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Browsing Archive: March, 2010

Onion and Goat Cheese Tart

Posted by Emma Barker on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, In : entrees 


    I wish I could write about this tart, but I can't. It's not because the tart is indescribable; it's got tart goat cheese and caramelized onion-y goodness in every bite, cradled by a simple, buttery crust. And it's not because somebody is holding a gun to my head and telling me not to write about this tart. No, it's more because I'm trying to hold back a massive wave of stress that's about to crush me, and I'm losing. I made this tart a few days ago and meant to write about it then, but di...

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Eggplant Marinara

Posted by Emma Barker on Monday, March 29, 2010, In : entrees 
     

    Just as abruptly as it began, spring break is over and I'm back in Davis. The break was so short that it hardly feels like a new quarter could be starting, but it's beginning to sink in now that I've bought my textbooks and sat through a couple of classes. So far it looks like I'm going to be reading a lot of Moliere; eight of his plays are on my reading lists for my two French classes. My other two classes are food-related: Introduction to Brewing and Beer, and Introduction to Nutr...
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Mint Orange Iced Tea

Posted by Emma Barker on Friday, March 26, 2010, In : Random 


    I'm back at my parents' house for spring break, which is both relaxing and awkward. It's easy to behave like a child when I'm with my parents, because it's what they're used to and, deep down, what they expect. Trying to assert my independence to them sometimes feels like trying to convince a contractor that a trained chimp can operate a forklift. Sure, he can do it...just not very well.
   
    Helping with the cooking is one of the ways I try to show my parents I can take care of myself...

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Peanut Noodles with Prawns

Posted by Emma Barker on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, In : entrees 


    I discovered the noodle aisle at SaveMart a while back, and almost went into paroxysms of joy. Since then, I've been returning to that aisle at every opportunity, snatching up packets of udon noodles of all diffrerent widths and massive quantities of rice noodles, the latest darling of my pantry. It's been a very exciting time for me, noodle-wise.
   
    Growing up, Italian-style pasta was what we cooked at home, and asian noodles were left up to restaurants. I always thought there must ...

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Chocolate Fix Cookies

Posted by Emma Barker on Friday, March 19, 2010, In : Desserts 


    Oh, the hypocrisy! So you know how yesterday I wrote all about how I wasn't going to give in to my cravings for sugar and caffeine? Well, guess what? These cookies contain both! You know what else? They are totally worth it!

    Hoookay, now that I've gotten all those exclamation points and question marks out of the way, I'll tell you why you should make these cookies: because they're good. It's best if you aren't alone when you pull them out of the oven, because you will be tempted to eat...

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Roasted Broccoli with Walnuts

Posted by Emma Barker on Thursday, March 18, 2010, In : Sides 


    Now, I know it's bad to count your chickens before they've hatched (aren't I just full of folk wisdom this week?), but it's looking like I'm going to survive finals. I took out two of them yesterday, and the other two are both take-home finals due on Saturday. In other words, I won't be worrying about them until Friday night.
  
     One of the survival instincts that finals seem to bring out in me is the instinct to take in tons of sugar and caffeine. For the past couple days, just the w...

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Fajitas

Posted by Emma Barker on Monday, March 15, 2010, In : entrees 


    We all know the adage: waste not, want not. Sometimes, people can take this a bit too far and wind up with a house full of junk. My room is definitely looking like it's about ready for a purge as soon as finals are over. (siiiiigh, yes, it's finals week again).
    It was the desire not to waste that led me to freeze the extra lime juice I had after making chili lime shrimp, and today I put it to excellent use as a marinade for some steak fajitas. The acidic lime juice did a really nice jo...

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Chili Lime Shrimp

Posted by Emma Barker on Saturday, March 13, 2010, In : entrees 


    Last Friday, I suddenly got knocked off the face of the planet by a horrible cold. In the days that followed, I missed class, I missed work, and most of all I missed being able to do anything other than sleep and sneeze. Empty chicken noodle soup cans rapidly filled my recycling bin, which is why I haven't posted in a whole week; I've had nothing to post about and no energy for posting.
    Thankfully, I seem to be past the worst of it, and I returned to class and work yesterday. Then I c...

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Noodle Mushroom Stir-Fry

Posted by Emma Barker on Friday, March 5, 2010, In : entrees 


    I would never survive a low-carb diet, because I love all things carbohydrate: bread, pasta, cereal, legumes, to name a few of my favorites. My parents once tried putting me on a diet of beans and oatmeal for a week to combat my pickiness. Their plan backfired, though; I was perfectly happy to eat carbs, carbs, and more carbs for a week.
    Given that I am a bit of a carb freak, it makes sense that noodles would be up on my list of favorite foods. They're just very satisfying to eat, esp...

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