One More Time…

“We had our breakfasts–whatever happens in a house, robbery or murder, it doesn’t matter, you must have your breakfast.”
-Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone

Looking back at my past posts, I sigh, shake my head and feel deep, deep shame. I used to use a point-and-shoot camera, I shot at night under florescent lighting, and some really delicious dishes came out looking absolutely terrible. SO I’ve decided to slowly start remaking and shooting these embarrassments and the first one is this breakfast casserole! Continue reading “One More Time…”

And Now My Beauties, Something With Poison In It: Poppy(seeds)

NOTE: THERE IS NO POISON IN THIS DRESSING, IT WAS JUST A HILARIOUS WIZARD OF OZ REFERENCE

 

I honestly believe that everybody, at one time or another, has entertained delusions of grandeur…

“What puts the “ape” in apricot? What have they got that I ain’t got?”
-The Cowardly Lion, The Wizard of Oz

if you’re anything like me, after watching The Truman Show, you thought twice about everything you did–even in private–just in case you were secretly being filmed as part of a twisted reality series. Aaand if you’re anything like me, this paranoia lasted far longer than it should have. There are still some days that I wish my life was more like a sitcom- I’d have a theme song that would get stuck in your head for days, an adoring live studio-audience and best of all, my witty one-liners would not only be heard and appreciated, but broadcast nation-wide. Continue reading “And Now My Beauties, Something With Poison In It: Poppy(seeds)”

Spiced Apple Cider

“Even if I knew that
tomorrow the world
would go to pieces,
I would still plant
my apple tree.”

-Martin Luther

I know… I know. I’m the worst. What kind of blogger abandons her work for two full months? Lazy ones like me. Whoopsies.

In my defense I have been working a lot. Except when I went home for Thanksgiving. And again for Christmas. If I said I have been in a turkey coma for over 8 weeks would you believe me? It’s not really important that you believe me, there’s nuttin’ yous can do about it, I’m just trying to ease my own conscience.

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Blueberry Crumb Cake

“Art any more than a steward? Dost thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?”

-William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Blueberry Cream Cheese Crumb Cake

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_ _ My roommate and I are both big homebodies. We have to force ourselves to go out downtown (which has happened a grand total of two times since the boys deployed) and the other day at lunch we got really wild and ordered a beer sampler with our sandwiches. We’ve adopted the mantra, “let’s act like we’re 24!” …But usually after we say that, we have a drink, get sleepy and change into our sweats for the night. Perhaps we’re a more civilized 24, perhaps we’re more cut out for afternoon teas that lead to afternoon naps… Perhaps the Beatles song was really about us: “will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 24?”

_ _ It was unintentional, but somehow after I mentioned afternoon teas, I managed to tie in a reference to British culture. I’m the greatest. So here’s some cake to go with your Earl Grey–as you toast being in your mid twenties.

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Stuffed Poke Chops…

“Observe that noses were made to wear spectacles; and so we have spectacles. Legs were visibly instituted to be breeched, and we have breeches. Stones were formed to be quarried and to build castles; and My Lord has a very noble castle; the greatest Baron in the province should have the best house; and as pigs were made to be eaten, we eat pork all year round; consequently, those who have asserted all is well talk nonsense; they ought to have said that all is for the best.”

-Voltaire, Candide

Stuffed Pork Chops with Apples, Bacon and Smoked Gouda with a Honey, Rosemary and Sweet Onion Applesauce

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_ _ I was always the “good kid” in high school– I never attended a party until my senior year and even then I was usually the DD (ahh the life of a minivan driver). I didn’t imbibe, rarely broke curfew and was WAY too terrified to even attempt something as illicit as shoplifting… Any aura of “coolness” I may have accrued despite authoring a food blog, has officially been destroyed with these admissions but c’est la vie (“la vie” har har). Despite having absolutely no penchant for illegal activities, I have always had an intense fascination with criminal shows, from Law and Order in its many forms, to CSI and Criminal Minds.

_ _ One night during my freshman year of college, I had returned to Ithaca on a holiday break, and because my friend’s parents were sick of having us in the house, we scandalously went to hang out in a local park after-hours. When a cop car cruised by, everyone panicked and dashed for the woods– two boys ran the 4 miles to the other side of the forest before taking a wide loop back around; one girl stopped about 5 feet into the trees, realized we were being ridiculous and strolled back to the car to wait for the rest of us; and one other girl and I crouched low to the ground several yards in and I made her close her eyes with me, convinced that if the police were looking for us they would see the light reflecting off our eyeballs… really, Anna? In retrospect, we all should have recognized that loitering wasn’t exactly going to get us arrested, but the mass mentality of fear lead us all to act absurdly… and I learned that I had been taking in more lessons from those TV shows than I realized– it’s the smallest details that get people caught!

_ _ Perhaps because of this mind set, I don’t like using recipes from other people without giving due credit– it’s intellectual thievery! So it’s all that much more exciting to me when I make food sans recipe and it turns out amazing: I give you, stuffed pork chops with a savory applesauce paired with a light salad.

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Apple Cider Vinaigrette…

“Tart words make no friends; a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.”

-Benjamin Franklin

Apple Cider Vinaigrette with Mixed Greens and Cranberries

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_ _ This recipe is amazing, I love vinegar and it goes surprisingly well the sweetness of the cider to make a light and tasty dressing, perfect for Fall and pairing with dishes like my stuffed pork chops, to cut the heaviness!

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