Cooking.com: Wusthof 60% off
Crate & Barrel: Scoops 50% off.
Papa John’s: Free ‘za online.
Restaurants.com: 60% off gift certs.
Blog of the Week
Apparently, if your name is Deb and you have a food blog, you automatically rule. Armed with mouth-watering photography, giggle-inducing wordsmithery, and a neat logo, Smitten Kitchen is, as Martha Stewart deems it, “a very cute website.” If you have any doubts after Miss M’s ringing endorsement, take a look at this blondie recipe or peruse bon mots like: “I almost offered to marry the guy giving it out just for the recipe but I was torn because I already have a kick-ass kugel recipe and… oh right. I’m also already married.”
Cookbook of the Week
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
I’m obsessed with Ina’s soothing culinary style, so it shames me to say that I don’t actually own any of her cookbooks. Instead, I frequently, deviously steal into Rachel’s stash. (Really, it’s the same relationship a newly-pubescent 13-year-old has with his dad’s porn collection, except at the end I have brownies.) Anywayzies, BC’s debut cookbook focuses on high-end food made from fresh, quality ingredients that you can usually buy cheaply. Several recipes don’t give a flying you-know-what about calories, but tiny adjustments can fix those minor issues.
Organization of the Week
Last Thursday, we mentioned a singular woman doing a whole lot of good (Jeannette Cram with Treat the Troops). This time, it’s the big one: the USO. The 66-year-old nonprofit isn’t part of the government, doesn’t receive their funding, and thus, needs volunteer time and donations. If you’d specifically like to send a care package, the aptly named Operation Care Package is the way to go. Check out their FAQ for more info, or just peruse the site, which is simple, intuitive, and way informative.
Quote of the Week
“I like baked potatoes. I don't have a microwave oven, and it takes forever to bake a potato in a conventional oven. Sometimes I'll just throw one in there, even if I don't want one, because by the time it's done, who knows?” – Mitch Hedberg
Tip of the Week
Want fajita tortillas to stay flexible? Instead of microwaving, stick a splatter screen over a sauté pan full of cooking meat and vegetables. Place the tortilla on top and steam for one minute. Then flip. Voila!
Untried Cheap, Healthy Recipe of the Week
Low-fat Lassi with a Hint of Rose from Happy Burp
I’m a bit fixated with lassis this week. My friend K used to make really good ones, and I’ve been looking for a low-fat alternative. This looks to fit the bill quite nicely.
Video of the Week (Food Division)
Squeeze – “Pulling Mussels from a Shell”
Sweet early-‘80s pop from a criminally underrated group.