Last night, I didn't try out a family recipe. I made grilled cheese. My grilled cheese sandwiches rock! Maybe, I should write a grilled cheese cookbook, instead. I could have that book written in no time at all.
Last night I tried another recipe for the first time, pepper biscuits. I added extra pepper & fennel seeds to my dough because I thought that it didn't look right. I also thought that maybe Momma(my grandmother)was a little off on her measurements. Well, she was right, because my pepper biscuits sucked! They were so spicy & peppery that I couldn't eat them. Tom ate a few & said, "They're good, but, not my favorite family recipe," as tears streamed down his face. So, I'll make them again & hope for the best.
I went to Ikea yesterday & it brought me so much joy. I bought lots of things for my kitchen & may have to return something. That's o.k. because it's another reason to go back to Ikealand.
I made wine biscuits on Friday. Tom doesn't quite get the wine biscuit concept. He thinks they are closer to a cookie than a biscuit, but, they are not as sweet as your average cookie. He wants me to play around with the recipe so that they can fit into a meal. Wine biscuits are not suppose to go with a meal. They are a treat. You know, like when you are watching t.v. or something. Besides, eating them makes me happy, because there are so many memories associated with them. So, I think I'm going to leave the recipe as is.
Two nights ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with what I thought was some mosquito bites. Well, this morning my hand is the size of a balloon. I called my doctor & he said its probably a non poisonous spider bite. There's not much they can do for it. Great! Those of us living in NYC already have to deal with cockroaches, mice & other vermin. Now, there's really angry biting spiders to contend with. Tom didn't even receive a tiny nibble from Mr. Spider. Tomorrow, I'm making wine biscuits, with my balloon hand & all.
I set a big goal for myself & I'm making it public (so I can't chicken out). I am going to have all of my family recipes tested & the stories about them written in 6 months. Yes, six months from today. I'm getting hives just thinking about it! That was the whole purpose of this site in the first place & I've been pretty slack about it. I guess that means I have to make at least 2 recipes a week, which, for most people wouldn't be so difficult. For me it's another story. I work 3-4 nights a week, so dinner is on the go those nights. Tom & I love to go out to eat at least once a week. I'm not the greatest chef in the world & oh yeah, most of my family members do not write their recipes down. I will not let any of the above deter me. Wish me luck.
This is honestly the easiest thing to make. To see a picture of the finished product go to the photo section and click on The Raff's dinner party.
-1pkg.(14oz.)chocolate cake mix
1 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
-2 pkgs. of instant jello chocolate pudding
4 cups of milk(2 cups for each pkg.)
-2 8oz containers of cool whip whipped topping
-5 heath bar crunch or skors candy bars, chopped into small pieces
- a large deep glass bowl/trifle bowl, 2&1/2qt. glass bowl
1. Follow directions on cake box to bake the cake.
2. Follow directions on pudding boxes. Place in 2 separate bowls. Set aside.
3. If whip cream is frozen, let thaw & set aside.
4. When cake is done set aside & let cool.
5. Break up one half of cake & place in bottom of glass bowl.
6. Spoon one bowl of pudding over top of cake. Spread evenly.
7. Layer whip cream on top of pudding.
8. Sprinkle half of the chopped candy bars onto top of whip cream.
9. Repeat steps 5 thru 8, layering the ingredients. Once completed, refrigerate until ready to serve.
To serve use a large spoon with a long handle. Scoop thru all layers & serve in bowls.
We all had such a great time last night. Jen was the best hostess(& the cutest pregnant woman I've ever seen). Paul did all the cooking. We had foie gras from their trip to Paris & wild salmon from their Alaskan adventure. There was lamb & steak & an amazing cheese plate. My dessert was a big hit. And we drank so much amazing wine(I have a headache today to prove it). What could be better than that? A night that was filled with food, friends & lots of liquor & laughter. I did take pictures so check the photo page in the next week or so.
I went to see Pavarotti this weekend and he was great! He may be old and have some difficulty standing for a long period of time, but, his voice was amazing!
I'm going to a dinner party Sunday night at my friends, The Raffs. Paul & Jenn are one of my favorite couples. I'm going to make a dessert for them that my family calls "sex in a bowl". I'll take pictures & post the recipe next week.
I know that everyone wants to see the wedding photos. I'm still waiting for Gordon (my web designer) to post them. I'll let you know when they are ready.
I went to Los Angeles about a month ago on a secret mission. A few of you knew what I was there for but, most did not. I was very quiet (that's a miracle) about it. Here's the scoop. I was flown out there by a major network to audition for a new t.v. series. The network is searching for the nation's next Domestic Diva. They tested our creative skills & interviewed us. I found out last Monday that I did not make the show. I was very upset & spent most of the week sobbing. I'm feeling much more positive now. I was one of 46 people picked to go to California, which means that I beat out thousands of contestants ( over 10,000). I may not have made it on their reality show, but I'm definitely on the right track. I'm more determined then ever to finish my cookbook & to show those network executives that they made a BIG MISTAKE!! As my grandfather Poppa, would say; To hell with them sum-men-na bitches!!