07 July 2018

Weekend Cooking: The List Edition

As some of you know, we celebrated my mother's 90th birthday last week. It involved two travel days and three days of fun adventures. We had one day home and it was July 4 already! All of this is to explain why I haven't cooked lately, and I haven't had much time to read either. What's a Weekend Cooking host to do?

I decided that this week is the perfect time to share some food-related links I've collected. I also thought it'd be fun to give you a look at a few of the food and cooking books I have my read and review list. Maybe you'll get to them before I do.

Hope you're staying as cool as possible this summer. . . . I can tell you that our A/C window units are barely keeping up. Don't ask me about my second-floor home office!

Links to Explore

  • Ice Pops! We love homemade ice pops! I make all kinds of fruit-based pops in the summer; some are boozy, some are austere sugar free, some are rich -- all, however, are refreshing. Right now I have banana/sweet cherry pops in the freezer. Want some ideas for making your own? Martha Stewart has 40 recipes, and Bon Appetit offers a guide to all things ice pops.
  • Eat Your Veggies! We use our grill all year round (even when it's snowing), but it's a particular godsend when I can't stand the thought of turning on the stove or oven. You don't have to be a meat eater to love your grill: Delish collected 20 recipes for grilled vegetables, and Serious Eats found 18 recipes.
  • Easy Entertaining! We're mostly wine drinkers, but sometimes it's fun to offer an eye-catching and refreshing mixed drink to guests. The only problem is, who wants to play bartender all afternoon or evening? Yay for cocktails in a pitcher. You'll find 11 pitcher cocktail recipes at Saveur and 12 recipes at Town and Country.
  • Shop Locally! From May to November, we buy most of our food from local producers at one of our several farmers markets. We're experienced market shoppers, but if you aren't or just need some advice, Cooking Light has 7 excellent tips for how to shop like a pro, and Kitchn has 10 tips for proper etiquette and what to expect.
Food Books on My eReader

Some of the following books I have checked out from the library, others are review copies, and still others are in my personal collection. Some are newly published (or about to be published), and others are older. All are on my current reading list.
  • Basque Country by Marti Buckley: Cookbook of food from (duh) Basque Country
  • Milk by Mark Kurlansky: Food history
  • Bread Toast Crumbs by Alexandra Stafford: No-knead breads & how to use them
  • Cook It in Cast Iron by Cook's Country: Special equipment cookbook
  • Feast by Anissa Helou: Cookbook of food from Islamic countries
  • Sugar by James Walvin: Food history
  • Fix, Freeze, Feast by Kati Neville & Lindsay Ahrens: Freezer cookbook
  • A Bite-Sized History of France by St├ęphane Henaut & Jeni Mitchell: Food history
Note: Photo of cocktail pitcher by Tom Coleman / Saveur.
Weekend Cooking hosted by www.BethFishReads.comWeekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book reviews (novel, nonfiction), cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs, restaurant reviews, travel information, or fun food facts. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page.

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Mae Travels 7/7/18, 7:17 AM  

Great list of books!

To my list from yours: I've added "A Bite-Sized History of France." My list already includes "Feast." I have read "Milk" and it's on every list but I was very disappointed in it. I might read "Sugar" though it appears to duplicate the material in other books I've read, especially "Sweetness and Power" by Mintz, which is a classic. (Also there are tons of books that talk about sugar and obesity.)

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Jackie McGuinness 7/7/18, 7:21 AM  

When we lived in a house we BBQd all winter too.
Also mostly wine drinkers, but do think about making cocktails, maybe tonight should be a margarita night?
We have an abundance of farmers; markets around the city in the summer. In face I plan on walking to our local one this morning before it gets too hot. A walk along Lake Ontario to a market is perfect.
Just added Bread Toast Crumbs to my wish list at library. It is available, but I have too many loans at the moment, and not getting a lot of reading done either.
Off to read the grilled vegetables...

bermudaonion 7/7/18, 7:37 AM  

My book club loves cocktails and someone usually makes a pitcher so I'll have to check out those recipes.

Tina 7/7/18, 7:52 AM  

Wine is our favored beverage but in this heat we have been having gin and tonics, Chardonnay and the occasional martini. Thanks for the links fhe beverages and books. I have enjoyed seeing your updates on Twitter about your mom. Great birthday!

Girl Who Reads 7/7/18, 9:52 AM  

It's gotten too hot to cook (and I haven't been home much either), though I did make a big meal yesterday of ham with green beans and potatoes. My niece and I made Rice Krispie treats last week.

gluten Free A_Z Blog 7/7/18, 10:23 AM  

We have really had one of the hottest weeks I can remember in years! I'm thinking about ice pops- thanks for the link and thanks for hosting each week.

Deb in Hawaii 7/7/18, 11:52 AM  

Glad you had a nice time with your mom. Liking the links--I have been craving ice pops and a big pitcher of cold drinks sounds very inviting this weekend. I have a couple of these books on my reading list too and will add a couple more.

BTW--I linked up last weekend and even had visitors from Weekend Food but for some reason I looked and my link is gone (was number nine) so I re-linked that post to last week's round up. Mr. Linky must not like me. ;-)

Unknown 7/7/18, 11:56 AM  

Glad you had fun for her birthday!

Molly 7/8/18, 8:45 AM  

All those links look fabulous! I plan to take time this (hot) afternoon to check them out and (I'm sure) Pin some new ideas.
(PS ... my new blog is now located at mollytotoro.com/blog)

Heidenkind 7/9/18, 2:21 AM  

I definitely need to read those farmer’s market market posts. We have one once a week in the summer here but I rarely go. Mainly because i’m Sleeping but still

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