like to make it when I have an assortment of raw… Read more → The post How To Make Garlic Aioli appeared first on Living Trader Joe's.
  • How To Make Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes

    Delaina & Kris
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes – Quick and Easy! Do you want to learn how to make yummy roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes with crispy skins? then keep reading as I give you the easy steps to make your own for dinner… Read more → The post How To Make Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes appeared first on Living Trader Joe's.
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    Bitches Who Brunch

  • Bitch at Us: Chef Brian Robinson of DGS

    Amanda, DC Baby Bitch
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    DGS has been the answer to the prayers of D.C. residents who bemoan the lack of authentic Jewish deli fare in the area. The upscale restaurant, located on Connecticut Ave. in Dupont Circle, serves up all your traditional favorites like its delicious Reuben and chicken schnitzel along with some twists (hello, pastrami lo-mein!). With cold weather now upon us, we recommend pulling up a seat at their fabulous happy hour and sticking around for a dinner of a piping hot bowl of matzo ball soup and any of their sandwiches with meat made in-house. Oh, and we’d be remiss not to mention their $27…
  • Recap: NYCWFF American Harvest Organic Vodka’s Greenmarket Brunch

    Emily, Bitch in the City
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    When we were first invited to attend the American Harvest Organic Vodka’s Greenmarket Brunch, I looked at the calendar in dismay when I realized it fell on the same weekend as the much anticipated Far Hills Horse Race in New Jersey. Despite my reluctance to commit to any Sunday morning activities after a very full day at the races, I knew the event couldn’t be missed when I saw the lineup of chefs, sponsors, and contributors. So, after a sleepy car ride back to the city and a very early nightcap, we were as prepared as we could be for our brunch extravaganza the following morning.
  • Side of Style NYC: Miss Lily’s

    Ally, Bitch in the City
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    It’s no secret that Miss Lily’s is one of my favorite restaurants in lower Manhattan. I’m a sucker for a great theme and love Miss Lily’s authentic Jamaican vibe from the reggae tunes streamed from its in-house internet radio station, island motifs on the walls, working record store, organic juicery, and out of this world jerk chicken. It’s a great place to chill with a cup of special Jamaican blend coffee or settle in for an afternoon of bottomless brunch debauchery. Now that the restaurant has expanded from its original SoHo location on Houston to a new location on 7th and Avenue…
  • Side of Style DC: Alphonse

    Cori Sue
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    We were absolutely taken by the old-fashioned Italian dinner vibe at Alphonse, the Italian market that recently opened on U Street. With its red checkered table clothes and cozy booths, Alphonse is perfect for a brunch date. But you can also meet friends at the bar, morning, noon, or night as Frank Sinatra plays over the stereo. While the style at Alphonse is retro, we’d keep our attire modern and casual—as it is a U Street diner, after all. Inspired by the checkered Italian vibe, we’d wear plaid-on-plaid, with a buffalo check button down and a grey-and-white plaid Rag & Bone scarf.
  • Brocco-Tacos

    Emily, Bitch in the City
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    So besides the name being really fun to say, I settled on Brocco-Tacos for dinner last night. Meatless tacos are risky business in our apartment, but I had fresh broccoli from a farm in Pennsylvania begging to be cooked and leftover corn tortillas from Hot Bread Kitchen. Cooking a mostly green dish requires great seasoning and a bit of spice to add some pizazz. This came in the form of red pepper flakes and citrus dressing, and a showstopper of a homemade salsa verde (see recipe here). The broccoli was cooked with chili flakes until crispy, because I love a charred flavor in my vegetables.
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    Mexico in my Kitchen

  • Learning to cook Mexican Food abroad.

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Back in July, I received an email from a student of the South African University (UNISA), her name is Mashudu Ibeag. She mentioned that she was in her last year as a Gastronomy student and that she was doing her final project about Mexican cuisine, for which she needed to write and prepare a 3 course menu. She even mentioned to me how nervous she was about this project. After many back and forth emails, I was able to give her some ideas on what to make. I took into consideration the ingredients available to her in South Africa, the time needed to prepare the dishes ahead of time, the…
  • Pasta with Chorizo and Tomato Sauce – Espagueti con Chorizo en Salsa de Tomate

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Hunt’s Tomato Sauce and Latina Bloggers ConnectThis recipe has been in my family for years, and was passed down to me by my Uncle Marcos, who lives in Veracruz. He is now retired from the Mexican Navy, where he was a Frigate Captain, the equivalent of a Commander in the US Navy. He and my dear Aunt Nono are great cooks, and an inspiration for me both in the kitchen and on this blog. I can still vividly remember the day that he came to my home carrying 2 large grocery bags from the market. He showed up and said: “Hola mija, I will be…
  • Chipotle Sauce Meatballs – Albondigas con Chipotle

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. & its advertiser.  Opinions are 100% mine.This is one of the most popular and favorite ways of eating meatballs in Mexico. The mild spiciness and smoky taste of the Chipotle peppers are the key ingredients of this dish. It’s hard for my mouth to not start watering just by looking at the picture above. If you love meatballs and Chipotle peppers, you’re definitely going to love this recipe. It’s very easy to make, and takes meatballs to a whole other level. You’ll be gathering bread just to soak up the remaining sauce. The…
  • Tamales de Rajas Con Queso - Cheese and Roasted Peppers Tamales

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
                       This is a compensated post by Cacique and Latina Bloggers Connect, all opinions and recipe are 100% my own.The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is fast approaching, and families all throughout Mexico will be cooking the favorite foods of their lost loved ones. The will either take the food with them to the graveyard when visiting their lost family members, or place it on altars built at home for them. On of the most common things people cook are tamales, like these Tamales de Rajas. The mellow flavor of the Queso Fresco…
  • Spicy Pickled Carrots – with La Morena

    10 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
      This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are 100% mine alone.Whenever we're in the mood for morning tacos, like the famous “Cachetadas”, I have to make sure we have some spicy pickled carrots to go along with them, because tacos without pickled carrots and jalapeños are like fries without ketchup, and nobody wants that kind of drama. Thankfully, these carrots are really quick and easy to make, all thanks to “La Morena” and one of my sisters who taught me this recipe when I was visiting my mother once. We add these pickled carrots…
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    Cooking | Add a Pinch

  • Chicken Salad with Pickles Recipe

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Chicken Salad with Pickles makes a delicious meal throughout the year. It is no secret how much my family loves chicken salad. It is definitely one of go-to recipes on a regular basis. My husband loves it so much, that I like to make it ahead and keep it in large deli containers in the refrigerator for an even quicker lunch or supper for him. It’s delicious on top of salad greens for a larger salad, in a tortilla as a wrap, with crackers, or just right by itself! While we absolutely adore chicken salad with grapes and other sweeter chicken salad recipes, sometimes I just crave it with…
  • Carmelitas Recipe

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Carmelitas make an easy dessert recipe that everyone loves. Made with a buttery oat crust and topping, chocolate chips, caramel, and pecans, they are a favorite! Dessert recipes that are simple to make and that everyone loves are important to remember in my book! And these are no exception! When I was in school, I visited a friend’s house one afternoon after school. Her mother was in the kitchen making supper and asked if we wanted to bake with her. When she said that she was making Carmelitas, I immediately began to giggle. You see, when I was just a little squirt, my uncle dated a…
  • Salmon Dip Recipe

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Salmon Dip makes a delicious dip recipe to serve when entertaining. Made with salmon, cream cheese, and spices, it is a favorite! If you love salmon, then this salmon dip recipe has your name written all over it! I can’t get enough of it. It is perfect to serve at parties as people just go nuts over it. You can serve it cold or warm, depending on your preference. I have to tell you, I like it any way that I can get it! Ha! You can use whatever salmon you have on hand. I generally make it from baked salmon or grilled salmon, but you can also use canned salmon if you like. I add all of my…
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies Recipe

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    These Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies are made with a dark chocolate cookie and all of the flavor you love from that favorite spicy hot chocolate drink! I love a good cookie. I also love a big, warm mug of Mexican hot chocolate. Combining the two is a no brainer, in my humble opinion. Ha. If you are like me, you’ll definitely want to make these cookies soon. So simple to make, I love that they are a bit different from the cookies that I usually am making. They are perfect anytime, but are especially delicious in cooler weather with a mug of hot chocolate to go along with them. The flavors…
  • Ravioli with Pesto Sauce Recipe

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Ravioli with Pesto Sauce makes an easy, quick meal! Ready in less than 10 minutes, it is a weeknight favorite! This ravioli recipe is one that I absolutely love for a quick lunch or supper. It comes together so quickly and easily that you’ll feel like you’ve forgotten something! While I’ve made homemade ravioli and it works beautifully in this recipe, I realize that if you are like me, there are some nights that you just need a filling warm meal on the table that didn’t take all day and that your family will love! It’s even better that it didn’t cost an arm…
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    A Couple Cooks

  • Gluten-Free Artisan Bread + Zoe’s House

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Over Labor Day, we traveled to Sonja’s homeland (Minnesota) to visit family and friends, and to have a little blogger meet-up at the home of Zoë Francois. This day was extra special for us because we’ve been longtime fans of Zoë’s. Six years ago when the idea of cooking our own food was just beginning to gel, some friends had us for dinner and made an amazing fresh baked bread. We asked for the recipe and were pointed to Zoë and Jeff’s cookbook Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day. We immediately got the book from the library and later on bought it for…
  • Ribollita (Tuscan Vegetable Stew)

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    My family has a long tradition of international travel, so it’s no surprise both my sister and I turned out fascinated with the world. Early in life I became obsessed with Europe, and my first trip to Austria, Switzerland and Italy at age 17 left me changed. I studied abroad in Spain and traveled extensively across Europe, backpacked across Italy, Germany, and Scandinavia with my best friend, honeymooned in Italy, vacationed in Paris, Japan and Greece, and volunteered in Cambodia, Mexico and Nicaragua. My sister has been to more countries than I can count, and now lives in Burma after…
  • All-Star Sweet Potato Chili

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Have you ever come home to find a family of strangers living in your home? We did recently…though fortunately in our case, they were paid actors! A friend of ours was shooting a commercial for the Hurst Bean company and asked if we would consider renting out our kitchen. We did, and it was an absolute blast to see the production. The final commercial turned out amazing–though we must say, it’s still odd to see another family eating dinner in our dining room and riding their bikes up our driveway! Check it out here, or on the Food Network and CMT, where it will run from…
  • How to Cook Dried Beans (Dutch Oven Method)

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    This post is the type where I’d see the title, think “bo-ring”, and not read it. I’d rather see beautiful, creative recipe photos than a decidedly un-sexy “how-to” post. But let me try to convince you not to stop reading, if you already haven’t. At the risk of sounding over-dramatic, this dried bean cooking method has revolutionized our lives. But first, why cook dried beans in the first place? Why cook dried beans?  To be honest, we’ve used canned beans frequently, since they’re quick and easy. But lately, we’ve been working on…
  • Skillet Apple Cobbler

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Much as we try to avoid the “eat this and your life will be better” philosophy with food, how could your day not be just a teeny bit brighter with a skillet apple cobbler? We like our apples tart, not sweet, so a few weeks ago I returned from the farmer’s market with some gorgeous tart specimens, Jonathon and Holiday, begging to be baked. Remembering our friend Melissa and the knock-out biscuits she’d served us on a recent visit, we thought about combining biscuits + cinnamon-y baked apples for a fall treat. That first bite of a new recipe is such a moment of…
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    Chow and Chatter

  • Roasted Acorn Squash, Chickpea and Wheat berry salad

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Its always fun to eat in season when foods are at their best, in the autumn winter squash have their chance to shine. They really come alive after being roasted and are pretty versatile, allowing them to be added to soups, stews, couscous and other grain salads. This is a simple salad with roasted acorn squash, chick peas and wheat berries. It is flavorful and has a fun variety of textures. Ingredients:- can of chick peas - handful of pine nuts - dash of balsamic vinegar- one small acorn squash - roasted and cubed- 10 cherry tomatoes chopped- 1/2 cucumber…
  • Meet Eric Reid Cacao Farmer and Entrepreneur

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    I recently got a message on LinkedIn from Eric about SpagnVola chocolates asking if I would like to try them. You may have noticed but I very rarely feature or mention food products here. In fact Chow and Chatter is advertisement free and I also never sell links.But after learning about Chocolate from the amazing Simran Sethi and trying some single estate chocolates from Ecuador I was curious to try and my palate had been spoilt. I used to have a perception that dark chocolate was bitter but a good one is smooth full of flavors and wonderful tastes of the area it is grown. Like coffee cacao…
  • Fruit and Vegetable Prints

    11 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    I love doing crafts with the kids and am always looking for new ideas, I had some ink so figured why not make some simple prints, I chopped up vegetables and fruit and made cards with the prints. The oranges worked well and another day we used okra this was also pretty. You can make simple stamps with potatoes also by carving the desired shape into it.This craft is great for toddlers, as they can stamp and learn colors and shapes at the same time. I actually sent these cards with some pictures of the kids to my Grandma's in England :-) Hope your having a great weekend we visited a local…
  • Okra with Panch Phoron

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    I was recently visiting a great spice shop in Greensboro called Savory Spice Shop, I have tweeted and chatted on facebook with them for a good while and it was lovely to meet the manager in person. I have seen Panch Phoron on Indian blogs its a Bengali spice blend. After I got it I mentioned it on the facebook page and asked for tips, folks said its good with vegetables or potatoes. Since we love okra in our house I figured lets sauté some with it. It was an easy to make side full of flavor, so if your looking for a fun new spice blend to try, check out Panch Phoron. It means "five spices"…
  • Southern Heritage Apple Orchard

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    I visited Horne Creek Historic farm this summer with the kids it's a beautiful old farm from the 1800's that offers a snapshot into life in that era, with folks dressed in historic clothes, demonstration cooking, a garden, some animals and a heritage apple orchard. It was at that time that I first chatted to Jason Bowen the orchard manager and Horticulturalist there, I asked if master gardeners ever volunteered with him and that I was studying to be one. So fast forward to the last few weeks I am now a master gardener and volunteering in various gardens and thought I would ask if I could help…
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    Guilty Kitchen

  • Doughnut FRYday – French Crullers

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    After all this doughnut making lately, coming so soon after two full years of paleo baking with, let’s face it, not fun to work with ingredients, I’m resolving myself to starting over in my baking education. Sure, I can bake a mean cake (like, the best fucking cake you’ve ever had), but when it comes to working with pastries and ratios and the basics of the science behind it all, I’m still a newb. On Tuesday, I decided to make a cream doughnut, based on some rather old recipes from a really old cookbook I have. But let’s just say that…well, they sucked.
  • Doughnut FRYday – Roundup

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Because I had the stomach flu all week and only just started feeling better, I didn’t feel like firing up the deep fryer this week. So, instead, I rounded up the month’s best doughnut posts from around the web (fried only…what is WITH this baked doughnut trend?!) and pooled them all together for you to drool over. If you have a hankering for some doughnuts, you’ll probably find the perfect recipe right here… DOn’t forget to tag your doughnut pics with the hashtag #DoughnutFRYday!(...)Read the rest of Doughnut FRYday – Roundup (173 words) © Elizabeth…
  • Savoury Waffles

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Breakfast for dinner is probably one of my most favourite ways to make dinner in a hurry. What’s faster than frying some eggs, bacon or sausages and whipping up some delicious waffles in less than ten minutes? I kid you not, these Savoury Waffles take even the most amateur of cooks less than twenty minutes to make, and that’s if you are having a tough time concentrating on the task at hand. Plus who doesn’t love yolk porn, aka egg gravy? Sure, slather some butter on that mother when it comes hot off the grill, but the egg gravy is where it’s truly at. If you have made…
  • Doughnut FRYday – Old Fashioned Cake

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the result of further testing on this recipe. The published recipe below will result in these beautifully cracked doughnuts vs. the only slightly cracked version in the other photos.   Yay! Two doughnut posts in a row! But fear not doughnut haters (do those exist??), I have a yummy savoury waffle recipe coming up tout suite! But first, let’s get back to these amazing simple doughnut recipes. Last week’s response was pretty positive, so I figured I’d better keep with the simple stuff for a bit. I might try Crullers next though, simple yet slightly difficult?
  • Doughnut FRYday – Glazed Doughnuts

    3 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’m starting a new hashtag: #DoughnutFRYday and I’m hoping it will go no less than completely viral by next week. So get tweeting, instagramming and sharing until this bad boy comes back around next Friday. Or else there will no more doughn….oh who am I kidding?! I’ll just be over here making mad doughnuts, sharing them with y’all for purely selfish reasons…mostly so I can stuff them in my dough hole. After the popularity of the Apple Fritter Doughnuts last week, I knew I had to succumb to my relentless cravings for doughnuts by just making them for…
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    Mission: Food

  • Psycho Stuffed Birds

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    "She's as harmless as one of those stuffed birds." - Norman BatesThis month's challenge for the Creative Cooking Crew involves making something inspired by Halloween, whether it's a creepy dish, one that's orange-and-black, or even something inspired by a horror movie. Being the film school graduate that I am, I couldn't resist creating a dish based on a horror film.Selecting a film was the first challenge, but I quickly decided it needed to be something by Hitchcock, one of my absolute favorite directors. Although Hitch has a large database of suspenseful cinema, there is one horror film…
  • Bouchon Bakery Corn Muffins

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I'm a big fan of the Bouchon Bakery cookbook. Although many of its recipes are time consuming and challenging, some of my favorites are actually the muffin recipes--simple but delicious. So far I've made three of the muffin recipes, and I've made them multiple times!Previously, I've created the pumpkin muffins and the banana muffins, but I recently needed some cornbread for a stuffing recipe (stay tuned this Thursday) and decided to throw together these easy-to-make corn muffins. Not only were the freshly baked muffins perfect for breakfast, but I used four of them (the standard size) for my…
  • Cranberry-Apple-Cinnamon Scones

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last year, I shared a recipe for delicious, seasonal Pumpkin-Pecan Scones with Maple Glaze. Today, I'm sharing another scone recipe that's perfect for fall! These Cranberry-Apple-Cinnamon scones combine the essence of apple pie with the bright, tart flavor of fresh cranberries--two very prominent ingredients this time of year. And then the intense cinnamon glaze really takes these fragrant scones over the edge. These scones freeze beautifully. In fact, that's what I did. I cut them, froze them, and then baked them straight from the freezer. By freezing these scones, it actually prevents the…
  • Hoisin Baby Back Ribs

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    These are some of my favorite ribs. I've made them for guests on many occasions over the years and they have always met rave reviews. And I have a secret for you. They aren't even grilled! They are super easy to make year-round because you actually prepare them in the oven.Broiling the ribs first gives the ribs some great color and texture. Then placing the ribs on a rack over a small pool of water in a roasting pan actually allows them to stay super moist during the slow cooking process. By the end of a couple hours, your ribs are practically falling off the bone (and if you overcook them,…
  • Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Dumplings + GIVEAWAY!

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    There are few culinary delights in the world that make me as happy as indulging in fresh dumplings. I'm partial to Asian dumplings in particular, but truly I'm an equal opportunity dumpling lover. I didn't grow up eating dumplings, and in fact wasn't introduced to even American-style Asian food probably until my teenage years. Authentic Asian food came much later.I remember my very first experience with dim sum in Manhattan's Chinatown some years back. Although I had eaten dumplings from takeout restaurants in the past, this was really my first foray into a more authentic experience with a…
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    Savoring Time in the Kitchen

  • The Best Fall Slaw!

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    There are perks to living near a city with several of James Beard Award-Winning Chefs.  Outside of the obviously great food at their restaurants, one of them writes a witty food column for our Sunday newspaper's food section.  Even though Sandy D'Amato no longer lives in Milwaukee and has sold his restaurant Sanford to his Chef de Cuisine (and recent James Beard Award winner as well), he still writes his weekly column. More than a few times, he shares a recipe that I simply have to be make right away.  Such was the case for this amazing autumnal slaw. Celeriac, apples, celery,…
  • Parmesan Peppercorn "No Knead" Bread

    12 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    I've made this bread twice in one week.  It's that good.   The recipe was inspired by our daughter and son-in-law who love the Parmesan pepper bread that they buy at a favorite Italian restaurant and retail sore.  They had brought us a sample of that bread this past summer and I wanted to see if I could recreate for them when they came for dinner this past week. I decided on using a hearty, no knead, crusty bread for my experiment - the kind of bread that you bake in a covered dutch oven. After the dough had risen for the specified amount of time,  I patted it into a…
  • Butternut Squash, Apple, and Leek Soup

    4 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    What a crazy week of weather it has been here!  Monday, it was 84F, by late Monday afternoon it dropped to 59F.  It warmed to 80 again on Thursday, cold and rainy on Friday and tonight we have a frost warning.  This is a soup weekend if there ever was one!Last week, a fellow blogger, Bonnie, at From a Writer's Kitchen, wrote about a butternut squash soup made with apple that she found in the Chicago Tribute. You can click on the link above and see the recipe Bonnie made. It sounds wonderful and I love butternut squash.  Bonnie mentioned how flavorful the soup was with the…
  • Apple and Cheese Turnovers

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

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

  • Roasted Vegetables with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Nothing beats Roasted Vegetables with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette freshly harvested from the garden. They are sweet, tender, and makes a wonderful side dish. The post Roasted Vegetables with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Checkerboard Cookies

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    These eggless vanilla and chocolate flavored Checkerboard Cookies are light and buttery. They are perfect for tea time or special occasions. Includes video. The post Checkerboard Cookies appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Truly Colorful Colorado!

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    A trip down memory lane in Colorful Colorado with visits to Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Loveland, Fort Collins, Longmont, and Boulder. The post Truly Colorful Colorado! appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Siamese Laksa (Laksa Lemak)

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

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

  • Single Serving: Black Honey – Bloodlust (Demo)

    Matthew Hickey
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Earlier today, Brighton-based critic’s darlings Black Honey released the fourth and final single “Bloodlust” from their debut EP. It’s a raucous, snarling stomper with an explosive beat, wet reverb-soaked guitar riffs, and swagger-filled vocals. Fiery, propulsive, and psych-tinged, it’s another reason to love these rock ‘n roll up-and-comers. The physical edition of the EP is on limited-edition CD and available exclusively at the band’s live shows. And, as you probably already know, Black Honey are the featured artist in this month’s…
  • Single Serving: Natalie Prass – Why Don’t You Believe In Me

    Josh Henderson
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Hearing this song from Nashville singer Natalie Prass had me thinking of sounds both classic and current. Blending elements of soul, R&B, jazz and pop might seem ambitious, but ‘Why Don’t You Believe In Me’ is so wonderfully crafted that it all feels right. The one thing that struck me upon first listen is how at the forefront Natalie’s vocal track is – and rightfully so – the clarity, tone and range of her voice resembles and showcases a confidence similar to fellow genre explorer Jenny Lewis. The fact that Natalie sings backup in Jenny’s live band might explain that. The…
  • Single Serving: Oceaán – Veritas

    Matthew Hickey
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    “Veritas,” the latest single from Manchester’s Oceaán (a.k.a. producer Oliver Ceanis), is a mesmerizing mash of visceral textures, taut rhythms, and clean melodies that walks the fine line between experimental electronic production and r&b. It’s also the first single from the up-and-coming producer’s new The Grip EP (due out on B3SCI on November 17th). Ceanis explains his inspiration for the new EP by stating: “I wanted to explore the duality between lyrical context and conceptual production. Taking influences from many facets of electronic music,…
  • Single Serving: Panda Bear – Mr Noah

    Andrew Brandt
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Last night, Animal Collective comrade Noah Lennox—AKA Panda Bear—announced his next record, the wonderfully titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. Paired with his announcement was the album’s first single, “Mr Noah,” a song that reminds me of AnCo’s Strawberry Jam era. As we’ve come to expect from Lennox, “Mr Noah” is a cluttered collage of repetitive, chant-like vocals, bubbling loops and spliced samples. Based on how joyous and life affirming it is, I think it’s safe to assume the ball was in the Bear’s court when he left that meeting with Grim. Panda Bear Meets the…
  • Single Serving: Yumi Zouma – Alena

    Matthew Hickey
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    New Zealand’s Yumi Zouma are having a nice year. They’ve received praise from several well respected critics, scored opening gigs for Lorde, and are set to play Iceland Airwaves followed by stops in the US and UK (Bay Area residents can catch them on November 20th with Mr Little Jeans at the Rickshaw). Their latest single “Alena” features a pretty, euphoric vibe that’s both dreamy and club-friendly. Take a listen below and get gently carried away. You can pick this one up from Cascine.
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    Jersey Bites

  • Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    THIS WEEKEND October 24: Pair wine, cheese, chocolate and companionship at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Branch and New Brunswick’s 5th Annual Wine Tasting. Fifteen distributors will offer 80 wine choices with buffet selections. The event also features a tricky tray auction. Tickets are $80 and benefit the Ronald McDonald House, which provides ill children […] The post Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond appeared first on Jersey Bites.
  • Asbury Park Chef to Compete at Tri-State Food Expo

    Melissa Beveridge
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    The region’s premier trade show for retailers, restaurants, and chefs is coming to the Meadowlands Exposition Center on October 27 and 28. The Tri-State Food Expo is full of exciting events including an exhibit featuring over 200 vendors, suppliers, and service providers, a keynote presentation featuring Martha Stewart, culinary demonstrations by Chef Barret Beyer and Chef […] The post Asbury Park Chef to Compete at Tri-State Food Expo appeared first on Jersey Bites.
  • Fall Ingredients: What New Jersey Chefs Crave

    Veronique @ Food & Wine Chickie
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Cool, crisp weather. Orange, yellow and red foliage. Kids back in school. Fall’s here, and with it comes a bounty of autumnal ingredients. Some of the top chefs in New Jersey share what their favorite fall ingredients are and how they like to use them to create delicious, comforting dishes. What are your favorite fall […] The post Fall Ingredients: What New Jersey Chefs Crave appeared first on Jersey Bites.
  • Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen in Morristown

    Deanna Quinones
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Bringing the Star Power Chris Cannon knows how to throw a party. He knows how to turn on the star treatment. And he knows how to serve up a damn good meal. The high-wattage restaurateur’s newest endeavor, Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, opens its doors in Morristown today and if you love food, it’s an […] The post Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen in Morristown appeared first on Jersey Bites.
  • Recipe: Avocado Hummus

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Hummus just got a lot healthier! By adding the creamy superfood avocado, your hummus will be a lot tastier, too! Not only are avocados packed with about 20 vitamins and minerals, including potassium, lutein, folate, and Vitamins B, C, and E, they also are low in sugar and contain fiber! Yes, they are high in fat… but it’s the good, […] The post Recipe: Avocado Hummus appeared first on Jersey Bites.
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    A Culinary Journey With Chef Dennis

  • Ratatouille Two Ways – Around the Kitchen Table

    Chef Dennis Littley
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    One of the great pleasures in life has got to be vegetables cooked and seasoned properly.   There’s something so wonderful about the fresh taste that nature has given to us in so many different flavors, shapes and colors.   And cooking them properly is really easier than you think! Many years ago I learned how to prepare a classical version of Ratatouille, it was simple and easy to cook.   No bells, no whistles, no extra seasonings, no kitchen magic.   Just fresh delicious vegetables cooked to perfection tasting as nature intended. I will admit it had been too many years since I…
  • Pinkwashing – The Dirty Little Secrets

    Chef Dennis Littley
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    It’s October and that means its  Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means that everything from the White House to the NFL is draped in pink to show support for this very worthy cause.    But there’s a Dirty Little Secret about this type of  Pinkwashing that most of us aren’t aware of. Last weekend I spoke at Shiftcon in Los Angeles on one of my favorite subjects Google+. What I didn’t expect was the education I would recieve via the conference.   Talk about eye opening.  Although I might equate the experience to more of electric shock therapy for the awakening…
  • Fettuccine Alfredo – An Italian Classic

    Chef Dennis Littley
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    When you mention Fettuccine Alfredo you get a variety of responses.  You can immediately see some people diving face first into the memory, savoring the moment they last tasted the delightful flavors of that classic Italian dish…..sigh Then again you get the others that think of all the ways to make the dish less fattening by sucking all the flavors out of the dish. While there are ways to cut back on the fat and calories, making Fettuccine Alfredo less artery clogging, you also need to remember that this isn’t a dish that you’ll eat very often.  That being said an…
  • Steak Diane Recipe – An American Classic Revisted Around the Kitchen Table

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    This post is brought to you by Netflix. When we were getting ready for our second baby to be born, I was hyperaware of my older son’s feelings, probably indulging in his whims a little more than I should have. I knew that as he had been the only child for six years, his life was going to be changed tremendously. Once Max arrived, I did what I could to ease the transition, sharing stories of brothers and siblings and how we learn from life changes. I’m happy to live in a world where I have lots of tools at my disposal to ease my children through these milestones. We not only learn through…
  • Fresh Summit Recap

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    This past weekend I had the good fortune to attend the Producer Marketers Association Fresh Summit 2014 in Anaheim, California, as part of Team Fresh Summit. Organized by Kitchen PLAY, Team Fresh Summit attended the full conference and worked with a few brands to bring attention to the event through social media. I had followed Team Fresh Summit on Twitter during the 2013 event, and I couldn’t wait to apply for 2014. Because of my work on this blog, as well as my jobs with and Whole Foods Market, I’m incredibly interested in produce marketing and seeing the “behind the…
  • Butternut Squash Pilaf

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re very much into routine at my house. With a 15-month-old, I feel we need to be — every small change adds up and increases his frustration level. After all, he is only just beginning to explore the world. It’s not fair that once he has his bedtime cues down pat I head off on a business trip, upending the entire system. Or at least, that’s what he would have you believe by his too-early-for-terrible-twos tantrums and nightly screamfests. Despite travel or events, I do what I can to keep things constant. Family dinner is our main constant, and no matter what we’re…
  • Apple Pie Bars

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    He ran down the rows, alone and crying. For whatever reason, being out in the sunshine and light wind, among the apple trees, was too much for him. My thoughts of a starting an annual apple picking tradition evaporated as I scooped up my son and snuggled him while we dragged what we had picked to the checkout barn. Later, we munched on Cameo apples together, keeping a napkin at hand for the sticky juice. The crying had been forgotten, at least by him, and I had hope that we could return, to try again for those picture-perfect memories. It’s been years since that day, and we…
  • Pumpkin Gnocchi {Le Creuset Giveaway!}

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post is brought to you thanks to Le Creuset. Enter to win their new Stainless Steel Saucier pan, and get the recipe for Pumpkin Gnocchi. You remember that first set of pans you got as an adult? For most of us, that meant shoddy hand-me-downs with suspect stuff encrusted on the handle, dented lids, and flaking-off coating that you just chalked up to helping your recommended dietary allowance of minerals. When we got married, we received a few new pans, and supplemented the nicer ones with stuff from big box stores. We moved across the country only six weeks after getting married, so…
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  • Steak Bomb, plus an Adventures in Comfort Food book tour + giveaway!

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    I'm happy to be today's blog tour stop for the newly released Adventures in Comfort Food cookbook by Kerry Altiero, the Chef/Owner of Cafe Miranda in Rockland, Maine and Katharine Gaudet. Cafe Miranda opened 20 years ago in this small town of 7,000 residents, and is centered around its wood-fire oven. This was a feat in itself, as all of the other restaurants in the area were known for their deep-frying prowess. Food "opened up the world" for Altiero at a young age, so he opened Cafe Miranda with that in mind-he wanted everybody, regardless of background and station in life,…
  • Fruit and Family on the Ridge: Youngquist Farms #MichiganApples

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a Michigan Apple Blogger tour, hosted by the Michigan Apple Committee. It took place in Grand Rapids and the surrounding area, on what could not have been a more perfect representation of an autumn day in Michigan. Let me back it up a few steps to tell you why I was (still am) extra excited about this opportunity. First and foremost, though I live in Indiana now (but literally just a stone's throw—or should I say apple's throw—over the border), I will always be a Michigan-girl at heart. I grew up in Michigan (coincidentally in the…
  • Havarti Ham Apple Braid {Bread Baking Babes}

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    I'm am such a sucker for a soft, pillowy pile of risen dough. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Ninety-nine percent of of the time (maybe more), it produces the type of bread that disappears in the blink of an eye in my house, as well. A soft white bread with a tender, sometimes chewy (depends on how it is formed and baked) interior, enclosed neatly inside a golden crust. That is exactly the category that this loaf falls into. This braided loaf is my interpretation of this month's Bread Baking Babes challenge, as chosen by our hosting BBBabe kitchen of the month, Katie at…
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    My Man's Belly

  • Easy No Bake Energy Bites

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    This easy no bake energy bites recipe is the perfect snack or pre/post workout food. They taste so much better than those energy bars too. Check out the site to get the recipe and relationship advice you know you want.
  • Best Football Appetizers: Grilled Chicken Wings

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Grilled chicken wings make for an easy football appetizer. Even the easy sauce is made on the grill so you don't have to pre-cook anything. Check out the site to get the recipe and relationship advice you know you want.
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    Give Recipe

  • Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole is a lazy mom’s recipe, I agree. But it is as scrumptious as Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. Some dishes really take a lot of time. Don’t you think it would be great if it’s possible to reduce this time? Here is the solution: change its form! Stuffed cabbage rolls are one of our favorites, but I don’t always have enough time or energy to make them. So I change their form. Well, it isn’t wrong to say that I deconstructed stuffed cabbage rolls. The result is amazing though and I’m not sure if I will ever bother to stuff cabbage rolls again. Can you imagine that…
  • Fettuccine with Creamy Tomato Sauce

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Fettuccine with Creamy Tomato Sauce is loved by the whole family any time of the year, so this is a four-season recipe. I know you are surrounded with fall recipes which include hearty stews, comforting soups and of course lots of pumpkin things. I’ve been cooking for fall for weeks as well, but I just want to make something which is not limited to a specific season this time. We are still obsessed with fall recipes like Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread and Tomato Chicken Rice Soup though and I’m sure I will be making these often this year. You might think Fettuccine with Creamy Tomato Sauce…
  • Melting Moments Cookies

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Melting Moments Cookies show up at almost every special occasion we celebrate with our family and friends. For one thing, these are so easy to make that even the youngest ones can make. Second, you don’t need many ingredients. You don’t even need to go shopping as I’m pretty sure that you already have all ingredients in your pantry. Well, there is nothing special in the ingredients list indeed. Another reason is that they have the advantage of freezing well. What makes these cookies so good is that they literally melt in your mouth! Melting Moments Cookies can be found at every Turkish…
  • Chocolate Yogurt Muffins

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Chocolate Yogurt Muffins will satisfy your chocolate muffin craving and warm your heart on a chilly fall day. If you are a quick breakfast person, these muffins will definitely be a perfect morning treat for you. These make wonderful dessert too! I can proudly say that these are great at any time of the day. Some readers might realize that I’ve been trying recipes with yogurt and have been amazed by all the results so far. It definitely makes things moister and lighter, which is something everyone wants. So I guess I’ll be using it even more in my baking. Chocolate Fudge Yogurt Cookies…
  • Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies are out of this world. These are probably the best skinny cookies ever! If you can’t live without chocolate chip cookies but need to watch your weight, make these! Your chocolate chip cookie craving will definitely be satisfied. And knowing that these are not loaded with calories, you don’t need to feel guilty. What makes these yummy cookies skinny? There is no oil or butter in these! I used unsweetened applesauce and a little peanut butter as a substitution. And these are low in sugar too. The result is amazing! Our readers already loved our Chocolate Chip…
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    The Austin Gastronomist

  • Apple Cider Wheat Bread featuring Austin Eastciders

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    This easy, homemade bread recipe gets its tender bite from two secret ingredients: hard apple cider and sweet potatoes. I make it with Austin Eastciders, whose Austin, Texas, tap room opens tomorrow!
  • Take 5 Minutes to Support Springdale Farm

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    It's time to speak up for Austin's own Springdale Farm! Find out how you can help preserve this east Austin treasure in just 5 minutes.
  • Austin Tech Events Happening Now

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    A roundup of Tech + Food events happening in Austin this week.
  • Last Call for Players Restaurant

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    It's not too late to stop by and say goodbye to Players, the iconic Austin burger joint that's been serving the city for 33 years. Here's a report on my final visit there.
  • Deep Eddy Vodka Goes for the Jugs in Offensive Viral Video

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I think it's great when a homegrown food business like Deep Eddy Vodka hits the big time. But it's not so great when, as part of that growth, that company's marketing goes way, waaaay, off-track. That's just what Deep Eddy Vodka has done, in their recent "Deep Eddy Challenge" viral video campaign...
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    Restless Chipotle

  • Slow Cooker Potatoes au Gratin Smoky Southwestern Style

    Marye Audet
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Slow cooker potatoes au gratin are the ultimate comfort food. I put it together the night before, refrigerate it, and get it started the next morning. So easy! Plus, with all of this smoky, southwestern flavor it’s totally incredible. I  love using the slow cooker all year. In the summer it cooks without heating the … Continue reading »
  • Chocolate Pecan Sweet Rolls

    Marye Audet
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Light, puffy sweet rolls are filled with chocolate and pecans for a special breakfast treat. The warm rolls ooze chocolaty goodnes! Disclaimer: Smuckers provided Jif Salted Caramel Spread that was used in this recipe. My opinion is my own – as always! I got a the Jif Salted Caramel spread a few weeks ago. I practically … Continue reading »
  • Spicy Sopapillas Recipe

    Marye Audet
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    There is nothing I like more than dessert unless it is an easy dessert. As long as you have an electric deep fryer these are easy, quick, and delicious. Basically Sopapillas are squares of pastry dough that are rolled and deep fried. As they fry they puff up with air like a pillow. The centers … Continue reading »
  • Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

    Marye Audet
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    This old fashioned banana pudding recipe is homemade from scratch – none of that boxed pudding mix stuff, thank you very much! Lots of bananas, rich and creamy homemade pudding, and a serious amount of ‘Nilla Wafers make this a family favorite dessert for a reason! Banana pudding finds its way to nearly every Texas … Continue reading »
  • Coconut Chocolate Chunk Bundt Cake

    Marye Audet
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    This coconut chocolate chunk bundt cake recipe is soaked in a hot caramel coconut rum sauce after baking. It comes out so moist and full of flavor that it’s unbelievable — a must for those of you who love Mounds bars! This is yet another recipe that has been in the pending file since 2010! Even … Continue reading »
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  • Food is the Best Remedy

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    I’ve made no secret of my distaste for “cleanses,” a concept that merely sounds like a thin guise for a more modern interpretation of the classic crash diet. The theory goes that this stringent regimen of fruit and vegetable juices will clean out the digestive system, remove unspecified toxins, and fill the participant with vital nutrients that are otherwise difficult to assimilate through whole foods. Though it may typically lead to weight loss in the short term, any victories over the scale are short lived, as it’s mostly water weight or the result of nothing more…
  • Pop It Like It’s Hot

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Freshly fallen leaves have settled in crispy piles everywhere the eye can see, while cooler breezes have swept away the summer heat so thoroughly and completely, it’s hard to believe we ever faced such oppressive temperatures. For most people, this shift tends to evoke thoughts of apples, pumpkins, and mulled wine, but for me, this time is inextricably linked with a craving for popcorn, of all things. Popcorn was never a part of any particular seasonal traditions in my childhood, nor was it reserved only for specific times of year, but something about the colder weather and advancing…
  • Bread Meets Spread

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    “Have you heard of HUMMUS?” you might ask of a caveman recently unearthed after a million-year marathon nap. Now as ubiquitous as ketchup or salsa, hummus has managed to surpass all cultural boundaries, weaving its way into the homes and hearts of food lovers worldwide. What might be a more relevant question in this day and age is “Have you heard of MASABACHA?” Hummus’s lesser-know cousin should rank just as highly on the snacking scale, and yet somehow lacks the same renown, barely registering as a blip on the radar. Depending on your circle of friends, it might…
  • Sunflower on a Sunny Day

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Click the photo above to view full size. If it strikes your fancy and you’d like to enjoy it as your desktop wallpaper, right click the large version, select “Set as Desktop Background,” and choose the “Stretch” option to fit to your screen. Have a perfectly sunny day, no matter the weather outside!
  • Wordless Wednesday: San Francisco Treats

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Vanilla Soy Frozen Yogurt at Fraiche Like a Vegan (Ratatouille Crepe) at Galette 88 Charlie Brown’s Nightmare (Chocolate Soy Ice Cream with Peanut Butter and Cookies) at Holy Gelato! Vegan Deep Dish at Patxi’s Pizza Onigilly Set with Shiitake, Hijiki, and Natto Onigiri at Onigilly The Curried Veg Pasty at The Pie Shop
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  • The Oysters that Stole My Heart and Got Away

    Kelsey Elliott
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    The post The Oysters that Stole My Heart and Got Away appeared first on KelsEats. If someone had told me a week ago that I’d spend 4+ hours on a Saturday night researching one very specific, rather unknown oyster – a Canadian oyster at that! – I would’ve been amused by the thought, but also slightly concerned that I’m not reaching out to friends enough. But what can I say, last night I was consumed by the thought of a Chef’s Creek oyster, a variety that, to be fair, I plan on having in my life like a new best friend. Why did inspiration strike last night, you ask? Well, for…
  • The Industry All-Stars: Craig Lane

    Kelsey Elliott
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    The post The Industry All-Stars: Craig Lane appeared first on KelsEats. If the mustache is the measure of a bartender in San Francisco, then the mustache on Craig Lane is the one that every old-hand and newcomer has looked up to since he graced Bar Agricole with his dapper presence in 2010. Ok, maybe it’s not so much the mustache, but rather, his near 20 years of cocktailing experience that’s the real reason behind his behind-the-bar prowess…but we all know the mustache certainly doesn’t hurt. In all sincerity, it’s not the mustache or the experience that really…
  • Anthony’s Cookies: So Good, Even Santa is a Regular

    Kelsey Elliott
    2 May 2013 | 5:00 pm
    The post Anthony’s Cookies: So Good, Even Santa is a Regular appeared first on KelsEats. Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Think fast: who is the person that makes the best cookie you’ve ever had? I’d bet cold hard cash that you’re about to throw down for your mom…although your grandma may also be a contender. Hell, maybe you’d even say yourself! But guess what? You’re wrong. It turns out that your mom doesn’t make the best cookies. Anthony does. Well, that may not be entirely fair to say considering Anthony (Lucas) only makes about 15 different flavors, all of which fall into…
  • Sons & Daughters: All Grown Up

    Kelsey Elliott
    20 Mar 2013 | 6:40 pm
    The post Sons & Daughters: All Grown Up appeared first on KelsEats. Geranium Ice Cream, white chocolate, wild huckleberry, black pepper – Sons & Daughters Rating: 5 out of 5 stars I’ve been to Sons & Daughters twice over the years, first in 2010 when they were relatively new, and again in 2011 after they’d received their first Michelin star. Both times the food was tasty and modern, with a fairly unique approach to hyper-local, ingredient-driven cuisine. I left both meals feeling generally happy with what I had experienced, but in the back of my mind there was…
  • The Fastest, Easiest Salad Recipe in History

    Kelsey Elliott
    13 Feb 2013 | 9:00 am
    The post The Fastest, Easiest Salad Recipe in History appeared first on KelsEats. Over the years I’ve gone from never cooking for myself (college), to cooking all the time, to hardly ever cooking because I’m too lazy or tired. Now I’m about to go over the edge of laziness, where walking more than a block for food starts to bother me. Before I find myself ordering terrible Chinese food every night because it delivers to my doorstep and allows me to stay in my pajama pants for just a little longer, I’m putting the breaks on and making a point to cook more. I’m also…
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  • Cucinova Pizza Pasta Salad | Cincinnati

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    A new place opened in Cincinnati called Cucinova and they serve made-to-order pizza, pasta and salads each for $6.99! And I’ve got a $25 gift card to give to one lucky person! I might be too generous with my food love, but I do love pizza and I don’t have it often since it would mean I’m eating the whole pizza or if I have it with a group I concede to getting what others prefer so as to not appear picky. At Cucinova, I don’t have to worry about either of those things, I can create a 10-inch pizza made with my picks and enjoyed as dinner and a lunch leftover. Usually I…
  • Reusable Cutlery for Packed Lunches

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

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

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

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

  • Taking a Break

    Mary Helen
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Well, folks. It's time to throw in the towel - at least for a few weeks - as I work on finishing up the manuscript for my book. (In case you haven't heard, I'm writing a freaking book!) Life is just a touch TOO busy between work, book-writing, and baby, so I'm taking a little break. I'll be back with new recipes and updates on the state of my culinary world just as soon as I'm able to get my head above water. In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram where I share (or maybe overshare) bits of my daily life. I have a pretty serious crush on Instagram, by the way.
  • More More More: Moonshine, Cavemen, and Indecent Exposure

    Mary Helen
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    So it finally happened. I went outside my front door half topless. I didn't realize until I came in and sat down after taking the trash out that I had never rearranged myself after CC's last nursing session. Whoops. At least I don't think anyone saw me.   Speaking of motherhood, I heard a pretty inspiring story recently about motherhood (and life beyond) from Troy Ball, the founder of Asheville Distilling Company. Troy has three boys, two of which have special needs. She ended up putting her personal career ambitions on hold to care for her kids for over a decade. Then she…
  • Lemon Cashew Ceasar Salad with Roasted Squash (and a Sponsored Giveaway)

    Mary Helen
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Disclosure: The giveaway below is sponsored by World Vision, a Christian charity. World Vision provided me with a set of spoons to photograph and keep and is supplying the second set to be given away. I'm on a diet right now - a strict diet, and I have a lot of feelings about that. Rather than prattle on and on, I'll sum it all up via haiku. Nutrient dense food A bottomless appetite I would kill for pie Are you feeling me? I know you get it. I'm dreaming of pizza, but instead I'm eating this kale salad here. Yeah I know, another kale salad. I promise to branch out to other…
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  • Quick Risotto-Stuffed Vegetables

    Ren Behan
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    My mother (who is an amazing cook) can always make ‘something out of nothing’ and I’m hoping that this recipe will always remind me of that. Last week, when my mum came to stay, I was completely on the back foot. I hadn’t managed a big shop and the fridge was uncharacteristically empty. We found...  Read More » The post Quick Risotto-Stuffed Vegetables appeared first on Ren Behan |
  • 10 Amazing Chocolate Cakes – Chocolate Week 2014

    Ren Behan
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    It’s Chocolate Week 2014, which is a good thing, as I’m in the mood for chocolate. So to mark the occasion, here are five of my favourite show-stopping chocolate cakes. Click on the arrows to scroll through the slider.   Hungry for more? I’ve selected some more of my favourites from around the web -...  Read More » The post 10 Amazing Chocolate Cakes – Chocolate Week 2014 appeared first on Ren Behan |
  • Simple and in Season October Now Open!

    Ren Behan
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:47 am
    We’re running slightly late this month with our community blog event Simple and in Season, but in case you have any seasonal recipe you’ve blogged and would like to link up, you can find the linky for October below. A round up will also be posted at the beginning of November. I have a new...  Read More » The post Simple and in Season October Now Open! appeared first on Ren Behan |
  • St Albans and Harpenden Food and Drink Festival 2014 Highlights

    Ren Behan
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Our seventh annual St Albans and Harpenden Food and Drink Festival, organised by the St Albans City and District Council, came to a close this week, ending with an awards ceremony held at the lovely Lakeside Restaurant in St Michael’s Manor Hotel. The Festival brought together and showcased some of our very best restaurants, cafés, bars, local producers,...  Read More » The post St Albans and Harpenden Food and Drink Festival 2014 Highlights appeared first on Ren Behan |
  • Giveaway – Omlet Kitchen Accessories RRP £50

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

  • $285 Giveaway from KYPRIS Organic Beauty!

    Erin Lodeesen
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Erin Lodeesen Beautiful news! My absolute favorite skincare line, KYPRIS, is offering an exclusive Clean Cuisine Organic Beauty Giveaway valued at $285! If you are looking for luminous skin that glows with radiant health, KYPRIS is your answer. One lucky winner will receive the following two products (my favorites!) from KYPRIS’s organic beauty product line: Antioxidant Dew Serum 1,000 Roses Beauty Elixir What is...  Read More » The post $285 Giveaway from KYPRIS Organic Beauty! appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Luminous Skin and Natural Beauty Glow: 6 Things You Need to Know!

    Erin Lodeesen
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Erin Lodeesen Radiantly healthy, glowing skin….it’s the ultimate outward sign of natural beauty. I think it is pretty safe to say that on some level everyone would like to have beautiful skin. And sure, the media bombardment of so many perfect-looking models with their flawless and perfectly dewy skin might have something to do with our desires,...  Read More » The post Luminous Skin and Natural Beauty Glow: 6 Things You Need to Know! appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Easy Honey Roasted Carrots in a Bag

    Ivy Larson
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Ivy Larson Carrots happen to be one of those standby staple vegetables everyone seems to have stashed somewhere in their fridge, but beyond serving as useful hummus dippers, what other creative ways can we make these vibrant orange veggies fun to eat? My solution was discovered on page 214 in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Cookbook in the delicious form of honey roasted carrots in...  Read More » The post Easy Honey Roasted Carrots in a Bag appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Gazpacho Recipe with Parsley Pesto

    Erin Lodeesen
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Erin Lodeesen When to Eat Gazpacho: As a perfect accoutrement to the Gluten Free Quiche with Spinach and Artichoke I made for Ask Erin‘s Bridal Luncheon, this Gazpacho Recipe with Parsley Pesto brings the perfect amount of tangy spice to any meal! Served chilled, Gazpacho is typically labeled a “summer” soup, but it can really be paired...  Read More » The post Gazpacho Recipe with Parsley Pesto appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • 7 Tips for Entertaining in Style with Effortless Ease

    Ivy Larson
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Ivy Larson Planning on entertaining for the upcoming holidays? You can absolutely pull it off and create a truly beautiful and memorable event by following my 7 essential tips for entertaining with style below. Just this past weekend I hosted a sit-down bridal luncheon for 21 lovely ladies at my home in honor of my dear friend...  Read More » The post 7 Tips for Entertaining in Style with Effortless Ease appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
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    On My Plate

  • Little Caesars Pretzel Crust Pizza - A Review

    James Kiester
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    -I don't generally buy ready made take out pizza, simply because I like to choose my toppings.  However, being hungrier than normal a few nights ago, I shelled out $6.00 for Little Caesars' Pretzel Crust Pizza.Subject: Little Caesars' Pretzel Crust Pizza | Source: Little Caesars' Press Release |Divided into eight large slices, the pizza consists of a soft salted pretzel crust topped with a Cheddar cheese sauce, cheese, and pepperoni, all sprinkled with an additional blend of Asiago, Fontina, Parmesan, and White Cheddar cheeses.With the understanding that ready made take out pizzas sit…
  • A Common Dilemma Sees Freezerburns Saying Goodbye As Daym Keeps On Keeping On

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

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

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

    James Kiester
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    -My friend, and right hand, Dani was at a bar recently, when she heard someone order a "Scooby Snack."  Certain the patron wasn't ordering a dog treat, she asked the bartender what was in the Subject: Piña Colada with key ingredients | Date: 09/18/2012 | Photographer: Achim Schleuning | This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany license. cartoon inspired cocktail.  The drink apparently consists of Melon Liqueur, Coconut Rum, Pineapple Juice, and Half & Half.When she told me about the drink I thought it sounded vaguely like, the cruise ship drink,…
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    Our Tasty Travels

  • Greek Craft Beer in Athens: Beer Time

    Brett Domue +
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    When visiting Athens, Greece, you’ll likely find plenty of options for good Greek wine and spirits, but finding Greek craft beer may be more frustrating. Most of the pubs and kiosks I wandered into in Athens offered only some macro beer selections from Greece and other parts of Europe. Familiar Greek beers like Fix, Alfa, and Mythos were the norm. Finding offerings from the growing number of craft breweries in Greece was a bit more of a challenge.  And, looking at recent check-ins on sites like Untappd and RateBeer didn’t provide much more insight. Eventually, I found a list…
  • Belgian Sour Beers – The Sessions #91

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

    Erin De Santiago
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    It’s an exciting, yet nerve wracking, day for me as I finally get to formally announce some news I’ve been sitting on for a couple weeks. I am headed to Cancun next week for the big TBEX (Travel Bloggers Conference); however, I’m no longer going as just an attendee as I have for the last five or so conferences in North America and Europe. Say hello to the moderator for a new session and panel discussion at TBEX Cancun! I am honored to have been asked by Mary Jo, the head of TBEX, to represent Belize and head up a panel discussion on “Blogging in Latin…
  • Cantillon Zwanze Day 2014 – September 20, 2014

    Brett Domue +
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    If you are a beer lover visiting Brussels, the a visit to the Cantillon is likely at the top of your to-do list.  As the last operating lambic brewery in Brussels, this is not just a visit to a brewery, but a piece of history as well. Lambic Masters – Jean van Roy of Cantillon and Armand Debelder of 3 Fonteinen I visited the Cantillon brewery in Brussels a number of times throughout 2013, including a visit in September for their Zwanze Day event both at the brewery and at the Moeder Lambic pub in Brussels. One of the best benefits of visiting the brewery in person is that you can often…
  • Shark Related Kitchen, Wine and Bar Products To Get You Ready For Shark Week

    Erin De Santiago
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Hard to believe it’s already time for another Shark Week on Discovery Channel! Not familiar with Shark Week? Shark Week first premiered in 1988, and was originally developed to raise awareness and educate people about sharks. Over the years, the programming has continued to expand in both quantity and style. Today, Discovery Channel even has a nighttime talk show called Shark After Dark LIVE, hosted by comedian Josh Wolf. Shark Week is now broadcast in over 70 countries and typically takes place in July or August. It’s the longest running cable television programming event. If…
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  • Budapest Bound

    The Vamp
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    If all goes well with my flight, I should be in Hungary's capitol city. Expect reports on sumptuous coffee houses, stylish "ruin" bars, an Elvis Costello concert at the Palace of Arts, and - of course - Chicken Paprikash, when I return.
  • Going Sweet on Eggs

    The Vamp
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    And you thought I only ate meat-centric dishes in Montreal, didn't you? I think not. I also had dessert. Meat-free dessert. The Pecan Pie at Au Pied de Cochon was killer. An apple concoction with Cider Sorbet at Liverpool House was mind-blowing. But, my favorite had to be the Portuguese Egg Tart that I tried in Old Town Montreal at a sun-filled cafe called Cantinho de Lisboa. These beauties, pictured above, were all at once buttery, flaky goodness, and rich, custardy, vanilla-scented decadence. In fact, they may have just kicked my all-time favorite Portuguese Egg Tarts in New York's Flushing…
  • Meatropolis Montreal

    The Vamp
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:54 pm
    I pity the vegan that lives in Montreal. This is not a city for those that scorn meat, meat byproducts and the glories of dairy. Heck, this is a town that can't leave a plate french fries well enough alone. They ladle beef gravy atop and then generously sprinkle with fresh squeaky cheese curds. Christened Poutine, this "drunken man's best friend" is eaten in many different permutations across Quebec -- but I venture to guess that not one version is vegan-friendly. And, rightly so. If anything, these culinarian Quebecois take it up a notch and fry up their match-stick lovelies in duck fat. Or,…
  • My Go-To's: Waterfront Ale House

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

    The Vamp
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    I know. It seems like I've fallen and can't get up. Blame it on a crazy work schedule and some major dental issues that have hit me hard as of late. Just don't blame it on the caffeine supply in Portland, Oregon. To finish off the recap on my trip to the Northwest, I do have to give it up to Portland when it comes to the city's coffee scene. I didn't have a bad cup while I was there. From Heart Coffee Roasters to Stumptown to Courier Coffee to Ristretto Roasters, this was the stuff. But, what about the rest of the city? Well, um, it kinda felt a lot like Williamsburg with a lot of woodsy,…
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  • WindsorEats’ Guide to the Windsor Craft Beer Festival

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    It’s fast approaching and tickets are selling fast. We’re talking about the Windsor Craft Beer Festival, of course! To make sure you get everything you can out of the region’s original festival dedicated to craft beer, which starts this Friday, we’ve created this guide to maximize your experience. Dance the Night Away Detroit Party marching Band For those who want to enjoy more than the beer at the Windsor Craft Beer Festival (that’s blasphemous!), we’ve made sure to provide plenty of other entertainment. The highlight of the festival will be the Detroit…
  • RECIPE: Quinoa Shepherds Pie

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Windsor Craft Beer Festival The Windsor Craft Beer Festival is taking place this week! To showcase some of the good eats that will be available from October 17-18, 2014 at the region’s original festival dedicated to craft beer, we brought Jay Souilliere of Motor Burger into the CTV Windsor kitchen to cook with Arms Bumanlag. If the Shepherds Pie looked too good to resist but you just don’t feel like cooking, you can try it out at the Motor Burger booth at the Windsor Craft Beer Festival. Quinoa Shepherds Pie 2 cups cooked quinoa (as per package) 4 shallots, peeled and chopped 2…
  • Saturday VIP Beer Offerings at the Windsor Craft Beer Festival

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    Windsor Craft Beer Festival New this year at the Windsor Craft Beer Festival, unique beers will be released every hour exclusively for VIP guests to make them feel extra special. While Saturday VIP tickets are sold out, there are still VIP tickets left for Friday night. Here is the special list of VIP beers: 3:00pm: MacLean’s Pale Ale. A handcrafted ale brewed with quality ingredients that reflect the same philosophy of the guys who make it. Inspired by classic English ales. 4:00pm: Ramblin’ Road’s Dakota Pearl Potato Ale. This limited edition Dakota Pearl Potato Ale takes its…
  • Tiki Sushi

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Owner Ted Dimoglou is a Rock and Roll Sushi Star. Tiki Sushi specializes in fresh sushi, ramen noodles, ceviche and fresh dumplings made daily by hand.   View Menu Here   The post Tiki Sushi appeared first on WindsorEats.
  • The Windsor Club is Hiring

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Beautiful view of the Detroit skyline from The Windsor Club The Windsor Club is actively seeking experienced fine dining servers. Applicants should have at least 2 years fine dining experience and experience in a private club setting is certainly favourable. Please visit the Club at 100 Ouellette Ave., 14th floor with your application.   The post The Windsor Club is Hiring appeared first on WindsorEats.
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    Eat in OC

  • Want the Convenience of Cake Mix with the Flavor of a Homemade Cake?

    OC Restaurants
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    We use cake to celebrate just about every happy occasion. Celebrating your mom’s birthday? You eat cake. Throwing a party for el Cinco de Mayo? You use classic recetas de postres to make a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Five Delicious Dishes That Are Practically Made for Salsa

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

    OC Restaurants
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    Despite all the drawbacks of living in an increasingly globalized community, at least when it comes to food, globalization has brought with it only opportunity. Now, regardless of whether... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Looking for a Great Dining Experience? An American Diner May Be Just the Thing

    OC Restaurants
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    In America alone, there are more than 400,000 different restaurants in business. And among them, diners seem to hold a special place both culturally and practically. Part of the reason for this is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Guide for Getting Great Custom Birthday Cakes

    OC Restaurants
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Want cake more quickly and easily than ever before? Thanks to a new invention by Harvard juniors Brook Nowakowski and John McCallum, you can have it. Their product, called Spray Cake, is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    New Products from Main Store

  • Magic Flight Launch Box

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Take Flight! MFLB Features -5 Second Heat Up -Fits in the Palm of Your Hand -Exceptionally Efficient -Trough Holds Enough for Two -Unique Hardwoods -Rechargeable AA NiMH Batteries available everywhere -Accessories Available.   -Handcrafted by Skilled Artisans in California The Magic Flight is one shocking little vape.  At first glance, it may not look like much - but after one use you will quickly realize what a powerful punch it packs. The Magic Flight uses a unique resistance heater that glows with heat instants after being activated. The MFLB is one of the fastest vapes around,…
  • Micro Vaped Glass Globe Attachment

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Our glass globe brings you the biggest most flavorful vapor available for your Vaped vaporizer. Includes 4 nails with ceramic heads and one Vaped exclusive glass globe. Compatible with both LUXURY and MICRO Vaped models. * Battery not included Includes 3 nails with ceramic heads 1 Glass Globe Regular Price: $69.99 Special Price: $49.99
  • Vapir NO2 Screen Pack - 20 pcs.

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    20 pack of replacement screens for the NO2 Vaporizer are not compatible with any other Vapir vaporizers. The NO2 Portable Vaporizer is the newest version of portable Vapir vaporizers with a rechargeable battery pack. The screens fit into the top filling chamber and will help keep your unit clean during normal usage. $14.99
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    Brown Eyed Baker

  • Friday Things

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    1. These two boys have been extra snuggly lately and I just want to eat them up. Granted, it’s more of Duke snuggling next to Einstein and Einstein tolerating it, but at any rate, it’s adorable and I love it 2. I’m currently 28 weeks (+4 days) and counting… Hellooooo third trimester! It’s hard to believe that my due date is less than three months away; I can’t wait to meet this little guy! 3. I think I mentioned it the last time I went to the dentist, but my husband and I have had an ongoing competition to see who could go the longest without getting a…
  • BEB Readers: Most Popular Cookbooks and Kitchen Equipment

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Over the last couple of days, I’ve been in multiple stores that already have their Christmas items on display, while Halloween items are sitting on clearance racks. Retail marketing continues to befuddle me, which is probably why I had no luck looking for Thanksgiving decorations two weeks before Thanksgiving last year. I can’t keep up! The holidays are hurtling towards us at a serious clip, and my mom has already asked me what I want for Christmas. Twice. I have no idea. I’m still trying to figure out if our baby is supposed to sleep in a crib, a bassinet, a pack n’…
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    When I was a kid and my mom would bake cookies, there was an unwritten rule that my sister and I would get to lick the beaters when my mom was done. This usually happened in the midst of holiday baking, and I have such fond memories of hanging out in the kitchen, waiting for her to be done with the mixer so that I could swipe some of that sweet, sugary cookie dough off the beater. At some point along the way, raw cookie dough became bad news amidst worries over salmonella. I don’t think my mom ever made us stop eating cookie dough, but it sure took some of the fun out of it! Luckily,…
  • Apple Slab Pie

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    My grandma was much more of a “cooking grandma” than a “baking grandma”, so many of my memories surrounding her food revolve around dinners, not necessarily desserts. She did have a handful of sweet treats in her repertoire (things like icebox cake, ambrosia and biscotti) that she would serve, but the focal point was always the actual meal. The only pie I remember her ever making was apple, and it was never in a traditional round pie plate… it was always in a sheet pan or a 9×13-inch baking pan. I never asked why, but knowing my grandma, she would have…
  • Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Homemade ribs are one of the few things that have truly intimidated me in the kitchen. I have saved countless recipes for barbecue ribs, but all of the hands-on time, plus precise grilling temperatures and placements, left me feeling less than motivated to tackle them at home. I mentioned to you on Friday that I’ve been trying to make more use of my slow cooker, and last week while I was making my grocery list, I asked my Chief Culinary Consultant if there was anything in particular he’d like for dinner. He suggested some type of meat in the slow cooker, so I started poking…
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    Honest Cooking

  • Pražský Kolác: Cream-Filled Cake with Streusel from Prague

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Try your hand at this traditional Czech made up of a yeast-raised cake and a luscious pastry cream filling. By Pizzarossa I did mess with the traditional recipe, so this is my interpretation… The original recipe called for mayonnaise in the cake but as I was getting everything out to bake I realised I was out, so I used mascarpone instead. The original recipe also called for a pastry cream made with custard powder and I didn’t have any of that either, so I made my usual pastry cream instead. As always, the recipe given here is as I made it. For the original recipe and the recipes for the…
  • The Best of San Francisco’s Noodle Scene and How to Make Your Own

    Laura Rothman
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    San Francisco has become a noodle hot spot and whether you’re searching for the best bowl, best ambience, or hippest haunt, this list has something for you. Don’t live near San Francisco? Not a problem, try this recipe for Udon Noodle Soup. By Laura Rothman San Francisco has become a noodle hot spot. “Hot spot” might even be an understatement. At any time of day, for any price, you can get a luscious bowl of noodles. Neighborhoods such as The Richmond and Japantown have always boasted scores of noodle shops, but the trend is quickly spreading across the city. The Mission, Downtown,…
  • Chicken Soup Recipes to Warm the Soul

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    From classics to cultural, these chicken soup recipes will soothe the soul and warm you up. By Haley Bourne This article has been posted with permission and originally appeared as Chicken Soup Recipes to Soothe the Soul on Relish. Take your fall and winter soup game to the next level with these warming bowls of chicken goodness. Enjoy this twists on a classic favorite. Easy Chicken and Rice Soup This simple chicken soup requires no added seasonings thanks to a package of pre-seasoned Spanish rice. And with only five ingredients and two steps, it’s an absolute godsend when you’re…
  • Kerla Style Pepper Chicken

    Nisa Homey
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Pepper chicken also known as kurumulaku chicken is an easy and quick Kerala style chicken dry roast. By Nisa Homey Pepper chicken aka kurumulaku chicken is an easy and quick Kerala style chicken dry roast. Nadan pepper chicken is the perfect side dish with rice. This dry pepper roast chicken is a bit spicy; reduce a little to suit your taste. I like to use bone-in-chicken rather than boneless to make “nadan” dishes. I started using my old iron kadai because though they are heavy; I found food is cooked fast on iron kadai and onions brown pretty fast too. Roasting meat especially…
  • Banana-Cinnamon Waffles with Caramelized Banana Topping

    Kim Nguyen
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Waffle batter is spruced up with cinnamon, bananas, and yogurt and topped with rich, caramelized bananas. By Kim Nguyen Bananas are a no brainer for breakfast items. There are banana muffins, banana pancakes, sliced bananas on oatmeal, banana bread, bananas on yogurt, and banana french toast. Well, I took it a step further and made bananas waffles with caramelized bananas so you can add another goodie to that breakfast list. This dish is definitely restaurant worthy. If I ever open my own breakfast spot, these waffles would be on the menu. The caramelized bananas were sweet enough on their…
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  • Pumpkin Bisque

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. It’s time for pumpkins! No, I am not talking about pie, I am talkin’ soup. This amazing recipe is light and creamy and super fun to make – you cook the soup inside of a whole pumpkin! I guarantee that if you put this dish on the table, your kids will be begging to try it. The natural sweetness of the pumpkin makes for an incredible delicate taste to cozy up to on a cool fall night. Ingredients: 1 whole sugar pie pumpkin, 3 pounds – rinsed vegetable oil 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 small…
  • DomiCile Magazine Fall 2014 Issue

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

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

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

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

  • Jack Skellington, Sally, and the Mayor of Halloween Town Proclaim "Happy Birthday!"

    Between the Pages
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    This Amazing Nightmare Before Christmas Cake was made by Mary Scik.  This Disney cake features Jack Skellington, Sally, Zero, Oogie Boogie, and the Mayor of Halloween Town. The cake board is made to look like white cobblestone. At the center of the cake is a yellow moon with the Birthday name and age. The cake is a light purple color and has paintings of bats and fence pieces. There are small stacks of stones scattered around the layers of the cake. At the bottom of the cake is the Mayor of Halloween Town. He is wearing a gray jacket, a black bow tie, and a black witches hat with a yellow…
  • Elegant Nightmare Before Christmas Cake

    Between the Pages
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    This Marvelous Nightmare Before Christmas Cake was made by Arte Di Amore. This Disney Cake features Jack Skellington and Sally. The bottom layer of the cake is a gray with black stripes. The border of both cake layers is composed of black beads with a occasional white bead mixed in. Jack and Sally are sitting on this layer. Jack is wearing a black suit and a black bat shaped bow tie. Sally is sitting beside him. She is wearing her patchwork dress and brown shoes. The dress is colored yellow, pink, green. Sally has red hair. The top layer is black with gray diamonds on the sides. The top of…
  • These Hand Painted Pumpkins Are The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

    Between the Pages
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    This stunning Hatbox Ghost Pumpkin was made by the amazing Bridget McCarty.  Bridget McCarty makes some of the finest pumpkins I’ve ever seen! Her secret is that she hand carves her pumpkins and then she hand paints them.  This gives her pumpkins amazing texture and color. Many of her stunning pumpkins can be found at Disneyland. Want to see more of Bridget’s work? She is on Facebook and Instagram   My husband is a big fan of The Haunted Mansion.  I recently got him the CD  The Story and Song from The Haunted Mansion.  It is a copy of the promo record that…
  • Marvelous Monster Mash Cookies

    Between the Pages
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    I was working in the lab late one night When my eyes beheld an eerie sight … Monster Mash Cookies made by NerdAche Cakes.  These awesome cookies feature a Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Bride of Frankensetin, and the Wolfman. I was working in the lab late one night When my eyes beheld an eerie sight For my monster from his slab began to rise And suddenly to my surprise He did the mash He did the monster mash The monster mash It was a graveyard smash He did the mash It caught on in a flash He did the mash He did the monster mash     From my laboratory in the castle east To…
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    Real Home Living

  • Ireland

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Sometimes I forget about this ol' blog. Now that it's been over a month since we returned from our trip overseas, I figured it's high time I showed you some photos!We seriously had the best time. While the trip sure had its share of stress and lack of sleep, we feel so grateful for all that we were able to see and do. Of course we only wish we had more time! Ireland is a beautiful, beautiful country. The neat thing about it is that while there are so many tourists who travel through every year, you can go see the famous spots and they still feel untouched. There is so much picturesque…
  • Europe!

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:07 pm
    photo creditWhen we got back from our trip up north, it dawned on us that we only had a month left to plan out our trip to Europe in September. That's right, we're going to England and Ireland in just a few weeks! We had been wanting to do a trip to Europe this year, and the fact that my friend moved to a town right outside London just sealed the deal. I cannot wait to see London and walk some cobblestone streets in the Cotswolds. I'm also dying to explore the gorgeous green Irish countryside that I've heard about so much about! We have our flights and hotels booked, but all of our…
  • Summer vacation: 1000 Islands

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Oh Mudlunta, how I love you.A couple weeks ago we took a long road trip up to the family cottage in the 1000 Islands. It was an incredible week! We had a bit of rain, but that didn't stop us from enjoying our vacation. The best part of the 1000 islands is just being there. Soaking in the peaceful quiet of the river, spending time with family, reading until your heart's content, taking a ride in the kayak whenever you want to (even in when it's raining!), sailing in the open water. There's so much to do all the time, but somehow it's a slow pace too. I don't think I realized how much I…
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  • Slow Cooker Recipes for Every Day of the Week

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Cook your way to flavorful, fuss-free meals with our endless list of delicious recipes. With these Slow Cooker Recipes for Every Day of the Week, you'll be making everything from Sundried Tomato Beef Stew to ooey, gooey hot fudge cakes. Using a slow cooker is so great because it requires hardly any work. All you have to do is simply dump the ingredients into the pot, turn it on, and let it work its magic. This collection of convenient slow cooker meals has easy dinner recipes, breakfasts, and desserts for any occasion.
  • Sinless Slow Cooker Carrot Cake

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Sinless Slow Cooker Carrot Cake is the perfect treat for those watching their waistline. This to-die-for carrot cake is topped with a heavenly sugar-free cream cheese frosting to make it one of the best low carb desserts you will ever try. Besides being absolutely addictive, this cake is also stupidly easy to make thanks to the slow cooker. Simply dump the batter inside and let it bake to perfection. This ideal carrot cake is rather dense, slightly sweet, and has a nice crunch due to the walnuts and shredded coconut. You will totally love how guilt-free and delicious this dessert is.
  • One Pot Butter Chicken

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    Skip the take out and try this One Pot Butter Chicken. This ridiculously easy, lightened-up creamy butter chicken is made right in a slow cooker. It has way less calories and tastes a million times better! If youve never had butter chicken, its a very popular Indian dish, and can be made mild or spicy to taste. This butter chicken recipe is super simple. All you have to do is do some sauteeing, dump the ingredients into the pot, and cook on low for 5 hours. Later you'll come home to the most fragrant and most flavorful chicken dinner ever.
  • Slow Cooker Skinny Frittata

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not start your morning off right? With this Slow Cooker Skinny Frittata, you will have the fuel to keep going all day long. This healthy breakfast recipe is loaded with protein from the eggs and nutrients from the vegetables. It is super colorful thanks to the green kale and roasted red peppers. Because the frittata is cooked in the slow cooker, all of the flavors from the other ingredients have time to infuse into the egg, which makes this a tasty meal for any day of the week.
  • Slow Cooker Mexican Casserole

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Slow Cooker Mexican Casserole will become one of your favorite dinners to make. The texture is amazing. Its a fluffy mixture thats surprisingly filling at the same time. Along with all the usual Mexican-style ingredients (black beans, corn, coriander, jalapenos), it makes an awesome low-effort dinner. It is absolutely delicious and super simple. As with all of slow cooker recipes, theres absolutely no pre-cooking required literally just add everything to the pot, give it a good mix, and youre done. Easy peasy. You will be impressed how good this tastes. It has a bit of spice and a ton of…
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    Cuisine Diva

  • Dairy-Free Sweet Cashew Cheese

    Lynn Smythe
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Above: Sweet cashew cheese Have you heard of cashew cheese, or have you ever tried making dairy-free, cashew "cream cheese"? I've read about it for the past few months and a couple of weeks ago I decided to give a go and made 3 varieties of the savory version of cashew cheese. Cashew cheese is great if you are lactose intolerant, like I am. It's also vegetarian, and I think it's vegan. But I'm not an expert when it comes to vegan food. Although I am lactose intolerant, I still sneak it a bit of real cheese now and then. But lately I've had some digestive…
  • Digital Restaurant Menu Board Pros and Cons

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

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

    Lynn Smythe
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:38 am
    Today's guest post is written by Victoria Stotts. Good measuring cups have three things in common. They allow for accurate dry or liquid measurements, are made of durable, long-lasting, high-quality materials and include markings for various units of measure like ounces, milliliters and cups. Trendy, angled designs, colorful, stackable and enjoyable measuring cups of all sorts should always include these important features so that they effectively measure up. A recipe can only be as good as the culinary tools used to prepare it. Utilizing good measuring cups allows cooks to…
  • Why the Label on Wine is So Important

    Lynn Smythe
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    Above: wine labels for Dunlor Wine Although the popular adage ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ seems to apply to most things, the same cannot be said about wines. Wines are not just described by their notes, but also by their label. In fact, bottle labels on a wine are what catch customers’ attention. An article of Practical Winery and Vineyard Journal explains the message that the label on the wine sends across to people. Fine Dining Lovers’ Domaine Dorléan has also investigated how the wine label impacts people’s decisions when they decide to buy a bottle.The label matters…
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    Eat Local Orlando

  • American Q Restaurant at B Resort And Spa in Lake Buena Vista

    Sunshine J. Baker
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    I spent a delightful Monday evening this week at a tasting for Orlando’s newest BBQ concept, American Q.  This unique restaurant combines the fun and excitement of a Brazilian-style carving and buffet experience with the traditional American flavors of barbecue.  It’s a relaxed, rustic setting with a restored 1951 red Ford truck as the centerpiece, holding the salad bar. Executive Chef Justin Leo created an inspired menu that gives guests a true tour of the best of BBQ.I started with a Dragonfruit Smash cocktail. This unusual drink combines muddled dragon fruit, tequila, basil…
  • Southern Moon Smokehouse now serving Brunch Saturdays & Sundays

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

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

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

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

  • How To Grill Lettuce for a Grilled Salad

    Bill West
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Yes you can actually grill a salad… not just the chicken for the salad or a meat on top!  Take a look and lettuce know how we did! Some grilled salad tips: Start with cold lettuce. Use a halved whole head (we use iceberg in the video but romaine is also popular see radicchio below) Grill the cold wedge on a clean searing hot grill grate Baste with a oil based dressing first to encourage charring… There are lots of different veggies to cook on a grill.  Below some others…. The Best Vegetables to Cook on the Grill By []Terry…
  • Bic FlameDisk Disposable Fire Source Review

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

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

    Bill West
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    How To Roast Chicken Breast In Your La Caja China Roasting Box By Diane Louise Villanueva We don’t eat chicken solely because it is delicious but also it provides a lot of health benefits. First of all, it is rich in protein which makes it excellent in aiding weight loss. Chicken meat is also a natural anti-depressant; bone loss preventer and metabolism booster when taken in the right amounts. Most of all, chicken is among our children’s favorite food items! There’s just no telling why but kids are just so into them. And do you know what the most nutritious part of a chicken…
  • SlotDog Gator Skin Wieners with Oscar Mayer

    Bill West
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    Check out what you can do with this nifty BBQ Grillin’ Gadget called the SLOTDOG. Kinda like this Outset Spiral Cutter for Hot Dogs and Weiners – 4 Pc on Amazon – a gadget custom made for customizing your hot dog.   It’s a BBQtrick we used a while back on GrateTV called Hot Dog Dogs — > HERE The SlotDog Worked for me right away and gave my Oscar Mayer wiener a Gator-like tire tread look.   I figured Oscar Mayer would be a “typical” hot dog for testing purposes. Dont have a slot dog cutter and you’re in a hurry?  Well – try to do a…
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    In A Half Shell

  • Cape Cod Oyster Tour: A Look Into the WiAnno Way

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    The 14th Annual Wellfleet Oyster Festival, Massachusetts’ largest and most cherished oyster event was in full swing this past weekend on the Outer Cape. To commemorate the occasion, I have a handful of oyster stories from Cape Cod that I’d like to share. This past August, I embarked on my most ambitious bivalve-inspired road trip yet: a week-long oyster farm expedition from Duxbury to Wellfleet. Thanks to the generous support and hospitality of many individuals, my food blogger friend Michelle and I were able to get an extraordinary insider’s look at the business of…
  • While You Were Slurping

    3 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    #INAHALFSHELL Instagrams of the Week: A few cool snaps from my own Oyster Week event, “Kaki & Sake,” caught by W&T Seafood (left) and my friend Rose (right). Want your pic to be featured? Tag your IG’s with #INAHALFSHELL and follow @inahalfshellblog!   – NYC Wine & Food Festival‘s Oyster Bash (presented by Lobster Place) is a sold out affair! – It’s cool to see more students getting into marine/aquaculture studies. – When I designed my first In A Half Shell logo to as five Ninja Oysters, I had no idea there would ever be…
  • Astoria’s Oyster Cafe of New York

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

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

    Julie Qiu
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The 3rd Annual AHOYSTERS during Oyster Week 2014 was held this year on everybody’s favorite NYC oyster bar on a boat: Grand Banks. The stormy clouds decided to play nice for this special occasion, which resulted in stunning sunset slurps. Here are some of my favorite shots from the evening. The Sherman Zwicker felt a little more wobbly than usual today, but that didn’t stop this 40-some-strong crowd from having a ball at the bow. Billion Oyster Project director Pete Malinowski opens up a box of freshly harvested Fishers Island Oysters from Fishers Island, NY, which are…
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  • Join us Tonight at 7pm CT for our “#MyMug” National Coffee Day Twitter Party

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

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

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

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

    Jim Sanger
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    The topic of gluten-intolerance has been in the news a lot lately, and if you’re like me, you know people struggling with celiac’s disease or with some less chronic sensitivities to gluten. Having friends and family struggling with these conditions can make getting together for summer breakfasts and brunches a little awkward. Given that so many traditional breakfast items are loaded with glutens, one is left with either making several different breakfasts to accommodate the various dietary restrictions of one’s guests or, even worse, forcing gluten-sensitive guests to feel left out…
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  • Pathmark Weekly Coupon Matchup 10/24-10/30

    Nicole Cugliari
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
        Prices Valid 10/24 – 10/28 $1/lb Chicken, Feed Your Family, Instant $5 & BOGO’s! Here are your weekly specials and coupon matchups for the week at Pathmark. This week there is a great Perdue chicken sale, a "Feed Your Family" deal and $5 off Instantly with Kraft Family of Brands. Coupon Matchups: Pepperidge Farm Texas Toast, 9.5-11.75 oz, $2.99 $0.50 off ONE (1) Pepperidge Farm Texas Toast Final Price: $1.99 each with coupon doubled Jose Ole Appetizers, 16-22.5 oz, $6.49 $1.00 off one (1) Jose Ole Snack Final Price: $5.49 each Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom or…
  • SavingStar Friday Freebie Cadbury Screme Egg

    Carly Mancl
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
      Free Cadbury Screme Egg from SavingStar! Save 100% when you buy ONE (1) 1.2 oz. Cadbury Screme Egg™ Friday Freebie is  to Save 100% when you buy ONE (1) 1.2 oz. Cadbury Screme Egg SavingStar has another opportunity for FREE Chocolate!  While you are out last minute Halloween shopping for the best deals, make sure to grab this freebie!  This week’s Friday Freebie is  to Save 100% when you buy ONE (1) 1.2 oz. Cadbury Screme Egg™. Expires 10/26/2014 One time use only! Check back every Friday for a new Freebie! To get your free offer from SavingStar, start by clicking the…
  • Advance Auto Parts: Prepare your Vehicle for Winter & Save!

    Heather Leade
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:42 pm
      Save at Advance Auto Parts! Prepare your Vehicle for Winter! The winter weather is coming and now is the time to make sure that your vehicle is ready for the colder temperatures! If you are going to do some work on your vehicle, make sure you check out the awesome coupon codes that GCN has to help you save more on the parts that you need! GCN has codes to help you save new brakes, shocks and struts, or your entire purchase! To take advantage of these savings just click on the link and use the code listed! Keep in mind that all of these codes have different dates of expiration. Here…
  • What’s For Dinner? Featuring The Safeway Weekly Ad

    Samantha Doerfler
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
      Easy dinner idea! Safeway Deals for Dinner Meal planning can make your week so much easier. I have been trying to come up with my dinner ideas every Sunday for the week and it makes a big difference. I go to the store and buy the ingredients for those meals and then see what we feel like on a given day. I also pick up some easy deals, like frozen pizza, for a quick and cheap dinner when we are all rushed. Safeway has some super deals this week to help you save more money on dinner. Make a quick plan and use some of our suggestions to save time and