{Recipe: Three Bean Salad}

Three summers ago, I fell in love with a girl.  It was pretty much love at first sight.  Within moments of talking to her, I knew that we were meant to be friends.  And, despite living rather far away from one another and not being phone people, our relationship has remained intact.

The girl… ok, woman… I am referring to is my friend Jessica.  We met on a trip to Israel a few years ago and, thankfully, have kept in touch.  Jessica was one of only a couple of individuals from that trip that I invited to our wedding.  There are few people I’ve felt such a strong connection to, but the bond we have is something that I hold close to my heart.

Part of what has kept our friendship so strong are our yearly visits.  Jessica has business conferences up in Boston around our wedding anniversary and she always extends her trip to spend some time with us on the Cape.  During these weekends together, we lounge on the deck, drinking mimosas while we talk about everything that happened the previous year.  Conversations range from movies to politics, social media and blogging to music from our childhood (and beyond… we’re both huge Van Morrison fans).

But what we love to talk about the most is food.  We’re both adventurous pescatarians, unfazed by strange sea creatures, and we will try just about anything once.

On these visits to the Cape, Jessica and I will spend hours in the kitchen, talking about our favorite herbs and our various foodie philosophies, while I work on a batch of fresh blueberry scones or the fixin’s for that night’s dinner.  We geek over cookbooks, freaking over Amanda Hesser’s books and Heidi Swanson’s latest.  She shows me how to make her favorite salad dressing (a paste made out of garlic, salt, olive oil, and lemon juice) and I show her mine (dijon mustard, sugar, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and dill).

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EthanJune 30, 2011 - 12:20 am

Hi Jessica, nice to meet you! you did a great job as bowl model.
Bri, congrats on the Gojee gig!

kankanaJune 30, 2011 - 12:38 am

Jessica’s salad dressing is one of my fav :) I even used it in spaghetti and it taste awsm! Your salad looks very healthy and colorful .

MaureenJune 30, 2011 - 1:32 am

Beautiful salad and yummy dressing but what’s most important is sharing the time with old friends and messing about with food.

MichelleJune 30, 2011 - 6:37 am

Looks like an easy salad to make when you have fabulous company!

Lauren at Keep It SweetJune 30, 2011 - 7:00 am

I love finding new ideas for bean salads. Sounds like such a wonderful friendship!

Lisa (This Little Piggy)June 30, 2011 - 7:42 am

Congrats on Gojee! Love that dress. Oh and the beans look really tasty. Why would anyone buy pre-made bean salad? That looks so quick and easy.

JoanneJune 30, 2011 - 7:49 am

That really is one fabulous dress to go with this fabulous salad! And yeah, passing up free cheese is SO not an option!

AggieJune 30, 2011 - 7:52 am

What gorgeous photagraphy! And dress :)

Loving this salad!

MikeVFMKJune 30, 2011 - 7:55 am

I love friendships that last a lifetime and can pick up where they left off last visit. That sounds like this friendship. And I love beans and salads and this one looks fantastic. In my house, feta makes anything better. Also, congrats on the recipe site gig!

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomJune 30, 2011 - 8:09 am

I’m so excited to get Matt’s book and put my skewers to good use. Thanks Brian and Matt!

We love a great bean salad in the summer and this one has so much going for it, with all the flavors and colors. The fresh oregano and feta are fantastic additions. Heading to Gojee now to check you out :]

Lori @ RecipeGirlJune 30, 2011 - 9:40 am

Three bean salad is one of my favorite things ever! This one is gorgeous. I’ve never thought to add feta. Your post is getting me so excited to come to Boston this summer. We don’t stay on The Cape (South Shore instead), but it’s a vacation I treasure every summer. Looking forward to meeting you at Tech Munch.

foodwanderingsJune 30, 2011 - 10:15 am

Love this bean salad and anything with feta!! Brilliant baby boi!! :) Particularly love the 2nd pic on theleft there, gorgeous!! can I dive in for lunch today? Please, say yes!

The CilantropistJune 30, 2011 - 10:52 am

I love three bean salad, but it is something I always forget about! Protein-packed and healthy, it is a great meal to keep you going on long summer days and is also flavorful for parties. Love it! Thanks for sharing Brian!

ElianaJune 30, 2011 - 11:22 am

Only you could make beans look this pretty. Lovely post Brian.

sippitysupJune 30, 2011 - 11:23 am

Food and fashion (and cheese)! GREG

GeorgieJune 30, 2011 - 12:21 pm

Beautiful as always! This may be a way I can get Jeff to eat his beans ;) The photography always leaves me breathless, really!

Andrew FrishmanJune 30, 2011 - 1:23 pm

MMnnnn!. . . I LOVES me some bean salad, especially when it’s a trifecta!

Frijoles, los frijoles, la fruta musical, más que comer, que haga sonar la más!

Baker StreetJune 30, 2011 - 1:29 pm

Feta!! I love! Your salad looks so delicious. Congratulations on the Gojee gig bri! So happy for you.

KimberleyJune 30, 2011 - 1:44 pm

I love bean salads, Brian! Of all stripes. (And thanks for the shout out!)

Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveJune 30, 2011 - 4:41 pm

This is a GREAT recipe for this weekend! The the colors and the salty feta.

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.June 30, 2011 - 6:53 pm

This is my type of salad. I’m going to try it this weekend! :)

Maris(In Good Taste)June 30, 2011 - 7:02 pm

Such a simple easy delicious and healthy salad!

So simple, colorful, light and healthy! Great addition to any BBQ this weekend!

Chef DennisJune 30, 2011 - 8:42 pm

oh Brian, that is so much more than a three bean salad, it certainly isn’t like any I’ve ever had! What a wonderful combination of flavors, and who doesn’t love feta, and if the folks that make Chobani make it, I know it has to be good!
Have a wonderful Holiday weekend my friend!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJuly 1, 2011 - 3:17 am

I’ll put feta pretty much on anything so it’s a good bet I’d devour this salad. I’m off to check out Gojee!

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DanaJuly 1, 2011 - 8:18 am

You know, I was thinking of making a dessert to bring to the 4th of July BBQ I am attending this weekend, but this recipe may just have changed my mind! It sounds so fantastic!

JessicaJuly 1, 2011 - 9:44 am

I love you MORE than three bean salad, mimosas on the dock and your homemade blueberry muffins…and ALMOST as much as Four Seas peanutbutter chocolate chip ice cream.

See you next year (can’t wait!).

<3

SMITH BITESJuly 1, 2011 - 11:42 am

awwww – love the post, love Jessica even though we’ve never met and love the bean salad – perfect for this weekend!

Brooks at CakewalkerJuly 1, 2011 - 11:51 am

Such a lovely post good man! The extraordinary friend you have in Jessica is matched only by this extraordinary bean salad. I’ve been looking for a new dish sensation for the holiday and I’m confident I’ve found it here. Congraulations on the well-deserved Gojee assignment and may you-n-yours have a terrific Fourth of July weekend!

Angie's RecipesJuly 1, 2011 - 2:37 pm

That’s a bowl of treasures! Great photos, as always!

katJuly 2, 2011 - 12:53 am

this sounds great! am book marking it!

Kate @ Kate from ScratchJuly 2, 2011 - 10:00 am

Love the flavors. Fantastic combination, here. Congrats on the Top 9! Well deserved, indeed.

TiffanyJuly 2, 2011 - 10:14 am

Love this picture! Congrats on making Top 9!

Kate@DiethoodJuly 2, 2011 - 10:19 am

What a gorgeous salad…and model! :)
And so many wonderful things happening with you!! Congrats on your gig with Gojee and congrats on today’s top 9!!

chinmayie @ love food eatJuly 2, 2011 - 2:26 pm

Salad looks gorgeous! Love the photos and colours :)

BakingmehungryJuly 2, 2011 - 10:40 pm

This looks so colorful and fresh!

Hester aka The Chef DocJuly 3, 2011 - 12:32 am

I love Van Morrison, too!!!!

LaurenJuly 4, 2011 - 10:40 pm

I saw your recipe on foodbuzz and had to go straight to the store for oregano! I cheated a little and used a can of four bean mix (I don’t think you can get canned black beans in Australia) and canned corn. I also used white balsamic vinegar instead of the ordinary kind, for extra sweetness. It turned out delicious, although definitely not so photogenic as yours! Thanks for the recipe!

MonetJuly 4, 2011 - 11:45 pm

I loved hearing about Jessica…and I loved hearing about this salad. Her dress looks amazing! Thank you for sharing with me, my dear friend. You brought a smile to my face. I hope you had a lovely 4th of July. Hugs from Austin!

Bunny from Couleur NatureJuly 5, 2011 - 5:33 pm

Yum, yum, and double yum. I love feta cheese and I have fresh oregano in the garden, so this is exactly what I’m trying tonight. Love the photography as well! Thanks for the blog – it’s great fun. . .

Lisa {With Style and Grace}July 5, 2011 - 11:20 pm

pretty sure I could live off of this.

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{Recipe for Fresh Mango Skewers and a Giveaway}

What comes to mind when you think of skewers?  Beef kabobs, corn dogs, chocolate dipped bananas?  Yup, that’s about as far as I could go with my list.  That is, of course, before I got a look at Matt Armendariz‘s new book, On A Stick!, a collection of recipes and perfectly stylized (by his partner, Adam Pearson) and photographed dishes that are all prepared, that’s right, on a stick.  I must admit that I had no idea that this was the focus of Matt’s book until he sent me a copy to preview.

Flipping through, I was struck by the diversity of the book’s contents, which ranges from the simple (Caprese Sticks, comprised of cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella, all of which is brought together by a piece of sun-dried tomato) to the elegant (the Son-in-Law Eggs, a whole egg that has been deep fried and is paired with a tamarind sauce) to the creative (Chicken and Waffles?).  There’s something in this book for everyone, which is part of the reason why I featured one of the easiest recipes from the collection.

Because, the fact is, even though something is easy to prepare, doesn’t make it any less delicious.  And, really, who isn’t craving a wonderfully sweet hunk of fresh mango right now?  I know I am!

Last weekend, our friends Cori (pictured above… I swear that she just happened to be wearing her LSU sweatshirt. How perfect is that?) and Dan came to the Cape with us and were generous enough to be my models.  Of course, I did feed them yummy food so they weren’t going to complain too much about doing some work.

And, now, on to the giveaway!

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LauramomJune 25, 2011 - 12:07 am

those mango kabobs would be amazing grilled as well! And that is my favorite food on a stick. Grilled fruits. All of them.

chinmayie @ love food eatJune 25, 2011 - 12:40 am

Love this idea! We love our mangoes with chili powder and salt in India but never thought of serving it on a stick!! They look really beautiful!! I am sure same mangoes with some chocolate sauce on a stick will make a great dessert :)

AndreaJune 25, 2011 - 12:47 am

Sadly my food on a stick repertoire is limited and I’m ashamed to admit it’s corndogs :) Which is why I need this book!

Nelly RodriguezJune 25, 2011 - 1:06 am

Corn dogs, hands down! Love them and your mango skewers look so fresh and yummy!

Nelly RodriguezJune 25, 2011 - 1:07 am

I follow you of course! and tweeted :)

Nelly RodriguezJune 25, 2011 - 1:08 am

I liked your FB page a while ago!

laura west kongJune 25, 2011 - 1:09 am

Coconut fruit popsicles are fabulous, but the mango skewers look great too!

MaureenJune 25, 2011 - 2:51 am

I can’t resist mango EVER and these look so good. I must confess that I’m not sure I could leave the mango alone long enough to put it on skewers. :) I’d have to skewer the second one! lol

I’m too far away to enter the contest but I did tweet for you.

ReneeJune 25, 2011 - 6:58 am

i gotta go with the crowd on this one….any fruit on a stick…covered in chocolate! Or meat on stick. Any meat on a stick is good too!

ReneeJune 25, 2011 - 7:00 am

Tweeting now!

Jason SchultzJune 25, 2011 - 8:16 am

I am a big fan of “traditional” kabobs… beef, green pepper, onion, tomato, etc. YUM! Think I know what’s for lunch now…

Jason SchultzJune 25, 2011 - 8:18 am

Followed and tweeted!

LizJune 25, 2011 - 8:18 am

Mmmmm….I need to grill more fruit….these mangoes look amazing. My favorite is beef tenderloin cubes marinated in teriyaki….mmmmmm.

Jason SchultzJune 25, 2011 - 8:19 am

And liked you on facebook!

Sarah @ pão e queijoJune 25, 2011 - 8:27 am

Mmm I love mango! These look like great party appetizers/ snacks! My favorite food on a stick would have to be grilled veggies (zucchini, eggplant, maybe some cheese and roasted tomato in there)… yum!

Sarah @ pão e queijoJune 25, 2011 - 8:30 am

I’m a fan of A Thought for Food on Facebook!

Sanjeeta kkJune 25, 2011 - 8:40 am

I am your FB fan, am on Twitter and have commented here as well…but of what use :( I belong to the other side of the fence :) Anyway love that vibrant orange yellow mango skewers.

PattiJune 25, 2011 - 8:50 am

Chicken satay is my favorite food on a stick. But those mangos look delicious, I’m going to try them.

sweetsugarbelleJune 25, 2011 - 9:03 am

Liked you on fb…which I should have already done long ago! Now to tweet it!

Lora @cakeduchessJune 25, 2011 - 9:14 am

These mangos looks fantastic!:) I can’t wait to make this with our mangos when we get back to Florida. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Baci:)

Maris (In Good Taste)June 25, 2011 - 9:27 am

So far my favorite and only experience is with chicken

heatherJune 25, 2011 - 9:29 am

Following on Twitter and tweeted the giveaway.

heatherJune 25, 2011 - 9:30 am

Favorite food on a stick would be kibbeh! With a tangy tzatziki and pita on the side, please.

My favorite food on a stick might be ice cream, does that count :) Ok, but really I have a bacon wrapped shrimp with bbq sauce that we do on sticks and then grill that are amazing!

I am following on twitter!

I just tweeted your giveaway

And I also follow you on FB

foodwanderingsJune 25, 2011 - 10:01 am

Me me me…:) You know I follow you to th eend of earth and back lol

Lynn from Order in the KitchenJune 25, 2011 - 10:30 am

I am DYING to try his spaghetti and meatballs on a stick! I would LOVE this book! pick me random generator! :)

Lynn from Order in the KitchenJune 25, 2011 - 10:34 am

I already follow you on twitter but I tweeted your giveaway!
http://twitter.com/#!/orderinthekitch/status/84630434964701184

Lynn from Order in the KitchenJune 25, 2011 - 10:35 am

I “liked” A thought for Food on Facebook from my personal page: Lynn Lovejoy

Lynn from Order in the KitchenJune 25, 2011 - 10:36 am

I “liked” A Thought for Food on Facebook from my Page: Order in the Kitchen !! :)

The Chocolate PriestessJune 25, 2011 - 11:05 am

I don’t know if these count as food on a stick but I grew up eating things like ice and fudge and ice cream on a stick. I’d like to learn about other things I could do with a stick and with food especially if it is chocolate related.

The Chocolate PriestessJune 25, 2011 - 11:06 am

I sent out a tweet as well via my account which is under “thetammyjo”.

MikeVFMKJune 25, 2011 - 12:29 pm

Great giveaway B! My favourite thing on a stick is either french toast at brunch parties or smores bites. Btw, I already follow you on facebook and twitter. Word.

Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }June 25, 2011 - 12:57 pm

Love the sweet and spicy combination + a extra bonus to have it all on a stick – perfect! Love a caprese salad on a stick – a one to two bite of pure summer. Already follow on twitter but liked you on FB! Have a great weekend!!! :)

Lisa {With Style and Grace}June 25, 2011 - 2:56 pm

I’m down with anything on a stick! Favorite, vodka infused fruit, on a stick. Almost convinced it tastes better because it’s on a stick ;) xo

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomJune 25, 2011 - 3:26 pm

I can’t resist fruit on a stick ’cause it’s ready to be devoured. Plus then you can use the stick to have mini sword fights :]
I’m just going to go load up on skewers so I’m ready when I win the book.

Latoya GordonJune 25, 2011 - 4:14 pm

My favorit food on a stick is turkey sausage.

Latoya GordonJune 25, 2011 - 4:15 pm

http://twitter.com/#!/sweeper78/status/84716296402518016
tweeted the giveaway..my twitter name is sweeper78.

Latoya GordonJune 25, 2011 - 4:17 pm

I liked the fb page..my fb name is bell martin.

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.June 25, 2011 - 4:31 pm

love these! Looks great

kandyZJune 25, 2011 - 5:04 pm

Those mangos look yummy! I just liked your fb page!

kandyZJune 25, 2011 - 5:08 pm

And on twitter too (@skitts)… now off to buy some mangos

Pat RJune 25, 2011 - 5:36 pm

I “liked” a Thought for Food” on facebook.

Pat RJune 25, 2011 - 5:38 pm

I’d love a copy of “On a Stick”……….sounds like such fun cooking.

Prerna@IndianSimmerJune 25, 2011 - 5:40 pm

I favorite food on the stick has to be either grilled fruits like pineapple and berries or and Indian candied sweet made off of jaggery and sesame seeds! YUM! :-)
Love the giveaway and would love to win a copy!

Adam LipkinJune 25, 2011 - 5:40 pm

I spent too much time at the Georgia Renaissance Festival; my favorite food in a stick is still the guilty pleasure pork loin on a stick.

Prerna@IndianSimmerJune 25, 2011 - 5:40 pm

I already follow you on twitter @indiansimmer

Prerna@IndianSimmerJune 25, 2011 - 5:40 pm

And I like, wait “love” you on facebook :-)

Stephanie @ 52 Kitchen AdventuresJune 25, 2011 - 5:42 pm

Everything is better on a stick! My favorite? Right now, popsicles. (Boring compared to all the options, but it’s hot outside!)

Stephanie @ 52 Kitchen AdventuresJune 25, 2011 - 5:43 pm

I “liked” you on Facebook too

AndrewJune 25, 2011 - 6:20 pm

Spicy grilled lamb and watermelon. The way i make it gives it wicked grill marks.

Margie SamuelsJune 25, 2011 - 7:24 pm

My favorite food on a stick were the grilled swordfish kabobs that we made for Brian and Eric’s engagement celebration. I used a marinade with lots of lime and garlic, and the fish was grilled with those black lines on it……yummmmm.
And beautiful photos, Brian….as always!

Jun BelenJune 25, 2011 - 7:36 pm

Deep-fried saba bananas with caramelized sugar on a bamboo stick is my favorite!!!

sweetsugarbelleJune 25, 2011 - 7:41 pm

Tweeted finally :-)

Alysa (InspiredRD)June 25, 2011 - 9:31 pm

My favorite food on a stick is caprese skewers. I could eat a whole plate!

Kate@DiethoodJune 25, 2011 - 9:38 pm

My favorite food on a stick is Ice cream!! :)

Kate@DiethoodJune 25, 2011 - 9:39 pm

I follow you on Twitter

Kate@DiethoodJune 25, 2011 - 9:39 pm

I like you on Facebook

Kate@DiethoodJune 25, 2011 - 9:40 pm

I tweeted the giveaway!

Alysa (InspiredRD)June 25, 2011 - 9:43 pm
Alysa (InspiredRD)June 25, 2011 - 9:43 pm

I follow you on Facebook!

Lynda ClarkJune 25, 2011 - 9:53 pm

My favorite food on a stick is a good old fashioned corn dog with lots of mustard, it reminds me of my childhood and the carnivals and fairs.
lyndaclark81@yahoo.com

Lynda ClarkJune 25, 2011 - 9:54 pm

Following @myfoodthoughts on Twitter @lyndacooks and Tweeted this giveaway
http://twitter.com/#!/lyndacooks/status/84800268126011392

lyndaclark81@yahoo.com

Lynda ClarkJune 25, 2011 - 9:55 pm

Liked A Thought for Food’s Facebook page as Lynda Clark
lyndaclark81@yahoo.com

Hannah (tickledtofu)June 25, 2011 - 10:07 pm

My favorite is fruit salad on a stick! Or veggie kabobs with tofu and pineapple!

Lauren at Keep It SweetJune 25, 2011 - 10:42 pm

Love how simple but delicious those skewers sound. My favorite food on a stick is an ice cream bar:-)

Tiffiny PalmJune 25, 2011 - 11:09 pm

Love love mangos…..mangos on a stick look sooo good!I like a good corn dog, shrimp kabobs and good ol’ roasted marshmellow! YUM!

Tiffiny PalmJune 25, 2011 - 11:13 pm

Liked a Thought for Food on fb!

Tiffiny PalmJune 25, 2011 - 11:34 pm

Following on Twitter @tiffpalm and tweeted this giveaway!

ShrutiJune 25, 2011 - 11:46 pm

I tweeted!! I follow you !

Angie's RecipesJune 25, 2011 - 11:54 pm

That sounds like a fun book to keep!
Those mango sticks are so cute!

MollyJune 25, 2011 - 11:56 pm

Meat on a stick makes for a very happy Molly. However, I just came across a recipe last week for fresh corn on the cob, cooked in coconut milk and turmeric, splashed with cilantro, and served up on sticks. How fantastic does that sound? Can’t wait for the farmers to start selling their corn on the side of the road for that one.

JessicaJune 26, 2011 - 2:38 am

These look elegant and beautiful! My favorite is mozzarella and cherry tomatoes on a stick, with some olive oil and seasoning!

Kulsum at JourneyKitchenJune 26, 2011 - 5:03 am

Oh this brings back such great memories of have chilly sprinkled mangoes on Indian street. I love that Matt has taken inspiration for the book from all over the world. I can’t wait to serve it on stick next time to friends. I love this mango skewers

Kulsum at JourneyKitchenJune 26, 2011 - 5:04 am

I already follow you on twitter and tweeted about the giveaway @journeykitchen

Kulsum at JourneyKitchenJune 26, 2011 - 5:05 am

Already like your page too :-)

PeggyJune 26, 2011 - 10:45 am

There’s always a great time for mangoes! Especially on skewers and presented like this =)

I think I’m gonna keep it old school and say that my favorite thing on a stick is just a plain ol’ corn dog!

StephanieJune 26, 2011 - 11:03 am

Lamb kabobs with onions, tomato, rosemary and yellow bell peppers. I’m loving the idea of these mangos too!

Baker StreetJune 26, 2011 - 11:18 am

You know you’re one of the first few people i started following on twitter

Baker StreetJune 26, 2011 - 11:19 am

I of course like ‘A Thought For Food’ page on FB

Baker StreetJune 26, 2011 - 11:22 am

Luscious strawberries dipped in dark chocolate on a stick would be my favorite.

PamJune 26, 2011 - 11:56 am

I’ve just discovered fried mushrooms on a stick… A little deli just opened up across the street from my work with those on the menu. I’m pretty sure I could keep them in business all by myself.

john switzerJune 26, 2011 - 12:15 pm

Fudgecycles!- and you can re-use the stick for kids projects,or in the garden.
Love mango w/lime & chili/salt
thanks

ikkinlalaJune 26, 2011 - 3:00 pm

I love beef kabobs – they’re a great way to use up tougher cuts like round steak and a fun place to experiment with new marinades.

Carol (Cori's Mama)June 26, 2011 - 5:22 pm

The mango’s are beautiful but I especially love the model since she is my daughter. I’m going to bring this to my Mah Jongg game tomorrow night. I’m sure they will be impressed. I did like you on Facebook but I don’t know how to Tweet.

ElianaJune 26, 2011 - 6:14 pm

My favorite food on a stick has always been kabobs but that may change to these mango skewers. They look so refreshing and delicious.

JudyJune 26, 2011 - 6:14 pm

I have a grilled lemon garlic chicken kabob recipe that is currently my favorite food on a stick. Funny, we were just talking a moment ago about what were some things we could make on a stick for an upcoming party!

ElianaJune 26, 2011 - 6:15 pm

I follow on Twitter (and tweeted)

ElianaJune 26, 2011 - 6:16 pm

And I love (not like) you on Facebook.

AndreaJune 26, 2011 - 6:19 pm

My favorite food on a stick is chocolate truffles on a stick! Makes them super easy to eat, less mess. I tend to make many types of sweets on a stick b/c of the mess factor. :)

AndreaJune 26, 2011 - 6:20 pm

Tweeted out the message, and liked you on Facebook!

TracyJune 26, 2011 - 7:23 pm

It was always corn dogs. Then I went veg, and it became veggie corn dogs and veggie kebabs. But I think those mango skewers might be right up there from now on.

TracyJune 26, 2011 - 7:25 pm
ClaraJune 26, 2011 - 9:59 pm

i love Filipino chicken BBQ on a stick :)

Karriann GrafJune 26, 2011 - 10:18 pm

My favorite food on a stick is Fruit and Cheese Skewers. Your mango skewers look gorgeous Brian!

KristenJune 26, 2011 - 10:29 pm

I love Matt’s book – don’t enter me in the giveaway but I have to say I love Cori’s fingernail polish :)

MonetJune 26, 2011 - 11:18 pm

I hate to say it…but my favorite always has and always will be a corn dog. Even typing it makes me want to go find what right now! Thank you for sharing with me, sweet man. Visiting your blog is always a great way for me to end my weekend. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week. Many blessings!

Lubna KarimJune 27, 2011 - 3:18 am

Never thought of chili powder on fresh mango…although we (Indians) always relish on raw mango and chili powder…lime must have added that extra zing to the recipe…carving for some right now….the t-shirt and ripe mango skewers compliment each other…..awesome….

Nicole PamukovJune 27, 2011 - 7:29 am

Chicken Satays!!!

Apron AppealJune 27, 2011 - 7:34 am

You’d think that if I wanted this book as much as I SAY I want it then I’d just go out and buy it myself, but I’m cheap (or poor-not sure there is a difference). So….I’m going to keep trying to win one. My fav food on a stick is homemade caramel on Michigan Empire apples (aka- caramel apples – I just like to be specific)

Apron AppealJune 27, 2011 - 7:36 am

I follow on twitter

Apron AppealJune 27, 2011 - 7:38 am

I like on facebook

JoanneJune 27, 2011 - 8:02 am

I was pretty sure those fabulous green painted nails didn’t belong to Eric, haha. :P

I crave mango pretty much constantly and can’t believe I haven’t tried this recipe from the book yet! It’s definitely the perfect mix of sweet salty and spicy!

(Also I already own the book, so no need to enter me in the giveaway!)

SMITH BITESJune 27, 2011 - 8:44 am

guilty pleasure for me . . . corn dog . . . i know, awful right??? but for whatever reason, i love, love, love a really good corn dog . . . sigh . . . are we still friends?

Erin @ A Nesting ExperienceJune 27, 2011 - 10:34 am

Yum. These look super fresh and delicious!

Also, tweeted to win your give away. The book sounds great.

Erin @ A Nesting ExperienceJune 27, 2011 - 10:35 am

Liked on Facebook too!

PeterJune 27, 2011 - 12:55 pm

satay

serena @bigapplenoshJune 27, 2011 - 4:25 pm

My favorite food on a stick is the classic corn dog!

CoriJune 27, 2011 - 4:26 pm

Hooray!! Thanks for the fabulous shout-out! My favorite besticked food is a toss-up between those strawberry Good Humor bars and anything chocolate dipped from the state fair. Oh, and the nail polish is OPI’s Matte Gargantuan Green Grape.

CoriJune 27, 2011 - 4:33 pm

Oh, and GEAUX TIGERS!!!!!

Andrew FrishmanJune 27, 2011 - 5:18 pm

Mmmnnn . . . I LOVES me some stick, especially when it’s on a stick.

Me parece algo fascinante que se refieren a pollo y gofres como “creativa”. . . Aunque sus orígenes podrían, de hecho, ser creativo, su amigo no es el origen de esta creatividad. . . De hecho, Chicken and Waffles es un platillo tradicional en muchos segmentos de la población afro-americana, como lo demuestra el siguiente enlace (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_and_waffles). Me acuerdo que la forma en que los alimentos se cruza con la cultura no se limita a la internacional, sino que, incluso dentro del “gourmet” de la comunidad, hay muchas personas conscientes de los alimentos comunes la derecha en su propio patio trasero, que provienen de otras actividades culturales, grupos raciales, étnicos o socioeconómicos.

LenoreJune 28, 2011 - 12:37 am

It’s too difficult for me to pick just ONE thing as my favorite “on a stick” food. My favorite food on a stick to entertain with, though, is my “caprese skewers.” I line cherry or grape tomatoes, bocconcini pearls, and basil leaves up on the sticks, arrange them on the plate, and drizzle them with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. So simple, yet so so good.

LenoreJune 28, 2011 - 12:38 am

I tweeted about your giveaway (as @orlndofoodie)!

LenoreJune 28, 2011 - 12:38 am

I’ve liked A Thought For Food on facebook (from my Orlndofoodie page) :) Thanks for an awesome giveaway!!

AllieJune 28, 2011 - 12:44 am

My favorite food on a stick is a caprese salad!

AllieJune 28, 2011 - 12:45 am

I tweeted this giveaway!

AllieJune 28, 2011 - 12:46 am

And I now follow you on Facebook!

MbJune 28, 2011 - 3:20 am

antipasto on a stick!

Lisa (This Little Piggy)June 28, 2011 - 7:33 am

I’ve tweeted and like the book on Facebook. My favorite is a pickle on a stick. Looks a really beautiful book. In our house we love food on sticks.

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJune 28, 2011 - 7:46 am

Favorite food on a stick? Hmm, I don’t know, maybe a popsicle?

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJune 28, 2011 - 7:47 am

Already like you on Facebook :-)

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJune 28, 2011 - 7:48 am

I tweeted too!

RedawnaJune 28, 2011 - 8:31 am

Thanks for the opportunity!
I have been a long time fan of Matt’s, very inspirational!

Followd you both on Twitter and Facebook.

I’ll Tweet as well!!!

Have a fantastic day!

DanaJune 28, 2011 - 9:26 am

Love this recipe… so simple yet delicious! I love chicken satay on a stick!

DanaJune 28, 2011 - 9:27 am

I tweeted (@danacooks)

DanaJune 28, 2011 - 9:27 am

And I like you on facebook!

BarbaraJune 28, 2011 - 12:09 pm

I love alternating tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls and basil on a stick. Then I sprinkle it all with balsamic vinegar.
Would love this book….I’ve been hearing about it!

my spatulaJune 28, 2011 - 3:44 pm

LOVE matt and all his work. He’s such a talent + sweetheart! I’m obsessed with mangoes and eat them nearly everyday!

sophiaJune 29, 2011 - 12:06 am

I knew what this giveaway was the moment I read the title!!! I follow Matt’s blog and I love his photography and fun writing.

Have you ever tried fishcakes in a stick from the street carts of Korea? Soooo good dipped in soy sauce and eaten with a bowl of the soup it stewed in.

sophiaJune 29, 2011 - 12:06 am

Tweeted! :D

sophiaJune 29, 2011 - 12:07 am

And “liked” on FB.

Cindy WafflesJune 29, 2011 - 11:19 am

Frozen banana on a stick covered with chocolate and crushed peanuts!!!

Cindy WafflesJune 29, 2011 - 11:20 am

Tweeted!

MattJune 29, 2011 - 11:35 am

I am pretty boring when it comes to my stick repertoire, but I imagine I would either go with beef teriyaki or a skewered caprese salad.

jeannetteJune 29, 2011 - 11:14 pm

i love chicken/jalapeno kabobs (sp?) i would love to be a bit more adventurous including fruit, etc!

Deb HeglerJuly 10, 2011 - 7:00 pm

love chicken on a stick – especially chicken satay
dkhegler@yahoo.com

anamikaJuly 11, 2011 - 1:58 pm

These look perfect for the weather out here. Gonna Try!! Followed on Twitter, FB & tweeted, but I hope there’s no disclaimer of only in US. Not too lucky in such stuff :)

Platanos Mangoes and MeJuly 12, 2011 - 2:55 pm

This is great for a backyard bbq

Asparagus Caesar Salad

There’s something wonderfully exciting about seeing a recipe that completely changes the way you think about food. This doesn’t mean that the dish has been deconstructed nor has it gone through a molecular-gastronomical transformation.  What I’m talking about are modifications to a recipe that give you a new perspective on what that dish can be.

This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I turn into an excited little boy.  I read quite a few food blogs and it tends to be where I get my inspiration from.  A few weeks ago, stumbling around my favorite sites, I came across a recipe on Sassy Radish (cute name, right) for Asparagus Caesar Salad.

At first glance, I expected this to be a lettuce-based salad with some chopped up asparagus on top.  But as I read through the recipe, I realized this was something different.  No greens, no croutons.  Just the raw asparagus, peeled into ribbons, tossed with a classic Caesar dressing.

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ElianaJune 22, 2011 - 12:19 am

I never thought I would say this but I have never seen asparagus look sexier than this. This preparation is indeed perfect for summer Brian. Love it!

Nelly RodriguezJune 22, 2011 - 12:22 am

I agree with Eliana, this does look sexy AND delicious!

LauramomJune 22, 2011 - 12:28 am

I can not wait to try this. My mouth is watering at the thought!

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomJune 22, 2011 - 4:34 am

Just plain ol’ steamed asparagus will never cut it again. This is gorgeous and such a proper dressing for a veggie that can have a pretty short season. I can see why you love the Sassy Radish. Thanks for the intro to Olga’s site.

Lauren at Keep It SweetJune 22, 2011 - 5:53 am

What a great use of asparagus and a great spin on ceasar salad!

Baker StreetJune 22, 2011 - 6:54 am

I agree. what a lovely spin on ceazer salad. It looks gorgeous!

CatJune 22, 2011 - 7:14 am

This is such a unique idea! I’m guilty of never really trying asparagus in nee ways, its always steamed or grilled. This looks so beautiful and delish!

Ken⏐hungry rabbitJune 22, 2011 - 7:30 am

Total Summer perfection … or early summer anyway. This is probably a top favorite recipe from you along with the raw beet salad.

TiffanyJune 22, 2011 - 7:42 am

Those ribbons of asparagus are gorgeous! … and such a great idea to pair them with caesar flavors!

Joan NovaJune 22, 2011 - 7:44 am

I’m more freaked by having to shave the asparagus than deal with anchovies which I love. The last time I tried to shave asparagus, the stalks kept snapping. This is so tasty looking, I know I’ll have to try it.

Mardi@eatlivetravelwriteJune 22, 2011 - 7:51 am

What a great take on the Caesar salad – I love it!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJune 22, 2011 - 7:56 am

I must make this before all the beautiful asparagus stalks disappear from the markets.

JamieJune 22, 2011 - 8:13 am

I do this with zucchini and absolutely love it! I can only imagine how delicious this is with asparagus but mmmm does it look great! Fab idea, Brian!

MikeVFMKJune 22, 2011 - 8:17 am

An incredible idea! My wife loves asparagus and salads so I’m sure she’ll love having this at our table one of these nights. Beautiful pictures Brian!

Alan CookeJune 22, 2011 - 8:33 am

Man that looks good! I’ve been cooking asparagus like a mad man lately and this will be a welcome addition to the asparagus library. Can’t wait to make it!! @alanecooke

VanessaJune 22, 2011 - 9:00 am

Love the idea of shaving the asparagus! Can’t believe I never thought to combine them with the flavors of a caesar salad!

Judy CraigJune 22, 2011 - 9:15 am

Hi Brian – Beautiful salad. But I’ve found shaving asparagus really difficult. Any helpful hints?

bunkycooksJune 22, 2011 - 9:26 am

Love the asparagus for the salad, but will definitely leave the anchovies for the hubs. ;)

Brian @ A Thought For FoodJune 22, 2011 - 9:47 am

Hi Judy – I had never shaved asparagus before and only had a little difficulty. I think the only advice I have is to find thicker asparagus. You won’t get much out of the thinner stalks.

And be gentle with them :-)

foodwanderingsJune 22, 2011 - 9:51 am

Nice twist on caesar salad Briove the shavings of the asparagus. Now I want to take out me peeler and mandoline too:).

Lauren @ Healthy Food For LivingJune 22, 2011 - 9:52 am

This salad is gorgeous, and I’m sure it tastes incredible! I recently made a pizza with shaved asparagus – and it was fantastic – so I’m all about this new technique. Homemade Caesar salad dressing blows the bottled variety out of the water, and this one sounds perfect.

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.June 22, 2011 - 10:36 am

fabulous and great idea!

Barbara | Creative CulinaryJune 22, 2011 - 11:10 am

Like you I expected to see a Caesar salad with maybe some pretty asparagus tips so this is a surprise and a delightful one. And anchovies? I never see myself doing an anchovy pizza anytime soon but when used in moderation they are such an important flavor component. Great recipe; thanks for sharing with us!

SMITH BITESJune 22, 2011 - 11:19 am

yum, yum, yum, yum, yum – this dish makes me happy, happy, happy, happy, happy!

Emily @ A Cambridge StoryJune 22, 2011 - 11:20 am

This is genius! I am loving shaved asparagus right now – but I love how you’ve fused it with a classic Caesar!

Andrew FrishmanJune 22, 2011 - 11:28 am

Mnnn. . . I LOVES me some Caesar salad, especially when it makes my pea smell funny!

Al igual que Ani Difranco dice: “Todo es una mierda de Napoleón”

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's KitchenJune 22, 2011 - 11:51 am

Your photography is beautiful! Also, I adore that salad…it sounds SO delicious!

PolaMJune 22, 2011 - 12:16 pm

Wow this look great! I never thought of making ribbons out of asparagus!

Deb @ knitstamaticJune 22, 2011 - 2:03 pm

What a wonderful way to prepare one of my favorite vegetables and my husband loves a good caesar salad so it’s a win-win. Can’t wait to give it a try.

JanJune 22, 2011 - 3:35 pm

I have a friend who loves to top pizzas and make salads with shaved asparagus. This salad looks absolutely wonderful, so I’ve sent her this post because I’m sure she’ll enjoy it too :)

Carol (Cori's Mama)June 22, 2011 - 4:16 pm

Brian,
This looks amazing. I’m going to have to try it this weekend.

TiffanyJune 22, 2011 - 5:26 pm

Bravo! What an impressive salad, and unique too! I love the fact that you use raw asparagus and anchovies, it will be perfect with a grilled fish….. I can’t wait to try this!

My husband LOVES Ceaser salad, but not asparagus. Wonder if I could get him to eat it this way? Thanks for sharing!

Maris(In Good Taste)June 22, 2011 - 5:45 pm

Love the shaved look -actually really beautiful salad!

amelia from z tasty lifeJune 22, 2011 - 8:14 pm

so elegant an a wonderful change of caesar scenery

MichelleJune 22, 2011 - 8:56 pm

This looks simply fabulous. I love raw asparagus!

Mike@The Culinary LensJune 22, 2011 - 10:27 pm

A wondeful dish and as always great photography.

Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveJune 22, 2011 - 10:43 pm

Yes, yes, yes! I love using my veggie peeler for creative endeavors. Plus, asparagus make a perfect salad base. Bravo!

Angie's RecipesJune 22, 2011 - 11:49 pm

What a brilliant idea! I don’t think I have ever tried asparagus raw….the ribbons look so beautiful.

chinmayie @ love food eatJune 23, 2011 - 3:02 am

Beautiful!! Love the pictures :) Thanks for sharing this recipe with us all…

EthanJune 23, 2011 - 4:22 am

Most people wouldn’t even know there are anchovies in a classic Ceasar dressing, unless you told them. It doesn’t tasty fishy, but like you said, it just brings it all together.
Thanks for introducing us to Olga’s spin on a classic!

MeetaJune 23, 2011 - 6:21 am

A lovely idea. I think one can use several vegetables and use this idea – but I love asparagus and will be getting some to try this out.

JoanneJune 23, 2011 - 7:20 am

This is one GORGEOUS salad. I’m pretty sure it’s changed the way I think about caesar salad, which is typically “eh boring”. But this is “ah beautiful”.

And I truly think I need a scantily clad photo of you in my life. To brighten up my every morning. Off to purchase the book!

KathJune 23, 2011 - 9:39 am

I love asparagus! I love Caesar salad! And I do love anchovies! Thanks for this fabulous recipe!

Chef DennisJune 23, 2011 - 11:34 am

wow, what an interesting concept! I certainly would never have thought of that one! My wife loves asparagus, this dish is the perfect accompaniment to any barbecued meat!

hope all is well up in Beantown, I am trying to find a time to come up this summer.
Dennis

torviewtorontoJune 23, 2011 - 9:48 pm

delicious looking yummy salad

veronica gantleyJune 24, 2011 - 2:16 pm

This salad would hit the spot on a hot day like today.

serena @bigapplenoshJune 24, 2011 - 2:54 pm

Yum, this looks absolutely delectable!

sippitysupJune 24, 2011 - 6:28 pm

of course you got excited! It’s beauty of a salad. GREG

KellyJune 28, 2011 - 8:39 pm

This looks off the hook delicious!! I just got a big bunch of fresh asparagus and this recipe looks much more interesting than just grillin’ them up like I usually do!

Platanos Mangoes and MeJuly 12, 2011 - 2:50 pm

What a great idea….

The Elegant EggplantAugust 23, 2011 - 10:47 am

This is GORGEOUS!

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Silent Sunday: Northern California

By now I’m sure many of you are aware that Eric and I took a week long trip to Northern California.  And, as promised, I’m sharing pictures from our journey… sans photos from our meal at The French Laundry.  Instead of talking about each place (we did a lot of boppin’ around), I’m just going to put little labels throughout the post to explain where the photos were taken.  We start off in Carmel-by-the-Sea:

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GeorgieJune 19, 2011 - 12:13 am

Stunning photography as always! I hope the two of you had as much fun as looking through your photos are!

Kim - Liv LifeJune 19, 2011 - 12:22 am

I could sit and look at your photos all night! First, Jordan is a doll. What a sweet little one!
Loved your photos of the coast… I’ve been to all of them and you brought back so many memories. I’m originally from just north of SF and haven’t been back in years. Spent a good amount of time in Yountville in the years past. LOVE the photo of the Bouchon box… should be in a magazine!!
Thanks for sharing so much, I truly enjoyed it all!

AnnapetJune 19, 2011 - 12:22 am

Thanks for sharing this. So fortunate to enjoy Northern California every day. I noticed the loquat fruits. Did you get to try?

Nelly RodriguezJune 19, 2011 - 12:33 am

Gorgeous photos as always! Your trip looks amazing and I’m so happy you had so much fun! Love how the wedding was catered family style; gorgeous shots of the cherries also. Sad to hear no more Silent Sundays for a while (you KNOW this is how I mark my weeks) but I know it’s what’s gotta be done! Will look forward to your recipes during the week! Thanks for sharing!

Kate@DiethoodJune 19, 2011 - 12:48 am

If I were California, I’d hire you to do our State’s brochure!! :) The photos are ammmazing! My favorite?! JORDAN! GORGEOUS!
Looks like you had a fantastic time.

EthanJune 19, 2011 - 12:53 am

In honor of this post, I feel I need to find a picture that says “amazing” on it! Looks like a great time was had!

SweetsugarBelleJune 19, 2011 - 1:50 am

I have been eagerly awaiting this post. Hubby and I both were ooohing!

Angie's RecipesJune 19, 2011 - 4:19 am

Brian, your photos are making me drool terribly! O both soups look so GOOD!

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsJune 19, 2011 - 6:30 am

Gorgeous photos once again! It looks like you both had such an amazing time in California. :)

Lauren @ Healthy Food For LivingJune 19, 2011 - 7:03 am

Well, I’m downright envious! The food looks delectable, and the scenery breathtaking. Northern California is on the top of my list of places within the continental US to visit – namely Yosemite. I’m tagging along with my husband on his business trip to L.A. in a few weeks, but wish that I could stop by some of the places you posted about!

MaggieJune 19, 2011 - 7:08 am

Just perfect. Thanks for sharing!

MichelleJune 19, 2011 - 8:04 am

Your photos looks beautiful and it looks like you had a wonderful time in Cali!

Mardi@eatlivetravelwriteJune 19, 2011 - 8:37 am

Wow – *quite* the Silent Sunday post. Lovely pictures – I felt like I was there. And, of course, this brought back wonderful memories of our California road trip last summer! Happy Sunday!

merry jenniferJune 19, 2011 - 8:59 am

Beautiful photos from California, Brian. So many of them – the ones from Yountville – reminded me of our trip there last October. I love the memories these represent.

Barbara | Creative CulinaryJune 19, 2011 - 10:54 am

So much beauty Brian and thank you for capturing it so eloquently and sharing it with us. Everything looks gorgeous but the standout for me was your precious niece…what a true doll she is!

Sanjeeta kkJune 19, 2011 - 11:02 am

Wow..what should I not mention here..the sea side, corn, fresh berries, fruits, farms, food…you are one lucky man, Eric :) Wish I too can visit this wonderland some day..

MikeVFMKJune 19, 2011 - 11:59 am

I’ve always wanted to tour around California and now I feel like I have. It actually makes me want to do that more now. Beautiful pictures, beautiful niece. Sounds like the trip of a lifetime, and all within your country’s borders. Love! One of my favourite Silent Sunday’s!

P.S. Happy Father’s Day to your dad.

MonetJune 19, 2011 - 1:03 pm

Brian…you just burst forth with life. I get so moved whenever I visit your blog. I love seeing the pictures of your love, your friends, your family, the food you so lovingly prepare or buy to eat. I think we all need to slow down more and savor the moments you so effortlessly capture. I’m such a fan of you and your work, and I don’t say it nearly enough. Hugs from Austin!

Maris (In Good Taste)June 19, 2011 - 5:09 pm

Absolutely gorgeous photos of an amazing trip!

Chad D.June 19, 2011 - 5:29 pm

Amazing photography! Thank you for sharing all of this. Looks like it was a GREAT time!

Karriann GrafJune 19, 2011 - 5:44 pm

You capture everything so well! Looks like you had a great time on your trip, thanks for sharing!

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomJune 19, 2011 - 8:48 pm

If you’ve got to take a break from Silent Sunday posts, this was a super way to leave us wanting more. It was like waiting to unwrap a beautiful gift as the photos loaded on the page.

VanessaJune 19, 2011 - 10:32 pm

Oh my gosh. Great photos! All of that food looks delicious! Those chocolate bites from Bouchon look lethal!!

Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveJune 19, 2011 - 10:53 pm

Such breathtaking photos! …and love Fat Tire. :)

chinmayie @ love food eatJune 20, 2011 - 5:39 am

Stunning photos! All those fruits and veggies are making me drooool!!
beautiful beautiful post :)

Lauren at Keep It SweetJune 20, 2011 - 6:18 am

Your photos are all amazing and your niece is adorable! I love your silent sunday posts but like your recipe posts, too:-)

AshJune 20, 2011 - 6:57 am

Awesome awesome post!! The photo’s are GORGEOUS!! What a great trip!

Yasmeen @ wandering spiceJune 20, 2011 - 7:14 am

Absolutely beautiful light in those photos. So tranquil. Looks like a lovely time!

TrishJune 20, 2011 - 7:27 am

You *made* my Summer! :) It’s a chilly, rainy day here in Ireland today and this Los Gatos, California native is swooning at your wonderful photos! A fabulous feast for the eyes! It looks as though you had a thoroughly enjoyable time – thank you for sharing your beautiful trip.

serena @bigapplenoshJune 21, 2011 - 12:47 am

Your Silent Sunday posts are always so breathtaking!

JoanneJune 21, 2011 - 6:52 am

With this I feel like I got to live through my trip to Northern CA again! Albeit with more beautiful scenery and more delicious food. It looks like a fabulous trip, Brian!

ElizabethJune 21, 2011 - 7:19 am

Oh my gosh Brian, absolutely stunning. The tourism board of Northern CA should be paying you ;) Even though I’ve been to the NY Bouchon, the CA location looks infinitely more charming. I am absolutely envious of all the pastries throughout the entire trip. Gorgeous post!

SMITH BITESJune 21, 2011 - 8:47 am

love it Brian – takes me back to our own California vacation last year . . . and that has been one of our favorite vacations ever!!

Andrew FrishmanJune 22, 2011 - 11:34 am

Mnnn. . . I loves me some California, especially when it’s Northern.

Al igual que dios, Brian está en silencio el domingo, pero que descanse alguna vez?

Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceJune 22, 2011 - 12:45 pm

What a wonderful trip. I’ve lived in Southern California for almost 7 years now and I have yet to go to most of the spots shown above. I am thinking about doing a road trip this Fall from San Diego to Seattle.

Thanks for sharing!

The Dinner Belle for Kimberlybelle.comSeptember 19, 2011 - 12:28 pm

When you were trying to enjoy your baked delectables at Bouchon, were you attacked by the birds? As we were munching on a pretzel brioche, a bird landed right on my friend’s leg as another tried to dive bomb my brioche. Don’t you worry, I would wrestle that bird before I let him have my brioche!

The Dinner Belle for Kimberlybelle.com

{Recipe: Blueberry Pancakes}

There’s no denying the fact that I’ve missed all of you.  This past week was the first time in over a year that I didn’t write a post (thanks again to all of the wonderful bloggers who wrote beautiful guest posts for the site), and it took me a couple of days to get used to the idea that I wouldn’t always have access to Twitter or Facebook or WordPress (where I create all of these entries).  I must admit that I didn’t stay away the whole trip (thanks iPhone!), but there were plenty of days where there were long stretches without internet or cell phone service.  And, I have to say, I quite enjoyed that time.

But now we’re back, having done our job of eating our way through Northern California.  I’ll put up a post later with pictures from our trip, but I do want to prepare those of you who are looking forward to a gallery of shots from our dinner at The French Laundry.  Not only did I not take any photos during our meal, but I didn’t even bring my camera with me.  And I’m so glad I didn’t. My time with my husband, and the incredibly memorable meal that we shared together, can’t be captured in a picture.  No photograph could ever do it justice.

Coming back from vacation can be a bit jarring.  I particularly miss the long, leisurely breakfasts Eric and I would have together, gorging on baked goods and sipping coffee.  But just because we’re back to reality doesn’t mean we can’t find time for such simple pleasures as a relaxing weekend morning breakfast.  And there’s nothing that hits the spot quite like a stack of plump blueberry pancakes.

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YuriJune 15, 2011 - 12:10 am

I love seeing pancakes but not a fan myself either :) bf adores them and I’m tempted to surprise them with this recipe since he loves blueberries too and these days they are available at my fav supermarket. So glad to hear you’re on Peko Peko too, I am waiting for my copy to arrive :)

ElJune 15, 2011 - 12:12 am

I’m glad to hear you had a good time. Sounds like a wise decision to just sit back and enjoy your meal at French Laundry. I must say, your welcome home blueberry pancakes look fantastic. I would love some right now.

Nelly RodriguezJune 15, 2011 - 12:13 am

We definitely missed you too, but the guest bloggers were amazing! So happy you both had a great time in CA; no French Laundry pictures mean you’ll have an even better time remembering it with each other! Some meals just shouldn’t be bothered with a flash…Now these pancakes look awesome! I miss fresh, local blueberries (not the sad berries we get here all the way from god knows were) but I will live vicariously through you! Glad to have you back! (#confession: I don’t use maple syrup on pancakes, but strawberry jam. Always.)

kankanaJune 15, 2011 - 12:33 am

isn’t CA beautiful ? I love it! :) These pancakes are looking delicious and I would love them for my breakfast specially over the weekend!!

Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }June 15, 2011 - 12:52 am

Glad you had a nice time in Northern California. It is where I call home and I am happy that you had a great time here. So much to see and enjoy in a short period of time. Great call on no camera at FL. It is a once in a lifetime experience that just simply needs to be enjoyed. Those pancakes looks just breath taking and perfect for a relaxing Sunday or Saturday morning breakfast. Look forward to your vacation photos. :-)

Julia@DimpleArtsJune 15, 2011 - 1:03 am

These sound delicious! There is a little bit of drool here:)

sweetsugarbelleJune 15, 2011 - 1:24 am

I’m glad you are back. We LOVE blueberry pancakes! LOVE them. Syrup is one of the few sweet things I don’t care for…I’d eat these plain. I love the photo of you stirring the berries into the batter!

As for the French Laundry…you lucky lucky guys! LUCKY. I have been kind of obsessed with the place ever since I saw Tony Bordain {my secret crush, LOL} eat there with with his buddies. They made him cigarette creme, LOL…What a wonderful vacay. That is one of the BEST places on earth. Dad drove up once and brocght back the most amazing cherries…okay I’m rambling. WOW!

Baker StreetJune 15, 2011 - 6:04 am

i loveeee blueberries and completely agree with you on the butter theory.

You had two very lovely guest posts while you were away Bri. I really enjoyed them.

Glad to hear you had a fabulous time at the french laundry. i look forward to your post.

Lauren at Keep It SweetJune 15, 2011 - 6:07 am

We don’t have leisurely breakfasts often enough, but these pancakes are a good inspiration to do it more often. They look delicious and as always your photos are amazing!

Girls' Guide to Guns and ButterJune 15, 2011 - 7:09 am

Gorgeous pancakes – they look fluffy and tender and, gosh, I love that over-sized, shaggy look. I’ve also never thought of adding vanilla to pancake-type-things, and I think it’s a splendid idea. Love the buttermilk part, too – I make a yogurt-based variety, they come out tender and light.

Girls' Guide to Guns and ButterJune 15, 2011 - 7:14 am

I was going to add that my favorite way to eat pancakes, other than with maple syrup, (and this won’t work with the fruit kind) is fish – lox (which is a bit of a luxury) but even anchovies, and cream-cheese or sour cream. Red caviar, which is another thing I can’t easily get my hands on in my neck of the woods, is the ultimate delight when it comes to pancakes.

Caroline @ chocolate and carrotsJune 15, 2011 - 7:20 am

I’m so glad you had a great get-away. :-) Those blueberry pancakes look incredible and bursting with flavor. Yum!

Ken⏐hungry rabbitJune 15, 2011 - 7:23 am

That’s a stack of Blueberry Pancakes that can relax anyone on a given Sunday.

JamieJune 15, 2011 - 7:40 am

I don’t make pancakes anymore since the huge pancake fan was my son Simon who has been in the US for over a year. Husband does make french crêpes but my oh my how fattening since I just slather them with jelly and eat one after the next in fast succession. And sadly it is very hard to find blueberries here but oh now you have me craving not only pancakes but blueberry pancakes as well! Maybe crêpes with blueberry jam? And where’s the whipped cream, Brian? xo

A Plum By Any Other NameJune 15, 2011 - 7:46 am

Those are some of the best looking pancakes I’ve seen. In contrast, I’m quite a fan, but still haven’t found the *perfect* recipe. To the cape I go …

Chef DennisJune 15, 2011 - 8:15 am

HI Brian

glad to hear you had such a wonderful time on vacation, Lisa and I are so overdo, it’s been years since we have been able to travel. Blueberry pancakes are one of absolute favorite breakfast meals, with those big plump and juicy berries!! But I have to admit I love butter and maple syrup, although I never pour the syrup on the pancakes, it’s always along side just to dip them in..

Have a wonderful week my friend!
Dennis

MaggieJune 15, 2011 - 8:40 am

Blueberry pancakes are one of my favorite foods. I have amazing memories of plopping down in the backyard of my grandparents’s house in Maine, which is basically a large blueberry patch, picking and eating those small, sweet Maine blueberries until I had a full cup and then bring them home for pancakes. Not much beats a warm, fluffy blueberry pancake smothered in butter with no more than a dollop of maple syrup!

AshJune 15, 2011 - 9:28 am

This is the best kind of food!! Breakfast food has got to be one of my favorite things!!

TiffanyJune 15, 2011 - 9:49 am

The perfect breakfast! (or lunch, dinner, or snack!)

MikeVFMKJune 15, 2011 - 10:17 am

After a road trip like yours, nothing can ease you back into the weekend better than a stack of pancakes like these. Look amazing! And blueberries are always a wise choice! Glad to have you back!

BukycooksJune 15, 2011 - 12:44 pm

Can’t wait to hear more about your trip . It is nice to take a real break from everything periodically and just enjoy your days. Glad you had such a great time in CA. :)

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.June 15, 2011 - 1:06 pm

omg fabulous!

KristenJune 15, 2011 - 1:07 pm

Your vacation sounds like it was magnificent. So happy you were able to enjoy yourselves!

MattieJune 15, 2011 - 1:16 pm

Hi!
These look amazing. But I’m a little confused by the directions. They don’t seem to match the ingredients list. Am I missing something?

Oh, these look scrumptious!!! Wish it was breakfast time, right now!

Angie's RecipesJune 15, 2011 - 3:38 pm

I want to jump into your blog and live there…those pancakes look as scrumptious as your photography!

Karriann GrafJune 15, 2011 - 4:23 pm

You’ve got me craving blueberries now, will need to go to the store and get some ASAP! Gorgeous photography Brian. Happy Cooking!

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionJune 15, 2011 - 5:04 pm

Blueberry pancakes are my favorite! I could eat a large stack of these for dinner tonight! :)

Maris(In Good Taste)June 15, 2011 - 5:38 pm

I am in the I can’t get enough blueberries stage so this is a perfect recipe for me!

WenderlyJune 15, 2011 - 5:47 pm

Welcome home! I just happen to have a bunch of blueberries looking for a home at the moment. I do believe I’ve found the perfect fit! Can’t wait to try these!

RJ FlamingoJune 15, 2011 - 7:08 pm

Good for you, Bri! So happy to hear you had such a great trip. :-) And these pancakes are gorgeous!

Rachel @ Baked by RachelJune 15, 2011 - 7:23 pm

Love the random blueberries on the plate. Hubs would love this recipe! He’s a big pancake and blueberry fan so why not combine?! :)

serena @bigapplenoshJune 15, 2011 - 7:54 pm

These look mouthwatering!

EthanJune 16, 2011 - 12:36 am

welcome back! these pancakes feel like a Sunday post, you’re confusing me;)

katJune 16, 2011 - 12:40 pm

Blueberries pancakes with a big slab of butter are one of my favorite things

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomJune 16, 2011 - 4:39 pm

This pancake recipe is so similar to the buttermilk one that I make but I’ve never added cornmeal. It’s a great idea and must tast great with the berries. I’m so glad you’re back and had a fabulous trip. I’ll get over not seeing any photos of your dinner at The French Laundry just knowing it was a special meal. Happy birthday to Eric today!

saraJune 16, 2011 - 7:19 pm

Here I am, thinking I love little mini silver dollar pancakes, but those huge ones are so neat lookin’!

SuesJune 16, 2011 - 8:05 pm

OK, now I’m really, really craving blueberry pancakes!! :) Beautiful!

SippitysupJune 17, 2011 - 2:53 am

After a week in Norway eating (relish) smoked fish breakfasts. this Cape Cod special looks great to me about now. GREG

Baking SerendipityJune 17, 2011 - 1:24 pm

These look like a perfect way to transition from vacation back into reality. Looking forward to your recap of Northern California. It’s a place I’d love to visit someday soon :)

EstherJune 18, 2011 - 2:57 am

I’ve just stumbled across your blog- and I’m hooked already!

JoanneJune 18, 2011 - 12:40 pm

Oh Brian, I’m so glad you enjoyed your time away, although I have to concede that i missed you every second that you were gone!

I’ve really been in a pancake mood lately, which is weird for me. I’m loving blueberry season lately (just made a blueb pie for father’s day!) and the idea of them in pancakes is giving me happy chills!

Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)June 18, 2011 - 4:28 pm

I think I make more pancakes than I consume. My husband wins the medal for the latter. I also hesitate to use so much syrup on something already delicious. Blueberry pancakes are my favorite to make and I wouldn’t need much convincing to eat more than a few of these. :-)

wizzythestickJune 18, 2011 - 5:45 pm

:-) I understand why you didn’t take your camera with you to the restaurant. Sometimes it’s good to put the camera away and enjoy the company of loved ones .

Kate (Katefrom Scratch)June 18, 2011 - 9:05 pm

Oh how marvelous. The french Laundry…wow! I’m speechless..that doesn’t happen often. Glad you enjoyed a wonderful vacation and got a chance to wind down.

Kulsum at JourneyKitchenJune 19, 2011 - 1:01 pm

THose pancakes look mighty good! I wish blueberries didn’t cost an arm and leg here :-( and I could buy them as often. And yes some time off the internet is always good :)

MeetaJune 20, 2011 - 4:19 am

We’ve definitely missed having you around Brian. We love our pancakes in all flavors! Looking forward to catching up with you!

Andrew FrishmanJune 22, 2011 - 11:46 am

Mnnn!. . . I LOVES me some pancakes, especially when they are blueberryful.

La galaxia, cuando se ve hacia el centro desde el borde exterior, se parece a una semilla de amapola panqueque, pero tal vez los arándanos podría ser galaxias en un universo. . .

ElianaJune 23, 2011 - 10:36 am

I’m not sure how I missed these but it’s safe to say I will be making them this weekend. These pancakes look incredible Brian.

Platanos Mangoes and MeJune 24, 2011 - 11:47 am

Don’t you just love when the berries start to po and bleed all over the batter…..so good!

AziraAugust 24, 2011 - 4:27 pm

Has anyone replaced the sugar with honey? I would love to make this pancakes but hoping that it will come out successful with honey instead. Thanks

Pierre BoFebruary 21, 2014 - 6:35 pm

The first photo on the very top of the article is just mindblowing. Its colourful and contrasty but yet not looking unnatural! Love it

{Recipe: Balsamic, Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza}

In a little over a month, I will be attending what will probably be my one and only food blogger conference this year.  In actuality, the Big Summer Potluck is less of a conference and more of a gathering of very enthusiastic foodies.  I didn’t attend last year, but from what I gather from everyone’s accounts of the event, it was a fantastic experience; filled with lots of food, wonderful seminars and loads of laughter.  Does it get much better than that?

Here’s the thing, though:  I hadn’t planned on attending this year.  But as I watched the tickets for the event sell rather rapidly, I just had to jump on the opportunity.  One of my big incentives for going (not that I needed much of a push), was the appearance of Debra from Smith Bites on the list.  We’ve been Twitter buddies for a while, but have expanded that relationship to e-mail chats about a variety of food blogger-related topics. She was also one of the people who was influential in getting me to redesign my site (and take the plunge and switch to WordPress)… and I have to thank her for that.

Debra is a kind soul, someone who is always willing to lend a friend a helping hand.  But not only that, she has a wonderful sense of humor and is never disturbed by my somewhat childish antics.  And now I’ll leave you in Debra’s hands… who was generous to write this guest post while I finish my travels.

In my community of blogging friends, I’m always amazed at how much these people are like family.  We share each other’s ups and downs, troubles and triumphs, and we always seem to be there for each other with a helpful word of advice or just to listen.  Oh…and we can always count on a good laugh!  Brian is one of these people that I truly love and laugh with.  His blog, photography and tweets are the epitome of love, warmth, humor and doggonit people like him!

So when he asked me to guest post, it was a no-brainer.  Of course!!  So, for Brian I have pulled out this oh-so-easy but delicious Balsamic, Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza that makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

The Professor and I love to grill pizzas on our Big Green Egg.  With the weather finally warming up, recipes like this become a staple for the season.  Like all good things Italian (and inspired by a Mario Batali recipe, no less), the ingredients are simple.  And like all good Italian pizza, less topping is more.  By sparsely layering the ingredients, each flavor in each bite has a chance to shine;  in one moment you taste a single ingredient, and in the next bite it’s a perfect symphony of all the flavors.  Be still my heart.

While I highly recommend the little cipollini onions for this recipe, you could definitely substitute a sweet onion you have on hand with similar results.  For a crispy yet tender crust, it is a good suggestion to par bake the crust before adding the ingredients.  Also, if the bottom of the crust gets done first, just put the pizza under the broiler to achieve the golden brown goodness pictured here.

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foodwanderingsJune 12, 2011 - 12:09 am

Aww two of my fave people! Debra, amazing job. This pizza is to die for and I am sure to bookmark this recipe to make it this summer, soon!! Un fact would love a slice at right about now, few minutes past midnight.

Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }June 12, 2011 - 12:52 am

I believe Brian has left his blog in very good and capable hands. This pizza looks absolutely divine – a must try for sure. Just wish I had a slice right now and a wonderful glass of cabernet. :-)

Angie's RecipesJune 12, 2011 - 1:02 am

Balsamic onion, goat cheese, thin crust….that’s my dream pizza!

RosaJune 12, 2011 - 5:03 am

That pizza is amazing! I really like the wonderful flavor combination and the goregous crust.

Cheers,

Rosa

Lauren at Keep It SweetJune 12, 2011 - 6:56 am

Onions and goat cheese make such a wonderful combo and this pizza sounds amazing! Great guest post:-)

bunkycooksJune 12, 2011 - 6:59 am

I’m all for grilling pizzas outdoors in the summer heat! Leave it to Mario Batali to come up with a simple, but delightful flavor combination.

Kathy MercureJune 12, 2011 - 7:56 am

Mmmm… looks delish! I wonder if this will work on the barbecue? Don’t see why not! Thanks for posting, can’t wait to try it.

[...] so I immediately said OF COURSE!  For Brian I have pulled out this oh-so-easy but delicious Balsamic, Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza . . . it makes my mouth water just thinking about it . . . and, it’s a Mario Batali recipe . [...]

Maris (In Good Taste)June 12, 2011 - 8:18 am

My all time favorite cheese is goat cheese. Now combined with onion on a pizza and we have a winner!

Nancy @SensitivePantryJune 12, 2011 - 8:38 am

Mmmm. This one’s a keeper. I love to grill pizza. Now that I do it that way it’s kind of ruined me for any other type of pizza. Looking forward to seeing you both at BSP this summer!

JoanneJune 12, 2011 - 9:07 am

Brian. You? Childish antics? Really? I wonder what that says about the maturity of my antics… :P

This is an awesome guest post and a crazy delicious pizza! Those onions look so sweet caramelly fantastic.

ChrisJune 12, 2011 - 10:47 am

You had me at balsamic and goat cheese. First, Debra is the cutest gal ever, with her positively infectious smile and laugh! I am so bummed I missed out on the BSP tickets…would be so fun to see everyone.

Love this tart…and on the BGE! One day I will get a Big Green Egg…its headquarters are a hop skip and a jump away from me here in Atlanta.

:)

sippitysupJune 12, 2011 - 11:08 am

Another Big Green Egg fan! GREG

LizJune 12, 2011 - 12:10 pm

Mmmmmm….such simple yet fabulous pizza toppings. The thought of this yummy pizza has my mouth watering~

Barbara | Creative CulinaryJune 12, 2011 - 6:17 pm

No Big Green Egg but I put the pizza on the ‘cue’ and we love it. The onions are adorable too and I must try that; I’ve used caramelized onions a lot but now want these. Said it at Deb’s and will repeat it here. I haven’t touched a pizza with red sauce or sausages for quite some time; the olive oil, cheese and simple ingredients are so much more appealing to me. Yummalicious!

MikeVFMKJune 12, 2011 - 6:28 pm

Another great guest post! And this is the type of pizza that makes me think of sitting outside a quaint restaurant in Italy with a glass of vino and losing track of time. Mouth watering!

These onions are awesome!! What a great idea for pizza. I think I would just eat those as a side dish they look so good!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJune 12, 2011 - 8:35 pm

Happy to see Deb here Brian! Two of my favorite bloggers in the same place, doesn’t get much better than that.

LirenJune 12, 2011 - 9:06 pm

This is lovely, with my favorite toppings! I agree about not overloading the pizza and allowing each one to shine! And goodness, I have Big Green Egg envy right now!

MonetJune 12, 2011 - 9:40 pm

Two of my favorite people in one place…sharing one incredible recipe. I love the sound of this pizza (anything with goat cheese makes me smile) Thank you for sharing another inspired recipe. I hope you both have a wonderful start to your week. Hugs and love from Austin!

BarbaraJune 13, 2011 - 12:43 pm

Wonderful pizza recipe….exactly what I’d expect from Debra! She’s the best.

Nelly RodriguezJune 13, 2011 - 9:00 pm

Definitely yummy and unique toppings, love it!

KristenJune 13, 2011 - 11:26 pm

Bummed that I ended up not going to BSPL this summer now. Just can’t swing it, but I totally wish I could!
Deb – this pizza? Ah-maz-ing!

Lisa @ Tarte du JourJune 14, 2011 - 9:05 am

Great flavor combination! I just learned how to make goat cheese so I’m always looking for goat cheese recipes. Very nice post indeed!

sweetsugarbelleJune 14, 2011 - 4:16 pm

Oh this looks heavenly! So nice to meet you, Debra!

rebeccaJune 14, 2011 - 11:25 pm

wow what a fab pizza great guest post

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionJune 15, 2011 - 11:31 am

This pizza looks lovely… Makes me want to fire up the grill for dinner!!

Looking forward to seeing both you and Debra at BSP! :)

Jean @ Lemons and AnchoviesJune 15, 2011 - 2:21 pm

Oh, my! This pizza looks wonderful and prepared with the BGE! I’ve heard so much about its many uses and all the food that comes from it looks so good. This is no exception.

TiffanyJune 16, 2011 - 9:07 am

I can eat pizza every day! Especially pizza with goat cheese!

Homemade PizzaJune 19, 2011 - 12:28 pm

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MeetaJune 20, 2011 - 4:17 am

Simply awesome. I am loving the flavors of this pizza and what a lovely post this is!

Andrew FrishmanJune 22, 2011 - 12:10 pm

Mnnn . . . I LOVES me some pizza, especially when it ain’t got no sauce!

Ya estoy deseando que este verano en Cape Cod y la oportunidad de construir pizza blanca con tocino y las almejas (que han sido recién extraído de la bahía)

Platanos Mangoes and MeJune 24, 2011 - 10:42 am

I am new here and I just love your blog. Have fun and loved this post.

[...] The cauliflower crust makes a very neutral base, so I recommend robust toppings like chicken tikka masala topping or goat cheese crumbles with balsamic vinegar glaze.  [...]