Sunday, May 29, 2011

new york crumb cake

Scrumptious New York Crumb Cake for breakfast- another sample from the baked cookbook.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

ceramic berry basket

My wife has been eying these berry baskets for a long time now. Fortunately for her, her birthday proved to be very 'fruitful!' (I love my puns) She wasted no time in buying a pile of cherries to fill it.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

window sill ingredients

It's Thursday. I come home to the smell of graham cracker pie crusts baking in the oven. It's her turn to bring 'treats' into work tomorrow, so she's making a strawberry pie (with homemade whipped cream) and a s'mores pie (using homemade marshmallows and chocolate pudding). You'd think she'd be too busy to do anything else, but while I'm sitting in the kitchen with her, sipping some wine, she's also making a pizza. (I helped by making the sauce- just a can of diced tomatoes, olive oil, and salt)

Oregano on one side of the pizza (from this little guy on our window sill).

Basil on the other side (from this guy on the other side of the room).

Very delicious. Fresh from our apartment produce section!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

pizza bianca

Inspired by the bread on our appetizer platter at Punch Pizzalast weekend, my wife whipped up this batch from a recipe over at smitten kitchen to try with the cheese she received for her birthday (and the new cheese board). It was very tasty, but we both agreed it could use less salt next time- and she even used less than the recipe called for!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

graduation prep

My wife's youngest brother is graduating from high school next week! She and her mother are planning not just any old grad party of course, but a fun "Backyard BBQ!" I'm in charge of games, so I need to get that sorted out here soon. My wife has started on the decorations. She plans to hang ruffled streamers all over the place, and definitely has alot of work in front of her. Stay tuned.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

birthday fun

As I said, it's my wife's birthday! We had a fun afternoon/evening yesterday. First we chased down a bike she wanted from Craigslist- an older Schwinn Suburban Cruiser (here's just a random photo of one, but hers is blue).

Red Schwinn Suburban, circa 1980
Then, we traveled further south to try a Punch Pizza we hadn't been to yet. It was too fantastic for words (again, not my picture).

Oven at Punch Pizza, Highland Park, Saint Paul
Finally, we stopped at the Grand Ole Creamery for a late night ice cream (nope, not my picture either).

Grand Ole Creamery

After beer, pizza, and ice cream it was hard to not take a nap on the drive home. Since I was driving, I had no choice. The same couldn't be said for her though.

Friday, May 20, 2011

happy birthday eve

My wife turns 28 tomorrow! She received this cheese via FedEx from Cowgirl Creamery as gift from her brother in California. She loved it and can't wait to try it. It says right in the cheese description that it's challenging, and it definitely smells like it! I'm excited too nonetheless.

I wasn't going to let her open my gift to her early, but since it was cheese she received as her first gift I figured I might as well keep the ball rolling with the cheese board that I got for her from Brook Farm General Store. They included a little Blow Pop sucker and a Thank You card in with the fun packaging, which was a nice touch and one that my wife loved as well. She loves packaging more than what's in the package sometimes.

A side note, on my walk home from work, the flowering crab apple trees overhead smelled so wonderfully fragrant, so I broke off a branch. My wife placed it in a vase, and our apartment smells awesome now.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

strawberry smoothie

All that's left of the smoothie she made this evening. (I sucked mine down before she even finished half of hers) Fun straws of course- we don't keep 'regular' straws in this apartment.

late night toffee and chocolate chip

I told my wife yesterday that whatever she was planning on making for dinner, to just tell me and let me do it. (Honestly, she's a kitchen hog sometimes)

She emailed me that she was making a mix of these two things: enchilada 1 & enchilada 2. I figured I could handle that, but sure enough she had already started making them by the time I arrived home (she gets home a half-hour before me from work).

At any rate, I LOVED these. The sweet potato is a great taste in this dish. I need to keep a running "top 5 dish" list, so that I can try and figure out what is in it, because this one is definitely a contender.

Come to think of it, I also need to keep a "top 5 cookie" list, because the cookies my wife made last night were also right up there for sure. At 10pm, right before bed, she whips up a batch of fantastic cookies, and serves them up with a shot of milk. "Hmmmmm," I say. "What's in these?" The extra ingredient she tells me is toffee. So good, who cares what time of night it is.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

more ranunculus

White ranunculus centered our table this time in preparation for the meal my wife made her mother for Mother's Day. She is completely beside herself whenever she sees these flowers.

Monday, May 9, 2011

whipped whipping cream

I guess I never really knew what Cool Whip was made of (and reading the ingredients doesn't help). My wife made whipped cream to top off the pots de crème she served up for her mother on Mother's Day yesterday, and I was able to enjoy the leftover whip with strawberries on waffles she made us for dinner tonight! It's just whipped whipping cream with some vanilla and sugar added. No corn syrup, high-fructose or otherwise, on my plate- just good ol' maple.

She also saved an extra pots de crème for me to enjoy a second time. So good.

Friday, May 6, 2011

coffee companion

With only a few ingredients, these pure little morsels are perfect with my morning coffee. No butter or sugar in this recipe from Gwyneth's new cookbook- just maple syrup and a jam-filled center for sweetness. The hard part was deciding if I should eat 3, 4, or more with my cup this morning.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

red pesto ravioli

If someone loves raviolis more than me it's definitely my wife. On the menu today was Red Pesto Ravioli with spinach leaves from 101 Cookbooks.

Sometimes my palette isn't quite as ready for the flavor sensations my wife's is ready for (usually when it comes to strong cheeses but also some tomatoes), so she says "it isn't too challenging for you?" with a smile. She thinks that these sun-dried tomatoes might be too much for me to handle, but I respond confidently "Heck no! Delicious."