October 2010

CBC is extraordinary.

It all started a few years ago with a bunch of hungry girls. Once a month we get together, cook, eat, and bond. The time I spend with these friends is so important to my life. I recently had my second little girl and although we have still been cooking I have not been blogging. It is important to share the time we Cookbook Club ladies spend together because you should share what is good. I hope that other people will make time and commit to a group like ours.
The last dinner we had at my house was using the Momofuko cookbook. My Step Mom Barb gave it to me for Christmas last year and I was reluctant to cook you of it without the support of my friends. I was lucky enough to eat at his restaurant for my birthday last year and had the pork buns and bo ssam both which were great and we recreated well. About every 6 months we try to invite the guys to CBC. They get a little jealous and have not been smart enough to start their own club so we take pity on them and cook up a great feast that we all enjoy. Since my Robby was leaving for Bangladesh for 9 weeks this May CBC became a farewell dinner. It was perfect. Great food, tons of dishes, drinks, and a night hanging out in the backyard that no one wanted to end. Thanks ladies for another fantastic evening.

The night started with Elizabeth’s Pork Buns. Looked time-consuming was they were totally worth it! Who would not like homemade buns.

Correct me if I’m wrong but Julie made the mussels, pan-roasted bouchot mussels with os, to be exact and there were lots of them. Beautiful.

Emily Powell, my sister in law was a participant this month. She made homemade ramen. The broth took her a whole day to make and don’t get me wrong it was good. But you better have some time on your hands and some people who will appreciate the effort.

This was my bo ssam. So good and easy everyone should make this for a crowd.

Joanne’s pan-roasted asparagus with poached egg and miso butter. This was my favorite.

Maybe Julie made these….or Joanne made the mussels…it was all good. These are roasted rice cakes. A new product to me that might not make it into my normal routine but were fun to try.

And last but not least cake. Alayne’s cake. She will have to explain…


I can’t wait till next month. Another CBC with the guys this time at Julie’s house where we get to cook and hang out in her wonderful kitchen. See you all then if not before.


Well hello there blogosphere! It’s been a while and my absence whenever it comes along is usually due to work being crazy. I feel like work is always getting crazy at some point during the month. Keep your fingers crossed that something that stopped working earlier this week is back and going full speed by early next sometime this week! So on that note, I will stop worrying about work and tell you about this food that we made a couple of weeks ago. Since we are having October cookbook club tonight scratch that it was Friday, boy am I a lazy blogger (Pioneer Woman Cookbook of course!) I thought I would finally force myself to sit down and write this post! Last month was hosted at my house and I chose Indian food. I have a bunch of wonderful Indian coworkers. One of them is Cynthia and she has made impromptu Indian rice dishes for us for lunch a couple of times over the past month. We loveeeee them, so I thought it would be nice to get her advice and cook some real Indian food! I also enlisted Roopa’s help to pick a cookbook and she told me that this author was great. I found Modern Spice at the Frederick library and so we went with that. When I initially looked at this cookbook I thought the recipes looked to simplistic for me (well you realize I do cook verrrry simply every night when I do cook for myself, but for cookbook club I like to pull out all the stops!) But as we started going, the recipes were not too simple, they were just right and they produced some amazing food.


This is me stirring my crab masala sauce in my beautiful christmas present I bought for myself! Gosh I love that pot and gosh I love this dish!


Here are three out of the five us in in cookbook club and boy do we have a good time when we are together. Check out my lovely kitchen in the evening light.. so beautiful!

And you know who else is so beautiful??? Colette Vie! I was holding her and Renee her sweet mommy snapped the shot. That child is perfect, just perfect.


So click on down and see some more pictures of our Indian cooking that night!