Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Honeydew Hefeweizen Smoothie

One of my favorite places to go when I am back home in Oregon is a restaurant chain called McMenamins. Not only are the majority of their restaurant locations in really old and/or historic buildings, but they make one my favorite milkshakes in the world. They brew their own beer there, and have a wheat beer with a hint of raspberry called the Ruby. Being the geniuses that they are, they made a milkshake will vanilla ice cream, raspberries, and a tad of the Ruby. It is amazing!!! So, I decided to create my own version with honeydew melon. I love fresh honeydew, it has such a cool, sweet, and refreshing taste. I honestly can't think of any other fruit I enjoy more on a really hot day. This recipe is very easy to make, (I love milkshakes for this very reason...and because they taste awesome), and tastes lovely. Nice and sweet and creamy, with a hint of hefeweizen. I wouldn't try it with any non-wheat beer, though, as wheat beers tend to go especially well with fruity flavors. Trying it with an IPA would be a different story.... probably a story with a sad ending.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Baked Blueberry Custard with Lemon Syrup

Remember last post when I talked about holding on to my egg yolks? Well, I did it for the thick delicious treat that is custard. I have always loved custard, ever since I can remember. Sometimes that means a few weeks, but today my memory is reaching all the way back to my childhood. When I was a little girl my favorite dessert in the world was galaktoboureko, a greek dessert that consists of custard tucked neatly between buttered filo dough sheets, baked in the oven and doused with syrup. I didn't want to have to deal with the difficulties that filo dough presents, so I made a custard similar to galaktoboureko but put them in small corningware dishes. Much easier.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bananas Foster Cake

Over New Year's this year I went to Lake Tahoe with my friends Sarah, Kate, and Ashton to visit our friend, and Kate's mom, Katie. There was snow everywhere and it was absolutely beautiful, I even learned to ski! But I have to say that the highlight of the trip was Sarah's bananas foster. Sarah is originally from New Orleans and makes AMAZING bananas foster. Seriously, like, the best thing you may ever taste. When she made it, it was pretty much devoured within a minute or two...and I probably could've eaten even more if there were more cakes available. Traditionally, the bananas foster mixture is served piping hot over cake, usually angel food, and then topped with vanilla ice cream, which melts wonderfully all over everything. I had been craving banana cake like crazy, and remembered Sarah's bananas foster. Like a mad woman, I pestered Sarah for the recipe and she graciously gave it to me, and here it is!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes

After getting back from Oregon I desperately needed to restock my fridge, which was nearly empty, so I went on over to my neighborhood Trader Joe's and started putting things in my shopping cart. They had organic strawberries for only $2.99, so I grabbed a box and, since I had been craving breakfast food, decided to make strawberry pancakes for breakfast the next day. Yesterday morning I got up early to begin this mission, which was hard for me because my past experience with pancake-making has been....not so good. I can make the batter just fine, it's the temperature of the pan that I can never get right, in addition to the amount of oil that should be on the pan. Too much and the pancakes get all greasy, not enough and they get stuck to the pan. It's a delicate balance. Also, the flipping part is really difficult. I have a small rectangular spatula, which often times ends up breaking the half-cooked pancake in half when I try to flip it. Did I go out and buy a nice, large, circular spatula to make these? Of course not, I stubbornly told myself I could make them just fine with my own dwarfed pointy one. Well, after making the batter it came time to cook them, and while this was definitely my most successful pancake-making attempt, it was not without its mistakes.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Golden Beet Salad with Feta

One of my favorite things about coming home to Oregon is getting to go to New Seasons. New Seasons is a local grocery store chain that sells regular and organic gorceries, and they have the best produce department I have ever seen. Everything tastes like it was picked fresh within the hour and is full of intense, rich flavors. They also have a wide variety of produce that you can't find at other grocery stores, like these golden beets. I was walking around the store and saw them out of the corner of my eye. They're remarkably bright and have a beautiful color gradient going from gold to a bright deep red-orange. I love beet salad, so I picked them up to put one together. Not one to be wasteful, I also used the beet greens in the salad too. I'm not a big fan of them raw, but I love how they taste blanched with vinegar. I hope you guys like it too, it's healthy, and the feta and vinegar give it a nice kick!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Lightly Lemon Cake with Marionberry Frosting

  Sorry it has been over a week since my last post! Traveling makes it difficult to find a kitchen to cook, but I hope to be able to make more food this week while I am at my parent's house. Last week I was in Missoula, Montana visiting Jeremy's family. We had a wonderful time, and even got to see  herd of buffalo up close! It was pretty amazing. I didn't cook much, but I did make a cake for Jeremy's parents' 25th anniversary. I wanted to do marionberry frosting because we were in the northwest and marionberries are the big berry of Oregon. They're a type of blackberry, so any sort of blackberry can work as a substitution for marionberries. I thought a light lemon flavor would go well with the berries, so I put just a teeny bit of lemon juice and grated lemon zest into the cake. The frosting came out really fluffy, and the cake was nice and airy too, very moist and sponge-y. I just really loved the textures of this cake, so whipped and lovely! And the flavors were delicious together.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Garlic Rosemary French Fries

I'm sorry I have been so out of touch lately, I am in Missoula, Montana visiting Jeremy's family and was in Hillsboro visiting my family last week, and things have been pretty hectic trying to make time to see all of my family and old friends and catch up with everyone. It has been very enjoyable, but also time consuming. Yesterday me and Jeremy drove from Oregon to Montana, and on the way we stopped at Burgerville for some food for the road. Burgerville is a Northwest fast food chain that uses fresh Northwest ingredients, and makes amazing burgers. They had rosemary shoestring fries on the menu, which grabbed my attention immediately. We ordered some, and they were fantastic!! I decided to try and recreate them tonight, but I added some fresh minced garlic and baked them instead of frying them. We had some BLTs for dinner, and I figured the garlic rosemary fries would go great with them. This ended up being very true, they made quite the pair! I think they would go great with a nice barbeque or steak, too.