October 9, 2008

Scrapin' Up the Bits... Overabundance Edition

So many things that have been worth discussing, so little time. This will be truly rapid fire.

From the San Francisco Chronicle, via The Ethicurean, an organization helping combat veterans become farmers.

We made this braised chicken recipe from Food & Wine. Mamma Mia. It was incredible!

Speaking of cooking, Harold McGee -- aka, the Curious Cook -- looks at how various types of pans perform with heat dispersion, among other things. Interesting stuff.

I recently pronounced my addiction to the Clif Kids Organic Z Bars. Grist provides an interesting Q&A (conducted by the Ethicurean's Bonnie) with the couple that started and still runs Clif Bar.

At Bloomfield's Little Italy Days several weekends ago, I had my first-ever "Italian Egg Roll." It as some rolled, fried zucchini stuffed with, as I recall, prosciutto, fontina, and some hot pepper. Unfortunately, it was a little soggy inside. A for concept, B- for execution.

I usually wait 'til just before Thanksgiving to cheer the arrival of holiday seasonal beers. But that's just not fair. There are some wonderfully executed (and some not so) pumpkin-inspired beers. I've really been enjoying Michigan Brewing Company's Screaming Pumpkin Spiced Ale. And, trust me, it is definitely spiced! Need to pick up one four-pack of Dogfish Head's Punkin' Ale before it's all gone. If it's not already.

And, lastly, coming soon: A review of McGinnis Sisters new location in Cranberry/Adams Township.


Betsy said...

Hi! Thanks for the comment on my blog... unfortunately I didn't get to try one of the egg rolls, my boyfriend and his brother scarfed them down! I'm not sure if they remember the inner consistency, but I'll take your word for it. :)

Troy said...

I tried the Wolaver's Organic "Will Steven's*" Pumpkin Ale and wasn't a big fan of it . . . the spices were kind of strange to me. I do love Wolaver's beer, just wasn't crazy abvout the pumpkin ale. BTW, I just got back from a trip to Vermont and we visited the Wolaver's/Otter Creek brewery there. Very cool.

*Will Steven's is the name of the farmer that grew the pumpkins . . . nice to see they recognized him for his work.

Fillippelli the (Wannabe) Cook said...

Had a really good pumpkin ale at Mad Mex the other day. I think the waiter gave me the wrong name - he said it was Southampton - though, 'cause I got a 22 oz. bottle of it at 3 Sons Dogs and Suds in Wexford and it was clearly not the same beer. It wasn't bad, but the one at Mad Mex, which was on tap, was far more potent and just had the perfect balance of flavors.

Dorie said...

The braised chicken recipe was awesome! Thanks for the inspiration.