Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Lemony-Fennelly Bread

I love homemade bread but it took me a while to figure out how to make it properly. I used to really struggle; my bread would always turn out super dense or come out with huge air pockets in the middle. Then I got a book that changed my life called The Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book: A Guide to Whole-Grain Breadmaking by Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders, and Bronwen Godrey. I love this book. If you've ever had an interest in making whole-grain breads you should read this book. Not only does it have a ton of recipes, it breaks breadmaking down into its steps, explaining why each stage is important, the science behind the step, and what exactly to look for.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Blood Orange Homage

Vampires--of all things--have recently become a big part of my life. It seems I have been spending a great deal of my time lately absorbed in vampire literature and movies. They have always been my favorite monsters; these bourgeois villains have a classy allure that you just don't get with, say, mindless zombies (no offense, Matt and Michelle). And I love watching how the stories surrounding vampires, and vampire slayers for that matter, keep changing. No longer are they just aristocrats sitting in castles; now they run hotels and are involved in weird love triangles with humans and werewolves and are hunted by cheerleaders and presidents. Their stories can be funny, romantic, tragic, and scary.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Last week was a tumultuous week.  You know the kind, where life is rushing by so fast you can't catch your breath. It can be nice to shake things up a bit but in too heavy a dose I find myself craving my normal routines.