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Sweet Potato Gratin

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm

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Do you ever have baking experiments that aren’t really meant to be experimental, and somehow end up (a disaster) an experiment anyway? I think I used the word “experiment” too many times in that sentence for it to make sense, but honestly; I set out to make something tasty sometimes, from a reliable recipe that makes sense, and suddenly I have cupcake batter everywhere. I suppose all this is to say that, even after making cupcakes twenty, fifty, a hundred times, we’re all still messing around with things that aren’t always in our control (more on this later – ie, after I’ve cleaned up all of the batter and figured out what the heck went so wrong. Again). Read the rest of this entry »

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Parent’s Weekend and Moroccan Roasted Vegetables

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I am extremely fortunate in the sense that I go to an excellent, out-of-state college where I love my friends, my classes, and my professors.  I realize I’ve not talked about my real life very much on here – if you’ve read my introduction, you’re probably aware that I’m a vegetarian (oh, and you might have guessed that from the decided lack of recipes containing any meat products), but I’m not sure you all know much more about me – and maybe you’re curious, maybe you’re not, but I’m feeling introspective (or maybe just self-absorbed).  My school is fantastic.  I’m an anthropology major, and I’m lucky to be studying with one of the foremost archaeologists in the country.  As quirky as he is, he’s fantastic.  I’m also getting minors in biology and politics, because I have strong interests in both.  My current politics class is probably one of the more challenging, frustrating classes I’ve had the opportunity to take – but I feel like I’m learning so much (I’ve felt like this in all of my politics classes – like I’m drowning, but also like I’m learning to breathe), and I love the readings I get to do for that class.  I have three housemates this year, one of whom I lived with last year – and while we’re different, they are my family in the absence of my real family (which includes my best friend from home and her own mom).

But this weekend, I got to ignore both my excellent housemates (who are fortunately very tolerant) and my schoolwork, because my parents came to visit me.  There isn’t much to do in my town – it’s a small, rural, primarily agricultural community that has recently become very involved in the wine industry.  When my parents have visited previously, I’ve usually had class at least one of the days they come; this year, however, I have been lucky enough to have Fridays off.  We poked around the town, visited my favorite bookstore (where I got a new book!  You don’t know about my voracious love for reading, but when others are dreading their homework, I’ve already gotten mine done so that I can read a few pages before I fall asleep at night), and drove to an even smaller nearby town (I’d never been there – as the trees start to change here, it was a beautiful drive).  I ate so well while they were here – while I’m a good cook and greatly enjoy eating my own food, I am by no means a chef who can feed a restaurant full of people, and I still love eating out (especially because they do my dishes for me!)  This morning, however, when it was drizzling and grey, I had to say good-bye again.  My family is extremely important to me, and we’re very close.  It was a shock to go home over the summer and realize how accustomed I’d become to living on my own where I didn’t really have to depend on anyone – adjusting was a challenge.  Now that I’m back at school, I miss being home, miss working around my family, trying to juggle who drives, and going to my sister’s apartment.  I thought by the time I was twenty, I’d be over homesickness, but every year I realize that I have to adjust to something new, and even though it’s exciting, I’m still homesick.  So, after a good breakfast, they headed home, and I headed back to my house (which is home when I’m in Washington), and started my homework.  I baked two loaves of bread today, and after fighting with my yeast a little bit, I’m optimistic that they will turn out well.

It was an excellent weekend – and hopefully I won’t be too much of a wreck in the coming week (it’s only three weeks to Thanksgiving break, right?)

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Thai Peanut Curry

In Uncategorized on October 10, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Okay guys, I almost didn’t make it today.  It’s fall break, I know, but I spent from 9:30 to 12:00 this morning carving, baking, and pureeing a pumpkin.  Then I baked four different things (yes, four).  I also have what is turning into a very tiring cold, so grant me a little bit of leniency on this post – I’m half-asleep right now.  Also – I must have had some sort of great photographic yuck day when I made this dish, because I ended up with two usable pictures.  I had to steal the third picture from my set on Indian Ratatouille, which conveniently used at least some of the same vegetables as this recipe…

Which is delicious, by the way.  When my roommate came to Colorado to visit me last spring, we went to a favorite family restaurant (she and I cooked for my family, and they cooked for us, but we also splurged a little bit).  This restaurant has excellent Thai/Vietnamese food, and this is a standout favorite to me.  While I’m too chicken to ask for a recipe from a restaurant, I have no problem attempting to re-create it (oh, and writing the recipe down on my reading for African Political Thought, hah).  I’m not sure we’ve really done it justice (the roommate was also involved in designing this recipe, so she gets credit too), but it’s still fantastic, and we enjoy it a lot.  Or we would, except that she’s studying abroad half way around the world right now, and so I’m pining (not really.  I have three excellent housemates whom I love dearly).

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Indian Ratatouille

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2010 at 10:48 am

Everybody please hold your breath, because: I’m posting a dinner recipe.  That’s right, not only did I cook something new this week that wasn’t dessert, I also remembered to take pictures, and here I am, ready to share it all with you.  I can’t promise much for the future in terms of main courses, particularly because next weekend is my fall break, and what do I intend to do?  Oh yes, bake my little heart out.  Why?  Because it’s October, and October means it’s pumpkin season.  That means pumpkin bread, pumpkin brownies, maybe a pumpkin pie (don’t hold your breath, I don’t like pie very much).  I am obsessed with pumpkin, and now that they’re at my farmer’s market, I am ready to move into production of all things pumpkin (but I’d better find some people to help me eat these things – one of my housemates is going home and one is vegan, so it leaves me and one other to eat all of these things…hm.  I’d better call in reinforcements).  Also, I still have some frozen zucchini that is begging to be made into something delicious (Zucchini bread, anyone?)  In short, my farmer’s market bill for next week may be a little bit exorbitant, and dinner recipes may be lacking, once again.

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Backlog: Curried Fried Rice

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I’m afraid my new theme is becoming tardiness, for which I feel I must once again apologize.  I’m really aiming to get on a plan of updating once a week – I will hopefully pick a day and make sure it happens!

And now: a common staple in my apartment at school is curry.  I had several disastrous attempts at making dal that involved continuously adding more curry (it started out bland, and so my roommate and I kept dosing it to make it spicier), which did not end well.  It seems that curry tends to increase its flavor when it’s stored overnight in the fridge, leading to an almost mouth-burning sensation.  Fortunately, this doesn’t seem to be an issue with this recipe.  Fantastic the first night it’s made, it’s equally good reheated a second time for leftovers.  It comes from the excellent Moosewood kitchen, and is virtually foolproof (unless, as I did the first time, you accidentally confuse your curry and your roommate’s brewer’s yeast, ahem).  There are an endless number of possibilities that can be used to tweak this recipe as you see fit.  Delicious and full of good vegetables, this is a fantastic vegetarian meal that will be appetizing for vegetarians (myself) and non-vegetarians (my roommate) alike. 

I originally made this recipe without the vegetables that Moosewood calls for; their use of vegetables is probably more within the Indian and Southeast Asian tradition, but as I said, the options are pretty much endless with this one.

I also think that if you are looking into investing (not a large chunk of change) into a cookbook, this is a great one, especially if you are a vegetarian.  While there are some fish recipes in this cookbook, nothing else has meat in it.  The recipes are healthy, delicious, and generally, extremely easy and quick to make.  As a college student, I’ve found a number of recipes to cook in here that are reasonably inexpensive but are still full of good nutritional value and taste.  Moosewood makes several other cookbooks (I own one other one, although I’ve been unbelievably lazy since I came home) that I suspect are also really excellent resources, but as I don’t use them, I couldn’t tell you for sure.  It’s definitely been important to me as a vegetarian to find good cookbooks that aren’t overly expensive.  There are some cookbooks that I desperately wish I could own, but don’t really want to invest in right now.  Furthermore, when I started looking at cookbooks for my apartment last year, I had a very tough time finding a good vegetarian cookbook (everyone seems to think that all vegetarians like beans, and I’m sorry, but I think they are completely disgusting, as a general rule), but like I said, there are a number of great recipes in this particular cookbook.  (Now that I’m done shamelessly plugging for Moosewood, can I get my commission from them?!)

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