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David Sparshott Illustration: Tea – Howies

I love this illustration (found on a blog called Toy):  Tea – Howies by David Sparshott.

I think I have the foreground mug, and it’s from Starbucks.

(via Design Milk)

Coupons for Organic Foods, No download required!

Eating Well Coupons are a great help for those of us who try to eat organic and natural foods but don’t want to break the bank.

Unlike many other online coupons, you don’t have to download any software to print them.

The selection isn’t extensive, but most coupons are $1 or more, which to me is worthwhile enough.  The products change every few weeks.  You can elect to have them email you to keep you updated.  A few of the items are obscure but many (Lundberg rice, Organic Valley milk) are mainstream yet not often on sale.

The Impossibility of February, Maira Kalman

man dances on salt by maira kalman

“The Impossibility of February” by Maira Kalman from her blog on The New York Times online, And The Persuit of Happiness.

The Impossibility of February.  Read it.  I was fortunate enough to meet Maira Kalman in early 2008 at an intimate gathering to celebrate the publication of The Princples of Uncertainty.

I was transfixed by how her eclectic, almost frenzied, candidness about things sad, lonely, and unresolved allow her have an aura that is markedly peaceful, collected and content.

For each person to discover the craft that best channels one’s own raw, gritty core–be it painting or poetry, guitar or gardening, jogging or just sitting in silence–is the path to organic happiness.

The kind of happiness you don’t have to try for.

The type of happiness you don’t have to convince yourself of.

The manner of happiness you don’t put on a show about.

The sort of happiness that makes February, well, possible.

The man dances on salt.

Seventh Generation Cleaning Product New Labels

Seventh Generation‘s Blog, 7Gen, announced this week that its cleaning products will be unveiling newly designed labels in 2009.  This is a sneak peak.

The new packaging looks a bit simpler/sleeker/cleaner (pardon the pun), a la Method, though it’s not a drastic change.

Speaking of sleek packaging, I still really want a Sorapot.  So does my friend Zarina, as she confessed last week over a blood orange margarita at Chestnut.

I use Seventh Generation detergent in our mini-dishwasher and I think it works great.  Then again, it’s been so long since I used the regular, toxic stuff, take my recommendation with a grain of crusty rice.

Sweet Potato Stacks on The Kitchn

One of the fun parts of blogging keeping a journalistic website (I’m still not so fond of that b-word) is having your work featured on well-known sites.

On Thursday, Apartment Therapy‘s cooking site, The Kitchn, featured my photo of Sweet Potato Stacks along with a link to my recipe.  Thanks, Faith.

With several months of winter still ahead of us in New York, warm and roasted dishes like sweet potatoes are a good dish to pull from the archives.

Not Blogging All Over Myself: 4

Ideas in Food is a blog where the ideas are neither boring nor predictable, like this puffed cilantro.

Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot are bloggers as well as authors, chefs, consultants, scientists, innovators, caterers, photographers and teachers.

Kind of makes me feel lazy.

Not Blogging All Over Myself Series:
1: Hilarious real estate listing photos
2: Tales from a Peace Corp Volunteer in Cameroon
3: Swedish recipes and sketches

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Detox Diet

The latest installment of GOOP, Gwyneth Paltrow’s health and lifestyle e-newsletter, deals with New Year’s Detox.

While I find it hard to believe that she needs to lose a few pounds, she does have some nutritious and tasty-sounding recipes including: Broccoli and Arugula Soup, Blueberry and Almond Smoothie, and Teriyaki Chicken.

Happy 2009!  What are your resolutions?

Be My Contact on Flickr: 3 Reasons why

3 Reasons you should be my contact on Flickr:

1. You can see my photos close up and link directly to my blog posts (convenient for recipes)

2. I can “meet” you, see your photos, and make sure I’m blogging about things you’re interested in

3. You can get a sneak peak at photos I’m going to publish on this blog but haven’t yet


Tastespotting: Another way for the mouth to water

Tastespotting is a aggregate of superb food photography from various bloggers and food websites (quite similar to my afore-Smorgasbit Photograzing).

It declare it impossible to look at the homepage without seeing something you’re pretty sure you can’t live without making or eating very soon.

Thankfully there’s a handy “star” feature to keep track of your favorites.

Warning: when you’ve got nearly as many stars as photos on the whole site (ahem, quadruple digits?) this feature is distinctly less useful for deciding what to make next. Though even more mouthwatering.

Painless Tech Lesson: Google Reader

There are two types of people: those who use Google Reader and those who do not.

Using Google Reader changes your life. Really. Once you start you will never–never–go back to your old method of reading blogs.

After you’re logged into your Google account and are on the Reader page, you “Add Subscription” for the URL of each blog you read.

Example: “Add Subscription” –> http://www.smorgasbite.com.

You wait a few seconds. My latest posts will appear in bold. You read them. If you want to get to my actual site to vote in the polls, search the archives, or read just generally admire my site, click the title of the post (or the double echelons inside of the grey circle).

There are a thousand additional features, each more amazing, handy and time-saving than the last, but this is all for now. Just get started.

See, wasn’t that painless?

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