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  1. Everyday Life

    July 24, 2015 by Victoria

    After a ridiculous weekend high of 95 degrees, it’s cooled back off to the 70′s around here, thank goodness. I barely tolerate the sun and anything above 70 degrees anymore. I wilt without A/C. The good news is that I finally feel safe turning on my oven so I’ve actually been cooking. Monday I made a batch of the master recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes. I used that to make some sesame seed buns and threw some chicken in the slow cooker with some barbecue sauce. 20150721_005531000_iOS Shredded the chicken, added a bit more sauce and piled it on a bun. Topped with some coleslaw because it just goes together. I repurposed the same ingredients for Tuesday’s dinner and made some pizza crust with the leftover dough, topped with the barbecue chicken, and added some roasted corn, scallions, cilantro and mozzarella and cheddar cheese. 20150722_002659567_iOS I just baked this in the oven on the pizza stone at 500F for 15 minutes. I thought it was one of my better recent efforts in the kitchen. Tuesday my friend Sarah came over for a play date with her son and because she’s so thoughtful, she brought us a bag of plums from their tree. Obviously when someone gives you delicious, fresh produce, the best thing to do is to take away any trace of health by adding butter and sugar, right? 20150722_223150500_iOS I had seen this recipe in my feed in the morning and decided it sounded like a perfect summer dessert. We had cherries on hand, but I thought it might be a nice way to use some of the plums. You guys. Seriously. It was so tart and delicious. I’m not trying to toot my own horn or anything, but Brent is kind of obsessed with this pie. 20150723_222152153_iOS I’m a little surprised we have any left, actually. Though we did polish off like 3/4th of it in two days. Yeah, so as you can see, I’ve kind of been killing it in the kitchen this week. I’ve also been making our Blue Apron meals as usual. Wednesday we had these stuffed poblano peppers, which I think was a repeat recipe for us, but still easy and delicious. 20150723_002502725_iOS And last night I made this Squid Ink Linguine, which I didn’t dislike, but it was not my fave. Maybe it was too rich or something? I don’t know. It’s pretty visually striking though.
    And outside of the kitchen, we’ve been staying pretty close to home this week, mostly hanging out at Green Lake and walking over to the beach and wading pool.
    I think Cormac could throw rocks in the water and say “Hi” to the ducks pretty much all day long.
    We spent a couple hours at the wading pool yesterday, trying to wear Cormac out so I’d get a nap out of him (it worked).
    Teddy just mostly hung out with me in the tent shade, but he did some feet dangling on the edge.
    Cormac eventually wore himself out enough to head home, and Teddy was clearly pooped too.
    I can’t believe we’re already nearing the end of July! In less than two weeks, we’ve got my, Brent’s, and Cormac’s birthdays, and our Oregon coast vacation. August is going to feel pretty busy around here.

  2. Chinese Chicken Salad with Red Chile Peanut Dressing

    July 16, 2014 by Victoria

    You may not know this about me, but if you know me in real life chances are you do, but I am very easily swayed by the power of suggestion. The other night Brent and I were watching Cutthroat Kitchen, which I totally recommend by the way, and the contestants had to make Chinese Chicken Salad, and just like that I was sold.

    So I went in search of a recipe. And I found one by Bobby Flay, who I have kind of a bizarre infatuation with, so I was sold again. This recipe is a total winner. And as a bonus, it requires no actual cooking, which is great during a heat wave.

    20140715_173222Just a lot of chopping, which isn’t a big deal. Actually, I’m pretty sure you could do all the shredding in a food processor if you were so inclined. It made a deliciously crunchy and refreshing dinner on a very hot night. I also ate the leftovers sans chicken today for lunch and it was equally delicious. No cooking required.

    20140715_175002Our heat wave is supposed to finally break soon and I am ridiculously excited about. I think 70 degrees sounds much more reasonable than this recent high 80′s stuff.

    PS – remember how I was watching all the episodes of House on Netflix? Well, I’m actually almost done with all 177 of them and I totally remember now why I stopped watching it when it was on the air. The first 5 seasons are pretty good, but man, seasons 6-8 are basically total garbage. Just throwing that out there for any of my fellow TV addicts. I think I’m moving on to House of Cards next. Apparently I am way tardy to the party on that one.