Archive for May, 2009

Welcome to Bay Ridge: Robicelli’s

Sunday, May 31, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, I got a message from Robicelli’s Gourmet Market Robicelli’s Gourmet Market requesting that we come try their cupcakes. We get tons of messages about events, products, and restaurants, and while I always appreciate the invitation and offerings, we just can’t get to every one. There was something special about this […]

Crawfish Cakes

Saturday, May 30, 2009

What do you do when you’ve eaten your way through 20+ pounds of crawfish and there is still a few pounds remaining?  You’re clearly too full to eat them, but you’re not going to throw them away, right?  Add to the equation a few freshly made, soft rolls, and I think you know what I’d […]

Shitake and Pea Shoot Salad with Ginger Carrot Dressing

Saturday, May 30, 2009

I picked up some organic pea shoots at Trader Joe’s the other day  and I love the way they make me think and feel spring. They’re a great addition to any salad but I decided that they deserve to have a salad made with them specifically in mind.

Start with some baby greens (I used baby […]

Lindemans Lambic Belgian Framboise Beer

Friday, May 29, 2009

My friend Monica brought me some Lindmans Lambic Belgian Framboise Beer. The name is long and confusing, but it’ quite simple, a very raspberry sweet beer, perfect for summer barbecues. Everyone loved it! It is on the sweet side and more soda-like than beer-like to me, but pretty irresistible, even by me (not into sweet, […]

How to Eat Crawfish

Friday, May 29, 2009

At the Crawfish Boil Party, Tammy gave a little demo on eating crawfish.
Step 1: Pinch the head with one hand and the tail with the other. Twist and wiggle, carefully removing the tail from the head.

Step 2: Set aside the head. Working on the tail, pinch all over to crack the shell. Remove the shell.

Crawfish Boil

Thursday, May 28, 2009

My friend Tammy is a sweet Southern belle from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She went home for her little sister’s graduation and brought back some of her dad’s Crawfish Boil, which was amazing! Everything about it exceeded my expectations of crawfish. (You may remember when we made Crawfish Gumbo. We had a hard time finding crawfish […]

McDonald’s Iced Latte

Thursday, May 28, 2009

McDonald’s has been marketing their McCafe line pretty heavily.  Despite being a huge fan of coffee, especially the Iced drinks, I’ve resisted trying the McCafes. Aside from French Fries, I just don’t have much faith in McDonald’s.
Last night, we were walking our dog when the big McCafe sign caught my eye. It’s hard to miss […]

Zong Zi – Part 2: Recipe

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

For a little background information on Zong Zi, see part 1.
Like I mentioned, this is the way my mom makes Zong Zi, and it’s just fabulous. I did my best to document her process but she doesn’t have measuring spoons and stuff so a lot of these quantities are estimates. Before you start, realize that […]

Zong Zi – Part 1

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Zong Zi, also called Chinese Tamales (but I hate that name) are one of my favorite things in the world. They come in many flavors but the jist is some kind of sticky rice mixture wrapped in bamboo leaves. The bamboo leaf imparts an almost tea like aroma to the rice and the smell wafting […]

Homemade Rolls

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

We wandered through the supermarket browsing various rolls and breads, looking for something suitable to hold some Italian sausages we were planning to make. But while we love bread, sodium stearoyl lactylate, diammonium phosphate, and other chemicals don’t excite us.  We decided to make our own.