Sunday, January 8, 2012

Fresh Start!

So, this is the new year.  I can't stop hearing that Death Cab for Cutie song when I think about the excitement and new experiences that each new year brings.  A blank slate. A new start.  Last year was tough, full of unexpected surprises and challenges for me.  But this, is the new year.

For my first entry of 2012, I wanted to capture the complexity of the emotions tied into the start of a new year, and the hopes and dreams we often have for it.  That brings me to a Caesar salad.

Rich egg yolk, briny anchovies, spicy garlic, grainy mustard, buttery olive oil, tart lemon, salty-sweet Worcestershire, and musky cheese, loving up on crispy, light Romaine.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Baking the Rules.

Hey everyone, I know this post is loooong overdue, and by long I mean 7 months overdue.  A lot has been going and changing in my life.  Where to start?  First off, now I'm living in Caracas, Venezuela!

I will be here until March 2013 on my first assignment as a diplomat (aka visa issuer/dream crusher, I'm hoping for something more glamorous for my second tour) with the Department of State.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Hibernation Pot Roast

Its cold.  It's dark at 5 PM.  And did I mention its cold?  As much as I like booze and sweets in December, I yearn for the hearty, comforting food that my mommy (yes, I'm 25 years old and just said mommy...and what.) makes even though I'm hundreds of miles away from her.  So to break in my new cast iron skillet, I decided to make a pot roast and macaroni and cheese for dinner.

I love my mom's roast.  When I was 12 I announced "I am now a vegetarian!" and my mom said "okay" she pulled out a beef roast to thaw. 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Super Southern Candied Pecans

Pecans are quintessentially southern, I may have known how to shell a pecan before I knew how to tie my shoe and if you give a southerner a pecan I promise we'll make you a pie, a cocktail, something breaded, and maybe even a cure for cancer (okay maybe not the last one, but we know and love our pecans!).  I decided to take my knowledge of this buttery nut and give a classic Christmas treat, the candied pecan, a unique twist.  The end result: a super southern candied pecan.

I'm sure you're wondering what makes my pecans super southern, right? Well, I'll tell you.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Giving Tradition the Finger: Middle Fingerprint Cookies

Happy December!  With the exception of the cold weather (I think I'm allergic) I love this time of year because to me its all about family and food, and by food I mean booze and sugar as they are the stars of the Christmas season (at least in my circles).  This means that I spend this month spending quality time with family and friends, eating a sinful amount of sweets, and drinking a usually embarrassing quantity of alcohol.

So this month on Fro and a Fork, expect a lot of booze and a lot of desserts, and maybe a few giveaways because I like your face.  For my first sweet of the season, I decided to take on a Christmas classic: the thumbprint cookie.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Winner of the Foodie Gift Basket is....

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and didn't overdo it too much.  If you did, just go easy on the leftovers today or avoid them altogether.  I'm stuffed and comfortably doing all of my Christmas shopping online, that's how I roll on Black Friday, why deal with the crowds?

Anyhow, in the spirit of Black Friday and how I like to celebrate it, I would like to announce the winner of my foodie giveaway.  Many thanks to everyone who entered and tweeted about it, and I hope that you try some of the products that I decided to feature.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Oh, We've Been Ready for a Throwdown.

So, what do  Bobby Flay, food bloggers, and contemporary coffee tables have in common?  Well I'll tell you...
Source of Photo

Since the food blogosphere is humming with excitement today as we wait to see the Thanksgiving edition of Throwdown with Bobby Flay featuring fellow blogger Ree Drummond* of The Pioneer Woman Cooks, I just had to ask Sir Flay how he felt food bloggers were changing the food scene when I had the opportunity to do so at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show.  Here is what he had to say*:

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