Saturday, May 29, 2010

Culinary School, Here I Come!

Well, for a few days at least. Two weeks from today, I'll be spending five days in New York City to visit...

The French Culinary Institute

and the Culinary Institute of America

FCI is in the city, in SoHo, and CIA is in Hyde Park. I'll be staying in the city and I'll just take the train to CIA. Words cannot express my excitement! :)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Blackberry Crumble

Blackberries are EVERYWHERE right now, and this is crumble is a perfect way to make use of them! I made this for the first time a week ago with friends. We used a recipe as a guideline, but made a couple changes. I made it again the next day (I'm serious, blackberries are everywhere!), made even more changes, and this is the final product. Enjoy.

  • 4 cups ripe blackberries (hand-picked if you can!)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried oats
  • 1 stick butter, chilled and cubed
1. Remove any stems and leaves from the blackberries. Rinse and pat dry.
2. Lightly combine blackberries, granulated sugar, balsamic vinegar, and 2 tbsp flour. Try not to crush any of the berries.
3. In a separate bowl combine 2 cups flour, brown sugar, dried oats, and chilled butter. Pinch the mixture between your fingers until the butter is thoroughly distributed and everything becomes crumbly.
4. Pour the blackberry mixture into a buttered 9x9 baking dish and top with the crumble.
5. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.
6. Transfer to the top rack and broil for one minute, or until the top becomes crisp. Watch carefully so you don't burn it.
7. Serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!

  • Add more or less sugar, depending on how sweet your berries are. Mine were pretty sour, and I don't like things very sweet. So you might want to add a little more.
  • I know the balsamic vinegar sounds weird... but just trust me! :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Life Update

I've been MIA lately for various reasons, but I'm back! I know my blog is supposed to be about food, but I guess it's okay to have a life update every now and then, right?
  • I took a completely spur-of-the-moment trip to Tampa (which is SO not me) and made some amazing new friends!
  • Over the course of one week, I spent more time in the library than I ever have in my life.
  • I became FSU's Mock Trial chair!
  • I moved out of the apartment I've lived in for the past 2 years.
  • I'm back in Pensacola for summer.
  • I have a new job at a pediatrician's office.
I think the best part of the past month is that I got to know some people I probably never would have known had it not been for going to Tampa. I'm not a spontaneous person. I like goals and plans and lists and staying at home! But because I stepped out of my box, I really loved my last two weeks as a Junior.

So life is good, but also busy. Here are a few photos - some from my blackberry, so not great quality. Enjoy.


just for khush :)