Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Homemade mayonnaise

As I've said before, Im a RHIM major, focusing on culinary and event planning. One of my classes this semester has a food lab. In which, we had to buy chef coats and we cook for 3 hours once a week. This week we were making mayonnaise from scratch. Now to most people this sounds so dumb when you can buy great stuff from the store. But to us foodies out there, it's just one of those thing you have to try! Naturally, I was so excited unfortunatly that did not last long. We had to way to make it in class, you could make it with a immersion blender (hand blender) or in a food processor. My group chose to make it with the hand blender. Our recipe called to dump everything in a container and slowly pulse till you have mayonnaise! Sounds really easy right?! NOT EASY!! The first time was a totally bust from the start. But our second time was looking so promising till I added alittle too much oil and it all fell apart. See when you make mayonnaise from scrach you have to literally add oil drop by drop. This takes forever and if you make the smallest mistake like me, you will have yellow oil mess. All this being said I will never make mayonnaise from scratch because the store bought already is easy and taste better than what mine would have. So learn a lesson from me and BUY YOUR MAYONNAISE!

peace,love and mayo-less :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

More Spring Break Cooking

After making,key lime pie my creative juices were going. On Wendesday, my little sister Hannah, was practicing her dance for cheerleading tryouts on Friday. She continued to ask me what she should give for good luck gifts. Then TA Da! The ladybug cupcake was formed! My sister said the ladybug is a symbol of good luck so it would be perfect! Now even though I'm loving blogging, sometimes I forget to take pictures along the way. This would be one of those times. So I'm very sorry but all I have is a picture of the final product. Sorry I promise I'm going to get better at this!

This is a picture of all 16 I had to make. They are alittle ladybug colony :)))

Peace, Love and Cooking :)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Key Lime Pie

So after a weekend of perfect skiing with one of my bestest friends, Megan!! It was back to Tyler for relaxing and of course baking!! Well being that my sister and meg's brother's favorite dessert is key lime pie, it was a must. Now I wish I could take credit for this, I found this recipe on the side of the key lime bottle. So Im sure you are thinking, " What she bought key lime juice instead of the fresh squeeze?" Well in case you havent seen a key lime before, it's about the size of a bouncy ball. So squeezing them would have been a pain. So bottle it is. So here we go:
Nellie & Joe's Key Lime Pie
9" graham cracker pie crust (how to make below)
14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
3 egg yolks (whites not used)
½ cup Nellie & Joe's Key West Lime Juice

For the crust you need:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (10 crackers)
1/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
mix all ingredients together and using your fingers press into your pie plate. Bake for 15 minutes at 350*F or till golden brown. I would suggest baking the crust first and letting it cool for about 10 minutes before making the filling.

For the filling:
Mix all the ingredients together with a hand or standing mixer. Pour into cooled pie crust and bake for another 15 minutes at 350*F. chill for 4 hours or overnight. can be garnished with a slice of lime or whip cream.

Till next time,
Peace, love and cooking :)