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Monday Morning Coffee Break

Coffee Break

 

Good morning!  How was everyone’s weekend?  We did a little Christmas shopping and decorating; our house is so cozy this time of year with the tree and everything.  Now if only this cold snap would let up!  I know it’s not right to complain about 30 degree weather (especially when part of the country is in the negatives) but having lived in the Bay Area my whole life, this is particularly cold weather for us.  Everywhere you look, people are bundled up like their about to embark on a voyage to the South Pole (myself included).  So, let’s all wrap our hands around a mug of hot coffee/tea/chocolate/what have you and dive into some Monday links.

 

This article is a fascinating look at symbolism in literature; what was intended by the author and what we read into it.

How about a collection of real facts that sound made up?  Great trivia for your next cocktail party.

This is an interesting (and sure to be controversial) look at the ever-popular Paleo diet, and it’s validity within a historical and archaeological perspective.

And finally, in theme to the recipe I’ll be posting on Wednesday, the chemistry of cookie baking.

 

Wednesday I will be sharing my recipe and experience with the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  It was such fun to do, and I ended up getting bundles of delicious cookies in return.  Come back on Wednesday to learn more!

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Monday Morning Coffee Break: Thanksgiving Edition

Coffee Break

 

Good morning!  I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  I had the great fortune of accompanying my good friend Emily to a special interactive lunch with Chef Todd English at the Culinary Institute in St. Helena hosted by Bing’s new Food & Wine App.  He demonstrated two dishes, sea scallops with chestnuts and orange and rabbit pappardelle.  Afterwards, we went into the school’s kitchens to prepare the scallops for ourselves, then were served the rabbit dish and a spiced pumpkin crème brûlée.  Since Emily and I ended up cooking our sea scallops last (due to a rather pushy patron who did not want to share), we ended up having Todd English give us a one-on-one lesson on proper preparation.  It was a really fantastic afternoon, and we are so grateful that we were able to participate!  A big thank you go out to Katie Musselman from Bing and of course, Emily, for inviting me along on such a great event.

Now, onto our coffee break!  I thought in honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I would do an entirely Thanksgiving themed link up.  Enjoy!

 

Looking for a lovely starter for your Thanksgiving meal?  The Kitchn has rounded up 8 delicious and festive soups to get you started.

Take a look at these Vargas-girl style Thanksgiving pin-ups.  Because nothing says community and family and thankfulness quite a like a saucy pilgrim girl riding a giant turkey.

Buzzfeed has given you everything you never knew about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  I don’t know about you, but I love the idea of releasing the balloons after the parade to float around New York City.

And finally, my favorite Thanksgiving link.  Everyone has that one particular anal-retentive family member, right?  Well, be lucky you’re not in Marney’s family.  Click on this link: hilarity will ensue.

 

I’ll be back on Wednesday with a little recipe to get the weekend of eating started.  Have a great week!

Monday Morning Coffee Break

Coffee Break

 

Good morning my loves!  How is everyone today?  Anyone get Veteran’s Day off?  Shawn did, and I am positively green with envy that he gets to enjoy an extra day.  Oh well, onwards and upwards!

 

In random history news, some recent findings have been revealed in regards to King Tut’s mummy.  Did you know it spontaneously combusted at one point?  Crazy.

Looking to improve your vocabulary?  Try some of these Victorian slang terms, and delight in the confusion on your friends’ faces.

These realistically colorized versions of historic photographs are simply breathtaking.

Buzzfeed this past week delighted us with 21 of the best things to ever happen in a restaurant.  

It’s persimmon season!  Try out some of these delicious seasonal recipes.

As you get ready to start planning your Thanksgiving meals, check out these simple party hacks.  You will wow everyone with your hosting skills.

And finally, Michelle at Brown Eyed Baker has created a recipe for homemade vanilla extract.  Must try.

 

Also, stay tuned later in the week for a special Humble Gourmet announcement!  Have a great week!

Monday Morning Coffee Break

Coffee Break

 

Good morning!  Hope everyone had a nice weekend.  We spent our time relaxing, doing a little work on the house.  Blog Brunch on Sunday with Nichole and Emily, chicken pot pie and “Rosemary’s Baby” that night with my love.  Just an easy weekend to lead into a busy week.  Find a little time today to check out these links:

 

Professional chefs give their advice for the best cookbooks to cook your way through, cover to cover.

Speaking of cooking, this Halloween recipe for a jar of brains will simultaneously gross you out and have you wanting to give it a try.

On a different note, did you know these movies are based on books?

Speaking of movies, here’s a little sneak peek article about Pixar’s next movie, Inside Out.

One last movie link: Twitter was playing a game of “Add A Word, Ruin a Movie,” which I just had to participate in.  My best?  “Clockwork Orange Julius.”

And on a final note, check out these incredible photographs of soldiers before, during, and after their tours.

Monday Morning Coffee Break

Coffee Break

 

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I don’t know about you, but I had an awfully hard time dragging myself out of bed this morning.  I could definitely use a couple days off pretty soon.  But, in the meantime, we can let our brains take a little vacation.

 

Lindsay at Love & Olive Oil has given us another amazing Kitchen Challenge: curing and making your own bacon.  I’ll wait while you wipe the drool off the keyboard.

Back East there is an abandoned Wizard of Oz amusement park that gets re-opened once a year around Halloween.  Tickets please?

These haunting photos of petrified animals on a lake in Tanzania are both beautiful and incredibly eerie.

Monday Morning Coffee Break

Coffee Break
Hello my lovely readers!  I hope your 3-day weekend continues on as wonderfully as mine has.  We went down to Cambria for a good friend’s wedding, and spent the evening meeting new friends, laughing, and predicting what pears would be falling off of the tree in the garden (long story, but funny one).  In the meantime, enjoy a few of these quick links.

Lindsay at Love & Olive Oil has tried her hand at making tofu.  I must try this for myself.

Laura at Blogging Over Thyme made an incredibly simple and incredibly beautiful tomato & zucchini tart.  This is one to impress with.

The Kitchn has a great post about 5 ways in which to be a great dinner guest.  Excellent advice from the other end of party hosting.

Out of the kitchen and into the closet: Buzzfeed has 20 ways to improve vintage clothing.  I don’t know about you, but I will definitely be breaking out the sewing machine for a few of these tutorials.

And finally, come back on Wednesday for a special announcement

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  Have a wonderful week!

Monday Morning Coffee Break

Coffee Break

 

Good morning!  Hope all of your weekends went swimmingly.  We spent our time relaxing and indulging on our new Breaking Bad addiction (seriously, cannot stop watching!)  In the meantime, spend your morning perusing these interesting little corners of the Internet:

Jennifer at The Craft Patch has been testing out popular Pinterest tutorials to mixed results.

This brief history on the banana is fascinating.

Ever intimidated by strange cooking terms?  This post breaks them all down for you.  So butterfly/braise/render away!

 

Monday Coffee Break

Happy Monday everyone!
Welcome to my new weekly post: Monday Coffee Break. Just a look at some of the links I came across this past week, everything from recipes to movies to literature to yes, celebrity gossip. Take a gander and have a great week!

Adrianna at A Cozy Kitchen has started a great new post series where she visits different restaurants and bakeries and learns the secrets to their signature dishes. Her first post in the series was a particularly personal visit.
Pajiba has ranked our top 10 irrational fears stemmed from horror movies. I know I myself am guilty of #5 on occasion.
Pleated Jeans has compiled a list of book titles with one letter missing. I don’t know about you, but “The Princess Brie” sounds like a page-turner.
Read this list of the most perfectly timed Internet moments. Giggles will abound.