My husband and I love cooking dinner together. We use this time to connect. We are both believers in health and fitness as a way of life. We believe God created our bodies for His purpose and we must respect them.
We like to keep whole foods in our home. We each try and have no less than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Vegetables and lean proteins are a main portion of our dinners with starches being the smallest portion.
When we cook I do most of the preparing and cooking. He loves to play music for us while we cook, chop the meat and get our drinks ready. Sometimes he reads our devotional aloud while I am cooking. He likes to be involved and I love that!
My husband is a firefighter and they cook a lot of "man" dishes at the station. (Meaning they believe everything has to be covered with ranch or cheese to taste good.) He brings some of the recipes home and we adjust them to create a healthier version. We also try to recreate dishes from restaurant
My favorite things to cook
I absolutely love to bake. I remember baking blueberry muffins as a child...and trying to hog them all to myself they were so good! I've since realized there is life beyond "Jiffy". I learned to make chocolate cake richer, how to pair fruit with desserts and how to lighten up heavy deserts to make them "waist" friendly. I love to bake for holidays. The masses of people around ensure you get to taste everything your heart desires, but never finish them by yourself. It's this thing called sharing...what a fabulous way to control your calories!
I also love making fish and vegetable recipes. Since traveling more with my husband we have tried many new seafood and fish dishes. We love experimenting with spices and uncommon fruits and vegetables. We've made a fantastic raspberry chipotle salmon with lemon broccoli and the best fish tacos ever! We've experimented with a wonderful jerk chicken recipe and always try to live in the wonderful world of vegetables. If we don't eat en
My favorite family cooking traditions
On Christmas morning every year of my existance we have had Yulekage (U-da-ka-ga) bread! The recipe comes from my Norweigan grandmother. I would have an adult temper tantrum if I ever woke up without this unbelievable bread. It's so good we take pictures of eachother eating our first bites! It has a special ingredient and a frosting that is unbelievable. I'm always the lucky one scraping the extra off the plate.
I have, however, been banned from sharing the complete recipe. If anyone has ever received this recipe from my family...there is a good chance one ingredient has gone missing; somehow yours will never taste as good as ours. And this year I will make my first delicious round loaf...lets get real...loaves.
My cooking triumphs
Cherry pie! I love fruit pie. Heat one up and add vinalla bean ice cream...glorious! However, my husband hated cherry pie, he was totally against cherry pie. He told me every Thanksgiving the dessert table at his house held a cherry pie. He would wish every year for anything besides cherry pie. But none-the-less each year the cherry pie arrived.
I'm thinking to myself, this just cannot be true, as he's telling me of his distaste for cherry pie. I'm sure he must be mistaken about this wonderful gift of cherry pie. I know my husbands taste buds and this did not make sense. I was on a mission. I made my first cherry pie, guilted him into tasting it and he fell head-over-heels in-love with cherry pie! Now, every holiday he excitedly requests my cherry pie(s).