Sunday, January 21, 2007

I'm going to admit that sometimes I become overconfident in the kitchen. I think that I can do no wrong just because it's been a couple of weeks since I set off the smoke alarm or made a batch of inedible cookies...and then the universe has to remind me that I am not infallible, and that yes, even I make mistakes.
So it was this evening when I decided to make potato leak soup without any sort of recipe or guidelines. It seemed simple enough, but what I ended up with was more gerber baby food than anything. It doesn't even taste that good.
Damn me for buying the 10 lb. sack of potatoes at Costco. Why do I think I will ever use them all? What's wrong with me?

This picture has nothing to do with my botched soup. It's from Muscle Beach in Venice. It relates not at all to the topic of this post, unless the bodybuilders are laughing at me for cooking without a recipe.
They probably are.
Stupid bodybuilders.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

New Year's Eve

Al got me this wonderful cookbook for Christmas. We used it to cook an awesome meal for New Year's Eve. That's right, I said "we," as in Al was instrumental in the cooking of this meal. We made pork roasted in a cherry tomato sause, baked parmesan risotto, broccoli and spinach with mustard and lemon sauce, and proscuitto melts. For desert we made pecan pie and chocolate pudding pie. It was delish.

Proscuitto Melts
12 slices goat's cheese
3 teaspoons thyme leaves
6 slices proscuitto, halved
12 thick baguette slices
olive oil

Preheat the oven to 355. Sprinkle the goat's cheese with the thyme. Wrap a piece of proscuitto around each slice of goat's cheese and place on a slice of baguette. Place on a baking tray and brush with olive oil. Cook for 10-12 mins or until the goat's cheese has melted and the baguette is crisp.
Al is in the club

Before yesterday, Al didn't know that the best Mexican food in California...okay, in LA (admittedly San Diego has much better Mexican food than LA, which geographically makes sense) was found on trucks.
Oh, taco truck...why are you so good?
No one there spoke english. We weren't toally sure what we were ordering, but we were sure it was the best thing ever.

The main rules is that you have to eat them in the car...which is great because the tortillas don't get soggy, and you can always go back to the truck for seconds.

I love you taco truck.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Yeah, that's a knife in my hand. And I'm not afraid to use it make the most wonderful appetizer in the world, and quite possibly the most ghetto one too. Ham and cream cheese roll-ups.
Yeap, one slice of ham lunchmeat, cream cheese, and green onion. I ate so many on Christmas day that I'm not sure when cream cheese will sound good again.
Okay, it already sounds good again.

This is me the last time I didn't worry about gaining weight during the holidays.