I was flipping through an issue of Bon Appetit last month and ran across this column from Molly Wizenberg. Ever since I’ve been dying to try the gougeres recipe. If you haven’t had a gougere before (and I hadn’t), they’re like mini handheld cheese souffles. Crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside… and oh so cheesy. They’re made from choux paste, the same batter/dough you use for eclairs. The recipe calls for gruyere, which I don’t care for (too much like swiss, which I loathe) so I used parmesan instead.
So yummy! Especially with tomato soup. And pickles.
They’re very fast and easy to make, and you could probably get away with using just one pot- but I was afraid of scratching my nonstick pan with the electric mixer.
Back to the weekend!
Lent be damned, it was Steak Day in class. We started out with a grilled sirloin topped with chimichurri sauce:
And then tournedos over croutons and seared pate foie gras with a madera sauce:
Friday night we met Brian’s mom, sister and 2 of our nieces at Blue Mesa. I had the blue crab and shrimp enchiladas, per usual.
The rest of Friday night was spent baking, assembling and decorating 52 cupcakes for a 1st birthday party. Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate buttercream, vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream, chocolate-buttermilk cupcakes with chocolate buttercream and chocolate-buttermilk cupcakes with vanilla buttercream:
Brian decorated the leftovers.
I’m particularly proud of the “FART” and boobies designs. Oh, and that’s a Ghostbusters symbol on the top right. But I’m sure you knew that.
We headed up to the lake Saturday afternoon, and I’m not going to lie: I ate crap the entire weekend. Here’s a little photo montage… try and reserve judgment, mmkay?
Let’s just put this all behind us, shall we? Oh look, it’s Chloe!
Off to convert some recipes for class tomorrow; it’s CAKE WEEK! Oh, and yet another midterm on Tuesday. Hooray.
Oh, and I almost forgot! I’ll be heading back to New Orleans this weekend! My parents were invited to a wedding there but my dad can’t make it… so I’m my mom’s hot date. There were plenty of places we didn’t get around to trying last month, so look forward to lots of new photos/reviews this time around.
Favorite Easter candy?