Mini-Recommendation Time

Just some random notes about some (mostly food/cooking related) stuff I like:

  • The Green Fooder -- We order pastured eggs, grass finished meats, and some other sundries from Mitch and love it all. Seriously. It's well worth it in our opinion. I just hope he sticks with it.
  • Home made lavender simple syrup and the Southend cocktail -- I was all about this on Twitter and Facebook, but it's worth mentioning here. Super good if you switch to Hendrick's gin, too.
  • Speaking of booze (and since I've decided my online -- if not real life -- personality has morphed into a strange combo of Dean Martin and George Carlin: booze & cussing!), you should get a copy of Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum to the Zombie 100 Rediscovered Recipes and the Stories Behind Them if you are into that sort of thing. The Sazerac formulation therein is a fave.
  • Chef's Planet cruets -- Just got these today and they are the best thing I've encountered for counter-top cooking oil / vinegar storage.
  • You know what I put in one of those? Spanish olive oil. Check it out. Whole Foods actually has some good olive oils under their 365 brand for reasonable prices.
  • José Andrés -- This guy's "Made in Spain" show on PBS is what got me to grab some Spanish olive oil and makes me desperate to travel to España. The food looks sooooo jummy!
  • Michael Ruhlman's blog -- I picked up three of his books because his blog posts are such high quality. He's a fun follow on Twitter, too.
  • Growing herbs -- We have a nice little container garden outside our front door with mint (for cocktails, mostly), Italian parsley, sage, rosemary, oregano and basil. Of course, we also have lavender in the back yard. It's totally awesome.

And just to go totally off track, I'll also add one work/geekery item:

  • Pair programming -- It's really, really, really good. For many reasons. I'm stoked we get to do it at my work these days. Now if only we could get our heads around proper testing...