Friday, October 16, 2009
But now, I'm visiting my sister in Chicago, who happens to be a wonderful photographer. We baked Pumpkin-Brown Butter Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, courtesy of Martha Stewart. That lady really does know what she's doing because those cupcakes were absolutely decadent.
Great for Fall. Enjoy your daily source of pumpkin. :)
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
We are having a terrible thunderstorm, due to Tropical Storm Charlotte or something from Florida, and I don't think we've had a storm this bad in a ridiculously long time. I'm very happy to have made it home, which for some reason reminds me of something that I learned in Michigan. Northerners cannot, for the life of them, drive in rain.
So, you'll have to excuse me of my short ramble, but I got started on it because I was happy to be home, and then became so much more happy when I discovered that my mother has both Volume 1 and 2 of Mastering the Art of French Cooking!!!!!!!!! She has a large mass of everything you can possibly imagine in the basement (where her desk/dominion is) and it makes me so happy that she has it! I'm pretty sure I did a tiny happy dance when I discovered that she had the books and then grabbed then and dashed off when them with her laughing at my back.
So, back to where we began, sitting at the table with my PB&J, listening to the rain (and Owl City now), silenting rejoicing my good fortune. Sitting next to me are the famous copies of Julia's books, which have the incredible talent of making anyone feel inspired to cook. Unfortunately, I won't be cooking anything right now, as it's 10 o'clock at night, and I must get up early in the morning to help my father paint his office. But that will not stop my endeavors! In the near future, I will be fixing Beef Bouruignon, so look for the post.
I just wanted to share my good fortune. Go see the movie!
So, to begin, let's start with Top Chef Masters (even though it came on afterwards). Rick Bayless won!!! That makes me very happy because he earned it and he deserved it. I think I would have been happy if Hubert Keller has one too, but surprisingly, not so much Michael Chiarello. Either Bravo did a good job of making him look like a jerk or he is. Or maybe he's just extra competitive. Either way, I didn't really like him all that much over the all of the episodes.
So, yay for Rick Bayless! Now, I can go visit his restaurant in Chicago...and try to convince the sister and brother-in-law that they should come along..... :)
Okay, on to Top Chef:Las Vegas. I liked the quickfire challenge and the fact that they had the high stakes round. It was different. But of all things, it makes me happy to say that Jennifer Zavala went home. I don't really think her dish looked all that appetizing, and when a judge, especially someone like Wolfgan Puck, tells you that your food was not well made and didn't taste good, just shut up and take the hint. Don't stick your foot in your mouth and try to make excuses.
Also, very happy that Kevin won! First, he's from Atlanta (yay!) Two, despite the fact that there's only been one show, he's seems pretty down to earth. Not really someone who will take crap from anybody, but knows how to have a good time. I will definitely be rooting for Kevin and the other two Atlanta Chefs. And there's one from Michigan, so maybe I'll root for her too. :)
Next show: Wednesday, August 26th, 10 pm.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
It's been a very informative book, and I would suggest it for anyone who has a remote interest in the food industry, whether you're looking to become a chef or you are just an avid home chef. The authors reveal a lot about the food business, especially since a lot of the advice is coming from famous chefs around the world. Just to give you an idea of some of the topics, here are a couple of chapter titles:
Chefs, Yesterday and Today; Early Influences, Discovering a Passion for Food; Cooking Schools, Learning in the Classroom, and more!
I'm maybe about halfway through the book, and I love it! I have more books on my shelf to read, but if you have any suggestions, don't hesitate to let me know!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Now, this is all good and well; I'm not trying to place any blame or anything, but like I said, most cakes disappoint me. I feel like too often I end up seeing a very traditional wedding cake, square or round, with multiple tiers with those plastic column-things holding up a tier with maybe a plastic couple on top. But really?!? Who wants that on their wedding day?!?! Plastic columns and a stuffy looking cake that really isn't all that appealing?!? Nope, not for me....
One day, I would love to see a cake that doesn't involved plastic things to hold it up. And maybe today, I'll be surprised, which would be absolutely wonderful. And I will definitely keep you up to date on what it looks like.....maybe I'll even get a picture. :)
Friday, August 7, 2009
It is such an enjoyable book that I often times find myself laughing out loud. And I'm very happy that I'm reading the book before I go to see the movie because, you know, you always go to see the movie and then decided to read the book...and then you're really upset that you didn't read the book first because you realize how much better the book is than the movie? I hope I'm not the only one....
Anyway, the book is very good, and you should read it......before you see the movie. :)
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The tomatoes were fresh from a patient of my father's. The chicken was grilled with a yogurt, mint and lime marinade. Clearly, the chicken was a little bit burnt, (woops....) and I think next time I use this marinade, I will try and bake it. Or maybe grill it again, but at a lower heat.
Overall, it was a great summer meal.
And for dessert was the plum clafoutis!
The recipe suggested serving it with creme fraiche, but I actually just topped it with some powdered sugar, and it was pretty and yummy! What I loved most about this dessert was that it was so simple to bake and so good! Here's the recipe:
1 cup summer fruit (almost anything that you want, but don't use strawberries; Adrienne says they get to watered down and mushy)
1 tablespoon and 1/3 cup of sugar
1 cup of whole milk
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/2 all purpose flour
1. Lightly butter a 9-inch pie plate. Arrange fruit in the bottom of the pan and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar. Set aside
2. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs and rest of the sugar and whisk together until smooth and slightly frothy about 1 minute.
3. Add the milk, vanilla, and salt and whisk together until smooth. Sift in the flour and whisk until competely combined. Pour over the fruit.
4. Bake the clafoutis at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. The clafoutis will puff up while baking. Cool for 30 minutes (the clafoutis will fall some) Top with powdered sugar when ready to serve.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Secondly, some things that I have been baking this summer: angel food cake. I had the privilege of living at my grandparents house for a couple of weeks this summer, and I had full access to their wonderful kitchen, as well as the job of planning and fixing all meals. Being Georgia and all, the peaches are absolutely delectible during the summer, and I wanted something light and yummy to accompany them. So, I baked an angel food cake. This cake is pretty simple to fix, and even better, it's lowfat! There are no egg yolks, no butter...so it's a great dessert if you're watching your waistline. :)
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Marbled Coffee Cake with Chocolate Fruit Filling
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Since our tea was on a Sunday, we did a lot of the food preparation ourselves. I thought it was absolutely delicious! It so wonderful to prepare things yourself sometimes. I hope you enjoy the pictures!
Mom's Day Tea Menu:
Finger sandwiches, scones with jams, fruit tray, cheese and crackers, lemon-raspberry cupcakes, assorted hot and cold teas
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
However, that does not stop me from baking! When inspiration hits, you must follow it. So, I followed my inspiration for what was on my tastebuds, even though I could not have it, and that turned into the wonderfulness of Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate cupcakes. Or, if you like shorter names, I blissfully renamed them Reese's Cupcakes.
I must apologize for the quality of the picture; I'm no photographer, so it's not as pretty as it could be. Plus, it was nighttime when I took the photo (bad choice for lighting)
I really did think that these were beautiful, dipped in a chocolate ganache for the icing. The only thing I would change about it would be the filling. It's a good consistency, but there wasn't enough. Instead of piping it into the cupcake, I think it'll be better next time to cut a small cone out of the top and spreading the filling into it. This might make dipping more difficult, but it'll give you more filling in each bite, which is what's important.
This is definitely a recipe to keep!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
But, moving on, I've been able to bake some more this semester, especially since I have such a wonderful kitchen at my disposal. I haven't taken many pictures, but I did decided to take some pictures of the cake I baked this weekend, mostly because my mother asked me to.
So, I decided to bake a German Chocolate cake; this is actually my second attempt. My first was a complete flop because I misread the directions. It still tasted really good, but looked worse than this one. So I ended up making a trifle out of it, which is another post for the future.
So, some little words of wisdom I learned from the whole attempt: 1) always, always, ALWAYS read your recipe first, especially in regards to how many pans to use. 2) Sometimes preparing your pan in not enough. I prepared my cake pans with vegetable spray and flour, and they still wouldn't come out, which is why my cake looks so strange. Also put a circle of wax paper or parchment paper on the bottom as well. It's so much more helpful.
So, the moral of the story: always prepare pans, always read the recipe CORRECTLY. Of course, all of the girls in the house still loved the cake (I have to admit that it tasted pretty darn good), it's just not so pretty. :) Just a few things to keep in mind for next time.
P.S. Here's a cake that I baked last fall: a Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake