28 Sep 2013
Football season is here. And everyone knows what that means: Screaming at the TV, complaining about refs, hypothetical discussions on the advantages and side effects of increasing the quantity and efficacy of players' padding, and of course, football food. The foremost two really shouldn't be repeated here, and the third is a discussion for another time. But football food... well, I'll just shut up and show you.
First we made pretzel bites (recipe on Annie's Eats) which we dipped in beer and cheddar cheese dip (recipe at Williams & Sonoma). This was amazing. If you don't mind the work required for the pretzels (rolling, cutting, boiling, and baking), it's definitely worth it. It was even delicious reheated the next day.
We also made jalapeno popper dip that we devoured with tortilla chips. This is the second year in a row we've made this dip (see this blog post) and both years we failed to get a picture of the dip. The very minute this stuff comes out of the oven, we begin feasting on it. I wish I was kidding. We did manage to get a picture of Hillary chopping up the jalapenos...
... but that's it. The recipe is on Brown Eyed Baker's blog if you want to try it yourself and see why we can't wait even to take a picture before stuffing our faces with it's creamy cheesy goodness.
I'm not superstitious, but the Lions, Patriots, and Wolverines all won their games on the weekend we made this... now THAT is a superstition I could start practicing.
12 Aug 2013
Last week was pretty all American. What can be more American than Forrest Gump, shooting guns, and baseball (fortunately not at the same time)? Monday we went to the Crystal City outdoor big-screen to watch Forrest Gump. We brought our usual picnic favorite of fancy pepperoni, goat cheese, and french bread.
"Mama always said life was a like a tupperware full of grapes" ... or something like that
Then on Thursday I went with a friend to the NRA shooting range to practice our zombie apocalypse plan. Since this was the first time I've ever shot more than a 22 caliber, I'd say I did pretty well.
Take that, you brain eating zombie man!
Safe from the zombies, we dedicated the whole day Saturday to the great American pastime. Lunch: Hot dogs and Field of Dreams.
And dinner at the Orioles v Mariners game. We sat in a suite arranged through Hillary's work (free crab cakes!). It was a great game too. 5 home runs, and more than a few amazing plays.
For those of you following along at home, that would be numbers 14 and 16 on our 2013 Summer Bucket List!
8 Aug 2013
Since wrapping up our cooking/baking bucket list at the end of 2012, we don't post too many pictures of food anymore. Rest assured, we're still cooking and just as much as ever!
Giada's Fresh Tomato and Goat Cheese Strata with Herb Oil
Spiced Salmon Kebabs
One Hour Focaccia from Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Table for Two's Creamy Orzo with Chicken Sausage
I like blueberries. A lot.
Red Pepper and Feta Quiche