I don’t buy many frivolities as a broke college student and that includes cooking books. Why pay for recipes when good (and legal) ones are available for free? But I quickly snatched up this one when I found it. I have always wanted a detailed explanation of kitchen mysteries from a seasoned pastry chef. Author Sherry Yard has worked for Wolfgang Puck, cooks dessert for the Oscars every year, and (this one’s the clincher) gets the star of approval from my hero, David Lebovitz. I had to check her out!
I was pretty lucky to get it for 25 bucks because it’s out of print and most are selling it for well over the list price ($35) – some half.com users are selling it for over $120!
In any case, I can’t wait until it ships so I can bake up some deliciousness!
At first glance, this might look like a shady place to be. You wonder, who would get ice cream here? But this is one of my spots for cold, delicious creaminess. I’m thoroughly convinced that the best food places are incredibly sketchy and dingy. It’s next to my church in Levittown, PA and those of you locals should definitely trek on out there if you haven’t already. Creamy, thick ice cream from a place with a decrepit-looking giant ice cream cone as a sign. Served in an ummarked styrofoam cup. Mmmmm.
Strawberry ice cream - ~2.50
Stand mixers are like dishwashers. They’re a somewhat unnecessary expenditure (you could easily use a hand mixer or wash your dishes by hand) but they somehow revolutionize your life. I couldn’t have made the expenditure myself on my tight, broke-college-student budget, but I actually was lucky enough to win a Breville Stand Mixer from the awesome Cookie Madness. And as far as stand mixers go, Breville wins everything. I laugh at the face of Kitchenaid users. With its scraping ability, sleek design, and powerful mixing capabilities, this was love at first sight. If you have the budget, definitely invest in one because it will change your (baking) life.
Max Brenner’s must be packed with singles on Valentines Day. What better place to drown your sorrows than to have chocolate covered…everything? I recently went there for a friend’s 20th birthday and, let me tell you, this place seriously puts Willy Wonka to shame. Continue reading
Sorry for the dark picture. You might not know this but dinner is usually cooked at night.
I love curry. It bears repeating: I. LOVE. CURRY.
Jasmine Rice: Love.
Curry Powder: LOVE LOVE LOVE.
I don’t care that it never, er, exits well for me. It’s all worth it. When I was living alone, I’d make a giant vat of it and just survive on that throughout the week. I only know how to make Asian-styled curry (I know, India is part of Asia, but we’re forgetting that little geographical detail). I can’t put my finger on what exactly is different, but I can always tell authentic curry made from fob Indian mothers from the Asian counterparts. Maybe it’s the fact that Asian curry isn’t so full of spices that it takes my tongue off (in an awesome, awesome way), but I’m just guessing.