must.bake.







I really really need to make something. Something good. My cookies came out kinda weird because I was missing an ingredient...and now I'm too tired to make up another batch. My arms are dying over here!

Can You Say..Butter?

I loveeeee butter. I basically use it in everything and on everything. I decided to look into to it this morning, especially since I am about to use 2 cups of it in various baked goodies today.

I guess we should start with what butter even is, right? Well, I found that butter is pretty much is an emulsion of the concentrated fat of milk and some water. It can be made from milk, cream, or both of these ingredients. Butter is most frequently made from cows' milk but it can also be made from the milk of other mammals, such as sheep, goats, buffalo, and yacks. The color of the butter also varies from dark yellow to creamy which due to what the animal's are fed on or how they were manipulated with colorings during the manufacturing process. Is this getting boring? lol

Apparently a book can be written about butter.. because this is such an extensive topic..we will revisit this in a serious of posts. Here are some images in the mean time:



Rainy Monday Image Dump


They say that a bowl of soup on a rainy day can make it all better. So here is an image dump of soups. Manny and I will be out at the barn playing with Jet in the rain/mud. :)




What.A.Mess


I'm using this not-so-sunny Sunday to organize my recipe keeper..and also make the "menu" for this weeks meals. I really need to start getting organized, especially with school starting next Monday (I'm officially a grad student)!!!!

The Month Ahead.. (part 1)

Like I said yesterday...I was planning some of the upcoming months baking activities. Here's whats on the list so far for April. And I am going to try my best to adapt my treats to what is going on that day....o, and obviously I will still be cooking regularly everyday..this is just in addition to. :D


Day/Event:

1 - Manny's B-day
4 - Earth Day
12 - Jet's B-Day
16 - MY B-DAY!!!
17 - Great American Bake Sale/National Food Bloggers Bake Sale



The Great American Bakesale

I really really want to try and do one of these. It is for a good cause, and you get to bake! What could be better?! I wish I had found out about the National Food Bloggers Bake Sale day earlier... I don't think I can get one together by the 17th.. but I'm going to give it a try. :)


more information can be found here or here --> The Great American Bake Sale

The Month Ahead..


I have been planning out the next few months of baking "activities." These include, but are not limited to, a bake sale, birthday cookies and cakes, and holiday baking. Its going to be a busy month, especially with school starting in less than two weeks!

Waffles with an Awesome Syrup

Alright. Finally breakfast is complete! And thankfully my non-diagnosed ADHD didn't ruin my strawberry syrup..I accidentally got distracted taking pictures of Manny while I was impatiently waiting for the syrup to come to a boil, and BAM! by the time I turned around it was practically boiling over the pot. My bad, thats what people say right?!

The syrup wasn't the only mishap though. I really badly wanted to make my waffles from scratch, but leave it to me to be out of baking powder when you need it most, so I had to go with my default Aunt Jamima, but thats ok, because she makes a pretty delish waffle base.

Anyways, despite all that had happened, my breakfast came out great! I was even dipping leftover waffles into the pot of syrup while was doing the dishes :x



Happy Friday!

So I'm thinking that since I haven't cooked in DAYS, which is sad to say, I'm going to make waffles and homemade strawberry syrup this morning.

I usually go for pancakes, but I think its time to try weaning myself off of Aunt Jamima and start perfecting a perfect waffle recipe for my future bakery. :)

Brisket!

I finally broke down and called my grandpa for his brisket recipe, after several failed attempts to make my own. This is how it turned out. And no, I will not be sharing the recipe, seeing how it is a family recipe and all. ;)


This was pretty unbelievable btw. And almost perfectly timed because of passover being around the corner. I'm such a good jew. :)

Cake Image Dump

I loveee the idea of making awesome looking cakes with fondant, and it's so easy to work with too!

Plus. I really want a pony cake for my birthday.. which is coming up soon!





Spaghetti Pie




It's a good thing that Sarah recommended I make spaghetti pie for dinner, otherwise we wouldn't have eaten anything last night. This was my second attempt at making this dish and it turned out pretty great. The crunchy noodle pasta crust was pretty amazing too.

What you need:
6 oz box of spaghetti
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce (or make your own from scratch, I cheated last night)
1 pound of lean ground beef
1/2 of a sweet onion, chopped
2 cloves of fresh garlic
Ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese

Quick run-down: So I started with cooking and draining the pasta according to the directions on the box. Then proceeded with browning the meat, and seasoning it with salt and pepper. Once browned all the way through, the meat was drained and then the chopped onion and garlic was added to the same pan with a little bit of butter. Once the onions were clear, I added the jar of sauce and heated it through, adding the meat after. A crust was made with the spaghetti, topped with a layer of ricotta, then the meat sauce, and then sprinkled with mozzarella, and then baked in the oven until brown and bubbly.

This was the result:


I Need Dinner Ideas...Stat!

what the title says.

I'm in a pinch and need to figure out what to make for dinner! Must NOT include and pork products. Ideas?!



Weekend Food Coma


Tramonti:
So Friday night, Sarah, Olga, and I went out to Tramonti in downtown Delray and let me tell you, the food was pretty unbelievable, although a bottle of wine definitely helps your opinion too. We were there practically all night, because this place is apparently one of the places to be on the ave on the weekend, but it was worth the wait for sure. Once we sat down our waiter came by, and I can't imagine he talks like this on a daily basis, but he was into the whole talking like an Italian. Which I suppose is alright. Long story short, he orders for all of us pretty much once realizing that he was about to bring 3 lobster risottos to the table for dinner.

This is what was on the menu (besides the bottle of wine):

(eggplant rolitini and fresh mozzarella with tomato and basil)

And for the main courses:














<----- flounder in a lemon and caper sauce with a potato thing
lbster risotto --------->

linguine with a creamy cognac sauce and baby shrimp served in foil

Moquila:
On Saturday night, I had a fantastic idea that Sarah and I should go to Moquila in Boca and get a margarita pitcher and some awesome tacos. Well. The idea turned out to be not so fantastic, and I am blaming the alcohol for clouding my judgement the past times I had been there, because it was AWFUL. First off, the restaurant is dead, so you would think that you would get good/quick service, the opposite was true in our case. Our waiter was an idiot (in my opinion) and when we ordered our pitcher of Raspberry Margarita's he brought out what was obviously a pitcher of Sangria instead. I suppose the only thing yummy was their tres salsas, but the chips were uber greasy and I couldn't seem to dump enough salt of them. Also, my tacos were cold and hard to chew, and Sarah's tortilla soup is better at our favorite Mexican restaurant(s) Senor Frogs and Senor Burrito, not to mention the empanadas we got were gross, and Sarah has made better in her kitchen, as well as Whole Foods. So skip Moquila the next time you are making Mexican plans, just sayin'.


I pretty much ate WAY more than I should have this weekend, especially food that I didnt make. How was your weekend? Any interesting eats?

Eating Out Tonight?



I am! Since I have no one to cook for and Manny's food comes in a can I'm going out and trying something new!!

What are you doing? :)

Friday Funday?


So I'm all alone this weekend. Even friends are going away!! AND I feel like I have already done Friday since I was up so early for so long and then back to bed again.

Also, I am going to make an effort to eat some more fish! So we will see what happens.


Turkey Turkey


I may have gone overboard with the pictures... but... whatevaaa. Here are picture by picture steps to put together a fantastic turkey sandwich ("the Jake") with swiss, lettuce, and yellow mustard.



MmMmm.... French Toast

Ahh.. breakfast. The best meal of the day. ;)

For those of you who may not know how to make french toast, just know that it is super easy!

All you need is:
- Challah Bread sliced think
- eggs
- whole milk or half and half
- cinnamon and sugar

Just mix the eggs, milk, cinnamon and sugar together in a large bowl. Then dip the slices of bread into the mixture, and put them on to a buttered skillet. 2 mins on each side should do the trick.

I like to eat mine with butter and real maple syrup. What about you?

Flower Power!

So this yellow pepper that I topped earlier looks like a flower, as I mentioned earlier, I took a bunch of pics.

Jammin' Chicken and Pasta

I totally made up that title just now.. on the fly.. ;)

Anyways, moving on. Dinner was DELISH. A cajun style sauce over pasta and pan-fried chicken is definitely the way to go, especially on this slightly chilly night in FL.

This dish has a ton of steps, which for me is usually VERY overwhelming, but I managed to make everything in pretty decent time. It was also probably one of the most colorful dishes I've made in a while as well. O, and there was the top of a pepper that I cut off that looked exactly like a flower, and I got distracted for a few minutes obsessively taking pictures of it.

Recipe, quick run-down, and results are as follows:

Chicken:
1 pound of chicken
3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons of flour


Sauce:
3 tablespoons butter
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3/4 red onion, chopped
3 whole garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 pint whipping cream
1 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon sweet basil
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Pasta of choice.

Sauce run-down: melt butter in a large skillet, add the yellow and red peppers and red onion to the skillet and sauté until crisp-tender. Once the peppers and onions are ready add the garlic and red pepper to the skillet and saute. Add the whipping cream and chicken stock, then simmer until sauce is reduced. Add the basil and Parmesan cheese, stirring to incorporate, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer sauce until ready to serve.


Chicken run-down: mix the flour, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese in a bowl, and pour the milk in another bowl. Dip the chicken into the breadcrumb mixture, and then into the milk, and then back into the breadcrumb mixture, and then (ha) into a pan with melted butter. Cook on both sides until juices run clear.

Once the chicken is done, and some how the pasta gets magically cooked, mix the pasta with the sauce and plate, then plate the chicken and pour sauce over. :)