Monday, February 9, 2009

Limited Counter Space, Revisted; Pt.2 : A Solid Purchase

Waaaay back in the fall, I found myself back at The Brooklyn Kitchen to browse.

With little in the way of cash, it seemed unlikely that I'd make a purchase.
But, there it sat on the bookshelf. Beard on Bread. And, after much consideration, and finally, an approving nod from addROC, who was still sifting through the cocktail toys, I decided that, even when extremely poor, a good book is always a good idea.

And, the ladies at The Brooklyn Kitchen seemed to agree, stating "A solid purchase," as I paid at the checkout line.

So, I splurged. I got the book by the infamous James Beard, which contains his 100 favorite bread recipes, both hearty and sweet.

So, I took my maiden voyage into the abyss of Beard Loafdom and made his recipe for Lemon Bread.

Here's the loaf, pre-bake:

And, post-bake:

Now, this bread did not turn out quite as lovely as I'd hoped. It was a little dry, perhaps because I over-baked it a bit. And, the lemon flavor was off. addROC and I decided that this was probably due to some pith getting mixed in with my lemon zest.

So, I must try this again...maybe soon. The oven in our new apt. is almost exactly to temperature! Huzzah!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Limited Counter Space, Revisited; Pt.1: The Best News EVER!

So, I think the most noteworthy thing to happen in recent times, also happens to be the BEST thing to happen in recent times.


Believe it or not, these cookies actually weren't made on election day. These pics are so fucking old, they are actually from the evening of the last debate! But, they looked so fabulous that, I said to myself, how could I NOT show you people?

So, I give you what I have labeled: The Great Debate Cookie.

Here, I paint excitedly:

This was before any of us were SURE that all our Obama dreams would come true, so, please excuse the red cookies. But, before anyone had won the good fight, I felt compelled to make sure that all parties were fairly represented.

Hooray for Obama! And hooray for the ever-versatile frosted butter cookie! And hooray, of course, to The Brooklyn Kitchen, for the awesome U.S.A. cookie cutter!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Um, yeah. This blog sucks.

So, I took a hella-long hiatus and didn't tell anyone.

Sorry ma peeps.

I tend to suck on occasion. And the past, um, five months, are just another shining example of my fickle mentality.

So, if you are/were one of the three people who frequented The Brooklyn Nester with any kind of regularity, I'll apologize an umpteenth time for my incompetence.

Looking forward: I'm going to try, try being the operative word, to actually stop into The Brooklyn Nester and let y'all know what's going on in our kitchen. I've been cookin' it up here in our NEW Greenpoint apartment! Holla!

To catch you up on all the fun times I've been having, the next few posts will be from the kitchen in our old apartment...a farewell if you will, in a 3-part series called: Limited Counter Space, Revisited.

So, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all that garbage.

Join us for future postings. Or don't.

But, either way, I'm back baby.