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Wonderful Feedback!

Kelli Stair, one of our Kickstarter backers, left this amazing and humbling comment on our page:

Congratulations! You have put so much work into this project. I received mine yesterday and was very impressed by the many ways in which this book is interesting and informative. I love the cover and its vibrancy and the interior organization is great. Feel proud…you’ve done well.

Thank you so much Kellie and we hope everyone feels this way!!

Just about here!

The manuscript is shipped off to the printer! So we are just a few weeks away from the real thing. Sharon, Matt, Ben, and I have been staring at a digital copy of the book for so long I think we forgot that it was even going to be printed….

 

This is what the cover looks like:

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We are busy busy scheduling events, signings, and other fun book related things for November! We have already got preorders from some wonderful stores all over the area and will be shipping out the Kickstarter rewards as soon as we get the books and the gorgeous swag from Firecracker Press.

 

Stay Tuned!

A chat with David Craig.

At our Kickstarter Kick-Down Party last Friday – we ran into the charming David Craig. So I stopped and had a quick conversation with him about the book and where it is heading.

Listen to it on his blog: Food Talk STL

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and he took this cute picture of Matt and I. (His post also includes an old interview we had last May, check it out.)

Day Thirty – the last day!

Thank you to every every everyone that supported, pledged, retweeted, reposted, and took the time to read the 30 Day of Ingredients posts! It has been super fun to write them, I hope you all have shared in my fun by reading them (and I hope there was some inspiration that happened too!).

Our last day is something strange, and (at least to me) exciting.

I went shopping yesterday to get food for our party tonight (you can read about that here) and I purchase two kinds of spring roll wrappers – one was the normal thin kind, and then I purchased a thicker kind with Sesame Seeds inside, like this:

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It says “Spring Roll Wrapper” on the package – so, like a normal spring roll wrapper, I soaked it in water to soften it. But it didn’t work, it never got very soft. Then my dear friend Joe mentioned that it also says  “microwave for 2 minutes” on the package as well. Well, that just sounds crazy to me.

What is it microwaving going to do?

Let me tell you people – it was magic. Here is a video of what happened.

So…as you can see – I couldn’t quite “wrap a spring roll” with it, but it did turn into a beautiful crisp cracker like thing (that I will also be serving at the party tonight). This is what it looked like cooked:

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Please don’t hesitate to give in the final hours of our journey through Kickstarter – you can read about our Stretch Goal to find out what we will do with the the money that extends us past our goal.

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30 Days of Ingredients is part of a Kickstarter Campaign for our upcoming book, Shop Like A Chef. The culinary guide book to St. Louis promises to get you out of the mega-store and into the small local shops full of exciting ingredients and inspiring products.

If you would like to learn more about Shop Like A Chef, please check us our here and here – and don’t hesitate to contribute to our Kickstarter. And, as always, Keep Cooking!

Day Twenty Nine – Calamarata Pasta

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Just one more day in our journey of Kickstarter fun!

Today’s ingredient is dried pasta from DiGregorio’s on The Hill. It’s called Calamarata in reference to its shape (which is like rings of calamari).

Both DiGregorio’s and Viviano’s on The Hill have tons of fun shaped dry pasta.

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30 Days of Ingredients is part of a Kickstarter Campaign for our upcoming book, Shop Like A Chef. The culinary guide book to St. Louis promises to get you out of the mega-store and into the small local shops full of exciting ingredients and inspiring products.

If you would like to learn more about Shop Like A Chef, please check us our here and here – and don’t hesitate to contribute to our Kickstarter. And, as always, Keep Cooking!

Day Twenty Eight – Dried Limes (Black Limes)

A few days ago my uncle introduced me to these interesting little things:

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They are completely dried limes, also called black limes – I have seen them in potpourri before, but as a cooking ingredient……WHAT? So I did a little research. Here is what I found:

They are called black limes because inside they are black, and sometimes the outside is black as well. Like this:

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They originate from the Middle East where they are boiled in salt water and then sun dried – which renders them practically indestructible and ageless. They are sold whole or powdered (I have seen them powdered, labeled as loomi) and have a sour, citrusy, bitter, and slightly smoky flavor. They are used in soups and stews, simply pierce the hard fruit and drop it in the cooking liquid – it will imbue the dish with   wonderful tang. Or crush them (cut them in half, remove the seeds, and grind in a spice grinder or if you want a work out – a mortar and pestle) or buy the powder and add it to rice as it cooks, sprinkle it on chicken or fish, or mix it into your favorite spice rub.

I have seen these at Jay’s on South Grand – but I am sure if you keep your eyes open, you will find them easily. Be sure to rinse them before you use them.

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30 Days of Ingredients is part of a Kickstarter Campaign for our upcoming book, Shop Like A Chef. The culinary guide book to St. Louis promises to get you out of the mega-store and into the small local shops full of exciting ingredients and inspiring products.

If you would like to learn more about Shop Like A Chef, please check us our here and here – and don’t hesitate to contribute to our Kickstarter. And, as always, Keep Cooking!

Kick-Down Party at Salt.

Please join us on Friday night as we “Kick-Down” the last few hours of the Kickstarter.

We want to reward backers to the projects, as well get more folks interested in the project with food, fun, and booze. You can read all about the Party on our Kickstarter Update Page.

 

Matt and I would love to see your smiling faces and take this thing out with a bang!

The party is upstairs at Salt at 4356 Lindell on Friday night from 7-10pm.

The party is upstairs at Salt (4356 Lindell) on Friday night from 7-10pm.

 

(Check out the post about our Stretch Goal for great additions to the book!)