It’s all well and good until someone has to stand in front of the stove and flip the pancakes.
It’s a thankless job and I wouldn’t wish pancake flipping onto anyone’s relaxed weekend.
Luckily, where there are a few eggs, a bit of flour and milk, and a big ol’ handful of berries…. there is a Dutch Baby. Pancake sans flip.
Dutch Babies exist in the delicious land between pancake and popover. They’re tender and eggy, light and crunchy. They’re also quite a spectacle coming out of the oven. They’re show-offs. It’s cool. Breakfast can be dramatic.
A simple mixture of cinnamon and sugar will work wonders for this breakfast.
Eggs do all of the heavy lifting in a Dutch Baby. There’s no leavening from baking powder or baking soda. It’s all whipped egg! Eggs are whipped until pale and frothy.
An electric hand-mixer works wonders for a task like this.
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There’s this really cool thing that happens when you get to do what you love for a living. Well… it’s that you do what you love. For me that usually means an abundance of butter, caramel, and chocolate chunks. There’s also a ton of dishes, camera batteries, and a few good hours on the computer.
There’s another thing that happens when you get to do what you love for a living. Despite the butter and caramel, what you love becomes… work. We all know that work is sometimes UGH.
Then there’s this other thing that happens when you’re lucky enough to do what you love for a living, and it feels like work, and you start to feel UGH… you start to feel entirely ungrateful for your very fortunate circumstances. That’s just honest. Not good, but honest. It’s like you’re not allowed to be discontent where passion and career meet.
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I needed someone to talk me into making baked potatoes. Silly, really. Why would I need someone to hold my hand through placing a raw vegetable in the oven and waiting for it to be soft? Is it really that hard or more of a mental block? Clearly… mental.
Enter: Nigel Slater and Tender.
I talk about the book Tender all the time because it’s a book of poetry dedicated to vegetables. I like to just thumb through it for inspiration. This go-round I felt inspired to step in the kitchen and (dramatic pause because this is really dramatic) bake.a.potato. Totally life changing… I know.
Why roast a potato when you can salt-roast a potato. I mean.. right!? I’ve had salt-roasting in my brain ever since HonestlyYUM salt-roasted a Branzino.
Adding roasted broccoli and melted cheddar cheese makes these special potatoes a dinner of their own. Potato dinner! Better than my usual popcorn dinner. Let’s roast!
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Every day I need a treat. I need a little something that says ‘Hey, I see you trying to get through this day standing on your own two feet and you deserve this special something just for you”.
Sometimes that treat is a whole milk cappuccino with extra cinnamon. Whole milk tastes like ice cream to me. It’s just too good. Sometimes that treat is a high-kick dance along to old school Beastie Boys… because, yea I’m still listening to Beastie Boys. Often times that treat is a piece of chocolate. A piece usually turns into a good portion of the chocolate bar… but then again, you knew that.
It’s Monday. We’re going to need a little something to savor. Reach for the chocolate… Or! Better yet, make these creamy, crunchy, salty, sweet, chocolate studded pudding cups! Actually… get someone to make it for you. That’s the real savor.
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I feel like I’m grasping tight to the things around me these days. I’m probably the first to shrug off the change of season, the change of moving cities, and the change of traveling a ton as no big deal…. but it all adds up to matter and I have to admit I feel a little crazy in the brain.
This season I’ve started a new workout routine. Since I’ve moved away from my beloved SoulCycle in California, I’ve started practicing Bikram Yoga in New Orleans. I’m terrible. Who knew bending could be so dang challenging?
I’ve also taken out my Tender cookbook (a Spring go-to) and am daydreaming my way through Donald Link’s Down South cookbook in an effort to acclimate myself to my new city and surroundings.
Here are a few more Spring flings I’m into these days. Though the list says these things are ‘essentials’, clearly this is just a list of sparkly indulgences. I’ll take the life changes, new growth,... Read the rest of this post..... »