Saturday, April 10, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
One cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, four eggs, one cup of milk, and one spoonful of soda."
A little excerpt from French's Bakery
I wanted to practice my baking and cupcake making skillz so I decided who would be better taste testers than my kids at work. So I went on a baking frenzy Thursday night. I decided to use Amy Sedaris' (hilarious) recipe that can be found here.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
+ Scrambled Eggs w/ Feta Cheese--the feta cheese just adds so much more flavor. From now on, every scrambled egg dish that I make will have some feta in it
+ Scallops wrapped w/ prosciutto--first time I have ever made it...tasted delish! the saltiness of the prosciutto mixed perfectly with the scallops
+ Shrimp and Chicken Alfredo Pizza--another first, I added a little too much alfredo sauce...but it is definitely a keeper
+Chicken Cordon Bleu
+ Chocolate Fondue
These are dishes that I tried and need to work on a little...
Mac & Cheese w/ Bacon--contrary to popular belief, not everything is better with bacon...or maybe i just did something wrong
Coconut Shrimp--I think I overdid the coconut here. I combined the egg wash with a small amount of coconut milk, as well as, coated the shrimp with coconut flakes. it was a little sweet
Hash Browns--I tried making hash browns for the first time. sounded pretty easy, grate some potatoes, fry it 5 minutes per side in some bacon fat. didnt turn out so great.
And finally, in my first post about doing this project I explained how I wanted to master Jaime Oliver's Pizza:
Well, here is my take on it...
Let me just say....NOM NOM NOM NOM. The real surprise was the fried egg. The different flavors (artichokes, pizza sauce, crunchy crust, mozzarella cheese, and egg) made an explosion in your mouth like a little celebration.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
So as all you lucky couples know, this past weekend was Valentine's Day. What my friend and I decided to do was to cook dinner for ourselves to celebrate our "choice" to not have a date. If I keep saying that then I might actually believe it :P
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I was reading this magazine at work called "Cooking Light" while the kids were doing an art project. I was flipping through this magazine helping them find pictures when I came across this recipe. I would have skipped it like any other wannabe recipe, until I read the "rave reviews" that it got. I knew I had to check it out...and I am glad that I did. This recipe is definitely a must see...or a must eat.
Cooking Light's "Chicken Cordon Bleu"
I think the next time that I make it I will add little twists to make it mine. Like adding different spices in the broth or dry mix. Or maybe pre-seasoning the chicken with something to jazz it up. I dunno....but it was bomb! nomnomnomBOMB!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
B-bias=to cut at an angle
C-chiffonade=a knife technique; french for "made of rags;" done by rolling flat, leafy food so that it is easier to cut; the end result are long, thin, ribbon-like strips
D-demi glace=rich brown sauce in French cuisine used by itself or as a base for other sauce
G-garde manger=pronounced gard mah-zay; literally means one who keeps food. Preparation and presentation of usually cold foods, sometimes hot foods.
M-macerate=to soak food (usually fruit) in a liquid in order to infuse it with the liquid's flavor; usually done with rum, brandy, or liquer
Q-quinoa=pronounced keen-wah. Type of grain native to South America, similar to couscous
Friday, January 29, 2010
Here is a list of dishes that I already have in mind to challenge me come Monday...
Chicken Alfredo Pizza
Three Cheese Risotto
Mac & Cheese
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Fiery Mango Salsa
I think the first dish that I want to try and make is from one of my favorite chefs, the naked chef, Jaime Oliver. I want to try his Prosciutto, Artichoke, Mozzarella Pizza with Egg
This has bomb.com/nomnomnomnom written all over it.
Please, if you have any suggestions or dishes you want me to try please leave me a note. I am open to all types of dishes and challenges. Until then, here is a little drink that I mixed up tonight just out of the blue...
2 c favorite brewed coffee
1 c milk
1 candy cane, broken in to pieces
4 T coca powder
1 cinnamon stick
splash of vanilla extract
Introduce all ingredients in a pot and let steep for 4-5 minutes. Enjoy!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
It's called their Three Scoop Banana Split.
The thing that won me over was the caramelized bananas. The sweetness of the bananas with the crunch and sweetness of the sugar was amazing by itself. Combine this with the creamy, smoothness of the neapolitan ice cream that was made locally is just heavenly. The dish also comes with two side cups of chocolate fudge and a strawberry fudge/jam. Take a bite with a little of everything and it is enough for your very own nomfest.
The first time I ever ordered it, my friends and I devoured it in record time and wanted more...so we ordered another one. Best decision of my life. It is now one of my goals to recreate the caramelized bananas.
I want it now. In my mouth. nomnomnomnnomnomnnomnomnnom...
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Of course, that is what some people say. I have not yet tried this, and to be honest, am somewhat hesitant of this statement. I do not see how this could be true or if an avocado really is a super food. It probably is an old wives tale, one that I will debunk soon.