Sunday, August 30, 2009

Random Food Adventures!!!

The wedding is done. The honeymoon is over. Back to normal life. My new adventure is food!!

While I received TONS of awesome kitchen gadgets as wedding presents-I have not been able to use them all and really we have been so busy that I have not had any time to even clean my kitchen, let alone cook in it. I daydream of a time where I have so much free time that I can organize, cook, clean, try out new recipes...

Here are some of my resent post-wedding food adventures. enjoy!

Cody and I found this crazy little candy bar at Whole Foods in the meat department. At first glance we laughed, then we were a little grossed out, then we thought we should not judge a candy bar by its ingredients and decided to try it. Sweet and savory. The bacon was in big enough pieces that you could taste it, but it wasn't overpowering. And as an added bonus as I was taking a bite I noticed some letters, so I pulled the candy all the way out of its wrapper and saw this great message. I am not sure why I had to close my eyes, but I did. it was worth it.

Sometime last week I wanted to make dinner, but was short on time. I took a look in the fridge and freezer and found everything here to make this beautiful meal! The adventure on this plate was the couscous. I had never made it before this meal! It was super easy and really good with all of the extras I through in! This couscous came from a box mix-and I really think when I make couscous again I will definitely NOT do this. The only reason is because the boxed mix was kinda spendy and the seasoning packet kinda boring. I would rather make-up my own. I loved the cucumber salad (just cucumbers with a little dressing) because it was good and uncomplicated.

The last adventure is a new take on an absolute favorite in our house! These personal pizzas are made by using the Middle Eastern flat bread from Trader Joe's, spaghetti sauce, and then toppings. This time we used carmelized onions and peperoni. Usually we do red onion, mushroom, sausage, basil and mozzarella. I am getting hungry just thinging about them!! I got the recipe from a blogger I LOVE! Shutterbean is always fun to read, and she inspires me to get my bum in the kitchen and try one of her amazing dishes. (and as an added bonus, her baby Cooper is SUPER CUTE!!! -check out the picture of him in his crib when he was just tiny!! He looks like a bean!)

But back to the pizza...They are so easy and I always have mine with a glass of red wine. I really want to have someone over for dinner and make these just so we can talk about how good they are! any takers???

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Plenty Of Mohicans: The Pursuit of the Perfect Spread

We just got back from Kat and Aaron's housewarming party weekend extravaganza. We had a great time! But there were a few photos taken that will provide proof of the most extensive, impressive, and delicious Spread I have ever seen. But let us not get ahead of ourselves.

Here we have "Master Spreader" Aaron Kayser starting the preparatory process. Kayser is at the forefront of bringing Spreading back into America's collective consciousness. His hard work and innovative style allow him to create Spreads like none have seen before. His knife skills are unparalleled and he has the presence of a... Morimoto, or Bobby Flay in the kitchen. The Iron Kitchen that is. Aaron's "Us versus the world" mentality is awe-inspiring and must be experienced in person to truly appreciate his presence in the kitchen.
But before we get to the final product, let's talk about what else happened. We stumbled upon a new drinking game that we coined "Coaster Flip" or "Flippin' Coasters". The object of the game is to flip a beer coaster from the table to the top of an object, pint glass, growler, etc. And when you succeed everyone has to drink. It may not be a very effective drinking game because, depending on your coaster flipping abilities, it can be a difficult task to complete. Amazing how easily entertained some college graduates are these days.

So by this point the party is in full swing. We had a delicious lasagna dinner and watched the Seahawks pre-season game. Everyone having a great time. A couple hours go by...and its time for the 10 o'clock Bite. The Spread. All of Kat and Aaron's hard work had paid off. They were about to present us with the greatest spread ever created.

The Spread was life altering. I couldn't believe my eyes. I can only imagine the crazed look in my eye as I aggressively moved through the crowd toward the table. I made my seat as close to the food as was possible. From there I ate...and ate...and ate...and ate...and ate. I could not get enough of the homemade hummus. At that point, I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be.

The party continued on into the night. We kept eating. We kept drinking. And simply enjoyed the company of those around us. This was an indulgent weekend. It was a fantastic weekend. I feel extremely fortunate to associate with people who want to enjoy life as much as I do. Through delicious food. Well crafted adult beverages. And lasting friendships.