Posts for September 9th 2008
I thought I was starting to get sick of pasta . . . until I came across these pictures posted by WhiplashGirlchild.
The chewy comfort of the penne, the creamy sauce, and the Mediterranean-inspired flavors with the shrimp sound just perfect for a family-style meal. Her own recipe for cheesy bread looks entirely delicious, and I think I'll throw in a garden salad for good measure. I'm grateful to have another dinner menu worked out! For this tantalizing recipe, read more
Events are all over the map this week, especially in New York and California. As usual, there's no shortage of festivals for the oenophile. The other activities, however, really demonstrate our country's appreciation for regional American foods, from shellfish on the Eastern seaboard to kolaches in Texas.
- New York, NY: A Taste of the Village — Sept. 10
- Murphysboro, IL: Murphysboro Apple Festival — Sept. 10-14
- San Diego, CA: Spirits of Mexico — Sept. 11-13
- Traverse City, MI: Traverse Epicurean Classic — Sept. 11-13
- Charlotte, NC: Charlotte Shout Blues, Brews, & BBQ — Sept. 12-13
- Grapevine, TX: Grapevine's GrapeFest — Sept. 11-14
- Greenville, SC: Euphoria — Sept. 11-14
To see the rest, read more
How you feel about Nancy Silverton's Sandwich Book depends on how you feel about sandwiches. If you see sammies as a fast dinner option on a busy night, then this is not the book for you. But if you prefer to elevate your humble sandwich with gourmet ingredients, then you should give Silverton's book a shot. As she writes in the intro, "Don't look at them as complicated sandwiches, but as satisfying entrees on bread."
This cookbook grew out of the Thursday sandwich nights at LA restaurant Campanile, where different twists on classics like the grilled cheese are showcased every week. The 100-plus recipes are divided into eight categories, some more sandwichy than others. For a detailed breakdown, read more
In case its around-the-clock food shows aren't enough for you, Food Network has announced it will test-launch a new cooking magazine.
The 160-page debut issue of the aptly titled Food Network Magazine will hit shelves on Oct. 14 with a rather limited distribution of 300,000 copies. In the glossy, television personalities Ina Garten, Paula Deen, Tyler Florence, Alton Brown, and Guy Fieri will offer readers tips, tricks, and recipes not demonstrated on their shows, plus behind-the-scenes looks at the network's sets and kitchens.
Should the periodical prove successful, a follow-up issue is slated for January 2009. Let's just hope the magazine is more creative than its title.
- Ramen sporks and more from MoMA. — Hostess With the Mostess
- Wedding season's not over yet: A wedding cake reality show debuts on WE. — Epi-Log
- These magic bars are made for tiny kitchens. — Simply Stated
- Try to get your head around this 20-layer sandwich. — Slashfood
- Who says you can't make easy cinnamon buns at home? — Baking Bites
- Taste testing beer chips and fancy M&Ms. — Chow
- Stumped by spaghetti squash? Here are five delicious ideas. — FitSugar
- Adjust your recipes with this super-cool calculator tool. — The Kitchn
- So cute! A cake that looks like a pizza pie. — Serious Eats
For my Fashion Week party, I'm putting together a menu full of iconic New York treats. I'll be hosting the party at my place, but since I want to kick back and have fun too, my dinner menu will be composed primarily of passed items.
Homemade pretzels and dill-pastrami bites are not only great snacks, but they're also quintessential New York eats. For something more substantial, I'll be serving a platter of steak with tomato dipping sauce, as well as small plates of Waldorf salad. To put together this effortless party menu, read more
With its thick tomato sauce dotted with capers and black olives, this dish is prepared in the classic Southeastern French style. The flavors meld quickly and the simple meal comes together in less than an hour.
Although the addition of potatoes is not traditional, the starchy vegetables are a welcome ingredient that balances the dish. For a complete meal, serve with a crisp green salad and a glass of Provençal red wine. To look at the recipe, read more
Shopping is more than just a fun activity for most of us, it is a monster-sized habit that must be fed on a regular basis. Our friends at ShopStyle know just how addictive this habit can be and have created a new ad showcasing the adorable beast shown here. Help ShopStyle name the beast and you can win a brand new Givenchy Nightingale handbag valued at approximately $1,700!
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