Posts Tagged ‘Cake’

Sweet and Sage

Thursday, October 13th, 2011
With all of my canning projects and a really busy work schedule in September, I needed to take a break from Test Nest. October started back with a FALLabulous menu. My favorite time of the year, I was excited to test recipes influenced by fall’s best offerings. Testers for the first dinner of the month included Daniel Evans, Micah Allred, Russ Hill, Vicki Walters, who brought friends Heather Payne and Laura White, and the ultimately wonderful Joon Shin who once again took all the pictures for Read More....

Celebrating Spring

Friday, May 27th, 2011
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. My wonderful testers for Read More....

Alaskan Test Nest

Sunday, March 13th, 2011
While on vacation in Alaska, my family wanted me to do a Test Nest, and I was happy to do it. A Test Nest in Alaska must include Salmon, while locals eat a lot of it, I don’t eat Salmon unless I’m in Alaska. From the short time I lived there however, and caught a few of these beauties myself, I experienced the taste difference between the varieties of Salmon. I knew my brother would have plenty of the best Salmon in their freezer so I was pretty excited to try this recipe. I had Mary teach mRead More....

December 13 Christmas Celebration

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
The last TEST NEST dinner of 2010 didn’t fail to have interesting conversation, especially since Tim led everyone in a discussion about foreskin restoration and baby circumcision. Quite fitting for the holidays.I had 8 wonderful testers at this meal and we laughed the whole night away. My testers included Barbara and Nick, Sally and Tim, David Caine, Justin Benson, Kirsten Dekker and Pete Cerneka. I’ve had a lot of “firsts” this year and have quite enjoyed this fun experiment. I plan to Read More....

Fall Delights – Apple a Day

Saturday, November 20th, 2010
So you might remember the previous post about getting an "Apple a Day" from the Food Network Magazine. I had a bushel of apples from apple picking (hard work climbing those trees to get the good ones). I tried making Apple Chips, but they didn't turn out incredibly well for me. I couldn't slice them thin enough, so maybe by next year I'll have a better tool for that. I made a salad with apples, spinach, leRead More....

Mexican Fiesta

Sunday, October 10th, 2010
I love Mexican food! I’ve had more than one co-worker in the past tease me about always wanting to order Mexican. I think I love it for many reasons. 1) It is a perfect compliment to Dr. Pepper. 2) Cost savings - most meals are so large they turn into two for me. 3) What could be better than lime, spice, meat, cheese, avocado, beans, rice, tortillas and all of the multiple combinations that can be made with the same ingredients (in fact a few jokes were told at dinner around such a statement).Read More....

TEST NEST for 22

Friday, August 6th, 2010
During our yearly family reunions we take turns cooking. I decided it would be fun to do a special TEST NEST for my family since they live so far away and can't participate in my experiment here in NYC. Dinner for 22 people is a whole new ballgame. There wasn’t a sit down course dinner structure since we had the little kids. I also explained the ratings before everyone starting eating and the chaos began. What happened next was priceless - just imagine a lot of adorable and vocal kids taking aRead More....

Middle Eastern Finale

Friday, April 30th, 2010
Lamb is difficult to prepare, I’ve really enjoyed trying out recipes these past three TEST NEST menus. I still haven’t perfected cooking lamb, but definitely learned a lot. On April 26, my wonderful guests (Tara Bench, Richard Atkinson, Morgan Basset, Daniel Evans, Jian Huang, David Caine) and me had a blast. I was a little nervous for this dinner as Tara is the food editor at Ladies Home Journal Read More....