Archive for April 2011

April 22, 2011 marks the 41st anniversary of the first Earth Day. According to Wikipedia (therefore, everything I’m about to write is undoubtedly true), Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson created the first Earth Day as a teach-in. He chose April 22nd because it was a convenient date for almost all college students. It was after spring break, Easter, and Passover but before finals. This is the only real “holiday” that is specifically geared toward college students (except spring break), so it stands to reason that every student should do something to commemorate the day. Here are some fun and …

Adelaide’s Easter Party

Posted by on Sunday Apr 17th, 2011

Vodka Lemonade laced with Basil and Mint • French Deviled Eggs • Rosemary and Garlic Grilled Lamb Chops • Feta and Herb Dipping Sauce • Scallion and Olive Orzo • Patisserie Fruit Tart

Our Great Minds Eat Alike series mixes up the usual BGSK offerings with interviews and submissions by cooks and eaters whose mentality towards cooking and eating meshes with ours. Today we bring you a how-to all about food presentation from Rachel Manley, a London-based foodie, blogger, and supper club host.

Rachel’s day job is on the BBC Food website, which means she gets to talk about food all day and sometimes go to photoshoots. She also hosts supper club/pop-up restaurant in the summer (in London!) and seems to be making all of her friends’ wedding cakes too. She loves …

One of the perks of being a food writer is that you get a lot of unsolicited inspiration. This is especially lucrative when you come from a family of fabulous cooks, who do not write about the food they make (though they should!).

A few months ago, I received an email from my Uncle Denny with subject line: recipe. Attached was a document containing instructions for John McPhee’s chicken, which apparently an old girl friend of his managed to glean from a book by the author.

The summer I lived in Los Angeles, my Uncle Denny and Aunt …

Antipasti Grilled Cheese

Posted by on Wednesday Apr 13th, 2011

Favorite Grilled Cheese Cobos: Grilled Cheddar Sandwich with Roasted Pears & Pecans; Perfect Grilled Cheese; Prosciutto & Fontina Panini with Arugula Pesto and Pickled Shallots; Radicchio & Mozzarella Toasts; Pesto Grilled Cheese; Grilled Mushroom-Cheddar Melts

You know we love grilled cheese (for evidence, see above). In early January, I posted about this Grilled Cheddar Sandwich with Roasted Pears & Pecans. We reposted it on Huffington Post later on and were awed by the cheese sandwich suggestions that readers came up with. So we figured it was time to get back in the kitchen and …

Marmalade Muffins

Posted by on Monday Apr 11th, 2011

These muffins are a baker’s dream. More precisely, they are a non-baker’s dream. There is no creaming of butter, no fancy stunts, not even any zesting of oranges–which you’d think you’d need to get the deep, delicious orange flavor. In fact, you just measure and pour and mix, and the muffins come together pretty much in the time it takes for your boyfriend to shower, or your house guests to get it together and wake up. A bonus is that the muffins are wonderfully fragrant with citrus, and they fill the apartment with their scent.

It’s occurred to me in …

The 10 Best Ways to Eat on the Cheap

Posted by on Sunday Apr 10th, 2011

Yesterday was tax day, and if you’re a freelancer like us, you may well end up owing the government some money. For those of you for whom Tax Day means refunds, check out Big Spender Menu here. For the rest of us, we’ve put together our best tips and tricks for saving money when you cook at home. And hey, if you’re interested in home cooking in the first place, we’ll assume you’ve also got a mind for thrift and a weakness for cheap ingredients that taste like a million bucks.

**Tips and Tricks**

1. Shop for the week. …