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In the Kitchen: White Chocolate Meyer Lemon Tart with a Graham Cracker Crust

After spending an inordinate amount of time messing about with recipes for lemon curd, I was really surprised to find, on a bag of Meyer lemons, the most uncomplicated recipe ever.

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Dining Out: RIS

Restaurant Week was short for me this year- just three places, once of which I’ve been to before. Then I literally couldn’t find Todd Gray’s Watershed. (Seriously, drove around and around and around and no sign, no street numbers, no nothing, not even the hotel I discovered after calling, that it was supposedly housed in.) So it was down to two. Yikes. There goes my rep.

Luckily, I made it to RIS.

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In the Kitchen: Lemon curd

Checked another item off my kitchen bucket list the other day: lemon curd. Continue reading

In the kitchen: Blueberry Ricotta Cheesecake

Baked cheesecake, cooled and ready for some fruity shenanigans.

When I was in 7th grade, a teacher for some class that’s lost to obscurity decided we should each pick something we were good at and demonstrate it for the class. Our grade would be based on how well we explained each step and completed our chosen task. In 7th grade I was really good at reading, drawing, mumbling excuses for why I couldn’t do a cartwheel in gym, and pestering my mother in the kitchen while she baked. So it was decided that I would demonstrate cake decoration using decorator tips and tubes of McCormick frosting- evil, horrid tasting stuff in bright colors not found in nature. Continue reading

In the kitchen: Compost Cookies

In picking your ingredients, go for a mix of textures and flavors. Mine had salty chips and pretzels (left out all but a pinch of salt in the recipe to compensate), dried fruit and chocolate. Mixing the chips and pretzels in by hand ensures they stay crunchy.

I love Momofuku- I went to the Noodle Bar with a friend years ago. Totally worth the line and sadly don’t recall taking pix, but I do remember it was a fabulous meal. When I heard David Chang had chosen VA-native Christina Tosi to make their desserts my first thoughts were a.) THEY HAVE DESSERTS? and 2.) see #1. Tosi has been making all things sweet for the three locations of Milk Bar for the past year or so, with fellow sugar jockeys from such pastry luminaries as Magnolia and Jacques Torres- everything is right with that. Everything. Continue reading

In the Kitchen: (Sp)icebox Cake

My uncle’s vocation may be complicated (law), but he’s not. At all.  He’s a man of simple tastes.
 
He likes red wine (and will cheerfully try any bottle I give him regardless of price), makes delicious macaroni and tomatoes, when he mans the grill he flips epic burgers, and his favorite dessert (at least as far as I know) is icebox cake. So simple- a concoction of chocolate wafers and whipped cream that just takes a little bit of assembly and after 6+ hours in the fridge tastes a lot like a chocolate cake. Continue reading

In the kitchen: Lemon Ginger Cake

My electric oven exploded in a shower of sparks the day before Easter. But unlike Jesus, it didn’t rise again.

It was quite spectacular. I had just broiled a burger and sweet potato fries for dinner, and thought I’d just, you know, lower the heat about 150F and then pop in the carrot cake I had promised to bring to Easter dinner at the farm.

But alas, that’s when the heating element in the bottom of the oven ‘sploded. I admit I watched for a bit as the element, having been in contact with the ill-fitting drip pan for far, far too long, spat out sparks and charred stuff then (after I finally shut the door) burned itself out. When I opened the door again, the element had melted in two places and I had a half-baked cake. At 11 at night and church at 7 the next morning. Yikes. Continue reading