In this story, the "groove" is my cooking mojo. It's back!
Instead of posting ANOTHER recipe today, I decided to share what's been going on in my kitchen lately! I have been on a roll with great recipes lately. I made my first tart, crossed off one of my 2013 goals, and made a cookie that might be my new FAVORITE cookie.
We celebrated the last day of a sweet coworker with this AMAZING Whole Lemon tart.
This is the first time I've made a tart (I know, I know.) Once I made the dough for the crust, I pressed it right into my tart pan. I think next time I will roll it out like traditional pie dough instead of pressing it straight it. Rolling it out, I imagine, will give me a much more uniform crust thickness. The crust was frozen and then baked without any type of pie weights. It stayed in place, and barely shrunk at all. Hooray!
This tart, like the Shaker Lemon Pie I posted, used a whole meyer lemon. It was so, so good- like the most delicious lemon bar you can imagine. It still retained a tiny bit of bitterness from the rind, but was also slightly tangy and perfectly sweet.
If you like lemon (or joy or happiness) make this tart!
All chicken photos taken by JB
I crossed an item off of my 2013 Goals list! I roasted a chicken, you guys!
I do have a bone to pick with you, though. Why didn't anyone tell me how damn easy roasting a chicken is?! I semi-spatchcocked this chicken but cutting it's backbone out with a pair of kitchen shears, seasoned it, and threw it in the oven. THAT'S IT.
JB gave me the Smitten Kitchen cookbook for Valentine's day, and this recipe is Deb's "Flat Roasted Chicken with Tiny Potatoes."
The potatoes are seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper, then hang out with the roasting chicken in the skillet. As they roast, the potatoes get a little crispy from where they were baking in the skillet, and come away tasting slightly like your roasted chicken. HEAVEN.
I will definitely be posting the recipe for these Toasted Coconut Shortbread cookies soon.
I made these to take to my mom's house, and I'm super glad I gave most of them away. THEY ARE SO DELICIOUS, and if they stayed in our house, I would have eaten all of them.
I dipped half of the cookies in dark chocolate and garnished with toasted coconut, but I think I actually prefer the cookies without the chocolate.
So tell me- what have you been cooking lately? What should I make next?!