Mason Street Murmuration

Fun video for a friday. Murmuration - a flock of starlings. via SFist.


Grill Pan Cooking

Like I said santa (aka my awesome boyfriend) was really good to me this year. In addition to the slow cooker he also got be a le creuset grill pan which was a big surprise. Isn't it pretty? (look away from the dirty stovetop and messy counter)
Tilapia was the first thing I cooked on it and I served it with a homemade olive tapenade which was pretty delicious. The best part - it was so easy to clean, even after I cooked the fish a tad too long and some of it stuck to the pan. Excited to use this beauty for many more meals.


NYE 2013

Rick takes amazing photos. Here's proof. And here's his NYE photo from last year.


Slow Cooking

I have been wanting a slow cooker for a while now and this year I was lucky enough to get one from santa. The first recipe I tried out was Tofu in Red Pepper Cream Sauce from Food52.
I was happy with the outcome but I would definitely change up a few things next time I make this, and I will likely make it again. The recipe has you simmer the sauce after blending, after that you add the tofu. I want to try adding the tofu while it slow cooks, maybe not cubing it but putting in bigger pieces so you can easily remove it from the peppers before blending them. I just wanted the tofu to absorb more of the flavor of the sauce. I'm guessing when I have my leftovers tomorrow the tofu will be perfectly seasoned after sitting in that sauce all night.
This would be better with more than just tofu -- roasted potatoes, onions, and even chicken would all be great with this sauce. Definitely worth trying if it sounds good to you. Oh and I already love my slow cooker, can't wait to try more recipes out.