Grad school student, studying library and information science at Simmons College in Boston, MA. I have lived in MA, ME, NY, and Munich, and currently live and cook and eat with my fiance; we are semi-adventurous eaters with boundaries :-)
Whole chicken on the grill!
2 poached eggs on whole grain toast with a side of bacon. Divine!
Glazed pork tenderloin
I'm a traditionalist--if it's good mac & cheese, I want it plain! Breadcrumbs are fun, and bacon's always good, but I love a plain mac & cheese that can really shine on its own.
In the summer, caprese salad is where it's at! In the winter, fresh pasta w/ olive oil and chopped herbs.
For the inexperienced, Jamie Oliver' Food Revolution book (fondly known in my house and my mom-in-law's house as "the red book")
For the experienced, Bouchon Bakery if they like to do desserts or pastries. This tome is gorgeous!
I don't know that it fits any category but my one of my new favorites is Ottolenghi's Jerusalem cookbook. The cod cakes are phenomenal. For desserts I can't get away from the Baked cookbooks--I like "explorations" the best but I have three of them and they're all yummy.
I like the organic chopped version from Trader Joe's; I haven't found one anywhere else I like as much (although with most TJ products, it is the same as one brand name product, just repackaged).
Eggs and buttery toast! Nothing quite like it for familiar, cozy, comforting goodness.
Asparagus tips and fresh peas, stirred into a light, white wine and lemon sauce over pasta, with a little parmesan...mmmm.
Cheez-its! Or those weird cinnamon star cookies from Snackwell's (during the reduced-fat craze in the 90's)
"Batter the cauliflower once, fry it briefly, pull it out, let it rest, batter it again, and cry until crisp."
I can't stop picturing someone sobbing next to a frying pan full of cauliflower...
If you're looking for the best atmosphere (views of the bay at sunset) AND delicious French food, ask for a balcony table at Asolare (near the Cruz Bay end of the island). The food is divine and the mixed drinks from the bar are also wonderful.
At the other end of the island in Coral Bay, Sweet Plaintains has amazing island-style food and offers rum tasting flights which is really something special. The bartender can answer questions about the different rums and tell you what to look for when tasting each.
For something more casual and less expensive, Skinny Legs is a great local spot (towards Coral Bay) with burgers and such, and often has local bands playing.
Any time you need to beat or mix anything--I've also heard it called the "beater blade". Batters, cookie doughs...it also works great as a potato masher!
Made this today as a "recovering from the flu" project and it is delicious. Took about 55 minutes in the oven and came out with a lovely caramelized outside and tender cakey inside. Lovely orange flavor (2 TB zest and 3 TB juice used almost exactly one large navel orange).
Candles, wine, cooking together...and then a cuddle!
My husband and I are moderately obsessed with the zucchini-turkey burgers in Ottolenghi's JERUSALEM cookbook. Much like a regular burger (egg, spices--cumin, salt, pepper-- and ground turkey) but with 2 C shredded zucchini, 3 sliced scallions, chopped parsley mixed in. Serve with a tahini/lemon juice/sumac/Greek yogurt sauce (divine)
Winter vegetable minestrone with lots of kale and some white beans & pasta.
@Tammy Coxen: The book says roll 1/8" thick (got a copy for Christmas)...so I guess a J is about 1/8 of an inch thick :-)
In terms of crackers, pretzels, I've had luck with Glutino; I like their pretzel twists and their cheddar crackers especially. Udi's bagels and breads are pretty good--they are a far cry from "real" bread but a decent substitute. Good luck!
Mine is Obviously Sweet but I also love Smitten Kitchen...and many others. But those are the top 2!
When we go out and have a healthy-to-us diet in mind, we usually look for seafood restaurants (love the grilled seafood at Legal's) or sushi (simple rolls are our go-to's: tuna maki, salmon maki, and rolls with daikon radish and/or cucumber, with a side of edamame). Generally, lean protein + veggies is what my husband and I think of.
I've done as @lux_lisbon suggested with success...I'm not sure I'd risk cutting one large cake into layers since I'd probably destroy it; also, you risk the middle being a bit mushy and the edges being dry.
Xochitl tortilla chips are awesome, packaged, and peanut-free!
Everything I've made from both the BAKED cookbook and the Martha Stewart Cookies cookbook has been a success, but for no-fail cookies I turn to chocolate black pepper cookies, a roll/refrigerate/slice type cookie. Easy, delicious.
My favorite kitchen wedding gift (I was married last weekend) is my Kitchenaid Pro 610. Love. It. I use it several times a week and the dough hook rocks!
Another favorite is my new knives, despite a mishap last night that means I'm off to the doc tomorrow to have my finger properly bandaged.
I'm loving my new All-Clad pots, and also the decent wooden spoon/tool set.
Nice wine glasses, nice everyday plates, nice flatware.
Registering is so much fun; I hope you enjoy it!
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