Given that I am newly married, and that TJ teases me about not being very "wifely", and our recent resolution to eat at home more so that we can use our new kitchen gadgets, save money, and not get fat, I embarked on a cooking frenzy this weekend. And it was fun. I used The Gourmet Cookbook that Kristine bought for me as a wedding gift. It rocks!
The 4 or 5 recipes I chose were easy to make and didn't require crazy ingredients I couldn't find. I made blueberry muffins with fresh blueberries (so yummy), a carrot-ginger salad dressing just like they serve in Japanese restaurants, macerated strawberries in a champagne-sugar syrup to serve over waffles made in our new waffle iron, turkey chipotle chili with a tomatillo base, and pseudo-tandoori chicken. The chicken is marinating right now so I haven't tried it yet. Everything came out pretty well. I ran out of cumin so the tandoori chicken may be a little bit off.
My new favorite ingredient: canned chipotle chilis in adobo sauce. Yum! Apparently once you open the can, you can keep the rest in the fridge almost indefinitely if you transfer it to a new container.
Quite a successful cooking weekend, and now we have food for at least the next few days. My challenge will be convincing TJ to put aside "The Sandwich" and try the chili and the chicken. Wish me luck!