In honor of The Hunger Games being released on Blue Ray/DVD this week, we’re republishing our story on how to a throw party themed after the hit movie and book. Make it a viewing party!
Are you in the mood for a little chocolate mousse? Or perhaps a hearty bowl of beef bourguignon? Well, it’s a wonderful day for a French-American culinary adventure, because tomorrow, August 15, marks Julia Child’s 100th birthday. To celebrate, PBS has put up a special site that includes links many of her classic recipes, dusted off videos from their archived collection and gathered posts from many awesome food bloggers paying tribute the Grand Dame of cooking shows. On Twitter, search for #cookforjulia and you’ll find a stream of hundreds of people that have been inspired to cook up something a la Julia, and perhaps you will, too.
In addition to getting an entire generation to fall in love with fine cooking, Julia Child was a pioneer for today’s modern career woman. She discovered her passion and parlayed it into an empire of sorts. Without her there would be no Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray or Paula Deen. She taught us all that with a little determination, a great deal of love, you can find your voice. Even if there’s a little flour on your nose.
What are you going to cook for Julia? This onion and chorizio quiche looks mighty delicious. Share your Julia-inspired creations here. Be sure to check out your local PBS station to find out when classic Julia Child: Bon Appetite shows are airing in your area.
I hate frozen yogurt. I try to like it, I swear. The Pinkberry, Red Mango/, etc. invasion has been going on for a few years now, but every time I try a new concoction, it’s always the same. It’s not an ice cream replacement. It’s not even ice cream-adjacent.
My search for healthy, delicious ice cream-like treats took a turn for the better this weekend when walked through the doors of The Soft Serve Fruit Co. in New York City’s Union Square neighborhood. The delicious concoctions are dairy free, gluten free, fat free, vegan, and kosher parve. All those ultra-healthy terms normally scare me, but I went ahead and gave it a shot anyway (against the better judgment of my sweet tooth). It was amazing! Delicious and refreshing, the soft serves are made up of only three ingredients: fruit, water, and a dash of organic cane sugar. Choose one (or all) of the rotating menu of fruit soft serve flavors and then pick from a variety of toppings to round out your sundae. I had dark chocolate and blueberry soft serve with pomegranate seeds on top and I didn’t miss my usual strawberry cheesquake blizzard one bit.
We’re always looking for ways to make our amateurish cooking attempts look more graceful. Sometimes all you need is the right something to serve them on, something that can turn the ordinary into something marvelous! That’s where these little marble wonders from Athens, Greece come in. They are made by Filio, an engineer-turned-designer who was working in her family’s marble company. Realizing that Greek marble wasn’t just for columns and busts, she started making everyday items like plates, dishes and coasters. Introducing Marbellous, our latest Etsy find. Prices range between $40 and $100 which seems pretty reasonable for such a thing of beauty. Would they be great presents for the next big fat wedding you attend! You’ll be a gifting god. Click here to see more of Marblellous on Etsy.
As the world gears up for the London Olympics, we’re thinking about how to bring the spirit of the games into our house. Our little girl is already an Olympic medalist (in the everyone-wins-toddler class) and has just learned how to swim. To celebrate, I’m thinking that we might need some sporty cupcakes! Our favorite bakery accessory shop, Flancy Flours, has this insanely adorable set, for $15. It comes with 25 Olympic themed cupcake liners and some sporty toppers that include gold medals, swimmers, and torch bearers. I also love these simple Olympic icon toppers, $5.50 a set.
How are you celebrating the games in your house? Please share!