Posts for June 9th 2009
Any gourmand with a hankering for something spicy would be right at home in my kitchen, where the fridge is stocked with scorching sauces from every corner of the world. From Tabasco to Sambal Oelek and Sriracha, I'm extremely well-supplied in the store-bought specialties department.
I recently came to the conclusion, however, that I'm lacking somewhat in the homemade hot sauce category. Enter harissa, a fiery garlic and chili paste that hails from Tunisia and is used in stews, pasta sauces, grilled meats, and couscous. Although the chili paste is sold in tubes and jars at many supermarkets, it's easy — and much more fulfilling — to make from scratch yourself. See how I did so when you read more
From Dr Pepper to pork to Philly cheesesteaks, this week's noteworthy nibbles seem to pay homage to time-honored American food traditions. We can't wait for the first ever Great American Food & Music Fest in Silicon Valley, which will feature guests like Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri, as well as famous regional specialties from all across the United States. Know of anything we've left off the list? Please feel free to chime in below!
- Ithaca, NY: Taste of the Nation Ithaca — June 9
- New York, NY: Wine Enthusiast Toast of the Town — June 15
- Emporia, VA: Virginia Pork Festival — June 10
- Lockhart, TX: Chisholm Trail Roundup — June 11-13
- Kapalua, HI: Kapalua Wine & Food Festival — June 11-14
- Winston-Salem, NC: Hot Ribs, Cool Music — June 11-14
- Minneapolis, MN: Taste of the Nation Minneapolis — June 12
- Salem, OR: Wine, Chocolate, and More! — June 12-13
- Las Vegas, NV: Coffee Fest Las Vegas — June 12-14
- Mountain View, CA: Great American Food & Music Festival — June 13
To see the rest, read more
Dashing Dudley, Foxy Moxie, Precious Poppy — who's cuter?
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Welcome to the 2009 PopSugar 100! It is our third year making the list, and this time we decided to spice things up by having readers vote on a playoff format bracket to narrow down the list from 128 finalists all the way to number one. Our bracket matched up everyone from Heidi Montag vs. Angelina Jolie to Robert Pattinson vs. Jennifer Aniston. More than 20 million votes were calculated to make the 2009 PopSugar 100 truly unique in showcasing just who had the biggest year in Hollywood — as it turns out, no one is immune to Twilight fever! Robert Pattinson makes his debut at number one on the list — check out the full 100 here!
To see the top five, some of fun facts, and the biggest movers and shakers of the list, just read more
Yesterday on his blog, San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer discussed the no-reservation restaurant trend. While he doesn't enjoy it, Bauer will sometimes wait up to an hour for a table.
When I have no place to be, I'm willing to wait an hour, especially if the eatery has a bar. How about you?
Food & Wine magazine is one of my favorite glossies. I love it so much that at the end of the month I page through each issue and rip out interesting and delicious recipes.
Little did I know that the fabulous folks over at Food & Wine have already done the dirty work for me! Every year they release an annual cookbook ($29.95) with an entire year's worth of recipes.
Lucky me: I got my hands on 2009's copy. To find out what I thought of the compilation of over 700 recipes, read more
This week, why not invite some friends over for dinner on the patio? Serve an easy vegetarian meal inspired by the fresh produce found at the local farmers market. The menu starts with goat cheese topped with an olive-thyme mixture.
A savory tart layered with tomatoes, roasted garlic, and fontina cheese is a simple but stunning centerpiece. Instead of serving a boring salad, pair the tart with an equally exciting side: warm Summer vegetable salad with brown butter dressing. Sound scrumptious? Get the recipes when you read more
- Who is Top Chef Masters judge Jay Rayner?— Eat Me Daily
- Can someone in New York City cook the same way they do in rural Italy? — The Epi-Log
- Staying in is the new going out. — Chow
- Have your Facebook image immortalized in chocolate.— The Feedbag
- Introducing the pizza wallet and how to eat it. — Grub Street
- Meet Food Party, a new culinary television show for puppet-lovers. — Serious Eats