Pier 1 is having a 50% off, online only sale. Some of these deals are great, but act fast, things are going out of stock quickly! I took a quick glance and picked a couple of the better items including the Trend Stemware and the Recycled Glass Platter. Scroll through to discover my other picks. And if you find something great, let us know in the comments! Sale ends August 31.
Posts for July 2007
Although it may not technically be American, I consider Caesar salad to be typical American cuisine. It's by far the most popular salad in the United States and is served everywhere from fast food chains to high-end restaurants. There is something about the combination of crisp romaine, crunchy croutons, and tangy dressing that we just can't get enough of. Satisfying and delicious, every home cook should have a fabulous Caesar recipe in their repertoire. Novice cooks can mix one quickly by jazzing up plain mayonnaise and experienced foodies can shine by making homemade parmesan croutons. Take your pick: find the recipe that suits your culinary level and time frame, just read more
If you're looking for the perfect summer appetizer, you can finally end your quest. Catherine has provided us with the recipe for delectable nectarines with prosciutto and basil. - Food Musings
This weekend I had the opportunity to head over to the 29th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival for the first time. Although I've lived close enough to attend, I had never made it there before. However when faced with promises of "food laced with over two tons of fresh garlic," I knew I had to attend.
The overall vibe was like most county fairs - loud music, dusty makeshift stalls, funny shaped drink goblets, booths full of cute knick-knacks, etc. - however, unlike other county fairs, this one bombarded you with the potent smell of garlic. Everywhere you turned it was garlic, garlic, garlic - there were garlic fries, garlic bread, garlic chicken, garlic sausage and even garlic ice cream, shaved ice and chocolate! And maybe I'm crazy, but the food just wasn't garlicky enough. Also I was hoping to see garlic funnel cakes, garlic donuts, or garlic waffles, but no such luck. I did however, stumble upon some really fantastic pickled garlic. The sweet, salty and spicy combo pairs really well with the crunchy fresh garlic. You can purchase an 8 oz. jar for $5.98 or if you prefer, you can make your own!
My mom recently perfected her recipe, to check it out, read more
An Italian bread salad traditionally made with onions, tomatoes, basil, vinegar, and olive oil. Chunks of day old bread are best for making this salad as it will soak up the vinaigrette best. Variations on the theme include cucumbers, anchovies, peppers, and more.
With the final three contestants left on Hell's Kitchen, last night's episode was by far the most emotional. The chefs proved themselves worthy with a stellar dinner service and seamless teamwork. The tables were turned as Ramsay challenged Bonnie, Jen, and Rock to run the pass (translation: shouting out the orders as they come in, one risotto, two wellingtons, etc). For all this and more - including who paid the cheffies a surprise visit - read more
Friendly, twist off bottle caps may quickly become a thing of the past. Large brewery Sierra Nevada, recently switched to a new "pry-off" bottle top, and it's likely that other beer producers will follow suit.
The new pry-off caps offer increased oxygen barrier over other materials commonly used in bottle cap lines.
Apparently these caps, that require a bottle opener, are more environmentally friendly and will keep beer fresher longer. Looks like it's the beginning of the end for twist off caps.
I keep a beer bottle opener on my key chain, but how about you guys? Got any great tips for prying off a bottle cap without an opener??
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Oliver the pug is almost one, so I'm planning a fabulous little birthday party. The soirée will be happening in his favorite park, so planning a menu that is portable and picnic-like is important. Store bought treats like chips and dips, cheese and crackers, and olives and pickles will supplement an easy, make ahead meal. BLT's get a fresh twist with the addition of turkey, arugula, and ranch dressing. A black bean, rice, and tomato salad pairs nicely and travels well. A peanut butter carrot cake will decadently finish the people food menu. For the recipes to these scrumptious snacks, read more