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Hello MLAaMW Readers! This month I am celebrating my very first blogiversary! It has truly been a whirlwind of a year, filled with twists, turns, and more changes than I could have ever imagined. Continue reading
Welcome to the Modern Wife Test Kitchen! Today I will share with you some of my most recent happenings in the kitchen, this is where I test out new recipes and techniques just before turning out the final product. I guess you can call it an experiment of sorts. Well without further ado…
Did you know that you can make your own Gluten-free flours? This thought kind of hit me today. I’ve been working on a recipe to combine Quinoa, shrimp, and grapefruit in a unique way that wouldn’t be extremely complicated. And it hit me like a bolt of lightning, why not toast the Quinoa, then add in some oats and almonds and grind everything in a food processor to create a mealy type of flour to coat the shrimp in? Sounds easy enough right? I think the flavors will balance very well together, the nuttiness of the Quinoa will compliment the almonds and the oats will bring a sweet kind of mellowness to the mix. This new development has brought on several new possibilities to the current recipe I’m working on. I will leave you without any further details (I know how mean of me), but if you were in my kitchen at the moment you could expect to see grapefruit, oranges, lemon ginger loose-leaf tea, and various spices including crushed red pepper. That’s all for now, stay tuned to see what this Modern Wife has up her sleeve!
As I have previously mentioned, this year I will be sharing some of my behind-the-scenes work on how I do what I do. A large part of what inspires my cooking is the ingredients I use. That may seem very simplistic and well..obvious but it’s true. Something will catch my eye at the market and before I know it I am loading my cart with squash or apples or some kind of interesting green and dreaming up all the different ways that I can use that particular ingredient. I think this partly stems from the fact that my husband used to be a very picky eater in the vegetable department, and so I spent the first several months of my marriage learning every single way to cook the vegetables he enjoyed. I think I can say with confidence that I have prepared Butternut squash at least 10 different ways, maybe more! It really has helped broaden my cooking experience quite a bit. I digress..today I will introduce to you “Spotlight!” a feature I have been testing for a while now. The Spotlight feature will show you my current favorite ingredient to work with, and will hopefully encourage you to maybe try something new. When you see the featured ingredient updated, you will also know what to expect in the upcoming recipe, so you can be on the lookout for it when you’re shopping. You are also able to request Spotlight ingredients, simply leave a comment in the most recent post and it will be submitted for consideration. Stay tuned!
Speaking of nostalgia, do you remember way back when you were in grade school, and your teacher would send you home with a progress report? Well my friends at WordPress have done just that. Here’s a recap of My Life As a Modern Wife in the year 2010. Not bad for the first year eh? I think this review is fridge worthy if it is polite to say so myself. As always a special thank you for reading! ~ D.
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 25 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 116 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 142mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was March 15th with 126 views. The most popular post that day was Photo Gallery .
The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, hannahtallo.blogspot.com, likeawarmcupofcoffee.com, mail.yahoo.com, and mommypotamus.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for homemade tomato sauce recipe, sweet potato quinoa bake, and “my life as a modern wife”.
Photo Gallery March 2010
Current Foodie Reading February 2010
Homemade Tomato Sauce November 2010
10-10-10 October 2010
Smoothie Love September 2010
The wonderful and slightly romantic thing about being newly married is that your life experiences are intermingled in such a way that each new memory you create is a shared one. Each person in a marriage grew up with some sort of family tradition (albeit good or bad) that they have somehow kept alive over the years and now as an “adult” (we use that term pretty loosely around here) they continue to light that torch of family tradition into their marriage. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of being propped up on a kitchen chair to help my mother with her holiday baking. I remember feeling so grown up, though I could hardly see over the counter, as I carefully mixed the pecan halves into the pecan pie filling and pouring it into the pie crust. Pecan pie, is and always will be a Thanksgiving tradition for me. When Sam &I first started dating, (just before Christmas of 2008) the Linvilles invited me over for dinner and I brought them my mother’s famous pecan pie…and the rest as they say is history! I have been baking it for them ever since. And who can forget Christmas cookies. I’ll never forget the way my mother patiently instructed me to roll peanut butter cookie dough, and then dust the cookie balls in sugar, and finally smash the formed dough crosswise with the tines of a fork (as an artistic kid I loved that part). So last year in all my newlywed zeal, I set out to experiment with several different kinds of holiday cookies and lined the kitchen counter tops with dozens and dozens of cookies. The hubs, of course, loved this as he got to be the executive taste tester (who wouldn’t love that job?!). And this year I hopelessly continued the tradition, adding new and different recipes to the arsenal. They were the perfect holiday party tray and worked very well in gift baskets (don’t worry the hubs still got first tasting privileges). I love the thought of combining each of our favorite holiday traditions and also adding some new ones of our own. This Christmas I was able to visit my husband’s home town in Oklahoma, and see the famous Chickasha Festival of Lights, one of his families annual traditions. It was really beautiful. We also got our first Christmas tree this year, a beautiful Douglas Fir (which I am sad to say will meet his untimely fate with the wood chipper very soon) and have started a new tradition of buying Christmas ornaments each year to decorate the tree with little by little. So despite the holiday rush, it really has been a wonderful Holiday season. I can only smile at the year to come and hold the ones that I love close to me as time pulls us forward.
As followers of My Life As a Modern Wife, you have a front row seat in my tiny crawl space of a kitchen. You get an up close look at some of my favorite creations. You see the final product after it has been brought through a number of processes and are given the opportunity to try it for yourself (I hope you do!). This is usually how the process works… I brainstorm new ideas from several different sources:keeping tabs on each seasons fresh produce, reading tons and tons of cookbooks from different cultures& eating styles, staying current with new trends in gourmet cooking, eating dangerously (you can’t be afraid to try new things, being adventurous really makes life sweeter), learning as much as I can about nutrition, and last but not least, reinventing old recipes that I have previously made and thinking of old standbys in a completely new way. Then once I have the creativity percolating, I will start to experiment. This is the best and sometimes most frustrating part. Sometimes the end result is surprisingly good, and sometimes well..not so good. So then I formulate my new recipe based on the results of said experiment and continue to tweak and adjust it until I am
exhausted satisfied with the end result. Then my dear readers, I will graciously share my findings with you. And that is how I do what I do. As I go through this process I am continually reminded that success in the kitchen can be such a fleeting thing. One day the souffle rises and the next it falls flat, one day you create something wonderful and new and the next day you can’t remember how you did it. So I have learned to embrace this natural ebb and flow and also be very grateful when things work out in the end. So all of that to say there is a lot more happening in the “modern kitchen” than you may think. If you would be so brave as to follow me on this, I will give you a closer look into the everyday happenings of my kitchen and let you in on all the in-between kind of things that you miss out on. Just trust me on this, it’s gonna be fun. Have a Happy Holiday & I’ll see you in the New Year!
PS: Speaking of something new…I have decided to make a resolution (I know, how original) to join the WordPress community Post A Week 2011 challenge. It is a community of bloggers joining together via The Daily Post actively working to improve your reading experience (in a nutshell). I am hoping this next year your in-box (or Google reader etc.) will be filled with weekly snippets of inspiration straight from my kitchen to yours. Why? Because you deserve it. Thanks for reading!