At the grocery store in Anchorage, Alaska, where I live, we don’t always get interesting things. I usually have to go to around three stores to gather what I need for any really interesting culinary project. So, you can imagine how excited and surprised I was to find, in a small corner of the produce… Continue reading Kiwiberry Tartlets
It’s a beauty isn’t it?! This wonderful tart is yet again from Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts cookbook. They are both amazing, the cookbook and the tart that is. It is made with red wine and white wine poached pears baked in a really really long shell of pate sucree, and filled in with a… Continue reading Poached Pear & Custard Tartlets
That’s right folks! In a moment of hunger and inspiration I created something truly magnificent! I wanted dessert, and when given a choice between apples, pears, kiwiberries, blueberries, and plums, all things that I had in the house, Adam chose blueberries. So there I was. I was to make a blueberry dessert. I happened to… Continue reading Blueberry Tartlets
I’m currently dating a beer guy who loves German food. It makes sense; the strong and rich flavors of beer, bread, sauerkraut, and pickles were born together. Fermentation is a wonderful thing, and paired with a delicious emulsified sausage sausage which has been perfectly poached in beer and then lightly caramelized, all of those fermented… Continue reading A German Feast- Bratwurst and Sauerkraut
I decided to make some homemade marinara sauce in the hopes it might be a fun and cost-effective way to stock up on some pantry essentials. Wow was I mistaken! $40 of locally grown Alaskan tomatoes from Bell’s Nursery (20 lbs.) only gave me 6 quarts of sauce. I could probably buy that at… Continue reading Marinara Sauce: The Tomatoes’ Slaughter!
So I made this delicious treacle tart a while ago. It was most excellent with soft faintly sweet whipped cream. I made it with homemade breadcrumbs. Here is the basic idea: bake light treacle with fresh breadcrumbs, lemon zest, ginger, and a dash of lemon juice in a pastry crust. It is delicious! For those… Continue reading Treacle Tart
Get ready for a wordy one! My friends got married! Yes, it is excellent. I, being a college student who doesn’t have much money at all, thought that instead of buying them a gift I couldn’t afford, could make their wedding cake. That became the deal. They would pay for the ingredients, Mrs. Bride… Continue reading The Wedding Cake
In July, when the smell of roses was pretty much around every corner, I put on my pretty yellow summer dress, grabbed a large bag, and went for a walk. It was time to collect roses! It was a beautiful and sweet smelling day, but I probably should have worn long sleeves and Carhartts, because… Continue reading Rose Syrup