Bookmarks for 27th June 2012

These are my saved Pinboard links for 27th June 2012:

  • Aglio e Olio (Garlic and Oil Sauce) | Serious Eats : Recipes – In the summer, I tend to be less likely to cook in the kitchen, thanks to the heat and my primary focus on grilling everything. The exception to this are quick, easy, and light dishes, and this aglio e olio hits all three of those requirements.

    This rustic Italian sauce starts with just two ingredients—garlic and olive oil, as its name suggests. You can start the garlic out minced or sliced; I prefer the latter, as it ends with little crispy garlic discs that add a pleasing crunch to the pasta. The oil is heated until the garlic just starts to simmer, then lowered to let the garlic slowly cook and fully impart its flavor into the oil.

    Once the garlic starts to brown, you're technically done, but a dash of red pepper flakes and salt add a nice heat and seasoning that elevate the sauce, in my opinion.

    Toss this into a bowl of spaghetti and you have a meal that bursts with a bright and smooth garlic flavor that seems to fit any season. Best part is, the whole thing only takes about 15 minutes, leaving me more time to think about the most important part of summer—grilling.

  • Sesame-Crusted Feta and Fig Jam in a Pita Sandwich | Serious Eats : Recipes – I know I gravitate towards all things pork, and often I hear readers wanting something vegetarian. I'm trying! It's just that the scent of bacon is like a siren song, beckoning.

    In any case, this is a completely meat-free sandwich that is absolutely stupendous. I had some sesame-crusted, fried feta pieces in Greektown in Chicago years ago as a Northwestern student. The cheese had a pebbly, delicately crunchy exterior that gave way to a warm, creamy, velvety interior. This week, I was toying with a chilled feta and watermelon salad, but all of a sudden, recalled the Greektown special.

    In this recipe, feta slices are set in the freezer for 15 minutes, which allows them to hold up during coating and frying. Not to worry, the cheese will warm and slightly melt whilst it cooks. The frozen cheese is dipped in beaten eggs, then dredged in a combination of sesame seeds, bright and hot Aleppo pepper flakes, and lemony ground coriander.

    There's more. Plump, sultry figs are for the getting in the produce aisle and what more natural pairing than ripe fruit and briny cheese? I quickly cook the figs in butter, fresh oregano leaves, and honey to make a quick jam-like mixture that melts and oozes with the crisp cheese. For a final punch of flavor, that ties everything together with a figurative birthday present bow: small, salty, tart olives are tucked into pita pockets along with the other ingredients.

  • Rustic Loaf – There is something quite satisfying about making your own bread. The ingredients are simple and few and the smell of baking that permeates the kitchen is hard to beat. You can also use this mixture to make soft dinner rolls or a poppy seed plait (see Variations).
  • WebHome < Motion < Foswiki – Motion is a program that monitors the video signal from cameras. It is able to detect if a significant part of the picture has changed; in other words, it can detect motion.
  • Bean burger with roast pepper salsa – Bean burger with roast pepper salsa.

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