Shrimp & Andouille Sausage Gumbo

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I know it’s been a while ūüėČ ¬†SO we are 30 days and counting… Santa Barbara here we come! ¬†And our wedding diet has shifted from basic chicken and (my favorite) cauliflower, to things that are still healthy but might include a little carbs (! I know… haha), like gumbo!

Jamie went to New Orleans for his Bachelor Party (and I asked no questions), except about the food!  Which I heard was amazing, and I am super jealous.   Continue reading

Homemade Shrimp Stock

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After cooking stock for the first time, I will never use store bought stock again :) ¬†It was amazing… even though it took 4 hours to cook. ¬†Check out my recipe for¬†Shrimp & Andouille Sausage¬†– you’ll love it! :)

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Jicama French Fries (Paleo)

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Now you may think that jicama is high in carbs, which it is, however half of those are dietary fiber which are good for you, so cut that in half. ¬†I guess I would like to think that it is a healthier option than fast food french fries. ¬†I was very excited to try this recipe out because I absolutely love french fries and since we started our “wedding diet” I have not been able to enjoy them as often as I would like.

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Cauliflower Mash: Wedding Diet Staple

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The first time I made cauliflower mash for Jamie I tried to fool him into thinking it was mashed potatoes… ¬†I put it in front of him and he ate it. ¬†Then he looked up at me and said, “Is there something wrong with these potatoes? ¬†They taste strange.” ¬†Of course, I giggled and explained how they weren’t potatoes, they were cauliflower. ¬†Now that we are on our “wedding diet” of no carbs – it’s rather difficult to find sides that are only green vegetables. ¬†Cauliflower Mash has become a staple item in our diet. ¬† We have a protein and two sides, something green and either cauliflower or lentils (in my case pinto beans).

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Simple Spaghetti Squash

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If you haven’t cooked with spaghetti squash – you are seriously missing out! ¬†It is such a simple process, I was amazed. ¬†To cook the squash, all you have to do is cut it in half and drizzle olive oil over each half, and sprinkle salt and pepper. ¬†Then place face down onto a baking sheet and cook for about 45 minutes, at 350 degrees. ¬†After it has cooked, to check if it is done you can stick a fork in the top of it. ¬†If the fork goes through the skin you can remove it from the oven. ¬†Then flip it over (put a paper towel in your hand to help with the heat) and use a fork to get the middle out. ¬†If cooked correctly it should come out in perfect strands, just like noodles! (see photo below) Continue reading

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 Whole Bird :)

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Jamie and I love to watch the cooking competition shows (like Top Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, Chopped, Master Chef) and on one episode of Top Chef, Emeril (a judge at the time) cooked a whole chicken and he rubbed the herbs under the skin. ¬†I thought this was so cool and told Jamie that I was going to try it. ¬†Then a couple weeks later I was at working thinking about what I was going to cook for dinner and all of a sudden – I knew I had to try it.

I researched different ways that people were stuffing they’re chicken and chicken skin – Beer Can Chicken looked awesome, but that’s a story for another day. ¬†I didn’t use a specific recipe – I ended up pulling different things from a couple recipes and making my own version. (always turns out better)¬† On my way home from work I went to the store and bought my first 5lb. chicken and assorted veggies (leeks, potatoes, carrots) to lay in the bottom of the pan.¬† My fiance and I are the only ones in the house, but luckily his business partner was over.¬† I told them I was going to cook a whole chicken and I needed them to eat it.¬† Of course, no problem.

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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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