Despite starting this blog during my original unemployment phase in Los Angeles, over 70% of the posts (a whopping 173) hail from the great state of Texas. Whereas the early phase of the site was me blindly following a cookbook and trying not to set my sister's apartment on fire, my move to Houston marked a transition to taking chances and trying more and more ridiculous culinary escapades.
Paired with, Kevin, Robin, and the occasional O'Connor sister, I had more cooking adventures than I ever could have imagined when this all began. I learned how to handle raw meat, used a pressure cooker without blowing up my apartment, and baked up the net worth of a small country in butter for desserty goodness. Texas is where I truly learned how to think for myself in the kitchen and began to cook with heart.
In honor of my time there, I now present you with the top 10 (%, because I had a hard enough time narrowing it down to this many) posts from the past 3 years of living large in Texas in chronological order.
|Playing with a torch toward the start of my time in Texas. Look at that focus!|
The Christopher Nolan Cooking Bromance Begins Award
The Destiny Award
The Rick Moranis Best Realization of a Childhood Dream Award
SusieCakes' whoopie pies just may be my favorite dessert of all time, and this attempt to live out my dreams of Rick Moranis' opus delivered all the cookie and frosting deliciousness my heart desired. It reappeared in both Red Velvet and Strawberry form later on, but nothing will top the traditional version. Plus what's not to love about a post dedicated to Honey I Shrunk the Kids?
The Candace Nelson Award for Cupcake Crafting
The Twitter Frenzy Award
The Bartowski Aces Award
The Tim Burton Art Design Award
The Buddy the Elf Best Overuse of Sugar Award
The John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt Excellence in Naming Award
The Homer Simpson Fugu Joyous Celebration of Not Getting Food Poisoning Award
The Clear Eyes. Full Stomachs. Can't Lose Award
My 200th post featured an extra heaping helping of the excess typical of cooking adventures with Kevin. Southwestern Omelette "Sushi", Biscuit Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, and Chicken and Waffles (along with drink pairings) set the stage for one of the most delicious and memorable nights we had.
The Chuy's Creamy J Award for Superb Tex-Mex
The George R. R. Martin Deathtime Achievement Award for Bloodiest Feast
The "She Saved the World. A lot." Award for Repeated Excellence
The "I Just Love It When a Plan Comes Together" Award
The Havana Nights Heritage Embracement Award
The Chilton Prep Award for Excellence in Teaching
|Artist's rendering of my time in Texas. Did I ever mention how awesome I am with photoshop?|
|Robin and I pictured after our first cooking adventure in Texas. We now replicate this pose every night in our kitchen.|