Thursday, June 01, 2006

Peach Cobbler: Recipe

Peach season is almost here!

Try this peach cobbler with a very high easiness to awesomeness ratio.

Awesome Over Easy Peach Cobbler

* 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
* 1 cup flour
* 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup milk

* 3 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches, with their juices

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Put the butter in a 9x13 baking dish and put the dish in the oven. While the butter is melting, mix up the batter by combining the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar. Stir in the milk with a few quick strokes of a rubber spatula.

3. When the butter is completely melted, remove the pan and pour the batter into the melted butter. Then, carefully spoon the peaches and juice evenly over the batter. Return dish to the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

4. As the cobbler cooks, the batter will rise up and around the peaches. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Amy Sedaris' Cheese Ball Recipe

I'm a big fan of Amy Sedaris and her soon-to-be-a-movie TV show Strangers with Candy. I'm an even bigger fan now that I've seen her PETA anti-fur ad campaign (right) that she did in character as 46-year-old teenage runaway Jerri Blank, photographed by designer Todd Oldham. And of course, I went off the charts and into stalker territory when I found out she makes old-fashioned cheese balls to sell as a side business... Don't ask. Just enjoy.

Amy Sedaris' Cheese Ball Recipe

2 8 oz. packages cream cheese

2 cups shredded smoked Gouda

1 stick butter (Amy uses unsalted for everything)

2 tbsp. milk, cream, or half-and-half

2 tsp. A-l steak sauce

2 cups crushed nuts, any variety (Amy likes walnuts)

crackers for serving

1. Allow ingredients to soften to room temperature.

2. Beat them all together in a mixing bowl and form into a ball, or form into several small balls to suit your function/needs. Roll in crushed nuts and refrigerate. Remove from refrigerator and allow to soften about 20 minutes before serving.

3. Serve with crackers of your choice.