February 21, 2010

Like key lime pie?

The wife and I had some friends over Saturday night for a little fish taco party. The tacos ruled (and I'll blog about that some other time), but the star of show was the key lime pie. After a gluttonous feast of fried snapper with chipotle lime mayo, this key lime pie was exactly what we needed to cool our palettes.

Every pie lives and dies by the crust, so don't wuss out and use a pre-made version . The brown sugar and cinnamon add an amazing complexity to the crust, so thanks to my Mom for that little nugget.

Jamie, this one's for you!

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February 15, 2010

What I'm listening to.

Gristlybits is mostly a food blog, but I haven't been cooking much of late. So, instead of boring you with tales of  grilled cheeses and taco salads I will share with you, dear readers, some tidbits from my other hobby, music.

WXYC: College radio from University of North Carolina, is by far my favorite radio station. Think KEXP without the overpaid morning douche and pledge drives (not that there's anything wrong with the pledge drives), but with more variety and a much more diverse offering. Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful for KEXP and all that they do for independent music (whatever that means), but they're no WXYC,

Hot Chip: One Life Stand. Hot Chip's fourth studio album, "One Life Stand" might be their best record yet! The wife and I listened to it last night whilst we made dinner and I found myself dancing around the kitchen like an idiot to Hot Chip's stupidly catchy sythnpop grooves. Twelve thumbs up. I also highly recommend the Hot Chip DJ-Kicks comp if you're not familiar with their work.

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February 4, 2010

Mascarpone, a tale of failure.

Dear readers,

I have failed you, I've failed myself, and I failed the nice lady who taught us how to make mascarpone at the Cascade People's Center. I will spare you my excuses, since I know you don't care that I couldn't find the 1 1/2 to 2 hours it would have taken me to go to Kirkland from Snoqualmie during lunch in order to pick up the tartaric acid I needed for the recipe. It was poor judgment on my part to think that the alternative recipe I found on this site  that uses white wine vinegar in lieu of the C4H6O6 that the recipe called for would work out like expected.

mascarpone prep

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