foodie or no foodie

So, apparently I've been busier than I thought *sigh*

I've been doing lots of cooking lately. Lots. Actually the frequency and the variety of food are kinda creepy. I could basically cook two different food every day and they're not just sauteed veggies or soups. Most of them requires baking.

Yes. The oven type of baking.

Or steaming. But mostly it's baking.

Which brings me to scour the net for recipes and tips. And of course opening up all the dusty bookmarks on my browsers. Some are 'meh' .. some are just simply spectacular.

Two of my fave bookmarks so far are these two sites. I love these two sites because I think they deliver real recipes. The people behind these two sites are actually passionate about cooking and relentlessly inventing new food and technique just because they enjoy their work. The foods are gorgeous and they're good writers. One got a book deal from Knopf, a part of Random House. The other got it from from Chronicle Books. That just shows how good they are, ex-publishing-worker-ly-speaking.

If you're into cooking or baking, you should really check out these sites.

Deb runs this site. I can't remember how I found her. Which basically saying that I've been a regular visitor of her site for a very long time. I just never leave any comments. My jaw just dropped every time I visit her site. Trust me, it's a piece of heaven on the world wide web, foodie or no foodie.

She's a mom, so you're bound to find home recipes, with a tweak. You won't find just another strudel, like other sites are offering. Like me, you will find mushroom strudels, folded into flag shaped phyllo. If you've been looking for a way to make strudels any food without looking too ordinary, she's the person to go to.

I personally love that phyllo folding, her simplest potato gratin, and her variety of desserts. It is well-indexed according to seasons or ingredients. Beautiful and detailed photos will guide you through the process. Deb got her deal with Knopf. Just in case if you're wondering what the hell is Knopf, it is an imprint of Random House publishing. Yes, THE Random House. I'm looking forward for her book :)

Really, it's not in any certain order. I just typed down whatever comes into my mind first. Anyway, if you ever liked any one of those Starbuck's Pops, Bakerella is by far the first person I knew who make these cake pops. I've eyed on her creations since I was still working in publishing, wishing that someone, somewhere in my reach is good enough to develop such recipe. So I can publish them, of course. Because I know, such creativity means money.

But, that's not why we're here. She's probably one of those baker who really can decorate. I mean, I know I can bake, but can I make my cake looks as good as hers? That's a whole different universe. Frankly speaking, I love Bakerella so much that I used to hate her. I envy her creativity, but now I'm just happy living with the fact that she's just too damn good and I'm just too damn ... not that good. Her best recipes are probably the cake pops, but other cakes she baked are looking really delicious too. I tried to make my version of cake pops, but didn't quite make it right yet. So until next time, I'll feast my eyes on her site.

Bakerella got her bookdeal with Chronicle Books. And blimey, Chronicle Books is where I wanna be when I grow up my fave publisher. I based almost all my publishing project on what Chronicle Books made. Her book is out and they're available on Amazon.

Come on, look at that Winnie the Pooh pops. If that doesn't make your heart melt and your mouth waters, then something is really wrong with you!

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