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Browsing Archive: May, 2010

Peach and Gingersnap Tarts

Posted by Emma Barker on Monday, May 31, 2010, In : Desserts 


    Last week I was pleasantly surprised to find peaches at the supermarket. They looked so pretty and enticing I bought three, only to find that they weren't sweet at all. Siiigh. What a let-down. And after eating one peach that was too sour, I was still stuck with two more that I didn't want to throw away.

So I did what I always do when fruit disappoints me: I put them in something else. I crumbled up some gingersnaps to make a buttery, flavorful crust, then mixed the remaining peaches with ...

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Spicy Garlic Chicken

Posted by Emma Barker on Friday, May 28, 2010, In : entrees 


    Last week, Dan Gordon (of Gordon Biersch) came to give a guest lecture to my brewing class. To me the most remarkable thing about him was that although he is a big-time business owner who doubtless deals with all kinds of stress, he still had a lot of youthful exuberance. His excitement about expanding overseas was endearing, as was his humor while sharing anecdotes about his brewing and his business. One particularly interesting story concerned a late-night snack he made himself while st...

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Blackberry Walnut Cupcakes

Posted by Emma Barker on Monday, May 24, 2010, In : Desserts 


    There are people who look down on cake mix cakes. There's an instinctive feeling that cake shouldn't be this easy, and that if it's made from a mix it won't be special. People worry that the magic ingredient, Love with a capital L for "labor intensive" is missing from these cakes. I get that. I do.

    But the thing is, using a mix saves a lot of time, and the results are consistently good. If I'm looking to whip up some cupcakes and I don't want to take all day measuring ingredients, a c...

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Cod with Spicy Pea Sauce

Posted by Emma Barker on Sunday, May 16, 2010, In : entrees 


    When I said I was making a pea sauce, my roommates said "What!?"
Then I explained that I was going to use frozen peas, not urine, to make a sauce for a cod fillet. Although they were still skeptical, my roommates were at least satisfied that I was making something edible.

Once it was pureed, the sauce had a nice creamy consistency and didn't immediately seem like something that had been made with peas. It tasted a little sweet and a little spicy, with a fresh tang. The cod I cooked in it w...

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Ganache Filled Strawberries

Posted by Emma Barker on Saturday, May 8, 2010, In : Desserts 

   
    There are hippies on the quad.
    The Whole Earth Festival has come to Davis once again. One weekend every spring, hippies bring tents and camp on the quad, selling hemp clothing and homespun knick-knacks by day and partying at night. What isn't completely clear to me is how selling stuff to college students has anything to do with the earth. But what does have to do with the earth is this:

    Strawberries are coming into season.
    This is truly a wonderful time of year. In winter, ...

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