How ridiculously adorable is this color? Not to mention it would go perfectly with my anthro latte bowls in seafoam. The kitchenaid mixer is a must have for a baker like me. Completely versatile and such a timesaver for holiday baking.
The River Cottage Bread Handbook
Once again, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has won me over. Jarrod and I were recently relishing on old memories of our moms and grandmothers' bread machines. You know the ones where you add a bag of mix, water and push start then presto! Freshly baked bread 4 hours later! The house full with the smell of fresh bread can't be replicated(why hasn't someone tried that in candle form yet?). With hopes of getting a new kitchenaid mixer, homemade bread is definitely in my future.
Iced Latte Necklace from Anthropologie
Who doesn't need another chunky necklace? This would put the perfect amount of glam into your New Years ensemble. I love the detailed diamond clasp that's magnetic for ease of wear.
I received one as a gift and when Jarrod came home, he was delighted to find that I had bought him a fancy new mug just for him...as much as I wanted to take credit, I kindly reminded him we have the same initials. At least now I know what to get him for Christmas!
Snazzy Greeting Cards by sweetharvey
Who doesn't need a constant reminder of how fabulous they are? These cards are adorably hand printed with the help of antique presses.
If I could afford it, I would eat Ahi Tuna errrry day. Crusted with toasted sesame seeds and seared in a smoking hot skillet for 2 minutes per side. Let rest for 5 minutes and slice against the grain. Serve simply with low sodium soy sauce or a mixture with teriyaki, sesame oil, and chili garlic paste. Heaven.
I declare fall as the best season of all. I'm not sure what it is exactly but this time, every year, I get thoroughly excited about what's to come. Maybe it's because I have so many fond memories attached to this season.
Family Halloween parties that took weeks to prepare for. See picture below...our front yard circa 2006 when we did a Nightmare Before Christmas themed haunted house.
Thanksgivings near Mission Bay, Grandma's house full to the brim with guests and a dessert spread unlike any you've seen.
The food. Again, the comfort of the aromatic soups, roasts, and sweets, there's nothing comparable.
The recipe is the same one I used for the plum cake but with the addition of pear brandy and well...pears. While making the sticky sweet topping, I added a tablespoon(or two) of pear brandy to heighten the flavor. Be careful, it may go all flambe on you so keep those eyebrows in check. I subbed 1 tablespoon of the milk for brandy as well. It's not completely noticeable but it gives the cake a certain je ne sais quoi.
Enjoy it with breakfast or warm out of the oven with a drizzle of cream.
Most tourists are surprised to find that San Francisco really isn't all that warm. Our summers are gloomy and the fog+wind rolls in right at 5pm nearly everyday. We really only get about 1 month of warmth(I'm talking 70-80 degrees max) a year and September is it. We are just now getting into our tomato season whereas in most places throughout the country, summer fruits and vegetables are over and done with.
I find that tomatoes are best when they're just barely tampered with. a little salt is all you need. I put them atop wheat toast nearly every morning with a slather of good mayo. Simplicity at its best.
3 tablespoons butter
1 bundle of leeks, rinsed and chopped
2 med-large red potatoes, chopped
4 cups chicken stock
garnish with grana padano or parmesan
serve with good crusty bread
melt butter and add leeks to soften
add potatoes and chicken stock
bring to a boil then turn down heat to a simmer
simmer, covered until potatoes are soft
blend carefully until just smooth
taste for seasoning
garnish with cheese and a crack of black pepper
I was going to write 'controlled mayhem' but that really didn't seem fitting. It's been one of those months where I question my life choices. Why oh why did I sign up to open a restaurant in the middle of a renovation? Here's to my resume and my single day off where I mope and stare at the two bottles of Gloria Ferrer that I'm debating drinking all by myself. I would, but then I'd be nursing a hangover when I open the restaurant at 6am tomorrow.
At least I have these rainbow tomatoes to keep me sane. Tomatoes=sanity. I make zero logical sense.