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– of blogosphere food. by vastate
Thursday, 19 March 2009, 22:13
Filed under: -of eats, -of harrisonburg, -of jhumphrey, -of reads

i saw that fellow harrisonburgian, ashley, has a new cooking blog.  this ginger-butternut squash soup with cilantro cream was her first post:


speaking of food blogs.  after you check out ashcooks, head over (blogosphere speaking) to smitten kitchen.


holy crap.  i can’t get enough of this site.  here’s the spiel:

The Smitten Kitchen is 80 square feet of circa-1870 fourth-floor walkup tenement building joy with a skylight on top. It has one counter, a small stove, a pot and pan rack we nabbed from a former apartment, a marginally obsessive spice rack and a tomato knife with actual tomatoes on the handle that is exactly as cute as it sounds.


What you’ll see here is: A lot of comfort foods stepped up a bit, things like bread and birthday cakes made entirely from scratch and tutorials on everything from how to poach an egg to how to make tart doughs that don’t shrink up on you, but also a favorite side dish (zucchini and almonds) that takes less than five minutes to make.

What we’re wary of is: Excessively fussy foods and/or pretentious ingredients. We don’t do truffle oil, Himalayan pink salt at $10 per quarter-ounce or single-origin chocolate that can only be found though Posh Nosh-approved purveyors. We think food should be accessible, and are certain that you don’t need any of these things to cook fantastic food.

everything is good.  everything.  (well – we do have a fundamental disagreement with deb regarding the consumate chocolate chip cookie.):


but this site is a mind-blowing combo of writing, photography, and food.

so, if you have occasion to cook an impressively simple dinner/lunch/breakfast this weekend.  look no further.

just thought i’d share.


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Thank you for sharing the link to Ashcook’s. It’s the third Harrisonburg area personal food blog that I know of (the other two… I’m not sure if they want to officially be “outed” as far as their locale).

I’ve been collecting VA food blog links for a while. Here are some that you might enjoy:

A Local Notion (cville) (hburg)

Cranberry’s Blog (staunton)

Daily News-Record Online: Flavor RSS *the DNR’s food column RSS feed

Dave McIntyre’s WineLine *this guy writes a decent amount about VA wine

Eat Air – A Vegan Food Log (cville)

edible cville…

Farm Use (staunton)

goodstone inn & estate (middleburg)

Inn at Meander Plantation (Orange)

ivy inn restaurant – Chef de cuisine Langhorne (cville)

ivy inn restaurant (cville)

JMU Eats

Local Roots Cafe (roanoke)

l’étoile restaurant (cville)

One Blog West (wchester)

Perfect Flavor (wboro)

red hen – chef tucker (lexington)

red hen restaurant – cook tyler (lexington)

red hen restaurant (lexington)

Richard Leahy’s Wine Report

The Darjeeling Cafe (Staunton)

The Farm Blog

The Food Geek (cville)

town house restaurant (chilhowie) *ok this isn’t local but checkout the amazing things happening in rural middle-of-nowhere SWVA

Twitter / Klines_DairyBar

Comment by Josh

thanks for the links, if you haven’t seen it you should check out, one of my favorite cooking blogs

Comment by Nicklaus COmbs

Josh, thanks for including my blog – so glad you’re enjoying it! —Libby, author of edible cville…

Comment by Feisty Bourbon Girl

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