Thursday, November 5, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I spray painted a mirror cream that was previously gold. For the hang squares I hogpogged scrapbook paper over thick wooden frames I found at Michael's for at $1 each. And then I hot glued the bows made with fabric left over from the pillows.
These frames are also spray-painted cream with photos Josh took while we were in Maine. The middle one is some scrapbooking paper that looks the building blue prints.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Kürbissuppe is very simple to make
Start with a mirepoix of 1/4 onion, 2 carrots and 1 small stock celery
Saute the mirepoix on low heat with a T butter (this is sometimes called sweating the vegetables)
Soften a medium to small pumpkin or squash in the microwave for a few minutes, this makes it easier to shell and cube, which is the next step
Add the cut squash to the mirepoix and add 2 1/2 cups of vegetable stock (adjust amount to cover all the veggies)
Boil together for about 20 minutes or until all vegetables are tender
Pour into a blender and blend until velvety smooth (that is the magic of the soup)
Return to pot and adjust seasoning (I only like to add salt, pepper, nutmeg, and ground rosemary. Unlike with most things I don't get adventurous with this soup and the seasoning. But you could try Cheyenne pepper for a little heat, paprika or I've seen German recipes that add ginger, if you are using fresh ginger add it before you blend the soup.)
Definitely finish it off with some cream or sour cream. And enjoy.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
I've been a long time fan of do-it-yourself hummus. It satisfy all of my requirements for a perfect food: inexpensive, easy (I nearly always have the ingredients on hand), and healthy.
Any can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans will have the recipes on the back:
1 can of chickpeas with the juice, a garlic glove, salt,1 T olive oil, 1T lemon juice. Blend it all up in a food processor and service with fresh veggies and pita bread.
Today, I tried a little variation. Black bean hummus is just about the same, accept I added some cayenne pepper, black pepper, and olives. A recipe I saw recommended Greek olive, but I put in some green olives and it was very yummy. Overall, the black beans variety seems pretty open to interpretation. So, go give it a try!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
• 2 14-ounce cans coconut milk
• 2 1/4 cups sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup cornstarch
• ground cinnamon for dusting or toasted coconut flakes
In a saucepan, combine the coconut milk with the sugar and salt. Bring to a full boil and cook for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a bowl, combine the cornstarch with ¾ cup of water and, with a whisk, mix well into a slurry.
Immediately pour the slurry into the saucepan and cook, continuously whisking until the mixture thickens into a pudding, about 2 minutes.
Remove from the heat.
Pour the mixture through a colander.
Transfer the strained pudding into a nonstick 12"x6" deep dish or any other fun shape.
Smooth out the surface, and set aside to cool.
Refrigerate to completely set, about 2 hours.
Dust the surface with ground cinnamon or toasted coconut, slice, and serve.
Josh opted for the teriyaki beef. Also note the Waialua Root Beer. We found this at a shop on the North Shore, the shop keeper explained that the soda is made with natural cane sugar from Maui, Big Island vanilla, and honey from Kauai. It tasted so good we had to go back and get some to bring home.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
However, I have noticed a significant decrease in my mise en place as a result of having a toddler in the kitchen. Ainslie really loves to help out. The other day she helped by combining the contents of all the cansiters on my table. So now my flour and sugar have oatmeal sprinkled in which adds an unexcepted texture to any dish.At a resturant in Rome in the pre-canister mixing days.
Tonight we had California Pizza Kitchen style pizza for dinner. I love how pizza has become this dynamic new forum for creative combinations. I was very inspired by some of the pizza combination we had in Rome. My favorite was this amazing arugula topped pizza. Arugula is a salad green that looks a lot like the leaves that grow on a dandy lion. It has a wonderful nutty/peppery taste. I'm not really sure where to buy it but I just read online that it is easy to grow at home so I might just give that a try.
This is what I did tonight:
Make a simple dough
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 Tbs yeast
- pinch sugar
Combine and allow yeast to grow for a few minutes, then add
- pinch salt
- 1/2 oil
- addd flour until it forms a nice dough
Roll out the pizza and cook,
- Add sauce, cheese and bacon,
Broil until toasted
I topped the pizza with a salad I made with spinach, tomates, cumcumber, red onion, fresh basil and tossed with ranch dressing. It was very yummy.
Monday, March 30, 2009
I've gotten a little attached to the thing and felt a little bit like I was sacrificing a good friend for dinner. (Although the picture above is after dinner so as you can see it didn't really make a dent.)
Pesto is super easy and very yummy.
This is what I did:
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup Parmesan
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts (I used sunflower seeds.)
3 medium sized garlic cloves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Mix in a food processor until it becomes a thick paste.
Boil 6 oz. rigatoni
Pan fry two chicken breasts (I cut them into smaller pieces before frying.)
To pan fry chicken, first dredge the chicken in flour seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic salt. Heat about two tablespoons of oil in a frying pan and cook the chicken on both sides until golden brown.
I then mixed the pasta, pesto and chicken together in the pan (allow the pan to cool before adding pasta to avoid spattering).
Serve immediately. This makes dinner for two and a half. (Ainslie loved the rigatoni because it was big enough for her to slide onto her finger before eating it off. Silly girl.)
Thursday, February 5, 2009
This is a picture of some of my classmates giving the cranes to our professor. I think it turn out beautifully. It is an experience I always want to remember.
Monday, January 5, 2009
2002 finished Culinary School
2003 mission in Switzerland
2005 first year of married life, graduated with bachelors in English
2006 traveled to Eastern Europe with Josh (Switzerland,Germany, Prague, Poland, Ukraine, Budapest, Vienna), other trips, worked a dream job (Paralegal at K&Mc)
2007 Had Ainslie and then took her at 6 weeks to Europe (Germany, Greece, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice)
2008 Finished first half of graduate school, and had lots of opportunties to learn to balance family life, school, church callings, and work.