Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What I'm Reading Today

Hope the sun is out where you are! We're heading in search of it next week so Mmm...That's Good might just be taking a break. In the meantime, this should hold you over.

Food trucks are all the rage from Seattle to New York. Google them in your town and I'm sure you'll find a few hidden gems for your next lunch. Most of them Twitter their locations, if they rove around town, while others park it at the same place every day. Today's LA Times talks about the latest and greatest down south. If you're in or around LA, and the line for Korean tacos is too long at the Kogi BBQ truck, here are some alternatives: Let's Be Frank, the San Francisco grass-fed hot dog spot, Coolhaus for hip ice cream sandwiches, or the Nom Nom Truck for Banh mi, those stacked and delicious Vietnamese sandwiches. And I thought it was just tv's that came from the 'back of a truck'!

Mark Bittman is back at the NY Times with a powerhouse list of 101 simple summer salads. I think even us non-salad eaters crave the crunchy veggies when the sun comes out. Whether its the waistline or the great produce, salads just feel right in the summer. He gives you some amazing vinaigrette ideas (because, yes, you should be making your own) plus his 101 ideas what to use them with. I'm liking mache with figs, almonds, and almond butter vinaigrette (#28), grilled cheese sandwich cut into croutons and put on a Caprese salad (#44), crab, corn, and avocado (#68), and the deconstructed Reuben-cabbage, Swiss cheese, rye croutons, and Russian dressing (#77). This one's worth printing and keeping in the recipe file.

Across the country at the Washington Post their signature quick and simple recipes abound. Sunflower-Seed Crusted Pork with Cilantro Pesto, Honey Mustard Chicken, and even Six Recipes for the Perfect Clambake will all have you making a yummy no fuss dinner.

If you love fresh figs as much as I do, today's Seattle Times has a handful of recipes to try. Turkey Sliders with Fig Salsa, Pork with Pinot-Infused Fig Chutney, and Figs with Gingered Mascarpone. If you haven't cooked with the little lovelies before, any of these recipes would be a great way to get started.

Happy Reading and Happy Cooking!

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