Friday, May 27, 2011

So Midwestern, So in the Kitchen: April & May

April featured a job interview and a job offer and a boy. Highlights of May include a European adventure, the grand beginning of my new job, our Mother's Day Extravaganza and more of that dirty, dirty boy.

But I'm still finding time for the kitchen. And - more than anything else - it is because I genuinely like taking the time to make one new, fun, decent meal every week than because I made the committment on December 31.

Top left: Week 1's Stir-Fried Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes
Top right: Week 2's Crusty Macaroni and Cheese
Bottom right: Week 4's Low Fat Baked Ziti with Spinach
Bottom left: Week 3's Spinach and Cheddar Strata

I wasn't totally wild for the Low Fat Baked Ziti with Spinach. It may have been too healthy. I may have had too much spinach. It didn't help that it was a busy, busy week and I ended up eating it cold at my desk more than once. No meal can shine when it is being consumed at the wrong temperature and merely for sustanance.

Confession: I cheated oh-so-slightly in May because I did not cook myself one big meal per week, as dictated by my 2011 Resolution. What I did do, instead, was host both sides of my family for Mother's Day and leave for Switzerland the very next day and then come home and start a new job and make a few other meals. Good enough.

Top left: Buttered Rosemary Rolls was one of my contributions towards Mother's Day dinner, which I cooked with my sister and my cousins Liz and Danielle
Top right: more from dinner on Mother's Day. I rosted those Brussels Sprouts that you can't really see.
Bottom right: Week 4's Chicken Salad.
Bottom left: Week 3's Creamy Artichoke Pasta

I'm officially a big fan of all of these recipes. Not a loser in the bunch.

I made a few cakes in May, too.

Left: The Chocolate Truffe Cake that my former boss told me looked like shit.
Right: Lemon Cake for our Mother's Day Extravaganza

I've been making the Lemon Cake for several years now and it never fails to please the crowd. May marked the second time this year that I made the Chocolate Truffle Cake and it - despite not being the fanciest or most beautiful cake out there - is a really good standby for when you need a really decent cake without dumping tons of time and effort into baking it.

And that, friends, is what has been going on in my kitchen for the last two months. Just do me a favor and don't judge the recipies by my crappy iPhone photos. Click through to see something pretty. Or, better yet, try them. No picture is going to look as good as it is on a plate sitting in front of you.


Thisisme said...

OHHH! I want to eat your page! That sounded really dirty! Geez! Can't believe you make time for all you do!!

Teagan B. Sawyer said...

Seriously that all looks delish. Love the dirty dirty boy reference bahahahaha.

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