CK Friday Links--Friday March 30, 2012

Here's yet another selection of interesting links from around the internet. As always, I welcome your thoughts and your feedback.

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A spectacular series on how to make your own homemade pasta: Dough, Shaping and Cooking and Saucing. (Beyond Salmon)

A rushed waiter faces a moral dilemma. What would you do? (The Bitchy Waiter)

A great moneysaving tip for the world's most expensive spice: grow your own saffron! (Soup Addict)

Why I hate food dyes. Some good points here, although I'd add that not everything made from "petroleum" is by definition fatal. (100 Days of Real Food)

Recipe Links:
From an excellent site for budget-friendly meals: Honey Spice Chicken Thighs. (Budget Bytes via Alosha's Kitchen)

A striking and not-too-difficult Indonesian Butter Fried Chicken recipe from the author of Indonesian Cooking: Satays, Sambals and More. (A Life of Spice)

Pimping out a hilariously easy-to-make bread: Rarebit of Damper. (The Claytons Blog)

Off-Topic Links:
Unsolicited book recommendation(s) of the week: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard and Woodswoman by Anne Labastille. Two exceptional books about the environment and outdoor life. The first is a beautifully written book about nature in the Virginia countryside, the second is a striking book about a woman living solo in a cabin in New York's Adirondack Mountains. I highly recommend both.

Making "second sleep" work for you. (Absolut(ly) Fit)

Three keys to making far better decisions. (Harvard Business Review, via Alosha's Kitchen)

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Sally said...

I love Budget Bytes. You might also want to check

Daniel said...

Thanks for the suggestion Sally! I'll add it to my feedreader.


Laura said...

Thanks for the link, Dan!

Sherri said...

Woodswoman is an excellent pick. I borrowed it from a friend a few years ago and couldn't put it down. Time to buy my own copy and read it again!

Melissa said...

Yay for Budget Bytes. I've already sent it to numerous folks and am following it myself.

Great pasta series!

Re. the waiter dilemma... I will admit that I don't know what I would have done in his shoes. It's a tough call when you're in that environment, in a rush. All I could think when I read that, though, was how glad I am we almost never eat out. ;)

Daniel said...

Laura, thank you! That was a really insightful post.

Sherri, couldn't agree more. Thanks for the feedback!

Melissa: On the waiter and his dilemma... I had the identical conclusion. The fact that this dilemma even *exists* makes me want to cook my own food in my own home even more.

And if I drop something in my own home, I know I can count out the seconds myself. :)