New blog?

HOORAY! I got into my WordPress account! It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks since I haven’t been able to retrieve my password. But now I’m thinking about moving my cooking blog to my personal website. So anyway, will most definitely update soon either way!

But check out my most recent post on my temporary/maybe permanent cooking blog.

Chicken with Dill Sauce and Momofuku’s Brussel Sprouts

I think the only food my dad doesn’t like is brussel sprouts. I grew up thinking they were gross, even though I had never tried them. Then one day at NYC’s Sacred Chow, I had a brussel sprout special that changed my life. Tonight I tried Tamarind and Thyme’s (adapted?) Momofuku Brussel Sprouts recipe. So delicious and amazing.

The recipe I’m sharing with you now though is the grilled chicken with dill sauce from my 1988 Southern Living Cookbook. I wanted to grill the chicken, but I haven’t gotten any propane for my grill 😦 So instead I baked the chicken. Still tasty. If I do end up doing this on the grill, I’ll post it again. Also, the dill sauce calls only for sour cream and not Greek yogurt like I used. I just wanted something healthier and thicker. I think it was perfect.

this is my lunch at work! everyone was jealous.

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Bigos

I picked up a Russian, Polish, & German cookbook at my friend’s yard sale the other day. I love Eastern European food, but the only thing I can really make is borscht. I decided to try something different – a dish called bigos – but I don’t think I did it right. It was tasty, but I mistook/read the “chuck steak” as “ground chuck,” so it didn’t seem as meaty and fun. It has lasted me all week though, so that’s pretty great. I also decided not to take a picture because it doesn’t look as appetizing and pretty.

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Yellow Squash Casserole

Recently I’ve signed up with an online book exchange called PaperBackSwap. I order/wish for all kinds of books and post books I have. The more books I send to people, the more books I can receive! The only thing you pay for is postage, but when people send you books, they pay for postage. It’s awesome. So one of the books I recently received was Southern Living Annual Recipes 1988 (the year I was born). The cookbook is divided into months so that you can cook what’s seasonal. Also, this book has recipes designed completely around the microwave! Crazy.

Anyway, I was skeptical of the squash casserole, but I wanted to give it a try. Plus, I wanted to make a vegetable-based meal for the week. I didn’t take a picture of it, but here’s a picture of all the peppers at the Buford Highway Farmers Market!

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My Mostly Failed Garden

As you know, I’ve been trying to grow green beans since I’m basically addicted to them. After over 60 days of nurturing, they did not turn out so well. In fact, they were kind of disgusting. And I mostly blame one thing: the dirt. When I planted the seeds, I noticed the dirt wasn’t very dirt-like, but I didn’t know why. After the first big storm here, I went to water my plants and found that the dirt had completely hardened. It was like the earth was trying to suffocate my plants! As I explained my story to my manfriend’s parents, his mom nodded and said to me “Yeah, that Georgia clay.”

Clay. How can I possibly grow delicious and nutritious food in clay? Whenever I have time and money, I will build a garden box with good soil. The bugs were also an issue, but moreso with the sunflowers. They’ve been fighting to survive, and one has finally successfully blossomed!

this sunflower says "screw you, bugs! i do what i want!"

So those are my gardening adventures. I learned about the importance of dirt, and hope to make a beautiful garden full of yummy vegetables another time.

Shrimp and Grits

I’ve been dying to try the traditional Southern dish Shrimp n’ Grits. I’ve been to numerous restaurants with their infamous or not infamous shrimp n’ grits, but I always get something else that looks equally delicious. But then last week I saw an episode of Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives that featured a Southern restaurant not in the South, and the chef showed the viewers how he prepared the dish. I watched it and thought “Wow. I could totally make that. I think.” So I did. And it was delicious. Here is my picture of my shrimp, cheese grits, and green bean beet salad:

a mountain of cheese grits topped with heavenly goodness amongst a field of greens? yummm.

And this is a picture of my breakfast for dinner: bacon, scrambled eggs, cheese grits, and grilled broccoli for some healthy greens:

breakfast. it's what's for dinner.

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Chickpea and Tuna Salad

This week I decided to focus on a side dish. I chose the chickpea and tuna salad recipe from Nami Nami. Pretty simple and delicious, thought for me, the tuna was a little much. I may add less tuna next time, and possibly another vegetable.

I wish I had a picture of it, but I went through it pretty quickly. In other news, my green beans are coming along nicely, but my beets are done for. I think I’ll re-plant them in August or September. We’ll see…

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