This post has been inevitable. With an ever-growing list of “stuff” I want to blog about on my desktop, a list that’s becoming nearly too long to tackle, today I decided to bring you most of that “stuff” in one big compilation post.
I did quite a bit of cooking in December – especially over the holidays – and I want to share it with you! While I’m at it, I’ll do a bit of recapping the holiday season as well. Here we go.
What I Did In December / Over the Holidays
Cooked a bunch of stuff.
I tried out many new recipes that were good but didn’t quite make the “This is Excellent; I Must Blog About It!”-cut. Some of those include:
- White Bean and Chicken Chili [recipe from Giada De Laurentiis) (My Rating: 6.5/10)
- Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce (My Rating: 7.5/10)
- Szechuan Green Beans with Ground Pork (My Rating: 7.0/10)
- Turkey Sausage and Spinach Lasagna (My Rating: 7.0/10)
Made Beef Carnitas
They turned out pretty good, but again, not spectacular. Oh well, they were at least fun to make. This is the recipe I used.
Tried Two New Briarwood Mall Restaurants
- PF Chang’s (full post here). Mmm, lettuce wraps.
- Bravo! Cucina Italiana (Full review coming soon! Hint: it was good!)
Celebrated Christmas with the Fam
Delicious Christmas Eve dinner at my parents’ – ham, Mom’s cheesy potatoes, Aunt’s wild rice (my fave!), salad, rolls, deviled eggs, and more.
I received so many nice gifts from my family! Lots of kitchen goodies you’ll see on the blog soon.
Check out this awesome “Nom Nom!” dish my Aunt gave me. Too perfect!
Family portrait, including Daisy.
Flint with My Fave
I had a wonderful dinner in Flint at 501 Bar and Grill (omg those chicken and waffles!) followed by a fabulous dessert at Flint Crepe Company (nutella and raspberry jam!) with my BFF. This was an especially fun day, as dinner was preceded by a lunch and movie date (we saw Wild – it was really good!) with my mom. Winter break is the best – I had 10 days off work this year.
The huz treated us to a fancy dinner at the Gandy Dancer to celebrate his recent promotion. This guy has worked so hard to get where he is at and I am so proud of him!
He, of course, had a giant steak, while I had luscious crab-stuffed shrimp. And lobster bisque! Fancy!
New Year’s Feast
Every year (since 2006), on or around New Year’s Eve, the huz and I make a “feast” consisting of a trio of our favorite indulgent foods and spend a day eating them. It’s pretty fantastic.
This year we made two traditional items (Veggie Pizza and Pigs in a Blanket) and one new item (Homemade Spinach and Artichoke Dip).
The Spinach and Artichoke Dip turned out AMAZINGLY so I will likely blog about it soon, because it deserves its own post!
And now we are pretty much all caught up.