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May. 15th, 2011

dinner tonight

I created these recipes! woo! Roast Pork tenderloin with balsamic berry sauce, veggie salad (didn't have any leafy stuff) and frozen spinach. The berry sauce also tastes great with havarti cheese and wheat thins, which we had for dessert.

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Aug. 17th, 2010

sometimes things just don't work out.

This past weekend, my dad was hosting his annual ASTO picnic. Which is silly because ASTO no longer exists, but many years ago I made signs that say "ASTO" with arrows for people to find our house on the Magothy so its still the ASTO picnic. Dad invites his coworkers and the contractors, as well as family friends to the house my great-grandfather built in the 1920s on the river, provides burgers and dogs and shrimp and crabs, and the guests bring drinks and desserts and side dishes. I usually bring a dessert of some sort,and this year I had decided on Baking Bites' Lime Curd Thumbprint cookies. I was about to make it, having just returned from the grocery store, when I realized the recipe mentions coarse sugar, though it doesn't list it in the ingredients. I didn't have any and I wasn't going back out. It probably would have been fine, but the first time I do a recipe I don't want to mess with it at all--messing is for the second time! So I decided on brownies.

Saturday morning before the picnic, I started on brownies. I used the last of my sugar, combining all the dry ingredients in my stand mixer's bowl. I had bought eggs, but there were 4 left in my old pack, so I decided to use the old eggs first. Should have cracked them into a separate bowl first, it turns out. They were rotten, and blackish green. The stink was surprisingly subtle at first, then insidiously creeped through the apartment after I threw them out. So no brownies either.

It all turned out fine, as there were enough brownies, blondies, and cookies to satisfy a mob of small children. Next year I'll have to be better prepared!

Aug. 10th, 2010

Pork Chops and Asian Salad clone

I love me some Panera's asian chicken salad. I do not have a local panera, nor do I have the cash to go to panera every time I want one. Alas. I was grocery shopping today, and there was an amazing deal on pork chops, so I picked some up. This recipe is totally doable with chicken breast meat, of course, but I'm doing it with pork because thats what I've got.

A lot of people I know have told me they find pork chops dry, bland, or otherwise inedible. This baffles me, largely because my grandmother makes fantastic pork chops. (FANTASTIC. Seriously, I daydream about them.) So last time I was at her house, I took notes while she made them. Mine aren't as good, but they're pretty tasty.
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Voila! delicious pork chops.
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Jul. 25th, 2010

Fast and Easy Pasta Salad

So earlier this week I made some chicken breasts in Havana Garlic and Lime Marinade and tonight I had to decide what to do for dinner but I didn't want to just reheat a breast and do some veggies, so I decided to shred half a breast, make half a box of penne, and a serving of peas. I combined them in a bowl with the juice of one lime, a tablespoon or so of white wine, and two tablespoons of parmasan cheese. Super tasty!

Jul. 19th, 2010

Party Foods

This past weekend I had my housewarming party. My aunt brought chocolate chip cookies, my mom brought potato salad, and I made everything else (I cheated on my own chocolate chip cookies and bought the pre-scored dough, and I cheated on salsa) It was my first time trying these recipes, but they were all big hits, especially the pulled pork (I picked it because the store had pork shoulder on sale, but by the time I got there they were sold out, so I had to do it with pork loin chops, which worked fine)
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Jun. 22nd, 2010

Hiatus

ardentfood will be back after July 7th! (Sorry, I'm on vacation) But when I come back I intend to try a new bread recipe or two, and a method of making ice cream without an ice cream maker that does NOT involve rock salt! Woo!

Jun. 14th, 2010

Shrimp Dip

So this weekend my bookclub met. We started out reading different international books, but after over a year of doing so, we've been switching it up on a month by month basis, and June was Bookclub: Classic, wherein we read some classic lit we probably should have read in high school or college. Bookclub always does food to match the theme, so the food theme this time was classic family recipes. This shrimp dip was present at almost every single party and family get together in my teens and early twenties. Mom would often double it so that after the event my father and I could enjoy the leftovers for several days (it gets better the longer the flavors have to meld.)
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mine is much chunkier than mom does it, because she uses one of those chopper things they hock on infomercials, and all I have some really crappy knives and a tendency to cut myself, so I erred on the side of not bleeding in the dip. I kinda like the bigger chunks of shrimp in there, though I wish I could have gotten the veggies smaller.

Jun. 6th, 2010

Alice Medrich's Saucepan Fudge Drops

I baked today! As advertised, these cookies have "crunchy edges and chewy, fudgy centers" and are rich enough that I actually stopped eating at two (anyone who has seen me with chocolate should know how epic that is.) Plus! These cookies are made with cocoa powder, not chocolate!

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finished product! Okay, it looks like pooh. I know. But it tastes good! you can dust 2-3 teaspoons powdered sugar over them if you want. I bet adding chocolate chunks right before baking would be good, too, or nuts if you like that sort of thing. The cookies will keep 2 or 3 days in an airtight container, but they'll soften and won't have the crunch, so if you like that crunch, best save this recipe for the day you need them and invite someone (or several someones) over to share!

May. 31st, 2010

Memorial Day meal.

I hope to post here at least once a week, particularly as I build up my supply of spices (right now I only have Oregano, paprika, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom, plus an assortment of extracts) so here's to installment number 1!

For dinner tonight I made steak, peas, and corn. Cheated with the veggies, got single serve microwave steamers. but I picked up a big ol' slab of "oven roast" steak at the market.
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just ground salt and pepper onto both sides (light on both, I am not a fan of pepper generally, and shouldn't have much salt) and stuck it in the broiler. 16 minutes on each side, which resulted in medium-cooked steak (next time I'll do 15, but I was afraid it was too short--never sure with the gas stove/oven, as I have very little experience, having had electric almost all my life.)

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I also cold-brewed some (decaf--I don't caffeinate) coffee. to do so, I followed the instructions at this site for the small quantities. brewin' and filterinCollapse )

filtered with a cheesecloth, as I do not have coffee filters (I intend to brew in a french press eventually, why buy filters?) which worked very well. Made a simple syrup rather than sweetening with regular sugar (equal parts water and sugar, boiled long enough to dissolve the sugar makes a symple syrup. good for your mixed drinks, too.) After dinner (and dishes--not having a dishwasher means that was dishwashin' bout number 3, gonna do #4 in a second) I went out on the balcony with The Sound and the Fury and my iced coffee and it was delightful!
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Have enough for a second glass, too. Thinking about adding irish cream or chocolate syrup for glass #2. sounds good, no?