Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sucked into the kitchen vortex

I am in a baking mood today. I have roasted veggies and made cookies and dumplings. I am making turkey soup (along with most of the nation, me thinketh). I keep finding more stuff to throw together. It is a blast.


Your Daily Cool Thing:

I am a firm believer in bringing one's own shopping bags to the store. Here is a link to a wonderful designer who has an online shop with some really spiffy shopping bags.

Susan Bijl


Your Daily Wonderful Design:

Jesse Sullivan, a former high-power lineman, lost both arms in 2001 after being shocked on the job. Here, he demonstrates the capabilities of the Proto 1 prosthetic arm system during clinical tests at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Credit: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Revolutionizing Prosthetics


Your Daily Inspiring Words:

Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying." - Studs Terkel


Your Daily Wicked-Good Food:

3 Way Almond Dough

2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tsp. baking powder
3 cups flour
1 tsp. Almond exract
1/2 c slivered almonds (optional)
additional sugar for dipping

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Using a food processor (or mix by hand) with the Steel Blade: Process eggs with sugar, oil and juice until blended.Add baking powder, flour. Process just until mixed, using on/off pulses. Do not over-process. THE DOUGH WILL BECOME TOUGH.

Here is where you can go several different ways:

1) You can roll the dough out flat on a floured surface and, using a cookie cutter, cut out shapes and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake a 350 degrees for about 9 minutes. Keep an eye on these, so they don’t burn.

2) You can roll the dough in to a log shape and cut 1/4 inch slices from it. Place those on a cookie sheet. Continue to bake as described above. After the 9 minutes are up, reduce the heat to 250 degress and continue cooking until cookies are brittle, up to 45 more minutes.

3) You can roll the dough as described above but lower the slices into a simmering pot of water, essentially making a sweet dumpling. They will bob to the top and continue to cook for about 5 minutes.

Strain them out into a serving bowl, or onto single serving plates. Top with organic applesauce, or stewed fruit and if you are feeling extra decadent, crème fraiche or whipped cream. Sprinkle with a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg.