Colorado is beautiful and I love our home - but I don't have, and I won't have, those kind of relationships here. It takes a great deal for me to bond with someone - I'm much like Andrew.
Jim loves it here. He doesn't miss New York at all. He is worried about me. He said he would move back but I will not move again - it's too expensive and exhausting. He is happy and Andrew is happy and that is what really matters. I am use to being a miserable fuck. :-)
I've been cooking up a storm. I am posting here a few of my cooking groups dinners and a few things I have made lately.
A variation of Amy Thielen's Brown Butter Rosemary Chicken. It was fantastic.
My macaroni and cheese with barbecue kielbasa. This was delicious!
A variation of Amy Thielen's Chicken Pot Pie with Bev's Crust. Buy her cookbook for this crust recipe alone. The best crust EVER. I know everyone says they "best ever" - I mean it! Anybody want a peanut? (For those Princess Bride fans out there.)
From Wintersweet Maple Brown Butter Apple Cake. A few people in our group made comments about it being bland which surprised me but this cake was really delicious. Very few things WOW me - I'm a hard nut to crack. But Andrew and I thought this cake was yummy -- we ate it warm with some powdered sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup. People tend to overcook and over bake things. I think that might have been the case. I did add a little ginger to the recipe.
A variation of Amy Thielen's fried chicken. I made chicken and waffles one night and Andrew asked "this is so good - is this what the movie stars eat in Los Angeles?"
I had an idea for tomato basil soup with tortellini and I made it. Several people asked for a recipe - and I googled something similar --- and found something that sounded close. Sorry that is how I roll. I don't have time to write down every recipe I have in my head. I served it with mozzarella en carrozza.
Bagged Caesar salad with chicken cutlets. This was a nice fast meal one night. I added sesame seeds and all kinds of spices to the panko crumbs.
Amy Thielen's Peppered Pork Loin (I used tenderloin) -- this truly was fantastic. I made garlic cheese bread and parmesan, shredded potato cups to serve along with it.
Earlier this month we took a trip up to Estes Park - we saw the Stanley Hotel and then we spent a few hours in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was gorgeous.
Well if you have gotten this far - thank you for reading my hodge podge of thoughts. That is how I feel lately -- lost and rambling.