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Salt, South and Sun : Appetite for Adventure

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By ockstyle · October 28, 2010

Food & Photo ~

How do I make my food photography look professional?

"Food can be quite a diva: it doesn’t strike a pose, never smiles. Here come the food stylists, the people who work the magic behind the scenes of a photoshoot"

From drooling over that oozing M&S chocolate pudding to regularly seeking gastronomic titillation on the internet...
Read more: How do I make my food photography look professional? bbc.co.uk





"The language of friendship is not words but meanings." ~Henry David Thoreau (quotegrden.com)

Delightfully yours, Food Meditations


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Southern culinary life
~ Here's the thing about Southern food: For most of our history, it was the best food in the country...
Read more: Lardcore: Modern Southern Food with Hard-Core Attitude; time.com

~ Spook up your supper tonight with these hauntingly delicious Halloween recipes...
Read more: Halloween Party Ideas - Main Dishes; southernliving.com





TasteMakers
Curious, intrepid, gutsy, a certifiable adventurer, Diana Kennedy takes on the roads and recipes of Oaxaca...

Read more: Appetite for adventure; chicagotribune.com




Food stories
~ For the ordinary Roman, food was basic. The staple diet consisted mostly of a wheat-based porridge, seasoned with herbs or meat if available...
Read more: Ancient History in depth: Roman Food and Recipes; bbc.co.uk

~ This dessert, the love child of broiled grapefruit and baked Alaska, is as joyful as it is unexpected...
Read more: Recipe Redux - Grapefruit Fluff, 1941 and 2010; nytimes.com




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~ 1966 - The TV camera zooms in for a close-up and focuses on her hands. She may be dicing an onion, mincing a garlic clove, trussing a chicken...
Read more: Food: Everyone's in the Kitchen; time.com

~ For Halloween trick, a turn back time. And for this week's treat, all foods deviled. Spooky enough?...
Read more: Where in the devil did this culinary term go?; nola.com





Food for thought
Worried about your declining brain? Drink a glass of juice. Concerned about high cholesterol? Reach for the margarine...

Read more: Health benefits or hype? Battle over functional foods heats up; theglobeandmail.com




Pantry notes
~ Salt is a mineral essential to the human body, yet we tend to think of it as a spice essential to cooking...
Read more: Salt : Recipes and helpful tips; bbc.co.uk

~ Thinking about pumpkins, apples and chestnuts...
Read more: 31 Recipes for October: Cool Weather Fare; planetgreen.discovery.com




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From the mixer
~ Discover Carmignano; chicagotribune.com
~ What's Next For The Folks Behind Bacon Salt & Baconnaise?; consumerist.com
~ The Year's Biggest Pumpkin Sets World Record; shelterpop.com





Pear and Blue Cheese Millefeuilles
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Appetibilis
~ Cep and Walnut Pizza; chocolateandzucchini.com


Sea Salt on FoodistaSea Salt

Check also:
~ the OCK Style digest
~ the Food Meditations digest
~ the Andante con Gusto daily
~ the Gluten-Free Etc. daily
~ the Golosi e Creativi daily

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Italian Cooking Tales: Once Upon a Time ... il Tiramisù!

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By ockstyle · June 10, 2010

A Classic Tale ~


il Tiramisù ~

"Strawberries pile in with the ladyfingers and the mascarpone, and a fizzy moscato stands in for the espresso. ..."

Read more: Tiramisù That Soaks Up Wine Instead of Coffee; nytimes.com

Check also: The Origins of Tiramisu; italianfood.about.com

PS: Probably starting with PASTA would have been the obvious way but, while checking my favorite 'Good Appetite' NYTimes column, I saw a delicious variation on a theme of one of the most diffused home-made desserts, at least in Italy, il Tiramisù.

The legend calls for the origin of Tiramisù in Siena as la 'Zuppa del Duca', or the Duke's Pudding. The dessert made for the Medici's family was an immediate success, for its alleged aphrodisiac properties, ergo, almost therapeutically, was to be enjoyed before any romantic rendezvous, (tête-à-tête).

It's not clear when we start calling it Tiramisù, but the link with its invigorating properties make it apparent: tira-mi-sù = pull-me-up.





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Real Food
To understand something about Italian cooking you must first understand that Italy is a very young country, ...
Read more: Introduction to Italian Food by Marcella Hazan; made-in-italy.com


Italian Cooking?
Not only does each region have its own style, but each community and each valley has a different way of cooking as well. ...
Read more: History and origins of Italian cuisine; annamariavolpi.com


'Al Dente', that's the way!
Pasta, one of the most popular Italian foods, it's just apparently easy to cook. And please, do not rely on what's written on the package, ...
Read more: How to cook pasta; academiabarilla.com


Flavors and Textures
Italy has around 450 varieties of cheese, delicious cheeses, but for some of them you have to be ready to hunt in regions, cities, towns of the country. ...
Read more: Cheese: Italy's Best; lacucinaitalianamagazine.com





Tart-Cherry Trifle (Mini Tiramisu')
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Appetibilis ~ Appetizing Posts of the Day

~ Chocolate Macaroons | Fuss Free Cooking
~ Lemon Bars: taste of sunshine Ladyberd's Kitchen
~ Focaccia Salata alle Mele Dulcis in Furno
~ Biscuits with Chocolate Gravy - Natalie's Killer Cuisine
~ Strawberry and Cream Cake lululu at home


Tiramisu on FoodistaTiramisu


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* La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy
* Cooking Italian, Vol. 2: The Cuisine of Southern Italy and the Islands
* Everyday Italian With Giada De Laurentis V3: Extra Easy Italian



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Italian Cooking Tales: Once Upon a Time ... il Tiramisù!

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By ockstyle · June 10, 2010

A Classic Tale ~


il Tiramisù ~

"Strawberries pile in with the ladyfingers and the mascarpone, and a fizzy moscato stands in for the espresso. ..."

Read more: Tiramisù That Soaks Up Wine Instead of Coffee; nytimes.com

Check also: The Origins of Tiramisu; italianfood.about.com

PS: Probably starting with PASTA would have been the obvious way but, while checking my favorite 'Good Appetite' NYTimes column, I saw a delicious variation on a theme of one of the most diffused home-made desserts, at least in Italy, il Tiramisù.

The legend calls for the origin of Tiramisù in Siena as la 'Zuppa del Duca', or the Duke's Pudding. The dessert made for the Medici's family was an immediate success, for its alleged aphrodisiac properties, ergo, almost therapeutically, was to be enjoyed before any romantic rendezvous, (tête-à-tête).

It's not clear when we start calling it Tiramisù, but the link with its invigorating properties make it apparent: tira-mi-sù = pull-me-up.





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Real Food
To understand something about Italian cooking you must first understand that Italy is a very young country, ...
Read more: Introduction to Italian Food by Marcella Hazan; made-in-italy.com


Italian Cooking?
Not only does each region have its own style, but each community and each valley has a different way of cooking as well. ...
Read more: History and origins of Italian cuisine; annamariavolpi.com


'Al Dente', that's the way!
Pasta, one of the most popular Italian foods, it's just apparently easy to cook. And please, do not rely on what's written on the package, ...
Read more: How to cook pasta; academiabarilla.com


Flavors and Textures
Italy has around 450 varieties of cheese, delicious cheeses, but for some of them you have to be ready to hunt in regions, cities, towns of the country. ...
Read more: Cheese: Italy's Best; lacucinaitalianamagazine.com





Tart-Cherry Trifle (Mini Tiramisu')
Image by ockstyle via Flickr

Appetibilis ~ Appetizing Posts of the Day

~ Chocolate Macaroons | Fuss Free Cooking
~ Lemon Bars: taste of sunshine Ladyberd's Kitchen
~ Focaccia Salata alle Mele Dulcis in Furno
~ Biscuits with Chocolate Gravy - Natalie's Killer Cuisine
~ Strawberry and Cream Cake lululu at home


Tiramisu on FoodistaTiramisu


Join The Food Styling and Photography Club on Facebook to improve your skills in food photography and food styling, learn something about cooking and enjoy the visual.

from Amazon.com
* La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy
* Cooking Italian, Vol. 2: The Cuisine of Southern Italy and the Islands
* Everyday Italian With Giada De Laurentis V3: Extra Easy Italian



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Food and Broadway, and the Strangest Movie Theater Snack

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By ockstyle · March 7, 2010



Food and Travel
World's Strangest Movie Theater Snacks
Forget popcorn—try these authentic treats from around the globe.

"For travelers, a trip to a subtitled movie in a foreign land is a great way to soak up some culture—and get a taste of what the locals like to munch"

Art collector Odetta Medich left her home country of Lithuania to live in Sydney, but she still remembers fondly the unusual snacks and beverages she enjoyed ...
Full List: World's Strangest Movie Theater Snacks; travelandleisure.com
Image: Salty Dutch Licorice; sweetsandtreats.com.au


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Broadway
Four years after releasing Tim Burton’s film adaptation 0f Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (starring Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore), Warner Bros. is reported to be building a stage musical ...
Full Story: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ wins golden ticket to Broadway; dailycontributor.com

Broadway
“When he pours, he reigns.” In another sign that New York City is losing its edge, prominent stage producer, Marty Richards (Chicago), is bringing the straight-laced yet tutti-frutti Tom Cruise vehicle, Cocktail, to Broadway. ...
Full Story: Cocktail: The Musical Coming to Broadway. Let’s Take a Look at the Possible Jams.; slashfilm.com

Healthy Snacks
~ Oven Fries; nytimes.com
~ Roasted Carrots w/ Thyme; staceysnacksonline.com


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Food and Broadway, and the Strangest Movie Theater Snack

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Food and Travel
World's Strangest Movie Theater Snacks
Forget popcorn—try these authentic treats from around the globe.

"For travelers, a trip to a subtitled movie in a foreign land is a great way to soak up some culture—and get a taste of what the locals like to munch"

Art collector Odetta Medich left her home country of Lithuania to live in Sydney, but she still remembers fondly the unusual snacks and beverages she enjoyed ...
Full List: World's Strangest Movie Theater Snacks; travelandleisure.com
Image: Salty Dutch Licorice; sweetsandtreats.com.au


"An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe it. ~Don Marquis" (*) QuoteGarden.com

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Broadway
Four years after releasing Tim Burton’s film adaptation 0f Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (starring Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore), Warner Bros. is reported to be building a stage musical ...
Full Story: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ wins golden ticket to Broadway; dailycontributor.com

Broadway
“When he pours, he reigns.” In another sign that New York City is losing its edge, prominent stage producer, Marty Richards (Chicago), is bringing the straight-laced yet tutti-frutti Tom Cruise vehicle, Cocktail, to Broadway. ...
Full Story: Cocktail: The Musical Coming to Broadway. Let’s Take a Look at the Possible Jams.; slashfilm.com

Healthy Snacks
~ Oven Fries; nytimes.com
~ Roasted Carrots w/ Thyme; staceysnacksonline.com


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Can Chocolate and Chakras Collide?

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By ockstyle · February 1, 2010

Food Meditations Briefs

When Chocolate and Chakras Collide

“The world is a better place if people do yoga. And if they come because chocolate or wine is involved, I’m fine with it.”

Full Story: When Chocolate and Chakras Collide; NYTimes.com

"The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead. ~Robert Brault"(*)


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Can Chocolate and Chakras Collide?

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Food Meditations Briefs

When Chocolate and Chakras Collide

“The world is a better place if people do yoga. And if they come because chocolate or wine is involved, I’m fine with it.”

Full Story: When Chocolate and Chakras Collide; NYTimes.com

"The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead. ~Robert Brault"(*)


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Jacques Pepin: the Good Teacher, Blogging from Paris and the Cake Guy

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By ockstyle · January 20, 2010



STEP-BY-STEP GALLERIES:
How to Chop Garlic
How to Segment Citrus
How to Make a Butter Rose
How to Cut Up a Chicken

"When Jacques Pépin stopped by the SAVEUR offices to show us how to make some of the dishes he wrote about in his memoir and ..."

Full Story: The Good Teacher; Saveur.com

"The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side. ~Margaret Carty"(*)


An American Blogger In Paris

Writing about the sweet life in Paris David Lebovitz, once a pastry chef at Chez Panisse, cooks all day and writes about it on his blog, Twitter and in his new book.


David Lebovitz Dispels The Romance but Maintains the Flavor ...
Full Story: An American Blogger In Paris



Cookbooks
The Cake Guy shares his secrets of success

A cookbook can change your life.


After trying a few cookbooks ('Southern Cakes,' 'The Cake Bible' and 'The Art of the Cake') he finds that his baking skills rise to the challenge. ...
Full Story: The Cake Guy shares his secrets of success ; LATimes.com


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Jacques Pepin: the Good Teacher, Blogging from Paris and the Cake Guy

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STEP-BY-STEP GALLERIES:
How to Chop Garlic
How to Segment Citrus
How to Make a Butter Rose
How to Cut Up a Chicken

"When Jacques Pépin stopped by the SAVEUR offices to show us how to make some of the dishes he wrote about in his memoir and ..."

Full Story: The Good Teacher; Saveur.com

"The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side. ~Margaret Carty"(*)


An American Blogger In Paris

Writing about the sweet life in Paris David Lebovitz, once a pastry chef at Chez Panisse, cooks all day and writes about it on his blog, Twitter and in his new book.


David Lebovitz Dispels The Romance but Maintains the Flavor ...
Full Story: An American Blogger In Paris



Cookbooks
The Cake Guy shares his secrets of success

A cookbook can change your life.


After trying a few cookbooks ('Southern Cakes,' 'The Cake Bible' and 'The Art of the Cake') he finds that his baking skills rise to the challenge. ...
Full Story: The Cake Guy shares his secrets of success ; LATimes.com


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Like Ketchup for Chocolate and the Axis of Food Evil!

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By ockstyle · January 18, 2010


Food for Thought
The Axis of Food Evil: Fat, Sugar and Salt

Ex-Surgeon General Says Restaurants Overload Foods with Ingredients We Crave, But They're Just Selling What We Desire

"But is it fair to demonize the food industry for selling us treats we're more than eager to eat?"

(CBS) Once we're grown up we're all individually responsible for what we eat. But what about those people who tempt us with all these delicious no-no's? ...
Shouldn't they share at least a part of the blame? Serena Altschul has been looking into that: ... The Axis of Food Evil: Fat, Sugar and Salt; CBSNews.com

"Food comes first, then morals." The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht (German dramatist)


Alternatives
Like Ketchup for Chocolate

"The trick is dipping products that aren’t wet, and that are good cold."

A couple of years ago I got interested in alternative chocolates. I wanted to create foods that were hard and shiny like chocolate, melted in your mouth like chocolate, were impeccably smooth like chocolate, but didn’t taste like chocolate. ...
Full Story: Like Ketchup for Chocolate; Cooking Issues


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Health
Can Unhealthy Food Hijack Your Brain?

Former FDA Chief's Research Suggests Millions Suffer From "Conditioned Hypereating"

Not apples or carrots. The scientist who once led the government's attack on addictive cigarettes can't wander through part of San Francisco without craving ...
Full Story: Can Unhealthy Food Hijack Your Brain?; CBSNews.com


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