I created the new header using 2 of my favorite things – the program involved is Poladroid (kind of a digital Polaroid creator) and the images came from Stock.Xchng (a free stock photo site). Mostly I use stock photos for wallpaper and screensavers on my computer, but it has come in handy for all sorts of things, including my new header. It takes a little bit to set up an account with them (not sure why really) but its worth it, some amazing photographers submit beautiful things there!
And since Polaroid is no longer making this type of film, at least I can have the next best thing. It pops up with a camera to which you can drop a photo. It snaps the photo then you have to wait. Just like a real Polaroid. Shake if you want, but that doesn’t seem to hurry it, just like the actual film. And it will “ding” to indicate when it will be done. At that point it can be saved or deleted.
So please support this wicked program!
ETA: Forgot to mention that the pictures come out at 1392 by 1692 pixels.
Just a few things I’ve stumbled over (or “upon”…) and wanted to share.
Family Oven – recipe site
Aunt Enna’s Cookbook – pictures of an actual recipe notebook from the 1940s and 50s
Library of Congress’ Flickr photostream – do a search on kitchen or food…some neat full size pictures from the 1930s and 40s (and a few earlier) come up. Did you know they also have a blog?
Making coasters from old magazines – Anthropologie just opened a brick and mortar store here a couple weeks ago…and they want $18 for their set. I know I can make them cheaper…so this is my next project. If it fails I guess I will just go buy them…I like them too much and really need a set of coasters to protect my new-to-me painted 1950s coffee table.
Acme labelmaker – just cause I love that I can make Dymo labels online as graphics. So not food related…but who cares??
Alaskan Jelly/Jams – I’ve had these before but they were recently featured on Lunch in a Box
Quail Egg shapers – at JBox.com – I just think these are totally neat and I’m tempted…so so tempted since finding quail eggs here isn’t that hard…and making them cute would just be too much fun…
Lunch Bag Art – a new work of art on a lunch bag everyday…takes Bento to a whole different level!
I’ve been meaning to pass along some of these links for quite some time. They just piled up in my email box…and well I’m doing some electronic (as well as actual) “spring” cleaning this week. If all goes as planned you should be hit with a bunch of posts the next couple of days…all in an effort to clean up some of my mess – which I have more than enough of. I hope I’ll be posting something about organizing your kitchen too but ya know that depends seriously on whether I get it done! 🙂
Some of these links you may know, some may be new to you. Either way enjoy!
Tastespotting – Food porn at its finest!
Photograzing – Serious Eats‘ version of Tastespotting
Sushi Go Round – online game where you run a sushi joint. Nice way to waste some time.
Ben & Jerry’s Flavor or MySpace Band? Quiz – again another way to waste time
The American Cookbook Project – neat little cookbook website full of great recipes
Joy of Baking – some really great recipes
Cookie Madness – some more really great recipes…but the best kind – COOKIES!
Apparently that’s what NASA wants astronaut wanna-bees to know before they get there. So they’ve hired Steven Pearce, a chemist, to recreate it. So what does it smell like? “For them, what comes across is a smell of fried steak, hot metal, and even welding a motorbike, one of them said.”
Hmmm. I always wanted to know. I wonder what they are really smelling though? So I looked it up. Apparently its the smell that OTHERS smell once someone comes back from a space walk – not the guys out in space themselves (well not until they get back in anyway). The news media really didn’t tell us who was smelling this and where. Which has resulted in a lot of snarky comments online. Cool eh?? (Link 1 and Link 2)
The Boston Globe to be exact: link
Bento in the news again! Go Biggie!!
A fascinating article highlighting some rather famous foodies cookbooks of choice as written up in the NY Times.
Its funny but I don’t own any of the cookbooks on the most popular list (as selected 4 or more times), except The Joy of Cooking:
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, Simone Beck
On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee
The Joy of Cooking (1964 or older) by Irma S. Rombauer
The Cake Bible By Rose Levy Beranbaum
The Classic Italian Cookbook by Marcella Hazan
Simple French Food by Richard Olney
The Escoffier Cookbook and Guide to the Fine Art of Cookery by Auguste Escoffier
Anything by Paula Wolfert
Hmmm. I think its time to go cookbook shopping again.