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ErininNY

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Posted to Thread #18929 at 8:49 pm on Sep 4, 2010

1. After lugging home gallons of bottled water in last-minute (paranoid) hurricane prep, I gave up on dinner last night and we ate sandwiches...while watching an amazing sunset (but no rain!), courtesy of Earl. ;)

2. Went to Tortilleria Nixtamal out in Corona, Queens, with a travel-writer friend on Friday morning. The tortilleria stone grinds its own organic corn and adds a bit of lime, which is the traditional Aztec way of making tortillas. The lime heightens the taste and nutritional value of tortillas made this way; the Aztecs discovered this (it's thought) because they used limestone to grind corn. We stuck around for tamales and horchata--all delicious!

3. Took some friends of friends to the Bohemian Beer Garden this morning, where Jakub happily inhaled roast pork and sauerkraut and I ate too much kielbasa...

4. I was delighted to run across an article discussing (and updating--though it needs no update) Marian Burros's Plum Cake (in the link). I love the original recipe: it's buttery and rich, and has never, ever let me down. Adding almond flour does interesting things to it. Any sort of stone fruit does well in this recipe, really.

5. Suddenly have to plan something to bring to a wedding picnic, next Saturday... Since the picnic is in Prospect Park (about an hour, and a few train changes, away from us), I have to bring something easily portable. Any ideas?

6. Made Sbrisulona for a party last weekend, but had to use a very, very small bowl. It still turned out well: http://www.academiabarilla.com/recipes/step-step-recipes/sbrisolona-traditional-crunchy-tart.aspx (This is more or less the same recipe--it's all about proportions. Lots of butter, a little flour, lots of almond flour, lemon, lemon peel, and cornmeal.) Great with coffee in the morning. :)

Happy weekend, and happy beginning of fall (or spring, depending on where you are)...

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/08/dining/08appe.html?ref=rosh_hashana_recipes


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