April 2007 Roundup

April was a whirlwind month, with my travels and everything else that went on. So this month I’m giving you an abbreviated roundup – mostly links to recipes and posts by other bloggers that I don’t want to lose track of.

Lisa the Restaurant Widow put together a list with detailed info (including opening dates and vendors to check out) on the local farmer’s markets. Personally, I went to the North Market yesterday, and there were some veggies (leafy greens, greenhouse tomatoes, asparagus) out and about, but mostly plants – this is a good thing, mind you; I picked up a Brandywine and Black Prince tomato plant. I’ve had such good success growing tomatoes, and look foward to doing some heirloom varieties this year.

So it’s a nice slow start, but week to week there will be more and more vendors coming out, and more and more choices as the growing season progresses. I’m afraid that I completely missed the ramp season again this year. 🙁

After this writeup at Sorry Fugu, I’m bound and determined to hit the Findlay Market in Cincinnati the next time I make a Jungle Jim’s road trip. Good lord, I’m drooling. I think I’m going to make it my life’s mission to hit the public market in every town I visit.

Speaking of visiting towns, my husband an I will be going on a roadtrip in July, hitting Lancaster, Allentown, and the Poconos in Pennsylvania, and Poughkeepsie in New York. Any suggestions on places I shouldn’t miss in any of these cities or anywhere along the way? Since it’s a driving vacation, we have a little more time for diversions.

Savory recipes I’ve bookmarked this month are Perfect Bangers and Mash from Book The Cook, Leftover Chicken Pesto Salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen, Turkey Picadillo, Southwestern Corn Chowder and Gnocchi from the Columbus Dispatch, Ricotta Dumplings with Orecchiette, Peas and Proscuitto from Vicious Ange, Greek Seasoned Chicken with Orzo from The Cookbook Junkie, Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls from The Culinary Chase, Tatyana’s Polish Bigos from Apartment Therapy, Persian Rice from A Good American Wife, Quick Cuban Bread from Andrea’s Recipes, Dad’s Baked Beans from Confections of a Foodie Bride, Gnocchi Sardi with Asparagus and Saffron from Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once, Pancake Soup from Delicious: Days, Italian-American Gravy from Food “Blogga”, Cheddar and Sun-Dried Tomato Muffins from French Kitchen in America, Baked Shell Pasta with Zucchini, Onion, Salami and Fontina from Kitchen Unplugged, Spring Pea Soup with Chive Oil and Peppered Creme Fraiche from Leite’s Culinaria, Soft Pretzels from Lily’s Wai Sek Hong, Gourmet BLTs with Green Garlic Aioli from Love and Olive Oil, Catalina Taco Salad from ramblings from a gypsy soul, Yakitori Chicken Meat Balls from Rasa Malaysia, Lardon and Spring Pea Quiffle from sourdough monkey wrangler, Spring Salad with Fried Duck Egg and Caramelized Ramps from Restaurant Widow, Turkey Burger Stuffed with Crispy Bacon and Caraway Havarti from What We’re Eating, Risotto with Bolognese Meat Sauce from What Did You Eat?, Springtime Panzanella from Well Fed, and Wild Garlic Risotto from thepassionatecook.

In sweet recipes, there’s Italian Ricotta Pie with Pineapple from Food “Blogga”, Goat Cheese Truffles from Cloudberry Quark, Apple Crumble from Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once, Strawberry Cream Tart from Andrea’s Recipes, Monkey Bread from Dine and Dish, Apfelstrudel from Dinner for One, Salted Cashew Nut Caramel Layered Chocolate Chip Brownies from EAT DRINK LIVE, Egg Pie from English Patis, Brown Sugar Brownies with French Sea Salt from FamilyStyle Food, Fig Mini Basket from Kitchen Unplugged, and Almond Apple Bars and Baklava Muffins from Precious Moments.

In instructive posts, Aidan Brooks shows us how to cut up a whole chicken into parts, learn how to choose and prepare a mango with Coconut & Lime, get an overview of oatmeal at Couteau Bonswan, and let Kalyn’s Kitchen show you how to make perfect hard-boiled eggs. In addition, learn how to separate eggs at Simply Recipes, and how to store vegetables at Vital Information.

When Lisa, Rosie, and I had brunch a couple of weekends ago, we threw around the idea of a picnic where local food bloggers could get together and spend the day getting to know each other and eating. Any initial feedback on the idea, guys? Like places, dates, etc?

Until next month…

3 thoughts on “April 2007 Roundup

  1. Kalyn

    Thanks for including me again. What a great roundup. You’re lucky to have enough food bloggers to think about a picnic.

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