Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Baking with Julia: Lemon Loaf Cake

I had high hopes going into this week's edition of Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julia. The assignment was a lemon loaf cake, just in time for my family's annual Easter extravaganza. I love citrus, and while it doesn't hold a candle to chocolate, I've found that a nice light lemon flavor can be a refreshing departure from my decadent default. Also, Dorie described the cake as having the texture of a traditional pound cake, which I also love, but don't make often enough.

Sadly, the results failed to live up to my expectations. While the cake could not have been easier to make, I found it to be overly dense and dry. The lemon flavor was subtle and delicious, but was obscured by the cake's density and lack of moisture. I was expecting tangy and refreshing, but after a few bites all I wanted was a glass of water.

Monday, April 16, 2012

World Peace Cookies

Dorie Greenspan once said that she thought these cookies were as important a culinary breakthrough as Toll House cookies, and I can't say that I disagree. They are unlike any other cookie I've tasted and definitely vie for the top spot on my list of cookie recipes (yes, I have a cookie list, and if you don't already, you should probably make one...).

As a member of the sable* family, this cookie is melt-in-your-mouth rich and buttery with a wonderful sandy texture. But a chocolaty twist separates it from the traditional sable. It's made with cocoa powder and chunks of dark chocolate, and it is a chocolate lover's dream come true (I would know). The recipe also includes a healthy dash of salt. The end result is a cookie that's salty, decadent and deeply darkly delicious.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Cherry Tomato Salad

This is one of my all-time favorite summer salads. It's simple, healthy and incredibly flavorful. I'm constantly resisting the temptation to make it throughout the year when tomatoes aren't in season, and this weekend, I finally gave in. But don't follow my bad example. Wait until you can get pints of perfect juicy cherry or grape tomatoes from the farmers' market. The end product is well worth the wait, I promise.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Salmon & Asparagus Frittata

This is one of those rare posts that provides insight into the kind of food that I eat on a daily basis (contrary to what you may believe if you read D*lish regularly, I don't eat chocolate, cookies and cupcakes 3 meals a day). I am a pretty healthy eater, but I don't blog about my day-to-day recipes as often, because let's face it, you'd rather gawk at photos of peanut butter cup bars, than say, photos of roasted chicken or quinoa and vegetables. However, this recipe had to make an appearance. It's super tasty and colorful, and with tons of protein, omega-3 fats, and essential vitamins and minerals, it also happens to be really good for you.