Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
After we got back, our fridge decided to stop working. So after purging everything from the fridge, I had done a costco run a couple weeks ago. I came across these vanilla beans, not knowing exactly what I would use them for, but knowing that I had wanted to try something with real vanilla beans for a while. I had forgotten about the cheesecake recipe, not realizing that this is the perfect kind of thing for real vanilla beans.
It's funny when happy accidents like this happen. I can't wait to make my cheesecake, but since it serves 10 easily, we will need some help eating it. Any takers??
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The MAC- Milwaukee Athletic Club. The reception was here in a huge ballroom.
I didn't bring a lens with a zoom, so this turned out pretty blurry. The room had huge crystal chandelliers and a white ornate ceiling with pink and green hues.
The group went out to a couple different places after the wedding. We made it to the first one for about a half-hour, and then we called it a night around 12:30am. We had an 8:00am flight back to San Diego, which was way too long and cramped, so we didn't want to be too miserable on it. All in all, it was a fantastic weekend.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I wove the lattice over the top and crimped the edges. Not as perfect as Mom's usually are... but it tasted good. I am excited to work on perfecting the crust. I might have to bring you out Mom just for a quick refresher course on that! I am sure we would have fun trying different pies. Chris has requested a lemon meringue and a banana cream pie at some point. Looks like I will have no problem practicing!
Peach and Strawberry Pie
3 cups of all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2/3 cup chilled vegetable shortening, diced
1 stick plus 2 tablespoons chilled butter, diced
10 tablespoons ice water (I didn't use all of the water, but wondered if I would have had less cracking of the dough as I was rolling it out if I had. Does anyone know?)
For the filling:
4 cups frozen peaches (about 1-2 bags from the grocery store)
3 cups of fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/2 cup golden brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch (I increased this by a teaspoon or two, and probably could have increased it even more.)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten with a splash of water for the glaze
Combine crust ingredients in a large bowl and cut in the shortening with the pastry blender. Add the water 2 tablespoons at a time until the dough starts to come together. Once fully moistened, gather the dough into a ball and cut it in two. Form each half into a ball and place them in separate plastic bread bags. Press down to flatten balls slightly into disks. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour until chilled. Can be done in advance.
Mix the filling ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine. I let this defrost on the counter for about an hour and a half before baking.
Assembly: Take the first dough disk out of the fridge and remove from bag onto a generously floured counter. Allow to come to room temperature for about 10 minutes. Flouring the rolling pin and gently roll out the dough to approximately 13" in diameter. Place into a buttered pie dish letting the sides hang over the edge. Spoon the filling evenly into the crust. Roll out the second dough disk in the same manner as the first. Using your fluted pastry edger or a pizza cutter, slice 3/4 inch strips of the dough. Place the longer strips across the middle of the pie, saving two. Place five strips across the top of the pie. Working one at a time, start on one side and fold back 3 of the 5 strips. Lay a new strip across the 2 remaining strips, then fold back the 3 strips to cover. Continue, alternating folding back the 2 or 3 strips as you weave the lattice top. Trim the excess dough and strips around the sides leaving about an inch overall. Press the bottom crust and strips together and crimp with your fingertips. Brush with the egg glaze and sprinkle with coarse-ground sugar.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, then reduce to 350 degrees for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool in the pan on a rack for an hour before serving.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Stained glass in the church and the outline of Chris. The glass was really pretty, and it looked almost like it had been painted on. I didn't frame this one, I just took what the camera gave me. Sometimes that works out!
Marc Kreisler helped me play with the time delay feature on my camera. It was so cool! This photo was actually taken over 20 seconds, which is why you can see the candle flickering. You really need a tripod, because over that much time, any movement is going to cause a blur. I didn't have a tripod, so I set my camera down on the table and went for it. Again, a lucky accident. I am so excited to play around with this feature going forward! (PS: Did you notice the whipped butter? That was an individual serving. No kidding! It was super good too. I swear I didn't eat the whole thing, but I was tempted!) Action shot of the cha-cha, or perhaps the entrance dance. The happy couple entered to Justin Timberlake's I'm bringing Sexy Back which sort of set the tone for the rest of the night. They actually learned the cha-cha for their first dance, which was to a traditional song. It was really cool to see how intricate the moves were on the dance floor. It wasn't long before we all made it onto the dance floor!
Friday, June 13, 2008
We are truly so lucky to live in such a beautiful place. It has been so much fun to see everything that has been going on around the golf tournament. I have been working so close to the event, and you would think it would just be a madhouse up here, but it has been amazingly managable. I avoided the traffic on Tuesday and Thursday, but braved it today because Tiger and Phil aren't teeing off until 1:30 pm. I am so excited to go see the action this weekend. We won't be able to take in cameras, but I did get these fun shots during the practice round on Wednesday afternoon.
This is the back of the leaderboard: Looks like it is still a pretty manual process!
Hope you enjoy the tv coverage and Happy Father's Day on Sunday! I love you Dad!!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I clicked over to Emily Falconbrige's blog today and noticed something familiar... she and her family are in italy, and they took a picture of some pizza that they had in naples. I swear, the pizza I made last night looked a lot like this! Now, if only I didn't have to work and had the gelato shoppe as well, I would be set! hehe. I would love to go to Italy sometime soon. I think I will make it down to Little Italy first, but the photos look great.
The city is pretty old, so there was some cool architecture all around. I particularly liked this building, even though it probably didn't really fit in with most of the rest of the city.
PS: The yellow delicious apple was amazing.