Friday, December 23, 2011

Imperfections



Most of us when we do certain things want those things to turn out just the way that we had pictured them and get super disappointed if that doesn't happen. I know that I do! I know that I always have a plan and that plan is always a great plan that must turn out like a TV family special for everything that I do. This goes for planning events, buying things, cooking food, and mostly everything that I...we do, that takes a little thought.

The other night I was cooking some stewed tomatoes to put over some tilapia I had broiled. I pictured that the stewed tomatoes would be a thick glaze that covers right over the slightly golden fish in rich harmony of tomato-ey stewed goodness. I had simple yet grand plans for my meal except I was holiday multitasking away and just plum forgot about the stewed tomatoes a moment to long and they looked a little too rich and slightly too dark. Rats. I am no June Cleaver that is for sure.

Naturally I was upset and my first thought was to just throw this cooking disaster right out and rid myself of my silly stupidity. BUT something, a little something, told me to just try it though. So I scooped up a little on my tasting spoon and tried it with much intended disappointment. Instead of wincing and waling in utter shame my eyes actually lit up really large.

It was actually super delicious and perfectly rich.

I guess my point to this little ditty is that sometimes the little mistakes, the oopsies, and the oh shits of the real world can turn out to be the best moments and things we do in life. This year I intend on making a lot of mistakes. I expect a lot of those mistakes will turn out to be hilarious if not embarrassing but some of them will also be the best mistakes I will ever make.

I hope this for everyone too.

From my family to yours, Happy Holidays and a VERY Happy New Year filled with lots of those amazing little imperfections that life throws at us!

Love,
Stephy

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Apple Pie Cookies



Every once in a while I will stumble upon something from the wide world of internet food blogging sites and it winds up being so amazing I have to share! These little cuties were just oozing with deliciousness and I had to tell their yummy little secret. Besides, I can't be the only one sitting on their couch getting happily plump! How fair would that be?

I adapted the recipe from:http://smittenkitchen.com/2011/10/apple-pie-cookies/. I of course took the liberty of making a few short cuts for us busy types and they still came out something short of an mini-apple pie mouth miracle!

Crust
Love me or hate me but I actually got the pre-made pie-crust from the grocery store. It honestly saved me A LOT of time and it worked so fabulously that you won't even miss being Betty Crocker! I used a Whiskey glass to cut out the circles and a smaller metal cookie cutter that I had to cut the apples to fit JUST right in the center! (You can also use a knife/scissors to cut them to shape as well) I cut out all of my circles from the pie crust first! (It makes things go so fast)

Filling
3 medium apples, whatever you like to bake with
Squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
1/3 cup (67 grams) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon (2 grams) ground cinnamon
Few gratings fresh nutmeg
A pinch of any other spices you like in your apple pie

I peeled my apples and I cut them in half. You can choose to core and cut but you want to get NICE round pieces so cutting the whole apple going form outside in works best! I used my smaller cookie circle cutter to punch out my apple slices for the cookies.

My mouth was watering handsomely as I mixed mixed my sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl and started dippity dip dipping my happy little apples in this magical concoction.

I laid them in the center of my pastry circles, wet the peeking edges with some water, sealed them with another tasty pastry crust, and then used my fork to give them pretty edges! Don't forget to use a knife to cut slits to vet these little guys or else they might get angry with you when they are baking!

To finish
1 large egg
Coarse or granulated sugar for garnish

I slathered these wonderful delights with some egg wash, sprinkled them gingerly with some sugar/cinnamon, and put them in the oven @ 350 and waited until they were all goldenly delicious! (About 20-25 minutes)

Warning: You may eat them all in one sitting!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Food Confession

I am just going to come out and say it, I LOVE string bean casserole.



Yep, there it is bare and naked for all the foodie world to see. Join my side with arms linked in blind camaraderie  or turn your heads away pretending that I am some sort of abomination that should never be allowed around food again...but I love it. There is something so right about fresh string beans blanched carefully, thrown senusally together with some creamy Campbell's Mushroom Soup and crispy sexified French's Durkee Fried Onions, and baked to a steaming dish of perfectly balanced hypnotic tantalizing aromas that really brings out the spirit of the holidays!

Besides there are a lot of Thanksgiving foods that are far worse. For instance, tofurky. If you want something that looks like a five year old tried to mold a turkey out of Silly-Putty, you can have it. Ugh.

I am super thankful that this wonderful baked delicacy exists. I am also thankful that I have two amazing families, many inspiring friends, and a loving fiancee to share this wrongful food love with. I may notice your eyes shying away from me for a few months after this heartfelt declaration but at lest I know you will be there for the long haul, even if you have to lay on tear soaked pillows for me every night.

Happy Beginning of the Holiday Season!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

My Big Mouth

I have a big mouth and it gets me into trouble all of the time.



Most of you perfectly functioning beautiful people have those amazing little sensors or red flags that pop up in your heads to warn you that what you are thinking should absolutely NOT come out of your mouth. I do not. I just do not have this capability.

Here is how my thinking process goes:

Good Thought --> Out Mouth = Happy Result
Bad Thought --> Out Mouth = What Have I Done

Here is how it is supposed to go:

Good Thought --> Think About It --> Out Mouth = Happy Result

Bad Thought --> Think About It --> !!KEEP INSIDE!! = Happy Result

How does one learn this process? How does one force oneself to think before a rank pile of verbage flows from ones flawed mouth? There are so many situations where I could have and should have had that 3 seconds of thought and saved myself years of regret!

Anyone else have this problem?


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Marriage

"I guess I will just get married because that is what you are supposed to do at my age and when you have been dating someone for some time, right?"

Read that again.



No no! I didn't go running off scared into the big wide world of nope not getting married anymore nor does this phrase reflect how John and I feel about it at all so you can all breathe now. Your welcome!  However this phrase has been creeping up a lot amongst my internet and IRL friends and with me going on that magical marriage journey, I cannot ignore this kind of thinking because it is so freaking dumb. Like, really really dumb guys.

Marriage is something you do because you reach a certain age or because you have been dating the same person for a while? What? I mean unless you want to pay sick amounts of alimony 10 years down the line and be a miserable pile of I like not thinking AND making stupid life decisions, then why would you think this? Am I missing something here? The 1950's have come and gone, this is not how people think in 2011 nor should it be how you think ever.

When John and I decided to get married one, we knew that we loved each other more then anything and it was getting stronger with each passing day and two,  no sane person would sign up to be with either one of us if we were single again. We were definitely made for each other, soul mates. If you are bored or feel trapped in a relationship that is not growing each day and full of a love you can't explain with words then why would this ever be an option? Getting married doesn't solve problems, honestly it just gives you more!

Ok sure! Let's do it your way because it is awesome. Just take your life-sucking stagnant "relationship" and "fix it" with marriage. Heck, have a few kids, buy a house and become even more miserable, broke and loveless until you can't take it anymore and rip your family apart with divorce ruining not only your life but innocent children's lives as well.

That is some Hallmark card Life channel gold right there!

Also, these people must have horrible friends and family. No GOOD friend or family member would ever let something like this come to fruition. WTF, man.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Words Cannot Describe...


Three years ago something amazing happened. Something crazy, so full of a love that could burst your very heart, and so very unpredictable as these things often are. Three years ago I fell in love and found my best friend, soul mate, all at the same time. It happened so beautifully and quickly, grew instantaneously and now three years later it is as permanent as it could ever be.

What started out as two oddly made people flirting through some guy's self-made geeky internet community (hah hah...) to our first spontaneous date spending a few hours sharing food and stories with each other at a small diner in NJ in the wee hours of the morning to those same two people deciding to live together and to start building a life with each other.

As I stood in front of one of my favorite paintings, Van Gogh's "Sunflowers", explaining it's intricacies to John at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on our 3rd year Anniversary my best friend slipped a ring on my finger and  asked me to be his for life. I was shocked, emotional, happy, and so full of love in all one moment.

...but most importantly, I said yes!