Friday, May 31, 2013

Individual Banana Puddings

This is the last post of stuff I made for the bake sale: individual banana puddings. I doubled my normal recipe and made 15 cups.
{made them layer by layer}

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Funfetti Cupcakes

In addition to the chocolate covered oreos, I made some funfetti cupcakes for the bake sale. I decided to jazz them up by baking a candy bar in the center and then topping them with cream cheese frosting.

Use applesauce in lieu of oil in boxed cake mixes for a lower fat recipe AND a moister cake.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Chocolate Covered Oreos

Happy Memorial Day! I hope that a yummy barbecue and pool opening are a part of your itinerary today.

I made these chocolate-covered oreos last weekend for a charity bake sale. Took a few photos and made a video. Enjoy!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Class of 2013!

Congratulations to my baby sister, who is graduating this weekend. I will be heading up to my old stomping grounds in Ithaca this weekend. How lucky for us to have the same amazing Alma Mater! It makes these obligatory university visits quite pleasant for me, as I have many memories attached to the campus.
{Mich with a snake in West Palm Beach, FL}

I've got a few fun dessert posts coming soon, as I had to whip together some yummies for a bake sale last weekend. But since it's Friday and Memorial Day weekend and my sister's graduation, I'm just relaxing a bit today.

Will be back Monday with something more substantial; I promise.

{Chalk Sound, Turks & Caicos}

{Mich with a honey bear}
{getting ready for a beach day in Grace Bay, T&C}

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What I Ate: Pizza with Arugula

This is a great pizza recipe for brunch. It's got salty prosciutto and asiago cheese, sweet sun-dried tomatoes, soft fresh mozzarella cheese, spicy arugula, and the thing that makes it brunch-y: a fresh cracked egg.

This 'What I Ate' post is going to be a little different, as I decided to make a video, which I haven't done before (on this blog, anyway). I'm hoping to get into the groove of filming more and more, as it's also a fun hobby, in addition to blogging and photography.
{making the dough}
{this is a double recipe - 2 cups of bread flour}

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

What I Ate: Balsamic Braised Chicken

I don't have an actual recipe post for this balsamic braised chicken recipe because I was just experimenting but I took a bunch of photos of the process so I'm sharing. I didn't really know where I was going with this meal so I just grabbed a bunch of ingredients and threw something together. Maybe it'll inspire you.
{seared some chicken wings}

Monday, May 20, 2013

Great Googa Mooga 2013

The Great Googa Mooga is a foodie festival that debuted last year. I heard and read a lot of reviews last year that said the event was unorganized and chaotic, that the lines were unbearably long, and worst of all: a few booths ran out of food.

I was at Googa Mooga on Saturday and it was awesome. The weather was less than perfect but the food was delicious and I had a lot of fun.

I didn't take too many photos, since I was busy eating, but here's a list of what I ate:

  • The World's Best Mac & Cheese from Beecher's Handmade Cheese
  • Beef Tongue Pastrami Sandwich from Craftbar
  • Smoked Meat Sandwich with Potato Salad & Sour Pickles from Mile End Delicatessen
  • Pork Belly Tacos from Colicchio & Sons
  • Truffle Burger from Umami Burger
  • Cardamom Ice Cream with Cocoa Nibs from Big Gay Ice Cream
  • Sweet & Salty Brownie from Baked
  • Cinnamon Ice Cream Sandwich with Snicker Doodle Cookies from Melt Bakery
My favorite savory item was the truffle burger. It was so delicious. My favorite sweet item was the ice cream sandwich. The snicker doodle cookie was chewy and delicious and the cinnamon ice cream was perfectly sweet and creamy.
{a bunch of the booths}

Monday, May 13, 2013

My Garden 2013

I had been thinking about and planning what to plant in my garden since February and once spring hit, I was rearing and ready to go but the weather just would not cooperate. We'd have spurts of warmth but then it would get cold again for a few days so I was really hesitant to plant anything. Finally, a couple weekends ago, I felt comfortable enough to start planting.

I went to Home Depot and bought a bunch of awesome vegetables and fruits and herbs and bought a few cheap but useful gardening supplies from Christmas Tree Shops and also popped into Michaels for some supplies to DIY my own garden markers. You can see a photo diary of how I made my garden markers on my travels blog.
So I bought all of these amazing plants from Home Depot. The smaller potted plants (like the peppers) were $3 each and the larger pots (like the herbs) were $3.50 each. I also bought a few flowers to plant in my garden to attract bees and butterflies and other pollinators.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Blueberry Crumb Cake

It's been a few weeks since I've posted a dessert-y sweet recipe so today I'm sharing a recipe for blueberry crumb cake. There was a container of blueberries sitting in my fridge for weeks. WEEKS. Because I'd completely forgotten about them. Thankfully, somehow, they were still edible. A few were a bit dehydrated (think blueberry raisins) but most were still amazing and plump. I don't know if I should be thanking luck or preservatives for that. I didn't want them to go to waste so I decided to bake with them. I could have made lemon blueberry bread but I had a whole pound of berries to use up so I decided to make a crumb cake. The cake portion of this is actually quite similar to the bread recipe - it's just a bit lighter and fluffier.

Crumb topping
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup cold butter (COLD!)

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup room temperature butter (nice and soft!)
½ cup sugar
1 egg
1 lemon - zest & juice
½ cup sour cream or buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 lb blueberries (about 5 cups)
Start by making the crumb topping. Combine flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. I can't even begin to explain how much I love my heart-shaped measuring cups; I mean, would you look at those brown sugar hearts?!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What I Ate: Guacamole

So, I got a new toy recently: a granite mortar & pestle. And I thought making guacamole was the best way to christen this thing.
{ingredients + my freshly washed mortar & pestle}

Monday, May 6, 2013

Pão de Queijo

Have you ever been to a Churrascaria? If not, then you must go; and if you have, then you must continue to go. Churrascaria is a Portuguese/Brazilian barbecue restaurant and usually they offer "rodízio" service, which is when they come around to your table with giant skewers filled with different types of meats and offer you pieces. There's usually also a buffet with salads and other side dishes as well.

Most recently, I visited a Churrascaria and rediscovered my love for pão de queijo, which translated literally means "cheese bread." It's a Brazilian cheese bread made with tapioca flour and it's amazing. Tapioca flour makes the bread chewy and stretchy and quite different from a regular dinner roll. I've seen a few recipes that require a lot of kneading and work, but recently I stumbled upon a way to make it in a blender which takes less than 5 minutes from prep to oven.

By the way, the pronunciation of pão de queijo is a little tricky to master. I've listened to a bunch of recordings and had one of my Brazilian friends repeat it to me over and over. The best way I can describe it is to make the "pão" as nasal as possible. The 'p' should be really light, almost like a 'b' sound - think about the way the 'p' sounds in the word "sponge," and the "ão" is like a cross between "ow" and "ong." And then the "de" is more like the French word, "je" and the "queijo" sounds like, "kay-zho." Sorry, I was horrible at describing that. Google it if you'd rather hear it.

Ingredients [makes 12 to 16 mini-muffin sized rolls]:
1 cup tapioca flour (a.k.a. cassava flour)
½ cup milk (room temperature)
½ teaspoon salt
1 clove minced garlic
¼ cup melted butter (cooled to room temperature)
1 egg (room temperature)
¼ cup cheddar cheese
¼ cup asiago cheese
+ cooking spray/butter/oil for greasing the pan
** You can use any great melty cheeses you prefer. Farmer's cheese or queso fresco would be amazing.
Start by grating the cheese. I like nice big pieces because it makes the bread seem gooier but also, it's great for snacking.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What I Ate: Pasta with Sausage & Kale

Baby farfalle with Italian sausage (both sweet and hot), crushed red pepper flakes, caramelized onions, eggplant, kale, and a few crushed tomatoes.
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