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The making of apple pie

October 18th, 2014 by Cat

I love pie, but I really don’t make it enough. The problem is the amount of food. My husband and I shouldn’t eat a whole pie (I almost said “couldn’t” but then I realized that wasn’t true), and it’s also not enough to share with my coworkers (I double my cookie and cake/cupcake recipes for work). Having people over is pretty much the perfect time.

This morning when we went to do yard work, we saw that apples had grown inĀ on our apple tree! Today also happens to be when we’re hosting a football watching party, so it was the perfect time to make some apple pie :) This is a recipe my mom has been using for several years, with a few modifications by me.

The first thing I make is the dough because it needs to be refrigerated for at least an hour before it’s used. Homemade dough may seem intimidating, but it’s actually quite easy and uses very little ingredients.


When it comes to cookies, cakes, and frosting, you usually start with room temperature butter because it allows more air to be beaten in. For pies and tarts, you typically use cold butter, and it’s easier to use when cut into smaller pieces and slowly added into the mix. My mom does this part by hand, but I like using my stand mixer with a flat beater. (A large food processor would work as well.)


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April so far

April 23rd, 2014 by Cat

Aahh, April is flying by so fast! I don’t feel ready for May, which is when I need to prepare for an Anime con, a possible trip to Pennsylvania, and incoming summer interns. Eeeeep. Here’s what I’ve been up to the past couple weeks though.

Company outing

When it was announced that we were doing a developers outing to Top Golf, I wasn’t that excited. I’m really not interested in golf, but I signed up anyway. I ended up having a blast.

If I had to describe Top Golf, it’d be a driving range + target range + bar. It’s basically a driving range, but you’re a few stories up and hitting down to a field with large holes. Each golf ball has a chip in it, so it knows where it lands and awards you points depending on which hole you hit and how close to the center of it. Each bay also has chairs and tables where you can order food and drinks.

Image taken from their website

Image taken from their website

I haven’t hit a golf ball since… high school? So I didn’t really know what I was doing. Looking around, I saw at least half of my coworkers looking awkward, and then I didn’t feel so bad ;) One of my teammates lent me an extra golf glove he had though, which made people think I was so pro. They were sadly mistaken when they saw me actually swing the golf club.

My team!

My team!

They also mixed up the teams, so you’re with people you normally don’t work with, and we rotated around to play against different teams. Overall, a ton of fun! It was great hanging out with people I don’t normally see, and Top Golf was actually fun to do.

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Favorite dishes, part 1

April 8th, 2014 by Cat

I have a friend that I tease whenever we have dinner. If it’s an Italian restaurant, I’ll ask, “getting the chicken alfredo?” He’d then feign shock. “How did you know??”

You see, my friend chooses one dish at each restaurant that he orders every time. He pretty much picks where he wants to eat based on the dish he wants to get. So, following the same idea, I decided to list some of my favorite dishes rather than some of my favorite places :)

Reuben with Pastrami – Katz’s Deli (NYC, NY)
I have not been to Katz’s in 2+ years, and this is still my favorite sandwich. Living in Texas, it’s been hard to find pastrami that is as flavorful, juicy, and tender as the one I had at Katz’s. Every Yelp review that claims a place here has pastrami “as good as NY deli’s” has been a lie so far. Top it with some sauerkraut and cheese, and it makes for an amazing sandwich.

Reuben with pastrami

Tonkotsu Original – Ramen Tatsuya (Austin, TX)
Austin was actually lacking good ramen places until Tatsuya came along and hyped it up. The hype for Tatsuya was worth it though. The Tonkotsu Original uses a creamy and rich pork broth, and Tatsuya makes their own noodles. Plus, I like that they use pork belly for the pork pieces. It tastes better and since it’s so tender, it’s easier to break apart and eat.

Tonkotsu Original

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