It's catch-up blog time! These photos are actually in reverse order of when they were taken, due apparently to my inadequacies at uploading.
During this time, I also braised some leeks. Having never had leeks, I found them delicious. However, in the photo, they looked horrifingly unappetizing.
I also made some hoecakes and some oyster stew, neither of which came out very well. The hoecakes were too thick and so didn't really fry up crispy. The oyster stew was just plain bad. The butter kept separating from the cream and it was way too spicy. But oh well, it happens, right?
Finally, I seem to be missing a picture from Imo's Pizza in St. Louis. I don't usually like thin crust pizza, but this was really good. It wasn't too tomatoey, the toppings were under the cheese, and it was a bit more acidic than a lot of pizza. I ate way too much.
This is my Mom, Travis, and I sampling some original Ted Drewes frozen custard in St. Louis. It was amazing! They have many other flavors. The one that caught my attention the most was called The Great Pumpkin, which was pumpkin pie mixed with the frozen custard and topped with whipped cream and cinnamon. Yum!
This is a fried scallop sandwich from Malibu Seafood. The scallops and the fish there are really fantastic, but this sandwich was really only so-so. The cheese was too thick and not quite melted, and the scallops really had no inclination or reason to stay in the bun where they belonged.
These are some blonde brownies I made, which if I must say - they were delicious. They were a big hit at my office too. Nutty and chocolatey without being overwhelming. It's a Paula Deen recipe, so of course not good for you in any way whatsoever.
This is a sampling of goods that I got from Wonder Bakery in Downtown LA. The two smaller pastries weren't very good, in fact, I can't even remember what the top one is. The longer thinnish one is a BBQ pork bun. I think it might have been better with regular pork instead of BBQ, I wasn't a big fan. However, the square item is honey cake, and it was sooo good. It had that great spongeiness of angel food cake, but with better flavor. I highly recommend it.
And finally, this is a honey-glazed cornish game hen with rice pilaf. It was really good too and also a Paula Deen recipe. Sadly, I didn't really like the rice as much after getting the glaze and hen-juice all over it. The things I do for the sake of bad food photography. Seriously, I know the photos need a lot of work. Travis says something about white-balance, but I don't even know what that means.
So that's it! I'm all caught up on my food blog! But, I'm still cooking, so hopefully more to come soon. Today I found some raw peanuts at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, so I'm hoping to roast those. Plus, brussel sprouts are in season, and I have some fresh salmon from Santa Monica Seafood to play with. Sounds like a fun weekend!