Every Thursday at the shop, I make ginormous batches of all our cookie doughs. And I totally eat ginormous amounts of cookie dough, too! I’d like to say that I do it in the name of quality control, but really it’s a lack of self control. Cookies-in-the-raw just may be better than baked ones. I clearly have no problem snacking on raw eggs (although now that I put it that way…), but if you so deprive yourself, then you’ll be happy to see The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook by Lindsay Landis, who also writes the gorgeous food blog Love and Olive Oil. She has ingeniously concocted an eggless cookie dough that isn’t meant to be baked, but used raw, as an ingredient or an out-of-the-bowl snack. Now I normally take my dough straight up, but I’m amazed by the diversity of recipes in this book…candy made from cookie dough, cakes, pies, puddings, breakfast stuff (what?!). And, of course, there is ice cream…ice cream that is calling–no, screaming–my name. All of this is gorgeously photographed…proof that these things are real and not just in my dreams!
The very kind folks from Quirk Books gave me a copy of this cookbook, and now I want to give one of you a copy, too. Maybe we can make Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream together next weekend?? What do you say? Just leave me a comment (one per person, please) on this post before 5:00 pm EST on Thursday, June 7 and I’ll randomly choose a winner from the list. Be sure your e-mail address is correct so I can contact you!
***Giveaway Winner Update: I used random.org to generate a random comment number to find the winner. It selected comment 11, so congratulations to Tina. I’ll be sending your book soon!***
Next month, Tuesdays with Dorie is diving full-force into Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan. Have you signed up? If not having the book is keeping you from getting onboard, then I want to help. I’m giving away one brand-new copy of Baking with Julia before the group gets going with the first two recipes.
Just leave me a comment (one per person, please) on this post before 5:00 pm EST on Monday, January 23 and I’ll randomly choose a winner from the list. Be sure your e-mail address is correct so I can contact you!
***Giveaway Winner Update: I used random.org to generate a random comment number to find the winner. It selected comment 32, so congratulations to Emily. I’ll be sending your book soon!***
Today is a special day for one of my favorite cookbook authors…it’s Dorie Greenspan’s birthday! Happy birthday, Dorie! A few TWDers and FFWDers have put together a sort of virtual progressive dinner party, all made from Dorie’s new book, Around my French Table, to celebrate.
I chose to take on a soup course, and made her Spiced Squash, Fennel and Pear Soup. I’m no stranger to squash soup, and usually I’ll use a butternut, but a crazy lumpy, bumpy golden hubbard caught my eye at the market and wound up coming home with me. I’ve never made squash soup with the additions of pear and fennel before…they brought a delicious sweetness to the pot. Don’t forget to toast up your squash seeds as garnish. This is a great, warming soup that gets even more flavorful the next day.
For the recipe for this delicious soup, see page 80 of Around my French Table by Dorie Greenspan. Holly from Phe.MOM.enon worked hard to coordinate this party, and will have the whole round-up on her site!
…my husband and I had the most wonderful dinner, part of a series of coast-to-coast outdoor events put on by Outstanding in the Field. They stretch their long, white-clothed tables through some of the most dramatic landscapes around North America. This one being in the middle of New York City, they set up camp in a community garden on the Lower Eastside. Even though it lacks the wide-open spaces of some of their other dinners, they still managed to make it look so magical that I forgot it was 90-somethingº outside!
Or maybe it was really all the Long Island wine that made me forget the heat!
The locally-sourced food was cooked by Chef Bill Telepan, and we shared it family-style. I’m sorry I didn’t get any pictures of the food, but I was too busy, eating drinking and making new friends!
Did you notice my new header? I felt like a change…I hope you like it! Alyson from seventy and sunny did the work for me. I think she did a wonderful job coming up with something perfectly cute and eyecatching…and while it’s totally different from what I had before, it still works with my existing blog design. I love it!
Also, I’ve decided to shorten my URL (typing “awhiskandaspoon” is long enough on its own, right?) and get my own domain name. You can now find me at www.awhiskandaspoon.com
I’m so sorry that I don’t have time to go through many of the TWD and The Cake Slice posts this week. Why does moving have to turn so chaotic, no matter how organized you try to be? The organization thing flew out the window when we lost the folder with all of the moving details…somehow it was absorbed into the vortex of crap that has become our apartment, and has not reappeared.
When I packed up my sweaters and coats for the trip home, it completely sank in that I’m getting jipped out a summer here! Oh well, those raspberries and nectarines will taste that much sweeter when I finally see them again. It will be good to home, though. I’ve missed my friends, I’m looking forward to a proper Thanksgiving and a chilly Christmas, and I’m so excited to VOTE!! It will be awhile before we are really settled, unfortunately…we’ll be in temporary housing for a month or two while we look for our own place. I’m not sure what to expect as far as the kitchen situation there goes. I’m bringing a bare minimum of cooking equipment in my luggage to hopefully get by on more than just takeout.
I’ll really miss Sydney. I’ll miss the beaches, the (generally, although not at this moment) sunny weather, the wonderful food, the Aussie sense of humor. I’ll also miss the everyday excitement of living abroad. It’s been fun to pick up on the cultural differences (some subtle, some not), to get used to a vocabulary that’s quite a bit different, and to find all kinds of wonderfully unexpected things around every corner! I think for most people a trip to Australia is a dream vacation–once in a lifetime, if that. It’s pretty neat that I got to live here for almost two years…
We get on the plane, bound first for my parent’s house in Seattle for a few days, tomorrow. So I’ll try and check back next week. In the meantime, I’ve put up a small set of Sydney photos on my Flickr page– check them out if you’re interested.
Dear readers, there is something I have known about for a couple months now, and have neglected to share with most of you. And that’s not right. You need to know.
Seems R and I will be leaving Sydney and moving back to New York at the end of this month. I have mixed feelings about it, and I guess that’s to be expected. Of course I’ve missed my good friends, my neighborhood of eleven years, and the city itself. But being here, especially over the past few months, has been like living in some sort of suspended reality. We have had a fine time traveling recently, and are now doing our best to enjoy the last of our days here in Sydney. It’s not to say that we haven’t been affected by what’s going on, economically-speaking, in the States–in fact that’s the reason we’re leaving. Reality will certainly hit us in the face when we get back home. Where will we live? That will be a scramble. Will be both find jobs? I’m not so sure.
There’s little we can do about either of these things from half a world away, so I’ve been trying to concentrate on what’s right in front of me, and not stress too much about November. One important task at hand is to use up the food in the house (including my huge dried herb and spice collection). So forgive me if I come up with some wacky combos over the next few weeks, or if I do some weird ingredient substitutions for TWD. I’m just trying to empty out the cupboards.
Did I mention the saddest thing about leaving? It’s Sydney itself. I like it here, and although I knew we wouldn’t stay forever, I’m not ready to leave just yet.
Notice my new look? Big change, right? What do you think? I love it, but I can’t take the credit. Nope, that goes to Jess from Delicious Design Studio (although you may know her from All Things Cupcake or The Tattooed Mama). I don’t have a clue what CSS is, or even stands for, but luckily I had the good sense to find someone who does.
Since I’ve managed to keep at this blog thing for more than a year now, I felt it deserved a fancy new dress. Jess whipped up something that’s just my style. And as an unexpected plus, I think that having a great-looking template makes my photos look better. Maybe it will trick you into thinking my words are better, too! Thanks, Jess!!
This is the view from both our living room and bedroom in the apartment we are leaving this weekend. I’m sad to give it up, but I guess I’ve been pretty lucky to enjoy the sight of sailboats in Sydney Harbour for a whole year. Our new place is back in downtown Sydney and the view there will be into the windows of the hotel right smack across the street. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for some good spying at least!
As I’ve been going through my things at home, I realized that I also have a few things here to take care of. I’ll start with some thank yous for a few awards that I’m truly honored to have had passed on to me.
Shari from Whisk: a food blog gave me a “Blogging with a Purpose” award. I’m thrilled to get an award from someone as excited by, and interested in, food as Shari. She claims to be a “cooking school wannabe,” but I think she knows her stuff well enough to be a cooking school instructor!
Holly from PheMOMenon gave me another “E for Excellent” award. Holly bakes up excellent stuff for her boys. They are lucky ducks to grow up with such great homemade things! Holly, you are spoiling them for life!
Tammy from wee treats by tammy bestowed upon me a “Rockin’ Girl Blogger” award. Even though she’s a full-time lawyer, Tammy manages to bake amazing treats several times a week. She’s currently rockin’ her mad decorating skillz making gorgeous cakes and cookies.
Mimi from Mimi on the Move passed along a “Yummy Blog” award. Mimi’s photos are seriously the ultimate in yumminess. I want to reach out and take everything she posts, sweet or savory! As part of this award, I have to list my top five favorite desserts I’ve made on this blog, so here they are: German chocolate cake, Bill’s Big Carrot Cake, Nanaimo Bars, Cranberry Bliss Cupcakes and Julie’s Brownies.
Thank you Shari, Holly, Tammy and Mimi!!
Also, I was recently tagged for a meme by Amanda from Slow Like Honey and Allison from The Neon Celery Kitchen. Not so recently, Tammy tagged me for a similar version of this (sorry, Tammy!). Thanks! Here goes:
What were you doing ten years ago?
Probably sitting a cubicle starting at cashflow models or bond prepayment scenarios. I my first spent six years out of college in a Wall Street job, and I do not exaggerate when I say that for much of that time I lived in my cube.
What are five non-work things on your to-do list today?
(these are actually things I did yesterday, as I started this post yesterday morning)
go to the gym
a zillion loads of laundry
continue packing up
get a facial
What snacks do you enjoy?
This is totally boring, but because I eat dessert most nights, I try never to snack between meals. Most days I stick with this..if I must snack, then it’s fruit or raw veggies. I do enjoy those, but in an ideal word, I’d snack on cheese and crackers everyday.
What would you do if you were a billionaire?
So many things!! I’d make sure my parents, brother, grandparents and in-laws were set for life. I’ve been dreaming of owning an apartment in a Brooklyn Heights brownstone, but if I were a billionaire, why not make it a whole brownstone? And I’d fill the closets of that house with clothes and shoes that Tim and Veronica were paid to helped me chose. I’ve been to a lot of places already (just had to get extra pages put in my passport, actually), but if I had billions, I step up my foreign travel, too. Maybe I’d open up a pastry shop with a friend…of course I’d want our business to be profitable, but we wouldn’t really have to stress about having the money to hire good help so we could take a couple days off a week (and of course travel)! I’d do a lot of research into how I could philanthropically make a difference with donations of my time and cash.
Where have you lived?
Northern Virginia (a few different spots)
Edinburgh, Scotland (one great year, but could have stayed forever)
What jobs have you had?
I know I am supposed to pass along this meme, but I also know it’s been around the block lately, so I’ll hold off for now. And as far as passing along the awards goes, I’ll give it a good think-over and let you know when I’m settled into the new place!