Macaron Update: Now w/ Gel Coloring

— same recipe as below but here’s the result with gel food coloring (which is supposed to retain the color better than liquid food coloring). As you will see, I switched piping methods between the pink and the purple batch from the turd-style to the hold-still-and-squeeze (doesn’t that sound gross). Misc. Update: I broke my hand mixer a […]

Chocolate Mousse w/ Banana and Pecans

  Serving Size: 2 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 min. cool time Ingredients: 3/4 heavy cream 1/8-1/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute, depending on sweetness preference 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder Instructions: whip cream with electric mixer for ~5 minutes, until more solid than liquid add sugar and continue to […]

Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves) & The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking @Great Courses Plus Lecture 1 Review

I’ve long heard ads/sponsorships on podcasts for “The Great Courses Plus” so this morning I decided to start my monthlong trial and signed up for a few classes with The Great Courses Plus. I signed up for a course on investing for retirement and (more excitingly) The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking. ~Note: what’s […]

Creamy Celery Soup

Add in bacon and this (surprisingly) becomes the king of all soups. No podcast recommendation today but here’s what I’m reading this week. Servings: 4 Ingredients: 1 full bundle celery, stalks chopped, leaves reserved 1 medium waxy potato (or cauliflower), chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) salted butter garlic salt ground black pepper 3 cups low-sodium […]