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October 4, 2009 in main course, sandwiches, shameless plug6 comments

basil-garlic mayonnaise on a blt

blt with basil-garlic mayonnaise

Neat, this made Foodie Views of the day! They gave me a pretty button to go with it:

Have I ever mentioned that the last thing I gave up when going vegetarian was bacon? Beef: I never liked it anyway. Nearly the same with chicken. Fish: next to last. I like me some canned tuna.

yes, that is bacon. used in a perfectly normal, bacony way. dammit.

I’m not going to wax poetic about bacon, though. That’s so 2008. Are you as tired as I am of candied bacon, bacon smoothies, bacon popcorn, and bacon ice cream? I’m sure they’re wonderful, but all of the swooning over bacon is becoming a tad unseemly. Let’s be seemly, shall we?

an even closer look. that sandwich is gonna bite you.

Suffice to say

But have you ever had one with basil-garlic mayonnaise?

basil-garlic mayonnaise on toast, ready for bacon

It elevates the humble BLT to a thing of beauty. The fresh basil complements the tomato, the garlic enhances the bacon, and a few drops of hot pepper sauce add little heat but a lot of flavor.

ooh, free bread!

Now, the nice people at Nature’s Pride sent me a couple loaves of bread: 12-grain and 100% whole wheat. Since they sent me free stuff, I’m likely to say nice things about it, so be forewarned. They make their bread with all natural ingredients and no HFCS, which is a big plus for me. When my cousin and I were making the sandwiches, he asked what kind of bread I had, and stipulated, “No whole wheat.” I gacked, because I don’t keep anything but whole wheat around. He had to get whole grains anyway, in the form of the 12-grain loaf.

He survived, and said the 12-grain was really good. Whether he was being polite or not I’m not sure. Either way, I don’t care. My sandwich got validation. Read more on basil-garlic mayonnaise on a blt…

July 18, 2009 in shameless plugno comments yet

help strawberry buttermilk shortcake win a contest

I’ve entered the strawberry buttermilk shortcake recipe and pic in a contest at Mixing Bowl.

Help me win the $250 prize and I’ll buy a neat little cooking gadget to give away!

Read more on help strawberry buttermilk shortcake win a contest…

i-can’t-believe-it’s-meatless tomato sauce

red wine tomato sauce

Hello, my pretties. We’ll be quick today in honor of tax season. I have a zillion e-mail records to go through (the bane of online work) and missing 1099s to calculate by hand. My tax preparer, who also happens to be my best friend from grade school, is in 90 degree-plus Virginia this week, so I really can’t say which of us has it worse.

mmm, red wine

This red wine tomato sauce recipe can be subbed for a jar of any red store-bought pasta sauce. I like to double or triple the recipe and freeze it because hey, if I’m going to the work of making my own sauce, I may as well have some for next time.

sautéed onions, coated in the spices

But is it really work? Read more on i-can’t-believe-it’s-meatless tomato sauce…

roasted red pepper and kalamata olive pasta sauce

nom nom nom

Sis and Mom were thrilled with the dinner party. “You can do this anytime,” they cooed conspiratorially, and they began plotting holiday schedules. “Thanksgiving, Christmas…no, Mom will still do Christmas…Easter….”

calm before the PARTY STORM

I hadn’t hosted an event of this magnitude before. A bit over a month ago my sponsor, Foodbuzz, contacted me with the offer to host a pasta and wine-pairing dinner party using free coupons supplied by Buitoni Riserva. That shit’s expensive, so I jumped at the chance. Read more on roasted red pepper and kalamata olive pasta sauce…

February 7, 2010 in shameless plugno comments yet

strawberries iphone app, and horseradish winner

strawberries iphone app screenshot

A few months back, Jodi from the California Strawberry Commission told me they were creating an iPhone app comprised of 50 strawberry recipes, and could she have permission to include my strawberry and feta salad recipe. After I picked myself up off from the floor, I said, go for it. Read more on strawberries iphone app, and horseradish winner…

November 30, 2010 in shameless plug4 comments

Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets Under $10

O hai. Tis the season when I get the idea to make gift list posts, and then I go drooling at Amazon, and my Amazon wish list grows three sizes that day.

We’re going to begin small, because times are rough and we can all use some cheap kitchen gadgets — let’s try under $10, shall we? — to cheer us up. Oh wait, this is a gift-giving guide. You’re under orders to wrap up any presents you buy for yourself. Understood?

Now. Let’s get this show on the road, shall we, with my 10 favorite kitchen gadgets under $10 this year. Most of them I own. A few I want. All of them are awesome.

Chef’n Switchit Silicone Spatula

This spatula looks like it’s changed slightly in design in the few years since I bought one, but it’s basically the same. This narrow 2-ended spatula just comes in handy everywhere your big spatula doesn’t want to go, like in smaller jars. It’s totally smooth so cleaning it is just wiping; nothing sticks and there are no crevices. YAY.

Plus, pretty colors. Comes in apricot, wasabit, cherry, pacific, and arugula.

Or for, you know, normal people, orange, yellow, fuschia, blue, and green. (Mine’s the fuschia.) Read more on Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets Under $10…

October 4, 2010 in project food blog, shameless plug2 comments

Voting Open for Project Food Blog Challenge #3

Note: My web host was down from 6:30 p.m. October 4th until…well, technically it still is, because my main content folder is still missing. I was able to access the site through the back end and cobble my last two posts back together, but you’ll notice the site is missing a few features and images. My apologies to everyone who tried to view my PFB post on the 4th and 5th and thank you for coming back!

Thanks to all of you who voted for Shiny Cooking in round 2 of Foodbuzz’s Project Food Blog challenge. I’ve made it to round 3, whose theme is a “luxury dinner party.” Voting is open until October 7. If you believe my literary dinner party featuring dishes from George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy series merits a vote, please vote for Shiny Cooking!

The link places your vote and goes to a page where you can easily browse through all the entries in the competition. Everyone gets 100 votes to spend, so I encourage you to keep clicking and check out some of the other amazing dinner party entries and vote for them as well. Read more on Voting Open for Project Food Blog Challenge #3…

September 27, 2010 in project food blog, shameless plug3 comments

You all rock. And voting for round 2 of Project Food Blog is open

Thanks to all of you and your help, I was lucky enough to pass the first challenge in Project Food Blog and move on to round two. And the competition is wonderful and fierce: the posts I’ve seen so far for “The Classics,” in which we re-create an unfamiliar cuisine’s signature dish, have been fracking stellar.

Read more on You all rock. And voting for round 2 of Project Food Blog is open…