Easy Peanut Brittle

Easy Peanut Brittle

This recipe came to me in the form of a yellow notecard titled “Kathy p-nut brittle,” complete with a few scribbles and my mom’s shorthand (“micro 4 min”). My mom and her friends used to “peanut brittle together online,” meaning they’d email back and forth between batches of holiday treats. “I’ve got three batches done!” or “Oh, my last batch burned the house down.”

My mom and her best friends have emailed back and forth almost every day for the last 15 or so years. (Her most accurate calculation is “however long email has been going.”) They have a written archive of the last decade and a half, as my brothers and I grew up, as our family faced struggles and found triumph. From the grand to the mundane, they’ve shared it from across town or across the country.

Easy Peanut Brittle

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For the Week #1

Too much happens on the interwebs.

More news, art, fiction, information is created every second than we could ever consume. It scares me. Reading an encyclopedia used to be a laudable goal. Reading all of Wikipedia, impossible. Even if you finished reading everything that exists at this moment, too much more would be created or edited in the time since you began.

So with that infinitesimal thought in mind, here are a few of the more interesting things I’ve found online this week. And hopefully next week and the week after!

Maple-Caramel Nut Crisps

Maple-Caramel Nut Crisps

Are you ready for a slightly involved but totally worth it cookie recipe? Do you have an afternoon or evening with nothing to do and want to devote a lot of it to making the most drop-your-pants, devilishly delicious delicacies? Get ready for cookie bonanza.

I told my roommate the other night that I love cookies because they are always soooo simple. Now that it’s Christmas break (CHRISTMAS BREAK!!!), I decided to crack open my All-American Desserts cookbook, which doesn’t often get used, but when it does… the results are amazing. It’s never produced a bad thing. In fact, it’s consistently produced enlarged waistlines. I did a quick run down of the ingredients… maple syrup, sugar, nuts, and then more of the basics… Okay, great. I just need to pick up some pecans at the store. These cookies must be SIMPLE!

Maple-Caramel Nut Crisps

Maple-Caramel Nut Crisps

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Curried Turkey Tacos

Curried Turkey Tacos

Did you know Wikipedia is nearing completion? There’s already 4.1 million articles, and if you spend more than 15 minutes poking around, you see how ridiculously thorough they are. My friend Brian and I spent nearly two hours exploring the depths of obscure music genres on Wikipedia, learning more than we ever thought we could about  science fantasy folk music circles, what genre Aqua and Vengaboys really are (Bubblegum Dance), and that there are over 200 subgenres of electronic music. Yeah.

So, will there be a point at which Wikipedia ceases to have anything new added? Besides, of course, current events. It makes me think of recipes– will there be a point at which there are no new combinations of ingredients? Is it possible that everything that could be cooked, is? Chefs who specialize in molecular gastronomy certainly hope not.

I ponder this because I took a chance with a recipe today. Normally, when the spark of a recipe idea starts in my head, I go directly to Google to see what other people have done to make it. There were no satisfactory results (at least within the first three pages; who goes farther?) for curried turkey tacos using shredded turkey. I have leftovers, I don’t want to go out and buy ground turkey for these! What’s left to do? Invent.

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On Thanksgiving Leftovers

I am the photo editor for a little online publication at Northwestern called NU Intel. It’s a lifestyle/culture publication that recently decided to add a food blog to the regular rotation! Sometimes I photograph for it, sometimes I cook for it.

Head on over to NU Intel to check out my post today on Thanksgiving Leftovers!

You’ll find recipes for:

  • Leftover Turkey-Cranberry Grilled Cheese
  • Turkey Nachos
  • Turkey Rice Soup
  • Thanksgiving Pie Milkshakes

Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend with family and friends. Make something delicious.