Monday, February 28, 2011

Cookbook & Chemistry Adventures: Homemade Fresh Bacon

I ordered some transglutaminase (aka Meat Glue) a few weeks back, and started to play with it recently. My first experiment with meat glue was the most boring thing you can imagine: gluing two pieces of meat together to make one (bigger) piece of meat. Nonetheless, it was kind of awesome, and prompted me to make my first ever batch of home-cured bacon.

Mmmm... Scallops...

I have long maintained that scallops are my favorite "luxury" food item. (Lobster runs a close second, but it's so affordable and easy to find around here that I am spoiled enough to not really think of it as a "luxury" item anymore... Yay, New England!) I grew up on frozen scallops from Costco and thought I loved scallops then. My first fresh diver scallop (from the mussels lady at the Santa Barbara Farmers Market, sold fresh in the shell) made me realize what a fool I'd been. Since that day, I've been obsessed with high-quality dry-packed diver scallops... and I finally found a great way to always have them on hand and the perfect way to cook them.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chemistry Adventures: Make-Ahead Eggs Benedict

As I've probably mentioned countless times before, a well-made Eggs Benedict is one of my favorite meals... Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner... Any time of day is a good time for Eggs Benedict. The drawback of making this dish is all of the work that has to be done last-minute. The eggs must be perfectly poached. The hollandaise must be made and carefully kept warm (without breaking the sauce and ruining everything...). It's a hassle, and usually leaves the kitchen a mess from all of the last-minute chaos. I thought this was a necessary evil, until I was flipping through one of my new favorite cookbooks and discovered that there is, in fact, a better way...

Monday, February 21, 2011

Everyday Yumminess: Lemon Pudding Cake

I bought this bag of lemons at Costco a while back, and then a change in menu plans left me with 5 pounds of lemons in the fridge and no plans to use them. Luckily, lemons make me think of one of my all-time favorite (and healthy, too!) desserts: Lemon Pudding Cake.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Nobody Knows the Snuggles I've Seen...

Man. The Trio are having a great big snuggle-fest these days. The level of cuteness is pretty much unbearable. They don't typically like me to take pictures of this, but here are a few (and a couple videos) that I snuck:

Friday, February 4, 2011

A Bit of a Hiatus... I Guess...

As has most likely become obvious over the last couple months, the culinary adventures around here are few and far between lately. With Tampa's NFL season over, this means the blog is very much in danger of just becoming a blog about my (awesome) bunnies... so I figured I owe an explanation. Basically, things lately have been not-good. Extremely not-good, in fact. It seems that my cyborg parts have turned against me, and I am having difficulty dealing with the aftermath.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

One More Bunnies(!) Post...

Sorry to be so bunny-centric lately. Things were so exciting, then depressing, and now... fairly peaceful. One gift Dennis left me with was the way he magically helped Rico, Charley, and Pedro become a bonded trio. I moved The Trio from the cramped hallway (which was their preferred home, probably because their brains are so little) into the more spacious kitchen this week. Rico was uncertain at first, so I gave him a private cave where he could hide when he was nervous. He didn't like to leave his cave at first, but today he's just hanging out with his friends and doesn't seem to need that safety net. Here are a few shots of my guys being friends. Only took 14 months and some help from a truly awesome bunny to make it happen...