We’re well into this Sunday and it feels all the way like Spring. I hope your brunch table runneth over.
I’ve been in Nashville this week eating everything I can get my hands on and wearing cowboy boots like I know what I’m doing. I don’t… I barely know what I’m doing, but the boots help with the confidence.
This week has been a lot, hasn’t it? Here is what’s what.
• Germanwings flight 9525. “When one person is responsible for 150 lives, it is more than just suicide.” From Slate.
• We work from home, hang out with out cats, take pictures of our home coffee, watch HBO Go while we blog and email and order gluten-free crackers on Amazon. Is it true? Are we The Shut-In Economy?
• Let’s go ahead and opt out of everything. Opting out of group texts and reply-all emails being the most important of all.
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I was looking for rainbow carrots. I was thinking we’d roast some carrots… you know, sit around a plate of carrots and just chat.
And then, nope.
Turns out strawberries are in season! Now. Already. It’s time!
Maybe still a little too soon for the white jeans and the flip flops (shut up California and Florida), but strawberries are here and we have major reason to celebrate (with dumplings).
Come with it!
Strawberries have yet to reach their peek in sweetness and extreme loveliness. When in doubt: ROAST! And there better be butter and a little bit of sugar.
Let’s make it easy for these dumplings: self-rising flour.
Yea… just get into it!
I love this self-rising flour from King Arthur Flour because the flour is so light and fluffy, it creates the most fluffy dumplings.
A dumpling is nothing if it’s not fluffy, and you know that’s true.
If you want to know waaaaay more about flour: ... Read the rest of this post..... »
It’s taken me entirely too long to get to soak my red beans. A year! I’ve lived in New Orleans a year and I’ve never soaked my red beans to make a pot of Red Beans and Rice. Some nerve, really.
Red Beans and Rice is a Monday night New Orleans tradition. I thought Monday nights were reserved for red wine, salty popcorn, and M&M dinner… turns out I was totally mistaken. All the way wrong.
Red Beans and Rice is a Monday tradition because Monday was considered the “wash-day”…. laundry. Red Beans could cook on the stove, mostly unattended, all day while the laundry was done. Also, Red Beans could be made with the precious ham hock reserved from Sunday supper. In other words, everything makes sense. Ham, red beans, Monday laundry. New Orleans is doing it right and I need to get my act (and my laundry) together.
Let’s get this pot on the stove!
Classic Camellia Red Beans, dried but soaked.
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Happy Sunday, friends!
I have three hopes for you today:
I hope there’s champagne in your orange juice and fresh flowers in a vase. What luxuries… seriously.
I hope you make yourself a big pot of Roasted Garlic Soup and not care a lick about the garlic breath you might have for the next full week or so. (Kidding… it’s not really that bad.)
I sincerely hope you take some time to slow it all down today. Leave and the muss and fuss for Monday and Wednesday.
(photo above from Young Blood, Atlanta.)
This was a week. We’re carrying on through the year, aren’t we?
• There is an election this coming week in Nigeria, but what’s really most pressing there is Boko Haram. This from the NYT: Nigerian Army Noticeably Absent From Town Liberated from Boko Haram.
• We live in an age of irrational parenting. I don’t even want to let my housecat out on the patio, so I totally understand this.
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Browning butter is one of those life skills that should be taught to everyone alongside things like: how to change a tire, how to tip at a restaurant, how to ride a bike with no hands, and how to mince garlic. Everyone should know.
It’s a good thing I’m here. I don’t know how to change a tire… but I’m here with butter.
We talk about Browned Butter a lot. I’m always trying to wrestle you into adding it to Banana Bread, Baked Donuts, and Grapefruit White Chocolate Cookies.
Browned Butter is butter cooked until it has melted into a liquid, the water has cooked out, and the milk solids begin to toast and brown to a delicious and nutty state.
When incorporated into desserts like breads, donuts, and cookies, it subtly deepens the flavor from delicious to ‘ohmygod who made these cookies!?!?’. That’s the power of browned butter. Here’s how to make the magic.
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