Favorites List (Winter 2011) Recipe

A winter favorites list made up of a few things that have caught my attention or inspired me lately. Also, links to some pretty desktop patterns and iPhone wallpapers from Super Natural Every Day.

Favorites List (Winter 2011)

First off, I have a little treat for you. Well, a treat for those of you who like desktop backgrounds and iPhone wallpapers as much as I do. While I was working on Super Natural Every Day I found myself using landscape shots from the book as my desktop patterns. Here are four of my favorites. I figured some of you might want to use them as well. I use the pink rhododendron for my phone, and the California Coast shot on my big Macintosh. Enjoy~ Super Natural Every Day desktop wallpapers.

So, I just stepped off the airplane, and I'm in the process of unpacking. Correspondingly, I haven't been in the kitchen in a few days. So, while I was in Portland, I started typing up a new favorites list for you. I have a new recipe to share, I just need a bit of time to write it up. In the meantime, I hope you'll enjoy the links and downloads.

- Daydream real estate listing number 1, and closer to home, number 2.

- Mission Beach Cafe's Alan Carter makes one of my favorite pies. It is a huckleberry pie with a rustic butter crust. I brought one to Thanksgiving this year so my family could taste the magic. Here's a cute video where Alan shares a few pastry tips.

- Enjoyed this movie. And this movie.

- Perfect way to wear pink.

- Photo Series: Eight Natural Headstands. Also, love this Mark Shaw photo of John Kennedy Jr.

- Can't get enough of this. Been using it on/in/around everything.

- A friend left a bottle of Mrs. Meyer's Lemon Verbena Dish Soap at my house recently, and I've totally fallen for it. I usually buy fragrance-free, but I love the smell of this soap.

- To try: Dark & Stormy made w/ Homemade Ginger Beer.

- Debbie Carlos: Fruits Poster

- Soap Flakes and vintage sugar packets - via swiss miss.

- I've cooked a bunch of recipes from Moro East over the past month - thoroughly enjoying it. It's always inspiring to explore new flavor combinations and cooking techniques, and spending time with a book like this is a great way to do it at your own pace. Feel free to join in.

And I know a lot of you, particularly in the mid-west and eastern U.S., could use some tasty soup inspiration right now. This one, this one, and this one, and this one, have been recent favorites. Oh! And if you've never cooked Richard Olney's Garlic Soup, please please give it a try at some point. Simple and amazing.

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Thanks for the recommendations, Heidi

homestay in goa

This is understandable that money can make people free. But what to do if someone does not have cash? The one way is to get the loan and collateral loan.


Heidi, Your favorite things always makes me feel good, particularly when I'm having an off day like today.....I think I'l try the hazelnut oil.....


I am glad you put this winter favorite list, as cold weather sets in, sometimes I need more reasons to see past the gloomy, cold days to remember each seasons have its wonderful things. I love the image. Thank you.

Pam @ Kitchen Cookware

Heidi, I also have a question about the garlic soup. I just made it for dinner and though it was delicious I think something was not quite right. I ended up with a soup that was more eggy than creamy. My whisking was slow, as directed, but maybe not slow enough? Or maybe it was over a flame too long? Any thoughts? HS: Without being able to see it, my guess is that maybe you let it go a bit too far? On the flame for a bit to long. If the eggs start to set, you're in trouble here. Next time pull it off a bit sooner and see if that helps.


Thanks for the links for the recipes. They are also my favorites.

dining room table

Hi, Heidi! I'm making Richard Olney's garlic soup right this very minute, and the broth alone is already to die for. However, 'm confused as to why the recipe calls for straining the broth into a bowl since everything but the bay leaf and the sage is returned to the soup. Wouldn't it make sense just to remove the bay leaf and the sage leaves without the straining? Or am I missing something? HS: Hi Lauri, you could try it your way. I think this recipe was from a strain-prone era.


Just discovered 101 Cookbooks a few days ago and I absolutely love it! As a collector of vintage and new cookbooks, I have always been drawn to the ones that have beautiful illustrations, whether they be hand drawn or photographs. Your photos are exquisite, the recipes delicious, and I particularly like the choice printing each recipe with or without the photo. Fabulous, just fabulous!

Joan Hultman

Wonderful list, Heidi! When I saw this, I immediately changed my desktop background to "The California Coast." I absolutely love that photo! HS: Thanks Kamran, that was the very first photo I shot that ended up in the book. I have a special fondness for that shot.

kamran siddiqi

Such beautiful wallpapers. Here in west coast it's been warm the past few days, I have started to wonder ' where is the winter' ? But those soup looks amazing and I have to try my hand on them .. i love the noodle soup the best !! :)


How beautiful are those wallpapers! I'm all over them. Also just added I am Love to my netflix queue. Looks intense - can't wait. Thanks!


Heidi - thanks for sharing your lovely scenic shots, the beach scene is now my screen saver - a little but of sunshine in a very grey British winter! and lovely post as always :)


That's funny- I live in Portland and just came back from India but when I was in the San Francisco airport I thought of you because I love this site! I went an entire month without cooking because of my travels and I am SO looking forward to getting back into my kitchen. As always. thanks for the inspiration!


That soap grater is awesome, wish I could figure out how to buy one! Doesn't seem they're even available for that. Too bad, I'd get one right away - the boyfriend likes bar soap, but I find it gross to grab the same bar over and over that has bits of whatever grossness the last person was trying to get rid of left on it.


Hi Heidi I came across your blog early this year and must confess I'm ever so slightly addicted. Your coconut red lentil soup I've cooked too many times and recently made the Green Olive Gnocchi which my boyfriend loved. There are a few ingredients I have struggled to find in the UK; Cilantro, Farro and Chard. I just wanted to check what else you would recommend using if I can't get hold of any of these ingredients C


Thanks for the list. I am going to prepare that garlic soup ASAP. I will use some green garlic from my CSA box along with mature garlic. We all need the power of garlic with all the colds going around.


Love this list! I am going to watch "I Am Love" tonight and possibly whip up a Dark & Stormy!

Anne @ Baking Me

Hi Heidi, I don't know where else to send this, so I'll just post it here and you can delete if you want. I really love your site, but that Welch's ad is driving me crazy! One of the things I love about your space is the peaceful, homey environment. I feel like I'm flipping through cookbooks by the fireplace...Until the Welch's ad pops up and I have to swat it away. It's really a pest and I hope you'll get rid of it soon. HS: Hi Amy, I have a request in, I'm asking that they either replace the unit with one that requires a click for it to expand, or pull it entirely - it's Sunday morning, and I didn't hear back yesterday, but my ad network is typically quick in responding. I'll follow up - in the meantime, thanks for your patience, and my apologies.


I too am always interested in your favorites. And like another of your European fans, encourage you to include metric measurements in your recipes. Thank you for the frequent inspiration the past couple of years!


I just feel In. Love. with the photo at the top of your post the second I flipped to your site. I immediately thought "I would love this as my desktop, but it would feel like stealing." And then I read not two lines in that you'd posted them for all. A big genuine thank you from someone in the midwest who needs to remember what grass looks like right now!


great list! i was wondering what to do with the rest of the garlic from my garden, now i know! garlic soup is a favorite and i'm looking forward to trying this recipe. i really enjoyed the banksy movie, except for the annoying cameraman. i feel like he was just riding the wave of someone else's fame. BUT, there is another banksy movie out, available to watch on hulu.com, with joan collins. haven't watched it yet, but it looks mighty interesting- http://www.banksyscomingfordinner.com/


LOVE the soap flakes dispenser. Ingenius! Must have one of those. Thanks for sharing! Also, we made the New Year Noodle Soup and found it divine. Thank you for that tasty, warm treat!


You know you want to move to the NJ house so you can be closer to me! ;-) Miss your lovely face, my dear friend! Took Kiah and Amai to Terrain today for lunch and thought of you. When, I say WHEN!, are you coming back for a visit? Xo~ HS: Hi Nikki! I miss you guys too. Been thinking of you in all that snow. Big hugs & kisses to the whole family from me. Would love to see Terrain in the winter!


Made the New Years Noodle Soup! It was fantastic, shared with a sick neighbor warm with the sides and they needed a second bowl within a few minutes. Highly recommend it, easy to make too!


Lovely list of favorites, Heidi...a beautiful winter list that I love too...and that garlic soup looks delish....

The Healthy Apple

Heidi, if you love that hazelnut oil, you have to pick some up from the Freddy Guys Hazelnuts family at the farmer's market the next time you are in Portland. Or buy it now from their website: freddyguys.com. It is amazing! I was content with the type you are using until I tried the Freddy Guys oil. I felt like I was discovering the difference between ordinary pure olive oil and great extra virgin all over again.


Hi Heidi, I've been following your site for a long time and love it and your recipes and writing, but have never commented. I LOVE your favorites lists - you have impeccable taste. Thanks for sharing such coolness with us. While we are on the subject of favorites, I was looking over your photo tips and I noticed you don't mention any medium format cameras - do you shoot with one at all? Just bought a canon 1.4 and a Yashica Mat 124g and I"m loving them both, and your site has been a frequent source of food photography inspiration. Anyway, thanks for your amazing site - looking forward to the new book. Linda NY, NY HS: Hi Linda, thanks for the nice note. I do shoot medium format quite a bit. I have a bit of info down in the equipment section of this photo page. Happy shooting, the Yashica Mat is a fun camera :)


Thanks for all the great info!

Simply Life

In an attempt to get me more involved in the brewing process, my partner told me I need to pick what kind of beer to make next. I was at a loss until now, can't wait to try homemade ginger beer!

Anne Marie

Thanks for passing along the reminder about La Tourangelle's out of this world nut oils. They are truly the best. The only thing that could make them better is returning to the old stoneware bottles they were first introduced in. I've saved them all these years because they're so lovely. P.S. Will we be hearing more about your Portland trip? Please spill the beans and soon!


Oh, that garlic soup looks and sounds so delicious! And yes, the Lemon Verbena dish soaps make washing dishes a really pleasant experience, love it !

Ciao Florentina

OMG! Heidi you are sooo generous! I love the PIE video...it was remarkable! Also, "Exit Through The Giftshop", just saw it and loved it!!! Your blog is the best. Thanks so much!

coco berkman

I love your columns--all aspects of them. So please forgive me when I say that in trying to read today, I found the new pop-up-again-and-again ads from Welch's to be so annoying. Is there any way to eliminate them? Sorry to write this. HS: My apologies Jane. Let me look into it. I think I know which one you're talking about, the one that expands on rollover. Thanks for the heads up.


I love reading all the interesting places and your recipes have inspired me to try new things.. Thank for being such an inspiration

Rose Mary

Such a great list! That garlic soup definitely looks delicious too!

Happy When Not Hungry

I live vicariously through your travels and recipes. Thank you so much sharing your life with us.


I'm an east coast sailor and a dark and stormy lover. I second what the recipe says - it is not a dark and stormy if it's not made with ginger beer (not ale) and Goslings. Not even worth trying if you don't have around. And I prefer serving with a wedge of lime to add a dash of lime juice.


Thank you for those beautiful photos. Before I even read your intro, I put that deer photo on my desktop to see if it would fit. So thanks for the links. I'm making your noodle soup right now, and your pierce street chili for Sunday. My soup-lover husband and I thank you for all your wonderful recipes.


Gorgeous photos. The deer are so cute!

Jen @ keepitsimplefoods

Lovely list my dear! Winners all...

Rocky Mountain Woman

Banksy is a creative force - loved that movie too. And the oils look great for salads and soups. Thanks for sharing your inspirations.


Thank you!


Like your list and especially La Tourangelle oils. I am using their Pecan oil on pan roasted flounder as well in the filling for my caramel cinnamon rolls.

Betsy (hiltonheadfoodie)

It's comforting to know that even the most skilled cooks among us will rely on the talents of another baker -- picking up instead of home-baking --a pie when the need (or desire) is there,


Love your best of lists, Heidi. I have been meaning to check out Moro East and have yet to try hazelnut oil, but I imagine it would be amazing in risotto!


What a wonderful list...so interesting. And I love your picture of the deer. Beautiful.

Alice at Northeast Locavore

Re; Richard Olney's Garlic Soup. I've made this SO many times since first seeing it posted here. In fact, I have the ingredients here and plan to make it tomorrow afternoon. :) My husband and I absoluely LOVE this soup! Thanks so much for all your wonderful posts!

Teri Y

What a nice surprise! Thanks for the shout out :)

Debbie Carlos

a lovely list. i just pre-ordered SNE and i can't wait until april!

laura @ alittlebarefoot

Heidi, thank you for always being so curious and experimental. We reap the rewards! I've adapted a few of your recipes to make them camping friendly. There's nothing better than a good meal under the stars :D Thanks again!


Such a great list, Heidi! HS: Thanks Jen!


I love new interesting takes on life and recipes and the movies look fantastic.

Laura @ SweetSavoryPlanet

You have excellent taste in movies. Those are two of my recent faves. Thank you for the soup recipes - we're expecting an ice storm here in New York tomorrow :(

Delphine at Antiquarian Cooks

What a great favorites list! I've always proclaimed to hate the color pink, but I want that watch! Also, I share your love for the Hazelnut oil (I think there are 4 different La Tourangelle oils in my kitchen as I type this). The John Jr. and Salt Point Deer photos are especially lovely.

Monika {windycityvegan}

that garlic soup is to die for, it's so silky and dreamy!

alana (at) the food

Here in maine it's 10 degrees -- those soups look perfect...I enjoyed browsing through these links -- thanks!

lauren @ spiced plate

That's a great list. I loved "I Am Love" this past summer.

Sophie Delphis

Beautiful list of favorites!


Yay, a favorites list! Love it. The handstand series is incredible (go old-school yogi-dude!), the soap flaker ingenious, and you've reminded me that I must get hazelnut oil, pronto. Just ordered Christmas limas from Rancho Gordo so that soup is a must once they arrive. Thanks :)


I second homemade ginger beer. Sweet and spicy and fun to make!

Honestly Good Food

I love the architecture on the two real estate listings you posted! The first one seems like it's in the middle of a park!

Earl Lee

Thank you for the inspiring list and the desktop wallpaper; what beautiful photographs. I really enjoy your blog, in my mind, it is connected with the words said at the beginning of meals back in the days of boarding school: to good food and good friends... (it is not just the food, but also the company), and on that note, salute and gom bui!


Great collection of favorites, and thanks for the desktop images. I love San Francisco Sutro and Salt Point Deer!

sweet road

Great meeting you this last week. I will be up in San Fran next week and can deliver a bottle or two of suds from my local if you are interested. By the way, my wife's jaw dropped when I told her who I had dinner with. Your site is one of her favorites! HS: Well, thanks for sharing one your berry-filled doughnuts with me Carlo :) And for the Santa Cruz tips.


Hi Heidi, I, like so many others love the favourites lists, there are always so many interesting things to peek at and they must be fun to compile. Sadly though, I can't watch the pie video - it is saying it is unavailable but might that be because I am out of the US......? I do love Wayne's SF photo too - a really beautiful image. HS: Hi Kate - I think it is a Flash player. Maybe you don't have Flash in your browser or something? I'm not 100% sure though.


Oh Heidi, I just love you. You have the best taste in everything and you're a wonderful photographer and cook. Thank you for all the inspiration to cook natural everyday. From a student at a little vegetarian co-op in Santa Barbara, Meg HS: Thanks so much Meg, I love co-ops!


I have a favorite to add to this list, Heidi -- your whole wheat cracker recipe! I made them last weekend with my pasta machine, and they turned out so, so well. Thin and crispy and wheaty-wonderful. Thanks so much!

Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks

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