Fall Fest is here and it’s a continuation of Summer Fest, a cross-blog recipe (and tip) swap. These events were started by Margaret Roach of Away to Garden and Deb Puchalla of Food Network. Last week’s theme was Spinach and for this week, it’s all about apples, beautiful apples.
Join and share yourblog write ups. Just post your link or recipe or idea in the comments below this post, and also share on the blogs of the other participants who are co-hosting as well.» Read the full story →
Feasting your eyes on this amazing buttermilk pancake syrup just isn’t enough. You have to taste it to believe that it really is the best buttermilk syrup recipe around. We were completely won over after the first bite and once we licked the plate clean of the clingy decadence, we were convinced that it really is a rock-star buttermilk syrup recipe. Breakfast will never be the same!
Thanks to Thermador for inviting us out to their showroom in Scottsdale, AZ, we were able to feast » Read the full story →
As promised, “Voila!” the mango salsa recipe that toppled over our teriyaki burger post a few days ago. And we’re thrilled that we actually wrote about it, as promised, considering how behind we’ve been on everything else! The office is a mess, the bathrooms need cleaning and we have 2 other projects behind schedule, but at least we wrote out the mango salsa recipe!
The feeling of accomplishment is sincerely overwhelming.
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A while back, we were lamenting about how overly sweet and artificial some bottled teriyaki sauces were. With the exception of one that we liked on our teriyaki burgers, most were too sugary. Fake tasting. Processed. Yuck.
With the grilling season underway, we wanted some teriyaki variety to our bbq menu and it was always a struggle to search for a bottle that didn’t look like a goop of sugary, sticky brown blue. We needed to think outside the bottle and needed to be quick » Read the full story →
Fennel bulb, the sweet, licorice flavored vegetable that we adore is often taken for granted. The prized bulb has so much culinary value that I’d giddy with excitement when I can get my hands on a fresh bulb. Often times, Todd will slow braise the bulbs to a sweet, delicate finale that I feel like I’m eating a dessert rather than a vegetable course. Slicing the bulbs thin with a squeeze of fresh lemon, sprinkles of sea salt and earthy black pepper is a heavenly » Read the full story →
I’m guilty and fessing up to the fact that I often drown my salads in dressing. Simple, crisp and fresh salads are my favorite ways to eat greens, sans all the complicated toppings. The extra toppings often get in the way of my favorite greens. But to contradict myself in a bowl of lettuce, I’ll often plunge the delicate leaves in a bath of oil and vinegar, suffocating my salad in excess dressing. Bad me, bad.
Key ingredients to healthy & flavorful dressing: non-fat yogurt, » Read the full story →
Since our remarkable trip to Japan in August, we’ve been craving Japanese noodles with a vengence. We ate all the udon, somen, soba and ramen our stomachs could handle in 9 days and it was an amazing experience and education in the history and culture of Japanese noodles. We never got tired of slurping our way through Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Each region’s noodle specialties were all so different, delicate and highlighted some magnificent regional flair. Coming back home, we were looking for a cookbook that » Read the full story →
I have my little red seasonal joys, those tiny flavorful things that are plentiful this time of year—-pomegranate arils! These juicy, tangy, sour, sweet pops of flavor are such perfect accompaniments to salads. It’s amazing how simple additions can change the whole dynamic of a salad. When my salads feel lost and lacking, I love adding fresh fruit for that missing piece of the puzzle. In Autumn and Winter, I feel so fortunate that our pomegranate trees dangle huge red orbs in our face, reminding » Read the full story →
Portrait of a Gourmand - A gourmand is simply, someone who takes pleasure in food and eating. This is a continuing photographic series of gourmands, from all walks of life. There are many gourmands that inspire us in profound ways that make us experience and think about food differently. These portraits essays share their amazing stories.
Today’s highlight is actually of two gourmands, the lovely couple, Dan and Jael Rattigan of French Broad Luscious Chocolates, aka The Chocolate Lounge. The only thing sexier than this » Read the full story →
It’s week four and the final gathering for Summer Fest 2009! The celebration of Summer’s bounty has been wonderful and we’re finishing it off with a big tomato bang!
Margaret had continued Summer Fest for the last 3 weeks, where we’ve been celebrating fresh-from-the-garden food: recipes, growing tips, even tricks for storing and preserving summer’s best. For this years Summer party, Margaret has collaborated with co-creators Matt of Matt Bites (who also created the gorgeous plump tomato logo), Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen, us of White on Rice » Read the full story →
I can’t imagine a life without curry. Thinking about it brings a void and desperate plea to my palate, “Noooooo!” The warm, fragrant combination of spices topped over warm rice, tofu, veggies, fish or meats is indispensable for me. Long ago, I swore to not live a bland life. I shall not live curry-less.
As versatile as it is delicious, my curry gravy is great accompaniment to almost any dish that needs a quick burst of flavor. Simple olive or grape seed oil, garlic and » Read the full story →
The “secret” is finally out! There’s been a mean tease of secrets and a string of underground comments over Twitter about a super secret project involving some food bloggers. For those of you who are on the edge of your seat, wait no longer. Believe us, it’s been hard for everyone involved in the show to try to keep our MOUTHS SHUT! But since we all signed a small, legal, binding contract called a Non-Disclosure Agreement, that was enough to seal the deal and put » Read the full story →
The internet is all afire about Huy Fong’s Sriracha Hot Sauce lately and I’m still fired up (no! not from the consumption of the chili sauce), but from all the headlines on the internet. The spicy buzz seeds from Huy Fong Sriracha articles by The New York Times, Serious Eats, Andrea Nguyen’s thought provoking commentary, a little Twitter spat (no comment) and humbly, my little homemade sriracha style hot sauce recipe. All the hot sauce excitement has me glued to the computer with a pretty » Read the full story →
Twitter got me into some big trouble. Last week, I innocently twittered a photograph of some Vietnamese condiments for a Viet Nhậu (tapas) party we were having for one of our Supper Club Dinners. In that picture, there were some yummy, traditional Vietnamese toppings of scallion oil confit, fried crispy shallots and many more goodies I prepared for the evenings feast. But I never thought a simple Twitter mention of “homemade sriracha hot sauce” would cause such a commotion, create incessant demands for the recipe, » Read the full story →
We know, we know. Many of you are still freezing while we’re basking in Southern California’s warm embrace. It’s a catch-22 situation with this post because we get e-mails requesting more updates on the garden, but if we do, we certainly don’t wan’t to be rubbing today’s 78 degree sunshine in anyone’s blog face. So to be polite about it, we’re dedicating this sunshine filled post to everyone who is experiencing weather below 70 degrees Farenheit. Fair? We love you too.
As we mentioned, folks » Read the full story →
This gorgeous cookbook has a new owner and it’s Pam!! Congratulations Pam and we hope you enjoy this beautiful cookbook.
Thank you to you all for your amazing input and thoughts on what you love in a cookbook. We appreciate all your fabulous comments on this cookbook giveaway!
This was the most amazing forum of wonderful ideas that we’ve ever had. Reading all of your wonderful, insightful comments was inspiring and informative. We’ve never been so thrilled as were were with your participation in this » Read the full story →
Alas, we’re finally getting in the groove of taking pictures of food again. For as much as we cook, eat and entertain, we sure don’t share enough of it on the blog. We inhale our food so fast, and when it’s all through, we’re wishing we had pictures to share it.”Did you take a picture?”, “No, I thought you did”, “I didn’t cause I thought you did !”.
Honestly, it just takes way too much work to: 1. STOP cooking/eating 2. GRAB CAMERA 3. SET » Read the full story →
Tis’ the season for appetizers, delicious and flavorful small bites that we never, ever get tired of.
When the jolly and hectic holidays arrive, we’re in a non stop dinner party mode, which can be either jolly or hectic. Between our weekly gathering of friends, family, neighbors and staff, thinking about what to serve small to medium to large groups every time can be very time consuming.
Appetizers are our tried and true dishes that are easy to make and easy to please. Having a » Read the full story →
Summer doesn’t feel like it’s ending for us yet because there’s still an amazing amount of wonderful summer produce that’s reaching out to us every time we go to the farmers market. The summer fruit pangs hit us hard this year when it came to figs. The plethora of phenomenal figs has us buying more figs than we can eat, and they’re not cheap! Sometimes at $4-$6 for a basket of about 5-7 figs, it can get really pricey for fig lovers like us. » Read the full story →
Good Morning ! …Oh wait, what time is it? Ugh! It’s 8:30 am and I’m late for work! Weep and pout! I thought I was a lover of logistics and Miss Master at planning out details, but scheduling myself to go to work the day after hosting a big blog party was a seriously bad management decision. I stumbled out of bed, teeter-tottered to the bathroom to fix myself up for another work day and my body was struggling to keep up with slow, fumbling » Read the full story →