First up, a few words of wisdom from tea towels!
The Pantry Tea Towel by Christina Weber of Studiopaltro
There's not a thing on this list (pictured above) that I don't regularly keep in my pantry and keeping a well-stocked pantry is foundational for good cooking and easeful entertaining. With this list, you could whip together almost any meal at anytime, so unexpected guests can be welcomed with anxiety-free exuberance.
The Pantry Tea Towel, $24 from design/story
On Lighting a Fire Under It
For some of us, cooking and writing are both passionate and engaging activities. This wonderful post from Tamar Adlar on Salon.com is about a writer who desperately wanted to cook so she asked a cook who wanted to be a writer if she could train in her kitchen. The cook, by the way, was Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune and Blood, Bones and Butter fame.
Bonus link: Molly Wizenberg's post about her writing process which is equally as passionate, only in a different way.
There is very very little in life that does not benefit from a spoonful or two of salsa verde. It's perfect with cold sliced chicken, steak grilled rare, and as a dip for raw vegetables. You can marinate stuff in it, slather it, dollop it, drizzle it on anything that graces your plate, especially in summer. Put it on tacos, serve it will grilled lamb, make it Mexican (tomatillos), make it Italian (capers). Just make it! Here's a recipe that I use, but the truth is, there are as many recipes for salsa verde as there are cooks. So get in the kitchen and claim one for yourself!
So now it's your turn. What did you discover this week? What has drawn you to get into the kitchen and pick up that knife with a fearless, passion-filled and boundless heart?