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I’m Packin’…

It’s been a morning of dealing with clients via phone.  I am not thrilled about this.  I have a settlement that is taking WAY too long to get ironed out, opposing counsel who cannot return a phone call inside of 3 weeks, and a client who is batshit angry/crazy.  Note, these are 3 different cases.  And while I usually enjoy insane, shouty, hysterical voicemails over a mandatory HIPAA release that are left at 8:15 a.m. on my cell phone, I find little joy in them right now.  Between the lack of sleep, the fact that this bullshit should have been done months ago, and the GIANT FETUS doing the running man in my uterus, you could say I’ve lost my sense of humor.

I'm ALL You'll Ever Need...

So in the meantime, I’m going to try to peace out and think about getting my shit together and packing a hospital bag for myself.  Which, having been through this twice already, I can say is an exercise in futility and timewastery.  The only things you REALLY need to bring?  Lip balm and thick socks.  If you’re feeling organizey, toss in a razor and one of those scrubby mesh thingies and some GOOD body lotion.  Also some big sweats you never want to see again, a large zip up hoodie, and whatever low-cut maternity tshirt you hate the least.   If you are the connected type, make sure to bring your various chargers.  Batteries. And more socks.

And other, say, non-maternity clothes?  Yeah….no.  I remember that I brought my favorite hippie shirt and cut-off jeans to the hospital with me when I went in to have K.  Seriously? What the fuck was I thinking?  I ended up wearing the same outfit home that I wore coming in.  With Luli, I brought some nice new large pjs — which yes, they fit, but did I really want to wear them post-childbirth and ruin them forever?  No.

If you want to get something special to wear in the hospital while you lounge in soft-lit, halcyon maternal bliss, seriously, buy a nice LARGE tank top and a nice soft LARGE zip-up hoodie or cardigan type thingy.  Because really?  Everything else will either not fit or will just add to the confusion. If it’s your first time, don’t screw around with nursing bras at this point.  In fact, just wait with all the “nursing clothes” until you get home (I find “nursing clothes” to be utterly unnecessary; YMMV). Just wear a low-cut tank top that you can pull down.  Unless you’ve done it before, the last thing you need is be floundering around trying to figure out all the hidden snaps and flaps while strangers, family, and friends you’ve not yet met file in and out of your hospital room.

And really? The above advice focuses solely on the practical.  You should bring whatever you want.  It’s damn near impossible to predict how you will feel, emotionally and physically, post-birth.  You may want comfort things; you may just want to get the hell out of there.  Pack in some candy.  Some books.  Some pictures.  A little tasteful porn. Whatever.  Your friends will be in charge of sneaking in the tequila- and espresso-filled chocolates.

So really, just bring whatever the hell you want.  I’m going to go pack a back of socks.

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Meyer Lemon Curd

Meyer Lemonpalooza, Part Two

As promised, a little how-to and what up on lemon curd.  Specifically, Meyer Lemon Curd from my Earth Fare bounty.

Curd Glorious Curd!

For starters, I would credit the origin of my recipe, except I have NO idea where it came from — it consists of a hastily scrawled page in one of my recipe notebooks.  So, if this recipe looks familiar to you, please comment and let me know where it comes from.  Anyhoodle, behold the glory:

Meyer Lemon Curd

  • 12 egg yolks
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 6 meyer lemons, zested, juiced and strained.  This should yield 1 cup of juice and about 4 T of zest.
  • 1 cup of butter, room temperature and cut into chunks

In a heavy saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar.

Place saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the lemon juice.

Once fully combined and sugar appears dissolved, switch to a wooden spoon.

Soon to be curd

Stir continually for 10-15 minutes, lowering the heat as you go so that it does not boil.

When the curd is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, remove from heat and stir in butter.

Strain the curd through a mesh sieve into a bowl (bowl should be glass or  stainless).  This is to get rid of any nasty cooked bits of egg.

Whisk in the zest.

Mmmmmm...

This will yield about 4 cups of curd.  If you are going to can, process in water bath for 20 minutes.

Eat it all in one sitting or pace yourself and keep it in the fridge.

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Frosty Meyer Lemon Cookies

Meyer Lemonpalooza, Part One

Growing up, our super special extra fabulous thanks for not setting the grocery store on fire treat was a package of Archway Frosty Lemon cookies.  Believe me when I say, they taste better in my childhood memories than they do in adult reality.  But there is no reason *I* can’t make something that tastes as good as the frosty lemons of my past.

A while back my go-to food site the Kitchn featured a recipe for Mandarin Orange Cookies, which they had adapted from a recipe for Meyer Lemon Sugar Cookies from Tallgrass Kitchen.  So as soon as I saw this:

I knew what I was going to do.

The Tallgrass Kitchen recipe looked perfectly fine, but I wanted something a little more moist and MEGA lemony.  So I tinkered with the eggs, sugar, and lemon quantities.  And of course my frosty lemon cookies wouldn’t be complete without, well, the frosty part, so I borrowed from the Kitchn and added a simple lemon glaze.  Here is what I came up with:

The Hussy’s Frosty Meyer Lemon Cookies

  • 1 2/3 C sugar
  • Zest of 4 Meyer lemons
  • 1 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 whole egg plus 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 C Meyer lemon juice, plus approximately 4 T
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 3/4 C flour, sifted
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1 1/2 C powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In food processor, pulse sugar and lemon zest fully combined.

Stir flour, salt, and baking powder in a separate bowl.

Cream butter and lemon sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and egg yolks and beat on high for about 2 minutes.  Scrape down sides.

Add 1/2 C lemon juice and vanilla and beat ‘til well-mixed.

Add dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Chill dough for 15 minutes (you can also pipe room temperature batter for Fancy! results).

Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a lined baking sheet. Bake for 9 minutes until just turning golden on bottoms.

While cookies are baking, stir powdered sugar and reserved lemon juice until smooth.  Drizzle over warm cookies.

SDH Frosty Meyer Lemon Cookies

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

We may not have a Whole Foods, or Trader Vic’s or whatever store you fancy big-city people are buying your kombucha at this week, but we DO have Earth Fare, which is a super fabulous local mini-chain.   How fabulous is it?  THIS fabulous:

So, when the good folks at EF basically give me a pile of meyer lemons, I make lemon curd and frosted lemon cake cookies.  I’ll post the delicious results tomorrow…

 

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Near-Instant Gratification: The Popsicle Edition

I couldn’t very well title this “Instant Gratification” because obviously that honor belongs to successfully chasing down the tinkly ice cream truck.  And by the way? Our summertime treats-on-wheels would come chiming through at 9 – 9:30 at night.  I would always wonder if they made a magical switch and started selling margaritas.  But I digress…

Today we are here to talk about the Zoku pop maker.  Yes, this thing:

Yeah, it's ADORABLE, but do I need it?

I ended up getting one of these due to a series of interweb purchases gone wrong. Long story short, I ended up with a gift card that gave me $40 to spend at Williams-Sonoma.  And since the next thing on my NEED list is a new fridge, I had to skip over to the ‘interesting idea’ list.  Basically, I let the kids pick and Zoku was the result.

First, the product itself is adorable.  And embodies a very cool idea — i.e., let’s get crazy with popsicles!  And it is super easy to use and VERY kid-friendly (just be careful about tiny bits sticking to frozen bits).  What you see is pretty much what you get.  It’s really just a mold that you pop in the freezer; the key difference being that it freezes pretty much while you watch and only goes into the freezer empty.  It’s like the freezer bowl part of a newer ice cream maker – heavy and full of some thick sludgey mystery fluid.  Out of the box, the Zoku comes with one 3-chamber mold, six sticks, six drip guards, one “super tool,” and a directions pamphlet.

I will go ahead and express my sole irritation with the product, which is that it sells recipes separately.  If you just paid $40 for a popsicle mold, the least they can do is throw in some recipes.  Yeah, I know duh popsicles, but this is the first food prep product that I have EVER owned that did not come with at least a few recipes.  Seriously, even my damn $4 dog biscuit cutter came with 4 recipes.  It just seems kind of tacky to sell recipes separately (though I should note that there are a handful of recipes on the cute Zoku Blog).  There are other extras you can buy, but I didn’t get any, because $40 seemed like enough to spend on popsicles.

K, Luli and I tested this out the other day to great success.   The mold froze in less than 24 hours, as expected. We were prepped to make 6 popsicles using pineapple juice and greek yogurt with honey and lemon sugar (add honey to plain yogurt, add lemon zest to sugar).  We put the sticks in the mold and went to town.

Team Popsicle is GO!!!

Because the instructions are adamant that the sticks MUST go in first, there was a bit of an issue with getting thicker ingredients into the mold, as there is only about a half inch of pouring space on either side of the stick.  I ended up putting the yogurt into a zip-loc baggie, snipping off a tiny corner, and effectively piping it into the mold.  Worked like a charm.

Chilly!

And then we waited…

The Way-yay-ting is the Hardest Part.

We made two sets of three pops back-to-back.  Zoku says your popsicles shall freeze in about 7 – 9 minutes.  I found this to be accurate, though the kids said it was taking forEVER and wandered off.  With just unlayered juice, the pops were ready in 7 minutes.  Layered pops took a little longer (duh).  The second set we made immediately after the first did not take any longer to freeze.  And they freeze HARD.  Mega-hard.  As in, I can hold this in the sun for a while before it drips all over hard.

Cheers to Success!

Both of my assistants claimed the treats to be perfection.

Luli Approves.

K Devours.

Aside from the voice of Alton Brown in my head telling me that it is silly to buy a product that only does one very simple thing, I found the Zoku to be good fun – and I suspect Mr. Brown would, too, though he might not admit it.  We didn’t have any issues with the yogurt pops not freezing as solid.  And we didn’t have any issues with removing the pops from the mold — even those with yogurt.   No fuss.  And very little clean up.  When we were done, we popped the mold back in the freezer (no, we didn’t clean it first, the instructions say it is unnecessary to do so).  We pulled it out again the next day and made more popsicles.

All in all, an adorable product that serves its single function exceptionally well.  The kids love it and I like that it takes up very little space and gives me something creative and culinary to do with the kids.  Just scroll through the Zoku website to see how serious I am about the creative thing.  We’ve already tried striped pops and filled pops to great success.

So, if you’ve coveted the Zoku and have $40 to spend, I say go ahead and get it.  Is it necessary? Hell no.  Is it fun? Hell yes.

I can’t WAIT to try margarita and mojito pops…

 

 

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