Martha Stewart’s coming over, and you polished off your croquembouche this morning for breakfast. All you’ve got is some Red Velvet brownies that are too dry to serve. Or maybe some leftover cheesecake. Well, fret no more. You can improvise a triple-chocolate trifle with whipped cream, pudding, and a little bit of cream cheese. Don’t tell her that you melted your chocolate in the microwave, though, or she’ll pack her bags and split.
Looking for a cafe with internet access? Do a little co-working or studying using the wireless internet at the Starbucks on the corner of Magnolia and Wilson, in Uptown (Sheridan Park) Chicago. There are plenty of outlets. When you’re done with your log-on, unplug and head over to Baker & Nosh to grab a bite.
Retired Chicago firefighter Bernie Volk makes his Firehouse jerky and beef sticks with a controlled smoking process. They make a great snack.
Thick and Chunky Tomato Soup stems from an improvisation that used leftover ingredients such as bacon, red wine, and Newman’s Own Sockarooni pasta sauce. It’s an easy, flexible recipe.
I stumbled across this Jacques Torres recipe at Martha Stewart. Though it specifies bittersweet or semisweet, milk chocolate would be just as delicious. A combination of bread and pastry flour (maybe a touch of whole wheat), plus the secret of refrigerating the dough (thank you, NY Times), makes these cookies chewy, beautiful, and texturally interesting.
Angel food, brownies, pound cake, cheesecake: any of these can make a good foundation for a trifle. This is especially true for dry, over-baked, cakes. This post chronicles an improvisation that turned a Red Velvet Cheesecake into a rich, delicious trifle.
miLam plans to attend a “Swap It Chicago” food exchange at Orangetherapy in Evanston, at which Gale Gand (founder of Tru, Top Chef, James Beard recipient, Hearty Boys SpritzBurger partner) will be guest of honor.
Looking for a cozy holder to give your banana the protection it needs? miLam presents a review of state-of-the-art banana saver technology, including the Bananabunker and the Biken bicycle banana holder. We invite you to enjoy our humorous look at how this phallic product affects you, your love life, your sexual prowess, and Rick Perry.