Friday, December 31, 2010

Black-eyed Pea Salad for Good Luck

I'm not really sure exactly where 2010 went, but here we are at December 31st.  This year brought a lot of positive things to my life, including the start of this blog, a bigger and better apartment that actually feels like a home, and wonderful new coworkers and friends.  There were some disappointments to be sure, but I've learned that it's best not to dwell on those because there's always tomorrow.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Peppery Smoked Cheddar Popovers

My fellow bloggers never cease to amaze me.  In the blur of time that lapses between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, they continue to post delicious recipes, tweet to their followers, and stay in the loop on all things food.  I, however, am just trying to get dinner on the table before I fall asleep in my plate.  This this time of year can be ridiculously busy, not to mention outright exhausting.

Queue these super-easy popovers.  Crispy, fluffy and custardy all at once, popovers make an easy hors d'oeuvres or accompaniment to a fresh green salad, and come together in no time flat.  Popovers are a hollow roll made from a thin batter - when cooked in a screaming hot oven, the batter rises spectacularly  from the top of the tin (they "pop over," hence the name).

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fried Cornish Hen

Deep within myself, I've been hiding a dark secret: I like eating cute things.  From teeny fowl, to diminutive french breakfast radishes, to dainty tea sandwiches -- and let's not forget anything falling into the "baby" vegetable category, except baby-cut carrots, which are not really a baby vegetable at all -- I'm fascinated with eating small things.  I could accuse my less-than-average stature of being the key to my fixation, but I think it's something more.  In a world of supersizing and an all-you-can-eat mentality, has something been lost in the balance of quantity versus quality?