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Spring Break Recap

I decided to stay on-campus for break to get some work done.  I didn’t get any done, and now I regret not going anywhere this year :[  But we did eat pretty well.

I made (from L to R, row 1 then 2):

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Dear Steamy Kitchen,

Hi,

Let me tell you about this steak topping obsession of mine, unhealthily cultivated by Steamy Kitchen (I know!  I am obsessed but how can you not be when Jaden Hair is super charismatic and has THE most adorable kids ever).

First up, a mushroom steak topping with sherry and red wine (the second recipe on the linked page).  It’s so perfect and light and looks super impressive (Alex made it for my younger sister).

Secondly, the bacon blue cheese butter topping; it’s decadent and could probably make any ol’ steak taste amazing.  But just knowing that I was spooning butter into my mouth made me feel really guilty annnnd made me wish for a side of kimchi.  Yep that’s how I grew up; when I was a kid, my mom would make us spaghetti and top it with sliced kimchi.  I actually haven’t had kimchi all year b/c now that I have a real fridge, I don’t want it stinking it up…

Oh also…don’t try to microwave the blue cheese.  Just mash it with a fork before combining with the butter.  I was very surprised when I zapped the cheese for 15 seconds, and I ended up with what looked like liquid butter with chunks of blue mold.

Tmrw I’ll be stuffing my turkey burgers with the leftover butter; actually this idea is from another recipe I made from Steamy Kitchen last year.  Gorgonzola stuffed burgers!  It was so delicious but I actually forgot about the buns in the oven so we ended up w/ buns that felt like sawdust.  At least the meat was good!

Now…back to work!  How come freshman year first semester was the only time I was ever super serious about college???!  It’s super ironic b/c usually it’s the complete reverse situation for most people…

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Dear TGIF 2.12.10,

Despite the fact that Alex did not get me Kumquat Cupcakes as requested (just kidding!  it’s not his fault; this year they’re not delivering past 100th st.), I made him a surprise gift on friday–macaroons!  I’ve always wanted to try making my own but was deterred by the fact that Westside doesn’t carry almond flour.  But while I was looking through East Village Kitchen, I discovered an adaption of David Lebovitz’s recipe, and she mentions that you can make the flour yourself.  Which I did…  I think it would have been faster to make the trip to Whole Foods because it took FOREVER to skin those things.

The first batch, I slightly overdid, the tops cracked, and my macaroons didn’t develop their “feet”.  The second batch, I made them too big (I stopped using the pastry bag because it was driving me nuts), and thus they cracked even more.  But the taste was perfect :]

Notice the take out boxes in the background?  I was so caught up in making these; I forgot to make dinner!

Seeing as these are notoriously hard to perfect,  they weren’t terrible for a first try.  I’ll try them again later this week and update this post.  Fingers-crossed for better macaroons next time!

I also picked up a book I’ve been meaning to read from Book Culture: Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant.  Although I usually don’t eat by myself, I heard very good things about this book, and it was only $6.95!  They also have Heat (one of my favorite books of all time about a NY Times writer who goes to work for Batali) for $6.95 and Sky High (which is a cake book that both the East Village Kitchen and Smitten Kitchen love) for $13.95.  I stood in the cold for a good 5 min contemplating the purchase of this book.  But ultimately I knew that since I rarely make cupcakes or cookies, I probably wouldn’t make 3 layer cakes.

All in all, today was a pretty lovely day!  Happy Valentine’s Weekend!

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Dear Breakfast Gods 2.7.10,

Popovers — Two Ways

It’s no secret that my favorite meal of the day is breakfast, and because I’m never up early enough to catch this meal, I have it for lunch and dinner on a regular basis.

Today, after being woken up bright and early at 1pm by a dad who’s snowed in over at Washington, D.C. (and super bored, I might add), I decided to make the David Lebovitz popover recipe I’ve been meaning to make for two weeks now.  If you love dessert, France, and bizarre food adventures (like truffle hunting), his blog is a must see.  It’s contending for the number 1 spot on my favorite food blogs list (right next to the Amateur Gourmet).

Popovers are essentially rolls that look like muffins but are hollow inside; apparently they’ve been around since the 1800s.  There’s a novelty cafe devoted to this little oddity over on Broadway and 86th called Popover Cafe.  My small group leader a few years ago actually took a bunch of girls here and liked it.  I stayed in Hartley saying I had a CC paper due in 3 hours (which was true) but predictably, I fell asleep instead.

The Lebovitz recipe calls for the popovers to be rolled in cinnamon sugar.  I liked it; it was like having a doughnut.  But…the popovers tasted a little too eggy.  Maybe it’s because they didn’t fully reach the popover stage?  This first batch wasn’t quite hollow inside, and I think it may be because I opened the oven so much to check on them (I used mini-muffin pans so the timing was different from the original recipe).  Note, it tasted less eggy after a few hours.

With the second batch, I decided to create a savory filling of bacon, cheddar cheese, and white button mushrooms.  This batch hollowed out nicely, and the bacon mix was delicious!  All-in-all a great breakfast and super quick (this recipe is just pour into blender, zap for a few seconds, pour into cups, and voila!)!  Now…I have to work before I get started on my superbowl feast!  Happy superbowl sunday all!

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