Note to self: do not research the next edition on an empty stomach. It leads to a great deal of salivating and tummy-rumbling and total confusion on what to make for dinner...
a. First off, this week we have Barbara Fisher from Tigers and Stawberries has an well reasoned and passionate rebuttal to Julie (of Julie/Julia fame) Powell's editorial in the NYT. Julie seems to think the trend towards locally grown organic food is elitist snobbism. I've been trying to rely more on locally grown produce lately and it warms the cockles of my heart to see someone defend my position so eloquently.
1. Next up, The Food Whore gracefully reminds us that beauty is in the eye of the beholder in this glimpse of her "real life". My kitchen is full of cherished reminders of cooks in our family, from the chipped red Czech bowl I snitched from my mother's kitchen to the (some would say tacky) glass ridged bowl with faded gold trim that my Austrian grandmother used to serve the best mashed potatoes in the world. (My grandfather was a mean hand with the potato masher and grandma made sure he didn't stint on the butter and milk.) Sorry, going a bit off-topic there...but posts about families and cooking always get me reminiscing.
i. Lastly, a recipe for perfect peanut sauce from Cooking with Amy. I have never successfully reproduced the kind of peanut sauce you find in a really good Thai restaurant but this one looks simple and fool-proof. Also, I had never really thought about what a versatile sauce it can be but you can bet I'll be experimenting with it now!
And so that's it for this week: a little nostalgia, a little politics and a little good food.