I wanted to bake madeleines before I had ever tasted one. How can you resist those adorable little tea cakes, in all their shell-shaped glory?! Unfortunately, baking madeleines requires a madeleine pan (OK, you could certainly bake them in muffin tins, but are they really madeleines without the shell shape?). Because there are so many other kitchen gadgets/accessories that can serve multiple...
I can’t remember the last time I went to the grocery store. That really never happens to me. I have been known to go to the grocery store every day for an entire week, sometimes to pick up items for dinner and sometimes just to pick up one ingredient that I need for a certain baked good. Because of my current lab-law office-lab schedule, I haven’t had much time or energy to get to...
Orange Cranberry Bread
Good morning. What do you like to eat for breakfast? I love having this orange cranberry bread for breakfast. It’s not too sweet or cake-y, and the tart cranberries are a great little wake-up call. It is best the day it is baked because the sugar in the batter forms a crispy crackly crust that contrasts nicely with the soft moist interior. Orange Cranberry Bread from Baking Bites ...
I have generally always been afraid to try new things: mostly due to an intense fear of failure and embarassment, underscored by insecurity and indecisiveness. This is something that stems back from my childhood; my parents always characterized me as having “a cautious nature.” As I grew older and gained confidence in myself, I began to progress from trying little things (making new...
Since I had an almost full day at lab last Saturday, Andreas planned our afternoon snack/early dinner/playoff game meal. I came home to a grilled lamb burger with goat cheese, greek salad, on toasted onion foccaccia. Um, hello most awesome little burger, where have you been all my life??
Remember when I finally figured out how to cook rice? I was so excited to use my leftover risotto to make arancini, or fried risotto balls… except… there were no leftovers. This time I made sure to make more than enough risotto, just so I could stuff a handful with cheese, bread it, and pan-fry it. Arancini (Fried Risotto Balls) This was kind of a “fly by the seat of your...
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Tomato, Corn, and Black Bean Salsa/Salad (...and...
This is one of those super easy dishes that we throw together every week or two to accompany our taco salads or fish tacos. It has evolved over the years; we started making our salsa (more accurately, pico de gallo) with just diced tomatoes, some finely minced onion, squeeze of lime, salt and pepper, and lots of cilantro. After Chipotle opened a few locations (finally) in the neighboring area,...
Peanut Butter Krispy Bars
If a rice krispy treat and a peanut butter cup were to cross the line that divides candy and dessert and have a torrid love affair, THIS would be their decadent lovechild. Rich creamy peanut butter topped with dark chocolate icing, all on top of puffy crispyness, a.k.a. awesome topped with awesome, all on top of awesomeness. I’m just sayin. Yes, I admit, not so talented with a knife or...
Orange Chicken and Potstickers
Sometimes I really crave Chinese take-out. My family mostly cooked Chinese food when I was growing up, but these dishes you won’t normally find on a menu in a Chinese restaurant. Sure, there were a lot of different kinds of stir fry, but nothing was battered and deep-fried, fried rice was made solely to use up leftovers, and we very rarely made dumplings from scratch. After moving to...
A New Year.
I have neglected this little space of mine since the holidays, but now I am back in Boston, resuming my east coast life. A new year has begun.. how have two weeks already flown by??? 2010. Doesn’t it sound so science fiction-y? For some reason it is more so than any other 200_ year we’ve had. I half expect to look out my window and see highways of flying cars (like in The Jetsons...