Get in the kitchen and make me a… Part 2

November 10, 2011 at 14:27 | Posted in Desserts, FAIL, Pies | 1 Comment
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So here it is finally. The pie slide show. Sorry I’m a little late.

I mentioned in a previous entry that I made this pie because I was thinking about my Grandma. She recently fell and broke her hip into 3 pieces. She’s had surgery and is now in physical therapy.

Here's a picture of Grandma with my mom when she was small.

I think she’s having a rough time with it. She doesn’t really want to do the physical therapy. They’re trying to make her build up her upper body strength.

Anyway! The pie. My mom has a good recipe for egg custard, but I always misplace it. If I searched my email long enough I might find it but I just used the one from here. My grandma is important to me and even though I can’t be with her while she’s doing this, I am thinking about her and praying for her recovery.

The pie didn’t turn out very well. It was OKAY but not amazing. I should have asked my mom for the recipe. For shame Nikki.

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Solving the sausage gravy secret

November 5, 2011 at 15:38 | Posted in Experiments, Main dishes | 3 Comments
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A biscuit cutter is one of the most useless kitchen gadgets ever. I just use a glass.

I grew up in South Carolina. We didn’t get much, if any, snow there. Black ice sure, but not snow. Since I’ve been here in the interior of Alaska, land of snow, I’ve been learning that the comfort foods for a snowy day are always warm, usually edible with a spoon and often cream or milk based. Sausage gravy fits all these categories so I affectionately deem it: comfort food. I’ve been working on trying to make sausage gravy for awhile.

Biscuit dough is not sticky like yeast roll dough. See how there's none stuck to the bowl? Damn right.

I know what you’re thinking–Gravy is so simple! How is she screwing this up? (In my defense I want to point out that screwing up is much easier than getting it right. It’s also how you learn! Especially in cooking. Everything isn’t always spelled out in the recipe.) I feel like it’s always simplest things that can go the most wrong.

The biscuits turned out pretty. I like when they look sort of spotty like this.

I screwed this up all last winter, much to the chagrin of my husband. I sent him an email today about the damn gravy because, finally, I figured it out. WINNING! It seems that the key to it all was putting the flour directly onto the meat, stirring it up and then adding the milk. Finding a recipe (which is linked above) that explained it to me in a way I understood was great. Thank you corporate America. This is a revelation to me. Sort of like when I figured out the Quaker Oats man was a Quaker and not a pilgrim. What a day that was.

Yum sausage gravy. I don't know how some places make it off white. Maybe they use more milk. Another mystery.

I made the biscuits from scratch. Biscuits really are so easy that even I haven’t been able to really mess them up. I thought about just buying some canned ones, but I gave in. I used Paula Deen’s recipe from the Food Network. I did not use her 1/2 cup of butter she called for though. I used butter flavored Crisco. Crisco makes better biscuits. This is my belief.

Biscuits and gravy are one of my favorite foods. I’m pleased I can finally make them at home. With this entry I’ve earned a trip to the gym. Hello elliptical.

Clink!

September 27, 2011 at 09:00 | Posted in Adult beverages | 5 Comments
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Monday evenings normally consist of staying home, maybe going to the gym and watching a DVD’s worth of Friends. The difference tonight was the result of a mass text calling for people to join in a wine tasting at Bobby’s Downtown.

Clink!

Cheers to the evening.

Who am I to turn down such an invitation when the only plan I would be breaking was a date with my media law textbook? I think you know what I did.

Tonight was a white wine event. I’m exclusively a red wine drinker as a rule, but I’m willing to try new things. I always want something to impress me. Happily I discovered some whites that did the trick. I will share them with you along with the delightful appetizers that were given to us to whet the palate.

The evening included 20 white wines hand-picked by Bruce Abbott for the tasting. Being a newbie to the Fairbanks social scene, I’m really enjoying to getting to know the different circles of people and that nearly all of us are connected via Twitter. It’s nice to put a physical person with an @ handle.

Continue Reading Clink!…

It was kismet

September 9, 2011 at 12:12 | Posted in Desserts, Experiments, Pies | 4 Comments
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Lemon curd is amazing. It is, by and far, my favorite curd.

It’s tart. It’s yellow. It’s curd-tastic.

This particular batch of lemon curd came to be last weekend. Using this recipe, I preconceived what I would bless with this lemon curd, but as many concepts go, it didn’t work out. I was trying to make lemon financiers. That experiment didn’t turn out so well (failure) and I had a lot of lemon curd leftover.

Artsy filter shot of the final product: 24 bite sized lemon meringue pies. Born on 9/8/11.

For the duration of its life, lemon curd patiently lived in my refrigerator, awaiting a time when it could follow its fortune as a filling.

That day was today.

It may have been happenstance that my tryst with financiers had failed, but a rendezvous with lemon curd was meant to be, as the filling for a lemon meringue pie. I was setting up in the kitchen when it came to me! To do something different, I decided to use the mini-muffin pan and mini-cupcake papers to bake many bite sized pies. Oooooo. Fancy.

I pressed the crust, dolloped the lemon curd to its destiny and scaled the stiff peaks of meringue.

There may have been some kind of providence associated with this pint of lemon curd. That any destination this particular batch arrived, was to have a disastrous end. The meringues fell. I’m not sure if this was because I didn’t let the pies cool long enough before putting them in the refrigerator or if I didn’t let the meringues cook long enough. Either way, they are perfectly preserved in pictures.

Fortunately for me look doesn’t always equal taste. Despite the deflation of the meringue, in my opinion, the pies are still del.icio.us.

All for what? For tasty little snacks.

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