Favorites List (May 2011) Recipe

I just returned from a road trip to Marfa, Texas. While I unpack, I thought I'd post a favorites list made up of a few things that have caught my attention or inspired me lately.

Favorites List (May 2011)

I spent the last ten days driving from San Francisco to Marfa, Texas. And then from Marfa, Texas back to San Francisco. I stared at impossibly big skies, took night swims, barreled down wide open roads, and listened for the sound of midnight trains. The car has 3500 more miles on it than it did when we left. Which, I noted, is nearly as many miles as I drove all last year. So, while I regroup, I thought I'd share a quickie favorites list.

- Vintage Dolly. Particularly the shot in front of the bus. Wish I knew who the photographer was.

- Grapefruit Campari Sorbet. Yes, please.

- Marfa fantasy listing - scroll.

- Graphite on paper. via swissmiss

- Can't wait for this. And this! Congrats Katie. Congrats Molly!

- This site.

- This place.

- Aida's SF hit-list.

- This story.

- An afternoon in the Presidio with WB, Mirah & Thao.

- Still have a soft spot for SF-centric movies. This is still my fave, but I never regret re-watching this.

- Browsing this.

- This cafe apron. And this for my wooden spoon collection.

- This Japanese Rice Cooker.

- This is now officially on my short list of things to make.

- And I had a particularly great mail pile waiting for me when I got back from Marfa. It included Matt's new book, Helene's Plate to Pixel, and the new issue of UPPERCASE. Looking forward to spending time with all.

There's a new recipe coming a bit later in the week, hopefully with a few pictures from the trip.

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I opine that to get the loans from banks you should present a firm motivation. Nevertheless, one time I’ve received a college loan, because I wanted to buy a bike.


Thanks for sharing your list! Can totally relate ’cause I have two favorite lists on my own lol


Thank you so much for sharing the Japanese rice cooker with your readers! We love following along and are big fans of the site! Carla (The owner at Alder & Co.) and I are both vegetarians and are endlessly inspired by the great recipes you post. Thanks again! Rebecca
HS: Thanks for the nice note Rebecca. I was so pinched for time when I was in Portland last month, and overloaded with luggage and books. I can’t wait to come back and spend the proper amount of time at Alder & Co. Such a great shop!

Rebecca - Alder & Co.

Thank you so much for sharing the Japanese rice cooker with your readers! We love following along and are big fans of the site! Carla (The owner at Alder & Co.) and I are both vegetarians and are endlessly inspired by the great recipes you post. Thanks again! Rebecca
HS: Thanks for the nice note Rebecca. I was so pinched for time when I was in Portland last month, and overloaded with luggage and books. I can’t wait to come back and spend the proper amount of time at Alder & Co. Such a great shop!

Rebecca - Alder & Co.

thanks for your help


Seeing that you had a wooden spoon collection made me remember visiting The Spiral Spoon in East Glacier, MT last summer. It was fascinating to see all the hand carved spoons and such. http://www.thespiralspoon.com/


I have something to say about the Russian egg salad that is on your “short list of things to make.” Russians (I am Russian and only recently moved to the US), even those who live in this country (at least those whom I know), do not use Dijon mustard, — it is a completely different beast than Russian mustard. We prefer either freshly made mustard from a powder (like when you do wasabi at home) or one that can be bought in a Russian market. But then you need very little of it.


Plate to Pixel rocks!

Rocky Mountain Woman

So what motivated you to drive to Marfa? I’ve read about it and all the cool artsy stuff and artsy types that live there. Was it worth the effort?

Lisa W.

i was just on a retreat & a dearheart there made us all your garbanzo bean pattie recipe…DELICIOUS!!! you are inspiring~ xo

rachel awes

Terrific list. Don’t you just love a road trip? (Although I love it a little less with these gas prices). By the way I made your peanut cucumber salad this past weekend and we all loved it. Thanks. Cynthia


I can’t wait to see the new recipe… and thanks for all the cool stuff to look up!!

Linda Brewer

I just received Plate to Pixel in the mail a couple days ago! I’ve only made it about a quarter of the way through, but so far it’s inspiring me to leave auto-land and take the brave step into manual (I’m pretty much an pre-beginner when it comes to photography).
I think it’s the sort of book that will help a lot of people move past the green square mode!

Caroline @ French Ponytail

Did you make the egg and mushroom salad? I love that combo in other forms, but not sure I’d like it as egg salad. Can’t wait to hear if you liked it.
HS: Not yet Lori – but it’s on my to-do list. xo


wow, heidi, thanks — i’m honored for the shout-out. oh, and welcome home, neighbor!

aida mollenkamp

LOVED the list…fun and captivating!


I love Alder and Co in Portland. They have beautiful things. Your book was in Powell’s display case!! That made me smile yesterday!


Love the list. Upper Case looks fabulous! Glad you found it for me. 🙂


h ello ,kitty i am in tehran thank you ,your salad re cepies are exelent , I am waiting for more . Xo


Thanks Heidi for sharing the info for your bracelet. I am on my way to go check it out.
I make some really simply silver bracelets that can be worn all the time (even in the water) and I love them! If you ever want me to send you a couple… I will. I don’t sell them so you have a gift if you would like to try them.
Have a beautiful day! Sara


I really like the photo in this post — captures the expanse of the road nicely. (And cute bracelets, by the way!)

Run Fast Travel Slow

Apologies, Heidi and thanks, Monica. I don’t know how I overlooked this in SNE because I’ve already made the yogurt biscuits. My only excuse is that a friend read off the ingredients as I was mixing the recipe. I just went back last night and saw that it was measures and weights.

Linda NYC

Hi Heidi,
Been a long time follower (and admirer) of your blog. More than the recipes what I really wait for are your favourites lists. I always learn so much from them and come away knowing a completely new aspect of life. Many thanks for your blog. It rocks.
I am totally longing for the Japanese rice cooker. I have gotten in touch with the lady that imports it here in the US (Naoko, toirokitchen.com) and hope to buy one soon…

Pavitra Chakravarty

Heidi, you rock! So what did you think of Marfa? We stopped there a few years ago thinking that it would be a fun, hokey thing to check out the Marfa Lights. Was I ever in for a surprise! The lights were real, not a hoax (and they were amazing). But the ART! I was so blown away we stayed much longer than planned.
I would love to go back to Marfa. What a road trip!


Love the photo of the hand on the steering wheel! So liberating.


Heidi, I love both your cookbooks… but. I have to ask??? Where did the beautiful silver beaded bracelet come from that is on your wrist in that really cool black and white photo ; ) I would love to own one too!
HS: Hi Sarah, I picked it up at Anthropologie recently – it’s this guy. I actually bought it thinking it was a necklace, and then eventually started wrapping it around my wrist.


Love all the wonderful links to the beautiful items. Can’t wait for the next edition! Re the Japanese rice cooker, I’ve been using one just like this for years that I brought back from a trip there. They make the best “okoge”…the caramel-colored crust at the bottom. For an excellent selection of Igamono pieces to purchase state-side, visit http://www.toirokitchen.com.


Your trip sounds so fanciful, like something from a movie. 🙂
Thanks for the fun list.

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

OK. That’s the second time in an hour that MARFA, TX has come up for me. What did ya do out there?


Linda, Heidi started providing weight measures for flour a while ago. So the earlier recipes on the site don’t have that but the most recent ones do, as do the recipes in her most recent book. I wish all recipe writers would do this. I just find it so much quicker. With the book I mentioned above, the author is down under, so she’s writing her recipes in weights already – but her publisher is not giving her the choice of whether to keep those measures in the US edition. I don’t see why they can’t just keep them, since they’ll already be done…


That is a whole lot of miles!
Great list of favourites. I love the look of the diner.


Thanks for sharing another awesome list with us!
It’d be really interesting to hear what some of your musical favorites are, especially what you listen to when you’re cooking. I somehow imagine it’s something like Red House Painters, since I closely associate them with San Francisco and with a lot of good memories I’ve had there.
Off-topic, and along the lines of Monica’s comment – I was wondering if you’ve ever considered giving weight measures for flour. I find that no matter what recipe I’m following, and how much I fluff the flour and gently scoop before leveling, I wind up with too much. Anyway, just a thought…

Linda NYC

I have lived in SF on the Presidio in a wonderful Victorian house and in Alpine TX and drove through Marfa. Did you see the Marfa lights out in the desert. They never have been able to figure out what they are. Some say they are the spirits of Indians from long ago! I have seen them and taken pictures! It was really something. I just love the desert skies but SF is my favorite!(Even though I am back in the desert again!)


Great list …I think I loved it all


I love the Fremont Diner photos! Gives us all hope that one day it would be easy to walk in, order and get a seat. It’s soooo good it’s always busy. But it’s worth every minute of waiting.


I love the possibility of improvising with many of your recipes. I made the garbanzo salad friday but had no dandelion leaves, so used agretti (thx to Mariquita) and radish leaves. Absolutely delicious!!! And quick as one could ask…


My heavens, what would possess someone to drive from SF to Marfa, TX? Going to Big Bend?


Hi Heidi,
I just made your quinoa cakes and they were great….I posted them on my site today and have a Super Natural giveaway.
Thanks for the recipe.
Stacey Snacks

stacey snacks

Great list! i always find something new I want to see, try or read!

Anne @ Baking Me

Loving your favorites list…Just loving them! ox

The Healthy Apple

Hi Heidi, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog. I just have one request/suggestion – is there anyway you can adjust your link settings so that when I click on your links, it opens the other websites in a new window. I don’t like being diverted away from your beautiful blog!!! Thanks – Easily Distracted, Colorado.
HS: HI Georgie – I used to do links that way, but some people didn’t like that either. If you command-click on links, on a Mac, it will open links in a new tab. That’s how I do it, so I don’t lose the original site I’m on.

Georgie Bishop

Oh West Texas…I love it out there. My family has a house in Alpine and we are out there alot. (Driving from Houston) You really can’t find better people and community than you can out there. Did you come across any fire damage?
HS: It was absolutely stunning. We went to Alpine the last afternoon we were there. There was actually a large fire the previous day just outside of town, and the highway to Alpine was closed for a bit. Lots of fire damage visible from the roads.


Fabulous photo from the trip Heidi. Thanks for the inspiration on a few great eats to try this may. I also just adore the rice cooker! It’s supposed to rain here on the east coast for the next 10 days – so will be looking forward to a sunny recipe from SF later in the week!

Noelle @ greenlemonade

I want the Japanese rice cooker! Great post btw


Thanks for adding me to your favorites!
HS: Love your site Erik!


I love how you make even riding in the car look glamorous & be inspiring.


There are so many great books just released or coming soon that I may need a get another bookcase to hold all these beauties!


Marfa is such a lovely town. Was there for the Railroad Revival Tour recently. Did you see the art car parked on mainstreet? (with cowboy paintings….)
HS: I did!


I tried the egg salad recipe this weekend and loved it.

Mary McDonald

I’m too messy of a cook to be able to use a cafe apron, but fore sure it’s darn cute. I could use the fabric similar and make “full coverage” version to suit my needs (I never thought I’d ever use the term “full coverage” to describe anything that I would need. 🙂 – first time for everything)

Apron Appeal

I’m excited for the What Katie Ate book too! I asked if she would make metric measurements available in the US version, but she said it’s out of her hands. I wonder they knew about you as an example if that would help them make the right choice?!
HS: I sort of casually made the decision early on to do it. But I have to say, it was actually harder than I thought!


Love that rice cooker! Great list of favorites, sounds like a fun time with lots of wonderful memories to reflect upon. 🙂

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

Lovely. Great list that I’d be sure to check out each and every link!


Grapefruit sorbet with St. Germain changed my life.
Love that kitchen in marfa fantasy listing- the sink! The open shelves! The island!
Thanks for sharing.


If I am not mistaken the photos of Dolly were taken by the amazing Henry Horenstein…
HS: Thanks Julie 🙂


I’ve always wanted a rice cooker!


Love you Favorite Lists, Heidi! Sounds like an amazing trip, can’t wait to see pictures! Looking forward to spending time with the website dedicated to Vivian Maier, the photos I looked at are stunning- thank you. Molly’s egg salad made it straight to my short-list as well 🙂

Charlotte au Chocolat

That is a long, long drive, you should take at least a week off from the roads and just cook and eat !

Ciao Florentina

Good choice with Dogfight, can’t go wrong with River Phoenix.


wow, what a road trip you had! It sounds freeing and wonderful in that you got some time/space/free headspace to just clear your thoughts on the open road. Beautiful!
I love the links you gave. And congrats on YOUR book coming out (I have it!) and also to Helene and Matt on theirs.
Off to link hop, now. Thank you!

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)

ahhh the open road and a long long drive…one of my favourite things to dream about but only occasionally do i get to do (despite living a distance from many places in Australia ! ) Your favourites list is great but even better your new book which finally finally arrived after much delay…it is lovely, quietly yet potently inspiring and sitting proudly on the side in the kitchen…off the shelf getting “used” regularly…this morning my kids enjoyed the baked oatmeal for breakfast…i’ve just polished off the last of it for lunch. Thank you for “super natural everyday”…its a real treat !
HS: I love hearing my book has made it into kitchens in far-off lands! So glad to hear you’re enjoying it.

Sarah Bell

That IS a long drive. Get some rest and stretch your legs. Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters
P.S. That diner is SO adorable 🙂

Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Off topic, but I just finished eating the kale salad from your new book and wanted to say THANK YOU. Delicious. I had never cooked with farro before, but know it will be a staple for me now. Also made the chickpea & dandelion salad yesterday. Yum.
Your book is beautiful, and I love that the recipes are simple with few ingredients. Perfect. Congrats on a job well done!


i want/NEED that rice cooker. Great find!


I’m still waiting on your book to arrive – le sigh. It’s lateness has given me time to read through Plate to Pixel, but I am so ready to sift through your recipes.
PS – that Japanese rice cooker is amazing.


What a great list, and even better, there is a favorites list within a favorites list where you listed Aida’s SF hit list! i checked it out and I have hit maybe half of those places so far, so I’ll have to keep my eye out for the rest. More to look forward to!

sweet road

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