Archive | July, 2011

Summery Lemon Ricotta Cookies

28 Jul

Ahhh summer!  A time for picnics, baseball, bbqs, and generally spending time outside. 

That is, unless you live in the DC Area…which I do.  Summer in DC can be unbearable due to high humidity and even higher temperatures.  Please note, there are no pictures of me grilling, as the heat wave is wilting my hair and my appetite.  NOBODY PANIC!  My “reduced” appetite means I just need to stick to light and refreshing foods, like these Lemon Ricotta Cookies from Giada de Laurentiis.  These cool cookies are more like fluffy muffin tops (the desirable kind), and are delicious straight from the frosty fridge.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies (from a recipe by Giada de Laurentiis)

Cookie ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15-oz) container whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 3 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested

Glaze ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. 

In the large bowl combine the butter and the sugar. Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 mins. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating until incorporated. Add the ricotta cheese, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Beat to combine. Stir in the dry ingredients. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Spoon the dough (about 2 tbs each) onto the baking sheets. Bake for 15 mins, until slightly golden at the edges. Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 20 mins.

Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Spoon about 1/2-tsp onto each cookie and use the back of the spoon to gently spread. Let the glaze harden for about 2 hrs (if you can wait that long).

Oh and in case you are wondering…I couldn’t wait 2 hrs and ate these cookies while they were still gooey.

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Do They Serve Beer with This?! Pt. 3

15 Jul

My third and final Ireland food post is about a wonderful meal at Fishy Fishy in Kinsale.  The restaurant owner is Martin Shanahan who is a true food celebrity in Ireland, and even hosts his own tv show called “Martin’s Mad About Fish.”

The restaurant decor of Fishy Fishy is understated, and so is the menu.  But don’t mistake simple for boring!  The fresh seafood was the star of every dish, and the sauces and broths were subtle compliments to each course.

I started my meal with a cup of the Red Chowder, which I found to be flavorful and hearty.  It would be a perfect dish to warm you up on a damp and cold Irish day.  The Red Chowder was a blend of shrimp, tomatoes, diced fish, onion, tarragon, and was finished with a dollop of cream.

Next came the tasty oysters from Oyster Heaven.  No seriously, the waters where they were harvested were called “Oyster Heaven.”

Then the waitress brought me this massive bowl of mussels with a fresh parsley and white wine broth.  I’ve got a healthy appetite (obvs for those who know me), but these mussels could have easily served two or three people.  Especially when you consider the two appetizers I ate prior to my main course.  All in all this was a delectable meal.  My mom and I were so impressed that we both left with cookbooks!

FIN!  Hehe, get it? Because I was just describing a meal at Fishy Fishy and fish HAVE fins?  Ok, bad joke.

Anyway, this picture obviously had nothing to do with our divine meal.  It’s just my way of wishing the yummy food and gorgeous country of Ireland a fond farewell.  Oh and one last thing, SLANTE!