Chronicles of a Test Kitchen: Fall/Winter 2015

Apr 27, 2016

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pasta: I could probably use less fresh grated parmesan, but I won't

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork: silly easy to prepare. Numerous options to enjoy -- my favorite is over asian noodles utilizing some pork broth.  

Ramen dreams...

Tuscan Style Sausage Soup: still a favorite around these parts

That one time I thought bruleeing fluff on strawberries was a good idea... (not)

Caramel sauce: ok, not as delightful as my taste buds wanted. 

The search continues...

Savory Chicken Squares: recently stubbled upon this recipe my friend made and gave to me years ago and whoa, I forgot how awesome it is. 

S'mores Bars: no bonfire, no problem

Grilled Kale BLT Dip: Great for potlucks

Herb-Butter Roasted Chicken: I marinated the chicken as it thawed and have mercy it was worth the marination. Another winner from the Date Night In cookbook

Perfecting shepherds pie. The roasted garlic cheesy mash is -- YES

Vanilla Extract: bourbon, vodka and rum, respectively

Eggnog Cookies: super soft. I added extra eggnog, obviously.

Cranberry Rugelach: worth the work. From the crisp outer, doughy center and that filling... mmm

Norwegian Forest Cocktail: pleasing to the eye and taste buds

Chicken Enchilada Casserole: crazy tasty, makes so even better leftovers

What have you been cooking lately?

Mark-isms: Third Trimester

Apr 26, 2016

(Mark and Cora: Ireland, 2014)

(upon learning what an episiotomy is in childbirth class)
Mark: (blank, horrified stare)

(on my now snug workout non-maternity attire)
Mark: "You look like a prostitute, you are not going to the grocery store like that"

(upon learning pregnancy is ten months, not nine)
Mark: "This is the longest pregnancy, ever"
Me: (blank, blind rage stare)

(as we prepared for our baby shower)
Mark: "Want me to get out the vodka?"

(on consuming all the gelato and putting it back in the fridge)
Mark: "I wanted you to see we needed more"
Me: (blank stare)

(when he asked how I'd get to the hospital if he wasn't home)
Me: "Uber"
Mark: (blank stare)

More Mark-isms

Everyday, Ordinaire: Week 7

Apr 22, 2016

Pay attention to us

Caesar Cauliflower Wrap from Lulu's

Celebrating the bride-to-be
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