This weekend we had a great time in Lake George, NY. There were so many places to eat and so many things to do but not enough time 😦 We did go to a really good restaurant for lunch, The Lobster Pot. I ordered Oysters, OMG Delicious! And the hubby had Surf and Turf which tasted so good. I would love to go back and eat there again. If you’re in the area try to make it part of your lunch/dinner destination.
Sunday night on PBS, I caught a gimps of the documentary, Food Inc. Have you seen it? The few minutes I saw were very upsetting. They showed cattle on very large areas of land that appeared to be bare from any grass. Don’t get confused, the land they were on is not a farm but a factory. Cows are fed corn to “beef” them up quicker. Cows are meant to eat grass people! Corn is being consumed in outrages amounts even my humans and we are oblivious. Grab a box of an edible product (maybe not even edible, check your shampoo or soap) and it probably has some corn product. Don’t get me wrong I like my meat and chicken but I don’t want a sweatshop piece of meat. My lunch today, no meat! Dinner might be some wild fish or salad. I don’t thing either will be safe in Food Inc though. I think, I might just need to grow my own…EVERYTHING!
Lunch yesterday was a steak and guacamole fajita I bought from the local Mexican spot. Yum! I wish I could replicate it at home but I have no diea what type of seasoning they use on the meat. It’s all about the seasoning, that great flavor. I’ve bought pre-packaged packets of fajita seasoning but there is no comparison. It’s weird, the packets are full of hot spices and salt but yet the flavor falls flat. I guess I’ll just have to keep buying the fajitas at the local restaurant. 🙂
Growing up there were always 2 types of bread in our house. Our week bread, which was slice bread one buys in the supermarket and our weekend bread. On Saturday and Sunday it was fresh Italian bread or French baguettes. The bakery was about 15 city blocks away so my father would take his bicycle, very French of him, but we lived in New York City. Once he arrived with the fresh bread we would devour it. I would use my hands instead of a knife and so would my mother. We loved the crispy, crunchiness and smell and I would dip it in coffee like my father. Throughout the day I would grab pieces of dough, leaving the outer crust intact. When my parents went to get a piece all they got was a hollow crusted bread. I was scolded almost every weekend. Now a days I use a knife and add some butter, that’s all it needs.
Here is an easy Baguette recipe from “French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano.
BAGUETTES (makes 4)
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 2 cups warm water
- 4 to 5 unbleached all purpose white flour
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 egg, beaten and mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water
- In a small bowl dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Stir with fork. Set aside for 10 minutes.
- Combine the flour and salt. Add the yeast mixture and stir the remaining 1 1/2 cups of water. Mix the dough until it is sticky enough to knead. On a lightly floured board, knead for 6 to 10 minutes. The dough should be sticky and smooth. Put the dough in a bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and let rise at room temperature until double in volume, about1 hour.
- Punch down the dough and divide into 4 pieces. Roll each into a ball and shape into a baguette. Transfer the loaves to a lightly greased baking sheet and let rise until nearly doubled.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Brush the baguettes with egg water mixture. Score the loaves diagonally across the top with a sharp knife
- Pour 2 cups of hot water into a pan and place in the preheated oven next to the baguettes to provide moisture. Bake the baguettes for 15 minutes and then lower the temperature to 400 degrees and bake for 5 to 10 minutes more, until golden br0wn. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack before slicing.
Today I bought lunch, second time this week, not the norm. I got egg salad on a toasted onion bagel. I like both but this combo together does not work. The deli guy should have warned me. I usually get egg salad on a raisin bagel but I wanted to try something new. I thought the onion would enhance the flavors of the salad. To my disappointment the onion bits on the bagel were all burnt, giving the salad that nice charred flavor. LOL! Tomorrow I’ll try to brown bag something from home. By the way, including a small water lunch was $6.42. Now, can someone give me a piece a gum to kill this horrible taste.
Today, “The Pioneer Woman” Ree Drummond was on The View to promote her cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks. In all honesty I wasn’t thrilled about the segment, it felt rushed. Maybe it was just me but I think the ladies from The View could have let Ree speak a little more and talk more about her recipes. But regardless, I enjoyed the few minutes she had to promote her site and the book. I love her photographs, she’s inspired me to get a better camera and start snapping some pics.
Did anyone else watch???
Would you believe I buy cookbooks but I can count in one hand the number of times I’ve actually made a recipe from those books. It’s been about 2 years since I’ve bought a cookbook (not including memoirs with recipes) and to tell you the truth I don’t think I’ll ever make anything from those books. Maybe given that it’s been so long since my last purchase and I’ve started a food blog, I’ll buy a cookbook that I’ll actually use. Do you use your cookbooks? Do you have a favorite?