2012 In Review- Part III

Part III of my year in review highlights some of my culinary adventures at home. The selected represent only the yummy meals I thought to photograph- many other amazing meals were too scrumptious to wait for a picture before devouring.

Duo of braised beauties
Duo of braised beauties

This fall we discovered kale, and what a discovery it has been! Matt cooks a mean  braised kale which he does by starting off by frying bacon in a pan. Then he adds garlic, maybe some onion, and the kale. His braising liquid is apple cider vinegar and chicken broth, and he finishes the whole thing with chopped apple and the bacon. It. Is. Phenomenal.

Best braised meal: In the above photo I braised some chicken in red wine to go with our braised kale, served with some quinoa or cous-cous (I can’t remember which!) to balance out the whole dinner. Yum!

Homemade pizza happiness
Homemade pizza happiness

Thanks to Trader Joe’s, I discovered whole wheat pizza dough and the amazing-ness that is homemade pizza. The boy and I have been enjoying homemade pizza at least twice a month all fall and into winter, burning our mouths more times than we care to remember.

Favorite toppings: spicy Italian sausage, mushrooms, pepperoni, TONS of cheese.

Worst idea: making home-made. It came out looking and tasting like tomato-basil soup.

Asian Night!
Asian Night!

Matt’s favorite culinary region by far  is Asia. Thanks to my parents’ easy access to authentic Chinese noodles (Oh Shanghai), we’ve been experimenting with buckwheat, glass, and some varieties we can’t identify due to the Chinese-only packaging. My favorite is buckwheat with chicken or shrimp and veggie stir fry. No sauce needed, just some soy and Sriracha to top it off !

Best Chinglish packaging instructions: “Heat the water. Put the stuff in the hot water. Remove the stuff from the water. Eat the stuff”

Cornish Game Hens, meet butter.
Cornish Game Hens, meet butter.

So one time this fall, Cornish game hens were on sale at Kroger. I HAD to buy them. When life hands you adorable baby chickens on sale, you say YES.

I had a BALL prepping the little birds- they’re so cute! We slathered those babies in herbed butter inside and out, then plopped them on a bed of potatoes, carrots, and onions. It was some of the most fun food we had all fall!

Best way to enjoy your Cornish hens: Making them dance while prepping them.

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