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Friday, February 13, 2009


I DID make bread! I forgot how sinfully easy it is with the dough hook attachment on the KitchenAid mixer. You don't even have to break a sweat kneading. It's a little lumpy and unlovely in loaf form, and I think the crumb is a bit too tight, but it made a nice enough sandwich for Stinger's lunchbox, piled with smoked turkey, avocado, and radish sprouts. Yes, I make lunch for him to take to work. Yes, it's like having a school age child. Shut UP.

And now, flush with the success of my whole wheat bread, I'm in a very culinary mood. I think I'd like to try something out of this month's issue of Gourmet magazine, which is, as always, full of gorgeous, tempting recipes. Here are the editors' top ten picks for this month:

Parmesan Pull-Apart Rolls
Farmhouse Butternut Squash Soup
Braised Chile-Spiced Short Ribs with Black Beans
Southeast Asian Beef and Rice-Noodle Soup
Apricot Almond Linzertorte
Beer-Braised Beef and Onions
Buttermilk Fantail Rolls
Butterscotch Pudding
Black-Bean Burgers
Orange Polenta Cake

Yum, right? All of those sound wicked good to me. I've decided to take votes from you all to help me decide what to make. If you have your own issue of Gourmet lying around, or if you want to spend time perusing their fabulous website where all the recipes from the magazine are provided for free each month, I'll be happy to accept write-in candidates that aren't on this list of Editors' Top Ten. And then I'll test out whichever recipe gets the most votes and post pictures to show you how it all went. In honor of this effort, I'm even going to go buy a real camera, so the pictures won't be all grainy and iPhoney.


Squash soup and black-bean burgers.

And I like that you make Stinger's lunch. It's very romantic.

Apricot Almond Linzertorte. This has my vote because I want to see a pic when it's done!

it's a toss up between the Squash Soup and the Braised Ribs.

OMG. I want that sandwich. Did you mail me my slice of bread as requested??

Oh, wow, these all sound good--the braised chili-spiced short ribs caught my eye first...then there was the beer-braised beef and onions. Really, I think anything with the word "braised" in the title would win me over :).

Looking forward to finding out what you choose!!

Parmesan pull-apart rolls...yummy!

Thanks for voting! You guys are all over the place. LOL!

To keep the votes together, I'm adding my aunt's choice, originally posted to Facebook:

i like beer braised beef and onions....sounds so yummy!!!

And another FB vote, this one for Bnut squash soup!

I think the beer-braised beef sounds good. But do I even get a vote? Or am I technically a minor, and therefore not allowed to vote?

Either the short ribs or the black-bean burgers (both are tape-flagged in my copy)...

howdy there! i love your blog! i came upon it when i googled "Will Arnett", (who I am completely in love with!) and it gave me a link to your blog. Dang that Amy Pohler! (And also the fact that I'm married, as well) oh well. Happy Blogging!

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