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‘Merica

Hi Friends!

Remember when I used to post about food? Instead of running and my bike and Sarah Palin?

Me neither.

Honestly, I’ve been lazy, and haven’t been cooking much. Unless making sad faces at one’s husband until he takes you out for dinner counts as cooking. Then I’m Julia Child.

But I have an hour to spare before we go to a BBQ, and I actually made some food today, so I’m going to share!

Tomorrow is our half (yikes!) and I’m a little paranoid about having food I wanna eat at this BBQ, so here’s what I spent an hour doing this afternoon:

I got some hummus made
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plated up with veggies (I blanched the broccoli. Raw broccoli isn’t my fav. Blanch it? Suddenly I wanna eat a pound)
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Then I made pesto
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(If you adore fresh basil Trader Joe’s has fantastic potted basil plants for like $3. I buy them every summer, and then revel in my ability to eat the most pesto ever for months on end)

Mixed up the pesto with bowties and tomatoes
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And because clearly that isn’t nearly enough to bring, I chopped up some watermelon
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Watermelon is delicious. My husband hates it. I’ve tried, I can’t eat an entire watermelon myself. Well, I can, but it’s a poor choice. So I was excited for an excuse to buy one.

And because I love America, themed foods, and sugar, I made these strawberries.
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Have a fantastic 4th! When you wake up late enjoying your Monday off tomorrow, think of my 6:45 am start time!

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Schooled

One of my birthday gifts from the husband was a cooking class at Sweetwares, which is a little baking shop in our ‘hood, owned by the fantastic people from Baker and Spice.

This was a great present, because it forced my husband into an apron
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I’ve never made pasta. Partly because I’m one of the messiest cooks you’ll ever meet. Me + the classic volcano of flour with the egg in the middle dough making? It would just end poorly. And probably with at least one cat coated in flour.

But I learned in our class you can actually just make it in a food processor! Win
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We made an egg dough and a spinach dough
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Not going to lie, I dug on how play-dough-y the dough was. So bright!

Oh and see the bottle in the back of the picture? Totally had drinks while we cooked. Best sort of cooking.

We rolled the dough through the machines
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And eventually had noodles!

Hand cut egg noodles
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And spinach that we ran through the cutter
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After we finished with our pasta making, it was time to eat!

See how this class involves dinner and alcohol? My husband did well.

Our instructor Jeff showed a few sauces, and then cooked up some pasta
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Fresh pasta cooks absurdly fast. Like, we’re talking 30 seconds. Jeff called it “Italian top ramen” because it’s so crazy fast to cook.

Uncooked tomato sauce
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and “stray and hay”-spinach and egg noodles, with fresh peas, prosciutto, and cream.  Pork + fat + pasta? Heaven.
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And then, since clearly we hadn’t eaten enough, there were berry teacakes
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With whipped cream. From Baker & Spice.

Best part? The cooked noodles were all Jeff’s. Ours came home with us. We have an awesome stash of homemade pasta in our house right now.

Now I just need a pasta machine so that I can do this all the time. And an apron to make the husband wear at home.

You ever taken a cooking class?

REALLY roughin’ it!

Guys, guess what I did this weekend

I went CAMPING.

Like, in a tent.

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Me + Nature = BFFs.

We went up to Manchester State Park, which is north of Tacoma on the Sound with some of my family.

We did a little hiking around. Both the husband and I are five, so we get really excited about weird trees
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This area was some sort of military base back in the day, so there were some random things like this bunker Photobucket

Doesn’t it look like an Escher picture?
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I wanted to take one home, but the husband told me no.

Dreamkiller.

The boys tried to climb a rock
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Their wives watched and said it was impossible.  Which clearly was a challenge to keep trying.

We were telling the truth.

Thankfully they gave up before any head injuries were incurred.

In my family, one of the best parts of camping is making a fire.
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I blame it on years of Boy Scouts.

My brothers would come home from camp with great new facts like “you can light hot chocolate mix on fire if you try hard enough” every summer.

Our dinner the first night was a classic boy scout style meal
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Foil dinners!  I seriously love these.  Mine was beef, potatoes, carrots, squash, and mushrooms.  Yummmm.

(also see the beer can?  I never drink beer in cans.  This was exciting to me.  Rolling Rock tastes like college.)

For dessert we had dump cake.

Sexy name right?

More boy scout cooking:

Pie filling
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(this was actually homemade peach.  Real boy scouts use cans)

A box of cake mix
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And a can of soda
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All cooked up on coals.

No pictures of the final product because I was busy eating it.  And really, the result isn’t that pretty.

Were you a scout?  I was a girl scout for 13 years.  But the camp I went to had beds.  Girl Scouts don’t have to rough it.

Do you have any camping foods you love?  I adore foil dinners, and smores!

Go Fish

When we got home with our fish I realized I was going to have to cook it.

Fish is one of those things I have no idea how to cook.

I make salmon the same way every time.  And that’s generally the only fish we eat in this house.

I read about 45659408 recipes for trout before I made dinner out of our catch.

Then I ignored all the recipes and made up my own.
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It was a little garlic, a little wine, a little butter, a little lemon juice.

And honestly, it was fantastic.

I really like tarter sauce.  What I can I say, I’m 5.  We didn’t have any in the house though.  So I made some.  Turns out it’s basically just mayo and pickles.  Health food my friends, health food.Photobucket

Most recipes called for chopped onion, but we were out, so I used onion powder.

(Wanna know a secret?  Since my husband hates onions I sometimes use onion powder in our dinners.  If he can’t see it, he doesn’t know it’s there.  Flavor obviously isn’t as good, but it’s better than nothing)

The cat was very curious about this.  Our cat loveeees tuna-when I open a can I pour out the water for her to eat.  But I’ve realized that since I put pickles with my tuna when she smells pickles she thinks she’s getting a snack
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I made a turkey sandwich with pickles last week and poor little bear was pacing the kitchen trying to find the tuna.

After dinner I was craving dessert.

A normal person would go get something.

But I wanted a WARM dessert.  It HAD to be warm.

What did I do?
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I walked down the street and found a blackberry bush.

Totally normal, right?

Blackberries are a weed here.  Which means there’s free fruit all over the place.  God wants Oregonians to have pie.

Or, in the case of this night, crisp.  Which is easier and faster than pie.

I cooked up the berries with some frozen raspberries from my parent’s house I had hanging out in the freezer
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Added some sugar, added some cornstarch, and made the crumb topping.

And homemade whipped cream.  Totalllly normal.
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I love crisps because this sucker took under an hour, including berry picking.  Almost instant gratification.

Do you cook fish?  I always feel like we ought to eat more in our house than we do.  But I have no clue what to do with it.

What’s an easy dessert you love?  I’ve totally been making crisps since college.  Or teddy bear toast (toast with butter, sugar, and cinnamon), not going to lie.

And Food…

Believe it or not, I didn’t just drink non stop while in Hood River.

After our wine tasting adventures, we went and  got changed, and hit up Nora’s Table

We actually had tried to go last year, but learned Valentines Day + Long weekend + Saturday night = no tables.  And we’re not good at waiting.  This year, we got reservations.

Was it worth waiting a year to try?  Heck yes.

For starters, they have Double Mountain on tap.  So basically you could’ve served the fiance zucchini and olives covered in mushrooms and he wouldn’t complain.
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I had wine.

They brought out some bread with deliciousness
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I honestly have no clue what all was in the deliciousness, but it was good!

We got the Nosh Plate as an appetizer
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House made chorizo, house made pickled veggies, cheese…

I seriously had to FIGHT the fiance for those carrots.  Amazing.  He wouldn’t shut up about them… the whole drive home the next day was “how do you think they make those carrots?”  and “can we try and make those?”

Main dishes?
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The fiance had filet with foie gras butter and purple potatoes.
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Steak + purple potatoes = happy man

I got the crispy arctic char with Israeli couscous
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Heaven friends, heaven.  The char had a delicious crispy salty top, and the couscous had a nice cinnamon-y sweetness.   Some sweet + some salty? Yes please!

Since it was Valentine’s Day, we got some bubbly
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And had yummy chocolate cake, with tropical fruit on top
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Notice how we clearly had already started devouring it before the picture was taken?

Then we thought, how should we end the night?
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And hit up Double Mountain for one last drink
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(Tasting, to make sure the beer was still delicious.  It was)

The next morning fresh air was the best idea ever, so we took a walk along the river
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Fantastic weekend.
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And I do still want to figure out how to make those pickled carrots.

Monday Monday

Dinner last night was tasty, and very all-American

DSCN2551Steak and potatoes!  With carrots.  I love those carrots.  It’s more of the Prime steak we got at Costco last week, and even when frozen and then reheated it was still amazing.

Plus a salad

DSCN2554You can’t tell in the picture, but some of the tomatoes on there are tinnnnny!  They’re from my plants, and a few were smaller than my pinky nail.

And you know I wasn’t going to bed last night without more of this

DSCN2559Brownie + ice cream + chocolate syrup.  Heck yes.  And I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again.  Those IKEA bowls are amazing.  They’re the perfect size for things like desserts, so that I don’t go too crazy on it 🙂

When I made pizza this weekend I told you I would show what I did with the extra dough… And then forgot to!  I made mini pitas.  I was worried if it’d work, I’ve seen lots on how it’s hard to make them puff to get the pocket.  My one and only previous pita attempt I misread the recipe, and made flatbread.  It was tasty flatbread, but still, no puff.  (They weren’t a waste, I took Farmgirl’s advice on un-puffed pitas and made delicious pita chips) I went for mini ones because that was more chances to get it right 🙂 I’d seen the pizza dough puff when we grilled it, so I thought maybe grilling was the way to go…

DSCN2514On the right is uncooked dough.  On the left is… a puffed pita!

DSCN2515A better view of the puff.  I have to do this again, I’m pumped it worked.

So today I used two of my baby pitas to make breakfast.  No, tuna pita pockets aren’t a normal breakfast food, but my hormones’ first choice was potato chips, so this was a compromise

DSCN2564Yummy!  With a salad on the side, a totally reasonable breakfast

DSCN2568Just watch-I’ll end up craving oats for lunch 🙂

This is why I usually grocery shop alone..

See this?

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Um, yeah, over 50 bucks.  The fiance wanted to make a nice dinner tonight, and so I went with him to New Seasons to pick out stuff.  New Seasons is a fun store-they’ve a local Whole Foods type of store.  They sell Stumptown coffee, which is oh so important.  That was $13 of our total.  Which still makes the rest of the groceries (which only filled one bag) cost about 40 bucks.  We got:  1 big NY Steak (there was another big chunk of the total), a marionberry gallette, carrots, fingerling potatoes, a funny little melon, a loaf of sourdough, a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Laurelwood Red, a pint of half and half, and a half pint of chocolate milk that the fiance drank on the way home.  

We’re having steak with some sort of balsamic glaze, roasted fingerlings, carrots, probably salad, and bruschetta, and then custard and fruit for dessert.  

I started making the custard when we got home.  I was using an old, not so awesome pot, and midway through cooking I noticed this

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See the black specks on the lower left?  Um, yeah, that’s part of the pot.  Rad.  I’m going to pretend I used vanilla bean.  It tastes fine, so whatevs.  It can’t give us that much cancer.  

Now I’m going to go take a bath while the fiance starts on the prep for dinner.  I like furlough days.