It’s taken us a few days to get back into our normal routine. Maki has finally forgiven us for leaving her for ten days. When we came home Saturday night, she backed away from us. I did everything I could to win her over… treats, hugs, rubs, kisses. Nope… skeptical. But now she seems into us again, happily nuzzling her adorable face into our arms. Gosh, I missed that pup.
A package awaited me when I came home too. This book. One that I’ve been anticipating since Ree mentioned it at The Big Traveling Potluck. And I’m so excited it’s finally here. It was one of the first pieces of mail I opened and I instantly came to the pages of the recipes I knew I’d be making first. Shrimp. Herbs. Rice. The foods I enjoyed so much while in Austin. I was now going to try them in my own kitchen. Eric isn’t much into cilantro, but he was a sport and not only tried it, but ate the whole thing. If you knew how much he despises it, you’d be impressed. So, that’s an endorsement right there.
Now, onto the giveaway!!! Three lucky readers will be receiving a SIGNED copy of Ree’s soon to be released book, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays. That’s right! There will be THREE WINNERS! Of course, if you’re anxious to get your hands on a copy, you can purchase it here.
To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post (something more than “I want to win!!!” is preferred).
This giveaway will end on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST. I’ll pick 3 winners via random.org and those people will be contacted via e-mail. One entry per person and entrants must have a US mailing address (sorry international friends) and provide a valid email address. Best of luck!
When we were getting ready to leave for our Texas trip, Eric and I joked that we should pack stretchy pants. Looking back, we probably should have. If you’ve been following any of our travels throughout Austin on Twitter or Instagram or his Tumblr site, you may have seen some pictures of what we’ve deemed our “foodcation”. We’re pretty proud of ourselves… we’ve managed to hit all of the places on our list (and some food trucks along the way). Go us! But, yeah, we’re getting back into a serious gym routine when we return.
There’s a lot more planned these next four days as we head off to Dallas. There are some distilleries we want to check on our drive up and a few restaurants to stop at along the way. There’s talk of going to the State Fair, where you can get just about anything deep fried (hamburgers, Oreos, butter… or so I’ve heard). And we might just go to a shooting range on our last day. Seems like the thing to do in Texas.
Before we left, I whipped up this little appetizer, which won raves from the husband. As we get closer to Thanksgiving, I’ve been trying out recipes that I’d like to serve. Thinking this one might make it on the menu.
It’s funny that just a few days ago, as we prepared for our trip to Texas, our CSA sent us a bag of tomatillo just to get us in the mood. I have a lot of love for these little guys. First off, aren’t those husks just so cool? And then there’s the flavor. Ever since I first cooked with them, I’ve been struck by their tartness. Where most dishes need acid to give it a boost, tomatillos have enough that additional lemon or lime juice is unnecessary.
The last time I played around with tomatillos, I turned them into a pesto and tossed them with pasta. Of course, my mind went in a similar direction this time, but to spruce things up, I made a creamy (and spicy) dip. Roasting allows them to blister, adding a bit of smokiness to the dip.
I may or may not post next week (who the heck knows?!?!) as we’ll be touring (aka eating and drinking) our way through Austin and Dallas. We’re super excited to spend some time with friends and family. I’m ready for a taco and a margarita! That’s what they eat there, right?