The dawn of April brings not only a new month, but a new year of blogging for me. I started writing here toward the end of March 2009, and accidentally missed my one-year “blogiversary” last week. I’ve got some big ideas and plans for the next 12 months of the Kitchenist Network, but until then, here’s what went on in March.
Kitchenist‘s recipes in March centered on comfort food: braised and roasted veg, traditional baked goods and even pizza. I kicked off the month with a post on Nutty, Spicy Pangrattato, which inspired one of my favourite bloggers to try it, too. I returned the favour by getting some inspiration from her site, leading to a fresh take on an old classic: Polenta Pizza.
I think my favourite recipes on the month were the indulgent, luxurious ones. Coconut-Braised Sprouts with Cannellini Beans was warming on a cold day, and Long-Cooked Broccoli with Buttermilk will undoubtedly become a house favourite around here.
In terms of sweets, it was all about chocolate cookies last month. I started with a recipe for Brown Sugar Biscuits with Toffee, Chocolate and Sea Salt, and followed up a few weeks later with some Triple Threat Chocolate Cookies.
Kitchenisms trudged right along in March, and I’m pretty happy with some of the things I shared there. Featured Etsy shops included three of a fellow blogger, and one of a talented potter. My favourite though was trampoline, if not for the fab retro goodies then for the stunning product photography.
Obviously, I dealt with non-Etsy wares, too. I asked whether you preferred white or coloured tableware, and shared the items I liked from the new Liberty of London for Target collection. I also rounded up the best-looking refrigerators around, and reviewed one of my favourite magazines.
Of the kitchens I featured, two especially stole my heart: a modern and luxurious Swedish space and the set of Sophie Dahl’s new cooking show. One is sophisticated and one rustic, but it’s tricky to say which I love more.
Kitchlit was completely ignored last month, but it’s a situation that should be rectified soon. I’ve just received a truckload (okay, a couple) of cookbooks via Amazon, and I’m looking forward to reviewing again soon.