Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home

My SO and I have recently discovered that Jacques Pépin's and Julia Child's PBS cooking show, Julia & Jacque Cooking at Home is streaming on Hulu.   It's not only undeniably clear how knowledgeable and skilled both personalities are/were in the kitchen (I mean watch how effortlessly Jacques debones a chicken), but it's also incredibly endearing seeing what good friends these two were. 

It's also so very refreshing to see personalities on TV have honest reactions to tasting food.  So, so much better than the polished, over-edited reactions on any food TV show today.

And you can believe we'll be making our way through Jacque's solo show, Jacque Pépin: More Fast Food My Way, available on youtube.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Bella's Best : Atlanta

It's been awhile since I've had a proper post and my SO and I have since moved away from Atlanta; however, I was surprised to see I hadn't posted about one of my favorite bakeries in Atlanta.

I've previously posted about F.A.R.M., the farmer's market in Smyrna, which we loved.  Bella's Best was one of the stands that attended and each week, like a moth drawn to the flame, I would inevitably be drawn to their booth.  Over time, my SO and I tried their strucla and their breads, which were quite good, but given my past history with cookies (yeah, okay, maybe obsession is a better word), I would always manage to sneak-in a purchase of one of their delicious cookies.

Over time, we built up a bit of a rapport and when I approached, I would amusingly hear "oh no, here he comes for more cookies!"  I would somewhat sheepishly smile, but then go about figuring out which cookie I wanted for the week. 

For my birthday, my SO ended up calling them and ordering a platter of a dozen 3" cookies as a gift.  When my birthday rolled around, my SO came down with the flu, so I ended up picking them up myself.  Once they saw who the cookies had been order for, they started good-heartedly laughing.

And yes, I ended up finishing the whole platter, thank you very much. 

Pictured, from front to back, are the peanut butter cookies, ginger cookies, oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip.  I would be happy eating any of the cookies, particularly now since I haven't eaten one in quite some time, but my favorite somewhat surprisingly was the ginger cookie, which was just bursting with the flavor of real ginger and had this delightful bendy, chewy texture - this was by far the best of any ginger cookies I've ever had then and now.

So if you get a chance to stop by the FARM farmer's market or any of the other markets they attend, I'd highly recommend you stop by and try out some of their delicious baked goods.

Bella's Best

Monday, January 06, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Obsessive

Mother of all that is sweet and holy in this chocolate chip cookie loving world.

This Serious Eats article is the OCD/chocolate chip cookie-obsessed bible of chocolate chip cookie baking. Now, excuse me while I: 1) go make some of these cookies and 2) figure out how to print this article in some sort of permanent form that I can carry with me all of the time.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Rino which [sic] eats world various dishes

Youtube video series, Rino which [sic] eats world various dishes features a cute little girl in Japan (who could very well be who Pixar models their cute kids after). Her mother cooks dishes from different countries and has Rino try them for the first time. [via buzzfeed]

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ramen for Men

I don't know how in the world someone got into my residence and filmed me cooking and eating ramen without me knowing, but so it goes.

 I also don't understand why people consider ramen a convenience food. With all of the preparation and slow motions, it takes hours to cook and enjoy. ;-)

[via Mefi]

Monday, November 05, 2012

Mini Hamburger Set

This looks like it'd be great for kids (though I wonder how it tastes).  Only in Japan...

[via Reddit]

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Antico Pizza : Atlanta

Antico Pizza has grown on both of us and it currently stands as our favorite pizza place of Atlanta.  

Not a great photo by any means, but you order from this counter.  They have a few bar seats up front, but the more interesting (and dare I say very Atlantan) dining experience is the communal seating in the back. It's stainless steel picnic tables, where you can enjoy sitting elbow to elbow with fellow friendly diners and also watch some pizza creation as well. 

Unpictured.  But this is our go-to pizza.  San Marzano tomatoes, balls of Mozzarella, basil leaves and garlic.  A thin crust that has flavor, has a bit of chewiness and really has to be folded or it flops over.  Simple ingredients, but good stuff.

Not bad.  Pretty much margherita with white mushrooms and prosciutto.  Decent, but the prosciutto just doesn't taste like the stuff we had in Italy.

Pistacchio dessert
Nice pistachio flavor, but just remember thinking to stick with just the pizza next time.

Cannoli w/ Ricotta
Nice that they freshly squeeze the filling for you.  Decent version, which will do if you've got a hankering for a cannoli.

Antico Pizza
1093 Hemphill Avenue Northwest Atlanta, GA 30318 (Map)
(404) 724-2333