Saturday, August 07, 2010

Mixer love

And can I just mention how much I love having 2 mixers? I have this new snazzy Breville one which made awesome icing and my bright aqua Kitchenaid I've had for years. I might have an old, 1930s era, strangely laid out kitchen but I love having great equipment to work with. It made making  cupcakes a breeze and I didn't have to stop in the middle to wash out bowls or beaters. It felt decadent.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

On Hiatus

Back in August!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Milan Baltimore

I had the opportunity to attend a media dinner at Milan, a new restaurant in Little Italy. The space is beautiful, very modern and white and seems intimate for the large space.

They have some interesting menu items in their extremely ambitious menu, the most striking, the Italian sushi. We were told that some of the rolls would be rotating out so we ordered the crudo, sashimi with Italian sauces drizzled on top. We tried three but the salmon with the pesto was the best, very fresh tasting.

We then split a Caesar Salad which was very good, crisp with a great dressing. The best part was the deviled egg on the side, it was a clever and welcome touch that really made it stand out. I ordered the calamari as an appetizer and it was very good, not greasy, crisp and flavorful and the sauce had a touch of balsamic which was tasty. I also appreciated the lemon half wrapped in cheesecloth, I hate then places give you a big wedge of lemon and you end up getting pulp (or worse, seeds) in your dish. Matt had the lobster fritters and they were sort of like coddies made with lobster. Not the best use of lobster and on the bland side.

Matt's steak (it was the one with the lobster) was great but the sauce was oddly thick and bland and the mashed potatoes were good, but didn't taste like lobster.

I had the ravioli. The filling was tasty but the tail (and quite a bit of bottom shell) was still on the shrimp and was awkward to remove since it was between the pasta squares and under the sauce . The pasta wasn't cooked long enough, it was quite chewy-not al dente. I liked the idea of the pink peppercorn sauce but it seemed to be a cream sauce with peppercorns ground on top rather than cooked into the sauce and the pepper was just too coarse, it made the sauce gritty and and even chunky in parts.

All in all, I would highly recommend Milan for their salads and appetizers (I didn't try their cocktails but they all looked very sweet) and decor but the entrees were only so-so. Hopefully they can work out their kinks we had great service and it is a great space but for the prices, the food was too uneven to make it a regular spot. Oh, and one bit of trivia: the menu has prices in euros and dollars.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

B-More Food Blogger Meet-Up/Happy Hour

I am hosting a food blogger meet up/happy hour at the Blue Hill Tavern. RSVP here.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Pocket Pie

I wish Williams-Sonoma had come up with a better name for it  but this heart-shaped pocket pie mold I got for Valentine's Day is cute and functional.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Help Baltimore Families!

Vote to give this idea 50K: Provide farm fresh food to Baltimore families who live in food desert.

Monday, January 25, 2010

My Book Has a Cover!

The Everything Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook (Everything Series)

My cookbook has been available for pre-order for some time now but it now is appearing on Amazon with a cover! The countdown to publication continues.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tortilla Warmer

Norpro Large Pancake Tortilla Keeper

Matt ordered this Norpro Tortilla Keeper. I was a little skeptical, but apparently it keeps the tortillas warm for a long time. We just made fajitas recently and by the end the tortillas were cold. We always foil wrap but that doesn't seem to be enough. Hopefully this will be the solution to our problem. I am also intrigued by the suggestion of keeping pancakes warm in it. It is always difficult to photograph pancakes and keep them warm at the same time!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Cupcake Pedestals

 How cute are these mini pedestals? Anyone want to buy me one for Valentine's Day?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Food Network Magazine

Food Network Magazine (1-year)

My mom bought me a subscription to the Food Network Magazine after getting a really good deal. It is actually pretty entertaining, lots of recipes, some of which I'd never make but many are well thought out and are of a wide range of styles and ease. It is odd to get the magazine when you do not watch the Food Network at all, I have no idea who these people are! But I don't think I am missing much.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Apple & Oranges

Apples and Oranges: My Brother and Me, Lost and Found

I read this yesterday and while it is a tale of a brother and sister, it is also a tale of apple growing in America because the brother is a lawyer turned apple farmer. Lots of information about apple growing and apple varietals that some how I already knew (without trying) but still enjoyable and informative. I love when a book I don't think is going to be about food has a good food thread running through it.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Le Creuset Stoneware 4-Piece Petite Berry Casserole Set

Le Creuset Stoneware 4-Piece Petite Berry Casserole Set, Assorted Colors

I  received this cool Le Creuset Stoneware Petite Berry Casserole Set. They super cute and functional. I can't resist things in the shape of other things. The only drawback is that the blueberry is slightly bigger than the other shapes but that can be worked around. I wish berries were in season so I could make some mini cobblers in them.