Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I've been sort of obsessed with Adele lately. And Adele + Kyle Hanagami (one of my favorite hiphop choreographers) is perfection.
Monday, September 19, 2011
When Broadway meets hip hop . . . .
Friday, September 16, 2011
For foods that need reheating or finishing in the oven or stovetop, I like to put a post-it with the oven temperature and heating time on the dish itself. This way I can put away all the recipe books ahead of time and have all of the important details at the ready.
As you can see, I also try to do much of the set-up in advance, so that all I have to do the day of is finish making the food and placing it on the appropriate serving vessel.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Kate Jablonski might be one of my favorite contemporary choreographers. She has an amazing capacity to choreograph for every sound.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Let's say one had an overenthusiastic husband who bought a GALLON of maple syrup in Vermont. And said gallon of maple syrup sat on one's kitchen counter for a long time, leering and jeering as one went about one's usual kitchen activities. What would one do?
- Begin by making the glaze. Mix 1/4 cup dark soy sauce (use a Chinese or Vietnamese brand if available; the Japanese will not be as intense) with 1/2 cup maple syrup (you can substitute in honey if you don't have the syrup). Grade B maple syrup, which is more intensely flavored, is better for this recipe (and cooking in general) than Grade A, so use the cheap stuff.
- About half an hour before you start roasting the chicken, brush the glaze over the bird. Don't worry if not all of the glaze "sticks" -- it'll be a lot easier to glaze once the chicken has started roasting. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 475 degrees (if you have a convection oven, use it for the first 30 minutes of cooking).
- Heat a saute pan just large enough to hold the chicken. When the pan is hot, place the chicken breast-side up into the vessel. You should hear a sizzling sound. This step will help prevent your chicken from sticking to the pan.
- Roast chicken for 30 minutes, basting the top of it with the remaining soy-maple glaze every 15 minutes. If the tips of the wings or drumsticks are burning from the sugar and heat, wrap a tiny bit of foil around them. I actually quite like the smokiness of a slightly burnt glaze, but if you don't you can also postpone the basting until after you flip the chicken (next step).
- After the 30 minutes are up, flip the chicken over, baste it again, and roast for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Turn the chicken breast side up again, baste it again, and then return it to the oven for 10 minutes to recrisp the skin.
- Once the chicken is done, remove from oven, set the chicken on a cutting board, and allow it to rest for 15-20 minutes.
- Taste the pan drippings. It should be very savory and sweet, though you can add 1/4 cup of water to it if it's too flavorful. Pour out as much of the fat as you can from the pan, then boil the pan juices until they reduce to a syrupy consistency.
- Cut the chicken into pieces, place over rice or cous cous, then spoon the gorgeous soy-maple reduction over it. The rice or cous cous will absorb all of the chicken, soy, and maple flavors and become super delicious.
Enjoy! If you love this (seriously, you will), you can thank my mom for the inspiration.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Some beautiful footage and motivational words from Mia, recorded at WGI.
I was in Winterguard in high school, but never got to do anything as amazing as this. It makes me want to go dance with a flag RIGHT NOW.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
They arrived the other day in the cutest packaging, complete with a darling little flower and a handwritten note. The box was so small I thought it was a mistake: maybe they sent me dwarf-sized Tieks? It turns out the shoes fold up really, really small. The nerdy origami-loving girl inside of me did a little dance of joy and wonder upon unpacking the box.
The brilliant thing about Tieks is that they have a split sole, like my favorite Capezio ballet slippers. So they fold up right in the middle and fit compactly in a small carrying pouch. Once folded up, they are no more than 3.5 or 4 inches long! They could probably even fit in a small evening clutch that way. Also included with the shoes is a fold-out bag I can use to carry the stilletos I'm not wearing for my commute, as well as pant clips that have already come in super handy.