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Werk werk, cook cook 
May 19, 2009 6:41 am 
Updated: May 20, 2009 7:27 am
I've been so busy I haven't had time to write about anything food related, really. The whole get up early, work late, come home cook and clean, and pass out promptly routine. I don't foresee that changing any time soon.

Tomorrow I'm baking cookies shaped in our company logo with blue M&Ms and white chocolate chips to match the company colors. It's my 2 year anniversary with this company so I want to celebrate. Last year I made an apple pie.

These past few days have been fun in the kitchen, at least. Last Wednesday I went to a local farmer's market and got some fresh garlic, onions, basil, and squash. I concocted some kind of delicious pasta from it that night, although I don't know what to call it. My family isn't very good at giving names to food. For ex, my mom's "Beef Noodle Gook" could use some help in the marketing dept. It was essentially penne pasta with a rosa sauce.

I also made some Indian Kima (like curry chicken over rice). My mom teaches a nutrition class for high schoolers and I think that was a recipe one of her students brought in for an assignment. Delicious homework! I think I should have taken one of those classes when I was in school, looking back, although our school only offered Home Economics, and part of that class involved lugging a fake annoying baby around. No thanks.

The boyfriend picked up a pineapple at the store 2 weeks ago so last Saturday I spent an evening making Pineapple Lime Jam. It is amazing. I had to make something to go with it so on Sunday morning I got up early and tried my hand at English Muffins. I always do that - something is going bad so I want to make something, then I end up making something else because of that.

Sunday was also a day for seasoning the cast iron dutch oven. Woof. I hate the way that smells. But I improperly seasoned my dutch oven the first time so now I'm remedying that. Apparently you're supposed to season it with bacon fat or lard, but not vegetable oil, which is what I was told to use. I think I'm going to pick up a cast iron skillet soon, too.

I'm going up to the ranch again this weekend for the Memorial Holiday, which will involve hamburgers (ofc) and grilled corn, potato salad, and a big country breakfast. Because I can. And it's a holiday. I don't know what to make for the desert yet - I'm thinking peach cobbler...what's a good memorial desert?
May 20, 2009 7:27 am
Yumy, Indian Kima sounds delicious. I made Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken) last night, it was fantastic. Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary!
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I enjoy trying new recipes and unusual ingredients. There are few foods I will turn down without a second thought - sweets is one of them, and fiery hot spicy food is the other. As I'm getting older that is changing, though. I love reading cook books and doing research about food. It fascinates to no end! I usually create a recipe from several different ones. On the non-cooking side of things, I'm a Christian, native Texan and faithful Longhorn with two cats and a great boyfriend! I love the outdoors and spending time with my family and friends. I'm also somewhat obsessed with the nuclear winter and extreme survival situations.
My favorite things to cook
In general I try to cook from scratch. Any kind of bread - rolls, loaves, boules, baguettes, buns, biscuits, quick breads - will catch my eye. Pastas, soups, and cookies. I am absolutely in love with cake batter. Once I had a party in middle school where we just made a bunch of cakes and ate the batter.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey/waldorf salad/mashed potatoes with gravy by my mom, buttermilk biscuits on Sunday morning before church from my Dad, grilling hamburgers in the summer in the backyard, black eyed peas for new years dinner, decorating sugar cookies on Christmas Eve with my sister, coffee any time of the night.
My cooking triumphs
I can rival my dad in his biscuit making ability. I have the perfect dinner roll recipe - my very own. I taught myself how to make jam and jelly. I taught myself how to make bread!
My cooking tragedies
dense as a stone wheat bread, homemade condensed milk tastes weird key lime pie, onions and sugar have no place hanging out together in mashed sweet potato, there's nothing puffy about my lemon meringue, and the bottom of the fish tank poached salmon.
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