Culinate is a terrific new food site. It's about food but also about where food comes from and the decisions we make about what to buy and what to eat. It manages to be credible but never preachy. Articles and reviews are often thought-provoking and their profiles tend to go beyond the surface. Lots of great writers and bloggers can be found there including some of my favorites like David Lebovitz, Derrick Schneider, Matthew Amster-Burton, Deborah Madison and more. Check it out, if you haven't already.
Culinate is currently holding a Grilling contest. I know it's an odd request, but please vote for my friend and fellow blogger Matt of MattBites. He really needs to attend a grilling class. The poor boy grew up in Texas and thinks he knows about grilling but is clearly in need of some re-education. Click on the "GrillMe" graphic to vote for Matt's blog, not mine. The contest is almost over so please, sneak over there now and give him your vote. I'm happy with my George Foreman grill!
Over on the KQED food blog is a really cool recipe for Tomato Melon Gazpacho. I know because I posted it! It's from an absolute gem of a book that I reviewed/swooned over, Mark Bittman's Quick & Easy Recipes from The New York Times. If you love "The Minimalist" column over at The New York Times, you will treasure this book.