Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What I'm Reading Today

Hopefully you're coming down from your post-Easter sugar high. I know I'm still sneaking a jelly bean or two but, am about ready to chuck the whole bowl in the trash.

That said, sweets are of course still on my mind. Graham Cracker Chewy Bars, in today's LA Times, look like the perfect addition to my over-flowing file of cookie recipes. Sticky on top and crunchy on the bottom, these pecan-filled cookies look like a winner. If sweets are not on your mind, Russ Parson's writes about Schnitzel-breaded crispy cuts of boneless pork. Make it in a snap for a perfect weeknight dinner.

The NY Times is full of good eats today. I started with the Chilean empanada article. With recipes for a great dough plus two fillings-cheese and mushroom or ground beef, these look amazing. If you're short on lunch ideas or need some quick snacks to keep on hand, make a big batch of empanadas, keep them in the freezer, and cook 'em when you're hungry. There is also a six ingredient recipe for Roasted Pepper Tacos with Crema - another simple weeknight meal. In fact, just go to the main Dining page and see what else is there-a Phyllo and Feta torte, Spaghetti with Broccoli Rabe, or everything you need to know about one of my favorite wines, Sancerre.

Favas, Leeks, English Peas-they're in season, abundunt, and hopefully in your local market. If you're wondering what to do with spring's bounty of amazing produce, this article from the San Francisco Chronicle will get you motivated. Shop in season and the best of what's out there will shine on your table.

Happy Reading and Happy Cooking

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