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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Today, my blog is 4 years old!
Hard to believe that I have evolved into such a household name! (the heat must be getting to me).
Here is my first post written on July 3, 2008 for your reading pleasure. The photo was taken with my old flip phone camera. (I've come a long way baby, I've graduated to a Canon point and shoot digital $100. camera).
I would like to share some of my favorite products with you and host a giveaway for my favorite readers (and even the one's that are just ok) to celebrate going into my 5th year of blogging.
Most of these items are easily available in better supermarkets or online. They are some of my favorite little things to eat and use in cooking.
The first item is caponata (Sicilian eggplant appetizer) in the can. Progresso used to make this when I was kid, but discontinued it in 2004 for some reason. I found it again recently, made by Cento, and the world was right again.
It's a bit oily, and you can only eat a little, but in an emergency, when I am craving eggplant, this does the trick. Spread it on toast, instant appetizer.
Price about $2.79 per can.
FUN FACT: (I used to have cans of caponata and jars of marinated artichokes in my locker in high school and eat them in the hallway. This is true. You think I was a little bit odd?).
Anything from the Gracious Gourmet is amazing. I am addicted to their hatch chili pesto, I put it in omelets, spoon it on avocados and in quesadillas, but their Spiced Sour Cherry Spread is to die for. I love it on a roast chicken sandwich with roasted peppers. You can order it online or find it at Whole Foods.
Next item I love, and it's easy to find, are the amazing Raisin Rosemary Crisps from Trader Joe's. I used to buy these at Whole Foods for big bucks $$$, but now they are easily affordable to buy in bulk at Trader's. Love.
Next is my favorite tuna. It is Tonnino brand, and I like the Ventresca style, which is the belly of the tuna, so it is very fatty and moist. No mayo is needed, in fact that would be a crime.
Serve this with good olives on an antipasti platter. A little goes a long way.
Price per jar about $6.99.
Another staple I couldn't live without is MALDON salt.
It's not French, like I always thought it was, but British, and pronounced "Mal-din". I used to say it with a French accent all these years. Duh.
After many taste tests (I swear, I have tasted every salt), this is my favorite finishing salt for everything. You pinch the flakes with your fingers and sprinkle on top of the dish (I use kosher salt to cook with, this salt is a finishing salt).
And lastly, the thing I like the most is YOU. Readers and commenters that have made this humble little blog the most enjoyable part of my day. Thank you for reading my recipes and nonsense and for making this worthwhile writing another year.
To thank you, I am giving 4 random readers a copy of Béatrice Peltre's beautiful new cookbook La Tartine Gourmande An Inspired Life.
Just leave a comment telling us your favorite little kitchen product or ingredient.
Winners will be announced on Saturday, July 7.
Have a safe & happy 4th of July!