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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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...


Great list! BTW, you can get the same rice cooker here for $20 less: www.toirokitchen.com


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


Heidi, 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 http://staceysnacksonline.com

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.


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