Saturday, April 28, 2007

Oh, Happy Day!

The day has come, my children. The day that I have finally found a way to upload all the (marginally) pretty pictures my digital camera has afforded me. This is a new beginning. It is the dawn of fully documented recipes. It will become a showcase for my ill-lit and blurry pictures. Let us all rejoice that this day has come!

To kick it off right, let me force upon you my pictures of Sushi Night! The first picture is our feast nicely dressed up with lanterns and orchids atop a covered cardboard box. Ah yes, the luxury. The second is my roomate- it was a formal dress occasion- examining her jewelry box on the dinner table. Er, don't mind the edges of the frames.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Apple Muffins

Several weeks ago now, I decided to buy a 6 pack of yogurt from the Stonyfield Farm organic line. Yobaby yogurt features very happy babies on the front of each individual cup of apple and blueberry flavored... something. I should have known better, really. The only thing geared for babies that tastes good are pureed fruits. The swirls of cinnamon evil overpowered the syrupy fruit yogurt and resulted in something altogether too sweet and gloppy to be enjoyed by anyone over the age of four. Don't get me wrong, my sweet tooth has led me down the path of sin my whole life. I've even resorted to melting candy bars on cookies, but this isn't to be believed. Of course, organic yogurt isn't exactly a cheap, throw-away product here. I'd been meaning to use it in muffins for quite some time now, but am just getting to it. It's not THAT expired. Really. Besides, I just got home today from Ren Fest and am atoning in my own half-assed way.

Regardless, I need to use up things in my refrigerator and pantry. I threw two cups of the apple yogurt with an eggwhite into a Jiffy white cake mix, stirred in some dried apples, and bake for about 25 minutes at 350 F. Fortunately, the result was much more palatable than the yogurt itself. Unfortunately, it was still too sweet. The heavy syrup of the yogurt and a sweet cake mix is too much for more than one muffin. Still, there's a little sweetness around the house now. The next challenge will be to rid myself of the blueberry cups.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Best Intentions

Well, another Sunday over and another post not submitted. For anyone interested, I did not take from my recipe stockpile for the last two weeks. Two Sundays ago, I was on the onion kick. While I did make french onion soup, I had roasted potatoes to go with it. Also, I was so unhappy with the soup that I didn't make my cut recipe for individual apple pies and instead bought a boston cream pie. The boyfriend liked the soup, but I thought it just tasted burnt. Last Sunday I had sushi night! I was very excited about this because I had my boyfriend and best friend over to enjoy it. I found an asian grocery down here and finally bought nori. Honestly, I have more sushi rice than is strictly healthy. But three kinds of sushi, noodles, and steamed vegetables later, everyone was happy and full.

My original intention for Sundays was mostly to get off my ass at least once a week and get into the kitchen. I love cooking and experimenting, but lately it just seems like a hassle. I look forward to Sundays more than any day of the week now. It's one day that is set aside just for food, where anything else is just a bonus. So while my paper stockpile is dwindling more slowly than I'd like, I achieved my main goal. In the end, that's all that matters.