Friday, January 19, 2018

Old Photo Friday: Sunset at 16

WHO: Stacy Dare
WHERE: Backward of E. Street in Springfield.  Facing West.
WHEN: Early Summer evening 1985 (I am 16 years old).

Another Molly Ringwald inspired look!


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Recipe of the Week: Classic Aioli

This past weekend we made an aioli for one of our Hello, Fresh meals.  Brian mentioned that he had never made an aioli before so I looked into the actual ingredients and history of this condiment.

Aioli is a Mediterranean sauce made of garlic and olive oil.  Than name literally means "garlic and oil" in Catalan.  In France, the sauce is closer to a mayonnaise incorporating egg yolks and lemon juice with a bit more garlic.  In France, it is often served at room temperature.

In the late 1980's, it was fashionable to call all flavored mayonnaise, "aioli" with flavorings such as saffron or chili.  Purists would argue that garlic should be the only seasoning in a classic aioli.


Classic Aioli


2 garlic cloves, minced and mashed
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
slow drizzle of olive oil, approximately 3 tablespoons 


Mince and mash the garlic into a paste with a pinch of salt using a large knife.

Whisk together the yolk, lemon juice and mustard either in a bowl or a food processor.

Combine the oil a few drops at a time to the yolk mixture...whisking constantly until all the oil has been added and the mixture is emulsified.

Finally, whisk in the garlic paste and season with salt and pepper.  If aioli is too thick, whisk in 1 or 2 drops of water.

Chill covered, until ready to use.  Remove from fridge and all to come to room temperature before using.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2/52: Hello, Fresh

I never thought I would be one of those know all those food delivery businesses, right?  Why can't people just plan a meal and go to the grocery store with a recipe like in the old days, right?


I caved!

I got to reading about some of those home delivery options, Purple Carrot, Blue Apron and Hello Fresh and I really was curious and wanted to try it out.

The past 6 months, Brian has become quite the cook and he is really getting good with meal plans and recipes.  His repertoire is growing as is his confidence.  He's also becoming more open to trying foods that he wouldn't otherwise buy or cook. 

Over Christmas, I decided that a meal delivery system might be a fun way for us to cook together, try some new foods (Brian) and new cooking techniques and squash the January Blues!  My hope was that it would not only improve our diets, but also help us stick to a budget and a plan, eliminating poor eating choices, snacking and excess fats and sugar.


Our first box came last Friday night with three meals for 2 people.  We cooked all three and enjoyed each one.  All items to prepare each recipe minus kitchen basics (salt, pepper, butter or oil) come pre-packaged in individual brown paper sacks with the protein/meats packaged seperately at the bottom next to two large gel filled ice bags.  Seriously, if left on your porch or kept in your pantry (if cool), the items would probably stay cold for 8-12 hours.

Will we order again?

Yes!  I can't wait for the next box on Friday night!


P.S.  We ended the weekend with a Sunday morning walk at Greenlake.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Menu Plan Monday: Middle of January 2018

Welcome Monday!

Don't blink but January is officially half over starting this week!  Is spring just around the corner?  I know I am probably jumping the gun a bit, but I can already tell that the days are getting longer and our daylight is increasing.

Here is our menu plan for the week ahead including our first ever zoodle recipe out of my new cookbook and kitchen gadget.


MONDAY:  Garden Burgers
TUESDAY: Zoodle Fettuccine with Rosemary Butternut Creme Sauce
WEDNESDAY: Soft Chicken Tacos
THURSDAY: Meatloaf with Grilled Asparagus

Friday, January 12, 2018

Old Photo Friday: My First Trip to Cabo San Lucas

WHO: Stacy and Sandra
WHAT: Dinner and drinks
WHERE: Edith's in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
WHEN: January 2009

My first trip to Cabo with Sandra!  I fell in love with the place, especially this restaurant, one of Sandra's favorites.

Don't believe all the things you read about Cabo.  For the most part, the place is safe.  We travel together at all times.  We don't go out walking the streets at night.  We stick primarily to the resort property.  We travel smart and safe.

I would fly down tomorrow if I had the chance.  Beautiful country and beautiful people.