My Version of Scalloped Potatoes

After about three hours of studying veterinary terminology, my brain felt raw yesterday.  After all that work, I wanted to enjoy something hearty and very yummy for dinner.  Something that would stick to my bones to bless me with a good nights sleep.  Kevin ran to the store before he came home from work to check out the meat section at H-E-B.  Lamb chops were the winner.  They were cut up and packed fresh by the butcher.  For dinner, we enjoyed rosemary lamb chops, dill and garlic asparagus, and scalloped potatoes. I’ve been making my scalloped potatoes for years and I can’t believe I haven’t shared my recipe with you guys yet!  People would beg me for the recipe whenever I would bring them for a work potluck.  They are super simple, you just have to put your time and effort into it.  I also wanted to test out our new mandolin. Haha.

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Side Chick: White Truffle Mac & Cheese

Sometimes I underestimate myself in the kitchen.  I don’t have much confidence in whipping stuff together from the top of my head like my husband does.  He is able to think up something from who knows where and make it so delicious.  We were planning a crab cake dinner for Kevin’s parents and we thought mac & cheese would be a nice touch  as a side.  As tempted as I was to feed off of someones recipe, Kevin changed my mind. He told me NOT to look up any recipes and to use my imagination.  As I said, I’m not so confident in the kitchen.  I usually take a glance at other people’s ideas to make my own ideas, especially when I’m cooking for other people other than my husband.  Fortunately, making up this entire dish worked out for the best and came out fantastic.  Here is how I made my white truffle mac & cheese.

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Side Chick: Cheesy Asparagus Gratin

My sister and my niece came over for dinner to enjoy some delicious lamb with roasted potatoes and asparagus.  Knowing my 10 year old niece, it’s hard to get some nutritious greenery in her system.  So, I thought I’d add a delightful element to my asparagus.  Cheese!  This recipe is super easy!  She still was a little uneasy about eating the disguised veggie, but everyone else seemed to think it was okay.  In my opinion, I love asparagus in its natural state.  The less the better.  I just thought I’d try this out to see if it could change her opinion on my favorite vegetable ever.

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A Trip To Wahiawa For El Palenque

A few weeks before we said goodbye to the Aloha state,  Kevin and I were jonesing for some good Mexican food.  I had heard quite a few great things about El Palenque.  It also had quite a few good reviews on Yelp.  Being the Texas girl I am, I had to roll on over to Wahiawa to check it out for myself.

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New Orleans Shrimp and Artichoke Soup

It’s been a long time.  I took a break from writing simply because we have been in the process of moving back home to Texas!  Vacation was well needed and I now I have loads of backed up content to share with you guys.  Wait no more!  It’s been pretty nice to say we are back home.  The dogs love it here and so do we.  We are getting a house built and can’t wait to move in.  Things are definitely looking up.

This recipe is something that I came across on Pinterest a while ago.  It’s an inspired recipe from the New Orleans School of Cooking.  A creamy and cajuny (might not be a word, but it is today) combination of flavors.  Loads of artichokes, shrimp and most importantly, love.  This is a fairly simple recipe and I hope you guys try it out!  It’s great! Continue reading “New Orleans Shrimp and Artichoke Soup”