Cooking Up a Storm
June 04, 2007

I think it could have literally been the weather - the storm made me do it. I woke up on Saturday morning with a domestic urge. I wanted to bake. While the music was pumping and the eggs were frying, I arranged a chocolate chip walnut banana bread. It smelled wonderful and came out of the oven just as the rain ended. While the four inches of water was perfect for our parched lawns, the bread was not. There were no eggs in the bread, though the ones served at breakfast were divine, the banana bread was a low fat recipe and tasted just like that. A touch of jam gave it back it's sweetness but that's about it.

Come Sunday and a brand new Van Morrison CD I heated up the kitchen again. Three hours later Magoo and I turned out a pretty rocking meal and invited the girls over to sample and witness Sarah Silverman in all her raunchy glory. The food was good and her jokes were over the top. I peeled all the recipes off the Food Network website - adapting some to our needs including using none of the fat that Paula suggests. Wow that woman loves butter. We dabbled in mixing our own ideas into the pre-cut recipes and tried our hardest to remember what kind of modifications we made and what a 1/2 of a 1/4 is.

Plus now Magoo feels he sufficiently broke in the grill - so we decided next up are pizzas. Yeah I saw it on the Food Network this weekend, okay you figured me out. The next time a storm approaches or I just feel like standing in the kitchen for hours and having good friends, great food, and perfect music - we will fire it up. All in all I would say it was well played and enjoyed - you can see some of the results here.

**Does anyone know how to get Blogger to cooperate when using bullet points? They are driving me to stick a bullet point into my eye...

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Blogger Mel said:

I don't think Blogger's parents were very clear when teaching it about cooperation and things of that nature. har har

When I get in a cooking mood it is always food rather than sweets. The other day I made a weeks worth of food for lunch and dinner (most of which will probably go bad before I eat it lol)just because I was bored. It's like i've replaced cooking with shoe shopping and I'm not so sure I like it!

11:15 AM 

Blogger JustRun said:

Oh yum, yum and yum. When you said you'd invite people over, you forgot to include "blogging friends." I am so there for the grilled pizza. :)

11:41 AM 

Blogger e.b. said:

Well you know you are always welcome for dinner - that is the next time you make down to Tampa.

11:47 AM 

Blogger Bre said:

I figure I can make it to florida by tomorrow night's supper if I leave right now.... delicious! :)

1:14 PM 

Blogger Princess Extraordinaire said:

Way to go...isn't it kinda fun to play around in the kitchn...this coming from an undomestic goddess...

1:23 PM 

Blogger e.b. said:

bre- dinner is at 8, you bring the wine.

1:51 PM 

Blogger JustRun said:

Oh, believe you me, I can make it to Tampa. And I most definitely will have wine.

3:04 PM 

Blogger copasetic fish said:

if you don't already, you should definitely start reading smitten kitchen... i'm telling you, the woman is magic.

6:46 PM 

Blogger Pam said:

I saw the pizzas on the grill this weekend too, yet scared to attempt it. Anxious to hear if you tried it!

6:00 AM 

Blogger Tony said:

You guys haven't cooked anything yet. Wait until old Tony gets to Tampa.

7:32 AM 

Blogger e.b. said:

We were thinking pizza for Tony.

But we were really thinking that Tony should be cooking for us!!!

7:34 AM 

Blogger Tony said:

I've done pizza on the Grill before, it's kind of tricky, but it can be great. I'll show you how.

8:05 AM 

Anonymous Magoo said:

Tony, no need to teach us to fish (pizza). We are perfectly content with you just giving us the fish (pizza) and us eating for a day rather than a lifetime!

8:21 AM 

Blogger Accidentally Me said:

Grilled Cheerios...Magoo, you're brilliant!

8:30 AM 

Anonymous ruby said:

You didn't want grilled cherios? Whyever not?? Sounds like you made some good stuff though! I might steal a couple ideas...oh wait, what's that? You're sending me a plane ticket and you have an extra space at the table? I'm there!

10:07 AM 

Blogger e.b. said:

The more the merrier girls (and Tony) the more the merrier.

10:49 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I did the same thing - cooked my ass off all weekend. It was definitely the rain.

11:43 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks for the grilled asparagus recipe... I'm making that tonight!!

And the green summer dress looks so great on you!! Made me want to go shopping so much... uh oh.

1:37 PM 

Blogger brookem said:

sorry im late to the punch! sounds like a really good, and yummy, way to spend a rainy weekend.
as you know, i was experiencing my own "thunder" in mass. ha.

6:23 PM 

Anonymous brandy said:

I like to think that even though I missed this dinner, the next time I swing by Florida you will whip up some of these delights for me! And seriously, I think you should be a writer for a food magazine. ANY time you talk about food, you do it in such a way that I feel like I'm eating along with you.

8:10 PM 

Blogger e.b. said:

brandy you made my day! anytime you make it to the States you get TWO dinners.

5:02 AM 

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