Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Kitchen Frenzy

Now that the man is back, my kitchen is slowly coming back to life. Cloves of garlic are nestled in their little oven-side bowl again, fresh parsley gives a subtle crunch under my knife, the butter dish is constantly being scraped clean- heck, there's homemade bread dough in the fridge! After a long period of dormancy, my kitchen confidence is finally beginning to stir.

It started with trying to use up 1/2 a pound of breakfast sausage:

Scotch Eggs with Mustard Mayonnaise (not a very becoming picture, but delicious I assure you!)

That snowballed into a birthday dinner for the man:

Simple Roast Duck, Mushroom and Green Bean Medley in a Shallot Butter Sauce, Orange and Cranberry Couscous 

Followed, of course, by birthday dessert:

Peach Crisp with Maple Cream Sauce (ala The Pioneer Woman)

Which then led to a smattering of doughnuts, banana bars, pulled pork, meat loaf, roast vegetables, and last night's pizza: 

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go get buried under a mound of dirty dishes...

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