A couple of weeks ago, I was meandering through the aisles at the grocery store, when I passed by some packaged items in the the poultry section that caught my eye; chicken livers. Their brilliant hue of burgundy flesh was hard not to notice. As I investigated further, I was surprised at how reasonable the price was; less than $3 per pound. I had to know more. I went home and started looking online at how to prepare chicken livers, their nutritional value, and why they are not more popular.
There are lots of things that you can use matcha in--lattes, smoothies, Popsicles, salads, soups, curries, and of course, tea. In my mind it is similar to ground flax; in that you can add it to a lot of your current recipes for an added nutritional boost. But sometimes, it is also good in something a little more decedent. And that's where today's recipe begins...Matcha Drops.
I have baked my fair share of pound cakes throughout the years, but I have never really made the original. You know, the one with one pound of butter, one pound of sugar, one pound of eggs, and one pound of flour. So, no time like the present. My task today was obvious: bake a traditional pound cake as well as a slightly updated version that even included a bit of baking powder and compare them.
I may not have left home with a full culinary arsenal, being the youngest of five girls, but I knew how to make a good cake, an array of cookies, a pot of steamed rice, and eggs. Scrambled eggs to be exact. Perfect scrambled eggs to be even more precise. I would actually consider myself a scrambled egg snob. I have so rarely liked scrambled eggs when dining out, I gave up ordering years ago. Once in a blue moon, I will be tempted and snatch a bite off of someone else's plate, but am always disappointed. What seems to be such a simple task, seems to allude most short-order cooks. What gives?
I would like to introduce you to one of my absolute favorite fats in the world: ghee. Actually, it IS my favorite now that I think about it. But not just any ghee. My personal favorite is Ancient Organics Ghee. I happen to cook my fair share of Indian food and many recipes call for using ghee, so I have tried a few brands over the years, but Ancient Organics has perfected the making of this liquid gold. From the moment you open the jar as the intoxicating caramel scent waifs towards you, you know this is the good stuff. It is rich, almost decadent.
It's late winter here in the Northwest, and I am missing a bit of the warmth of where I grew up: Phoenix. I am missing family even more. I would love to hop on a plane to go see my mom and dad, but work is busy, kiddies are sick, and house needs tending. It's always something. While by no means replacing getting a long hug from my mom, something that does remind me of home is my mom's caramel pie. So given my pining for for home and the fact that I love rich things when it is cold out, it seemed like a perfect day for my favorite sweet treat: caramel pie. As luck would have it, I happened to have all the ingredients on hand. It helps that none of the ingredients are exotic; this is a good old-fashioned pie with cupboard ingredients.
I adore a good biscuit. I admit that I grew up on Bisquick biscuits. And if offered a free-form drop biscuit from this ubiquitous brand, I probably would not turn it down. With a bit of melted butter, it still brings back fond memories of my childhood home and when my girls were young.