A friend sent me an e-mail tonight, telling me how she was reading along as a woman typed out an e-mail on her blackberry. Of all the lines in that e-mail, the following lines stood out to my friend: “my love life not so lucky. I haven’t found the man of my dreams yet. I’m… Continue reading The Good, The Bad and The Jelly
Polenta, up until I started cooking more, was a mystery to me — was it a dish made from a certain type of grains or was it a type of grain itself? One visit to Wikipedia and I was in business — it’s made from corn meal! With polenta, it was not love at first… Continue reading What Was My Polenta Trying to Say to Me?
Brunch was a success. I only regret that I didn’t take pictures of all the food (how did this escape my attention?!?). The theme of the menu? Fall. And I’m not sure whether this was deliberate on our part, but since I’m unsure, and I was one of the cooks, I’d say it probably just… Continue reading It’s the Great Pumpkin Brunch, Charlie Brown!
When you are cooking for the masses, you need a strategy. You need to conceptualize your menu, draw up a grocery list, and prep your ingredients as much as you can ahead of time. That is, if you don’t want to go crazy the day of the event. So in an effort to prevent insanity,… Continue reading Cooking For the Masses
By day, I am a systems analyst, cranking out code and doing other miscellaneous tasks we systems analysts do. For the most part, I deal with databases, writing queries that feed reports or display data on pages on the company intranet, which I also end up cranking out the code for, so I do some… Continue reading Because I Can Be Introspective Too
The wind under my sails has somewhat died down. Which is not to say that I am slowly declining in my motivation to bake and cook — after all, there are still recipes out there to conquer — but today, I didn’t feel so much like my heart was in my baking. Which brings to… Continue reading Carrot Cake Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Filling
All day at work, I looked forward to making the butternut squash soup that is the first topic of this post. Today was a very rainy, blustery, cold October day and I kept thinking of how perfect this weather was for my soup and bacon/cheddar scones. Butternut squash is my favorite soup next to matzoh… Continue reading Fall Comfort Food Part II: The Soup and The Cookie
Today was probably the coldest day so far during this Fall season that is upon us, and thoughts of my favorite soup — butternut squash soup — started drifting into my brain. And then I remembered a recipe I found for a bacon and cheese scone, but upon second look, the measurements were in the… Continue reading Fall Comfort Food Part I: Bacon and Cheese Scones
Besides food, I love books. Needless to say, I love books about food. Books are probably the first things that I fell in love with growing up. And through my love of books, I developed a love of certain authors. After reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated, I decided I would read every book… Continue reading "…because the stories that are served with food matter."
This weekend seems to be a humbling sort of a weekend… I made a flourless chocolate cake that in the end came out nicely, but it took two takes. I tried two different recipes — the first was Emeril’s and the second, the successful attempt, was a recipe from the Neelys of Down Home With… Continue reading The Sweet Taste and Smell of Failure