12 Months of Cooking Challenge

Me, a self-proclaimed awful cook, taking on America’s Test Kitchen.

Green, red. Tomato, tomAto

November 29, 2013 Cook’s Country – October/November issue Colorado Green Chili Uhm, yeah, so, after this pic was taken, I piled like 5,000 times more cheese on top! 😀 Brrrr!!! It’s COLD outside! Like bone chilling cold, like long-John cold, like needing the fireplace rip-roaring, hot cold, like craving chili cold! In this house, we like our chili. We like it thick, we like it bursting with poppy red vibrance, and crowded with beef, kidney beans, tomatoes, onions and green peppers – all done at the hands of Chef Big Ring. But in November, I took on the hearty chili challenge. Instead of red, I went green. Or, so that was the plan. The recipe I started out with – Colorado Green Chili – is not the recipe I ended up with. More like Nevada Brown Chili, a mix between Colorado and Mexico. I had no idea what Anaheim peppers were, and …

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Guest post: French in the house

Dear Life, please stop getting in the way of the important stuff, like, I don’t know, posting my blogs! I have a triple jillion written and half written posts, but it seems, every time I’m about to upload, you get in the way Life, and the blog stays silent for days, even weeks at a time. So come on noq, ease up a wee why don’t you. Today’s post is a guest cooking challenge post (that’s been sitting in my inbox for about a month now!) by my partner in Life: Big Ring. Which means, November had two cooking challenges (I’ve still got to post mine). So enjoy 😀 ••••••••••••••••• November 22, 2013 Cook’s Country – December/January issue Chicken With Vinegar Sauce In the Big Ring/Princess of Pavement household, I do most of the cooking. Partly because PofP isn’t very comfortable with the culinary arts; her diet before we got …

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Cooking up Brussels

October 13, 2013: Cook’s Country  – October/November issue Brussels Sprouts Salad Please excuse the ugly bowl, my family is much too large to be served by my pretty bowls Last month’s cooking challenge was a risk, a HUGE, Brussels sprouts kind of risk! Not everyone loves Brussels sprouts, in fact, I think most people actually hate them. (Weird, I know!) But I love them, like really, really, really love them. My moms loves them. Big Brother loves them. Big Ring loves them. And so, for this month’s challenge I decided to take on the Brussels sprouts. But not in your traditional steamed buttery yumminess you typically find them in. Nope, I made a salad. That’s right folks, a Brussels sprouts salad! Risqué indeed. When Big Ring pulled out two bags FULL of Brussels sprouts, four pounds worth, it took all of two seconds and a bulging of my eyes to …

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Volcano of oil

Sept. 7, 2013 Cook’s Country – August/September 2013 California-Style Fish Tacos You can’t just wrap a fish in a tortilla and call it a California-style taco. You need light, crisp fried fish, the perfect toppings, and high-contrast flavors and textures. ~ Rebeccah Marsters I’m a bit late with this post, and in fact was a bit late with the making of this “August” challenge (I blame work!) and am now playing catch up, which means you guys will be getting back-to-back recipes … not sure if that’s a good thing 😉 So, back in early August, Big Ring and I met up with our New York turned trucker friends for dinner at the first annual Columbia StrEAT food cart festival in New Westminster. Now, normally I steer clear of street food, it just doesn’t sit well with my belly, but the foods featured in these carts, they were far too intriguing …

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To fluff or not…

July 31, 2013 Cook’s Illustrated – March/April issue Fluffy omelets The day I moved away from my parents’ at 19 was the day omelets became a regular staple in my diet. As you all know by now, I am not a good cook, and for the most part, when it comes to savoury dishes I do not enjoy the kitchen. For years I had no desire to learn dinner-style meals; my dinners pretty much consisted of omelets. Every night. You’d think I’d get sick of them after awhile, right, goodness knows my housemates got sick of the smell, but nope, I loved my omelets then, and I love my omelets now. When Big Ring and I started dating, I quickly discovered that he, too, loved omelets… just not every night. Every week, to this day, they’re on our meal plan. And every trip to France we’ve made (3 for me, …

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