Archive for April, 2011

Tuesdays With Dorie – Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies and Strawberry Ice Cream Tart

Posted in food on April 26, 2011 by uglydudefood

The cookies this week were quick and easy – a very good thing, as my days are getting more crowded as the summer starts and the wedding nears. The cornmeal in this cookie is a textural oddity; it reminds me of getting a grain of sand in my mouth while I’m eating something at the beach, but it makes me want to eat more and more and more cookies. MORECOOKIES!

I also redid the ice cream tart from a few weeks ago for Easter – this time with strawberry ice cream. It was pretty good, or at least I was pleased. People did not seem impressed by the strength of the almond flavor in the tart, so I’ll probably hold back on that in the fruit-flavored variant.

Tuesdays With Dorie – Torturous Apple Tart, playing with shower gifts

Posted in food on April 19, 2011 by uglydudefood

My tart crust burnt like crazy (both the prebaked bottom crust and, later, the top crust.

Luckily, I don’t pride my food on its beauty, and a few good hammers with a butter knife whacked off all the most offensive bits.

It was quite edible, And you better believe it.

I’ve been showing off some crockpot things I’ve made over the last few weeks. Here are some things I’ve made with OTHER gifts from Rachel’s bridal shower.

We got a pizza peel, meaning I have a way to transfer pizza onto a hot stone, as opposed to just throwing dough in on a cold stone. My pizza is fifty times better than it ever has been. Here is the pizza “upskirt” favored by connoisseurs at Slice.seriouseats.com. Not quite as done as it should be, but I’m learning.

Additionally, we got a grill. We had our first warm-enough night and we decided to make turkey burgers and corn on the cob. It was dark by the time we were eating, so the picture isn’t great – but check it out anyway!

That’s all, bye bye.

Tuesdays With Dorie – Strawberry Rhubarb Double Crisp, Broccoli Cheddar Soup, and Crockpot Thai Chicken

Posted in food on April 12, 2011 by uglydudefood

RHUBARB is my arch-enemy. This is the second TWD recipe that called for rhubarb, and the second time I could not find rhubarb.

I went to:

  1. Giant #1
  2. Karns
  3. Giant #2
  4. Weis
  5. Giant #3
  6. Wal-Mart

No fresh rhubarb, no frozen rhubarb. One store had some strawberry rhubarb preserves, but I didn’t want to up the strawberry. My only other option was Wegman’s, but that store is 30 minutes away and even then it’s not a guarantee.

So I made the crisp without rhubarb. It’s still super-good, but it steams me when I can’t make things according to Dorie’s recipe. I NEED TO.

I made broccoli cheddar soup from scratch this weekend and it was pretty good (and pretty thick, which just means I should have cooked it a little less probably, but good).

I also made crockpot Thai Chicken over the weekend, which again was pretty good and again a little overcooked. I think our crockpot’s “low” is a bit higher than most crockpots’ “low,” so I’ve ended up condensing everything into a glop in it. Then again, I overdid the broccoli-cheddar soup, and that wasn’t in a crockpot, so maybe the lesson is that I should be more attentive for god’s sake.

Tuesdays With Dorie – Coffee Ice Cream Tart and Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie

Posted in food on April 5, 2011 by uglydudefood

This is my coffee ice cream tart. I bought a full-sized tart pan for this one, because I figured you’d all be tired of my mini tarts by this point.

The dough didn’t quite stretch well enough and this is a bit uneven. Still, I’m quite pleased with how it looks.

As for taste, it’s also pretty good. I’m not big on coffee but was too big a stickler to try a substitution. Also, I’m not sure I ground my almonds finely enough for the filling, but it was past midnight and we share a townhouse wall with a small family that I didn’t want to wake up.

Rachel got a slow cooker for her bridal shower, and this is our inaugural meal: chicken pot pie. It turned out pretty well, and while it took 5 hours to cook, the chicken was tender and the active work time was probably only 15 minutes. I instantly see the appeal of the slow cooker.

It tastes better than it photographs.