Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Pizza Power!

I sometimes wish that I was born a turtle and changed by radioactive material into a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Mostly because I think all they eat is pizza.

And this, my friends, is some delicious looking pizza.


photo and pizza by foéÖþoooey

Check out the rest of the making-of photos here!

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

This is what I found...

...in a bag on the kitchen counter when I came home from work:


photo in my gallery

Yes, you counted right. Seven different hot sauces. Now, I am not really a spicy foods kind of gal... I admit that they probably have a nice flavor, but my taste buds die from the heat too quickly to taste it. However, A. is a very different creature, and he often waxes poetic on the merits of various hot sauces. Luckily for me, he's taking this particular stash to work with him (mostly because he doesn't have any more room on his hot sauce shelf in the fridge).

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Green goodness

One of my favorite vegetables is the spindly green bean. I don't know what makes it so good, but in my opinion, it's certainly a welcome addition to the table.

Here are some roasted GB's (although I think they could use more garlic... I love when the garlic is in visible chunks)


photo by tifotter

Here they are in casserole format, which I've never actually had... what's the deal with the canned mushroom soup? At least the onion/green bean combo looks quite nice.


photo by Laurel Fan

I figure it's never bad to get some extra nutrients on a tired Monday.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Fishy

Our special today is salmon, cooked two ways...

1) A quick toss with greens and pasta... simple & tasty:


photo by WordRidden

2) A more complex-looking salmon dish, complete with an herby crust and garnishes:


photo by Zesmerelda

I'll take one of everything!

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Butter Tart Bars

I made these last week (another foodstuff passed on to co-workers... to help shrink the waistline;) ) Not too difficult of a recipe, and pretty delicious, I think...



A. kept saying he thought they tasted like lemon, although I guess that was just a mental thing because they're called "tarts" ;) They're mostly just butter and sugar.


photos by me

I found the recipe here. I swear, that website is a gold mine. Sweet, sweet gold...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lunar...

Soo, the moon is made of cheese, right? I think it's manchego cheese. Anyway, that's my rationale for this post :)



Not quite as clear as Bill Wadman's shot, but I thought it was still pretty cool. This marks the first celestial event that I've actually followed through on and photographed, instead of lazing around on the couch :)

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Lentils

After all of these sugary cupcakes, I think I need to take some time to add more fiber to my diet... and these lentils look like a delicious start:


photo by Vic

Of course, the bacon in there doesn't hurt... (I mean taste, not fiber content, of course!) Check out the recipe in the photo link.

In this one, I guess the lentils are more of a side dish... but it all looks pretty good to me!


photo by presta

I'm thinking lentil soup for lunch:)

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Light and Fluffy, meet Rich and Chocolatey

One of the V-Day treats we had yesterday was the glorious Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé from Roy's. It just may be the best dessert ever. I took a pic with my point & shoot but haven't gotten a chance to upload it yet... but I can't stop thinking about the soufflés! So I did a quick search on Flickr and found this lovely shot:


photo by JasperYue

I love how it can't be contained by the ramekin ;)

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

V-day/B-day...

Those of you who know me know that a) it's Valentine's day! (I guess you don't have to know me to know that one...) b) it's my birthday!! b) I got engaged one year ago today!!!

So it's a pretty special day for me. I apologize to all Valentine haters, but I obviously had to post a chocolate raspberry heart-shaped dessert in honor of the occasion.


photo by miss karen

I believe it is reclining on a dainty doily and there are also raspberries and rose petals scattered artfully in the background. Happy V-Day all ;)

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Got to have the blowtorch

Probably the most well-loved kitchen blowtorch application, the crème brûlée is one of my favorite desserts. Must be something about that crack when the spoon first breaks the sugar... magnificent.

In its pristine condition:


photo by mwri

And here, while some lucky person is savoring the first bite:


photo by * Minette

Last but not least, a drool-worthy macro shot that I found on the Wikipedia page:


photo by BenFrantzDale


The mixture of creamy filling and crunchy burnt sugar just makes everything in the world seem all right, if only for a moment. Perhaps it's time to invest in a blowtorch? (I think the fire extinguisher should come first though...)

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Brown bottoms

I found this recipe yesterday and decided it would be my project for the night. Turned out pretty well (but evil for the waistline).



They were moist and very chocolatey. According to A., they were the best dessert I've ever made, so that's pretty good. Of course, I haven't really made all that many for him over the years, so I'm not sure how high that bar is actually set.



We only ate two of them and brought the rest to work to pawn them off on coworkers. They think we're doing them a favor! Suckers ;)

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Monday, February 11, 2008

My dream of cake...

Lately I've been obsessing over cakes (if you couldn't tell from my mini-cake making episode). Although my cupcakes were pretty good right after baking, the moistness seemed to go downhill (good thing the icing was so tasty). So I've embarked on a mission to make a moister, less crumby cake.

My dream of a pretty and super moist coconut cake:


photo by Mr Wabu

According to Alton Brown's coconut cake episode, this would take at least a day to make (especially if you start from actual coconuts). So it will probably remain a dream. But in the meantime, I have Shirley Corriher's tips to try, so wish me luck...

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Red Velvet Cupcakes... take 2

I didn't use the fancy schmancy (cheapy plastic-y) piping tip this time for the icing, but the cupcakes themselves turned out much better... more like actual cupcakes this time ;) Here is the recipe I used, although I only made 12 so I cut it down by 1/3. I also doubled the cocoa ratio in the recipe so it came out very chocolatey.

*all photos by me

Yep... the batter is still red! Not quite as bright as last time because of the higher cocoa content.



I used aluminum cupcake wrappers this time. I still sprayed 'em with Baker's Joy because I hate when they stick.



Piped the cream cheese frosting with a zip top bag. I think it came out OK, although my piping skills leave something to be desired...



Kind of looks like, um, this guy's leavings. Incredibly cute, but... yea. All the same, it still tastes great ;)



First bite revealed a tender, chocolatey, delicious cupcake! Yay!



I'm counting this as my first success. Hopefully more to come.

For anyone who wants the recipe in weight instead of volume, here it is converted (again, the original was here):

Cupcakes (changed from 36 to 12 cupcakes and increased cocoa ratio to almost double)
350 degree oven

1 1/4 cups (125 grams) cake flour
2 1/2 tablespoons (22.5 grams) cocoa (not dutch processed)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder or 1/6 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 ounce red food coloring paste (I used 1 tablespoon of the grocery store liquid)
3/4 cups (150 grams) sugar
1/4 cups (55 grams) butter
1 egg

-preheat oven to 350°F
-sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder (or cream of tartar), and salt into medium bowl
-whisk buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla, and food coloring in small bowl to blend
-beat sugar and butter in large bowl until well fluffy, 3 minutes
-add egg, beating until well blended, about 30 seconds
-beat in dry ingredients in 4 additions alternately with buttermilk mixture in 3 additions (dry, wet, dry, wet, dry, wet, dry)
-scoop into cupcake tins bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 20 minutes
-cool in pans 10 minutes
-cool completely on racks

The yummy cream cheese frosting recipe is from the previous cupcake attempt.

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Saved!

This post is brought to you by Photo Recovery software, because my CF card freaked out when I tried to transfer these files, and they were almost lost. I hope I never have to use it ever again :p

Anyway, here is a preview of my latest batch of cupcakes... more to come later!

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Un pranzo delizioso

I have been staring at this picture for the past hour and making intermittent Homer Simpson sounds.


photo by VolaVale

The Italians, they certainly know their pasta. The gorgonzola is an inspired touch.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Lent

Apparently I totally missed Mardi Gras. According to my calendar, today is the first day of Lent, and I've already screwed it up by having chocolate for breakfast.

Also, whose idea was it to have Valentine's Day during Lent this year?! Crazy talk.

Anyway, since Catholics are technically supposed to be eating only bread and water for a while, here is some tasty-looking bread for anyone following the Lenten fast.


photo by adactio

I don't know, though, it might even be too delicious to be allowed. Better check with the Archbishop.

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Veganicity

Here is some incontrovertible proof that yes, it is possible to be a vegan and still eat delicious looking food. These are "Apple-Pumpkin Spice Oat Pancakes", aka deliciousness in griddle format. I think the pomegranate seeds make the photo.


photo by digiyesica

Also vegan: fried bananas and soy ice cream.


photo by digiyesica

Personally, I never would have guessed. Nice work, digiyesica.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Black Gold

I'm not a beer person, but I do love my Guinness. (And I could really use one right now.)


photo by andrew_stawarz

Goes down very well with that burger from yesterday (though maybe even better with shepherd's pie... mmm)

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Monday, February 4, 2008

Real American Hero

After the Superbowl last night (yea, Giants! yea Superbowl party food!), it's going to be tough to get back to the daily grind this week. So I just wanted to keep it simple today with the big, fat American sandwich known as the hamburger.


photo by pointnshoot

OK, not exactly something I would eat every day, but hey... got to ease back into it ;)

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