Feeding D’s sons …

So, I’ve met one of them. Today all three will be here with their spouses/girlfriends and children. Hence, the pie made yesterday. This a.m. I put together No-Knead Onion Rolls. D’s gonna grill steaks and I’ll put a vegetable pack together. If I don’t impress them, perhaps my food will. We’ll see. Wish me luck!

My famous Mango / Avocado Salsa

I’m posting this recipe first because it’s kind of my specialty and this is hands down the most requested recipe I make. If you make this your friends will beg you to make this every time they see you.

You will need the following:
2 Mangos – diced
2 Medium or 1 Large Avocado – diced
1/2 Cup Red Onion – minced
1 or 2 Jalapeno’s – minced
1/2 Cup Red Bell Pepper – minced
1/2 Cup Cilantro – chopped
Juice from one lime and salt & pepper to taste.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and serve with tortilla chips (I prefer the lime flavored). If the jalapeno’s aren’t spicy enough then I add some cayenne pepper to add heat. This lasts just about a day and a half. That is if it doesn’t get gobbled up instantly.

Enjoy!

Tonight … Lasagna!

So I made lasagna for the first time in many many years. I used a recipe from my favorite cookbook, Cook’s Illustrated. Of course I modified it just a bit. I sautéed mushrooms and black olives in red wine, butter, garlic and at the last moment threw in some lavender buds. Yum-Mee! All recipes should be adjusted for your tastes of course. It turned out pretty good. D says it was wonderful.

Greetings and Salutations!

I’m having a career crisis. I’ve been rejected again by the corporate world. Another interview gone wrong. I may be slow but I’m beginning to believe that the corporate world isn’t for me. So, what’s a gal supposed to do? I guess get out there and do what she knows she does well.

What do I do well? Hmmm … let’s see. Well, I’m a great cook and I’m a passable writer so how about starting a blog about cooking. I may even include some insights about domesticity. We’ll just have to see about that latter portion.

I have recently become engaged to the man of my dreams and we are living together. I have discovered that I truly love taking care of him and our home. It brings me a peace that I might have been ashamed to admit to a few years ago. I was so committed to portraying the “happy singleton” that I would have denied ever being able to live a simple domestic life. Perhaps it’s too soon to tell but thus far, I’m having a blast.

That doesn’t change the fact that I need to make some money. I’ve been working part-time in the retail world and there are things I enjoy about it but there are also things I don’t enjoy. Such as working really hard on my feet for $7.25 an hour. There must be a better way. What I do enjoy about my job is helping people with their kitchen decisions. I know kitchens and I know what to do in them. If a customer comes in with a question about what’s the best cookware to use for a roast chicken. I can tell them. I have experience with that.

So, I’m off. Off to create a new life for myself. D and I will embark on our life’s journey together and I will invent a path for myself as well. It’s been an adventure thus far. I’m sure the rest will be too.

MJ