Sunday, March 27, 2011

Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins

I made these for Fat Tuesday, so clearly I'm a little late posting this. We're still unpacking from the big move on top of our recent trip to New Orleans, which was fabulous.
This recipe comes from good ole Martha, and they turned out pretty good. I totally forgot the 1/3 c. buttermilk, which I'm sure sort of ruined the integrity of the doughnut, but I was still pleased with the outcome. 
Besides the failed pot roast, this was one of the first things I made in the new kitchen. It is weird having enough room and counter space to actually bake comfortably. It's also very weird (but mostly cool) to be able to toss all the dishes into the dishwasher as soon as I'm done. 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Beef Roast, Roast Beef, Pot Roast?

I don't know what happened... I thought I would roast some beef in the oven last night. I slathered it in olive oil, herbs and spices, and popped it in a 350 degree oven for a while -- until it was ~140 degrees internally, then I let it rest for 15 minutes.

What I got was tough, chewy, fatty meat... and blah. Even though it was fairly pink inside, it was still so tough. I don't cook a ton of beef, besides hamburgers and the occasional steak. But this kind of traditional meal eludes me. I followed a fairly simple recipe. I'm left wondering if this is just a bad cut of meat, or if I missed some crucial step.

I hate when things don't go as planned. This was to be my first "real" meal in the new kitchen, not counting the simple things I've already been making, like frozen turkey burgers.

Hmm... guess it's Mongolian take-out tonight.

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