Since I have become a wife, I have loved becoming a homemaker. Seriously. It may be weird, and perhaps it'll wear off (I doubt it!) but it's true! I love cleaning and laundry and organizing (and, like my blogging friend Amy, I get a little crazy at times).
Anyway, my absolute favorite part so far has been cooking! I received lots of cookbooks for the wedding, and I just love them. Don't get me wrong, I'm no Julie Powell, but I have been trying out lots of new recipes.
Here are some that went well, and/or not so well (but my husband will never tell me):
- Crispy-Skinned Chicken a l'Orange - this turned out lovely after we had to put it back in the oven three or four times. The chicken was pink and I had not yet bought a meat thermometer (consequently, I have one now).
- Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Vinaigrette - I made this on the same night. It was really good, but awful as leftovers. The asparagus became soggy and weird.
- Pork Tenderloin - Crockpot - I glazed this with brown sugar, lemon juice, and a small amount (teaspoon?) of Dijon mustard. Yum. The last hour that you bake it in the crockpot, drain the juice and add more brown sugar on the top. This had no complaints. Plus, it's a really great cut of meat.
- Pork Tenderloin - Baked - First, I browned the edges in a frying pan. Afterwards, I salted and peppered it liberally and put it in my Pyrex baking dish. I blended one can of Pepsi, 2 cloves of peeled garlic, and some salt, pepper, onion powder, and chili powder. Then, I poured that mixture over the meat and used my newly-bought meat thermometer to cook it until the internal temperature was 160. Wonderful!!!
Anyway, I am looking for something to cook tonight.
Any ideas? What is your favorite meal? Or what have you tried that doesn't work?
Let me know! I'd love to try anything!