if at first you don’t succeed

December 13, 2010 § 4 Comments

try and try again….right? i found a recipe for sweet potato bread in a library book and i happened to have leftover sweet potatoes. well this past week i attempted to make what i thought would be a delicous moist and fluffy sweet potato bread. imagine hawaiian sweet bread (for those of you not familiar, it’s acutal sweet. bread. i made the mistake of ordering sweetbread and apples at a restaurant expecting bread and apples, whoops!) meets banana bread meets a streussal topping. yes, i was drooling. this recipe for sweet potato bread called for yeast. my experience with yeast doughs consists of pizza dough and the infamous no knead bread. so i am not sure if my missstep was over kneading, under kneading, water was not warm enough for the yeast, added too much flour while kneading (i mean look at my hands, good thing i will be going to school!), or all of the above?  needless to say, this dream didn’t become a reality.  out of my oven came this hideous flat orange brick.  although i ate a slice, i wouldn’t share it with anyone. oh well, back to the kitchen with this one.  not sure if i should post the recipe. let me know if you want it and i will go ahead and add it on. do you have any advice for yeast breads?

brussel sprouts

December 10, 2010 § 7 Comments

i can say that as a child, i had the good fortune of not being forced to eat brussel sprouts. if that were the case, brussel sprouts  would inevitably be met with the same resistance as tomatoes. with that being said, i am quite fond of brussel sprouts. i have recently discovered them for myself in my kitchen and have only made them one way. oven roasted and heavily salted.  i use a recipe by ina garten where she likens the salting of the brussel sprouts to the salting of french fries. that’s what sold me. i have yet to be disappointed.  how do you like your brussel sprouts?

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stuffed tomatoes

December 8, 2010 § 6 Comments

this dinner dish is per my husband’s request. the recipe is from a french cookbook, bocuse in your kitchen, that my mother-in-law gave me. i have a confession to make, i am still learning to love tomatoes. i know. it’s sad. i really want to love them. i am trying to and this recipe helps. the roasted tomatoes melt into the mini meatloaf that it holds and all the flavors blend together. and did i mention that there’s bacon in it? that always helps. i like tomatoes bacon enough to enjoy a blt. to be honest, when i first read over this recipe my eyes glazed over, there were so many steps and some not too common ingredients (chopped leftover boiled beef or veal, ya sure, it’s in my freezer from that other meal that required boiled veal). i tailored this recipe to accommodate what i typically have in my kitchen and i consolidated some steps to prevent dirtying every pot and pan in the house. feel free to tweak it to accommodate your kitchen, i mean if you have leftover boiled veal, by all means, enjoy.

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mahi mahi papillote

December 7, 2010 § 1 Comment

there was a request for a few simple meals, here is the first, mahi mahi papillote. papillote is a french method of cooking food in a pouch. i adapted this recipe from an episode of good eats with alton brown. there are several things i like about a papillote, it’s healthy, it effortlessly includes vegetables, you can change it up to suit your mood and my favorite, there is minimal clean up. i picked up the mahi mahi at costco and i used some vegetables i had around the kitchen. i went for an asian inspired marinade, however, feel free to let your mood guide you. disclaimer, it dawned on my that i am the type of cook that adds a little of this and a little of that…i’m not so good at recording measurements while i cook. i realize i am going to have to get better at that if i am going to be sharing what i make with you. so please, bear with me.

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tied up with string

December 2, 2010 § 4 Comments

a friend of mine asked me to send her some s’mores. she lives across the country and i wasn’t really sure of a way to package them that was attractive and practical. after some brainstorming, inspiration came. i recalled how nyc delis wrap gigantic sandwiches with parchment paper. if parchment paper can contain a mile high blt then surely it can contain a s’more. a little bit of vintage ribbon and viola! they are almost too cute to eat. almost.

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