The day was perfect for a quick trip out of the city for a couple of days (unfortunately we had to cut our trip short due to family matters). Our first stop was a trip up to St. Joseph, MO to check out Kris and Kate’s Ice Cream Shop,
This was a cool looking building shaped like a giant ice cream cone, too bad they were closed but I did get a photo and we will be going back to get some ice cream.
Now it was time to head to the main portion of our trip and Mr. Nick let me drive his baby for about fifty miles or so and it felt good it’s been awhile since I was able to hit the road like that, so that was fun. Once we got into Hannibal we checked into the Best Western Hotel and then we headed out to do a little exploring. Our first stop down main street was to check out the Mark Twain Lighthouse — 140 steps, (whew a girl has got to lose some weight)
While in Hannibal we visited the wax museum, the Karlock’s Cars Museum which he loved because they had cool pinball machines (look how cute he looks)…
Finally we both decided it was time to get something to eat, now when we arrived we saw the Mark Twain Diner and knew that’s what we were having for dinner. We got the pork tenderloin and the burger called the steampunk and they were both really good but the burger is what stood out the most for us. It was well seasoned and it came with bacon jam and cream cheese with lettuce and it worked.
It was so good that I had to recreate that burger for us on our next date night.
This has been the longest, craziest two weeks of getting back to work in this new normal. A part of me is glad to be back at work to see all my friends and even my favorite players at the casino. Then of course there’s a part of me that wasn’t ready to go back, its like when you were a kid, summer break going good and then the next thing you know it’s back to school. So yeah I felt like that, to readjust to a new schedule and of course my schedule is not what I want, so my managers and I will be reworking that.
It’s good to be back at work though, it just feels weird to have to wear a mask all day and we can’t hug or hi-five each other anymore. How long will this last we don’t know, but we are all happy to be back.
Along with working my regular job full-time, I need to also focus on building up my blog on here, and somehow I will get it done.
I was supposed to be headed to sunny Tampa for a short vacation but things changed up so not doing Tampa but still doing a little trip right here in Missouri, heading to St. Joe and to Hannibal to see an Ice cream shaped stand and to check out Mark Twain’s boyhood home. But just like I had plan on doing in Florida I will post lots of pictures and places that we stop at along the way.
During all this time I did try a new recipe that I have to share before I hit the road and it’s from Darius Williams and his recipe for fried salmon which I never knew you could fry outside of frying canned salmon. I didn’t have the seasonings he had and his directions made no sense so I made it like I fry my fish. It came out really good and I’m not a big salmon fan at all, unless my cooks at the casino fix it or of course salmon patties from the can.
Season cornmeal with the garlic powder, paprika, salt and black pepper
Dry salmon off
Dip fish into flour, then buttermilk then dredge in the cornmeal mixture
Place in hot oil and fry until golden brown
Drain on paper towels
I will try this dish again, if only for the fact that its different but when I get back I’m going to try his fresh Salmon Burger. See you guys when I get back and keep an eye out for my road trip pictures.
A few weeks ago, Nick was telling me how all the guys at his job were bringing in homemade bread and other homemade pastries that their wives and girlfriends have been making for them, and I think he was feeling a little left out. So of course being the great girlfriend I am even though I don’t like baking but hey I couldn’t let him be the only one that didn’t have anything to show off. Just like a mother hen.
I started doing some research to see if I could find any bread recipes that didn’t have a million steps and something that a newbie like myself could pull off. So I found one by brooklyn farm girl that looked really easy to mix up and you cooked it in a slow cooker so yep that was my kind of recipe.
I actually made this bread twice, and even though it didn’t look too pretty the taste was pretty darn good, and now my mom is like she wants me to be in charge of bringing rolls to the family dinner, does she not understand that I am not a baker and I only did this to earn girlfriend points from the boyfriend.
Not very pretty
Like I said I did make it twice and though the second batch came out looking a lot better, I just forgot to get a photo of it. So next time I make it I will take better pictures.
I like this recipe and I will throw it together again at some point, it made up some nice rolls which reminded me of my Aunt Kitty’s rolls when I was a little girl, maybe now I can I ask my sister for the recipe and just maybe I’ll make those we shall see. I really liked that it didn’t have a bunch of fancy ingredients, I just needed to get some yeast and because everyone is baking that was one of the hardest ingredients for me to finally track down.
Now I don’t have a warm spot in my apartment to get bread to rise so what the heck was I supposed to do, well I found a trick and it works great. I turned my oven into a proof box all compliments of Cook’s Illustrated and I couldn’t be happier with this little trick.
Enjoy the bread, it’s great with butter and strawberry jam slathered all over them especially when its fresh out the slow cooker.
Pour warm water into a bowl, add the sugar and mix until dissolved.
Add the dry yeast, let sit until it gets foamy
Add salt, olive oil and flour, mix well
Turn onto the floured counter and knead for 5 minutes, till smooth
Form into a ball and place dough into an oil coated bowl, covered
Sit in warm spot for 30 minutes to rise (or try the oven method)
Place parchment paper the size of your slow cooker for the bottom and to go up the sides for the dough to expand (oil paper with veggie oil)
Once the dough has risen you can place it as is into the slow cooker and let the loaf cook for 2 hours on high.
Or you can do like I did and make rolls, punch dough down and cut into 8 pieces, roll into balls and place into slow cooker. (next time I'm going to cut it into smaller balls to fit into my slow cooker better).
Cook for 1 hour on high.
Once bread is done, brush some butter on top and to get some color just put it under the broiler to brown.
Saturday nights is usually reserved for our date nights when we either go out to our favorite spot, try a new spot, or if I have time cook up something special for us. Since the quarantine I’ve been doing a lot more cooking for our date nights and Nick has become my official taste tester for everything that I make.
I’ve made this man pasta, cookies, and even a lasagna and now he want’s bread because all his coworkers are bringing bread from home that their wives or girlfriends are making so of course I do have a recipe I’ve been wanting to try so he will get his bread for work to.
This date night I decided to cook since we were going to do a movie in, I had found a recipe by Chef Gordon Ramsay on his Instagram page for a 10 minute curry and a fried bread to top it off. So of course I had to try this recipe because we both love curry and it looked easy, so why not.
Now to make your own you will have to do like me and follow along in the video: @gordongram
Chicken & Shrimp Curry
I just used a little too much spinach and I added shrimp instead of peas (he hates peas, go figure). Both dishes came out really good and this will be going on the menu again.
For dessert I threw on a Betty Crocker Apple Crisp since I had some apples left over and sometimes he is a big ole kid that loves things that reminds him of his childhood.
I hope you guys have as much fun making this with your special someone as much as we had fun doing this one together.
Today is “National Chocolate Chip Day”, and of course if your making cookies, chocolate chips definitely deserve it’s own holiday. The story goes that in the 30’s a woman by the name of Ruth Graves was baking cookies and decided to add some chocolate chunks to her dough, well it took off and the toll house cookie was born.
You would think I would fix that tried and true Toll House Cookie recipe but I decided to try my hand at the famous $250 Neiman Marcus cookies and there are thousands of this recipe out there, I just picked the last one I looked at (I was getting a little tired). Just as I get geared up to make those, what happens during our extended stay at home orders, but DoubleTree hotel posted their famous cookies online, you know the ones they bake fresh and leave for guests staying in the hotel, of course I had to try these.
But it looks like I wasn’t done on my chocolate chip cookie quest because I just decided to pull up the Neiman Marcus Store I found their cookie recipe so yep I had to put that on the list to try.
I finally started baking cookies and giving them out to my mom, my sisters and my kids, that everyone was like “NO MORE”, who knew you could get tired of cookies. But below is my take on each of the cookies I made. Continue reading →