Friday Faves

by heidi on October 17, 2014

What a glorious season this fall has been. It’s already mid-October and snow has yet to hit the front yard and wreck all of the Halloween decorations Smudge and I have crafted for our spookalicious spook alley. Glory yes!

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Thank you so much to those of you who sent me feedback in my reader survey. So far I see you guys still love Friday Faves, family recipes and lots of yummy food photos.  I’ll be tabulating the results to help me create a FoodieCrush you want to visit and be inspired by but if you’d still like to give me your 2 cents (I think it’s worth a lot more!) then please let me know here.

This weekend I’ll be with some inspiring food bloggers at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, where we’ll be encouraging, teaching and helping one another build better blogs for you to visit and learn from. Stay tuned for about what I’m going to be learning soon, can’t wait to share with you.

So now, let’s dig into this week’s Friday Faves.

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Move over quinoa, there’s a new grain in town.

Sweet Corn, Gouda and Farro Risotto on foodiecrush.com

Well, now, wait a minute. Farro is far from new with its roots running deep, deep, deep (pun intended) and this ancient grain is making major waves in the foodie scene.

The 90′s were all about couscous (which I still adore), the 00′s saw the wave of wild and unusual rices, and who can’t open a cookbook / food blog / food magazine for the past few years without seeing the glories of quinoa being extolled from the high heavens. But do you farro? If not, you should.

Farro is one of those wonder grains that to a lot of us mainstream eaters in the U.S., seems a bit outlandish and even exotic. But is it? If you consider the grain of choice that ancient Egyptian kings dined on as exotic, then yes, exotic it is. I mean, they were KINGS! But that hardly makes this grain unapproachable or intimidating. In fact, farro might be the easiest grain of all to cook and it’s versatility will have quinoa looking hard and fast in the rear view mirror, just waiting for farro to take over it’s first place run in the superfood popularity polls.

Sweet Corn, Gouda and Farro Risotto on foodiecrush.com

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One of my favorite quotes from Jessica’s cookbook refers to her cooking philosophy. “There is no exact science as to how I began cooking my own recipes—but that’s just it: I started,” she says. ” If you want to learn how to cook and how to put your own spins on dishes, like anything else you just have to START.”

Well said, Jessica.

Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It is

Anyone that’s discovered the deliciousness that IS the blog How Sweet It Is is very familiar with it’s creator’s obsession with neon, 80′s pop culture trivia and that all things are better with browned butter, bacon, and sprinkles.

I featured Jessica on my first list of 5 Food Blogs I’m Following Now, and my respect and devotion hasn’t strayed. Known among her legions of fans as an inspiring creator for recipes, beauty and simply all things fun, Jessica Merchant can now add author to that list with the release of her first cookbook, Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People Who Totally Love Food.

Need she say more? I don’t think so. Her book pretty much says it all.

Jessica’s cookbook is jam-packed with family favorites and homages to her grandmother, nicknamed Mother Lovett, with many recipes featuring her inspiration and tutelage and where her love for cooking began—in the kitchen for Sunday dinners.

Most recipes in her book clock in at 20-45 minutes of prep time making time in the kitchen totally doable for newbie cooks to those that want to spend the time but simply don’t have it, including this Obesessed-With-Cheese Mac & Cheese. And you can enter to win a copy of Seriously Delish for your very own at the end of this post.

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I’ve had a hankering to post a fried green tomato recipe, for, oh, say, the past 2 1/2 years. And lucky Mrs. GreenJeans, the day has finally come.

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You can thank my underabundance of ripe, red tomatoes that instead produced a lovely harvest of green tomatoes for this recipe.

I’d have to say after eating this grilled cheese sandwich, it was nearly worth forgoing another burrata caprese salad in place of the plethora of my under-ripened fruit. The sweetness of these tomatoes paired perfectly with the spiciness of the monterey jack cheese oozing out from it’s edges.

Green tomatoes are still stunners, afterall.

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Friday Faves and a Reader Survey

by heidi on October 10, 2014

One thing I love about my job is the diversity.

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One day I’m shooting food for clients I love and consulting on magazine design for clients. The other days I’m designing cookbooks and creating food bloggers new ebook projects (stay tuned!) plus plotting and planning the next issue of FoodieCrush magazine (January 2015!)

This week I’m also working on surviving Mercury in retrograde thanks to these tips. I’m keeping a watchful eye on all of my computers and electronics (back up your databases folks!), taking things with a grain of salt (that’s okay that you forgot my  dinner order!) and thinking twice about making big purchases (but I really NEED the iPhone 6!)

I’m also relishing my renewed enthusiasm to push myself and the blog in new directions.

That’s why I’m hoping you’ll help me out by giving me feedback on what you like most—and least—about FoodieCrush and what you’d like to see more—and less of—by taking this quick survey.

After hearing what you have to say I’ll be better in tune with what you want to see on FoodieCrush—and what you don’t.

Thanks in advance for taking time out of your busy day to help me make this a better, more interesting and more inspirational spot on the web for you to visit. I appreciate all of you even more than buttercream frosting and chicken pot pie.

And now, let’s get to those Friday Faves!

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