Dexter: Sous Chef Pug

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I had to mention my four-legged sous chef in the kitchen – Dexter.  As a sous chef he spends most of his time sitting under the cutting board waiting patiently for something to drop.  I like to think he just wants to spend time with me in the kitchen, but I know that he is just looking for some cheese.  I have learned that he doesn’t care for cauliflower or broccoli, when those drop on the ground he spits them out.  But when cheese, tomatoes, or any bread products drop on the ground he is all over it.

I have had Dexter for 5 years and have loved to share my love of cooking with him in the kitchen.  Because of his potential weight problem as a pug, he does not get to enjoy much of what I cook in the kitchen; unless it falls on the floor.  So really he could also be considered a maid for the kitchen floor.  Jamie has learned to love him, even with Dexter’s snoring, loud breathing, barking and loads of hair – he might not love him as much as I do, but it’s a start.

Check back and see what other recipes Dexter and I are cooking up in the kitchen!

Salmon: Suddenly A Favorite

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I have always been a salmon lover, Jamie not so much.  So when we started dating there wasn’t a lot of salmon cooked.  He does like teriyaki sauce – I was determined to make him like salmon.  I assumed he had a bad experience with not good salmon, so I was ready to change his mind about one of my favorites.  I decided it to pair it with something enticing like teriyaki sauce and throw in an extra bonus – homemade teriyaki sauce.  To make a long story short – he loved it!  Definitely going to try out another salmon recipe to keep his mind in a positive place about the wonderful pink fish. :) Continue reading

The First Meal!

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It finally came time for me to cook for Jamie. He had cooked for me a couple times and I figured I could return the favor. I wanted to find the most delicious thing to cook and totally knock his socks off.

For Christmas I asked for a 5 quart Dutch Oven (You might know them as the Le Crueset, really expensive ones). Anyways, my mom did a little research and found an even better one at World Market…and its even red!  When I finally got it down to LA with me I could not figure out what to do with it other than make soup. I asked my boss, Kate, who you will hear about a lot in this blog, as she is an absolutely fantastic cook and has lots of recipes and tips.  She gave me a recipe for Braised Short Ribs and told me it was so easy.  I could put it in the oven, go to bed, and 8 hours later I would have the most delicious meal.  Well, leave it to me to make it more difficult.

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