jlh: Christina Aguilera and an old fashioned microphone (music: Christina Aguilera)
Went to a fun party yesterday, ate good food, most of which was bad for me. Saw the Avengers trailer and the Madonna halftime show and Kelly Clarkson singing the national anthem and Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert singing God Bless America and the season premiere of The Voice and really all of that was good enough for me.

I'm really excited that so many other people will be watching The Voice with me this season! After seeing that first episode I'm even more annoyed, in retrospect, with The X-Factor and even less interested in bothering with American Idol.

I had said as a comment to someone else's entry that I was bringing beverages to the party I attended and they asked for recipes, so here they are.

mint limeade, ginger lemonade, blood orange syrup, also blood orange margarita )
jlh: Fiona Apple smiling (music: Fiona Apple smiling)
I've been so worried lately, and thanks to all of you for being nice about it. Let's talk about stuff that's making me happy!

  • New Nigella on my TV! She's seriously my anxiety cure, you don't even know. And she likes rosé, which I do too. (See below.)
  • Saw Red yesterday noontime at a $6 matinee. It was really fun! Bruce and Karl and Helen and Morgan and Malkovich were all adorbs, as was Brian Cox's old Russian.
  • Then I went on a very NYC shopping spree around Union Square, picking up some staples at Trader Joe's (they have frozen pork buns now!), bread and jam at the green market, rosé at the wine store, and some spicy beef broth noodle to go at Republic.
  • The jam deserves its own bullet. I adore the jam from Beth's, which you can also order online. I picked up Raspybarb (raspberry rhubarb) which is the flavor of my favorite pie. I also got some rhubarb chutney (so good on meatloaf) and some garlic rosemary jam (excellent on toast topped with scrambled egg). I ate bread and jam for dinner!
  • [livejournal.com profile] startrekbigbang and [livejournal.com profile] rpf_big_bang are posting! So many great stories already!
  • Yuletide! I'm pondering what fandoms to nominate other than WKRP. Undercovers and Hawaii 5-0 at the very least, and Community as well because that fandom isn't that big. I'm thinking about nominating the Green Hornet movie even though it's not out until next month because hey, Kato fic.
  • It's fall, and it's properly chilly and breezy and the leaves are falling and when it's not raining the sky is the most gorgeous blue. And the cat has gone back to demanding a permanent position on my lap.


I've got chicken stock in the stockpot, I cleaned the bathroom, and I'm reviewing fic. And then I'll do a last read over my rpf bb fic which goes up tomorrow! Eee!

thanks!

Aug. 23rd, 2010 10:40 pm
jlh: chibis of seamus and dean wearing party hats (SD birthday)
Yesterday was kind of awful but today was pretty great! It's weird, my birthday is at the end of August but it always turns cold right before it; when I was growing up in Maine I could never have a swimming party for my birthday.

Anyway I slept in just a smidge, then went to work and actually had quite a good day at work, which included work and getting things done and writing about 1500 words of fic. Then I went to a pub that has $5 mussels and had some moules frites and rose with [personal profile] ali_wildgoose, and had a passion fruit mojito for dessert.

I also bought myself some macarons at a little French bakery near my office:



Rose, orange blossom, violetta, cerise, lemon, and rhubarb. AND Ali made me some peach tarts! So I have dessert for days and won't be making that rhubarb crisp for a while, nor am I missing the failed ice cream.

Now I'm going to watch New Jersey housewives be insane, but before then, here's my "card" from my BFF C____, who's a drummer. Everyone cool I share my birthday with is dead—River Phoenix, Gene Kelly, Louis XVI, and Keith Moon here. As C____ said in his email, feel free to fast forward to the good part at 4:33.



Thanks everyone for your good wishes!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Chibi)
So I'm not offering much for [livejournal.com profile] help_pakistan because omg BB fics. But I am offering a batch of homemade pop tarts so hopefully that will get us something.

Instead I plan on buying things! Especially offers to do mixes for fics, because that is exciting!

Also exciting: offers to do podfic! There are lots of offers to do AIRPS, or AI8RPS fanfic. Would it be wrong for me to bid on those and have them do Ryan/Simon? None of them have any ship restrictions …

haha, AI fandom, how you've broken and shamed me. (I am also 1000% convinced that I will get no art for my [livejournal.com profile] rpf_big_bang fic. I'm just writing it anyway.)
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Default)
God, I feel like an actual human being again. Hurrah!

I also feel like I only sort of read anything that anyone said over the last week, so this afternoon I'm going back through stuff. Expect belated comments. I also still need to move some icons over to the DW journal so I'm not always using this one.

For those not following me on Twitter, in the last 24 hours I have made:
  • Gazpacho with tofu
  • Pasta salad with broiled chicken, ww penne, steamed broccoli and sundried tomatoes
  • Roasted corn for taco salad (the black beans were already cooked and in the freezer)
  • Zucchini pancakes (after I abandoned zucchini bread due to too much zucchini)
  • Raspberry-rhubarb pie (my absolute favorite!)


I feel very Iowa today. My Aunt Arlene always made zucchini pancakes, only she made them with more batter than I did and called them "critters" because the shredded zucchini stuck out looked like little legs. By rights I should have made a gooseberry pie like Grandma, but rhubarb is what I had. Also the portion of the [livejournal.com profile] startrekbigbang fic I'm writing today takes place in Iowa.

Got some fannish good news but more about that later.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Chibi)
So the novelist Jonathan Safran Foer put out that book about vegetarianism that many found annoying and over the top in that way that advocacy books sometimes can be, and I mostly just chalked it up to that. But the other day the Financial Times ran this really amazing interview with him, conducted over lunch at Gobo in the West Village, and in it comes this passage:
For people who really like food, like me, such a linguistic approach to eating can sound just a little detached. It is noticeable that, in the book, Foer never once describes a vegetarian dish he really enjoys.

“Oh, I’d say I like a meal as much as anybody,” he tells me, mildly, as he browses the menu. “But I find a certain kind of foodiness silly, gluttonous and embarrassing.” He pauses, looking up. “Look, taste is clearly the crudest of our senses: this is scientifically, objectively factual. It is less nuanced. Eyesight is extraordinary – hearing, touch. I find people who devote their whole lives to taste a little strange.” He stresses the last words as if this was a vast understatement.

I don't even know what to do with that. Some of the most food-curious people I know are vegetarians, or other people who have somewhat limited their intake of certain foods, often because they have to be more adventurous. For quite a while people have tried to make the case that going vegetarian doesn't mean giving up on tasteful foods, and for Foer to run around saying that it shouldn't matter is just, not helping the cause.

Later he's very kind about poor folks:
One of the good things about vegetarianism, says Foer, it that it makes people “care more”. “I’m not sure why,” he says, “but a lot of my behaviour has changed. I’ve all but stopped buying things online. I want to live in a world where there are mom-and-pop stores, where everything isn’t homogenous ... Writing the book made me open my eyes a little bit wider.”

As a fellow resident of Park Slope, I know that ethical consumption can be a pleasurable retail experience – but what about less fortunate neighbourhoods? “Not everyone is going to move at the same pace,” he agrees. “Poor people will not move at the same pace as people with a disposable income. People who live in food deserts, who don’t have the same access, will move at a different pace to people who shop at Whole Foods.”

This is fantastic, especially considering that Whole Foods, as a company, doesn't give a shit about poor people. It's run by an infamously libertarian, pro-capitalist, anti-union and anti-safety net guy. And as anyone can see by its aggressive and acquisitive business practices (which it's paid for, a bit, in this recession) Whole Foods is not interested in preserving mom-and-pop stores, and within, Whole Foods is incredibly homogenous. That's the whole point of Whole Foods!

Mostly I just want [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay to beat the shit out of Foer for being an idiot and creating more anti-vegetarian people that she's going to have to roll her eyes at.

IN BETTER VEGETARIAN NEWS, I made a roasted eggplant dip for [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay and [livejournal.com profile] soupkills's Super Bowl party, only we put it out a little late so it became more of a hostess gift, she and I splitting the difference on it and a bag of pita. I had my leftovers for lunch the next day. She said she appreciated that there's some protein in the dip. It's a modified version of Nigella Lawson's Badenjean dip.

roasted eggplant-garlic dip )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Chibi)
In honor of my awesome Carla mood theme—first time ever using a custom mood theme!—I'm making a food post.

I really love enchiladas but when I make them at home I find it's too much tortilla, not enough filling, and rolling them is more work than they're worth. So instead I decided to make a kind of Mexican lasagna and it came out really well! Flat Tofu-Spinach Enchiladas with Salsa Verde )

Comfort food is always a little weird; to make it comforting you've adapted it in some way that makes it just a tiny bit embarrassing. They talked about this on Sex and the City—remember Carrie's ritual of eating saltines spread with grape jam, while standing in her kitchen reading the new Vogue?

Last night I really needed some comfort, so I reverted to an old standby. I got a stick of salami, cut a few rounds off, cut them into quarters, and nuked them for two minutes so they were totally fried and hard. Then I made some spaghetti and tossed in the salami chunks and some Prego, the jarred sauce of my adolescence. I also had some red leaf lettuce with red french dressing and croutons I made out of toast because I didn't feel like buying any croutons. Yum! And I had crunch berries for dessert—the cheapo kind that come in the bag.

What are your comfort foods?
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Chibi)
Brussels sprouts and granny smith apples were on sale this week, and I had some leftover whole wheat noodles I wanted to use up. (Can I say how pleased I am that whole wheat pasta is more available in more varieties and almost as cheap as regular pasta! What a change from only a few years ago!) I found this recipe for brussels sprouts with apples and bacon and changed it up a little by boiling the noodles with the brussels sprouts and reserving a cup of the cooking water. I only had one container of sprouts, but that ratio to the bacon/noodle/apples was better for a main dish, given that this is a recipe for a side dish. I also used sage instead of thyme just because that's what was in the house, and put in some sherry vinegar with the cooking water in the pan, and stirred it for a bit. I just had some for lunch, and wow, it was so autumn.

This week I'm also making some ww linguine with chicken-mango-chipotle sausage and broccoli, and sauteed chicken and asparagus over grits. Using up things that were in the freezer (the sausage and the chicken, which were on sale a while ago) and things on sale (broccoli and asparagus--lots of green veg on sale this week!) and things in the cupboard (noodles, linguini, grits) makes me feel very economical! I don't always accomplish this, I have to say. Though I am good about using up the produce, starch comes in odd sizes and tends to stick around--there's this tiny amount of quinoa that I'm just going to have to move with me.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (smokin' matt albie)
We have Bill Kristol to blame for Sarah Palin, apparently. Rove wanted Romney; McCain wanted Lieberman but no one else did.

Idolator doesn't think much of the proposed cover of D.Cook's record and I have to say, neither do I. It makes his head look like an ICBM.

Justin wants you to put something else in the box. Ryan played this on E!News last night and then went on and on about the mustard scarf JT is wearing and the importance of proper accessorizing.

Defamer shows that movie critics are kind of white dumbasses. I want to know what Elvis Mitchell has to say about it. I very much do not want to know what Ben Lyons has to say about it.

I link to this post on Christie Brinkley's ex's possible sex tape less for that and more for the vintage 80s GQ cover. And they wonder why Gen X women keep trying to date gay men.

Gawker calls bullshit on small differences in Playmates having anything to do with economics. I think that stupid skirt theory was disproven, too.

Christopher Buckley, son of the original neocon God William F. Buckley, decides to endorse Obama because McCain ain't no neocon. After all the hate mail columnnist Kathleen Parker got for calling on Palin to resign for the good of the party because she was bringing McCain down, Buckley puts his endorsement not on the website of the National Review, that stalwart conservative magazine founded by his father at which he is still an editor, but at Tina Brown's brand spanking new website. Hate mail arrives anyway, and eventually a pink slip from said National Review. One wonders what Buckley pere would have said about all this.

Jezebel doesn't have a lot of time for that stupid New York Observer cover story about how what career women really want is Don Draper. However, I think I need to get my hands on the first season, don't I, as apparently season 2 is available on On Demand.

Thanks to Jezebel I found out that Katy Sparks, the chef from my old favorite Quilty's, is back to restaurant cooking in New York at Compass on the UWS. It's a little pricey, but not save-for-months pricey, so I'll be putting my loose change toward that $35 tasting menu, I think.

Finally, from late last week, Jezebel breaks down the social dynamics and political economy behind The Long Winter. A fascinating read.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Richard Ayoade)
But first: Sadly, my beloved laptop died the other night and even the magical Zigster couldn't revive it. I'll be surviving on the ipod touch in the evenings, and I have internet at work during the day, but expect delays for most of October until I can get funds together to replace it.

What's for Breakfast? So that sort of annoying mag Saveur asks a bunch of DC elites what they eat for breakfast (and jeez, Obama with the eggs, the hell?). I love Nancy Pelosi with "chocolate ice cream." I also love Wonkette's graphic of the best breakfast convenience product ever, chocolate chip pancakes wrapped around a sausage, frozen, on a stick.

Ollie North never called out Osama Bin Ladin. It was Abu Nidal, morons! I like the all-caps; I'm sure rather than a screaming on the email vibe he's going for a Telex/teletype/telegram feel STOP

Some moron is citing Chuck and Larry as a reason not to give same sex benefits to federal employees. Yeah, because men and women never cohabit in order to receive benefits. Nope, it's only the gays, because that's how they ruin marriage.

McCain thinks Obama has cooties. Or something. Anyway, he didn't want to shake his hand.

A thoughtful article from Idolator on the proliferation of lists in music magazines.

I am so watching the debate live tonight.

Food meme

Aug. 14th, 2008 12:51 pm
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Chibi)
Haven't felt well the last couple of days. Laid low, watched a lot of Olympics.

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you've eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Make recommendations of specific places/products when possible.

The VGT Omnivore's Hundred )

Mostly, I'm really lucky to live in New York.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Chibi)
Allow me to be nerdy about feeding myself for a moment. As some of you know I am totally addicted to Everyday Food and a lot of what I cook for myself comes from that magazine. It has a wide variety of inexpensive, easy, fast recipes with not a pile of ingredients that feed four, so I can eat off them for four days. Also, FreshDirect, where I order my groceries, has lowered its delivery minimum to $30, and since I have a reserved delivery time and I've prepaid my delivery charge for the year, it makes it easier for me to order a small number of groceries every week. Anyway, this weekend I decided to cook a lot of things and put some things up in the freezer, so I made:
  • Marinara sauce, which I froze. It's my own quick recipe, with canned crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, red wine, garlic, crushed red pepper, and the leftover purple basil from last week's tomato salad.
  • Bolognese sauce, which is a double batch. I froze half and made the other half into this great biscuit-topped bolognese pie that used up the zucchini leftover from the barbeque chicken pizza I made last week. The bolognese also used up more of the carrots I bought last week for thai steak salads.
  • Lemon-horseradish fish cakes, which is a double batch and instead of parsley I used the cilantro leftover from the mango chicken salad I made last week. I'll put half in the freezer and eat the other half this week with broccoli that I'll drizzle with sherry-shallot vinaigrette that I make.
  • I put together my kit for my breakfast hash. I cooked sweet potatoes, diced them, then put them into individual servings in tiny snack baggies. I put those baggies plus one baggie holding the chicken-apple sausage links and one holding diced shallot that had been hanging out in my freezer (great tip from [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay to dice up the whole bag of shallots when I get them) into one tupperware container so it's all together when I want to make the hash, and the container is right next to the bowl of eggs, so I can just grab one of those to fry over-easy to put on top. It makes it practical to have the hash on a weekday, as it takes just five minutes to fix.
  • Two meat loaves. The valupak of ground beef is 5 lb, so I used one pound (plus a pound of ground pork) for the bolognese and the remaining 4 lb in two meat loaves that each make 8 servings, so now I'll have 16 slices of meat loaf that I'll freeze in individual baggies and can pull out of the freezer whenever I have veg around but no protein.
  • A rhubarb crisp that used up some rhubarb that was in the freezer and some crisp topping that was floating around the fridge.
  • And I'll make some more chex mix at some point.

Now all I have leftover in the fridge is three carrots and a bit of mint (also for the thai steak salad). Perhaps I should make some iced tea and put the mint in that. Hmm.

And now, I need to eat lunch (the last bit of the last freezer pack of eggplant black bean chili, with hominy and green salsa and cheese) and then write some lectures.
jlh: Ryan Seacrets and Simon Cowell (Ryan and Simon on Leno)
Everyone who loves the Rymon must join [livejournal.com profile] flaming_potato because it is made of awesome.

Surprisingly good together: quince jam and peanut butter on a whole wheat english muffin.

Last night I dreamt that Gina Glocksen and Chris Sligh were in my graduate school cohort and it was the first day of classes and I hadn't finished all the things I need to finish this summer, but Gina took me out to breakfast.

Yesterday [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose and I went to a cafe to do work and I ate a peanut butter, honey and banana panini on whole wheat bread that was surprisingly filling, and someone asked us if the cafe rented out ibooks because everyone seemed to be on one, except the one guy who had a Vaio.

Afterward, I sat in [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose's apartment replying to reviews while she RP'd and cracked herself out and it was very entertaining. I just wish the Nutella hadn't been old. But peanut butter and apple butter is almost as good as peanut butter and quince jam, or peanut butter and bananas.

Wow, I have had a LOT of peanut butter in the last 24 hours.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (The Brain)
Two icon sort-of requests:

One, where should I look to get a Cameron icon from Ferris Bueller? He's one of my top fictional crushes and I feel I should have an icon. Even better, are there screen caps someplace anyone knows of?

Two, can someone show me how to make a flashing icon? I have three little pictures that I want to put into one rotating icon. I know you animate in Image Ready but I don't know how.

I made chocolate fudge sauce and sticky toffee sauce this weekend. Much like the cookies and mint in my favorite Cuties, the sauces make vanilla tofutti edible, and since I'm only eating the ice cream as an excuse to eat the sauce, having a bad lactose-induced tummyache doesn't seem worth it.

Next post in this spam-o-rama: Golden Globes! Top Chef! Movies!
jlh: Clara Bow (It Girl)
Great weekend, spent sitting around talking with [livejournal.com profile] wordplay and attending an afternoon tea on Saturday and a baby shower on Sunday because, as I told Carrie's DH, "there is just too much girlyness to be contained in one day!" I made cucumber, ham salad and chicken salad tea sandwiches because other than scones, which Carrie made, they're my favorite part. So due to popular demand:

Lemon Chicken Salad )

I find that I still hate flying, or really, I hate the process of flying; once I'm in the air I'm aces. But I hate airports, hate tying myself into a knot for security, hate having to buy overpriced food and water, hate schlepping myself to the airport (because in almost every city the airport is a bit out of town), just hate all of it. I flew because I scored some super cheap shuttle tix, but it reminded me why I strongly prefer the train.

Last night saw The Painted Veil, which was eh, and in so doing completely missed the Globes though I'm sure Bravo is rebroadcasting them at some point. I'm oddly uninterested in awards season this year, possibly because I haven't seen many films or just because they all seem to be blending together, or I don't even know what. Something.
jlh: Charlie Brown and Linus van Pelt standing at their wall in the snow, from A Charlie Brown Christmas (duos: Charlie and Linus)
Saw Casino Royale on Sunday and immediately read [livejournal.com profile] astolat's Bond/M story Queen of Spades which I urge everyone to go read as it is amazing. Also incredible is Close Your Eyes and Think of England, [livejournal.com profile] monimala's Veronica Mars/James Bond crossover. (No really, it totally works. There's even Mac!) I was thinking of writing a whole thing about the new Bond and gender and sexuality, but I have too much school writing to do so that will have to wait for another time.

What I will write about is a slash gripe. I recently read a Studio 60 Matt/Danny that contained many of the stereotypical complaints about slash. Harriet is a shrieking homophobic harpy for no discernible reason while the story doesn't actually deal in any way with Matt's feelings for her; Danny is oddly submissive and will do anything for Matt and thinks to himself that he loves Matt better than Harriet, which to me is an odd misread of their actual relationship; and Matt is a selfish, emotionless asshole, when on the show he's actually incredibly emotional all the time. I think you can write slash that respects canon het relationships, and for that I point you to this superlative Danny/Rusty Ocean's 11 story, Confidence Men, which has a whole present and history of Danny/Rusty that doesn't have anything at all to do with Tess.

A losing dish on Top Chef this week really inspired me—Cliff's chicken sausage and sweet potato hash. I made it with a chicken/apple sausage and about a cup of diced cooked sweet potato and a little bit of shallot, seasoned with salt, pepper and cinnamon, then I fried an over-easy egg to put on top. OMG so good. To keep it quick I cooked four sweet potatoes and then diced them all at once, and keep that in a tupperware in the fridge with the sausage in a ziploc and the sliced shallot also in a ziploc, both tucked into the container with the potatoes. Everything is already cut up (well, I take the sausage out of its casing as I go) and in one container, so I just grab that and an egg and I'm good to go.

It's going to rain today. It's December. This is wrong; it should be snowing. What is with this warm weather, anyway?
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Chibi)
Well, after a week of being in some weird low-energy slump, I tidied up this morning and feel a bit better and am off to do some reading. I finally replied to that meta post I made a while ago, asking for low-slash non-SF media fandoms, and thought about some things.

I keep thinking that I might do a meta post, and then I keep chickening out. ([livejournal.com profile] sistermagpie, we may need to have dinner to boost me on this.) I think that part of my reluctance, certainly, has to do with all the wank that I've witnessed in my time online (not to mention this summer), and not wanting to start anything or get anything started in the comments. That said, it isn't that I wouldn't want disagreement; it's sort of boring, sometimes, to make a post about something and have all the comments really just say "right on!" when what you want is someone to help you refine some theory that's been noodling around in your head.

Meanwhile, I had a great holiday weekend so far. Thursday I went up to [livejournal.com profile] bhanesidhe's to watch Ouran High School Host Club. The original plan was to eat Chinese but sadly they were closed (according to a story on NPR, the restaurants close on Thanksgiving so everyone can get married) so we settled for pizza and garlic knots instead.

Yesterday I got my turkey on at my friend S's and food-wise it was one of the best Thanksgivings I've had, ever. S and I were college roommates and she came up to my house for one Thanksgiving, so she was aware of my family's tradition of large bowls of boiled, mashed root vegetables that looked like "a burnt orange paint chip" in their spectrum from white potatoes and pale yellow turnip to deep yellow-orange squash and dark orange sweet potatoes. But yesterday, in addition to the flavorful turkey, silky gravy, fluffy mashed potatoes, savory bread/chestnut/cranberry/sausage stuffing and tart cranberry sauce, we had broiled brussels sprouts, beets, and carrots and parsnips, corn pudding, green beans sauteed with garlic and ginger, and sauteed mushrooms. It was nice to have so many vegetables to balance all those starches, and since I eat yams all the time and I'm not a big fan of squash I didn't miss them. Besides, those roasted veggies will make a great salad for dinner tonight. We nibbled on cheese crisps and bacon-wrapped almond-stuffed dates beforehand, and then stuffed ourselves with apple and pumpkin pie after.

The pumpkin pie I made was a huge hit. I'd wanted a recipe that didn't call for canned milk, and found it in Everyday Food. The custard is silkier, lighter and less sweet than the usual, but the recipe not a bit more complicated. The crust came from necessity; one year [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay and [livejournal.com profile] cassandraclare were coming over for a small Thanksgiving and they wanted a pumpkin pie with a graham cracker crust, but my somewhat random local market had no graham crackers, so I substituted ginger snaps, and I think it works better than graham crackers or pastry. I made a few changes, so I give it to you here if you're curious.

Pumpkin Pie with Ginger-Snap Crust )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Default)
Like the icon? Want to see more of the same? [livejournal.com profile] bhanesidhe is having an art sale, and she certainly doesn't have them every day, so go check it out!

I'm experimenting this winter with pie-like deserts like cobbler and such; I made my first cobbler the other day and though the recipe needs adapting it was quite good. In that spirit, at the request of [livejournal.com profile] wordplay, my mother's apple crisp recipe )

Another tip: Two years ago I was hosting Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie with a graham cracker crust was requested, but when I went to the store there were no graham crackers to be found. (My local market is a little random.) I substituted ginger snaps for the graham crackers and it was so good, I'm never going back. They aren't any sweeter than graham crackers and that little bit of spice in the crust is excellent.

Sweet!

Nov. 11th, 2005 10:01 pm
jlh: a sign in Lynchville, ME that shows distance to various Maine towns named after countries/cities (Paris, Norway, etc.) (Maine sign)
Did you ever have one of those days where you thought you would shake so much with sheer frustration that you might completely disintegrate? Yeah. And I was going to post about one of those things, but you know, I'd rather feel my positive energy or whatever. It's more healing.

So tonight after dinner I had a craving for caramel corn which I get on occasion. And I thought well, I have popcorn to pop, and I have caramel sauce for ice cream. This is what you do:

  1. Pop some corn in whatever method you like. [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay taught me how to do it on the stove in a pot, which is easy and quick.
  2. Decant a couple tablespoons of really good caramel sauce. I had some rich, not too sweet stuff in the back of my cabinet and that made a lot of difference. You need to heat it in the microwave for a little bit longer than they instruct, as you want it less goopy and more syrupy-liquidy—say half again as long; 15s instead of 10s.
  3. Pour the caramel over the popcorn in thin ribbons, stirring the popcorn all the time. If you've ever made the real thing, that should look familiar. It won't be fully coated, but each piece should have a little bit of caramel on it.
  4. You may want to eat this with a spoon. It's really fucking sticky.

That's it! I don't care for cake and never have, so my grandmother, who was the cake decorator in the family, made me caramel popcorn balls every year for my birthday, and this reminded me of those big pans full of caramel corn that we'd make the balls from. Yum.

Last night I went out to dinner with [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose (food okay, waiter pretty mean) and then we met up with [livejournal.com profile] emsariel et soror for a really fun reading by Rob Brezsny (of Real Astrology fame) and Kelly Link. Kelly read a great story called Monster, and Rob had us all singing about positive energy: Evil is boring. Cynicism is stupid. Despair is lazy. Color me a convert!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Curse this!)
Both less and more eventful than yesterday. Less in that it wasn't a series of unfortunate events. It was more like a series of eating events that punctuated a lot of driving.

Good point #1: Migas! OMG, these are so good, like the best omelette ever, though I shouldn't have got the migas and fajitas as it was too much food. However, yum.

Good point #2: An ice cream place that almost stands up to Herrell's. What is it with college towns and the mix in?

Good point #3: Coffee with Nancy, after watching Carrie's kids having Fun With The Cat.

Good point #4: The purchase of a portable speaker set up, allowing us to listen to the ipod in the front while the kids watched Zoombafoo in the back. Oh yeah, baby.

And now we are home and, predictably, watching CSI, because that is what we do. Houston tomorrow.

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