Friday Night Date Night

by Cate on January 7, 2006

Our turn for time off, as Nicholas is at The Neighbors for Friday Night Date Night. Last night, The Neighbor asked Nicholas what he wanted for dinner tonight, and he put in a request for macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets. I told her she’s lucky he’s picking things knowing her cooking limitations. ;)

The Husband and I decided to have a quiet night at home, instead of going out, taking full advantage of the time to do some shoveling in my office and attack the leftovers in the fridge. During the holidays, one of The Neighbors’ friends sent them a gift from Portillos, with their French Dip-type sandwiches. I’ve never heard of the restaurant, but since it doesn’t appear to be located on the East Coast, I guess that would explain it. Anyways, she made us a few sandwiches from her gift stash — my favorite kind of sandwich – messy! The messier the better!

PRESS ALERT! First up > me (of course!). I was honored to be chosen for a recent interview with Bloggasm. You can read my interview here — pretty cool, eh? And to anyone who discovered Sweetnicks from Bloggasm, welcome! I think you’re gonna like it here. ;)

Seems I’m not alone on the press front. Food bloggers are receiving press all over the place this week. Although she thinks it’s geeky (NOT!), Chef JoAnna is getting some MAJOR props. Check out the low-down on her recent photo and video shoot for Microsoft here. Sigh … we knew her when… way to go, Joanna!

This week, the LA Times published an article, highlighting some of their favorite food blogs, of course, causing some controversy in the process, since a lot of the blogs mentioned weren’t LA food blogs (not that that needed to be part of the criteria). Here is LA Food Blogging’s take on who they would have highlighted. No matter, congrats to all that got press!

And lastly, Tana from Small Farms got some great press today as well. She was the mastermind behind the Food Bloggers Map and she was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal (Europe) about the map and her blog. Congrats!

OK, press junket over. And that’s a wrap for tonight folks. Tune in tomorrow to find out what hits the table and to discover a new Saturday night feature, Sound Bites. In the meantime, regular readers and bloggers alike, know the drill by now. Got a great pic of your dog you’d like to show off? Send me the permalink to the post by 9 pm EST on Sunday to be included in the Weekend Dog Blogging round-up. Felines more your style? Then send your kitty pic to the lovely Ms. Clare at Eat Stuff for her ongoing Weekend Cat Blogging round-up, and if you’ve got a green thumb or are doing amazing things in the kitchen with herbs, send that stuff over to Kalyn at Kalyn’s Kitchen to be part of her Sunday night round-up of Weekend Herb Blogging.

Lastly, I managed to make a total of 30 new recipes for the month of December; finally did my round-up. Since I was sick for a good two weeks of the month, I’m actually surprised I eeked out that many new ones! The list is below, and most of the recipes can be found on my site (use the search function on the top). I’m still loading recipes onto my sidebar and have all the recipes I made from April through June up so far. Getting there… until tomorrow.

December New Recipe Round-Up
Bleu Cheese Chips
Smoked Salmon Pate
Sauteed Shrimp with Chardonnay-Dijon Cream Sauce
Columbia Restaurant’s Original “1905” Salad
Scarborough Fair Shortbread
Cherry Twinks
Simple Mac & Cheese for Two
Banana Pineapple Smoothies
Pear Custard Bars
Baked Spiced Shrimp
Spanokopita Burgers with Greek Fries and Tzatiki Sauce
Five Minute Fudge Wreath
Almond Fudge Fie
Chilled Strawberry Soup
Crispy Molynesian Cookies
Chunky Monkey Muffins
Chicken with Garlic Sauce
Homemade Tomato Soup
Cuban Spiced Pork Tenderloin and Soffrito Rice
Smoked Salmon Pizza
Verimicelli with White Wine Clam Sauce
Quick Thai Beef Salad
Roasted Garlic, Feta and Walnut Spread
Tomato and Mozzarella Quesadillas with Basil
Bean Empanadas
Brown Sugar Meringues
Artichoke Crostini
Barbecued Mushrooms
Green Olive and Mascarpone Dip
Pecan Pie Bars

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Kalyn January 7, 2006 at 2:19 am

Hey, thanks for mentioning me in the Bloggasm interview. You’re great.

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Cate January 7, 2006 at 3:02 am

No problem, Kalyn. ;)

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linnish January 7, 2006 at 6:41 am

Wow, that’s alot of recipes you have created just in a month, kudos to you!

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shuna fish lydon January 7, 2006 at 7:13 am

Thank you so so much! I like your decription of me, it was succinct but also unique.

Thank you again for your generosity!

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Randi January 8, 2006 at 1:23 am

I made one of the recipes you posted, the greek turkey burgers and fries. They were good.

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Cate January 8, 2006 at 3:41 am

Lin – trying 25 new ones is usually my average. Most of these aren’t “my” creations, though a few of them were. Just trying to get through my massive “to try” pile!

Shuna – no problem at all! I love visiting your site. :)

Randi – glad to hear it! I really liked the sauce that accompanied it.

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