If there was ever a foodie Home Depot, it would be called Sur La Table. I confess it is the one store I have a weakness for. Some women struggle with going into Target and walking out with numerous unplanned purchases. I have the same struggle, but it’s at Sur La Table. Yes, it could be so very easy to not walk in. But I have to. You see Sur La Table has Cooking Classes. If you struggle to boil water or just want to learn, they have a calendar set up (and even occasionally offer sales) just with classes. If there were just one class I would recommend everyone to take, it’s the Knife Skills class. After that feel free. You’ll walk away with solid recipes or the knowledge that you should not try this at home (Yes, sushi class I am speaking to you). I’ve taken more than a dozen Sur La Table Classes. They’ve all been excellent….
Carbs. There are few things that bring joy to our lives like carbs. It’s instant gratification. Sometimes it’s later regret. Many diets tell us we should eliminate them when possible, if that’s the case, then we should cherish the carbs we are allowed to have.
English muffins from the classic white and orange package. Yum. Breakfast, lunch or dinner (in pizza form of course) are my favorites no matter how old I get. I recently bought myself a book to which I treasure, Bouchon Bakery. If you are a native New Yorker or Californian, then this place is the stuff of myth and legend. They have a recipe in there for English muffins, but I would have to start a week in advance. Not going to happen. They can do their magic. I’m hungry now….
Macarons (noun) Deriving from the French word meaning “awesome intimidating slice of heaven cookie.” I’m sure some foodies out there will correct me. No, that isn’t actually what the word means, but it’s what it should mean. They are intimidating and notoriously fickle cookies to make. They are beautiful. They are expensive to buy. So why not make them? They are expensive to purchase, but not nearly as expensive to make. They will take practice. Even your cracked, broken “Ugly Bettys” will be worth while. Unpresentable, but tasty….
The holidays are a time when I get my cinnamon fix. Maybe because the weather is cooler, the oven is on more often, and it’s time for the autumn and winter spices that many are so familiar with. I’ve always wondered why Starbucks doesn’t add more cinnamon flavored items rather than just pumpkin. I mean pumpkin everything. Maybe I’m the only white girl who does not want pumpkin everything. Maybe that’s just me….
Damn you Starbucks. Making people all pumpkin crazy. It’s gotten so bad that almost everything in starting Labor Day weekend will start transforming into pumpkin. Again, not all of us have Starbucks budgets, but you do have to admit their stuff is pretty good. This is a great recipe fresh out of the oven, or one to bring to work if you can’t eat all of it at once. I recommend bringing it to work as well. After a day or two, the quality one this one heads downhill fast. It doesn’t have the normal fat content that most scones do, so as long as its warm, you really won’t notice the difference. After 48 hours it will give you the confession of staleness. Be a Betty and please share with your coworkers, friends or whoever is around. They’ll thank you for being a friend.…