Foodsite Picks 2012
Marty Martindale

OLD TIME CANDY – Now gift collections, “Candy by Decades,” Retro Toys, Games and more.

COOKS.COM GLUG RECIPES —  Different versions of the Swedish holiday punch with a punch.

FOOD TIMELINE CHRISTMAS FOODS – Find memories, Lefse, Stargazy Pie, King Cake, Tourtiere, Yorkshire Stand Pie and more.

Menu Sampling — FOUR SEASONS, HONG KONG – Conpoy and Shredded Chicken Soup; Braised Abalone Cube with Star Garoupa Fillet; Sauteed Wagyu Beef Chuck with Celery and Preserved Liver Sausage; Wok-Fried Superior Australian Wagyu Beef with Sarcodon Asparagus;

MOMS WHO THINK FUDGE – All kinds, great gifts:  Bourbon Fudge, Cherry Vanilla Fudge, Maple Fudge, Pumpkin Fudge, White Fudge and more.

ITALIA OUTDOORS, FOOD AND WINE – Gourmet Culinary Bicycle Tours, with a chef, classes, tastings and fine dining.

TASTE OF HOME – A delightful holiday collection of fancy  and festive vegetable sides. (all gussied up!)

BEIJING HOLIDAY —  Interesting overview of itinerary of a Beijing Duck Dinner and Laoshe Teahouse night tour.

Menu Sampling — ESCHALOT RESTAURANT, BERRIMA, AUSTRALIA – Goat Cheese Souffle, Pickled Kohlrabi, Capsicum Foam, Puffed Wild Rice; Duck Bresaola, Confit Leg, Spatzel, Mizuna, Date and Orange Juice; Rabbit and Chicken Ballontine, Jerusalem Artichoke, Peas and Garlic Cream; Crisp Pork Belly with Carrots, Baby Turnips, Broad Bean Tendril and Bordelaise Syrup;

CHRISTMAS COOKIES – All kinds — bars, candy, fudge, cut cookies, cookie press, no-bake and refrigerator cookie recipes, plus whole popular collections.

ALL RECIPES – You don’t warm too many cheeses. Here are some recipes for Brie cheese and ways to serve it.

NEW YORK BREWERIES DIRECTORY – Handy directory, and it contains links to each’s site.

COASTAL LIVING MAGAZINE – Here is a grouping of many holiday cranberry recipes.

Menu Sampling — NIU NOODLE HOUSE, NEW YORK – Niu Special Soup; Flank Steak and Provolone Cheese Dumplings; Lolly Pop Chicken Wings; Pork and Chive Dumplings; Shrimp and Seaweed Spring Rolls; Ocean Medley; Veggie Heaven; Sizzling Steak or Shangi Chicken Noodle Plate;

COOKS.COM – Do you like caramel?  Ever make it? Here are several caramel recipes.

OLIVE NATION – Olives have become a more frequent ingredient, a welcome, salty twist.

PHILLY CHINA TOWN – So many new and exciting things to eat in the Chinese culture. Get Philly’s take.

PASTA CHEESE – and many more Italian goodies, not just cheeses.

TALDE IN BROOKLYN  — Pretzel Pork & Chive Dumplings; Lobster, Coconut Milk, Noodles and Corn Soup; Mango, Peanut and Chile Salad; Crispy Oyster & Bacon Pad Thai; Szechuan Sea Bream; Wok Charred Black Angus Ribeye with Black Pepper Caramel and Holy Basil; Banana Leaf Sticky Rice;

CHEF RECIPES FROM THE PERENNIAL TABLE – You will love the style of these recipes, chef’s rugged individualism. Then go read more about his Perennial Table.

MAHARAJA FOODS  — Order Indian groceries and international foods – hard-to-find items for special recipes.

POMEGRANATES – Called “The Jewels of Autumn,” they-re healthy as well as pretty. (See article.)

HEALTHY WORKPLACE – It’s altogether too easy to be unhealthy in the workplace. See the video and learn.

Menu Sampling — BOATH HOUSE, HIGHLANDS, SCOTLAND – Jerusalem Artichoke Soup; Quince Foie Gras with Meringue; Oysters with Champagne and Cucumber; Duck Breast with Pak Choi, Radish and Anise; Crispbreads and Figs; Pineapple with Burnt Caramel and Rum;

SOUTH FLORIDA FOOD TRUCKS —  Choices are mind-boggling,  names amazing and the variety exciting!

LIVESTRONG.COM – Explore food and drink, track calories, lots of how-tos – enjoy this fitness community.

FIRST-FIELD – What is First Field?  “First Field is one of a number of companies that make canned or jarred products using what is arguably the state’s most famous crop.” (From NY Times)

RHODE ISLAND’S  “RHODE SHOW” FOOD AND DRINK – “Little olde Rhode Island” is really kicking these days, especially with a food school like Johnson and Wales and its grads in town.

Menu Sampling — KITTLE HOUSE, CHAPPAQUA, NY  — Jumbo Diver Sea Scallops, Sunchoke Confit with Celery and Black Truffle Emulsion; Hudson Valley Foie Gras Saute Rhubarb Compote and Hazelnut Brittle; Olive Oil-Poached Block Island Swordfish; Slow-Braised Short Ribs of Beef; Jackson Valley, NJ Brook Trout with Toasted Almonds, Parsnip Apple Puree and Apricot Grenobloise; Warm Valrhona Chocolate Pastry ‘Gift’ with Crème a L’anglaise;

LOCAL HARVEST – “Real Food, Real Farmers, Real Community,” the scene changes with the season. Find their blogs, locations and search  specialty items.

BLUE OX JERKY – Their best sellers, Teriyaki, Sweet, Spicy, Peppercorn and Garlic. Read the Blue Ox legend.

HUFFINGTON POST’S TASTE TEST REPORTS – Lots to read, lots to see in many slideshows.

ELLIE KRIEGER’S HONEY-ROASTED SWEET POTATOES – Just five ingredients and bake for an hour. Healthy, too!

Menu Sampling — BALE DUTUNG RESTAURANT, PAMPANGA,  PHILIPPINES – Fiddle Head Fern Salad; Milkfish Belly, Spareribs, Crayfish or Prawn Soup; Goat Meat Sour Soup; Sushi of Crab Fat and Cat Fish; Oxtail Stew in Peanut Sauce; Crispy Roast Pork Flakes on Tortilla; Dessert of Yam, Coconut, Egg Yolk in Water Buffalo Milk;

ZARELA COOKS TAMALES – Zarela says tamales are easy to make if you watch the process. Here is a video of Zarela making tamales. Yum!

WEST COAST PRODUCTS – Specialty olive products since 1937. Take a look at some of their recipes.

MACHNE MARKET, JERUSALEM – Experience the Shuk! Find map, Shuk Bites, tours and workshops about the abundant Machne Market.

STONYFIELD FARMS YOGURT COOKING – Find 8 help cooking tips for working with yogurt. Better for marinades then crème fraiche.

Menu Sampling — BEVERLY HILLS THAI – Chicken and Egg in a salad with Lime Dressing; Thai Drunken Noodles; Pineapple Fried Rice with Cashews; Roasted Chili Fried Rice; Ginger Chicken; Green Curry Beef; Spicy Beef Salad; Crying Tiger Beef; Garlic Green Beans; Bok Choy & Sugar Peas;

MOCHI ICE CREAM – Sweet, fruity ice cream wrapped in a soft, fluffy dough dusted with a powdery coating. Even Mochi gelato!

TRADER JOE’S FEARLESS FLYER – Uber-crispy 100% Whole Wheat Lavash Chips, Chili Lime Chicken Burgers and other Fearlessly Featured Flyer Products.

LOBEL’S – New York’s old line Butcher Shop, an education in itself.

COWGIRL CREAMERY LIBRARY – This is their reference library of the pedigrees of some very special cheeses.

Menu Sampling — BOUKIE’S RESTAURANT, NEW YORK CITY – Classic Greek Caviar Dip with Smoked Trout; Warm Smoked Potato-Seafood Salad; Seafood Phyllo Cigars with Fresh Herbs; Grilled Fresh Sardines with Fresh Tomato Confit; Marinated Grilled Baby Lamb Chops with Greek Lemon Potatoes and Broccoli Rabe;

SKINNY TASTE’S PUMPKIN SHERBET – Surprise everyone with this Pumpkin Sherbet simple recipe.

ALL THINGS MAPLE – The Vermont Country Store has all the maple you want in any form you want.

BATTLE OF THE BANH MI – These are Vietnamese baguette sandwiches. Learn all about them.

SKYY GREENS – This is a Chicago-based indoor produce company utilizing breed aqauponic systems.

Menu Sampling — LOSTERIA, MANY IN MASSACHUSETTS – Squid Salad; Broccoli Dorati; Tortellini in Brodo; Pasta Carrettiera; Shrimp Parmigiana; Scallops Francese; Chicken al Burro e Limone; Veal Theresa;

FOOD THESAURUS DEFINES ALL SQUASHES – Winter Squash, Acorn Squash, Baby Acorn, Banana Squash, Buttercup Squash – all of them, their pictures and descriptions.

WIKIHOW ON TIPPING – The latest thinking on what to really tip for.

IGOURMET’S LIMBURGER CHEESE – The oft-maligned Limburger cheese is delicious on a hot day with an iced-cold beer.

ALLRECIPES’ COLLECTION OF PUMPKIN COOKIE RECIPES – It’s that “pumpkin time of year,” again — great for the tastes of cinnamon and nutmeg – you know the drill.

Menu Sampling — SCRUB ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – Caravela Salad; Conch Fritters with Island Remoulade, Duck Breast with Potato Fig Hash and Port Glaze; Scallion Potato Pancake with Lemon crème Fraiche; Smoked Wahoo Pate; Coconut Curry Shrimp, Lobster Thermidore with Pernot Cream; Churrasco with Yuca Hash;

DAVE ROSENGARTEN’S EUROPEAN FAVORITES – Dave’s food and wine universe – using photography and delicious description, he share’s with us details of his favorite food cities in Europe.

FOODFERRET.COM – This is a food search engine including information for special diets and general nutrition.

SPICES FOR LESS – Have you tried Sea Salt, Chipotle?  Smoky and earthy for salads, vegetables, seafood and more.

TEXAS TAMALE COMPANY —  Visit their Mexican Deli. Originally, delis were Jewish, then Italian, now Mexican!

Menu Sampling — CLIFTON INN, CHARLOTTESVILLE VA – Chilled Pea Soup with Green Strawberries, Fava Beans and Pistachio Cream; Grilled Tuna with Spring Onion Puree, Turnips and Pickled Beets; Homemade Tagliarini with Braised Short Rib Ragout, Egg Yolk and Pine Nuts; Soft Chocolate Ganache with Roasted Strawberries, Candied Beets and Smoked Ice Cream;

UK’S REGAL FISH COMPANY – See an interesting array of seafood dinner party and buffet ideas including Jamie Oliver’s Creamy Mussels with Smoky Bacon & Cider.

TASTI-LEE TOMATOES– At last! A tomato we can enjoy, bred to stay on the vine until FULLY RIPE!

RUSTICO COOKING SEAFOOD RECIPES – Special recipes for special occasions from Italy – Insalata di Canelli 3 Gamberi, Spiedini di Orata all’ Alloro e Limone, Insalata di Polipo, Carpaccio di Salmone Tartufato and more!

GILT TASTE STORIES – The very best lemonade – gotta make it with syrup. Here’s how!

HAUTE DISH, MINNEAPOLIS MN – Reuben Benedict, Portuguese-style Blood Sausage Hash, Tuscan-style Bennie, General Tso’s Sweetbreads, Tater Tot HauteDish, Fried Chicken & Watermelon, Open Face Bahnmi, South Dakota Steakhouse Style House Salad,

PAPPARDELLES ONLINE – Dark Chocolate Pasta, highest quality, where to get the pasta, the recipe and lots more.

ZHANGJIAJIE, CHINA’S NATIONAL PARK – Glimpse tourism, culture and cuisine in Zhangjiajie China.

UNUAUAL FOOD DELICACIES – Food on some unusual things we eat.

CRAVE CHEESE – “Handcrafted in the finest Wisconsin tradition.” It’s a busy place. Drop in on them.

HAUT DISH, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – Ants on a Log; Picnic Salad; Char-Cuts (Yar!); General Tso’s Sweetbreads; Summer Vegetable Enchilada; Tater Tot HauteDish; Fried Chicken and Watermelon; Mexican Pork Plate; Foie in a Can;

RICELAND RICE RECIPES – Search recipes for Bread Recipes, Rice Desserts, Hors d’Ooeuvres, Main Dishes, Salads, Side Dishes and Soups.

FOOD CHEMICALS – Chemicals in food you buy – here’s a list of some of them – explained.

CONO ITALIANO —  Learn all about their pizza in a cone – on-the-go food.

INGEST AND IMBIBE – This is a lively conversation about food in our world.

Menu Sampling — COLORS, NEW YORK CITY – Brazilian Chicken; Chicken & Chorizo Paella, Argentine Chimichuri Ribeye; Chilean Ceviche; Butterflied Trout; Spicy Peri Peri Jumbo Shrimp; Crab Enchillada; Dark Chocolate Fondue with Sopapillas;

ICE CREAM RECIPES – With an ice cream freezer, simply keep the chamber in your freezer, fill it with recipe and “let ‘er rip.”

TABLESPOON (dot) COM – Quick recipes and easy recipe ideas, table talk, pet treats and food fun

HARVARD’S ANNENBERG DINING HALL – Take the freshman tour of this famed eating institution.

GRUB HUB – Don’t want to go out? Don’t know where to order? Consult Grub Hub.

Menu Sampling — DOMOLAND RESORT, NEAR NEWMARKET, IRELAND – Duck Confit & Foie Gras Terrine; Roast Rabbit Saddle with Leeks; Warm Lobster and Potato Salad; Loin of Glazed Suckling Pig; Braised Black Sole, Clams, Mushrooms and Leeks in Champagne Sauce;

CHITTERLINGS – The Soul Food Site, cookbook and recipes for catfish, sweet potato pie, grits, pound cake, collard greens, chitterling. Drop by!

MY SPICE SAGE – Wide variety of spices and more with free shipping in the U.S. Also, choose a free sample with each purchase.

NATURAL HOME MERCHANDISE – Eco-friendly, recycled materials in pots, pans, bowls and lots of kitchen accessories.

SOFAB PARAPHANALIA – Shop the New Orleans’ unique gift accessories at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

Menu Sampling — LOOKOUT RESTAURANT, PLETTENBERG BAY, SOUTH AFRICA – Holoumi Salad; Spicy Bombay Chicken Salad; Mussel Pot; Chicken Schnitzel; Chicken Livers Peri-Peri; Pint O Prawns; Mutton Curry; Cape Malay Samoosas;

TASTE OF HOME – Make someone special some Pecan Brittle with this easy recipe of only six ingredients.

ZINGERMAN’S FUN MONTHLY FOOD CLUBS – Lots to choose from: Culinary Adventures, Bread Club, Rare Olive Oil, Bacon Club — more

CRUISE RESTAURANTS IN HELSINKI, FINLAND – See pictures and types of foods served.

JAPAN SUPER (SUPERMARKET) – Available anywhere in the U.S., from fish eggs, furikake, mochi, okazu, sauces to basics.

Menu Sampling — MERRION HOTEL, DUBLIN, IRELAND – Carlow Chicken and Foie Gras; Peach Salad; Pea Veloute; Roast Chump of Irish Lamb; Whole Roast Poussin; Skeaghanore Duck Breast; Saltee Islands Monkfish; Whole Roasted Seabream;

SAMOA FOOD – (thanks to the web)  Directions, with pictures, to make a delicious fruit Samoan Half-Moon Pie (Paifala).

THE PIONEER WOMAN – The Pioneer woman knows her foods. Here’s her bean recipe.

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY ON HOT DOG STANDS – These carts are a celebration. See the video.

MOZZARELLA CO. – Celebrates its 30th Anniversary, busy place – classes, events, newsletter, pairings, gift baskets,

Menu Sampling — RENE AT TLAQUEPAQUE, SEDONA, ARIZONA  — Lobster with Grapefruit Salsa; English Pea Griddle Cakes; Saute Brie; Mushroom Streudel; Rack of Lamb a la Rene; Tenderloin of Antelope;

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY ENTOMOLOGY DEPARTMENT – Yes. They study bugs as well as enjoy bug cuisine, and they have recipes!

AMIGO FOODS  – Your chance to buy Latin American foods and groceries from Salvadorian to Chilean, Panamanian to Uruguayan.

DINE IN A STREAM  – Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort, San Pablo City, Philippines, Waterfalls Restaurant is unique dining!

FINISHING TOUCH SALTS  – Read about interesting salts from around the world. Chance to order, recipes, too. (Tampa, FL).

CRAIGIE-ON-THE-MAIN, CAMBRIDGE, MA  – Crispy-Fried Pig’s Tails with Pickled Peanuts, Nouc Cham and Cilantro; Ragout of Rabbit and Guanciale Sausage; Assiiiette of House-Made Terrines; Iraqi Beet Stew with Pine Nuts and Horseradish; Vermont Pork Three Ways; Confit and Roasted Milk-Fed Pig’s Head (for two); Apricot Frangipane Torte;

THE KITCHN  – This is a highly entertaining, well sourced collection of interesting things kitchen and cooking. Check it out.

VIRTUAL BANGLADESH – Foodsite Magazine welcomes many visitlors from Bangladesh. Here’s a virtual look at Bangladeshi foods and cooking.

FIT DAY – Dieting? Need more organization, log guidance? See your progress.

BLUEBIRD GRAIN FARMS – 100% organic grains, fresh-milled flour and whole-grain blends. Find gourmet grains!

Menu Sampling – HEMINGWAY’S RESORT, KENYA, AFRICA –Tuna Carpaccio with Smoked Mussels & Herb Salad; Thai Crab, Shrimp & Noodle Soup; Lobster Thermidor with Mustard Mushrooms and Shallots, flamed with French Cognac; Platter of Rock Lobster, Calamari, Crab, Line Fish and King Prawns served with Garlic Lemon, Hot & Sour Chilli and Bombay Sauces; Homemade Open Ravioli served with Spinach, Butternut, Ricotta Cheese, Black Olive & Saffron Sauce; Tuile Cones with Ginger Mousse; 

SAVORY.TV – Professional chefs bring you chef recipe videos, tips and worldwide food trivia. Also beer pairing and wine pairing.

NY PUBLIC LIBRARY LOOKS AT NY LUNCH HOURS – “Lunch Hour NYC,” the colorful video.

PASTA CHEESE (dot) COM RECIPES – Click a picture of an appealing entrée and get the recipe. Also shop for your gourmet pantry.

COOKING DISTRICT – “Where profession meets obsession.” Recipes, news and apps.

KING AND PRICE, ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA – Low Country Seafood Gumbo; Chili Lime Crab Salad; Florida Black Grouper Salad; Low Country Boil; King and Prince Island Crab Cake; Artichoke Chicken Piccata; Caramel Glazed Vidalia Onions; Fire Roasted Quesadilla

RUSTIC COOKING  — “Italian for Beginners,” classes, parties, tours, tastings, gift certificates and more!

REDWOOD HILL KEFIR MILK – Get acquainted with Redwood Hill Kefir milk and its healthy properties for you.

IMPORT FOOD – Brilliant blue and white imported ceramics from Thailand, condiment dishes and more.

BK WINE TOURS – Plan ahead to February 2013 and a South American wine tour to Argentina and Chile. Get details.

Menu Sampling — AMANDA’S, WINDSOR’S EDGE, AUSTRALIA  — Lamb Kofta Tart; Pork Belly on King Brown Mushroom Noodles; Creamy Crab & Bug Meat Bisque; Lamb Rack on Spinach & Feta Cheese Filo Pinwheel; Beef Rib Fillet with Tomato & Potato Gelette; Portuguese Spiced Roasted Spatchcock with Potato, Fennel & Aioli Salad;

SERIOUS EATS – Great weekend treat:  Recipe for Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies!

MANGIA BENE PASTA – on the subject of lettuces, recipes for dressings as well as salads and more!

GRUB HUB – Decided to eat out and can’t decide where? Ask the Grub Hub about restaurants near you.

WILLIAMSBURG KITCHEN HISTORY – Interesting history of kitchens before us. It was a lot of hard work then!

Menu Sampling — CAFE CORMO, NEW ORLEANS (Brazilian) – Carmo Salad, Esmeralda Salad, Broken Noodle Salad, Yellowfin Tuna Salad, Jaciara’s Salpicalo,  Pao de Queiljo, Maqaqauito,

COFFEE GEEK – How to use a Press Pot. This is one of the most affordable and delicious ways to make coffee.

WEST COAST PRODUCTS – Olive products since 1937, especially Sicilian style Sevillano green olives grown in Northern California. Recipes, too!

BOYLAN BOTTLING – Boylan’s Birch Beer, Boylan’s Seltzer – Boylan’s 100% natural bottled beverages since 1891. Nothing artificial.

FOOD FROM FINLAND – 8 categories of foods – bakery items, berries, mushrooms, dairy, fish, drinks, veggies, convenience, ingredients and organics.

21212 RESTAURANT AND ROOMS, UK – Gourmet Fish Quartet with  Pimento & Walnuts; Creamy Gourmet Mushroom Risotto;  Baked Fillet of Young Pink Trout; Chicken Curry, Pineapple & Artichokes;  Rhubarb & Custard;

RECIPES FROM RADISH MAGAZINE —  Healthy main dishes, sides, soups, breads, special needs, vegetarian, growers’ favorites, archives, farmers markets and recipes.

THE BROOKLYN KITCHEN – Food life seems so exciting these days in Brooklyn. Take a look at the Kitchen’s calendar.

ZARELA – “For Lovers of Mexican Food.” Culture, travel, restaurants, catering, classes, recipes and more!

VENISON, ELK, BUFFALO JERKY – “Up North Jerky Outlets,” jerky, gifts, sausages, a fun place to webshop.

Menu Sampling – CRAFTSMAN HOUSE GALLERY – Pulled Chicken Breast, Granny Smith Apple Salad, Homemade Soup with Focaccia, Provolone Chicken Wrap, Hummus Wrap, Savory Cheese Globe, Boylan Old Fashioned Soda,

THE CHALKBOARD – “A Study in Living Well.” Discover, Dwell, Evolve, Gather, Look, Thrive and Eat Well.

LIZBETH LANE’S CUISINE KITCHEN TIPS – Elizabeth Lane Cuisine’s site has many features also some interesting kitchen tips and tricks.

CRAFTBEER.COM’S BEEROLOGY DEPARTMENT  —  Discussion about the Ultimate in Home Beer Service, your own kegerator.

DIANE MORGAN COOKS – Author, cooking teacher and woman about Portland shares recipes, videos and food wisdom.

Menu Sampling  — RUSSIAN TEA ROOM, NEW YORK CITY – Traditional Borscht, Pelmeni, Caviar Tasting, Seafood Blinchik, Trout Ukha, Kulebiaka, Seafood Shashlik, Kobe Tasting Perigord, Veal a la Soblianka,

TEXAS TAMALE COMPANY’S RECIPES – Beef Filet with Chipogtles, Pea Salad, South of the Border Cheesy Mac, chance to join fan club.

TAKE OPRAH’S FOOD IQ TEST – 1st question:  What is the most consumed meat around the world? Give it a try.

PERUVIAN CUISINE FOR THE WORLD – Peru is the next greatest cuisine, and they are very busy. Visit them.

FOODIECRUSH TOMATILLA PESTO – and ten other top tomatillo recipes!

Menu Sampling – BOULEVARD RESTAURANT, SAN FRANCISCO CA – recent winner of the Most Outstanding Restaurant in the USA award from the Beard Foundation – Ahi Tuna Ito-Zukuri; Monterrey Red Abalone, Alaskan Halibut Ala Plancha; Wolfe Ranch “King” Quail; California Lamb Prime T-Bone; Wood Oven Roasted Angus Filet Mignon;

NATALIE MACLEAN’S (NAT DECANTS) WINE SEARCH – Just plug in the name of the wine you are interested in and your price range. Nat comes up with full names, year, reviews and score.

THE RAMEN RATER’S TOP TEN NOODLE BOWL COMBOS – The Rater has a great site. In this grouping, find his top ramen recipes flavored for different countries.

JOY FOODIE – Here’s an interesting collection of very doable, delicious sounding recipes.

ALLRECIPES.COM’S CUCUMBER RECIPES – Cucumbers are not just for salads. There’s lots you can do with cucumbers. Take a look.

Menu Sampling — CIA RESTAURANT, HYDE PARK, NY  — Seafood Bisque garnished with Seafood Sausage; Foie Gras Pate with Peach and Apricot Relish; Pan-Roasted Pekin Duck in Gooseberry Sauce, Pan-Roasted Channel Bass with Verjus Beurre Blanc, Salsify Puree, Crispy Leeks and Buttered Green Beans;

DR. SEARS ON FOODS THAT HELP YOU SLEEP – Try getting to sleep with a food which contains tryptophan. Learn what foods are rich in this.

VIRGINIA WILLIS’ CULINARY PRODUCTIONS NEWSLETTER  — The New South – The World in a Skillet. Willis is packing it solid with stories, events calendar, a reading list and exciting recipes.

WOOD STONE’S JOSPER GRILL – Spain-inspired charcoal broiler oven, a pro’s delight, now available in the U.S.

OREGON ZOO BREW – Celebrate the start of summer, sample over 60 brews from participating breweries. Proceeds to zoo’s special programs.

Menu Sampling — MISTRAL BISTRO, BOSTON MA – Escargots, Burgandy Style, with Red Wine; Maine Lobster & Mascarpone Tortellini; Beef Tenderloin, Mashed Potato and Truffle Oil Pizza; Pan-Roasted Atlantic Halibut with Rock Shrimp Risotto; Warm Strawberry Rhubarb Tart with Buttermilk Ice Cream; Belgian Chocolate Sorbet;

ARTISAN TAMPA – Executive Chef Gui Alinat, in league with Antoine Kabir, of Quebec, combine wide expertise to serve Tampa Bay with artisan boutique catering. Check website for detailed services and rave reviews.

REMEMBER JUNKET? — Did your mom include Junket pudding in your Jello rotation? Junket is shiny and jiggly, because it contains rennet.

THE ORIGINAL SACHER TORTE – “The most famous cake in the world for 175 years,” the pride of Vienna.

LEWIS & CLARK’S TALE OF THE BUFFALO – Scroll a list of how the buffalo supplied “everything the Plains Indians needed to survive.”

Menu Sampling — CAXTON GRILL, LONDON – Gnocchi with Walnuts, Baby Spinach and Gorgonzola; Shetland Salmon, Spring Onions, Hollandiase and Mustard Frills; Boiled Duck Egg, Shaved Parmesan, Purple Watercress, Truffle Oil; Chump of  Lamb;

WINE SPECATOR’S WINE SEARCH – Avail yourself of their tasting notes and more than 262,000 wine reviews.

EDIBLE GEOGRAPHY – Some very interesting posts and archives back to 2009.

LYNNES COUNTRY KITCHEN CHEESE GLOSSARY – Cheeses come from around the world and from a variety of animals, mellow to extremely sharp.

TEVANA’S “HOW-TO-MAKE-ICED-TEA” – Also exotic blends:  Blackberry Mojito Iced Green, Raspberry Riot Lemon Iced Mate, Pineapple Kona Pop & Blueberry Bliss Rooibos and more.

Menu Sampling — LE PIGEON, PORTLAND, OREGON – Fava Beans, Spice Garlic and Pecorino Broth; Burger with Butter Lettuce, and Blue Cheese Dressing; Duck, Green Curry, Long Beans; Lobster Stuffed Chicken; Beef Cheek Bourguignon,  

BEET RECIPES FROM FOOD NETWORK – 100 of them:  Pickled, Roasted, Salad, Glazed, With chive cream and much more.

FOOD.COM’S CEVICHE RECIPE – This is their Simple Peruvian Ceviche, one that uses tilapia.

EATER (dot) COM – This is a high energy national pulse on the eating scene. Lots of action!

SPICE HOUSE THYME RECIPES – This site is not only a wide spice source but a great source for recipes for all their spices.

Menu Sampling — SOTTO RESTAURANT, LOS ANGELES CA — Panelle, Friacelli Peppers al Forno, Blistered Little Gems, Grilled Mackerel in Scapece, Spice Claims in Guazzetto, Whole Grilled Fish with Almond, Wild Fennel and Currant Acquasale, Sardines Alla Piastra, Caiazzo with Escarole, Capers Gaeta Olives and Burrata Cheese,

VAHREHVAH BEVERAGES – Lassis, shakes, smoothies, chais, curds, delights, payasams, punches, flipsm, spiced tea and more.

ARTICHOKES.NET – Baroda Farms tells you all about artichokes, plus faq’s and recipes. Nothing but artichokes!

FIRST CHOICE FOOD CUFFLINKS – Very unusual cufflinks:  avocados, corn-on-the-cob, hot dogs, watermelon, even jelly beans and more!

SUNSET MAGAZINE’S GROWING CILANTRO IN A POT – Fresh cilantro on your windowsill. Rotate by planning often, always there!

Menu sampling — GINGER ROOT RESTAURANT, WEST NEWTON, MA – Peking Ravioli, Crab Rangoon, Fried Dough with Pink Sugar, Crispy Pepper Calamari, Ginger Root Special, General Gau’s Chicken, Spicy Mango Delights, Asparagus Plattger, Crispy Pineapple Duck,

FAT FREE’S RECIPES FOR GRAIN SALADS – Recipes for salads made with tabbouli, barley, bulgur, lentils, couscous, brown rice, curried rice, grain salad, quinoa, wheatberry, wild rice and more.

GREEN FIRE FARMS HUMEROUS HEN BEAUTY PAGEANT – From American Breesse to Cream Legbar, Isbars to Orpingtons, Sulmtalers to Tolbunt Polishes.

GLOBAL GOURMET’S FOOD DESTINATIONS & RECIPES – This is an excellent opportunity to find recipes from  36 different countries, and the list is growing.

COOK-EAT-SHARE’S MEXICAN EGGS BENEDICTS – Here’s lotsa ways to tweak eggs benedict.

Menu sampling — BETTY’S PLACE RESTAURANT, ISLAND OF GOA, INDIA – Papad Rolls, Whole Pomfret, Kingfish, Fish Tikka, Prawn Balchao, Fish Ambotik, Chicken Xacuti, Chicken Haka Noodles, Chicken Chandini Kebab, Seafood cooked in Sea Bass stock,

EVERYBODY EATS GOURMET – this is a good selection of favorite foods:

Classic Coconut Macaroons, Kale Chips, Glazed Carrots, Glazed Party Meatballs, Slow-Cooker Pot Roast with Red Wine and many more.

GODE MEDIEVAL COOKERY FOR BEGINNERS – Unofficial record of early dishes eaten. Interesting but authenticity not guaranteed!

CHIPS BY FOOD SHOULD TASTE GOOD – They’re making some very innovatively flavored chips.

VERY DIFFERENT PICNIC PANTS – If you find yourself in the lotus position often, these pants may be for you.

Menu Sampling — THE FORT, MORRISON, COLORADO – Buffalo Empanadas, Bison Eggs, Broiled Asadero Cheese, Historians’ Platter, Rocky Mountain Oysters, Mountain Man Sausage Platter, Smoke House Buffalo Ribs Platter,

ROAMING HUNGER – A food truck directory of cities near you and more coming aboard. Where is who, and what are they serving?

FOOD.COM EASY BAKED ARTICHOKES – Artichokes are delicious AND they have a reputation for being difficult to prepare. They are still not a cinch, but baking them is far easier, and again DELICIOUS!

JULY’S OXNARD SALSA FESTIVAL – If you’re in the Area, July 28th and 29th, it looks as if they have great amount of fun – taste it! Dance it!

GONE-TA-POTT COFFEE ENTREE RECIPES – Recipes for Coffee Pork Chops, Coffee Rub, Black Jack BBQ Sauce, Coffee Marinade, Coffee Chili, Coffee Pork Chop and Coffee Blackened Pan Steak.

Menu Sampling — CHEESE-OLOGY, UNIVERSITY CITY, MISSOURI – Classic Mac and Cheese, Four Cheese, The Hill, Mediterranean, Creamy Pesto, Spinach Artichoke, Bacon –  Bacon, Shrimp Scampi, Buffalo Chicken and Just for the Kids:  Creamy yellow mac and cheese with mix-ins of milk, juice or soda,

SWEET FOUNTAIN RENTALS – Seduce your chocoholic friends and colleagues with a chocolate fountain party. Dip just about anything in chocolate these days. Way to go!

BBONLINE MUFFIN RECIPES – Banana, Alice’s Stash, Lemon Poppy Seed, French Breakfast, Banana Apple Maple, Sausage Breakfast, Amish Granola, Morning Glorious and more

INTERESTING TRANSLATION OF ITALIAN RECIPES – Very interesting recipes for boar, Deer Hunter’s Stew, rabbit cacciatore, hare in sweet and sour, lots to see.

REUSEIT ORGANIC STRING BAGS – It tends to grow with your load. Looks smart, almost disappears when empty, organic cotton

Menu Sampling –ZUNI CAFE, SAN FRANCISCO – House-Cured Anchovies with Celery and Parmigiano-Reggiano, Liberty Duck Breads with Nettle Pesto and Marinated Beets, Zuni Caesar, Grilled Local Opah with Baby Green Beans, Devil’s Gulch Ranch Rabbit Leg Roasted,  Ricotta Gnocchi with Chantrelle Mushrooms and Sage,

GOURMET SLEUTH’S HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE DOG FOOD – Making dog food at home, What dogs need to eat, Foods to avoid, Highly nutritious foods for dogs also related videos.

FOOD52.COM – This is a well-rounded virtual food magazine complete with recipes, hotline, shopping, contests, cooks and more!

THE NATIONAL BARBECUE NEWS – Interesting articles. If you are into barbecue, you need to be reading the News! Online subscriptions.

LAIRD AND COMPANY – They have been producing AppleJack for the last 300 years! Find recipes, interesting facts, news, wine shopping and more.

Menu Sampling – POLECAT AND LACE, MINOCQUA, WISCONSIN – Crab Louie, French Fried Cheese Cords, French Fried Mushrooms, Fish Fry Fridays, Baked French Onion Soup, Walleye Special, Baked Cod, Beggar’s Plate, Veal Madagascar, Shrimp DeJonghe, Walleye, Lake Perch,

LA’S ORIGINAL FARMERS MARKET – Open every day at Third and Fairfax, Restaurants, directory, what’s new, special events, history and more.

BACON FREAK – They have a slew of bacon gifts – Bacon soda, Bacon Brittle, Bacon Brownies, Bacon Jerky, Bacon Spread and more.

TASTESPOTTING, VEGETARIAN – Pictures of interesting looking dishes, stories to go with them and recipes too.

PICNIC TABLE SOURCE – Long ones, round ones, expanded, classic, collapsible, concrete, recycled, aluminum, steel strip, contemporary and more.

RED FARM RESTAURANT, NEW YORK CITY – Mussels & Heirloom Tomatoes in Lobster Broth, Kumamoto Oysters Meyer Lemon-Yuzu Ice, Smoked Cucumbers, Steamed Lobster Dumplings, Crisp Chicken Skin with Garlic Sauce, Grilled Marinated Creekstone Rib Steak, Sauteed Black Cod with Black Bean & Thai Basil,

BETTY CROCKER WAFFLES – A quick recipe with Bisquick and luscious Berry Cream topping.

DASSANT BAKING MIXES AND BLOG – Premium baking mixes, traditional cake and bread  baking made easy, also recipes, their story and don’t miss Scotty Mac’s Blog!

BACON SALT – “Everything should taste like bacon,” they say, even popcorn.  Find recipes, reviews and their blog.

OFFERS.COM – Daily verifications of coupon codes, sales and deals. Save disappointment later.

Menu Sampling — SASSAFRAZ RESTAURANT, ONTARIO, TORONTO, CANADA — Pistachio-Crusted Duck Terrine, Seared Quebec Foie Gras with Truffle Potato Tart, Chorizo-Stuffed Cornish Hen, Pan-Roasted Arctic Char, Seared Pickerel, Oven-Roasted Lamb Striploin, Chipotle-Crusted Rack of Venison, Steamed Toffee Pudding,

THE HEART OF NEW ENGLAND – celebrates the Fiddlehead Ferns of spring, Northern New England’s delicacy. Read how they celebrate!

INTERESTING LIST OF INTERNATIONAL BACON DISHES  —  Lots of them, including recipes, Aebleflaesk from Denmark, Bacon and Egg Pie, Bacon Explosion, Bacon Ice Cream and lots more.

LE DELICIEUX! — Includes one’s Chocolate Beetroot Marmalade Cake cooking adventure, many food adventures to share in.

FEAST ON THE CHEAP – Mariel and Mary Anne share affordable vegetarian recipes, loads of them!

Menu Sampling —ARRIBA MEXICAN GRILL, SEVERAL ARIZONA —  LOCATIONS – Pazole, Albondigas Sojup, Fajita Salad, Pollo Con Queso, Pollo Al Diablo, Carne Abobada, Carnitas Adobada Burrito, Steak Tampico, Shrimp & Scallop Enchiladas, Arriba Sampler, Carlsbad Stuffed Chicken Breast, Flauntas Plate, Pecos Sour Cream Enchilidas,

SHOW ME THE CURRY – Not just curries but a whole lot of Indian recipes, appetizers to odds and ends; fusion to salads and raitas.

LIVING AND RAW FOODS RECIPES – “Largest community on the internet dedicated to educating the world about the power of living and raw foods.”

FOOD PYRENEES, A FRENCH CULINARY JOURNEY – Trips later this year:  Journey Highlights, What you can expect, Get your questions answered, Plan your trip and read informative blogs.

COOKULUS – This is a very interesting, fun app. Cookie example: Choose chewy/crumbly/ soft/crisp, thick/thin, and recipe changes to get the cookie just right. Many other features.

Menu Sampling — FOUR SEASONS, BARABARU DINNER MENU, MALDIVIES ISLANDS – Samosa and Chole, Gilafi Kebab, Tandoori Lobster, Kasmini Lamb Rogan Josh, Balti Lobster, Pork Vindaloo, Maldivan Fish Curry, Bindi Masala, Tropical Fruit Platter with Fig Kulfi, Bana, White Chocolate and Apple Star Anise Samosa served with Coconut Ice Cream,

GRACE YOUNG – Celebrated author of many books including Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge, has been called the Stir-Fry Guru and the Wok Evangelist – her sincerest gospel:  Banish the non-stick wok and return to basics!

VEGAN LUNCH BOX —  Very handy modular loaf recipe chart:  protein, carbohydrates, nuts, vegetables, liquid, flavoring, herbs, binders and salting agent.

STREET VENDORS FROM AROUND-THE-WORLD – Immaculate supermarkets are the exception, rather than the rule, in the rest of the world. See vibrant pictures.

ELIZABETHAN BANQUETS AND FEASTS – They liked meat in cinnamon sauce, pureed eels, fish broth with bacon and cod liver marrow.

Menu Sampling — CORINTHIA RESTAURANT, PALACE HOTEL & SPA, MALTA – Asparagus and Prawn Etuvee, Asian Rib-eye Salad, Peaches & Speck, Aubergine and ‘Scamorza’ Parcels, Truffle Garganelle, Salmon Confit, Chicken Breast Sous-Vide,

COOKSTR COLLECTION COOKBOOK RECIPES —  These are some of their best picks from soups, stews, one-pots, vegetarian and slow cooker.

SATURDAY MARKET’S BREAKFASTS IN CHINA – What are their customs, choices, vendor’s arrangements and more.

ABALONE FARM —  Many chefs compare it to scallops or lobster with a texture of veal, tender, rich and smacks of the sea. They ship.

GUIDE TO BUILDING YOUR OWN TRAIL MIX – This is a modular approach and describes your choices in different ingredient categories. Great snacking!

Menu Sampling — IOZZO’S GARDEN OF ITALY, INDIANAPOLIS IN – Smoked Salmlon Platter, Scallops and Goat Cheese, Iceberg Stack, Toasted Ravioli, Italian Wedding Soup, Orzo Portabella, Salmon Piccata, Maple Bourbon Pork, Steaks Grilled, Iozzo or Oscar,

BLOGS ON WORLDWIDE STEET FOOD – Takoyaki in Osaka, South Korea’s Hot Dogs, Hanoi Street Bun Cha and more.

INTOLERANT OFFSPRING – Help for living with, or without, the foods your child doesn’t like.

OLD-TIME WHIMSY AND SUPERSTITIONS – This is actually a search engine of whimsies. Includes food and lots of other categories.

COUPONS AND OFFERS —  Coupon codes, sales and deals updated daily. Search over 4,000 stores. Print your own!

Menu Sampling — BABALOO TACOS AND TAPAS, JACKSON MS —  Tableside Guacamole, Pico de Gallo “shooter,” Carnitas, Hongas, Torta Cubana, Chicken Empanadas, Chorizo-Stuffed Mushrooms, Delta Grind Grits, Roasted Peanut Slaw, Tamarind Margarita,

ALL ABOUT FONDUE – Literally. Sections of recipes for Broth Fondue, Cheese Fondue, Chocolate Fondue, Dessert Fondue, Dips for Hot Oil and Broth Fondue, Equipment and Hot Oil Fondue.

JAZZMEN RICE – (Not jasmine) – A new aromatic brown rice from Louisiana – “Music for your mouth!” they say.

U. S. GOVERNMENT FOOD SAFETY – This is an important site:  recalls, alerts, food poisoning info, keeping food safe and more.

A TASTE OF THAI – brings us an amazingly simple, quick recipe for a Thai favorite. Just make sure your Red Curry Paste is not older than three months!

Menu Sampling — GRACIE’S, PROVIDENCE RI – Sherry Roasted Beet Salad, Rhode Island Mussels & Cockles, Gracie’s Rigatoni Companaro, Local Skate Wing, Roasted Giannone Chicken Ballotine, Bomster Sea Scallops, Madagascar Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee,

UNDERGROUND SALT MINE – It’s exhibits, educational, a train ride 600-feet underground. They also have an Interactive Dinner Theatre!

CRAVE CHEESE –Their mascarpone takes home four first place honors. See how else they make Wisconsin cheese proud.

COOKING DISTRICT – Read about the foods they think were most important in 2011.

YUM-O ORGANIZATION – Rachel Ray’s non-profit organization which is all about kids, veggies, farmers’ markets, food toolkits and other Yum-o ideas.

– Shrimp & Alligator Cheesecake, Crab and Lobster Chowder, Diver Scallops in garlic Chili Sauce, Canadian Elk Wrapped in Bacon, Shrimp & Seafood with Penne and Sherry Cream, Smoked Carrots in Pecan Sauce, Flourless Chocolate Paradise & Kahlua Cream,

TAIT FARM FOODS – In Central Pennsylvania since 1950 – specialized products, Harvest Shop, The Greenhouse and Community Harvest. Sign-up for their newsletter.

GRITS SIDE DISHES – From Allrecipes, Jalapeno and Monterrey Jack, Shrimp, Cognac and Baked Cheese, Stuffed Tomatoes with Grits and more.

HOUSTON’S ASIAN CONNECTIONS – Reviews of their Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean Malaysian and Thai restaurants.

SPICE HISTORY – A short course from 3000 BC to now.

Sampling — CIOPINOT RESTAURANT, SAN SUIS OBISPO CA – Famous “No Word” Cioppino, Reserve Cioppino, Italian Cioppino, Scottish Salmon, Chilean Seabass, Flat Iron Steak, Seafood Fettuccini, Cockle Clams,

STUDY AT THE SCHOOL OF ARTISAN FOOD – A cooking school located in Welbeck, Nottinghamshire in the UK.

MACARONI AND CHEESE — Recipes for microwave, stove top, oven, crockpot even fried. Also mac and cheese history.

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Marty Martindale

About Marty Martindale

Foodsite Magazine and Marty aim to help the cooking-challenged avoid dependence on others due to lack of cooking knowhow. We concentrate on quick breakfasts, portable lunches and “good-4-u” night meals. With readily available web translation, the magazine explains separate foods, a little of their history, their nutrition, suggested “go-withs,” serving ideas and links to foodsites with recipes.

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