April 14th, 2008

Making your own bread/ rolls

I was looking at this package of hot-dog rolls that I just bought (obviously for soy-dogs), and I was disgusted by the preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup I saw on the ingredients list.

Do any of you make your own and have recipes you can share? I don't have a bread machine (yet), but I'm planning on getting one soon- so at this point I use a loaf pan for bready things.

Cupcake questions

I have VCTOTW. I have cream cheese frosting sitting in my fridge that I made on Easter. Its been sealed up since Easter (March 23). Is it still safe to use?

Also, I want to make some type of peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes. Peanut butter cupcakes with chocolate frosting? Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing? Throw chocolate chips into the peanut butter batter? Any ideas of combinations would be awesome.

Thanks!

meal planning

This is quite far off, but I'm a daddy's girl and so I'm excited to show off my cooking and baking talents for my father's end of summer visit.

I'm really anticipating making the recently posted crabcakes and definitely want that to be something I serve when he's here. I thought about pairing that with a good, hearty salad with roasted asparagus but I can't think of a good dressing that would be light to go with it. I originally was thinking of just lemon juice and cracked pepper, but I want to make a lemon remoulade instead of a spicy one so I don't want to overdo the lemon.

So, next I have already decided the wine will be a nice local reisling.

And then there's dessert. What light dessert that doesn't require me buying an ice cream maker (as my first thought was gelato) that would go well with this meal?

I know it's silly that I'm putting this together so thoroughly, but I'm really wanting to impress him. When I lived with him years ago he was used to me making the usual basic pasta and broccoli or whatnot.

Thank you!!!