Five Little Things

Beet Heart | Kitchen Confidante | Five Little Things

I was mincing some roasted beets yesterday when I started to play with my food. The little ruby cubes took on the form of a heart, and I quickly snapped a picture and shared my Valentine’s wishes for you all: May you find love in all the little things, today and every day.

Hopefully you had a sweet and delicious day yesterday.

I thought I might heed my own words and celebrate five things I am loving this week. (I sniff a new series coming on…let me know if this is something you might enjoy.)

1. Beets

Love ’em. Can’t get enough of ’em. I’ve been eating them every day, mostly in salads. I can’t wait to try them in Laura’s Lemon Rosemary Vegetable Stack with Lentils and Creamy Horseradish Vinaigrette, Marla’s Rustic Roasted Beet & Sweet Potato Salad, and Debi’s Baja Style Tofu Tacos with Beet & Carrot Slaw.

2. Channeling Oprah

It’s been a while since I’ve done giveaways here, and I forgot how fun they can be. I love being the bearer of good news! It made me so happy to let Holly know that she won the Whole Foods Gift Certificate and Buddy that he won the Food & Wine Subscription sponsored by Top Chef. Congrats, you guys! This must be how Oprah feels…on a much, much, much smaller scale. Maybe one day, I can bellow, “You’ve won a NEW kitchen!” I wish.

3. ZipList

You may have noticed the nifty new button next to the “print” button on my recipes. I am excited to let you know that I have now partnered with the folks at ZipList. What’s ZipList you ask? I will confess that I am rather new to this, but I am loving it. It basically means that if you see a recipe you like here (or on other yummy sites like Martha Stewart, Epicurious, or a list of delicious blogs), you can save the recipes in a recipe box and even generate a handy shopping list of ingredients to make marketing easier. I was actually at the seafood counter yesterday buying some crab, when a lady asked me what I was going to make with it. I handed her my own ZipList generated shopping list for my Thai-style Crab and Corn Chowder! You can also access your online recipe box or shopping list from Kitchen Confidante on the top right hand corner of the website in the main menu bar. I hope it makes your menu planning easier!

4. Tech Love

Speaking of making life easier…there are some apps I can’t live without. Evernote keeps me sane and lets me jot down ideas, snap pics, and I can access it from all my various devices. SplashID, for all the million and one passwords for all the million and one websites we access. Dropbox keeps my cluttered life organized in a lofty cloud out there. Feedly makes sense of my RSS feeds, and makes it pretty, too. What apps do you love?

5. Relax

As we head into a three day weekend, I hope you find time for some rest and relaxation. But don’t forget to relax each and every day. I loved this piece on relaxation that was published last week in the New York Times.

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by Liren Baker on February 15, 2013

18 Responses to “Five Little Things”

  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 15, 2013 @ 10:07 am (#

    I love Evernote too! Feedly? Sounds like something I need to check out. Have a great weekend, Liren!

    • liren replied: — February 15th, 2013 @ 11:13 am

      Happy weekend, Laura! Yes, Feedly rocks my world right now. Definitely check it out!

  2. Vijay @ NoshOnIt February 15, 2013 @ 10:09 am (#

    Absolutely love Evernote as well. Couldn’t live without it!

    • liren replied: — February 15th, 2013 @ 11:16 am

      I know! What did we do before Evernote? It is a lifesaver!

  3. val February 15, 2013 @ 10:36 am (#

    I could not live without feedly, but I have not taken advantage of my evernote account yet. On the beet note, what is the lovely material beneath your beets yet inexplicably not stained by them? A super-sealed marble, or a really lovely artificial stone? For someone who wants marble look (but not care) counter tops one day, I must know!

    • liren replied: — February 15th, 2013 @ 11:15 am

      Hi Val, the beets are on my marble pastry board, which definitely resists stains fairly well! I would love if I could replace my dark granite countertops with a lovely white marble like this one day! Hope that helps!

  4. Laura February 15, 2013 @ 10:46 am (#

    Woohoo for beets! Thanks for linking, Liren. And thanks SO MUCH for introducing me to Feedly! Now the umpteen-jillion blogs I subscribe to actually look pretty while I read them through in the mornings. I’m with you on Evernote too. I think my head would explode if I didn’t have it. I want to try that synced moleskine notebook they just released way too bad.

    Have a lovely weekend!

    • liren replied: — February 15th, 2013 @ 11:18 am

      My pleasure, Laura! I can’t wait to try your recipe – it is beyond gorgeous, and the horseradish vinaigrette sounds amazing. Definitely check out Feedly – it has breathed new life into the way I keep up with my favorite reads. Wishing you a lovely weekend, too!

  5. dixya @ food, pleasure, and health February 15, 2013 @ 12:32 pm (#

    hope you had a great valentines day as well. I feel like Im the only one who is not doing this evernotes. Checking it now! I have recently started loving beets too esp in juice.

    • liren replied: — February 17th, 2013 @ 11:15 am

      I did, thank you, Dixya!!! Definitely check out Evernote – it will become indispensable! I really do need to start juicing – I can imagine how fabulous beet juice is!

  6. Holly February 15, 2013 @ 2:00 pm (#

    Winning the Whole Foods gift card in your recent giveaway was the highlight of my week. I’ve been wanting to go there for a while now, and I can buy a few things that are on my wish list. I also love the idea of including five things you’re loving on your blog since foodies have the best ideas for other foodies. I’ll be checking out those recipes for beets as well.

    • liren replied: — February 17th, 2013 @ 11:10 am

      Aw, Holly, I’m so glad! Have fun shopping at Whole Foods – I just love that store! I’m glad you liked the list, I think it will be fun to do for a while :) Hope you are having a great weekend!

  7. Monet February 15, 2013 @ 6:12 pm (#

    Smile. I loved your list of five things. Your beets look just luscious. The color can’t be beat, can it? And I also love the thought of doing more giveaways. We all should channel Oprah more often! Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you had a fabulous week, and I hope your weekend brims with good food, laughter, and love.

    • liren replied: — February 17th, 2013 @ 11:09 am

      Thank you Monet! I agree, the best part of doing giveaways is making people happy! Wishing you a restful weekend, too!!

  8. angela@spinachtiger February 15, 2013 @ 6:49 pm (#

    Oh I love your simple beet heart. And Evernote and especiallly Drop Box.

    • liren replied: — February 17th, 2013 @ 11:13 am

      Thank you, Angela!

  9. Kiran @ February 16, 2013 @ 9:48 pm (#

    Hope you had a very Happy Vday my friend :) xo

    • liren replied: — February 17th, 2013 @ 11:08 am

      Thank you, dear Kiran! I hope you did, too!!!

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