Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
My friend Betsy is having a holiday party this weekend I wanted to make cookies. I baked some today and am saving some to bake on Saturday. To make the usual chocolate chip cookies a little more festive I added some cocoa powder and peppermint. They taste delicious!! However, next time I am going to add more cocoa, they aren't quite as dark as I wanted them to be.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
My Grandma's china ready to go the night before.
Stuffing (my first attempt and it was great!), mushroom gravy, a mountain of roasted garlic and chive mashed potatoes, squash soup with gruyere crostini.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
The city was unbelievably beautiful! So many great buildings. We spent a lot of time in the art museum just enjoying the light-filled space.
I went to the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design for a pre-college program and hadn't been back since. They had this bazaar gallery that was totally made for me, full of vintage kitchens!!
There was also a great city market that reminded us both of the North Market in Columbus. Kyle and I stuck to our respective usuals--Mediterranean food and Mexican food.
And surprisingly, in a town full of breweries, the only beer we consumed was Ethiopian.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
One of my favorite things to do at work is make beautiful foam. Steaming milk is so satisfying and the result is like a cloud. I always want frothy milk to top my coffee at home but don't know how to get the same results. On Apartment Therapy today there is a post about how to make foam at home. I wonder if it will work as well with soy milk? Basically all you do it shake up some milk in a jar with a lid, then remove the lid, and microwave the milk until it's warm.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
1/2 cup pine nuts
2 TB olive oil
One onion, diced
One large garlic clove, minced
One large carrot, peeled and grated
Two celery ribs, diced
One cup mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
2 cups cooked white beans
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 to 1/2 cup vegetable broth, as needed
1 heaping TB flaxseed meal
1 tsp. dried basil
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tsp. salt
Preheat the oven to 350º. Spray a loaf pan or 8x8 square baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside (an 8x8 pan makes a crisper loaf).
Grind the pine nuts into a coarse meal using a food processor or spice/coffee grinder. Place in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
Sauté any vegetables you've chosen in the olive oil until soft. Add to the large mixing bowl along with all the remaining ingredients. Mix and mash together well, adding only as much liquid as needed to create a soft, moist loaf that holds together and is not runny (you may not need to add any liquid if the grains and protein are very moist). Add more binder/carbohydrate as needed if the loaf seems too wet.
Press mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until cooked through.
Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then turn out onto a plate or platter and slice. Serve with potatoes, vegetables, and vegetarian gravy, if desired.
Cold leftover slices of Thanksgiving loaf make a great sandwich filling.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Studio O+A recently completed a new headquarters for Facebook. It looks like an awesome place to work, so many relaxed seating areas and little vignettes. It's funny because I think the design of their website is pretty underwhelming and sterile but this office is beautiful!
Read more about it here or here.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Vintage alarm clocks are so much more attractive than my digital clock. Plus, this clock lights up before it rings so it wakes you up more gently. Would that actually work? Who knows, but it is so charming!
Japanese masking tape in so many beautiful colors and patterns. Who knows what kinds of things I could find to tape up around my apartment!
Friday, October 16, 2009
This summer I would buy cheddar and herb scones from a bakery at the Wicker Park farmer's market. Having a savory baked good is so delicious and a nice change for breakfast. I was so excited to see this similar recipe posted on Design*Sponge this morning! I see these scones in my future.