Posts for November 4th 2008
Another one of my latest Fall dessert obsessions I found while browsing the Kitchen Goddess group on TeamSugar. By looking at the photo, I can practically taste the moist texture of the cake! But my favorite part? The recipe source is wren's ex-boyfriend's brother. Who said exes aren't good for anything?
To make this bread, which would be delicious for breakfast, dessert, or as a gift for a friend, read more
This week Noteworthy Nibbles includes an international chocolate show complete with chocolate-inspired runway designs. In sunny Florida, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival should be quite the spectacle. Folks who live in Virginia have the great fortune of two oyster events this weekend. Personally, I'm looking forward to San Francisco Wine Week!
Know of anything we've left out? Drop us a line in the comments below!
- Orlando, FL: Epcot International Food & Wine Festival — Nov. 4-9
- Philadelphia, PA: Celebrity Chef Tour — Nov. 6
- St. Helena, CA: CIA Worlds of Flavor International Conference — Nov. 6-8
- Palm Desert, CA: The Art of Food & Wine — Nov. 6-9
- Ann Arbor, MI: Save a Heart Celebration of Wine and Food — Nov. 7
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Most of you were appalled by the increase in budget beer sales and many or you prefer to drink local microbrews, so I thought I would bring attention to an interesting website created by the Brewer's Association. Seasonal Beer Throughout the Year is your resource for limited-edition, seasonal craft brews. A seasonal beer is a special style of beer, sometimes with flavors like pumpkin, made for a certain time of year. These beers are especially popular during Oktoberfest.
From harvest ales to Christmas brews, the site has you covered. The best thing about it is that you select your state after choosing the season. Not only are the brews seasonal, but the listings are local as well! The in-depth list provides the brewery's website and phone number for simple and quick ordering.
I'm definitely going to get my hands on some of Pyramid's Snowcap Ale, how about you?
An easy way to cut the budget of your Thanksgiving feast is to make the dinner a potluck. You supply the appetizers, turkey, and one side, then ask the guests to fill in the blanks. Not going overboard on side dishes is another great way to trim costs. When there are too many side options guests can feel overwhelmed and may end up over-eating. Do them a favor and don't offer more then four side dishes.
Keep in mind that even on a limited budget, you can still create a delicious and elegant meal. Have goat cheese stuffed mushrooms with breadcrumbs waiting for your guests to arrive. Purchase a frozen turkey instead of a fresh one. Most supermarkets have sales around Thanksgiving on frozen turkeys and you can find one for $10 or less. Season the turkey with everyday ingredients like red onions and oranges. Make simple mashed potatoes as a side.
To get these wallet friendly recipes, read more
Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of speaking with three of San Francisco's busiest chefs, the men behind the PlumpJack restaurant kitchens. Jack Falstaff's Jonnatan Leiva, PlumpJack Cafe's Rick Edge, and Balboa Cafe's Jose Lemus each stopped by Balboa to deliver a batch of their ultimate chili. The chefs, along with the firefighters of Station 16, are taking part in an annual chili cook-off, benefiting the San Francisco Firefighter Toy Program.
Each chef submitted a recipe for a different type of chili. From now until Friday, November 7th, diners at Balboa will have the chance to sample all four and vote on their favorite. If you don't live in San Francisco you may not be able to taste the chili, but you could host your own chili contest! A chili cook-off is the perfect alternative to a formal Thanksgiving dinner or ideal for game day. To check out my ideas for hosting your own chili cook-off and the PlumpJack chefs' tips for making the best chili, read more
- Twelve sensational, make-ahead sides.
- Twelve sensational, make-ahead sides. — Bon Appétit
- Cooking secrets from David Chang. — Cooking With Amy
- Learn the difference between shrimp and prawns. — Chow
- Simple and delicious: butternut squash, sage, and browned butter. — The Kitchn
- How to make cottage cheese. — Serious Eats
- This Thanksgiving, serve buttermilk sweet potato pie for dessert. — Baking Bites
Linguine with clams is one of my favorite recipes, so I'm constantly searching for new ways to recreate the classic Italian dish. This variation adds in scallops and white fish to make a robust, filling pasta. Diced tomatoes give the sauce a rich, red tint. The recipe is incredibly versatile. If you dislike scallops, add more clams, or substitute shrimp. Fresh marjoram can be pricey; luckily, parsley and basil are more affordable, just-as-fresh herb options. To check out the recipe, read more