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Browsing Archive: June, 2010

Iced Udon Noodle Soup

Posted by Emma Barker on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, In : Soups 


    I had always been skeptical about cold soups. It seems like the whole point of soup is to warm you up, to sooth a sore throat or sustain you after you've had your wisdom teeth pulled. So why on earth would anyone want to eat cold soup?

   I'll tell you why: sometimes it gets really freaking hot! And when that happens, all you really want to eat is fresh vegetables swimming in ice water. Which is basically what this soup is.

    I was in Japan on a girl scout exchange program, and it was sc...

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Posted by Emma Barker on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, In : Desserts 


    A few days ago, Deb of Smitten Kitchen posted a recipe for strawberry rhubarb pie, which put me in mind of one of my favorite summer desserts: my Dad's strawberry rhubarb crumble. I think I will always associate the month of June with the smell of a sweet and tangy strawberry rhubarb crumble baking, both the berries and rhubarb freshly harvested from my parents' garden.

    Now, a crumble is not a pie. In my opinion, crumbles are superior to pies. Pies take fruit, berries, and other water...

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Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon and Kale

Posted by Emma Barker on Thursday, June 24, 2010, In : Soups 


    Martha Stewart. The woman has built an empire on household projects, crafts, gifts, and recipes. Besides bedspreads and dinnerware, what she sells are ideas. Sometimes her ideas seem impractical. Sometimes it seems like the only person who would have the time or the patience to make her projects (like, say, hundreds of individual-sized wedding cakes for a DIY wedding) is Martha herself.
   
    Then again, sometimes Martha really knows what she's talking about. And this is one of those ti...

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Potato Garlic Naan

Posted by Emma Barker on Saturday, June 19, 2010, In : Sides 


    Given my love of all things carbohydrate, it should come as no surprise that I always fill up on naan when I go to Indian restaurants. Nothing completes an Indian meal like warm, freshly made naan. The chewy, tender flatbread tastes great by itself, and even better when used to soak up a spicy curry.

Traditionally baked in tandoor ovens, naan can be made at home by frying dough in a large cast-iron skillet. I got the basic dough recipe I used for my naan from the blog Avocado and Bravado,...

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Grapefruit Granita

Posted by Emma Barker on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, In : Desserts 


       For the past few days, I've been having to remind myself that it's summer vacation. I'll be relaxing in front of the TV or taking a leisurely walk, unable to shake the feeling that I ought to be stressing about something. Then I'll remember that I have no reason to stress about anything at the moment, and a big smile will come over my face.

    My plan for this summer goes something like this: Work a few shifts a week at the dining hall. Cook lots of good food and blog about it. Spend ...

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Potato Mushroom Curry

Posted by Emma Barker on Monday, June 7, 2010, In : entrees 


    Finals week has come again. With two down and two to go, I'm looking forward to this Friday when I can stop studying and start enjoying the hot weather that has finally arrived. In the meantime, I'm going to be doing lots of reading and sitting around indoors scribbling frantically in blue books. At least I have curry to keep me company... and a fine curry it is, with potatoes, mushrooms, and tomatoes melding together into a spicy stew that'll make your tastebuds do a little dance.

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