Sunday, October 14, 2012

Winter Baking Has Started!

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Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Had an amazingly relaxing weekend with loved ones this weekend, which included time with my "bestie" Juli Adams, who is an amaaaazing artist and friend.  Recently she had been craving those big sugar cookies with the thick layer of pink icing you see at the store and wanted to know how to make them from scratch.  Not really a baker herself, we thought how fun it would be to do it together.  And since it's almost Halloween, why not pumpkin shaped cookies with orange sprinkles, yaaaaay!  I popped onto the internet to find the most popular easy recipe I could find and found this one below from All Recipes. We stuck super close to the recipe, using 1% milk instead of 2%, but it's what I had in the fridge and of course it turned out fine, I mean, c'mon there's enough butter and sugar in there to induce a coma!

This recipe will fill your house with the sweetest smells and creates a lovely soft cookie, ever-so-slightly golden on the bottom, and the icing is exactly how it should be:  sweet and creamy.  I dare you to just have one. I DARE YOU.

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.


Sugar Cookie Frosting

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup shortening
5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large bowl, cream together the confectioners' sugar and shortening until smooth. Gradually mix in the milk and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. Color with food coloring if desired.





Friday, October 12, 2012

Food Porn!

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This is really a gratuitous food porn post.  From the Boat Street Kitchen at lunch, where we haven't been in eons, the place seems to have upped their lunchtime portions!  Fine by me...just fiiiiine.  :)  Perfectly cooked fish and steak with accompanying veggies and fresh bread, topped off by little chocolate Souflée cakes with salted caramel.  WOW.
David had the fish...
steak salad
tiny chocolate Souflée cakes with salted caramel

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Foodportunity!

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A wonderful food eating/learning/mingling event on Monday, October 22nd at Palace Kitchen in Seattle!
http://www.foodportunity.com/

Wish it weren't on a Monday, but if you go, you have to report back to me!

Check, Please! at Foodportunity


Friday, October 5, 2012

Chopstix Sticks!

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A few weeks ago my co-workers and I tried the Chopstix Mobile food truck that parks on Elliott Ave.W and Harrison every Thursday from 11am-2pm, and I was back this week to eat there again!  Super tasty modern Asian fare, reasonably priced and surprisingly not too heavy or greasy with their smaller portions.  And where else are you going to get DUCK for lunch??  I've been having the Peking Duck Tacos (so delicious!) with a side of their Plum Slaw, which I feel had a strange muted tang to it, like there could have had more "plum" flavor or vinegar...not sure why it was kind of off.  But either way, the tacos aren't usually quite enough for a filling lunch, so I order a side.  The duck seems to be done with really simple spices which I like accompanied by a sweet tangy hoisin-like "Chinese BBQ Sauce".  The green onions on top actually give it a nice pop of peppery taste at the end.  My friend had their Nori Fries and THAT was such a treat, wow!  Never had anything like that before, as it had a light sweetness along with the slight taste of the salty sea from the little nori bits sprinkled throughout.  They don't have everything on the menu that you see on their website, focusing on a handful each time, but I hope to see more variety in the future because this is definitely something to look forward to every week.

Chopstix food truck
Asian Pull Pork Sandwich
Peking Duck Taco

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Top 10 Veggie Places in Seattle!

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Just happened to be reading Seattle Weekly's online blog about the top 10 vegetarian/vegan places in Seattle and ran across one of my photos being used:
http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/voracious/2012/07/seattles_top_10_vegetarian_res.php?page=3

Pretty awesome!  I've had people use my photos before, especially if I have them listed under Creative Commons on Flickr.com so it's always interesting to see where they end up.  Glad the photo was from Carmelita in Greenwood, it's my favorite vegetarian place in Seattle, for something a little more fancy.  Their Top 10 is pretty spot on, although of course there are a plethora of Indian, Ethiopian, and other ethnic restaurants that serve totally vegetarian and vegan options, my faves being Cedar's, Taste of India, Habesha, and Annapurna Cafe.  Check them out!

Spaghetti squash bonbons
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