Yesterday I finished being a jury member in a month-long criminal case. It was long, had difficult subject matter, and although an inconvenience to my life, it was a very meaningful experience. During deliberations (which lasted a week), other jurors brought in baked goods to lighten the mood and make the process more enjoyable. I decided to bring breakfast one day. I chose scones.
I love scones. They are one of my favorite breakfast pastries, and the flavor I always gravitate toward is blueberry. I knew I must learn to make it for myself. Now, to me, the best scones are not super sugary-sweet, so you won't find any frosting here. Another requirement for me is that they can't be too crumbly. I want to be able to pull it apart without a pile of crumbs in my lap.
Barbecue reminds me of summer, but it doesn't have to be summer to enjoy this smoky, tangy, sweet, spicy homemade barbecue sauce and pulled pork. In fact, you don't need a barbecue at all! Slow roasted in a crock pot for about eight hours, the pork becomes melt-in-your-mouth soft and pulls apart with ease. The flavors in the barbecue sauce are complex, but it's composed of only five ingredients.
Another edition of Hot Links to get you ready for your weekend internet browsing.
Let's take a moment to talk about Pinterest. Did you know that most of these links can be found on The City Skillet's Pinterest? It's a great source for food inspiration and recipes, and I'll tell you why... there is NO trolling. I do not browse Pinterest and repin photos or recipes without making sure they link to an actual working site with a recipe. You can rest assured that my pins are reliable.
This recipe incorporates the pearls of winter ingredients: brussels sprouts, pomegranates, and pistachios, all mixed into comforting and hearty wild rice. It makes sense as a side dish, but we definitely ate it for dinner without reservation.
All I want after Christmas is simple. After complex and impressive roasts, sides, and desserts, simple is the word I want to hear when making my next meal. This salad is just that: simple. There are only three main ingredients to build the salad, and you can stop there if you like. You can also take it one step further and made April Bloomfield's lemon caper dressing, which is also fairly easy. You can recover from Christmas cooking and eating without sacrificing flavor.
My office is closed for the next two weeks, and I am jumping head first into vacation mode. We're spending our time here in San Francisco and visiting my parents and brother in Sacramento. I'm so excited to spend time in the city during the day, a pastime usually reserved for weekends. The only problem is that it's been raining almost nonstop! That's not stopping us, though. We've ventured out for chai at David Rio, woke up early to get pastries from Mr. Holmes Bakeshop, and seen Star Wars. As long as the weather clears up like it's supposed to, I have big plans for today: pastries (again) from Tartine Bakery, ice skating in Union Square, and riding the cable car to Buena Vista for Irish coffees. Fingers crossed the rain cooperates.
Mussels are one of those things that seem way more intimidating than they are. They are quick, delicious, and a great way to make a home cooked dinner feel fancy. All these holiday parties and commitments can be draining on your schedule and your wallet. Why not have a night in that feels like a meal out?