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What We’re Reading: 30 March

March 30, 2011 in What We're Reading

What We’re Reading is a daily round-up of foodie news and foodie links from around the web.

Kitchen techniques like carving a ham, jointing a chicken and making your own gnocchi are just a few of the many covered in Cuisine magazine’s step-by-step section.

Some scrumptious sandwich recipes from Delicious magazine for all the sunny days ahead.

Making your own butter? Check out Melissa Clark’s butter keeper so that it’s at the perfect, spreadable temperature. (Or live in an old cottage, like Caroline does, and leave the butter out of the fridge all the time!)

What’s the difference between a pale ale, an English IPA, American IPA and double IPA? Find out here.

Ever get coriander confused with cumin or wonder if saffron is really essential to the flavor of a dish? The Kitchn has put together this quick reference guide to all the most common (and some uncommon) herbs and spices here.

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by Kristin

What We’re Reading: 29 March

March 29, 2011 in What We're Reading

What We’re Reading is a daily round-up of foodie news and foodie links from around the web.

Conor Pope reveals in today’s Irish Times that Tesco’s latest price cuts campaign is all smoke and mirrors.

Also in the Irish Times is Suzanne Campbell’s piece on the mysterious origins and doubtful quality of much of the chicken we buy.

Have you ever considered turning your passion for food into a business? Here are 7 success stories from the US of women who did just that.

Here are 10 stunning photos of food magnified under a microscope.

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by Kristin

What We’re Reading: 28 March

March 28, 2011 in What We're Reading

What We’re Reading is a daily round-up of foodie news and foodie links from around the web.

Didn’t manage to get the Saturday papers? You can read the Food & Drink sections of the Irish Times and the Irish Independent online.

Irish microbreweries are making a comeback – read a round-up of them in the Irish Times.

You also couldn’t get a decent cup of coffee a few years ago, but that’s changed now too. Read where to get a quality cup of joe here.

Ivan Varian (who blogs here) got a great mention in the Times as well – read about how The Dalkey Food Company came about here.

Heading to Waterford next month for the Waterford Festival of Food? You’ll be spoiled for choice for restaurants, including these top three: the Tannery, Cliff House Hotel and O’Brien Chop House. (Don’t forget that the IFBA is having dinner at O’Brien Chop House on Friday, 15 April!)

While trying to help a restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island, what was Gordon Ramsay’s worst nightmare? A food blogger tweeting from her table!

The Oxford English Dictionary has announced the addition of new food words to the official lexicon, including banh mi, muffin top and California roll.

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What We’re Reading – 25 March

March 25, 2011 in What We're Reading

What We’re Reading is a daily round-up of foodie news and foodie links from around the web.

If you’ve been intrigued or frustrated by the new Google recipe search, take a look at Amanda Hesser’s piece: How Google’s new recipe search gets it wrong and fails home cooks.

Do you have a cooking bible – an almanac or manual that you swear by? The Guardian lists a few here.

Forgot to take something out of the freezer to thaw? Here are a few tips for defrosting food faster.

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by Kristin

What We’re Reading: 24 March

March 24, 2011 in What We're Reading

What We’re Reading is a daily round-up of foodie news and foodie links from around the web.

The lucky people who made it up to Harrys in Inishowen for Inishfood earlier this month saw for themselves what a beautiful part of the country it is and many are already making plans to go back. The secret is definitely out now that the Irish Independent ran this article singing the peninsula’s praises.

Pat Whelan from James Whelan Butchers was at Inishfood – now you can also read about a day in the life of an Irish butcher here.

Mark Bittman points out 6 things to feel good about regarding food in the US these days.

This spring, give your home-cooked meals a green boost: learn how to grow and harvest your own lettuce.

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but they must not have seen the covers of Penguin’s Great Food series. Swoon!

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What We’re Reading: 23 March

March 23, 2011 in What We're Reading

What We’re Reading is a daily round-up of foodie news and foodie links from around the web.

Well-known author Jane Green’s latest novel The Love Verb, which includes lots of recipes, was written after nursing her best friend Heidi through breast cancer, a fight that Heidi tragically lost. Jane has teamed up with Breakthrough Breast Cancer to release a free exclusive recipe booklet this Mother’s Day. To view the campaign and download the recipe booklet, click here.

Caroline has always been a fan of the writing on Gluten-Free Girl’s blog and now she’s announced that she’s writing a cookbook for everyone called Gluten-Free Girl Everyday. Read more here.

Many baking recipes call for buttermilk, but what if you don’t have any on hand? Try one of these 5 homemade buttermilk substitutes.

If you’ve got 2 minutes to spare, watch this YouTube video of a recycling flash mob.

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What We're Reading: 22 March

March 22, 2011 in What We're Reading

What We’re Reading is a daily round-up of foodie news and foodie links from around the web.

The DIY Cooking Handbook in the New York Times has lots of great kitchen projects, including how to make your own crème fraîche, preserved lemons or – if you got the butter-making bug last week – a new take on cultured butter.

Saveur magazine has had eight of their stories nominated for the James Beard Award – you can find them all here.

Like Mexican food? Thomasina Miers has some simple meals on The Observer website – grab some lard and cook up a great Mexican breakfast for yourself.

The one problem with reading Kiwi blogs and food magazines is that the seasons are always turned on their head. Still, the food coming out of New Zealand is so good that I can definitely make exceptions, especially in the case of blogger Bron Marshall who publishes her own magazine online. Check out last Easter”s edition here.

Lists of hot new trends usually come out in the new year, but here”s one that was posted just yesterday – 10 food trends on the rise.

The BBC programme Supermarkets: What Price Cheap Food? is now available to watch on YouTube.

A fascinating photo essay from Time magazine shows what one day”s worth of food looks like around the world.

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by Kristin

What We’re Reading: 21 March

March 21, 2011 in What We're Reading

What We’re Reading is a daily round-up of foodie news and foodie links from around the web.

Didn’t manage to get the Saturday papers? You can read the Food & Drink sections of the Irish Times and the Irish Independent online.

Don’t know what to do with awkward leftovers like half a bag of lentils? Check out these store cupboard recipes from Delicious magazine.

Do you follow the Food52 blog? Ever wonder what a day in the life of Amanda Hesser is like? Now you can find out here.

Here’s a fun baking trick: how to make two-toned frosting for cupcakes.

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