Recently, I was asked to bring a salad for a dinner at a friend’s house. The morning of the event, I still did not know what I was going to bring. To me, salad is a summer-ish food and despite my deep love for all things salad, I just had a mental block. While looking for a good option I stumbled upon Melissa D’Arabian’s Pomegranate, Squash and Apple salad from her cookbook Supermarket Healthy. (To be honest, I stumbled upon two of her fabulous salads, but the other salad is a topic for another post!) …
In the midst of the busy holiday season, I count on recipes that can be made ahead in a quiet morning or two, and pulled out of the freezer for a fresh baked treat on (what seems like) a moment’s notice. This year, in particular, I have been searching for sweet treats and found a great option in these Chocolate Hazelnut Scones from Zoe Nathan and the Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe in Santa Monica. The brilliance of the scones lies in the fact that the recipe requires the unbaked dough to be frozen and then baked, so you don’t even feel like you’re cheating by making it ahead. I made a batch last week and another this morning, froze them, and then wrapped each scone in plastic wrap. On Christmas morning, they’ll need a quick 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven and that’s it. Serve them with a generous amount of whipped cream (which I prefer sweetened with a small amount of powdered sugar and a tiny bit of vanilla bean paste).
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If you’re like us, the Holiday Season brings invitations to a wide variety of celebrations and events. The struggle to find the perfect host or hostess gift is real! Often you just need a little something to give, but you’d like it to be unique, fun and most importantly useful. Here are a few simple (and mostly local!) host/hostess gift ideas for the foodies in your life. Give one, or make a basket containing all of them! You’ll be invited back every year – we promise….
Every year on my birthday, my mom brings me an angel food cake with the most delicious frosting. She got the recipe from a neighbor when I was a child. It’s not a fancy recipe, and in fact, the ingredients might strike some foodie-types as a bit low-brow (Pudding! Cool Whip!), but I love it. A blend of whipped topping, pudding, and malt powder, it is light, creamy, and just a bit sweet. It works beautifully with a simple angel food cake. Best of all, it comes together in about five minutes and requires nothing more than a sturdy bowl and a mixer of some type.
For years I’ve been obsessed with finding the perfect tomato soup. Obsessed. Every year as the weather turns colder, my attention turns towards the pursuit of that pinnacle of tomato soups, the one you want to make over and over again, and every year I am disappointed. I have tried cream based soups, broth based soups, and even a vegan soup with cashews used instead of cream, but I have not found THE soup…until now. …
Welcome to With Two Spoons, a blog about food.
We are Holly and Lane, two friends with a shared love of good food and drinks. Awhile back, we decided to start a blog as a creative break from our full time jobs and something totally outside of our comfort zones. Since we spend most of our time together talking about the latest recipes we’ve tried (for better and for worse!) and books we’ve been reading (often about food), we couldn’t think of a better source of inspiration for our little project. Our hope with this space is to write about our adventures – and misadventures – in the kitchen. We want to tell you about recipes we are making, cookbooks we are devouring, and some recipes we have developed ourselves. It’s going to be a fun ride and we hope you’ll come along. Basically, we are on a quest to find food that’s so good, you’ll want it served With Two Spoons.
Look for our first real posts coming before the end of the year!
Lane & Holly