I was looking for one of these a couple of years ago, and this one seems pretty good. It does a little grouping, I've noticed: when it says that this month is good for spinach in Virginia, it really means leafy greens in general (we get quite a bit of kale, mustard greens, and the like as well). With that minor quibble, it's a lovely tool. I am actively working to become in tune with seasonality, and we are attempting the noble goal of eating a family's share of CSA vegetables between the two of us (and whichever guests we happen to have over). While this tool won't change much by way of what we do, it will be nice to know what to expect when, and hopefully reinforce the memories of which point of the season we get which fruits and vegetables.
Seasonal Ingredient Map: "Epicurious has created a handy, interactive map of seasonal produce by state. Select a month, hover over a state, and a list of in-season ingredients is displayed with links to the ingredient descriptions and recipes....
(Via Required Eating.)
Baking pan conversions...yay!: " Have you ever run into this problem? You find a great cake recipe, but you don't have the size of cake pan that it calls for. Or you want to try that cake batter in an odd shaped cake pan. Well here is one way to solve this quandary. Check out the cake pan conversion chart over at allrecipes.com. The chart is pretty extensive. The only problem is that it only lists conventional sizes of cake pans. This is offset by the fact that it also gives volume amounts for each size. So if you are using an odd shaped cake pan, you should be able to determine how much batter you'll need for it."
So, Obviously this is very cool. As mentioned on Khymos, it's a good place to start, and is certainly very interesting. If you read the full post, you'll see a couple of concerns with how well the pairings will work in some circumstances, depending on how significant the commonalities between the ingredients are. Naturally, I want more more more. I want to be able to click on, for example, cinnamon, see that it links to geranium, and then be able to click on geranium to see what that links to. I'd like to be able to select two items and see what other things they have in common and the relative strengths of the links. I want all of the food knowledge of the universe instantly downloaded into my brain so that I...oh, sorry. Got a little far in. Anyways, this is very cool, and I look forward to giving it a try.
blog.khymos.org » Blog Archive>> Foodpairing website launched: " Groovy! Foodpairing website launched The long awaited website on foodpairings has now been launched, and they've also registred the corresponding blogspot name (which isn't online yet as of today). The beautiful photos, great design and easy maneuvering makes it an excellent place to start if you are looking for some new and perhaps surprising combinations of foods. The foods are grouped into categories such as cocoa (?), dairy, fruits, meat, sea food and vegetables. One of the vegetables listed is cauliflower, and clicking it reveals that the topic of TGRWT #7 (caramelized cauliflower and cocoa) is one of several possible combinations. This is how it is displayed (an important detail is that the shorter the distance between the names, the more flavours they have in common). As an added bonus interchangeable herbs and spices are also listed."