First things first. Here are the recipes for these two cookies:Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (an uglyducklingbakery adaptation)Triple chocolate chip cookies (from Tom Douglas in Epicurious)I normally use a #40 scoop for cookies, but for the “bite-sized” challenge I used a #70 and started checking …
Month: January 2021
This was our second go at the America’s Test Kitchen Young Chef Club box this month. Theme: Dumplings! A few weeks ago, kiddo and I made pineapple-coconut empanadas. Tonight’s dinner was Argentinian chicken empanadas. I’ve not made this filling previously, but a FB friend talked …
Peanut sauce meets art. Swimming Rama tofu bowl meets the world of Instagram. In retrospect, putting together the ingredients for this Swimming Rama recipe was mostly about prepping dinner and pretending that I was in the same league as professional food photographers. I have been …
We are four weeks into 2021, and so far I have been feeling good about the 52 week baking challenge. This week’s challenge is in celebration of Australia day and required a bit of googling. I learned that Pavlova is the Australian national dessert. Caramel …
One night many moons ago, a few girlfriends and I decided to go on a pub crawl. I don’t recall the inspiration for the evening, but I do remember that I went on a mission to find the perfect cocktail.
You see, like many others, my experience with alcoholic beverages started with wine coolers, transitioned to beer in college, and then moved to wine. The challenge, particularly as a then-single person, was what to order in a bar, where glasses of wine are not reliably delicious.
Up until that night, I had enjoyed an occasional Screwdriver, White Russian, or rum and diet coke. But I had no go-to that said “adult.” My mission was to find my signature drink.
The perfect cocktail had to be served in a martini glass. Martini glasses are sophisticated, right? It had to be a bit sweet but not a cosmo. Sex in the City was so over. Most importantly, it had to be a drink that was unusual but common enough that any bartender could make it.
I don’t remember the names of all of the drinks I had that night. I think there might have been a sour among them. What stuck was the sidecar.
Over the next few years, I made bartenders happy by asking them to make me a drink they hadn’t made since bartender school. I now favor a gin martini as my go-to drink, but it’s good to have options. It’s always 5pm somewhere.
- 1.5 oz brandy
- 1.5 oz cointreau or other orange liqueur
- 1 oz lemon juice
- superfine sugar, as needed
- Rub edge of cut lemon on rim of martini glass.
- Put a small amount of sugar onto a clean paper towel and carefully roll the rim in the sugar to coat.
- Combine brandy, cointreau, lemon juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake for 20 seconds, then strain into the martini glass.
A friend and I were texting about the Brussels sprouts grain bowl, and she said to me, “The dish tonight was perfect, but maybe almost too perfect for your tag line.” That tag line – Tastes delicious. Looks homemade – is what my cooking and this blog is all about.
You’ll never see me on the Great British Bake Off. But I hope I can share my love of food and provide inspiration for easy weeknight meals or all-day baking adventures. Either way, food shouldn’t be fussy.
Tonight’s recipe for chicken and dates is the perfect illustration of food I hope to share here. Dates in the pantry, leftover from this weekend’s cake baking, led me to Claudia Roden’s Book of Jewish Food. I have ~20 of my mother’s cookbooks, this being one, including her volumes of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Marcella Hazan’s Classic Italian Cooking, and Craig Claiborne’s NY Times Cookbook from 1961. Claudia Roden’s cookbook is a masterpiece, showing the influence of different cultures and local ingredients as they are shared around the world.
This chicken and date recipe is also easy, perfect for a beginner cook or weeknight dinner when your kiddo distracts you with multiple games of Uno. Claudia Roden’s recipe calls for browning the chicken, which you can do if you want to, but we didn’t notice the difference. We had this over Israeli couscous, although it is traditionally served over regular couscous in Morocco. The hazelnuts just happened to be what I had on hand.
So please forgive me when you don’t see highly stylized photos in my blog. Dinner often smells too good to not to eat it immediately.
Chicken with dates
- 1 lb boneless chicken breasts or thighs
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 shallots, chopped or sub a red onion
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ginger powder
- 1 1/2 cup chicken broth or water
- 6 dates, pitted
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts almonds are traditional here
- Optional: saute the chicken until lightly browned, then remove from pan.
- Saute the shallots on low heat until soft.
- Add spices and toast until fragrant (30-60sec).
- Add the chicken broth, chicken, and some salt and pepper to the pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165F.
- Add dates and lemon juice and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve over couscous or rice, and sprinkle with nuts.
It is ironic that I was introduced to the concept of the greens and grains bowl in the Alaska Airlines terminal at National airport. Since arriving late to the food trend, I’ve embraced the grain bowl wholeheartedly because they are easy and can be made …