Northeast Ohio weather finally broke yesterday, so we decided to have dinner outside. We picked up a table and some chairs at Home Depot, a DwellStudio tablecloth from Target, a few new dishes, and the rest of the stuff was from around the house.
- The best way to reheat leftover pizza.
- The best way to reheat leftover pizza. — Slice
- Paula Deen has been robbed by her maid. — Huffington Post Food
- The person behind Ruth Bourdain is still a mystery. — Wall Street Journal
- Yelp has partnered with Opentable. — Eater
- All salt is not created equal. — Chow
- Is seaweed the new superfood? — The Epi-Log
- The two Franks behind The Frankies Spuntino Cookbook discuss their dreams of being rock stars. — Feast
- The best places to dine outdoors in San Francisco. — Grub Street SF
Last night, I was disappointed to see that HBO ran a previously aired episode of True Blood. Watching this show, from Alan Ball, who also created Six Feet Under, is definitely a guilty pleasure. Tara Thornton, played by actress Rutina Wesley, is one of my favorite characters on the show. She's been taken under the wing of Maryann (Michelle Forbes), who's been adding some Greek mythology to the already fantastical set.
While I have my suspicions about Maryann's intentions, I must admit that her house is totally crave worthy, as are her fabulous breakfast spreads. I love the casually elegant al fresco breakfast setting here. Hurricane lamps are a must-have item for outdoor meals, as the tall glass cylinders will protect candles from flickering out. While a light source isn't needed for an outdoor breakfast, the hurricanes add to the elegance of the setting.
Want some hurricanes of your own? See my favorites when you read more
Leave it to Target to come up with yet another cool option for Summer dining. Partnering with event planner David Stark, a new collection of Americana-tinged outdoor tableware is ready to amp up your outdoor dining in the Spring and Summer months to come. I’m particularly fond of Stark’s idea for an on-the-fly outdoor dinner party. In House Beautiful he suggests using one of his Bandana Beach Towels ($12, available in June) for a tablecloth, saying, “Summer makes me think of spreading a towel on the ground for an impromptu picnic. So why not put one on the table?”
- Find out how panko is different from regular breadcrumbs.
- Find out how panko is different from regular breadcrumbs. — Chow
- Five tips for easy al fresco entertaining. — GlamDish
- Mississippi is the nation's fattest state. — Slashfood
- Love to bake and live at a high altitude? Check out Pie in the Sky: Successful Baking at High Altitudes. — Baking Bites
- Popeyes is getting a brand makeover. — Serious Eats
- Creative recommendations for feeding Brad and Angelina's growing family. — Food and Wine
- How not to do a cooking segment on TV. — The Epi-Log
- Meet dashi, an essential staple of Japanese kitchens. — The Kitchn