Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Obama Inauguration; chocolate chip cookies; Joy of Cooking; The Perfect Cake’

I wished I were in DC today, or that I’d had time during the day to watch the Inauguration live. But just now, I watched it all on line, and I’m pretty happy.

This being a restaurant-food blog, my tie-in to Inauguration Day is that having gotten home late tonight (around 9:30 pm), and wanting to eat something “American,” I decided on the following “menu”:

Kraft macaroni and cheese - the dinner of champions

Kraft macaroni and cheese - the dinner of champions

And then, luckily, I’d done some baking over the weekend, so after my uncharacteristically-pre-packaged meal, I had two classic American dessert options. And I chose to eat both, of course.

homemade cupcakes

homemade cupcakes

I always get good results using the 1-2-3-4 cake recipe from the Joy of Cooking, as well as the classic French buttercream recipe from Susan Purdy’s The Perfect Cake.

homemade chocolate chip cookies

homemade chocolate chip cookies

And of course I use the recipe on the Nestle toll house packages for my chocolate chip cookie needs. The keys to success are (1) using a Silpat and (2) pulling the cookies out of the oven when they still look pretty raw. (And while I’m on the topic – yes, I’ve baked the cookies using Valrhona chocolate bars that I’ve crushed, but I love whatever additive is in Nestle chocolate chips to prevent them from just melting away into the cookie dough. My Valrhona experiments always turned my chocolate chip cookies into chocolate cookies, which isn’t bad, but it’s not a chocolate-chip cookie).

Well, so that was my culinary tribute to Inauguration Day. I was mildly disappointed to have missed out on the free donuts offered today at Krispy Kreme to Americans, but I figure Obama’s inauguration means more than a free donut. So I’ve made peace with my no-free-donut status.

I’m so proud of my country. Cheers!

Read Full Post »