Nihari

Category : main dish · No Comments · by Jun 26th, 2011
Nihari

I had nihari for the first time at our one local Pakistani restaurant, which is pretty hit or miss. I…

Rosy Thumbprint Cookies

Category : baking and desserts · No Comments · by Jun 22nd, 2011
Rosy Thumbprint Cookies

For the longest day of summer we needed a little treat. These adorable, sunny little cookies were just the thing….

Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Cashew Pesto

Category : soups · (2) Comments · by Jun 19th, 2011
Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Cashew Pesto

These days on Fridays I love to come home from work, relax, and cook an easy, fresh, summery dinner for…

Vidalia Onion Marmalade

Category : sauces and condiments · No Comments · by Jun 19th, 2011
Vidalia Onion Marmalade

I cook food from all over the place, but sometimes I just want to make something nice and homey and…

Go-To Chili

Category : main dish · (2) Comments · by Jun 13th, 2011
Go-To Chili

I love fresh tomatoes…fresh corn….rehydrating dried beans to their perfect constitution…who doesn’t? Unfortunately there are those days where none of…

Beet Cake

Category : baking, desserts · (4) Comments · by Jun 10th, 2011

A few days ago a friend of mine posted this gorgeous video on Facebook…

beet cake from tiger in a jar on Vimeo.

…so of course I had to make it. The video is beautiful and haunting, almost ghostly. I started feeling nostalgic watching it, and I’m not sure if it was for the chocolate cake or for the card catalog. The recipe feels quaint, like a recipe that could have been passed down by Ukranian grandmothers. Lovely and simple, an extremely moist chocolate cake with a little something you can’t put your finger on…(beets!). I love recipes like these, familiar and yet unexpected.

It was so comforting to tie on my apron, bake and eat a cake on a day with a terrible thunderstorm and hail; gloomy outside, cozy inside. Zoeya is a chocolate fiend like her mommy and very much enjoyed her Friday treat.

She saw this picture just now as I was writing about it and told me “That’s for AFTER dinner.” That’s true for her maybe, but I informed her I am a grown-up and can eat my cake whenever I want.

Beet Cake

1 1/2 c dark brown sugar
1 c butter
4 oz semi sweet chocolate, melted
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 c beets, pureed
2 c flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Cream together brown sugar and butter with a hand or stand mixer. Add melted chocolate and blend together, then beat in eggs one by one. Add vanilla and beets and combine well. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together, then stir into beet mixture. Pour into a greased 10″ spring form pan and bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes.

Let cool, then transfer to a plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and decorate with a sliced beet.

Quick baker’s note: as much as I love brown sugar, I usually only buy it when I’m baking something specific, which discourages impromptu baking. However, I’ve found you can quite easily substitute the same amount of granulated sugar plus 1-2 tbsp molasses per cup of sugar.

Paki Tacos

Category : main dish · No Comments · by Jun 7th, 2011
Paki Tacos

I absolutely love Latin culture. I love the language, the food, the music, the dancing. When I met Shan, I…

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Quiche

Category : brunch, main dish · No Comments · by Jun 5th, 2011
Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Quiche

One of my favorite snacks, or even part of a light, snacky dinner when I’m alone, are crackers spread with…

Tapenade, Take Two

Category : sauces and condiments · No Comments · by Jun 2nd, 2011
Tapenade, Take Two

A couple weeks ago, Shan took me to Restaurant Depot. He goes fairly often as he owns a Quiznos, but…