How I ended up picking this recipe was strikingly similar to how I decide to purchase something when I’m shopping for clothes. How? Well, sometimes when I have shopped, I have purchased something that “I thought I liked” on the spot. Unfortunately, some of these impulse buys have resulted in disappointment after a few weeks because what “I thought I liked” I didn’t actually like at all. So, in order to nix buyer’s remorse, I’ve eliminated impulse buys and instead try to wait a few days or weeks before purchasing something “I think I like”. My rule is that if I still like the item in a few days or weeks, I’ll consider buying based on need, budget, etc.!
Choosing this recipe was no different. I had been eyeing this Brown Butter Raspberry Tart for quite some time. So, yesterday, after thinking about it some more, I realized that I’ve thought about it enough – I had read all of the positive reviews and it looked amazing so I just needed to do it!
And, I’m glad I did.
Step 1: Make Crust and Bake (Let Cool);
Mix Together Eggs, Sugar and Salt
Step 2: Brown Butter in Pan
Step 3: Mix Egg Mixture and
Browned Butter Together
Step 4: Arrange Raspberries “Pointy”
Side Up on Bottom of Cooled Crust;
Carefully Pour Liquid Mixture Over; Bake
Step 5: Cut a Slice and Enjoy!
I absolutely love the rustic feel of this tart. In my opinion, I think the tartness of the raspberry offsets the sweet filling nicely. I’m glad I chose wisely with the recipe, but perhaps I shouldn’t have taken so long. Oh well, at least I picked a good recipe that I’ll have plenty of opportunities to replicate in the future.
Perhaps I’ll start using my “shopping” techniques more often with my selection of recipes from now on!
So, to make a long story short… awhile back, when I had the itch to start a blog, I just wanted to start it. I didn’t have a good name for my blog and just went with the first thing that came to mind. Unfortunately, that was not the smartest decision… because, months later, I was still unhappy with my blog’s name and realized I couldn’t just easily change it.
However, after much pondering for a few months, I’ve come up with a few blog titles that I really like and have narrowed it down to these:
2. Bites of Wisdom
3. The Food Life
4. Foodie in the City
5. Cooking Therapy
6. See Lex Cook
7. The Sundress Chef
I do realize that some of these blog names are NOT original and might already be taken, but if that is the case, then I’ll just keep pondering for a new one!
But, I’m leaning towards the last one as my new blog name! The decision will be made tonight and tomorrow I’ll buy my URL! Exciting!
This year my friends and I decided to hold the first annual New Year’s Sunday Brunch Bonanza. We thought this would be a perfect time to get together, catch up on each other’s lives, and cheers to a Happy New Year (despite the fact that my previous statement sounded incredibly cheesy).
[My brother bought this gigantic cookie on sale -- I thought it was cute!]
Naturally, I awoke too early on a Sunday and had plenty of time to mosey around the house before everyone arrived. With the extra time, I devised a few items that I think no casual Sunday brunch should be without.
Sunday Morning Paper
Different Coffee Mugs
Non-Traditional Holder for Utensils
[Hand-painted mug circa 2000]
New Year’s Sunday Brunch Bonanza included a Spinach and Bacon Quiche and Belgian Buttermilk Waffles with Glazed Bananas (courtesy of FoodNetwork and Epicurious).
I chose to make a quiche for several reasons:
1. Can easily alter/modify/add ingredients
2. Option to pre-buy the crust or make from scratch
3. Simple and I have never made one before!
That being said, for this quiche, I altered the ingredients to cater to certain food preferences and allergies of my friends (I substituted cheddar cheese for swiss cheese (on one-half of the quiche only), nixed the bacon, and added mushrooms and roasted red peppers). I also chose to make the dough/crust the day before in order to avoid waking up too early to make it the day of brunch. Despite the fact that I had to bake the quiche for 20 minutes longer than the recipe suggested, the quiche turned out well and next time I’d like to experiment with other ingredients such as chicken, asparagus, and gruyere!
Step 1: Use a Blender/Food Processor
to Make Dough; Fill 9-inch Pan with Dough
Step 2: Chop Dry Ingredients; Place in Crust
Step 3: Blend Liquid Ingredients;
Pour Onto Crust
Step 4: Bake, Cut, Serve!
The waffles seemed like the easy, go-to choice to complement a savory dish for this brunch. Plus, I couldn’t remember the last time I actually ate waffles and almost had forgotten what they taste like. That fact by itself solidified this choice as a done deal. These were very crunchy and the bananas provided a great flavorful kick in combination with maple syrup!
Step 1: Mix Dry Ingredients Together; Mix
Liquid Ingredients Together; Combine
Step 2: Preheat Waffle Iron and Pour
Batter (3 minutes each round)
Step 3: Heat Butter Until Foam Subsides;
Place Bananas on Pan for 1 Minute Each Side
Step 4: Add to Waffles, Drizzle Syrup, Enjoy!
I’m hoping that we can make New Year’s Sunday Brunch Bonanza a tradition for next year too!
Cheers to a Happy 2011!