"Jack of all trades, perhaps master of none." That's how my bio starts. I definitely feel I live up to that sometimes. Lately what I've been getting into is cooking and baking.
I guess it all started when I wanted to surprise my wife for our anniversary. I connected with Natalie at the food blog "Bake and Destroy," and she led me to a cupcake icing that I could draw on. I baked some cupcakes, made the icing, and drew my wife's favorite bands' logos on them. I liked them so much, I made the exact same thing a week later and let my wife draw on them.
Then one day I fell asleep watching the Food Network, and when I woke up, the lady was making lasagna. I never made lasagna from scratch before, and it's one of my favorite meals. So as I'm watching the lady on TV, I realize it's not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. I found a recipe online, bought the stuff, and made an awesome lasagna, if I do say so myself.
Which led to my wife expressing her fondness for baked ziti.
So, a week later I'm back in the kitchen, this time making up a batch of baked ziti. My wife complained that she doesn't like cottage cheese. That's what they put in baked ziti, that's what you asked for. She ate it. It was good.
I randomly got an idea to make a pumpkin pecan cheesecake. And wouldn't you know, recipes for such a thing exist. So last week, knowing my daughter was coming over for the weekend, I hit the store, came home, and baked up a great pumpkin pecan cheesecake. Maddy didn't like it, but the wife and I couldn't get enough of it. In fact, there's still one last slice in my fridge that I'm going to eat as soon as I finish this post.
This week I decided to be cheap and lazy. I made pudding pies. I was going to make two chocolate pies, but two boxes of pudding only filled one (homemade) crust, and I'd already made two. So, back to the store. I found butterscotch pudding. So I made a butterscotch pie. They're in the fridge now, hopefully they'll come out as good as everything else I've tried my hand at cooking lately.