Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Muffin Time!

Last night Beth and I bought a big bottle of red wine, a wedge of brie, and the ingredients for these delicious spicy corn muffins! They're pretty easy to make and everyone at work loved them! I ate three today...hahah

Spicy Corn Muffins - from Dorie Greenspan's Baking from my home to yours

  • 1 cup all purpose flour - sifted
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal - stone ground, sifted
  • 3 tb sugar
  • 1 tb baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 8 tb unsalted butter - melted and cooled
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup corn kernels
  • 1 small jalapeno - seeded if you wish
  • 1/4 red bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 tb cilantro - finely chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Whisk together all purpose flour , cornmeal, salt, sugar, baking powder, chilli powder, baking soda and black pepper and set aside.

In another large bowl lightly whisk egg yolk, buttermilk and melted butter till blended. Pour liquid into the dry ingredients. Add corn, chopped cilantro, jalapeno and diced bell pepper to the mixture. Divide batter into muffin pans lined with paper muffin cups.

Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until the tops are brown. Cool muffins on a rack before serving. Makes about a dozen.

Friday, June 13, 2008


Today is a very sad day. I have been aching because my favorite food blog, Tastespotting hasn't been updated in two days-and now I know why. I gave it another shot today and all that existed was this tragic message. I have been entertained, delighted, inspired, and tantalized for hours on end by this great site. What shall I do without you, Tastespotting? Where will i find a more beautiful and delicious collection of food images and recipes? My life and tummy just won't be the same without you.


Thursday, June 12, 2008

beth is famous!

my favorite bethie got her drawing of We Are Scientists on's site yesterday! i'm so proud. my little girl is all grown up! hehe

and as a reminder. her stuff is always awesome. beth! i'm still waiting for my stuffed panda!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

bible fans rejoice!

Apparently somewhere in Germany they are planning on building a bible-themed theme park! omg i can't wait! there's going to be a life-sized noah's ark, a heaven and hell roller coaster, and even a Tower of Babel panorama restaurant.


Thursday, June 5, 2008


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

summertime yummertime!

I wish i was better at food photography!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

For the topping
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3 cups 1-inch chunks fresh pineapple (about 1 pineapple)
For the cake
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup milk

Make the topping:
In a small bowl stir together well the butter and the brown sugar and spread the mixture evenly in a well-buttered 9- by 2-inch round cake pan. Pat the pineapple very dry between several thicknesses of paper towel and arrange it evenly on the sugar mixture.

Make the cake:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Into a bowl sift together the flour, the baking powder, the salt, and the cinnamon. In another bowl with an electric mixer cream the butter with the sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy, add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, and beat in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately in batches with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture and beating well after each addition. Pour the batter into the pan, spreading it evenly, and bake the cake in the middle of the oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan on a rack for 15 minutes, run a thin knife around the edge, and invert the cake onto a plate.

P.S. Ms. Ashley Beecher! Get your tiny butt to philly and come bake up a storm with me! k?

Monday, June 2, 2008

terrifying i think

I just finished watching Jesus Camp. Man, this movie is terrifying. Its insane how these children have devoted their lives to Jesus, and i really fear ever running into someone like this. These people are pretty much assholes "warriors for the lord" or whatnot-i mean, they're just assholes. This one little girl said she always dreamed of being a manicurist, because she thinks that's the best opportunity for a person to be accepting of the lord. wtf?
Another gem of a scene, the sermon about how Harry Potter is evil, and in biblical times would have been put to death. Boy oh boy-its frightening. A room full of sobbing shaking children-if i didn't have the sound on I would've been apalled-what are these people doing to make these kids cry? It's gotta be wrong...I'm pretty sure Jesus never was recorded as being such an asshole crazy person. idk, i kind of like imagining him just chillin on a hill, talking to whoever would listen. oh and he looks like Willem DeFoe...

Religion is scary. Children are scary. This is the scariest horror movie I've ever seen! haha

Sunday, June 1, 2008

should i?

should i get a kitten?