Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup chocolate chunks
Crack an egg onto the butter and sugar mixture, and use a fork to whisk it well into the mixture. (I was on the phone while making this and was having a bit of trouble cracking the egg, while also holding the phone and taking a picture... hence the lack of picture for this step :)
Place flour, baking soda, and salt on top, and very carefully stir into the mixture until smooth and well-mixed.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Luckily, my husband came up with the awesome idea of taking us scenic rafting. We'd taken her on a commercial white water trip before, but this time he personally was going to take us down- and this time with mimosas... count me in!
I love him
Danny was awesome. He did all the hard work: Coordinating the trip, getting the supplies, blowing up the raft, arranging for someone to pick us up at the end of the trip. As for us girls? We were in charge of the mimosas and food. Easy enough. Getting the champagne out... Don't be jealous of my sexy PFD either
It was the perfect day to go rafting. It had just stopped raining, the sun was out, and there was a nice breeze in the air.
We of course posed for a few pictures to remember the trip by...
And then Chris and I decided to give Danny a break and try our hand at the oars. Not as easy as it looks! Those things want go all over the place... and they're heavy
It didn't last too long before he jumped in again. I totally felt like I was at summer camp and the cute counselor was coming over to teach me how to row properly.
Chris looking all cute with her wispy hair coming out from her helmet... why didn't I do that? You can easily tell she's a girl. Me? Not so much. I look like her bald little brother. Scroll up- you'll agree
Monday, July 25, 2011
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pound linguine
- 1 cup shaved Pecorino Romano cheese (about 4 ounces) (I used shredded cheese)
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 4- 6 large eggs (I used 2 since it was just the two of us)
Friday, July 22, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
- 3/4 cup fresh parsley
- 3/4 cup fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup extra- virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
- 1 medium shallot, roughly chopped
- 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or fresh lemon juice
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 8 thin boneless pork chops (1.25- 1.5 lbs) (I use 4 chops)
Pulse to form a coarse paste.
Heat a large grill pan over medium- high heat. Pat the pork chops dry and season with salt and pepper. Lightly brush the grill pan with olive oil, then grill the chops until just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.
If you're not a fan of pork, use the sauce on something else. Since we only made 4 chops instead of the 8, we had lots of sauce left over. My husband used it for sandwiches, leftover chicken, etc...
Monday, July 18, 2011