Monday, October 26

Mini kitchen (and recipe overload)

This was my walk to the library on Friday.
I love New York!

I spent Friday at the Union Square Greenmarket with some friends, and for $8 I got a butternut squash, gourds, pumpkins, fresh cider, and 3 pounds of apples.

We did a LOT of cooking and baking this weekend.
This is our mini-kitchen. Yes, that is our refrigerator. It is awesome. We have learned that cold water is a luxury (don't get me started on ice). That is our mini oven. That is our square foot of counter space (we are trying a week without the dish rack to see if it helps). It's crazy when you get both of us in there cooking - this was definitely built as a kitchen for one!

The kitchen and I spent some quality time together this weekend (Taylor has his first final tomorrow). Here's what we put together over the past 3 days:

Butternut Squash Harvest Bisque (recipe was posted a year ago here)
Amish bread
Apple Pie (we made it for someone else, but we LOVE this recipe!)
Halloween sugar cookies
Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter (YUMMY)

Recipes follow. Enjoy.

Amish White Bread
This bread has zero nutritional value, but makes your apartment smell divine.

1 c. water*
1/3 c. sugar* (I used 1/4 c. plus some honey)
2 1/4 t. yeast* (1 packet)
3/4 t. salt^
2 T. vegetable oil^ (or canola)
3 c. flour

Dissolve *. Add ^, then flour. Rise for one hour. Knead 5 minutes, then let rise for 30 minutes, or until one inch above the pan. At this point, it is advised that you do not get impatient with the dough and toss it back onto the counter in contempt. This will cause the dough to deflate, and double the necessary rising time (not that I would know). Bake @ 350 for 30 minutes.

Apple Pie
This recipe is SOOO easy!

Any pie crust recipe (make sure it makes 2 crusts). I like to add a little cinnamon & sugar.
8 Granny Smith or McIntosh Apples, peeled, cored, sliced.
1/2 c. butter (1 stick)
3 T. flour
1/4 c. water*
1/2 c. sugar*
1/2 c. brown sugar*

Melt butter. Add flour, combine. Add *, and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer while you fill your unbaked pie crust with sliced apples. Form lattice crust over apples (my favorite part!). Carefully pour caramel sauce over the entire pie.

Bake @ 425 for 15 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350 and bake 35-40 more minutes. The sauce caramelizes on the crust, and is so good!

Sugar Cookies
This is for a soft cookie recipe - they taste like the pink frosting cookies!
Warning: this makes a TON. I usually halve the recipe, a little over 2 dozen cookies.

1 1/2 c. sugar*
1 c. sour cream*
1 c. cold butter*
1 egg*
1 t. vanilla (I double this, and add 1 t. almond extract)*
1 t. baking soda^
1/2 t. salt^
4 1/2 c. flour^

Combine * in large bowl. Combine ^ in smaller bowl. Combine * and ^ in large bowl.
Bake @ 425 for 5-7 minutes.

This recipe gets a more glossy/hardened frosting, though cream cheese frosting is awesome with these cookies.
1 c. powdered sugar
2 t. milk
2 t. light corn syrup
1/2 t. almond extract

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter Sauce
We cheated and bought our Pumpkin gnocchi at Murray's Cheese ($3!), and then sauteed them in the brown butter sauce with fresh Parmesan.
Sauce recipe here.

Wednesday, October 21

...and the verdict is...

Wrist surgery, next week.

Happy Halloween, Taylor!

(He looks really cute in a wrist brace.)

This year's costume will cost between $10,000 and $20,000. Thank you, NYU Health Insurance, for covering most of that.

Thursday, October 15

Taylor is hard core.

Remember when Taylor had his bad accident in August?

Though he had 6 staples put in his head, the thing that hurt most was his right arm. The "doctor" moved it around, and was convinced nothing was wrong. No fractures. After Taylor BEGGED for x-rays, the "doctor" did one x-ray of his elbow, and told us 45 minutes later in broken English, "Uh, your arm fine. You can go."

For the past 2 months, Taylor's arm has still been hurting. A week ago, he finally went into the NYU Health Center to get it looked at.

Long-story-short, Taylor has TWO fractures in his right arm - one in his wrist, the other near his elbow. Today he is visiting with an orthopedic surgeon, to see if he needs surgery.

I'm sorry, but how do you miss TWO fractures?! We spent 4 hours in the ER, and they didn't notice 2 fractures? Now we understand why people said, "Oh, I'm sorry," when they found out what hospital we went to.

And now Taylor can brag that he ran a half marathon with a broken arm.

Tuesday, October 13

Come for a visit, STAY AN ETERNITY

Sunday, after Church, we visited the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. It's absolutely huge -- some of these tombs/mausoleums/shrines are bigger than our apartment (though that's not saying much). We saw a couple rehearsing their wedding in the chapel on the far right. They're getting married on Halloween, in a cemetery... how romantic.

The view of the City is pretty remarkable.

With all these huge tombstones and shrines, what kind of marker did Leonard Bernstein choose?

After reading the pamphlet, we felt lucky that we made it out of there alive.

Were it not the Sabbath day, we could have bought the souvenir t-shirts (not kidding).

Monday, October 12

Taylor's Glazed Apple Spice Cookies

Taylor made these last night. He even ground his own cloves! They were SO delicious (there's only 3 cookies left). We have a new fall staple!

* Makes 18 cookies (yes, we have eaten, or packed for lunch, 15 cookies in 15 hours).

Monday, October 5

Conference Weekend

This is how we watched Conference. Hats off to for the HD streaming!
The glamour of our studio apartment may be a bit overwhelming.

Taylor's coat was stolen from the Union Square Chapel foyer during the Priesthood session (his third black fleece to be stolen). I think we should get him a purple fleece to prevent this from happening a fourth time, although in this neighborhood a purple coat is probably a hot item.

We enjoyed the High Line park between sessions on Sunday, along with the rest of New York. It was jammed!

I look like I don't have lips in this picture, but I had to put one picture of Taylor in this post without his mouth full of popcorn.

Shortly after this picture, I stood up to look down on the meatpacking district, and Rachel Zoe was walking by with her husband Rodger. I felt like a 12-year-old when I whipped out my camera.
Nobody else noticed her! I think Molly was the only person who appreciated this sighting (she swears she saw Rodger when we were in the Hamptons).

General Conference was so powerful. I don't know if it was being so far away from Utah, or the Spirit of the Conference, but it was an emotional ride.