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Heart Attack Hamburgers

Music: Kingdom of Rust – Doves

We spent a nice long weekend in Connecticut with my family. One of the best things to do when you’re in the woods is grill food!  Because it was a holiday weekend, we decided to create the most insane burger we could think of paired with french fries and chocolate milkshakes.  Just so you know, I’m still full…

The fries were a little healthier than one would expect.  My father adapted this recipe from Cooks Illustrated and instead of frying the potatoes, you bake them in oil.  They came out crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. We cut 8 Idaho potatoes in strips and tossed them in some salt, pepper and 4 tablespoons of oil.  We baked them on 350 for 20 minutes and then checked them.  We tossed them and flipped the fries to their other sides until those were browned as well. When they are perfectly crispy, throw them in a brown paper bag for a few minutes to absorb any extra oil.

For our burgers, we basically just topped them with a bunch of yummy stuff. We bought the our burgers from a local meat market, Amity Meats in Woodbridge, CT.  We topped them with blue cheese, sauteed mushrooms, Niman Ranch thick-cut bacon, melted onions, shredded lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Slap that between a bun or some toast and voila…you got yourself a burger!  On the sides we served baked beans, sauerkraut and corn on the cob.

When I was a little girl, my mother worked at night, leaving my father and I hours of play time. He would make me play drums for our living room band and we would finger paint on the kitchen floor (only to have my mother come home later and panic).  I was sort of a picky eater and he would serve me food out of oversized sea shells.  Our favorite meal was fries and chocolate milkshakes (my father’s first job was as a short order cook).  My grandmother gifted us these silver straws with little hearts on the end of them that made sipping shakes all the more fun. I was overcome when they pulled out these straws were placed in our shakes this weekend. Brought back a lot of memories!


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Sunday Dinner – Coq au Vin, Moules Mariniere and Potato Puree

Music: Granada – Isaac Albeniz (played live by Jamie!)

We didn’t watch the Golden Globes but we did eat good French food.  Jamie and Kathryn, our newlywed friends, came over for dinner.  It was a rainy night here in Brooklyn but they don’t live far and braved the weather to enjoy (hopefully) our meal. (I sense a theme, the last two Sunday dinners were a slushy mess too).

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Baked Stuff Lobster – How indulgent can you get?

Music: Steely Dan – Do It Again

This is a traditional New Year’s Eve dinner in my family’s house. Since I don’t live there anymore, we went to CT for a special post NYE dinner last weekend.  This is so delicious and not too difficult to make. The only problem is making sure you know your oven.  We can’t ever seem to bake these babies correctly on the first shot, they always end up back in the oven for a few minutes.

This recipe comes from the Woman’s Day Cookbook series. I only remember my mother using this recipe from the book but, after looking through it this past weekend, I noticed her very unique and delicate handwriting tagged most of the pages.  The cookbook is so retro and has great 70s style typefaces.  I look forward to this meal all year and, in fact, could eat the stuffing without the lobster. This recipe is for 4 people.

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Brown Sugar Bourbon Pork Tenderloin with Pomegranate Glaze, Creamed Baby Spinach and Potato Hash with Bacon and Melted Onions

Music: Thad Cockrell- Rosalyn

We got some great news a few weeks ago.  Our good friends are moving back to New York!  They have been living in Miami and we are so excited that they will be so close again.  Dan and Brooke are very special friends and they deserved a very special meal.

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Happy Hanukkah!

Music: Mew – Introducing Palace Players

In honor of the first day of Hanukkah, we made latkes and applesauce.  We did this the same night we continued to decorate our Christmas tree…you know, the one adorned with Tibetan prayer flags?  That’s what happens when you have a MA in multicultural education (I promise you I am mocking myself.  Actually, I’d be shamed if any of my colleagues knew we did that – it’s a very dated educational tactic to include only celebrations in your multicultural exploration).

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Beef Tenderloin and Potato-Leek Gratin

Music: Counting Crows – Round Here

John and Kristen are getting married! Woot woot. We had them over for dinner to celebrate their engagement and hear their tale.  We are very excited for their wedding and look forward to it with much anticipation.

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Sunday Night Dinner! Beef Bourguignon, Homemade Baguette, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Haricots Verts

Music: Talking Heads – Radio Head

Last night we celebrated my father-in-law’s Birthday.  Whoopie! We made him a special dinner reminiscent of his honeymoon in France.  This was a combination of the classic Julia Child recipe, Ina’s and some stuff in my brain.

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