June 30, 2008

Soup for the Birthday Blues

Oh I know what you must be thinking. Soup? in the summer? But why?

And to that, dear readers, all I can say is things don’t always happen as planned…

For example, I was planning on sharing a birthday cake with you today. No, scratch that, I wanted to make birthday creme brulee (my specialty). But, when you get sick on your birthday, like fever-laden, cold-ridden, tied-to-your bed sick, it’s a little hard to think about cake…or even creme brulee, even if it is your birthday.

Yes, sadly, on my birthday, all I could think about was soup. And when you’re drowning in a metaphorical bowl of self pity, you might as well top it off with a real bowl of soup. And hey, soup is supposed to make you get better, right?

So if any of you feel struck with the sick plague this summer, let there be plenty of soup recipes to go around. Even if it is summer.

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June 27, 2008

Food In The News: Weekly Roundup

American Vinos – Analysts have noticed that the Americans wines of choice typically have a higher alcohol content, at least lately…

Grill your dessert – More and more restaurants are serving grilled fruits or even cakes for the last course! Yum!

Blenders behind the bar – Blended beverages are making a seasonal comeback, according to the New York Times!

A cookbook at 17 – Young teenager became a gluten-free baker to help out his older sister, and now has his own published gluten-free cookbook! Not bad!

How to preserve summer fruits – Host your own canning or pickling party! It’ll be fun (and quite useful).

Presto Pasta Night #69!

Every week on Friday, I visit a little place called Presto Pasta Nights that was founded by Ruth of Once Upon A Feast. There, I drool over a collection of pasta dishes that range from homemade raviolis to dessert pastas to savory delicious dinners of tagliatelle with wild mushrooms and Parmesan cheese. If it weren’t for these weekly drool-worthy roundups, I don’t know that I would realize just how versatile pasta can be. Pasta is the kind of food that provides “a little something for everyone” and there’s no boundaries to what you can make with it.

So with all that said, I am deeply honored to be chosen as the second guest host for a blog event we can all relate to. Kevin of Closet Cooking was a tough act to follow, but I hope you’ll enjoy this roundup of pasta dishes as much as we enjoyed having them at Chew on That.

But enough about me, let’s see what all of YOU made! On to the pasta!

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Penne with Tomatoes, Mushrooms, and Basil

I’m excited to report about a very successful dinner I made in honor of Presto Pasta Nights! It’s quite simple actually, but I think you might enjoy it as much as I did. All it is is pasta with a makeshift sauce made out of vegetables. You can’t get more quick and easy than that!

But knowing me, there will always be some mishap along the way, so come follow along…

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