Monday, November 26, 2007

Food (Deirdre Flint)

I am a better-than-decent cook (when I make the time/energy) and a bit-above-average dresser (when I have the desire/inclination) - that being said, I am *fascinated* by culinary and fashion shows/articles (go figure, eh?). Loved the following - hope you do too!


If you dared to host a Thanksgiving dinner at your house [Thursday], your fridge is probably chock-full of leftovers: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes – though in most houses, the pumpkin pie is already long gone. You've got a couple of options here: You could just force the whole family to eat turkey sandwiches for the next few days – or you could find a few great recipes, and cook up some entirely new delicious dishes with all your leftover odds and ends.

Well, whether you've got a fridge full of leftovers to get creative with, or you're simply looking for some new inspiration in the kitchen, there are plenty of places to find help. Sure, you could flip through your trusty old copy of The Joy of Cooking and stick with some of your mother's favorite standbys – but if you want something a little bit fresher and more exciting, the Internet is the place to look. Here are a few of our favorite food sites.

As far as food-related websites go, this one is the holy grail. A haven for all things delicious, you'll find the complete archived recipes for two of America's greatest food magazines, Gourmet and Bon Appetit, all of which are free and searchable by name or ingredient. The site also hosts a variety of articles and guides to what to serve for all occasions, from Ramadan to Rosh Hashanah, along with travel guides spotlighting fantastic restaurants in cities all across the globe. In the video section, you'll find how-tos for making pastry cream and croquembouches, user-submitted cooking videos, chef profiles, and more. We could go on and on, but you may as well just visit the site yourself. Just a warning: It may make you very, very hungry.

If Epicurious has too much of a Martha Stewart vibe for your liking, then check out CHOW, a fun and irreverent food site geared more towards people who'd rather host a cocktail party with a few plates of homemade snacks and a bowl of chili than attempt all the fuss of serving up a five-course dinner. On CHOW, you'll find a great selection of original recipes that don't require a Cordon Bleu education, tons of stories on topics ranging from a guide to New York City speakeasies to tips on making gourmet dishes in a college dorm (hint: The George Foreman Grill is your best friend here), and plenty of other great advice, commentary, and videos. CHOW is also home to the infamous Chowhound bulletin board, where food fanatics from all over the world come together to talk meals and debate where to find the best Dim Sum in Northampton or the greatest Japanese curry in San Francisco. If you're headed to a new destination and need to find some good eats, just search the archives: You're bound to find tons of gems, courtesy of these wise gourmands.

This site is exactly what it sounds like: Lots and lots of recipes, clearly organized into groups like "Thanksgiving recipes," "Low-carb recipes," and "Vegetarian recipes." Here, you'll find all sorts of unique and delicious dishes, including the classic Albondigas Soup from Mexico, Basque Lamb Stew, and the author's father's recipe for Stuffed Bell Peppers. The site's author, Elise Bauer, hand-picks each recipe, and has created many of them herself. Others are family classics. All are delicious.

Here are a few more great food blogs:

Chocolate & Zucchini: A fresh take on food by a young Parisian woman, full of deliciously innovative recipes and tantalizing stories.

Orangette: If you're a fan of Nigella Lawson or M.F.K. Fisher's writings about food, you'll love this beautifully-written blog about life, love, and cooking, full of delectable prose and recipes.

101 Cookbooks: One of the best-looking blogs around, 101 Cookbooks is full of luscious images by professional photographer Heidi Swanson, along with a huge collection of fantastic, mainly vegetarian recipes, both created and discovered.

Original story by Kathryn Hawkins

BOOK: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Poems About Food and Drink by Peter Washington (Editor)

POEM: A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg

What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I walked
down the sidestreets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking
at the full moon.
In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images, I went into the neon
fruit supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations!
What peaches and what penumbras! Whole families shopping at
night! Aisles full of husbands! Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes!
--and you, GarcĂ­a Lorca, what were you doing down by the watermelons?

I saw you, Walt Whitman, childless, lonely old grubber, poking
among the meats in the refrigerator and eyeing the grocery boys.
I heard you asking questions of each: Who killed the pork chops?
What price bananas? Are you my Angel?
I wandered in and out of the brilliant stacks of cans following you,
and followed in my imagination by the store detective.
We strode down the open corridors together in our solitary fancy
tasting artichokes, possessing every frozen delicacy, and never passing the

Where are we going, Walt Whitman? The doors close in a hour.
Which way does your beard point tonight?
(I touch your book and dream of our odyssey in the supermarket and
feel absurd.)
Will we walk all night through solitary streets? The trees add shade
to shade, lights out in the houses, we'll both be lonely.
Will we stroll dreaming of the lost America of love past blue automo-
biles in driveways, home to our silent cottage?
Ah, dear father, graybeard, lonely old courage-teacher, what America
did you have when Charon quit poling his ferry and you got out on a
smoking bank and stood watching the boat disappear on the black waters of

QUOTE: "Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity." ~ Voltaire

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