It's been another week full of good stuff to read, coming to me via folks on twitter and my blog reader. Here are a few things that have recently caught my eye:
- Lemon Gooey Bars at Jamhands.
Don't these look yummy? I would have made these already if any of my local grocers had lemon cake mix.
- Spaetzle at Smitten Kitchen.
Whenever I make it to Suppenkuche in Hayes Valley, my entree choices are limited by what they have that comes with spaetzle, because it's ne of those things I can't pass up. It looks to be pretty simple, so why haven't I made this yet?
I've been wanting to make an account and start my own pinboard here. Unfortunately it looks like they've been having server troubles, so I haven't yet. I wonder if any of you are using it?
- Cheddar and Scallion Biscuits from Serious Eats
These look a lot like the amazing cheddar biscuits from Fog City Diner. And I need to work on my biscuit technique– I've gotten rusty! Also want to make their Jam Muffins with something lovely from June Taylor.
- Pop Tarts and Other Junk Food, Homemade
I keep forgetting that I have a half dozen pop tart recipes stashed away here and there. I really should make some one of these days, given our easy access here to amazing jams from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
Still needing to do a big old blog list overhaul– not nearly enough to read currently.
I'm always collecting bookmarks for a number of yummy treats. Not sure what I want to bake this weekend, so I've been clicking through to see if anything causes me to lick my lips, and these all sound promising…
While I try to decide if baking snacks today>heating up the kitchen, I'm going to have a Stirrings Lemon Drop. Ah, summer…
Although the shortening of the days does not make me happy, the cooling evenings do make me happy as they allow for a return to the baking and slow-roasted home cooking to which I am most partial.
I have a Whole Foods delivery incoming this afternoon with the ingredients I need to make my slow roasted veggie and chicken soup (I plan on putting a good bit of it in individual-sized freezer bowls). I’m also making enchiladas with plenty extra to freeze for lunches over the coming weeks. And if the blueberries are still bountiful at the farmers market tomorrow, I’ll be making mini blueberry muffins as my contribution to our camping trip’s consumables.
It’s been a couple of years since I last made risotto. Life has gotten busy, and it always seems like it takes more time and interaction to make than I have to spare on a work night. But this NPR story makes me twitchy for some bacon and apple risotto. Maybe next week?
This thread over at Serious Eats gave me a solid dozen ideas for going beyond the sandwich for packed lunches. I can not wait to put some of the into action. Were it not for the fact that we are awaiting delivery of a new refrigerator on Monday, I’d be writing up a shopping list now. Cross your fingers our landlords are going for Energy Saver tax credit and not bargain basement mini fridge.
When I first brought home Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking , I dove in to the recipes for homemade pasta, determined to try my hand at it. But it never happened. You see, I am cursed with a galley kitchen, its limited counterspace eaten up by my convection oven, Kitchen Aide mixer, and espresso machine.
I am also cursed with the need to see visual demonstrations of new cooking techniques in order to understand and execute on them. Marcella’s books were beautifully written, but didn’t give me much guidance.
Fast forward. KQED’s foodie blog has a step-by-step pictorial on making pasta. It gave me the visual queues I needed to get the process. Now if only someone can help me double my counterspace…
MMM Springtime cooking. I can tell it’s Springtime because I’ve recently made my favorite potato salad. Now that’s a dish I just don’t crave until the days start getting longer and the sunshine is streaming through the windows on the weekend.
This week’s SF Chronicle food section had all sorts of springtime temptations:
- Ricotta Desserts. I am definitely going to try Ducca’s ricotta cheesecake recipe.
- My standard potato salad is similar to this Berlin potato salad, but no pickles.
- Aioloi is something on my dinner table with much frequency during the Spring and Summer months. Michael Bauer has a blog entry on aioli, incuding a standard aioli recipe.
- Fish tacos actually smell more like Summer to me, but this article makes me want to try my hand at it.
My major baking project this Spring is continuing on my bake-through of the new Martha Stewart cookies book. So far, I’ve done the chocolate gingerbread cookies and the peanut butter & jelly cookie bars. I made the latter for Easter, expecting it to be a hit with the kids, but none of the kids would even try a taste. I think the roasted nitty crumble on top was too scary for them for some reason. Oh well.
Although the San Diego native cuisine I most miss is the fabulously crispy flautas, fresh fish tacos are right up there. NPR had a piece from a new San Diego transplant who has fallen in love with this uniquely San Diego creation, and has published a mouth-watering recipe for making them at home. Check it out.