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Has it really been one year since we started this blog?

Happy Blogoversary!

Blogoversary! uncha-uncha-uncha

We started this blog on February 2nd, 2010: so what better way to recap one year in the blog-o-sphere with a list of my favorite posts, sexy time posts, and of course our favorite food porn.

Most favorite posts:

1. Boeuf Bourguignon and guest Chef Fornication Francois : This is one of my favorite posts because I actually write a character evolution piece using food and Julia Child as the vehicle. Brings me back to my creative writing class in college. I am most proud of this post.

 2. Cantankerous Clams – Cause you’re gonna want to lick the bowl clean : Start to finish, step by step, almost all pictures. Keepin it real yo.

3. What is the best part of a McDonalds cheeseburger? : This post/memory drove me back to childhood…like hanabata days kine. Almost like that moment in Ratatouille where one is thrust back into childhood. The post obv not so much about the actual food itself, but the actions around food that drives us to eat.

4. Iron Chef Cat Cora meets a stoned stager and photographer : My attention to gas station details are second to none.

5. Chef Rick Bayless, as an orphan, were you found on the steps of a church wrapped in a tortilla shell? : Did you just picture Chef Bayless IN a tortilla shell? I did.

Sexy time posts:

1. Top Chef Jennifer Carroll in a bikini, Bacon bikini, Padma licking BBQ sauce sweaty-naked or https://quarrylanefarms.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/beach-fufu-drink-top-chef-boobs-thanks-chefjencarroll-damn-you-ericripert-caymancookout/ : The first started out as we mocked another Cleveland blogger. But with the popularity of Top Chef and BravoTV, these two posts seem to be very popular thanks to the bikini pictures, Chef Eric Ripert’s je ne sais quoi, and of course Host Padma Lakshmi licking. Grab a kleenex.

2. Wear your bikini for the 120lbs of pig Happy 4th of July – #oinkfest2010 : Cause our foodie friends are way cool esp since the piggy was so. damn. good. and the hot chicks in bikinis were outstanding. Love America on the 4th of July.

3. Symon Fieri QuarryLaneFarms Brown and DeLaurentiis: All in one place – Cleveland : One picture at the end (thanks HD) makes this post worth visiting. You’ll need a moment.

Food porn:



1. The Best Burger in the world is… : This post is still causing plenty of controversy. Food porn indeed as my vote for the best burger in the world.

2. Gigantic smoked turkey leg…Disneyland style. : Lotsa people with large pieces of meat. Nuff said.

3. @Nomnomtruck – The best banh mi sandwich ever #perfection #hotchick : The detail and close up/macro shots we took of this amazing sandwich is enough to get you a “culinary boner”.

Bonus: B-Y-O-Bacon at Mhenry in Chicago #eggslut : Just look at the last picture post. Happens to me all the time. “Don’t move, I’ll get you a towel…”

Entree the proverbial Bourdain phrase: “So what have we learned?” Well, I can easily say we here at QuarryLaneFarms enjoy our successes/failures of cooking, writing, photography, and of course eating. Our belief remains: Sharing your food is really sharing your soul, your thoughts, your imagination, and most importantly, the history of your family.

Thank you to all of our readers.

Special thanks to Joolie, Snoozie, Curtis, Giner, Sneakerhead, KHWattz, Ms. Veggie, Mr. Drenalin and of course all of our families. We’d be lost without you.

A wise friend said to me, “Keep drinking cause it gets better!”

Wilco

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…

Came across these pictures just now from The Greenhouse Tavern…Damn those frites!

Like reminiscing about Disneyland family trips and Clampette’s travel vacations of past…apparently I like my trips down memory lane – with food.

Devils on horseback: w/ dee-jay’s bacon wrapped dates, almonds, bitter chocolate and roasted fresno peppers –  $6.

 

 

Devils on horseback

 

Despite its mini size, this has been a perennial favorite of mine for quite a while. Though I acknowledge this is a common dish throughout England, the work that is put in just this little morsel of love is amazeballs.

Foie gras steamed clams: w/ butter, red onion brulee, late harvest viognier vinegar and grilled bread – $13.

 

 

Foie Gras Clams

 

Now THIS dish is just fun cause after you devour all the clams, you have those lonely pieces of crisp grilled bread that just begs to be dipped in the foie gras jus. Do me a favor and ask for more grilled bread now. Oh yeah, I won’t judge if you asked for a straw.

Animal style frities: w/ fried bacon, two fried eggs, whole grain mustard, mozzarella cheese curd and brown gravy – $11.

 

 

Animal style frites

 

Apparently this is a favorite of Iron Chef Michael Symon as indicated on Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate” show. Plate hit the table and the forks were in. Didn’t even have a chance to snap a good picture. Besides-how can you go wrong with bacon, fries, eggs, mustard, cheese and gravy? Yes you have chest pains-but just take a moment…cause I know you just wet yourself.

Odds are, you’d see Chef Sawyer there. Can’t miss him. And he’d prob hug you too – he’s just like a teddy bear.

It’s the holiday season so continue dreaming of the good stuff.

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…

Reference our pre show excitement here.

So our few observations from our trek through Food Network’s Fabulous Food Show held in Cleveland November 12-14, 2010:

Fabulous Food Show

1. For a town that’s ALWAYS accused of being overweight and WAY into food, this show was not well attended.

Why not so busy?

Just walking around, it seemed a bit empty.

Not that busy at all

Well, maybe everyone was home watching Iron Chef Michael Symon, Chef Giada DeLaurentiisChef Guy Firei, or Alton Brown on Food Network already.

2. We have one of the industry’s greatest resources for farm fresh veggies right in Ohio…but yet, no where to be found on the roster.

Farmer's Market Stage

The Chef’s Garden should have been invited. And yes, IRL-Farmer Lee Jones is a REALLY SUPER nice guy.

3. People that build gingerbread houses are amazing.

Can I live there?

Mine NEVER turn out like these.

I kinda want to live here too

Yep-I suck.

4. Vitamix surely pushes their wares hard.

Vita-everything

We’re just waiting to see the famous Live to Cook at Home blogger Dave Whittaker doing a demo.

5. The wine garden was not worth it.

6 for $20? Bah humbug!

Do you know what $20 can buy you? Seriously? Help a fellow foodie out!

6. Who the hell comes to a “Food Show” and buys a scarf?

"Thought it was food...so I bought a scarf!"

That’s like going to a strip club because they have the best roast beef sandwich in town.

"But honey, the wings are SO good..."

I know you have to sell space…but this one was a bit far-fetched.

PEOPLE! It’s about food. That’s why you’re reading this blog right? FOOD!

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…

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