Friday Roundup 11/17/06

Wow, it looks like us locals are coming out of the woodwork! There’s yet *another* Columbus food blogger, Charise from more bread and cheese, please!. Check out her site, still very new but very promising!

Speaking of which, a few people have emailed expressing interest in some kind of potluck or supper club for the Ohio bloggers, and I’d love to host a potluck at my house sometime next month. I’m assuming that weekends are better for everyone, how is everyone for December 16th?? And which is better, afternoon or evening? Anyone who is remotely interested in either (a supper club or one-time potluck) drop me an email to columbusfoodieATgmailDOTcom with any input you have, and then I’ll send out an evite when I’ve determined a time/date that will work for most.

Dispatch readers chose the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe for the Best “Beat Michigan” Party – this week, they want to know which restaurant offers the city’s best turkey dinner. Another area where I have no opinion, as I always cook at home on Thanksgiving. If you have a preference, let them know and be entered to win a $25 gift card.

I was glad to see that the Dispatch did a review of Latitude 41 this week – this is one of the places I’ve been wanting to try, because of their use of local ingredients.

Everybody in the blogosphere is focused on Thanksgiving, naturally – and I came across a bunch of interesting posts on the subject. Like Saveur’s Guide to Buying Turkeys that was posted by megnut, Thanksgiving 101: Planning for Thanksgiving by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Slashfood brings us information on mastering turkey gravy and whether it’s best to cook a turkey at a high temp or low temp. They also have a link to the different holiday hotlines. I think that’s going to be the most difficult thing for me this year, with regards to getting a non-commercial turkey – no white pop-up timer to tell me when the bird is done, LOL.

Also at Slashfood, an interesting article about a bakery in my tiny hometown of Vineland, NJ. Also, the new Jones Soda 2006 Holiday Pack flavors were announced. Blech. They got me last year, not this year, no way. They were *all* yucky last year.

This week’s keeper recipes (and there are so many, due to everyone posting their Thanksgiving menus!) are Sweet Potato Cake with Coconut Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting and Cornish Hens in Cider from the Columbus Dispatch, Creamy Cauliflower Gratin from A Veggie Venture, Chewy, Chunky Blondies from Bakingsheet, Creamy Tortilla Soup from Cookin’ With Cyndi, Flaky Apple Turnovers and Chocolate Torte with Walnuts and Cognac from Cream Puffs in Venice, Breakfast Panini from Is It EDible?, Cooks Illustrated Crumb Cake from Jumbo Empanadas, Braised Pork Chops with Apples from Just Braise, Pumpkin Spice Pancakes from Laura Rebecca’s Kitchen, Corn Chowder from Limes & Lycopene, Granny Smith Apple and Brown Butter Custard Tart from Food & Wine, Creamed Corn Gratin with Fried Onion Rings and Bacon from Epicurious (link originally posted by Restaurant Widow), Caramelized Nut Tart and Toasted Turkey Cranberry Arugula Sandwich from Simply Recipes, Cashew Cookies from Tasting Life…, Pasta with Sweet Onions and Sundried Tomatoes from The Way the Cookie Crumbles, and the No-Knead Bread that everyone’s been talking about.

In instructive and educational posts, Michael from Cooking For Engineers shows us how to temper chocolate, and Daily Unadventures in Cooking tell us how to fix or season a cast-iron pan.

Megnut mentioned that Hellmann’s has changed their mayonnaise formula – say it isn’t so!! I *thought* that it tasted different, and kept telling myself “maybe I just don’t like mayo anymore!” – now I know. Hopefully it will be like new Coke, and sales will go down enough for them to revert back to the old formula. I don’t know what I’ll do in the meantime – I’m a Hellmann’s only girl for mayo, and a Heinz only girl for ketchup.

Whew, off to plan my Thanksgiving menu – expect a post about that subject tomorrow! Until next week, folks…