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Gingham Apron
Nevada
Mother // Girlfriend // Betty Crocker Wannabe
Interests: music, cooking, movies, photography, baking, my children, my boyfriend, being crafty, fiber dyeing, attempting to knit
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I've spent a month and a half roughly on Typepad, and it's just not as easy for me to use and customize as I would like so I've made the transition to Wordpress and rather enjoy it over there. :) GINGHAM APRON ON WORDPRESS Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2010 at Gingham Apron
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Awhile back I'd saved a link to a blog showing how to make mayo. I tried it, and wasted 1.5 cups of oil and 2 eggs. I was more ticked about the oil because that's a lot of freakin' oil! So I looked for another recipe and found one with a few more pictures and less ingredients. Ingredients 1 egg yolk 1 cup oil (I used canola) 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard (or more to taste) 1-2 Tablespoons lemon juice Whisk egg yolk, add in a few drops of lemon juice and keep whisking. Always keep whisking. Start adding oil in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2010 at Gingham Apron
Sounds like some sort of sick little child labor joke in the making, right? Not if your name is Caitlin Flanagan. She "penned" the four page atrocity that is titled "Cultivating Failure" for The Atlantic. Thank you Stacy for linking me to this train wreck. My head exploded reading the first page of Caitlin Flanagan's elitist and racist rant. I didn't even get through the second page and I just had to stop. How can someone who is permitted to write and be published, even if only on the internet, be so unbelievably ignorant? *head desk* She thinks that school... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2010 at Gingham Apron
This was linked to me on TheKitchn. I never watched much Jamie Oliver before, but I think I <3 him now. Watch this... make the 21 minutes and 52 seconds right now and watch it. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2010 at Gingham Apron
Let me preface this by saying I didn't mean to ignore my blog for 4 days, but we've had family things going on. Family night with both of David's brothers for sushi (for me and his brothers anyhow), the youngest brother is moving into a new place and I've been helping his girlfriend with moving stuff. Oh and the weather here has been rather lovely so garden prepping and spring cleaning has been starting up. Anyhow... on to the real subject of this post..... I was discussing with Stacy that I would like to have a challenge partner for a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2010 at Gingham Apron
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This morning I got up and made pancakes for us (I'll post the recipe for that another time), and after that I made David his "present", which was lemon scones. Really I just wanted a reason to zest a lemon. ;) He is a fan of scones though, but I figured it might be easier than tiramisu (which is one of his favorites). I Googled of course, and found a recipe that sounded perfect. I already had all the stuff I needed! Lemon Scones 3 cups flour 1 tablespoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ cup sugar ½ teaspoon... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2010 at Gingham Apron
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The idea that cuts of meat are good for specific things tends to escape me. I could not tell you what would be the best thing for making shredded beef, or what is the best cut for stew meat. I base all meat on what it looks like. My #1 criteria that meat must meet is lean. Super lean. I tend to stand around cutting fat off meat when I apparently am not suppose to (something about flavor... yaddayadda). I can't help it. I'll cut around fat at a nice restaurant, I have no shame. Luckily Whole Foods seems to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2010 at Gingham Apron
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David's dad used to make hamburger patties smothered in cream of mushroom soup. I on the other hand have only done it with marmite gravy. Tonight I decided to make mushroom soup to go with it. I thought it was delicious, though I always manage to feel guilty after eating creamy soups. After potato leek soup I swear I need to diet for a month, and this is the same way. :P Homemade Mushroom Soup Ingredients 8 ounce package mushrooms, sliced 1/4 cup onions, chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped 2 Tablespoons olive oil 3 Tablespoons flour 2 cups chicken broth... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2010 at Gingham Apron
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A few years back I tried doing homemade laundry soap of the homemade variety. It wasn't bad, but powder was more of a pain than I wanted to deal with since you needed to mix it with water to ensure that it dissolved properly. In 2008 I got my LG Tromm washer and dryer set, and it was HE so I used HE detergent until we came back to Nevada. I had been doing some research because I was pretty well set on not having commercial chemicals all over my house (yeah, I've cheated a bit, but I'm still over... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at Gingham Apron
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I asked one of my friends who happens to be extremely thrifty and crafty how she does it, and how she stays clear of the fast food and too much impulse buying. Since my ER visit, I've also been wanting to up my pathetic fiber intake. Her answer to me was "muesli!". I of course Googled, because that's what I do. I got a rough idea was muesli is about, and picked up the last few things I needed today. Tomorrow morning I shall try my creation. My poor kids may not like it when their "fancy" cereal is gone... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at Gingham Apron
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I got a bag of pears at Whole Foods nearly 2 weeks ago at Whole Foods. Of course they've not all been eaten, so there was a good half a dozen that needed to be eaten pronto. I gave some to the girls for lunch, and then tried to figure out what to do with the remainder of them. I Googled. Pear Cake I of course, made some changes, and realized that the cook time was too long when I pulled out a starting to burn cake. >_< I also think next time I will use two springform pans and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2010 at Gingham Apron
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I had some leeks from my Azure Standard order, and celery from a 4 pack at Costco (yes, both were organic, thank you). I had it in my head to do a variation on potato and leek soup, but found that after a day full of cooking and a baking I didn't feel like cutting up potatoes. So I did what I once feared and kept myself clear of .... yes, I improvised. *gasp* A few years ago if I deviated from a recipe I felt like I would either A) screw it up or B) go to cooking hell.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2010 at Gingham Apron
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I've made it before, and I always feel like I can improve on it. This time I made some slight changes, although the broth is not exactly what I want a touch to sweet for me. Maybe a bit more pepper. The rest of it was fantastic though. This is just a rough guess as to amounts.. 7-8 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 cups beef broth 1/4 teaspoon basil 1/4 teaspoon sage 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 3-4 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2 1/2 cups Gruyère cheese, shredded 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded 4... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2010 at Gingham Apron
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I tried a few days ago and wasted 2.5 cups of coconut, and 4 eggs. Stacy was nice enough to point me towards a coconut macaroon recipe she had used that was more like what I had made back in Texas in 2008. Coconut macaroon recipes that call for flour or for you to whip the egg whites into peaks is NOT a proper coconut macaroon recipe. Just trust me on this. I didn't even bake the whole batch, and what did get cooked didn't even get half eaten before it was trashed. This recipe is full of win though,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2010 at Gingham Apron
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I click around on websites, and when I was given the link to a recipe on Smitten Kitchen I of course poked around. I stumbled upon a homemade Oreo Cookie recipe. I've not had Oreo's in a LONG time. Mostly because I don't let many processed foods into the house. I've been on a baking binge as of late and I figured I'd give them a try. While they're not exactly like Oreo's, they're still not too shabby (and organic to boot). :D Homemade Oreo Cookies Makes 25 to 30 sandwich cookies For the chocolate wafers: 1 1/4 cups all-purpose... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2010 at Gingham Apron
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The other day I was told how delicious roasted garlic is. I can't remember if I'd actually had straight up roasted garlic. A while back I got a terra cotta garlic roaster. I, once again, shamefully admit that it has gone unused. For like 2 years. *hangs head in shame* So tonight after baking bread and cookies (yes, I was a busy woman) I tossed in a few garlic bulbs. It's really super hard to do. Ready.. ?? Remove outer paper to expose individual clove. Cut the tops off just enough to expose the flesh of each clove. Drizzle olive... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2010 at Gingham Apron
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I tried to make coconut macaroons last night, and the recipe had way too much egg white and was more like coconut in an egg white shell. It didn't even get golden. I wish I could find the recipe for the one I made Christmas of 2008, it was perfection. Since this recipe needs fridge time I got the dough together last night and just finished it this evening. They're a little crisp, and I was hoping for a little chewy, but they're sugar coated goodness regardless. :D Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies Makes about 36 cookies You will need to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2010 at Gingham Apron
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I love Heidi Swanson's 101 Cookbooks food blog. I've gotten many recipes there I love, and this one was one of them. I of course made a few adjustments. ;) croutons 5-6 ounce chunk of artisan whole wheat bread, torn into little pieces (less than 1-inch), roughly 3 cups total 1/4 cup butter or olive oil (I like 1/2 and 1/2) 1 1/2 tablespoons whole grain mustard 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt soup: 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil 1 shallot, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes (1 1/2 cups)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2010 at Gingham Apron
I read the newest Michael Pollan book "Food Rules" the other night. It's not a long book, but it holds some valid points. One of which is if your Grandmother would not recognize it as food you shouldn't eat it. Of course that stuck a cord with me (see the last post about the cookies). My Grandma and Grandpa had their own garden, and lived largely on only that for as long as I can remember. Okay they had 2 gardens and it was likely 2-3 acres worth. They even had grapevines. They made everything, and canning was a way... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2010 at Gingham Apron
I wanted to make chocolate chip cookies the other day so I used my All Recipes search-foo and found a highly rated recipe. Horrible. Honestly I'm not sure how you can screw up cookies, but it happened. They spread out like crazy, and then stuck to my pan. David had to get a little crazy with the spatula to get them off. They were somewhat edible, certainly not the best cookies I've made, but not nearly as bad as the atrocity that was shortbread cookies. Luckily I only used one bag of my organic chocolate chips for the cookies. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2010 at Gingham Apron
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I like onions. I used to not really care for them. Okay, I pretty much hated them. The only thing I don't really care for about them now is how my eyes water when I'm slicing them. I've gotten my oldest to eat them grilled, we're slowly working on raw. Today I was cutting some up for some Marmite gravy and enjoyed they way they looked all sliced. Yes, I look at food through the lens of a camera all too often. Thin slices look the best. Not to mention they saute up rather nicely. Mmmm I wish I had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2010 at Gingham Apron
That is me. In my defense I've felt like total crap since Sunday (the 10th) when I made the double batch of tortillas and fail bread. I landed myself in the ER on Wednesday, which is a rather aggravating story all on its own. Since then I've been on a liquid diet. Today David permitted me to have oatmeal that he made for breakfast. Clearly I'm in no shape to want to cook or bake. That would be the ultimate torture. Watching my family eat is bad enough, and David's smart remark about last night being pizza night didn't help... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2010 at Gingham Apron
I have some. On my camera. Not near me. I'm too lazy to get it and edit the pictures. I know they're worth 1,000 words but I'll just let you deal with words anyhow. ;) I've now managed to make tortillas twice. The first time I was convinced I needed a tortilla press, and even went to Target to look for one. Luckily it turned out to be rather flimsy and I decided against it. Tonight I made a double batch of tortillas for my family as well as both of David's brothers and the youngest brother's girlfriend (Hi Kelly).... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2010 at Gingham Apron
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I have mentioned I'm not so good at cutting straight, and today it took over half the loaf of bread before I managed to correct the lopsided cuts I had made. Luckily poor cutting skills do not cause a sandwich to be less delicious. The girls and I had avocado and cheese sandwiches on the homemade bread. Nomnomnom! Best.Sandwich.Ever! Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2010 at Gingham Apron
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Last night I made the soaker and biga (and accidentally used vanilla rice milk). Today I continued on with my bread making efforts. Though I did fail to take the biga out of the fridge, so I was set back almost 3 hours while I waited for it to reach room temperature and rise a little. I now have "Don't forget the Biga!!" written on my handy little white board that is on my fridge. =P Last time when it came time to making the dough into a loaf and putting it in the pan mine literally just oozed flat... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2010 at Gingham Apron