The pizza class I took last summer is finally paying off! I got a bunch of great pizza supplies for Christmas, and Adam and I are putting them to good use. My dough is so much better (I used to just buy it from Whole Foods), I love the sauce. The key is setting the oven as high as it will go and putting the pizza stone (in our case a pizza steel) in the oven for an hour to heat up. Then we cook the pizzas right on the steel.
This was the first new thing I made this year. Pinterest! I made the full amount, even though it was a big casserole, and it made pretty good leftovers, too.
2 lbs chicken breasts, cubed
8 potatoes, cubed
1⁄3 cup olive oil
1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons hot sauce
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup bacon, crumbled
1 cup green onion, diced
Use your imagination here, and picture a gorgeous, silky looking sauce instead of a mess of onions. Because that’s what this is, even if the photos don’t show it. I made this the last two New Year’s Eves in a row, and I still can’t take a proper photo. Last year I forgot to buy shallots and used an onion instead (hence the jammy look of the sauce above).
Oh, Merry Christmas to everyone! A few weeks ago I met the kitchen writer at a new freelancing job, and she used to work for Martha Stewart. She said this was the best cookie recipe ever produced in the MS kitchens, and she happened to have a stack of these made for a cookie swap. AND SHE SHARED THEM. She is good people. And these cookies were eyes-roll-back-in-your-head amazing. I couldn’t stop thinking about them, and it’s been a long time since a recipe has stuck with me like that.
Happy happy happy! I loved Thanksgiving this year, even with a few challenges. Great new recipes, and lots of great family time. Even a new tradition with the kids.
The challenge came from our trip to see the Macy’s balloons inflated. We skipped last year because of an impending ice storm, and I thought we’d actually gone the year before. We didn’t, I have no idea why. So Hannah’s had one trip, as a wee little baby. And maybe I’m remembering the challenges that kept us away after the fact. The crowds, the trip into the city on the busiest travel day, having the stroller.
I think other people’s kids might love these, but my child…is my child. Food is a hugely contentious issue. Actually, she’s gotten better this year, but she still has a very limited number of things she’ll eat. I made these way back in April but never posted, and maybe I should try them again. She picked at them but refused eat them. I bet I could get her to try them now. She is very susceptible to bribery.
I haven’t made a single, solitary new recipe since school started, unless you count party food. This is a new record for me, and even though I’ve been cooking a lot of old standbys, it’s also been two solid months of throwing together whatever random thing is in the fridge. Success varies.
I’ve started sticking Ina’s name in front of any of her recipes I try. It lends a certain gravitas, like you know I’m not playing around when an Ina recipe shows up. Also, let’s just establish that casseroles do not photograph well. In my house. With any of my cameras. With me taking the photographs.
We did a ton of peach picking in the last weeks of summer, so I made a big batch of peach bbq sauce and this jam.
It was kind of an afterthought; peaches are one of H’s favorites to pick, but not the fruit I get most excited about. Every time we pick them I end up with a fridge full of peaches and all kinds of recipes that just don’t excite me. And it takes forever to blanch them and peel them.