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March 2, 2011

4 Mar

I decided to make myself some guacamole, and I took this picture of the garlic I intended to use. I was going to write an ode to garlic, about how it is such a strange little thing, yet it makes so many things taste so much better. How did humankind look at this thing and figure out what magic it held?!?! Unfortunately, everything went wrong with the guac. I was overzealous about the avocados which were clearly not ripe enough and wouldn’t mush. I doubled the amount of garlic I usually put into guac. In the past couple of months, I’ve been adding an extra clove of garlic to recipes, and it always enhances the flavor. I thought it would be similar with guacamole, but I didn’t think it through. It’s raw garlic! It doesn’t cook down at all. So I had guac with crunchy avocado and way, way, way too much garlic. It burnt my mouth! I kept trying to enjoy it, but I ended up throwing most of it out. I sat on my couch, smelling not so hot, and pouted. Lesson learned!

February 19, 2011

2 Mar

This is my go-to meal. I’ve been making it since my junior year of college. It’s the meal I make when I really want to make something for myself that I can believe is somewhat healthy and home-cooked. It’s super easy. I saute garlic, add some spinach, salt and pepper and throw it all over some pasta. Voila! I play around with it and throw whatever else is available in. This night, I added a chopped tomato, oregano, and red pepper flakes. It certainly hit the spot.

February 13, 2011

16 Feb

For Valentine’s Day, I made my favorite boy red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I made them from scratch WITHOUT an electric mixer. No easy feat. Yet they were fantastic, if I do say so myself. He is worth every granule of sugar.

February 1, 2011

7 Feb

I had some left over sausage from a Tomato Vodka Sauce I had made a couple of nights earlier. So I attempted to recreate my favorite hot dog, the Seattle dog. I consider myself a hot dog connoisseur. I’ve had them all over the world, baby.  But nothing to me is better than the way they serve them in Seattle. First they slather the bun in cream cheese, then they add the dog, and some grilled green pepper and onion. I always add Frank’s hot sauce to the cream cheese side of the bun. Voila! Seattle dog! I sauteed the pepper and onion and had to use Cholula hot sauce instead of Frank’s.

January 23, 2011

23 Jan

Say what you will about winter. It’s cold. It’s dark. Nothing good happens. I agree. Winter kind of blows after the pizazz of the holiday season fades away. But it gives one time to work on hobbies. One of mine happens to be cooking. I’d like to be an amazing cook one day. Now I’m only so-so. I would be nowhere without All Recipes, but I’m trying to improve. I’m also trying to curve Seasonal Affective Disorder by getting back into knitting and writing. All I’m saying is expect more cooking and knitting talk for the rest of winter.

This is a chicken stir fry recipe which turned out amazing. It was just enough spicy. I added the sauteed onions and peppers to the recipe to make it more of a meal. I also served it over rice.

January 18, 2011

23 Jan

I sometimes find that one of the key things I look for now in a recipe is if it makes good leftovers. Being so busy with work and everything, it makes life easier if there is something at home to reheat. On Sunday night, I had made a healthy Minestrone in order to offset the tater tots and burgers we had earlier in the day. It lasted us almost the whole week! The recipe made so much that it wouldn’t all fit in the crock pot. I had to put half of it in a stove top pot. Add some Parmesan cheese and some hot sauce, it tastes like new!

January 9, 2011

16 Jan

I made a White Cheese Chicken Lasagna for dinner. It was an interesting experience since I have never made a lasagna before, and considering that, I think it went well. A bit too much Mozzarella cheese for my taste, which is almost hard for me to admit since I love cheese. Also made excellent leftovers for the rest of the week, always a bonus.

December 25, 2010

4 Jan

Christmas Day. Another relaxing day with Uncle Bruce and his girlfriend April. We spent most of the day on the phone with family, but after that we cooked some dinner. Bruce and April are both outstanding cooks, and they made us incredible meals throughout our trip while also giving us plenty of cooking tips along the way. We expressed out gratitude by making them Christmas dinner. Travis roasted some veggies and made baked salmon with pecan. I worked on crab cakes and Lemon Cream Pasta which you see above. The pasta was simple. Parm, Cream, Lemon, Lemon zest, and parsley. It was a bit tart. I didn’t use measuring cups, because I fear it makes me look like an amateur. Lesson learned. Eyeballing recipe measurements should be left to the pros.

December 5, 2010

12 Dec

Another attempt at cooking. This time I went for Twice Baked Potatoes. The recipe calls for using large potatoes, but I only had small russets left over from Thanksgiving’s mashed potatoes. So instead of the large handsome meal I had planned, I ended up with appetizer-like things. Definitely have to use giant-size potatoes next time. Also, it was my first time ever making bacon. It had to be crispy in order to crumble into bits. But Travis came home and distracted me with something or other, probably swatches of bright colors or flashing lights, and I let the bacon burn. Well, I guess with each recipe, more cooking lessons learned.

November 25, 2010

1 Dec

Thanksgiving Day! We went down to Travis’ office which has an angled view of the parade. However, we could see and hear most everything without having to deal with the throngs of people. With our experience from the night before, we were happy to take it. It was a lot of fun to see the parade. We headed home to make our feast. Travis made the turkey and the gravy. I made homemade mashed potatoes, green bean casseroles, and a pumpkin pie. Together, we made the stuffing, whipped cream, and rolls. It all turned out good for being first-timers. My sister also arrived in town from Boston. It was nice to have family around.