Loving writing these lists! I’m hoping to write them more often, maybe two Fridays a month. If you like these types of lists and know of any I should have in my radar, please let me know in the comments below!
Here are my recent favorites, mostly food-related this time again.
- Pumpkin Tiramisu. I posted a pic of this on Instagram and Facebook and got many requests for the recipe, which I did not create myself. HERE IT IS! It’s unbelievably easy and a great autumn make-ahead favorite. I didn’t change a thing from the recipe other than needing double the amount of coffee to soak the ladyfingers.
- Smoked Paprika. I have this little red spice jar, shaped like a rectangle, in my pantry shelf and use it not often. But when I use it, it lends a profoundly unique flavor to ANY savory dish. Think of it as vegetarian bacon flavoring; even carnie-husband likes it! It is excellent in vinaigrettes for grain salads and I recently used it for our Meal Share Plan in this Seafood Fideo.
- Deschutes Brewery mustard. With a really really good pretzel (I’ve got to try Alton Brown’s recipe), and a beer flight or two, this is lip-smackin’ stuff.
- Chicken pot pie, with BISCUIT topping. I know most of you have had this, but I usually make this with a pie crust topping. I was always resistant to the breadiness that I thought a biscuit topping would lend but if the pot pie filling is nice and dense without too much creaminess or juices then the biscuit gets just a touch moist. NO SOGGY PIE MESS IN YOUR MOUTH!
- Bananas with messages inscribed onto the peel. My sis gave me the idea for this; she actually does this for HER HUSBAND. Who does that? I don’t
havemake time for romantic messages on food, since I have towant to prepare 4 meals and 2 snacks before 7am. Instead, I have been writing notes, jokes, riddles, and sweet nothings onto bananas for the non-banana hating kid for morning snack. She loves it…..for now. But 4th grade may prove to be the phase of being embarassed by everything your cool cook of a mom does.
- A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenburg. I read this in just under 2 hours. It’s one of the fastest reading food/cooking related non-fiction out there. What I liked about this book is that it made me feel that I still could be me, writing like I talk, about food, and actually successfully publish a book. Because Molly did that. You should read it. She’s funny, normal, and makes tons of mistakes in the kitchen. She’s not embarassed by her lack of knowledge, nor is she pressured by not having to know EVERYTHING in the cooking world. We are all learning.
- Fried Pies. Enough said. I bought this book because of my obsession. Well-organized by different styles of hand pies and the appropriate crusts for them.
- Real Southern Stone Ground Grits. White grits. True to the South. I found this brand at Central Market. Beautiful. Creamy. White. Pure.
- Alphonso Mango Lassi, by Dahlicious. This is a very exciting find considering we can’t get Alphonso mangoes in Austin, and most of the country. Truly you have to eat an Alphonso raw with the juices drippy and the heady aroma seeping your senses. But this store-bought lassi? Loaded with sugar but also really good yogurt and other ingredients. In other words, pretty darn good.
- My GelPro Mats. This is not new to me, but I haven’t mentioned these mats in my Friday Fave lists yet. I’ve had one mat for a couple of years that I bought at Bed Bath and Beyond. Then, recently, the company sent me their newest release version to have me test out. Wow. I didn’t think there was much room for improvement on the mat, but it’s even thicker and more non-skid than it was before! It comes in a variety of colors and patterns but the old ones came in even more colors. Hopefully they’ll make more colors of the new one soon. These mats are expensive yes, but luxurious on the feet when you’re standing in the kitchen for hours and probably good for your back mechanics. I’m pretty certain there will be a giveaway soon on my blog for one, so keep your eyes open!