Exactly six years ago today, I opened the NY Times Travel section to find an article entitled, “Fine Dining with a Hippie Past.” Feb. 25, 2007 – “BOULDER, Colo., used to be a tough place to eat good food. For all its outdoorsy … Continue reading
A few weeks ago I awoke to the thought of soft boiled eggs. Perhaps it was my anticipation of the return of Downton Abbey and all things British (including the fabulous array of egg cups to choose from–see below), or … Continue reading
Last weekend I acquired a couple of kohlrabis from a friends’ CSA leftovers and someone, who shall remain nameless, said to me, “Kohlrabi sounds like the name of a rock band”. She was so right. A hipster rock band to … Continue reading
For a variety of reasons, I find myself back in Boulder after years of living on the east coast and for all intents and purposes, I consider myself a newcomer. Sure, I have my spots that say “home” to me, … Continue reading
My people, my apologies for the gap in posts as of late. I started a new job and well, suddenly my desire to stare at a computer screen after work hours has plummeted to a near nada. The ideas are … Continue reading
Warning: the contents of this post are groundbreaking. At least they are for me. If you like to buy things, really any things, which I know you do, this might change your shopping experience for the better. I guarantee it … Continue reading
Many years ago, one of my closest friends and I (you know who you are), had a conversation about the difference between cooking and preparing. Does cooking mean you have to heat and/or combine any number of the ingredients, whereby … Continue reading
I digress from my food musings for a moment to share something else of equal intrigue. Good food often takes me on a tangential exploration of sustainable businesses, innovative products, and inspring design projects and the event I attended last … Continue reading
What do granola and cocktails have in common? Nothing. I’d like to change that. The artisanal food explosion and just general food awareness have given us some new ways of watering our mouths. The past few years have proven to … Continue reading
You know that feeling when you come across an object or a place that resonates with you in an almost indescribable way? It could also stem from an encounter with a stranger or entering a room that feels like home. About six months ago I stumbled upon a blog that embodies that feeling for me. 101 Cookbooks: A Recipe Journal by Heidi Swanson, is largely about food, but in her simple discussion of food she incorporates gorgeous photography which amounts to a shared aesthetic; hints at her approach to cooking and buying ingredients; and every so often sends out an inspiring list of links she has gathered over the course of a few weeks. Her blogging style is inspiring to me because she shares only that which is true for her, and sometimes that means sending a recipe or an idea that is very understated. Simplicity is key. I’ll admit, I don’t always love the recipes, other times I swoon over them, but that’s not the point. We don’t always have time to make grand feasts for our families, or have a fabulous dinner party every other Saturday night. Sometimes we just have to throw together what’s in the fridge for sustenance and be okay with it.
This week Heidi sent a link to an article that everyone who has a kitchen in their home (yes, that’s you!) and enjoys a home cooked meal every now and again (also you!), should take a moment to read. The article was originally featured on Gilt Taste, an indulgent website to say the least, and is all about moving away from the sacred ‘recipe’ and into a place of using our creative minds and intuitions to gather the good ingredients we already have in our refrigerators and pantries, and create a meal from there. It’s kind of like those decide your own ending books, except with cooking! This is something a few very special people in my life have taught me to do over the last couple of years, but it is still a work in progress. Alas, I encourage you to, dare I say it, stop reading the blogs and magazines for tons of recipes you’ll never remember, and just start playing around with what you’ve already got. I promise, what you have is more than enough.
And lastly, here is my first attempt to gather some noteworthy blogs for you reading and obviously, eating pleasure. (Click on the listings for the link).