Posts Tagged ‘Blogroll’


August 5, 2010

It’s hot outside and even hotter in your kitchen. A good way to combat this, while also getting the best use of your summer produce, is the summer salad. The New York Times offers 101 Simple Recipes for the Summer Seasons.

Francesco Tonelli for The New York Times

I’ve been obsessing over summer squash and zucchini for the last few weeks. Mostly I’ve been preparing it very simply–slicing it up and sauteeing it in a few pats of butter, adding a little salt and pepper for taste, and then drizzling on just a hint of white truffle oil and my oh my. Heaven. But next time I stop at the farmer’s market I’m going to grab a few pecks more and try my hand at this squash gallette at Strawberry Pepper.

Haven’t ever heard of the Paleolithic Diet? According to our friends at Wikipedia, it is “a nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various human species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic—a period of about 2.5 million years duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture.” It’s not so much a diet in terms of losing weight, but one rather of lifestyle change, and something that might be beneficial to those of you who autoimmune problems that haven’t been accurately diagnosed yet, or ones that are still problematic. I know of some people who have found it to be a real game-changer in terms of their health (though it’s not something I do myself). An interesting read.



February 18, 2010

As Liz Lemon might say, “I want to go there” and eat this mocha cake. [Easy French Food]

Maybe I’m just feelin’ the French food, or maybe it’s being buried under 70 inches of snow, but savory, potatoey comfort foods like this lamb champvallon get the taste buds tingling. [Sippity Sup]

I’m obsessed with lavender. I try to put it in anything plausible. This recipe for Meyer lemon lavender pound cake sounds like a prime candidate for baking, especially since I have a bag of Meyer lemons just begging to be made into something delicious. [Desserts for Breakfast]

The Chinese lunar new year might have been this past Sunday, but every day is a good day for char siu. [Jun-Blog: Recipes for a Simple Life].


January 19, 2010

I feel like I’ve grown a lot as a cook over the past three years, but with each passing one it doesn’t cease to amaze me at the variety of foods I’ve yet to try to eat, no less cook. So this blogroll is dedicated to those ingredients I’ve parked in my fridge in search of a good recipe and a stomach that is ready and willing.

  • Dear Fennel. I’m not really a fan of the anise flavor, but as an accompaniment? I’m willing to give you a try. So what looks good? Perhaps you, paired with something bright and tasty, like in this beet and orange salad from Sunday Hotpants?
  • Speaking of oranges, I have a blood orange sitting in my fruit bowl and dreaming of blood orange sorbet, such as the one here at Simmer Down.
  • This week I also grabbed a bunch of swiss chard while I was a the store. I’m told by the Internets pretty often that this stuff? Where nutrition is concerned? Is TOPS. So I’m thinking later this week, this sucker is going to become very good friends with some chick peas in this garlic-roasted chard with garbanzo beans over some homemade polenta [Eggs on Sunday].
  • And for a little something different, is offering an amazing deal on discounted gift certificates. Enter the code INDULGE when checking out and you can get an additional 80% off already reduced gift certificates. Case in point, last week I purchased 5 different $25 gift certificates for $2 a piece, down from the regular discounted price of $10. The caveat is that most places ask you to spend at least $35, but a dinner for 2 for pretty much $10 where your bill might be $40-50? Not a bad deal. The code expires today, January 19, 2010, so grab it while it’s hot!


October 2, 2009

MSN Money has an interesting pictorial slideshow about how much different families across the world spend on food in a week. Though this was an article on their money page, what struck me most keenly was the not the money spent but the food purchased. The most “developed” nations also were the ones with the most packaged food.


Hungry Planet" excerpt © Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio

I’ve always wanted to try tea eggs, and inspired by this post from Tiny Urban Kitchen, I might just have to try it this weekend.

Fall makes me want to eat all things pumpkin. I’m already revving up my oven to make a pumpkin roll or two, but with the leftover pumpkin I’ll inevitably have, I think I’ll also have to try these pumpkin oatmeal bars from Framed.

After tasting some tres leches cake at La Tasca a few months back, I’ve had a hankering to make one of my very own. I might start with this recipe from Masa Assassin or this one from


September 7, 2009

Holy apple, peaches, and pumpkin pie! This chocolate chip & pretzel cookie bar with peanut butter at Brown-Eyed Baker is making my head spin in matter of Linda Blair in The Exorcist. Must. Bake. Now.

I had blackberry panna cotta this last weekend for the first time and it was divine. I’m thinking it’s definitely not going to be the last time, too. I might continue this positive trend by trying out this violet panna cotta with blackberry coulis (though perhaps lavender will replace the violet, as I am still obsessed with lavender).

While Rice is all about the sweet, I’d like to show a little savory action. The Streaming Gourmet made their version of Guy Fieri’s Pretzel & Almond encrusted chicken breasts. They’re browned and crunchy on the outside, but look moist and juicy on the inside.

The Passionate Eater gives us a photo tour of all the yummy things she picked up at the Zurich Farmers’ Market. This scruptious (but not her favorite) pretzel sandwich with butter and prosciutto looks divine. Perhaps one of our readers can perfect it? Rice – I just laid down our first challenge. Ha!


August 15, 2009

I’ve done a little upgrading with my photography. No, I did not get a fancy camera. Nor did I buy an expensive flash. I did, however, make myself my own homemade light box. Learn how to make one yourself at the Strobist. Just make sure to keep it away from curious cats with sharp little claws.

This particular kitty loves boxes.

This particular kitty loves boxes. Please note: this picture was most definitely taken prior to my most recent camera upgrade and super duper prior to the creation of any light boxes. But look! Cat pantaloons! OMG, am I right?

Don’t let the recession prevent you from trying out fantastic restaurants. Take advantage if your local metropolitan area is having a prix fare Restaurant Week, where you can dine on prime rib and lobster for a reasonable price. Washington D.C. is holding its summer restaurant week from August 24 through the 30, and Baltimore has extended its restaurant week until August 23, 2009 (might I recommend Teo Pepe’s, Bicycle Bistro, Roy’s, and the Helmund).

I saw the movie Julie & Julia last weekend and enjoyed it. But it doesn’t seem like everyone is a fan of the eponymous Julie. Newsweek asks us to Stop Hating Julie Powell, Please. Or do haters got to hate and players gotta play?

One of the ladies at This is My Jam make same damn adorable owl (shaped) cupcakes.


August 5, 2009
  • When in Rome, make sure you wander over to the restaurant,  il Giardino Romano in the Jewish section of town after a long, hot day wandering the streets near the Colusseum and the Roman Forum. My boyfriend and I went there when we were in the city a month ago,  and it was amazing. He had the grilled squid and I had the gnocchi al pesto,. The gnocchi were soft and pillowy, and the pesto and fontina sauce were to die for. I have made it my mission to try and replicate this, though I might have to write into Gourmet to see if they can root out the secret directly from its source.
Grilled squid at il Giardino Romano in Rome, Italy.

Grilled squid at il Giardino Romano in Rome, Italy.