What do you do when you like thick, crunchy, crumbly cookies but someone you care about likes soft, thin, chewy ones? Well, OK, I guess you could make both. But I think this time we'll just make him what he wants. Of course, that's not necessarily easy since what he wants is basically a homemade Entenmann's chocolate chip cookie.
Name a cheese and I'm likely to tell you that it's one of my favorites. In fact, except for a couple of the extra stinky ones, I've rarely met a cheese I didn't love. Nevertheless, there are a few that make more frequent appearances around here than others and goat cheese is definitely one. I love the slight tang it has and it's such a great addition to the many salads I make.
Today you can read my article on Hoosier Homemade where I discuss the very serious problem of crumb theft. Yes, the rampant crime spree that occurs in my kitchen whenever I've baked a crumb topped dessert has left me desperate to find a solution. And since it does seem to be all about the filling and the crumb topping, I've solved the problem by eliminating the pie crust altogether and just handing everybody their own personal crumb filled dessert jars.
When I have a great meal in a restaurant, I usually try to recreate it at home. I don't usually wait four years to share it with you, though. Then again, we waited practically a lifetime in between visits to this amazing place so I'll have to chalk both things up to 'life got in the way' and not try too hard to figure it out. The restaurant in question was the Union Square Cafe, practically a New York institution and a temple to farmer's market freshness. The vibe is casual, though expensive, and the food is fresh, simple and perfect. Exactly like this dish.
What's for dinner? You know that dreaded question, right? Day after day after day. So I'm here today with another option. I can whip up a batch of meatballs very quickly so it's a frequent go-to meal whenever I have any ground meat. But that just means it can get a little boring. A fun sauce, though, makes all the difference.
We've been going a little tomato crazy around here this summer. I realize that sounds normal to most of you but...um...I used to hate tomatoes. Yes. Hate. And I know you're thinking that I probably still ate things like ketchup and tomato pasta sauce but you'd be wrong. Hate is hate. Happily, tastes can change.
I hope you all have been enjoying summer because I certainly have. It's been a remarkably mild July by New York standards with very few days over 90 degrees. Typically, July is the hotter and stickier of the summer months so we seem to have gotten through it with very little reason to complain. August is when the city really slows down, temperatures are lovely and people schedule vacations and beach time. I'm planning to savor every moment of it. Speaking of savoring, July was a delicious month in the Hungry Couple household with several ridiculously good new recipes. So, before we get back to the business of delighting in the weather, let's take a look back at the good eats and drinks of July. Enjoy!
Happy Grab Some Nuts Day! No, I'm no kidding and I'm not nuts. Well...um...not completely. Anyway, yes this is an actual holiday, people. Nuts are good and healthy and delicious and we're celebrating them. By now you should know that my fellow food bloggers and I can't resist these wacky holidays and had to come up with nutty recipes to honor the occasion.