Tuesday, December 11, 2007

i conquered

I am all that. Really. My kitchen curiousity has struck once again, and I started out playing with a recipe I had for homemade ranch. We really don't like store-bought ranch, so I wanted to try something from scratch. I added my own "zing" to the recipe and JR loved it!!! I did it! I made homemade ranch!! So cool! I felt pretty fabulous.

It was time for another first. Don't laugh. It's embarrasing. I'm willing to share at the expense of my reputation. I washed, chopped, and served my very first head of lettuce. I usually buy the store bought bags, but ever since those disgusting recalls on bagged lettuce I've tried to steer away from such things, as I don't want to become diseased over lettuce. So, I chilled the salad and my ranch dressing, and had a little more time to play since JR went to the gym. (Yes, I should have gone but was too busy being a chef, duh).

My favorite meal of Nancy's are her country-style ribs. They are my request everytime, and my birthday meal every year. I crave them, I love them, and I wanted to conquer them. I had some in the freezer, so I prepared them and they cook anywhere from 3-5 hours so by the 3rd hour the smell of BBQ sauce had saturated my house and I was starting to get turned off my the strong aroma of BBQ and ribs. This was a big deal! I have been rather intimidated by these ribs, as Nancy is a fantastic cook! and fantastic is not the first word that comes to mind when you think Natalie & cooking. It's okay, I'm not offended. Yet. Everytime I opened the freezer, I'd shut it real fast because those ribs were very intimidating! Well, 3 hours later! I did it!! They really should have cooked longer, but it was my practice run...so we had BBQ ribs, baked potatoes, and salad with homemade ranch. Yes, I'm awesome. hahaha! kidding! I was though, so proud of myself I had little bitty tears in my eyes. JR was beyond pleased and very proud of his new domestic lil fiance! He hugged me after and told me how happy he is that I got the domestic bug :) hahahha! He's been waiting a long time for this....

4 comments:

Jay and Beka Chase said...

Congrats! I love cooking and being "domestic." It so great seeing the look on the guys faces when you are. Fastest way to a man's heart is through his stomach...isn't that the saying. Although, I'm pretty sure you've already captured the heart...now you're just adding on!

Cody, Holly, and Luke said...

Before long they will taste just like Nancy's!! :)

Ricardo and Lauren said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so proud of you! I feel like a proud mama!! HA! Now you have to make them from me...you know how I love ribs;-)

Ashlee said...

I am so impressed! Send me the recipes! I wanna try! I wanna be domesticated too!!!!! Love ya!