I try to be a good blogger.
I tell you about my favorite restaurants.
I do giveaways of awesome cheese and chocolate.
I even take one for the team and eat copious amounts of fat and salt(tough job but somebody has to do it).
However, every now and then I really mess up.
Like when I cook truly fabulous dishes, photographing every step of the process…and neglect to take a beauty shot of the final product.
I mean, what’s a blog without a beauty shot?
It’s like Honey Boo Boo without Go-Go Juice.
There are some dishes that I really wish I had properly photographed.
Like these baked figs.
Figs are great right now and they are going to get even better later in the month. If you cut them in a cross pattern not ALL of the way through, but just until they sort of open like a blossom, you can then bake them at 350F for 20 minutes. When they start to leach a sweet, sticky syrup and are very soft to the touch, they are done. Serve them immediately with sweetened, slightly thickened (or totally whipped) cream, and they will be the hit of the night. Sweet, creamy, warm, and cool. I made this at a dinner party, and my guests were shocked at how quickly dessert came together and how delicious it was. Something this seasonal should have been blogged.
It’s just plain old converted rice with sauteed onions, garlic, and zucchini mixed with some rice, dill, lemon zest, and feta cheese. However, did you ever wonder what makes the rice at Chipotle so delicious? Here’s a hint: it isn’t the cilantro. It’s oil. So, by adding the cooked rice directly to the veggie sautee pan, the rice gets a slight sheen of oil that totally transforms this dish. It is lush, bright, and so satisfying. Something this satisfying should have been blogged.
Like this Mexican style corn.
Sure I mostly just followed this recipe, but I used chipotles in adobo instead of dried chipotle powder, fat free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and added cumin and pulverized jalapenos. I slathered in on freshly steamed corn cobs and whoa…it was incredible. Sweet, rich, salty, spicy…it actually lived up to my hopes. Something this tasty should have been blogged.
Yes, these should all have been blogged. There is no excuse – I was just hungry or tired or there was a Real Housewives reunion on tv and I got distracted.
I promise to do better in the future.
*If anyone is interested in the detailed recipes for these dishes, please leave a comment and I’ll happily post them!*