I received the March issue of Vogue in today's mail... soooo disappointed. Aunt Sandy is mentioned on the cover and has a multi page article/ photo spread in which she gushes about 'tablescapes' and waxes poetic about her time at Le Cordon Bleu in Canada (where she took a course once). "Instead of making truffles from scratch, I realized I could use premade chocolate icing, adding extra confectioners' sugar and vanilla extract." Yep, a quote directly from her in Vogue about how to cook. How did this make it past Jeffrey Steingarten??? How!! Thoughts, anyone?
I am convinced he stole the pea puree... why oh why didn't the judges send him home for cheating?
Hi everyone! I'm trying to perfect a homemade version of the queso dip they serve at most Tex-Mex restaurants. Yes, I know the quick version: open a can of Ro-Tel tomatoes and stir into melted velveeta. Yuck.
I would like to make it without using Velveeta or other hyper processed cheese. Is this even possible? Any and all recipes/ suggestions would be ever so appreciated. :-)
Hi everyone! I am making a Buche de Noel to take to the hubby's office party. Unfortunately, I just realized there isn't enough parchment paper to line the jelly roll pan. It is raining cats and dogs here and I REALLY don't want to go out. But I will if necessary. Shudder and shiver. lol
Is it possible to use a silpat liner rather than the parchment paper? I know they are interchangeable when it comes to cookies but what about a cake? I'm worried that it will adversely affect the texture. Any opinions? Thanks so much. :-)
We were to have enjoyed a simple yet elegant Christmas Eve dinner (have to do the dinner on Christmas Eve because we are flying out of the country on Christmas evening): Frenched prime rib roast from Niman Ranch (already ordered but not yet shipped), fingerling potatoes, haricot verts, a lovely salad with brie and black truffles, crusty French bread, and apple tarte tatin.
It was to have been our tiny family (hubby, child and me) along with a few close friends. But now there are a few family members who have decided to join us (flying in from out of state to do so). Wonderful, right? Well, it would be. However. One elderly couple insists that there be a 'proper' Christmas dinner. Complete with ham, turkey, stuffing, cranberry relish, etc...
We don't care for ham and just had turkey at Thanksgiving. Is there any way to merge the two menus that doesn't look disjointed and weird? Also, I don't want a lot of leftovers as we are flying out the very next day.
Any suggestions would be really appreciated!
Hi everyone! Hubby and I want to make homemade frozen yogurt but every time I've tried to make it (we have a cuisinart ice cream machine) it turns out icy and gross. I want something like you used to get at TCBY... a nice chocolate or vanilla. Any suggestions/ recipes? Thanks bunches!
Hi everyone! Does anyone have a good recipe for green tea ice cream? I want to make it this weekend but cannot find a good recipe. Thanks ever so much!!
Hi all... well, our annual office Christmas party was last night. Hubby had WAY too much to drink and was the 'life' of the party. This is not a good thing (to quote Martha). Totally embarrassed me in front of my boss and coworkers. After wrestling him into a cab and listening to him hug the white throne all night long I want to serve him something "special" for breakfast. Yes, I am being quite evil and devious. Any suggestions on what would turn the tummy most yet be absolutely delicious for a morning after breakfast? I thought of bacon and eggs but that is kind of boring. Payback is heck.... muwhahahahahaha....
I just got home from vacation and, while nicely rested and relaxed, I am still miffed over the latest news from Knoxville, TN. They are no longer going to be milling White Lily flour in the south! http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/18/dining/18flour.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=dining
Any suggestions (aside from freezing a ton of it?)
Yeah, it's 2 am and I have insomnia. Soooo, what better way to kill the time until the tylenol pm kicks in than to mull over summertime? What food is your favorite summertime fare? I have a weakness for tomato sandwiches and freshly picked/ cooked lady peas. No, not together. Although... lol
From childhood my summer must have was sno-kones - there used to be a truck that came through our neighborhood selling the BEST sno-kones. I always got rainbow flavor. Sigh.
Should be fun talking about what we love from summer now v/s when we were kids. ;-P
Hi y'all... I was reading the ten things you'll never find in my kitchen list and it occurred to me just how different my darling hubby and I are on the food front. I grew up in the southern United States. Blonde haired blue eyed WASP with a southern accent. The only child of a researcher dad and an artist mom. My hubby grew up in Hawaii- he is half Hawaiian, half Filipino. Huge Catholic family- which I totally envy... how much fun he had growing up with all those cousins!
Anyway, he has introduced me to loads of food items that I didn't even know existed. Some I love (Portuguese bean soup with sweet bread for dipping) and some I loathe (adobo). What are your cross cultural food experiences?
We will be in Laurel, MD next week and want to go somewhere that offers a really good chef's tasting menu. We've done Citronelle and Bistro Francais as well as Charleston and want to try somewhere new. Any suggestions?
Hi all! The dear hubby and I are taking the day off from work tomorrow to go strawberry picking. I am making jam but also want to make a homemade strawberry layer cake. Like the kind my mom made when I was a kid - but without using a cake mix and jello (in her defense- she did use real strawberries in the cake). Does anyone have a good recipe for that kind of layer cake? Oh, and what kind of frosting should I use? Thanks in advance!!
I live at the beach and swimsuit season is right around the corner. Ack!! Ack!! Oh, and ACK!! Unless I want to frighten small children and embarrass myself I need to diet. However, I want to do it in a foodie way- with good low calorie homemade dishes. Help!??!!?? What is the best 'light' recipe you have? Links and/ or recipes would be soooo appreciated!
I have been baking bread with no trouble for years. Now, out of the blue, my loaves are turning out all soggy and underdone in the middle. We have recently moved to a new area and I now have a gas oven. Could this be the problem? Help, please!
We usually get good (aka not from a chain) pizza delivered. Then I make nachos with all the fixings- everything from shredded chicken that I grill the night before, to black beans and fresh cilantro. We also have plenty of adult beverages and a veggie tray. However, I am bored with this. Does anyone have any fun suggestions for Super Bowl Sunday? Oh yeah, inspired by Mario Batali's blog I'm making cheesecake and Boston Cream pie for the sweet stuff. Thanks bunches!!
It would be remiss of me to leave Ranch out of Sauced any longer. Ranch has always been a little heavy-handed for me. Unless I had a reason to drown the flavor of whatever I was eating, I rarely dipped into it. This homemade version, on the other hand, strikes a mellower tone with creamy, rich buttermilk and fresh parsley, chives, and dill.