Thursday, January 24, 2013

S'mores in the Kitchen


I used to think I needed a campfire in order to make s'mores.... but not anymore!!  Recently, the clever girl came home from pre-school and told me that she had made s'mores at school.  "Have you ever had a s'more?" she asked.  "Oh, yes", I responded.  It turns out they didn't use a campfire at school, either (thank goodness)!  They used chocolate covered graham crackers and marshmallow creme.  While I am sure that the kids thought that was fantastic, this is not exactly what I think of when I think of a s'more. 

So, the clever girl asked if I could make s'mores for dessert one night.  Hmmm.  I did not have a desire to start a fire in my backyard, nor to thread my mini-marshmallows on a skewer and stand over my gas stove with my 4 1/2 year old.  Surely I could figure something out.

And I did.  Folks, if you are a s'mores fan, here you go! First, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  This is for easy cleanup!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

TWD: Baking with Julia - French Apple Tart

First of all, let me apologize for being silent the past 2 weeks.  This broken fingertip thing is a real issue when it comes to typing!  I only have 2 fingers and a thumb on my right hand (yes, my dominant hand - my broken finger is buddy taped to my pinky finger) and I am used to having all digits available to type.  So, I find typing a bit frustrating right now but I shall do my best!  I must break the silence of my blog!

Our challenge this week for Tuesdays with Dorie was French Apple Tart.  The recipe can be found on pages 379-381 of the book, Baking with Julia, or you can find it on our hostess Gaye's blog, Laws of the Kitchen.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

TWD: Baking with Julia - Pizza with Onion Confit

This week's recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie was Pizza with Onion Confit.  Honestly, this almost became a recipe that didn't happen for me.  Besides the fact that I sort of forgot about it until Monday morning, the day before this post was due, it also happened that I broke my fingertip the night before and was not quite sure I could cook.

Now, you may think, "broken fingertip, no big deal".  And the reality is that in the scheme of things, it really is no big deal.  It could have been an entire finger or my entire hand or really much much worse than it is.  However, I am pregnant.  So when I finally decided that I probably needed medical attention (at 11pm) and went to an emergency clinic, I realized how difficult being pregnant made this situation.  No x-ray --- potential harm to the baby.  So though I don"t know for sure that it is broken, the doc seemed pretty certain.  Oh, and pain meds?  Not so much.  Again, potential harm to the baby.  Just Tylenol, sorry,  WITH A BROKEN BONE?!?  Ugh.  Happily, my obstetrician approved something a bit stronger today so maybe I can sleep tonight!  Oh, are you wondering how this happened in the first place?  It was in the process of constructing a "big girl" bed for my daughter, which will be fodder for another post.  A part of the bed started falling over, Mr. Clever Mom jumped over me to catch it, and in the process he landed ON and then pushed OFF of my finger with his foot, crushing it into our concrete garage floor.  Trust me, he feels awful.   

Friday, January 4, 2013

Rugalach Cookies

Another of my family's Christmas traditions is Rugalach cookies.  If you know anything about Rugalach, this probably sounds bizarre to you, as Rugalach are a Jewish cookies.  My dad was raised Jewish, and our Rugalach recipe comes from his mother.  We have made them every Christmas for as long as I can remember, and so have my cousins (my dad's brother's children) so I guess we have practiced religious syncretism with regards to this cookie (special thanks to my father-in-law for the correct term here).  For those like me, who had never heard that term before, religious syncretism is the reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief.

I made another recipe of rugalach back in May, for one of my Tuesday's with Dorie challenges.  I discussed more of the history of the rugalach in that post, if you are interested.  These rugalach have the traditional shape, which is like a crescent roll.  The recipe makes 5 dozen cookies, which seems like it might be a lot but take it from me, these cookies disappear VERY quickly and you'll wish you had more.  Every year my sister makes the Christmas rugalach, but this year we were unable to celebrate Christmas together so I undertook the challenge.  We simply cannot have Christmas without rugalach!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Gingerbread Cookies

The clever girl and I made gingerbread cookies!  We actually made them before Christmas, but it has taken me a bit to get them onto the blog.  Christmas-time is busy!  Anyway, this is an activity that the clever girl really enjoys - both the baking part AND the decorating part.

She helped cut out the cookies with our multitudes of cookie cutters.  Seriously, I must have some sort of compulsion when it comes to cookie cutters.  I really have quite a few.  I finally had to separate them into categories - Christmas, baby, underwater creatures, woodland animals, misc. holiday, etc.  Maybe I can keep them organized this way.  You might notice that the top photograph has a gingerbread nativity.  Indeed, my sister has the same compulsion as I, and sent me a nativity cookie cutter set.  The clever girl and I made Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the three wise men, a shepherd, a sheep, a camel, and a star.  I think there is a donkey in that set as well but maybe we had eaten him by the time I took this photo!  I added the angel on top from a different cookie cutter set.