And it’s official…we found a place to live! I couldn’t be more excited! What’s even better is that there is a FULL sized kitchen!!! WHOO no more tiny cramped apartment “kitchen” with no counter space and a sink not even an infant could fit in. Check it out!
The only thing that is missing is an island which can easily be obtained at IKEA 😉 I realize that I am completely nerding out but you have to understand that this is my first ever house! This is what i have been looking forward to for so long…a place, a home to call my own with my best friend 🙂 I cannot wait to get settled in and make it nice and cozy, and for the holidays and special events we can hold there and that i can cook for…in my very own kitchen! Again, it might sound silly, but in my 20-year-old brain its some of the most exciting stuff ever!!!
If you have read my first post, you will know that i am moving soon. And upon graduation i happened to get a gift car to my favorite store ever, Sur La Table. I decided before I go in and have a frenzy in the kitchen gadget section that i need to have a list of kitchen tools that i actually NEED…so here it goes.
1) Food mill (for perfect mashed taters)
2) Chinois (so my sauces aren’t lumpy and un-strained)
3) Doughnut pan…because who doesn’t like doughnuts?
4)Fondue pot!!!! (maybe i don’t need one but i really really want one!)
Ok i need to stop because i will keep going on and on. Too bad Sur La Table is so freaking expensive! It’s more reasonable than William’s Sonoma though! It looks as though i will just have to go into the store and pace for hours until I decide what i want to spend my money on. Decisions, decisions…
I GRADUATED THIS WEEKEND! It was bitter-sweet actually. As much as I am ready to be done with the commitment to school, I will truly miss it. At the ceremony I got to see all of my friends from my very first term in management that I haven’t seen in months and got to hear some amazing things from the chefs talking on stage. It’s hard to come to the realization that I actually completed culinary school and after this class I am done…OCI has been a forefront of my life for the past 14 months straight.
But you still have to celebrate right!? I was fortunate to have my parents from St. Louis here in pdx for my graduation along with a bunch of other family members from around the area. Afterwards we all went back to my aunts house to celebrate, eat, and watch football of course. I knew ahead of time that the weather was not going to bee too pretty and that barbecuing was to risky to plan with rain in the forecast so I narrowed down my options to sloppy tacos and margaritas or chili and wine. I decided to do chili with a twist…I made Greek chili with ground beef, tomatoes, olives (i used sliced black), garbanzo beans, artichoke hearts, and some herbs and spices. To top it all off, each bowl got a generous scoop of feta cheese and a slice of kalamata olive bread (from Trader Joe’s) . It was a hit! Everyone was amazed and I found all the complements a bit humorous only because they had no clue how incredibly easy the whole thing was. Brown meat. Add onion. Throw whatever else in. Crock pot that shit. EASY!
Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest. Especially when it comes to comfort food. On an occasion where you are trying to feed a bunch of mouths and not trying to be formal, people will be happiest with something simple and comforting. Plus I don’t want to be slaving away in the kitchen while everyone has fun and is stuffing their bellies! Thats why I like recipes i can make ahead of time and heat up before it’s time to eat.
So the moral of this post…keep it simple. Keep it delicious.