Thursday, March 17, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Dr. Pepper is a Texas favorite and it has a great write-up on culturemap.com!
Question: Do you LOVE Dr. Pepper, and have you creatively used it in any recipes??
I just found out about it, but Houston is holding a Final Four Restaurant Challenge!
Question: What restaurant do you think should be in this final round?
Monday, February 28, 2011
Well I didn't share any recipes for February food holidays, but it's still February technically, so go here and you'll find a healthy enough banana bread recipe that I made for Banana Bread day - which also was Bunco night, and no bread was left!
Now for the goodies that March brings!
National Celery Month - which means hummus galore!
National Flour Month - easy enough
National Nutrition Month
National Noodle Month
National Caffeine Awareness Month
Second Week - Chocolate Chip Cookie week - Yum!
Third Week - American Chocolate Week - Even better
Shrove Tuesday (2011 - March 1) - International Pancake Day
March 1 - National Peanut Butter Lover's Day and National Fruit Compote Day
March 2 - National Banana Creme Pie Day
March 3 - National Cold Cuts Day and Mulled Wine Day
March 4 - National Pound Cake Day
March 5 - National Cheese Doodle Day ??
March 6 - National Frozen Food Day
March 7 - National Cereal Day
March 8 - National Peanut Cluster Day
March 9 - National Crabmeat Day
March 10 - National Blueberry Popover Day
March 12 - National Baked Scallops Day - Gross.
March 13 - Coconut Torte Day
March 14 - National Potato Chip Day
March 15 - National Pears Helene Day
March 16 - National Artichoke Hearts Day - This will be celebrated in my household!
March 17 - Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
March 18 - Oatmeal Cookie Day - I have a great recipe to share!
March 19 - Poultry Day and National Chocolate Caramel Day
March 20 - Bock Beer Day and National Ravioli Day
March 21 - California Strawberry Day...
March 22 - Coq Au Vin Day
March 23 - National Chip and Dip Day
March 24 - National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
March 25 - Pecan Day; Waffle Day; and National Lobster Newburg Day
March 26 - Spinach Day
March 27 - National Spanish Paella Day
March 28 - Something on a Stick Day - FUN!
March 29 - National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day
March 30 - Turkey Neck Soup Day - I have a lot to explore...
March 31 - Tater Day; Oranges and Lemons Day
It looks like March has some interesting holidays and I better start learning a little more about these culinary creations!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
On one of my favorite Houston websites, I found a great article on restaurant rows that should be growing in Houston!
Marine Gustin says it best....
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I should have started this in January, but every month I will start featuring the food holidays that foodies honor!
Starting with February, here are [most] of the holidays - If I absolutely don't like the food then it won't be mentioned on this blog...sorry, I don't mind being a little biased.
Here we go!
Berry Fresh month
Canned Food month
Celebration of Chocolate month
Great American Pies month
National Cherry month
National Fiber Focus month
National Hot Breakfast month
National Grapefruit month
National Snack Food month
Potato Lover's month
Sweet Potato month
First Week - Shape Up with Pickles Time
Second Week - Jell-O week
Fourth Week - National Pancake week
Feb 1 - National Baked Alaska Day
Feb 2 - Heavenly Hash Day
Feb 3 - Crepes Day (France)
Feb 4 - Homemade Soup Day
Feb 5 - National Chocolate Fondue Day
Feb 6 - Nutella Day
Feb 7 - National Fettucini Alfredo Day
Feb 8 - Molasses Bar Day
Feb 9 - Pizza Pie Day
Feb 10 - Cream Cheese Brownie Day
Feb 11 - Peppermint Patty Day
Feb 12 - National Plum Pudding Day
Feb 13 - National Tortellini Day
Feb 14 - National Creme Filled Chocolate Day
Feb 15 - National Gumdrop Day
Feb 16 - National Almond Day
Feb 17 - National Cafe Au Lait Day
Feb 18 - Drink Wine Day!
Feb 19 - National Chocolate Mint Day
Feb 20 - National Margarita Day
Feb 21 - National Sticky Bun Day
Feb 22 - National Cherry Pie Day
Feb 23 - National Banana Bread Day
Feb 24 - National Tortilla Chip Day
Feb 25 - National Clam Chowder Day
Feb 26 - National Pistachio Day; and National Chili Day
Feb 27 - National Strawberry Day and National Kahlua Day
Feb 28 - National Chocolate Souffle Day
Feb 29 - Surf and Turf Day
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Are you like me and take pictures of every awesome dish you order at a restaurant, or take pictures throughout your cooking process like most foodie bloggers are doing these days? Would you say you have a food photography obsession? Lol well I sometimes feel weird taking pictures of my food in public, but after reading this article I shouldn't feel so ashamed :o)
I came across this article this morning - I get Google alerts on many topics, and one is specifically food photography. It usually sends me pretty generic articles and updates, but every now and then I read a great article or learn some great tips for photography and shooting food items.
Well this morning was one of those articles. The original writer nails the point - Experienced photographers and chefs probably hate most of the photos they see online of food, or watching people in restaurants whip out their smartphone to take a quick pic of their dinner and post it on Facebook...but David Hammond has a great point, taking these quick pics and snapping every step of your cooking process is actually a healthy habit to practice. It means your spending more time with your food, appreciating the process and smells - Where on the other hand, the people that aren't documenting their food are probably the ones who are in line at Chick-Fil-A, eating on their way to the meeting they are late to, and spilling crumbs all in their car. They probably have no idea what the wonderful Polynesian sauce tastes like or what slowing down your eating feels like :o)
Enjoy the article!
Like many of my friends, I take a photo of almost every restaurant meal I eat. I do that because I never know when I might need a picture of something I've eaten for something I'm writing.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
- Fennel and Peri-Peri Sauce
- Pickling Spice and Rice Vinegar
- Roasted Curry Powder and Wild Mushrooms
- Caramelized Honey and Adzuki Red Beans
- Ancho Chile Pepper and Hibiscus
- Thyme and Stone Fruits
- Mustard Seed and Vermouth
- Cilantro and Nut Butters
- Herbes de Provence and Popcorn
- Green Peppercorns and Goat's Milk
- Spirit of Discover – A hunger for international culinary adventure propels exploration of new ingredients and techniques.
- Flavor with Benefits – Eating for wellness is more delicious than ever.
- Invigorating and Uplifting – Exciting pops of flavor bring new energy to dining.
- Soul Satisfaction – Comforting favorites soothe the mind, heart and taste buds.
- Craveable Contrasts – The interplay of tastes, textures and visual cues adds fun and excitement to the basic pleasures of eating.
- Locally sourced meats and seafood
- Locally grown produce
- Nutritionally-balanced children's dishes
- Hyper-local (e.g. restaurant gardens, do your own butchering)
- Children's nutrition
- Sustainable seafood
- Gluten-free/food allergy conscious
- Simplicity/back to basics
- Farm/estate-branded ingredients
- Micro-distilled/artisan liquor
- Locally-produced wine and beer
- Half-portions/smaller portion for a smaller price
- Organic product
- Culinary cocktails (e.g. savory, fresh ingredients)
- Newly fabricated cuts of meat (e.g. Denver steak, pork flat iron, Petite Tender)
- Fruit/vegetable children's side items
- Ethnic-inspired breakfast items (e.g. Asian-flavored syrups, chorizo scrambled eggs, coconut milk pancakes)
- Artisan cheeses
- Small Pies – Pie, of course, has been around forever, but 2011 could be the Year of the Pie. Some are already calling it the "next cupcake." We say, yes, pies will be hot in the coming year, but look for smaller pies to make it big—in both sweet and savory varieties.
- Sausage – Look for a leaner, better quality sausage, sourced locally, to take on the role as the "new bacon."
- Moonshine – Moonshine has gone legit. Tennessee's first legal moonshine distillery opened this summer, and the clear corn whiskey hootch can now be found in many liquor stores and even purchased online. It still packs a wallop.
- Gourmet Ice Pops – Ice pops in exotic flavors like bacon, mango chile, and peanut butter are the latest to get the artisanal treatment. They're known as paletas in Mexico. Watch for them to go mainstream north of the border in 2011.
- Grits – Could this old southern favorite become the "new grain"? We see it moving beyond the breakfast menu and above the Mason-Dixon Line.
- Sweet Potatoes – These super-nutritious tubers will be orange-hot in 2011. They'll be especially molten as the alternative, better-for-you french fry.
- Fin Fish – We are still discovering so much about the benefits of fish. We're banking on more acceptance of farmed fish as it becomes more important to have a good supply of this lean protein.
- Cupuaçu Fruit – This is quite possibly the next superfruit, following in the footsteps of the açaí fruit. Both are from the Brazilian rainforest. Cupuaçu has a number of antioxidants and minerals, and is considered a natural source of energy.
- Beans – The lowly legume will step up to the spotlight in 2011, as a great source of protein and a versatile ingredient in appetizers like white bean & rosemary bruschetta.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
I'm sad because there are no crepes being made in my household :o(
Within hours I've had some sort of sickness come over me and before I cook for others I want to make sure it's not contagious. So when the coughing and feverish feeling goes away, the smell of homemade crepes will fill this house!
Goodnight and stay warm Houston!