Wednesday, November 12, 2008

#1 Cornbread Loaf of the world

Ever seen cornbread in a loaf pan??
Now you have!!

My supermoist, slightly sweet cornbread recipe:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup white sugar (use less if corn is sweet)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • kernels of 1 fresh sweet ear of corn


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray or lightly grease a loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until well combined. Mix in corn kernels. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Because I have a reader...

This one's for you!!
Curried Chicken Puff Pastries (rectangular) & Jellied Puff Pastries (hearts)
Homemade from scratch...except the pastry dough

Savory puff's are courtesy of Head chef Nicholas Sze (top pic)
The heart puff pastries are my own invention, cut out using cookie cutters and filled with your jam of choice - in this case, it was peach jam!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Medusa of Lake Geneva

If you ever get a chance to visit Lake Geneva up in Wisconsin, don't miss out on Medusa - the restaurant. One word to describe the food, service, and restaurant - impeccable.

In the picture above was our appetizer, mini squid in 2 creamy sauces. The top pic is the chef's free-lance masterpiece incorporating seafood as the main ingredient. (He literally whips it up "free style", and is different for every order.) You're looking at a GIANT plate piled high with seared sea scallops, crabmeat, jumbo shrimp, crab, squid, and fish. In the center, you have garlic mashed potatoes, and sugary-sweet corn, laced with grilled vegetables.

Taste - 10/10
Atmosphere - 8/10 (small, bistro-style)
Service - 10/10 (attentive, knowledgeable, and frankly, wonderful young server)
Menu variety - 8/10 (Mediterranean themed, but with multi-ethnic influence)
Menu Originality - 9/10 (The chef masterpiece is like ordering an early Christmas surprise)