So to all you other famous bloggers this may seem very ho hum, but I’m feeling quite honored to be guest posting on TKTC. I was invited earlier to share a recipe for homemade ravioli, but I made it and it was kinda cardboardy, so that may have to wait another six months. I need to get married and get the pasta roller I registered for first.
TKTC Note: If anyone has played the registry game or has some good registry item suggestions, leave em in the comments for love.
I haven’t been cooking for long, but I’m definitely enjoying it. As a chemistry graduate student, I practically do the same crap at work (mixing, heating, etc.). However, working with far less dangerous ingredients and getting to eat my final product makes cooking a little more gratifying in the short-term.
So here goes. The main dish was a chicken tetrazzini, and the recipe can be found here. It looks much harder than it actually is. My observations/thoughts:
- This did take awhile to make, but it’s only because I didn’t plan ahead very well. I think that’s a rookie mistake on my part. TKTC Note: I swear to God, timing is the HARDEST part of cooking. Period.
- I thought it could have used more garlic, but I love Italian food so just go based on your own tastes.
- Don’t get chicken that’s too thick. I got huge chicken breasts, and the outsides got a little too brown because the chicken refused to cook through. It wasn’t the end of the world, but you could tell where the chicken was in the final product because the outside was tougher.
- Not enough salt at all! I may have undersalted the chicken too. I solved this problem by adding more parmesan. TKTC supports this measure but also thinks better undersalt than over.
- This stuff reheats great. It’s very creamy so you’ll never get something dry and dull out of the microwave.
TKTC Note: Are you joking? Not about the red-eyes (I've seen it in action, Blech) but I love baking. You bought all the ingredients and set me up with a sweet standing mixer and an oven that was installed within the last 46 years. That was GREAT!
TKTC Note: I will say that per the frosting, don't let your butter MELT and keep an eye on consistency. Ours could have benefited from using the buttercream recipe in Barefoot Contessa, only adding lemon zest and juice instead of chocolate. Mine just didn't stand up too well this time (hence photo of EA licking off his shoe).
Jessi, thank you so much for the opportunity to guest post and getting me started cooking. I’m not even kidding when I say your kitchen (yes with the tiny half-functional stove) and those brie cups made me want to start cooking, and here I am. And as a thank you for both making the cupcakes and letting me post, I’m gonna bring this next time we all do a dinner.
TKTC Note: One of my favorite things to come of this blog is that my friends who perennially said they "can't cook" are now seeing that it's pretty easy. And highly rewarding on every front. Welcome to the fray, EA!