Monday, May 31, 2010

That's How We Roll

Sushi Par-tay at j-wong's:

initial spread:

avocado and tapenade finger sushi:

spam musabi (technically Hawaiian, but I'd never had it so I wanted to try it):

carrots and lemon zest inari sushi (brought by j&k):

smoked salmon sushi rice balls:

unagi finger sushi:

Finally, the raw fish!  The first of many, MANY, rolls (I stopped photographing at this point):

For dessert, mochi ice cream, Asian cheesecake and butter mochi:

I ate WAY too much this weekend.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Pecan-Raisin Drop Cookies

While searching for a simple non-chocolate cookie to make, I found these. I never would have put these two  together and I honestly wasn't sure how good they would turn out.  They have a 100% "would make again" and 4-star rating, but I was still skeptical.

They are great!  They are slightly buttery and light with crunchy bits of pecans and plump raisins.  The kosher salt doesn't get lost in the cookies either and waves "Hey, taste me!" in certain bites.  Some of the reviewers complained that their cookies were flat, but I made the recipe as written and mine looked just like the picture.

I doubled the recipe, because I was going to take 1 batch to work and 1 batch for camping.  I thought for sure 100 cookies would be enough.  The recipe makes SMALL cookies.  I was making mine bite-size and using rounded teaspoons of dough as instructed.  The cookies are about 1.5 - 2" in diameter.  Despite this, I still only got about 78 cookies out of a double batch.  Definitely could have made more!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

We had a few very ripe and slightly bruised bananas left over from last weekend's camping trip. Neither of us is a fan of eating mushy bananas so I decided to bake with them. I decided to try something different and I don't know how I never thought of this before... Take a couple of my favorite things and bake them all together.

The great thing about this recipe is that neither the chocolate, peanut butter nor bananas have a dominate taste in the bread. There is a good mix of each of them and the bread is moist. It also makes 2 loaves so you can freeze one and eat one.

Makes 2 Loaves
~ 12 slices per loaf
~185 calories per slice
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 bananas, mashed
1 cup milk (I used soy milk and you can't taste the difference.)
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I might try dark chocolate next time.)

1) Stir together flour, sugars, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Put aside.
2) Beat together bananas, milk, peanut butter, vanilla and egg. Mix in dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips.
3) Pour batter into 2 greased loaf pans. The batter will be about 1/2 a pan but the bread will almost double in size when baking.
4) Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until done.

Apple Blackberry Cake / Bread

Last week I was going through some papers and found a recipe I cut out from a Martha Stewart magazine. It was for an Apple Blackberry Cake / Bread. The picture looked delicious! Even though we planned on camping for the weekend, I decided to make the cake/bread... I assumed whatever didn't get eaten during the week, we'd just bring along with us... I assumed wrong... Nothing was left. I made this cake/bread on Tuesday and it was eaten by Friday morning from just the two of us. It was a big hit in the kitchen and something I'd make again. The recipe was sugar quick and easy.

Granulated sugar, for pan
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp butter cut into pieces (for topping)
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tbsp packed light brown sugar (for topping)
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
4 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into wedges (I used granny smith apple because they're my favorite)
1 cup blackberries
1/4 tsp cinnamon

1. Butter a 9" springform pan and dust with granulated sugar.
2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
3. Whisk together melted butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, milk and eggs in a separate bowl. Whisk flour mixture into wet ingredient bowl.
4. Spread batter evenly into prepared plan. Arrange apple wedges over batter and sprinkle with blackberries. Gently press fruit into batter.
5. Combine remaining 2 tbsp brown sugar, cinnamon and remaining 2 tbsp butter into a bowl. Cut into pieces and sprinkle over fruit.
6. Bake at 375 degrees for about 24-50 min or util cake tester is clean.

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