Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dinner at The French Laundry

As part of a reunion vacation with Steph, Jenn, and Mel, we headed over to The French Laundry on Monday night for the meal of a lifetime...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Week 3 Bucs Post (vs. Pittsburg, L 13-38)

Well, that could have gone better...And I can't even whine that we had to use our second-string safety due to Tanard Jackson being a giant idiot, because it was the Steelers' fourth-string quarterback who was abusing our second-string safety. I don't want to talk about it.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pedro is a Dork.

Pedro? He is a giant dork. I don't really know what goes on in his tiny little brain. His latest weirdness comes in the form of his new napping position, in which he sits outside of his cage and shoves his nose between the bars. Behold:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Blog Note

Just wanted to post a quick note that the blog won't be regressing into a Bucs & Bunnies theme, even though that is not at all obvious from the last 3 posts... I was planning to cook something awesome from one of my favorite cookbooks last Saturday, but I was still recovering from food poisoning (from Oklahoma of all places... sigh...) when I did my grocery shopping and I was having a hard time finding anything remotely appetizing. I'm doing much better now, and will soon be hanging out with friends in California, which (knowing these friends) will include fun times in the kitchen, great food, and great wine... and on Monday it will also include dinner at The French Laundry. (Woot!)

Week 2 Bucs Post (@ Carolina, W 20 - 7)

How ‘bout them Bucs? I know it’s just the Browns and the Panthers, but these were must-win games for a team trying to break out of the culture of losing that settled in early last year. After a shaky start against Cleveland last week, there was no question who the hero on offense was on Sunday:

Monday, September 13, 2010

Week 1 Bucs Post (vs. Cleveland, W 17-14)

As a massive change of pace from last season, the Bucs went ahead and opened this season up with a W.

Bunnies! (aka Charley!!!)

Charley. He is killing me lately. Every time I walk into the kitchen, he immediately runs up to the top of the big cage and stares at me, waiting for the treats he knows I'll give in and provide him with...

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sunday Cookbook Adventures: Peas and Carrots

The NFL season (finally) starts next week, which means I will no longer have Sundays to putz around in the kitchen. I'll still try to do some crazy stuff on Saturdays, but these recipes that take two days aren't going to be happening. In honor of my last free weekend, I decided to turn to the French Laundry Cookbook and try Thomas Keller's spectacular recipe for a dish that he playfully refers to as "Peas and Carrots."
For those of you who don't have the book, the peas in "Peas and Carrots" are represented by a pea shoot salad that finishes the dish... The carrot appears in a ginger-carrot emulsion that is so delicious it almost makes you weep... Finally, the garnish to your peas and your carrots is a savory crepe stuffed with perfectly seasoned lobster. I don't have words for how amazing this dish was.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday Cookbook Adventures: Faux Gras

One of the recipes that has very much intrigued me since I first looked through Happy in the Kitchen is the Faux Gras, which Michel Richard claims tastes ridiculously similar to foie gras. It definitely does have a very foie quality to it, and even if you don't believe that you should believe that it is the most elegant chicken liver pâté you will ever taste...

Bonus Bunnies!

Apologies for the consecutive bunny posts, but the kitchen bunnies are absurdly cute. Let's start with a nice snuggling picture. As I've mentioned before, when Charley wants to snuggle he pretty much tries to force the other bunny to snuggle with him. Pedro is a sweetheart for accepting Charley's forced snuggles...