Posts made in January, 2013

Kitten & The Bear – A Perfect Match

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 1 comment

Kitten & The Bear – A Perfect Match

With a label that reads ‘Kitten & the Bear,’ these jarred goods had my seal of approval before I even took the first bite.  Couple that with the fact that these preserves are ‘labeled, waxed and sealed up by hand – from the farm to the post office your jam made it from tree-to-jar entirely in-house’ and you are dealing with some mega-watt awesomeness.  This is where I’m supposed to say “Boom,” right?  Isn’t this where the cool kids say “Boom?”     Considering I have a house full of kittens and a pomeranian we lovingly refer to as ‘The Bear,’ I was sold on this product the...

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All Hail Sfoglini Pasta

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products, Recipes | 0 comments

All Hail Sfoglini Pasta

Is there anything more perfect than pasta?  The answer is no.  There is nothing more perfect than a bowl of fresh pasta just waiting to marry with rich sauces, roasted veggies, or just a simple splash of beautiful olive oil, a pinch of sea salt and a quick toss of fresh herbs.     But, poor pasta has really gotten the shaft over the past few years.  Between those of you avoiding gluten and carbs and those like me avoiding mass-produced, over-processed boxed goods, finding a legitimately delicious pasta that won’t turn your insides into toxic waste has proven more difficult than it should be.     But then, the other day, a gorgeous box of...

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Tin Mustard Is The Jam

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 2 comments

Tin Mustard Is The Jam

Ask most people if they’d like a little mustard on their sandwich and they’ll shrug and say ‘sure.’ But, for us die hard mustard lovers, we know that mustard matters and settling for any yellow-colored slop just ain’t gonna cut it. If you, too, suspiciously eye anyone trying to serve you a sub-par condiment, then you and I are going to make fast friends. And, being your friend and all, you can rest assured that I will be serving you a mustard that dreams are made of.     Now, I’ve been a mustard fiend for some time now. It’s not that I use it every single day, but when I want to add zing to a sandwich, make a beautiful...

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Two-Ingredient Maple Souffle

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Read, Recipes, Websites | 3 comments

Two-Ingredient Maple Souffle

StumbleUpon is internet crack.  Do people still do crack?  What’s the 2013 version of crack?  Meth?  Pills?  Reality TV?  Whatever you deem to be one of the most highly addictive substances of our time – that’s what StumbleUpon is.  It’s a website you sit down to click through on a Thursday night in June and emerge from on a Tuesday morning some time in September.  Like going into a coma.  A really great coma.     It works like this: You pick a topic of your choosing – anything, seriously, get crazy.  Are you looking for gerbils in hats?  StumbleUpon has it.  Probably.  (I’ve never looked for gerbils in hats,...

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Bacon & Broccoli Strata

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 0 comments

Bacon & Broccoli Strata

Looking for a hearty side dish to stand up to this winter weather? Even if that winter weather here in Florida is a comfortable 70 degrees? Well, here it is. Bacon, broccoli, bread and cheese, this dish may not be health food, but it sure is good food. Use really good ingredients to make the most out of your meal. Think organic veggies, super crazy high quality humanely treated meat, artisanal cheese and homemade bread. Oh, but what is a strata, you may have asked? It’s pretty much a collaboration of delicious dishes – think quiche meets frittata meets savory bread pudding. Strata (or stratta) is similar to a casserole, but not that disgusting shit you see on...

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Frank Stitt’s Southern Table

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 in Blog, Cookbooks, Eat, Read, Restaurants | 1 comment

Frank Stitt’s Southern Table

Mac ‘n cheese, cornbread, creamy grits, fried oysters and just about anything thrown on the grill …no other cuisine can comfort your soul quite like Southern Food.  And when that Southern food is served up all fancy like, as it is in Frank Stitt’s delicious cookbook, Southern Table, you’ve got a match made in…I don’t know, what’s something better than heaven?  You’ve got a match made in the green room where Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hung out before the Golden Globes.     Dinners in my home usually consist of whatever mishmash I find in the fridge and whatever mood I’m in.  The usual suspects are often...

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Paradise Valley – Where The Grass Is Dead But It Sure Is Pretty

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Arizona, Blog, Eat, Go, Restaurants | 2 comments

Paradise Valley – Where The Grass Is Dead But It Sure Is Pretty

  Growing up on the East Coast of Florida, my version of ‘out West’ usually meant a friend’s house out past the turnpike – a laboriously long voyage at least 15 minutes away.  So, when Johnny told me we’d be celebrating Thanksgiving in Paradise Valley, a posh area outside of Scotsdale, Arizona, I excitedly packed my boots and my belt buckles, slathered on an extra layer of moisturizer and giddy’ed on up to the airport.  Unfortunately, Johnny told me about the trip in October, so it was slightly awkward when security told me I’d have to wait a month.     But hey, if you saw this area, you would have rushed to the...

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Kinderhook Creek Kills It

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat | 1 comment

Kinderhook Creek Kills It

Sheep’s milk cheeses are sneaky. Very, very sneaky. They don’t come across as the ‘Look At Me’ milk when sitting alongside its goat and cow counterparts. But every time I hand somebody a little sample of a sheep’s milk cheese at the shop, the same process happens again and again: sheer, unadulterated, full mouth bliss.     I’ve been accidentally falling in love with sheep’s milk cheeses for the past year. I remember when I was still a simple cheese buyer, relying on Louise and her dairy knowledge to lead me from Crottin to Mt. Tam to Colston Bassett. One day she handed me a sample of a new blue in the shop –...

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Garlic & Herb Pasta With Nasturtiums

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 1 comment

Garlic & Herb Pasta With Nasturtiums

Guurl, what you know about nasturtiums?     Well, if this is one of my only two readers, Louise or Charlotte, then I know you both already know a good deal about these vibrant and spicy edible flowers.  However, if you somehow stumbled upon this post and now you find yourself wondering: ‘Hey, what are Nasturtiums?  I can eat flowers?  And who the hell are Charlotte and Louise?,” allow me explain.  About the flowers, not my friends – who will thank you very much to stay out of their personal lives. Maybe you’ve seen these pretty little petunias (side note – they are not petunias) at your local farmer’s market or adorning...

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Boat Street Pickles

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 3 comments

Boat Street Pickles

Pickled raisins are keeping me up at night.  I toss and turn and shake my fist at the sky over the hours of lost sleep that I’ve instead devoted to conjuring up unexpectedly delicious ways to consume a jar of pickled raisins.     Pickled raisins, for Pete’s sake.  If anything, they sound, well, I dunno, not nearly as divine as some of the other condiments I’ve recently fallen in love with.  They don’t sound disgusting, by any means, but, raisins?  Pickled?  Really?     But, that was before I sunk my teeth, or more aptly puckered my mouth, at the tart and tangy and oh-wow-these-are-really-effing-good Boat Street Pickles...

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