Friday, October 8, 2010

Look from yesterday's paper!

The Best Pretzel Rolls

A couple of weeks ago I went to see my friends in Bavaria and the Czek Republic.  One of my absolute favorite foods is pretzel bread.  Eating hot soft pretzels as a little girl from street vendors in New York was a regular weekend treat. The smell of coals, yeast and the feel of bracing cold knees and nose combined with the pleasure of being on an outing with my smartly dressed parents made me a happy girl. I would try the street pretzels as an adult, but they tasted stale, the smell of yeast and the alkaline pretzely distinctiveness gone.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Late Afternoon At Wagner's Farm, Getting Fresh Red Peppers To Candy

Incredible Toffee Cheesecake

Last summer, Kim and I got a request for a Cheesecake Wedding Cake.  The bride and groom weren't concerned about having a cake that re-enacted the scene of their engagement complete with ice rink and skaters that really move, or a cake that looked like a replica of the Lincoln Memorial, they just wanted a delicious delicious cake to eat.  AH, fellow tribe members.  We made them a sample tasting of this cheesecake and that was that.  This recipe is based on one out of a very old "Bon Appetit" collection.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Last Night in Albuquerque

Big Balloons and Fresh Donuts

   We went en famille to the Balloon Glow last night in Albuquerque. All the hot air balloons are tethered in the field and we walked through these giants that light up intermittently as the pilots shoot the flames of the burner to keep them filled. Every October balloonists from around the world come and fill the skies each morning with color and huge bees, clown heads, cows, witches-just about every shape you can imagine.At night they do spectacular fireworks and have stalls set up with fair food and drink. Django's favorite