Making preserved Meyer lemons has been on my to-list for a few years, they have a short season and I always miss it. But not this year! I was in Aldi’s when I noticed they had bags of little Meyer lemons so I scooped up as many as I could carry (I never get a cart) and hurried home. After filling my giant flip-top jar with lemons and salt I still had a handful left over. The same say I picked up a little container of blueberries for the fruit monster but they turned out to be very tart and Mary had no interest in them. Sitting there with my lemons and blueberries it seemed like the perfect time to experiment with a home made Meyer lemon blueberry soda.
The closest I’ve ever come to intentionally running my husband over with my car was last summer. I was canning picked pepper rings and I mixed up my bags of mild peppers and super hot peppers. They pretty much looked the same so I asked him to try one and tell me which it was. He assured me it was the mild one, of course trusting that my husband wouldn’t try to kill me with capsaicin I popped a piece in my mouth. Well… HE LIED. Moral of the story: I no longer trust my husband to tell me when things are hot. He was pretty intrigued when I told him I was going to make Mango Sriracha Chicken Wings, he also told me the sauce wasn’t very hot. That’s why I decided to make up a quick Lime & Ginger Sour Cream Sauce to go on the side. I was surprised when my 2 year old stole a wing from my husband and licked her plate clean. Personally I like them with the sauce.
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like hearts, chocolate and booze. At least that’s true when you aren’t pregnant, but I am, so I didn’t even get to try these lovelies. I can say a very willing group of
victims co-workers found them delightful, though to be fair I stacked the deck. My first choice wouldn’t have been Jameson Whiskey but sometimes you gotta play to your audience. I will say it has a strong enough flavor to come through even though there is only the equivalent of one shot in the whole batch of Whiskey Ganache Filled Chocolate Hearts. You won’t get drunk on them but the whiskey definitely makes itself known.
Now that the
freeloaders ladies are laying again I’ve got a kitchen full of eggs. The late arrival of winter has left my ‘back 40’ a mud pit and as a result I have a large bucket of un-saleworthy eggs. That means lots of breakfast foods, hard-boiled eggs and meringues! I love making meringues because it’s easy, I get to use my mixer, I get to use a pastry bag and feel all professional, they are yummy and crunchy and as far as cookies go they’re not horrible for you. I justified the dark chocolate dip based on the fact that the whole batch or vanilla orange meringues is a whopping 650 calories (and you can’t eat a whole batch in one sitting you just can’t). And I like chocolate. You do have to work fast with this batter, the orange zest is basically a self destruct button and I’m setting you up for failure if you move too slowly but I promise it’s worth it!
Once you get the basics down meringues are actually a breeze, here are a few tricks to make things even easier for you. [Read more…]
I was drinking a cup of iced chai yesterday thinking that it would make a great creme brulee, and why not add pumpkin just because? I’ve made vanilla bean creme brulee before and it’s different than your average dessert but not hard. The creme part is a basic custard and the brulee is the crunchy caramelized sugar topping. Bonus points for the make ahead factor, the custards are fine in the fridge for a day or so. Add the sugar and toast it right before serving, the secret is to get the sugar to caramelize without heating up the custard. The best past of a creme brulee is cracking the sugar crust!