July 26, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine
Sometimes, when I cook or bake, I have a very specific idea of what I want to make. I go out and find a recipe for what I want and gather the necessary ingredients. Other times, it is a very creative process and I just throw things together and hope for the best. On rare occasion, I look in the fridge and pantry and then find a recipe to fit the ingredients that I already have.
Raiding the pantry and making do with what I have is tricky because inevitably I come up short with one of the necessary ingredients. And most often, there is no substitute for that ingredient. So, when raiding the pantry does work out, it is particularly satisfying.
Last week, I picked up some frozen blackberries at the grocery store. One day, I hope to be able to walk out in my yard and pick my own fresh berries. Until then, frozen will have to do. I figured I’d do something with them and at the very least, I could always mix them in my oatmeal. After browsing through my King Arthur Whole Grains Baking cookbook, I found a recipe for Sour Cream Muffins. Lo and behold, I had every ingredient, including the berries.
Category Food | Tags: baking,blackberries,breakfast,food,King Arthur,muffins,pantry,pastry,recipe,sour cream,whole grains | 7 Comments
July 23, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine
I discovered tastespotting.com this week. They call themselves a visual potluck. A few of my pictures have been accepted for publication on their site. It is a fun place to discover new and interesting recipes, especially for all you Pinners out there.
These cookies look amazing. I love that they are a toffee cookie without a lick of toffee in them. Cooking is just simplified chemistry.
Sriracha has a cult-like following. These wings may make me join said cult.
If my brother’s girlfriend learns how to make these, he will marry her. The boy, who used to get a jar of Claussen pickles in his Christmas stocking every year, simply could not resist. (Just to be clear, she doesn’t need to learn how to make these, but homemade pickles wouldn’t hurt.)
I really need the Kitchen Fairy to gift me with an ice cream maker. Kitchen Fairy, my list can be found here.
Ceviche is one of my favorite summer treats. It is the antithesis of what most Americans think of as Mexican food. Light, crisp, and full of fresh veggies and seafood.
Asparagus Cheese Tarts, a perfect Meatless Monday meal, no? Also, have you ever seen asparagus in a garden? Freaky looking stuff, man.
Go forth and eat, friends!
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June 25, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine
My Drunk Kitchen. Go watch it. You’ll laugh your heinie off.
Tina Fey’s prayer for her daughter pretty much sums it all up.
Another cool photo re-creation site.
What I’m reading.
What Tim is reading.
A book I covet.
This is yet another reason teachers need to be paid more.
Category Links | Tags: baking,daughters,Dear Photograph,erik larson,in the garden of beasts,links,My Drunk Kitchen,PIe in the Sky,salary,teachers,The Hunger Games,Tina Fey | No Comments
June 21, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine
In this house, we don’t sully our rhubarb with berries. Not strawberries or raspberries. We like ’em tart. Berries add too much sweetness.
Last weekend, the farmer’s market had some gorgeous rhubarb. Thick stalks that were jewel-like in green and red.
We snagged some and made some rhubarb pie. It is beloved by my mama and my husband. They bond over rhubarb.
Start by making pie crust. You’ll need a top and bottom. I use this recipe and I double it.
For the rhubarb fruit filling, I used this recipe. Chop the rhubarb, then mix it with sugar, flour and salt.
Roll out your bottom crust and press it into your pie plate.
Add your fruit filling. Dot with butter. We forgot to do this and the pie was still good.
Roll out your top crust and cut vents. We tried to use a very small biscuit cutter to create a cool, mod circle design. It just sort of looks weird. Oh well.
Center your vents over your pie, crimp the edges, and trim the excess.
Brush with an egg wash. It makes the pie shiny and pretty.
Let it cool. It will be difficult, but you can do it. I believe in you.
When it has cooled completely, cut a slice. Add some vanilla ice cream if you are so inclined. I was inclined. My mom and Tim…they’re purists.
Category Food | Tags: baking,butter,cooking,desserts,farmers market,food,fruit desserts,pie,pie crust,rhubarb,rhubarb pie,summer | 1 Comment
June 20, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine
My mom left this morning. Sad face.
She was here for ten glorious days. We had a great time.
We also sewed a pillowcase and a crib sheet, which I don’t have pictures of yet.
Then, we baked.
Creamy Blueberry Lime Loaf Cake.
Sorry about the terrible picture. This was the best I could do. The forks were a-flyin’. It’s a testament to how good this was.
Homemade Strawberry and Nutella Pop Tarts. Strawberry on the left, Nutella on the right.
Morning Glory Muffins
We also just hung out. We played with the baby. We explored Louisville, Boulder, and Denver. We played cards and board games. We went to Rocky Mountain National Park. We took walks. We giggled and made silly jokes.
I love my mama.
Category Family | Tags: baking,daughters,family,fun,mom,mothers,relationships,sewing,visiting | 4 Comments