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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While I deliciously devour all of your recipes, I especially love your favorites lists. There is something so beautifully telling about seeing other people's favorite things compiled together. Love it. Thanks for all you do!


Speaking of favorite things...your new cookbook has become one of ours. Yesterday after I'd set your your white bean spread out for an after school snack, one of my kids asked, "is this one of Heidi's?" You've become a household name! HS: Thanks Katie. Big smile on this end :)

Katie at Mom's Kitchen Handbook

now it's onto the Fall! How did that happen so quickly?

Caitlin @ Vegetarian in the City

Thank you for your favourites list. I love the exploration into leaf to root vegetable eating. Your inspiration board is lovely. GG

Glamorous Glutton

"Design Your Own Waffle Iron" just became my favorite post title!


Thanks for sharing the It's Not Trash article. It's so interesting that our culture says we should only eat certain parts of plants (and for those that eat meat it's the same way). I first read about eating the greens off the tops of carrots and other veggies in Kathy Erway's book, The Art of Eating In. She also writes about eating a variety of plants, including some we usually think of as weeds. It's such a good read!


Lovely list and ever more lovely the photo of Monica Vitti, one great actress.


are you going to let us know when the magazine piece comes out? can't wait to see it. HS: of course! :)

jen maiser

Love that you mentioned a typewriter! The Olivetti Valentine is a design classic and it is rather rare to find a white one. In addition to being a longtime fan of your blog, I collect typewriters and write about them at http://genevatypewriters.blogspot.com Hope you can visit!


I love what's on your fiction list! It would be awesome if you could link to IndieBound (http://www.indiebound.org/), which allows people to buy books from independent stores.

Indie Girl

That's not trash, that's dinner: wonderful! I'm trying to 'put up' as much as I can of our own homegrown/scavenged food, and watermelon rinds just might be next!

Rachel Stone

Your favorites lists are always filled with surprises and I loved the glimpse of your inspiration board along with the news of Design Sponge's summer print issue along with Orangette's insightful post on writing.

art and lemons

Thanks so much for the mention. Big fan of your blog:)


Heidi, I really don't know how you find these things! Great stuff. I've been looking for a good book to read so your recommendations come just in time :)

Kathryn | Dramatic Pancake

What a beautiful picture! Very interesting links, especially "That's Not Trash, That's Dinner". I'm going to look at some vegetables in a new way!

Julie Lapointe - La Datcha

We always love all of your lists and this one is no exception. So happy Design Sponge is in print!!


LOVE those cholas! My dad makes handmade leather shoes, and makes some very similar to those, but I'll have to get him to make me a pair with the hand stitched edges like those ones. Very nice. Great colour too! Great furoshiki too. And I totally recommend letting the kids use your camera. Mine love taking pics (5 & 3 years old) and already have a great eye for composition :-)


As a mother of 5, I often would hand over my pentax to one of the kids. I would tell them to take pictures of what they found interesting or of each other and got some of the best photos. Three of them have become avid photographers and another has filmed for the local cable station since she was 16.

janet krueger

Thank you for the interesting links and lists, as always I enjoy visiting here.

Kate Abbott

I've been meaning to read Finny...

Sophie Delphis

***SPECIAL REQUEST**** How about a quinoa dolmades recipe?


Hi Heidi. Just had to put my 2 cents around fiction reading. I think you were the person who finally got me to order A Visit from the Goon Squad and I have to thank you for that because it is on my top 20 of all time list. Have you read Let the Great World Spin yet? It's the only one better than Goon Squad that I have read lately. HS: Hi Dana - no! *adding to list*


I love your favorites list and this one especially so. Thank you for pointing me to the "That's Not Trash..." article - so worth reading! And your fiction list too (bummed that our library doesn't have the Finny book yet - maybe I'll place a special order for it!). Thanks!


I always enjoy your lists so I don't feel cheated. The balloons made me smile. Eyes, ears and thoughts on the East Coast today...

Kelly at Inspired Edibles

your favorites list are simply wonderful! Thank you for sharing.


I love the "That's Not Trash, That's Dinner" article! Have you tried using arugula blossoms? They're a little sweet with some of the arugula spiciness, and they're pretty.


I enjoyed the article "That's Not Trash, That's Dinner" too. Pickled watermelon rind was a specialty of my grandpa, who had a huge vegetable garden. I just started keeping my veggie scraps in a bag in the freezer to make stock--a tip I got from http://everybodylikessandwiches.com


Love the idea of an inspiration board! I may have to borrow that idea myself. I so wish I could design my own waffle iron. It would be in the shape of a t-bone. :)

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

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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