Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mediterranean Cooking Round 2

I have not given up on Mediterranean cooking, in fact, I thought I would give it another go. Not Paella of course or Spanish food, but I moved on to Italian, and man was it a hit! I'm not a newbie to making Italian food, but I thought I would try something new that was not in my repertoire and I think I will be making it again.  I made Giada De Laurentis' Pork Chop with Fennel and Caper Sauce.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Girls Weekend Away

A couple of weeks ago my mom and I headed out to have a girls weekend. We traveled on down to the hill country, to the small town of Marble Falls and we loved it. We had such a great time. We stayed at a little B&B on the main downtown square, shopped, tasted wine, went to a brewery and hung out at the piano bar across from our room.

We also went zip lining...so fun!

And rappelling

After getting super hot zip lining, we headed out to Krause Springs to cool off. And boy did we ever, that water was chilly!

We finished the trip with some wine tasting at Flat Creek Estates, their wine was absolutely wonderful. We also bought a case of raspberry sparkling wine for my sisters wedding. I will definitely go back.

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Last night I tried making Paella (a Spanish dish) for the first and last time ever. Needless to say it was a big flop, and I will be leaving it to the pros for the making. Unfortunately I got busy talking with my good friend Jenn who came over for dinner and I wasn't paying attention and the bottom turned completely black! I burned dinner and this is not common practice for me and I was filled with disappointment. To top it off, the rice was not finished cooking and no one likes crunchy rice. Everyone politely ate the dinner, but the leftovers were thrown out, which was a shame that it was not so good, because the flavor was delish. If you are brave and decide to try it out, or Mediterranean cooking is your forte then be my guest. The recipe was from Tyler Florence, his Ultimate Paella!