Posts for October 14th 2008
I was captivated when I first saw this TeamSugar photo — the potato and meat in the soup look chunky and hearty, and I can just taste the dill on the tip of my tongue. I was too enthralled to even notice that this recipe, with its step-by-step photos, was actually Syako's first attempt at food photography! If you, too, are tempted by the dinner possibility, then read more
It's only Tuesday, but I'm already looking forward to the multitude of festivals this weekend.
There are so many in the Bay Area alone that I can't decide whether to hit up the Santana Row Pear Festival, the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, or the Monterey Wine Festival. I suppose I might just rock them all!
Have we left something out? If so, please drop us a line in the comments below!
- San Francisco, CA: Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting — Oct. 14
- New York, NY: At the Table: New York — Oct. 14
- Torrance, CA: Oktoberfest at Alpine Village — Oct. 14-20
- Circleville, OH: Circleville Pumpkin Show — Oct. 15-18
- Monterey, CA: Monterey Wine Festival — Oct. 16-18
- Tulsa, OK: Tulsa Oktoberfest — Oct. 16-19
- Crowley, LA: International Rice Festival — Oct. 16-19
- New York, NY: 6th Annual Gourmet Institute — Oct. 17-19
- Paso Robles, CA: Harvest Wine Weekend — Oct. 17-19
To see the rest, read more
Every October I look forward to picking out pumpkins. There's a great ranch near my parents house that has a pumpkin patch along with a picnic area and hay rides, so I'm grabbing a group of friends and hosting a picnic at the pumpkin patch! Since we'll be heading out this weekend, I invited everyone by phone.
The menu will be a hearty Fall-themed lunch. I'll start by setting up an assortment of cheeses and fruit. The elements to an autumn greens salad will be packed in separate containers. The greens, apples, and radishes in one, the cheddar frico in another, and the vinaigrette in third.
The salad can be assembled at the picnic table. Thermoses filled with a fragrant ginger, butternut squash soup are perfect for enjoying at the pumpkin patch. For these scrumptious recipes, read more
At his Kidz Kitchen demonstration at the NYC Wine and Food Festival, Alton Brown not only answered audience members questions, but he taught the eager crowd how to make a kid-friendly dish, a pancake cake with a slime-like avocado frosting. Here are his tips for making the most delicious pancakes:
- Always weigh out the dry ingredients. It's especially important to weigh out the flour which can become very compact.
- For the best batter consistency, use both all-purpose and cake flours.
- If using baking soda include an acidic ingredient in the wet mixture. Brown likes buttermilk.
- To create your own pancake mix, measure several batches of the dry ingredients. Keep stored in air-tight container. Shake to combine before using the pancake mix.
- Don't overbeat. The batter should be lumpy.
- Be patient! When bubbles form around the edges of the cake and the center looks firm and set, carefully pick up with a spatula and flip over.
Did Alton Brown forget something? What's your technique for making the best pancakes?
The economic downturn has forced many people to save money on food in unconventional ways, from reinventing leftovers to organizing food swaps. However, one man may have crossed the line when it comes to creativity.
Shawn Pannullo was arrested in Vero Beach, FL, for trying to pay for his McDonald's meal with pot. The incident occurred just after midnight, at which time a McDonald's cashier called 911. Pannullo, 27, was charged with possession of cannabis and posted $500 bail. A report didn't disclose whether he ultimately paid for the meal using something other than marijuana.
While possession of cannabis is obviously a crime, I must admit I find this story entertaining. The report also failed to list what Pannullo ordered at McDonald's. I'm guessing . . . three of everything?
- Jacques Pepin on cooking for Obama.
- Jacques Pepin on cooking for Obama. — 7x7
- Looking for an indoor composting system? Choose one of these composters. — Chow
- Learn how to make bacon brownies. — geeksugar
- Jazz up your Fall table with adorable paper gourd place cards. — Epi-Log
- This year save money by ordering Halloween candy online. — Serious Eats
- Four hearty dishes to keep you warm on cool Fall nights. — Bon Appétit
- Flex-it measuring cups: love it or hate it? — The Kitchn
- Fondue, especially this parmesan fondue with pesto, is great party food. — GlamDish
This interesting recipe combines four elements to make a healthy and balanced meal. Lemony rice, poached fish, steaming broth, and fresh vegetables are layered in deep soup bowls.
If your grocery store doesn't have tilapia, substitute another budget-friendly firm white fish. This dish is also a great way to use leftover fish fillets. Cut the fish into chunks, stir into broth, and simply cook until warmed through. Get the delicious recipe and read more
The other day while at the farmers market, I came across these bags of spring mix with edible flowers. Because I grew up with the mantra that it's healthy to "eat the colors of the rainbow," the flowers' vibrant hues were enticing to my palate. I'm an adventurous eater, but I could imagine a picky eater not being too fond of the idea. Have you ever tried edible flowers?