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Things I want to cook this weekend

This is more like Alyx’s to-do list for the weekend, but I thought I’d share it with everyone anyway.

1. Pasta Carbonara. After reading about the virtues of carbonara in last month’s Saveur (which I now can’t find online…), I have had an unstoppable craving for the stuff. Time to bite the bullet and just make it for dinner tonight. I like the addition of leeks in Bon Appetit’s April 2008 recipe (pictured left) and the whole poached egg in Gourmet’s October 2009 recipe (pictured right). I’m already thinking about rushing home after work today to make some and it’s not even 2 pm yet….

2. As I mentioned the other day, my good friend Alice is coming over on Sunday to bake bread with me. We’re going to be making a plain loaf and some focaccia, which I have never tried to make before. Focaccia is one of my favorite kinds of bread. I love bathing it in olive oil and rosemary and stuffing it in my mouth. I have complete faith in Mr. Lahey at this point, so I am very excited about trying out his focaccia recipe.

3. I have been thinking about this breakfast pizza ever since Smitten Kitchen posted about it last month. Maybe I just have bread, egg, and bacon on the mind (see items 1 and 2 in this list), but it looks amazing. With all the bread baking going on this weekend I don’t know if I’ll get around to this one, but I hope to soon. {image and recipe from Smitten Kitchen}

I could go on at this point. I am drooling over Alton Brown’s chewy cookies on Lovin’ From the Oven. And I’ve been wanting to try Gourmet’s Caramel Pecan Cakes as cupcakes with cinnamon icing and a drizzle of caramel. And I could go home and look through all the flagged recipes in my stacks of food magazines. But I probably won’t even make it through the first three things on my list. This is the problem with accumulating foods I want to eat faster than I can eat them.

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Diary of a Foodie

I don’t know how I’m a million years behind on this, but over the weekend I discovered Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie. Season One originally ran on PBS in the fall of 2006 and the ten episodes are now available on Hulu. I watched the first two episodes, “China – One Billion Foodies” and “Anatomy of a Meal with Jose Andres”, this weekend in between my Lost Season One binge (TV on DVD is amazing, isn’t it?). I especially enjoyed the episode with Jose Andres, a molecular gastronomy chef based in Washington DC (I’ve been to his tapas bar, Jaleo, and it’s delicious). He made a deconstructed wine tasting with a layer of grape gelee on the bottom of the plate, seven different flavor notes on top (ex. vanilla), and finished with a spritz of alcohol. I’m dying to try it. Anyway, if you like food and/or traveling, you have to see this show!

{from Gourmet}

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Childhood Foods, Part 1: PB&J

This is the first of what will hopefully become a series of posts. Since leaving college and living in New York and buying all my own food, I have come to gain a new appreciation for certain childhood foods. They appeal to me because they are simple, require only a few ingredients, and are delicious. However, because I am now 23 and not 7, I have also been looking for little updates to these childhood classics. I’m starting here with PB & J this week but send me an email with any ideas for other childhood faves! I’ve been deviating from the standard peanut butter and jelly in small ways: using pita bread, substituting cashew butter for peanut butter, etc. Below are some more adventurous ideas from around the internet for making over good old PB&J

1. Cashew Strawberry Crunch from Martha Stewart. This looks so delicious and refreshing! Much lighter than the original PB & J. It’s cashew butter on Ryvita Fruit Crunch, topped with fresh strawberries and drizzle of honey. Yum.

2. There are several recipes for peanut butter and jelly cupcakes around. The delicious cupcake pictured above was baked at Tee & Cakes in Boulder, CO and was featured in a post on the lovely cupcake blog Cupcakes Take The Cake. If you want to try making your own PB&J cupcakes, check out the recipes at Serious Eats, Food Network, and CD Kitchen.

3. This Raspberry Jam and Almond Crumble Tart takes the idea of PB&J to a whole new level. It originally appeared in the December 2000 issue of Gourmet and can now be found on Epicurious. It looks delicious and super sophisticated, but for me the appeal is definitely the reference (intentional or not) to the classic sandwich.

Do you have a favorite take on peanut butter and jelly? Leave it in the comments!

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