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Best Pumpkin Pie Ever – Come for the Pie, Stay for the Dollop

This Thanksgiving, we’re assuming your turkey will be juicy;
your mashed potatoes lump-free; and your gravy, smooth as silk. You are a
regular visitor here, after all. 

However, it’s probably not a bad idea to hedge
your bets and serve a pumpkin pie so tasty and texturally perfect that no
matter what goes wrong, everyone will leave with a smile on
their face, and a delicious memory in their heart. By the way, this is that pie. 

After many years of experimentation, I’ve
finally perfected what I think is the ideal formula. As I mention in the video,
I’ve removed an egg white, and replaced it with some additional yolks. This
results in a pie that’s not only richer, but also much less likely to crack.


Of course, you still need to not to overcook it. An extra 5
minutes in the oven is kryptonite to even the most brilliant pumpkin pie
formulas. Use the knife test I demonstrated and you should be fine. Worst case,
there’s always the whipped cream. Ah, the whipped cream.

I remember my friend, and world-famous photographer, Andrew Scrivani telling me about a food stylist whose spoon work is so sexy and
enticing that she makes a good living just specializing in dollops. Well, I’d
like to take this opportunity to apologize for ruining her career.

Once the world sees the slow-mo magic that is the old,
“twist, three-thrusts, and a pull,” I’m assuming she’ll be out of business in
no time. That’s right, now anyone will be able to do magazine-quality dollops like
a boss (and by boss, I mean overpaid food stylist).


Anyway, ruined careers aside, this really is a fantastic,
and incredibly easy pumpkin pie recipe, and I sincerely hope you consider
adding it to your holiday menu this year. Enjoy!


Ingredients for one pumpkin pie:
1 can (15 ounce) pumpkin
1 large egg
3 egg yolks
1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
1/4 teaspoon freshly, and very finely ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 tsp Chinese 5-spice (or to sub: a small pinch each of
ground star anise, ground cloves, and ground white pepper)
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
9-inch unbaked pie crust

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Garlic Roasted Cauliflower with Toasted Asiago Bread Crumbs

Cauliflower, tossed with a little olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper then roasted in the oven transforms this powerful cruciferous vegetable into a nutty, delicious side dish, especially when topped with toasted bread crumbs.

You can even add a little color to your plate by choosing a hue other than white—cauliflower now comes in a variety of colors from orange to green to purple. Not only does it contain disease-fighting antioxidants, but it also offers a healthy helping of vitamin C, folate and fiber.

Makeup!

A few weeks ago, I traded in my apron for some heels and slimming jeans as part of a photo shoot for Jones New York[1].

I was transformed from by the magic of Gregg who’s celebrity list is quite extensive, I knew I was in good hands.

I’ve been on sets of photo shoots before because pre-skinnytaste I worked as a graphic designer, but Getting to sit in the hair and makeup chair, and having a stylist dress me was a whole lot more fun!

You can see the final image below, I am wearing their slimming denim jeans with a pretty blouse. This was part of an online campaign where they photographed three other bloggers; a chef, a decorator and a stylist.

The ads are currently live on Self.com[2], Bon Appetit[3], Glamour[4] and Condé Nast Traveler[5].

This was so much fun, and quite different than spending the day in my kitchen. And what’s a girl to do in NYC when all dressed up, with their hair and makeup done? Go shopping of course! I stopped for lunch, and did some prop shopping before heading to the Union Square Greenmarket where I picked up a beautiful head of cauliflower.

After a day in the city, I was happy to get home to my family and make them a delicious meal – Garlic Lover’s Roast Beef with this roasted cauliflower, the perfect ending to a great day.
 
[6]

Garlic Roasted Cauliflower with Toasted Asiago Bread Crumbs 
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 6 • Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 3 pt
Calories: 130 • Fat: 7.5 g • Carb: 11.5 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 5 g
• Sugar: 0.5 g
Sodium: 191 mg 
(without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 1 (1 1/2 lb) head of cauliflower, cut into florets (about 6 heaping cups)
  • 5 – 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

For the topping:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp shredded Asiago cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme (or fresh herb of your choice)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450°F.  Place the cauliflower and garlic on a large baking sheet and toss with the oil, salt, and pepper.  Bake until tender and browned, about 22 – 25 minutes, tossing every 6-8 minutes. 

Meanwhile, heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat.  Add the oil, then the onion and sauté about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the garlic and sauté until the onions become golden brown. Reduce heat to low, add breadcrumbs; sauté until the breadcrumbs are light golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, careful not to burn.  Turn off heat and stir in the thyme. When cool, add asiago cheese.

When the cauliflower is ready, remove from oven and top with the toasted bread crumbs.

Nutritional information for quinoa provided by Heather K Jones[7], RD (aka The Diet P.I.).

References

  1. ^ Jones New York (www.jny.com)
  2. ^ Self.com (www.self.com)
  3. ^ Bon Appetit (www.bonappetit.com)
  4. ^ Glamour (www.glamour.com)
  5. ^ Condé Nast Traveler (www.cntraveler.com)
  6. ^ Garlic Lover’s Roast Beef (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  7. ^ Heather K Jones (www.heatherkjones.com)

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