Monday, September 1, 2014

Celebrating

This weekend was all about celebrating.  We had a very low key Friday night for our anniversary. We were both beat from the work week and just ordered pizza.  We also had some big plans for the long weekend.


We decided to make the trek into NYC for Saturday. Our trips normally revolve around our meal plan and this one was no different. I wanted to go to April Bloomfield's The Spotted Pig.  Do you see all of the pigs?  They were everywhere. I loved it!  The place was pretty hipster but were so welcoming to us preppy folks from Connecticut. I got the most amazing grilled cheese. It was loaded with cheese and then served with a sweet onion marmalade.  I offered Mr. J a taste and then had to fight him off of seconds and thirds.


He went all out ordering cold brewed coffee, a devil's egg and then this massive burger. I couldn't get it in the picture but under that bun was a boatload of bleu cheese.  And that stack of potato sticks was gigantic. They were served with fried garlic and rosemary. He had to fight me off of these. 


After walking around Greenwich Village and then Union Square we came back home. I was beat.

Sunday was pretty low key. I made chocolate chip cookies. We went to the movies to see A Hundred Yard Journey.  It was my first choice.  So cute! I loved seeing France and hearing French accents. Plus there was a lot of food shots. Don't go hungry because you will leave hungry. I currently need to visit a French bistro and then an Indian restaurant.  Mr. J grilled steaks and corn for dinner and we enjoyed the evening inside as the thunderstorms rolled through. 



Monday I made gumbo - recipe this week on the blog.  Not sure if it was the best idea on a hot, humid day. It tasted amazing but left us both sweating.  

We hit up the movies again. Mainly because Mr. J wanted to see his first choice movie - The Chef, and because it was super hot and movies equal lots of cold A/C.  The movie was a bit slow to get going but then got really good.  Also another movie where you will walk out hungry. This time for a Cubano sandwich.

We finished the day with an ice cream as a final farewell to Summer. 



I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend!  I am not really looking forward to going back to work. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

4 Years


Today marks Mr. J and I's fourth wedding anniversary. I remember being so proud that we made it through the first year. Such an accomplishment in today's society. And now it is like I blinked and here we are four years later. 

Is it possible to be the exactly the same but so different as well?  I know we have grown and changed as individuals but he is still my best friend and the person I would rather be around more than anyone else. 

We don't have any plans for today. It was a long week at work and even though I just woke up I am exhausted. We might even have hot dogs for dinner. Gasp!  So much for my idea of recreating our wedding cake to celebrate. 

The plan is to head into the city and spend the day exploring new areas and getting some good eats.  

Our gift is going to be new appliances for the house. Appliances are the modern gift for your fourth anniversary. Lucky for us hopefully we will score a deal with the Labor Day sales. Fruit and flowers are the traditional gift. We might just pick up a few of those as well.

I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Cinnamon and Sugar Almonds {SRC}

This month for the Secret Recipe Club I was given Oh! You Cook!  Dena is a librarian. You have to love her. I go to the library at least once a week to get my book fix.  She also is a published author with her The Everything Kosher Slow Cooker Cookbook. I am impressed. 



I have been living off of almonds lately and this sweetened Cinnamon and Sugar Almond recipe had me all excited.  She had plenty of other wonderful recipes though from sweet treats to savory dinners



These almonds made the whole house smell wonderful. I made the mistake of making them about an hour before dinner. Not only was I immediately ravenous  to eat before dinner but I ended up munching away on these and spoiled my supper. Almonds for dinner isn't the worst thing.


Thanks Dena for the great recipe. I am thinking of making these again around the holiday for little food gifts.

Cinnamon and Sugar Almonds

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Keywords: bake snack Christmas
Ingredients (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg white, room temperature
  • 1 tsp cold water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 oz. unsalted whole almonds
Instructions
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place a silicon baking mat on a rimmed baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Set both aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, use electric mixer to beat egg white until a stiff peak forms. Add the water and vanilla; beat again until a stiff peak again forms.
Use a rubber spatula to gently fold in almonds. After almonds are evenly coated with egg whites, fold in cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Pour the almonds onto prepared baking sheet, spreading them out into a single layer.
Bake for an hour, stirring and flipping almonds every 15 minutes.
Almonds are done when the coating looks dry and if you pick up an almond the coating is not sticky but hard and crunchy. Cool completely. Store in a tightly closed container for up to a few days at room temperature, or in the fridge for up to a week.
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