Today Feels Like a Cooking Day

It’s been grey out. Grey and wet. I know that’s what I was promised it would be when I moved here, but somehow knowing that wasn’t the same as experiencing it. It’s gotten me down.

Bill and I still haven’t found the sunrise alarm clock we normally wake up to. It’s making mornings a lot harder. On the other hand, though, he found a very cool bulb which fits into our normal lamps that seems to be helping. I try to sit under it for 20+ minutes a morning.

What isn’t helping is the completely terrible photo lighting in my kitchen. We actually have really big, beautiful windows and a nice view. It’s great for being in, when there’s even half decent amounts of natural light.… Continue reading →

Cthuloid Onions

A couple days ago, I tweeted a photo and a comment about having a cute onion in the house.

Our red onions have been around for a bit, but I’m not sure how long. So when I discovered one had sprouted, it wasn’t a huge surprise. The shape of the sprouts, though, reminded me of tentacles, and so I had to share.

The problem, though, came up the next day when I discovered another onion sprouting. This one less cutely, and more effectively. Also, for some reason, the onion itself is smaller. Some of our garlic is sprouting too, but I’m learning how to cut around that.

Garlic sprouting!

The garlic sprouts are surprisingly pale on the outside, but quite vibrant on the inside. It seems an odd place to store the chloroplasts…

What I’m wondering, though, and what makes this an ingredient (and gardening) question, is what my readers think I should DO with these sprouters, especially the onions.… Continue reading →

Guest Post! #BachelorCook Round 1

Hello everyone! So, as I mentioned a week ago, our friend Krysti declared her interest in cooking from our fridge. Something about it having more content than her own fridge. I agreed to let her cook for us on the condition she wrote a post about it for you all. I thought having someone else’s thoughts & comments might be a fun change. Upon reading this (and adding my commentary in the footnotes), I am now SURE having someone else’s thoughts & comments is a fun change. Hopefully, you all will encourage Krysti to do this again, and I can convince some of our other bachelor friends to do the same. IT’S AN ADVENTURE.

Thus begins Krysti’s quest…

Natasha and I have toyed with the idea of doing a guest blog post in varying degrees of seriousness the past few months1, then all of our dreams suddenly came true last week.… Continue reading →

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions

This is a quick link post. Because I have to share an amazing link with you. A link that changed my life.

How, you ask? Simple – it opened up the doors of any damn recipe that requires caramelized onions. Let’s be clear. I was highly unlikely to ever slave over a stove top making caramelized onions.

I bet you’re wondering if slow cooker caramelized onions are as good as the kind you slave over. I think so. I tell you that I can’t tell the difference between my caramelized onions & someone else’s. They’re all good.

So, yes. I really did make these in a slow cooker. And I don’t regret it.

Best part? They freeze wonderfully. So now I can make heaping piles of caramelized onions with minimal effort AND have them for future ventures.… Continue reading →

[120] Corn Chowder

the cover of The Enchanted Broccoli Forest

I accidentally made this one twice for the challenge. This is totally my own fault, because I didn’t post about it the first time. Actions have consequences, you know.

In honesty, I probably would have made this recipe again anyway. I had a ton of corn in the freezer from the summer, and this recipe uses up a lot of it at once. Of course, that’s because it’s making 159,848,327 servings, but that’s just a minor detail. The important part is that it’s delicious and easy. Well, that’s the most important point.

The other important point is that I appear to have forgotten to take pictures the first time around. No idea why.

I like that it calls for potatoes. I love that I live in a world where I can get purple potatoes.… Continue reading →