Thursday, October 28, 2010

Things I Love Thursday, Halloween Edition: Oct. 28, 2010

 It's almost Halloween! Even though I have class this weekend (boo!), I'm still in the spirit. Plus, I'm super stoked right now because a giant group project I've been working on has been finalized. Yes!

Now, on to the love, Halloween style!

Skull Cake Pan: Though the post is pre-Halloween, since it's now that time, just think of how appropriate a cake this would be. My weekend is super packed and I didn't think about this ahead of time, but man, that would be one rad Halloween cake. Maybe next year?

The Return of Stickman #1214: I love webcomics in general, but this one really cracks me up. Donuts are delicious, but I don't think I'd rob anyone to get some.

(uhm, I love Star Wars. A lot. I want this in my life so badly!)

Serious Eats is knocking it out of the park this Halloween. They've had a lot of really great posts recently, made a disgustingly awesome Halloween candy pizza (see below), discussed the best and worst of Halloween candy, told people how to have a zombie dinner party (I know some friends who might enjoy this one), and in general seem to be having far too much fun.
(superhero cakes and costumes rock!)
Good Food News in Portland!: Pine State Biscuits near my house will be open late, which will be awesome after an epic Halloween night out. And the people love our pie. Yes!

The History of Trick or Treating: The always fabulous CakeSpy gives us a bit of history about why we hand out candy to masked strange children. 

I'm also loving: fun size candies frozen in the freezer (I learned this great trick from my mom, who always took a Halloween "tax" from my brother and me, probably to put up with our sugar crazed selves, and put them in the freezer for later. Best!); pumpkin flavored everything, especially smoothies from Burgerville; honey crisp apples that are so good, I almost eat the core; the return of Taco Tuesdays; Aaron making wonderful dinners for a school-stressed me; "make me cheeseburger dip!"; the Thanksgiving plotting getting better and better; "I'll be over on Friday for leftovers!"; roasted peppers; roasted veggies in general; soup in a bread bowl; the farmer's market with all the leaves falling down (soooo romantic!); rediscovering my love for Mounds; Aaron picking out amazing pears; fall fruit forever!

What are you loving this week? 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Things I Love Thursday: Oct. 14, 2010

Waffle Shots: This is such a fun idea! It's a waffle iron that has interchangeable plates so you can make regular waffles as well as these waffle cups that you can fill with yummy goodness. I think this would be a lot of fun for brunch.

And speaking of waffles, here's How to Spice up a Plain Waffle: I especially like the idea of a waffle cook-off! Maybe with waffle shots?

The Problem with Oatmeal (And How to Eat it Cold): It's getting chilly out there and I plan on eating a lot more oatmeal in the morning (steel cut, of course). The more recipes, the better, I say!

Have You Ever Heard of JoJos?: I love that this poll even exists! When I was in middle school, I'd ride over with my friend to one of the local grocery stores, get about a pound of them from the deli, and enjoyed salty, yummy potatoes and our incredible metabolisms that allowed us to do this far too often. I also like the comments that say it might be an Oregon thing because no one told little Alaskan me about that. They are fabulous and the seasoned chips at Holman's are a great substitution.

Food Cart Pod Listings: Look at how many we have! Basically, when anyone asks me why I like Portland, I say "Two words: food carts." What else is there to say?

Meet & Eat: Alton Brown: Last week I was loving on the Serious Eats interview with Ted Allen. Alton Brown is my original food geek love and I mention him up and down this blog because he's, well, amazing.

And if you love Alton like I do, you'll be pleased to hear about full episodes of Good Eats streaming on Hulu!

What's Up with Bees?: Well, now we know! Turns out a fungus and a virus are working together to wipe out honey bee colonies. While I don't like that this is happening, I love that we're closer to finding out how to fix this. Knowing what you're up against makes it so much easier to solve something. And I love honey, so save the honey bees!

(cutest. tomatoes. EVER! This might help me deal with the lack of tasty tomatoes over the winter)

I'm also loving: sweet potato pancakes from Gravy; hidden little bars that aren't so hidden; introducing people to my favorite restaurants; orange juice with sparkling water; leftovers that are even better the next day; surprise birthday cupcakes; still thinking about garlic vs. cheese; hearing all about my mom and dad's adventures in homegrown produce; twice baked potatoes with broccoli; fall flavors like cinnamon and nutmeg; the fact that it's hot toddy weather again.

What are you loving this week? 

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Things I Love Thursday: Oct. 7, 2010

It's been awhile! With school and lately, head colds and stressed-induced illness, I've been busy and not really loving things other than sleep. And football. Anyway, on to the stuff!

Skull Spoons by Tom Sale (aka Pinky Diablo)

PostCarden: What a nice way to say hello! Especially now with fall in full effect, it would be nice to get a greeting full of future greenery. I think it'd also be a great way to welcome spring.

Nanotech tea bag creates safe drinking water: It's cheap and it works! It's not quite ready for mass production, but the technology is there and that's amazing. Safe drinking water should be available to everyone and it's something that I, as an American, often take for granted.

Boomerang Wok: As someone who often makes gigantic messes when making stir-fry, I am so stoked that this exists! Plus, it just looks really cool.

Colorful Jello by Brett Bara (with a how-to video!)

Drinking Milk Helps Stop Garlic Breath: If you love garlic as much as I do, you know this is good news. Though I can't drink milk, knowing more about high fat content and garlic breath is certainly helpful. My other solution? Hiding away from everyone or making my friend come over and eat super potent pesto with me so we all have garlic breath!
Meet & Eat: Ted Allen: Two things I love - Ted Allen and Chopped. I was so pleased with the results of the Chopped Champions series (my favorite person won!) and I just love Ted Allen. He's a food geek and I love his outfits on the show. He's definitely on my list of who I'd love to have a dinner party with.

The Egg-Bot Kit: I've never been into decorating Easter eggs, but if I had this, I might be! Look how cool it is!


Corn Refiners Want High-Fructose Corn Syrup Name Change: I don't love this and I'm sure you've all heard about it by now, but the Corn Refiners Association wants to change HFCS to corn sugar. Like that makes a difference! I guess what I do love about it is that they are so desperate to keep this awful product in EVERYTHING that they want to change the name.

CARTopia, Portland's Foot Care Revolution: It wouldn't be a TILT post without me talking about food carts. It's a book all about how Portland became a land of such awesome food carts. If you love cart food as much as I do, you'll check out this book.


I'm also loving: "Put potato chips on your sandwich!" - Liz Lemon (I wholeheartedly agree); nachos of a ridiculous size for happy hour; being stumped by "would you rather give up garlic or cheese?"; soup, soup soup, especially from Savor and especially when brought to me by Aaron; pita sandwiches after dancing the night away; unexpected brunch buffets (as a kid, I thought brunch was always a buffet. I didn't learn differently until I was much older. It should always be a buffet); Emergen-C (I have raspberry and tangerine at home, but have recently fallen in love with tropical, which I first had after Bridge to Brews this year); ramen bowls; cornbread on thick soup (I'm sick, so I'm into soup right now!); making old recipes new; popcorn covered in garlic salt.

What are you loving this week? 

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Farm Wedding

Today is the one month wedding anniversary of my friends Kai and Jules. I meant to blog about it way back when it actually happened, but I think today works too. It was a beautiful wedding on Kai's family's farm in La Conner, WA (up in the Skagit Valley). It's a beautiful area and I can't wait to go up and visit again.

Besides having a beautiful ceremony that I was sobbing at the end of (I cry at all weddings, but this one really got to me), they also had fantastic food. Unfortunately for you all, I ate almost everything too quickly to photograph. There was salads a plenty (including quinoa, potato, awesome coleslaw and some stuff I didn't even know!), ridiculously fresh and amazing fruit, cod tacos, pulled pork made from their own pigs, corn (oh my god! Best corn ever!), and desserts of an amazing nature. Below is mostly desserts as I helped do some set up and then just stared at that table, but I promise you it was quite the feast and a perfect way to celebrate the marriage of two amazing people.

 This corn blew my mind!

All of these cakes were amazing, but I was particularly in love with this blueberry lemon tart, though the gingerbread cake and the chocolate one were a close second.

My friend Johanna and I were obsessed with the look of the cupcakes. She was at the wedding in the middle of her epic, twisty, round about road trip from Chicago back to our hometown of Juneau. I'm glad she made it because it was super fun talking food with her. She used to run this food blog and I'm hoping she'll go going on it again!

All in all, it was a good night and I think all of the guests were satisfied. Congratulations again Kai and Jules!
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