Culinary Mad Libs WINNER!

April 28th, 2010

yes, it is that time… to name the winner of the Culinary Mad Libs Giveaway…chosen by…  but first… a culinary mad lib dish… Individual Asparagus Quiche… inspired by Foodcents (Egg), Colleen (Asparagus) and Mark (Celery Seed).

I love making quiches especially when I have a lot of random leftovers and almost bad vegetables.  However, I often get sick of a quiche before I finish eating it so I rarely ever make one.  For this challenge, I made small individual quiches.  They were good except I’m not sure the celery seed and asparagus is really a perfect match.  But I’m not a huge fan of celery so…

without further ado… the winner of the giveaway is Rachana… Congratulations!  Thank you everyone for participating… stay tuned as I make your suggestions into dishes…

Individual Asparagus Quiche
1/2 onion, chopped
about 6 asparagus stalks, chopped
2 tablespoon grated parmesan
1 teaspoon celery seed
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper

Mom’s Pie Crust

1. In two ramekins, mold the pie crust. (One batch made enough for three 1 cup ramekins but I only made two quiches).
2. In the bottom of the crust, put the onions, asparagus and parmesan.
3. In a bowl, mix the eggs, milk and celery seed. Pour into the ramekins.
4. Cook at 375 for about 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Feasting on Art…

March 28th, 2010

… I love art!  On our first date, Juan asked me what I considered Art and why I loved it so much.  I remember it threw me at the time because a). it is so rare to have someone ask you a serious question on a first date (bonus points for Juan); and b). I had never thought really thought about it- it just makes me happy – it is a feeling.

My father is a painter and has always encouraged my interest in art.  He would take me to art exhibits and ask me questions about what we saw.  He would buy me canvases and let me play with acrylics, watercolors or pastels.  I have always liked that it is something we share.  Even now, when I find a new artist I like, I tell my Dad.

After college, I realized how important art was in my life as I was always in DC at a new exhibit.  I would miss it and crave it.  Then I stumbled across a discipline called Art Law- suddenly, I knew my calling.  Telling someone that ultimately I want to be an art attorney tends to lead to one question- What is that?

Well, it is many many different things from representing artists, dealers, art insurers, and museums to prosecuting art theft and archeological destruction.  I am still figuring out how I would like to work art into my legal practice but… I love learning about it and it keeps me motivated at school… This summer, I will be working in DC in a very awesome art related legal internship.  I’m very excited!

I made this cake for Feasting on Art‘s Birthday Blog Celebration.  I really enjoy reading her blog because it is wonderful intersection of art and food- two things I love.  I decided on Gattina’s Lemon Cake with sliced strawberries. She also has a beautiful blog worth checking out. The cake turned out good but I did not like the consistency. It may have been my mistake though because I added the flour mixture to the lemon juice… as the daughter of scientists… baking soda + lemon juice = a flat cake… but it was devoured quite quickly…

The minnow would be lost…

March 9th, 2010

…I’ve been singing this all day… not quite sure why, perhaps it is the state of my brain… Tuesdays are always really long days… well, frankly, all my days have been long as of late but in a good way… good things are happening… some of which I hope to share soon… the excitement has put me in a bit of silly and hyper mood… haha!

Today, I give you these Agave Brownies.  I made these a while ago during one of Juan’s visits. I threw everything together, while he ran down to the corner to buy the eggs. I only had half the amount of Agave so I substituted honey for the other half. We liked them. They are more cakey, which makes them perfect with a glass of milk. However, I was not blown away and would not make them again.