Thursday, February 24, 2011

Great Sandwhich

Well my husband made a sandwich for dinner the other night that I thought might not be as good as his vision of it but to my surprise it was awesome!  A veggie panini that I can't wait to have again. Here's the break down: sauteed mushrooms, white onion, red bell pepper and garlic coins, blanched green beans, with a warm blanket of provolone and Cheddar, on a french bread roll with mayo on one side and fresh pesto on the other and than toasted.  Then with the help of a heavy cast iron pan and griddle....Panini!  To top it off some fresh parmesan on top.  We both were wishing for a third sandwich.  I want one as I am writing this.  I am finding out that I have a real love for sandwiches.  It is one of the few foods that I crave the most and nothing is better than the smell of fresh bread to me.  I tell my husband that I should work in a bakery but we both decided I would be a million pounds from all the bread I would eat. 

We are planning an exciting weekend we got some new kitchen items and can't wait to use them.  We want to make fresh pasta and I would love to make some fresh bread.  Wish us luck!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Big Plans and Big Flops!

Well, I tried to make clarified butter this week and do not  know what went wrong but it did not stay in liquid form.  I don't know if the type of butter matters or if maybe I had the temperature too high but something didn't work.  I also tried to make a quick pickled asparagus which also didn't come out very well.  The flavor was very unbalanced.  But I did learn that it is not good to smell vinegar when it is about to boil unless you want to burn your nasal passages.  Those were my big flops for the week and now for the big plans!  This weekend we plan to do some much needed additions to our kitchen community.  We would like to get a pasta roller, sieve, food processor, and a food mill.  It is an expensive list but hopefully this will take us a step in the right direction.  My husband and I hope to sit down after the kids go to bed and plan our next weeks menu with new and fun recipes.  We would also like to broaden our cook book collection so if there are any recommendations let me have them!  Happy cooking!