Men.

There is no way a woman would come up with what we had for tonight’s dinner…

Ok ok, so the onion rings were my idea. Which counts as the first time I have ever purposely brought onions into my house, let alone willingly cooked onions, let alone actually liked them! (How many times is it grammatically acceptable to say “let alone”?)

I remember maybe 10 years ago my family was out to eat with my grandparents. Grandpa was trying to get me to eat an onion ring and even tried to bribe me with a dollar to do so. (Now keep in mind the value of a dollar back then.) I still stubbornly refused because onions suck. Now since then I have matured and enjoyably eaten onions prepared all sorts of ways. Sauteed, grilled, stewed, baked (but still Im convinced I will never like them raw). I have ordered and devoured these vegetable Os several times.

So I find this recipe, nab the onion from my moms house (thanks mom!) and slice it up. With tears in my eyes I present to you pipping hot, juicy, crunchy little lovelies.

Onion Rings

I hardly measured one thing from this recipe and they were still delish. Quite fool proof if you ask me.

This is the man food I mentioned. Not the most photogenic little puppies I know. Maybe I need to improve my photographing skills. Maybe I need better lighting in my kitchen. Thats it. Blame the light.

A Costco run left us with two large packs of Bratwurst. No buns though because I can make buns. So I says to the husband  “Whattall it be?” So he says “Wrap them brats in bacon, then cheese then crescents.” “Not bad.”

All his idea except the cheese went on the outside.

This is not something you’d serve at a baby shower but I’ll have to admit it was great.

I cooked the bacon slightly and steamed and browned the brats before slicing and wrapping them then baking at 350 for about 15 min.

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Be still my heart.

A few weeks ago a friend baked my family a deep dish chocolate walnut cookie. It wasn’t pippin hot out the oven like I prefer but it was perfectly chewy and my husband (typically not a huge fan of sweets) couldn’t get enough. He asked me that night if I would make one of those, sans nuts.

My husband asks me to bake something? I jump at the challenge!

Chocolate chip cookie pie

Every so often I manage to calm down while cooking and document the whole process with my big fancy Cannon. This is not one of those times. Buut I did manage to add hip vintage affects to my poor quality snapshot to make up for the lameness.

Is it working?

Anyhow, this was beyond delicious, and I mean it! For the first time in our married life we bought ice cream. Vanilla, to be exact, especially for this bad boy (we also bought pralines and cream too. Why not right?). When I said beyond delicious I meant that this was so gooey and sweet, filled with milk chocolate (his idea) instead of semi-sweet, that I couldn’t finish it.

The recipe calls for a crust. Like a real pie you know? Who needs crust? I added about a half cup of flour to maybe make it less gooey. Also I think if the butter wasn’t melted it would of made a beneficial difference.

Happy Pi day.

Having Pi(e) before dinner would be just horrid and my mother would be oh so disappointed. (Not however denying that I have done just that before…).

Sweet and Sour chicken and dried noodle. Excellent. Lets begin.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Its all quite easy and I could lick a spoonful of the ketchup, soy, and sugar sauce all day. Please follow this recipe exactly and you will not be disappointed.

Served with 2 minute oriental noodles. Steamed then tossed with soy sauce over the flame.

Chocolate Coconut Pie

How many pie-less March 14ths have I passed in my lifetime? So far all of them I presume…

Heres a little incentive to make this; the crust is made of coconut and butter. Need I say more? Surely, the pie is made of cream and chocolate and thats it. Unless of course you are seeking revenge a la The Help. In that case you’ll need another ingredient ;)

Who could resist?

I believe the only easier way to get a pie equally easy and delicious would to beg a friend to make it. But there is really no need to that because we all are perfectly capable of marching to the store and picking up 4 measly ingredients used in this gem.

Happy Pi day!

 

Sorry for the poor quality in the photos. All I had was my phone and this was just too delicious for me to wait and get my camera :)

Threes a charm.

So who hasnt wanted to make butter? And breakfast cake? And bagels? All in one day? Calm down, it was remarkably simple and the timing worked out perfect.

First, bagels. Bagels made of dough. Doughs gotta rise. So I shook (taking turns with the Hband) away my whipping cream n marble (in tupperware because all my mason jar lids are MIA) and made just enough to produce the 1/2 cup of buttermilk I needed for my breakfast cake.

Butter

This was fun to do when I was younger but who would have guessed husbands would be just as in to it?

ba·gel

   [bey-guhl]
noun
A leavened, doughnut-shaped, firm-textured roll, with a brownishglazed surface, made of dough first poached and then baked.
I had no idea you had to soak these babies before you cook em. Interesting. Besides the waiting these dough rings are a cinch. I highly recommend them with strawberry cream smeared on them.

Breakfast Cake

Note to self: When you don’t have a lemon zester, a cheese grater is not an adequate substitute…

Besides the occasional hunk of potent lemon peel, this was delicious and served as a wonderful breakfast (and snack) for a few days to come.

I also added half a lemon lemon juice to it because well, blueberries and lemons go together like teen girls and vampires nowadays.