Monthly Archives: March 2010

NYC March 2010

my most favorite city in the world is New York City. Granted, I’ve only been to a handful of places, but whenever I travel, NYC seems to remain at the top of my list. I seem to keep adding more and more things I like about NY each trip, and this one was no exception. […]

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Food: A Simple Udon Dinner

One of my favorite go-to dinners I like to make is an udon noodle soup. it isn’t exactly entirely homemade, but it is definitely tasty and nutritious. first I start with some Tokusen Udon from the asian market. I like this brand because it includes the flavor packets to make the broth (some udon from […]

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Happy St. Patty’s Day

This morning during my commute, I passed by a deli’s window and saw a man eating with a stuffed animal seated next to him. it is hard to tell from the picture, but the stuffed dog had on a green collar – probably for St. Patty’s day!

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Food: Dutch Oven Baked Honey Bread

Continuing the bread obsession I’ve been having, see the 1st post for the basic recipe and my 2nd post for the sesame version, I decided I wanted to make a lightly sweetened honey bread using the same dutch oven technique to get that delicious chewy crust. In addition to the flour (20 oz by weight), […]

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Food: Creme Brulee for 40

As a dessert to follow the great chili pot of 2010, I decided to make creme brulee servings for 40 people. Creme brulee is easily one of the most consistent desserts I make, but to make it for 40 – I encountered some problems. the first was the 40 servings – I only had about […]

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Food: Dutch Oven Baked Sesame Bread

A variation I’ve been wanting to try since baking the first loaf from Ratio is a sesame bread. I used the same basic recipe, but then coated the proofed dough with water and covered it with untoasted sesame seeds (which I got for a great price at Buon Italia in chelsea market). I pre-heated my […]

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Food: Dutch Oven Baked Bread

I love the sourdough bread boule from Panera bread. It has a super crispy crust and a soft consistent interior. In my previous attempts at baking, I never got quite the same consistency, usually ending up with a loaf that had a good soft interior, but an average exteior. I read about professional ovens and […]

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Photo: DIY Lightbox

As I get more and more into photography, I went from the kit lens to the more high-end lenses (f 2.8 100mm USM macro and f2.8 24-70L), then I went to get the flashes (first a 430ex, then a 580exii). Now that I have the “essential” hardware, I wanted some light modifiers. It started with […]

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Food: Epic Chili Dinner

As a challenge for myself, I sometimes like to host large dinner parties where I am responsible for cooking almost all the food for the night. The latest dinner was my biggest yet. Normally I had been cooking for 15-20 guests, which was a challenge in itself in my old place with a single oven […]

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