Monthly Archives: August 2009

Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies

Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies

This was the most popular cookie of the past week, getting rave reviews from both from taste testers and guests. It’s a simple chocolate cookie, but swapping the traditional (and oft-overused) vanilla extract for almond gives it a nice twist. Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies

This was the most popular cookie of the past week, getting rave reviews from both from taste testers and guests. It’s a simple chocolate cookie, but swapping the traditional (and oft-overused) vanilla extract for almond gives it a nice twist.

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Things I Learned While Catering

Wedding Catering: Sandwiches and Salads

So, my husband, the amateur photographer, did the photography, including some traditional poses. A friend of the groom’s did the cake. My brother-in-law played piano while his wife handled all of the decorations. I volunteered to feed everyone. The bride had some requests: Simple, down-home lunch with mini-sandwiches. Lots of strawberries (her favorite fruit) along with more fruits and veggies. A few different appetizers, maybe some desserts (no one knew if there would be a wedding cake as procuring one hit several snags).Wedding Catering: Sandwiches and Salads

So, my husband, the amateur photographer, did the photography, including some traditional poses. A friend of the groom’s did the cake. My brother-in-law played piano while his wife handled all of the decorations. I volunteered to feed everyone. The bride had some requests: Simple, down-home lunch with mini-sandwiches. Lots of strawberries (her favorite fruit) along with more fruits and veggies. A few different appetizers, maybe some desserts (no one knew if there would be a wedding cake as procuring one hit several snags).

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Baking up a storm

Ķiploku karstmaizītesĶiploku karstmaizītes, Čili Pica, Liepāja, Latvija
(Toasted garlic bread sticks with a cheesy dipping sauce at a very popular pizza joint)

My step-brother is getting married on Saturday and my husband and I are catering the reception. It’s a small affair, thankfully, but I underestimated the amount of work involved in sourcing ingredients and researching recipes.

For now, I leave you with a few memories from Latvia.Ķiploku karstmaizītesĶiploku karstmaizītes, Čili Pica, Liepāja, Latvija
(Toasted garlic bread sticks with a cheesy dipping sauce at a very popular pizza joint)

My step-brother is getting married on Saturday and my husband and I are catering the reception. It’s a small affair, thankfully, but I underestimated the amount of work involved in sourcing ingredients and researching recipes.

For now, I leave you with a few memories from Latvia.

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Farinata (Ligurian Chickpea Flatbread)

Farinata

I don’t remember now where I came across making a thin batter out of chickpea (garbanzo beans) flour and water then cooking it in an oiled skillet. It was definitely good, however, I thought I’d make it again this week as a substitute for buns for polish dogs.

It didn’t really wrap as well as I imagined but the flavors of the rosemary-infused flatbread meshed well with the caramelized onions, horseradish and mustard topped meat. All’s well that ends well (in a full tummy).Farinata

I don’t remember now where I came across making a thin batter out of chickpea (garbanzo beans) flour and water then cooking it in an oiled skillet. It was definitely good, however, I thought I’d make it again this week as a substitute for buns for polish dogs.

It didn’t really wrap as well as I imagined but the flavors of the rosemary-infused flatbread meshed well with the caramelized onions, horseradish and mustard topped meat. All’s well that ends well (in a full tummy).

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A Very Veggie Stirfry with Simply Fried Rice

Veggie Stirfry with Fried Rice

I love stirfries. When I moved out on my own and had to start cooking for myself, stirfries offered an easy, cheap meal that could be endlessly varied. Even now, if I don’t know what to make, I make a stirfry because I always have the ingredients on hand and can whip up a sauce in nothing flat. Veggie Stirfry with Fried Rice

I love stirfries. When I moved out on my own and had to start cooking for myself, stirfries offered an easy, cheap meal that could be endlessly varied. Even now, if I don’t know what to make, I make a stirfry because I always have the ingredients on hand and can whip up a sauce in nothing flat.

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Kāpostu sacepums (Cabbage Gratin)

Cabbage Gratin

I don’t remember now where we found this recipe originally or even what search terms we used to find it. Actually, I’m not even sure this is based on one recipe — I have a tendency to pull up two or three (even four) that have components I like then create a recipe from them.

What I do know is that it’s really, really good on a cold day. It smells wonderful – redolent with caraway seed and cabbage. It may not be an original Latvian recipe, but it sure does fit the bill. Give it a try, I believe you won’t be disappointed.Cabbage Gratin

I don’t remember now where we found this recipe originally or even what search terms we used to find it. Actually, I’m not even sure this is based on one recipe — I have a tendency to pull up two or three (even four) that have components I like then create a recipe from them.

What I do know is that it’s really, really good on a cold day. It smells wonderful – redolent with caraway seed and cabbage. It may not be an original Latvian recipe, but it sure does fit the bill. Give it a try, I believe you won’t be disappointed.

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Maizes zupa (Latvian Bread Soup)

Maizes zupa (Latvian bread soup)

Maizes zupa is a dessert made out of sweetened dark rye bread, dried fruit, water and whipped cream. Something about this cold, thick, sweet soup just captured my heart. I was able to source some traditional dark rye (Borodinsky brand from Brooklyn) available locally for a somewhat reasonable price and tossed a few slices in the freezer for this dessert sometime in the future.

Tonight, it just sounds right. We don’t have any dried apples, but we have fresh that we toasted up in the toaster oven for a while. It’s not the same, but it sure does taste good! Maizes zupa (Latvian bread soup)

Maizes zupa is a dessert made out of sweetened dark rye bread, dried fruit, water and whipped cream. Something about this cold, thick, sweet soup just captured my heart. I was able to source some traditional dark rye (Borodinsky brand from Brooklyn) available locally for a somewhat reasonable price and tossed a few slices in the freezer for this dessert sometime in the future.

Tonight, it just sounds right. We don’t have any dried apples, but we have fresh that we toasted up in the toaster oven for a while. It’s not the same, but it sure does taste good!

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