Happy Fri-fri to the TGIF! Another week down the drain and I for one and a happy camper to see it happen. And now, I need your help friends.
See, I’m a fan of my Friday Faves. And I hear from you guys that you like it too. But each week I’m in flux with how to write it up. I go back to old posts and see things that I like, and things that I don’t. And then I get all flummoxed again. Flummoxed I tell you. Flummoxed.
So, I need your help. Because in the end, I’m doing this for both of us.
It’s no secret I like to eat. It would be abnormal—in my humble opinion—to have a food blog and not enjoy the feasting it’s bounty produces. I stand firmly in the make and munch camp.
While I do consider myself a semi-foodie, I’m not really a whole foodie. I’m not hard core about eating 100% organic or avoiding sugar in my diet and I’m too lazy a.k.a. scatterbrained to ponder the possibilities of signing up for a CSA because then I wouldn’t have to run to the grocery store 4 times a day.
And for heaven’s sake don’t even ask me to think of giving up chocolate or cheese.
But that doesn’t mean I’m not a fan of eating fresh foods depending upon the season. In fact, I’d say that’s just exactly how my foodie tidal cravings swing.
As a former creative director for a health and fitness magazine, over the years I learned ALOT about food and nutrition. Heck, I even put a girl in a swimming pool full of oranges just to show “creatively” that vitamin C is so important for skin care. Instead of shooting just a regular old orange. Because that would be easy. Back before digital cameras were even used professionally, when we still shot film. And polaroids. So you could save them for years and hang then on the inside of your office cupboards for a walk down memory lane.
Oh wait, am I the only one that does that?
Oh, how my prop stylist hated me when she had to transport 100 cases of oranges to the pool and then get them all out afterward. And the model who put on a brave face in January in an unheated pool in un-sunny Encino, CA.
But doesn’t that model look just like Bridget from Bake at 350? I bet Bridget would have been smiling too, because she’s always smiling.
We’re all about any holiday that allows us to eat, drink, and be merry, so it’s no surprise so many of us love St. Patrick’s Day.
For one day out of the year, we can pretend we’re Irish, while frequenting the pubs and practicing our Irish accents (they sound better the more drinks we’ve had), all the while parading our best shade of green.
Last year—in fact one year ago to the day—I posted this round-up of 20 Stout recipes, plus this killer recipe for Chocolate Stout Brownies. So this year, I figured we should round out the round-up with a collection of savory, sweet and a few liquored-up recipes to get us in the mood to tip our hats to the top o’ the mornin’.
From Irish potato pancakes, to brown bread and whiskey ice cream, consider yourself covered in a delicious touch o’ the Irish St. Paddy’s Day.
Lazy, dazy comfort food days. That’s what weekends are made of. And that’s when my man takes charge in the kitchen.
I’ve told you before about how my guy (I call him G-Dawg, because we’re gangstas like that) makes appearances here on the blog as a pretty good hand model, a stellar dish washer and super cute sous chef who can dice an onion so precisely it puts Bobby Flay to shame.
But his real talent is in front of the stove creating crazy mash-ups of our favorite foods. And this Buffalo Chicken Fettuccine is sure to be one that will go down as one of his masterpieces.
The recipe is inspired by three of our favorite food groups: pasta, chicken and hot sauce. Yes, you heard it right, hot sauce IS a food group. I’m claiming it now.
Spring is in the air—whether Mother Nature will admit to it or not aka GO AWAY POLAR VORTEX—and with every hint of spring like weather I get the accompanying compulsion to clean out the old and bring in the new.
I’m often asked about new blogs I’ve discovered, who I’m reading now, and where to find inspiration through great recipes and beautiful food photography.
So on the first Friday of each month I’m sharing the very abbreviated list of which food blogs are flipping my lid. And because I love sharing these tidbits of goodness, let’s ring in March with some amazing inspiration, and leave the lions and lambs to the lore of our kid’s riddles and rhymes.
It must be awards season—or so I’ve heard—and it isn’t just J-Law who’s in the running.
Food bloggers are also getting their fair dues. See who got honors at The Kitchn and Better Homes and Gardens and if you want to keep the awards flowing, Saveur Magazine is currently compiling their list of nominations for their annual Saveur Best Food Blog Awards. You can enter your favorites noms here.
Following is the short list of 5 food blogs I’m following now. Some might be more well known, some could be flying under the radar. Either way, they’re spots on the web you don’t want to miss.