I’m not dead

1438_10101707408686270_254301649_nOh, hello.

I’ve missed you, but I’m coming back soon with an all-new kitchen and camera gear. The jokes and husband remain the same.

After the last time we got together, Scott and I both started new jobs and and took a few months to build a home. Our time together, while always so special, was put on the — get ready for it — back burner. Like cooking. Like when you’re cooking and you put something on the back burner. Because I cook in the videos. You get it, right?

Yeah, you get it.

We designed the kitchen to be camera-friendly, but I was in need of new gear. Enter the Founders’ Grant, an award from my home away from home, Spong and Carmichael Lynch, sister PR and advertising agencies based in Minneapolis and owned by Interpublic Group. The grant, designed to empower an employee to execute a creative idea, was used to purchase video equipment for the blog. The agencies do work with a number of national brands, but, unless otherwise stated, content here is not sponsored or influenced by business relationships I have with those brands.

With the grant, I’ve been able to get a tripod, camera and mic back in the kitchen to again document the goings-on behind the counter. We’ve been filming and getting things ready, including new design work from the talented Whitley Mike.

See you again soon.

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Thanksgiving Side-Dish Face-Off

Sometimes after you cook a nice meal for your family, you stand in the corner behind a camera and document them. Everyone enjoys it.

We hosted Thanksgiving for the first time last year. As people do, I set up cameras around the house to capture the experience and create a fake movie trailer about it. It was more or less a dry run to see if I had it in me to create a video cooking blog. And I did. Are you thankful for that? I bet you are. You’re welcome.

As we gear up for hosting again this year, I’m trying to cook as many side dishes as I can to see which ones should make the cut for the big day. Side dishes are the real magic of Thanksgiving, right? Last year’s spread, 19 dishes in all, included homemade macaroni and cheese (we made the macaroni fresh that day), chestnut and parsnip croquettes, pumpkin pie made from scratch and 16 gallons of vodka.

I’ll have more on the side-dish face-off soon. First up: kale and brussels sprout salad vs. shaved root vegetable salad.

Happy Halloween: Black vodka, apple brie panini and our party’s mascot

Happy Halloween! We hosted our Boo! Boo! Booze party two nights ago and the house is still in recovery mode. It was well worth it, though, to get a chance to  throw in some creepy twists to our kitchen skills.

The Zombie Attack! game, with everyone hunting the house and yard for zombie versions of the guests, was a nice distraction as we kept food and drinks going in the kitchen.

The other highlights:

Boo! Boo! Booze!

Mummy Apples: white chocolate, then layers of peanut butter, caramel and pecans.

We’re hosting our Boo! Boo! Booze! Halloween party tonight. Among the treats: Mummy Apples, which are covered in white chocolate, peanut butter, caramel and pecans.

I’m turning the black vodka screwdrivers into shots, served in layered shot glasses, alongside a Witch’s Brew of orange juice, sherbet and other mysterious things like dry ice and probably a soy version of eye of newt or some such thing. That’s what witches drink, right? Continue reading

Bachelor Weekend, and why you need Bacon Salt

Bachelor Chow! Totino's Party Pizza, Kraft Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese, Bacon Salt.

Scott was on a business trip this weekend. As is tradition, he left me a care package filled with the makings for Bachelor Chow.

You may recall that Bachelor Chow, a delightful mix of Totino’s Party Pizza and Kraft Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese, is my comfort food. And what better reason to seek out comfort than being without your loved one for a few days?

I added Bacon Salt this time. Have you had Bacon Salt? It’s three things: 1) vegetarian, 2) delicious, 3) not on enough things you eat. Let’s review things that are better with Bacon Salt: Continue reading

I never meant to leave you.

Really, I didn’t. I’ve been having issues in the kitchen. Unlike the time all of the appliances made a suicide pact, this time the issues are of the camera variety.

I shoot all of the videos myself, while I’m home alone, except for that one time Scott got home from work early and was my vodka soda taste-tester. That’s a lot of moving a tripod around, balancing an iPad to get close-up shots and holding an iPhone over the stove while I stir. Well, I need a new tripod and a better way to stabilize the iPad, and in my hunt for equipment, I’ve neglected you.

I’ll fix it.

Soon.

Let’s still be friends.