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Meyer Lemon Buckwheat Pancakes

1. I’m pretty smitten with these Meyer Lemon Buckwheat Pancakes that I made for Etsy. They’re a winning balance of wonderful, bright flavors: neither too much nor too little of anything. And lemon, strawberries and mint get along very nicely together. You should make them this weekend!

2. I absolutely love cooking with and for people. But I also really love to cook for myself – something that’s often disparaged or dismissed. Jay Raynor speaks up, hilariously, in defense of cooking for one. “I am always baffled when anyone announces they don’t bother bashing the pans about if they are the only person who needs to eat,” he writes. “My conclusion is they’re not greedy enough.”

3. Reading makes me feel good. And this article makes me feel justified. Neuroscience is discovering what those of us who enjoy reading have sensed all along: it’s profoundly good for us.

4. Love this thoughtful piece on thinking about color intuitively by Heath ceramics co-owner and creative director Catherine Bailey.

5. Pigeon keepers of NYC. Lovely.

6. My Cooking Diary. A refreshing change of pace from our conventional approach to food blogging.

7. In 1929, we spent 23.4 percent of our disposable income on food. Now, we spend 9.4 percent of our disposable income on food.

8. Catalyzing creativity. Seven great workbooks to foster creative thinking. Yay!

9. Amanda Hesser’s thoughtful, cautiously optimistic piece on the future of food writing. Some folks found it depressing; I found it inspiring. Regardless of whether you want to be a food writer, her piece is filled with solid nuggest relevant to any creative path. I think the takeaway is to be resourceful, determined, open and flexible. But above all, to stay hungry.

  • sreebindu - with straw berries yumm.. =)

  • Elizabeth @ Saffron Lane - A great list once again! I agree with so many things you’ve mentioned here. I’ll go out of my way to cook something fabulous for myself from time-to-time. There really is nothing more comforting or soul satisfying, in my opinion. I also found Amanda Hesser’s piece inspiring. As far as those who thought it was depressing, I don’t think she stated anything that’s not already widely known. The sentiment that struck me the most was that there’s never been more opportunity to make a difference, in shifting the way we think about buying and eating food — to create something new. She couldn’t be more right on.ReplyCancel

  • la domestique - Happy Friday Kimberley! The pancakes look AMAZING (I’m a pancake addict). Thanks for sharing My Food Diary- love it!ReplyCancel

  • NicoleD - Nice choice on the large chunks of beautiful strawberries for your pancakes! Always enjoy your thoughtful and unique links.ReplyCancel

  • Sasha - I made your pancakes this morning. Because meyer lemons are nowhere to be found in Germany, I used regular lemon, but they were still the perfect pancakes. I love the contrast between the hearty buckwheat and the sweet juicy strawberries. Now I, too, am smitten with them.

    Happy weekend!ReplyCancel

  • charlotte au chocolat - Oh! These pancakes look so delicious! and I love your links.ReplyCancel

  • Cookie and Kate - Ok, I just opened six new tabs. You have the best links! I’m particularly looking forward to the cooking for one piece, and the reading one. I know reading stimulates my thought processes more than just about anything I can think of. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • haley - Loved reading your post! I am a new blogger, pancake lover, and I very happily “cook for one.” Thanks for sharing these links!ReplyCancel

  • Shannalee - Sometimes I honestly can’t believe how many gorgeous blogs there are out there. Your top picture in this post–with the berries–just about took my breath away. Like what you’re doing here!ReplyCancel

  • shuhan - linked over from etsy actually, first time at your blog, really enjoy the photos, the clean layout. brilliant links too! never was one for the thin european pancakes (i liek them, but they aren’t pancakes. they’re crepes.) these look full and fluffy and all yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - I discovered your wonderful blog because it is a Saveur food blog finalist. You get my vote. I love your blog. It is mouthwatering– both gorgeous and informative.ReplyCancel

  • Megan@Feasting on Art - Beautiful photograph! I love the colours.ReplyCancel

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