Hi All! It’s been a busy week here. Last weekend was a quick trip to surprise T. for his birthday, a baby shower, and the Superbowl. I was happy for Monday to roll around for a break! After that it has been a fairly lazy week in the kitchen for this girl. A batch of nutty breakfast bars and a pot of lamb and barley casserole have been keeping me sustained. I do have big plans for this weekend… beef cheeks are currently marinading, I’m attempting to make dumplings and then I am even going to tackle some baking. Wish me luck! Sounds like I’ll be happy to see Monday again.
But I guess I should get to my favorite links from around the web this week. Great collection this week if I do say so myself. Hope you enjoy!
Roasted Chicken with 40 Brussels Sprouts. Great recipe to cook for Sunday dinner with leftovers to help you get through Monday. Delicious with chopped smoked bacon or pancetta tossed with the brussels sprouts. The bacon helps to produce great flavor in the drippings to baste the chicken with while roasting.
Favorite Cooking Site.
I am loving the redesigned of the epicurious website. Truth be told I was never a huge fan of the old site, the redesign is sleek and user friendly, the writing is fantastic and lots of cool app-like features for our friends to the south. The ‘Get Inspired’ button is a new favorite and new go-to when I’m looking for help with dinner choices.
Favorite Cooking Help.
This how to spice chart from Cook Smarts is awesome! The guide walks you though a selection of basic spices and how to best match them with produce, proteins and other spices. It is a great cooking cheat sheet that should find a home on every home cooks’ fridge!
This week my favorite travel blogger Matt Long at landlopper.com tackled his experience as an independent traveller taking an organized tour. He ponders the question can an independent traveler enjoy the process of being organized? As a fiercely independent traveller the thought of an organized tour scares me to my core. But Matt’s post has made me rethink my position on an organized tour. No I won’t be signing up for a cruise anytime soon, however his experience of engaging, eclectic travel mates definitely opened my mind to the possibility of an organized tour.
Favorite Pretty Detail.
My new coffee table book Kate Spade Places to Go, People to See. The kelly green cover is a complete eye catcher, but open this gorgeous book and you will be drawn in by the beautiful and quirky photographs, inspiring quotes and tips. If you love travel you will love this book.
Bodegas La Cartuja Priorat. For the price it is hard to find a tastier wine, especially for a Priorat – yes a value Priorat intrigued? On the nose and palate are blueberries and dark raspberries, licorice, black pepper. Medium body, fine tannins, nicely fruit-forward and well balanced. Aged for only a short time in French oak. 70% Garnacha, 30% Cariñena.
La Cartuja is an estate owned small production winery that was founded in 2007 with the purpose of making a wine that shows the mineral complexity of Priorat at an accessible price.
One of the fur children has been having some health issues and is back on medication. If you’ve ever had to give a pill to an animal you know it isn’t fun. These two out smarted the peanut butter trick a while ago, so their favorite and my favorite this week is Greenies Pill Pocket in Hickory Smoke. They love these treats which makes pill time much MUCH easier! One to each and they are none the wiser what is hidden inside.
There is no way you can not love this cover or these two sisters. Just in time for Valentine’s Day a little tune to pull at your heart strings.