Monthly Archives: January 2017

1/3 Dinner: Orange glaze chicken with pearl cous cous & steamed veggies


The glaze is adapted from an America’s Test Kitchen recipe. The original recipe is for chicken, but it works wonderfully for tofu. 

I cooked the cous cous in chicken broth, but it still tasted super bland until I added the minced parsley. 

All in all, dinner was healthy, bland and quick to make. I feel like the plate is missing something, something of substance. Maybe we needed bread? Or salad?

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1/2 Kitchen attempts

I didn’t work today, so now I’m sitting in the messiest little kitchen, waiting for my Oven-Fried Chicken to finish baking in the oven. 

I’ve spent nearly all day in the kitchen today. 

  • Bread – I attempted the Pain Ordinaire recipe from the book The Art of Bread. I’ve followed this recipe 5 times already with no success. I’m wondering if it’s my oven or the recipe that is off. The bread is burnt and under baked no matter what I try. The trouble with bread is that there are too many variables, and I can’t figure out which step is out of alignment. 
  • Scallop potatoes – This recipe is a sped up version from America’s Test Kitchen. I had to use milk & butter in lieu of heavy cream & I cut up too many potatoes. But I think it tastes OK. 
  • Chips – I had leftover potatoes from the scallop potatoes, so I wanted to make chips. They burnt to a crisp in the first 5 minutes. 
  • Oven-Fried Chicken – this recipe is from my old faithful cookbook Better Homes & Garden New Cookbook: Bridal Edition. Its still in the oven, so no comments yet, but I feel fairly confident it’ll turn out decent. I have to make something that didn’t work from this book. Turned out better than I could have imagined! The best thing I’ve made all day! 

New year, new direction

2017 Resolutions

  1. Bake something (bread, cookies, cakes, etc) 1x a week
  2. Read 1 book off my Goodreads To Read list once a month
  3. Learn how to properly bake a basic loaf of bread
  4. Cook 1 new vegetable a week

My list isn’t very extensive. There is more I want to add to it, but I don’t want to make too many promises that I can’t follow through. My work schedule has shifted, so now I’m home at a reasonable time & can actually cook for my family again. I want to expand my kitchen skills and really push myself out of my comfort zones. 

There will be failures, but there will also be some success stories. Hopefully more of the latter. Maybe this blog will keep me motivated to follow through on my cooking adventures. Or at least, give me an outlet from which I can learn from my mistakes.