Monday, February 20, 2012

Best Laid Plans

I am finally going to make some cheese. I eat a lot of cheese, but I've never made it before.

While I was breast feeding little Auggie I had to give up a few of my favorite things: broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, bok choy and cheese. I knew that I was missing cheese, but I guess I missed it more than I realized. One day, while at Whole Foods, I found this cheese making kit and I had to have it. It has been sitting in my kitchen for months, looking at me, waiting.

Now that cheese is back on my "can eat" list, I'm going to try it out. We are also spending a lazy weekend with friends up on San Juan Island. This place always invites a lot of rest and kitchen creativity. Along with this cheese I am also going to bake up batch of G-free brownies, and my original peanut butter chip/chocolate chip cookie. One of our friends is going to try a milk poached whole chicken for dinner tonight--should be interesting.

(After a few hours)

Even the best laid plans may not work out. Due to timing issues and failing to ensure that I had all the ingredients on hand, I still have not made cookies or brownies. As for the cheese, I just got lazy. Kind of. I decided that I had to go on my all time favorite run, make a fort with Charlie and help Aug with his pulling-up-to-standing technique. Not a bad trade off. Charlie did spend some time in the garden looking for something for our table. This is what she brought in:

Alas, no baking. But, there are two whole chickens doing their thing in the two ovens. Like my best laid plans, our friend decided to not go with the milk braised chicken. Instead, one chicken is being simply roasted--always super yummy. The 2nd chicken, after being browned, is in a giant pot in the oven sitting on a pile of onions, brussels sprouts, red potatoes, carrots, white wine, chicken stock, and garlic. I love being up at the cabin.

(After a few more hours)

I was able to bake the cookies, so yummy.



  1. Charlie, those are leaves, not flowers! I hope a couple of those cookies came home...

  2. The cookies did make it home, but were then put into a care package for a friend. :( Next time I make them, I will save a few for you.