Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Ingredients (Makes 24):
- 3 egg whites
- ½ tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. lemon zest
- 20 oz. sweetened shredded coconut
- 7 oz. dark chocolate (60-70% cocoa)
1. Preheat oven to 325ºF.
2. Beat egg whites in electric mixer on low. Once whites are broken up, add cream of tartar and sugar. Increase speed to medium and beat until whites are frothy.
3. Shut off mixer and fold in condensed milk, vanilla and lemon zest. Add coconut and mix until well incorporated. Let mixture sit for 2-3 minutes.
4. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Drop 12 heaping tablespoons of the batter on each tray, spacing them apart evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool.
5. Melt chocolate in a double boiler over low heat or in the microwave. Dip half of each macaroon into the chocolate. Place on tray to allow chocolate to set. Serve when cooled.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
(Makes approx. 36 cookies)
- 1 cup butter
- 4 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tbsp. vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- ½ cup finely ground almonds
- Powdered sugar for sprinkling
1. Cream together butter, sugar and vanilla. Stir in flour and ground almonds.
2. Place dough on a piece of plastic wrap. Roll up into a 10-in. sausage shape and refrigerate until firm, at least one hour.
3. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Remove dough from refrigerator and slice into ¼-in. rounds. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake cookies for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Monday, December 13, 2010
What sparked the idea of pairing beer and cookies? A strong declaration my friend made, swearing that any type of beer and chocolate chip cookies equalled a grat pairing. I looked at him cross-eyed, but realized I couldn’t "knock it ‘til I tried it". So I bought a selection of beers and cookies and rounded up a few friends to help me test out this new “beer and cookies” theory. And, of course, I made my poor friends rank each beer and cookie combo on a scale of 1 through 10 so that I could more precisely measure our findings.
Before you look at the results, please keep the following in mind:
1. Unlike wine and food pairings, the results of each beer and cookie pairing sometimes varied significantly, person to person, because some combinations played out differently on each of our palettes.
2. The graph is an average of the results of 5 different people. Based on #1, there isn’t a huge sway between what pairing was most loved and what wasn’t. I’ll be testing this on a larger audience the next time.
3. The results of this graph should only reflect these specific combinations. There could very well be other beers that could pair well with the selected cookies and vice versa.
4. Most importantly, none of us had ever had beer to wash down our cookies.
And the results are as follows (drum-roll please)…
As the averages show, most beer and cookie pairings didn’t exactly knock our socks off. However, Indian Wells’ Spicy Pumpkin and Pipeline’s Porter were definitely the best matched to our selection of cookies. And we all agreed that pairing Bison’s Gingerbread Ale with ginger snap cookies made our taste buds happy.
In the end, this eccentric taste test did make me a believer in the beer/cookie theory. However, I’m not sure if beer will ever replace milk in my heart.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
I must be a true carnivore, because just thinking about this meat parade gets my mouth watering! When I went to the Brazil Grill in Portland, OR I was in protein heaven. I began by eating some mixed greens (for good measure), but quickly made come-hither-eyes at a strong and tan man holding a sword of bacon wrapped beef medallions. That was just the beginning of the feast.
Juicy prawns, delicious sausage, and the tri-tip steak satisfied my palate for hours, the tri-tip being my favorite of all. Even though I was completely fulfilled and absolutely stuffed, I was still able to make room for the icing on the cake: the Roasted Pineapple Covered in Cinnamon. All the sweet, spiced juices only made the pineapple more perfect. If you get a chance to experience this restaurant, or one like it, come prepared* and experience an Adult Meat amusement park!
Preparation Check List:
- Do not eat at least 8 hours before being seated.
- Drink plenty of water, brackish meat may parch the dehydrated.
- Come with your wallet, this dinner runs at $32 per person.
- Bring a note pad to keep track of your favorites when seconds roll around.
Friday, November 5, 2010
The food came out and looked great, but after my first few bites I was disappointed, the food was decent, but by no means great. That cute little country store had made up a more flavorful version of the same sandwich, but on sourdough with crisp contrasting apples. What I got here was a sandwich loaded with turkey, two or so globs of brie and long thin strands of apple that sadly tasted like more turkey. It was cozy for a rainy day, but really could have been improved with better harmony of the ingredients. I could have skipped the fries which seemed to come from the bottom of the fryer. They were more like fry crumbs that were a little too far on the soft side. A salad would have been a better call. The cocktail was decent, I’d say I’m a passionate woman, but it would have taken four more “Liquid Passions” to bring it out at 1pm.
The wait staff was friendly and hip. They added to the atmosphere, which over all I did enjoy. It was trendy, while still being comfortable, which is hard to find. It wasn’t terrible; it just didn’t do anything out of the ordinary for me. I probably went in with too high of expectations to this little sister of Hell’s Kitchen. I wanted it to wow me, something I hope for in Hell. One thing I do hear is that they have unlimited Mimosas during brunch. I think that would have changed the tone of this whole review.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
They split the guests between 4 tables, where they were instructed by the La Honda Winery chefs, including head chef, Pamela Keith, in creating amazing appetizers for all to share. And the winning appetizer? Mozzarella/grape tomatoes:
- Mozzarella Bocconcini
- Fresh Grape Tomatoes
- Pesto Sauce
- Melba Toast
It’s so simple and, yet, so deliciously good! I watched one person take seven off the tray – I would have done the same if I could’ve gotten away with it. I’ll give you the deets on the rest of the apps (description and recipes) in a day or so, with pics.
Monday, September 20, 2010
We also ordered a few maki rolls: the $o$uMi, the Dragon, & a blazing variation of the Spicy Tuna roll (can't remember the name) that could literally blow a small town to pieces. The rolls, overall, were pretty good, but not very memorable...
That said, what did absolutely blow my mind was dessert - the Treasure Twenty: banana flambé crepe and lychee ice cream, served with fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries). While I was bummed that there wasn't a fire show with the flambé, the dish was soo light and well balanced that we ended up consuming the entire thing.
And though I feel as if I may give birth to a Japanese food-baby at any moment, the cause was TOTALLY worth it!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
I was a little overwhelmed by the bilingual menu with dishes like Ginger Quinoa Waffle or the Jook( I’m still baffled as to what these are). Since I knew I needed to try their tea I went with a pairing: the Russian Chay Platter & Bottomless Samovar House-Blend Black Tea. I was then taken to the majestic Samovar (aka where you get the refills.) Delicious black tea, I must have had 4 cups at least. Potently caffeinated (I went strong ‘til 1 am!).
My meal was basically an elaborate fruit platter. I did enjoy the variety and everything on the plate was a great quality. Smoked white fish took the cake, except for the brownie which had a lovely hit of cinnamon. The only thing I didn’t finish were the wheat crackers. Yes, that’s right, this dry diet food appeared on my lunch plate. No thank you. It was a nice place to land in San Francisco and I would recommend it, especially if you thirst for tea.