Favorites List (January 2012) Recipe

The first favorites list of the new year - a list of things that have inspired, or caught my attention in the previous weeks.

Favorites List (January 2012)

Hi everyone, how about a favorites list? I feel like I have enough good stuff to roll it out a bit early this month. Not to mention, it'll give me a chance to focus on jotting down a recipe for the bread I've been baking every few days for the past couple of weeks. This bread is dark and hearty, yeast-leavened, and perfect for soup-dunking. Or crouton making. Or tartine broiling. I think you'll like, or at least I hope you will. In the meantime,

- A Polaroid a day for 18 years.

- Sequin photobooths.

- Fantasy real estate listing.

- Joan Didion's packing list.

- On the list to cook: this, and this.

- EAMES: The Architect and the Painter

- Revisitng this soup.

- Anna's Daughters' Chocolate Rye Bark

- Get-away.

- This photo series.

- This lovely lady.

- A box of dirt.

- Bookmark this for the holidays next year.

- Fireworks.

- Teenage Bedrooms: It was Miami Vice meets the interior of a van...

- The Woodmans.

- Bookmark: Tamarind Margarita.

- Midway through watching this.

- This exhibit. And, coming up - this one.

Bread to come in a few... -h

Lead photo: One of the nicest sunsets I've seen lately, at the park just a short walk from my house. The air has been brisk, and crisp, and the skies so clear.

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I couldn’t wait until next week to make the carrot soup from SK–Heidi, if you haven’t already sliced your carrots, go now! I took one bit from the pot and said, out loud: “Oh my god–oh my GOD!” It’s that good. T


The story behind the polaroid-a-day guy is very touching. The treehouse hotel is stunning – mirrored walls! And, well, I’m rather tempted to join a rainbow gathering now. Beautiful collection of favourites this month 🙂


Everything sounds awesome.Thanks Heidi.


Eames! Drool.
What fantastic style.


Everything sounds so good I can’t wait to check it all out!


What a lovely shot! Joan Didion is one of my very favorite writers….love her work and love the little glimpse into her life…

Rocky Mountain Woman

Heidi, think you will love this post:
Btw, that lemon annise slushie recipe was delicious. I also tried it with gin, and though i thought it might have been over the top, it was lovely.


per usual your list compilation is amazing. the box of dirt essay did make me teary–but i am a notorious cry baby.
thanks for everything.


how did i miss the New Year Noodle Soup the first time around?? i finally made it yesterday for the first time and it was love at first spoonful! i’ll definitely be making that over and over with seasonal changes of ingredients as necessary.. thank you!


thank you Heidi! Totally inspired by this list.


lovely photo.
re didion, imagine packing a typewriter!
Katie x


The new year noodle soup is simply fabulous. I make it with great consistency all fall and winter, switching out beans and greens, all with delicious results. Hooray for soup!


Loved all of them. Would love to stay in one of the tree homes. Only topper would be a huge slide coming from one of them, and dropping into the ocean somewhere. Heaven. Love your blog. Baby blogger here, trying to learn. 🙂 Thank you.


Heidi, I just had the most enjoyable evening clincking through every one of your selections. This is your best list ever! I’m looking forward to attempting my own homemade version of chocolate rye crisps, and the Hido exhibit is on my agenda for our upcoming SF trip late this month. To discover Keep It Chic is a joy, and definitely makes me want to reconsider the invitation to Paris this spring that I’ve turned down. Thanks for it all, and best New Year’s wishes. My best, Pam

Pam @ Sticks Forks Fingers

Those soups! The NY Noodle Soup is a favorite–and a writing catalyst–for a teaching friend and I. The carrot soup in on the menu for next week. YUM! Thanks for all the inspiration!


I wish I could have the dedication to the 1 Polaroid a day …

Jeannette Pantani

I love the idea of the greens carbonara. I’ve made a mushroom carbonara, and I’m always happy to add to the many ways to carbonara list.


OMG, the tree hotel get-away – WOW!!


I’m dying for a cookbook focusing on meals for kids (from you!). Thank you, thank you for the good work you do and share.


That noodle soup looks wonderful…so hearty and warming…perfect for a cold winter’s day…


I adore the entries in your list!
And I am waiting in anticipation to see the bread you are making.

Anna @ the shady pine

That lead photo is just dreamy. As are these links. I have a photograph by Francesca Woodman above my desk, and would love to see the movie. I think the Pasta with Greens will be for dinner tonight. Thanks! 🙂

charlotte au chocolat

That packing list is incomplete, there needs to be some snacks! haha


how do you find these things? i love sorting through them.


Love the lead photo! And so excited to try the soup. Until your site, topping soup for me meant nothing more than crushed crackers or a bit of shredded cheese! I love how I’m always inspired when I visit your blog:)


ooooh, I love the sequin photo booth, such a neat idea! might make that for my wedding photo booth in 6 weeks! weeee! fun and excitement 🙂
Heidi xo

Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

Lovely post Heidi. I’ve been wanting to make that carrot soup too. And I thought of you today when I wrote my post–it’s a total Heidi recipe, I think. You must have been Italian in a previous life. http://cookwithwhatyouhave.com/blog/ Happy New Year!
HS: Happy New Year to you as well K! Hope all is well, and I hope to get up your way soon. That soup looks right up my alley. xoxo

Katherine Deumling

what a wonderful way to get lost in some unexpected surprises! loved so many of these. Happy new year!

amelia from z tasty life

Polaroid a day for 18 years = WOW!! Looking forward to the bread recipe – sounds special!

Yummy Inspirations

The Box of Dirt post nearly left me in tears.
To love for all the right reasons . . .
Many thanks for sharing.
happy new year!


Lovely photo. I am eagerly awaiting the bread recipe. I need something new for soup dunking!

Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious

I love that Joan Didion didn’t pack underwear


I NEED some soup dunking type bread today. It sounds lovely
I love it just as it is as that type of bread never needs anything to add to its taste or whatever it is accompanying.


earlier I used to get annoyed by these lists ’cause I’d be expecting some interesting recipe until once I actually clicked on some of the links.
and now it really amazes me how someone can find so many interesting things to share every month and how a complete stranger from a completely different country can connect with me on so many levels in just a single list and keep doing it month after month.
from India


Lovely links, as always. There’s always something special about fireworks 🙂

Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

whoops, I meant Ice Cube!


That packing list – words to live by, always.


I used to live right by that same park, and I too witnessed some of the most beautiful sunrises/sunsets in the city there 🙂


The American Masters of Charles and Ray Eames is wonderful. I’ve been recommending that to everyone–a must see.


Gorgeous photo, Heidi! Duboce Park is one of my favorite spots in the city. I hope you’re enjoying 2012 already!


One of my January favorites is your Baked Oatmeal recipe, I finally made it with the amaretto soaked raisins and almonds variation last weekend and it was incredible-my family preferred it to the berry version (which is delicious as well). Thanks for help expanding my cooking repertoire, Supernatural Everyday is definitely my favorite new cookbook of 2011.


Ooo, I used to live in that building in the photo! Loved taking my dog to Alamo Square park. Great links as always!


The story about the box of dirt may or may not have made me a little teary! Talk about buried treasure–thanks for sharing.

Holly (The Apiarist)

Oh my! I don’t know where to start with this list!

Meghan @ Making Love In The Kitchen

Seriously brilliant photography. And I love the polaroid a day collection. I once tried to take a photo a day for a year, but didn’t make it past week two. *Needs more perseverance in 2012! Thanks for sharing!

the tasty tRuth

Your lead photo allows me the opportunity to extend my gratitude for your 2009 SF list. Husband and I returned yesterday from our honeymoon (five days in Tahoe, four days in SF), and we used your list as a loose guide to the city. We scratched off a number of your recommendations and found some highlights of our own. Our last dinner was at Pizzeria Delfina and Bi-Rite ice cream for dessert. Already looking forward to our next visit.


Lovely list. As always!

The Healthy Apple

I love Joan Didion, and am delighted to see that, even while packing like, she chose to include the bourbon and cigarettes.

Elissa @PoorMansFeast

Ok, I am already excited for that dark and hearty soup dunking bread. I’m making soup after soup and it’s always fun to have a new bread to pair it with.
I’m also realizing you have a new blog design. I love it. It’s very subtle and simple.

jackie @ main mama cooks

stunning lead photo. I have printed it off and posted it on my wall where I am working in the far, frozen north of Canada. It warms me when I look at it.


When I saw your lead photo, I thought of Italy for some reason. Love the light and the silhouettes of the animals and people.
I am definitely in soup mode these days. Good idea to revisit.


What a gorgeous lead photo-makes me want to just get out there for a nice long walk. I too am looking forward to the bread post. 🙂


Fuh-buh-lus list!
That soup (that you’re revisiting) made me faint just now.

Bev Weidner

Great list! I need some more soups in my life!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

oooh- I’m already excited for the bread recipe!

Simply Life

Where did you find the blog with the 1 polaroid a day for 13 years? It’s genius!!!

Mike @TheIronYou

I can’t believe it’s your monthly list time already. December flew by in a crazy blur.
Love the links; and I need the Tamarind Margarita. Asap.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

What a beautiful lead photo… amazing! And can’t wait to hear about that bread recipe. I’ve been on a real bread making kick lately!


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