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Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

Hard to believe that I’ve been married for a month already!  I’m positive it was the fastest month ever.

Things I’ve learned (food related) during my first month of marriage:

  1. I don’t have to do it all myself: This week’s menu is probably the one I’m happiest with yet and a large part of that is due to the fact that I asked my Man what he thought we should have.  He really is full of good ideas (eggplant parm being one of them) that just don’t occur to me.
  2. All my cooking doesn’t have to be perfect: My husband isn’t opposed to eating vegetable tetrazzini that didn’t come out just right or curry that doesn’t take like much.  If it’s food, its probably edible.  Takes a lot of the pressure off of me.
  3. Food shopping as a couple keeps us out of a lot of trouble: We’re perpetually talking each other out of items we don’t need.  The supermarket is a very tempting place, but usually one of us has enough sense at any given moment to talk the other out of whatever unhealthy/overpriced/unnecessary item the other is considering.

To celebrate our first month, I decided to bake a lime pie for my Man.  He’s really into key lime pie, so when this recipe for Key Lime (Or Not) Pie appeared in my Reader a couple weeks ago I had to find an excuse to make it.  I used regular limes (and actually cheated by using lime juice from a bottle for half the juice).

It was a little bit of a risk, as I’ve only made one pie before and never with a graham cracker crust.  In the end however, the pie turned out great, though a little yellower than I expected.  Still, it tastes really lime-y (the green flecks are lime zest, in case you were concerned).

The only imperfection in my pie (I think…my husband may have other opinions) is that the crust is really crumbly:

The theory is that the crust just needs more butter.  We don’t mind crumbly crust though…it still tastes really good.  Overall, this pie was really easy to make, though it does take some time, since the crust has to be baked at least 1/2 an hour before the pie filling can be added.

Another cool part of this pie:  I used the egg separator that came with our measuring cups to separate the 4 yolks I needed from their whites.  It was one of those things that we didn’t expect to ever use, but sure enough, it came in handy.  See what a good job it did:

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July 29, 2009 at 11:49 am 2 comments

I’m Married!!!

To address any concern you may have had, I have not fallen off the face of the earth. I got married (though I’m sure in the minds of some people, those events are equivalent)!!!  At any rate, the ceremony was last Saturday, the only nice day in Maine since forever and we had a wonderful time.  It was perfect and everything I dreamed it would be.  A week later, my Man and I are getting settled into our apartment in the Berkshires and starting our life together. Finally.

I love my Man more than words can express. I’m so glad we’re finally married and together, instead of doing the silly long distance thing we maintained for 2 years. My Man has innumerable wonderful qualities, but one of the ones I’m most excited about is his willingness to let me be myself in the kitchen. He’ll eat pretty much anything (or at least try it) and though he still wants to eat meat on occasion, he’s totally cool with the healthy, flexitarian/vegetarian, homemade lifestyle I’m pursuing. Such a refreshing change from home, where “beans”, “vegetarian” and “different” are sometimes dirty words. And we’ve got a plethora of new pots, pans, dishes and cooking gadgets to encourage me in my culinary endeavors. It’s very exciting.

It’s also thrilling to be living in a place with several decent supermarkets in town. No more driving half an hour because our local store doesn’t have what I need! I’ve promised myself (and my Man) that I will shop more purposefully than my family does at home, which sometimes results in going to the supermarket several times a week.  I made a list, planned a menu for the week and staked out deals in the supermarket fliers last night. We ventured out to the store this morning at which point I made a very sad discovery.

Food costs money.

Clearly this is not really news to the rest of the world, but now that I am living on a budget and seeking employment, we’re trying to limit the amount of money we spend on groceries every week.  A sad reality for my cooking dreams, given that I used to not give a thought to spending $20 on the ingredients for one meal when I was living at home. At any rate, it adds to the challenge and I’m sure will work out once we get into a routine, have more staples in the cupboard, and I get a job.

Meanwhile, I’ve subscribed to the following blogs (because I obviously didn’t have enough others to read) with the hope that they’ll help me cook good food while saving money:

5 Dollar Dinners

Fat Free Vegan

Closet Cooking

Thanks to another great blog,  Cheap, Healthy, Good, for the links!

July 4, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Thoughts on My Impending Nuptials

First of all, I really didn’t think that was how “nuptials” was spelled.  But that’s not the point of this post.

In just a few weeks, I’ll be living in Western Massachusetts, finally married to my Man after an 18 month, long distance engagement.  It’ll be a big change from living with my parents, but it’s one I’m very much looking forward to.  I’m so happy to be marrying him.

As a married woman, I plan to cook a lot more than I have been recently.  I’m looking forward to only having to run my meal choices by only one person, and he’s pretty much agreed to try anything once (he even loves beans!).  My plan is to only eat meat once or twice a week, which is going to take a ton of thinking ahead.  But it’ll be delicious, healthy, fun and hopefully result in a lot more blog posts!  That said, don’t expect much in the way of posts for the next couple weeks…things are busy here at wedding central!

My Man is much more into working out than I am.  I was pretty good about getting to the gym when I was in college, but since moving home my exercising has been sporadic at best (though I have been taking yoga and loving it since this winter).  I’ve been feeling guilty about my lack of activity lately, so it’ll be great to live with someone who already has an established routine.   My Man has grand plans to walk frequently, possibly join the gym and act as my workout conscience.  It should be really good.  I’ll keep you posted.

I was surprised by not one, but two, bridal showers this week.  Wonderful presents came my way, the most remarkable of which are a set of pots and pans from my parents and a KitchenAid stand mixer from my future mother-in-law (she must love me!), and half of our requested place settings of Fiesta dishes.  We also received cutting boards, glasses, a Crockpot, aprons, and a lot of other wonderful things that I’m not trying to reduce in value because I’m not mentioning them, but I suspect the world at large doesn’t need to know every gift I unwrapped.  I’m really excited to get into my kitchen to use all my new stuff.  Cooking is even more fun when you’ve got shiny new toys to do it with.

If there’s one thing on my registry that I really want though, it’s a Cuisinart food processor.  I realize it’s not the most frugal gift request, but I use my mother’s all the time and I can’t imagine creating some of my recipes without one.

What’s your most essential kitchen gadget?  Any last minute must haves to add to my registry?

June 13, 2009 at 9:07 am 3 comments

Best Day Ever? Part I: Coffee and WFM

I knew that a day which began with 50 cent iced coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts would be a good one, but when I left the house Tuesday morning I underestimated just how good the day could be.  I managed to go to DD, Whole Foods, Fore Street and Gelato Fiasco on the same day (“Go big, or go home,” right? One only gets off the peninsula so often!)

After the (delicious, inexpensive, refreshing) coffee break, my Man and I headed to Portland (Maine, of course), to shop and eat lunch at Whole Foods Market. As I may have mentioned previously, WFM is currently one of my favorite places in the whole world.  I’d been ranting and raving about my plans to go for days; my parents officially think I’m crazy.  It’s possible I need to get a life.   My Man had never been there, so I was even more excited to show him around.  We had a good time, checking out all the food, discussing meal possibilities. I can’t fathom a time when I will go in there and beeline for the things I need and not browse every aisle. We picked up some good stuff including cornmeal for polenta, a marinated olive medley, rice noodles, whole wheat pasta, and greek yogurt. Definitely the most food I’d ever bought on a single trip.   That I also finally planned a trip which enabled me to eat lunch there was awesome. It’s so unfair to walk by all the salad bars and be unable to partake. My Man had some excellent chili and I had a salad with some yummy dumplings. I threw a few pieces of tofu in at his urging (for someone sometimes expresses hesitancy about my foodie-ness, he certainly is encouraging). I don’t think I’ll be picking up tofu on a regular basis, but it wasn’t bad. I’m just not sure tofu is for me. But at any rate, I can check off trying another new food.

Part II: Fore Street Restaurant and Gelato Fiasco

April 23, 2009 at 8:14 am

April Food Day

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My Man, though ridiculously supportive of my recent obsession with flexitarianism, is a little suspect of the trend.  Isn’t it more important, he keeps asking in response to rantings about the White House vegetable garden, to make sure that everyone has food to eat before we get so concerned about whether the food we are eating is organic?  Isn’t some food better than no food?

He makes a good point, one to which I generally concede.  For that reason, I’m very excited to have just learned about April Food Day.  The purpose of the April Food Day blog is to educate readers about hunger, and encourage them to do something about it, especially donate to Feeding America.  They note “Every dollar you contribute provides seven meals or 10 pounds of food. A $25 gift provides 75 meals.”  Wow.

My Man is right.  It’s easy to discuss the perks of various restaurants, but with the increasingly worsening economic slump, more and more people are finding themselves without employment, and without food.  I don’t think there’s any debate that food is important.  So, instead of trying to play April Fools tricks on everyone you meet, why not donate to Feeding America, your local food pantry or some other organization that’s working to fulfill this basic human need.

March 31, 2009 at 5:57 pm 1 comment

Things My Man and I Disagreed On While Making Dinner

My wonderful Man, in the interest of being creative and encouraging my interest in cooking, decided we should create a spaghetti bake with breaded chicken for dinner last evening.  We’re getting married in 4 months (!!!!!) but we’ve definitely got our own ways of doing things, especially in the kitchen.

Things my man and I disagreed on while cooking dinner:

  1. How much counter space was required to bread chicken
  2. How large to cut the chicken
  3. The order of ingredients for breading chicken
  4. How much oil to cut the chicken in
  5. When to turn over the chicken
  6. Whether or not to mince the garlic
  7. The amount of water to cook the spaghetti in
  8. The usefulness of a cheese grater
  9. How much attention needed to be paid to the green beans

In the end though, dinner was delicious, and we’re still in love.

February 20, 2009 at 9:22 am 3 comments

Miracles Do Happen

You may recall a post from December wherein I discussed my family’s eating habits and mentioned: “We don’t eat beans.  Period.  Dad thinks we’re nuts for including cannoli and garbanzo beans [in a soup my Man and I made].”  Well, after all my whiny posts and my decision to cook what I wanted to eat for lunch irregardless of what my parents thought, I made something with beans in it that my dad actually liked.

A lot of my interest in cooking different, good, healthy food stems from time I’ve spent with my Man and his parents.  One of the first times I visited with them, his mother made this delicious soup.  It was the first of many recipes she’s given me.  After a quick internet search, it appears the recipe is from Cooking Light, though it tastes anything but light.

“Carol’s” Tarascan Soup

You’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oilingredients
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans, undrained
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (16-ounce) can chicken broth (can substitute fat-free, less sodium)
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about 1 cup; can substitute reduced fat)
  • Tortilla chips, crushed (about 1 cup)

1.  Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.  Add onions and garlic, cook for 3 minutes.*  Add canned tomatoes with their liquid, stir, cook 5 minutes.

2. Put beans and their liquid into a food processor (or blender) and process until smooth.

soup3. Add the beans, chili powder, cumin, hot sauce, salt and broth to the pan.  Stir and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 18 more minutes, uncovered.

4. Serve with shredded cheese and crushed chips.  Serves about 8.

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*My apologies to anyone who doesn’t like onions and garlic as much as I do and is weary of the fact that the majority of my recipes appear to start with a step identical to this one.

February 1, 2009 at 3:31 pm

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