Wednesday, April 18, 2012

In the Midst of It All

Oh my! I even shocked myself with the date of my last post. For those of you who might not remember, I am in my dietetic internship right now and have been slammed with all kinds of homework and assignments! However, I had to make time to sneak on here and let you in on some of the things I've been making.

I recently decided that I have not cooked enough recipes out of my cookbooks. So I categorized them on my little cookbook bookshelf and am going through them systematically. So the first week I took the first book from each of the categories and made one of the first few recipes in each of them. The second week I took the second book...and so on. It's been quite fun!

Another change that has occurred is the addition of an extra flash to Ryan's camera. We've been experimenting with it...usually I just get frustrated and have him take pictures if it's right before dinner. But, if it can wait to be photographed until the next day, I try to take pictures in natural light when I get home from work.

As you can see, I've still been cooking! Recently, however, we've had so many things going on that I had not cooked dinner for two weeks. Seriously. We somehow had something going on every night. When I told Ryan I was going to make dinner this past Monday, he asked, "Are you sure our kitchen still works?" Yikes! Now you know why I haven't had time to blog, let alone do homework and exercise somewhat regularly. And housework. And yardwork. And...

Nevermind. Let's not think about those things right now.

These peppers smelled absolutely amazing toasting away in the oven. I ground them up and put them in a chili, which, unfortunately, very stubbornly refused to be photogenic and was eaten before I had a chance to try again in different lighting.

Blueberry Buckle! When I was little, I told my mom that when I grew up I would make blueberry buckle and bring it to her every day. Don't know how I got that in my head...but I did take her some of this!

Tip: Asian soups are amazingly tasty and surprisingly fast and easy.

Know what this is? Yep! Homemade Apple Strudel Bread! You know, like what Great Harvest sells? I think I made a little too much topping, but basically what I did was make a basic whole wheat bread dough. When it was all risen and ready to bake, I mixed some unsweetened applesauce, cinnamon, a little bit of brown sugar, and 1 chopped apple, spread on top, and baked it!

Well now you're somewhat caught up. I hope to get back on here very soon as I can't wait to tell you about the first ice cream I made in my new ice cream maker from Williams Sonoma...Bourbon Chocolate Chunk Roasted Pecan. Yes. And I made it up. So...that means you get the recipe!

Stay tuned!