November 26th-December 2nd, Days 330-336

As can be expected during the final week of November, in the USA, the following photos mainly consist of FOOD.

Happy Thanksgiving week!

Tuesday, November 26th

I got to cook my Romanesco Broccoli today. Unfortunately as I sat down to my snack I noticed lots and lots of little black boiled bug carcasses in amongst the swirls. Ah well. It looked pretty, anyway.

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Wednesday, November 27th

Yup. I made cookies today. Are we surprised?

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Thursday, November 28th

Happy Thanksgiving! We had homemade cranberry sauce. So easy!

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Surprisingly, I also went outside for a bit (though not for long! It’s COLD over in Spokane!), and found these very photogenic grasses.

Friday, November 29th

I made mini Apple pies tonight. In Mason Jar lids. I learned the idea from this blog: Dessert for Two

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Saturday, November 30th

I made a giant cookie to send to my nephew. He’s turning 3. :)

Sunday, December 1st

Tomorrow’s Macro Monday shot, taken today.

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Monday, December 2nd

What do you get when you have a cookie snack while wrapping Christmas gifts?

dec 2 wmWell, what you get is a mess, actually.

April 6th, Day 96: Lemon Meringue Pie

I have wanted to try this for some time now, and so when I came across a magazine article with well described steps I thought I’d give it a try!

Even though I knew that it was going to consist primarily of eggs and sugar with a little butter thrown in for good measure, I wanted to follow the recipe to the letter since I have never made this type of this before.

This is my typical MO when trying any new recipe, really. I like to get a feel for what each ingredient does before I try to replace that ingredient with something ‘healthier.’

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I’m proud of how it turned out. There are a couple things I will know to do differently if I make this in the future. april 6 3 wm

It was much more time consuming than I expected it to be, but it was a fun process; first the doubt that the steps would  actually work, then happiness when the custard started solidifying and the meringue began to fluff like they were supposed to.

I think I added too much lemon juice to the custard, which ultimately resulted in a less firm center then I would have liked, so next time I will have to watch out for this. And I don’t think I whipped the custard long enough before baking it, longer whipping would result in stiffer peaks, which would in turn look cooler. :) Things to remember for next time.

If you feel inspired to try this out for yourself, I followed the recipe in Fine Cooking Magazine, April/May 2012 edition.

And it was delicious! So delicious. I think I might go have another piece now.

Chocolate Cream Pie (AKA nom nom nom)

I’ve been making lists, the dreaded lists, and mine just keeps getting longer and longer. I occasionally accomplish something on it, but with each thing gone I seem to add at least two more. So many ideas, they just keep popping into my head!

Something I read somewhere recently (can’t remember where…) said that if there’s something on my list that will take less than two minutes to accomplish, I should just do it instantly. Every time I think of one of these two minutes things I remember this advice, and -at least half the time- I take it. :p

*edit* rereading this, I’m not sure where I was going with this train of thought. Looks like I lost it anyway, haha.

 

Here’s the pie:

The piece

Oh, I used a recipe found at Allrecipes.com. I took the advice of the reviewers,  many of whom suggested adding an extra tablespoon of cornstarch, which helped with the firming-up of the filling. I also added an extra egg yolk, for the same reason, and I substituted whole milk instead of  regular milk for sweetness.

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Pre-whipped topping

The whole thing

All in all, it was delicious, albeit a bit soft (yes, despite the above additions). I changed my mind. It has an almost perfect consistency.

We also added some crumbled Butterfingers for extra topping, which will have to be homemade butterfingers in the future, but this time we already had real Butterfingers on hand.

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Update: I just another piece of this, and it tastes even better now than it did yesterday. Yum.

Don’t you just want to take it home?

January 29 - pie.

I know, I know. This is kind of cheating, posting additional photos of my pot pies as my photo of the day.

But really, just look at it! Don’t you just want to take it home with you?

It was nice to get back to baking again. I went a little cookie crazy over Christmas, so I took a break. But I was definitely missing it, and yesterday I got back on the horse and tried 3 things I had never tried before!

Veggie pot pie, cream pie (lemon), and chocolate chip cookie dough truffles. Ah! So good. All of it. And with Valentine’s day just around the corner, I have a refreshed list of people to send treats to. Watch out!

Two pies a day keeps the doctor away!

That’s how the expression goes, right?

Today was a pie-filled day. For the first time ever, I made lemon cream pie AND vegetable pot pie.

Both turned out AWESOMELY (if I do say so myself).

I was going to save these photos for my “photo of the day” for tomorrow, but I couldn’t wait to show them off.

I slightly modified the lemon cream pie recipe from Martha Stewart’s website.

The pot pie recipe was from allrecipes.com (also modified). I didn’t use mushrooms at all, or beans, and I substituted broccoli for cauliflower.

I used my own crust recipe, which I can post if anyone wants it. It’s basically butter and flour. :)

Testing post AKA Pie.

This is a pie I made. It was a blueberry huckleberry pie. Yum.

My favorite kind of pie to make is strawberry rhubarb. And because rhubarb is so danged expensive, and because I now live in the rhubarb state, I am planning to grow my own.

I’ve only just discovered the fun of making pies, and so continue to try new things.

In the next few months I hope to try my hand at cream pies, as well as other types of fruit pies, and even possibly meat pies.