Actually, if I’m being honest, its for me. The Boyfriend isn’t a foodie, per se, it’s more a ‘I cook and he eats’ situation.
So for our present, I found these gourmet salts from all over the world. Since we have gotten into eating fresh and cooking our own meals (again let me reiterate, I cook) I’ve been looking for new spices, salts, etc, to experiment with when cooking.
As I do most weekends, I spent far too many hours on Pinterest this past weekend. I found a recipe for blackberry pancakes earlier in the week and emailed it to The Boyfriend asking him to make them for me.
Hmph. I received no pancakes.
So this weekend, The Boyfriend said blueberry pancakes sound delicious (yes, they always do when you don’t have to make them) so I went to the store and fired up Pinterest.
While I was ‘de-cluttering’ the kitchen the other day I came across some kind of pot. It caught my attention because it was huge and taking up entirely too much cabinet space. I added to the throw away pile til The Boyfriend informed me I was not going to be throwing away the crock pot.
I had no idea how easy this thing makes cooking. Roughly chop some veggies (I did onion, carrots and sweet potato) and add meat. I threw in some rosemary and thyme sprigs and done.
Well, eight hours later your done.
Being a vegetarian I have no idea how it tasted but it smelled delicious. Even for a non-meat eater.
One of my favorite people sent me a Christmas care package with lots of random little goodies. A bottle of wine from her “neck of the woods” (California), an amaretto cake, some German candies and a game of “Who?” to play when we drink the wine.
Oh, and parmesan shortbread from my favorite restaurant in San Francisco, La Boulangerie.
After an evening of Christmas tree trimming and cocktail drinking over at my moms, I was in the holiday spirit this morning and wanted to make something fun for breakfast.
So I made The Boyfriend some french toast made out of amaretto cake.
Here is the thing about amaretto cake before it is made into french toast, it’s extremely rich. But as I have learned about everything fried in butter, it becomes even better. top with organic maple syrup and…voila
Despite being 100 degrees in the Texas heat, The Boyfriend and I decided it was time to grill. It is Memorial Day after all. So after grilled rosemary bread and brie, roasted shitake mushrooms, grilled potatoes and asparagus (and steak for the meat eater), we sat in the blazing heat and had a glass of Sancerre.
My mom gave us these amazing little wine glasses from the Modern Art Musuem gift shop. Perfect for outside use; they’re plastic and have a little thumb indention. So you really never need to put it down.
To say things have been a little hectic lately would be an understatement.
I wanted to do something nice for The Boyfriend so I planned a nice evening in.
I made a spinach/artichoke puff pastry appetizer followed by New Orleans style BBQ shrimp (apparently does not involve actual BBQ sauce but an hour long creole sauce from scratch- should have invested more time in google before agreeing to make this) and jalapeño cheese grits.
I have a couple resolutions to maintain but wanted to start the New Year off right. So I made The Boyfriend fried chicken and biscuits from scratch.
I at least tried a slightly healthier version. I have an old school recipe for fried chicken, in which coat the chicken in seasoned mayonnaise, bread it then fry it in Crisco.
It’s hard to make something that sounds like it’s going to kill you healthier but I used skinless tenders, replaced mayo with a mustard/chili mix and fried in olive oil.
To accompany my healthy fried chicken, I made free formed cheddar and dill biscuits. I met a super talented personal chef/caterer, Callie Salls of Linguine & Dirty Martinis, at a party recently and bought some of this Strawberry & Black Pepper jam which was perfect to top the savory biscuits.