In Salt Lake City we're having an especially nice weekend, with the weather being in the 50's, unusual for this time of year. For sure it's making everyone who loves to garden long for the arrival of spring. One of our local weather forecasters did some comparing of temperatures and calculated that if you label *winter* the coldest three months of the year based on average Utah temperatures, the first day of spring here would actually be February 21. I love hearing that warmer weather is on the way. In other places, lots of people are growing interesting herbs, plants, veggies and flowers and sharing them for Weekend Herb Blogging. It's great seeing the photos of things growing in other parts of the world that my herb blogging friends send me. But even when you have to buy your plant foods, it's fun learning about new herbs and plants together. Let's see what people have been blogging about this week.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
Seared Striped Bass with Green Curry from Beyond Salmon,
Photo by Helen Rennie
Photo by Helen Rennie
I'm going to start sharing some Food Blog Finds with you once a week or so on Kalyn's Kitchen. These are some of the best low-glycemic or lower-carb recipes I've seen on other food blogs this week.
Posted by Kalyn Denny at 6:03 AM
Thursday, February 23, 2006
I updated this recipe in the days when it wasn't possible to move a post forward without breaking the link, but I'm leaving this post here in case anyone has it bookmarked. You can see Kalyn's latest thoughts about egg muffins and step-by-step instructions at Egg Muffins Revisited Again.)
Posted by Kalyn Denny at 6:01 AM
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
I read Gourmet magazine, but have to confess that I've hardly ever made anything from it. Most of the recipes seem just a bit too fussy for me, since I'm usually cooking after work and want something quick. But this recipe from the latest issue (March 2006) sounded great, although it called for shallots which I didn't have. It's the kind of recipe that takes ingredients that are ordinary and transforms them into something quite memorable. Even without the shallots, I thought this recipe was completely a keeper.
Posted by Kalyn Denny at 6:09 AM
Monday, February 20, 2006
It's been quite a week in the food blog world, with cheese sandwich sightings, cheese sandwich commentary, and cheese sandwich solidarity for the most part. If you missed it, you can find links to most of the cheese sandwich posts in the final installment of The Cheese Sandwich Chronicles.
Posted by Kalyn Denny at 7:10 PM
Sunday, February 19, 2006
I've been seriously off topic lately due to Cheese Sandwich Day. If you missed that little food blogger uprising, here's the Cheese Sandwich Announcement, my first cheese sandwich, my second cheese sandwich, and my third cheese sandwich. The third sandwich post is the ongoing roundup of links to all the other cheese sandwiches out there in food blogdom, so be sure to check them out. There's obviously a lot of talent and passion in the food blog community. More sandwiches are still coming every day, so if you're a food blogger and haven't had a cheese sandwich lately, it's never too late to make one. For me, I've eaten my fill of sandwiches and it's time for Weekend Herb Blogging.
Posted by Kalyn Denny at 9:14 AM
Friday, February 17, 2006
The Cheese Sandwich Chronicles #3: Cheese Sandwiches are Like Food Blogger Friends, You Can Never Have Too Many!
Just for the record, despite what you may have read, it was not actually me who came up with the idea of food bloggers all making cheese sandwiches as a protest against the Pete Wells article saying most food blogs are no more interesting than cheese sandwiches. Paul, html master and Food Blog List Keeper was the one who thought of making the sandwiches. The idea was quickly seconded by Mrs. D., and Sam, who jokingly proposed that we send half of our cheese sandwiches to Mr. Wells. I, of course, chimed in that I thought it was a great idea, as did others. Kitchenmage had the idea for the Technorati tag saying "Pete Wells Loves Cheese Sandwiches, which may be snarky or simply fun, depending on your point of view. This was all being posted in the comments on Food Blog S'cool and soon ideas were flying around like hotcakes. It was a revolution in search of a leader when Paul finally selected Thursday as the day for the sandwiches to start to appear.
Posted by Kalyn Denny at 6:32 AM
Thursday, February 16, 2006
(Yesterday I began my response to the Cheese Sandwich Controversy of 2006 with The Cheese Sandwich Chronicles, a fun foray into light hearted musings about cheese sandwiches and the serious subject of snobbery in the food-writing world.)
This is day two of the Cheese Sandwich Chronicles, wherein I am hoping not to disintegrate into pointless cheese sandwich meanderings as I report on my latest cheese sandwich. Since yesterday one thing has become clear to me, and a lot of other bloggers too, we love the idea of cheese sandwiches, and in a few cases we love the reality of them too. But listen up, cheese sandwich lovers: nobody cares what food magazine you are getting your cheese sandwich recipes from. After all, does anybody really believe that America needs more cheese sandwich recipes?
Posted by Kalyn Denny at 7:30 AM
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
(Note to regular readers or those seeking South Beach Diet recipes: I'll be having a bit of cheese sandwich fun for three days. Thanks for your support. I'm hoping people who have been reading about the Cheese Sandwich Controversy of 2006 will catch the jokes, but if you haven't read the article by Pete Wells you may need to read it to understand this.)
Posted by Kalyn Denny at 6:40 AM
Sunday, February 12, 2006
If you've been camping up in the mountains or off on a beach somehwere all weekend and missed all the uproar about cheese sandwiches and why so many food bloggers are making cheese sandwiches on Thursday, you may not realize how ironic it is I had a hard time thinking of what to write about for Weekend Herb Blogging this week. Gee, it was my simple confession that herb blogging required a bit more creativity when no herbs were available that led Pete Wells to decide he somehow had the right to label this a boring blog. My blog isn't boring, it's honest.
Posted by Kalyn Denny at 8:11 PM
Friday, February 10, 2006
On Thursday a writer at Food and Wine magazine published an article about food blogs in which he talked about a few food blogs he liked, but repeatedly stated most food blogs are about as interesting as cheese sandwiches. He even picked out a random sentence from blogs he found on Food Porn Watch as examples of why food blogs were so boring.
Posted by Kalyn Denny at 8:01 PM
When I was a kid growing up in snow-white Bountiful, Utah, we considered Ham Fried Rice to be the ultimate in Gourmet Chinese Food. In fact we would order it in one breath - hamfriedrice - as if fried rice only came in one flavor, ham being the ingredient that made it fried rice. I guess the memory stuck, because while pondering what to make from the leftover barley I cooked a while back, Ham Fried Barley popped into my head. What a cheesy name for a dish. Still, this tasted great.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
I'm not an expert on making meringue. In fact, I've never really been that into baking or desserts, although I like a bit of chocolate now and then. Still, I was interested when a faithful reader named Michelle sent me this cookie recipe she found on Cookie Madness. Cookie Madness was one of only a few so called "dessert" blogs that has linked to me., and I thought it was kind of interesting, a blog called Cookie Madness linked to a South Beach Diet blog!
Posted by Kalyn Denny at 6:31 AM
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
It's Tuesday and time for Sweetnicks' ARF/5-A-Day event where she encourages food bloggers to post recipes featuring antioxidant rich foods or fruits and vegetables. I made a commitment that I would do this event every week so I'd be forced to try new veggies, but this week I ended up using some veggies that were hanging around in the fridge, That's good too, because I also made a resolution not to waste food. I actually used the red pepper tops that I had saved from last week's ARF dish, Stuffed Peppers with Cabbage, to make this. How's that for thrifty? I used pork for this, but you could also make it with chicken, or just stir-fry the veggies too and it would still taste great.
Posted by Kalyn Denny at 6:33 AM
Sunday, February 05, 2006
The weekend and the Superbowl are both over and it's time to let you know what herb bloggers have been posting about this week. Once again, there have been some amazing, informative posts, as well as new herb bloggers to report about. At the risk of sounding un-American, let say my very favorite part of the Superbowl was Mick Jagger singing. I saw the Stones in 1994 when they played an outside concert in Utah. Tonight I was hoping they would play at least one of my two favorite Stones songs (Gimme Shelter or Sympathy for the Devil) but no luck on that.
Posted by Kalyn Denny at 10:41 PM
Saturday, February 04, 2006
The Red Iguana
Every big city has a few well-established restaurants where the locals love to eat. These are places that aren't fancy or trendy, but which have outstanding food that people come back for time and again. In Salt Lake City the restaurant I've loved the most for the longest would have to be the Red Iguana. Known as "the home of killer Mexican food" and open since 1985, the Red Iguana is a Utah tradition.
Posted by Kalyn Denny at 8:57 PM
Friday, February 03, 2006
Blogher started as an annual conference on blogging, focused on building support, opportunities, and relationships among women bloggers. Now the women who started Blogher, the conference, have created Blogher, the website, to continue and expand those goals. And what a website it is!
Posted by Kalyn Denny at 6:36 AM
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
I've gotten distracted recently from my quest to show you all the great recipes in Mark Bittman's wonderful book The Best Recipes in the World, but here is another one I tried recently. I thought this tasted amazing, and it also reminded me of a braised cauliflower recipe my friend Ilva featured recently, which seemed appropriate since Bittman found this recipe in Italy and Ilva is in Tuscany. Bittman offered two cooking methods, and I chose the easier one. The last few years I've been buying little specialty cooking utensils as souvenirs when I travel and for this dish I used the microplane grater I bought in San Francisco when I visited my step-sister Karyn and her family. You need a fine grater to make lemon zest, which is an essential component of the dish. This is a pretty garlic-flavored dish, which was fine with me. But if you're not sure how much you like garlic, or if you're planning a romantic evening, you might want to reduce the amount of garlic.