Friday, January 31, 2014
More importantly than who wins or what happens to Bruno Mars' shirt during the halftime show is what you eat. There have to be lots of snacks that can be thrown into your mouth without looking away from the TV for more than 1/2 a second and there has to be lots of beer. That's it.
Nachos with big pieces of tri-tip - can't really go wrong with that.
Homemade onion dip is kind of a wow factor. Kind of like how people don't know you can make your own whipped cream ;)
Whatever you do, enjoy the game and make sure you're rooting for the right team! Go Broncos!
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
Now, the skiers can come back and complain about the snow conditions again. On second thought, maybe the Sundancers weren't so bad.
Banana bread takes about an hour to make. An hour that until today, I just didn't have.
This banana bread gets a little nutty flavor (without actual nuts) from the browned butter. Sweetness from the strawberries and brown sugar, and prettiness from the sliced berries on top. It's a good one to add to your quick bread rotation...for when you have an extra hour in your day.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Now, I find myself pushing away perfectly good food, grumbling about being full long before clearing my plate, and eating dinners of cheese and crackers. I feel my energy slipping and I also feel my mood depreciating.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Luckily, when the ingredients and the processes are simple, it makes it all doable. I've never actually made a chocolate cream pie before and I think I thought it was more complicated than it actually is. Just break it down though. There are three parts: 1. Crust 2. Chocolate 3. Cream. That all seems pretty manageable right?
Monday, January 20, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Most people I talk to watch the Superbowl just for the commercials. Maybe for the halftime show. I get that. And, if I don't like either team playing, that's definitely the only reason I watch. The main reason I like the Superbowl though is the parties. And the main reason I like the parties is the food.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
It's no secret that I like cake. I think I've established that already.
Some of you probably think that I am one of those people that has to pinch my nose to eat vegetables though and you would be wrong. I don't mean to call my readers out or anything. I'm definitely not trying to alienate you, but I just thought you should know that I actually really do like green things.
Then, I tasted it, and I loved it! Imagine a bunch of roasted vegetables with a giant dumpling or biscuit on top. The cake soaks up some of the juices from the veggies and it is wonderful.
Friday, January 10, 2014
We try our best to do a good job with planning meals and desserts that will use the whole pallet of berries or case of apples, but there's not really that much we can do with 5 lbs. of grapes. I learned very young what happens when you eat too many grapes at once so just eating them was out of the question.
Homemade grape soda tastes nothing like that bright purple stuff that comes out of vending machines just FYI. It tastes like actual grapes. I guess if you wanted that fake flavor, you could probably throw some purple Jolly Ranchers in there, but I have a feeling you might like this non-artificial flavor better anyway.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
That means that all those recipes that say, "sift dry ingredients together; set aside..." never get made. Or at least, I never follow the directions. 'Cause really the only downside of cooking in my mind is the dishes that come along for the ride. So, in an effort to create as little hassle while baking as possible, skip all of the sifting and combining, and just throw all the ingredients into your KitchenAid, pour into your cake pans and call it good.
Oh yeah, before I forget, let me mention that this cake has a great chocolate flavor. The type that's not too rich and fudgy but still has plenty of the chocolatey goodness to satisfy your cravings.
Monday, January 6, 2014
I am definitely a routine-oriented person. I like to get up at about the same time every day, go to the gym, come home and drink my coffee.
This morning I cut off 3 inches of hair and I made mushroom asparagus risotto! Crazy, right?!
I guess you'd have to know that I don't like mushrooms to understand why that would be even remotely adventurous for me. (It's definitely a texture issue.) So in this risotto, I just chopped up the mushrooms really little so it has all the flavor still but none of the sliminess.
Most of the time, Austin and I eat risotto as a main dish, but you could easily serve this as a side dish alongside any protein really.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
After some internal debate, I decided that I couldn't just stop taking a picture a day, so I'm doing it again for 2014. I really like looking back through the pictures that I took in 2013 and I also like the reminder to use my camera as often as possible.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Last year, one of my resolutions was to complete a 365 project which I actually did! I had some climbing resolutions which I did not complete, so I'll tack them onto the 2014 list. I can't remember what else was on the list to be completely honest, but overall, I felt pretty successful in 2013.
When I made this asparagus leek soup, I had to look up youtube videos on how to clean, cut and prepare leeks. I really didn't even know what they looked like when I went to the grocery store to buy them. This soup doesn't count towards my goal though since I actually made it in 2013 - just holding myself accountable :)