20 August 2022

Website Finds for Food Lovers (Weekend Cooking)

Happy Saturday. It's been a long, long time since I wrote a Weekend Cooking post that included links to current-ish foodie posts I've found in my wanderings around the internet.

a plate with falafel, hummus, and fresh vegetablesLast week, before the temperatures moderated, I put my air fryer front and center in my kitchen. I made chicken, stuffed peppers, creole shrimp, and this easy air fryer falafel recipe from the SkinnyTaste website. They were perfect for a hot summer evening, and I served mine in a pita with hummus, Greek yogurt, cucumbers, and some shredded cabbage. While these falafel aren't quite like the deep-fried ones you can get from a food truck or restaurant, they tasted good and made for a filling vegetarian dinner. The only hitch is remembering to make the "batter" ahead of time so you can refrigerate it for a couple hours before forming it into balls. Click the link for the recipe and watch the video for the general idea.

chocolate chip oatmeal cookiesI know you've heard about Half-Baked Harvest because several members of the Weekend Cooking gang have written about Tieghan Gerard, the woman behind the website and the cookbooks. If Half-Baked Harvest is new to you, head on over to the website, look around, and sign up for their email newsletter. If you're on Instagram, you should definitely follow Tieghan. Anyway, a recent email from the site included a recipe for Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. Okay, first off, I have a weakness for anything with brown butter. I also happen to like updated versions of childhood classics. This recipe hits both those buttons. Here are two more reasons these oatmeal cookies are my to-try list, they call for less sugar than traditional recipes, and Tieghan suggests topping them with flaky sea salt. OMG yum.

I'll finish up with four quick links.
  • Taste has an article about Kerala Cuisine from southern India and its rising popularity in America.
  • In case you missed the news, The Takeout has a piece on the brand new Girl Scout cookie: Raspberry Rally
  • Southern Living has turned its eye to fall with 12 cakes featuring fall flavors like nuts, pumpkin, and apples.
  • Eater has an article all about the "right amount" of garlic to use in your cooking.
Shared with Weekend Cooking, hosted by Marg at The Intrepid Reader (and Baker)


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 8/20/22, 7:17 AM  

Thank you for sharing these. I am surprised to hear about the new Girl Scout cookie.

Jackie McGuinness 8/20/22, 9:09 AM  

Adding the falafel to my menu!

Tina 8/20/22, 10:31 AM  

Thanks for the links to Taste and Eater. My oven has an air fryer feature which I have not tried yet - keep forgetting about it. I love falafel so maybe I can try it in the oven.

I ended up linking two posts to Weekend Cooking because I scheduled too early. Actually forgot what day it was! Retirement is sweet :-)

JoAnn 8/20/22, 11:45 AM  

Can't wait to try the air fryer falafel... thanks for the link!

Claudia 8/20/22, 1:19 PM  

I've got the Half-Baked Cookbook requested at the library, and checked out her blog. Thanks the food looks good.

Vicki 8/20/22, 3:32 PM  

I sold A LOT of Girl Scout cookies when I was a kid. I've eaten a lot more than I sold as an adult though :) I'll have to check out the new cookie.

Like Tina, my oven has an air fryer but I've only used it a few times when making supper. I have a few counter top ones with different functions that I mainly use for breakfast and lunch.

I've never made brown butter but I want to after seeing those cookies!

Harvee 8/21/22, 2:26 PM  

Went to school with a student from Kerala so am interested in the cooking there.

We have yet to find all the uses for a new air fryer.

Sue Jackson 8/29/22, 4:48 PM  

Long time no visit! I was mentioning you on my blog today (another mention of how much my son loves the Spellslinger series you recommended! He's gearing up for books 4 and 5), and I realized I hadn't been over here in AGES. I don't know how that happened!

I also realized I hadn't contributed to Weekend Cooking in a REALLY long time, and now I see you don't even host it anymore! I always enjoyed the linkup, but I'm so busy now, it's hard to remember when I had enough time on the weekend to do that. I might have to find time once in a while.

Love both the recipes you posted here! My mom used to make falafel, but it took forever and was an exhausting process, so when you said this approach is easy, I perked up and paid attention! And, like you, I love anything with broned butter, and reduced sugar is definitely a plus. Going to check out both of these - thanks!

I hope you're well -


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