I could definitely go on and on. I started my list back at the beginning of November. I get really excited for Christmas. I love the whole holiday season. I got a updated and lasting advent calendar to start today. Let the festivities begin!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Anyway, the show filmed an episode in Maine this past summer. Nosh in the Old Port section of Portland, Maine was featured due to this gigantic burger they served which is topped with pork belly and foie gras.
We didn't get the burger but the boys had some beer. I really wanted to take home the glass with the lobster on it.
We shared the French fries bacon dusted. As you can see it really was a bacon powder. A bit different than we expected. Others seemed to enjoy them. The fries were good, next time I could do without the powder.
My lunch consisted of the Bolognese hoagie. It was very meaty and spicy and GREAT! See the fontina cheese in there. Yum, yum.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Got home from Maine this afternoon and had the last of the leftovers from Thanksgiving. I packed one container to steal away back to Connecticut with Jordan and I. I added some broccoli and piled everything on mixed greens. My body is telling me too much food came into it the last few days.
Plan for the week is to move as much as possible and to eat very very very sensibly.
Missing Maine, family and just a whole lot of coziness!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
The big day is finally here. I always start out the morning helping my mom make the stuffing and getting the bird in the oven. Then comes the Macy's parade. Most of the time I only make it through the first 40 minutes or so before I get bored. I love it but yet I cannot make it through the whole show - way too many commericals I think. Next up is more cooking and maybe a walk in the woods before the feast begins. What are you traditions for Thanksgiving?
A few years ago I made this pumpkin pie for a restaurant I worked for. It turned out to be the best thing ever, I don't even like pumpkin pie. I follow the recipe to a T and it is perfect!
The best pumpkin pie you ever ate...
From Baking Illustrated
2 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup cream
2/3 cup milk
1 premade pie crust
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Mix the pumpking, sugar, spices, and salt until well combined. Transfer mixture to saucepan and bring it to a simmer over medium high heat. Cook about 5 minutes stirring constantly until thick and shiny.
3. Whisk in cream and milk into pumpkin mixture. Bring to a slow simmer. Remove from heat. In a separate bowl whisk eggs until well mixed. Put a small portion of the pumpkin mixture into the eggs and stir. Pour the egg mixture into the pumpkin mixture and whisk thoroughly until well combined.
4. Pour warm filling into pie crust. Bake until the pie filling is puffed and dry-looking. The center will wiggle like gelatin. Time will be able 25 minutes.
5. Top with whip cream.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
This weekend we made the ultimate comfort food. I found I can make this on Sunday and the come Monday Jordan just has to top with bread crumbs and plop it in the oven. A great dinner to come home to on Monday night.
Mac & Cheese
Adapted from Ina Garten
Barefoot Cantessa Family style
1 lb whole wheat elbow macaroni
1 qt milk
1/2 stick butter (8 Tbsp)
1/2 c flour
12 oz cheddar cheese
1 cup cottage cheese
1 package frozen butternut squash
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees ( if you are making ahead like I did skip this step)
- Drizzle oil into large pot of boiling slated water. Add the macaroni and cook according to box. Drain well.
- Heat milk in small sauce pan, but be careful not to boil. In another pan, melt 6 Tbsp of butter and add flour. Whisk constantly for two minutes. Begin adding hot milk and cook until thickened and smooth. Keep whisking.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I couldn't have a big turkey twice in one week so we opted for a pork roast served with roasted potatoes and cranberry sauce. For Jordan and I this meal was nothing too fancy or special but it sure was fun to spend sometime in the kitchen together.
Monday, November 22, 2010
From Pioneer woman website
■2 whole Large Eggs
■1 cup Canola Oil
■2 sticks Butter, Softened
■1 cup Sugar, Plus Extra For Sprinkling
■1 cup Powdered Sugar
■1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
■4 cups Plus 2 Tablespoons, All-purpose Flour
■1 teaspoon Salt
■1 teaspoon Baking Soda
■1 teaspoon Cream Of Tartar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together eggs, oil, butter, sugars, and vanilla.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Cover and refrigerate dough one hour.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until cookies are just barely turning brown. Don’t overbrown!
Let's just say mine got a little overbrown. But they were still super good, too good I would have to say. Not the best idea the week of Thanksgiving. I used sprinkles though and not sugar. They are much prettier I think. Enjoy!