I’m back again! Thankfully (sadly?) I’ve only 3 new things to post. Partly because I’ve been cooking less…and partly because I’ve just been cooking old things. Things that have already appeared, or aren’t terribly exciting…or I’ve succumbed to the awful-ness of frozen pizza. Gasp! Ah well, we all sink there at one time or another. For those non-frozen pizza days, I give you these three new posts!
Delicious concoctions from the Milwaukee Beck kitchen.
Hello blogger world!
I’m here to update you all finally. I’d love to blame the birth of my wonderful son, Arthur, for my extended absence…but as I last posted on Nov. 7, 2010…and he wasn’t born until Mar. 29, 2011, well…
To prove that I haven’t been lazy these past months though, I’ll post some pictures of what I have been up to. Rest assured, this is not a comprehensive list, but just a taster—if you will. Regular updates will begin: Now!
A word of warning though, regular they may be, but less often as well. I’d love to cook as often as I used to, but sadly, Arthur does not always allow for that. I hope you understand.
And without further ado…here are some samples. If you’re interested in anything, let me know and I’ll share the recipe to the best of my ability. First follows a list of the next pictures:
Corn Dogs and Onion Rings from scratch
Cranberry Chicken—of my own devising
Crepes! (dessert and savory)
Lemon Poundcake—thank you, fellow blogger
Raspberry-Peach Sorbet—back to The Splendid Table
Rhubarb Custard Pie—Betty Crocker and Julia Child mashup
Zucchini Bread and Honey Butter—thanks Kerry!
Wednesday I went to Risen Savior up on 95th and Brown Deer. Pastor had this idea that it might be good for me to see how other church secretaries go about their business, so last month I visited with Gail at Atonement, and this month with Claudia at Risen Savior. (Yes, we do both know that we’re both secretaries and our names are both Claudia. And hah, hah, it was funny that we both happened to be wearing black and white striped shirts.) Anyway, not much point to that except that Risen Savior gets day old bakery items from the Pick ‘n Save nearby. So, while I was there they asked if I’d like anything. I took a couple loaves of French bread. I didn’t really know what I was going to do with it, but hey, we were having chicken for supper and maybe some bread would be nice. Then I got home and realized two loaves is a lot for two people. So I looked around for recipes that I could make using French bread. Sadly, this was not easy as google seemed to think I wanted to find a recipe FOR French bread, not WITH French bread. Bugger. Finally I came across a couple recipes for bread pudding. That sounded alright, and I thought we had most of the stuff. So, I’d decided on this recipe for Blueberry Bread Pudding http://southernfood.about.com/od/blueberryrecipes/r/bl60430d.htm .
My old coworkers gave me a nice Amazon gift card as a gift when I left. It took me a while to think of what I wanted, and, as has happened with many an Amazon order lately, I ended up buying things for the kitchen. I like to have nice things. And I like to cook. So nice kitchen things are always a good bet. This time two of my purchases were cookbooks from the White House. Combine my love of history with my love of cooking and blammo! (to quote Liz Lemon).
This recipe I can properly cite! The food section of the New York Times has WONDERFUL recipes. It takes some time to search them all…but I have a whole pile I’m dying to try. This one was first attempted this past winter…either at Christmas or right around Harry’s funeral. I can’t remember which. All I know is that there was a ton of family up in Osceola and everyone was impressed with these. And I was quite proud. So. We were planning on having breakfast this past week, but I leave it up to us the day of whether we want regular old pancakes or regular old waffles. Both quite good, but neither super exciting. So, Charlie had wanted waffles, but I wanted to make them more exciting. But, I couldn’t find an exciting recipe around home, or at least not one where I didn’t have to buy anything. And it was no-internet-Saturday…so I couldn’t look up a recipe. But then I remembered how good these pancakes had been. I pulled out the recipe and debated about trying to make them into waffles, but I was afraid of how the berries would react. So I stuck to pancakes. Thankfully, they were as good as we remembered. I believe we used fresh berries the first time I made this. This time we had frozen and they worked just as well and were quite delicious. Definitely high on the recommended list. Plus, we figure they have the “Oatmeal Raisin Effect” going on. You know, where they don’t have any less bad stuff in them…but they do have more good stuff…so they equal out to being somewhat good for you.
For our first anniversary, Brandon Thomson, gave us a year’s subscription to the Sunday Journal Sentinel. (First anniversary is paper… :) ) I discovered the Entrée section. Oh recipes galore!! Unfortunately, the ones we’ve tried have been rather hit and miss. This one however was an enormous hit. Wow. Smelled incredible. Tasted incredible. Wow, wow, wow. I’d gladly give credit to the author. Or even cite the correct date of the paper…but sadly, I didn’t include that when I cut it out. Therefore, it’s reproduced below. I know it came from the Journal Sentinel.
This is very likely one of the best, if not THE best thing I have posted on this site. Seriously. Absolutely, positively delicious. My sister sent me an email not long ago with three recipes in it. I think my keyboard at work needs replacing now I was drooling so much over them. Gosh do they sound good. So, she and my grandma came to visit on Sunday and I figured we’d go out to lunch (which we did. Mmmmmm Cafe Hollander), but I still wanted to make something for them. So I went with this one. Mostly because it required the least ingredients. And because I had TONS of mascarpone left over after the Agnopites and needed to use it up. Do keep in mind that if you don’t have an ice cream maker this is possible…but may have took me all Saturday to make. And by may, I mean did. It’s not hard, just time-consuming. Right now I’m way too tired to type every tiny direction. So I’m going to be lazy and copy the links. The first is to the recipe. The second to the directions for making ice cream without an ice cream maker.
This was the first foray into this wonderful world of food. My aunt-in-law Nancy asked that we bring something fruit like to Easter dinner. Fruit salads and cut fruit are boring….so I found this. http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/recipes/dessert_fruit_pizza.html