2014/11/25

May your table be filled with... (Tuesdays with Dorie Baking Chez Moi: Cranberry Crackle Tart)

If you have a cranberry obsession, raise your hand.

(Raises hand.)

I can't help it.

I do.

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the presence of that ever controversial, ever ubiquitous hunk of ridged, gelatinous cranberry jelly.

That cranberry sauce has been on almost every holiday table that I can remember since the dawn of time (well, at least the dawn of my memories).

I generally make my own these days; however, if someone just happened to leave an open can around, I would totally grab a spoon and sneak a few bites. In this, I have no shame...


2014/11/21

Should have known better (French Fridays with Dorie: Storzapretis)

Ever have one of those weeks where the only reason you are running the dishwasher is because you are out of clean cereal bowls and wine glasses?

When you are having that kind of week, you should listen to the inner voice that tells you that the combination of mint and red sauce is not going to be a big hit with the peeps.

Should have known better...

2014/11/18

Searching (Tuesdays w/ Dorie BwJ: Amaretti)

There used to be a sandwich shop down the road from my work that made THE BEST roast beef sandwiches. On an onion roll. They always served a dill pickle, with just the perfect amount of crunch on the side. At the end of the counter, was the dessert case, filled with chewy chocolate chip cookies the size of your hand. Fudgy brownies topped with whole pecan halves. And almond crescents - chewy almond cookies rolled in sliced almonds.

I loved, loved, loved those cookies.

And then the shop closed down.

It's been over a decade and I still haven't found a roast beef sandwich quite as good or a almond crescent anywhere near as delicious.

Such a sad state of affairs.



2014/11/14

When turkeys fly (French Fridays with Dorie: Pan-seared Duck Breasts with Kumquats...or not)

I have turkeys on my mind.

Although, not for the obvious seasonal reasons.

Anyone that follows me on Instagram will know that I am totally slightly obsessed with the turkeys that spend most of the late fall and winter hanging out in front of my office window. Especially when they decide to tear up the much beds the day after the landscapers put fresh mulch down - keeping an eye on their antics totally makes certain conference calls more bearable.

This week's turkey fascination moment came with the realization that turkeys can fly. Not just little puddle hopping flying, but flat out flying...

Where have I been?


Bright red cherry sauce makes the meat appear pinker than it is...

2014/11/11

New Beginnings (Tuesdays with Dorie Baking Chez Moi: Palets de Dames, Lille Style)

Tuesdays with Dorie has expanded.

Not in the "I just finished my Thanksgiving dinner and I can't move for three hours" kind of way, but in the "my favorite shopping center just opened up three new stores that I love" kind of way.

Today marks the inaugural recipe of Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking Chez Moi... (aka TWD 3.0).