This Grand Adventure: Chelsa-Bea: October 2013

October 31, 2013

Life Lately - October in Review

Every time I go to write one of these posts I’m just dumbfounded by how quickly these months fly by. It seems like October only began yesterday and now November is less than 24 hours away.

Things around here have been zany (surprise, surprise) but October has been a good month. I’ve tried to embrace all that it has to offer with its changing leave colors and cooler temperatures. I finally got out my heavier coat out and unpacked my boots. I’ve been busy in the kitchen embracing the autumnal harvest with winter squash, collard greens and lots of hearty soups and stews. I celebrated my, first, 29th birthday and started chipping away at my 30 before 30 list. I continued the process of trying to find a balance between everything that’s going on in my life while still enjoying the moments (what seems to be greatest challenge in life). And, I enjoyed weekends filled with my favorite fall pastime - watching college football, drinking beer and eating the best hot wings in Milwaukee. October may have flown by, but it certainly didn’t leave me disappointed. 

Goodbye to my favorite month of the year, and welcome November!

October 24, 2013

Landmark Creamery Fig and Arugula Pizza

Pizza with Arugula and Dried Fig, Landmark Creamery, Wisconsin, Pizza Recipes, Crescenza di Bufala

When Landmark Creamery, a newly opened creamery in Wisconsin contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would be willing to create a recipe using some of their artisan cheeses, with a very big smile and happy stomach, I enthusiastically said yes! First of all, cheese is basically it’s own food group in our house. Second of all, I enjoy nothing more than supporting local businesses. So, when two of my greatest passions combine – local business + cheese - I am one happy girl! 

It was a pretty exciting day for me when these cheeses arrived. Getting packages in the mail is one of my all time favorite things, and when they come with cheese inside, it’s even better. Landmark Creamery provided me with some velvety and salty Crescenza di Bufala, as well as, a fragrant but smooth Petit Nuage. The Crescenza di Bufala was the cheese I choose to cook with because as described on Landmark’s website it’s “Similar to a fresh mozzarella but with a softer body, this cheese is full and creamy with wonderful melting qualities”. I knew it would be perfect for what I wanted to create.

October 22, 2013

Chorizo Stuffed Bell Peppers

Chorizo Stuffed Peppers, Fall Stuffed Pepper Recipe

My husband’s work schedule has been pretty crazy as of late. We’ve both been moving in different directions and it feels like we just can’t get our calendars to match. One of the reasons we started cooking together was so that when our schedules were like this, we had a moment each day that we could put everything else aside and be together.

Cooler weather always seems to bring out our appetites and we’ve been craving healthy but hearty food around here. Last week, when we were both moving about a million miles an hour, we took an a couple hours one evening to throw together these chorizo stuffed peppers.

These stuffed peppers were sort of a last minute thought, and ended up being a combination of a bunch of random stuff in our fridge but they turned out great. This is a pretty big recipe and since it’s just the two of us, we of course didn’t eat them all but they were the perfect serving size for leftovers and the next day’s lunch.

Being in the kitchen with my husband is probably my favorite place on earth. It’s a time we can be together, laugh and tryout new recipes. When he’s working 12-14 hours days it’s hard to find time together but one thing we always try to do, even if it’s just once or twice a week, is take an hour or so to cook and eat with one anther.

October 18, 2013

Orange and Vanilla Infused Applesauce

Orange and Vanilla Applesauce, Fall Applesauce, Easy Applesauce, Applesauce Recipe

As most of you know by now, my Mom is one of my favorite people in the world and she is an incredible cook. She’s always experimenting in her kitchen, concocting new recipes and coming up with the most delectable dishes.

After having spent a long weekend in Idaho with she and the rest of my family a few weeks ago, I was feeling ultra homesick last week. The Sunday blues had set in and I was feeling melancholy. I called her up to see what she was doing and like most Sunday’s she was puttering away in the kitchen. Whether or not she has a house full of kids anymore, my mom still cooks a feast every Sunday. I’m not sure who she’s thinking will come over for dinner but almost every week, she spends the day whipping up recipes and glorious meals.

October 11, 2013

Birthday Cake with Pink Seven Minute Frosting

Pink Seven Minute Frosting, Birthday Cake

Let me preface this post by saying, I’m not much of a sweets person. I’ve got a very specific palate when it comes to the types of desserts I enjoy. And, when it comes to cake, especially birthday cake, I never know exactly what I want.

Although I might not have much of an appetite for sweets, seven minute frosting is one of my favorite things in the world. It’s like a meringue frosting for a cake. I love meringues, which is probably why I love this frosting. It’s light, fluffy and perfectly sweet. The pillowy texture just melts in your mouth, and it’s the perfect compliment to a light and airy angel food cake.

I’m not sure the first time I had seven minute frosting. It was probably when I was younger visiting my Grandma in Santa Barbara, California. She would always fill us with treats during our visits and I specifically remember her always making angel food cake with seven minute frosting while we were there. On the day we would leave, she would pack up a piece for us to carry on the plane as a snack. I would try desperately not to eat it but somehow it usually ended up in my belly before I even boarded my first flight.