A Couple of Things I Have Been Up To....
Welcome, gentle readers, to another chapter of "What I Have Been Up To". I reinvented my "Growed Up Mac and Cheese" which was great fun and very tasty! Not only did I boil my farfalle pasta in chicken stock and Tecate beer, but I added Tecate to my roux. Delicious! In addition, I used both andouille sausage (one of my all-time favorites) and also Chipotle Chicken Sausage. The combination of Cajun and Chipotle spice was quite complimentary. Loved it. I also added roasted Anaheim green chiles. My son devoured it, which was a great sign of success. Here is a wedge of it:
On a more comical note, I made Chocolate Decadent Cupcakes. That in itself, while messy, was not the comical part. I decorated my cupcakes - with absolutely no confidence - using one of those frosting bags (the technical term escapes me) and my frosting, which I wanted to look like a rose, turned out more like worm poop. Yes, I am deeply shamed, but it is too funny to not share it with you. Here, have a laugh. It is ok. I laughed, too. Yes, indeed, this is the reason why I am not writing a baking blog. Clearly.
The best part was being able to use my last year's Christmas present, my KitchenAid hand mixer. Made life a lot easier. The last batch of cupcakes that I'd made (at a friend's house) I mixed by hand with a whisk, which took forever. This time, it was quite fun.
Thank you for enjoying this episode! Stay tuned for two more posts! I have been quite busy in the kitchen!