Nov 3, 2014

Out and About- Fall is the Busiest!

Hello, hello dear blog readers! Long time, no writing, huh? 

October proved to be a very busy month in the tiny kitchen. Well, I guess I should say out of the tiny kitchen because I've been running all over the place the last few weeks. Weddings galore and traveling for work, and LIFE. But, contrary to what my lack of blogging may suggest, I have actually been cooking, and some pretty good things too!

Here's a little over view of the highlights...

  1. Chicken Tikka Masala- On the first chilly day of the fall, I had a craving for some warm and comforting food, and chicken tikka masala fits the bill perfectly. Since I don't cook Indian food very often, in fact probably only one time before this, I found a great recipe on Buzzfeed. That yogurt-marinated roasted chicken is the jam, y'all. 
  2. Just a few weeks ago, I threw my first dinner party in almost a year. Almost a year! Prior to my stint on MasterChef, I'd thrown dinner parties at least every other month, and, as I'd gotten closer to going to L.A. to film the show, I'd started cooking for people 3 times a week. So, needless to say, it was time to crank up the burners and the oven and invite some people over. I decided on an Oktoberfest themed menu, but with a caveat that I didn't want people to feel like they were made of sausage and beer when they left. German food can be heavy, and it would have been really easy to serve all of those comfort foods, but I wanted to create a menu that had some balance. Luckily, it was a hit! For Oktoberfest, I made a beer braised roast with carrots and potatoes:Plus, don't forget the spaetzel (way more difficult that it seemed on paper, but I got a thumbs up from a guest who grew up eating it) and kale saute with a lemon and dijon dressing:And, finally, the hits of the evening, braised cranberry bratwurst with arugula and grapes in a mustard vinaigrette and roasted white asparagus with hollandaise sauce and rye breadcrumbs. Get it, get it, get it. (Pardon for the blurry photo! I was trying to get out of the way of the hungry guests!)
  3. And, finally, probably my favorite thing I've made in the last few weeks. This is go-to recipe for leftovers. Delicious, delicious leftovers. The evening before, I'd made fillet tenderloin with sweet pototes, but I had some sweet potatoes left over, so the next night, I made sweet potato hash with red pepper, poblano, and bacon with poached eggs. Delicious, nutrious, and quick!

November is stacking up to be just a busy as October, but I'm looking forward to sharing my cooking with you. In fact, there's a chicken roasting in the oven right now! Check ya later, dudes!