See you in two weeks

We are off to soak up the cool Pacific breeze and eat seafood til we explode.

 

We’ll be back with something yummy mid-June. In the meantime, for some good cooking-related reading try this and get inspired by Bittman with this (although I think he’s wrong about the stand mixer.)

 Sabino-w-Earl

Six months In: What Have I Gleaned About This Whole Thing?

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Six months and 27 posts. What have I learned so far? I have awesome supportive friends. Traditional comfort foods get the most traffic: my top posts are banana bread and lentil soup. Tastespotting and Food Gawker generate the most traffic, followed by Facebook.  Good pictures matter. A lot. But not more than content.  Buy a photo book. Use a good camera. Use natural light.  Tastespotting and Foodgawker actually give you feedback on why your photo is rejected, which is fucking amazing and generous.  Nobody wants to leave a comment. Spammers leave tons of comments.  I feel like an imposter.  I am a droplet in an ocean of food blogs – not even a full drop –  and if I continue to do this I will be doing it for myself, because I can’t keep pimping out my friends. And, I still haven’t figured out if I want to do process shots or arty ingredient arrangements. I just know I like my dark wood table.  So, guess I’ll keep doing this until it’s no longer fun.

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Just like the fortune cookie said.

Curried Lentil Soup

3/8/15 – Alas, dear friends, this post was also hacked. And I did not see it before I had the back up version restored. So…..we have some pictures, and the recipe….
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Curried Lentil Soup
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
355 calories
24 g
68 g
26 g
8 g
15 g
381 g
438 g
7 g
1 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
381g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355
Calories from Fat 229
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
40%
Saturated Fat 15g
77%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 68mg
23%
Sodium 438mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 7g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
95%
Vitamin C
17%
Calcium
4%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1# green lentils
  2. 3 carrots, peeled and in soup-sized discs
  3. 2 Tsbp. unsalted butter.
  4. 2 potatoes, peeled and in 1" dice
  5. 1/2 large white onion, in 1/2" dice
  6. 2 celery stalks, in soup-sized discs
  7. 2 quarts chicken stock
  8. 1/4 c. Patak's mild curry paste
  9. Chopped cilantro and sliced lime for garnish
Instructions
  1. Rinse and inspect the lentils for any undesirables.
  2. In a large soup pot, heat the butter on medium and add the onion and potato. Cook until the onions begin to get clear around the edges and the spuds have absorbed some of the butter.
  3. Add everything but the garnish to the pot, simmer on medium-low for about forty minutes.
  4. It's done when the lentils are tender.
  5. Take your stick blender to one side of the pot and blend about half - this makes for a creamier soup.
Notes
  1. Buy the curry paste. It is FAR superior to the powders.
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calories
355
fat
26g
protein
8g
carbs
24g
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