Things to grab on the way home from work today. Sake. Shrimp. Ginger. A brown bag to hyperventilate in… I mean come… It’s almost 2014! What?!
If we’re gonna freak out, we might as well do it with delicious food in our bellies. Enter, some sassy shrimp.
It’s a formidable scent.
It stings the nostrils… In a good way.
Smells usually associated with pleasant morning time manga – bacon, pancakes, muffins, etc.
Fresh dill is quickly climbing my list of “add to all food.” It’s threatening mayo, but not yet overtaking her, that’s probably impossible. I love that bright, earthy taste that dill adds to dishes, and is one of the reasons that this version of our beloved summer staple, potato salad, is one of my favs.
The running of the 139th Kentucky Derby is upon us, and just because we won’t be making the trek to Churchill Downs, there’s no reason we can’t adorn our heads with fabulous hats and stuff our bellies with cucumber tea sandwiches and mint juleps.
We did it. We survived the first week of the 2012 football season. RG3 made a lot of people in my parts remember why they ever signed on for Skins fandom. Peyton made me remember why I love him so, even in that terrible orange jersey.
And stomachs all across this great land cried out for Tums, and a week of rest.
With that thought in mind… on to the dip!
You’re hot. You’re sweating. And you’re starving. The last thing you want to do is to slave over a hot stove, no matter how good your AC is. Enter- the beauty that is a cold soup. One appliance, no heat. Besides the prep work, only one step… perfection.
While I’m calling out the avocado in the title, she is by no means the star. I think the beauty of this dish lies in the ensemble cast. Each player steps up, delivers, and returns to the line. It’s like a garden celebration in your mouth. Cucumbers, tomatoes and avocados mingle for earthiness, while the lemon, sour cream and Sriracha add brightness and heat.
Every now and then us novice cooks and bakers get ballsy in the kitchen (at least we should be gettin ballsy) – sometimes the results are tremendous and other times, disastrous. As in life, in the kitchen it’s important to step out of your comfort zone, take a leap of faith and just go for it.
For me, my comfort zone is definitely in the cupcake, cookie zone, so when I snatched the amazing Baked: New Frontiers In Baking and drooled after some big boy cakes – I decided to step it up.