Archives for the month of: January, 2013

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To finish off the thanksgiving for two meal, I made a light and pretty maple mousse pie topped with candied fresh cranberries. It was the perfect end to a great and not too heavy meal. Read the rest of this entry »

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To complete the Thanksgiving menu for two, I made a Kale and Apple salad with crunchy pancetta bits and candied pecans. This was such a fun salad to make and really beautiful to look at. You can skip the pancetta and cheese, substitute olive oil for pancetta drippings, and make this a delicious vegan salad as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cornish game hens are a great substitute for Turkey on thanksgiving. I made these stuffed hens because I didn’t want to make a whole turkey just for the two of us. After trying this recipe, I may make these hens for thanksgiving again for a bigger crowd. Read the rest of this entry »

We spent this past Thanksgiving at our friends family’s house in rural Texas shooting skeet and eating excellent southern thanksgiving cooking. It’s the first time I’ve had ambrosia and shot a rifle on the same day.

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It was a good break from the hustle and bustle that led to our backyard wedding 2 weeks before, in which my parents and I catered our reception for 50+ people. We decided to let somebody take care of Thanksgiving, and do a Thanksgiving for two people the day after. Since it was our first thanksgiving as husband and wife, I planned a special thanksgiving style menu for Mark and I.

Cooking for two for special occasion can be challenging, but with a little research and creativity, it wasn’t too long before I found a few dishes that would work for two people. When I think of thanksgiving, I think of Turkey, stuffings, cranberry dressing, and fall flavors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Our friends Adri and Tedd invited us to their new house for dinner, and to make it easy on the chef, I made dessert. In one of the recent Food and Wine magazines, I saw an amazing cake that had 7 layers with chocolate buttercream filling, and a beautiful caramelized meringue frosting. Every time I see some crazy dessert, I always get an itch to make it. This time I can dedicate my full attention to it, instead if having a whole dinner to cook like I usually do.

The Dobos torte is a famous Hungarian dessert which originated as a 5 layer cake with chocolate buttercream frosting, and thin caramel layer between each layer. This is one of those “Wow!” desserts that taste amazing as well. the cake is time consuming, but it can be made ahead of time and definitely worth the effort. Read the rest of this entry »