Monday, February 17, 2014

Gosh, I haven't blogged in AGES!  I've been cooking quite a lot but not much professionally.  I've had a lot of changes in the last couple of years--Julianne grew up, I left Missouri, my Bitty Baby Abby died this past August.  I'm staying in friends' guest room right now and doing most of the cooking for their family.  I am diligently job-hunting.  Seems that process never ends.  It's so frustrating!  I just finished a four-month temporary stint as a recipe auditor for a huge airline caterer.  I've been helping various caterers and doing some catering on my own.  So far, though, the catering on my own has been volunteer at a theatre for an all-day rehearsal.  I have another of those coming up soon and an opening night party.  I had a lot of folks ask for a business card so I think I can get personal chef business from it if I stop writing my number on napkins!  A friend made me some business cards.  I love them!  They're RED.  What do you think?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas!!!

This is my first Christmas away from Julianne.  It's been hard but I guess it won't be the last one.  Due to a very bad job market in St. Louis I packed up and moved to Thomasville, NC with my sister.  It's not where I want to be but I'm having much better luck finding a job!  I worked full-time at a giftshop for about six weeks before Christmas and I will help a caterer twice this week.  Next week I plan to start hitting all of the secretarial and temporary staffing agencies.  Please remember my job search in your prayers!

I stole this from Julianne's Facebook page.  I love it!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Know what I hate?

Finding bugs in the refrigerator!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Cookies Tanglewood

At lunch the other day I asked the folks at my table whether they wanted oatmeal cookies or peanut butter cookies for dessert.  They wanted both in the same cookie.  That sounds yummy.  Did they want raisins or chocolate chips?  Both!  That didn't really sound good to me but whatever.  I'll make it.  Everyone loved these cookies and since I invented them I named them and here we have Cookies Tanglewood.

1 cup softened butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
.75 cup sugar
splash molasses
splash vanilla
1 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1.5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup oats
.75 cup chocolate chips
.75 cup raisins

Cream together the first six ingredients.  Beat the eggs in one at a time.  Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt together and then add them to the wet stuff.  Mix well.  Add the oats and mix just until combined.  Add the chocolate chips and raisins and mix again just until combined.  Spread onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for about fifteen minutes.  The ovens here are wacky and it's hard to tell you how long it will take.  Keep an eye on them.  Let cool.  Cut into bars.  Get out of the way!

Camp's Favorite Bread

Every morning I make a big pot of plain oatmeal for breakfast--just water and oats.  There are bowl of butter, brown sugar, dried fruits, and other things to mix in if you want them, but meanwhile the oatmeal is vegan and gluten-free so everyone can fix it to their own tastes.  Every morning there is a little leftover cooked oatmeal and I stick it in the fridge.  After a couple of days I use it to make bread.  I got my recipe from Alton Brown but changed it slightly.  His has honey and I use molasses instead then skip his egg wash so that the bread is vegan.  It's been a HUGE hit!  The staff inhales it as quickly as I make it!  The bought bread is largely ignored and is probably destined to be croutons or bread pudding very soon.  We won't have campers for another week but I think they will like this bread, too.  I am having computer troubles and can't share a picture from this borrowed one, but I will post a picture as soon as I can.

Leftover Oatmeal Bread

1.5 cups leftover cooked oats
.25 cup warm water
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon oil
1.25 teaspoons active dry yeast
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup bread or all-purpose flour
.25 cup uncooked oats
1 teaspoon kosher salt
extra oil for bowl
extra flour for kneading
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon water

Combine cooked oats, warm water, molasses, and oil.  Separately, combine yeast, flours, uncooked oats, and salt.  Add flour mix to cooked oat mix in three installments, mixing each in.  Turn dough out and knead for ten minutes.  It will be very loose and sticky and you'll think you did something wrong but it's all good.  Put dough in oiled bowl and let it sit in a warm place until it doubles--about an hour.  Punch it down and put in an oiled loaf pan (don't have to knead anymore).  Cover and stick in the fridge for eight hours or overnight.  Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, let it cool for about thirty minutes, slice and enjoy!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

How I spent my summer vacation......

I am working this summer as lead baker/lead breakfast cook at a 4-H camp in Lincolnville, Maine.  I've been fascinated with New England for years and I HATE summer weather in Missouri.  This is going to be a great experience!  Hopefully it will be good enough culinary experience to get interviews when I get home.  I messed around buying tickets and had to take Greyhound (which I'll never do again except in dire desperation).  After 36 hours on buses I got to Portland with dirty clothes and icky hair but very excited!  I don't start staying at camp until tomorrow night but I've had a ball hanging out with an online knitting buddy, Elizabeth, in the meantime.  A friend of hers, Ellie, met me at the bus station in Portland.  We had a great time sightseeing on our way to meet Elizabeth for lunch.

One bus stop was in Philly.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire!  If you've followed my blog long and remember the menu project from culinary school you will understand just how thrilling this was!  We only stopped the bus for a few minutes but I had to get off and breathe the Portsmouth air.  I think the driver was ready to call the men in white to get me.

Ellie & I went to this map store.  I can't remember the name of it but I'm dying to go back!  She also drove me past LLBean in Freeport and we went shopping at a place called Big Al's.  Al taught me to say that I am "from away" instead of "from out of town".

 This is where we met Elizabeth for lunch.  It was SOOOOO good!

Today we stayed busy!  First, we hit up three farmers markets.  This one is here in Lincolnville:

Everyone is getting this dude's products for Christmas.  Act surprised.

Fresh dairy stuff!  You can get a cup of coffee from this guy and if you're the one to open the milk to use it first and if you are too selfish to shake it up, you get the cream on top in your coffee.  YUM!!!

Breakfast pizza:

Strawberry Rhubarb pie:

Downtown Lincolnville:

Then we went to a much bigger one in Camden:

Undyed corriedale wool yarn:


This is going to be my favorite place.  Knit group meets here.  Yarn and cheese.  What could make it better?

Rockport's farmers market:

We went back to Camden for lunch.

Coconut soup to die for!

Then to knit group at the cheese place.  I worked on one of Elizabeth's projects (hope I didn't mess it up).

A little frozen piece of Heaven:


This is all I got before the camera battery died.  :(  But we bought some groceries and cooked up some salmon and kale chips.  Now I'm stuffed and worn out.  Good night!