Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tasty Links

By the look of my (not-so) little chive plant, I need to stop reading food blogs and start cooking. But I love reading food blogs. My favorite time to read them is while slowly eating a late breakfast, which I stretch out as long as I possibly can, trying to get through a decent number of the blogs I subscribe to on my feed reader. From the talented home cooks, to the food pros, to the novices documenting their highs and lows in the kitchen...there's just so much great stuff out there!

Here's what made me drool this week:

Cheryl of 5 Second Rule writes about the refreshing notion of "decentralizing" meat on your dinner plate.

Susan of Food Blogga wrote about Pretty in Pink Ricotta Pancakes with Fresh Berry Sauce. With my love of 80s teen movies, Molly Ringwald and the great John Hughes, how can I not fall for these?! They're almost as pretty as Molly's prom dress.

Jess of Hogwash shared her harrowing experience with airport security in the name of transporting a wonderful cast iron muffin pan across state lines. It's worth reading of her devotion to this beauty of a pan, but she also includes a very cool corn muffin recipe with quinoa.

The truth is out there: On The Dinner Files, Molly writes about a smart method for making Eggplant Sticks. I love oven fries, but doing it with eggplant just rocks.

Blueberries are finally on sale, and I've been shoveling them into my mouth every morning. I am a slow eater. I never shovel food. But blueberries are the exception. Apparently, this berry inspires all sorts of aberrant behavior: Charmain of Christie's Corner is writing haikus about them.

In my last post, I wrote about a new cookbook, The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper. Diana of Diana Cooks tried out some of the recipes, so take a look at how she fared.

And finally, the brownie hall of fame. I'm a sucker for brownie recipes. Here are three recently posted ones to inspire chocolate lust:

Lisa of Visual Traveler made Ultra Fudge Brownies that include some interesting ingredients (and that's a good thing!).

Anna of Cookie Madness made Chewy Fudgy Brownies from an America's Test Kitchen recipe, and thought they were some of the best she's ever made.

Jennifer of Bake or Break made Giandiua Brownies (just a spiffy way to say "hazelnut"). If I'm making a nut brownie, this is it.

Hope you enjoyed this little round-up of some of my favorite things this week! I've wanted to do this kind of thing for the longest time, and I've finally gotten around to it. What da ya think? Do you like the occasional "linky" post? Anything else you'd like to see on Mingling, or questions you want me to answer? How about some suggestions on what to do with those chives (must remember to add them to my omelets!)? Leave a comment or send me an email [aminglingoftastes AT gmail DOT com].


Hillary said...

Mmm...thanks for this roundup of great links. I'm a sucker for brownies too :)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

"Almost" as pretty as Molly's prom dress? ;) OK. I guess her dress WAS prettier than my pancakes. Thanks for the link, my dear! And I can't believe there are more great food blogs to check out! Have a happy weekend!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the mention, Julie!

Mallika said...

Thanks for the links! I'm totally into brownies now, having recently made a batch of pistachio and cardamom ones.

Julie said...

In case anyone is curious about Mallika's cardamom-pistachio brownies, I went and fetched the link. They sound so good!

SteamyKitchen said...

Hi! Found you via NPR...listening to your SE Asia podcast right now...totally enjoying it!

Julie said...

Jaden: love your blog! Glad you enjoyed the podcast.