Posts Tagged ‘cooking

09
May
11

season 2 finale – part 2.

As promised, here are the photos of our last Wednesday Night Dinner for the season.  I don’t think our dinner was quite as photogenic as it has been in the past, but it tasted great. The real star of this dinner was Derek’s brisket…unbelievable. I wish you could taste it because the photos just aren’t doing it justice. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

24
Apr
11

season 2 finale – part 1.

I love watching Top Chef, but sometimes I feel cheated when I can’t taste the amazing food. It’s such a tease. You know the feeling? Well if you don’t, you’re about to! Last night was part 1 of our Wednesday Night Dinner Season Finale. This was the meal that Derek and I chose and we were not disappointed. It was better than we both remembered! See for yourself. Thanks Stacy and Dre for a wonderful dinner and great season!

Menu
Drink: French 75
Pan Roasted Duck
Buttered Faro
Braised Endive
Ratatouille
Cucumber Salad
Flaming Bananas Foster




18
Apr
11

wednesday night dinners.

As many of you know, in the fall, winter and spring, we have Wednesday Night Dinners (WND) with our friends Stacy and Andre. The concept started because the winters around here are so depressing and we wanted something to look forward to during the week. Basically, we alternate cooking dinners for eachother every Wednesday. It’s safe to say that we’ve sharpened our cooking and eating skills! I have to admit, I’m a little sad that we’ve just finished season 3 (our third year of WND), and we’re moving into the season finales. For the season finales, each couple chooses their favorite dinner that the other couple made. Season Finale Part 1 is this Saturday at Stacy and Andre’s house. For our last supper, we chose their April 6th dinner. I promise to post photos of the two upcoming Season Finales, but in the meantime I thought you might want to see all of the meals we made this year. Derek and I got much more creative as the season went on! Also, click on the following links for last year’s season final #1 dinner and season finale #2 dinner.

Thanks Stacy and Dre for a great season!

14
Nov
10

what’s cooking’

Here are a few things we’ve been cooking up this fall. Yummers!

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Tomato Soup

Mac & Cheese

Braised Salmon

Blue Cheese Salad

20
Apr
10

season finale – part 2

Well, Stacy and Andre outdid themselves – that is FOR SURE. For our last supper, we asked them to make their delicious Chinese New Year Dinner. It was even better than we remembered…and that’s saying a lot! They even topped it off with personalized fortune cookies that read, “You will have great friendship, a full stomach and many years of Wednesday Night Dinners.” AMEN!



15
Apr
10

Season Finale – Part 1

Wednesday night dinners are coming to an end for the 2009/2010 season. That means SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY! Last week was our final week to cook. Since it was the season finale (part 1), Stacy and Dre picked the dinner based on previous dinners we have made this year. Next, it’s their turn to cook and we get to pick the dinner. Yay!

Here are pics from our dinner.

03
Nov
09

what’s cookin’?

I really enjoy cooking. Not baking – cooking. There is nothing more satisfying than trying a new recipe and proclaiming it a success! Now don’t get me confused with a foodie – because I definitely do not qualify. I doubt my pallet is very refined and I certainly don’t make complex or complicated meals. I shy away from pretentious ingredients and have been accused of under-salting my food. Nonetheless, I do enjoy it and I think I’m getting better at it! I thought I’d share a few of my favorite cookbooks, food blogs and magazine subscriptions. Do you have any favorites you want to share?

 

Cookbooks

Everyday Cooking: Great Food Fast (Martha Stewart) – I love this cookbook because I’ve never been disappointed. The photos are great (a photo for every recipe), the directions are simple and the food is delicious. It’s also nice because the recipes require little time – perfect for weeknight dinners. My favorite thing about the book is that it’s organized by season – which is brilliant for those of us who like to use in-season produce.

 

Barefoot Contessa  (Ina Garten) – I have three of her cookbooks (The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, Back to Basics and At Home)and I love perusing them and selecting my next triumph. The photos are gorgeous. The only issue with these cookbooks is that the Contessa’s recipes are really fatty and rich. Cooking too much out of these cookbooks will make you gain weight – fast.

 

The Food You Crave (Ellie Krieger) – This cookbook is the opposite of the Barefoot Contessa books. This book has very few photos and focuses on healthy eating. Living up to the name, Ellie showcases recipes that you love – but she focuses on maximum flavor with limited calories/fat. I’ve been impressed with these recipes, although I wish there were more pics!

 

Magazines

Fine Cooking – http://www.finecooking.com/

Cuisine at Home – http://www.cuisineathome.com/ (Thanks Kristina!)

 

Food Blogs

Smitten Kitchen – http://smittenkitchen.com/

101 Cookbooks  – http://www.101cookbooks.com/

 

Here are pics from dinner the other night – lamb shanks – nummers!

lamb

salad




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