2 Cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus extra for sprinkling
1 Tbsp. Granulated Sugar
2 ½ Tsp. baking powder
¼ Tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 large eggs
2/3 cup heavy cream
½ cup dried currants
1 heaping Tbsp. raw or coarse sugar
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (I used my scone pan, and sprayed it with Pam for Baking).
In a bowl stir together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter to the flour mixture. With a pastry blender, or 2 knives, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and cream together. Add all but 2 tablespoons of the egg mixture to the dry ingredients all at once and stir until a sticky dough forms. Quickly stir in the currants just until evenly distributed.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board. Knead gently, until the dough holds together, about 6 times. The dough should be soft. Do not overknead, or the scones will be tough. Divide into two equal portions and pat each into a round 1 inch thick and 6 inches in diameter. Cut each round into 4 equal wedges.
Arrange the wedges, 2 inches apart, on the prepared sheet. Brush each with the reserved egg mixture and sprinkle with the raw sugar.
Bake until crusty and golden brown, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately, with butter or jam.
I love a good slow cooker meal for a Sunday, but usually only make Chili/Soups/Stew aka something that can be frozen, since I am not big on reheating leftovers, But a few weeks ago I came across a recipe book of slow cooker recipes for 2. Since I really only need servings for 1 I made the recipe using 2/3 of the amounts called for, and had enough for 2 servings, which reheated in the oven beautifully.
one 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 large shallot, finely chopped
2/3 Cup red wine (preferably Zinfandel)
2 1/2 Tblsps balsamic vinegar
1 Tblsp Dijon mustard
4 drops hot sauce
1/2 tsp salt
3 lbs beef short ribs, cut into serving pieces of 3 – 4 ribs
Combine the tomato sauce, wine, shallot, vinegar, mustard, hot sauce, and salt in a small bowl and mix until smooth.
Arrange the ribs in the slow cooker and pour the sauce over them; Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours.Until the meat is tender and starts to separate from the bone.
Transfer the ribs to a platter and set aside. Cool the sauce until the fat congeals on the surface, then remove and discard the fat. When ready to serve, return the ribs to the sauce and reheat in a 300 F oven until hot. Serve Immediately.
Recipe from “Not Your Mothers Slow Cooker Recipes for Two” by Beth Hensperger
I haven’t been to the Baltimore Arena since 1990, when I saw New Kids on the Block.
Pearl Jam had never been to the Baltimore Arena. (And the only reason they were here this time was because the Verizon Center was previously booked with the Washington International Horse Show. #SuckItTed)
In the last few years, whenever I have heard someone speak about the Baltimore Arena, they mention what a dump it is. So I wasn’t sure what to expect. (Definitely wasn’t expecting the full pat down upon entering the building. We went through metal detectors for the Brooklyn show.) But the concourse was clean and seemed freshly painted, bathrooms were a ton better than the hell on earth that were the bathrooms at The Spectrum, and the seats were nice and plush.
Apparently Pearl Jam weren’t expecting much either, because about 5 songs in Vedder said they weren’t expecting much. Haha. But Baltimore represented well…… and we were rewarded with an awesome setlist.
02. Hard To Imagine
03. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
04. Lightning Bolt
07. MInd Your Manners
08. Given To Fly
14. Present Tense
15. Spin The Black Circle
16. Let The Records Play
17. Setting Forth
18. Unthought Known
Encore Break 1
21. Man Of The Hour (Dedicated to Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson)
23. Waiting For The Man-(Reed)
24. Better Man
25. Do The Evolution
Encore Break 2
29. Love, Reign O’re Me-(Townshend)
32. Rockin’ In The Free World
Highlights for me were…Hard To Imagine, MFC, RVM, DTE (especially since Vedder forgot the lyrics in Brooklyn), Blood, the whole 2nd encore — Once, Love Reign O’re Me, Black (One of the best versions I’ve ever seen), Alive, and Rockin’ in the Free World.
Luckiest guy in the world – Mr Yellow Shirt – Sometime near the beginning of the first set, Eddie pointed out some guy at the back of the arena who was jumping all around and told him to pace himself. Then near the end of the 2nd encore, Ed went down and said something to his body guard and pointed to the back. They he went back up to his microphone and invited the guy in the yellow shirt down to join them on the stage!!!!! Mr Yellow Shirt made it mid-Free Word and was handed a tambourine and proceeded to dance all over the stage. AWESOME!!!
The only bizarre thing was when Jeff pulled his ear monitors out and stormed off the stage before Free World was finished. He was definitely pissed at something.
Parked on a lot behind the Holiday Inn off of Howard Street. It was a quick exit to hop on 95S. Sounds like people that parked in the garages had a terrible time getting out.
I do most of my runs indoors on a treadmill because my neighborhood is hilly. Not just gentle rolling hills, steep inclines that I want no part of. I even trained for my half marathon (and before that a 10 Miler) using the treadmill… and its pretty fun when you hit 99:59 on the timer because the treadmill comes to a dead stop. It can get kind of boring and repetitive. For my short runs (3 or 4 miles) I usually just watch whats on TV (Friends, NHL Live, Law & Order) and for my longer runs… I fire up the old VCR and pop in a movie (Speed, Dazed and Confused, etc).
Anyway, when I was in Brooklyn this past weekend I went for a morning run around Brooklyn, and it was great. Flat surface and perfect slightly chilly weather… I hit 3 miles before I knew it (probably because I was paying more attention to the scenery than that actual distance).
If I decide to sign up for another half-marathon or the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, maybe I will look into doing my longer weekend runs on a trail around DC.
In a pan, brown the ground beef, and drain the excess grease.
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4-6 hours. If it is too thick, add additional water, or too thin, let cook uncovered for awhile.
I used 1.5 lbs of ground beef and thought it was a little thin… so I let it cook uncovered for the last hour. Otherwise tasted great (I was a bit nervous about the pineapple… but it was an interesting addition).
I also baked a pan of corn bread (which I have made before…. always turns out well).
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tblsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 2/3 cups whole milk
1/2 cup plus 2 1/2 tblsp butter, melted; plus extra for greasing
4 eggs, lightly beaten
Preheat an oven to 375°F. Butter a 9-inch square cake pan.
Mix together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Make a well and pour in the milk, melted butter, and eggs. Do not overmix, batter should be lumpy. Pour into the prepared pan.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool. Cut into squares.