Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on August 29, 2014
“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.”
~ Henry David Thoreau, American author, poet, philosopher, naturalist
FOOD. GLORIOUS FOOD.
We’re on the cusp of the Labor Day holiday weekend here in the United States. What better time than “Labor Day” to spend a few minutes perusing food prep tips and easy, thrifty recipes in an effort to save on labor in the kitchen and at the grocery store?
When they’re available, recipes and recipe links will accompany select “Fab Food Friday Fotos,” with a guarantee that at least one frugal-minded recipe will always be included.
Hot Wings | Photo credit: SausageKingOfSeattle, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The recipe for these succulent hot wings are posted at two sites: Sugar And Salt Kitchen and Sausage King of Seattle. Intro:
There’s just something about eating a plate of hot wings that makes me feel good. Maybe it’s the spicy tangy-ness in the mouth or the dipping into ranch dressing to cool it off… or maybe it’s the licking of the fingers in between servings. Whatever it is, I keep craving more when they’re gone.
Lunch in Skane, Sweden | Photo credit: cmurtaugh, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Espagueti de Pasta Fresca al Huevo / Fresh Egg Pasta | Photo credit: Javier Lastras, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The pasta recipe that photographer/cook Javier Lastras used is posted in Spanish at El Laboratori Gastronomico — however, it automatically translated the text to English just five seconds or so after I entered the site. It can be translated into a number of languages.
Oregano | Photo credit: cyclonebill, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls | Photo credit: Tracy Benjamin, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A terrific recipe for making cream cheese cinnamon rolls from scratch, with instructional photos, is posted at photographer/cook Tracy Benjamin’s food site ShutterBean.
Informative (and amusing) background info:
The idea of waking up to a batch of homemade gooey cinnamon rolls baking in the oven is extremely novel isn’t it? It’s straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting! The reality is that it takes time for dough to rise and cinnamon rolls to bake. Since I’m the chief baker in my house, this fantasy isn’t going to happen unless I take the bull by the horns and make my own cream cheese cinnamon rolls. Amidst a busy weekend I carved out a nice chunk of time for this doughy adventure. I let the dough rise, spread cream cheese on it, folded the dough and slathered it with filling then rolled it up and made legit cinnamon rolls. I then put those rolls in the fridge overnight with plans to bake them the moment the sun came up. Let me tell you; it was a true test of patience.
Early the next morning I could hear a few small little Cooper yawns coming through the baby monitor. It’s time! It was as if I was pregnant and my water broke and I was getting to ready to rush to the hospital. In reality, I ran into the kitchen, turned on the oven, and took the cinnamon rolls out of the fridge to sit on the counter and rise. Within a half hour, I had the cinnamon rolls in the oven. I made my coffee and waited for Casey to wake up to the delicious smell of cinnamon rolls baking away.
I waited and waited and then it dawned on me. This wasn’t his fantasy. It was mine. After I glazed at the cinnamon rolls, I brought him a bite in bed and within minutes, he was up and eating cinnamon rolls with us in the kitchen. If I can get him out of bed on a weekend morning before 8am with one bite of a cinnamon roll, it’s a true testament to how good they are.
Now let’s ignore the fact that I ate three of them that morning. OK?
Herb Mashed Potatoes with Super Simple Gravy | Photo credit: Jacqueline @ SweetBeetAndGreenBean, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photographer/cook/webmistress Jacqueline has the recipe for her heavenly herb mashed potatoes with a simple gravy posted at SweetBeetAndGreenBean.
Potato, Chorizo, & Kale Tortilla | Photo credit: Beck @ Girl Interrupted Eating, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Recipe for this spicy, inexpensive tortilla dish, filled with potato, chorizo, and kale, is posted at Girl Interrupted Eating.
A bit of info about chorizo:
Chorizo (Spanish) or chouriço (Portuguese) is a term originating in the Iberian Peninsula encompassing several types of pork sausages. Traditionally, chorizo is encased in natural casings made from intestines, a method used since Roman times.
Chorizo can be a fresh sausage, in which case it must be cooked before eating. In Europe, it is more frequently a fermented, cured, smoked sausage, in which case it is often sliced and eaten without cooking, and can be added as an ingredient to add flavour to other dishes. Spanish chorizo and Portuguese chouriço get their distinctive smokiness and deep red color from dried smoked red peppers (pimentón/pimentão).
Due to culinary tradition and the high cost of imported Spanish smoked paprika, Mexican chorizo is usually made with native chili peppers of the same Capsicum annuum species, used abundantly in Mexican cuisine. In Latin America, vinegar also tends to be used instead of the white wine usually used in Spain.
Breakfast of Biscuits & Gravy, Scrambled Eggs, & Has Browns @ Bob’s Burger & Brew, Custer, Washington | Photo credit: Albert Lynn, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
White Chocolate Mousse | Photo credit: Jarno, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Quick instructions provided by photographer/cook Jarno:
I made an attempt to make white chocolate mousse, and this is the result. It looks good, but it was very sweet and the structure wasn`t good.
- I melted 400g of white chocolate au bain marie.
- Added three spoons of whipped cream, and put it in the fridge for 10 minutes.
- Then I added another 200ml of whipped cream.
- I beat up five egg whites and added it together with a little sugar, and finally put it in the fridge for 3 hours to set.
I served it with raspberries and amaretto on the bottom of the glass, and cacao and white chocolate shavings on top.
Korean Gimbap @ Kimbap Nara in Flushing, New York | Photo credit: Churl Han, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Mango Chicken (gluten-free) | Photo credit: Elana Amsterdam @ Elana’s Pantry, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photographer/cook Elana Amsterdam’s delicious gluten-free mango chicken recipe is available at Elana’s Pantry — she also wrote this:
My favorite thing about the picture above? The cilantro on the Mango Chicken and in the glass cup is from my garden. Now, that’s something to get pumped about considering I barely have a yard. And what little yard I do have is taken over by a trampoline for the boys.
We live close to town which was really important to me after living in Manhattan for 17 years. I wanted to be able to walk to restaurants, a grocery store and a book store without having to get into the car. Well, everything I just mentioned is a mile away from my home –about a 15 minute walk. I throw on a back pack and the boys and I are off on foot. It is so much fun to explore the neighborhood with them.
Anyway, back to my garden. Because we live close to town, we don’t have a big lot. It’s kind of like brownstone living. The houses while fairly large, are quite close together and the yards are sparse. This year, we dug up all of the flowers (well just about all) and planted edibles and we have hit the total jackpot this month. Salad galore and herbs, too.
In terms of the recipe below, I must thank Elise over at Simply Recipes once again. In my humble opinion, she has the best chicken recipes on the web. They are fantastic! This is my adaptation of her Mango Chicken. I removed the heavy cream, added coconut milk and made a couple of other changes as well.
Iffy Coffee, Coffee Shop in Taiwan | Photo credit: Amy Ross, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Fettuccine with Poppy Seeds & Prosciutto | Photo credit: Holly, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photographer/cook Holly used this Saveur recipe for her fettuccine with poppy seeds and prosciutto dish.
Chicken Tikka | Photo credit: s4′s world, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photographer/cook s4′s world’s recipe for chicken tikka is posted at Kothiyavunu — in the same post is a second recipe, this one for spiced skewered grilled chicken. Both dishes sound delicious.
About tikka, via Wikipedia:
Tikka (pronounced [ʈɪkkaː]) is a type of Indian food, found predominantly in Punjabi cuisine. It is also known as teeka or teekka. “Tikka” refers to a piece of meat, such as a cutlet, and the popular dish chicken tikka is made of chicken cutlets in a marinade. A westernised version, chicken tikka masala, a curry, is a widely popular dish in the United Kingdom. The marinade used in the preparation of chicken tikka is also sometimes called tikka; it is made from a mixture of aromatic spices and yogurt. Paneer prepared in a tandoor is also known as paneer tikka.
Chickpeas with Bacon & Parsley | Photo credit: cla b, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Monochromatic Soup | Photo credit: Florian Schroiff, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
This easy recipe for this “monochromatic” soup was provided by photographer/cook Florian Schroiff:
Super easy to make and yummy and healthy.
1. Sauté some chopped carrots, onion and root celery.
2. Cut into pieces a hokkaido pumpkin and add.
3. Add a little bit of ginger and some garlic and sauté some more.
4. Cover with broth (chicken, beef, vegetable… whatever)
5. Cook until soft.
6. Puree the hell out of it.
7. Add some creme fraiche or cream & stir in.
Add some salt, white pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste.
Sardines with Grapefruit & Fennel Salad | Photo credit: avlxyz, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photographer avlxyz wrote, “The sour grapefruit was a good mouth cleanser after the sardines!”
Chicken Tofu Tsukuné Bento | Photo credit: Shoko Muraguchi, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Chocolate Kahlua Crêpe Cake | Photo credit: Foodie Baker, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Stunning cake! Photographer/cook Jasline of Foodie Baker has provided this recipe link — summary:
Crêpe cake has been something on my to-make list for a very, very long time – the seemingly tons of layers look so attractive and I’ve always wondered how it tastes like. So when my friend’s birthday drew near, I decided to give it a try!
Given the fact that I have only one chance to get it right (I didn’t have time for a trial), I searched high and low looking for recipes. Eventually I settled for the one by Sprinkle Bakes, purely because hers look so pretty and the chocolate components sound too delicious to resist!
The crêpe cake is definitely a time-consuming cake, perhaps as time-consuming as making kueh lapis! It looks really impressive and stunning, with 17 crêpes stacked on top one another, each filled with a little ganache and chocolate whipped cream – it is definitely the cake to go for to impress family and friends! In terms of taste wise, it’s a lot lighter than the usual layered cakes, some of my friends preferred the usual layered cakes while some of them like the crêpe cake because it’s a lot lighter, great to have it as a dessert after a heavy meal.
Sunsets & Wine | Photo credit: Dandee Fleming, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Breakfast in Alaska @ Snow City Cafe, Anchorage | Photo credit: Jimmy Emerson, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Brief description from photographer Jimmy Emerson:
Sockeye Salmon cakes with eggs, hash browns, and fresh baked sourdough toast. They had homemade raspberry or blueberry jam on the tables. The Cafe has been voted the “best breakfast” in Anchorage since 2003.
Old Neon Sign for Hamburger Heaven, Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo credit: Thomas Hawk, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Smoked Salmon & Poached Egg Salad | Photo credit: esimpraim, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Recipe is here at Dishing Up Delights — overview from photographer/cook esimpraim:
Yesterday I had a lovely day off. I did some things around the house and then I met up with JenFinn for lunch. I am almost embarrassed to admit this, but my lunch consisted of a brownie with espresso ice cream and a blackberry mojito. I know, super healthy, but there was a reason for that…more on that later. After a while, I was pretty hungry, but wanted something on the lighter side. Luckily, I had this recipe on my plan for the week. This was only my second time poaching an egg. I still need to practice those skills, but I think it came out alright. This is such a quick and refreshing recipe. The salty smoky salmon was perfect with the lemon dressing and peppery arugula. The egg on top made it feel like more of a meal and it was exactly what I needed to get through the night and await the arrival of my friend’s first baby! He arrived very early this morning and I am so excited to go meet him.
All American! Baseball Game in Palm Springs, California | Photo credit: duluoz cats, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Ravioli-Spinat-Gratin / Ravioli Spinach Au Gratin | Photo credit: JaBB, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The recipe for photographer/cook JaBB’s ravioli spinach au gratin dish, while posted in German at SubNetMask, can be translated into many languages. Additional food prep photos are also on the site.
Giant Root Beer Float @ Julian’s, Providence, Rhode Island | Photo credit: ancient history, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Chinese Lemon Chicken with Broccoli | Photo credit: Ginny, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photographer/cook Ginny’s provided the recipe link for her Chinese Lemon Chicken with Broccoli — recipe introduction:
Why order take out when you can make your own Chinese lemon chicken at home? There are a few different versions of lemon chicken out there, all coming from different countries. Probably the most popular type of lemon chicken would be baked in the oven. We all know baked lemon chicken is great but here is the Chinese version – just like take out or at the buffets. The Chinese version varies greatly from that of other cultures. Like most types of Chinese chicken, the chicken is first cut into small chunks, battered, and then deep fried and covered with a sweet-lemon sauce.
I do have a confession to make, I used yellow food coloring to get the sauce that amazing bright yellow color. If you have some yellow food coloring on hand, just add a drop or two into the sauce before you heat it. This recipe goes great served with rice and broccoli. Enjoy.
Sausage Fest in Surrey, UK | Photo credit: Solveig Osk, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Pink & Blue Vanilla-Almond Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream | Photo credit: Senel Olivieri, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Summer Quinoa Salad | Jennifer, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The recipe for this tasty summer salad is posted at Sweet On Veg — photographer/cook Jennifer wrote, “This tabbouleh-inspired quinoa salad is a lovely summer dish.”
Wahoo (Tanguige Fish) @ Cyma, Trinoma Mall, Philippines | Photo credit: Roslyn, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Golden Mirabelle Marmalade | Photo credit: storebukkebruse, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Ribs & Corn on the BBQ | Photo credit: Mike, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Check out Another Pint Please for a fascinating article on all the planning and work that goes on behind the scenes of a professional food shoot for Weber grills. Photographer/grilling guru Mike has many more grilling photographs posted with the barbecue article.
Salami Salad | Photo credit: Pat Castaldo, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Pork Ramen with Shiitakes & Dried Peppers | Photo credit: jeffreyw, Filckr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
This easy, inexpensive ramen recipe, created by photographer/cook jeffreyw with fridge leftovers, shiitake mushrooms, and a bit of this and that, is posted at What’s 4 Dinner Solutions.
Vintage Magazine Ad, Carnation’s Instant Breakfast, Seventeen, June 1972 | Photo credit: Vicki McClure Davidson, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Food photos selected and posted are credited and have Creative Commons-licensed content with some rights reserved for noncommercial purposes, unless otherwise noted.
Past two months of Fab Food Friday Fotos posts:
Beef Stroganoff, Mango Orange Slaw, Egg & Sausage Breakfast Casserole, Soy-Glazed Flank Steak, Blueberry Buckle, Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili, Paella, Chocolate Beet Cake, Butterflied Prawns in Garlic-Parsley Butter, Home Fries, Frugal Recipes
Pork Riblets in Black Beans Sauce, Sri Lankan Fish Cutlets, Roasted Cauliflower Soup, Blackberry Cobbler, Authentic Mexican Chili, Lemon Wedding Cookies, Scallion-Stuffed Beef Rolls, Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats, More Recipes
Cast Iron Skillet Meatloaf, Heirloom Summer Salad, Smoked Beef Brisket, Tiramisu Cheesecake, Stewed Lamb Ribs, Pasta with Mushrooms, Eggplant, & Olives, Chicken Marsala, GF Bread, Vegan Cheese-Mushroom Omelette, More Recipes
Agave-Brined Pork Chops, Mango Salsa, Labrador Creole Bean Soup, BBQ Shrimp Skewers, Baby Vanilla Plum Cakes, Whale Bento, Orecchiette & Peas, Cracked Wheat Bread, Chicken Broccoli Stir-Fry, Taco Pie, Peach-Ricotta Pizza, & More Recipes
Tofu Ricotta Spinach Tortellini, Coconut Cream Pie, Chicken on Peppers & Tomatoes, Pasta with Scallops & Bacon, GF Brownies, BBQ Lamb’s Liver, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, Swai Parmesan, Summer Salad with Crusted Fish, Fudgy Honey Popcorn, & More Recipes
Green Chile Cheeseburger, Couscous Salad, Strawberry Vanilla Jam, Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Red Velvet Cookie Cups, Grilled Gingered Prawns, Kale & Lemon Spaghetti, Bacon, Ground Beef, & Bean Chili, More Thrifty Recipes
Sesame-Scented Baby Bok Choy, GF Rosemary Chocolate Truffles, Meatballs Toscana, Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, Fish & Chips, Tofu & Kimchi Tacos, Mango Cheese Blueberry Tarts, Sugar Cane Pork, Pecan Spice Layer Cake, Beef Rendang, More Recipes
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