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February 28, 2009

making ricotta

cheese making process

Since Clay likes to document our cooking experiments, like the
strawberry tart a few weeks ago, I shrunk this morning's cheese
making process down a little bit for you all to see.

We used Smith Creamery milk and a recipe from a Mario Batali book.
Basically: bring milk to a boil, add vinegar to separate, stir to
make curds and whey, strain. Eaten still warm on a piece of toasted
bread is heaven. The rest of it is going in some lasagna tonight.

music: Chemical Brothers: Don't stop the rock

candice at 15:53 | link to post


Yesterday I turned 28. Had a good day, the weather was lovely,
no school, and we went to lunch with my parents at Liborio's
downtown and by ourselves to dinner at Baru later. (And La Divina
even had Dark Chocolate in stock!)

Clay got me some neat alfa romeo stuff, I got a bamboo cutting
board from mom, and I went out and bought myself the best leotard
ever. No, seriously, it has underwires. Made by Mirella, whose
catalog models look older than fifteen, I found it by noticing
someone else in class wearing one. This thing really does work.

candice at 14:41 | link to post

February 25, 2009

using carnival leftovers

If by some chance you do have cheap beer left in the fridge from
the parade supply, make biscuits out of it. I haven't made these
in a very long time, and I even faked the bisquick this morning
and they were really good.

Beer Biscuits

2 cups bisquick
1-2 tablespoons sugar
1-2 tablespoons butter (or none)
6 oz beer. double everything to use the whole can, or just drink it.

Mix dry stuff, cut up the butter or melt it before adding the beer.
Mix just a little bit, just to get everything wet. Fill a muffin
pan with them, or a round pan all crammed together, or a cookie sheet
as drop biscuits. Just don't roll them out or mix too much. Cook
at 450 until brown - 15-20 minutes.

Eat with butter.

candice at 23:16 | link to post

February 24, 2009

mardi gras costumes

DSC00853, originally uploaded by Noladishu.

We went out today to go wander the quarter mid-day or so, caught the St. Anne parade, and a lot of costumed people. Saw a bunch of friends out which is always cool.

Pictures: St. Anne, Mid-City and Thoth, and some scraps.

candice at 16:46 | link to post

February 21, 2009

more mardi gras

license to swill

Muses' theme this year was fantastic. I did not get a picture
the amazing title float, but Leigh did, and there was a live
girl in the silhouette there. Here's the set of mine - these
came out really well for the most part. Also got a fairly
good set of stuff.

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I have dealt with the sewerage and water board SO much since
moving to this house, (and from the laughs in the crowd, it
sounded like everyone else did too.) Krewe d'Etat was great
as well. Pictures not as good as Muses, the humidity in the
air makes the pictures harder to take.

Today went to the day parades and to a friend's crawfish boil,
and stayed home tonight so as to better make it to the next
few days festivities.

candice at 22:40 | link to post

February 16, 2009

marching in heels

DSC00348, originally uploaded by Noladishu.

The parade route in Orleans is something on the order of about six miles - depending on the parade - and John McDonough Sr. High had some dancers marching in Oshun wearing fabulous sparkly high heeled character shoes.

Do I need to tell you that these girls are badass? Considering they will probably do at least four more parades between now and Mardi Gras, too. Very cool.

candice at 23:18 | link to post

how the floats get home

february09 094, originally uploaded by candice quates.

Got stuck in traffic behind these guys on Sunday afternoon - really weird seeing the floats all up there with no riders on the high onramps to the crescent city connections.

A few more pictures in a set here.

candice at 23:10 | link to post

February 14, 2009

happy valentine's day

DSC00373, originally uploaded by Noladishu.

Made a strawberry tart this afternoon since it is strawberry season. So good. Recipe is a Julia Child....

candice at 15:26 | link to post

February 08, 2009

Krewe du Vieux 2009

krewe of pan float

Krewe du Vieux is a parade that when we go to it, I feel like
I know half of the maskers. Pan was Ashley's krewe, and the
picture gods blessed me with a decent picture of the float.

More here: http://flickr.com/photos/candicequates/sets/72157613489366482/

candice at 10:13 | link to post

February 04, 2009

vietnamese new year

DSC00230, originally uploaded by Noladishu.

So, we drove out to the east Saturday evening to go check out the festivities. Pictured above are some really tasty fried plantains. I've been meaning to go to this for years and always end up missing it.

Clay beat me to posting (and he was taking pictures anyway) so I'll just leave you with that post. New Orleans East is still all creepy and empty, y'all. Even more so at night.

candice at 19:34 | link to post

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