What do you do when you have friends who are just as into whiskey as you are? You throw a whiskey-tasting party and try to convince your less whiskey-loving friends to hop on board. Oh, and for that party you should make a ton of whiskey-themed food. Right? When an idea like this pops into your head, you can’t do much to stifle it. It starts to control you. [Read more…]
Since I’m a crazy person who tries to schedule every minute of her days, I don’t usually end up with a spare moment to read cookbooks until the few minutes before I go to sleep. But – this actually gives me a solid way of judging how good a cookbook is: In those brief moments before I get too drowsy to continue reading, how hungry does it make me? With Joy Wilson’s new book, Homemade Decadence, I would not be hungry at all when I got into bed, but then suddenly be starving and have to put the book down so I wouldn’t be forced to escape to the kitchen to eat an entire jar of peanut butter. Those nights I went to bed dreaming of chocolate peanut butter pretzel cakes, sausage and blackberry breakfast pizza, and bourbon chocolate pecan pie bars. One night it went so far that, while I was half asleep, I asked Robert what kinds of pies he was making and if there was any left. Clearly this book went to my head. [Read more…]
I pin a lot of recipes. I get irrationally sad and frustrated sometimes because I know I could never make all of them. These “Wish List” posts are a way for me to highlight some of the amazing recipes I would like to make, with each one focusing on a specific ingredient or type of food, etc. If you make something from here, please let me know! I will live vicariously through you.
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to cook more meat. That probably sounds a little backwards, so let me explain. Robert and I don’t eat meat every day, and I don’t plan on trying to change that. I know that it is certainly possible to do. I also know that some people can’t have meat for many different reasons, for one it might be too expensive, or they might have something like a chicken allergy. However, I’m usually more drawn to vegetarian recipes or those where meat is a secondary part. Also, Robert is the one who tends to handle cooking the meat (since I am easily grossed out by raw meat). He hovers over the frying pan, doing his thing while I chop veggies and clean up around him. This works out well for us, but I want to start trying some new recipes where the meat is the highlight, perhaps serving it with a side salad or veggie. I did get a bit of a start on this goal last weekend when I made Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken, a dish I highly recommend. (Don’t skip the pomegranates!) I also want to do more of the meat cooking myself, getting more comfortable with it, possibly even reaching that point where I can cut apart a whole chicken from the grocery store – a skill that would allow us to save money and use more of the whole animal. As part of this resolution I recently purchased a shiny new roasting pan, so I’m looking forward to putting that to good use and perfecting a roasted chicken. Here are some of the recipes that have been inspiring me: [Read more…]