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CiaoIleana

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  • Location: Tampa, Florida
  • Favorite foods: Eggs. Dark chocolate. Kale. Beets. Bread. Cheese. Brussels sprouts. Garbanzos.
  • Last bite on earth: I'd go for a whole fried fish with a squeeze of lime.

Cereal Eats: Why Honey Bunches of Oats Are Nearly the Perfect Cereal

I was such a freak about cereal all the way until college. During high school, I'd be hungry from soccer practice and eat a couple bowls a day. Honey Bunches of Oats was a favorite. Always light, crunchy, and sweet without being over the top. I love the original and the one with almonds.

Bake the Book: 'People's Pops'

Strawberry basil!

Bake the Book: 'Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts'

Homemade whipped cream and strawberries. Simple but so good!

Latin American Cuisine: Nicaraguan Arroz con Pollo

Yep, my mom always puts ketchup and slices of hot dog in her arroz con pollo. My little cousins go crazy for it, and it is the only thing they eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner when they stay at my parents' house.

Oh, and yes, I grew up calling peas petits pois in Spanish. ;)

Cook the Book: 'A Girl and Her Pig'

Win VIP Tickets to the Sweetlife Festival on April 28

Florence and the Machine - Dog Days Are Over

Knead the Book: King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking

For cookies and muffins, I sometimes use whole wheat flour for half of the flour called for. Hasn't made too much of a difference, still delicious!

Granola Bread

I'd never heard of granola bread before. Can't wait to try this!

The Serious Eats Budget Red Wine Hall of Fame

Hey Mambo Sultry Red is great. We get it for around $12.

Do You Wish Your Vodka Had More Flavor?

I'm not a big vodka fan, especially not drinking the stuff straight. But I'm curious enough to want to try one that is supposed to taste less like nothing. The bottle is also interesting, looks like something from a modern apothecary. (if that makes any sense!)

Sandwiched: Chickpea, Shrimp, and Chorizo Pitas

I like this combo. Looks good!

Cook the Book: 'The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook'

Oh, I would love to get this book! I liked the scene where Don gets back at Roger for hitting on Betty by stuffing him with oysters and martinis for lunch and, well, you know what happens.

Austin, TX: Can't Get Enough of Izzoz's Migas Breakfast Tacos

Oh man, I just got back from Austin and ate at Izzos. And Gourdough's. Next time, tried their fried avocado taco. Very good! :)

Beatles, Beatniks, and Beans: London and Coffee in the '50s and '60s

What a great video!

Kumquat Margarita

How much would the flavor change if I swapped honey in for the agave nectar?

Cook the Book: 'Masala Farm'

I just got back from a trip to Austin. Had some crazy delicious chiles relleno at Iron Cactus.

Suvir Saran's Shrimp and Sweet Corn Curry

This looks delicious! I've never made curry..

From Behind the Bar: The Happy Bar Widow

Sweet. Loved this.

The Vegan Experience Day 28: Final Thoughts As a Part-Time Vegan

Cool. I'm a former vegan/vegetarian and the appreciation for vegetables has stayed with me. I still eat vegetarian most of the time. A big hunk of steak no longer interests me, but I sometimes eat things like prosciutto and good cheeses.

If you're going to try a veggie burger recipe, please try to recreate the beet burger at Deschutes Brewery in Portland. It's outstanding! So different and flavorful.

Cook the Book: 'Bluestem: The Cookbook'

I grew up in Miami but moved when I was 17. I'm now a much more adventurous eater, but recently I went home and had dinner at Meat Market. So good! Instead of bread, you're given chewy and spicy Peruvian corn to nibble on. The sweet potato fries were cut into five thick chunks that managed to be crispy, light and perfect with a creme fraiche dip.

Living in Tampa now, where the creativity award goes to The Refinery. Not my favorite, but they do change the menu every week. I once ordered a lasagna soup there.

Bi-Rite Market's BLT&E with Harissa Mayo

A runny egg makes everything better!

In a Pickle: Salt Preserved Meyer Lemons

Such a sweet post. Meyer lemons smell amazing!

The Vegan Experience, Day 17: That's Really Good... For Vegan Food.

I was vegetarian for a few years and vegan for a part of that time. It amazed me to see people write off delicious food just because they were told it was vegetarian. So childish! And there was often the implication that it wasn't as good as something with meat in it. I heard a lot of, "Oh, that's good for being vegetarian."

Too bad. Those people are missing out on some great food!

Dinner Tonight: Braised Coconut Spinach with Chickpeas and Lemon

This looks so tasty!

Market Scene: Downtown Austin Farmers' Market

Can't wait to go here in a few weeks!

Chicken Dijon

This chicken is all about the sauce -- mustardy, aromatic, and alluring. The anise-like flavor of tarragon, that ubiquitous French herb, is mellow and irresistible in this dish.