Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The entire day at the estate sale I could not wait to get home and try baking Madeleines. And that is exactly what I did. And they were so good. My mom had one and told me how they reminded her of my grandmother's tea cakes. I used the following recipe from Cooks and they turned out great. I would, however, recommend turning the heat down to 375 so they don't get over brown.
2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. clarified butter (or Promise Spread)
1 tbsp. vanilla
Stir eggs and sugar into top of double boiler until creamy and lukewarm. Remove from heat and beat until cool; add flour gradually, mixing well. Fold in butter and vanilla.
Use special shell-shaped Madeline molds that have been buttered and floured (or small 1 1/2 inch muffin pans). Fill molds 2/3 full; fill muffin tins less than 1/2 full. Bake in a 425 degree oven for ten minutes or until lightly browned. Dust cooled tea cakes with powdered sugar. Yield: 5 dozen.
My $2 Madeleine find.
Look at the buttery goodness. Yum
My cake decorating find. Where were these when I need them yesterday while making Dale's birthday cake?
My new cookbook. I am sure that I will be posting adventures from here soon.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Here is how it works:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating. (Ummm.. Not computer savoy enough to know how to so this, so all of my things I would not consider eating will be in italic and color them in red)
4) Optional: Post a comment at Very Good Taste, linking to your results.
MY OMNIVORE'S 100 (46 of 100): Gotta get out there more
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (I have had alligator)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
9. Borscht (I have actually made this... me being Polish and all.)
10. Baba ghanoush (I just googled this and I am intrigued. I would probably love this)
13. PB&J sandwich (An American staple)
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses (I might try this soon)
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (Having some blueberry wine right now)
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras (I am sure that this is good but for ethical reasons I cannot eat this)
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (Had the cognac but I am definitely not a smoker)
37. Clotted Cream Tea
38. Vodka Jelly/Jell-O (Jello shots are the most amazing party treat EVER)
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
44. Goat's milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth $120 or more
46. Fugu (I don't think that it is a good idea to eat poisonous fish, even if only parts are poison.)
47. Chicken tikka masala
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine (I really must try this!)
60. Carob chips (Yucko.)
65. Durian (Huh, I would like to try one.)
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings or andouillette
72. Caviar and blini (Its a texture thing)
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost or brunost
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang Souchong
81. Tom Yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky (not much of a candy fan)
84. 3 Michelin Star Tasting Menu
85. Kobe beef
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
This was very interesting since I had no idea what some of these were and had to google them. I am gong to have to be much more adventurous from now on.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
My Aunt Virgina passed away over 10 years ago taking her recipe with her and I have been on a mission to recreate her cakes for the last few years. Recently I tried a new to recreate her cake and although it was extremely good, it just wasn't hers. I had every intention of posting this recipe here but hubby threw it away! AHHH! Don't worry I will find it and post it soon.
The cake was made in my cast iron skillet which is very new to me. It was only one layer (Shame, shame on me) and was extremely moist. It just wasn't very pineapply <---- Love my made up words.
Carmelizing the brown sugar and butter.
Mmmmm.... Ready for the pineapples.
Layering the pineapple.
Ready for batter.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
I also started sorting through my mother-in-laws old photos this weekend. They have been sitting in storage for about 3 years and I was worried that they would get ruined. I started piles for each one of her sons and their families and honestly I am glad I get to do the sorting since I get first pick. I really hope that Andy and Chris will appreciate them. I know that I found some great pictures of my husband as a boy.
Dale as a boy.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
For my collard greens and my fried okra I used recipes from Paula Deen. Her recipes never disappoint. I have included the links to these recipes below and I highly recommend them.
As most of you know I am still learning the ropes in the kitchen and today I actually felt I faired well. It was extremely rewarding to watch the fruits of my labor get gobbled up by my loved ones. So much so that I cant wait for dinner tomorrow.
As Paula Deen would say, "Best Dishes Ya'll"
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Dale and I are trying very hard to make ends meet and find new jobs. We are already stressed enough and this is the icing on the cake. I spent ALL day on the phone trying to get her signed up with Pubic-aid and got no where. Chris was supposed to have filed for this months ago. Ughhhh....