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Buttermilk Pancakes

In by Amy, The Everyday Foodie on October 17 at 2:23 pm

Cooking time: ~30-45 minutes | Originally enjoyed on: 10/17/2009

Katherine, Sandra, and I decided to reward Deanne’s terrific performance in last night’s Theater Rice show with a pancake breakfast. On the side, we also nibbled on Funfetti cake mix cookies that we baked last night.

Katherine had half a carton of buttermilk in the refrigerator, so we decided to use this recipe to make buttermilk pancakes.

Buttermilk pancake breakfast, served with a watermelon smoothie.

Buttermilk pancake breakfast, served with a watermelon smoothie.

The recipe was easy enough to follow, although it did require a lot of bowls. It also called for room temperature eggs, so a lot of our time was spent waiting for eggs to warm up. Instead of using regular flour, we used a 60-40 mixture of organic unbleached white and organic whole wheat from Berkeley Bowl(Katherine is trying to make our apartment go “healthy”). I did most of the mixing, Katherine handled the tricky business of separating the egg yolks and whites, and folding whipped whites into our batter, and Sandra cooked the pancakes.

We also attempted to make a Mickey Mouse-shaped pancakes, with mediocre results. The whipped cream made up for it.

Mickey Mouse-shaped pancake, with a whipped cream collar.

Mickey Mouse-shaped pancake, with a whipped cream collar.

BTW, random (kind of) – Jueyan and Sandra just bought the domain name omnomnom.com. They’re poised to take over the culinary world.

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Good Eats in Boston: Cannoli, Cupcakes and More

In by Amy, Dessert First, The Traveling Foodie on October 14 at 11:28 pm

I recently took a trip to the Boston/Cambridge area, and in addition to witnessing some beautiful scenes of New England foliage, I also made the rounds around the food circuit.

1. L.A. Burdick Chocolate Cafe

Most of my time was spent in eating in the Cambridge area, especially around Harvard Square. If you’re feeling like a hot drink and you’re near Harvard Square, head on over to L.A. Burdick on Brattle Street. It’s a small, narrow shop, with a glass display of delectable chocolates at the front. In the back, you can order an array of drinks. Anna took me here on a particularly blustery day.

Delicious rasberry tart from L.A. Burdick, served with a side of whipped cream.

Delicious raspberry tart from L.A. Burdick, served with a side of whipped cream.

I ordered a dark hot chocolate, and Anna got a chai. The flavor was wonderful–not too sweet. Even the chai wasn’t that bitter, even though Anna steeped it for a while. L.A. Burdick also scores extra points for cute atmosphere and tasty tarts, though its tables are a bit small for proper coffee shop studying/working. A great place for a snack or afternoon coffee/tea.

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Artful Food: Creations from a college cafeteria, and more

In by Amy, The Internets on October 13 at 7:22 am

Our third “internets” related post in a row! I was being unproductive on the internet when I found Artful Food, a food blog from Connie and Annie W. (some of you might remember them from our high school days)!

From Artful Food: an apricot tart, assembled from a college dining halls materials

From Artful Food: an apricot tart, assembled from a college dining hall's materials

The blog features gorgeous pictures of all kinds of meals, including my favorite, dessert. There are also step-by-step recipes you can follow.

Head on over there and start cooking!

Asian Lunch Part 1: Pan Fried Tofu

In by Amy, Cooking for N00bs, The Everyday Foodie on October 4 at 12:59 pm

Cooking time: 15 minutes | Originally enjoyed on: 10/4/2009

Sandra, John, and I ventured out early in the morning for a grocery run. When we returned, John and I decided to make an Asian lunch, since we’re tired of being fat and adding lots of butter to everything.

First item on the menu: Sandra’s pan fried tofu.

Pan fried tofu, served with soy sauce and sesame oil, topped with fresh green onions.

Pan fried tofu, served with soy sauce and sesame oil, topped with fresh green onions.

We first enjoyed this dish a couple of weeks ago when Sandra was making a quick dinner for her boyfriend. It’s also an incredibly easy recipe, which convinced me to try it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 block tofu (I used firm)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • Salt, pepper
  • Green onions
  • Soy sauce and sesame oil to taste

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Sandra’s Cake Mix Cookies

In by Amy, Cooking for N00bs, Dessert First, This is Why John's Fat. on September 28 at 8:51 am

Cooking time: <15 minutes | Originally enjoyed on: 9/28/2009

Cake mix cookies, yum! (This picture is from another blog, found on Google images.)

Cake mix cookies, yum! (This picture is from another blog, found on Google images.)

If you’re looking for a pick-me-up in < 15 minutes, look no further. Sandra, 205’s baking wizard, introduced us to the loveliness of Cake Mix Cookies during a late-night study session.

Combine 1 box cake mix with 2 eggs, 1/3 cup of oil (you can use 1/2 cup if you’d like), and a handful of chocolate chips.

Mix, spoon onto a cookie sheet, and bake for 10 minutes at 325 degrees. Keep watch for cookie monsters that may be lurking around.

Sandra’s Personal Cheesecakes

In by Amy, Dessert First, This is Why John's Fat. on September 14 at 7:00 am

Cooking time: ~20-25 minutes | Originally enjoyed on: 9/13/2009

Personal cheesecake with a ginger snap crust, topped with a nectarine slice.

Personal cheesecake with a ginger snap crust, topped with a nectarine slice.

Sandra’s return + rainy day = baking extravaganza!

These little beauties were whipped up by our housemate Sandra, master baker.  You can find the recipe on her blog here, or from the original site, Cooking for Engineers.

The cooking time is actually quite short, since almost all ingredients are just mixed together in one bowl. We also substituted the usual Oreo cookie/Nilla wafer crust with Trader Joe ginger snaps.

Pita Bread Personal Pizzas

In by Amy, The Everyday Foodie on September 13 at 10:16 am

Cooking time: <15 minutes | Originally enjoyed on: 9/12/2009

Pita bread topped with red peppers, sauteed mushrooms, basil, and cheese.

Pita bread topped with red peppers, sauteed mushrooms, basil, and cheese.

Have less than an hour before you have to go to class? Want to make something that requires more assembly than cooking? Have the munchies late at night? Personal pizzas to the rescue!

This easy recipe is from my friend Chuck, who assembled it as a snack for some birthday party attendees. You’ll need:

  • Pita bread
  • Olive oil and/or tomato sauce (we opted to hold the tomato sauce this time)
  • Whatever toppings you’d like on your pizza (we used mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, red peppers, and basil)

There really isn’t much to this recipe. Brush the pita bread with some olive oil — coat it, but don’t soak it. If you have toppings like mushrooms, red peppers, or onions, saute (if roasting, turn heat up to ~375 or 400 degrees) until slightly tender.

Put your toppings on your pita bread. If you have fresh herbs like basil, you might want to put this on after it’s finished baking.  Bake at 350 degrees and enjoy.

Our version of the F–k-it Bucket: Ice Cream Sundaes

In by Amy, The Everyday Foodie, This is Why John's Fat. on August 21 at 10:10 am

Cooking time: 35 minutes for the brownie, 5 minutes to assemble | Originally enjoyed on: 8/6/2009

What’s the best way to end a crazy day at school (for Amy and guest foodie Charmaine, it was an 8 page paper, 20 minute group presentation, quiz, AND 2 page paper on Philip Morris)?

Ice cream sundaes, of course!

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Ice cream sundaes, our version of the "f--k it bucket."

Tired of school and not wanting to think about work the next day, John, Charmaine, and I went down to Safeway (24 hours, yipee!) to collect our materials:

  • Brownie mix
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Oreos (we had to go with Safeway’s organic generic…these were terrible. If you’re going to go generic, go for Trader Joe’s brand, which is far superior)
  • Smucker’s Dark Chocolate Fudge
  • Whipped Cream
  • Frozen berries

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Elmo Cupcakes

In Birthday Parties, by Amy on August 20 at 3:12 pm

Cooking time: 5 minute preparation time, ~35 minutes baking time, 15 minutes decorating time | Originally enjoyed on: 6/27/2009

For Paul’s (belated) birthday celebration in June, we cooked up about three dozen Elmo-decorated cupcakes. The Foodies have a long-running joke that has associated Paul with the beloved red monster from Sesame Street ever since. Back during Welcome Week, Paul shocked us all with his dead-on Tickle Me Elmo impression:

Last year, we got him a Tickle Me Elmo Extreme that spoke Spanish. This year, we made Elmo cupcakes.

I originally got the idea from my niece’s first birthday party:

Elmo cupcakes: great treats for a birthday party, no matter how old you're turning.

Elmo cupcakes: great treats for a birthday party, no matter how old you're turning.

Of course, I couldn’t resist making them for Paul’s birthday.

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Summer Pasta in Light Butter Sauce

In by Amy, The Everyday Foodie on August 20 at 11:34 am

Cooking time: 15-20 minutes | Originally enjoyed on: 8/3/2009

Pasta in light butter sauce, sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

Pasta in light butter sauce, sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

Another light summer meal? You betcha.

I was in a crunch and needed something quick to eat. After digging around the refrigerator, I located half a red onion, some snow peas, an ear of corn, and a red bell pepper. It’s surprising what you can pull together with just a few ingredients.

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