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  • Eleanor Roosevelt’s 1 Small Secret to Success

    Simply Stated Blogs
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 9 Beautiful and Unbreakable Serving Pieces 16 Tips for an Effortless Outdoor Party Wedding Flower FinderFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Ten Things You Should Never Serve At A Dinner Party

    Amateur Gourmet
    Adam Roberts
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Let me begin by saying that anyone who invites you over for dinner is doing you a favor. Without question, hosting dinner is hard work–the shopping, the prepping, the actual cooking, plus the cleaning–and anyone who takes it upon themselves to do all of that for you deserves your gratitude. That said, sometimes somebody invites you over for dinner and then serves a meal that feels a bit, well, punishing. Often it has nothing to do with the cooking skills involved; usually it has a lot more to do with the recipe choice. Which is why I’ve decided to compile a list of ten…
  • 1 Sentence to Inspire Greatness

    Simply Stated Blogs
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 23 Healthy Recipes With Whole Grains The Best Stain Removers for Your Home 10 Sneaky Beauty Secrets Only the Pros KnowFiled under: Daily Thought
  • brownie ice cream sandwiches

    smitten kitchen
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Within reason, I think if you’re craving something, you should go for it, although this theory is mostly born of my own poor logic. I’ve all too many times craved, say, a brownie but thought I shouldn’t eat a brownie and so instead snacked on (just for a completely random example) 12 almonds, 1 slice of cheese, half an apple, 1 banana and then, oops, a handful of chocolate chips, amounting roughly 3x the calories of a brownie, a brownie that I craved exactly as much as I did 500 calories ago. And so, when I really want a brownie, I make my favorite brownies and we each eat…
  • Perfect Summer Lunch Latest Features
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Nine gorgeous mason jar salads to make and take with you for lunch next week
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    Amateur Gourmet

  • Ten Things You Should Never Serve At A Dinner Party

    Adam Roberts
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Let me begin by saying that anyone who invites you over for dinner is doing you a favor. Without question, hosting dinner is hard work–the shopping, the prepping, the actual cooking, plus the cleaning–and anyone who takes it upon themselves to do all of that for you deserves your gratitude. That said, sometimes somebody invites you over for dinner and then serves a meal that feels a bit, well, punishing. Often it has nothing to do with the cooking skills involved; usually it has a lot more to do with the recipe choice. Which is why I’ve decided to compile a list of ten…
  • Summertime Pasta with Squash and Corn

    Adam Roberts
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Looks can be deceiving. For example, the picture you see above probably looks pretty good, but not the kind of thing you’re going to e-mail to all of your friends with the subject “!!!!” and the message, “OH MY GOD WE HAVE TO MAKE THIS.” That’s a shame because, the thing is, if you could taste a bite of the picture above, fresh out of the pan, exploding with sweet corn flavor, given depth by nicely browned squash, married all together with a pat of butter, you’d be doing cartwheels down the street, eager to get all of the ingredients to make this…
  • Rainbow Cookie Cake

    Adam Roberts
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    My mom knows the key to my heart and every time I come home to visit her in Boca it’s waiting there in the refrigerator; a plastic container of my favorite cookies of all time, rainbow cookies, purchased from Bagels With just down the street. They’re not really cookies, more like squares of almond-flavored sheet cake with multi-colored layers, slathered with jam, the whole thing covered in chocolate. I’ve blogged about rainbow cookies before (here and here) but weirdly, I’d never made them. Then, this past weekend, I was having some friends over for their birthdays…
  • Clams with White Wine, Sweet Corn, and Basil

    Adam Roberts
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    If you were to do a graph–and I’m not a graph person, so you’d have to help me out here–measuring the effort you put into a dinner vs. the pleasure you get from eating it, chances are there’d be a real corollary between the work put it in and the pleasure received (see, for example, lamb merguez with eggplant jam). Every so often, though, there’s an outlier: a recipe that’s so incredibly easy, so simple to put together, it doesn’t make sense that the results should taste as good as they do, but they do. And I’d wager that of all the…
  • Quick-Brined Pork Chops with Pan-Fried Cauliflower

    Adam Roberts
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    For the past few months, I’ve been buying kosher chicken breasts from Trader Joe’s not because I prefer kosher chicken breasts but because Trader Joe’s is underneath my gym and it’s way easier to grab chicken there than to make an extra stop on my way home. The problem with this is that kosher chicken breasts are brined in salt water and, as a result, they’ve spoiled Craig for more ethical, more sustainable chicken from our local butchers. I know this because I recently bought chicken from one of them, sprinkled it with salt, and cooked it and though Craig…
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    Steamy Kitchen: recipes and cooking

  • Grow: Aquaponic Strawberry Runners

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    This is just a quick fun little “how to” post on how we are propagating strawberry runners in our aquaponics garden. This method will also work well in a hydroponic system as well. Surprisingly simple, effective and inexpensive method makes quick work of expanding your strawberry patch or replacing older plants. we obviously need to expand the number of strawberry plants we have because not one Strawberry made it in to the Steamy Kitchen this year. Seems our youngest was always snacking on them straight from the plant. Traditionally runners are started by placing the new runner…
  • Giveaway: iPad Mini

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Continuing our tech week of giveaways we are adding our favorite giveaway – iPad mini.   This giveaway is sponsored by me Steamy Kitchen – see all those lovely ads to the right? That’s what pays for the iPads that I give away, so I’m happy to do it. Thank you advertisers! Thank you Steamy Kitchen visitors! The last iPad Mini was won by Barbara Hickey! Congrats Barbara! Here’s the entire list of winners from all the giveaways we’ve had. Good luck to you! ~Jaden Enter the iPad Mini Giveaway Just fill out the entry form below! ©Steamy Kitchen Recipes,…
  • Giveaway: KoolPuck Wireless Charger

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    We are giving away the iPhone iQi charger set in another giveaway, but I wanted to give everyone the chance to win the KoolPuck charger for any other compatible device you might have. For my Galaxy phone I had to purchase the wireless receiver picture below for about $10. Some tablets like the Nexus have built in QI charging already. Check with your device if it is QI charging compatible.   Qi-compatible, works with most devices including Google Nexus & Samsung phones (with receivers), iPhone (with receivers) Unique Low Temperature Charging Technology. Only 69.5mm diameter which is…
  • Giveaway: iQi iPhone charger and KoolPuck

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
      With all the iPhones, tablets and other things that require charging around our house it’s finally nice to find a solution that allows different devices to charge in one spot. For Jaden’s iPhone we are using a iQi Mobile charging card that slips easily between the back of your iPhone and your favorite case. Then all she needs to do is set the phone on the KoolPuck Qi charging base and the phone charges without using wires. Super Cool!   Qi-compatible, works with most devices including Google Nexus & Samsung phones (with receivers), iPhone (with receivers) Unique…
  • Mom’s Chinese Chicken Soup

    Andrew Hair
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    Hi! I’m Andrew Hair, the older brother. I just turned 11 years old last week and my Mom asked me to pick a recipe to make for you. I chose Mom’s Chinese Chicken Soup. Actually, to tell you the truth, it’s Po-Po’s (grandma) Chinese Chicken Soup. I don’t know why my Mom took credit for it. HAHA. I like this soup because it tastes yummy, it’s clear, there’s no vegetables and it reminds me of Po-Po. The difference between Po-Po’s version and Mom’s version is that Po-Po likes to use chopped, itsy-bitsy green onion to garnish. Mom likes to use…
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    Rasa Malaysia: Easy Asian Recipes

  • Gourmesso Coffee Giveaway

    Rasa Malaysia
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    I am partnering with my friends at Gourmesso to give away 5 boxes of Gourmesso’s Nespresso compatible capsules (50 capsules total). There will be one (1) winner whom will receive five (5) boxes of Gourmesso’s Nespresso compatible capsules in the flavors of their choice. The total suggested retail price of the prize is US$30. Gourmesso is the premium online retailer of Nespresso alternative coffee capsules, founded in February 2013 by serial entrepreneurs and passionate coffee lovers. The foundation of Gourmesso’s success is the unique combinations of high quality coffee, made of…
  • Best Nutella Recipes

    Rasa Malaysia
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Here are a collection of the best Nutella recipes on Rasa Malaysia. Dig in, have a piece, or two, and enjoy!  Nutella Cheesecake Recipe by Nigella Lawson. Click here for recipe. Nutella Cheesecake Bars. Click here for recipe. Nutella Banana Bread. Click here for recipe. Mini Nutella Cheesecake. Click here for recipe. Nutella Swirls Pound Cake. Click here for recipe. Nutella Truffles. Click here for recipe. Nutella Croissant. Click here for recipe.
  • Kimchi Dumplings

    Rasa Malaysia
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:46 am
    I love all sorts of dumplings: boiled, steamed, and pot stickers. Just about any dumplings would make my stomach happy. Last week, I was craving for some dumplings and decided to make some kimchi dumplings, using the leftover kimchi in my fridge. Oh boy, what a great combination by combining the traditional filling (I used ground pork and some chopped shrimp) with kimchi. The dumplings were delicious as always, but with a tint of spiciness from the kimchi…so scrumptious, addictive and I couldn’t stop eating them. For the dumplings, I made them pot stickers style. First, I make…
  • Kung Pao Chicken

    Rasa Malaysia
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    This Kung Pao Chicken recipe was originally posted on Nov 18, 2007. Updated with new photos. (Popular and All-Time Favorite Chinese recipes: Broccoli Beef, Sweet and Sour Pork, Egg Drop Soup, Chow Mein, Cashew Chicken, Fried Rice, Orange Chicken, Mongolian Beef, and more.) Today, I am sharing with you a popular Chinese recipe that is well-loved by many in the United States and all over the world—the famous Chinese Kung Pao Chicken (宫保鸡丁). Kung Pao is a cooking technique originated from the Sichuan province of China; the authentic Sichuan Kung Pao Chicken (宫保鸡丁) or Gong Bao…
  • M&M Oreo Cookie Bars

    Rasa Malaysia
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    I have a great news to share: Rasa Malaysia has a new baking and desserts contributor, Joanna from Baked by Joanna. Joanna has been a reader and supported of Rasa Malaysia for many years, she was one of the recipe testers for my Easy Chinese Recipes cookbook. A couple of weeks ago, I posted a message on Rasa Malaysia Facebook as I was looking for a virtual assistant and Joanna reached out to me. One thing leads to another…I am so happy to announce that Joanna is now part of the Rasa Malaysia team, together with my other amazing contributor CP Choong. Joanna is super talented and her…
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    101 Cookbooks

  • Lemongrass Miso Soup

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

    Heidi Swanson
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    What you can't see in the photos here is the river running just a few feet out of frame. You can't smell the pine and redwood or their sun-warmed tree bark. What you can see is a good lunch. We were greeted at my friend Bonni's sweet, little alpine cabin with this deliciousness. I thought I'd share her feta-olive preparation - it was beautiful, and it is something you can throw together and serve as part of a series of mezze for people to pull from. It's comprised of good feta and olives served with a lot of fresh oregano, slivered lemon rind, black pepper, and a thick finishing thread of…
  • Pineapple Coconut Water

    Heidi Swanson
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Once or twice a year, I buy a pineapple. It feels like a strange thing to purchase in San Francisco. Pineapples = hot tropics, beaches, bare feet, and endless summers. San Francisco = fog, wind, Victorian architecture, and year-round denim. I remember driving between San Diego and Northern California, along the Pacific coast, when I was in my early twenties, driving home from college, and coming across a small pineapple farm near Oxnard. But, aside from that, this isn't pineapple country. I never see them at the farmers' markets here, so I don't think about them much. That said, the other day…
  • A List of Summer Picnic Bowls

    Heidi Swanson
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:14 pm
    This coming weekend I'm planning a break from the fog. If all goes well, there will be sun-bright days, star-lit skies, pine trees, bare feet, and eating outdoors. There will be a river. There will be a grill. There will be a cabin. All the necessary components for California mountain summering. I'm incredibly excited. As soon as we solidified our plans I started going through my archives looking for ideas for good picnic-style salads to make, and found myself drafting a list of contenders. It occurred to me that it might be helpful to post the list here as well. Most of these salads are the…
  • Spiced Spinach with Walnuts

    Heidi Swanson
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Simply stated, this is a spinach recipe you should try. It's an adaptable dish that downshifts seamlessly from main attraction to supporting role depending on the quantity of leftovers at hand. The jist: a hot pan filled with all manner of things that work well with spinach - toasted walnuts, shredded mint, lemon, a host of spices, and a good amount of leeks that are cooked until silky tender. Loaded with spinach greens and healthful spices like turmeric and cumin - this is the sort of preparation I favor, in part, because it adds such a nutritional punch to my day while still being…
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    Alice Q. Foodie

  • Glastonbury 2014, Part III - Wild Meadow Village

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

    Alice Q. Foodie
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Let's take a break from all this travel to talk about something else.  Namely, one of  my favorite subjects - fried chicken.  There's a running joke among my friends that I can eat a lot of it.  It started at the lunch buffet at Dooky Chase in New Orleans - where, according to my husband - I ate five pieces of chicken.  Of course, they cut the chicken into small pieces for the buffet, so it wasn't like I ate a whole bucket of KFC...  Yeah, I know - the more I try to explain it the worse it gets...  In any event, good fried chicken is a little harder to find…
  • Glastonbury 2014, Part II - What I Learned

    Alice Q. Foodie
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
    First off, there is no shortage of blog posts and articles out there offering advice and guidance on Glastonbury.  The best of the best is probably GlastoEarth, with an FAQ that answers every question you could possibly have.  His descriptions of the different areas and campgrounds are almost as good as being there.  Others are more funny than helpful, like this one, and still others are funny and helpful, like this one.  I've seen lots of blog posts about what to and not to bring and I think this is an especially good one - particularly if you're…
  • Glastonbury 2014, Part I - Festival Food! (& Drink)

    Alice Q. Foodie
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:35 am
    Oh Glasto... I hardly know where to start with you.  I thought five days would be so long, and instead it was so short.  I fretted that I wouldn't get a chance to wear my wellies - then put them on Thursday morning and wore them straight through until Monday. I worried that there wasn't enough music we would like.  I thought we might get bored.  Lord have mercy, I had NO IDEA. Two weeks later, having mostly recovered from the "Glasto Blues" I'm ready to talk about it. Seeing as this IS a food blog, I think it only fitting that I start with the food.I read a few blog posts…
  • San Francisco with the Girls

    Alice Q. Foodie
    13 Jun 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Last year at about this time, James and I took our nieces Caelan and Emma on their first plane ride to San Francisco, one of our favorite cities.  We know and love the City well, and planned what we thought would be the perfect traditional kid-friendly first trip.  I think we did a decent job.  Not only did the girls fall in love with the City, but it gained some ground on me too.   Fresh off the plane we made a beeline for - where else? The Ferry Building! Honestly, I probably go here about as often as I would if I still lived in the Bay Area, given the lines and the…
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    Dona Lupe's Kitchen

  • A Tablet in the Kitchen

    Gina Ruiz
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    I am building a brand for a chef I know. Michelin-starred Italian chef, Gianfranco Minuz knows that brand-building and social media are important. He’s writing a book that will include his vast wealth of recipes, techniques and stories but knows that the road to publishing, let alone selling a cookbook is difficult to say the least. He knows that what will give him an edge beyond his fabulous food, is his personal brand.  And so we work on it.  Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube.  It takes a team and really good equipment. His team consists of me, his daughter Chiara,…
  • The Beautiful Game

    Gina Ruiz
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    They call it the beautiful game. And so it is. Beauty, art, movement, dance, acrobatics, contortionism, aerial jumps…poetry in motion. I can’t tell you when the first time I saw a soccer game, or as we call it, futbol, but I can tell you this, it has been in my blood probably from those first moments.  I remember as a child standing by our black and white T.V. and jiggling the foil covered antenna so we could get a better picture and being frustrated that I might miss one of the great Pelé’s moves.  That’s how far back my love affair with the beautiful game goes. In this recent…
  • The Storyteller

    Gina Ruiz
    31 May 2014 | 9:20 am
    My grandfather, Papa Chava, had an amazing life.  It was a difficult one sure, but he lived through incredible times and had many stories to tell.  Maybe it was from him that I learned my storytelling/writing skills.  Maybe not, but I remember sitting on his lap as a child listening wide-eyed to the stories he had to tell me. Salvador Medina Camarillo was born in Mexico on June 1, 1900.  He always liked to say he came from the place of “los mumias de Guanajuato” (the mummies of Guanajuato). It ’s hard to research because the church that had his birth and baptism documents was…
  • 2014 Hollywood Bowl Season Kickoff

    Gina Ruiz
    28 May 2014 | 7:52 pm
    The Hollywood Bowl.  Those three words resonate in the hearts of most Angelenos and when they are said, bring to mind picnics with friends, good wine, warm summer nights under the stars, glorious music and fireworks.  The Bowl is a summer ritual for so many of us. Like many of us natives, I grew up with the Bowl.  It wasn’t far from my grandparents place.  Someone in the family inevitably went, lugging us kids along.  I remember trudging up to it from street parking several blocks away.  Ahead of me were uncles and aunts, carrying along picnic baskets and blankets.  I remember…
  • Stoneleigh Wine’s Urban Oasis

    Gina Ruiz
    28 May 2014 | 6:57 pm
    The video was created by New Zealand’s Stoneleigh Wine, who shows how nature can appear in the most unexpected places, bringing a ‘Wonder of Nature’ to inner city Auckland through an event with a suspended garden, a soundscape inspired by the sounds of the vineyards. Stoneleigh prides itself of utilizing sustainable organic materials for all their natural landscapes/settings. They’ve partnered with New Zealand recording artists, Mt Eden, whose song ‘Drive’ evokes the flavors of Stoneleigh wine in sound.bringing a ‘Wonder of Nature’ to inner city Auckland through an event with…
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    Simply Recipes

  • Confetti Cucumber Salsa

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    I love growing cucumbers, truly I do! But boy are they prolific. With just one Persian cucumber plant I have enough cucumbers for the neighborhood. If you too are a summer gardener faced with the same dilemma of too many cucumbers, or if you just love the taste of cool and crunchy cucumbers, here’s an easy and fun way to use them, in a colorful salsa! Continue reading "Confetti Cucumber Salsa" »
  • Squash Blossom Quesadillas

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Have you ever eaten squash blossoms? The thought of preparing them always seemed a little daunting to me, until a friend made some for me for a traditional Mexican quesadilla (Quesadilla de Flor de Calabazas). They’re so easy! You just roughly chop them and sauté them with onions and garlic. The flavor is lovely, like zucchini but more delicate, and perfect in a quesadilla with cheese and corn tortillas. Continue reading "Squash Blossom Quesadillas" »
  • Stewed Okra and Tomatoes Creole Style

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:36 pm
    There’s a reason why the Southern dish of stewed okra and tomatoes is timeless. It’s just plain good. First you start with browning some bacon, then you add the holy trinity—onions, bell pepper, and celery, then the tomatoes, okra and spices. Everything is cooked together until tender and almost falling apart. Continue reading "Stewed Okra and Tomatoes Creole Style" »
  • Chocolate Bundt Cake

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:46 pm
    My father is somewhat of a homebody. He doesn’t often drop by unannounced, but when he does, there’s usually food involved, especially if that food includes chocolate, or cake, or in this case both. This chocolate bundt cake can feed many, so I was happy to have dad’s enthusiastic support enjoying it. (He gives it “two thumbs up”!) Continue reading "Chocolate Bundt Cake" »
  • Mom’s Macaroni Salad

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    When you have a week straight of over 100° temps, you start looking for cooler things to make. My mother whipped up this macaroni salad earlier this week and I think I ate half of the whole bowl. Think macaroni and deviled egg make love child and you’ll be in the vicinity. There is a hard boiled egg, some roasted red bell pepper, chopped spring onions, a generous amount of mayo, and seasoning with sweet paprika. Perfect for a summer BBQ or picnic salad. Continue reading "Mom’s Macaroni Salad" »
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  • Eleanor Roosevelt’s 1 Small Secret to Success

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 9 Beautiful and Unbreakable Serving Pieces 16 Tips for an Effortless Outdoor Party Wedding Flower FinderFiled under: Daily Thought
  • The Very Best Old-School Cleaning Products

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    What are your favorite go-to cleaning products? Soaps and scrubs that are oldies but goodies, or the latest and greatest products hitting supermarket shelves? Our colleagues at This Old House have pulled together their favorites. They say, “Many old-school cleansers boast more than eye-catching retro packaging and formulas that have stood the test of time—they also come with great stories […]
  • 1 Sentence to Inspire Greatness

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on 23 Healthy Recipes With Whole Grains The Best Stain Removers for Your Home 10 Sneaky Beauty Secrets Only the Pros KnowFiled under: Daily Thought
  • When You’re Feeling Down, Remember This

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on How Long Does Fresh Produce Last? How to Keep Things in Moderation 8 Exercises to Tone Your ShouldersFiled under: Daily Thought
  • 80+ Instagram-Worthy Travel Destinations

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Our friends at have pulled together 83 unreal places you thought only existed in your imagination. They say, “We’re not kidding you — these travel destinations actually exist and aren’t a figment of your imagination. Be prepared to have your mind blown as you browse through these amazing photos.” To see the full list, click here. More on […]
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    Food & Wine: Articles

  • The Case of the Vanishing Noodle

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean Now you see it, now you don't. One of the more innovative dishes at this year's FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen came from an unexpected source – a cruise line. Royal Caribbean's "vanishing noodles," by all appearances, is a luscious twist of udon noodles, ready to wrap around your fork. The surprise comes when a savory hot chicken broth is poured over them. The noodles dissolve among an array of delicacies including Neuske bacon, sous vide ...
  • Drink of Summer: Wondercumber

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean It may not be the first ingredient you think of at the bar (maybe the salad bar). But cucumber is good – really good – in a cold drink during a scorching August. Alongside lime and gin, cucumber may just become your new warm weather go-to. It's unexpected, crisp, and even rejuvenating (cucumber is packed with all sorts of "good for you" stuff that sort of makes up for all the gin). The hit cocktail of this year's FOOD & WINE Classic in A...
  • Host a Backyard BBQ With Gnarly Head

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Photo Courtesy of the Gnarly Head In the dog days of summer, something is cooking from coast to coast. Backyard barbecuing is an annual tradition that some might say is as American as apple pie and Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel. Across the country, from big-city parks to small communities, like Lodi, California, the hometown of Gnarly Head, grilling outdoors is all about savoring the warm weather, bringing friends and family together, and enjoying seasonal goodness. After all, ...
  • The Gastropub Trend Hits the High Seas

    17 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean "Fresh, simple, pure." That's the philosophy behind the food and drink at Michael's Genuine® Pub, the first American gastropub at sea, brought to you by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz. According to the chef, the key to making delicious food is simply starting with the highest-quality ingredients. "We take a lot of time and care to source the best product, building relationships with suppliers." From thick-cut potato chips serv...
  • Chard & Cheese Party

    17 Jun 2014 | 7:03 am
    Photo courtesy of Sonoma Cutrer Unoaked-Oaked Chardonnay If you haven't been paying attention to Chardonnay for a while because it's "too oaky," you'll be happy to learn that producers have heard you and are now creating many Chards with only minimal-oak (barrel) contact, or none at all, using terms like "unoaked" or "virgin" on the label. Chablis, from France's Burgundy region, is the standard bearer of unoaked Chards. Sonoma-Cutrer's Russian River Ranches Chardonnay is an ex...
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    An Exploration of Portland Oregon Food and Drink

  • Woodsman Market Kaput for Now, Steven Smith Teamaker Expanding

    Food Dude
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Duane Sorenson has closed the doors of Woodsman Market. Sorenson told Willamette week that they plan to re-open the market under the same name later this year, but with a new concept. From WW, “The direction didn’t seem to click, or we couldn’t figure out how to make the concept work. We’ve decided to shut the project down. Our hopes are to open by New Year’s with a focus on more local producers and products, instead of expanding around the globe as we had.” What’s this mean? In part, he’ll be selling the some of the products at Woodsman Market…
  • Noisette to Close

    Food Dude
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Noisette Restaurant is closing – eventually. As of now they have not announced the exact closing date. Chef/owner Tony Demes has worked under famed chefs Thomas Keller, Michael Romao, Roland Cheneau and David Bouley. In 1995 he opened the lauded Couvron in Portland, which was known for its hours long tasting menus. In the late 90′s Demes closed the restaurant and opened a NYC version, but then returned to Portland in 2010 to open Noisette, a restaurant with cooking based on French technique, featuring local ingredients. Unfortunately, like so many Portland restaurants, Noisette…
  • New Seasons Market to Open St. Johns Store

    Food Dude
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:08 pm
    New Seasons Market is opening a new branch in St. Johns. From the press release: Locally owned  and  operated  New  Seasons  Market  announced  today  that  it  plans  to open  a  25,000-­‐square-­‐foot  grocery  store  at  the  southeast  corner  of  N.  Lombard  Street  and  N.  Westanna  Avenue  in  spring  2016.  The  new  store  will  serve  the  neighborhoods  of  St.  Johns, University  Park,  Portsmouth, Cathedral  Park and  New  Columbia. The  new  North  Portland  New  Seasons Market will  create  150  jobs,  with  the…
  • Consumer Reports – Top Restaurant Service Issues

    Food Dude
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    In their August 2014 issue, Consumer Reports magazine rates the most common restaurant gripes. Their “Gripe-O-Meter” is the result of a national survey of 1,003 adults. The top annoyances are: 76% – Dirty Utensils 73% – Dirty or ill-equipped restrooms 72% – Impolite or condescending servers 67% – Servers with a sloppy appearance or poor hygiene 66% – Food or drink served at the wrong temperature My take away – all of these items are easy to address. You can see the entire chart with all of the results here. This post appeared first on Portland…
  • Logical, But I Never Thought of it – Cool a drink in 2 mins

    Food Dude
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Sometimes you just need to cool something really quickly, like a beer on a hot day. This short video shows you a really good way to do it. This post appeared first on Portland Oregon Food and Drink, by Food Dude. Visit Portland Oregon Food and Drink for the latest in Portland Oregon Food and Drink.
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    Start Cooking

  • Cooking White Rice

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

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

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

    8 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Learn how to use and sharpen kitchen knives with this Tips and Techniques video. Three good kitchen knives are what you need to start cooking.
  • Vegetable & Dip Platter

    25 May 2014 | 11:00 pm
    How to make a great vegetable and dip platter. This video will show all the steps to put together a great vegetable platter as well as accompanying dips.
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    Spices of Life

  • Rainbow vegetarian salad topped with a spicy tahini dressing

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

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

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

    Debby Richards
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    EASY BASIL CHICKEN SALAD WITH SOBA NOODLES  6  servings 3/4 pound snow or snap peas, ends snapped and veiny strings removed 12 ounces soba noodles Spicy Pesto 6 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled 4 scallions, white parts only, cut into 1-inch pieces (reserve the greens for the garnish) 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 2 cups fresh basil leaves 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 pound cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin julienne strips Reserved scallion greens, cut into…
  • Vietnamese Grilled Pork with Basil and Fresh Lime Dressing

    Debby Richards
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:26 am
    Vietnamese Grilled Pork with Basil and Fresh Lime Dressing 6 servings 1 1/2 pounds boneless pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat and gristle Marinade (combine in a small bowl) 1/4 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons rice wine or sake 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped garlic 6 ounces thin rice stick or vermicelli noodles, softened in boiling water for 10 minutes and drained 1 1/2 tablespoons olive spray or canola oil 3 cups Boston or leafy lettuce, stems trimmed and leaves cut into thin shreds 2 cups shredded or grated carrots 2 cups bean sprouts, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into shreds or…
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    the ramen blog & other goodies!the ramen blog & other goodies! | the ramen blog & other goodies!

  • “ramen street” coming to SF this weekend!

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Ramen Yokocho, the increasingly popular ramen festival, is coming to San Francisco this weekend, 7/19 (Sat) & 7/20 (Sun) from 11:00am-6:pm. It features popular ramen shops from all over, and everything you need to know is below and on their web site.The admission is free, and each bowl of ramen is $8.Be warned, though. If it’s anything like the one in Torrance, be prepared for long lines.via the Bold Italic Tags: bay area ramen, ramen news
  • ICE cup noodle

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Nissin’s new “Ice” Cup Noodle is just that complicated that it needs the whole deluxe manga office ladies gone nuts routine to properly explain it. Tags: ramen news
  • world cup samurai

    26 Jun 2014 | 9:09 pm
    …because it’s World Cup…because it’s a Cup Noodle commercial…because it’s got a samurai soccer player…because it’s awesome! Tags: ramen tidbits
  • how to eat ramen

    1 Jun 2014 | 11:36 am
    We’ve discussed the “proper” way to eat ramen before, but this…don’t try this at home, kids!via Gizmodo Tags: ramen tidbits
  • not the ramen burger, but “hamburg-men”

    1 Jun 2014 | 10:44 am
    Tired of hearing about ramen burgers? How about a “hamburg(er) ramen”?“Cindy” brought this this to my attention. Nissin has come out with a “demi-hamburg-men”, which is an instant ramen with a hamburg steak (basically salisbury steak). Sounds interesting, and it seems like The Ramen Rater likes it.Has anyone in the U.S. seen it in stores? Tags: ramen news
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    Vegan Bits

  • Vegan Cheese: Biohackers Are Growing Real Cheese In A Lab, No Cow Needed

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    If you're a vegan, cheese options are limited. There are high-quality vegan cheeses out there, but they just don't taste the same, and they're mostly soft-- it's difficult to make any sort of hard vegan cheese, like gouda or cheddar. A team of Bay Area biohackers is trying to create a new option: real vegan […]
  • 98 Year Old Vegan Doctor

    26 Jun 2014 | 3:04 pm
    This video is an interview with Dr. Ellsworth Wareham. Dr. Wareham is retired cardiothoracic surgeon. He retired when he was 95 years old. He is currently 98 years old. He is also a vegan.  He has been a vegan since his 50's. He believes his healthful lifestyle contributes to his longevity, and he points to Loma […]
  • Where to vegans get their protein from?

    19 Jun 2014 | 3:27 pm
    "Where do you get your protein from" This is the first question most vegans are asked. Our friend at presents a video which seeks to answer this question. She presents numerous protein sources for vegan. "Despite the advertising hype from the meat and dairy industries, humans require an extraordinarily low amount of protein in […]
  • 1200 calorie meal from a vegan weightlifter

    19 Jun 2014 | 3:18 pm
    A 1200 calorie meal with only 3 grams of fat and 50 grams of protein. He is a professional athlete. He suggests that most people only need 100 grams of protein per day. Check out this video.
  • How to become a vegan

    19 Jun 2014 | 3:12 pm
    If you are looking to become a vegan, here's a video from that offers you some nice tips and options which will help you to transition from being an omnivore to becoming a vegan.
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    Average Betty

  • How to Make Chilaquiles Video

    Sara O'Donnell
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    If you want your friends and family to say you Chill-a-KILLED-IT on breakfast, make Chilaquiles The post How to Make Chilaquiles Video appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Chilaquiles Recipe

    Sara O'Donnell
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Creamy California Avocado is the crown on this king-sized breakfast! Fresh, leftover, and convenience products make this impressive breakfast The post Chilaquiles Recipe appeared first on Average Betty.
  • BOK CHOY Video

    Sara O'Donnell
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    Can we declare bok choy the new kale? Please? After all it's fun and it's cruciferous The post BOK CHOY Video appeared first on Average Betty.
  • Teriyaki Glazed Bok Choy Recipe

    Sara O'Donnell
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    Sweet Teriyaki Glazed Bok Choy flecked with toasted sesame seeds is a super simple side dish sure to steal the show The post Teriyaki Glazed Bok Choy Recipe appeared first on Average Betty.
  • IPA Fondue Recipe

    Sara O'Donnell
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    When you think summertime fun food, you may not think of fondue. OK. I'm sure you don't think of fondue. But you should The post IPA Fondue Recipe appeared first on Average Betty.
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    Red Cook

  • 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.
  • The Busy Wooden Horse

    Kian Lam Kho
    3 Feb 2014 | 3:10 pm
    My Chinese zodiac sign is the wooden horse, and since this is the year of the wooden horse I’m not surprised I’m starting out the year with a busy schedule. For the first time in a very long while, I did not make a family Chinese New Year dinner at home. But I do have very good reasons for this lapse. First of all I’ve been busy with the manuscript for my upcoming book, which is now due in the spring that I was supposed to have completed last fall. Then I was asked by my very good friends Amy and Romy at Purple Yam restaurant in Brooklyn to help them develop a Chinese New Year menu for…
  • Duck, Duck, Bao

    Kian Lam Kho
    13 Jan 2014 | 11:32 am
    When my brother got married in Singapore more than two decades ago, the wedding banquet included a braised wild duck dish. As a city state Singapore does not produce much of its food, never mind finding wild ducks. So the banquet chef at the restaurant provisioned imported wild ducks from Germany. In order to show evidence that the ducks were in fact wild, I remembered the chef showing us bullets left in the duck before butchering and cooking them. That was my first encounter with wild fowl.
  • Probiotic Pickles of China

    Kian Lam Kho
    4 Oct 2013 | 10:01 am
    Probiotic food is all the rage at the moment. In food and health magazines, blogs and newspapers, everywhere you turn there are articles singing the praises of tempeh, or extolling the benefit of kombucha in keeping our digestive systems healthy. Television commercials advertise the miraculous power of yogurt whose live cultures keep us all regular. Even sauerkraut and kimchi have been enlisted to manage the balance of bio functions in our gastrointestinal tracts. So are there probiotic foods in Chinese cooking?
  • Midnight Moon in a Cake

    Kian Lam Kho
    31 Aug 2013 | 2:45 pm
    Two weeks ago a Chowhound forum user, Gordon Wong, started a discussion thread and he questioned whether mooncake is like fruitcake: often gifted but rarely eaten. I was pleased to read that majority of the responders reported they love mooncake and do eat them. I too am a fan of mooncake. I like them so much that I often wait until after the Mid-Autumn Festival so I can buy more of them at a discount.
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    Coconut & Lime // Rachel Rappaport

  • Pickled Squash Remoulade

    Rachel Rappaport
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:3/4 cup mayonnaise1/3 cup small dice pickled squash2 tablespoons minced pickled onion (from the squash jar)3 tablespoons fresh parsley1 tablespoon minced fresh dill3 tablespoons minced cubanelle pepper1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika1/2 teaspoon ground mustard1/8 teaspoon celery seedDirections:Stir together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour prior to serving. My thoughts:I've been really into sauces this year for some reason. This one I created to use up some of the pickled squash that was taking up too much room in my fridge. It is sort of like a fancier tartar sauce; serve…
  • Mango-Buttermilk Ice Pops

    Rachel Rappaport
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:4 mangos*, cubed2 cups buttermilk1/3 cup honeyDirections:Place all ingredients in a blender. Pulse until smooth. Pour into ice pop molds, leaving about 1/4 inch headroom. Close and freeze until solid, 4-8 hours. Yield: 8-10 ice pops*I used half alphonso mangos (aka "champagne mangos") and half Tommy Atkins (aka the most common mango in American stores). My thoughts:What is more summery than an ice pop? I was faced with some rapidly ripening mangos and thought I'd transform them into a cooling treat. The buttermilk from the dairy that delivers my milk is so thick and creamy, I…
  • Aussie Burger, Portuguese Style

    Rachel Rappaport
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:1 1/2 lb 93% lean ground beef1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce6 pineapple rings1 1/2 teaspoons sambal oelek3 tablespoons mayonnaise3 pickled beets, thinly sliced1 tomato, sliced6 eggs6 lettuce leavessaltfreshly ground black pepperDirections:In a medium bowl, mix together the meat, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Form into 6 uniform patties. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the sambal oelek and mayonnaise. Set aside.Prep grill according to manufacturers' instructions*. Grill the burgers until desired doneness. Quickly grill the pineapple slices, flipping once,…
  • Cheesy Summer Squash and Crab Bake

    Rachel Rappaport
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:1 small onion, diced1 large clove garlic, minced5 small Japanese eggplants, cut into 1/4 inch coins2 small-medium zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch coins2 small-medium golden zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch coins (like goldenrod squash)3/4 cup blue crab meat*1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheeseOld Bay (if needed)sea saltfreshly ground black pepperDirections:Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease an 8x8 inch baking dish. Heat a small amount of butter or oil in a small pan. Saute the onion and garlic until the onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly. Scrape…
  • Sockeye Salmon with Roasted Tomatillo Sauce

    Rachel Rappaport
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ingredients:for the green sauce:2 lbs tomatillos, husks removed2 jalapenos1 small red onion, quarteredsalt freshly ground black pepperfor the fish:1 large lemon*, sliced1 onion, sliced2 jalapenos, sliced2 lb sockeye salmon filletsalt freshly ground black pepperDirections:Place the tomatillos and jalapenos on a lightly oiled broiler-safe pan. Place the pan under the broiler. Broil on high until the tomatillos and peppers start to blacken and blister. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Add the tomatillos, whole jalapeno peppers and red onion to a blender. Pulse until fairly smooth.
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    Cooking with Anne

  • Veggie Wednesday: Bean and Roasted Pepper Burgers

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

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

    Anne Coleman
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    Salisbury SteakWhen I was a child I hated Salisbury Steak. It could be that the only time I ate it was when it came from a frozen box, or it could be the onion. I detested onions in any way, shape or form. Now that I'm older I adore onions ... in any way, shape or form.This Salisbury Steak is the perfect comfort food, made thicker than most and is so moist you'll want more than seconds. Cut the onions to your liking, my kids will only eat finely chopped. If you have onion-haters all around, like I was, try onion powder for flavor, but I warn you, it won't be the same.Salisbury SteakHands-On…
  • Greek Chicken Thighs and Potatoes

    Anne Coleman
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Greek Chicken Thighs and PotatoesThe Greek-inspired flavors of lemon, garlic and thyme are highlighted in this chicken and potatoes dish. Boneless and skinless thighs cook faster and are a healthier alternative. Serve with a big salad tossed with Feta cheese crumbles and Kalamata olives for a perfect meal.Greek Chicken Thighs and PotatoesHands-On Time: 15 minutesReady In: 9 hours and 15 minutes including marinating timeYield: 4-6 servingsIngredients:3 pounds boneless and skinless chicken thighs3 pounds red potatoes3 cloves garlic minced1 large lemon, zested and juiced plus enough bottled…
  • Family Fire

    Anne Coleman
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    I'm writing a quick note about something that recently happened in our family. The house the children's father was living in with them part time caught fire and is badly damaged. Most of the children were living with me and most of their belongings were here, however, my second oldest daughter was living with dad full-time and her entire world was lost. One of the family cats was also killed in the fire.If you can, please donate at this GoFundMe link for her, I would so appreciate it and I know she would, too.The articles about the fire can be found here and here. © 2013
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    Cheese and Biscuits

  • Murano, Mayfair

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Though I try to write about as wide a variety of restaurants on these pages as I can manage, the unfortunate fact is that, as much as a side effect of PRs doing their job properly as this particular blogger's geeky fondness for the latest and greatest, posts do tend to lean towards newer restaurants. This is inevitable, and not always undesirable - after all, it's probably more useful for people to read a review of a restaurant they've not yet been to than one they already have - but it does mean that I have a short but significant list of very big names that have been around for years that I…
  • The Cheese and Biscuits Google Streetview Restaurant Quiz

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:18 am
    Well done (and, equally, massive apologies) to everyone who's had a go at this over the past week or so via Twitter - I wanted to make it a challenge, but didn't realise not everyone was quite so much of a restaurant geek as me and it seems the average score has been somewhere around the 4 or 5 out of 33 mark. Oops. Anyway this should be more fun - all the answers are below, in alphabetical order, and all you have to do is match the name to the StreetView capture. Alternative spellings are hopefully accounted for, and remember it's the current occupant of the site we want.Finally, massive…
  • The Swan, Southport

    10 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    Today I'm going to do something I have only ever done once before on this blog - re-review a restaurant. Unlike the other time I re-reviewed a place, however, this is not a panicky PR-led excursion on the back of a disastrous first visit. Nor is this even the chance to update a score following a dramatic change in quality or new direction. Quite the opposite; the subject in question has varied very little about the way it goes about things for at least as long as I've been alive, and probably well before that. No, I'm re-reviewing the Swan, a fish and chip shop in Southport, for two reasons.
  • Baltic Bakehouse, Liverpool

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    Think of the Baltic Triangle as Liverpool's Dalston - a previously run-down area of old heavy industry finding new life as an area for creative upstarts and independent restaurants and cafés. Wandering around the area bordered by Wapping/The Strand, Parliament Street and Park Lane/St James St at first nothing seems to have changed much; weeds grow up old brick walls enclosing sleepy timber yards, the skeletal frames of long-since collapsed buildings house that depressingly familiar Liverpool sight, the temporary car park. But look a little closer, and the signs of a renaissance of sorts are…
  • Free State Kitchen, Liverpool

    7 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    There I was, enjoying the early evening sun in the oasis of calm that is the Free State Kitchen garden, and it made me wonder why there are so few al fresco dining options in Liverpool. There a couple of tables outside Ego on Hope Street, and there's a terrace attached to the disastrous collection of what can only loosely be called restaurants in Liverpool One (Café Rouge, Wagamama, Zizzi's and so on and so forth until you just want to kill everyone in the world), but for a city that boasts so many green spaces, not to mention a multitude of handsome old buildings with gardens in that area…
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  • The “London, I Came Back for You” Update Part II

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

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

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

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

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Click to view slideshow. I wish I could say I’ve hit all the museums, seen all the shows, and dined at all the restaurants since my return to London. But sadly, no. I have been  in “logistics and operations” mode nearly every day, getting a bank account, finding a place to live, getting a mobile phone. (Accomplishing all three took me until yesterday because you can’t get a place to live without a bank account and you can’t get a mobile phone without a bank account and no one wants to give you a bank account unless you have somewhere to live, sort of, and no one…
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    Going Gluten-Free

  • S'more Cups, please!

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

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

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

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

    29 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    I've been growing weary of my Banana Walnut Muffins (which I often alter and add mini chocolate chips instead of walnuts!).  I've been making them frequently when I have overripe bananas.  I just could not face making another batch today on my normal Tuesday cooking day.  I had two very large, very overripe bananas (you'll see the recipe calls for 3 medium, these two would have been 3 medium).  I went in search of something different to do with them. Below is an adapted recipe from an Everyday with Rachael Ray for Banana Fritters.  If you are not gluten-free,…
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    the strong buzz, by andrea strong

  • July 10, 2014 - 2:32 pm: Love Ice Cream? Read the Coolhaus Cookbook

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    July 10, 2014 - 2:32 pm: Love Ice Cream? Read the Coolhaus Cookbook || If you're idea of an ice cream sandwich is a layer of bland vanilla ice cream squished between two soggy brown rectangular cookies, you haven't tried a Cool... || Go to to see the full posting.
  • May 28, 2013 - 12:53 pm: Crab Boils at Back Forty Start June 4th (and go all summer long)

    28 May 2013 | 9:53 am
    May 28, 2013 - 12:53 pm: Crab Boils at Back Forty Start June 4th (and go all summer long) || June 4th marks the beginning of the ever-popular Sixth Annual Back Forty Crab Boil Season. You know the drill--roll up your sleeves, grab a mallet and dig into a mess o' blue crabs steamed with house made spicy old bay and beer. If heaping p... || Go to to see the full posting.
  • May 23, 2013 - 1:02 pm: Memorial Day Salt Water Splash

    23 May 2013 | 10:02 am
    May 23, 2013 - 1:02 pm: Memorial Day Salt Water Splash || If you've decided to skip the Hamptons this summer, you can still get your salt water fix at King Grove, along with a refreshing selection of cocktails, boozy ice pops and beer buckets. Beginning this Saturday, May 25th,... || Go to to see the full posting.
  • May 23, 2013 - 11:32 am: Blue Ribbon Beer Garden Open Now

    23 May 2013 | 8:32 am
    May 23, 2013 - 11:32 am: Blue Ribbon Beer Garden Open Now || Blue Ribbon Beer Garden, the first seasonal barbecue and beer venture from Blue Ribbon's brothers Bromberg is now open on the Lower East Side!   Arriving just in time for summer in a spacious terrace on the Lower East Side, Blue ... || Go to to see the full posting.
  • May 23, 2013 - 11:26 am: Battery Harris: Beer, Booze, and More in Williamsburg

    23 May 2013 | 8:26 am
    May 23, 2013 - 11:26 am: Battery Harris: Beer, Booze, and More in Williamsburg || It's balmy out. The kinda day you just want to kick back and drink a cold pint. Why not check in at Battery Harris, a craft beer and cocktail bar at 64 Frost Street (at Meeker Avenue) in Williamsburg, which opened today, with a wide sel... || Go to to see the full posting.
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    Dancing on My Table

  • The cookbook of the Year!

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

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

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Ingredients 2 kg red-fleshed plums such as Omega 50ml water 1.8kg granulated sugar Method Wash plums, cut in half and remove stones. Put chopped plums in a preserving pan with[.....]
  • Vietnamese Mint

    5 Mar 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Vietnamese mint smells similar to Thai basil but it is far more pungent with a hot bite and slight numbing character and a strong alkalinity. Also known as hot mint,[.....]
  • Thai Basil

    5 Mar 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Thai basil is more pungent than regular sweet basil with a pronounced liquorice taste. It leaves the breath fresh and slightly sweet. The smell of the crushed leaves is a[.....]
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    David Lebovitz

  • Le Servan

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    I’m not always in agreement with those that say dining out in Paris is expensive. For example, last week I found myself with a rare moment of free time at lunch, and I pinged a neighbor, who unfortunately replied that he was out of town, like the rest of Paris in the summer. So I decided to go to Le Servan by myself, a restaurant I’d been hearing a lot about. And since it’s “hot”, I figured lunch would be the perfect time to go. And I was right. Although it filled after I got there, I managed to get there during the “sweet spot”, and grab a stool at…
  • Update: A l’Etoile d’Or

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    If you’d ever stepped into A l’Etoile d’Or, the candy and chocolate shop located just down the hill from the Moulin Rouge windmill, near Montmartre, it wouldn’t have taken you long to know you had entered somewhere special. It might have taken a few minutes, especially if Madame Acabo was occupied with other customers. But as soon as her attention was turned on you, you were immediately taken under her wing, and guided around the shop, exploring all the various soft and hard candied in the vintage jars, flavored with everything from bergamot to caramel. You might have…
  • Apricot and Cherry Tart with Marzipan Topping

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    I once told a crowd that I was preparing a dessert for, that I don’t like sweet things. I didn’t realize it would get such a big laugh – so I guess I should have worked on the delivery of that line a little bit beforehand. But I had to explain that I like things on the tangy and tart side, which is what happens to fresh apricots when baked. While they are great fresh, when cooked, the flesh takes on the puckery characteristics of the skin, which is my favorite part of the fruit (hmm, maybe there’s a market for apricot skins?) – and makes them even more…
  • Cherry Compote

    12 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    I think I have something wrong with me. I seem to be afflicted with a particular malady that forces me to buy way too many summer fruits when they’re in season. It gets particularly dire when faced with apricots and cherries, two fruits whose seasons are much shorter than the others. The first fresh apricots I saw were back in upstate New York, around the 1980s, and I’d never seen them before. Someone brought us a basket of the tender, squishy little orange fruits to the restaurant that I worked at, and I remember being completely taken off guard, as the only apricots I’d…
  • Hyères, Provence

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    I had no sooner returned from Sicily, then I unpacked my suitcase, re-packed my suitcase, and headed back out, to Provence. Even though I’d just returned from a ten-day trip, my other half was doing a project in the city I went along for the ride because, 1) Who wants to be sitting in a hot apartment, alone, in the summer, when you could be by the sea? And 2) The icy rosé of the south was calling. (And drinking alone raises other issues.) So I went. Our hotel was very basic, but I loved the bathroom colors, holdovers from France in the 70s, or perhaps the 80s? Or someone was exceptionally…
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    Cybele Pascal

  • Crunchy Cucumber Salad

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

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

    13 Jun 2014 | 1:11 pm
      “Buttermilk” Oven-Fried Chicken   Serves 4 to 6 Free of: Gluten and all top allergens. Oven-baked chicken is much lower in fat, but the skin never fully crisps like deep-fried chicken. The solution: remove the skin – cutting fat even further. This allows the chicken to better absorb the marinade, for the breading to adhere to the surface, and it creates a much better texture when served at room temperature or cold.   1 cup (250 mL) plain rice milk 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice 2 garlic cloves, minced or crushed 1/2 tsp + big pinch salt, divided freshly ground…
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    Hungry Crowd

  • 5 Amazing Places to Eat After 11 P.M.

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On their new after-hours menus, barkeeps and chefs are letting the rest of us in on what they love to eat and drink when they’re done with work and ready to party. 11 P.M.
 Washington, DC The late-night drinks menu at Republic includes beer-...
  • Your Dream Ice Cream Flavors

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Earlier this week, we asked our fans on Twitter to tell us about their fantasy ice cream flavor. One thing we learned: If you're an ice cream company looking for new flavor ideas, dark chocolate would be a good place to start—it showed up in...
  • 6 Boozy Ice Creams to Make at Home

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Cocktail party meets ice cream social with these six booze-infused ice creams and sorbets, all of which can be easily made using F&W’s no-ice-cream-maker method. 1. Guinness Ice CreamFor the best dessert ever, serve this malty ice cream ...
  • 10 Desserts to Make Before Chocolate Prices Spike

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Chocolate prices are on the rise due to increased demand and a poor cocoa harvest. Here, 10 delicious chocolate desserts to make before the next shortage. 1. Bacon-Bourbon Brownies with PecansMixing bacon fat into the batter gives these brownies d...
  • Get Sauced Like Ernest Hemingway; Make Sauce Like a Pro

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    F&W doesn't expect you to see every tweet we send out (just almost every one). Catch up each week with this top 5 list. [<a href="//" target="_blank">View the story " " on Storify...
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    Eater NY

  • Eaterwire: Taste of Jewish Culture Festival; Pig Mountain Fundraiser

    Devra Ferst
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    MIDTOWN EAST — This Sunday, nouveau Jewish food businesses like Mile End Deli, Shelsky's, The Gefilteria, Taim, and others, will gather for the "Taste of Jewish Culture" fest along Madison Avenue around 47th and 48th Streets. Expect snacks, a talk with knish expert Laura Silver, and Yiddish swing music. The festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. [Eaterwire] NARROWSBURG, NY — The 4th annual fundraiser and massive pig roast Pig Mountain, where 17 chefs including Lauren Resler of Empellon and Cesare Casella of Salumeria Rosi roast whole hogs, will take place on August 23 upstate. The…
  • Renovation Report: BLT Fish Closes for Renovations After Tonight

    Marguerite Preston
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    [Photo: Official Site] A tipster sends word that BLT Fish, Laurent Tourondel's one-time seafood restaurant, will close its main upstairs dining room for renovations after tonight. An employee tells Eater that the restaurant space will become a private dining room, while the more casual BLT Fish Shack will remain open on the ground floor. It's unclear whether the restaurant will eventually reopen in its full form, but the employee says that this was a "business decision." The news comes only a month after Pete Wells gave the Flatiron restaurant a luke warm one star re-review. Eater has reached…
  • The Shutter Report: Trattoria Toscana, Ding Dong Lounge, and More Shutter

    Devra Ferst
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    1) West Village: Old school Italian-American restaurant Trattoria Toscana on Carmine Street appears to have closed. The restaurant wasn't open earlier this week and there has been no response to phone calls. Owner, Franco Fazzuoli once owned Il Ponte Vecchio, Zinno, and Cent'Anni. 2) Morningside Heights: Beloved dive bar the Ding Dong Lounge just south of Columbia will shutter on July 31. "The Ding has lost its lease. Victim to landlord greed, avarice, and douchebaggery," DJ Linda Rizzo tells Jeremiah's Vanishing New York. Last year, the Village Voice dubbed it the Best Cheap Manhattan Dive.
  • Crunch Time : The Last-Minute Friday Night Reservation Guide

    Nick Solares
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Eater scanned through all 1,482 NYC restaurants on OpenTable with reservations for two still available for tonight. Here's the best of the bunch. Get 'em while they're hot: · Arlington Club (8:30, 9:30) · Blenheim (7:30, 8:00, 8:30) · Bâtard (9:45) · The Gander (6:15, 9:15) · Rosette (7:45, 8:15) · Bouley (8:45) · Keens (10:00) · Dirt Candy (9:45) · Union Square Cafe (9:45) · Annisa (10:00) · All'Onda (7:00, 915) · Gramercy Tavern (10:00) · Alder (6:30, 9:00) · The Breslin (7:30, 10:00) · Piora (9:45) · Porter…
  • Rumormongering: Is Williamsburg Getting a Second, Boozy Starbucks?

    Devra Ferst
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    [Starbucks' first Williamsburg location] It's been a tough summer for corporate haters in Williamsburg. This week saw the opening of the burg's first Starbucks, and now it looks like another Starbucks might be coming to the neighborhood, this time with booze. Coffee House Holdings, Inc. — which Starbucks has used before to apply for liquor license for non-branded locations like the one in Macy's at Herald Square — is on the Community Board 1 agenda for August. The company is seeking approval for a beer and wine liquor license at 154 N. 7th Street, just a block from the Bedford L stop.
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  • Like lard for ultrasounds

    15 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Foie gras is up there with avocado and cheese and chunky sea salt eaten right out of my hand as the last tastes I would want as I headed off into the nothingness that is the afterlife. But I still have to say the news that 13 states are petitioning the Supreme Court to lift [...]
  • No photos. They’re farming.

    15 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    And I forgot to post this in my last blast here, but I wanted to praise the hometown paper for running two important stories, a graphic one on the horrific pig virus pushing up the price of industrial bacon (you’ll notice sustainable is not affected yet) and down the quality of drinking water, and the [...]
  • RT/MT

    15 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Have to say I never would have thought Americans would grow up enough to accept pork belly & not a euphemism. // Once upon a time “frozen profiteroles” would have qualified as a good name for a band. Or a blog. // Always a reason why poaching is penalized. Crappy way to cook a fish. [...]
  • Extra points for side-eye as a verb

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:37 pm
    I was half-relieved when the Big O was seen around the food world reaching over a sneeze guard (and who hasn’t been tempted to do that while trying to communicate with the salsa sloppers)? At last there was a true scandal to get worked up about! But then he went and jumped the line for [...]
  • Big Mac(arons)

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Maybe you can’t judge a cupcake chain by its abysmal scones. But the news that Crumbs up and folded did not surprise me, not least because the chain had already been retrenching and fudging why. You can get by with mediocrity in the food business for eternity. Crappy will kill you. But the bigger lesson: [...]
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  • July 22

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

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

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

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

    23 Jun 2014 | 12:33 pm
    It is 12:26 pm on June 23. I’m sitting at my desk in the window, which, if you were considering it, is a bad place to put a desk. What a person needs behind a desk is something sturdy, galvanizing, like a wall. Otherwise you’ll wind up spending your time as I am today: watching the world’s most subtle breeze blow through the branches of the neighbors’ tulip magnolia, wishing I were eating a
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    Serious Eats

  • This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

    Vicky Wasik
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week, our culinary director Daniel tried out a new look and some new burger topping recipes. Kenji traveled to Thailand for some of the most memorable meals of his trip thus far, and the rest of us made do with doughnuts. VIEW SLIDESHOW: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters
  • Chinese Velveting 101: Stir-Fried Cod With Yellow Squash and Asparagus

    Shao Z.
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    This quick and simple stir-fry features cod that's been water-velveted—an easy technique that guarantees tender, silky meat. Light, delicate and full of gently cooked vegetables, it's a perfect dish in a multi-course meat-heavy menu. Read More
  • Prosciutto and Taleggio Sandwich With Fig Preserves From 'Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love From Our Tuscan Kitchen'

    Maggie Mariolis
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Debi Mazar calls this this sandwich from her new cookbook, Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love from our Tuscan Kitchen, co-written with husband Gabriele Corcos, "sexy." And there is something a little sultry about how the salty, fat-licked prosciutto, the funky cheese, the bracing radicchio, and the sweet fig jam come together. Read More
  • A Beginner's Guide to Mead

    Mike Reis
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    First: You don't have to be a Viking to drink mead. You also shouldn't be afraid of the fact that mead is made from honey, and you don't have to relegate the drink to the dessert hour. Read More
  • Fruit Roll Up: How to Grill Sliced Eggplant and 3 Ways to Stuff It

    Joshua Bousel
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Bland, with little nutritional value, the common globe eggplant just kind of exists, neither offensive nor especially appealing. But gussied up with any manner of flavor additions, it can be instantly transformed from ho-hum fruit to the life of the party. Read More
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  • Spacca Napoli's Jonathan Goldsmith on Italian Culture and the Power of Pizza

    Lance Roberts
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Over the last year, we've spent a whole lot of time speaking to Jonathan Goldsmith, of Chicago's Spacca Napoli, about his amazing journey from clinical social worker to world-class pie man. Among other things, we discussed the chance encounter on a plane that changed the course of his life, the legendary pizzaioli he's studied and befriended in Naples, and the power of food to connect people. But mostly? We just talked about pie. Read More
  • The 10 Best Pizzerias in Atlanta

    Todd Brock
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Damn if Atlanta didn't go and turn itself into a bona fide pizza town when no one was looking. Pie fanatics could do a lot worse than booking a flight to Hartsfield-Jackson International and immersing themselves in our city's pizzascape for a few days. Read More
  • Crisp, Flaky, Pepperoni Pizza Puff Pastry Waffles (Are Awesome)

    J. Kenji López-Alt
    12 May 2014 | 4:30 am
    A few months back, we discovered that the waffle iron is the best way to reheat pizza. Today, we're gonna show you that it's equally good at producing ready-in-15-minute pepperoni pizza-flavored treats as well, and all it takes is four ingredients: frozen puff pastry, pizza sauce, pepperoni, and shredded mozzarella cheese. Read More
  • An Open Letter to Serious Eaters

    Ed Levine
    5 May 2014 | 3:30 am
    Serious Eats is now more than seven years old, and like most seven year-olds we grow and change in spurts. Over the next few weeks and months, we're going to be making some changes at Serious Eats to focus on what we do best: helping you discover and create great food experiences. Here's what to expect. Read More
  • Open Thread: When Did You First Fall in Love with Pizza?

    Kate Andersen
    2 May 2014 | 9:15 am
    We're all here because we love pizza: the taste, the smell, the people who make it (or making it ourselves) and the friends we eat it with, the ingredients that go into a good pie and the sight of a piping hot slice. But when did you fall for it? Read More
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    smitten kitchen

  • bourbon slush punch

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Nothing to see here, guys. Really, you wouldn’t like this. Who’d want to drink a half-frozen blend of strong tea, lemonade, orange juice and bourbon garnished with fresh mint on a sticky, hot summer day? It might give you a little brain freeze. It would probably feel like liquid air conditioning. It could improve your outlook to the point that you might forget to dread the next heat wave. Nothing good could come of this. Trust me, I know from experience. My friends brought bags of this slush up to their roof last month and I had but a few crunchy sips before I turned to my husband…
  • summer squash gratin with salsa verde

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    For someone who has, at best, only moderate interest in eating all things zucchini and summer squash, this site’s archives tell different story. I mean, how about a torte, some fritters, zucchini bread or zucchini bread pancakes? Maybe a rice gratin, crisps or my favorite 5-minute side dish is more your speed? The 40-plus recipes from previous summers would make you think I jump for joy when the inevitable August glut of green and yellow piles at the Greenmarkets; instead, I approach them warily. I blame my weird need for a challenge. I find zucchini and summer squash a little……
  • grilled peach splits + news!

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    The problem, if there could be one, is that if a 30-something with a kid out of diapers ever says to a group of people, “I have news!” certain presumptions are made. So, to quell any wild ideas before they take off, no, this is not that kind of news. I’m sorry; we’re bummed too. But I have other news, which means we are so overdue for a catch-up/tell-all/gossip session, so pull up a chair. I’ll go first: ... Read the rest of grilled peach splits + news! on © smitten kitchen 2006-2012. | permalink to grilled peach splits + news! | 226 comments…
  • easiest fridge dill pickles

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Every summer, I make a note on my Oh My God Good Vegetables Are Finally Here! cooking to-do list (what, you don’t keep one?) to post about how to make classic dill pickles. Every week they’re available, I pick up nearly a bucket of perfect-for-pickling kirby cucumbers from the Greenmarket for my cucumber-junkie family with the greatest intention of finally making good on this promise. And I never, ever do. It might be that the first couple times I tried, many years ago, my always-too-hot kitchen molded both jars, traumatizing me at the end of the jars’ incubation periods. It…
  • brownie ice cream sandwiches

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Within reason, I think if you’re craving something, you should go for it, although this theory is mostly born of my own poor logic. I’ve all too many times craved, say, a brownie but thought I shouldn’t eat a brownie and so instead snacked on (just for a completely random example) 12 almonds, 1 slice of cheese, half an apple, 1 banana and then, oops, a handful of chocolate chips, amounting roughly 3x the calories of a brownie, a brownie that I craved exactly as much as I did 500 calories ago. And so, when I really want a brownie, I make my favorite brownies and we each eat…
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  • Confessions of a Junk Foodie

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

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

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

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

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Big Flavor in Small Bites Food News Think of it as one of the largest outdoor parties you'll ever attend. All your favorite foods are there, along with dozens of new things to try. There’s music, food, laughter, more food, and a great sense of community. Oh, and more food. In fact, one of the great things about Taste of Chicago is the ability to choose between full-sized portions and tasting sizes—usually just a bite or two, but available for half the number of coupons as a full size portion. By getting the tasting size, it’s simple math—you can try more things. Our…
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    La Tartine Gourmande

  • August 16-17: a food styling and photography workshop in Brooklyn with Sunday Suppers

    2 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    Hello everyone, I am currently in East Sussex England teaching a food styling and photography workshop at Hawthbush farm. It’s incredible here! The countryside is gorgeous, the people are oh so friendly, the weather (yes English weather!) is stunning. You can see some of my pics in Instagram. I feel lucky to be surrounded by such a group of people right now… So I need to tell you about another event that will take place im Brooklyn in August at Sunday Suppers. You may remember that I taught a few workshops there in the past. Karen’s loft is really inspiring. The event is…
  • In May we celebrate

    19 May 2014 | 8:06 am
    This is the second time in a short lapse that you see us eating this chocolate mousse cake. The truth is that we are May people around here. With my birthday early in in the month, and P.’s birthday two weeks after. Today in fact. This is one of the reasons why, I am sure, I am very fond of lilac and lily of the valley. They are in full bloom right now in the garden. To celebrate, I decided to organize and cook my way through un déjeuner champêtre (garden lunch) with friends. Some of our favorite moments. We ate verrines and asparagus and smoked salmon baked eggs ; Spring risotto and…
  • Food Styling and Photography Workshop in Baja California, Mexico

    17 May 2014 | 6:29 pm
    I am very pleased to announce that I will be teaming again with Ace Camps this coming November (4th to 10th, 2014) for a fantastic workshop in Baja California, Mexico. This workshop offers 3 1/2 days of instruction and 6 nights in the beautiful peninsula of Baja, with adventures that will take us in Cabo San Lucas, Todos Santos and El Pescadero. The emphasis will be on styling shots that include entertaining, outdoor beach picnics, farms + gardens of Mexico. You will learn about what to look for when taking travel and lifestyle shots of a local food community. We will spend 4 nights in the…
  • With Purple

    9 May 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Out Take from a Photo Shoot on Eggplants A few pictures are better than a blank page and letting days go by without popping in to write something. Non ? Et en plus elles sont toutes colorées en violet ! (And what’s more, they are all colored in purple! Lulu would certainly exclaim joyfully.) Hello everyone! I am once again sorry for not having come to visit my creative space, ici, for a while. In a nutshell: I traveled to France with Lulu, and I taught two workshops with my food stylist friend Sandra Mahut in her Parisian studio (and oh the lovely people I met, the lovely props I…
  • October 2014: A lifestyle and Cooking Workshop in Sicily

    24 Mar 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Blood Oranges Do you remember how lucky I felt when, two years ago, I was invited with a number of food writers and photographers to spend a few days at Case Vecchie, home to the Anna Tasca Lanza cooking school? Not only did I fall in love with Sicily but I started a solid friendship with Fabrizia Lanza, the amazing lady who leads the school. A year later, Fabrizia and I decided to run a workshop together at Case Vecchie. The memory of the extraordinary time I had with our diverse group stayed with me. Deeply. So, we knew we would make it happen again. Today, I am very pleased to announce…
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    Grub Street New York

  • The Cleveland’s Garden Reopens; Brunch at Pasar Malam

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    • The Cleveland has reopened the lovely garden portion of its restaurant and will soon host weekly chef dinners. [Grub Street] • Ichimura at Brushstroke just completed a renovation, and it's now sectioned off from the rest of the restaurant. [Grub Street] • Williamsburg's new Malaysian-night-market-inspired eatery, Pasar Malam, launches brunch this weekend, with an oyster omelette and egg-wrapped burger. [Grub Street] • The Brooklyn Kitchen and Victorinox Swiss Army are hosting an event called the State of Meat in New York from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 30. The panel includes…
  • Extremely Rare Japanese Dessert Coming to Kajitsu for Four Days Only

    Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Just remember, Kajitsu is closed on Mondays. As we’ve already mentioned, this is the height of cold-noodle season, and connoisseurs might want to stick around town this steamy weekend to experience perhaps the rarest variety: kuzukiri, the chilled noodle dessert made from kudzu and water and served with black sugar syrup. The arguably most famous version can be found at Kagizen, a nearly three-centuries-old confectionery shop in Kyoto. For the first time, the venerable shop will be preparing it off-site, at Kajitsu in Murray Hill, from Saturday, July 26, through Wednesday, July 30…
  • Williamsburg’s Next Starbucks Will Serve Beer and Wine

    Hugh Merwin
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Coming to 154 North 7th Street. Back in March, Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz outlined plans to bring goat cheese flatbread and chardonnay to "thousands of stores" in the form of Starbucks Evenings, the coffee chain's attempt to almost double its market value to $100 billion by proving its mettle in truffled macaroni and cheese and various other small plates. It looks like Williamsburg's decidedly humdrum first Starbucks will soon be joined by another, at 154 North 7th Street, but that one will benefit from the added pizzazz of beer, wine, and most likely more savory food. The chain…
  • This Weekend Is Your Last Chance to Go to Rodeo Bar

    Sierra Tishgart
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    R.I.P. After 27 years in business, Rodeo Bar must close because of a steep increase in rent. This Sunday will actually be the last night for honkey-tonk: At 9 p.m., the Dirty Water Dogs and "many special guests" will pour one out for the New York institution. [Earlier, EV Grieve] Read more posts by Sierra TishgartFiled Under: closings, new york, rodeo bar
  • Cupcake Truck Accused of Anti-Semitism Might Want to Go Back to Tweeting About Frosting

    Clint Rainey
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    According the one tweet, the truck went out of business in April of 2013. Someone who's been put in charge of the official account of Cupcake Crew, a one-time Vendy Award finalist that proclaims it "bakes with love daily" and may or may not be a defunct business, seemingly has an itchy Twitter finger and lots of hateful opinions. At least since January, the business has been firing off rantlike messages fairly regularly, and this week it delved right into the Israel-Palestine conflict, instead of sticking to topics like, say, red velvet or buttercream. "Ironically what the Zionist pigs are…
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    The Passionate Foodie

  • Austrians Like Them Young

    Richard Auffrey
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    At a media event at the Island Creek Oyster Bar, I learned that many Austrians like them young, and by "them," I mean their wines. Many of them don't have the patience to let wines sit in their cellars. They want their wines to be fresh and young, ready to drink as soon as it is bottled. This is a generalization, and certainly not applicable to all Austrians, but it is common throughout Austria.The Austrian Trade Commission in New York and the Burgenland Wine Marketing Board came to Boston and presented a trade seminar and tasting on Austrian red wines. We learned plenty about the…
  • Thursday Sips & Nibbles

    Richard Auffrey
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting wine and food items that are upcoming. **********************************************************1) Owner & Chef Brian Poe, alongside Executive Chef Douglas Rodrigues, are infusing more bountiful summer flavors in the brunch, lunch and dinner menus at The Tip Tap Room in Beacon Hill. Chefs Poe & Rodrigues’ menus incorporate the peak flavors of summer along with new twists to the signature “tips” and “taps” concept. New offerings from the Sunday brunch…
  • 2011 Kuentz-Bas Pinot Blanc: Alsatian For The Win

    Richard Auffrey
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tonight, I'll be sipping a variety of Alsatian wines during dinner at Puritan & Co. As I've said before, Alsatian wines are underappreciated by the average wine consumer and deserve more press, to alert wine consumers to the pleasures of these wines. This summer, many people will drink more white wines and they should check out some Alsatian whites, including the 2011 Kuentz-Bas Pinot Blanc Tradition ($16).The Maison Kuentz-Bas has a lengthy history, having been first established by the Kuentz family in 1795. One hundred years later, a marriage joined the Kuentz…
  • The 3 Rules Of Eating Seafood

    Richard Auffrey
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Summertime in New England brings lobster rolls, fried clams, grilled shrimp and more seafood treats. One of my favorite, local seafood restaurants is the Clam Box in Ipswich, which has superb fried clams and also some decadent fried lobster. Whether you drive to Cape Cod or Maine, Gloucester or Rhode Island, you'll find plenty of excellent seafood options. Whether a local or tourist, there is seafood which will tempt your palate and please your belly.However, at its most basic, what do consumers need to know about seafood?Seafood issues can be complicated, requiring extensive research and…
  • Rant: Dog Fighting

    Richard Auffrey
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    What do President Barack Obama and Inspector Harry Callahan aka "Dirty Harry" have in common?Though they might seem to be very disparate individuals, they hold a similar opinion on a controversial topic. It's a topic that divides many people, one which garners much emotion. And during this summer season, the topic is particularly relevant and may lead to heated arguments in backyards, beaches and elsewhere. I have my own stance in this controversy, counter to both the President and Dirty Harry, and I'm sure it'll anger some. However, I firmly stand by my opinion.I like ketchup on my hot…
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  • 5 Lessons from the Latest Ultra-Secret Gelinaz! Dinner in Tuscany

    Adina Steiman
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:39 pm
    If your company ever has company retreats or offsites, you've probably spent a day or two at a nearby hotel, restaurant, or banquet hall. But when Gelinaz!, the cult-like consortium of some of the most acclaimed chefs in the world, got together this week for a "spiritual retreat," they had slightly more rarified accomodations. In honor of San Pelligrino's 450th anniversary, Gelinaz! gathered at Villa Panna, the centuries-old Tuscan summer estate of the Medici family in Tuscan hills near the springs where Acqua Panna is bottled. There, founder Carlo Petrini challenged…
  • 5 Crisp White Wines to Drink Right Now

    Alessandra Bulow
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    "In summer, what we want is great acidity with a hint of residual sugar to bring a smile to our sunlit faces," says Paul Grieco, the wine director, co-owner, and general manager at New York City's Hearth and Terroir. "And what does that? Lemonade! A perfect tomato! A sexy peach! A juicy cherry! AND, Riesling." Grieco refers to himself as the "champion of Riesling" and is the founder of the Summer of Riesling, a movement that encourages people to appreciate the varietal. "My role is to engage everyone in a conversation about the…
  • Friday Pie Day: Oh My, Custard Pie!

    Rhoda Boone
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It's week 6 of our Friday Pie Day series, and today we examine the luscious world of custard pies. A custard is a delicious mixture of milk or cream, sugar, and flavorings thickened with eggs. Most custard pies start with a pre-baked or blind-baked crust and are filled with an uncooked custard mixture, then baked in the oven until the filling is set. That "uncooked" part is good news: It means that even though custard might sound intimidating, when it comes to most custard pies, you're just stirring and pouring--no anxiety about cooking the perfect custard…
  • 3 Yummy (And Easy) Egg Recipes To Try For Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner This Weekend

    Danica Lo
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Eggs -- they're what's for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner, if we had our way! Looking for a meatless protein for nutritious, wholesome summer meals? Here are three egg recipes that we'd happily dig into any time of the day. Above, New York restaurant Joseph Leonard's Company Eggs - "This dish is a great way to serve eggs for a group. Take the eggs out of the oven when the whites are slightly undercooked; carryover cooking will finish them." And an easy egg-and-carb combo that's also super-cute (reads: kids will love it) - the Egg in the Middle - "This is an…
  • Kitchen Hack: How to Cool Beer Lightning Fast

    Alessandra Bulow
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    There are few things as refreshing as a cold beer on a hot summer day. Okay, maybe two cold beers. But sometimes the unthinkable happens: someone drank all of your chilled beer (it was probably you) and the only ones left are warm. Don't panic, because we've got plenty of ideas for how to bring down the temperature of your bottle or can and make it quaffable ASAP. Here are five kitchen hacks for cooling beer quickly, including a trick that takes less than 30 seconds.   Beer Cooling Method # 1: Submerge the beer bottle or can in a bucket or large pot filled with ice water and…
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    Cooking with Friends Blog

  • Sweet and Simple Morsels of Friendship
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    This is a simple story about how making ravioli refueled a friendship. My 15 year relationship with Debbie began in her kitchen as we cooked and created our way through young motherhood. With our children just in diapers, Debbie and I shared many of the same concerns and issues like what kinds of solid foods to introduce to our babies and what sleep strategies to try in order to get a full night’s sleep.
  • Humble yet Hearty
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    I’m just back from another spectacular visit to the Algarve region of Portugal where simple food shines and descriptive words like “farm fresh” and “local” are most at home. I’ll confess that I didn’t cook a lot, though I did prepare humble lunches using basic yet fresh produce.
  • Memorial Day Marinades
    19 May 2014 | 3:38 am
    The school year is swiftly coming to a close as each week ticks by toward summer. Though it’s been a slow start to spring and we’ve been able to keep our cooking indoors, with Memorial Day weekend about here, we’ll soon be moving most of our cooking outside as we light up our grills.
  • Homemade Banana Cream Pie in Less than 15 Minutes
    5 May 2014 | 3:35 am
    Homemade banana cream pie in less than fifteen minutes? Yes, it’s possible. And I don’t mean the kind you make with instant pudding (though that’s entirely acceptable).
  • Passover Pleasures
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    A decadent pleasure of Passover is licking sweetened condensed milk right out of the can. Since my macaroon recipe uses only 2/3 of a cup, I’ve got plenty of leftovers for my fingers.
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    Food Gal

  • Palo Alto Welcomes Belcampo Meat Co.

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
      After opening its first restaurant-retail meat shop last spring in Larkspur, Belcampo Meat Co. has been on a rapid roll. Since then, it has opened in speedy succession in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and just four weeks ago in Palo Alto’s Town & Country Village. Shortly, Santa Monica will get the largest [...]
  • Not One — But Two — Summer Fruits in One Easy Tart

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
      What do you get when you combine fresh summer raspberries with juicy mangoes? A tart that’s nothing short of sensational. It is beyond easy, too. “Juicy Mango-Raspberry Crumble Tart” is from “One Bowl Baking” (Running Press) of which I received a review copy. The book is by Yvonne Ruperti, a former recipe developer and [...]
  • Three Words: Triple Chocolate Biscotti

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
      Picture a rich chocolate dough. Then, chunks of Guittard chocolate folded in. Finally, imagine the resulting cookies dunked by hand into a bath of milk and semisweet chocolate. I’d call that a triple chocolate hit. Boncora calls it its Triple Chocolate Biscotti. It’s the newest treat by Bonnie Tempesta, who founded La Tempesta Bakery [...]
  • An Indulgent Chocolate Treat From My “San Francisco Chef’s Table” Cookbook

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
      I love the dichotomy of dark chocolate and fresh mint. On one hand, you have the deep, rich weightiness of the chocolate. On the other, the breezy lilt of the tingly mint. Put them together and you get the best yin-yang: one ingredient so devilishly decadent it can’t help but lure you in, and [...]
  • A Big Helping of Dumplings and Fun at Chino in San Francisco

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Bao de chicharon at Chino in San Francisco.   Chino, which opened in May in San Francisco’s Mission District, is a celebration of exuberant street food — Asian-cum-Tacolicious style. That’s not surprising given that the playful Chinese-inspired restaurant is by the same team behind Tacolicious, which boasts four locations now, plus a Williams-Sonoma sauce and [...]
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    How To Cook Like Your Grandmother

  • How To Make Cream Cheese Pumkin Roll

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

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

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

    Drew Kime
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    I love whole pork loins. I'll take a 14-15 pound primal, cut it into thirds and get about a dozen pork chops and two good size roasts. And the sweet potatoes? Well, that's just because we got bored with Russets and fingerlings. The post How To Make Pork Loin With Sweet Potatoes appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
  • How To Make Corn Chowder

    Drew Kime
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    I usually think of chowder as a cold-weather dish. During summer when I can get fresh corn, I like it on those cool nights after it rains. I know it's not really cold, but when it drops from 95° to 80° in a few hours, it sure does feel like soup weather. The post How To Make Corn Chowder appeared first on How To Cook Like Your Grandmother.
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    BoB - Bake or Break

  • Cherry Cheesecake Muffins

    Jennifer McHenry
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Remember that Cherry-Almond Crumble I made recently? I had plenty of cherries left after my cherry shopping spree. Fresh cherries are such a treat that I knew I couldn’t let them go to waste. I started thinking how cherries and cheesecake have such a delicious history together. Knowing I couldn’t argue with that kind of track record, I quickly decided […]
  • Berry Crumb Bars

    Jennifer McHenry
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    At least once a year, I end up with a handful of recipes that are born from cleaning out kitchen cabinets and finding bits of this and that. (Hello, blondies! Hi there, cookies!) A similar thing happens in the summer when I end up with a refrigerator full of varying amounts of different berries that I don’t want to see […]
  • Upside-Down Pecan Brownie Tarts

    Jennifer McHenry
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    I bake a lot of brownies. Seriously, a lot. There are plenty here on BoB, but I also bake plenty that you don’t see. I’m not holding out on you, I promise. Brownies are just my go-to when I need/want/crave a homemade chocolate dessert. For the purposes of sharing brownies on BoB, however, I am constantly thinking of and searching […]
  • Cherry-Almond Crumble

    Jennifer McHenry
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Recently, Whole Foods asked if I’d like to help them celebrate cherry season by baking something delicious with their organic cherries. Cherries? And Whole Foods? Of course, I said yes! I have to tell you that I had a difficult time narrowing down what I wanted to bake with those gorgeous cherries. I thought of some far more elaborate desserts, […]
  • Fudgy Nutty Streusel Bars

    Jennifer McHenry
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    As much as I love taking advantage of berry season, I just can’t resist sprinkling in some chocolate here and there. Chocolate is always in season, right? My recent desire to bake something chocolate-y led me to these bars. They take advantage of a whole lot of dark chocolate along with a buttery crust, a little extra salt, and a […]
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    Skinny Chef

  • How-To Tips For A Plant-Based Diet

    Jennifer Iserloh
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Following a plant-based diet means that the main part of all your meals is mostly based on plants. Some health experts insist “plant-based diets” should be vegetarian or even vegan, while others also include small portions of animal meat or dairy products from grassfed and sustainable sources. Whether or not you choose to eat meat, you can still revamp your diet to be more plant-centric, the best way possible, with these easy tips to get more vegetables and fruit into your daily meals. If You Eat Meat If it’s in your budget, choose organic, free-range chicken, cage free and…
  • 5 Superfoods for Diabetes

    Jennifer Iserloh
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin. Diabetes plagues 25.8 million Americans have diabetes — 8.3 percent of the U.S. population, and approximately 90% of all cases of diabetes worldwide are type 2. What Is Type 2 Diabetes? People can develop type 2 diabetes at any age, though this type of diabetes develops most often in middle-aged and older people (although in recent years it has also become an epidemic with children). People who are overweight and inactive are more…
  • No-Cook Weight Loss

    Jennifer Iserloh
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Summer is a time for rejunvenation for many people, being outdoors, enjoying the sun, eating lighter and being more active. Cooking for yourself is a small time commitment that has a huge pay off, but even if you don’t know how to cook — or just want to eat better with no-cook options this summer — there’s no need to turn on your oven or stove top! Here’s the secret, get into a veggie groove! It’s easier than you think and you can choose from many simple techniques — from blending to chopping, juicing, slicing and dicing. In minutes, you can make…
  • Tomato Cantaloupe Salsa

    Jennifer Iserloh
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    The combo of heat and sweet says summer to me. Cantaloupe sweetens this perky tomato salsa flavored with hot green chilies. And if you’re not a fan of the heat, just omit or reduce the amount of chili. And as for most tomato salsas, even beginning cooks can hit it out of the park with these easy yet delicious summer dishes, kicking it up with cantaloupe for one of Summer’s best calorie-friendly dishes. Serves 8 Print Tomato Cantaloupe Salsa Rating: 51 Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 5 minutesTotal Time: 15 minutes Yield: 2 cupsServing Size: 1/2 cupCalories per serving: 30…
  • Ways to Detox After a Splurge

    Jennifer Iserloh
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Celebrating holidays with close friends and fabulous food is key to a happy lifestyle. With all the temptations from drinks, to rich dishes and desserts, it’s easy to overdo it. But there’s no reason you have to slip into bad habits throughout the week or worry that you’ve wrecked your healthy eating routine for good. Try some of these easy and tasty detox tips to get yourself back on track, in a hurry. Give Your Liver Some Love When you splurge on cocktails and sweets, it’s bad news for your liver since it has to work extra hard to process both (think of your liver…
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    We Are Never Full

  • Kitchen of Lard: Foie Gras with Bacon-Flavored Cabbage

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

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

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

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

    Jonny & Amy
    28 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Last year there was unprecedented outrage when the news broke that the meatballs being sold by more than one European grocery chain were “contaminated” with horse meat. This was big news this side of the Atlantic for two main reasons: a) the horses in question are likely to have been American horses, and b) because eating horses is disgusting and unfathomably cruel. Animal loving organizations, like the one I used to work for, were up in arms, seething at the abject slaughter of our mighty chargers by those filthy, snaggle-toothed Europeans. After all, what truly civilized country…
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  • California Club Grilled Cheese Recipe

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    What makes this California club grilled cheese sandwich special is the mashed avocado. The avocado helps to create an excellent flavor in this sandwich. This sandwich is loaded with black pepper turkey, bacon, mozzarella cheese, tomato and mashed avocado. Any type of sliced deli turkey meat will work for this recipe if you do not want to use the black pepper turkey. I like to save time by using pre-cooked bacon for these sandwiches. I like to have chips or French fries on the side. Enjoy. California Club Grilled Cheese Yield: 2 Servings Ingredients: 4 slices French bread 4 tomato slices 8…
  • Jack Daniel’s Grilled Pork Chops Recipe

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    It’s time to fire up the grill again for these Jack Daniel’s grilled pork chops. The pork chops are marinated in a Jack Daniel’s sauce and then grilled to perfection. This recipe is perfect for summer cookouts. The marinade consists of ingredients such as Jack Daniel’s whiskey, molasses, chili pepper paste and soy sauce. If you have a problem finding the chili pepper paste, a well-known brand is Gourmet Gardens and it can be commonly found in the refrigerators in the product section of Wal-Mart. For this recipe you can either use bone-in pork chops or boneless pork chops, either will…
  • Easy Enchiladas Recipe

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    If you are looking for an easy way to prepare chicken enchiladas, this recipe may be just what you need. This recipe uses store bought enchilada sauce and a mixture of sour cream and cream of chicken soup to create the sauce. The chicken is shredded and then mixed with ingredients such as green onion, taco seasoning and lime juice. You can use leftover cooked chicken or cook it yourself and then shred it. Another good option would be to use the meat from a cooked rotisserie chicken. There are various types of cheeses that will work in this recipe such as cheddar, Monterey jack or Mexican…
  • Grilled Chicken with Pico de Gallo Recipe

    7 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    This grilled chicken with pico de gallo is perfect for summer. There are many delicious ingredients that come together to give this dish a lot of flavor. This recipe does require a bit of work because you have to prepare several different components of this dish but it is delicious. The chicken breasts are marinated in and brushed with a honey mustard the sauce. The chicken is then grilled and topped with grilled red onion, crumbled bacon, and Monterey jack cheese. To add even more flavor to this chicken dish it is topped off with a fresh Pico de Gallo. The pico is a simple combination of…
  • Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich Recipe

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    This is a copycat recipe for the spicy chicken sandwich from Wendy’s restaurant. I have never had this sandwich at Wendy’s but this recipe was delicious! This sandwich consists of a spicy fried chicken fillet, lettuce, tomato and mayo on a bun. The chicken is dipped into a water and hot sauce mixture and then rolled in a mixture of seasoned flour. Most of the heat in this recipe comes from the hot sauce and the cayenne pepper. The hardest part of this recipe is breading the chicken, which does require a little bit of work but these sandwiches are so good, it is well worth the effort. You…
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    The Accidental Hedonist

  • A (Sicilian) Strawberry Tart

    Kate Hopkins
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:51 am
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  • The Millennium Gap: Why Did It Take So Long For Distilling To Take Off?

    Kate Hopkins
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    Distillation, as a process, has been known since at least the first century AD. Yet a readily reproducible process of distillation did not really take off until the 13th century or so. Why the gap of 1000 years? The answer is almost banal. Yes, a handful of people knew how to distill. The problem was with the technology. Glass broke easily, and ceramic implements were little better, as they transferred heat ineffectively, and inconsistently, depending upon the mineral content of the ceramics. In short, no one knew how to make good distilling vessels. It was the Venetians, who combined…
  • Sometimes Food Just Doesn’t Matter

    Kate Hopkins
    15 May 2014 | 12:37 pm
      In the grand scheme of things, all that happened is that a friend and I had a meal of fruit, cheese, and crackers by a river on an overcast Tuesday afternoon. Painted by these words, the moment seems a bit mundane, even hackneyed. Let’s take a moment to dress it up a bit. The river was the Rhine, and the location was found in a stretch of road certified by UNESCO as being a World Heritage site. The scenery was beautiful with castles overlooking the river from high atop of hills that seemingly run straight down into the river’s valley. Barges laden with products from north and…
  • The Science of Ethanol Fermentation

    Kate Hopkins
    5 May 2014 | 11:34 am
    A foundation of knowledge must be set before I can write/talk about the history of liquor. This is how I operate. In order for me (or anyone else) to talk/speak about, oh I don’t know, let’s say…vodka, a fundamental understanding of fermentation, distillation, and the history of similar such topics is a necessity. This is a subjective opinion, but it has worked well for me in the past, as I feel more confidence in experts when they can not only speak well of a topic, but also to items that directly (and in many cases, indirectly) influenced said topic. Consider this post…
  • Why I Vanquished My Post Archives

    Kate Hopkins
    2 May 2014 | 10:38 am
    When rebooting this site, I intentionally removed posts from Accidental Hedonist’s previous incarnation. It seems counter intuitive, doesn’t it? After all, it removed all relevant traffic from Google for posts that were (up to) ten years old. Why break that connection? Why lose that access to things previously written? I did it for a couple of reasons. For one, the archives were a mess. When I migrated to WordPress back in 2012, it played havoc with my 3000+ posts including the tags and categories attached to the posts, and I had neither the time nor inclination to clean it up.
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  • living sweetly: friday’s five

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    {things i’m loving this week: the sweetest seersucker monogrammed diaper cover for baby Bear…} {a sexy summer bikini from Australian brand TRIANGL…} {purple-grey roses to brighten up our kitchen…} {new eyeliners in the cutest makeup bag i’ve ever owned…} {… and comfy striped socks for lazy weekend mornings.}
  • baby bear: 3 month update

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:06 am
    I’ve been waiting for the right moment to do one of these little surveys, and I figure now is as good a time as any!  I’ll update this again in a few months and it’ll be fun to see how things have changed. Bear has had a wonderful first three months — his biggest struggle is that he’s so excited to see the world that he has trouble falling asleep, and an overtired newborn is brutal for everyone.  When he’s taken a good, solid mid-day nap, he’s just a little angel.  Starting at about 9 weeks old, his personality has really started to…
  • summer adventures!

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    There’s something about summer that makes me so excited for vacation destinations!  I think maybe it’s because growing up, my family always planned wonderful summer vacations — we’d drive up to Maine or Cape Cod or Vermont, and I’d head to summer camp or the beach.  And this summer is the same way — I’m itching to explore.  Bear and I are about to head to New York for our first summer adventure in just a few days, and hopefully there will be many more to come!  So when I stumbled upon the perfect dress for a summer vacation,…
  • july glamour!

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    You know your new baby has seriously warped your priorities when you realize that: (1) There’s a picture of you in the July issue of Glamour, and: (2) You somehow forgot to mention that fact on your fashion blog. Anyways, so that’s embarrassing!  But I had to finally get around to finally telling you guys!  Pick up a copy if you see one this month — pretty cool!  (It’s the one with Keira Knightly on the cover, and I’m on the last page!) Also, LOL — 2.5 months after giving birth, the last thing I feel is “sexy and I know it”…
  • happy anniversary, foster grant!

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:27 am
    With my five-year anniversary just recently passed, do you know what sounds pretty amazing?  An 85-year anniversary.  So I’m so happy to help Foster Grant celebrate theirs!  You know you’re talking about a classic brand when they’ve been around for almost a century — but the story of their origin is even cooler than I realized: they literally introduced sunglasses to America in 1929!  (The first pair they sold was a whopping ten cents — if only!) It’s a mark of how much I love this brand that most days my choice is between a $400 pair of…
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    Homesick Texan

  • Spicy zucchini pickles

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

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

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

    Lisa (Homesick Texan)
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:48 am
    How are you doing today? I’m doing fine, though I am suffering from severe Texas withdrawal. That’s what happens when you spend almost two weeks back home and are spoiled by the bounty of good food available in the Lone Star State. While I do have a few new recipes to share with y’all in the next few weeks, first I thought I’d show you some pictures from my trip, as a few of you kept asking
  • On book tour in Texas

    Lisa (Homesick Texan)
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:36 am
    Howdy from Texas! I’ll be here for the next week speaking and signing before I head to Richmond, Virginia for the Mid-Atlantic Food Writer’s Symposium. Here’s my schedule: Austin, Book People, June 10, 7pm
 San Antonio, Twig, June 11, 5 to 7pm
 Alpine, Front Street Books, June 13, 6pm
 Houston, Blue Willow, June 16, 7pm Richmond, VA, Mid-Atlantic Food Writers Symposium, June 21-22 While I
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    The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond

  • Panzanella

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    I made Panzanella this week for a segment on a future Food Network episode, and I was reminded once again just how much I love and adore it. In a nutshell, Panzanella is tomato-bread salad. I imagine it was originally created as a way to use up old, staling bread, as that is Panzanella’s key component. And I can’t remember the first time I ever tried it, but Panzanella has been one of my favorite delights for years and years. There’s just something special about it. I happened to have my camera with me the other day when I was making it, so I snapped photos of the Panzanella…
  • Jalapeño Cheddar Scones

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    I was shooting a new episode of my Food Network episode on Saturday, and I made a batch of Lemon Rosemary Scones. If you haven’t made them yet, please do so soon because they will rock your ever-loving world. But that’s not the point of this post. The point of this post is to tell you that because I made Lemon Rosemary Scones on Saturday, I still had scones on the brain. So yesterday after church, I whipped up a savory, spicy version that made my heart go pitter-pat, made my skirt fly up, and pretty much made my Sunday a little brighter. And cheesier. And spicier. These little…
  • Lemon Basil Shrimp Risotto

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    I wanted to share another one of the recipes I made with some of the roughly five trillion pounds of leftover gigantic shrimp from our Fourth of July party. And I shouldn’t even be calling it leftover shrimp. That would imply that I actually used some of the shrimp at our Fourth of July party, and that some of the shrimp was left over. But in fact, I didn’t use any of it at our Fourth of July party. I didn’t use any of it, because I have my limits when it comes to being able to cognitively multi-task and I completely forgot about it. And I didn’t even realize I had…
  • Rosé Sangria

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    I got up the morning of the Fourth made sangria! And because these photos are from the actual batch I made for the party, and because the day of the party was nuts around here, I don’t have the number of detailed photos to show you that I normally do. But you gotta trust me on this…this was absolutely delicious! Perfect for summer. Here’s how to make it.       Dice up a bunch of peaches—however many is needed to look abundant in the vessel you’re using.       Pour in 4 bottles of Rosé wine.       I like the…
  • Coconut Curry Shrimp

    8 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    As I lamented on Saturday, I completely forgot to throw a bunch of shrimp on the grill during our party on the Fourth, so wound up stuck with approximately nine million tons of the stuff. I wound up using it to my advantage, though, and making a handful of really delicious shrimp dishes. This scrumptious and exceedingly fast/easy curry dish was one of them. And man…was it ever good.       First, get some rice going! I used Basmati, because I love the flavor and light texture…and I think it’s perfect for curries. But any rice will do!       Just…
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    This Mama Cooks! On a Diet™

  • Happy National Drink Watermelon Day! #DrinkWatermelonDay

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    According to the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC, July 24th is the hottest day in the contiguous United States. That’s why the National Watermelon Promotion Board has declared today the first-ever “National Drink Watermelon Day”! Since watermelon is 92% water, it’s the perfect ingredient to make refreshing beverages or dishes that boost your hydration. You can check out my watermelon recipes for some ideas or find more recipes at What’s your favorite way to enjoy watermelon? Happy National Drink Watermelon Day! #DrinkWatermelonDay is a post from: This…
  • Healthy avocado recipe roundup

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:47 am
    Summer is the peak of avocado season. To inspire you, I thought I’d share some of my favorite avocado recipes from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet such as: Avocado Coconut & Watermelon Ice Pops Wasabi Avocado Coleslaw Gluten Free Avocado Chocolate Chip Bread Grapefruit, Salmon, and Avocado Salad Avocado and Feta Frittata Avocado Deviled Eggs Avocado Ricotta Pound Cake Guaca Mary Cocktail Chilled Avocado Soup Avocado Toast Black Bean-Avocado Salsa with Home-Baked Tortilla Chips Chipotle and Lime Guacamole Tomato, Avocado, and Cheddar Burrito You can find more avocado recipe inspiration by…
  • Banana Cardamom Crème Brûlée

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    I was sent another wonderful recipe to share with you from The Hundred-Foot JourneyThis time it’s for one of my favorite desserts, crème brûlée. The recipe was created by Chef Bal Arneson, who you might know from her appearances and shows on the Cooking Channel and Food Network. I’ve made one substitution. The original recipe calls for milk and I’ve seen many crème brûlée recipes that use cream, too. However, you can use coconut milk or cream, rice milk, almond milk, or even soy milk to make it. Coconut cream would be really decadent and would compliment the other flavors…
  • What makes you sparkle? #SparkleWithDASANI

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    This summer it seems we’ve been on the go from trip to camp to another trip to another camp. We’re barely home to eat a meal these days! My husband, Paul, has gone in one direction, the kids in another, and I’m somewhere at working in my home office accompanied by my body guard, er, dog, Nellie. So it was lovely when Paul and I could take a break from the hustle and bustle last week, and go out o dinner by ourselves with no kids around. We had a really fun dinner at Viva!, which specializes in Argentinian style cuisine. We had empanadas, which are like small, fancy Hot Pockets. We then…
  • Avocado Coconut & Watermelon Ice Pops

    Anne-Marie Nichols
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    I really can’t think of anything more fun than making homemade ice pops with your kids. It’s so easy and there are so many cool ice pop molds on the market now. I especially like the ones by Tovolo [affiliate link], which I’ve seen deeply discounted at TJ Maxx, though you can get a better variety at Amazon [affiliate link], too. Once you’ve made the initial investment, there’s really no excuse to making your own healthy ice pops using fruit, yogurt, herbal tea, various milks, and sweetening them with stevia or Swerve Sweetener. But have you ever tried making ice pops out of avocado?
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    foodgawker | foodgawker

  • Grilled Salmon Puttanesca

    healthy seasonal recipes
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Grilled Salmon Puttanesca full of flavor with capers, olives and garlic. The salmon doesn't stick to the grill if you use this trick.
  • Soft PB Chocolate Chunk Cookies

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Soft, thick chocolate chunk cookies made with brown butter and infused with peanut butter.
  • Spicy IPA Shrimp Skewers

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Grilled to perfection, these spicy IPA shrimp skewers are drizzled with a pomegranate sauce and ready in just minutes!
  • Almond Buns

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Almond buns - from Paul Lowe's new book Eat & Make.
  • Scallion Pancakes

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Α simple Greek variation of Chinese Scallion Pancakes. So simple yet so tasty! Step by step directions.
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    Flourish - King Arthur Flour's blog

  • Rustic Peach Tart

    PJ Hamel
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    “You’re a peach!” “Peachy keen!” And, all you fellow English majors out there – comment below to identify this line from one of my favorite poems: “Do I dare to eat a peach?” I do! I do! As fresh peach season creeps up the East Coast, from Georgia to South Carolina to Pennsylvania to New York, and soon to New England, I’m digging out my peach recipes. Southern-Style Peach Cobbler Like cobbler and crisp; scones and shortcake; and (drum roll, please) one of summer’s ephemeral luxuries, peach pie. Or in this case, a rustic peach tart. With…
  • Cherry-Zucchini Scones

    Susan Reid
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Despite your vigilance, despite your twice-daily visits to pick them in the garden, it happens every summer: the attack of the killer zombie zucchinis. Any living thing that can increase its presence exponentially in a mere matter of hours can’t be quite of this world, can it? You’ve tried everything to keep the population in check. Ratatouille. Caponata. Pickling it, grilling it, roasting it, turning it into bread, cake, frittata, appetizers, pie, muffins, disguising it with chocolate, even making pancakes with it. Obviously, we haven’t enough meal occasions to cope with it…
  • Beyond the lattice

    PJ Hamel
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I don’t know about you, but every time I look at a pie recipe and see one of those lattice-crust diagrams, I breathe a heavy sigh and turn the page. Or click to the next search result. To those who love weaving lattice crusts: I salute you. You tell me it’s not hard, once you get the hang of it. You tell me, “Just follow the pictures; take it one step at a time.” You’re right. I’m a reasonably intelligent person, and I should be able to follow a few simple diagrams. And then I click to the next recipe anyway. Hmmm, old dog who can’t learn new tricks?
  • Stovetop Chocolate Pudding

    MaryJane Robbins
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:48 am
    Haven’t you ever wanted to sit down and eat an entire pizza by yourself? Or how about a whole cake? (Guilty, your Honor). I have a brother who, given time, could probably devour a whole cheesecake by himself were my mother not there to bop him with a wooden spoon to make him stop. My point is that sometimes you want the whole thing all to yourself, no sharing. I think this is a real driving point behind so many of today’s convenience foods. Individual bags of potato chips have been around for a very long time; but these days you can get an individual serving of salsa to go with…
  • How to prevent dense, gluey streaks in your cake

    PJ Hamel
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    See the two slices of lemon cake above? The one on the right has a typical texture: an even, fairly close grain. But the one on the left shows streaks – areas of dense, sodden cake. Taking a bite, you’d think it was under-baked – even though it’s actually completely baked. One of my fellow King Arthur Flour test bakers, Frank Tegethoff, recently called me into the test kitchen for show & tell. We bakers often do this with one another – “Hey, wanna see something interesting?” someone will say, pulling a deflated loaf of bread, ultra-flat cookie – or…
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    My Sweet and Saucy

  • New Photo Shoot dates at Sweet & Saucy Shop

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    I am excited to announce that we have partnered with Annie Vovan Photography and Delilah Beauty again to offer more amazing chances to get yourself all dolled up and photographed with your cute little ones!  You can email or call her to sign up!
  • Father’s Day Desserts

    6 Jun 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Father’s Day is here in just about a week and we have lots of yummy treats for you to spoil your dad on this special day!  The pricing is at the end of the post! First up our naked style cake with Mustache Topper!  Flavor is decadent Chocolate Salted Caramel. Tons of cute french macarons to choose from… Mustache macarons and sugar cookies! Of course we had to do cake pops too! We can add cute toppers to cupcakes as well… Our other pre designed naked cake is our Dad’s Tie option with Oreo cake. DAD and Tie sugar cookies… We can put together a cute gift box as…
  • Mother’s Day Desserts

    3 May 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Time sure does fly by these days!  Just seems like Easter was last week and now we are unto Mother’s Day!  Well we have lots of fun options for you to get to spoil your Mother on this special day!  Below are lots of photos and then pricing at the bottom!   Our Mother’s Day naked cake is a vanilla cake with fresh strawberries baked into it and layers of strawberry ganache and strawberry buttercream! If you want to box up a yummy gift for your Mom below is great option for you for $40! If your mother is out of town you can always go to and order or…
  • Easter Desserts

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Easter time is upon us and we always love coming up with cute treats for you to have at your celebrations!  Pricing on everything is at the bottom.  We will have some Easter desserts at the front counter the Wednesday before Easter and through the weekend, but we will be closed on Easter day.  We also recommend if you want a lot of desserts or anything in particular that you call ahead or email with an order since we do tend to sell out quickly of certain items! Up first our naked carrot cake with cute little embellishments. French macarons are super popular and so we made lots of…
  • How Sweet it is to be a Mom!

    27 Mar 2014 | 10:03 am
    So excited to be partnering with Annie Vovan Photography and offering her sessions at our bakery!  She is titling the shoot “How Sweet it is to be a Mom”! She will be shooting 2 days and has limited spots so check out her website for the full details here!
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    The Perfect Pantry®

  • The Pantry Quiz #97

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Do You Know? When eggs are packed, the date is marked on the carton, numbered according to the Julian calendar. (These eggs were packed on November 11.) How long after the packing date will eggs in their shells stay fresh in the refrigerator?
  • Pasta with slow-roasted tomatoes, basil and olives {vegetarian}, and 25 Tomatoes, my new e-cookbook

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:12 pm
    When tomatoes peak in the late summer, you will not find me at the farm, buying bushels of Rutgers or Big Boys or Brandywines or Box Cars. You will not find me in the kitchen processing quarts and quarts of stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, or tomato purée, enough to feed a small village through the winter. I am not that girl. However, I do crave summer tomatoes all year long, and to be sure I get my fix, I slow-roast lots of plum tomatoes and stash them in the freezer. When I run out, as I often do, I slow-roast in the winter, too.
  • Cucumber salad with roasted lemon, mint and basil dressing {vegan, gluten-free}

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:26 pm
    What happens when you roast a lemon? It morphs from a fruit that's impossibly sour, to one that's improbably sweet. Squeeze the juice from that sweet lemon and blend it with bright, fresh herbs and fruity olive oil, and you create a salad dressing that's a little bit magical. For this simple salad, I sliced a seedless English cucumber into paper-thin slices on the mandoline, drizzled it with the dressing, and let it sit for 15 minutes so some of the dressing seeped into the cucumber. Try this with zucchini, or beets, or thin slices of boiled potato, or nectarines. I had some…
  • The Pantry Quiz #96

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Photo ID What do four herbs of the herbs in this picture of my garden have in common? (Hint: it's musical.)
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    My Wooden Spoon

  • Summer Salad – Broccoli Slaw with Chicken and Almonds #ThinkFisher

    A Cowboy's Wife
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Because of the Texas heat, we try not to use the stove or oven for long lengths of time.  This means meals are quick & easy.  In an attempt to be healthier, we try to eat a light lunch so today, I’m bringing you Broccoli Slaw with Chicken and Almonds. I got this recipe idea from my good friend, Vicki, and I was surprised I liked it to be honest.  Sometimes my brain just doesn’t even think and so it never occurred to me to saute my slaw, because otherwise, I probably wouldn’t eat it.  Since our son, Toby, is a health nerd, I’m always on the prowl for something…
  • Strawberry Milk Pops

    A Cowboy's Wife
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Everyone seemed to love the Blueberry Breakfast popsicles but asked about strawberries. Well here you go! Strawberry Milk Pops!  Truett LOVED these and honestly, they’re so easy to make and healthy enough, that you could have them all through Summer. We keep fresh strawberries on hand ALL the time. My son Toby is a health freak and fruit is a big thing in our home.  I may as well try to incorporate that into other things so that we don’t get ‘bored’ of fruit, you know?   You may want to dice up the strawberries into bite size for your kiddo.  Either way,…
  • Whiskey Steak Tips

    A Cowboy's Wife
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:32 am
    Everyone that knows me, knows that I’m not a HUGE fan of steak. Oh I eat it but I like WELL DONE and no fat. I know….so one of my favorite things to do, is make steak tips, seared to my idea of perfection, with nothing but flavor! Hope y’all enjoy and remember to ‘Pin it’! If you hover over the picture, you’ll see the red Pinterest logo. WOOHOO! Thanks to my tech girl for that. Whiskey Steak Tips   Print Cook time 20 mins Total time 20 mins   Author: Lori Ingredients 1-2 pounds of steak tips 2 table spoons of Montreal Steak Seasoning ½ cup A1 or…
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    Cooking with Amy: A Food Blog

  • Sockeye or King Salmon?

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

    Amy Sherman
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Cupcakes are cute and affordable and remind many people of their childhood birthday parties, but they were never a favorite of mine. That’s not to say I don’t have a favorite pastry from childhood. I do. It’s the éclair. Growing up I always scoured the bakery case for chocolate éclairs  The crunchy eggy pastry, the creamy filling and chocolate glaze were much more appealing than any sugar cookie or cupcake. Their appeal has not diminished and In recent years I’ve had some very memorable éclairs including a massive one at Cake Love in Washington DC and…
  • Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

    Amy Sherman
    11 Jun 2014 | 11:28 am
    Nespresso PixieWhile in Italy I noticed Nespresso boutiques everywhere. Nespresso machines use little pods of coffee that come in many different varieties and the stores are a convenient place to try them out or buy coffee. The machine I know best is the Pixie. It has a 16 bar pressure pump, is ready to brew in about 30 seconds and easily makes both espresso and lungo style coffee at the push of a button. It also takes very little room. The dimensions are just 12.83-Inch length by 4.33-Inch width by 9-1/4-Inch height.  If you want to make a cappuccino, you’ll need…
  • New & Notable Restaurants in San Francisco

    Amy Sherman
    28 May 2014 | 9:48 pm
    One of the nice perks of writing about food is being invited to restaurants and even getting to preview ones that have not yet opened. While busy writing the cookbook I have taken some breaks to see what's going on around town. Here are some highlights:Hog Island Oyster Co. Bar has long been one of my favorite little hideaways at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza. Tucked away in an awkward spot, it had fantastic views of the Bay Bridge and soul soothing clam chowder, not to mention an always stellar range of oysters on the half shell. The space is certainly not awkward any longer. Now that…
  • The Chinese Lady’s A Pot of Rice to the Wonders of Wonton

    Amy Sherman
    19 May 2014 | 9:19 am
    I can’t remember exactly when I met my friend Lorraine aka "the Chinese Lady"  cooking personality of YouTube fame, but I can tell you she is the zing of hot sauce on your plate! Even when faced with obstacles she has an infectious joie de vivre and she positively bubbles with enthusiasm, especially when she talks about food and family. Needless to say, I was charmed by her right away. She shared with me her dream of writing a cookbook so she could share her treasured won ton recipes and stories from her childhood in Hawaii and life in San Francisco, Hollywood and beyond. She…
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    Carrie's Sweet Life

  • House Vinaigrette

    3 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    I’m not a huge salad person, but when I go I go all out. This salad was homemade dressing, apple slices, sugared nuts,  dried cranberries, blue cheese and spinach. YUM! Homemade dressing is something I haven’t done much of, but it is so easy. I really need to try more. What is your favorite salad combo?       Print This!     House Vinaigrette (Slightly Adapted From: Our Pastors Wife) 1/3 – 1/2 C.  Red Wine Vinegar 2/3 C. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 tsp dijon mustartd 2 cloves garlic, pressed 1/2 tsp sugar 1 Tbls minced Shallot Salt…
  • Sticky Buns

    30 Jun 2014 | 5:04 am
      I use to love monkey bread, well I still do. But I don’t like all the prep, it takes longer then I have the patients for that early in the morning. When I saw this on pinterest I knew I had to try it. Maddy loves monkey bread and this was a great way for her to help as no knife involved. Although this was faster and quicker it didn’t have the same great flavor as monkey bread, but definitely easier in a pinch.     Print This!     Sticky Buns (From: The Jones Way) 2 small tubes buttermilk biscuits 3 T. butter, melted 1/2 c. maple syrup…
  • Strawberry Pie

    25 Jun 2014 | 4:28 am
    This months theme was “baking with summer produce.” One of our favorite activity to do in the summer is strawberry picking. We have a little farm close to our house. It so much fun. We sadly haven’t been for 2 years. But I just got the word today they are open. I know what we are doing next weekend! Here’s a good throwback to Maddy picking around age 1 1/2. We can’t wait to create memories with both girls. I personally don’t like strawberries so this pie was all for Adam. It was basically a Fathers Day gift. He loved it and said it was better then any…
  • Pepperoni Pizza Dip

    23 Jun 2014 | 5:43 am
    I made this for a football game and it was a huge huge hit. Everyone kept asking for the recipe and it was so simple to make. This is perfect for that football appetizer table.       Print This!     Pepperoni Pizza Dip (From: Shugary Sweets) 8oz cream cheese, softened 2 tsp Italian seasoning, divided 1 tsp oregano, divided 1 can (14oz) pizza sauce 8oz (2cup) shredded mozzarella cheese 1/4 grated parmesan cheese 16 pepperoni slices pinch crushed red pepper Spread cream cheese in the bottom of a dish, sprinkle with italian seasoning and 1/2 t…
  • Ultimate Turtle Cheesecake

    18 Jun 2014 | 4:54 am
    This cheesecake was heaven. So so good, rich and cream, but so so good.       Print This!     Ultimate Turtle Cheesecake (From: Delicious Meliscious, Originally From: Kraft) 24  OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 2 cups) 6 Tbsp.  butter or margarine, melted 1 pkg.  (14 oz.) KRAFT Caramels 1/2 cup  milk 1 cup  chopped PLANTERS Pecans 3 pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 3/4 cup  sugar 1 Tbsp.  vanilla 3  eggs 2 oz.  BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Heat oven to 325°F. Mix crumbs and butter; press onto bottom and 2…
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  • Harrods Maison de la Truffe Hamper

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

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

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

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

    4 May 2014 | 1:05 pm
    I’ve spent the past few days trying to be healthy. For the most part this has involved raw fruit and vegetable smoothies for breakfast, and cutting alcohol, dairy and caffeine from my diet. Today however, despite making a delicious raw spinach and avocado pasta sauce, I relented when it came to dessert. Still, this delicious Honey Cake is a great way to relent! Truth be told I baked two cakes today. The first of which really isn’t fit to blog and is a fail in every sense of the word. It was intended to be a fruit loaf, whereby I steeped the dried fruit in Earl Grey tea and used…
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    Kalyn's Kitchen®

  • 25 Favorite Amazing Salads with Feta Cheese

    Kalyn Denny
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    For all the other people who love Feta like I do, here are my 25 favorite amazing salads with Feta cheese.For more than nine years I've been posting new recipes several times a week on Kalyn's Kitchen, as well as regularly updating older ones that aren't up to current standards.  And no doubt about it, doing that regularly plus the social-media related tasks that go along with blogging is very much a full-time job.  Not that I am complaining; I love doing it, but sometimes even bloggers  need a vacation, and in the next couple of weeks I'm going to be taking two of…
  • Cucumber, Avocado, and Garbanzo Salad with Feta, Lemon, and Mint (Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Loved the fresh garden mint in this Cucumber, Avocado, and Garbanzo Salad with Feta, Lemon, and Mint.A few weeks ago I had a couple of avocados on my counter that were crying out to be used, so I started thinking about how to use them.  I improvised with inspiration from this salad and the lemon-Feta vinaigrette from this salad, and the resulting combination of flavors in this Cucumber, Avocado, and Garbanzo Salad with Feta, Lemon, and Mint was really a wow for me. The first time I made the salad I didn't take photos, so the next time my nephew Jake came to cook we made the salad again,…
  • Grilled Zucchini Greek Salad (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Grilled zucchini replaces the cucumbers in this delicious Grilled Zucchini Greek Salad!  (For Phase One Fridays I feature Phase One Recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites.  For four weeks in a row now I've gotten zucchini at the farmers market, so I think zucchini season is officially here and it's time to make this Grilled Zucchini Greek Salad!  This is a simple idea, but it's something I've made over and over since I came up with it years ago.)When I visited Athens in 1998, I ate salads with cucumbers, tomatoes, green bell pepper, cucumbers, onions,…
  • Grilled Fusion Chicken (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    This Grilled Fusion Chicken has a great combination of flavors.(Updated with better photos and step-by-step instructions, July 2014.)  Back in the early days of my blog I wrote about how to make juicy grilled chicken breasts that are perfect every time and I followed it up with some grilled chicken recipes.  Here's a recipe from back then that I adapted from Sunset Magazine, and really enjoyed the result.  I made this again recently with my niece Kara so we could take some new photos, and we changed the ingredients just slightly to give it even more flavor.  In the new photos I'm…
  • Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Make "noodles" from zucchini and use them for this Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad; so delish!When I posted Three Ways to Make Noodles from Zucchini and Other Vegetables, I promised to share some new recipes using the noodles, and I've made this Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad several times now, and gobbled it up every time.  This recipe is a low-carb and gluten-free offspring of my Pasta Salad with Italian Sausage, Zucchini, Red Pepper, and Olives, a recipe I've been making for years and years for family parties.  This mock pasta salad could be served as a side dish,…
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    Spicy Tasty

  • Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Tomato Pasta

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

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

    18 Jun 2014 | 4:41 pm
      Maavadu is pickled baby mangoes, a traditional South Indian pickle. During the summer season we make this pickle and enjoy through out the year. Maavadu and curd rice are the best combination. My mom and sister usually buy a lot of these baby mangoes and make pickles every year for us. These are brought by my parents from India and am enjoying fresh pickles this year. Ingredients: Vadu maangai  - 1 kg (baby mangoes less than 2″ in size) Mustard seeds – 50 gram Long dried red chilies – 6 Turmeric powder – 4 tbsp (or whole turmeric – 3) Sea Salt or Rock…
  • Rava Laddu – Sooji Laddu (version 2)

    4 Jun 2014 | 1:04 pm
      Rava Laddu or Sooji Laddu is a popular Indian sweet made specially for Diwali festival and also on special occasions. It is easy to make and takes only a few minutes. There are different versions of this laddu but this is my favorite and my mom’s recipe. It has a smooth texture and it just melts in your mouth. Sooji and sugar are finely ground and mixed together and made into laddus with ghee. It is generally tough to fine grind sooji (rava) at home. So my mom gives it to the flour mill for grinding. But for people who live abroad, you can bring finely ground sooji from India or…
  • Mango Cheesecake

    22 May 2014 | 9:01 am
      Are you looking for an easy cheesecake recipe then you are in the right place. Though it is a bit time consuming for the preparation, baking and cooling process, the recipe is simple. But you have to plan ahead to make this cake. It is a perfect dessert for parties and get-togethers.  It is summer time… So let’s enjoy some tropical fruit dessert. Preparation/cooking time: 2 hours (plus inactive time 8 hrs) Servings: 10 Ingredients: Cream Cheese – one 8 oz package (226 gram) Ricotta Cheese – 16 oz (454 grams) Mango pulp – one 32 oz can (850 gram) Graham…
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  • Rigatoni alla Buttera

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    Prep Time:10 minutes Cook Time:25 minutes   Tagged: crushed red pepper, crushed tomatoes, heavy cream, italian sausage, onion, parmesan cheese, peas, rigatoni, How about making Rigatoni alla Buttera! It's a simple combination using Italian sausage, crushed tomatoes, peas and heavy cream for a great flavor for dinner. This is part of our Now Get in the Kitchen Series. Can’t wait to dive in! It’s a hearty sauce and big open noodles to catch all of the flavors!   Ingredients 1 pound Italian sausage1 white onion, choppedCrushed red pepper, pinch2 (28-ounce) cans crushed…
  • Potato Cupcakes

    10 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
      Tagged: cupcakes, potato, A tasty snack that is quick to fix and with a dollap of chutney and some arabic bread is perfect for movie night.   Ingredients Tarragon2 1/4 lbs boiled and cooled whole potatos4 eggs separated SaltTurmericFresh black pepper 1/4 cup vegetable oil or canola oil Preparation Boil potatoes for about an hourPeal and cool them completely until ready to be gratedMix with egg yolks tarragon turmeric ,oil, salt and pepper Whisk egg white until peeks formFold the egg white with the mixed potato. .Grease cup cake pan and fill the mixture half way through Bake in…
  • Beetroot Salad

    7 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    Serves:4   Tagged: salad, Vegetables grow all season round even in the desert heat,  snack on a light salad with tangy beetroot dressing   Ingredients 2 Beetroots boiled and cooled and cut into wedgesGoats’ cheese or fetaRoasted sunflower seeds Mixed fresh organic garden leaves like rocket or different kinds, as you like FOR DRESSINGBeetroot juice Organic apple cider vinegarOrganic pomegranate molasses Organic balsamic vinegar Saltblack pepper Preparation In a pan - reduce the dressing. Remove from heat and add olive oil and mix Arrange the salad the way you like and drizzle…
  • Sticky Caramel Date Cake

    3 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
      Tagged: cake, caramel, A delicious cake using a fruit that grows everywhere in bahrain, with date molasses and a rich caramel topping   Ingredients 1/2 cup unsweetened butter softened1/4 cup veg oil3 eggs1/2 cup sugar 1 cup roasted walnutsVanilla 1 tsp 1 cup hot water1/4 cup date molasses1/3 cup rose water1 cup date pitted then mixed with hot water 1 tsp baking soda mix 2 cups all purpose flour1 tsp baking powder1 tsp cinnamon powder1/4 tsp. nutmeg powder1/4 salt Preparation With a beater beat the soft butter with 1/2 cup granulated sugar until soft add the eggs gradually add the…
  • Fresh Raspberry Coffee Cake

    3 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    Prep Time:20 minutes Cook Time:50 minutes   Tagged: fresh raspberries, streusel, Fresh From Florida the yummiest coffee cake ever!   Ingredients 1/4 cup butter1 egg1/2 teaspoon salt2 cups self-rising flour1 cup sugar3/4 cup whole milk2 cups fresh raspberriesStreusel topping:1/4 cup butter, softened1/2 cup sugar1 teaspoon cinnamon1/3 cup regular flour Preparation For the cake:Pre-heat oven to 375 degreesMix butter and sugar together. Add egg and continue to mix on low.Gently pour in milk and mix.Pour in flour and salt, then begin mixing again on low.Once batter is smooth (won’t…
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    Comments on: Homemade Butter

  • By: Santi

    30 Jun 2014 | 4:25 am
    I do not remember the taste of home butter to be remembered a great recipe
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    Phyllis M.
    21 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    Forgot to say I am from New England also….New Hampshire. Come on up sometime if you have never visited lovely New England! Phyllis
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    Phyllis M.
    21 Jun 2014 | 8:06 am
    I have been making butter for over 46 years. You SOULD WASH your better after draining the buttermilk off!! Removing the rest of the proteins and milk off allows the butter to store much better and longer without it souring specially if you want to leave covered in a cupboard say a 1/4 pound to a 1/2 a pound a time depending on your usage. I have NEVER heard of NOT washing butter! I now use my food processor or blender (come a long way in 20 years!). I do a pint at a time. After each batch, I put the butter in bowl until al cream has been processed. Then I put about 1 1/2 cup back in which…
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    william geitgey
    6 May 2014 | 5:02 am
    Hi Jesse ! Havnt seen much of you on your website lately. Hope you havnt been sick ! None of my business, but just curios !
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    Elegant Cakes – How To Make Fresh Homemade Whipped Cream
    28 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
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    Appetite for China

  • Mango Pudding

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

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

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

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

    Diana Kuan
    13 Mar 2014 | 4:19 pm
    I had been meaning to update this recipe for a while. Whenever I teach Intro to Sichuan cooking classes, we focus on simple and easy-to-love stir-fry dishes such as Kung Pao Chicken, Mapo Tofu, and Dan Dan Noodles. But anyone who has spent enough time in good Sichuan restaurants is bound to eventually try a dish listed as Chongqing chicken, Sichuan chicken with chilis, wok-fried chicken, or a number of similar names. (Lazi jiding is the name in Mandarin.) And inevitably in every class, when I go around the room during the intro ice-breaker and have students list their favorite Sichuan dish of…
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    Recipe Girl

  • High Energy Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

    Lori Lange
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    What?  Cookies for breakfast?  Yes, this recipe gives you permission to eat cookies for breakfast > these are High Energy Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies! I know I’m likely to get a lot of flack for posting a recipe for breakfast cookies.  Though I’m totally and completely on board with the idea, it wasn’t mine!  This recipe comes from the cookbook, Good Morning Baking!  Delicious Recipes to Start the Day by Mani Niall.  My collection of cookbooks doesn’t need any bulking up, but breakfast cookbooks are simply a huge draw for me.  I love flipping through a…
  • Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

    Lori Lange
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Here’s more of that Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See! >> On Parade Magazine‘s blog this week, I shared 10 SUPER EASY FREEZER JAM RECIPES - no canning required!  These all take a short amount of time to make, they all call for fresh summer fruit, and you can pour them in jars or little plastic tubs and store them in the freezer so they last you through the winter!  Check out the recipes and click through until you find one that is perfect for your family.  I want to make them all- especially the Nectarine Freezer Jam! I also shared WHOLE WHEAT…
  • How to Steam Lobster

    Lori Lange
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you spot a live lobster at the market, don’t be afraid… they’re easy to cook! > How to Steam Lobster Every summer on our beach vacation to Massachusetts, we eat lobster rolls like crazy (duh), but we always eat whole lobsters at least once.  Sure, you can order lobster at a restaurant for a gazillion dollars, or you can find them on sale at a seaside market (or buy them cheaper on the docks as the fishermen come in!)  Cooking them at home is a much more affordable option, and it’s super easy to do. Yeah, here’s me getting wild and crazy with some live…
  • Beach House Cosmos

    Lori Lange
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a beachy cocktail that is perfect for celebrating summer > Beach House Cosmos I may be posting a few cocktail recipes this summer, but really and truly I’m not at all a drinky-drink kind of girl.  It’s usually wine or bust for me.  But I’ve been expanding my horizons and trying new things.  All of the cocktails I’ve been posting I’ve absolutely loved.  And this one I’m sharing with you today was the best one ever!! We hung out at a beach house this summer for a couple of weeks.  You’ll be seeing a few “beach…
  • Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Lori Lange
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    These ice cream sandwiches are made from homemade cookies and homemade ice cream > Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches There is no cookie on this planet that makes me happier than a snickerdoodle.  It’s like a sugar cookie overdosed with cinnamon.  And for a non-chocoholic like me, it’s a cookie-lover’s dream.  Add that to some homemade cinnamon ice cream sandwiched in the middle, and you’ve got like the best summer dessert ever.  Snickerdoodle Ice Cream sandwiches- genius! This recipe comes from Cookies & Cream- Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice…
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    What's For Lunch Honey? | Experience Your Senses

  • Roasted Chicken with Jasmine Petal Garam Masala, Saffron, Hazelnuts and Honey and a Quinoa Tabouleh

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    Summer time usually means a lot of spontaneous entertaining and I love having friends over on the spur of the moment. Then often a time it will be something quick, easy and put together with simple ingredients not requiring too much fussing over. A tapas or mezzeh menu, barbecued meats and fish or... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
  • Donna Hay: Ricotta Lemon Slice with Summer Berries

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    It’s been a while! I’ve been missing around here for the past several weeks – I know but my thoughts have been here. Summer has taken control of me and all my time. While we are enjoying the long warm days and evenings, I’ve been engulfed with several projects and photo jobs that have dominated... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
  • Workshop: Helsinki 2014 - The Heat is On!

    18 Jun 2014 | 12:18 am
    No two workshops are ever the same. Each one seems to come with its own set of rules, dynamics and chaos. Each one has different challenges and other highlights. When one thing works for one workshop by no means does it mean it will work for the next one. One sells out within days the other takes... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
  • Dubai 2014: Food Styling and Photography Workshop

    4 Jun 2014 | 3:37 am
    It's happening again! The Dubai food photography and styling workshop has become an annual highlight and I am very thrilled to present this year's workshop with a few new features and elements to shake things up. Diarize the dates: 11th - 12th October 2014 for a two day food styling and... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
  • Mujadara Jnoubiyeh - Lebanese Lentil and Bulgur Pilaf and Cabbage Salad with Za’atar and Sumac

    28 May 2014 | 1:17 am
    Weimar – Brussels – Normandy Coast – Paris – Weimar Weimar – Valdobbiadene – Rome - Amalfi Coast – Venice - Weimar We are thinking of getting away. Satisfy the itch on our feet, packing up and heading to different shores. Not the travel we have been doing for work, workshops or photo shoots but the... [Read the rest of this post on my website]
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    Freezer Burns: Video Frozen Food Reviews from the Frozen Food Master, Gregory Ng

  • Klondike 100 Calorie English Toffee and French Vanilla Bars Video Review (Ep678)

    Gregory Ng: The Frozen Food Master
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Diet ice cream is a tricky thing to review. On one hand it never tastes like ice cream. On the other hand, it is cold, sometimes chocolately, and sometimes enough to satisfy your sweet tooth just enough to make you forget that it is not full fat ice cream. Take this Klondike 100 Calorie English Toffee and French Vanilla Bars for example. It promises to be sweet, indulgent, and cold. It wasn’t all 3… The Frozen Food Master reviews the Klondike 100 Calorie English Toffee and French Vanilla Bars. He will tell you how these frozen products looks, smells, and tastes in this video…
  • Saffron Road Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dessert Mini Tarts Video Review (Ep677)

    Gregory Ng: The Frozen Food Master
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Saffron Road typically makes savory meals but now they are entering the dessert arena! I was pretty excited to see that they came out with these Saffron Road Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dessert Mini Tarts and to top it off, all you have to do is thaw and serve! But the most important question is how does it taste? The Frozen Food Master reviews the Saffron Road Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dessert Mini Tarts. He will tell you how these frozen products looks, smells, and tastes in this video review episode of Freezerburns. Read the Nutrition Facts and Ingredients of the Saffron Road Salted Caramel…
  • Klondike Rocky Road Ice Cream Bars Video Review (Ep676)

    Gregory Ng: The Frozen Food Master
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Klondike has decided to take their classic ice cream bar and kick it up a notch. And by notch I mean fill it with chocolate and marshmallow ice cream and coat the chocolate coating with almonds. I happen to like Rocky Road ice cream but I didn’t realize how much until I tried this one! The Frozen Food Master reviews the Klondike Rocky Road Ice Cream Bars. He will tell you how these frozen products looks, smells, and tastes in this video review episode of Freezerburns. Read the Nutrition Facts and Ingredients of the Klondike Rocky Road Ice Cream Bars meal below: NUTRITION FACTS: Serving…
  • Saffron Road Beef Bulgogi Video Review (Ep675)

    Gregory Ng: The Frozen Food Master
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    To date, there has not been good authentic tasting Korean food from the freezer aisle. Saffron Road has been consistently good with their authentic world cuisine meals but they struck out with the last Korean meal I reviewed. Now comes the Saffron Road Beef Bulgogi with Brown Rice meal. It is inspired by the famous “fire meat” dish popular in Korean restaurants. Can Saffron Road do it this time? The Frozen Food Master reviews the Saffron Road Beef Bulgogi with Brown Rice meal. He will tell you how these frozen products looks, smells, and tastes in this video review episode of…
  • DiGiorno Thin & Crispy Pepperoni and Peppers Pizza Video Review (Ep674)

    Gregory Ng: The Frozen Food Master
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    When it comes to pizza I like crusts of all thickness. But if I have my choice I almost always go for thin crust. I like the ratio of toppings to crust and the feeling of not feeling super stuffed after gorging myself on the fifth and sixth piece. This DiGiorno Thin & Crispy Pepperoni and Peppers Pizza promises to be “fresh tasting’ and “flavorful”. WIll it be good? The Frozen Food Master reviews the DiGiorno Thin & Crispy Pepperoni and Peppers Pizza. He will tell you how these frozen products looks, smells, and tastes in this video review episode of…
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    Savings Lifestyle

  • Rite Aid Deals: Sale Week of July 27

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:23 pm
    If you are new to Rite Aid Shopping, please read the Rite Aid Coupon Policy + FAQ where we explain how to shop and save the most at Rite Aid. Most of this information may seem a little confusing until you know how to shop at Rite Aid.View the full list of Rite Aid sales and create a custom shopping list.Here are a few of our recommended hot items to pick up this week:Prices and sales may vary by store.Rite Aid +UP RewardsBuy $15 in participating Unilever products, Get $5 +UP, Limit 2; Offer expires 8/2/14Axe Antiperspirant Deodorant or Body Spray – $4.002/$8.00 (or $4.79 Each)Excludes:…
  • CVS Deals: Sale Week of July 27

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    If you are new to CVS Shopping, please read my Top 5 Tips to Play CVS where we explain how to shop and save the most at CVS! Most of this information may seem a little confusing until you know how the play the CVS game.View the full list of CVS sales and create a custom shopping list.Here are a few of our recommended hot items to pick up this week:CVS ExtraBucksGet $1 ECB wyb 1 Participating Bic Disposables, Limit 1Bic Disposables, 3 – 10 ct – $6.99$3.00/1 BIC Disposable Razor; Excludes Trial and Travel Size – 7-27-14 SS – (exp. 08/23/14)Out-of-Pocket Price:…
  • Walgreens Deals: Sale Week of July 27

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    If you are new to Walgreens Shopping, please read the Top 5 Tips to Play Walgreens where we explain how to shop and save the most at Walgreens! Most of this information may seem a little confusing until you know how the play the Walgreens game.View the full list of Walgreens sales and create a custom shopping list.Here are a few of our recommended hot items to pick up this week:Walgreens Balance RewardsBuy 1 participating Carmex product, Get 2000 Points (=$2.00)Carmex Healing Cream, 4 oz or Lotion, 5.5 oz – $2.99Out-of-Pocket Price: $2.99Final Price: $0.99Buy 1; Includes 2000 Points…
  • Target Deals: Sale Week of July 27

    Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Before you shop, check out the Target printable coupons. Also be sure to take advantage of the Target Price Matching Policy as you shop.View the full list of Target sales and create a custom shopping list.Here are a few of the best deals to pick up this week:Target Gift Card Rewards$10 Target Gift Card WYB 4 Household Items ListedDowny Fabric Softeners, 120 load – $7.99$0.50/1 Tide Detergent, Boost, To Go, or Washing Machine Cleaner; Downy Fabric Softener; or Bounce; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day, Tide Simply Clean & Fresh, Pods,…
  • CVS Deals: $0.46 Ragu Pasta Sauce {Begins 7/27}

    Savings Lifestyle: Amber
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Many locations will be getting either a $0.60/2 Ragu Products or a $0.40/2 Ragu Products coupon in the newspaper this week.Ragu is on sale at CVS beginning 7/27, and this is a great deal – with or without coupons!Check out this sale: $1.67 Ragu Pasta Sauce, 23.9 – 24 oz $3 ECB WYB (3) ~ Limit 1 $0.60/2 Ragu Products; Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip – 7-27-14 RP (exp 08/24/14) $0.40/2 Ragu Products; Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip – 7-27-14 RP (exp 08/24/14) Net Price $1.37 each | $0.46 – $0.67 each after…
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    Indian Food Recipes | Andhra Recipes | Indian Dishes Recipes | Sailu's Kitchen

  • Coconut Sevai

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

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Savory muffins are among the most simple, fast and easy breakfast recipes for kids. My kid's favorite flavor combination is healthy spinach, corn & cheese. The post Savory Muffins appeared first... Read rest of the story at my blog,
  • Banarasi Aloo Matar Sabji

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    Banarasi Aloo Matar Sabji, an everyday home style sabji that goes well with roti and rice. A gem among simple sabji recipes with potatoes, peas & tomatoes. The post Banarasi Aloo Matar Sabji... Read rest of the story at my blog,
  • Mangalorean Chicken Curry

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Mangalorean chicken curry - special dish of the Bunt community. Kori Gassi or Mangalore chicken curry with coconut goes well pundi, rotti, neer dosa & rice. The post Mangalorean Chicken Curry... Read rest of the story at my blog,
  • Neer Dosa Recipe

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Learn how to make Neer dosa recipe with chicken curry, a Mangalore style speciality. Easy South Indian breakfast dish prepared with rice & coconut. The post Neer Dosa Recipe appeared first on... Read rest of the story at my blog,
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    Nibbles of Tidbits, a Food Blog

  • Quick Reference Baby Shower & Bridal Shower Food Ideas.

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    I’m not sure where the baby shower idea and photo (above) originated, but think it’s adorable, thus post it here along with my favorite bridal shower FOOD idea (below). More baby shower food ideas are here — More about my Cupcake Bridal Shower Cake is here.
  • The World’s Most Expensive Food For Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
  • Blaze Pizza Unexpectedly Bursts Ahead Of Its Formidable Competition.

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:12 pm
    We love to build our ideal Pizza for a fair fixed price and can now do it at Blaze Pizza. Tell them exactly what you want on your Pizza and they’ll make and blaze it for you. Pick a Sauce, Cheese, Meat and/or Vegetables, or mix a few, several, or all if you like. Blaze Pizza offers Kalamata Olives, Pineapple, Roasted Garlic and Red Bell Peppers, sautéed Onions, Jalapenos and Artichoke Hearts, all my favorites, and more than what’s shown here. Its Thin Crust cooks fast and we realize we like Blaze Pizza slightly better than its local competition, Pieology, which has…
  • Alegria Cocina Latina In Long Beach For Sangria, Flamenco & More.

    8 Jul 2014 | 11:26 pm
    It was great to be back at Alegria Cocina Latina in Long Beach.  I have old memories there.  It’s probably been over 15 years since I’ve been to Alegria and it looked just as good, if not better than I remember.  It has new owners who continue to care for and enhance it.  I’ve always liked the bright, multi-colored tile floor, stylish bar and outdoor patios, and their Sangrias of course.  Nobody does them better! A lot of care and time is put into making them. They offer a Red, White and Seasonal Sangrias all the time. Alegria’s cuisine is a fusion of…
  • Recipe Photo Contest Reveals More About Food Than Photography.

    2 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    From a Potato Contest I’ve learned to appreciate Ground Turkey, and other dishes I wouldn’t choose to make – At least there’s that, since my photos haven’t produced many wins. * The pictured is not an official entry in the contest. The chosen ones are much better, I think.
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    Whisk: a food blog

  • Rainy-Day, Comforting (Best) Ratatouille

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

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
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  • Ottawa and Taffy on the Snow

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

    23 Jan 2012 | 4:06 am
    The best part of Ottawa is the Rideau Canal Skateway, which is the world's largest skating rink. When all sections are open, it stretches 7.8 km (4.8 miles). The season seems short as the ice tends to last for four to six weeks, if we're lucky. And a skate on the canal for me always ends with a BeaverTail. Freshly made bread dough is dipped in hot oil and then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. The line ups are always long, but worth the wait for this bite of sweetness. BeaverTail shacks have been around since 1978 and started in Ottawa. Now franchises can be found in other parts of Canada,…
  • Taste & Travel (Issue 2, Summer 2011)

    22 Jan 2012 | 7:44 pm
    The Summer issue of Taste & Travel is on store shelves now. Travel to several countries and savour the unusual and delicious recipes between the pages of this gorgeous magazine. This issue covers the Yucatán, Paris, Rome, Adelaide, Merida, Malaysia, and New York. You'll see a preview of David Sterling's forthcoming book on the cuisine of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, a feature about the glorious food in Ottawa's backyard, details about the legendary Knysna oyster from South Africa and get a visual taste of the Chelsea Market in New York City. You'll find recipes for eel, elk, goat,…
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  • Rarely Expressed Well: Meat Temperature

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

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

    25 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The Queens Economic Development Corporation, the Queens Tourism Council, and lead sponsor Fairway Market are proud to invite you to attend Queens Taste 2014 at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel from 6:00 P.M. till 9:00 P.M. on Tuesday, 29 April.
  • "Seasoned" Greetings 2013

    25 Dec 2013 | 10:26 am
    Wishing you all the pleasures of a splendid holiday table with the ones you love. Merry Christmas!
  • Coffee on the Lower East Side? Whynot!

    24 Dec 2013 | 6:47 am
    Fabulous coffee and tantalizing croissants summoned my taste buds back to Whynot Coffee—this time to its Lower East Side outpost at 175 Orchard Street. Unlike the '60s Parisian motif of the original, the theme of this site is that of an art gallery. The spacious interior affords a fine setting in which to enjoy coffee and the art surrounding it. The inaugural exhibit—works by Brooklyn artist...
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    Eat Real

  • Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

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

    Sandy Smith
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Leftovers...everyone has them. Some people plan them, others despise them, and some view them as a happy consequence of making too much of a good thing.I happen to like leftovers most of the time. There are some foods that do very well giving an encore performance and others that are opening-night stars but flame out. The thing is, this definition changes with the eater. What I consider to be a bang-up leftover meal might make you reach for the phone and a takeout menu.I decided to make a list of the items I find myself looking forward to as leftovers and the ones I usually suffer through…
  • Chocolate Velvet with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

    Sandy Smith
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Chocolate. It heals all wounds. Stops time. Says "I love you" or "I'm sorry" or "it's Tuesday" in every language. Chocolate doesn't judge, it just offers it's broad shoulders for crying on or hoisting to celebration.So, what, exactly, is Chocolate Velvet? "Velvet" is not an actual pastry term. It's a little like saying "Chocolate Surprise," but more descriptive. To me, this dessert is something like the love child of chocolate mousse and a brownie: creamy and smooth, it melts in your mouth, but it's dense and intensely chocolaty. You can eat it warm or chilled. You can eat it plain or capped…
  • Apple Cinnamon Granola with Roasted Almonds and Pepitas

    Sandy Smith
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Yesterday, I ran 41 miles. Then I came home, slept, watched the World Cup and ate delivery pizza, and pretty much called it a day. Today, I'm a little more ambitious. I toasted an English muffin and spread peanut butter on it. I got my sneakers on my feet. I walked up and down the stairs and didn't cry. Also, I made a batch of this super-delicious granola because it is unbelievably easy to make, is perfect over Greek yogurt, and it doesn't require more than a few minutes of standing to produce it. Also, it's pretty good for you, which is a nice thing when your body is trying to recover from…
  • Better Banana Bread

    Sandy Smith
    19 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    Everyone and his or her mother (and her mother) has a go-to banana bread recipe. If you purchase bananas with any regularity, at some point you'll need one because bananas are in a race against humanity and start browning the moment you look at them in the store. I have perhaps 10 banana bread recipes--all of them different, and all of them delicious. This version is distinguished by its virtues, namely Greek yogurt and whole wheat flour. The fat I've chosen is coconut oil, which gives this bread a come-hither aroma and a subtly exotic flavor. Coconut oil lends richness and moisture to…
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    $5 Dinners

  • Slow Cooker Peach Oatmeal {New Recipe in 31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals Series}

    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    So, we have a peach issue around here. Not only do we like to eat them. We like to throw them. (And by ‘we,’ I mean Cuatro.) (See video evidence here.) It’s not my fault that they look exactly like tennis balls…and that they beg to be thrown, when you are an 18 month old. A few weeks ago, I kept hearing thud. Thud. THUD. {giggle from an older kid} More thuds. Thuds. THUDS. {full blown laughter} I was in the kitchen working on something and came around the corner into the dining room (at that time, it was the staging area for our July 4th Ranch Weekend…
  • Sunday Coupon Preview – 7/27

    Jenn K
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    Want a sneak peak at what coupons are in this Sunday’s paper? There is scheduled to be FIVE INSERTS: 2 Smart Source, 1 P&G, and 2 Red Plum inserts in this weekend’s paper. $1.00/1 Birds Eye Voila Variety; DND – 7-27-14 SS (exp 11/13/14) $0.25/1 Bounty Napkin; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 7-27-14 PG (exp 08/31/14) $0.25/1 Bounty Towels or Napkin; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 7-27-14 PG (exp 08/31/14) $0.25/1 Cascade Product; Excludes Trial and Travel Size;…
  • Featured Pinterest Board: Green Summer Veggies

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
      I love all the varieties of fresh, green summer veggies this time of the year. Take advantage of all the cheap prices and in season veggies this summer. Make sure you freeze or can extras to be enjoyed all winter long. I have a lot of recipes to share with you today! Take a look at some of my favorite Green Summer Veggies… Vegetarian Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Sweet Potato Zucchini Frittata  Angel Hair with Julienned Zucchini Zucchini Pineapple Bread Summer Squash Pasta Salad Oven Roasted Green Beans Sauteed Okra Smothered Okra with Chicken and Rice Fried Green Tomatoes And,…
  • 31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals: Goulash

    Jenn K
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Goulash…what is goulash really?! I have this impression of goulash from what we used to make in when I lived in the Dominican Republic…an impression of ‘just dump whatever veggie in with the meat and toss in some kind of sauce and done. Goulash. I have no idea where that impression came from…but it stuck. It’s not really that, but sorta that. Anyways, here is my slow cooker version. It’s delicious! Get the full recipe for Slow Cooker Goulash here. Welcome to our 31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals! July is a HOT month for most of us and one of my favorite ways to…
  • Checkout 51: Save on Apples, Prego, Dole Pineapple Juice, Annie’s Mac & Cheese, M&M’s + More

    Jenn K
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    New coupons have been added to the free coupon app, Checkout 51, including savings on the following: Annie’s Homegrown Macaroni & Cheese, any = Cash back: $0.25 Apples, any = Cash back: $0.25 Crystal Farms Shredded Cheese, any = Cash back: $0.50 DOLE Pineapple Juice, any canned = Cash back: $1.00 Edward’s Pie, any 23.5 oz or larger = Cash back: $0.25 Ken’s Vinaigrette Dressings, select varieties = Cash back: $0.50 LAY’S potato chips, any 9 oz or larger = Cash back: $0.25 M&M’S, any = Cash back: $0.25 McCormick Grill Mates Steak Sauce, any = Cash back:…
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    MyGourmet Connection

  • Baked Stuffed Vidalia Onions

    Lynne Webb
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Try these baked stuffed Vidalia onions as a satisfying substitute for potatoes or pasta. They're easy to prepare and the dish really capitalizes on the delicious sweetness of the Vidalia variety. Get the full recipe →        
  • Chipotle Crab Cakes w/Jalapeño-Honey Mayo

    Lynne Webb
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    A perfect blend of smoky, spicy, sweet and tangy flavors, these crab cakes are made with lump crabmeat, scallions, cilantro, chipotle chiles and lime and served with a light, flavorful combination of mayonnaise, chopped jalapeños, honey and fresh lime zest. Get the full recipe →        
  • Grilled Chicken and Tomatillo Tostada

    Lynne Webb
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    Chicken tostadas generally call for either sliced avocado or guacamole to add a smooth, creamy element to the dish. We decided to mix things up a bit and use a sauce made from tangy tomatillos instead. Tomatillos quickly cook down to a thick, smooth sauce and their citrusy flavor offsets the spicy rub on the chicken quite nicely. As a shortcut, you can use pre-cooked chicken from the supermarket instead of grilling your own, but be sure to make your salsa fresh for best flavor. Get the full recipe →        
  • Oven-Roasted Pulled Pork Sandwiches

    Lynne Webb
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    This recipe requires a lot of cooking time, but the prep time is really minimal. Mix up your rub ingredients, sauce ingredients and coleslaw and you're pretty much done and waiting for the low, slow oven (or slow cooker - see notes) to work it's magic on the pork. Get the full recipe →        
  • Cauliflower, Bacon and Tomato Medley

    Lynne Webb
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    This easy, flavorful medley starts with cauliflower florets simmered until crisp-tender with lightly sautéed onion and garlic, cider vinegar and a bit of sugar, then adds grape (or cherry) tomatoes, bacon and fresh parsley to finish the dish. It makes a delicious accompaniment for grilled pork or barbecued chicken and can be served either warm or at room temperature. Get the full recipe →        
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    Eat Boutique - handmade food giftbox, homemade, homespun, gift basket, food that hugs you back

  • What We’re Loving: Avocado

    Rachel Wilson
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    I usually try to eat as locally and seasonally as possible, but there are some foods for which I’ll make an exception. Until I move back to California and get an avocado tree in my yard, avocado will have to be one of those foods. We always have some on hand these days to feed to the baby; it was one of the first foods she liked to eat, and as we expand her culinary horizons, I’ll often use it as a backup if she refuses a new food. This doesn’t happen as often as it used to, and since avocados have a short window for consumption, my husband and I eat a lot more of them than we used to.
  • Roasted Veggie Tacos with Handmade Tortillas

    Casey Engleman
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    If ever there were a time to dine outdoors, with one’s hands, on produce heavy dishes, THIS IS IT. Tacos usually mean meat, but in this case, Casey has conjured up a veggie recipe that is so flavorful, you’ll be too busy tasting all the goodness to miss the… – Amy That time of year has come where it’s at long last appropriate to dine outside. Praise, praise be the sunshine! There is nothing quite like riding your bike through the neighborhood and smelling that unmistakable smell of grills roaring with charcoal glory. The whole scene just reeks of summer and good…
  • What We’re Loving: Lemons

    Kate H. Knapp
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    Lemons are so lovely. They can make a cup of tea cozy, cool a hot afternoon, elevate a hum-drum dish, and add zest to an otherwise zestless dessert. Gorgeously tart citrus are a cook’s best friend and a baker’s delight; finding a home in both the sweet and savory, as well as in my heart. My love for lemons is in my blood—my Aunt Sue was addicted to them as a child and would suck on them for hours (enamel be damned!)—and though I crave them all year long, it is in summer that I simply can’t live without them. Thankfully, I am not alone in my lemon lust, and these fabulous food…
  • Goat Cheese Cake with Boozy Berries

    Mary Swenson
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Now that summer is here, all warm and aromatic and fruity, I’m taking my time. I spent a weekend in Vermont with the family, just long enough to grill up everything, make some fresh pie and drink and laugh until the big supermoon blended into a bright sunrise. It was one of those weekend’s just made for this cake – tart, sweet, berry-filled and boozed up just a bit. Make Mary’s cake this weekend, folks, and then repeat all month long. -Maggie Ask anyone in New England if they were looking forward to the warmer weather this year– summer, specifically – and you’d…
  • Grilled Oysters with Herb Butter

    Matthew Petrelis
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    It’s summer and like I said in this post for Beef, Stout & Oyster Pie last week, I am oyster-crazy right now. Once grilled, small oysters take on an sweeter, concentrated note. And topped with herb butter, well, it’s basically game over. Thanks to Matthew’s recipe, you know where I’ll be next weekend: huddled by the grill with a cold one and these. -Maggie While I enjoy oysters all year-round, there’s something about summer in New England that gets me craving these bivalves on a far too regular basis. Not that I’m complaining, as this is the place to have those…
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    We are not Martha

  • Chopped Kale and Farro Summer Salad with BBQ Vinaigrette

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:54 am
    I want to promise you something. Something important. I promise you that I only post salad recipes on this blog if I’m really, really excited about the salad. Really excited as in I ate the salad for dinner and then packed leftovers for lunch the next day and then broke out my lunch at 11:00 a.m. because I couldn’t wait another second to eat the salad again. This is one of those salads. And not only am I posting about it here today, but I posted the recipe over on the Parade magazine website. And though I’m currently sitting in bed writing this post, I’m seriously considering getting…
  • Raspberry Vanilla Whiskey Sipper

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Some weeks call for whiskey. Seriously, though. On a typical Friday night, you’ll find me on my couch (watching Dateline) sipping on a glass of red wine or a vodka and grapefruit. Occasionally, I may get a little crazy and whip up a mojito with rum. But on some occasions,  Friday nights call for whiskey. Tonight is one of those. It’s hard to put into words why this week was so rough, but every evening that I didn’t have plans after work found me seriously struggling to keep my eyes open at 8:00 p.m. Not even the drama of the Bachelorette was enough for my exhausted self to…
  • A New Blog Home

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Happy new blog day!! The new blog design has officially launched and I couldn’t be more excited about it. When you’ve been blogging for over 6 years, you have a lot of time to discover who you are as a blogger and what you want in a design. But it’s also tough to take the steps to make the changes… until you finally do! Chels and I did a big redesign back in 2009, but have barely changed a thing since. Now that I’ve been the main blogger here for some time now, I decided it was time to seriously think about what I wanted to improve. A few things: a white background, larger photos,…
  • Watermelon Jalapeño Mojitos

    14 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    Happy Monday, friends! I just wanted to shoot you a note to let you know that I’m guest blogging over at The Economical Eater today. Head over to Michelle’s blog to see my recipe for Watermelon Jalapeño Mojitos (and stick around because Michelle’s blog is awesome). Also? A little FYI that WANM will likely be down starting tonight and possibly for a couple days. But for happy reasons… It’s time for the big redesign! It’s been a long time coming and I’m crazy excited for larger, cleaner photos, recipe organization that’s a billion times better,…
  • Mounds Bar Ice Cream

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you feel like a candy bar. Sometimes you feel like a bowl of ice cream. Especially when it’s 90 degrees out for four consecutive days in a row (FYI not complaining!). OK, but back to one of the most well-known candy bar jingles.for Mounds and Almond Joy candy bars. You know the one, right?? I can’t get over the fact that my dear, dear husband had never heard it before. “Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. Almond Joys have nuts, Mounds don’t.” Perhaps it was simply my…
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    Simple Comfort Food

  • Bacon Fried Rice

    Dax Phillips
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    One of my kids favorite recipes is fried rice. I think that even at a very early age, my father-in-law had served it up for breakfast to him while they watched him while we were at work. Yes, I’m talking like two years old or something of that nature. Let’s just say he was young. But at that age, that food stuck in his head, that’s what fried rice can do to someone. Since then, he has come a long way in terms of exploring food. He is big into smoked meats such as ribs, brisket, and chicken, and lots of other things. Let’s just say he is no longer a chicken tender and…
  • How to Make Homemade Butter

    Dax Phillips
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Homemade butter? Yes, and trust me on this that it might change your take on butter. My oldest kid uses butter on a regular basis to sear up ham and buns, yep, he is into that and I don’t mind as he is exploring in the kitchen and cooking on his own. After watching a recent Vimeo video of this guy’s passion of making bread and butter, I decided that I was going to make my own butter. If you have never made butter before, try it. It was super simple, and you know what you are getting when you are making it yourself, and that is the beauty of it all. Let’s get started.
  • Vodka Macerated Cherries

    Dax Phillips
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    It’s that time of year again where fruit is in season, and a few weeks ago, cherries were on sale at my local market. I’ll be honest and tell you that as I do like cherries, they are not my favorite fruit. I know those folks like my father-in-law who will show up to a picnic with a bag of them and chomp away at them, and I recall my dad sitting around on a couch nibbling on them for some time as well, but me? Well, not so much. I did buy them with the idea that my kids would make an attempt, or better yet, my wife make an attempt at eating them, but a few days later, I still saw…
  • Feta Cheese and Mint Dip

    Dax Phillips
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    A couple of weeks ago we were invited to one of the family’s annual pool party. With that said, I needed to come up with something to make. I normally do a spin on one of my taco dips, but this year I wanted to make something different. That’s when I immediately turned to all of the mint growing in my garden. Let me just say this, I have a TON of mint. I normally use the mint in dishes such as larb, or give handfuls to my daughter when she picks fresh raspberries from the backyard, but here I wanted to make a dip, using mint, and that is when I came up with a feta cheese and mint…
  • Blueberry and Ginger Pie

    Dax Phillips
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    So I entered a pie contest this past Fourth of July. If you have known me long enough, you have probably figured out that I am not a baking kind of guy, nor am I one that is big into desserts. However, my kids are all about the desserts, and my daughter in particular is one who is really into fruit, and fruit pies for that matter. So it was last year that we were up at our local festival and that is when I found out there was a pie contest. A friend of ours actually came in first place, and that is what drove me this year to submit one. I’ve really been into blueberries lately and use…
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  • Quick BBQ Chicken Tortilla “Pizza”

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

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

    6 Jun 2014 | 7:22 am
    And, recipes for a Thai Ginger Cooler and Ginger Lychee Martini. Perfect summer sipping. Please VOTE! I’m a finalist. You can vote for my infusion on the Prairie Organics Facebook page by clicking like on the post about my creation here.  I’ve always been intrigued by infusions. Though the concept is simple, it feels a bit magical that you can put something delicious in liquid and even if removed, its essence or flavor is forever imparted. From my experience with chocolate, I have marveled at spice-infused cream that creates intoxicating chocolate truffles. Fresh herbs can…
  • “Healthier” Zucchini Muffins

    5 May 2014 | 8:04 pm
    A fresh attempt to get more veggies down my kid’s hatch. I am certainly not the first mom to sneak veggies into sweet breads or muffins and try to convince herself that she won a point in the epic battle of getting her kid to eat more green stuff. My younger  (3 year old) daughter gleefully munches on kale chips, steals green beans from others’ plates and chooses the fruit cup over french fries at restaurants. Her older sister has a very limited repertoire of “edible” veggies. The other night, when forced to eat just one green bean, I saw her give it her all and fight…
  • The Magic of the Green City Market

    2 May 2014 | 9:38 am
    This weekend, Chicago’s Green City Market opens outside! Make the pilgrimage to this food mecca – you will not be disappointed. In the recent past, I have had less time and energy to devote to blogging. Over the years, it seems that every time my resolve to keep it up wanes, I am offered an opportunity, I make a connection, or I enjoy an experience that reminds me why the food blogging community is such an important part of my life. Some weeks ago, I was invited to visit the Green City Market in Chicago along with a few notable chefs to shop for fresh ingredients and then join…
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  • Steak & Caramelized Onions with Arugula and Quinoa Penne

    Skinnytaste Gina
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Grilled steak with sweet balsamic caramelized onions are tossed with baby arugula, gluten-free quinoa, amaranth and brown rice penne pasta (you can use whatever pasta you like) topped with fresh shaved parmesan – I'm a sucker for a good steak salad, and this one is AWESOME! Packed with protein, it's made with lean sirloin, which I cooked on the grill pan, but you can cook it outside on the grill, or in a large skillet. The gluten-free quinoa pasta was from Tru Roots, it cooks al dente and tastes just like regular pasta, I was very impressed! You can also make this with whole wheat…
  • Lentil Salad

    Skinnytaste Gina
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    This healthy salad is made with cooked lentils and diced fresh diced carrots, celery, bell pepper, onion, parsley and lemon juice – perfect to make ahead for lunch for the week as the flavors only get better overnight. It's also vegan, high in fiber, protein and only about 100 calories per serving.I've LOVE making my chicken and lentil soup, but I was never really a fan of using lentils in a salad (I'm a picky legume eater). But the other day I bought a small lentil salad at my local health food store to try and take to the beach and really enjoyed it, but I paid twelve dollars…
  • Mediterranean Boneless Pork Chops

    Skinnytaste Gina
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Talk about a delicious weeknight summer meal! These thin and lean thin pork chops are pan seared and served topped with julienned summer squash, roasted tomatoes, lemon juice, olives and Feta cheese. So much flavor and color in this dish!And it's hard to believe how light this is! One serving is two thin chops with a generous amount of vegetables on top for only 230 calories (or 6 Weight Watcher Points) I had to actually double check that to see if I was wrong because it sounded too good to be true. If you have a spiralizer, you can use that instead of a mandolin to cut the zucchini and…
  • Crock Pot Minestrone Soup

    Skinnytaste Gina
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    This is by far the best recipe you'll ever try for Minestrone soup – a classic, hearty Italian soup with tomatoes, white beans, vegetables and pasta. You can use Swiss chard or baby kale instead of spinach if you wish and you can omit the pasta if you don't want the carbs – honestly you won't miss it with everything else in this soup.It's just my preference, but I like to puree the beans in this soup, it thickens it and you don't even know they are in there (great for picky eaters). What makes this soup extra special, is using the rind from a wedge of parmesan or…
  • Three Cheese Zucchini Stuffed Lasagna Rolls

    Skinnytaste Gina
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
     These EASY lasagna rolls are stuffed with zucchini, ricotta and Parmesan, then topped with marinara and mozzarella cheese – delicious, kid friendly and perfect if you want to feed a crowd. You can make them a day ahead and refrigerate, or if you like to cook for the month, these are also freezer-friendly. Double it up, or bring an extra to a friend in need, they'll thank you! (BTW, they're vegetarian also, perfect for Meatless Mondays!)By now I'm sure you figured out I LOVE zucchini! I just shared a roundup of 35 Skinny Zucchini Recipes, so here's number 36! I've been…
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  • Here's Another Chance for You to Pay More for Better Buses and Safer Roads

    Leif Haven
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Funding for public transportation has never been based on population in San Francisco, believe it or not. That might all change in November if a new charter amendment passed by the Board of Supervisors this week makes it to the general ballot.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Link Round Up: Cool Things We Found on the Internet This Week

    Mollie McWilliams
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Happy Friday! Have a look at what we're reading, viewing, and gawking at on the internet.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • So Reebok's Now in the Bacon Business

    Tiffany Do
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    In the weirdest marketing strategy we've seen in a while, Reebok — yes, the sneaker company — is now selling bacon to appeal to the hip and happening paleo and CrossFit crowd.  Not only is the shoe manufacturer shipping boxes of smoked, uncured, nitrate, MSG- and sweetener-free bacon, it's also serving up different bacon dishes for each day of the CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif. Today's special is bacon-wrapped, chorizo-stuffed dates. While the bacon hasn't been released to the public yet, 74 boxes packed in dry ice were sent to athletes participating in the Games. Reebok's website…
  • The First Hints of the 2014 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Lineup Are Here

    Ian S. Port
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    It's July 25, 2014, the day that would have been Warren Hellman's 80th birthday. Sadly, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder is now strumming at the big jam session in the sky.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Leland Yee Hit With Racketeering Charges

    Joe Eskenazi
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    How do things get worse for disgraced state Sen. Leland Yee, who was already accused of corruption, money-laundering, and attempting to pull together a bizarre, international arms deal sending shoulder-fired rockets to Filipino jihadis? Here's how: Yee is now an alleged racketeer.  A grand jury today indicted the Sunset District politico — along with his erstwhile bagman, Keith Jackson, and Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow — on a host of new charges. Tacked onto the eight felonies Yee was already facing are one count of “conspiracy to conduct the affairs of an enterprise…
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  • Tomato Cucumber Salad

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

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

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

    30 May 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Nonni’s is a brand I know. They make biscotti – hard crunchy thick biscotti that you can dip into your coffee. When you dip it in, the biscotti gets really soft and mushy and melt into the coffee if you dunk too long. Actually, I love the meltiness, but not drinking it but that’s a different story. We’re going to talk about their THINaddictives today because I was sent a couple of boxes to try out. The THINaddictives are 100 calorie packs of thin sliced cookies or biscuits. They aren’t biscotti though. These cookies don’t dissolve in your coffee like…
  • Chicken stuffed with Asparagus and Herbed Garlic Chevre

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Since it’s National Garlic Day on April 19th, I wanted to come up with a dinner that had some nice garlic flavor.  Originally I was going to make a salad with garlic chicken and asparagus, but while I was at the store other thoughts entered my mind and I went with it.  I grilled asparagus on a grill pan first, but maybe it doesn’t really need it.  We loved the whole meal and I will definitely do it again when my daughter’s home, she enjoys it when I come up with something delicious. Chicken stuffed with Asparagus and Herbed Garlic Chevre is something your family would enjoy too.
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    Lick My Spoon

  • Kahlúa Coffee Baby Back Ribs + Giveaway

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

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

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

    16 Jun 2014 | 8:54 am
    If you know me, you know that I love my morning coffee. It’s a little luxury that just makes me happy…and keeps me from turning into a cranky zombie monster. Don’t deny me my coffee. It’s not pretty. I try to limit it to one a day, but sometimes that afternoon slump hits and the work is piled high, and it just has to be a two-cupper. That’s when iced coffee is my savior, especially during the summertime. Kahlúa invited me to take part in their Summer Shake-Up campaign, inspiring fans of the classic rum and coffee liqueur to shake things up this season. We entertain a lot over here…
  • Whipped Coconut Cream

    31 May 2014 | 8:13 pm
    This Whipped Coconut Cream is a game changer! The idea first caught my eye ages ago on Angela’s vegan blog and I don’t know what took me so long to finally try it, but now that I have, I’m making up for lost time. It is absolute perfection over fresh berries and some crumbled meringues on top. It’s amazing with my favorite Coconut Cashew Granola. I’ve even been adding a spoonful to my morning coffee! I’m telling you, obsessed. This whipped coconut cream is so creamy and decadent, you’d never guess it’s dairy-free. It is so downright delicious I think I even prefer it to…
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    Food Storage Made Easy

  • Book Review: Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival

    Jodi and Julie
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Blogging can be a little bit of a lonely world, even though we have tons of food storage friends online. It’s always nice to meet one of our readers or a fellow blogger face to face. We have connected with Angela from Food Storage and Survival and have enjoyed it every time. So when we were given the chance to review her new book Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival of course we jumped on it! She has very similar ideas about food storage as us and we knew it would be a great read. The Basics In Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival Angela does a great job at taking…
  • Thrive Life Christmas in July Sales

    Jodi and Julie
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Who doesn’t like a great sale in the middle of the summer? It really does feel like Christmas! Or like getting free Slurpees on 7-11 and a free big gulp the next day. We are excited to share with you 6 HOT packages from Thrive Life that are being sold at such discounted prices they are not available on the website and can only be purchased through a consultant (that’s us!) To make it easy for you you can order the packages using our secure online order form and we will process the order within 1-2 business days. Check out some of the best prices of the summer and enjoy a little…
  • Sun Oven Cinnamon Rolls

    Jodi and Julie
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Last month we challenged our readers to do some powerless cooking. Summer is a great time to practice your powerless cooking skills. A couple weeks ago it was seriously hot around here (it still is actually). We were out of bread in the house and I couldn’t face turning on the oven. I decided to pull out my Sun Oven and skip the heat in the house. Half way through making the bread I decided to take a loaf of the dough and make cinnamon rolls in the oven. Why not? Well they turned out great and it’s probably something I’ll be doing again. My regular oven has been kind of…
  • July “Get it Done” Challenge: Car Kit Update

    Jodi and Julie
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    I don’t know about your family but around here summertime means ROAD TRIPS. As we embarked on a week long-trip to California this summer I thought a lot about what emergency preps I had in my car. We have a basic car kit but I definitely want to make some additions/improvements. So we thought a lot of you may be in the same boat and wanted to focus on that for our challenge this month. Having an emergency kit in your car is something that can be life-saving in extreme cases, and sanity-saving on a regular basis. If you don’t know what a Car Emergency Kit is or how to go about…
  • 50 Tips to Keep Cool When the Power is OUT

    Jodi and Julie
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
    My air conditioner was broken for a few days this summer and it was pretty miserable around our house. It got me thinking about what I would do in a long term powerless situation to keep our family cool. We posed the question on our Facebook page and got tons of great ideas from our readers. Here is a summary of the best ones! Wear light-colored clothing, dark clothes absorb heat Use a damp cloth to wet face, arms and legs Find a cool breeze to sit in (especially after getting wet) Make a paper fan and fan yourself Hang out in the basement of your home Install attic vents to release the hot…
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    Living the Culinary Life, Every Day.

  • Morning Baked Oatmeal with Berries and Coconut

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    - Whole lotta baked oatmeal lovin’ here - There’s no way around it – I’m a huge breakfast fiend. There’s nothing I love more than big plate full of fluffy blueberry pecan pancakes, tender French toast, or a hearty cheese and avocado frittata alongside hash browns and bacon. And of course, I can’t forget about my favorite coconut-lime waffles with a hint of vanilla. Dammit, now I’m hungry for breakfast and it’s almost dinnertime. These days, I’m looking for breakfast recipes that are not only delicious, but take care of my body. Notice I…
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, Gluten-Free

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:04 pm
    - Gluten-free chocolate chip peanut butter cookies never had it so good. - Some time back I was playing with a gluten-free peanut butter cookie recipe that I’d developed over the years. I was happy with it, but I can’t help but get annoyed by the mixing of flours and the occasionally interjecting flavors of the standard array of gluten-free flours. There are some very good mixes on the market – and I’ve got a good recipe here, on my own site – but still, I often ache for gluten-free recipes that don’t require a lot of fuss. ... Read the rest of Chocolate…
  • California Strawberries: A Splendid Tour

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    20 Jun 2014 | 11:40 pm
    I’m a California girl born and bred, so god knows I’ve eaten probably 100 pounds of strawberries in my life. This state was made for strawberries, and every summer our farmers markets are filled with endless rows of glowing red berries, begging to be nibbled by every passer-by. You can’t set foot in this state without eating a strawberry. I think I read somewhere that it’s the law. Given my strawberry predilection, I was invited to attend a farm tour in Monterey to celebrate California Strawberries and all the farmers who sweat in the fields, tending their crimson…
  • Tetley Sweet Chai Iced Tea Latte

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:47 pm
    - Looking for a cool kiss of sweet tea on a hot day? - There’s a new tea in town, an exciting little hybrid that is brightening up my afternoons in the kitchen lately: Tetley’s Black and Green. Combining the best of both black and green teas, I’m loving it in both hot and cold drinks – but given the temperatures lately, I’m leaning towards any beverage with the word “iced” in it. Anyone who’s ever sat down to enjoy an iced tea on a hot day knows exactly how refreshing this classic drink is. The same goes for a hot cup of chai, which, it just so happens, finds a new lease…
  • Homemade Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cheese from One Hour Cheese

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    23 May 2014 | 12:30 am
    Yes, you can make homemade Meyer lemon ricotta cheese with nothing but milk, lemon juice, and an hour on your hands. It’s no secret that I’m a cheese fiend. Hell, I wrote a whole book on the topic of artisan cheese. You know you’re passionate about something when you spend two years steeped in the process of writing about it! I recently discovered another person who is an excited about cheese as I am. Meet Claudia Lucero, another passionate cheese-ista. Claudia runs an Etsy store where she sells simple kits for making cheese at home. Her store has become so popular that she also…
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    Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once

  • Weekend Herb Blogging #443 Hosting

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

    Haalo Cooks
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    Terry from Crumpets & Co is hosting both versions of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I've put the tortilla press to use to make up a batch of Blue Cornmeal Tortillas.Blue Cornmeal TortillasMakes 81 cup blue corn meal1 cup warm water1 cup plain flour, approxMake the dough:Place the cornmeal and water into the bowl and process until amalgamated. Add in about half the flour and continue to mix - if the dough is too soft, continue adding the plain flour a little at a time until a cohesive dough forms.Remove the dough and knead briefly to form a smooth ball. Let it rest for half an hour…
  • Weekend Herb Blogging #442 Hosting

    Haalo Cooks
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    This week we welcome Terry from Crumpets & Co who will be hosting both the Italian and English versions of Weekend Herb Blogging.If you're new to Weekend Herb Blogging or haven't joined in for a while, here's a quick recap of the rules.You have the week to post about any herb, fruit, vegetable, seed, nut, flower - in fact if it is plant based then we'll love to hear more. Your post can be informative, spotlight a particular ingredient and/or include a recipe where your chosen ingredient is one of the primary ingredients in the recipe.Entries must be submitted by:3pm Sunday - Utah Time10pm…
  • Peach and Semolina Custard Tart

    Haalo Cooks
    12 Jul 2014 | 3:28 am
    Simona from Briciole is hosting both editions of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I have a tart that you'll be able to enjoy regardless of the season. In summer, use fresh peaches while in winter, canned make an excellent alternative.Peach and Semolina Custard Tart[Makes 1x26cm tart]sweet shortcrust pastry8 peaches, cut into eighthssemolina custard25 grams semolina25 grams raw sugar¾ cup milkMake the semolina custard:Put the milk, sugar and semolina into a saucepan and whisk over a gentle heat until the mixture is smooth. Keep stirring with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens. Place…
  • Weekend Herb Blogging #441 Hosting

    Haalo Cooks
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:09 pm
    This week Simona from Briciole is hosting both the English and Italian editions of Weekend Herb Blogging.If you're new to Weekend Herb Blogging or haven't joined in for a while, here's a quick recap of the rules.You have the week to post about any herb, fruit, vegetable, seed, nut, flower - in fact if it is plant based then we'll love to hear more. Your post can be informative, spotlight a particular ingredient and/or include a recipe where your chosen ingredient is one of the primary ingredients in the recipe.Entries should be submitted by:3pm Sunday - Utah Time10pm Sunday - London Time11pm…
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    Food GPS

  • Cognoscenti Coffee Antoinette (Drink of the Week)

    Joshua Lurie
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. A devilish sign signaled my arrival at Cognoscenti Coffee‘s latest outpost at Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park. Cog, which Yeekai Lim launched in 2010, has already found success at Atwater Village’s Proof Bakery and with a stand-alone venture in the Culver City Arts District. Considering Cog is in expansion mode, it’s a good thing Lim has caffeinated lieutenant Jack Benchakul presiding over the mobile cart in Diep Tran’s airy, brick-walled cafe. The Antoinette ($5) is Benchakul’s first signature beverage in Highland Park, so he…
  • L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

    Joshua Lurie
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. The L.A. Beer Blast lets Food GPS readers know what’s new at select L.A. bars and restaurants with great beer selections. You’ll also discover beer-related events in the area. LAWFUL BEER, MOCHA MACHINE + GERMAN ARROGANCE Two bills will either spur or stymie opportunities for California craft brewers. Your Beer of the Week is a (Mocha) Machine from Beachwood, and Germany just got infinitely more Arrogant, and a whole lot hoppier, thanks to Stone Brewing. Numbered establishments on the map correspond to information below for easy reference. Please note that…
  • Lawful Beer

    Sean Inman
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. Unlike Las Vegas, what happens in Sacramento does not stay in Sacramento. And that will be especially true if two bills wending their way through the political chambers of the state capital pass, in their current form, because these two bills would create and stymie opportunities for California craft brewers. Assembly Bill 2010 would cap the amount of duplicate permits that a brewery could acquire to six. What’s a duplicate permit? It allows a brewery to operate a retail or warehousing location as long as there are no brewing operations. Cutting through red…
  • Food GPS Fried Chicken Festival: Top L.A. Chefs in Chinatown

    Joshua Lurie
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.BUY TICKETS HERE The highly anticipated 3rd Annual Food GPS Fried Chicken Festival, presented by Bolthouse Farms will be taking place on Sunday, August 17, from 4 pm to 7 pm, at Chinatown’s historic Central Plaza. This all-inclusive chef-driven event includes some of L.A.’s best chefs preparing unique fried chicken dishes and sides, in addition to an array of delicious desserts and beverages. Top L.A. chefs and restaurants serving fried chicken and sides at this year’s event include: BADMAASH Nakul Mahendro – Top Ten Indian Restaurants in Los Angeles,…
  • FIG Santa Monica Chilaquiles (Dose of Vitamin P)

    Joshua Lurie
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People. When Ray Garcia and pork get together, good things happen. The longtime executive chef of FIG Santa Monica recently took home a crown and gold pig that honor his national victory over regional winners at the Cochon 555 finals at Aspen Food & Wine. To celebrate, the King of Porc recently kicked off a series of monthly four-course pork-focused Swine & Dine dinners with Berkshire hog from Cook Pigs Ranch, a high-altitude farm in Julian, California. The powerhouse menu left no pork part behind, with the loin and (pickled) skin joining a Coctel del…
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  • Blueberries Bourbon Black Tea

    Greg Henry
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Every summer about this time I start to feel just a little bit of melancholy. I love summer, but as I lounge by the pool sipping something light and fruity I can’t help but feel like I’m missing something. Some important part of my life that’s either been misplaced or somehow forgotten. But what could that be? So I lazily swirl the pisco in my punch, or rumble the rocks in my rum-filled tumbler trying to pinpoint just what’s lacking in my life. That’s when it hits me. I miss bourbon. So I make a list. A list that will help me transform bourbon into a poolside seasonal sipper.
  • Ginger Ice Cream Candied Orange: Pain and Pleasure

    Greg Henry
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    I have a thing for both candied orange peel and preserved lemon. I realize one is sweet (candied) and one is salty (preserved). But heck, to me they have the same sort of bitter going on. You know– the kind of bitter that makes your saliva glands ache a little. The kind of bitter that actually makes them squirt just thinking about biting into something that bitter. It’s like you don’t want to eat it because you’re afraid it’s too bitter, but you can’t stop yourself either. Well, the bad boy in me made this Ginger Ice Cream with Candied Orange Peel just so you…
  • Is Chilled Roasted Sweet Potato Salad an Oxymoron?

    Greg Henry
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    Is this Chilled Roasted Sweet Potato Salad an oxymoron? It’s a simple summer salad and tastes best chilled. But the sweet potatoes are roasted. Do you see my dilemma? I try to be very precise about my words. Speaking of precise language, I have to admit that the word oxymoron sounds a lot like something it’s not. It sounds like an insult to the men and women who attend(ed) Occidental College (Oxy) in Eagle Rock, California. People like my BF and (oh yeah) President Barack Obama (same dorm). However the word oxymoron has nothing to do with that terrible word for people of limited…
  • Stuffed Bell Peppers for my No-Sky-July

    Greg Henry
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    It’s summer along the California coast. Throw on a sweater and get ready for something warm from a hot oven. I made these Stuffed Bell Peppers with Black Olives and Sunflower Seeds to celebrate our unique west coast summers. I woke up this morning to June-Gloom. I know it’s July, but June-Gloom is not strictly a June phenomenon. There’s also May-Gray, No-Sky-July, and Fog-ust. But mostly I just call it all June-Gloom. If you don’t live in coastal California you may not know what June-Gloom is. Well, it’s a summertime weather pattern that often casts a very…
  • Farm to Face- Blackberry-Fig Tart with Oregano

    Greg Henry
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Grab a fork. I’ve got a sweet and savory Blackberry-Fig Tart with Oregano today. Actually I’m not sure you’ll even need the fork. I usually eat figs with my fingers, I don’t see why this tart should be any different. I was recently invited to a celebration of California Figs. Naturally this Figology Fest, as its called, featured figs in a multitude of delicious dishes prepared by Erika (In Erika’s Kitchen) and Judy (Two Broads Abroad). Many of which are pictured on the FBLA Google+ Events page. I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been doing quite…
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    Chez Us - The Daily Dish

  • Crushing On

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    Happy Friday!  I am thrilled it is the weekend.  It has been along week.  Work has been crazy busy.  My mom had hip surgery – all is good, and she will be dancing in no time.  And this guy has a birthday this weekend.  He definitely completes me, and we have so much fun together, which just makes the love keeps on growing!  I have some fun things planned for the weekend with a few friends – I cannot wait to celebrate with him.  Here are a few things I have been Crushing On this week.  I had a few more but the post got deleted.  Next week. Hoping y’all have a groovy…
  • Silvia’s Beef Empanadas

    Denise Woodward
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:17 am
    Super excited to share a delicious partnership with an Argentina wine that we recently had the pleasure of learning about, Argento.  We were invited to a dinner a few months ago, where winemaker Silvia Corti made us fall in with some super exciting wines from the Mendoza region of Argentina.  This personal recipe of Silvia’s for empanadas is a great dish to bring your summer grill out Argentinian style.     Silvia has been making wines for Argento since 2004, prior to receiving a degree in Viticultural Engineers from UNC Mendoza, as well as a Masters in Viticultural…
  • Breakfast Fajita Tacos

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:14 am
    Emily Caruso is a photographer, writer, recipe developer, wife and mom to two kiddos who is always cooking up something that is not only delicious but easy enough for the every-day home cook to make, over at her amazing site Jelly Toast.  We first met Emily during the MIXED Conference last fall, and instantly were drawn to her spunky personality, charming wit and amazing creative side.  The last year has been a joy getting to know her more, and to see how she has grown within the video shooting community.  You can find Emily on Twitter, FaceBook , YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and G+.  …
  • 48 Hours in Venice Beach

    Denise Woodward
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:18 am
    Lenny had to make a quick trip to Los Angeles back in June, and I decided to tag along.  Normally, I stay home, and man (or woman) the office, but decided a little Southern California time would be fun.  Hotels were insane so we looked towards AirBNB, found a bungalow in Venice Beach and headed out for a quick road trip …. aka business!     After what became a short road trip (yay, no traffic at all), filled with In-N-Out Burgers, we arrived in Venice just before dinner.  We checked into our bungalow, which we named the love shack for the next 48 hours.     I…
  • Crushing On

    Denise Woodward
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    Happy Friday!  It has been a week over here at Chez Us.  Busy week getting ready for some client projects the next couple weeks, as well we decided to do some work on the house which sounds funny because it is only three years old.  We ripped out the carpets on the 3rd floor and had wood floors put in.  We I am so happy, and they look great.  Now I can begin the process of decorating those rooms.  During the whole carpet gig, I had to move my shooting space yet again this year, and have decided I love the light on the bottom floor more.  That means I will be converting the old space…
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  • Watermelon Caprese Salad

    Jennifer Pallian
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Wow, life gets busier. I thought the new baby stage would be busiest, but in retrospect I had a lot of time to spend on my laptop, sleeping baby across my chest. Now, I have...
  • Blackberry Buckle

    Jennifer Pallian
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:54 pm
    I have impulse control issues when it comes to buying local fruit in the summertime – I bring home enough berries to feed a family of grizzly bears. Thankfully, my own baby bear loves nothing...
  • 5-Minute Grilled Pizza Dough (+ Samsung Galaxy s5 & Gear Fit GIVEAWAY)

    Jennifer Pallian
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Happy 4th of July, American friends! After a gruelling 16 hours of delayed flights, mechanical errors, deplaning, re-boarding, missed connections and flying eight hours with a squirmy one-year-old climbing all over me like a spider...
  • Canada Day + 4th of July No-Bake Yogurt Cheesecakes with Raspberry Sauce

    Jennifer Pallian
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:50 pm
    I wanted to create a delicious, fresh, easy and light-ish dessert to celebrate Canada Day and Independence Day with you. Light-ish because (for me) it will likely be preceded by a feast of butter-dunked lobster....
  • Watermelon Popsicles

    Jennifer Pallian
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:48 am
    I love popsicles in the summer, but I wholeheartedly prefer homemade. So flavourful, especially when you take advantage of the ripe local bounty – strawberries, raspberries, cucumber and rhubarb are in season here right now,...
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    Wandering Chopsticks: Vietnamese Food, Recipes, and More

  • AltaMed's 8th Annual East LA Meets Napa & Beyond (Union Station) - Los Angeles

    4 Jul 2014 | 11:52 pm
    It's that time of year again for my favorite food and wine event, AltaMed's 8th Annual East LA Meets Napa & Beyond. The "Beyond" is a new addition to the title since the event now encompasses more than just East LA and Napa, but the focus has always been on Latino food and wineries. I wasn't able to make the previous year's event, but did attend the media preview for AltaMed's 7th Annual East
  • Red, White, and Blue Sangria

    4 Jul 2014 | 11:05 pm
    With temperatures hovering above 90 degrees for most of the week, I really wasn't in the mood for cooking, much less baking. I debated whether to make something to bring to Johannes' third birthday party, and while blogging the Red (Lingonberry), White (Brie), and Blue(berry) Puff Pastry Mini Tarts I made the previous year, got me thinking about what else I could with patriotic colors. I'd
  • Chinese Bok Choy Char Siu (Barbecued Pork) Wonton Noodle Soup

    31 May 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Since I used the leftover Char Siu/Xa Xiu (Chinese/Vietnamese Barbequed Pork) to make Chinese Char Siu (Barbecued Pork) Bok Choy Chow Fun (Rice Noodle) Stir-Fry, I needed another batch for this Chinese wonton noodle soup with barbecued pork and bok choy. Considering it's one of my favorite noodle soups, I was reminded that I hadn't blogged a recipe until a Wandering Chopsticks reader (Thanks
  • Canh Ga Xa Xiu (Vietnamese / Chinese Char Siu-Style Barbecued Chicken Wings)

    30 May 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Lazy post. Lazy recipe. :) Unless you specifically want to make Chinese barbecue-styled chicken wings, the easiest thing to do is to toss in a few pounds of wings in the same pan that you're making Xa Xiu/Char Siu (Vietnamese Chinese Barbecued Pork). I mean seriously, why make more work for yourself than necessary? But just for you, I've included the recipe for the marinade below in case
  • Chinese Char Siu (Barbecued Pork) Bok Choy Chow Fun (Rice Noodle) Stir-Fry

    27 May 2014 | 11:37 pm
    At my mom's request, while she was in town recently, I made some Char Siu/Xa Xiu (Chinese/Vietnamese Barbecued Pork) for dinner and had about a quarter pound's worth of leftovers. I had a good amount of sauce leftover too. I was debating whether to buy some more pork and bake it in the sauce, when I decided that it would make the perfect stir-fry sauce. Just add some fresh rice noodles and
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    Edible Garden

  • How to Make Mango Milkshake with Ice Cream - Mango Shake Recipe

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

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Learn how to make Mushroom Fried Rice - an easy Indian Chinese recipe with fresh mushrooms. Mushrooms are a favourite at home, that shouldn't be a secret to you guys if you've been reading me long enough. I prepare fried rice quite regularly too but this is the first time I'd combined mushrooms and fried rice to make this delicious dish. I paired it with chilli paneer with gravy and it was a fabulous meal. As with most of my cooking, you don't need a lot of ingredients to make fried rice, but the ones that I use are mostly mandatory for you to get the right flavour. One of them is celery and…
  • How to Make Chilli Paneer Gravy - Easy Step by Step Recipe

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    Learn how to make chilli paneer gravy, one of the vegetarian highlights of Indo-Chinese cooking. The dry chilli paneer recipe is often served as as a starter while the gravy version makes a great side dish for fried rice or vegetable noodles. For all paneer lovers out there, this one's for you, especially if you also love Indo-Chinese food. I am yet to meet an Indian that says no to this cuisine but over the years, I have come to realise how much hidden calories these dishes contain. Of course, when eating out once in a while calories are not in my list of things to think about (my mind is…
  • Mushroom Tikka Recipe - Grilled Mushroom Tikka, an Easy Appetizer

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Learn how to make mushroom tikka, an easy starter or appetizer recipe with mushrooms that you can make in less than thirty minutes. Mushroom tikka shouldn't be confused with the delicious mushroom tikkis though, something I tend to make quite often for its ease of making and serving. I love having people over for a meal and spend an inordinate amount of time planning the menu, adjusting the ingredients and dishes so there's something for everyone, and everything goes well together. Mushrooms are not a usual addition to my menu because I find that not many people love its texture and meatiness…
  • Aloo Gobi Recipe - Dry Aloo Gobi Sabzi Recipe - Potato Cauliflower Dry Curry

    6 Jul 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Learn how to make Punjabi-style aloo gobi recipe, a classic dry vegetable dish with aloo (potatoes) and gobi (cauliflower). This simple dry sabzi goes wonderfully with roti if you have some dal tadka on the side is one of our favourite go-to comfort dishes. I even serve it with rice and moong dal tadka or vegetable sambar for a simple meal. Over many years of making aloo gobi at home, I have refined the method to something that suits me really well. I don't add a drop of water while cooking this and I don't fry the spices in oil first as we do with pretty much all sabzi preparations in India,…
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    The Italian Dish

  • Casarecce Pasta with Pesto, Eggplant and Slow Roasted Tomatoes (and a Barilla Pasta Giveaway!)

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

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

    17 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    ceramic platter from Fifty One and a Half   Everyone needs a new recipe for asparagus just about now, right?  Asparagus season is great but after a while, you need something new to do with... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • Caramel Mousse with Caramel Sauce and Toasted Hazelnuts

    3 Jun 2014 | 5:15 am
      When I made this incredible caramel mousse recipe previously in order to layer it in a trifle, it was so, so good that I knew I wanted to use it in a recipe all on its own.  This mousse... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
  • Stuffed Mini Peppers

    20 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    ceramic plate from Fifty One and a Half   Have you seen these little mini peppers that the grocery stores are stocking now? Well, I've become a big fan of these and I always have a bag in the... A new post from The Italian Dish! Click the title to get all the delicious details!
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    Recipe Girl

  • High Energy Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

    Lori Lange
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    What?  Cookies for breakfast?  Yes, this recipe gives you permission to eat cookies for breakfast > these are High Energy Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies! I know I’m likely to get a lot of flack for posting a recipe for breakfast cookies.  Though I’m totally and completely on board with the idea, it wasn’t mine!  This recipe comes from the cookbook, Good Morning Baking!  Delicious Recipes to Start the Day by Mani Niall.  My collection of cookbooks doesn’t need any bulking up, but breakfast cookbooks are simply a huge draw for me.  I love flipping through a…
  • Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

    Lori Lange
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Here’s more of that Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See! >> On Parade Magazine‘s blog this week, I shared 10 SUPER EASY FREEZER JAM RECIPES - no canning required!  These all take a short amount of time to make, they all call for fresh summer fruit, and you can pour them in jars or little plastic tubs and store them in the freezer so they last you through the winter!  Check out the recipes and click through until you find one that is perfect for your family.  I want to make them all- especially the Nectarine Freezer Jam! I also shared WHOLE WHEAT…
  • How to Steam Lobster

    Lori Lange
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you spot a live lobster at the market, don’t be afraid… they’re easy to cook! > How to Steam Lobster Every summer on our beach vacation to Massachusetts, we eat lobster rolls like crazy (duh), but we always eat whole lobsters at least once.  Sure, you can order lobster at a restaurant for a gazillion dollars, or you can find them on sale at a seaside market (or buy them cheaper on the docks as the fishermen come in!)  Cooking them at home is a much more affordable option, and it’s super easy to do. Yeah, here’s me getting wild and crazy with some live…
  • Beach House Cosmos

    Lori Lange
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a beachy cocktail that is perfect for celebrating summer > Beach House Cosmos I may be posting a few cocktail recipes this summer, but really and truly I’m not at all a drinky-drink kind of girl.  It’s usually wine or bust for me.  But I’ve been expanding my horizons and trying new things.  All of the cocktails I’ve been posting I’ve absolutely loved.  And this one I’m sharing with you today was the best one ever!! We hung out at a beach house this summer for a couple of weeks.  You’ll be seeing a few “beach…
  • Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Lori Lange
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    These ice cream sandwiches are made from homemade cookies and homemade ice cream > Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches There is no cookie on this planet that makes me happier than a snickerdoodle.  It’s like a sugar cookie overdosed with cinnamon.  And for a non-chocoholic like me, it’s a cookie-lover’s dream.  Add that to some homemade cinnamon ice cream sandwiched in the middle, and you’ve got like the best summer dessert ever.  Snickerdoodle Ice Cream sandwiches- genius! This recipe comes from Cookies & Cream- Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice…
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    Tamarind and Thyme

  • Bunga Raya in Thornton Heath

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

    6 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Are you all watching the World Cup? I’ll be honest – I haven’t been watching all the matches but I am following along. What I’m definitely doing rather than watch Brazil is eat Brazil. I was invited a couple weeks ago to a one-off Brazilian supper club, sponsored by Tilda rice and run by Rosana McPhee of Hot & Chilli, Dhruv Baker (you may remember him from Masterchef) and Luiz Hara of The London Foodie, at Luiz’s beautiful house. Tilda has a new limited edition Brazilian samba rice out for the World Cup and it would be featured in this meal. We were ushered…
  • Getting Cheesy with The Dairy Girl

    28 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    I recently was invited to sample a cheese box from The Dairy Girl, Rachel, who offers a monthly cheese box subscription with lots of flexibility. Now, I’m not the biggest cheese eater but I do appreciate it, and this appreciation most likely increased since I’ve been with Blai as he loves it. He loves cheese and this opportunity to try new cheeses was not one to turn down. I’ve also been tempted to try one of these monthly box schemes (I’ve been sitting on the fence as to whether to try Birchbox). Rachel travels the country visiting producers and discovering cheeses…
  • A Pastry Masterclass at The Ritz

    22 Jun 2014 | 3:25 pm
    It’s not everyday that one is invited to the Ritz. I’d never even stepped into the hotel prior to this invitation and I’ve been in London for 15 years! When one thinks of The Ritz, afternoon tea is usually the first thought that comes to mind (they serve 400 teas each day), not fine dining and I certainly never thought I’d ever see their kitchens, let alone dine there. But there I was on a Saturday morning, down in their basement kitchens, taking part in a pastry masterclass with The Ritz’s head pastry chef, Lewis Wilson. I forgot to ask Lewis whether he did this…
  • Kateh

    15 Jun 2014 | 4:16 pm
    I’ve been wanting to try Kateh, a Persian restaurant near Little Venice (north of Paddington), for a while. And when I joined a few colleagues for a dinner there one Friday night, I was not disappointed. What I didn’t expect was such a tiny yet elegant restaurant and the terrace where we were seated was lovely. Though it was chilly that evening, the heaters were on full blast and we never felt cold. Back to the elegance, this is possibly the most refined Persian restaurant I’ve visited in London. Portion sizes are more European in size rather than the usual overflowing…
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    Jacqueline Church .com

  • Welcome to the Oyster Century Club©!

    Jacqueline Church
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    Find out why BostInno said we’re one of 5 social clubs in Boston that you must join! Tasting our way through 100 varieties of oysters with prizes for milestones along the way. (Congratulations Larry Yu for winning the first one!) To get the ball rolling, the first 10 members to join will receive autographed copies of the definitive Oyster lover’s book: A Geography of Oysters. Rowan Jacobsen’s guide includes tasting notes on over 100 types of oysters, clever descriptions of oyster lovers by type (The Shrinking Violet, The Brine Hound, The Connoisseur…), recipes and…
  • Are You a Member? 5 Boston Social Clubs You Need to Know About | BostInno

    Jacqueline Church
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    We are delighted to be one of five Boston Social Clubs, BostInno singled out for “must join” status! We welcome all new members and have some exciting events on the horizon. Come slurp and sip and laugh and learn with us! We’ll tell you why the old “R” month rule is passé and share favorite stories over a platter or two of our beloved bivalves. Are You a Member? 5 Boston Social Clubs You Need to Know About | BostInno.
  • Aw Shucks Slurps & Sips Class: Hashtag Schwag Winner

    Jacqueline Church
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Our sold-out Oyster Century Club© Slurps & Sips class was a hit! Sixteen oyster lovers became Oyster Century Club members and shared their favorite spots to enjoy oysters, as well as questions. I demonstrated how to buy, store and shuck at home, shared oyster facts and trivia, and we paired our oysters with three different beverages: a Muscadet, a Saké, and a Stout. Two of the highlights for me were the knowledge that 13 out of 16 attendees said they were likely to try shucking at home as a result of taking this class. I was particularly pleased that the majority of the attendees were…
  • Aw Shucks! Slurps and Sips Event at Whole Foods Market June 5

    Jacqueline Church
    19 May 2014 | 7:40 am
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  • Food Allergy Awareness Week: Dining Out – Advice for Restaurants, Tips for Diners

    Jacqueline Church
    14 May 2014 | 3:08 pm
    15 million Americans have food allergies, and these numbers continue to rise. Restaurants ignore this issue at their own peril and that of their customers. In my experience, the vast majority of people in the hospitality industry do care about helping their guests have an enjoyable experience. Landing a guest in the hospital is not their goal. But without a specific protocols and training to handle food-allergic diners, restaurants run the risk of doing just that. Front of the house, kitchen staff, servers, food runners, bar staff — all must understand the nature of food allergies and…
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    Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine

  • Have You Tried Cabot Cheese?

    The Food Hunter
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    By: Davinia Perrin Calling all cheese lovers, I recently had the opportunity to sample a few varietals of Cabot Cheese blocks; Pepper Jack  and the Sharp Light Cheddar.  Both had a surprisingly soft smooth texture.   The Pepper Jack had the perfect amount of spice and I must admit most of it was eaten sliced straight from the block, with a few pieces making their way into salads and sandwiches.    The Sharp Light Cheddar had a great sharp flavor and didn’t skip on anything other than being half the fat.  It boasts some impressive stats: only 70 calories…
  • Eating Whole Foods: Roasted Carrot Gnocchi

    The Food Hunter
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter It had never occurred to me before now to make gnocchi from pureed carrot; but once I saw this recipe in Domenica Marchetti's book, The Glorious Pasta of Italy I realized that it actually makes sense. The sweet flavor and creamy texture of the carrots is similar to those of sweet potatoes and pumpkin; both of which make excellent gnocchi. In this dish the carrots are roasted to enhance their sweetness and then pureed until fairly smooth. Next the carrots are mixed with ricotta and just enough flour to bring it all together. What makes this dish even more unique is the…
  • Welcome To The New Beverages Page

    The Food Hunter
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Our First Featured Mixologist: Julie Hillebrand By: The Food Hunter Welcome to the new beverage page where we will be showcasing all things liquid. From beer & wine to coffee & tea, if it goes in a glass we will be talking about it here. In addition to the beverages we will also be introducing you to the brands and people behind them. Our first featured mixologist is Julie Hillebrand, Resident Mixologist at J&G Steakhouse at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale. Julie got her start in the beverage world at the young age of 18; training on the bar at the Mexican restaurant where she…
  • 5 Ways to Eat Healthy Without Ruining Your Budget

    The Food Hunter
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter Eating healthy can be expensive but it doesn't have to break the bank. Here are a few tips that have helped me when choosing what to eat. 1. Eat less meat. Cutting back on meat is a money saver. Embrace Meatless Mondays and incorporate more vegetables into your diet. The fact is most of us eat more meat than we need to and not enough fruits and vegetables. 2. Shop in the moment. Seasonal foods are not only cheaper but also taste better. By shopping seasonally you can try a variety of foods throughout the year. To find out what is harvested during each season in your area…
  • Pistachio Layer Cake...Best Cake Ever!

    The Food Hunter
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    By: The Food Hunter This year my birthday really stressed me out. It had nothing to do with age, I'm way past that, but rather because of the cake. Let me try to explain: in order for things to be "right" in my world I need to have the "perfect" birthday cake; and I need to make it myself. So even though my best friend, who is a great cook, offered to bake the cake of my choice I couldn't relinquish this task to her. I'm usually pretty predictable with my cake; it has to be some sort of chocolate creation. I "pin" ideas to "my someday" board on Pinterest all year long in anticipation of the…
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    Flanboyant Eats™: Latin Fusion Cooking & Tasty Travels Under Pressure!™

  • Summer.

    Chef B
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Happy Friday! Happy Friday! Happy Friday! It’s summer. It’s hot and steaming. But it’s a beautiful thing, right? There are so many wonderful gifts this season brings. And while it’s not my favorite one of the four, I do relish in the simplicity of it: ice cream dates with my …
  • My Green Machine…Or a Garden Smoothie

    Chef B
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    My life is a story about being late to the party. In most aspects anyway. It’s mostly my late catch on to trends. I’m not a trendy person by nature and lots of choice, but there are those singularly wonderful things you wish you’d paid attention to when it hit …
  • My Food Life on Instagram

    Chef B
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    Sometimes, I don’t get around to blogging about everything I’m doing in the kitchen. And oddly enough, as much as I’d love to share the haps as they develop , mainly on Instagram (hence the ‘INSTA’ element), I go back and realize I posted nada. But when I post …
  • Pan Fried Chicken {Fríe Me Un Pedazo de Pollo, Mami}

    Chef B
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Don’t freak out. This is not a proper post. It’s just not. This wasn’t planned at all. Not even thought about. So there are no pretty, luscious, and drool-worthy pictures. But Dinner just happened about 40 minutes ago and something about this pollo tonight pressed me to share with …
  • {Giveaway} Super Chic & Ultra Luxe Entertaining Pieces from the Beatriz Ball Collection

    Chef B
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:06 pm
    My life became instantly sexier about 4 weeks ago. I got hip to this amazing, lovely, and utterly beautiful award-winning home entertaining and décor designer, Beatriz Ball from Louisiana. Brace yourselves girlfriends and fellas. I’m about to share some seriously fabulous and luxurious pieces with you because if you know …
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    Farmgirl Fare

  • Recipe: Make Ahead Antipasto Baguette Sandwiches

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

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

    Farmgirl Susan
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:23 am
    Call for Entries: Your recipe could be featured in the FarmVille-To-Table Digital Cookbook!This classic, homestyle bread is a staple in my farmhouse kitchen.Have you ever played FarmVille? Apparently I'm one of the few people who hasn't. Tens of millions of people play FarmVille every month, and over 400 million (!) people have played a FarmVille game. I have a feeling that if I didn't have an actual farm of my own, I'd probably be hooked.The world of FarmVille is all about creating fresh, country recipes, and it's time to bring the virtual kitchens of FarmVille to life.
  • Friday Farm Photo: Have a Freshly Picked Weekend.

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

    Farmgirl Susan
    11 May 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Lokey and her 11 baby chicks, April 2012More chick pics? Here.More chickens? Here.Other Mother's Days:A Tiny Tail for Mother's Day: The Story of Baby Cary The Tail of Two Mothers: A Mother's Day Story from the Farm5/14/06: Happy Mother's Day5/12/07: Just in Time for Mother's Day. . .5/11/08: Mother To Be5/11/08: Newborn Bliss5/9/10: Love, Love, Love5/9/10: All You Can Eat Mother's Day Buffet5/8/12: Green Grass, Hungry Twins5/13/12: Chomp, Chomp5/12/13: Happy Mothers, Lots of Lambs©, the currently peepless foodie farm blog where Lokey, our top hatching hen (a friend once said…
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    Tiny Farmhouse

  • Swordfish and Tomato Kabobs with Salsa Verde Mayonnaise at Edible Rhody

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    We’ve been on a bit of a seafood bender here this week, even including a salad of grilled, stuffed squid and greens from the garden, a dish that JR informed me he would not eat – until the plate was in front of him, at which point, he promptly devoured it. shrimp-corn chowder & salsa verde-stuffed squid over garden greens (see? so versatile – salsa verde all around!) JR isn’t much of a seafood fan, and generally limits his intake to swordfish, the occasional white fish (though he’d really prefer not, unless it’s breaded and served with chips), and…
  • Strawberry Salsa & Sugared Pita Chips from The Coastal Table cookbook + a giveaway

    30 Jun 2014 | 11:26 am
    Congratulations to Christina who won a copy of The Coastal Table. The giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered and to Union Park Press for providing the book for this giveaway. You know that friend you have who has great taste in all things style and food? And who makes it all seem so effortless? Yeah? Well, for me, that friend is Karen Covey. Karen has impeccable taste. Her food is fabulous. I know, for I have eaten at her lovely house, and now covet her kitchen as well as her fire pit area – it really is a fire pit area, whereas our fire pit is a pile of stones culled…
  • This Week in the Garden – end of June: hello greens, goodbye peonies & wisteria

    28 Jun 2014 | 5:51 am
    Oh, and there was a skunk in our henhouse eating eggs all of last weekend, too. But that’s not technically the garden, even if he did stank up the garden on the night he was discovered robbing the eggs. We are eating giant mixed green salads every night at dinner, which is really fabulous, but the big news for me this week isn’t food related. It’s the demise of my favorite flowers, peonies and wisteria. The peonies had a rough season this year, starting late, enduring five days in a row of rain just after they started blooming. That deluge didn’t help the buds that…
  • This Week in the Garden – mid-June: strawberries and wild turkeys

    18 Jun 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I’m a little tardy with this week’s garden update. JR and I took a very quick trip to North Carolina, stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast, ate outstanding North Carolina-style pulled pork (in vinegar and crushed red pepper sauce) and Brunswick stew, then hoofed it around Pinehurst No. 2 for the final day of the men’s golf U.S. Open Championship. A pretty sweet weekend, all in all. When we returned, summer had finally, truly arrived in southeastern Massachusetts – if you’re not from this area, we have a number of false summer starts, followed by a succession of…
  • Peas with Lemon Mascarpone

    11 Jun 2014 | 9:02 am
    As mentioned in the post about lunch at La Bandita Townhouse in Pienza, since having their pea soup with lemon mascarpone, I’ve been making lemon mascarpone and eating it with abandon. In related news, I also bought a lemon tree after returning from Italy. It’s only a wee, little tree right now, but eventually, I may even be able to lay claim to a large, lush, Italian-style lemon tree in a giant pot (on casters, so I can wheel it into the barn during the 8 months of cold weather we have here) from which I gather lemons for lemon mascarpone every day. During New England’s lemon season,…
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    Food Loves Writing

  • Potato Fritters with Roasted Zucchini, Cucumber Corn Salad & Cumin Dill Yogurt Sauce

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

    Shanna Mallon
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    Our friend Terry said something to us last week about how culture is like a thumbprint embedded on our souls. Like a lot of things we don’t pick or ask for, that thumbprint is predetermined for us when we’re born; it surrounds us; we swim in it. Like the air we breath, our culture is part of everything we think and do, affecting us, being affected by us, and yet virtually unnoticeable. I am a different person because I was born into the geographic location of the Chicago suburbs and not South Florida or small-town Texas or northern California, I realize, the first child of a…
  • Peach and Corn Salad with Fresh Mint and Lime

    Shanna Mallon
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
    If you asked the average Joe today what he thinks about salad, ten to one he says something about “healthy.” I’m a 1980s baby, a Millennial, a product of the decade marked by thick shoulder pads and Jell-O Pudding Pops commercials with smiling Bill Cosby on the screen, and what I remember most about the salads in my childhood is that there weren’t many. My school cafeteria had Pizza Day and Hot Dog Day, and, by the time I was a senior, when I was the one running to Aldi to grab the cheapest versions of buns and chips and candy bars for us to resell, I was never picking up greens or…
  • Homemade Chocolate + Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

    Shanna Mallon
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    “Hey, Mom and Dad, we wanted to do something nice for you, so we took the organic strawberries you picked up at CostCo and the unsweetened cacao you had in your pantry and the butter and maple syrup from your fridge and, look! We made you chocolate-covered strawberries! Sorry they’re not that sweet. I like chocolate dark.” Give me three days at my parents’ house and there I am, 10 years old again, wandering through Walgreen’s with the $5 my mom has given me, looking for something to buy for her for Mother’s Day. (I picked some sort of bath salts. She…
  • Blueberry Peach Crisp from Vibrant Food

    Shanna Mallon
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:43 am
    It happens to me every year. Sometime about the end of June, when our CSA is in full swing and the daylight’s stretching past 8 p.m., I marvel at the sweetness of the season around me, so hot and bright and full. We open our fridge and it’s packed with greens. We go to the store and come home with pints of blueberries. Our coats are stuffed in the closet, far away from everyday thought, and our flip-flops are near the door, ready to be slipped on as we pop out for an afternoon walk or drive. I love summer in part because of treasures like these that it gives me: greater freedom, greater…
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  • In search of pie in Julian, CA

    White on Rice Couple
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:04 am
    iphone images on Instagram. Follow Todd and Diane We used to take for granted all the local gems that are within an arms reach from us. We would drive 5 or 6 hours to discover something new, which ultimately meant having to take a few days off to make the adventure worthwhile.  About five years ago we realized that we were looking too far for adventure and started to look locally in our own area for exiting new places to visit. Awesome food stories and the people that make them happen are closer than we think. So back in 2009 we made an effort to have our weekly “moments of…
  • Heirloom Tomato Galette

    White on Rice Couple
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:08 am
    We’re trying to be good kids this is the Summer by making it a season of “to-do’s”. If any of you have one of these lists, we’ve probably got you beat by a mile. Or two. We’ve just go so much we want to do and so little time. Well, we committed ourselves to being focused over the last few weeks, thus the lack of posting. Top of our list was finishing up house maintenance duties that have been neglected for a while. You’d be proud to know that we finally replaced our old wood side-gates. Yes! We built out two new small decks going into the garden and…
  • Amazing Fresh Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting

    White on Rice Couple
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Remember my last rustic berry red velvet cake recipe? Well, that was just the beginning to return to my love of baking desserts and cakes. I promised I was on a mission to work on some of my favorite cake recipe s but along with that has other duties too. One of them is to find wonderful frosting and icing recipes that I can whip up quickly, but yet have lots of flavor. And if fresh fruit is involved, I’m all over it like a baking beast.This installment of my baking adventures was ignited when I saw Zoe’s blueberry cake recipe. If you haven’t seen it, you MUST. It’s a…
  • Chile Margarita with Paprika Salt

    White on Rice Couple
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:40 am
    It’s still a shock to us that half the year is almost over and that we’re entering the end of June. Still, what is more of a shock? That 4th of July is next week and we’re in June mode. Our abrupt reminder was last night when someone ignited some illegal fireworks in our neighborhood that made us we realize two things: One, Christmas is around the corner and two, it’s time to start thinking of good food and drinks for next week’s bbq’s. To start celebrating both America’s birthday and the USA soccer team advancing to the knock out stage (yes!)…
  • Easy Strawberry-Blackberry Pudding

    White on Rice Couple
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:09 am
    To be a host, party-giver, entertainer. For us one of the most important priorities is to make sure everyone feels included. Wether it is clients at the studio for a shoot, or if we are hosting one of our photography/styling workshops, or if it is just friends over at the house, that sense of inclusion amongst everyone defines the success as us as hosts.More than once we’ve subjected friends to dorky games, coercing even the shyest ones into participation. There’s nothing like shared dorkdom to bring a group together. However as we’ve grown, our style has shifted away from…
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    Bay Area Bites

  • The Great Tomato Debate: About Heirlooms, Hybrids and GMOs

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Heirloom tomatoes. Photo: CUESA Post by Brie Mazurek, CUESA (7/25/2014) With their rainbow colors and odd shapes and sizes, the appeal of heirloom tomatoes is undeniable. But more than just a pretty face, these darlings of the summer farmers market also represent diversity and freedom in our food supply. “People ask me, ‘Is this heirloom or hybrid?’” says farmer Bill Crepps of Everything Under the Sun, who grows more than 20 varieties of tomatoes. “You can tell that there’s something they don’t like about the word ‘hybrid.’” Bill recognizes the allure of heirlooms, but he…
  • The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

    NPR Food
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Food companies spend a lot of time and resources coming up with the perfect plastic packaging to keep their products fresh. Photo: iStockphoto by Maanvi Singh, The Salt at NPR Food (7/24/14) Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system. While it’s clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable. And behind many of those packages that allow us to eat on the go or savor perishable cookies or fish imported from the…
  • Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food?

    NPR Food
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Investigators at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have discovered cases of organic fraud abroad as well as in the U.S. In 2013, 19 farmers or food companies were fined a total of $87 million for misusing the organic label. Photo: Mark Andersen/Rubberball/Corbi Listen to the Story on All Things Considered by Dan Charles, The Salt at NPR Food (7/23/14) Maybe you’ve wondered, while looking at the price tag on some organic produce, whether that label is telling the truth. Peter Laufer, a writer and professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, doesn’t just wonder. He’s…
  • The Epic 2,200-Mile Tour De France Is Also A Test Of Epic Eating

    NPR Food
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Spain’s Alberto Contador eats a banana in as he rides in the pack during the sixth stage of the Tour de France on July 10, 2014. The cyclists aim to eat up to 350 calories an hour as they ride, and up to 9,000 calories a day. Photo: Laurent Cipriani/AP by Alastair Bland, The Salt at NPR Food (7/23/14) The famously grueling cycling race involves about 2,200 miles of furious pedaling, huge mountain climbs and downhill sprints at 50-plus miles per hour. But the Tour de France, now in its final days, is also an epic marathon of eating. The cyclists now competing in the 101st rendition of…
  • Jalisco Heaven: Two Mexican Restaurants Off the Beaten Boulevard in East Oakland

    Kim Westerman
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Cesar Chavez Park on Foothill Boulevard in East Oakland Foothill Boulevard in East Oakland, an alternative to International Boulevard’s restaurant row, is home to two of the Bay Area’s top spots for Jalisco-style food. The moment I first tucked in to a bowl of pozole at Taqueria Campos, an unassuming spot next to Cesar Chavez Park in East Oakland, I felt the weight of history, imagining the generations of Campos women who must’ve taught Ana Maria and her sister, Margarita, how to perfect this classic dish. But no, according to Ana, she and her sister taught each other how to…
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  • Wild Boar Chops w/ Sage Huckleberry Sauce

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sous Vide Wild Boar Chops with Sage Huckleberry Sauce Rich, perfectly cooked sous vide wild boar chops paired with a fruity/tangy/herby sage & huckleberry sauce evoking the forest. If you don’t have a sous vide machine, you can also adapt this recipe for roasting in the oven, or slice the rack into chops and pan sear them. Ingredients:                       Makes 2-4 Servings 1 Small Wild Boar Rack 1 sprig Fresh Sage 2 tbsp minced Shallot 1 clove Garlic, minced 8oz Wild Huckleberries (fresh or thawed) ½ cup Balsamic Vinegar 3 large tbsp Beef or Veal Demi Glace 2…
  • Tons of Summer Beverage Recipes

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    When it gets hot out, you get to cool down with a nice refreshing beverage!  Whether relaxing by the pool, enjoying a summer picnic, or hosting an outdoor wedding or party, these drinks (cocktails & non-alcoholic beverages) will fit the bill! Super Easy Beverages These beverages are super easy – all the flavor’s in a single bottle you buy, all you have to do is add either sparkling water or champagne! Shrubs & Drinking Vinegars Tart/tangy, just sweet enough & incredibly refreshing, summer beverages don’t get much better – just add sparkling water.  You can also…
  • Pistachio Cake

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Pistachio Bundt Cake This sweet, faintly nutty bundt cake has a toasted crust and a delightfully moist interior.  It’s easy to make, and easy to love. Ingredients: Batter: 6oz Unsalted Butter 1 ½ cups Sugar 8 Egg Yolks 1 tsp Vanilla Extract ¾ cups Whole Milk 2 cups Cake Flour ½ tsp Salt 1 tbsp Baking Powder 1 jar Pistachio Cream Pistachio Glaze: 1 jar Pistachio Cream 3/4 cup Heavy Cream Optional Garnish: Edible Micro Orchids Directions: 1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 2.  Grease & flour a bundt/tube pan. 3.  Beat the butter in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment until…
  • Wagyu Oil Tortillas

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Wagyu Oil Tortillas Making flour tortillas from scratch is easier than you think.  These have a subtle beefy flavor thanks to the wagyu oil. Ingredients: 1/2 cup cold Wagyu Oil 2 cups All Purpose Flour 1 tsp Kosher Salt A little under ¼ cup Cold Water Directions: 1.  Put the flour in a large bowl with the wagyu oil and ¼ tsp kosher salt.  Rub the fat into the flour with your hands, just as you would a pie crust (you could also pulse in a food processor, use a pastry cutter, or stir it in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment). 2.  Add the cold water, a little bit of a time,…
  • Cranberry-Contreau Mimosa

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Cranberry-Contreau Mimosa Cranberry for Concoctions is a special unsweetened cranberry juice produced by a small farm in Washington and available in our Seattle retail store. Unfortunately we’re not able to ship it across the country, but you could substitute conventional unsweetened cranberry juice. Ingredients: 1 1/4oz Cointreau 3/4oz Cranberry for Concoctions Prosecco Garnish: Orange zest twist Directions: 1. Combine the Cointreau and cranberry juice in a flute.  Finish with the Prosecco & top with an orange zest twist. ___________ Browse More: Cocktail & Beverage Recipes The…
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    Fine Furious Life

  • How to Choose the Best Rhinoplasty Brisbane Surgeon

    13 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    A few years back, a good friend of mine decided to get a nose job. Rhinoplasty is not even new technology, definitely not in brisbane. People have been getting their noses altered for one reason or another for years. But then she asked, “What rhinoplasty Brisbane surgeon credentials should I look for to avoid complications?” and I realized that while it is fairly common, it is still surgery. Any one choosing to undergo rhinoplasty still runs pretty much the same risks as with other surgeries. And her question is actually valid. So how does one choose a good nose surgeon? According to the…
  • What You Need to Know About First Home Owner Grants

    1 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    What’s a New Home? If you live Down Under and thinking of buying a new home, then you have one amazing perk available to you. It’s called the First Home Owner Grant scheme and those that are eligible can get grants amounting to $15,000. Here’s everything you need to know about it. For anyone to be eligible to avail of a First Home Owner Grant qld, it must first be established that the purchase will be for a new home. And what makes a home new? It must be– not previously occupied, including by the builder, a tenant or any other occupant not previously sold as a residence…
  • Why Good Web Design is Important

    25 Jun 2014 | 11:25 pm
    You may not realize it yet, but your website is one of the most important investments you can make for your business. Many business owners overspend or under spend on their websites, and they mostly do not have any idea what they’re doing. If you want to hire a good web design agency, have a search for web designers brisbane, or maybe website design brisbane. Here are the reasons why good web design is important. Your web site is the reflection of you and your business. A professional-looking web site lets potential clients think that you are a professional. It gives the impression that you…
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  • Easy Vegan Thai Ginger Peanut Soup

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Stormy weather has been parading itself across the United States so that means soup in summer.  Vegan Thai ginger peanut soup from The Veggie Slaughterhouse is a quick and easy healthy meal.
  • Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar Omelette with Truffles, Chives and Brown Butter

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    During the week it’s grab-and-go breakfasts, so when the weekend comes we love to luxuriate in a no-rush, hearty breakfast. We don’t often eat truffles, an expensive delicacy, but we had a couple of precious globes carefully tucked away and decided to indulge.
  • 4 Delicious Ways to Cook with Pineapple

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Now that you know how to break down a pineapple, it's time to cook with it.  Pineapple often adds a tropical touch to savory dishes without overpowering them with sweetness.
  • Atún a la Vercruzana: Easy Veracruz-Style Tuna

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    The ubiquitous Veracruz sauce, a classic from Veracruz, Mexico, typically contains garlic, onions, oregano, tomatoes, olives and capers. It traditionally features red snapper, often cooked whole, and is known as Huachinango a la Veracruzana, or Veracruz-Style Red Snapper.
  • How to Pick and Cut a Fresh Mango

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    Mangoes, the oblong tropical fruit, have grown in popularity in the last two decades.  If you were like me, selecting a ripe mango is often hit or miss.  The story was always the same.
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    ecomii food & health alternative blog

  • Should Mammograms Go The Way of The Dinosaurs?

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

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

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

    Marie Oser, Managing Editor
    29 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    There is one thing that most chefs agree on, it is that they prefer organic produce to that which is conventionally grown by an overwhelming margin. While choosing organic is a moral, environmental and indeed healthy choice, for chefs it is all about taste. According to a report by The Organic Center in Boulder, Colorado, eating [...]
  • Frozen or Chilled Watermelon Slushy for Pets and People, Too!

    Gabrielle Ottavio
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Summer is now officially here and temperatures have already soared well into the 90’s in many areas of the country. It is important to keep your pet hydrated, no matter the season however, in the dog days of summer proper hydration is crucial to protect your dog from heat stress and heat related illnesses. Different [...]
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    Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen

  • How I Got my Daughter to Eat Kale … Farm Living … and a Recipe for Kale & Black Bean Burritos

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    It’s amazing how living for just one short week on a farm can change a child’s taste buds and willingness to try new foods, including the king of all veggies … kale. My brother-in-law and his wife own a 40-acre farm in Vermont where my teenage daughter, Leah, visited last week. When she got home she raved about the flavorful foods she ate, including her Aunt Mary’s kale burritos. So, in true Meal Makeover Mom fashion, I decided to recreate the burritos this week for Leah and for all of you! For the recipe, I used kale from my Farm Direct Coop CSA. Kale & Black…
  • A Recipe for Wild Rice Summer Salad … Plus the Best Recipes of Summer {Podcast #248}

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:29 pm
    There’s so much to love about summer: the beach, the sun, the farm-fresh produce. Thanks to farmers’ markets, CSAs, and backyard gardens, we’re eating lots of fresh produce and interesting, nutrient-rich recipes this season. On Cooking with the Moms radio this week, we celebrate summer’s best recipes with Roasted Pickled Beats, Pickled Cucumbers, and this Wild Rice Summer Salad—a version of Emerald City Salad. The kale in this recipe came from Janice’s garden as did the parsley! If you don’t have kale, you can use Swiss chard or spinach, and if…
  • Pickled Cucumbers, Pickled Beets, and the Many Reasons I Love my CSA

    11 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Picking up my weekly CSA share makes me very, very happy! I’ve been a member of my CSA—Farm Direct Coop—since it came to Melrose, MA close to a decade ago, and every Thursday during the growing season, I fill my re-usable shopping bags with gorgeous, farm-fresh produce. Last week, I grabbed cucumbers and beets (and lots more!), came home, and got busy creating two recipes that I saw featured on my friend Paul’s Facebook page: Roasted Pickled Beets from Alton Brown and Pickled Cucumbers from Epicurious. For the roasting part of this recipe, I used my grill (which took a…
  • The Meal Makeover Moms Embrace Chia Seeds, Plus … A Recipe for Chocolate Chia Pudding

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Long before Chia Pets were a pop culture fad, the seeds were considered a staple of the Aztecs. Chia means “strength,” and ancient cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. Just one tablespoon has about 60 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, and over 2 grams of the plant form of omega-3 fatty acids. These super seeds are versatile, making their way into everything from puddings and smoothies to gluten-free meatballs. Chia seeds are considered hydrophilic or “water-loving” and can absorb nearly 12 times their weight in water. This process is…
  • 8 Healthy Summer Picnic Recipes for Your Family {Podcast #247}

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The most popular day for picnics in the United States is July 4th, so we’re just in time with this roundup of healthy and delicious picnic-friendly recipes. On this week’s Cooking with the Moms podcast, we serve up our Watermelon Strawberry Punch, Blueberry Banana S’mores, and six other must-make summer recipes from fellow food bloggers around the web. Read on for links to all the recipes, and be sure to tune in! Liz is partial to picnics on the beach; Janice prefers picnics lakeside. But no matter where you set down your blanket and picnic basket, the key is to show up…
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  • 73 Bus, Stops 1 and 2

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    A couple of day stay in the southeast part of Lima, Peru, called Barranco. I’ve been here before – the first time as part of a tour and then dinner, with Henry and the second time, though I stayed here for a night, I ended up not eating here simply because of logistics. I’m back at the same hotel for two nights, then moving to the same other hotel for two. As I said back in that post, it’s a story in and of itself. This time, though, I had a full day to spend out wandering, plus two dinners and two lunches (well, more than two, but that’s because I willed myself…
  • Half a Big Apple and on to “The Grey”

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    Coming to you now from the sunny beaches… hmmm, no, that’s not quite right… the overca… no… the cloud laden, drizzly urban sprawl of Lima, Peru, living up to its secondary nickname, Le Gris, or The Grey. Here for a few days before heading home. Henry’s off to Trujillo to spend a couple of more weeks with his family, a harvest festival, a bit of harvesting itself. Time this morning before wandering to finish off the eats of NYC. Henry and I did one of the hop-on and off bus tours, and afterwards, he wanted to try some classic New York pizza. Since there was…
  • Half a New York Roundup

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    After my last post and a truly great meal at Yerba Buena, I was looking forward to sharing all our great food adventures in the city, as I generally do on trips to the big apple. Now, I knew that the choice of places might be a little more downscale for the most part this time around – this is a long trip, four weeks in all, and although much of the trip has been visiting family and friends and they’ve often picked up the tabs at meals, and provided places to stay (thank you all!), it’s still adding up with transportation costs, hotel costs, the places we are paying our own…
  • The Good Herb

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    I’m going to jump on to NYC. It’s not that we didn’t eat anything else in WDC, just nothing to write home about, so to speak. We had an interesting lunch at Mitisam, the, well, cafeteria in the National Museum of the American Indian, with tasty combinations of native ingredients from around the country prepared nothing like they were a couple of hundred years ago; a good dinner at Las Canteras, which some say is DC’s best homestyle Peruvian spot; a delightful lunch back at Ben’s Next Door; a move on to Baltimore for a short visit with my friend Frank and a return…
  • Tapas On 14th

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    I’m sure there’s a reason behind the name of Richard Sandoval’s Masa 14, 1825 14th Street NW, but I have no idea what it is. I remember him from the start of his soaring career trajectory when he opened to contemporary French restaurants in NYC, Savann and Savann Est, and recall liking whichever of the I dined at once. Over the last 17 years, while those two spots have closed, he’s created a bit of an empire of Latin inspired restaurants in various parts of the world. My cousin recommended we check out this place, and a longtime friend of mine drove down from Delaware…
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    LoveFeast Table

  • You Are Special!

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    We love to create community and would love for you to join us! If you sign up for our newsletter, we are constantly sending out special sales, events and tips. Plus, you will be the first to find out about NEW products! It’s super easy….just click HERE. Fill out the fields and sign up! Here’s a little hint, there just might be, a special something for you tomorrow! Thanks for joining us!
  • Christmas In July & A FLASH SALE!

    30 Jun 2014 | 1:27 pm
    This is the time of year when we are getting ready to launch into our busiest season.  We are loading new product and prepping to get ready for “Pumpkin Season”.  The velvet Plush Pumpkins found in LoveFeast Shop, are what we’re known for!  We have customers who are already buying and piling their pumpkins to get ready for fall decorating.  It may be a bit early in the season to start thinking about fall for some of you, so this year while we were planning, we just knew we wanted to give a little back to our customers and readers!  We thought, let’s celebrate…
  • Ampersand Light ~ Cottages & Bungalows

    7 Jun 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Not to long ago we featured a post on the Vintage Marquee Lights from LoveFeast Shop.  These rustic vintage lights are one of our favorites!  We have a little saying around LoveFeast.  Sometimes we say things are a “Both &” meaning when one or more things are accomplished at the same time….its a “Both &”. The Ampersand Marquee Light from LoveFeast Shop featured in the current  June/July issue of Cottages & Bungalows For instance, you can both decorate your home & your wedding.  We think the Vintage Marquee “&” Light would be…
  • Men’s Shaving Set Gift

    20 May 2014 | 10:33 am
    Do you remember your Dad or Grandfather using a soap and brush to shave?  We do.  Our NEW Men’s Shaving Set gift is classic, useful, high-quality and priced as a set ready to send as a gift.  We’re excited to be adding the Men’s Shaving Gift and other Gifts for Him at LoveFeast Shop. SIGN UP for our LOVEFEAST NEWSLETTER and receive 15% off on your next purchase!! Men’s Shaving Set ~ LoveFeast Shop We think the New Men’s Shaving Set would be a great men’s great for any brother, uncle, grandfather, or graduate!! And of course for Father’s Day!
  • Mother’s Tree Of Life Necklace

    Chris Ann
    2 May 2014 | 8:49 pm
    We would never steer you wrong.  Our shop is curated with our favorite things.  Kristin and I bought received these necklaces years ago.  We’ve been loving them ever since.   To date, there has not yet been a time where I have worn this Mother’s Tree Of Life Necklace out in public and have not received compliments.  I’ve been stopped shopping, at parties and once even someone grabbed my arm in the isle of an airplane to ask me where I had gotten such a lovely necklace. Proudly I share my necklace and how each gem represents one of the birth months for my children. …
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  • Beach

    Kit Pollard
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    This was taken on Monday, after stand-up paddleboarding but before Alicia and Kyle's water ballet performance, set to a group rendition of "Someone Like You" by Adele. We are multi-talented.Our beach week is winding down - Kyle and Mary are already gone - and we are collectively preparing ourselves for real-world reentry. There's been a lot of the photo above - drinking by the pool in bathing suits. For the grown-ups, not the kids.Also, togetherness. A lot of togetherness. It is, I think, rare to find a group of friends that can vacation together and still want to hang out by the end of the…
  • Crabby Birthday

    Kit Pollard
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    Alicia and Maggie returned from their six-week Keuka Lake sojourn just in time to celebrate her birthday...then get ready to go on vacation again (this is known among our friends as "Alicia's vacation preparing for vacation").She came back on the 5th and on the 6th - her actual birthday - we celebrated with crabs (from Conrad's) and LBLLs and a pretty cake from Graul's.We ended up with about eight leftover crabs, which I found in our refrigerator the next morning. I picked them (so slowly - I am the slowest crab-picker but I am very thorough) and turned them into a lovely crab and corn…
  • Must Throw This Party

    Kit Pollard
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    A French-themed birthday party, held outside a lovely Charleston home. Long table? Check. Tiny lights, strung high? Check. Blue and white table? Check. Inside furniture repurposed as a cheese cart? CHECK CHECK CHECK!Seriously, this party - hosted by Eric and Christine Jablon, planned by Tara Guerard and featured in Lonny - absolutely kills me. It's so gorgeous but the elements are each simple enough to actually recreate on a budget.I am dying over that cheese display. Dying.Photo credit: Nickle Cutrona.
  • La Dolce Vita

    Kit Pollard
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Can we talk about this: It's the setting for the Dolce and Gabbana couture show, which took place on Capri. Guests were ferried to the location on sailboats. The show was filled with fabulous dresses that, yes, look a little like tablecloths but they are very, very beautiful tablecloths. Afterwards, guests had a fabulous, locally sourced dinner of zucchini blossoms and spaghetti alla vongole, followed by fireworks and a late-night stop at a salon, via sailboat again, where they could purchase the clothes they'd just seen.The clothes are fabulous and the dinner sounds simple but amazing.
  • The Bitter Truth

    Kit Pollard
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Earlier this week, I asked my Facebook friends if they prefer orange or grapefruit crushes. As I explained, I like orange better but in my own life, I'm in the minority. (I mostly feel that way because Cooper and Alicia are both vocal proponents of the grapefruit variety.)As it turns out, I'm in the minority among my crush-loving Facebook friends, too: they preferred grapefruit over orange by 16 votes to 11. The grapefruit group was also more vocal - they took an early lead with the orangeys only slightly catching up hours after I originally posted.The preference for grapefruit seems to be…
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    Mango & Tomato

  • What to do with Jalapenos? Roasted Jalapeno & Melon Salsa, Gazpacho or Popsicles

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    When I went to buy one jalapeno for the Farro Salad with Corn & Nectarines, I had to buy 6 because that's how Trader Joe's sold them. So 6-1=5. I had 5 jalapenos to deal with...what to do??? I decided to fire roast them and then create a fun recipe with them using what I had on hand: mainly a melon. First I created a Roasted Jalapeno & Melon Salsa and then I turned that creation into two
  • Farro Salad with Nectarines and Corn Adapted from Vibrant Food Cookbook

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Last month I received a preview copy of a cookbook called Vibrant Food written by Kimberley Hasselbrink, the creator of The Year In Food blog. Kimberley's recipes are divided into categories based on four seasons and highlight the best ingredients each season has to offer. The photos are vibrant, not fussy, and make you want to get into your kitchen and start cooking! Oh, and you know what
  • Recycling in the Kitchen: Cheater Refrigerator Green Beans

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Do you recycle in your kitchen? I try my best to recycle plastic bottles, boxes from pasta, occasional can of Diet Pepsi and metal cans from tomatoes. What about recycling ingredients though? One of the simplest ingredients to recycle is the liquid from your favorite jar of pickles. Use that liquid to make quick Refrigerator Green Beans!! Recycling in the Kitchen: Cheater Refrigerator Green
  • How to Grill Green Beans Without a Grill? Panini Maker!!

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    Last week my friend Sylvie tweeted that her mother in law was bringing her a bunch of fresh green beans. I asked what she was planning to do with them, and Sylvie tweeted back that she was just going to grill them. Well, unlike Sylvie, I don't have either a mother in law or a grill. I did, however, had quite a large amount of green beans from my latest Washington Green Grocer order. In the
  • Potato Free Hash!? Yes! Kohlrabi Hash with Corn and Chevre

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    What comes to mind when you hear the word hash? For me, it's an image of brunch, perfectly cooked crispy cubes of potatoes mixed with onions and maybe pulled pork topped with an egg. But what if you did not have neither the potatoes nor the eggs? Guess what? You can still make a flavorful breakfast or brunch hash. In this particular variation of hash I used kohlrabi!! Kohlrabi can be eaten
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    Walker Tea Review

  • Tea Review 533: Temple Road’s Crane Monk Light Oolong

    Jason Walker
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
      Score: 91 Price (as of post): 25 g = $8.99  to Walker Tea Review. Get complete access to Member Content.   Sign Up For The Newsletter. Sample provided by Temple Road. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. Want to see a tea reviewed? Contact me:
  • Tea Review 532: Grand Tea’s Organic GABA Oolong

    Jason Walker
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
      Origin: Huang Shan Harvest: 2013 Score: 91 Organic: CERES Price (as of post): 25 g = $6.00  to Walker Tea Review. Get complete access to Member Content.   Sign Up For The Newsletter. Sample provided by Grand Tea. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. Want to see a tea reviewed? […]
  • Properties of Aged Wulong

    Jason Walker
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Suppose a tea vendor or processor  somewhere in China or Taiwan is going through his storage room and finds a container of tea that has been sitting there for more years than he can remember. Knowing that tea cost him something, and looking to recover that cost, he comes up with an idea: “I’ll call […]
  • Dialog: Taiwan Tea Competitions

    Jason Walker
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Healthy competition can be a very good thing. In the case of tea farmers and producers, tea competitions can drive participants to learn more and create better teas. It can be good for tea drinkers as well. Taiwan has been organizing tea competitions for nearly 40 years, and these competitions have raised standards and improved […]
  • Tea Review 531: Yezi’s Ming Hong

    Jason Walker
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Origin: Nanhu Mtns, Fujian Province Harvest: Autumn 2013 Score: 89 Price (as of post): 5 g sample = $2.95 to Walker Tea Review. Get complete access to Member Content.   Sign Up For The Newsletter. Sample provided by Yezi Tea. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. Want to see a tea […]
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    Food and Farming Canada

  • Behind the scenes on a large Ontario farm

    2 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    Alex Burnett, and son Darryl with wife Anita and their four young children – all of Burnett Farms – hosted Toronto area food media on their grain farm recently. I suppose some might consider what I visited several weeks ago a “factory farm”. I’ve yet to actually meet someone who could give me a clear definition of [...] The post Behind the scenes on a large Ontario farm appeared first on Food and Farming Canada.
  • More cooking, better labelling can address food waste

    23 Jun 2014 | 6:38 pm
    I’ve written about food waste before: here and here, for example. The statistics that are often used to quantify the shocking amount of food that we produce but end up discarding are staggering. Not only are we wasting the actual food, but we’re also throwing out the water, energy and other resources we’ve used to produce it. Various United [...] The post More cooking, better labelling can address food waste appeared first on Food and Farming Canada.
  • Happy cows don’t make headlines

    14 Jun 2014 | 5:01 am
    Another undercover video of farm animal abuse – this time on a BC dairy farm – means another black eye for farmers in the media. Those of us in farming know these terrible incidents are by far the exception and not the norm – but the many millions who see or read the bad news stories [...] The post Happy cows don’t make headlines appeared first on Food and Farming Canada.
  • Your chance to meet real Ontario farmers

    4 Jun 2014 | 6:51 am
    Do you wonder who actually produces our food? Would you like to learn more about who Ontario’s farmers actually are? A website launched last fall by Farm & Food Care will let you do just that. It was inspired by the organization’s popular Faces of Farming calendar, but also includes stories that have been written as part of other [...] The post Your chance to meet real Ontario farmers appeared first on Food and Farming Canada.
  • Celebrate Ontario’s first Local Food Week

    28 May 2014 | 11:00 am
    Farm & Food Care is leading efforts on behalf of Ontario farmers to encourage Ontarians to support local food – and they’re turning online to reach out to consumers. June 2 – 8 marks the first-ever Local Food Week in Ontario, which was part of the Local Food Act the provincial government passed last year. The activities being [...] The post Celebrate Ontario’s first Local Food Week appeared first on Food and Farming Canada.
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    Unbreaded Site

  • Brooke’s Chem-Dry Uses Carbonated Extraction, to Clean Your Carpets, Safely and Effectively.

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    Your floors are bound to get dirty, and you should not bother trying to prevent it.  All you can do is make sure you clean them regularly, so they do not accumulate an excessive amount of dirt and grime.  Each type of flooring must be cared for differently, though, as every material has unique properties and a unique way of being cleaned.  For the most part, in addition to the routine cleaning that you do every day or week, many types of flooring also require a more thorough, professional cleaning, every year or every couple of years.  In the case of carpeted floors, it is particularly…
  • Custom window treatments in our new house

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:06 am
    One of the things that I am the most excited about doing in our new house is getting the custom window treatments that I have always wanted. I love to look at examples for what you can do with windows when ever we go to home shows or on the home tours. It is just one of the things that I love about houses, that you can spruce up and decorate your windows. I’m not much for putting decorations on the front door during the holidays, but I love to look in windows of the houses in my neighborhood when I drive by at Christmas and see the trees and the lights that everyone has up. I also love…
  • FTIRatings Is the Perfect A230 Type Rating

    Carol Vitagliano
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    Do you remember the first plane flight that you’ve ever been on? I do, and it was an absolutely awesome experience that I’ll never forget, unless I get Alzheimer disease or dementia later in life. I never had any fear of flying ever, and from some stories I’ve heard from people who were or are, I considered myself to be quite fortunate. I recall the captain coming on the intercom and telling us about the weather, how the skies looked and what our flight time was looking like. I decided right there and then, I wanted to be the man on the intercom talking to all of the…
  • Baby-proofing means fixing lots of little things like the window treatments

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    It is surprising sometimes just how many things that you have to change around the house in order to make it safe for kids. I know that kids have the habit of putting everything that they can get their hands on in their mouth and that once they are mobil there is nothing that is off bounds for them. After reading a bunch of how to child proof your home books and blogs and whatever else though I am almost in full freak out mode about how many things in my home can be huge hazards for the little things. At this point we have about three months before we actually have a little thing rolling…
  • Get blinds for windows and help the environment, too.

    lincoln Deffenbaugh
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    I am proud to admit that I am one of those tree-hugging environmentalists.  For years now, I have recycled every single thing I can, tried to minimalize my water use, conserved energy whenever possible, purchased a composting bin for all of my organic waste, and even encouraged others to do the same.  I am pretty sure that the people closest to me, although they also love the environment, find my antics a little bit annoying.  It’s ok with me because it is what I like to do and it makes me feel that I am doing my part to pass this world on to the future generations. Unfortunately,…
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    In Jennie's Kitchen

  • take two: corn on the cob

    Jennifer Perillo
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    I get a thrill every time I drive by the cornfields along the road into town. Years ago, that thrill would’ve been a chill thanks to the Stephen King horror movie. Now, the fields don’t scare me. They excite me with their endless possibilities once it comes into season. This isn’t to say I’ll be […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
  • mixed berry muffins

    Jennifer Perillo
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    Where to begin? It has indeed been a while since I’ve been here. While the packing felt utterly overwhelming at times, the move was ultimately uneventful, and for that I’m eternally thankful. I’m sitting here with this silly grin, as I write in my backyard. The sun is strong, but the wind is an equal […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
  • strawberry blood orange jam

    Jennifer Perillo
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:29 pm
    My time in Brooklyn is down to single digit days. I seem to be walking in an alternate universe. Everything seems familiar, yet foreign. It’s in these moments that I feel greater confidence in the change we’re about to make. The conveniences of the city no longer outweigh the cravings of my mind and heart. […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
  • all-natural oven cleaning tip + a recipe for strawberry pie

    Jennifer Perillo
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:21 pm
    I need to apologize for being a pie tease, for those of you following along on Instagram. It’s downright awful to post this many photos of strawberry pie without sharing the recipe. The thing is, when I’m not in work mode, I just eyeball much of what I cook. When I’m stressed, the need to […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
  • roasted strawberry-basil frozen yogurt

    Jennifer Perillo
    8 Jun 2014 | 8:57 pm
    The girls are rather good at keeping tally over everything being even-Steven. Inevitably, the scales tip more in one’s favor on certain days, although I’m quite sure it will balance out to an equitable share over the longevity of our lives. Try explaining that to a six or eleven year old, though. Most days, I’m […] Continue reading the rest of this post at
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    Marinate Me Baby

  • Apple Limeade

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

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

    Brian Child
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Eating your food from the garden you grow – isn’t just to prove a healthy source for your food.  Part of this Agrarian life style is to get back to what our parents and grandparents knew... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Summer Pasta Puttanesca

    Brian Child
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    I am a meat eater at heart.  I know, shocking that I write, edit, recipe develop meat based recipes in my spare time.  However, I wanted to share a recipe that I have had a few times that really... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Watermelon Aqua Fresca – Summer’s Bomb Beverage

    Brian Child
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:53 am
    I was first introduced to this beverage at a Mexican restaurant, in Ogden, UT. They had a refillable philosophy on this beverage – I think I drank no lie a gallon of the stuff. It balanced the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Salon Dinner NYC: A Journey of the Senses 8/23

    Jennifer Iannolo
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    The torrent of centuries rolling over the human race, has continually brought new perfections, the cause of which, ever active though unseen, is found in the demands made by our senses, which always in their turns demand to be occupied. Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin When we leave behind our pre-conceived notions of food and drink, and let our senses guide us through the magic, we offer ourselves the opportunity for new insight, new sensations, and even titillation. Let me put it more simply, in the words of someone who attended one of my dinners: My whole life, food has been the enemy. In…
  • And we’re baaaack!

    Jennifer Iannolo
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Well, you know when something is right when the sabbatical barely lasts a year. I needed some time away from the world of food and wine to remember how much I loved it. I needed to rediscover the pleasure of my senses, and the desire to share those pleasures with others. I’m so very happy to say that my inner sensualist and my mental mouth are fully engaged, rocking in my kitchen, and once again delighted by flavor, texture and color. It’s good to be home. With that, I’ve explored what the next level is for me, and I’m so proud to introduce what’s next. Take a…
  • My Food “Sabbatical”

    Jennifer Iannolo
    12 Dec 2013 | 5:07 pm
    Sometimes in life, there comes a moment when you are willing to put everything on pause because there is something you MUST do. This past summer, that moment arrived for me. 2013 has been quite a year of metamorphosis; I’ve taken a good look at what I’m creating in the world, and checked in with myself to see if all the pieces fit. I had no idea what huge changes that moment of questioning would bring. For the past 25 years, I’ve lived and breathed the world of food and wine, and have achieved milestones that would blow away a lot of “foodies”. I’ve supped 150-year-old Grand…
  • A Tale of Two Women

    Jennifer Iannolo
    4 Jun 2013 | 6:49 am
    This is my first post for, an organization I’m honored to work with not only because of their humanitarian efforts, but also for the use of “hard-headed” in their tagline. The photo above is courtesy of my dear friend C.C. Chapman, who toured Ghana with ONE last year. I’ve had two women on my mind lately. They are counterpoints; polar ends of a spectrum whose very existence is difficult to reconcile. Each woman is fighting a battle — to the death — on her own end of the spectrum. And though one of them faces a matter of critical urgency, the other presents a…
  • Everyday Indulgences: Olive Oil Facial Scrub

    Jennifer Iannolo
    10 May 2013 | 9:47 am
    Though I would love to be indulgently pampering myself with a spa day right now, the very thought of such a luxury seems sadly far off. Having said that, my soul and skin need a little rejuvenation every now and then to keep the stress at bay. For me, there’s nothing more sensually satisfying than baby-soft skin, and there are lots of ways to achieve this right at home. Here’s a little secret: Chefs swear by olive oil and kosher salt for exfoliating hands. In the same vein, but a bit more delicate, is a scrub I use for my face: olive oil and table sugar. You only need a little of…
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    Midtown Lunch

  • Hit Your V Spot – New Truck Brings Vietnamese Food Mobile

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Last Friday, I spotted a new truck parked on the southwest corner of 53rd and Park – next to Brooklyn Grandma and across from Freddy’s. At 1:15 pm, there was a sizeable crowd outside the truck – exacerbated by how narrow the sidewalk is there (thus the very awkwardly angled photo of the truck). It [...]
  • New Hole in the Wall Coffee Shop Lives Up To Its Name

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Starbucks really needs to watch their back. We now have a serious and credible coffee culture that just continues to expand. The newest addition to our java scene is aptly named Hole in the Wall nestled inside the lobby of 420 Fifth Avenue. It’s not the first Australian-owned coffee shop in the neighborhood nor the [...]
  • Taste of Jewish Culture Comes to Midtown on a Weekend

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    While most of you probably don’t want to be in Midtown outside of work hours, this awesome street festival organized by good friend of ML, Noah Arenstein, actually sounds pretty awesome. On Sunday, July 27, from 10am to 6pm on Madison Avenue between 47th and 48th Street, the Taste of Jewish Culture will take place [...]
  • Luzzo’s Pizza is Launching A Cart and You Can Try it For Free Tonight

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Eater announced yesterday that one of New York’s greatest pizzerias will be launching a cart today. Luzzo’s dishes up amazing wood-fired pizzas and is bringing those flavors to the streets. The cart will park downtown for the rest of the week and will announce their future locations soon. But we hear Midtown is on their [...]
  • Some Nominees Are Revealed For the 10th Annual Vendy Awards

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s that time we at Midtown Lunch anticipate every year: Vendy season!! And while no famous celebrity did a live reading of the nominees (that’s how they do it at the Oscars), the Street Vendor Project revealed the lucky nominees in three of the five categories yesterday. Rookie of the Year includes a few vendors [...]
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    Cooking School Confidential

  • Team Compound Bow Competition

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    Every archer aims for a bullseye with best compound bow, the gold circle in the center of a ten-ring bow target. A bullseye is worth ten points and each ring is worth one bow point less as it moves out from the bullseye. The second gold ring is 9 points, the first red ring is worth 8 points, the second is worth 7 and so on out to the furthest white ring which is worth only one point. the Ranking Round At the 1996 Olympic Games, each country is allowed to enter a maximum of three men and three women, based on the number of slots earned by each country during an Olympic qualification process…
  • Get more traffic to your Soundcloud profile

    23 Mar 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Who is now a day’s unaware of Sound Cloud? It’s the fastest growing social community site that has been facilitating artists in simplest possible respects. The basic reason it serves is that it makes your work known among globe. Here you can easily come across the talented artists and performers, which usually get under heard by the masses. This is not the only purpose it is serving; there are numerous other reasons that have made it grown to the highest levels. There are also great opertunities to buy Soundcloud followers for your profile and advertise music across the globe.  There are…
  • Getting Control And Power Out Of God And Human Relationships

    23 Mar 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Public figures and others have referred to a worldwide grassroots frustration and anger toward governments and other social institutions. Some have noted that this anger is feeding a growing bottomup movement to take back control of things that communities and individuals have relinquished to states. Essentially, this growing sense of ‘fedupness’ reflects a struggle from the bottom against control, whether control by government institutions, workplace organizations, religious institutions, or even control within communities and families. Control is a lingering curse that humanity…
  • Removable Rewritable Storage

    23 Mar 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Removable rewritable storage for the masses. Imagine a fully grown man with hands the size of a baby’s, hands that haven’t developed in sync with the rest of his body. Now think about your computer and its evolution. CPU speeds have increased by leaps and bounds; RAM has multiplied faster than rabbits; and hard drives have grown enormous in order to accommodate gargantuan files. Yet floppy drives have stagnated at a lowly 1.44MB–an anachronism, a throwback to the days when hard drives were measured in kilobytes. Such is the sad state of today’s most common form of…
  • All About Mill Trail Country

    23 Mar 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Where the tough volcanic rocks on the heights of the Ochil Hills meet the softer sandstones of the Forth Valley, the change is very sudden. High and breezy rounded slopes tilt dramatically on a long scarp face. Fast-running burns have carved out deep and half-hidden valleys. Along the line of the scarp, from Stirling east-wards to Dollar, lie a string of communities known as the Hillfoots villages. Good high-ground grazing for sheep and fast-flowing waters were the basis for the development of a textile industry second only to the Borders for its productivity. Although the mills are not…
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    GoodLife Eats

  • Grilled Mediterranean Vegetable Salad with Tomato Balsamic Vinaigrette

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • Making Vegetables More Exciting

    5 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
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  • Kale and Broccoli Chicken Tortellini Soup

    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • Weelicious Lunches Cookbook Giveaway

    27 Jun 2014 | 6:27 am
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  • Blueberry Smoothie Pops

    18 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
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    Cooking In Stilettos™

  • Tried and True: Oven Baked Pork Chops #EasyCookingWithPam

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    This is a sponsored post. My opinion is my own. Growing up, there were two  staples I knew I would find in my mom’s pantry – PAM Cooking Spray and a box of this shaky baked coating that she’d use on pork chops and chicken.  So – when I started my cooking journey, I continued the tradition.  As I got more versed in how to cook and started putting a more healthy spin on family favorites, I lost the shaky baked coating mixture but the PAM remained a pantry must have.   After all, it makes cleaning the pans a breeze, cuts down on unnecessary fats and oils and I always…
  • Beef Short Ribs Burgers with Horseradish Cream Sauce for #BurgerMonth

    13 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    I still remember the first time I had beef short ribs. I was with friends at one of my favorite restaurants in Philly – Bourbon Blue – and thought – “I need to learn how to make this!” Another favorite dish – the short ribs flatbread at Amada in Philly – see the pattern? Whenever I am craving comfort or want to make something I know friends and family will love, I break out my slow cooker and simmer some lovely short ribs. I’ve had them in pasta, in sandwiches covered with melty cheese, braised, over Parmesan polenta, in enchiladas and, of course, in a burger. In the…
  • A Summer State of Mind with A Watermelon Otai Margarita and DIY Fun #MargaritaMoments

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    This is a sponsored post. My opinion is my own This summer, it’s all about life’s margarita moments. There’s nothing like chilling with some great friends and whipping up a pitcher of margaritas to share. One fun thing I’m loving lately is DIY projects so when Sauza’s beloved cowboy challenged us to “Jort It Up” and get a bit crafty, well then – it was time to break out the sparkle, pour the tequila and have a blast. Here – see for yourself – he’s getting a bit crafty: Well – never one to back away from a challenge, I…
  • All About Blippar and A Fantastic Steakhouse Cheeseburger Recipe #SayCheeseburger #Shop

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. Ever since I got my first smartphone, I was all about the apps – apps for business, apps for writing, and, of course, my faves – apps for recipes and for shopping! If you saw my iPhone, you’d see all the app folders where I keep everything organized,  you might be tempted to ask if I actually do use all of those apps and my answer is “Absolutely!“  It’s what keeps me connected on the go…
  • Casual Summer Soirees Just Got Saucy With An Easy Hot Dog Chili Recipe #GreaterGrilling

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:19 pm
    This is a sponsored post. My opinions are my own. It’s the first of July and you know what that means – it’s grilling season! Ever have this happen – a few friends suggest a casual get-together after work and next thing you know you are supposed to whip up a soiree on a moment’s notice?  While I love casual summer entertaining, the panic attack and chaotic flurry before the guests arrive is not my fave.  So – when my friends suggest a quick get together, rest assured that nothing fancy will be on the menu but these sassy chili hot dogs might be. …
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    Kahakai Kitchen

  • Mushroom and Spinach Korma: Meat-Free, Spice-Filled, Creamy Comfort Food

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    I love a good Indian curry and a milder creamy korma atop a bed of fragrant basmati rice makes for perfect comfort food. This Nigel Slater Mushroom and Spinach Korma is a great meat-free dish because the mushrooms, nuts and creamy sauce make it satisfying enough to please meat eaters.  Nigel says, "This recipe is a good example of how garlic is used as a backnote to other aromatics and spices. This is a voluptuous vegetable supper, and less trouble than it might first appear."  I made a few changes--noted in red below--mostly based on what I had on hand (cashews instead of…
  • The Book Tour Stops Here: "Don't Try to Find Me" by Holly Brown with a Berry, Peach & Greens Chia Smoothie

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Imagine the very worst happening--your teenage daughter has disappeared and it looks as though she has run away. You are tormenting yourself for every decision you made, every action taken or not taken that could have provoked her leaving, and what you could have done to have prevented it. Then the social media campaign designed to bring her home takes over--your dirty laundry is aired and the secrets you keep carefully hidden are slowly exposed. You are judged and presumed guilty of being a bad mother and maybe even being a suspect in the disappearance. Don't Try to Find Me a novel by Holly…
  • Artichoke Soup with Fresh Mint: Tangy Green Goodness for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    This is a quick and easy soup from Giada. Perfect to toss together and enjoy. Giada has it made as a hot soup, but I think it also does well when chilled on a warm summer day.  Giada says, "This is a light fresh-tasting vegetarian/vegan soup with bright, clean flavors. The artichokes add texture and a lemony taste, while spinach brings its vibrant color. A little bit of mint at the end ties this all together and adds a refreshing note."Artichoke Soup with Fresh MintAdapted from Giada's Feel Good Food by Giada De Laurentiis(Serves 4) 2 Tbsp olive oil1 medium onion, chopped2…
  • Flashback Special--5 Fabulous Summer Soups for Souper (Soup, Salad, & Sammie) Sundays!

    13 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Well my friends, I have done what I vowed NEVER to do. I skipped making a soup this week!  I know... I can hardly believe it myself. By the time this posts I will be just landed in Toronto for the quickest, longest trip business trip ever. I'm on planes for 12 hours, get in to the city to hook up with one of my favorite blogging friends for some face-to-face girl time that's been over 6 years in the making.  Then it's three packed days of work--including a day and a half teaching a workshop and back on the planes for the 12 hours back to Hawaii on Thursday. Whew! Soup just…
  • Miso Soup with Prawns and Green Tea Noodles for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    As much as I rely on a good veggie soup to get me through the week, sometimes the heart and stomach call instead for a bowl of Asian-flavored noodly soup. I had Nigel Slaters simple Miso Soup with Prawns tagged to make and since his recipe didn't call for noodles, I added my own--cooked green tea soba noodles--to make it a heartier bowl. It's still light and lovely and on the table in the time it takes to cook the noodles and heat the broth.  Miso Soup with PrawnsAdapted from Nigel Slater via TheGuardian online (Serves 2-3) vegetable stock--750ml (about 3+ cups) (low-sodium)white…
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    Chocolate & Zucchini

  • 58 Ways to Use Cucumbers

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    The summertime often means a glut of cucumbers, or at least it does for me and my weekly vegetable basket. If you are in the same cucumber boat and in a bit of a rut with them, I have compiled this list of recipes and ideas for you and me to draw from. As always with these lists, I am grateful to my inspired readers on Twitter and Facebook who contributed their own favorites! Choose smaller cucumbers, smooth and evenly colored, that feel firm throughout — when they get older, they go soft at the tips so that’s a good thing to check. I find that the varieties I get from my grower…
  • Perfect Madeleines Recipe

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Madeleines have long eluded me. I have spent a good portion of my baking life collecting various recipes and giving the promising ones a try every now and then, but my efforts were only ever rewarded with ho-hum results, pale and dense little pucks that stuck to the mold like nobody’s business and flatly refused to form a bump. Granted, if my temperament as a baker was to latch on to such challenges and tweak and tweak tirelessly until I unlocked the secrets of this or that pastry, I would probably have solved this one some time ago. But the way I deal with baking hurdles is more along…
  • The French Market Cookbook: 1st Anniversary Giveaway!

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The French Market Cookbook came out just a year ago today, and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank those of you who bought the book — sometimes multiple copies of it! — and cooked from it with such enthusiasm. It has been a joy and an absolute treat to hear your season-by-season reports, read your sweet tweets, and see your Instagram pictures, so please keep them coming! To celebrate this one-year anniversary, my publisher and I have five fresh copies of the book for you to win, so you can finally get your hot little hands on it, or gift it away to your favorite vegetable…
  • July 2014 Desktop Calendar

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:01 pm
    At the beginning of every month in 2014, I am offering a new wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month. As a new feature this year, the desktop calendar is available in two versions: a US-friendly version that features Sunday as the first day of the week, and a French version (shown above) that complies with international standards, featuring Monday as the first day of the week. Our calendar for July is a picture of this almond cake with blueberry coulis, and I am sharing it with the most ardent recommendation that you…
  • June Favorites

    29 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Some of my favorite finds and reads for this month: ~ Have you been throwing out your strawberry tops when you could have been sipping strawberry top water all along? ~ My friend Emma has produced a series of documentaries on Marfa, TX for the French-German television channel Arte, and on July 10 the episode on Adam Bork will be available online: learn all about the inventor of the Marfa-lafel and his Food Shark food truck! ~ Does it make sense to bike without a helmet? ~ Unleash your inner Jacques Génin and make your own passionfruit mango caramels. ~ If you shop for tomatoes in France,…
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  • Le Servan

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    I’m not always in agreement with those that say dining out in Paris is expensive. For example, last week I found myself with a rare moment of free time at lunch, and I pinged a neighbor, who unfortunately replied that he was out of town, like the rest of Paris in the summer. So I decided to go to Le Servan by myself, a restaurant I’d been hearing a lot about. And since it’s “hot”, I figured lunch would be the perfect time to go. And I was right. Although it filled after I got there, I managed to get there during the “sweet spot”, and grab a stool at…
  • Update: A l’Etoile d’Or

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    If you’d ever stepped into A l’Etoile d’Or, the candy and chocolate shop located just down the hill from the Moulin Rouge windmill, near Montmartre, it wouldn’t have taken you long to know you had entered somewhere special. It might have taken a few minutes, especially if Madame Acabo was occupied with other customers. But as soon as her attention was turned on you, you were immediately taken under her wing, and guided around the shop, exploring all the various soft and hard candied in the vintage jars, flavored with everything from bergamot to caramel. You might have…
  • Apricot and Cherry Tart with Marzipan Topping

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    I once told a crowd that I was preparing a dessert for, that I don’t like sweet things. I didn’t realize it would get such a big laugh – so I guess I should have worked on the delivery of that line a little bit beforehand. But I had to explain that I like things on the tangy and tart side, which is what happens to fresh apricots when baked. While they are great fresh, when cooked, the flesh takes on the puckery characteristics of the skin, which is my favorite part of the fruit (hmm, maybe there’s a market for apricot skins?) – and makes them even more…
  • Cherry Compote

    12 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    I think I have something wrong with me. I seem to be afflicted with a particular malady that forces me to buy way too many summer fruits when they’re in season. It gets particularly dire when faced with apricots and cherries, two fruits whose seasons are much shorter than the others. The first fresh apricots I saw were back in upstate New York, around the 1980s, and I’d never seen them before. Someone brought us a basket of the tender, squishy little orange fruits to the restaurant that I worked at, and I remember being completely taken off guard, as the only apricots I’d…
  • Hyères, Provence

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    I had no sooner returned from Sicily, then I unpacked my suitcase, re-packed my suitcase, and headed back out, to Provence. Even though I’d just returned from a ten-day trip, my other half was doing a project in the city I went along for the ride because, 1) Who wants to be sitting in a hot apartment, alone, in the summer, when you could be by the sea? And 2) The icy rosé of the south was calling. (And drinking alone raises other issues.) So I went. Our hotel was very basic, but I loved the bathroom colors, holdovers from France in the 70s, or perhaps the 80s? Or someone was exceptionally…
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    Alexander Lobrano

  • CAILLEBOTTE–Artful Modern French Bistro Cooking in the Heart of Paris, B

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

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

    Alexander Lobrano
    6 Jun 2014 | 2:48 am
    Adjacent to the Cirque d’Hiver (Winter Circus), a handsome 1852 arena between the Place de la Republique and the Bastille, the Clown Bar has always been one of the most charming places in Paris for a quick bite and a glass of wine. Now under new management–a dream team that includes Sven Chartier and Ewen Lemoigne from the restaurant Saturne, plus Xavier Lacaud, it’s suddenly better than it’s been for many years. They recruited talented Japanese chef Sota Atsumi, who cooked at Vivant, another intimate little place with landmarked Belle Epoque tiles, to run the…
  • Le Servan, Paris–The Importance of Being Earnest, or a Great New Neighborhood Bistro, B

    Alexander Lobrano
    25 May 2014 | 7:17 am
    For some time now, many French food writers have been exasperated by the metronome of criticism that’s been coming from their American peers ever since journalist Arthur Lubow startled everyone by claiming the best gastronomy in Europe had migrated south of the Pyrenees in a profile of Ferran Adria for the New York Times in 2003. The idea that French food is not as good as it used to be but even often rather mediocre had been bandied about in food circles for a while before the Lubow lightning bolt struck, but by the time New York based journalist Michael Steinberger‘s book…
  • Les Déserteurs, Paris–A Charmer of a Bistro near the Bastille, B+

    Alexander Lobrano
    11 May 2014 | 6:23 am
    Just ten minutes from La Bastille, Les Déserteurs is a perfect example of the new generation of neighborhood bistros that have been renewing Paris’s gastronomic credentials during the last ten years.  Though this culinary renaissance has been happening in broad daylight for a while, the rest of the world has yet to catch on. This is probably all for the best insofar as we Parisians are concerned, however, since a sudden spotlight on one of these newcomers can instantly make it impossible to get reservation within the normal timeframe of being able to predict your appetite for a given…
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    Adrian Moore

  • Bob's Bake Shop

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

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

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

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

    15 Dec 2013 | 3:02 am
    One of the more surprising eateries to open up in recent months is this modern spot serving small dishes in a bar space around an open kitchen, wedged somewhere between the Hard Rock Café and Indiana Café (worst "Tex Mex" in Paris). An ovni (UFO) as the French food press would call it, this bar a tapas et tartares has young Israeli chef Yariv Berrebi (formerly of Kitchen Galerie bis) behind the counter live cooking excellent quality produce to crowds of businessmen (lunch), theatergoers (they are open until 11pm weekdays and midnight on Saturdays) and clued up foodies. Prices are…
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    Cooking Up a Story

  • Our Growing Collection of Wine Videos

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    22 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
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    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
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    1 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
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    26 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • The Third Plate: Interview With Dan Barber

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    Tomato Kumato

  • tomato, roasted onion, corn, tuna salad

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

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

    26 Jun 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Tweet What is home? I know that I’m not alone in not knowing. While the same question used to cause me an unbelievable amount of anxiety, I feel as though it doesn’t trouble me quite so much anymore. But that doesn’t stop me from thinking about it. I started out with what felt like so many homes, spread across continents: the life of an expat, I thought. But expat life, sometime between 22 and 27, stopped feeling like an adventure and started feeling like normal. I never wanted to live out of a backpack. I wanted to live in a different country. Pay my taxes, rent an…
  • Pasta, Gorgonzola, Asparagus, Tomato

    24 May 2014 | 1:10 am
    Tweet Watching a movie where the main character is an American falling for a European is always an extremely bizarre experience for me. It may seem like a strange thing to generalize, but if you really think about it, there are a lot of movies that fit this definition. French Kiss. Under the Tuscan Sun. What a Girl Wants. Roman Holiday. Midnight in Paris. Only You. My Life in Ruins. P.S. I Love You. At least six of the later Mary-Kate and Ashley movies. (I never promised high-quality cinema on this list. By definition, the genre I’m describing is escapist at best and Mary-Sue-esque…
  • Poached Eggs, Pea Mash, Goat Cheese Tartine

    12 May 2014 | 5:10 am
    Tweet Two weeks ago, the Country Boy was right about ready to kill me. For several weeks prior, I’d been chanting a constant refrain pretty much nonstop. “My Daddy’s coming! My Daddy’s coming!” When TCB saw that I was actually participating in the housekeeping, for once, he said my Daddy could come back whenever he likes. My mom tries to come out about twice a year, but my dad hasn’t actually been to Paris for years. My mom and I have our rituals for her visits: neighborhoods we like to visit, shops we like to frequent, restaurants where we are always sure…
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    Pham Fatale Recipe Feed

  • Banana French Toast Cupcake Recipe

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    Pain perdu (French toast) is my way to save day-old bread but today I added a twist to my plain recipe. I turned it into pain perdu cupcakes and flavored them with bananas and figs. To give them a unique flavoring, I used fennel seeds, which pair incredibly well with the ripe fruits.  I'm preparing for an upcoming food project these days (I'll tell you more about it soon) that requires focusing on bread, so we end up with loads of untouched baguettes. Given my aversion to waste, this dessert hits the spot. Pain perdu literally translates to "lost bread” and I…
  • Moroccan Mint Iced Tea Recipe (Video)

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Iced tea is so refreshing on those hot days of summer. Today, I infused fresh spearmint from the garden in green tea. The invigorating fragrance of mint makes it pleasing to even the most refined palate. I just finished filming the cooking tutorial. You'll see how easy it is to prepare. Sit back, watch, sip and relax!   Full Recipe...
  • Asian-Inspired Charred Corn Salad Recipe

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Corn is in season and it's very inexpensive right now. Charring it and turning it into a salad was a great opportunity to use loads of it. I wanted to give it an Asian twist so I dressed the corn with a miso vinaigrette and added diced, ripe mango and some sesame seeds at the end. During our recent trip to France, I discovered the multiple uses of Le Puy green lentils. These French lentils are ideal when following a vegetarian diet (which is the case for my husband Lulu). Did you know? First, they're packed with protein. They were orignally grown in the volcanic soils of the Puy area, near…
  • Peach and Spinach Summer Salad Wrap Recipe

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:21 am
    Temperatures are set to hit high numbers these days so to keep the house cool I've tried not to spend too much time behind the stove or use the oven too much. My go-to meal in this situation is fast, casual eating that requires minimal preparation and almost no cooking. My solution this weekend is to make summer salad wraps.  I used ripe peaches, baby spinach, goat cheese, cranberries and balsamic vinegar. The wraps are tied together with lavash flatbread. The contrast of colors is strikingly beautiful. And can you guess when this healthy and tasty recipe was born?
  • A Dozen Delicious Recipes to Enjoy Corn this Summer

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Our family loves corn. I'm planning a barbecue pool party this weekend and I was browsing through recipes using corn to find inspiration. There are so many way to prepare corn. You could make a charred corn salad, use frozen or canned corn kernels for salsa, make a delicious broth with the cob, grill it whole or even make Vietnamese desserts. We love to nibble on them. I gathered a dozen corn recipes. Hope this inspires you to create more new dishes and experiment with summer's golden vegetable.    Full Recipe...
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  • Espresso Ice Cream

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
      Coffee, it pretty much gets me through my day (well that and wine but we’re talking about coffee today).  You all know this. It isn’t a secret. I’m coo coo for coffee. That would make an awesome t-shirt wouldn’t it. I should look into that. Naturally when I found out that my birth month JULY was National Ice Cream Month you knew my first flavor to churn out would be a highly caffeinated perfect espresso roast ice cream. It’s pretty much the perfect way to enjoy coffee in the summer time. As much as I love ICED COFFEE this is better. Don’t hate.
  • Roasted Beet Ravioli with Mascarpone Thyme Filling + {KitchenAid Mixer GIVEAWAY}

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
        We’re thinking pink in more ways than one today.  I’m proud to be able to share with you about the 1,000 Cooks for the Cure program. This July, Susan G. Komen® and KitchenAid are partnering again for 1,000 Cooks for the Cure, a program that aims to enlist 1,000 cooks from the U.S. to host a get-together with friends, family or colleagues anytime from July 18-27, 2014. In lieu of a host gift, guests are encouraged to bring a donation in any amount to support the fight against breast cancer. Visit for more information on the…
  • Orecchiette with Sausage Broccolini & Burrata + {Barilla Gift Basket GIVEAWAY}

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    I’ve had a love affair with pasta for as long as I can remember. Pasta is pure comfort for me, it’s my culinary happy place. Making, eating, sharing it with others it’s what I crave. I spent my formative years in Northern Italy. It’s where I learned how to drive a Vespa, how to navigate trains and buses, how to speak like a native, how to say more with my hands without words than I ever imagined possible and very high on the list how to properly cook pasta.  (...)Read the rest of Orecchiette with Sausage Broccolini & Burrata + {Barilla Gift Basket GIVEAWAY} (470…
  • Blueberry Thyme Lemonade

    7 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
      Grab your polka dot straws and pucker up princess. We’re serving up a pitcher of luscious lemonade today. Not your classic either. This is not your Grandma’s lemonade. Although I do think my Grandma would have loved this version. Lemonade makes me think of summer time, hot sweltering days, riding bicycles and yes lemonade stands. I hosted many a stand in my time growing up. I’m not sure I ever made much money other than enough to buy a pack of hubba bubba (which was and still is the bomb diggity of bubble gum) but it sure was a good time. I thank my Mom for fostering…
  • DIY Slip and Slide

    3 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Slip and slides were a part of my childhood. Every summer we’d go through several of them. We were rough and tough and usually after a few days of hard core competition they were torn to shreds. I was a sparkly tom boy (if that’s even a thing). We had the best time slipping and sliding all across the yard. Seeing who could go the fastest and the furthest. More times than not I came out the winner. I had a mean competitive streak and would practice my sliding until I was a raisin. Practice pays off. (...)Read the rest of DIY Slip and Slide (275 words) © Paula for bell'…
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    Chef Tom Cooks - Recipe Blog

  • Cheesy Zucchini Quiche

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

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

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

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

    Thomas Grossmann
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:51 am
    1 pint vanilla bean ice cream 1 1/2 cups milk 1 1/2 cups crumbled brownies 2 square brownie pieces for garnish In a blender, place all ingredients.  Cover; blend on low speed about 10 seconds or until smooth.  Add more milk if too thick. Pour into glasses.  Garnish each glass with a brownie square. Serves 2 Related Posts:Green Pea SoupOktoberfest Beer Cheddar SoupCrunchy Cabbage SaladChicken & Mushrooms with Roasted Garlic Cream SauceHomestyle Macaroni and Cheese
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    The Bitten Word

  • Lemony Layered Cheesecake

    Bitten Word
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Food & Wine (July 2014)  This isn't our usual kind of recipe. Everything comes pre-made out of a jar; you essentially just mix a few things together in a bowl and then layer it in a loaf pan and shove it in the fridge. Then you dump some fresh fruit on top and serve. But sometimes, this is exactly the kind of recipe you need to have in your back pocket, to throw together at the (relatively) last minute.  The other day we were in need of an easy dessert that we could make in advance and take to a dinner. See, months ago we committed ourselves to cooking a charity dinner for six,…
  • Wine-Pickled Beets

    Bitten Word
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Fine Cooking (July 2014)   Oh beets, it must be so hard to be you.  You're loved, you're hated, you're worshipped, you're scorned. You're "sweet like candy" to some but "taste like dirt" to others.  It's no secret that we're in the love camp when it comes to beets. And these Wine-Pickled Beets are more validation of our beet love.  It turns out that a drunk beet is a good beet.  If you were to go rummaging through our fridge in the summer, you'd find a hodgepodge of CSA vegetables, random leftover ingredients from recipe…
  • Nashville Hot Chicken

    Bitten Word
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:48 am
    Adapted from Saveur (June/July 2014) and Food Network Magazine (June 2014)  Have you ever heard of Nashville Hot Chicken? It's a Nashville specialty -- fried chicken that's slathered in a super-hot, spicy glaze. There are a few joints in Nashville that are known for it, including Prince's, Bolton's and relative newcomer Hattie B's.  It is seriously hot -- the last time we had some on a visit to Tennessee to see Zach's family, we made a beeline from Bolton's straight to Jeni's ice cream to cool down our fiery gullets. Even if you hadn't heard of…
  • Spiced Lamb Burgers

    Bitten Word
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Bon Appétit (July 2014) When we first saw this Bon Appétit recipe for a lamb burger served in a pita, we sort of shrugged. It sounded fine. But then we went back and read the recipe more carefully, and we realized the lamb is cooked inside the pita.  That, friends, was something we had to try. It sounded potentially amazing. But also, we were a bit dubious. Would this actually work? Would we end up with charred pita? Would the lamb cook through in time?  We were up for the challenge, so this past Sunday we treated ourselves to a lunch of Spiced Lamb Burgers.  This is a pretty simple…
  • The Bitten Word on the Radio

    Bitten Word
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    What do Paula Deen and The Bitten Word have in common? (No, not that.) We were both interviewed this weekend on Food Talk, a Florida radio show hosted by chef Kim Bailey. The show included us, Paula, and James Beard award-winning chef Marty Blitz. If you want to hear about some of our favorite travel stories, what we'd both eat for a last meal on earth, and which one of us is the better chef (!), listen to Kim's show. (Our interview is at the top of the hour, starting around minute 3:30.)
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    Sugar & Spice by Celeste

  • Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes

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

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

    6 Jun 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Okay, friends...How about another awesome cookbook giveaway?  This one is a new favorite and is authored by my food blogging friend, Stacey Little, from The Southern Bite.  The Southern Bite prize package features a signed copy of the cookbook in a Southern Bite bag, along with an assortment of fun kitchen utensils/gadgets. The prize package is valued at over $50!I had the pleasure of meeting Stacey at the 2013 Southern Baking Retreat in Nashville, TN.  I'm a big fan of his blog, and I'm thrilled to offer a copy of his long-awaited cookbook, The Southern Bite Cookbook, to…
  • #SaveTheBiscuit: Berry Salad w/Poppy Seed Dressing & Buttermilk Biscuit Croutons

    19 May 2014 | 7:42 am
    You know what they say - When life gives you left-over buttermilk biscuits, make croutons!Wait a minute, I think I got that a little bit wrong.  ;) But seriously, where have buttermilk biscuit croutons BEEN all my life?!?  They are insanely delicious right out of the oven, and equally amazing after they've cooled and hardened a bit.  I came across the idea in the May 2014 issue of Southern Living magazine, and wondered, "Why haven't I thought of this before?"This is a wonderfully fresh take on the classic buttermilk biscuit and is the perfect way to use up extra biscuits that…
  • COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY + Fried Egg Sandwich w/Bacon & Arugula

    27 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    A few weeks ago, we ventured to a wonderful little place called McEnally's Mercantile in Pinson, AL.  It's a great little store, and I hate that it took me so long to discover it.  Their website describes it as:  "McEnally’s Mercantile is a family-owned general store offering hardware, home & garden items, grocery, feed & supplies for those seeking locally made products, home-grown foods and DIY home & décor items."  When we walked through the front entrance, we were immediately greeted by the inviting smells of farm-fresh local greens being sauteed in…
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  • Creating Recipe Videos for Youtube

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    I have been making recipe videos since 2009, actually I should say, I first attempted it in 2009, and then later realized it was completely necessary for me to go this route, and I picked it up about three years ago in earnest. You may wonder why I had a gap. To tell you the truth, I thought that making videos was difficult and quite honestly intimidating. I am not thin, I am over 40, and not exactly the person you would typically see on TV. I personally feel that creating video for recipes is really necessary, why? A picture conveys so much more than a written recipe. I can show you how long…
  • Lebanese Potato Salad

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    The summer often means potato salad. So often we make a mayonnaise based potato salad and they can seem heavy. You can do potato salad in different styles. This potato salad is made with fresh mint and scallions for a light and refreshing taste. This recipe has its inspiration from a Lebanese potato salad. Lebanese potato salad is made with fresh mint, lemon juice, and olive oil. Potatos are simply dressed in a fresh vinaigrette and this is a bright and wonderfully flavored salad. I am also adding some fresh scallions and peas to this salad. I love the texture of the peas and the scallions…
  • Texas Toast Recipe

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:11 pm
    This Texas toast recipe is the perfect addition to any meal. Crispy buttery bread with a touch of garlic and if you like a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese is a nice change from a roll or even a biscuit.Enjoy this Texas Toast RecipeMany years ago I worked in a restaurant, and we made Texas toast. I personally loved to dunk the Texas toast into gravy, or even to make a BLT with two slices of this delicious bread. You may be wondering what is Texas toast. While everything may be bigger in Texas, this bread actually got its start from an accident. According to Wikipedia it is said this bread got…
  • Ihop Blueberry Cannoli Pancakes

    13 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Ihop Blueberry Cannoli Pancakes is a new menu item at IHOP. These pancakes for those who love blueberries is one you can’t miss. Buttermilk pancakes are topped with blueberries and a sweetened ricotta cheese for a wonderful breakfast treat. I personally love IHOP. They have really put a lot into their menu over the last couple of years. They continue to create more seasonal menu items. The IHOP Blueberry Cannoli Pancakes are simply wonderful. Fluffy buttermilk pancakes, blueberries, and a flavored and sweetened ricotta that tastes just like a cannoli. These are simple to make and just…
  • Crisp Dipped Bananas – the perfect after school snack

    11 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Crisp Dipped Bananas are part of my Learn to Cook Series where I am taking you recipe by recipe through my old home economics textbook from junior high. These bananas are baked with a crunchy corn flake and honey topping which makes them perfect for an afterschool snack. Finding my old home economics book from Pueblo, Colorado was a real find. I took Home Economics when I was in junior high school, and this is where I learned a lot about cooking. Back then, we cooked a couple of times a week when we were in class. It was a fun and informational class of where we learned basic cooking…
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  • The BBQ Sandwich, Rethunk

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

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

    Curt McAdams
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    The other day I grilled some bourbon-soaked bing cherries… and I was glad I did! I still have some, and I think I’ll be preserving some soon, but I thought they’d go well with cocktails in the meantime. What first came to mind was a Perfect Manhattan, which is rye or bourbon, with both sweet and dry vermouth, and a dash or two of bitters, often garnished with a cherry. But, instead of just a Perfect Manhattan, I thought it might be interesting to mix that with a summery milkshake! In a blender went a couple scoops of ice cream, then 2 ounces of bourbon. I went with sweet…
  • Steaks Of Summer #5 – Grilled Ribeye

    Curt McAdams
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    The 5th Livefire Steak Of Summer is the simplest so far, and one of the best, a straightforward salt and pepper ribeye from Food and Wine! It’s one of my favorite steak preparations, especially for a prime-grade hunk of ribeye. For a good steak, there’s nothing like just a bit of salt and a bit of black pepper. Some would say to add the pepper at the end of the cooking, as pepper can burn. I didn’t notice a burned flavor at all, but maybe I should to a head-to-head! Along with the steak. the recipe calls for rosemary potatoes. I did that, but with browned butter added. Anne…
  • Porkopolis Eggfest 2014

    Curt McAdams
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    Today, I’m one of the demo cooks at the Porkopolis Eggfest in Cincinnati. It’s a lot of fun, and there are over 500 people expected! I’m doing sides, desserts and drinks, and dipping back into some favorites: Browned butter fingerling potatoes Blackberry thyme crisp Grilled peach bourbon iced tea Sound like a good hour of demo cooking? If not, I may have to grill a pineapple, too! With the blackberry thyme crisp recipe below, the grilled peach bourbon iced tea can be found here. The potatoes are simple: Take 2 pounds of fingerling potatoes and boil them for 8 minutes, then…
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    The Naptime Chef

  • Naturally Delicious Cheese Ideas with Arla Dofino

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Earlier this summer I shared some interesting information about naturally made versus processed cheese. The short story is that we all want to be eating and serving naturally delicious cheeses like Arla Dofino. They are the easy healthy choice for our families. To give you more information Arla Dofino cheeses check out this awesome infographic above. It features their three main varieties of cheeses and ways you and healthily incorporate them into your everyday diet. Which one is your favorite? p.s. Some great cheese recipe: Homemade Queso Dip, Cheese Tartine, Gourmet Grilled Cheeses Graphic…
  • 3 Summer Wines for Mom & Dad

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This summer I’ve been thinking about expanding my writing to encompass wines. I frequently suggest pairing food with wine at each meal but never go more in the depth than that. This is mostly because my wine vocabulary is somewhat limited and I don’t want to sound dumb when I try to articulate what kind of wine I like and why. The best way to remedy this is to dive into the subject ready to learn as much as I can. I won’t become a wine writing genius overnight, or even in a year, but I’ve got to start somewhere. Today I’m going to begin with writing what I know,…
  • Talenti Gelato for National Ice Cream Month

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Earlier this week Talenti Gelato sent me the most ah-mazing care package. I’ve always loved their brand but it seemed particularly fitting to get a gigantic box of it during National Ice Cream Month. It also came during one of our hottest months which means we are eating ice cream left and right. Yes, I’ve even considered serving it for dinner and skipping the healthy stuff altogether. Here are a few ways we’ve been enjoying it: The first thing I tried when I opened the box was the Lisbon Lemon Sorbet. The box came at 10am. I considered it my after breakfast palate cleanser.
  • Mid-Summer Garden Update

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We are about halfway through our first gardening season in the new yard and it is time for an update. So far I’m happy to report that my year of experimentation is going fairly well. I’ve learned quite a bit about our climate, the sun patterns, and what critters I have to contend with around here. Here are some photos if you’d like to see: It turns out our raised garden bed gets full sun from 8am through 6pm. As a result I had to transplant my herbs to pots and place them on the shaded porch. The sunny plot is perfect for our zucchini, pepper varieties, and tomatoes. They…
  • Summer Dinner: Havarti & Ham Tart

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sometimes I like a new recipe so much that I make it a little too frequently. That is what happened with this simple ham and cheese tart. The first try was such a resounding success that it quickly took center stage in my weekly dinner repertoire. I admit it is a bit decadent for an everyday dinner. But, we are all sold on it, so I’ll keep making it until something new comes into play. The genius of this dish is in the simplicity of the ingredients: quality Dijon mustard, creamy Arla Dofino Havarti cheese, thin slices of smoked ham, all insulated by buttery puff pastry. The key to this…
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    Art & Lemons

  • walnut-pear tart

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    Hey, there. It’s the middle of July, already! We’ve grown weeds in our garden beds and kept a mama raccoon out of the house after she tore into a bag of cat food. What’s in that cat food? The neighborhood wildlife loves the stuff: we caught an opossum hovering over the cat’s dish and traced the shredded food bag back to the raccoon. Luckily, the local bears have stayed away. Life in the wild hills of New England… As for the rest of our days, we’re stumbling through teething and sleepless nights and summer camps just fine. Our annual hurrah on Cape Cod came…
  • the view from here

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Some recent film shot with Impossible color spectra of the annual trek to Cape Cod. Off for more summer fun. See you back here soon.
  • lately in black and white

    27 Jun 2014 | 11:10 am
    (before) on the verge of summer with the Yashica Mat 124 | Tri-X 400
  • almost there

    18 Jun 2014 | 10:52 am
    I’m typing this note with one hand, cradling my sleeping babe with the other. Summer vacation begins soon, which means picnics, novels, sandcastles, afternoons at the lake. A night at the drive-in. Whoopee! still life of tea | Polaroid Spectra | Impossible Color Film Off to it, ready for summer to begin and to wrap up projects in the making. Plus a few photos from a new series: still life of… (read more about my inspiration for the photos at Mortal Muses.) still life of fruit (close) | Polaroid Spectra | Impossible Color Film still life of fruit | Polaroid Spectra | Impossible…
  • cherry almond granola bars (vegan + gluten-free)

    12 Jun 2014 | 7:40 am
    I started a recipe journal several years ago. It’s more of a sketchbook than a journal though since most of it is written in code: ingredients list, notes, scratch outs, rewrites, coffee stains, musings. Months go by without pulling it off the kitchen shelf, until the day comes along when I need to make granola bars, stat as the boxed variety just won’t do. I tested a cookie-like bar and wrote something about those cherry almond bars. Yep. Here they are. Butter toasted oats, almonds, and cherries dunked in a maple brown sugar caramel-y syrup. The little one approves and…
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    Very Culinary

  • Honey-Sesame Dressing

    Amy Flanigan
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Orange Creamsicles

    Amy Flanigan
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Lemony Pasta with Tuna, Spinach, and Capers

    Amy Flanigan
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Jerk Turkey Burgers with Mango

    Amy Flanigan
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Flourless Chocolate Cookies

    Amy Flanigan
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
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    To die for. | POPSUGAR Food

  • 20 Ways to Make the Most of Tomatoes

    Brinton Parker
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    There's nothing like a beautifully ripe tomato. Be it an heirloom, roma, cherry, or any other varietal, these luscious fruits are one of the most coveted ingredients of the Summer. They're at their peak now, so pick up some tomatoes from the market and get cooking! Here are 20 tomato recipes to inspire you. - Additional reporting by Nicole Perry
  • A Mediterranean Feast Fit For Greek Gods

    Anna Monette Roberts
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    This Summer, feast like Greek gods thanks to this Mediterranean-themed dinner. Once you've planned the decor, it's time to think about the menu. A loaded mezze platter, juicy lamb kebabs, and a captivating cheese plate are just a few of the highlights. Want to know a little secret? Many of the items can be made ahead, and the recipes are foolproof, even for a beginner. So go ahead and get those barbecue invitations sent out. Your friends are going to want in on this. - Styling by Emily Bibb, Angela Elias, Annie Gabillet, and Nicole Perry Photo: Anna Monette Roberts
  • You Don't Have to Be at Comic-Con to Eat Like a Superhero

    Brinton Parker
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    Down in the "not at San Diego Comic-Con" dumps? Have no fear! While you might not be able to attend the panels for your favorite shows and blockbuster films, you can certainly exercise loyalty to your favorite fandoms with these fantasy-inspired treats. Whether you're a Divergent devotee or a Spider-Man superfan, this list of scrumptious sweets won't disappoint. Photos: POPSUGAR Studios
  • The Best of the Best New Supermarket Snacks of 2014

    Anna Monette Roberts
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Snacks shouldn't just be OK - they have to be absolutely crave-inducing. The type that make you shamelessly shake every crumb from the bag and scrape every ounce from the jar. That's why we seek out and review hundreds of new products to bring you only the best of the best. From a new way to enjoy naan to a genius cookie brought to you by the Oreo and Reese's Peanut Butter Cup teams, these snacks, released in 2014, received the highest scores from our tasters and deserve to be snagged on your next trip to the grocery store. Photo: Nicole Perry
  • 5 No-Bake Cakes Just in Time For Summer

    Hilary White
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The last thing you want to do on a hot Summer day is bake in a stuffy kitchen. Steer clear of the oven with these no-bake cake recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth without your having to break a sweat. Photos: Anna Monette Roberts, Sarah Lipoff
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  • Scenes from the Ghetto Pig Roast 2014

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

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

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

    3 May 2014 | 12:40 pm
    I have a theory about cilantro. Though it is well known that a distaste for the stuff has genetic foundations, I find it's not quite as cut and dried as that. Take dpaul (please! har.). The tiniest corner of a leaf in a huge bowl of pico de gallo will revolt him. Yet, one time we dined at a friend's house, and she served cilantro pesto as a dip for crudite. And he liked it. So my theory goes: When cilantro is in something, it overpowers the palates of the haters. When cilantro is the thing, it... Read more on Hedonia ...
  • Notes from Ventura

    13 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    I've lived in California for 24 years this year, and despite no small amount of traveling throughout the state, there remain countless corners and crannies which I have not explored. In fact, despite having driven to and from San Diego dozens of times, there are entire communities which I've seen only through the windshield, having never taken the time to stop and pay a visit. Ventura was one of those towns, until last week. I'd been tapped by one of the organizers of Craftcation to present*,... Read more on Hedonia ...
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    Acquired Life

  • Mommy Blogging: Blog Critiquing

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

  • Shrimp Fra Diavolo – The Brother Devil Made Me Do It

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    This latest test of still how little I know about editing in Adobe Premier, features a devilishly delicious shrimp fra diavolo, or “shrimp brother devil,” if we’re being literal for comic effect. I think this came out looking pretty good, although it took me so much longer to edit, since I’m still barely at novice level using the new software. So, with it being Friday afternoon and all, I’m gong to keep this short and sweet, and simply suggest you do two things.First of all, if you know any great Premier tips, tricks or resources, send them my way! You’ll notice I don’t have…
  • Korean Fried Chicken Sauce – The Sauce of Things to Come

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Who says you have to read H. G. Wells to reference him? Anyway, this lovely sweet and sour sauce is part one of a two-part series on Korean fried chicken. That video will be posted on Wednesday, and if you want to enjoy it at 100% awesomeness, you’ll want to whip up a batch of this stuff. As I disclaimed in the video, this is just my take, and while I think it’s pretty classic, there are a couple of things I do differently. I like to add lots of green onion and garlic, as well as not cook this quite as long as most recipes call for. The result is a sauce with those ingredients a little…
  • Korean Fried Chicken is the Best Fried Chicken

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    I've always considered myself something of a fried chicken expert. Whether we’re talking sports bars, casual dining, or white tablecloth restaurants, if there's some kind of fried chicken on the menu, I'm going to order it. Because of that fact, and my advanced age, I’ve pretty much had every single style known to man, and this Korean fried chicken is officially my favorite. No other method I've come across has the same combination of tender, juicy, flavorful chicken, and plate-scratching crispiness as this recipe does. It's simply a must try if you're a fan of the genre. The…
  • Next Up: Korean Fried Chicken Week!

    20 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The vacation is coming to an end, and while I certainly enjoyed my time off, I'm really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things this week by featuring the mind-blowing awesomeness that is Korean fried chicken. Tomorrow, I'll ease back into it by showing you my take on the traditional KFC sauce, and then Wednesday, we'll cover the actual chicken recipe. With apologies to the Colonel, this is the world's best fried chicken. Stay tuned!
  • Summer Drinking

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    I know, I'm supposed to be on vacation, but I wanted to post links for a couple of spectacularly refreshing summer drinks. Not only is the timing perfect for either of these beautiful beverages,  but I was getting really tired of looking at that hairy, photoshop'd beach guy. To see the full post, and get the ingredients, click on the title, and away you go. Enjoy, and see you next week! Watermelon Agua Fresca  Homemade Strawberry Soda 
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    Chili Cheese Fries

  • Pickled Tomatoes & Jalapenos

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I am gonna keep this one short and sweet today. This is a quick flashback to a popular post from the old site which happens to still be a favorite dish of mine. There is nothing like having a big jar or three of these zingy, spicy pickled tomatoes and jalapenos in the fridge to snack on or to top salads or grill fish with. Is it a condiment? Is it a snack? Hell,I don't know but it is wonderful, especially when the tomatoes are in season and fresh and ripe. Take this recipe to new levels by using a mixture of heirloom tomatoes locally sourced from a farmer market or vegetable stand. Oh and…
  • Gumbo Z’Herbes

    4 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Ahh the King of Gumbos as it's called in old New Orleans. Gumbo Z'Herbs, in parts of Louisiana that are predominantly Catholic, was traditionally served on Good Friday. The reasoning was that after so many days of Lenten the body needed to be rejuvenated with high potency vitamins like the ones found in many greens. And when this tradition was in full bloom the more types of greens the better. The old saying was that for every type of green added to the Gumbo Z'Herbs, you would make a new friend in the coming year. Nowadays this dish is mostly referred to as vegetarian gumbo, My version…
  • Mexican Chorizo

    28 Jun 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Hey it’s a freakin sausage fest here at CCF lately. Literally, because we are making chorizo. Yes it is true that many of the recipes here call for spicy chorizo. It can add a nice kick to many dishes. Again when I call for chorizo I am referring to the fresh (not cured and dried) version, of which I simply remove from the casing and add the meat mixture as an ingredient. Well it turns out that many of you don’t have a local deli or meat market that regularly churns this stuff out at an alarming rate like we do here in Florida. I am sure that states in the southwest have ample resources…
  • Boot Camp – Burger Grilling Basics

    15 Jun 2014 | 3:23 pm
    The fourth of July is right around the corner so todays boot camp will focus on the quintessential of all July 4th menu items, the hamburger. You've heard me say it before, great hamburgers are 90% technique. That’s right, if you want to graduate from grilling ho hum ordinary hockey puck burgers to back yard greatness, it will take practice.  We will review the key steps that make up that 90% as well as arm you with a couple of kicked up condiment and topping ideas to help take your burgers over the top. First let’s start by talking about how the perfect burger should feel. Yes, I said…
  • Kitchen Cheat Sheet

    12 Jun 2014 | 10:25 am
    The awesomely creative folks over at created this very handy kitch cheat sheet infographics which covers just about everything you may ever need to reference. Click on the image to link to them if you are into that sort of thing. Cool.
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  • Brazilian Shrimp Salad + A Giveaway!

    Alejandra Ramos
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    While I admit that I have zero interest in soccer, one thing I did love about the World Cup was that it seemed to get people excited to explore new international recipes and flavors. As the host country, Brazil definitely (rightfully!) got the most culinary attention, and I loved being able to read about different Brazilian recipes and cocktails that people were enjoying while watching the
  • Fresh Strawberry Sorbet with Dark Chocolate Chunks

    Alejandra Ramos
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Hey, summer! I'm loving life these days. Few things make me happier than sun and heat and being near water, and I'm just soaking it all in as much as I can with a delicious balance of work and play. Last week I was up in Vermont cooking for a fabulous yoga retreat, and came back with a mile-high stack of new recipes and photos to share with you. Among them was this gloriously easy Fresh
  • Vegan Roasted Tomato Crema

    Alejandra Ramos
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
    This simple creamy dip or sauce is one I make when cooking for vegan friends. It's wonderful served over tacos or roasted vegetables, as a dip for chips, or even as a spread in wrap sandwiches. To make this extra creamy, make sure to use silken tofu, which is more delicate and will give the crema a light texture. Note that if you don't eat soy, you can also use coconut yogurt in place of the
  • How to Make Cold Brew

    Alejandra Ramos
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    This past weekend I posted a few photos of my DIY cold brew concentrate on Instagram and Facebook, and got so many questions about it, that I decided to write up a quick post on it. Here's what you do. This recipe makes just slightly less than 1/2 gallon of cold brew concentrate, which is enough for about 12 or so large iced coffees, depending on how strong you like them. You can easily
  • Hummus Cucumber Cup Appetizers

    Alejandra Ramos
    5 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Meet your new favorite healthy summer appetizer idea! Actually, I admit that this is less of a recipe than it is a method, but it's genius all the same, and once you have it down, you can really make it your own. First you take a cucumber (I like the long English kind as they're generally pretty uniform all the length down), and remove a few strips of peel. This is totally for decorative
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    Joyful Abode

  • Tropical Traditions Coupon Codes & Reviews

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

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

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

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

    25 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Upromise by Sallie Mae for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Have you heard of Upromise?  Upromise is a rewards program where shoppers can earn cash back for college. I used to think it required you to have a certain credit card (we don't use credit cards) and didn't give it a second look until a few months ago. It's actually kind of cool. You just sign up for a free account and then when you start your online shopping at their site, you get up to 5% cash back in your account. Over 850 retailers including…
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    Hungry Crowd

  • 5 Amazing Places to Eat After 11 P.M.

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On their new after-hours menus, barkeeps and chefs are letting the rest of us in on what they love to eat and drink when they’re done with work and ready to party. 11 P.M.
 Washington, DC The late-night drinks menu at Republic includes beer-...
  • Your Dream Ice Cream Flavors

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Earlier this week, we asked our fans on Twitter to tell us about their fantasy ice cream flavor. One thing we learned: If you're an ice cream company looking for new flavor ideas, dark chocolate would be a good place to start—it showed up in...
  • 6 Boozy Ice Creams to Make at Home

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Cocktail party meets ice cream social with these six booze-infused ice creams and sorbets, all of which can be easily made using F&W’s no-ice-cream-maker method. 1. Guinness Ice CreamFor the best dessert ever, serve this malty ice cream ...
  • 10 Desserts to Make Before Chocolate Prices Spike

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Chocolate prices are on the rise due to increased demand and a poor cocoa harvest. Here, 10 delicious chocolate desserts to make before the next shortage. 1. Bacon-Bourbon Brownies with PecansMixing bacon fat into the batter gives these brownies d...
  • Get Sauced Like Ernest Hemingway; Make Sauce Like a Pro

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    F&W doesn't expect you to see every tweet we send out (just almost every one). Catch up each week with this top 5 list. [&amp;amp;lt;a href="//" target="_blank"&amp;amp;gt;View the story " " on Storify...
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    Healthy Eats – Food Network Healthy Living Blog

  • Make Your Own Banana-Chocolate Protein Bar

    Dana Angelo White
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    One sure way to avoid the highly processed add-ins found in many protein bars is to turn out a batch using your own ingredients and a boost of protein powder. A word on that front: You’ll want... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • What to Look for on a Yogurt Label

    Toby Amidor
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The yogurt section in your dairy aisle has been expanding rapidly. There are so many options, brands, and spins on the delicious, creamy dairy delight it can make buying yogurt a confusing... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • Update: Health Experts Weigh in on Proposed Nutrition Label Redo

    Toby Amidor
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Earlier this year, the FDA released details of the proposed nutrition label makeover. Many experts have been weighing in on the new look trying to determine if the proposed changes will help... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • Breakfast of the Month: Toasted Muesli with Coconut

    Amy Chaplin
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In an effort to reduce sugar and sweeteners in general, I recently decided to divert my craving for granola by making toasted muesli. (It’s true that granola can be made by baking the oats in... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
  • The 22 Days Vegan Diet Plan: Love It or Leaf It?

    Toby Amidor
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    You can’t deny that JLo’s new body is rocking! She credits her weight loss success to the 22-Day Vegan Diet. The same diet Beyonce and Jay Z popularized by posting food photos on Instagram. But is... ** This is only a summary of our content.**
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    What's Cooking With Kids

  • Rouxbe – Starting My Online Culinary Education

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

    Michelle Stern
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    It has been said that when I put my mind to something, I resemble a dog on a bone (figuratively, I hope!). I ponder, I mull, I research, and of course, I turn to social media for advice. About a week before our son was due home from residential treatment, I wanted to come up with some new ways for us to spend time together and to develop traditions in the kitchen. He is a major holiday lover, so I decided that there wouldn’t be anything better than a weekly celebration that would bring our family together – Shabbat. And of course, with Shabbat comes challah, a beautiful golden…
  • Gotcha Day, revisited

    Michelle Stern
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Two days ago, as I flew to New Mexico to pick up our son from residential treatment, my mind was overwhelmed with thoughts, hopes and fears.  Would we be reduced yet again to the “walking on eggshells” state of existence that we experienced for the nearly 7 years before making the monumental decision to seek residential therapeutic care for Ari?  Or would the past 16 months of treatment, maturation, and extensive support be enough to reunite our family and ease us into a state of peaceful and loving coexistence that we always sought? But as soon as I arrived at the house and…
  • Backyard Bounty: Apricots

    Michelle Stern
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Every summer, our vacation plans seem to overlap with the ripening of fruit on our apricot tree.  But it looks like we will get lucky this year – and there are several recipes that we would like to try. Our backyard is bursting with crows and squirrels this time of the year – so we have our competition cut out for us.  My daughter is part monkey, and can climb trees like a champ – so she reached what she could from inside the tree, and then used a ladder to grab fruit on the thinner and less sturdy branches.  Most of the fruit is still fairly firm, so we are hoping that…
  • Looking Ahead

    Michelle Stern
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:22 pm
    I have been flooded with emotions over the course of the past few weeks.  The school year is nearly finished, and I have been a whirling dervish of grading, packing boxes and moving them home.  Along with the sadness of leaving some amazing students and colleagues, there are still some lingering hard feelings of a new job ending too soon (for mysterious, but undoubtedly political reasons). But it is said that things happen for a reason, and in reality, it does appear to be so.  My son will be discharged from his residential therapeutic program in just two weeks, and will be coming home.
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    Comments for The Italian Chef

  • Comment on Stracciatella Gelato by Anika

    28 Jun 2014 | 11:11 am
    I just made this & it’s in the freezer but so far this recipe has been fantastic! When I was making the custard, I think I cooked it to long & it turned into a scrambled egg-like mixture. I poured it into seperate bowl & used an immersion blender and it seemed to fix it! Also, make sure your mixture is completely chilled before putting it into the ice cream maker or it will not freeze. Can’t wait to try it! I sampled a bit & it has a great rich flavor and the method of putting the melted chocolate works out great!
  • Comment on Stracciatella Gelato by Not Merely Pregnant // 2nd Trimester Faves

    Not Merely Pregnant // 2nd Trimester Faves
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
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  • Comment on Stracciatella Gelato by The Testing Table \ Vol. 1 | Plein Vanity

    The Testing Table \ Vol. 1 &#124; Plein Vanity
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    […] skincare products. Not only is this soap unique looking with black soap specks resembling Italian stracciatella gelato; this product combines two beloved Osmia soaps in one: the bestselling Black Clay Facial Soap […]
  • Comment on Stracciatella Gelato by Stracciatella suppe - Alt det bedste fra Italien

    Stracciatella suppe - Alt det bedste fra Italien
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:21 am
    […] kunne servere porketta-porchetta til hovederet, og til dessert kan man servere en stracciatella gelato for at bibeholde det italianske […]
  • Comment on Lasagna Bolognese by Eating Traditional Style in Italy: 5 Days And 5 Primi PiattiBrightonYourHealth

    Eating Traditional Style in Italy: 5 Days And 5 Primi PiattiBrightonYourHealth
    23 May 2014 | 10:00 am
    […] It tasted delicious although the picture doesn’t do enough justice. You can see it is a rich dish and although the portion size was smaller than what you would get in an American restaurant, this was enough for me. A nice espresso after and basta, I am full. If you would like to try to make this yourself, here is a website that has an authentic recipe version of lasagna verdi. See “The Italian Chef.” […]
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  • Taking Time to Do Errands with Others

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

    Wendy Hammond
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    I used to pride myself on being a healthy fat person. Severely obese if you want to get technical. I mean, I have done triathlons! Ran 9.5 miles! I eat kale. Even spirulina, on occasion. Except . . . it’s been a few years since I ran consistently. I just “ran” two miles in more time than it usually takes me to walk it. Oh, and the sleep apnea is still there. And the high blood pressure. But that seems to be controlled by semi-regular use of a water pill. And now, today, I get another call from the doctor’s office. You might recall that cholesterol and glucose levels…
  • Pursue the Intentional Life {Book Review in Progress}

    Wendy Hammond
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Graphic elements from Cheri Robinson aka: Dream Big Design’s It is one thing to be creative in the artistic sense, a craftsman with paintbrush or violin or hammer; it is something else to make your life art, a thing of beauty. ~ Jean Fleming, in Pursue the Intentional Life: “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12) It has been a long time since I read a Christian book. So often they are health and wealth (pray and you will become a millionaire!) or written by shiny happy Jesus people. Or moms, to which I can’t relate. But, I have…
  • Italian Grilled Chicken Sandwich {Plus a Recipe Contest!}

    Wendy Hammond
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:46 am
    Sandwiches are? a summertime staple in our household, so I jumped at the chance when Mezzetta asked me to come up with a sandwich recipe using some of their products. Like many culinary and craft projects, I decided to let the ingredients speak to me. I lined up the jars on the counter. (Minus the stuffed olives, which DH managed to polish off straight away. He LOVES olives! Apparently they were good. I wouldn’t know, I didn’t get any. But I digress.) For some reason a grilled chicken sandwich sounded good to me. We are trying to eat more healthfully so chicken and veggies are a…
  • Burlap Mason Jar Cozy Misadvantures

    Wendy Hammond
    28 Jun 2014 | 6:29 am
    Burlap mason jar cozy. Don’t look too close! Now I remember why “5 minute sewing projects” take me all afternoon. I went to a quilt show with my mom last weekend, so I had some fabric to play with. I decided to make this mason jar cozy that I pinned more than a year ago. I bought some coffee fabric especially for this project, because I like to put my homemade iced coffee protein drink in a quart jar, and in the summer it sweats quite a bit (from the condensation). Note: If you just want the tutorial, click on the link above. She does a great job! But if you want to see…
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    The Kitchn | Inspiring cooks, nourishing homes

  • Meet the Apprentices of Amber Waves Farm — A New Generation on the Farm

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Open Slideshow We've been showing you the work that goes into running a farm through the main growing season. As we move into the height of the summer season, I am astounded by the dedication, hard work, and exuberance of the young women and men who have chosen to work a season on the farm: the apprentices! Meet this year’s crew below, and learn more about what farm apprenticeship is. READ MORE »
  • Before & After: Denise's Old-World Kitchen Transformation — The Big Reveal

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Before Like this entry? Favorite it below! Name: Denise Location: Maple Glen, PA Division: United States About my kitchen reveal: A complete kitchen renovation to turn an outdated kitchen into an old-world-inspired space that is warm, inviting and suitable for cooking and entertaining. Reconfigured layout to make space more functional with new commercial appliances and custom cabinetry. Unique features include addition of brick wall, armoir-style refrigerator/freezer, 11ft island with honed quartzite countertop, and pullout spice/cooking oil drawer. Click through to see more After photos!
  • Before & After: Jamie's Fresh and Open Entertaining Kitchen — The Big Reveal

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Before Like this entry? Favorite it below! Name: Jamie Location: Omaha, NE Division: United States About my kitchen reveal: Our kitchen had the original cabinets and counters from 1962. These last few years they were really showing their age. We completely tore everything out including our space saver (tiny) oven. We were inspired by the clean look of Scandinavian-style kitchens. The walls got repainted, the appliances upgraded, the cabinets and counters replaced, the linoleum floor got upgraded to hickory, and we tore out the wooden dividing wall between our kitchen and dining/living room…
  • What's Cooking This Weekend? — Weekend of July 26-27, 2014

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A Pizza Party on the Porch It's that time of the week: the time when we turn off our computers, go to the kitchen and the patio and the park, and cook something good. What's cooking in your kitchen this weekend? I loved all the grilled pizza this week; I have one more lump of dough to grill tonight! What about you? A few favorite posts this week... Some great ways to make refreshing nonalcoholic drinks. (Also, these! Yum.) Two popular appetizers in one. Make hand-washing dishes more fun — lots of good advice! Prep salads Sunday night. Been looking forward to these breakfast popsicles for…
  • The 10 Entries Leading Our Big Reveal Contest! — The Big Reveal

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    A couple weeks ago we launched our kitchen makeover contest, The Big Reveal. Have you been following along? We've seen some stellar kitchen transformations already, including an inspiring share of budget DIY makeovers! These 10 kitchens are currently leading the pack in votes, but anything can happen. See all the entries here and vote for your favorite now before it's too late. There's still plenty of time left for someone else to move up to the top! READ MORE »
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  • Easy Vegan Thai Ginger Peanut Soup

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Stormy weather has been parading itself across the United States so that means soup in summer.  Vegan Thai ginger peanut soup from The Veggie Slaughterhouse is a quick and easy healthy meal.
  • Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar Omelette with Truffles, Chives and Brown Butter

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    During the week it’s grab-and-go breakfasts, so when the weekend comes we love to luxuriate in a no-rush, hearty breakfast. We don’t often eat truffles, an expensive delicacy, but we had a couple of precious globes carefully tucked away and decided to indulge.
  • 4 Delicious Ways to Cook with Pineapple

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Now that you know how to break down a pineapple, it's time to cook with it.  Pineapple often adds a tropical touch to savory dishes without overpowering them with sweetness.
  • Atún a la Vercruzana: Easy Veracruz-Style Tuna

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    The ubiquitous Veracruz sauce, a classic from Veracruz, Mexico, typically contains garlic, onions, oregano, tomatoes, olives and capers. It traditionally features red snapper, often cooked whole, and is known as Huachinango a la Veracruzana, or Veracruz-Style Red Snapper.
  • How to Pick and Cut a Fresh Mango

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    Mangoes, the oblong tropical fruit, have grown in popularity in the last two decades.  If you were like me, selecting a ripe mango is often hit or miss.  The story was always the same.
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  • Pizza-nomics

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
                  There are three prices every true New Yorker tracks: rent, subway fare, and the price of a slice of pizza. Rents are famously crazy, but pizza and subway rides are stabilized by an economic axiom known [...]
  • When Food is the Vacation

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
      Let’s cut to the chase. Sure, you can sit on a beach or breathe in the clean mountain air. You can tromp through museums and national parks, or get your thrills at a theme park. But you know that [...]
  • Great Moments in Bottled Water History

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Some of us are old enough to think of bottled water as a recent phenomenon. We remember a time when water was something drunk straight from the tap, and we marvel at the $12 billion that’s now spent annually on this country’s [...]
  • Lard Ass? Why, Thank You!

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Saturated fat is back. 2014 will be the third consecutive year that Americans purchased more butter than margarine. We’re up to an average of 23 sticks of butter a year—a 40 year high but still a far cry from the 72-stick average of [...]
  • Man Crowdfunds $65,000 Bowl of Potato Salad

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
      No, you weren’t redirected to The Onion. A few days ago, a Columbus, Ohio man launched a Kickstarter campaign with a modest $10 funding goal. He described the project simply as “I’m making potato salad. Basically I’m just making potato salad. I haven’t [...]
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    Harmonious Homestead

  • A Gift of Green BEAN Delivery

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    A few weeks ago, the fine folks at Green B.E.A.N. contacted me about some updates in the works. I reviewed Green B.E.A.N. a few years ago and concluded then that the service was useful and cost effective, so I was interested to see what was new. My brother in law and his wife recently welcomed their first baby, Lil’s first cousin, into the world. They live in Saint Louis which is too far for us to support them in our usual way by making meals. Unlike flowers that fade and clothes that are outgrown quickly, new parents can always use healthy food. The email from Green B.E.A.N. came at…
  • Spread the Love Sunday & Ohio History Center Giveaway!

    29 Jun 2014 | 7:48 am
    I hear the Internet likes pictures of cats and list posts. Now that I have the bad news of the chicken slaughter off my chest, it’s time to share some good news: 1) First, I’m thrilled to announce that I was selected to be part of the US delegation to Slow Food International’s Terra Madre and Salone de Gusto in Turin, Italy this October! I’m excited to represent small farmers at the conference and to learn from more experienced growers and food producers. Soon, I’ll share details about how you can participate by supporting the delegation through farm-to-table…
  • The Cost Of Freedom

    24 Jun 2014 | 6:47 am
    Find the cost of freedom, I mentioned that we recently switched our chickens from a small yard to a much larger pasture system. We loved giving our girls more space to forage and rotating them to a new area when one was hen pecked. They seemed healthier for having the freedom to roam around. Buried in the ground, But last Wednesday, we experienced the devastating cost of such independence. A quick and thorough predator slaughtered our entire flock save one hen hidden in the nest box. The attack happened just after I let the birds out in the morning, a time I’ve never been worried about…
  • Edible Plant Flowers

    18 Jun 2014 | 5:16 am
    Lil doesn’t have much patience for gardening some days because “it’s all about vegetables!” She plants her garden in flowers instead of food and she’s taught me to appreciate beauty for beauty’s sake alone. But most of the food we grow comes from flowers too. Can you identify these flowers from edible plants?   Answer key: 1. chamomile 2. cucumber 3. elderberry 4. pattypan squash 5. potato 6. sesame 7. tobacco 8. tomato 9. seed poppy ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Edible Plant Flowers is a post from Harmonious Homestead. If you like what you read,…
  • Sourdough Challah {Recipe}

    8 Jun 2014 | 5:36 am
    What is there to write about the best bread ever? The sourdough challah that Alex spent a year perfecting? The recipe we’re baking for the third time this week today? Alex’s sourdough challah tastes mildly tangy, sweet, and rich. The texture is dense but smooth. We eat it plain, with butter, covered in honey (Lil’s favorite), or as a base for sandwiches. This challah is enriched with two things we have in abundance – eggs and sourdough. Both contribute to the luxurious flavor and enhance the nutritive content beyond  standard sandwich bread. This is a good thing for…
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  • Nosh away at these summer events

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    It isn’t summer without a couple of intimate(ish) outdoor concert venues featuring great shows, but more importantly great food and wine. We’re smitten with Glen Ellen’s Broadway Under the Stars series, featuring favorite tunes from Broadway and beyond with actual Broadway actors. Get there early for noshes from Tips Tri-Tip, Ultra Crepes, Palooza Catering, Cookie Take a Bite (best chocolate chip cookies ever), Glen Ellen Star, Fork Catering and wine from dozens of local wineries. Tickets and details online. Meanwhile, the Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series hosts Chris Botti, Chris…
  • Vignette to Open in Barlow

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    A new wood-fired pizza oven will be the centerpiece of the forthcoming Vignette pizzeria in Sebastopol So what’s the difference between Neapolitan, Sicilian, New York and California-style pizzas? Like barbecue, you’ll get a different answer depending on who you ask, but the forthcoming Vignette (6750 McKinley St., The Barlow) is definitely in the Neapolitan category. Defined as having a very thin crust, minimal toppings (compared to meat-laden American pizzas) and cooked at a very high heat in a wood-fired pizza oven, Neapolitan ‘zas pizzas are pretty familiar in Wine Country.
  • Update: The Bird & The Bottle

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The former Italian Affair will undergo a complete redesign and upgrade before becoming The Bird & The Bottle A few weeks ago, Sonoma Restaurateurs Mark and Terri Stark (of Monti’s, Bravas, etc.) announced that they would be opening a new restaurant at the former Italian Affair in Santa Rosa. More details about the space are emerging, including the fact that (not big surprise) the menu will have a strong focus on poultry. “We’re bringing chicken back,” said Terri Stark. “We’re moving on from all pig, all the time,” she added, which is a departure from the pig-centric bent of…
  • Cucina di Rosa | St. Helena

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The new tasting room at Charles Krug Winery in Napa. Cucina di Rosa Italian Trattoria opens Friday, July 18th at St. Helena’s Charles Krugwinery. Part of the $9.5 million restoration of the winery’s Redwood Cellar Building. Inspired by the winery’s matriarch, Rosa Mondavi, the menu will feature rustic panini sandwiches with basil pesto and tomatoes from the Culinary Institute of America Greystone’s Student Farm at the winery (the CIA is just across the street), a mufaletta, roasted tri-tip sandwich and antipasta and salads made to pair with Charles Krug wines. The menu was designed by…
  • West of the West Wine Festival

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    There are a handful of “dude” moments in a Wine Country food writers’ annual lineup of must-attend events. As in “Dude, you have to go to this.” West of the West Wine Festival Friday August 1st through Sunday August 3rd is one of them. It’s an all-star lineup of the Sonoma Coast’s best top vintners (Charles Heintz, DuMol, Failla, Flowers, LIOCO, Littori, MacPhail, and the list just goes on) along with incredible food throughout the weekend, culminating with a Grand Banquet featuring chefs from Statebird Provisions, Rich Table and Bar Tartine at the North Bay artisan food…
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    Cooking with Thas

  • No Bake Biscuit Pudding Recipe- Biscuit Vanilla Pudding Recipe

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Marie biscuits, vanilla pudding and fruits are layered in a bowl, easy to make and delicious dessert for everyone to enjoy… While growing up, one of the puddings made by my mom is biscuit pudding. Marie biscuits are widely popular in India and are served with tea in the evening. Marie biscuits are not eaten just as it is, they are dipped in the tea and are savoured. Many desserts are made using Marie biscuits and the crumbs are used in the place of graham crackers for making pies. I’d made biscuit pudding a few years ago and loved it. Today, while looking for some dessert ideas I…
  • Asian Style Chicken Orzo – Chicken Orzo Recipe

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Orzo pasta, chicken and Asian flavours in one plate, it’s a delicious one pot meal… On a busy day or on a lazy day or on any day, a plate of quick fix pasta tastes delicious. Just like noodles, pasta has been a true blessing many a time. In the pasta family, I have a soft corner towards orzo pasta; they resemble to rice, looks cute, cooks fast and tastes delicious too. I tend to add orzo pasta to my soups and they will make the soup hearty. The other day, I made Asian style chicken stir fry with peppers, to make it into a complete dish I first thought of adding noodles. Then,…
  • Grilled Cilantro Shrimp – Grilled Shrimp

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Shrimp marinated in a cilantro marinade and grilled till browned… This Summer, I didn’t do much grilling and the thought that Summer is going to end soon tempted me to grill more. Everything tastes better when grilled. So, the other day I threw some shrimp on the grill. I made a simple cilantro marinade and marinated the shrimp for a few hours, inserted them into a skewer and grilled till they turned brown. Nothing complicated, a very simple recipe and the grilled shrimp tasted great. Other Grilled recipes, click here. Grilling shrimp Grilled Cilantro Shrimp – Grilled…
  • Pistachio- Saffron Pudding- Easy Pista Pudding Recipe

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Pistachios and saffron made into a pudding; melt into the mouth and yummlicious pudding… I think I’ve mentioned a million times over here that I am obsessed with saffron. Oh my, the aroma and the taste of saffron is just addictive and anything with a hint of saffron is heaven for me. For that reason, I love to make anything that calls for saffron or tend to add it to most of my desserts. I’d already shared the recipe for making Pistachio and saffron flavoured milk, one of my favourite chilled drinks. Yesterday, after I was done with my Iftar cooking, I felt that my Man and I…
  • Chicken Stuffed Gift Box – Chicken stuffed in dough and Fried

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Chicken masala wrapped in a dough, made into a gift box and fried till crispy, perfect snack to munch on… The recipe for making the meat box with beef was shared by one of my readers last year, here is the recipe: meat box recipe. The recipe resembles to making samosa. However, I was impressed by how it’s made into a gift box and then fried. If you want to make something fancy to impress your guests or for a party, this will make a really fancy appetizer. I used the chicken masala that I usually make for stuffing samosas. Also, I used both wheat and white flour to make the dough.
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  • Our Summer Dinners

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

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

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

    9 Jun 2014 | 7:22 am
    Ever since Sam and I got engaged in December, I told myself that I could get away with not worrying about too many of the smaller details until … June. It was always an arbitrary month but seemed fitting as it was three months away from our actual wedding. A good time to, say, ask yourself: If you’re writing your own ceremony, how the heck does one do that? The answer? Hold that thought until June. If you’ve decided on very large 12-inch layer cakes instead of a more traditional wedding cake, where does one find very large cake stands? The answer? Settle that in June.
  • Elevating Lunch

    23 May 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Lunch has been on my mind lately, mainly because I haven’t been doing it right. I’ve recently hired a new employee in the bakery who is catching on quickly and brings real lunches for herself each day — taking a good, dedicated break to enjoy them. This amazes me. When I’m working in the Marge Granola kitchen, I’ll often forget to eat or have a handful of granola or a cup of yogurt at best; the day usually gets away from me and to take the time to sit and have a meal just means, ultimately, a longer work day. But when I come home I find myself drained of energy…
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  • Grilled Peaches with Pecans and Maple Meringue

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

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

    lisa is cooking
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    It’s gotten to be that time of year. It’s the season during which all I want to eat is ice cream. Ice cream or sorbet or granita for every meal would be fine with me. Luckily, I received a review copy of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts so now I have some new options to keep my all-ice cream meals more varied. Here, you’ll find the same fabulous style of ice cream-making as that in Jeni Britton Bauer’s first book. There are unique flavor combinations, there’s some cream cheese in the ice... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Sardine Keftedes

    lisa is cooking
    5 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    As soon as our weather warms up, I start thinking more and more about Greek food. Grilled souvlaki with tzatziki is a favorite; cucumber, tomato, olive, and feta salad with basil is a must, and so is watermelon with seared halloumi. Just in time for summer, I received a review copy of Smashing Plates: Greek Flavors Redefined by Maria Elia. I’m a big fan of her book The Modern Vegetarian, so I suspected there would be a lot to like about this new book. This time, the recipes aren’t entirely... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
  • Gunkan-maki with Avocado and Charred Jalapeno

    lisa is cooking
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:57 am
    I did attempt to make sushi once several years ago. I was no Jiro, and after making a mess of it, I never tried again. I was perfectly happy to just go out for sushi or to bring it home already made by people who know what they’re doing. But now, I’ve changed my mind about sushi-making. Thanks to A Visual Guide to Sushi-Making at Home, I have all the instructions I need to get it right. This is a new book from Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani, and I received a review copy. The book takes you by the... This is just a summary. Visit my site for the complete post with photos and links.
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    Melody Gourmet Fury | Austin Food Writer and Photographer

  • Pizzas, Pastas & Plates: Snapshots from aRoma Italian Kitchen and Bar in Austin, Texas

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

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

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

    Melody Fury
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:23 pm
    We’re just past the halfway mark in 2014 and I must already declare laV as my favourite new restaurant in Austin.  Yup, I’ve eaten through each of their thoughtfully crafted menus. I sometimes feel sheepish when I walk in, wondering if the staff will think, “oh, it’s you again”.  I secretly want to gush, “I can’t help myself I just love you so much.  Please take me and stuff me with brioche donuts”. Sunday pastry display table | laV Restaurant in East Austin | Melody Gourmet Fury For months, I was driving past their partially complete…
  • Food & Drink Events in Austin – June 2014

    Melody Fury
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:54 am
    Here’s a round-up of unique food & drink events to kick off off your summer in Austin, including Tiki Week, wine-maker’s dinner and more.   Thursday, June 12 World Cup celebration menu at Mettle Mettle Austin is hosting a variety of specials to kick off this World Cup 2014. In addition to playing the full schedule of games, Mettle will be serving $6 Siamese Caipirinhas with several variations of their pasteis (fried dumplings). Flavors include spiced carrot & chèvre, beef & summer squash, and cotija cheese, garlic & garden basil.   Monday, June 16 Indie…
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    Savour Fare

  • Cold Zucchini Soup with Buttermilk – Too Much Zucchini, part III

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    We have a zucchini plant in our garden this year.  Just one, as we have learned from years past that zucchini quickly becomes overwhelming.  Fried zucchini blossoms are one of our favorite summer treats, and one of the most cost-effective ways to get our hands on them is to plant our own zucchini plant. Apparently, though, there is something mysterious in our soil because that one zucchini plant has grown to monstrous proportions.  It’s the tomacco of zucchini plants – each leaf is the size of a cocktail table. We are diligent about seeking out the zucchini and picking them…
  • Friday Five: Links to Love, It’s Getting Hot in Here Edition

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Around these parts, it feels like the glory days of summer.  The tomatoes are (finally) ripening!  The Nuni has finished summer school and is now living out my nostalgic old-fashioned childhood summer dreams at day camp where she gets to swim and ride horses and do archery and build forts and generally have a grand old time.  We have been working diligently at our summer bucket list (last weekend:  farmer’s market and train ride.  Next up:  s’mores, and the obligatory weekend hammock time).  Hard to believe we are back to school in a month! 1. From the archives: Tomatoes…
  • Protein Pancakes, or the Importance of Listening to Your Mother.

    26 Jun 2014 | 6:07 am
    When it comes to mothers, mine is (almost) always right. When I was a little girl, I, being a child of the 80′s, wanted nothing more than crap for breakfast.  I watched the beguiling commercials – Super Golden Crisp!  Pop Tarts! Leggo my Eggo!  - and I asked, nay, begged my mother to give me this super-sugary stuff of my dreams for breakfast.  My mother, having come of age in the crunchy late 60′s and 70′s in California, wisely turned me down.  I had to eat healthy breakfasts, which always included protein.  Cream cheese, peanut butter, whole grain breads –…
  • Summer Recipe Roundup

    21 Jun 2014 | 9:21 am
    It’s the summer solstice! The longest day of the year! The official first day of summer, which, by some magic, is also Midsummer. No matter how you slice it, today is the day when even your most pedantic friends can’t deny that summertime is here, and with it, summer cooking. We’ve already been going crazy with the stone fruit in our house (my children are fruit bats, and I keep finding half-gnawed nectarines in the oddest places) and last week I broke out the first official BLT. Here’s a list of great Savour Fare recipes to get you in the mood for cooking this summer!
  • McCormick American Homemade: Meatloaf {Sponsored Post}

    16 Jun 2014 | 7:10 am
    I live 2 minutes away from where I grew up.  This was a combination of happy chance and deliberate decision making – we knew we wanted the kind of beauty and community my hometown provided, and when we decided to buy a house, the first one we looked at happened to be here, in this neighborhood, 2 minutes away from my childhood home.    What that means is that to some extent, my children are living my childhood – playing in the same park, reading in the same library, walking the same streets. My childhood comes back the most vividly for, me, however, when I’m in the…
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  • Cherry Pico de Gallo

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

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Four ingredients, and one of them is sweet potatoes . . . need I say more?  I love sweet potato fries, but don’t love the clean up, nor the added calories, that come with deep frying my own.  So I bake them.  I know this isn’t a new idea, but I posted a picture of the fries I made to go with the cacao chili-rubbed flat iron steak that I posted earlier this week, so I figured I would share them.  Super simple, and just plain good.  I use a combination of olive oil, sea salt, and smoked paprika to dress my fries—I think the combination of these three things makes the…
  • Sous Vide Cacao Chili-Rubbed Flat Iron Steak

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

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    As a little girl, one of my favorite treats was a cherry limeade.  Sometimes when we visited my grandparents in Utah we would make a trip to Hires Big H, a great little Utah-based burger joint, that also happens to serve my all-time favorite cherry limeade.  Other people loved going to Hires for their homemade root beer, but it was always the cherry limeade for me.  I guess I haven’t changed much, because when I went to the store on Tuesday and saw that cherry prices had dropped significantly, I grabbed a bunch and came home to make some cherry limeade. Mr. Fuji and I just got home…
  • Summer Fun, Fuji Bites — June 30, 2014

    Fuji Mama (Rachael)
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    So far this summer has been a whirlwind.  This past week I was in Southern California to see my brother’s exhibit at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. (How cool is that?!?)  During the week I had a bit of extra time and was able to drive down to see my friend Mimi and her avocado trees.  This is one of my favorite places on Earth.  The groves are beautiful and always changing.  Early summer means that the baby avocados aren’t so little anymore.  Instead of being the size of small olives, they are now the size of small plums. From the looks of things, next year’s crop is…
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  • a tim burton themed bridal shower

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    My bridesmaids (and mother/soon-to-be mother-in-law) are amazing. Truly amazing. Earlier this year, Janelle (Maid of Honor) and my sister (Matron of Honor) asked me what time of bridal shower I envision. My fiancé sent me this video and I fell in love immediately. Now, I knew I couldn’t pull of a Tim Burton themed wedding but I could have a Tim Burton themed bridal shower. <3  ( read the rest of a tim burton themed bridal shower at ) { bittensweet } © 2014 | permalink to a tim burton themed bridal shower | see more of foodgasms, love & life, merriments,…
  • go shawty, it’s yo’ birthday!

    30 Jun 2014 | 6:15 am
    At 30, I still haven’t flown outside of the US because I still have yet to apply for a passport. I still haven’t learned French. I still don’t like oysters, mussels, and clams. I still love the color pink. I still love cereal – particularly Lucky Charms and Fruity Pebbles. I still love trip-hop/”soundtrack” music. I still love ballet and wish I were a ballerina full-time. I’m still a big Tim Burton fan. I still wish I had superpowers… I’ve been thinking about this day for a few months now. I started looking back at photos, Facebook…
  • save the dates! ♥  #ronalynandchris

    1 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Finally, some wedding goodies to share! With all the hubbub of Pinterest and weddinggawker, it’s so easy to get caught up with all of the DIY & whatnot. I often worry that I’ll try something and it doesn’t exactly work out exactly as pictured/described. Buuuut… I really wanted to do something unique. ( read the rest of save the dates! ♥  #ronalynandchris at ) { bittensweet } © 2014 | permalink to save the dates! ♥  #ronalynandchris | see more of love & life, merriments, parties/events
  • happy 4th blogaversary, bittensweet!

    24 Mar 2014 | 3:30 am
    Hi. I know, I know. I’m celebrating my blog’s 4th birthday but I hardly spend time here. I apologize. I sound like a broken record, right? As one of my best gals explains, it’s so easy to become lazy when we have instantaneous sharing tools like Instagram and Twitter. I should use them to promote my blog instead. Shoot, I should probably call and visit people more too! :o) ( read the rest of happy 4th blogaversary, bittensweet! at ) { bittensweet } © 2014 | permalink to happy 4th blogaversary, bittensweet! | see more of love & life, merriments,…
  • oh happy january

    3 Feb 2014 | 3:30 am
    I always feel like as though January comes and goes. Am I the only one here? I thought the month was unproductive at first, but looking back, I did a lot! Took a trip to Richmond, VA to see my best gals. We went dress shopping for the bridesmaids, ate a fancy dinner at Bookbinders, saw the Hollywood Costume exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and ate some more! Twas a fun (but short) weekend! I also traveled back to Virginia Beach for a weekend to celebrate my mom’s 65th! A trip back home isn’t complete without seeing my best friends like Katrina! Met up with Aly for a…
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  • How To Make Garlic Aioli

    Delaina &#38; Kris
    5 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Add Garlic Aioli to your meal tonight! Garlic Aioli is a wonderful garlicky mayonnaise that add a wonderful “something extra” to a wide variety of vegetables and meats. I like to make it when I have an assortment of raw… Read more → The post How To Make Garlic Aioli appeared first on Living Trader Joe's.
  • How To Make Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes

    Delaina &#38; Kris
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes – Quick and Easy! Do you want to learn how to make yummy roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes with crispy skins? then keep reading as I give you the easy steps to make your own for dinner… Read more → The post How To Make Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes appeared first on Living Trader Joe's.
  • Green Fin Chardonnay 2013

    Delaina &#38; Kris
    28 Jun 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Have you tried Green Fin Chardonnay 2013? The Green Fin Chardonnay offers all that one is looking for in Chardonnay. The beautiful buttery color, the soft but fresh aromas delight the scenes before the tongue has a chance to taste.… Read more → The post Green Fin Chardonnay 2013 appeared first on Living Trader Joe's.
  • Make Ahead Kefir Breakfast Parfaits

    Delaina &#38; Kris
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Super Easy Breakfast Parfaits with Kefir Kefir is a wonderful fermented milk beverage that looks similar to yogurt, but packs more of a nutritional punch or pizazz! Kefir is loaded with lots of beneficial bacteria that can work wonders in… Read more → The post Make Ahead Kefir Breakfast Parfaits appeared first on Living Trader Joe's.
  • Easy Carrot Raisin Salad

    Delaina &#38; Kris
    21 Jun 2014 | 2:20 pm
     We got a craving recently for a childhood favorite: Carrot Raisin Salad. Don’t you love it when you can take a trip down memory lane simply by dining on a meal? Well, we were unloading our groceries the other day… Read more → The post Easy Carrot Raisin Salad appeared first on Living Trader Joe's.
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    Bitches Who Brunch

  • Louro Brunch

    Emily, Bitch in the City
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    World Cup fever was rampant in the city this summer. Productivity went down and beer drinking at the office went up. Friends committed to bar plans on Mondays. Bars and restaurants that never normally have any sports affinity hung flags from their awnings and sported projector screens and specials. It was a happy time. I thought it was only appropriate to brunch up to, and during, the World Cup final. We wanted to avoid a place packed with unauthentic fans, which inevitably leads to catching more sprayed beer than the actual game, so I selected Louro, a West Village restaurant that offered a…
  • Point Chaud Café and Crepes Brunch

    Shellie, Guest Bitch
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Longtime Bitch supporter Shellie Terry Benson visited Becca in D.C. this month with her two munchkins, Jessica, 14, and Nicholas, 11 — who aren’t such little munchkins anymore. A morning of monument sightseeing needs proper nourishment, and a quick stop in Point Chaud Cafe & Crepes on 14th Street was on tap. We reviewed this little eatery when it first opened in 2010. Here’s Shellie’s take on today’s offerings … We rolled into D.C. on a Saturday Amtrak train from Penn Station, where my kids and I had spent three frenetic days exploring New York City. It was…
  • Bitch at Us: Bobbie Lloyd of Magnolia Bakery

    Catherine, Baby Bitch in the City
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    We Bitches can dish up a lot more than just brunch. Most importantly, we all have a sweet tooth that aches at least once a day. When a nibble of chocolate doesn’t crush our cravings, there’s one place we know we can always turn to for a pick-me-up: Magnolia Bakery. Though Magnolia has yet to install a D.C. shop (fingers crossed!), the New York Bitches are fortunate enough to turn any corner and beeline for the bakery’s unbelievable indulgences. With Magnolia bakeries scattered about the city, we couldn’t help but beam at the opportunity to taste Magnolia’s seasonal collection at…
  • Kanela Breakfast Club Brunch in Chicago

    Ally, Bitch in the City
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    There are few things better than summer in Chicago. The weather is actually tolerable, made even more so by its residents’ close proximity to Lake Michigan beaches and easy access to rooftop pools, and consequently everyone wants to maximize their time in the sunshine. This means that practically every restaurant with outdoor real estate dusts off their patio sets for brunch al fresco. I rang in the Fourth of July in Chicago with a handful of my best friends, which was a weekend filled with a lot of laughs, fireworks, Goose Island beer, and of course brunch. I crashed with my friend…
  • The Lust List: White Lace Shorts

    Cori Sue
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    I just can’t get enough of white lace—on dresses, skirts, and shorts—this summer. As its wedding season, white dresses for anyone but the slew of brides is taboo. So why bother to invest in another this season? As I already have several white eyelet dresses and skirts; it was time to pick up some shorts. Last summer, I searched high and low for white shorts but couldn’t find the perfect pair. This year, I picked up a pair from Zara on sale, but found a ton of stylish options to shop this season. J.Crew Chambray button down // Zara lace shorts // Yves St. Laurent…
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  • Iconic Ford SVT Bronco Concept Release for 2016

    didi petet
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
     With the start of 1996 at the auto business began to develop vehicles with four entryways, and the organization has chosen to stop further generation of this model. At that point came Ford Expedition model at the scene, as swap for Ford Bronco. In the 2004 year the Ford Motor Company is catch the creative energy of old partners of Bronco models, demonstrating the idea of the vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show. From that point forward it estimates with appearance of Bronco at the auto business sector, and the discharge date is the subject of hypothesis. 2015 Ford Bronco is really idea…
  • 2015 Ford Edge Release Now!

    didi petet
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:13 pm
    How does the new 2015 Ford Edge look? That being said, they made it seem exceptionally advanced, with smooth lines and smooth surface. It looks significantly more compelling and sportier than the current model. The 2015 Ford edge overhaul starts from another grille and nightfall sensing headlights, which make the front end looks more costly. That is not for the simple actuality that the new grille is made focused around an alternate plan, it is on account of its shape is much diverse and it looks greater and all the more capable with all that chrome and dynamic shades behind…
  • 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser Turbo Review

    didi petet
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    Toyota Land Cruiser is suitable for family voyages. Vacationers, holidaymakers, fun partners and those going on journey or outing can likewise utilize the auto. A small scale ice chest for keeping nourishments and beverages chilled and safeguarded throughout long outings and cookout is incorporated in the lodge of the new Land Cruiser. One part of the auto that checks it from the previous arrangement is the space it gives travelers. The legroom is profoundly plausible.The motor in the 2015 Land Cruiser is relied upon to be influential and more gainful than any of the past motors. The…
  • 2015 Lincoln MKX Review Specs and Release

    didi petet
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
    2015 Lincoln MKX endured a truly interesting progressions. Not vast contrasted with its antecedent, however essentially enhanced the outside. Front grille from the beginning looks like spread wings of butterflies that are in accordance with the new LED headlights. It looks truly influential. At the middle is now well-known creation trademark which quickly imparted the spread in two parts. At the base are put haze lights, yet so that the general appearance is not pointless. The line of the top rafters on the windshield and hood of the magnificent point. So simply enhanced the study of…
  • 2015 Honda CR-V Review Specs and Models

    didi petet
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:31 am
    SUV lovers will likely be pleased to hear that not far off is another SUV from the ranks of Honda as well as the 2015 Honda CR-V. This popular SUV that has become very popular this can compatibility and reliability will experience considerable redesign although the most effective in its class. More just, we will not be not very true if I say that the issue might be a total redesign. Capacity cab car for the family including for long trips is very polite and is made to transport five adults. Inside the cabin of this beaut will present a sophisticated style along with a luxurious note that will…
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    Mexico in my Kitchen

  • Aguas Frescas Pineapple, Watermelon and Cantaloupe Drinks

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
       “Aguas Frescas” are the typical  Mexican household everyday’s beverages. Usually the drink is prepared using the fruits available according to the season and, sometimes, depending of the family’s economy, the flavor of the drink will rely on the fruit that has the lowest price in the market. Sometimes the market vendors will offer a discount on the fruits reaching the peak of their shelf life. Many housewives take advantage of these on sell produce to prepare “Aguas Frescas” to serve at lunch time. But, why do we call them “Aguas Frescas”? These are beverages…
  • Chilaquiles Verdes with Chicken

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Although it’s a dish with humble beginnings, chilaquiles are now found in many varieties all throughout Mexico. Many (including myself) believe that this dish was created from some leftover tortillas and the creativity of home cooks. The Nahuatl words closest to the name “chilaquiles” are “chilli” and “quilitl”, which mean “dipped in chile sauce” or greens-herbs in chili broth . This is not confirmed and still up for discussion though, according to Nahuatl language experts.The types of Chilaquiles you will find in Mexico are very diverse, since nowadays cooks will add any…
  • Salsa Verde Cruda

    8 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Some foods have the magic of reviving memories. A taste of that particular dish, and you are reminded of a specific time, place, person, or season in your life. This salsa takes me to the Mexican State of Hidalgo, on a cold morning when we were traveling from Mexico City on our way to Tampico. We had just passed by the Teotihuacan Pyramids and were entering Hidalgo when we saw a small road-side stand selling Lamb Barbacoa, and decided to stop by to have some breakfast. An old couple was just setting up all their cooking tools to start the day. While we waited for our food, I asked the old…
  • White Moscato And Peach Sangria

    1 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Gallo Family Vineyards and Latina Bloggers Connect. People in México do not only drink Beer, Tequila and Brandy, we also like to drink wine on a smaller scale compared to others countries well known as "wine-consumers," like Spain, France or Argentina.  Spaniards brought that custom with them, and although for many years the wine was brought to America from Spain (since it was prohibited for the new settlers of the New Spain to produce wine in Mexico), nowadays you can find good quality wines both domestic and imported…
  • Lamb Barbacoa-Barbacoa de Borrego

    27 Jun 2014 | 3:20 pm
    My mouth waters just at the thought of Lamb Barbacoa. It’s a simple stew that you can enjoy on a Sunday morning, when everyone’s at home and has time to enjoy a relaxing brunch. I always prepare this meal overnight, I just add everything to the slow cooker and forget about it until the next morning. The garnishes are also prepared ahead of time. That way the only thing I have to do in the morning is warm the tortillas up and serve the soup.This picture is from one of my old cooking books. ...Y la cocina se hizo para celebrar  (1984)Traditionally, this dish is cooked in a pit, in…
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    Cooking | Add a Pinch

  • Mini Quiche Recipe

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This mini quiche recipe is a go to favorite quiche recipe for breakfast, brunch, showers, and parties! Make ahead for easy entertaining or breakfast! My family loves a good quiche recipe. But, the problem is, everyone in my family loves something just a wee bit different from time to time. Sometimes, my son prefers just the most basic of quiches while my husband always steers more toward a quiche filled to the brim with veggies and meats, like this bacon and mushroom quiche I’ve shared before. Me on the other hand? I’ve never met a quiche I didn’t like! Ha! To satisfy…
  • Garlic Cheese Biscuits Recipe

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    These garlic cheese biscuits, similar to the Red Lobster biscuit recipe, and are perfect with everything from soups, salads, and so much more! My son’s favorite biscuits have been my cheddar biscuits since we was a toddler. He’s learned how to make them on his own, but I still love to be in the kitchen with him as he’s making them. Those are usually where some of our best conversations happen. From me telling him stories from my childhood learning to cook with my Mama and Grandmother to him telling me about whatever is going on with his group of friends or talking about a…
  • Classic Pesto Recipe

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This classic pesto recipe adds so much flavor to so many dishes! Made of fresh basil, garlic, nuts, olive oil, and cheese, this pesto recipe comes together in minutes! My basil has been abundant this summer in our back porch container garden. I’ve used it so much that I always think I’m going to use it all and then, by the miracle that is a basil plant, it grows more abundantly. Hey, I’m certainly not complaining. I’m absolutely grateful! We’ve used it in just about everything possible this year from our caprese grilled chicken to pasta. But I do have to tell…
  • Southern Hush Puppies Recipe

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Hush puppies are a favorite concoction served with fish, seafood or chicken. This family heirloom recipe for Southern Hush Puppies is simple and delicious! I’ve always loved my Mama’s hush puppies. As a little girl, I’d stand and watch as she mixed the hush puppies together using the leftover components from where she and Daddy would cook fish following a day on the lake. Friends and family would come over and we’d have one of the best, yet simplest of southern meals – fried catfish, hush puppies, baked beans, coleslaw, all followed by a pineapple upside down…
  • Southern Fried Catfish Recipe

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Southern Fried Catfish is an iconic southern fish recipe. Made of a few simple ingredients, fried catfish makes a family favorite tradition! Growing up, I loved to go fishing with my Daddy. We spent summers on Lake Martin in Alabama and I’d love to be the first one up in the mornings to fish off the side of our houseboat or take the fishing boat out until lunch or so. In the afternoon, he’d prepare the fish and then cook it for a big supper. When I married, my husband told me of similar summers with his parents and grandparents spent on lakes fishing with days ending with fish…
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    A Couple Cooks

  • The Best Peach Pie

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:58 am
      We’re thrilled to bring you this special family pie recipe from my mom, Kristi. I grew up adoring this dessert, a custardy, creamy pie studded with juicy peaches: my great Aunt’s prize winning recipe. To this day, my family eats it on special summer occasions and savors it to the last bite. Warning: this recipe is neither healthy nor whole, with butter, cream, refined flour, and sugar playing central roles. However, Alex and I abide by a 90% healthy + whole diet, meaning 10% of the time there’s room for treats. And this is definitely one of them. It was a joy to recreate this recipe…
  • How to Make Pie Crust

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Have you made pie? This might sound silly coming from a born-and-raised Midwesterner, but I’m relatively new to pie-making. Some of my excuses: I’m spoiled with a mother, mothers-in-law, and a grandmother who make standout pies, I’ve never been good at baking, it’s too time consuming, etc. Plus, pie crust is full of butter and refined flour, which doesn’t quite fit for people who care passionately about food and nutrition. Right? Well, just as Alex and I eat 90% vegetarian, we take the same approach with healthy eating: we eat healthy + whole foods about 90% of the time, leaving the…
  • Start Your New Year’s Resolution in July

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Each January, emboldened by holiday treats and new resolutions, we flock to Google to search for healthy recipes (see the search trends below). Then, like clockwork, interest wanes by spring, dips in December, and bounces back again the next year. The irony? Healthy eating is a whole lot easier and tastier in the summer than in January and February. Maybe we’d more easily form healthy eating habits if we started those resolutions when fresh tomatoes and cucumbers beckon from the garden or farmer’s market. It’s a simple fact: fruits and vegetables taste better when they are fresh and in…
  • Grilled Potatoes and Carrots with Herb & Feta Pesto

    15 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Sometimes the best meals are born of chance. We needed a side dish for our grilled portabello mushrooms at a recent cookout, so Alex spontaneously invented these grilled veg with herb pesto. He grabbed handfuls of assorted herbs from our garden and mixed them with some feta and olive oil to create a zesty pesto, which he served with sweet carrots and potatoes hot off the grill. And goodness, these were good. Like lick-the-plate type of good. So good that we decided the next day we had to share the recipe with you. We’ve been grilling up these vegetables ever since, as summer has us…
  • Grilled Balsamic Portabellos with Fresh Caprese Topping

    13 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    We are fabulously addicted to our grill. In fact, two of our favorite flavors are grilled and smoked (any food with that flavor profile is pretty much unbeatable). Since most grilled recipes are heavy on the meat, each summer we play with ways to make veggie-centric grilled meals, since we eat 90% vegetarian. (What do you think of the new term, 90% vegetarian? I’m trying it out to describe our way of eating vegetarian-most-of-the-time, and people seem to understand it — at least a bit more than flexitarian!) So here we present: Part 1 of A Summer Grilled Meal. Alex’s…
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    Chow and Chatter

  • Cape Cod Photo Series

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

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

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

    12 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Kings Chapel founded 1686 Boston Massachusetts is a vibrant city steeped in History, the downtown is a lovely mix of historic landmarks along with modern buildings. It offers visitors a glimpse into the past and how it shaped our life today. You will also find colorful neighborhoods and great food showcasing different ethnic groups that call Boston home. Quincy Market is a historic market complex near Faneuil Hall. It was constructed 1824–1826 and named in honor of Mayor Josiah Quincy, who organized its construction without any tax or debt. WikipediaOld State House Built in…
  • Watermelon and Mint Salad

    6 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    We recently went to Asheville North Carolina one of my favorite cities in the World, lovely countryside and mountains with a buzzing food scene. When we were there we had a simple watermelon salad and I mean simple. Its just watermelon with freshly chopped mint. Chocolate mint works particularly well. If you haven't tried it such a wonderful combination. I often enjoy this as a snack :-) Ingredients:watermelon about a cupa few springs of fresh mint, finely choppedMethod:cut the watermelon and mix with mintvoila an easy and healthy snack enjoy We are visiting Boston this week…
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    Grabbing the Gusto

  • Zucchini Scallion Pancakes with Soy Dipping Sauce

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

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

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

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

    10 Feb 2014 | 10:39 am
    My oh my, what big teeth you have. That frightening head belongs to the ribbonfish we ate last night. Here it is on ice. Ribbonfish (aka cutlassfish) is popular in Asia – the Pacific variety comprises the 6th largest wild marine fishery by weight in the world. But, it’s usually a by-catch here that’s either thrown overboard or used for bait. I had never seen or heard of a ribbonfish until a few weeks ago at Locals Seafood in the NC State Farmers Market. On the way to the market, I checked their Facebook page to make sure they were open and saw a link they posted to a ribbonfish recipe.
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    Guilty Kitchen

  • 11 Days of Giveaways – Day 6

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
      Personally, I don’t use cookbooks that much. They weigh me down, force me to do something within the bounds of a “recipe” and make me feel like I “need” them to make recipes. As a recipe developer and chef, I’ve never found them useful as cooking helpers…mostly as decorations and sometimes, for baking (cause, you know, science). I know there are people out there though, that LIVE in their cookbooks. There are those who collect them, going to shops all over the place and buying up whatever is on sale or seems to be a good collection of recipes.
  • 11 Days of Giveaways – Day 5

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    There are a few things in life that are pure bliss. Most of mine involve chocolate, doughnuts or a perfect lift. But there are also these fun little drupals known as coconuts. I’m sure you are all aware of my book, Cooking with Coconut Oil,  whicch spreads the love for the magical oil you can press from it’s flesh, but the coconut offers much and more from it’s wonderful hanging “fruits”. The “water” inside of a coconut is sterile and matches human electrolyte balance very closely, which is why it was used in the Pacific War by both sides as…
  • 11 Days of Giveaways – Day 4

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    DAY 4! We still have a week to go in the 11 Days of Giveaways to celebrate my FIVE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!! I still can’t believe I’ve made it this far and I am always grateful to those of you who have stuck with me through all my health and lifestyle changes. YOU are the reason I sit at this desk everyday and get my work done. You are the reason I dream about recipes and ways to inspire everyone. I can’t thank you enough, but I do hope all these chances to win make up for it! (...)Read the rest of 11 Days of Giveaways – Day 4 (220 words) © Elizabeth for Guilty Kitchen,…
  • 11 Days of Giveaways – Day 3

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today’s Prize for the 11 Days of Giveaways – Day 3 is a lifesaver, literally. Way back in 2012, I started following an account on Instagram that I thought was pure badassery. Her name is @KMaeCags and she is hawt, buff, covered in tattoos and speaks 100% honestly about pretty much everything. She knows how to crush a workout, will teach you to do the same, smashes doughnuts like a boss and will even help you build a diet that will leave you with a smokin’ hot bod should you put in the work. Her name is Krissy Mae Cagney and she is the voice and talent behind the soon to be…
  • 11 Days of Giveaways – Day 2

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have you ever struggled with a movement at the gym that you just couldn’t overcome? For me, that has always been pullups. Granted, I have some serious muscle weirdness going on in my upper back from my surgery (including bits that have never recovered feeling in them) but mostly it’s because, as a female that had no professional trainer, I avoided most upper body work. I don’t think I hardly ever did anything overhead…ever. When I started CrossFit, we were instructed on kipping pullups, but I barely had the strength to do even jumping pullups. We now know that NO…
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    Mission: Food

  • Fifty Shades of Chicken: Roasted Chicken Thighs with Sweet-and-Sour Onions

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Things got awfully steamy in the summer of 2011 when the Fifty Shades of Grey books were first released, and they are about to get steamier in February of 2015 with the release of the movie, starring one of my favorite actors, Irish-born ex-Calvin Klein model Jamie Dornan. In the meantime, my kitchen is getting awfully steamy on its own with my recent acquisition of the Fifty Shades of Chicken cookbook.I know this is a food blog, and this may not sound like a serious cookbook, but trust me, it is. First things first, however. The book is hilarious! I read the whole thing from cover to cover…
  • Chinese Chive Dumplings

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I'm a dumpling fiend. If I had to pick a single food that I'm most obsessed with, it would have to be dumplings. I could eat them day and night, in any form, from any region in the world, from Asia to Europe and beyond. I've shared quite a few varieties of dumpling recipes here in the past, including the likes of pierogi, manti, and har gow. I've also shared lots of unusual dumpling creations such as Buffalo chicken dumplings, General Tso's chicken dumplings, and sweet potato and pork dumplings.One of my favorite dumplings to get when I go to dim sum is pan-fried Chinese chive dumplings. They…
  • Ruby Violet's Ice Cream Dreams: Tiramisu Ice Cream with Mocha Ripple

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Summer is a time for the beach, barbecues, and of course ice cream! Although I do enjoy ice cream year round, I can't think of a better time to enjoy it than when you need to seriously cool down... right around now.Churning Tiramisu Ice CreamLuckily, I recently received a review copy of Ruby Violet's Ice Cream Dreams written by Julie Fischer and published by Hardie Grant Books. It's based on a popular British ice cream shop (or should I say shoppe) that creates luscious ice creams featuring organic milk, free-range eggs, and fresh seasonal ingredients (no additives here).The book begins with…
  • Buffalo Chicken Tacos

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This month's challenge for the Creative Cooking Crew is to make an unusual taco, one that hasn't been done before. Well, I can't say that Buffalo chicken tacos have never been done before, but they are definitely not your typical tacos and since I'm a Buffalo chicken aficionado I decided to go that route for my taco challenge dish.I like tacos of all kinds, from the typical Tex Mex version to those with fish or shrimp filling, steak, and even breakfast tacos (in fact those are some of my favorites!). If I had to pick a favorite wrapper, I would pick homemade corn tortillas because they blow…
  • An Invitation to the Garden: Chilled Terrine of Summer Vegetables

    10 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I recently received a review copy of Michael Devine's An Invitation to the Garden, a cookbook featuring seasonal menus utilizing an array of freshly grown ingredients. Devine is a master at garden entertaining. He has a bagatelle (really, it's a fancy shed) that he uses for outdoor-ish entertaining throughout the year, even when it's not quite warm enough to set up a table out in the garden.In our own way, my family has an outdoor enclosed patio and with the help of a space heater we can eat out there year-round if we like. In the summer, my dad's gorgeous roses line the perimeter of the…
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    Savoring Time in the Kitchen

  • Roasted Tomato and Caramelized Onion Tart

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Here is a delicious recipe from our recent gourmet group dinner that we hosted last month and one that I really want to share with you as garden-fresh tomato season is upon us. It had been assigned to another couple to bring to our dinner in June and was served as the starter course. I have since made it twice for my husband and myself - once in individual 4-inch pyrex dishes and the second time I made it in a 10-inch pie plate.At first glance, the recipe looks long and complicated but please don't be intimidated - it really isn't.  The great thing about this recipe is that most of it…
  • Chocolate Chip-Pudding Cookies - Moist and Delicious!

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside.  To me, that is the perfect chocolate chip cookie! The idea of using pudding mix in chocolate chip cookie dough has been around for some time and I even have a recipe saved that was a state fair winner in 1992 but I never got around to trying the method until recently when I saw a more current adaptation. I seldom use boxed mixes anymore and try to make most everything from scratch but I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised with the results! Normally, an all-butter chocolate chip cookie can sometimes turn out flat and and become…
  • Wheat Berry and Feta Salad

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Here is a delicious and healthy salad you might consider for your July 4th festivities, whether you are entertaining or being entertained and would like to bring something to share. I made a few changes to the original recipe based on what I had on hand and added a few extra herbs for flavor. I can't believe the original recipe is from 1993.  I didn't even know what a wheat berry was then!  Kudos to Gourmet for being at the forefront of a culinary trend that now includes many varieties of healthy whole grains.Not only do they taste great, wheat berries are high in fiber and vitamins…
  • Chocolate-Espresso Semifreddo

    24 Jun 2014 | 2:37 pm
    This past weekend my husband and I hosted our gourmet group as we normally do during the summer.  Saturday was the first day of summer and there were high hopes for this Summer Solstice Gourmet which was scheduled months in advance to accommodate the schedules of 5 couples.  If you live in the Midwest or have heard about our weather, it was been very rainy here this month and the past couple of weeks in particular.  Golf courses have been closed due to flooding, flood watches issued, tornadoes and other mayhem resulting from the weather.Up until 30 minutes before our guests…
  • Rhubarb Almond Crumb Cake

    13 Jun 2014 | 10:16 am
    This is probably the best rhubarb recipe that I've made.  Seriously delicious.  I recently saw this on Chow Chow Linda, a very nice blog that I follow full of great Italian recipes, but it is originally from a contest winner at Food 52.  I'm sure Linda, being Italian, was attracted to the fact that it has a slight Italian twist to it with the almonds in the crumb topping and almond extract in the cake.  I was worried how the almond flavor would taste with the rhubarb but it wonderful!  This was such a delicious cake that I can't wait to try it with other seasonal…
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    Roti n Rice

  • Chicken Curry

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Simple and delicious Chicken Curry using convenient premixed curry powder with detailed instructions in the video. Best served with rotis and basmati rice. The post Chicken Curry appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Brussels Sprouts and Sausage Stir Fry

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Tasty Brussels Sprouts and Sausage Stir Fry combining Chinese sausage and soy sauce to give it some Asian flavors. Wonderful as a side dish. The post Brussels Sprouts and Sausage Stir Fry appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Tofu Eggplant Curry

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Not sure what to do with tofu? Try this easy and flavorful Tofu Eggplant Curry. it is so tasty and satisfying eaten with rice. The post Tofu Eggplant Curry appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Coconut Chai Latte

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Warm, creamy Coconut Chai Latte infused with cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and cardamom. So delicious topped with frothy coconut milk. Includes video. The post Coconut Chai Latte appeared first on Roti n Rice.
  • Sunny San Diego – Part II

    10 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    A multi-media tour of Sunny San Diego with visits to SeaWorld, white sandy beaches at La Jolla, Belmont Park, and Coronado. The post Sunny San Diego – Part II appeared first on Roti n Rice.
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    Turntable Kitchen

  • Single Servings: The Night VI – Wonderlust (IYES Remix)

    Matthew Hickey
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Night VI‘s latest offering “Wonderlust” is an upbeat and bouncing tune with an irresistible melody. We were pretty much hooked on first listen. So we’re happy to see that our buds IYES liked it enough to try their hand at reinventing the tune. Indeed, as they’d done with their remix of Paperwhite‘s catchy summer jam “Magic” – IYES completely rewire the tune’s DNA. Indeed, their take on the tune is anything but upbeat and bouncing. Instead, it’s a wheezing and downbeat groove that accents the song’s sad…
  • Single Serving: Júníus Meyvant – “Color Decay”

    Andrew Brandt
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Unlike its title suggests, “Color Decay”—the debut single from Iceland’s Júníus Meyvant—is timeless. The track not only hits on the wonder of Van Morrison and Belle and Sebastian with its playful percussion and upbeat acoustic rhythms, but it also calls out to current characters like Edward Sharpe and The Lumineers with its heart-tugging, broad sweeping qualities. Simply stated, its a good song to wake up to. “Color Decay” perches atop a branch in its own tree, however, thanks to Meyvant’s ability to comb through these artists and come out with a unique product; the way he…
  • Pitchfork Festival 2014 Photo Diary & Wrap-Up

    Abby Yemm
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Pitchfork Festival proved to be Christmas in July for us. It was one sweet, wild ride of a weekend (that felt more like fifteen minutes) of beautiful music, warm Goose Island beers, and fantastical people watching (sunflower prints, septum piercings and candy-colored hair all in heavy rotation). It was the coolest kids of the moment (Kendrick Lamar, Perfect Pussy, Avey Tare) meets the alt beauty queen “it” girls (St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, Grimes) meets indie’s enigmatic legends (Neutral Milk Hotel, Slowdive, Beck). All photos by Charlie Shields. July 18th: Day One…
  • Single Serving: Blake Mills – Don’t Tell Our Friends About Me

    Josh Henderson
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Human beings make mistakes. That’s essentially the statement Blake Mills is making with the incredibly self-aware “Don’t Tell Our Friends About Me.” This is a beautifully written, impeccably produced and most of all, honest, folk record. And it certainly doesn’t suffer from having longtime collaborator Fiona Apple and musical mastermind Jon Brion helping out with vocals and instrumentation, respectively. Take a listen and get excited for his upcoming LP. Heigh Ho is out September 16th courtesy of Verve/Record Collection. Preorder the limited edition double LP here.
  • Single Serving: Phantogram – Black Out Days (Future Islands Remix)

    Matthew Hickey
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here’s a remix worth a few minutes of your time (or maybe even a few hours). Future Islands take Phantogram’s “Black Out Days” and give the tune a whole new profile with darkly-lit synths and a slinking bass line. The result is both soaring and mysterious. Take a listen. Phantogram is heading out on tour in support of their sophomore effort VOICES. You can see a full list of tour dates here. You can score a copy of VOICES on vinyl here.
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    Jersey Bites

  • The Hundred-Foot Journey’s Beef Bourguinon Recipe

    Jennifer Miller
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    I am honored to be blogging about this delicious Beef Bourguinon a la Hassan recipe, created by Chef Floyd Cardoz and brought to you by Dreamworks Pictures’ The Hundred-Foot Journey (a gastronomic movie set for release on August 8). It’s packed full of many delicious flavors, from a full head of garlic to minced ginger to […]
  • Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Event details are subject to change without notice. Please confirm directly before heading out! THIS WEEKEND: July 25 and 26: Multiple restaurants in South Jersey will be showcasing special $35 dinner menus and featuring local food products during South Jersey Hot Chefs’ Farm to Fork week wrap-up.  For details, participating restaurants, menus and reservations, visit July […]
  • Sandia Recipe from Órale Mexican Kitchen

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    In honor of everyone’s favorite holiday, National Tequila Day! For those of us who can’t make it to a place like Órale Mexican Kitchen in Jersey City, the eatery has offered up its Sandia recipe for all to enjoy. Ingredients: 2 oz of your tequila of choice 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice 3/4 oz agave syrup 3 […]
  • Warren County Farmers’ Fair

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:04 pm
    This sponsored article is brought to you by the Warren County Farmers’ Fair. The 77th Annual Warren County Farmers’ Fair featuring the Hot Air Balloon Festival officially kicks off this Saturday, July 26, and runs through Saturday, August 2. Every day, the fair will host numerous events, rides, contests, and more including a mass hot air […]
  • JB Couture Cakes Opens in Belmar

    Melissa Beveridge
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    At the age of 19, Jessica Bucceri decided to follow her dreams and her passion. But she didn’t expect the outpouring of support she got. So far, her enthusiasm and deliciously sweet cupcakes have brought hundreds over to the sweet side, helping her open the doors to her very own bakery, JB Couture Cakes in […]
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    A Culinary Journey With Chef Dennis

  • Buffalo Chicken Tacos with a Bleu Cheese Slaw – Around the Kitchen Table

    Chef Dennis Littley
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    One of my favorite meals growing up was tacos,  not only did tacos remind me of  Texas but they were a lot of fun to eat  and I have to admit  they still are fun to eat!   Over the years the lowly taco has gone through many culinary changes with the hard shell crunch taco giving way to the soft flour tortilla version that you find on most restaurant menus. But the changes didn’t stop with the outside of the taco, no that was just the beginning.  Culinarians around the world began experimenting and adding non traditional fillings to these little bundles of delicioiusness creating…
  • How to Make Pan Seared Scallops with a Summer Corn Medley – Around the Kitchen Table

    Chef Dennis Littley
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    It’s officially summertime and that means eating lighter.  But that doesn’t have to mean eating less delicious meals, on the contrary with all the fresh produce in the markets there’s an abundance of flavors availble for you to share with your family and friends. So’ don’t be afraid to experiment and blend ingredients together. It’s no secret that we love seafood, especially shellfish and although we don’t have it as often we do love scallops.   Grilled or Seared they’re always a welcome addition to my table. What I like most about pan searing…
  • 2014 Second Annual Virtual Bloggers Conference on Google+

    Chef Dennis Littley
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:04 pm
    The Second Annual Virtual Bloggers Conference is just days away and I hope to see many of you there, please join us this Friday June 27th at 8 pm EDT as we kick off the festivities with a Virtual Cocktail Party and Meet and Greet.   Then its down to business Saturday Morning at 10 am as the sessions begin running every two hours until  8 pm.    Sunday Morning starts off the second day at 10 am and ends with the final session at 6 pm EDT. If you can’t watch it live, don’t worry you can always catch it on replay on my Youtube channel   This years conference has 12 sessions…
  • How to Make Caponata – Around the Kitchen Table

    Chef Dennis Littley
    21 Jun 2014 | 5:32 am
    One of the best things about summer are all the fresh local vegetables available in the markets, and finding delicious ways to use them is always high on my list.  And one of my favorite summertime or for that matter anytime dish is a very simple Italian Classic, Caponata. You can find as many different Caponata recipes as you can find Italian Grandmothers, and for this episode of Around the Kitchen Table I will be sharing one of my favorites.    Caponata is very versatile and can be used as a delicious spread on an Italian meat and cheese Sandwich. As an accompaniment to grilled…
  • The Second Annual Virtual Bloggers Conference on Google Plus

    Chef Dennis Littley
    15 Jun 2014 | 3:13 pm
    It’s that time of year again and I’m very happy to announce that I will be holding the Second Annual Virtual Bloggers Conference Live on Google Plus! This years conference will take place on the weekend of June 27-29  with 12 sessions in total, including a Virtual Cocktail Party with my friend – Singer/ Songwriter / Recording Artist Heather Fay! I have a lot of great sessions with fantastic speakers so make sure to mark these dates in your calendar so you can not only watch live but ask questions as well. And the best part about this conference is you don’t need a…
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  • A Retro-Tastic Recipe Event for the 4th and Beyond: Corn & Bologna Boots!

    4 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Hey kids! There's still a lot of picnic and barbecue time left in this holiday weekend, and you can't make a better personal culinary choice than creating a genuine, authentic piece of edible Americana, like these irresistible corn and bologna boots. I can assure you, they're every bit as good as they look. This hot mixture ain't your grandpa's stuff. Do you want to surprise and delight your friends and family this July 4th? Of course you do! And you will if you show up at the annual picnic with a big pile of corn and bologna boots, a dish that truly symbolizes…
  • Convict Curry Three-In-One: A Murdering Child, a Benedict Cumberbatch Movie, & My Move to London

    27 Jan 2014 | 12:28 pm
    The next time someone asks me why I don't want children, I will lower my voice, lean in, and whisper these two words: Mary Bell. To those who maintain that children are angelic bundles of joy, Bell stands as the exception that proves there really is no such rule at all.In 1968, just a day shy of her 11th birthday, Bell strangled a four year old boy in her home town of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; just a few months later she (possibly with the assistance of a friend)  murdered a three-year-old boy, Martin, by the same method, afterwards inscribing the letter "M" on his stomach with…
  • Dining with the Doctor: Charles Dickens' Own Christmas Punch for a Doctor Who Regeneration Party

    18 Dec 2013 | 8:58 am
    Tick tock goes the clock And all the years they flyTick tock and all too soonYou and I must dieTick tock goes the clock We laughed at fate and mourned herTick tock goes the clock Even for the Doctor(from "Night Terrors") All Whovians know the true meaning of Christmas: the annual Doctor Who special. And this is particularly true this year. Not only is 2013 the 50th anniversary of the iconic BBC show, but in this year's special, "The Time of the Doctor," the 11th Doctor, played by Matt Smith, will regenerate into a new one, Peter Capaldi's 12th Doctor.  Now…
  • The Bee's Knees Cocktail: Velma West, the Hammer Murderess {Macabre Meals & Dastardly Drinks}

    6 Dec 2013 | 8:19 am
    In my post about Anna Marie Hahn, aka the Blonde Borgia, I discussed the origins and the rise of the female poisoner as a cultural archetype. And while it is more or less true that poisoners tend to be women, certainly not all murderesses are poisoners. Take Velma West, the Hammer Murderess; or, as newspapers of the time dubbed her, "A 12 O'Clock Girl in a 9 O'Clock Town."In 1926 - the height of the Prohibition era in the U.S. - the 20-year-old West, nee Velma Van Woert - was working as a shopgirl in Cleveland, Ohio. She became engaged to a much older man, but broke it off…
  • Roast Bone Marrow with Parsley Salad {Macabre Meals}

    20 Nov 2013 | 7:35 am
    I enjoyed researching, cooking, writing - and of course eating - my October Serial Killer Supper series so very much that I've decided to continue with it indefinitely. And because the space where death, culture, and food intersects is so vast, I'm expanding the category. Under the umbrella of "Macabre Meals" I'll be exploring all sorts of dark and lovely things. Real murderers, fictional killers, history, scandal, myth, and more. It's going to be so much fun!As luck would have it, this month's Creative Cooking Crew Challenge, hosted by the lovely Joan of…
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  • Marinated Peanut Butter Beef Satay

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    One would think that being a food blogger would mean dinner comes easily. Half the time it’s a struggle though, and not just because I am feeding small children. It’s no wonder there are so many people who don’t cook in the United States. There’s so many steps to getting dinner on the table before you actually get it on the table. Choose a recipe. Check the fridge and pantry. Make a list and head to the store. Inevitably make some swaps because you can’t find the Japanese eggplant or all the fish in the case looks bad. Deal with checking out, getting home,…
  • Jalapeno Jelly

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    When I first started canning, I wanted to try as many different things as possible. This was both a good idea and a bad idea, because while I expanded my experience, my pantry (and my husband) groaned from the excess. It turns out that transforming fruits and vegetables into beautifully contained preserves doesn’t actually mean you’ll eat more of them. Who knew? Over the past few years, I’ve continued canning but with an eye on what will really end up in our bellies. One of my favorite things to make (and eat) is jalapeño jelly, thanks to the urging of a friend who grew up…
  • Black Forest Cake

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The other day, I decided to make a cake. I had just purchased a bag of cherries, darkly red and seductive, and as I didn’t want to make a pie, cake seemed like the solution. Cake doesn’t happen in our house often, because frankly, I don’t want to eat the cake. No, that’s wrong. I do want to eat the cake. That’s where the problem lies. Or rather, where the other problems hide themselves. Between layers of frosting. Creamed into the sugar. I like making layer cakes because it is methodical, more than other forms of cooking. Add, mix, stir, fold, pour, bake. Cool, level, fill, frost.
  • Weekly Meal Plan, July 21

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last week was a complete disaster in terms of the meal plan, though we did start strong with the enchiladas from the Oh She Glows Cookbook. They were a hit with the whole family, and we had lunches taken care of for a few days too. Other than that, we didn’t really make anything on the list other than the steaks yesterday. Tomorrow’s post might give you more insight as to why my plans sometimes completely dissolve. The good thing is that every week there’s another chance to do it again. The other good thing is that I’ve been lucky enough to be able to do my grocery…
  • Top Tips for Grilling Beef

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Grilling beef this summer? Here’s some tips for making the most of your experience. I’m not a newbie to grilling, but when I saw that the Texas Beef Council was going to be hosting a grilling class for Austin Food Blogger Alliance members, I snatched up a ticket. I wasn’t sure how much I would learn, but I knew it would be fun to get together with my friends and cook. Happily, I came away with quite a few tips from Chef Tiffany Blackmon to use in the future (and that I could pass on to my husband, who tends the grill most often). Don’t Waste Charcoal Many of us learned…
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  • Smack 'n Cheese Pizza + Homemade Pizza Dough {blog tour + giveaway}

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Pizza. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Seriously. It's a bit of a tradition in our house; we eat pizza once a week. Fortunately pizza is entirely versatile and customizable. Sometimes it's take-out, sometimes it's frozen (there's some good ones out there), and as often as possible, it's from scratch. It's funny, because every person in the house has a favorite crust or topping or combination thereof, so it's rare that we please everybody (entirely) in one meal. Good thing we do it once a week. So when asked if I'd like to be a part of the…
  • Lemonates Patates (Lemon Potatoes) #GreekSummer blog tour + giveaway

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I have a bucket list. It's extremely long. I can think of fewer places that I don't want to visit, than ones that I do. High on that list is Greece. Stark white houses on a hilly landscape against a brilliant blue ocean backdrop. Or the colorful homes jammed into a rocky outcropping. And the food. OOOOHHHHH, THE FOOD! Well, until I can physically set foot on one its numerous islands, I will have to live vicariously through photographs, books, and best of all food and cookbooks. Today, the tour stops here on a virtual trip to Greece with Debbie Matenopoulos, via her recently released…
  • Barbecue Ribs (simple and tender) #SundaySupper

    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    One thing that just screams summer in our house is ribs. Come to think of it, the screaming may actually just be my family in the background emphasizing how long it's been since the last time I made ribs. For some reason, I seem to put off making ribs. I don't know why, because whether you know it or not, ribs are actually ridiculously easy to make. Because all it really takes is a good, flavorful rub, some (hands-off) time in the oven, and quick lacquering on a smoky grill. That's seriously it. I mean, obviously you can go further. But the recipe I'm sharing today produces…
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    My Man's Belly

  • Muscato Grape and Rosemary Focaccia Recipe

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    A recipe for easy focaccia bread, the same recipe used by Nancy Silverton. This focaccia bread is topped with Muscato grapes and fresh rosemary. Check out the site to get the recipe and relationship advice you know you want.
  • Low Carb Gluten Free Paleo Friendly Taco Shells That Taste Great

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    A low carb, paleo and gluten free diet doesn't mean no more taco nights. These taco shells meet all those dietary requirements and taste fantastic. Check out the site to get the recipe and relationship advice you know you want.
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    Give Recipe

  • Cranberry Frozen Yogurt

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    It’s over 30 degrees C (86 degrees F) outside and you just can’t help thinking of refreshing treats in such a weather to cool off a bit and feel like you are still on the beach. No, I haven’t made another ice cream, I wanted to go healthier this time. I’ve received several emails from […] The post Cranberry Frozen Yogurt appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Creamy Mushroom Pasta

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    You won’t be able to stop yourself from chomping on this scrumptious Creamy Mushroom Pasta, which is so quick and easy yet very filling and rich. This will be the best option for you whenever you feel stuck and can’t decide what to cook for dinner. This Creamy Mushroom Pasta is an amazing vegetarian pasta, […] The post Creamy Mushroom Pasta appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Watermelon Slices with Chili

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    We’re finally back home and well, keep making easy foods. You know the feeling after a fantastic vacation; you never want it to end. I’m definitely feeling recharged with a mind full of new recipe ideas and will be trying each of them in the coming days. These Watermelon Slices with Chili are inspired by […] The post Watermelon Slices with Chili appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Avocado Egg Salad

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    This easy and healthy Avocado Egg Salad makes a wonderful summer meal! You can have it at breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s great that this salad can be served on bruchettas or in sandwiches, which makes it a super party food or picnic food too! Who doesn’t love egg salad? You don’t need many ingredients […] The post Avocado Egg Salad appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Peach Kiwi Watermelon Pops

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Would you like to cool off with these Peach Kiwi Watermelon Pops this summer? These pops are made with fresh summer fruit puree. Look at these colors! Don’t you think they are wonderfully vibrant, which makes them very appealing? No food coloring in these homemade pops! What you see here are the colors from nature. […] The post Peach Kiwi Watermelon Pops appeared first on Give Recipe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Elizabeth Kelly's feed

  • Summer vegetable-stuffed mushrooms on the grill

    Elizabeth Kelly, Knoxville Healthy Food Examiner
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    If you think of stuffed mushrooms as a fall and winter party appetizer, you’re stuck in the box. Get outside of the box and into the outdoors with a summer-friendly version of stuffed mushrooms that makes use...
  • Maine potato salad with horseradish cheddar recipe: Cookout magic

    Elizabeth Kelly, Knoxville Healthy Food Examiner
    27 May 2014 | 11:35 am
    This potato salad must be magic. How else could it involve cheese (a genius addition to potato salad if there ever were one), and yet still be light and healthful? Okay, maybe it’s not magic—it&rsquo...
  • Product review: Lean Cuisine Spring Rolls

    Elizabeth Kelly, Knoxville Healthy Food Examiner
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    A few years ago, the Lean Cuisine Vegetable Egg Roll was part of my regular work lunch repertoire. While it’s a good product, and Lean Cuisine still offers it, the new Spring Rolls line blows it out of...
  • Avocado and green tea smoothie for a morning power boost

    Elizabeth Kelly, Knoxville Healthy Food Examiner
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Tired of the same old smoothie combos? It’s time to look beyond bananas and berries. Start your morning with an avocado-based smoothie. Avocados contain more potassium per gram than a banana, not to mention a host of...
  • Make your own whole-grain strawberry toaster pastries

    Elizabeth Kelly, Knoxville Healthy Food Examiner
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    Have you ever looked at the ingredients list for Pop-Tarts? Take a look. It’s long, isn’t it? It’s probably not surprising that there are three different kinds of sugars listed (corn syrup, high...
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    Restless Chipotle

  • Spicy Aztec Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Marye Audet
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    I first came up with Spicy Aztec Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies when I was writing my book, Everything Cookies and Brownies. I liked the idea of something that was dark chocolate but that would give you that little burn in  your mouth. The first time I made them I knew they were a hit. My … Continue reading » Source: Restless Chipotle
  • Easy Red Sangria Recipe

    Marye Audet
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    If you are looking for an easy red sangria recipe you have definitely come to the right place. I have tried a lot of variations but this one is my go to recipe for summer entertaining. It’s pretty, it’s refreshing, and it’s delicious. (Click here to jump straight to the recipe) So, a little history. … Continue reading » Source: Restless Chipotle
  • Cuban Picadillo Recipe that Will Change Your Life

    Marye Audet
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    If you’ve never had Cuban Picadillo then you’ve missed out on one of the best things you ever put in your mouth. Picadillo makes a great filling for tacos, served over rice, or stuffed in a sandwich bun. You can put it on tortilla chips, baked potatoes, or just a spoon. It’s one of those … Continue reading » Source: Restless Chipotle
  • Chill Out This Summer with Slim Chillers Skinny Freezers

    Marye Audet
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Remember those Popsicles that came in a plastic sleeve and you put  in the freezer? Well, how would you like to have that same kind of fun with cocktails? Not just cocktails but low calorie cocktails? The folks at Slim Chillers contacted me and wondered if I would be interested in trying out their new … Continue reading » Source: Restless Chipotle
  • Snickers Bar Cheesecake

    Marye Audet
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    When I think of truly awesome cheesecake recipes it’s not usually something plain. I like mixtures and layers of flavor and texture – like this Snicker’s Bar cheesecake. Easy, basic, but unique and decadent in every way. Kyrie, Nick, and Matthew have always had their birthdays together – at least until Matt left home and … Continue reading » Source: Restless Chipotle
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  • Thai It, You’ll Like It

    Hannah Kaminsky
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Despite growing up so close to the hustle and bustle of New York City, I spent the majority of my formative years in the safety of small towns. These modest, insular neighborhoods are the perfect place to foster a care-free childhood, complete with tight-knit communities, safe neighborhoods, and sleepy streets that go quiet at 9 PM, even on a Saturday. Many cherished memories were made around the babbling brook a short walk from my home, collecting the Queen Anne’s lace that grew in abundance on either side of the stream. Although I’d consider myself more of a city slicker these…
  • From A to Vegan, and Beyond

    Hannah Kaminsky
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
    The clock hasn’t yet struck noon and already the restaurant is bustling. A line has begun to stretch around the corner and out the door while waiters carefully navigate the tiny space with their apparently bottomless, steaming carafes of darkly roasted coffee. Sunday, the last precious day of the weekend, used to be a time to sleep in and take it easy, but now it’s become the end-all, be-all day for brunch. Taking in the scene from a sunny corner, I can’t help but marvel at how quickly my generation has embraced this development, right alongside another, deeper reaching culinary trend:…
  • Not-So-Southern Biscuits

    Hannah Kaminsky
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Biscuits remain something of an edible enigma to me, defying definition; as elusive as the fleeting aroma released from the oven as they spring forth, from raw dough to fluffy golden cakes. Growing up far from the southern border, I can’t claim any “authenticity” in my own attempts at biscuit fabrication, but there’s no way I’d let a lack of experience stop me from treading forth into such savory waters. I may not know exactly when to serve them, what to top them with, or how to pair them with your average meal, but if I have to build my entire menu around this…
  • Escape To Alcatraz

    Hannah Kaminsky
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    You deserve a little treat for surviving your perilous trip to Alcatraz. If you were so inclined, you can click on the final image to see it full size and save it as a desktop wallpaper. Simply right click, select “Set as Desktop Background,” and choose the “Stretch” option to fit to your screen. Happy Independence Day, my fellow Americans! May you have a joyous celebration, and always treasure your freedom.
  • The Cold Shoulder

    Hannah Kaminsky
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    July? Already? Each new month always seem to sneak up out of no where, unannounced and premature, startling me out of my never-ending daydream and back into the present moment. Somehow, the arrival of July doesn’t feel quite so jarring this time around, and yet there’s considerable dissonance between the calendar date and the weather at hand. Oh, it’s been gloriously sunny, aside from the average fog-smothered mornings, but never has a mid-summer month run in with such a cool breeze on its tail. San Francisco summers are unlike any other; I came prepared with plenty of…
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  • The Industry All-Stars: Craig Lane

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    If the mustache is the measure of a bartender in San Francisco, then the mustache on Craig Lane is the one that every old-hand and newcomer has looked up to since he graced Bar Agricole with his dapper presence in 2010. Ok, maybe it’s not so much the mustache, but rather, his near 20 years of cocktailing experience that’s the real reason behind his behind-the-bar prowess…but we all know the mustache certainly doesn’t hurt. In all sincerity, it’s not the mustache or the experience that really separates him from the other distinguished talent in this city. Nor is…
  • Anthony’s Cookies: So Good, Even Santa is a Regular

    2 May 2013 | 5:00 pm
    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Think fast: who is the person that makes the best cookie you’ve ever had? I’d bet cold hard cash that you’re about to throw down for your mom…although your grandma may also be a contender. Hell, maybe you’d even say yourself! But guess what? You’re wrong. It turns out that your mom doesn’t make the best cookies. Anthony does. Well, that may not be entirely fair to say considering Anthony (Lucas) only makes about 15 different flavors, all of which fall into the realm of what he calls “simple cookies.” Think of the “classic” or “nostalgic”…
  • Sons & Daughters: All Grown Up

    20 Mar 2013 | 6:40 pm
    Geranium Ice Cream, white chocolate, wild huckleberry, black pepper – Sons & Daughters Rating: 5 out of 5 stars I’ve been to Sons & Daughters twice over the years, first in 2010 when they were relatively new, and again in 2011 after they’d received their first Michelin star. Both times the food was tasty and modern, with a fairly unique approach to hyper-local, ingredient-driven cuisine. I left both meals feeling generally happy with what I had experienced, but in the back of my mind there was something missing; I felt as though the restaurant wasn’t reaching…
  • The Fastest, Easiest Salad Recipe in History

    13 Feb 2013 | 9:00 am
    Over the years I’ve gone from never cooking for myself (college), to cooking all the time, to hardly ever cooking because I’m too lazy or tired. Now I’m about to go over the edge of laziness, where walking more than a block for food starts to bother me. Before I find myself ordering terrible Chinese food every night because it delivers to my doorstep and allows me to stay in my pajama pants for just a little longer, I’m putting the breaks on and making a point to cook more. I’m also finally ready to start eating a wee bit healthier – a few solid nights of…
  • Big Changes at Mr. Pollo Spell Trouble

    2 Jan 2013 | 7:38 pm
    Sadly, 2013 isn’t off to the best start. Why? Because one of my all-time favorite restaurants is changing, and in the process, dying. Mr. Pollo may not be closing, but with the recent, shall we say, “Hostile Takeover” of the space and the departure of the heart of the restaurant, Chef Manny Torres Gimenez, it’s certainly the end of an era (more details to follow soon, in a separate write-up). The Mr. Pollo we’ve all loved over the last three years is essentially gone, which means one thing’s for sure: it looks like I will be arepa’d no more.
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    Lunch It, Punch It

  • Izzy’s Lighter Fare Menu & Giveaway

    19 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Consistently ranked as the “Best Deli in Cincinnati” locals love Izzy’s delicious Reuben sandwiches! But I’m excited to learn Izzy’s offers lighter fare menu items, all under 500 calories, which means it is a great lunch out option. Curious about what’s on the lite menu? Check it out below and note that while it include a delicious potato pancake, they offer a nice variety of sides. My friends at Izzy’s (everyone who offers free food is my friend, make no mistake!) want to offer YOU a $25 gift card so you can try the lighter fare menu at one of their nine…
  • NESQUIK Free Sample

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    Sample pack includes five (5) NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® stick packs and a coupon to save $1.50 on your next purchase of any size, any flavor of NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® powder. Offer good in the US only. Offer valid only while supplies last. Limit one (1) sample pack per household or address. Please allow 6 – 8 weeks for delivery. Offer may not be republished without written consent from NESTLÉ®. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. This post contains an affiliate link You just finished reading NESQUIK Free Sample! Consider leaving a comment!When shopping for lunch totes and reusable…
  • Packed Lunch Ideas that Work

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I often get asked, how do I become a lunch packer? Since this is the fourth year of Lunch It Punch It, I thought I would take the time to answer that question by running through the previously published posts of recipes, photos and ideas and try to distill my thoughts on lunch packing in one post. I hope this information helps you get started. If you’re a veteran lunch packer, please leave a comment on what helps you or a note of encouragement for new packers! Please note, I’m just a lunch packer. I’m not a dietitian nor have an education in nutrition. The foods I choose to…
  • Celebrate 20,000 Facebook Fans on Simply Sherryl

    13 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Celebration Time Everyone loves a great party and boy to we have one today! Join us in celebrating a milestone in the blogging world for Simply Sherryl. She has reached the 20,000 fan level and that is something all bloggers celebrate! Welcome to the Simply Sherryl Celebration Hosted by: Simply Sherryl Sponsored by: ZipzShoesUSA, The Toss Away and Simply Sherryl To honor this achievement, we are partnering with Simply Sherryl and other bloggers to share this milestone. Make sure to check out the awesome prizes included in this event and then enter to win it for yourself. Good luck on your…
  • 6 Fun and Easy Ways to Throw a Green Summer Party

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    As summertime begins and families head to the beach, the park, the mountains and other favorite spots in the great outdoors, it’s a good time to remember there are six easy ways to celebrate our love of Mother Nature by throwing a green party. Step 1: Location, Location, Location Pick a picnic spot you can walk, bike or boat to or arrive by public transit. If that’s not possible, carpool with friends. Step 2: Choose an Eco-friendly Invitations Whether throwing a baby shower, a beach party, birthday picnic or backyard BBQ, you’ve got to let your guests know about the green fun…
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    Mary Makes Dinner

  • Broccoli and Cheese Stromboli

    Mary Helen
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Stromboli is more or less a big calzone stuffed with savory meats, cheeses, and vegetables. Back home in the North East, the broccoli variety is simple referred to as "Broccoli Bread". That crusty, cheesey, garlic-saturated bundle of deliciousness often haunts my dreams, it being one of those things you just don't see down here in Texas. After we had Charlie, friends and family took turns bringing us dinner. There was a great variety of meals. Over that first two weeks with Charlie we enjoyed everything from veggie chili to takeout pad thai. One of the last contributions to our…
  • Guest Post: Mad Betty and the Hot Slices Hit Up 360 Pizza

    Mary Helen
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    My maternity leave is coming to an end. It seems like only yesterday that I was hanging up my keyboard in anticipation of Charlie's arrival. Now I've been a Mom for almost two months. Holy smokes! I couldn't have kept the posts coming on Mary Makes Dinner without the help of my friends. Thank you to everyone who has contributed guest posts! Our last guest post comes today from Kristen of Mad Betty. Kristin and her hubby, Chris of Craft Taste, hail from Jersey, part of the original pizza kingdom, better known as the tri-state area. One of the things that makes Kristin and I…
  • Guest Post: Five Easy Summer Vegetarian Meals from Full and Content

    Mary Helen
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    This week's guest post is from Lisa at Full and Content. Lisa's blog is a something really special - packed with gorgeous photos, killer recipes, and in-depth looks at local restaurants in and around Austin. If you love to cook, or even if you just love to eat, definitely check out Full and Content. Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your meatless recipes here on Mary Makes Dinner! The idea of long, lazy summers spent whiling away my time riding bikes or exploring the woods and dry creek beds around my house is still strong in my mind. Summer is about long expanses of time that require…
  • Guest Post: Roasted Tomato and Fennel Soup from Aneelee

    Mary Helen
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    This week's guest post is from Nelly at Aneelee. Aneelee is a family-friendly vegetarian food blog where Nelly shares tasty recipes, weekly meal plans, and stories from her family kitchen. Keeping up with Aneelee is a treat for me since Nelly and I share the same CSA. I often check out her blog for inspiration on how to use up my own share of fresh local veggies. This delicious soup is a great example of the kind of healthy, delicious fare you'll find there. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Nelly! The cooler weather and fennel that came alongside our first market tomatoes this weekend…
  • Guest Post: Pina Colada Chia Pudding

    Mary Helen
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:40 am
    This week's guest post comes from Kristina of Girl Gone Grits. Kristina is not only the author of a really great food blog, but also a professional food stylist! How's that for a dream job? Kristina teams up with food photographer Melissa Skorpil to create gorgeous pictures of food. You can learn more about Kristina's adventures in food styling by checking out this post from her blog. Thank you, Kristina, for taking the time share a guest post on Mary Makes Dinner!  So to be clear before we start - I’m not Vegan! But, I love ALL food, so cooking vegan is not a problem for…
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  • Breville Blend-Active – Review & Giveaway

    Ren Behan
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    Our kitchen at home has seen a variety of full-sized blenders over the years, and as the number of blender attachments and features increases, so does the counter space required. I was keen to buy a smaller blender, ideally one that would be perfect for the children’s increased consumption of blended fruit smoothies over the...  Read More » The post Breville Blend-Active – Review & Giveaway appeared first on Ren Behan |
  • Healthy Packed Lunch Ideas

    Ren Behan
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    I recently reviewed a Robbie the Robot lunch box, made by the British company Pink Lining, who also offer other beautifully designed children’s lunch boxes, satchels, bags and holdall bags, as well as baby changing bags and accessories. With the summer holidays approaching, there will be plenty of trips to the park and opportunities for...  Read More » The post Healthy Packed Lunch Ideas appeared first on Ren Behan |
  • Review: Pink Lining Children’s Lunch Box

    Ren Behan
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    So, in my dream life, whilst on maternity leave, I’d be running a gorgeous and useful website, offering pretty baby changing bags with matching bottle holders, children’s satchels and lunch boxes and handy holdall bags for chic weekends away. As I said, in my dream life…instead, I’m lusting over such websites, whilst trying to keep up...  Read More » The post Review: Pink Lining Children’s Lunch Box appeared first on Ren Behan |
  • News & Simple and in Season July at My Custard Pie

    Ren Behan
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Hello – I’m dipping my toe back into blogging after an almost month-long break, which has felt very strange. We welcomed a beautiful new baby boy into the world (the day after posting my last post!) Following a safe delivery and currently being blessed with glorious sunshine – we couldn’t be happier. I’m remembering (rapidly)...  Read More » The post News & Simple and in Season July at My Custard Pie appeared first on Ren Behan |
  • A Mini Blog Break and Hello World Cup!

    Ren Behan
    12 Jun 2014 | 2:53 am
    We’re very close to welcoming baby number three, so it seems an appropriate time to thank you for all your lovely comments of support, particularly on May’s Simple and in Season round up and more generally on social media. The blog may seem a bit quiet, but I’ll still be keeping up with a few...  Read More » The post A Mini Blog Break and Hello World Cup! appeared first on Ren Behan |
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    Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine

  • Healthy Smoothie Recipes for Picky Eaters

    Erin Lodeesen
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Erin Lodeesen Healthy Smoothie Recipes for Picky Eaters! Hi Erin, I am currently reading the Clean Cuisine book and am really excited about the information in it. I became interested in the “anti-inflammatory diet” because of my 17 year old son’s acne. I took him to a naturopathic doctor after being on a low dose antibiotic for...  Read More » The post Healthy Smoothie Recipes for Picky Eaters appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Vitamix Giveaway: An Essential Clean Cuisine Appliance

    Ivy Larson
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Ivy Larson   Clean Cuisine Vitamix Giveaway! Good news! Clean Cuisine is offering one lucky person the chance to win a dream kitchen appliance of their choice in our exciting Vitamix Giveaway contest. Our friends at Vitamix are giving you the option to choose between two of their most popular high-speed blenders. Click Here to find out: How...  Read More » The post Vitamix Giveaway: An Essential Clean Cuisine Appliance appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Cooking with a Vitamix Enabled Me to Truly Eat Clean

    Erin Lodeesen
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Erin Lodeesen If you have been following Andy and I since the release of the first of our five books, The Gold Coast Cure (HCI Books), back in 2005 then you know how our nutrition recommendations have evolved over the years. Because of my own health issues that started in 1998 when I was twenty-two years old,...  Read More » The post Cooking with a Vitamix Enabled Me to Truly Eat Clean appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • My Superfood Smoothie Recipe for Girls Weekend

    Ivy Larson
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Ivy Larson I created my Superfood Smoothie Recipe for me and my girlfriends (some of who are holding the smoothie in the photo above) because we were all in need of a serious energy booster! This past weekend was jam-packed with non-stop activity as some of my best girlfriends from high school came to stay with us at our new house. These...  Read More » The post My Superfood Smoothie Recipe for Girls Weekend appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
  • Online Grocery Shopping for Health Foods at a Discount

    Ivy Larson
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    Ivy Larson Want to Buy More Healthy Foods and Organic Products But Don’t Live Close to a Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s? Online Grocery Shopping at Vitacost Can Help… I still remember several years ago when Whole Foods Market opened 5-minutes away from my house in Palm Beach Gardens. And I am currently counting the days until...  Read More » The post Online Grocery Shopping for Health Foods at a Discount appeared first on Clean Eating with Clean Cuisine.
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    On My Plate

  • I Am Simply Done With Some Foods

    James Kiester
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:53 pm
    -I'm known as an avid eater.  I'm all for trying new things and eating outside of the box.  I have no trouble eating pickled pig's feet, goose liver pate, calamari, fried alligator, sprats, smoked oysters, or anchovies.  Yet, some foods, which seem to have become popular, simply leave me flat. Subject: A Krispy Kreme Burger | Date: 09/25/2008 | Photographer: Jellorama| This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. Popularized by Paula Deen, the Luther Burger, named for singer-songwriter and record producer Luther Vandross, is a hamburger or…
  • Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

    James Kiester
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    -Subject: Ice Cream | Date: 06/15/2013 | Photographer: palnatoka|This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. Recently, a friend of mine, Shane, noticed that the "ice cream" in his freezer was labeled as a "frozen dairy dessert" instead of ice cream. Confused, he sent an email to the manufacturer asking for an explanation. The answer actually lies with the legal definition of "ice cream." According to 7 CFR 58.2825 - United States Standard for ice cream, "Ice cream shall contain at least 1.6 pounds of total solids to the gallon, weigh not less than 4.5…
  • Redd's Strawberry Ale - Micro Blog

    James Kiester
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    - Subject: Redd's Strawberry Ale | Date: 07/08/2014 | Photographers:James Kiester & Dani Cogswell This picture was taken by the author of this blog.I was in the bar part of Red Robin, reading their beer list, when I came across a listing for Redd's Strawberry Ale (*ABV: 5%).  I tend not to shy away from fruit based brews, Sam Adams' Cherry Wheat and Shock Top's Raspberry Wheat already being among my favorite beers.This offering from Miller Brewing Co. pours as a blonde ale with a reddish tint.  Unlike my aforementioned favorites, which taste like beer with a touch of fruit,…
  • Naan Vs. Pita

    James Kiester
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:15 pm
    -I was at Bible study, the other day, when the group came across Exodus 16:31, which says, "Now the house of Israel called its name manna. It was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey."  We were trying to decide how to picture manna in our minds, and I surmised it may have looked like an early form of naan.  Someone then chimed, “Oh, you mean pita.”Subject: Indian Naan bread | Date: 08/10/2007 | Photographer: jetalone | This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Subject: Greek Pita Bread | Date:…
  • Food Reviews For Everyday Eaters

    James Kiester
    22 Jun 2014 | 4:06 pm
    -What began as a forum to share home videos of kittens falling off furniture, graduations, and kids' birthday parties in 2005, has evolved into a treasure trove of regularly produced shows, or "vlogs" (video blogs).  I'm, of course, referring to YouTube.  With, literally, millions of YouTube channels in existence, one can find vlogs on any topic imaginable.  The White House even maintains a vlog chronicling the weekly activities of the President.Being a food enthusiast, I've waded through a, seemingly, endless array of cooking demos, wine critiques, and food reviews on the…
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    Our Tasty Travels

  • Dining in Belize: Casa Picasso Offers Caye Coffee Experience

    Erin De Santiago
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Spending most of my time in Belize doesn’t afford me as many opportunities to attend the fancy wine pairing dinners I was so fond of in Taiwan; however, every once in a while something interesting pops up that I just can’t resist. Casa Picasso in San Pedro, Belize, has become one of my favorite restaurants for a nice night out. Each week, the creative culinary minds come up with a new theme for “Tasting Thursday,” a multi-course Chef’s Tasting Menu dinner, usually available with a paired wine flight. This month they came up with a tasting menu that instantly…
  • Irish Craft Beer – Ireland’s Emerging Craft Beer Industry

    Brett Domue +
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    So what countries do you think of when you think of good beer scenes? The US? Sure. Belgium? Germany? Of course. Ireland?  No way! What does Ireland have? Guinness and a few Guinness clones?  Actually, Irish craft beer has been growing quite rapidly over the past few years. This past weekend, I attended the 2014 European Beer Bloggers Conference in Dublin, Ireland, and experienced a full immersion in this up and coming craft beer scene. From Thursday, June 26 through Sunday, June 29, I left caution to the wind, and threw my taste buds upon the mercy of Zephyr Adventures, the organizers of…
  • Craft Beer in Santorini, Greece

    Brett Domue +
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:09 pm
    When you think of the island of Santorini, Greece, your first mental images are likely of whitewashed buildings perched on the cliff side, overlooking the deep blue of the Aegean Sea. Not many people would also envision Santorini as a burgeoning home of the Greek craft beer scene. While more traditionally recognized for olive oil and beverages such as ouzo, raki, retsina and wine, Greece is starting to make a name for itself with its line-up of craft beers.  And while there are some good breweries popping up on the mainland, some of the better craft beers appearing in Greece today are…
  • La Cagole – The Beer of Marseille

    Brett Domue +
    12 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the aspects of travel that I enjoy the most is the opportunity to try new foods and drinks.  During our recent port of call in Marseille, France, I had the opportunity to take part in this tradition as I picked up a few local beers from La Cagole de Marseille. Upon arriving in the Vieux Port district of Marseille, we started to wander along the quai looking at all of the cafes and restaurants lining the street.  Nestled in between the cafes were the occasional souvenir shops, many of which sported a similar sign outside, and pictured on much of the merchandise inside the shop.  A…
  • Where to Eat on Santorini: Assyrtico Wine Restaurant in Fira

    Erin De Santiago
    19 May 2014 | 3:19 am
    It’s no secret that eating on the island of Santorini can be pricey, especially at restaurants in Fira that offer stunning views back to the sea. While some tend to be tourist traps offering ‘ok’ food at inflated prices, there are some definite gems on the island, like Assyrtico Wine Restaurant. Returning to Santorini after seven years, I was determined to locate a restaurant that not only offered good food with a view, but also one whose menu featured a number of local Santorini specialties. We found this in Assyrtico Wine Restaurant. You might recognize the name Assyrtiko, as it’s…
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  • Raspberry Palmiers

    5 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Ah, palmier! Probably the world’s easiest dessert, considering the concept and the preparation. The only thing that is easier than making this is going to the store and buying something already made. But please don’t. No mater how simple they… Continue Reading →
  • Cold Smoked Trout Pizza Tart

    23 Jun 2014 | 3:17 am
    When it comes to smoked fish, the most will agree that salmon is the king. A little less known fact is that there is an equally tasty, but a bit cheaper alternative – the trout. Hot smoked trout will make… Continue Reading →
  • Strawberry Salad with Hazelnuts and Lemon Balm

    3 Jun 2014 | 2:58 pm
    This year the strawberries that we grow in our countryhouse garden are huge. Beautifully shaped, red in the middle and sweet. I almost felt it would be to bad to use them for jam or baking. So they went into… Continue Reading →
  • Dulce de Leche Brownies

    15 May 2014 | 12:51 pm
    To be honest, I am not a great fan of desserts. This might come as a surprise to the readers of this blog as there are so many sweet recipes here, but the thing is, I enjoy making them, but… Continue Reading →
  • Chimichurri

    10 May 2014 | 10:14 am
    Of all the things you could do with parsley, chimichurri is for me the best. It goes well with almost anything, it’s super cheap and the taste will blow your mind. I’ve been making it for sometime and this recipe… Continue Reading →
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  • Get Your Fine Self Over to Shelsky's of Brooklyn

    The Vamp
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:03 pm
    I'm so not kidding. See that photo up there? It's a photo of a New Catch Holland Herring from Shelsky's with all of the classic accoutrement, namely finely diced sweet onion and minced pickle. This stuff isn't just good: it is fish butter. Strike that. It is fish butt-aaah. (Emphasis on the "butt" if you throw in too many bagels schmeared with Ben's Cream Cheese on the side, along with a dozen house-baked Chocolate Babka Muffins.) And, if Shelsky's is out of the New Catch Holland Herring (it has a ridiculously small season), they have plenty of other herring to offer. I'm a bit leery of the…
  • A Strawberry That Tastes Like A Strawberry

    The Vamp
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:52 pm
    It's amazing how easily I forget what a real strawberry tastes like. As Brooklyn's streets are piled high with slush and snow, I am completely satisfied with my supermarket berries from Chile. Red, uniform and slightly sweet, they are what pass as delicious when the wind chill is below 25 degrees. Fast forward to spring and a visit to my neighborhood greenmarket, where local berries, bursting with juicy sweetness are lined up in basket after basket, waiting to be downed in various forms -- chopped and tossed into the buttery batter of a Honey Pound Cake, or cut into slivers for a sunny…
  • My Go-To's: The Bar at Otto

    The Vamp
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:20 pm
    I know a lot of people who are nuts for Mario Batali's celebrated NYC hot spot Babbo. Needless to say, it is a lovely restaurant. Yet, I'm much more enamored with its casual cousin a few short blocks away -- Otto. For years now, Otto -- or I should say "the bar at Otto" -- has been a regular go-to destination for many a lunch or dinner. In fact, I have a standing birthday lunch and Christmas Eve tradition at the restaurant's long marble counter, where I usually tuck into a number of the kitchen's glorious takes on veggies of the season, or "Verdure" as they are called on the menu. Whether I…
  • Barcelona By Way Of Brooklyn

    The Vamp
    26 May 2014 | 1:53 pm
    There is nothing like a trip to Europe without a passport and jet lag. Not that I wouldn't want to hop aboard a plane bound for Barcelona or Madrid right now, but I was lucky enough to get a taste of el estilo de vida Español when a bevy of foodie friends descended upon Chez Vamp for a Spanish feast that was nothing short of exquisite. There was Paella, of course -- in this case, graced with wild Patagonia Shrimp, Monkfish Cheeks and Littleneck Oysters. Admittedly, that was the low point of the Spanish groaning board. (What can I say? It may look beautiful above, but my socarrat skills are…
  • The Truth About Mama Vamp In New Orleans

    The Vamp
    30 Apr 2014 | 8:18 pm
    I know what you're expecting. I was expecting it too. I thought Mama Vamp would have her socks knocked off by the food and drink in New Orleans. And, with some of the fare in question, her socks made significant strides. She reveled in the Rabbit and Dumplings and Wood-Fired Oysters with Chili-Garlic Butter at Chef Donald Link's Cochon. She was equally impressed - if not more so - with Link's new seafood spot, Peche, where we downed Chilled Gulf Shrimp with rapturous glee and delighted in a plate of Smothered Catfish. And, she most certainly took great pleasure in a round of Pimm's Cups at…
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    Emperors Crumbs

  • Best Ways to Eat on Maui

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    If you are reading this you either made it or are planning to make it into paradise. Lucky you. Lucky us, because thanks to the generosity of my in-laws, this is the fifth time we’ve been here. There are a lot of fun activities to enjoy or even hurt yourself, but because this is a food blog, let’s talk food. The first time we visited I was a bit paranoid, because Maui is not cheap and I wanted to avoid tourist traps. Also please keep in mind that I am not a professional food critic and in many cases my family disagreed with me, so this is a very personal guide. On the other hand,…
  • We ate it this week

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    I’m still ready to evangelize about menu planning to anyone who will listen: I think it saves time, wastes less food, and is fun! We definitely eat better when we plan ahead, too. In the first of a (occasional?) series, here’s a rundown from last week’s plan, with notes. Monday: Cauliflower crust “pizza”, which was delicious. I used this recipe for the crust, but then just put sauce and cheese on it like a regular pizza. The kids were suspicious but definitely ate their share. Tuesday: Pasta with ricotta, tomatoes, and spinach. Simple, fast, good. I used up the…
  • Spiced Iced Tea

    22 Jun 2014 | 4:32 pm
    We hit a milestone this June, when our younger child finished kindergarten. I kind of scoff at the idea of graduations for tiny kids, but when faced with a gaggle of six year-olds serving tea and cake and awkwardly reciting poetry, it was tough not to get a little sniffly. Kindergarten is pretty awesome. You get to make a ton of stuff with paper, paint, glue and glitter and somewhere in there, learn to read and write. This year, the kids also made pickles, dog biscuits, seed bombs, scarves, and so much other stuff we were loaded up like donkeys taking it all home after the “poetry…
  • Little Bites

    11 Feb 2013 | 11:33 am
    Gung Hay Fat Choy! We make a point of eating dinner as a family most nights. It’s the way I grew up, and it’s still the time of day when getting everyone together works. We all seem to get up at different times and no one has the same idea of what constitutes a delicious breakfast, everyone is scattered to the four winds at lunchtime, so that leaves dinner as our family meal. I hope when the kids get older we will still be able to get together  around the table regularly, it’s one of the few rituals we have going for us. Making halusky When the kids were babies, I read…
  • Making up for lost time?

    28 Jan 2013 | 6:54 pm
    Hey, long time no see! What have you been up to? This space has been empty for an awfully long time, and we’re sorry about that. I’d like to say we’ll be reformed bloggers this year, but you know how it goes. We do have a few recipes to share, so don’t abandon this space! Despite the lack of evidence here, we have been cooking steadily, if unimaginatively. And so, we give you… another year of dinner plans, which I hope will be useful or inspirational, or at least a nudge to go check out some of the many awesome recipes other people are cooking up. It was again a…
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  • The Little White Kitchen

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    The Little White Kitchen is a small, artisan bakery specializing in gluten-free baked goods and bread, as well as small batch ice cream and ice cream sandwiches. By special order only or at the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market.   The post The Little White Kitchen appeared first on WindsorEats.
  • Recipe: Porchetta

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The most wonderful time of the year for food lovers in Windsor-Essex is fast approaching. Eat Your City Restaurant Week will be taking place from August 11-17, 2014. For the next few weeks on our Arms Eats segment on CTV Windsor, we’ll be featuring participating restaurants. This week, we brought in Michael Cowan and Kun Sun of the recently opened The Carvery on the outskirts of Old Walkerville. They showed us how to make Porchetta, perfect for use in a sandwich or on its own. Ingredients 5lb. pork belly, skin on 3-4lb. pork butt roast 2 tablespoons of rosemary 2 tablespoons of thyme…
  • Things to Do This Weekend in Windsor-Essex: July 25 – 27

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Friday Night Lights Bike Ride This Friday, come out and be the centre of attention. Our free Friday Night Lights bike ride will take you through the streets of Windsor before making a couple stops at Enzo’s Trattoria and BV’s House of Pong. We encourage all riders to decorate their bicycles with lights in a display that will surely light up the night. Our last ride attracted over 50 riders and with the way word is spreading, we think we might be able to top 100 this week! We are asking riders to begin gathering at the Walkerville Night Market beginning at 8:30pm. The ride will…
  • Wine Slushies & Bicycles at North 42 for Explore the Shore Weekend

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Head on out to Explore the Shore this weekend along County Rd. 50! We’ll be at North 42 Degrees Estate Winery and Serenity Lavender Farm enjoying the festivities and renting out our bicycles for those wanting to enjoy the route at a slower pace on a self-guided Wine Trail Ride. With the beautiful weather that is forecast for this weekend, we we think it’s a great weekend to cycle the shore. Start the weekend off at North 42 and Serenity where they will be entertaining the crowds with live jazz. North 42 will also be offering wine tastings as well as wine slushies to cool you off.
  • Things to Do This Weekend in Windsor-Essex: July 18-20, 2014

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Wine Trail Ride Cycling Tours On Saturday, July 19, WindsorEats will be hosting one of our award winning Wine Trail Ride cycling tours. Meander the through the farmlands along the Lake Erie coastline a la bicyclette and fall in love with Canada’s southernmost region. Our friendly cycle guide will lead you to enjoy world-class wines and tours at Essex Pelee Island Coast wineries and then finish the day with the Wine Trail Ride’s signature long table feast made from locally sourced ingredients. We’ll roll through the scenic, flat countryside at a leisurely pace and take in the sights,…
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  • Want to Eat Authentic Hispanic Food? Learn to Use Traditional Condiments Properly

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    24 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    So many of the foods described as Hispanic foods have become staples in cuisines across the world. Take Mexican flan, for example: that dish is now eaten in the United States and throughout the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Eight Guilt Free Reasons to Eat Chocolate

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    18 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Good news, chocolate lovers: Dark chocolate is good for your health — as long as you consume it in moderation. The U.S. chocolate store industry pulls in an estimated $895 million in annual... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Micro Greens and their Mega Coolness

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    30 Jun 2014 | 6:38 am
    Ever heard of microgreens? Are you interested in expanding your diet to include some new and attractive natural ingredients? Well stop here and see what microgreens are all about! Microgreens are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Spicy Guacamole Dip for Parties

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    28 Jun 2014 | 12:02 pm
    What is guacamole? Guacamole is a Mexican dip used to eat with tortilla chips. Some recipes using guacamole include eating it with a variety of other items such as pita chips, on top of baked... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Professional Catering Services Among Pubs

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    25 Jun 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Finding a good restaurant in your area is not always an easy thing, especially depending on where you live. In order to find a good restaurant you can always ask through word of mouth to see what... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    New Products from Main Store

  • Magic Flight Launch Box

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    Take Flight! MFLB Features -5 Second Heat Up -Fits in the Palm of Your Hand -Exceptionally Efficient -Trough Holds Enough for Two -Unique Hardwoods -Rechargeable AA NiMH Batteries available everywhere -Accessories Available.   -Handcrafted by Skilled Artisans in California The Magic Flight is one shocking little vape.  At first glance, it may not look like much - but after one use you will quickly realize what a powerful punch it packs. The Magic Flight uses a unique resistance heater that glows with heat instants after being activated. The MFLB is one of the fastest vapes around,…
  • Micro Vaped Glass Globe Attachment

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    Our glass globe brings you the biggest most flavorful vapor available for your Vaped vaporizer. Includes 4 nails with ceramic heads and one Vaped exclusive glass globe. Compatible with both LUXURY and MICRO Vaped models. * Battery not included Includes 3 nails with ceramic heads 1 Glass Globe Regular Price: $69.99 Special Price: $49.99
  • Vapir NO2 Screen Pack - 20 pcs.

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    20 pack of replacement screens for the NO2 Vaporizer are not compatible with any other Vapir vaporizers. The NO2 Portable Vaporizer is the newest version of portable Vapir vaporizers with a rechargeable battery pack. The screens fit into the top filling chamber and will help keep your unit clean during normal usage. $14.99
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    Honest Cooking

  • Summer Fruit Galettes

    Maya Parson
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The beauty of a galette is its simplicity and flexibility. It’s fast and it’s not fussy like a pie and honestly, it is perfect for summer fruit. By Maya Parson Yes, I’ve gone a little crazy with the galettes this summer. It started with gooseberries picked from my friend Sarah’s yard. Then sour cherries from Lehman’s Orchard up the road in Niles, Michigan. After that, blueberries from one of our favorite summer destinations: The Blueberry Ranch in Granger, Indiana. The beauty of a galette is its simplicity and flexibility. It’s fast and it’s not fussy…
  • Spanish Migas

    Annelise McAuliffe
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Next time you have stale bread, forget breadcrumbs and make migas. Peppers, plenty of garlic, chorizo, bacon, and a fried egg make up this dish and recommend you take a happy siesta after. Get the full recipe here. 16 MIGAS from Stomako on Vimeo. Sign up for the Honest Cooking Newsletter
  • Just Add Gin: Great Drinks Made Greater with Gin

    Maya Dangerfield
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Great drinks made greater with gin. Despite the growing popularity of bourbons and whiskeys, gin remains summer’s favorite spirit. It blends easily; it has a lighter profile. By Maya Dangerfield Despite the growing popularity of bourbons and whiskeys, gin remains summer’s favorite spirit. It blends easily; it has a lighter profile than dark liqueurs and a taste that balances summer fruits like watermelon, blackberries, and strawberries.  Whether it’s in a cocktail, or sneaked into your favorite summer drinks, gin is a fantastic addition to any summer gathering! Honest Cooking…
  • Apple and Strawberry Crumble

    Nandita Nataraj
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    This crumble is absolutely divine. The combination of the sweet apples with the tart strawberries and lemon is just heavenly. Topped with an almond crumble, you can’t go wrong. By Nandita Nataraj This crumble is absolutely divine. The combination of the sweet apples with the tart strawberries is just heavenly. The hint of lemon mellows the sweetness, and the cinnamon adds a warm flavor. Now coming to the almond topping, all I can say is that, it just increases the flavor of the dessert by many folds. It gives a nutty and biscuit-like texture to the dessert. Traditionally, condensed milk…
  • Always-Delicious Spaghetti Bolognese

    Pepper Passport
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Spaghetti bolognese. Everyone’s favourite and hands down one of the best ‘go to’ dishes when seeking real comfort. Here’s a recipe for one exceptionally good, long used and highly trusted one. It’s easy to make. Easier to devour. By Pepper Passport Ahhh. The old ‘spag bol’. It’s one of those dishes that when brought up in conversation ensues contention. Either because everyone believes theirs (or their mum’s) is ‘the best’, or, that the totally non conventional, traditional faux-pas of an ingredient they add in (e.g soy sauce), makes it really special. And so, we’re…
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  • Homemade Strawberry Pie

    1 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. Holiday’s aren’t complete without pie, but how many of you crave the flakey crust and sweet filling throughout the year? Us too! I mean, let’s face it, there is nothing better in life than a perfect pie. How about a pie that is full of summer time flavors? Oh, hello there, we saw you drool a little, and yes, we’re talking about fruity, sweet, homemade strawberry pie. Our friend Phillip shares Tinsley’s love for the kitchen and after his recent trip to the strawberry fields, he bragged about…
  • Summer Market Salad with Honey Coriander Chicken

    29 Jun 2014 | 7:35 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. Tinsley recently was selected to attend a tasting event at Chick-Fil-A. She was part of an exclusive panel to help select their new summer salads (and was even interviewed to be in a commercial). One Tinsley’s favorite salads from the tasting was their Market Fresh Salad – filled with the flavors of summer. That inspired us to make a salad filled with our favorite farmer’s market flavors. We include fresh strawberries, blueberries, peas and corn, and then topped it with juicy, organic chicken. If…
  • Strawberry Tartlets

    25 Jun 2014 | 7:22 am
    Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. We love these cute little tartlets and they literally take no effort to make. These are the perfect bite-sized snack and our easy peasy recipe will have you popping these adorable tarts in your mouth quicker than it takes to bake cookies. Ingredients: 1 box refrigerated pie dough, 2 rounds 1/2 cup of fresh strawberry jam whipped cream Directions: Preheat oven to 325. Roll out each pie dough round onto a clean dry surface. Using a 2 1/4-inch biscuit cutter cut 12 rounds from each d