Favorites List (June 2011) Recipe

In place of a recipe today, this June favorites list.

Favorites List (June 2011)

The staircase in our new apartment is, well, imposing. Forty-six stairs to the third floor. It goes straight up, switches back, and then up again. It's a beautiful staircase, but has the sort of incline that might compel one to drop an f-bomb or two when carrying more than a purse. Our movers, the two of them, put these stairs in their place. How they carried multiple eight-foot cabinets and a mattress up it, I'll never know. So, thank you Nick & Fernando, for getting us in the new apartment. Here's the bad news though, everything is still in cardboard. That said, I did cook a special first-night dinner - I just need a bit more time to write it up. In the meantime, I hope you don't mind a favorites list in place of a recipe.

- I'm hooked on this. Before our drive to Marfa, Wayne subscribed, loaded it on my iPhone, plugged it into my car stereo, and I felt like I had every album ever recorded at my fingertips.

- This photo project (via Tara)

- French sneaks.

- Watched this classic.

- Cute & clever - vintage food mill planter.

- Loving the MSL cookie app. Also, beautiful job bringing the magazine to the iPad.

- This plate.

- This workshop

- Toasted Salty Seeds from Nettletown - thanks Tea :)

- This salad. And the way Sara made my baked oatmeal in little jars.

- This photo series. And this one.. This Laura Taylor shot. And this one too.

- Beaches! Caftans!

- This exhibit at SFMoMA. Next up, the new exhibit at Pier 24.

- Reading this. This up next.

Promise to be back later in the week with a crowd-pleaser of a recipe. It's an old-school favorite around here, and it has been far, far too long since I've cooked it. A little something old to go with the new address. -h

I took the photo up above in our hotel room at the Hotel Congress in Tuscon, Arizona.

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The caftan photo is absolutely gorgeous!

Angela (veggievinyasa)

I am ttoally wowed and prepared to take the next step now.


Good to see a bit of your life outside food and recipes. I thoroughly enjoy exploring your favorites list, especially the photo series. You should be in one!


Heidi, We met at your book signing in Berkeley and I told you all about a new place in downtown Tucson that I'm writing the menu/recipes for. Well, almost done! Staying at the Hotel Congress recently, you were right next to the space where Sparkroot will be. We'll be open in August so when/if you come through town again, please come in for something to eat and maybe some Blue Bottle coffee away from home. :)

Julianna Starr

Hi Heidi - I love your website and your recipes - I send people to your website all the time - BUT I wonder if other people have noticed that you used to post your 'favourites' quarterly and now it seems that you are posting them more often. Though lots of things are quirky and interesting, I can't help but think there is a product-placement angle here, where companies are actively trying to get you to mention their products on your very popular website. I am not trying to be negative, as I love your website - but just hope that this is not product promotion cloaked as something else. best, kat HS: Hi Kat - sorry for any confusion on this front. They are simply "favorites lists"....things I'm excited about. I don't do any sort of the editorial product-placement I think you're referring to on my site. If I happen to write about a product or service, I've purchased it myself and like it. Hope that provides a little more clarity!


So pleased to have discovered your blog! You are on the short list of those that I follow. Wanted to let you know you have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award (although probably not for the first time): http://www.lifeflipping.net/2011/06/versatile-blogging.html Thanks for sharing what you do! - Sarah www.lifeflipping.net


Your website makes me feel good. Thanks!


Heidi thank you so much for sharing your favourites list. I LOVE The Burning House website. It provides a glimpse of the beautiful things with which people surround themselves. I hope the move went well and that you are settling in and finding some beautiful spots in your new home in which to photograph your amazing recipes. Emma

emma. our kitchen

Heidi thank you so much for sharing your favourites list. I LOVE The Burning House website. It provides a glimpse of the beautiful things with which people surround themselves. I hope the move went well and that you are settling in and finding some beautiful spots in your new home in which to photograph your amazing recipes. Emma

emma. our kitchen

Having lived in one of those SF 3rd floor walk up for 6 years know, I know how grateful one can be for others to carry the heavy stuff. Especially when one is catering dinner for 40 and you're in the middle of load out.


Hi Heidi! I've been reading your blog for a while now and I want to suggest a new type of flour to you. I come from the Sonoran Desert and I wonder if you've had mesquite flour. It has a low glycemic index and it's slightly sweet already. Getting the flour is a bit seasonal because it's the dry mesquite pod that been ground and the trees only produce them in late summer (which for us is around late August). They make really yummy pancakes though and the flavor goes well with jams and jellies from the area. I like pomegranate jelly mixed with prickly pear jam. Local farmers' markets have places where they turn your pods into flour for a small fee and it's sustainable food because the trees produce pods year after year without the need for much water or care. You've already been to Tucson and if you go again, please inquire HS: Hi Kath - I sometimes use mesquite flour in baked goods, it's amazing. My favorite is the cookies in Super Natural Cooking.


Talking on faves: the Cele's Old-Fashioned Pear Cake is an absolute favorite with me when baking with toddler! We are all sick today, so to keep little one occupied, I got him baking. Replaced wholewheat with rye & apples instead of pears. He loved the process, munching on apples and almost finished the pie by himself, out of the baking pan, with a fork: "Daddy does not want pie, Daddy wants water". I tried to doctor my boys with miso today, but no luck :(

Mama Luba

Today is my birthday, and I bought your newest book as my present to myself. It's beautiful, and I look forward to using it. The cabbage and beans will be the first recipe I try. This is my fourth birthday without my dad, which is tough since my birthday and father's day are always the same week. He was one month shy of his 85th birthday when he died, and he wasn't sick long so that was a good thing. I have always meant to tell you that when I cleaned out his computer, he had 101 Cookbooks bookmarked on it!!!! Thanks for everything. HS: Thanks so much for this Victoria - it quite honestly made my day.


Hotel Congress is our favorite place to stay in Tucson! I love the history and the music. Much appreciate shout out!


Heidi, You have been quickly making your way up the charts to hero status in my book! I have been cooking passionately for a long time, but never have I come across someone else with a common passion for photographing their food! Some people have pictures of their kids, their pets, grandchildren, etc. With me, dishes I have made or eaten. I am that person who whips out the camera at a fance restaurant - no shame. Thank you for your exquisite cookbooks and blog. Tonight's treat was the Whole Grain Rice Salad, which I ate sideways in a chair with my knees hugged to my chest, balancing the dish and savoring every morsel and surprise with my eyes closed until I had chased the last grain of rice around and around to my mouth!


Heidi-- I LOOOVe love love your blog and both cookbooks. So many of your recipes have been huge hits among family and friends (and most of them are NOT into healthy eating). I was wondering if you could do a list or round-up of your favorite no-cook summer recipes.... our kitchen is being remodeled and we're working w/an electric skillet and bathroom sink! So anything w/very little cooking/prep is great (we do have a grill though) Thanks so much!!


Snap! We've just moved to, so I know the horrors, but I knew pure unadulterated love when I saw my new apartment had a lift. I still hate moving but man, that sure makes life easier. Happy homemaking Heidi :) Once you get everything out of that cardboard its so much fun tizzing the new joint. tizzing! love it.

Anna Johnston

@Sarah: I have the same problem. I ordered mine weeks ago and I am still waiting! I have been meaning to ask Heidi if she new what was up with Amazon. Hopefully she can find out (after she unpacks a few more boxes...) HS: Hi Jennifer, Hi Sarah - so sorry about the hold up - they should be shipping any day now. There was a gap in the supply over the past couple weeks, but that should all be sorted once the print run that hit the warehouse last week gets distributed.


Another great list - thank you!

Sophie Delphis

Heidi- I'm looking on Amazon for your book- but why can't I buy it from Amazon (only other sellers are showing)? Is it sold out? Very weird- I already bought 3 copies when it came out via Amazon... hmm? HS: Sarah, thanks for your support! It should be shipping very soon. See up above/below for a more in depth answer. So sorry about the hold up!


Heidi, you are #1 on my June Favorites List. I picked up the new book a few days ago and finally got around to making the Orzo Salad on p. 95 this afternoon. I used walnuts instead of pine nuts (whoa $$$), and used goat's dairy products instead of cow's. What I love about your recipes is that I can make them suit my dietary lifestyle and they still come amazing! Thanks for writing such wonderful books and enjoy your new space. HS: Thank you Sara. Good call on the walnut swap - pine nuts were $29.99/lb. here last week!

Sara Jean

the light in your photo...so delicious! here's to settling into new adventures in your new abode. xo.

my spatula

I totally feel the moving "ef bomb" blues... PS. Thank you for The Burning House!!

Kristy Lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty

I'm currently obsessed with mason jars, and was delighted to see Sara's use of them in baked oatmeal. YUM!

Alejandra @ mouthfulsandmorsels.wordpress.com

My husband and I have been together 15 years and have moved 8 times! As much as I dread a move, I'm pretty used to it now and have everything fine tuned for little to go wrong. My husband is also a driver so everything gets put away within 4 days. We get the movers to empty the boxes and take them away so that we never have to look at a box. We find a place for everything just to get it out of the way and then, when time permits, rearrange in a more orderly fashion. Looking forward to seeing what delicious meal you whipped up in your new home. Cheers!

The Culinary Chase

Love your favorite lists, Heidi -- it's a lovely glimpse into your world beyond food! Isn't the SW magical? I have a special place in my heart for the desert, too. Congrats on your move, glad it went well! Best, Tricia


I picked up the Goon Squad at Logan Airport for my 6-hour flight to Portland, OR in April. The check-out woman said, "Oh, good choice, I'm reading it now, and it just won the National Book Award." It's June, and despite a 6-hour flight, 2 weeks in Portland, a 5-hour flight back, and almost a month, I didn't finish it until the other day. I really enjoyed it, but it's written a very unique way that might push me to read it again (quicker), so that I might understand it better.

Johanna Woodbury

Your photo makes me want to move to the desert and paint my bedroom turquois. Also, I always love your lists. Some time ago I took your recommendation to read Drop City- best summer read I've had in a long time. I've put these two books on my list.


Good luck with all the unpacking - and getting used to those stairs. What a workout. Love your list of favorites, especially The Burning House photo project. Makes you think about what is really important. As long as I had the people and pets in my house, I"d be good. :)

Lori @ Girl Meets Oven

Congrats to your new home! A month ago I moved to my 7th (!) floor apartment. I was lucky that our elevator is quite big so even the bed did fit in. I'm going to buy a new sofa and I'm seriously thinking about home delivery ;)


I'm also on the third floor and you'll be amazed how quickly those stairs become a breeze. The folks in my building live to a ripe old age - I credit the stairs. May the settling in go smoothly and welcome home!


Welcome to your new home! I wish for you a multitude of wonderful moments within its walls.

Travis Brooks

I hope neither of you breaks a leg while you're living there!

David in San Antonio

I am in love with those plates... so so gorgeous

Nicole Franzen

Can't wait to read Jennifer Egan's book, Heidi. And Bensimon sneaks? Just discovered them last week and have been hemming and hawing about what color I want....

Megan Gordon

thank you for including me, what a sweet surprise :) Hope that you slowly chip away at the boxes and enjoy making a new home for you and Wayne. It's always nice to start fresh. xo


Easy Rider! Yes! Nothing wrong with a list, when it's good :-)


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