Jun 30, 2012

"French" Martini

"French Martini"
I'm feeling a bit nostalgic.

I used to manage a large region for a staffing company. If you know anything about the staffing business, let's just say it's pretty high stress and cut throat. And getting new business is brutal. Your prospects hate (hate with a capital H) you. Don't get me started on how many buildings I've been thrown out of. Fortunately, as hard won as they are, your clients love you (until their purchasing departments find someone cheaper, regardless of the quality, but I'm not bitter).

Jun 24, 2012

Corn and Jalapeño Rolls

Corn and Jalapeño Rolls
Like magic...  serendipity.... I stumbled upon this blog post about a new blogging group, the Bread Baking Society. This group was started by the authors of Foodwanderings, Cake Duchess, and Cooking with Books, three talented bloggers. I immediately invited myself to the party.

Each month they introduce a bread recipe, and then encourage fellow bloggers to make it theirs. This is the second month of the Society.

I decided to follow the Food Wanderings recipe because I had just brought home a bunch of jalapeños.

I made my rolls hamburger bun-sized and used them for sandwiches. These rolls are somewhat on the sweet side. While they are a yeast bread, they taste a lot like corn bread. I think they would be great in a smaller size served with chili. Go here to see the many variations of this recipe and find out how to join "the Society." And there is no secret handshake!

Jun 16, 2012

Homemade Orange Sherbet

This Homemade Orange Sherbet has a vibrant fresh orange flavor and is a great way to capture the flavors of the winter citrus bounty any time of year.

Homemade Orange Sherbet

Orange sherbet seems like such a simple dish that would be easier to buy rather than make it yourself. What makes homemade so special?

Jun 8, 2012

Blue Curacao Margarita

Happy Friday. I took the day off today and took a certain four year old to Pretend City.  He had a wonderful time. I must add though that I have never had such a vocal back seat driver. Although he's never been to our destination, he definitely had strong opinions on the directions. Fortunately, we made it to our destination just the same.

Jun 1, 2012

Tangelo Ricotta Cake

This is a cake that you can (and should) bake ahead, because it is actually better and more moist on the second or third day. I'm not sure why... maybe it's the ricotta... maybe it's the glaze.