Category Archives: Personal sillyness

Approved and it feels oh so good!

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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 ūüėČ 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 ūüôā ¬†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!!!

Top things i still need for my kitchen

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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…

Graduation and Greek Chili!

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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.