Southern Pulled Pork

August 4th, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: , , , , , , ,
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After a few weeks in North Carolina and a family reunion themed on remembering our roots, I wanted to spend the month of August putting a twist on family favorites and trying some Southern BBQ recipes.


July 22nd, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: , , ,
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My parents are sad that they can’t participate in many Test Nests so I try to fit one in whenever we’re together. While in Charlotte for a couple weeks, I invited some friends who I spent quite a bit of time with in Bolivia years ago. Since we tried a lot of interesting food in Bolivia I knew they’d be up for some Test Nest adventures.

Papaya, Mango, Pineapple

June 29th, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: , , , , , ,
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In the same family of cobblers and crisps is the BUCKLE. I’ve never had a buckle before, so not only did this sound good but I love mango and pineapple so win-win. I learned that a buckle inverts everything (opposed to a cobbler with the fruit on bottom and cake on top) by having the cake on the bottom and the fruit on top. As it bakes, the fruit sinks to the bottom while the cake rises around the fruit, causing it to "buckle".

Manchego, Manchego

June 27th, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: , , , , , , ,
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This might be one of the best things I’ve made so far. This was a definitely HIT, HIT, HIT! Mala called it “ridiculous.” The creamy consistency is perfect in this dish and the subtle twist of citrus again the tart of the rhubarb and raspberry compote plays well together. The crust was a 5, the sauce a 5, and the cheesecake plain would be a 5.

Some Top Notch Dishes

June 25th, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: , , ,
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Since I started this project in January of last year I haven't made any recipes that I've ever made this means everything I make to eat is a trial. Here are a selection of other top dishes I've made in the past few months.

Celebrating Spring

May 27th, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: , , , , , ,
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Since reading Barbara Kingsolver's book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" I've been so excited for Spring to come. I've committed to do my best to visit the farmer's markets and purchase more local goods. I'd also like to take on some better cooking practices of "cooking in season" so I've committed to try to make my menus a little more seasonal...I won't always do that, but a little effort can go a long way in doing my part to support local farmers and better eating habits.

Spring Brunch

April 30th, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: , , ,
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I really enjoyed doing a brunch menu last year and wanted to make sure to fit one in this year. The baked eggs were yummy, yummy, definitely a recipe I’ll be adding to my selections for breakfast when hosting visitors.

Early Easter, April 19

April 19th, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: , , ,
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This early Easter Test Nest was a treat of happy spring infused flavors like lemon and ginger and of course some seasonal influences of Asparagus and Leeks. I also wanted to challenge myself by making my first whole chicken (its pretty easy too, so not sure why I’ve been so reluctant to do it).

March Madness Party

April 4th, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: ,
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I love championship games, they are always a great excuse to entertain. I've included recipes for Pigs In A Blanket and Hazelnut-Lemon Curd Kisses.

Hil’s B-day Test Nest

March 26th, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: , , , , ,
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If you like lemon deserts you’ll love this one. I used Meyer lemons as I pulled this recipe from a feature in Martha Stewart highlighting them, although the recipe doesn’t specifically call for them. Meyer lemons definite have a sharper and bold taste to them and it was a perfect tart contrast to the sweetness of the sponge pudding.