3.10.2008

My Recent Culinary Adventures...

For those of you who know me, it is no surprise that I LOVE to cook. I love to make trusty old recipes that are predictable in taste and appearance... I love to take magazine recipes and try my hardest to make the finished product look like the photo... I love to try my hand at brand new things that seem difficult... I love to make things that most people would just purchase or buy frozen. Not because I think it's always better, but because it is truly and inexplicably therapeutic. There is no substitute to coming home from work, getting comfy and heading to the kitchen for my almost nightly routine of washing, chopping, sauteeing and seasoning fresh vegetables while listening to some supremely mellow music. I Love taking fresh ingredients, adding the right amount of seasoning and patience and winding up with a dinner! The only two things better than preparing the meal itself--- Eating it with my wonderful husband and.... having leftovers the next night so I can use the time on something else I enjoy. All in all, I genuinely look forward to the time I spend in the kitchen. It helps that I cook for someone who is so grateful and so willing to help with the cleanup!!!

Some of my Favorite Sites for Cooking Inspiration: My Favorite is Cooking Light Magazine!!!
www.foodnetwork.com
www.myrecipes.com
and
The Barefoot Contessa!!!!
Mini Strawberry Shortcakes
(inspired by Paula Deen!)

My first attempt at Macaroons
(these were actually pretty good!)

I had to put this photo in here because I thought it looked pretty! I love to cook! In case you're wondering: Butternut Squash Soup; Balsamic Glazed Asparagus; Wild Rice and Turkey Cutlets.


These are my nephews, Nate and Benny.. obviously not a food item.. but they are so cute I could gobble em up-- so they made the cut.



I always keep a bag of Frozen Peas around.. not because they are good to eat but because I often burn myself in the kitchen and frozen veggies make great ice packs!! These injuries happen way too often. Tonight I was chopping an onion and just thinking to myself how dull my knives were getting and I took a healthy chunk out of my finger! Oh well, it's worth the injury to have a hobby that results in a necessary provision! :)

10 comments:

Lindsey said...

you are too much girl! i dont think ill ever have a meal with soup, 2 veggies and a meat.. goodness :) sorry you cut your finger crazy one.. hope the peas made it feel better!

and dont you just love cute nephews? ha

Sami said...

I love to cook as well, but I am not good at it.. poor Jonathan... Can I have the asparagus,turkey and wold rice recipe.... Also, will you please come back to my house.. it is clean now:)

Kim

Sami said...

ok not wold, but wild.....

Sami said...

Is that your fine china?? It is really pretty.... I have not even pulled my fine china out.. we are more chinet people;) I am very impressed with your pretty dinner.. ok I will stop being a comment hog now....

Our Great Family said...

YUM!
You will have to cook for us next time we are in NC. :-)

The strawberry shortcake looks so YUMMY!!!

Ronnica said...

You would think that you'd get BETTER because of all the chopping you do and be less inclined to cut your own finger off. I'm just saying.

I hope that Lance is appreciating what a great cook you are!

E said...

uumm, I miss our meals together! :o)

Conner Cutoff said...

looks great!

E said...

I really enjoyed seeing you! I miss you so much!

Timothy M. & Laurie K. Howard said...

I miss your cooking - of course my wife is a culinary genius as well.