Here I am! So I thought I was going to be putting up my special post this last week, so I waited on sharing anything. Weeellllll….as you can see the special post did not happen last week, instead it will be going up this coming up week. So while we wait, let’s devour some nachos together, and chat about what has been going on at CafeTerraBlog over the the last week. There was Brisket eaten, peppers growing, and one cookbook that inspired me!
1. Wood smoked beef brisket is something special at the CafeTerra house. Almost a year ago hubby shared his inaugural experience with brisket. He started getting the itch to go for it again. So we plotted out a day that would be perfect, and he literally spent 12 hours babysitting his beautiful brisket. I am not joking when I say 12 hours either. Here is the brisket guest post that hubby wrote last year. We tend to do different sauces and rubs for each of our wood smoking experiences, we like to change things up a bit.
That is nine pounds of pure love in that wood smoker! We had friends over to share in the love, but there was still leftovers of course. We talked about tacos, chili, and yummy sandwiches. In the end it all came down to my craving, which just so happened to be nachos. So after my first ever kayaking experience, we fueled up with delicious wood smoked brisket nachos. Oh My Word YUM!!!
2. Would you believe that this picture of the peppers is only about a two week separation from each other? I am more than excited about growing peppers this year, and on my serrano plant there are about 15 to 20 peppers in the making. On my jalapeno plant there about 10 to 12 peppers happening. I can’t decide what to make with my first ever serrano pepper? Salsa is too easy, I want to try something unique with that precious pepper. The inspiration will come in due time, for now I am loving going on my patio and looking at my kids each day!
3. Inspired by a cookbook, isn’t everyone? Well it has been almost three years since I first said I should make my way through a recipe book. Have I done anything? No, of course not. My delay was due to trying to decide what book to make my way through. I could do a Julia Child cookbook, but everyone seems to be doing that. My deciding vote solely rested on the fact that I adore Rachael, and love all of her books. I started watching 30 Minute Meals on Food Network back in about 2002. I was hooked, and made many or her recipes. My food love, and love for creating recipes all links back to my time in from of the television watching Rachael Ray do her thing.
THEN in December 2012 I got to meet her…..SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!! I still hold that dear to my heart, she is pretty awesome in my eyes. AND in person she is super nice! When I met her, I was also blessed to receive a signed copy of her new cookbook, My Meals In A Year. Since I love cooking/baking/ and making cocktails, this book is perfect for me. Not only will you find over 500 recipes from Rachael, you can flip the book over and find over 100 different cocktail recipes from her husband John.
So here goes nothing, I will be officially making my way though my very first cookbook. I am excited to try all the lovely recipes, and explore new unique flavors. There is a tab at the top of my blog labeled Cooking With Rachael. I will be sharing my experiences there, and if you want to join my fun on social media, the hashtag will be #CookingWithRachael. If you want to join me on the fun adventure, just let me know!
So there ya go, my week filled with happiness and fun….oh and good food of course!!! I hope you have a week filled with happiness too! What did you do this last week that made you smile? Did you make anything new or exciting? Have you made your way through a cookbook before?