My grandfather used to make the highest, most beautiful popovers. This is his recipe.
I think the trick is to whip the batter really well and not undercook them. If the popovers aren’t crisp enough on the outside they tend to fall flat as they cool and there isn’t that wonderful contrast between the crispy outside and the creamy, eggy inside. A real popover pan works best.
Another recipe from the grandma archive. Yumm.
With less patina but a bit more explicit directions.
Rolling between waxed paper is especially helpful.
This one uses Wesson oil in lieu of Crisco. Hmm. not sure which is the real never fail.
Another one from my grandmother’s recipe box.
She always had a large can of Crisco on her shelf. I think that’s what made the crust so flaky.
As you can see from the stains, this is a recipe I’ve used myself. It really is never fail.
We’ve been trying to pare down here at home and I cleared out the cook books yesterday. I pulled out a binder of old clipped recipes and cards. It will be pulled apart with the best ones scanned and moved over to Evernote.
Here’s one from my grandmother Marion (1900-1991). It was one of her breakfast favorites. She must have copied it for me when I was about 9 and just becoming interested in baking. I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never made it. My aunt is the real baker/cooker in the family, so I got a taste on our last visit to New Jersey.
So nice to see her handwriting again. I miss my grandmother dearly.
Last weekend my husband’s band played as part of the Figment Festival on Governor’s Island in NYC. One of the best art pieces was this fabulous tree house. How great would it be to have this in your backyard? All made from reclaimed materials.
From the Figment website:
Projects & Artists – FIGMENT New York
.: Returning to the island for its second year, “TreeHouse” is part nostalgic playground, part classroom. Encouraging the viewers to play, it is also meant to serve as an educational tool for sustainability issues. The project brings together both kids and adults through hands-on activities and is exemplary for the use of reclaimed materials both on a small and large scale level. “TreeHouse” and its surrounding playground activities are created entirely from reclaimed materials from the streets of Brooklyn and project partner Build It Green! NYC, a non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials. Wind and solar energy are used to power the activities surrounding it.
A few pieces from my small collection of ceramics: I love the air-brushed deco designs on the stout German coffee pot. The teapot is Czech with an enormous round handle, bright red knob, and pretty flowers. The tulip vases also have a air-brush glaze and are cute on their own, if not so practical.
(The trivet, a favorite wedding gift, is from MOMA.)
- Guilty Pleasures: Trivets (thegrumpygerman.wordpress.com)