Posts Tagged ‘snow’

twas a week, it was

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Monday was the day of two things.

Thing one: a cold but quite lame attempt at snowfall. (Included for reference, a very short puppy.)

Thing two: A Theory of Computation mid-term related breakdown. It was a very short breakdown.

I ended it by making coffee cake.

Blueberry coffee cake.

Blueberry cheese coffeecake.

Blueberry Cheese Coffeecake
Adapted from The Best Quick Breads by Beth Hensperger

Cheese Filling
8 oz cream cheese (light if you’re so inclined – I wasn’t) room temperature or microwaved until soft enough to stir
1/4 cup sugar
Juice from half a lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
1 egg
1 tablespoon flour

Crumb Topping
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces

Cake
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup milk (anything but skim)
2 cups frozen or 1 pint fresh blueberries

1) Heat the oven to 350. Grease a 10 inch springform pan.

2) Mix together the cream cheese filling ingredients until smooth (or at least until the lumps are so small you can’t seem to catch and defeat them – that’ll do).

3) In a separate bowl, mix together the flours, sugar, and cinnamon and then rub in the butter until the whole thing is crumbly.

4) In a third bowl (I know, it’s a lot of bowls, but it’s good coffee cake), stir together the butter and sugar, then add the eggs and vanilla. Add the flours, baking powder and salt and stir until mostly mixed. Add the milk slowly and stir to combine, then scrape all the batter into the prepared cake pan.

5) Press half the blueberries into the batter, trying not to get all the way to the edge.

6) Pour all of the cheese filling over the blueberries, again avoiding the edges by about half an inch, and then pu the remaining blueberries on top of the cheese filling.

7) Cover the whole thing with the crumb topping and gently pres down, being careful to get it around the edges.

8) Bake for 45 – 55 minutes, until lightly browned and the cheese is set in the middle.

Also produced by the Emma-breakdown-machine: almond oat no bake cookies and crunchy garlic cheese crackers.

After all that baking, I put dinner in Crockett’s capable hands. Baja mahi (say it out loud, it’s fun!) and lime pilaf. Delicious.

walk like an egyptian

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

I’m not a good sick person.

I spend a lot of time declaring my imminent death, and time starts to blur together.

Friday night was first Friday, but in the war between art and whining about my cold, whining won. We ended up going downtown Louisville, where we actually saw some art anyway – which basically means that my cold is some kind of magic eight ball.

Crockett had butternut squash risotto. It was delicious.

As if there were any suspense to be had….

I had the calamari salad.

Saturday morning I woke up sick and ravenous.

Is it feed a fever starve a cold? Because if it’s that way I’m definitely doing it wrong.

I filled the bowl up as full as humanly possible.

I was watched. Or my cereal was watched.

It’s so hard to know what’s going on in the head of a puppy.

Friends of ours had a co-ed baby shower yesterday, so we got nibblies for lunch, and then Crockett took off in the middle of a snowstorm for a mountain weekend with the boys.

What’s a sickish girl to eat when she’s all alone with snow and her puppies?

Butternut squash soup from a box, of course. With a little (ok, a lot of) hot sauce, poured over a spoonful of yogurt (invisible but there), and topped with some toasted pecans.

So yummy.

I do have a perfectly good office somewhere in this house, in case you’re wondering – I just choose not to work there.

See? Snow.

Just in case you thought I was lying.

new new new

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Something new and exciting is happening in the life of Emma, but I’m not going to tell you what it is because I still have details to work out. Serious, pain in the ass details. However, on Tuesday night, the night of -17 degree weather, I had some experimenting to do.

Experimenting in the form of apple crumble bars.

Specifically, apple chipotle crumble bars…

And apple almond crumble bars.

Clearly I didn’t enjoy them at all.

And does cold weather make anyone else want to eat scones, or is it just me? These chocolate chunk oatmeal scones are a mash up of several different recipes, since we had no buttermilk, eggs, or baking soda. They turned out pretty darn good. Plus, look, sparkly!