Sunday, April 25, 2010
After successfully making chocolate madeleines, I decided to try matcha/green tea flavored ones. The batter was a gorgeous bright green. Of course, once they baked, they turned a bit brownish. I wasn't really happy with how they looked after they baked. I think I still like the classic madeleine the best, but I'm going to keep experimenting with other flavors too.
Matcha Madeleines (original recipe adapted from allrecipes)
Yields: 24 regular madeleines
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 2 tablespoons matcha/green tea powder
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
In a medium bowl beat eggs, vanilla with an electric
mixer on high speed for 5 minutes. Gradually beat in the confectioners'
sugar. Beat for 5 to 7 minutes or until thick and satiny.
Sift together the flour and baking powder. Sift one-fourth of the flour
mixture over the egg mixture, gently fold in. Fold in the remaining
flour by fourths. Add in the matcha powder and mix. Then fold in the melted and cooled butter. Spoon
batter into the prepared molds, filling 3/4 full.
Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool in molds on a rack for
1 minute. Loosen cookies with a knife. Invert cookies onto a rack and
Friday, April 23, 2010
Here's another guest post from Little Sis from her Vegas trip!
Willy and Jose’s Cantina
Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas
5111 Boulder Highway
Las Vegas, NV 89122
Willy and Jose’s had 3 specials that night. We ordered
the Prime Rib and Crab Legs for $21, and the Willy & Jose’s – grilled filet
medallions – for $15.
They started us off with a plate of chips and dips. I
loved that they offered 3 different dips. Most Mexican restaurants I’ve been to
simply offer chips and salsa. Willy and Jose’s gave a spicy salsa at the top, a
mild salsa in the middle, and a bean dip at the bottom.
Both specials came with soup or salad.
The Salad was very simple. It seemed like they had opened
one of those pre-packaged salads you can buy at the grocery store, dumped it in
my plate, and topped it off with chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese, and ranch
dressing. It had too much dressing.
The Tomato Soup was thick and just a little bit creamy,
but not too heavy.
The one-half pound of Snow Crab Legs was unexpectedly
spicy. It was good though, and to my relief, not too salty. The Baked Potato
was huge. Unfortunately it was too dry. The Vegetables were a great complement
to the prime rib.
The medallions were topped with bacon and cheese. They
were slightly burnt and thus hard to chew. The beans weren’t hot enough, but the
rice went well with the medallions.
The service wasn’t very good. They didn’t come by to
refill our drinks at all. They weren’t that busy that night either.
Friday, April 23, 2010
An example of great character creation… we were passing by the snack
I tripped and hit the kitchen counter. ” or “when I peeled my skin off, I slipped on it (think banana peel)”
aisle and for some reason this package caught my eye. Not that it
looked delicious or the image was compelling or unique, but that my
eyes spied the characters’ eyes. When a character holds a fist up and
the other character has a black eye my mind connects the dots to
something off the wall. Well I guess that was a direct path to my
suspicions, but if I didn’t notice the black eye maybe sunglasses would
have helped. Then the other “Banana” (they’re are supposed to be rice
crackers I think) could say “oh this?
I like rice crackers, but I don’t want a black eye. Will I get a
punch in the face when I eat these crackers? The image of the Kool-Aid
guy busting out of the wall comes to mind, but with Banana characters
jumping out of nowhere and just punching your eyes.
Enjoy these black-eyed crackers.
and this zoomed in.