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The Site Got a Makeover!

The Site Got a Makeover!

Hello food lovers and creative recipe seekers! Cookalongblog has been vacating all summer, getting more ideas and content. I (Tania) created this blog a little over a year ago to store all food stories from my travels, kitchen lifehacks from my culinary past and recipes […]

Blackberry Thyme and Meyer Lemon Galette

Blackberry Thyme and Meyer Lemon Galette

RU When I explain galettes to the people, I always say “It’s like a giant cookie but with fillings and a lot tastier.” Even French Canadians call it that way, filling their galettes with sweet ingredients. However, term “galette” comes from the region of Brittany in […]

Asparagus, Cherry Tomato, Mushroom and Honeyed Goat Cheese Galette

Asparagus, Cherry Tomato, Mushroom and Honeyed Goat Cheese Galette

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Hey! May is officially here! It’s time to really use up those spring ingredients because summer is just 1 month away!

During my long-term relationship with asparagus, I ‘ve’learned that many people either love it or hate it. Guess what? I am the one who is deeply in love with this ingredient and can think of a 100 recipes that I can make with asparagus.

Today we are making rather a simple recipe that is good for warm weather and is suitable for family events!

Ladies and gents: Asparagus galette!

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Easy Salmon Patties

Easy Salmon Patties

RU Being pescetarian at a BBq party may seem hard: everyone having sausages, ribs, and burgers but you can not eat a gram of this. Since there are not a lot of pescetarian friendly sausages and patties in stores, I came up with this easy recipe […]

Minestrone Rosso

Minestrone Rosso

RU Vegetarianism can be awesome if you know how to cook delicious things. I have learned a lot from playing around with different veggies and ingredients and now I know how to enhance the flavor of my dish. Soup Minestrone is one of them. I […]

Blood Orange Roasted Chicken

Blood Orange Roasted Chicken

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Blood Oranges are typically a very winter fruit but it always reminds me of upcoming spring (mainly because of its color). That is why I usually cook dishes with them on first days of March.

I found the similar recipe on Williams Sonoma website but realized that it lacks something and added green olives. It is super simple and blood oranges make the chicken pop in flavor!

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Beet Hummus

Beet Hummus

RU Hey everyone! I had some beets left from the previous recipe and decided to make something from leftovers. Since i love hummus a lot, it became my first choice. Do not hesitate buying a jar of tahini sauce. It can serve you well in other […]

Homemade Syrniki (Ricotta Pies)

Homemade Syrniki (Ricotta Pies)

RU As a proud Russian, I sometimes miss my grandma’s comfort food. Syrniki, which entire female population of my family used to make, was my favorite breakfast before school. My mom usually served it with sour cream, my grandma made it with strawberry preserves and […]

The Easiest Lobster Tail Recipe

The Easiest Lobster Tail Recipe

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Remember that one time you ordered lobster at the restaurant and paid an idiotically high price for it? Well, this should stop! The thing is, lobster tails are usually inexpensive and the price range could vary from $8 to $15 depending on the area you live in. Hint: the one who live near the sea or the ocean typically pay a little less. You can find lobster tails in your local supermarket in the raw fish department or frozen in the seafood section.

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Lavender Shortbread

Lavender Shortbread

RU In between vanity and weekends, I usually get really hungry for sweets, but I just can’t let myself buy packaged desserts. It just doesn’t feel right to me. Plus you never know the full list of ingredients and the amount of sugar that the […]

Bread Making Class In San Francisco

Bread Making Class In San Francisco

Holiday season is slowly flowing into the shops, supermarkets and our hearts. Winter is probaby the most exciting time of the year. We gather together. We share smiles and thoughts. We eat. Eating is one of those things we do the best on Holidays, that’s […]

Homemade Beet Pasta

Homemade Beet Pasta

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Purchased pasta with homemade sauce – good. Homemade pasta with homemade sauce – even better!

Pasta making is one of the things that I miss the most after leaving the professional kitchen. This process was a significant stress relief, and I could do it for hours listening to jazz music.

A few days ago I felt down and stressed and thought about refreshing my skill and making some pasta at home. The only obstacle for me was the absence of any pasta machines at home. Since I have never tried making pasta with only a knife and a ruler, I went for it and gave it a try. To my own surprise pasta came out great but needed a little bit of work on the shape. That was nothing comparing to what I expected.

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5 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes For Your Thanksgiving Dinner

5 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes For Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Over the course of the past two months, I have been keeping up with my healthy(ish) diet trying to create low carb, low-fat dishes. I followed my cravings and listened to my body, went grocery shopping few times a week to master these recipes and […]

You Can Now Have Breakfast at Tiffany’s For Real

You Can Now Have Breakfast at Tiffany’s For Real

Almost every single woman I know (including me) watched “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” movie. It was and still is the most iconic film for many ladies who are dreaming about fancy life and a prince on a white horse. If you are the one that hasn’t […]

Pumpkin Zig Zags With Roasted Pepper Sauce

Pumpkin Zig Zags With Roasted Pepper Sauce

I am definitely all for the pumpkin season this year, and today I have something special for you.

I found these cute mini zig-zags at Trader Joe’s and could stand buying a package. Since I’m trying to eat healthily and consume more vegetables, zig-zags turned out to be an excellent substitution for actual pasta.

Keep this recipe in your bookmarks if you don’t want to overindulge yourself with turkey and gravy this Thanksgiving 🙂

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Sleepless in Seattle: Why Should I Stand On That Damn Line For Starbucks

Sleepless in Seattle: Why Should I Stand On That Damn Line For Starbucks

After going through the food part of Seattle, the central question remained unknown: what about coffee? Although the movie “Sleepless in Seattle” is not about coffee at all, the city has a lot to offer. Coffee shops are literary everywhere you go, and every store […]

You Can Now Purchase Christmas Ornaments Filled With Alcohol

You Can Now Purchase Christmas Ornaments Filled With Alcohol

Christmas is only 1.5 months away, and it’s time for us to think about how to decorate the house. I remember how my parents hung candy around a Christmas tree, and my friends and I were sneaking them into my room and eating before the […]

Napa Valley Wild Fires Update

Napa Valley Wild Fires Update

Midnight October 11th. The smog was around the city of San Francisco all day long, and the sun was shining through the haze in an unhealthy orange color. The wildfires continue to rage in the regions of Napa and Sonoma, and we continue to follow the news and hope that soon everything will be over.

T fires have affected the wine regions of Mendocino and Calistoga, and the nearby regions are evacuated.

Local media provided a list of wineries that suffered partial or complete damage from the wildfires:

Segassia Vineyard, Signorello, Stags’ Leap Winery, White Rock Vineyards, VinRoc, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Paradise Ridge, Frey Vineyards Winery, Oster Wine Cellars.

Some farms have fallen victims of the natural disaster and it is likely that this could have a negative impact on the restaurant industry in the area.

Michelin, which on was supposed to release an annual guide on Monday, postponed the event and made the following statement: “Recognizing the turmoil and tragedy of the fires that are still burning, we understand this is a time for grief and recovery, not celebration. We extend our condolences to all who have been affected.”

In nearby cities such as Oakland and San Francisco, all outdoor school activities were canceled, and in the epicenter of fires are completely closed.

According to the latest data about 20 people were killed and 285 are considered missing.

Photo taken from the Newsweek website

Pan Roasted Butternut Squash With Spinach And Parmesan

Pan Roasted Butternut Squash With Spinach And Parmesan

In the midst of the pumpkin season, I promise to indulge you with such recipes until the end of the fall. It is going to be approximately another 1.5 months 🙂 I spent a long time looking for a lovely recipe from butternut squash, that […]

Napa Valley Is On Fire

Napa Valley Is On Fire

It is very unlikely to become a witness of a raging nature, especially if it is taking your favorite places on its way. At about 9 pm Pacific time, in the city of San Francisco, I felt a strong smell of the smoke. Many residents […]

Harmful Pollutants Are Found In Yellowfin Tuna

Harmful Pollutants Are Found In Yellowfin Tuna

No matter how hard you try to buy organic and clean tuna, it probably will not work. In one way or another, almost any fish will contain a certain percentage of polluted substances that penetrate the world ocean with the growing industrialization of the world.

As Food And Wine reports, the scientists from the Institute of Oceanology in San Diego conducted a study, which examined 117 species of yellowfin tuna from different parts of the ocean. Virtually every single fish contained substances that pollute the environment. However, some pollutants varied: the further the fish lived from the shore, the fewer elements were found in its system.

This means that the tuna caught in the waters of North America or Europe contained 36 times more substances than the one that inhabited the waters of the western Pacific Ocean. Also, 90 percent of the yellowfin tuna studied in the waters of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean contained chemicals that could harm pregnant and lactating women. Slightly fewer species – 60% contained the same substances in the Gulf of Mexico. There are a few chemicals to name: pesticides, fire retardants, and polychlorinated biphenyls.

Scientists have explained that these substances are still not enough to harm the human body, but urged buyers to read the packaging more carefully and pay attention to the origin of the fish.

Opening Of The New Noma Restaurant, Postponed Due To An Ancient Wall

Opening Of The New Noma Restaurant, Postponed Due To An Ancient Wall

Let’s look into some prehistory first. On December 31, 2016 – one of the best restaurants in the world – Noma closed its doors to the public. Chief Rene Redzepi went on a tour to Mexico with part of his team and opened pop-up there. […]

Why You Should Keep Your Tomatoes Out Of the Fridge

Why You Should Keep Your Tomatoes Out Of the Fridge

Many of us learned in childhood that fresh foods and vegetables must be stored in the refrigerator, but, as it turned out this is not entirely true. After working as a chef in the kitchen, you come across many things that you have done all […]

Volkswagen Is Going To Make Iconic Bus-Inspired Fridges

Volkswagen Is Going To Make Iconic Bus-Inspired Fridges

The company Volkswagen, known for its hippy minivans and cars, decided to change direction a little and will soon start making refrigerators. And not just refrigerators, but almost actual art objects that will decorate your kitchen.

Not so long ago, the company started a collaboration with the Slovenian firm Gorenje, which is popular with its designer refrigerators.

First of all, it is worth noting that the joint creation of Volkswagen and Gorenje will exactly resemble the same hippie-mobile, but only in appearance. The refrigerator itself will be stuffed with the latest technology: the DynamiCooling system will evenly distribute the temperature throughout the fridge, and the IonAir technology will help get rid unpleasant odors, and also preserve all vitamins and minerals in the food.

Refrigerators will go in two colors: baby blue and burgundy.

The exact date of the product’s release on the market is still unknown, as well as the price, but the companies claim that the first refrigerators will go on sale in the UK.

Stick around for announcements, and maybe you will be among those lucky customers to “park” this beauty in your kitchen!

Crispy Salad With Kale, Tomatoes, Yogurt and Eggplant

Crispy Salad With Kale, Tomatoes, Yogurt and Eggplant

Some time ago I posted a photo of this salad to my Instagram and considered it a crime not to write the details of this recipe, as it ideally suits the gloomy fall weather. I used fresh kale, which I slightly roasted in the oven […]

H&M Just Dropped A New Line Of Kitchenware

H&M Just Dropped A New Line Of Kitchenware

While we were talking here about Italian wines, recipes, and tomatoes, the megabrand H&M, that mostly sells clothes just dropped a new collection of kitchen utensils, which is rumored to be madly affordable. In 2008, the Scandinavian company launched one of the first H&M Home […]

Airbnb Just Launched Restaurant Reservations

Airbnb Just Launched Restaurant Reservations

If you are an active foodie, then this news is for you: popular apartment rental service – Airbnb just launched restaurant reservations feature (hurray!).

In fact, the update is significant for those who travel mostly for food, not for the sightseeing. The thing is that research for the restaurants in an unfamiliar location could be tough and take many hours, if not days, and the results may not be as good. In other words, most often, the expectation could be shattered on the shore of reality, and you leave the restaurant, that you found the day before the trip in unfortunate feelings.

The company teamed up with Resy, which helps to find the most interesting and top spots in the city to save you a couple of hours on research.
Airbnb offers users a choice of the best restaurants nearby or in the city, and also give an approximate price range per person. You can also check the ratings (it’s unclear what it is based on, but most likely it comes from the Resy), read a brief history, hours of work, address and look at the photos (they deserve special attention!).

Service has already started to operate in 16 cities across the US cities and soon plans to expand.

List of locations: Atlanta, Austin, Charleston (North Carolina), Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Napa, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Portland (Oregon), Raleigh (North Carolina), San Francisco, Seattle, Hampton and Washington DC

California Bans Foie-gras Again

California Bans Foie-gras Again

California is probably the only state in the US where foie gras is banned, for both production and import. It became a big hotbed of disputes when, as governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill in September 2004, which read: ” “A person may not force feed […]

Adult Advent Calendar Is Here And We Are So Ready

Adult Advent Calendar Is Here And We Are So Ready

Some of you will remember those beautiful large boxes from childhood that contained small chocolates. They had to count the days before Christmas and had to be strictly eaten one piece per day (but admit, who ate only one?). It seems that the network of […]

Merriam Webster Dictionary Just Added 11 Words Related To Food

Merriam Webster Dictionary Just Added 11 Words Related To Food

I should probably start with a few words about the dictionary itself. Merriam Webster dictionary is the most complete and reliable dictionary in the US, created by Noah Webster in the first half of the XIX century. The term “Webster’s Dictionary” also denotes the entire line of dictionaries created by Webster, and sometimes dictionaries created by other authors who added Webster’s name to the names of their dictionaries to give them more authority.

The dictionary is supplemented by concepts that young people first use, and then they go to the public and are used everywhere, it is is a little different with food terms. Food comes from various cultures and is not immediately consolidated in society, but some concepts from Asian culture are included in the latest edition. This time the dictionary includes such words as:

“bibimbap” is a Korean dish,
“California roll” – well, who does not like California roll?
“Callery pear” is a kind of Chinese pear,
“Choux pastry” is a kind of dough from which donuts and profiteroles are made,
“Cordon bleu” – a kind of meat dish with cheese in batter,
“Cross-contamination” – the undesirable contamination of products
“Farmers market” – farmer’s market, apparently
“Froyo” – a shorter version of frozen yogurt
“IPA” –  Indian Pale Ale
“Saigon cinnamon” – Asian seasoning that is kinda like cinnamon, but not
“Sriracha” – is a spicy Asian seasoning, widely spread in America.

 

According to Food And Wine: “Our work as lexicographers is to follow the development of the language, determining the words that people can face,” says Merriam-Webster editorial assistant Emily Brewster in a statement detailing the new additions. “These new words were added to the dictionary because they are fixed in English and are part of the currently active vocabulary of America.”

Australia Have Just Solved the Avocado Shortage Problem

Australia Have Just Solved the Avocado Shortage Problem

Avocados became not only one of the most fashionable products consumed by young people but also entered the daily diet of many people around the world. This fruit has become so popular that the agricultural industry simply does not have time to grow it in […]

Italian Grape Harvest Is Supposedly Down By 30 Percent

Italian Grape Harvest Is Supposedly Down By 30 Percent

September is traditionally considered the month when most regions around the world harvest their grape for wine making. According to the Food And Wine, the association of Farmers, Coldiretti, suggests that the harvest of grapes in some parts of Italy this year is likely to […]

Most Of Canned San Marzano Tomatoes Are Fake

Most Of Canned San Marzano Tomatoes Are Fake

Variety of San Marzano, unlike other tomatoes, is distinguished by a stronger taste, it is sweeter and less acidic, which makes them an ideal ingredient for sauces. Quite often they can be found in a bath in their juice, and their price is slightly higher, but as it turned out, not everywhere these tomatoes are real.

Like the Chianti wine, the tomatoes of San Marzano have the right to be called so, only when they are grown in a certain protected region of Italy – Valle De Sarno (Sarno Valley). They are considered one of the only varieties that can be used for traditional Neapolitan pizza – Vera Neapolitana.

As Taste reports, San Marzano variations can be found diced or crushed and for a much lower price, although certified tomatoes with the DOP label are sold in a tin can whole.

They are almost like designer bags that sell on the main tourist streets in the world: if the price is too good to be true, it is most likely a fake.

To distinguish real tomatoes from fake ones, look for DOP or consortium stamps (an association of manufacturing companies whose primary functions are control and quality control of the product), as well as certification number at the bottom of the can.

This New App Will Remind You To Drink Water At the Parties

This New App Will Remind You To Drink Water At the Parties

The golden rule of a healthy lifestyle is to drink about eight glasses of water a day. And this is not counting the gaps, when we exercise, drink alcohol, or allow ourselves an extra piece of that cake. On such days, we need even more […]

There’s a Website That Teaches You to Pair Beer With Food

There’s a Website That Teaches You to Pair Beer With Food

Those of you who love beer and do not consider it a simple drink, probably often wondered how correctly it can be paired with food. There are a lot of beers that have come out of small home breweries. Along with the usual light and […]

Iceland Is Getting Food Delivered By Drones

Iceland Is Getting Food Delivered By Drones

How little we hear the news from the tiny state of Iceland that in the middle of the Atlantic after the eruption of the volcano with an unpronounceable name.

It turns out that the Icelandic food delivery service AHA began cooperation with the Israeli company Flytrex, which delivers drones to feed hungry people in a matter of minutes.

At the end of August, one route started to operate in Reykjavik, which runs through the Northern Atlantic bay. However, drones do not perform full delivery yet. They only transport the order through the bay, then met by the courier, who then delivers it to the customer. AHA representatives say that this method allows for much faster delivery and takes a few minutes, while earlier drivers needed more than half an hour.

According to The Verge, drones can carry up to 3 kg of weight and fly up to 10 kilometers, which is ideal for delivering sushi, burgers and even beer.

According to the CEO of the Flytrex, Yariv Bash, they hope to expand their partnership with AHA, in the future, to deliver shipments directly by drones, which will use the wire to lower the order directly to the front porch of people’s houses.

Food Theme Park Is Opening In Italy

Food Theme Park Is Opening In Italy

Finally, the god of food heard the prayers of desperate gourmets! Fantastic news for us all: the very first food theme park to open in Italy. The park will be called Italy – in honor of the company that opens kind of semi-restaurants semi-markets under […]

German Scientists Found The Dirtiest Item On Our Kitchen

German Scientists Found The Dirtiest Item On Our Kitchen

Each of us has a dirty secret. But did you know, that your kitchen has something disastrously unsanitary, which you do not know about? Well, it’s the sponge I’m talking about. Not so long ago, scientists once and for all found out that trying to […]

There Is a Gin Infused With Motorcycle Parts

There Is a Gin Infused With Motorcycle Parts

Remember Kinder surprises in childhood when we were collecting those little figures from one line? It seems like there is an adult version of it but the key word here “seems.”

The creator of The Archaeologist gin did not have in mind the idea of ​​selling bottles so that you could collect a whole motorcycle (after a dozen bottles, it would be impossible anyway), he just loves Harley Davidson so much, that he wants to drink it.

At the age of 17, Uwe Ehinger fell in love with motorcycles, and since then he hunted for rare details around the world to assemble vintage motorcycles, and today this hobby has flowed into something interesting. Uwe notes that this is the first of its kind gin with the taste of vintage details of Harley Davidson.

You probably too have this question in mind, wether it is safe to dring or not. The creator notes that the parts do not participate in the distillation process. Instead, the gin is poured through mechanical parts directly into the bottles, and they are covered in a thin “food-safe seal.”

Each bottle will come with a tag that describes the history of a particular part. The price will vary depending on the cost of the part: from 900 to 1100 euros per piece.

This UK Restaurant Hilariously Reacted On a Negative Review

This UK Restaurant Hilariously Reacted On a Negative Review

Perception of negative things with humor is a talent that the owner of The Old Butchers restaurant, located in Bristol UK has. Recently, a person named Wayne S. came up to the restaurant and left a sharp review on TripAdvisor. He began with the fact […]

I tried Six Different Vegan Yogurts So You Don’t Have To

I tried Six Different Vegan Yogurts So You Don’t Have To

RU I recently got my DNA test return. I was excited to learn my roots since I am kinda dark for a typical Russian – dark skin complexion, brown eyes, and hair. People always mistake me for a Spanish-speaking person especially when I travel. The […]

Perfect Breakfast Burrito

Perfect Breakfast Burrito

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Happy Sunday football everyone!

Since the start of NFL season, I have to host hangouts, make breakfast, think through the menu and make sure my friends are happy, full and have a drink in their hands at any time.

This year I joined a fantasy football league which warmed up my interest in NFL to the max. Today I have a great idea for easy and tasty breakfast burritos.

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Quick And Easy Recipe Ideas For your Next Awesome Cheese Plate

Quick And Easy Recipe Ideas For your Next Awesome Cheese Plate

RU Have you ever dreamed about making up a gourmet cheese plate and fascinate everyone with the flavor pairing? Have you ever felt like there was something missing on the plate or the pairing was quite weird? I realized you need my advice and I […]

Farro Porridge With Figs, Cinnamon and Walnuts

Farro Porridge With Figs, Cinnamon and Walnuts

RU I had quite on and off relationships with breakfast until I moved to California. Three years ago my husband and I realized that there is not much going on in our lives and we decided to move to San Francisco. All of the sudden […]

Cobbler With Port Macerated Figs

Cobbler With Port Macerated Figs

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Hello guys! Fall (or as I call it cooking season) is officially here!

I know, I know you are probably all incredibly sad about the fact that summer is over, cold times are ahead and Christmas is too far away.

As your beloved neighbor and experienced chef, I would love to offer you a piece of my favorite pie so you feel a little better about the whole situation.

Spoiler alert! You will have to cook it yourself!

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Summer Buratta With Fried Peaches And Veggies

Summer Buratta With Fried Peaches And Veggies

RU Summer goes on and we still have time to enjoy it’s seasonal goods. Happy August everyone!

Light, Easy and Delish Strawberry Salad

Light, Easy and Delish Strawberry Salad

RU After a long trip to the motherland, tons of pelmeni, vodka, and other unhealthy stuff I am back to the blog. The main thing I do after coming back from long gastro trips is – detox. I put aside alcoholic beverages, meats, fried food […]

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

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Since moving to California in 2015 I instantly got into Mexican cuisine and got quite a number of friends with Mexican heritage but for some reason, I have not cooked any of their dishes until mid-2017.

Huevos Rancheros (or rancher’s eggs) is a traditional midday or late morning dish in Mexico cooked in rural areas of Mexico. Recipes may vary to satisfy family’s taste buds and preferences but one thing I can tell for sure: it always has fresh eggs, corn tortillas, and tomatoes.

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Simple Shakshuka

Simple Shakshuka

RU Shakshuka is generally a Mediterranean dish which can be eaten any time of the day. I normally eat it for breakfast, but some people claim that it is also great for brunch and even dinner. It is a great source of protein and traditionally […]