Posts for February 3rd 2009
In a continued effort to detox after a serious day of gluttony this past weekend, I'm trying to lighten up on the meat and grease and focus on the vegetables. This recipe from dlmslp is just what I need — something that's more vegetables than anything else, but still full flavored. If you're looking for a hearty, impressive meal, serve it as she did — alongside girlc's fragrant chicken curry. To get the recipe and view detailed photos, read more
Restaurant week continues to be big, with prix fixe deals all across the country. Get in the Valentine's Day mood with chocolate festivals and wine events. If you're in the Bay Area, use SF Beer Week's numerous events as a solid excuse to get boisterous while sipping craft brews. I'll raise a toast to that!
- Los Angeles, CA: dineLA Restaurant Week — Feb. 2-6
- New York, NY: NYC Restaurant Week — Feb. 2-27
- Miami, FL: Miami Spice — Feb. 2-12
- Naples, FL: Naples Winter Wine Festival — Feb. 6-8
- Morehead City, NC: Carolina Chocolate Festival — Feb. 6-9
- San Francisco, CA: SF Beer Week — Feb. 6-15
To see the rest, read more
At a party, Diffa's Dining By Design event, I saw the most uncomplicated yet sophisticated place setting. A plain linen napkin was lined with a single satin ribbon. The color palate was muted and the ribbon had an elegant twist. This budget-friendly technique can easily be re-created at your next dinner party! Here's how:
- Head to the local craft store and purchase a spool of satin ribbon.
- Carefully fold a cloth napkin and lay across the plate.
- Measure the width of the plate with the ribbon and cut to size. Stretch the ribbon across the plate, twisting once.
Voila — instantly chic table setting. Do you have an economical place-setting tip? Please share with us below!
This weekend I've invited my seven very best friends to join me at my vacation house in the Sierra Nevada mountains. We'll watch movies, go wine tasting in Murphys, and indulge in nonstop good eats. Naturally I'm planning the menu. Two of my gal pals are pesceterians (they don't eat meat, but will consume seafood), so the food will be vegetarian-friendly. After the long car ride to the cabin, the girls will be hungry for a hearty, soothing meal. An Italian-style vegetable soup served with olive cheese bread is filling and scrumptious. The following morning we'll eat store-bought bagels and cream cheese before we hit up the local wineries for lunch. Saturday night will be "make your own pizza" night.
Each girl can grab a ball of Trader Joe's pizza dough and choose from a variety of toppings — crumbled sausage, prosciutto, caramelized onions, pesto, kalamata olives, mushrooms, roasted red peppers — to make an individual pie. A simple green salad with Dijon vinaigrette finishes up the menu.
Sunday morning we'll have a leisurely brunch featuring a potato and leek frittata paired with oven-crisped bacon. For these recipes, which are perfect for enjoying with your friends and family on any Winter weekend, read more
- From 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- From 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. today you can get a free Grand Slam breakfast at Denny's . — Fast Food News
- Take a trip to the original McDonald's in San Bernardino, CA. — A Hamburger Today
- 50 easy ways to eat and cook green. — Bon Appétit
- Empty tea tins make adorable flower vases. — The Kitchn
- Use fresh lemon juice to remove tough food stains. — Chow
- Why one journalist can't get into this season's Top Chef. — The Epi-Log
Tonight take a trip down to the bayou in the comforts of your own kitchen. This incredibly uncomplicated recipe takes key Cajun flavors and turns them into a classic, hearty dish. Rice is tossed with red beans and Creole seasoning before being topped with pan-seared snapper. If your local fish monger does not have snapper, simply substitute another flaky white fish. Sound enticing? Get the recipe when you read more