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 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

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