Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cream, Creme Fraiche, mushrooms and noodles=Beef Stroganoff

Just a few rich ingredients and you get something special. I found this out with the Beef Stroganoff I made today from the Ad Hoc cookbook. The cream  sauce was simmered for 35 minutes with chopped mushrooms and sauted onions.  Once the sauce is reduced you blend up the mushrooms and onions. Being carful not to put to much in the blender. Nothing is more painful than hot mushroom spewing on your foot. Back in pan goes what is left of the cream and then Creme Fraiche is added, please do not use sour cream, and you have a wonderful rich sauce that has wonderful deep earthly undertones. The creme fraiche adds another layer of depth of flavor and lends a sweet taste. I'm stuffed. But what to make next?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Summer of the Corn

This year we are buying a lot of corn at the farmer's markets. I love sweet white corn. Except for grilled corn on the cob the only other recipe I make is my corn pudding dish that has been passed down through my family, and we only have that at Thanksgiving.
So, to my surprise I have made two recipes using corn in as many weeks. This time it was Creamed Summer Corn again from the Ad Hoc at Home cookbook. It's a very simple recipe with just a few ingredients. Corn, lime zest and juice, a few chives and of course cream.
This seemed like a good recipe for a side dish for Sunday dinner. That is what I had planned, late Sunday supper until mother nature decided I did not need electricity on Sunday so it was a hurry up and cook while I can still see by natural light. Candlelight is fine for dinning but not cooking.
The recipe took 30 minutes including prep time. With all these recipes with corn I am now getting good at cutting off the kernels with out cutting my fingertips. The combo of the cream and the hint of lime made this to my "Oh I must make this again" list. And it was even tastier the next day.       

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Buttermilk fried chicken


Well another hot and steamy day in DC. So again, I chose to stand over a hot stove to make Buttermilk Fried Chicken. I am cooking recipes from the Ad Hoc at Home cookbook by Thomas Keller.

I had never made buttermilk fried chicken before and I wanted give it a try. The recipe called for soaking the chicken in a brine before frying. Something else I also had never tried. I thought this made the chicken more juicy. Although I did taste the salt from the brine but it did not seem to bother my husband.  Note to self, make this when the weather is a bit cooler.

I also made the Blueberry Cobbler, also from Ad Hoc. That was soooooo good. It is a good recipe  for this time of year when the berries are fresh and  abundant. My husband made quick work of making it disappear so I can make something else. What will it be? Stay tuned.....

Sunday, July 18, 2010

It's National Ice Cream Day


I used Ghirardelli  bittersweet chocolate, dark coco, turned that into a rich custard base and so, I made Dark Chocolate Ice Cream to celebrate.

It's hot outside so I'll stand over a very hot stove

So, what was I thinking.... it's in the mid 90's and I decide to make risotto. The recipe was in the Washington Post Wednesday July 14th. Asiago and Corn Risotto. I have never made risotto before so I thought how hard could it be.
Risotto is not hard but you have to stir the risotto constantly. So it did get a little hot. Standing, stirring, stirring and then stirring some more. The risotto did come out creamy and it was very good. It was very cheesy. I even juiced the carrots to get fresh carrot juice for the recipe.
I would have this again and I would definitely make risotto again.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Quick visit to Troy, NY

My first trip takes me to Troy, NY-- which is my second trip to Troy. The first trip was to visit my brother  at RPI. His fraternity bought out the first three rows to the Bruce Springsteen concert. So, that weekend I touched Bruce's left knee cap. We were that close! We watched the very first appearance of The Grateful Dead on SNL. It was a great weekend. AHHH youth.

This trip was to celebrate my friend's wedding. We became good friends while we were living in Germany. I did not know what to expect cities change over the years. I must say Troy has a wonderful farmer's market. I was impressed with the variety of vendors and food. I brought home a Stevia plant, homemade marshmallows and even my smoked mozzarella made it through security.
We had breakfast a small local joint call Lansingburgh Cafe. A very cosy place. I had the Eggs Benedict and it was very good. They used real ham not Canadian Bacon, the potatoes were great.

We walked around town. There are a lot of art galleries and antique shops. I was looking forward to eating at Brown's Tap Room. We ordered the 6 beer sampler which consisted of  a variety of light and dark beer a hefe-weizen, India pale ale, cherry raspberry ale, whiskey porter, oatmeal stout, and a porter. I don't usually like dark beers but I actually liked the porter and whiskey porter the best, who knew!


I ordered the fish and chips and the batter was wonderful. The batter was crispy and amber in color and you could taste the porter in the batter. Fried to perfection. Dessert was a very hard decision, Porter Chocolate Cake or Caramel Apple Dumpling. the dumpling won out. It was a great choice the apple was firm and did not fall apart when you cut into it. The crust was as flaky and buttery, and the caramel was light and sweet.
It was a short trip but well worth it. Good friends and a lot of good food and beer.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

This blog is finally up an running of sort of. We will be baking, eating, and traveling and then of course writing about it good and bad baking experiences. All with photos of course. My first travel spot has me in Troy, NY so we will see what they have to offer.