Friday, July 17, 2009

Eating Good In The Neighboorhood

Many of you who have eaten something that I have cooked before have worried about mine and Ryan's nourishment without someone to cook for us. I can bake, but I was lacking in the area of 'real' food. My specialties consisted of Macaroni and Cheese and Tuna Patties. That may sound gross, but I promise it is good. However, it is not exactly something that one could have for dinner on a nightly basis.

This is strange because I come from a legacy of wonderful cooks. My mother and grandmother are spectacular in the kitchen! I was wondering why I had not inherited this trait.

Ryan and I received many wonderful cookbooks as wedding gifts. One is particularly great for me because it explains what a 'pinch of salt' and a 'dash of sugar' actually are.

This is beneficial because whenever I call my grandmother and ask for cooking instructions, she is great to give them to me, but sometimes I am left wondering what she meant when she said 'a little bit of milk and a pinch of salt.' How much is a little bit? That could really vary between people! But now I have an index for these questions.

Another of the books is called Peace Meals. It has exquisitely beautiful pictures of the food, and being the aesthetic person that I am, this encourages my cooking gene.

So, all of that being said, I have taken a leap of faith and tried out several new recipes. As of yet, I haven't even purchased one single can of tuna since we got married, and I only bought one box of Macaroni and Cheese--as a back up or on a comfort food night.

On a typical evening, Ryan grills whatever type of meat we are having on our awesome indoor counter top grill, and I make the side dishes.

Last night was our best creation yet. We had Grilled Tilapia with a wonderful lemon-creole seasoning that Ryan came up with, Home-made Mashed Potatoes (thanks for the Milnot, Mom!), and a Champagne Feta Cheese Asparagus and Tomato Salad. I included a picture for proof!


Richard said...

When you say peace meals, do you mean the book created by Juinor Leauge of Houston?

Jamie Leigh Stephen said...

Yeah! It is!

Cheryl Johnson said...

I'm so proud of you and Ryan! That meal looks delicious. I think I'll stop by for dinner some evening! Love, Mom

The Codys said...

Haha, you're funny! We will have to get together so I can give you some of my recipes...they are pretty much all so easy!! I remember being exactly like that when I started learning how to cook too, though. I guess it runs in the family to not have a lot of measurements, haha. My mom, Nana, & Grandaddy are coming in town this weekend...if you & Ryan will be here maybe we can all do dinner Saturday night!