Ashland for the Shakespeare Festival
I recently got an e-mail from the Winchester Inn (which we call “The Winchester Mystery Inn”, having lived in the Bay Area), offering one night’s lodging, $30 coupon towards dinner in the dining room — hey, it’s about a free bottle of wine — tickets to a play for two and a hot breakfast the next morning. Needless to say, I picked a date, a room from the Web site, decided which play I wanted to see and called jwa to let him know about this mini-getaway all in a span of 30 minutes from getting the e-mail. I’m very easily convinced to return to places we like a lot.
On April 15th, while others are slugging away on their taxes (due Tues, the 17th this year) we’ll be kicking back in Ashland, enjoying a lovely dinner at the Winchester and seeing Tracy’s Tiger. This works out very well, as it is sold out for our traditional Ashland trip in October and I couldn’t get tickets, which made me very sad. Now I am happy.
Since we do go to Ashland every year, I figured I’d throw out a few recommendations. Although, . . . → Read More: Ashland, Oregon Recommendations: Part I: Lodging
It was so pretty, I just had to take a picture…
Last weekend jwa and I went out for lunch and had enough food so that neither of us was starving that evening. At the same time, we both wanted a little something for dinner. Enter the English muffin pizza — a staple of my youth and it turns out, his too. Toast an English muffin, spread with tomato sauce, top with appropriate toppings (in this case onion, cheese, tomato and garlic) and stick under the broiler until toasty. Takes five minutes to make and it hits the spot as required.
That is all. Spent a long weekend in Gearhart (two meals at Pacific Way Cafe!) and am too lazy to post about Pear-Ginger Pie tonight. . . . → Read More: Reliving My Youth Through Toasty Faux Pizza
This month’s Sugar High Friday is Sweet Seduction and is hosted by Confessions of a Cardamom Addict. In honor of the theme, I have made a batch of brownies that have a little bit of everything. Sugar. Spice. Chocolate. Nuts. Coffee. Something for everyone — hopefully one of those ingredients will work for you (or your intended).
This recipe is kind of based on something a co-worker brought into work during the holidays — except different. After finding a recipe that was similar to those gingerbread brownies, I added espresso, pecans and extra chocolate chips and the result was a little spicy, a little chocolatey, very moist and completely addictive.
I bet if you baked someone a batch of these you could have your wicked way with them. Or something like that… Or maybe just sit on the couch, turn out the lights, snuggle and watch Tron together. It’s all good.
Chocolate, Gingerbread and Pecan Brownies
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 cup AP Flour
2 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp instant espresso
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup toasted pecans
pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Melt the . . . → Read More: SHF#28: Chocolate, Gingerbread and Pecan Brownies
After the Coq au Vin, I had a couple of drumsticks in the freezer. So what did I do? I went to the store, bought six more, then went to Trader Joe’s and got a container of pineapple juice. Why? Because I saw this recipe online (originally from Emeril) and I knew I had to try it. I only used eight drumsticks but made a whole recipe of sauce. Extra sauce is not a bad thing.
I also had some leftover Thai chili paste from PokPok takeout, so I made some coconut risotto to go with the chicken. Same recipe as the link, so I won’t bother reposting here. I’ll just say that the coconut risotto is becoming my favorite pan-Asian meal accompaniment at home.
Turned out awesome. I think we’ll definitely have this again. Oh and there was wok-seared asparagus with garlic, sesame oil and lemon zest on the side.
Spicy Chicken Legs with Assorted Fruit Juices & Asian Things
2 cups orange juice
1 cup pineapple juice
zest of 1 orange
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-inch piece of ginger, peeled
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup mirin (sweet rice wine)
1/2 cup sugar (the original called for 1 cup, but I . . . → Read More: A Freezer Full of Chicken Legs (Well, Okay, Just Two, But Still…)
Anthony Bourdain on Paula Deen (ew!): “I’m reluctant to bash what seems to be a nice old lady. Even if her supporting cast is beginning to look like the Hills Have Eyes–and her food a True Buffet of Horrors.”
Read it all at here: A Bourdain Throwdown . . . → Read More: Oh So Funny…(but Mean)