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Brussels Sprout Hash

It is always awesome when my husband cooks me dinner. But a while ago he made an especially awesome meal I wanted to share. Brussels Sprout Hash with bacon and poached eggs. He pretty much just followed the recipe, but it became apparent that the bacon needs to be doubled or so. It was the first time he had ever poached eggs. The meal turned out pretty and delicious. I recommend trying it out.

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dumplin mania

One of the things we fell in love with in Canada (besides Canada itself) was dumplings. In Montreal we ate twice at a restaurant that exclusively had dumplings of all types on the menu. It was love at first bite. Then in Toronto, we found ourselves in a chaotic dim sum restaurant, where carts and carts of fried dumplings and steamed buns passed by. This was an entire group of food that I had no idea I was missing out on. Luckily in Montgomery, we have a pretty good variety of Asian markets in the city. The selection of dumplings alone at the Korean market is slightly overwhelming. There are frozen buns and dumplings stuffed with any type of meat or vegetable you can think of. And if you are feeling like branching out, you can buy gyoza wrappers and make your own stuffing for dumplings. In my experience, home-made dumplings are much more flavorful than the store-bought kind.

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I don’t really watch the NFL, but I made an exception a few weeks ago and watched the Super Bowl. Now, I am a college football gal, and we spent most Saturdays this fall eating food and watching games, but I just never got into pro ball. But the Super Bowl provided an excuse to eat badly one more time and catch one last game. So for the game I made hot wings, ricotta dip, and sweet potato fries. I decided to make the wings a little more interesting by baking them with a dry rub first before coating them with wing sauce. They turned out pretty good.

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honeymoon- Montreal

Where we last left off (um way back on August, oops) on our North American honeymoon adventure was in New York in the Adirondacks. Even though we took this trip way back in June, I still really want to share and document our trip. So here is a belated account.

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football food

The college football season has come to a close, and I really enjoyed Saturdays this fall. Not only did my alma mater win the national championship (roll tide!), but we really just enjoyed relaxing and eating with friends. Because our schedules were so hectic (with classes and adult co-ed slow pitch softball taking up 3 nights a week), it made it hard to see friends. So we just had an open door on Saturdays for anyone who wanted to stop by, watch some football, drink a beer, and eat some unhealthy food. There was plenty of nachos, crescent rolls stuffed with things, bacon in or on everything, fancy grilled cheese, sausage and Velveeta balls, and even some delicious but complicated to make fried, stuffed risotto balls that I am never making again. I started collecting football food recipes, and coming up with complicated themes, and it got a little too involved, but it was super fun and delicious.

While I didn’t document or even remember most of the awesome food we made, there was one recipe we kept coming back to that I wanted to share: cream cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped jalapenos. We ate them throughout the season and for the national championship game. They are delicious and easy to prepare. Unless you have some particularly fiery peppers, the dish is fairly mild once cooked, but you might want to wear gloves while you are preparing them.

  1. Gather supplies: Jalapenos, bacon, cream cheese (I love 1/3 fat onion and chives), and anything you want to add to the cream cheese like chives or hot sauce or anything. If you use plain cream cheese, you probably want to add a little something because it might be a little bland otherwise.
  2. Half jalapenos. Scoop out seeds and ribs.
  3. Fill jalapeno halves with cheese filling.
  4. Wrap with bacon. (I use a whole slice of bacon per pepper, but you can you less.)
  5. Bake in the oven (350-ish) until the bacon looks good and done.

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my husband loves me

They always say the way to a man’s heart is through is stomach. Well I don’t know about silly gender stereotypes, but a sure-fire way to make me melt into a puddle of love and appreciation is to cook for me. To feed me is to love me, especially if you feed me perfectly cooked steak. Oh, and okra seasoned with Tony’s that is both perfectly cooked and seasoned. That will do it. I love my awesome husband.

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Dave is out of town pizza

olive oil, lots of thinly sliced garlic, fresh basil, soft mozzarella cheese, grape tomatoes

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