Monthly Archives: September 2011

Happy Fall!

Although the temperatures haven’t really reflected it (we’ve been having lovely weather lately – high 60s, mid 70s…), the calendar says we’ve come to my favorite season of the year – FALL!
While I’ve been spending a lot of time at school, Andrew has been, lucky for me, baking breads and making soups! We had talked about making soups last year, but hadn’t really made any from scratch until just recently.  For dinner last night, we had onion and rosemary focaccia, wonderfully spicy roasted tomato soup (adapted from a Tyler Florence recipe), and, as a treat, some beautiful chanterelles on the side.

The soup was SO good, perfectly spicy and creamy at the same time.

Drizzle 2.5 pounds of tomatoes (a mix of vine and cherry), 6 peeled garlic cloves and 2 small yellow onions, sliced, with some olive oil, then roast until caramelized. Transfer to a stock pot, add 3 cups of chicken stock, 2 bay leaves, and 4 tablespoons of butter.  Bring to a boil, reduce and simmer for about 20 minutes.  Use an immersion blender and puree until smooth. Add 1 more cup of chicken stock, and season to taste.  We added a bit of cream to thicken up the recipe, and topped it off with some shredded asiago cheese.  YUM.

Side note: we didn’t have an immersion blender last night, so we were transferring the soup to our food processor.  For some reason, though, it would leak all over.  We couldn’t figure out where it was coming from or where there could possibly be a hole, so it turned out to be a messier experience than planned.  Long story short, we now have an immersion blender!

It turned out great – perfectly homey, orange, and autumnal. The fact that it matched our candle made it just that much better, too! And, we have leftovers!

Tonight’s menu: jerk chicken wings, french fries, and roasted veggies.  Definitely a happy fall!

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Lucky me.

I’m a pretty lucky girl.

Take a look at our morning yesterday. It was a beautiful Saturday, and after watching our Chelsea FC win 4-1 (we are a very BLUE house…see below), we decided to take advantage of the first fall weekend in the cities.

We rode our bikes across the river to the Mill City Farmer’s Market.  Located between the Mill City Museum and the Guthrie Theater, this market is my favorite in the Twin Cities.  We bought garlic and a baguette, then walked down by the Mississippi and crossed the river to East Hennepin and had a great lunch at Pizza Nea.  It couldn’t have been a better morning!

We’re so lucky to live in a neighborhood that has so much to offer – I love Northeast!

Another reason I feel so fortunate, especially lately, is that I have my own master chef at home. I’ve always loved to cook, but with school being as busy as it is (those who told me that third year of law school isn’t so bad should have their heads examined), Andrew has taken over the kitchen.  He has seriously become one of the best cooks I know.  Over the last week, here are just some of the dishes I’ve been able to enjoy:

          


    

Right now, we’ve got the Packers game on (ok, so we’re a bluegreen house) and chicken braising in home-made tomatillo salsa.  Really a great end to a great weekend.

See?  Told you I’m lucky! 

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The Beginning!

This is our first blog post-ever! Well, at least it’s our first blog together. Other than a collection of high school assignments or cynical attempts at writing, neither of us has made a concerted effort to sit the hell down and write out our thoughts. After we tried to do that, we thought it would probably be better just to write about our cooking attempts and see where that takes us. As we talked about the project though, we quickly began to realize how important cooking and food is in our lives.

A shared love for P.F. Chang's was all it took to bring these two together. That and scotch eggs.

We are fortunate enough to live in a great city like Minneapolis that offers incredible high-end restaurants, low-end joints, and everything in-between. This city is incredible, but sometimes cooking at home can yield the most lasting results. We’ve found that the myriad of delicious, locally-sourced restaurants has inspired us to try new cuisines, techniques, and even new flavors (we’re both recent converts to the pickle). This desire to flex our culinary muscle-nascent as it is-has caused our brain muscles to grow and seek out new ideas on life, literature, film, and booze. Lots of booze.

Science shows graduate students NEED booze to get through the average Tuesday.

Having said that, we will try to keep this blog germane to a short list of things: food, drinks, local restaurants, culture (including Talia’s favorite: shopping), and heavy matters like religion and politics. Or not so much the last two; who knows, it’s a crazy world in which we live.

Let us know your thoughts, opinions, suggestions, or recipe ideas below and we hope you enjoy this blog as much as we think we like writing for it.