Monthly Archives: July 2009

Chewy Chocolate Almond Meringue Cookies

Cocoa Almond Meringues
Source: Baking: From My Home to Yours
Makes about 30 cookies

nuts

Ahh, meringue cookies. Almost guiltless, light-as-air, crunchy-fluffy little puffs. I remember discovering meringue cookies as a kid with my mother when we tried a recipe in a community cookbook called “Forgotten Cookies.” We marveled at the simplicity of beating egg whites and sugar, dropping spoonfuls on a cookie sheet, and then baking them overnight. So simple! So ingenious. No, I don’t remember at what temp they were to be baked overnight, or maybe we turned the oven off and left them in there, or something? It seems kind of hazardous, when I think about it, but they were called “forgotten,” after all. What’s more forgetful than leaving the oven on?

So anyway, that’s my history with meringues. That, and buying them at Trader Joe’s, leaving them at my desk at work, and eating a year’s worth of sugar in just a few days. Continue reading

Easy Raspberry Cake

Raspberry Buttermilk Cake with Lemon Whipped Cream
Source: Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Serves 8

batter

A family friend recently set up T and me with a new couple. I met the lovely female half, Miche, over coffee in June, we hit it off, and we arranged a dinner date to get ourselves and our husbands together. I offered up my house and said I would make dinner, and Miche committed to bringing plenty of libations. During the week leading up to our double-date, I obsessed over dessert recipes. I wanted something light and summery that would taste amazing but not seem like I was trying too hard, so a confection like this was out of the running. I’m not a pastry chef after all (yet…hmm…), so perhaps my maiden voyage into tart dough and pastry cream should wait for an audience of just Terwilliger and me. Continue reading

Carrot Casserole

Golden Carrot Bake
Source: Simply in Season
Serves 6

casserole

This was incredibly simple (especially since Husband grated the carrots on my request as I drove home from work) to make. I am all about the baking dish dinner. It’s so easy to mix up something casserole-esque, dump it into a baking dish, and let the oven do its thing. Sometimes you need to think ahead, especially if the meal requires an hour of baking time, or you can find yourself eating dinner at 8:30 like T and I did when I made this. But isn’t that extra hour the perfect time to do some chores, organize those bills or whatever? Or surf the internet, or read a good book, or have some wine and cheese? I’m giving you the gift of time here, people. Anyway. The point is, casserole = easy and abundant in leftovers (for dinners served in a timely fashion the next night). Continue reading

Cornish Hens and Spicy Peaches

Bronzed Cornish Game Hens with Peach Salsa
Source: Healthy Cooking for Two (Or Just You)
Serves 2 – 4*

hens

I love this cookbook (see source above). I’ve owned it since I was 15 and have used it infrequently over the last dozen years, but since moving in with the Hubster we’ve both turned to it time and again. This was the first time I tried this Cornish hen recipe, and I give it a thumb up. (I would give it two thumbs up, but I discovered that I don’t really like the flavor of game hens that much. However, I think I also just like my poultry dry and overcooked, and the cooking time for this recipe yielded succulent white meat that was juuuuust this side of “no thank you” for my personal preference. Terwilliger thought it was good, but I’m still going to cook it longer next time.) But anyway, it smelled amazing while it was cooking, and it was incredibly easy to make, so I would recommend it. Plus, the salsa was bangin’. Continue reading

So it begins…

A little less than a year ago, a friend sent me a link to a recipe on a site I’d never heard of, called Smitten Kitchen. If you’re familiar with the food blog world, you are probably chuckling right now at the thought that such a beautiful, delectable site could be unknown to anyone. But as of August of 2008, I had yet to be seduced by the wide world of food blogging and its partnership with alluring photos of baked goods.

Over the past ten months, I have added link after link of irresistible food sites to my Google reader, and now, well, here I am, throwing in my bashful contribution. In an internet world of brazen, bold culinary blogs filled with expert images, I feel a bit like the new kid in school, shyly clutching my books to my chest, occasionally pulling out my point-and-shoot to covertly capture a photo op before snapping my hand behind my back. But I’m hoping to amuse myself (and ideally, you) with clever commentary about my adventures in the kitchen, with guest posts from my fellow foodie friends and sexy photography by my sexy husband, Terwilliger.*

Let’s get started, shall we?

*Sure, that’s his name.