Spring Favorites 2008

Spring Favorites 2008 Recipe

No recipe today, just a quick list of some of things I'm currently excited about (or inspired by) and wanted to share.

- Jake's Unbaked Yogi Bars: I keep these in my purse for those times I need a quick boost before the gym (or if I'm traveling and need airport snacks). They're a great alternative to more processed power bars. Made from just seven ingredients, the first one being nuts, these are sugar-free (sweetened with agave nectar), and deliciously spiced, great for people who travel or are on the go frequently.

- Occasionally, on my way to buy coffee, I pop into The Curiosity Shop, the other night I found these delightful letter-pressed Pancake & Franks dried goods note cards. Each four-pack includes one red lentil, sunflower seed, black-eyed pea, and macaroni printed card on beautiful weighty paper.

- I was lucky to spend a good chunk of time with Mark Bitterman at the recent Greenbrier Food Writers Symposium. There's no debating - he was the darling of the conference. I suspect you'll be hearing more from Mark, but in the meantime enjoy his salt collections, and Elissa Altman's article about the impromptu midnight salt tasting that I'm sure will be talked about for years to come. I should also give a shout out to some of my other Greenbrier pals who have great blogs (or in some cases newsletters): Molly, Tori, Jess, Dorie, and Cheryl.

- My current favorite cereal - it features sprouted grains, is extra crunchy, and uses organic ingredients. I eat it with Greek yogurt and just ordered a six-pack off Amazon.

- Sharon's incredible Tiny Buildings - Don't miss Pizzetta 211, Bi-Rite Creamery, and Lupa. You can keep track of her creations through her Flickr stream here as well. (via Wayne)

- WECK jars - I'm trying to move all my pantry items into these.

- High on my wish list - SideSwipes for my Kitchen-Aid.

- Even higher on my wishlist: Les Toiles du Soleil Chairs

- Vegetarian Myths, debunked. (Taylor Clark on Slate)

- Making micro loans via Kiva.

- Lizzie's adorable embroidered tea bags

- My friend Jason is working on a cool car project with his dad.

- Sixty feet of classic twisted, red-striped baker's twine on a mini spool.

That's it for now, I'll have a new recipe to share with you on Tuesday. I just walked in the door from my sister Heather's baby shower(!) - I promise to share a couple new recipes I tried out at her party.

- added late: just came across this Mark Bittman talk via TED/e.g.

- And one more(!) - Garlic Defanged by Daniel Patterson in The Times Magazine

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  • Thanks for the links Heidi, I appreciate you sharing. AND, I love that cereal!! You are right, it is so much cheaper online, I am grateful to find that out.

    amanda mae
  • Whoa! A little Lupa! I live in the actual Lupa building, directly on top of the restaurant, so this is incredibly amusing to me. :) I always tell people that the best thing about my apartment is taking out the trash, because it gets me closer to the wonderful smells wafting out of Lupa's kitchen. BTW, I love these lists that you do. A while back you turned me onto 20x200, the art site, which I've since ordered 2 fabulous prints from, so... thanks!

    Joanna
  • Note: sideswipes are only made for mixers in which the blade lifts up and back, not for mixers with the "crank" you use to lift the bowl up and down. The website makes this clear, but only when you are about to order. They are working on it, however. Thx for letting us know about this product.

    Joanne Rocklin
  • I love your lists! Thank you for all these wonderful recommendations. I'm a huge believer in micro-loans and I know how much they can help women in impoverished countries get a start and support their families. I also really want those side swipes. The Kitchen-Aid is one of my favorite things and the side swipes would just be awesome.

    The Spotted Apron
  • I have never heard of Kiva but thanks to you I made my first loan today. Masoli from Tajikistan now has enough to buy more livestock! How bloomin' awesome is that??!!! Thank you Heidi for the suggestion and for all your groovy recipes. Thanks for the comment Bubby, I think Kiva is pretty great. I'm hoping they will roll out their "group" feature soon, which would allow 101 Cookbooks readers to make loans as a group. :)

    Bubby
  • What is that beautiful tree? HS: It it a stunning tree that I came across on a walk not too far from my house - not sure what kind it is

    Deanna
  • Hey Heidi! Your post just reminded me of these great bars I just found! They're called Larabars and they are FANTASTIC. They only include a handful of ingredients, no sugar, vegan, soy free, gluten free, dairy free, even kosher! It's basically pure fruit at it's best. I just had a "Banana Cookie" the other day and I loved it. And I'm the Doritos kinda girl. When I jumped on their site, I discovered they also have Jocalat! Their healthy chocolate bars. The website is www.larabar.com. Have a great day!

    Laura
  • Heidi, What an absolutely lovely post. I love your blog and recipes to bits and pieces, and now you're introducing us to more amazing things! Thanks! P.S. you should do this periodically :)

    Anya
  • I loved the Slate article! It articulated the "reasonable vegetarian" position really well. Thanks for the link!

    Susmita
  • Mark is Mark Bittman, not Bitterman! HS: Nope! Different guy, similar name :)

    suzyqh
  • i am rather disappointed by this list. it's basically advertising a whole bunch of products. as if that's not bad enough, it actually encourages people to order their cereal from amazon.com! surely that's not sustainable or good for local businesses... HS: I make nearly all my weekly purchases from stores that I can actually walk to from my house (or take the MUNI to), I don't feel bad about making the occasional Amazon purchase - particularly for products that are hard to find. The cereal is double the price when I buy it individually at the store up the street (if they even have it in stock), so buying it in bulk from Amazon makes sense to me. And broadly speaking, I enjoy sharing some of the products I like with people who visit this site. I often highlight small, independent businesses or people making artisan products, or individuals who are just doing something cool. It's not something I feel bad about doing a couple times a year.

    abudi
  • LOVE the side swipes! I'll be getting those for me and my mother. Thanks for the tip:) And for those who DON'T have a Kitchenaid stand mixer, I'm giving one away......

    Lori
  • Ooh I love the Curiosity Shop! Thanks for posting the other inspiring links (and delightful recipes of course)!

    Tracy
  • Awesome list Heidi! I've been having fun trying out lots of your recipes. If you love salt, visit www.saltworks.com. They have a truffle salt that is to die for!

    Jane
  • oooooo you know what those cards remind me of? hodo soy's new t shirt with all the little soybeans in a little pile on the front. :} thanks for the reminder-- I'll need to get the black eyed peas for a certain soul food chef I know...

    shuna fish lydon
  • Those side swipes are such a good idea - I'll definitely be investigating those! It's half the fun of having a Kitchen-Aid that you can leave it whirring away in the corner, taking care of things without you, but it doesn't always quite manage it

    Sophie
  • I'm not a vegetarian, but you have so many recipes that look so good. I can't wait till I can try them. Thanks.

    Lucinda
  • Thanks for all the great links. I just made a loan thru Kiva - what a great organization!

    Vicki
  • The Side Swipes are ingenious. THANKS. I upgraded it from a wishlist and went ahead and bought it. Brilliant. Thanks again.

    Tomasina
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