Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares

Summertime desserts are hard. At least, they’re hard for me, and for a few reasons: 1) things melt when I don’t want them to, 2) it’s often too hot to turn on the oven, and 3) I prefer portable desserts where everyone can just pick one item off a tray and mosey on their merry way. Given these criteria, the perfect summertime desserts (for my purposes) often exclude:

  • Chocolate – too melty
  • Anything that requires precision baking – cakes, cookies, etc
  • Communal dishes like trifles or cobblers – again, I’m going for portable grab-and-go snacks here

I finally think I found a dessert that can work under all these self-imposed parameters, and it’s these lemon squares. They’ve got a wonderful tart, bright edge to them that’s not too sweet. And the crust, while it does require baking, is not precise and can easily be baked in a toaster oven to avoid heating up your whole kitchen. You basically just bake it until it’s golden brown. The amount of heat and temperature of the heat is not so important, as long as the darn crust gets some toasty color. That I can definitely handle.

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Summertime Bean Salad

Summertime Bean Salad

Hello all! How has everyone been???? Did you miss me? I missed you all terribly, but truth be told, summer is totally NOT my season, so I’ve pretty much been sprawled out on the floor with a fan blowing on me while Elliot knocks around yet another hair clip he views as HIS personal cat… [read more]

The Day I Murdered a Cream Cheese Pie

Cream Cheese Pie

Upon rifling through my grandmother’s recipe cards the other day, I came across one for a “cream cheese pie.” I was immediately intrigued. After all, I had never heard of such a dessert. And how was this dessert different from, let’s say, a cheesecake? Was there more to this than merely pouring cheesecake filling into… [read more]

Dacquoise – My K2

Dacquoise

Have you ever been so fascinated by something you’ve never seen, touched, smelled, tasted, or even heard of before? For me right now, it’s a dacquoise cake. Heck, I’m not even entirely sure how to pronounce the darn thing, but I’m in love with it right now. It’s a cake made with layers of nutty… [read more]

Some More Thoughts on Salt

Salt

Howdy! I’ve been thinking a lot about salt recently. I know, thrilling stuff, right? The poor stuff is so strongly loved and hated (like cilantro!….but I won’t go there). The culinary world loves it because it makes food taste like food. The medical world hates it because, when eaten in excessive quantities, it can lead… [read more]

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

A while back, Ben purchased about 4 gazillion deli quart containers from an online wholesaler. You know, the kind that chicken soup comes in? Yeah, those. At the time, I was toying with lots of chicken soup testing, and he thought it would be a good idea to have them on hand, and for obvious… [read more]

Gefilte Fish Outtakes

Gefilte Fish Outtakes

As promised, I’m now happy to present you all with the outtakes from my gefilte fish experiment. These were not some of my finest moments in the kitchen, I warn you. But, they include all of the popular favorite numbers you may have come to expect from me, such as: Tweet

The Gefilte Fish Experiment

The Gefilte Fish Experiment

When I first tried making homemade gefilte fish, I knew it was going to be a challenging and daunting experience. I knew it would involve me getting elbows deep in ground fish, and I knew there would be no fewer than three fish heads to contend with. Onions would be grated and I would cry…a… [read more]