If you haven’t it’s not too late! Take mom out for a fancy meal – bake mommy something sweet – give grandmama a giant hug – rub your mother’s feet! I started early by taking my mom out for cocktails Saturday night because I’m finally old enough to do so.
If you need a deliciously adorable idea try these Mayo Butterfly Cupcakes! This is part 3 of the Chocolate Cakeoff and it is a delightful, homey option when making cake batter. The result had a mild metallic aftertaste to me but my family didn’t notice. I will say the batter is delectable and 100% safe to eat which probably makes this the winning batter of all time in my book. Mayo is essentially eggs and oil…the two things you’ll notice are missing from this recipe. I’d really like to know if this would work with Veganase because that would be just the dandiest thing ever (I’m using a lot of positive D words today) for my vegan friends! Read more
I was awestruck today when I realized I have gone through almost every one of the New England Soup Factory’s Chicken Soup recipes. Seriously. There is only ONE left I haven’t tried because it’s very simple and more about presentation than substance. Presentation is wonderful but I usually make a big batch of chicken soup every 2-4 weeks so I have something when I (or friends/relatives) inevitably get sick. I usually freeze half the batch in single serve portions and keep the rest in my fridge to eat over the week. I really wanted to try something new and since there was one recipe left, which I magically had some of the essential ingredients for, off I went!
This soup recipe is called a Caribbean Chicken soup however it taste far more reminiscent of thai curry to me…only without as much of the spice. It’s not awful however it’s not something I’d consider remarkable. If I were to make it again I would most likely take it a step further and incorporate more traditional thai flavors. I don’t think it was as good as my Thai Chicken Noodle but I can see how these two recipes could be combined to create a Thai Curry Chicken soup…sans noodle. Read more
Happy Cinco De Mayo! I had planned to make some elaborate delicious dish but I’ve been dealing with job interviews and classes and my kitchen has been sadly underutilized this week :-(
In the spirit of the day however here is my absolute favorite variation on guacamole. The addition of buttermilk makes this cool, tangy and refreshing to pair with spicy tortilla chips. It’s also very satisfying on a hot day.
Holy Guacamole Batman!
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/2 medium onion, minced
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- Juice and zest of 1 lime
- 2-3 cloves garlic
Mix all of these ingredients in a food processor, or mash in by hand, and voila delicious dip! If you want to thin it out add more buttermilk or water–it makes a great salad dressing. Like it a little thicker? Add in some extra avocado and try using it as a sandwich spread with jalapeno, turkey and cheddar. Mmmm Mmmm Mmmmmmmmmm. Read more
This is just a fluff post sharing a treasure my best friend found for me at a thrift store in San Francisco. It is from a Phi Kappa Phi cookbook from the St. Olaf College in Minnesota — published 1920.
“We may live without poetry, music and art;
We may live without conscience and live without heart,
We may live without friends, we may live without books,
But civilized man cannot live without cooks.
We may live without books, what is knowledge but giving;
We may live without hope, what is hope but deceiving?
We may live without love, what is passion but pining?
But where is the man who can live without dining?”