Friday, March 22, 2019

March 22 - stuff to read, cook, consume

Hi! I'm a week behind in posting, but... I had a "milestone" birthday and things got kinda hectic. In a good way. Here are some links and pretties for your reading/viewing/drooling pleasure!

Adding to Wishlist

Of course I need this book. And I will have it someday. Until then, this Brainpickings post has many of the illustrations. 

100 Years of Restaurant Menu Design!


It’s the Year of the Pig. Is it also the year fake pork takes off in China?

It's that time of year! Food 52's The Piglet, an annual cookbook tournament. Here is a recap of round one, but I am working on reading all the reviews/individual battles. I am going to end up wanting all of these cookbooks, I'm sure.


Spring has sprung, and my recipe wanderings are gravitating towards fresh, bright flavors. These particularly caught my eye... after a long rough winter, these seem like they will bring sunshine to the table.

Slow-Roasted Salmon with Fennel and Chiles

A Spinach Soup Fir For a Cleanse - Yes, I'm serious this sounds awesome, and Samin Nosrat wrote it so it's gotta be good.

Cauliflower Shawarma Wraps with Green Tahini and Feta

Red Cabbage Wedge Salad  Guys, I love a wedge salad, what can I say?


Stunning and I mean STUNNING pies and tarts by Lauren Ko. Gorgeous.




I've been following him for quite awhile. His food tablescapes are beautiful and drool-worthy. I want to eat like that all the time! Something to strive for?



Eating (& drinking)

Since my last post, I turned 40. I had a magnificent week of friends, family, live music, food, drinks to celebrate. Too much to picture here, but maybe I'll do a post later reflecting on 40, but for now, here's my birthday Nduja pizza, egg added, from Pastaria. One of the best pies in town. 

It's Fish Fry season! I grew up catholic, so going to fish fries during lent is nostalgic for me. My husband and I went to our favorite one, Our Lady of Guadelupe, for our first one this year. They serve a mexican spin on the classics. Fish tacos, nopales salad, ceviche tostadas, hush puppies. There are always talented kids in colorful dresses showing off their dancing skills, too.

We went out for cocktails at Reeds American Table, and learned that brown butter-washed rum is a thing and holy shit it's ambrosial. The bartender explained that you simply put brown butter into rum, freeze it, all the fat solidifies at the top and you just take it off (and maybe use it in cooking), and the nutty, rich flavor of the brown butter is infused into the sweet, spicy rum. It's like drinking a Biscoff cookie. Plus, right now, all the cocktail names are Princess Bride themed. What's not to love? 

The "Tweasure Your Wuv" - brown butter washed El Dorado Dark rum, Big O ginger liqeuer,  lemon, mango peach preserves, Peychauds. AS YOU WISH!

That's it for this installment. I mean, I ate and cooked and read a bunch more delicious and interesting things, but, I'm behind, so. Here's a picture of my cat with my birthday balloons.

Friday, March 01, 2019

March 1: stuff and things and a concert


I'm turning 40 next week. To celebrate, my sneaky and amazing husband organized a concert with all my favorite local musicians in one place! And everyone is invited. That means you! Please come and enjoy the best St. Louis music! Here is the Facebook event page.


How Winemakers are dealing with/preparing for climate change

Joe Beef's sobriety

How Netflix became the new food network

A very interesting tidbit about Filipino desserts: They utilize a lot of egg yolks, because they built churches with egg whites!


We attended this Type Hike Arch poster show last week, where 60 designers made posters celebrating the St. Louis Arch's being named the 60th National Park. There are so many I want to buy! Very cool perspectives. Here are a few of my favorites:

 James Campbell

Matthew Marchini 

 Simón Lam 

Tyler Gross 


Food Typography. Check out my pinterest board! 

Have a great weekend everyone! See you at my birthday concert! 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Feb. 17: tasty fun stuff

Here's what's been keeping me amused/informed/hungry/satiated the past couple weeks...


A woman takes on the restaurant rape-culture problem into her own hands by posting flyers of her attacker and contacting the restaurant he works at. Crazy read.

What rutabaga does better than anybody else. I'll have to try this! I love rutabaga, especially pureed.

New York Fashion Week trending colors report. What does this have to do with food? Look at the names of most of those colors! Yum!

A brief history of food as art, from the Smithsonian.


@bolundbergillustration You know I love vintage cookbooks, especially ones with Illustrations. This illustrator has a mid-century modern style that I just love. For more, check out his Behance gallery.

@lostfoundartny I kind of collect collections. This NY store's collections are wondrous. This is proof that anything can be beautiful when grouped as a collection. 
I mean, BURNER GRATES! So great. @lostfoundartny



Piggies! @lostfoundartny

Speaking of pig walls... here is my piggy plate wall I did in honor of Lunar New Year:

It's the Year of the Pig! Here are some pork recipes from the archive:


One of my favorite food trucks in St. Louis, Balkan Treat Box, opened it's brick & mortar last week and I could not be more excited for them, and for my taste buds. Wood fired Bosnian breads with handmade sausages and other fillings. I will be going here a lot. I crave it.



That's it for this installment! Stay curious, stay hungry!

Friday, February 01, 2019

February 1 - Links and pics

Hi guys! It's FEBRUARY! We made it through a government shutdown and a Polar Vortex! Whew! Here's some things keeping me distracted/hungry/inspired lately.


• Thank you to all the chefs and restaurants who stepped up during the stupid, no good, dumb government shut down. When people weren't sure how where their next meal would come from, hospitality industry folks were there to help. Edward Lee was one of them, this is a well-stated piece he wrote about it.

• 2018's Best Food Longreads. I have some catching up to do.


• @dogs_infood DOGGOS IN FOOD. need I say more? I dare you not to smile. See also @puppie.pies

• @brokeassgirltravel Does she need a travel buddy, because I, too, am broke and like to travel. But she is so good at it. I need her guidance (you can, in fact, hire her for that!)

• @stuartgardinerdesign If you can figure out where to get this gin tea towel (or any of his oven mitts or tea towels, really) in the states, my birthday is in about a month from now.

• @drinkingwithchickens This account is basically ripped straight from my daydreams. She is everything I aspire to be. A well hydrated chicken (and doggo) human with a gorgeous bright home. Oh and remember how I mentioned my impending birthday?


I had a successful couple of weeks at my favorite thrift stores.

Julia & Jaque 4Eva

Bread knife shaped like a fish! Loaves and Fishes?
An assortment of small jello molds, chocolate molds
and tiny tart tins! Will I ever use them or will they just look cute
in a jar on a shelf in my kitchen? Only time will tell.

1946 edition of a classic. And the cutest version. 

70's paperbacks. Yeah, I had a good Julia week, huh?


My husband wanted meatloaf. Every time he brings home ground beef for meatloaf I make meatballs instead. Oops. (Does he know who I am tho? For reals) This time I indulged him. I loosely used this recipe, for the amount of oats and egg, and the idea of putting tons of chopped cooked veggies in it to keep it moist and healthy. I didn't have mushrooms, but I did have zucchini. And spinach. I think I had nearly a 50/50 ratio of veggies to meat! We were pleased with how it turned out!

The other day, during the POLAR VORTEX 2019, it got to -732ºF here in St. Louis (I exaggerate, but only slightly.) I made this chicken, chick pea, cauliflower curry with probably too much chili powder to warm up, and it sure worked (until we started sweating then we were kinda cold again for a minute.) No recipe, just kept dumping spices in. Sorry! 

Friday, January 18, 2019

January 18th - Links and Such

Here's some things catching my interest/taking up my time/filling my belly/making me have the feels recently.


These were published a while ago, but I just worked up the emotional nerve to read them. 2 really good tribute pieces about Anthony Bourdain. We have really lost a giant force of good.

The Enormous Life of Anthony Bourdain, According to Those Who Knew Him Best- GQ
Jonathan Gold's Tribute to Bourdain - LA Times


Fiesta's new color "meadow." I don't have any Fiestaware, but this color is everything. How can I justify more dishes...hmmmmmm.


Pan-seared Salmon (get that skin crisp!) over roasted fennel, carrots and cherry tomatoes, with lemony white beans. If you don't know by now, fennel and salmon are meant for each other.


While looking for inspiration for another project, I spotted a vintage cheese label with a kitty on it. Then another one. And another. Apparently this is (was) a thing? Cats on French cheese labels! It seems to be mostly Camembert labels. I don't know if this is just because cats like dairy (although they're not supposed to eat it, don't feed your cat cheese!), or if there's some other reason. But, I love cats and I love cheese, so I started a Pinterest board dedicated to them.

That's it for this week. Hope everyone is keeping warm and safe this winter!

Friday, January 04, 2019

2018 - A Look Back

2018 was not a good year for the universe, but for me personally, it was pretty darn great. I didn't update on here as much as I intended. I could have at least 2 epic posts about my honeymoon alone! Alas...

I do want to use this space more often. I think the past few years I have just gotten overwhelmed whenever I start planning a post. In 2019 I will keep it casual, make the posts more newsletter-like. Updates on what I'm eating, what I'm reading, what I'm we're cooking. There will be recipes, of course, but not every week like I did for years on this blog.

But first, a look back at 2018. Probably the most major thing that happened was that I married my best friend. We had a magical brunch-themed ceremony and party for our friends and family. I did manage to make a post about it: Check it out if you haven't already.

A month after the wedding, we took the honeymoon of our dreams: a culinary adventure to Paris and San Sebastian, Spain. So much cheese, bread, pintxos, ham and and and and... yeah, too much to fit into one blog post. But, here are some photos to give you an idea of how spoiled I am now:

In Paris, there was pretty much cheese with every meal.
I had a list of places in Paris that Julia Child frequented.
Here is my husband enjoying some prose at
Shakespeare and Company!

Ice Cream at Berthillon and a typical Paris street scene.
What a beautiful city!

Our first priority in San Sebastian (besides replacing our
lost umbrellas... it was rainy season) was HAM.
I have never had ham so good. Will I again? God, I hope so.

We took a high-speed train from Paris to
San Sebastian. We had the most cutest AirBnB
with a gorgeous view of Zurriola beach. Our first
morning we assembled a brunch from wine and
cheese we brought from Paris and ham we
picked up at a market in San Sebastian. Heaven.

Another pic of our AirBnB view. There was a
bar downstairs that had some local Basque beers!

So yeah, that happened, and maybe one of these days I'll find the stamina to do proper full posts about it. If not, just know that you should definitely go to Paris and San Sebastian if you ever have the opportunity.

I didn't do as much writing in 2018, but I did do much more reading. I made one post here about all of the food history books I read. I've read loads of other food related books, also, and have some posts in mind for those, too. Stay tuned. I plan to keep reading, and also to utilize my cookbooks more. Like, actually cook out of them. I got this one for Christmas and I am stoked about it: 

2018 was also the year of the cheese board. I love love love making a pretty spread of snacks and cheese. One of my resolutions in 2019 is to convince my husband that a cheeseboard counts as a meal. Here are some I've made:
Just for me! A solo dinner doesn't have to be boring.
Make yourself something colorful and fancy on an
ordinary night!

This was for a Halloween craft night. It's supposed to be a
jack-o-lantern but it looks more like Winnie the pooh :)

In the summer, we eat all the tomatoes and basil.

Classy date night cheese plate with some French goat cheeses.

A clean out the fridge snack board.
In 2018, I also stepped up my Christmas tree game. We had a kitchen-themed tree and I am so effing giddy with how it turned out. I spent a couple months prior hitting up thrift stores, antique malls and my Mother-in-law's cabinets to find cute kitchen utensils. Look at this gorgeous baby!

Tiny cleaver!

Oh and that baby colander and cute teal tongs
were from the dollar store.

I painted some of the wooden parts with teal and red acrylic
paint and sprayed them with food-safe shellac so I can
still use them if I want. That's my favorite part of this tree...
all the ornaments are functional year-round!

Well, that's about it (not really, there were lots of yummies and adventures and such I could have written about in 2018, but I'm trying to keep things under control here). Looking forward to 2019. Hope yours is delicious. Cheers!