Favorites List (August 2011) Recipe

I've been trying to do more regular favorites lists, roughly every month. Here's August.

Favorites List (August 2011)

Hi all - just a quick hello today. East coasters, I'm thinking of you. Hope you're hanging in there with the weather. Please stay safe. There's quite a bit going on on this end, but this past week I did my best to tie up loose ends so I'm free to play a bit more during these last weeks of summer. I worked on a feature with this guy for a favorite magazine - super excited. I started thinking about what I might share at this. I had a fan girl moment when I finally meet these lovely ladies at Omnivore Books. And lastly, to cap off a month of amazing house guests, I'm getting ready for this one to touch down in SF for a few days. Yay for all of it. So, while I regroup a bit, here's a favorites list and I promise to be back later in the week with an extra special recipe.

- This white Olivetti Valentine

- These balloons

- That's Not Trash, That's Dinner

- Design*Sponge in print :)!

- Cholas (via Alice).

- Furoshiki

- rosegolden

- Cameras for Kids

- Class: Make your own Waffle Iron

- Ten Minutes with Timothy Archibald

Fiction: just ordered this, this, and this

- This photo.

- DIY sodas.

- This post made me smile.

And lastly, two things that make me proud to be part of the food community - #afundforjennie, and Tales from High Mountain. It has been inspiring to see acts of individual and collective kindness come together to support people going through incredibly difficult times. Thinking of you every day Jennie.

The opening photo is a snapshot of a corner of my inspiration board at this very minute.

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I loved the article, "That's Not Trash, That's Dinner," which fits well with my own food philosophy and practices -- I have candied plenty of tangerine peels and made lots of "garbage vegetable stock."

Sharyn Dimmick

Heidi-So looking forward to seeing you at Greenbrier! I'm so bummed I couldn't make it to the Canal House talk. I heard it was pretty great. HS: It was! I love hearing them talk about their collaborative process. Super inspiring.

Megan Gordon

Such a great list! Thanks for the book recommendations, I haven't read any of those. And I just love the inspiration board, what a great idea!

Katherine Martinelli

i love them! thank you!!!

kosenrufu mama

I always enjoy your lists so much!

Anne @ Baking Me

It's such fun to get a peek at what's inspiring you right now. I'm definitely preparing for the season to chane and feeling a sense of renewal.

la domestique

Nice list, but they always are. I now have several tabs open so I can go back and look deeper into some. I especially like the Japan reminder - being in New Orleans keeps that country in my mind constantly, as they did so much for us. I suppose you know about "Handmade for Japan?" Thanks for the brain food.

Naomi Duffey

Heidi, you're up to such wonderful things! Loven the not tras it's dinner link :), good luck with everything!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Miriam@Meatlss Meals For Meat Eaters

I love that you shared a photo of your inspiration board. I recently took a writing workshop, and one of our assignments was to create an inspiration board. It was such a great way to step outside the box in terms of our usual thinking patterns. Thanks for sharing!


This was a nice little surprise for me over on the East Coast - seems I'm lucky to have power AND internet right now!


Your inspiration board has inspired me, I'm clearing off my bulletin board and creating one for myself. I've been storing my ideas on the computer, but nothing takes the place of a good old cork board. Thanks!

Sue/the view from great island

Making your own waffle iron? cool! And cameras for kids? I'm all about that. My 4.5 year old has grown up with iphone pics, DSLR pics, and as the child of a photographer/food blogger, she even knows to wait to even THINK about touching food until mommy 'gets the shot' of it :) Then she can dig in. She even asks to see the pics to double check my work and make sure i got a good shot. haha!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

Love the blue cholas. Love the baloons. Love Finny. Love your inspiration board that has just inspired me to have one of my own.


Love the blue cholas. Love the baloons. Love Finny. Love your inspiration board that has just inspired me to have one of my own.


I always look forward to your favorites list. Thanks for sharing those two inspirational stories and your inspiration board! And thanks also for the Fiction recommendations. I have one for you too - I just finished reading Room and I loved it.

Anjali Shah @ The Picky Eater

I absolutely adore your inspiration board. It looks unreal and so clean. Please do tell us your curating process and where you bought all those beautiful supplies!


I love your favorites lists. Whenever you post glimpses of your inspiration board it makes me want to take down the paintings above my desk and start a huge one of my own...

Charlotte au Chocolat

Love that balloon! Annnnnd DIY sodas of course!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Wow! I don't mean to sound trite or obvious, but that is seriously an inspiring inspiration board. Beautiful. I loved Orangette's post as well... posts like that are always good to read. Inspiring in themselves, in that kind of backwards way. Thanks for sharing the picture and story of Alice Water's Chez Panisse. And thanks for your favorites list, as always!


I'm so saddened by Jennie's story, but it makes my heart smile to see how much compassion and generosity flows through the food blog community. As always, great list!

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

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