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Bacon and biscuits on the egg

Posted in Uncategorized by user72521 on October 25, 2009

We made some apple butter last night (Cooking Light’s Recipe, oddly enough) and I figured I needed to make some good biscuits to go along with it. Hot biscuits are my favorite vehicle for apple butter. Linds was, at my request, seasoning some cast iron pans that I’m wanting to start using on the egg so the oven was tied up. Yeah, I could have used the other oven for the biscuits, but that’s where the seasoned pans were going to cool so what choice did I have but to use the egg to make breakfast?

Ok, so I have ALWAYS wanted to make breakfast on the egg but I just never have. Armed with Dorie Greenspan’s recipe for biscuits (Um, OMNOMNOMNOMNOM by the way) I heated the egg up to 425 and left it cruising while I rolled out biscuits. I tried a few strips of bacon on the grill while making sure the egg was stabilized. At first I thought I needed to cook the bacon on a pan but since I make bacon wrapped stuff all the time and I never use a pan I figured what the heck, let’s just try it straight up and forget the pan. YESSSSSSS. Not only did this produce beautifully smoked bacon as a bonus I got grill marks! So with test strips done and consumed, I put a pan of biscuits on the egg, cooked them for about 10 minutes and then added the bacon along side since it only takes a few minutes. Photos to follow of biscuits slathered in apple butter and that beautiful bacon. Will I do this again? You bet your sweet biscuit I will.

biscuits on the egg

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so happy together

so happy together

The final product

The final product

It’s a chocolate explosion in this ding dang cookie

Posted in Cookies by user72521 on October 18, 2009
 

As I’ve said before, I’m not a chocolate fan. Or am I? I’m starting to question myself after eating one of these chocolate blobs that I ‘accidentaly’ tore in half. I’m waiting on them to cool before I try them for real. I will probably have to eat about 15 in order to make sure.

 
I bought a new cookbook that I’ve been seeing recipes posted all over the interwebs from, Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home to Yours. So far I’ve made 2 recipes from here and so far I think I want to kick myself in backside for not buying this cookbook a year ago. Below are my introductions into Dorie’s cooking in the form of a Carrot cake and Chocolate cookies with every kind of chocolate in them, including white chocolate which really isn’t a chocolate. Unsweetened, bittersweet, semi-sweet, sweet, cocoa powder and of course butter. And some nuts and raisins which makes them healthy. Actually, come to think of it, there’s no milk chocolate in them. Maybe I should drizzle some on top…
Carrot cake: time consuming but absolutely worth it

Carrot cake: time consuming but absolutely worth it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the carrot cake - You're seeing carrot, coconut, pecans and goodness

Inside the carrot cake - You're seeing carrot, coconut, pecans and goodness

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Come Closer...

Come Closer...

Little bit closer now.....

Little bit closer now.....

Commence noms now

Commence noms now

 

 
 

New York – Act 3, Scene 1.

Posted in Uncategorized by user72521 on September 29, 2009
on our way. To eat.

on our way. To eat.

Well. It’s been some time, hasn’t it?

We moved from the Ace Hotel (sniff sniff) to the Hilton Garden Inn to save some cash and use some points. It was a nice place, very very touristy. Right near the Macy’s Herald Square – I’m sure you’ve heard of that one. After a breakfast of leftover Chickalicious cupcakes we grabbed the cameras after dropping off the gear and went on a polaroid tour of the area and if a snack happened to pop up along the way = well? what could we do?

We were right next to Korea town (which seems smaller than Korea town in Atlanta) and I had heard good things about this place. Luckily it was not hard to find. Since this was L’s first intro to Mandoo (korean dumplings that can be fried or steamed) we ordered a sampler platter.  It was good – Mandoo is one of those hard to go wrong snacks. I’ve definitely had better and the prices were a little steep but Korean usually is. Right next door was a place I never heard of but had to try – Emo’s Kimbab. A place that sells only Kimbab next to a place that only sells Mandoo??? Only in New York. Unless your in Korea, I guess. Tiny little place (Emo is Korean for Aunt) with 3 people working in what I’d guess was 25 square feet. But oh it was good….Kimbab is Korean sushi, I guess. That’s how we explain it to the white people. It’s just different though. Kim in Korean means Seaweed (Or, at least the seaweed you wrap around the roll) and bab is rice. Get it? Anyways, for like $5 bucks they make you a roll right there. It’s a very hearty sized snack.

I’m not sure we really went much of anywhere, just wandered a bit. Ended up eating a hot dog from a street cart and a Lemon Sugar Crepe at the Creperie which was divine. I tried to find a very particular restarunt in Little Italy but grew tired so we parked it in some espresso bar and relaxed for a bit.

Fancy espresso

Action shot!

Action shot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-Noms

Pre-Noms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After heading back to the hotel room to take a shower and recharge we boarded the subway to the eaaaast side to meet some old friends for a drink or three. After happy hour turned into happy hours I was of course starving and realized we were very near SMAC – They ONLY sell Mac and Cheese. What what? L’s friend joined us for this portion of the trip. We ordered the Alpine, Cheesburger and 4 Cheese. I ate mine and finished the others.

I could stick my head in that pan

I could stick my head in that pan

I listend to L and A and peppered them both with questions about being Goth. I am not Goth, I have never wanted to be Goth and doubt I will ever be Goth but I am fascinated by the goths. I mean, c’mon – who wouldn’t want to go on this??? I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me.

We said our goodbye’s to A and wandered the streets in further yogurt research. We found ourselves at a Red Mango and since everyone had said ‘ohh, red mango’s so good blah blah” i said ok, we’ll try it. Uh, no. Luckily, there was a pinkberry across the street and we were able to wash that Red Mango inferior yogurt taste out with some REAL fro yo. Yo.

Washing red mango

Washing red mango

So, after dessert #2 we headed back for our last night and started to pass out until I made L pull up some Goth dance videos on youtube. It’s not my fault, she brought it up over dinner.

Until we meet again, New York!

New York Act 2 Scene 1

Posted in Uncategorized by user72521 on August 3, 2009

Sunday morning started with a cup of Stumptown coffee (omnomnominator’s house choice now!) The Ace Hotel serves only Stumptown as they are opening NYC’s first East Coast arm of the coffee house, a Portland OR fav-o-rite. I dig. We headed out the door armed with the Polaroid 1, Polaroid 2, the digital, the Holga and I think that was it. And that’s enough, believe me. We scooted up to B and H photo, mecca to all photographers both aspiring and professional. This place is like Santa’s workshop if Santa liked making money hand over fist selling everything ever related to photography. There’s need little conveyor belts over head, or order at one spot and go to pay and your order shows up. It’s like magic! like.

Since we didn’t eat breakfast at the Ace (well, ok, I sorta insisted we didn’t so we could cram some cupcakes in before first lunch) we were on the lookout for food. We made a wrong turn heading to B and H and stumbled upon

om   nom   nom   i found you nom    nom

om nom nom i found you nom nom

When I last visited in April, this place was pretty much the whole reason J and I went to NYC in the ding dang first place, only to find they had closed. I don’t know what happened and I don’t care. L and I went in and got a few early morning cupcakes – She got the choc peanut butter, I believe, and I opted for the raspberry with fresh whipped cream topping. OMNOMNOMNOM 5 noms.

For the following photo, please imagine in your head “I will always love you” as sung by Ms Whitney Houston. Not the regular part, the part where it pauses and she is really belting it out:

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And Iiiiiiiii Willl always looooooooooooove youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

And Iiiiiiiii Willl always looooooooooooove youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

omnomnomareyoutakingmyomonmonpicture?omnomnom

omnomnomareyoutakingmyomonmonpicture?omnomnom

omnomnomyesnomnom

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Loaded up with film, we grabbed the train to the Brooklyn Bridge exit and readied ourselves for the walk into Brooklyn and ultimately the flea market under the bridge.  There was no food on the bridge so I have nothing much to say about it. It was big. Pretty. ok

So, we got to the flea market and entered in at the food booth part. Fish Tacos called us in, so I ordered one to share. It was ok, a little bland, I thought.  It looked good though.

Maybe looks better than it tasted

Maybe looks better than it tasted

We found the stumptown coffee booth, where they sell the whole beans roasted in that Stumptown way. For bying a bag of the Hair Bender the nice gentlemen gave us two free iced coffees. Nice.

I love their signs.

I love their signs.

We tooled around a bit, I bought the most awesome cat shirt in the universe and then we stumbled on something that we may never have again (That’s what L keep saying. I think it’s very likely we’ll have it again.) It’s called raw chocolate ice cream and it has no sugar or dairy in it and was the smoothest best ice cream I’ve ever had. Soooo good. And I don’t even like chocolate. They don’t ship the ice cream but evidently the bon bon bar is pretty dang close in flavor.

yup

yup

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After walking around a bit more and telling everyone in shouting distance to go get that ice cream, we headed out of the flea market and up the street to see what was around. Stumbled on a Jaques Torres – Ordered a mudslide cookie warm. Not as good as the choc. chip I had before. It was warmed on a hot plate but was not fresh, I think that’s the key.

omnomnomstill pretty good omnomnomnom

omnomnomstill pretty good omnomnomnom

We grabbed the train back to the Ace and got ready for Fuerza Bruta. I’m not quite sure what to say about this.  Now that I’ve seen it, the website makes total sense. You stand up the whole time, there’s lots of yelling and dancing and people flying around. I’d recommend it but I couldn’t tell you what it’s about except that maybe the author read a lot of Samuel Beckett growing up.

After the show we were of course starving so I recommended we check out Caracas – I read a lot about it on yelp. The preceding link has the definition of an Arepa – The house specialty. Oh wait, we got sidelined by Pommes Frites on the way there, an order of freshcut fries and mayo and THEN Caracas. The Arepa is encased in something akin to an english muffin in texture but corn. I don’t know. They’re good. L had the traditional and I had the fish. I liked hers better but both were excellent. Now was time for favorite parts – dessert. First up: Chickalicious. Still reigning cupcake champ. As usual, no cameras at night so here’s a photo of what I picked up

Let's see. Chocolate, mocha, coconut, vanilla and caramel

Let's see. Chocolate, mocha, coconut, vanilla and caramel

Um, I wish I knew how they made these. I really really do. Best ever in my life.

Since we were so close….on to Milk Bar. I was not interested in ice cream at the moment – I was keeping my eye on the cookie prize. The compost cookie is the one everyone raves about but I’d trade all the tea for one of those cornflake marshmallow chocolate chip cookies. Oh. My.

We ended the night actually eating at Pinkberry. A friend had said check out Yogurtland, it beats the panties off of Pinkberry. We’ll see how that shakes out tomorrow, but L had never had Pinkberry so we popped in. Because we ordered the coconut and I guess the server had his feelings hurt because no one liked the flavor and we did, he upgraded us. I wish wish wish this place would open in Atlanta. I would swarm them. To be honest though I couldn’t tell a difference between original and coconut. Lookit, I’ve tried many fro yo’s – this is the place.

Ok, act 3 later!

New York Trip two point oh, act 1 scene 1

Posted in Uncategorized by user72521 on July 29, 2009
We left  early early early Saturday Morning for LaGuardia. Caught a cab straight away to the Ace Hotel New York. By far the coolest place I’ve ever stayed. We were there two nights in a Deluxe Room. Angie, the hotel front desk checker inner was probably the nicest person I had ever encountered at a counter. She took such good care of us I hope she gets a raise. We inquired about the brand of pillows at checkout and although she didn’t know, she took my name and number and called me later to tell me the brand once she found out. Stay at this hotel if you get a chance.
Tickets for the Hotel Breakfast. Awesome.

So, since we got checked in around 11:30 and were up since 5 it was time to noms. The Ace is a few steps from the Shake Shack, one of my favorite burger places of all time. An order of a Shack Burger, Cheese Fries (some sort of cheddar and processsed mixomnomnomnomnom i could stick my head in that hot goo and be perfectly content) and an Arnold Palmer while we parked ourselves in Madison Square Park. I forgot to take pictures on account of being SO hungry. Sorry.  We got the call that our room was ready during noms, so back up to the Ace for check in and a shower. Then we headed all over creation looking for B and H photo and art galleries – all were closed. On a Saturday! Oh well. That’s ok, it was time for L’s pick for spot that can’t be missed:  Printed Matter.  I didn’t quite understand this store but L went crazy cuckoo over it and that made me happy. We left with a book that I don’t understand and one with lots of horses and trees in it. But I like them.

On now to…Chelsea Market. I can’t go to New York without hitting this place. We ran through Elinis and Amy’s but I didn’t need anything there. I think Elini’s cookies are beautiful but I’m not here for eating beautiful. It better taste beautiful too and I dont’ think that’s the mark they’re trying to hit. Our first bakery stop was Ruth’s Bakery. Cupcake was ok, i’d give it 3 noms out of 5. It was a very dense cake – somewhere close to pound cake.  The rugelach – classic – was the best. 5 noms out of 5. The apple rugelach – 3 noms. The other best part was the CPR poster

Ruth's Bakery Display case

Ruth's Bakery Display case

The cake - It was more poundcake than cupcake

The cake - It was more poundcake than cupcake

CPR Poster

CPR Poster

Rugelach

Rugelach

So we walked from Ruth’s down the hall and sampled a bit here and there. The Fat Witch bakery does in fact have the best brownies I’ve ever had but I’m not a brownie expert so what do I know. L was getting real hungry for some Pizza so we dipped into Mezzaluna pizza for a cheese slice. Easily 4 noms out of 5
omnomnomnomgoodnomnompizzanomnom

omnomnomnomgoodnomnompizzanomnom

We wandered into some shopping district where I sampled the seating comfortability of several sofas and chairs while L wandered around looking at feathers and glass and pitchers with horses on them. (“Look! Look at this horse!” “uh huh. It’s very pretty” “<swoon swoon swoon” “I know, it’s very nice”)
Waiting

Waiting

And waiting

And waiting

and......waiting.

and......waiting.

After all the shopping and walking and waking up at 5am, we headed back to the Ace for another shower and a bit of downtime before meeting L’s friend for dinner. On the menu: Malaysian. I’ve never tried it and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It’s somewhere between Chinese, a little bit of Indian and I don’t know what else.   New Malaysia restaraunt. You have to go looking for this place to find it (thanks to L’s local friend guide!) We had a good dish of curried potato rolls, fried noodles and some more noodles. No pictures because we were pretty dang ol’ tired of lugging 6 cameras around all day. Sorry. But the night ended in Brooklyn for a party at some bar on the East River. We finally got in bed about 21 hours after we woke up that day. zzzzzzzzzzzz. Act 2 involves burgers and cupcakes…

S’mores Cupcakes

Posted in Uncategorized by user72521 on July 12, 2009
Ok, I went with the big pic this time cause it's nomalicious looking

Ok, I went with the big pic this time cause it's nomalicious looking

 

Just a box mix for the cupcakes and a frosting recipe from Sew Darn Cute’s Page. Haven’t actually tried these yet but they look spectacular. And grilled up some korean bbq for dinner. I found a pre made box of panchan at the farmer’s market (yesssss) and grilled bulgogi on the egg.

Frosting for cupcakes (Adapted from Sew Darn Cute)

2 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 lb. (2 cups) confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
16 oz. tub of marshmallow cream

Cream the butter on high until it’s light and fluffy. Add the confectioner’s sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, and beat until fluffy each time. Beat in the vanilla until incorporated. Then dump in the marshmallow and mix it until creamy. Transfer to pastry bag or ziplock bag with corner snipped and pipe onto cupcakes!

Piping

Piping

OMNOMNOMNOM

OMNOMNOMNOM

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Holy moly

Posted in Uncategorized by user72521 on July 12, 2009

I was inspired to study S’mores this weekend, with a side of Paula Deen’s Granite Steps Blueberry Coffee Cake. Holy guacamole. Go, run, make this now. But do not eat a lot lest it sit in the bottom of your stomach like an angry butter covered brick. I should know.

And the smores brownies are good but I used a lot of dark chocolate, which I’m not a fan of. These will be heading to the salon on Tuesday.

Granite Steps Country Blueberry Coffee Cake

Ingredients

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 (12-ounce) can buttermilk biscuits

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1/2 cup sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Generously grease a 9-inch square baking dish. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon and mix well with a fork. Separate biscuit dough into 10 biscuits. Cut each biscuit into quarters, and dip each piece in melted butter and coat with brown sugar mixture. Arrange in a single layer in baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the oats.

Combine blueberries and sugar in a bowl and toss to coat. Spoon over oats and biscuits and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup oats. Drizzle remaining melted butter on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until cake is golden brown and center is done. Cool for 20 minutes. Serve warm.

Biscuits take a bath in butter and then get covered in brown sugar. Oh. Yeah.

Biscuits take a bath in butter and then get covered in brown sugar. Oh. Yeah.

with first layer of oats

with first layer of oats

post cook. ready for noms

post cook. ready for noms

nom.nom.nom

nom.nom.nom

And s’more brownies
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Fireworks in my grill

Posted in Uncategorized by user72521 on July 7, 2009
My folks came up from Savannah on July 3rd for my dad’s birthday. We celebrated by driving my mom all over town (Sugarloaf Parkway!) and I grilled up some pizzas for dinner. My mom bought a cake at the Korean grocery store (“I like Korean icing better. It’s better than American” “Really? Because this is a French Buttercream”)

The koreans will trick you by creating the most delicious looking pastry you’ve ever seen…and then you bite into it and discover it’s filled with beans. They love bean filled pastries, can’t get enough. So as soon as my mom started eyeballing the cake I made it clear that we weren’t getting my dad a cake filled with red beans for his birthday.

The cake was phenomenal though. Coffee with chocolate coffee beans. OMNOMNOMNOM. When there are multiple Omnomnominators in the house, cake does not last very long so of course my dad, brother and I ate it all in 1.25 sittings.  It was a small cake though….

4th of July was a cookout with friends. I kept it simple with burgers but made some stuffed mushrooms (stuffed with smoked gouda), burgers with smoked gouda and white cheddar cheese on kaiser rolls, corn on the cob steamed in the husk and covered in a chipotle mayo, caprese salad with fresh basil and pasta salad with tons of veggies. OMNOMNOMNOMNOM. Then we had some ice cream for dessert and then I think I ate some more later after everyone left. Oh yeah, we totally did that. I remember now. Anyways, pics….

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Caprese Salad

Summertime! I love it. Nomnomnom

Summertime! I love it. Nomnomnom

Steak Steak Steak and beer

Posted in Uncategorized by user72521 on June 27, 2009

I grilled up some (thin. boo) ribeyes, corn and mushrooms last night with a side of home made buttermilk biscuits. The Kroger fooled me with the thickness of the steaks and for that, I was a little upset but Lindsey insisted it was ok.

I’ve never made biscuits before and I thought they turned out ok. Actually, they’re better after they cool for a few minutes rather than straight out of the oven. Maybe the most exciting part of the night was having Michael Jackson blaring through the outside speakers and Lindsey using the bottle opener on the new egg table for the first time. Action shots to follow.

Ready for bottle opening action

Ready for bottle opening action

"Did you want to take a picture showing this is organic beer?" "Obviously"

"Did you want to take a picture showing this is organic beer?" "Obviously"

Action!

Action!

The sweet taste of success

The sweet taste of success

Thin steaks. Boo.

Thin steaks. Boo.

Nomnomnomnomnom

Nomnomnomnomnom

A little dense but pretty good overall

A little dense but pretty good overall

I’ve been absent

Posted in Uncategorized by user72521 on June 21, 2009

My hard drive crashed. But I’m up and running again. I bring you pics of my newest obsession – pizza on the egg. Well, I’m into that and finding the perfect pancake recipe which I think I did so I’ll next be on to figuring out how to pour pancakes into cute animal shapes.  Anyways, my favorite pizza has italian sausage and peppers on it plus whatever else I can find. I am a fan of the kitchen sink pizza personally, but those two things are a must.  I had frozen then dough and it was a little tough after defrosting but my tummy didn’t seem to mind. yet. So, yeah.

Dough on the pan

Dough on the pan

With Italian Sausage, peppers, onions, black olives and fresh mozz

With Italian Sausage, peppers, onions, black olives and fresh mozz

Almost ready

Almost ready

Yeah c'mon

Yeah c'mon

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