Happy 10,000th day birthday!

May 23rd, 2010

Last fall, Juan sent me an email that his 10,000th day birthday is May 21, 2010 and mine is December 28, 2011… I love randomness and celebrating quirky days (we did celebrate Valentine’s on Flag Day last year) so I put the dates on my calendar…

of course, as the date got closer I did not know what to do… luckily, I was in town but Juan had been saying how he was sick of sweets (yes, he’s odd) so no cupcakes… He loves my quiches though so I made little breakfast “cupcake” quiches.  I couldn’t find the cupcake holders anywhere…hence the improvisation but they tasted good and Juan loved them…

but that was just the beginning of my plan (can you tell I’ve had a lot of time on my hands since school ended?)… while Juan was at work, I hung this awesome half-homemade banner… and I made dinner…

Now, I would have made this dinner regardless of any special occasion. I have this very elaborate idea for a dinner party but it involves some techniques that I have not mastered… such as handrolling pasta…

My first pasta attempt was not very successful (hence, it never made it up here) but this time I used this pasta recipe and was very pleased with the results.  I couldn’t find the rolling pin (it isn’t my kitchen and sometimes it is hard to find things!) so instead I used a SIGG.  It worked great and, of course, I promptly found the rolling pin after I finished.

I let the pasta dry for about an hour and put it in the fridge until dinner time.  I served it with Sun-dried Tomatoes Pesto with Slow Roasted Tomatoes.  I added some more garlic to the pesto and a few of the slow roasted tomatoes.  It was really good… Juan said the best part was the pasta…

So, yes, it was a very successful 10,000th day birthday celebration… plus, I feel more comfortable with my pasta technique… next, mastering Carolina BBQ…

Lacking Inspiration…

March 13th, 2010

Oh the cooking slump has hit me… I hate it when that happens… the last time, I invented cooking mad libs. I went around and asked for ingredients (if I remember correctly):

Brother: Gouda
Resa: Thyme
Mom: Butternut Squash
Brother’s Girlfriend: Carrot
Dad: Chicken
Juan: Cardamon

Then I made this chicken stuffed with gouda sprinkled with a thyme herb mix with a butternut squash-carrot- cardamon sauce. Unfortunately, I did not write down the recipe to leave with you but this got me thinking…

I would like to do start making Cooking Mad Libs a more regular event… so, I ask you my dear readers… please leave me ingredients to work with in the comment section… in the following order… 1) Protein; 2) Vegetable; 3) Spice/Herb… then repeat… in other words, if you leave the first comment, please include a protein.  The second comment, a vegetable and so on… I’ll figure something out in about a week and post it… with a recipe this time, I swear…

So as not to leave you without any good recipes, here are two amazing chicken recipes that I made recently:
Amazing Oven Fried Chicken

Butter Chicken

Also, some links to some of my blogging friends… they are all doing wonderful things both food and non-food related…

My blogging mentee, Dot, is currently writing a series about her experiences with MS. Please check it out and support her.

Tammy and Bridget bring us the Chicago Cupcake Crawl for those interested in finding delicious cupcakes in Chicago.

Mark reviews cookbooks at the Gastronomer’s bookshelf so we do not waste money buying a bad cookbook.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to promote any of these blogs. They are my friends.

The Thanksgiving Feast!

November 27th, 2009

My friends and I served up quite the thanksgiving feast…

We made sure to cover all our traditional favorites…

Chicken (or Turkey) and Dressing Casserole

My Mom’s Stuffing

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Green Bean Casserole

Sweet Potatoes (recipe coming)

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Cranberry Sauce

Pumpkin Crunch

Pecan Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie

My Mom’s Stuffing
Melt about 1/2 stick margarine or butter in frying pan. Chop one large onion and about 4 to five large stalks of celery. Saute. Sprinkle with leaf thyme (Mom does this until it smells right- I used about 2 teaspoons). now the fun part: Using about 8 slices of white bread (wonder type) Put it in the colander and run tap water over it and squish it up with your hands. Then add to the frying pan and stir it around to mix the onions/celery. Now I stuff the turkey but you could do as I said above. Probably use about a cup of broth and then bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. You probably should cover it loosely with foil so it doesn’t dry out.