I know I promised…

February 28th, 2010


… a weekend of cooking but… It is a lazy Sunday and I’m not in the mood for a big meal… Instead, I give you…Bagna Cauda mopped up with Italian Bread (and part of the Omnivore’s 100).  I made this for our New Years Dinner… I’ve never liked anchovies but with butter, olive oil and garlic, it was delicious and did not last long.  Juan took the deer photo during our skiing trip over Christmas break… we would walk outside of our room and there would be deer… so cute…

Brownie Points!

November 9th, 2009

Randomly I started getting Saveur in the mail… unasked, unsolicited… I wondered why for a little bit but with first year law school stress, I did not have time to ponder the question too deeply… I would flip through them and then put them on the bookshelf.

Well, a couple weeks ago I started reading them from cover to cover and I discovered that I loved them!  The magazine focuses not only on food but on the culture, history and tradition of the food… I take them to gym to read (which does make me hungry but also gives me motivation to keep running).  My only critique is that it focuses a lot on food in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.  All very interesting and delicious but I would like to learn more about the rest of the world.

My new found love of Saveur made me start wondering how this magazine started appearing… Could it be Foodbuzz? No, they always tell me when they send free stuff. Could it have been a present? No, wouldn’t someone have told me… but then it dawned on me… Juan…

So, I asked him and I was correct… Juan got me a subscription and forgot to tell me… I remembered wondering why he randomly asked for my address one day… now the reason is clear… Thank you, my love! and you definitely get some brownie points!

I love brownies! They are quite possibly my favorite chocolate dessert. Saveur had an article on them with a few recipes including Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies and  Nick’s “Supernatural” Brownies. I made Nick’s last week.  I liked them but they are not as chocolaty as I typically like.  However, friends at school really liked them because they were not over powering with chocolate… I guess it is really just a matter of preference…

Other recipes I have made from Saveur are the Chocolate Caramel Tart and Spätzle. The Tart was amazing! Be really careful when pouring the whipped cream into the caramel. It bubbles up and almost burnt me. The Spatzle was also delicious served with Goulash.  But it was a lot of work and the leftovers did not heat up well.  My friends and I took shifts pushing the dough through a colander and got a really great arm work out…  we decided that we’ll go to their favorite German restaurant the next time the Spatzle craving hits…

My Chair Bread…

September 26th, 2009


A while ago, I stumbled across the Art House Co-op. They organize and exhibit co-operative art projects.  I decided to join the 10,000 project… 10,000 people are given a word and asked to interpret it.  Our word was CHAIR.  Well, after some thought, I realized that food is my art… so I came up with Chair bread using Cinnamon, Hazelnuts, Apples, Icing and Raisins… delicious!

My Chair Bread
(adapted from the Joy of Cooking)

Cinnamon
Hazelnuts
Apples
Icing
Raisins

3 tablespoon warm water
1 package yeast
1 cup warm milk
5 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour

1. Dissolve the yeast in the water and let sit for 5 min.
2. Add milk, butter, sugar, egg, salt and 2 cups of flour.
3. Gradual add 2 cups of flour until the dough is moist but not sticky.
4. Knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
5. Transfer to an oiled bowl and flip to oil the other side.
6. Let rise until doubled in size about an hour.
7. Roll the dough out into a rectangle and sprinkle with the CHAIR ingredients. Roll up the dough and place the seam side down into a greased 9 x 5 in loaf pan.
8. Let rise for another hour.
9. Preheat oven to 375. Brush with scrambled egg and bake for 40-45 minutes until the loaf sounds hallow when tapped.