Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Garlicky Roasted Tomatoes with Blogger CLUE


This month's theme for Blogger CLUE is red which is perfectly perfect given that Valentine's Day is around the corner. And while I'm not a fan of gaudy red rose bouquets from the grocery store and cherub shaped mylar balloons, I do love me some cookies with sparkly red sugar and sponge cake with red frosting. Sadly, my jeans beg to differ.

So when I went to my blog buddy Anna's blog, Anna Dishes, I was on the hunt for something red and non-calorific. Until I happened upon her Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes. All resolve flew out the window and I knew it'd be worth it to buy a whole new (much larger) wardrobe after eating an entire dozen cupcakes. Heck, you need to be following Anna's blog for these cupcakes alone!

And even though my brain was chanting, "cake, cake, cake," I forged on in search of other less catastrophic red items. Luckily, I happened upon these fantastic looking roasted tomatoes. And it felt a bit like a sign because a few months ago, I'd bookmarked a recipe for roasted tomatoes from Orangette but had yet to make them them.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ottolenghi's Fritters and the Quest for Glasses


I should be writing this post while wearing my trendy new, wannabe hipster glasses. Instead I'm writing this post while squinting at a 45 degree angle at my laptop, wearing my "mom glasses." I say "mom glasses" because these glasses are basically the style equivalent of mom jeans. On top of it all, one of the babies knocked 'em to the ground so they have a giant scratch across one of the lenses. Hence, the squinting.

It wasn't supposed to go down like this. Toward the end of last year, I came across a Facebook ad for these super cute glasses. The glasses were artfully perched on a stack of hardcover design books on a rustic wooden coffee table. There was a vase with pretty pink peonies half visible in the frame. Oh, and there was a giant coffee mug in the picture. It was like the glasses were calling my name in that perfectly styled picture! And so, I became one of those suckers that clicked on the FB ad.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Fun Finds at Fancy Food Show 2015


I've gone to the Fancy Food Show for the past few years (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014) but walking in to that giant exhibition hall filled with thousands of new food products and smiling vendors still makes me giddy! I don't know whether I like sampling the new treats or learning about their origins or inspirations more. I just know I love it all! So much so that starting in late December, I remind the Hubster every five minutes that it's almost Fancy Food Show time!

This year's show was a fantastic mix of old favorites and intriguing newbies! It's always interesting to see how my favorite new finds match up against the Specialty Food Association's list of annual food trends.