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1-a-penny 2-a-penny [Jan. 21st, 2009|07:31 pm]
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(no subject) [Jan. 21st, 2009|03:19 pm]
[mood |annoyedannoyed]

p.s. i'm ready to strangle my mother. maybe i just need to start taking some butcher classes to get out all the frustration she causes me...or just become a lumberjack?
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(no subject) [Jan. 21st, 2009|02:59 pm]
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lately, i don't think of you at all. lately, i don't need you anymore [Jan. 19th, 2009|04:51 pm]
[music |helio sequence]

 thank goodness for great friends and re-connecting. i'd forgotten how amazing, genuine, and caring the people i knew are. it's so damn refreshing. 

last night's dinner was Brandied-Peach Pork Chops served with some roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes (totally thought of you my sweet potato queen ashley) and some green beans with mushrooms, tomato, garlic, and basil. phenomenal, it was one of the best sauces i have ever made/tasted i think. it's a simple, fast,  and fun recipe...congrats to me for my first flambe, and the kitchen is still standing!

night before was another definite keeper, Curried Parsnip Soup. hummanuh hummanuh. the flavours were perfect, you could still taste the sweet parsnips because the curry wasn't too overpowering. it was the perfect compliment. if you want the recipe, request it and i'll type 'er up for ya. dessert was a nummy little Maple-Cranberry Pudding.

also made these earlier this week, Chocolate Caramel Pecan bars. veeeerry good, rich but not sickly. i kinda goofed and didn't cook the caramel long enough though so they were a little runny...but who cares. also, if i made them again, i may cut the crust down by half or at least a fourth. crusts are usually one of my fave aspects of bar cookies, but there was just a wee bit too much on these. or maybe i would make the same amount and just eat what i didn't put in the pan :) 

oh and so Cloverfield? wow, what a shite movie. i can honestly say it was one of, if not <i>the</i> worst movie i have ever seen. i can appreciate good bad movies, but this wasn't even that. it is just a comlpete waste of time. ah! i could go on forever about how terrible it was, everything about it.

p.s. you need to be watching the cartoon Chowder on cartoon network. hamazing.
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(no subject) [Jan. 16th, 2009|12:45 am]
 oh and uh ashley? did you ummm see this?
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(no subject) [Jan. 16th, 2009|12:30 am]
[mood |drunkdrunk]

 well...now not only is alex absent from the house, but robert has returned to his other home too. and it sucks. i miss my brothers, they mean the world to me. plus they always licked the bowl for me so i didn't have to let anything go to waste...le'sigh

saw a commercial for diet cherry chocolate dr pepper today, can't wait to try that one. even though it's gonna be wretched.

10 items or less, no reservations, jamie at home...all off to a great start this season. goddam i want to ravage anthony bourdain and jamie oliver...

2 and a fucking half years....like that...still no call, not on new years, not on my birthday, not a few weeks after...no closure...no resolution...no clarification, confessions, or obvious remorse. GAH! i just don't understand how some people behave the way they do. i guess i just care too much about people and expect others to do that too...i really really really don't get it. even other guys i have spoken to tell me that this is a complete asinine thing to do. 

new renos starting up tomorrow...and dinner impossibles...what a wonderful week.

i'm an alcoholic 

i miss robsy and lexi!

p.s. ummmmmm belinda!? i need to give you a sampling of some baked goods that we will totally have in our bakery/we need some drinks together
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(no subject) [Jan. 13th, 2009|11:13 pm]
 yuuuum...i want a kentucky hot brown
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i know some people will appreciate this [Jan. 6th, 2009|04:25 pm]
[mood |pensivepensive]

in lieu of the shit i had thrown in my face last week, i've spent my time doing lots of cooking and baking...alas, i haven't but a few pics (and they aren't loaded up yet) to tempt you with. mmm food porn, i'd rather look at that than naked people any day.


buttermilk cookies, courtesy of this month's gourmet, were an absolutely hit. along with my infamous gingersnaps (without a snap), i think these will become a holly classic. they are easy and fun to make, and just ridiculously good.

pecan pie cheesecake, yum. oh my. a great cheesecake, and if you don't like pecans or pecan pie, just make the cheesecake part of the recipe itself. it's nice and caramelly tasting due to the brown sugar in place of granulated sugar. it makes a nice difference from a traditional one. 

hmmm...i can't remember if i mentioned the rum cake or not yet...but this one is a must try. ali i know you would love it :) (note:if you are making this and use a cake mix with pudding already in the mix, don't put any additional pudding in and also just use 3 eggs and reduce the amount of oil to a third of a cup.) also...tip for the glaze, once you take the cake out of the oven, let it cool in the pan for 5 mins. then remove it from the pan, and poke some holes all around and on top of it. pour half of the glaze into the pan and put the cake back in the pan. then poke some holes around the bottom of the cake and pour the remaining glaze over it. allow this to soak for a couple hours, then invert it back out onto your serving platter. i then let mine sit overnight so it could soak up the glaze even more. it's so rummylicious. and also, it may seem like it will be too wet from all the glaze, but it's not, it's just the right amount.

the other day i made a wonderful din din for the family. homemade chicken pot pie turned out magnificent, mum said they're never having a marie calendar again :) accompanied by some teriyaki tempura green beans with a wasabi ranch dipping sauce. (i was trying to go for the green bean fries that they serve at Friday's now, and zing! hit the nail on the head)

then for jenna's last homecooked british meal here i got the honour of making a side dish to go with the roast beef and yorkshire pudding. so i came up with some balsamic braised brussel sprouts with caramelized onions, apples, and bacon! hummanuh hummanuh, i promise if you have never enjoyed brussels or have been scared to try them, you would enjoy these! it was so fun, i had been looking over various recipes for brussels, and borrowed various aspects of a couple to come up with these. 

and you all know how amazing the yeast rolls are at o'charleys? tried out this copycat recipe and they turned out just like them! the smell was amazing. when i made them i just put balls in a muffin tin (it yields about 12) but next time i think i will just freeform them onto baking sheets so that more of the dough is exposed to the heat, so they have that nice crust all around like the ones at the restaurant.

i'm sure there are some other things i am missing too...but this will do for now :)

...oh, we were looking through some old pictures and there was one of my fave ones of me...i was about 7 or so, helping mum make hot cross buns (a yearly tradition) and the picture is of me kneading, aka punching the heck out of, the dough. i think i'll ask dad to scan the picture in so you can see, cuz i like it :) but yeah, so robsy said that it will have to be the image for my future restaurant/bakery/catering company/whatever my food ventures turn into...

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(no subject) [Jan. 5th, 2009|04:15 am]
it  was my birthday and the jerk doesn't even have the decency to call me.

gah! ass!
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(no subject) [Dec. 31st, 2008|09:24 pm]
[mood |pissed offdisgusted]

 what a mother fucking lying ass hole. 

i knew i was right all along. fucking son of a bitch.

i'm too good to be treated like i have been.

at least i've got karma on my side.
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