Chocolate Cravings…

May 6th, 2010

I’m living in a fog of partnerships, corporations, international copyright, patents… oh yes, first rule of food blogger don’t bore your readers… sorry!

However, thoughts of chocolate were distracting me from studying so I made these Best Cocoa Brownies from Alice Medrich’s Bittersweet via Piece of Cake.  They were delicious!  Decadent and fudgy!  Considering this cookbook has a section on brownies, I’ll be checking it out this summer… mmm… how many brownies is too many in one day?

I should be sleeping…

May 1st, 2010

…I’m a night owl… For as long as I can remember, I liked staying up late… I have so many things to do… However, my schedule has changed and rarely will I make it past 11pm…

except for tonight… can’t sleep… I’ve had a lot of cooking ideas lately and I just wanted to cook!  So much!  So I made some Apple-Bacon Calzones

I made pizza today and still had half of my mom’s pizza dough left (Note on the dough:  I added 1/2 cup cornmeal.  It added some great texture.  Thanks Aaron for the suggestion!).

On Monday, I attended an event at the Roof with the lovely ladies of Chicago Bites.  They served a delicious Bacon-Apple Pizza that I was thinking about tonight, realized I had the ingredients and these were born…

Apple-Bacon Calzones
(inspired by this and this)

1 apple, chopped
1/4 onion, chopped
2 slices bacon, crumbed (or more if you want)
1/2 cup mozzarella (I used a 4 Italian cheese mix)
1 teaspoon rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 Mom’s Pizza Dough

1. Mix all the ingredients together.
2. Divide the pizza dough into seven equal balls, about 1/4 cup of dough.
3. Roll them out into 6 inch circles.
4. Using the process for Empanadas put about a tablespoon of the filling and fold over.
5. Bake for 15 minutes at 450 until golden.

Study Break…

April 30th, 2010

I’m knee deep in studying… but taking a short break to give you this random throw together from the fridge dish… a few days ago I made an asparagus soup (inspired by the much more amazing Zenchef Asparagus Soup). It was good but then today, I decided to add some orzo, olive oil and parmesan… Delicious!  mmm… a glass of red wine would be good… yes, yes, back to studying…

Asparagus Soup with Pasta

1 bunch of asparagus, broken into smaller pieces
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 in piece, ginger, chopped
1 pear, in smaller pieces
1 cup water/chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
salt and pepper
1/2 pound orzo, cooked
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup parmesan

1. Put a little olive oil in a pot, heat the garlic and ginger for a few minutes.
2. Add the asparagus, pear, and water. Bring to a boil.
3. Allow to simmer for about 20 minutes until the liquid has reduced.
4. Use a food processor or immersion blender, puree until smooth.
5. Mix with the orzo, olive oil, parmesan and lemon juice.