I like to cook.
OK, I LOVE to cook!!
For my family, my friends, my co-workers.... I like good food and I want to share that good food with others.
I'm a vegetarian - most of the time - I only eat meat that is wild, like venison and elk, or seafood, but my husband and kids eat meat, all kinds of it! This makes meal time interesting in our house! I will share with you my culinary journey thru making meals we can all share and enjoy.
Alright - it's been awhile, but I am going to try and get back into regular posts!
We bought a house, remodeled said house, had 2 boys in football on 2 different teams at the same time and life just got in the way for a bit! But here goes...
I made an AMAZING yummy soup a couple weeks ago, gave the recipe to my cousin and she's made it twice a week since then for her kids and husband. I also brought some to work for a co-worker and he LOVED it! Guess it must be good, huh!?
Who doesn't like mushrooms and onions and garlic - and creamy soup!
My kids LOVED this, my husband liked it - but wanted a chunky consistency, hence the reason I now end up with 2 pots of soup at the end of the night :)
It all started when I went to leave work and my car wouldn't start.
I had to get it jumped.
How embarrassing!! At least I was embarrassed - sitting in front of my office with my hood up, in the middle of Seattle on the side of 4th ave, cars rushing by, in the wind and rain, with dirty hands - things you have to touch under a hood are dirty - gross.
Then I had to get a new battery. Good bye $116.00, I will never see you again. Who knew batteries only lasted 5 years?
The guy at the auto parts store, my husband and my dad - that's who.
Then, it was storming with thunder and lightning on the drive home so bad that it knocked the power out on the hill where we live and closed my kids school early.
That also means the traffic lights were out, so, what is normally a 30-45 minute drive became a 2 hour drive. Have I ever mentioned that I HATE traffic.
Ask my kids - they can tell you just how much I hate traffic....
So, when I finally got home, not only did I have a nice shiny new battery, and dirty hands, but I DID NOT WANT TO COOK.
But I have kids and they need to eat.
Grilled sandwiches with anything you could find in the fridge... fun!
When we used to live in California, Nate would eat at In N Out burger about once every two weeks - more if he could get away with it. Once, he told me that he thought they put crack in the burgers, cause its not like they are out of this world, but he CRAVED them!
Needless to say, when we went to Anaheim in February for vacation - we had to eat at In N Out 2 times in 7 days!!
If you know anything about In N Out, you know there is their basic menu and their secret menu. I guess its not really that secret - it's on their website - just not on the menu at the restaurant. You can get grilled onions, animal style, mustard grilled, grilled buns.... and a few others - you just have to ask!!
Nate likes a double double mustard grilled with grilled onions and all the toppings - that means 2 quarter lb patties grilled in mustard, cheese on each patty, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, pickle and raw onions, mayo mustard and ketchup.
Tonight I made my own version - Mustard grilled Onion Burgers - and I made Nate's about a 1/3 of a lb, a little bigger than a single patty, but big enough that he didn't need to make it a double.
I made this a few weeks ago when my hubby went to his first ever Seahawks game.
He and 3 friends went to Seattle a few hours before the game to get in on the tailgate fun which was crazy!!! I dropped them off, and was sad to be leaving, all the people walking around in Seahawks gear, tossing around footballs, and grilling and eating AMAZING smelling food.
I couldn't let them show up empty handed - so in addition to beer and a couple bags of chips, I sent them with this ENORMOUS sandwich, which I am told was gone in a matter of a few minutes.