Archive for June, 2017

Carb overload.

June 22, 2017

Last time, I said we were going to try pasta. And pasta we tried.

I did a little Sunday dinner with Christopher & Molly and that is where I first tried making pasta noodles.

The first part I’d like to say is this – kneading is no joke. It said to knead the damn dough for 8 to 10 minutes and I did just that – I knew I made noodles out of my arms but had to wait 45 minutes to attempt the noodles (dough had to rest, so did I).

We (dough & I) both rested and then it was time to use the flattening side of my awesome pasta maker. It worked like a charm. It was awesome to see how quickly my blob of dough became sheets. After sheets, I made fettuccine (because the small noodle of spaghetti made me nervous).

Guys. I’ve never been so proud of myself.

It may seem dumb to some but every time I overcome a cooking fear, I just get unbelievably excited. It’s been baby steps beginning around 22-23. Examples of this include my fear of touching raw meat, my fear of baking, my fear of open flame (still get nervous sometimes)…and I’m now conquering the world of fresh pasta. Conquering is strong word but I have to have faith or else my noods will be inadequate.

We did great on Sunday & our sauce was delish. Next, conquering homemade noodles on a weeknight & still eating at an acceptable time (8 and before).

It.

Happened.

I made solo homemade fettuccine and homemade alfredo sauce with broccoli.

Life changing. Delish. And I’ll share some photos.

Tomorrow is our Friday, thankfully. Little staycay weekend with running around the city together doing some different eats and brews, yoga & brunch downtown Saturday and tacos/tequila/marg festival Saturday night.

Full review to follow! Happy hump day!

NWI -> Indy -> Avon

June 17, 2017

It has been some time since I last posted and I would say the last year has been the most life changing and best year of my life (with tons of delicious food & drinks).

In the past year, I moved from Valparaiso back to Indy where I split a time between my parents house & Christopher’s Broad Ripple house. I was lucky enough to move here with a job and a lot of people who love me ❤️. I turned 30 in Vegas with my lovebug, my parents & my secondary parents and then I took a big leap & moved into a condo in Avon with Chris. 2017 has been a calmer year & we are loving life in the condo with the girls (pictured below) and we cook almost every meal. We have become quite the foodies.

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We have also added something to our family that has been simply life changing and I would consider our baby: a flat top grill. Drop everything you are doing and go get one if you even semi-enjoy cooking. We have made burgers (2 times), chicken fried rice, blueberry pancakes (2 times), Hibachi Style Steak all in like 2 weeks. It comes highly recommended by us and the Blueberry Pancakes have been enjoyed by us/Molly/my parents.

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Again, absolutely obsessed with what this can do and we are completely enjoying our time with this. The brand is Blackstone.

Obviously we have done a lot of cooking in the past year…and we have started trying newer things like more seafood (shrimp, salmon, tilapia) and have pretty much found the perfect way to make filet mignon. And…wait for it…wait for it…

Christopher bought me a pasta maker (handle crank & has a motor) for our one year anniversary (shout out to him for dealing with me for a year, love you)! Tonight. Is. The. Pasta. Night. Planning to fail but hoping for the best – at least we will have my homemade meat sauce:

1 lb ground beef & 1 lb Italian sausage

1 small onion

28 oz diced tomato 🍅

8-12 oz tomato paste

4 garlic cloves minced

fresh Basil/fresh parsley (to taste)

salt & pepper

That is all you need for unreal deliciousness; beware, the fresh herbs is exactly what makes his special, so don’t do dried seasonings!

I will be updating a bit more since life has calmed down & we are cooking literally daily (chris is quite the chef these days)!