Carrot Cake Energy Balls

Carrot Cake Energy Balls | Bake. Create. Love.

About a year ago I bought two canisters of Quaker quick oats (the one minute kind). Thanks to commissary prices and coupons, I paid about $0.25 for both of them. When I got home, I opened them, put them in a canister, and then realized I don’t like quick oats. I prefer the rolled kind. So, this canister of quick oats has been taking up valuable space in my very small pantry for about a year. When I bought a canister of steel-cut oats the other day, I decided the amount of oats in my pantry was ridiculous, and I needed to start working on getting rid of the quick cooking ones.

Enter these carrot cake energy bites. I was scouring Pinterest for recipes, and then I remembered a recipe my blog friend Christina shared a long time ago: carrot cake energy balls. I stopped by Trader Joe’s to pick up a couple of things I didn’t have, and then went home to make them. They were super easy to make, and they’re really delicious! I rolled mine in some toasted coconut (because I always put coconut in my carrot cake, & to help keep them from sticking together) and now I have a dish of delicious little treats in the fridge.

While these are full of healthy things, and it’s definitely a healthier way to get the flavors of carrot cake without eating a cake (or those amazing inside out carrot cake cookies from Trader Joe’s…), but you definitely can not eat very many of these. I was able to get 20 balls out of this mixture, which comes to 96 calories, 5.2 grams of fat, 11.5 carbs, 2.6 grams of protein & 2 grams of fiber. I’ve loved having one with my lunch every day. It’s a great little pick me up to get me through the rest of the afternoon.

Carrot Cake Energy Balls
(Recipe adapted from this one, which was adapted from this one.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of oats (quick or rolled)
  • 1/4 cup of raisins; roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup of finely shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup of  raw almonds; chopped
  • 1/4 cup of milled flaxseed
  • 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of almond butter
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1/2 cup of shredded coconut; toasted (optional)

Directions:

  1. In your mixing bowl, whisk together the honey and the almond butter until the mixture is smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients to it (except the coconut) and mix well. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Spread coconut into a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or until coconut is lightly browned.
  3. Scoop mixture into 1″ balls and roll in the toasted coconut. Store these in the fridge.

What I’m Loving Wednesday

It’s Wednesday! I wish I could say that I’m loving all of the snow we got. Unfortunately, we didn’t get very much. Yesterday we had some flurries, and I got a two hour work delay, but it wasn’t enough to have fun with. Anyways. Here is the stuff I’m loving right now.
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Serial. Yes, I know I’m a little late to jump on this bandwagon, but holy crap! I started listening last Thursday and was almost finished by the next day. Then, I decided Graham needed to listen to it as well, so I could talk about it with him, so I started over. We finished it Monday night, and I can’t stop thinking about it! I don’t know who I think did it. Sometimes I think Adnan is definitely guilty, other times I think he’s innocent. And even though he seems very likeable, I think deep down I believe he did it. But no matter whether he is guilty or innocent, I do not think he should have been convicted. The lack of an actual case against Adnan (other than Jay) was absolutely unbelievable, and there was absolutely nothing consistent about anyone. Stories kept changing, timelines kept changing. And the complete lack of forensic evidence was just mind-blowing. I’m still thinking about it, and I have so many more questions and problems with this case. However, his lawyer was a nightmare, and if I had been on the jury and was forced to listen to her voice every day, I may have convicted him just because she was SO unlikable.

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I bought a rice cooker last week, and I love it already. I know it sounds like kind of a dumb purchase for someone who loves to cook, but I can’t cook rice. I’m so embarrassed to admit this, but I haven’t made a successful pot of rice in years. Not sure what the problem is, since I follow the directions to the letter, but it’s never the fluffy, delicious rice it should be. Also, I hate how long it takes to cook. Hence the rice cooker. Now, I got a fairly inexpensive model, which doesn’t have the “quick cooking” option that Emily’s has, so it technically doesn’t save me any time. But it has a timer feature on it, so I can dump everything it, set it to start in 4, 6, or 8 hours, and bam. I have rice. Once it’s done cooking, it switches over to the “keep warm” feature. I’ve made oatmeal so far, and jasmine rice. The oatmeal was a little sticky (I don’t think I added enough liquid), but the rice was perfect. Most of the recipes I’ve seen for oatmeal use steel cut oats instead of rolled, so I’m going to pick up some of those next time I’m at Trader Joe’s.

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These dishes! I’m pretty sure that G is getting tired of my obsession with dishes, because honestly, it is pretty ridiculous. We have NO PLACE for them. I have a complete set of basic white dishes from when we got married (eight rectangular dinner plates and salad plates, eight bowls and two matching serving bowls). And I love them. But then I’ll see really cute bowls on clearance at Target, World Market or TJ Maxx and have to have them. So, the only place to put them is on top of our white dishes. It’s slightly annoying to constantly have to shuffle everything in the cabinet anytime we need a plate. Oh well. It’s going to get worse, because I have to have these! I ate one a plate similar to this somewhere, and for the life of me I can not remember where, but I love these! I love the slight rim that these have. I’m not going to buy a full set, but at least 2-3 of each. Now I just have to figure out where the heck I’m going to put them. What I’d like to do is use our new dresser for food prop storage. It’s going in the guest room, so it’s sole purpose is to function as extra storage for us. Our kitchen closet is overflowing with random crap, and I’d like to find it a permanent, and less precarious than the closet.

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I need this shirt in my life. Like whoa. I don’t really work all that hard, but still. I need this shirt.

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I need to stay off of Anthropologie’s website, because every time I find myself there, I find about 20 things I want. Right now I really want these hanging planters. These are so cute! I’d love to hang them on a really bold wall… say, a navy blue wall, with a bright green plant in each one. They’re definitely not cheap ($42 each), but hopefully they’ll go on sale at some point.

 

 

Weekend love.

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Graham took this week off, and since I’m always off on Monday, we had another long weekend.

Friday:

Friday we had a sushi date at Kero Sushi. We’ve tried a few places here, and Kero is definitely our favorite. The sushi is inventive and delicious, it’s close to the apartment, the decor is nice and the prices are reasonable.

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(and they give you free soup or salad when you order two rolls.)

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This trip we had the rainbow roll (duh), the mango shrimp roll, the samurai roll, & the New Year roll. This was the first time ever that we absolutely loved every roll we ordered. The mango shrimp roll was especially delicious.

Saturday:

Saturday was all about vintage stuff & furniture. We started our day at Everything Vintage in Toano. Multiple people have told me about this spot, and I couldn’t wait to check it out. Everything was totally amazing, and completely out of my price range.

Once we left there, we stopped by Williamsburg Antique Mall on our way home. That place is amazing. First, it’s HUGE. Second, they have a little bit of everything. Third, some of their stuff is just completely ridiculous. This old Happy Days game made me smile. We’ve been doing a Friends rewatch, and you can’t have the classic beach episode of Friends without the (strip) Happy Days game.

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The Seventeen Cookbook. SERIOUSLY? How crazy is this. If they hadn’t been asking for $45, I probably would have bought it.
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Fun fact: I saw Titanic 18 times in theaters. Saying I was obsessed would be putting it very, very mildly. So how in the world did I not know this doll existed!!! Granted, I was 14 and didn’t play with dolls, but I still would have wanted it!

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I did buy this cookbook though. Marcella Hazan is one of the 50 Women Game Changers, and this book is considered the Bible of Italian cooking. I checked a copy out of the library a few weeks ago, and knew instantly I would end up buying it. I’m so glad I found this copy (in perfect condition) for $4!2015-01-24 15.29.35

Once we finished at the antique shops, we went to look at a dresser I found on Craigslist. Nice, huh? Ugh. It hurts my heart that someone did this to a vintage Bassett dresser, that’s in pretty good condition. I can’t wait to see how it’s going to turn out!2015-01-24 16.34.33-1

Sunday:

Sunday was really delicious. I woke up and wasn’t in the mood for the stuff we usually eat for breakfast (eggs, waffles, grits, oatmeal), so we ended up at Venture Kitchen & Bar. We started out with $2 cocktails (a mimosa for me, and a bloody mary for Graham).

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We started our brunch with an order of their housemade tots. You may recall that these made the list of the 10 best things I’ve ever eaten. And they didn’t disappoint this time. 2015-01-25 10.50.57

Graham had one of their specials, the steak & eggs. This looked so amazing, and the steak was delicious. Dishes like this make me wish I didn’t really, really hate runny eggs. 2015-01-25 11.03.25-1

I had the best french toast & bacon. It was served with a lemon custard and a blueberry compote and was perfect. 2015-01-25 11.03.49-1

Since we had a late brunch, we skipped lunch. Then around 4:00, we got hungry, so I made us this amazing snack plate. We shared an apple, blueberries, Ritz crackers, everything pretzel this, toasted naan, hummus, vermont cheddar and a spoonful of coconut peanut butter. This was delicious! 2015-01-25 15.24.25-1

We also got started on our new dresser. We bought some paint stripper and tested a small spot on the dresser and on one of the drawers. It came off pretty easily, and the wood underneath was in really good condition. So we covered the whole thing with paint stripper and let it hang out overnight.
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And that night we finally went to see the Hobbit. We stopped at the drugstore first for some candy (I promise all of this wasn’t for me). I enjoyed the movie, but I like the Lord of the Rings trilogy better. The only characters I really cared about were Bard, Gandalf & Legolas. The dwarfs were very hard to like, since Thorein was such a douche for most of the movie. 2015-01-25 20.05.49

Monday:

Since Graham was off, he made waffles for breakfast. I love waffles. A lot.

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Then we got to work on the dresser. We were pretty excited to see how the paint stripper had bubbled up, but unfortunately all of the paint didn’t come off. 2015-01-26 11.20.23

We’re going to try a little bit harder to get the paint off, but if we can’t we’re going to paint the whole thing. It’s going in the guest room, so as much as I would love to paint it navy blue with gold dipped legs, I’m thinking white with gold legs & drawer pulls. But my mind has already changed a few times, so we’ll see…2015-01-26 13.59.00-1

50 Women Game Changers in Food: Martha Stewart (Week 4)

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In 2011, Gourmet released their list of the 50 Women Game Changers in Food. I stumbled on this entirely by accident. One week a couple of months ago, I was meal planning, and didn’t have access to my Ina Garten cookbooks. So, I googled the recipe I was looking for and found it on a blog that was making it’s way through the list (she’s number 39… I’m a little disgruntled that Rachael Ray is higher up than she is). I was inspired to do the same. I need to challenge myself more in the kitchen, and I thought this would be an excellent way to do so.  As I’ve been planning for this, I’ve been flipping through cookbooks, checking out websites and buying new equipment, and I’m excited. I’m also really looking forward to learning more about these game changing women, and introducing myself to recipes I’ve never cooked before.

(And since this entire year-long project will be all recipes I’ve never made before, I can’t promise that everything will turn out the way I want it to. But whether a dish is a winner or an epic fail, I’m going to be completely honest about it.)

For week four, we have Martha Stewart. Everyone knows Martha. Some know her for her recipes & crafts… others know her because of her newsworthy time in prison for a white collar felony.

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(And Snoop does have a felony drug conviction from the early 90’s, but I still love this.)

Martha is actually the reason my interest in food went from just watching Food Network, to actually getting in the kitchen & baking. The first real cookbook I ever bought was Martha Stewart Cupcakes in 2009. In May 2008 my college boyfriend broke up with me, and I had a lot of time on my hands. I filled that time with Harry Potter, martini’s at Therapy (RIP), hours & hours at the YMCA, and finishing my last year of college. Once I had graduated, finished Harry Potter, and my BFF had gotten married (so our YMCA time had come to an end), I had even more free time on my hands, so I picked up the cupcake book, and never looked back.

Martha is from a middle class family, and learned to cook & sew from her mother. She graduated from Bernard College in 1962, having double majored in history and architectural history. During this time, she supplemented her scholarship money by modeling.

In 1961 she married Andrew Stewart and they moved to Conneticut. Once they moved to Conneticut, Martha was involved in several different business ventures, including catering companies and gourmet food stores. None of these lasted, due to allegations that she was difficult to work with.

In 1982, she released her first book, Entertaining, which included recipes and photographs from parties she had hosted. She released several more books, and in 1990, her magazine Martha Stewart Living was developed. In 1997, she created a new company: Martha Stewart Omnimedia. This consolidated all of her various brands under one roof, and gave her a greater sense of control. As a result of this new company going public on the New York Stock Exchange, Martha became the first female, self made billionaire in the United States.

In 2003, a lot of people thought that the empire she worked to build was done, with her indictment for securities fraud. She served some time (less than a year) in prison, got out, and made one heck of a comeback. Since getting out of prison, you can find her name on houses, cookware, bakeware, craft supplies, you name it, and her name is probably somewhere on it.

“When I got married and had a child and went to work, my day was all day, all night. You lose your sense of balance. That was in the late ’60s, ’70s, women went to work, they went crazy. They thought the workplace was much more exciting than the home. They thought the family could wait. And you know what? The family can’t wait. And women have now found that out. It all has to do with women, or the homemaker leaving the home and realizing that where they’ve gone is not as fabulous, or as rewarding, or as self-fulfilling as the balance between the workplace and the home place.”

So, Martha. And I bring you a recipe from Martha Stewart Living: Wild Salmon, Asparagus & Shitakes in Parchment (Martha Stewart Living, May 2013)

I know one of my goals for this project is to cook things I don’t have a lot of experience with. And while I do cook salmon about 2-3 times a month, I’ve never cooked anything in a parchment paper pouch before.
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While this recipe was really simple to put together, and clean up was a breeze, I didn’t love it, and neither did Graham, although for different reasons. He doesn’t like lemon, and there is lemon zest in the topping, as well as lemon slices between the salmon & the asparagus. The lemon slices were an addition I made, just because I hated wasting the lemon. I didn’t like the fact that the green onions overpowered every other flavor. Every single bite had a strong, onion flavor, and it was very unappealing.
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While the flavor didn’t blow me away, I really enjoyed the cooking method. The asparagus was perfectly cooked, the mushrooms were tender, and the fish was not overcooked or dry. I didn’t break out the meat thermometer, but I’d say this method & the cooking time resulted in medium doneness.

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And plating it couldn’t have been easier. Once I pulled it from the oven & let it rest for a few minutes, I just cut the excess parchment paper away, and moved this to the plate with a spatula.

Wild Salmon with Asparagus & Shitakes in Parchment
(Original recipe found here.)

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces medium asparagus (about 1/2 bunch), trimmed
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Zest of 1 lemon, and the rest of the lemon thinly sliced
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 skinless wild-salmon fillets (5 ounces and 1 inch thick each)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees with racks in upper thirds. Cut four 12-by-17-inch pieces of parchment. Fold each in half crosswise to make a crease, then unfold and lay flat. Toss mushrooms, asparagus, and scallions with oil in a large bowl. Sprinkle with lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Remove asparagus from mixture and divide evenly among parchment pieces, creating a bed of spears on 1 side of crease. Top each with 2 lemon slices, 1 piece of fish, then with mushroom mixture. Drizzle each serving with 1 tablespoon water. To close, fold parchment pieces over each serving; make small overlapping pleats to seal the open sides and create 4 half-moon-shaped packets.
  3. Bake packets on baking sheets for 10 minutes. Carefully cut open packets with kitchen shears (steam will be released). Serve fish, asparagus, and mushrooms with lemon wedges for squeezing.

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What I’m Loving Wednesday

Y’all. This is my 500th blog post! Crazy! Many, many years ago when I started posting here, I was just looking for a place to share cool information. I had a “friends-only” Live Journal for the more personal stuff, but I wanted to be able to share recipes, cool photos, stuff I wanted, and anything else my heart desired. Eventually, this replaced the Live Journal. It still exists, but hasn’t been updated in about five years. Anyways. Check out my first ever post, complete with really horrible flip phone photography. I look at that picture and can’t help but laugh (back when I first bought that phone, everyone commented that it took really good photos). Technology, and my baking skills, have come so far since 2009.

Anyways. It’s Wednesday. And I love this stuff.

How freaking cute is this rolling pin? I have a Christmas one that has snowflakes on it, and it produced such a cool effect. Of course, I have no idea what kind of dough I would want to roll tiny cats on to, but I still want it. 33234893a7d7b96bca94ab0facfc47a2 This is Buddy. At least 2-3 times a week, we’ll leave a drink unattended for mere minutes (usually me), and we look over and see him pawing at the ice cubes in it. Not sure why he does this, but it’s annoying and semi-adorable. I know I come off as a crazy cat lady, but he really is awesome and super smart. We see him doing it, yell for him to stop, and before we can get to him, he’ll subtly flick his paw and knock the cup over. I love this print. Not sure where I would hang it, but I love it. dcc748a3d3058a473927c666ee91110aI’ve been wanting a Le Creuset for a while. I’ve had the Martha Stewart one from Macy’s, and I’ve had a Food Network one from Kohls, and neither have held up very well. I got a good bit of money from my mom and my in-laws for Christmas, so I’ve decided to use some of it, and get what I should have gotten in the first place. And I’m in loooooooove with the new matte navy. I saw this when we were in Charleston, and it just about killed me not to buy it on the spot! From my exhaustive internet searching, I’m pretty sure the navy is only available at Williams-Sonoma. I can’t wait for it to get here!
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Y’all know I love mason jars, and these purple ones are my favorite so far! Apparently the colored mason jars from Ball the past three years (first aqua, then green & now purple) have been a part of a limited edition series. Of course I had to finish out the series (much to Graham’s displeasure…). I think the purple are my favorite of all the colors. They’re a little smokier in person than they are in the pictures, but the color is still so, so pretty.
632810eMy favorite game to play with other people (no one likes playing Scrabble or Monopoly with me… I’m a tad bit competitive) is Cards Against Humanity. If you’re not easily offended it is a lot of fun. Some of the cards are pretty horrible, tacky, tasteless, etc. And they give you blank ones in case you come up with something equally horrible. Anyways. There is the game, and then there are a bunch of expansion packs. Once we had all of the expansion packs, I needed something to put them in. Enter the bigger, blacker box. It was $15, but I had to have it. When it came, I just thought it was a cool box and it was serving its purpose of keeping all of my cards in one place. Then, I learned there was a card hidden inside the box, and it was instantly cooler. The card reads “biggest, blackest d*ck” and is printed in silver foil instead of the black ink.

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A lovely weekend.

I love long weekends. I know, I know… I have long weekends every week. But they’re always more fun when Graham is home with me. We kicked off our weekend with a quick dinner at Plaza Azteca, before meeting some friends for a game night. Graham ordered the biggest burrito I’ve ever seen. He had the burrito San Jose, and I had the burrito Mex with steak, black beans & rice on the side. It’s not nearly as good as El Porton or Miguels, but it’s pretty good for a Mexican chain restaurant.
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I volunteered to bring something sweet for game night, so I brought these pineapple upside down cupcakes. Graham ate four of them, so I guess they were pretty good ;)
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The weather has been crappy lately, and since it’s dark at 5:00pm, Hermione hasn’t had a walk in a while. Saturday was a tiny bit chilly, but otherwise it was a beautiful day. So we bundled up and headed to Jamestown with Hermione. There are lots of great places to walk her out there, and we took a trail we had never taken before. It ended up being just under 5 miles and it was lovely.
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Equally wonderful were the donuts we had from Duck Donuts after our walk. If you’ve never been to a Duck Donuts and you have the opportunity, you MUST stop by! Everything is made to order, and so, so delicious. I had a strawberry frosted donut with sprinkles, Graham had a cinnamon bun donut. The hot donut was coated in cinnamon & sugar, and then drizzled with frosting. Both were amazing. These donuts are hot and just melt in your mouth, and they are SO much better than Krispy Kreme & Dunkin’ Donuts.

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On the way home, we stopped by this used book store in Williamsburg. Last week I had dropped off some old Nora Robert’s romance novels and a few cookbooks and ended up with $25 in credit. I dropped off some more books on Saturday and browsed for a minute. I was pretty excited to find both of these! And the best part: I had more than enough credit, so I didn’t have to spend any actual money! 2015-01-17 15.37.35

Saturday night we stayed in, and I made shrimp & grits for dinner. A few weeks ago I ordered $40 worth of grits from Anson Mills, and I was pretty excited to cook with them. They took nearly an hour and a half, but they were so good. They’re cooked like you would make risotto, and they’re a much coarser than what you can find at the grocery store. Instead of the usual asparagus I serve with this, I decided to go extra southern and serve roasted okra. This was such a delicious dinner. 2015-01-17 19.55.31-1

Sunday was rainy & gross, so we decided to stay in & hang pendant lights in the kitchen. This is something we’ve talked about doing many times since we’ve lived here, and I’m so glad we finally decided to do it. We didn’t really know what we wanted, so we went to Home Depot & Lowe’s for inspiration, and I fell in love with these from Lowe’s. They took forever to hang, since Graham had to get creative with the wiring, but they are so, so pretty. We even splurged and bought the Edison style lightbulbs, since the glass is clear. I’m completely in love with them, and I HATE it took us a year and a half to do it. 2015-01-19 08.58.492015-01-19 08.59.022015-01-18 21.20.58-1

And since we were both off Monday, we took advantage of another gorgeous day and took Hermione for another long walk. We took her to First Landing State Park for a nearly 6.5 mile walk. The first bit of the walk, we passed a LOT of people. Once we turned down a side trail, we were completely alone, so Graham let Hermione off of her leash. She went crazy, got filthy, and had so much fun. 2015-01-19 12.13.35-12015-01-19 12.29.44-12015-01-19 12.37.17

Dinner was pretty epic that night as well. Graham had requested broccoli & cheese soup in pretzel bowls, and I was happy to oblige. These bread bowls are so, so good (make them a little smaller and you’d have excellent rolls for burgers) and really easy to make. And the soup was pretty delicious as well. Last time I made these, I thought the bowls were a little small for soup, so I experimented this time. I couldn’t fit all eight on one tray for the second rise, so I made five exactly how the recipe said, and for the last three I made them bigger. I took enough dough for three bowls and made two. They were a much more appropriate size, and I’ll definitely make them that size in the future.
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50 Women Game Changers in Food: Fannie Farmer (Week 3)

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In 2011, Gourmet released their list of the 50 Women Game Changers in Food. I stumbled on this entirely by accident. One week a couple of months ago, I was meal planning, and didn’t have access to my Ina Garten cookbooks. So, I googled the recipe I was looking for and found it on a blog that was making its way through the list (she’s number 39… I’m a little disgruntled that Rachael Ray is higher up than she is). I was inspired to do the same. I need to challenge myself more in the kitchen, and I thought this would be an excellent way to do so.  As I’ve been planning for this, I’ve been flipping through cookbooks, checking out websites and buying new equipment, and I’m excited. I’m also really looking forward to learning more about these game changing women, and introducing myself to recipes I’ve never cooked before.

(And since this entire year-long project will be all recipes I’ve never made before, I can’t promise that everything will turn out the way I want it to. But whether a dish is a winner or an epic fail, I’m going to be completely honest about it.)

Number three on the list is Fannie Farmer.

fannie-farmerIf you’ve ever expressed gratitude that you measure something using standardized measurements, you can thank Fannie Farmer. By advocating the use of standard measurements in recipes, she revolutionized the way Americans cooked.

Fannie Farmer (March 23, 1857 – January 15, 1915) was born near Boston, MA in Medford. She suffered a stroke when she was 16, which left her homebound for several years. While her family believed in education for females, her stroke left her unable to finish high school or attend college. When she was 30, she began attending the Boston Cooking School. She did very well, and after completing the program, she became the assistant to the director, and eventually the principal of the school in 1891.

In 1896, she published her most well-known cookbook, The Boston Cooking School Cookbook, which introduced the idea of standard measurements. Farmer provided scientific explanations of the chemical processes that occur in food during cooking, and also helped to standardize the system of measurements used in cooking in the USA. Before the Cookbook’s publication, other American recipes frequently called for amounts such as “a piece of butter the size of an egg” or “a teacup of milk.” Farmer’s systematic discussion of measurement led to her being named “the mother of level measurements.”

In 1902 she left the Boston Cooking School & founded her own program: Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery. She continued to teach, write & lecture (even lecturing on nutrition and illness at Harvard Medical School) until her death in 1915.

Her original cookbook, The Boston Cooking School Cookbook, is actually still in print today. It has been revised many times, most recently by Marion Cunningham. in 1996 to celebrate the books 100th anniversary.

While her original recipes are much easier to read and comprehend, they still are challenging. They lack something that is pretty darned standard in modern recipes: oven temperatures. For example, the scone recipe I’m about to share has the baking time/temperature written as “bake in a hot oven for 15 minutes.” What constitutes a hot oven? 250? 350? 450? Those questions have been answered in the revised copies of her cookbook. I’ll talk more about Marion Cunningham in Week 51, but she did a fantastic job making these recipes accessible for today’s home cooks, and adding a few new recipes of her own. Finding something to make out of the 100th Anniversary edition of the book was challenging. It seemed everything I picked out had been added by Marion Cunningham, and wasn’t original to the book. So, I went back to the digital version of the original and was determined to find something. I have to say… 19th century recipes don’t sound all that appealing, so I finally landed on the bread section. I’ve never made scones before, and this recipe from the 1918 edition seemed easy enough (since it was in the 1918 edition, I have no idea if this was actually her recipe, or something someone else added). I jazzed these up a little bit with some lemon zest, and added a simple lemon glaze to the finished product. The hint of sweetness was perfect, and these were absolutely delicious. The original recipe doesn’t give serving sizes, but the Marion Cunningham edition says it makes 12 wedges. I wanted bigger pieces, so I just went with 8 wedges.

(Side note: used copies of this book are CRAZY cheap on Amazon. I got mine for less than $2, with $3 for shipping. It’s definitely worth picking up a copy for your own kitchen. The recipes are great, but the tips, tricks & helpful information make this book a winner.)

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Lemon Cream Scones

(Original recipe slightly modified from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 tablespoons of butter; cut into small pieces
  • 2 eggs; well beaten
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together and cut in the butter, using a pastry cutter or your fingers, until it resembles a coarse meal.
  3. Mix the eggs and the cream into the dry ingredients until well combined. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for another minute.
  4. Cut the dough into wedges (or whatever shape you prefer), and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silpat (you’ll want a small amount of space between each scone).
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.

Serve with butter or jam, or top with a powdered sugar glaze. I made a simple glaze from 1/4 cup of lemon juice (the juice of 2 lemons) and 1 & 1/4 cups of powdered sugar. I brushed the glaze on top of each scone with a pastry brush  and let dry. And I still topped the scones with homemade blueberry-peach jam (which was darned good on these!).

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