CK Friday Links--Friday November 6, 2009

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

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Finally, a quick editorial note to readers: in the next few days, I'm going to run a series of posts about my experiences testing out a 100% raw foods diet. I've decided to dip my toe, albeit temporarily, into the raw foods lifestyle. It will be a seven-day trial, and I'll share all the details with you. Look for the first post on Tuesday, November 10th!

And now, onto this week's links....

Holiday gift ideas for friends and family who are watching their weight. (

Nine ways you can embrace sloooowww foooood. (Zen Habits)

Deep frying: it's not for weenies anymore. Good tips and instructions here. (Cooking School Confidential)

I know it's a bit late for Halloween, but here's a creative and absolutely ghastly looking meatloaf that looks exactly like a zombie hand. (Not Martha)

My favorite non-food blog disembowels an alarmist study about food stamps. (The Last Psychiatrist)

Every food blogger could benefit from reading these 5 Dos and Don'ts About Blogging for Cookbook Authors. (Food Blog Alliance) Bonus post: Guest Bloggers: To Have or To Have Not.

Recipe Links:
A really easy and inexpensive Vegan Flatbread recipe. (No Meat Athlete)

Tasty and easy to make: Pork Medallions with Garlic Ginger Pomegranate Sauce. (The Buttery Blog)

Simple Spanish comfort food from a new favorite blog: Lentejas con Chorizo. (A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa)

Melissa demystifies how to make a basic and delicious Spanakopita. (Alosha's Kitchen)

Off-Topic Links:
Researchers claim the carbon footprint of a pet dog is twice that of a Land Cruiser driven 10,000 km a year. (New Zealand Dominion Post)

An extremely useful holiday tipping guide, including suggestions on showing appreciation when your finances don’t permit a monetary gift. (Bargaineering)

A thought-provoking post on what frugal living looks like. (Almost Frugal)

How one blogger sought out an ideal job by seeking the exact opposite of an old job from hell. (Breathing Prosperity)

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Joanne said...

I really like the post on the do's and don't's of food blogging. Although some of the rules are different since I'm not a cookbook author, I think the gist of the tips are generally relevant. Especially the one about the DSLR camera! That is on my wish list for X-Mas.

The recipes are also excellent! Love the spanikopita link. That is something that I have been dying to make.

Daniel said...

Hi Joanne, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your feedback!


Shauna @ said...

Hi, Dan;

Thanks so much for the link, and you are certainly practicing what you preach in your 'how to create valuable (killer) links' post below...these are all great and I am one appreciative reader!

Have a great weekend,


Daniel said...

Shauna, anytime. Thank you for stopping by!


Melissa said...

Thanks for the link Dan. I so love that dish and just want to share it with everyone. It wasn't hard, I promise. :)

I'm also digging that pork medallion recipe. Printing that one right now.

Your link to the Food Blog Alliance... that's a good, useful site. The authors are all people I respect and it's great to see some genuine blogging talk. Did you see this article?

It played so much into what I am now aiming for on my page, albeit more harshly than my fellow bloggers. Lydia's points and the resultant conversation in the comments (love David Lebovitz's remarks) were fascinating, and. of course. very relevant to me at the moment.

Daniel said...

Melissa, I'm looking forward to trying your spanakopita recipe too...once I go back to eating cooked food of course. :)

And yes, Food Blog Alliance is a really good site. Lots of useful information there, including the link you shared on blog comments. I want the same thing from Casual Kitchen that Lydia Walshin wants from her blog: a "salon" where people can intelligently discuss interesting food issues.


PS: I like very much what you're doing with your blog now. Keep it going!

Caviar Queen said...

My favorite non-food blog disembowels an alarmist study about food stamps. (The Last Psychiatrist)

Here is my response to The Last Psychiatrist.

Daniel said...

Thanks, Caviar Queen, for sharing your views. As we used to say on Wall Street, that's why they call it a market. There's always another side to things.