May 2007 Roundup

I’m finally getting around to doing May’s roundup – between my arthritis acting up and the beautiful weather, I’ve either been going nonstop like the Energizer Bunny or laid out on the couch in pain. Either way, my apologies – I’ll try harder next month, I swear. :)

See that “Fresh From the Farmer’s Market” icon on the sidebar? Alanna from A Veggie Venture was kind enough to make it for us bloggers to link to entries or sites that have to do with farmer’s markets. In my case, I linked it to OEFFA (the Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association), which will help you find farm fresh produce, no matter what part of Ohio you live in. It’s definitely a link worth checking out!

And speaking of all things local, how cool is it that local food blogger Lisa got a mention in the Columbus Dispatch? Be sure to take a look if you haven’t already, she makes some great recommendations.

I found tons of recipes from other bloggers that I want to try out – what a talented bunch!

In savory recipes, Spring Rolls from Definitely Not Martha, Spaghetti with Stuffed Meatballs from Food, Wine and Friends, Corn and Black Bean Salad from Yumsugar, Spanakopita from Yambalaya, Aunt Virginia’s Meatballs from Is It EDible?, Ricotta Pasta with Fava Beans and Bacon from Apartment Therapy, Potato and Leek Soup from bFeedMe, Asparagus, Bacon and Poached Egg Salad from Cloudberry Quark, Righteous Red Potatoes from the Cookbook Junkie, Prosciutto and Melon Salad from Butta Buns, Bacon, Cheddar, and Green Onion Scones from Confections of a Foodie Bride, Creamy Asparagus Soup with Crab from Cooking with the Single Guy, Pappardelle with Tomatoes from Cumin & Coriander, Middle Eastern Turkey Burgers from Dejamo’s Distracted, Ode to Shiitake Mushrooms, with Pasta, Cream and Herbs and Carbonara with Boar Bacon and Asparagus from Restaurant Widow, Wasabi and Panko-Crusted Pork with Gingered Soy Sauce from Laurie’s Kitchen, Gougeres from Eat Drink Live, Balsamic Chicken from Everybody Likes Sandwiches, Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Ramp, Scallion and Mustard Sauce and Ramp Pesto from Cuisine Capers, Smoked Pork Jowl Muffins with Maple Glaze from What Geeks Eat, Bloody Good Pie from The Way the Cookie Crumbles, Grilled Chicken Lime Soup from The Gracious Bowl, Gnudi with Ramps and Brown-Butter Sauce from Homesick Texan, The Rampwich from Vanesscipes, Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar from Kalyn’s Kitchen, Cheese-Filled Figs in Salami from Kirsten’s Home Cooking, Beer-Simmered Bratwurst with Grilled Onions and Red Sauerkraut from Leite’s Culinaria, Spanish Tortilla al Chorizo from Mantia’s Musings, Beer Beef Bolognese Parpadelle from teczcape, Macaroni and Cheese with Lobster from thepassionatecook, and Green Rice from Trial and Error.

In sweet recipes, Raspberry Doughnuts from Cloudberry Quark, Vanilla Frozen Yogurt from 101 Cookbooks, Sugar Crusted Breton Butter Cake from The Barmy Baker, Strawberry Mascarpone Ice Cream and Peach Pecan Muffins from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody, Pecan and Date Blondies from Writing at the Kitchen Table, Strawberry Trifle from Hot N’ Sweet Bowl, Fresh Cherry and Toasted Almond Tart from Well Fed, Individual Bread Puddings from Janet is Hungry, Bacardi Rum Cake from Madam Chow’s Kitchen, Sopaipillas from MattBites, Tiramisu Mousse & Lemon Curd Verrines from Rosa’s Yummy Yums, Pineapple Upside-Down Cake from Smitten Kitchen, Apple Brie Pancakes and 1-2-3-4 Lemon Cake from Superspark, Mirabelles Clafoutis from Tartelette, and Rhubarb and White Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes from thepassionatecook.

In informative posts, Andrea’s Recipes shows us how to roast a head of garlic, bFeedMe shows you how to cure your own olives, Brandon Eats teaches you how to make ravioli, learn how to fillet a flat fish at Superfood, Donna’s Rhubarb Scones from HomeMadeS, Poppy Seed Filled Cookies from Honeyed Words, and SimplyRecipes shows you how to make a lattice top for a pie crust.

Keep an eye out for an updated events section in the next few days. I’ve gotten a bit behind, because there is just so much going on in Columbus since it’s summer now. Some weeks I actually have to decide between two events I’d really like to go to. There should be more restaurant menus going up soon as well.

I may as well put this out there again – any of you guys interested in starting a supper club? If so, let me know…

Until next month, folks…

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…

Supper Club: Take One

Paul and I met on Thursday with two people that we got in contact with through the Cooking Light message boards about putting together a supper club. The meeting itself was interesting, as we were all from different backgrounds – some had previous experience with a supper club, others didn’t. The meeting seemed to go well, and we all made plans to have the first supper club at the end of June. We planned to fill out the group with friends of the other two people.

A couple of days later, the first person emailed to say she was backing out because she didn’t want to take part in a co-ed club, which didn’t seem to be an issue before, but suddenly was. Today, the other person emailed to say that she too was backing out of the supper club thing. I’m feeling rejected, but am not totally giving up on the idea.

If there are any supper clubs around who wouldn’t mind having two down-to-earth, non-pretentious fatties who can cook really well and are adventurous in our eating in your group, please give us a heads up. And so there are no surprises: we’re married, mid-30′s, educated professionals who happen to live in a Maronda-built house on the southwest side (I’m thinking this was part of the problem, since the one person’s body language visibly changed when we mentioned this).