Sunday, February 27, 2011

Portobello Fries

I don't think it has been any secret that I am wholeheartedly obsessed with mushrooms. I think that becoming a vegetarian has made my relationship with mushrooms so much stronger and being a vegetarian without meaty mushrooms on my side would be brutal. I would say that I rarely eat them as a snack though. When I think mushrooms, I don't think quick and easy. My love for them also frequently prevents me from seeing them as a side dish. This recipe has opened my eyes. People may notice that it is eerily similar to the baked zucchini fries post I made not too long ago and that is because they are really really similar. I guess I'm getting boring but I will not rest until I have sliced, breaded, and baked every vegetable (and fungus?) out there. It's such an easy, effective, and simply awesome snack to have with some marinara sauce.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Drunken Monkey Bread

I had monkey bread for the first time on Thanksgiving last year. It was a very exciting experience for me that opened up a whole new world of handheld sweet breakfast breads. Since Thanksgiving I have been dreaming of making my own and then I found this recipe that combines the monkey bread I had been craving and some whiskey. Finally.

 Maybe I should explain though because monkey bread sounds pretty weird. Fun, yes, but also weird. The premise is that balls of dough are so thoroughly coated in a buttery, sugary syrup that they will stick together while baking but be easily pulled apart. It's really easy and fun (and preferable I would say) to eat with your hands here. Similar to a monkey.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Candied Orange Peel

I've been putting off posting these for a while but I think it's finally time for me to reveal my secrets. They were such a huge hit and I kind of fell in love them as well. They seem really special and I will admit that they are but they are surprisingly easy. Easy to me means full of very simple tasks like boiling in water and slicing and dipping in chocolate but it in no way means quick. These took a very long time to make but it was not labor intensive, just a lot of waiting around. Attention is really only needed for about an hour of the total preparation time and I say that isn't bad. Not bad at all.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Red Pepper and White Bean Dip

I was looking for a good dip recipe just for fun. I don't know what came over me but I really wanted dip and celery sticks and pita wedges. Who knows. Sometimes I have incredibly vague cravings I guess. I was looking through some recipes and it seems like every dip out there has a ton of mayonnaise in it. Ok, I can get over that but then on top of the mayonnaise there is sour cream and then generally some form of melty cheese.

I know, I know, it sounds delicious. I have encountered a problem though. If I was in a restaurant and was served a dip that had these abominably unhealthy ingredients in them, I would never know and thus could eat away without care. When I make it myself, I am fully conscious of all of the ingredients and simply can't bring myself to do that to myself. It's a complicated psychological battle.

I found this dip and it is my savior. It is very similar to a hummus but a bit creamier and clearly much more colorful (doesn't it match my bowl perfectly?).