Monday, September 14, 2009

83. Make a Pumpkin Pie

Last night I felt the sudden urge to make a pumpkin pie and cross this off my list, so I used Holly and Dean as my guinea pigs, armed myself with Trisha's recipe and directions and off I went! I made the crust and filling from scratch (well, except for the pumpkin which was from a can), and it turned out beautifully! I've never actually tasted fresh from the oven pumpkin pie before and it was melt in your mouth delicious (not to toot my own horn or anything). I can't wait to make it's the perfect fall food :) Oh, and I must mention that no, Holly is not crazed in this photo, but we were given the strict directions from Trisha's recipe to "beat eggs savagely" and thus we did as we were told.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

87. Try 12 new recipes each year

Okay, so I haven't truly accomplished this one since I have to try 12 new recipes a year and it's only year 1, but I was pretty proud to have already reached 12 and it's only September so I count that complete (although I'll keep going next year.) I've had lots of fun getting more into cooking and trying new dishes and have discovered some delicious staples for my diet. Here they are:

1. Cajun Beans and Rice
2. Gumbo Style Chicken Creole
3. Chicken Chow Mein
4. Stifado (Greek stew)
5. Tuscan Chickpea Pasta
6. Lentil Chili
7. Gen's Granola Bars
8. Hungarian Goulash
9. Chicken & Peppers with Balsamic Vinegar
10. Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
11. Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing
12. Stove top Macaroni and Cheese (low fat)

If you want any of the recipes just let me know!

89. Have Holly, Dean and Sophie over for brunch

So last year Holly and Dean gave me a lovely waffle maker which I have used countless times...just not for their benefit :) So I finally had them over for a yummy waffle brunch this morning complete with fresh strawberries and all the right toppings. After that we had a sunny stroll to Granville Island and I'm sure we walked off the brunch...:) Oh, and the waffles looks exactly like this....I forgot to take a photo but it really did happen!