May 30, 2012

Salted Caramel Chocolate Bundt Cake

Today has been a good one. We have just signed a lease for a brand new apartment. We will be moving across town to Capitol Hill. I am excited for the change. Eager to try new restaurants, become familiar with the area, explore the surrounding parks. We have a gorgeous new view with lots of sunlight. A bright beautiful kitchen. I can't wait to show you pictures.
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May 25, 2012

Mushroom Pappardelle Pasta with a Goat Cheese Cream Sauce


This weekend shall be a fine one. We have three glorious days to celebrate friends, love, happiness, and health. I shall eat a fair share of s'mores, remember to bring my thermal underwear, and pray to the weather gods, if they could be so kind as to keep the rain to themselves. This weekend we are camping in the Olympic Park, if the weather permits. I will show my sister the temperate rainforest, the Sitkas, and the Hemlocks. There is a possibility we may join the Twilight tour, and drive down the eerie roads in Forks. As I sit here an type, I am mildly regretting that I told you that piece if information.

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May 22, 2012

Mini Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts



Bright lights and screams of terror. Cotton-candy, hot dogs, ferris-wheels and haunted houses. I was taking a stroll down the waterfront this past weekend. Seldom do I stroll on the waterfront unless I am entertaining out-of-town guests. Just passed the aquarium but before the merry-go-round, we were excited to find that someone is assembling a giant ferris wheel. Counting down the days until it opens, I am flooded with memories from my childhood.  I started thinking about those tiny doughnuts covered in cinnamon sugar. A few blocks away, at the Pike Place Market, we stopped for a few dozen of those tiny doughnuts to quench our hunger. Just thinking about those cute little bundles of sugar makes me giddy and full of excitement. Mesmerized by the perfect cylindrical dough dropping technique, doughnuts flipping in sync, those machines could have kept me mesmerized for hours.

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May 18, 2012

Chickpea Salad with Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes


Chickpeas, to me, are a peculiar looking bean with an extremely funny name - Garbanzo. Each time I rinse and strain, I can't help but chuckle at their funny little shapes. Rarely do I cook with chickpeas. I'll aways have a can or two in the cupboard, but often lack creative ways to incorporate them into a dish. My usual chickpea standby, hummus, is as far as my culinary repertoire reaches. I've made a few curries, thrown them into a salad or two, but it's usually the same few recipes.

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May 15, 2012

Everything Biscuits with Asiago


The sweet summer air has finally started to warm. I am now able to open my windows, the sun shining bright, while the wind gently tousles my hair. Warm summer days, evening sun, margaritas on the patio is what I enjoy most. Summer reminds me of childhood. Immersed in imaginary land, time passing by without any cares. Orange creamsicles, pogo sticks, and double-dutch used to be high on my priority list. Some days I feel as though nothing has changed. Early last week, I picked up an assortment of bagels. Since then, I awake each morning, my stomach grumbling in anticipation of whats to come. As I stumble to the kitchen, my eyes still half asleep, I stick my hand into the brown paper bag, fish around, and hope that I'll either pull out an everything or cheese bagel. Soon after, I start to wonder. Wondering if it's at all possible to take my two favorite bagels (cheese & everything) and transform them into a soft savory melt-in-your-mouth biscuit, which honestly seems like far less work than making my own bagels. Intrigued by this possibility, I start experimenting.

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May 11, 2012

Rhubarb Crisp with Whipped Cream

As a child, I spent the majority of my time in the woods. I was a tiny a forest dweller. If we could have moved my toys to the woods, I probably would have lived there. My dad had a old canvas tent, smelled like mildew and mold. When the sun rose in the morning you would bake like and apple pie. We didn't have super light weight, breathable, REI tents back then, camping equipment was bought at the army surplus store. That tent was the closest I ever got to living in the woods. I tried to make my own house in the woods, for me and my sisters. We gathered up some old tarps, and tied them around the trees with that ridiculous yellow rope that doesn't seem to hold a knot, unless you are boyscout trained.  I think I was going for the tee-pee style of housing. I've got to admit, our forts were amateur. My dad saw our struggles with the architectural design, and built us a fancy tree fort. The only problem was that he built it like a patio, with railings, dark brown. It was high, and I am terrified of heights, you see my issues with the fort.  We had no privacy, probably done on purpose. The novelty of the tree wore thin, and the fort went mostly unused for years. Until one day, the tree fell down in a storm. It killed my mom's Magnolia tree in the falling. I don't think she was very pleased about that.

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May 8, 2012

Rhubarb Collins and a Recipe for Simple Syrup


This past weekend was spent basking in the glorious sun, eating pizza, and riding bikes. It was a romantic weekend, just Mr. H and I, enjoying each others company and enjoying Seattle. The weekend started with a bottle of Prosecco and a pizza from here. We celebrated a promotion, good weather and each other. We ate caramel cookie crunch gelato, and then watched a movie. Too much bubbly and a full belly, I was asleep within minutes, missing the entire movie - sigh.

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May 4, 2012

Raspberry Tarts with Almond Crust and Creme Patissiere




Oh my gosh. Raspberry tarts are so cute. and so French. I am preparing for a trip this summer. Paris, Prague, Budapest, Istanbul. It will be a whirlwind of sorts. I plan to eat as many pastries as possible and stuff as many copper pots into my suitcase as it can hold. I want to see the sites, drink German beer, eat a pretzel, meet some people, and become deeply inspired. Today I am feeling extremely excited by fresh raspberries, marble pastry boards, and tiny little pastry pans. I drove all over Seattle this morning looking for these cute little pans. First I started in Ballard, a neighborhood close too mine. It saddened me to see that one of my favorite kitchen stores had closed down. In a panic, I drove to the other end of the city to Williams-Sonoma - no luck. Crate and Barrel, also no luck. Finally, my last stop was Mrs. Cooks, and luckily they were well stocked. I was  extremely thrilled.


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May 1, 2012

Crunchy Wheat Berry Salad with Cranberries and Goat Cheese

Busy rearranging my kitchen cupboard, avoiding the not-so-fun things on my to-do list, I found a bag of left over wheat berries from one of the never-ending food box's I received last summer. You see, a food box a week for a total of twelve weeks, can become quite unruly. Falling to the bottom of the shelf, becoming tucked away behind the rice noodles and dried beans, I completely forget they existed - in my cupboard. Berries and other things that had become hidden in the tiny space behind the cupboard door, clearly the cupboard needed a rearrange. Excited by my new find, and a week long goal to fill up on super healthy foods, kale avocados and the like, I made a healthy serving of hearty crunchy wheat berry salad, knowing that the weekend will be filled with an ample supply of margaritas and Mexican food (cinco de Mayo).

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