Friday, November 4, 2011

The Best Blogs. And Delicious Food.

County Living Magazine
Announces its First Blog Awards!

And I'm sharing recipes that I just recently cooked up in my mountain kitchen.

I'm always on the lookout for healthy recipes that are easy to make. I've added a few to my Eating Cheap and Healthy Section, and I hope you might want to try them. We do eat out on occasion, but we make it an event. Meaning, we splurge -- on richness and calories -- and get what we want and seldom cook ourselves at home. It's more fun that way . . . .

Cooking during this time of the year in Colorado, I must admit, is an excellent way to keep warm. So, that's another incentive, for sure! For me, this is where I feel the most at home. And, as many of us will agree, it's where everyone gathers. 

 Here's our Sam, an Australian Shepherd, who LOVES the snow.
 He wants to beat the kitchen warmth and head out to play . . . .
 To work off my kitchen treats and experiments, we enjoy daily walks together.

New to my recipe files:  Oven barbecued Asian chicken, which got a thumb's up from my husband. So, that's a very good thing. In fact, left over chicken may grace a bed of lettuce tonight . . . . We also both liked actress Gwyneth Paltrow's "Lalo's Famous Cookies." Her mother, actress Blythe Danner's recipe. In case you didn't know, Gwyneth recently published a book called "My Father's Daughter," and it appears to be getting rave reviews. I'm sharing a couple of recipes -- Lalo's and roasted tomatoes -- in case you want to give them a try before buying the book. She also publishes this informative Web site.

You can also find Bon App├ętit magazine's tips to making the best-ever scrambled eggs here, and more.

Country Living Magazine Announced This Week
The Winners of Their First Blogger Awards . . . .
Since you're here on this blog, Love Where You Live, I figured you might like to know -- if you don't already -- the winners of this new, coveted award.  

For Decorating:

Wendy Hyde of Lehi , Utah, writes The Shabby Nest. She  is a wife and the mother of four beautiful children. That said, she has loved interior design for as long as she can remember. With a background in both fashion and interior design, she brings a unique perspective to creating a room. Wendy’s philosophy is that there are no design dilemmas, only opportunities in disguise. Creating beautiful spaces is both a compulsion and therapy for her. That’s what prompted Wendy to start writing her blog, The Shabby Nest. It is a way to share her design obsession with like-minded people. She loves to empower her readers with the desire to make their homes their havens, and to do so without breaking the bank. They say that if you do what you love, you never work a day in your life. If that’s the case, Wendy hopes to never “work” again. 

For Gardening:

A quintessential California girl, Linda Ly loves to be outside. Most days she’s playing in the dirt at her charmingly chaotic “farmlette,” tucked away in a coastal suburb of Los Angeles; other days she’s playing in the dirt on the coastline and mountains all around her home. Linda’s blog, Garden Betty, is the “diary of a dirty girl.” On it, she shares her life of organic gardening, modern homesteading, and adventure traveling -- from growing her own vegetables to canning preserves made with her own fruit to picking wild sage while cross-country skiing in the Sierras. She’s an avid supporter of the slow-living movement, and her happy place lies in the beauty of the outdoors. She shares her balsamic fig jam here.

Her gardening "how-to-guide" is here.

For Food:
 Pumpkin Biscuits (Crepes of Wrath)
Crepes of Wrath started in 2008 as a hobby for Sydney Kramer of Brooklyn , where she lives with her husband. In addition to working toward her bachelor’s degree in American history and having a part-time job, Sydney wanted to learn to cook and improve her photography skills, but Crepes of Wrath soon became more than just a blog. It’s a place where readers can peruse drool-worthy photos and find recipes that any at-home cook or die-hard foodie is able to whip up. You don’t need to go to culinary school to learn how to make bold, delicious food, especially when Crepes of Wrath is here to help.

Pumpkin Biscuits
Total Prep and Baking Time: 45-60 minutes
Yield: 8-10 biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out the dough

1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, 
1 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup milk

2 tablespoons molasses

1 teaspoon honey

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line and/or grease your baking sheets (I recommend using parchment paper) and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add in the cold cubed butter and mix together with a fork, a pastry cutter, or your stand mixer, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
3. In another bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, milk, molasses, and honey until well combined, then gradually add into the dry mixture with the butter until just moistened. Lightly dust your work surface with flour and turn the dough out onto it. Dust your hands and rolling pin with flour, then roll out to about a 1-inch thickness. Cut out 2 1/2-inch circles of dough and place on your prepared baking sheets. Continue until you have no more dough.
4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until set and golden. Allow to cool slightly on the baking sheets, then serve warm or at room temperature, preferably on a Thanksgiving dinner plate!

Judges included: Cooper Boone of Cooper ’s Kitchen, Eddie Ross of, Simply Sublime’s Jodi Kahn and Pink of Perfection’s Sarah McColl.

For more winners (crafts, lifestyle, collecting, etc) and their links, visit Country Living

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5 Responses to “The Best Blogs. And Delicious Food.”

Pumpkin biscuits...YUM! What a great twist for the holidays. (although a biscuit of any kind is my idea of heaven!)

Hi Susan! I have so slowed down getting around blogland and I miss coming here! I was so flattered to see that you had included me in a recent stack on Delicious. I must confess I know so little about that, and didn't investigate it until I saw all the traffic coming to House and Home Defined through it which led me back to you! What a nice surprise. Thank you. I hope you are well. Love what you are doing!

Hi Susan, I appreciate the link to my blog! I just came across yours and have already found so much inspiration in your pages!

Thanks so much for the wonderful post. I appreciate the shout out!!

juliemarg said...

Great blog! The recipes are perfect for cooking!

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