In addition to my fancy new food processor, one of my favorite kitchen-related Christmas gifts was a Soda Stream. I adore this thing. Every time I go to the grocery store I lug home bottles of seltzer - no more! Making seltzer fresh every day saves time, money, and hassle - win win win. I highly recommend one to my fellow seltzer-chuggers out there.
Last week I finally had the chance to see some of Arcimboldo's paintings - work that I find completely fascinating and have admired for ages. This 16th century surrealist uses individual items to compose human figures, ranging from vegetables that celebrate a particular season, to marine life, to library contents. The results are fantastic, clever, and mesmerizing (his reversible paintings aren't to be missed!). I'd hoped to see some of Arcimboldo's work when we were in Vienna (he was a court painter there and in Prague), but they were loaned out during our visit. Of course it took me nearly the full term of the DC exhibit to finally get over there. Which is to say - the exhibit ends tomorrow! Go go go. Anyone who cares about eating locally and seasonally must see Arcimboldo's Seasons paintings and smile. Who needs to buy Pollan's rules when you could simply eat according to a painting?!
salmon spread, the brainchild of a local food blogger. It's incredibly simple to throw together and unbelievably delicious if like me, you love a salty, savory breakfast (or brunch. or lunch. or snack.). Fans of stinky food, prepare yourselves: this stuff is incredible on a plain bagel, perfect on a sandwich, delicious on toast with a fried egg, and I can imagine would be outrageous folded into an omelet or frittata. Have this stuff on hand for your next brunch and I guarantee it'll be a hit among lox lovers (hint hint: it really calls out for a Bloody Mary accompaniment, too).