Thursday, October 30, 2014

the kitchn: short on vowels, big on kitchen goodness

the ktchn: short on vowels, big on kitchen goodness!

The kitchn is charmingly missing vowels in its title, but is filled with fantastic content for the home & food crowd!

This reference is a combination of kitchen remodeling inspiration, recipes, and introduction to cooking techniques. There is something about spending a few minutes in someone's kitchen that builds a connection - even if it is only on the page - and the kitchn does just that by giving a personal introduction to its contributors and their kitchens. This gives the book a very personal, intimate feel that is very pleasant!  

Monday, October 27, 2014

French Financier Almond Pastries

Amazingly Delicious! French Financier Almond Cakes by Lavende & Lemonade

These light, airy French Financier pastries are a delight.  Financiers are traditional French bite-sized cookies that have a texture reminiscent of sponge cake but with a hint of almond.  The name is said to come from the fact that they look like adorably delicious little bars of French pastry gold when they come out of the oven.

Financiers are the perfect afternoon tea snack, or really...the perfect anytime snack because they're so good!  I like to eat them on weekend mornings, dunked into a warm Cafe Latte.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Spirulina Broccolini: Recipe for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Spirulina Broccolini: Recipe for Breast Cancer Awareness & Prevention Month

When it comes to Breast Cancer prevention, every step we can take is worthwhile!

Research is being done on hundreds of fronts about what might help to prevent or cure breast cancer, and one that is showing definite promise is the addition of sea vegetables to our diets.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Herbs, Herbs, Herbs

The New American Herbal is a beautiful reference for beginning kitchen gardeners, or for established gardeners looking to learn more about what could be growing.  As an amateur herb gardener and full-fledged foodie, this guide made me a very happy reader!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Healthy Homemade Pita Bread

Make homemade pitas!  |  Lavende & Lemonade

Pitas. They're so tasty and versatile!  Dip them into hummus, fill them with chicken salad, bake them into healthy pita chips...and the list goes on. 

But make them from scratch?  I'd always imagined these would be extremely difficult to bake.  How in the world would I get that pocket of air in the center?  How is it possible to get such perfect rounds?  Don't you need a special oven or tools?  Nevertheless intrigued, I decided to give them a try.  Success!  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Measure or Weigh - Which is Better?

The idea that one miss-scooped cup of flour will ruin a baking attempt is a scary one, and makes baking seem intimidating.  Why deal with all that risk when a boxed mix is a sure bet?

One way to ensure correct proportions, especially in a new recipe, is to use a kitchen scale.  Instead of measuring ingredients using cups and spoons, a kitchen scale gives accurate measurements in grams.  This helps alleviate the question of how firmly packed the brown sugar should be, or if the cups of flour are sifted or not.

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