Our Blog Buddies by Shelley Lance, Blog Editor

Have you been checking out the list of our favorite blogs that you see on the right?  Here’s what caught my interest today:

Mixed Greens by Poppy and Sally (a blog I discovered only recently) focuses on living lightly, sustainability, and Seattle area food, environment, and garden stories.  Plus, the photos are top notch. I like today’s story, “Hats off to Johnny,” which explains how Sally’s city lot, located where a 100 year old orchard called Goocher’s once stood, still has three “gnarly but productive” old apple trees.  The post includes interesting musings on the historical figure Johnny Appleseed, a good looking recipe for Waldorf salad, and a heads-up about a PBS two-hour film on Michael Pollan’s Botany of Desire scheduled for October 28 on Channel 9.

I’m getting addicted to visiting food52.  First off, I file away in the back of my brain Merrill’s recipe for Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Creme Fraiche and Herbs as a possible Thanksgiving side dish. Next, I must check out which cookbook won the Piglet Tournament today: Food writer Harold McGee chooses Seven Fires, Grillling the Argentine Way by Francis Mallmann over New York Chef Adam Perry Lang’s Serious Barbecue.  Most often I think both books look great, but somehow I have to know who won.  Thirdly, I’m excited about the upcoming Throwdown with Cooks Illustrated.  Guess who I’m rooting for (hint: it’s not The Bowtied One.)

My daily (often thrice daily) visit to Serious Eats leads me to the Chicago Tribune’s list of “10 Bad Dining Trends” of the last decade.  I agree with almost all of them, so, please chefs, no more deconstruction and no more foam, and please fast food joints, no more “proudly obnoxious” quadruple-burger-1500-calorie menu items!

If you bought a kabocha squash and don’t know what to do with it, Hogwash’s Jess Thomson has a gorgeous cake recipe for you accompanied by her (as usual) terrific photos.

Lastly, I was heartened to find this news on Grist that the FDA “is fast tracking its own efforts to set ground rules for front of packaging nutrition labels” in response to Big Food’s often deceptive “Smart Choice” labels.

There’s more; there’s always more. Have fun exploring our favorite blogs and send me your favorites.

October 22nd, 2009

4 Responses to “Our Blog Buddies by Shelley Lance, Blog Editor”

  1. Chuck Says:

    Thanks for the blog updates! Speaking of Serious Eats, my kids were hankering for waffles this morning. I didn’t have any buttermilk on hand but came across this recipe that was quite nice. http://tinyurl.com/d8spqo

  2. Chuck Says:

    More from Serious Eats, check out this article on making animal fat mayo! http://tinyurl.com/ygelje3

  3. ShelleyL Says:

    Serious Eats is a treasure trove of stuff, isn’t it? Are you going to try out the animal fat mayo? It seems right up your alley!

  4. Chuck Says:

    Yes, indeed, and yes, I’m going to try the mayo. Like my mother, I can’t part with fat, keeping random tubs of it until my wife comments, “How long have you had X in the reefer?”

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