You were starting to think I was gone for good, weren't you? I mean, the last time I think I wrote to you, I said I was off to Alaska, right? And you probably just figured I decided not to come back...which makes sense. And I definitely thought about staying, let me tell you. But it's too soon. Maybe someday. I'm totally going back, though...I'm thinking next year would be good. Alaska changed my life. Like really. But maybe I'll tell you about that another time. I have other things to write about today.
Like this, first of all--GUESS WHAT I got for Christmas?!
I know it's August, but Santa made an exception for me this year. It's cool, we're pals.
But wait, did you guess??
I can't wait any longer--I'm going to tell you...
I got a CAMERA!!! (three exclamation points and all caps = really freaking excited, if you didn't know)
So now I'm going to start being that annoying person who goes around taking pictures of dirt and stones and walls just because I can...just so you know. Like if we ever go hiking together, you should definitely bring snacks, because it's probably going to take twice as long. Hopefully this doesn't discourage you from inviting me to go hiking with you...
Okay, time to change the subject--to food, of course, you were expecting this. So I don't think it will at all surprise you, but one of my favorite things to do with people is cook. I think there is just something so great about spending time creating something with another person and then getting to sit and enjoy it together. And I'm pretty sure one of the ways I show people I love them is through food. This works well.
|sharing is the best|
This week's adventure: homemade MARSHMALLOWS. That's right. I'm going to go there.
I'd been thinking about these ever since I made my own graham crackers last week (so so good)--and, I mean, you get where my mind was going here--homemade smores. It was going to happen. And no, you're right, I didn't make the chocolate, but come on, do you know how to make chocolate?
|you so want to come over, don't you?|
adapted from Alton Brown
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water, divided
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment ready.
In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Don't stir too much, or this will take forever. Also, be patient--it is very important for the sugar to get to this temperature! Once the mixture reaches 240, immediately remove from the heat.
Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. It will get all white and fluffy and glossy--very sweet. Add the vanilla during the last minute or so of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows: combine the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Butter or oil a 9x13-inch baking pan. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.
|at the beginning|
we'll talk again soon.