Friday, September 3, 2010
Cooking with your Spouse
All through our relationship my husband and I have enjoyed sharing time together in the kitchen. One of my happiest memories of our dating years was cooking dinner together in his dorm. Over the years we have made everything from Melon Bread to Velveeta Shells and Cheese.
Cooking with your special someone is not always a walk in the park. The first time Adam and I tried to make flan was a disaster to say the least. I pulled up a recipe off of food network and we got to work. Things were going great until we made the caramel. Our first attempt was burned and we had to start back at square one. The second attempt is where things got dicey. The caramel was glistening in the pan and looked so wonderful; of course Adam had to try a lick. So he stuck his finger in it. He burnt his mouth and finger pretty bad. I set him up with some ice on the couch and got back to pouring the caramel into the ramekins. The caramel was so yummy looking I stuck my finger in without even thinking and put it in my mouth. I had a terrible burn on my finger. My tongue, mouth and teeth were killing me. My teeth hurt because I pulled the caramel off of my finger with my teeth in a knee jerk reaction. I still get the willies thinking about it.
One of Adam’s happiest memories is when my parents were celebrating their anniversary and we converted the house into a restaurant. We made a four course meal, set up a candle lit table for two, and served them. We even made menus. It was really fun.
I will be in the kitchen with Adam today making baked peaches with homemade vanilla ice cream.
Baked Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream
Makes 4 servings
Vanilla Sugar, Recipe to follow
Premium Vanilla Ice Cream- homemade is best
Remove skin and pit from peaches, halve.
Fill cavity with brown sugar, about a spoonful.
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Dot peaches with thin slices of butter.
Bake peaches in a 350 degree oven until bubbly and hot.
Place one peach half in a bowl. Top with premium vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle with nuts and a little bit of vanilla sugar and cinnamon.
You can add crumbled nuts or cookies in addition to the brown sugar in the peaches for a little crunch.
1 Vanilla pod or Spice jar that once contained the beans
Place sugar in a zip lock bag, or container with tight fitting lid.
Add vanilla pod.
Allow a few days for the flavor to come into the sugar.
If you had a spice jar that had vanilla beans in it don’t toss it. It should still have a very nice vanilla smell. Add sugar and reseal. In a few days you will have a tasty treat to add to recipes, and drinks.
Have a nice holiday weekend.