Strawberry Seduction Challenge…

March 31, 2008 at 1:53 pm | Posted in Dessert | 4 Comments

Here is my valiant attempt at a strawberry whipped cream (layered and flavored) filled angel food cake for the S.S. Challenge from Mike’s Table! Here is the link to all of the posts!

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Beef Bourguignon!

March 31, 2008 at 10:53 am | Posted in Dinner | Leave a comment

Hey! More beef! Grandma came up with this idea for our usual Sunday feast (using the new dutch oven!)

Just look at that delicious and succulent protein (bacon too!) and eating it atop the crusty baguette slices is really tasty.

She started the recipe in the morning and then I finished it off! It is adapted from Ina in Barefoot in Paris.

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rosemary & thyme chicken with extra marion

March 28, 2008 at 10:03 am | Posted in Dinner, Entertainment | 1 Comment

How about some herb crusting??

Dianne’s photo inspired me to do the same with my rosemary and thyme I had left over from the tenderloin and braised ribs dishes from the weekend!

and I added a little bit of fresh parmesan too!

….and since it is Thursday, I ventured over to the campus of Towson University with Laurita to watch her Women in Film class, and what did we get to enjoy? None other than the freaking scariest movie ever! PSYCHO!

Well actually I did not think it was the scariest movie ever, rather comical at the end I think… and because I live under a rock (a cockeysville marble one to be exact) I had no idea the son was the one doing everything!

monkey see, monkey do

March 27, 2008 at 9:33 am | Posted in Dessert, Dinner | 3 Comments

Pinch my Salt sparked my banana roll creativity yesterday!

I added mini chocolate chips to the roll dough and a bit of cinnamon to the cream cheese filling, and then dusted with cocoa! I must say the chocolate banana combination is very yum.

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Flashing spoon

March 26, 2008 at 8:55 am | Posted in Dessert | 1 Comment

Flashing spoon? You mean my family likes ice cream??

You betcha! and with puff pastry and chocolate sauce?? Yay for Profiteroles!

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dutch oven fun

March 24, 2008 at 2:29 pm | Posted in Dinner | 5 Comments

On to my sunday funday using my dutch oven! First, I must give props to the personal chef lady I met while I gave blood on Saturday who raved about using her dutch oven to make braised ribs with the Wegmans Asian Barbecue sauce (when I divulged I was a dutch oven virgin hoping to be deflowered pronto! hahaha…).

yes, that is meat! 4 pounds of it!

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candied oranges, creme brulee, and some meat.

March 24, 2008 at 2:08 pm | Posted in Dessert, Dinner | 1 Comment

Beautiful deliciousness made for mi familia by request of abuelita. This is a photo of the first “bruleed” batch from Friday that Grandma and I enjoyed. The recipe is courtesy Ina Garten (sans grand marnier…none in the cupboard!) Continue Reading candied oranges, creme brulee, and some meat….

chocolate and chocolate?? and top cheffie

March 20, 2008 at 12:37 pm | Posted in Dessert, Dinner, Entertainment | Leave a comment

Thank you Coconut & Lime because you brought some chocolate into my life today. 🙂

My sister’s boyfriend was over all day and him and Laura made me dinner! YAY. The cook had rest! ….until I found the need to make cookies…for the cookie monster! (

They made some awesome steak fries with rosemary garlic and olive oil + s&p. 425 deg for an hour makes some perfect potatoes, although someday I will be able to make ones as good as at Brewer’s Art. And we had chicken quesadillas with fresh salsa from wegmans. truly delicious! and that is the truth because I ate too fast to stop and take a picture. 🙂

Top Chef was alright last night, it made me happy to see Wylie Dufresne in attendance. I think the molecular gastronomist contestants could have stepped it up a bit more! oh well! Right now, I’m rooting for Stephanie!

la vie en rose

March 19, 2008 at 1:58 pm | Posted in Dinner, Entertainment | 2 Comments

First my rabbit food dinner…

I sauteed some Salmon (with lots of salt and pepper) in some “clarified” butter (aka Butter+Olive Oil=Good Times). Also baked some asparagus at 375 deg for 20 minutes, also with a nice olive oil drizzle and salt and pepper. Lastly, sauteed brussel sprouts in olive oil with garlic and then threw in some chicken stock, brought to a boil and then simmered for 20 minutes also! I can never go wrong with a good crusty salmon and asparagus, but next time I buy brussel sprouts, I’m going to make sure to get the smaller sized ones. The big ones (which I probably should have just cut in half) were too much sprout to handle!

Then sister and I went on a trip to the mall, to ogle at the Nordstrom top floor and then down to our favorite theater…the Charles!

Continuing my with french obsession…we saw La Vie in Rose. OH wow! Marion Cotillard is a magnificent actress. That is all I can say.  Very bittersweet movie, but isn’t most of life like that? Take the good with the bad and appreciate it all, because thats why we are alive…to take and embrace life for all that it is.

I love this shot of the marquee.

thank you

March 18, 2008 at 5:04 pm | Posted in Tools | Leave a comment

From my yumsugar perusing, I found this cast iron on Macy’s 7 qt for $50 with shipping!

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