Saturday, October 15, 2011

Weekend Links #24

Weekend Links is a way of sharing all the engrossing things I see around the internet. I publish Weekend Links approximately every two weeks. As usual, I welcome your ideas and feedback.

food reading links:
--A useful post about speeding up weeknight dinner preparation (from The Kitchn). There are lots of good ideas in the comments.
--Why you should be making your holiday cookie dough now, and freezing it (from The Kitchn, again!).
--Mark Bittman takes on the common statement that "junk food is cheaper than cooking at home" (from the New York Times). What does it cost to feed a family of four at McDonald's and at home?
--I want to get a copy of Ruhlman's Twenty - a new cookbook whose thesis is that there are twenty basic techniques to master to be a good cook. The book includes 100 recipes and lots of photos for each technique (from Michael Ruhlman).
--Furthermore, there are almost 200 cookbooks coming out before Christmas. Here's a list of most of them (from The Eater). It includes one Hong Kong book (Hong Kong and Macau Magic) and a culinary history of Canada (Canadians at Table). I bet the list has a holiday present for every foodie.

recipe links:
--Granola made with pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground coffee beans (from Spoonful of Sugar Free). Apparently the coffee beans stay crunchy as you are eating and make for an interesting texture. Plus you get the caffeine hit you want first thing in the morning! How's that for inventive?
--This post from The Kitchn features dozens of ideas for cooking with beetroot, in answer to a reader question. What would you do if you had to eat four beetroots a week on command of your doctor?

off-topic links:
--Thanks to Pinterest I have been trying new hair ideas lately. Well, at least this interesting crossover half pinned-up style (video).

What engrossing things have you seen around the internet?

Or tell me... What is your best blog post these last two weeks?

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