Taking a quick break from slaving over a hot sampler to tie up some loose ends...
-There's a lot I didn't know about Dirk van den Broek.
-Had another meal at Lab 111 last night (and will probably have a few more since we're working in the building for the next two weeks), a great scallop and beet appetizer and an pleasant-enough snoekbaars with pappardelle. Hilly's entree was dorade with gnocchi, also fine but a bit boring. Their starters have always been better than their entrees...
-Don't have time to write properly, but thought I would follow up on the Corn-Off from Thursday.
I learned a few things: 1) I am not a baker. My performance in kitchen was a masterpiece of slapstick comedy, I wish the cameras had been rolling. By the time I got the first pan in the oven, I had dirtied approximately 40 pieces of kitchen equipment and would have set off the smoke alarm if we had one.
2) Cornbread smells great. My next project is to make a pillow out of it.
3) Both recipes were tasty, but I must say, the Best Ever Cornbread recipe from Herbivoracious might just be the best Best Ever Cornbread recipe ever. It was really really good. But: the next time I make it I'll be using a much higher ratio of cornmeal to flour to achieve something less cakey and more corny. Cause I'm a Southern Man.