In other news I am happily dating a dude?! V exciting I know. It’s nice having someone to cook with/cook for.
For example one evening we decided to have a charcuterie plate. I have no gift whatsoever for arranging foods attractively so I put the manfriend in charge. He put together this creation.
This was the whole table:
- Charcuterie plate above
- Steamed artichokes with mayonnaise (which he’d never had and of course loved)
- additional charcuterie plate with a variety of delicious Trader Joe’s crackers and cheese and meatstuffs
- Smitten Kitchen’s wild mushroom pate (which is delicious- note that it makes a LOT)
Another day he hosted me for dinner at his house. This was a steak salad recipe from Real Simple that involved pears and bleu cheese and hazelnuts. The steak:
- Was cooked perfectly
- Was made in the cast iron skillet the manfriend inherited from his grandfather (!) which is so cool and nice
- Created such an enormous amount of smoke in the kitchen that even with the vent hood running full blast and a door and several windows looking we basically had to evacuate that half of the house hahahaha
Our appetizer before the steak salad was this beet hummus (!) which the manfriend has taught me about and which is quite tasty.
Another day we went hiking by Occoneechee mountain.
And then he made me chicken salad. It’s something I never make but it’s one of his specialties. He puts in all kinds of wacky ingredients.
I got around to introducing him to some of my friends by arranging that we all meet up to watch basketball at Tyler’s, one of the local bars.
Pro: the appetizers were delicious, especially the hot chewy pretzel with beer cheese (*swoon*)
Con: We watched freaking Auburn eliminate UNC from the tournament. Devastating. (He went to UNC too)
Have I already raved about my love for Smitten Kitchen’s crispy rice bowl in the blog? Well if not THIS BOWL HAS BEEN MY LIFE LATELY.
It makes a nice meal for guests too! And you can mix it up with the vegetables… this particular time I did have cucumber but I didn’t have carrots… instead I made a wilted spinach salad by whisking together mustard, lemon juice, soy sauce and olive oil in a hot pan and then tossing in the spinach just til it was wilted. DELICIOUS.
Also, everything but the bagel seasoning is an excellent addition to the recipe.
I went home to VA for my mom’s birthday, and when I got home he bought ME flowers! So nice!
After the lilies opened they made my house smell sooooooo heavenly. (I put them on a high shelf so I could smell them but so the cat wouldn’t eat them and die).
More adventures in when a boy cooks… his was a great day because the manfriend had Good Friday off as a holiday from work (though I still had to work, *sigh*). So, I met him for lunch at his house and this bagel sandwich was a SIGHT.
- cream cheese
- fried egg
- bacon (him, not me)
And then he had a pan full of bacon grease so decided to throw some cashews in…
And then pulled them out and threw these guys on them:
And whaddya know it they made a smashing side dish (along with some fresh fruit)
Another weekend I was out of town and then drove back in, zonked out, on a Sunday night. So he invited me over and served me nachos and we watched Game of Thrones. (Ugh, at least the food was good. THE SHOW WAS GARBAGE).
I hosted yet again… this meal involved:
- Meatballs with sauce (they were actually the frozen Trader Joe’s meatless meatballs, I’m not sure if I confessed this to him?!)
- Salad with goat cheese, blueberries, pistachios, homemade vinaigrette
- Trader Joe’s sweet corn and burrata ravioli OH MAN THESE ARE GOOD BUY THESE. I served the ravioli with browned butter which was also a tasty choice.
Here is the whole plate, see how nicely lit?!
That’s because I had help hahahaha. Apparently his mom was Google stalking me (?!) and he said, “What did you find out?” and she said, “She takes a lot of pictures of food!” Yes, that is correct.