Cook the Book: 'The New Persian Kitchen'

pomegranate molasses in cookies, on oatmeal...

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Korin Knife

carrots... or celery.

Quick healthy breakfat

Scoop out part of an avocado on your eggs, or glop on some pre-made guacamole... yum!
For oatmeal/granola - top with a handful of nuts.

Sugar=The Devil?

@kdewitt, where are you getting your numbers from? A quick internet search gives me approx 3.5g sugar each for half a cup of strawberries and blackberries. Berries are acutally relatively low in sugar.
It looks like you're getting a lot of good advice here - make sure the sugar you eat is packaged with fiber and other healthy stuff, and exercise a little moderation!

Kona, Hawaii - where to eat/what to bring back?

Definitely stop by a coffee farm and take a tour (as well as buy some coffee!). There are several that are happy to show you around. Blue Sky Coffee is one that comes to mind - they also sell The Best chocolate-covered macademia nuts I've ever had.
Also pick up some Ka'u coffee while you're there - from the region just south of Kona.
As for where to eat:
Sunday Brunch at the Mauna Kea hotel is fabulous and decadent (their beach is amazing too).
As mentioned above, Quinn's is a great spot to get a fish sandwich.
Kona Brewing Company is fun - they always have a ton of kinds of beer that aren't available in stores.
Merriman's in Waimea is supposed to be wonderful (I've yet to make it, sigh).

Kealakekua Bay has the best snorkeling I've ever seen.
Volcano NP. It's awesome.

Have a great trip!

Cook the Book: 'Appetite for Reduction'

black bean soup!

Hawaii pizza recommendations?

Best pizza I've had in Hawaii (both in Honolulu): JJ Dolan's and Bar 35. Yes, Bar 35 is really a bar but the pizza is excellent, and they have a book-worthy menu full of bottled beer selections to pair with it.

The grilled pesto pizza cellophane mentioned is tasty, made even better by the fun ambiance of the farmer's market!

Cook the Book: 'The New Brooklyn Cookbook'

Portland, Oregon!

Cook the Book: 'The Art of Eating In'

So I can put my beautiful cookbooks to use!

Cook the Book: Ad Hoc at Home

Mediterraneo, in Honolulu, HI!
Great Italian comfort food.

6 leftover egg yolks...need some ideas!

There's a Brazilian dessert called Quindim that is based on egg yolks and coconut. It is FABULOUS, and could definitely be made in a share-able format.

Infusing Liquors

Infusing vodka with fresh, grated ginger only takes a few days. Not sure how well ginger would work with whiskey, bourbon, or gin though... I'd probably try it out before devoting a whole bottle to it!


For another savory option, this recipe for chicken with roasted lemons is delicious. I imagine you could do all sorts of other things with roasted lemon slices... I could see them being delicious chopped up and mixed in with couscous, or sauteed greens, or atop some grilled fish...

Cook the Book: 'Urban Italian'

Pasta Puttanesca made with roasted tomatoes instead of canned. Delicious. (I sometimes add in greens too - spinach, kale, whatever's in the fridge!)

Cook the Book: 'Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating'

savory oatmeal. i eat variations on this a couple times a week now - usually instead of something processed grabbed from a grocery store or cafeteria. delicious, cheap, healthy!

Movies on Food

Ratatouille, Big Night... I also really liked the movie Dinner Rush. And Waitress! Now I want pie.

Valentine's Day Giveaway: Macarons from Itzy Bitzy Patisserie

Cardamon cookie with a lemon filling
dark chocolate cookie with raspberry filling
dark chocolate cookie with cinnamon filling

Cook the Book: The Essence of Chocolate

Hot chocolate like you can find in Paris - thick, almost liquid fudge served in a small pitcher.

What Are Your Kitchen Nightmares?

My roommate and I were making a grilled pineapple salsa. After grilling, in batches, slices of pineapple, onions, peppers, etc, chopping them all into little pieces, and mixing it all together, it was time to season with a little salt...
...well, apparently our gentle tapping of the salt container was not gentle enough: the lid came off and about a cup of salt got dumped into the salsa.
After staring at it dumbfounded for a minute, we tried seperating the salty top, rinsing the remaining salsa (hey, we were desperate), rinsing it again... No good - we had to toss the whole batch.

Cook the Book: 'Osteria'

beef stew - or pasta with tomato sauce.

Must-Go Places in San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle

In Seattle, try Cafe Presse for classic French cafe food! I also hear great things about Le Pichet (also Seattle), although am under the impression it's pricier.
And I second the suggestion for Swan Oyster Depot in SF - fantastic.

Paring knife / Williams-Sonoma

So my fantastic parents got me a $150 gift card to Williams-Sonoma for Christmas this year (I had hinted I would like a paring knife).
Does anyone have recommendations for favorite paring knives, or qualities you like/dislike? I am considering one of the "cheaper" Shun knives (never used them before but hear great things), but am open to suggestions!
While I could use the entire amount on a knife, I like the idea of spending around half on the knife and the rest on one or two other things I've been eyeing (magnetic knife strip? Silpat sheet? OXO v-blade mandoline?)
Any and all tips would be great!

raw mango?

In my recent foray into Indian food, I've started eyeing chutney and pickle recipes online. A lot of them call for "raw mango" - does anyone know what this means? (other than the obvious, not cooked!)
My best guess is that it means green mango - unripe mango. In that case - can you use any old mango that's still mostly green and hard?

Serious Green: Planting a Container Garden

Photograph from Lollyknit on Flickr While plenty of us would love to be outdoor gardens in our hypothetical sprawling backyards, the reality is that many of us lack the space to do so. Especially in urban areas, many apartment-dwellers don't have a square inch of soil to call their own. But container-potted plants can flourish in all kinds of unlikely spaces. (And not just that geranium on your windowsill.) Here are a few tips for planning your own container garden: Think Beyond the Herb Garden While you'll never get a cornfield or an apple tree on your fire escape, some surprisingly sizeable vegetables do just fine: cauliflower, beans, carrots, eggplants, potatoes, and greens from kale to romaine lettuce. This... More