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Browsing Archive: April, 2010

Pesto Stuffed Tomatoes

Posted by Emma Barker on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, In : Sides 


     Throwing a party means serving food, and the type of food you serve is important. It needs to be easy to make, so that you can concentrate on having a good time. It needs to be easy to eat without making a mess (I'll never forget the disasterous fondue party I threw when I was eight, which turned into a food fight and, consequently, chocolate stains all over Mom's dining room). It should also be tasty. When it comes to party food, many people like to play it safe with cheese and crackers...

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Rosemary Shrimp Spaghetti

Posted by Emma Barker on Monday, April 26, 2010, In : entrees 


    When I moved into my apartment in September, I quickly figured out how to get to all the places I needed to go: school, work, and the grocery store. Once I knew the fastest way to get to each of those places, I stopped exploring. It's really a shame, because in the 8 months I've lived in this apartment, I didn't know until a few days ago that there is a huge, HUGE park just a few blocks away. I found it while I was running, something I've started doing again now that the weather is gettin...

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Macarons: So It Begins

Posted by Emma Barker on Thursday, April 22, 2010, In : Desserts 


    During the month I was in Paris over the summer, I did not eat a single macaron. I saw them in various patisseries, and although I didn't know what they were, I thought they looked very dry and artificially colored and not worth my time.
    Then I came back to the States, started a recipe blog, and discovered that macarons, the weird looking cookies I had dismissed with hardly a second thought, were all the rage in the food blogging community. People were really going nuts over them: goi...

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Focaccia

Posted by Emma Barker on Friday, April 16, 2010, In : Sides 


    Sometimes when life feels like it's accelerating, all I crave is simplicity. Sometimes I just want to make all the things that make my life complicated go away, but then of course I wouldn't have a blog, or a job, or be taking any classes. In other words, I would be a blob. A bored, unhappy blob, at that.

    So what I do when I want to simplify is reorganize. I clean my room, so that I can actually walk around it without stubbing any toes. I get out a nice, blank sheet of paper and write...

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Smoky Carrot Soup

Posted by Emma Barker on Monday, April 12, 2010, In : Soups 


    We seem to be having a long winter. Last year by this time, we were already getting some hot days, but this year Davis is warming up much more slowly. The cold bite hasn't quite gone out of the wind, and the rain is still falling. My thick jacket is still very much in active use, and I'm not happy about it.

    While the weather is staying so stubbornly cold, I've been trying to warm things up with recipes that are hearty, but have some of the freshness of spring. This carrot soup fits th...

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Crepes Sucrees

Posted by Emma Barker on Friday, April 9, 2010, In : Desserts 


    A lot of people are going to question my sanity here, but for a long time I didn't see what the big deal was with crepes. I mean, they're just like skinny pancakes, right? Ohhh, so they're Freeeench...they're still just pancakes, albeit skinny French ones. I mean, it's not like just because a food is French that means it has to be good. Lest anyone forget, the French eat snails, people!

    It wasn't until I got to Paris and saw the crepe stands on every corner that I understood the true ...

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Oven-Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Posted by Emma Barker on Thursday, April 8, 2010, In : entrees 


    Something that never fails to frustrate me is when food looks great but tastes terrible. This morning, I discovered that goat cheese and zucchini are two things that should never, ever go together in an omelet. I had an idea that the flavors of the cheese and the squash would compliment one another, but nooooo... Although the omelet looked very nice, it was so disgusting I actually had to throw it away without eating more than a few bites.
    The whole affair brought to mind a memory of ...

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