Wednesday, June 23, 2010

First Aioli Attempt

A few months ago, Brook and I were introduced to the best sauce ever! Aioli. Our friend, Jody, is a phenomenal cook and she was nice enough to make us a batch. Brook and I fell in love. Not with each other again, but with this AWESOME sauce. I'd have to say our favorite use for it is on grilled salmon, which we eat a lot of in the summertime. We kept going through it and asking Jody for more. Finally, I decided to attempt to make some even though I knew it wouldn't taste like Jody's as she uses a secret family recipe. I you-tubed "How to Make Aioli Sauce" and wrote down all the ingredients. I used everything in the picture except I added some Tony Chachere's and some Horseradish. I also added another egg yolk and another garlic clove.

I didn't think my version tasted anything like Jody's. Brook said it was pretty good, but he could've just said that to be nice. It definitely needed something else, but I can't figure out what. Has anyone else made some aioli lately??

This Lemon Vanilla lotion from Bath & Body Works smells wonderful. I think it smells like Lemon Ice Box pie and that is my absolute favorite summer dessert.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Greek Chicken

I've decided I want to cook more. I really enjoy it; I feel productive while cooking. I just really haven't had the time to put a lot of effort into making a nice dinner. So, on Tuesday night, I decided to take initiative and fix the dinner! It wasn't anything fancy, but I did it and I was proud of myself. We call it Greek Chicken. Here's the recipe if anyone wants to give it go!

3-4 boneless chicken breasts (you could use thighs/ legs if you prefer dark meat)
salt & pepper
Cavender's Greek Seasoning
extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1 package grape or cherry tomatoes cut into halves
1 cup baby spinach ( i used the stuff in the bag)
1 can artichoke hearts (drained)
Feta cheese
Green olives ( I didn't actually put these on the dish. I just munched on them while cooking!)

Season chicken w/ salt, pepper, greek seasoning and cook on medium/low heat w/ evoo
Add garlic after turning chicken
When chicken is almost done, add tomatoes, spinach, artichoke hearts, & capers.
Cook on low for about 10-15 minutes.
Add feta at the very end.

Last night, Vito found a kitty in the shower and stayed behind the curtain for awhile.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ben Dye's cabin

We headed to Ben Dye's cabin this weekend for some floating, fishing, and camping. Vito had an awesome time with his cousins, Gator and Thunder. Actually, Vito followed Gator everywhere. He became quite the explorer in the woods. Thanks, Ben Dye and Tara Dye for letting all of us come hang out!

Vito exploring...

Thunder was finished.
Gator and Vito...

Brook packing up the tent.

Pics of Ben Dye's cabin...

The shower house...