Thursday, June 27, 2013

9 Years and 1,000 Posts

I know!

9 years.  1,000 posts.

Ok, fine, other people have written 1,000 posts a lot faster.  But they're not me.

9 years!!!!!

I'm not going to get all sentimental, or do an in depth retrospective or anything.  It is what it is.

When I realized that these 2 milestones were upon me, I went back through my early archives for some inspiration.  (Mmmmmemmmmmorieeeees!)

I made a few recipes to share.  Some new, some old.

I started with Cauliflower Gratin from the Bouchon cookbook by Thomas Keller.  I got the book for Christmas in 2004, the same year I started this blog.  After all these years, I do believe that including this recipe I have cooked a total of 2 recipes from it.

This gratin is a crazy, labour intensive recipe that makes an absolutely stunning dish.
Recipe here.

I adored the BBC food series  The Best and had to have the book.  I used the book in an early WCC challenge in 2005.  In 2013 I made Ben's Tomato and Herb Spaghetti. 

There is NO WAY I could leave Sandra Lee out of my celebration. 

I made her Dijon Chicken and Mushrooms from Semi Homemade Cooking.  We were fans of the tasty sauce of mushrooms and mustard, and the freshness of the tomatos added right before serving.
Recipe: here

I'll be back soon with a few more recipes made especially for my 9th celebration.


Monday, June 24, 2013

From Pinterest - Sugar Cookie Tacos

I made these recently for a family dinner. This is pretty much the first thing I pinned from Pinterest - a cute little dessert that didn't look too hard to make. I made my own sugar cookie dough, as it was not for sale in the 3 grocery stores I visited. I had a lot of trouble with the shaping. I envisioned a more traditional taco shape, but when I tried to form the cookies into a more severe shape they rebelled and cracked. So I had gentle cups instead of taco shells.

Once the shells were made, and it was dessert time and I had reconciled myself with the fact that they were not as cute as the ones on the internets, I filled the with cream whipped with vanilla sugar, and topped them with fruit - raspberries, peaches and strawberries. 

Cute, but frustrating.