I wish I could say I just got back from a great weekend in Austin, but that wouldn’t be the truth! It’s actually been months since I visited the great state of Texas where yes, everything is just bigger. It was a quick weekend visit to see the hubby who was working out there for a while and then due to the hurricane in DC, I had to catch an even earlier flight home before the storm. Below are some of my favorite examples of the clearly defined branding that flocked building all around the city.
AND it wouldn’t be a trip to Austin without some serious tacos (including a visit to the trailer park for queso), new (to me) cowboy boots and a visit to the underside of the bridge that fills with bats… only during the day!
I surprised my husband with a trip to New Orleans the first weekend in February, which happened to be the start of the Mardi Gras celebration in the Crescent City! From fried oysters with brie at Clancy’s to Muffulettas at Cochon Butcher to a new retail vendor for Haute Papier in The Stationer New Orleans to macarons and king’s cake at Sucre to the irresistible beignets at Cafe du Monde, it was a wonderful glutenous and relaxing trip!
I’ve been saving this one for ya… After a trip to New Orleans at the beginning of February, I knew I had to wait until today – Fat Tuesday – to share this recipe inspired by the deliciousness beyond coasted in powdered sugar from Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans’s legendary bakery. Bon Appetit!
Cafe Du Monde Inspired Beignets
makes about six dozen
1 envelope active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
1 1/2 cups warm water (105-115F)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
6-7 cups bread flour
vegetable oil for frying
sifted powdered sugar Continue reading
Yes, the cupcake “revolution” is getting old, but this is the real deal… Sprinkles Cupcakes… the ORIGINAL cupcake bakery! It’s arrived here in DC – dangerously down the street from the Haute Papier design studio… but not far enough that the walk down there will burn off the calories consumed by even one cupcake (as if I am actually able to have that kind of self-restraint!)!
We were able to get a sneak peek and ridiculous amount of tasting earlier this week at a preview for business owners in Georgetown and we’re beyond smitten with the deliciousness of the cake! It’s perfectly crumbly with so much more flavor than another cupcakes shop in Georgetown, whose name we’ll leave unmentioned, but irritates the heck out of my husband – if only because its customers have no sense of the difference between the street and sidewalk as they stand googlie-eyed taking pictures of the storefront.
We also got to meet Candace (the founder) and her husband, Charles. Candace is just adorable – complete with cute little converse tennies with her chef’s jacket. Welcome to DC Sprinkles!!
Well, I’m back… Fat, rested and with six pairs of new shoes and a couple of new kitchen toys. What did I eat that I couldn’t get enough of, you ask? These delicious morsels of goodness are at the top of the list. When cooked properly, they have a light crunch on the outside and hot ooey, gooey ham meets cheese meets béchamel mixture in the middle. Seriously, love at first bite! Here’s the recipe I used to make them once getting home…
Jamon y Queso Croquettes
3 tbsp butter
1 spanish onion, diced
1/2 cup flour, plus more for dusting
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 ounces gorgonzola dulce
8 ounces serrano ham, cut into 1/2” strips
salt & pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper
4 eggs, beaten, at room temperature
2 cups panko (or dried bread crumbs)
canola or olive oil for frying
I’m back from an incredible journey in Argentina. We traversed the country vising Iguazu Falls, Bariloche and Buenos Aires in search of delicious food, beautiful sights and R&R and found it all. Here’s a little sampling of the photos. I was obsessed with the empanadas and can’t wait to try making them (stay tuned for the recipe) and the architecture (also stay tuned for more pics of this). Enjoy!
I leave tomorrow for a nice long vacation in beautiful Argentina. Though my posting will be light while I’m gone, stay tuned for a pictorial slide show of our adventures!