Month: November 2007

Meat on a Stick

Meat on a Stick

You just can’t go wrong with meat on a stick. Its not exactly the classiest thing to eat, but when made with a Thai flair, its delish! I’ve made a few different Chicken Satay recipes, but this is the combination of several, and I’m quite […]

How Much Chocolate is Enough?

How Much Chocolate is Enough?

In my world, there is no such thing as too much chocolate. This is a chocolate biscotti studded with pistachios and chocolate chips. Its good, real good. I found this recipe in an old issue of Food and Wine Magazine, December of 2005. Its makes […]

Gobble Gobble

Gobble Gobble

What a great Thanksgiving! I truly have so much to be thankful for. First off, I have a fabulous husband. Thank you for being you honey! He’s the one who encouraged me to start this blog, and did all the work creating it! I’m also thankful for my health, and my family… who I was not able to be with this year.

Now on to the good stuff… the food. I think Stephan thanked me at least 10 times for this Thanksgiving dinner! I did work hard, but its so worth it. This is by far my most favorite holiday. There’s no pressure, no stress, just good food and good company. I also have to thank my Mother-in-Law, as she was a great Sous Chef and helped me tremendously! Thanks Mom!

I’m only going to share a few of the recipes from my dinner, as I made so much stuff and can’t imagine typing all that! lol!

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The Eagle Has Landed

The Eagle Has Landed

Stephan’s parents just arrived here yesterday for their annual visit from Germany. They came here a few years ago and experienced my Thanksgiving cooking for the first time, and are looking forward to the day of gluttony I have planned. Obviously they don’t usually celebrate […]

Cookie or Candy???

Cookie or Candy???

When I started my blog, I needed some inspiration and subscribed to several magazines. My plan is to make at least one thing out of every magazine, and today is my first magazine inspired post. This recipe came from Bon Appetit, and is absolutely fabulous! […]

So I Did Something Crazy…

So I Did Something Crazy…

I auditioned for TheNext Food Network Star. The Food Network had an open casting here in Miami, and I received an email from a casting person viamy blog. That in itself was quite exciting… wonder how they found me??? Anyway, the casting was last week, the inital interview went very well and I was asked to come back the following day for an on-camera demo and interview.

I was beside myself. I so much wanted to run out of the casting office, screaming “I GOT A GOLDEN TICKET,” but I refrained.You gotta have a little class, right? So I waited until I was in the car with Stephan to make a total and complete fool of myself. When I came out of the casting office I was immediatelyinterviewed by a reporter at The Miami Herald. I probably sounded like an idiot because I was so excited…meh… what are you gonna do? Stephan and I both got mentioned in the article… cool stuff!

For the on-camera demo, I made my beloved Apple Strip. It was a strange feeling, with the camera, the lights, the microphone clipped to my shirt. But it was cool, very cool! I feel like I did well, but I was so incrediblynervous. I had never been in front of a camera before. I had a baked and garnished apple strip ready, along with all the ingredients to put it together on camera.I think I even said voila! when I pulled the finished product out of hiding. I suppose I could be a tiny bit of a drama queen when I want! :P

Anyway, just thought I would share my excitement with my fellow bloggers/friends!I have my fingers crossed that I will get another call from the Food Network to tell me I made the next round. However… even if I didn’t, its OK, as this was a fantastic experience for me!

Also, I absolutely must thank my hubby, Stephan,for being there with me every step of the way. He said he just wanted to be there to occasionally yell out “YOU CAN DO IT.” And he really did that… and then surprised me with an uber-fancy dinner at Prime 112 to celebrate! Thank you honey, you’re the best!

Top O’ The Muffin To Ya

Top O’ The Muffin To Ya

This muffin makes me want to start selling muffin tops. Elaine and Kramer had a seriously fabulous idea. I’ve made a very simple sour cream muffin with semi-sweet chocolate chips mixed in. What makes it special is the generous sprinkle of Turbinado Sugar on top. […]

My Neighborhood Has Crabs!

My Neighborhood Has Crabs!

A few weeks ago, I was walking outside my house and saw something odd scurrying across the road. After a little inspection, I realized it was a large blue crab. Strange… I have absolutely no idea how a crab got into my neighborhood, as I […]

That’s Not My Baguette Baby!!!

That’s Not My Baguette Baby!!!

Last weekend, I was in a baking mood. I find baking very therapeutic, and wish I had more time to devote to it. This is a fabulous recipe that results in thin and crisp baguettes, but you do have to plan ahead for it. I started it on Saturday morning, and finally baked them on Sunday afternoon, as the recipe calls for not one but two eight hour rises. There is a shockingly minute amount of yeast, so the excessive proofing time is quite necessary. In addition, the extra time develops a fantastic flavor, and makes the wait totally worth it. The recipe came from How to Bake, by Nick Malgieri.

Confession: Stephan and I ate an entire hot baguette… standing in the kitchen… in less than 2 minutes… snort!
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