Sunday, January 30, 2005
Thursday, January 27, 2005
I got a bunch of tulips a few weeks ago. I had a boyfriend who used to get me tulips often and I don't think I'd bought any in - OMG - 13 years? Well, they don't remind me of him anymore... except when I wonder why I don't buy tulips more often. I love them. They don't last all that long. I would really like to see a field of them in Holland some day.
Saturday, January 22, 2005
Next time I think a graham cracker crust would taste better. Cook's Illustrated says just adding whipped cream after the pie cools tastes better than the meringue, but I have some unfans of whipped cream in my house. They also point out that key limes are a PIA to work with and most people are making Persian Lime pies, which taste just as good.
Just for fun I looked up Mark Bittman's recipe. He such a spaz! He is kind of elitist and tells cooks if they ever tastes caro syrup, they wouldn't cook with it, let alone use it in pecan pie. Well excooze me, it tastes good to the rest of us in pecan pie. I am relieved to find that he doesn't feel the same about sweetened condensced milk. His recipe looks a lot like the one on the can, but he calls for more eggs and confectioner's sugar in the meringue.
I'm going to make this again soon, but using the Cook's Illustrated recipe next time. Then I'm onto Coconut Cream Pie. It was the last food my grandpa asked for on his deathbed. I think this is a pretty massive vote for this flavor pie!
Sunday, January 09, 2005
This is my grandpa's Model A truck that my dad now owns. He belonged to the Quail Model A Club and added these side panes of glass. The day I took the picture it was raining and my Dad and his friend jump started the truck. No one was electrocuted.
The iTunes music store had some disturbing renditions. #1 Bernadette Peters. I don't have as much talent in my whole body as she does in her one little pinky finger and all that, but gag me. Gag me like James Lipton gags me. #2 Frank. Not bad, but not what I'm looking for. #3 Perry Como. No. Too smooth and not in the right way. Cool background music for Goodfellas II maybe - a hit scene or something. #4 The Temptations. This reminds me of one of those extended PBS ads for one of their video sets where they bring out people you thought were dead to sing their old hits and there are all these people getting googly eyes in the audience. They have two versions, one labled Fiji Island Mix. No! #5 WIllie Nelson. OMG. This must be from the infamous album he did to pay off his tax debt. "Some enchanted evenin'" with harmonica. Nein!
And then I found it. Ezio Pinza. So the sexy french man was italian. He still sounds just as good.
I realize I have the soundtrack to South Pacific on 8 track tape.
Saturday, January 08, 2005
I really like the "high hair style" and the allowance for combovers.
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
The Coco's pie turned out to be great. But the desire to bake a pecan pie didn't leave me. My cousin remarked that the best pecan pie she'd ever had was off the back of the Caro's syrup bottle. I set out to make a pecan pie last week and consulted all of my most trusted cookbooks. I settled on Shirley Corriher's famous "CookWise" recipe. It called for arrowroot, another ingredient I rarely if ever use. I looked through my spices and found two unmarked baby food jars filled with white powder. One was Cream of Tartar, but I suspected the other to be Arrowroot. I phoned my mom to see if she could taste her arrowroot and describe it to me, so I could make a positive ID. She first wanted to know why I was putting arrowroot in pecan pie. "Don't do that!" I realized while talking to her that I had arrowroot, but no brown sugar. OMG! I'm slipping. I'm usually so good about having baking needs on hand for when the mood strikes. I ended up making a pie off with the Caro's syrup recipe. I used a refrigerator crust because I was feeling lazy. OCD enough to bake an unnecessary pecan pie, but too tired to do it right. It turned out well. I definitely like the light syrup. You can see the texture of the pie better. I ended up modifying the recipe slightly. I toasted the pecans first at 350 for 7 minutes. I then added butter and salt, let the pecans soak it in and then used them in the pie. I can tell it made a difference. One of my friends offered to smoke some pecans for a future pie and I just might take him up on it - if I can plan that far ahead.
The other cool thing was that the people I gave the bread to, were so appreciative of the unique and homey fruit used. My friend said he remembered having persimmons at his grandparents also. My grandparents were quite pleased and said I can have the pick of persimmons next year :).