So I gave in and bought myself a shiny new baking steel. I’ve been using the pizza stone we got as an engagement gift for, well, since we got engaged. Sort of off and on, but I’ve tried to stick to a schedule of making pizza every two weeks lately so it’s gotten more use. Seeing all the raves about baking steel vs. stone I went ahead and treated myself to one from http://www.bakingsteel.com/. Soon enough a nice shiny slab of heavy metal was at my door (sorry, delivery guy).
Last Sunday was its test run…in it went. Continue reading
Want to make simple hummus at home? It’s not that hard. I’ve adapted this recipe a bit from Marisa at Food In Jars to match a can of chickpeas. See her directions for the basic procedure.
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1 medium garlic clove
- 4 TB lemon juice
- 1-1/3 TB tahini
- 2/3 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 olive oil
- 1/4 cup water
I like roasted red pepper hummus, so then you add about 3 good sized pieces of jarred roasted reds, patted dry.
If you like your hummus nice and smooth and don’t mind just a little extra work, dump the can into a metal colander to wash them. Then just use your hand to rub them all around the colander, not so hard that you smoosh them, but such that you start to see the skins peeling off. Pick those all out (this is the time consuming part, but well worth it) and discard. Then follow Marisa’s directions, plus the roasted reds or other flavor adders if you like them. I have had nothing but trouble with my blender, much better luck with the food processor, so I recommend that. And paying close attention to the liquids.
Just sample as you start to finish up to get the moisture and salt where you want it.
Now that Blue Apron is struggling mightily and likely to fail, it’s probably time to tell you about our brief experience with this meal kit delivery service. I really had no interest, but a friend at work offered me one of her free trials so, hey, free food. We gave it a spin, taking the free kit and (spoiler) cancelling after being suitably unimpressed. Continue reading
We got up early Saturday morning and headed to Bowman Orchards to pick strawberries. We just managed to beat the rain, just getting doused on the ride back from the field to pay, loaded down with almost 20 lbs of bright red, juicy strawberries.
It’s pretty great when you don’t even set out to have an awesome food day, but just stumble into it. Today was such a day. Continue reading
So, making your own vanilla. Not so hard.
Plain (double strength, if truth be told), and cherry flavored vanilla (made with cherry flavored vodka).