Repeat and try again!

  I had to try making mussels with whiskey cream again.  The first time left something lacking.  This time I cooked the mussels separately from the whiskey cream, rather than together.  And added a cup of whiskey.  And instead of sliced shallots, I used green onions.  MUCH better!!  I invited my mom over to sample them.  She agrees; much better.  

Some times you need to try things a second time to make sure you got it right.  Such as a strawberry rhubarb crumb with whiskey butter.  No, I don’t have a thing for whiskey.  This is highly coincidental but I digress.  I’ve had strawberry rhubarb crumb with whiskey butter, but it needed a little more… A little ‘something ‘… I’ll figure it out.

I am not Molly Malone…

Although I do like mussels and cockles!  Scratch that!  I like mussels, never had a cockle, although I am certain I’d try one if I got my hands on one.  A few nights ago I made a heaping batch of mussels in a whiskey cream sauce.  Since then, I have been thinking I could perfect that recipe just a tad.  It was missing a few things.  I used shallots, when I think green onions would have been better.  The cream didn’t thicken when I think it could have been just a bit.  Also, I didn’t have enough whiskey, which is what I thought brought it down just a little bit.

In less than two weeks, my 14-year old daughter and I are taking a worldwind tour of Europe (London, Paris, Munich, Amsterdam, Edinburgh).  I’m looking for unique foods or cookbooks while there.  I lived in Germany back in 1992, but didn’t travel around as much as I would have liked.  Now is my chance to explore and make new memories.  If you have a favorite place to eat in any of those places, drop me a note!

I scream, you scream… you know the rest!

I love ice cream!  But the flavors haven’t been what they used to be.  I still have only two favorite kinds and I always try new ones, but am always disappointed.  If you went to my fridge right now, you’d find at least 3 pints of abandoned ice cream flavors.

Candied Bacon Ice CreamSo what’s a girl to do?  A girl that likes to cook might find herself making her own flavors, something unusual but still refreshing, as ice cream was meant to be.  You have your traditionals:  Blueberry-Lemon ice cream, but then I went for something savory too.  Candied Bacon ice cream.  Salty, creamy, yummy….  do I need to go on?
I recently found a recipe I need to try for ‘Olive Oil Ice Cream with Rosemary and Bitter Orange’.  This is something that is begging to be made.  But first, I need to make Rhubarb Ice Cream.  Seems straightforward and easy to make.

Some people have a calling…

No, I’m not talking about religon, I’m talking about cooking.  I find a lot of faith in my cooking, it relaxes me, calms me and makes me happy.  I can’t really remember when I really WANTED to cook, it was just always there.  Somedays the mood just strikes me and I go find a recipe and make it.

Fried Green TomatoesThe one I remember that struck me first was after watching the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes”.   You actually eat green tomatoes?  But you fry them first?  So I went out in search of green tomatoes, easy enough find.  Crispy, crunchy, oh-so yummy with some lemon aioli.

Where to start?

Several years ago, I was told I needed to start a cooking blog.  I brushed it off thinking ‘Blogs are for hipsters’.   And never thought about it again; seriously what would I do with a blog?  But then again, it’s an outlet for me to share.  I love to share.  Lucky you!

I never went to culinary school, but I did have a teacher.  My mom is the best cook I know, but she argues that I cook better than she does.  I’ve told her a few times that we need to open a basic cooking school (think: adult education), she agrees but then nothing happens.  Mom was a home ecomonics major, and started to teach me how to cook when I was about 10 years old.  By the time I was 14, I was baking my own birthday cakes (I said it was because I wanted to make sure I got the kind of cake I wanted).  Add 30 years onto that and you got what you see before you.  I have NO qualms about what I cook.  I am not vegan, I am not low-fat and I don’t pretend to be.  I enjoy decent food, even if it isn’t healthy, but that doesn’t mean I will refuse a decent vegan meal.  Don’t get me wrong, I simply love food.