12 January 2013 @ 11:41 am
I love popovers. They're eggy and light and good with just butter or with a smidge of syrup. I have a recipe that makes enough for two people, tho I'm greedy and eat the whole thing by myself. It's my favorite recipe in the cooking for two cookbook, but I've been trying to expand my horizons.

I found a recipe online that makes more portions, and adds herbs and parmesan. It had me at parm. I've cooked it twice now, and both times have been, well, not very popover-y. The first time I figured it was just me, I'd used to much flour and they ended up being brickovers. This time I made sure I followed the recipe precisely. I preheated the pan, I grated fresh parmesan instead of using prepackaged shredded parm. They still didn't rise, and turned out like flat muffins that never rose above the muffin pan. They looked like those little cornbread muffins you find on some salad/food bars.

The taste was so-so, as well. They weren't bad, but there was something missing. Salt, for one thing. The recipe that makes 12 popovers uses the same amount of salt as the recipe that makes 4. The taste was noticeably lacking. I also found myself thinking they needed something sweet, although that could have been just wanting something a little more flavorful. The main issue, though, is that they just didn't rise. Popovers that don't rise aren't popovers. They're flat muffins.

I think I'll stick with my old recipe - if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
16 December 2012 @ 07:11 pm
I tried the balsamic tortellini again, and it turned out much better this time. I guess it helps if you add all the ingredients, lol. I still think there's a little too much balsamic in it, but will need to try it one more time at full strength to tell. I used red onion instead of white onion (cuz that's what I had on hand), and the white might be sharp enough to balance the balsamic. The prosciutto was yummy.

The prosciutto was left over from an office birthday party, when I bought two packages but only needed one. I made an asiago prosciutto apple skewer that everyone liked - they ate almost all of them - but folks complained all day that the cheese smelled like feet. I work with Philistines! Seriously, I didn't notice any odor until late afternoon. That may be because I chopped up all the asiago that morning, but I really don't think it's that stinky of a cheese.
04 December 2012 @ 07:59 pm
My cooking attempt tonight was Delish Pesto Pasta with Chicken Marsala, from Taste of Home magazine. It was very tasty, although it had way too much penne in it. Apparently 4 ounces of dry pasta equaling 1 cup of pasta isn't correct, unless there's supposed to be ten tons of pasta in the recipe. There wasn't quite enough sauce to coat it all well, for my taste.

This was also my first time cooking with lemon zest and fresh lemon juice. Even if the pasta had been awful, at least my kitchen would have smelled wonderful. The zest and the juice gave the whole dish this incredible lightness, and made the whole dish seem more summery.
15 July 2010 @ 12:25 pm
It hasn't been 24 months since I posted anything, but just to be on the safe side, here's a sparkly new post.
07 December 2009 @ 10:31 am
Some lovely person anonymously sent me a snowflake cookie! I'm still trying to figure out how to get it out of the computer and into my tummy, but I'm sure there's a way.

Thank you, Anonymous!
01 May 2008 @ 11:45 am

Seen everywhere, nabbed from



What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel (love this book! How could it be on the unread list????)
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods - It's on my "Bookshelf Of Books to Be Read"
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - massively overrated by critics, IMHO
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Have I ever mentioned how much I loathe James Joyce, except for his short stories & poetry.
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & Demons
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury - Nobody - NOBODY! - should be forced to read Falkner in 8th grade
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield

20 January 2007 @ 05:48 pm
Nobody actually reads this since I pretty much never write in it, but I suppose I should put in a warning. Spoilers for the SGA episode "Sunday", and generalized rambling and generally incoherent ranting about people on the internet wherein I probably prove I'm just as judgmental and obnoxious.

Current Location: Soapbox
Current Mood: ranty
Current Music: cars crunching across the ice outside
29 July 2006 @ 09:21 am
This is the only pet I see in my near future:

11 November 2005 @ 09:12 am
Mustache boy!! Heee!!!!!!!!!!!
08 November 2005 @ 03:08 pm
I am sooooo tired today. Stoopid tired. I made the mistake of going to bed on time last night -- there's always hell to pay the next day when I do that. The multitude of fire engine sirens at 11:20pm probably didn't help. I couldn't find anything in the paper today that would account for that many sirens. I think it's a conspiracy to keep me from sleeping.

Still way behind on NaNo, but at least I have a title -- The Good Neighbor. I never have a title this early in the game, so I expect to change it at least three times before I finish. I wrote a bunch today while making zillions of copies for a class tonight, although in retrospect I probably should have taken my list of PR people to call for an upcoming concert and made some phone calls. I got my word count for today, tho. That means I have written, hmmm, about a third of what I should have had written by today. Oh well, it's not November 29 yet LOL!

K's dad is in the hospital, he had heart surgery last week. Years of eating big and smoking take their toll, and he had a lot of blockage they decided to clean out BEFORE he had a heart attack. He's doing really well, ready to get out of there. Hospital food is specially formulated to make you eager to leave the hospital.
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Band of Brothers