Thursday, November 25, 2010

Recipe #75: My favorite holiday!!

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My contribution to this year's Thanksgiving meal was the cookbook's Coconut Almond Tart. Mmm, mmm, mmm. That sigh-worthy pie will definately be repeated someday!
~Rating of Coconut Almond Tart: 8.5 stars (out of 10)
~Quote of the day: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -John Fitzgerald Kennedy
~Music while cooking: Hole's Celebrity Skin, & Eartha Kitt's Where is My Man

Monday, November 22, 2010

Recipe #74: A cold day in... Montana

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Surprisingly, it wasn't 'til late November when we felt the first blast of artic air this season. Last week we were raking leaves without jackets, this week we're in a frozen tundra. Winter is absolutely upon us! Below zero temps, extremely crappy roads, & I've shoveled 3 times but you can't even tell! So after tackling the icy conditions & FOOT OF SNOW for the annual food fair with my girlfriends (oh hello über goodness of prime rib, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin cake, & Dr. Pepper-- all for just 7 bucks!), hibernating indoors was a must. Travis & I were certainly in the mood for comfort food while watching football this freezing cold afternoon. --But wanted nothing too heavy since I was still full from sampling all the fudge, sausage, sauces, & rocha. Not to mention my husband returned from a hunt with Zach to fatten me up with biscuits & gravy, hambuger stew, bacon, pork sausage, hashbrowns, & eggs. (Fresh eggs from the Grewells. That family is so good to us.) SERIOUSLY, after all that substantial grub, we needed something LIGHT! We decided on nice, warm soup. And that mushroom bisque we selected simmered into quite a fantastic scent as we screamed at the TV. Those Vikes may not be winning as many games as we'd like. But between the Favre sexting scandal, Randy Moss suddenly being traded away, & Coach Childress finally getting canned this morning, our team is definately leading in headlines!
~Rating of mushroom bisque: 7 stars (out of 10) from Travis. 8 stars from me.
~Quote of the day: "Winter is nature's way of saying, 'Up Yours.'" -Robert Byrne
~Music while cooking: The Vikings losing to the Packers. (Insert sad face here.)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Recipe #73: The Winter Project

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We'd been teasing my dad for his "winter project," --because he got it finished before FALL barely began! The process was entertaining as he dilegently turned his vision into a reality. With a lot of imagination & elbow grease, he created a life-size CANNON! We're impressed with his detailed masterpiece, and are anxious to hear it go "boom!"
In celebration, I made the cookbook's New York Cheesecake and accompanied it with some raspberries. Pretty tasty.
~Rating of New York Cheesecake: 8 stars (out of 10)
~Quote of the day: "Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!" -Dr. Seuss in Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!
~Music while cooking: Abba Gold.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Recipe #72: ghost hunting

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Insightful excerpts throughout the Chico Cookbook is something that really grabbed my attention when buying it. We've read all about movie stars that frequent the establishment, how Chico got its name, seasonal activities, the mineral pool's "curative powers." And one particularly interesting write-up is all about the GHOST that lives there! Percie Knowles, one of the original owners of Chico, is described as a prim-looking older woman who smells like lilacs and appears in the historic hotel on late winter nights. We have yet to see her, but next time we go, we intend to do some hunting around!
So in honor of "Percie," I became a ghost during Friday's downtown historic haunting tour on Halloween Weekend. Quite an excursion with the mysterious storytelling. We were told about China Alley's cleverly disguised opium dens, rumrunners and ghostly ladies of the night, the murder of a policeman, & Billings’ one-and-only lynching. And Travis made us laugh with his ghostly encounter when he used the restroom while learning about a ghost named "Buck" at The Rex. --The toilet flushed all by itself! Haha. Then, the next day we ate at The Dude Rancher where "Annabelle The Ghost" frequents-- and she did help Travis select a burger from the menu! (That silly guy.)
The dress-up holiday continued, of course, as Saturday I was my own interpretation of Eat Pray Love for the "Hips & Crypts Bellydancing." (Complete with spaghetti sauce dribbled on my bib for EAT, rosary beads for PRAY, & lip prints on my cheeks for LOVE.) And on Halloween Sunday, we whipped up Chico's crème brulée and dressed as Viking Fans!! Travis transformed into our favorite quarterback, Brett Favre-- since we just couldn't resist a lil spoof on Grandpa Favre's age, tendonitis elbow, fractured ankle, & stitched-up chin. He's quite a trooper, that ol' gunslinger.
~Rating of Crème Brulée: 4 stars (out of 10). Mr. Favre & I didn't particularly care for it. The taste of brandy was really STRONG! If I ever make this again, I won't use as much as the recipe calls for.
~Quote of the day: "I would love to play, for no other reason but I'm in this, committed to this team." -Brett Favre