Monday, April 15, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
|easy cinnamon rolls|
recipe after the jump
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
|i ate one before i took this picture!|
Sunday, November 25, 2012
|death by chocolate pumpkin cheesecake for thanksgiving dessert|
This is from the Death by Chocolate cook book by Marcel Desaulneire. He used to have a TV show...years ago.... My extended family moved to Williamsburg, Virginia about 15 years ago. When I visited we always stopped for an awesome meal at Marcel's restaurant the Trellis. (sadly closed a few years ago) It was there that I bought the autographed copy of the cookbook. Whenever I need something special that will wow the audience I pull something out of this book. This is a double decker chocolate and pumpkin cheesecake. You make each cheesecake separately…the chocolate one is made in a spring form pan and it has the crust. The pumpkin cheesecake…is baked in a regular cake pan without a crust then you put it on top.....and yes it is all topped off with chocolate ganache....wonderfully delicious and covers all cracked cheesecake issues....add the extra cookie crumbs on the sides to guild the lily...this is decadent and special...there are a lot of steps....none of them hard.
recipe after the jump
Monday, October 15, 2012
saturday morning i got up at 5 am....jumped in the car and headed to new york city to meet 3 friends and spend a wonderful day cooking and eating at the new york wine and food festival. this year they held master classes for the first time....and...we managed to get tickets to a bread and pasta master class with jim lahey and mark ladner... it was held at the international culinary center on broadway. i have seen the no knead bread recipe before....mark bittman wrote it up in the ny times...brit sent it to me last year....but every time i looked at it i thought...it can not possibly work.....it has to stick to the pot...it can not come out like bakery bread...well i saw jim lahey in person explain the fermentation process...he recommended to touch the dough as little as possible...i watched wide eyed as the dough slid out of the bowl like the sci fi movie the blob...and i can tell you it works like a charm....all it takes is time.
ok, so i got up late on sunday morning...went to williams & sonoma bought a pizza stone and a peel...i stocked up on flour and set to work on the plan. i found jim's pizza dough recipe in a recent bon appetit magazine on line and compared it back to the bread recipe.....same ingredients..so....i am thinking make a big batch of the pizza dough...split it after raising...because really, hubby and i can not eat 6 pizzas! so here we go! recipe after the jump
Sunday, September 23, 2012
|mark vetri's roast pork photo from bon appetit september 2012|
|mark bittman's tomato basil corn salad|
summer is almost gone.....usually i am packing for a two week vacation this time of year, but this year we went in july instead. being in new england in september is a great opportunity to take advantage of all that is ripe off the vine....tomatoes, corn....a fun time to try new recipes. mark bittman's what to eat right now column last week titled "shuck and awe" inspired me to do something different with my favorite vegetable....not that steaming and serving with butter and kosher salt isn't fantastic ...it totally is..but.... well why not combine it with other flavors? the tomato and basil salad with corn is a wonderful dish. i have made it twice in 7 days! beyond wonderful. this is a new favorite! for saturday late lunch i decided to try mark vetri's (september bon appetit) slow roasted glazed pork shoulder. it is definitely a weekend project because it requires some time...not so much work at all ....just time. (and surprisingly few ingredients..... this recipe is so delicious.....aromatic....so comforting! i can not think of enough adjectives....( and really i don't get italian from this flavor at all....just wonderfully subtle roasted pork and the cider vinegar glaze with brown sugar is the perfect note! prepared to be licking your sticky fingers! actually bailey had a rough day at home smelling the fantastic aroma of the pork roasting for 5 hours while we sat on the beach! go to the link for the salad...i steamed my corn first but mr. bittman went for raw....
recipe after the jump
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
|woo hoo look what they have in cali!|
recently i traveled with my husband to san diego...he for work...me using airline miles...to work from the hotel room and try and have a little fun in the evening. the weather never got out of the 60's...so much for relaxing by the pool on the weekend....only thing left to do when we both finished a long day of working was to poke around and find something decent to eat.....we stayed in the gas lamp district so plenty of tourist traps to pick from...but also some lovely, friendly people and really good food choices too.....(many of the friendly people i met were transplants from florida that were also freezing in the 60 degree weather......)
Dinner at the Merk Bistro the hostess was so friendly and genuine she talked us into eating there...and the food was so yummy we came back the next nite!
pictures and reviews after the jump