After watching an America’s Test Kitchen episode of cooking with a cast iron skillet, I decided to give it another try for cooking steak. Now, I have done one method of starting on the stove and finishing in the oven, but this method is supposed to be really good for your steak and not involve the oven. (My main issue with finishing in the oven is it can sometimes get smoky).
These were some treats we made for the week surrounding Valentine’s Day. Most were shared with friends, and a few were saved for us to enjoy. I wasn’t really pleased with either cookie recipe, so I won’t be sharing them but the brownie recipe was one I’ve already shared here and enjoy.
You may know that I don’t often drink alcohol…and by not often, it’s pretty much never. I was going to have some of the champagne at our wedding during the toast…but when it was time to take a sip, there was a fly in my glass! Eek! So, yeah, not even then. But, this doesn’t mean that I don’t like to use it. We always have alcohol around, whether it is for making ice cream or vanilla extract, for stews, or even desserts, I enjoy using it. I came across two recipes that both used dark beer, and they were perfect to make in the same day to make the most of a large bottle of beer. (One difficulty I run into is buying a single beer at a store. It’s hard to find ones that aren’t ginormous.)
Let’s start with the cute…the Fudgelet attempting to help me line the cupcake tray. He struggled with separating them and mostly would give me a stack of 5-10 in each. Oops.
I wanted to take a little trip away from my usual chatter to remind myself that I have been writing on this blog for 5 years now. Today is the anniversary and it is amazing. It both feels like I have been doing this longer, and like it has gone quickly. The other day, I was making a soufflé and had to pull it up on my blog to follow the recipe. I couldn’t believe when I saw it was 4 years ago. It feels like I was just learning how to make some of these dishes, just starting to work on plating things a bit nicer, just writing them all down…and of course I am learning new things all of the time. Maybe that’s why it still feels new? As long as you are always doing more and extending yourself, can you really get bored or feel like it’s old?
Often, I try to make new dishes, but sometimes I like to make something repeatedly, or tweak a dish. I’ve tried to make brussel sprouts for K since we started dating. But nothing ever worked. Not cooking them my favorite way (steamed with a little butter to serve), not roasting them with bacon, not sauteing them…not even eating them at restaurants where professionals could try to sway him. I gave up. But, I haven’t given up on making the Fudgelet eat everything. I even have him eat food I don’t like, just so that he can be better than both of us! He enjoys brussel sprouts, but prefers them cooked crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Roasting is the best for that.
Pardon me while I take a little time off for the holiday weekend…as of now, I plan to have a post about our Maryland visit with Christmas pictures/etc… but otherwise I might save the rest of the posts for…dare I say it? 2017!