Culinary Content: Meatball Subs, Stuffed Mushrooms, Coffee, Homemade Vinegar

Holy Basil
Holy Basil

Culinary Content is a regular feature in my column here at Hubpages where I share the delicious recipes and food related articles I have come across in my travels online. This time, we have a meatball sandwich accompanied by Togarashi Fries, tuna stuffed Portobello mushrooms, a review of Stumptown Coffee, and Word to Your Mother, an article about making wine vinegar at home. Enjoy!

Meatball Sandwich and Togarashi Fries from No Special Effects looks like the kind of meal that would put my husband Morgan in heaven. Mark says of it, "Don't let humble food turn you off. A meatball sandwich needn't necessarily be "hungry-man food" (although you have to admit, next to a Sloppy Joe it fits the bill), but it has enough juicy, tomato-ey goodness to become the ultimate friend-food, next to pizzas."

Here's a fishy twist to your normal stuffed potobello mushroom caps... tuna! These Tuna Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms from Gormeted look like an appetizer dish from an elaborate multi-course meal.

Here's one for the coffee lovers out there. How is it that I lived the first 18 years of my life in Portland, Oregon, yet never heard of Stumptown Coffee? This entry about it in Nova Clutch made me realize just how much I missed out on, and now I'm kicking myself. Melissa says of it, "The coffee is delicately flavored, but strong. Typically roasted no darker than medium, it is full bodied, robust, and complex in flavor. It's not over-powering or burnt. The Hairbender blend is just about perfect. The Stumptown coffee shops have a lot to offer the coffee fanatic-the fabled Clover machines for espresso, French press for the coffee, perfect ferns or hearts formed in foam atop every latte." My husband and I will definitely have to drop in next time we're visiting my family in Portland!

Word to Your Mother is a wonderfully detailed article from Holy Basil, with plenty of pictures about how to make a good wine vinegar at home. My husband and I did this for a long time when we were lucky enough to get a vinegar mother in a jar of red wine vinegar. It was wonderful while it lasted, but we lost the mother in a move several years ago and it was quite the tragedy. It's a wonderful way to make use of wine that has become too old to drink, and it is incredibly easy to do, provided you can obtain a mother!

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