Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hold on tight...

Thinking of you today...
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by the storm.

Hoping NYC is back to business soon!!!

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Crack Pie

I have heard about the Crack Pie from Momofuku's Milk Bar for awhile now. On our last visit to NYC we stumbled upon Madison Square Eats. In the corner of  Broadway, 5th Avenue and 25th Street, there is a little open air spot where famous food vendors collide... You guessed it: Momofuku's Milk Bar was one of those vendors... We shared a piece of their famous Crack Pie... It was fantastic.

The Crack Pie did not disappoint. So, when I got home, I had the urge to recreate it, stat! So I found this recipe and gave it a try:

Bare with me friends... It is a lot of steps but I am telling you... It is so worth it

Step 1: Prepare the oat cookie to be used in the crust

Ingredients:

Nonstick vegetable oil spray
6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, room temperature
4 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt

Preparation of the oat cookie:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9x2-inch metal baking pan with parchment paper; coat with nonstick spray. Combine 6 tablespoons butter, 4 tablespoons brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat mixture until light and fluffy, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl, about 2 minutes. Add egg; beat until pale and fluffy. Add oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and beat until well blended, about 1 minute. Turn oat mixture out onto prepared baking pan; press out evenly to edges of pan. Bake until light golden on top, 17 to 18 minutes. Transfer baking pan to rack and cool cookie completely.

Step 2: Prepare the crust

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons of melted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons of brown sugar
Crumbled oat cookie

Preparation of the crust:

In a food processor crumble oat cookie. Dump mixture in a bowl and add 3 tablespoons of melted butter and 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar. Rub in with fingertips until mixture is moist enough to stick together. Transfer cookie crust mixture to 9-inch-diameter pie dish. Using fingers, press mixture evenly onto bottom and up sides of pie dish. Place pie dish with crust on rimmed baking sheet.

Step 3: Prepare the filling

Ingredients:

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly
6 1/2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
4 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar (for dusting)

Preparation of the filling:

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Whisk both sugars, milk powder, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Add melted butter and whisk until blended. Add cream, then egg yolks and vanilla and whisk until well blended. Pour filling into crust. Bake pie 30 minutes (filling may begin to bubble). Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Continue to bake pie until filling is brown in spots and set around edges but center still moves slightly when pie dish is gently shaken, about 20 minutes longer. Cool pie 2 hours in pie dish on rack. Chill uncovered overnight (this is important as this pie is meant to be eaten chilled).

Sift powdered sugar lightly over top of pie. Cut pie into wedges and serve cold.

A word of warning: This pie is rich and delicious and gooey and decadent... If you are going to make it, make sure you share it with a friend... Unless you are training to make it to the Olympic team... In which case, by all means go at it and eat it all.

Disclosure: We didn't share nor are we training for the Olympic team... Feeling the guilt friends... I'm just sayin'.

Recipe slightly adapted from Bon Appetit magazine, you can find it here

Friday, October 26, 2012

Menu for the week

Chilli con carne/Homemade bread
Farro with butternut squash - Recipe from here/Salad
Chick peas Dahl/Salad
Vegetable risotto/Salad

Breakdown:

Aldi $25
Costco $8
Kroger $40

We are in the midst of Halloween, friends.... All the kids can talk about is Halloween costumes and candy. This time of the year is always busy for us... To be honest, I feel like we are overwhelmed here...  Here is what I mean:

We are hoping to go on a Fall drive to the North Georgia mountains for some foliage eye candy.
We have three Halloween parties to go to (yes! T-H-R-E-E).
We are entertaining the idea of a neighborhood camp-out (think giggling kids on an overdose of hot chocolate and s'mores, wow...)

I'm hoping Sunday will be more mellow, catching up on news and lounging around the house. Let's hope for that.

Have a great weekend friends!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Knitted wrist warmers

Do you remember this sweater-sleeves-turned-into-wrist-warmers-project from forever ago?
Can I tell you how many complements I get from them? Tons!!! I just love to wear them. They are perfect for Spring and Fall weather (they even work well in the mild winter days here in the South).

When we were in Scotland and Ireland I saw (and adquired) a couple of hand knitted wrist warmers. Upon closer inspection I realized that I could totally knit some myself... (See a picture of one of my newly adquired wrist warmers here)

So I did...
What do you think?
I love them! I really need to get my act together and get the instructions in Raverly (Have you heard of Raverly? It is a knitting community, you can get ideas and post your projects). Really cool!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Menu for the week

Vegetable stir fry/Rice
15 bean soup
Vegetable risotto
Vegetarian lo-mein

Breakdown:

Aldi $17
Costco $12
Kroger $30
Super H $19

What are you up to this weekend? We're having a few friends over for a night of tapas and sangria... Doesn't that sound good? Looking forward to catching up with them. I'm hoping this weekend's weather will cool off enough for sweaters and wrist warmers! (Speaking of which, I just knitted my first pair... I can't wait to share pictures!)

I hope you enjoy the fall crispness in the air... See you back here next week




Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pictures from the weekend - Part II

I have been wanting to go back to Stone Mountain for a while now, especially because I have been wanting to hike all the way to the top of the mountain. The heat of the Summer makes it an impossible task so, we are forced to wait until the weather cools off a little bit in order to do that... We are glad we did... Here are a few pictures from our hike to the top of Stone Mountain

In the interest of keeping things real... Our day started with fighting and fussing:
But we quickly got over it and started our hike



Oh, beautiful Fall flowers

We stopped for a picnic
 And continued on our hike with full bellies


We had a great time playing around in Stone Mountain... Too much so...

We got home re energized... We went straight into backyard camping

And how can we forget some pumpkin carving? (I think the relentless requests make it difficult to forget)

Fun all around... I think I need a break now... Is it only Tuesday?

If you are new to Atlanta or are you planning to visit soon, go here to see all the posts about places to visit and things to do around our town.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Pictures from the weekend - Part I

Because there is so much to share, I'll give pictures from the last couple of weekends...

Let's start with last weekend:

It took getting free tickets to finally take the kids to the amusement park... The truth is, amusement parks are not my kind of place... Don't get me wrong... I'll go to Disney World any time, but Six Flags, no thanks... Regardless, we came across free tickets, free parking, free food (the whole enchilada) from the husband's job so, we decide to make it a day... As it turned out, it was a lot of fun... Here are some pictures of the day:















After enjoying ourselves inmensely the husband realized, on our way to the car, that we had lost our car keys... That definitely put a damper on our day of fun... But don't let your heart be troubled... We got a call the next day telling us our keys were found... Hooray!!! Our weekend was saved!!! And the husband is out of the dog house... He is the happiest of all, that's how lucky he is.

All pictures from my trusty point and shoot.