aspic. there’s a reason no one makes it anymore.

Hey kids!I’m still on vacation, but here is a dooooozie for ya.Jayne. As in, Jayne, The Barefoot Kitchen Witch. I met Jayne on our trip up north. Yes, I know what she looks like, and, no, I’m not telling. She’s done a marvelous job of keeping herself well hidden! She’s so funny, so dedicated – […]

classic crème brulee, a la Julia Child

My sister is a huge fan of anything Crème Brulee.  We were on a cruise once, and the dessert options included a Grand Marnier Crème Brulee. She nearly birthed a chicken on the spot.  Me?  I can take it or leave it, as I am not all that in to custardy desserts.  Especially flan. Gag. […]

it only looks expensive

Two and a half days into the Eat on $30 Challenge and we are doing just fine. Perhaps it’s the fact that we haven’t been eating from the Mastering the Art of French Cooking Book.  Perhaps it’s because I have been beyond sick.  Perhaps it’s because we really don’t spend that much money on food […]

Mastering the Art of French Cooking…Week Five

Let me start by saying this: I am not a fan of Pot Roast. Mom will make it occasionally, and while it’s good, for sure, I just don’t dig it. So why I didn’t realize beforehand that “Carbonnades a la Flamande” was well, Pot Roast, I don’t know. Maybe it was the extra steps that […]

Mastering the Art of French Cooking…Week four

Whoa. Falling behind! It’s been two whole weeks since posting my last French Meal. It’s just been so busy here at Casa DoughMesstic with cakes, cookies, parties, etc. that I just haven’t had the time it takes to execute a full on Julia Recipe. But sit back and relax, dear readers, this one was worth […]

Mastering the Art of French Cooking…Week Three

Not since purchasing Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours have I loved a cookbook as much as I am loving Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I find myself reading it, as I would a novel. It sits beside my bed when it isn’t being abused in the kitchen. I think about it […]

Mastering the Art of French Cooking…Week Two

On Saturday, in between the time I dropped off my Competition Cake (more on that in another post) and the time they announced the winners (of which I WAS, yippee!), I took myself to see Julie & Julia. If you are a Foodie (and you probably are, if you are reading this post) you will […]

Mastering the Art of French Cooking…Week One

It seems to me that the Blogosphere has recently blown up, anticipating the arrival of the movie Julie & Julia (and by Blogosphere, I mean us Foodie Types. I doubt the Emo kids or Political Blogs have really jumped on the culinary arts bandwagon.) I, too, have jumped on. I bought my copy of Mastering […]

Tuesdays With Dorie…Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Can you believe it? It’s Tuesday and I managed to actually participate in the Tuesdays With Dorie Recipe! Even more surprising..I had to buy nothing inorder to participate, which reallllly helps out with the end of my Penny Pinching Pantry Raid! Today is my last day, and we MADE it! With a couple of bucks […]