Welcome Home

22 May

I’ve been home for a little over a week now, and I’ve been showered with all different kinds of feasts.  On my first day back, the fam and I went to a fantastic restaurant called Barrel House, where I had a nice juicy piece of rib eye.  The rents got lamb and fish which were also equally as good.  For dessert, a lovely peanut butter and jelly bread pudding with burnt sugar ice cream.  Can you say “yum”??

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My beautiful rib eye, complete with a crispy-fried cake of mushroom risotto (hidden by the enormous piece of meat).

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The Lamb. Need I say more?

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Fancy fish, cooked “sous vide,” aka poached in a bag full of marinade. Yum!

The next day, we had yet another feast.  We had burgers (recipes that sparked my interest from the BuzzFeed article: 28 Badass Burgers To Grill This Weekend) and bao bao; a quintessential daughter-just-returned-from-college-meal.

I of course made a Key Lime Pie (yes, with real key limes) whose delicate yet distinct flavor contrasted nicely with the robust savoriness of the burgers and bao bao.  To top it all off, the weather cleared up and the neighbors came over to enjoy the pie with us!

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I obviously needed to instagrill the production of the Badass Burgers…

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…and the steaming of the bao bao.

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The final product- a happy Soph and jealous instafoodies.*

*Note, Badass Burgers consumed: #1, #3, and #12.

-Drum Roll Please-

The Key Limes…

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…and The Pie

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Back to Basics

26 Apr

So it’s been a while. School has kept me quite busy. I found a babysitting gig and the kiddos are über cute. The girls and I decided to make some good old fashioned chocolate chip cookies to pass the time. As a kid, I always loved being the lead baker in a cooking endeavor. Nervously,I let kids take over my key role in the kitchen. There were no fires, no explosions, no tears, and no injuries. On top of all that the cookies were fantastic!

We enjoyed the cookies as my duty as babysitter came to an end for the day. Job well done girls!

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Food in Instagram

17 Feb

Even though instagramming food is considered socially unacceptable, let’s be honest, it’s mildly addictive.  I get particularly guilty of food-instagramming when I try something new or a masterpiece has been created.  So here are a few things clogging up my Instagram:

ImageThese dumplings were a replacement for ones that I could have made myself for Chinese New Year.  I tried to find wraps for them at Whole Foods, but couldn’t find them! I was so sad.  So I ventured over to the freezer section and picked out possibly the saltiest food substance I have ever consumed.  Mmm…

ImageShortly after eating the saltiest dumplings ever, I went over to my friends’ dorm to watch the Grammys and eat gourmet steak and shrimp kabobs!  Needless to say, an Instagram of this masterpiece was necessary.

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On Friday, my boss and I discovered the Red Hook Lobster Pound food truck.  We were a bit skeptical at first, but were quickly enamored with it.  The Maine style lobstah roll was totally up to par with my -elitist- New England lobstah palette.

Food Carvings

27 Jan

For Christmas, I was lucky enough to get a nice ceramic knife and cutting board (small enough for my pathetic square footage of counter space). This week, I was excited to go to package services to grab my box full of kitchenware! I even waited in line for a good 20 minutes because let’s be real, package services sucks more than anything. I decided to wait until I went grocery shopping by work –which was an affordable success!– so I would have some fresh pickings to chop up. Needless to say, the knife served its purpose elegantly. And the cutting board literally fits perfectly in front of my microwave. 🙂

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Food Cravings

24 Jan

Why is food so expensive in DC? Maybe it’s the organic, well-lived, happy spirited vegetables that the grocery stores are stocked with, maybe it’s the ridiculous amount of sales tax citizens of the District have to add to their food bill.  Regardless, I’ve been craving some nice home made meals and I haven’t found time to go grocery shopping (this full time student, part time 9-5er.. well 9-2.. gig has been keeping me rather busy).  Tomorrow I will be going grocery shopping at a Giant that’s essentially attached to the building I work in!  Instead of $2.50/lb for apples, it’s $1.50/lb.  Gum is about 50 cents cheaper there, and I’m sure rewards cards are available for even more life/money-saving deals.

In the mean time, I’ll be drooling in my dreams over my last meal at home- a goose pot pie courtesy of Grillaz (omg) and jiao jiao.

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Winter Break

8 Jan

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been lounging on my couch, watching How I Met Your Mother and not wondering about school or work or anything important.  Over the holidays, I’ve made many desserts, including the Chocolate Cranberry Tart, and more recently, an Amaretto Cheesecake.

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The Amaretto Cheesecake came after a hearty meal complete with duck, rice, carrots, broccoli, etc. all cooked with some form of animal grease.  Delicious.

The next day we had a 7 pound ham brunch, with scrambled eggs and potatoes prepared by wicked awesome mastah grillah Mike.  Booyah!  Oh yeah- we had some awesome baby back ribs too.  Dry rub, smoked, and slathered.  Perfection!

Cranberry Chocolate Tart

4 Dec

This pie is phenomenal.  It is inexplicably delicious; it’s the perfect balance of sweet and tart. This is the perfect holiday dessert and is guaranteed to be a favorite!

New traditions are being made.

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Semi-sweet baking chocolate.  Nuff said

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Frosted cranberries to go on top of the pie. 🙂 Makes me think of Christmas.  I kept this part till the end so I could put the warm cranberries on top of the pie as soon as they came out of the oven.

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The finished product!!!