Quick Buttermilk Walnut Bread

Quick Buttermilk Walnut Bread
Autumn is supposed to be a depressing time of year, but today my feelings are different from a few seasons ago. I feel happy. Blessed. In the words of James Brown, “ I Feeeeeel Goooood.” This morning we woke up to a warm and crisp day. The boyfriend and I danced to Tina Turner, Jackie Wilson, Stevie Wonder and classic R&B hits from the past. Buttermilk Pancakes were served with walnuts and figs. Vanilla milk was swirled into French Press coffee. As our food slowly digest, we caught the last end of the second Wall Street movie on television. After a busy summer of my boyfriend’s debut on Broadway and me finally getting a job, we finally relaxed on this Saturday morning, the first day fall. Read more

Appetizing Events: NYC’s Wine and Food Festival, Jordan Vineyards Retrospective, Part III

Jordan's Winery's vintages from 2001 to 2007
Written by Janelle Carter of CorkChronicles.com

This is the final part of a series of three reviews of the 2011 Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival. Please visit part one and two for more.

Jordan, a Sonoma winery, strives to produce wines that have the elegance, nuance, and balance of Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon blends. Certainly, they have succeeded in making Cabernets with finesse and balance. As we tasted through 7 different vintages, I found the most prominent note that ties all the vintages together is blueberry. It is a distinctive note, among others, in the flavor profile of each of the vintages we tasted. Read more

Baked Yuca Fries with Sweet and Spicy Peanut Sauces

Baked Yucca Fries with Sweet and Spicy Peanut Sauces

When the Peanut Butter & Co. first approached MyLifeRunsOnFood.com about developing recipes, my initial inspiration were cuisines from Africa, Asia, Caribbean, and Latin America. They all have a common vegetable in common: yuca. In addition, most of these cultures frequently use peanuts in their recipes. For this recipe, instead of frying yuca, I baked them instead. Then, two peanut butter dipping sauces were created. The sweeter Pineapple Peanut Butter sauce is made with “The Bee’s Knees” flavor and the spicy Tomato Peanut Butter sauce is made with “The Heat is On” flavor. Both sauces have the same basic ingredients, for their flavors complement each other well. Read more

Truffle Oil Roast Salmon and Mushrooms

Truffle Oil Roast Salmon and Mushrooms

At this time of year, buying salmon in New York is more expensive, because I’m striving to purchase Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified seafood. It’s a global, non-profit organization working with fisheries, seafood companies, scientists, conservation groups and the public to promote the best environmental-conscious choice in seafood. For a while, I thought buying MSC-certified seafood as expensive, but Nicole of FoodCulturist.com recommends purchasing local seafood for budget-friendly prices. Quite honestly, this recipe was made in late spring when buying salmon is cheaper. Ask your local fish monger for the best available seafood at this time of year. Their suggestion is better than seafood flown in hundreds or thousands of miles away. Read more

FrugivoreMag.com: Lavender Apple Bread

Lavender Apple Bread

Inspiration for recipes not only comes from staring at the pantry, for scents are part of the culinary experience. Lavender Apple is one of my favorite shower gels at a small chain of bath shops located in New York City. It’s not a teenage bubble gum, sugary scent. The fragrance is mildly sweet and calm. The taste of this bread recipe is slightly similar to the smell of the shower gel because of the lavender flowers. However, this bread has an earthy taste. Read more