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Giving The Rock a second chance

On Sunday night, we were meeting a bunch of Laurie's coworkers at The Rock in Lacey before heading down to Evergreen to hear Maya Angelou speak. Back about five or six years ago, we tried out The Rock up in Lynnwood shortly after it opened, but we weren't all that impressed. Their pizza was actually pretty good, but they only had their list of specialty pizzas, without much else. They had a policy of no split pizzas, and no substitutions of items. We ended up spending around $40 for the two of us, and while the pizza was good, it wasn't that good.

Valentine's dinner

When I went to the chiropractor yesterday, the receptionist and the chiropractor's wife were telling me that it's the guy's job to cook a romantic dinner for the girl on Valentines Day. i guess that might make sense, if it is the girl that is always doing the cooking, but in our house, the most romantic dinners are the ones we make together. It isn't the part where we are being served, it's sharing the experience.

Gotta get in the habit of collecting menus

It's been a busy week, and I haven't had much chance to work on this site, much less make any decent food. When I've gotten a chance to make something, it has always been something quick like a Thai chicken dish or a grilled turkey and cheese sandwich.

What is the deal with Amish Friendship Bread

Laurie got the starter for Amish Friendship Bread last week, and I just don't see what the big deal is with this chain letter of the cooking world.

I suppose that it might be interesting for someone that almost never cooks, but as someone that likes to bake, I have to say that I'm not all that impressed.

First off it is a gift that comes with a schedule. You are supposed to tend this starter for 10 days, then cook on that day. And you are supposed to keep the chain going by splitting it up and passing it on. Oh joy.

For want of eggs

Why is it that whenever you are out of something like eggs, everything you think of making includes eggs?

Of course, I could just go out and buy some, but I got a big old blister on my ankle snowshoeing yesterday, and I really didn't want to put shoes on. No breakfast burritos, no brownies, and no dinner rolls.

Despite the pain, I finally gave up and went out and got them. Now after making all the things I wanted to cook, I'm down to only 2 eggs again.

Chinese buffet and turkey noodle soup

As Laurie was arriving home last night, one of our neighbors asked if we wanted to go to a Chinese buffet that we had been considering trying, and we decided to give it a go.

In Massachusetts, there were some very nice lunch buffets in restaurants that sold regular sit down dinners. When I moved back to the northwest, I had hoped that there would be some good ones around, but the ones in Lynnwood were very disappointing. Laurie couldn't eat at those, and I didn't really want to.

Friday is pizza day

Back when I was in elementary school, Friday was always Pizza Day at the cafeteria. It wasn't exactly good pizza, but it was a hell of a lot better than what they passed off as a hamburger.

Tried the new Mongolian Grill

After a good day of snowshoeing on New Year's Eve, we decided to head down to the new Woks On Fire Mongolian Grill here in town. So far we haven't been that impressed with any of the grills in the Olympia/Lacey area, so we end up going up to Federal Way or when we are down in Portland.

Christmas is a comin

Yeah, most of you celebrated Christmas two days ago, but Laurie was out in Pennsylvania with her mom on the 25th, so we are having"our Christmas" on the 28th.

Our camping Thanksgiving dinner turned out so well, we are going to be recreating it at home for our Christmas. Well, since we are home, we will be adding a few extras.

The centerpiece is applewood smoked turkey, with a sage chipotle rub. Always tasty with some nice pan gravy to go over it. slowly smoking the turkey up to 165 degrees makes it incredibly moist without having to do any of those silly tricks that turkey roasters have to contend with.

Cooking in extreme weather

There are some real advantages to being a backpacker when you get hit with extreme weather at home.

We've got a big ol' windstorm coming through, and we've had a couple of blackouts so far. Not a problem for us, We just break out the camping stoves in the garage and cook up a feast.

Nothing fancy tonight, just some burgers and some tuna mac & cheese, but at least we don't have to wait in line at whatever open restaurants we can find.

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