The idea of 7 Quick Takes Friday comes from blogger Jennifer Fulwiler, who hosts it weekly at her site, Conversion Diary.
ATTENTION: Important news about Les Misérables contained in take #7!
Today, apparently, we're mostly talking about food. Enjoy, and Happy Friday!
So last week, I
Before we left the city, we stopped in at Au Bon Pain for coffee and sandwiches to take on the train. And I know you don't read this blog to hear what I had for dinner on a given evening, but let me just say: snow peas on a sandwich are a revelation.
Farmers' market season cannot come soon enough.
One funny thing about Au Bon Pain: they have several southwestern-sounding menu items (I'm an Arizonan — I notice these things), but no locations in the southwest. Hm.
They also have no locations in my area — but then the menu didn't include any sandwiches called The Grand Rapidian or The Amway or even La Grande Vitesse.
I've just discovered food columnist Mark Bittman. His work is a rare combination of social awareness and culinary goodness. How have I missed him all this time?
Here are a couple of video posts from his blog where he's cooking on the Today show:
- Three of his favorites (including Spaghetti with Fried Eggs!)
- Oatmeal five ways (which includes a link to his NY Times opinion piece on McDonald's oatmeal)
He's also authored several cookbooks, which would look even better to me if I used cookbooks.
Speaking of cookbooks... this book recently came to my attention via my Biola Alumni magazine:
|Don't worry, friends — it's completely tongue-in-cheek.|
No imaginary animals were harmed in the writing of this cookbook.
This video will make you want to bake bread (or take up the accordion):
In fact, Mark Bittman wrote an article that talks about the same slow-rise process as is featured in the above video.
Can you handle one more recipe site in this post? Smitten Kitchen is another new discovery. I haven't tried any of her recipes yet, but the writing is fun and the photography is beautiful. The site's tagline is Fearless cooking from a tiny kitchen in New York City, but it's so much more.
Now, if my incessant blathering about Les Misérables has worked its magic (by which I mean, has made you want to see the musical), but your circumstances (by which I mean, location and/or budget) have conspired to keep you from the show, I have great news: PBS is airing the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert this Sunday!
What a perfect way to cap off the weekend!