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Favorite Links, December 2012

*My heart goes out to the families in Newtown, CT. I have three young children, my wife is a teacher, and I can only imagine what they’re going through. You’re in our prayers.

Christmas time is here, happiness and cheer…and running around like a caffeinated three year old, trying to get all the presents organized.

Here are five favorite food links from the past few months, to entertain you while I try to dig the wrapping paper out of the crawl space in the basement…

1. On Hospitality – Pam Anderson, ThreeManyCooks.com
Pam’s key to a good party? “Working hard, then letting go.” I need this reminder before every holiday, so I don’t go overboard on the party.

2. Chewing the Fat – Alton Brown and Kenji Alt, SeriousEats.com [Video]
My hero, Alton Brown, talking about recipe writing with Kenji Alt. Is this heaven? It must be heaven.  Three videos so far, with more to come. Here’s a video about Alton’s famous brined turkey recipe:

Bonus video: Alton Brown on Mythbusters. My inner food nerd is jumping for joy.

3. Passing on a Love of Cooking – Beth Knorr, Countryside Conservancy
Beth is the manager at my local farmers market. She has just started teaching her daughter to cook, and has some wise things to say about it. (I just started doing the same with my kids, but I’m having a harder time letting go and letting them do the work. I keep hovering.)

4. Soup, Salt, Acid, Heat – Helen Rennie, BeyondSalmon.com
I’ve talked about seasoning to taste before. Helen’s explanation of how, when, and why to season soup is much better than mine. And it sent me on a search for Piment d’Espelette.

5. It’s Getting Hot out Here – Mike Lang, AnotherPintPlease.com
Mike’s a fellow Ohio griller, and he’s reacting to our incredibly mild start to winter the same way I am – more grilling!  I mean, grilling a Thanksgiving turkey in 60
F temperatures? I’m supposed to suffer, not need sunscreen. And the real reason I’m sharing this one is the gorgeous sunset picture over Mike’s kamado grill.

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. Awesome, Mike. Thanks for the shout-out. I know you are also enjoying the weather! BTW, every single time I look at your title header, that roto chicken always makes me drool. Always! Cheers, my friend, and Merry Christmas!

  2. Thanks for all this delicious mind food! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday. Looking forward to seeing pics of what Santa brought you.

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