June 10, 2011
I’m a mess in the kitchen. A literal mess. I always pick bowls too small for the ingredients that need to go in them, and flour, juices and who-knows-what go flying everywhere when it’s time to mix. I will say that most of my messes still translates into delicious (or at least edible) products. There was this one time where it didn’t. For Christmas dinner in 2009, my sister and I decided to make three kinds of gluten-free mini cupcakes for dessert. We really wanted to make red velvet cupcakes, but my sister wanted to make it red the natural way, and not by squirting the food coloring into the batter. So, we used beets. They didn’t turn out. They weren’t red. They weren’t anything actually because the whole gluten-free baking experiment failed. It was a hilarious failure. When I saw a post for all natural red velvet cake, I knew had to include it in this week’s link love. Unfortunately, it is not gluten free, but I am sure people with more experience than us in gf baking (which is everyone) can modify it to get similar results.
All Natural Red Velvet Cake from Sophistimom
Banana Curry Chicken Foil Packets from Clean Eating
Strawberry Balsamic Flatbread from Joy the Baker
Strawberry Pie from Gourmade at Home
Black Bean, Quinoa and Citrus Salad from Eat, Live, Run
Is anyone not a messy cook? More mess, more fun, right?
May 6, 2011
I know it’s finally spring when my standard banana oatmeal with peanut butter for breakfast starts to seem less appealing, hot coffee gets traded for iced coffee and I want lemon flavored everything. The problem with my sweet tooth is that I can’t handle anything too sweet and lemon can come off very tart and/or sugary sweet. A recipe from Cooking Light for a lemon muffin seems to have perfected my call for a not-so-sweet sweet. I guess the only way I’ll know for sure is to whip up a batch and taste them myself!
Tuscan Lemon Muffins from Cooking Light
Chicken with Quick Mole Sauce from Eating Well
Mexican Brownie Bottom Cheesecake from Pennies on a Platter
Maple Cinnamon ABU from Oh She Glows
Tomato-Basil Lasagna with Prosciutto from Cooking Light
How do you know it’s spring?
February 18, 2011
- For my hand to no longer need a cast
- To be done with my last four assignments so I can graduate
- That I will get time off from my part-time job so I can celebrate graduation with a trip to Austin, TX
- I didn’t have excuses for not posting as often as I would like, but unfortunately I do, and they are listed above
The good thing is other awesome people find plenty of time to post regularly, and I am finding time to read their posts. I spend probably 80 percent of my time on the Internet looking at food, and I figured I may as well have something to show for that. Thus, I decided to do weekly link love posts where I direct you to my favorite posts and recipes from the week.
Pear-Vanilla Brown Butter Bars from Piece of Cake
Salmon Corn Chowder with Quick and Healthy Cornbread from Clean Eating
Tomato Walnut Basil Pasta from Oh She Glows
Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake from Miss Lemonie
Miso-Ginger Wild Rice with Carrots and Cabbage from Whole Foods
Feel free to let me know in the comments section any good recipes you made or spotted this week!
January 17, 2011
Remember how I recently shared that I broke my right wrist three years ago? Ironically, a few days after I wrote that post, I found out I broke a bone in my right hand from another fall. So, my dominant hand is back in a cast for 4-6 weeks. This time the cast is purple. To comfort myself, I splurged on some non-dairy frozen dessert. I also have spent too much time thumbing through my cookbooks, longing for the time when I can afford to get my right hand dirty again. And just because I like to tease myself, I have found even more cookbooks I would like to add to my collection.
Radically Simple: Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease by Rozanne Gold
Things I look for in recipes: easy-to-follow directions, simple and minimal ingredients, great flavor combinations. Check, check and check.
Twain’s Feast: Searching for America’s Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens by Andrew Beahrs
Not a true cookbook but definitely a cooking inspiration book, this one just perpetuates my obsession with the man from MO.
The Chicago Diner Cookbook by Jo A. Kaucher
I finally went to this famous meat-free restaurant last weekend, and it was just as good as I hoped. Now, I want to eat there all the time, and this cookbook could help satisfy my cravings.
What other cookbooks should I add to my list?