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  • Wham-Bam Cauliflower Gratin

    Amateur Gourmet
    Adam Roberts
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Nothing sets me off like sanctimoniousness; that holier-than-thou, self-righteous, sermon-on-the-mount style of food writing. Often the sentiments are well-intentioned but everything is done so humorlessly, it’s hard for the average person to connect. And so it goes with vegetables. The general take, these days, seems to be that we should eat less dead bodies and more living green stuff. OK, I can get on board with that, though often the images associated with this new way of life are plates of kale and quinoa and other foods that start with a hard “K” sound. Can’t…
  • Green Curry Dumplings

    101 Cookbooks
    Heidi Swanson
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Big hugs. If you're up for a bit of a project, and you want to make something to lift the spirits, this is where you need to land. A few of you asked about these dumplings when I posted a snapshot of them to Instagram a couple of weeks back. They were a Friday night project after a busy week. Instead of going out, an evening of repetitive filling and folding sounded perfect. The filling was inspired strictly by the contents of the refrigerator, as a trip to the store would have defeated the entire purpose :) The filling: caramelized leeks, green curry paste, and cooked mung beans. Everything…
  • The Night That Lolita, My 16 Year-Old Female Cat, Became A Man

    Amateur Gourmet
    Adam Roberts
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    When I first adopted Lolita from the Atlanta Humane Society in 2001, her name was Princess. She was in a room full of mangy cats, but she seemed very ladylike and elegant; she held herself differently, a Christine Baranski type, who wanted out of this dump. I took her home and gave her the name Lolita, a name she quickly grew into as my friends and roommates would often describe her as a diva. “Lolita really is a Lolita,” a friend once quipped. With her high-pitched voice and frequent demands, it was never hard to imagine her as royalty. Lolita–or Princess Peepers or Lady…
  • 32 Ways to Make Deviled Eggs this Easter

    Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    I don’t know what other holiday utilizes eggs more than Easter and each year I tend to make the same kind of deviled eggs; my version of Chick Deviled Eggs made with Dijon mustard and mayonnaise (recipe below). This year, I scoured some of my favorite food blogs and found 32 Ways to Make Deviled ...
  • Pickled beets with fresh ginger

    Food & Style
    Viviane Bauquet Farre
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Whenever I work on a recipe, my focus is always on coaxing as much flavor as possible out of the ingredients I’m cooking with… and these refrigerator pickles are literally bursting with flavor! The beets are kept raw for maximum crunch Here raw beets are sliced super-thin and pickled with fresh ginger, toasted coriander seeds and whole peppercorn. Because these pickles are not cooked in any way, the beets retain their crunchy texture – making them not only super-flavorful, but also incredibly refreshing to the palate. Make a batch, then enjoy for weeks to come It takes only minutes to…
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    Amateur Gourmet

  • The Night That Lolita, My 16 Year-Old Female Cat, Became A Man

    Adam Roberts
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    When I first adopted Lolita from the Atlanta Humane Society in 2001, her name was Princess. She was in a room full of mangy cats, but she seemed very ladylike and elegant; she held herself differently, a Christine Baranski type, who wanted out of this dump. I took her home and gave her the name Lolita, a name she quickly grew into as my friends and roommates would often describe her as a diva. “Lolita really is a Lolita,” a friend once quipped. With her high-pitched voice and frequent demands, it was never hard to imagine her as royalty. Lolita–or Princess Peepers or Lady…
  • Let’s Facebook

    Adam Roberts
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    Hey, in case you’re missing my more frequent updates, I have an idea for you: follow me on my Facebook Fan Page. I recently linked it to my Instagram, so you can see (for example) the risotto cakes I made for last night’s dinner and the breakfast I had this morning of sourdough bread with cashew butter and honey (how California of me). I’ve also been linking to the articles and recipes that grab my attention online each day, so, really, what do you have to lose? Nothing I say. Get to it.
  • Do Cooking Shows Make You Fat?

    Adam Roberts
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    Check out this fancy article that I wrote for Quartz and see if you agree.
  • Wham-Bam Cauliflower Gratin

    Adam Roberts
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Nothing sets me off like sanctimoniousness; that holier-than-thou, self-righteous, sermon-on-the-mount style of food writing. Often the sentiments are well-intentioned but everything is done so humorlessly, it’s hard for the average person to connect. And so it goes with vegetables. The general take, these days, seems to be that we should eat less dead bodies and more living green stuff. OK, I can get on board with that, though often the images associated with this new way of life are plates of kale and quinoa and other foods that start with a hard “K” sound. Can’t…
  • Chicken Under A Brick (Or A Cast Iron Skillet)

    Adam Roberts
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Scared you, didn’t I? Well I didn’t mean to. It’s funny how many people read my last post and assumed I was ending my blog. That’s not what I said! I just said that my blog was no longer my primary source of income; in many ways, it’s a liberating state of affairs. It means that if I post on here (as I’m doing now) it’s because I have something I’m really eager to share with the world, not just something to fill up space on the internet (like that time I told you that my cake stand is really a punch bowl; though, weirdly, that post really caught…
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    Steamy Kitchen: recipes and cooking

  • Giveaway: Lobel’s USDA Dry Aged Prime Rib Roast

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    Are giveaways running or loading slowly for you? Some users have reported success with clearing their browser cache and reloading the pages.USDA Dry Aged Prime Rib Roast The most desirable of all beef roasts happens to be Lobel´s signature roast. A traditional choice for festive occasions, these well-aged roasts are impressive in presentation and a delight on the palate—exquisitely flavorful and tender. Can’t decide between the convenience of a boneless rib roast and the added flavor of a bone-in roast? Now you can have the best of both worlds by ordering our boned and tied rib roast.
  • Giveaway: SEEDS OF CHANGE® Grant Program Gift Pack

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    Are giveaways running or loading slowly for you? Some users have reported success with clearing their browser cache and reloading the pages. Scott and I are big fans of Seeds of Change. Our local Lowe’s carries their seeds, and it’s the only brand that we buy from retail. That’s because we know Seeds of Change is dedicated to 100% certified organic products, and their mission in business is to preserve the tradition of  heirloom gardening. In addition, Seeds of Change has dedicated $200,000 in grant monies available to community gardening and farming programs. Do you have a…
  • Giveaway: Forma Backpack by Skip Hop

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    Are giveaways running or loading slowly for you? Some users have reported success with clearing their browser cache and reloading the pages. When the boys were babies, we lugged the most gigantic diaper bag. I was always afraid of not having what I needed. It was so heavy that the diaper bag tipped over the stroller when hung on the handle. The problem was that the diaper bag was so unorganized that I was actually carrying double or triplicates of everything! Because items didn’t have their own spot, and items were just jumbled all over the place, I couldn’t find anything at…
  • Steak with Kimchi Butter

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    A couple of years ago, Todd, Diane and I flew to NYC to work on a small video project with the French Culinary Institute. We met up at the hotel on the first day and after a 14.63 second hello, we jumped into a cab and headed to Momofuku Saäm Bar. If you know us, food is on our minds – ALL THE TIME. We’d rather stay in a clean hotel in the crappy part of town to save money — so that we could spend it on food…..which we did. Our hotel….err….motel was nice, tidy but sooo small. If I wanted to stretch out my arms, I’d have to open the door to so. And…
  • New Kitchen Remodel

    17 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Welcome to our new kitchen! It’s been quite some time since the beginning of the remodel, but we didn’t want to shoot photos until every single piece of the kitchen was complete. Our designer was Susan Serra. I met Susan years ago on a trip to Arizona and we’ve been working together for the past 2 years, planning and designing the renovation of this kitchen. It took this long, because we were designing a kitchen that serves both as a workspace AND a home-kitchen, in a small amount of space. When we first bought the home, we chose the property because of the peaceful…
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    Rasa Malaysia: Easy Asian Recipes

  • Maple-Butter Roasted Baby Carrots

    Rasa Malaysia
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:22 am
    Inviting and delicious Maple-Butter Roasted Baby Carrots. A perfect side dish to kick-off spring time eating with any meal! The post Maple-Butter Roasted Baby Carrots appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Garlic Cheddar Cheese Bombs

    Rasa Malaysia
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Garlic Cheddar Cheese Bombs - amazing cheese bomb biscuits loaded with Cheddar cheese and topped with garlic Parmesan. Easy recipe that takes 20 mins. The post Garlic Cheddar Cheese Bombs appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Teriyaki Chicken

    Rasa Malaysia
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Teriyaki chicken - the most popular Japanese chicken dish. Learn how to make teriyaki chicken with this easy 30-min recipe with only four ingredients!! The post Teriyaki Chicken appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Creamy Mushroom Tortellini

    Rasa Malaysia
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Creamy Mushroom Tortellini - the creamiest and most delicious tortellini recipe with rich buttery mushroom sauce. Quick, easy and budget-friendly!! The post Creamy Mushroom Tortellini appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
  • Sesame Beef

    Rasa Malaysia
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Sesame Beef - the easiest and crazy delicious beef stir-fry. Tender and juicy with a killer soy sesame brown sugar sauce. So good you'll want seconds!! The post Sesame Beef appeared first on Rasa Malaysia.
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    101 Cookbooks

  • Green Curry Dumplings

    Heidi Swanson
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Big hugs. If you're up for a bit of a project, and you want to make something to lift the spirits, this is where you need to land. A few of you asked about these dumplings when I posted a snapshot of them to Instagram a couple of weeks back. They were a Friday night project after a busy week. Instead of going out, an evening of repetitive filling and folding sounded perfect. The filling was inspired strictly by the contents of the refrigerator, as a trip to the store would have defeated the entire purpose :) The filling: caramelized leeks, green curry paste, and cooked mung beans. Everything…
  • Favorites List (03.17.15)

    Heidi Swanson
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    The Fall 2015 Ten Speed Press catalog did the dive through my mail slot the other day, and it looks incredible. I feel so fortunate to be in such good company. This is the point for me in the book process where things start to get very real. Behind the scenes, we're still putting some of the final touches on pages, tweaking little details here and there, but the catalog announces what is not far over the horizon. I took a few snapshots of the Near & Far catalog pages so you can see how things are shaping up (I'll thread them in below), I'm also chipping away at a post related to the cookbook…
  • Diana Henry's Uzbeki Carrots

    Heidi Swanson
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This is the most interesting carrot recipe I've tried in a long time, and I'll start by attempting to explain why. In a single bite, you realize these carrots are drunk with a cooking liquid infused with fragrant spices like saffron, cumin, and cinnamon. They take on pops of sweetness because they are punctuated by dried fruit. Deep savory flavor balances out the sweetness and is developed through a lengthy simmer incorporating caramelized onions and tomatoes. You hit spots of fresh, green herbaceousness from mint, and chiles, and cilantro, and then crunch here and there from pistachios. I…
  • Anna's California Miso Avocado Salad

    Heidi Swanson
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:28 pm
    There is a list of impressive cookbooks queuing up for release this spring. Thoughtful, beautiful titles filled with writing and recipes that make you excited to light up your kitchen. I've been cooking from a number of these books, and can't wait to single out a few favorites in the coming weeks. First up is A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones. The book is a 352-page stunner, and an example of a first book going very right. You have Anna, who has substantial professional experience as a London-based writer and stylist (you've likely encountered her work on the pages of Jamie magazine). And she…
  • Tokyo Photos & Soba Water

    Heidi Swanson
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:54 pm
    I didn't take many photographs on my recent trip to Tokyo - 100, or so? As I was browsing them on the flight home it was clear that a good percentage were of the view from our hotel room thirty floors above Ginza. Spending a week in the sky made me understand why one would want to live in a high-rise, something I've never given much thought before now. The huge windows framed the horizon and cityscape, and the colors, reflections, and mood changed by the minute depending on the weather, time of day, and how the light was progressing. I wanted to share a few snapshots today, and also one of my…
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  • Crispy Hash Browns

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    My father, being of the solid German stock that he is, is naturally a connoisseur of all things potato. In particular he loves nothing more than very crispy shredded hash browns for breakfast with his eggs. Now, there are many ways of frying up potatoes for breakfast, and I think we do all of them. But the shredded variety of hash browns holds a special place in his heart (mine too!) and for that reason he has mastered the way to make them extra crispy. He explained his approach to me one day, while my mother was in the room and couldn’t help but overhearing: Continue reading…
  • Artichoke and Shrimp Risotto

    24 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Is it just me, or does everyone seem to be in a hurry these days? Sometimes I think in our mad dash to do everything and live life to the fullest, we shortchange ourselves and forget to take the time to relax and enjoy what we’re doing. Risotto is one of those dishes that forces us to slow down and smell the roses. It’s easy enough to make, it just requires patience. And a lot of stirring. Continue reading "Artichoke and Shrimp Risotto" »
  • Deviled Eggs

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    Deviled eggs! Easter egg hunts and summer picnic potlucks. I have been known to devour a dozen of these in one sitting. Deviled eggs are easy to make and are always a hit at gatherings. To make them extra pretty, just pipe the egg yolk mayonnaise filling with a star-tipped piping bag (or cut off the corner of a plastic sandwich bag). Continue reading "Deviled Eggs" »
  • Spinach and Artichoke Quiche

    17 Mar 2015 | 12:10 am
    The trees outside my bedroom window decided to leaf out this week, signaling that spring is in full bloom here. A week ago all I could see was filaments of grey and brown, and now the view is awash in the bright lime green of budding leaves. Here’s a quiche to celebrate the green of spring, with spinach, artichokes, shallots, and goat cheese. So good! Continue reading "Spinach and Artichoke Quiche" »
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage

    13 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Once a year, come mid-March, we Americans enjoy the best excuse ever to make corned beef and cabbage, St. Patrick’s Day! Never mind that the dish isn’t really eaten in Ireland, or at least not with the enthusiasm for it that you’ll find here. We’ll celebrate the day the way we like, and raise a toast with a pint of Guinness as well. The traditional way to prepare corned beef and cabbage is to boil it, both the beef and the cabbage. Several years ago my friend Suzanne introduced me to her favorite way of making the corned beef—speckled with cloves, slathered in…
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    Food & Wine: Articles

  • 2015 Sommeliers of the Year

    16 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    In this Article Dana Frank Molly Wismeier Richard Hanauer Steve Wildy Taylor Parsons Thomas Pastuszak Vilma Mazaite Photo © Scott Frank Dana Frank, Ava Gene’s, Portland, Oregon Why She Won She has amassed a remarkable collection of wines from natural and organic producers all over Italy. In fact, she is so committed to Italy that she won’t even serve the Oregon wines she and her husband make under their Bow &a...
  • Indulge in Napa Valley Restaurant Month

    8 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Photo Courtesy of Napa Valley As some of the Napa Valley's finest eateries re-vamp in January 2015, Napa Valley Restaurant Month has moved to February, and with it comes an incredible selection of special culinary offerings that reflect the season and only happen once a year. Come sip, sup and savor the valley's finest cuisine and wines throughout February 2015. The Napa Valley offers more Michelin-star rated restaurants per capita than any other wine region in the world and ...
  • Find the Right Wine for the Holidays With Gnarly Head

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

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

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

  • Chizu Now Open in SW Portland!

    PDX Food Dude
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Chizu. Photo © Chizu Chizu, the newest business venture by Steve Jones, is now open at 1126 SW Alder Street in Portland. A little sister to perennial Portland favorite, the Cheese Bar, Chizi bills itself as “a whole new way to experience cheese”. Chizu, is the Japanese word for cheese, and Steve thought the sushi bar format would work well for his specialty.  The menu lists about 30 cheeses at perfect ripeness. Similar to a sushi bar format, you can design your own experience by choosing as many portion-sized selections as you like. The menu also includes other snacks, and…
  • Red and Black Cafe R.I.P.

    PDX Food Dude
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:59 pm
    First noticed by OregonLive, the Red and Black Cafe has announced on Facebook that they are closing. The 15 year old Southeast Portland restaurant known for its vegan menu (though it never made any of our “Best of Portland Vegetarian” lists), gained notoriety in 2010 for refusing to sell a cup of coffee to a Portland police officer. To Our Friends, Family and Community, The time has come announce that the small but mighty Red & Black Collective will be shutting down. This year we would have turned fifteen years old. In those years, using our collective labor, we have served…
  • Portland Chefs Named as James Beard 2015 Finalists

    PDX Food Dude
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:03 pm
    OX – Prawns. Photo ©Dina Avila Photography The finalists for the 2015 James Beard Awards were announced this morning. Three Portland chefs are still in the competition for Best Chef Northwest. They are Greg Denton and Gabriel Quiñónez of Ox restaurant, and Justin Woodward of Castagna. They will be going up against three Washington State chefs – Renée Erickson of The Whale Wins, Seattle, Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Lummi Island, WA, and Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule, Seattle. Local critic Karen Brooks of Portland Monthly is in the running for…
  • Elevated Arsenic Levels in Wines – What it Means

    PDX Food Dude
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:33 am
    When I was 18, I clearly remember my dad saying that “life is too short to drink cheap wine”. I’m sure he meant we shouldn’t drink bad wine, and I’ve taken it as an anthem. I’d rather drink good wine occasionally than drink bad wine frequently. I thought of him today when I heard a story on CBS This Morning. According to an alarmist website set up by a law firm filing a class action lawsuit, saying that they had found elevated levels of arsenic in wines – dozens of wineries are violating California state law by knowingly producing, marketing and…
  • Steven Smith of Smith Tea Dies

    PDX Food Dude
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Steven Smith. Photo ©Tim Roth Sad news tonight. According to the Oregonian, local teamaker Steven Smith has died from liver cancer at age 65. Back in the early 1970s, Smith started Stash Tea, which sold teas and herbal infusions to natural food stores. The company grew to the point where  it was sold to a Japanese tea company in 1993; tea drinkers can still find brightly colored tea bags and boxes in almost every restaurant, deli and food store in the country 40 years later In 1994, Smith founded Tazo Tea, a bit more traditional, a bit more refined in packaging, and it earned Smith the #13…
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    Start Cooking

  • Sausage and Egg Casserole

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    When you're expecting a group of hungry people for brunch, this scrumptous egg casserole dish will win you great big compliments.
  • Irish Bread

    8 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    This traditional Irish bread done the American way is chock full of raisins and caraway seeds, and comes out almost like a cake. Yum!
  • How to Make Fried Rice

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Learn how to cook the perfect fried rice with this startcooking video. White rice and a few basic ingredients is all you need to make this delicious recipe. Fried rice is easy to make and a great way to use up leftovers. Enjoy!
  • Beef Stew

    18 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Beef stew makes for a hearty and tasty meal. There's no need to be a chef with these tips and techniques on how to make beef stew - just follow my easy step-by-step video instructions and you'll be cooking like a pro!
  • French Onion Soup

    4 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Some say onions will make you cry ... but this is really a small price to pay for a delicious French onion soup. Enjoy!
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  • ramen yokocho @ santa anita this weekend!

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:03 pm
    The next Ramen Yokocho Ramen Championship is taking place this weekend at Santa Anita Park. What’re you waiting for? Check out the offerings from challengers from LA, SF, Hawaii, Las Vegas and Japan and vote for your favorite. There’s a $5 admission charge and the ramen’s $8.50 a bowl. Try one or try them all, if you can!The event is tomorrow Saturday 3/28 and Sunday 3/29 from 11am to 6pm. Past Ramen Yokocho events have been extremely crowded so get there early.There’s free parking at the Gate 6 parking lot, and be prepared: the event’s cash only.Santa Anita Park…
  • ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-…

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:37 pm
    These are old…but I love ‘em. They’re so…chee–(cough)–sy…… Tags: ramen tidbits
  • Google doodle celebrates Momofuku Ando

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    Today would’ve been Momofuku Ando’s 105th birthday. Who is Momofuku Ando and why is Google honoring him? And why is he pictured eaten ramen?Let’s put it this way. A year 2000 poll conducted in Japan asked citizens what their country’s greatest invention was. The answer: instant ramen.Many of you may already know the story: After World War II, Mr. Ando was inspired to develop a way to help alleviate food shortages in Japan. The result: instant ramen. According to Nissin, Mr. Ando believed that “Peace will come to the world when the people have enough noodles to…
  • squee ramen

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Ever crave ramen but just weren’t very hungry? Problem solved!(Thanks Ivan!) Tags: ramen tidbits
  • RIP Leonard Nimoy

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Nothing to do with ramen, folks. I just saw this picture (without the bowl of ramen) and wanted to pay tribute in my own little way.No idea if Mr. Nimoy ever ate a bowl of (vegetarian) ramen in his life, but…RIP Leonard Nimoy.A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP Leonard Nimoy No tag for this post.
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    Vegan Bits

  • Does a Plant-based Diet Really Help Animals?

    12 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    I am happy to say that multiple reports seem to indicate that there is an increased awareness of veganism. More and more people are changing their diets are eating a plant-based diet or are eating less meat. But is eating a plant-based diet helping animals? This was discussed in an article today on National Public […]
  • Plant-based Diet Promoted by USDA

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    Move over Meatless-Monday. A school in California is about to become the first school to offer an all-vegan cafeteria for school meals. This is a private school. We had touched upon this some time ago. The MUSE School in Calabasas, California, will complete a transition to an all-vegan menu beginning in the fall. Here's a […]
  • Vegan diet benefits obese children, Cleveland Clinic study shows

    15 Feb 2015 | 7:12 am
    Obese children with high cholesterol who followed a strict vegan diet with little added fat in a small Cleveland Clinic study showed significant improvements in both weight and heart disease risk factors in only a month, according to research released Thursday. The children, ages 9 to 18, were mostly white and middle class, and volunteered […]
  • Beyoncé has teamed up with 22 Days Nutrition…

    3 Feb 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Beyoncé has teamed up with 22 Days Nutrition... However, I am unable to access their website. On my computer and on my phone, I am blocked with the following message".. This web site at has been reported as malicious and has been blocked by your Internet Service Provider..."  Maybe you'll have better luck than […]
  • Millennium Restaurant in SF Closing

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Most people LOVE Millennium in SF. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion... I took Jane there for her birthday last year. We both were quite disappointed. Today, Millennium announced that they will be closing their restaurant in April as their lease is expiring and the new owners are not interested in having Millennium as a tenant […]
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    Average Betty

  • Easter Egg Potatoes Video

    Sara O'Donnell
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Doing things in a different way doesn’t always mean change. Easter Egg Potatoes are the twice baked potatoes you love, stood up on on end to look like eggs The post Easter Egg Potatoes Video appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Easter Egg Potatoes Recipe

    Sara O'Donnell
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    It's time to think outside the Easter Basket! Easter Egg Potatoes are twice baked potatoes that have been turned on end to resemble Easter Eggs The post Easter Egg Potatoes Recipe appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Chef JJ Johnson Makes Pork Suya with Kimchi

    Sara O'Donnell
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    The combination of Bird’s Eye Chilies, onion, lime and other big flavors in this Pork Suya is exotic, but the preparation couldn’t be easier The post Chef JJ Johnson Makes Pork Suya with Kimchi appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Spicy Pork Tenderloin Bacon and Egg Breakfast Burrito Recipe

    Sara O'Donnell
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    I did what any red-blooded Los Angelina would do. I wrapped all my inspiration inside a soft, warm flour tortilla and served it for breakfast The post Spicy Pork Tenderloin Bacon and Egg Breakfast Burrito Recipe appeared first on Average Betty.
  • America’s Most Mouthwatering Mashup #PORKBEINSPIRED

    Sara O'Donnell
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:29 pm
    As luck would have it, The Pork Board generously offered a lunch delivery of this data drenched, statistically relevant sandwich AKA America’s Most Mouthwatering Mashup The post America’s Most Mouthwatering Mashup #PORKBEINSPIRED appeared first on Average Betty.
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    Washington DC: Restaurants and Food

  • My Best 5 Restaurants in Washington DC List for Shel Holtz

    Shashi Bellamkonda
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Washington DC Best Restaurants List View more lists from Shashi Bellamkonda
  • Graduating from Coffee University at Vigilante Coffee in Hyattsville

    Shashi Bellamkonda
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
    Vigilante Coffee Company is on Route 1 in Hyattsville's Art District very close to the Palette Apartments and the surrounding new retail with BusBoys & Poets, Tara Thai, Curry 6 and others.Vigilante Coffee company hosted a Yelp Elite event and explained the intricacies of Espresso coffee making, brewing coffee and the drying and roasting of coffee beans. Vigilante Coffee has arrangements with coffee growers to ship beans from different coutries in the world. At this event I saw beans from Nicaragua, Rwanda, Columbia. Can't make it to Hyattsville you can order the coffee beans online…
  • It Takes Team Work to Make Dreams Work - The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Opens Fri March 6th

    Shashi Bellamkonda
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:18 pm
    The sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to the original Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a great watch. Bollywood meets Hollywood in a way that you have not seen before. Weddings, music, romance are the key themes here. There is a message in the movie that rings true that after you retire , your money may not go as far as it would if you chose your own version of the Marigold hotel. Dev Patel is marvelous and extremely entertaininga. Judi Dench and Maggie Smith excel in their humor.  Richard Gere makes his appearence as charming as usual. Tina Desai as Sunaina is the voice of…
  • &Pizza Comes to Gaitherburg Downtown Crown

    Shashi Bellamkonda
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    The &Pizza Team This is a guest post from my daughter Mitali Bellamkonda @BellmitI had never been to &pizza until today, but I had tagged along with my dad for their grand opening at the Crown in Gaithersburg. When we got there, the place was somewhat crowded, but not as loud as I was expecting. We could still talk at almost normal levels, albeit a little louder. The space itself is very narrow, something I'm not too fond of as it was a little difficult to get up and get drink refills and/or takeout boxes. The white walls made it feel more open and…
  • You Caught My Eye - Disapora Feb 2015

    Shashi Bellamkonda
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    Image Credit: fsu.eduRagamala Dance: Song of the Jasmine8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at MarylandUniversity of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park, MDSource: Washington PostZakir Hussain: Celtic ConnectionsTabla master Zakir Hussain has long explored other cultures, and his newest project, Celtic Connections, makes its U.S. tour debut, pairing the beautiful and flowing melodies of Celtic instruments including bodhran, violin, pipes, flutes and whistles with tabla, bamboo flute, and Carnatic (south Indian) violin, providing a musical…
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  • Awakening the Spring with Little Mochi Balls

    Kian Lam Kho
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:52 pm
    A week ago Friday the night after yuanxiao (元宵), which is on the fifteenth day or the last day of the formal Chinese lunar New Year celebration, I’d invited a few of my blogger friends over for dinner. For months, if not years, I’d been promising them I would cook one of my Chinese feasts, but had not fulfilled this pledge. This last eighteen months I’ve been so pre-occupied with writing my cookbook that I had neglected them. So I made it up to them with a “Spring Awakening Dinner.”
  • Bring a Little Extra Smiles this Chinese New Year

    Kian Lam Kho
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Last year at this time I was frantically trying to complete the manuscript for my upcoming cookbook. With the deadline looming I did not have the time to cook a family Chinese New Year dinner. But the book, Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees: Essential Techniques of Authentic Chinese Cooking, is now finished and will be published this fall, so I am back making a Chinese New Year banquet for the family.
  • Hot Pot for the Non-Blizzard of 2015

    Kian Lam Kho
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of New York City,” and governor Andrew M. Cuomo said, “This is going to be a blizzard. It is a serious blizzard. It should not be taken lightly.” The national media, which is centered in New York City, was calling this Snowmageddon 2015 or Snowpocalypse 2015. The subway in the city was shut down and a travel ban was imposed overnight on Monday of January 26th. That was the kind of caution and hype being doled out for an impending winter storm — our first major one of the season. I was quite excited by the…
  • Christmas Turkey Chinese Style

    Kian Lam Kho
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:03 pm
    When it comes to holiday celebrations, Warren and I are traditionalists. For Thanksgiving, a New England turkey dinner, accompanied by oyster stuffing, pan gravy, mashed potato and orange cranberry sauce, is the undeviating menu. For Christmas a prime rib roast or a ham would be added as we host a larger crowd. Lately though, there’s been grumbling by the family that we should be more modern and innovative with our Christmas dinner. But how does one inject creativity into a classic Christmas dinner? I decided to search for an answer in my Chinese cooking tradition.
  • What’s This Fried Milk Custard?

    Kian Lam Kho
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    In Singapore during the 1960’s, drinking milk meant reconstituting white powdery dried milk that came in a large can. The powder needed to be dissolved in hot water, and no matter how vigorously it’s stirred, the result was always slightly gritty with a rather bland taste. “Fresh” milk, which came in a triangular pyramid-shaped paper carton, was expensive and only available in the few exclusive supermarkets. I remember its taste was closer to what we now get in an UHT milk rather than the fresher taste of U.S. milk. It was considered a luxury and we would indulge only occasionally.
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    Coconut & Lime // Rachel Rappaport

  • Irish Potato Candy

    Rachel Rappaport
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:2 cups unsweetened, finely shredded coconut (sometimes labeled as "desiccated coconut")2 cups confectioner's sugarpinch salt1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste1/4 cup PLUS 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream1/4 cup ground cinnamon (I used Saigon cinnamon*)1/4 cup cocoa powderDirections:In a large bowl, mix together the coconut, salt and sugar. Then stir in (or beat in with the paddle attachment if using a mixer) the cream and then the vanilla paste until a firm, sticky, paste-like mass forms. Set aside.Whisk together the cinnamon and cocoa in a small shallow bowl. Set aside.Use your hands…
  • Black Radish, Potato and Green Bean Salad

    Rachel Rappaport
    15 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:1 lb red skin potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces1 1/2 cup (1 1/2 inch) green beans2 cups shredded Spanish black radishfor the dressing:1 1/2 tablespoon Dijon3 tablespoons tarragon vinegar3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oilsea saltfreshly ground black pepperDirections:Boil the potatoes in a large pot of water until fork-tender. Add the green beans for the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and allow to cool to room temperature. Toss with the radish. Set aside.Whisk together dressing ingredients. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat.My thoughts:I was excited when Spanish Black…
  • Rueben Sliders

    Rachel Rappaport
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:6 oz Swiss cheese slices, halved15 oz potato slider rolls3 lb corned beef*1 cup sauerkrautRussian dressing:1/4 cup minced dill pickle1/2 small onion, minced1/4 cup mayonnaise3 tablespoons sour cream2 teaspoons Worcestershire saucewhite pepperDirections:Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.Stir together the dressing ingredients. Spread a thin layer of dressing on the bottom half of each roll. Top with sliced corned beef, a bit of sauerkraut and a slice of Swiss. Place on the baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted.
  • Clams Casino

    Rachel Rappaport
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:3 strips thick cut bacon4 oz jarred diced pimento, drained2 cloves garlic, minced1 shallot, minced1/4 cup white wine or lemon1/2 cup bread crumbs2 tablespoon parmesan2 lbs top neck clamsDirections:Preheat oven for 350.Cook the bacon in a non-stick skillet until crisp. Remove the bacon and drain all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan. Add the pimento, garlic and shallot and saute until the shallot is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the wine or lemon juice and cook 2 minutes or until dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. Stir in the parmesan and bread crumbs.Meanwhile, steam the…
  • Pretzel & Mustard Spiked Chicken Burgers

    Rachel Rappaport
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:1 lb ground chicken breast1 small onion, finely chopped2 teaspoons mustard seeds1 teaspoon mustard powder1 teaspoon paprika1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 cup pretzel crumbs*to serve:4 horseradish cheddar slices (I sliced up a brick of Cabot)potato rolls (pretzel rolls would be fun but the store didn't have them)chopped caramelized onionsDirections:Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl until evenly distributed. Form into 4 equal patties**. Heat a small amount of canola oil in a skillet. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until cooked all the way through, adding cheese slices in the…
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  • Turista Libre Taco Tour, Tijuana

    12 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    It was never supposed to be the highlight of the entire California trip; just an afternoon pootling around Tijuana trying a few of their best taco stalls and back across the border in time for dinner. The initial plan was to go over under our own steam, pick up a taxi/driver and then tick off a few of the more notable street food places. Oh and perhaps a margarita or two; when in Rome and all that. But then a little company called Turista Libre came to our attention, and so we thought rather than go through the stress and cost of organising our own lives, we'd hand over the whole messy…
  • Lawns at the Thornton Hall Hotel, Wirral

    10 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    Though the perks of being a food blogger are many and varied, and I like a free lunch as much as the next man, the very happiest moments I've enjoyed over the 8 or so years this thing has been going are when I've been able to treat someone else. Goodness knows nobody gets into food blogging for the money, and I have to keep a lid on the number of invites-to-review for my own sanity as well as anything else, but it's a genuinely lovely thing to be able to take, say, a friend along to a 16-course tasting menu at Fera, or take a small group to an all-expenses foodie tour of Cornwall. I'm not…
  • The World's End Market, Chelsea

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    The World's End is a building with a long and distinguished history. Well, a long history. It's been on the map since Chelsea was a small farming village a couple of miles from the old City of London, and became such a landmark that it lent its name to that whole end of King's Road. Oh, and eventually a bus stop. You know you've arrived when you've a bus stop named after you. But the Chelsea of yesteryear was nothing like the playground of oligarchs and Middle Eastern royalty it has become today. The original Five Fields, between Chelsea and Kensington, now the somewhat ironic name of a very…
  • The Art School, Liverpool

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    I'll let you into a little secret. Up until a few years ago, I operated a system on this blog I called 'Liverpool scoring'. Unwilling, due to residual Scouse pride, of being quite as brutal about places in my home town as those in the capital, I'd generally bump up the mark out of ten in Liverpool restaurant posts by a point or two - not enough to completely alter the thrust of the review, but just enough to take out a bit of the bite. I stopped doing this in 2012ish when I realised firstly that to be kinder on anywhere than it deserves is as patronising as it is unhelpful, and secondly that…
  • You Decide 2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:43 am
    Well, it's that time of year again and a chance for you all to show your love and appreciation for my blog by deliberately sending me somewhere for a really miserable time. Last year, it was Frankie & Benny's, and I suppose the one tiny glimmer of relief this year is that the same place can't win twice. But never let it be said that London doesn't have more than its fair share of really desperately awful places to eat, so as ever, my fate is in your hands. I mean you could decide to send me to Le Gavroche or Alyn Williams at the Westbury? Wouldn't that be nice for a change? No? Oh, who am I…
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    Fussy Eater

  • Sweet news in Chestnut Hill: Rosie's remains open

    7 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Image source.YAYYYYY. "Although the original Rosie's Bakery in Inman Square shut for good this weekend, the Chestnut Hill Rosie's - and the stand in South Station - remain open, co-owner Judy Rosenberg reports. A note about the closing that was posted in Chestnut Hill did not make it clear it applied only to the Inman Square shop."Read the full story here:Sweet news in Chestnut Hill: Rosie's remains open | Universal Hub
  • The Top 15 Posts of 2014

    4 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    Thank you as always for being a fan, for visiting, and for loving dessert as much as I do! This blog has always been a labor of love and while it has been a year of transition for me, writing here has always been a fun escape and provided much solace and comfort during the craziness.Also, did you know that THIS BLOG IS 10 YEARS OLD? Is it possible for a blog to apply for AARP membership?? We'll be celebrating this year by revisiting some favorite places and checking out new ones. More to come!For now, back to dessert. You voted with your visits!Some rights…
  • More Frozen Custard Options with BurgerFi

    23 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Were you aware that there are now at least three places you could get frozen custard in town? At least I've sampled the three I'm aware of (and if I'm missing any kindly drop me a clue). I haven't been to Abbott's Frozen Custard in awhile although I would love a revisit. I blogged a previous visit to Shake Shack and, coincidentally, this reminded me the most of tonight's visit to BurgerFi in West Roxbury.There are a number of similarities between Shake Shack and BurgerFi. Both use all natural ingredients.Both are from outside Massachusetts and use industrial design.Both serve good…
  • Market Basket I've Missed You and Your Baked Goods

    23 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Image SourceOh Market Basket, I am thrilled that you finally worked out your organizational kinks and stood by your workers. I am so glad these days are behind us.Image SourceLet's revisit shall we? CAKE.And of course I am most thrilled to have one of my favorite doughnuts back, a yellow cake perfection doused in powdered sugar and filled with vanilla cream frosting. Also your cheeseburger and fries for $2.99? ON IT.
  • 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
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    Passport Delicious | London Restaurant Blog and Reviews | Londonelicious

  • Traveling More Cheaply AND Using

    21 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    Over the Christmas holidays, I read my friend Matt Kepnes’ book, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. I first met Matt back in 2009 in Chicago at a mini travel-blogging conference after BlogHer. He was — and is — living the life that most of us can only dream of, traveling the world and running a successful website all at the same time. Matt, if you ever need a personal assistant, you just let me know.You should definitely check out Matt’s book if you have a chance. It made me think a bit differently about the things I spend money on when traveling, and that alone made it worth the…
  • 8 Tips for a Weekend in Helsinki

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:08 am
    Here is the truth: I was 40 tier points away from Silver status on British Airways. Silver Status gets you Fast Track Security access and lounge access. I couldn’t not book a flight to put me over the edge. Plus, I haven’t really gone anywhere for fun in ages. Not since Karen & Bob were here in August and I met them in Paris. I have been trying to be very good about debt lately and managing it down and down and down. Only $16,000 USD in MBA loans left, my friends! (That number was once $120,000 USD, so really, this is progress.) Understandably, spending has been at a minimum. But just 40…
  • Five good meals and four decidely meh ones in London lately…

    5 Mar 2015 | 1:32 am
    Remember that time on this here blog when I said I hadn’t had a bad meal in London in ages and I was like “WOW! What is going on in this world?” Well, I have paid the price for that. Recently, London’s restaurants have disappointed me, saddened me, made me mad. I’ve had more than a few decidedly average meals in London lately. The sun is out now though so let’s hope that spring has truly sprung and the best is still to come. Here’s where I’ve been eating lately, roughly in order of deliciousness.Koya Bar, Soho: You cannot go wrong with Koya Bar or Koya. You really can’t. My…
  • Lost in Translation: The Midnight Train to Poland #TravelLinkUp

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:45 pm
    When I was 19 years old, my friends and I took a night train from Innsbruck, Austria to Krakow, Poland. This was a long time ago, before mobile phones and before the EasyJets and RyanAirs of the world. Train travel was the only option for starving students like us and we would say things like “Meet us in front of the Hauptbahnhof at midnight on Thursday,” and if you weren’t there, we waited ten minutes and left for Poland without you because we didn’t want to miss our train and we had no way of knowing you had overslept your alarm. And hey, maybe we’d get to Poland and you’d be…
  • Look, I Made Veggie Noodles with a Spiralizer!

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:14 am
    Experiments in food continue! I have bought a SPIRALIZER on Amazon. There are many different kinds of Spiralizers. I bought the most basic kind — the black handheld kind — so I could see if I really used the thing and if I liked it. There are more sophisticated table-top ones with multiple blades for you more advanced people. Me, I’m just making zucchini WidgetsSurprisingly, courgette/zucchini in a Spiralizer tastes somewhat like spaghetti. The main difference I found was with the water content. Courgette/zucchini noodles are a lot wetter. There is probably a way…
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    David Lebovitz

  • Eating Around Queens

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    One of the things about discovering new places to eat in an unknown city is that you spend a lot of time getting around, figuring out how to get from Point A to Point B, then to Point C, and so forth. Sometimes people are kind enough to suggest places that sound good. But when you look at the map, they’re an hour or more away. While the New York subway does go everywhere, when you’re used to living in a compact city like Paris, where if you miss a métro, there’s a very good chance that there’ll be another one in the next three minutes, I’ve been slowly getting…
  • Orange Margaritas

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    I don’t mind spending part of my winter this year in New York. Even though it was one of the coldest winters in history, and on the first day of spring, we had a snowstorm, the beautiful snow blanketed everything in a thick white layer, which reflects the light and kept my mood cheery and optimistic. It rarely snows in Paris and la grisaille (the gray skies, sans la neige — or without snow), can augment the sullen mood around town. And the only people who you’ll see braving the cold are the hardy smokers, God love ‘em, clustered in the doorways of buildings and businesses, trying…
  • New England Clam Chowder

    19 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    If you’re not from a place, you don’t have the same nostalgic pangs for the foods, even if some of us invoke Proust when we bite into a madeleine, or get all bent out of shape when someone messes with a certain food from a particular country or region – even if we’ve never been there. I’m not a big fan of creamy soups, but I am a staunch defender of New England clam chowder. The word “chowder” comes from the French word “chaudière,” a big soup pot or cauldron. Some say it may have been invented by Breton fishermen in France, who later brought the soup to Canada and New…
  • Mile End Deli

    16 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    One of the few English words that my French other-half has mastered is “pastrami.” Which in his defense, is just fine because most Americans that speak little, if any French, can easily say baguette, croissant, tarte au citron, and macaron before they head to France. Seems like both cultures knows where their priorities lie! So when I hear “Daveed, je veux du pastrami,” I look into those sweet little brown eyes, misting over a bit, I realize that I have to get him some. And some for myself, too — although I am a corned beef guy. But it’s hard to explain “corn” and…
  • French Apple Pie

    11 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    It’s always nice to meet your heroes and many years ago, I was fortunate to meet one of mine. But I can’t claim Nick Malgieri as “mine,” as he’s been a guiding influence for bakers everywhere, publishing books with recipes and technique for making everything from traditional Italian pastries to Viennese tortes and even Middle East and Greek sweets, to the delight of bakers near and far If you like to bake and have picked up one of his books, you’ll probably feel a little kinship with him as well. Nick established his credentials as a baking professor and…
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    Cybele Pascal

  • Allergy Friendly Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Squares

    15 Mar 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Squares   Rich, decadent and flavorful, this hybrid dessert takes dairy-free indulgence to a whole new level.  Thank you, Daiya, you’ve made the world a better place with your vegan dairy-free cheeses! Makes 16 squares Free From: gluten and all top allergens   Chocolate Layer Ingredients ½ cup + 4 tbsp dairy-free milk alternative (such as rice milk), divided 1½ tsp powdered egg replacer (such as Ener-G) 1¼ cups my Basic Gluten-Free Flour Mix or Authentic Foods GF Classical Blend 1¼ cups sugar ½ cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder 1¼ tsp baking soda…
  • Hungarian Goulash with Buttery No Egg Noodles

    11 Feb 2015 | 10:17 am
    Hungarian Goulash with Buttery No Egg Noodles Serves 4 Free of: gluten and all top allergens   Hungarian Goulash is a cool weather favorite, hailing from Eastern Europe. The key ingredient is sweet Hungarian paprika, which has a warm exotic flavor. This dish usually contains gluten, dairy and eggs, but there’s no need for any of that here.   2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 2-inch chunks, generously seasoned with salt and pepper 6 tbsp superfine brown rice flour 3 tbsp canola oil, divided 2 cups thinly sliced yellow onion 2 tbsp Hungarian sweet paprika 2 tbsp finely…
  • Allergy Friendly Sugar n Spice Cookies

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Sugar ‘n Spice Cookies   The warmth of cardamom and nutmeg escalates these classic delights from ordinary to extraordinary. Carry them through the seasons with a diverse set of cookie cutters, from gingerbread men to Valentine hearts. Makes 36 3-inch cookies Free From: gluten and all top allergens   2½ cups + 2 tbsp my Basic Gluten-Free Flour Mix or Authentic Foods GF Classical Blend, plus additional for rolling ¾ tsp baking soda ¾ tsp ground cardamom ⅝ tsp xanthan gum ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp salt 1 cup granulated sugar ¾ cup dairy-free soy-free vegetable shortening 1½…
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    Hungry Crowd

  • 8 Excellent Avocado-Centric Recipes From F&W Best New Chefs

    28 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    F&W Best New Chefs aren’t immune to the allure of creamy, silky, delicious avocados. Here, their most avocado-packed recipes. 1. Avocado-Green Pea Salsa  This unusual, colorful salsa from F&W BNC 2013 Jose Enrique combines green...
  • 7 Ways to Upgrade Chocolate Chip Cookies

    28 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s hard to improve on a classic chocolate chip cookie, but these chefs and cookbook authors tried. 1. Milk chocolatey Texas chef Tim Love makes cookies that are crisp on the outside and chewy in the center with milk chocolate chips. 2. Wit...
  • 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Easter Eggs

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Whether they’re dyed, painted, plastic or—best-case scenario—chocolate, every good Easter celebration includes Easter eggs. Here, seven fun facts about the decorative eggs we love to hide. 1. Decorating eggs is an ancient traditi...
  • 5 Pastel Cocktails for Easter Brunch

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    From rum to tequila, here are five pastel drinks for an incredible Easter brunch. 1. Agricole-Guava CoolerRhum agricole has a grassy flavor that's delicious with floral guava nectar and Navan, a Cognac infused with black Madagascar vanilla. 2...
  • 10 of the Gooiest, Cheesiest Recipes from F&W Best New Chefs

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    F&W Best New Chefs are known for their elevated, precise, beautiful cooking. But that doesn’t mean they can’t also satisfy cravings with a seriously cheesy dish. Here, ten extra-gooey, cheesy recipes from F&W Best New Chefs. 1....
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  • The Last-Minute Saturday Night Reservation Guide

    Layla Khabiri
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The best tables for your Saturday night needs. Eater scanned through all NYC restaurants on OpenTable and Resy with reservations for two still available for tonight. Here's the best of the bunch: Open Table · Annisa (6:30)· Rubirosa (5:30) · The Modern (9:15) · Bâtard (7:30, 7:45) · Racines (6:45, 9:15)· Kin Shop (6:00, 6:15) · Somtum Der (6:15, 6:30) · Amali (7:00, 7:15) · Rotisserie Georgette (8:30, 8:45) · The Cecil (7:00, 9:15) Resy · Hill Country (7:30, 8:00) · Barchetta (7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00) · Aldea (7:30, 8:00, 8:30) · All'onda (7:30)…
  • 14 Excellent Doughnut Destinations in New York City

    Layla Khabiri
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Yeasted, cake and everything in between. New York is filled with doughnuts, but not all are created equal. There are far better ones out there than the average breakfast street cart, you just have to know where to look. So here's a guide to the best of them, from Bay Ridge to Harlem and all places in between. Whether you go for a classic glazed or something more high-end and out there, you'll find what you're looking for below. So without further ado, here are the 14 best places to get some deep fried goodness.
  • This Week's Top Stories on Eater NY

    Layla Khabiri
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    Check out the 10 most-read stories on Eater this past week. 1) Sushi Park, Pommes Frites Destroyed in Massive East Village Building Explosion [UPDATE] A terrible explosion ripped through 2nd Ave near 7th Street. It destroyed a few restaurants including Pommes Frites, Sushi Park, Sam's Deli, and injured numerous East Village residents, many of whom are still displaced from their homes. Scott Westerfield 2) Flushing's Kum Gang San Ordered to Pay $2.67 Million to 11 Employees Kum Gang San, a restaurant in Flushing was forced to pay $2.67 in back wages after employees filed suit against…
  • Bar Sardine Launches Brunch; L'Apicio Hosts Tex-Mex Pop-Up

    Layla Khabiri
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Plus, a Rockaway-themed lobster pop-up and Corner Social's three year anniversary brunch. WEST VILLAGE — Gabe Stulman's Bar Sardine is launching brunch this weekend. Expect dishes like smoked white fish toast with slow cooked egg and dill, root vegetable hash, and the burger from Fedora. Check out the full menu below. [EaterWire] EAST VILLAGE — L'Apicio's Gabe Thompson is hosting a Tex-Mex pop-up brunch tomorrow. Expect staples of Tex-Mex cuisine including breakfast tacos, frito pie, and plenty of queso. There's even tres leches cake for dessert. [Eaterwire] CHELSEA — On…
  • Could the Grand Banks Team Open a Restaurant in an Old Oyster Barge?

    Devra Ferst
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    They're restoring an 1880's oyster barge and bringing it to Red Hook. The team behind Grand Banks, the idyllic seasonal floating bar in Hudson on a restored 19th century schooner, may bring another floating restaurant to NYC. Alex and Miles Pincus and restaurateur Mark Firth recently acquired the last intact New York City oyster barge in the country. The 1880's barge has been docked in New Haven for some time, but the team plans to start dismantling it on Wednesday and moving it to Red Hook. The trio isn't quite sure what will become of it once it's moved and restored, but it may be…
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  • Snacks? Snakes?

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Sorta just back from Istanbul, I’m thinking there’s a great business opportunity close to the designer bar where the rich now eat like Death Row convicts. Someone should open the Guillotine Grill. With nose-to-ass cuisine.
  • Tuna warp

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Speaking of potential goldmines, airport chefs really need to invade Terminal One at JFK, as do a few of those trend trackers who rave about the food revolution beyond the get-there-crazy-early-so-we-don’t-all-die security. I was trapped for hours in the megastorm, waiting for Turkish Airlines to board, and the only crap on offer made the old [...]
  • Istanbul, just like I pictured it

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    I had to stop and take a snap after emerging from the stories-deep, gleaming-clean, efficient-and-cheap Metro and seeing this. To be fair, my lunch hostess the next day did say the place is wildly popular. She won’t go back, though, because “they’re too friendly — you walk in and eight people want to help you.” [...]
  • “After 10 minutes your chateau will be coming”

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Not fud except for the source, but: Traveling in the Obama era is always better than it was during the Reign of Error when we had to pretend to be Canadian or at least insist we were not Americano but New Yorkese. Still, it was illuminating to talk with a Northern Irishman in Turkey who [...]
  • Charging a phone on a kebab “cash register”

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    I could spend another week mulling how to make any of this amusing, but I just need to type these revelations from various conversations while I can still decipher the chicken scratches in my notebooks. –Thyroid cancer is apparently quite common in Turkey and “they think it’s because of Chernobyl.” I still remember the housewife [...]
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  • The bean doctor

    22 Mar 2015 | 8:59 pm
    I believe everyone should know how to doctor a can of beans. I also believe that, having said this, I have become my father. I also believe I would do anything, anything, absolutely anything to get R. Kelly’s "I Believe I Can Fly," which lodged itself in my head as I was typing those first two sentences, back out of my head again. Spread my wings and fly awaaaaaaaaaay I come from a family of
  • Doing it right

    13 Mar 2015 | 10:12 pm
    I believe in everyday cake. I may have remembered to floss four times last week, up from my usual count of zero. I may have had avocado toast one sunny morning at Vif, with za'atar, aleppo pepper, preserved Meyer lemon, and celery(!). I may have even rediscovered R.E.M.'s superlative Green after forgetting about it for twenty years and then sung along loudly and with feeling to "World Leader
  • While the house is quiet

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Today is our Sunday, and everyone but me is napping, sleepy after a lunch of cheese toast and cucumber salad. While the house is quiet, I should probably be doing tax paperwork and résumé reading and other sacred rituals of small business ownership, but: - I’ve never felt confident about picking favorites: my favorite movie, favorite song, favorite food, favorite whatever. I don’t have many
  • She knows

    22 Feb 2015 | 10:38 pm
    I first met Lecia a handful of years ago, and I can’t remember how. We saw each other around, and then one year, maybe 2011, she took a leap and invited us to her family’s New Year’s Day party. We stood on the deck and talked, and the sunlight was warm enough that I didn’t wear a coat. I guess that was the start of something, but for me, our friendship got its footing while I was pregnant and she
  • Et voila

    14 Feb 2015 | 10:13 am
    Yesterday morning, on my way into the restaurant, I stopped at the studio where I'm taking a pottery class and found that a little slab mug I made for June was out of the kiln and ready. I had glazed it in what was supposed to be a matte turquoise but came out more like forest green, and the handle was crooked, because I had rushed it. But in my hand, the glaze felt as smooth as a washed silk
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    Serious Eats

  • This Week in Recipes

    The Serious Eats Team
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Asparagus salad, oatmeal pancakes, and more! See everything we made this week at Serious Eats! Read More
  • This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

    Vicky Wasik
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    A martini taste test, a brand new stovetop, and some killer karaoke jams. See everything that went down this week at Serious Eats! VIEW SLIDESHOW: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters
  • 8 Nonalcoholic Drinks That'll Satisfy When You're Craving a Cocktail

    Maggie Hoffman
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    When you're craving a cocktail, plain old juice or soda just doesn't cut it. Luckily we've got an archive full of really good options; alcohol-free recipes that really make good cocktail substitutes. These eight drinks are remarkably complex, thanks to the thoughtful use of spices, tart vinegar, fruit, and nuts. Read More
  • Asparagus Ain't Sichuan, but Boy Does it Work in This Fiery Salad

    J. Kenji López-Alt
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Asparagus isn't exactly a Chinese ingredient, but that doesn't mean that it can't find a comfortable home in Chinese food. I've got no doubt that if asparagus were to grow in the cool, misty mountains near Chengdu, that we'd see it served as a cold green appetizer or side dish on menus in Sichuan. This recipe—cold and crunchy asparagus tossed with firm tofu in a fiery sweet-hot-sour vinaigrette—is really inspired by the host of cold or warm appetizers you find in Sichuan that make use of roasted chili oil, Sichuan peppercorns, and vinegar. Read More
  • Do the Hokey Pokey: How to Make Chocolate-Coated Honeycomb Candy

    Nila Jones
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:45 am
    Honeycomb is a delicious aerated caramel candy made with sugar, corn syrup, and baking soda that's also known as hokey pokey, cinder toffee, puff candy, and golden crunchers. It's quick to make and totally addictive, especially when coated with chocolate and salted peanuts. Here's how to make it. Read More
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    smitten kitchen

  • carrot graham layer cake

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    It has been 1 year, 6 months and 6 days since I last shared a recipe for a stacked, filled, and unconscionably indulgent layer cake on this site, an unforgivable oversight on my part. I certainly haven’t gone that long without sharing any cake recipes — I’m not a monster — but sometimes you need more than an Everyday Cake. Sometimes you need a great big celebratory ta-da in the center of your table. Sometime like now. Because the pastel-ed idea, if not the outdoor temperatures, of spring seems to have infected my existence and I’m not even fighting it — my…
  • baked chickpeas with pita chips and yogurt

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    Nothing against barbecue-style baked beans, all tangy sauced and full of smoky burnt end drippings — hi summer, get here quick please — but I hardly see why navy beans get to have all of the fun. Where are the baked kidney beans, black-eyed peas and gigantes? Baking is a phenomenal way to cook dried beans and a great way to make something more complex of canned ones; when you start considering flavors, the sky, nay, the globe is the limit. I want these red beans slow-baked in a big casserole, scooped with tortilla chips. I want baked black beans heaped over tostones, braised white…
  • the consolation prize (a mocktail)

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    In the almost six years since I last waddled around in the name of procreation — I know, I make it sound so glowy and glamorous — to my delight, two things in particular have changed: 1. You can now get maternity pants that have almost all of the dignity of regular ones, thanks to small elastic panels above each pocket that frankly would be as welcome the day after Thanksgiving as they are now that I’m approaching the six-month mark and people no longer believe me when I said I just had a really big lunch. (However, a New York-specific rule remains: you’re not actually…
  • potatoes with soft eggs and bacon vinaigrette

    16 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    I was going to offer today a kind of loose apology. “Sorry, guys, for all of the potatoes and eggs and utter randomness of recipes this winter,” and then shamelessly go onto blame this approaching third-trimester (ack, too soon) situation with its still-unpredictable food cravings I’m in but then I realized: this is actually nothing new. There isn’t a recipe in the almost 9 years and 975-deep archives on this site that hasn’t been fueled wholly by hankerings, usually arbitrary ones. Some people have lesson plans and editorial calendars, I have whims. It’s…
  • black bottom oatmeal pie

    12 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    Does anyone ever need an excuse to eat pie? Nobody we should be friends with, is my mantra. But, in an effort at inclusivity, here is a handy dandy excuse-finder, should you need a little convincing: Because it is not Friday yet. Because you probably woke up before you wanted to, and went to a job that even if you love, is still by definition something you wouldn’t do for free. Pie is an excellent consolation prize. Because yesterday felt like spring and everyone’s 3-month bad mood instantly evaporated. Today you needed a hat and gloves again. And a slice of pie, warmed just…
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  • Easter Breakfast Celebration

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Recipes for a relaxing holiday morning Food News For Christians, Easter is a time to rejoice. Lent is over, and for many, it’s the end of 40 days of self-sacrifice. Some may have given up meat, sweets or other food indulgences, and Easter marks the day they can bring some of those little foodie pleasures back to their plates.Our Easter breakfast menu will not have you sacrificing family time to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. We’re keeping things simple, so you have time to enjoy the springtime holiday. Our recipe for Breakfast Ham with Red-Eye Gravy is a variation of the…
  • Easy & Elegant Easter Brunch

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The Sides Shine On This Holiday Menu Food News Easter is April 5th This Year. We've got tasty ideas for a lovely Easter Brunch! Easter is April 5 this year--so get ready! Our philosophy at The Food Channel is, let the side dishes share the spotlight. Your family will love our sensational sides. Try any or all of these recipes. Mushroom-Spinach Strada Orange Roasted Asparagus Cheesy Stuffed Tomatoes Sweet Citrus Butter Just Heat Up the Ham. It’s hard to beat a spiral-sliced ham as a main dish, so our Easter Brunch menu starts there. You can get one of these premium hams at a Honey Baked…
  • The Performance Paleo Cookbook

    6 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    Author Stephanie Gaudreau Food News Dietitian and Fitness Expert Stephanie Gaudreau was forever being asked, "what do you eat at home?" so she decided to write a cookbook. In this Skype interviedw she talks to Food Channel's Joy Robertson about the book, the recipes, and the importance of keeping food satisfying while cooking healthy. Learn more about Stephanie by visiting her website, Stupid Easy Paleo.
  • Gluten-Free Eggos Offer New Choices

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    Food News We love finding validation for our trend reports! When we called out gluten-free as a food trend in 2011/2012 it was over the objection of some of our panelists who just couldn’t believe that food that didn’t taste good would ever take off. They’ve come around now—and this new product is one of the reasons: good taste and gluten-free have managed to meet. One of the latest gluten-free options is for breakfast. Eggo® has introduced the new Eggo Gluten Free Waffles. Like other Eggo products, they are ready to pop in the toaster, and come in two flavors…
  • McDonald’s Cuties Redefine Seasonal Nutrition

    23 Feb 2015 | 1:47 pm
    First Time a Fresh, Whole Fruit Offered at the Restaurants Food News It’s something we’ve been watching at The Food Channel®—how “eating seasonally” has been enhanced thanks to brands embracing the availability of seasonal foods. As in all cases of food trends, McDonald’s® is one of those brands to watch, and the availability of Cuties® is a great example. Cuties, also called clementines, are easy-to-peel, seedless, oranges that fit perfectly in a to-go meal plan. They are grown, like oranges, in sunny states such as California, where…
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    Greedy Gourmet

  • SPONSORED VIDEO: Knorr “Flavour of Home”

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    Funnily enough, I grew up with Knorr in South Africa. Back home we used to sprinkle Aromat products on all kinds of foods to give them a kick in flavour. Bottled salad dressings were and still are readily available and soup packets are widely used to this day across the country. Yet, it was only […]
  • One Canada Square Restaurant

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    By now I’ve become a fan of Ed and Tom Martin’s series of restaurants, dotted throughout London. Their menus might follow the same recipe but imagination and quality are always assured. You would have thought that a city restaurant would be dead over the weekend, as the numerous sushi and sandwich takeaway joints can attest […]
  • Curried Cauliflower with Yogurt

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:14 am
    Do you own a Tefal ActiFry? If so, what is your favourite go-to recipe? After for cooking for over 10 years, at least once a day, I have to admit my kitchen cupboards are bursting with all kinds of tools and gadgets. It’s not often that I get tempted by the latest gizmos inventors come […]
  • Smashed Cucumber Salad

    18 Feb 2015 | 4:40 am
    The Western world’s version of Chinese food tend to be on the heavy side. Start with something light, fresh and authentic. Chinese New Year is upon us. How are you planning on celebrating it? If you’re on a tight budget or the thought of eating an unhealthy load of MSG puts you off, then it’s […]
  • Cauliflower & Potato Soup

    12 Feb 2015 | 12:58 pm
    In the throes of winter, soup is always welcome. Here is something different. Soup, much like a fried egg, is difficult to get wrong. Unless you use dodgy ingredients or weird combinations, you should be able to come up with something palatable with the help of a stock cube. This is the first time cauliflower […]
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  • Schlutzkrapfen with Porcini, Browned Butter and Walnuts

    17 Mar 2015 | 1:28 am
    RECIPE OVERLOAD. That would be an apt description of what’s going on in my Evernote “to cook” folder. The dilemma: I can never just visit the virtual kitchens (aka blogs) of fellow food blogging friends, inevitably one or two tempting recipes get added to my Evernote folder each every time I’m out there. And I’m fairly certain I will never get around to cooking or baking them all. Sadly so.Read the rest of Schlutzkrapfen with Porcini, Browned Butter and WalnutsCopyright © 2015 delicious:days. Please contact
  • Meet REISEHUNGER, my 4th cookbook - including giveaway

    24 Feb 2015 | 5:54 am
    REISEHUNGER has been officially out for two weeks now and I couldn’t be happier with it. Friends, neighbours and complete strangers have sent me emails with the dishes they have cooked, or snapshots of my newest cookbook from the wild (aka bookstores).Read the rest of Meet REISEHUNGER, my 4th cookbook - including giveawayCopyright © 2015 delicious:days. Please contact
  • Lifesaver Noodles – With Cabbage & Carrots

    1 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    If you don’t mind 10 to 15 minutes of prep work, these noodles might save some hungry souls in your home, too. They can be dressed with almost every kind of semi-neglected vegetables in your fridge drawer, but the cabbage & carrot version is so good, this bowl has become the prime reason for me to drag home a head of pointed cabbage.Read the rest of Lifesaver Noodles – With Cabbage & CarrotsCopyright © 2015 delicious:days. Please contact
  • Almost there - Reisehunger, my 4th cookbook

    14 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    The very last weeks before the cookbook finally hits the shelves are my favorite. The work is done, no more pondering over whether you should change this or that, no emergency calls from your editor. Combined with the thrill of anticipation, it’s a wonderful, though slightly nervous feeling, that you can not really put your finger on.Read the rest of Almost there - Reisehunger, my 4th cookbookCopyright © 2015 delicious:days. Please contact
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    Grub Street New York

  • Grub Street’s Restaurant Power Rankings: A Cider Bar, High-End Hawaiian, and Comforting California Cooking

    Alan Sytsma
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Welcome to Grub Street's weekly survey of the most-talked-about, must-visit restaurants in New York City. The list below features spots both new and old ranked according to one important, ever-fluctuating (and admittedly subjective) metric: Who has the most buzz? Perhaps a famed chef has taken over the kitchen, or there's a new dish you absolutely must order. Maybe the restaurant is just brand-new, or the critics are raving about it. Whatever the reasons, these are the hottest restaurants in New York right now. 1. Little Park (Off last week) Andrew Carmellini's ingredient-focused restaurant…
  • New Noodle Technology: Now There’s Pasta That Doesn’t Require You to Pre-Boil Water

    Clint Rainey
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Does it take itself out of the box, too? Pasta giant Barilla understands that people these days don't have time to make their focaccia from scratch, or to painstakingly boil water for prepackaged spaghetti. That's why the company has introduced Pronto, a new line of pastas that don't require the cumbersome step of boiling water ahead of time. According to an instructional video, the Pronto process is simpler: Add 3 cups of cold water to a pot, add the pasta, turn the stove on high, then give the pasta 10 minutes with a perfunctory stir every now and then. As it cooks, the pasta absorbs the…
  • Soccer Bar Nevada Smith’s Is in Major, Major Debt

    Sierra Tishgart
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Happier times. It must be hard for Nevada Smith's to sustain business during off-years of the World Cup: The bar, which is known for broadcasting soccer games, owes a New Jersey bank about $150,000. Allegedly, the establishment took out a large loan and has since ignored demands for payment. Perhaps Nevada Smith's should sell one of its 14 plasma television screens, to start? [DNAinfo] Read more posts by Sierra TishgartFiled Under: trouble, east village, nevada smith's, new york
  • Brunch at Bar Sardine Launches Tomorrow, With This Bonkers Breakfast Sandwich

    Sierra Tishgart
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    You can have it all! Considering that Jeffrey's Grocery and Joseph Leonard are two of the most popular brunch spots in New York, it's safe to say that Gabriel Stulman's brunch at Bar Sardine will be a smash hit, too. The restaurant gets the best light and opens its garage-style doors in warmer weather — making it one of the loveliest places to dine when it's nice outside. The menu includes a mix of new dishes and Bar Sardine favorites: The Fedora Burger makes an appearance, as well as the grilled cheese, but there's also a roasted-mushroom quiche, a smoked-whitefish toast with a…
  • The Tex-Mex Trend Reaches Its Apotheosis at El Original, Opening Next Week in Hell’s Kitchen

    Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    The restaurant's fajita spread. If there is a single most misunderstood cuisine in the culinary melting pot that is New York, it might be Tex-Mex — or at least that’s the impression you get after hearing the laments of expats hungering for a properly sauced enchilada, an authentic chile con queso, or that Holy Grail, the breakfast taco. “The last time I ate Tex-Mex was in 2000,” says Ft. Worth native Michael Ginsberg, who still sounds scarred by the experience. “The sauce tasted like marinara.” Lisa Fain, Dallas-born cookbook writer and founder of…
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    The Passionate Foodie

  • Boston/New England Lamb Jam 2015

    Richard Auffrey
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Do you love lamb? Would you like the opportunity to taste numerous lamb dishes? Then maybe you should attend the New England Lamb Jam.On Sunday, April 12, twenty New England chefs and over 800 lamb lovers will gather at The Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge to kick off the 6th Annual Boston/New England Lamb Jam Global Flavors Tour, the annual multi-city culinary cook-off where attendees decide which chefs have earned their “chops” by voting on inspirational American lamb dishes. Competing for the titles of “Best in Show,” “People’s Choice” and “Best Mediterranean, Asian,…
  • Tavern Road: American Lamb

    Richard Auffrey
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    "Well, Clarice - have the lambs stopped screaming?"--Hannibal Lecter It's been a voyage around the world of lamb lately. Icelandic lamb, Australian lamb and American lamb. As a lamb lover, this sampling has been a culinary voyage of great delight. However, I know some people who dislike lamb, who think it tastes too gamey, and won't ever order it at a restaurant or cook it at home. I'm sure though they would enjoy lamb if it were prepared differently from what they've tasted before. Lamb is a versatile meat and can be showcased in so many, many ways. You merely need to be open to trying…
  • Thursday Sips & Nibbles

    Richard Auffrey
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting, upcoming food & drink events.. **********************************************************1)  Tavern Road will soon be turning two years old and it's time to celebrate. On Tuesday, March 31, starting at ^:30pm, the restaurant is throwing a birthday bash, complete with guest chefs, a six-course menu and an after party (which starts at 11pm).A few of the highlights of Chef Louis DiBiccari's street food inspired menu include:--Grilled chicken and black…
  • All About The Seafood Expo North America 2015

    Richard Auffrey
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    Last week, for three days, I donned my SCUBA gear and journeyed through the waters of the Seafood Expo North America (SENA). Singing the Fish Heads song, I waded down aisle after aisle, listening to the tales of the fish, sampling the abundant bounty of the sea. And during that time, and for the last week, I've been penning the stories I have discovered, sharing interesting information about the Seafood Expo. It's been fun.In addition, the 5th Annual iPura Tweet & Blogfest with Triple Pundit at #SENA15 is winding down, and was supposed to end at midnight on March…
  • SENA15: Final Ponderings

    Richard Auffrey
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    “The sea can bind us to her many moods, whispering to us by the subtle token of a shadow or a gleam upon the waves, and hinting in these ways of her mournfulness or rejoicing. Always she is remembering old things, and these memories, though we may not grasp them, are imparted to us, so that we share her gaiety or remorse.”--H.P. Lovecraft It's time to wind down my coverage of the Seafood Expo North America, though I assure you that I will continue to write about seafood issues, including matters that inspired by what I learned or discovered at the Expo. Every Tuesday, you can look forward…
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  • Practical Ways to Speed-up Home Cooking

    9 Mar 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Time is a valuable resource so it is necessary to use it wisely in everything we do. How long do you fix breakfast or dinner? Families definitely enjoy better home cooked foods rather than those bought in restaurants or fast food chain. As they say, there is no place like home and this is true even with meals. For home chefs, it is necessary to know the shortcuts in cooking to save time especially when you also have to go to work or you just got home. The extra time saved from pressure cooking could be spent for other tasks. You can read more article Best Electric Pressure Cooker Reviews.
  • My Favorite Pressure Cooker recipes (Part 1)

    12 Feb 2015 | 10:30 pm
    This is my favorite pressure cooker recipes list. Thank you my friend form for these awesome recipes. Email me if you guys have any great recipes. Don’t be shy!  Cheer! Thai Red Curry Prawn Risotto Ingredients 1 onion quartered 2 spring onions sliced 2 garlic cloves crushed 1 tablespoon red curry paste 2 carrots sliced 1 red capsicum sliced 500 grams raw prawns 400mls coconut milk 600mls chicken stock 2 cups Arborio rice Directions: Fry onion, spring onions and garlic in a little peanut oil, add capsicum and carrot and fry for a few minutes while stirring…
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  • a simple crusty white, revisited

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    The learning curve on my flatbreads has flattened out; I'm giddy with my results.  They've become a regular accompaniment to our Indian fare and Frankie's lunches.  Whenever I spin off into a niche, I inevitably learn a new albeit subtle technique and am able to apply it to other areas, parlaying a history of nifty personal tricks.What I learned most recently is the value of baking on a cast iron surface while using my 15" diameter low ridge castiron pan (Amazon).  It lives in my oven now.  The color and weight of a bake surface has a profound effect on a baked…
  • some bean tips

    7 Mar 2015 | 4:24 pm
    I've been preoccupied with cooking legumes for about the past year.  Fortuitously, in the middle of that period, I got to spend a couple weeks in Bangalore eating lots of beans.  I left there with wonderful memories of my favorite bean dish, dal mahkani, a spiced butttery, tomatoey mix of urad dal and kidney beans.  Drawers in our kitchen now overflow with masoor dal, lentils, kidney beans, navy beans, black and white chana, black eyed peas, black beans, etc.  Beans are a big part of our diet. This exploration into beans started when Indian coworkers tried to impress…
  • naan

    9 Feb 2015 | 11:21 am
    As far as I've read or experienced, I don't know the difference between naan and pita bread.  Regarding ingredients, they are both enriched, leavened (w yeast) flat breads.  The enrichment is often milk, butter and/or yogurt (@CocktailStat even uses sour cream!) and sweetener honey or sugar.  Regarding method, pita is often baked while naan is supposed to be made in a tandoor oven.   The other significant difference is in form, pita is thicker and naan often much thinner so as to use as a flexible scoop for food.I've posted on this type of flatbread a million times - I…
  • pizza, with crackly crust

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    Past couple weeks we've had the occasion to eat pizza at Tommy's Pizza and Subs on OSU's campus.  It's an interesting pizza, super thin crackly crust with layers of crackly goodness.  I think it's similar to Rubino's and Clintonville Pizza (some time ago, recently CP changed and their pizza is awful).  We observed, in the basement of Tommy's is a sheeter, I've also seen one in Cville Pizza, so I figured this had something to do with the texture of the crust. If one searches for this crust style using terms like "thin," "crackly," etc. results are filled with various dough…
  • popovers (yet again)

    10 Jan 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Popovers - 3 ingredients (not including salt).  This is a food challenge I dream of.  Last time I spun out of control in pursuit of this ethereal delicacy it was for a friendsgiving in 2012.  Despite some good batches, I still realized too much of the dreaded post bake popover collapse. I was inspired to resurrect this battle after an episode of @GuyFieri's TripleD (I happen to be Guy's only fan in the world, I watch marathon sessions of TripleD Friday nights).  A cook in a diner made gruyere and pepper popovers that looked fantastic and demonstrated a prep in which I…
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  • Oh, that Beth Rosen!

    MJ Tam
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:33 pm
    How we normally are. For real! HihiFebruary may be a short month, but I packed it up with so many projects and I am tired and at the same time still walking around with the happy intoxication of it all. My list of "must blog about" here in SugarMyBowl is getting longer, but before I dig myself out of even deeper ground, I'd like to take a moment and talk about my business partner, Beth Rosen. On February 17th, Beth and I held our 3rd annual Women Driving Excellence (not to mention that this was just one of the many other projects we are also currently working on). The day went by…
  • Surprise! We got her good!

    MJ Tam
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:24 pm
    My youngest child turned 8 years old a few days ago and it just dawned on my husband and me that we've never given her a birthday party with her friends before. Sure - we celebrate it with family every year, but we've never planned one outside of the home just like what we did with our older boys. No need to tell you that we went all out especially with our firstborn. I'm sure many of you can relate!So yeah, guilt made me decide to throw her an impromptu party with her friends. First off, I needed something quick and easy but still fun for the kids. Something I can manage while I happen to be…
  • Bring On The Blizzard!

    MJ Tam
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:06 pm
    It was a perfect Sunday for us. My kids and I couldn't wait to get dumped on with snow! Just a few blocks from our house is a big beautiful hill that has brought in so much fun for the kids. We go there for kiting on summers and sledding on winters! As soon as we heard  of a major blizzard forecast coming to the city, we started gathering our gears and even called friends to meet there. Today's snow did not disappoint (has been snowing non-stop for the last 24 hours) and to make things even more perfect for the kids - their school called off tomorrow! SNOW DAY!We're supposed to end…
  • All About The Books - No Trouble!

    MJ Tam
    30 Dec 2014 | 4:52 pm
    My Bedside TableIt's been awhile since I've bought actual books for myself. As in YEARS! All the books I am devouring currently are on my iPad downloaded through iTunes. I miss it. Books. Real books. The feel and look of the cover, the flipping of pages, and the intoxicating scent of the book's ink, adhesive, and paper combined. Probably one of the big reasons why I can never clear my bedside stack of books. Strange as it may sound, at times I crack one open just to sniff. I should move them to the bookshelves with the rest of books. No, not just yet.Yesterday I started sorting through them.
  • My Girl

    MJ Tam
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    The kids are now home on Christmas vacation and also FINALLY well from the terrible wrath of cold and cough that the whole family endured for over 2 weeks. Glad to finally kick sickness' booty off this household!So yesterday was truly the first day I was able to take my little girl out all to myself. The boys were busy playing with their friends so off I went to swoop my little miss to our Girls Day. It won't be long now before she find girlfriends to hang out with and so I'm enjoying every single second of this. One day I'd like to go on a mini-vacation with her. Maybe when she becomes a…
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    Cooking with Friends Blog

  • Not even a little bit Irish but I love St. Patrick’s Day
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    I’m a holiday kind of girl, especially when it comes to food and any chance I can get to make something new or different I’ll take it! Of course I’ll have a corned beef simmering all day in my slow cooker, some buttered cabbage and Irish soda bread muffins (maybe made with mini chocolate chips instead of currants!) and there will also be green bagels! What is life if you can’t celebrate the fun!
  • The Go-To-House
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    I seem to be the go-to house on Fridays which thrills me since I love the hustle and bustle of kids, the shrill of teenage girls and the buzzing of video games from the boys an ideal backdrop to a week’s finale. Nothing makes me happier to hear that my daughter’s friends tweet that “Sofia’s mom makes the best food” or when I overhear that my house is the place everyone wants to hang out after school.
  • Homemade Valentine’s Day Treats
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:40 am
    Maybe it’s because Valentine’s Day is my birthday,  but I take the holiday quite seriously when it comes to expressing love through something sweet. And though I could certainly go to a confectioners shop and get my kids their treats, nothing is more appreciated than something homemade from mom.
  • Have a “Souper” Start to 2015
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:10 pm
    It’s only the first week of the New Year and I’m already feeling frenzied as I try to fit everything in. There’s no need to define “everything” since you have your own “everything” going on. I’m just jam packed this week, overwhelmed and spinning in circles.
  • Holiday Cookies Galore
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I’m not sure how time has flown quite the way it has, but it’s already holiday cookie time and another year will soon come to a sweet end. An end-of-year tradition continued for me, as my friends and I gathered this past Sunday at my house to ice and decorate cut out sugar cookies.
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  • The Recipe of the Day app — Cooking inspiration from Williams-Sonoma

    Culinate staff
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    We’re pleased to announce the arrival of the Williams-Sonoma Recipe of the Day app — our just-released offering for iPad and iPhone. Elegant to behold and simple to manage, Recipe of the Day delivers you one delicious, seasonally matched, Williams-Sonoma recipe for every day of the week, 365 days a year.Recipe of the Day is a subscription-based app; purchase a subscription, and you’ll receive recipe inspiration on an ongoing basis. The base app, available on the App Store, gives you 28 recipes to whet your appetite: recipes from the previous two weeks, this week, and — delivered on…
  • Joy of Cooking app — A new tool for the kitchen

    Kim Carlson
    5 Jun 2014 | 2:36 pm
    We are pleased to announce the Joy of Cooking app for iPad — the latest Culinate app, now available on Apple's App Store. But as is the case with all of the Culinate apps, this one isn’t just our baby; it is the result of a multi-year collaboration with the Joy of Cooking Trust and Scribner, the book’s publisher.Self-published in 1931 by the inimitable Irma Rombauer and updated in subsequent editions by her descendants — Marion Becker, Ethan Becker, and now, John Becker — Joy of Cooking is one of the preeminent cookbooks in the United States. We couldn’t be more happy to have…
  • Welcome to the Culinate archives — An update

    Kim Carlson
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:46 am
    For seven years beginning in January 2007, Culinate was updated frequently; however, at this time we are no longer adding content to the website. We hope now that you will explore our rich and varied archives. Within those archives you’ll find thousands of recipes — from our kitchens, but also from our contributors and from cookbooks we’ve enjoyed. You’ll also find stories related to home cooking and food choices; essays about eating and cooking; summaries of current news stories about food; and interviews with notable people in the world of food. There are reviews and excerpts of…
  • Kale in the raw — Eight versions of kale salad

    Erika Szymanski
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:51 am
    Sure, some people are so over kale already. (Bacon, too.) But kale (like bacon) is incredibly versatile. Which makes me believe that the hardy green is well on its way to becoming a staple in our diets.I agree that kale chips are fun, and kale-stuffed lasagne makes for a nice change. And I’ll always throw a handful into soups. But kale salad is my core dish. I can whip up a big bowl after the farmer’s market on Saturday and have portions of yummy nourishment for nearly the whole week. more… from The Culinate 8
  • All clear! — Rhode Island clear clam chowder

    Adam Ried
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:57 am
    For most of us, the words “clam chowder” instantly conjure the same image: a bowl of white, milky broth with chopped clams and plenty of potatoes. And that’s exactly what you’ll get when you order a bowl throughout most of coastal New England, the chowder epicenter of America. more… from Adam’s Rib
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    Food Gal

  • Umpqua — Oatmeal with a Funny Name and a Great Taste

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
      Umpqua. Say it with me now, “ump-kwah.” Not that you need to be able to pronounce it to enjoy this premium single-serve oatmeal product. Named for the valley of the same moniker in Southern Oregon, it’s where this oatmeal product was developed by a couple of moms who were tired of feeding their kids mass-produced oatmeal packets that contained
  • An Abundance of Oregano

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
      At this time of year, it inevitably happens: The attack of the oregano. What started as a teeny-tiny seedling planted years ago has taken on a life of its own — growing with abandon into a dense bush that would over take everything else in my small backyard if I let it. Sure, I’ve killed hardy cactus, gone through
  • Din Tai Fung to Open Its First Bay Area Location, Blue Bottle Comes to Palo Alto & More

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    Din Tai Fung To Open at Valley Fair Shopping Center The news that rocked my food world? The announcement that Din Tai Fung, the dumpling-house darling, will open at Westfield Valley Fair in San Jose this winter. Publicists have confirmed that the popular Taiwanese chain will open a locale here, making it the first one in Northern California. The only
  • A Whale of A Meal at La Balena in Carmel-By-The-Sea

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
      There are many reasons to adore Carmel-by-the-Sea. It’s as picturesque as it gets, full of romance, and boasts a white sand beach that just begs you to doff your sandals and relax a long while. Now, I have another reason to love it: La Balena. The three-year-old restaurant is owned by Emanuele Bartolini, who used to work front-of-the-house for
  • Noodle Bowls Are A Breeze with Oakland’s Nona Lim

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
      Bowls of brothy noodles are the ultimate comfort dish. But you can work yourself into a tizzy in the time and care it takes to create one from scratch. Oakland’s Nona Lim makes it easy to enjoy your favorite Asian noodle bowl in a flash. Lim grew up in Singapore, and worked as a consultant in the tech industry,
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    How To Cook Like Your Grandmother

  • How To Freeze Cinnamon Rolls To Bake Later

    Drew Kime
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Having overnight guests is a great excuse to make a big batch of cinnamon rolls. But sometimes you only want one or two. With a little advance planning, this recipe will keep you in fresh-baked rolls for weeks. The post How To Freeze Cinnamon Rolls To Bake Later appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Roundup

    Drew Kime
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    This post originally ran in March, 2012. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve put together this collection of traditional Irish dishes. And if anyone points out that these are all American traditions and not Irish, I will send that leprechaun up above over to puke on your head. So on with the recipes! Corned […] The post St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Roundup appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • How To Make Mall-style Cinnamon Rolls

    Drew Kime
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Do you like small, reasonably-sized cinnamon rolls? Use the recipe I just linked to. Want those big, unreasonable ones they sell at the mall? I got you covered. The post How To Make Mall-style Cinnamon Rolls appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • How To Make Mexican Chicken Wraps

    Drew Kime
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    What's the difference between a burrito and a "wrap"? Beans, I think. That's about the only difference I can see. That and wraps are usually cold, although not always. This version - a special request from the 12-year-old - really is some refried beans short of being a cold burrito. The post How To Make Mexican Chicken Wraps appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • How to Make Chocolate Sugar Cookies

    Drew Kime
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Ever wonder how they make cookies in all those cool shapes? They punch them out through a template. Did you know you can do the same thing at home? Yup, and it's pretty easy, too. Oh, but you don't have to use a cookie press with this recipe. You can just roll them out and use a cookie cutter. The post How to Make Chocolate Sugar Cookies appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
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    Laylita's Recipes

  • Shrimp and corn chowder {Locro de camarón y choclo}

    Layla Pujol
    8 Mar 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Easy and quick shrimp and corn chowder recipe with a Latin touch. This shrimp chowder soup is inspired by the traditional Ecuadorian locro potato soup and is made with shrimp, corn, potatoes, seafood broth, milk/cream, onion, garlic, celery, annatto. The post Shrimp and corn chowder {Locro de camarón y choclo} appeared first on Laylita's Recipes.
  • Grilled salmon and avocado salad

    Layla Pujol
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Easy recipe for a grilled salmon and avocado salad with a spicy cumin lime cilantro dressing. The post Grilled salmon and avocado salad appeared first on Laylita's Recipes.
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    Bake or Break

  • Herbed Popovers

    Jennifer McHenry
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    Perfect popovers have eluded me for years. I've tried a few times, but I could never get them to turn out well. Lately, though, I've been thinking it was time to give them another shot. And I'm happy to say I have found a great go-to recipe for amazing popovers! I looked at so many recipes (so many) in my attempt to find one that I thought would be "the one." Not surprisingly, I found the big winner with King Arthur Flour. I am so pleased with these beauties! And now I want to share that recipe with you and give you some tips to make sure your popovers are a success! The first and most…
  • Mini Coconut Cakes

    Jennifer McHenry
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    There's something about spring that makes me want to make everything with coconut. Of course, being the only coconut fan in our home makes it tough to justify going coconut crazy. I do not need to be left alone with a whole bunch of coconut goodness! But this weekend was Quinn's birthday, and he was happily enjoying a little cheesecake as well as a birthday cake I made for the occasion. So it seemed like the perfect time to sneak in a little coconut treat. This recipe uses unsweetened coconut, which I am liking more and more these days. It gives you the great flavor of coconut without the…
  • Cookie Butter No-Bake Cheesecake

    Jennifer McHenry
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    Several weeks ago, Quinn suggested that I make a cheesecake using one of his favorite things - speculoos cookies. I added that to my baking list, where it lingered for quite a while. But with his birthday coming up this weekend, I decided now was the time for this dessert to make its debut. In case you aren't familiar with speculoos cookies, they are sweet, crunchy cookies filled with lots and lots of spices. And as if the cookies aren't enough, there's also speculoos cookie butter. It's a creamy, spreadable jar of deliciousness made from those tasty cookies. Knowing how much Quinn loves the…
  • Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Jennifer McHenry
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    I am firmly in the camp that there's no such thing as "too much chocolate." I'd be perfectly happy enjoying even just a bite of chocolate every single day. If you're a fellow member of that camp, you'll love these Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies as much as I do. With both cocoa powder and chocolate chips in the mix, you'll get a double dose of chocolate. And that suits me just fine. For those times when only a chocolate treat will do, these cookies are just the thing! These chocolate gems are nice and fudgy. Be sure not to over-bake them so you get that soft, fudgy awesomeness. It can be a…
  • Best Easter Desserts

    Jennifer McHenry
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    To me, Easter desserts should be a little taste of springtime. I want to see bright, happy desserts! Cool, creamy pies. Maybe a bit of fruit. Beautiful cakes. Of course, I can't resist tossing in a little chocolate, too. Here are some of my favorite desserts to make for Easter. I hope you'll find some baking inspiration here. Enjoy! And happy Easter! Butterscotch Pudding Pie with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust Lemon Cream Tarts Banana Pudding Chocolate Mousse Tart with Glazed Nuts Butter Pecan Cake Chewy Chess Tart Pecan Layer Cake with Banana Icing Blueberry Cake with Toasted Coconut Topping…
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    Skinny Chef

  • What Are The Healthiest Sources of Carbohydrates?

    Jennifer Iserloh
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Carbohydrates are fuel for metabolism. Chemical reactions in cells require fuel. Muscles, from heart to digestive system to biceps and quads all use carbohydrate, in the form of glucose. Brain cells need twice the energy as other cells. The brain runs almost exclusively on glucose, using up about 20 percent of your daily calorie needs. Because glucose is so critical to brain function, your body maintains blood glucose above a certain level, with a complex set of hormone signaling systems. Carbohydrate in food comes in two forms: sugar and starch. The basic building blocks of both are simple…
  • Why Do Carbs Get A Bad Rap?

    Jennifer Iserloh
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    Carbohydrates are made up of sugar molecules. We often call starchy and fibrous foods “carbs”, but carbohydrates are found in many different foods like fruit, dairy, beans, whole grain pasta, and candy. Why do carbs get a bad rap? Carbs turn to a simple sugar such as glucose in your body, elevating your blood sugar levels. So what? Well, folks at risk for diabetes and heart disease care and those of us who like our bodies to burn fat at a normal rate. So are carbs bad for you? The simple answer is no. But you have to understand that not all carbs are created equal. Let’s…
  • Healthy Low Carb Snacks

    Jennifer Iserloh
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    On this edition of “really big snack”, I want to talk about carbs. When the “carb free” craze came out a few years ago, I ignored it. For one, I love bread, pizza, crackers and I know that if you make them yourself with whole grains they can be really healthy. That said, when it comes to snacking, most people reach for carb-based snacks because they are fast to prepare and there are a lot of store-bought options. There is one really big ‘downer’ though, that is almost a “hidden” downside to high carb snacks, even when they are made with whole grains: A lot of people…
  • How America Spends on Food and Beverages

    Jennifer Iserloh
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    The post How America Spends on Food and Beverages appeared first on Skinny Chef.
  • Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Pasta

    Jennifer Iserloh
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:56 pm
    In this video, I’ll take a gourmet pasta dish and sneak in some healthier alternative ingredients without sacrificing any of the flavor. It’s part of my Healthy Cheats video series on the Livestrong Woman channel on Youtube. Every Tuesday, I’ll show you the healthier version of the good life, taking your favorite indulgent recipes and remaking them into healthy and fulfilling dishes. So, with that introduction: What decadent treat would you like to see made the Healthy Cheats way? Leave your questions, comments and responses below. The post Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Pasta…
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  • Meatballs and Marinara Recipe

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    Preparing meatballs and marinara sauce is a great idea for dinner. This recipe does require a little bit of effort but it is well worth it. The homemade marinara sauce uses crushed tomatoes and gets a lot of its flavor from onion, garlic, oregano and basil. The meatballs use classic Italian ingredients such as parmesan cheese, Italian sausage, hamburger, and parsley. The meatballs are browned in the oven so there is no need to fry them in hot oil. After the meatballs are browned they are placed into the marinara sauce to simmer until fully cooked. This recipe will make about 8 to 10 servings,…
  • Walking Taco Casserole Recipe

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    This walking taco casserole combines your favorite ingredients from a walking taco into a delicious casserole. Taco meat is layered in a baking dish with Frito chips, cheddar cheese soup and shredded Mexican cheese blend. Once the casserole has finished baking, it is topped off with lettuce and tomato. If you want to add some beans to this dish, you can mix refried beans or black beans right in with the ground beef mixture. You can serve this recipe with sour cream and salsa if you would like. Enjoy. Walking Taco Casserole Yield: 4 Servings Ingredients: 1lb ground beef 1 (1.25 ounce) package…
  • Shrimp Po’ Boy Recipe

    18 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    The Po’ boy originated in Louisiana and consists of a type of meat such as beef or shrimp served on French bread. For this Po’ Boy the type of meat is fried shrimp. The sandwich is loaded with fried shrimp, lettuce, tomato, pickles and a sauce. The shrimp is coated with an egg and flour mixture and then fried in the deep-fryer. The sauce, called Remoulade Sauce, gets a lot of its flavor from ingredients such as mayonnaise, horseradish, and pickle relish. If you do not want to make the sauce, simply using mayonnaise will work as well. The French bread is toasted in the oven to give this…
  • Tuna Grilled Cheese Recipe

    16 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    An excellent choice in preparing food for Lent is a tuna grilled cheese sandwich. This grilled cheese is so easy to prepare and consists of very few ingredients. In this recipe, canned tuna is mixed with mayonnaise, green onion and lemon juice. You can experiment with different types of breads and cheeses for this recipe if you wish. Some good options for breads would be wheat, multigrain or pumpernickel. The cheddar cheese can easily be replaced with Swiss or American. The ingredients are only enough to make one sandwich, but you can easily double or triple them to make more servings. I like…
  • Million Dollar Spaghetti Recipe

    12 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    I always enjoy a good spaghetti recipe and this Million Dollar Spaghetti is great. This spaghetti is baked in the oven in a casserole dish. Noodles are topped with butter and a cream cheese mixture, spaghetti sauce, and cheese. For the spaghetti sauce, I have included a simple sauce recipe but you could also use your favorite homemade sauce or store bought sauce. You can substitute the ground beef with Italian sausage if you would prefer. You can also replace the cheddar cheese with mozzarella or an Italian cheese blend might be good on this casserole. I like to serve this recipe with garlic…
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  • happy weekend!

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    You guys!  This week got away from me.  It was an amazing one, but one that left me with exactly zero time for blogging.  Boo!  Next week, I’ll be back on track. What do y’all have planned this weekend?  I am super excited about ours — Chad’s brother, his wife, and their two-year-old son are coming to Houston for a visit!  Bear met his cousin Evan at Christmas, but he’s so much bigger and more aware of everything now, and I’m super excited for them to actually get to play together!  We got them on FaceTime a few weeks ago…
  • our next vacay…

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    So, in October, Chad and I took off for a few days (solo!) in Mexico, leaving Bear with three grandparents to take care of him.  I was so nervous before the trip — I almost canceled it completely a week before we left, because I couldn’t handle the thought of leaving our baby, even for a few days — but it ended up being such a wonderful experience.  As Bear approaches the one-year mark, a lot has changed.  Our life feels and looks completely different from the way it was before he arrived, but at this point… we’ve adjusted.  We’re used…
  • spotlight on: julie’s baby girl nursery

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:43 am
    When my friend Julie posted a snapshot of her nursery for her soon-to-be baby girl, my jaw dropped.  Four seconds later, I had recovered enough to text her and ask if I could feature it on Sugarlaws — that’s how beautifully she designed this room. Thankfully for you guys, she agreed, and I couldn’t be happier with how the photos turned out.  I’d love to feature more of our friends and family on Sugarlaws — there are so many beautiful home, style, and mothering tips that are way beyond what I could dream up, and sometimes it feels selfish to keep them to…
  • bear’s first rodeo

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:28 am
    In case you don’t happen to live in Texas, let me explain: The Rodeo is a Big. Deal. Like, we are talking, shut-down-entire-sections-of-a-four-million-person-city-just-because-of-Rodeo-traffic kind of big deal.  At this time of the year, it’s all people can talk about, and whether you’re going once, twice, or every single day for three weeks (hey, not judging, I promise), the Rodeo is kind of the ultimate destination in Houston in March. So, even though we were facing a rainy, gray morning, my friend Ellie and I decided to pack up our kiddos and head over.  And,…
  • metro line

    11 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    You know one thing that I really miss about New York?  Public transportation. It wasn’t always the most glamorous way to get around, but man, the New York subway was a huge melting pot of people, schedules, sections of the city, and just about anything else you can imagine.  Chad and I had about a half hour commute because we were going from the West Village to our law firms in Midtown, and when we first moved in together, we used to split the morning paper between the two of us.  (I’d get Fashion & Style, Arts, Opinion, and Travel, and he’d get World…
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    The Fresh Loaf

  • A tip of the hat to JoeCox2 and other meanderings

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    A tip of the hat to JoeCox2 and other meanderingsSubmitted by PMcCool on March 28, 2015 - 2:43pm.First, a shout-out to JoeCox2 for alerting TFLers to KitchenAid having made their NSF-rated KSM7990 mixer (refurbished) available for less than $400, with free shipping at that.  I had been on the fence for some time about a replacement for my KitchenAid K5SS mixer, which makes all kinds of unpleasant noises even when running with no load.  While lusting for something like a Haussler spiral mixer, I was put off by the notion of shelling out more than $2000 for a single-purpose machine even…
  • Troubles with Einkorn

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Troubles with Einkorn Submitted by teaman4077 on March 28, 2015 - 1:28pm.Hi all,I am an amateur baker, and have been experimenting with sourdough for the last two years or so.  Some time ago, I started baking with 100% home milled einkorn flour, partially for the taste and partially for the challenge.  I have struggled on and off with the occasional breakthrough to improve rising and handling of the dough, but I am finally feeling that some input from all of your experience might really make a difference for me.  My primary issue is the slackness and stickiness of the dough after bulk…
  • Options for steam injection bread oven for 10-15 loaves

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Options for steam injection bread oven for 10-15 loavesSubmitted by brian944 on March 28, 2015 - 1:20pm.Hi guys, I'm trying to take my production output to the next level and get a semi pro or professional grade steam injected deck oven. Looking to be able to bake 10-15 loaves at a time. Could anyone give me a few solid options for model numbers or brands to look into? Thanks!
  • My current attempt at baguettes

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    My current attempt at baguettesSubmitted by Broetchenmaedchen on March 28, 2015 - 1:20pm.Hello everyone,Today I am making my second attempt at homemade baguettes, this time with a poolish. I will let you know how they turn out. I made a batch a few days ago without the poolish, and they were pretty tasty. The only thing I am not liking about the recipes I have used thus far is the dough seems to be awfully slack. I don't remember the dough being this loose in my previous culinary training. Of course then again, I don't believe we ever used a poolish. Oh, I should mention I am using Jeffrey…
  • Stuffed Focaccia with spinach, almonds and olives

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    Stuffed Focaccia with spinach, almonds and olivesSubmitted by victoriamc on March 28, 2015 - 9:07am.I had some time in the kitchen and came up with this stuffed focaccia bread, it turned out pretty good.  Details can be found
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    The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond

  • Weekend Pot Giveaway!

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    Today, because it’s Friday, because Easter is next weekend, and because I love ya, I’m giving away 3 Le Creuset 7 1/4 quart dutch ovens in this gorgeous “Cassis” color. This pot will take you far in life! TO ENTER To enter the giveaway, just answer the following question in the Comments section of this post: “If you could have dinner tonight with one person from throughout the history of time, whom would it be?” I love this question and ask it from time to time: If you could choose any dinner guest in the universe, whom would you select? Would it be a…
  • Zucchini Noodles

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    If you’ve never tried zucchini noodles, take note: They’re delicious! A light alternative to pasta, and while I add a simple tomato/garlic sauce here, you can pretty much do any sauce you’d normally put on pasta. So dang delightful and so fun to make! (Note: There are machines available that cut the zucchini into thin spaghetti-like noodles called “zoodles,” and those are delicious, too. I don’t happen to have one of those, so I go old school with the vegetable peeler. Either way is delicious!)   Using a vegetable peeler, cut the zucchini into long, thin…
  • Crazy Coffee

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I was working on my new cookbook. My friend Andy was helping me prep food and get things organized, and to charge me up for what was about to become an epic day of cooking, he made me a concoction he referred to as BULLETPROOF® Coffee. He’d seen it on Jimmy Fallon or Jimmy Kimmel or one of those late night shows, and he knew I’d be interested in trying it since coffee is my life. I took a sip. My eyes widened. I took another sip and said, “Oh…my…gosh.” I took another sip and cried, “WHAT IS THIS?” And then he told me what…
  • Chicken Broccolini with Mustard Cream Sauce

    19 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    (Note from PW: I have partnered with Land O’ Lakes for this post.) Oh, boy…is this ever good! I’ve made breaded chicken breasts stuffed with all sorts of delicious ingredients throughout the course of my 46.2 years on this earth: mushrooms, ham, cheese, spinach, and other various things. But this variety, stuffed with delicious broccolini and topped with a creamy mustard-and-brandy sauce, is definitely my current fave. So much flavor going on, and it can be elegant enough for company or casual enough for just a weeknight meal. Bonus: This recipe not only tastes good, but also…
  • Healthy Green Smoothie

    17 Mar 2015 | 4:37 am
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Rather than share a decadent Shamrock Shake or a moist-and-delicious Guinness Cake or other drippy, sinful St. Paddy’s Day treat, I thought I’d be a rebellious little leprechaun and share a simple, relatively healthy green smoothie for those among us who are in the mood! This smoothie would go great with a Shamrock Shake, by the way…) (Ha.)   Start by adding a heap of yogurt to the blender. This is plain Greek yogurt, but you can use vanilla Greek yogurt, regular vanilla yogurt, or any flavor of yogurt (including yogurt containing fruit)…
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    This Mama Cooks! On a Diet™

  • Chocolate & Banana Smoothie. Clean up by Bounty with Dawn!

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    I love making healthy smoothies in my Blentec Blender. It’s just a matter of combining healthy ingredients like my favorite chocolate alternative milk, a banana, some ice cubes, and a scoop of nut or seed butter and you have a delicious frozen smoothie recipe. But what I don’t like is the cleanup! Inevitably, I’ve spilled some smoothie down the side of the glass, so there are rings all over the table. Or I’ve spilled some smoothie out of the blender jar all over the counter trying to get that last little bit out. So when the folks at Bounty asked me to try out their new Bounty…
  • Pork and Broccoli Stir Fry

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    I’m always on the look out for recipes like stir fry that you make in one pan or skillet. That’s why I have a Pinterest board – One Pot Meals – devoted to it. So I was thrilled that this month’s recipe from Holly Clegg is for Pork and Broccoli Stir Fry from her Eating Well To Fight Arthritis cookbook. While I love going out for Chinese food, preparing stir fry is so much healthier when done at home. Also, If you’re gluten free, it’s nearly impossible to avoid gluten if you’re going out to eat at Asian restaurants. So it’s always better to prepare stir fry at home – or to…
  • Mac & Cheese with Root Vegetables & Pancetta

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    On a recent family trip, we stopped at a fantastic brew pub in Charlottesville, North Carolina that offered a variety of gourmet mac and cheese dishes that combined pasta, three cheeses, and ingredients like Virginia ham, crab, and apples. My husband was surprised that neither of the kids ordered any of these fancy mac and cheese dishes. Instead, they decided to have burgers. I wasn’t surprised as Nathan and Lucie are the type of kids who prefer their mac and cheese out of a box. Their favorite is Horizon® Mac & Cheese, and we usually make it when daddy isn’t coming home for dinner.
  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with healthy green foods!

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    I’m not Irish by any stretch of the imagination. But my parents thought it was important to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as an American holiday. My father was born in England, but grew up in Brooklyn. As a New Yorker, he knew how important the Irish were to that city, and always made sure we wore green on that day. My mother, being a French immigrant, just thought St. Patrick Day was another American holiday like Thanksgiving. She embraced it wholeheartedly and made sure to serve something green at dinner, usually a green Jell-O dish for dessert or even dyed green boiled potatoes! My mom…
  • How to make a gluten free Easter basket

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:23 am
    Wondering what gluten free Easter candy is safe to place in your child's Easter basket?  Here's the list of gluten free Easter candy according to, updated as of March 2014. However, since manufacturers often change ingredients and shared facilities, make sure to check the labels each time you make a purchase. The label should state below the list of ingredients that it’s gluten free. Gluten free Easter candy list PEEPS marshmallow treats. Plain milk chocolate regular-sized Hershey's Kisses in Easter-themed foil wrappers. Hershey's will specify any…
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    foodgawker | foodgawker

  • Spicy Smothered Chicken Flautas

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:56 pm
    These spicy smothered chicken flautas are kind of awesome and you should probably get cooking asap!
  • Minty Chip Easter Cupcakes

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:56 pm
    A moist buttermilk cupcake studded with colorful mint chips. Perfect for Easter or a springtime treat! (GF/non-GF versions)
  • One-Skillet Chicken Parmesan

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:56 pm
    30 minutes and one big ‘ol skillet is all you’ll need to make this comforting chicken parmesan that goes perfectly with hot pasta!
  • Peanut Butter Cheesecake Chocolate

    Cafe Delites
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Chocolate Brownie French Toasts stuffed with Peanut Butter Cheesecake. Easter breakfast menu planning just got real.
  • Chile Ancho Grilled Lamb Chops

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Grilling lamb loin chops requires very little time, plus an hour in the ancho chile marinade adds extra flavor and enhances juiciness.
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    Flourish - King Arthur Flour

  • Six Ways to Top Your Oatmeal

    Posie Harwood
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    Oatmeal is a reliable, comforting breakfast. Like coffee, most people have strong preferences on how to prepare it: water or milk, brown sugar or maple syrup, and so on. Oatmeal is rarely sexy or alluring or tempting. Compared to buttery eggs Benedict or a sugared, rumpled Dutch baby, it’s the sensible, safe menu choice. It’s not going to surprise you or get you salivating or inspire Instagram photos. But we’re going to change that. I fully endorse eating oatmeal. It fills you up, it’s nutritious, and it’s easy for anyone to cook. But let’s not assume it has to be boring. Here…
  • 100% Whole Wheat Graham Crackers

    PJ Hamel
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    “The best graham crackers ever. One bite, and you’ll want to eat the entire bagful.” So says Seneca. A member of our King Arthur Flour extended family via her mom, Jenn (our catalogue’s art director), Seneca is 8 years old. And she knows a good thing when she tastes it. No dissembling; no hesitation. Just “the best graham crackers ever.” Which warms my heart. Despite its nutritional attributes, whole wheat flour is often a hard sell, flavor-wise. Especially when it comes to kids, who can taste “healthy” in their cookies a mile off – and…
  • Perfect Gluten-Free Biscuits

    Alyssa Rimmer
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A warm, flaky biscuit, fresh from the oven, one that bursts with steam when you open it? It’s pretty hard to beat. Almost perfection, if you ask me. Everyone seems to have their own way of making the perfect biscuit. Whether it’s an old family recipe, or maybe it’s a trick that your grandmother uses that she won’t tell anyone else, getting a biscuit just right definitely takes a little practice. Luckily for all of the gluten-free bakers in the world (including yours truly), making the perfect biscuit is easier than you might think. Today I’m not only going to share our newest…
  • Five Easter Celebration Breads

    Susan Reid
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Since the time of Stonehenge, mankind has looked to the approach of spring as a season for physical and spiritual renewal. Celebration breads have held a prominent place in practically every culture in Europe, dating back to Roman Times. Today, making these breads still celebrates life springing eternal while carrying on delicious, centuries-old baking traditions. Italy’s Columba Pasquale, or Easter Dove Bread, is a native of Lombardy. Studded with citrus peel or the dried fruits of your choice, gilded with a shiny coat of sugar-nut syrup, then sprinkled with almonds and sparkling…
  • Maple Cream Pie

    Gwen Adams
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Mouthwatering, mind altering, maddeningly amazing maple syrup. That tree-grown sweetener that New England is proud to produce. For most of the country, maple is more of a fall flavor, right along with apple and pumpkin. For us East Coasters however, we wait impatiently for the flavor that’s a surefire sign spring is finally here. The topic of conversation around the water cooler shifts from “What did the thermometer at YOUR house say this morning?” to “Guys, I saw some lines out on my drive into work today. First of the year!” Tapped maple trees, with miles of…
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    My Sweet and Saucy

  • Easter Desserts

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Can you believe it’s already that time of year again? Spring has sprung and we’ve got Easter treats hopping your way! We have tons of options no matter how many loved ones you want to get hopped up (get it?!) on sugar or what your budget is.  The best part is that our cute chick, bunny, and Easter egg desserts are absolutely perfect for any age group: put them in an Easter basket, take them to share at church or to your family’s Easter breakfast, brunch or dinner and I guarantee the only thing they will love more than the Sweet and Saucy treats is YOU for bringing…
  • Valentine’s Day Treats

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Well it’s that time of year again when love is in the air and our bakery is super busy making yummy treats to help you shower those you love! It seems like we have found a winner with these handsome man desserts!  We are selling them on sugar cookies, oreos and cupcakes now too!  Below is our set 6 pack of cookies that is $25 boxed and bowed.  This set cannot be changed for the $25 price.  If you want to do a custom order you can pick one guy of your choice and we can print him on the cookies, but it has to be a minimum of 6 and there is a $5 add on charge so then the boxed set…
  • Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Pancake Cake

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    Hello! How’s it going? Out here, we’ve had a bananas winter, or lack thereof. I know it’s been a lot crazier and colder out there, so, sorry for the gloating, but this post ought to help you feel a bit better. Cuz this week, we go over a really excellent winter breakfast food, pancakes!! Kaytee made this cake a few months back and recently discovered she’d documented the process, so she’s here to share it with you! First we had a taller tier for this order. It really is up to you, how tall you’d like your cake to be, because realistically, you’re not…
  • Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Teapot Carved Cake

    16 Jan 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Well hello there! It Has been a minute, hasn’t it? Thanks to the holidays being over, we can resume our showing you fine folks how we make our cakes, ok? This week, Kasey made a really cute carved teapot cake! So she starts by carving up her layers of cake into a ball type shape.Then she fills the cake with her flavor, damming up the sides with Swiss Meringue buttercream. She then frosts the outside with buttercream, using a piping bag.She scrapes the sides then puts the cake in the fridge to set up. Then, with rubber gloves, uses her warm hands to smooth the cake into its round…
  • Thanksgiving Desserts + What I’m Thankful for…

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:44 pm
            Well this year I definitely have a lot to be fhankful for!  We just had our second little cutie pie on November 3rd…little Donovan James Brandon!  He actually wasn’t little haha at 9 lbs 9 oz, but he still seems so tiny now compared to my sweet Blake! We have lots of delicious treats again for you this year!  Everything from our Pumpkin Naked Layer cake (can be ordered with 3 or 4 layers of cake) to our Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake with Gingersnap Pecan Crust!  Those are just two of my favorites, but scroll below to see what all we have in store for…
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    The Perfect Pantry®

  • Rubber spatulas: like or dislike?

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:38 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, and favorite cooking gear. The things you like are sure to find their way to the recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, so do tell. Here's what I love about rubber spatulas: you can slip their heads off, pop them into the dishwasher or soak them in a bowl of hot hot hot water, and they get clean. Really clean, in a way that wooden spoons never do (and you know how much I love my wooden spoons). You can use…
  • New Orleans-style red beans and rice, with shrimp {gluten-free}

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:23 pm
    In the final weeks before we moved from the log house to our city space, we dipped into the pantry almost every night to use up ingredients before the move. Some of our from-the-pantry creations were winners, others not so much. This red beans and rice variation, one of the keepers, came together quickly after I soaked dry beans overnight and then cooked them in the pressure cooker (I'd already run out of canned beans, which would be a fine substitute). Typically, the rice would be prepared separately, but I cooked it right in with the beans. If you omit the shrimp and use water instead…
  • Lighter chicken and black bean enchiladas

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:16 pm
    In the house where I grew up, nary an enchilada graced our dinner table. In fact, we never ate any Tex-Mex or Mexican food at all. (A deprived childhood. I know that now.) In my own kitchen, I love to create pans of enchiladas with leftover bits from the Thanksgiving table, and sometimes I make the classic combos, too. This version of the popular creamy chicken and black bean enchiladas is a little bit healthier without losing any of the gooey goodness that makes them crave-worthy. Use whole wheat low-carb tortillas, low-fat cheese, and nonfat Greek yogurt in place of sour cream in the…
  • Cashews: like or dislike?

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:14 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, and favorite cooking gear. The things you like are sure to find their way to the recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, so do tell. Of all the nuts in all the world, my favorite -- the cashew -- isn't a nut at all. Native to Brazil, cashews are actually seeds of the cashew apple fruit, though in cooking and for snacking, cashews behave just like nuts. As a teenager, I always picked the cashews out of the…
  • Spicy beef, bok choy, and bell pepper stir-fry

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:23 pm
    For some people, comfort food means mac and cheese, or meatloaf and mashed potatoes. For me, a spicy stir-fry soothes the spirit, and just the act of cooking one, the chopping and prepping and tossing and stirring, calms me down. It's been a crazy month as we've moved from country to city. We're settling in quickly, thanks in no small part to my husband Ted's hard work and tireless box-lugging, and I've been breaking in the kitchen by cooking my own brand of comfort food dishes. Now that I live a few blocks from Ming's, a great Asian supermarket, I can find…
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    Cooking with Amy: A Food Blog

  • Beer, Bacon, Chocolate, Cheese + Ticket Giveaway!

    Amy Sherman
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    One of the benefits of writing about food is being asked to judge and attend foodie events. Here are some of my top picks for this weekend and next, including two events I’ll be attending. San Jose Beer and Bacon ClassicThis is a new event that was very successful last year in New York and Seattle. The Bacon and Beer Classic takes place at baseball stadiums on non-game day Saturdays across the country. A ticket is all inclusive and the event features craft breweries and local restaurants for plenty of beer, food plus music, interactive games, beer schools and cooking demos. There…
  • Neoflam Ceramic Stovetop Cookware Review

    Amy Sherman
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:58 pm
    I’m pretty satisfied with the cookware I own, which is a combination of stainless steel, cast iron, enameled cast iron, stoneware  ceramic and ceramic non-stick, but I’m always open to checking out what’s new. Every once in a while there’s a line of cookware that offers something different from the rest. It’s either safer, more versatile, or just a more attractive design.Neoflam ceramic, branded NatureCook seems to check all the boxes. It’s a Korean brand that recently launched in the US so you won’t find many reviews yet. It’s free of PTFE, PFOA, heavy metals, and…
  • Snacks & Treats from the Winter 2015 Fancy Food Show

    Amy Sherman
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Are you a sweet snacker or a salty snacker? I like both and the Fancy Food Show is a snacker’s dream. Though it took place over a month ago I am still snacking on some samples I collected at the show. There was quite a range from healthy to indulgent, classic treats and new and innovative ones. This year more than a few made an impression on me that you might want to try too. On the sweet side I was impressed with two different ice creams. One was Choctal. Choctal makes single varietal chocolate ice creams from Costa Rica, Ghana, Dominican (from Hispaniola) and Kalimantan (from Borneo)…
  • Beyond Wheat Flour

    Amy Sherman
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:42 pm
    There are a lot of food bloggers and recipe developers devoted to creating only gluten free recipes. I am not one of them. But I recently had a client ask me to develop some gluten free baked goods and so I experimented with several non-wheat flours including rice flour, sorghum flour, tapioca and potato starch. I quickly realized that they have their own flavors, strengths and foibles. Anyone who has visited the grocery store lately may have come to the conclusion that we are moving into a new realm, discovering and rediscovering non-wheat flours. While I haven’t reviewed gluten free…
  • 10 Delicious Things from the Winter 2015 Fancy Food Show

    Amy Sherman
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    If I had to make a shopping list based on what I tried at the Winter 2015 Fancy Food Show, here is what I would recommend buying.I thought I knew something about maple syrup, but now after talking to Dori Ross of Tonewood Maple I know so much more. Tonewood Maple has gotten some serious attention for their solid maple cube that you can shave to create maple sugar, but it was their single estate varietals of maple syrup that blew my mind. When processed separately (something that doesn’t happen everywhere) you get amazing differences in the flavor. Each bottle is…
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    Kalyn's Kitchen®

  • Crunchy Chopped Salad with Sugar Snap Peas, Jicama, Radishes, Tomatoes, and Green Garbanzo Beans

    Kalyn Denny
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:43 am
    This deliciously healthy vegan chopped salad has sugar snap peas, radishes, jicama, tomatoes, and green garbanzo beans and a delicious cumin-lemon vinaigrette.(For Friday Flashbacks I feature favorite recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites, and this Crunchy Chopped Salad with Sugar Snap Peas, Jicama, Radishes, Tomatoes, and Green Garbanzo Beans has so many of the flavors I love in salads.  This tasty salad is Vegan and also fits the bill for Phase One Fridays if you're looking for a tasty and healthy spring salad!)It's a sign of spring when I start making big…
  • Red Cabbage and Chicken Asian Salad Recipe with Tangy Cilantro Dressing (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    I'm crazy about this deliciously healthy Red Cabbage and Chicken Asian Salad Recipe with Tangy Cilantro Dressing.I'm a fan of all types of cruciferous vegetables, but the one cruciferous vegetable I almost always have in my crisper is cabbage, and I especially love sweet red cabbage in salad.  So back in 2008 when I spotted a recipe in Cooking New American with red cabbage, chicken, and an Asian dressing with peanut butter and cilantro, of course I wanted to try it.  My version of this Red Cabbage and Chicken Asian Salad Recipe with Tangy Cilantro Dressing has turned out to be one…
  • Baked Buffalo Chicken with Melted Blue Cheese (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    Well-trimmed chicken thighs are baked in a spicy buffalo sauce and topped with melted blue cheese in this deliciously healthy low-carb chicken dish.It's been a busy week with at my house with my sister Laurel, niece Amanda, and brother Rand all taking a turn as houseguests.  They came for the wedding of my niece Olivia and the arrival back in Utah of her sister Kate; if you follow me on Instagram you might have seen the photos of these gorgeous nieces of mine.  I love having guests and feel grateful to have a house with space for visitors to stay, but as you might guess, not much…
  • Two Easy Methods for Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs (and Recipe Ideas Using Hard-Boiled Eggs)

    Kalyn Denny
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm
    This post has two easy methods to make hard-cooked eggs that will give perfect hard-boiled eggs every time!It's getting close to Easter, and that means families everywhere will be making hard-cooked eggs and then dying them bright colors to go in Easter baskets. For years I just put eggs in a pan, added water, and boiled them, often with mixed results. Imagine my surprise when I learned a few years ago that there's a right and wrong way to make hard-boiled eggs. If you use the boiling-water soak method, your eggs will turn out perfectly every time, with firm yellow yolks, and no tinge…
  • Casserole with Brown Rice, Ground Turkey, Green Pepper, Mushrooms, and Feta (Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    A delicious casserole with brown rice, ground turkey, green pepper, mushrooms, and Feta.(For Friday Flashbacks I feature favorite recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites, and this delicious casserole with brown rice, ground turkey, green peppers, mushrooms, and Feta has so many of the favorite flavors I never get tired of.  Today's the first day of spring but it's still casserole weather in many places, and a tummy-warming casserole like this one might really hit the spot on a cold spring night.)I realize that it's almost time to stop thinking about casseroles…
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    Spicy Tasty

  • Seppankizhangu Fry / Colocasia Fry (Version2)

    12 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    After a long break posting this delicious Seppankizhangu roast..It is very simple to make with very less ingredients. I got this recipe from one of my friends Pari..Recently had it at her home and I wanted to make this fry. It goes very well with any rice dishes. Time of Preparation : 30 to 40 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of servings : 2 to 3 Ingredients: Colocasia – 4 Sambar Powder – 2 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste Oil – 2 tbsp (for mixing) and 2 tbsp (for frying) Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp Asafoetida – a pinch Curry leaves…
  • Homemade Waffle/Pancake Mix

    9 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Making waffles and pancakes from scratch is very easy. All the ingredients required are pretty much available in your pantry. If you are someone who use store bought waffle mix then try this. You will know how easy it is to mix up the ingredients and prepare this waffle/pancake mix. Homemade Waffles and Pancakes are the best and we know what goes in. You can also add a few healthy ingredients to make it even more better. I always make waffles and pancakes from scratch and this mix comes handy all the time. Preparation time: 10 minutes Yield: 600 grams (21 oz) Ingredients: All purpose flour…
  • Sathu Maavu Kanji – Health Mix Powder

    5 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
      No. of servings: 3 Preparation time: 15 minutes Ingredients: Ragi flour – 200 grams Wheat flour – 200 grams Bhajra flour (pearl millet or kambu flour) – 200 grams Par boiled rice (pulungal arisi) – 100 grams Barley – 50 gram Tapiaco pearls (javvarisi or sago) – 50 grams Whole green moong bean – 200 grams Peanuts – 2 tbsp (with or without skin) Almonds – 1/4 cup Cashew nut – 5 to 6 Dried ginger (sukku) – 1″ piece Cardamom – 15 Chickpea or dry garbanzo beans – 2 tbsp Roasted chickpea (pottukadalai) – 2 tbsp Method of Preparation: Dry…
  • 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…
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  • Vietnamese Style Pork Sandwich

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    Prep Time:5 minutes Serves:4   Tagged: baguette, cucumber, pork, sandwich, vietnamese, Vietnamese sandwiches are traditionally made ahead of time and wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, allowing the flavors to come together. You can assemble and wrap them up to 4 hours in advance and refrigerate. Recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma. Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series, “Simple Suppers”, by Melanie Barnard (Oxmoor House, 2007).   Foodie Byte Ingredients 2 cups very thinly sliced roast pork2 tablespoons soy sauce1 large garlic clove, minced2 teaspoons fish…
  • Slow Cookers BBQ Pulled Pork

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Prep Time:10 min Cook Time:8 hours Serves:10   Tagged: bbq pulled pork recipe, brown sugar, cider vinegar, ketchup, mccormick® slow cookers bbq pulled pork seasoning, pork shoulder roast, Sweet and tangy describe this mild, family-style BBQ pork. Start with a boneless shoulder roast or substitute a boneless loin roast for a lower fat BBQ. Recipe courtesy of McCormick   Foodie Byte Ingredients 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast, trimmed1 package McCormick® Slow Cookers BBQ Pulled Pork Seasoning1/2 cup ketchup1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar1/3 cup cider vinegar Preparation…
  • Penne with Beef Ragù

    21 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
      Tagged: carrot, celery, dry red wine, garlic cloves, ground beef, penne pasta, plum tomatoes, rosemary, tomato paste, yellow onion, Ragù, which can be made with ground beef, pork, veal or a combination, tastes even better the day after it is made. This recipe can be doubled and will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer. Recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma   Foodie Byte Ingredients 6 tablespoons olive oil1 small yellow onion, finely chopped 3 large garlic cloves, minced 1 carrot, finely chopped 1 celery stalk,…
  • Grilled Pork Rub Recipe

    19 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Prep Time:10 min Cook Time:30 min Serves:8   Tagged: brown sugar, chili powder, grilled pork rub recipe, mccormick® garlic powder, oregano leaves, pork tenderloin, Pork tenderloin, coated with an exciting combination of seasonings, results in a richly flavored summertime or fall meal. Recipe courtesy of McCormick   Foodie Byte Ingredients 3 tablespoons brown sugar2 teaspoons Garlic Powder2 teaspoons Chili Powder1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper, Ground1/2 teaspoon Oregano Leaves1/2 teaspoon salt2 pork tenderloins (about 1 pound each) Preparation Mix seasonings in small bowl. Coat pork…
  • Irish Stout Marinated Tri-Tip Steak

    14 Mar 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Prep Time:6 hours Cook Time:N/A   Tagged: basil, garlic, lime juice, lime zest, shallots, stout beer, thyme, This marinade is perfect for St. Patrick's Day as well as any other day of the year.  It's perfect for any type of meat, including rib eye, sirloin, skirt steak, and flank steak.  The tougher the cut, the longer you can let it marinate, anywhere from 6-12 hours.   Foodie Byte A 2-3 lb size of your choice of meat is recommended, but you can adjust the marinade quantities if you want to go larger or smaller. Ingredients ¼ cup fresh chopped basil¼ cup chopped…
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  • Easter Brunch Menu

    Lori Lange
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you’re planning for an Easter brunch, this Easter Brunch Menu I’ve put together might be of some help.  I’ve included a few easy decorating ideas too. I always go as simple as possible with decor.  Some nice pastels are utilized for the table.  I purchased the baby blue tablecloth and Easter egg table runner at HomeGoods.  The centerpiece is just a purchased plant tucked into a basket with Easter grass.  When brunch is over, I can send the plant home with one of my guests.Continue Reading Easter Brunch Menu... ©2015 RecipeGirl | Permalink | No commentsThe post…
  • Overnight Blueberry French Toast

    Lori Lange
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a delicious recipe for a spring or summer brunch:  Overnight Blueberry French Toast I have had this recipe sitting in my email for years… 4 years to be exact!  I don’t remember how I came to ask for it.  I must have been on Twitter (the big thing back then) tweeting to my friends to send me recommendations for a good brunch casserole for Easter or Mother’s Day.  One of my friends really came through for me because this overnight french toast casserole is a big time winner.  The recipe comes from my friend Janet (an internet friend for many years, but…
  • Tex Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole

    Lori Lange
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a recipe I used to make for my husband all the time when we first got married:  Tex Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole This recipe has been tucked away in my files for such a long time.  I don’t think I’ve made it since about 2001!  We seriously loved this recipe so much when we were a young married couple.  It’s so super simple to make, it’s total comfort food, and the leftovers are terrific stuffed into a burrito.Continue Reading Tex Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole... ©2015 RecipeGirl | Permalink | 17 commentsThe post Tex Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole…
  • Strawberry Ricotta Whole Wheat Pancakes

    Lori Lange
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a recipe that is perfect for a weekend breakfast treat:  Strawberry Ricotta Whole Wheat Pancakes These are the fluffiest, most delicious pancakes I’ve made in a long time!  My family absolutely loves it when I surprise them with a fun breakfast on the weekend.  And they were beyond excited when I made these!  They’re made with ricotta cheese and whole wheat flour… which makes them full of protein and a little bit healthy too.  And they’re topped with an easy-to-whip-up strawberry syrup and fresh strawberries.  No maple syrup needed at all.Continue…
  • Irish Apple Crisp

    Lori Lange
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a dessert that’ll have you wanting seconds (and thirds!):  Irish Apple Crisp I’m not Irish myself (I’m a 1/2 Swedish, quarter Portuguese kinda girl).  My husband is very Irish though.  He has the fair skin, the rosy cheeks, he likes beer, he can talk to anyone, and he’s the last one to leave the party.  So when I feed him something and tell him it’s “Irish,” he jumps on board for an enthusiastic taste test.  This apple crisp uses Irish oats (I use McCann’s quick-cooking rolled oats… not the steel cut variety) in the…
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    wine me, dine me (in cincinnati)

  • Bockfest: What To Eat

    Julie Niesen Gosdin
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It’s Bockfest time! My favorite time of year: full of Bock beer, crazy Sausage Queen festivities and food– German and not.   Want to read my picks for Bockfest favorites?  Check out WCPO’s Bockfest Guide. It’s free! The post Bockfest: What To Eat appeared first on wine me, dine me.        Related StoriesPontiac Bourbon & Barbecue to open in SummerLavomatic Adds New Executive Chef, Josh Campbell Moves to Fine DiningThanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey Sandwich at Lavomatic 
  • Junior League of Cincinnati Cinsation Best Bite of the Night

    Julie Niesen Gosdin
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    It’s that time of year — the Junior League of Cincinnati Cinsation. This is their primary fundraiser to support their efforts, including Refugee Resettlement and Pediatric Oral Health programs.   Anne and I will be judging again! For $85, you get bites from top Cincinnati restaurants, beverages and support the League’s great work.  For more information, head to   This is the current list of vendors — can’t wait to see what they have in store! Savory 50 West Alfio’s Cafe Mediterranean Eli’s BBQ Sweet GiGi’s Cupcakes…
  • Best Bite: Sushi Bombs at Sushi Samurais

    Julie Niesen Gosdin
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Secret: if you find the right, unassuming sushi restaurant, they are often better than trendier, more expensive places (and certainly less expensive). For a recent dinner with friends, we went up to Sushi Samurais. Though they have a limited menu of sashimi and nigiri, they specialize in rolls. They have an extensive menu of the ubiquitous half-price rolls, and they are delicious (with our large group, we tried several, and our server was spot-on with her recommendations) but the standout at dinner? The Sushi Bombs. What’s a sushi bomb? As a friend said, “a little ball of…
  • Review: May Cafe Milford

    Julie Niesen Gosdin
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:45 pm
    I guess I have a reputation for being an urban snob. Sure, I live in Over-the-Rhine. Sure, I love that I live and work in the same place.  Sure, I love my walkable community and not driving a lot. Sure!  But I pretty much dig any neighborhood that has walkability — which is not limited to downtown. For me, I love any neighborhood that focuses on people and not cars. I was recently invited on a tour of Milford — based on one restaurant that I had to try: May Cafe.  My Milford-resident friend and I both agree we love walkability; he just prefers a little more nature readily…
  • Giveaway: Women Helping Women Sunday Salon

    Julie Niesen Gosdin
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Women Helping Women, a local organization that helps more than 13,000 survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence stalking each year, is once again hosting its popular Sunday Salon fundraiser series. The series, spread out over Sundays now through the end of March, allows people to hear a diverse and entertaining series of speakers in some of the region’s most beautiful homes. On Sunday, February 22, Diann Bridenbaugh will host Jeff Sheldon, program director at the Midwest Culinary Institute, in her Columbia Tusculum home. And you can win two tickets to this fantastic gathering right…
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    What's For Lunch Honey? | Experience Your Senses

  • Breakfast of Champions - The Big Breakfast Post

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:10 am
      Breakfast is for champions! And according to the trend it is sneaking its way into the other meals of day. We have a tendency to put an egg on everything and serve up “breakfast for lunch/dinner” – a trend that I follow myself, especially when the traditional eggs, bacon, grilled tomatoes... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
  • Flourless Carrot Multi-Seed and Nut Bread

    11 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    The German in me lives for the impressive variety of breads available to me. My Indian-self craves the rice with almost every meal and the Italian-lover me, is captivated with the pastas and risotto and the kid in me could live off creamy mashed potatoes for quite a few days. Over the year my... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
  • Honey Roasted Rhubarb Chevre Cheesecake Desserts

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    When one has spent a little time in Thuringia it is easy to understand why the Thurigians are so attached to their roots and are patriotic to this region. It is beautiful fertile country covered with rolling hills, thick lush forests and it boasts of rich cultural history. The story of the... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
  • Celebrations: Vanilla Infused Kumquat Marmalade Semolina Cake

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    9 years! That’s how old this blog is today. That means an astonishing number of posts, a fascinating amount of images and a magnificent quantity of recipes, mishaps, experiments in my kitchen. When I think about my shaky, timid and naïve debut into the blogging world I cannot help but giggle and... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
  • Bollywood Cooking: Lamb Balti

    18 Feb 2015 | 2:44 am
    India’s food culture is as varied as its people. Each region boasts of dishes that have clearly defined characteristics and diversity. Up north in Punjab, a fertile land, the dishes are rich with thick gravies and buttery sauces. Rajasthan, an arid region, offers drier game-based and vegetarian... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
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  • Target Deals: FREE Suave Men + Care

    Savings Lifestyle: Amber
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it.Target has a great personal care gift card deal running this week – and you can grab better than FREE Suave Men + Care!Here are the details: $2.54 Suave Men + Care Shampoo and Conditioner $5 Target Gift Card wyb (4) $3.00/2 Suave Hair Care Products – 3-8-15 RP; Excludes Trial or Travel Size; Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip (exp 04/05/15) Net Price $1.04 each | $0.84 Money Maker after Gift Card WYB  (4) and use (2) $3.00/2 Coupons!And, did you know that Target prices…
  • Kroger Deals: Free Nestea Liquid Water Enhancer eCoupon

    Savings Lifestyle: Amber
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Right now, Kroger has a great Free Nestea Liquid Water Enhancer Coupon that you will want to download to your Kroger Plus Card. You can only download it today, so here is what you will need to do to grab this coupon:Sign into your online account Clip the Free Nestea CouponRedeem using your Kroger Plus Card at checkout.Limit 1 per person.  It will expire 4/5/2015.View more Kroger sales and deals this week!Check the Sale Shopping page for more weekly sales and lists!
  • *NEW* SavingStar Free Friday Offer: Hunt’s Tomato Sauce

    Savings Lifestyle: Amber
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Each Friday SavingStar offers up a product for 100% FREE!This week, you can grab a Hunt’s Tomato Sauce, 8 oz can. I love having Tomato Sauce on hand to help add a little flavor to sauces or chili!Grab this FREE Hunt’s coupon today – it’s only valid through Sunday!Find more great coupons in the Coupon Database!Disclaimer: This post contains a link to an affiliate. See my Disclaimer Policy for additional information.
  • Coupon Preview: March 22, 2015

    Savings Lifestyle: Amber
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    There are a few good coupons in the weekly newspaper coupon inserts this weekend. There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum. 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:3/22/2015 Red Plum Insert$3.00/2 Dove Hair Products – 3-22-15 RP$1.00/1 Mars M&M’S brand Chocolate Candies, 9…
  • Chocolate Brownies with Nutella Frosting and Strawberries

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    What’s better than chocolate, nutella and strawberries? Seriously, I’m wondering myself because this recipe is the bomb dot com!Chocolate Brownie Ingredients ­3⁄4 C. flour2 C. semi­sweet chocolate2 tbs cocoa powder4 tbs. butter3 eggs1 1⁄2 C. sugar1⁄2 C. packed brown sugar1 tsp. Vanilla extract1 tsp. Baking powder1⁄2 tsp. Salt3” cookie cutter (you can also use a medium size glass)1 C. fresh strawberries, sliced9×13 baking panFrosting Ingredients ­1 C. butter or margarine, softened2 C. Nutella4 C. powdered sugar6 tbs. milk (you may need a little bit or more or a…
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    Indian Food Recipes, Andhra Recipes

  • Chalimidi recipe

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:08 am
    chalimidi recipe, a special sweet dish for sri rama navami festival other than vadapappu & to make chalimidi, andhra prasadam rice flour recipes The post Chalimidi recipe appeared... Read rest of the story at my blog,
  • Vadapappu Panakam Recipe

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:48 am
    vadapappu panakam recipe, an easy andhra prasadam offered to lord rama for sri rama navami festival by telugu people. how to make panakam, vadapappu recipe. The post Vadapappu Panakam Recipe appeared... Read rest of the story at my blog,
  • Jal jeera

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    jal jeera or jaljira, ayurvedic energy drink made with cumin, mint & to make jaljeera drink with jaljeera powder recipe.summer drinks of india The post Jal jeera appeared first on... Read rest of the story at my blog,
  • Shikanji, Indian Lemonade – Summer Drinks

    14 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    shikanji, is a spiced lemonade or nimbu pani with a twist. learn how to make shikanji recipe. jain shikanji masala one of the famous summer drinks of India. The post Shikanji, Indian Lemonade... Read rest of the story at my blog,
  • Mushroom Pepper Fry

    12 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    mushroom pepper fry is a party appetizer or restaurant style stir fry. learn how to make mushroom pepper fry with capsicum, mushrooms and black peppercorns. The post Mushroom Pepper Fry appeared... Read rest of the story at my blog,
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    Nibbles of Tidbits, a Food Blog

  • Dreaming Of A Pizza That No Longer Exists At The Getty Center.

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:19 pm
    I used to love it, but it’s all over now — It’s the Pizza at The Getty Center. It’s different than when I had it a couple years ago.  I wanted it to be the same memorable Pizza I last had there, but it’s now as pictured (above).  I didn’t try it, since it was the wafer thin crust that I liked best about the previous Getty Center Pizza — Boo hoo, but we still had the spectacular view. Start looking forward to better photography on Nibbles of Tidbits, by Matt and his new camera. The post Dreaming Of A Pizza That No Longer Exists At The Getty Center.
  • The Original Bootcamp For Food & Recipe Bloggers: Camp Blogaway.

    14 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
      Oh boy, I’m actually going to Camp Blogaway this year.  It’s already paid for.  No turning back now. It happens in Southern California so I have to attend at least once.  I’ll learn a few things I’m sure, enjoy the outdoors, and probably have a lot of fun, but it’s a bit uneasy setting out for it alone. Overall, adventure combined with food, and the topic of food prevails — I’m looking forward to it. Photo from Calico Ghost Town, not Camp Blogaway this May — See what will be included there. The post The Original Bootcamp For Food…
  • Nibbles Of Tidbits Is Nibbling On Tidbits: Too Much To Report.

    13 Mar 2015 | 5:04 pm
    I’ve been doing a lot of cooking and eating, and should’ve been writing about it — Next meal. Photo Credit: Linked here. The post Nibbles Of Tidbits Is Nibbling On Tidbits: Too Much To Report. appeared first on Nibbles of Tidbits, a Food Blog.
  • Get Out And Eat This Week In Orange County: Meal Deals To Be Had.

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    It’s happening right now — Orange County Restaurant Week.  Go out to eat.  The prix-fixe meal deals keep getting better.  Over 100 restaurants are participating.  Don’t know where to go?  You can search by city, meal price, lunch or dinner menu, or restaurant on OC Restaurant Week’s website.  Lunches range from $10-$20 and dinners from $20-$50.  Complete menus and prices can be viewed on their site.  Decide where to go, what to eat and get there this week only. The post Get Out And Eat This Week In Orange County: Meal Deals To Be Had. appeared first on Nibbles…
  • El Amerikano: New American Cuisine With A Latin Influence.

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:05 am
    It’s food from El Amerikano American & Latin Kitchen in downtown Fullerton and I already have a favorite — Everything I’ve had so far, especially the Warm Mushroom Salad and Mole Eggplant. El Amerikano is part of the Kentro Hospitality Group, a group offering tasteful restaurants (including Kentro Greek Kitchen, steps away from El Amerikano), event planning and catering options. We were recently invited to a media tasting at El Amerikano and tried all pictured dishes. From top down — Al Pastor Chop, Cucumber Ceviche Salad, Brussels Sprouts, Mole Eggplant, Asada…
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  • Schlutzkrapfen with Porcini, Browned Butter and Walnuts

    17 Mar 2015 | 1:28 am
    RECIPE OVERLOAD. That would be an apt description of what’s going on in my Evernote “to cook” folder. The dilemma: I can never just visit the virtual kitchens (aka blogs) of fellow food blogging friends, inevitably one or two tempting recipes get added to my Evernote folder each every time I’m out there. And I’m fairly certain I will never get around to cooking or baking them all. Sadly so.Read the rest of Schlutzkrapfen with Porcini, Browned Butter and WalnutsCopyright © 2015 delicious:days. Please contact
  • Meet REISEHUNGER, my 4th cookbook - including giveaway

    24 Feb 2015 | 5:54 am
    REISEHUNGER has been officially out for two weeks now and I couldn’t be happier with it. Friends, neighbours and complete strangers have sent me emails with the dishes they have cooked, or snapshots of my newest cookbook from the wild (aka bookstores).Read the rest of Meet REISEHUNGER, my 4th cookbook - including giveawayCopyright © 2015 delicious:days. Please contact
  • Lifesaver Noodles – With Cabbage & Carrots

    1 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    If you don’t mind 10 to 15 minutes of prep work, these noodles might save some hungry souls in your home, too. They can be dressed with almost every kind of semi-neglected vegetables in your fridge drawer, but the cabbage & carrot version is so good, this bowl has become the prime reason for me to drag home a head of pointed cabbage.Read the rest of Lifesaver Noodles – With Cabbage & CarrotsCopyright © 2015 delicious:days. Please contact
  • Almost there - Reisehunger, my 4th cookbook

    14 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    The very last weeks before the cookbook finally hits the shelves are my favorite. The work is done, no more pondering over whether you should change this or that, no emergency calls from your editor. Combined with the thrill of anticipation, it’s a wonderful, though slightly nervous feeling, that you can not really put your finger on.Read the rest of Almost there - Reisehunger, my 4th cookbookCopyright © 2015 delicious:days. Please contact
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  • Bodegón

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Paulette Tavormina: Bodegón at the Robert Mann Gallery in Chelsea. Her splendid tableaux of fruit, bread, and meat, alongside rustic pottery and cookware, are a veritable feast for the eyes. Inspired by Spanish painter Luis Meléndez (1716–1780), Tavormina's still lifes represent a deliciously balanced interplay of colors and textures against a contrasting black background.
  • bZ Grill: Greek Street Food from b to Z in Astoria

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    BZ Grill, Astoria, NY. Whether the concept of serving Greek street food in a restaurant setting is intentional or not, it is executed superbly at bZ Grill. Don't look for casserole-style main courses like moussaka or pastitsio here. Such items, as well as seafood platters, roasted chicken and lamb, and other typical Hellenic restaurant dishes, are conspicuously absent from the menu. The variety...
  • "Seasoned" Greetings 2014

    26 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    Wishing you all the special treats and guilty pleasures of the holiday season. Greetings of the season, Comestiblog
  • Yule ComestiLog: Payard's Bûche de Noël

    25 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    François Payard's Louvre elevates the Yule log to a veritable art form. This rich, decadent bûche de Noël delivers the sort of complexity not normally found in such a confection. The various levels of hazelnut, chocolate, and cake—each with its own flavor and texture—are coated in an exquisite dark chocolate glaze, and embellished with macaron "mushrooms."
  • 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.
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  • Irish Soda Bread

    Sandy Smith
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    In my broad and complicated ethnicity, there is not a single iota of Irishness. I'm a first-gen American, and our family gatherings when I was growing up looked a lot like potluck day at the UN. We hail from Germany, Argentina, Italy, Ukraine, Colombia, and many points in between. But Ireland? Not so much.In spite of that, I love St. Patrick's Day. Actually, I love the foods of celebratory days in general, but there's something about the St. Patty's Day spread that is particularly endearing to me. All those easy-to-prepare comfort foods...and beer! What's not to love about that?My…
  • 5 Things Not to Do or Say to Someone Struggling with Anorexia

    Sandy Smith
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:49 pm
    Guest post by Griffin SmithI’ll admit it. Having to deal with me is a pain in the ass. When I look back over the past year and my recovery efforts, I cannot help but be eternally grateful to those who have been patient and understanding with me.Anorexia nervosa and eating disorders in general are a bitch to deal with because they are not only an external battle (anorexic individual vs. the act of eating), but an internal one as well (your rational mind vs. your disordered thinking and habits). This conflict is frustrating to the sufferer but presumably even more so to onlookers who can’t…
  • Anorexia: A Day in the Life

    Sandy Smith
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Guest post by Griffin SmithJanuary 2014My eyes snap open at 5:25 a.m., before the alarm even goes off. As I roll out of bed, I ignore the aching burn in my shoulders, legs, hell everywhere, which is surely a symptom of my musculature catabolizing itself. I stagger over to flip the light switch on my wall, and step on the scale for what will be the first of many times today. The number materializes across the dull, unlit, LED screen. 99.6. Up 0.4 lbs from yesterday. Unacceptable.I stumble through the dark and peer out my window. A foot of snow covers everything in sight. My heart starts…
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Weight Gain in Anorexia Recovery

    Sandy Smith
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Dealing with Weight Gain Mentally in Anorexia RecoveryGuest post by Griffin SmithObviously, the biggest and most ambiguous challenge in recovering from a restrictive eating disorder is gaining weight. At the beginning of the weight-restoration process, I was plagued by countless nagging thoughts: “How much weight do I have to gain? Do I have to gain it ALL back? Is ‘x’ or ‘y’ pounds enough weight? Will I ever stop gaining weight? Am I going to be obese? I’m going to be obese, right?!”It’s because weight gain is the one thing that a disordered individual fears more than any…
  • National Eating Disorders Week 2015: Griffin

    Sandy Smith
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:15 pm
    This is my son, Griffin. This photo was taken in the spring of 2013. He was 18 years old.One year ago, in February 2014, Griffin checked himself into the hospital, late on a Saturday night. At 5'9", he weighed 98 pounds. His kidneys had begun to fail and his hormones and heart rate were dangerously chaotic. His diagnosis: anorexia, exercise compulsion. Griffin 2 days before entering the hospital for the first time.After a week in the hospital, Griffin entered outpatient treatment and saw a variety of supportive caregivers: a therapist, a primary care physician, and a nutritionist who…
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  • Come Hang with Erin at TBYH in Los Angeles, PLUS… ~ Weekly Round-Up

    Jenn K
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Welcome to our end of the week recap for March 22-28, 2015! Latest Recipes Hashbrown Breakfast Pizza ~ New 31 Days of Breakfasts Recipe!Easy Raspberry Turnovers ~ New Recipe 31 Days of BreakfastsAmish Baked Oatmeal ~ New 31 Days of Breakfasts Recipe! $5 Meal Plan Service For just $5 a month, we will send you a delicious meal plan where every meal will cost about $2 per person, and in most cases less. (Erin makes these meals for her family of 6 for $5 per meal!)  We will save you money, save you time, and save you the stress of having to spend hours each week planning your meals. Each week,…
  • Avocado Egg Breakfast Sandwich ~ 31 Days of Breakfast Recipes

    Jenn K
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Alright breakfast party people! Let’s talk about these breakfast sandwiches for a second. These babies are the vegetarian alternative to the sausage, egg and cheese mcmuffin sandwiches that are featured in the recent “85 Breakfasts & Snacks” Costco Meal Plan! Take out the sausage, add in mashed avocado. Add a few cilantro leaves to the eggs before you bake them, KA-BAM, delicious! I like to add a little salsa for some extra kick and flavor! See the complete recipe for Avocado Egg Breakfast Sandwich here! Erin’s Personal Recommendations for Breakfast Supplies:…
  • Drugstore Coupon Matchups & Best Deals – Week of March 29

    Jenn K
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Every week I’ll be posting the best deals and coupon match-ups for all products at the different national drug stores. Here are a few highlights, and links to the complete list of deals. CVS ExtraBucks Get $1.50 ECB wyb 1 Participating Colgate Toothpaste or Toothbrush, Limit 2 Colgate Total Toothpaste, 4 – 4.2 oz – $2.99 $0.75/1 Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste, 3.4 oz or Larger; No More Than 4 Coupons For The Same Product In The Same Transaction $0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste – 3-22-15 SS; Including 3 oz or Larger (exp. 04/04/15) $1.00/2 Colgate Toothpaste –…
  • Amish Baked Oatmeal ~ New 31 Days of Breakfasts Recipe!

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Yes, I realize this is the gazillionth baked oatmeal recipe that I’ve shared this month as part of the 31 Days of Breakfasts series. AND…I have another one to share on the Tuesday! At the rate we’re going with baked oatmeal, I might be able to apply for a world record…”Food blog with most # of baked oatmeal recipes” – lol! Surely that’s a valid category! Ok, so….I’m getting a little off track here… If you’ve never had baked oatmeal my friend, you really need to try it. It’s part-cake, part-oatmeal. It’s more…
  • Sunday Coupon Preview – March 29

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:51 am
    Want a sneak peak at what coupons are in this Sunday’s paper? There is scheduled to be 2 Smart Source, 1 P&G and 2 Red Plum in this weekend’s paper. $0.75/1 Alexia Frozen Potatoes or Onion Rings – 3-29-15 SS (exp 05/10/15) $0.50/1 Best Foods Product – 3-29-15 RP; Includes 20 oz or Larger (exp 04/26/15) $1.00/1 Birds Eye C&W Vegetable Variety – 3-29-15 SS (exp 05/29/15) $0.75/1 Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins – 3-29-15 SS; Includes 4.25 oz (exp 06/07/15) $1.00/2 Blue Diamond Nut-Thins Boxes – 3-29-15 SS; Includes 4.2 oz (exp 06/07/15) $0.25/1…
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  • Italian Ricotta Pie

    Lynne Webb
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    This ricotta-based, Italian-style cheesecake filling in a buttery tart crust is lightly sweetened and flavored with orange zest and lemon. Read more →
  • Pasta alla Vodka

    Lynne Webb
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    The addition of vodka enhances the flavor of the tomatoes in this robust pasta sauce made with sautéed pancetta, fresh basil and a touch of cream. Read more →
  • Bacon-Onion Macaroni and Cheese

    Lynne Webb
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    Bits of crispy bacon and sweet caramelized onions combine with Gruyere and fontina cheeses to make an incredibly satisfying baked macaroni and cheese. Read more →
  • Seared Salmon Fillets with Cilantro Pesto

    Lynne Webb
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    An Asian-style pesto made with cilantro, basil, garlic and ginger is a perfect complement to quick-cooking, pan-seared salmon fillets. Read more →
  • Steak alla Milanese

    Lynne Webb
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Steak alla Milanese is a delicious combination of thin-sliced, breaded steak served on a bed of sautéed spinach with a fresh tomato sauce on top. Read more →
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    Eat Boutique - handmade food giftbox, homemade, homespun, gift basket, food that hugs you back

  • Tea-Smoked Duck Breast and Pickled Rhubarb

    Sean St. John
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Food gifts run the spectrum from sweet and sugary to savory and nutritious. Sean’s Tea-Smoked Duck Breast is savory and so thoughtful, nourishing in a way that candied gifts just can’t match. Don’t forget the Pickled Rhubarb — it’s just about rhubarb season in some parts and a pickle turns the sweetness into something very savory. -Maggie I find I’m drawn to smoked foods more frequently in the cooler months; perhaps it’s the idea of working with raw flame that appeals. It’s the winter version of huddling around the campfire – but instead of…
  • Gift Wrap: How to Wrap Bread

    Maggie Battista
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:06 am
    A few weeks back, a friend popped by and noticed a fresh loaf of banana bread. When I told her I was waiting for it to cool before I wrapped it, she said, “With tin foil, right?” Gosh, no. Tin foil is adequate but if I’m giving a gift a la minute, I always try to do just a bit better than adequate. And, to be frank, it doesn’t take much. It’s all about taking one simple step past the everyday and expected in order to surprise and delight whoever gets the banana bread. One simple step is easy: Instead of gifting dip in a paper cup, try an actual glass. Instead of…
  • In Maggie’s Kitchen: Spring Classes, Homemade Candy, and My Kitchen Table

    Maggie Battista
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    Hey friends, Happy Monday! I can’t believe it’s spring. I like to call it faux spring because it’s still only 20 degrees by me. Regardless, the sun is shining and I swear I hear a bird chipping out there. Here are a few updates: Washington, D.C.: After so many years on this planet, I finally visit Washington D.C. later this week. I’m attending a food conference and basically immersing myself in all things food for five days. I’m thrilled to spend a full day learning about Union Market (small batch food research) and to take my Olivia Pope stroll down Pennsylvania…
  • What We Love: Spring Recipes

    Amy Feiereisel
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Believe it or not, it’s officially spring! Okay, so maybe the flowers aren’t in full bloom; perhaps they’re buried under a few feet of white powder, but we are nearing the end of Winter 2015, and that is something to definitely be celebrated. Warmth is coming, along with the first salad greens of the season, asparagus, and yellow-yolked spring eggs. We can look forward to fresh herbs, thin-skinned baby potatoes, artichokes, leeks, chard, and yes, eventually, cherries. And think, we’ll even be pickling soon! I almost got chills when I saw Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s…
  • Kennebunkport, Maine: A Sweet Spot for (Food) Lovers

    Maggie Battista
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    When people ask me about Maine, I tell them that my now husband and I took our first summer vacation there more than 10 years ago. We fell in love somewhere between the rustic shack on the sea and the smoked mussels on our plates, mussels that were beyond everything, salty, meaty and light in one bite. We fell for each other and a slightly-askew fishing village at the very tip of an island so close to Canada. We weren’t too far from our Boston lives, only about six hours, but far enough to forget the rest of everything and just be there, in love with each other, everyone and those mussels.
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    We are not Martha

  • Meatball Flatbread with Parmesan Peppercorn Crust

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:13 pm
    What’s the one food you crave more than anything else? The food you wake up thinking about, go to bed dreaming about, and pretty much go about your business 24 hours a day craving? I’m guessing lots of people would say pizza. I mean, how many foods can claim they are featured on everything from bedding to underwear to jewelry. Well, maybe hamburgers could make an argument for themselves, too, but I’m still giving the prize to pizza.  But for me? It’s meatballs. With probably nachos trailing very closely behind (come to think of it, how have I never thought to make meatball nachos…
  • Peeps Fudge Sandwich Cookies

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    What do you think the most trash talked candy is? I’d like to take an informal poll, though I have a few ideas of my own. Candidates include circus peanuts, candy corn, and Peeps. I’d also like to nominate those little paper buttons that come on sheets of paper. Seriously, you call that candy? Stop. You will never find me defending circus peanuts or those little candy buttons. But I will defend candy corn and Peeps until my dying day. Peeps! They’re marshmallows! Rolled in sugar! I’m pretty sure I rant on this on an annual basis, but please stop disrespecting marshmallows rolled in…
  • Kale and Bacon Deviled Eggs

    16 Mar 2015 | 5:21 am
    I should probably rename this blog to “Kale Addicts Anonymous” or “Sorry, I Cooked with Kale Again” or “Please Don’t Kill Me, But I Put Kale In it.” But seriously, don’t kill me. Let’s just get over the idea that people are “over” kale and realize how silly that is. It’s fine if you just don’t like it or if you had a kale overdose and can’t bear the thought of it anymore. But to stop liking something just because it’s popular is dumb. Ugh, I find myself defending kale way too often. I put kale in and on these deviled eggs, BUT I also put bacon on them. The whole…
  • Lucky Charms Doughnuts

    11 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    In second grade, we had this thing on St. Patrick’s Day called The Eating of the Greens. All three classrooms came together and ate about a billion different green foods. I remember thinking it was SO crazy how many green foods we managed to pack on our plates. Looking back, I now realize it was probably all vegetables, jello, and green-dyed cake. Maybe some guacamole? Making an entire green meal really isn’t that impressive to me anymore. I mean, I drink a green smoothie pretty much every day and eat avocados by the bushel. I also have lots of experience with green food coloring. Once,…
  • Tropical Papaya Jalapeño Refresher + HP Sprout

    9 Mar 2015 | 3:20 am
    Guys, it’s like tropical here. Seriously. Today is going to be 46 degrees (allegedly) and Wednesday, it’s going to hit 54 (allegedly). Could it be that spring is in the air? I mean, I’m totally ignoring the two snowflakes that are showing up on my weather app for next Saturday and Sunday because they deserve to be ignored. Let’s just talk about the serious snow melting that’s going to be happening here.  I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to slush so much in my life (well, aside from blue vanilla and/or root beer Richie’s Slush, but that’s a whole other thing all…
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    Simple Comfort Food

  • Bacon Wrapped Fatty

    Dax Phillips
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    I know the name of this recipe is pretty hilarious, but recently I joined an online barbecue forum, and everyone was talking about the ‘fatty’. I can see why they call it that, most likely due to all of the bacon, and pork, but trust me on this one, this thing is nothing but awesome. There are a few great things about making this, as one you get to make a bacon weave, lay out some great ground pork, and stuff the pork with whatever you have in mind, then roll it up, and place it on the smoker. I got really excited when making this, and the end result was something my entire family…
  • Avocado and Brie Sandwich

    Dax Phillips
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:24 am
    I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a meat eater. I probably eat way too much meat, and as a matter of fact, I just got done eating some delicious beef jerky from Ray’s Butcher Shoppe. Sometimes though you just need to step away from the meat, and ingest a great salad, or a great sandwich. So this past weekend as we got ready for a busy Saturday, I decided to feed my wife as she was getting ready to head out the door. When I asked her if she wanted lunch, she perked up and said ‘Sure!’, and then I let her know what I was going to create. She was skeptical, but I…
  • Smoked Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

    Dax Phillips
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    I’m a big fan of jalapeño poppers, however I am probably the only one in my house that does love them, and with that said, I don’t get to eat them all that often. Regardless, there are occasions, such as this past weekend that allowed me to come up with these smoked bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers. Jalapeño poppers themselves are really good, but the addition of a slow smoke made these things even better. Unfortunately, I only had a couple of jalapeño peppers leftover from another recipe I was working on, and I say unfortunately because after eating these, they were awesome.
  • Thai Lemongrass and Ginger Dipping Sauce

    Dax Phillips
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    I thought it was funny the other day while driving my daughter on one of my errands, that when prompting her with the classic ‘what do you think we should have for dinner?’ question, she immediately responded with lettuce wraps and sticky rice. I find that funny because most kids here age would probably say things like pizza, or hot dogs, or burgers. Sticky rice and lettuce wraps. I’m glad my kids not only are able to experience new things that I make for them, but they appreciate and have fun interacting with things like sticky rice. Anytime I make sticky rice, I always,…
  • Filipino Kare-Kare

    Dax Phillips
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    I’ve been married to my wife now for a couple of handful of years, and as she is from Filipino descent, I feel like I’ve only skimmed the surface of Filipino cuisine. I’ve tinkered with giniling, adobo, afritada, lechon manok, the torta, chicharrones with rice, lumpia shanghai, and even a take on sisig, but there is one thing I haven’t tried yet, and that is kare-kare.  You see, my father-in-law is from a province from the Philippines known as Papanga, and they are known for their cooking, and one of their traditional dishes is kare-kare. Kare-kare is essentially a…
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  • Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb

    Skinnytaste Gina
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    Roasted boneless leg of lamb seasoned with rosemary, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and garlic is a succulent Easter delight that truly celebrates Spring.With Easter coming soon, I am re-posting this easy, crowd-pleasing dish from the archives because I LOVE lamb, not just for Easter, but any time of the year.If rosemary is not your thing, you could use other fresh herbs such as thyme or oregano. Ask your butcher to trim off all the fat for you to make this easier. I like to roll and tie the lamb myself so I can season the inside as well as the out. If you are nervous about doing this, you can…
  • Spiralized Apple and Cabbage Slaw

    Skinnytaste Gina
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    This beautiful apple and cabbage slaw is sweet, bright and crisp, the perfect side dish to any meal and great to bring to a potluck.You don't need a spiralizer to make this, you can of course core and cut the apples into thin strips, but if you have one, use it because it's so much easier and quicker to do! No coring, and the seeds just pop out. II used the thicker blade on my Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicerto make my apple zoodles, which are not just for zucchini!I just remove the stems and place the thicker end in the little spokes for a better grip.  Then spiralize and quickly…
  • Southwestern Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Medley

    Skinnytaste Gina
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    This healthy salad is a great way to jump start your Spring! Quinoa, black beans, mango and vegetables with cilantro and lime juice – a delicious combination perfect for lunch or as a side dish. (perfect for Meatless Mondays!) Leftovers are great, the flavors only get better the next day.This recipe is from the archives, since the weather is getting warmer I find myself craving more salads and lighter dishes like this. It's packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, folate, iron and lutein so it's not just tasty, it's good for you.This recipe is from The Plant-Powered Diet by…
  • Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

    Skinnytaste Gina
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    I love the combination of this simple salad of asparagus, hard boiled egg and bacon tossed with a Dijon vinaigrette – it has Spring written all over it!I'm sharing this from the archives because asparagus is in season right now, and this is one of my go-to salads this time of year. Asparagus and eggs are a match made in heaven, but not just for breakfast, it's great for lunch too! I always keep hard boiled eggs on hand in my fridge to use throughout the week, therefore this salad came together in less than 10 minutes. It's perfect to pack for lunch, and you can easily double or…
  • Baked Eggs in Spaghetti Squash Nests

    Skinnytaste Gina
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    You're going to LOVE these baked eggs, baked in a nest of spaghetti squash which has a flavor similar to hash browns. Perfect for breakfast or brunch, and because I love my eggs with sriracha, I top mine with a few dashes just for an extra kick, totally optional of course.This recipe calls for cooked spaghetti squash which you can either roast in the oven cut side down in a baking dish at 375°F for 1 hour, or the quicker way is to pierce it all over with a fork, then microwave until the skin is soft, about 2 to 3 minutes per pound.  Remove the seeds and scrape the strands with a fork.
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  • Go Do This Thing: Wrestling Voice Jim Ross Brings One-Man Show to San Jose Today

    Matt Saincome
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    Jim Ross’s voice is the sound of wrestling. Whether it was backstage brawls, drive-through weddings, or Mankind getting thrown off the Hell in the Cell – you could always count on good ol’ JR to be right by your side, carefully guiding you through the surreal storylines of the WWE.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Go Do This Thing: The Chop Tops' Last Ride Revs Into Slims Saturday

    Sean McCourt
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    The Chop Tops have been tearing up local and international stages for two decades, taking traditional rockabilly, chucking out the owner’s manual, boosting the power, streamlining the chassis, and hot-rodding it into something that’s altogether new. “Every member of this band grew up listening to punk rock,” says Chops Tops singer and drummer Gary "Sinner" Marsh, who sees punk not merely as a type of music but an overall attitude. That attitude will be on full display at Slims Saturday, beginning at 9 p.m., when the The Chop Tops headline a bill that also includes The Hellbillys,…
  • Daniel Bryan Sees WrestleMania Main Event as "a personal failure"

    Matt Saincome
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Daniel Bryan, the WWE superstar whose signature “Yes!” chant took hold in the Giants’ dugout during their World Series run, has returned to the ring (and the Bay) after recuperating from a neck injury. Bryan was the star of last year’s WrestleMania, but as the big show comes to Santa Clara Sunday the fan favorite finds himself buried among mid-card contenders.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Wine Raves Comes To San Francisco This Weekend

    Trevor Felch
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Wine is a calm state of mind, right? Just imagine the rolling vine-covered hills of Sonoma and Napa.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Sound Advice for a New Gear Year

    Tony Ware
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    So, you exited Christmas flush with gift cards and $12 checks from grandma. You poured over all the “Best of 2014” lists and hit up iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc., to cherry-pick albums you missed.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • St. Patrick’s Corned Beef Dinner

    17 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Corned Beef is one of my favorite meals and I get to cook it only once or twice a year – once on St. Patrick’s Day [March 17th for those not in the know] for dinner and again when either the mood strikes me or I have special guests. Well, the other day we had special guests in and not only did I make this special dinner, we actually sat at the Dining Room table! St. Patrick’s Corned Beef Dinner Recipe Ingredients: 4.5 to 5 pound corned beef brisket, trimmed of fat 1 whole garlic clove 10 black peppercorns 2 bay leaves 8 or so carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces 8 or so…
  • The Best Berry Muffins You’ll Ever Eat

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

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

    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…
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    Lick My Spoon

  • Balsamic Roasted Strawberries

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Strawberries are back!!! Spring has sprung, and while the re-appearance of fava beans and asparagus is exciting, it doesn’t hold a candle to the sight of strawberries at the market again! Juicy, sweet, and intoxicatingly fragrant, pick up a few baskets of these beauties this weekend and after you’ve popped enough of them into your mouth as is, roast them. But first toss them in a touch of sugar, a splash of balsamic, vanilla, and a pinch of salt and pepper. I know it sounds weird. But trust. Especially on the pepper part. It adds just the slightest hint of something unexpected, and when…
  • Sous Vide Beef Bourguignon

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:05 am
    If this winter has you chilled to the bone, this Beef Bourguignon (or Boeuf Bourguignon if we’re being properly French) is just the kind of boeuf-y, hearty meal you need to warm you from the inside out. Serve this saucy stew with garlic mashed potatoes, a slice of crusty bread, cauliflower puree, or my favorite iteration, with golden puffs of crescent roll drops baked on top...  [READ FULL POST]
  • Grapefruit Campari Granita + Yogurt Semifreddo

    16 Feb 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Sweet, tart, and refreshing, this pretty in pink Grapefruit Campari Granita + Yogurt Semifreddo situation is the perfect end to any meal. I’m smitten with the flavor combo here – the grapefruit and Campari will wake up your taste buds (Negroni lovers will pretty much die when they taste it) – and it is a match made in heaven with the yogurt semifreddo. It’s like a little game of tag between sweet and tart, a barely there kiss of bitterness, then a second rendition of sweet and tart. And the texture! It’s simply delightful. Icy and creamy all at once – it’s reminiscent of all…
  • Marijuana Edibles: Cannabis Goes Gourmet

    5 Feb 2015 | 8:07 am
    Cannabis-infused treats are no longer limited to your pan of pot brownies made from a box mix. Nope, edibles are all grown up, and they have good taste. Even Ruhlman is weighing in on how to cook with cannabis. In 2014 legal marijuana sales in the US came in at an estimated $2.6 billion. That number is estimated to reach $8.2 billion by 2018. A big part of that number will be due to edibles. In Colorado (the first of four states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana), edibles are a major part of the cannabis market, accounting for 50% or more of sales at some retail shops. [caption…
  • Maple Bacon Hot Buttered Bourbon

    3 Feb 2015 | 10:19 am
    Did you make this Bacon-Infused Bourbon yet? Yes? Oh good, because you’re about to put it to great use. You’ve heard of Hot Buttered Rum? Well this is Hot Buttered Bourbon, MAPLE BACON Hot Buttered Bourbon to be exact! You can just call it your new favorite wintertime drink. We made some impressive upgrades from your traditional Hot Buttered Rum. First, there is of course, the swap out of the rum with our home-infused Bacon Bourbon. Then, we tackle the “buttered” component. In our last post, we talked a little bit about “fat washing” – well the same method is applied to the…
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    Food Storage Made Easy

  • Food Storage Do-Over Week 11: Fruits and Vegetables

    Jodi and Julie
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    We are excited to be starting week 11 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! If you didn’t catch last week’s post which talked about baking ingredients you can see it here. Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you’d like to receive email notifications of each week’s do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect!
  • Food Storage Do-Over Week 10: Baking Ingredients

    Jodi and Julie
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    We are excited to be starting week 10 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! If you didn’t catch last week’s post which talked about legumes and meats you can see it here. Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you’d like to receive email notifications of each week’s do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect!
  • 5 Reasons Beans Should be Part of Your Food Storage

    Jodi and Julie
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Dried beans can be an intimidating food storage item for many people. In our experience people typically either do not like them, do not know how to cook them properly, or do not know what types of foods to make using them. We want to share with you FIVE reasons why beans should be a staple in YOUR food storage (if they aren’t already) and hopefully give you some tips along the way that will help you overcome some of those common challenges. photo credit cookbookman 1. BEANS ARE HEALTHY Beans, peas, and lentils are the richest source of vegetable protein and are a good source of both…
  • Food Storage Do-Over Week 9: Legumes and Meats

    Jodi and Julie
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    We are excited to be starting week 9 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! If you didn’t catch last week’s post which included an index of recipe for using grains you can see it here. Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you’d like to receive email notifications of each week’s do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way…
  • Using Grains: A Recipe Index

    Jodi and Julie
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    This week in our Food Storage Do- Over we are working on incorporating some of the grains we are storing into our everyday cooking. Here is a resource for you on recipes using grains we have done on our site over the past number of years. Pick a grain you need to use or rotate and give a recipe a try! Blender Wheat Pancakes Whole Wheat/Multi-Grain Waffles Whole Wheat Tortillas Best Wheat Bread Recipe – Yup We Said BEST! Food Storage Enchilada Pie Homemade Whole Wheat Noodles and Lasagna Peanut Butter Bread 3 Pizza Dough Recipes Pumpkin Cake No-Knead Bread Sourdough 101: Part 2 of 2 (Bread)…
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    Living the Culinary Life, Every Day.

  • Hold Up! Action Required!

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    As you’re probably well aware, I have a newsletter for my cooking projects, TheCulinaryLife and FearlessFresh. In the new plan for 2015, this newsletter is where I will teach you how to be a culinary ninja. First, I want to say that it’s been awesome having you as a reader and I really appreciate you being here. Since it’s almost spring, it’s about time I did a little mailing list housekeeping. My newsletter has grown a lot since I started it in 2010, and as a result there are a lot of folks who seem to have faded into the background. That’s totally…
  • Cheese 101: Andante’s Metronome Cheese – Mixed-Milk Splendor

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    4 Dec 0001 | 4:00 pm
    - Meet Metronome cheese, for serious lovers of mixed-milk flavor. - Named after the ticking device used by musicians to keep their rhythm while practicing, Metronome is a gorgeous pyramid of precocious mixed-milk personality. The cheesemaker, Soyoung Scanlan of Andante Dairy, hand-crafts Metronome cheese in a shape traditionally reserved only for goat cheeses, giving Metronome an air of mystery for anyone schooled in the art of traditional French cheesemaking. Set all preconceived notions aside, though; before your first bite you may expect the playful tang of goat’s milk, but a…
  • Valentine’s Day White Chocolate Soufflé Recipe

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    4 Dec 0001 | 4:00 pm
    - How about a pink and white chocolate soufflé recipe for Valentine’s Day? – Yes, please! When it comes to romance, can you think of a culture more associated with grand, sweeping gestures of love than the French? There’s a reason they call Paris “the city of love.” Then it makes sense to celebrate Valentine’s Day with another simple dessert straight out of France’s pastry canon, a recipe for white chocolate soufflé. Plus soufflés only take about 10 minutes of work to create, so you’ll be able to spend your time doing, um, other things with…
  • 15-Minute Honey Thyme Orange Chicken Recipe

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    4 Dec 0001 | 4:00 pm
    - A super-fast orange chicken recipe for those “I don’t want to cook” nights. - I have a ridiculous number of cookbooks – over 700 at last count, and that was over a year ago – so at this point I’ve become very discerning over which cookbooks I’m willing to spend my money on. I mean, you can only own so many baking books before you see the same brownie recipe pop up 15 or 20 or even 50 times. To say I have cookbook ennui would be an understatement. Or maybe it’s not ennui; it just takes a lot more to give me excited about a cookbook these days. In case…
  • Valentine’s Day Cheese: A Cheese Plate Made for Two

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    4 Dec 0001 | 4:00 pm
    - Three Valentine’s Day cheeses worth gifting - Most folks don’t think of cheese when it comes to Valentine’s Day surprises, but I can’t think of a more delicious gift for your best boy or girl. Cheese is thoughtful, it’s fun, and it’s more unique than a typical box of chocolates. A well-thought-out cheese plate says so many things. To a true cheese lover, it says, “You’re awesome enough to warrant something really special.” ... Read the rest of Valentine’s Day Cheese: A Cheese Plate Made for Two on The Culinary Life. Permalink |…
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    Food GPS

  • Benefit from Tap Takeover Leftovers

    Joshua Lurie
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. A special marketing push at better beer bars involves rare beers. Establishments that command high allocation build tap takeovers around white whales like Russian River Pliny the Younger, Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA or Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Brewery reps (or better yet, brewmasters) are in the house to answer questions, and people flock across the city, and sometimes further, to experience beers that would make their Beer Advocate brethren jealous. In most cases, those kegs kick within a couple hours, but the brewery generally brings other great…
  • Firkfest Redux

    Sean Inman
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. Avoiding the sophomore slump was no problem for Greg Nagel of OC Beer Blog as his second Firkfest in Anaheim’s Farmer’s Park was as good (if not better) than the first event. To backpedal a bit, a firkin in this instance is a special one-off cask from 30+ of L.A. and Orange County breweries. Generally a known beer with a twist of a special ingredient (or three), The Bruery pouring Humulus Lager with Pomelo grapefruit and Habanero pepper is a perfect example. The hot day was made even hotter with the addition of a chili cookoff with tents.
  • L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

    Joshua Lurie
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. The L.A. Beer Blast lets Food GPS readers know what’s new at select L.A. bars and restaurants with great beer selections. You’ll also discover beer-related events in the area. FIRKFEST REDUX, I7 + BEER PAPER LA PODCAST Avoiding the sophomore slump was no problem for Greg Nagel of OC Beer Blog as his second Firkfest in Anaheim’s Farmer’s Park was as good as (if not better than) the first event. The Beer of the Week spotlights a new hop varietal, I7, and your Homework requires careful listening, since Beer Paper LA has entered the podcast realm.
  • Chefs Leave, Then What?

    Joshua Lurie
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. Chefs leave. It’s inevitable. They leave to open their own restaurants. They’re fired. They leave the industry entirely. In the past two years, some of my favorite chefs have left L.A. restaurants. Since I’m in a small (but increasingly large) circle of people who obsessively track restaurant news, I’ve noticed, but how much does the general public care about these changes? Brian Dunsmoor and front of house partner Jonathan Strader left The Hart & The Hunter in the Palihotel to launch Ladies’ Gunboat Society at Flores in what is now Japantown,…
  • The Nest Homemade Sausage (Dose of Vitamin P)

    Joshua Lurie
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. The Nest is an ambitious “breakfast joint” from Antonio Appling and chef Michael Lavery, who became friends while attending San Francisco State University. Appling was a high school teacher in nearby Compton and convinced lavery to leave his job as a Bi-Rite butcher. Now they have a bustling space at breakfast and lunch, complete with wood tables and counter, peaked roof with white rafters, and walls touting posters devoted to Vegetables, Super Powers and Haircuts. You’re also in store for fun ’90s music like Toni!, Tony!, Tone! “It Feels…
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  • Spring Salad with Sweet and Sour Aigre-Doux

    Greg Henry
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This Spring Salad with Alain Passard’s Aigre-Doux dressing came to this blog after a long lonely year in the dark. I know that sounds like a seasonal metaphor, but it’s not. I may have a blog, a podcast, a twitter account and all the rest of that stuff. But really, I’m a luddite and I didn’t discover this recipe via a search engine, or even a blog (though I hope you do). The reason this simple and seasonal Farmers Market Spring Salad spent nearly a year waiting to see the light of blog is because I first saw it in the LA Times. Which is a newspaper. You remember…
  • Spitting my Way Thru the Family Winemakers 2015 Tasting

    Helen Melville
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    “It’s Sunday, people should be brunching!” Greg is mystified as we hungrily walk with Ken through downtown Pomona, searching in vain for some food before the colossal Family Winemakers wine tasting event we’re about to attend. Sunday morning. No brunch. No food. However, when we arrive at the Pomona Fairgrounds Conference Center, we see that the organizers had the foresight to provide piles of La Brea Bakery bread, cheese and crackers. Crisis averted. No crowds. No lines. No brunch, but there’s cheese! Oh, the joys of a huge wine tasting event that is not oversold! The…
  • Asparagus Soup with Fried Eggs: Dinner for Breakfast

    Greg Henry
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Have you ever eaten dinner for breakfast? No I don’t mean breakfast for dinner (what some people call brinner). I mean have you ever started the day with a meal you’d typically eat in the evening? Something like soup. Asparagus Soup with Fried Eggs. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. To me that means we should eat our favorite food at breakfast. Soup is one of my favorite foods. It’s time we freed breakfast, and even soup, from the shackles of convention. Think about it: we’re totally cool with eggs and bacon for dinner. Pancakes and waffles too, so why…
  • Spaghetti and Bean Balls Aren’t the Butt of my Joke

    Greg Henry
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    The English language can be very problematic. Take the word meatball for example. On its face it’s a perfectly fine word. It communicates exactly what you should expect– orbs of meat. But what if those orbs aren’t meat in the traditional sense? What if they’re made from poultry? Should we call them chicken balls? Should it be one word or two? You can see how confusion might set in. Maybe even derision. Same goes for my Spaghetti and Bean Balls. You just can’t say bean balls without a devilish smile on your face, can you? However, I did not intend this recipe to be…
  • Salmon Salad Sandwich, Green Goddess, No Fuss

    Greg Henry
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    I was a little bit fussy when I was a kid. I hope this Salmon Salad Sandwich proves that those days are long gone. I’m not saying I was a fussy eater. The only foods I recall having trouble eating were watermelon (texture), sesame seeds (they made me gag), canned mushrooms (the 1970s version squeaked when you chewed) and salmon (I don’t know what I was thinking on that one). I had a “bring it on” attitude about most food (often a “bring it on again” attitude). So it wasn’t so much the food itself I was fussy about, but how that food was presented. I…
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  • Caramelized Shallot Polenta

    Denise Woodward
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    We are in New York, and it is COLD!  The sun is shining, and the blue skies try to fool you, as it is cold when you swing open that hotel door and step out.  I am wishing I was behind the stove making a big pot of this Caramelized Shallot Polenta.  I love this recipe! This is a recipe I recently developed for Eat Boutique, and it came about after an amazing Italian holiday dinner at a little hole in the wall in Reno.  It is really perfect for the last few days of winter dining.  I mean Spring has to be around the corner, right?  It is rich in flavor with caramelized shallots and tangy…
  • Weekly Menu | Week 7

    Denise Woodward
    21 Mar 2015 | 12:03 am
    We are traveling this weekend, but still wanted you to have the Weekly Menu for Week 7, as well as the shopping list.  We definitely planned out some great meals for this week, including a few favorites such as chicken sausage tacos (think quick and easy) as well as maple pork chops.   Happy Shopping!  Happy Cooking! ** remember most of our recipes serve 4          Print     Le Weekly / Chez Us Staples olive oil 1 yellow onion garlic kosher salt black pepper butter nutmeg honey limes (enough for 1/4 cup of juice) lemons olive oil red…
  • Crushing On

    Denise Woodward
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Happy Friday!  Happy Spring!  Happy that it is the weekend as we are heading to New York for work.  Even though, we will be working, we are looking forward to a little down time in the city.  We will be staying in the lower East Side which is a new to us neighborhood.  The only time we have been in that area is a few years back when we ate at Prune (which we LOVED).  I have been putting together our list of noshes and everywhere is either a noodle joint, doughnut shop or a coffee house.  Not sure where to start first!  Do you have any favorite places to go in New York?  What is on…
  • Lamb Stew

    Denise Woodward
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Spring time is beginning to take over the farmer’s markets.  There has been an abundance of tender baby vegetables from radishes in an assortment of Easter egg colors, all the way to baby carrots and adorable turnips showing up on a weekly basis.  Yes, I said adorable turnips.  It is time to get in the kitchen and make lamb stew.  This recipe is a wonderful collection of what it is in season right now, from the vegetables to tender spring lamb. Normally when I make lamb stew it tends to be on the heartier side to your rib’s side.  I usually make it with a heavy beer and stock…
  • Weekly Menu | Week 6

    Denise Woodward
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Good Morning!  Here is our Weekly Menu for Week 6 along with our shopping list;  we have some delicious planned for what is going to be a busy week.  I tried to balance it out with equal parts veggie meals as well as some fish and meat.  Wait until you try those Beer Braised Short Ribs, it is a favorite recipe of ours and perfect for a Sunday evening.  If you are looking for sides to go with the mains we have listed on Le Weekly, then hop over to our recipe index and take a look around.  I have received a few emails asking about staples in our pantry.  Thrilled there is interest to…
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  • Blackened Fish Sandwiches with Spicy Corn + Cabbage Slaw

    Jennifer Pallian
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Spice-rubbed, flakey fish sandwiches with creamy cabbage and corn slaw and jalapeno-lime dressing. Crazy delicious! The post Blackened Fish Sandwiches with Spicy Corn + Cabbage Slaw appeared first on Foodess.
  • Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

    Jennifer Pallian
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:53 pm
    This Chocolate Banana Cream Pie is totally dreamy: rich, creamy chocolate pudding layered with ripe bananas in a crumbly graham cracker crust. Swoon! The post Chocolate Banana Cream Pie appeared first on Foodess.
  • Veggie, Tofu + Shrimp Pad Thai

    Jennifer Pallian
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:05 pm
    A super-flavourful veggie-packed tofu and shrimp Pad Thai piled high with fresh, crunchy toppings. A perfect balance of sweet, salty, spicy and sour. The post Veggie, Tofu + Shrimp Pad Thai appeared first on Foodess.
  • Super Moist Banana Zucchini Bread

    Jennifer Pallian
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    This Banana-Zucchini Bread is the most moist and tender quickbread you'll ever make. The post Super Moist Banana Zucchini Bread appeared first on Foodess.
  • Greens, Mexican Rice + Refried Bean Burritos

    Jennifer Pallian
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    These hearty vegetarian bean burritos are filled with refried beans, vibrant Mexican rice, and a quick sauté of greens. Flavourful and healthy! The post Greens, Mexican Rice + Refried Bean Burritos appeared first on Foodess.
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    80 Breakfasts

  • Lemon Butter Chicken

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    So many new places to eat are opening up these days.  Not just in my neighborhood (in which there are a lot of great new places to explore and turn into hangouts…yay!) but all over.  Our local dining scene has never been more vibrant.  It is truly a diners market where one has a dizzying array of choices.  There are those maverick independents whose delicious and creative offerings are the work of a brave soul armed with just his (or her!) passion and the desire to share it.  Then there is the multitude of seeds being sowed by big gutsy restaurant groups – whose…
  • Garlic Mushroom Quinoa

    15 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    Hi!  How have you all been doing?  Good I hope.  I’ve been under the weather this past week.  One of those nasty, unidentifiable bugs that make you feel generally lousy (runny nose, itchy throat, achy body) but not lousy enough to render you totally bedridden.  And if I’m not feeling lousy enough to be bedridden, then you know where I am…doing everything else but.  Slogging through work, going to meetings, cooking for my home (and for my blog…which incidentally is really the same sort of cooking), running errands, and then going to bed at night feeling…
  • Double Chocolate Pancakes

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:06 am
    When it’s time to do the grocery I always (ideally) like to fly solo.  When the whole brood comes along, things no doubt get crazy with all sorts of stuff mysteriously appearing in the cart by checkout time.  And don’t think this is solely from the little ones.  C always sneaks in some contraband – Vienna sausage, Spam, and his beloved instant noodles.  As far as little C goes, the aisles are both a treasure trove and a minefield…sugary snacks lurking in every corner and, gasp, again, the instant noodles.  As for the littlest one, although he has yet to learn…
  • Guava Bars

    22 Feb 2015 | 5:33 am
    So, I’ve been walking lately.  A brisk morning walk several times a week, as well as walking wherever I can vis a vis taking the car.  Although I have always espoused a life of decadence (i.e. rationalising my laziness), a pain au chocolat in one hand and a good book in the other, cozily ensconced in a mass of duvet covers, I can’t deny that time takes its toll on all of us unless we do something to counter it.  And so, a little movement is in order to get this old ticker in some semblance of satisfactory shape so I will be able to one day walk my now-little-ones down the…
  • Sesame Soba Noodles

    14 Feb 2015 | 11:23 pm
    I was at our neighborhood coffee shop yesterday morning.  I woke up a just a tiny bit earlier so I could sneak a solo coffee before I went to market.  Which I suppose is a funny thing to do on Valentines, but I love it when I have time to grab a cup of coffee before heading to the market on Saturdays, so there you go.  Just me, my flat white, doing my little (and I do mean little) market list, and watching my neighbors.  A little bit of calm before the weekend bursts upon us.I sat there, like I have done many Saturdays before, sipping my coffee, looking around.  I let…
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    Edible Garden

  • 8 Eggless Mango Recipes to use up Ripe Mangoes

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Using up ripe mangoes in mango desserts is a great problem to have, unfortunately one I haven't been faced with in many years since mangoes are not cheap in Singapore or Australia but more importantly, they don't taste the same as our delicious Indian varieties. Summer is hot and humid but that also means we get to taste most of our favourite fruits by the dozens - mangoes!When we were kids, Amma used to buy all fruits seasonally from the wholesaler in baskets or boxes. We never bought 1 or 2 kilos of fruit, ever. With mangoes, we would buy them in 5 or 10 kilo wooden crates packed with hay.
  • Moong Dal Thogayal, Moong Dal Chutney Recipe

    22 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    Moong dal chutney or thogayal, an easy chutney with moong dal (paasi paruppu in Tamil, cherupayar  in Malayalam) that is a lip smacking combination with rice and kuzhambu, especially kara kuzhambu. I use a lot of moong dal in my cooking, especially in the form of kootu and moong dal tadka but this is the first attempt at making a thogayal with moong dal and I must say it was a success.We absolutely love thogayal and rice in the Edible Garden household so if you are anything like us, definitely try my:Paruppu thogayal recipeKothamalli thogayalChow chow thogayalBrinjal chutneyTomato…
  • Cauliflower Green Peas Curry with Coconut, Step by Step Recipe

    14 Mar 2015 | 2:29 am
    Cauliflower green peas curry in a coconut base, a perfect South Indian vegetarian side dish for rice and even chapatis.Cauliflower and green peas are quite a match and this simple South Indian style curry with coconut really hits the spot, especially if you are a cauliflower lover. The recipe is not particularly 'authentic' or anything, just something I made up as I went but the result surely suggests it's a keeper! Cauliflower is one of TH's favourite vegetables and on days he goes to pick up vegetables and I don't give a list saying what exactly to get, you can be sure I'll be staring at a…
  • Easy Peas Pulao Recipe - Make Matar Pulao Step by Step

    9 Mar 2015 | 1:03 am
    Peas pulao or matar pulao is my go-to rice recipe when I make a time-consuming side dish, especially for guests. In general, I love pulao recipes on a busy day because unlike the South Indian food that I usually cook, pulao makes for great one pot meals if you add enough vegetables to it, or it makes for a very quick main when you are toiling over a more complicated and richer side dish like, say, malai kofta. When she visited me over Christmas last year, my sister got me a bag of fresh green peas. I am very used to the frozen ones and had even begun to accept them as very good but these…
  • Bhel Puri Recipe, How to Make Bhel Poori Step by Step

    8 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Bhel puri (or bhel poori, bhelpuri) is no doubt the most common chaat on the streets of Mumbai alongside the popular pav bhaji. In fact, I first had my taste of Bhel Puri in Chennai Marina Beach where a vendor mixed it up and put them in newspaper cones for curious 8-year-old me. While it was probably not as authentic as the Bhel Puri you find in Mumbai, I was hooked! How can a simple fistful of ingredients and sauces create something so delicious, I wondered. Well, I guess I now know that there's nothing very simple about the flavours incorporated into the chaat chutneys and the quick mix of…
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    The Gotham Palate

  • Balzem Brings Mediterranean Delights and Warm Energy

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    BY BETH KAISERMAN Balzem 202 Mott St. in SoHo   The air in Balzem was positive and lively as a few writers gathered for a menu with wine pairings. Wine racks and vintage mirrors lined the walls, and an orange glow filled the room. The warm and intimate space seats 58, with long communal [...]
  • French Bistro Serves Up Health-Conscious Fare – Review of Le Village

    8 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    BY BETH KAISERMAN Le Village 127 E. 7th St. East Village (212) 539-0231 The Gotham Palate was invited to a menu tasting at Le Village, Chef Didier Pawlicki’s East Village bistro. Pawlicki, also owner of La Sirene and Taureau, highlights gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan fare here. Seeing any sort of nutrition information on a French [...]
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    The Italian Dish

  • Chocolate Cinnamon Babkallah

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    I discovered this recipe last year and made it for my youngest son who loves both challah bread and chocolate. This is a cross between a chocolate babka and challah bread and it's so good.  I... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • Shrimp Risotto and a Whole Foods Gift Card Giveaway!

    10 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    Whole Foods is celebrating their Parmigiano Reggiano cheese again this year and they want to give a lucky reader a $50 gift card to use in their stores!  All you have to do is leave a comment at... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • March Pasta Making Class

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you live in the mid-Michigan area, I'm announcing a Pasta Making Class in March:   Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 1-4 p.m. in my home Click on my "Cooking Classes" tab above for more... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • Strawberries Stuffed with Mascarpone Cheese

    10 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    If you're like me, most of the time for Valentine's I prefer to stay home and prepare a nice dinner myself. And it's not just because Valentine's Day is notorious for being a bad night to go out, but... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • Sara Jenkins' Italian Porchetta

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
      What do you do when you miss a dish that you can get in Italy but doesn't exist here? If you're Chef Sara Jenkins, you open your own storefront and start making and selling that dish. That's... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
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    chaos in the kitchen

  • Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable Salad with Kale and Goat Cheese

    22 Mar 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Hurry!  Any minute it will be blazing, sweltering, too-hot-to-even-look-at-the-stove and you will have missed the narrow window where both roasted winter vegetables and the freshness of a spring salad can intermingle.  There is so much going on in this dish its a shame to qualify it as “just a salad.”  It is a platefull of superfoods, a medley of textures, hearty but health conscious.  Make everything at once and enjoy for dinner or take your time and store each component in the fridge for amazing desk lunches all week.  (...)Click here for the recipe Quinoa and Roasted…
  • Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

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

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

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

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

    Lori Lange
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you’re planning for an Easter brunch, this Easter Brunch Menu I’ve put together might be of some help.  I’ve included a few easy decorating ideas too. I always go as simple as possible with decor.  Some nice pastels are utilized for the table.  I purchased the baby blue tablecloth and Easter egg table runner at HomeGoods.  The centerpiece is just a purchased plant tucked into a basket with Easter grass.  When brunch is over, I can send the plant home with one of my guests.Continue Reading Easter Brunch Menu... ©2015 RecipeGirl | Permalink | No commentsThe post…
  • Overnight Blueberry French Toast

    Lori Lange
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a delicious recipe for a spring or summer brunch:  Overnight Blueberry French Toast I have had this recipe sitting in my email for years… 4 years to be exact!  I don’t remember how I came to ask for it.  I must have been on Twitter (the big thing back then) tweeting to my friends to send me recommendations for a good brunch casserole for Easter or Mother’s Day.  One of my friends really came through for me because this overnight french toast casserole is a big time winner.  The recipe comes from my friend Janet (an internet friend for many years, but…
  • Tex Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole

    Lori Lange
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a recipe I used to make for my husband all the time when we first got married:  Tex Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole This recipe has been tucked away in my files for such a long time.  I don’t think I’ve made it since about 2001!  We seriously loved this recipe so much when we were a young married couple.  It’s so super simple to make, it’s total comfort food, and the leftovers are terrific stuffed into a burrito.Continue Reading Tex Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole... ©2015 RecipeGirl | Permalink | 17 commentsThe post Tex Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole…
  • Strawberry Ricotta Whole Wheat Pancakes

    Lori Lange
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a recipe that is perfect for a weekend breakfast treat:  Strawberry Ricotta Whole Wheat Pancakes These are the fluffiest, most delicious pancakes I’ve made in a long time!  My family absolutely loves it when I surprise them with a fun breakfast on the weekend.  And they were beyond excited when I made these!  They’re made with ricotta cheese and whole wheat flour… which makes them full of protein and a little bit healthy too.  And they’re topped with an easy-to-whip-up strawberry syrup and fresh strawberries.  No maple syrup needed at all.Continue…
  • Irish Apple Crisp

    Lori Lange
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a dessert that’ll have you wanting seconds (and thirds!):  Irish Apple Crisp I’m not Irish myself (I’m a 1/2 Swedish, quarter Portuguese kinda girl).  My husband is very Irish though.  He has the fair skin, the rosy cheeks, he likes beer, he can talk to anyone, and he’s the last one to leave the party.  So when I feed him something and tell him it’s “Irish,” he jumps on board for an enthusiastic taste test.  This apple crisp uses Irish oats (I use McCann’s quick-cooking rolled oats… not the steel cut variety) in the…
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    Tamarind and Thyme

  • Yami in New Malden

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:14 pm
    We have Korean food on the brain and especially the Korean food in New Malden. I’m keen for us to try all the restaurants in the area but for our last two visits, we’ve stuck with one about which we’ve heard good things – Yami, located on the high street. We first visited for lunch one Sunday and I was surprised to discover that their lunch menu was available all through the week. There’s no barbecue meats on it but there’s a very good range of dishes. We selected a few and to my delight, three banchan were brought to our table; there was kimchi, spicy…
  • CheeMc in Elephant and Castle

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    There’s a bus that takes us directly from Croydon all the way to Elephant and Castle – it’s a ridiculously scenic route as the route rolls up and down a number of hills. This route has also introduced me to a number of neighbourhoods and, of course, new restaurants in those hoods. One that caught my eye on Walworth Road in between Camberwell and Elephant and Castle was the slightly absurdly named CheeMc. It turns out that Chi-Mc is the Korean compound word for Korean fried chicken and beer, an extremely popular combination there and in China, thanks to the export of Korean…
  • Lanzhou Noodle Bar

    12 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    I’ve been walking by the Lanzhou Noodle Bar (on Cranbourn Street, just around the corner from the entrance to Leicester Square station) without ever paying it much attention. In the window are steam trays filled with the kind of buffet Chinese food that you expect an unsuspecting tourist to order, thinking that this is what real Chinese food is like in London’s Chinatown. Well, who’s the noob now?! It turns out that behind that false front is noodle heaven. (With thanks to Lizzie as I read about the place on her blog first – and yet still couldn’t find it, sigh)…
  • Fricasé de Pollo

    4 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    I’m a huge fan of Cuban food. No, I’ve not been to Cuba; my only experiences have been in Florida and what I’ve had had been fantastic. I’ve been looking for Cuban food in London but most of the “Cuban” restaurants seem more focused on the vibe rather than the food. I’d have to figure out how to cook it at home. Luckily, there are a lot of Cuban recipes online and many Cuban recipe blogs coming out of Florida. I recently learned of one classic French-inspired braised chicken dish called fricasé de pollo. One Saturday while working from home, I…
  • Mi Cocina Es Tuya – Cafe Latino in Crystal Palace

    24 Feb 2015 | 2:02 pm
    It turns out that I’m one bus ride away from Crystal Palace, which I’ve been wanting to visit for a while to see the Victorian dinosaur models in Crystal Palace park. Of course, the Sunday I chose turned out to be freezing and wet, all the more reason to stay for a long lunch at nearby Mi Cocina Es Tuya, one of only two Venezuelan restaurants in London (and this was the only one for a long time). It’s a remarkably cosy and friendly place and the owner will happily engage in discourse on Venezuela and music and music in Venezuela. I love the fruit shakes that one sees on the…
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    Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine

  • Cocktails & Appetizers So You Can Party Like A Mad Man

    The Food Hunter
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter The final seven episodes of Mad Men premiers on Sunday April 5th, so there's no better time than now to celebrate the end of an era. Bloggers from around the world are coming together to create a memorable Mad Men Virtual Party with food and drink recipes from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook, by Judy Gelman & Peter Zehutlin. (enter below to win a copy) From the very first season Mad Men has intertwined food and drink into just about every episode and has helped to create the modern cocktail scene. Making popular once again drinks such as the Old Fashioned &…
  • The Tilted Tea in Honor of National Whiskey Day

    The Food Hunter
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food HunterNational Whiskey Day is tomorrow and what better way to celebrate than with a classic drink featuring a whiskey kick? The Tilted Kilt, an Arizona sports bar that combines Celtic décor, humorous limericks and sexy cast members with great food, drinks and fun, takes your traditional Long Island Iced Tea and kicks it up a notch with their own version called a Tilted Tea. The refreshing drink blends four different kinds of liquor, including Whiskey, with Triple Sec for that sweet flavor you’ll want to sip on all day long. Tilted Tea½ oz. Three Olives Naked Vodka½ oz. of…
  • Eating Whole Foods: Ricotta & Salami Stuffed Artichokes

    The Food Hunter
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter I grew up eating my grandmother's stuffed artichokes; where each leaf was generously filled with bread crumbs seasoned with herbs and Parmesan cheese. They were delicious but quite time consuming to make. Recently I came across a recipe of Emeril Lagasse's for stuffed artichokes where only the center of the artichoke was filled. Talk about a time saver, this recipe cut the preparation nearly in half. Not only were they quicker and easier to make, but Emeril used a whipped seasoned ricotta & salami filling which turned out to be much tastier than the seasoned…
  • Hazelnut Dark Chocolate Brownies...Inspired By My Love for Nutella

    The Food Hunter
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter By now I'm sure you all know my situation with "Nutella" and for those that don't you can read about it here. Anyway, after a several year fling with "Nutella" it's finally time for me to come "clean." But living completely without him is unthinkable hence the recipe below.Hazelnut Dark Chocolate Brownies(printable recipe) 7 oz dark 80% chocolate3/4 cup butter, cut into pieces4 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup hazelnut flourPreheat your oven to 350F and line a 9X9" baking pan with parchment paper.Melt butter and dark chocolate together stirring…
  • Celebrate Spring With An Italian Sangria

    The Food Hunter
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter Cheers to Spring! It's been a long and brutal winter in most parts of the country, but the 1st day of spring is finally here, and there's no better way to celebrate than with your favorite cocktail. The Cove Trattoria, a contemporary family-owned and operated Italian restaurant in Scottsdale is celebrating the season with their Italian Sangria, a robust blend of alcohol and fruit juice garnished with citrus. If you can't make it into the Cove to try this specialty cocktail, mix up a large batch at home, invite some friends over and enjoy the weather while you can....pretty…
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    Farmgirl Fare

  • Wednesday Farm Photos: It's Spring!

    Farmgirl Susan
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Jasper is so much help in the kitchen garden. Not.Spring: The time of year on a farm when it feels like you're already behind before it even begins.Whew! The weeks of snow and ice finally ended and we went straight up into the 70's. My hunky farmguy Joe and I would actually prefer at least another month of winter—minus the treacherous layer of ice covering everything—but Mother Nature is having none of it.The birds are chirping, the peepers are peeping, the grass is growing, the daffodils are blooming, and last week we saw at least a couple of thousand geese heading north. The…
  • Wednesday Dose of Cute: Baa, Baa, Baa!

    Farmgirl Susan
    24 Dec 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Merry Christmas!Wishing you a joyful, peaceful, and beautiful holiday season.— Susan, Joe, and 53 cute farm critters (including 7 donkeys; Dan just got pushed out of the picture)
  • Recipe: Quick and Easy (and Healthy!) Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Parmesan

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

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

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

  • Einkorn Rye Chocolate Chip Pancakes

    Shanna Mallon
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    I woke up this morning wanting chocolate chip pancakes, so after Tim and I split an apple (fruit in the morning every morning!), these einkorn rye beauties, studded with melted chocolate throughout, were side by side with us at our computer screens. I went with rye because of the bag of rye flour in our freezer, which came in my first Thrive Market order last week. (Short sales pitch: Have you heard of Thrive Market yet? They say they’re Costco meets Whole Foods. And while they’re not paying me to tell you this, we did sign up to be affiliates after joining the service, because,…
  • Babymoon Getaway to Alpharetta, GA!

    Shanna Mallon
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    From big-name shopping to luxurious, family-friendly outdoor spaces to on-point attention to detail everywhere you look, Alpharetta, Georgia wowed us from the moment we arrived. Here’s a look at all the things we loved about the gorgeous, inspired Tech City of the South, set just four hours south of Nashville. A week ago, all we knew about Alpharetta, Georgia was that its chef-driven restaurants were getting a lot of attention and that big-city Atlanta wasn’t too far away. Now, after a weekend babymoon getaway to Awesome Alpharetta, I can tell you it is all that and more. The…
  • Orange Ginger Sunshine Smoothie

    Shanna Mallon
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    When I first met the man who would become my husband, back in 2010, he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and had kind eyes and I decided within a few short hours that I liked him very much. He drank raw milk and talked openly about the mom he’d lost and never seemed like he was trying to sell himself to me, not once. As soon as I knew I liked him, I wanted him to like me, obviously, since that’s the way we humans work (although honestly I have fought years of wanting even the people I don’t like to like me, because that’s how the little gods of approval and affirmation…
  • Buckwheat Cheese Crackers with Rosemary

    Shanna Mallon
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    We were at the store to pick up a cart’s worth of water when I spotted it: a red box of those classic yellow cheese crackers in someone else’s load. I haven’t had cheese crackers like those in six years or more, but as soon as I saw them, just like that, I couldn’t get the salty, cheesy taste of them off my mind. When we got home, it turned out we were out of all flours but buckwheat, but then I spotted this recipe online. And if you, like me, don’t immediately think buckwheat when you think cheese cracker, let me tell you, this recipe could be the thing to make…
  • Spicy Peanut Kale Bowls + Shoestring Sweet Potato Fries

    Shanna Mallon
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Around here lately, while Tim has been replacing stair treads, putting up walls, painting the basement, swapping out bedroom doors and otherwise working on this house we’re hoping to finish, I’ve been in charge of keeping us both fed. This is an unusual arrangement for us, me in the kitchen and him elsewhere, and it’s made me realize how thankful I am to usually be working with him at the sink or stove, side by side. It’s also made me realize, with not a little surprise and maybe terror, that I have a goooood appetite these days. People keep asking me if I’m…
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    Bay Area Bites

  • Bored of Apples and Walnuts? Try Adding Date Charoset to Your Passover Table This Year

    Alix Wall
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Dates figure prominently in Charoset, the symbolic food that Jews eat on Passover, throughout the Arab world. In this version from Iraq, dates are used in syrup form, and mixed together with walnuts and lemon juice. Photo: Alix Wall When Passover begins next week, (first seder is Friday night, April 3) those participating in seders — ritual Passover meals — will eat symbolic foods like charoset, a fruit and nut mixture that represents the mortar Jews used as slaves in Egypt. The word charoset comes from the Hebrew word for clay, heres. For most American Jews whose ancestors are…
  • Heinz And Kraft: Before They Were Food Giants, They Were Men

    NPR Food
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Kraft mac and cheese and Heinz ketchup — a marriage made in processed-food heaven. Photos: M. Spencer Green/AP; Angelika Warmuth/Corbis Listen to the Story on All Things Considered: By NPR Staff, The Salt at NPR Food (3/25/15) Heinz and Kraft. When we hear those names we think ketchup and Velveeta, right? But before they were products and companies that will merge to become a giant with $28 billion in revenue, Heinz and Kraft were men. Henry J. Heinz. Photo: Library of…
  • Tender Greens’ Sustainable Life Project Helps Former Foster Kids Gain Experience in the Culinary Industry

    Alix Wall
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Tender Greens in Walnut Creek displays large photos of farmers on its walls; the same farmers who grow much of the food they serve. Photo: Alix Wall To travel to her job at the Walnut Creek casual restaurant Tender Greens, Caridad Johnson commutes by BART and by bus from her Hayward home, an hour and 45 minutes each way. That’s a long way to go for a restaurant job, but there’s a reason that Johnson makes the extra effort. She is part of what’s called the Sustainable Life Project, a program to help former foster kids gain experience and skills in the food service industry. “I grew up…
  • Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change

    NPR Food
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    These beans, grown on test plots at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia, can thrive in temperatures that cripple most conventional beans. Photo: Courtesy of CIAT/Neil Palmer By Dan Charles, The Salt at NPR Food (3/25/15) A planet that is warming at extraordinary speed may require extraordinary new food crops. The latest great agricultural hope is beans that can thrive in temperatures that cripple most conventional beans. They’re now growing in test plots of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, or CIAT, in Colombia. Many of these…
  • Arsenic In California Wines: Should Drinkers Be Concerned?

    NPR Food
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    By Allison Aubrey, The Salt at NPR Food (3/25/15) A customer walks by bottles of wine for sale at J. Barleycorn’s Liquor Barn in Nashville, Tenn., in 2012. Photo: Erik Schelzig/ASSOCIATED PRESSThere’s been a lot of buzz around the story that some inexpensive California wines, including a Charles Shaw (aka two-buck Chuck) white Zinfandel sold at Trader Joe’s, have been found to contain traces of arsenic. The wines were tested by a commercial laboratory called BeverageGrades. And a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court against a group of wine producers claims two…
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    Umami Girl

  • A Musical Visit to Tallinn and Helsinki

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Here’s something I don’t talk about much: I sing. Kind of a lot. Not just in the car (though, come on, definitely in the car), and usually not just that awkward kind of sidewalk singing where you’re wearing your noise-canceling Beats by Dre headphones and assume you sound awesome. (It’s not your fault — you paid […]
  • Colcannon Cheddar Skillet Cakes

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:36 pm
    I was going to try to pass off this recipe as the perfect day-after meal for St. Patrick’s Day, to use up all your leftover colcannon. Then it would be your fault if you hadn’t made colcannon yesterday. What a shameful person of Irish and/or non-Irish descent, or actual Irishperson, you would have been. But […]
  • Crispy Shiitakes / Shiitake Bacon / House Arrest

    11 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Ooh, baby. Just one look at these crispy, savory, slightly smoky shiitakes and I’m weak in the knees. Just kidding. The knee weakness is a result of muscle atrophy. And the muscle atrophy is from my house arrest. House arrest is our new term for snow days followed by Mom I’m Tired Can’t I Just […]
  • A Visit to Las Peñitas, Nicaragua

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    In February we spent a warm, relaxing week on the beach in Nicaragua. We went for the tropical weather and the low-key cultural immersion, and it was wonderful. But we aren’t Nicaragua naturals. We don’t surf. (You say Surf, I say Taco.) We aren’t Canadian. (The Canadian expat presence there is surprisingly robust.) And it’s impossible […]
  • Feeling Bookish

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    Oh, winter. Can you be over soon, please? My fingers poked through the tips of this year’s gloves weeks ago. (Not unusual for me — don’t wanna talk about it.) Yesterday my new e-tip gloves arrived. They look like robot monster claws and are nine sizes too big, but I already took the tags off. Instead of nimbly […]
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  • Venison Medallions w/ Black Grapes, Balsamic & Roasted Endive

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    Venison Medallions with Caramelized Black Grapes & Bitter Endive Flavorful tender venison Denver leg medallions paired with bitter braised endive & tart-sweet caramelized vinegared grapes. Wine Pairings: Amarone or Valpolicella Ingredients:                                       Makes 2-4 Servings 1lb Venison Denver Leg Chopped Thyme Finishing Salt Roasted Endives: 6 Endives, cut in half 1 tbsp Butter 1 tsp Salt 1 cup Chicken Stock 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar Grapes: 1 tbsp High Heat Oil (safflower, grapeseed or canola) 3 cups Halved Black Grapes ¼…
  • Discovering Silere Alpine Origin Merino

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Justin & Frank Marx just got back from a trip to Merino Country in New Zealand where they discovered more of the stories behind our Alpine Origin Merino, a less gamy, more tender alternative to conventional lamb. They brought along a photographer who took a lot of amazing pictures of the farms and stations where these animals roam freely through some of the most beautiful spaces on Earth, high up in the pristine mountains.   Want to discover more about the story behind this amazing meat for yourself?  Check out! The post Discovering Silere Alpine Origin Merino…
  • Veal Striploin w/ Fish Sauce Caramel

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    Veal Striploin with Fish Sauce Caramel, Mushrooms & Bok Choy This SE Asia-inspired dish takes veal in a new & exciting direction.  Don’t let the words “fish sauce caramel” scare you off, or you’ll be missing out.  The finished caramel doesn’t taste fishy so much as it tastes deliciously savory, enhancing the natural flavor of pastured veal striploin. Drink Pairing: California Chardonnay Ingredients:               Makes 2-4 Servings 1lb Grass-Fed Veal Striploin Red Boat Fish Sauce (could substitute other fish sauce) ½lb Mushrooms (we used Fresh Chanterelles)…
  • Beetle Parmesan Crisps

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    Beetle Larvae & Parmesan Crisps An easy and rather elegant way to get people to eat bugs. Ingredients: 1 cup Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese 1/4 cup Beetle Larvae Directions: Preheat your oven to 350° F. Grate the parmesan cheese finely with a fine grater or microplane. Sprinkle each serving of the parmesan cheese on a silicone baking sheet in three round piles (you may have to work in batches).   If you’d like to display the beetle larvae prominently, spread out your parmesan rounds and top each with a dozen or so larvae. If you’d like to add protein but could do without the…
  • Venison Stew w/ Prunes & Orange

    17 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    Venison Stew with Prunes and Oranges Orangey & fruity, this dish has an unusual flavor profile for a stew, but a classic flavor profile for venison.  The chocolate doesn’t make the stew taste like chocolate, but adds depth. Because the venison has been marinated for so long, it will be impossible to brown it (a typical step in most braises & stews), which means you get to skip that step! Wine Pairing: Cabernet Franc from Washington State Ingredients:                                       Makes 6 Servings 3lbs Venison Stew Meat 3 tbsp Unsalted…
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    Alosha's Kitchen

  • Southwestern Chicken Stew

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    Southwestern Chicken Stewadapted from Lemons for LuluIngredients1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into chunks1/2 large sweet onion, chopped1/2 red bell pepper, diced1 jalapeno, seeded, diced3 large cloves garlic, grated1/2 tablespoon cumin1/2 tablespoon oregano (I use Mexican)1/2 tablespoon kosher salt1/2 tablespoon chile powder (I use New Mexican)1-1/3 cup frozen corn1 15-oz can black beans, drained, rinsed1 15-oz can petite diced tomatoes, drained, rinsed7 oz can diced green chiles, undrained1 quart chicken broth (or water)1/2 cup half and halfOptional for garnish: cilantro,…
  • Easy Chicken, Chorizo and Shrimp Paella

    11 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Easy Chicken, Chorizo and Shrimp Paellaslightly adapted and with thanks to Iowa Girl EatsIngredients2-1/2 cups chicken brothPinch of Spanish saffron (SEE NOTES)drizzle of extra virgin olive oil1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, chopped8 oz Mexican chorizo (I use my homemade version)1 large shallot or 1/2 red onion, choppedSalt and pepper3 cloves garlic, minced2 vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped1 tablespoon paprika1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper1 cup long grain white rice6-8 oz frozen shrimp (small or extra small is fine)1 cup frozen peasMethodBring chicken broth and saffron to a boil in a small…
  • Balela

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:33 am
    BalelaIngredients2 (15 ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed1/2 cup (packed) chopped fresh mint1/2 cup (packed) chopped fresh parsley1/2 large red onion, diced1 pint grape tomatoes, halved (or 4 roma tomatoes, chopped)Dressing:1 large jalapeno, minced2 large cloves garlic, grated2 tbsp olive oil2 tbsp lemon juice1/4 cup apple cider vinegarSalt and pepper to tasteMethodIn a large salad bowl, lightly mix together the chickpeas, black beans, mint, parsley, onion, and tomatoes.In a small bowl, whisk together the jalapeno pepper, garlic, olive…
  • Cheater Korean Beef Stir Fry

    9 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    Cheater Korean Beef Stir FryIngredients1/2 tablespoon sesame oil1.5 pounds lean ground beef or venison4 large cloves garlic, minced1/4 cup brown sugar1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce2 teaspoons minced ginger2 teaspoons chili garlic saucesalt and pepper1 bunch scallions, chopped1 pound broccoli crowns, chopped into stems and florets and steamed2 large carrots, julienned (or 1 cup pre-shredded)MethodHeat the sesame oil in a large, deep skillet or wok over medium-high. Brown the beef, breaking into small chunks, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Toss in the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Single Crust Chicken Pot Pie

    9 Feb 2015 | 9:20 am
    Single Crust Chicken Pot PieIngredients1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces1 large carrot, diced1 large stalk celery, chopped1 medium Russet potato, peeled and cubed small2/3 cup frozen green peas2/3 cup frozen corn2 tablespoons butter1/2 medium sweet onion, finely chopped1/4 cup all-purpose flour1 teaspoon dried thyme1 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon black pepper1/4 teaspoon celery seed (optional)1/3 cup milk1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crustMethodPreheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C.)In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, celery, potatoes, peas and corn. Add…
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  • A Delicious List of Hot Cross Buns Recipes

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Hot cross buns are a classic English confection. Made from a light, airy dough, they are studded with dried fruit and topped with a sugar glaze and X, or *cross* of icing.
  • Maple Bacon Scones

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Easter means brunch! We always try to have a collection of tasty Easter themed dishes that will fill your brunch table with taste. Starting with these luscious Maple Bacon Scones.
  • Perfect Easter Roasted Leg of Lamb

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:16 pm
    An elegant meal, the perfect Easter roasted leg of lamb is a show stopping choice for this holiday. It's a seasonal item that has a melt in your mouth taste, and isn't always familiar to cook.
  • Effortless Fish Taco Bowls

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Fish taco bowls and a quick and easy dinner for any night of the week. Spiced cod is served on a bed of cilantro lime rice with lettuce, vegetables, salsa and avocado.  You can change up the fixings based on what you have available in your pantry.
  • Mouthwatering Blackened Fish Sandwiches

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Whether you observe Lent or not, this mouthwatering blackened fish sandwich should be on everyone's dinner table this Friday.  Not only is this sandwich delicious but it comes together in a flash.
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    ecomii food & health alternative blog

  • Luscious High Protein Banana Bread

    Marie Oser, Managing Editor
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This delicious banana bread is very low in fat, rich in protein and fiber and unlike traditional baked goods, contains no cholesterol. Baked goods made with traditional ingredients contain at least six times the fat and about a quarter of the protein! What defines quick breads are, as the name implies they are quick!  Quick [...]
  • Why Pepper Boosts Turmeric Blood Levels

    Michael Greger M.D.
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Historians from all around the world have produced evidence to show that apparently all primitive peoples used herbs, often in a sophisticated way.[1] Quinine from Cinchona bark was used to treat the symptoms of malaria long before the disease was identified, and the raw ingredients of a common aspirin tablet have been a popular painkiller [...]
  • Using a Plant-Based Diet to Prevent Cancer

    Neal Barnard M.D.
    8 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    A new report from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) shows that most Americans have only a vague notion about what causes cancer. Only 35 percent know that red meat is linked to an increased cancer risk, and fewer than half of Americans realize that a plant-based, high-fiber diet can actually reduce their odds [...]
  • Super Healthy, Super Tasty, Super Bowl Chili

    Marie Oser, Managing Editor
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Pizza, salsa, dips  and chips are typical game day munchies, but there’s something really special about a hearty bowl of spicy chili on Super Bowl Sunday. Chili is a universal favorite, an easy one-pot wonder that feeds a crowd and is easy to make in advance. This is especially true in Texas, where the dish [...]
  • Chambers Farms’ Outstanding Harvest and Unique Roasted Soy Flour

    Marie Oser, Managing Editor
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Chambers Family has been farming on the same fertile land in Iowa near the Minnesota Border for 131 years. Samuel Chambers, a veteran of the Civil War and his wife, Elenora settled just outside Corwith Iowa in 1883.   The couple had traveled from Ohio and lived in the upper portion of the barn [...]
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    Meal Makeover Mom KITCHEN!

  • A Roundup of a Dozen Healthy Egg Recipes for Easter {Podcast #263}

    Meal Makeover Moms
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Eggs and Easter are a delicious and nutritious combo, so this year, we rounded up a dozen (ha ha, get it?) recipes from some of our favorite dietitian bloggers to keep your little Easter bunnies—and you—happy and healthy.On this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast, we share two new MMM recipes for Chirp, Chirp Deviled Eggs and Eggy Asparagus Omelet Pie, give a shout out to the health-boosting recipes shared below, and dish about the amazing health benefits of eggs. Read on, click around, tune in, and happy eating!12 delicious and nutritious #egg recipes from some of…
  • Eggy Asparagus Omelet Pie is Too Cute for Kids to Resist

    Meal Makeover Moms
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    Celebrate spring with the season’s freshest asparagus, and use it in this playful, savory pie that everyone at your table will love.From late March to June, you’ll find fresh, local asparagus at the market. Asparagus contains folate, fiber, vitamin C, and iron, and it’s versatile too. Add it to omelets and quiche, grill it, or steam and then toss with olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper for a simple side dish.We love asparagus, and we also love eggs, another superstar ingredient in this recipe. They’re inexpensive, available year round, and they’re packed with…
  • Chirp, Chirp Deviled Eggs … And 4 Surprising Nutrition Facts About Eggs

    Meal Makeover Moms
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    These adorable deviled eggs will delight your kids on Easter … or any time of the year. Even though they look fancy, they’re incredibly easy to make. No worries: You will NOT experience a Pinterest fail when you make them.We love eggs … yolks included. In fact, if you toss the yolks away because you’re fearful of dietary cholesterol, read on, because we’re gonna bust that myth wide open.Our Chirp, Chirp Deviled Eggs begin with hard-boiled eggs. Here’s a link to our How-To Guide for Making Hard-Boiled Eggs in case you’re looking for a tried-and-true…
  • Cook Once and Eat Twice – Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Becomes Pork Soft Tacos

    Meal Makeover Moms
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:59 am
    Slow cooked pulled pork is a favorite recipe here at The Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen. Made with lean pork, bell pepper, onion, carrot, and BBQ sauce, it’s delicious and nutritious … and the recipe always makes enough for leftovers, which can easily be turned into these Pork Soft Tacos.Cook Once and Eat Twice is the theme of this month’s Recipe Redux cooking challenge, so we took our recipe for Pulled Pork Primavera Sandwiches and morphed it into Pork Soft Tacos. This “recipe” is pretty flexible. Take soft corn tortillas and heat them in a skillet or…
  • Favorite Foods of Spain

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Spain is known for many things including flamenco dancers, paella, tapas, seafood, and wine. I was lucky enough to attend a conference in Madrid recently and even luckier to have my daughter, Carolyn, fly over at the end of the conference to travel with me for several days. Here are some of the highlights from the trip.I arrived in Madrid the day before the conference to explore the city with Kate Geagan and Chris Mohr, two fellow registered dietitian nutritionists. Our first stop was to a tapas bar called El Miajón de los Castúos where we enjoyed the first of many nibbles of…
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  • On the Lamb

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    In rapid succession eleven days ago, we fired off our ingredient choices – ginger from Jennifer, lamb from Kevin, blue cheese from me. Yes, Kevin picked lamb before, but that was a year ago, let’s see what we can do with it this time around. Jennifer doesn’t like blue cheese she informs us. Embrace the blue I respond, make it work! Last Monday we gathered around our webcams once again to cook away. Hey, this time around, me first, because, what the heck, it’s my blog. I decided on making a blue cheese spoonbread. I used to love spoonbread when I was a kid, a…
  • Bite Marks #13

    21 Mar 2015 | 3:40 pm
    I’m late to the party in checking out Olaya, Humboldt 1550 in Palermo. Why, you might ask? After all, we tend to head out to Peruvian restaurants, fusion or classic, pretty much all the time. It’s because of expectations, no question. The chef was the leading light behind places like Osaka, the Sipan restaurants, and Mullu. Now, Osaka, I like a lot, but it’s outrageously expensive. The Sipans, I’m not as enamored with, and they’re just as pricey. And Mullu, which I think is god-awful. Now, it seems the chef has broken away from his various partners and moved on…
  • “B” is for Berenjena

    19 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    I had so much fun with the new vegetable cookery class last week, that I started thinking, maybe I should work my way through all the vegetables available here, and stay on the “A”s – but, I’d already put the progression through the alphabet out there, I can always go back later and play with other vegetables, in a class or on my own. So this week we move on to “B”, and Berenjena, or eggplant (or, for my non-norteamericano readers, aubergine). Initially I was thinking, “this is one of those vegetables I hated growing up”, but I don’t think…
  • The Gorriti Pasta Project

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    There are three famous Gorritis in Argentine history. The first, José Ignacio de Gorriti, was an Argentine statesman and military officer, probably most famous in those arenas, respectively, as both a signatory to the Congress of Tucumán and subsequent declaration of independence for Argentina and later as the governor of the province of Salta, and on the military side, as the leader of the “gaucho cavalry”. One could also make a case that his legacy is perhaps best represented by the second Gorriti, his daughter Juana Manuela Gorriti, a literary author of note…
  • Plate o’Squidlets & Egg

    17 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    Isn’t that purty? The new plate of the week, and a pretty much wow hit all around. Chipirones, baby squid, cleaned and quickly sauteed in smoked paprika oil and finished with just a touch of sea salt. Accompanied by a sous vide (66°) egg. The sauce underneath, slow cooked onions, garlic, chili, and the squidlet tentacles, over low heat for about half an hour in olive oil, then just enough water to cover and simmered for about 20 minutes more, then pureed. The bright green sauce a simple puree of blanched and shocked pea shoots. The crumble, a mix of prosciutto and wasabi peas. Also…
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    LoveFeast Table

  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Free Shipping

    16 Mar 2015 | 11:19 am
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day from LoveFeast Shop! We hope you take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING on St. Patrick’s Day. Grab the gifts and pieces you need this spring. Start a collection of one-of-a-kind porcelain dishes, or purchase the adorable Trix Bunny Bowl (this month’s 15% off promotional item).     FREE SHIPPING starts tomorrow! Visit LoveFeast Shop to see more!
  • Canvas Bags From LoveFeast Shop

    12 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    We love these zippy little canvas bags!  They are a great spring gift item to have on hand, a perfect Easter basket filler, a hand bag organizer, teacher gift, wedding gift for bride or bridesmaid, and graduation gift! Perfect Idea for a bride-to-be:   Fill the “Be Prepared” Canvas Bag with mints, needle & thread, nail file, and other emergency necessities!       To see the complete collection of Canvas Bags visit LoveFeast Shop! LIKE OUR PAGE ON FACEBOOK & CHECK OUT THIS GIVEAWAY: Which Canvas Bag is your favorite?
  • NEW Spring Velvet Plush Pumpkins

    11 Mar 2015 | 2:23 pm
    We couldn’t be more in love with our NEWEST Spring Velvet Plush Pumpkins. The vivid bright color combinations are making us soooo happy! These little bright babies found a home on one of my side tables nestled up on a shiny glass tray, proving velvet pumpkins look fabulous ANY time of the year! We’ve added 4 new color combinations for our Large Velvet Pumpkin Sets & Trios. Plus, we’ve added 2 Spring Nests that will have your table tops swooning! We see these nests on spring tables everywhere – Easter, spring weddings, and sweet hostess gifts!   Visit LoveFeast…
  • LoveFeast Girls ~ New Journeys

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:03 am
    Our journey began almost 21 years ago. Within minutes of meeting each other we were dreaming about potential entrepreneurial things. We went on to raise our first 7 tinies together, spent countless hours sharing meals and shared a commercial space with two different businesses. My husband and I ran a coffee shop and Chris Ann sold her antiques on our third floor. Our lives took a major shift about nine years later and had our families move miles apart. But, distance was never a deterrent. We continued to dream and scheme a start up or some kind of collaborative venture. One day over sweet…
  • Food For Creating Hygge

    Chris Ann
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Even with the promise of Spring down the road a bit, Winter is still just not giving up.  Many of us, especially those of us in the north are thinking about warm- weathered spring breaks.  But, in-between hopes of spring and vacations, we still have to… survive. In Minnesota, there are many days where the light is bright but the sky is opaque.  Just now, out my window such an atmosphere is flittering snow that is dancing through the air and landing on frozen ground.  This is a day to keep Hygge in mind. Hygge (prounounced “HUE-gah”) A Danish word which means the…
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  • Muddling Through - and a Spring Cocktail

    Kit Pollard
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    Embarrassing confession time: Last December, Arctic Chill sent me a cocktail muddler...and I left it in the box until last Friday. It sat on my kitchen counter, a daily reminder of what a slacker I am. ("Muddling" is not the only thing on my to-do list that's lingering.)Last Friday, on the first day of Spring, the weather sucked but it seemed like as good a time as any to get muddling.Last week, in honor of Spring, I packed up a bunch of booze from our house, along with some fruit and mint, and carted it over to Kyle and Mary's house - with the muddler, of course. I didn't have a recipe -…
  • Going Green

    Kit Pollard
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    As ever, the month of March is all about the Irish around here.We started the month with our annual Fake St. Patrick's Day celebration. This year, the party was held at Ryleigh's Oyster Hunt Valley, where two amazing bartenders took care of a crowd that was dozens strong for four straight hours.After years of just meeting for drinks, last year, FSP became a benefit (thanks to Rasim's smart suggestion). This year, we raised over $2,500 for the MLD Foundation. Not bad for some afternoon drinks! The money was raised by selling koozies, raffling off baskets including donations from local…
  • Valentine's Day and the Magic of the Kids' Table

    Kit Pollard
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:53 am
    Adults on left (check out those woven ribbons!) and kids on right (plastic silverware, yes, but also gift bags!)As I'm sure you all remember, Valentine's Day fell on a Saturday this year, guaranteeing that restaurants would be even more hectic than usual. We're not big V-Day celebrators under any circumstances...and you couldn't pay me to go to a restaurant on the most lovey-dovey night of the year. I feel for people in the industry.When we do celebrate Valentine's Day, it's usually with our friends. Alicia and Mike have hosted a couple Valentine's Day wine tasting parties that are so…
  • History, Wine and Intrigue

    Kit Pollard
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    I love Rioja. We go through wine phases around here, jumping from country to country, varietal to varietal. For over ten years now, we've been serial wine monogamists, settling on a "house wine" and buying case after case, until we find a new love.For the past six or so months, that wine has been a Rioja called Montebuena. Everyone who drinks it likes it - and it is seriously inexpensive. Plus, it's a screw top which means that, yes, some of the pomp and circumstance around opening the bottle is missing. But it's a whole lot easier to deal with mid-party.I love history, too - especially when…
  • Flavor + Science = More Flavor

    Kit Pollard
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
    We have been eating a lot of Indian food around here lately. Like, a lot.Also, I have been working on an article related to the scientific underpinnings of some sensory experiences.These two things do not, at first glance, appear related. But they are.According to this Washington Post article, science has proven that part of the massive appeal of Indian food comes from the fact that its dishes typically combine ingredients that are scientifically unrelated. And not just that the ingredients kinda seem unrelated - they really aren't related, in chemical terms.This is some interesting stuff.The…
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    Mango & Tomato

  • Spring Break Time

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    I'm taking a little spring break from the blog, from work, from DC, from cooking, from cleaning, from Metro, from laundry, from grocery shopping, etc. See you all soon! Follow along on instagram! Enjoy the flowers ;)
  • Dairy Free Mango & Strawberry Smoothie

    18 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Have you read my Monday post about Fennel & Mango Slaw with Pickled Mustard Seeds? What are you waiting for? The slaw used half of a mango, leaving another half sitting in my refrigerator. All of a sudden, I had a craving for a mango lassi. Unfortunately, I did not have yogurt or a desire to go to the grocery store to buy yogurt. What did I do? I used a can of coconut milk and a few
  • What To Do With Fennel? Fennel Mango Slaw With Pickled Mustard Seeds

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Do you ever have random ingredients in your fridge and wonder what to make with them? For example, what would you make with a fennel bulb? You can definitely slice and roast it or sauté it with onions and mix with potatoes to puree into a soup. This past weekend I decided to turn a lonely small fennel bulb into a slaw by adding mango, carrots and a lemony vinaigrette. I've come a long way from
  • What To Do With Cherry Juice: Cherry & Ginger Iced Tea

    11 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    The winter weather is almost over. Soon it'll be time to switch from hot coffee to iced, from red wine to chilled rose and from hot tea to iced tea. This recipe for Cherry & Ginger Iced Tea can be made with your favorite iced tea and even spiked with a bit of sparkling wine or rum! I love cherries: both sweet and tart. I love them fresh or made into jams and spread on toast. But this was the
  • Super Quick Portobella Soba Noodle Soup: Almost Vegetarian

    9 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    Do you have 25 minutes? Then you can make this Super Quick Portobella Soba Noodle Soup. And if you use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, you will turn this soup into a perfect Meatless Monday lunch or dinner. I rarely do menu planning: I simply go to the store, see what they have, buy random ingredients and then put them together once I get home. Most often than not I'm quite
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  • Lemongrass Baked Chicken Wings (ปีกไก่อบตะไคร้)

    15 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    This post is brought to you by excitement at the level that is so unreasonable it’s awkward. I just made these wings less than a couple of hours ago. The kitchen and my clothes still smell like them as I’m sitting here, writing. (Whispering, because the wings are within earshot) These wings would have been […] ....
  • Simple Thai Food: Beef Shank Matsaman Curry (แกงมัสมั่นเนื้อน่องลาย)

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    To continue the series of photo-based posts from Simple Thai Food, here’s matsaman (massaman) curry made with beef shank. I made this with fresh coconut milk from a mature coconut which I grated with the coconut bunny and extracted myself. Because of this, the coconut fat splits more readily and the curry broth, though certainly […] ....
  • Mike Sula and Spicy Thai Lao Egg Rolls from Spicy Thai Lao Restaurant, Chicago

    18 Feb 2015 | 10:19 am
    James Beard Award-winning journalist Mike Sula has been writing for the Chicago Reader for 20 years, covering various topics in various formats and styles from short blog posts to long-form features. One of the city’s most respected restaurant reviewers, Sula scours the nooks and crannies of Chicagoland in search of stories to tell you. Sure, […] ....
  • Simple Thai Food: Chicken in Brown Sauce on Rice (ข้าวหน้าไก่)

    6 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    I’ve been wanting to start a series of photo-based posts featuring dishes, or samples of family meal ensembles, that you can create from Simple Thai Food (which I’m sure my long-time readers have a copy of). I hadn’t had a chance to do so until now. Debuting the series is one of my top favorites […] ....
  • Southern Thai Pork Rib Curry (แกงพริกกระดูกหมู)

    3 Feb 2015 | 9:02 am
    The assumption is often that Thai curries are spicy dishes with thick, creamy coconut-based curry sauce – so much so that questions along the lines of, “How could you possibly call that a curry?” always come up whenever I introduce any dish the Thai recognize as a “curry” that happens to contain no coconut milk. […] ....
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    Unbreaded Site

  • Getting Professional Tax Preparation Services for the New Year

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    As a business owner, you understand the importance of filing your taxes in a timely manner and getting tax preparation services is important. Whether you are a small business owner or larger firm, the filing process can be complex. Unless you have had professional tax training, it is likely you will miss out on many opportunities to receive discounts and other great benefits. Hiring a Company Like Accountants Corner When it comes to giving you the best tax preparation services, Accountants Corner is the company for you. Offering you affordability and easy electronic filing for faster…
  • 5 ways to grow your marijuana advertising campaign

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:49 am
    The marijuana industry is booming as more and more states in America legalize or decriminalize marijuana. As a direct result, business opportunities are growing and an increasing number of people are getting involved in this growing sector. People who work in the Marijuana industry work in many different. This guide is meant to help people who work in this industry to step up their marijuana advertising game! 1) Set up a comprehensive marketing strategy: A comprehensive marketing strategy is a crucial part in growing any business. This strategy should identify who your target audience is and…
  • Why many Christian parents are enrolling their children in online Christian schools

    15 Mar 2015 | 3:57 am
    Many Christian parents choose to send their children to a Christian school.  Why is this? Because to a devout Christian, it is important to them that their children learn about the word of god alongside other academic subjects.  Public schools do not offer this type of education, therefore Christian parents are left with a difficult situation: either pay hefty tuition costs to send their child to a Christian school, or home school their child. While home schooling is an option that many Christian families pursue, it does have its drawbacks. Expecting parents who do not have a background in…
  • Many People are Becoming Intrigued with Marijuana Investments.

    Ben Brannian
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:41 am
    For those in the more than twenty states, in which marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes, marijuana is becoming an increasingly viable profession.  Whether you want to be a grower or to work at a dispensary, there are all sorts of ways in which you can involve yourself in this ever-growing industry.  Of course, in addition to the many states that allow medical marijuana, there are a few, such as Colorado, that even permit the sale and use of recreational marijuana.  In either case, though, there is money to be made, as long as you know what to do.  In fact, many people who have other…
  • Use Chem-Dry for the best results

    Melissa Webb
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:40 am
    When it comes to the dirty carpets in your home, of course you only want the best and most effective carpet cleaning services. You also want a carpet cleaning company that is efficient affordable and doesn’t use chemicals that will ultimately harm and shorten the life of your carpet. That is why you should choose Curtice Chem-Dry for all of your carpet cleaning needs. Here are just a few of the reasons why the Chem-Dry cleaning method is better than any other carpet cleaning service out there: most other carpet cleaning companies will use harmful chemicals during the carpet cleaning…
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    In Jennie's Kitchen

  • monday, monday

    Jennifer Perillo
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    I realize the general consensus regarding Mondays is that they’re an unwelcome event. I prefer to see them as a wipe the slate clean kind of day; a new beginning, of sorts. Way back when, Mondays used to be mommy and me day. Virginia was still a wee one, and only went to daycare four […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
  • irish soda bread

    Jennifer Perillo
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:43 am
    It’s been a while, I know. Life has been quite busy, and I didn’t mean to stay away for this long. As usual, there are a ton of recipes I want to share with you, all in various stages of being tested, written, and edited. There’s also the matter of deciding which ones to share […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
  • waffle pressed pizza pockets

    Jennifer Perillo
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    I take a deep breath when people ask me about the best pizza in New York City. My desk may be an overrun pile of papers, my cupboards an exercise in organized chaos, but my mind is a neatly organized rolodex of pizza, classified according to type (gas oven, coal oven, and wood-fired). So, I’m […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
  • naughty & nice smashed avocado toasts

    Jennifer Perillo
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:29 pm
    My mind is a browser with way too many tabs open today. It’s all good stuff. I have an energy, emotionally and professionally, that’s been lacking for a few years now. And, it’s all thanks to him. My moments of insecurity crept in a lot the last few days. Worry of falling too fast, too […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
  • tagliatelle limone

    Jennifer Perillo
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:24 am
    I ate chocolate cake for breakfast two days in a row. I suppose I could call it research and development for work. I mean, it is important to know how many days homemade devil’s food cake lasts exactly, right? Of course, it’s that kind of fuzzy logic that has me wondering why my jeans feel […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
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    Marinate Me Baby

  • Twiggs Bistro and Martini Bar – Farmington, Utah

    Brian Child
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:35 am
    In the Great State of Utah there are these open air mall’s that are becoming quite the billion dollar crazes in hip and posh neighborhoods.  These open air malls can be quite pretentious and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carnitas

    Brian Child
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    When I started my culinary journey, I started going out to eat and trying new things and new restaurants.  Now, of course that can be good enough for some folks.  However, I wanted to do more than... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Episode 19 | Spring Cooking with Carnitas

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    Brian and Dani sit down to chat about the spring season is finally here and what better food to eat outside with family and friends than Carnitas or Slow Roasted Pork.  We discuss recipes, places to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Mighty Margarita

    Danielle Edwards
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Looking to wind down after an extra tough work week?  Don’t underestimate this great Margarita cocktail! It packs a little punch of spice of Tabasco Green Pepper sauce that mixes really well... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Kimchi

    Brian Child
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    I have a confession.  I love Kimchi.  Honestly, I love Korean food in general.  There are several times in a person’s life, as I like to call it, a culinary awakening.  Discovering foods, that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Midtown Lunch

  • Another Blue Greek Cart Appears in Midtown West

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    OMG, you guys… I found another new-to-midtown (possibly entirely new?) cart. Actually, Lunch’er Dave sent in this tip: “There’s a little “Greek” cart on W 50th, across the street from the other carts, which does grilled meat in its plates and salads. I’ve been once, a couple weeks ago, and it was quite good, but [...]
  • New Asian Food Cart Pops Up in Midtown East

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Guys, I found a new cart (new to midtown, and seemingly just about 6 months old) today, and it sells something I haven’t seen at a cart previously. GET EXCITED. On my walk to the bank, I spotted this cart that seemed to be having issues of some sort as the cart was being turned [...]
  • Obao Packs a Punch and I Am Still an Idiot

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    You know those beautiful moments when it suddenly dawns on you that you are 5’8 and walk very quickly, able to cross avenues in mere minutes to those short people who take 20 minutes to walk from 5th to 2nd Avenue? No? Well, whatever, my office sits smack in the middle – not quite west, [...]
  • Shake Shack Tests Out The Lockhart Link Burger in Midtown East

    20 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    Lunchers of Midtown East are about to be some happy guinea pigs! In preparation for opening their Austin location, Shake Shack is testing out a brand new burger called the Lockhart Link. According to Eater now through March 25, you can get a taste of Texas only at the Midtown East location. The burger is topped with [...]
  • Benton Cafe on 45th is Still Pretty Great

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    Two years ago, the Cafe Zaiya formerly known as Oms/b on 45th Street became Benton Cafe and Chris reported how great it was. How has it fared with the test of time? Plenty of signs all around – both outside the store and inside – tell you what you can expect each day of the week. [...]
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  • 4 Recipes In Honor of #InternationalWaffleDay

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:39 am
    It's International Waffle Day.  So, there's no better time to think about... waffles. And, lest you think they're just for breakfast, we'd like to help to change your mind.If you're a fan, you definitely want to check out these recipes.Cornmeal WafflesLet's start off with the basics -- a good solid waffle. These cornmeal waffles are light. And crisp. And flavorful. And the cornmeal gives them just the right amount of "oomph" to push them right past "good" and so far into "fabulous" that we have to just take a moment, right now, to reflect.Fried Chicken & Waffle SandwichThis beauty…
  • Chicken Apple Meatballs with Bourbon Sauce

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    We're not here to sell anything.Nor are we here to tell you what to eat.OK -- maybe take that last part back. We are totally here to tell you what to eat. And these meatballs are it.Tender. Savory. And Bourbon!What more do you need to hear?I could sell you on the fact that grated apples add both moisture and a bit of flavor to the meatballs, ensuring they aren't dry.If I tell you they are brushed with butter and baked, does that make them additionally tempting?AND they have cheese in them!  Cheese, people. Delicious Parmesan cheese.What if I told you they keep nicely in a crockpot and…
  • Best of Burp! Top 5 Posts of 2014

    8 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    It's become a tradition for me to sit down for an hour or two, after the new year dawns, and glance through posts from the last year.  It's a good way to review where we've been and start to think about where we'll go in the new year.This year was tough. We were busy with our new business, and there were times when our posts were few and far between.  But, as I looked over posts from the last year, I'm both amazed and grateful to see how many of you kept on coming back to see what we were up to.So, as I lift my glass to 2015, I also lift my glass to YOU, readers. Thank you for…
  • Gorgeous AND Delicious: Pomegranate Cheese Ball

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    When it all comes down to it, I'd rather a recipe taste fabulous than look attractive.  But, I love it when you can have both.This year, I found myself concentrating on working up some new appetizer recipes for entertaining over the holiday season. And one of my favorite recipes just happens to be both attractive AND delicious.In fact, when it comes to looking festive, this cheese ball always steals the show. The cheese ball itself is based on the flavors in one of my own personal "guilty" pleasures -- the Merkt's Swiss Almond cheese spread. Turns out its easy to make, and (no…
  • A Very Retro Christmas: Butter Rum Glazed Ham with Pineapple Chutney

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    This ham is, I must confess, one of my favorite recipes. And I'm not a huge lover of ham (is that sacrilege to admit that around Christmas?).  In fact, prime rib is generally my Christmas protein of choice, especially now that I have my timing down so that I can achieve a perfect medium rare.But, I have a bit of a soft spot for retro dishes lately. And very few things scream “iconic holiday centerpiece” like a glazed ham. But, I've never really been a fan of the pineapple and clove-studded variety. So, I decided to go there. Create my own recipe.I'm very glad I did.This easy…
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    GoodLife Eats

  • Easy Black Bean Salad

    Katie Goodman
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:12 pm
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  • Beefy Kidney Bean Chili

    Katie Goodman
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
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  • Bruschetta Chicken

    22 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
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  • Blue Cheese Mesquite Turkey Burger with Caramelized Onions

    Katie Goodman
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
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  • Black Bean Hummus

    Katie Goodman
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
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    Cooking In Stilettos™

  • Veggie Southwestern Stuffed Peppers #bocaessentials #CleverGirls

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:02 pm
  • Roasted Butternut Squash With Pecans Shallots and Blue Cheese

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Sometimes you just need that side dish that makes you go “Why don’t I make this more often” and this glorious side is one that is not only fabulous for holidays and entertaining, but also for weeknight dinners.  I adore butternut squash and when you roast it in the oven, it comes out caramelized and utterly delicious.  Add some shallots and a bit of thyme and the oven has its party shoes on.  Now – to glitz it up, I toss it with some toasted pecans and some sharp blue cheese and, as I thought might happen, this side dish was gone in a flash.  For those that do not…
  • Campbell’s Sauces Provide A Helping Hand For Busy Weeknights #CampbellsSauces #Client

    9 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    This is a reflection of meals I have made with Campbell’s® Sauces as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #CampbellsSauces Over the past four months, I have had a blast playing with Campbell’s® Sauces, seeing how they fit into my crazy busy life. Here’s the thing – my friends will tell you – I may joke about having a 9to9 but there are nights I do not get home until after 9. Sometimes the last thing I want to do when I get home that late is cook so these sauces have been a lifesaver, especially when my options are either grab takeout or spend hours cooking or give up and…
  • Taco Transformation – Easy Shredded Beef Tacos to Shredded Beef Fajita Torta #CampbellsSauces #Client

    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I made a delicious meal with Campbell’s® Sauces as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #CampbellsSauces I love meals that allow you to play with leftovers. Even better – when you can get two dishes from one fabulous slow cooked meal so it doesn’t feel like you are having dinner on repeat. I love keeping a stash of Campbell’s® Slow Cooker Sauces in the pantry. Two of my favorites are the Shredded Beef Taco and Tavern Style Pot Roast which make weeknight dinners a breeze. A long sauna in the slow cooker with couple fresh ingredients and dinner is ready when you get home!
  • Banana Cranberry White Chocolate Muffins #BloggerClue

    11 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Have I got a recipe for you today that will have you running to the kitchen to whip up these sweetly tart treats. It’s time again for another Blogger C.L.U.E. reveal When I got this month’s Blogger C.L.U.E assignment, I was thrilled – it was a blog whose recipes and photos inspire me on the daily – Lemons & Anchovies. Jean’s site has recipes for everything you can imagine.  Her eye is impeccable and her recipes are flawless.  I mean – look at these Chocolate Waffles with Caramelized Bananas, Cranberry Bars with Chocolate Shortbread Crust and these…
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    Kahakai Kitchen

  • Ruth Reichl's (Very Comforting) Sunny Buttery Saffron Rice Pudding (Sholeh Zard) for Cook the Books: "Comfort Me With Apples"

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:31 am
    I am hosting the February/March round of Cook The Books, our bi-monthly virtual foodie book club with Comfort Me With Apples: More Adventures at the Table by Ruth Reichl. Comfort Me With Apples covers Ruth's life from 1978 through the late 1980s and her journey from chef to food writer and restaurant critic.It's a memoir that balances Ruth's passion for food and describing it in vivid detail, with tales of her (at times almost soap-opera-ish) life. It is her incredible food writing that pulls me into her books--although I greatly admire her ability to write so directly about her personal life…
  • The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "The Precious One" by Marisa de los Santos, Served with Giada's (Very Addictive) Pizza Popcorn

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Today's TLC Book Tour stop is The Precious One: A Novel by Marisa de los Santos. It's a sweet read about relationships and the bonds between those we love--our family and our friends. At times moving, at times funny, it is a story that is easy to get caught up and lose track of time. I have partnered it with a recipe for Pizza Popcorn, inspired by a scene in the book. Fitting because it is a dish that is easy to get caught up in (some might call it addicting) and lose track of how just much popcorn you have consumed.  Publisher's Blurb:From the New York Times bestselling author of Belong…
  • Lemony White Bean & Pearled Couscous Soup: Quick & Satisfying for Souper (Soup, Salad, and Sammie) Sundays

    22 Mar 2015 | 5:46 pm
    This Lemony White Bean & Pearled Couscous Soup came from the desire to use up part of the bags of Israeli or pearl couscous I bought on a closeout sale. I wanted some spring flavors, so lemon, baby fennel, lemon thyme, and some locally grown chervil (an herb I almost never stumble across) joined the party. I added beans for satisfaction and protein--mixing canned chickpeas and small white beans to vary the texture. Finally, a quick purging of the fridge veggie drawer yielded carrot, celery and part of a small bunch of kale. Put together, it was a fairly quick to make soup that is…
  • The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of "The Kill Shot" by Nichole Christoff, Served with a Recipe for Creamy Vegan Dark Chocolate Truffles (+ E-Book/E-Gift Card Giveaway!)

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:33 pm
    What's more addicting than a mystery/thriller? That would be chocolate--especially creamy, decadent truffles. On today's TLC Book Tour stop, I am bringing you both--with a review of the "The Kill Shot: A Jamie Sinclair Novel" by Nichole Christoff, paired with a recipe for some dark chocolate truffles (dairy-free). There's also a giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the e-book and a $25 e-gift card to help fill up your e-reader at the bottom of this post--talk about feeding your addictions! Publisher's Blurb:In an explosive thriller for readers of Lee Child, Alex Berenson, and Brad Taylor,…
  • Diana Henry's Cabbage (+ Kale) and Leek Colcannon for Food 'N Flix March: "The Quiet Man"

    17 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    It's St. Patrick's Day and here at Kahakai Kitchen we are doing our wearing of the green with some Irish comfort food inspired by March's Food 'N Flix pick, The Quiet Manhosted by Joanne of What's On the List? (You can see her announcement post here.) The Quiet Man was made in 1952 and stars John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, and Barry Fitzgerald. It won director John Ford an Oscar, as well as took home one for the Cinematography for the vibrant scenes of Irish country life. John Wayne plays Sean Thornton, born in the quaint village of Innisfree, but raised in America. He's back to claim his…
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    Daily Blender

  • A New Year in Arizona: Exploring Mesa, Phoenix and Tucson

    Jennifer Heigl
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    There is something magical to the end of a year. It’s as if we’re given the opportunity for a do-over, to do away with another twelve months that may or may not have served its purpose. The post A New Year in Arizona: Exploring Mesa, Phoenix and Tucson appeared first on Daily Blender.
  • Dining and Drinking: 48 Hours in… Portland

    Jennifer Heigl
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Oh, Portland. After a decade, you're finally starting to grow on me. Your rivers, your bridges, your crazy cyclists. The food and drink selection, however, is certainly one of your shiny bits. The post Dining and Drinking: 48 Hours in… Portland appeared first on Daily Blender.
  • A Taste of Mexico City [SPONSORED]

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Mexico City. The heart of a multi-faceted, history-rich country spanning lifetimes. A city so full of life and adventure, from city streets to city eats - where to begin? The post A Taste of Mexico City [SPONSORED] appeared first on 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

    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.
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    Chocolate & Zucchini

  • Butterless Apple Crumble Recipe

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:15 am
    It’s only recently that I’ve realized that the crumble topping of a fruit crumble doesn’t have to be made with butter to be crisp and delicious. Did you know? Am I the last person to find out? The epiphany came from my intensive granola-making activities: after all, isn’t granola a second cousin to the crumble topping? And if I make granola with oil, not butter, why not try that in a crumble? And so, for the past few months — since the beginning of this year’s apple season, really — I have gone butterless with all of my apple crumbles. (And I’ve…
  • Brussels Sprouts with Onions and Squash Seeds Recipe

    17 Mar 2015 | 3:03 am
    I have a special fondness for the winter market. Oh, sure, I have to bundle up, wear a woolen cap and good gloves, and by the time I lock my bike to the street sign I’ve claimed as mine, few of my fingers are available for immediate use. But when I get to my favorite produce stall and the vendors greet me, their jolly smiles clearly say, “thanks for braving the cold!” and I always feel humble imagining what it must be like for them, who have loaded the truck long before dawn and will be standing on the drafty sidewalk for a few more hours. And that is essentially what I was…
  • Yogurt Scones Recipe

    10 Mar 2015 | 1:40 am
    We had friends over for brunch on Sunday, and Maxence went out in the morning to the charcuterie shop, cheese shop, and bakery. He came back with a basketload of ready-to-eat goodies — bone-in ham and duck terrine and eggs in aspic and cheese and freshly baked bread — that we served with a simple green salad topped with toasted pumpkin seeds. And for the sweet part of the brunch (there must be a sweet part to a brunch, otherwise it’s just lunch), I baked scones, using my favorite recipe, which is simple and quick, and calls for ingredients I always have on hand. These scones…
  • The Bun and the Oven, Take 2

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Maxence, Milan and I are happy and proud to announce the arrival of our second son / baby brother, Mika, born in Paris ten days ago. I feel immensely grateful that things went perfectly smoothly. Mika is a healthy and beautiful little boy and we are all doing well. I will be taking a little time off to rest and enjoy this longest shortest time, and I look forward to coming back with new ideas and recipes in a few weeks. In the meantime, I will republish a few seasonal favorites for you to discover or re-discover, and I hope they will provide inspiration for your daily meals. Be well, eat…
  • March 2015 Desktop Calendar

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:05 pm
    At the beginning of every month in 2015, 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. 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 March is a picture of this crisp and flavorful paleo granola in my beloved granola scoop from Earlywood, which is actually sold as a coffee scoop but is…
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    David Lebovitz

  • Eating Around Queens

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    One of the things about discovering new places to eat in an unknown city is that you spend a lot of time getting around, figuring out how to get from Point A to Point B, then to Point C, and so forth. Sometimes people are kind enough to suggest places that sound good. But when you look at the map, they’re an hour or more away. While the New York subway does go everywhere, when you’re used to living in a compact city like Paris, where if you miss a métro, there’s a very good chance that there’ll be another one in the next three minutes, I’ve been slowly getting…
  • Orange Margaritas

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    I don’t mind spending part of my winter this year in New York. Even though it was one of the coldest winters in history, and on the first day of spring, we had a snowstorm, the beautiful snow blanketed everything in a thick white layer, which reflects the light and kept my mood cheery and optimistic. It rarely snows in Paris and la grisaille (the gray skies, sans la neige — or without snow), can augment the sullen mood around town. And the only people who you’ll see braving the cold are the hardy smokers, God love ‘em, clustered in the doorways of buildings and businesses, trying…
  • New England Clam Chowder

    19 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    If you’re not from a place, you don’t have the same nostalgic pangs for the foods, even if some of us invoke Proust when we bite into a madeleine, or get all bent out of shape when someone messes with a certain food from a particular country or region – even if we’ve never been there. I’m not a big fan of creamy soups, but I am a staunch defender of New England clam chowder. The word “chowder” comes from the French word “chaudière,” a big soup pot or cauldron. Some say it may have been invented by Breton fishermen in France, who later brought the soup to Canada and New…
  • Mile End Deli

    16 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    One of the few English words that my French other-half has mastered is “pastrami.” Which in his defense, is just fine because most Americans that speak little, if any French, can easily say baguette, croissant, tarte au citron, and macaron before they head to France. Seems like both cultures knows where their priorities lie! So when I hear “Daveed, je veux du pastrami,” I look into those sweet little brown eyes, misting over a bit, I realize that I have to get him some. And some for myself, too — although I am a corned beef guy. But it’s hard to explain “corn” and…
  • French Apple Pie

    11 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    It’s always nice to meet your heroes and many years ago, I was fortunate to meet one of mine. But I can’t claim Nick Malgieri as “mine,” as he’s been a guiding influence for bakers everywhere, publishing books with recipes and technique for making everything from traditional Italian pastries to Viennese tortes and even Middle East and Greek sweets, to the delight of bakers near and far If you like to bake and have picked up one of his books, you’ll probably feel a little kinship with him as well. Nick established his credentials as a baking professor and…
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    Dorie Greenspan - On the Road and in the Kitchen with Dorie

  • Everyday Dorie: Ginger-Basil Turkey Meatball Soup

    Dorie Greenspan
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
      Today's Everyday Dorie column in the Washington Post Food section is for a soup with lots of savor and slurp.  But while I love all the vegetables that make the soup hearty, and I'm crazy about the rice noodles that make it fun, it's the meatballs that I keep coming back to.  They are SO delicious.  And so easy to find a home for.  They can be dipped in a fun sauce as a pick-up snack or little cocktail nibble, put in a stewy vegetable dish, on top of greens or yes, be the meatballs in the classic spaghetti dish.  They're packed with flavor and so tender…
  • Everyday Dorie: Herbed Cottage Cheese Biscuits

    Dorie Greenspan
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
     Whether it was necessity or sloth that spurred this invention, makes no matter.  What matters is how light and tender and delicious homemade biscuits are when you make them with cottage cheese.  I made these to go with soup and smoked salmon and things savory, but with a tiny tweak (instructions included) they can be sweetened for shortcakes.Here's my Everyday Dorie column in the Washington Post for the backstory.Here's the recipe.And here's where you can join me for a live chat Thursday, March 12, at noon EDT: Just Ask Dorie (you can send in your questions now, if you'd…
  • Bid, Win and Come Bake with Me in My Kitchen (It'll truly be Baking Chez Moi)

    Dorie Greenspan
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    Monday, March 9:  THANK YOU!  Bidding closed at midnight last night and my baking day brought in $4,200 for Cookies For Kids Cancer.  Extraordinary.  And wonderful.  And proof, again, that people who love baking are sweet and generous.  I can't wait to spend the day with the winners. Before I start, I just want to tell you that this will be your view when we have lunch together outdoors. For the second year in a row, I’ve put myselfon the bidding block to help an organization that is very close to my heart: Cookies For Kids Cancer.  The…
  • Everyday Dorie: Curried Chicken + Sweet Potato Casserole - a play on a Parmentier

    Dorie Greenspan
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:24 am
     The most over-used word in my vocabulary these days is ‘cozy’. It’s been a fuzzy-slippers kind of winter, with record-low temperatures here in Connecticut and snow that’s at once beautiful and overwhelming.  And so I’ve been cooking the coziest, most comforting food I can think of.  I’ve already given you the recipe for Chocolate Pudding, now here’s a recipe for something wonderful to have before dessert. I created this chicken and sweet potato casserole -- think kind-a-sort-a Shepherd's Pie -- for my new twice-monthly column for…
  • Chocolate Pudding: My go-to recipe made simpler

    Dorie Greenspan
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:08 am
     I don't give Valentine's Day gifts, but I do try to give everybody the dessert they want.  Which is how I ended up making a French pear tart for Michael, my husband, chocolate pudding for our son, Joshua, and cookies for everyone ... because a house can never have too many cookies.  I'd made the cookies I created for my new Everyday Dorie column in the Washington Post, the crisp heart-shaped chocolate cookies. I made cookies from a recipe from my friend Kerrin Rousset, well-known as My Kugelhopf.  And I made a test batch of some buckwheat cookies.  And some biscotti…
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    Alexander Lobrano

  • L’Amarante | Chef Christophe Philippe’s Superb New Bistro, B+

    Alexander Lobrano
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    It was a nice surprise when I learned that L’Amarante, chef Christophe Philippe’s new bistro in a quiet street not from from the Bastille, is open on Sunday nights. Why? If Monday and Saturday are my least favorite nights of the week to go out to dinner in Paris, because Monday always feels forlorn and there’s rarely much fresh fish available, and Saturday is too amped up and noisy, my two favorite nights are Thursday and Sunday. On Thursdays, the average Parisian restaurant kitchen is well limbered up and provisioned and the crowd in the city’s dining rooms is still…
  • Auberge Bressane, Paris–A Living Archive of the Great Tastes of Gaul, B+

    Alexander Lobrano
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:14 pm
    After a morning of musing on the question of where to go to lunch with a friend from London who loves old-fashioned French bistro cooking, the Auberge Bressane suddenly bobbed up in my mind as a possible solution. True, I hadn’t been to this Gaullist gastronomic redoubt in a very longtime, but a quick glance at their menu online left me with a pulse-quickening desire to eat there again. And besides, I’d already allowed the work of choosing a restaurant for us, complicated by the fact that many places are closed on Monday, to take more time than I really had. The problem, you see,…
  • Le Duc, Paris–A Deliciously Noble Catch-of-the-Day in Montparnasse, A-/B+

    Alexander Lobrano
    15 Feb 2015 | 3:10 pm
    After I stepped into the vestibule at Le Duc, a long-running seafood house in Montparnasse, a delightfully nostalgia-freighted evening pushed out from the dock the moment I was seated at a corner table in the wood-paneled dining room. With its jaunty nautical decor–the late great French restaurant designer Slavik was surely inspired by one of Gianni Agnelli’s Riva speed boats when he set to work here–and conditionally lordly service, this place is rather like the catch-of-the-day oriented little sister of Le Voltaire, another vintage beau-monde monument of a restaurant on…
  • Why French Cooking Still Matters Mightily

    Alexander Lobrano
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Steamed croacker (fish) in nasturtium juice at Clover   Released this week, The Michelin 2015 Guide to France attests to the good health of gastronomy in Gaul as a talented new generation of chefs are slowly acknowledged by the august institution. Among the stand-out awards were three stars to chef Yannick Alleno at Ledoyen and a star to chef David Toutain for his eponymous restaurant, both in Paris, and a star to chef Albert Riera at Le Jardins des Plumes in Giverny. So it seemed an opportune time for a little musing on the state of French cooking right now. Blanquette de veau at…
  • Bouillon, Paris–A Simmering New Bistro in the 9th Arrondissement, B-/C+

    Alexander Lobrano
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:40 am
    Chef Marc Favier’s new restaurant Bouillon in the 9th Arrondissement in Paris has been getting very good reviews, but while I liked it, I’m not sure I’d go back. Why? It’s expensive for what it serves, and I found a perceptible lack of generosity in the restaurant’s DNA. To wit, there was no amuse bouche, or little madeleines served with the coffee. Instead, the waitress offered a jar of cheap brightly colored hard candies that were of no interest whatsoever, and when we didn’t finish our 50 Euro roast duck, the leftovers were spirited off to the kitchen…
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    John Talbott's Paris

  • Venice/Mestre 3: Fiaschetteria Toscana: incredible salad: Columbus Pizzeria

    John Talbott
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    I'd read about the Fiaschetteria Toscana in several places and despite its being smack in the Middle of Tourist Central, I went.  I saw a waiter standing out front and my heart sank - "oh no, not a tourist trap beckoning the suckers to enter."  No, actually the folks entering seemed informed eaters.  And the menu was dated today's date so this was hardly a trap. I wasn't in the mood for a big lunch so I ordered up a green salad, thinking it would be one more dreary example - unh unh; it had spicy early arugula and other lettuces and was dressed by my…
  • Venice/Mestre 3: Fiaschetteria Toscana: incredible salad: Columbus Pizzeria

    John Talbott
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    I'd read about the Fiaschetteria Toscana in several places and despite its being smack in the Middle of Tourist Central, I went.  I saw a waiter standing out front and my heart sank - "oh no, not a tourist trap beckoning the suckers to enter."  No, actually the folks entering seemed informed eaters.  And the menu was dated today's date so this was hardly a trap. I wasn't in the mood for a big lunch so I ordered up a green salad, thinking it would be one more dreary example - unh unh; it had spicy early arugula and other lettuces and was dressed by my…
  • Venice/Mestre 2: Antiche Carampane (best fried baby shrimp ever) & Da Turo (divine sole)

    John Talbott
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    Today, I went back to Antiche Carampane, which no longer has a sign saying "No lasagna, no pizza, no tourist menu, but one saying "No pizza, no lasagna, no tourist menu", a sign of the times I guess, in food habits of the American people. In any case, when first I came here, eons ago, it was a local dive, hard to find and with an opaque menu; now it's full of visitors, some discussing the opportunities of the fallen ruble, screaming kids and an English menu.  They started me off with an amuse of the most spectacular tiny deep fried shrimp I've ever had and I…
  • Venice/Mestre 1: La Porta d'Acqua (best dish of the Year) and Moro (best rabbit/pasta as well) no pix:under construction

    John Talbott
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    La Porta d'Acqua in Venice was brought to my attention by someone and a good thing too, because even though it's a favorite of Yelp or RTA or some place, it's mighty good. I entered in a foul mood, having schlepped thru the rain, gotten lost (only once) and was greeted like an old customer.  I started by ordering fried anchovies and then frittura paranza and my wonderful Albanian waitguy suggested I swap the anchovies for octopus which he said was better - Wow was he right; crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, on a bed of mushed and firm chickpeas.  My second,…
  • Paris Pix: Donald near Charlie

    John Talbott
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
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  • Paris to London

    14 Mar 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Le temps passe vite. Pas sur ce Blog, sur lequel il ne se passe plus grand chose, mais en vrai. Cela fait 18 mois que je travaille à Londres. Les six premiers mois ont été mis à contribution pour mieux connaitre les trois quartiers où nous voulions potentiellement habiter (Marylebone, Notting Hill Gate et Islington)… Continue reading Paris to London
  • Restaurant ou Cantine?

    15 Jan 2014 | 2:57 am
    Quand j’étais plus jeune, je n’étais pas fan de cantines. En veillissant, je ne le suis pas devenu, et je suis agacé par les restaurants qui se la jouent cantines. Souvenirs d’enfance Le pire souvenir est surement l’horrible version collège, où l’on nous apportait un gros plat par table, où l’on devait se servir soi-même… Continue reading Restaurant ou Cantine?
  • Découverte de la gastronomie Birmane à la Bauhinia, brasserie du Shangri La

    18 Sep 2013 | 6:36 am
    Bauhinia au Shangri-La La Bauhinia, c’est la belle et agréable brasserie de l’hôtel Shangri-La. Installée sous une imposante coupole, sur deux niveaux. Ce n’est pas l’Abeille, le restaurant français gastronomique aux deux étoiles Michelin (pas encore testé), ni le Shang Palace, restaurant gastronomique cantonais, le seul restaurant chinois en France distingué d’une étoile Michelin. Pourtant,… Continue reading Découverte de la gastronomie Birmane à la Bauhinia, brasserie du Shangri La
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    Pham Fatale Recipe Feed

  • Lemon Parfait Cups with Blueberry Chocolate Amaretto Sauce

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    My husband Lulu has been reminding me incessantly about picking the Meyer lemons from our trees. I took a mental note but found my mind wandering and ignored his many warnings. And what he expected would happen eventually happened. The heavy weight from the lemons has completely broken and split in half our beautiful tree. It took so much time healing the wound by trimming and smoothing the damaged wood to avoid and seal out excess moisture. I had to remove the tree bark by cutting a diamond shape around the wound to help it to stay dry and prevent any decay or disease. I spent so much…
  • Beef Mac and Cheese Casserole Recipe

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Little Aria's preschool classmate Mary welcomed her second baby sister two weeks ago. We thought we would prepare a homemade meal for her family. Ground beef is perfectly suited to toddlers' palates, so for the main dish, Aria and I prepared mac and cheese comfort food with a nesting beef and tomato bed of its very own.  First, I prepared the bottom layer with a mixture of ground beef, tomatoes, thyme and onions. Then I added creamy Cheddar mac and cheese. I've included a picture of the menu once we wrapped up the entire meal for Mary's family. Full Recipe...
  • Beef Roll Appetizers (Fusion Recipe)

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Remember last week, when I posted a re-interpreted, fusion appetizer, maki-style? Well, this is the meat version. The dish consisted of blanched zucchini, carrot and enoki mushrooms stuffed in beef rolls, then quickly pan-seared until a crust was formed. You could also wrap the rolls in bacon or phyllo dough to secure them better, but if you're counting calories, these are just as delicious. The idea was to create something new with ground beef instead of a good old burger. Even though the beef rolls are barely seared, the ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce help…
  • Dairy Free Lychee Coconut Cooler Recipe

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    At Cost Plus World Market, I recently discovered a 100% lychee juice drink with no preservatives and no sugar added. As soon as I came home, I began brainstorming and came up with this deliciously, refreshing drink. It's made of coconut milk, lychee juice and sugar cane juice. The concoction is that wasy. It's really about the correct proportions and you could even add a few ounces of rum to spike it up.  Plus, it's dairy free! If you're like me and don't have the patience to wait until the drink is chilled, simply add a few ice cubes and mix it in a cocktail shaker. It makes the…
  • Garlic Noodles

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    Little Aria's favorite dish of the moment is a good noodle stir fry. It's super easy to prepare and I'll show you how to master this dish using 3 main flavorings: garlic, green onions and some chiles. The secret is to fry the garlic first. You have to make sure you don't burn it or the noodles will have an acrid taste, which could be very unpleasant. If this is the case, simply throw the garlic away, wash the pan and start over. The other key is stir fry the noodles over high heat; you could also add a dollop of butter at the end for extra richness, if you like.  Full Recipe...
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  • Greek Coffee

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    I have a coffee problem. Meaning if I don’t have my morning cup (or two okay usually two who am I kidding) there’s going to be a problem. Up until recently I had never heard of the deliciousness that is Greek (also called Turkish) coffee. Have you tried this coffee? It’s pretty incredible and guess what? It’s EASY to make. You will need to have a special pot called a BRIKI (pictured above). Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s typically a small copper or brass (or sometimes stainless steel) pot that’s narrow at the top and wider toward the bottom. This allows the…
  • Mushroom and Leek Spaghetti Carbonara

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    If you’ve known me for any length of time you KNOW that Spaghetti alla Carbonara is my hands down all time favorite meal. It’s the meal I would eat ALL. DAY. EVERY. DAY. That’s if I had a super ramped up metabolism and/or didn’t gain any weight no matter what I shoveled into my mouth. I of course am not blessed with that metabolism. Nope, and if you are one of those VERY lucky people, please don’t tell me. That wouldn’t make me like you very much and I really want to like you. (...)Read the rest of Mushroom and Leek Spaghetti Carbonara (279 words) © Paula…
  • Spaghetti with Sweet Potato and Tomato Sauce

    18 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    Sweet potatoes aren’t just for baking.  Nope, apparently they make a creamy dreamy addition to tomato sauce. Who knew? Apparently Food and Wine. That’s who. I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t try it myself so I understand if you’ve got an arched brow at the moment. I saw this recipe online and had that same reaction. Curiosity got the best of me, that happens a lot. So yep I gave it a go and I’m happy I did. I love making sauces with CARROTS and other vegetables so this being scrumptious shouldn’t have surprised me. (...)Read the rest of…
  • Slow Cooker Beer Brats

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    If you know me you know I don’t drink beer. At all. I gave it the good old college try, in well you guessed it, college. Beer was cheap and my measly student budget was practically non existent so beer was the obvious choice but alas I could never choke it down so I made friends with Jim and Jack instead and just saw them on a less frequent basis. My dislike of drinking beer hasn’t changed after all these years. I don’t however have a problem cooking with beer. Kind of like how I’m not a fan of cucumbers but like pickles. I know. I know, ’tis weird but it works…
  • Small Batch Blood Orange Curd

    11 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Have I mentioned how much we absolutely are coo coo for coco puffs over blood oranges? Well we are. We’ve been buying them up every time we’re at the market and will keep doing so until they’re gone. I might actually cry at that point. I know it’s coming soon (sniff sniff) but I won’t be able to help myself.  I should probably go ahead and put a travel pack of puffs in my purse. I wish blood orange season was longer but I will take them in bulk as long as we can get our hands on them. (...)Read the rest of Small Batch Blood Orange Curd (258 words) © Paula for…
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    Chef Tom Cooks - Recipe Blog

  • Vegan “Parmesan Cheese”

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:37 pm
    This is a great cheese alternative and is easy to prepare. The nutritional yeast adds a nice cheesy flavor to the mixture. Nutritional yeast is inexpensive and you can find it at most health food stores or you can order it online here. 3/4 cup raw cashews 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast 3/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp garlic powder Add all ingredients together in a food processor and process until a fine meal or powder is formed. Don’t over-process. Sprinkle over your dishes like Parmesan cheese. Will keep covered in the fridge for about a month.
  • Freebie Friday! York Peppermint Pattie

    6 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    Today through Sunday, get a free York Peppermint Pattie! Click the image below to get your free coupon:
  • Fruit Loop Marshmallow Treats

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    If you like Rice Krispy treats, then you’re going to love this!  The same yummy treats you enjoy but made with fruit loops.  This recipe is ridiculously easy to make.  You can get creative and incorporate your favorite cereal in place of the fruit loops.  Fruity pebble treats…Honeycomb treats…Coco Puff treats… the possibilities are endless. 1/4 cup butter 1 package mini marshmallows (about 6 cups) 8 cups of Fruit Loops cereal Microwave the marshmallows and butter in a large bowl for about 2 minutes until melted and stir it up. Pour in the cereal and mix together.
  • Mini Mac & Cheese Cups

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Who doesn’t love cheese and bacon?  These little appetizers are easy to make and are sinfully delicious. 1 can (5 oz) evaporated milk 1 1/2 cups hot water 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni Salt, to taste 1/2 cup shredded sharp or medium Cheddar cheese (2 oz) 1/2 cup Colby-jack cheese 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2 mini muffin pans with cooking spray. In 2- to 3-quart saucepan, heat evaporated milk, hot water, macaroni and salt to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cook 7 to 9 minutes,…
  • Roasted Beet Ketchup

    18 Feb 2015 | 8:07 am
    1 lb. red beets, peeled and diced 1 cup apple cider vinegar ½ cup brown sugar ¼ cup diced onion ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. ground coriander ¼ tsp. ground cloves ¼ tsp. garlic powder Freshly ground black pepper, to taste Line a baking sheet with foil.  Toss the diced beets with olive oil, salt and black pepper.  Spread the beets out on the baking sheet.  Bake in a 450 degrees F oven for about 40 minutes or until they are fork tender. Combine the roasted beets, vinegar, brown sugar, and onion in a 6-qt. saucepan and stir to combine. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to…
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    The Bitten Word

  • Crispy Pork Chops with Warm Fennel Salad

    Bitten Word
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
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  • Charred Cauliflower and Shishito Peppers with Picada Sauce + We're Going to Spain!

    Bitten Word
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:12 am
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  • Simple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    Bitten Word
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
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  • Caraway Salmon with Rye Berry-and-Beet Salad

    Bitten Word
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
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  • Flank Steak Peperonata

    Bitten Word
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
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    Little Girl, Big Knife

  • Baco-Nola Availability

    Christina Falco Baldwin
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Baco-Nola your favorite oat-free granola made with almonds, pecans, walnuts and best of all bacon can be found locally at Coffee Rani, Pilates Bodies and Nutritional Nook in Covington, LA.  It is available for purchase on our etsy site and by email at Girl Big Knife has had quite the busy year, but hopes to get back to posting recipes soon. In the meantime, please follow us on facebook and instagram for updates.  
  • Baco-Nola - Bacon Granola is available in more sizes!

    Christina Falco Baldwin
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    We are working on my new e-commerce website, but until then please check out my Etsy store for more information on the Baco-Nola (Bacon and Nut granola). am now offering purchase in 3 different sizes - 2 oz, 8 oz and 16 oz. I thank you for your patience during this transition and am looking forward to unveiling our new website soon!
  • Paleo Bacon Granola

    Christina Falco Baldwin
    3 May 2014 | 9:27 am
    We are working on our new website! In the meantime if you are interested in purchasing the paleo granola or inquiring as to our healthy snacks and catering services - please email or call us at 585-355-6476. Thank you!
  • Check out the Etsy store

    Christina Falco Baldwin
    11 Feb 2014 | 2:46 pm
    If you haven't already, check out my Etsy store - we currently have listed three different types of brittle and our newest creation a Paleo Granola - appropriately named Baco-Nola.  It's a mix of bacon, pecans, walnuts, and almonds sweetened with agave nectar and honey for your healthy snacking needs.
  • Baked Green Tomatoes with Shrimp and Greek Yogurt Avocado Remoulade

    Christina Falco Baldwin
    21 Nov 2013 | 10:55 am
    I don't know why, but I always get way too excited when I see green tomatoes at the farmers' market.  I love everything about them from their texture to their tart flavor.  This time I around I decided to lighten up a dish you commonly see on menus here in LA - which is fried green tomatoes, shrimp (sometimes crawfish) in a remoulade sauce.  For those of you who don't know what remoulade sauce is think of it as if cocktail sauce and tartar sauce got together during a wild weekend and produced an offspring that is way cooler than both of them.  Remoulade is delicious, but…
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    Restaurant Recipes - Popular Restaurant Recipes you can make at Home:

  • Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Slow Cooker

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    I personally love the Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana. This sausage and potato soup is one that I crave often. Many of you have wanted the Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Slow Cooker version, so I want to make sure you have the recipe you want. So here we go.Sometimes we all want a recipe we can quickly toss in our slow cooker, and get about our business. This version of my Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana is easy to put together, so you don’t have to stand at the stove, you can go do other things while this soup finishes cooking. We are going to brown to meats in this soup before we put it in the slow…
  • Cheesecake Factory Chicken Piccata

    22 Mar 2015 | 6:22 pm
    The Cheesecake Factory Chicken Piccata has to be one of my favorite ways to enjoy this classic dish. Unlike other chicken piccata dishes this one contains mushrooms, and has a creamy sauce that is hard to beat. Soon you can be recreating this dish just they prepare this recipe in the restaurant.I personally love dishes that you can make from a chicken breast. For me, this is a go to stable for a weeknight meal. This means you can have dinner on the table in a flash. Who doesn’t want to have dinner on the table without a lot of time and effort?What makes this recipe from the Cheesecake…
  • Baked Opal Apples

    17 Mar 2015 | 6:17 pm
    My love affair with the Opal Apple continues. I personally love this amazing apple. These Opal apples are best known because they are resistant to browning, but their flavor is incredible.If you haven’t yet tried the Opal apples you are missing out on an amazing apple. You will soon be in love with these baked opal apples. This apple is resistant to browning. You can cut this apple open and leave it out, and it won’t brown. What does his mean to you? It means you can make that fruit salad without having to add lemon juice that may make it bitter. These apples are perfect to slice…
  • Homemade French Onion Soup

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Homemade French Onion Soup is one of my favorite recipes of all time. I don’t know why a soup that is so simple in the ingredients tastes wonderfully complex and rich. You can make this soup, it may take a little extra time, but once you make this, you will never buy this in a can any longer.Growing up for special occasions my family would go out to a nice steakhouse for a fancy dinner. Being a child of the 1980s this meant you could order French Onion Soup in a fancy restaurant. This was a soup my mother never made. So for me, it was a treat only available at a restaurant. When I grew…
  • Dark Chocolate Tart with Candied Orange Slices

    15 Mar 2015 | 7:52 pm
    I recently had the opportunity to try some of the sweetest oranges and most amazing oranges, the Heritage Reserve Oranges are a flavorful and juicy orange, and you won’t want to miss these. If you have never heard about the Heritage Reserve orange before you should try these, these oranges are from some of the oldest groves in California. These groves have been carefully nurtured, pruned and pampered into producing the extraordinary fruit. I thought these oranges were some of the best I had tried in my life. I normally enjoy oranges simply chilled and cut in half. These were so…
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  • Indian Creek Distillery

    Curt McAdams
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    I grew up in a small town in Ohio. There may not have been lots to do, but we didn’t seem to care. We had a lot of fun, and found our own things to do, like going by the “haunted” barn on Staley Road. The story was that a man caught his wife with another man, chopped them both up with an axe and hanged himself. No names were ever in the story, and, of course, it never happened. But Staley Road has always been a tree-lined, narrow road, with a barn at the west end right on the road. Across the road from the barn is one of the most gorgeous farms you’ll find anywhere,…
  • Scotch-Inspired American Whiskeys

    Curt McAdams
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    In my view of the whisk(e)y world, there’s a pretty general hierarchy of whisk(e)y types: Scotch whisky (And even within Scotch, a hierarchy of Islay, Island, northern Highland, other Highland and Speyside, Campbeltown and Lowlands) American rye whiskey Bourbon Irish whiskey Japanese and other world whiskies trying to mimic Scotch whisky Canadian whiskey Before going nuts about my own personal list, there are certainly individual examples that cross lines (even jumping several levels up or down), this is just a general list that I’ve found works. I don’t prejudge, though,…
  • Livefire Umami Burger

    Curt McAdams
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
    I feel like I’m way behind on this umami thing. There’s umami everywhere anymore. Umami Burger is a small chain. There’s an Umami Food Truck, even. I’ve only recently started trying to figure out what umami is, though. The funny thing is, though, I’ve known umami all along! It’s apparently the fifth taste, and some say we have taste receptors that recognize umami distinctly from the other four flavors. Umami is a Japanese word, but western cuisine is full of umami-laden foods, too. It’s not just fish sauces and fermented soy and nori, but also aged…
  • Coldwater Cafe – Chef’s Table

    Curt McAdams
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:06 pm
    I grew up in New Carlisle, Ohio. It’s a small town north of Dayton, around 6500 people. One of the things I like about the area around Dayton is there are lots of small towns that stand apart and aren’t suburbs. They have history, a sense of community; you’ll see people without kids in school still going to high school football and basketball games. We live outside an even smaller town now, called Waynesville, with an even older history. Another town, just seven miles or so west of New Carlisle, is Tipp City. The town was founded in 1840, so it’s not quite as old as…
  • Wings Wings Wings

    Curt McAdams
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:13 pm
    It’s that time of year… The big game between the non-cheating Seahawks and the ever-cheating Patriots! I thought about doing some sort of Pacific Northwest seafood, parked with some kind of deflated lobster roll from the northeast… But I decided on wings instead. It’s simpler, and easier to make for the game. With wings, though, I didn’t want to add a lot of bad stuff to what can be pretty healthy fare. Typical wings are breaded, fried, and tossed in hot sauce and melted butter. Instead, my wings are grilled and either dry-rubbed or sauced near the end of…
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    The Naptime Chef

  • Spring Table Inspiration: Flowers & Arrangements

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I don’t want to jinx mother nature, but we finally appear to be turning the corner with spring. You guys, it has been an effing long winter and I am SO happy it is over. I even caught myself going through the spring cleaning ritual yesterday. One minute I was getting rid of a shirt that my son had outgrown. The next minute his dresser contents were all over the floor and I had a fresh bag of hand-me-downs. I also went through our pantry and dining room chucking this and that and even had the windows open for a little while. Welcome, spring, we need you to freshen us all up right now!
  • 22 Maple Syrup Recipes for Right Now

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’ve been having so much fun seeing what recipes you want to try from Butternut Mountain Farm. Don’t forget, the maple syrup giveaway is continuing until Thursday so please come by and enter! In the mean time, last week I had gathered some great recipes from many of my favorite food blogs. These all feature maple syrup as a natural sweetener and main ingredient. Since maple syrup season is now in full force there is no better time to try them. Enjoy! Beverages: Maple Latte – Simply Stacie (image above) Maple Bourbon Smash – Food & Wine 3 Maple Syrup Cocktails…
  • Maple Syrup 101 with Butternut Mountain Farm + Giveaway

    19 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Over the weekend we tapped our maple tree and hope to be making our homemade maple syrup soon. While we love this new tradition we never make enough syrup to last the whole year. I always end up buying a big jug or two of pure upstate syrup in Cooperstown whenever we visit. Over the years people have told me they find buying maple syrup intimidating and wonder if it is even worth it. All the grades can seem confusing and it is more expensive then the fake manufactured syrup you find in most grocery stores. So, today my friend Emma from Butternut Mountain Farm is here to clear up any confusion…
  • Asparagus & Feta Squares and More!

    18 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Easy Tomato Sauce on The Meredith Vieira Show (click link to view live segment) Asparagus & Feta Squares on Babble One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Banana Bread on Lifetime Moms     The post Asparagus & Feta Squares and More! appeared first on The Naptime Chef.
  • Chocolate Guinness Loaf

    17 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I am not Irish, but I never shy away from a good chocolate quick bread recipe and this seemed like a good day to share one made with a strong Irish beer. I assure you, this is also family-friendly. The alcohol from the Guinness burns off while baking so don’t worry, the kids can eat it too. We made this on Sunday while my son napped. It was a quick one-bowl affair that came together quickly and tasted amazing. It even has made an appearance in the lunchbox this week! I hope you enjoy eating it as much as we do. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! PrintChocolate Guinness Loaf Rating: 51 Prep…
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    Art & Lemons

  • a year of us | day 137

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:58 pm
    day 137 It snowed all day. I lost myself in writing most of the morning and afternoon. The radio was on. I listened to Gaetano Donizetti’s tragic masterpiece, Lucia di Lammermoor on the Met’s Saturday at the opera. The reception was lousy and the vocals swelled through static bursts into something akin to noise opera, though not quite. I’m giving this yearlong project a spin. Undoubtedly, I will fall and pick up again. Knowing this makes it easier. Still, I plan to show up to record a short photo and story of my day. You’re welcome to join me. I’d love it really. We can give…
  • a year of us | day 136

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:56 pm
    day 136 Long after the apple was cut and peeled, and the woman in the checkout line told how she left five grand in her purse earlier in the day, car unlocked, windows down, in a seedy section of the city and how not a thing was out of place when she returned, and we made it through dinner at the Chinese restaurant without too much of a hitch — he fell asleep in the crook of my arm. I’m giving this yearlong project a spin. Undoubtedly, I will fall and pick up again. Knowing this makes it easier. Still, I plan to show up to record a short photo and story of my day. You’re welcome to join…
  • a year of us | day 135

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:19 pm
    day 135 In the dream, my camera fell into a murky green river. I had been standing on a bridge with a friend. Other friends were swimming below. I could see there heads bobbing like buoys on the surface. We were in a heated debate about something. When I leaned into the railing, my camera slipped from the strap around my neck. I ran past the friend on the bridge down to the riverbank where I jumped in. The water was deep and clouded. I swam in circles feeling for the camera, all the while, I thought about the shots I lost. A few people dove to the bottom but couldn’t reach it. The river…
  • a year of us | day 134

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    day 134 It seemed easier to stop by the tea house to write. I dropped them off near the office and drove into town. I walked around the shop and tried to figure out how to order. The walls were covered in purple and gold with burgundy rugs tacked up against the corner table where I had to step up to sit down. Shoes were optional. I sat on small cushion, suitable for meditation, and put my computer on a foot high octagonal table. It was the last one left close to the window. I had the sense I was doing it all wrong. I came in ready to write with a caffeine kick and instead was lulled to sleep…
  • a year of us | day 133

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    day 133 The cardigan wool sweater reeked of mothballs. I wore it anyway and let it air out on our walk. It reminded me A. She wore navy polyester dresses, nylons and patent leather pumps, black cat eyeglasses speckled with rhinestones, wrapped her shiny brown hair in curlers, spoke in German so we couldn’t decode her conversation, piped purple flowers on a white cake, hung the wash to dry next to the woods, taught us to play Parcheesi, said “bread and butter” when we circled a tree, fried foraged morels in butter, scrubbed cobber pots until they were shiny new, played old country songs…
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    Very Culinary

  • Spaghetti with Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Parmesan

    Amy Flanigan
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
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  • My Favorite Zucchini Bread

    Amy Flanigan
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
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  • Getting Spicy with Spiceologist and their Oven-Baked Habanero Buttermilk Chicken

    Amy Flanigan
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
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  • Southwestern Frittata

    Amy Flanigan
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
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  • Oven Baked Beans (and a massive cookbook giveaway!)

    Amy Flanigan
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
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  • Plan This Epic Easter Brunch Spread

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Growing up in the '90s during the heyday of Martha Stewart, I can vividly recall my mom's mastery of party-throwing. There isn't a crème she hasn't bruléed, a DIY she hasn't crafted, or a tablescape theme she hasn't set with magician-like precision. That's why at the ripe age of 26, I've called upon her to help me (and you!) create a stunning Easter spread for a brunch to remember. The beautiful Delftware hanging in my parents' kitchen became the serving platters. The decorative wine bucket in the living room served its dutiful purpose to chill the sparkling wine. And like Mary Poppins, she…
  • McDonald's Launches an Unbelievable, Tasty Lifestyle Collection

    28 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    McDonald's Sweden launched a lifestyle collection this week, stamping its luscious Big Mac burger on bedding, rain boots, leggings, and even wallpaper. No, it's not a prank - the humorous campaign is part of #imlovinit24, where the McDonald's marketing team amused 24 cities worldwide with silly stunts in 24 hours. After seeing this lifestyle collection, you're going to want those Big Mac jammies. Now who can we call in Sweden to order a pair?
  • 21 #MealPrep Ideas That Are Anything but Boring

    28 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Do you #MealPrep? Meal prepping, or making your weekly breakfasts, lunches, and sometimes dinners ahead of time, is the craze sweeping the nation. Many self-confessed meal preppers often take to Instagram to show off their ingenuity and handiwork. People on special diets, such as Paleo or those on Weight Watchers, have long enjoyed meal prepping, since it can be hard to pick up dishes that conform to their strict needs on a whim. Now, meal prepping is going mainstream as more and more people try to get a handle on the week ahead. It's also a great way to ensure you eat healthy and often for…
  • Expectations vs. Reality: My Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino Story

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Source: Brinton Parker Sometimes in life, you realize that you can't have your cake and eat it drink it, too. That epiphany came to me as I sipped on Starbucks's limited-edition Birthday Cake Frappuccino ($5 for a grande), which is available for this week only as a celebration of the frozen drink's 20th birthday. After seeing gorgeous photos of the colorful frozen treat all morning, I was incredibly excited to get a taste of one myself. I had very high expectations, but did the Birthday frappuccino live up to them? In a word: no. Source: Starbucks, Brinton Parker Compared to the festive…
  • 14 Cases That Prove Shave Ice Is the New Froyo

    28 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    First it was frozen yogurt that took over the dessert world, but now another icy dessert has caught our attention. Shave ice may not exactly be mainstream yet, but the cold dessert is steadily proving that it's one of the tastiest and healthiest desserts out there. Made of actual ice, the light and airy treat can be topped with fruits, nuts, candy, and cereal, and it comes in traditional flavors like strawberry or exotic ones like black sesame. The snow-like texture quickly melts in your mouth for a refreshing taste, and it's not too heavy or creamy like ice cream. It's like you're eating…
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  • In a Pickle with Tacolicious

    10 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Photo: Edible Excursions For the most part, Mexican food in San Francisco is associated with our signature burrito, a fat slab filled with beans, rice, meat and potentially more, easily weighing in at a pound or more. Everyone has their favorite taqueria, and disagreements over which is superior can get heated indeed. I like an SF burrito as much as the next guy, but I think we need to be honest: It's not Mexican food. It's San Francisco food. When I worked in Redwood City, a colleague told me... Read more on Hedonia ...
  • Talking Tsukemono with Erik Aplin of ICHI Sushi

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Photo: Alanna Hale Japanese cuisine is perhaps my favorite, or at least certainly in my top three. If I were stranded on a desert island, I'd be just fine so long as there was ample seafood, rice paddies, and someone to turn it all into perfect sushi every day. Hands down our favorite sushi place in the city is ICHI Sushi, and its izakaya bar, NI, in the back. We've been fans since their early days, occupying a tiny and fairly charmless space that housed our previous favorite, Yo's Sushi Club,... Read more on Hedonia ...
  • How to Cook a Lot of Bacon

    7 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    For a few years now, we've done an annual BLT party on New Year's Day. Being the way we are, of course, that doesn't mean just a quick run to the grocery store for supplies. Of the four primary ingredients for the sandwich -- bacon, lettuce, tomato and bread -- the only thing that we don't make by hand from scratch is the lettuce. Even we have limitations. Each year we improve the process. The first year I bought tomatoes, thinking I could get away with it, but even in temperate California, the... Read more on Hedonia ...
  • Making Mole Verde at La Cocina

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

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

  • Demi-Glace: Part 1 – Feel the Veal

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    If you saw the post from earlier today, you know this video has been delayed do to mysterious, and near catastrophic audio problems, but finally we have the first “demi” of the recipe, and I hope it was worth the wait. This is my technique for veal demi-glace, and there’s not much to it. I’m going for a pure veal stock reduction, fortified with nothing more than mirepoix and tomato. I don’t do the classic roux-based “espagnole” sauce, which is traditionally mixed with veal stock and reduced by half. Modern versions like this forgo the flour, and simply reduce the stock until the…
  • Demi-Glace: Part 2 – Half Again

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    I could’ve squeezed this stuff into the last video (Demi-Glace Part 1), but it was already too long, and I didn’t want to rush through what’s just as important information. Plus, I really wanted to show some more gelatinized sauce slapping. People really seem to enjoy that, maybe a little too much. Once you go through all the trouble of making homemade demi-glace, you’ll want to make sure you portion and store it properly, so that it provides you with many months of stellar sauces. As seen in the video, you should get 16 nice blocks, each enough for about two servings, depending…
  • We're Having Technical Difficulties!

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:50 am
    Just a little heads-up that I’m having some serious issues with the audio on today’s video. Eventually I’ll figure it out, but there will be a delay publishing the video this afternoon. Wish me luck, and as always, stay tuned!
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    23 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
  • Avgolemeno Soup – Totally Epic

    20 Mar 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Avgolemeno is one of those soups that I’ve made many times, but rarely from scratch. It’s usually a “there’s nothing in the house” type of thing, made with a carton of broth. Even in its quick-and-easy form, it’s a delicious, and comforting meal, but when you use a fresh, whole chicken, it becomes epic. By the way, I mean “epic” as in ancient Greek poetry, not hipster cliché. Okay, I mean it both ways. Speaking of whole chickens, that’s your big decision here.If you want chicken meat in your soup, then you’ll only want to simmer the bird for about an hour, or just until…
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    Always Order Dessert

  • Chocolate Honey Layer Cake with Salted Honey Flour Buttercream & Raw Cocoa Nibs

    Alejandra Ramos
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    My husband Eugene is in a cake club at work. He and a group of other guys in his office pool together money that they then spend on monthly birthday cakes celebrating the guys in the group. The bakery options near his office are kind of limited, so they usually end up buying cakes from a popular financial district bakery called Financier, cleverly named for both the delicious little golden
  • Spicy Chorizo Clam Chowder

    Alejandra Ramos
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    Last weekend, Eugene and I met my brother for brunch at a restaurant here in the city. It was kind of late in the day, and freezing outside, so as soon as I spotted clam chowder on the menu, I was sold. It was listed under the lunch entrees for $13, so I figured it would be a large-ish, hearty bowl, and didn't order anything else except a small appetizer of toast with fresh ricotta. But when
  • Spiced Roasted Carrots with Ras el Hanout

    Alejandra Ramos
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Last winter I shared with you a recipe for popcorn with dark chocolate, almonds, and ras el hanout--a North African spice blend that is one of my firm favorites. In that post, I actually talked about how I fell in love with it when I used it on some roasted carrots in place of the cumin that had run out earlier that day. It took me a full year to realize that while I may have mentioned
  • French Almond Paste Cake

    Alejandra Ramos
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:54 am
    I'm not sure if this is true for everybody, but my cake cravings tend to increase dramatically during the winter. It's like all I want are warm mugs filled with tea and a slice of something sweet and simple. I'm not talking about elaborate layer cakes with fillings and swoops of frosting (though those are lovely, too). I mean simple cakes. Plain cakes with just a one lovely single layer and
  • How to Make Labneh

    Alejandra Ramos
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:47 am
    Because I'm Puerto Rican, people often assume that Latin food is my favorite. It's definitely very high up there, and I do tend to cook with those kinds of flavors and ingredients often, but the truth is that given the choice, I'm more likely to pick Middle Eastern dishes and flavors. I love garlicky yogurt sauces, beautifully seasoned lamb, tangy cheeses, and crispy fritters. I go wild for
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    Hungry Crowd

  • 8 Excellent Avocado-Centric Recipes From F&W Best New Chefs

    28 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    F&W Best New Chefs aren’t immune to the allure of creamy, silky, delicious avocados. Here, their most avocado-packed recipes. 1. Avocado-Green Pea Salsa  This unusual, colorful salsa from F&W BNC 2013 Jose Enrique combines green...
  • 7 Ways to Upgrade Chocolate Chip Cookies

    28 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s hard to improve on a classic chocolate chip cookie, but these chefs and cookbook authors tried. 1. Milk chocolatey Texas chef Tim Love makes cookies that are crisp on the outside and chewy in the center with milk chocolate chips. 2. Wit...
  • 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Easter Eggs

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Whether they’re dyed, painted, plastic or—best-case scenario—chocolate, every good Easter celebration includes Easter eggs. Here, seven fun facts about the decorative eggs we love to hide. 1. Decorating eggs is an ancient traditi...
  • 5 Pastel Cocktails for Easter Brunch

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    From rum to tequila, here are five pastel drinks for an incredible Easter brunch. 1. Agricole-Guava CoolerRhum agricole has a grassy flavor that's delicious with floral guava nectar and Navan, a Cognac infused with black Madagascar vanilla. 2...
  • 10 of the Gooiest, Cheesiest Recipes from F&W Best New Chefs

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    F&W Best New Chefs are known for their elevated, precise, beautiful cooking. But that doesn’t mean they can’t also satisfy cravings with a seriously cheesy dish. Here, ten extra-gooey, cheesy recipes from F&W Best New Chefs. 1....
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    Wholistic Woman

  • Life from Scratch {Book Review & Giveaway}

    Wendy Hammond
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:11 pm
    It’s been awhile since I sat down to devour a book in one afternoon. I think the last time was when I finished The Hunger Games trilogy over a holiday weekend. As usual, my husband teased me about not being normal. I can’t help it; when I get a taste of a good book, I can’t stop until the end. But it was my birthday weekend, so I indulged. Life from Scratch is yet another book by a blogger. Since I myself started this blog as a way to cook through Simply in Season, I can usually relate to books about bloggers. Except the ones where the blogger is rich and famous and flies…
  • DIY Spa Wrap

    Wendy Hammond
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    One thing I’ve discovered is, simple sewing projects never are. It’s probably my skill level. But I found several tutorials online that claimed this was maybe an hour long project. I spent several hours on this! But, I’m very happy with the end product and with the help of my mom I was able to finish it. Ingredients: 1 yard of towel fabric. You can use an actual towel, but make sure it’s not too thick as you need to fold down the top to make an elastic casing and it can get really thick. I was basing my wrap on a microfiber one that I bought from Sierra Trading post on…
  • Denise Austin’s New 10 Week, 360° Plan

    Wendy Hammond
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:21 am
    Image courtesy of Rogers & Cowan The sheer number of diet and fitness plans is mind boggling. Before my weight loss surgery, I tried them all! It’s so easy to get caught up in researching various things, trying to put together the perfect eating and fitness routines. Denise Austin is offering a new plan to make it easier. Denise Austin’s 10 Week, 360° Plan gives people the tools they need to achieve their goals by combining everything Austin knows about exercise, nutrition and motivation in one place for the first time through all-new video content. Fun, easy and accessible for…
  • Weight Loss Surgery: 3 Month Update

    Wendy Hammond
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    I can hardly believe it’s been three months since my weight loss surgery! It’s gone fast, although I must say I’ve adapted really well to my new normal. So now that I’m all healed, what is life like? The scale is my friend some days, my enemy on others. I weigh in every day on my scale, which automatically updates. Some days I’m down 1-2 pounds. Other days I’m up. The overall trajectory is down, however. Some days I’m excited about how much I’ve lost. Other days I feel like I should have lost more. I have to keep reminding myself that this is a…
  • Wear Red on Friday (Feb 6) and Help Save Women’s Lives!

    Wendy Hammond
    2 Feb 2015 | 11:35 am
    Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, is National Wear Red Day, the day when red becomes the most fashionable color in Michigan and across the country.  On this day, thousands of people, employees at more than 10,000 companies, along with national and local news anchors and talk-show hosts will wear red to support the cause. The red dress and the color red are symbols for women and heart disease and the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement. The American Heart Association encourages area residents to show their support for the Go Red For Women movement by wearing red that day.  Heart…
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    The Kitchn | Inspiring cooks, nourishing homes

  • A Modern Passover Menu from Kim Kushner — Menus from The Kitchn

    28 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    When it comes to Passover, too many of us focus on the restrictions, what we can't eat, the ingredients we can't use, and all of the stress that comes along with it. Passover cooking does not need to translate to panic cooking! Over the years, with lots of trial and error, I have finally mastered what it takes to put together the perfect Passover meal. Instead of spending time analyzing what ingredients I must stay away from, I spend my time thinking about the foods I really love and want to eat. READ MORE »
  • What to Read This Weekend — Food News: March 23 - 29

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Would You Drink One of These Unusual Sodas? Maple Syrup Is the Newest Energy-Boosting Food Listen as the Sporkful Investigates Office Food Theft Meet the Navy Veteran Who Teaches City Kids to Farm Kraft and Heinz Are Merging. Celebrate with Ketchup on Your Mac & Cheese. Soon You'll Be Able to Get Your Starbucks Delivered LA's Fast Food Ban Largely Ineffective at Reducing Obesity You'll Soon Be Able to Discover the Source of Canned Tuna Pods for Everything (Not Just Coffee) Are Invading the Kitchen READ MORE »
  • 10 Important Things You Should Know About Cooking Eggs — Tips from The Ktichn

    28 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    The incredible, edible egg. They're the savory breakfast go-to. Eggs can hold their own for a satisfying lunch. And, when you need dinner in a pinch, eggs are first in line to come to the rescue every time. Eggs are so simple, yet there's a lot to know about these tiny wonders. From choosing the right size and color, to the simplest way to test for freshness, to all the cooking methods you need to know, these are the 10 egg essentials to take with you through life. READ MORE »
  • 10 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Feel Like Spring — Life in the Kitchen

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Chelsea Fuss' 5 Pro Tips for Beautiful Flowers on a Budget Throw open the windows, friends, because I think winter is finally behind us. Are you ready to welcome spring? It's time to dust off, air out, and spruce up your kitchen for the new season. Here are 10 ways to get it looking as great as you're feeling. READ MORE »
  • What's Cooking This Weekend, Peggy Sutton? — Weekend of March 28-29, 2015

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Peggy Sutton, founder of To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co. This week we met Peggy Sutton, founder and owner of To Your Health, a booming sprouted flour company in Alabama. We learned how To Your Health started in Peggy's kitchen, but then grew into a successful industrial operation. Along the way we also gleaned a few sprouted flour baking tips and discovered that sprouted corn kernels make the best popcorn. (Try it!) There's only one question left: What's cooking this weekend, Peggy? READ MORE »
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  • A Delicious List of Hot Cross Buns Recipes

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Hot cross buns are a classic English confection. Made from a light, airy dough, they are studded with dried fruit and topped with a sugar glaze and X, or *cross* of icing.
  • Maple Bacon Scones

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Easter means brunch! We always try to have a collection of tasty Easter themed dishes that will fill your brunch table with taste. Starting with these luscious Maple Bacon Scones.
  • Perfect Easter Roasted Leg of Lamb

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:16 pm
    An elegant meal, the perfect Easter roasted leg of lamb is a show stopping choice for this holiday. It's a seasonal item that has a melt in your mouth taste, and isn't always familiar to cook.
  • Effortless Fish Taco Bowls

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Fish taco bowls and a quick and easy dinner for any night of the week. Spiced cod is served on a bed of cilantro lime rice with lettuce, vegetables, salsa and avocado.  You can change up the fixings based on what you have available in your pantry.
  • Mouthwatering Blackened Fish Sandwiches

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Whether you observe Lent or not, this mouthwatering blackened fish sandwich should be on everyone's dinner table this Friday.  Not only is this sandwich delicious but it comes together in a flash.
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  • Big business, civil justice, and just how hot should the coffee be.

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
      Hot coffee spills are a perennial darling of product liability lawyers. Every so often a case comes along that grabs headlines, captures the imagination, and reopens the conversation about frivolous lawsuits, tort reform, and how you like your coffee. The latest baits [...]
  • What’s Better: Highly Rated or Highly Ranked?

    19 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Who’s really number one? Restaurant rankings are a relatively new measure of gastronomic greatness. Reviewers always rated restaurants, often using the shorthand of 3 stars or 2 forks, thumbs up or down, going back a century to the first Michelin guides. [...]
  • Do a Farmer a Favor. Shop Online

    16 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
        Old School                                                 New School       This is the year you’ll visit an [...]
  • It’s Bubba Yum Yum, The Potentially Fatal Paleo Cookbook for Babies.

    14 Mar 2015 | 11:13 am
      The world has seen its share of silly, dubious, and downright dangerous fad diets, but usually the kids are spared. Paleo, though, is no mere diet; it’s a way of life. If you’re not familiar with the paleo (a.k.a. caveman) diet, [...]
  • When Life Gives You Lemons… The Snow Edition

    10 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
        You’ve shoveled, plowed, and salted it, but there’s still plenty of snow on the ground. 49 states began this month with snow cover, and in some places a new foot and more has fallen since (yes, Hawaii, I’m talking [...]
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    Harmonious Homestead

  • “Science Lesson” {Homestead Haiku}

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Unschool girls in woods. What better teacher exists than Mother Nature? ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* “Science Lesson” {Homestead Haiku} is a post from Harmonious Homestead. If you like what you read, please consider supporting us with a donation or visit the Harmonious Homestead shop for ebooks and favorite tools. Thanks! The post “Science Lesson” {Homestead Haiku} appeared first on Harmonious Homestead.
  • Raising Healthy Dogs with HardyPet {Sponsored}

    19 Mar 2015 | 6:12 am
    What do you feed your pets? The more that I explore and understand human nutrition, the more I consider this question. If I believe that humans are healthiest on a diverse, vitamin-rich diet, doesn’t it follow that my pets would thrive on such a diet too? Our little dog Hawise stopped being interested in dry food about a year ago. We tried switching brands but she was never excited about it. I’m not a fussy pet owner and wasn’t about to get into cooking a fresh meal, but I’d always been curious about raw diets for dogs. With a friends’ encouragement, I started…
  • Change Your Life Kraut Melt Sandwich {Recipe}

    24 Feb 2015 | 7:27 pm
    What I’m about to tell you is so devastatingly simple that it can hardly be called a recipe. And yet, a friend whom I recently served this to declared that it “changed her life.” All you need is vegetable kraut, bread and cheese. I ferment my own mixed vegetable kraut from whatever’s in season. The variety pictured includes beets, red cabbage, carrots, and garlic aged on the counter for just a week because I like my kraut crunchy. Bread can be whatever you have on hand, sliced fairly thinly. Same with the cheese – use anything that melts nicely, sliced thin.
  • Wisdom & News from OEFFA Conference 2015

    20 Feb 2015 | 2:49 pm
    I’m still riding high on the “agricultural intoxication”* of the 2015 Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association annual conference. My heart is warmed by so many great talks, both prepared presentations and side conversations, with friends new and old. My head spins with the possibilities of this coming year. I bounced around a lot this year, staying in only one session for the entire period – my own! There were just too many enticing presentations to choose from. Here’s some of the wisdom I heard: “Introduce wild edibles to your diet one at a…
  • Homestead Happenings #3: Plans & Yeast

    8 Feb 2015 | 5:48 am
    This week was dominated by planning for the spring ahead. The groundhog may have seen a shadow, but sunny, longer days mean that garden work will come very soon. The weather was warm enough for me to spend a little time digging roots and washing seedling pots yesterday! What’s happened this week: We watched BBC’s Great British Baking Show on WOSU. Airing Monday nights at 10, this is our new show not-to-be-missed. The hosts are very British – quirky, kind, and quick-witted, and the spirit is more of learning and comradeship than dramatic American food competition shows.
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    Cooking with Thas

  • Fish Cutlets or Fish Patties or Fish Cakes

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Ground fish made into cutlets or patties, great for making sandwich or burger or top your salads or wrap in a tortilla or pita… I have a soft corner towards patties or cutlets, for that reason I often tend to turn any meat into patties. Add some seasonings to the ground meat or fish along with veggies, make into patties and pan fry or bake them. The patties can be sandwiched between bread, burger buns or wrapped in pitas or tortillas or they can be topped on your favorite salads. So many options are there and they make a healthy and fantastic meal. I topped the patties with Olives and…
  • Chapati Egg Roll Recipe

    22 Mar 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Chapati and omelette rolled together and cut into rounds, perfect for brunch or lunch or dinner… Yesterday, I promised myself that I would take a break from the store bought tortillas, pita breads and rotis. So for dinner, I had to make chapatis from scratch. Though making any kind of rotis from scratch is a bit time consuming process, once I start making something from scratch I will be seen enjoying it thoroughly. The puffed up chapatis never fails to put a smile on my face. I served the chapati with dal and pan fried fish. Had some leftover chapatis, I stored them in the…
  • Cappuccino Biscotti

    21 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Cappuccino flavored biscotti makes a perfectly crunchy evening snack… Who wouldn’t love something sweet and crunchy along with a cup of coffee or tea??? This cappuccino biscotti is perfect with a cup of coffee or cappuccino or even tea. The difference between a cookie and biscotti is that biscottis are double baked, that’s what makes it crunchy and crispy. A few years ago, I had tried chocolate almond coconut biscotti, in this biscotti I got to enjoy too many flavors. I am a cappuccino fanatic and for that reason this cappuccino biscotti has turned into my favorite. You…
  • Shrimp and Potato Curry

    18 Mar 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Shrimp and potato cooked together along with aromatic spices and made into a delicious curry… I hope you guys must have noticed the new theme, did you like it??? I had some issues with my old theme and my Man tried everything to fix it. But in vain. I got so used to that theme and it was quite dear to me. Saying goodbye to that one was not that easy. Couldn’t stand seeing my website being broken, so right away got a new theme. My man and I have been working on customizing everything since yesterday. Finally, everything is working and looks good. I am happy, excited and this is…
  • Pan Fried Blackened Trout- Healthy Trout Recipe

    15 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Pan fried and blackened Trout, a healthy and easy recipe… One of my favorite ways of making fish is by pan frying the seasoned fillets in very little oil. Pan fried fish fillets go well with almost any kind of side dishes. Pilaf, mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, risotto, pasta or just steamed jasmine rice. This does make a healthy meal and great for those who are on a diet. So, next time when you get trout or salmon fillets do try this and enjoy with your favorite side dish. Healthy yet delicious… Healthy Side dishes that go well with this Pan fried blackened trout Microwaved…
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    A Sweet Spoonful

  • A Nod to Spring

    22 Mar 2015 | 8:34 pm
    We started house-hunting about ten days ago, and at the time I had no idea how all-encompassing it would feel. The market is such in Seattle right now that you don’t really get to think about this very large, immensely important decision for a few days (or even overnight, in some cases); you have to either make an offer right away or move on. And I’m not one to make very big decisions quickly. So there’s been a lot of pacing, and trips to the grocery store for bad (but so good) Easter candy consumed late at night while scanning through new listings online. I’ve had my…
  • Vegan Chocolate-Almond Sorbet

    11 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    I had a weak moment on our honeymoon in Italy when I decided that I should be making gelato for a living. My enthusiasm for Italian gelato wasn’t surprising to anyone. I’d done extensive research, made lists, had Sam map out cities in terms of where the best gelaterias were. I took notes and photos and hemmed and hawed over flavor choices: Sicilian Pistachio! Chestnut Honey! Sweet Cheese, Almond and Fig! In truth, on that particular trip, I cared far more about treats, sunshine, and cobblestone walks than I cared about famous landmarks or tourist attractions, often leaving the…
  • Homemade Marzipan Dark Chocolate Truffles

    4 Mar 2015 | 10:41 am
    We live one block away from a hot chocolate cafe here in Seattle where they also happen to sell really nice truffles and little sweets. When Sam works out of his home office, he’ll often go there for a change of scenery and without fail, he brings me home a truffle. My favorites tend to be the vanilla sea salt, but it’s really a toss up between that and the dark chocolate marzipan. I’m not sure where he got the idea, but last month for Valentine’s Day, Sam decided to strike out on his own and made homemade truffles instead of buying them. He researched how to make…
  • Kale Power Salad with Sunflower Crumble (+ Winter Links)

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    This past week involved a lot of time with file folders and receipts, readying and finishing tax documents. I’m a big fan of “clearing the decks” at home and at work: I try to get bills out right on time, generally hate clutter, love a Goodwill run to get rid of things we’re not using around the house — so a particular time of year that forces you to revisit all of the stressful financial and business questions that you thought you’d already put to bed? No thanks. At some point last year, my youngest sister got her first credit card and had some questions…
  • Morning Glory Crumble Muffins

    12 Feb 2015 | 2:16 pm
    I rarely make muffins at home and never order one when I’m out and about as I find they’re often far too sweet and never truly that satisfying. I realize, too, in looking back at my cookbook that there’s only one muffin recipe throughout. Case in point: I’m tentative on muffins. But not these. We’ve been pretty thrilled to have this healthier version of Morning Glory muffins on the counter this week; they have little bits of apple, raisins, walnuts, and grated carrot and are cloaked in a buttery oat crumble topping — quite the opposite of your boring…
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    lisa is cooking

  • Cornmeal with Rosemary and Parmigiano Biscotti

    lisa is cooking
    21 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    There’s a lot to love about biscotti. You can go a very traditional route with them or veer off into all sorts of creative directions. For Christmas this past year, I got creative by baking big, mocha latte biscotti with chocolate chips in them that got drizzled with a white chocolate-espresso glaze. I’ve also made a peanut butter version and some that were fully dipped in chocolate. But, I’m also a big fan of the more proper, Italian almond cantucci that are subtly sweet, nutty, and all about... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Southern Hummus

    lisa is cooking
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    How do you change the direction of 100 years of family cooking while honoring the traditions? That’s what Alice Randall and her daughter Caroline Randall Williams set out to do. They chronicled their family history and their desire to change their eating habits for the better in their new book Soul Food Love, and I received a review copy. The book begins with stories about three generations and five different kitchens and the types of cooking in each. The goal for mother and daughter was to... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Buttered Buckwheat with Fenugreek Kale and Spicy Yellow Split Peas

    lisa is cooking
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Can cookbooks read minds? I’m pretty sure that’s what this new book from Molly Watson did. The book is Greens + Grains, and it is full of dishes made exactly the way I like to cook. When I started reading my review copy, I was sure this book was made just for me. There’s farro, quinoa, wild rice, spelt, barley, and polenta paired with chard, kale, arugula, beet greens, collards, and escarole. I mix and match those ingredients pretty regularly depending on which greens are in season. And, beyond... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Carrot Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    lisa is cooking
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Since Kurt’s birthday is just a few days before Valentine’s Day, there have been years when there was an overload of sweet treats during that second week of February. This year, it was a little different since Kurt was traveling for work on his birthday. We waited and celebrated both occasions on the 14th. Of course, I questioned him in advance regarding what kind of cake he wanted this year. In early December, I read Alice Medrich’s latest book, Flavor Flours, in which she suggested the New... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Fatayer with Cheese and Spinach

    lisa is cooking
    15 Feb 2015 | 7:50 pm
    If I’d been asked a few weeks ago what I knew about Lebanese food, I would have said that I didn’t really know anything. It turns out, I’ve been enjoying the flavors of Lebanese cooking for years without even realizing it. I received a review copy of the new book Comptoir Libanais: A Feast of Lebanese-Style Home Cooking by Tony Kitous and Dan Lepard and started learning a thing or two about this wonderful food. Kitous opened the London restaurants Comptoir Libanais to share Lebanese culture... 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

  • Snapshots from Toast and Roast by Wine & Food Foundation of Texas

    Melody Fury
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Wine, fire, and whole roasted animals. That’s my definition of an ideal Sunday afternoon. Earlier this month, Wine & Food Foundation of Texas threw down the inaugural Toast & Roast at the picturesque Rancho Cuernavaca.  This locavore event highlighted Texas Monthly’s Best Texas Wines of 2014, paired with Noble Sandwich’s whole roasted hog, goat, and lamb. What’s more, proceeds raised from these tasty events go towards culinary scholarships, educational grants and other local food and drink related causes.  In 2014 alone, they invested more than $100,000 into…
  • The Ultimate Guide To Austin’s Best Cocktail Spots

    Melody Fury
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:55 pm
    The first piece I ever wrote on cocktails in Austin featured Haddingtons, which is sadly no longer.  That Serious Eats article was published back in January, 2012.  Since then, I’ve watched the city’s cocktail scene blossom, no: explode. I’ve had the opportunity to photograph and write about many many more of Austin’s best cocktail destinations. (See samples of my work) Below is a compilation of my personal favorites for Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s Austin City Guide 2015. I’ll continue to update the list as I try out new joints. My two criteria are…
  • I’m the Worst Food Blogger Ever (but I’m writing for Culture Map Now!)

    Melody Fury
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:11 am
    The title of this post pretty much sums up where I am right now.  Since I started a new internship for my super secret other-career, I’ve been keeping my head down in my work.  While I’ve certainly been eating well, as demonstrated by my Instagram feed, I haven’t been paying enough attention to my blog. We’ve also been cooking up a storm and I’ll try to catch up on the recipe requests.  (See what we’ve cooked in 2015 so far). Having said that, I’m excited to report that I’m now writing for Culture Map.  I’m enjoying it a whole lot…
  • What I’ve Cooked in 2015 So Far

    Melody Fury
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Cooking more is one of our goals for 2015, partially for health (hm, 20%?) but mostly because we want to budget wiser.  We love to cook and create recipes so it doesn’t really phase us.  Finding time is the greater issue. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen what we’ve been serving up from our kitchen.  Below is a roundup of the most popular dishes.  Feel free to make recipe requests and I’ll try my best to post them asap.  Much love! Breakfast sandwich with fried salami, the perfect scrambled eggs, and avocado  | Melody Gourmet Fury Chinese green onion…
  • Best Austin Restaurants of 2014

    Melody Fury
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    2014 has been another over-the-top year of dining.  A wave of exciting new restaurants swept through Austin but only some beckoned return visits. Head on over to Year in Eater to see a compilation of top restaurant picks by Austin food writers, including some of my input. Below is my personal list of best Austin restaurants of 2014, with a mix of new and old favorites.  All of these are choices are completely and utterly biased, based solely on what I love.  Some may be conveniently located around my house and areas that I frequent.  I also made up my own atypical categories because hey,…
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    La Fuji Mama

  • Chocolate Chip Pecan Brownie Pie—Happy Pi(e) Day!

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    It’s Pi(e) Day, one of my favorite days of the year!  Please tell me that you’re celebrating?  I whipped up a version of a pecan pie for our celebrations today using a combination that has been swirling around in my head for months—a chocolate almond crust that gets brownie-like as it soaks up some of the sweet liquid from the filling, a light custard, a crunchy pecan top, and a handful of mini chocolate chips sprinkled over everything to finish it off.  After I baked it and it had been sitting on the kitchen table cooling for about an hour, Mr. Fuji found me in my office…
  • Influence, Hummus, and Pie, OH MY!!

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:53 am
    Life has been hectic around here.  I’ve been filling life with things like teaching cooking classes at one of Harmons Grocery cooking schools, volunteering at the Fujilings’ elementary school, driving the girls to and from piano and dance lessons, etc.  I looked at my planner the other day and thought, “Who got a hold of my planner and filled it to bursting with a bunch of stuff? Oh wait. I did that. Oops.”  You literally would not be able to find a free spot to pencil something in, even if you wrote in micro-script.  Life is crazy, isn’t it?    But I must…
  • Get Sliced + Giveaway of 2 tickets to Harmons Sliced finale dinner!

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Five cooks given a mystery box of four ingredients that they must use to make a specified course and two and half hours to prep, cook, and present their creations, with judges walking around watching and asking them questions, all in hopes of winning the round for the chance to compete in the finale.  Does it start to sound a bit like an episode of Chopped?  Almost, but in my opinion, even better.  This is Sliced, a 3-day cooking competition hosted by Harmons Grocery that brings 15 home cooks head-to-head to compete for the title of Harmons Sliced Champion and the $500 grand prize (as…
  • Lilly’s Hummus Giveaway!

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    To celebrate all of the fun I’ve been having with hummus, I’ve joined forces with my friends at Lilly’s Hummus to send one of you an awesome package of Lilly’s Hummus goodies!  One winner will receive 4 tubs of Lilly’s Hummus, a tote bag, a t-shirt, and assorted ephemera. Enter in the box below for your chance to win! a Rafflecopter giveaway
  • 5 Ways to Use Hummus (Break out of dip mode!)

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:21 am
    As you may have gathered, I LOVE hummus.  My favorite afternoon snack is fresh cut veggies dipped in hummus.  But hummus is so much more versatile than that and I think it’s time we break out of dip mode here on LFM.  So here are 5 (easy!) ways to use hummus that aren’t dip related.  I’m also giving away a Lilly’s Hummus prize pack (my favorite hummus)! Giveaway details at the end of the post! 1. Hummus Deviled Eggs For 12 pieces: Slice 6 hard-boiled eggs in half lengthwise.  Remove the yolks and place them in a mixing bowl.  Add 1/4 cup hummus of your choice,…
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    The Sophisticated Gourmet

  • Strawberry Pavlova Recipe & The Book

    11 Mar 2015 | 12:16 am
    “I oversee the food and drink publishing at Chronicle Books in San Francisco.” I didn’t get it. I thought I was being pranked. My memory heaved me back to a few months prior. I sat alone on the outskirts of Riverside Park, umbrella in hand, where I suavely obnoxiously laid a copy of that morning’s New York Times on the sodden bench. The fog was as thick as stiffly whipped meringue, the air smelled of dog breath and gasoline, and the trusty automatic umbrella I had since middle school graduation saw better days. Despite it all, I patiently waited it out to take a phone call from an…
  • Give Books Campaign & Giveaway

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Before I begin anything, I’d like to give a huge thank you to everyone who reached out to me and shared their support and love because of my last post. I can’t express how thankful I am for all of you and how honored I am to be trusted with your stories, as well. For those of you that haven’t received a response to your emails, I promise— I’m on it! So today, I’m doing things a little differently… No recipe, but a big ol’ thank you celebration in the form of a giveaway. This post is to celebrate Hand Made Baking coming out on the 25th, but most importantly— it’s to…
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Swiss Roll + More [VIDEO]

    2 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A little while back, I posted a self portrait on Instagram with a caption describing my instinctive desire for authenticity. Admittedly, this need was brought into the foreground because of a sore heart and selfishness— a positive form of the latter, at least. This isn’t an entry of tear-thick protestations, or even a speech. Rather, it’s one of celebration, acceptance, and most importantly: clarity. This post is mostly for myself; it’s to document a nearly decade-long inner fight, and to mark the moment that I march to the beat of my own drum and do what feels right. This post is…
  • Heartbreak Raspberry Cream Scones

    4 Dec 2013 | 7:03 am
    I had to come back and bring you Raspberry Cream Scones. The kind that are speckled with crimson-red berries and are infinitely tender, flavorful, and moist. I love berries, and when I’m stuck in my tiny town with only the grocery store to rely on, I know Driscoll’s will have an exceptional product I can rely on year-round. I know it’s not summertime here, but heartbreak knows no season or the holidays and when it demands you make scones speckled with berries at 6am, scones must happen. It’s as simple as that. The funny thing about heartbreak is that we learn from our mistakes, but we…
  • Chaos, Love, and Profiteroles

    3 Dec 2013 | 10:27 pm
    I know; it’s been quite a while. My favorite ballpoint pen, the one I always seem to go to when I want to jot-down my thoughts for this little corner of the web, dried out after sitting for so long, requiring scrawling encouragement on the corner of the page. Coming back is both relieving and petrifying at the same time. It’s like opening a door with hinges that have rusted over– it’s not only difficult to push open, but the bone-chilling shriek of the heavy metal portal sends shivers through my entire being. My very long absence was both intended and unintended. I’ve received…
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    True Food Movement

  • What is a Food Swap?

    Lisa Johnson
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Citrus cookies If you live in a major metropolitan area, you probably have at least one food swap group near you. It can be a great opportunity to meet foodies, swap recipes, and try some new flavor combinations. How a Food Swap Works Here are the general guidelines for a food swap. You find a local event and sign-up online, or get a group of friends together and pick a date. You can bring any amount of food. The more you bring, the more you can swap Food should be made from scratch, not purchased Stick to your strengths, make something you know is tasty Package food into ready to trade…
  • Food Trends 2015: The green movement is catching on

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    local seafood is a top food trend for 2015 credit: Flickr From crappy fast food to America’s most elite dining establishments, adoption of farm-to-table trends is big.  A recent survey from talks about food trends for 2015.  You’ll be surprised at how much is changing on our plates. Top 20 Food Trends 2015 Locally sourced meats and seafood Locally grown produce Environment sustainability Healthful kids’ meals Natural ingredients/minimally processed food New cuts of meat Hyper-local sourcing Sustainable seafood Food waste reduction/management Farm/estate…
  • Granita Recipe: A touch of honey

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    credit: Matthew Petrelis Want to impress dinner guests with a boozy dessert you’ll have to shoo the kids away from?  Try this great granita recipe with a touch of honey. Granitas originated in Sicily and are found all over Italy, a kissing cousin to sorbets.  They contain water, sugar and some kind of flavoring.  The coarseness of the ice crystals vary by region, chunkier in Palermo, smoother near Mount Etna.  We prefer the chunkier bits of ice which add great texture to this recipe. There are a plethora of non-alcholic varieties to try such as almond or lemon.  But for the boozy…
  • Water and Food: Droughts, water supplies and what we can do

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    credit: Flickr Americans don’t usually think about their water consumption. Blithely taking daily showers, slurping coffee, eating, shirking on jeans and T-shirts, all require water consumption. Daily water consumption estimates fluctuate from 100 gallons a day from the EPA to 176 gallons per day from consumer watchdog groups. That doesn’t include water estimates for food, clothing and other activities of daily life. As we look to the deepening Western drought, and the salad bowl that is California, is there a way the rest of us can help? Can we be more thoughtful of our water intake,…
  • Early Spring Salad: Arugula and Root Vegetables

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Arugula root salad for early spring I’m craving color in my food right now. Spring is inching into view, but the produce department has yet to catch up. A forlorn poke at a shriveled bell pepper is enough to bring a tear to my eye. The root vegetables are still around and offer a LOT of color for your plate. While the salad is simple, the prep requires some commitment. Spring Salad Ingredients Butternut squash (one small) 1 Tbsp Olive Oil 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup Beets (one small) 10 – 14 Pecans 2 cups Arugula 1 Tbsp Avocado Oil Vinaigrette Heat the over to 400°F. Peel and dice the butternut…
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    Bitches Who Brunch

  • The NoMad Hotel Brunch

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    Usually, one wouldn’t rise late after a night of drinking and decide to rashly brunch at The NoMad. It’s a commitment, it’s difficult to secure a reservation, and it’s a price deserving of an occasion. But of course, I woke up last Sunday feeling spontaneous and slightly foggy and we gave it a go. We happened to arrive right as the restaurant opened, which was to our advantage since we didn’t have a reservation. I fell in love when we were ushered into the light filled atrium, an airy, beautiful space that reminded me of a Spanish courtyard where we shared tea…
  • m. henry Brunch

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    When one of your best friends is home for the weekend, what better way to catch up than over blackberry bliss cakes at m. henry? Having moved to St. Louis this past summer, my dear friend Marisol had returned to Chicago for the weekend with three objectives in mind: visit family, catch up with the girls, and nosh on all her favorite Chicago eats. Like several of its new hot-spot counterparts, m. henry is located a bit off the beaten path. Knowing we were headed up north to Andersonville, and without the ability to make reservations, we were out the door early that Saturday morning. Despite…
  • Barrel Brunch

    Cori Sue
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    My girl friends from college remain some of my dearest friends to this day. Last weekened, my friend Steph drove up from Raleigh, NC, to visit me for the weekend. We had an epic weekend of too much wine at Bar Barcelona, too much dancing at Las Vegas, and not enough sleep. We met up with another friend we’ve known for ages, Lauren. Both my Southern belles are married, yet still oodles of fun. Appropriately, we convened at a Southern restaurant, Barrel, on Capitol Hill. Barrel is an upscale, cozy bar centered around Southern food and whiskey. The space has wooden stools and benches,…
  • Bitch Birthday Cocktail: Bitches Who Brunch Punch

    The Bitches
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Bitches Who Brunch turns five this month! It’s been an incredible journey bringing the Bitching to Washington, D.C., New York, and Chicago. Thanks for reading and sharing along the way. To join us in the toast to five years, chefs and mixologists are putting special “Bitch” cocktails on their brunch menus all this month! Over the next two weeks, we’ll give you the recipes behind the Bitch Birthday cocktails and profile the men and women behind them. We’d love to host you at a special Bitches Who Brunch birthday brunch celebration at Barcelona Wine Bar on April 19. Click here for…
  • Recap: Good Cider

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Last week, Edible Manhattan hosted its first ever Good Cider event, highlighting talented cider purveyors and their delicious pours. We arrived at Tribeca 360 at 7 and the event was in full swing, with hordes of people circling tables for bites and booze. The venue itself was gorgeous, offering sweeping 360 views of the sun setting over the Hudson River. My phone pics couldn’t do the setting the justice it deserved, but it was beautiful. As per the usual Edible event, crowds were..crowded. It was hard to maneuver with tasting glasses and small plates through the throngs of people blocking…
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  • Harga Spesifikasi Lenovo A8 Tablet

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:55 am
    Harga Spesifikasi Lenovo A8 Tablet - Fitur - fitur lainnya yang telah di tanamkan pada smartphone Lenovo A8 ini yakni telah di bekali dengan adanya kamera depan dengan resolusi sebesar 2 Megapiksel dan pada bagian belakangnya telah di bekali dengan adanya kamera belakang dengan resolusi sebesa 5 megapiksel. dengan adanya kamera tersebut anda juga bisa berfoto selfie dan juga berfoto grafi.Baca selengkapnya --->>> Lenovo A8 Tablet
  • Fitur - fitur Lenovo K3 Note, Ponsel Cerdas 2015

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    Fitur - fitur Lenovo K3 Note, Ponsel Cerdas 2015 - Pada smartphone tersebut telah di jalankan oleh oprasi sistem Android Lollipop v5.0 Selanjutnya pada sektor performa nya smartphone Lenovo tersebut juga telah di benamkan dengan prosesor Octa Core dengan kecepatang yang lumayan tinggi Nah untuk anda yang masih penasaran dengan smartphone tersebut kunjungi situs kami selengkapnya --->>> Lenovo K3 Note
  • Performa Evercoss A74D, Smartphone terbaru 2015

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Performa Evercoss A74D, Smartphone terbaru 2015 - Pada sektor kinerjanya sendiri smartphone ini telah di bekali dengan adanya prosesor Quad Core ARM Cortex A7 dengan kecepatan proses 1,2GHz. Pada prosesor tersebut telah di bekali dengan adanya Cipset mediatek mt 6582 serta telah di perkokoh dengan adanya RAM berkapasitas 512MB yang telah di benamkan juga dengan adanya pengolah grafis dari Mali 400MPBaca selengkapnya --->>> Evercoss A74D
  • Kualitas Layar Mito Fantasy Mini A260, Harga dan Spesifikasi

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Kualitas Layar Mito Fantasy Mini A260, Harga dan Spesifikasi - Pada spek pertamanya, smartphone ini telah di bekali dengan adanya layar sentuh seluas 4 inch yang sudah di balut dengan adanya teknologi In Plane Swicthing. dengan kemampuan mampu menampilkan sudut pdang yg lumayan jernih dan juga tajam. Jika anda ingin tau kelebihan lainnya simak ulasannya di bawah ini.Baca selengkapnya --->>> Mito Fantasy Mini A260
  • Kelemahan dan kelebihan Acer Iconia Tab 8W

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:12 am
    Kelemahan dan kelebihan Acer Iconia Tab 8W - Pada spesifikasi npertamanya smartphone ini telah di benamkan dengan adanya layar sentuh seluas 8 inci dengan resolusi 1280 x 800 piksel. Selain itu pada layar smartphone ini juga telah di bekali dengan adanya media penyimpanan danta yang lumayan besar dan pada smartphone ini juga telah di bekali dengan adanya kamera depan dan juga kamera belakang dengan resolusi yang cukup besar.Baca selengkapnya --->>> Acer Inconia Tab 8W
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    Mexico in my Kitchen

  • Creamy Habanero Salsa

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you might have seen me mention my love of habaneros before. There are some dishes (from the Yucatán Peninsula) that just wouldn’t be the same without some Habanero salsa on the side, like Cochinita Pibil, Papadzules, tacos, etc.This recipe is rather easy to make; the salsa lasts at least 2 weeks in the fridge, and goes well with grilled meats, roasted chicken, fried fish, and –my favorite– hot dogs. Yes, I said hot dogs. The first time I tried this salsa was at a hot dog street stand in Chetumal, Quintana Roo. With just one bite of that hot…
  • Mexican Chicken Salad Recipe... Pin That Twist!

    16 Mar 2015 | 1:57 pm
    This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PinThatTwist #CollectiveBiasSome might say that this is not a “traditional” Mexican recipe, but it is one that has been in our culture for so long that many believe it to be traditional. Why, you may ask? Because it is a long-time favorite among Mexicans for family reunions, children’s parties, picnics, and even beach days. Here at home, it is also one of my son’s favorite dishes; ever since he was a small school kid, he loved to come home from school and have this for lunch, and…
  • Fava Bean Soup Recipe / Receta de Sopa de Habas

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:39 am
    Share on your social networks; it only takes 5 seconds. Thanks! EN ESPAÑOL.   Fava Bean Soup is another classic dish in Mexico for Lent time. My siblings and I weren’t too fond of this soup when we were growing up, so my Mom would add slices of hot dog sausages so we would eat it! Nowadays when we eat it at home, all those childhood memories come rushing back to me and put a smile in my face, because this time I actually enjoy having this soup for lunch or dinner.   Lent time is a Christian religious observance that starts on Ash Wednesday and ends just before Easter, a period of…
  • Potato Patties with Cheese Recipe / Tortitas de Papa con Queso

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    This is a compensated campaign by Mode Media and Mazola. Recipe and opinions are my own. #MazolaPlatoSano. EN ESPAÑOL.  Potato patties are popular all over Mexico, eaten all year round, but more popular during Lent season, when they’re offered on the menus of small restaurants (“fondas”). They are usually eaten at lunchtime and made at home, either plain (potato only), with cheese, or mixed with canned tuna. Some just fry them in oil, while others cover them in flour and dip them in beaten eggs before frying, but the cooking methods depend on the cook’s preference. The side…
  • Carne en su jugo / Meat cooked in its own juice

    19 Feb 2015 | 1:05 pm
    This recipe is from the State of Jalisco, where it is very popular and one of the most famous dishes from that State. Jalisco’s main city is Guadalajara, the State Capital, also known as the “Pearl of the West” in addition to being one of the largest cities in Latin American due to its dense population of more that 5 million people living in the city and metropolitan area. Maybe you have heard of Jalisco before because it is the birthplace of our world famous Tequila. But Jalisco is more than just Tequila, moreover it has an extensive gastronomy. The Jalisco’s gastronomy is celebrated…
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    Cooking | Add a Pinch

  • 21 Asparagus Recipes

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Asparagus recipes make a delicious addition to any meal. So vibrant, fresh and packed full of flavor, they are always a favorite. You are sure to find a great way to incorporate asparagus into your meal planning with this collection of 21 amazing asparagus recipes! I love that with the promise of longer days and warmer weather that spring brings along with it, there is also the promise of an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. One of our favorites to enjoy in just about any recipes that we can toss it into is asparagus! Whether we simply roast it in the oven with a bit of olive oil,…
  • The BEST Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Chicken Enchiladas make a perfect weeknight meal! Seriously the BESTchicken enchilada recipe and one the whole family will love! It will become a favorite! I’ve been cooking with so much cheese lately, I’m beginning to think I should look into buying stock in a local cheese maker’s business. I’ve always loved cheese and cook with it as often as humanly possible, but my cheese cooking ratcheted up a notch or two about a week or so ago after a visit to my son’s orthodontist. You see, my son has the contraptions called quads that he has to wear for at least a year…
  • Squash Casserole Recipe

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Squash Casserole is an essential dish for holidays and special events. Topped with a buttery cracker topping, this squash casserole is an all-time favorite!  Squash Casserole is a one of those recipes that you’ll find for nearly every holiday, reunion, or special occasion when my family gets together. To say that squash casserole is a staple family-favorite recipe would be a definite understatement, actually. I’m sure if you’ve been to a southern family reunion anytime in your lifetime, you’ve most likely noticed the squash casserole dishes that always appear. And…
  • Baked Coconut Shrimp Recipe

    22 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Coconut shrimp is always a restaurant favorite, but this simple recipe couldn’t be easier for delicious baked coconut shrimp at home!  There’s just something about coconut shrimp that immediately reminds me of beaches, tropical weather, and vacation. I guess that’s because whenever we would take summer vacations as a family throughout my childhood, you could depend on my sister and me ordering coconut shrimp repeatedly throughout our trips. We were dependable that way. Daddy would order fish, Mama would order boiled shrimp, and Wendy and I would try our best to find…
  • Strawberry Candy Butterfly Garden

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Easter is one of my very favorite holidays. It signals a renewal, a rebirth from the rigors of winter to the lightness of spring. It also signals a renewal in my readiness to burst outside and plant our gardens, take long walks to enjoy the warmer weather, and enjoy the beauty of everything budding with color. I love seeing the honeybees leaving our boxes for their first sip of nectar from the daffodils When Dixie Crystals asked me to create a craft that would be fun for the whole family to prepare for Easter, I knew exactly what I wanted to create – a butterfly garden! But, not just…
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    A Couple Cooks

  • Fire-Roasted Tomato Salsa + Homemade Tortilla Chips

    22 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Anyone else feel like we’ve been asleep for the past several months, waiting for the changing of the season? I completely forgot that people could go for walks, trees could be green, and evenings could be filled with golden light. Now that it’s possible again, my mind is ripe with possibility: we can grow tomatoes! have pizza parties on the deck! bonfires! lazy walks to get ice cream! I feel like a crocus poking its head out after a long winter sleep. I’m also dying for summery fresh flavors, which won’t come around for several more months, but a girl can dream,…
  • Fried Eggs with Bulgur and Spinach

    17 Mar 2015 | 7:16 pm
    You know those 30-minute meals that are 30 minutes only if you cooked three ingredients in advance and can chop vegetables like a speed racer? This is not one of those meals. It’s simple, quick, and requires no forethought, born out of an idea we had for using up some pantry and refrigerator ingredients. Bulgur wheat has been a favorite of ours lately because it cooks so quickly – just pour boiling water over the grains and let them sit for 25 to 30 minutes. We usually make it in a big batch so we can eat it throughout the week. While the bulgur cooks, simply saute some…
  • Green Hummus

    15 Mar 2015 | 7:28 pm
    On this day for highlighting all things green, here’s a recipe to celebrate: green hummus. It’s a little bright, but a fun twist on the original. We’ve made the recipe several times to take to work for our lunches; since we eat simply at the office, it’s great for munching on with some vegetables or pretzels. We made the recipe with our new Vitamix blender, a new-to-us gadget which we’ve grown surprisingly fond of. Alex uses it almost daily, so we always have some concoction or another being whizzed together: salsa, smoothies, hummus, even hot chocolate…
  • Preventing Diabetes: Top Foods + Recipes

    11 Mar 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Excuse us while we geek out a bit! Following our last Healthy + Whole post about managing endometriosis pain through diet, we wanted to focus on something just as exciting: preventing disease through diet.  Diabetes is on the rise, both here in the US and around the world. At the current rate, people diagnosed with diabetes in the US will triple by 2050. This is an incredibly personal statistic to us; not only do we know people who are affected by the disease, but our professional work has been dominated by diabetes-related products. I don’t know about you, but we’re…
  • Managing Disease Through Diet: Jessica Murnane

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Roasted Tomatillo and Black Bean Soup Jessica Murnane, of the blog with the same name, is someone whose life has been turned upside down by whole foods (in a good way). After suffering chronic pain with endometriosis, she heard the idea of eating a whole foods diet to help manage the disease. She took the plunge and a few weeks into the diet, her pain started to fade. Today she’s essentially pain-free and eats a plant-based gluten-free diet, inspiring others to do the same through her blog and podcast. We’re not only big fans of Jessica but very interested in the link between…
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    Chow and Chatter

  • Pav Bhaji

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    We are blessed to have some lovely Indian friends here they really enjoy introducing us to North Indian street food. One of these dishes was Pav Bhaji its a simple Vegetable curry that is eaten with a warm buttered bread roll. Its great to make a big pot of this and have as a fun alternative to sandwiches for lunch.This dish also reminds me of my sweet sister in law as its a favorite of hers love the power food has to connect us all. Ingredients:one cauliflower chopped3 cloves of garlic a little freshly minced ginger1/2 a red onion chopped2 medium tomatoes chopped1/2 cup of frozen…
  • Old German Baptist Brethren Church

    10 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    I love driving along country roads and exploring and I stumbled on this old church on a Clemmons back road, I knew it was old so I jotted down the address and googled it. It has recently been listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The church was built in 1860 a small brethren church that has been in use until 1999, when the last two families left. The church, originally known as Fraternity Church of the Brethren, was established in 1775. You can imagine the simple lifestyle these German immigrants had, likely farmers.  There is an old abandoned house at the…
  • A Landscape Photo Series

    6 Mar 2015 | 5:13 am
    I always enjoy #frifotos each week on twitter this week's theme is landscapes so I thought I would share a few. I adore being outdoors and exploring new area's landscapes, coastlines, orchards, farms and nature. Nature and its wonder is truly one of lives gifts. The above picture is Iceland. I Have fond memories of this Island its rich geography and friendly people. Every country has unique landscapes and regions to explore with local people and their stories to tell. Special weather and plants, cuisine and things we can learn. There is beauty everywhere when we look for it even in…
  • Grapefruit Cake

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:57 pm
    We love simple cakes that are light and not overly sweet. Citrus always works well in cake, its refreshing and always on hand at our house. There are also so many lovely varieties this time of year you could really get creative, try Meyer lemon, cara cara oranges, honeybell's and even satsuma.  Grapefruit works so well in this cake its easy to make and is a lovely treat with an afternoon cup of tea. Ingredients:4oz sugar4oz butter 6oz self raising flour4 tablespoons milkgrated rind of 1 red grapefruit a little powdered sugar to finish 2 small…
  • Doro Wot (Ethiopian Chicken Stew)

    18 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    One of our favorite things to do is try new foods and expose the kids to new food cultures and flavors. We recently ate at an Ethiopian restaurant in Greensboro NC and really enjoyed it the kids particularly liked the chicken stew. So I re created it and have made it a few times since.Ingredients:1 tablespoon of  butter 1 tbsp. minced  fresh ginger1/2 red onion chopped4 cloves garlic minced 3 tbsp. Berbere an Ethiopian spice blend I found some at whole foods 1 can of diced tomatoes 8 chicken drumstickssalt and freshly ground black pepper  to taste5…
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    Grabbing the Gusto

  • Small Bathroom Storage: 3.27.15

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    When you have a tiny bathroom, you have to get creative with storage. I love how Kelly at Eclectically Vintage uses an old wooden step ladder in the awkward space between the toilet and the pedestal sink. You could probably fit a tiny floor cabinet or nightstand in here too, but the openness of the step ladder allows the eyes to roam further into the space instead of stopping short at a closed cabinet. Wondering why you see so many open shelves in kitchen. Well, yes, they’re trendy, but they’re also a design trick to visually expand a small room. A step ladder would also come in…
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    Homemade balsamic vinaigrette isn’t as sickening sweet as store-bought salad dressing and is really easy to make yourself. I no longer buy salad dressing for myself because I’m making my own. I have three in my rotation: thousand island, northern Italian and this balsamic vinaigrette. You can find hundreds of recipes for balsamic vinaigrette online. I developed this one after many tweaks. Many recipes add sugar but I really don’t think you need any additional sugar since balsamic vinegar is sweet enough in its own way. Sugar, not fat or salt, is the ingredient I try most to avoid. Most…
  • Spinach with Garlic, Raisins and Pine Nuts

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:13 am
    Spinach with garlic, raisins, pine nuts, and red pepper flakes might seem like a weird combination, but let me tell you, it’s absolutely terrific and quick to put together. I’ve been making this dish forever. Where did I first discover it, I wonder. Maybe in a Spanish or Italian restaurant, or one of my cookbooks. It’s been part of my repertoire for decades as a side or tossed with spaghetti or linguine. And just like that I’m thinking about pasta. I love pasta too much. When I lived alone, I think I ate pasta several nights a week. I say “I think” because I really don’t want to…
  • Greek Potatoes with Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:31 am
    When I made Greek-style pan-fried porgy a few weeks ago, I decided to stick with the Greek theme for one of the sides. On a whim, I googled “Greek potatoes” and found this recipe from Bobby Flay. I ended up sautéing turnip greens with onion and garlic for my other side—nothing Greek about that one. Bobby Flay is one TV chef I really like. I know he’s all over the place with lots of shows but he has the chops. I love his cooking style–the way he combines flavors and ingredients. He’s a real cook and chef, not just a TV personality. This Greek potatoes recipe was really easy…
  • Flounder Piccata

    17 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    Flounder piccata is a quick, boldly flavored yet light dish that can also be made with any other thin fillets—sole, tilapia, pollock, haddock, skate or cod. So simple and so good. Piccata is one of those recipes that’s really easy to throw together with ingredients that are usually on hand, although there’s no guarantee that the parsley in my refrigerator will still be perky and green. I always keep capers in the house so I can make a piccata sauce, sometimes with fish and sometimes with pounded fillets of chicken breast. I suppose I could make it with pounded boneless pork chops too…
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    Guilty Kitchen

  • Organic Layered Gardens

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    So it seems I’ve been preoccupied lately with things that revolve around real world scenarios and less to do with the hubbub of the online world. For the past six years, I could say I was truly drawn into that world of instant gratification…of status updates, likes, follows and so on. But in the past few months, I’ve truly embraced the idea of unplugging myself from that dystopia. True enough, I’ll never truly let go, as I’m always one to keep up with politics, real world international news, my friends in faraway lands and music (which is much more easily…
  • Heart Health Month 2015

    2 Feb 2015 | 5:06 pm
    If you didn’t know already, February is Heart Health Month, put on by the people behind the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. This charity is near to my heart as my father-in-law has suffered from strokes and turned his whole life around to be a healthier, fitter, stronger version of himself. He really showed me that anyone of any age and background can really change their ways, they just need a little motivation. The key is to get motivated before it is too late. So I’ve partnered with Staples Canada for the month of February on the #GetOutAndGoto campaign to set some goals…
  • Escargot and Mushroom Flatbread

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
      When I asked my lovely followers on Facebook what kind of mushroom related post they would like to see me write in the coming weeks for my lovely friends at Mushrooms Canada, I received a pretty overwhelming response. Most people came up with some delicious way to cook them like sautéed in butter, or flash fried with tempura, but a good portion of responders said they hated them. How can this BE?! There are ENDLESS varieties of mushrooms out there, and even though the grocery stores usually only stock crimini, white and portobello, other varieties of mushrooms are just waiting for you…
  • New Year, New…

    9 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    You? Diet? Fitness plan? I have said every year for at least the better part of a decade that I don’t make resolutions. What purpose is there in making arbitrary resolutions on a certain date and time? When I want to make a change in my life, I make it. Whether it’s a Saturday in August at 3pm or in the depths of Winter in February on a chilly evening, when I feel like something in my life has lost purpose, makes me unhappy or no longer fulfills a need, it’s gone. Why hold on to dead weight? Something that my internal voice seems to scream louder and louder at me every…
  • Speculaas Cookie Butter and More!

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    There’s something I don’t really talk much about around here that is somewhat of a contentious issue in the blogging world: freebies. When I first started this blog way back in 2009 it was purely out of boredom and wanting to have an outlet where I could display all my talents and hobbies, namely cooking, writing and photography. Fast forward five years and I’ve made a bit of a name for myself in the oversaturated world of food blogging (what some deem to be a dying trend). In those five years, I’ve been approached by countless companies, brands, PR firms and…
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    Mission: Food

  • Brown Sugar Banana-Date Bread

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is perhaps the best banana bread I've ever made or had. I know that's a pretty bold statement. Most banana breads are essentially the same. It's really hard to set each one apart from the other, but this particular variation is not only incredibly moist, but it boasts sweet bites of delicious dates as well as a crispy, sugary crust on top.The use of brown sugar in the batter for this banana bread yields an almost caramel sweetness which is a wonderful compliment to bananas. It just has more flavor!And then the dates really take this bread over the edge. They have such a distinct flavor,…
  • The Food of Taiwan: Beef Noodle Soup

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    My fascination with Asian culture and cooking extends across an entire continent. I love expanding my palate to discover new dishes and flavors, from India to China and beyond. I recently had the opportunity to review a brand new cookbook, due for release tomorrow.Cathy Erway's The Food of Taiwan examines the history, people, climate, agriculture, and cuisine of what Portuguese explorers termed "the Beautiful Island." In addition to a well-researched introduction, the variety of recipes in the book range from street food to homely favorites.Some standout dishes include Peppery Pork Buns,…
  • Yogurt Waffles with Honey Cream

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Although I tend to lean toward savory breakfasts more often than not, there is always a special place in my heart for a little sweet treat to start the day. I recently acquired a waffle maker. It was a bit of a challenge determining what kind of waffle maker to get, but after some research I decided to purchase a Belgian-style waffle maker.The main difference between traditional waffles and Belgian (at least in terms of the waffle maker) is that the Belgian-style has deeper pockets and thus yields slightly drier/crisper waffles, while the traditional-style has smaller pockets and are a bit…
  • Pork Vindaloo

    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Vindaloo is an Indian curry dish deriving from the Goa region of India, with a Portuguese influence. It is notoriously spicy with an acidic/sour element developed from the use of vinegar.It often includes cubed potatoes, but that is not necessarily authentic. It's typically made with pork, but can also utilize lamb, beef, or even chicken. Use the same basic technique with whichever protein you prefer.Vindaloo is one of my sister's favorite curry dishes. She has ordered it so many times in Indian restaurants over the years that she has acquired the nickname Vinda-Lucy! I figured there was…
  • Walt Disney World: Epcot's World Showcase

    12 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Walt Disney World's Epcot is comprised of two basic "worlds": Future World and the World Showcase. Future World is where you will find the majority of the ride attractions, such as Soarin' and Test Track, my two favorites at this park. There are various pavilions within Future World, such as The Land, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Innoventions East and West, etc.The LandFor this reason, Epcot is actually a great park to visit on a rainy day, since many of the attractions (at least in Future World) are located within larger buildings/pavilions. Lucky for us, the day we visited Epcot was…
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    Savoring Time in the Kitchen

  • Lemon Brunch Cake

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    I first posted this recipe about three years ago but I felt it was time to do a redux as this lemony cake would be a perfect addition to an Easter brunch.  Perfect for any occasion -  any time of year, actually!  The reason I say brunch cake is this cake has the dense texture of a 'muffin' - very moist and crumbly. It also has the most luxurious lemon flavor as it is soaked in fresh lemon juice hot from the oven.  It stays amazingly moist 3-4 days after baking.  My husband keeps asking me when I'm going to make it again. He loves a slice after breakfast. A shower of…
  • Savory Flower Bread

    21 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    You may have seen various forms of shaped bread "art" with one braided and twisted bread even lovelier than the next.  There is a beautiful sweet version here on Monique's blog La Table de Nana.  She made a  nutella-filled braided brioche bread which is gorgeous.     Then, I saw a savory version of a twisted bread that looks like a big sunflower on Juliana's blog Color Your Recipes.  She had found it on Passionate ABout Baking but was originally seen on At Down Under. I know that a lot of links but I've been to each one to try and learn how to make this and…
  • Irish Potato and Cabbage Soufflé with Smoked Cheddar

    12 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    Green, lovely green!  We can actually see a little grass outside our home and my husband said he heard a Robin while walking in the park today.  Spring is almost here!I'd like to share a lovely Irish-inspired soufflé that I tried this past week in honor of St. Patrick's Day on March 17. This comes from Kevin Dundon's Full-On Irish cookbook, where I've found many good Irish recipes such as the Champ and Baileys Pots de Creme currently on my sidebar. His recipes are contemporary but still use traditional Irish ingredients. It's an older cookbook but available from a few second-party…
  • Shrimp Pad Thai and a Delicious Side Salad

    5 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Genes are funny things. A gene can be lurking in a parent who doesn't even know it's there and then, years later, a child finds out through a blood test that she's inherited one gene from each parent that has given her some gluten intolerance. That child would be my daughter and both my husband and I each gave her a gene that was recessive in us but in her...not so much. Thankfully, it's not a severe intolerance.  She had complained about some digestive issues ever since college and recently had a blood test done to find out what was causing it.   So why do I have a plate full of…
  • Italian Bacon and Cheese 'Snail' Rolls

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    First of all, let me tell you that these delicious rolls were a 'labor of love'! I first saw the charming, snail-shaped rolls called "Lumachelle of Orvieto" on Chiara's Italian blog La Voglia Matta in January. Lumaca means snail in Italian and Oriveto is the city in Umbria where they are popular. I immediately put the recipe to the top of my stack of recipes to try. And, try and try I did, with the first real success coming today after two previous attempts.For the first attempt, I made the dough in my bread machine and made the rolls in muffin tins.  I used smoked ham instead of…
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    Roti n Rice

  • Kabocha Kale Salad with Miso Butter Sauce

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    Healthy and warm Kabocha Kale Salad with Miso Butter Sauce, perfect for cooler evenings and days. Toasted pumpkin seeds provide crunch and texture. The post Kabocha Kale Salad with Miso Butter Sauce appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Quinoa Salad with Kabocha and Roasted Garlic

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    This Quinoa Salad with Kabocha and Roasted Garlic makes a light and healthy lunch or a tasty side dish. Meyer lemon gives the dish a nice zing! The post Quinoa Salad with Kabocha and Roasted Garlic appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Paruppu Vadai (Lentil Patties)

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    Paruppu Vadai (Lentil Patties), a popular South Indian snack prepared with dhal and spices. Deliciously crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The post Paruppu Vadai (Lentil Patties) appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Roasted Corned Beef and Cabbage

    16 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    This slow Roasted Corned Beef and Cabbage is totally worth the time to prepare it. Delicious served with baked potatoes, carrots, and cabbage wedges. The post Roasted Corned Beef and Cabbage appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Orange Pound Cake

    9 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Fragrant, moist, and tender Orange Pound Cake flavored with freshly squeezed orange juice and orange zest. Perfect for snack time or tea time. The post Orange Pound Cake appeared first on Roti n Rice.
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    Rouxbe Online Cooking School Blog

  • Farm Sanctuary Selects Rouxbe as Culinary Training Partner for Plant-Based Cooking.

    Joe, Co-founder of Rouxbe
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal rescue and protection organization, has partnered with the Rouxbe Cooking School to provide enhanced cooking education to all supporters looking to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diet. Starting today, supporters can visit Farm Sanctuary’s plant-based living site, V-lish for a special offer to attend the Farm Sanctuary Cooking...
  • Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services and Rouxbe Partner to Offer Training Program

    Ken, Vice President Culinary Training
    4 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    Vancouver, B.C. (February 3, 2015) Chartwells and the Rouxbe Cooking School are partnering to bring culinary skills training to associates of food operations at over 260 colleges and universities across the United States. Rouxbe is pleased to announce the initiation of a training partnership with Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services, the leading contract foodservice provider...
  • Are We Eating & Medicating Ourselves Into Early Graves?

    Joe, Co-founder of Rouxbe
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    If you haven’t already checked out this video below, I invite you to do so. Did you know that according to the CDC’s 2014 report on Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, about half of all adults have one or more chronic health conditions, with heart disease as the number one killer, and cancer close behind....
  • Rouxbe to Co-Develop and Power Forks Over Knives Plant-Based Course

    Barb, Dir Student Services
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Vancouver, B.C. (January 9th, 2015) Rouxbe Cooking School has partnered with Forks Over Knives to develop and deliver an online culinary instruction and lifestyle immersion program with a focus on low-fat, whole, plant-based foods. Rouxbe is excited to announce that it has partnered with Forks Over Knives to create an immersive online cooking course that...
  • Marriott International Selects the Rouxbe Cooking School to Launch Online Culinary Training Across its Global Properties

    Joe, Co-founder of Rouxbe
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Vancouver, B.C. (December 30th, 2014)  The Rouxbe Cooking School announced today a partnership with Marriott International, a leading global hospitality company, that offers its culinary associates a new way to elevate their culinary skills. Beginning in 2015, Marriott associates at participating hotels will have access to the Rouxbe online training and certification program recognized throughout...
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    Turntable Kitchen

  • Turntable Kitchen’s SXSW 2015 Recap

    Matthew Hickey
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    SXSW continues to be our favorite music festival. It’s the “choose your own adventure” of music festivals. Indeed, no two groups will have the same experience. And 2015 was no exception. You could catch incredible, intimate performances from established artists like Spoon, TV on the Radio, Best Coast, and Earl Sweatshirt, in between breathtaking performances by hot up-and-coming talent like Leon Bridges, Natalie Prass, Tei Shi, Cathedrals, Shura, and hundreds upon hundreds more great artists. This year we were honored to partner with Hype Machine and yvynyl to curate our own…
  • Single Serving: Twin Caverns – Pyramid

    Matt Dillon
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Sydney’s Twin Caverns has entranced me with their latest single, “Pyramids.” Louise Millar’s soft enchanting vocals petrify you in a steady state of dreams while Michael Macias casts magical spells on you with a his DARKSIDE-like guitar work. Backed by a steady beat and a gypsy’s tambourine it’s an eerily haunting song, one in which you don’t have to believe in the healing power of sheep’s blood, a 3 eyed raven, or talismans to feel it take you over. Keep an eye out for their forthcoming EP Glass Balloon scheduled to hit the world just after Easter.
  • Single Serving: Sheer Mag – Button Up

    Matthew Hickey
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    This latest single from Philly’s Sheer Mag is simply incredible. For real, I don’t think I need to say more than that. Take a listen and enjoy.
  • Single Serving: Iles – In Tents

    Matthew Hickey
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    This jazzy, mesmerizing track from Iles showed up in my inbox yesterday and immediately caught my ear. It’s built around a subtle arrangement of finger snaps, layered guitar, and bubbly bass riffs. I’ve listened to it about five times in a row. It’s slated to appear on the upcoming album Apartments.
  • Single Serving: Tei Shi – Go Slow

    Matthew Hickey
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Fresh off a hugely successful run at this year’s SXSW, Turntable Kitchen favorite Tei Shi just dropped her latest single “Go Slow.” It’s a slinking, subtle groove built around a lurching bass riff and brightly sparkling keys that accent her sultry croon. It’s both sexy and fun. It will appear on her forthcoming new EP Verde. You can (and should) pre-order Verde from Tei Shi’s website.
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    Jersey Bites

  • 2015 NJ Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs

    Veronique @ Food & Wine Chickie
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Oh, What a Weekend The 2015 New Jersey Wine & Food Festival, THE premier food and wine event in the Garden State, took place last weekend at stunning Crystal Springs Resort. The three-day festival is to oenophiles and gastronomes as an Orlando theme park is to children. It is a celebration of the best wines […] The post 2015 NJ Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs appeared first on Jersey Bites.
  • Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:54 pm
    This weekend: March 27: If you’re looking for a night of canvas and cabernet, come to the Cape May Ferry Terminal from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. where you’ll enjoy a table-top painting party from Artist on the Rocks. With the help of professional artists from local art studios, guests will be provided with a canvas to create their own […] The post Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond appeared first on Jersey Bites.
  • Chulicious: A Hidden Gem in Mount Laurel

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Since New Jersey is home to a plethora of shopping centers, it’s no surprise that some of our best restaurants are tucked away in strip malls. We recently enjoyed a delightful meal at one such location when we dined at Chulicious in Mount Laurel. The woman at the restaurant’s helm is Sherry Chu, a very personable graduate […] The post Chulicious: A Hidden Gem in Mount Laurel appeared first on Jersey Bites.
  • Wineries of the Southern Skylands

    Charlie Toms
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    If you want excellent wine, go to the Southern Skylands. The fertile hills of western New Jersey have been a core wine producing area for more than three decades. This region is the birthplace of the Garden State Wine Growers Association (formerly known as the Hunterdon Wine Growers Association), and its vineyards have won top […] The post Wineries of the Southern Skylands appeared first on Jersey Bites.
  • The Milford Oyster House

    Jennifer Miller
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    Video by Fade In: Creative A mecca of all things seafood, local, and delicious, the Milford Oyster House is a brother-and-sister-owned-and-operated restaurant, and a true expression of its owners’ personalities. Chef Ed Coss’ attention to culinary excellence and Amy Coss’ attention to creating a dining experience that’s second to none is evident in every detail. From the way they very kindly […] The post The Milford Oyster House appeared first on Jersey Bites.
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    A Culinary Journey With Chef Dennis

  • Is Your Website Mobile-Friendly? Time is Running Out

    Chef Dennis Littley
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Earlier this year Google announced that it will be making two significant changes to its search algorithm for ranking the mobile search results. These changes will take place beginning April 21, 2015 and will roll out on a page by page basis which will take a few days to a week to complete globally.  This new algorithm is expected to have a much larger impact than the  previous Panda and Penguin algorithms, which has most webmasters busy making the necessary changes and nervously awaiting the results.  Many websites had significant loss of traffic based on the last updates and if…
  • How to Make Quick and Easy Stir Fry Dishes

    Chef Dennis Littley
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    What could be better than an quick and easy stir fry dish for dinner tonight?  Creating a healthy and delicious dinner in just minutes using a variety of fresh vegetables and proteins changing with the seasons or your cravings. Especially when its a one pan meal!  You can use a wok if  you have one, a large saute pan, or a sauteuse like I did to cook  up some deliciousness creating your easy stir fry dish. Serve your stir fry over rice, asian noodles, your favorite grain or simply eat it as it is, fresh and healthy full of delicious crisp vegetables! You can adapt this recipe to include…
  • Slow Cooker Ginger Beer Barbecue Baby Back Ribs

    Chef Dennis Littley
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    It may be hard to believe but up until last year I had never owned or used a slow cooker.    I know, crazy isn’t it!   Well one taste of these Slow Cooker Ginger Beer Barbecue Ribs has made me a slow cooker convert! If they were any easier to make they’d make themselves, and as for flavor……they were fall off the bone delicious! Lisa has always loved Baby Back Ribs and I must admit grilling is not one of my specialties.  And while using a slow cooker to make ribs would make any grilling aficionado cringe, I gotta say its my go to style for cooking ribs and other…
  • How to Transfer A Youtube Channel to a Different Google+ Profile or Page

    Chef Dennis Littley
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:28 am
    Google does listen…..well sometimes. Honestly Google does listen most of the time, it just seems to takes longer than we like when we’re having issues with their products.   Just remember all the wonderful stuff they give us to play with is free.  The other thing to remember is we aren’t always privy to the Grand Scheme of Things and how elements in their Googleverse fit into that plan.   So what’s important to us may not be important to them, and its their money they’re spending, so take a deep breath and repeat, I’m one with the Googleverse. But now…
  • Chicken Picante – The Art of Saute

    Chef Dennis Littley
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Cooking at home is easier than you think and good portion of my dishes are done in a saute pan just the same as I would in a restaurant kitchen.   It’s a quick and easy way to prepare dinner allowing versatility in the ingredients and rewarding your efforts with delicious results! On todays Around the Kitchen Table I started a new series called the Art of Saute and the first lesson I shared was how to make Chicken Picante aka Chicken Picatta.   In my video I go through the steps involved in creating this very delicious restaurant style dish, and offer many tips to help you recreate…
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  • My Running Playlist

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    Tomorrow is ZOOMA race day! While many of you are sleeping, I’ll be huffing and puffing my way along the route at Lost Pines in Bastrop. Originally I had planned to do my first-ever half marathon, but with a series of excuses my training plummeted. However, I’m still going to do my first-ever 10k! For experienced runners a 10k might not seem like much, but it’s another step toward becoming a better runner. Eventually my pace will get better, but for this weekend my goal is simply to finish. As one of my fellow ZOOMA ambassadors said, “If you run, you’re a…
  • You Can Do Anything for 10 Seconds

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    How far do we push ourselves, really? This post is brought to you by Netflix. See those weeds up there? Multiply that photo times 20, and that was the state of my yard. Taking care of it had taken a back seat to, well, everything lately, especially after 75% of the family came down with stomach bugs, spread out over 10 days. I’m exhausted, y’all. There’s nothing like exhaustion to get you fired up about certain projects. Yes, this makes sense — stay with me here. You see, early in the month when I was cuddling a dehydrated toddler, I watched the entire first season…
  • Bacon Chive Biscuits

    23 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Bacon chive biscuits are a savory, tender way to start your morning. Lately in the Austin restaurant scene there has been a resurgence in biscuits. Maybe it’s just because we’ve had a few “Southern”-style places open, but these staples are now on the menu and going for a pretty penny. Sure, a great biscuit is worth its weight in gold, but it only takes a few ingredients to pull them together, and just a bit of your time. While I’m a huge fan of flakey layered biscuits, I find that the when it comes to adding extra ingredients, the drop biscuit is my best…
  • White Bean Sausage Soup

    18 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    White bean sausage soup is ready in a flash and full of hearty flavor.   I turn to soups a lot around here because they are quick, easy, and versatile. Plus I love how they always make a big batch so I don’t have to worry about what to have for lunch the next day — it’s already done! This white bean sausage soup is one of my favorite soups, because it’s full of flavorful ingredients like smoked sausage, white beans, and tomatoes. You might not consider kale in your soups, but kale is a wonderful addition, especially if you are counting on those leftovers I mentioned.
  • Lemony Mustard Chickpea Salad

    16 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Lemony mustard chickpea salad is a go-to lunch that is healthy, delicious, and vegan to boot. Last week I had the pleasure of attending an event at the Sustainable Food Center (SFC) hosted by Texas Oncology. We were there to learn about diet as it relates to cancer prevention and recovery and heard from an oncologist, a registered dietician, and the SFC chef cooking that night. It turns out that eating for cancer prevention is much the same as eating for an overall healthy diet. Sure, that might seem like common sense, but considering that in the United States we consume 22 teaspoons of sugar…
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  • Banana Cream Pie w/ Shortbread Cookie Crust #fridaypieday

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    Can we talk cream pies for a second? Pie shells filled with a rich pudding-like custard, and sometimes topped with a big cloud of whipped know the ones I mean. I'm about to make an admission that may stun and amaze you. Here goes: I can't remember eating more than a single slice of cream pie in my entire 39 years of existence. And I haven't actually made one myself until now. I came close once, with this Coconut NO-Cream Pie that I made (which means that I also ate some) to share over at my friend Bea's blog, The Not So Cheesy Kitchen. But no cream filling is slightly (and by…
  • Don Draper's Old Fashioned #PartyLikeaMadMan

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:10 pm
    MAD MEN A term coined in the late 1950's to describe the advertising executives of Madison Avenue. They coined it. Ready or not, the final season of Mad Men kicks off in just over a week. Me? I only have a handful of episodes under my belt. You see, back when Mad Men first started, we were not yet living in the land of cable television. Crazy, right? I don't know what I'd do without it now. They were already into season twp by the time we did finally crawl out from under our rock. And can I just tell you, I hate walking into a show once it's already begun; much like starting a book series at…
  • Sweet and Sour Pork Burgers w/ Pineapple Slaw #GrillPorkSweeps

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board in conjunction with One2One Network. All opinions are my own. What do temperatures going from from 0° to 70° in a matter of 7 days bring? Yes, flooding. But also, the flinging open of windows, the return of short sleeves, and the smell of outdoor cooking clinging to the air. The melting of the icy mounds that stood in my way of the garage door last week meant that it was time to wheel out the grill. My husband volunteered (really) to check it over and gather all of the utensils while I made a quick trip to the store. Since I'll be partnering…
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    My Man's Belly

  • Easter Blondies – Gluten Free Desserts

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    You’ve gotta love a cookie/dessert that comes together in minutes and tastes like a million bucks – that’s blondies. These little squares of heaven are so rich and delicious you... Check out the site to get the recipe and relationship advice you know you want.
  • OXO Spring Cleaning the Kitchen

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    After all the cold and muck comes beautiful Spring. And with that comes the annual Spring cleaning. OXO has great ways to help with that yucky task Check out the site to get the recipe and relationship advice you know you want.
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    Give Recipe

  • Easy Mexican Rice

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Easy Mexican Rice is one of those amazingly tasty side dishes that can even be served as the main course. The little guy in our family is a big fan of plain rice so I cook it often, but I wanted to make a change this time to make it a more flavorful with a...  Read More » The post Easy Mexican Rice appeared first on Give Recipe.
  • Cheesy Meatball Pasta Casserole

    14 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Cheesy Meatball Pasta Casserole is one of those dishes that nobody can resist. It is like the combo of two all time favorites of us: meatballs and pasta. This casserole takes the classic pasta with meatballs to a next level. Pasta, meatballs and mozzarella are layered in a baking dish and baked in oven. You...  Read More » The post Cheesy Meatball Pasta Casserole appeared first on Give Recipe.
  • Pumpkin Pineapple Smoothie

    13 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Pumpkin Pineapple Smoothie has just three ingredients which will boost your immune system. Besides pineapple and pumpkin, I added fresh ginger into this smoothie to make it more suitable for winter or early spring when we get sick easier and we need to involve more vitamins and health booster foods in our diet. Smoothie is...  Read More » The post Pumpkin Pineapple Smoothie appeared first on Give Recipe.
  • Sweet Potato and Kale Skillet

    8 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Sweet Potato and Kale Skillet is one of the quickest and tastiest lunches we’ve ever had. Who doesn’t love one skillet dishes? Everything becomes easier when you just throw everything into the same skillet. You don’t even need to serve it on separate plates if you are not serving to a crowd. Two of us...  Read More » The post Sweet Potato and Kale Skillet appeared first on Give Recipe.
  • French Toast Sandwiches

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    French Toast Sandwiches stuffed with mozzarella and bacon is the shortcut to heaven. Nothing can go wrong when combined with melty mozzarella and bacon. When you put these between two slices of fluffy French toasts, they will lead you to somewhere out of earth. Just take a bite and close your eyes to have this...  Read More » The post French Toast Sandwiches appeared first on Give Recipe.
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  • Apple Fritter Bread

    Marye Audet
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    Apple Fritter Bread is a full of all of the apple and cinnamon goodness of apple fritters in the form of a quick bread. It’s a delicious addition to breakfast, brunch, or as an afternoon snack. Once cooled it is drizzled with a pecan whiskey glaze. When I was little we lived near Philadelphia for … Continue reading » The post Apple Fritter Bread appeared first on .
  • IRA Whiskey Shot Recipe

    Marye Audet
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    This IRA whiskey shot recipe is a quick, sweet way to get the party started or help it wind down. Made with Jameson Irish Whiskey, Bailey’s, and Kahlua it is one of those drinks that’s hard to resist. I like quick and easy and there is nothing quicker or easier than this IRA whiskey shot. … Continue reading » The post IRA Whiskey Shot Recipe appeared first on .
  • 10 Tips to Make Easter Dinner Easy

    Marye Audet
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:13 pm
    HoneyBaked Ham and Restless Chipotle are partnering up to help you create an Easter dinner that allows you to enjoy it too. Compensation was provided for this post but the opinions are, as always, my own. My son, Matt, is home on leave from Okinawa. He literally walked into my bedroom one evening and said, … Continue reading » The post 10 Tips to Make Easter Dinner Easy appeared first on .
  • Perverted Irishman Whiskey Shot Recipe

    Marye Audet
    14 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    What better way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day than with a Perverted Irishman? Whiskey Shot recipe, that is. Irish Cream and Jameson Irish whiskey blend to a smooth, sweet blast of goodness in your mouth. I have a ton of shot glasses but none of them are plain. I have them from Jamaica, Mexico, Cayman… … Continue reading » The post Perverted Irishman Whiskey Shot Recipe appeared first on .
  • Texas Two Step Chicken Recipe

    Marye Audet
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Texas Two Step Chicken is a quick, easy chicken recipe with lots of Southwestern flavor. It’s the perfect weeknight meal. Just add a salad, corn, and some warm flour tortillas for a family friendly dinner. When I inherited my mom’s 1939 edition of Better Homes and Gardens cookbook it was stuffed with recipes she had … Continue reading » The post Texas Two Step Chicken Recipe appeared first on .
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  • Food Photo Friday: Street Eats

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:28 am
    Falafel Pocket Sandwich and Banana Milkshake from The Flying Falafel Tempeh Buffalo Wingz from Southern Fried Vegan Beer and “Cheese” Potato Skins from S&M Vegan Veggie Sushi Burrito from Sushi Taka Snap Pea Fries from Dusty Buns Farmers Market Salad from Hella Vegan “Chicken” and Waffles from Hella Vegan Vegetable Lumpia from No Worries Eggplant and Soy Chicken Adobo from No Worries
  • Silent Sunday: Hey Ms. DJ

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    Makeup, hair, and wardrobe by Melisser Eliott. Modeling by Strummer and Melisser.
  • Miyoko’s Kitchen, Part Two: Cutting the Cheese

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    Before embarking on a cheese-tasting journey, one must will themselves to forget everything previously assumed about the essential experience of vegan cheese. Erase those early memories of eating yellow-colored wax back in the early 90’s, concocting funky wallpaper paste in home kitchens during fits of DIY determination, and even the reasonably melted shreds smothering dairy-free pizzas today. Even as a cheese-lover in a previous life, the flavors contained in these small, simple packages are a step up from anything I had enjoyed as a child. With or without that frame of reference,…
  • Behind the Scenes at Miyoko’s Cheese Factory

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    Never underestimate the power of one industrious nut… And all of the cashews that she employs, too! All jokes aside, vegan author, entrepreneur, and luminary Miyoko Schinner has a genuinely tenacious work ethic, working tirelessly to bring her creative visions to life. There are plenty of dreamers with bold ideas that never see the light of day, but Ms. Schinner wouldn’t back down in the face of impossible odds, launching the only cheese factory of its kind in the San Francisco bay area. Nut cheeses of all colors and stripes are now emerging on the market, but I can’t find a…
  • Pi Day, Gone to the Dogs

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    Pushed to the back of my recipe archives, this one has been a long time coming. Despite the fact that the results were well-received, immediately devoured with glee and appreciation, it didn’t seem worthy of sharing on this public platform. Why withhold this treat from others, designed for the four-legged friends among us, who truly don’t receive their fair share of culinary attention in the first place? I was disappointed with the photos. Such a silly, shallow, and misconstrued excuse. Now I treasure these images. There’s no “action shot” as I had envisioned,…
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  • Izzy’s Lenten Cod Special – Review & Giveaway

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    Giveaway closed, congrats Krista! One of the unique things about living in Cincinnati during Lent is the church fish fry and I say this because a friend living in Baltimore said churches there do not host fish frys. I cannot imagine not hitting up at least one church fish fry during Lent, but if you’re not into going to a volunteer-led effort to get your fish, you can head into Izzy’s for their Lenten Cod Special – The Codfather! The Codfather is a delicious cod filet, battered with Izzy’s special blend of seasonings, on a kaiser roll with lettuce and tartar sauce.
  • Homemade Apple Crisp

    5 Nov 2014 | 2:52 am
    Did you hear that recent study about comfort food fights loneliness? So many of my food memories involve my mom and her recipes. There are certain tasks (peeling apples and frosting cupcakes) she didn’t enjoy but did for us kids. I try to eat one apple, one orange and one carrot daily, but sometimes the apples aren’t tasty so I make apple crisp. The sugar negates the healthiness, but at least I’m not eating cookies and I think of my mom 6 cups apple — peeled and sliced 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup oats 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 cup…
  • Review: Harvest Snaps

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I love potato chips but don’t buy them unless it is the small snack size bag because I have a tendency to over indulge. Unlike my mom, I don’t find carrots to be natures potato chip, sure, they’re crunchy but the taste isn’t the same. I really wanted something crunchy, but healthy that satisfied my taste buds. While taking a tour of a new grocery store, I spied Harvest Snaps and decided to try them. All six flavors! Harvest Snaps are baked, gluten-free, high in fiber and protein, low in sodium and fat. My favorite flavor was actually the lightly salted and I enjoyed…
  • 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…
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    International Cuisine

  • Homestyle Corned Beef And Cabbage

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
    Ingredients 2 cups of water 1/4 cup honey 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard, divided 1 medium head cabbage, cut into 8 wedges ( approx. 2 pounds) 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill, OR 1/2 teaspoon fried dill weed 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 pound corned beef brisket Directions Place brisket and water in Dutch oven; cover tightly and cook 1 hour at 350 degrees (F). ( It is very important to simmer the meat slowly because boiling will cause meat to become tough.) Turn brisket over and continue cooking, covered, 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until meat is tender. Remove…
  • Quiche Lorraine

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
    Ingredients makes 8 servings. 4 eggs 1 pint light cream or milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup ham, cut in julienne pieces 1 1/2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese 1 tablespoon butter 9-inch prebaked pastry shell Preparation Beat the eggs lightly and blend in the cream, salt, and nutmeg. Mix the ham and cheese and place in the baked pastry shell. Pour in the custard and dot with butter. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for 35 minutes or until slightly puffed and browned. Let cool five minutes, then cut in wedges.
  • Hot Chili Sauce

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
    Hot Chili Sauce Recipe (Makes 2 cups) This is a delicious hot sauce. Ingredients 30 dried hot chili peppers, each about 1 half inches long half Cup warm water 6 tablespoons corn oil 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 half pounds red bell peppers, seeded and chopped coarse 6 tablespoons soy sauce Directions 1. Soak the peppers in warm water until very soft. Drain and chop fine. 2. In a heavy saucepan over low heat, heat the oil. Add the peppers and garlic; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute until the garlic browns slightly. Take care not to burn the garlic. 3. Add the bell peppers and soy sauce.
  • Fish Soup – Kalakeitto

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:20 am
    Ingredients: 1 kg fish 1 l water 1 tsp salt 1 onion 10 allspice (whole) dill stems 1/2 leek 4 large potatoes 4 dl milk 1 tblsp flour dill and chives Directions: 1. Clean and fillet the fish. Boil the bones with coarsely chopped onion and spices. Cook for about 20 minutes. 2. Strain the liquid into another saucepan. When the liquid comes to the boil, add the leek cut into rings and the peeled, diced potatoes. 3. Cook for about 15 minutes. Cut the fish into chunks and add to the soup. Cook for another five minutes. 4. Mix the flour with milk and add to the soup. Let the soup simmer for a few…
  • Mango Ice Cream with Fruits

    24 Mar 2015 | 3:13 am
    Mango Ice Cream with Fruits Mango Ice Cream Ingredients: — Mango ice cream. — 1 fresh mango. — 1 melon. — Raspberry sauce. — Mango sauce. — Chopped pistachio nuts. Mango Ice Cream with Fruits How to make: To shape the ice cream, put it into a plastic container or an ice cube tray for small shapes and freeze for a few hours. Chop the fresh mango and melon. Put the ice cream and fruit on a plate and drizzle with mango and raspberry sauce. Sprinkle with pistachio.
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    Mary Makes Good

  • More More More: Snow Globes, Noodle Robots, and Buttercream Ruffles

    Mary Helen
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Living with a ten month old baby is sort of like being trapped inside the world's cutest snow globe - and every time you think you've found your way around the place someone comes along and shakes the damned thing up. So you might also say that living with a ten month old baby is like living inside a tornado... or some kind of crazy vortex where time and reason function totally differently. My friend, Hilah, who recently had a little boy of her own described the experience of motherhood pretty brilliantly as "the worst-best sleepover party that never ends". That pretty much…
  • Raw Dark Chocolate Almond Bark from the Love Fed Cookbook

    Mary Helen
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:39 pm
    I have a pretty hopeless addiction to sweets so I'm always on the lookout for ways to make that addiction a little less deadly. The existence of health food desserts gives me some hope that I won't end up outgrowing my jeans as often as my baby boy. Of course, nothing healthy can ever replace ice cream, my naughty food soul mate, but I've learned that I can really get down with a raw chocolate truffle in between frozen dairy benders.  The gracious folks at BenBella Books sent over a review copy of Christina Ross's new book, Love Fed: Purely Decadent, Simply Raw,…
  • Austin's Most Interesting Pizza - 2015

    Mary Helen
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Photo courtesy of Jessica Aberthal @BakeMeAway One of the most amazing things about pizza is its ability to remain desirable even when the odds against it seem insurmountable. Stay with me here. I mean, even the worst pizza is still pizza, right? Maybe it's been in the fridge for a day or two. Still pizza. Perhaps it came out of a grocery freezer case. Still pizza. Maybe some maniac has covered it in bean sprouts and nori? Still pizza - and pizza is pretty much always good. It doesn't take a master chef to put a bunch of crazy crap on top of a pizza and get people to eat it…
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  • Two-Minute Power Blender Hollandaise (with asparagus)

    Ren Behan
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    It’s almost British asparagus season and so I’ve been looking forward to all the ways that I’m going to be enjoying our native grown asparagus as we roll into spring. I’ve also been experimenting with my new blender to make sauces as well as healthy green smoothies. With a tiny bit of practice and plenty of tasting along the way, I’ve perfected a two-minute power blender hollandaise sauce, made with fresh egg yolks, butter and lemon juice. Fresh asparagus really needs nothing more, simply snap the spears, blanch in boiling water for two to three minutes and make…
  • Homemade Banoffee Eclairs

    Ren Behan
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    Spring is here! This is a recipe from John Lewis COOK Edition… A short while ago in the food world, a prediction was made that éclairs would be the new cupcake and there are now all sorts of weird and wonderful flavours to try in the trendiest bakeries. I’m sure we’ve all had one from our local bakery – traditionally, an éclair is made from choux dough or pastry, filled with cream and topped with chocolate or fondant icing. In this post, Love & Olive Oil set their readers a challenge to bake éclairs and they came up with some stunning entries. And I’ll…
  • Recipe: Mama’s Bigos – Hunter’s Stew

    Ren Behan
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    I’d like to promise that the recipes I include under my new ‘My Polish Kitchen‘ banner won’t be all about cabbage! Polish food is so much more than that, yet it would be wrong not to pay homage to Poland’s national dish – Bigos, or Hunter’s Stew. There are probably as many individual recipes for Bigos as there are cooks in Poland. Bigos is a savoury dish, traditionally made with sauerkraut (kapusta kiszona) or cabbage and meat. It used to be cooked in a cauldron or on a camp fire and Polish hunters would add whatever meat they had to hand, for…
  • New York, A Spring Green Smoothie & A Goal Setting Workshop

    Ren Behan
    21 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Hello Spring, Green Smoothie… Spring has finally sprung here in the UK and I am so glad, not least because for the past five weeks, we’ve all been feeling really under the weather. Hence the lengthy blog silence, which I’m really sorry about. February started well. After lots of planning and packing, we spent a week in New York over half term with all three children, braving the chilliest weather there – literally arriving on the coldest day on record. I might have punctuated my trip with lots of visits to the Magnolia Bakery. We came back, extremely elated having had…
  • Clearspring Gluten Free Brown Rice Noodles with Spinach and Tomato + Pasta Please Round Up

    Ren Behan
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    It’s always nice to find ways of making our favourite recipes a little healthier and this is especially true of pasta. This month, I’ve experimented with courgette or zucchini noodles, sometimes called ‘zoodles’ and also with a new type of 100% organic Clearspring gluten free brown rice noodles – recipe below. Usually, these type of noodles are used in Asian cooking, perhaps to make a noodle salad or a Pad Thai, though the packet did say you could use them as a gluten free alternative to pasta – which is what I did. In the ‘Pasta Please’ link…
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  • Recipe: Fiber-Rich Garbanzo Bean Soup

    Ivy Larson
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    Ivy Larson Looking for a super easy and tasty way to boost fiber that doesn’t involve crunching on anything hard, raw or tasteless? Try a comforting bowl of creamy garbanzo bean soup (minus the cream!) Did you know just one cup of garbanzo beans provides more than twice the amount of fiber most people consume in an...  Read More » The post Recipe: Fiber-Rich Garbanzo Bean Soup appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Coffee Smoothie Recipe with Dairy Free Whipped Cream

    Ivy Larson
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Ivy Larson I spent all of last week in Whistler without a blender (much less my Vitamix!) watching countless fellow skiers head from the slopes straight to Starbucks for a decadent whipped cream-mounded sugary sweet coffee concoction. And sure, I wanted one too. I just didn’t want all of the pro-inflammatory dairy and sugar calories. Even after burning up all that energy on the slopes,...  Read More » The post Coffee Smoothie Recipe with Dairy Free Whipped Cream appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Grab-n-Go Gluten Free Muffin Recipe

    Ivy Larson
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    Ivy Larson Making a healthy breakfast for the whole family can easily turn into a time-consuming ordeal, especially if you factor in the preparation and clean-up. Why not set aside an extra 15 minutes Sunday afternoon to bake this gluten free muffin recipe? I am not much of a morning person and I always have a hard time getting out the door first thing....  Read More » The post Grab-n-Go Gluten Free Muffin Recipe appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Easy Shrimp Recipes and Tips for Buying the Best Shrimp

    Ivy Larson
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    Ivy Larson If you follow our anti-inflammatory nutrition program, then you will want to make a point of eating clean omega-3 rich seafood several times a week (more on the cleanliness issue in a moment.) Having a handful of easy shrimp recipes  at your disposal is such a quick and delicious way to get the super anti-inflammatory long-chain omega-3’s in...  Read More » The post Easy Shrimp Recipes and Tips for Buying the Best Shrimp appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Try Last Night’s Cherry Clafoutis Dessert for Breakfast

    Ivy Larson
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Ivy Larson What in the world is Cherry Clafoutis? That was exactly what I wanted to know when I first stumbled upon this curious dessert recipe a few years back.  I was thumbing through one of my moms old cookbooks one day when I landed on a page with a recipe for Cherry Clafoutis. The ingredients looked...  Read More » The post Try Last Night’s Cherry Clafoutis Dessert for Breakfast appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
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  • Nuts About Almonds

    James Kiester
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:24 pm
    -Food blogs can be inspired in the strangest of ways.  I was taking a shower and noticed my Head & Shoulders for dry scalp contains almond oil.  Intrigued, I decided to do some research to see if there were any actual advantages to such an oil being in shampoo.  Apparently, according to multiple beauty sites, the protein in almond oil helps cleanse and strengthen hair, and increases its elasticity.As I paused to consider this idea, I glanced at my desk and spotted the can I keep next to my computer seven days a week.  It's a can of Blue Diamond Smokehouse…
  • Taco Bell's Triple Steak Stack - A Review

    James Kiester
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:15 pm
    -I spent this morning shopping and stopped at Taco Bell for their new "Triple Steak Stack," which is basically their version of a cheese steak sandwich on flatbread.According to their product description, Taco Bell's Triple Steak Stack, "has a heaping triple portion of tender-grilled juicy steak, is covered in a real three-cheese blend and served in a warm nine-inch Mexican-inspired bolillo flatbread." has a picture of Subject: Taco Bell's Triple Steak Stack | Date: 02/25/15 |Photographers: James Kiester & Dani Cogswell | This picture was taken by the author of this blog.
  • Celebrate National Margarita Day February 22nd

    James Kiester
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:41 pm
    -I have to begin by confessing to a bit of confusion.  My calendar lists National Margarita Day as February 20th, but most sites, including, list it as being on the 22nd.   I'd assumed my Subject: Margarita at Pepper's Mexican Grill | Date: Summer 2014 |Photographers: James Kiester & Dani Cogswell | This picture was taken by the author of this blog. |calendar was a misprint until this morning's local news said it was on the 20th.  At this point I don't know which date to believe, so I'll be doing some drinking on both days.  Yet, for the purposes of this…
  • Ads Can Make Blah Fast Food Look Spectacular

    James Kiester
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:38 pm
    -Commercial: [kuh-mur-shuh l] nounRadio and Television. a paid advertisement or promotional announcement designed to entice the buying public. (sic)It's an advertiser's job to make goods and services appear irresistibly purchase-worthy, to tempt buyers to spend money on whatever it is they're trying to hock.  Taking advantage of food makeup and descriptive phrases, the fast food industry has mastered the art of making the mundane seem seductive.  The sad part is that I keep falling for it.Subject: Bacon & Swiss Buttery Jack | Source: Jack In The Box's Press Image Library |I love…
  • The Bourbon Boom - A Guest Post by Spencer Bohm

    James Kiester
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:51 pm
    -Bourbon and whiskey fan, Spencer Bohm, noticed TV shows have been catering to people’s growing interest in craft beer and wine in recent years.  Additionally, viewers are starting to see similar attention being given to small batch bourbon, whiskey, and scotch.The trend inspired him to ask me to publish his thoughts on the subject.  Being a libations enthusiast, I agreed to post any well written piece he might send.  A week later, he succeeded in sending me just such a piece. So, with further ado, here are Spencer Bohm's thoughts on The Bourbon BoomThe Bourbon Boom by,…
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  • Rodenbach Caractère Rouge by Brouwerij Rodenbach #OTTBeerDiary Day 86

    Brett Domue +
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    This post is a part of the 2015 New Beer Every Day Beer Diary Challenge, #ottbeerdiary.  Over the course of 2015, I will be trying a new beer every day. Please read the background in the link above, and enjoy reading about the most recently tasted beers below. If you’d like to join the challenge as well, let me know in the comments below, and be sure to check out Grown-up Travel Guide and his #grownupbeerdiary, where Andy Higgs came up with the diary format in use below. You can catch up on all of our posts as part of the challenge under the tag ottbeerdiary. Day 86: March 27, 2015…
  • Durboyse Brune by Brasserie Lefebvre #OTTBeerDiary Day 85

    Brett Domue +
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    This post is a part of the 2015 New Beer Every Day Beer Diary Challenge, #ottbeerdiary.  Over the course of 2015, I will be trying a new beer every day. Please read the background in the link above, and enjoy reading about the most recently tasted beers below. If you’d like to join the challenge as well, let me know in the comments below, and be sure to check out Grown-up Travel Guide and his #grownupbeerdiary, where Andy Higgs came up with the diary format in use below. You can catch up on all of our posts as part of the challenge under the tag ottbeerdiary. Day 85: March 26, 2015…
  • Mein Eisbock Barrique (2014) by Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn #OTTBeerDiary Day 84

    Brett Domue +
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    This post is a part of the 2015 New Beer Every Day Beer Diary Challenge, #ottbeerdiary.  Over the course of 2015, I will be trying a new beer every day. Please read the background in the link above, and enjoy reading about the most recently tasted beers below. If you’d like to join the challenge as well, let me know in the comments below, and be sure to check out Grown-up Travel Guide and his #grownupbeerdiary, where Andy Higgs came up with the diary format in use below. You can catch up on all of our posts as part of the challenge under the tag ottbeerdiary. Day 84: March 25, 2015…
  • Bayerisch Nizza Clubbier by Hans Müller Sommelierbier #OTTBeerDiary Day 83

    Brett Domue +
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    This post is a part of the 2015 New Beer Every Day Beer Diary Challenge, #ottbeerdiary.  Over the course of 2015, I will be trying a new beer every day. Please read the background in the link above, and enjoy reading about the most recently tasted beers below. If you’d like to join the challenge as well, let me know in the comments below, and be sure to check out Grown-up Travel Guide and his #grownupbeerdiary, where Andy Higgs came up with the diary format in use below. You can catch up on all of our posts as part of the challenge under the tag ottbeerdiary. Day 83: March 24, 2015…
  • My Day with HGTV in Belize: Unofficial Set Designer for Beachfront Bargain Hunt

    Erin De Santiago
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Last week was a pretty exciting one for me here in Belize. When I’m not glued to the all-day marathons of Law & Order or Criminal Minds while working on freelance deadlines, I’m flipping between Food Network and HGTV. I’m obsessed with the fixer-upper shows and how they remodel those horrific houses and turn them into stunning, functional homes. One of the other new shows I’ve become fond of lately is “Beachfront Bargain Hunt.” Little did I know when I first started watching the show months ago that I would get to be a part of it — at least off…
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  • Warm potato, peas and chili tuna salad

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    I love salads like this. First, it combines cooked and raw ingredients, second, it’s fast and easy to prepare and finally, the burst of fresh green color is amazing. You can use any canned tuna for this salad, but I… Continue Reading →
  • Pork Chops with Garlic and Pickled Peppers

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Something to clean the pantry of the remaining pickled peppers. And anyway, do you use pickled vegetables for cooking at all? It’s amazing how rarely we do it and yet, these veggies can elevate a dish into something completely amazing.… Continue Reading →
  • Pizzaiola with Capers

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    A dish like this is something you can always count on. Just of few simple ingredients, simple preparation and there’s a dinner you can be proud of. Recipe is from Sale & Pepe magazine, September 2007.
  • Young Sorrel Soup

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    My great grandfather used to be one of the well-known guys in a very small town Grocka, in a Kingdom of Yugoslavia, near Belgrade. In the lack of proper terminology, I’d say he was one of the elders. And he… Continue Reading →
  • Chicken Burgers and Tomato & Ginger Chutney

    15 Nov 2014 | 4:06 pm
    In Tallinn we live in an awesome apartment, in Lai street, in Old Town. That Old Town, one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is the most beautiful place on Earth. So, in that apartment, in that Old Town walls are… Continue Reading →
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  • The Bomb Diggitiest Brunch in Sonoma

    15 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    I haven't had brunch in the majority of restaurants in Sonoma. Heck, I haven't even scratched the surface when it comes to brunch spots in the area. But I don't care. It isn't going to stop me from raving about brunch at Healdsburg's Chalkboard, declaring it the finest midday weekend chow down in California's wine country. No question, I went to plenty of wineries when I hit Sonoma last month. (Gorgeous evidence of one such stop pictured above.) Still, excepting for a Pinot Noir that knocked my socks off at Siduri, my socks were firmly on throughout my vineyard-hopping weekend with pals --…
  • My Go-To's: San Francisco Edition - Piperade

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    My first visit to Piperade was in April of 2004 and this elegant Basque bistro hasn't let me down in the decade since. With friends, I've been known to begin an evening on the restaurant's front patio, unwinding on pillowy couch with a bottle of Spanish wine and French cheese, moving the party into the dining room to plunge spoons into the chef's irresistible Garlic Soup, with Rock Shrimp, Bacon and Egg, and share "California-meets-the-Pyrenees"-inspired entrees like Duck Confit with Braised Green Lentils, and Sautéed Pacific Swordfish with Cauliflower, Parsley, Lemon and Pine Nuts. Alone,…
  • My Go-To's: San Francisco Edition - Zuni Café

    22 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
    San Francisco is a city I go to often enough that I've happened upon a couple of spots that are "must-goes" whenever I return. Top of that list is the Market Street stalwart Zuni Café. The photo above was snapped while occupying a table right next to the restaurant's beloved wood-burning brick oven. This is the singular piece of kitchen equipment that makes the bistro's infamous Roast Chicken for two so darn delectable. Sitting close to that oven makes me happy. A solid cocktail, like the Montenegro Manhattan pictured, only makes the warming glow from the fire all that more comforting.
  • AsiaFoodPhile

    13 Jan 2015 | 5:42 pm
    I'm obsessed. I know that in some small way my utter adoration for Chinese food stems from a classic New York Judaic upbringing. This is to be expected. On Christmas, it's full-on tradition. But that doesn't explain my infatuation with multitudes of other Asian cuisines. I am still on the hunt for a Vietnamese restaurant in NYC that satisfies my bun cravings, the way that they can in Philly's Chinatown when I visit Mama Vamp. On the flipside, a couple weeks ago, I was overjoyed to introduce my Mom to Pok Pok for her first taste of serious Northern Thai fare. She kvelled over Chef Andy…
  • Wien, Wine & Swine

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:44 pm
    There are many things I expect when visiting a major metropolitan capital. A vineyard within the city limits is not one of them. So, when I learned that notable wineries exist within Vienna's borders, a "must-do" was added to my list. Thankfully, a friend at the Austrian Wine Commission, knew just the winery I should visit -- Mayer am Pfarrplatz. Operating since 1683, boasting a wine tavern that was once home to Beethoven, as well as one of the most elegant and venerated restaurants in the city, I was nothing if not ecstatic when the winery's sales director said the harvest had just been…
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    26 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
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  • Essex Pelee Island Coast Wineries Bring Home Largest Haul Ever From Finger Lakes Wine Competition

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:12 pm
    The Essex Pelee Island Coast wineries just one-upped themselves this year. Six local wineries brought home a total of 31 medals from the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition this past week, suprassing their previous best total of 29 set in 2014. Alma Hollingshead serves some of her award winning wines at Erie Shore Vineyard “I think that this underscores the level of quality and the increase of quality that we grow and make here in Essex County,” says Tom O’Brien, owner of Cooper’s Hawk Vineyard, which took home the only gold for the region. “To get…
  • Colchester Ridge Estate Winery Offers Tastings In Windsor This Weekend

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    Colchester Ridge Estate Winery is invading the city this weekend. Join the winery on Saturday March 28, 2015 to enjoy complimentary samples of their Chardonnay and Merlot Cabernet and relax on one of the best waterfront patios in Windsor at Lilly Kazzilly’s. Colchester Ridge Estate Winery rocks! If you can’t make it, don’t worry. Lilly’s will feature the wines for the month to follow. Be sure to pop in for fantastic seafood paired with your favourite glass of CREW. Really, who doesn’t like wine paired with Thai food? If seafood isn’t your thing, CREW…
  • Tea Tasting with Joseph Wesley at Anchor Coffee House

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Tea lovers won’t want to miss this one. Anchor Coffee House is hosting a very special tea tasting at 6:00pm on Saturday, March 28, 2015. They are very excited to have Joseph Wesley back. Enjoy some fine teas at Anchor Coffee House Guests will sample 4 incredibly special teas while participating in the ancient traditional tea ceremony lead by Joseph himself. He will share about each of these incredible teas, regions and cultivars. One of the teas that we will be featuring is among the finest in the world and has left the gang at Anchor truly speechless. The teas will be announced later…
  • Eddy’s Mediterranean Bistro

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    We are a family-owned business that elevates your dining, take-out, catering and delivery experience! Enjoy our authentic, homemade Mediterranean cuisine.   View Full Menu Here   The post Eddy’s Mediterranean Bistro appeared first on WindsorEats.
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    Eat in OC

  • Three of the Best Greek Yogurt Dips of All Time

    OC Restaurants
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Yogurt dips are easy to make, and highly nutritious. If you’d like to give your family something to snack on that’s as delicious as it is healthy, try out one of these Greek yogurt dip... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • O.C.’s Top 10 New Restaurants 2015

    OC Restaurants
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    1. Little Sparrow This is one of the best restaurants of Orange County. This restaurant is famous just because of rising star chef. Killer pastrami. Elegant pastas. 300 N. Main St., Santa... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Zagat 2015: Top-rated O.C. restaurants

    OC Restaurants
    21 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Though, thousands of people used to follow urban spoon and Yelp yet they rely on the Zagat the decades old guide for their top class restaurants. Actually Zagat reviews are supposed to be very... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Appeal of Microgreens and Edible Flowers

    OC Restaurants
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Are you looking to brighten up your meals? Thinking about hosting a dinner party? Have you considered using microgreens or edible blossoms to freshen up your dishes? Microgreens can add a wonderful... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hummus Calories, Recipes, and More What You Should Know About This Versatile Dish

    OC Restaurants
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    You may not know it, but the hummus you see in you grocery store is actually one of the most versatile ingredients in the supermarket. Hummus is a dish traditionally made from chickpeas, or garbanzo... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Friday Things

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    1. This little guy has totally stolen my heart. I could sit and watch him smile and coo all day, every day… which is pretty much what I do! Even when he’s up at 3:30 in the morning or refusing to nap for hours on end in the afternoon, I just want to hug and snuggle him. I feel so lucky to be his mom. 2. On Wednesday, I turned the big 3-5. I ate pizza for dinner, had chocolate for snacks and enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing day with all of my boys. Thank you all for the birthday wishes! 3. I have had a miserable time with dry skin over the last month or so… unless I…
  • Mrs. Dill’s Chocolate Cake

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Two days after we came home from the hospital with Joseph, my grandparents came to visit and meet their very first great-grandchild. My grandma brought us a chocolate cake and after days of ice chips and hospital food, it more than hit the spot. As far as desserts go, chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cake rank right up there as the utmost in comfort sweets. My grandma told me that it was a really simple recipe and that she had received it back when my dad and his brothers were in elementary school. I continue to have a huge soft spot for old, nostalgic recipes, this one was no…
  • Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Over the last 18 months, I have become seriously addicted to my slow cooker. Prior to that, the only thing I really used it for was to make our favorite beer and brown sugar kielbasa and sauerkraut, but last January I started to experiment with different recipes and I even used it to make candy! While I discovered the most amazing mac and cheese recipe in the process, I still think the best things to make in the slow cooker are meat-centric recipes. The low and slow cooking results in meat that is falling-apart tender and that has tons of flavor. A couple of Sundays ago, my aunt and cousin…
  • Top 10 List: Favorite Cookie Recipes

    22 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    [We continue to update the “Top 10″ series of posts with cookies!] Cookie Monster really does it right. He loves life, tackles the world one cookie at a time, and makes no apologies for his unbridled love for the sweets that make his eye go all googly. This is my kinda man monster. While baking fads will come and go, I’m pretty sure that love for cookies will last forever. Sometimes nothing quite hits the spot like a warm chocolate chip cookie, right? I’ve made dozens upon dozens of cookies over the years, but I find myself making the same handful of recipes over and over…
  • Friday Things

    19 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    1. Joseph turned TWO MONTHS OLD yesterday. Can you believe it?! I certainly can’t. He continues to be absolutely awesome and the most fun. It’s been a blast to watch him do new things, like massive, open-mouth smiles, which are pretty much the best thing ever. He’s also loving his activity mat and staring up at all the different toys. We’re getting into more of a groove here… most mornings and afternoons are pretty predictable with naps and feedings; dinnertime and beyond, however, can still be hit or miss. He’s sleeping pretty well through the night,…
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  • Delicious Side Dish: Braised Leeks

    Maya Parson
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Leeks are braised in stock with a topping of breadcrumbs and cheese for a simple, but so flavorful side dish. By Maya Parson Years ago, when I lived in Central America, my friends would regularly flatter me by observing that even though my eyes are blue and my skin is light, I could pass for Nicaraguan. One day friends asked me about my family history, and when I revealed that my grandmother was Portuguese, there was a collective, “Aha!” I wasn’t exactly Latina, but my kin (at least some of them) came from the Iberian Peninsula. That explained it! Like most people, the stories of my…
  • Traditional Black and White Cookies

    Lizzy Wolff
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    A soft, domed black and white cookie can be enjoyed outside of New York City. Recreate the classic with this recipe. By Lizzy Wolff I don’t know if you guys know this, but I lived in New York for a number of years. Most of my best friends live there so I’m still really attached to it. But even before New York was a glimmer in my mind, I was eating black and white cookies in Miami, where I was raised. So long story short, pretty readers, these cookies are a big deal to me. I tried three recipes before I decided on this one. You’d be surprised what some people try to pass off…
  • Macaron Day NYC at The Macaron Parlour

    Suzanna Heldring
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Macaron Parlour in NYC has an innovative and highly delicious take on NYC Macaron Day. By Suzanna Heldring Last Friday, the 20th of March, on a snowy spring day, NYC celebrated Macaron Day. This delicious tradition started in 2010 to mirror the Jour du Macaron in Paris, the birthplace of this colorful pastry. 19 participating bakeries at 28 locations spent the day promoting their best macarons in support of the non-profit charity organization City Harvest. Each bakery made sure to bring its strongest macaron game in order to draw in customers, but one bakery in particular really took…
  • Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

    Katie Oberwager
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    Crispy with a hint of salt and plenty of spice from cayenne pepper, these thick-cut sweet potatoes are baked to delicious perfection. By Katie Oberwager These sweet potato fries are crispy and salty, and have a nice little kick from some cayenne pepper. The measurements are really just a guideline but feel free to use as much or as little of the spices as you like. Perfect to warm you on a cold day or keep your snacking appetite satisfied in the warmer spring weather. Spicy Sweet Potato Fries   Print Crispy with a hint of salt and plenty of spice from cayenne pepper, these thick-cut…
  • Cauliflower and Chicken Curry

    Lail Hossain
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Try a variation of simple chicken curry by adding cauliflower. Enjoy the fragrant dish with rice or chapatti. By Lail Hossain Make a kickin’ chicken curry tonight! Chicken is a lean, versatile and budget-friendly option for mealtime. A basic chicken curry can be a crowd pleaser and neither dull nor has to be predictable. Take a break from your regular chicken curry and pair it with fresh vegetables. By pairing cauliflower to your chicken curry, you’ll savor the season in a healthier way. The curry unites garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric, and chili pepper. The spices make a very fragrant…
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  • Fabulous Sound of Music Cake

    Between the Pages
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    This Fabulous Sound of Music Cake was made by Sweet Delights Cakery.  This cake was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music movie. It’s design features the baker’s favorite songs from the movie.  On the top of the cake is an edible figure of Maria, from the scene in the movie where she is playing a guitar and singing the  Do-Re-Me song with the Von Trapp children. She is dressed in a brown jumper with a white long sleeve blouse. Just below Maria are gold guilded Edelweiss. Maria was sculpted using modeling chocolate.  Below Maria is a wonderful hand-painted…
  • The Magical Typewriter Of L. Frank Baum

    Between the Pages
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    This marvelous Wizard of Oz Cake was made by Angela Penta Cakes. This cake won first place in the Wizard of Oz competition at the Cake Design Italian Festival. This cake features the antique typewriter of L. Frank Baum.  He is typing his famous book The Wizard of Oz.  Rising up from the typewriter are Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow.  This gorgeous cake is the most unique Wizard of Oz cake that I have ever seen. The typewriter has a separate round key for each letter. The individual metal strikers for each key are in the middle of the…
  • Marvelous Olaf Ombre Ruffles Cake

    Between the Pages
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    This Olaf Ombre Ruffles Cake was made by Heavenly Treats. Olaf is standing on one foot with his arms outstretched and a large smile on his face. His one tooth is showing. There is a white number six beside him to represent the birthday age. This Olaf Cake is a single layer cake with white to blue ombre ruffles around the cake. The bottom ruffle is white. The next ruffle is a very light blue. The last ruffle and the top of the cake is the same shade of blue. There are white snowflakes scattered all over the blue and white ombre ruffles. The cake board is white. Just in front of the cake are…
  • Adorable Marvel Super Hero Cupcake Toppers

    Between the Pages
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    These cute Marvel Super Hero Cupcake Toppers can be purchased from D's Custom Toppers on Etsy.  This set of 12 features: The Hulk – Nothing to SMASH so, Hulk frown! Iron Man – I like how Iron Man has a square smile Cyclops – Dhoreen did an wonderful job with Cyclops visor Iceman –  I love the simplicity of this cupcake topper Thor – Beware, Loki lurks below! Wolverine – I’m the best there is at what I’m do, and what I do is make cupcakes Spider-Man – Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a cupcake can Captain America – I love how Dhoreen uses little slits for the…
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    Eat Local Orlando

  • Swine & Sons Opening Friday, April 3

    Chris Roberts
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Swine & Sons Opening Friday, April 3 Swine & Sons Provisions will officially open to the public on Friday, April 3!The newest addition to the Swine Family will incorporate Cask & Larder’s sophisticated southern cuisine and The Ravenous Pig’s innovative flare for modern fine dining, while introducing a novel takeout concept to Central Florida.Swine & Sons is located immediately west of Cask & Larder at 595 West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park. The shop will specialize in takeout charcuterie, made-to-order butcher sandwiches, seasonally inspired homemade ice cream,…
  • The Outpost Neighborhood Kitchen

    Chris Roberts
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    The Outpost Neighborhood Kitchen is now open in College Park. Menu includes wings w/ Funky Buddha sauce & more!2603 Edgewater DrOrlando, Florida(407) 930-6282 11:00am - 10:00pmPrice Range: $$
  • Market on South

    Chris Roberts
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    Market on South street coming soon to to the The Milk District  Humble Bumble Kombucha, ValhallaBakery & DixieDharma."Fiiiiiiiine vegan vittles by @dixie_dharma, sweet treats by @valhallabakery, and fizzy beverages by @humblebumblekombucha all in one spot! Plus a bar. And coffee. And a market space. And pretty much everything else the milk district needs. See ya soon!" From their Instagram Account East South Street, Orlando, Fl 32803  Google Mapsmore info: …
  • Artegon Marketplace new kiosks

    Chris Roberts
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    Four food kiosks are scheduled to open this month in Artegon Marketplace in the former Festival Bay mall on International drive.* U Roll Express, customers can create their own sushi roll by choosing from a variety of high-quality, sushi-grade ingredients, toppings, and delicious sauces and flavorings. *The Belgian Waffles kiosk sells authentic Liege or Brussels-style waffles with several sweet topping options.*Le Petit Café French kiosk, serving traditional hot and cold espressos, teas and coffees, frappes, croissants and other pastries, and gourmet…
  • Florida Film Festival 2015 in Orlando April 10th-19th

    Chris Roberts
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    Did you know the Florida Film Festival held at Enzian in Maitland(a suburb of Orlando) has many food related parties and events? here is a list of them. We will be adding details about food related movies as they become available.April 10th-19th from past Festivals: FESTIVAL PARTIES:All parties take place at Enzian Theater, unless otherwise stated.Opening Night Party8PM–2AM at Enzian and Eden Bar8–9PM: Eden’s Cocktail Hour9–11PM: Food will be servedDrinks…
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    Barbecue Tricks

  • Tips For Cooking Ribeye Roast On The Grill

    Bill West
    8 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    By Diane Louise Villanueva I have some friends who get frustrated whenever they cook ribeye meat on the grill. What do they complain about? Well, they say that their dishes don’t taste or look like the ones served in restaurants. And I tell that’s not a problem at all. Chefs have exhausted a lot of years just to learn and perfect the art of cooking ribeye steak (among many other dishes) on the grill and there’s no reason to compare. Now I’m not saying that we have to enroll in a culinary school just to be able to serve home-cooked goodness such as theirs. There are…
  • Cuisinart Electric Knife What You Need To Know Before you Buy

    Bill West
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    You can spend a lot of money on grilling and BBQ gear especially if you’re getting into competitions… so before you buy here’s a few things you need to know before you buy an electric knife... Black & Decker EK700 9-Inch Electric Carving Knife, White Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife Hamilton Beach 74250 Carve ‘n Set Electric Knife with Case, White Rapala Rechargeable Cordless Electric Fillet Knife Some are less than twenty bucks so think about the following… Cord length… it’s usually our first annoyance – look for a knife that wont force you…
  • Buffalo Cauliflower

    Bill West
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:02 pm
    This Buffalo Cauliflower “Hot Head” is a fun treat to cook using all natural  Wildtree Butter Grapeseed Oil and Buffalo Spice Blend.  The ingredients and recipe are about that easy.  Just add a head of Cauliflower. If you want to get flashy try doing it all without any grate or pans.  We roasted the entire head of cauliflower over a bed of charcoal for about ten minutes and the results were perfection!  Watch how in the video here. The steps were simple: Place Entire head of cauliflower – florets down – onto a large sheet of aluminum foil Add 2 tablespoons of…
  • 57 Ketchup Trick Relieves Sauce Anticipation

    Bill West
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:07 pm
    We thought everyone knew this ketchup trick but have been surprised how may people didn’t know about the “57 Ketchup trick” where you hit the 57 on the bottle of ketchup to release the sauce/ketchup from it’s glass prison.  We tested the 57 ketchup bottle trick HERE… Maybe it’s because the classic glass ketchup bottles are so hard to find.  We had trouble locating anything NOT plastic for this video. The question remains was the “57” branded on the bottle to actually be used for this purpose or happy accident? Interesting that Henry Heinz came…
  • Dry Ribs at Rendezvous

    Bill West
    7 Feb 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Dry ribs vs wet ribs is a big argument in barbecue.  The winner of the debate (if there can really be ANY loser when it comes to eating BBQ ribs) is – without a doubt – The RENDEZVOUS. Memphis Tennessee is the home of the blues – some say the birthplace of rock n’ roll,  Beale Street, Graceland – Sun Studios and The Peabody Hotel (love the Ducks).       And if you traveling are looking for the world’s best BBQ you can surely find contenders in this great southern city.   In fact, down one aromatic alleyway is where You can find what some BBQ say…
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    In A Half Shell

  • Cape Cod Oyster Tour: A New Class of Duxbury Oysters & Oyster Farmers

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Like most of you in the Northeast, I am very, very over this winter. The seemingly endless bouts of snow and bone-chilling temperatures has left me yearning for warmer days. I can only imagine what it has been like for oyster farmers up and down the coast. In my hope to warm up your screen and spirit, here’s a recap of my trip to Duxbury Bay from my Cape Cod Oyster Tour adventure last summer. So I realize that Duxbury Bay is not actually part of Cape Cod, but my friend Michelle Williams of Coffee & Champagne and I still embrace it as an important part of our epic oyster farm…
  • Oyster and Cocktails at The Leadbelly

    19 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Tasting oysters by themselves is already an amazing thing, but pairing them with a proper drink can do wonders! While I’ve sipped and savored my fair share of wine, champagne, sake, and beer with oysters, the world of cocktails has eluded me. To get a better grip on this decadent duo, I trekked down to The Leadbelly to learn more. The Leadbelly is what I’d categorize as a “second date” hot spot. This cozy Lower East Side oyster and cocktail den is conveniently situated across the street from its big brother, The Fat Radish. If you’re looking to…
  • House of Shells: Where I Go for Oysters in DC

    13 Feb 2015 | 7:25 pm
    As a big fan of House of Cards, I have been counting the days until Season 3 is released on Netflix (and that “glitch” in their system really got my hopes up.) Well played, Mr. President, well played. There is no doubt in my mind that the Underwoods are oyster fans, as they both seem to have a penchant for intrigue and seduction. It’s only a matter of time before our favorite power couple is caught downing these delicious little devils in our nation’s capital. After all, eating oysters is our patriotic duty. So without further delay, here are my favorite…
  • Video Review: Bar Harbor Maine Oysters

    12 Feb 2015 | 11:47 am
    This week I received a box of some brand new oysters on the market from Bar Harbor, Maine. These oysters were grown by Mount Desert Island Oysters LLC. They are absolutely remarkable. To capture this exciting event in all its glory, I decided to do a spontaneous oyster video review of my immediate impressions. Sometimes, you just gotta do more than a few photos and description! But of course, I still had to take a few shots of the tasting setup. As you can see above, I’ve got my Simply Shuck oyster tray, my Littledeer Half Sheller, Shuckerpaddy knife, and steel-mesh glove (a Christmas…
  • While You Were Slurping

    6 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    #INAHALFSHELL Oyster Instagrams of the Week: What a nice #Shellfie from @jaceherself (left)! This mouthwatering shot from @rivetedroost makes me crave chargrilled oysters in New Orleans (right). Want your pic to be featured? Tag your IG’s with #inahalfshell and follow @inahalfshellblog!   – If you want a thoughtful perspective on Georgia oyster culture, read André Gallant’s blog. – One of the most beautiful stories I’ve come across about the oysters and oystermen of Apalachicola. – Looking forward to my new “Bivalve Curious?”…
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    Pinch My Salt

  • Southwest Macaroni and Cheese

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s been at least a few years since I’ve stocked boxes of macaroni and cheese in the pantry, but we visited Grocery Outlet for the first time recently and Phil insisted on grabbing a couple boxes of Horizon organic mac. This stuff was apparently one of his kitchen staples before he went and married a food blogger and there’s something about Grocery Outlet that makes you put lots of random things in your cart, whether you need them or not. I had never tasted this organic mac and cheese since I’ve always been pretty loyal to the bright orange Kraft version on the…
  • Sourdough Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    I know that some of you looked at the title of this recipe and thought sourdough chocolate what? Or perhaps you thought it was a typo and that this is actually a sour cream chocolate cake. Actually, it is a sour cream chocolate cake, but the recipe title is also correct. This chocolate cake includes a cup of sourdough starter in the batter, which is awesome for those of us who keep sourdough starters for bread and are sometimes looking for ways to use up the cup of starter that gets discarded when feeding our bubbly little pets. If you don’t have a sourdough starter, don’t…
  • Artichoke Cheddar Squares

    21 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately, craving comfort foods, making lots of casseroles, and thinking about recipes that were popular during my adolescence– those fabulous decades known as the eighties and nineties. It was in this spirit of reminiscence that I was drawn to a familiar recipe called Artichoke Squares that I found while flipping through one of those spiral-bound fundraising cookbooks that someone left in the kitchen at our cabin. I can’t remember my mom ever making artichoke squares and it’s not something I’ve ever made myself, but I can certainly remember eating…
  • February Garden Update

    18 Feb 2015 | 12:35 pm
    As always happens here in central California, spring sneaks up on us in February. Every year I see the blossoms on the trees and think that it’s way too early for spring. It’s especially jarring when I see photos of ice storms and piles of snow all over instagram in the evening then wake up to a beautiful sunny day and admire all the tulip trees in bloom while walking the dog. It’s weird, but it’s happening. Spring is most definitely here. But instead of focusing on spring, I’ve decided to give you a little tour of what’s remaining in our winter garden.
  • Cranberry Orange Scones

    23 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Bursting with cranberries and bright orange flavor, these sweet buttery little scones are my new favorite winter treat. They are easy to put together and perfect to share with friends and family. Recently, my friends Alisa and Enrique asked me to collaborate on a little recipe video for FresYes, a local blog that focuses on cool stuff happening around the valley. I’m a big fan of Enrique’s video work and have been really been enjoying Alisa’s local food posts, so I created this cranberry orange scone recipe and invited the two of them into my kitchen for a night of…
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    Grocery Coupon Network Blog: Couponing Secrets Exposed!

  • CVS Weekly Ad Coupon Match Up (3/29 – 4/4)

    Olga Mueller
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Deals Valid 3/29 – 4/4 Coupon at CVS & Save! Ready for new deals at CVS? This week, get FREE + Moneymaker Tena liners, Arm & Hammer Spinbrush for $0.99 and a great ExtraBucks deal on select P&G products! M&M’s, 9.9-12.6 oz $3.00 Buy 4, Get $4.00 ExtraBucks, Limit 1 Use $1/1 M&M’s Bag, exp. 5/3/15 (RP 03/22/15 R) [9-oz.+; DND] Or $1.00 off (2) MARS Chocolate M&M’S and others Pay $8.00, Get $4.00 ExtraBucks Final Price: $1.00 each when you buy 4 Easter Mars Chocolate Minis, 9-11.5 oz, Dove Solid Chocolate Bunny, 4.5 oz, Dove Eggs or Promises,…
  • Wegmans Weekly Ad Coupon Match Up (3/29-4/4)

    Samantha Doerfler
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Weekly Ad 3/29-4/4 Big Savings with Double Coupons at Wegmans Wegmans offers savings and service, two great perks of shopping at this store. They still double coupons up to $0.75 and they also offer babysitting, cooking classes and more! Check out the best deals this week. Here are the highlights from the ad- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lb. Coca-cola 12 Packs 4/$12 Red Grapes $1.99/lb. Planter’s Nut-rition $5.99 $1.00 off any ONE (1) PLANTERS NUT•rition Final Cost: $4.99 Dove Fruit Candy $3.49 $1.00 off any ONE (1) DOVE Fruit, 6oz or larger Final Cost: $2.49 Maranatha…
  • Silly Putty Deal at Target- Today Only!

    Samantha Doerfler
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Great Silly Putty Cartwheel offer at Target! Silly Putty Savings! There’s a great deal on Silly Putty at Target and this would make a perfect, non-candy addition to your Easter Basket! I came across this deal which picking up some of my favorite deals from the Target Weekly Ad Match Up so if you are interested, hurry over to your store and grab it before close tonight! My kids love Silly Putty and I am always looking for alternatives to candy for Easter fun. Here’s the deal: Silly Putty (including glow in the dark!) $1.99 (regular price) Buy one, get one 50% off 10% off with…
  • Kroger: Kellogg’s Special K Bars & Brownies just $1.49 w new Printable Coupons!

    Heather Leade
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Stock Up on Special K Snack Bars! Stock up on Special K Bars & Brownies! Kroger’s new Mega Sale allows you to save $5 instantly at checkout when you purchase 10 participating items! Kellogg’s Special K Brownies and Snack Bars are part of this Mega Sale and are just $1.99 after your instant savings. GCN has two new printable coupons for $.50/1 Kellogg’s Special K Brownies and $.50/1 Kellogg’s Special K Snack Bars. You can print your coupons by clicking on the links below. These coupons allow you to score Kellogg’s Special K Bars & Brownies for just $1.49.
  • Kroger: Bob Evans Breakfast Item just $.79 w Coupon!

    Heather Leade
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Save on Breakfast at Kroger! Save on Bob Evans Breakfast Items at Kroger! Kroger has a new Mega Sale going on this week where you can save $5 instantly at checkout when you purchase 10 participating items. Bob Evans breakfast items are part of this Mega Sale and are just $1.79 after your instant savings. You can stack up your savings with a Red Plum coupon for $1/1 Bob Evans Frozen Breakfast products. So, you can score a Bob Evans breakfast item for just $.79. This is quite a savings since this item normally retails for $3.39 at Kroger. Here is your deal: Bob Evans Breakfast Items (14-14.4…
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    Hilah Cooking

  • Natural Easter Egg Dyes

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    Making your own natural Easter egg dyes is not quite as simple as dissolving Paas pellets, but it is much more fun (it also takes longer so if you’re an important business person with a plane to catch, then just get the Paas kit). When you use natural egg dyes made from plants, the colors are somewhat unpredictable. No two eggs ever turn out the exact same shade, but they are always beautiful. Here are instructions to make natural dyes in red, blue, and yellow. By soaking your eggs first in one color, then another, you can then create orange, green and purple eggs. I did a LOT of…
  • Savory Ham and Cheese Waffles

    21 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    I’m a savory breakfast kinda goyl. Give me a bagel over a donut any day of the week and I’ll take my toast with salted butter, please, hold the jam. Because of this preference, I’ve never gotten terribly excited over pancakes or waffles. But ham and cheese waffles? Hot diggity! We had a version of these ham and cheese waffles at a little coffee shop in Edmond, Oklahoma a few weeks back when we were there visiting Chris’s family. They were heavenly. This is my version, using the Cook’s Illustrated yeasted waffles as the base waffle. Vegetarians can omit the…
  • How I started on YouTube, then almost quit, then started again

    14 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    Hello! It’s been a long time. About three months since I posted a new video, and about seven months since we shot a video. Time flies when you’re taking care of a tiny, slug-like baby who depends on you for his very survival! Here’s a video update on what we’ve been up to, the thoughts that have been mulling through my brain since Flint was born, and where we plan to go from here. NEW VIDEOS will be posted every Saturday morning. Highlights include: 0:50 my first YouTube videos 1:50 my first foray into writing scripted comedy 3:12 the indie film Chris and I worked on…
  • Herbed Compound Butter

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Lemon-Scallion Butter Compound butters are one of the easiest, fastest, no-brainiest ways to fancify your life. Just take soft butter, add some fresh or dried herbs, some spices, some salt, some citrus zest, some onion relatives, some garlic, some ginger, some mustard, some miso, really just about any flavors you can imagine, and mash it all up together then put it on top of food. I like to make a compound butter with green onions and lemon to spread on savory waffles. Here is a basic recipe for herbed compound butter. The only thing to be careful of is not to add more than a tablespoon of…
  • Austin Lamb Jam Recap

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:56 am
    I was asked to judge the first annual Austin Lamb Jam on Sunday, sponsored by the American Lamb Board. They’ve been hosting these competitions around the country for the last five years in cities like Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and D.C. but this was the first year they’ve come to Austin. Fifteen restaurants from Austin and one from Dallas competed for best Asian, best Middle Eastern, best Mediterranean and best Latin American recipes with lamb. We judges were to choose one winner from each category, plus one best-in-show. These were my favorites plus a couple runners up.
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    al dente gourmet

  • // 12 Easter Savoury Recipes You Should Want to Know /Borrow! //

    21 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
    Hello Again. Is going to be Easter soon! (Ok. may be you're thinking... Yes, I know, Aldy! And I'm getting pretty anxious (+ I'm struguling) to find some food ideas for this upcoming Easter!) (Wow! Have I just read your mind?!...I bet I did!) Not to worry my friends I bring you some pretty good Easter inspired recipes from some amazing cook+bloggers (cook-bloggers?! can I say cook-bloggers instead of food bloggers?!...Ok.) that you can make and enjoy with your family + friends (and maybe also with some friends of your friends. yes, those unxpected 'amigos' / friends that come with…
  • How To Cheat on Refined Sugar with Raw + Vegan Chocolate Salty Balls // No Bake Treat //

    9 Mar 2015 | 6:42 pm
    The day I decided to change some of my eating habits and stopped eating refined sugar I started looking for natural substitutes for it too. Since then we always joke at home saying that we love cheating on sugar because the natural one taste SO much better! That’s why I choose this title for today’s post. So as you know I first shared why I stopped eating refined sugar here but today I want to share with you a little more about the process on changing from one eating habit to another. Having this experience definitely helped me improve various of those (inexplicable) health challenges I…
  • Roasted Zucchini + Potato + Mint Salad with Yogurt Dressing / Salad / The Answer for Busy Times : Lunch or Dinner?

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:48 am
    I am always finding myself looking for easy lunch ideas to prepare at home! It comes to me naturally and sometimes in the most unpredictable ways possible. Sometimes while having a snack and others while walking by the produce section and looking at all those colourful vegetables and fruits. I guess that’s the way it happens after cooking (and experimenting in the kitchen) every day for breakfast, lunch… and dinner! Or maybe that’s just how it happens when ‘we’ busy parents try to fix our appetite with a satisfying + hearty meal.  Most of the time, I found that having a good…
  • Roasted Spinach + Ricotta Stuffed Bell Peppers ///

    13 Feb 2015 | 12:57 am
    Somehow we always manage to find time to cook together with J. during the weekends. Cooking is the kind of hobby that gives us the opportunity to have a bit of ‘quality time’ with each other. Nothing fancy or complicated, just ‘Lunch together’, chatting, listening some music or simply watching that movie we’ve been planning to watch for a while. Luckily Lia is a great napper, and she loves taking her naps on time! And that’s the moment we snick into the kitchen and start chopping, mixing, boiling, etc. That’s our moment! Sharing the kitchen and cooking together as new parents is…
  • /// Double Berry Chia Smoothie ///

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:38 pm
    We have been going to the strawberry farm a few times this year. Pretty much since the summer started. We love visiting this cute little place! Not only they sell fresh strawberries, but also the most delightful strawberry frozen yogurt I’ve ever tasted. Needless to say, we bring fresh strawberries with us every time we go there. And the first thing we do with these beautiful red, juicy, sweet, mouth-watering berries are ‘Smoothies’, we also use them in our oatmeal, muesli, fruit salads and even savoury salads! But smoothies for me taste a thousand times better with strawberries,…
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    Spicie Foodie ™

  • Mango Lassi with Chia Seeds: Celebrating Mango Season

    Spicie Foodie
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Mango season is in full swing — hurray! Are you a fan of mangos? I’ve always loved them. They are just sweet enough, tender and juicy. They are delectable just raw, blended into drinks or sauces, and baked or prepared into all sorts of sweets. So so good! Last week I bought a few too many kilos from a fruit bender that rides by my house several times a week. When I stopped him he immediately offered me a sample of his gorgeous mangos. I couldn’t refuse and I’m so glad that I didn’t, it was so juicy and delicious. And to top it all off the nice señor gave me a…
  • How to Make a Bland Store-Bought Jar of Green Salsa Taste Better

    Spicie Foodie
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    When it comes to salsa, homemade is always better. But not everyone has fresh Mexican ingredients available to them, so a store-bought jar might be their only option. Or perhaps, some people just don’t have the time that a delicious homemade salsa requires. This article is for all of you that have emailed me asking advice on salsa verde without tomatillos and for the busy cook that wants to get as close as possible to a homemade green salsa. Depending on where you live you may or may not have access to fresh tomatillos, which are the base of salsa verde. If you’re super lucky…
  • The Easiest and Quickest Way to Peel Ginger

    Spicie Foodie
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    I love the taste and smell of fresh ginger root, don’t you? It is an ingredient I always have in my fridge so that when the craving for thai curry or lemon-ginger tea hits me I can quickly get it on the stove. Yes, one could also use dried or ginger powder, but you’d be missing so much flavour. The fresh root packs an intense taste that is spicy and citrus-y, and quite nutritious too. The only downside of working with fresh ginger is that many recipes require that it be peeled before using. But using a vegetable peeler to peel ginger can be tricky because of all the little curves…
  • Five Recipes for a Delicious St. Patrick’s Day

    Spicie Foodie
    14 Mar 2015 | 4:40 am
    We’re only four days away from St. Patrick’s Day, so break out the bottles of Guinness and put on your green coloured clothes. Of course you’re going to need some delicious food to help you celebrate. Here are five recipes to choose from.   Cottage Pie: Often, and incorrectly, called Shepherd’s pie by many, this meat pie is a classic Irish, Scottish, and English dish. It is super easy to prepare and tastes even more delicious the next day. You can prepare it day before and it also freezes well. I like baking it in a baking dish, but for a fun twist I love using…
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  • S’mOreos

    16 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    What are S’mOreos you may ask??? Well, they are just Oreos® + chocolate bar + a big marshmallow = YUMMINESS!!! I have never been a huge fan of smores… I mean I like them and I love chocolate but I have to really be in the mood for them.  Now Oreos®, that’s a completely different story.  I’m a nut for Oreos®! My kids they absolutely LOVE smores.  I actually don’t believe there is a dessert that they wouldn’t eat… HA!  They get that from their momma So I decided to combine my love for all things Oreo with the gooeyness of smores, and BA…
  • Girl Scout Cookie Season!!! #onemorebox

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:51 am
                        Every year if your like my husband and children you wait impatiently for the month of February to roll by because of one thing and one thing only… GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SEASON!!!! I mean its every where you turn little adorable girl scouts asking you to buy some scumpdiliumptious cookies that you know you can only once a year.  I mean I know people who buy tons of boxes and store them in their freezer so they can have them for later in the year. It’s crazy!   But a GREAT crazy!!!! This year I was contacted by the…
  • Bacon wrapped Tater Tot Bombs

    13 Jan 2015 | 3:13 am
    Do you think if you wrap anything in bacon it would taste good??? I mean we’ve tried it with Bacon wrapped BBQ Chicken, Bacon & Cheese Pull-Apart Bread, Chicken Stuffed with Bacon, Feta & Spinach, and of course Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles. I think so… I mean who doesn’t love tater tots?  Brown sugar? and bacon???   These little bite size appetizers are so addicting once you pop one in your mouth 5 minutes later you will see half the bowl finished.   All it is are tater tots wrapped with a small piece of cheese, then wrapped in BACON and rolled in brown…
  • New Year, Better You!

    4 Jan 2015 | 7:06 pm
    As I sit here after having two weeks off of work, spending time with my kiddies and just taking 2014 all in I realize that each and every year I make such a huge deal with resolutions and what I need to change or fix. You all know what I mean, “I need to lose weight, I need to be more active, I need to make more money, I nee to spend more time with my family, I want to strengthen my faith…”  the list is pretty endless actually. Today in church one of our pastors spoke about how a “New Year” so many want a “New You”.  One of the most important things…
  • Happy New Year

    1 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    It’s a brand new year, so many fun and exciting things are ahead.  Trying to remember to cherish every moment with my kids because they are getting too big too fast! Wishing your family a very Happy New Year!  Thank you for taking time out of your day each week to read ThatsSoYummy.  I can’t wait to share so much more with you all this year! Love*Laugh*Live -The Kennedy Family
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  • Arepas de Queso con Huevos Escalfados y Perico

    10 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    I find an excuse to visit the Publix near my mother’s house almost every day that I’m in Miami. And it’s not for the daily free chocolate chip cookie their Danish bakery has for every child (and shameless adult) who asks – though that doesn’t hurt. When every recipe I attempt in New York turns into a scavenger hunt or compromise, I love the everydayness of seeing these things in a large chain grocery store. Most markets have strong Caribbean or Central American sections, but only in Miami do you see Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and the West Indies…
  • Catching Up in Winter

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    It has been a long time since I’ve written one of these catch up posts. It’s probably only because we’re deep into the snow-globe months that I’m able to now.  Seeing the links I’ve flagged over the last few weeks, it’s clear that each one has been an escape from black and white (or blue) days: Since virtual travel is my only option these days, I’ve been spending a lot of time getting lost in Roads & Kingdoms. There’s an amazing scale to the photographs and balance in the stories that’s really lovely.  This Colombia’ Bloom Boom…
  • Mendl’s Courtesans au Chocolat

    23 Feb 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Film was my first love but it was never an easy relationship.  Early prep days were always my favorite time, when you were crewing up and you could anticipate any and all problems – or not.  No one ever sets out to make a less than perfect movie but there are so many elements that can get away from you that it can be a heartbreaking process.  It’s lovely to see good work  rewarded and I’m excited to see friends making movies being honored this weekend.  What’s isn’t so great is not seeing it recognized, and it was equally disappointing to see so many frozen…
  • Pascal’s Manale Bread Pudding

    17 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
    I can’t decide if this post is too early or too late for Mardi Gras.  I’ve always associated bread pudding with Lent for some reason although there is nothing ascetic about pudding drowning in butter and bourbon.  While friends’ feeds filled with street scenes from the parades, I spent Sunday morning, on what felt like the coldest day in Brooklyn, standing over an enormous of red beans with smoked sausage and filling an enormous pan with bread pudding. I picked the recipe up at Pascal’s Manale a couple of years ago.  I’d gone there for the barbecued shrimp but…
  • Dulce de Toronja/Mermelada de Toronja

    12 Feb 2015 | 10:33 am
    Winter may feel endless just now but the season for red pomelos is way too short.  Only a few markets in my neighborhood carry them  and I all but missed them last year.  Sweeter than other varieties with a thick white pitch or albedo, pomelos are perfect for making dulce de toronja and I‘d been waiting all year for them to come back around. It was a strange choice for me because dulce de toronja was one of those nostalgic desserts that I had zero nostalgia for.  I reconsidered when it kept coming up as a favorite that people didn’t make much anymore.   It’s called…
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    Chef In You

  • Paneer Pakoda w/ Ketchup Chutney

    9 Mar 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble My family is a tea time lover. We love our snacks especially the crunchy types. Indian snacks are the most requested kind. Om podi, Onion Pakoras, Ribbon Pakoda, Khaman Dhokla, Sabudana Vada, Idli finger fries…I guess you get the idea. The list goes on with few other non Indian snacks as well. But I think hands down Paneer Pakoras is number 1 on both my husband’s and boy’s list. Well, they love their Paneer! Homemade or store bought Indian unaged Farmer’s Cheese (Paneer) are  sliced into bite sized pieces and dipped in a seasoned…
  • Egg Bhurji Pav

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble In my house, we all eat the same thing except when it comes to dishes heavy on eggs. I haven’t been able to eat eggs ever since I can remember which is, well honestly, my one big regret. The nutrition, the ease of preparation, the versatility, the quickness of cooking that eggs offer is unbeatable. I usually cook palate blind when it comes to eggs and have used various inputs from the dudes to make dishes for them. This particular dish is my family’s favorite. My normal way of making this would be to saute (abundant) veggies first, remove my portion…
  • Classic Banana Bread

    7 Feb 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble How many banana based breads can you possibly make? Quite a lot, as it turns out! On my last count, there were possibly more than 40 banana recipes that I have feasted my eyes on. So many recipes, so little time :)  Well – what can I say, I love Bananas :). I have posted quite a number of banana breads in this site already but had to post another one, ‘cos guessed right  “Its my current favorite”. I buy 2 bunches of banana every week since its used to make smoothies a lot in our house. But at times, as it happens with…
  • Edamame Fried Rice

    4 Feb 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble In my quest to make filling yet nutritious meals, I have managed to collect abundant ideas from internet, cookbooks and magazines that’s fabulous and yet budget friendly. Some I have adapted to suit our needs, few others used as a base for my own creation and rest made exactly the same way since they were just perfect for us. The senior needs variety with emphasis on protein while the junior needs nutrition from various sources with emphasis on calories. I need variety, period. So, no points of guessing who gets bored with the same menu in my house This…
  • Cream Cheese Wontons (Rangoons)

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Email Print Share Tweet Stumble Coming up with different recipes to please my “little highness” seems to be my day time job last few months. As long as I can get away with my own nuances, I am game – of course! At this stage of his life, my little dude needs cartloads of calories. He burns calories like I burn through my monthly budget; Pooof! and its all gone before I know it. Given my interest with DIY projects (as much as time allows me), I seem to be doing just that last few months – making something or the other from scratch. But time and energy eludes me more…
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    Authentic Greek Recipes

  • 4 Greek Spoon Sweets

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:11 am
    It's common practice in Greece if you visit someone during the day or early evening, to be offered a spoon sweet, or 'gliko koutaliou'. This is a sweet made from fruit and kept in a jar, to be served on a sweet dish (preferably glass) whenever someone comes.These are 4 recipes for you to try.Apple Spoon SweetGrape Spoon Sweet Orange Spoon SweetQuince Spoon SweetEat and Enjoy!ca-pub-5932202259726035
  • Greek Recipe Index

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:59 am
    Just a reminder that you can take a look at our Recipe Index to see at a glance all the Greek recipes on our blog (over 150) and go directly to your choice. Just click here or click the tab at the top of the page.Enjoy!ca-pub-5932202259726035
  • 7 Greek Clean Monday Recipes

    21 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
    In 2 days time it is Clean Monday in Greece. This is the start of the Lent period before Easter and there are several traditional dishes that are eaten on this day. Below, you'll find 7 of them. Just click on the links to go to the recipes. Kala Koulouma!Taramosalata Greek Pickles (Toursi)Lagana Bread Butter Beans Plaki (Gigantes)Fried Squid (Kalamari)Stuffed Squid (Kalamarakia Gemista)Cuttlefish with Spinach (Soopyes me Spanaki)Eat and Enjoy!ca-pub-5932202259726035
  • 25 Most Popular Greek Recipes In 2014

    6 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    This is a look back at 2014 and the most popular recipes on our blog over the last 12 months. Thank you all for checking them out - we hope you enjoyed those that you tried. The recipes are listed in ascending order of popularity, with Tzatziki being the No.1.How many of these did you try this year - and how many are you going to try in 2015? 25.  Avgolemono SoupAvgolemono is a Greek egg and lemon juice mixture - avgomeaning egg and lemoni meaning lemon. The soup is made with this juice added to chicken and rice and, as well as being tasty, is also very healthy. 24. …
  • Happy New Year!

    31 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
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    Awesome Cuisine

  • Homemade Wheat Halwa

    Arthi Balaji
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:07 am
    This homemade Wheat Halwa (Tirunelveli Halwa) is one of the most popular halwa varieties in South India, especially in Tamilnadu. This traditional halwa is made using flour, sugar and ghee. Often made during special occasions and festivals, the halwa makes a delicious dessert for any meal. Ingredients: Wheat Flour – 1 cup Sugar – 1 […]
  • Roasted Vegetable Pizza

    Praveen Kumar
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:29 pm
    A simple recipe for delicious homemade roasted vegetable pizza. Add or remove vegetables as desired. Ingredients: Readymade 12″ Pizza Base – 1 (You can also use the Pizza Dough recipe here or here to make one) Brinjal – 1/4 cup, sliced Zucchini – 1/4 cup, sliced Capsicum – 1/4 cup, sliced Onions – 1/4 cup, […]
  • Strawberry Bruschetta

    Praveen Kumar
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:49 am
    A great party snack or a weekend breakfast idea. Simple and easy to make. Ingredients: French Baguette (or Crusty Bread) – 1 Strawberries – 1 cup, sliced Olive Oil – 3 tsp Basil Leaves – big handful, chopped Cheese – 200 gms Method: 1. Slice the baguette into medium sized pieces. 2. Brush them with […]
  • Kovakkai Pickle

    Praveen Kumar
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:23 am
    Kovakkai (Ivy Gourd/Tindora) is a popular vegetable in South India and has numerous medicinal properties. Ingredients: Kovakkai (Ivy Gourd / Tindora) – 500 gms Tomatoes – 250 gms Green Chillies – 5 to 6 Gingelly Oil – 2 tblsp Cumin Powder – 2 tblsp Fenugreek Seeds – 1 tblsp Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp Lemons […]
  • Moong Dal Chaat

    Praveen Kumar
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:29 pm
    A nutritious, healthy afterschool snack for kids or even can be packed as a school snack. Ingredients: Moong Dal – 2 cups Salt as per taste Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 to 2 tsp Oil as required Onions – 1/2 cup, finely chopped Green Capsicum – 2 tblsp, chopped (optional) Tomatoes – 1/4 cup, finely […]
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  • Avocado and Tomato Salad With Sunflower Seeds

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:49 pm
    I have some big, exciting news! For the next few months I’ll be working with the California Avocado Commission and posting at least 1 avocado idea a month now through October. However, when someone sends you this many avocados how do you not eat them every day? So even though I’m only required to post one recipe a month you may be bombarded with more because I blog what I’m eating, and I’m going to be eating a LOT of avocados. The [...]
  • Banana-Flax Breakfast Cake

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    After Ryan declared his love of banana bread I decided I would start to experiment with a new homemade version. You guys know me, I love seeing how many healthy things I can squish into the things my kids will actually eat, like pancakes. With a few overripe bananas in hand I went to work, never thinking I would actually succeed on the first try. When I tasted the final product I thought, hmmm, good… not great. I’ll change a [...]
  • Black Bean and Beet Burgers

    21 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    Last week I bought a few fresh beets just ’cause. I like reacting to what’s in season and on sale at the grocery store because it forces me to think outside the box a bit. And that’s exactly what happened with these beets. I was trying to figure out a fun lunch when I spied them in the produce drawer. I didn’t want to roast them so the first thing that popped into my head was the mandoline. Maybe a fun salad with [...]
  • Overnight Kale and Blueberry Salad With Feta and Sunflower Seeds

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    I’m happy to announce this shall be my last phone-photographed post! I splurged and got a new camera! It’s a Nikon D5300 and I LOVE it. I had a Canon before so I’m still learning the controls. I do miss the set-up of my Canon Rebel but this baby has WiFi and it’s really awesome. I’m going to take the leap and get a macro lens for it so I can take better close-ups. I said that when I bought my first dSLR [...]
  • Mushroom and Zucchini Soup With Northern Beans

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    The inspiration for this soup came from the strangest place. A few weeks ago I was helping my mom at a hospital and I grabbed a quick lunch in the cafeteria. They had a “mozzarella soup,” which was basically a thick broth-based soup full of veggies that you would top with cheese. I fell in love with it. The soup base was a wonderful combination of mushrooms, zucchini and white beans. It totally hit the spot with or without the cheese. [...]
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    Sreelus Tasty Travels

  • Coriander, Coconut Masala Quinoa - Oh No, Not Your Traditional Coconut Rice

    11 Mar 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Coriander, Coconut Masala Quinoa - Oh No, Not Your Traditional Coconut RiceFood fads come and fads go, one day there is research showing the benefits and the very next day there is research showing just the opposite. Off late with so much information available online it gets even confusing and harder to make the right choice, point in case is today's ingredient. Once upon a time eating coconut was deems extremely dangerous, cholesterol causing, fattening etc etc.. today suddenly there are so many studies suggesting its benefits. Go to any organic/ Whole food you would find tons of offerings…
  • Avocado Taco's

    17 Feb 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Avocado Taco's When I first moved to US almost couple of decades ago, it truly was a cultural shock. Unlike today where every component of living can be mapped with the help of technology and social media, it was learning and adjusting every day. For the first couple of months every day was a something first, my first ride in train, my first library card, my first attempt at driving test( no guesses for how many times I had to take a test to get my license). Thinking back and reminiscing  “Everything First” days makes me so nostalgic, those days were filled with either/or…
  • Flaky, Utterly Buttery, Delicious And Super Easy Cinnamon Rolls

    10 Feb 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Flaky, Utterly Buttery, Delicious And Super Easy Cinnamon Rolls We like many other families in the valley are always on the go. There is always a deadline looming, always some  project due, some exam to prepare and always, always a never ending task list. If you have lived in the bay area and are raising kids I see you nodding in harmony. As crazy and quick the weekdays passes by our family over the years have developed a Sunday morning ritual.Usually or most Sunday mornings, all four of us head to our local bakery for breakfast. Its the usual for me and my husband, coffee and bagel…
  • Oats Dosa - Oats Adai - Oats & Lentils Crepe - Protein Rich & Guilt Free

    20 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Oats Dosa - Oats Adai - Protein Rich & Guilt FreeHappy New Year dear readers, I know I am tad late but its the thought that counts, right !!.  Had a blessed vacation end of last year and I am all geared up for the year this is going to be. Last year was a year of change on multiple levels, loved every bit of it the challenges and the rewards. Like every year my resolutions stay the same, eat healthy, exercise often, stay positive and let go of negative energy and people that come with it and yes loose those last ten pounds haha. But on a serious note this year unlike others I want to…
  • Easiest pickled Radishes ever, makes for delicious and tangy side

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:43 pm
    It is Thanksgiving already, truly grateful for my family and friends, and many countless blessings showered.  Radishes are in season during the cold weather. Growing up my grandmom would make pickled Radishes all through the winter season. It was relished along with hot rice or soft roties. She made them everyday when in season. Making them brought back so many memories of her and my childhood, the power of food.Today's version of mine is slightly enhanced from what I was used to growing up.Ingredients2~3 cups of cubed Radish2~3 Thai chilies sliced thinly1 tsp grated ginger (optionally)2…
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    Teenie Cakes

  • Individual and Mini Apple and Cream Cheese Pies

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Isn’t it always the right time for a slice of homemade pie? Although I missed pie day this month (March 14th = 3.14 = π), I’m still managing my fair share of pies these days. I’ve been testing out pies…starting with these individual and mini apple and cream cheese pies… Continue reading: Individual and Mini Apple and Cream Cheese Pies. Breakfast & Brunch, Cookies & Treats, Desserts, fall, Food Gifts, Fruit Desserts, spring, summer, winter © & ©Cristina A-Moore 2015
  • Citrus-EVOO Spring Salad Mix w/Kale Sprouts, Ojai Pixies & Sugared Pistachios

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:38 pm
    A Citrus-EVOO Spring Salad Mix w/Kale Sprouts, Ojai Pixies® & Sugared Pistachios – A tasty, pretty salad that packs a punch of nutrients featuring kale sprouts with an ever-so-light dressing using juice from a sweet tangerine and some good ol’ extra-virgin olive oil. Continue reading: Citrus-EVOO Spring Salad Mix w/Kale Sprouts, Ojai Pixies & Sugared Pistachios. Main Dishes, Side Dishes, spring, summer, Vegetarian, winter © & ©Cristina A-Moore 2015
  • Behind the Lens – Shades Of Grey

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Even a photographer’s test shots can inspire further exploration… Continue reading: Behind the Lens – Shades Of Grey. Photography & Food In Focus © & ©Cristina A-Moore 2015
  • Salad, Vegetable or Pasta Topper – Roasted Parmesan Kale Sprouts

    21 Mar 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Earlier this week I shared an ingredient spotlight on TC, featuring the novel, nutritious and beautiful kale sprout. Let’s roast these little guys for a quick and versatile side, nibble or better yet – a topping for meals that include pasta, vegetables or salads. Continue reading: Salad, Vegetable or Pasta Topper – Roasted Parmesan Kale Sprouts. Appetizers, Small Plates & Snacks, Dressings, Condiments & Jams, Side Dishes © & ©Cristina A-Moore 2015
  • What I’m Reading: “Lighten up, y’all” Cookbook – Baked Zucchini Crisps

    19 Mar 2015 | 11:58 pm
    A much better and healthier version of zucchini chips that’s baked to a crisp instead of fried. You’ll be surprised after handling a few that there’s no greasy residue on your fingers because no oil was used! Continue reading: What I’m Reading: “Lighten up, y’all” Cookbook – Baked Zucchini Crisps. Appetizers, Small Plates & Snacks, Publications & Reviews, Side Dishes, Vegetarian © & ©Cristina A-Moore 2015
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  • Best Xiao Long Bao in San Francisco
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    We love Xiao Long Bao aka Shanghai Steamed dumplings and have eaten all over the world seeking the best. Here is our current list for Best Xiao Long Bao in San Francisco and Best Xiao Long Bao in the World. Best Xiao Long Bao in the World Din Tai Fung, Taipei 101 It is hard […] This post originally from Best Xiao Long Bao in San Francisco Related posts: Din Tai Fung Restaurant Review, Shanghai Din Tai Fung, Taipei 101, Taiwan Fu Chun, Shanghai
  • MGM Macau Rossio Buffet, Macau
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    250lb Wagyu beef roast? Why did we dine here? – MGM Macau Rossio Buffet is the main buffet at this huge resort in Macau. Macau is China’s Las Vegas, and generates $44 billion in gambling revenue in 2014, compared to $6 billion in Las Vegas. Clearly Macau has become the biggest gambling area around. We […] This post originally from MGM Macau Rossio Buffet, Macau Related posts: Shangri-La Li Cafe Buffet Restaurant Review, Guilin, China St. Regis Boneka Sunday Brunch Buffet, Bali Whisk Sunday Brunch Buffet, Hong Kong
  • Moonstar Buffet Review, Daly City
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Moonstar is a higher end Asian Buffet in Daly City, a short distance from the Serramonte shopping center, and almost next door to Chinese food Mecca, Koi Palace.  They used to have a location in San Francisco, but it closed years ago. Todai pioneered the idea of charging more and serving sushi, sashimi, etc a […] This post originally from Moonstar Buffet Review, Daly City Related posts: KOME Buffet Restaurant Review, Daly City Koi Palace Dim Sum Daly City Review Hokkaido Seafood Buffet Review, San Mateo
  • Jia Jia Tang Bao Review, Shanghai
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Best xiao long bao in Shanghai? Jia Jia Tang Bao (佳家汤包) is a small but popular Shanghai steamed dumpling or Xiaolongbao shop in Shanghai. Our first visit was in 2010, our last in late 2014. In 4 years, the facade outside has improved, but we swear the interior is exactly the same. Jia Jia has […] This post originally from Jia Jia Tang Bao Review, Shanghai Related posts: Yang’s Dumpling, Shanghai Din Tai Fung Restaurant Review, Shanghai Fu Chun, Shanghai
  • Fu Chun, Shanghai
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Why did we dine here? – Fu Chun is well known as one of the most authentic Xiao long Bao restaurants in Shanghai. They have been in existence for many decades. They have many locations around the city, (10 stores, mostly in shopping centers) we chose the one that was the closest to our hotel […] This post originally from Fu Chun, Shanghai Related posts: Da Chun, Shanghai Yang’s Dumpling, Shanghai Din Tai Fung Restaurant Review, Shanghai
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    Under the Table with Jen

  • Holla for a Dolla Oyster

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    If you have your priorities straight, there’s nothing you like better in this life than an oyster, except for a dollar oyster. Speaking of which, if you need a Saturday night infusion of budget-friendly bivalves and seriously generous cava pours, Broder Nord is your happy place. Every Saturday night from 5pm until 9pm or until they run out, beautiful Hama Hama oysters on the half shell are but a dollar each. Don’t dally about getting there either, because dollar oysters are a hot commodity. We arrived at 5:15 and barely got the last couple of bar seats, and when we left at…
  • PPS Raclette

    1 Feb 2015 | 9:54 am
    This year, one of our Portland Picnic Society resolutions was to picnic faithfully each and every month, foul weather be damned. And so, last week, we all gathered indoors for a raclette picnic worshipping that greatest of winter warmers–melted cheese. Not only is raclette the ultimate crowd pleaser (unless of course it’s a crowd of vegans or the lactose intolerant), it’s ridiculously easy. You do need a raclette machine, and if you can’t get your hands on one like cheesemonger supreme Steve Jones has, get one like ours. They’re about $100 and totally worth it—you will…
  • 9-Brunch Bender

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:36 pm
    If you’re my Instafriend, then you already know my big New Year’s resolution for 2015—to eat more nachos. Other than that, I resolved to: keep the spout on the Sriracha bottle clean, try a new kind of chocolate bar every week, and catch up on all the new brunches around town. I’ve been working diligently on that last one, so here are nine new ways to pack on the weekend morning calories, which will give you extra incentive to keep any New Year’s resolutions involving gyms, yoga or Prancercise. Try them one by one, or if you resolved to be more excessive this year, go on an…
  • A Weekend in Victoria

    9 Jan 2015 | 5:29 pm
    I have always wanted to visit Victoria BC at Christmastime, and while Santa sure wasn’t listening when I asked for a third Cacao shop right next door to my house or when I asked for a magical Brita that turns tap water into grower champagne, I guess he was awake for the Victoria request, because that is where I spent Christmas week this year. Every morning we got up at the crack of dawn and then spent the entire day eating and drinking, with the occasional detour to see some notable non-edible sights like Craigdarroch Castle and The Butchart Gardens and the flocks of preening peacocks…
  • Razzle Dazzle Duck

    4 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    I’m all for Christmas gifts that you can pluck from under the tree, shake, sniff, squeeze, painstakingly open and then reseal, etc., but experience gifts are great too, and you’ll never catch anybody opening them a week early at 2am, ostensibly under the influence of boozy eggnog. So here’s one for the Experience Gift list—Departure’s December-only holiday Peking duck extravaganza. Michelle and I had an extra hour or so last night before our reservation (definitely make a reservation, and specifically request the duck because there are a limited amount and they sell out), so we…
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    The Bon Vivant Journal

  • The Best Male Grooming Salons in London

    Emyr Thomas
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:25 am
    The modern gent needs to do a fair amount of grooming these days – whether you want a haircut in luxurious surroundings or need full body treatments from head to toe, read our guide to the best men’s grooming salons in London. The Refinery, Mayfair With two prime locations, one directly opposite Claridge’s in Mayfair and another outpost in Harrods, The Refinery offers a full male spa and salon experience – from haircuts and shaves to facials and full body treatments. Your one-stop shop for all your grooming needs, and you can even take home The Refinery’s own branded…
  • L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, London

    Frances Cottrell
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:28 am
    This restaurant, slap bang in the centre of theatreland is a striking venue set over three floors in the West End. The style is contemporary, seasonal and achingly French, reflected in everything from the design, the service, menus and of course, the Montpelier born Head Chef, Xavier Boyer. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon is part of the largest luxury restaurant group in the world, with the Chef at the very top having received more than 23 Michelin stars, more than any other chef on record. We were invited to lunch and chose the kitchen counter on the ground floor where we overlooked a fleet of…
  • The Best Hotel Bars in London

    Emyr Thomas
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:53 am
    The Coburg Bar The warmth and intimacy of the Coburg Bar at The Connaught make it a wonderful place to relax after a day at the office or shopping. Relax in one of the wing-back chairs next to the open fire and take in the beauty of the room. If you’re more in the mood for an an upbeat glamorous evening with friends, walk a few yards to the back of the hotel to The Connaught Bar and order one of their signature martinis. Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London The Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London just oozes comfort and elegance, with the huge open fireplace at one end creating a dramatic focal…
  • Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall

    Emyr Thomas
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    Probably best known for its nautical history as Germany’s largest port and, perhaps as a result, its red light district (the Reeperbahn – only the brave should enter at night), Germany’s second largest city is also very pretty. With over 2400 bridges (more than Amsterdam and Venice combined), you are never far from a stream, canal or river, which makes it a very pleasant city to see on foot. The Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall is on the edge of one such canal, an eight-story modern building that looks rather uninspiring from the outside, but comes into its own inside with clean, geometric…
  • Toto’s Restaurant Review – Neighbourhood Italian in Knightsbridge

    11 Mar 2015 | 12:49 am
    “We are a neighbourhood restaurant – the majority of our clients are regulars who live in the area,” the restaurant manager Graziano says as we sit down for dinner at Toto’s restaurant in Knightsbridge. As if to prove his point, an elderly gentleman and a small dog arrive and are allowed to settle at a table near us. I’m impressed by this as pets are rarely permitted in the dining areas of gastropubs or bars, let alone a fine dining restaurant. “There’s another, very big dog at the bar,” our waiter emphasises their animal friendly policy. Named after the legendary Italian…
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    Dine and Dish

  • Easy Black Beans and Rice Recipe

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    This easy Black Beans and Rice Recipe is full of flavor thanks to Bush’s Black Beans in Mild Chili Sauce. Eat it alone, as burrito bowl or filling for a tortilla wrap.  Do you ever think about what your last meal request would be? I’ve eaten some incredible food in my lifetime, but I think for my very last meal I’d go with anything I can get at Chipotle. I especially love their Chicken Burrito Bowls, with black beans and rice, lettuce, cheese and sour cream. I think if I had a Chipotle burrito bowl before I died, I’d die happy! We don’t have a Chipotle too…
  • What I Learned About Happiness on a Princess Cruise

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    While on a recent 7-day cruise with Princess Cruises, I learned a thing or two about happiness. Here’s what I discovered! I recently returned from a glorious 7 day cruise aboard the amazing Regal Princess ship. I’ve always been a fan of cruising and really believe it is the best way to vacation! With that being said, I noticed something while I was on my 7 day vacation… I was extremely happy. I know what you are thinking…”Well, duh, Kristen. Of course you were happy… you were on a CRUISE vacation, spending time in the sunshine, eating amazing food, and…
  • Easy Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Let’s do brunch with this Easy Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce recipe! I have always been a morning person…even as a teenager I never was one to sleep until noon, or even need my parents to wake me up for school. My internal alarm clock has always been set bright and early. As a mom now, especially, as much as I treasure a good nights sleep, I love getting up before the rest of the family gets up for my “happy hour“. My brain is definitely the most functional in the mornings…any good ideas I’m going to have typically happen in the morning. Which, makes…
  • Strawberry Yummy Pie Recipe for Pi Day

    12 Mar 2015 | 3:24 pm
    An old family recipe is turned into a delicious “Strawberry Yummy Pie” with a tender and flaky Crisco crust. Strawberry Pie is ideal for celebrating Pi Day! Plus a pie bakers kit giveaway you won’t want to miss! Unless you’ve lived under a rock this past week, you probably are aware that a most important holiday is coming up. No, I’m not talking about St Patrick’s Day, which yes…this Irish family thinks is pretty important. I’m talking about Pi Day on 3.14. Being the good food blogger that I am, I’m joining all the other foodies out there…
  • The Chopped Podcast – The Pursuit of Happiness

    11 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Hi friends! I thought I’d share that my friend Marly from Namely Marly has a fairly new (and awesome) podcast called The Chopped Podcast. She invited me to be a guest on her show and that episode is now live. If your curious about how I started Dine & Dish 8 1/2 years ago, what stupid things I said to Adam Levine when I met him last summer and how I attempt to focus on happiness in life and blogging, I’d love for you to take a listen. There’s that and so much more! You can find the podcast by clicking here. Marly is a natural at this whole podcast thing. If you love…
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  • The New Face of Chinese Dining in the United States

    David R. Chan
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Photo by Jen For 160 years, Chinese food in the United States was molded by local Chinatowns and Chinese-American communities. In restaurants serving authentic food to the local Chinese-American clientele and non-Chinese wanting to experience true Chinese cuisine, the food was prepared by immigrants and their progeny with established roots in the United States. While many of the earliest Chinese immigrants arrived as sojourners, intending to return home to China after a relatively brief period of time in America, most stayed, and as a group became a continuous part of the American fabric. But…
  • 5 Hidden Sources of Gluten to Avoid When Dining Out

    Justina Huddleston
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    When you have a gluten sensitivity, sometimes dining out feels like no fun. Even less fun? Accidentally eating gluten and feeling like garbage later because of it. When in doubt, ask your server about how your food is prepared. Make things even easier on yourself by heading to the restaurant knowing these unlikely places gluten might be hiding in your next meal. Sushi Photo by Sea-Turtle Most soy sauce contains wheat. This can make Asian dining in general tricky – teriyaki, hoisin, and even miso usually contain gluten. But at your local sushi joint, there’s another culprit to…
  • Wine Ratings: Why the Points Don’t Matter

    Madeline Blasberg
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Photo by Thomas Hawk The 100-point wine rating system has become the Rosetta stone of the wine world – translating wine into quality and value terms that consumers around the world can easily understand. While the system may be helpful and certainly succeeds in driving wine sales, it does have a number of pitfalls that wine lovers need to be aware of if they hope to make smart buying decisions. Wine ratings weren’t always the industry standard that they are today. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1980s that Robert Parker, arguably the most influential wine critic alive, decided to change…
  • 26 Crazy Bloody Marys, from A to Z

    Kim Kohatsu
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Bloody marys are my favorite. They’re the perfect excuse to drink in the morning and not prompt your family to convene an intervention. Plus, you get to snack on cured meats and pickled veggies while you do. I sought out some of the craziest, over-the-top, most Leaning Tower of Pisa-esque bloody mary garnishes out there. Then I decided to alphabetize the list because amidst all this chaos, I believe a little order is called for, don’t you? Good. Then let’s proceed. Asparagus Photo by Sara Norris, Thrillist Pickled asparagus is actually pretty standard as far as bloody mary…
  • McDonald’s, Competitors Take Different Approaches to Increase U.S. Business

    Nevin Barich
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s McDonald’s versus the world! OK, not exactly. It’s more like McDonald’s versus other major fast-food burger chains. But both sides have taken decidedly different approaches in their advertising recently to drum up more U.S. business. McDonald’s competitors such as Wendy’s and Carl’s Jr. continue to take the approach of coming up with items meant to target millennials, long considered to be the next major revenue stream for the foodservice industry at large and a consumer group considered to be more health conscious and focused on better-quality items. Carl’s Jr., for…
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    5 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    Winter has finally arrived in Summit County. I have to say, those days of 40+ degrees were pretty nice. Luckily I leave for my trip to Panama in less than a month! F