Saturday, February 09, 2019

Cooking club: Snowed in!

Yumi hosted the February cooking club, and Valerie and I helped cook. We've had some snowy days lately, so the theme was "Snowed in!" We made dishes that you would be able to make from pantry items if you were snowed in by a blizzard. Yumi started us off with a cozy manhattan.

Because it's wise to always have some bourbon in your cupboard!


Valerie discovered this delicious tinned smoked trout.

She made appetizers of trout on potato chips! They were scrumptious!

Yumi made spicy tomato oil and no-knead bread to dip in it. It only rises for two hours! This bread was freaking delicious! It tasted like she had spent hours and hours on it. Yum!! We tore off chunks of the bread and dipped it in the sauce. Snow me in!!!

I made a creamy, garlicky shrimp pasta. I often have shrimp in my freezer, and grated parm in my fridge! It uses jarred roasted red peppers. I don't often have heavy cream in the fridge, but I do always have half-and-half so I gave myself a pass on that.

Whee, cooking!

The pasta was amazing!! I used dried parsley instead of fresh because, SNOWED IN! It was so creamy and cheesy. Valerie made a wild rice and dried mushroom side dish that was super mushroomy and delicious. MMM!

After dinner, we played bowl of nouns! Always a great time.

For dessert, I made Smitten Kitchen's salted brown butter crispy treats. This recipe is insanely good. The sea salt!! The browned butter! We hammered this pile of treats. Being snowed in is awesome!

Exciting news. Yumi got a cat!! Meet Olive.

Isn't she beautiful?

We finished the night with a game of Mad Gab. Drinks, yummy food and board games. Snow me in, baby!

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Happy Little Debbie birthday, Vana!

It's Vana's birthday! They had a party at their house. We had Little Italy's pizza for dinner, and for dessert...

Vana put the word out that she's been craving Little Debbie treats, so we arrived with a pile of gifts!

She played "Guess which Lil Deb is in each box!"

Oatmeal Creme Pies!

Birthday Cakes!

We all enjoyed watching the pile of treats grow and grow!

Chocolate Cupcakes!

Zebra Cakes!

Cosmic Brownies!

It's a Little Debbie MOUNTAIN!

Boston Creme Rolls!

Fudge Rounds!

Nutty Buddy!

To Jasper, they were pretty much building blocks!

Tower of Little Debbies!

Joe got out his chef tools and got to work making a sampler platter.

Happy birthday to Vana! Wish time!


After we had eaten our fill, Vana mashed the remaining pieces to form a Little Debbie cake.

Slicking the cake!

Happy happy birthday, Vana!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Polar Vortex

Ohio is suffering from a polar vortex this week! It's too cold to go on a proper walk, and it has Felix feelin' bummed.

He sure looks cute in that sweater, though.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Happy birthday, Mom!

Tonight we gathered at Mer's to celebrate Mom's birthday! I made a giant salad, and Mer cooked up some delicious curry.

I made some raita to go with!

Mom requested an ice cream cake for her birthday treat. Can't go wrong with that! Happy 70th, Mom!


Wish time.


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Cooking Club: Layers

The theme for the January cooking club was layers! Summer hosted, and Emily and Yumi helped cook. Emily started us off with two types of palmiers: jalapeno cheddar, and sundried tomato feta. Look at those flaky layers! She made her own puff pastry!!!

Nancy made two loaves of layered breads. One was an arugula pesto, and the other had herbs and cream cheese.

Here they are before they were baked.

We played around layering different types of liqueurs.



Nancy also made individual layered salads.

Mmm, look at those layers!

Summer made a butternut squash lasagna. She made the pasta, and it was so delicate and light! So many layers!!

Here are the pasta layers drying in her pantry earlier that day:


This past summer, at our pontoon cooking club, Summer had made some layered apricot and buttermilk popsicles. That day on the hot boat, the popsicles had softened a bit too much so that the popsicle sticks were slipping out, leaving the dessert in the mold! We decided to save them for later. They've been in her freezer ever since, and tonight she busted them out for layers cooking club! Look at those layers! They were delicious. So summery!

Emily made layered panna cottas with mango and blackberry gelees. MMM!

It was a delicious night!