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September 30, 2010

limoncello (lemon liqueur)

Filed under: dessert,drinks,vegan — Tags: , , — Kristen @ 4:24 pm

Five months ago, I put a ton of Meyer lemon peels in a bowl with some Everclear. Making homemade limoncello would be the perfect celebratory, boozy end to three years of law school. After all, Jay and I had taken a fabulous tour of Italy prior to law school, and book-ending the experience with a quintessentially Italian liqueur just seemed fitting.

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Then, I read the rest of the recipes I had collected, including countless reviews, and realized that the peels would have to continue swimming in liquor for another four months to get that homemade Italian quality that two weeks’ soaking just doesn’t achieve. Damn. Not so immediately celebratory after all.

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But I figured I had two months of booze-less studying for the bar exam ahead of me, so by the time the big brain cram was done, I’d already be three months into a four-month process. Fine. (more…)

September 11, 2010

samoas

Filed under: cookies,dessert — Tags: , , , , , , — Kristen @ 12:39 pm

Tomorrow, I leave for a two-week self-guided historic food tour through Paris. There will be perfectly flaky pastries and artisanal ice cream and divine butter and rich sauces and fancy chocolates and to-die-for foie gras and crackly baguettes and delicious Moroccan dishes … and, most likely, a corresponding five- to ten-pound gain in cushion for the pushin’.

But before I depart, I want to leave you with an edible gift that’s historic (in its own American way and because it was my first catering experience for my friend Meghan’s gorgeous Lake Tahoe wedding!), rich (in caramel, butter, and chocolate), and so entirely delicious as to justify the time it takes to make it: the gift of bake-’em-yourself Girl Scout cookies.

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Camping trips, craft projects, sleepover parties, and games with my best friends – my Girl Scout troopmates – fill my childhood memories. But selling Girl Scout cookies without getting to eat any until I got home and mom finally gave in and bought a box? That was pure torture.

Back then, local grocery stores were kind enough to allow us to set up a booth to sell some cookies, but the big selling was done door-to-door. (Clearly, this was before websites existed to inform our parents that the guy next door had a prior child molestation conviction.)

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Once I became a full-fledged, incredibly intelligent and experienced, “always prepared” Girl Scout, my mom required me to lead my fledgling Brownie Scout of a sister around the neighborhood and split between us the credit for total number of cookie boxes sold.

I was less than pleased to have a mandatory tag-a-long (Ha! Bad pun on another Girl Scout cookie!), but onwards and upwards we went. Literally. (more…)

September 3, 2010

healthy mexican-style egg salad

Filed under: eggs,veggies — Tags: , , , , , — Kristen @ 12:28 pm

Back when I was a teeny bopper, I lived in a town so small that I actually looked forward to going to Fresno for a few weeks each summer to visit my aunt and uncle. You see, besides acting as the home of my fabulously fun aunt, Fresno had Ross, Marshalls, and Safeway, while Atascadero had only K-Mart and Food-For-Less.

While visiting, my aunt would take me on bargain-shopping sprees at Marshalls and put me to work at my uncle’s doctor’s office. And every day around 11:30 a.m., it was time to order lunch from the deli around the corner. I could have any sandwich I wanted. It was incredible. It was decadent … to a twelve year-old whose limited world experience told her that eating a sandwich not prepared at home but rather prepared professionally at a deli was just plain fancy.

But I always chose an egg salad sandwich. Something about that deli’s egg salad was truly transcendent compared to a ho-hum turkey sandwich, and I wasn’t yet adventurous enough to appreciate an Italian sandwich. So, being a loyal gal (and a big fan of mushy foods), I stuck with the reliable egg salad.

While I still enjoy a good egg salad, it hasn’t been the same for me since discovering how much mayonnaise goes into it. And frankly, after about two bites, the standard egg-mayo mash-up is rather bland for my ever-so-slightly more refined adult taste. (more…)

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