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In the Kitchen

I gotta tell ya, after finishing my cooking series at the FCI, I didn’t do a whole lot of cooking. You’d think with all the new knowledge gained I would want to put it all to good use, but the size of our kitchen along with everything else going on led us to many restaurant trips. We went to Peasant (a couple of times), Dovetail, Supper, Esperanto, Savor, Oh! Taisho (multiple times), etc. After awhile, restaurant food starts to lose its appeal. You crave homemade food.

We started doing a little more cooking at home.

And then I installed MS Money and organized our bills…

Our ‘Dining Out’ in May was insane! It was a little artificially bloated by a big dinner party bill we put on our CC in Florida for 15 people, but still, it was BAD. June was better, but still high and this wasn’t even including everything we paid cash for. New rules had to be instituted and one of them was to cut our Dining Out bills (another thing we’re trying is Kelly is going to cut her clothes shopping and I am going to cut my “drinking out” – hard!).

This was pretty easy with Drew in town because NY really isn’t a place where you bring your kids out to dinner with you. On a side note, I’m always amazed at how many people bring their kids out to dinner other places – my parents never did.

So, in the last month, we’ve made lots of good stuff and it all came out well – which is always a welcome surprise. I bought whole pork belly a couple of times and braised it down for half a day, combined that with the mango-truffle oil salsa (from Richard on Top Chef), which has a surprisingly good flavor. Pork belly is so rich that it is a lot to eat as an entree, perhaps better suited to a shared entree.

Pork Belly w/ Mango Truffle Salsa

Pork Belly w/ Mango Truffle Salsa

Yes, I did realize too late that my mango dice was way too big.

I also made moquecas, a classic Brazilian dish made with coconut milk, tomatoes and usually seafood (though I used some chicken I had around) that is sort of a Latin curry.

Moquecas

Moquecas

Kelly made a delicious roasted tomato soup that Drew claimed to be the best thing he ate while in NY. She also used some homemade chicken broth and made a broccoli and dumping soup after returning from Philly.

Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

For Andrew, we made some family friendly food like mashed potatos (using the ricer my mom got me for xmas – they come out incredibly fluffy), homemade fried chicken, chicken with Hunter’s sauce and other things.

And now I just want to cook more but we’re off to Seattle for a month. 😦 I would really love to grill, something we don’t have access to here in the city. So, if you want a cook for a night, let me know!

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2 Responses

  1. You already assumed that you were coming over here to do some cooking and possibly some alcohol distillation right?

  2. please don’t make me blind!

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