Valentine’s Day 2014

This Valentine’s day wasn’t anything anyone would find super extraordinary by any means. But it was special to me. I dressed Elsa up in a cute little outfit including a tutu. Khanh brought home flowers and an Edible Arrangement. Then Khanh and I had dinner at a spot we’ve never tried before called Hock Farm Craft and Provisions and it was very good! We will definitely be going back. I hope all of you had a wonderful day with the ones you love and have fun for the rest of this President’s day weekend!

 

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Macaron Failure


Macarons are the new craze. Forget about cupcakes and cake pops, I want a macaron!!! I lived in LA and that’s where I heard about them first. Paulette’s Macarons in Beverly Hills introduced these sweet Parisian treats to California. Last year when I was residing in San Francisco, I discovered Miette, which is the cutest little cake and macaron shop in Hayes Valley. Closest thing I could get to a ‘lette’s macaron. Here in Sacramento, there is only one place that I would consider getting this delicious cookie, Ginger Elizabeth in downtown. Ginger Elizabeth is a chocolatier that also happens to sell macarons and a delicious salted caramel macaron ice cream sandwich. Anyway, these tiny little cookie sandwiches are quite expensive. Average price for one: $1.75.

So you can see why I would want to make them myself. When I was still living in San Francisco I attempted to bake a batch. I tried blanching sliced almonds and grinding them myself. I had no idea how much you had to process them. I also did not beat the egg whites enough so the dough/batter (whatever you wanna call it) was extremely runny. I tried baking them anyway, no bueno.

After that massive failure, I googled, googled and googled. I then found a recipe with great directions. I tried last week. Although it’s not the prettiest attempt, they at least tasted good and had decent texture. I’m pretty sure I know how to fix what I did wrong.

I am going to attempt another batch today, wish me luck. I’ll be posting pics later tonight.

It’s Impossible To Screw Up A Burger!

Every time I make a burger, I think of those shows like Kitchen Nightmare or Restaurant Impossible and when the restaurant can’t even make a decent burger I think to myself, no wonder you’re about to shut down! Seriously, making a good burger is so simple.

What you’ll need:

  • Ground Beef (80-85% Lean)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cheese (optional)

Directions:

Form the ground beef into patties however big you want them, but make sure you don’t pack them too hard or over work the beef, then take your thumb and put an indentation on one side of each patty (this helps them from shrinking). In a small bowl pour as much of the seasonings you want in, I always pinch a little bit and lick it to make sure it tastes good and is not too salty. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over both sides of the patties. If you’re cooking them in a pan like I usually do, cook them on each side for 2-3 minutes (this depends on how thick your patties are and how done you want them to be). If you want melted cheese on your burgers during the last minute of cooking put a slice of whatever kind of cheese you like on the patty and cover with a lid. You’ll get the perfect burger every time!

Salt! From human tears?

Soooooooo, this is kind of odd question to ask at the dining table, “Can you pass the human tears salt grinder, please?” To my fellow food enthusiasts, I want to know if this is something you’d have at the dining table. Leave comments! Let me know what you think!

I read this post on gizmodo.com:

Season Your Food With Salt From Real Human Tears

Would you like to season your french fries with some anger? No, really. I’m not being aggressive. Would you? Because the folks at Hoxton Street Monster Supplies have gotten really weird with it and made a line of salts from different types of human tears.

Just in case you didn’t process that one, yes, these condiments were harvested from the fruits of different emotions. And they’re real and you can actually buy them. Imagine how interesting that would make your next dinner party. Offer your guests the option of adding flavor to their food with salt made from tears of anger, which would probably taste rather fiery; tears shed from chopping onions, which presumably have a bit of a bite; tears of laughter, which are likely sweeter; tears of sorrow, which have to be pretty bitter; and tears shed from sneezing which are just the strangest thing ever.

The salts bring up a question too—how do you know they’re not counterfeit? How were they able to capture these authentic feelings and bottle them into such a wonderfully odd product? “Oh you’re mad at me? Hold on let me just gather your tears into this vial I happen to be carrying.” Probably an uncomfortable situation, but who cares, because, oh god, these tears are delicious.

Buffet…

Khanh woke up this morning and said he felt like eating at a buffet. This is a rare occasion. In the past year and half we’ve gone to only 2 buffets and it was because other people wanted it. Anyway, he took me to Moonstar Buffet in Daly City and the food was okay. I mean… what can I say, it’s buffet food! Everything was extremely greasy or dried out from being out on the warmers too long. The warmers weren’t even effective because most of the food was borderline cold. The best part of the meal was getting the check! We thought it was $20 a person but turns out it was less than $13 a person. So we didn’t pay as much as we thought we would and we probably won’t be eating at a buffet for a very, very, very long time.