Sunday, October 30, 2011

Oh borscht!

I have to say, I'm not a big soup fan. I enjoy making them, but when it comes to eating them, I'm not often in the mood for soup. My mom loves it... she could probably eat nothing but soup every day and be happy. The one exception is when the colder months come, I find myself more willing to curl up with a bowl of soup and be satisfied.

Tonight I was trying to decide what to do with the remainder of a bag of beets that were languishing in the pantry. (Why can't you just buy one or two beets? Why must you always buy a whole bag!? I think it's a conspiracy...) Then it hit me... one of my 'wish list' dishes was borscht... I had never made the stuff, and from a quick rummage through the fridge, I had everything on hand I needed to make it, albeit a simplified version. So I took a cue from Sophie Dahl's recipe for Borscht and got cracking. (by the way, if you'd like a more authentic, and far more labor intensive version, try the Girl's Guide to Guns and Butter recipe for Classic Russian Borscht)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Playin' in The Kitchn

I've mentioned many times my love of the website The Kitchn... and today I love it a little more. A question I submitted recently has been posted as today's Good Question! :D 

So, head on over to see what the readers recommend for my green tea dilemma: 

How Else Can I Use Loose Leaf Green Tea?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Candy corn counts as a vegetable, right?

So here we are, a week from my favorite holiday of the year, Halloween. It always seems to sneak up on me so I don't often do much to celebrate it, though this year I had the rare pleasure of venturing to Salem, MA with one of my best friends from back home. I'm still putting together a post on our adventure, so instead today I share with you a project I've been waiting to do this month: Candy Corn Cupcakes.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Eye of newt and toe of frog...

Sorry for the gap in posts, I took a small break for a trip with my friend, Allison. It was a long time in the works (we're talking years), but we finally ventured down to Salem, Massachusetts for some Halloween goodness.

I will be writing up a post on our adventures (and of course the food) soon, but in the meantime, please watch this important lesson on why you should eat vegetables with every meal... (and I dare you not to get the song stuck in your head for the rest of the day... you're welcome!):

For more fiendishness, visit Amy Winfrey's Making Fiends.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tastes like autumn: Pumpkin Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of those things it seems people either love or hate. My mom, for example, won't touch the stuff (no matter how often I try to get her to have some), while I quite enjoy it, especially when the weather turns cooler. That being said, I much prefer steel-cut oats than the rolled/quick cook stuff... I find it has a much more satisfying taste and texture. So with autumn rolling in, there are baked pumpkin oatmeal recipes flying all over the place and they all call for rolled oats. Having tried one of these recipes recently, I was not impressed... the thing I don't like about rolled oats is the glue-y texture they end up with, and baking them just seems to amplify that. It was like a big casserole dish of pumpkin-scented paste. *herk*

So! This morning I decided to try my own version of Pumpkin Oatmeal using steel-cut oats, and I must admit, the finished product is much more appealing:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The road to Hell is paved with my recipes

I love experimenting and trying new things, and I understand that with that comes the risk of things not turning out perfectly. And most of the time that's fine... you do your best to correct, end up with a so-so end result and likely learn a valuable lesson in the process. However every now and then, despite your best intentions and efforts, some recipes simply fail.

It is these failures I hate the most. There is nothing to salvage from them, other than to learn what *not* to do next time. Granted, this can be a valuable lesson in and of itself, yadda yadda, but I don't have to stick a fork in an electrical outlet to know I shouldn't do it :P

Saturday, October 1, 2011

No such thing as too much jam

So, the jam exchange is complete. I sent off my jam to my partner and got hers in the mail this past weekend. I was so excited to try them in fact, I proclaimed it was pancakes for dinner just so I'd have an excuse to open them all for a taste ;)

Here's how we did...