Some blog news and some tested recipes… for you!

February 12, 2012

This was the last recipe I posted on LAFB,

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the last recipe I wrote for you,
the last time I set aside a moment to photograph my food,
and… the last dessert I baked.

Okay, that last part was falsely dramatized and actually, since arriving in Italy, (a little over 3 months now) it’s safe to say, I spend more time in my kitchen than in the classroom.

So where are all these food photos, you ask?

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These wrinkly medjool dates (which I am obsessed with now) are about the only food I’ve managed to shoot.

…about that.

Well, when you are cooking WITH other people, you don’t really want to mess with the rhythm.

You don’t want to drop your camera in their silky, sun-dried tomato pesto.
You don’t want to hold up the entire dinner while you snap some seductive side shots of chicken thighs.
And you certainly don’t want to burn the green beans while you position your parsley on the plate (more like throw it on top, for me).

Who am I kidding? Every single one of my friends here would do that, including myself.

No explanation needed. 

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BUT sometimes, I really just want to enjoy the moment, and for me, a camera can seriously kill it. At least until I master the art of being invisible.

I’m an 1/8 of the way there if I close my eyes.

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Lately, this blog has been focused more on my journey rather than on my recipes, and I’d really like to change this. Unfortunately, it’s been a challenge for me to keep up with the blog as well. There’s either a rainbow-themed dinner party I need to bake a purple cake for, a cheese I need to buy for National Cheese Lover’s Day, or a plane I need to catch- tough life.

Hey, no complaints, here. It’s just that I want you to know where this blog is going, since you take your precious time to read it.

Time Out: Just so you know, I’d love to buy you a cup of coffee sometime to show my appreciation.

Why, of course there would be dessert!

Don’t you know me?

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Time In:

Starting next week, I will post one recipe per week (actual day TBA), while the rest of the days will be filled by my European adventures using pictures, quotes, random stories, or anything else I’d like to share with you. This is a goal I set for myself, and hopefully by putting it here in writing, for all to see, it will motivate me more to stick with it.

So for now, while I get situated, I’d really love to share some recipes that I’ve tested myself from other fabulous bloggers which have been a big hit with my friends.

You can’t go wrong with my favorite gal, Joy the Baker:
- Don’t be scared of this
beet cake- even the beet haters loved it. Also, add a dark chocolate ganache to the middle. You won’t regret it.
- Currently in the process of baking this
playful bread, but I know it won’t be a disappointment.

Always with Butter captures me with her simplistic style:
- Made
this tart with hazelnuts instead of cherries, even in the crust. Holy heaven.
- Yes, I baked my own
birthday cake, and it was pretty damn good if I don’t say so myself. Instead of vanilla, I added a strawberry jam to the frosting… brought me all the way back to summer.

Smitten Kitchen has an endless supply of recipes. It’s always my go to blog if I ever need a recipe for ANYTHING
- Although I didn’t personally cook
these artichokes, my lovely roommate Helena whipped these up one night, and I actually ate the WHOLE artichoke.- thorns and all- they were that good.

Since I am in Italy how could I not make a traditional Bolognese sauce? This also makes a killer lasagna sauce. Tester tip: add 1/2 cup milk to this recipe for a creamier result

Now get in that kitchen and get cookin’!! I’ll see you back here next week with a new recipe!

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sam February 13, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I meant to tell you the other day i like the new header. Chance talked phil into getting chickens too so now phil is searching through the uncle henry’s to find free chickens.

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sreusch05 February 14, 2012 at 5:34 PM

yeah im really into the whole chicken picture phase at the moment. needed a fresh look. you’re getting chickens though?! that will change your life. and huffs as well.

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