The October issue of Feast is on the stands! Which means I am also on the stands (and on your internets) with a new Mystery Shopper article. Thankfully this month, I remembered to take my own photo of the dish when I made it; since my column is about featuring the ingredient, the finished dish photo for these posts will be up to me. This month, the magazine delves into the awesomeness which is Asian cuisine: there’s ramen, dumplings, a sushi step-by-step, Japanese cocktails, and a user’s guide to choosing one of my favorite kitchen tools, the spider basket. There’s also a stunning feature on one of our esteemed local chefs, Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus (Did you know Nigella Lawson ate at Farmhaus during her 2010 book tour? She did) and his becoming one with the sea. He catches fish, he prepares it beautifully, and it’s a great read on the depth in which he cares for food, where it comes from, and how it’s treated. As if that weren’t enough, there’s some stunning photography courtesy of the wonderful Jennifer Silverberg (who also photographs my column), my official girl crush where photos are concerned. Someday, with a whole lot of luck and practice, I will take photos half as good as hers. Continue reading →Pin It
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This post may either bring us closer or cause some unsubscribes, although I hope it doesn’t do the latter. Because it’s a post about a salad, but it’s also a post about a very polarizing public figure.
Don’t go away; let’s just sit down and talk about this for a few minutes. She’s been getting a borderline crazy amount of flak over her new cookbook, It’s All Good: Easy Recipes that Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great. At first, a few people popped up with some mean little reviews, but now it’s everywhere; and you know what? It’s gotten pretty nasty. I’m not a huge fan of that, even when I don’t particularly like someone, especially because there’s really no call for it. This is not the latest Thomas Keller cookbook masterpiece; nor does it claim in any way to be. Do I think Gwyneth is a little crazy? She sure is, but I think lots of us are a wee bit off the deep end with things we like to do; we’re just not all famous, so no one hounds us about why we’re doing a juice diet for a few days or why we tried Bikram yoga. Because hey, guess what? Those things were considered to be tremendously weird at one time, also. Continue reading →Pin It
It seems as though everyone is on board the zucchini train right now, and I don’t blame them; you can’t walk into a farmers’ market or grocery store without seeing piles of them waiting to be purchased. I don’t know if the midwest is the hardest hit, but every year we have a massive quantity of locally grown zucchini to find homes for; it’s really quite stressful finding good families for them. This year, I’m doing my part for Operation: Adopt a Zucchini by offering up not one, but rather two recipes to help you with your homeless veggies. After all, it’s not their fault there’s so many. Thank heavens they’re so versatile.
Before you take to Google, there is no actual “Operation: Adopt a Zucchini” program. Although it’s worth considering as an idea.
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It is quite possible that I got a little distracted this week at the farmer’s market. I’m not ashamed. This is the time of year when my thoughts turn not to what I should be doing, but rather what I will be doing in less than a month. You guessed it; vacation. To a sunny beach house. For three weeks. And once Memorial Day passes, it’s all I can focus on. I also got distracted by nectarines, but that’s different story entirely, and one which you’ll hear about soon. So, I went to the market, but as my heart is already sitting under an umbrella sipping fruity drinks, this is what I came out with. I give you the “I’m so ready for vacation already” crab salad. Continue reading →Pin It
So my Farmer’s Market Monday post comes a little late this Monday. It’s Memorial Day here in The States and I couldn’t help it. I won’t lie and say I was so busy going to parties and cooking up a storm and what have you…no; we had too much fun stuff to do. I did some kitchen necessity (and not-so-essentials) shopping, hit the thrift stores, tried to build a little summer wardrobe for my annual 3 week vacation – more about that in future posts, because I’m taking all of you along with me this year. we celebrated my sister’s birthday with a crazy amazing cake, and I taught her how to make Jennie at The Messy Baker’s maple-nut granola and my favorite basil-walnut pesto recipe (which I really should post); two good things to have under your belt year-round, in my opinion. So yes, we did a wee bit of cooking, but mostly, we had fun. hopefully you don’t notice the lateness of this post too much; you should be drinking lemonade poolside anyway. Continue reading →Pin It
This has been one of my favorite salads for a while now, but I especially love it in the summer, when my herbs are overflowing. I’ve grown my own fresh herbs for the past few years now, and sometimes I end up with more than I bargained for: a happy situation to be in, but one which requires some thinking in order not to waste what I’ve grown. Sometimes I make a quick pesto, and some herbs (like sage and rosemary) freeze really well; some things, however, need to just be eaten right away. Continue reading →Pin It
Miraculously, this post exists. I had a little meltdown late last week; it wasn’t a personal meltdown (surprising) but rather a technological one. It seems as though toddlers bearing large glasses of water and a high activity level don’t play well with laptop computers. Thankfully, we have an Apple store (the geeky one, not filled with apples) nearby and Mr. Table ran it up after I a) freaked out, b) cried, and c) assumed it would be at least 3 weeks until I would get it back, it would cost thousands to fix, and when I did get it back, everything would be erased. You see, people, I live by the rule that states if you worst-case-scenario every single problem, it will always turn out better thank you expected. In reality, my laptop had a short in the power input jack, it cost $50, and I had it back within 24 hours. How did I feel? Elated, and thankful I once again managed to ward off total devastation by merely overreacting. Mr. Table, you’re welcome. Continue reading →Pin It
It seems as though there’s a general theme out there right now with my fellow baking (and cooking, sometimes) bloggers: we feel poofy. We could lose a few pounds. We need to eat better. And isn’t that like, exactly what happens to everyone around this time of year, right? It’s warmer, winter’s officially over, some of us are scheduling our summer vacations and thinking “holy, crap; I have to actually wear that swimsuit in public at some point.” And I have an almost-2-year-old. What does that mean? You guessed it; more photos than some countries allow anytime she’s in close proximity to my mother. What it also means is that when my wee one is photographed, she is often photographed with her mother’s thighs in the frame. *sigh* Continue reading →Pin It
Listen to me say the word “slaw” and think about the first thing that comes to your mind. Does it bring to mind small bits of shredded cabbage, maybe bits of carrot here and there? Is it overdressed in a creamy, flavorless mayonnaise-y sauce or has it been drowned in vinegar and oil? Is it curiously devoid of any basic seasoning, like salt or pepper? Does its wilted presence in your brain make you feel sad? I’m sorry. Continue reading →Pin It
Okay, everyone; this one is a quickie appetizer I never intended to be a blog recipe; it was really just something I wanted to try for myself. This time of year, I start looking for easy to whip up bites of food which aren’t terrible for me. I could use more green things. I could also use more fish. I could find a way to stop eating cake. Continue reading →Pin It