Thursday, March 31, 2011

panini bliss

Making use of the honey bread she made earlier this week, my wife served up sun-dried tomato and chicken paninis tonight. I forget all of what was in it- cheese and some other concoction, but it was delicious. A sandwich always tastes better when it's rubbed with butter and pressed in a panini machine. Toss in some Doritos, and you've got yourself a fine little meal.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


My quirky mom last weekend was impressed by my camera, and took over the reins, taking pictures of all sorts of random things in the living room. My wife just looked at me with a "what is she taking a picture of?" face, as my mom took photos of her feet.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

honey and caramel

After lettuce wraps for dinner (which were actually really good) I was treated with whole grain honey bread she made, and for dessert a cup of salted caramel ice cream- also from scratch of course. Salted caramel "anything" is her favorite. I still just don't understand why people that sell ice cream for a living can't make ice cream taste this good.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Lonely Larry

As you may remember, my in-laws gave me two donkeys for my 30th birthday. Sadly, Tim died recently. (the much older donkey) So Larry is all alone in his pen, his only company being a bunch of know-nothing baby cows. I took him out for a walk this weekend which he seemed to really enjoy. He can't wait for warmer weather so that he can stay outside. Either can I.

My wife snapped this photo of me and my pal. Larry's a charmer lemme tell ya.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Raspberry Yogurt Muffins

I'm still without my camera, so I dug deep into our box of electronics to find our old old digital camera, as I just had to get a picture of these amazing muffins my wife made using a recipe from the Clinton St. Baking Company cookbook. As usual, I can't resist myself, and polished down three this morning already.

Friday, March 18, 2011

blog crisis

I forgot my camera at my in-laws last weekend. There's been so much to blog about (pb and j infused homemade bread, simple caramel cakes), but I can't snap any photos! Sorry! I'll try and get it back this weekend. I'm sure my mother-in-law is holding it for ransom ('ransom' = having us visit them). Just kidding Viv!

Saturday, March 12, 2011


One morning this week I noticed my wife had set her lunch out on the table, to have ready to take to work. A little bag of cereal, oatmeal, and a hard-boiled egg. She labeled the egg 'boiled' because she had boiled it the night before, and wanted to be able to tell which egg was which after putting it back into the fridge. I told her that doesn't explain the curly cue decoration on it.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

don't waste the egg yolks

Today my wife is baking 'the perfect party cake' from Dorie Greenspan's 'Baking' book for her coworker's going away party tomorrow. This is the same cake she made for my birthday last year, and it is my favorite cake by far. I can't imagine what would be better in between cake layers than raspberry jam.

Anyway, so I thought that was all she was up to in the kitchen, until she called me in to help her. She needed me to help squeeze the juice from a bag of key limes (about the size of a ping pong ball), for a 'florida pie' from the same book.

I said, "I thought you were making a cake?" She responded, "I am. This is just for us so that we can have afternoon pie." I was like, "Oh." Her reasoning was that the cake didn't require any egg yolks, just whites, and she couldn't bare to just toss them, so she also made this pie because it only used yolks, no whites.

I have to hand it to her for being resourceful.

By the way, I learned today that if you are going to leave your cake sections out for awhile, then you can leave a piece of bread on top to let the cake soak in the moisture from the bread. Crazy!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

warm biscuits

This week I made roasted chicken with dijon sauce using Smitten's recipe. It actually tasted delicious despite my catastrophic cooking style. I poured my sauce over the chicken, then realized I hadn't added the dijon, so then I had to pour the sauce from the plate of chicken back into a bowl, added the dijon, then poured the sauce back onto the chicken again. You can imagine how that all went.

My wife on the other hand baked some warm biscuits in perfect form this morning, and the butter, bree cheese and jam were an amazing spreadable combination. I could smell the biscuits coming out of the oven, so I snapped a quick picture of the setup so that I didn't have to wait a second to eat them once they were on the table...