I’m always reading other food blogs. As we all do. So this week for my second post, I thought I’d share some of what I’ve found lately with you. Only instead of just relying on the bloggers in my blogroll [and do check them out if you haven't already—they're all great cooks and good reads], I thought I’d snoop around their blogrolls for some new inspiration. You know, kind of a culinary Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon ["Mmmmm, bacon!"]. So let’s get started. All photos in this post are by the respective bloggers, so blame them for any hunger pangs.
Black and White Cookies. These beauties from Danielle over at Habeas Brulee are what got this post started. Food can immediately stir up memories. Danielle calls them classic Brooklyn cookies and says, “The best part for me was offering them to my family, in honor of years of sharing black and white cookies bought from the deli downstairs at 26 Court Street in Brooklyn Heights.” In my case, the photo immediately transported me to Fairway Market on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where Marion, daughter Laurel and I discovered them during a wonderful New York visit. And for me, that’s half the pleasure of these delights. I found Danielle thanks to Susan over at Food Blogga.
Flavorful Short Ribs. “Flavorful” indeed! These Asian-inspired short ribs from Katie over at Little Spatula [thanks, Kalyn from your eponymous Kitchen] combine orange juice, soy sauce, fresh ginger, red pepper flakes and slow cooking for what has to be a fall-apart tender, delicious meal. I’ve been toying with making some short ribs for a while—this dish just seriously tightened up the timelines.
Fig, Prosciutto, and Arugula Salad. I’ve never paid that much attention to figs, I have to admit. But now that they’re in season, lots of people are paying lots of attention to them. Including Julie over at Kitchenography, who just discovered that two colleagues have fig trees in their yards. She’s now done two posts using figs. When she added arugula and prosciutto to this salad I was suddenly interested too. Thanks to Mimi at French Kitchen in America for bringing me back to Kitchenography.
Vietnamese Grilled Pork Balls and Lemongrass Beef. Don’t you just love the global reach of the Internet? This is a Southeast Asian dish prepared by Nikki in the Canary Islands off the coast of Spain for her blog Canarygirl.com—and I found out about it from my Brazilian buddy Patricia at Technicolor Kitchen! I read them both, but apparently not often enough. If you check this one out, be prepared for big flavor without heat and an amusing read.
Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone and Balsamic Syrup. I began with dessert and I’ll end with it. Kevin at Closet Cooking in Toronto is currently on vacation in Greece. But before he left, he posted this beautiful dessert. Besides the ingredients in the name, all you need are honey and chopped pistachios. Thanks, Toni at Daily Bread Journal for reminding me to check out Kevin’s blog.
Okay, I don’t know about you, but I’m totally hungry now. See you next week.