Tuesday, March 30, 2010
As you may be aware, I work a lot of hours and I rarely find time to do the dishes and do the cooking. As I hate doing laundry more than I hate cooking and dishes, our current arrangement has me doing the bulk of the cooking and dishes with Horn doing the laundry and ironing.
For the most part it works although I think that he has more clothes than me so his need to do laundry is less pressing than my desire for him to do laundry.
Regardless of the dish or laundry situation, on weekends I really like to cook one substantial meal. I sometimes see it as a quasi-bribe for Horn to do things like go to IKEA with me. It usually works.
As you are probably unaware, I love reading cookbooks. I like checking them out from the library and pouring over recipes that I want to make as well as ones that I know would never fly with my more picky eating husband (to his credit, since being diagnoses as a diabetic, his eating habits have been enlightened).
My most recent library finds include the 2009 Southern Living Cookbook (from which I made what I am coining "Fat Elvis Bread Pudding") and Gourmet (sadly no longer published as a magazine).
While Gourmet has very interesting recipes, I find a lot of their recipes unapproachable or just plain weird (where can you even buy aspic?). That said, I fell in love with a few of the recipes - especially breakfast.
While I loved "Cowboy Breakfast," it was a little too big for Horn and I but the Baked Eggs with Cheese was perfect for the two of us (down graded from six eggs to four eggs).
The Baked Eggs were absolutely perfect. I used a gruyere & swiss blend (purchases from Trader Joe's) and baked my eggs in a 8x8 pan. While the eggs still came out well, being served "family style" wasn't the easiest way to eat this dish. I would definitely steer any other cook towards using the ramekins.
For cooking time, granted I keep cast iron cookware in my stove so the temperatures might be off, mine took about 16 minutes compared to the 14 minutes suggested in the recipe. The egg white did puff up and turn nice and crispy. The yolks kind of sink into the whites and the cheese and creme fraiche create a nice gooey cover. Horn suggested that folding in ham or bacon (or his most favorite - pot roast hash from TJ) would make it even better. It is definitely worth considering.
This would be a great brunch dish - maybe even for Easter.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Rob and I were married during the Easter Season of the Catholic Church - the time period immediately following Easter Sunday and Holy Week. It is a time of rejoicing in the church - we have been washed of our sins by the sacrifice of Jesus's death on the Cross.
For us, it meant we had great opportunities to select our readings. One of the important things for us was to have reading the were "us" and spoke of our commitment to each other.
Being Catholic, our choices were limited, but it didn't mean that our choices were any less rich.
Our first reading was from Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16. The irony of this reading is that it talks about a "clean home" which is what I strive for but often find it lacking. This was my reading selection
For our Psalm, we wanted something that was used in regular masses. As it is a traditional Lenten/Easter Psalm, Rob and I have been hearing a lot of it lately which makes me smile at him. Our selection was based on Psalm 42:3, 5; 43:3, 4. This most definitely isn't a typical selection for a wedding but because it was Easter, it was acceptable.
Rob selected our last reading from the Old Testament. In college, he had taken a class on Revelations and wanted to use that reading selection. It was Revelations 19:1, 5-9.
Finally, our Gospel reading probably took us the longest. We wanted something that spoke of us as a couple and some of the struggles we had faced. We picked this passage:
Monday, March 08, 2010
Rob and I have been married for nearly a year at this point. This last year has been extremely busy but fun.
We took a few trips: wedding in August (Justin and Kelly); wedding in October (Bekah & Ben); football game in November; and most recently, a trip to Las Vegas - you can link out to the pictures on an earlier post.
We are looking forward to our first anniversary in a month or so.
Here is to a great 2010!