I have a food obsession. Food is a very general word, but when I say food I mean can’t put your fork down, your mouth isn’t big enough, good food obsession. I’m pretty sure that it’s safe to say I would spend just about any absurd dollar amount on a delicious meal. Trying new cuisines and restaurants is just about as good as getting a new pair of pumps.
My boyfriend and I just celebrated our five year anniversary a few weeks back, yes five years ladies! The longer the wait the better the ring right? Anyways, I always love a good excuse for a fancy dinner, so I started doing my research. I wanted a restaurant that we haven’t been to, but was also recommended. I really thought we exhausted our list, but there are always little gems in the middle of nowhere. I decided on the Carnivore, which is a restaurant known for their seafood and steak choices. I’m a huge steak and potatoes kind of girl, so I was really excited for this dinner.
The ambiance of the Carnivore is very intimate with dark wood floors and tables, a candlelit dinner with an over-priced bar selection. For an appetizer we chose, or I should say I chose, Calamari with seasoned garlic. My boyfriend is allergic to seafood–poor, poor thing. And it wasn’t the best I’ve had, I could have taken it for something that was warmed up in the microwave. My steak and wild mushrooms on the other hand were delicious. The seasoning on the steak was just to die for and if I could have fit anymore in my stomach, I would have.
Continuing on with my food obsession, I have gotten this itch to cook. Let me give you a little bit of my background: Macaroni & Cheese and Macaroni & Cheese. Okay, I’m exaggerating a little bit, I can make a mean Chili and basically anything with ground beef. But, who can live off of just that? So, I’ve been trying to become a little more versatile with my meal selections. One thing I despise about looking for recipes online is that they all call for what you don’t have, let alone heard of. I don’t plan on making numerous trips to the grocery store each week for a specific meal, who has time for that let alone the budget?
So, last night I went out of my cooking comfort zone, which obviously isn’t very big. But, I made something I had no idea how it was going to turn out. (For you cooking experts out there, don’t poke fun, this is big for me). I made boneless chicken breasts with mushroom sauce, wild mushrooms to sprinkle on top and mashed potatoes. The entire process went smoother than I thought! I revised the recipe to the ingredients that I had. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any white wine to throw in the mix and I assumed using red wine just wouldn’t do the trick. I was so excited with how the meal turned out that I even tweeted a picture of it! The chicken breast was so tender and juicy, the sauce was creamy and the wild mushrooms were awesome.
So, as I was on my cooking high, I realized that I really would like to learn more about cooking. More about the knitty gritty and the secret tricks. I’ve been wanting to take cooking classes for a very long time, but never pursued it. So yesterdayI was doing a little research and found some hands-on cooking classes with Chef Michael Feker at his school of Culinary in Milwaukee, WI. The classes fill up quickly, so I immediately inquired and am anxiously awaiting my response. In the meantime, I’ve gathered a few interested girlfriends, and we’re going to do this together!
So, my food obsession documentary will continue and hopefully grow. Hopefully, one day, I can put the burnt macaroni and tart-tasting Koolaid behind me and consider myself a good cook! Not to mention, I got the greatest Christmas gift–A pink apron that reads: Will Cook For Shoes, Lots and Lots of Shoes! Ah, Perfect. I hope my boyfriend knows what that entails.
Have a great night!
THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW CAB