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Hi there.  Hey, know what I like?  Lists.  Do you like lists, too? 

Guess what, I'm giving you a list this week.  Why?  Because I don't have time to sit down and write a proper post.  It's not that I don't care--I do--but work is piling up, and I am starting to do that thing where stress makes me become increasingly silent and MIA until I become an inert pile of useless human dough.  Oh, October.

So here it is: Things I'm reading, recipes I'm trying, food I'm craving, places I'm going, and blogs I'm adding to my reading list.  I'll eventually share photos of the recipes and will add more blogs to the blogroll.

Until then, enjoy these half-baked thoughts!

At Home, About Town:

The balcony tomato experiment wasn't a total failure, but I did learn that (1) the balcony is not the best place for tomatoes and (2) I'm not the most attentive gardener.

Weck jars make great portable containers for Greek yogurt and honey.

Mar Vista Farmers Market

Simpang Asia
 (more on this soon)


Cravings:

  • Anything Asian.  Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, you name it.  For some reason, I've tired of stock, lemons, and herbs and now crave ginger, garlic, and scallions.  Reverting back to a childlike state?  Maybe.  See below for some recipes I've been trying.  Next, I am thinking pork katsu (via New York Times).

  • Also salad and vegetables, especially after discovering that a good vinaigrette can turn anyone into a salad lover.  Why pretend you like the same old dijon vinaigrette when what you really want is fish sauce?  Hey, if other people don't like it, then you win: more for you.

Recipes:

  • Flourless peanut butter cookies, courtesy of Saveur.  @#$! these are good.

  • Thai vinaigrette (Joy of Cooking) - fish sauce, lime juice, a squirt of hot sauce.  Yum.

  • Soy miso ginger vinaigrette (Adapted from Joy of Cooking) - delicous.  Why pay $$ for a bottled version when you can make your own?

  • Walnut pesto (my own recipe) - a no-brainer recipe that turns humdrum pasta into a special homemade meal. 

  • Hainanese Chicken with Rice  (Mark Bittman) - No ruling on authenticity, but this totally satisfied my craving for something involving garlic and ginger.

  • Next up: Simple Tomato Sauce (Splendid Table)

Radio, Print, and Internet:

  • Listened to Night+Market's Kris Yenbamroong talk about Thai street food on KCRW's Good Food.  Mike and I met Kris through a college friend.  His food is delicious.  He also introduced us to the late night taco truck on Venice.

 


WCP in the News:

  • WCP received a mention on the Macheesmo food blog!  I'm flattered to have this little ol' blog as an example of website making.  On that note, I am planning to do a redesign of this site, maybe even get a proper logo.

  • In case you missed it last week, WCP is also featured in the latest Lifeyo promo video.

 

Blogroll:

Last, but not least, check out the blogroll this week for a steady stream of food blogs.  Some I've been reading for a while, some I've only just discovered (like most of the ones on Saveur's 55 Great Global Food Blogs).  I'm sure these only scratch the surface!


[Photos by Bon Appetempt]

This is the latest addition to my blogroll.  The writer's name is Amelia, and she lives in LA.  The photos are from her post about her grandma.  It is good.  Very good.  I found myself reading every line, slowly. 

I only wish I could write about life and food in this way.  Seamlessly, with honesty and depth, without cliche or preciousness. 

And for those of you who can spend time with your grandparents, you are lucky.  It's funny how you can miss something you never really had in the first place.

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