Valley Fig/Cook’s Country Photo Contest Entry

Hi all-

Just a quick note to ask for your help in helping me win a contest to go see a filming of one of my most FAVORITE shows: Cook’s Country!

They have partnered with Valley Figs to have a fig photo contest and they will select a winner from the entries. You were originally supposed to post on instagram and then garner “likes.” They are also on the link below, and people can go in and enter an email and vote for the one they like best. I foolishly wasn’t thinking about it that much when I made my initial Instagram post, and didn’t include that many hashtags. So now I’m trying to focus on getting votes on the link below. And I need your help!

Please, please, please (there are only 3 days left as of this post) help and vote for the “every_bite” fig photo at the bottom of page 2 of this link:
Cook’s Country fig photo contest page

And, if you have an Instagram account, please take a moment and go to the “every_bite” account and like the fig photo.

I’ve just GOT to see Christopher, and the others! I love them all- particularly Bridget and Jack’s Tasting Lab! And to see that amazing renovated farmhouse that they film in would be a dream come true. I’m trying to not fantasize too much about all the great photos I could get and all the cool people I could meet!!

 

Thank you so much!
Carol

Recipes to Reduce Kitchen Waste (from Food52)

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(herbs recently collected from my garden for a variety of kitchen uses)
photo: Sugar Sand Photography

Just came across yet another fantastic piece from Food52 (have I mentioned how much I love their site? Great info, and just adore their photography); this time about recipes to reduce kitchen waste. There are 30 recipes here to give you some tasty ideas on how to reduce food waste in the kitchen.

We’d love for you to try out some of the recipes and let us know what you think (and if you have some other ideas for ways to reduce food waste in the kitchen) here on the blog. (I’m particularly looking forward to trying the apple peel bourbon recipe. I am from the South after all so I do like my bourbon!)

Food52- 30 Recipes to Reduce Kitchen Waste

Enjoy Every Bite!
C

 

Grits, Bees, Square Watermelons, and Homer.

Some recent food/foodie articles I’ve come across recently that are fun, interesting, and just downright odd!

Food52 has done it again! The link below from them is informative, has great instruction, and lovely pictures. And it’s very “Every Bite”-esque!

1 Pot of Goat Cheese Grits, 5 dinners
This is really a great photo taken at a Whole Foods, to hit home the importance of bees and their importance in nature and our society:

A World without Bees

And this I just found so fascinating. A SQUARE watermelon?! And those had better be some damn good cherries!

Insanely Expensive “Fruit Parlor”

Cookbook update: any day now, we should be receiving cover illustrations for us to review for the front of the book! We’re trying to “patiently” wait for that “any day now”!

And I just have to end with something totally random but great: only the most awesome escalator EVER (click on it to enlarge and to really get the full effect of it’s awesome-ness!! pic via @EarthPics on twitter)

Enjoy and hope you enjoy eating Every Bite! 🙂
C

The Why, When, and How: Blanching

Blanching, or “par-cooking” (i.e. partially cooking) is one of the simplest cooking techniques to master!

 

Why: If you’re blanching before freezing, you want to do it to make sure everything freezes properly, so you can enjoy your hard work throughout the winter months! If you’re blanching before serving on a vegetable tray for a party, or to use in another dish, blanching helps make your food easier to eat and digest

When: You want to do it before you freeze any fruits or vegetables, if you have a highly liquid vegetable, such as spinach, that you want to remove some of the water from, or if you want to have some vegetables out for a vegetable tray at a party.

How: Drop your fruits or vegetables into boiling hot water, and let it sit in the water for 10-60 seconds (depending on the fruit or vegetable). Immediately remove from the hot water and place in a bowl of ice cold water to stop the cooking process.

 

Here is a link to our video about blanching. Feel free to post any questions you may have and we’ll be sure to get back to you!

 

Thanks!

Karen and Carol