I pictured the weekend before being Christmas being packed with holiday-specific cheer, but instead we all took turns fighting a mild version of the crud (a little coughing and post-nasal drip for those that were really hoping I‘d share specifics). Luckily we all seem to be back to normal after enlisting my favorite remedies and we even managed to squeeze in some at-home fun in the form of cooking.
Side note: how to get a guy to a grocery store? Visit one with a bar.
Also note, that when bringing along a three year old for a leisurely stroll down busy aisles, it helps to have a police cart, an iPhone with wifi and a cookie making station.
Thanks Whole Foods for supplying the aforementioned.
Moving on, we enjoyed the samples and perusing and left with food to enjoy making together. After watching Chef (cute movie!) on Friday night, I was inspired to spend a little time in the kitchen with the fam.
Luckily Hailey is still really eager to help when she can, though she is getting more insistent with pitching in on the scarier stuff, like hot stovetops.
Being that both David and I were wanting to relax, we cancelled our sitter Saturday night and instead decided to have an at-home date night.
We both couldn’t understand why we didn’t do this more often. Our entire dinner, bottle of wine included, was just under $35. Not cheap, but when compared to paying a sitter or taking the entire family out, it was much less expensive. Plus, it was fun to get into the kitchen together with Christmas tunes jamming and work a little magic on the stove top.
We used this recipe, which surprisingly came together pretty easily. In fact, we both enjoyed it so much that we are already shuffling through other recipes to try. We decided it would be fun to keep up with the at-home date nights every few weeks and try out a more exciting/intimidating recipes that we wouldn’t have time for on most regular evenings.
Though at first it was hard for my type-A side to relinquish control in the kitchen, it was so much fun when I relaxed and realized the goal isn’t a perfect dish, but rather a, enjoyable evening. The food is just a perk!
Sunday night, I returned to simplicity.
Peel-n-eat shrimp, which are ridiculously easy to prepare.
1. Bring a large pot of water to boil with a bay leaf and about a teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning.
2. Add shrimp, cover and return to a boil for about two minutes, until shrimp are pink.
3. Immediately drain shrimp and place in a bowl of cold/ice water to stop the cooking.
4. Place in large bowl, squeeze half a lemon over them and serve!
What is a dish that is intimidating to you, but would be fun to try?
I’d love to learn how to cook a bone-in rib roast, homemade pasta, sushi rolls or crab legs.