Our original idea was to make custard to fill puff pastries, but while making it we realized it was enough of a dessert on its own and maybe too much in a pastry. You can top the custard with blueberries, lemon zest, powdered sugar, raspberries and I’m sure much more.
Dustin is a big fan of the local restaurants Alinea and Next. The serve very modern and forward thinking dishes that are difficult to replicate. The have released a couple of cookbooks though, so we picked one of their easier recipes to make at home. This dish comes from Next’s Paris: 1906 iBook and was perfect for the cold grey day we were having.
Living in Chicago and not liking deep-dish pizza didn’t leave me with very many pizza options, so I have been trying to create my own. Over the last few months and through much trial and error, Dustin and I have gotten pretty close to what I would consider perfect pizza dough. After going to Sunday Supper Club (a local dining club that hosts dinners in the chefs’ home, with a new theme each month), we found the missing piece… 00 flour. It is a super fine flour and dough made with it is much more wet than regular dough. Making dough from scratch is more work than just buying it premade or calling for delivery, but it tastes so much better fresh and is so much more gratifying to make (and eat!). I made a vegetarian pizza with seared tempeh and a carnivore’s version with Milano salami for Dustin.
Like most people, I grew up eating store bought cookies. This is the first real cookie recipe I’ve ever made and I’m convinced it has to be the best one anywhere. The cookies come out super fat and gooey. I gave half of them away to my co-workers to prevent myself from eating the whole batch. Even taking pictures of them was a hard task, because they kept disappearing. I will never buy a store bought chocolate chip cookie again. Why waste the calories?