From Humingbird High in Portland Oregon:
Sweet Cream Biscuits with Plum Jam and Earl Grey Whipped Cream
Find recipe and additional pictures here.
Source: Steps on My Sunlight Floor
So, what’s it going to be for breakfast?
Did you know that the United States has more than 175 days to celebrate the awareness of food or drink? And, per Wiki’s List of Food Days, 14 of them, including today, are dedicated to the awareness of CHOCOLATE? Here’s the line-up for Chocolate Days:
So, go ahead and celebrate today. Change it up this morning. Think Chocolate. Instead of your cup-a-joe, grab 1 or 3 or 5 pieces of my favorite chocolate combos: Coffee & Roasted Almonds Chocolate Bark (above) made by Foodhearts.com.
Thank you Lorne
Source: Mme Scherzo
Lori shared this link with me yesterday from Kitchentreaty.com.
Next to more pasta, that’s all I’ve been able to think about for the last 24 hours.
It’s Sea Salt & Honey Ice Cream.
Wait. There’s more.
THERE’S NO ICE CREAM MACHINE NEEDED.
A hearty thank you to my blogger friends for baiting the circus monkey.
For recipe and more amazing pictures, hit this link at Kitchentreaty.com.
Thank you Carol @ Radiating Blossom
Imagine a Key Lime Pie light as a cloud, tart one moment, sweet the next. Imagine it has done away with the distraction of a crust. What you have is this Key lime mousse. Now, I love a pie, crust and all, but when a mousse is this good, it refuses to serve as mere filling. “Filling” implies that it is not complete in itself, and this dessert certainly is. Unmoored from the classic Graham cracker crust, it is something altogether more delicate—a soft, chilled summer sweet that is richer than sorbet, breezier than ice cream.
~ Aleksandra Crapanzano, Key Lime Pie Without the Crust (Recipe below)
“Read in the context of (John) Updike’s…life…is a highly personal and revealing self-assessment. It underscores a sad paradox: although he could anatomize his own failings with perfect clarity, he seemed incapable of changing how he behaved.”
~ Adam Begley, Updike
Image Source: The Novice Chef Blog
Poached Pears in Vanilla Sage Wine Sauce. Recipe and more amazing photos @ Today’s Nest.
Maranatha Dark Chocolate Almond Butter
Homemade Maple Sea Salt Pistachio Butter
Check out the recipe and more photographs here.
Source: Fit Foodie Finds
Drip Maple is a small Canadian Syrup company. “In the cold North, we’re born to appreciate the small things. With the short few months of summer fleeting, we have a long & cozy hibernation to enjoy the simple pleasures of Mother Nature. Maple is our choice and we have scoured the land to bring you the very best certified organic & delectably delicious maple syrup possible.”
And DON’T MISS this clip…mouth watering.
Image and idea Source: swissmiss
It’s Saturday, late afternoon.
Dinner out? Or eat in?
I take inventory of the fridge. Eyes pan from the top shelf to bottom. Not feeling it here.
I take inventory: Sweat pants. Shower-less. Shave-less. Matted hair.
I grab a pencil to scribble out my wish list. I’m about to hand it off.
No chance. You’re coming.
I’m not listening to you complain that I didn’t get you what you wanted.
Oh, come on.
The K’s are in the car.
You could have put a hat on.
I could have stayed home.
Thank you Carol.
Ben & Jerry’s releases four ice cream flavors with gooey ‘Core’. The four new flavors are:
Source: NY Daily News
* DK favorite. Thank you Rachel. Exactly what I needed.
I tripped into this recipe catching up on the week’s papers. My eyes locked in on Marmalade. And I HAD to have it. The NY Times piece by Melissa Clark was titled: Sweetness is Found In a Slice. The recipe was for British Marmalade Cake. (Who knew the Brits could bake?)
“This beautiful, tender, citrus-scented loaf cake filled with bits of candied orange peel is everything you want with your afternoon tea. The key is finding the right marmalade; it needs to be the thick-cut (also known as coarse-cut) marmalade made with bitter oranges, which will be laden with big pieces of peel. Look for the British brands in the international section of your supermarket if the jam aisle lets you down. (And not give up and use the neon orange marmalade that’s more like jelly.) Your reward is a fine-grained, not-too-sweet cake that will last for days well-wrapped and stored at room temperature (if you can manage not to eat it up all at once).”
Bottom Line: Skip the tea. (Sacrilegious for you Brits, I know). Grab a fork, a glass of cold milk and belly up. THIS IS BLOODY GOOD.
See Recipe below: [Read more...]
Often a sweetness comes
as if on loan,
stays just long enough
to make sense of what it means to be alive,
then returns to its dark source.
As for me,
I don’t care
where it’s been,
or what bitter road it’s traveled
to come so far,
to taste so good.
~ Stephen Dunn
I love donuts. I love Kristy Kremes. I need fix. This ad is genius.
27° F. Sunny.
It’s Day 9.
9 straight days of sinus headaches. Nasal drips. Hacking. Energy levels not firing. Fatigue. Blahhhhh.
9 straight days of rotation between bed, couch and Kleenex box. And, this party is not yet over.
I gear up and head out the door. Time to man-up.
Croupy cough. Unshoveled sidewalks. Black Ice. All be damned.
This train is coming.
I’m flickin’ through my playlist. Bocelli? No. Click. Handel? No. Click. John Legend? No. Click. Sade? No. Click. Peter Gabriel? Solsbury Hill. Stop.
↓ click for audio (Peter Gabriel: “Solsbury Hill”)
Climbing up on Solsbury Hill
I could see the city light
Eagle flew out of the night
He was something to observe
My pace quickens. That’s right. This Eagle is flying.
Sun sparkling on the snow layered with the morning frost.
Geese, out of the water, perched on rocks in the cove.
Even cold for their a**es. (Wonder if geese get hemorrhoids?) [Read more...]
I tap open the weather app.
I glance out the window.
The morning is the hardest time. It is hard enough anywhere for a man to begin the day’s work in darkness…One may be a long time realizing it, but cold and darkness deplete the body gradually; the mind turns sluggish; and the nervous system slows up in its responses…But I must not dwell on it. Otherwise I am undone.
~ Richard Byrd
I stare at the ceiling.
Go later. There will be light. It will be warmer.
I pull the comforter tighter.
Zeke sighs and nuzzles closer.
Who are you kidding? Get up and out.
I climb out of bed.
Needing the pull of inspiration, I take a new route.
The master said:
You must write what you see.
But what I see does not move me.
The master answered:
Change what you see.
– Louise Glück, in Vita Nova
“To the age-old question of “what do women want,” Lay’s thinks it has an answer: Chocolate-covered potato chips. This month, Lay’s is rolling out milk chocolate-covered potato chips. The chipmaker says the salty-sweet combo is tailor-made for young women, who apparently can’t get enough of the stuff. Lay’s senior director of marketing, noted: “the increasing popularity of chocolate-covered snacks among our target audience, millennial women. … They are looking for those more indulgent, savory/sweet combinations.” The product’s debut will officially be a trial run, but the product could become a permanent part of the Lay’s arsenal if shoppers love them. As for other chocolate-covered chip combinations, “the possibilities could be endless,” says Saenz. (Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek: “Men Like Potato Chips. Women Like Chocolate. Who Will Like Chocolate Potato Chips?“)
The possibilities could be endless. Right. Got it. May this NOT come to a store near me…Please.
Source: Thank you Steve Layman
Todd Masonis, the co-founder of Dandelion Chocolate, a beautiful little chocolate factory/shop on Valencia Street shares some tips on tasting chocolate in a post titled the Art of Tasting Chocolate Mindfully. Here’s a few excerpts of his tips (along with my editorial comments of course):
1) “The first step is to slow down. Before you rip apart the packaging and dig in, take a moment to read about the bar…Chocolate makers think through countless decisions and this is our opportunity to share our perspective. Even the physicality of our packaging should draw you into the chocolate experience. In our case, the handmade cotton paper should feel soft. Like our bars, the slightly imperfect screenprinting should reinforce the touch-of-the-hand craftsmanship that goes into each of our bars….” (DK: Really. Slow down, huh? Hmmmm. Let’s try step two.) [Read more...]
Low calorie too! Source: Find additional photos and recipe @ How to Make JELL-O Oranges by Amber Atizado.
July 1, 2013. First day of 2nd half of the year.
Add 200 pounds to that little puppy up there and that would be me. Head bowed in shame. Or perhaps he’s trying to find his belly button. In which case, I’m in huge trouble.
I hit a new low. Or a new high depending on your perspective. 30 pounds over collegiate playing weight.
Suit pants are now snug. Feeling “things” growing over my belt loop. This discomfort plus increasing levels of humidity = a radiator that’s steamin’ and going to blow.
More in. Than out. More in. Than out. More in. Than Out. [Read more...]
Macadamia Key Lime Pie.
Two new twists on an old summer time favorite – shortbread cookie crust and the addition of chopped Macadamia Nuts.
Smooth. Sweet. Tangy (but not overly so).
Calorie count? If you need to ask, move on.
Source: Taste of Home
The story was titled: Martin Picard’s Fried Pancakes with Warm Maple Cream Syrup.
My Food-dar Radar was SCREAMING. STOP! READ! Goodness ahead.
Martin Picard, is a Montreal chef, who has devoted his newest restaurant, Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon (in English he calls it Sugar Shack), to celebrating maple syrup. In the article, he shares a recipe for deep-fried pancakes with a warm cream and raspberry maple syrup.
The story here, in my opinion, is not Picard’s pancakes. No. No. No Sir. Way, way too much work.
Go ahead and make your usual pancakes. From scratch. Aunt Jemima. Whatever.
Make the syrup as instructed in the recipe below. Only recommended change: Double up (or Triple) the raspberries.
If there is a God, he eats his pancakes with WARM CREAM AND RASPBERRY MAPLE SYRUP.
Small bites of Cheesecake filled Strawberries. Fruit for Breakfast. So, tell me. Can it get better than this?
Image Credit: Thank you Mme Scherzo
My post this morning listed 14 SuperFoods to extend your life – – what heroic intentions. And now, we’ve reverted to this. 90 seconds of awesomeness. Now we’re talkin’…
DK Foodie Rating: 4.5 out of 5. (Discount for inability to taste and smell)
Kick off pre-game with Stuffed Cheesy Bread:
John E. Smith @ StrategicLearner informed me in his post that yesterday was National Cookie Day. Who knew?! What John failed to mention in his post is that unlike other major celebrated holidays which last a day, this holiday is to be worshipped for the entire month (and seems to have started a few days before Thanksgiving). Let’s get started…
Image Credit: Wierdinabadway