I had chess pie for the first time when a former roommate of
mine made it in South Carolina. It’s a southern staple – essentially a custard
pie thickened slightly with cornmeal.
Now, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of the pie the
first go round. I wasn’t really a fan of my roommate, either. Not because he wasn’t
a great person & friend – he was! I just don’t like roommates very much. Of
So far, Seth has remained the exception. I like hanging out with him, I’m relaxed and totally myself when he’s home, and my hair hasn’t started falling out from stress (as it has with previous roommates).
It certainly helps that he is a willing and enthusiastic taste tester. I’m learning how to gauge his reactions to a recipe rather quickly now. I can tell whether he likes something without any words, simply by reading his body language and facial expressions.
With the crispy. With the crumbly. With the cheesy.
And the herby. The buttery. The flaky.
Ugh. Perfection. Especially drop biscuits. There’s no folding, no cutting – not that we mind those things, we don’t, sometimes you just need a quick and easy biscuit. Just a little mix, a gentle scoop, and a quick bake.
The secret is the cast iron pan. It gives you the crust. That golden brown, crunchy, melted butter goodness. No, it’s not entirely necessary to use a cast iron pan to make these. A round cake pan, (Hell! A square cake pan.) would do. You won’t have the crust, but you’ll have the closeness. And did you know? That actually helps the biscuits rise! Learned that years ago from Alex at GB&D and I’ll never forget it.
That up there? Oh, just a recipe for Brown Sugar & Spice Snack Mix that I made for Webster’s a few weeks ago. I absolutely luh-huv how the recipe turned out and the photos too! And I’m not the only one! Chex Mix cereal saw them on Instagram and sent me the most wonderful care package ever! It’s full of holiday goodies and recipes themed around classic Christmas movies. I can’t wait to make treats!
I just started watching the second Holiday edition of Great British Bake-Off and it makes me so stinking happy. And in the mood to develop a recipe for mulled wine.
Speaking of mulled wine! The Christkindlmarket starts in Chicago tomorrow! Seth and I will be in town next week and I cannot wait to take him! He’s never been. Ever! Oh what fun (and wine) we’ll have!
How behind the times am I in having just joined The FeedFeed? I have a little profile page that links to everything if you’re interested in taking a look!
To that end – should I also be joining Food Gawker? Is that still a thing? Oy am I out of touch!
Actually, I am aggressively out of touch. Because I just started watching Charlie Berens videos. His one on Midwest Nice?! Hello, my business model!
This writing, posting, trying thing. It feels good.
Right. I’m in the zone, wrapped up in the flow. It’s a combination of therapy,
personal growth books, trusting my gut, and ignoring my fear. It’s also a touch
of CBD oil for the nerves and a good cry when necessary.
But I’m doing it all for this. Right here.
This perfectly flaky, ridiculously crispy, and delightfully easy Braided Apple Danish.
I’m currently sitting in a Chicago coffee shop after a night spent enjoying lasagna and red velvet cake with friends. I made the drive down yesterday – something I haven’t done in the better part of a year.
Before leaving, I did something else I hadn’t in ages – roasted a chicken! I used to do this fairly regularly, roasting it one day to eat off of for the week. Not rocket science or even an entirely new idea, but genius nonetheless.
One of the biggest struggles I’ve discovered in living with
someone and in working from home is what the heck do we eat?! Seth is a big,
Midwestern guy with a big, Midwestern appetite. He likes meat and potatoes with
a side of meat and potatoes. Whereas I, on the other hand, ate the same salad
every day behind the bar for nearly two years. We only get a few dinners together
per week, so I feel the desire to make sure we eat good meals when we have the
opportunity to share them.
Obviously, there’s been quite a learning curve. I’ve never
owned a business before, never been my own boss. There have been victories
(magazine cover coming soon!) and I have been defeated (lost a major client).
On the whole, though, I’d say there have been more positives than negatives and
even the negatives have been great learning experiences. (Or at least, that’s
what I’m telling myself with the new tools I’m learning in therapy.)
For instance, I think my videos are getting better and
better. To the point where I’m actually proud of them!