Cooking with Lance: A Year in Review

In the few remaining months of 2015, Lance and I began cooking together on the weekend. Dreary weather* and too many shopping trips initiated this new hobby and we carried it on throughout 2016.

*Of which included an expected, but not delivered, hurricane and an actual blizzard.

Cooking meals of this nature became too much of a task to plan weekly, but whenever we found ourselves with a free day, a meal would be scheduled.

This past weekend, I realized two things:
1. We have been doing this for over a year
2. I have barely documented any of it

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In February, 2016, we made all our Super Bowl snacks together.*

*And until doing so, I didn’t realize just how much goes into the composition of bite sized snacks.

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Lance used his smoker—a lot. He handled the meats and I took charge of the sides. Though ribs were usually the meat of choice, we experimented a little, too. These smoked chicken thighs and spicy slaw were incredible.

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Remember back in January how we decided to make croissants together?

I’ve made a batch of croissants pretty much every week since. It might not quite be cooking together related, but these pictures have been begging to be shared.

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Oh my yum!

In October, we took the cooking class,”Soup’s On”, at our local community college. Apparently, soup falls into the ‘easy-to-make’ category.* Growing up, the only soup I ate was hamburger soup. Anything else came from a can and I wasn’t too thrilled with it.

*It supposedly also falls into the use-what-you-have and fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants categories.

We took the class not only to learn the fundamentals of soup making, but also to determine if I could find an appetite for it.

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Four soups later and I became a souper.* We’ve made soup together several times since.

*Souper:
[soop-er] | noun
1. a person who likes soup.

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Our most recent day spent cooking together, we revisited gnocchi making. Clearly, we waited too long to make it again. About halfway through, we remembered why we had allowed so much time to pass–gnocchi is intense!*

*Again, I refrained from photo taking of the process, so you’ll just have to take my word for it!

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I received the Kitchen Aid mixer pasta attachment for  Christmas. I’m a little terrified that it is going to be as painstaking as gnocchi.

We have a cooking together date scheduled to make it this weekend. If you don’t hear from me again, you’ll know the pasta won.

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