The garden is growing beautifully! We put a dripper irrigation system in the front flower bed, and I’ve made a batch of spiced tomato jam, two batches of watermelon rind pickles, some strawberry jam, and a batch of pickled asparagus since my last post… among other things. I know, I’m failing to remember to get the camera out for pictures and then posting about my kitchen adventures. I will try to do better in the future.
In the absence of posts of real substance, I’ve been throwing up a few links I come across during my strolls through the intarwebs. I started putting another one together, but then I thought it might be more interesting to share the half-dozen or so food and cooking places out in the ether that I check in on regularly. Some of these links are in the Pantry over there to the right.
These are the sites I check every day:
Food in Jars
Marisa McClellan’s down-to-earth style drew me in and got me started on the canning road. She put the final nail in the coffin of the idea that canning had to be done on a farmhouse preparing for winter blizzards scale. She has two fantastic canning books out now.
Previously King Arthur Flour’s Baking Banter. This blog has really slicked up its look in the last year or so, but it’s still a great read and fantastic resource for not only baking cookies, cakes, and pies, but also whole meal ideas and community projects. KAF is a great company (entirely employee run) and has fantastic products. If you’re not buying KAF flour, you’re missing out.
I absolutely love this magazine. When it shows up in the mail every other month, I immediately sit down and flip through it. The photography of both the food and the people is always gorgeous. I then spend the next week or so reading every single word in every single article. There’s not many magazines I can say that about. The website is wonderful as well. All the recipes from all the issues right at my fingertips! I love technologeez.
Joy of Cooking
This is NOT Irma Rombauer and Family’s iconic soup to nuts and all things inbetween cookbook and culinary encyclopedia in internet blog form. It is Joy’s 20th century online face put together by Irma’s great-grandson John and his wife Meg. John and Meg are too cute for words and the blog is lovely to look at and read. As a bonus, there is a lot of history about the Joy of Cooking books and the Rombauer/Becker family. The new iPad app looks fabulous! I almost want an iPad just for that.
Heritage Radio Network
I don’t always listen to broadcasts, but I check the schedule just about every day to see if there’s something that really peaks my interest. The network has an incredibly broad topic range, from fine dining to sustainable aquaculture.
These places I visit every once in awhile:
Robb Walsh – Texas Eats and Zen BBQ
Robb Walsh began as a restaurant critic for the Houston Chronicle. He’s published several books about Texan and Southern cooking cultures and origins, all of which I highly recommend. Robb doesn’t post nearly as much as I’d like, but when he does, it’s usually really interesting.
A relative newcomer, the organization was founded by chefs, journalists, restaurateurs, farmers, ranchers, and other citizens of the state of Texas for the purpose of preserving, promoting, and celebrating the many varied food cultures of Texas. Their yearly Barbecue Summer Camp is something I’d die to attend.
Another magazine (though it’s not really a magazine) I get in the mail and devour immediately. The authors update the site when a new edition comes out, so this isn’t an everyday visit, but I do often look up recipes as starting points for a lot of kitchen projects.
Rosenthal Meat Center – Monthly Specials
Although I’ve never purchased more than a few bags of beef jerky (the BEST, bar none) and a small boneless smoked ham, I am determined to make use of this great resource for local, ethically raised, and humanely dispatched beef, pork, and lamb once I clear out the freezer. I love checking the specials every month and thinking about what I might do with it all.
Don’t click the link before allowing me to warn you! If you are offended by f-bombs and generally thuggish language, you might want to pass this up. The message the blog authors offer, and all without being preachy like sooo many other similarly themed things, is a good one: Eat like you give a damn! (edited for language). Eat like you care about what you put in your body. The juxtaposition of healthy (and delicious looking) vegan recipes with language that would make a sailor blush makes me laugh.
The Fresh Loaf
I don’t visit this one very often, though it’s a great site. The level of general expertise demonstrated in the posts is somewhat intimidating, so I have to go away for awhile until I work up the courage to come back for a peek. I would like to be as accomplished as some of the contributors some day.
Welp… that’s about it. Those are the things I look at when I have a few spare minutes in the day. If you’ve got a great site to suggest, please do so in a comment! I’m always looking for new things.
Thanks for stopping by!