Air Condition

Thanks Kansas City Public Library for letting me spend two more weeks with James Beard. I am really enjoying having him around.

To date, I've made ratatouille, a variation of his white bean recipe, the imam bayildis and chocolate pots de creme from his New James Beard cookbook.

We are lucky here in KC and the heat wave finally broke yesterday, it's only 89 degrees out and the humidity dropped. It feels like air conditioning! I've actually just turned mine off for the evening and love listening to music without the constant rumble of the air conditioner coming on and interrupting the good parts.

Tonight I'm making the beans mentioned above. On the soundtrack for this evening: Air Supply (I know!). , Lady Gaga and Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here. I recently learned that titles can't be copyrighted, which is why there are two Kicking and Screaming movies.

I don't have an ice cream maker, so the closest and easiest thing for me to make for dessert on a recent hot day was the chocolate pots de creme. They are super simple to make, it's just basically custard with chocolate. I added way too much chocolate though, so these were more dense chocolatey than light and delicious. I added milk to the remaining pots, thinning them out and creating something absolutely wonderful.

Here are the ingredients coming together. Below is my wonky set-up to melt/heat everything. Funny, huh?

This recipe taught me a lot about using eggs as thickener and the goal of subtle, delicate chocolate notes instead of the 100 proof chocolate of my first batch.

Next up, I'd like to make some of the James Beard cookie recipes, but even with the temperature dip there is no way I'm turning on my oven until it's fall for real. Guess I'll just have to check out the book in October :)