Favorites List (5.23.13)
So much good stuff out there right now. Here's a little compilation list for the weekend. xo-h - Reading: this . Looking forward to this . - To see . - In season: Sangria - Short Stack Editions - West Coast represent! here , here , and here - Ramp Bloody Mary - Mission to India (audio story) - The
Red Fruit Salad
The low chuckle followed by a head shake. I've come to know it well. It's the reaction friends have when they stop by and get a glimpse at how this project has overrun our house. The towers of boxes, the tape guns, the bins of favorite things - it's all a bit much. I can't help but think of ...
Simple steamed vegetables are one of the reasons I love eating in Japan. I mean, let's be honest, I probably like steamed vegetables more than most, but I enjoy them exponentially more in Japan. Somehow, many of the things I love about traveling there are summed up in this simple preparation. I'd
I went to a lunch in Oakland a few weeks back. It was one of those special lunches that passes all too quickly - a warm April afternoon, a stretch of tables pushed together under a booming canopy of white flowers, good company, Lillet blanc, and some of my favorite cooks arriving with something to
Ginger Coconut Milk Soup
The other day I posted a quick snapshot of my lunch on instagram (if you're there, I'm @heidijswanson ). It was a soup I make quite often this time of year - with little riffs or tweaks each time. A few of you emailed me on the side asking for specifics, so I thought I'd share it here today. The ...
Favorites List (4.25.13)
If my count is correct, this is the second favorites list of the year. There was one in January, and now this. I kept ferreting away links, and never got around to organizing them. Apologies. My hope is that perhaps what I lack in frequency is somehow made up for here in quality. Enjoy the links,
I made birthday cake for myself this year. Or maybe I should say cakes, plural. I made one small cake, and a pair of tiny cakes. When they were cooled and frosted I lined a plate with parchment paper, placed the cakes on top, then pushed them into the back of my car before slamming the trunk. We ...
Buttermilk Asparagus Salad
Sometimes I open the refrigerator, the star's align, angels sing, and I end up with something off-beat and special. No special trip to the store, and no over-thinking ingredient or flavor combinations. I like putting ingredients together in ways I've never tried before, and sometimes having limited
I've been straining yogurt, aka making labneh, quite a lot lately. It started when I received a package from Jaipur, India. The package was cloth-covered and hand-stitched at the seams. My address in massive black penmanship. It may have been the most intriguing package I've received via post, and
Favorite Cookbooks: Louisa Shafia
I'm excited to share a new cookbook list today. This one is from the lovely and talented Louisa Shafia. Louisa and I share a publisher, and although she (primarily) lives in Brooklyn, she and I also share a common interest in natural ingredients, farmers' markets, and beautiful food. She wrote ...