Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Earlier this week I showed you guys an expensive coffee table I would really like to own. I even found a cheap approximation and a DIY project, which I think might be too expensive to justify executing.
I thought it would be nice to end the week by directing you to a house tour of a couple who have made a lovely home by using a lot of imagination and love. You don't need money to be thoughful about making your home look nice. Elias and Theresa have their own blog, orange juice etc , and the tour was hosted by designsponge. Please view, and enjoy your weekend.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
So there's what you get and there's what you would get if you didn't have to be limited by silly things like a budget. I love this coffee table, but at almost 400 big ones, it's going to have to stay on the dreamier, inspirational side of my shopping endeavours. Y-base coffee table, you are a looker.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Here's some info about some of our local oysters. Check it out.
Friday, February 11, 2011
I know I didn't post much this week. It was not a big food week for me; actually it was more of a slow, take-out instead of cooking kind of week. Hey, it happens.
Electronically I gained a new (home) computer and lost my work comp (Tolva 'prophet of numbers' R.I.P). It's the circle of life you know?
Anyway, I will be back with more fun tidbits next week, so keep checking back here. In the meantime, enjoy your weekend and this song 'For You,' indeed.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Last night I had the best take out from my local place, Chinese Musician (serving Greenpoint since 1982). I love that tag line. Hey, if they have been around for almost 30 years, then they are doing something right.
Anyway, I ordered seafood dumplings in soup and cabbage with black mushrooms, because I am trying to eat like the USDA says I should. It was da bomb. I am looking forward to finishing it tonight.
P.S. I will buy a beer for anyone who can tell me what show this block was featured on.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
2. Add bacon to your chili like Joey does. Yum!
3. Saute mushrooms with chipotle chilies and eat them taco style like me.
4. Pan roast pork chops with green peppers and tomatoes like my mom.
5. Share some other ideas with the rest of us!
Friday, January 28, 2011
This was the last pie that we ate. It was probably a bad idea, since we still had cake, but hey you only turn 30 once, right?
This is the last pie we made. It was half tomatillo salsa and half homemade red sauce, goat cheese and pepper jack with shallots. We haven't tried this one yet.
This is what I look like when I blow out candles. Stunning! I know.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Berkshire Pork Belly, Rock Shrimp, Turnips, Romesco, Sherry Caramel
"Smores," Graham Cracker Ice Cream, Toasted Marshmallow,
"Hot" Chocolate Ganache
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
What did I end up making with what I found? One night Joey and I had a cauliflower souffle and pasta with chopped grilled chicken dressed in a parsley pesto. For Sunday brunch we had pancakes.
Anyway, I wanted to share some great substitutions that I made this weekend. The last one I didn't do this weekend, but I have done it before and it really works well, especially for pancakes.
1. Sour Cream! Replace buttermilk with it. Both have a tang, so it works really well. Omit the butter from the batter. You won't need it because sour cream is high in fat.
2. Sour Cream again! Omit cheese in your souffle recipe and add sour cream. Please note you will still need some cheese to dress the souffle dish.
3. Cauliflower! Use this to replace a bechamel sauce in your souffle. This is truly great because it will really make your souffle much healthier. Add about a heaping cup of cauliflower to a pot. Add about a cup of 1% milk and a bay leaf. Keep your cheese rinds people! I added them to the pot and it added so much flavor, without the fat. I also added a teaspoon of butter. When fully tender, remove from heat. Add a pinch of ground cloves and leave covered on stove. Then pick out bay leaf and cheese rinds. Put in blender and pulse until smooth. When this is cool, stir in three egg yolks and the sour cream. BAM! You've got something going on.
4. Parsley! Make a pesto per usual, but substitute parsley for the basil.
5. Flax seeds! When you don't have eggs, just take a tablespoon of flax seeds add about a 1/4 cup of water and heat over medium flame. Stir constantly until it has the consistency of egg whites. Let cool and add to pancake batter or cake batter.
What are your go to usurpers?
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I have no choice but to launder it when I get home, which means I'll have to walk around in my not so warm other coat while I do that. Argh. I am going to the closer but more expensive laundromat to get this done and I'm getting a bottle of wine to go with dinner.
On the bright side I'm making a new chicken dish tonight and my ham an cheese sandwich tastes pretty good right now.
Friday, January 14, 2011
This morning I woke up and wanted warm cereal. Since I didn't have oatmeal (which I love) or any kind of dry cereal, I decided to use the rice in my fridge. I was inspired by a rice pudding I had for dessert at an Indian restaurant this week.
The rice I had made on Monday was a creamy brown short grain. I had added salt, butter, a little lemon juice, a bay leaf, lemon zest and fresh chopped basil. I reasoned that this savory rice would easily and happily become a sweet warm breakfast with the help of maple syrup, milk and a microwave.
I know it may sound crazy, but I feel that the bay leaves leave a kind of perfumey quality to food and that lemon is always a welcomed ingredient in sweet dishes, as is a little salt. Lastly, basil is somewhat sweet and spicy, so that is why I went for it and it really did turn out great.
It inspired me to try to make a basil and lemon ice cream with my new ice cream maker. Anyone interested in trying it?!?
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
It was a big week for firsts. First week of the year. First full week of work. First time for many things I'm sure; like getting back on the work out wagon and the eating healthy wagon or whatever wagon you have resolved to sit tight on.
For any takers out there I'd like to offer some advice for staying healthy and enjoying the year ahead. The first thing I would say is don't be a slave to recipes. They are just guidelines. Follow your gut. If you're trying to shed a few pounds and like to eat rich food, don't deprive yourself! Make a big salad and eat a smaller portion of the richer food. I made risotto this week and only used two tablespoons of butter instead of the four the recipe called for and you know what? It was delicious.
I would also say, eat your vegetables when you can. Don't be afraid to serve some left over vegetables at breakfast, especially for brunch. My favorite thing is eggs over easy on top of an arugala salad. You can even throw vegtables into a scramble. Also, like I mentioned in my last few posts, you can add vegetables to pancakes and you can steam them up and eat them like hot cereal.
Lunch is a good time to get to the veggies too. Don't forget that beans are a great substitute for meat in sandwiches. Make a home made spread like hummus or a black bean one with a good kick of flavor. If you'r buying lunch skip the chips and get a side salad instead. You can also incorporate vegetables into your tuna or chicken salad.
Lastly, I would like you to remember that cookbooks are in your home to be used, not admired. Get in there and try something challenging. It's ok if you get a page or two a little dirty. And it's true you might not always succeed at what you're making, but I bet even then, you'll have a good story to tell. My point is have fun, get your hands dirty and don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone.
So that's it for my two cents. Enjoy the weekend. I leave you with the ever-wonderful David Bazan.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
1. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt to pasta and marinara sauce, sprinkle heavily with crushed red pepper flakes. Mix it all up and enjoy.
2. Steam chopped butternut squash with brown sugar and cinnamon. When tender, pour warm honey-infused milk over it and eat if for breakfast.
3. Coat sliced Spanish onions with olive oil and smoked paprika. Grill them, and then chop. Place onion on top of sprouts. Zest a lemon over it. Finish by drizzling olive oil and a little lemon juice over it. Season with salt.
4. Squeeze lime juice into rice at end of cooking and stir in a large mound of chopped cilantro.
5. I got this idea from my friend abby: spread roasted yams on pizza dough. Sprinkle with blue cheese. Toss arugula on top of pizza when it comes out of the oven.