Sauerkraut to the Rescue!


People tend to cringe when I tell them what I eat for Christmas dinner. The Sweigard household generally serves up a fairly ethnic (Estonian and German) Christmas dinner- a meat heavy, tan plate of goodness. Blood sausage, pork loin, pickled beets, sauerkraut, roasted potatoes, homemade rolls and green beans (for color I think) grace our plates every Christmas Eve, right before we go to church and pass out. I guess people get the wrong idea when they hear blood sausage- maybe it sounds kind of, well, gross. But people should keep in mind that it’s wrapped in bacon! And I’ve been eating it every year for Christmas since I was born and no one told me what it was until I was like 15! So lay off already!

Um, so instead of focusing on blood sausage, I’ll just give you the recipe to my family’s sauerkraut instead. It’s great. And has beer AND bacon in it.

The recipe and more yummy pictures after the jump!

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Hott Links: Have Food, Will Travel


With summer drawing to a hot, completely un-autumny conclusion, I’d like to share with you things you should have taken with you to the places you should have gone. Bye, bye, ‘cation!

I couldn’t think of anything snarkier than what was already in the article:
“If only someone would invent a candy bar that did not require such elaborate preparations for consumption!”
[Washington Post]

I don’t just want a food themed vacation; I want a potato themed vacation. Thank you, Croatia.
[Elastic Waist]

I love this interview, because someone thinks YOU should take a trip to Cleveland. And that someone has his own cooking show.

Happy Friday!

Photo: The Onion

Hott Links: Weird With a Beard

Editors Note: h diddy is world renown for finding the most effed-up shit on the internet, so after what seemed like an endless recruitment battle, we bring her expertise to ES. Oh, and she’s El’s roommate. Welcome to h diddy world.

Hi All- after being kidnapped this weekend and tortured (by eating delicious pancakes, steak, pasta salad and hamburgers, washed down with copious amounts of beer) until I agreed to FINALLY do a blog post, I gave in and here it is. Just remember my name is h diddy, I play bocce and can freestyle like it’s a job that I’m not very good at.

One of my co-workers has a bag of these hanging in her cube: I guess you know you’ve really made it in the hip hop world when you finally get your own line of chips.

Not that it is really food related, other than having food get stuck in it. (And its SUPER weird, which is awesome!)
[Beard Team USA]

Ever been to Estonia? This guy has– and found out that their food is weird as crap. But I eat it every year at Christmas anyways- just not the meat jello.
[The Paupered Chef]

Recipes with a side of cat lady. (Not that there’s anything wrong with cat ladies- we all know I’m well on my way)