What is it with the cookies? With the exception of an ice cream recipe (I can never resist a good ice cream recipe) all the recipes I want to try this week are cookies. I think that the holidays are just cookie time – people bring them to parties, they give them as presents, they put out plates of them at the office. Hell, even I posted a cookie recipe this week for salty and sweet chocolate thumbprints (which you should make because they’re a-mazing), and usually I’m more of a cake girl.
And no, in case you’re wondering, I haven’t done my holiday shopping. I haven’t even really thought about it. Is it acceptable to give one’s marathon-running sister and theater-loving brother trays of cookies for Christmas? No? I didn’t think so.
Recipes I want to try, as found on the Internet this week:
- Polenta ice cream, from David Lebovitz. Can I just move to Paris and become his ice cream taste tester? Please?
- Lace cookies, from the Internet Food Association, who is also cookie-obsessed lately.
- Homemade graham crackers, from The Washington Post.
- Chocolate creme de menthe bars, from A Measured Memory. These seriously look like these mint brownies I used to get from Humble Bagel, this bagel shop across the street from my middle school. God those were good. And God, these look good too.
And in other news:
- The Tipsy Baker shares her thoughts on “Cleaving,” Julie Powell’s new memoir about her obsession with butchering, and her extra-marital affair (and yes, that’s the same Julie Powell of the Julie/Julia Project).
- The Arugula Files is asking for your input about what she should make from the farmer’s market.
- Micheal Voltaggio wins Top Chef. It feels weird that that means nothing to me, after recapping Top Chef last season (I was rooting for Carla Hall, by the way). The Voltaggio brothers, both of which were Top Chef finalists, have launched a new Web site where you can keep tabs on the brothers. So you can . . . stalk them? Via Top Shelf.
- The Washington Post published an investigation into Founding Farmer’s food sourcing (the restaurant has built its brand on the image that they get their food from small family farms). What did they find? Well, some of the food comes from small farms, but a lot if it doesn’t. It’s an interesting look at the difference between a brand promise and the reality of running a restaurant. And I’m still planning on going there with Miss. Nonnka, by the way.
- Young and Hungry weighs in on Founding Farmer’s response to the WaPo piece.
- Adventures in Shaw has her own take on the Founding Farmer’s situation.
- Gradually Greener is digging the Korean snack carts near her office.
- The Washington Post publishes their holiday cookie guide. See what I mean? It’s cookie season.
- Lemmonex posts her 500th post. It is a cause for celebration. And interviews.