Mister introduced me to Mark Bittman with a copy of How to Cook Everything
, which was sacrilege to me having grown up with the Joy of Cooking
as my go-to in the kitchen. I like Bittman so much that I bought How to Cook Everything Vegetarian and watched both of his TV shows, including Spain – On the Road Again with the I-want-to-like-her-but-she's-so-clueless-but-I-still-like-her Gwyneth Paltrow.
If you don't follow Bittman's blog at the NYTimes, you might want to. His recipes are unfussy and generally spot-on. Since many of us are cutting back and making more from staples (Molly at MommyCoddle has been blogging about the cooking efforts including her "one simple question for this week: what is your go-to meal?) Where to start with Bittman? How about Five Meals, 10 Ingredients.
Scharffen Berger isn't usually one of my favorites, but I made the Jacque Pepin chocolate chunk cookies on the back of the Scharffen Berger bag. Surprisingly easy, buttery, and delicious, I'd show you a photo but they are all gone. All of them. (Cookie Madness and I both put all the sugar in the dough instead of saving 1T for sprinkling on top. They were fine.)
Perfect for a birthday. I'm tucking away this idea. Mister will freak out at the dancing tutus, but I love these beautiful paper dress cupcake toppers!
In one of my favorite apartments I had an ironing board closet that was turned into a spice rack, just like this one.
Thank you, New Yorker, for posting your stories online, including this one from Sherman Alexie.
Maybe you don't want to be a shepherd, but after watching "rounding up the ewes" from Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm, you might.