18 February 2017

Weekend Cooking: 6 Links for Food Lovers (#3)

6 links for food loversFood over the last week has been all about comfort, because Mr. BFR was recovering from hernia surgery. For example, I made split pea soup, roast chicken, and a simple pasta dish.

On Valentine's Day, he wasn't ready to have a glass of champagne or to go out dinner, but I hated to let the day slip by completely unnoticed. Fortunately, I get the Smitten Kitchen email newsletter, and I found the perfect solution right there: Deb's incredible chocolate red wine cake: it's moist, rich, and insanely delicious, plus it comes together quickly. I left off the topping, but that marscapone cream looks awesome.

The photo is mine -- I always forget to pull out my camera when I'm enjoying my food.

Because this wasn't the week to try new recipes or check out a new cookbook or foodie show, I thought I'd share a half dozen links I've saved and thought you might have fun exploring.

  • 6 links for food loversMake the Cheesy Bread That the French Nibble Nightly: I'm a big fan of Dorie Greenspan and her Washington Post column. Recently I spotted this recipe for a hearty quick bread, which seems to me to be an easy way to pretend I'm in Paris. Note too how many times the French sit down to eat and visit with friends and family. Sounds like heaven.
  • Sugar, Explained: We're past the winter holidays and we're done celebrating Valentine's Day, but before we get too used to being without sweets, Easter will be upon us. Jelly beans, anyone? This article from Vox, complete with some easy to digest (ha!) graphics, may make you think twice before eating that chocolate bunny (or not).
  • 7 of the Best Food Blogs for Eating on a Budget: Okay, so I'm not sure Huffington Post has truly unearthed the best of budget food blogs, but this list would be a great place to start if you're looking for recipes that won't empty your wallet. Although I was already familiar with three of the featured blogs, I was happy to add a couple more to my list.
  • Why Isn't This Working? 5 Variables That Affect Recipe Timing: I almost always learn something new when I visit Serious Eats, and this article caught my attention. No huge surprises in this list, but I want to remember these points, especially when cooking in an unfamiliar kitchen.
  • Jacques Pépin Says Following a Recipe Can Lead to Disaster: Master chef Jacques Pépin is no stranger to public television and the PBS Newshour. I love what he has to say about following recipes exactly and what happens when friends serve him a dish from one his cookbooks. The short piece ran last spring, and by clicking the link you can either watch a video or read the transcript.
  • 11 Slow-Cooker Meals You Can Prep and Freeze Ahead of Time: The title of this article is slightly misleading, but the tips from Self Magazine for pre-prepping ingredients for slow-cooker meals could be a life-saver for busy cooks. I like the idea of cooking and freezing on the weekend so weekday meals can be put together quickly, when time is at a premium.
Hope you find at least one link that catches your eye. (Photo credit: Deb Lindsey / for The Washington Post.)


Tina 2/18/17, 7:46 AM  

Good morning and happy Saturday! Great links you gave us today. I will be especially interested in Jacques Pepin talking about mishaps. On my food blog I just posted about a split pea soup that turned to sludge. Quite disappointing but it's good to document the fails in the kitchen. I learned something 😊
The links for slow cooker will be appreciated and the cheese bread, oh yes!!

bermudaonion 2/18/17, 8:36 AM  

Great links! We've really made an effort to cut back on sugar consumption so I found the sugar link fascinating.

nishitak 2/18/17, 9:08 AM  

Thanks for sharing these links. That cheesy bread recipe sounds delicious. Hope your husband gets better soon!

Jackie McGuinness 2/18/17, 9:36 AM  

Here's hoping the Mister is on the mend.
Now I'm off to read a couple of your links!

Katherine P 2/18/17, 10:10 AM  

I hope Mr. BFR is feeling better soon! Not all of Smitten Kitchen's recipes appeal to me but every single one I've tried always turns out fabulous. Love the idea of the chocolate red wine cake! I really enjoyed Pepin's take on recipes - especially his explanation on the pears.

Deb in Hawaii 2/18/17, 10:17 AM  

Great post and links! Thanks you for sharing them. I adore Pepin so much. I read the post when it came out but it is always a pleasure to read it again. It's so true about recipes. I do try to stick to them as much as I can the first time within reason (especially when testing them of course) but I seldom make a recipe exactly as it is printed. You have to taste and adjust and tweak things to fit the ingredients you have on hand, taste preferences and health needs but to me that is the fun of cooking.

Unknown 2/18/17, 10:22 AM  

The bread recipe looks wonderful - I will have to try that. Thanks for the links!

Claudia 2/18/17, 10:31 AM  

Looking forward to checking out all those links! And I've been wanting a better chocolate cake recipe. I shared one of Deb's cakes (via others) today too.

Melynda@Scratch Made Food! 2/18/17, 10:51 AM  

Great list of links, I enjoy being able to pull info out that applies to the current style (or modifications for health reasons) cooking happening in my kitchen at the moment. There is always something to learn, but that chocolate cake and cheese bread are talking very loudly right now...

jama 2/18/17, 10:53 AM  

Thanks for the links! I love Dorie Greenspan. Will have to try that bread! Oui!

Vicki 2/18/17, 1:52 PM  

I see quite a few links I want to check out. I hope Mr. BFR is feeling better!

rhapsodyinbooks 2/18/17, 2:15 PM  

Well thanks for ruining my life with the sugar graphic! LOL But still, I noted the chocolate cake didn't have any such information on the recipe, so I am definitely making it!

(Diane) bookchickdi 2/19/17, 10:30 AM  

Ooh, that red wine chocolate cake sounds like something my husband would love. Get well wishes to Mr. BFR, he's got a great nurse caring for him.

ChaosIsAFriendOfMine 2/20/17, 11:59 AM  

Thanks for the links - they look like good ones!

Unknown 2/20/17, 12:50 PM  

Nothing like comfort food! especially split pea soup! Red wine AND cake?? all in one?? OMG Heaven! Thanks for sharing all those links. I hope Mr. BFR is recovering well!

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