Lately I’ve been putting my manual dough making skills to the test in an attempt to render my bread machine useless. As of today, I’ve officially mastered my manual pizza dough recipe to where it destroys my bread machine competition. Now I just need to master a few other recipes and I will only use it as a dough rising device.
So yeah, the two pizzas pictured are BBQ Pineapple (bottom) and Mushroom Moz (top). Delicious creations that I am devouring as I type.
Today was a beautiful fall day and I was in the mood for stew. That being said, I wasn’t in the mood for the bland canned bullshit. I wanted something that was bursting with flavor and fullness. You know, the kind of flavor that isn’t found in ready-made microwavable food. Nope. This was going to require real cooking with a guideline recipe and some time.
I haven’t made stew in what seemed like an eternity, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. The concept is simple enough and making stew is entirely within my culinary capabilities. I wanted to try my hand at a pork stew since pork is by far the most superior meat on the planet. It’s so incredibly versatile, unlike beef or chicken. Take a moment to ponder all of the flavor possibilities of pork. A pig can be broken down into bacon, pork chops, and ham. Each one with a unique flavor and texure. You won’t find this sort of flavor diversity in beef or chicken.
Long story short, the stew was pretty typical in execution. I used this recipe as a guideline but I made a few alterations along the way. I used pork rather than beef. I used a raspberry wine and chicken stock instead of the traditional red wine and beef stock. I was in the mood to break all sorts of barriers. It turned out to be delicious. Not that I had any doubts… but sometimes things go awry. It also helps that I used rosemary from my garden.
Lauren and I just met with our cake decorator over at Sweet Seductions and we couldn’t be more pleased. The cupcakes above are just a few cake samples that she sent home with us. Of course, they didn’t make it home… Are you kidding me?!? We tried each flavor within minutes of being in the car. Now, on a more serious note… These cupcakes have set the bar for the best that I’ve had.