What do you get a girl who loves to cook but has almost every cooking supply known? My friend Lisa decided to have us take a cooking class together. I got to pick which one. We went to a place called the Pantry and I had us sign up for a class about whole grains. I know, I know, you might wonder why I signed up for a seemingly healthy class. Well, the classes fill up really quickly, so there were a few interesting ones that were filled. There was also my work schedule. Most of the classes were during the week around dinner time, and I would have had to drive into the city during rush hour. I was able to find one on a Friday (slower day at work) that sounded interesting. Plus, every single ingredient in every recipe was something I either like, use, or want to learn to use. Yay! So, I thought it would be a good learning experience.
The first dinner I made in our new place was an old favorite for us. I have shared many chicken recipes, but just as my mom was known for her roasted chicken in our house, K loves it when I make this chicken recipe. Especially with the potatoes. They go so well together! The best part is you can make it anytime of year, even if you can’t get good fresh herbs. I actually prefer it with dried herbs. I think you will have these ingredients already in your kitchen, so you should find it simple.
For Christmas I asked for food magazine subscriptions, and my family obliged. Sometimes I use the recipe as it states, but often I use it for inspiration. There was a recipe for something similar to this in the Food Network magazine, but it included ingredients we either did not have, or do not like (I’m looking at you, fish oil!). So, I took the idea of doing beef with peppers (and some basil and mint), and ran with it. This recipe was really good. And, like some other recipes I like, it does not require marinating the beef! Yay!
You might wonder what is up with all of these cakes lately. I made a chocolate cake the other week, then a strawberry cake this week, and now another cake. Well, I guess my birthday month puts me in a cake mood. I am hitting a milestone this weekend (can you guess which one?) and it feels like just any other day/year. No biggie for me. Last year I celebrated on here with some chocolate chip cookies.
I surprised K with a fancy cake that had absolutely no chocolate in it. I made it kind of on a whim. I was in the mood for a strawberry cake, and this cake basically tastes like strawberry shortcake. Besides wanting to enjoy the strawberries, I also wanted to try out some meringue powder I had bought. I ended up only using about 4 egg whites, and the rest of the egg whites in the buttercream came from the meringue powder.
The first recipe I made in my new kitchen was this one. We ate out the first evening because let’s face it…a day of moving does not make you want to cook. Just sleep. So, we had a nice quiet late dinner at a local restaurant. Then, in the morning, I wanted to make something special for breakfast and break in the kitchen. Well, why make something I’ve made before when I can try something new? It all went well until I finished taking pictures of the pancake in the skillet. Then, I went to grab the handle without a potholder. Sigh. So, first day, first recipe…a burn. I toughed it out even though it was quite painful. It’s part of the reason I don’t have more pictures of the completed pancake (searing pain will do that).
If you stopped by on Wednesday, you saw a recipe for strawberry sorbet, but you also had a teaser for this recipe. This was for the same friend. Basically, while I was grocery shopping I saw a really cool looking fruit. I went to check it out and discovered that it was a blood orange. I had never tried one before, but knew all of the bloggers go nutty for them, so I decided to buy a few and try them out. They were really small (probably because they were organic) but I was worried how they would be, so I decided to only buy 4. It popped into my head that I could turn them into a granita. In fact, I felt certain that David Lebovitz could help me out.
It has such a lovely color!