Friday, December 6, 2013
There are so many things in this life that just make food taste better. Dijon mustard, nutmeg, wine, and BACON being a few of those things. But browned butter is probably the most glorious of them all. Have you ever had browned butter before? If you've ever been to The Old Spaghetti Factory and gotten the Myzithra Cheese and Browned Butter pasta dish, then you've had it. Browned butter has a distinctive delicious smell and taste. It is almost nutty in flavor, and the smell, well, I can't even describe it properly. You'll just have to make it.
The reason for this post is because I have at least two recipes on this site using browned butter, Pasta with Myzithra and Brown Butter and Grace's favorite, Carrot Cake with Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting. I've got a third coming to you next week, but I've never written a tutorial on how to make it. So, here ya go!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I recently started watching Grey's Anatomy. Everyone I've ever heard talk about it has always raved about it. So I thought I would give it a try. I'm only in the middle of the second episode, but I'm liking it already. I do not find Dr. McDreamy to be at all very dreamy. Patrick Dempsey is a very nice looking man, but he's not Brad Pitt, the Hemsworth brothers, or lastly and most importantly, the most handsome man on the planet, my husband!
Why did it take me so long to start watching this show you might wonder? Well....I was watching Angel, but this time of year, it gets dark early and I just thought I needed something a bit more light and well, girly. I'll pick Angel up later.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I mentioned this broccoli salad in my November Cooking Class post and that I was planning on making it for Thanksgiving. Well, I did and it was a huge hit, as I knew it would be! And now, I'm going to share it with all of you.
You're welcome. :)
Like I mentioned in the cooking class post, we made this salad and it was love at first bite. I was so unsure about it because of the green onions. But let me tell you, those green onions help make the salad! This salad would not be the same without them, so don't you dare leave them out! I'll know. I'll find you and have you remake the salad according to the ingredients listed and sit there and watch you eat it and enjoy it! Wow, that just got scary. #awkward
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
1. This is just some of the group from Thanksgiving, but we had like 23 people in our house! Yikes!!
2. I can't believe Paul Walker passed away this past weekend. It makes my heart so sad. He was an entertaining actor that I kind of grew up watching. :( RIP!
3. This week, our weather is supposed to drop down into the 30's. Brrrr! I'm going to need to bundle up.
4. Grace and I both came down with mild colds. She had a sore throat yesterday and is feeling better today and I've got a cough now...which I guess it means it moving right through me.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Here it is, the first week of December. Wow! That got here fast. Who is still recovering from last week's Thanksgiving? *Raises Hand* MEEE! Soooo glad I gave us a Thanksgiving Break from school. I'm not really quite sure how I would have fit in school on top of all that other stuff going on!
Our Thanksgiving was great! Too much food. Too much pie. And here I was super worried that there wasn't going to be enough food for all 20-something people in our house! Thanksgiving evening, I came down with some sort of bug. Not sure what it is, but it's been living mainly in my throat. I feel like I'm definitely fighting it off because it hasn't really gone anywhere else. So far...I seem to be winning against whatever virus this is. *Knocks on wood* The photo above is our "Thanksgiving Chain" - or whatever you want to call it - every year, for I don't know how long, Josh's family has everyone go around the table after Thanksgiving dinner and write things they are thankful for on little strips of paper. Then, we read them all off and staple them together in a chain! This year's stays here because we hosted! :)
No worries, this week is going to be awesome and I'm going to be awesome because I'm not letting it interfere with my super awesome week. I've got my Cooking and Hospitality Class on Thursday and then Friday- EEEK, Imma gunna meet Ree Drummond, aka THE PIONEER WOMAN! HOLLA!!!! My whole life has led up to this point, hahaha! Just kidding. But I am super stoked. So stoked, I just don't even know what I'm going to do with myself. Actually, that's not true. I have school, laundry, blogging, cleaning, food making, etc, going on, so I'll probably be fine. Nevermind...just ignore the crazy girl. Or you could read this week's menu. Hey, there's an idea. Do that!
Friday, November 29, 2013
Well, it's over. Thanksgiving Day is over. Sooo, how did it go? Are you tired? I was more than ready to crash into bed last night. Though I was tired, it was so much fun and we had a very full house. I got up at 8 am and got ready so I could watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is a tradition every Thanksgiving morning for all of us. Josh got the turkey in the oven at noon, and I got started on prepping the rest of the dishes about that time as well. All of the food turned out excellent. The only thing missing was my mom, who ended up staying home because she had a cold. She was missed. :(
But, now that Thanksgiving is over...how's that Black Friday shopping going? This is the second year that I've decided to not partake in the shopping. I had done it for a few years, but last year I took a break because I was eight months pregnant and super uncomfortable. I ended up doing a lot of shopping from home, which, surprisingly, I loved. So, I might be participating a bit in Cyber Monday.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
We here at Catz want to wish you all a very wonderful Thanksgiving Day with all of your family and friends. We also just want to take a moment and say Thank You to all of you, our amazing readers. We have so much fun creating, writing, photographing, and sharing recipes for you. We are so very Thankful for you! Have a very blessed holiday!
Chels, Josh, Grace, Eden, and Christian (and our cat, Noel)