Going to the movies is one of my favorite activities, primarily for the snacks. I order a popcorn every time I go, which is pretty often. I actually had to downgrade from the large to the medium so I wouldn’t go broke eating my weight in popcorn. Baby steps, right? Of course I was thrilled to learn that National Popcorn Day is January 16. While I don’t think I’ll make it to the movies, nothing is stopping me from trying some of these amazing recipes!
Ever since graduating from pastry school, I’ve been more open to trying new flavors I would have never tried before. One of those flavors is lemon. From lemon bars, to lemon cake, it’s officially one of my new favorite flavors. That’s why when my best friend asked me to make some macarons for her sister’s bridal shower, I knew lemon had to be included in the flavor line-up. This meant I was in need of a delicious lemon curd. The recipe is incredibly simple, and yields delicious results.
I can’t believe 2013 is coming to a close! I feel as though my life has made a complete 180 since this time last year. I was so busy earlier this October that I completely missed the blog’s One Year Anniversary! WDYMM has become more than I ever thought it would. I can’t wait to get back to blogging and see where this year takes me!
I’ve complied 13 of some of my favorite and most popular posts from 2013. I hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane as much as I did!
Arepas are one of my favorite dishes from Colombia. If you don’t know what an arepa is, it is a type of tortilla made from corn. You can eat them with a cup of hot chocolate for breakfast, or as a side dish with dinner. I was lucky enough to have my dad teach me how to make authentic arepas before moving to Chicago. Here’s how you can make them too!
– 4 cups precooked white corn meal
– 1/4 cup unsalted butter
– 2 tsps salt
– 3 cups queso blanco
– 5 1/2 cups water
1. Place corn meal into a large bowl. Grate the cheese and add it to the meal.
2. Add 3 cups of water to the meal and cheese mixture.
3. Melt the butter and add to the mixture.
4. Place 1 cup of warm water in a small bowl and use it to dissolve the salt. Add salt water to dough.
5. Mix dough with a wooden spoon to combine all of the ingredients. Slowly add the remaining water while continuing to mix the dough.
6. Use your hands to mix dough until it is firm.
7. Once the dough is firm, roll it into balls about 1.5″ in diameter.
8. Use your hands to flatten the balls into 1/4″ thick circles.
9. Grease a pan and place on medium heat. Cook each side of the arepa for about 5-6 minutes.
Last summer before our trip to Europe, I visited my sister in Georgia. One night, she took me out to dinner at Flip Burger. Besides having one of the most delicious burgers I’ve ever eaten, they had Toasted Marshmallow and Nutella Milkshakes. It was so good! There are no Flip Burgers near my house, so I tried my hand at making one. Though it’s not as good as that original experience, it comes pretty close. They are perfect to make for the remainder of the summer!